Jill Burhans writes, "Photography has opened my eyes to the simplest beauty..the light and texture of a maple leaf, the glint in the eyes of an old woman..a child's joy during play." Jill's photos have appeared in the following places: Photo Of The Day - Smithsonian Magazine September 27, 2010; Official Photographer - Arts On The Square; Featured Art Photographer - Huntsville Art Blog 2010; Lily Monthly Online Literary Review-2004-2006; Apogee Photo Magazine - First Runner Up-2005; Package Design CD cover Musician Terril Jordon; Featured Photographer - Press 1; Featured Photographer - The Rambler Magazine Nov/Dec 2008 edition; Digital Photo UK featurning "Birch Bark" October 2005. More of Jill's work can be seen here.

CL Bledsoe is the author of the young adult novel, Sunlight, two poetry collections, _____(Want/Need), and Anthem, and a short story collection called Naming the Animals. A poetry chapbook, Goodbye to Noise, is available online. A minichap, Texas, was published by Mud Luscious Press. His story, "Leaving the Garden," was selected as a Notable Story of 2008 for Story South's Million Writer's Award. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize 3 times. He blogs at Murder Your Darlings.  Bledsoe has written reviews for The Hollins Critic, The Arkansas Review, American Book Review, The Pedestal Magazine, and elsewhere.

Lia Brooks, twice nominated for a pushcart prize, has had work published in the U.K. and the U.S. Some of these include; Poetry London, Shadow Train, American Poetry Journal, Magma Poetry newsletters, Penumbra, Autumn Sky Poetry. Her poetry was shortlisted for the New Leaf Short Poetry Prize and has been part of two ekphrastic events in collaboration with painters in Indiana and California. She resides in Southampton, UK, with her partner and two sons.

Risa Denenberg is an aging hippy currently living in Tacoma, WA. She earns her keep as a nurse practitioner and has worked in end-of-life care for many years. Recent poems have appeared online at Soundzine, Umbrella, Sein und Werden, This, and Escape into Life.

Patricia Gomes is loath to write her bio. We’ll say simply:  She writes, she’s writing, she continues to write; she’s interesting, she’s interested, and continues to be of some marginal interest. Google her if you have the even the slightest sense of the absurd.

John Grey is an Australian born poet, US resident since the late seventies. He works as a financial systems analyst. He has recently published in Xavier Review, White Wall Review and Writer’s Bloc with work upcoming in Poem, Prism International and the Cider Press Review.

Heather Lazarus lives in Spain and shares her love of English through poetry and directing California Language School. Her latest work will published by Bellowing Ark Press and at Breadcrumbscabs.

Cynthia Ruth Lewis lives in Sacramento, Calif. Her work has appeared in The Griffin, Canopic Jar, Chantarelle's Notebook, Poet's Review, and others.

Ariel Magidson is a recent graduate from Lake Forest College and is native to Detroit. She spent four years ripping her mind open while studying philosophy. In her spare time she observes and examines the world, searching for moments. Everything everywhere is filled with these moments, and they are both beautiful and sad. She is open to both. Every single time she touches her camera she learns something. Ariel uses nikon.

Sherry O’Keefe, a descendent of Montana pioneers and graduate of MSU-B, is the author of Making Good Use of August (Finishing Line Press). Her most current work has appeared or is forthcoming in Camas, Switched-on Gutenberg, THEMA, Terrain. Org., PANK, Avatar Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Prick of the Spindle, Inkwell, Pirene’s Fountain, Tygerburnin, The High Desert Journal and Main Street Rag.  Currently working on a full collection, Cracking Geodes Open, she is the poetry editor for Soundzine. Come talk with her:

Jendi Reiter's first book, A Talent for Sadness, was published in 2003 by Turning Point Books. Her poetry chapbook Swallow won the 2008 Flip Kelly Poetry Prize and was published in 2009 by Amsterdam Press. Her poetry chapbook Barbie at 50 won the 2010 Cervena Barva Poetry Chapbook Prize and was published that year by Cervena Barva Press. In 2010 she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists' Grant for Poetry. Awards include the 2011 OSA Enizagam Award for Fiction, first prize in the 2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize, and second prize in the 2010 Iowa Review Awards for Fiction. Visit her blog at

Nic Sebastian hails from Arlington, Virginia and travels widely. Her first collection, Forever Will End On Thursday was published by Lordly Dish Nanopress - a poetry press with a twist. Her work has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Anti-, MiPOesias, Salt River Review, Mannequin Envy, Avatar Review and elsewhere. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and is also the founder-editor of the audio poetry journal Whale Sound. She loves poetry because if she stops reading or writing it she begins asking herself and others irritating questions about the meaning of life.

Virginia Smith writes: "I'm an art teacher from Woodstock, IL, and just completed my MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University; four of my poems appear in the current issue of moria."

Elvira Vila writes, "Although my academic training is very different from photography, I have a degree in law and I work in INECO, a Spanish public company of engineering projects, I am a photographer. I started taking photos in particular when traveling. Now I can not hang the camera and it is always with me. I studied photography at the School Ultravioleta in Madrid, Spain and also with some Spanish photographers such as Rafael Roa, Jorge Ontalba, Carlos Alvarez. I am member of the Royal Spanish Photography Society and I published in some magazines such as I am delighted that Lily has been fixed in my work and it is a pleasure for me to collaborate with the magazine"

Marysia Wojtaszek writes, ''I'm new to photography but already would feel bereft without my 'third eye' - hoping to show the extraordinary that exists in the ordinary. I have previously been featured in Turntable and Blue Light and now am happily here in Lily. I feel honoured to be a part of both. My work can currently be seen on saatchionlinegallery and facebook and I am hoping to have my own website soon."

Lisa Zaran was born in 1969 in Los Angeles, California.  She is an American poet, essayist and the author of six collections including The Blondes Lay Content and the sometimes girl, the latter of which was the focus of a year long translation course in Germany.  Subsequently published to German in 2006 under the title:  das manchmal mädchen. Selections from her other books have been translated to Bangla, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, German, Dutch, Persian and Serbian.  Her poems have appeared in hundreds of literary journals, magazines, broadsides, anthologies and e-zines including:  Juked, Ramshackle Review, Apparatus Magazine, Hudson Review, Black Dirt, Other Voices, Kritya, The Dande Review, Soul to Soul, Nomad's Choir Poetry Journal, Not a Muse Anthology, Best of the Web 2010, Literature:  an intro to Reading and Writing by Pearson as well as being performed in Glasgow's Radio Theater Group and displayed in SONS, a museum in Kruishoutem, Belgium.  Lisa is founder and editor of Contemporary American Voices, an online collection of poetry by American poets.  She is also the author of Dear Bob Dylan, a collection of letters to her muse.  Her seventh collection, If It We (Lummox Press) is projected for an early 2012 release.  She lives and writes in Arizona.

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books. These span the genres of ethnography, journalism, poetry, and creative nonfiction, several edited pro bono for non-profit organizations. A former journalist, Desmond has traveled to Australia, France, Hong Kong and Spain for his stories, and authored the limited edition Top Ten TCS Stars for Caldecott Publishing. Trained in publishing at Stanford University, with a theology masters (world religions) from Harvard University and fine arts masters (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame, he is the recipient of the Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award, and Singapore Internationale Grant. An interdisciplinary artist, he also works in clay. His commemorative pieces are housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

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