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Pia Aliperti is a poet from Atlanta, who lives in New York City. Her poems and reviews appear in THEthe Poetry Blog and the Best American Poetry blog, among others. She was a finalist for the 2011 RATTLE Poetry Prize.
Ann Beman earned her MFA from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts: Whidbey Writers Workshop. She is nonfiction editor for The Los Angeles Review, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Bombay Gin, Stymie, and Canoe Journal, among others. A Duke grad, Beman kayaks, skis, and runs in California’s Kern River Valley, where she lives with her husband and two whatchamaterriers. Only recently has she become a small dog convert; it's still a little weird.
Alyse Bensel, a native of York, received her MFA in poetry from Penn State in 2012. Her poetry has appeared in Cider Press Review, MAYDAY Magazine, and Word Riot, among others. She now lectures in English at Penn State, volunteers for a cat rescue, and participates in a work-share program at a local CSA farm in State College. Her first chapbook, Shift, was published in Fall 2012 from Plan B Press.
Jeremy Benson tells lies, writes stories, and invents objects that already exist. He edits Fortunates and AEROGRAM. www.jerbenson.org
Cara Bigony is a Cape Cod native who has been reviewing for NewPages since 2011. Her writing has been published in FutureClaw magazine and Forty-Three North among others. She is head fiction editor for Red Weather, has worked at Langton’s International Literary Agency in NYC and Pearson Publishing in Boston. A senior at Hamilton College, she is majoring in Comparative Literature, concentrating on French and Russian literature.
Justin Brouckaert is a creative writing senior at Saginaw Valley State University. His micro and flash fiction has appeared in Monkeybicycle, Thrice Fiction, and The Molotov Cocktail. As a journalist, his articles have appeared in The Valley Vanguard, the student newspaper that he edits, as well as The Detroit News and The Midland Daily News. He plans to pursue an MFA in fiction writing after graduation. He sometimes thinks out loud at jjbwrites.wordpress.com
Wendy Breuer's prose and poetry have appeared in CALYX, Inkwell Journal, Pirene's Fountain, Rattle, The Battered Suitcase, Literary Mama, Noö Journal, and other sites. She lives in Berkeley, CA.
Sarah Carson was born and raised in Flint, Michigan but now lives in Chicago with her dog, Amos, who has recently learned to swim. She is the author of the chapbooks Before Onstar (Etched Press, 2009), Twenty-Two (Finishing Line Press, 2010), and When You Leave (H_NGM_N, forthcoming in 2012).
Patricia Contino received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. In addition to writing for NewPages, she is a Contributing Editor to Flavorpill.com, reviewing and previewing performing arts events throughout New York City and Brooklyn. She is a Program Officer for Columbia University’s Masters of Bioethics Program, where a Kindle is not a bad thing to have for the commute between NJ and NYC.
H. V. Cramond
H. V. Cramond is the Poetry Editor for and a Co-founder of Requited Journal for Innovative Art. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, lectures at Loyola University Chicago and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the City of Chicago's Community Arts Assistance Program. She currently reads for XYZ Festival of New Works at About Face Theatre and for Pegasus Players' Young Playwrights Festival. Recent work can be found in Soundless Poetry, Keep Going, Wunderkammer, Ignavia, death hums and in the anthology Pandora's Box (Southport Press 2011). You can read more of her writing on her website.
Lesley Dame is co-founder of and poetry and nonfiction editor for damselfly press. Author of the poetry chapbook Letting Out the Ghosts, her poems have also appeared in many online and print journals. Dame happily lives, writes, and edits in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. For more information, visit her website, www.wix.com/lesleydame/poet
Mark Danowsky resides in Northwest Philadelphia and works for a private detective agency. His poetry appears in Imitation Fruit, Short, Fast and Deadly, and Every Day Poets. He has reviewed books for ForeWord Reviews and Gently Read Literature.
Charles Davenport has been a journalist, an analyst, a high school teacher, a college instructor, and surfed the curl at Makaha. Through it all, he has been writing. He currently lives near Saginaw, MI, where he teaches literature, coaches a slam poetry team, and conducts a writing workshop for veterans.
Alissa Fleck is a freelance writer with the San Francisco Chronicle, NY Press and Frugivore Magazine. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and a BA in English from Grinnell College. She runs a reading series at Cornelia Street Cafe in the Village.
Mary Florio has been writing for NewPages for over a year and appreciates the opportunity to read and respond to the fine journals and talented writers she encounters here.
Patrick James Dunagan
Patrick James Dunagan lives in San Francisco and works at Gleeson Library at USF. He is the author of “There are people who think painters shouldn’t talk”: A GUSTONBOOK (Post-Apollo, 2011). Recent writings of his have appeared in: Amerarcana, Barzakh, Big Bell, The Critical Flame, Fulcrum, Galatea Resurrects, House Organ, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Polis, and Rain Taxi. In addition to his own poems and book reviews, he’s currently working with Persian poet Ava Koohbor co-translating her work from Farsi.
Erik Fuhrer is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Glasgow. He enjoys reading both fiction and poetry and his favorite author is Virginia Woolf. Erik has published and presented numerous papers on Woolf and has also had his poems published in several journals such as the Long Island Quarterly, First Literary Review East, and the Shot Glass Journal. His poem "life in the key of war" was a finalist in the Oxonian Review's annual poetry competition (2010). Erik is currently an associate editor of fiction at Literary Laundry.
Sarah Gorman, a native of Texas, lives in Midland, Michigan. She graduated from Texas Christian University and Duke University and teaches English and professional writing at Saginaw Valley State University. Her interests include music, design, and health policy, as well as language.
Born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Anne Graue now writes poetry and teaches writing and literature online for two universities from her home in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York. She also holds the position of Area Chair for English for the University of Phoenix. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and Literature from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching English at the secondary and college levels from Columbia University Teachers College. Her poems have been published in Paradigm, Compass Rose, and The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly.
Denise Hill began as a reviewer with NewPages in 2002, then became editor. She currently teaches at Delta College in Michigan and is an active member of the AWP 2-Year College Caucus.
Mitchell Jarosz is an English professor at Delta College; the programming coordinator for Hell's Half Mile Film and Music Festival in Bay City, Michigan; a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication; an editor in the Life Sciences; and has advanced certification from American Medical Writers Association.
Julie Swarstad Johnson
Julie Swarstad Johnson, a poet and native of Arizona, received her MFA from Penn State in 2013. Her writing centers on the natural world, naming, and collective memory. Her master's thesis, a collection of poetry titled Pennsylvania Furnace, explores the legacies of the 19th-century iron industry that dominated central Pennsylvania.
Joanna Kurowska is a poet and literary scholar. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals such as Apple Valley Review, American Tanka, Bateau, Christianity and Literature, International Poetry Review, Illuminations, Oklahoma Review, Room, Solo Novo, and others. Forthcoming is Kurowska’s first poetry collection in English, Inclusions, by červená Barva Press. Previously she published two books of poetry in Poland (Ściana : The Wall, 1997; and Obok : Near, 1999). Kurowska teaches at SWSEEL, Indiana University.
Trena Machado's interest is writing prose and poetry that experiments with language to develop content in new ways, especially writing that constructs the various territories of subjective identity (imaginative and factual). She is always interested in how grammar can be bent/fragments formed making new structures capturing awareness to relay meaning. She is a small press publisher and is involved in the San Francisco Bay Area writing community. Trena@rawartpress.com
David R. Matteri
David R. Matteri is an author, writing tutor, and a managing editor at eFiction. His short fiction has appeared on flashesinthedark.com and snmhorrormag.com. You can check out his blog at http://drmatteri.blogspot.com/.
Courtney McDermott earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. She has written book reviews for NACADA Journal, Warscapes, and Literary Laundry. Her fiction and essays have appeared in various journals, including the Berkeley Fiction Review, Daily Palette, Little Village Magazine, A Few Lines Magazine, and Italy from a Backpack anthology. Currently, she is an English lecturer at Tufts University.
Olive Mullet is a retired Ferris State University English professor, who taught composition and humanities for twenty-five years. Michigan State University’s Red Cedar Review has published her story “Les Voleurs” in their Winter 2002 xxxvii issue 2. Since retirement in 1995, she is writing short stories and a novel and has written book reviews for the Grand Rapids Press, the Big Rapids Pioneer and the Friends of the Big Rapids Library Newsletter.
Gina Myers is the author of a full-length poetry collection, A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009), and several poetry chapbooks, including Behind the R (ypolita press, 2008).
Julie Nichols is associate professor of creative writing (fiction and creative nonfiction) at Utah Valley University; her Ph.D in fiction writing is from the University of Utah. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews can be found in Sunstone, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Rocky Mountain Review, the Journal for the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, and elsewhere.
Aimee Nicole is a native Rhode Islander who recently finished up a YA manuscript and received a BFA in creative writing. She has been published in a variety of journals and is the lead editor for the 22 Magazine.
Elizabeth O'Brien writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New England Review, decomP, PANK, Swink, The Pinch, Versal, Juked, A capella Zoo, Slice, The Emerson Review, Flashquake, The Charles River Review, Glide Magazine, and others. She is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.
John Palen's Open Communion: New and Selected Poems was published by Mayapple Press in 2005. Since then he has had poetry chapbooks out from March Street Press and Pudding House, and has recent work in Sleet, Citron Review, Poydras Review Blog and elsewhere. His first collection of short fiction, Small Economies, came out from Mayapple Press in January 2012. A Michigander for more than 35 years, he is now living and writing in Central Illinois.
Jodi Paloni’s short stories appear or are forthcoming in Whitefish Review, R.kv.r.y Quarterly, Carve Magazine, upstreet, Monkeybicycle, Spartan, and The Lascaux Review. She placed second in the 2012 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. She lives and writes in southern Vermont and holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Jodi curates the forum 365 Short Stories in 2013 in which she reads and comments on one short story a day at Rigmarole.
Lydia Pyne is a writer and currently teaches history and philosophy of science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. http://pynecone.org
Books have been Mantra Roy's friends since she learned the alphabet. Her love for reading and writing made her earn a PhD in Literature. Mantra grew up in India and came to the United States as a graduate student. She taught for a while and loved it immensely. Recently, she finished a nonfiction writing course at the University of Washington and is currently a Research Volunteer at NARA (National Archives and Records Administration). She writes both academic/research articles as well as nonfiction and book reviews. While not reading and writing, she practices Indian classical music, travels, talks about everything under and beyond the sun, and watches movies (and writes about them!).
Shannon Smith has a BA from Columbia University in New York and an MA in English and an MLIS in Library Science and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She plays music under the name Pataphor.
Sean Stewart reads and writes in a broken American city, which he often abandons for long jaunts in the forest. Sometimes he works as a librarian. For many years, he published a zine called Thoughtworm, before the post office finally broke his spirit. His writing occasionally appears in other print and online publications. A partial catalog of cryptic notations is available at www.thoughtworm.com.
Therese Samson Wenham
Therese Samson Wenham is a poet and a member of Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, CO. She is currently working on a book of poems tentatively titled Denver Collections.
Kelly M. Sylvester
Kelly M Sylvester, writer and poetry review contributor, recently enjoyed writing her creative thesis, Learning Content through Poetry Writing, which produced Alva: A Collection of Poetry; being the 2013 Millersville University’s Graduate Commencement Moment of Reflection Speaker; earning two Master of Education degrees; and especially marrying her wonderful husband. www.kellymsylvester.me
Ryan Wilson teaches writing, literature, and film at Michigan's Delta College. His weekly film review show, Take 5 on Film, airs on NPR's Q90.1 affiliate station. He is also a programmer for the annual Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival in Bay City, MI.
Anne Wolfe is a lover and studier of literature. She works in a college archives with the historical documents about the college. She has had a little bit of publishing history that includes some writing for newspapers as a stringer and writing news for radio, and a lot of reading history. She has a background in English and library science.
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