<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> ShatterColors Literary Review: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Interview







C.B. Anderson

Poems: 1) Always Seven 2) Revisitation 3) Diminishing Returns 4) Party Animal 5) Amanda 6) Pain, Its Sting So Early Fading 7) Throes 8) Up South 9) Same Difference 10) Dry Rub

C.B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden. Nearly two hundred of his poems have been published online and in print over the past four years. Recently, one of them appearing in The Raintown Review was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Barry Baldwin

Short Stories: 1) The Tenth Circle 2) Telling Them Apart 3) Foxed 4) The Good Woman

Nonfiction: 1) Ancient Science Fiction 2) Jane's World: A Literary Panorama 3) 1984: Minitruths and Maxiluv 4) Classical Swearing: A Vade-Mecum 5) Marxist Classical Classics 6) Sexperts: Amorous Antics of Dubious Docs Throughout the Centuries 7) Classic Amis 8) Autem Bawlers

Interview: Barry Baldwin

Barry Baldwin was born in 1937 and educated in England. He emigrated to Australia in 1962, re-moving to Canada in 1965, where he is Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Calgary, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has published around 30 short stories in print (magazines and book anthologies), and has a novella, "Not Cricket", imminent in Chapbook form (Rembrandt & Company Press, USA), also in e-zines. He has been a Finalist in the Arthur Ellis Awards (Canada 1999) and the Anthony Awards (Bouchercon, 2000, USA) in the mystery short story category.

Judith Barrington

Poems: 1) Born In War, Number 1 2) Born In War,
Number 2
3) Born In War, Number 3 4)
Born In War, Number 4 5) Born In War, Number 5

Judith Barrington grew up in Brighton, England, and has lived in Oregon, U.S. since 1976. Her poetry collections are: Horses and the Human Soul, History and Geography, and Trying to be an Honest Woman.

Lifesaving: A Memoir won the 2001 Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, an ongoing best seller, is used in M.F.A. programs across the US and in Australia. Her work appears in numerous journals. and she has taught at conferences including Split Rock, Haystack, Port Townsend Writers' Conference, Katchemak Bay Writers' Conference, The Arvon Foundation, and The London Poetry School. She co-founded The Flight of the Mind Writing Workshops in Oregon, where she taught from 1983 to 2000.


Michael Battram

Poems: 1) In a City Park 2) Small Scene in a Rainy City 3) Third World

Michael Battram has published over 100 poems over the years, in various small magazines and in many different forms and styles, from academic to alternative to "ashcan." Upcoming publications include Abbey, Blue Unicorn, The New Formalist, and Open 24 Hours. He lives in Southern Indiana.

Gary Beck

Short Stories: 1) If He Hollers, Let Him Go 2) An Adventurous Summer

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway and toured colleges and outdoor performance venues. He currently lives in New York City, where he's busy writing fiction and his short stories have recently appeared in numerous literary magazines.

Radha Bharadwaj

Short Story: The Rains of Ramghat

Radha Bharadwaj is an Indian-born feature screenwriter-director with two acclaimed features to her credit: CLOSET LAND (Bharadwaj's screenplay won the prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting award; the film stars Alan Rickman and Madeleine Stowe, and was produced by Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment), and the Victorian mystery BASIL (with Sir Derek Jacobi, Christian Slater, Jared Leto).

CLOSET LAND has been adapted for stage, and has been performed all over the world by various theatre groups. Bharadwaj has finished two novels--both literary mysteries.

Her short stories are being published by Scissors and Spackle and Independent Ink.

Rumjhum Biswas

Short Story: A Room Full of Presents

Poems: 1) Ragpickers 2) Ballad of Blue Sky and Yellow Bower 3) THE PRODIGAL LOVER 4) WEDNESDAY 5) BEHIND THE MIRROR

Rumjhum Biswas's prose and poetry have appeared in Muse India, The Bare Root Review, Etchings (Australia) The Little Magazine India (India), Eclectica, Nth Position (UK), The King's English, Halfway down the Stairs, Arabesques Review, Crannog, Clockwise Cat, Chanterelle's Notebook, Everyday Fiction, A Hudson View (South Africa), Lily Literary Review, The Paumanok Review, Poems Niederngasse (Switzerland), Unlikely Stories, Cerebration (UK), Amarillo Bay, Gowanus, Loch Raven Review and Southern Ocean Review (New Zealand). Three of her poems have been published by Unisun Publishers (India) in their 2007 anthology "The Silken Web". Two more poems are forthcoming in two separate anthologies by Forward Press of UK. At present, this erstwhile copywriter lives and writes in Chennai. She can be contacted at: rumjhumkbiswas@gmail.com

Fletcher N. Brown

Poem: The Slave Girl

Fletcher N. Brown is an American/British dual citizen, born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas; educated and abiding in London, England. He studied psychology at the University of Bath, yet his pervading interest in philosophy led him to found and chair the University of Bath Philosophical Society. After completing his BSc. he turned to the theories of Jung and Freud in order to further his understanding of dreams, myths and the unconscious, gaining his M.A. in Jungian and post-Jungian Studies at the University of Essex. Here, he became an integral member of the University of Essex Writers' Guild.

Jared Carter

Short Stories: 1) Beekeeper 2) Barbershop

Poems: 1) Rich Girl 2) The Black Dahlia 3) Webworms 4) Sexing Chicks 5) Five Poems

Interview: Jared Carter

Jared Carter is a Midwesterner from Indiana. His poems and stories appear online at Archipelago, Centrifugal Eye, The New Formalist, Poetry X, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. His fourth book of poems, Cross this Bridge at a Walk, was published in 2006 by Wind Publications in Kentucky.

Laura A. Ciraolo

Poems: 1) Epithalamion 2) Fall Back 3) Ghazal

Laura A. Ciraolo has poems forthcoming in the New York Quarterly #63, the Long Island Quarterly, and iota in the UK. Her poems have recently appeared in Orbis Quarterly International Literary Journal in the UK and on the web in MiPOesias. She currently has three poems in the Spring 2007 Boston Literary Magazine. Laura lives and works in New York City.

Maryann Corbett

Poem: Security

Maryann Corbett grew up in northern Virginia. She holds a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota and has worked for 25 years as an editor, indexer, and in-house writing teacher for the Minnesota Legislature. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Measure, Alabama Literary Review, First Things, The Lyric, The Raintown Review, The Barefoot Muse, and other journals. She serves as a moderator on Eratosphere, an online forum for metrical poetry. She and her husband live in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Jessica Cripps

Short Story: Tremendously Classy

Poem: The Rain

Jessica Cripps is a college student working toward a degree in English Literature. Most of the time she doesn't spend at work or at school is occupied by reading and scavenging thrift stores. Her work appears in The Legendary and is forthcoming in The Hedge Apple. She can be contacted at cripps[dot]js[at]gmail[dot]com and welcomes any and all comments, questions, or general salutations.

Adelaide Cummings

Poems: 1) Tables Turned (8/09) 2) Sonnet (8/09) 3) Romeo and Juliet (8/09) 4) Domicile (8/09) 5) Departure (8/09)

Interview: Adelaide Cummings (7/09)

Adelaide Cummings, age 95, is a renowned and award winning poet who lives in West Falmouth, Massachusetts. She recently won a national Barnes & Noble prize for her poetry. In her more than 9 decades, she has lived a varied and accomplished life as a magazine writer, author, poet, editor, world traveler, sailor, and winner of 4 Olympic gold medals in tennis.

Adelaide Cummings, a Radcliff graduate, worked for Life Magazine when it started (in the mid 1930’s). Later, she was Editor in Chief of Child Life Magazine (breaking the mold when it was still unusual to be a career women). She is an author of 2 juvenile age-group books and 1 adult biography (with Putnam and Houghton-Mifflin) and was a regular columnist at the National Observer writing a weekly political satire column called “Zoos Who.” Adelaide Cummings has also written many travel articles during her extensive world travels (which she still does today), some of which she did with her husband on their boat. She also won 4 Senior Olympic gold medals in Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles and 1 U.S. T.A. National title.

With her varied, interesting and busy life, Adelaide Cummings did not take up poetry full time until she was in her eighties. She has written and self published 6 books in the last 6 years. She credits her love of and prodigious production of poetry as a key to staying so sharp and active. Her “youthful spirit” is epitomized by the following story: Already fluent in French, she took up Italian at age 89. Her Italian teacher asked her why she was taking up a new language at such a late age. She replied, “because, I want to find an Italian lover!” Her latest poetry book, Curtain Call, will soon be available on Amazon.com.

Matthew Dexter

Short Stories: 1) The Pirate Suitor 2) The Time Capsule

Matthew Dexter is an American freelance writer living in majestic Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where he writes memoirs, novels, poetry, press releases, journalism articles, short stories of literary fiction, and everything else in between. His work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States and abroad. He can be contacted at MatthewBDexter@aol.com.

Susan DiPlacido

Interview: Susan DiPlacido (6/09)

Susan DiPlacido is the author of four novels and one collection of short stories: 24/7, Trattoria, Mutual Holdings, House Money (forthcoming), and American Cool. Trattoria was nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Small Press Romance 2005, and her short story, “I, Candy,” won the Spirit Award at the 2005 Moondance International Film Festival. American Cool won the bronze medal in the 2008 IPPY awards (short story collection category) and was a finalist in the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Her fiction has appeared in Susie Bright’s Best American Erotica 2007, Maxim Jakubowski’s Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica vol. 6 and 7, Zane’s Caramel Flava, and Rebellion: New Voices of Fiction.

Anna Evans

Poems: 1) Flames 2) Dreaming of the Master Builder 3) Return To Narragansett

Anna Evans is a British citizen but permanent resident of NJ, where she is raising two daughters. She has had over 100 poems published in journals including The Formalist, The Evansville Review, Measure and e-zines such as Verse Libre Quarterly. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist in the 2005 Howard Nemerov sonnet award. She is editor of the formal poetry e-zine The Barefoot Muse and is currently enrolled in the Bennington College MFA Program. Her first chapbook Swimming was published in March 2006 by Powerscore Press.

William Falo

Short Story: Cold Reception

William Falo lives in Southern New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. His fiction has appeared in the Northwoods Journal, 55 words, Zapata, Pens on Fire, Brilliant, Bewildering Stories, Long Story Short, The Greensilk Journal, Skive Magazine, and Shine and is forthcoming in Mississippi Crow, Yellow Mama, and Conceit Magazine.

George Fosty

Poems: 1) January or February--Can't Remember 2) Code of the Railroad

Interview: George Fosty

George Fosty is a Canadian-born historian and writer living in New York City. He is the co-author/author of six books: "Sustaining The Wings" (1991) , "The Desperate Glory: The Battle Of Dieppe, 1942" (1991), "Splendid Is The Sun: The 5,000 Year History of Hockey "(2003), "Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925" (2004), "Footie's Black Book: A Guide To International Association Football" (2010), and "Short Lines: The Poems Of A Railroad Trackman 1979-1987" (2010). In addition, he is also a featured writer in the book, "Multiple Lenses: Voices From The Diaspora In Canada" (2007).

He and his brother, Darril, are two of Canada's best known historians and are considered the leading experts on the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, an all-black hockey league that existed in Eastern Canada from 1895 to 1931. In 2007, the Fosty brothers gained international recognition and acclaim for their historical work in the sport of ice hockey after being featured in the ESPN documentary "Frozen Out."

D.E. Fredd

Short Stories: 1) A Wedding and the Funeral 2) Mousey Lutz Passes Through Orono, Maine 3) Compton Associates

D. E. Fredd lives in Townsend, Massachusetts. He has had fiction and poetry appear in several literary journals and reviews. He teaches Writing and Literature at New Hampshire Community Technical College.

Liston Grant

Novel Excerpt: Resting Under a Blue Yellow Moon

Liston Grant was born in New York in 1971 and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. After studying in North Carolina, he worked at various jobs in Berlin, the French West Indies and Los Angeles, where he discovered an interest in film-making. He returned to Geneva in 2000, where he now works part-time as managing editor for an English-language quarterly magazine. He has published several short stories, written and directed two short films, and is currently working on a novel that takes place in Slovakia and Berlin in the mid-1990s, against the backdrop of the highly publicized kidnapping of the Slovakian President's son by political rival Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar.

Phyllis Green

Short Story: Krutzinger

A Pushcart prize nominee, Phyllis Green’s stories have been published in Epiphany, Parting Gifts, Prick of the Spindle, The Blue Lake Review, Bluestem, The Sheepshead Review, Paper Darts, The Examined Life, Hospital Drive, The Greensilk Journal, a drama in Mason’s Road, and an upcoming story in The Cossack Review.

Dina Greenberg

Short Story: Stray

Dina Greenberg lives in Haddonfield, NJ (USA). Her poetry, essays, short stories, and reviews have appeared in publications such as Bellevue Literary Review, Schuylkill, Chronogram, and in the anthology, Lalitamba. As a professional writer and researcher, she focuses on issues of spirituality and medicine; health care access for vulnerable populations; and chaplaincy. Ms. Greenberg leads a narrative workshop for military families that provides a safe space to share experiences of trauma related to combat, deployment, homecoming transition, and relationships. She earned an undergraduate degree in English and a Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) degree from the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in bioethics and creative non-fiction writing.


William T. Hathaway

Short Story: Ban Me Thuot

Novel Excerpts: 1) Summer Snow, Chapter One 2) Summer Snow, Chapter Two 3) Summer Snow, Chapter Three 4) Big Torch (The Opening of a Novel)

Nonfiction: The Real War Heroes, from the Book, RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War

Nonfiction: Escaping the Military: Healing the Virus of Violence, from the Book, RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War (10/10)

Poem: Our Groundling Gap: The Sonnet Mock'd

William T. Hathaway's first novel, A WORLD OF HURT, won a Rinehart Foundation Award, and the second, SUMMER SNOW, has just been published. It is set amidst the war on terrorism as an American warrior falls in love with a Sufi Muslim and learns from her an alternative to the military mentality. A selection of his writing is available at http://www.peacewriter.org.

T.R. Healy

Short Story: Ground Strokes

T.R. Healy was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. His stories have appeared in such online publications as The Circle, Ken Again, Skive, and Verbsap.

A.W. Hill

Short Story: Death and the Plumber

Novel Excerpt: Finding Ruthie

A.W. Hill is the author of ENOCH'S PORTAL (Champion Press 2002), a spiritual thriller optioned by Paramount for film development, as well as two screenplays (Tesla, Little Red Book) and numerous short stories. He has written feature stories on esoteric religion and physics for the L.A. Weekly. His erotica for sliptongue.com and absinthe-literary-review.com has been widely reprinted in the U.K., and was featured in The Best American Erotica 2004. He currently makes his home in Hollywood, and is represented by the Reece Halsey Agency.

Melanie Houle

Poems: 1) Thermodynamics 2) The Natural Parameters of Patience 3) Glimmerings 4) The Enabler 5) Coda

Melanie Houle is a physician and former jeweler. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and The Raintown Review's first featured poet . Her poetry also appears in The Lyric, California Quarterly, The Aurorean, Neovictorian/ Cochlea, Tigerâ's Eye, Mobius, Pearl, Barefoot Muse, The HyperTexts, Journal of the American Medical Association and others.

Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Poems: 1) Late April Storm 2) Apostasy

Born in England, and raised in Australia and the US, Juleigh Howard-Hobson won the prestigious Australian Returned Serviceman's League's ANZAC DAY Award for poetry (1980), and also holds a gold medal for poetry from the MacArthur Arts Festival (Australia). She is the editor of the Arets Vakreste Boker 2004 award winning Norwegian-press literary collection Undertow. Her poetry has appeared in thehypertexts.com, The Old Heathen's Almanac 2006, Flipside, On The Wing, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Seven Cups of Coffee, Macquarie University Arena (Australia), Focus, MotherLoad, Saczine, 9 to 5, odinsgift. com, Hipmama Magazine and Idunna.

K.C. Hutchinson

Short Story: The Seventh Level

K.C. Hutchinson is a former television producer, a freelance writer, an occasional journalist, and the writer/director of a new short film, Veritales. She has previously published a short story in The Adirondack Review, and she is currently working on a non-fiction book project.

Kathryn Jacobs

Poems: 1) Last Twin Standing 2) So Just Try Harder

Kathryn Jacobs a poet and a medievalist from Harvard with two volumes coming out in 2011; her book In Transit (David Roberts Press) and her chapbook, Signs and Portents (Finishing Line Press). She also has two prior chapbooks, a book of medieval marriage contracts, fourteen articles, and well over a hundred poems in a wide variety of journals. In 2005 she lost her son (Raymond) at eighteen, of sleep apnea; two years later his twin sister was diagnosed with melanoma (fine so far). She teaches at Texas A & M - C; and has one elder daughter far away in Chicago.

Leland Jamieson

Poems: 1) By Floundering? 2) Dance of the Quivering Digits 3) A Cairn for our Brindled One 4) THE HOSTESS 5) Grit 6) THREE VOICES OF EASTER 7) THE ABC’S OF READING ‘MAN’ 8) Pilgrim's Progress

Leland Jamieson lives and writes in East Hampton, Connecticut, USA. Recent and forthcoming work appears in numerous print and Internet magazines. His first book, 21st Century Bread, can be previewed and is available at www.lulu.com/lelandjamieson.

Paul Jump

Short Story: Beyond Wonderland

Poems: 1) The Naiad 2) An Abortive Odyssey 3) Eden 4) Queen Mab 5) Lullaby for a Winter Night
by Paul Jump

Paul Jump is a freelance writer and journalist living in London. Contact him at jump_paul@hotmail.com.

David W. Landrum

Short Story: Into White

Poems: 1) Akmatóva 2) Saint Anthony of Padua 3) Edmund 4) Gloucester 5) Petrarchan Villanelle

David W. Landrum is Professor of Humanities at Cornerstone University in Western Michigan . His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Formalist, The New Formalist, The Barefoot Muse, Web Del Sol, and many others. His articles and fiction have appeared in Twentieth-Century Literature, Philological Quarterly, Amarillo Bay, Loch Raven Review. His chapbook, Identities, is available at: http://www.formalpoetry.com/ ebooks/landrum.html.

Catherine J.S. Lee

Short Story: Borderline

Catherine J.S. Lee has lived most of her life within sight of the ocean and a couple of miles from one of Maine's Passamaquoddy reservations. She has worked as a journalist, wedding photographer, seamstress, bartender, chef, clinical laboratory technologist/ microbiologist, writing teacher, and librarian, and currently teaches in the special education program at her local high school. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The MacGuffin, juked, Cezanne's Carrot, The Rose & Thorn, Amarillo Bay, and The Binnacle, among others. She recently completed, and is seeking a publisher for, her first story collection, Gone Like Sea Smoke: Stories From the Gulf of Maine, which explores the lives of characters caught between traditional ways of life and the gentrification of Maine's working coast.

Robert Levin

Short Stories: 1) I Wanted to be Invisible 2) Arena

Interview: Robert Levin

Robert Levin is the author of "When Pacino's Hot, I'm Hot: A Miscellany of Stories and Commentary," The Drill Press, and the coauthor and coeditor, respectively, of two collections of essays about jazz and rock in the '60s: "Music & Politics" (World Publishing) and "Giants of Black Music." (Da Capo Press). A former contributor to the Village Voice and Rolling Stone, his fiction and more recent essays have appeared in, or on the web sites of, Absinthe Literary Review, Best of Nuvein Fiction, Cosmoetica, Eyeshot, New York Review, Sweet Fancy Moses, Underground Voices and the Word Riot 2003 Anthology.

Robert Scott Leyse

Short Story: 1) Why Waste English Setters on Dog Shows?

Robert Scott Leyse was born in San Francisco, grew up in various locales about America, lived in Paris for a spell, and now resides on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Upon arrival in Manhattan he worked as a New York cab driver on the night shift, with the aim of atoning for a sheltered upbringing and having adventures the likes of which he'd never had before and he wasn't disappointed; subsequently he acquired over a dozen years of experience in the legal field, where he was pleasantly surprised to find that additional adventures, of the office politics and shenanigans variety, were to be had; presently he works in the advertising field, where he's not looking for any special adventures, having decided to explore the option of separating work from fun and games and having secrets that are easier to keep. He skis in Sun Valley, Idaho, surfs with board and body in southern California and Puerto Rico, once took a belly dance class in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and probably shouldn't mention his lousy attendance record at the yoga studio down the street. He eats fish heads and insects and drinks blood, but can’t be paid to eat potato chips or cake.

He is a co-founder and the editor of the erotic literary fiction and poetry webzine, Sliptongue (launched May Day, 2001); and the founder and editor of the ShatterColors Literary Review (launched May Day, 2006). His three novels are: Liaisons for Laughs: Angie & Ella’s Summer of Delirium (July, 2009), Self-Murder (April, 2010), and Attraction and Repulsion (June, 2011).

More information may be found at his website, Robert Scott Leyse Online.

Sarah Long

Short Story: Leave Off Doves

Sarah Long recently completed her BA in Liberal Studies at Antioch University, and currently resides in an over-priced shack in Hollywood with her boyfriend, their one small dog, and two large cats. She is a cofounder of the online literary journal, Two Hawks Quarterly, and likes to spend her free-time wandering around flea and farmer’s markets.

Suvi Mahonen

Short Story: Bobby

Suvi Mahonen is a freelance writer living in Airlie Beach in Australia’s tropical Whitsundays. Recent publications include fiction in GringoLandiaSantiago (Chile) and MetroMoms (USA). More of her work can be found on her website at www.redbubble.com/people/suvimahonen

Eric Martin

Poems: 1) Sardanapalus 2) Morning in Spring 3) Wasting 4) A Run through the Woods 5) Faust, alone in his workshop 6) There is a Glory
7) Vega

Eric Martin began writing poetry in 1994, yet has only recently returned to it after a hiatus of seven years. He has had poems published in numerous print and online journals -- recently, in Nomad’s Choir, Samsara, Suzerain Enterprises, and The Iconoclast. He is also the author of five chapbooks, published (though now out-of-print) by The Plowman, and a book-length collection, Broken Reflections, self-published for private circulation. His literary and artistic inspirations include the poetry of Lord Byron and Edgar A. Poe, the classical music of Hector Berlioz and Franz Liszt, and the artwork of Eugene Delacroix, Francisco Goya, and Max Klinger. He currently resides in Presque Isle, Maine, and can be contacted at the following email address: emart40x [AT] yahoo.com

John Milbury-Steen

Poems: 1) Our Blanket Fog 2) The Condom 3) Winter Nights

John Milbury-Steen served in the Peace Corps in Liberia, West Africa, worked as an artificial intelligence programmer in Computer Based Education, and currently teaches English as a Second Language at Temple University. He has published in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Hellas, Blue Unicorn, Kayak, The Listening Eye, The Neovictorian/ Cochlea, The Piedmont Literary Review, Scholia Satyrica and Shenandoah. His poetry website is:

William Starr Moake

Short Story: The Back of Beyond

Nonfiction: McMurtry: Nilhilism and Jack Rabbit Sex

Interview: William Starr Moake

William Starr Moake grew up in Michigan and worked as a journalist for several years in South Florida. After majoring in anthropology in college, he traveled extensively, freelancing as a travel writer/ photographer. Moake is the author of three books of fiction, two novels and a short story collection all published since 1999. When he is not writing, Moake works as a freelance web designer and software programmer from his home in Hawaii, where he has lived since 1972.

James W. Nelson

Nonfiction: Tornado

James W. Nelson was born in a farmhouse a short distance from Walcott, North Dakota in 1944. Some doctors made house calls back in those days. He was living in that same house on the land originally homesteaded by his great grandfather, when that savage tornado hit in 1955. But they rebuilt and his family remained on that land until the early seventies when diversified farming began changing to industrial agribusiness. James spent four years in the US Navy, worked many jobs and finally has settled on a few acres of land exactly two and one half miles straight west of the original farmstead, ironically likely the very spot where the 1955 tornado first struck, which sometimes gives him a spooky feeling.

His memoirs, DYING TO LIVE, can be read at http://free-ebooks.net, under biographies and his real name. The tornado story was originally published in 1990, by The Forum, Fargo, ND, then again in North Dakota Horizons Magazine in 1994. He has published two short stories in small press magazines and won three short story contests (Falls Writers Workshop, Ohio). Here will be his first publishing in a national online literary magazine. Reach James at: jennycabin [AT] live.com

Hal O'Leary

Poetry: Six Poems

Hal O'Leary is an eighty-five year old veteran of WWII. He is the retired founder and artistic director of Oglebay Instituite's Towngate Theatre in Wheeling, WV. He was most recently inducted into the Wheeling Hall of Fame and is the recipient of an Honorary of Doctor of Humane Letters degree from West Liberty University.

Lee Passarella

Poems: 1) Requiescat 2) The Quality of Light 3) Commuter Hell

Interview: Lee Passarella

Lee Passarella acts as senior literary editor for Atlanta Review magazine and as associate editor for the new literary journal FutureCycle Poetry.

Passarella's poetry has appeared in many periodicals and ezines. Swallowed up in Victory, his long narrative poem based on the American Civil War, was published by White Mane Books in 2002. It has been praised by poet Andrew Hudgins as a work that is "compelling and engrossing as a novel." Passarella's poetry collection The Geometry of Loneliness (David Robert Books) appeared in 2006. His poetry chapbook Sight-Reading Schumann will be published by Pudding House Publications later this year.

Lee Passarella's website: http://www.leepassarella.net/

Miriam Moreno Perez

Short Story: Down in Dunny Cove

Miriam Moreno Perez is an author, as well as a journalism, photography and modern languages teacher. She also writes for Suite101 online and for theWest Briton, the newspaper of South West Cornwall, England. She has produced & presented a radio programme also in Cornwall , The Literary Show, exclusively dedicated to the fiction short story. She has written several collections of contemporary, experimental and historical fiction short stories and a non-fiction collection of essays, "El Mundo del Subconsciente". Miriam's literary work has recently been published by Danse Macabre, Breadcrumb Sins, The Scrambler, Shalla Magazine, Cránnog Magazine, Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts, Is Greater Than and soon by Static Movement, Caveat Lector and Sage of Consciousness.

Matthew Proujansky

Poem: Spring Beauties

Matthew Proujansky is a husband and father. He studied electrical engineering and creative writing at Cornell in the sixties. Today he designs hardware and software for the printing industry and lives in the realms of logic and love, nanoseconds and lifetimes, and plot lines and lines of code.

Robin Reinach

Short Story: Vulnerable

Robin Reinach is a New Yorker, with an MFA from Columbia University. Her work appears regularly in literary journals, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Gary Earl Ross

Short Story: Sand

Interview: Gary Earl Ross

Gary Earl Ross is a professor at the University at Buffalo, a fiction writer, and a playwright. His books include The Wheel of Desire and Shimmerville. His plays include the Edgar Award-winning Matter of Intent and the political drama The Best Woman. Visit him at The Writer's Den (www.angelfire.com /journal/garyearlross).

Kris Saknussemm

Interview: Kris Saknussemm

Kris Saknussemm's first novel Zanesville was published by Villard Books in late 2005. The Austin Chronicle called it "The most original novel of the year" and it received a Starred Review in Booklist, which praised it as "brilliantly inventive black comedy."

Kris is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area but for many years has lived in Australia and the Pacific Islands. A painter as well as writer, his work has appeared in such publications as The Boston Review, The Hudson Review, The Antioch Review, River Styx, ZYZZYVA, New Letters, Prairie Schooner and The Hawaii Review amongst many others. For more information see www.saknussemm.com or www.zanesvillethenovel.com.

Joseph S. Salemi

Nonfiction: 1) Bottom’s Dream 2) Bad Language Again: The Unexamined Assumptions of Formalist Decorum

Joseph S. Salemi teaches in the Department of Classical Languages at Hunter College, CUNY. His books of poetry are Formal Complaints, Nonsense Couplets, Masquerade, and The Lilacs on Good Friday. His poems, articles, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in over one hundred journals world-wide. Two of his most recent essays appear on-line at Barefoot Muse and The Chimaera. His article on Whittaker Chambers has just appeared in The University Bookman, and his “Memoir of Figurative Language” is in the latest number of Italian-Americana. He is an NEH Fellow, a winner of The Classical and Modern Literature Award, and a four-time finalist for The Howard Nemerov Prize. His latest book can be seen at www.thenewformalist.com.

K. R. Sands

Short Story: The Pump Twin

K. R. Sands is creating a collection of short fiction inspired by the displays of pathological human anatomy and other medical exhibits at the famous Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. Her fiction has appeared/will appear in Joyland; The Tangled Bank: Love, Wonder, and Evolution; Inkspill Magazine; Writer’s Wastebasket; Camera Obscura Journal of Literature and Photography; and Wanderings. Her major nonfiction publications are Demon Possession in Elizabethan England and An Elizabethan Lawyer’s Possession by the Devil: The Story of Robert Brigges. She has lived in Arizona, Scotland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. A recovering academic, she has taught literature and writing for ten universities, including Temple University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Maryland. Her non-academic jobs have included dog groomer, animal laboratory technician, zoo keeper, and environmental regulation writer.

Terry Sanville

Short Story: Talking Back

Terry Sanville lives in San Luis Obispo, California with his artist-poet wife (his in-house editor) and one fat cat (his in-house critic). He writes full time, producing short stories, essays, poems, an occasional play, and novels (that are hiding in his closet, awaiting editing). Since 2005, his short stories have been accepted by more than 75 literary and commercial journals, magazines, and anthologies (both print and online) including the Houston Literary Review, Storyteller, Read This, and the Southern Ocean Review. Terry is a retired urban planner and an accomplished jazz and blues guitarist – who once played with a symphony orchestra backing up jazz legend George Shearing.

Tom Sheehan

Short Stories: 1) The Rescues of Brittan Courvalais 2) The River Thief 3) Aces & Eights 4) Milan Carl Liskart, Coalman 5) Parkie, Tanker, Tiger of Tobruk

Interview: Tom Sheehan

Nonfiction: The House No One Lived In

Tom Sheehan's Epic Cures, (short stories), from Press 53 won a 2006 IPPY Award from Independent Publishers. A Collection of Friends, (memoirs), 2004 from Pocol Press, was nominated for PEN America Albrend Memoir Award). His fourth poetry book, This Rare Earth & Other Flights, issued by Lit Pot Press, 2003. Print mysteries are Vigilantes East and Death for the Phantom Receiver. An Accountable Death is serialized on 3amMagazine.com. Three novels seek publication. His short story collection, Brief Cases, Short Spans, will be issued in 2008, and The Quickening Source has been completed. He has nominations for eight Pushcart Prizes and two Million Writers Awards, a Silver Rose Award from ART for short story excellence, and many Internet appearances. He is a veteran of the Korean War (31st Infantry Regiment), a Boston College grad after Army service, and has been retired for 16 years.

Shana Silver

Short Story: All the Wrong Notes

Shana Silver's short fiction has appeared in The Hiss Quarterly, The Deepening, and Shine. Her young adult novel THE ART OF SELLING MY SISTER is a finalist in the RWA Chick Lit chapter's 2007 Get Your Stiletto in the Door contest. When not writing, she's a freelance computer animator with credits ranging from a CG Barbie movie to the 2007 Superbowl graphics. Please visit her on the web at:

Fred Skolnik


About Fred Skolnik: I am the editor in chief of the 22-volume second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica, winner of the 2007 Dartmouth Medal, and have also completed a Hebrew history of the Civil War. I am also the author of the recently published novel The Other Shore (Aqueous Books) and have published dozens of stories and essays in the past few years (in TriQuarterly, The MacGuffin, Minnetonka Review, Los Angeles Review, Prism Review, Gargoyle, Literary House Review, Words & Images, Third Coast, Polluto, Underground Voices, etc.).

Noel Sloboda

Poems: 1) Tanked 2) Hazing Preps

Noel Sloboda, originally from New England, currently teaches at Penn State York and serves as dramaturg for the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of places, including Hazmat Review, Studies in the Humanities, FRiGG, Triptych Haiku, The Cape Rock, Academic Exchange Extra, Waterways, and Ghoti.

Ryan Smithson

Nonfiction: Silence and Silhouettes

Ryan Smithson is a soldier in the Army Reserves and was deployed form Iraq from 2004-2005. While serving out the rest of his reserve contract, he currently works with elementary school-age children and attends school at Hudson Valley Community College. He has aspirations to transfer to a four-year school where he plans on double majoring in Criminal Justice and English. His hobbies include snow skiing, jiu jitsu, playing guitar, spending time with family and friends, and not being afraid of the dark.

Ryan would like to thank his parents, Jeff and Julie, for their outstanding love and support; his wife, Heather, for being there when he returned (and always); his sister, Regan, for all the laughs; his high school wrestling coach, Jim McHugh, for his mentorship and unprecidented character; his best man and lieutenant, Andy Zeltwanger, for saving the 'Shroom Platoon; his English professor, Maria Pollock for all the corrections; and his gecko, Leo for showing him how a real man eats crickets.

Paul Stevens

Poems: 1) Duck Lane 2) A Birth

Paul Stevens was born in Yorkshire, but lives in Australia. He has an Honours Degree in English from the University of Sydney, and teaches Literature, Historiography, and Ancient History. His recent poetry is in The Barefoot Muse, WORM, Lily, The Argotist, The New Formalist, as well as the forthcoming Poemeleon, The Centrifugal Eye and Contemporary Sonnet. He is the Poetry Editor (with Nigel Holt) of The Shit Creek Review + II.

Robert Villanueva

Poems: 1) Uninvited 2) Immortal

Robert Villanueva is an award-winning Kentucky writer whose short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous print and online magazines. Some of those publications include Trillium Literary Journal, GlassFire Anthology, The Sylvan Echo, The Cherry Blossom Review, Contemporary Rhyme, The Flask Review, Flutter Poetry Journal, The Summerset Review, The Square Table and The Heartland Review. Forthcoming publications include The Binnacle and Cantaraville. In addition to a novel, Robert is working on a collection of interrelated short stories. His website is kybard660.tripod.com and includes links to more of his writing.

Gay M. Walker

Short Story: Lady Luck

When new author Gay Walker made a mid-life career shift from practicing medicine so she could spend more time with her teenaged daughter, she began a roller-coaster ride filled with the unexpected that has included time to fulfill a lifelong dream of writing.

Her publication credits include newspaper and magazine articles, as well as short stories. She also self-publishes a serialized romantic farce, Norbert and Smedley at www.authorgaymwalker.com, which has developed a following on the Internet, and recently completed writing her first novel, The Learner's Permit.

She lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and daughter, dog and two cats.

Siovahn A. Walker

Poem: odi et nunc amo

Siovahn A. Walker is a novelist and poet currently completing her Ph.D in medieval history at Stanford University. She teaches composition at Fordham University in New York City and most recently finished a collection of historical poetry and short fiction entitled Clio & Erato.

James S. Wilk

Poems: 1) Tonight 2) Let Me Not Count the Ways

James Wilk, M.D. is a physician in Denver, Colorado specializing in medical disorders complicating pregnancy. His poems have appeared in Measure, The Sow's Ear, The Salt Flats Annual, Barefoot Muse and others. His chapbook, Shoulders, Fibs, and Lies is available through Pudding House Press: www.puddinghouse.com

Poem: Don Quixote

Leo Yankevich lives with his wife and three sons in Gliwice, Poland. His poems have appeared in scores of literary journals of both sides of the Atlantic, most recently in Blue Unicorn, Chronicles, Envoi, Iambs & Trochees, Staple, and Windsor Review. Visit him online at: leoyankevich.com




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