John Barbato, poet and painter, lives in Southern Mexico near Oaxaca City, where he conducts creative writing workshops.
He has appeared at many venues, including the 1997 National Poetry Slam, Lord Buckley Festivals, Sacramento Blues Festivals, Wordslingers, High Sierra Music Festival, and the Sacramento Poetry Marathon. His work has been published in Tule Review, Northern Contours, Wild Duck Review, and ZYZZYVA. His books of poetry include Exuberance
Despair Vision, Music Once Made Like Love, and Face Up On Dash. Many of John’s poems and paintings have been inspired by his extensive travels in the Oaxaca Valley. His work can be seen at his
Darla Beasley has been the recipient of the Andre Dubus Award for the Novella (2001) and an El Andar Prize for Literary Excellence
(2000). Her poetry and short stories have also received awards from the American Academy of Poets, The GroundZero Literary Project, Quoth The Raven Literary Review, and Outrider Press. She is pursuing a
Master’s degree in English at Indiana State University.
Michael Foster’s poems have appeared in a number of print and online journals, including International Poetry Review, Oasis and The Higginsville Reader, and in several anthologies.
Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the Sierra Nevada. Her poems have appeared in America, The Chattahoochee Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry International, and elsewhere. Her latest book is part of the Pudding
House “Greatest Hits” archiving series.
A.C. Koch lives in Zacatecas, Mexico, where he teaches English at a university and edits fiction for The Zacatecas Review. He moonlights as a guitarist in a bebop combo, Clean & Sexy. His work has appeared in The
Mississippi Review, Exquisite Corpse, Oyster Boy Review, and others.
Barbara F. Lefcowitz has published seven collections of poetry, a novel, a book of essays, and individual poems, stories, and essays in over 400 journals. She has won many writing fellowships and prizes
from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Maryland Arts Council, and others.
Shawnte Orion was a finalist for Arizona Poetry Society and Writer’s Foundation awards. His poetry was recently published in Branches Quarterly, Hinge, No
Alibi Press, Pierian Springs, Red Booth Review and is forthcoming in Melange, Tryst and Copious Magazine.
Radames Ortiz is the author of a chapbook of poems, Between Angels & Monsters with a foreword by Junot Diaz. His work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Exquisite Corpse,
Headlight Journal, Gulf Coast, The Mesquite Review, and The New Journal. He has won many awards, including the Fabian Worsham award for Poetry, the Meagera award for Poetry, and Holcomb award for Poetry.
He resides in Houston, TX, where he is Marketing Associate for Arte Publico Press.
As a foreign correspondent, Germaine W. Shames
has written from six continents on topics ranging from the Middle East crisis to Aboriginal land rights, from the struggle to save the Amazon to the plight of street children. Her essays and short stories have been widely anthologized and her articles have appeared in National
Geographic Traveler, Hemispheres, Troika, Blue, Rotarian, and Byline, and others. She also recently won the State of Arizona’s Literary Fellowship in Fiction. Her novel, Between Two Deserts, debuted in summer 2002.
has been writing for 20 years and publishing in the small press for 14. Recent (and upcoming) collections have been (or will be) published by Ravenna Press, Black Hoody Nation, and Via Dolorosa Press.
Rochelle Spencer earned her MFA from
New York University in 2001, and is the recipient of a Starr Fellowship sponsored by Teachers and Writers Inc., a Burke-Marshall fellowship sponsored by novelist Paule Marshall, and a Hurston-Hughes fellowship
sponsored by novelist Alice Walker. Rochelle was a semi-finalist in Twentieth Century Fox’s Chesterfield Film Writing Competition, and she has taught at New York University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
and Paine College. Currently, Rochelle teaches at Georgia Southern University, and she is a regular contributor to the entertainment magazine Urban Stage and Screen.
David Winner earned his MFA from the University of Arizona. His story in the 2000 edition of Fiction magazine was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and another story was nominated for the AWP Intro award.