Contributors’ Bios


Kodak Circular


Jeffrey Alier is a two-time Pushcart prize nominee, and a nominee for the UK’s Forward Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared recently in Vallum (Canada) and Post Road, with work forthcoming in New York Quarterly. His latest chapbook is Before the Troubadour Exits (2011). His first full-length book of poems, The Wolf Yearling, will be published in 2012, by Pecan Grove Press. He serves as co-editor of San Pedro River Review.

Rebecca L. Brown is a British writer and artist. She specializes in horror, SF, humor, surreal and experimental fiction, although her writing often wanders off into other genres and gets horribly lost. For updates and examples of Rebecca’s work, visit her Twitter page @rlbrownwriter or her blog Bewildering Circumstances.

Raised in Michigan but now living in Southern California, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott began their ongoing games of poetic volleyball in the spring of 2009. Poetry from their collaboration Poets’ Guide to America has been accepted by more than twenty publications, including Big Muddy, The Chaffey Review, Denver Syntax, Evergreen Review, The G.W. Review, The Santa Clara Review, Umbrella and ZYZZYVA.

Jim Fuess works with liquid acrylic paint on canvas. Most of his paintings are abstract, but there are recognizable forms and faces in a number of the abstract paintings. He is striving for grace and fluidity, movement and balance. He likes color and believes that beauty can be an artistic goal. There is whimsy, fear, energy, movement, fun and dread in his abstract paintings. A lot of his abstract paintings are anthropomorphic. The shapes seem familiar. The faces are real. The gestures and movements are recognizable. 

Howie Good is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Lovesick, and 22 print and digital poetry chapbooks. With Dale Wisely, he is the co-founder of the digital chapbook publisher, White Knuckle Press.

Peter Grieco‘s poems have been published over the past year in Counterexample Poetics, Anemone Sidecar, Tiger’s Eye, Danse Macabre, Folly Magazine, House Organ, Moria, Critiphoria, White Whale, and elsewhere.

Claire Ibarra‘s fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in many literary journals, including The MacGuffin, Boston Literary Magazine, Natural Bridge, Amoskeag, and Quiet Mountain Essays. She is also a contributor to the anthology An Honest Lie: Delusions of Insignificance by Open Heart Publishing.

Rich Ives has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review,  Iowa Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fiction Daily and many more. He is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. His story collection, The Balloon Containing the Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking, was one of five finalists for the 2009 Starcherone Innovative Fiction Prize. In 2010 he has been a finalist in fiction at Black Warrior Review and Mississippi Review and in poetry at Cloudbank and Mississippi Review. The Mississippi Review finalist works appear in the Spring, 2010 issue of that magazine and the Cloudbank finalist appears in the Spring, 2010 issue of that magazine as well.

B. Kari Moore is a 23 year old, second-year MFA Fiction candidate at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. Originally from England, she moved permanently to the United States in 2004. Moore received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature in 2009 from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Her work has appeared in publications such as Black Words on White Paper and Humid, and she is the 2010 recipient of the Robert Olen Butler Award in Fiction. Like any single woman living in the South, she has a roommate and a cat name Mittens.

Keith Moul is a widely published poet for more than 40 years. In the past year about 60-70 of his photos have been published or soon will be. His chapbook,The Grammar of Mind, appeared last November from Blue & Yellow Dog Press. He lives in Washington near the Canadian border.  After retiring from an insurance career, he spends his time writing poems and traveling to take pictures.

Kristine Ong Muslim‘s stories and poems have been accepted in hundreds of publications, including Contrary Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Potomac Review, Southword, and The Pedestal Magazine. She has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize. 

M.J. Nicholls is a firm believer in the brief bio. He lives in Edinburgh and writes fiction and its opposite.

Scott Owens‘ 7th collection of poetry, Something Knows the Moment, will be released from Main Street Rag in August. He edits Wild Goose Poetry Review and 234.

Sarah Rae is an author and fiction editor for Prick of the Spindle. Her fiction novel Charity, about five families during Hurricane Katrina, is forthcoming from Red Willow Digital Press. Her short work has appeared most recently in White Whale Review, The Battered Suitcase, and Spilling Ink Review. A native New Orleanian, she lives and writes in Brooklyn. 

Kurt K. Shinian lives in Fairport, NY and has taught in the SUNY system for several years. He is a graduate from Brown University.

David H.Sutherland‘s work has been published in a number of magazines, journals and reviews including The Mid-American Poetry Review, APR, The American Literary Review, Poetry Magazine and others.

R. I. Sutton‘s fiction has appeared in Kalimat and Zahir, and was nominated for the 2010 Pushcart Prize. She lives in Central Victoria, Australia and is currently working on her first short story collection, A Phantom of Earth and Water.

Dr. Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in over 320 national and international online and print journals. He is a Christian, a self-taught pianist, singer, and painter. His poetry has been nominated three times for the Best of the Net Anthology here. The poems which were nominated include: “The Jazz of Old Wine,’ “The Symbol of Abiotic Needs,” and “The Misfortune of Shallow Sight.” He holds the B.A. and the M.A. in English/Creative Writing/Literature from the University of Memphis and the PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Seton Hall University.

Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and in Chappell Hill, Texas. His photo essays have appeared in Glasgow Review, Public Republic and Narrative Magazine. He shares a gallery with his wife Linda at Moonbird Hill Arts.

Susan Yount is editor & publisher of the Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal and madam of the Chicago Poetry Brothel. Her chapbook, House on Fire, is forthcoming from Tilt Press. She received top honors in the Poetry Center of Chicago’s 2010 Juried Reading and works fulltime at the Associated Press. She is an MFA student in poetry at Columbia College Chicago.