Jeremiah O. Agbaakin is a Nigerian poet, essayist and editor. His poetry interrogates the boundaries of identity, sexuality, divinity and poetry. He was shortlisted for the 2017 Korea-Nigeria Poetry Prize. He has works forthcoming and published on South Florida Poetry Journal, Poetry Pacific, Sentinel Quarterly (UK), Silver Pen (Indiana), Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine, African Writer,Antarctica Journal, Prachya Review, Wagon Magazine, Pulse Nigeria and elsewhere.” (RwA 1.3)
In an alternate life, Muse Lord is a pompous god who has all the global events in check. In reality, he’s gladly enslaved to cooking both words and food, none of which he thinks he does well. He hopes to finally summon the courage to learn how to ride a bicycle.
Mary Alexandra Agner writes of dead women, telescopes, and secrets. Her poems, stories, and nonfiction have appeared, respectively, in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, Shenandoah, and Sky and Telescope, among others. She can be found online at www.pantoum.org (RwA 1.3, RwA 1.4)
Joseph Ahearne is a writer and custom bicycle maker living in Portland, Oregon. He’s currently writing on a memoir about work and family, and keeps a sporadic bicycle blog. His website is www.ahearnecycles.com (RwA 1.4)
Joseph sent off to US Treasury tax archives to see how many jobs he’s had
and learned that in a 12 year period he had and lost 59 jobs.
He was fired from almost half of these.
For everyone’s sake it’s good that he’s self employed.
Mikki Aronoff’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in 3Elements Literary Review, The Lake, EastLit, Virga, Love’s Executive Order, bosque, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, SurVision and elsewhere. She is active in the NM State Poetry Society and is also involved in animal advocacy. (RwA 1.4)
Mikki and her mother once witnessed Sun Dogs,
all the more spectacular for their not knowing what was happening.
Amy Baskin’s work is featured in Fire Poetry Journal, The Ghazal Page, Postcard Poetry and Prose, Dirty Chai, and more. She is a Kay Snow Award recipient for her poem “About Face.” She has worked on revision with Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen and Renee Watson of “I, Too, Collective,” and participates in generative groups hosted by Allison Joseph and Jenn Givhan. (RwA 1.3)
Amy has frequent one-sided conversations with the Dearly Departed. One might think she would do well to curb this, but wouldn’t it be rude to interrupt them mid-thought? Why not let them have their say? She does her deep listening in autumn, and they return the favor each spring.
F.J. Bergmann edits poetry for Mobius: The Journal of Social Change (mobiusmagazine.com) and imagines tragedies on or near exoplanets. Work appears irregularly in Analog, Asimov’s, Polu Texni, Pulp Literature, Silver Blade, and elsewhere. More dystopian first-contact narratives are available in A Catalogue of the Further Suns, which won the 2017 Gold Line Press poetry chapbook contest. fibitz.com (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.2, RwA 1.3)
F.J. Bergmann is plagued by fears that, in the event of immortality, eventually all her poems will be merely the result of cryptomnesia.
Bergmann’s “Absence” first appeared in Abyss & Apex (January 2016)
Allen Braden is the author of A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood and Elegy in the Passive Voice. He has received fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust. His poems recently appeared in The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins. He is the assistant poetry editor of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments. (RwA 1.2)
Sarah Brown Weitzman has been published in hundreds of journals and anthologies including Rosebud, The New Ohio Review, Poet & Critic, The North American Review, Rattle, Mid-American Review, The MacGuffin, Poet Lore, Spillway, etc. Sarah received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. (RwA 1.1)
Sarah was born in 1935 and remembers seeing during the forties Rube Goldberg drawings
in the Sunday newspaper on the same page as “The Funnies.” Only recently did she see
the relationship between his connections and the forming of a poem.
May Chong is a Malaysian writer of spec fic and poetry, born and raised in the state of Selangor. Her work has been most recently published in Rambutan Literary, Micro Malaysians! (Fixi Novo) and Malaysian literary journal Little Basket 2017 (also Fixi Novo), with upcoming features in Strange Horizons, Apparition Lit and Undead: A Poetry Anthology of Ghouls, Ghosts and More (Apex Publications). She tweets at @maysays and Facebooks at facebook.com/maychongwrites. (RwA 1.4)
May’s weaknesses include cool bugs, good cheese, great earrings and bad puns.
Possibly not in that order.
Frank Coffman is Professor of English, Journalism, and Creative Writing at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois. He has published weird, horrific, supernatural, and speculative poetry in a variety of journals and magazines. He founded the Weird Poets Society Facebook site. He selected, edited, and did commentary on Robert E. Howard: Selected Poems. (RwA 1.3)
An avid golfer, Frank has lately been playing only old-time, hickory-shafted golf, using the old style clubs and balls—the modern game getting too technologized. He is a Field Investigator for the Mutual UFO Network [MUFON].
Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Reno, Nevada, but received her MA in English from Penn State. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son. Her poetry has received Rhysling and Pushcart nominations and has appeared in over twenty journals; her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Compelling Science Fiction, Altered Europa, Silver Blade, and The Fantasist. For more about her work, please see www.edda-earth.com. (RwA 1.2, RwA 1.4)
Matt Dennison: After a rather extended and varied second childhood in New Orleans, Matt Dennison’s work has appeared in Rattle, Bayou Magazine, Redivider, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made short films with Michael Dickes, Swoon, and Marie Craven. (RwA 1.1)
Dennison’s “The Pump” first appeared in Concho River Review (2013).
William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire (USA). He has published three critical studies. His poetry has appeared in many journals. He has taught writing and literature at Emerson, Goddard, Boston University, and Keene State College. His new poetry collection is A Black River, A Dark Fall (Splash of Red, 2018). (RwA 1.3)
Troy Farah is a journalist and photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. His work has appeared in VICE, LA Weekly, Spillers #3, Every Day Fiction, LitReactor and others. His website is troyfarah.com (RwA 1.2)
Troy is fascinated by insects and microcosms, an avid medical marijuana enthusiast
and still shoots film photography for some reason.
Erik Fuhrer is a PhD and MFA poetry candidate in English at the University of Notre Dame. His work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Unbroken, Riggwelter, Blazevox, Noble/Gas Qrtrly, Third Wednesday, and various other venues. He lives in Indiana, sometimes unfortunately so, but his dog Moops always brightens up his existence. (RwA 1.4)
H.L. Fullerton writes fiction—mostly speculative, occasionally about wolves and cheeseburgers—which is sometimes published in places like Lackington’s, Tales to Terrify, Typhon Vol. 2, and Daily Science Fiction. (RwA 1.4)
D.G. “Greg” Geis is the author of “Fire Sale” (Tupelo Press/Leapfolio) and “Mockumentary” Main Street Rag). Most recently, his poetry has appeared in Fjords, Skylight 47 (Ireland), A New Ulster Review (Ireland), Crannog Magazine (Ireland), The Moth, (Ireland), Into the Void (Ireland), The Naugatuck River Review, The Tishman Review, Zoomorphic (U.K.), The Kentucky Review, Ink and Letters, The Worcester Review, Broad River Review, and Under the Radar (Nine Arches Press UK). He was shortlisted for both the 2016 Percy French Prize (Strokestown International Poetry Festival, Ireland) and 2016 The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, Ireland. He lives in Houston, Texas. (RwA 1.1)
Greg has a voracious appetite for tabloids, television, and true crime.
Something his poet friends find appalling. He think this is an understandable reaction
to having 2 graduate degrees in philosophy. After all,
why invent a world when the one we live in is so damn strange?
Robbie Gamble‘s poems have appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, The Wax Paper, DISTRICT LIT, Naugatuck River Review, What Rough Beast, and Poet Lore. He works as a nurse practitioner caring for homeless people in Boston, Massachusetts. (RwA 1.4)
Robbie has an occasional affinity for jelly donuts.
He was once interviewed in The National Enquirer,
right next to an article revealing that Barbara Bush and her dog
were taking the same medication for treatment of similar ailments.
Samara Golabuk is a Pushcart nominee whose work has appeared most recently or is forthcoming in Bird’s Thumb, Eunoia Review, The Christian Century, Inflectionist Review and others. She has two children, works in marketing and design, and has returned to university to complete her BA in Poetry. More at www.samarawords.com. (RwA 1.4)
Samara’s poem “Woman of an Era” was inspired by an ability
she has developed over the years
to write what she calls “6-minute poems.” Because when you have kids
and the pasta is on to boil for dinner but you are determined to write,
that’s about what you’ve got to work with.
Karen Greenbaum-Maya, retired clinical psychologist, German major, two-time Pushcart nominee and occasional photographer, no longer lives for Art but still thinks about it a lot. Since she returned to poetry in 2008, her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Comstock Poetry Review, Off the Coast, Otoliths, Naugatuck Poetry Review, and, Measure. Kattywompus Press publishes her two chapbooks, Burrowing Song and Eggs Satori. Kelsay Books publishes her book-length collection, The Book of Knots and their Untying. She co-hosts Fourth Sundays, a poetry series in Claremont, California. For links to work on-line, go to: www.cloudslikemountains.blogspot.com/ (RwA 1.3, RwA 1.4)
Last night, Karen dreamt of crap she’s already dreamt about again.
John Guzlowski’s poetry, essays, and fiction appears in Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, North American Review, Salon.Com, Rattle, Nimrod, and many other print and online journals here and abroad. His writing about his parents’ experiences as slave laborers in Nazi Germany and refugees in America appears in his memoir in prose and poetry, Echoes of Tattered Tongues (Aquila Polonica Press). The book received the 2017 Ben Franklin Award for Poetry and the Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal for most thought provoking book. Of Guzlowski’s writing, Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz said, “He has an astonishing ability for grasping reality.” (RwA 1.2)
Reading Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
When I first read it I was
Young, eighteen, a student
Too young to know what
Really feeds us, I laughed
And said to my friend Mike
Rychlewski, “And they call
This oatmeal poetry? They
Should feed it to the cows.”
Guzlowski’s “The Love Song of T. S. Eliot: A Sonnet” first appeared in Mayday (Fall 2013)
Markus ‘Star’ Harwood-Jones is a white, queer, mad, trans, space-case and day-dreamer, living in Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territories. Star’s work focuses on the importance of justice, community, healing, and radical love, working as an author, illustrator, and film-maker. Their main artistic works include the all-trans documentary Mosaic, the Confessions of a Teenage Transsexual Whorezines, and the collection of short stories known as Everything & All At Once. Learn more at www.starkisscreations.com. (RwA 1.3)
Star’s “The Story Swallowers” first appeared in The Broken Pencil (February 2017)
Liam Hogan is an Oxford Physics graduate and award winning London based writer. Abandoned in a library at the tender age of 3, he emerged blinking into the sunlight many years later with an aversion to loud noises and a head full of words. His short story “Ana”, appears in Best of British Science Fiction 2016 (NewCon Press) and his twisted fantasy collection, “Happy Ending Not Guaranteed”, is published by Arachne Press. Liam dreams in Dewey Decimals. Find out more at happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk or tweet @LiamJHogan (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.3)
Hogan’s “Labyrinth” first appeared in Ex Fic (April 2014)
C.L. Holland is a British writer of speculative fiction. She has a BA in English with Creative Writing, and MA in English, and likes to learn things for fun. She lives with her partner, and two cats who don’t understand why they can’t share her lap with the laptop. Her website can be found at clholland.weebly.com. (RwA 1.1)
She makes paper from scratch creating figured paper and vessels.
An avid crochet designer (over 150 designs), she also digs
weaving with sticks, which finds its expression in masks.
She sings a lot, owns a tenor and alto sax,
piano, guitar and over 2500 records.
Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s poetry has appeared in The Lyric, VerseWisconsin, The Alabama Literary Review, Autumn Sky Poetry, Consequence Journal, Able Muse, Mandragora (Scarlet Imprint), Poem, Revised (Marion Street Press) and many other places. Her work has been nominated for “The Best of the Net” and The Pushcart Prize (twice on the Pushcart so far). Her latest book is Remind Me (Ancient Cypress Press). A post-modern drop out, she now lives on a farm, nestled besides a dark forest, in Deep Cascadia. More about her and her formal poetics here. (RwA 1.2)
Juleigh Howard-Hobson was originally left-handed, but was trained in school to use
her non-dominant one…this likely has something or other to do with her attitude
toward rules in general. Or maybe not.
Alexander James lives in West London with his wife. He is an amateur writer of poetry and short stories in English and Chinese, with work featured in Rattle and After the Pause among others. You can find his Chinese-language work at facebook.com/grasshopperpoetry (RwA 1.1)
Babo Kamel’s poems have appeared in literary reviews in the US, Australia, and Canada. Some of these include Painted Bride Quarterly, Abyss & Apex, The Greensboro Review, Alligator Juniper, The Grolier Poetry Prize, Contemporary Verse 2, Rust +Moth, Mobius, a Journal of Social Change, and 2River Review. She was a winner of The Charlotte Newberger Poetry Prize and is a Pushcart nominee. She has work forthcoming in Pantheon Magazine, Redactions Poetry & Poetics, Mizmor L’David Anthology, Lines+Stars, Origins, and dreams&nightmares. She can be reached at: babokamel.com (RwA 1.3)
Siham Karami lives in Florida and co-owns a technology recycling company. Her poetry and critical work have been published in such places as The Comstock Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Able Muse, Think, Unsplendid, Sukoon, thethepoetry, The Turnip Truck(s), and The Rumpus. A three-time Pushcart and twice Best of the Net nominee, she blogs at sihamkarami.wordpress.com. (RwA 1.2)
Siham can compose and memorize poems (and songs, music and lyrics) in her head,
after finding herself frequently unable to write them down at the moment of inspiration.
She is moved to tears by fireworks displays and meteor showers.
The name Siham means “arrow” in Arabic, which is also sometimes her nickname,
another reason to love being Riddled with them.
Herb Kauderer is a retired Teamster who somehow grew up to become an associate professor of English at Hilbert College. This life shift was enabled by too many college degrees and too many poetry publications. His work has appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Grievous Angel, Blood Sweat & Tears, Gnarled Oak, and many more places. Flying Solo: The Lana Invasion is his eleventh book of poetry, out recently from Poet’s Haven Press. More about his writing can be found at HerbKauderer.com. (RwA 1.2)
Herb has forgotten how to play the drums.
Ahmed A. Khan is a Canadian writer, originally hailing from India. His works have appeared in various venues including Interzone, Strange Horizons, Anotherealm, Murderous Intent, and Plan-B. Some of his stories have been translated and published in Finnish, German, Greek and Croatian publications. He has also edited/co-edited anthologies including SF Waxes Philosophical, A Mosque Among the Stars and Dandelions on Mars. His facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/ahmedkhanwrites/. (RwA 1.2)
The only unusual thing Ahmed can think of about himself
is that he doesn’t find anything unusual about himself.
Khan’s “Point, Counter Point” first appeared in Sparks (October 2008)
Anastasia Kirke is a scribbler, traveler, and literary omnivore currently residing on a sun-washed rock in the middle of a warm sea. She has acted as writer and editor for various grassroots literary initiatives including Stejjer Imfewħa, Schlock Magazine, and the Juniper Bends Reading Series. You can stalk her on anastasiakirke.wordpress.com (RwA 1.1)
E.E. King is a performer, writer, biologist and painter. Her books are; Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, (“Impish and delightful, a hilarious Zagat’s guide to heaven!” Ray Bradbury “A fantastical, profound, hilarious and rollicking good ride through the heavens and hells of the Afterlife! A wonderful book.” —Margaret Cho) and Another Happy Ending. She has worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain, butterflies in South Central Los Angeles and lectured on island evolution and marine biology on cruise ships in the South Pacific and Caribbean—in short, anything that won’t pay the bills. Check out paintings writing and musings at www.elizabetheveking.com. (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.2)
King has raises egrets and other birds and beasts—they rarely bite
the hand that feeds them, and unlike people, lack teeth.
King’s “How Novels Grow” first appeared in Grievous Angel (2015)
Kim Peter Kovac works nationally and internationally in theater for young audiences with an emphasis on new play development and networking. He tells stories on stages as producer of new plays, and tells stories in writing with lineated poems, prose poems, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, haiku, haibun, and microfiction, with work appearing or forthcoming in print and on-line in journals from Australia, India, Dubai (UAE), England, Scotland, South Africa, and the USA including The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Red Paint Hill, Elsewhere, Frogpond, Mudlark, and Counterexample Poetics. kimpeterkovac.tumblr.com (RwA 1.1)
Kim’s been fortunate enough to have traveled internationally,
and has written pieces set in Amsterdam; Baku, Azerbaijan; Beijing; Berlin;
Bratislava, Slovakia: Robben Island,
South Africa; Tokyo; Vienna; Wadi Rum, Jordan; Warsaw.
Chris Kuriata lives in St. Catharine, Ontario. His short fiction about elderly poisoners, whale hunting clowns, and translating the dead has appeared in many fine publications such as Taddle Creek, The New Quarterly, and Weirdbook. You can read more about his work at chriskuriata.wordpress.com (RwA 1.4)
Chris flatters himself an excellent cook, with his best dish eggplant lasagna.
Sandra J. Lindow has been publishing her poetry for over 56 years. Her first poem was published when she was 11. She has seven books of poetry and 23 Rhysling nominations. Presently she is Vice President of the SFPA. (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.2)
Sandra Lindow learned flower gardening from her grandmother,
a very wise woman who nevertheless neglected to tell Sandra that peonies
required ants to bloom. At first Sandra tried to rid her own peonies of the unsightly ants
until a gardening book revealed the unsettling commensal truth.
Lindow’s “How to Write Your Own Peony” (RwA #1) first appeared in An Ariel Anthology: transformational poetry & art (November 2014)
Lisa Lutwyche received an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College (Vermont). Poet, artist, produced playwright, and actor, she has been published across the US and the UK. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lisa’s full-length book of poetry, A Difficult Animal, was Published by Saddle Road Press in 2016. Lisa’s background includes a BFA in painting, a BA in art history, and 22 years in architecture. She has taught creative writing at arts centers, retreats, and libraries since 1992, and art and theatre to special needs adults. Lisa is an adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Cecil College in Maryland. (RwA 1.2)
Lisa grew up in a house of Music. Her mother’s piano and her father’s cello
were probably the first things she ever heard. She grew up backstage
behind symphony orchestras, with musicians and conductors from all over the world.
Lisa hears music in her head, constantly,in multi-part harmonies.
Eileen Malone is widely published as a poet and story teller and lives in the coastal fog at the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area where, retired from teaching for the California Poets in the Schools and local California Community Colleges, she devotes her time to writing her own edgy stuff and trying to get it out there, at last. Learn more at www.eileenmalone.us (RwA 1.3)
Eileen also founded and now directs the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition (in its 25th year) and a voting member of the Northern California Book Reviewer Awards.
Charlotte Mandel‘s tenth book of poetry, To Be the Daylight, is forthcoming from White Violet Press, imprint of Kelsay Books. Previous titles include Through a Garden Gate, photographs by Vincent Covello, (David Robert Books), and two poem-novellas of feminist biblical revision—The Life of Mary and The Marriages of Jacob. Awards include the New Jersey Poets Prize and two fellowships in poetry from New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She edited the Eileen W. Barnes Award Anthology, Saturday’s Women. Critical essays include articles on the role of cinema in the life and work of H.D. Visit her at www.charlottemandel.com. (RwA 1.2)
John C. Mannone has work in Blue Fifth Review, Peacock Journal, Gyroscope Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Baltimore Review, Pedestal, and Pirene’s Fountain. He’s the recipient of the prestigious Jean Ritchie Fellowship (2017) for Appalachian literature. Other accomplishments: two Weymouth residencies; three poetry collections [2017 Elgin-nominated Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing), Disabled Monsters (Linnet’s Wings Press) featured at the 2016 Southern Festival of Books, Flux Lines (Celtic Cat Publishing)]; the Joy Margrave Award in creative nonfiction (2015, 2017); 2016 Event Horizon finalist; Pushcart and Rhysling nominations. He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex, Silver Blade, and Liquid Imagination. http://jcmannone.wordpress.com. (RwA 1.2)
a PhD (candidacy) in Electrical Engineering; and experience as a research scientist,
consultant to the nuclear industry, and physics professor,
John’s right-brain came out of comatose when poetry discovered him
in May 2004. He lives between Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN.
Mariev, Erie Matriarch has published in print and online venues, including Farrago’s Wainscot, Indigenous Fiction, Serendipity, The Bad Version, Shadows of the Mind Anthology, Fiction Brigade, Writing That Risks, Red Bridge Press, Real Lies, Zharmae Press, Tortured Souls, Scarlett River Press, Up, Do; Flash Fiction by Women Writers, Flapperhouse, Two Sisters Publishing and Advances in Parapsychological Research (Saybrook). Her website is THE ERIE IS COMING: Www.MarievFinnegan.yolasite.com (RwA 1.3)
As was her Mama and her Mama before her, Mariev is Matriarch of the Erie, a tribe notorious for intense psychic abilities and higher awareness. And a disposition for difficulty with authority. She is a gonzo non-fiction magical realism writer and mystic intuitive. She lives on the dead end of Erie Street on the edge of the Erie Canal in a Gothic house with her grandson, Jacob Stump, an owl named Who? , a three-legged dog, Bloody Stump and a cat, Erie.
Ross McCleary is from Edinburgh, Scotland. He is an editor of podcast journal Lies, Dreaming; an organiser for spoken word night Inky Fingers; and had a novella published by Maudlin House in 2016. Recently he has been published by Constellations, Five2One, and is forthcoming in Pushing Out the Boat. He can be found on twitter @strongmisgiving. (RwA 1.1)
Ross was born 9 months after Jorge Luis Borges passed away.
practiced law, dated clay tobacco pipes from archaeological digs,
and served as a court-appointed special advocate for a boy in foster care.
Michelle Muenzler, known at local science fiction and fantasy conventions as “The Cookie Lady”, writes fiction both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. Her short fiction and poetry can be read in numerous science fiction and fantasy magazines, and she takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets. If you wish to lure her out of hiding, you can friend her on Facebook or chase her down at a local SF/F convention where she will ply you with hundreds of home-baked cookies while gleefully describing the latest horror she’s written. She supposes you could also contact her at michellemuenzler.com, but she finds electronic cookies far less tasty than real ones. (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.3)
Muenzler’s “This is the Story That Devours Itself” first appeared in Daily Science Fiction (March 2015).
“The Stories They Tell” first appeared in Horror D’oeuvres (July 2014).
Gregory L. Norris lives and writes from the outer limits of New Hampshire. He recently penned the novelization of the classic made-for-TV movie, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW: INTO INFINITY (Anderson Entertainment), which he watched as an eleven-year-old boy in the living room of the enchanted cottage where he grew up. Follow his literary adventures at www.gregorylnorris.blogspot.com.” (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.3)
Norris loves coffee, cats, and his emerald-eyed muse.
Writing, he often emotes, is the heart that beats inside his heart.
Toti O’Brien’s mixed media have been exhibited in group and solo shows, in Europe and the US. She has illustrated two children books and two memoirs. Her artwork has appeared in Nonbinary Review, Adanna, Star 82, and Brain of Forgetting, among other journals and magazines. (RwA 1.1)
Toti is known as the Italian accordionist with the Irish last name—also famous for
owning a monster grapefruit tree, never wearing a pair of socks in her life, and
climbing all the way to the top of Mount Boldy in a pair of worn out ballerina shoes.
O’Brien’s “Malamormiononmuore, 1” can also be found on her website, totihan.net/artist.html.
Christa Pandey is an Austin poet, whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. The wedding garland analogy stems from the Indian side of her family (husband’s), while she herself migrated from Europe. She has published three chapbooks, Southern Seasons, Maya, and Hummingbird Wings. (RwA 1.2)
Much of Christa’s life has been spent juggling three cultures:
that of her birth (German), that of her marriage (Indian) and that
of the United States where she has lived for half a century. Christa and her spouse
just completed 50 years of an intercultural, interracial, interfaith marriage.
Alan Perry is a retired Human Resources executive with a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. His poems have won awards from the League of Minnesota Poets and Arizona State Poetry Society, and have appeared or are forthcoming in Talking Stick, Sleet Magazine, Gyroscope Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Gnarled Oak, and elsewhere. (RwA 1.2)
Alan is a native Minnesotan who said he would someday avoid
the near-death winter freezings in his home state.
In retirement, he and his wife now spend winters in Tucson, Arizona,
where the University of Arizona Poetry Center, combined with
the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis,
feel like the mother lodes of poetry immersion year-round.
At weekends Winston Plowes aspires to be a hare chasing bicycles and winning by miles, obviously still wearing a cravat and comfortable shoes. In the week he might become a ray of light after a thunderstorm solving the final clue in everyone’s crosswords. But for the time being he is more than happy to have his found poems published in such places as Heron Tree, The Mondegreen, Shuff, Streetcake, Verbatim, Monkey Kettle, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Hebden Bridge Times, The Found Poetry Review, The Best of Manchester Poets Vol 3 (Puppywolf Press) and now excitingly in Riddled with Arrows. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethany Powell’s first published fantasy poem was inspired by being a spinner of literal yarn. She works as a coach to creators, building up their physical and emotional health in order to continue their work. She does her part for weirdness in rural Oklahoma, which inspires much of her poetry. Read more of her work at bethanypowell.com. (RwA 1.1)
Bethany is working on her Korean script, to add to Japanese and English.
If she master writing systems in more languages, she wonders
if she can transmute into a megapoet?
Jenn Powers is a writer and photographer from New England. She is currently writing a CNF memoir and her most recent work is published or forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Jabberwock Review, The Pinch, Gulf Stream Lit Mag, and Raven Chronicles, among others. Please visit www.jennpowers.com. (RwA 1.2)
Jenn loves adventure and has a permanent case of wanderlust. She climbs mountains
and hikes forests. Her last epic trip was a solo cross country exploration
spanning five weeks, almost 8,000 miles, and 21 states.
The best part was being alone.
Ken Poyner’s collections of short fiction, Constant Animals and Avenging Cartography, and his latest collections of poetry, Victims of a Failed Civics and The Book of Robot, can be obtained from Barking Moose Press, www.barkingmoosepress.com. He serves as bewildering eye-candy at his wife’s power lifting affairs. His poetry lately has been sunning in Analog, Asimov’s, Poet Lore; and his fiction has yowled in Spank the Carp, Red Truck, Café Irreal. www.kpoyner.com. (RwA 1.3)
While himself a 278 pound recreational weight lifter, Ken’s wife is a 97 pound world champion powerlifter who holds approximately 20 world records. They look bizarre together, and have to convince people she is the powerlifter. Some refuse to believe it. Ken’s had to accept her registration packages at contests and pass them to her.
Michael M. Rader is an engineer and father who writes in the infinitesimal slivers of time between those responsibilities. His work has been featured on Pseudopod Podcast, Fiction Vortex magazine and in the Corvidae anthology through World Weaver Press. Additionally, he has an improvised comedy podcast called We’ll Get It Right Next Year where he and a friend spend a year speculating about the plot of a movie based on its title. (RwA 1.3)
While he’s very proud to be featured in this publication, the pinnacle of Michael’s creative output is and always will be when the PBS television show Zoom produced a heavily bowdlerized adaptation of a play he sent in to the show when he was twelve.
Wendy Rathbone has had over 500 poems published in venues such as: Asimov’s, Apex, Pedestal, Dreams & Nightmares, Mythic Delirium, and upcoming in Star*Line, Silver Blade and more. Her most recent poetry book, Dead Starships, is available on Amazon, as is her current Elgin Award nominated book, Turn Left at November. Two of her poems were recently nominated for the Rhysling Award. She lives in Yucca Valley, CA. (RwA 1.1)
Decades ago, autodidact & bloody-minded optimist kerry rawlinson gravitated from sunny Zambian skies to solid Canadian soil. She now pursues Art & Literature’s Muses barefoot, her patient husband ensuring she’s fed. Recent pieces appear in Polar Expressions; Arc Poetry; Bones; Pedestal; Speculative66; ReflexFiction; pioneertown; Anti-HerionChic; Minola Review; Geist; AdHocFiction; FiveOnTheFith; amongst others. Visit kerryrawlinson.tumblr.com for published work. (RwA 1.4)
kerry has a 6 year-old heart, wrapped in a 120-year-old brain,
trapped in a 60+-year-old body.
She’s been a lifetime devotee of “the arts”; and helped develop
photographs in her father’s darkroom.
She never photoshops. She loves her stunning Okanagan Valley
in beautiful British Columbia, Canada;
but pines for Zambian avocados.
John Reinhart is an arsonist, father of three, and poet. He was the recipient of the 2016 Horror Writers Association Dark Poetry Scholarship, and he has been a Pushcart, Rhysling, and Dwarf Stars award nominee. To date, he has penned five collections of poetry, with a sixth (arson – NightBallet Press) out in early 2018. Find his work at http://home.hampshire.edu/~jcr00/reinhart.html and @JReinhartPoet
Reinhart is the 2004 northeast regional 16 and over beginner division yo-yo champion,
Colorado young adult state fiddle champion, and expert garbage picker.
Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems, (2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, (2015), and Enter Here (2017). She is published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Hobart, Slipstream, Plume, Nashville Review, Diode, Glass, Tinderbox, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. Her photos are published world wide, including River Styx, and the covers of Witness, Heyday, The Chiron Review, and Nerve Cowboy. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles. (RwA 1.4)
Alexis shoots both street and studio photography, and has shot over
100 Southern California poets,
including a show at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA for Poetry Month in 2015.
She shot her 10th book cover last month. Check out her work at www.alexisrhonefancher.com
Helen Ruggieri lives in Upstate New York (way, way upstate) where she teaches a writing workshop at the African American Center. She has a book of poems from Mayapple Press – The Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time. www.HelenRuggieri.com. (RwA 1.3)
Karlo Sevilla writes from Quezon City, Philippines. His poems have appeared in Philippines Graphic and in the following international political literary magazines: I am not a silent poet, Radius, Matter, Tuck Magazine, Outcast Poetry, and Razorhouse. He also coaches wrestling, trains in Brazilian Luta Livre, and does volunteer work for the labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (Solidarity of Filipino Workers). He tweets @KarloSevilla. (RwA 1.4)
Karlo’s mother, a human rights activist who hails from his country’s Bicol region, really cooks a mean Bicol Express. And he really has two (late) maternal uncles who were incarcerated as political prisoners — before one suffered enforced disappearance and remains missing since 1977, and the other assassinated in 2001.
Karen Slikker is an emerging poet, as well as artist and theatrical director. She recently completed a writer’s residency at Salmon Poetry and Literary Center in Ireland. She is a member of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild. (RwA 1.2)
Karen fell in love with words at an early age and never recovered. She is regularly razzed
by family and friends regarding her vocabulary. “Honestly, I am NOT showing off.
I just dearly love finding the exact right word for what I want to say!”
Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives and writes in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the author of two books, Reading Berryman to the Dog and Discount Fireworks (both Jacaranda Books) and five chapbooks, the most recent They Went to the Beach to Play (LoCoFo Chaps, 2017). Her work has been anthologized in The Poets Grimm, (Storyline Press) and elsewhere and is available on line and in print. For more information, check her website www.wendytaylorcarlisle.com. (RwA 1.3)
Wendy lives in a mountain cabin that started tiny and became plenty with a husband, David, who has always been plenty. They share two huge (ish) rescue dogs of uncertain parentage and a black cat. They do not share an eccentric turn of mind, that’s all Wendy’s.
Bill Thomas is a cartoonist who attended Edinboro University, studying biochemistry and graphic arts. He opted for a career as an artist and also does film and video work. He started cartooning with his brother Bob and has been doing it for over 15 years, appearing in numerous publications. (RwA 1.3)
Bill is also a martial artist who loves Japanese and Chinese artwork.
Pat Tompkins is an editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in Mslexia, Nanoism, KYSO Flash, and other publications. (RwA 1.4)
A favorite escape from Pat’s desk is swimming outdoors,
including in a Norwegian fjord and a Copenhagen canal.
Will Wells‘ latest book of poems, Odd Lots, Scraps & Second-hand, Like New, won the the 2016 Grayson Books Poetry Prize and was published in April 2017. His previous collection, Unsettled Accounts, won the Hollis Summers’ Poetry Prize and was published in 2010 by Ohio Univ./Swallow Press. Anhinga Press published an earlier collection. Will teaches English at an Ohio College and has published individual poems and translations widely. (RwA 1.4)
While he can recall hardly anything about any other meals from his childhood,
meals at the table of Will’s Grandmother, Emma Selzer, had an electric quality
and they remain vividly imprinted in his memory.
Sometimes he can still smell the food.
Wells poem “A Family Recipe” first appeared in his book, Odd Lots, Scraps & Second-hand, Like New (Grayson Books)
Thomas R. Winward is an engineer and an avid pursuer of all things sci-fi, fantasy and weird. When not juggling his many hobbies, he spends his time trying to warp his children into gamers. His first published story “Light” was recently released in Gathering Storm Magazine. (RwA 1.3, RwA 1.4)
Terry Wright is a writer and artist who lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. His art has been featured widely in venues, including Queen Mob’s Tea House, Potion, Sliver of Stone, The Jet Fuel Review, Third Wednesday, and USA Today. Exhibitions include the 57th Annual Delta Exhibition. More art available at cruelanimal.com. (RwA 1.1)
Terry’s sunrise can beat up yours.
Wright’s “The Nag of Literature” can also be found on his blog, “Blog with a View”.
Jane Yolen, “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” is the author of 366 books including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. Her books, stories, poems have won an assortment of awards–two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott Medal, three Golden Kite awards, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award, among many others. She’s the first writer in the Connecticut River Valley to win the New England Public Radio’s Arts and Humanities Award. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. www.janeyolen.com (RwA 1.2)
From Jane: “My friend Betsy’s mom loved my book Owl Moon so much,
she had Betsy reread it to her as she lay dying. I can think
of no greater honor for a writer than a woman of character and courage
asking for something I wrote to send her on
her final journey. My hands shook as I wrote this poem.
It’s the first of two–this when she rallied
the other written weeks later after her death, both of which
Betsy plans to read at the memorial service.
Another way writing holds us together.
Tyler Young is a Midwestern lawyer by day, fiction writer by night. His stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction and Nature and are forthcoming in Gamut and the Sunvault Anthology. When he isn’t writing, he is usually at a zoo or museum with his wife and two children. Follow him @Tyler_A_Young. (RwA 1.1)
Amanda Yskamp’s work has been published in such magazines as Threepenny Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Georgia Review, Boxcar Review, Rattapallax, and Caketrain. She lives on the 10-year flood plain of the Russian River, where she teaches writing from her online classroom. (RwA 1.2)
Andrena Zawinski’s latest collection, Landings, is forthcoming from Kelsay Books in June 2017. Zawinski has published two previous full collections of poetry: Something About (Blue Light Press, San Francisco, CA), a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award recipient, and Traveling in Reflected Light (Pig Iron Press, Youngstown, O), a Kenneth Patchen competition winner. She has also authored four chapbooks. Zawinski runs the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon and is Features Editor at Poetry Magazine. Her poetry has won awards for free verse, form, spirituality, and social concern. andrenazawinski.wordpress.com (RwA 1.1)
Andrena Zawinski is a poet who sometimes dabbles in flash fiction,
a feminist activist andlong time educator, as well as an avid shutterbug.
She was born and raised Pittsburgh, PAbut lives on the city island of Alameda, CA
on a flyway where she delights in all the birds that wing by.
Zawinski’s “Writing Lessons” first appeared in Paterson Literary Review 32,
and was an Allen Ginsberg Honors recipient (2002)
Jim Zola is a poet and photographer living in North Carolina (RwA 1.2, RwA 1.4) .
Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore,
as a teacher for Deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price,
and currently as a children’s librarian.