F.J. Bergmann has appeared in Analog, Asimov’s SF, Apex, Dreams and Nightmares, Silver Blade, plus a bunch of literary journals that should have known better, and is still for the immediate future the editor of Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and poetry editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. Vacillates between being a failed visual artist and thus unhampered by writer’s block, and the other way around.
One of Bergmann’s colossal tentacles (which ends in a barbed hook) can reach all the way from the bedroom to the refrigerator. Includes stairs.
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.
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.
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.
Dennison’s “The Pump” first appeared in Concho River Review (2013).
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.
Greg has a voracious appetite for tabloids, television, and true crime.Something his poet friends find appalling. He think this is an understandable reactionto having 2 graduate degrees in philosophy. After all, why invent a world when the one we live in is so damn strange?
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 twisted fantasy collection, Happy Ending Not Guaranteed, is published by Arachne Press. Find out more at happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk or tweet @LiamJHogan . He dreams in Dewey Decimals.
It is probably best not to trust anything Liam says. He is and always will be, a Liar. Find him onstage at the live literary event, Liars’ League, if you dare.
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.
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
E.E. King is a performer, writer, biologist and painter. Ray Bradbury says King’s stories “…are marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” Her books include Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife and Another Happy Ending, a story collection. King has won numerous awards and is published widely. She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, Mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and butterflies in South Central Los Angeles. Check out her stories, paintings and blogs at elizabetheveking.com.
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)
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
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, Singapore, South Africa, and the USA including The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Red Paint Hill, Elsewhere, Frogpond, Mudlark, and Counterexample Poetics. kimpeterkovac.tumblr.com
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; and Warsaw.
Sandra J. Lindow has more Rhysling nominations than the count of her fingers and toes. She has seven collections of poetry and numerous awards. Presently she is SFPA VP. She lives in Menomonie, Wis. where she writes, edits, teaches and competes with wild life for her garden’s bounty.
“Once” was written in 2013 after undergoing treatment for breast cancer. It represents a clearing of chemo fog and an affirmation of the artistic life.
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.
Ross was born 9 months after Jorge Luis Borges passed away.
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. Find links to more of her work at michellemuenzler.com, or pick up her bleakly disturbing and blackly humorous novella, “The Hills of Meat, the Forest of Bone”, at your favorite online retailer.
Muenzler’s “This is the Story That Devours Itself” first appeared in Daily Science Fiction (March 2015).
Gregory L. Norris writes full-time from the outer limits of New Hampshire’s North Country. His career has been chronicled on TV, radio, and in numerous online interviews. Follow his literary adventures on Facebook and at gregorylnorris.blogspot. com.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 Bladeand 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.
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.
Terry’s sunrise can beat up yours.
Wright’s “The Nag of Literature” can also be found on his blog, “Blog with a View”.
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.
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
Zawinski is a poet who sometimes dabbles in flash fiction, a feminist activist and long time educator, as well as an avid shutterbug. She was born and raised Pittsburgh, PA, but 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)