Fall 2009, #16
       "Woodchuck vs. the Hank Williams Zombie"

#16 Contributors

Kimberly Ruth is a recent graduate from SUNY New Paltz where she received a BFA in photography and a BA in journalism. She plans to attend graduate school in the fall, where she will work towards an MFA in fine art. She has been published in a number of online journals including Ditch Poetry, Silenced Press and elimae. She has a mini e-chapbook from Goldwake Press available for free at http://goldwakepress.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/cardboard.pdf. You can view samples of her art work at http://kimberlyruth.blogspot.com.

Ted Pelton is the author of several books, all fiction: Bhang, Endorsed by Jack Chapeau 2 an even greater extent, Malcolm & Jack (and Other Famous American Criminals), and the forthcoming novella, Bartleby, the Sportscaster. He is also the Executive Director of Starcherone Books, and a Professor of Humanities at Medaille College of Buffalo, NY.

Joan Gelfand’s poetry, fiction, reviews, letters and essays have appeared in over eighty national magazines, anthologies and literary journals around the world. Publications include The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Poets & Writers, the New York Times Magazine, Rattle, The Toronto Quarterly, Kalliope, Eclipse and Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. An educator, community organizer and writing coach, Joan teaches in the San Francisco Unified School District under the California Poets in the Schools and Poetry Out Loud programs. A frequent workshop leader and speaker at writer’s conferences, Joan is the Poetry Liaison for the San Francisco Writers Conference. The Fiction Editor for Zeek Magazine, and the Annual Chapbook Judge for Poetica Magazine as well as the Adult Poetry Judge for the 2010 Pleasanton Poetry Festival, Joan will complete a 10 city book tour for “A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams” in June 2010. As President of the Women’s National Book Association, Joan has been responsible for New Chapter Development and Fundraising. Joan earned her MFA from Mills College.

Frances Grote needs a bio.

Joseph Blythe lives in Walnut Creek, CA, and is currently working on a novel about Cuba.

Blue jeans and Jamdani sarees, Sushi and Shorshay Ilish, Munize M. Khasru lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh but refuses to be pegged down in any category. Teacher by day, writer by night, mother of two, daughter of two; one woman with many voices. She is currently working on a short-story anthology to showcase the indefinable Bangladeshi across genders, ages and socio-economic status. Munize is a member of Writers Block.

Alka Roy received her MFA from Bennington College in June 2009. Her work has appeared in Alhamra Review, The Flying Island, NUVO Newsweekly, Radical History Review, Wire Sandwich, Khabar, The SouthAsian, and Linen Weave (an audio compilation). A few translations are forthcoming in the anthology, Modern Poetry of Pakistan, by Eastern Washington University Press.

Dipika Mukherjee recently moved to Shanghai from Amsterdam, where she used to teach Creative Writing. She has a doctorate in English from Texas A&M University. Her debut novel, Thunder Demons, is longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2009 and she won the Platform Flash Fiction competition in April 2009. In the past year, her work has twice appeared in the Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), The South Asia Review (USA), Flashquake (USA), Freefall (Canada), Pilot Pocket Book 5 (Canada), Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore (Singapore) New Writing Dundee (UK) and Muse India (India). She has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, Washington and has edited two anthologies of short stories: Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). Her first poetry collection, The Palimpsest of Exile, was published by Rubicon Press in April 2009.

Ann Taylor is a Professor of English at Salem State College in Salem, Mass. She has written two books on college composition, academic and freelance essays, and a collection of personal essays, Watching Birds: Reflections on the Wing. Her poems have appeared in such places as Arion, Ellipsis, The Dalhousie Review, Appalachia, Snowy Egret, The Aurorean, and Classical and Modern Literature.

John Gallaher is the author of three books of poems, most recently, The Little Book of Guesses (Four Way Books, 2007) and Map of the Folded World (U of Akron Press, 2009). Recent poems appear in Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and The Best American Poetry 2008. He lives in rural Missouri where he co-edits The Laurel Review

Nava Fader received her master's in Poetics from SUNY Buffalo, writing her thesis on Adrienne Rich.   She is the author of two chapbooks: Stonesoup (Slack Buddha, 2009), and The Plath Poems (Dancing Girl, 2009). Most of her poems begin with a line by somebody else.   She is a school librarian in Buffalo.

Ellen Tabios has released 16 print, four electronic and 1 CD poetry collections, an art essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, a short story book and a novel.  She has also exhibited visual art and visual poetry throughout the United States and Asia. Recipient of the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry, she has forthcomingin 2010 the long-awaited THE THORN ROSARY: SELECTED PROSE POEMS 1998-2010, edited with an introduction by poet-critic-painter-scholar Thomas Fink and with an afterword by poet-scholar Joi Barrios-Leblanc.  In poetry, Ms. Tabios has crafted a body of work that is unique for melding ekphrasis with transcolonialism. She’s also edited or co-edited five books of poetry, fiction and essays. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Paintings, Video, Drawings, Visual Poetry, Mixed Media Collages, Kali Martial Arts, Music, Modern Dance and Sculpture. She blogs as the “Chatelaine” at http://angelicpoker.blogspot.com and edits GALATEA RESURRECTS, a popular poetry review journal at http://galatearesurrects.blogspot.com.

Jessica Baron's poems have appeared in Wheelhouse, Matter, Parcel, Reconfigurations, and Mrs. Maybe, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University and a BFA in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University. She lives in the high mountains of southwestern Colorado with her husband and their cat. In the thin air, she writes and performs in repertory theatre.

Katrinka Moore's first full-length book, Thief, is just out from BlazeVOX [books]. Her chapbook, This is Not a Story (Finishing Line Press, 2003) won the New Women’s Voices Prize in Poetry. 

Michael Gessner lives in Tucson with his wife, a watercolorist, and their son, Chris.  His work has been featured in American Letters & Commentary, American Literary Review, The Journal of The American Medical Association, Oxford Magazine, and others. He has read at University College Dublin, and the American-Irish Historical Society (NYC).  His work has been called "Striking," David Barber, The Atlantic, and "Structurally ingenious," Jonathan Galassi, Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Craig Paulenich was born and raised in Western PA; received an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh (1982) and a PhD from Bowling Green State University (1989). He is author of Drift of the Hunt, and co-editor [with Kent Johnson] of Beneath a Single Moon: Buddhism and Contemporary American Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, the South Carolina Review, Kansas Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, the Hiram Poetry Review, Artful Dodge, and many others, and he has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is Associate Professor of English at Kent State University and the KSU Coordinator for the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (NEOMFA).

Michael Kelleher is the author of two collections of poems, Human Scale (BlazeVOX Books, 2007) and To Be Sung (BlazeVOX Books, 2005). His poems and essays have appeared at The Poetry Foundation Website, Jacket, ecopoetics, The Poetry Project Newsletter, The Brooklyn Rail, The Buffalo News, Slope, and others.  In 2008, he began a blog project called "Aimless Reading," in which he daily catalogs his personal library in alphabetical order, photographing and writing about each title. He lives in Buffalo, NY where he works as the Artistic Director of Just Buffalo Literary Center.

Brooks Johnson lives on the west side of of Chicago, where he throws noise rock shows in his basement, runs an anarchist community center called Dr. Who's Werehouse of Ideas, tries to avoid the cops, and keeps a garden. His poems have appeared in O Poss, Effing Magazine, Vert, Blaze Vox, Kadir Koli, Big Bridge, & Origin. He edits the irregular po-rag: Ah Bartleby!

Amy King is the author of I'm the Man Who Loves You and Antidotes for an Alibi, and forthcoming, Men by the Lips of Women (Pudding House) and Slaves to Do These Things (Blazevox Books). For information on the reading series Amy co-curates, please visit The Stain of Poetry: A Reading Series or visit her at amyking.org.

Aaron Lowinger lives in the wilds of Buffalo, NY, one block from the stunning and vacant H.H. Richardson psychiatric hospital. He treasures times spent with friends, families, and fields and has written several chapbooks, many poems, a few stories, which have been variously published. A greater range of work is represented at moundz.blogspot.com.