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Mark Allinson was born way back in 1947, just after the second world war, and was very glad to have missed it. And glad that his father, Keith, who served in the Australian Navy during the war, survived it, since if he hadn’t, Mark wouldn’t be writing poems now, in his semi-retirement on the south coast of New South Wales. Mark didn’t really start writing poetry till his 50s, and he used to keep track of his publications for a while, but he got bored with that and stopped some time ago. But you might find a few scattered around, and quite a few in back issues of this magazine, and in The Chimaera, also.

C.B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden. He divides his time between writing poems and getting ready to write poems. Recently, one of them that appeared in The Raintown Review was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His favorite color is plaid.

Gene Auprey is a retired construction manager presently living in rural Maine. An avid outdoorsman and life long New Englander, much of his poetry deals intimately with the culture and environment of the North Eastern States.

A Pushcart Prize nominee and finalist for Best of the Net, Catherine Chandler's poems and translations have been published in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada. A trained pianist and self-taught guitarist, Catherine lives in Canada where, among other day-jobs, she lectures in Spanish at McGill University's Department of Translation Studies. She is the author of a chapbook, For No Good Reason (The Olive Press, 2008).

Sally Clark has had poems placed in several competition anthologies including the Bridport 2005 and the Templar Anthology 2007 Solitaire. She also enjoys attempting to bring her poetry to life at readings, slams, in fact anywhere she spots a microphone. She is currently studying for an MA in Creative and Critical Writing at Gloucestershire University.

Sally Cook keeps a sharp eye out for the psychological portrait. Featured poet in the fall issue of The Raintown Review, she was nominated there for a 2007 Pushcart Prize. Recent awards include the Best American Poetry Challenge II, and the recent World Order of Narrative and Formalist Poets Contest.

Tim Hawkins has lived and traveled widely throughout the U.S., Southeast Asia and Central America. He has worked as a journalist, technical writer, teacher in international schools, and once, memorably, as a nose-hair clipper model. He currently lives in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. His work has recently appeared in Umbrella: A Journal of Poetry and Kindred Prose.

Sonia Hendy-Isaac is currently studying her Masters in Creative and Critical Writing. She has had several short stories published and has spent two years competing in the world of performance poetry, culminating in three Slam titles. She is based in Cheltenham and intends to embark on her PhD next year.

Jan Iwaszkiewicz is an Australian of Anglo-Polish heritage. He writes both free and formal verse with a preference for the latter. Jan runs a horse stud in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales together with his wife Christine.

Don Kimball is the author of the forthcoming chapbook, Skipping Stones (Pudding House Publications, 2008). His poetry has appeared in the Edge City Review, The Formalist, Iambs & Trochees, The Lyric, The Blue Unicorn, and various other journals and anthologies. In 2007, one of his poems was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and three other poems won two first prizes and a second prize in national contests sponsored by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire.

R. Nemo Hill, co-editor of Modern Metrics Press, is the author of a novel, Pilgrim's Feather (Quantuck Lane Press, 2002), a narrative poem, The Strange Music of Erich Zann (Hippocampus Press, 2004), and a chapbook, Prolegomena To An Essay On Satire (Modern Metrics, 2006). His poetry and fiction appear in various journals including Poetry, Sulfur, Smartish Pace, Measure, and Big City Lit. He lives and works in New York City, but travels frequently to Southeast Asia.

PD Lyons' work has been published by The Shop, Books Ireland, West47, Galway Arts, Irish-American Post, Tapestry, Dimensions, Lost Worlds, Virtual Writer, and Hot Metal Press. A collection of work, Searches for Magic, was published by Lapwing, Belfast in 2001. PD Lyons has also published under the name of Djanet Tozeur in The Corner Voice, Hobo Jungle, and Slipstream, and received The Mattatuck College Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry (1979).

Margaret Menamin, a native of Missouri and now a resident of Murrysville, PA, is a former newspaper reporter, among many other jobs, some of which she’d like to forget. You may read more of her work at

Rick Mullin is a journalist and painter whose poetry has been published in several print and online journals including The New Formalist, Relief, Umbrella, and Light Quarterly.

Tim Murphy’s latest books are Beowulf, A Longman Cultural Edition, co-translated with Alan Sullivan, 2004, and Very Far North, Waywiser Press (London), 2002.

Henry Quince lives in Australia. He’s a recidivist wanderer who has the urge under control—for now. Maybe. He’s been published in The Chimaera, Umbrella, Soundzine, and a few other venues here and there.

Jennifer Reeser is the author of An Alabaster Flask and Winterproof, published by Word Press. Her work appears internationally in journals including POETRY, Botteghe Oscure, The Formalist, and The National Review, and has been anthologized in, among others, Phoenix Rising: The Next Generation of American Formal Poets and Longman's college text An Introduction to Literature edited by X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. She is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and lives in the bayous of southern Louisiana.

Charlotte Runcie is 18 years old and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since being a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2006, she has had work published in magazines including Magma and Mimesis, and won the Oxford University Christopher Tower poetry competition in 2007. She co-edits Pomegranate, the poetry ezine for young writers, and is due to publish a pamphlet of her poetry with tall-lighthouse in 2009.

Tom Sheehan’s Epic Cures, short stories, received an IPPY award. A Collection of Friends was nominated for The Aldren Memoir Award. He’s the recipient of a Silver Rose Award from ART and the Georges Simenon Award from New Works Review for short story excellence. He has nine Pushcart and two Million Writer nominations. He’s published three mystery novels and four books of poetry.

Susan Slaviero lives and writes in a random place just south of Chicago. Her work has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Wicked Alice, Sein und Werden, Prick of the Spindle, Lamination Colony and elsewhere. Susan's chapbook, Apocrypha, is forthcoming from dancing girl press in January of 2009. She is co-editor the online lit zine, blossombones.


Patricia Wallace Jones  is a retired disability advocate with an art degree who knows what it's like to be up Shit Creek. She loves having the time now (not to mention a paddle) to be what she wanted to be when she grew up. More of her work can be seen at

Donald Zirilli  has successfully completed his first beard.

R. K. Sohm  painted masks on the figures in Michaelangelo's Last Judgement, until he was arrested.

Mark Bulwinkle  artist, B. 1946 Boston Mass., lives in Oakland, Ca., Former student of Robert J. Clawson, Weston, Mass., Google Mark Bulwinkle, artist, or see (He is also responsible for our "cover art.")

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