Gale Acuff has had poetry published in Ohio Journal, Descant, Adirondack Review, Florida Review, Carolina Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Santa Barbara Review, and many other journals. He has authored three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel (BrickHouse Press, 2004), The Weight of the World (BrickHouse, 2006), and The Story of My Lives (BrickHouse, 2008). He has taught university English in the US, China, and the Palestinian West Bank.

Scott Newton Allen received an MFA from the California College of the Arts where he edited poetry for the literary journal Eleven Eleven. He has taught English language in Southern California and Bologna Italy, and English composition at San Quentin State Prison. He has contributed poetry, essays and book reviews to Eleven Eleven, The Willow Tree People,Chaparral, Poetry Super Highway and Ouroboros.

Suzanne Allen’s poems appear in anthologies and journals in four countries and her first press-published chapbook, Verisimilitude, is available at She’s also a rogue videographer and a co-editor of the Paris based issue.ZERO.

Tamar Altebarmakian is a second year fiction MFA student at California State University, Long Beach. She has an unwavering affinity for British television and science-fiction and hopes to wake up one day to the realization that she has been a time-travelling Brit all along. She is a recipient of the Gerald Locklin Writing Prize and her work has appeared in RipRap and made the Top 25 list in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open.

Liana Vrajitoru Andreasen is originally from Romania and currently lives in McAllen, TX where she is an Associate Professor at South Texas College. She has published stories in Fiction International, The Raven Chronicles, Thunderdome, Scintilla, The Horror Zine, The Willow Review, Mobius, a Journal of Social Change, Interstice, and others. She received two Pushcart nominations (for fiction and for translation work).

Mila Anhielo is a 21 year old English major living in Los Angeles, like everyone else, she supposes. She is an avid blogger and reader, who has recently been featured in Crack The Spine, an online literary magazine, as well as in other online publications. She hopes her writing makes a connection, and someone out there can be slightly amused.

Lloyd Aquino teaches English composition and literature at Mount San Antonio College. His work has been published in Chaffey Review, Pomona Valley Review, Suisun Valley Review, Underground Voices, Turbulence, and Atlantic Pacific Press.

Jose Arroyo is a single father of 3 who repairs and maintains industrial and commercial air conditioners at a steel mill in Rancho Cucamonga for a living.

Michael Ashley

April Avalon has been writing for five years, getting inspiration from various experiences seen by the eyes of a thinker. The purpose of her creativity is urging people to see beyond the bounds, to be themselves, to speak their minds loud, not to be afraid to differ from the crowd. She creates to destroy. To destroy the naive beliefs. To destroy the stereotypes.

Ronald Baatz and his wife live in New York.

Danny P. Barbare resides in Greenville, SC. His poetry has won The Jim Gitting’s Award. He has been writing poetry off and on for 32 years.

Mikey Bachman, born and raised in Orange County, California, is a student at California State University Long Beach currently double majoring in creative writing and literature.

Tony Barnstone

Julie Bartoli is an English and journalism student at the University of Connecticut. She is the winner of the 2014 Collins Literary Prose Prize and the 2014 Jennie Hackman Memorial Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in Inwood Indiana, NEAT Magazine and The Long River Review.

Allie Marini Batts

Marcella Benton lives in Lakeland, Florida with her husband and pets. She works as a legal assistant and as an artist for her husband’s screen printing company, Whatever Tees.

Bruce J. Berger

Mariacristina Natalia Bertoli is a picaresque anti-heroine who ceaselessly travels all over Europe and beyond. Her essays, translations, reviews and short stories have been published in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. A collection of her poems, which have been published mostly in the United States, is currently being translated into French by Pierre Lamarque and will soon appear in La page blanche.

Joel Best has published in venues such as Atticus, decomP, Autumn Sky and Quick Fiction. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and son. He is the author of the collections “The Dogs Are Gone,” “Timeline,” “12 White Lies,” available at Smashwords.

William C. Blome is a writer of poetry and short fiction. He lives in-between Baltimore and Washington, DC, and he is a master’s degree graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. His work has previously seen the light of day in such fine little mags as Amarillo Bay, Prism International, Laurel Review, The Oyez Review, Orion headless, Salted Feathers, and The California Quarterly.

Richard Boas is a strange man and poet from Lancaster, PA.

Carl Boon lives in Istanbul, where he directs the English prep school and teaches literature at Yeni Yuzyil University. Recent or forthcoming poems appear in Posit, The Tulane Review, The Adirondack Review, and other journals.

Rich Boucher has published four chapbooks of poetry and for seven years hosted an open reading and slam in Newark, Delaware. Since moving to Albuquerque in March of 2008, Rich has been performing and writing steadily in the Duke City. Hear some of his poems at New work can be found in the online journal Brawler.

Nick Bowen is from Georgia. He currently works at a grocery store, but in the past, he has worked as a substitute teacher and construction worker. His hobbies include reading, watching old movies, record collecting, and cooking.

John Brantingham has had work published in hundreds of magazines in England and the United States. His first poetry collection East of Los Angeles is available through Anaphora Press and his first short story collection Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods is upcoming from World Parade Books.

Recently retired, Marian Brooks has begun to write some short fiction. Her work has appeared in The Linnet’s Wings, Curly Red Stories, One Million Stories and others.

Heath Brougher lives in York, PA. He attended Temple University. He is currently putting the finishing touches on two different chapbooks and slowly culling together a full-length book of poetry.

Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published. He has nine chapbooks out and currently administrates the website

Kathy Buckert holds an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Goddard College’s low-residency program in Plainfield, Vermont. Her work has appeared in The Blue Hour, Black Mirror Magazine, Electric Rather, Silver Birch Press, Cheap Pop and other publications. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York.

John F. Buckley lives in Orange County, California. His work has been published in a number of places, one of which nominated him for a Pushcart Prize in 2009. His chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press in March 2011. His full-length collaboration with Martin Ott, Poets’ Guide to America, is coming out on Brooklyn Arts Press in Summer 2012.

David Caddy is a poet, critic and editor. His latest books are Man in Black (Penned In The Margins 2007) and The Bunny Poems (Shearsman Books 2011). His collection of essays, So Here We Are, is due from Shearsman Books in 2012. He edits Tears in the Fence magazine.

Melissa Cannon has published hither and yon over the years and she believes that good poems come in all forms and on all subjects, if the imagination is open to the possibilities.

Valentina Cano

Vincent Caruso has been published in online journals: Reconstruction, technoculture, and Sugar Mule.

Marilyn Cavicchia lives in Chicago and is an editor at the American Bar Association as well as a freelance editor and writer. Publications where other poems of hers have appeared include: The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Naugatuck River Review, Cider Press Review, and Alimentum: The Literature of Food.

Belline Chao’s work has appeared in Askew, The 2River View, Connotation Press, Packinghouse Review, and Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees. She currently resides in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Marta Chausée lives, works and plays in and near her tree house in the secret jewel in the crown of Southern California, the wee college town of Claremont, with her luck dragon, Falcor, by her side and her beloved writer friends and peeps nearby. Her first book, Resort to Murder, will be published in 2012 by Oak Tree Press. Her motto is: Manus manum lavat.

Douglas Clark is a retired nurse living in Spain who enjoys writing poetry. For much of his professional life, he managed health, nutrition, and water and sanitation projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, working with the poorest communities.

Danielle Cofer is a student at Cal Poly Pomona and a reading editor for A Few Lines Magazine. She enjoys hiking, communing with gnomes, and questioning the motives of government agencies.

SuzAnne C. Cole is a retired college instructor with an MA from Stanford. Her fiction and poetry have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and her essays have been published in Newsweek, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Baltimore Sun, Personal Journaling and many anthologies.

Rijn Collins is a Melbourne writer whose stories have been published in numerous anthologies, magazines and online journals, and performed on Australian and American radio. She’s working on a novel, and trying not to include Elvis in it. So far, so good.

Virginia Conn is a poet/collagist in Tucson, AZ.

Glenn Cooper lives in Tamworth, Australia, and has been publishing in the small press and behind for the last decade. His latest book is His Crucible of Pain: 20 Prose Poems Concerning Rimbaud.

Candace Cortez’s poetry expresses her feelings of living in a borderland. She has been published in the Mount San Antonio Community College’s Mosaic as well as Bank-Heavy Press’s Robo-Book.

Born in Southern California, Mark Cortez is most influenced by renaissance art; he tries to bring a sense of realism into his mostly surrealistic art through focus on shading and the development of light and dark values. He has worked in the action sports industry for many years and his work has appeared in magazines and on shirts, album covers, and skateboards.

Marc Coussens lives with his wife Chelsea in New York City and is a cancer researcher at the NYU medical center. For fun, he writes fiction, watches basketball, and plays with his energetic pitbull Charlie.

Scott Creley’s work has been printed in Sentence, Freefall, and the collection Bear Flag Republic from Alcatraz Press. He is an occasional host of the Valley Poets reading series and a curator of the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival.

Uniel Critchley has a crush on James Joyce and deeply appreciates that Ralph Waldo Emerson said things like, “Imitation is suicide.” After teaching high school English for several years, she decided to pursue an MFA in Poetry at Southern Connecticut State University, where she is in her second year. She is currently the Art Editor of Noctua Review, Southern’s Graduate Literary Magazine, and also sits as poetry co-editor. She recently had some of her ekphrastic poetry displayed at an International exhibition at Gallery LeLogge in Assisi, Italy, where she was a writer in residence at Arte Studio Ginstrelle.

Before he was born, his parents wanted to name him Nestor Daniel Cuesta; however, at the time of his birth, neither parent could remember the desired first name, so they left it at Daniel Cuesta. Think of him as an ―almost-Nestor Daniel Cuesta, though really he is just dANIEL cUESTA. He likes to do a lot of things like walking, hiking, breathing, thinking, biking, etc. but on occasion, he sits down, cuts paper, pastes, paints, and scrawls down things that resemble something like a picture.

Carl Miller Daniels is an OCD agoraphobe who flosses quite regularly.

Mick Davidson has had some poems and a short story published in Specter Literary Magazine. He is one of their regular columnists and has performed some of his work in Cambridge. He is a technical author who works for a software house but started out as a newspaper and magazine journalist. He finished his first novel (vampire) last year and is 1/2 way through his second (bike-based romance). He is British but lives in the Netherlands and listens to Trance, classical music and silence while he works
from home.

Isaac Boone Davis is a writer living and working throughout the United States. His work has been previously published at and The Smokelong Quarterly.

Cassandra de Alba has a degree in poetry and history from Hampshire College—specifically, poetry about the American sideshow c. 1840-1940. She lives in Somerville, MA with a cat who won’t stop hitting her.

Charlotte De’Ath was born in the east end of London but now lives in an idyllic cottage situated deep in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. She has published one chapbook Kicks To Hypnotise Suburban Daughters by Erbacce Press, another of dark urban fairy tales is in the making. She is one of the founders of the Clueless Collective.

Cory De Silva’s album, “Someday When I’m Young,” was released in March 2010. He co-edits for Bank-Heavy Press in Long Beach, CA and writes poetry and fiction. His second album, “Beginnings,” is scheduled for release in 2012.

Jude Dillon is a male and a photographer and poet/writer living in Calgary Alberta.
He has a blog of photographs:

Liz Dolan’s manuscript, A Secret of Long Life, nominated for the Robert McGovern Prize, will be published by Cave Moon Press in 2014. Her first poetry collection, They Abide, was published by March Street.

William Doreski’s work has appeared in various e and print journals and in several collections, most recently Waiting for the Angel (Pygmy Forest Press, 2009).

Mario Duarte lives in Iowa City, Iowa and is an alumnus of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has published poetry in the Acentos Review, the Bluest Aye, Broken Plate, Clockwise Cat, Huizache, Palabra, Shadowbox, Slab, Steel Toe Review, Passages North, and Yellow Medicine Review.

Jeston Dulin holds an M.A. in English from Northwest Missouri State. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Apocrypha and Abstractions, Bicycle Review, and Phantom Kangaroo. Jeston’s writing revolves around themes of nostalgia and a questioning of reality.

James H. Duncan

T. Fox Dunham resides outside of Philadelphia PA—author and historian. He’s published in over seventy international journals and anthologies and was a finalist in the Copper Nickel Annual Short Story Contest for his story, The Lady Comes in the Night. He’s a cancer survivor. His friends call him Fox, being his totem animal, and his motto is: Wrecking civilization one story at a time.

Jo Angela Edwins is an Associate Professor of English at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. Her poems have appeared in New South, Calyx, Naugatuck River Review, Mixitini Matrix, and other venues. She is the 2014 recipient of the South Carolina Academy of Authors Nickens Poetry Fellowship.

Rola Eldanaf is a second-year graduate student in the MFA program at California State University, Long Beach. She hopes to teach creative writing classes at the community college level, and pursue a PhD degree in Literature and Creative Writing. She is a fan of the written word, and the element of surprise in literature as well as in all aspects of life.

Kimberly Emilia’s work has been previously published by Defenestration Moderator, Clever Magazine, Blue Lake Review, and Weave Magazine. She presently teaches for Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA from Arcadia University in Creative Writing.

jacob erin-cilberto has been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. He lives and teaches in Southern Illinois. His 12th book of poetry, Used Lanterns, was published in February by Water Forest Press in Stormville, NY. erin-cilberto was nominated for a pushcart prize in 2006-2008 and in 2010.

R. Gerry Fabian is a retired English instructor and editor of Raw Dog Press. He has published in various little and literary magazines since 1970. Currently, he is putting the finishing touches on a poetry manuscript of his published poetry and searching for a publisher.

Alexis Rhone Fancher

Vickie Fernandez is an award-winning writer and alumni of Ariel Gore’s Literary Kitchen. Her stories have appeared in many online publications including Penduline Press, The Rumpus, Antique Children, Spurt Literary Journal, FYLM, and Tiki Tiki. She was the recipient of the 2011 Judith Stark award and a finalist in Hunger Mountain’s 2010 competition for creative non-fiction. Vickie is currently working on a memoir while simultaneously wrangling a new set of unruly tales into submission.

Zach Fishel is a recent Pushcart Nominee and graduate student at the University of Toledo. His work has appeared in numerous print and online journals. He is an editor at Jumping Blue Gods.

Robert Morgan Fisher

Ray Foreman is the editor and publisher of Clark Street Review and Backstreet, both bi monthlies. He has been writing narrative human condition poetry for the past 30 plus years.

Born in Canada and bred in the U.S., Allen Forrest works in many mediums: oil painting, computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, and video. Allen studied acting at Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles, digital media in art and design at Bellevue College, receiving degrees in Web Multimedia Authoring and Digital Video Production.

Leila A. Fortier

Jack Foster is the Production Editor of A Few Lines Magazine and the Lead Editor of Wormwood Chapbooks. His work can be found in journals such as Kudzu Review, Eunoia Review, The Adroit Journal, and Yes, Poetry. Jack irregularly blogs here.

Wesley Francis has had poems published in Dash, RipRap, Zygote In My Coffee, and forthcoming in Pearl. He currently lives in Los Angeles, and is trying to grow out a nice winter beard.

Peter Cole Friedman

Jim Fuess works with liquid acrylic paint on canvas. He is striving for grace and fluidity, movement and balance. He likes color and believes that beauty can be an artistic goal. A lot of his abstract paintings are anthropomorphic. The shapes seem familiar. The faces are real. The gestures and movements are recognizable. More of his paintings may be seen at

Kitty Gallanis

Matt Galletta lives in upstate NY. He brews his own beer so he never has to leave the house.

Mathew Allan Garcia lives with his wife in Hesperia, California. He has four dogs, as well as countless demons he has yet to exorcise onto paper. He serves as managing editor for Pantheon Magazine, and and writes a bi-weekly column for Parable Press. His work can be found in several online journals, including Absinthe Revival, Parable Press, Shotgun Honey, among others. Sometimes, between it all, he has a chance to breathe.

Ricky Garni is a graphic artist from North Carolina. His latest short work publications can be found in Softblow, Poetry Quarterly, and Unfold. He is currently working on a twelve book collection called OK YOU CAN STOP NOW, as well as a tiny book called TOOTHBRUSHES. Once a month, he teaches poetry to seniors at Covenant Place in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Conrad Geller is an old poet with more than a hundred poems in publication, in print and electronically. He grew up in Boston, lived in New York, and now lives and writes in Northern Virginia.

Kelley Gillaspy is currently a second year student in the MFA program at California State University, Long Beach.

Kait Gilleran is currently a senior at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She is studying English, Creative Writing, and the Classics. She likes reading, writing, drinking gin, and long walks on the beach.

Lawrence Gladeview is a Boulder, Colorado poet and one of two editors for MediaVirus Magazine. His debut full-length poetry collection, Just Ignore The Beer Stains, is available now from PigeonBike Press.

Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the new poetry collection, Dreaming in Red, from Right Hand Pointing. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to a crisis center, which you can read about here. He is also the author of numerous chapbooks, including most recently The Devil’s Fuzzy Slippers from Flutter Press.

Dylan Gosland finds poetry to be as maddening as it is nutritious, as accessible as it is selfish, and as tasty as apple freakin’ pie. He is one of those student things that does the whole college whosawhatisit so he can justify all that oxygen he’s taking up. His wordsmithing has been put on display in Rind Literary Magazine, Creepy Gnome, and The Left Coast Review. His sweet tooth is nearly indestructible.

Mitch Grabois was born in the Bronx and now lives in Denver. His poetry and short fiction has appeared in over eighty literary magazines, most recently The Examined Life, Memoir Journal, Out of Our, and Turbulence (England). His novel, Two-Headed Dog, published by Xavier Vargas E-ditions, is available for all e-readers for 99 cents through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords (which also provides downloads to PC’s).

Jeffrey Graessley is a lowlife from Southern California. His latest works can be found in Filthy Secret Books and Turbulence Magazine. When not running with the wild dogs on the streets, he enjoys a quiet evening alone with a bottle of cheap wine and some Bukowski to make him feel better about himself. He is often seen shouting on street corners, urging people to accept themselves for the creatures they are.

Arpine Konyalian Grenier’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications including several anthologies. She has four published collections, most recently, The Concession Stand: Exaptation at the Margins (Otoliths, 2011).

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. His work has been recently published in New Plains Review, Big Muddy and Sanskrit with work upcoming in South Carolina Review, Gargoyle, Mudfish and Louisiana Literature.

John Grochalski is the author of The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010), In The Year of Everything Dying (Camel Saloon, 2012), and the forthcoming novel, The Librarian. Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he constantly worries about the high cost of everything.

The late Allen Ginsberg called Dorothea Grossman’s poetry, “clear, odd, personal, funny or wild-weird, curious and lucid.” The award-winning poet lives, works and writes in Los Angeles. She has been a featured poet in the March, 2010 issue of Poetry Magazine, and the recipient of that magazine’s Wood Prize. Two CDs, “Call & Response” and “Call & Response & Friends,” feature her in live performance with improvising trombonist Michael Vlatkovich and other creative improvising musicians.

Jerry Guarino’s short stories have been published by dozens of magazines in the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain. His first collection of twenty-six critically acclaimed stories, Cafe Stories, was released in November 2011. It is available as a paperback on and as an e-book on kindle.

Zachary Scott Hamilton is the author of fourteen ‘Zines, including Temple of Sinew, The Orchestra of Machines, Wallet of Hexagons and HAIR LAND (named ‘Zine of the month by the Independent Publishing Resource Center). His work appears in various magazines including: The Portland Review, Trigger Fish and HOUSEFIRE. He recently went on tour with the band Holy! Holy! Holy!

Nels Hanson’s fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart Prize nominations in 2010, 12, and for 2014. Stories have appeared in Antioch Review, Texas Review, Black Warrior Review, Southeast Review, Montreal Review, and other journals. Poems appeared in Word Riot, Oklahoma Review, Heavy Feather Review, Meadowlands Review, Ilanot Review and other magazines, and are in press at Pacific Review, Pavilion, Sharkpack Review Annual, and S/tick.

Samantha Hawkins is a dreamer, thinker, music-lover, gummy bears addict, and connoisseur of creativity. She’s also a Computer Systems major. She currently resides in Cobb County, GA where you can find her nearly every day hunched over a notebook in some cobwebby corner penning new and twisted lines of poetry.

Pushcart Prize nominee Kevin Heaton writes in South Carolina. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including: Raleigh Review, Foundling Review, The Honey Land Review, and Mason’s Road.

Kyle Hemmings is the author of several chapbooks of poems: Avenue C (Scars Publications), Cat People (Scars), Fuzzy Logic (Punkin Press), and Tokyo Girls in Science Fiction (NAP). His latest ebook is Down Moon Girl from Trestle Press.

Rose Hesse is a graphic designer living in Seattle.

Woodrow Hightower is a native of West Point California. He is a poet currently working on a first volume of material, loosely titled “So Low.” He has lived in many different locales throughout the US, working as musician, bartender, sleep study research test subject, appliance salesman and amusement park ride operator. Currently, Hightower resides in San Francisco’s Mission District with his wife Twyla, their two Dalmatians and a Parisian Fill Canary.

Born in London, Michael Paul Hogan is a journalist and poet whose work has appeared extensively in USA, UK, India and China. He currently lives with his wife in NE China, where he is Features Editor of a monthly magazine.

Justin Holliday is a student at Clemson University and plans to enter an MFA program in Poetry and to teach.

James Croal Jackson currently resides in Los Angeles, but hails from Clinton, Ohio. He is a 2011 graduate of Baldwin Wallace University. He writes music, makes short films, and perpetually longs to play racquetball. You can find more of his writing at

As editor of Many Voices Press, Lowell Jaeger compiled New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from 11 Western states. He is author of five collections of poems, including WE (Main Street Rag Press 2010) and How Quickly What’s Passing Goes Past (Grayson Books 2013). Most recently Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse.

Jordan Jamison is from Phoenix, Arizona, and is perhaps the only person who lives in the Valley of the Spun who does not use methamphetamine. He believes in counterfeited money, and does not like ghosts or ghouls or anything that begins with a G. He is currently listening to “Hey Jude” by The Beatles.

Ryan-Sally June is currently a student, majoring in literature with the emphasis in theatre and film. She attends Mount San Antonio College and is currently preparing to direct her first show Fall 2014. She also believes in the power of art, and is working to spread the spirit of community and art all throughout the Inland Empire.

Sage Kalmus is a 40-year old gay male freelance writer living off-the-grid in the foothills of western Maine. His self-published debut novel Free Will Flux he describes as metaphysical fiction. He believes we are all interconnected.

Stavros Karagiannakidis is from Athens, Greece. He has been writing poems for quite some time now, a bunch of which have been uploaded on

Thomas Kearnes is from East Texas who has published nearly 100 shorts, flashes and essays online and in print. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His first collection, Pretend I’m Not Here, debuts in 2013 from Musa Publishing.

Rusty Kjarvik is an emerging writer, world music percussionist and artist. His poetry has been accepted in various online and print publications including 3:AM Magazine, The Body Electric Anthology from and/or and Marco Polo Arts Magazine. He has also published visual art, and has an exhibition. He performs music regularly with Vi An Diep and lives in Calgary, Alberta where he blogs.

Steve Klepetar’s work has appeared in nine countries, in such journals as Boston Literary Magazine, Deep Water, Antiphon, Red River Review, Snakeskin, Ygdrasil, and many others. Several of his poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Recent collections include “Speaking to the Field Mice” (Sweatshoppe Publications, 2013), “My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto” (Flutter Press, 2013) and “Return of the Bride of Frankenstein” (Kind of a Hurricane Press).

Michaelsun Knapp is a Native American, college graduate, living in the L.A. area, strong with the force. His work was been published in Creepy Gnome, In Somnis Veritas, and Beatnik.

Edward Kos is a writer. His works have appeared in the literary magazines Kayrix and Reflections, both small magazines based out of New Jersey. He received an honorable mention for one of his very short stories from Rutgers-Newark.

Steven Casimer Kowalski lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. If you love Twitter you should go say hello @casimerkowalski.

Robert Watts Lamon is a former chemist. In addition to papers in organic chemistry, he’s published a number of short stories in small magazines, including Aphelion, Toasted Cheese, Epiphany, Xavier Review, and The MacGuffin. He’s also contributed four book reviews to Liberty.

Keith G. Laufenberg

Brian Le Lay is a poet based out of New York City. His first book of poems, Don’t Bury Me in New Jersey, is available from Electric Windmill Books. His work has recently appeared in The Rusty Nail, Hobo Pancakes, and Drunk Monkeys. He blogs here.

John J. Lewis is a Creative-Writing student and certified English tutor from Southern California. His short stories have won awards at Mt. San Antonio College’s Writers’ Weekend conference, and have been seen internationally in various publications including Sofawolf Press and several fan convention magazines.

Lyn Lifshin

Tarik Linthicum is a writer from Philadelphia, PA. His works have appeared in Clockwise Cat, Foliate Oak, Cynic and Asphodel Madness.

Gerald Locklin

Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from California State University, Long Beach. He is one head of the Cerberus that is Bank-Heavy Press. Residing in Long Beach, he works as a drywall taper and lives on a sailboat where many mutated creatures visit him. His poetry can be seen in Indigo Rising Magazine, ¡Vaya!zine, Short, Fast, and Deadly, Contemporary American Voices, Pipe Dream, and Crack the Spine.

Tony Magistrale is Professor of English at the University of Vermont. His most recent book, a collection of poems entitled ENTANGLEMENTS, was published by Fomite Press. He intends to squander its royalties at the crap tables in Vegas.

Suvi Mahonen and Luke Waldrip are a husband and wife team. Suvi holds a Master’s degree in Writing and Literature from Deakin University and has worked as a journalist in Australia and Canada. Luke is an OBGYN who enjoys writing, travel and photography in what little spare time he has. Together they recently published a featured short story in Ars Medica, a journal that explores the interface between the arts and medicine. They live in the tropical Whitsundays in Australia.

Ana-Lia Marinelli was originally born in Buenos Aires, Argentina before she moved to the United States in 1998. She was the Supervising Spanish Writer for KCET’s “A Place of Our Own,” Season 5, and her critical essays “Fight Club” and “Rebirth in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors,” were published in the Left Coast Review, 2011 and 2012.

Denny E. Marshall has had art & poetry recently published.

Lauren Marshall lives in Manitoba, but studies Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She is a Creative Writing Assistant for the faculty, which entails assisting with visiting authors, advertising for events and hosting Spoken Word Nights at the campus pub.

Agnes Marton is a Hungarian-born poet, editor, linguist, and translator. She regularly works together with visual artists, takes part in exhibitions and art projects in Europe, in the USA and in New Zealand. She performs in 5 countries. Her book is Sculpture/poésie with Mani Bour.

John McKernan – who grew up in Omaha Nebraska – is now a retired comma herder after teaching a long time at Marshall University. He lives – mostly – in West Virginia where he edits ABZ Press. His most recent book, Resurrection of the Dust, is of selected poems. He has published poems in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review and many other magazines.

David McLean is from Wales but has lived in Sweden since 1987. He lives there with partner, dog and cats. In addition to six chapbooks, McLean is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Cadaver’s Dance (Whistling Shade Press, 2008), Pushing Lemmings (Erbacce Press, 2009), and Laughing at Funerals (Epic Rites Press, 2010). His first novel Henrietta Remembers is coming shortly. More information about David McLean can be found on his blog.

Karie McNeley is a mid-twenties poet, artist, and student from Lakewood, CA. Her poetry has been published in Verdad!, Pagan Friends, and Bank-Heavy Press. She also has forthcoming publications in Tears In The Fence, Words & Images, and Pearl. She is an editor and lead artist for Bank-Heavy Press, a smallpress publishing group founded in early 2011 and located in Long Beach, CA.

Janice Krasselt Medin’s poems have appeared in Yale Journal of the Humanities in Medicine, an anthology The Harsh and the Heart (Silver Boomer Books, 2011), Battered Suitcase, and in many other places.

Cruz Medina’s fiction has appeared in Acentos Review and Solstice Literary Journal. He earned a MFA from Chapman University in ’08, and will earn his PhD in Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English in ‘13 from the University of Arizona, where he teaches writing.

Lara Michelle has a B.A. in History from UCLA and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing from Otis College of Art and Design. In a previous life she wrote for both Hustler and Playboy, made documentaries about Mexican rock bands and lived in Barcelona, Spain, where Ediciones B published her memoir, Confessions of a Dominatrix, which chronicled her experiences paying off her debts as a professional mistress. Her short fiction has appeared in the Midwest Literary Magazine, Foliate Oak, Cliterature, Penduline Press, ninepatch, and in an anthology called Off-Season. Her most recent essay was published on

Bill Mohr

Andrea Montoya is currently a student at Mount San Antonio College. She is in the process of writing two different genres of books as well as writing fiction short stories in her spare time. She also has a blog named “The Bark-Off” where she states her opinion on dog-related news updates.

Eric Morago

Natalie Morales is a senior English major at UCLA. Her poetry has been published in Mt. San Antonio College’s MoSAIC, Cornell University’s Rainy Day Literary Magazine, and Conceit Magazine’s Amulet literary journal.

Eric G. Müller

Rich Murphy’s “Americana,” his book-length manuscript of poems, was recently selected as the winner in the Prize Americana 2013 by The Institute for American Studies and Popular Culture. His first book, The Apple in the Monkey Tree, was published in 2007 (Codhill Press); his second book Voyeur was published in 2009. Chapbooks include Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Poems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox), Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing) and Great Grandfather (Pudding House Publications).

Ben Nardolilli’s chapbook, Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, has been published by Folded Word Press. He maintains a blog and is looking to publish his first novel.

Kristi Nimmo is an artist, meditation instructor, and a writer. She lives in Leesburg, Virginia. Her work appears in journals such as Mouse Tales Press, em:me Magazine, Mandala Journal, The Weary Blues, and Liquid Imagination.

Emily O’Neill

Jenny Ortiz is a quite serious 25 year old New Yorker, except when unicorns (specifically chubby unicorns) are involved. When she isn’t pleading with Kurt Sutter via Twitter to be her mentor, she is teaching at St. John’s University, Adelphi University, and LaGuardia Community College (see, quite serious). When she isn’t teaching, she’s hanging out with her friends showing off earth and water bending skills (not serious, but super fun). When she is alone and it’s raining, she likes to read Haruki Murakami, or listen to the Broken Bells and daydream.

Martin Ott is the author of Underdays from Notre Dame University Press (2015), The Interrogator’s Notebook from Story Merchant Books, Captive from C&R Press, and Poets’ Guide to America (written with John F. Buckley) from Brooklyn Arts Press.

Alan Passman is a man who strives for impossibility. His aesthetic is one that blends blatant pop cultural nerdery with red hot American male deviancy masking the empathetic heart of one who has hurt and one who has been hurt. Ever the renaissance man, he is not only a poet and a writer of prose but also a musician in the Los Angeles-based band The Terrapin. He received his BA and MFA from Cal State Long Beach for Creative Writing and Poetry respectively. Currently he teaches English as a Second Language at CSULB.

Ronald J. Pelias’s poems have appeared in a number of journals, including Small Pond, Yet Another Small Magazine, Out of Line, Midwest Poetry Review, Margie, and Whetstone. His most recent books, Methodology of the Heart: Evoking Academic and Daily Life (AltaMira Press), Leaning: A Poetics of Personal Relations (Left Coast Press), and Performance: An Alphabet of Performative Writing (Left Coast Press), call upon the poetic as a research strategy.

Corey Pentoney teaches English and Writing in the dark depths of the North Country. When he’s not busy grading papers, he enjoys the fine art of Belgian Waffle decorating, for which he has won several awards.

Simon Perchik

Mike Perkins lives and writes in Columbia, Missouri. These three poems describe his leaving home and discovering new things.

Jacqueline Pham is a first year student in the MFA Creative Writing program at California State University, Long Beach. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from CSULB, one in Literature and one in Creative Writing with a minor in Psychology. Her poems have been published in RipRap, The Mas Tequila Review, Subliminal Interiors, Bank-Heavy Press, The Legendary, and The Anthology of International Youth Poetry.

Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry and interviews have appeared in Nimrod, Portland Review, Kestrel, Cream City Review, Poetry Salzburg, Boston Poetry Magazine, Gertrude, The Bacon Review, and many others. He has published a travel guide, Best Choices In Northern California, and Time Lines, a book of poems. He lives in Marina, California.

Pacific Northwest poet Timothy Pilgrim, a Montana native and journalism professor at Western Washington University, has published over 140 poems.

Enrique Plazola is a freelance illustrator and concept artist. He grew up in San Diego and worked as a caricature artist for 3 years. He has also worked as a stereo artist for Legend 3D and as a designer for different t-shirt companies. For more of his work, check out his website and video blog.

Douglas Polk is a poet living in the wilds of central Nebraska with his wife and two boys. He has had numerous poems, three books of poems, and two children’s books published. Poetry books are: In My Defense, The Defense Rests, and On Appeal. The children’s books are: The Legend of Garle Pond and Marie’s Home.

Frederick Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, THE ADVENTURE and HAPPINESS, both published by Story Line Press. Other poems appear in print and online journals. He is an adjunct professor of creative writing at George Washington University.

Sean M. Poole was born in New York City and raised in Southern California. His book, Gattorno: A Cuban Painter For The World, has won several awards, including the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing. He recently published Words Are My Paint, a collection of poems and sketches. He has also worked as a voice-over artist, and an independent writer/director of short dramatic and educational videos. Most recently, he was a spokesperson and Promotional Writer for TIGERS-The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species. Poole currently resides in South Carolina where he is collaborating with historian Allen John Olson on a book detailing the history of the American Renaissance Festival.

Molly Prosser is the Visual Merchandise Director for, a fashion retailer that launched the literary journal “The Written Wardrobe” under her direction. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Carlow University where she has taught literature, writing, communication, and marketing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Pittsburgh City Paper, Weave Magazine, Blast Furnace, and I-70 Review. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and mini dachshund.

Angel Pulliam is a graduate student at Arkansas Tech University and has had poems published in Milk Sugar, Applause Magazine, and the chapbook House of Broken Deer.

Heath William R. is currently an MFA student at California State University, Long Beach.

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Kevin Ridgeway is a writer from Southern California, where he resides in a shady bungalow with his girlfriend and their one-eyed cat. Recent work has appeared in Underground Voices, Stanley the Whale, Full of Crow and Negative Suck. Mr. Ridgeway’s poetry chapbook, Burn Through Today, is available through Flutter Press.

Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His narrative poems, short stories, interviews, and poetry reviews have appeared in over two hundred print and electronic publications. He will have a new book of poetry published in 2011: Girl Friend & Other Mysteries of Love that will be published by Alternating Current Press. His work is archived at Marquette University‘s Raynor Library in the Charles P. Ries Collection.

Natalie Robles is a very sweet 9 year old terrier mix with green eyes. She is safe around cats, but keep away from the elderly and children. Do not rush Natalie or make loud clicking noises. Natalie does the artwork for Knox, which is a complicated mish mash of paw prints.

Daniel Romo

Scotch Rutherford writes about dark corners between the bright lights. An artist, slam poet and author, his fiction work has appeared in Pulp Modern, The Flash Fiction Offensive, Big Pulp, All Due Respect and Yellow Mama.

Luke Salazar has an MFA in creative writing from California State University, Long Beach. His work has been published in Pearl, Chiron Review, The Ledge, Re)verb, Spot Lit Magazine, San Pedro River Review, Beggars and Cheeseburgers, and Vulcan. His poem “Black Friday” won the 2009 Working People’s Poetry Contest in Blue Collar Review.

Charlotte San Juan

Gerard Sarnat

Fabio Sassi is a visual artist from Bologna, Italy.

Miriam Schneider has taught English as both a first and second language and has worked in public relations. She lives in Los Angeles with her two cats, Keaton and Rabbi Catz.

Stephanie Schultz is a poet and marathon runner in St. Paul, MN, where she is also pursuing her MFA in creative writing from Hamline University. Her poems and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in the Journal of Kentucky Studies; Blotterature; Rock, Paper, Scissors; Paddlefish; Diverse Voices Quarterly; Blast Furnace; and others. She is a recipient of the Father Jack Garvey Award for non-fiction.

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Nathan Alan Schwartz is a Film major at Los Angeles Valley College, one of the editors of Enhance Magazine, and Editor-in-Chief of Five 2 One Magazine. His book, The Melancholy Spectator, published by On Impression is out now. He is madly in love with poetry and dedicates his time to her while slowly typing away at his computer.

Gabrielle Scout is twenty-two years old, has written since she was in fifth grade, and currently works at a coffee shop.

Stephen Silke received a master’s in fiction at the University of Southern California. His new book of fiction: Trickster Stories (2011) is available for Kindle on

Adrienne Selina Silva is a poet currently residing in Walnut, whose work has been featured in Creepy Gnome, The Left Coast Review, and Bank-Heavy Press. One of her short stories won first place in Mount San Antonio College’s Writer’s Day Contest.

Caroline Shepard is a teacher and poet in New York City. Her work has appeared in Construction Magazine, Freerange Nonfiction, and the Cobalt Review.

Marsha Schuh teaches English at CSUSB, where she also received her MFA in poetry. She lives in Ontario and inspired by her early morning walks, she is currently working on a collection of poems about Ontario and its history. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Pacific Review, Badlands, The Sand Canyon Review, Shuf, and Inlandia.

Linda Simone strives to uncover the extraordinary within the ordinary in her poems. Her chapbook, Cow Tippers, won the Shadow Poetry Chapbook Prize. Her chapbook/poetry sequence, Stations of the Cross, appeared in its entirety in the anthology, Alternatives to Surrender (Plain View Press) and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in New York City.

Katie Simpson is a poet and short story writer. She’s been published in both the Wilderness House Literary Review and Furious Gazelle. When not writing, you can find her wandering through cities or cuddling with her cat, Cleo. Find her online at

Bobbi Sinha-Morey

Paul Smith lives near Chicago. He belongs to the Rockford Writers’ Guild.

Olivia Somes is an MFA grad student at CSULB.

Michael Spring is the author of three poetry collections: blue crow (2003), Mudsong (2005), and Root of Lightning (2011). His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlanta Review, DMQ Review, The Dublin Quarterly, Gavea-Brown, The Midwest Quarterly, and NEO. New poems forthcoming in: Cirque, Innisfree, NEON, Sleet and Spillway. Michael lives in O’Brien, OR. He is currently a natural builder, a martial art instructor, and a poetry editor for The Pedestal Magazine.

Scott T. Starbuck

Gordon J. Stirling is a retired U.S. diplomat, now residing in Oklahoma. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where this story takes place. It is based on a dream he had in 1983, while working at the U.S. Embassy in Rome.

Andrew J. Stone

Nicole M. Street

Sanchari Sur is a Bengali Canadian who was born in Calcutta, India. While her poetry and short stories have made their appearances in Corvus, Red River Review, Crack the Spine, Map Literary and elsewhere, her experimentation with photography is a recent obsession. Her blog can be found here.

Rose Swartz is a Michigander. She has favorite trees and rocks and fish. She loves a bicycle. She admires the rustbelt for its display of entropy. She is also a practitioner of traditional black and white photography.

Rob Talbert’s work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, American Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, Painted Bride, Sou’wester, and elsewhere. He has also been selected for Best of the Net and Best New Poets nominations.

Declan Tan works as a freelance journalist in Nuremberg, Germany where he also teaches English as a foreign language. He has published some prose and poetry here and there. He is originally from London, England.

Nicole Taylor has many hopeful projects, no MFA’s and is an artist, a hiker, a volunteer, and a dancer, formerly in DanceAbility. She blogs here and you can also find her at

Paul Kareem Tayyar is an Associate Professor of English at Golden West College, and his most recent book is the novella, “In the Footsteps of the Silver King” (Spout Hill Press).

Merica Merida Teng received her Masters of Fine Arts – Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach. She’s actually a butterfly that values intelligent people, loyalty, and clean mirrors. She has an unwavering commitment towards her family, her friends, and her wardrobe. Her favorite food is Honeydew melon. “Vanish” is the most haunting word in the world. Now, you know nearly everything.

Francesca Terzano is a writer who lives in Montclair California. She loves reading about Greek Mythology.

M. Tesauro is 25. He hates the heat, lives in the smog. An Inland Empire original.

Thomas R. Thomas lives in Long Beach, California. He works as a software QA and volunteers for Tebot Bach. Thomas has been published in Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug: 10 Years of 2 Idiots Peddling Poetry, the Silver Birch Press Summer Anthology, and elsewhere. His first collection is “Five Lines” (World Parade Books). Thomas R. Thomas publishes Arroyo Seco Press in Long Beach. His website is

Formerly a creative writing major who has studied with Elliott Fried and Gerald Locklin at CSULB, Jeri Thompson currently blogs at Trikker Chicks…For Women Who Carve. She is also an advertising sales representative for a Northern CA cycle magazine (Cycle California! Magazine).

Shanice Thompson, more commonly known by the name Shamzy, is in their second year at the University of South Florida studying education, poetry, and gender. They choose to be identified with the gender neutral pronouns because they are not defined by the heteronormative gender binary. Through their creative works they try to explore and express the human condition through deconstructing the individual’s effect on the world and the world’s effect on the individual because personal growth stems through relationships whether positive or negative.

Sarah Thursday is a advocate of local poetry, runs a Long Beach-focused poetry website called, co-hosts a monthly reading and started Sadie Girl Press. Her first full-length poetry collection, All the Tiny Anchors, is available now. Find and follow her on, Facebook (FB/SarahThursdaypoet), or Twitter @thursdaypoet.

Michael Torres was born and raised in Pomona, Ca. He was exposed to poetry at an early age, learning the works of William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson to name a few. He has been published in Beatlick News, The Chiron Review, Left Coast Review, and Solo Press. His first chapbook of poetry, The Beautiful Distraction, was published by Finishing Line Press. Michael is currently in school pursuing a degree in creative writing.

Owen Torres is a graduate student at Fresno State and a graduate of UC Riverside’s Creative Writing program with an emphasis in fiction. He was the recipient of the Abraham Polonsky Award and honorable mention in Mt. San Antonio College’s Writer’s Day competition (2008) for his work. His publication accolades include Mosaic Art and Literary Journal (2011) and Creepy Gnome Magazine (Vol. 3).

K. Andrew Turner

AJ Urquidi hails from Monterey, California. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing & Film from UCLA. AJ’s poems have appeared in Westwind, autolycus, CIRCLE, Bird’s Thumb and LA Telephone Book Vol. 2. He is currently earning his M.F.A. from CSU Long Beach.

Raised by a gaggle of bears in the heart of Orange County, Brian Verwiel witnessed his first mauling at the age of 4. Since then, his severely underdeveloped mind has often times taken him to the very depths of humanity. He finds joy in the places others would only find fear and horror.

McKenzie Wagner is a Westminster College student working on a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, English Literature, and a minor in Women’s Studies. She is President and an active member of Sigma Tau Delta, the Honorary English Society. She is the Vice President of Kappa Delta Pi, Nu chapter, Honorary Education Society. She received first place in Westminster College’s literary Magazine, Janus, for short story.

Corinne Wallace is a young Poet and Creative Jewelry Designer in the Northwest, and she primarily draws her inspiration from Northwestern Culture. Her writing generally reflects sarcasm, chaos, and love, and the underlying theme of balance through contradiction is present in nearly all pieces she creates.

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Dillon J. Welch often spends his free time having lengthy conversations with tollbooth workers, or musing on the frail existence of life while drinking gin and smoking a very long, slender cigarette. His poetry has been published in Extract(s) and on the fridge in his apartment.

Denise R. Weuve is a Creative Writing/English high school teacher in Cerritos, CA. Her poetry has appeared in Genre, South Coast Literary Journal, Pearl, and RipRap. She collects paper cuts, fountain pens, and miscellaneous damage to display in glass cases for voyeurs to peruse.

Natalee Wilding is a student in Salt Lake City. She recently published a chapbook, 22., and is the literary editor of Folio. She enjoys naps, coffee, and rock ‘n roll.

Heath William is a twenty-one year-old senior at California State University, Long Beach. He tattooed the word “run” on his forearm when he was eighteen, and he’s still trying to figure out what it means.

Bronte Williams lives in New Zealand.

Stephen Williams holds a BA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside where he won the Chancellor’s Performance Award for excellence in fiction. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Menacing Hedge, Underneath the Juniper Tree, and Goreyesque. Currently, he serves as an editor for Rind Literary Magazine. His debut novel, Among the Ruins, will be released by Villipede Publications in 2015.

Terry Ann Wright received her MA from Goddard College. She spends her days ridding the world of comma splices, one college freshman at a time, and nights planning food-based road trips and sometimes writing. Her poetry has appeared in Diagram, Full of Crow, The Fat City Review, The Altar Collective, and in previous and forthcoming issues of Cadence Collective.

Since 1970, John Yamrus has been a fixture on the poetry scene. He’s published 18 volumes of poetry, two novels and has had more than 1,300 poems published in print magazines around the world. His latest book, CAN’T STOP NOW!, is on amazon.

Jason Yore was born in 1987 in San Diego, CA. Currently a freelance tutor and copywriter/editor, Jason spends his free time reading, writing and playing basketball or swimming. He loves to travel when he can afford it, whether it be spontaneous drives to the Bay Area or commandeering a jetski in Costa Rica.

Harry Youtt drinks mainly tea, at least before the sun begins to set. But following the smell of coffee has gotten him places. He is a long time instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and a frequently published poet and writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed international Journal of Consciousness, Literature and the Arts.

Omar ZahZah’s work has been featured in such publications as The Chiron ReviewRipRap, and Narrative Magazine. He lives in Long Beach, California.

Thomas Zimmerman teaches English, directs the Writing Center, and edits two literary magazines at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, MI. Poems of his have appeared recently in Antiphon, The Sonneteer, and Curio Poetry. His chapbook In Stereo: Thirteen Sonnets and Some Fire Music is forthcoming from The Camel Saloon Books on Blog.

Marisa Zocco is a budding Long Beach, California based poet who enjoys exploring life and the world through the kaleidoscope of a creative writer’s mind.