Kelly Cherry • Kelly Cheery is author of 24 books, 10 chapbooks, 2 translations of classical drama. Most recent: Twelve Women in a Country Called America. Former PL of Virginia. ember, Poets Corner, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, NYC. NEA, USIA, Rockefeller, Bradley Lifetime Award, Weinstein Award, others. Publication in fiction prize anthologies. Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin Madison. Eminent Scholar, UAH, 2001-2005. More info and details on Wikipedia/Kelly Cherry.

Allan D. Harris • Alan D. Harris is a 60 year-old graduate student who writes short stories, plays, and poetry based primarily upon the life-stories of friends, family and total strangers. Harris is the 2011 recipient of the Stephen H. Tudor Scholarship in Creative Writing, the 2014 John Clare Poetry Prize, and the 2015 Tompkins Poetry Award from Wayne State University. In addition he is the father of seven, grandfather of seven, as well as a Pushcart Prize nominee in both 2013 and 2014.

April Mae M. Berza •  April Mae M. Berza is the author of Confession ng isang Bob Ong Fan (Flipside, 2014). Her poems and short stories appeared in numerous publications in the US, Canada, Romania, India, Japan, UK and the Philippines. Her poems are translated in Crimean Tatar and Filipino. Some of her poems are published in The Siren, Poetica, Calliope, Maganda, Metric Conversions, Ani, The Manila Times and Contemporary Verse 2, to name a few. Her poem “E-Martial Law” was broadcast on IndoPacific Radio on KPFA 94.1FM/kpfa.org. She is a member of Poetic Genius Society. She lives in Taguig, Philippines.

Wes Civilz • Wes Civilz has a few poems out in the current Green Mountains Review.  He’s had poems published in the Colorado Review, CutBank, Spork, Interim, and others (I should mention that these were published under my old name, Andrew Foster). An excerpt from his recently finished memoir is forthcoming online at Hippocampus.

Dd. Spungin •  Dd. Spungin, a host for poetry events on Long Island, writes a monthly poem for Brave Hearts (St. Francis Hospital) and has had poems set to music by NY composer, Julie Mandel. Spungin’s work has been published in both online and print journals, most recently, Maintenant 9 and Bards Annual 2015.

Glen Wilson • Glen Wilson lives in Portadown, Co Armagh with his wife Rhonda and children Sian and Cain.He has been published in Iota, A New Ulster and The Interpreters House.In 2014 he won the Poetry Space competition and was shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry. Twitter @glenhswilson • glenhswilson@facebook.com

Kenneth Pobo • Kenneth Pobo has a new book of poems forthcoming from Urban Farmhouse Press called Booking Rooms in the Kuiper Belt. His poems have appeared in Mudfish, Indiana Review, Floating Bridge, Nimrod, and elsewhere.

Stephen Pusateri •  Stephen Pusateri works for WYEP-FM on its soul and blues shows. He has work collected in the Brentwood Anthology (Nine Toes Press) as part of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. Work has also appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper and Uppagus.

Catherine Zickgraf • Catherine Zickgraf has performed her poetry in Madrid and Puerto Rico — yet homeschooling her boys (about celestial alignments, for example) inspires her the most. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, [Pank], and Bartleby-Snopes. You can find her at http://caththegreat.blogspot.com

Alisha Grace Scott • Alisha Grace Scott is a graduate student at Antioch University Los Angeles pursuing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She has had her flash fiction published in Rose Red Review and her poetry published in Silhouette, and resides in the L.A. area. If you see her wandering the city staring into space and furrowing her brows, shhh, she’s working.

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda • Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is an L.A. Poet who’s lived the writer’s life, traveling on The Road Not Taken, immortalized by Robert Frost. His work has been featured in Luna Luna Magazine’s Latino Poetry Project, Transcendence Magazine The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society and Purrfect Poetry Anthology. Adrian is currently enrolled in the MFA Graduate program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their adorably spoiled cat Woody Gold.

Kate Gillespie • Kate Gillespie is a microbiologist searching for her creative mojo. She is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer who balanced creative writing endeavors while she obtained her PhD in marine biotechnology. An active participant in Baltimore’s literary arts community, she has read at Poets in the Park, EMP collective, and Seltzer. Her poetic work has been published online in Silver Blade, The End of 83, and in the recent edition of The Baltimore Ekphrasis Project.

Abasi Torty Tortivie • Abasi Torty Tortivie is a Nigerian poet with interest in the traditional genre. His common subjects are nature and love. He lives in Nigeria.

Daniel de Culla •  Daniel de Culla is a writer, poet, and photographer. He is also a member of the Spanish Writers Association, Director of the Gallo Tricolor Review, and Robespierre Review. He’s moving between North Hollywood, Madrid and Burgos, Spain. He has more than 70 published books.

Laurin DeChae • Laurin DeChae is a M.F.A. candidate for poetry at the University of New Orleans, where she acts as the associate editor for Bayou Magazine. She is active in the fields of education and composition, assisting in programs such as the Greater New Orleans Writing Project, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Cleaver Magazine, burntdistrict, S/WORD, and Rose Red Review.

Marlena Chertock • Marlena Chertock is the Poetry Editor for District Lit and a graduate of the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Lines+Stars, The Little Patuxent Review, Medical Literary Messenger, Fukushima Poetry Anthology, Crab Fat, Cacti Fur, Straight Forward Poetry, The Syzygy Poetry Journal, and Stylus. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Marketplace, NBC News, News21, WTOP, USA TODAY, and The Gazette. Find her at marlenachertock.com or @mchertock.

Strider Marcus Jones • Strider Marcus Jones is a poet, law graduate and ex civil servant from Salford/Hinckley, England with proud Celtic roots in Ireland and Wales. A member of The Poetry Society, his five published books of poetry are modern, traditional, mythical, sometimes erotic, surreal and metaphysical http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/stridermarcusjones1. He is a maverick, moving between forests, mountains and cities, playing his saxophone and clarinet in warm solitude.


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