Sunday, December 7, 2014

physiography of the fittest -- henry 7. reneau, jr.

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henry 7. reneau, jr. attended UC, Davis double-majoring in English and African/African-American Studies.  He has been published in more than 200 journals and anthologies, among them, Nameless Magazine; Mandala Literary Journal; The Chaffey Review; Rufous City Review; Black Arts Quarterly; Harbinger Asylum; Empirical Magazine; FOLLY Magazine:  Entering:  Davis Poetry Book Project Anthology; BlazeVOX; Suisun Valley Review; Tidal Basin Review; Degenerates:  Voices for Peace Anthology and Storm Cycle:  2013 Best of Anthology from Kind of a Hurricane Press.  He was the winner of, and simultaneously received an Honorable Mention in the SN&R Student Poetry Contest for 2008.  He was the 2nd place winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize (Celeste Turner Wright Poetry Prize, 2008), and placed 3rd in the 2009 Annual Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest.  His poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press, 2014), was released in September of 2014.  Additionally, he has also self-published a chapbook entitled 13hirteen Levels of Resistance and is currently working on a book of connected short stories.  He has performed in collaboration with noted poet, and biographer, Quincy Troupe, Ray Manzarek, of The Doors, noted artist Milton Bowens, and has appeared in collaborative readings with the Toni Passerell Trio in the Davis Annual Jazz & Beat Arts Festival.  His favorite things are Rottweilers, poetry that reveals the concealed, but actual, American reality, his "fixie bike," and Ben & Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Summoning the Moon -- April Salzano

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April Salzano teaches college writing in Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband and two sons.  She is currenlty working on a memoir on raising a child with autism and several collections of poetry.  Her work has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in journals such as Convergence, Ascent Aspirations, The Camel Saloon, Centrifugal Eye, Deadsnakes, Visceral Uterus, Salome, Poetry Quarterly, Writing Tomorrow and Rattle.  Her chapbook, The Girl of My Dreams, is forthcoming in spring 2015 from Dancing Girl Press.  The author serves as co-editor at Kind of a Hurricane Press (

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Surrogate Dharma -- Allison Grayhurst

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Allison Grayhurst is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets.  She has over 400 poems published in more than 210 international journals and anthologies.  Her book, Somewhere Falling, was published by Beach Holme Publishers in 1995.  Since then she has published ten other books of poetry and four collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing.  Prior to the publication of Somewhere Falling, she had a poetry book published, Common Dream, and four chapbooks published by The Plowman.  Her poetry chapbook, The River is Blind, was published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press, December 2012.  She lives in Toronto with her family.  She also sculpts, working with clay;

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Listening to Electric Cambodia Looking Up at Trees of Heaven -- Marianne Szlyk

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Marianne Szlyk is a professor of English at Montgomery College, an associate poetry editor for Potomac Review, and a member of the DC Poetry Project.  She is also the editor of The Song Is. . ., an e-zine for poems inspired by jazz and other music.  This is her first chapbook.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tiny Things -- Holly Day

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Holly Day was born in Hereford, Texas, "The Town Without a Toothache."  She and her family currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches writing classes at the Loft Literary Center.  Her published books include the notification books Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, and Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, and the poetry books "Late-Night Reading for Hardworking Construction Men" (The Moon Publishing) and "The Smell of Snow" (ELJ Publications).

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pictures of the Floating World -- Jonel Abellanosa

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Jonel Abellanosa resides in Cebu City, the Philippines.  He is a graduate of the University of San Carlos and a fellow of its annual Cornelio Faigao Memorial Writers Workshop.  His poetry appeared or will appear in numerous print and online journals.  He is currently working on his first poetry collection, Multiverse.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Foundlings -- Ken L. Jones

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Ken L. Jones has written everything from Donald Duck comic books to dialogue for the Freddy Krueger movies for the past thirty plus years.  In the last three years, he has gained great notice for his vast publication of horror poetry which has appeared in many anthologies, blogs, magazines, websites, and especially in his first solo book of poetry, Bad Harvest and Other Poems.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In a Heartbeat -- Jnana Hodson

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Jnana Hodson recently stepped down from a four-decade career in newspaper journalism that included positions on eight publications in six states and the Chicago Tribune's syndication service.  His commutes have included moose, bear, eagles, owls, bobcat, and legions of deer along the way.  He lives in an old New Englander in the seacoast region of the Granite State.

Friday, July 11, 2014

South Dakota Suite -- Séamas Carraher

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Séamas Carraher's poetry has appeared in a number of print and online journals and anthologies. At the moment he lives in a small house in Ballyogan, south County Dublin, Ireland.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Twelve Times Thirteen -- Walter Ruhlmann

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Walter Ruhlmann works as an English teacher, edits mgversion2>datura and runs mgv2>publishing.  His latest collections are Maore published by Lapwing Publications, UK, 2013, Carmine Carnival published by Lazarus Media, USA, 2013 and The Loss through Flutter Press, USA, 2014.  Coming up in 2014 Crossing Puddles through Robocup Press.  His blog: 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Persephone Dreaming of Cherries -- Loretta Oleck

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Loretta Oleck is a New York poet, and creative artist whose work braids into many disciplines as her poetry and photography have been published or is forthcoming in worldwide publications including Feminist Studies, The Missing Slate, Obsidian Literature, Word Riot, High Coupe, Right Hand Pointing, Cultural Weekly, Commonline Journal, The Westchester Review, Black Lawrence Press, Poetica Literary Magazine, Cactus Heart, The Adirondack Review, and numerous others.  Her poetry was anthologized in The Best of 2013 by Storm Cycle, and her performed poetry was filmed to be used as part of the Public Poetry Series by Fjords Review.  She has performed all over New York including the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.  Loretta holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from N.Y. University.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Miss Quill -- Kyle Hemmings

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Kyle Hemmings lives and works in New Jersey.  He has been published in Elimae, Smokelong Quarterly, This Zine Will Change Your Life, Matchbook, and elsewhere.  He loves cats, dogs, and garage bands of the 60s.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Return of the Bride of Frankenstein -- Steve Klepetar

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Steve Klepetar, whose work has appeared widely, has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.  His book Speaking to the Field Mice has just been published by Sweatshoppe Publications.

Friday, May 2, 2014

viceroy -- Christopher Mulrooney

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Christopher Mulrooney has written poems in The Southampton Review, West Wind Review, and Poetry Ireland Review.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

You Love You Leave -- Julie Maclean

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Julie Maclean is originally from Bristol, UK, but is now based in Victoria, Australia.  Shortlisted for the Crashaw Prize (Salt, UK) in 2012 and joint winner of the Geoff Stevens Poetry Prize (UK), her debut collection of poetry, When I saw Jimi, was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing, UK in June 2013.  Poetry and short fiction features in leading international journals including The Best Australian Poetry.  Blogging at 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Taste of the Edge -- Ali Znaidi

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Ali Znaidi lives in Redeyef, Tunisia, where he teaches English.  He graduated with a BA in Anglo-American Studies in 2002.  He writes poetry and has an interest in literature, languages, and literary translations.  His work has appeared in Mad Swirl, Stride Magazine, Red Fez, BlazeVox, Otoliths, streetcake, Dead Snakes, Speech Therapy Poetry Zine, The South Townsville micro poetry journal, Shot Glass Journal, the fib review, Full Of Crow, The Tower Journal & elsewhere.  His debut poetry chapbook, Experimental Ruminations, was published in September 2012 by Fowlpox Press (Canada), which also published his haiku chapbook, titled Bye, Donna Summer!, in March 2014.  From time to time he blogs at -- and tweets @AliZnaidi.  He also keeps a blog about Tunisian literature at --

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Is For Aorta -- Martin Willitts, Jr.

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Martin Willitts, Jr. has been a puppeteer, oral storyteller, Jazz and Blues mandolin player, and retired as a Senior Librarian in upstate New York. He is a visual artist of Victorian and Chinese paper cutouts. He makes origami and has a workshop he calls “Origami Haiku Jumping Frogs” in which the origami actually bounces. He was nominated for 5 Pushcart and 4 Best Of The Net awards.

He has print chapbooks "Falling In and Out of Love" (Pudding House Publications, 2005), “Lowering Nets of Light” (Pudding House Publications, 2007), The Garden of French Horns” (Pudding House Publications, 2008), “Baskets of Tomorrow” (Flutter Press, 2009), “The Girl Who Sang Forth Horses” (Pudding House Publications, 2010), “Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for Cezanne” (Finishing Line Press, 2010), “Why Women Are A Ribbon Around A Bomb” (Last Automat, 2011), “Protest, Petition, Write, Speak: Matilda Joslyn Gage Poems” (Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, 2011),  “Secrets No One Wants To Talk About” (Dos Madres Press, 2011), “How to Find Peace” (Kattywompus Press, 2012), “Playing The Pauses In The Absence Of Stars” (Main Street Rag, 2012), “No Special Favors” (Green Fuse Press, 2012), ), “Late All Night Sessions with Charlie “the Bird” Parker and the Members of Birdland, in Take-Three” (A Kind Of a Hurricane Press, ebook, 2013). 

He has three full length books "The Secret Language of the Universe" (March Street Press, 2006), and “The Hummingbird” (March Street Press, 2009), and “The Heart Knows, Simply, What It Needs: Poems based on Emily Dickinson, her life and poetry” (Aldrich Press, 2012).

Martin Willitts, Jr. forthcoming poetry books include “Waiting For The Day To Open Its Wings” (UNBOUND Content), “Art Is the Impression of an Artist” (Edgar and Lenore's Publishing House), "Swimming In the Ladle of Stars" (Kattywompus Press), and he is the winner of the inaugural Wild Earth Poetry Contest for his full length collection “Searching For What Is Not There” (Hiraeth Press).

Friday, March 21, 2014

Adrift on the Cosmic Sea -- Christopher Hivner

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Christopher Hivner writes from a small town in Pennsylvania surrounded by books and the echoes of music.  He is neither famous nor infamous.  He has recently been published in Eye on Life Magazine, Nazar Look and Dead Snakes.  He has had two chapbooks of poetry published, "Edged in Blue" (2004 Foothills Publishing) and "The Silence Brushes My Cheek Like Glass" (2011 Scars Publications).  Information on all his writing can be found at 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Animal Myths -- M.V. Montgomery

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M.V. Montgomery is a professor at Life University in Atlanta and the author of three previous books of poetry:  Joshua Holds a Press Conference, Strange Conveyances, and What We Did With Old Moons.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mundane Divine -- Kevin Hibshman

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Kevin M. Hibshman has had poems published in numerous journals and magazines worldwide.  He has authored thirteen chapbooks of poetry.  His latest, INCESSANT SHINING, was published by Propaganda Press in 2010.  He received his BA in Liberal Arts from Union Institute and University in 2009.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Bending the Spaces of Time -- Susan Dale

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Susan Dale's poems and fiction are on Eastown Fiction, Ken*Again, Penwood Review, Yesteryear Fiction, Feathered Flounder, Hurricane Press, and Writing Disorder.  In 2007, she wond the grand prize for poetry from Oneswan.