Terry Ann Wright recently received her master’s degree from Goddard College, a progressive school that emphasizes community activism and democratic education. She has written and published poetry exclusively for the last fifteen years, receiving two nominations for the Pushcart Prize in the process. She spends her days ridding the world of comma splices, and nights planning food-based road trips and sometimes writing. Her poetry has appeared most recently in the journals Carnival, East Jasmine Review, Cadence Collective, and in the anthologies Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two, Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, Like A Girl: The Pre-Show!, Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity, and Then & Now:Conversations with Old Friends. Her first chapbook, Nature Studies, is available from Sadie Girl Press.
Kelsey Bryan-Zwick is a poet, a bookbinder, and an artist from Long Beach, CA. As a child she lived in Spain where she fell in love with the smell of fresh bread, green olives, and learned to speak Spanish. At UCSC she received a B.A. in Literature/Creative Writing-Poetry. Kelsey participated in Write Bloody Publishing’s Dirty Dozen Workshop and is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poems appear in A Poet Is A Poet, No Matter How Tall: EPISODE II Attack of the Poems, East Jasmine Review, Like a Girl: The Pre-Show! and Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity and Development, The Camel Saloon, and both Cadence Collective Anthology: Year One and Year Two, and Then & Now: Conversations with Old Friends. Kelsey’s first chapbook, Watches Synchronized To Awestruck, is hand-bound by the poet. Her second chapbook, Watermarked, is available from Sade Girl Press. Read samples of her work on Cadence Collective.
JL Martindale writes stuff. Sometimes it’s stuff about bootleg theft, motherhood or peanut butter. Sometimes she isn’t sure what she’s writing about. She’s honored to have poetry published with Cadence Collective, Bank Heavy Press, Lucid Moose Press, A Poet is a Poet anthologies and more.
Daniel McGinn’s work has appeared numerous anthologies and publications including Bank Heavy, Lummox, Silver Birch Press, Lucid Moose Lit, the OC Weekly, Next Magazine, Freeze Ray, Spillway, Aim For the Head, Rip Rap, Amethyst Arsenic, Incandescent Mind, and others. His full length collection of poems, 1000 Black Umbrellas, was released by Write Bloody Press. He’s had five chapbooks published as part of the Laguna Poets chapbook series. Daniel has an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Along with Mifanwy Kaiser, he teaches writing workshops at the Orange County Rescue Mission. He and his wife, Lori McGinn, are natives of Southern California. They have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and a very good dog.
Both have work included in Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two, Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, and Like A Girl: The Pre-Show! and Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity. Their dual chapbook/CD, The Bottle & The Boot, is available in very limited release through the SGP Bookstore.
Graham Smith is an ancient rhymer whose history is shrouded in the mists of time. He may have moved to Long Beach under the cover of a marine layer. Allegedly a former lawyer, he has an affinity for brief poetry. He and his stout companions have been known to frequent coastal taverns, where he sometimes writes three line poems on bar napkins. His work can be found in the anthologies Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two, and in Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle. Find more at napkinsinashoebox.com.
Raquel Reyes-Lopez is a fresh twenty-something-year-old Gemini and co-host of Moon Pixel monthly reading series at Half Off Books. She is assistant editor of CadenceCollective.net and many Sadie Girl Press publications. She has had poems published with Rattle, Bank Heavy-Press, Cadence Collective, East Jasmine Review, River’s Voice, Kleft Jaw Press, Poetry in Motion, and San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly. She also has work in Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two, Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, and Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity. Her debut chapbook, Born to Electrify, is published by Sadie Girl Press. Follow her on WordPress.
Nancy Lynée Woo has been writing poems since she was 8 years old but is only recently out of denial that she does in fact write poems. (She does in fact write poems!) She is so fortunate to have found a lovely poetry home in Long Beach, CA with the fine folks of the Poetry Lab. She’s been a featured reader with Rose Writers of Amherst Writers & Artists, the Poetry Lab and the Pondwater Society. Her chapbook, Rampant, published by SGP in 2014, is now in its second print run. Recently, she has fulfilled her dream of running a press dedicated to social justice called Lucid Moose Lit. She has poetry included in Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two and is the co-editor of Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, and Like A Girl: The Pre-Show! and Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity.You can follow her on Twitter @fancifulnance.
Sarah Thursday is a music obsessed, Long Beach poetry and arts advocate. In addition to writing poetry, she designs and publishes books, hosts readings, workshops, and a poetry book club. She has run a website called CadenceCollective.net, co-hosted a monthly reading with G. Murray Thomas, and runs Sadie Girl Press as a way to help publish local and emerging poets and artists. She has been published in many fine journals and anthologies and received a 2017 Best of the Net nomination for “To the Men who told me my Love was not enough.” Her chapbooks, Seventeen Poems Not About a Lover, Unanchored, and The Unnamed Algorithm, and her full-length collections, All the Tiny Anchors and Conversations with Gravel are all available at the Sadie Girl Press Bookstore. She also is the editor of Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two, Then & Now: Conversations with Old Friends, and Incandescent Mind, as well as the co-editor of Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, Like A Girl: The Pre-Show! and Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity. Follow her at SarahThursday.com or on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
48 authors and 23 artists contributed to the first issue of Incandescent Mind. Here is more information about who they are:
Aria Riding runs Psychomachia Theater, a venue showcasing dissident, antisocial romances. Her writing and artwork have been featured in all the periodicals anointed with the sacrificial kisses of the saints of Cuba, France, and Italy. They are, of course, Reinaldo Arenas, Jean Genet, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her own kiss is still sifting through the living for someone like them.
Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is an LA Poet who is currently enrolled in the MFA Graduate program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat Woody Gold. His poetry has been featured in The Yellow Chair Review, Thick With Conviction, Silver Birch Press and one of his poems was named Cultured Vultures’ Top 3 Poems of the Week. You can connect with Adrian on his website: http://www.adrianernestocepeda.com/
Aja Beech is a freelance author and paper store cashier living in Philadelphia, PA. Her work can be found at The 5-2, Al Dia News, Apiary Magazine, Certain Circuits, the DIY GRRRL Compilation, Huffington Post, Newsworks, and Twelve Winters Press. In 2010, she received a Leeway Art and Change Grant to compile an art and poetry chapbook concerned with the death penalty. In 2011, she was named a Creative Connector in Philadelphia. Her poem, for you women, was nominated by Certain Circuits for a Pushcart Prize in 2012.
Alexis Rhone Fancher’s poem, “when I turned fourteen, my mother’s sister took me to lunch and said:” was chosen by Edward Hirsch for inclusion in The Best American Poetry of 2016. She is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and Other Heart Stab Poems, and State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies. Her photos are published worldwide, including spreads in Blue Lyra, River Styx, Blink Ink, Fine Linen, HeART Online, Rogue Agent, and the covers of Witness and The Mas Tequila Review. Since 2013 she’s been nominated for seven Pushcart Prizes and four Best of The Net awards. She is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly where her photo essay, “The Poet’s Eye,” runs monthly.
Amanda Martin is a mother, artist, and lover of moths and stones. Her art and poetry has been published in Tribe de Mama magazine and with Lucid Moose Lit. Amanda resides in California and thrives during thunderstorms and full moons. She believes in radiating infinite warmth.
Amanda Mathews is a painter and artist exploring new ideas in Montclair, New Jersey. She strives to produce work that challenges the traditional media standards of beauty. Her work has been featured on the cover of Mahogany L. Browne’s book “Swag” and at MH Gallery in Chelsea. She once took an awfully long walk through the Chelsea galleries with Jerry Saltz. She prefers pie over cake and tries to start each morning with a hearty “Hell yes”. You can find more of her work at https://www.facebook.com/AmandaMathewsArtist/ and http://society6.com/AmandaMathews
Andrew (Andy) Brown performs spoken word as The Grandad from Knowle West (an area within the top 100 most deprived estates in Great Britain). He is an ex-prisoner, recovering addict and has won community regeneration awards. He has been published in Militant Thistles, Turbulence & Culture Vultures as well as being given a Koerstler Award Highly Commended Certificate.
Anna Szilagyi is a Long Island native and recent graduate from Binghamton University, where she studied English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and led Binghamton Slam Poetry. Her writing can be found in The Fem, Bustle, Triple Cities Carousel, and Binghamton University’s Alpenglow. When she is not writing, she reads Margaret Atwood and cross stitches feminist sentiments. She can be contacted at email@example.com, and her poems and thoughts live at anna-szilagyi.tumblr.com.
Boris Salvador Ingles was born and raised in Los Angeles, in the small community of Boyle Heights. He combines poetry and photography, as means for visual and emotional expression. A mixture of humor, rawness, vulnerability and a sense for dark street realism. His poems have appeared in Spectrum, Spectrum 2, Cadence Collective: Year Two Anthology, Then & Now: Conversations With Old Friends and most recently, the Coiled Serpent Anthology.
Brandi Conder a stay at home mom with daily mental health battles but keeps up the good fight for her husband and daughter who are all her universe. She lives in Tampa FL and hope to move to NC within a few years.
Brandon Dumais is a Los Angeles-born writer and zine-maker. He received his BA in creative writing and English literature from CSULB in 2013 and is the co-editor of Remedial Art Class. At 16, he was diagnosed with major depression. His work has been published by Sadie Girl Press, Bank Heavy Press, Spectrum, Sap, and The Men’s Heartbreak Anthology.
Alabama raised Catherine Brendel is a mixture of dirt, flowers, watercolor paint, stolen cookies and every kind of music. Cat as she is known to family and friends, discovered her painting technique as a survival skill while studying art in college. Cat later developed an abstract art therapy class while teaching self-esteem classes in an AmeriCorps based off the concept of painting the unknown to motivational music different from what is popular and what we would naturally choose. She currently resides in the Kudzu jungles of Northeast Alabama. Cat can also be found on her Facebook page, Head Graffiti Studios.
Daniel McGinn‘s poems have appeared numerous anthologies and publications. Daniel has an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He and his wife, poet Lori McGinn, are natives of Whittier, California.
Darcy Smith works as a professional sign language interpreter. Her poems have been published in US and abroad. Publications include: Boyne Berries, Up The River, Chronogram, and Mom Egg Review. Her work is also forthcoming in GTK Creative. She is currently a finalist for the 2016 Erbacce Poetry Prize. Darcy’s poem, No Words, was inspired by the life and legacy of Maya Gold. To learn more about uplifting and empowering teens and adults please consider visiting: http://www.mayagoldfoundation.org/
Donald Illich has published poetry in journals such as The Iowa Review, Sixth Finch, Nimrod, and Columbia (Online). He was a finalist for the Washington Writers Publishing House poetry book contest. He has been named a nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net awards. He lives in Maryland.
E. Laura Golberg’s poetry has appeared in the Birmingham Poetry Review, RHINO, Gargoyle, and the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, among other places. She won first place in the DC Commission on the Arts Larry Neal Poetry Competition.
E. Amato is a digital nomad, published poet, award-winning screenwriter, and established performer, with three poetry collections released by Zesty Pubs: Swimming Through Amber, 5, & Will Travel. She edits the Zestyverse, has been a contributor to The Body Is Not an Apology and works as a freelance writer and editor. http://www.eamato.com
Ed Baines is an autodidact; part designer, inventor, builder, visual artist and tinkerer; mastering some things and dabbling in others. He uses sketching, drafting, acrylic painting, woodworking and sculpture to help maintain his mental health and just for the fun of creating beautiful and/or useful things. Baines attended Cal Poly University, Pomona: Biological Sciences studies, is the Inventor of record with the United States Patent Office, has had careers in the hospitality, manufacturing, and construction industries, and generally plays well with others. He, and his wife, Joanne, are native to the East San Gabriel Valley and together they host the monthly PondWater Society poetry and arts salon.
Elder Zamora is a writer residing in Southern California. He holds a degree in English and is a curator of the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival. His work has been published in various journals including Left Hook, Barnstorm, Soundings Review, Libertad and others.
Ellen Stone teaches at Community High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her poems have appeared recently in The Museum of Americana, Passages North, and Rust + Moth, and are forthcoming in The Chiron Review, Bluestem, and Lunch Ticket. Ellen’s poetry collection, The Solid Living World, won the 2013 Michigan Writers Cooperative Press chapbook contest.
Erika Ayón emigrated from Mexico when she was five years old. She grew up in South Central, Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English. She was selected as a 2009 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow and has taught poetry to middle and high school students throughout Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Splinter Generations Literary Journal, Strange Cargo Anthology, Orangelandia Anthology, Wide Awake Anthology, Spectrum Anthology, and Coiled Serpent Anthology.
Garrett Hoffman is a 24-year-old writer from NJ. He loves hats, mythology and music. His current goal is to be published in every state at least once. So far that includes NJ, WI, and MI. He writes about life as it comes, in all its forms.
Jackie Joice is a writer and photographer residing in Long Beach, CA. She is currently working on a collection of poems entitled Touched.
Jane Roe is a writer, editor, teacher, and weaver. She has been writing poetry for decades, yet has rarely been published. There are more than one of her: she speaks for all children, women, and other people whose voices are stifled or stilted by compassion or self-protection.
John Guzlowski is the author of Echoes of Tattered Tongues, a book of poems about his parents’ experiences in Nazi concentration camps. His work appears in Garrison Keillor’s Writers’ Almanac, North American Review, Rattle, Main Street Rag, and Crab Orchard Review. Czeslaw Milosz said of Guzlowski’s poems, they are “astonishing.”
Joy Shannon is the recording, performing and visual artist front-woman of the band Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks. She has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts (with a focus in printmaking) and Theatre Arts (with a focus in theatre design) and a master’s degree in American Studies (with a focus on cultural art history) from California State University at Fullerton. Joy’s art and music are deeply inspired by cultural history and express her emotional reflection on historical issues, especially women’s issues. She creates printmaking and mixed media works on paper which use the figure to express human emotions and spiritual concepts. She is also a tattoo artist under the name Triple Goddess Tattoos.
K. Andrew Turner writes queer, literary, and speculative prose and poetry. He teaches and mentors writers near Los Angeles. In 2013, he founded East Jasmine Review—an electronic literary journal—where he remains the Editor-in-Chief. He was a semifinalist for the 2016 Luminaire Award, and his chapbook “Gymlationship” is now available on Amazon. You can find more at his website: http://www.kandrewturner.com
Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, illustrator, and presenter. Her work has been featured in Obverse Books and the “You and Who” charity anthology line. She will soon be appearing in works from Titan Books, as well as penning the “Owl’s Flower” light novel series with illustrator Ginger Hoesly. She blogs at at http://www.karadennison.com
Ken Oddist Jones is a graphic artist and photographer. He recently relocated to Long Beach by way of Florida where he studied design and studio art at the Florida School of Art. His work varies from the carefree and whimsical, to the surreal and sometimes haunting. Often he combines his photography with graphic elements and textures to create stunning visual imagery and striking digital collage. His work was recently featured in the art and literature zine, New Legends, and will be showing his digital collage work at WE Labs for their third art show which is themed Metamorphosis.
A resident of New York City, Kerfe Roig enjoys transforming words and images into something new. She likes to recycle materials, but she does not limit herself to any particular media. Her poetry and art have been featured online by Right Hand Pointing, Silver Birch Press, and The song is…, and published in several Nature Inspired anthologies. You can follow her explorations on the blog she does with her friend Nina, https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/.
Kevin Ridgeway lives and writes in Long Beach, CA. His poems can most recently be found in Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, BIG HAMMER, Spillway, Chaffey Review, Lummox, RCC Muse, and Cultural Weekly, among many others. He is the author of six chapbooks of poetry, which include All the Rage (Electric Windmill Press, 2013), On the Burning Shore (Arroyo Seco Press, 2014) and Contents Under Pressure (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2015)
Kim Sharp is a writer, editor, and educator from Seattle. Her writing has been featured in several publications including the Carolina Quarterly and Clamor. Kim holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University. Learn more about Kim and her work at http://www.delightandgamble.com.
Kit Courter is a poet and photographer who grew up in Calabasas when it was a small town. He has lived in the South Bay area of LA since the early 1980s. Kit has explored the world of night photography since the 1970s, and his work can be seen on his web site at http://home.earthlink.net/~kitathome/LunarLight/index.html. He can be found on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kit.courter
Kristina England resides in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are published or forthcoming in several magazines, including Gargoyle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Silver Birch Press, and Tipton Poetry Journal. She is a regular contributor to the flash fiction magazine, Story Shack.
Laura Saint Martin is a poet and novelist, currently working on a mystery/women’s fiction series about a mounted patrol in the San Gabriel foothills. She graduated from Mt. San Antonio College and currently works at Patton State Hospital. She lives in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauri Langston has been a closet writer since she was twelve, sharing for the last nine years, primarily via spoken word at open mic events. She has two chapbooks, Reflections and Ready for the Storm and is currently working on a third. She can be found on Facebook and WordPress.com.
Leah Mueller is an independent writer from Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of one chapbook, Queen of Dorksville (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2012), and two full-length books, Allergic to Everything (Writing Knights Press, 2015) and The Underside of the Snake (Red Ferret Press, 2015). Her work has been published in Blunderbuss, 2 Leaf Press, Origins Journal, Talking Soup, Silver Birch Press, Yellow Chair Review, Cultured Vultures, and many other publications. She is a regular contributor to Quail Bell magazine, and was a featured poet at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival. She was a runner-up winner in the 2012 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry contest.
Lynn Azali aims to express her learning of mixing human figure, layers, composition and color through Paint Illustration. Born and raised in San Fernando Valley, California, Lynn studied Architecture at California Polytechnic University, in San Luis Obispo (2000-2005) and Scandinavian Design at Denmark International Study, in Copenhagen (2003-2004). She currently resides in Long Beach, California and works fulltime as an Architectural Designer. Lynn’s showing experience includes, but is not limited to: galleries, retail boutiques, cafes and nightlife events. Please feel free to contact or share thoughts via email at email@example.com or find her on Facebook and Instagram.
Lynne Viti is a senior lecturer in the Writing Program at Wellesley College. A graduate of Mercy High School in Baltimore Maryland, she received her B.A. cum laude in English Literature from Barnard College, and her Ph.D. and J.D. from Boston College, where she was a university fellow in English. She has published poetry and fiction in both online and print journals, most recently, Amuse-Bouche, The Paterson Review, The Little Patuxent Review, Drunk Monkeys, Cultured Vultures, Irish Literary Review, A New Ulster, Mountain Gazette, and Right Hand Pointing. She won an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, and the summer 2015 poetry contest at The Song Is. Follow her at: Still in School
Mariano Zaro is the author of four bilingual books of poetry: Where From/Desde Donde, Poems of Erosion/Poemas de la erosión, The House of Mae Rim/La casa de Mae Rim and Tres letras/Three Letters. His poems have been included in the anthologies Monster Verse (Penguin Random House), Wide Awake (Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA), The Coiled Serpent (Tía Chucha Press, San Fernando, CA) and in several magazines in Spain, Mexico and the United States. He conducts a series of video interviews with prominent California poets as part of the literary project Poetry.LA. He is a Spanish professor at Rio Hondo College (Whittier, California). More information at http://www.marianozaro.com
Costa Rican-American poet Mark Smith-Soto has been editor or associate editor of International Poetry Review at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for over twenty years. Along with three prize-winning chapbooks he has authored three full-length poetry collections, Our Lives Are Rivers, Any Second Now, and Time Pieces. His work, which has appeared in Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, Literary Review, The Louisville Review, Nimrod, Rattle, The Sun, and many other publications, has been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize. His Fever Season: Selected Poetry of Ana Istarú (2010) and his lyrical memoir Berkeley Prelude (2013) were both published by Unicorn Press.
Mary McCarthy has always been a writer, but spent most of her working life as a Registered Nurse. She is a Pushcart nominee, and her work has appeared in many online and print journals, including Earth’s Daughters, Gnarled Oak, Third Wednesday, and Three Elements Review.
Michael Cantin is a poet and sloth fanatic residing somewhere in the wilds of Orange County, California. His poetry has appeared both online and in print. You can find his work in The East Jasmine Review, Melancholy Hyperbole, 50 Haiku, several anthologies, and elsewhere.
Michele Rene is a local Long Beach painter and musician. One of four daughters, her parents always encouraged her artistic endeavors. She is self-taught and has shown at numerous galleries in Orange County and Long Beach. Recently, Michele has also donated art work to local charity auctions Comprehensive Childhood Development and Heels for Hearts at Long Beach Memorial. She is active in the community as Secretary to the East Village Association and sings in parlor jazz trio The Funny Valentines. http://www.michelerene.com
Nancy Correro holds an MFA from McNeese State University, and is pursuing a PhD at Georgia State University. She resides near the Chattahoochee Watershed in Roswell, GA and finds inspiration while hiking the Big Creek trails. She is the recipient of the Joy Scantlebury Poetry Award, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such publications as, I-70 Review, Rougarou, Bird’s Thumb, and other journals.
Natalie Hirt received an M.F.A. in fiction from UC Riverside. She has been published in The Wall, East Jasmine Review, Inlandia, and other publications. She was also a best short story prize-winner in Kalliope Literary Magazine. When she’s not working on her novel, Natalie can be found in Portland, Oregon being dragged down the street by two obnoxious Labradors.
Natalie Morales uses her poetry as an outlet for the anxiety and depression she’s faced since childhood. Her work has been published in Conceit Magazine, Chiron Review, and Cornell University’s Rainy Day Literary Magazine, among many others. She is currently compiling a visual chapbook of found poetry.
Nina Bannett’s poetry has been featured in Open Minds Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, and CALYX, among others. She has published a chapbook Lithium Witness, and a full-length collection, These Acts of Water. She is associate professor of English and department chairperson at New York City College of Technology, CUNY.
K.N. Johnson is a writer and artist based near Indianapolis, Indiana. Her poetry, stories and photography have appeared in The Lighter, Silver Birch Press, Lament for the Dead, and So It Goes: Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Library. Her story “Headstones on Hidden Hill” will appear in Main Street Rag Publishing’s Ghosts anthology fall 2016. “Dead Head Mile” will appear in Scout Media’s upcoming anthology A Journey of Words. Johnson belongs to a ghost investigation crew and volunteers with historic cemetery headstone restoration. You can follow the progress of her debut novel, tentatively titled The Birthling, at: https://www.facebook.com/knjohnsonauthor.
Ola Faleti breathes, writes and sleeps in Chicago, Illinois. Sometimes she eats ice cream there, too. Her writing has appeared in The Coalition Zine, Moonsick Magazine, and The James Franco Review, among other places. She’s trying this twitter thing @Faleti_Ola.
Ricardo Vidana is 30-year-old writer and photographer. He lives and works in Long Beach California and is attending Long Beach City College. He has been a photographer and writer for over 10 years now and both his poetry and photographs have been published online and in various small press publications. He has two self-published chapbooks: A Whiskey Seance to Communicate with the Dead or Dying and A Trunk Full of Wallpaper, both of which can be ordered through him. His contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (405)642-9729 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheArtistAndMe
Robert Hoffman splits his time between Lakewood and the Salton Sea, California. He received a dual concentration MFA from the Northwest Institute of Literary Art in Fiction and Poetry, as well as having assistant editing duties with Soundings magazine and webmaster for the student website for three years. Bob is the creator of the “15 Series” chapbook poems, which currently includes 15 Salton Sea Poems and a Lament, and 15 Shady Poems and a Love Sonnet, and the soon to be released, 15 Paramour Poems and the Backdoor. The 15 Shady Poems Facebook page boasts over 12,000 followers to his nearly daily postings. He’s also published with Sharkreef.org and Cordite Review.
Robin Steere Axworthy is a native Californian who wandered off in search of adventure for many years before landing in Southern California in 1983 to marry a musician. She has been writing since childhood among the interstices of growing up, jobs, marriage, child rearing, teaching, and dancing. She is currently working on poetry and some fiction. She plans to spend more time on both now that she has retired from full-time teaching
Roopa Dudley considers herself an American Chess Artist gravitating towards Steampunk Art and Graphic Design. She graduated from Florida International University with a BA in Humanities, Art History and Psychology. Her paintings are painted with saturated colors and usually have a story to tell. She is a huge fan of Dark Humor, therefore most of her artwork has that incorporated into her paintings in some shape or form. Her paintings are created to appeal aesthetically as well as intellectually. Several of her Paintings have been published in local newspapers, international art magazines, museum publications, art journals and local artist magazines. Details and CV on the website: http://www.roopadudley.com.
Sander Roscoe Wolff is an artist who works in a variety of media, including music, sound, video, and digital photography. He serves as the Culture Agent columnist for the Long Beach Post, and is one half of the improvisational electronic music duo, Toaster Music. His work has been included in L.A. SIGGRAPH’s Photon Ballet, SoundWalk, and in various gallery exhibitions. He’s composed music for the short award-winning documentary film, From The Heart of Brahma, and for the documentary series Let Me Be Frank, about American performance artist Frank Moore. He’s currently completing his first collection of short prose and poetry titled, Musings of a Dunderhead.
Sarah A. Davis is a Master’s student at CSULB studying poetry. She has loved art since her fingers first touched paint.
Sarah Lim began taking photographs in 2011 with a hand me down first generation iPhone. Her early work was mostly food, as she is also a Farm to Table Chef. She became passionate about photography and began to explore other subjects such as flowers, people, and most recently, the local music, poetry, and art scene in Long Beach and LA. Sarah seeks to capture moments of beauty, clarity, and most of all, love, in her work. Follow her photography, SOL Shots on Facebook and on Instagram: slimhappy65.
Serena Solin is a first year in the poetry MFA at Washington University. As a New Jersey native, it’s all about malls, tomatoes, and yellow light.
Sharon Elliott is a poet activist and moderator of Poets Responding to SB1070. She is a transplant from Seattle to Oakland. Four years in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua and Ecuador laid the foundation for her activism in multicultural women’s issues. She loves cats, the sea and stormy days.
Stephanie Barbé Hammer has published writing in The Bellevue Literary Review, Pearl, CRATE, Apeiron, GRAVEL, and Hayden’s Ferry Review among other places. She is the author of a prose poem chapbook (Sex with Buildings, dancing girl press, 2012), a full length poetry collection (How Formal?, Spout Hill Press 2014), and a magical realist novel (The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior, Urban Farmhouse Press, 2015). She lives primarily in Coupeville Washington, but lives part of the year in Los Angeles, because she loves palm trees and the SoCal poetry community. She is a 4-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize.
Stephen Linsteadt is an artist, writer, and a poet. His creative work is an ongoing exploration into the study of Cosmology, Alchemy, and the archetypal symbolism of Carl Jung. He is a published poet and the author of the non-fiction books, The Heart of the Hero and Scalar Heart Connection and the poetry collection The Beauty of Curved Space (Glass Lyre Press).
Born in Pomona, California, Steven “Lu” Lossing began drawing at an early age. He continues to seek self-expression through various creative endeavors, such as self-published comix and a short lived online shop, Skullymart, which offered chili dog pens, edible ear plugs, and Skully Lube. In addition to serving as grill master for the performance poetry troupe Poets in Distress, he designed the group’s logo and is currently collaborating on projects with fellow members Brutus Chieftain and King Daddy. Steven lives in Riverside, California with his wife, Andrea, their daughter, Afton, Prince Shiny the chug, two guinea pigs, and a stray cat which may be the reincarnation of Andrea’s father.
Susan Solomon is a freelance paintress living in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Find out more at susansolomonpainter.com.
Taylor Flynn describes himself as a criminology and biology student by day, poet and artist by night, and intersectional radical feminist by nature. When not playing objectively bad computer games, he can be found studying for classes and working as a board member for UC Irvine’s Poetry Collective, Uncultivated Rabbits.
TC Boyd is a first-time fiction author and finalist for her novella Sojourn the Truth in Glimmer Train’s December 2014 Open Fiction Contest. A Minneapolis winter blinded her with frozen-shut eyelashes, and she returned home to North Carolina. To learn more about TC, please visit her website at http://www.tcboyd.ink
Tim Perez was born and raised in Oxnard, California. He graduated from Long Beach State in 2000. He began teaching in the Los Angeles area then moved to the Inland Empire, all the while teaching high school. Currently he is teaching English at Santiago High School in Corona. He has various publications in various journals on-line and in print.
Tobi Alfier is a multiple Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee. Current chapbooks are The Coincidence of Castles from Glass Lyre Press, and Romance and Rust from Blue Horse Press. Down Anstruther Way is forthcoming from FutureCycle Press. She is co-editor of San Pedro River Review (www.bluehorsepress.com).
Tony Gloeggler a lifelong resident of NYC and work managing group homes in Brooklyn. His poetry has recently appeared in The Raleigh Review, Rattle, Paterson Literary Review, Nerve Cowboy, and The Chiron Review. UNTIL THE LAST LIGHT LEAVES was put out by NYQ Books at the end of 2015 and was a finalist for the 2016 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. That same year, Bittersweet Editions published TONY COME BACK AUGUST, a collaboration with the photographer Marco North.
Torrin A. Greathouse is a queer, non-binary poet from Southern California and Co-Founder of Black Napkin Press. Their work has been published in Rust + Moth, Caliban, Crack the Spine, VerseWrights, Crab Fat Magazine, Yellow Chair Review, and The Feminist Wire. Torrin’s first full-length collection In Search of Stray Gods, will be released later this year.
Victoria Griffin earned her BA in English from Campbell University while fighting a four-month concussion. After graduating, she returned to her East Tennessee home, where she works as a freelance writer and editor. Her short fiction has appeared recently in such journals as Alebrijes, Atlantis, and NonBinary Review. Find her at VictoriaGriffin.net.
Yeggi Kaela Watts has spent 15 years working with children with special needs and has been drawing and writing from an early age. She’s always had a love for art, poetry and music but never had the confidence nor was in a place to pursue it. Only now, after experiencing the greatest joys and pains in life has she been able to pursue her art wholeheartedly. Her hope is to continue sharing her art, poems and songs to connect with people in many walks of life.