Notes on Contributors
Kim Addonizio is the author of four poetry collections, including Tell Me, A National Book Award Finalist. Her fifth collection, Lucifer at the Starlite, will be published in October 2009. Ms. Addonizio has also authored two instructional books on writing poetry: The Poet's Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within. Her first novel, Little Beauties, was published in 2005 and was chosen as "Best Book of the Month" by the Book of the Month Club. My Dreams Out in the Street, her second novel, was released in 2007.
Mary Anne Anderson is published in the Monterey Bay’s “Plenitude of Poets” and participated in Monterey Peninsula College’s “Women and Food” Poetry reading. Letters to a Love Unsung/Cronicas de Un Amor Eternal—by Ana Luca, her nom de plume—a bilingual novel with a musical soundtrack, has won her international acclaim. Mary Anne also enjoys playing music professionally with husband Ames as the duo “Simple Pleasures.”
Louis Daniel Brodsky has written sixty-one volumes of poetry, including the five-volume Shadow War: A Poetic Chronicle of September 11 and Beyond. In 2004, Mr. Brodsky won the Center for Great Lakes Culture’s Best Book of Poetry Award. He has also written thirteen volumes of fiction and coauthored eight books on William Faulkner.
Brian Brown is a cultural historian and photographer in Fitzgerald, GA. He is a recipient of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. His illustrated history, Georgia in the Great Depression, is due this fall. His blog is at http://vanishingsouthgeorgia.wordpress.com.
Brad Buchanan is Associate Professor of English at CSU Sacramento. His poetry has appeared in more than 140 journals worldwide. He has published two books of poetry and is the co-founder of Roan Press (http://www.roanpress.com).
Laura Buermann has most recently been published in Sidelines, the Simmons College literary magazine. She lives and works in Burlington, VT.
Lance Calabrese lives is San Diego, CA. His work has appeared in literary journals throughout the country.
Randy Chavez was a student of Peter Vetrano at Benjamin Franklin High School in Los Angeles, CA when he wrote “Un beso movido.”
Rick Christman is the author of Falling in Love at the End of the World, a collection of stories and prose poems. His work has appeared in more than fifty journals. He is professor of English at Des Moines Area Community College.
Joan Colby has seven books published, including The Lonely Hearts Killers. She has won two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and an IAC Literary Fellowship.
Jack Crawford has been published widely in poetry and academic magazines. His latest book is I Explode and Other Poems.
Lisa M. Cronkhite has published work in Bible Advocate, Combat Magazine, and Clark Street Review. She suffers from bipolar disorder and writes as a coping skill and for better understanding.
James Cushing is the 2009 Poet Laureate of San Luis Obispo, CA. He teaches literature and creative writing at Cal Poly and hosts a weekly jazz program on the college radio station, KCPR.
Frank De Canio has written more than 1,000 poems. Born in New Jersey, his cultural home is New York City. He loves Bach and Zap Mamma, Shakespeare and Sylvia Plath.
Robert M. Detman has contributed to the Santa Monica Review, Wisconsin Review, Evergreen Review and other publications. In 2007, he was the recipient of a fellowship to attend the Abroad Writers Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2007 and 2008, his short fiction was selected as a finalist for the New Letters Literary Awards. He lives in San Francisco.
Kenneth DiMaggio teaches basic composition and literature at Capital Community College, in Hartford, CT. Recently, some of his poems have been published in Quercus Review, Plainsongs and Art:Mag.
Richard Dinges has an MA in literary studies from the University of Iowa and manages business systems at an insurance company. The Evansville Review, Hidden Oak, and Foliate Oak, among others, have most recently accepted his poems for their publications.
Oonagh Cathleen Doherty was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and raised in England and the United States. She lives in Northampton, MA, and works as a legal services attorney.
Deborah H. Doolittle’s last two chapbooks, No Crazy Notion and That Echo, won the Mary Belle Campbell Award and the Longleaf Press Award, respectively. Ms. Doolittle teaches at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, NC.
James Doyle’s latest book is Bending Under the Yellow Police Tapes. He has poems coming out in The Briar Cliff Review, Poems and Plays, and Rattle. He lives in Fort Collins, CO.
James Duke resumed writing poetry upon retiring from his long career as a journalist. He has had poems published in various journals, including Prairie Schooner, Winston Review (Canada) and Pulsar (U.K.)
Maria Ercilla has been teaching Creative Writing and English Literature to high school students for the past twenty years. She presently teaches Special Education. Her awards include The International Hemingway Poetry Award and the Allan Tate Memorial Award. Her work recently appeared in Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul. She is at work on her novel, Year of the Bad Boy.
Jean Esteve is from Waldport, OR.
Rod Farmer has recently had poems published in Main Street Rag and Thorny Locust. He has three collections of poetry: Universal Essence, Red Ships and Fingers Pointing at the Moon.
Brian C. Felder’s publishing credits to date include Black Book Press, Clark Street Review and Out of Line. From the Midwest originally, Mr. Felder now resides in Delaware.
Jennifer Lagier Fellguth is a member of the Italian American Writers Association and California Writers Club. Her work has appeared in Voices in Italian Americana and anthologies such as The Dream Book and Unsettling America. She has also published five books: Coyote Dream Cantos, Where We Grew Up, Second-Class Citizen, The Mangia Syndrome and Fishing for Portents. Visit her web site at http://www.jlagier.net Dr. Fellguth is also the webmaster for the online Homestead Review (http://www.hartnell.edu/homestead_review).
Susan Florence’s career as an artist and writer has been creating gift products. “Poetry has been for me a personal way of passage through the years,” she says. About the CCW Writing Contest, Susan says, “This prize gives me tremendous joy and tells my ‘inner poetry judge’ to stand back. Thank you.”
Arthur Gottlieb is an Oregon poet whose work has appeared in The Ledge, Chiron Review, and The Alembic, among others.
When not sending out poetry submissions, Jonathan Greenhause can be found dancing tango and helping old ladies cross the street. His poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, Going Down Swinging, and Rattle.
John Grey is an Australian-born poet and has been a U.S. resident since the late seventies. He works as a financial systems analyst. Mr. Grey has work upcoming in Poetry East, Cape Rock and The Pinch.
In high school, Valerie Guardiola won a contest sponsored by the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts two years in a row. Currently a freshman at Monterey Peninsula College, Valerie’s passion for the arts extends to theatre, painting, and music.
Carol Hamilton is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma. Her most recent book is Shots On. Another chapbook, Contrapuntal, is forthcoming.
Christine Hamm is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature at Drew University. She won the MiPoesias First Annual Chapbook Competition with her manuscript Children Having Trouble with Meat. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her new book, Saints & Cannibals, was just accepted for publication. Christine is also a poetry editor for Ping Pong. Her website is http://chamm.blogspot.com.
John T. Hitchner teaches at Keene State College, in Keene, NH. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in Anthology of New England Writers, the Aurorean, First Class, and SNReview.
Calvin W. Johnson's poetry has appeared in the Chiron Review and the New Delta Review; his science fiction in Analog; and his research articles in Physical Review C. He lives in San Diego.
Andy Jones teaches writing at the University of California, Davis. Author of the poetry book Split Stock, Andy hosts “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” on radio station KDVS, and the twice-monthly poetry series “Poetry Night at Bistro 33.”
Miriam Jones has been published in Phoebe: Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques, Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine, and Touchstone, among others.
John Kay’s poetry has appeared in countless magazines through the years. His fourth chapbook, Phantom of the Apple, is forthcoming. He is also a photographer whose work can be viewed at http://www.pbase.com/jakay.
Eileen Kennedy has published a variety of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She is on the faculty of Kingsborough/City University of New York. She has a doctorate in language and literacy and an undergraduate degree in journalism.
Dorothea Kewley has a BA in English from the University of Washington. She has a book forthcoming in April 2009 titled Stars and Other Poems. Ms. Kewley lives in Des Moines, WA.
Cleo Fellers Kocol’s novel, Fitzhugh’s Woman, will be published this spring, and her short story “My Cousin Olivia” will be included in the anthology Of A Certain Age this summer.
John P. Kristofco, is professor of English and dean of Wayne College in Orrville, OH. His poetry and short stories have appeared in over a hundred different publications. His collection of poetry, Apparitions, is forthcoming.
Arionó-jovan Labu' is an Afro-Cubano freelance writer and artist. His writing credits include poetry in The African American Review, Drumvoices and Xavier Review. He is currently working on a documentary of his family's diaspora from Africa to Cuba to America.
Laura LeHew is an award-winning poet whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Alehouse Press, Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems and Untamed Ink. Her chapbook, Beauty, is due out in May ’09. She is also spinning up a new press, Uttered Chaos (http://www.utteredchaos.org).
Richard Luftig is a professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio. He is a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the U.S., Japan, Finland, and Bulgaria, among other countries.
JW Major has had over 100 poems and stories published in various magazines, such as California Quarterly, Mad Poets Review, and The Sun.
Dominique Maldonado was raised in Southern CA and the Central Coast. Now 28, she resides in Salinas and attends Hartnell College. She co-taught preschool for the Monterey Recreation Department at Hilltop Park Center from 2000-2006. “Just a Day” is Dominique’s first publication credit. Her favorite novel is Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews.
Raul Martinez is a first-year graduate student at CSU Domin-guez Hills, studying English Literature with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition. He has two children.
Christina Matthews earned an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Georgia College & State University. She is currently an English Instructor at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.
Catherine McCraw is a speech-language pathologist in Western Oklahoma. Her poems have appeared in various journals, including Atlanta Review, California Quarterly and descant.
Patricia Merrifield has had a career as a mother, a social worker and hospice nurse. She now says, “I’m now drawn to writing in a way I haven’t been since high school. I’m really hoping to find my voice and an outlet to bring that voice to an audience.”
Lisa Minacci has two degrees in literature, but, as she says, “poetry is everything.” She lives in California and attends two different writing groups, which have provided her with significant inspiration and encouragement.
Michael S. Morris has published approximately 100 poems in over 40 journals, including Writers’ Notes, Big Hammer, Edgz, and freefall. His chapbook A Wink Centuries Old will be featured in Issue 51 of Minotaur Magazine.
Michael Nassberg works as the assistant editor and film critic for a local nonprofit newspaper group. He earned his BA and MA in English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University. His fiction has appeared in Green Mountains Review, and he is working on a collection of short stories about the apocalypse.
David Michael Nixon’s poems have appeared in many journals, including Yankee, HazMat Review and Blueline. His most recent poetry chapbook is Venus In Retirement.
Hagan Pedersen grew up in the Bay Area and now lives in Portland. He has been writing poetry for about twenty years. He has contributed work to Now What? and has published a book of poems called The Debris of Dysfunctionalia. He is currently working on his second book of poetry.
Bernice Rendrick is a senior writer living in Scotts Valley. She has published in Passages North, Quarry West and Kansas Quarterly. She is the recipient of the 2009 In Celebration of the Muse Award for her chapbook Trainsong.
E. Shaun Russell is a musician and formalist poet based out of Vancouver, Canada. In the past two years his work has appeared in publications such as Writers' Journal, The Deronda Review, and Main Street Rag.
David Scheler, a graduate of UW–Madison in philosophy, is a marketing researcher.in which his poems have appeared or are forthcoming include Aurorean, Avocetand Comstock Review. He has reacquainted himself with the French language and has translated over 100 of his poems into French.
Baker Scott wrote “Black Panther” as a nine-year-old in Joyce Koff’s fourth grade class at Coeur d’Alene Elementary School in Southern California.
Among other publications, David Spiering’s works have been printed in The Chiron Review, Poetry East, and Spillway. His latest chapbook, Crooked Litanies, will be published in the summer of 2009.
Jane Stuart’s poems have appeared recently in Quantum Leap, The Mystic Rose, Brevities and others. She is beginning work on her fourth chapbook.
Joanne Tolson’s words have appeared in Pablo Lennis, surprisingstories.dcwi.com, and the web zine Poetry Soul to Soul.
Jason Van Blaricom currently teaches mathematics at the University of Texas at Brownsville.
David Velazquez wrote “Mal suerte” as a student of Peter Vetrano at Benjamin Franklin High Schoool in Los Angeles, CA.
Clay Waters has had poems published in Onionhead, Plainsongs, River Oak Review andLiteral Latte. He works and writes in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Natalie K. Wendt grew up in Idaho, graduated from College of Santa Fe in 2005, and has worked in elementary schools ever since. Her writing has appeared in Q View Northwest, the Spokesman-Review, and The Fig Tree. She lives in Spokane, Washington.
A.D. Winans’ poetry, prose and photography have appeared internationally in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. In 2006 he was awarded a PEN Josephine Miles Award for literary excellence.
Monica Woelfel received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She served as a Washington State Artist in Residence before returning to her native California in 2006 and publishing The Bathroom Book of Northern California Trivia. Monica now lives in Soquel and is at work on a novel.
J. Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and came to the U.S. at age nine. He began writing poetry during his senior year at the Branson School. He is currently attending UC Berkeley and plans to major in Latin American History with a Creative Writing minor.
Gerald Zipper lives in New York City.