Notes on Contributors

Vol. 4

Spring 2012

John Baker lives in southern New Hampshire and teaches English as an adjunct at Saint Anselm College. He has published poems with a small number of journals including The Piedmont Literary Review and Bitterroot.

Bill Bozzone currently teaches as an adjunct in the English Department at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. His last three publications (under the pen name Z.Z. Boone) have appeared or are scheduled in these print magazines: The Chaffey Review, Weave Magazine, and The Lifted Brow.

Justin Burnside lives in Las Vegas where he eagerly anticipates the upcoming birth of his daughter. His stories and poems have appeared in Alice Blue Review, Interim Literary Journal, and Danse Macabre.

Valerie Burnside lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she spends her days working in a bookstore and documenting the beautiful Sonoran desert. Her work has been exhibited at the University of Michigan, Pima Community College, and Arts for All, Inc.

Tina V. Cabrera earned her MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University in 2009. She is currently teaching English and Composition as an adjunct instructor at Southwestern College and City College. Her work has appeared in the San Diego Poetry Annual, The Latent Print, and Fearsome Fascinations, Outrider Press/TallGrass Writers Guild 2009.

Kristen Conard’s professional writing career began in high school when she published a weekly op-ed piece in The Salina Journal. She earned my MA in creative and critical writing in England and works as an adjunct instructor of English at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA. Her recent publications were travel pieces for Matador Network, Travel+Leisure, and Draft magazine.

Meredith Devney received her MFA from Emerson College in 2006. She is currently a full time high school English teacher and adjuncts at Marshall University. Her work has been previously published or is forthcoming in Tar River Poetry, Et Cetera, Front Range Review, among others.

Dr. Heather Duerre Humann teaches a variety of writing, literature, and special topics courses in the English Department at the University of Alabama. Her articles, fiction, and book reviews have been published in African American Review, Black Warrior Review, Chelsea, Indiana Review, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies, South Atlantic Review, storySouth, and elsewhere. She has book chapters in Home Girls Make Some Noise!: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology and Richard Wright’s Native Son.

Richard Foss is an adjunct professor at Lewis University in Romeoville Illinois. He received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in 2007, and his MFA from the University of Maryland in 1999 and has been teaching—college writing, creative writing, film, literature—for about 15 years. He has had about a dozen poems published in various journals such as Cimmaron Review, Atlanta Review, Quirk, Willow Review and others.

Star Goode is a poet and a writer and teaches literature at Santa Monica College. Winner of The David L. Kubal Memorial Essay Prize, she is also a recipient of The Henri Coulette Memorial Poetry Award from The Academy of American Poets. As a poet, her work has appeared in numerous publications, most recently in Expanding Circles: Women, Art & Community and Sage Woman. She has been profiled for her work as a cultural commentator in the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

John Hill has taught at universities in the UK, China, Macedonia and Canada. For the last four years he has been a sessional instructor at Vancouver Island University, in the English Department, and at University Canada West, in Communications Studies. He has also worked as a journalist, writing for Jane’s Intelligence Review from 2001 to 2006.

Sierra Jones-Yu lives in Chicago, Illinois with her two wonderful sons. A former pharmacist, she now manages a candy shop.

Kevin P. Keating’s essays and fiction have appeared in a number of literary journals, including Brink, The Externalist, The Stickman Review, Mad Hatter’s Review, Underground Voices, Smokebox, Fringe, Perigee, Megaera, Plum Ruby Review, Fiction Warehouse, Fifth Street Review, Juked, The Oklahoma Review, Slow Trains, Numb Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, Thunder Sandwich, and many others. His short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Story South’s Million Writers Award, and the Ben Hoffer/Best New Writing Award. He teaches English part-time at Baldwin-Wallace College in Cleveland, Ohio.

Justin E. Kidd (Rice University, B.A. 1963, University of Virginia, M.A. 1965, Ph.D. 1973) previously taught English at Auburn University, at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and in on-site classes for Nova University. Currently adjunct at University of Nevada Las Vegas, his previous publications are bylined pieces in the Bryan, Texas Daily Eagle morgue for 1961, and the book and lyrics for Rice University's Senior Follies of 1962.

Ryan D. Leack is the author of several collections of poetry, including Faces in the Mirror (2008) and Remember the Planes (2010). He is a graduate student at Cal Poly Pomona where he teaches rhetoric, composition, and literature, and he has published in journals such as Pif, Contemporary World Literature, RipRap, The Cave, and Pacific Poetry Review, as well as in Pomona Valley Review, which he now edits. He lives a quiet life with his wife in Pomona seeking some kind of Thoreauvian tranquility and harmony with words.

Lily Iona MacKenzie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she teaches writing part-time at the University of San Francisco, Department of Rhetoric and Language. Her work has been published in numerous Canadian and American venues, including Malahat Review, Tampa Review, Poet's Podium, Marin Review, Marin Poetry Anthology, Northern Contours, Heartlands, Prairie Journal, The Denver Post, and The Vancouver Province and many others. Her poetry collection ALL THIS was published in October 2011.

Andrew Madigan has lived in the UAE since 2000. He has taught writing and other subjects at Zayed University and is currently the Director of the Writing Program at UAEU. His fiction, poetry and reviews have appeared in The North American Review, The Believer, wordriver, Bloomsbury Review, The Cortland Review, Island, American Book Review and other periodicals.

Marylouise Markle is an instructor with the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She teaches two online courses: “Environmental Humanities” and “Humanistic Values in a Technological Society.” She now resides in State College, PA, where the hideous weather toggles between tundra and rain-forest. She has published essays locally in State College and in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Micheline Mayor teaches Creative Writing and Composition at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Canada. Most recently, she has been published by Descant, The Literary Review of Canada, and Rubicon Press. Mayor has a Ph.D. from Newcastle University in English specializing in Creative writing and twentieth-century Canadian literature.

Beth E. McDonald has an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) and a Ph.D. in 19th Century/Gothic Literature (University of Oklahoma). She has published numerous poems in several small journals and worked as editor on others. Her book The Vampire as Numinous Experience: Spiritual Journeys with the Undead in British and American Literature has been published by McFarland. Since moving to Las Vegas, she has worked as an adjunct professor for UNLV, teaching courses in Composition II and World Literature.

Judith Nichols was born in Boone County, Missouri, grew up around the mid-west, and attended Earlham College and Pennsylvania State University for college and graduate school. She has taught writing at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York for twenty years now. Her essays have appeared in Inside Higher Education, Sagetrieb, and a Swall Press Anthology called Women on the Verge.

Susan Nyikos, born and educated in Hungary, teaches literature and writing at Utah State University surrounded by the western fringes of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Her poems have appeared in wordriver, Loose Leaves (UK), and in the annual chapbooks of her local poetry group, Poetry@3. Also, she has been judging poetry for the League of Utah Writers, wordriver, and the USU creative writing contest and publication, Scribendi.

Gary Pullman, a graduate of Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, is a part-time instructor in the Department of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he teaches English Composition. He also teaches a variety of English courses as an adjunct instructor at the College of Southern Nevada. He has published four young adult novels, and he writes Chillers and Thrillers: A Blog on the Theory and Practice of Writing Horror Fiction.

Anne Stark has been a lecturer for twenty years, eighteen of which have been in the English Department of Utah State University. She has published several scholarly pieces on her research topic, the female hero, and two pieces of fiction in university publications. Currently, she is working on a collection of short fiction and continues to write and teach fiction and literature courses. Her work has been published in both local and out-of-state university publications, including 2009’s wordriver.

Matt Swetnam lives in Seattle. His stories and essays have appeared in DIAGRAM, The Portland Review, and The Bygone Bureau.

K.W. Taylor teaches College English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where and serves as a Lecturer primarily in composition and literature. Taylor’s short story “Sparkling Teeth and Sacrifices” recently appeared in the collection Once Bitten, Never Die (Wicked East Press), and first novella, We Shadows Have Offended, was published last fall by Etopia Press.

Tara Taylor most recently taught poetry writing in the English Department at North Carolina State University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, Nimrod, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Grove Review, Inkwell Journal, and Merge Poetry. She received her MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University where she was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2011 Academy of American Poets Prize, semi-finalist for the 2011 NCSU Poetry Contest and in 2010 was awarded the Brenda Smart Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a John LaHey Award in Writing as well as a Newhouse Writing Award from Le Moyne College. She was born in Syracuse, New York.

Allison S. Walker is a full-time English instructor at High Point University. A graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, she received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literary Arts and gave birth to her daughter, Ada Cassidy, during the insanely dark Alaskan winter of 2004. Her poems have appeared in Cold Mountain Review, Convergence Review, and Two Review. She currently teaches rhetoric and composition and is at work on a collection of “Bad Mommy” poems.

Michael Zinkowski earned an MFA in Poetry from UNC Greensboro. In 2010, the Academy of American Poets awarded his poem “Star Gazer at 102,800 Feet” the Noel Callow Poetry Award. Michael’s published in The Greensboro Review, Mason’s Road, and Blood Lotus. He currently teaches English in Greensboro, practices yoga, eats vegan, listens to black metal, and misses snow.

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