contributor bios

Caroline Misner is a graduate of Sheridan College of Applied Arts & Technology with a diploma in Media Arts Writing. She was nominated for the prestigious Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Anthology Prize in 2009, as well a Pushcart Prize in 2010. In 2004 her novella received Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. A short story was also a finalist in the same contest. A novel, The Glass Cocoon was a semi-finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award the following year.

David Tomaloff (b. 1972) is a writer, photographer, musician, and all around bad influence. His work has appeared in fine publications such as Mud Luscious, >kill author, Thunderclap!, HOUSEFIRE, Prick of the Spindle, DOGZPLOT, elimae, and many more. He is the author of the chapbooks, Olifaunt (The Red Ceilings Press, 2011), EXIT STRATEGIES (Gold Wake Press, 2011) and MESCAL NON-PALINDROME CINEMA (Ten Pages Press, 2011). He resides in the form of ones and zeros at:

Drea Jane Kato was born in the great state of California and was raised Buddhist by a gypsy-like artist mother and a Japanese farmer who currently grows pineapples in Hawaii. She is a Capricorn, Dragon, INTJ, HSP, Atheist, singer/songwriter, abstract painter/artist, iPhone photographer who likes yoga, fasting, and the beach. She has been published in magazines such as The Blue Jew Yorker, My Favorite Bullet, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Beat, Ditch, Pomegranate, ReadThis Magazine, Otis Nebula, and Alternativereel.

Harry Calhoun has been published at odd poetry whistlestops for the past 30 years. Last year, his poems were published in the book The Black Dog and the Road and his chapbooks, Something Real, Near daybreak, with a nod to Frost and Retreating Aggressively into the Dark. He’s had recent publications in Chiron Review, Orange Room Review, Gutter Eloquence and many others.

Jack Hodil is an English major and Creative Writing minor at the University of Richmond. His poems have been published in a handful of magazines, such as Word Riot and the Camroc Press Review. He finds his hands too dangerous and his feet misleading.

Jennifer Lobaugh is a writer, musician, and current student at the University of Oklahoma. Fluent in English, French, Russian, and Sarcasm, her poetry has recently been published at The Camel Saloon and is forthcoming in Gutter Eloquence Magazine. She's pretty sure a ghost once kidnapped her pet turtle.

John Grey is an Australian born poet, and US resident since late seventies. He works as financial systems analyst. Recently published in Xavier Review, White Wall Review and Writer’s Bloc with work upcoming in Poem, Prism International and the Cider Press Review.

Keith Higginbotham's poetry has appeared recently or is forthcoming in The Beatnik, Cricket Online Review, ditch, Eratio, The Montucky Review, and Otoliths. He is the author of Carrying the Air on a Stick (The Runaway Spoon Press), Prosaic Suburban Commercial (Eratio Editions), and Theme From Next Date (Ten Pages Press).

Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first book of poetry, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. 

Lauren D.M. Smith is a Canadian currently living and working in Japan as an ALT (assistant language teacher). She is a recent graduate from Bishop's University and is currently trying to find a job back home to support her writing habit.

Nancy Flynn hails from the coal country of northeastern Pennsylvania. Her writing’s received the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and an Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her poetry chapbook, The Hours of Us, was published in 2007. In a past life, she’s certain she was an art colony bohemian, an Irish peasant, or—why not?—Cleopatra! A former university administrator, she now writes creatively and edits carefully from her sea-green (according to Crayola) house near lovely Alberta Park in Portland, Oregon. More at

Nazifa Islam is a poet from Novi, Michigan.  She has the misfortune of being born on the day that resulted in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination as well as the sinking of the Titanic.  As if in accord with these ominous tidings, her favorite poets are Sylvia Plath, Dorothy Parker, Dorothea Lasky and Edgar Allan Poe.  She has work forthcoming in both Breadcrumb Scabs and Disingenuous Twaddle, and regularly updates her blog Thoughts Interjected.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker and elsewhere. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website at

Walt Garner has been teaching in a public school for sixteen years, and though he hasn't had a motorcycle gang after him yet, he's had a large number of weirdos gunning for him – if only in his dreams.