contributor bios

Amy Elisabeth Olson is a twenty-something suburban refugee armed with a BA in English, electronic music and her grandmother’s silver.

Brad Liening lives in Minneapolis. He's the author of Ghosts and Doppelgangers (Lowbrow Press).

Eryk S. Wenziak is a drummer and teaches management at the graduate level.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: elimae; Short, Fast, and Deadly; Thunderclap Press; Used Furniture Review; Negative Suck; Psychic Meatloaf; Dark Chaos; Guerilla Pamphlets; Deadlier Than Thou (anthology); 52|250; Long River Run.  Currently, he is working on a chapbook, the flowers were trying harder, a collection of prose poems, each accompanied by a photograph. 

F.J. Bergmann frequents Wisconsin and She is the poetry editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. She once participated, half-heartedly, in a very small orgy.

Gale Acuff has had poetry published in Ascent, Ohio Journal, Descant, Adirondack Review, Worcester Review, Verse Wisconsin, Maryland Poetry Review, Florida Review, South Carolina Review, Carolina Quarterly, Poem, Amarillo Bay, South Dakota Review, Santa Barbara Review, Sequential Art Narrative in Education, and many other journals. She’s authored three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel (BrickHouse Press, 2004), The Weight of the World (BrickHouse, 2006), and The Story of My Lives (BrickHouse, 2008). He has taught university English in the US, China, and the Palestinian West Bank.

Georgie Delgado is a 21 year old troublemaker from Puerto Rico, who currently resides in Amherst, MA. He loves the moon, Harry Potter books, most sub-genres of metal and punk, Coca-Cola, and Zooey Deschanel. He often wishes that the Universe would reveal that he is, in fact, either a werewolf or a son of Poseidon. In 2009, Georgie was one of five members of Hampshire College's College Nationals poetry slam team, The Human Missile Crisis. That same year, he was awarded Best of the Rest for his poem "Broken Jail Cell Sestina [for john dillinger]." Georgie has one tattoo currently, and a total of 6 planned. The next one he gets will be the Sigil of Cthulhu, as depicted in Lovecraft's "Urilia Text," because Cthulhu is a cool guy as far as ancient evils go, and Georgie likes to imagine that he is too. Cool, that is. Not evil.  Maybe ancient, though [there's not much substantial evidence to the contrary, after all].

Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Oxford American, The Midwest Quarterly, and Coal City Review. Her book publications include Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.

Michael Andrew is a full time student at NUIG studying Philosophy and Celtic Civilisation. His work has appeared in Blue and yellow dog, shamrock, mancini press, guerilla pamphlets He can be found here: . Or alternatively you can visit him for a cup of tea in Galway.

Rick Bailey is a stay-at-home father who raised go-away kids. The poem in this issue looked ahead to this day. Alone now he divides his time between the basement and the roof and is undecided whether to go lower or higher.

Simon Jacobs continues to attend an aggravatingly tiny college in the Middle West. He has contributed to Thought Catalog, and his fiction has appeared in Monkeybicycle and is forthcoming in Do Hookers Kiss? His blog of artistic pursuits resides at                  

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is a Hong Kong-born writer currently based in London, UK. She is a founding co-editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. More at

Thomas Piekarski appeared in Agni, New York Quarterly, Paris Review, Southern Review, Ploughshares, and others. His first book was published in 2010 by Nimbus Press.

Vanessa Young is the executive director of a nonprofit arts organization in New Jersey and a graduate of Fordham University in New York City.

Walter Bjorkman is a writer, poet and photographer from Brooklyn, NY now residing in the mountains of Pennsylvania. His poems and short stories have appeared in various issues of Poets & Artists, O&S, Wilderness House Literary Review, Blue Print Review, Metazen, Dark Chaos, OCHO and MiPoesias. His collection of short stories, Elsie's World, was published in January 2011. He is Associate Editor of THRUSH Poetry Journal.