contributor bios

Cynthia Linville is a Sacramento native who has lived in London, New York, San Francisco, and outside of Washington DC but keeps coming back home to live in the San Joaquin Valley.  A former pupil of Dennis Schmitz, she has taught in the English Department at California State University, Sacramento for over ten years.  She is active in the local poetry scene, hosting readings for The Crocker, The Vox, and The Sacramento Poetry Center, and reading with the group Poetica Erotica. Cynthia served as Poetry Editor of Poetry Now from 2008-2010 and continues to serve as managing editor of Convergence: an online journal and poetry and art (  Ms. Linville regularly contributes her poetry to the Sacramento News and Review, Medusa's Kitchen and WTF. A music aficionado with a theater background, she is usually out and about supporting the arts.

Denny E. Marshall has had art & poetry recently published. An example of this is cover art for the August 2011 issue of “Scifaikuest.”

David Russomano graduated in 2006 with a BA in creative writing from Messiah College. His poetry has been featured in Write from Wrong, This Great Society, and Red Booth Review. It is also scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of Women in REDzine. He currently teaches English in Turkey.

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.

John Joe Loftus originally started out in life as an alternate persona, but has since taken complete control of the biological unit. He has a growing interest in poetic composition and has recently acquired a taste for strong drink and women. He shows no sign of relinquishing control of the unit, formerly a student of marine chemistry at NUIG as well as a highly accomplished tree-feller in a misguided desert nation. His hobbies included cookery, hiking and the ruthless enforcement of his will. He is dearly missed by his family and friends.

Lee Gillespie despite being both an advocate and an avatar for the trickster god Coyote somehow ended up as a mother of 2 and being owned by a black cat that hates her socks. When she was young she wanted to be just like Lord Byron -"Mad, bad, and dangerous to know." Unfortunately, she failed to notice that unlike her, Byron did take the occasional break from general debauchery to actually publish something. Usually something better than what she could up with. She’s hoping to make up some lost time now or at least make up something interesting now and again.

Melissa Bobe holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation from Queens College of the City University of New York. In the spring of 2011, she was a writer-in-residence at the Louis Armstrong House Museum Archives. She founded and taught a creative writing workshop for teens at the Rockville Centre Public Library for six years, and has also taught nonfiction prose writing as an adjunct instructor at Queens College. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English Literature at Rutgers University.


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.


Richard Cody, a native Californian, has been known to write poetry and fiction. His work has appeared in many and varied print and virtual journals, and been rejected by many more! You may have seen his stories or poetry recently in Pulp Metal Magazine, Daily Love, The Carnage Conservatory, a handful of stones and Microstory a Week. He is the author of The Jewel in the Moment, Darker Corners, and This is Not My Heart – all available cheap at and/or Amazon.


Robert E. Petras is a graduate of West Liberty University and a resident of Toronto, Ohio.  His poetry and fiction have most recently appeared or is forthcoming in Haunted Water Press, Dark River Press, HeyDay Magazine and The Second Hump.


Sheila Hassell Hughes is Associate Professor and Chair of English, and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, at the University of Dayton. She earned her BA (British Columbia) and MA (Toronto) in English and her PhD (Emory) in women’s studies.  Her research foci include gender and religion in American Indian women’s writing and the voices of girls in urban schools, and her poetry explores modes of loss, recovery, and connection.  She has published scholarly articles and poems in journals such as MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S., SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures, African American Review, American Quarterly, Religion and Literature, Literature and Theology, Mused, and the Lullwater Review.


Vivian Bird loves palm trees and Old Hollywood. She writes everyday.