contributor bios

Andrew J. Stone is a storyteller and words express what he sees in the world. Without mankind’s dark lusts, his writing would not exist. He tries to expose the dark layer surrounding the heart in order to make sense of this world. His hope is that his poetry will enable other individuals to do the same.

As a compulsive biter, Chad Redden's teeth marks have been recorded on many shoulders throughout the continental United States. As a writer, his work has appeared in analog and digital publications such as Booth, Escape into Life, New Wave Vomit, and Red Lightbulbs.  He also edits NAP.  NAPLITMAG.COM

Howie Gooda journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the full-length poetry collections Lovesick (Press Americana, 2009), Heart With a Dirty Windshield (BeWrite Books, 2010), and Everything Reminds Me of Me (Desperanto, 2011), as well as numerous print and digital chapbooks.

Joshua Otto is currently learning a new language, and reading a powerful book: Riding Toward Everywhere, by William Vollmann.

Levi Gribbon’s work has appeared in Blinking Cursor Literary Magazine, Blink Ink, and Hobo Pancakes. He is a creative writing student at Concordia University St. Paul.

Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal lives in Southern California.  He works in the mental health field.  His poetry and prose has appeared in online and print journals. His chapbook, Songs For Oblivion, will appear later this year from Alternating Current Press.

Louisiana girl Margaret Emma Brandl once studied abroad in Japan and hasn't stopped talking about it since. A graduate of the University of Alabama, she recently won the Michael Goodson Award for Poetry and will be starting an MFA in creative writing at Notre Dame in the fall.

When eight years old, Matthew Harrison was shunned at daycare for trying to hold séances in a bathroom. Now he lives in Massachusetts.  He watches too many monster movies, takes long night walks, writes about spooks and creatures, and he still hasn’t seen a ghost. 

Melanie Browne likes to eat crispy creme donuts while watching the third class steerage dance scene from the movie Titanic over and over again. She also has an online literary journal that you should check out:

Michael Bagwell lives and writes in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Dark Sky Magazine, Breadcrumb Scabs, Short, Fast and Deadly, and Collective Fallout, among others.

Peter Taylor appears in Australia, Canada, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His poems explore how history shapes our perceptions of the world. Trainer and The Masons use real antecedents; Cities Within Us juxtaposes ideas with reality. Antietam: A Verse Play won Honorable Mention in the 2010 War Poetry Contest by Winning Writers in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Steve Castro's poems have appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal, Everyday Genius, Underground Voices, Splash of Red, ASKEW, Chiricú, Snow Jewel - a Grey Sparrow Press publication, Divine Dirt Quarterly, Andar21 (Galiza / Galicia, Spain) and they are forthcoming in Cricket Online Review and The Caterpillar Chronicles. His flash fiction can be found in This Great Society. Birthplace: San José, Costa Rica.

Walter Conley got his start writing comic books. His poetry and fiction appear in the small press, anthologies and at such websites as Danse Macabre, Gloom Cupboard and In Between Altered States. He draws banner art for A Twist of Noir and a monthly comic for Pulp Metal Magazine. His current project, as editor, is the e-book series Flashdrive. Walter lives in VA and his blog, Back Again and Gone, is at