contributor bios

Ruby Darling is a Sacramento resident. She massages literary expression through Asian influences. She yodels poetry through European roots. She has no stance on stanza's, doesn't know what a soliloquy is, and has never heard of the Canterbury Tales. She's a cosmic sapling in a poetic Universe. A rare species of Euro-Asian American You.

[d]avid : [t]omaloff (b. 1972) | racine, WI, US | author, LIONTAMER’S BLUES (six eight press) | his work has also appeared in Ditch Poetry, Otoliths, Counterexample Poetics, BlazeVOX 2KX, Deuce Coupe, Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, Four and Twenty, Pismire Poetryand is forthcoming in Blue & Yellow Dog, Turntable & Blue Light, Whale Sound, and and/or |

Donal Mahoney lived and worked most of his life in Chicago. He now lives in St. Louis, Missouri, which despite an epidemic of drive-by shootings is probably a safer place to reside. His poems have appeared in the U.S. and abroad in both print and online journals. He still hears voices in the night when he rises to hover but they no longer speak English. Sadly, he speaks not a word of Old Slavonic.

Janann Dawkins' work has appeared in publications such as decomPExistereMezzo CamminOuroboros Review & Two Review, among others. Leadfoot Press published her chapbook Micropleasure in 2008. A graduate of Grinnell College with a B.A. in American Studies & twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, she resides in Ann Arbor, MI.

Jane Røken grew up on a diet of Russian folk tales, the Salvation Army, and Norwegian fiddle music. She believes in all sorts of angels, and rocks that chant after thunderstorms. She lives in a magpie's nest on the boggy interface between hedgerows and barley fields and likes to think of herself as an internationalist.

Jason Brightwell lives in Baltimore, Md. He is regularly haunted by one thing or another, and is always searching for the right thing to say. His work has appeared in journals including The Blind Man’s Rainbow and will be included in an upcoming issue of The Battered Suitcase. You can find him blathering on and on at

Jim Bronyaur lives in Pennsylvania and has been published in many anthologies including End of Days (Volume 4), Were-What?, and Creepy Things. Other stories have been published with Flashes in the Dark, House of Horrors, Pow! Fast Flash Fiction, Twisted Tongue, and many others. He doesn’t sleep, drinks lots of coffee, and listens to Guns ’n Roses. Jim’s web site is  Better yet, follow Jim on Twitter - @jimbronyaur.

In 1983, Lawrence Gladeview was born to two proud and semi-doting parents.  After two middle schools and losing his faith in catholic high school, he graduated from James Madison University, majoring in English and having spent only one night in jail.  He is a Boulder, Colorado poet cohabiting with his fiance Rebecca Barkley.  Lawrence is one of two editors for MediaVirus Magazine, and more than sixty of his poems have been featured, or are forthcoming in various print and online publications.  You can read more of his poetry on his website, Righteous Rightings.

Leila A. Fortier is a writer, artist, poet, and photographer currently residing on the remote island of Okinawa Japan. Her rich interplay of mediums from macro photography, to oils, acrylics, water colors, pastels, and digital techniques, are then layered and arranged to invoke the viewer into raw, emotional experience. Her restlessness is expressed in her passion to make manifest the formless in what she calls Painting Emotion. Her work has been featured in tandem with her poetic works, published in numerous literary magazines, journals, and reviews both in print and online. She has been selected to appear as the cover or featured artist of many virtual galleries and publications including Diverse Voices Quarterly, Cave Moon Press, and Pink Panther Magazine to name a few. A complete listing of all her works can be found at:

Michael Frissore has a chapbook called Poetry is Dead (Coatlism, 2009) and a blog called His writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Dzanc Books' "Best of the Web" series, and included in humor anthologies alongside the likes of Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt. He grew up in Massachusetts and lives in Oro Valley, Arizona with his wife and son.

Mike Meraz is a poet from Los Angeles who currently lives in New Orleans. He is the author of two books of poetry, Black-Listed Poems and All Beautiful Things Travel Alone. Both are available at and He is also the editor of Black-Listed Magazine.

Nic Alea is sometimes socially awkward/sometimes poet/sometimes queer person/sometimes practicer of magic/sometimes lover/sometimes san francisco dweller/sometimes sagittarius/sometimes artist/but mostly all of the time. 

P.A.Levy, having fled his native East End, now hides in the heart of Suffolk countryside learning the lost arts of hedge mumbling and clod watching.  He has been published in many magazines, and is an original member of the Clueless Collective to be found at:

Richard Peake, a native Virginian, became a Texas resident after retiring from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He published early poems in Impetus alongside John Ciardi and in The Georgia Review and many small journals. Collections of his poetry appeared in Wings Across… and Poems for Terence published by Vision Press, which also included poems of his in A Gathering at the Forks. He published Birds and Other Beasts in 2007. During 2008 and 2009 he won awards from Gulf Coast Poets and The Poetry Society of Texas and published in Sol Magazine and Shine Journal (one nominated for the Pushcart Prize). In 2010 he has published in AvocetAsinine Poetry, and elsewhere.