Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Our Contributors

Marc Beaudin is the poetry editor of CounterPunch, the producer/host of "Report from the Mountains: Poetry & Jazz from the Grizfork Studio" and the author of The Moon Cracks Open: A Field Guide to the Birds and Other Poems, several chapbooks, and the novel A Handful of Dust. His work has been published in Avocet, The MacGuffin, Watershed, CounterPunch, Pirene's Fountain, and several other journals. He has been a featured poet at numerous venues across the country and has been featured on several public radio stations and arts podcasts. Originally from Michigan, he now lives in the shadow of the Absaroka Mountains near Livingston, Montana. More information can be found at CrowVoice.com.

Andrew Christ was born in Buffalo, New York, on October 6, 1966, but not raised there. A Midwesterner all his life, he now lives in Midland, Michigan, where he has produced several videos that feature poetry for public-access television. Andy is active in the Friends of Theodore Roethke Foundation, and the River Junction Poets. He served as President of the Poetry Society of Michigan from 2008 to 2010.

Daniel Crocker currently resides in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he attends the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center of Writers’ doctoral program in English studies. Originally from Leadwood, Missouri, Crocker spent four long wintry years teaching and writing in Michigan’s northwoods at Kirtland Community College. He has published a novel, The Cornstalk Man, and numerous books of poetry, including several chapbooks with his good friend Nathan Graziano.

Lesley Dame is a writer and editor living in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is co-founder, nonfiction and poetry editor for damselfly press. Dame is the author of Letting Out the Ghosts, a poetry chapbook, and her poems have appeared in Foliate Oak, Stirring, Poesia, Triggerfish Critical Review, and Apparatus Magazine. New to Michigan, Dame enjoys hiking and snowshoeing around Lake Superior and testing the local beers.

Julie R. Enszer has published poems in Room of One’s Own, Long Shot, Feminist Studies, Bridges, So to Speak, and many other journals. Her essays and columns have been featured The Washington Blade, Aalternet, off our backs, and the anthology Second Person Queer. She worked for many years in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement in the United States including as the director of the gay and lesbian community center in metropolitan Detroit. She completed her undergraduate degree in English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan and received a MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland in 2008. She lives in University Park, Maryland and is working on her PhD in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland Her latest collection Handmade Love is available on Amazon, Small Press Distribution, and through the publisher A Midsummer Night’s Press (www.AMidsummer NightsPress.com).

Joy Gaines-Friedler teaches poetry and creative writing in the Detroit area. She is currently a Writer-in-Residence for InsideOut Literary Arts Program in Detroit Public Schools (www.insideout.org) and is teaching for Springfed Arts-Detroit Metro Writers at Oakwood Hospital and at the Farmington Public Library (www.springfed.org). Joy's work has been widely published in many literary journals, including, RATTLE, Margie, The Litchfield Review and others. Her first full-length book of poems Like Vapor was published by Mayapple Press in 2008. Visit her website at www.joygainesfriedler.com for a really cool picture of her and a baby tiger.

Matthew Falk may be a poet trapped in a fiction writer's body. Textual artifacts reliably attributed to Matthew have recently appeared in Cardinal Sins, The Ambassador Poetry Project, 360 Main Street, H_NGM_N, The Catalonian Review, and elsewhere. Reports indicate that he lives with his wife and their cats in Bay City.

Marci Rae Johnson holds an MFA in Poetry Writing from Spalding University. She currently works as the Poetry Editor for WordFarm press. Her poems appear in Perihelion, The Louisville Review, Phoebe, The Christian Century, Minnetonka Review, Strange Horizons, and 32 Poems, among others. Marci lives with her husband and two children in Three Oaks, Michigan.

Adrienne Lewis is the editor and publisher of the bi-monthly newsletter Symbolon. A full-time faculty member at Michigan’s Davenport University, her own creative work has appeared in numerous online and print venues, including her two chapbooks: Coming Clean (Mayapple Press, 2003) and Compared to This (Finishing Line Press, 2005).

Larry Levy's chapbook I Would Stay Forever If I Could and New Poems is in its second printing from Mayapple Press. His poems have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Wyoming Review, Poet and Critic (Iowa), Poet Lore (Washington DC), Paradidomi, The Driftwood Review, Controlled Burn, and other little and online magazines. He has also published Three Things That Have Nothing to Do With Teaching, a collection of reflective logs. Recently retired from the faculty of Delta College, Larry and his wife Cheryl live in Midland, Michigan.

Bethany Lynne grew up near Detroit and fell in love with writing while attending the Controlled Burn Seminar in northern Michigan. She studied writing at John Carroll University.

Raymond Luczak is perhaps best known for his books, films, and plays. He was raised in Ironwood, a small mining town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Number seven in a family of nine children, he lost much of his hearing due to double pneumonia at the age of seven months. After high school graduation, Luczak went on to Gallaudet University, in Washington, DC, where he earned a B.A. in English, graduating magna cum laude. He learned American Sign Language (ASL) and became involved with the deaf community. His first novel Men With Their Hands won a first-prize award from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation for Full-Length Fiction. Rebel Satori Press published it in December 2009. A Midsummer Night's Press will bring out his third collection of poems Mute in April 2010. Luczak currently lives in Minneapolis, where he now works part-time for the national newspaper for the deaf and signing communities SIGNews, He also maintains a weekly column for Clerc Scar.

Christina Pacosz’s chapbook Notes from the Red Zone, originally published in 1983 by Seal Press in their anti-nuclear series, is now available from Seven Kitchens Press as the inaugural selection in their ReBound Series September, 2009. She has been writing and publishing for more than 50 years. Originally from Detroit, she lives in Kansas City, Missouri with many stops along the way. For more information on her chapbook, please visit http:/sevenkitchens.blogspot. com.

John Palen's latest book of poems is Drizzle and Plum Blossoms, from March Street Press, a collaboration with Li C. Tien on translations of 11th and 12th century Chinese poetry. His other books include Harry Truman All the Way, from Pudding House Publications, and Open Communion: New and Selected Poems, from Mayapple Press. He is a retired journalist and journalism teacher and live in Midland, Michigan.

Nancy Rampson grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan, as it was transitioning from open field to suburban enclave. Family vacations consisted of trips around both peninsulas in a pop up tent camper named “Rampson’s Roadrunner.” Her screenplay was a finalist in the SlamDance competition and her poetry has been previously published in The Bridge and Lyceum. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with Luna, a 16-year-old American Eskimo Dog.

Sarah Wangler, a Northern-Lower Michigan native, is studying for an MFA in poetry at Oklahoma State University. She holds an MA in English from Northern Michigan University, where she was web editor for Passages North. Her poetry has appeared in The Superstition Review and Cardinal Sins.