Artist Bios

Zaina Anwar is a painter and a poet based in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal works for the Public Guardian in Los Angeles County.  His latest chapbook, Digging A Grave, was published by Kendra Steiner Editions.  His first book of poetry, Raw Materials, was published by Pygmy Forest Press.

Sandy Benitez is the founder and editor of Flutter Press and Cherry Blossom Review.  She's been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2010), Dzanc's Best of the Web (2010), and Best of the Net (2006).  Most recently, Sandy's poems have appeared in MilkSugar Lit, River Poets Journal, blackdahlia, Red River Review, and Pig in a Poke.  She currently resides in Wyoming with her husband and their 2 children.

Alan Britt’s recent books are Vegetable Love (2009), Vermilion (2006), Infinite Days (2003), Amnesia Tango (1998) and Bodies of Lightning (1995). Britt’s work also appears in the new anthologies, American Poets Against the War, Metropolitan Arts Press, 2009 and Vapor transatlántico (Transatlantic Steamer), a bi-lingual anthology of Latin American and North American poets, Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Económica de Mexico/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Peru, 2008.

Kathy Carr lives in Canton, Ohio, which according to Forbes magazine is one of the fastest dying cities in America. She doesn't subscribe to Forbes (literally) and is actually quite content to stay in Canton with her three children, her shockingly handsome husband, and no one else. She's a student at Kent State University and a homeschooling mom. This is, by definition, insanity.

Anna Donovan is a psychologist and educator currently residing in Texas.

Joseph Farley edited Axe Factory for 24 years. His books include Suckers, For the Birds, and Longing for the Mother Tongue (March Street Press).

Rebecca Gaffron is fascinated by sea-green spaces, words, and men who behave like cats. She is a mother and sometimes writer whose stories and poetry have appeared here and there. She is currently based in central Pennsylvania but can be found at her virtual home:

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of the poetry collection, Lovesick, published by Press Americana.

Rick Hartwell is a retired middle school teacher living in Moreno Valley, California, with his wife of thirty-five years (poor soul, her, not him), their disabled daughter, one of their sons and his ex-wife and their two children, and ten cats!  Yes, ten. If you must ask, see:.  He is widely published.

Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, lives in St. Louis, MO. He has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press and Washington University in St. Louis. He has had poems published by The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonweal, Public Republic (Bulgaria), Revival (Ireland), The Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), Poets Democracy, Opium 2.0, Asphodel Madness, Pirene's Fountain (Australia) and other publications.

Gordon Mason divides his writing time between Scotland and Spain. Born and raised in Fife, he now has homes in Edinburgh and Alhaurín el Grande. He has been a member of The School of Poets at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh. His first collection of poetry entitled 'Catapult to Mars' was published in 2006 by Poetry Monthly Press. He has a poetry blog at which encourages submissions of poetry.

Catfish McDaris says: I'm a journeyman New Mexican bricklayer I prefer to work with stone, adobe, & words. I've been published widely for 20 years:in NYQ, Rattle, Louisiana Review, Chiron, Haight Ashbury, Pearl, Main St. Rag, Slipstream, & Cafe Review. My last big reads were in NYC & The Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris. I've been given the Pushcart nod 15 times, it remains elusive. 

Suchoon Mo is a former Korean Army lieutenant and a retired academic living in the semiarid part of Colorado. His poems and music compositions appear in a number of publications.

Panos Panagiotopoulos is a Greek writer whose themes range from erotica to social criticism, all dressed with free verse, text which is meant to be spoken, verses of cynical flavor but little cynicism.  His poems have also been published in Carcinogenic Poetry, Eviscerator Heaven, SpokenWar, Orion headless, Gloom Cupboard and amphibi-us. He resides in Athens, Greece, and is passionate about writing and his son.

Aged 28, Amit Parmessur hails from the paradise-like island of Mauritius. He is forthcoming and has been published in over 40 magazines since starting to submit his poems in 2010. Burnt Bridge, Calliope Nerve, Damazine, Leaf Garden Press, Shot Glass Journal, The Camel Saloon and The Scrambler are some of the places in which he has appeared. It all started at the where he was widely appreciated. Link:

Carmen Rabil-Eichman is an Associate Professor of English, living in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Her published poems include: Spring Board Journal, Subtle Tea, Borderline, A Little Poetry, All Things Girl, Dan River Review,  Invisible Ink Poetry, The Argotist Online, Contemporary American Voices, Thick With Conviction Ink, Sweat & Tears UK, Astropoetica, Tower Journal, Camel Saloon (Pushcart Prize nomination), and  Literary House (poem considered for nomination for Pushcart Prize).
Short Stories: “Door to the Cage” Shadeworks Publications (March 2009).

Felino A. Soriano (b. 1974), is a case manager and advocate for developmentally and physically disabled adults.

Russell Streur is a resident of Atlanta, Georgia. He edits The Camel Saloon, a bar for dromedaries, malcontents and jewels of the world. Which one are you?

Carmen Taggart writes and photographs when the muses speak from the mountains of Pennsylvania.  Most recently Carmen's writings have been published at The Camel Saloon, Ink Sweat and Tears, and Ink Bean. More of her ramblings and musings can be found at her virtual home 

Ross Vassilev was born in Bulgaria and now lives in Ohio. He's a poet and the editor of Asphodel Madness (

Larry Ziman is the publisher and chief editor of The Great American Poetry Show, a serial poetry anthology open year-round to unlimited submissions of poems in English.

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