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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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East St. Brighton, Michaela Ridgway
 
 

 

 

 

 

OUR NATIONAL TREASURE, TYEHIMBA JESS

 

 

“TYEHIMBA JESS is a Detroit native.  His first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Olio, his second collection, was published by Wave Books in April 2016. Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU alumnus, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TEDxNashville Conference. Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.”

 

Biography courtesy of the Tyehimba Jess website.  

 

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CONTRIBUTORS’ BIOGRAPHIES

 

MIKE AMBROSE is an Aerospace Executive who started writing poetry seven years ago at the age of 48.  He has found that poetry provides a balance and perspective that has opened up a whole new way to see the world. Thank you, Wallace Stevens and Robert Frost. His poetry has been published in over two dozen publications including Grey Sparrow Journal, Westward Quarterly, and The Boston Literary Magazine. In 2017, his first book was published, entitled And on the Fourth Day, A Christian Story.  

 

GOPAL PRASAD BASHYAL is an author, translator, and a teacher educator. The Recollections is his travelogue based on his US visit. He has translated books like Our OK Baji, My Journey to Japan, the Ghost of Palpa, and the Emperor's Clothes and the Shameless City. He is also the author of Teaching English to Beginners, ELT Handbook and several academic and vernacular articles as well as co-author of New Nepal English, a textbook series for Grades 1 - 5. He writes in English and Nepali.

 

GARY BECK has spent his life as a theater director and as an art dealer.. He has 11 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions,  Fault Lines, Tremors and Perturbations (Winter Goose Publishing). Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions) and Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). State of Rage will be published by Rainy Day Reads Publishing. His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. He currently lives in New York City.

 

STEFANIE BENNETT has published eighteen books of poetry, a novel and a libretto. (The Seymour Group—an ensemble formed from The Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1988 performed the Libretto). During the last forty years the poet has tutored at The Institute of Modern Languages [James Cook University], worked as a ‘Writer in the Community’ co-funded by The literature Unit of The Australia Council and Arts Queensland, and acted as an environmentalist. By choice, the hinterland township of Maleny is her home base. Of mixed ancestry [Italian/Irish/ Paugussett-Shawnee] she was born in Townsville, Queensland, Australia in 1945. Stefanie’s latest poetry title "The Vanishing" is published by Walleah Press.

 

BYRON BEYNON lives in Wales. His work has appeared in several publications including Grey Sparrow, Agenda, The London Magazine, Plainsongs, The Muse (India), Planet and the human rights anthology In Protest (University of London and Keats House Poets).  Recent collections include Cuffs (Rack Press), Human Shores (Lapwing Publications) and The Echoing Coastline (Agenda Editions).

 

SHIVA BHUSAL, hailing from Chitwan, Nepal, is a graduate student of computer science at Bowling Green State University.  He loves writing poetry and fiction. His works have been published in The Kathmandu Post, Of Nepalese Clay and South Florida Poetry Journal.  

 

MARK DANOWSKY is a poet from Philadelphia who lives in West Virginia. His poems have appeared in About Place, Cordite, Gargoyle, Gravel, Right Hand Pointing, Shot Glass Journal, Subprimal, and elsewhere. Mark is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal and Founder of the poetry coaching and editing service, VRS CRFT.

 

DEREK DAVIDSON teaches Playwriting and Theatre for Social Change at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. His plays have been performed all over the country, recently Groundwork, which was voted “best of the fest” at the New York United Solo Festival in 2013 and Mauzy, performed in July, 2016 as part of Boone’s Appalachian Summer Festival. His most recent, the short play Love Fighting, received a staged reading at Fusion Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico June of 2017. He has published no poems before this spring as he had never written any.

 

SEAN DENMARK is a writer and teacher living in New York City who originally hailed from Alabama. His poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review and The Chattahochee Review, among other publications. He is working on a manuscript of poems first penned while on pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.

 

EAK PRASAD DUWADI is an Assistant Professor who teaches Communication Skills and English Literature in Kathmandu University. An emerging creative writer and accomplished teacher trainer, he champions to spread quality education in the rural parts of Nepal. Hundreds of critical essays on a wide range of topics are published in leading national dailies and journals. A dozen of his research papers have been published from the USA, UK, Australia, India, and Nepal besides being relentlessly invited to speak in two dozen international conferences  across the world.

 

MAUREEN EPPSTEIN has three poetry collections: Earthward (Finishing Line Press), Rogue Wave at Glass Beach (March Street Press) and Quickening (March Street Press). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Aesthetica, Basalt, Calyx, Ginosko, Poecology, Sand Hill Review, and Written River, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Originally from Aotearoa/New Zealand, she now lives on the Mendocino Coast of California. Her website is www.maureen-eppstein.com

 

PETER FENG is a poet and translator from Qingdao, China. He received a PhD in English Literature from Nanjing University in 2011, and since then he has been exploring the interconnections between poetry, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. He has translated a number of American poets, including  Scott Alexander Jones’s work elsewhere (Showwe Information) and The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath (Shanghai Translation Publishing House). He is the author of Parallel Tongues (Showwe Information), The Desert Swimmer (Pulsasir Publishing), and Cruel Raven (co-authored with Sun Dong, Nanjing University Press). His poems appeared in American Poetry Review, Big Scream, Poetry Sky, Napalm Health Spa, and others.

 

SWATI GADGIL, M.D. is an anesthesiologist and poet and has practiced for 25 years in Mumbai.   She also serves as a medical legal advisor.  Gadgil is also the Founder and President of the NGO: Dombivli Women's Welfare Society and it's youth wing, NayaSavera.  She's published three books of marathi poetry.  Gadgil is a columnist in the Daily and writes on various topics such as Stress Management, Parenting, Gender Sensitization, Adolescence, Nutrition and other medical issues. Appointed by Times of India as Consultant for their NIE Newspaper In Education Program, she conducts seminars and lectures in various school, and is recognized for her service by medical associations.  In addition to a widely varied professional life, Gadgil is also a Rotary Speaker and serves as a panelist on Television media, print media and National and International conferences.  She also has a Taekwondo Red Belt.

 

M.J. IUPPA is the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program and Lecturer in Creative Writing at St. John Fisher College; and since 2000 to present, is a part time lecturer in Creative Writing at The College at Brockport. Since 1986, she has been a teaching artist, working with students, K-12, in Rochester, NY, and the surrounding area. Most recently, she was awarded the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2017. She has four full-length poetry collections, forthcoming This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017), Small Worlds Floating (2016) as well as Within Reach (2010) both from Cherry Grove Collections; Night Traveler (Foothills Publishing, 2003); and 5 chapbooks. She lives on a small farm in Hamlin NY.

 

LOWELL JAEGER, as founding editor of Many Voices Press, compiled New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from 11 Western states.  His seventh collection of poems, Or Maybe I Drift Off Alone, was published by Shabda Press in 2016.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council and winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize. Most recently, Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse. 

 

PAUL KINDLON was raised in Albany NY, lived in Chicago for 16 years and has been a resident of Moscow, Russia for 24 years. His life adventures includee Musician, Stage actor, Journalist, Professor, Short-story writer, PhD in Philosophy and Russian Literature.  He enjoys Jazz, Classical music, quantum physics, cats, and travel. 

 

SANDRA KOLANKIEWICZ’S poems have been accepted by London Magazine, New World Writing, Into the Void, Crannog, BlazeVox, Gargoyle, Prairie Schooner, Fifth Wednesday, and Per Contra. Turning Inside Out was released by Black Lawrence Press. Finishing Line Press has published The Way You Will Go and Lost in Transition. When I Fell, a novel with 76 color illustrations, is available at Web-e-Books.

 

JOSEF KREBS has a chapbook published by Etched Press.  His poetry also appears in Agendathe Bicycle ReviewCalliopeMouse Tales PressThe Corner Club PressThe Fiction Week Literary ReviewBurningword Literary Journalthe AuroreanInscapeCrack the SpineThe Cape RockCarcinogenic PoetryThe Bangalore Review521magazine, Organs of Vision and Speech,TacendaFormer PeopleThe Chaffey Review, The Bohemian and The Cats Meow. A short story has been published in blazeVOX. He’s written three novels and five screenplays. His film was successfully screened at Santa Cruz and Short Film Corner of Cannes film festivals.

 

EDWARD LEE'S poetry, short stories, non-fiction and photography have been published in magazines in Ireland, England and America, including The Stinging Fly, Skylight 47, Acumen, and Smiths Knoll.  His debut poetry collection Playing Poohsticks On Ha'Penny Bridge was published in 2010. He is currently working towards a second collection.

 

MÓNA THERESA LYDON-ROCHELLE is an epidemiologist and poet. Her poems have appeared in The Notre Dame Review, The Southern Review, The Journal of Medical Humanities, Spiritus and elsewhere. She volunteers for Doctors Without Borders and Catholic Relief Services.

 

CRAIG BRUCE MCVAY, from Lafayette, IN, now lives with his wife—with family nearby—in Columbus, OH.  His degrees are in English and Classics, both of which he has taught in schools, community colleges and universities, and prisons in Central Ohio.  Poems and stories appear in Avatar Review, Blue Unicorn, Everything Stops and Listens, Icon, Pudding Magazine, Tule Review, and others.

 

DON MAGER’S chapbooks and volumes of poetry are: To Track the Wounded One, Glosses, That Which is Owed to Death, Borderings, Good Turns, The Elegance of the UngraspableBirth Daybook, Drive Time, and Russian Riffs.  He is retired.  He was the Mott University Professor of English at Johnson C. Smith University from 1998-2004 where he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters (2005-2011). Along with a number of scholarly articles, he has published over 200 poems and translations from German, Czech and Russian.  He lives in Charlotte, NC.

 

LAURA MANUELIDIS is a physician and scientist who has published in various literary journals including: The Nation, Oxford Poetry, Innisfree, Evergreen Review, and Poetry Magazine.  She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Her book of poems Out of Order was introduced by Y. Yevtushenko. For more information on her poetry readings and literary/historical essays please see links at http://medicine.yale.edu/lab/manuelidis/poetry/

 

MATT MASON has a Pushcart Prize and two Nebraska Book Awards; was a Finalist for the position of Nebraska State Poet; and organizes and runs poetry programming for the State Department, working in Nepal, Romania, Botswana, and Belarus. He has over 200 publications in magazines and anthologies, including Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry and his work aired on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’ Almanac. His most recent book, The Baby That Ate Cincinnati, was released in 2013.  Matt lives in Omaha with his wife, the poet Sarah McKinstry-Brown, and his daughters, Sophia, and Lucia.

 

COREY MESLER has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems American Places, and Esquire/Narrative. He has

published 9 novels, 4 short story collections, and 5 full-length poetry collections. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart many times, and 2 of his poems were chosen for Garrison

Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. With his wife he runs a 141 year-old bookstore in Memphis. He can be found at coreymesler.wordpress.com 

 

ZACH MITCHAM is a 20-year newspaperman and columnist just outside of Athens, GA. He had a poem, “Ed,” published in The Louisville Review in the fall. 

 

PAUL NELSON'S latest of 8 books is Burning The Furniture, Guernica Editions, 2014. His work has won the AWP Award for Poetry, the University of Alabama Press Series Award, and an NEA Fellowship. He has also published some long, short stories. For a decade, he served as Professor/Director of Creative Writing, Ohio University.  He lives and writes now in Sequim,WA, after 15 years on the north Shore of O’ahu and a prior lifetime on the Downeast coast of Maine, “home.” So, he is back in the light he was born to at the 47th parallel, minus the ice, snow and sub-zero days.

 

JAMES OWENS'S most recent collection of poems is Mortalia (Future Cycle Press, 2015). His poems, stories, and translations appear widely in literary journals, including publications in The Fourth River, Kestrel, Tule Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Southword. He earned an MFA at the University of Alabama and lives in Indiana and northern Ontario.

 

MAHESH PAUDYAL (b. 1982) is a Nepali author, translator, and critic. He writes for both children and adults. He has five English novels for children to his credit: My Share, Midnight Bell, Luck in the Bedroom, When the Earth Sleeps and Parrot and the Red Rose, a story collection Little Masters, a collection of one-act plays, and a novel Little Lovers for young adults. Anamik Yatri is his collection of stories for adults. He is the translator of Dancing Soul of Mount Everest, the biggest volume so far of representative Nepali poems. He teaches at the Central Department of English, Tribhuwan University. Paudyal can be reached at mahesh.kathmandu@gmail.com.

 

SIMON PERCHIK is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The Osiris Poems published by box of chalk, 2017. For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.

 

TONY PRESS writes fiction—he has no choice. About 100 of his stories have found homes in fine journals. His collection Crossing the Lines was recently published (Big Table Publishing) and he’d be thrilled if you bought it—support indy bookstores. He has had two Pushcart nominations but not one website. Hot chocolate inspires him, in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Bristol, England, and also closer to home near the San Francisco Bay.

 

MICHAELA RIDGWAY is a poet and artist who lives in Brighton, UK. She says of her art, "I work oddly hard to keep the poetry thing and the painting thing apart. As a painter I'm loose, expressive, in the moment, and not easily distracted by concern with the end result. As a poet, on the other hand, I’m disciplined, interested in form, and often concerned with the exit line. As a painter I like to get lost. As a poet I seem mostly to keep an eye firmly trained on the direction of travel. I sometimes wonder what would happen if I introduced my uptight poet self to my rakish painter self."

 

THADDEUS RUTKOWSKI is the author of the books Guess and Check, Violent Outbursts, Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. Haywire won the Members’ Choice award, given by the Asian American Writers Workshop. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and the Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA in New York. He received a fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

 

TERRY SAVOIE has had more than three hundred and fifty poems published in literary journals, anthologies, and small press publications over the past three decades.  These include The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, Prairie Schooner, Great River Review, The Iowa Review and North American Review as well as recent or forthcoming issues of  Tiferet, Tar River, Ascent, Poem, Spillway, North Dakota Quarterly, America and Birmingham Poetry Review among others.

 

SANJEEV SETHI is the author of three well-received books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). His poems are in venues around the world: Indefinite Space, Serving House Journal, Better Than Starbucks, Mad Swirl, Experiential-Experimental- Literature, Boston Accent Lit, The Penwood Review, Peacock Journal, Anthology: Beauty First, Futures Trading Anthology Four, 3:AM Magazine, Morphrog 14, Your One Phone Call, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.

 

BISHWA SIGDEL (August 15, 1980), a humble and burgeoning literary figure from Banepa, Nepal, writes poetry, songs, essays, stories, commentaries and criticism. He holds a master's degree in Nepali literature and serves as a lecturer of Nepali, serving alongside as the editor of Akal Kusum, a quarterly literary magazine. A fervent fan of Marquez and Neruda, Sigdel believes that literature could change the world—into a finer one— if only people cared to read between the lines and implemented the message therein. He enjoys trekking, reading, watching historical and artistic movies, apart from savoring both native and foreign foods. Sigdel's poetry have appeared in journals and magazines like Drunken Boat (USA), Garima (Nepal), Madhupark (Nepal), Of Nepalese Clay (Nepal), Misty Mountain Review (Nepal), Samakalin Sahitya (Nepal), Sanjaal Corps (Nepal,) and Kreativ Nepa (Nepal), among others, and in anthologies like Divine madness (Volumes 3 & 5, Adrus Publications, Canada,) Eternal Snow (Nirala Publications, India). Obsession (2013, Red Ink, India), a joint anthology of stories, is his much appreciated contribution which reflects his versatility and brilliant knack for story telling.

 

RON SINGER’S poems (www.ronsinger.net) have also appeared, e.g., in alba, Anemone Sidecar, Arlington Literary Journal, Avatar Review, Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Ducts, Evergreen Review, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream, Windsor Review, and Word Riot. Singer’s seventh book, a collection of Maine poems, Look to Mountains, Look to Sea (River Otter Press, 2013) won an award and was nominated for a Pushcart. His eighth, Uhuru Revisited: Interviews with Pro-Democracy Leaders (Africa World Press/Red Sea Press, 2015) can be found in about 100 libraries across the U.S., and beyond. His ninth is a double memoir, Betty & Estelle/A Voice for My Grandmother (Akorin Books, July 2016); his tenth, and most recent, is the thriller-travelogue, Geistmann in Africa (Kindle Select, 2017).

 

ROBERT JOE STOUT’S commentaries on Mexico appear online and in print, in the book Hidden Dangers published by Sunbury Press and on Author’s Radio. His poetry has been published in numerous anthologies including New Southern Poets and Southwest as well as in numerous journals and magazines. He has won journalism awards for spot news writing.

 

JO BARBARA TAYLOR lives in North Carolina. Her poems and academic writing have appeared in journals, magazines, anthologies and online, more recently in Best of the Boston Literary Magazine and Broad River Review. Her most recent book is How to Come and Go, published by Chatter House Press, 2016. She is a freelance editor and writing coach, leads poetry workshops through Duke Continuing Education, chairs the workshop committee for the North Carolina Poetry Society, and coordinates a poetry reading series for a Raleigh independent bookstore.

     

UMM-E-AIMAN VEJLANI (PEN NAME: SHEIKHA A) is from Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. Over 300 of her poems appear in 100 literary venues, both print and online, including several anthologies by different presses. Some of her recent publications have been with The Seventh Quarry, Qu Literary Journal, Walking is Still Honest Press, Silver Birch Press, Kind of a Hurricane Press, Section 8 amongst others. More about her can be found on her blog sheikha82.wordpress.com

 

AJISE VINCENT is an economist and social researcher based in Lagos, Nigeria. His works have appeared in The Bond Street Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Jawline Review, Jalada, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Chiron Review, Asian Signature, Ann Arbor Review, Yellow Chair Review, Bombay Review, Birmingham Arts Journal, Snapdragon: a journal of art & healing, The Cadaverine, Souvenir literary journal, Elsewhere, Saraba, Sentinel Quarterly and various literary outlets. He is a recipient of the Eriata Oribhabor poetry prize 2015. He loves coffee, blondes and turtles.

 

RANDALL WATSON'S The Sleep Accusations received the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize at Eastern Washington University, and is currently available through Carnegie Mellon University Press. His first book, Las Delaciones del Sueno, translated by Antonio Saborit, was published in a bi-lingual edition by the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico. His novella, Petals, (under the heteronym Ellis Reece) received the Quarterly West Prize in the novella. He is also the editor of The Weight of Addition (Mutabilis Press), an anthology of Texas poetry. His poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Chelsea, Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, Litéral, Criterion, Portland Review, Goodbye Mexico, and Far Out: Poems of the 60’s.

 

JOYCE WILSON has taught English at Suffolk University and Boston University. Her first poetry collection The Etymology of Spruce and a chapbook The Springhouse both appeared in 2010. She is creator and editor of the magazine on the Internet, The Poetry Porch (www.poetryporch.com), which has been on-line since 1997.  Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, among them Alabama Literary ReviewAmerican Arts Quarterly, and Ibbetson Street Magazine. Her profiles of the poets Eavan Boland, Julia Budenz, and Etel Adnan can be seen at the Women Poets Timeline Project at Mezzo Cammin (www.mezzocammin.com)