Mark Allinson was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia (1947),
where he has spent most of his life. Returning to study as an adult, Mark gained a
teaching degree and a Ph.D from Monash University, where he taught English literature for
some years. Since leaving Monash, Mark has been teaching literature to adults in his own
Adult Education business. Mark now lives in Tomakin, South of Sydney, where he writes. firstname.lastname@example.org
Walter Bargen has published eleven books of poetry. The
two most recent books are, The Body of Water (2003), Timberline Press, and The
Feast (2004), BkMk Press-UMKC. His poems appear in recent issues of the Iowa
Review, Boulevard, Beloit Poetry Journal, Notre Dame Review, and New Letters.
He was the winner of the Chester H. Jones Foundation prize in 1997 and received a National
Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in 1991. email@example.com
Christopher Barnes has a booklet called Lovebites
published by Chanticleer Press, 6/1 Jamacia Mews, Edinburgh cost £2.40
Steven Beatty grew up in L. A. and now lives with his family in
Brooklyn. An antique furniture restorer by trade and amateur urban archaeologist by
choice, Steven is an avid fan of light verse and lyrical poetry. Self-taught, he writes
almost entirely in rhyme and off rhyme and continues to be influenced by his early
encounters with A.A. Milne, Dr. Seuss, Ogden Nash and popular songs. These are his first
Born in Switzerland, Chantal
Bruchez-Hall has been living in NYC since 1980. She is a clinical psychologist. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cullen Bailey Burns lives and works in Minneapolis. Her book Paper
Boat was published in 2003 by New Rivers Press. Her poems have appeared or are
forthcoming in Luna, Many Mountains Moving, Poetry Northwest and many
was born in Czechslovakia, where once Bohemia flourished. While a teenager, he fled Soviet
occupation in 1968, along with thousand of other Czechoslovakians, and survived as a
refugee in Switzerland by exchanging sex for food, beer and paper on which to write
poetry. He arrived in the United States in 1971 where he is now a successful businessman,
specializing in new construction and real estate development (i.e., suburban sprawl). His
first book of poetry, Whither, won the Mennstrausse Poetry Award. Lately, his
poetry has appeared in literary journals Pleiades and The Melic Review,
and has been adapted to video, audio and hybrid hip hop that includes the hit, "What
Would The World Be Without David Letterman on TV." His "art therapy"
drawings have become an explosive sensation in the art world, receiving rave reviews (sans
alliteration) at the 2004 Urban Culture Project art installation, "Alias." Jirí
lives in New York City.
Jimmy Chen (email@example.com)
lives in Mississippi, where he works as a painter and writes occasionally. He has been
published in Elevenbulls, Bullfight Review, Fourteen Hills, The
Foliate Oak and Mcsweeneys Internet. He will be included in upcoming
issues of Snow Monkey.
Kevin Clark's book
In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002) earned a publisher's
grant from the Greenwall Fund. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and
anthologies, including The Black Warrior Review, The Antioch Review, The Georgia
Review, College English, etc. He's also published criticism about contemporary poetry
in many venues, among them The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, and Contemporary
Literary Criticism. His web site is:
Wyn Cooper's book of postcard poems will be published by BOA Editions
in 2005. Recent poems appear in Poetry, Crazyhorse, Agni, and The Journal.
In 2003, Gaff Music released Forty Words for Fear, a cd of songs by Cooper and
the novelist Madison Smartt Bell.
Cynie Cory's first book of poems is AMERICAN GIRL
(New Issues, 1/1/04). CLINK STREET was runner up in the 2003 T.S. Eliot Poetry
Prize. Her work has recently appeared in Shade, New American Writing and Verse.
She lives in Tallahassee, Fl.
Mark Cox teaches
in the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. His
latest books are Natural Causes and Thirty-seven Years from the Stone, both
published in the Pitt Poetry Series.
Susan Denning lives in Portland, Oregon, where she edits Caffeine
Destiny (www.caffeinedestiny.com). Her
poems have appeared in print in Seattle Review, Literal Latte and elsewhere, and
are forthcoming online in In Posse Review.
Laurel K Dodge is a poet who lives in northeast Ohio.
Anne Gagel (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freelance artist and writer. Her
work has shown in galleries around the Kansas City, MO area. She was co-editor of Chicken
Scratches, a publication of student work at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is
currently working on a series of artist books combining her writing with digital
Mitchell Geller was born in Boston sometime between the end of WWII
and the beginning of the Vietnam conflict. He has a BA in English literature, and an MA in
children's literature. He is a professional makeup artist and has written all his life. PMMGBOB@aol.com
graduate of the University of New Hampshire, received his M.F.A. at Southern Illinois
University. A 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee, he was a semi-finalistin 2002 at Tupelo
Press, in 2003 at Steel Toe Pressfor earlier versions of Lonesome Des Moines.
Matt has worked as an English Instructor, data-entry clerk, salesclerk in a gallery,
manual laborer, and a busboy. He lives in Bloomington, IL.
H. L. Hixs first poetry books
won the Peregrine Smith Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize. His recent books include a
collection of essays on poetry entitled As Easy As Lying, a poetry collection, Surely
As Birds Fly, and an anthology, Wild and Whirling Words. His next poetry
collection, Shadows of Houses, will be published in 2005.
Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis' work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Florida
Review, Indiana Review, Margie and Glimmer Train. She is currently at work
on a book of essays in collaboration with Eliot Khalil Wilson.
Guy Kettelhack is the author or coauthor of more than 30 nonfiction
books, including DANCING AROUND THE VOLCANO, EASING THE ACHE, HOW TO MAKE LOVE WHILE
CONSCIOUS and THE WIT & WISDOM OF QUENTIN CRISP. His poem "What Its Like to
Have Sex With Me" appears in the online lit mag Outstretch;
"Arriviste," in the January 2004 issue of Van Goghs Ear;
"Vibrato" was selected as first honorable mention in the IBPC January 2004
competition; and "Alter Ego" was selected as a quarterfinalist poem in the 2004
Lyric Recovery competition. He has given readings at A Different Light and CBGBs in New
York City. A violinist who has played in numerous chamber groups and orchestras in New
York, and an artist whose collages appeared at the Leslie Lohman gallery in May and June
of 2003, Mr. Kettelhack graduated from Middlebury College, has done graduate work in
literature at the Bread Loaf School of English and Oxford University, and coursework in
psychoanalysis at the Centers for Modern Pscyhoanalytic Studies in New York City and
Brookline, Massachusetts. Mr. Kettelhack lives in Amityville, Long Island. His email
address is: GuyBlakeKett@aol.com
Patrick Lawler has
two collections of poetry published: A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough by the
University of Georgia Press (1990) and (reading a burning book) by Basfal Books
(1994). Also, he has been awarded fellowships by the New York State Foundation for the
Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation.
Fred Longworth co-hosts the open-mike reading at Twiggs Coffee &
Tea in San Diego. His work has recently found homes in Pearl, Spillway and California
Quarterly; and on-line at Poetic Voices, miller's pond and MiPo.
His poem "Stillness" won first place in a January, 2003, contest sponsored by
the California State Poetry Society.
Al Maginnes has published two collections of poetry,
TAKING UP OUR DAILY TOOLS (St. Andrews College Press, 1997) and THE LIGHT IN OUR HOUSES
(Pleaides Press, 2000). He has current or forthcoming poems in Tar River Poetry,
Poetry East, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Texas Review and Louisville Review. He
teaches at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC.
Clay Matthews's work has been published recently or is forthcoming in
magazines such as Poetry Midwest, Eclectica, storySouth, Taint, Big Muddy, Rock Salt
Plum Poetry Review, Mudlark, the Oklahoma Review, and other fine print
and internet publications. Recently, he had a poem nominated for a 2003 Pushcart.
Currently, he is working towards a Ph.D. in creative writing at Oklahoma St. U. in
Jen Maxted was
born in Iowa where she ran naked through corn fields as a child. She attended the Kansas
City Art Institute from 1997-2002, graduating with a major in New Media. Her films, videos
and paintings have been featured in screenings and galleries. Currently, she's creating an
animated fiction that explores the natural sciences and art deco. She teaches at the
University of Missouri Kansas City and at KCAI.
Sean McNulty lives
in Dublin City. He has recently invented a collection of short stories entitled For
Dora do. Currently, he is preparing two novels, At the Middle From the Start
and Negatives. E-mail: email@example.com
Wayne Miller has received a
Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award.
His chapbook, What Night Says to the Empty Boat (Notes for a Film in Verse) (of
which these poems are part) will appear in 2005 from Greentower Press; other poems appear
in Center, Crazyhorse, FIELD, The Laurel Review, LIT,
Literary Imagination, The Paris Review and Sycamore Review.
He teaches at Central Missouri State University and serves as poetry editor of Pleiades.
Simone Muench has
poems forthcoming in Swink, River City and Samizdat. Her book The
Air Lost in Breathing received the Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry and was published
by Helicon Nine Editions in 2000. Notebook. Knife. Mentholatum., her chapbook,
was recently released by New Michigan Press. Currently, she is Assistant Professor at
Lewis University as well as a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Niall Richard Murphy has been writing poetry since puberty, which
probably explains a lot. He has been published in Electric Acorn and
Dreamvirus. He lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris O'Carroll is a writer, actor, stand-up comedian,
Pushcart Prize nominee, and Cambridge Poetry Award
recipient. He performs with People's Poetry Theatre
and Poetry Off Broadway. His poems have appeared in
Comrades, Eclectica, Snow Monkey, 3rd Muse, Thunder
Sandwich, and other journals, including two previous
issues of The Melic Review. He is the author of the
chapbook Shakespeare's Marijuana and Other Poems the
Authorities Don't Want You To Read (Antic Disposition
Jennifer Poteet Mallory lives in Glen Ridge, NJ with her
husband and 4 male cats. She and her husband enjoy collecting antiques and selling them.
Her great passions include Mexican religious artifacts and Scandanavian design. Jennifer's
website can be viewed at: www.heelstone.com/jenniferpoteet. She has been published
in many on line publications (once before in The Melic Review).
Phillip Routh has had stories published in Louisiana Literature,
Third Coast and The South Carolina Review. He lives across the lake from
New Orleans, where he thinks too much about the questions he poses at the end the end of
"Writer Beware." He welcomes the thoughts of others at email@example.com.
Jenni Russell was born in upstate New York and grew up
in Bloomington Indiana. She is is a retired stripper currently writing a prose and poetry
memoir about her ten-year career in the American sex industry. She has won the Poetry
Board League and InterBoard Poetry Competition awards on the internet and has an actve
interest in womens issues and critical theory as well as creative writing. She
writes full-time and resides in North Carolina.
Sumanta Sanyal is a freelance writer telecommuting out of Calcutta,
India. He likes to write poetry, some of which gets published. He writes on a diverse
range of subjects, especially Indian topics. He is deeply concerned about the
underprivileged of the world but also acknowledges that beauty thrives, even in the
deepest mire. This particular piece is a humorous one meant to lighten the moods of those
who may tire from life's many vagaries. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
is a freelance journalist living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Parents, American
Baby, Child and TIME Magazine. Her fiction and essays have been selected
for BKYN, a Brooklyn online magazine of the arts and the Wordsmith reading series
at Halcyon. She raises two feisty daughters and leads creative writing workshops for
at-risk teenage girls in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brookyn. In another life, she was a Newsdesk
Editor for TIME Magazine in New York, Paris and Brussels. Email: Schrobsdorff@yahoo.com
Paul Schulenburg is a painter who lives with his wife and dog in
Sarah Sloat was born many moons ago in central New
Jersey and has since lived in China, Kansas, and Italy. She now works for a news agency in
Frankfurt, Germany, where she lives with her husband, daughter and son. Her poems have
appeared or are forthcoming in Snakeskin, The Rose and Thorn, Pebble Lake Review and
Simply Haiku, among others. Her email is email@example.com
Evan Smith Rakoff's
poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Green Mountains Review and
Ploughshares, among others. He has been a fellow at the Millay Colony, Ragdale,
Yaddo, and The MacDowell Colony. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Manhattan with
his wife, writer Joanna Smith Rakoff.
Virgil Suárez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962. Since 1974 he has
lived in the United States. He is the author of over twenty books of prose and poetry,
most recently Infinite Refuge, Palm Crows, Banyan, and Guide to
the Blue Tongue. In the Winter of 2005, the University of Pittsburg Press will publish
90 Miles: Selected and New Poems. He is the co-editor of four anthologies published
by the University of Iowa Press: American Diaspora, Like Thunder, Vespers,
and Red, White, and Blue. His poetry has been chosen for inclusion in BEST AMERICAN
POETRY 2004. He is currently writing a new novel and restoring a '55 Chevrolet. He lives
and works in Florida and loves the great city of Miami where he spends every chance he
Michael Virga (MV) Before Melic sent a call out
for Light Poetry this issue, I had e-submitted this to PLAYBOY. About a week later, I
received an e-mail back thanking me, and explaining that the magazine isn't accepting
poetry submissions, but closing by adding "they are fun to read." I have been at
Poetry circa 1987, but Poetry has been at me since conception. My poems have appeared in
various collegiate & professional electric & print journals, including Stirring
& AMAZE. I am an IBPC Honorable Mention: March 2001 & 2004. I have been
breaking bread at the Melic Roundtable since 1999, and I'm a stronger poet, and healthier
person for it. firstname.lastname@example.org
G.C. Waldrep's new book, Goldbeater's Skin, won the 2003
Colorado Prize for Poetry (judged by Donald Revell). Individual poems have appeared in Poetry,
The Gettysburg Review, American Letters & Commentary, Tin House,
and other journals. He is also the author of a nonfiction book, Southern Workers and
the Search for Community (Illinois, 2000). Currently he divides his time between
North Carolina and Iowa.
Les Wicks' books are The Vanguard Sleeps In
(Glandular, 1981), Cannibals (Rochford St, 1985), Tickle (Island, 1993),
Nitty Gritty (Five Islands, 1997), The Ways of Waves (Sidewalk, 2000)
& Appetites of Light (Presspress, 2002).
....assembles an amazing cast of people in recognisable often dark places. With fine
detail, their domestic & working lives are brilliantly portrayed. Anthony
He's performed at festivals, schools, prisons etc. Runs workshops across Australia &
is editor of Meuse Press which focuses on poetry outreach projects. http://leswicks.tripod.com/lw.htm
A Seattle native now living in Spokane, Washington, Teresa White
has been writing poetry since her early teens. During the past three years she's had over
220 poems published in 50 online and print journals. She is the author of one book of
early poems In What Furnace? available through Amazon. In 1999 she was nominated
for the Pushcart by the Melic Review. She has had several short stories published
online in Cenotaph and is the author of two as yet unpublished novels. You may
reach her at email@example.com.