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Farras Abdelnour’s
photography has been a part of his life for a long time now. He has been pursuing amateur photography for more than two decades, and considering turning professional. He is interested in landscape and nature, as well as urban photography. His work has been shown in two exhibitions, a solo exhibition in New York City in 2006, a group exhibition in Arlington, VA in 2007, and a current solo exhibition at CUNY Graduate Center (New York). His work has been published in Hybrido (quarterly art magazine in New York). He pursues research at the University of Pittsburgh, and he photographs at every opportunity.

Jennifer Bal
is editor in chief of BAPQ. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Cooweescoowee, The Istanbul Literature Review, and the Redbridge Review anthology Subversions & Manouvers.

Aydin Bal
is assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He writes poetry and  is interested in identity and social justice issues.  

Nabina Das
lives two lives, shuttling between USA and India. Her first novel “Footprints in the Bajra” is available from Cedar Books, India, while her poetry, short stories and essays have been published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies in North America, Asia and Australia, the very recent ones being Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi, India) and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong). An Associate Fellow for the prestigious Sarai-CSDS "City as Studio" Fellowship 2010 (New Delhi, India), Nabina has won prizes in the all-India poetry contests organized by UNISUN Reliance in 2010, Prakriti Foundation in 2009, and HarperCollins-India and Open Space in 2008. Nabina is also a 2007 Joan Jakobson fiction scholar from Wesleyan Writers’ Conference, and a 2007 Julio Lobo fiction scholar from Lesley Writers’ Conference. A journalist and media person in India and the US for about 10 years in all, Nabina blogs at when not writing. Formally trained in Indian classical music, she has performed in radio and TV programs and acted in street theater productions in India. A bilingual with a Linguistics Masters, Nabina writes in three languages and is currently pursuing an MFA at Rutgers University (Camden).

Tray Drumhann's
work explores the dimensions and depth of human nature. His goal is to communicate the personal and cultural dynamics that condition how we view ourselves and others as well as how our individual experiences condition such perception. Notable publications featuring Drumhann's work include: The Pinch Journal, After Hours, Blood & Thunder & The Emerson Review.

Erica Miriam Fabri
is the author of Dialect of a Skirt, a collection of poetry published by Hanging Loose Press (November 2009). She is a writer and performer and a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and received her MFA in Poetry from The New School. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals and magazines including: New York Quarterly, Texas Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Hanging Loose Magazine, Good Foot Magazine, Paper Street and more. She has performed and facilitated workshops and seminars at: Cooper Union School of the Arts, New York University, Columbia University, Penn State University, The Brooklyn Public Library, Poet’s House, The Fortune Society, The Robin Hood Foundation, and the PEN Prison Writing Program. She has worked on projects as a writer, editor and performance director for The New York Knicks, HBO and Nickelodeon Television. She is also a spoken word mentor and curriculum writer for Urban Word NYC, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing spoken word, poetry and hip-hop arts to inner-city teens. She has been awarded a writer’s residency at the Omega Institute and has been a featured and/or visiting poet and performer for numerous art festivals and numerous outreach programs including drug rehabilitation centers, prisons and hospitals. Her first book, Dialect of a Skirt, was included on the list for: The Best Books of 2009 at She currently teaches Performance Poetry at Pace University, Creative Writing at The School of Visual Arts and a variety of Poetry courses at Baruch College and Hunter College of The City University of New York (CUNY). She adores everything that is bright, colorful and sparkling and her true love is her home, New York City.

Gretchen Fletcher
won the Poetry Society of America’s Bright Lights, Big Verse competition and was projected on the Jumbotron as she read her poem in Times Square. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including upstreet, Chattahoochee Review, Inkwell, The Mid-American Poetry Review, and Poetry as Spiritual Practice by Robert McDowell. She leads writing workshops for Florida Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress. Her chapbook, That Severed Cord was published by Finishing Line Press.

Sally Franson
is an MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Minnesota. Her writing has appeared in The L Magazine and Daily Candy, in New York, and in Isthmus/The Daily Page in Madison, Wisconsin. She recently recorded a podcast with the Wisconsin Story Project and is currently working on a memoir. This is her first published poem.

MaryAnn Franta Moenck
is a poet who lives and works just east of St Paul. She is a grandmother who hopes to strike the proper balance between belly dancing and knitting. Her poems have appeared in various journals, including Snowy Egret, Cimmaron Review, Three Candles, and The Pedestal. Her poems are forthcoming this year in Steam Ticket, Natural Bridge, and Water~Stone Review. MaryAnn's manuscript received Honorable Mention for the 2008-2009 Loft Mentor Series.

Nathan Hall
is the webmaster for and is also the owner of OnTarget, a Tucson online marketing company.  Nathan volunteers his time building and maintaining the website and provides general guidance on the ongoing development of the site.  Nathan has been building websites and providing internet marketing services since 2001.

Nicole Haroutunian
is a writer and museum educator living in Woodside, Queens. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is an editor of UNDERWATER NEW YORK, an online anthology of writing, art and music inspired by the miscellany sunken beneath the waterways of NYC. She is at work on a collection of linked short stories.

George Held
contributes his stories, poems, and book reviews widely, both online and in print, to journals like 5 AM, CONFRONTATION, THE PEDESTAL, and NOTRE DAME REVIEW. Garrison Keillor read one of George's poems on NPR, he's received 5 Pushcart Prize nominations, and his fourteenth poetry collection is AFTER SHAKESPEARE: SELECTED SONNETS (Červená Barva Press, 2010). 

Oritsegbemi Emmanuel Jakpa
was born in Warri, Nigeria, and currently lives in Ireland. He studied at the University of Lagos, and the University of Iowa. He obtained an MA from Waterford Institute of Technology. His poetry has been published widely, including DIAGRAM, Echoing Years, Salt River Review, Barnwood, San Pedro River Review, and Edison Literary Review. He has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes three times, and he received the 2008 W. B. Yeat’s Pierce Loughran Award.

Zeynep Kılıç
is assistant professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her dissertation research explored issues of immigration, citizenship and cultural identity.

Mike Marcellino
a U. S. Army correspondent in the Vietnam War and national award winning journalist, continues to write stories and poems about people, places and things.  Mike has added a twist, with musicians the stories become a unique blend of music and spoken word. He’s performed in New York City, Cleveland, Tulsa, St. Augustine, FL and Baltimore. His new recordings include New York City stories, Alphabet Coffeehouse and Flatbush, Amelia Earhart, soft silver wings, and The Walls of Fire.  He surfs and writes about that too (Bondi Beach). His writing appears in Coventry Street Fair Anthology, Brownstone Poets and Stain Glass Confessional II and online at Outsider Writers, Red Fez, Literary Fever and Universe of Poetry.  Mike hosts Notebook Writer, a popular show on writers and the arts on Blog Talk Radio.  He is author of the blog, The Point of the Whole Thing.  Before launching his arts career two years ago, he was a staff reporter on daily and weekly newspapers, a magazine writer and served on the staffs of former U. S. Rep. Louis Stokes of Ohio and former Cleveland Mayor Michael White. Mike’s poetry and music can be found at ReverbNation

has had poems and stories in dozens of magazines, including recently, Inkspill, Red River Review, Cafe Irreal, Eighty Percent, Perceptions, and Leaf Garden, and two chapbooks: The Stations of the Cross and THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS, and has appeared in the anthology Inside Out: A Gathering of Poets.

Jerry Ratch
published 12 books of poetry, the novel WILD DREAMS OF REALITY, and a Memoir A BODY DIVIDED, the story of a one-armed boy growing up in a two-fisted world. Published in: Antioch Review, , Avec, Beatitude, Carolina Quarterly, COE Review, Ironwood,, Louisville Review,,,, others. See author’s website: . Email: New novel manuscript: THE GREAT SAN FRANCISCO POETRY WARS. About it Thomas Calder writes: “Great stuff. I feel like if Kerouac and Vonnegut had had a baby you might be it, with Heller as your god-father maybe. Really funny."

Kevin Roberson
is a California-based designer who creates packaging, brand identity, posters, magazines, books, advertisements and other print communications for design-conscious clients in a range of sectors. He has a degree in Art History from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Claudia Serea
is a Romanian-born writer who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in Mudfish, Main Street Rag, Oberon, The Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Exquisite Corpse, Fourth River, The Red Wheelbarrow, and in numerous other anthologies and journals. She is the author of two poetry collections: Eternity’s Orthography (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and To Part Is to Die a Little, selected as a contest finalist by Main Street Rag in 2009. She also writes creative nonfiction, published by The Rambler and The Writers’ Workshop Review. Claudia lives in New Jersey and works in New York for a major publishing company.

Charles Springer
has degrees in anthropology and is an award-winning painter, having lived much of his life in Cincinnati, Philadelphia and New York. He currently writes from the family homestead in Pennsylvania where he earns a living in advertising. Charles has enjoyed publishing in Apalachee Review, The Cincinnati Review, Faultline, Heliotrope, and Oxford Magazine among others. New poems appear or will appear in Sawbuck, Forge, The Lumberyard and Edison Literary Review. A recent Pushcart nominee, Charles is currently working on a manuscript for his first collection.

Sharon Suzuki-Martinez
grew up in Hawaii, but moved to Tempe in 2007 from Minneapolis. She was awarded fellowships to the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Kundiman Poetry Retreat. Her poetry will or has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Snow Monkey, Left-Facing Bird, Spooky Boyfriend, Segue and other journals. She likes squirrels and bugs and she apparently enjoys referring to herself in the third person.

Renee Targos
is a fiction writer specializing in short stories, novellas and novels in the genres of magic realism and science fiction. Working as an editor in arts publications, Targos also participates in teaching creative writing to students in low-income Phoenix neighborhoods. She has studied creative writing at Southern Illinois University, Arizona State University, and participated in several ASU community writing workshops.

Bob Tomolillo
began his career during the burgeoning of the print workshops in the late sixties.He worked at Impressions Workshop in Boston ,R.E.Townsend Inc. and at The Printshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands . He holds a B.F.A. from Umass, Amherst, and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. A faculty member at the F.A.W.C. in Provincetown,Mass. and  member of the Boston Printmakers since 1983 his lithographs are included in collections here and abroad. In 2009 he was the co-winner of the first Dayton Arts Museum International Peace Prize for his digital "Think Peace"  poster design. He has written several articles on printmaking with a feature this past year in the Print Alliance Journal "Art and Politics" and recently contributed his writing to Thieves Jargon, Literal Minded, Orange Alert, Shine Journal, Askew Reviews, Glossolalia, Blinking Cursor, Bap Q, Lunarosity, Icelandic Review and Words Undone. 

Dennis Vannatta
has published stories in many magazines and anthologies, including BOULEVARD, ANTIOCH REVIEW, and PUSHCART XV, and three collections:  THIS TIME, THIS PLACE and PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD, both by White Pine Press, and LIVES OF THE ARTISTS by Livingston Press. 

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