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Aydin Bal
Is currently working on his doctorate degree and teaching at Arizona State University. He writes theatre plays, poetry and short stories.

Jennifer Bal
Is an anthropologist and writer of prose and poetry.

Michael Aanji Crowley
Is a photographer living in Iowa. He takes pictures of everything, but explores two themes more avidly than others; close up abstractions of leaves and flowers, and the decay of mankind’s creations – he haunts the alleys in older communities.
For him taking pictures is a form of meditation, an enforced act of being present. To see the beauty, you must be there, you cannot be thinking of other times or places- you will miss the only life you have, going on around you. And beauty is everywhere . . . sometimes in the big picture (and most folks catch those moments,) but more often it’s in the fine details that are too easily missed if you are not living in that moment.

Ron Currie
Is the author of God is DeadHis novel Everything Matters! will be published by Viking in July.  He's received the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Addison
M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He lives in Waterville, Maine.   

Kristin Fouquet
Photographs and writes from lovely New Orleans, but you may visit her work from anywhere at Le Salon:

Nathan Hall
Is the webmaster for and is also the SEO Services manager at internet marketing and web development firm, SMSEO .  Nathan volunteers his time building and maintaining the website and provides general guidance on the ongoing development of the site.  Nathan is a graduate of ASU and has been building websites and providing internet marketing services since 2001.

Ben Humphrey’s
Poems (27) have been published in journals such as: The Axe Factory, Pennine Ink, Avocet, High Plains Register, etc. He is a retired Professor of Pediatric Oncology having received a MD and PhD from the University of Chicago.

Khaled Khan
Was born in Kabul , Afghanistan and spent the years of his childhood there. He started writing poems and short stories as early as age five. He, along with his family, was forced into exile when the civil war broke out in the country in the early 1990s. He continued writing stories as a refugee in the neighboring Pakistan and there he also started learning English on his own, which enabled him in the coming years to read the works of Victor Hugo, Anton Chekov and Leo Tolstoy, among others. He also started writing in English and currently he is working on his first book in English.

Zeynep Kılıç
Is a teacher of sociology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her dissertation research explored issues of immigration, citizenship and cultural identity.

Raina J. León
Is a Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006) and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, has been published in The Sixers Review, The Externalist, Minglewood, The Cherry Blossom Review, Natural Bridge, African American Review, OCHO, Spindle Magazine, Black Arts Quarterly, Poem.Memoir.Story, Womb, Boxcar Poetry Review, Salt Hill Journal, Xavier Review, MiPoesias, Torch, Poetic Voices without Borders, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade, Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces, AntiMuse, Farmhouse Magazine, Furnace Review, Constellation Magazine and Tiger's Eye Journal among others with upcoming work in Verdad Magazine.  Her first collection of poetry, Canticle of Idols, was a finalist for both the Cave Canem First Book Poetry Prize (2005) and the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize (2006) and was published in late 2008.

Joseph Lombo
is an insurance manager with an undergraduate degree in Insurance and Risk Management from Temple University and master’s degree in writing from Rowan University . He lives in Turnersville , New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. His work has appeared in Philadelphia Stories magazine.   A Feminine Touch is one of a collection of personal essays he’s writing called, Behind Closed Doors, an account of his childhood and teenage years growing up in Northeast Philadelphia.  

Christina Lovin
is the author of What We Burned for Warmth and Little Fires.  A two-time Pushcart nominee, her writing is widely published in journals and anthologies.  The Southern Women Writers’ Conference awarded Lovin the 2007 Emerging Poet Award.  She has received the Judson Jerome Scholarship from Antioch Writers’ Workshop, the Baron Wormser Scholarship for the Stone Coast Writers’ Conference, and, most recently was awarded the 2008 AWP WC&C Poetry Scholarship. Lovin has served as Writer-in-Residence at Devil’s Tower National Monument and the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Central Oregon.  She has been a resident fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Footpaths House in the Azores. Her work has been generously supported on several occasions with grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Arts Council, including the 2007 Al Smith Fellowship.

Abelardo G. Mena Chicuri
(La Habana 1962) graduated in Art History (Havana University 1985) currently developing his Phd. on Latinamerican Arts at Sevilla University, Spain. Curator of Contemporary Arts at The National Museum of Beaux Arts, Havana Cuba. Coordinator of Rayuela Art Project for Ibero American cultural promotion. He has curated numerous exhibitions, author of the book Cuba Avant Garde, Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection (2006) (

Karla Linn Merrifield
Is a Pushcart Prize nominee and 2009 Everglades National Park Artist-in-Residence. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as CALYX, Earth’s Daughters, Poetica, The Kerf, Negative Capability, Paper Street and Blueline; on line in The Centrifugal Eye,, Elsewhere: A Journal of the Literature of Place, and Elegant Thorn Review, and in several anthologies. In 2006, she edited THE DIRE ELEGIES: 59 Poets on Endangered Species of North America, from FootHills Publishing; in 2007, FootHills issued her Godwit:  Poems of Canada. She is poetry editor of Sea Stories (www.seastories. org) and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye (www.centrifugaleye. com). She teaches writing part-time at SUNY College at Brockport.

Saalim A.M. Mills
was born in Philadelphia, Pa and raised in the small town of Chesilhurst, NJ. He is one of eleven children. He graduated school in '99 and spent subsequent years in The U.S. Army, including a deep stint in South Korea. He's written six books of poetry, starting with "Kalman, In The Mouth Of Treblinka" and ending with "Rainbow Wars At Light Speed".  Currently, he's at work on a novel and studying to become a Professor of English in Louisville, KY.

Msc. Grethel Morell Otero
is a historian of the Cuban photography, curator and art critic. She did her Master thesis about “The human body in the contemporary Cuban photography”, as well as historical researchs about the nude in the Cuban Visual Arts. She has published many texts in cultural magazines. Awarded in 2009 with the research grant prix of the Fototeca de Cuba.

Rohan Mulgaonkar
teaches English as a Fulbright Scholar in the isolated mining town of Tembagapura, Papua, Indonesia.  He holds an M.A. in English Literature from Stanford University and a B.A. magna cum laude in English and Philosophy from Boston College.  He is currently writing a book entitled, The New Pragmatists: A Citizen's Guide to How Moderate Independents Can Reshape America.

Sherry O’Keefe
a descendent of one of the first Montana pioneers, a mother of two, sister to four, cousin to dozens, credits/blames her Irish upbringing for her story-telling ways and her collection of pocket rocks.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barnwood Poetry Review, Avatar Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Two Review, Soundzine and Main Street Rag.  Her chapbook, Making Good Use of August is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.She likes peanut butter/dill pickle sandwiches. You may contact her for the recipe: redmittengirl (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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.

Nina Romano
earned an M.A. from Adelphi University and an M. F. A. in Creative Writing from FIU. Romano lived in Rome, Italy for twenty years and is fluent in Italian and Spanish.  She taught as an adjunct professor of English and Literature at St. Thomas University. Currently, she is editing poet Anton Karlic's collection, Illusion and Dreams.  Romano's poetry and short stories appear in The Rome Daily American; The Chrysalis Reader; Whiskey Island; Gulf Stream Magazine; Grain; Voices in Italian Americana; Vox; Chiron Review; Irrepressible Appetites; Roads Literary Magazine, Night Train, and GULFSTREAM!NG Excerpts from her novel-in-progress, The Secret Language of Women, appear in Dimsum: Asia's Literary Journal and Driftwood. Romano's poetry collection, Cooking Lessons, was published in June, 2007 by Rock Press, and submitted for a Pulitzer Prize. Her new poetry collection is under consideration with Anne Petty, Editor of Kitsune Books.

Gabrijel Savic Ra
(1978) is a Belgrade born multimedia artist, poet and art theorist. He studied philosophy at Belgrade Philosophical Faculty. As a multimedia artist, he participates in many worldwide exhibitions and festivals. He is well known by his extreme performances and actions with new technologies. He has published two books of poetry: Power Of The Fallen Angel (2002) and Last Lovers (2003) and contributed to many magazines and anthologies. He currently resides in Belgrade (Serbia) and Atlanta (GA, USA).

Richard Schiffman
is a writer who splits his time between New Mexico and New York City. He has published two biographies. His poetry is out, or slated for publication in The Atlanta Review, The New York Quarterly, 32 Poems, The Southern Poetry Review, Poetry East and The Pedestal amongst other journals.

Peter Schwartz,
after years of writing and painting, has moved to another medium: photography. In the past his work has been featured in many prestigious print and online journals including: Existere, Failbetter, Hobart, International Poetry Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Reed, and Willard & Maple. Doing interviews, collaborating with other artists, and pushing the borders of creativity, his mission is to broaden the ways the world sees art. Visit his online gallery at:

Adeline Scout
is a writer living on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Through her work she seeks to give companionship to people in emotional pain and encourage tolerance of imperfection. In essence her writing is about love, warts and all. More of her work can be found at

Paul Sohar
got to pursue his life-long interest in literature full time when he went on disability from his day job in a chemistry lab. The results have slowly showed up in Chiron, Grain, Homestead Review, International Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Main Street Rag, Poem, Poesy, Poetry Motel, Rattle, Slant, Wordwrights, etc, and seven books of translations from the Hungarian, but now a volume of his own poetry (“Homing Poems”) is available from Iniquity Press.

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.

T. M. De Vos
Is a poet and fiction writer living in New York City. Her work has appeared in Washington Square, Small Spiral Notebook, Yuan Yang: A Journal of Hong Kong and International Writing, Pebble Lake Review, Global City Review, Dark Sky Magazine, Alimentum: The Literature of Food, The Pedestal Magazine, The Saint Ann's Review, and Ars Medica. She has taught at the University of Michigan, NYU, and in the NYC public school system. She received an MFA in 2004 from NYU and a Hopwood Award in 1999 from the University of Michigan.

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