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Kristin Berkey-Abbott published her chapbook, Whistling Past the Graveyard, in 2004 (Pudding House Publications). Her second chapbook, I Stand Here Shredding Documents, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and serves as Chair of the General Education department. She blogs about books, creativity, poetry, and modern life and theology. Her website.

Photographer Richard Beban's first full-length poetry book, What the Heart Weighs, was Red Hen Press' best-selling title of 2004, and the Los Angeles-based press also published his second full-length collection, Young Girl Eating a Bird, in 2006. He began writing poetry in 1993, and since then has performed more than 150 featured readings, from Paris, to Seattle, to Nashville, to Los Angeles. He has more than 100 major publication credits, from local journals to more than two-dozen national and international anthologies. His photography also accompanies each poem in this anthology. Read more about him here.

Robert Champ, teacher and poet, has written three books of poetry:
The Little Wonders of the Earth, Blue Denim Days, and My Mourning Turned to Laughter.

Sharon Chmielarz's latest two books, 2010, are Calling and The Sky Is Great the Sky Is Blue. You can find out more about her work and hear her read on her website.

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller, and host of LinkTV's Global Spirit. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the "soul of the world." With more than 25 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the "omnipresent influence of myth in modern life" is a thread that runs through all of his work. His books include Stoking the Creative Fires, Once and Future Myths, The Art of Pilgrimage, The Olympic Odyssey, The Hero's Journey, and Wordcatcher. See our Talent Index for more of Phil's work in TheScreamOnline. His website.

Charles Adès Fishman has served as poetry consultant to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington, DC, since 1995 and is currently poetry editor of Prism: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators. His previous books include Country of Memory (Uccelli Press, 2004); Chopin's Piano (2006) and Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust (2007), both from Time Being Books; Water under Water (2009) and In the Language of Women (2011) from Casa de Snapdragon, LLC; and The Death Mazurka (Texas Tech University Press), a 1989 American Library Association "Outstanding Book of the Year" that was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Chopin's Piano and Water under Water received The Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Time Being Books will release Fatal Angels: Selected Poems in late summer 2012. Fishman lives with his wife, Ellen, in Bellport, Long Island, a short walk from the Great South Bay. His website and his work in TheScreamOnline.

Born in Oswego, N.Y. on Dec. 13, 1959, Matt Flumerfelt was educated in the public schools where he says the only thing worthwhile, besides the surrounding countryside, was the music program. He received musical training from the widely respected musician/educator Edward Lisk. Matt went on to play trumpet, drums, and percussion with the Navy band in Norfolk, San Francisco, and Naples, Italy. He currently lives and works in Valdosta, Georgia, where he leads a piano jazz trio at local night spots. Among his current writing projects are a collection of philosophical aphorisms, an edition of his collected poems, and a verse epic recounting the adventures of the Greek hero Hercules, begun in 1990.

Philip Fried is a New York-based poet and little-magazine editor. His poems have been widely published in journals and have appeared in many anthologies. Early/Late: New and Selected Poems, his most recent book, draws from his previous four collections of poetry. These books explored such themes as the tribulations of a character named God and the intersection of personal myth and historical moment. The new poems in Early/Late are haunted by the financial turmoil of the Great Recession and possessed by the disembodied voices that multiply in our world of simulacra. In a recent review, Publishers Weekly called this collection "skillful and memorable." His website.

Bruce Guernsey's poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The American Scholar, TheScreamOnline (1,2), and many of the quarterlies. Among his four books are January Thaw from Pittsburgh and New England Primer from WordTech's Cherry Grove Collections. He was recently a fellow at the MacDowell Colony where he completed work on his selected poems, From Rain: Poems 1970-2010, to be published by Ecco Qua Press in Boston, spring 2012.His website: bruceguernsey.com

John Guzlowski is the poetry editor for TheScreamOnline. His book of poems Lightning and Ashes tells the story of his parents' experiences in the Nazi slave labor system. Some of these poems have appeared at Crab Orchard Review, Margie, Nimrod, Chattahoochee Review and other print and online journals. He blogs about his parents at his blog Lightning and Ashes. His feature in TheScreamOnline.

Rick Hilles is the author of Brother Salvage (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), which received the 2005 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and was named the 2006 Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine. A Map of The Lost World, his forthcoming collection, will be available from the University of Pittsburgh Press in Spring 2012. His work appears or is forthcoming in Harper's Magazine, The Hudson Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, Salmagundi, Field, Witness, New South, Salt Hill, and Southeast Review. Hilles is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award in 2008, and a Larry Levis Editor's Prize in 1999 from The Missouri Review. Hilles received fellowships and scholarships from the trustees of the estate of Amy Lowell, the Stegner Program at Stanford University, the Institute for Creative Writing at University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, and the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy. Hilles earned his MFA from Columbia University and is an assistant professor in English and creative writing at Vanderbilt University.

Tom C. Hunley is an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University and the director of Steel Toe Books. His books are The Poetry Gymnasium (McFarland & Company, Inc., forthcoming); Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2010, Gold Invitational Series); Octopus (Logan House, 2008, Winner of the Holland Prize); Teaching Poetry Writing: A Five-Canon Approach (Multilingual Matters LTD., 2007, New Writing Viewpoints Series); My Life as a Minor Character (Pecan Grove, 2005, winner of a national chapbook contest); Still, There's a Glimmer(WordTech Editions, 2004); The Tongue (Wind Publications, 2004); Newspring (Linear Arts Books, 1998); and Losing My Luggage (Poetry Around Press, 1994). He divides his time between Kansas and Oz.

Oriana Ivy was born in Poland and came to the United States when she was 17. Her poems, essays, book reviews, and translations from modern Polish poetry appear in Poetry, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry 1992, Nimrod, New Letters, The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, Black Warrior, Wisconsin Review, Prairie Schooner, Seneca Review, Spoon River Review, Southern Poetry Review, and many other journals and anthologies. A former journalist and community college instructor, she leads the San Diego Poetry Salon and writes a poetry-and-culture blog. See her Zbigniew Herbert translations in TheScreamOnline.

John Kilgore is nonfiction editor of TheScreamOnline. He has been a frequent contributor to that journal and to two other online venues, Agora and The Vocabula Review. Since his retirement from Eastern Illinois University in 2010, he has been working all too slowly on a collection of essays on language, Don’t Shoot the English Teacher.

Terry Kirts is the author of To the Refrigerator Gods, which was chosen for the Editor's Choice series in poetry by Seven Kitchen's Press in 2010. He is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. His poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Third Coast, Gastronomica, Alimentum, Sycamore Review, Green Mountains Review, and Another Chicago Magazine, as well as the anthologies Food Poems and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana. His culinary articles and restaurant reviews have appeared in WHERE Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman, Nuvo, and Indianapolis Dine, and he is currently a dining critic for Indianapolis Monthly. His website.

Kaaren Kitchell is a poet and writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her book of poems, The Minotaur Dance, was published in 2003. In 2005, she received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her not yet published novel, The Book of Twelve, tells twelve interlinked stories about a group of artists living in Berkeley, California in the late ‘60s, from the mythical perspectives of the Greek gods and goddesses. She and her husband, Richard Beban, have taught Living Mythically, about embodying myth in your daily life, at the C.G. Jung Center in L.A., Esalen, and in private workshops. The Getty Museum has a fine art manuscript of two of their poems. They live in Paris, France, where they publish the online journal, Paris Play, stories and photographs of life in Paris and memoir. She is currently working on a book of short stories.

Leonard Kress has two new collections of poetry out this year: Braids & Other Sestinas (Seven Kitchens Press) and Living in the Candy Store (Finishing Line Press). He has also translated the 19th-century Polish epic, Pan Tadeusz, by Adam Mickiewicz (available as a free download at www.leonardkress.com).

Dorianne Laux's most recent books of poems are Facts about the Moon and The Book of Men (W.W. Norton). Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, and Smoke from BOA Editions, as well as a fine press edition, Dark Charms, from Red Dragonfly Press. She teaches poetry at N. C. State University and is founding faculty for Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program. She lives in Raleigh, NC. Her website.

Stephen Lewandowski has published ten small books of poems. The most recent is O Lucky One from Foothills Publishing in Kanona, NY. He is presently employed as Program Director of the Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative. His experience with heaven and hell is strictly limited to his present life. His work in TheScreamOnline (scroll down).

Katharyn Howd Machan was born in Woodbury, Connecticut, in 1952. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and textbooks, including The Bedford Introduction to Literature, and in 30 collections, most recently Belly Words: Poems of Dance (Split Oak Press, 2009) and When She's Asked to Think of Colors (Palettes & Quills Press, 2009). A professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in central New York, in 2002 she was named Tompkins County's first Poet Laureate.

Michelle Mitchell-Foust is the author of Circassian Girl and Imago Mundi, both from Elixir Press, and chapbooks Poets at Seven (Sutton Hoo) and Exile (Sangha). She has received the Elixir Press Poetry Prize, and a "Discovery"/The Nation Award. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Antioch Review. Colorado Review, Rain Taxi, and The Washington Post.

Jane Olmsted teaches at Western Kentucky University, where she is director of the Gender & Women's Studies Program and coordinator of the M.A. in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities. Her chapbook, Tree Forms (Finishing Line Press), was published in June 2011. Her work has been published in Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, The Louisville Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Adirondack Review, Barnwood Magazine, Slow Trains, and Arts Across Kentucky (first prize short fiction award, shared, 2008). Her youngest son Casey was killed in the Fall of 2009, and she is working on a series of poems dealing with catastrophic loss. Her website.

A native Detroiter, Christina Pacosz’ poetry/writing has appeared in books, literary magazines, and online journals for half a century. Notes from the Red Zone, originally published by Seal Press (1983), was the inaugural winner of the ReBound Series (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009). How to Measure the Darkness will launch the Seven Kitchens Summer 2012 Limited Edition Chapbook Series on the Summer Solstice.

Adélia Prado is one of the foremost poets of Brazil, praised both in literary circles and the mainstream media. Author of six books of poetry and six of prose, Prado was praised by Veja (Brazil's Newsweek) as "a writer of rare brilliance and invincible simplicity." Or, as Carlos Drummond de Andrade famously declared, "Adélia is lyrical, biblical, existential; she makes poetry as naturally as nature makes weather." The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adélia Prado, translated by Ellen Doré Watson, was published by Wesleyan in 1990.

Sashana Kane Proctor settles into her life, a piece of ash finding its place. California born, a German major at Sonoma State University (where she mostly loved writing fiction in English), brought up by bringing up sons, washed by love and loss and love anew, gifted with a grandson, she writes. And settling inside, she becomes a student of petroglyphs scrawled on her own bones and finds her way back to the Old Ones. Now she walks between the worlds and she writes. Those who read Women's Voices and Harlot's Sauce and Flight will find her words.

David Radavich's poetry collections include By the Way (Buttonwood, 1998) and Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2000). His plays have been produced across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe. America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (Plain View, 2007) recounts our national history from World War II to the present, while Canonicals (Finishing Line, 2009) explores "love's hours." His latest book is Middle-East Mezze (Plain View, 2011), focusing on Iraq, Palestine, and Egypt. His previous work in TheScreamOnline, and his website.

Tree Riesener is the author of three poetry collections: Inscapes, Angel Poison and Liminalog. EK, a full-length collection of ekphrastic poetry, is forthcoming in 2012 from Cervena Barva Press. She has published poetry and short fiction in numerous literary magazines, including Wigleaf, Flashquake, Flash Fiction Online, The Istanbul Literary Review, Ditch, The Evergreen Review, Ginosko, and The Source. Her work has been translated into Russian and Turkish. She is a Contributing Editor for The Ghazal Page. Her website and blog.

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the innovative novels Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. He teaches literature at City University of New York and fiction writing at the Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA in Manhattan. His website.

Marian Kaplun Shapiro is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton, 1988), a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press, 2007) and two chapbooks: Your Third Wish, (Finishing Line, 2007); and The End Of The World, Announced On Wednesday (Pudding House, 2007). As a Quaker and a psychologist, her poetry often addresses the embedded topics of peace and violence, often by addressing one within the context of the other. A resident of Lexington, she was named Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts in 2006, in 2008, 2010, and in 2011.

Margie Skelly lives in Chicago with her husband, a 22-year-old daughter, two cats and a dog, fish, and too much seemingly insurmountable clutter. Her poetry has been published in Korone, Rambunctious Review, and other magazines. In 2009, she was awarded first place in the Adult Category of The Thirty-First Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards and second place in the Adult Category of the Niles Public Library 2009 Poetry Contest. Her short story, "Pass the Candied Yams" won second place in the National Organization for Women Fiction Contest in 2000. She has also published fiction in Black Maria Magazine and Primavera, and one of her short stories, "Bus Fare," published in Black Maria, was nominated for an Illinois Arts Council Award. Her first poetry chapbook will be published in either late 2011 or early 2012 by Puddin'head Press of Chicago.

Charles A. Swanson teaches high school English, college composition, creative writing, and AP Language at Gretna High School, Gretna, VA. Frequently published in Appalachian magazines, he also pastors a small church, Melville Avenue Baptist in Danville. He has two books of poems: After the Garden, published by MotesBooks, and Farm Life and Legend, from Finishing Line Press.

Anne Tammel has worked in multiple facets of the writing profession for over two decades. Prior to crafting her forthcoming literary fiction novel, Searching for Amelia, Tammel founded creative house Tammel Productions, where she specializes in professional communications, image consulting and leadership coaching. As a judge for literary arts organizations, Tammel also runs Poets and Dreamers, leading the multi-faceted series of creative writing workshops that serves over seven hundred writers throughout Southern California. Tammel began her career at the Silicon Valley’s leading positioning and branding firm, Cunningham Communication, Inc. Her poems, articles, and essays have appeared in numerous creative and professional publications. Her website.

Tammy Tillotson lives in the Bible Belt of Virginia and has published poetry and creative nonfiction online, in print, and in several anthologies. She believes in life after death and attests to receiving guidance from three loved ones on the other side. She is alive because of God's grace and angels interceding on her behalf, once, many years ago when she was an inexperienced driver foolishly passing a bus on a winding country road. She does not recommend finding out how fast guardian angels fly. She is prone to lucid dreaming which often inspires her poetry, though recently, while wide awake, she watched an amazing albino doe waltz right through her backyard—which she considers a fleeting encounter with the Divine. Since childhood she has thought that Hell was a place with lots and lots of beets. She is content minding her own business and working quietly with her hands, as long as there are ink pens.

Maja Trochimczyk is a poet, music historian, photographer, and non-profit director born in Poland, educated in Canada (Ph.D., McGill University), and living in California. She published four books on music (After Chopin: Essays in Polish Music; The Music of Louis Andriessen; Polish Dance in California; and A Romantic Century in Polish Music) and three books of poetry: Rose Always – A Court Love Story, Miriam's Iris and an anthology, Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse (2010). Her poetry and photography appear in Ekphrasis Journal, The Epiphany Magazine, The Houston Literary Review, Loch Raven Review, Magnapoets, Quill and Parchment, Phantom Seed, poeticdiversity, Sage Trail, and other journals and anthologies. An author of hundreds of peer-reviewed and popular articles and essays on music and culture, she taught music history at USC and at McGill University. She is currently serving as the Sixth Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga and the President of Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club in Los Angeles. (website, blog)

Robert Vaughan's plays have been produced in N.Y.C., L.A., S.F., and Milwaukee, where he resides. He leads two writing roundtables for Redbird-Redoak Studio. His prose and poetry are published in over 150 literary journals such as Elimae, Metazen, and BlazeVOX. He is a fiction editor at JMWW magazine, and Thunderclap! Press. He co-hosts Flash Fiction Fridays for WUWM's Lake Effect. His blog.

Ellen Doré Watson has nearly completed a second book of Prado translations, due in 2012 from Tupelo Press, which published her own most recent book, Dogged Hearts. Recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship, Watson is poetry & translation editor of The Massachusetts Review, directs the Poetry Center at Smith College, and teaches in the Drew University low-residency MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. Ms. Watson was featured in TheScreamOnline in 2002.

Linda Whittenberg's writing has flourished since her retirement as a Unitarian Universalist minister. At her home in Santa Fe NM she now starts each day writing in the quiet of early morning. The result has been two poetry collections: Dying Can Wait, published by Pudding House Publications and Tender Harvest, published by Black Swan Editions, both in 2009. Somewhere in Ireland, published fall, 2011 by Black Swan Editions, is made up of poems written during travels to Ireland. Her work has appeared in over thirty journals and anthologies, most recently, Adobe Walls, Magnolia Journal, Spoon River Poetry Review, and New Mexico Poetry Review. More on her website.