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VOLUME 3 NUMBER 1 JUNE 2004 (5th Issue)

Alan McGourlay: "My pen name is Alan Barrie and I have been writing poetry since 2003. Previously published The Pond (Peace and Tranquillity) in New Pegasus by Cyberwit 2004. Located in Lanarkshire Scotland, I have worked in Social Work for 17years. Poetry is a means to express myself creatively and is on a par with meditation for its regenerative and relaxation properties."

Alex Shapiro grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. His fiction, poetry, non-fiction and articles have appeared in Identity Theory, Prose Toad, The Boston Phoenix, Stuff Magazine, The Boston Globe Wedding Supplement, Pastry Art & Design, and other publications. He is currently a Fiction Fellow at the University of Montana, Missoula, and a contributing editor for Cutbank Literary Magazine.

Allen Itz from Texas, USA: "I'm 60 years old. I'm 6 feet tall and I weigh 270 pounds. I used to be taller, thinner and younger but was transformed along the way by life and an excessive love of pecan pie. I published a couple of poems in the late 60's-early 70's, then quit writing (except for business writing) for nearly 30 years, as career and family took up most of my time and creative energies. I began writing again when I retired a couple of years ago. Since then my poems have been published in a number of on-line literary journals, including The Muse Apprentice, Alchemy, The ShallowEnd, AvantGarde Times, The Poet's Canvas, Dynamic Patterns, Neiderngasse, Eclectica, The Melic Review, The Green Tricycle, Nectarzine, Experimentia, Planet Magazine, The Horsethief's Review, Maelstrom, Tryst, Beatnik and others."

Angie Hulme lives in Lancashire, England. On her website you can find a poetry anthology - 'Honest Secrets', two books, 'Disbelief' and 'Virtually Real', a spoken word EP 'Whims of Humanity' and the forthcoming spoken word poetry cd 'Black or White or Pink or Gray'. When not busy writing and generally wasting time, she hangs out at with the rest of the Joinees. Visit her website at

Barbara F. Lefcowitz from MD, USA has published eight books of poetry as well as individual poems, stories, and essays in over 500 journals; won literary fellowships and prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation, among many others.

Barbara Smilgin: Poet from Szczecin, Poland.

Bill Sherman from NJ, USA is Ph.D. in English & American literature. He has taught at the University of Hull and The University College of Wales. He is the author of Tahitian Journals: In Search Of Taata Mata, published in London by Hearing Eye Press and Editor of Branch Redd Review. Eric Mottram says, "A certain wry self-knowledge surfaces in William Sherman's letters, and its humour and obsession articulates his writing."

Caleb Adrian Coleman is attending the University of North Texas in Denton, majoring in Film. 

Calista M. Sullivan: "I was born in RI, but grew up in CT and lived there for the majority of my life thus far. Currently I am attending college in Los Angeles, CA to get a Bachelors degree in Game Software Design. When am I finished with college (with a masters degree,) I plan to return to CT and frequent many coffee shops." 

Capt. Ed Davidson: Science degree with Graduate studies in psychology and philosophy, Asian specialty; then survived more than 200 combat missions as a Navy "Top Gun" fighter pilot; dedicated rest of life to public service as citizen environmental activist and political reformer on state and regional basis; part time charter boat Capt. in Florida Keys.

Chantel McGleno writing seriously for the past 7 years has been published a numerous amount of times. 

Charles Ray: "I have been writing poems since I was 17. I served 20 years in the U.S. Army, and joined the U.S. diplomatic service in 1982. I have served in Germany, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Sierra Leone, and Panama, and am currently U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia."

Charlotte Cooper is from London, UK. Her novel 'Cherry' was seized by Canada Customs for obscenity. She is a freelance journalist, zine monkey, corporate wage slave, all-round gal, and the boss of

Chris Thomas was born in Kalamazoo MI in 1977. ". Growing bored with factory work and small town life I decided to join the worlds finest navy and enlisted in the USN in 1997. I was diagnosed with severe asthma and in 2002 I was found unfit for continued active duty and was honorably discharged from service with full benefits. My father, Maxey, still lives in Austin. My mother passed away in 2000. My girlfriend, Denise, and I are expecting our first child together this September 20th. We are going to have a daughter and I am very excited."

Cristina Galeata & Trevor Landers are from Wellington, New Zealand.

Dale Morgan is from NY, USA.

Dana M. Jerman is currently teaching physical science and astronomy in S. California. This Pennsylvania native has grown up in the small towns surrounding Pittsburgh and has sought in her writing to preserve the perspective of the working class. This world is full of the tiny events and small emotions of everyday that transform themselves into graduated moments and on to tales of uncomplacent glory.

Daniel Gallik has had poetry and short stories published by Hawaii Review, A.I.M.(America's Intercultural Magazine), PARABOLA, NIMROD, LIMESTONE (University of Kentucky), THE HIRAM POETRY REVIEW, AURA (University of Alabama), and WHISKEY ISLAND (Cleveland State University). Currently, Daniel's agent is working on selling his three novels. 

Danielle Nicole Ginther was born in Houston, Texas on March 13th 1990. "When I was 3, my mother and father had a divorce. Since my mother couldn't take care of me along with her other children, she gave me to my grandparents, and her other kids to their fathers."

David Arthur Callaway: "Born in 1974, in Hobart Tasmania, I was raised in the semi-rural setting of Ulverstone, before attending The University of Tasmania from 1993-1996. It was here that I developed my interest in writing poetry, and have steadily increased my collection to over 500 works." 

Dawn Thompson from ON, Canada; honours sociology graduate who dabbles in poetry composition, music and visual arts.

Deborah P Kolodji is a divorced mother of three who uses her career in information technology to fund her poetry obsessions and pay for her children's college tuition. She is a member of the Haiku Society of America, the Southern California Haiku Study Group, the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and the California State Poetry Society. She is the editor and co-founder of Amaze: The Cinquain Journal (, a webzine and print journal devoted to the cinquain poetry form. Her work has appeared in Modern Haiku, Bottle Rockets, Wilmington Blues, Eclectica, St. Anthony Messenger Magazine, Twilight Times, and many other places.

Denise Cassino is a baby-boomer from suburban Chicago. After earning a B.A. in English at Northern Illinois University, she landed upright in Denver, Colorado. Always a lover of the written word, she has dabbled in writing for years but more recently has written seriously and has now had work published in such ezines as AboutTeens, Tapestry, Hackwriters, Ten Thousand Monkeys, Apollo's Lyre and in print publications - Reminisce EXTRA, Garden and Hearth, Cottage Magazine, National Association of Women Writers, Passion, an anthology, and Taj Mahal Review, an anthology. Her dream is to become a successful published novelist. Denise loves to travel, has back-packed through Europe, visited Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean along with 40 of the United States. Happily married after 26 years, Denise practices commercial real estate and resides in the mountains west of Denver. For more of Denise's writing, see her website: (

Del Senkbeil, a retired secretary with 500 poems copyrighted on different websites, lives in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a city of approximately 50,000 located on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. "I have been expressing my thoughts and feelings in poetry since I was in grade school. I also collect coins and vintage sheet music. For over three years now writing poetry for poetry sites on the internet has been my pride and joy."

Drew McNaughton, a Vermont native, received his Bachelor of Arts in English - Creative Writing from the University of Montana in 2001, and his Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from the same university in 2003. He has taught creative writing and composition courses at the University of Montana and worked as a trip leader at the university's Outdoor Program for four years. 

Eleanor Levine from NY, USA has been published in Happy, Penumbra, Onion River Review, Downtown Poets, Kumquat Merringue, The California Quarterly, Denver Quarterly, Facets, Fiction and Milk Magazine.

Elizabeth Waugh: "Both Los Angeles and my hometown of Chicago are displayed throughout most of my photography. The majority of my photography and writing can be found on my website;"

Ellaraine Lockie from CA, USA is a well-published and awarded poet; appeared in journals, anthologies, magazines and broadsides. She has received seven nominations for Pushcart Prizes. Her first published collection, Midlife Muse, won Poetry Forum's chapbook contest in 2000, and recent chapbooks are Crossing the Center Line, Sweet Annie Press and Coloring Outside the Lines, The Plowman Press (Canada). She 
also writes nonfiction books, magazine articles and columns, and children's stories.

Dr. Emelise Aleandri: Actress and singer, Emelise Aleandri has performed in film, theatre and television productions, including Spike Lee's films Crooklyn and Summer of Sam, Italian Funerals and Other Festive Occasions at the Walnut Street Theatre and the teleplay, Of Penguins and Peacocks as Eleonora Duse. She is Artistic Director of Frizzi & Lazzi the Olde Time Italian-American Music & Theatre Company.

Eric J. Iannelli is a freelance writer living in Germany.

Eric Tessier writes both in French and English; a published author in France, Belgium and the USA; editor of the French literary magazine La Nef des Fou; writes in 2 reviews as a regular contributor: Place Au(x) Sens (France) and Skyline Literary Magazine (USA).

Felix Fojas is a member of PEN International and the Philippine Literary Arts Council. Holds a BA degree in English & Comparative Literature and an MA degree in Linguistics & Literature. Recipient of a creative writing fellowship from Cambridge University in England. Works published in Evergreen Review and many other international literary journals. Awards include Poet Laureate, 2002 Verses Magazine Laureates Competition, Sterling Heights, Michigan and Honorable Mention, 2001 Anthology Magazine Poetry Contest, Mesa, Arizona.

George Held is a poet and writer living in New York.

Gene X Davis: Born and raised in Eastern Virginia; worked in Radio since the 70s in Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio.

Geert Verbeke is from Flanders, Belgium. Born 31-05-1948 Haiku poet & jazz photographer. Visit at 

Gloria B. Pimentel is a retired beauty consultant. She lives in Southern California and is presently studying Nutrition, Iridology and Herbology. She loves to write and her poems and short stories have been published in two anthologies and several e-zines and literary journals in the web. 

Gregory S Martin: Born in upper mid west of USA in the mid 1950s; second oldest of 7 children. "Started writing poems when I was 12 years old. Then did not write anything for almost 40 years. One day I was watching some birds and began to write again I forgot how much I enjoyed it."

Handley Peter is from England.

D. Harlan Wilson has published over 100 stories in magazines and anthologies throughout the world. He is the author of The Kafka Effekt, Irrealities, 4 Ellipses and Stranger on the Loose. Currently he lives in Michigan, where he teaches creative writing at Michigan State University. For more information on Wilson and his writing, refer to his official website at

Dr. Hyacinth Cynthia Wyatt was born in Trinidad. She went to Paris at the age of ten where she studied and obtained her B.A and M.Phil. at the university of the Sorbonne. She worked as an English Teacher in a Grammar School for ten years in Paris. She also taught French in U.K. for two years. In Spain, she taught at the School of Language at the University of Barcelona and is currently teaching at the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona where she completed her PhD. on R. K. Narayan. Her thesis calls attention to the importance of the mythological heritage in Narayan's fiction and examines systematically all Narayan's novels grouped according to the four stages of the life of a Brahmin. Its publication, by the University Press of Rovira i Virgili is forthcoming. She has written several articles on R.K. Narayan and other Post Colonial authors. She has edited a book, The Vitality of West Indian Literature. Her second book on Myths and Symbols in R.K. Narayan's Novels is forthcoming.

I.E. Hogg from Co Durham, UK, 69 yrs old and divorced retired social worker; three children and three grandchildren. "I have been writing for most of my life but only seriously since my retirement. My main interests are reading and writing poetry. I paint and draw. I also have a deep interest in re incarnation mysticism and comparative religion, I am voluntary bereavement counselor."

Jeremy Biles lives in Chicago, where he writes as variously as possible. His work has appeared in such places as LVNG, Lamination Colony, the Journal of Religion, and in exhibition catalogues for the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, where he also curated the "Zounds" exhibition.

Jerry Bradley is Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President for Research at Lamar University. "I have authored four books including The Movement: British Poets of the 1950s (criticism) and Simple Versions of Disaster (poetry), which was commended by the Dictionary of Literary Biography. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, I was chosen as the 2000 Scholar-Teacher of the Year by the Texas College English Association. My poetry has appeared in many literary magazines including New England Review, American Literary Review, Modern Poetry Studies, Poetry Magazine, and Southern Humanities Review. I am also poetry editor of Concho River Review and past-president of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association." 

Jerry Craven is author of 20 published books including a novel, Snake Mountain, and a book of creative nonfiction, Tickling Catfish. Among his publications are over two dozen short stories in literary magazines and anthologies. He has taught for five universities in three countries. Currently he is professor of English at West Texas A&M University, the editor of the WTAMU Series of the Texas A&M University Press, and editor-in-chief of a literary magazine, Amarillo Bay (on the web at His writing has won 25 awards in national and regional contests.

John Bryan is an Australian poet. His work has been published in various journals worldwide

Dr. John Cuetara's stories have appeared in the following US literary reviews: Neologisms in Massachusetts, Pleiades in Missouri and Wilmington Blues in North Carolina. John attended Bennington College in Vermont where he studied with novelists Bernard Malamud and John Gardner. After Bennington, he attended graduate school in psychology at Boston University. John currently works as a psychologist and lives with his wife and son near the Mystic Lakes in Medford, Massachusetts. 

Jon Boilard was born and raised in New England and has been living and writing in San Francisco since 1986. His fiction has appeared in literary magazines in the U.S., Canada and Europe. One of his stories was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and several others have won individual small press awards. 

Joseph Sica is a storyteller and motivational speaker, (Father) Joe Sica is 
a priest from Wilkes-Barre, PA. His most recent book, Embracing Change: 
10 Ways to Grow Spiritually and Emotionally, is available at 
and bookstores everywhere. 

Julie Failla Earhart: Internationally published, award-winning fiction and nonfiction author Julie Failla Earhart has a bachelor's degree in journalistic and creative writing and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Julie has had the most success in her writing career with feature articles. She has written for Frontier Airlines, AAA Midwest Traveler, AAA Southern Traveler (in publication), Missouri Life magazine (in publication), Show-Me Missouri Magazine, Sauce Magazine (of which she is the "Chef Talk" columnist),Saint Louis Events Magazine (of which she is the former editor-in-chief), Cahners Business Information, St. Louis Public Library, The Tunica Times, The 1904 World's Fair Society Bulletin, Spirit Seeker, Oakland House, St. Louis Writers Guild, Saturday Writers, the MFA Program at UM-St. Louis, and The Historic Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village. She has been a reviewer of fiction for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Charlotte Austin Review, Booksights (in the UK), Amazing Authors Showcase, and Word Museum as well as written a plethora of newsletters and brochures. In 2000, she was a runner-up in Book magazine's "Don Quixote Essay Contest." She has published a short story that was included in Milliken Publishing Company's CD-ROM Knowledge Works. She is a making a name for herself in India, where three of her stories have been published in the Taj Mahal Review; Fantasies...An Anthology of the World's Great Short Stories; Passion...An Anthology of the World's Great Short Stories and The Color Gallery. Her work has been also been published in Stirrings: A Literary Collection; Palimpsest; Gigantic; Watermark; Words and Dreams, Part XII; An Archer's Dream; and Steps Astray. She recently put together a collection of short stories, Home Sweet Home & Other Dangerous Places, which is collecting dust in her studio. In addition to her writing career, Julie has taught feature writing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, composition classes at St. Charles Community College, and composition and literature at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. Currently, she is a freelance writer, teacher, speaker, and editor working in the St. Louis area where she lives with her husband and four-year-old guinea pig, Stinky.

Karen Sperry lives in the United States in the state of sunny Florida. "I have three grown children and three adorable grandchildren. My writing varies in style and content but is written mostly from personal emotions and experiences. Writing has been my passion for as long as I can remember. It is a gift that I will treasure always. My only hope is that as time passes I can develop my techniques in this forever learning process."

Kasey Marie Sutten is from Texas, USA.

Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where he studied under the tutelage of Frances Mayes(UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN). Kirby has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, Kirby's first book of poetry, has just been published by Lemon Shark Press.

Kelley White says, "I was born and raised in New Hampshire, have degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School, and have been a pediatrician in inner-city Philadelphia for the past twenty years.. more than 750 poems accepted or published by about one hundred and seventy-five journals.. A book of my "medical" poems, The Patient Presents, was published this spring by The People's Press in Baltimore and a chapbook of very different material, "I am going to walk toward the sanctuary, " was published this fall Nepenthe Books/Via Dolorosa Press. I received a Pushcart nomination for an experimental piece (from Gravity Presses) in 2000.."

Lady Camelot:. Keeping in tune with her poetic nature, Lady Camelot hopes that future patrons and immigrants of Ellis Island can and will only appreciate the value of being an American citizen. Through freedom, liberty and peaceful resolve, the Statue of Liberty still stands for a Nation undivided with hopes of a brighter tomorrow. Tears of Liberty has recently been inducted into the Ellis Island collection of commemorative poetry in honor of the Statue of Liberty in New York City, NY

Lauren Nikki Warford is from TX, USA.

Levi Baldwin is from Amsterdam, Holland.

Dr. Linda L. Bielowski
from Illinois, US is a practicing psychotherapist, board certified pastoral counselor, and university English instructor, who refocused on her writing after facilitating a spirituality group and participating in a poetry exhibit at the prestigious University of Chicago Hospitals. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies including the following: Poetry Magazine, Ariga, Wilmington Blues, Muse Apprentice Guild, Enfuse, Eintouist, Poetism, Poetic Hours, Verses, SpaceBreather, SubtleTea, Unarmed, Pure Christians, A flippant Way, Listening to the Birth of Crystals, Promise, Subjective Substance, Conspire; Interface; Tribal Soul Kitchen; Poesia; among others. Dr. Bielowski has published a first collection of poetry in a chapbook Spirit Echoes and has received a contract from PublishAmerica for her second anthology Contemplative Persona, scheduled for release in 2004. She was recently named "New Talent" by Little Treasures/Soul Comfort and as a finalist in the FirstWriter poetry competition. In her leisure time, the author chases three feline muses: Sedgwick. Joshua, and Sara. 

Linda Marie Gonzales is from CA, USA. "One of my goals is to be a well known poet."

Mandy Rae Merico is from WV, USA. "I have been writing my entire life. It is truly a gift."

Margaret C. Rigsby lives in northeastern Alabama where she studied at Calhoun Community College and the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Margaret has become an internationally published poet though she never set out to be as she uses her written word against the stigma of mental illness (brain disorders). She invites you to visit her poetry pages at URL:

Maria Cristina Azcona from Buenos Aires Argentina
is a well known bilingual poetess and novelist, psychologist and editor, who lives in Argentina. her work can be read in many important journals, magazines, anthologies and literary journals around India, UK, USA, Argentina, Spain, Jordan, Siria, Arabia and many other countries. 

Maria Dahvana Headley's stage plays have been developed at venues including Robert Redford's Sundance Playwright's Lab and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She's currently thigh deep in a screenplay, a novel, and a short story collection. Her first piece of erotica, BRONTITIS was published at and will appear in Susie Bright's Best American Erotica in 2005. She lives in Seattle.

Maurice Oliver: After almost a decade of working as a freelance photographer in Europe, Maurice Oliver returned to America in 1990 to work for the Los Angeles Times. Then, in 1995, he made a lifelong dream reality by traveling around the world for eight months. But instead of taking pictures, he used the same acute creative energy to record the experience in a journal, which eventually became dozens of poems. And so began his ambition to be a poet. His poetry has appeared in several publications. He presently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a tutor.

Meegan Foley's work has been published in Identity Theory, Be Real, All Things Girl and Anthology Magazine. She is a world-class napper and a cat lady in denial. In her spare time she maintains a personal website called "Not So Simple" (

Dr. Michael R. Collings has taught literature and poetry at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California for 25 years; published several volumes of poetry as well as books on Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, and other contemporary writers.

Michael Estabrook is from MA, USA. "I'm a Marketing Communications Manager for a tiny division of a gigantic billions-of-dollars company, and man, going into an office every day can be excruciating. The stuffy air, the florescent lights are killing me. Thankfully I can retire in 10 or 15 years. But I still think that somehow I've got to get myself on some boat collecting phytoplankton, or into the rich brown hills of Montana searching for TRex bones. Then again maybe I simply should've stayed on Northfield Avenue where I belong and learned to fix cars like my Daddy did."

Mila Strictzer is from NV, USA. "I live and write in Las Vegas. I just finished my latest book. When I make it big, you'll likely still find me at the strip clubs...however, I am still grinding my axe on the stone with such intensity when I fall asleep, my forehead gets cut on the limestone wheel."

Monica Ellen Smith is a Featured Poet at Kookamonga Square, She resides in West Liberty, Ohio and her work is regularly published in print/online magazines ("Voices"; "Skyline Publications"; "Poetry Life and Times"; "Steel Point Quarterly", etc.). She also has had her photography published online at "Cream, the Creative Medium":   (; "Voices" (; "The Circle"(, et al. In 2003 her work appeared in the "Dream Whispers" anthology from Scroll Publications. A letter to her (deceased) father was purchased for a collection entitled" CeLebrations- Notes to My Father"- released May 2003-- an event of The Dawkins Project ( ), created to help children. The book can be purchase through the Dawkins website. Monica has one book of poetry to her credit at this point, "Days of Fine Gray Ash", a collection of poetry regarding the many nuances of love. The book has been endorsed by Poet Nikki Giovanni, and can be purchased by contacting Monica at .

Nicole Fronek : "As for my formal education, I have earned my degree in Fine Arts, which enables me to have the ability to compose on a wide variety of topics that relate to this area. Because of my passion for globe trotting, I have experienced many adventures and have had the opportunity to view some of the world's most magnificent landscapes. I currently live in the southern Bavarian region of Germany in the city of Munich, which offers a multitude of cultural city events and exhibitions. Also this host city to the world-renowned Oktoberfest acts as a main artery to and from numerous neighboring countries, allowing access to countless locations and limitless experiences. Prior to my relocation aboard, I was a full time California resident. Now with two very different lifestyles and cultures encompassing me through out the year, I consider myself very fortunate to be able to commute between two of the top and "in demand" regions of the world to call home." 

Nid Collins is from Belgrave, Leicester, England. 37 years old, he started writing poetry at the age of 10. Between 1990 and the present, he has written 6 books of poetry which mostly cover a complex take on romance. Often dark, always truthful and only occasionally bright, his poetry is not for the fainthearted.

Nyal Thomas: is from OR, USA.

Pamela Z. Daum is a writer and photographer from Ohio, USA. Her work has appeared in Ascent Magazine, Satire Magazine, and BMW Roundel.

Patricia Smith Ranzoni writes from a subsistence farm in outback Maine. Her work has appeared in folk and literary journals and anthologies across the U.S. and abroad, collected, so far, by Puckerbrush Press in _Claiming_ (1995) and _Settling_ (2000). _Wellhouse Not Far Enough_ is forthcoming. She believes in poetry as an essential aspect of cross-cultural listening  and valuing.

Peter Ebsworth lives in Norfolk, England with his wife Julie, son Tom and daughter Becky. He is a member of British Mensa's creative writers group and has had stories published in the USA as well as an anthology of his short stories published by Searle Publishing under the title Dark Whispers.

Philip Carmen: "I live in south England and am married with 2 daughters. I have been writing poetry since I was twenty. Until 11 years ago I had a career in horticulture, but I was disabled and spent long periods of time in hospital. Over the years have had poems published in newspapers and magazines and I have my own website for poetry and a group on the internet. You could say poetry is my passion."

R. Paul Craig: "I teach Philosophy at San Jacinto College, near Houston. published in Poet Lore, Peloris, Snow Monkey, 2River View, Poetic Diversity and Red River Journal, among others. I have also published a book of poetry, The Higher Criticism (Adams Press, 1979) and a chapbook, Every Once in a While (Scars Press, 2003)."

Regina Derieva (1949) from Marsta, Sweden has published twenty books of poetry, essays, and prose. Her most recent book is a collection of prose entitled The World is Full of Fools (Moscow, "Text". 2003). Her books have been translated into English, Swedish, French, and Italian. Her work has appeared in the Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry East, Cross Currents, Ars-Interpres, Salt, as well as in many Russian magazines. 

Richard W. Fox: "I am an African American who is part Irish and part Cherokee. Living Chicago all of my life, I've worked at a variety of mostly low-paying jobs while doing a great deal of writing, none of it for publication till recently. Stories and articles of mine have appeared in Aim Quarterly and Mercury (a publication of the Astronomical Socierty of the Pacific) and online.
Holding a Masters in physics, I currently teach astronomy and physical science at various Chicago-area colleges and universities. I also serve as an unpaid guest observer at Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin and am co-author of published research papers in astronomy."

Richard Joseph, 65 years old, is from IL, USA; has written poetry on and off forty years; has painted, sculpted. "Poetry is not my only 'talent'." 

Robert C. Carucci: "My poetry has been featured in titles such as: Theater of the mind, Beyond the Garden Gate, Best Poets 2003, The brief Chroniclers of our Time, Sounds of poetry CD series 2003, Sounds of poetry CD series 2004, as well as Internet publication, I also write articles and a review section in Martial Arts Insider Magazine, I have also recently completed a children's book entitled "The Christmas Bat"."

Robert D. Rice is a New Jersey born freelance writer who has had literary works published in five countries world wide. He is single with no children.

Robert Lanzone has been an Information Technology Professional in the Financial Services Industry on Wall Street for over thirteen years. That's what pays the bills, however, writing is his true passion. He is a board member of the Long Island Writers' Guild ( and a sampling of his writing can be found at his web site (

Robert Levin from New York, USA is a former contributor to The Village Voice and Rolling Stone, Robert Levin's fiction and essays have appeared in numerous print and on-line publications. He is also the coauthor and coeditor, respectively, of two collections of essays about jazz and rock in the '60s: "Music & Politics" and "Giants of Black Music."

Robin M. Buehler, a 33 year-old Journalist in southern New Jersey, is an aspiring writer and poet, with already five poems published in anthologies and four others on the website "I've also had several photos included in exhibits, one of which has earned an honorable mention. Professionally, I've earned a third place and an honorable mention for an article and a photograph I took respectively from the New Jersey Press Association."

Ronald Oliver is from CA, USA; visit at

Rose Marie Streeter: "Many things inspire me to write. Life, Death. Loved ones, Illness and Disease, Patriotic and a little of This and That. Family and friends are very important to me and people with Dementia/Alzheimer's disease have a very special spot close to my heart. Some of my writings are uplifting while others are quite sad. My intent is to reach viewers on different levels..."

Rupert da Costa e Silva is a Melbourne writer who writes much to do with the erotic, from plays to films, to poetry, and short stories.

Rustin Larson is from IA, USA.

Sal Amico M. Buttaci is the former editor of New Worlds Unlimited and of Poetidings, the newsletter of the New Jersey Poetry Society, Inc. His poems, stories, letters, and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Record, The New York News, The Writer, Cats Magazine, Christian Science Monitor and many other publications here and abroad. He is a long-standing member of the New Jersey Poetry Society, Inc. Buttaci is the author of seven books, including Promising the Moon, A Family of Sicilians: Stories and Poems, and Greatest Hits: 1970 to 2000 (Pudding House Press). As co-founder of "The Saturday Afternoon Poets," along with Paul Juszcyk, he has done hundreds of poetry readings and workshops, most of them in New Jersey libraries, schools, coffeehouses, and on local cable TV. Sal Amico M. Buttaci is an English instructor at a local middle school and at a nearby community college. He lives in Lodi, NJ, with Sharon, his wife and soul mate.

Samantha Louise McDermott
is from Idaho, USA.

Dr. Santosh Kumar (b. 1946) is a poet, short-story writer and an editor from UP India; Head of the English Department in A.D. College, Allahabad; DPhil in English; several awards; poems published in many anthologies; awarded for writing an epic The Fire and The Garden: An Exploration of Beauty in three volumes; Chief Editor of an international literary journal Taj Mahal Review. He has also edited eleven World Poetry Anthologies, and three books of World's Great Short Stories. With 39 years experience in teaching English Literature at the university-level, he is able to carefully compile the poems and short stories, which have been written by international authors. His wife and he married for nearly 35 years have two sons and one three-year old adorable grand daughter.

Sarkis Nercessian is from NC, USA.

Shanu Goyal is from UP, India. "I'm a post graduate in Business Administration. Self employed. Poetry is like an inner music in me which flows freely, effortlessly. My poems have been selected in various international competitions." 

Shawn P. Madison lives in a new house in Suffolk, Virginia. He has published more than sixty short stories in thirty different magazines and anthologies, both electronic and print. His first novel, GUARDER LORE, was released by NovelBooks, Inc. ( ) in March of 2002 and his collection of short Horror Fiction, THE ROAD TO DARKNESS, was released by Double Dragon Publishing ( ) in April of 2003. Shawn and his wife share their house with two old friends: a much larger than normal cat and a dog who thinks he's human. Visit his website at: 

Stephen McMullin
is a journalist from Belfast currently living in Galway. He has been half-heartedly pursuing a career with the media and is now trying his hand at fiction because it's more fun.

Stephen E. Shepherd from Iowa, USA received his BA English and MA English from Northern Michigan University, and his MFA creative writing-fiction from Vermont College. He has published a short story collection, The Distance to Venus, and a novella, The Last chord Concert. He has taught creative writing at The University of Dubuque and writing at The University of Wisconsin, Rock County. Currently, he is teaching writing at The University of Wisconsin, Platteville. Stephen is also a singer/songwriter, and his music is currently receiving airplay in thirteen countries.

Stephen Michael McGowan was born in the city of Hull on the east coast of England, but now resides in York (an ancient city with much heritage and England's second most favoured city to be visited). A hungry reader from an early age and loving all genres he became an avid bookworm, adoring both factual and fictional works, although poetry, early sci-fi and horror piqued his imagination more than anything else. He's been an author of poetry since early adulthood, but has recently turned his hand to short fiction. Most of what he wrote in his youth, both poetry and stories were for the enjoyment of friends and family. At the moment Stephen is in full time employ and so poetry is at this point in his life is still his love and not his career, although he is now considering an anthology of his own published pieces. He lives with his fiancée, an Indian-born literary critic, in York.

Steve Sharpe is a graduate of the University of Miami's School of Journalism. He currently works as a technical writer for an aerospace manufacturer by day, and a poet, prose, and travellog freelancer by night. His avid travels only add fuel to the flames. He currently resides in Washington with his muse.

Sully Moreno from Panama started writing poetry recently.

Susan Scott has been writing since she figured out which end of the crayon was up. She's the humorous editor of the e-zine "Long Story Short" and its newsletter, as well as a hyperactive member of two writing groups. Her cranky cats are her muses, since the ingrates refuse to do housework. Most recently Sue has had work published in Ten Thousand Monkeys, About Teens, Long Story Short, Flashquake (the Vanitha Sankaran's Editor's Pick-summer 2003 issue), Peeks & Valleys, Romantic Tales and

Suzanne Nielsen teaches writing at Metropolitan State University and The Loft Literary Center. Most recently her work has appeared in The Comstock Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, The Minetta Review, Mediphors, Moondance, Asphodel, Xaxx Quarterly and 580 Split. She was awarded the 2003 DeAnn Lubell Professional Writer's award for her essay: Bruce Chatwin, He's a Real Nomad Man." She writes a monthly column, "Cool Dead People," for "Cool Dead People" also appears in print quarterly through Whistling Shade Literary Journal. 

Thomas Lisenbee has recently retired from a forty-two year career as a symphonic musician in New York City to devote himself to his other great passion, writing. His fiction has appeared at Wilmington Blues webzine, and his poetry has appeared in the Literary Gazette of the River Reporter, Connections, and the chapbook of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective of which he is a member.

Timothy M Leonard: Vietnam veteran, University of Oregon graduate. Nomadic writing/photography journeys include Kuwait, Tibet, China, Bali, Ireland. Children's book author and published on various sites.

Tony Donovan is a lecturer at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where he teaches in the university English writing program. He has academic degrees from Madison and Berkeley and his language writings have appeared in such journals as Language Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and The Vocabula Review.

Travis Black has written one unpublished novel and over a half dozen published short stories, one of which appeared in the June 2003 issue of the Taj Mahal Review. His short story 'Trick or Treat' was nominated as one of the best of the Web'99, and his 'Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty' won a first place in a short story contest in '00. A former 
engineer, Mr. Black lives in Missouri, U.S.A.

W. S. Mayo is from MD, USA.

Wallace Kyle Woodard, 20 years old male, lives in Spokane Washington USA. "I am blind due to the cancer which I have spent most of my life battling I use poetry as a means of self -expression a connection to the outside world I like to think of each poem I write as a gift wrapped package and inside that package is a window into my soul."

William Robbins from CA, USA; several poems published in previous issues of Taj Mahal Review. Visit at

William Silva Haack is from Parana, Brazil; published a short tale only in Brazil.

Yorgos Dalman (1973) publishes short stories in small press and professional magazines in The Netherlands, Belgium and, in his own translations, in America. He also translated some short stories by the American absurdist D. Harlan Wilson for the Dutch magazine market. His script for the dramatic movie Natalja, about a young mentally instable couple trying to get by, his being filmed in July 2004. Probably in the fall of 2004 Dalman's first book, a collection of film-noirish short stories, will hit the Dutch market. Title of the book: De vrouw in de kamer (The woman in the room).

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