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The Houston Literary Review is proud to introduce the August 2007 Poets

Martha Everhart Braniff’s book, SONGS FROM THE BONE CLOSET, published by Stone River Press, was a finalist in the Writer’s League of Texas 2004 Violet Crown Award for Poetry and Literary Fiction. STEP OVER RIO, her novel about child slavery in America,
won the Writer’s League of Texas 2005 Mystery/Action Novel Contest. Her short fiction was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Recent publications include Windhover 2007; The Hiss Quarterly; Yowl; 2007 Texas Poetry Calendar; Time Slice: Houston Poetry; Museum as Muse; and Just Outside the Frame. Her first novel, BEDS OF BROKEN GLASS, was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize established by Barbara Kingsolver. She hails from Houston, Texas.

R.T. Castleberry is an assistant editor at Lily Literary Review, the former co-editor/co-publisher of the poetry monthly, Curbside Review and a co-founder/director of The Flying Dutchman Writers Troupe.
 My work has appeared in numerous journals including Green Mountains Review, The Alembic, Texas Review, Concho River Review, Poet Lore, Common Ground Review and Pacific Review. He resides in Houston, Texas.

Vie Darbonne is a business-magazine editor in Houston. A native of South Louisiana, she received a B.A. degree in English and journalism from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and has worked as a journalist since 1984. She also writes poetry and fictional prose. She is currently working on a novel. Meanwhile, she is an amateur vocalist and enjoys painting.

Michael Lee Johnson lives in Chicago, IL. after spending 10 years in Edmonton, Alberta Canada during the Viet Nam era. He is a freelance writer and poet. The works of Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, & William Carlos Williams, and Leonard Cohen influence him.
Johnson has several poems pending publication March. through July, 2007. He has a huge box of "unfinished" poems, dating back to 1965-67 to the present. They are getting published faster than he can revive or revise them. Yellowed papers, wrinkled napkins and all, they wait for the hand of revival. He have not submitted poems, till recently, since the early 70's,- remember, the "old fashioned" way, via mail.

Sid Miller’s poetry has appeared or will in numerous places, including Poetry Southeast, Margie, Goodfoot, Istanbul Literature Review and Rattle.
He is a multiple Pushcart Prize nomine and the author of two chapbooks, Quietly Waiting (White Heron Press, 2004) and Sunbathing in the Ukraine (Finishing Line Press, 2007). His full length collection Nixon on the Piano will be published in 2009 by David Robert Books. He is the founding editor of the poetry journal Burnside Review.

Peter E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a night club, and drove a cab. He is the author of Stubborn Child (Jane Street Press, NY, 2005), a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize.
Murphy's poems and essays have appeared in The American Book Review, The Atlanta Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonweal, Cortland Review, Poetry Daily, The Shakespeare Quarterly, Witness, World Order, and elsewhere. He is a Master Teacher for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a consultant for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s poetry program, and has taught a poetry workshop at the Artist/Teacher Institute (ATI) sponsored by the New Jersey Council on the Arts and Arts Horizons since 1987.
Murphy was an educational advisor to a number of PBS television series on poetry including Moyers: Power of the Word, The Language of Life, Poetry Heaven, and Fooling with Word with Bill Moyers. He has received fellowships for writing and teaching from The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Recently retired from teaching English and creative writing at Atlantic City High School, he is the founder/director of the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, a conference for writers and artists held annually in Cape May, NJ.

Kristine Ong Muslim's poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in more than 150 publications worldwide. This is her second appearance in THLR.
Her poetry has appeared in Barnwood Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, GlassFire Magazine, The Houston Literary Review, nthposition, The Pedestal Magazine, Southern Ocean Review, Turnrow, and Void Magazine. Her long and respected publication history can be found at http://www.freewebs.com/blackroom8.

Rumit Pancholi earned a BA in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, and currently am an MFA student in poetry at the University of Notre Dame.
His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Banyan Review, Double Dare Press, Foliate Oak, The Clemson Poetry Review, Gertrude, Tiptop Poetry Journal, and Emerson Review, among other places. Recently, he received an honorable mention for the 2007 Atlantic Online’s Student Writing Contest and the 2007 WriteCorner Prize in Poetry.

Kenneth Pobo’s work appears in: Colorado Review, Mudfish, Forpoetry.com, Centrifugal Eye, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. In 2008, WordTech Press is publishing a new collection of my poems called Glass Garden. He is from Media, Pennsylvania.

Cap Pinkerton is an alter-ego. Cap Pinkerton writes while erratic; with elation. Cap Pinkerton grew up near Sacramento, California in a devout Christian family of five.
Cap Pinkerton attended San Diego State University on and off for three years, getting into Women's Studies and drugs. Cap Pinkerton has been a vagabond since, and currently resides in Detroit, Michigan, where Cap enjoys wine and poetry and sweaty songs of salvation. Cap Pinkerton is currently working on an autobiography.

Jessica Schneider shuffles among www.Cosmoetica.com, she is also the Books Editor at http://books.monstersandcritics.com/
as well as hosting her personal blog at http://www.jaschneider.blogspot.com/

Felino Soriano, from California, currently studying philosophy, is employed as a behavioral assistant. This is his thrid contribution to THLR.
Through his occupation he is able to counsel, create goals with, care for, and learn from developmentally disabled adults. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Black Mail Press, La Fenêtre, Rogue Poetry Review, Bergen Street Review, Ken*Again, Ann Arbor Review, Blue Fifth Review, among others.

Richard Tannery has published in Coffee Press Journal, Muse Apprentice Guild, The Kagablog, Underground Window, co-founded the Unruly Texans Writing Group and ExperimentalPoetry.com.
Tannery is from Austin, Texas and graduated from University of Texas - Austin with a B.A. in Anthropology and double minor in History and English. He gained employment with a major defense contractor in 2005 to go to Iraq, where I lived and worked for nearly a year before being injured on the job.

The Unruly Texans writing group was co-founded by myself, J.Shane Tyree, Charlie Wright, and DJ John Kinsey in 2000. We built a website called ExperimentalPoetry.com which ran from 2001 to 2004 in an effort to collect and e-publish undiscovered, talented writers, poets, artists, illustrators, and the miscellaneous fringe of the creative world. Our endeavors amassed an impressive collection nationally; however, due to financial concerns, the website was liquidated in late 2004.

Zhuang Yisa lives in Singapore. He writes for The Substation Magazine.


Yisa's poetry has appeared in The Red River Review, Lily Literary Review, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, The2ndRule, and The Ridge, the student magazine of the National University of Singapore, where he is currently pursuing a degree in English Literature, and working on a critical study of Cyril Wong's poetry.