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 The poetry of Richard Badalamente


Richard Badalamente is on his third career. The first two were scientific in nature and involved a great deal of writing; all non- fiction. He has numerous scientific publications.
Richard now identifies his occupation as Unpublished Author.


The poetry of Danny Barbare

Danny P. Barbare has published in the Santa Barbara Review, California Quarterly, Sojourn (University of Texas at Dallas), Foliate Oaks (University of Arkansas at Monticello), and many other magazines and journals in the West as well as locally in Greenville, South Carolina.



The poetry of Don Bloch


Don Bloch is a Harvard Phd, lives in Amsterdam and has published several novels in London, and a non-fiction book about India (SEDUCED BY THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD, photos by Iman Bijleveld). Poetry is a recent passion with poems in Cadenza, Acumen, Lucidity, Versal.




Justin Burkart is a 24-year old undergraduate at the University of Arkansas, where he received the Felix-Christopher McKeen Award for poetry.

The poetry of Jay-Pee G. Sayson



Jay-Pee G. Sayson, a 23 year-old lad living in Davao City (world's largest city), the southern part of the Philippines.

He says he was inclined to write from his secondary school years and through college (University of Mindanao, Davao City, Philippines) where he became the Editor-in-Chief of the university's student publication.

At present, Jay-Pee is working as a Travel Specialist for Expedia.com.


The poetry of M.E. Silverman





M.E. Silverman's poetry has appeared in  Nexus, The Delta, The Review, The Flask Review, Orange Room Review, Blood Orange Review, Ceremony, and Midwest Poetry Review.


He won first place in The Journal of College Writing.  After graduating from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and studying with Robert Olen Butler and John Wood, Silverman earned a M.F.A.


He moved to New Orleans for five years before heading south of Atlanta. Currently, Silverman is completing a book of poems entitled Mud Angels. Otherwise, he devotes a great deal of time to reading and writing poetry and fantasy fiction.





 The poetry of Erica Drew


Erica Drew, was born Sept 17, 1983 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, but spent most of her early life in Cornwall, England. She moved back to the United States to finish high school and went on to join the U.S. Army in 2003.


She served more than a year in Kuwait and Iraq. Drew has a chapbook “Owning Nothing” published through Lulu.com, and continues to write when she has time.


Drew is currently working on her first science fiction novel. She lives in Killeen, Texas with her husband of three years and a house full of pets.



The poetry of Jane Levin

Jane Levin is a retired psychologist, community worker and eight year survivor of ovarian cancer. Recent publications include: Coping with Cancer, Cosmopsis Quarterly, Flutter Poetry Journal, Talking Stick 16 and Dust & Fire.


Jane is the recipient of Jerome Foundation/Intermedia Arts Mentorship, a Howard B. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment grant and was a finalist for the 2007 Loft Literary Center Mentor Series.


Jane welcomes your comments at jjkiwi@gmail.com


The poetry of Papa Osmubal


Papa Osmubal writes from Macau, Southern China. His work appears in various publications and anthologies, online and hardcopy, most recently in Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), Subtle Tea, Julie Mango, and Underground Voices. He is contributing writer to eK! (electronic Kabalen) and Chick Flicks.


The poetry of Chrissa Sandlin


Chrissa Sandlin is a part-time writer and mom to an American Eskimo and a Golden Retriever, She lives in Spring, Texas and mainly writes speculative poems about the inner lives of napping dogs, short stories about small companies and large bugs, and other fantastical subjects.


Chrissa is hopelessly outclassed in the ability to evoke the beauty of warm squares of carpet but does sometimes manage to enjoy the dust drifting in front of the monitor while the fur at her feet snores. Currently she is working on a fantasy story cycle about growing up on the coastal plains just south of Houston.


The poetry of Garland Strother



Garland Strother has lived in the New Orleans area for about the last 30 years, working as director of the St. Charles Parish Public Library for several years before retiring. He says a poet who most profoundly affected him began with reading William Stafford, whose accessible language is more complex than it sounds and whose themes are darker than they seem to be. I still read his work with pleasure.

The poetry of Jared Walls


Jared Walls is in the MFA program at Texas State University-San Marcos, and a reader for Front Porch Journal. He is a native Texan.



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