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THLR is happy to present the poetry of veteran and new writers. We are certain you will find the voices and styles are as different as the snowflakes falling outside many of our neighbors' windows in the northern states.
The staff hope you enjoy the poetry provided and take something with you as you go about your daily journey.

The poetry of Alan Britt   
Alan Britt teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University. His recent books are Vermilion (2006), Infinite Days (2003), Amnesia Tango (1998) and Bodies of Lightning (1995). Essays recently in Clay Palm Review and Arson. Interviews and poetry (selected) recently featured in Steaua (Romania), Latino Stuff Review and Poet’s Market 2000.
Other poems (selected) in Agni, The Bitter Oleander, Christian Science Monitor, Cider Press Review, Cold Mountain Review, Confrontation, English Journal, Epoch, Fire (UK), Flint Hills Review, Fox Cry Review, Gradiva (Italy), Kansas Quarterly, The Kerf, Magyar Naplo (Hungary), Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Midwest Quarterly, New Letters, Pacific Review, Pedrada Zurda (Ecuador), Puerto del Sol, Queen’s Quarterly (Canada), Revista Solar (Mexico), Rosebud, Second Aeon (Wales), Sou’wester, Square Lake, Writers’ Journal, plus the anthologies, Fathers: Poems About Fathers (St. Martin’s Press: 1998), Weavings 2000: The Maryland Millennial Anthology (Forest Woods Media Productions, Inc., St. Mary’s College, MD), and La Adelfa Amarga: Seis Poetas Norteamericanos de Hoy (Ediciones El Santo Oficio, Peru, 2003). Recent readings: SUNY at Albany, NY, 2006; Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY, 2006; Towson University, Towson, MD, 2006; PCA/ACA Conference, Boston, 2007.
Alan received his Masters Degree from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He performs poetry workshops for the Maryland State Arts Council and occasionally publishes the international literary journal, Black Moon, from Reisterstown, Maryland, where he lives with his wife, daughter, two Bouviers des Flandres, and two formerly feral cats.

The poetry of contributing editor Vince Canizaro Jr.
Canizaro is a founding member of The Houston Literary Review and divides his nearly 30 years of writing between teaching high school students and publishing in small press literary magazines.
The poetry of George Clark


George Clark is a Hoyns Fellow in the MFA program at the University of Virginia where he also directs an introductory poetry writing workshop for undergraduates.
Recent poems published or are forthcoming in Lake Effect, Boxcar Poetry, and Southern Gothic and my reviews have been published in VQR and The Hollins Critic.
The poetry of George Bishop          
George Bishop was born in Philadelphia and attended Rutgers University studying English/Creative Writing. Bishop relocated to Florida in 1985. His recent work has appeared in White Pelican Review, Comstock Review and Prick of the Spindle.


 The poetry of D.E.Kaze of Nigeria.
The poetry of James Keane        


 James Keane lives in northern New Jersey with his wife and son and a menagerie of merry pets. He wrote his first serious (not good) poems while in college, deriving more pleasure from reading the heartfelt work of James Wright, William Stafford and one of his teachers, Roland Flint, than from writing.
In the 100 years since those early days, he has found great pleasure in the work of a number of women, notably Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Annie Finch, A.E. Stallings, and Kim Addonizio, while enjoying the refreshing humor of Billy Collins and the formal mastery of Richard Wilbur.
Keane's poems have appeared in The Tipton Poetry Journal, Half Drunk Muse, Lily, Southern Ocean Review, Skyline Magazine, and Contemporary American Voices, where he was the Featured Poet for the August 2007 issue.
The poetry of Jennifer Koiter
Jennifer Koiter’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Grasslimb, Fickle Muses, Relief, Ruminate, and The Eleventh Muse. She is a winner of the 2006 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize.
The poetry of Carol McCarthy
Carol McCarthy lives in New Orleans and is working toward an MFA in poetry at the University of New Orleans where she teaches freshman composition.
McCarthy is the associate poetry editor for the literary magazine, Bayou. Her work is published or forthcoming in Natural Bridge, Ellipsis, eratio postmodern, and Pebble Lake Review among others.
The poetry of Andrés Rodríguez   
Andrés Rodríguez is the author of Night Song (Tia Chucha) and Book of the Heart: The Poetics, Letters, and Life of John Keats (Lindisfarne). His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Americas Review, Blue Mesa Review, The Cortland Review, Palabra, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Currents from the Dancing River.
Rodríguez won the Writers Exchange Poetry Award - 2007 sponsored by Poets & Writers. He presently lives in Kansas City.
The Poetry of Serena Spinello                     
Serena Spinello is 26 years old and lives in New York. Spinello says she loves peanut butter almost as much as poetry. Her most recent poems are published in Conceit Magazine, 63 Channels, Sien en Werden, The Centrifugal Eye, Cause and Effect, Mississippi Crow, Lachryma: Modern Songs of Lament, Zygote in my Coffee and Clockwise Cat.
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