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September 2008 Poetry Issue

Thanks for taking the time to view this month's poetry issue. THLR hopes you will find something that provides a moment of personal pleasure and insight from this month's artists. Please help us in our endeavors to provide a portal to the world by contributing through a Paypal donation. Please see the links on our home page for more information about making donations and submissions.

Greta Aart, born as Fiona Sze-Lorrain, writes in both French and English. She grew interested in poetry and photography during her years at Columbia University and New York University. She recently edited Silhouette/Shadow: The Cinematic Art of Gao Xingjian (Paris: Contours, 2007), in which she translated the Nobel Prize Laureate Gao Xingjian's poetry from the French. Recent works have appeared in Raven Chronicles, Oak Bend Review, BluePrintReview, Barnard Theatre Journal, Modern Chinese Literature & Culture, Today, etc. A harp musician, she now lives in Paris, France.


The Poetry of Flavia Cosma

Flavia Cosma is an award winning Romanian-born Canadian poet, author, and translator. She is also an award winning independent television documentary producer, director, and writer, and has published fifteen books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir, and three children’s books. Her documentary Romania, A Country at the Crossroads won the Canadian Scene National Award. Her work has been represented in numerous anthologies in various countries and languages, and her book, 47 Poems, (Texas Tech University Press) received the ALTA Richard Wilbur Poetry in Translation Prize. Flavia Cosma has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and won third prize in the John Dryden Translation Competition- 2007.


Flavia Cosma’s Songs at the Aegean Sea made the Short List in the Canadian Aid Literary Awards Contest, Dec. 2007. Her translation into Romanian of Burning Poems by George Elliott Clarke was published in Romania in 2006. Cervena Barva Press published her chapbook Gothic Calligraphy in 2007 with more forthcoming. For more information about Flavia Cosma, visit


The Poetry of Jim Dravec

Jim Dravec is a junior at Kent State University. After starting college as a biology major, he discovered a talent for observing the world around him. When he realized the best way to express these observations was to write, he switched his major to English. He currently lives in Kent with his girlfriend. He is left-handed, and his favorite drink is a Vodka-7.


The Poetry of Jill McCabe Johnson

Jill McCabe Johnson is the director of Artsmith, a non-profit to support the arts. Her writing has been featured in Arnazella, A River & Sound Review, and Paddle magazine. Jill has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She and her husband enjoy cooking at their bed and breakfast on Orcas Island in Washington State.


The Poetry of Stephen Mead

In the early 1990's, Stephen Mead's poems began appearing in such journals as Onionhead, Bellowing Ark, and Invert. Upon moving to Provincetown, Mass., he decided to concentrate more on visual work. In 2000, after returning to NY, Stephen started seeking publications again for both writing and art combined. Thanks to the wonders of the World Wide Web, his work has appeared internationally in cyberspace and hard copy. Often the writing appeared alongside the paintings, other times with the text superimposed. In 2004, Stephen began experimenting with these poetry/art hybrids, creating a series of e books, including the award winning We Are More Than Our Wounds. From there he experimented with art and poems as films, first creating slideshows with captions, and then doing soundtracks and voice overdubs. These are available through In 2006, Stephen released a CD of poems set to music, Safe & Other Love Poems (, as well as two print editions of image/art hybrids, Selected Works and Tree Companions, a fractured fairy tale for adults ( Stephen has also released two novels, Hang Onto Your Teeth & Where Time Goes through



 The Poetry of Jessie Carty 

Jessie Carty's poems are upcoming in journals such as Margie (where her poem placed 3rd in the 2008 Best Poem Contest) and Iodine Poetry Journal. Her work has also previously appeared in Main Street Rag and online at The Dead Mule. She will receive her MFA in January of 2009 from Queens University of Charlotte.


The Poetry of Sargam Garg

Sargam Garg is a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington. When not twisted into a yogic pose, she can be spotted in a library. She has written over 200 poems. Her work has appeared in many journals and magazines.




A Poem by Dawn Allison


Dawn Allison lives in North Carolina.




The Poetry of Langston Kerman

Langston Kerman is currently entering his senior year at The University of Michigan where he is studying English.



The Poetry of Richard Kraweic

Richard Krawiec has published 2 novels, a collection of short stories, 4 plays, and hundreds of poems, essays, articles. His first poetry chapbook, Breakdown, was published this year by Main Street Rag Press. He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poetry appears in many literary magazines. He can be found at



The Poetry of Edward Wells II

Besides his efforts as the Houston Literary Review Poetry Editor, Edward is preparing to be deployed to Antarctica. Edward Wells II's work has been published in numerous publications under multiple names.

He enjoys volunteering and is in search of a Publisher. He has works currently being considered for publication at Virtual Tales and Snow Books.

He is currently acting Poetry Editor here and thanks You each for your expression of support in the forms of submissions and readership.

He hopes to go to Mexico to coAuthor a book, someday.


The Poetry of Sarah Stapperfenne

 Sarah Stapperfenne is a freshman writing major at Ithaca College. She was a New York Women in Communications Incorporated (NYWICI) scholarship winner in 2008, and is the current poetry editor of the NYWICI nextBLOG. Sarah’s short story publications include Rosebud magazine and an upcoming publication in The DuPage Review. One of her poems was recently featured on the nextBLOG. Sarah looks forward to continuing to learn the art of writing in college and beyond.