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The Houston Literary Review 2007 Spring Contributors
Please take a moment to review our poets, short fiction writers, photographers and visual artists' histories, comments and thoughts on their craft and life in general. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we did bringing it to you. The Staff at The Review.
L. Ward Abel Poet, composer of music (Max Able / Abel, Rawls & Hayes) and spoken-word performer (Scapeweavel), L. Ward Abel lives in rural Georgia, and has been widely published in the U.S. and Europe, including White Pelican Review, The Pedestal, Versal (Netherlands), Juked, Angelface, OpenWide (UK) , Ink Pot, Texas Poetry Journal, Kritya (India), others. His chapbook, Peach Box and Verge, has been recently published by Little Poem Press. Twenty of his poems are featured, along with an interview, in a recent print issue of erbacce (UK). His new full book of poems, Jonesing For Byzantium, has just been published at UK Authors Press (London). Abel’s website is www.universecanoe.com.

Don Bloch
Don is an American living abroad – most recently residing in Amsterdam. He has published novels.
His poetry appears in Orbis/Cadenza/Jersey Works/Acumen/Werssl.

 Carol Carpenter's works have appeared or are forthcoming in Edifice Wrecked, Stickman Review, Margie, Yankee, America, The Pedestal Magazine, Barnwood, Indiana Review, Quarterly West, Carolina Quarterly, Byline, and various anthologies. I received the Richard Eberhart Prize for Poetry and other awards. Formerly a college writing instructor, journalist and trainer/consultant, Carol now writes full time.

Eddie Kilowatt is a sometimes wanderer who calls Milwaukee, WI home. After releasing his first collection of poetry, Manifest Density, in spring 2006 he began a project of riding a motorcycle across the U.S. with a digital voice recorder attached to a microphone in his helmet, taking pictures and providing a real-time stream of consciousness view of the country. His work has been accepted to Thunder Sandwich, remark., Word Riot, Ugly Accent, Thieves Jargon, LauraHird.com and My Favorite Bullet among other places. He is currently compiling his next collection of poetry, Carrying a Knife into the Gunfight.


Pete Lee
Pete lives with his wife in Ridgecrest, California, where he works as an independent bookseller. His poetry has most recently appeared in the online journals Antithesis Common, Alba, The 13th Warrior Review, Shampoo, Bolts of Silk, and The Rose & Thorn.


Corey Mesler
Corey Mesler has published prose and/or poetry in Turnrow, Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Paumanok Review, Yankee Pot Roast, Monday Night, Elimae, H_NGM_N, The American Drivel Review, Poet Lore, Forklift OH, Euphony, Rattle, Dicey Brown, Cordite, Cellar Door, others. He writes: my novel-in-dialogue, Talk, was published by Livingston Press in 2002. Raves from Lee Smith, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Stern, Debra Spark, Suzanne Kingsbury, Frederick Barthelme and John Grisham. My new novel, We are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, is also from Livingston Press. Kind words this time from George Singleton, Marshall Chapman, Marshall Boswell and others. I also have published 5 chapbooks in 2006. My poem, Sweet Annie Divine, was chosen for Garrison Keillor’s The Writer s Almanac. I have been nominated for the Pushcart numerous times. I've been a book reviewer, fiction editor, university press sales rep, grant committee judge, father and son. With my wife I own Burk’s Book Store, one of the countr’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. I can be found at www.coreymesler.com.

Don Pomerantz

Don Pomerantz currently lives in New York City where he continues to learn a lot as a teacher of special education students. He grew up in Western New England surrounded by a not inconsiderable amount of idyllic beauty, embedded in a little too much snow. As a youth, he wrote the usual slightly romantic, vaguely existential poetry that some of us wrote. For some reason, though he graduated with a degree to teach history, software development took a liking to him, and, at least at first, he to it. For a couple of decades he was cursed with a modicum of success. Several years ago, he came to his senses, and dropped everything to do what he loves, namely teaching and writing. He finds New York City a landscape of endless possibility, though more one of people and ideas rather than of trees. He is presently completing a first book of poetry, An Unbroken Branch. To date, his work has appeared in Common Ground Review.



G. David Schwartz - the former president of Seedhouse, the online interfaith committee. Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue, and currently a volunteer at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati, Schwartz continues to write. His new book, Midrash and Working Out Of The Book is now in stores or can be ordered.
Check out his book on Midrash:
www.amazon.com/gp/product/1418489565/104-8454011-6722310?n=28315. www.merlesworld.com/webbbs/webbbs_config.pl?noframes;read=290.

Felino Soriano 
Felino Soriano lives in California and is employed as a behavioral assistant. He writes: Through this wonderful profession am allowed to counsel, care for and learn from developmentally disabled adults. I consider classic jazz a muse. Some of my poetry has been published online in journals such as Ygdrasil, andwerve, The Foliate Oak, Penniless Press, Penhimalaya, among others.

 James Whitley 
James Whitley’s work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in several publications, including Barrelhouse, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, elimae, Gargoyle, Mississippi Review, The Oklahoma Review, Pebble Lake Review, Poetry Southeast, the strange fruit, and Texas Poetry Journal. He writes: My first book Immersion won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. My second collection This Is the Red Door won the Ironweed Press Poetry Prize and will be published in 2007. James has authored two poetry chapbooks: Pietà and The Golden Web.


Christopher Woods & Jeff Crouch 
Christopher Woods is the author of a prose collection, UNDER A RIVERBED SKY, and a book of stage monologues for actors, HEART SPEAK. He teaches creative writing at THE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON. He lives in Houston and in Chappell Hill, Texas.

Jeff Crouch is a photographer and illustrator and lives in North Texas. Jeff also serves as a contributing photo editor for The Houston Literary Review.

Their collaborative work has thus far appeared in ADMIT 2 and SEIN UND WERDEN with more forthcoming in DRUNK DEAD DUBLIN and ISTANBUL LITERATURE REVIEW.



Shalla DeGuzman 
Shalla DeGuzman’s short stories have appeared in the Mosaic Literary Journal, WordRiot, the Mad Hatters Review, etc.; her articles in The Scriptorium and L.A. Freepress; her skits at the Stella Adler Theatre.

Shalla, a former writer and producer of a health and fitness cable show, is currently writing a novel. She is President of The ShallaDeGuzman Writers Group where she interviews literary agents, publishers, editors. For more on Shalla:


 Janet Thorning

Janet Thorning hails from Toronto, Ontario. Her work appears in numerous magazines that include Agency Magazine, the Tipton Poetry Journal, and Slow Trains, anderbo.com and Lyrica, and forthcoming publications that include Glassfire Magazine and MO: Writings from the River. She is currently working on her first poetry chapbook and novel.

 Donna Vitucci
Donna Vitucci’s fiction has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Mid-American Review, Southern Indiana Review, Natural Bridge, Faultline, Hawaii Review, The Mochila Review, Kennesaw Review, Zone 3, Stickman Review, Main Street Rag, Meridian, nidus, Gargoyle, Literary Mama, Oklahoma Review, MO: Writings from the River, Ward 6 Review and Steel City Review (both current online issue), and others.
Donna resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Diana Magallón
Diana Magallón's artwork has appeared in MAG, Eratio, Prosetoad, Papertiger, Starfish, The argotist, Greatworks, among others.


Exile Off Main Street #5 by Benito Huerta


Benito was born 1952 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Huerta received a BFA from the University of Houston and an MA from New Mexico State University, Albuquerque.

His first solo exhibition was at the Galerie sur la Terre at the University of Houston in 1976. Since then, he has exhibited in both solo and group shows throughout the United States and the world. Other solo and group exhibitions include Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; Dallas Visual Arts Center; University Museum, Arizona State University; Centro Cultural Tomasa Valdes, Mexico City; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.

Examples of his public art commissions can be found at the Richardson, Texas, DART Station and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. His work is held in the collections of the Albuquerque Museum of Art; American Airlines DFW Admirals Club; Anthony Foundation, Houston;
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont.

Benito resides in Arlington, Texas.

 Sally Charette
Sally Charette writes and thrives in the high desert mountains of northeastern Los Angeles County. She has published fiction and non-fiction in literary and mainstream journals, and was a PEN Emerging Voices fellow in 1998. The main character in the novel she’s working on is a photographer, so she thought she’d better get serious about her time behind the lens. This is her first photography publication.