Brad Buchanan is Associate Professor of English at CSU Sacramento. He has published two books of poetry, the most recent of which is Swimming the Mirror: Poems for My Daughter which recently won a First Prize in the Writer’s Digest Awards. His second book of scholarly prose, Oedipus Against Freud: Myth and the Ends of Humanism in Twentieth-Century British Literature is forthcoming from The University of Toronto Press. He is also co-founder and managing editor of Roan Press.

Trent Busch is a native of rural West Virginia who now lives in Georgia where he makes furniture. His poems have appeared in many journals including Best American Poetry 2001, Poetry, Hudson Review, Southern Review, Georgia Review, Threepenny Review, Shenandoah, The Nation, American Scholar, and more recently in Los Angeles Review, Rattle, Notre Dame Review, and Boston Review.

Alison Christy’s short fiction has appeared in Potomac Review, The Summerset Review, Quarter After Eight, Vestal Review and other literary journals. She is currently working on a novel and a Ph.D. in immunology.

Temple Cone’s first book, No Loneliness, received the 2009 FutureCycle Poetry Book Award, and his second book, The Broken Meadow, is forthcoming from Old Seventy Creek Press. An associate professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy, he lives in Annapolis with his wife and daughter.

Mary Crow is the author of ten collections of poetry and translation. She is circulating a new book of poems, Addicted to the Horizon. Her book of translations of the poems of Roberto Juarroz (Argentina) is forthcoming in 2011.

Philip Dacey’s most recent and tenth book is Vertebrae Rosaries: 50 Sonnets (Red Dragonfly Press). His poems appear in three new anthologies: Eating the Pure Light: Homage to Thomas McGrath (Backwaters, 2009), Don’t Leave Hungry: Fifty Years of Southern Poetry Review (U. of Arkansas, 2009), and County Lines: 87 Minnesota Counties, 130 Minnesota Poets (Loonfeather, 2008).

Mary Christine Delea is originally from Long Island, New York, has a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota, and now lives in Oregon. She is the author of The Skeleton Holding Up the Sky, published by Main Street Rag Press, as well as two chapbooks and many published and award-winning poems. She is currently putting together a few more full-length poetry book manuscripts and a book of quilt patterns.

Alixa Doom has published in numerous magazines, and some of her poems have also been published in anthologies including County Lines by Loonfeather Press, 2008. Her chapbook manuscript, titled Cedar Crossings was recently awarded the 2009 Blue Light Poetry Prize and will be published in the spring of 2010. She has a home in Le Sueur, Minnesota and commutes with her partner between there and his residence in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including Talking Stick, Midway Journal, Colere, Library Journal, and others. She is a past winner of the Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series in creative nonfiction.

Adrianne Fincham-Quiros has lived in Maryland, Colorado, Arizona, and California. In Colorado she drove snow-cats, operated backhoes and worked as a ranch hand. In Arizona she went to school and raced bicycles. In California she bartended, worked with horses and wrote screenplays. Her first, Winter Kill, won second place in UCLA’s Diane Thomas screenwriting contest and was optioned by Universal Studios. Her second, Amelia, was optioned by Farrell/Minoff productions. She lives in Trinidad, California with her husband, four dogs, a lot of redwood trees and big surf. She is working on her first novel, The Summer of My Italian Suicide.

Ed Fischer is a research psychologist who lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut. His mountain climbing memoir, “Matterhorn Dreams,” was published in the previous issue (Number 5) of Minnetonka Review.
     He writes: “Hiking around Berchtesgaden, and in the woods on the Kehlstein mountainside where Hitler’s house once stood, I thought of this story about a naïve nebelsoldaten (‘fog soldier’) assigned to a lonely back-post on the lower slopes.
     For readers interested in the realities of life in Berchtesgaden during the Third Reich I can recommend Irmgard A. Hunt’s revealing account: On Hitler’s Mountain—Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood, William Morrow (pub.), 2005.”

Foust is a writer and artist who lives in Richmond, VA with her lovely husband Melvyn and three spoiled dogs. She recently received her MFA in creative writing from Spalding University in Louisville, KY.

Stephanie Gayle’s short fiction has appeared in Charles River Review, Harvard Summer Review, Kenyon Review Online, and Potomac Review, proving that editors of literary publications including the word Review have exquisite taste. Her novel, My Summer of Southern Discomfort, was published by Harper Collins.

Marci Rae Johnson holds an MFA in Poetry Writing from Spalding University. She currently works as the Poetry Editor for WordFarm press. Her poems appear in Perihelion, The Louisville Review, Phoebe, The Christian Century, Minnetonka Review, Strange Horizons, and 32 Poems, among others. Marci lives with her husband and two children in Three Oaks, Michigan.

Philip Kobylarz has recent work that appeared or is forthcoming in Volt, Whiskey Island Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Massachusetts Review, Amoskeag and has appeared in Best American Poetry.

Susan Maurer has 8 collections and her first full length book Perfect Dark was published by Sweden’s ungovernable press. She has been published in 15 countries and has four Pushcart nominations.

Gary L. McDowell’s first collection of poems, American Amen, won the 2009 Orphic Prize and will appear in late 2010 from Dream Horse Press. He is also the author of a chapbook, They Speak of Fruit (Cooper Dillon, 2009) and co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010). His new poems are forthcoming in various literary journals, including Bellingham Review, H_NGM_N, Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, and Quarterly West. He lives in Kalamazoo, MI with his wife and their young son, Auden.

John McKernan is now a retired comma herder. He lives—mostly—in West Virginia where he edits ABZ Press. His most recent book of selected poems is Resurrection of the Dust.

Noah Milligan was born somewhere, but he can’t remember the exact location because his earliest memories are set many years later, around the age of five, he believes. He has ruled out New York City. His stories have appeared in New Plains Review and American Polymath. He is also the co-director of the Edmond Young Writers’ Workshop and is the Managing Editor of Arcadia.

George Moore has held artist residencies in Canada, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Iceland, and collaborated on works with artists from Austria, Iceland, and Canada. His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Queen’s Quarterly, Antigonish Review, Dublin Quarterly, North American Review, Colorado Review, Orion, and Blast. In 2009, he was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and two “Best of the Web” awards, and in 2010 for The Rhysling Poetry Award. His recent collections include Headhunting (Mellen, 2002) and the e-Book, All Night Card Game in the Back Room of Time (, 2007). Moore teaches writing and literature with the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Kristine Ong Muslim has been published in numerous publications worldwide, including A cappella Zoo, Beeswax Magazine, GlassFire Magazine, Grasslimb, Narrative Magazine, No Teeth, Pank, Riddle Fence, The Pedestal Magazine, and Southword. She has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize and twice for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award.

Jed Myers, a Philadelphian living in Seattle, is a poet and singer/songwriter whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Golden Handcuffs Review, Atlanta Review, Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Spoon River, and elsewhere. He has played editorial roles with Tufts Literary Magazine, Chrysanthemum, and Drash. By day, he is a psychiatrist with a therapy practice and teaches at the University of Washington.

Catherine Owen is a writer from Vancouver BC. Her work has been published internationally, translated into three languages and been nominated for honours such as the BC Book Prize and the CBC Award. Her latest title is Frenzy from Anvil Press, 2009. The poems in this issue are from a manuscript in process called Quadrants.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker and elsewhere. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website at

Marjorie Power lives in Corvallis, Oregon. She is a widely unknown poet, with poems in many journals and anthologies, as well as six chapbooks from small presses. Her most recent publications appear in Slant, Parting Gifts, and The South Dakota Review.

Liz Prato plays with words in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Her writing has appeared in several publications, including Iron Horse Literary Review,, Subtropics, Vestal Review, ZYZZYVA and Who’s Your Mama (Soft Skull Press). She teaches at the Attic Writers Workshop and Annie Bloom’s Books. When she’s not writing, she dreams of palm trees.

Red Shuttleworth is, yes, the father of actress Jessi Shuttleworth. Red’s Western Settings received the first Spur Award for Best Western Poetry. True West magazine named him Best Living Western Poet in 2007. Red has two new chapbooks out, Roadside Attractions and Drug Store Vaquero (Basement). His new poems are in Los Angeles Review, Plain Song Review, and other journals.

Andrew Steiner is an English Literature major at Calvin College. In 2008, he received a Gold Award from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and has been twice published in Calvin’s undergraduate publication. He is currently studying abroad at St. John University in York.

Ann Struthers is the Writer-in-Residence at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has published widely in literary magazines and has two chapbooks and two collections. She has had two Fulbright Fellowships, one to Syria and one to Sri Lanka. The British Romantics have long intrigued her.

Sarah Sweeney’s work has appeared in PANK, fringe, the 2008 Best of the Web Anthology. Twice a nominee for Best New Poets, she has received an award from the Academy of American Poets. She lives and writes in Boston, MA.

Dennis Vannatta has published stories in many magazines and anthologies, including Boulevard, Antioch Review, and Pushcart XV, and three collections: This Time, This Place and Prayers for the Dead, both by White Pine Press, and Lives of the Artists by Livingston Press.

In 2008 S. Whitaker was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for fiction. His stories, essays, reviews, and poetry have appeared in dozens of journals including two anthologies, Ride: Poems About Bicycles, and Dream in the Clouds: Poetry Commemorating Obama’s Election. He is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, The Barleyhouse Letters, and the 2006 award winning Field Recordings. He reviews books, art, and culture for Delmarva Quarterly, and The Broadkill Review. He is the recipient of an NEA grant for rewriting Romeo & Juliet as a rock musical for teenagers.




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