Contributors - A-F
to Blue Fifth Review


M.K. Ajay: Born and brought up in the coastal town of Calicut, India, Ajay’s poems have been published or selected for publication in several journals including Orbis, Brown Critique, The Little Magazine, Crimson Feet, and Chandrabhaga. He has a collection of poems titled Facsimile of Beliefs. Summer 2004, III

Mansour Alajali: Born in Derna, Libya, Alajali, who now lives in Benghazi, holds a B.A. in English. His poems have appeared in several little magazines. Winter 2003, Featured

Jeffrey Alfier: Living in Tucson, Arizona, Alfier holds an MA in Humanities, and has served as an adjunct faculty member with City Colleges of Chicago's European Division. He is a member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Publication credits include Because I Fly (McGraw-Hill), A Time of Trial (Hidden Brook Press), and the journals Columbia Review, Conspire, CrossConnect, Melic Review, Paumanok Review, Poetry Greece, Southern Ocean Review, Trinity College Journal, and War, Literature and the Arts. Summer 2002, I / Spring Supplement 2004, Featured

William Allegrezza: Allegrezza teaches and writes from his base in Chicago. Allegrezza’s poetry has been published in small magazines in several countries and is also available in, among other places, the e-zines Aught, poethia, Milk Magazine, Shampoo, and canwehaveourballback?. His chapbook Lingo was recently published by subontic press, and he is the editor of moria (, an e-zine for experimental poetry and poetic theory. Summer 2002, I / Winter 2003, Featured

Blaise Allen: Allen, Ph.D. is a staff member of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival and the founder of Creative Karma, Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to poetry and community. Her recent publications include Meridian Anthology (Vol. IV), Long Island Quarterly, Mothering Magazine, and University of Kansas School of Medicine, Touch. Winter 2001, III / Fall 2006, IV

Michael R. Allen: Allen was co-editor of the journal MPRSND ( ) until it evolved into a collective of literary and political projects. Now he is a coordinating participant. His multimedia project Ecology of Absence is focused on "the biocultural geography of abandonment in St. Louis, Missouri." His writing has appeared in The Adirondack Review, can we have our ball back?, Eratio, flim, Moria, and The Implosion. Summer 2004, II

Ivy Alvarez: Ivy Alvarez is the author of Mortal (Red Morning Press, 2006). Her poetry is featured in anthologies, journals and new media in many countries, including Best Australian Poems 2009, Brilliant Coroners (Laupe House), and Letters to the World (Red Hen Press). The recipient of several awards, prizes and residencies, Ivy Alvarez has received funding towards the writing of her second book of poems from both the Australia Council and the Welsh Academi. Winter 2010, I

John Amen: Amen's poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in various publications, including Poetry Bay Magazine, The Adirondack Review, The Melic Review, Disquieting Muses, Thunder Sandwich, The Red River Review, 2River View, The Charlotte Observer, Wilmington Blues, Stirring, and Sanskrit. Amen has toured extensively as a performing musician, both as a solo act and with a band, and has released three full-length recordings, Wild but Willing, Eat Mine, and Four Forty Four. He is editor in chief of the online literary bimonthly The Pedestal Magazine, URL Winter 2002, I

Arlene Ang: Ang lives in Spinea, Italy. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Envoi, Magma, Other Poetry, Stand Magazine, and Staple. She is the recipient of The 2006 Frogmore Poetry Prize and serves as a poetry editor for The Pedestal Magazine. Spring Supplement 2004, Featured / Summer 2004, II / Winter 2007

marcia arrieta: arrieta’s work has appeared in Counterexample Poetics, Eratio, Otoliths, Blueprint Review, Snow Monkey, Jack, and others. She edits and publishes indefinite space, a poetry journal. Fall 2009, II

Philip Avery: Avery lives in Ohio, where he works as a network administrator for a non-profit community action agency. His work has been published in such journals as Outlet, Cornfield Review, 96 Inc, Blue Fifth Review, Impetus, and the anthology, Wild Sweet Notes II: More West Virginia. Winter 2001, IV / Winter 2004, Contents

Nathan Baker: Baker is a carpenter/poet living in the mountains of Tennessee. His work has appeared at Red River Review, Underground Voices, Blue House, Lily, The Aroostook Review, and Yellow Mama. Winter 2008, III

Joe Balaz: Balaz lives in northeast Ohio. He is the author of Domino Buzz, a cd of music-poetry He is also coauthor, with photo-artist Mary Ellen Derwis, of JOMA—online www.jomaonline, an online gallery of concrete poetry and photography. His recent work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Icon, Oregon Literary Review, AdmitTwo, Eleventh Transmission, Right Hand Pointing, The Cerebral Catalyst, Clockwise Cat, Zygote in my Coffee, Neon Literary Magazine, Otoliths, Subtle Tea, and The Pittsburgh Quarterly. Winter 2008, II

Jon Ballard: Ballard’s poetry has previously appeared or is forthcoming in The Valparaiso Poetry Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Barnwood Magazine, Broadsided, and many others. He is the author of two chapbooks: Lonesome (Pudding House, 2007) and Sad Town (Maverick Duck Press, 2007). A third chapbook, Trees Make You Think of Other Things is due in 2008 from Foothills Publishing. A Michigan native, he currently live in Mexico City, Mexico. Fall 2008, II

Teresa Ballard: Ballard is an art specialist residing in Minneapolis. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, The Drunken Boat, Comstock Review, Paumanok Review, Tryst, Three Candles as well as other literary journals. She has been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize and is an Editor’s Choice for The James Wright Poetry Award. Winter 2006 / Fall 2006, I

Elizabeth H. Barbato: Barbato was born and raised through her college years in New England. She somehow ended up in New Jersey, where for fourteen years she has taught writing, drama and music to every age from kindergarteners to high school seniors. Recent summers have been spent finishing her doctorate, fishing in Vermont, and going to northern Scotland to check out the Picts (there aren’t any left). This summer she plans to sail to the Galapagos to investigate the Darwin/Vonnegut connection. Barbato has published poems in current or forthcoming editions of Apple Valley Review, Poetrybay, The Litchfield Review, Foliate Oak, Stride, SOFTBLOW, and Ghoti. Fall 2008, I

Doug Beasley: Beasley received a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Doug currently shoots throughout the country for various advertising, public service, educational, and non-profit clients. His extensive teaching experience includes numerous workshops worldwide and faculty positions with several Twin Cities colleges. His work on Sacred Sites and Sacred Places has been exhibited nationally and published internationally. Doug is also the founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops. His website is and his e-mail address is Spring Supplement 2004, Cover, Featured / Summer 2004, I, III / Blue Fifth Reader / Spring Supplement 2006

Sandra Beasley: Beasley won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize for her book Theories of Falling, selected by Marie Howe. Her poems have also been featured on Verse Daily and in the 2005 Best New Poets. Awards for her work include the 2006 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize from Passages North and fellowships to Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Jenny McKean Moore Workshop, and the Millay Colony. She studied poetry at the University of Virginia and now lives in Washington, D.C., where she received her M.F.A. from American University and serves on the editorial staff of The American Scholar. Summer 2007, Featured

Gary Beck: Beck’s poetry has appeared in dozens of literary magazines. His recent fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines. His plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes, and Sophocles have been produced Off-Broadway. Spring Supplement 2006 / Summer 2007, III

Toni La Ree Bennett: Toni La Ree Bennett has led a random life, spending most of it in most of the Western United States. She attended the University of Washington (Seattle) where she received her Ph.D. in English and a B.A. in Italian. Her verbal work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Hawaii Pacific Review, Phoebe, and The Pedestal Magazine among other publications. She has several poems included in the anthology The Muse Strikes Back published by Story Line Press. Her photography has appeared in Pierian Springs, Atomic Petals, American Muse, and Tryst. In addition to trying to shoot, enhance, and organize thousands of digital photos, currently she is pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems and Web Development and works as a financial administrator at a major university. She founded Uccelli Press in 2001 and is editor of the online quarterly, Branches. Her e-mail is Summer 2003, Contents, II, IV / Blue Fifth Reader

Tantra Bensko: Bensko writes, “Tantra flies through the eyes of her hands while she makes photographic art on the computer. What can I write after that? For, as I write, I fly?” Visit her website: ( ). Winter 2003, Featured

F.J. Bergmann: Bergmann’s poetry has been published in Margie—The American Journal of Poetry, North American Review, Wind, and, among others. She also won the 2003 Mary Roberts Rinehart National Poetry Award and Pavement Saw's chapbook competition. Summer 2003, II

Stephen Bett: Bett has had ten books of poetry published: Split (Ekstasis Editions, 2009); Extreme Positions (Spuyten Duyvil Books, NYC, 2009); Sass n Pass (Ekstasis Editions, 2008); Three Women (Ekstasis Editions, 2006); Nota Bene Poems: A Journey (Ekstasis Editions, 2005); Trader Poets (Frog Hollow Press, 2003); High-Maintenance (Ekstasis Editions, 2003); High Design Refit (Greenboathouse Books, 2002); Cruise Control (Ekstasis Editions, 1996); Lucy Kent and other poems (Longspoon Press, 1983). His work has also appeared in over 100 journals in Canada, the U.S., England, Australia, and Finland, as well as in two anthologies, and on radio. He is a member of the English Department at Langara College in Vancouver. Winter 2010, II

Tamiko Beyer: Beyer’s work has appeared or will be forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies, including Calyx, Crab Creek Review, The Drunken Boat, Gay and Lesbian Review, WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly), and Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Work by Asian American Women. Summer 2007, I

Sue Blaustein: Blaustein writes, “I work as a food inspector for the Milwaukee Health Department, and serve as president and newsletter editor for my union local as well. I have been writing poetry for some twenty years. My work has appeared in the Wisconsin Academy Review, New Delta Review and Isotope - A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing. The first poetry I loved was Chinese poetry in translation, introduced to me by an older sister taking a college course, thus my affinity with Su Tung P’o.” Summer 2007, II

Michael Boettcher: Boettcher lives and works as an urban planner in Detroit. His poems have appeared in Wayne Literary Review, Furnace, Detroit’s Declarations: Showcasing Fifteen of Metro Detroit's Finest Aspiring Writers, and a number of small journals and zines. He has published non-fiction work in Michigan History Magazine, Crain’s Detroit Business and elsewhere. Winter 2007

Ace Boggess: Having had poems appear in Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Antietam Review, Clackamas Literary Review and many other journals, Boggess recently was awarded a fellowship from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. For more info, visit his homepage ( Summer 2001, IV / Supplement 2002, Featured / Winter 2003, Featured

Julie Bonaduce: Bonaduce’s work has been featured in The Cortland Review, Rant, Poetry Magazine, and The Missouri Review. She is the author of two chapbooks, Magdalene's Daughter and A Few Thick Seconds, and an illustrated children's book, The Moon Would Follow Me Home. Winter 2002, II / Supplement 2002, Featured / Summer 2002, II / Blue Fifth Reader

Averil Bones: Living in Sydney, Australia, Bones has placed her work in journals such as FZQ, The Dead Mule, and San Francisco Salvo. She lists nature, and the ocean in particular, amongst her greatest influences, and spends her leisure time counting her blessings, trying to maintain an active interest in environmental matters. Winter 2001, I / Winter 2002, III

Kristy Bowen: Bowen's work has appeared in a number of print and web-based publications, including Stirring, Eclectica, Moon Journal, and Poetry Midwest. After studying English and Theatre at Rockford College, she received an M.A in Literature from DePaul University, where she focused primarily on women's writing. A book critic, she's written reviews for a number of publications, and formerly served as editor of the "20th Century Women Authors" topic at She is currently editor of the online journal Wicked Alice. She lives and writes in Chicago. Supplement 2002, III / Summer 2002, I / Summer 2003, IV / Summer 2005, II

Theresa Boyar: Boyar’s writing has appeared in Rattle, Tar River Poetry, Poet Lore, The Florida Review, and Small Spiral Notebook. Her chapbook, Kitchen Witch, was recently released from Dancing Girl Press. Winter 2008, I

Bob Bradshaw: Bradshaw writes that he is “looking forward to winning a lottery and sailing through life in a hammock.” Recent work has appeared in Stirring and Writer's Monthly. Spring Supplement 2004, Featured / Summer 2005, V / Winter 2007 / Winter 2008, I / Spring 2009 / Fall 2010, II

Alan Britt: Britt teaches Creative Writing workshops through the Maryland State Arts Council’s Artists in Education Program. His latest books are Amnesia Tango and Bodies of Lightning. His work is forthcoming in the bilingual anthology La adelfa amarga (Ediciones El Santo Oficio, serie AMARU…Peru). An essay and poetry were featured recently in Clay Palm Review. Summer 2001, IV / Winter 2002, III / Fall 2006, I / Winter 2008, III / Fall 2009, I

Dustin Brookshire: Brookshire is a poet and activist. He’s the founder of Project Verse, Quarrel, and Poetry Swap. Visit him at Winter 2010, II

Nick Bruno: Bruno's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Shenandoah, Adirondack Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Arabesques Review, Eclectica, Stirring, Snow Monkey, Sidereality and Electric Acorn. After a three year hiatus in Europe, he is presently living and writing in Canada. Fall 2006, II

John Bryan: Bryan’s work has appeared in various journals such as Unlikely 2.0, DeadDrunkDublin, canwehaveourballback?, Rock Salt Plum Review, Just West of Athens, the hold, The Muse Apprentice Guild, Stirring, Poems Niederngasse, and The Pedestal Magazine. Summer 2005, I

Alex Buchanan: The son of Dale and Cathy Buchanan, Alex grew up in Charlotte, NC with his brother Willson. He graduated from Myers Park High School in 2006 and subsequently enrolled in The North Ave. Trade School in Atlanta, Georgia, as a member of the Aerospace Department. Alex is currently involved in a number of campus programs ranging from his fraternity, Chi Psi, to working as a Co-Op student for GTRI, a local company that specializes in research and development projects. Alex has enjoyed writing poetry as a hobby since his youth. Participant in Broadside #16, F09

Janet I. Buck: A Pushcart nominee, Janet Buck has a Ph.D. in English and teaches writing and literature at the college level. Her poetry, poetics, and fiction have appeared widely in journals such as The Pedestal Magazine, CrossConnect, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Paumanok Review, Kimera, and Disquieting Muses. During the year 2000 she completed a reading tour that stretched from Washington to California to New York, where her poem “Acrylic Thighs” was taped for Japanese Television in the lobby of The United Nations Exhibit Hall. The piece was paired with original artwork by Ms. Adele Ramirez, translated into five languages, and sent on tour around the globe. Buck is the author of a number of books and e-books including Strawberry Nipples (Funky Dog Publishing, 1999) and Calamity’s Quilt (Newton’s Baby, 1999), and Bookmarks in a Hurricane (Word Wrangler Publishing, 2000). She also has a CD of poetry, Before the Rose (Art Villa Records, 2001), with musical accompaniment by David Jackson, Chris Carmichael, and Andy Derryberry. To read more of her poetry and find links to her current publications, go to: and Summer 2001, I / Supplement 2002, III / Summer 2002, II

Melissa Buckheit: Buckheit’s poems, photography and other writing have appeared or are forthcoming in The Drunken Boat, nth position, Sonora Review, Bombay Gin, Laurel Moon, and Where the Children Play. Her manuscript On the Back of the Animal Is the Mouth of the Vase has been a finalist for the 2004 Backwaters Press First Book Prize and the 2006 Brittingham/Felix Pollack Prizes, as well as a semi-finalist for the 2006 Elixir Press Award. A chapbook, Arc, was published in the Winter 2007 issue of The Drunken Boat. She is a recipient of an American Poets Honorary Prize, two Grossbardt prizes, a Will Inman partial scholarship from the UA Poetry Center, a 2007 Tucson-Pima Arts Council grant in Dance and her poem “As If I Were Conceived in Her Diorama,” published in Blue Fifth Review, was nominated for a 2007 Pushcart Prize. She currently teaches Creative Writing, Literature and Writing at Pima Community College and has previously taught at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Casa Libre en la Solana and through private workshop. She holds a B.A. in English & American Literature/Creative Writing, from Brandeis University and an M.F.A. in Poetry, from Naropa University. Buckheit also is a choreographer, modern dancer and a member of the Brandeis Dance Collective, with work that's been performed in Boston, Boulder and Tucson. Summer 2007, III / Winter 2008, I / Fall 2008, Featured / blue collection 1, Spring 2010

Vadim Bulitko: Bulitko was born in Odessa, Ukraine. Since the early childhood he has been fascinated by graphical arts and started drawing and painting as a kid. Upon getting his BS degree in Mathematics he moved to North America and continued his education at the University of Illinois at U-C where he obtained his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Artificial Intelligence. He now resides and works in Canada conducting Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning research in the realm of natural resources and forestry. Visit his website: ( ). Winter 2003, Featured / Blue Fifth Reader

Kathryn Stripling Byer: Byer, Poet Laureate of North Carolina, recently received the Hanes Award for Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers at its annual conference in Chattanooga in 2007. Byer is the author of several books of poetry, including, most recently, Coming to Rest (LSU Press, 2006), Wake (Spring Street Editions, 2003), Catching Light (LSU Press, 2002), and Black Shawl (LSU Press, 1998). Spring Supplement 2008

Pris Campbell: Campbell’s poems have appeared in Chiron Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, The Cliffs: Soundings, The Dead Mule, Wild Goose Poetry Review, MiPO publications (OCHO, Digital and Oranges & Sardines) and numerous other journals. She was featured poet in In The Fray, Empowerment4Women, and From East To West in 2008-2009. She has been nominated for Best of the Net prize several times and has received three Pushcart Prize nominations. The Nature of Attraction, her fifth collection of poems, with Scott Owens, was released by Main Street Rag in July 2010. Other poetry books or chaps include Sea Trails (Lummox Press 2009), Hesitant Commitments (Lummox Press:Little Red Book series 2008), Interchangeable Goddesses, with Tammy Trendle (Rose of Sharon Press 2006) and Abrasions (Rank Stranger Press 2005). A Clinical Psychologist until she was sidelined by CFIDS in 1990, she makes her home in the greater West Palm Beach, Florida, after living in the Midwest, Hawaii, and Boston. She was born and raised in South Carolina. Visit her website at Spring 2009 / Winter 2010, II / Fall 2010, II

Jena Cardwell: An artist and digital photographer who produces fascinating images, Jena lives in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at or Winter 2002, III / Summer 2002, Contents, III / Blue Fifth Reader

Kevin Carrier: Carrier, who enjoys films and music, is currently enrolled in a Creative Writing class. This is his first appearance in a literary journal. Fall 2008, III

Patrick Carrington: A Pushcart-nominated poet and native of New York City, Carrington teaches creative writing in New Jersey. He is the poetry editor for the art & literary journal Mannequin Envy ( ). Carrington’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies such as Rosebud Magazine, The New Hampshire Review, The Roanoke Review, Pearl, Confrontation Magazine, The Marlboro Review, The Raintown Review, and Mobius. His first book-length collection, Rise, Fall and Acceptance, is forthcoming in late 2006 from Main St. Rag Press. Fall 2006, IV

Jessie Carty: Carty’s work has appeared in such journals as Margie, Weave and The Northville Review. Her first chapbook, At the A & P Meridiem, was released by Pudding House Publications in 2009. Her first full length collection, Paper House (Folded Word), was released in 2010. She received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. Carty also served as the Editor of Shape of a Box, YouTube’s First Literary Magazine. Fall 2009, III / Winter 2010, III

Alan Catlin: A widely published poet, Catlin writes, “Between doing battle with the barbarians at the tavern I work in and writing well it's just unpredictable, keeps things interesting but tiring. Also attempting something of an epic sequence which is very difficult emotionally and mentally called Requiem a response to photographs by people killed in Indochina with (poetic) musical interludes. . . .” His Selected Poems: Drunk and Disorderly, with a cover painting by David Cholrton, was published by Pavement Saw Press (2003). Winter 2002, II / Supplement 2002, Featured / Summer 2003, III / Blue Fifth Reader / Summer 2005, III / Fall 2009, III

Joel Chace: Chace's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in print and electronic magazines such as the following: Lost and Found Times, Tomorrow, No Exit, 88, Nerve Lantern, Rattle, Coracle, Recursive Angel, Big Bridge, 2River View, and Poethia. He has published more than fifteen collections of poetry. Chace is presently serving as Poetry Editor for the electronic magazine 5_Trope and as the Poet in Residence at Mercersburg Academy, in south-central Pennsylvania. Spring Supplement 2004, Featured / Blue Fifth Reader

C. E. Chaffin: Chaffin published and edited The Melic Review for eight years before its recent closing. The archives may be found at Widely published on the net and more narrowly in print, he fears if remembered at all it will be for his criticism rather than his poetry. He teaches a poetry tutorial online for a fee and can be reached at He blogs at He hates writing all these subject/object sentences. If you’d like to read more of his work, put “C.E. Chaffin” in Google and plenty of references should appear. Shoe size on request; same as mouth. Fall 2006, III / Broadside #7, S07 (Audio) / Summer 2007, Essay / Winter 2008, II / Winter 2008, I / Winter 2010, III / blue collection 1, Spring 2010

Jill Chan: Chan was born in Manila, Philippines. She migrated to New Zealand when she was 21. Her debut collection of poetry, The Smell of Oranges, was published by Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop in 2003. Her second book, Becoming Someone Who Isn't, has just been released. Her poetry has been published in MiPOesias, foam:e, Poetry New Zealand, Trout, Takahe, Southern Ocean Review, Brief, JAAM, Bravado, Deep South, from east to west, and many other print and online magazines. Summer 2007, I / Winter 2010, II

Johnson Cheu: Johnson Cheu's poems can be found in the anthologies Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out (Dutton/Plume), June Jordan’s Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint (Routledge), and Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House), as well as periodicals such as North American Review, Witness, Disability Studies Quarterly, Midwest Poetry Review, The Progressive, Red River Review, Black Zinnias, and The Massachusetts Review. Recently, he completed his tenure as Poetry/Fiction Editor of Disability Studies Quarterly, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Literary Disability. He is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Summer 2002, I / Spring Supplement 2006 (Audio) / Fall 2006, III

Li Chevalier: Li is one of the emerging contemporary Chinese artists working at the crossroad of West and East. She has staged more than 35 solo and group exhibitions across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East during the last 10 years. Her works, shortlisted by several major French Art Salons including the Salon of the prestigious French National Fine Arts Society, have been showcased at the new gallery of the Louvre Museum in Paris. More recently, Li was named among the shortlisted artists for the UK Celeste Art Prize, and has been a finalist for the Mercury Prize. A member of the French National Fine Arts Society since 2003 and of the French National Council for Fine Art since 2004, Li lives in Beijing, China. Spring 2009, Contents and Feature

David Chorlton: Chorlton came to Arizona from Europe in 1978, after living in England and Austria. He divides his working time between painting and writing, with poems and essays appearing in many magazines. Common Sightings (a winner of the 2000 Palanquin Pess Contest) is his newest collection, one which reflects his affection for the land and creatures of the Southwest. Winter 2002, I

David Citino: David Citino is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently The News and Other Poems (Notre Dame), The Invention of Secrecy (Ohio State), and The Book of Appassionata: Collected Poems (Ohio State). Paperwork (Kent State) is a book of essays, and he is the contributing editor of The Eye of the Poet: Six Views of the Art and Craft of Poetry (Oxford). He died in 2005. Winter 2001, II / Supplement 2002, I / Blue Fifth Reader

Suzanne U. Clark: Clark, whose work has appeared in such journals as Shenandoah, Lullwater Review, and Southern Poetry Review, has written five books of poetry and non-fiction including What a Light Thing, This Stone, a collection of poems, and The Roar on the Other Side, a student textbook on writing poetry. She teaches writing at King College and home-schools her fourteen-year-old daughter, Emily. Winter 2001, II

Sara Claytor: Claytor writes that she was “born in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, on main street in what is now a used car lot.” She has taught literature, writing, and public speaking in a number of educational settings including UNC-Chapel Hill and the Duke University Young Writer’s Camp. She is a writer of poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction, placing work in over sixty publications. Claytor is presently at work revising two novels and completing a collection of short stories and a collection of Irish poetry. Summer 2001, III

Brooklyn Copeland: Brooklyn Copeland was born in Indianapolis in 1984. She currently lives in Oxford, UK with her husband. Her electronic chapbooks are available from Scantily Clad Press and Ungovernable Press. Fall 2008, III

Paulo da Costa: Paulo da Costa was born in Luanda, Angola, and was raised in Portugal. He has resided in Alberta, Canada, since 1989. His short stories and poetry have been published in Canada, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, U.S., Brazil, and France. He is the general editor for filling Station, a Canadian Literary Magazine. Ekstasis Editions will be publishing (2002) his first book of short stories, The Scent of A Lie, and Black Sun Editores will be publishing (2003) in Portugal his first collection of poetry. As an English translator he has published work by Portuguese, Mexican, Angolan, and Brazilian poets. Winter 2002, III / Summer 2002, II

Heather Knowles Cottington: Cottington is a Midwestern American poet, currently living, breathing, playing and writing in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a lover of sunshine, reader of Beat literary figures, and juggler of the many pieces of life-just like everyone else. She founded the Des Moines Poetry Slam in 2000, and has been running it and meeting fantastic people through it ever since. Summer 2004, II

Alison Croggon: Published widely in anthologies and magazines on an international level, Croggon lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her first book of poems, This is the Stone, won the 1991 Anne Elder and Dame Mary Gilmore Prizes. Her novel Navigatio (Black Pepper Press) was highly commended in the 1995 Australian/Vogel literary awards and is being translated for publication in France. The Blue Gate, her second book of poems, was released in 1997 and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Poetry Prize. Wild Honey Press ( in Ireland recently published Mnemosyne, a chapbook. A book of poetry, Divinations, will be published by Arc Books in the UK next year, and Salt Publishing ( is releasing a new collection of poems and other writing, Attempts at Being, to be released in 2002. Penguin Books Australia will also bring out her first novel for young adults, The Gift, in 2002. She is founding editor of the literary arts journal Masthead ( Supplement 2002, IV

Laura Cross: Having an aversion to reality writing, Cross offers the following: "Laura Cross is a writer and soon-to-be student. She is currently exploring Boston, Massachusetts." Winter 2001, I / Summer 2001, III

Jeff Crouch: Crouch is a writer in Grand Prairie, Texas. His writing has appeared in Above Ground Testing, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Laika Poetry Review, Literary Chaos, Lunatic Chameleon, My Favorite Bullet, The Rose and Thorn, Subterranean Quarterly, Unlikely Stories, and Wire Sandwich, with more forthcoming in The Persistent Mirage, Theaker's Quarterly Fiction, and Vibrant Gray. Summer 2007, IV

James Cummins: Cummins writes that he is “a blossoming author at nineteen, gaining a style all my own in the world of literature.” His novel The Phoenix Index: Never Rain will be published by America House Inc. in 2002. Winter 2002, IV

Rachel Dacus: Dacus' poetry collection, Earth Lessons, appeared from Bellowing Ark Press in 1998. It was followed by a poetry- and-music CD, A God You Can Dance (Candance Productions). Her poetry is in the anthologies Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English (Wesleyan University Press) and The Best of Melic (Melic Review). Her web site is: Winter 2004, Featured

Ruth Daigon: Ruth Daigon was founder and editor of POETS ON: for twenty exciting years until it ceased publication. Her poems have been widely published in E mags, print mags, anthologies and collections. Daigon's poetry awards include The Ann Stanford Poetry Prize, 1997 (University of Southern California Anthology, 1997) and the Greensboro Poetry Award (Greensboro Arts Council, 2000). The latest of seven books is Payday At The Triangle (Small Poetry Press, Select Poets Series) based on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City,1911 was published in 2001, and one of her many readings was performed in The Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Manhattan, the area where the fire occurred. Handfuls of Time (Small Poetry Press, Select Poets Series), her most recent book, was published in 2002. Her poetry was published by the State department in their literary exchange with Thailand and their translation program has just issued the first book of Modern American poets in English and Thai in which she appears. Garrison Keillor featured her poetry on his morning poetry show. A CD of her poetry for James Alsop Productions will appear in Alsop's hard cover collection of poets he has published in the past on the Internet and that have appeared in The Mississippi's Review's issue on War and its Aftermath. A chapbook has just been published in India, and another of her poetry books is being translated into Spanish in Argentina. Winter 2001, Featured / Summer 2004, I / Blue Fifth Reader

Catherine Daly: A widely published poet and critic, Daly runs a computer consulting company in Los Angeles. She is the author of Locket and Heresy, the latter being a finalist for the National Poetry Series in 2002. Winter 2003, Featured

J. P. Dancing Bear: J. P. Dancing Bear’s first book of poems is Billy Last Crow (Turning Point Books, 2004), his second book of poems, Conflicted Light, will be published in 2007 by Salmon Poetry. He is the host of “Out of Our Minds” a weekly poetry program on public radio station KKUP, the editor of The American Poetry Journal and the independent literary press, Dream Horse Press. His poems have appeared in the National Poetry Review, Shenandoah, Mississippi Review and New Orleans Review. Winter 2002, IV / Winter 2005, Featured / Spring Supplement 2006 (Audio)

Alison Daniel: Living and working in Tasmania, Australia, Daniel has had work published in many journals including Taint, Tryst, Pierian Springs, Eleven Bulls, Atomic Petals, The Absinthe Literary Review, Stirring, Coelacanth, Poems Niederngasse. Summer 2003, II

Lightsey Darst: In 2003 Darst was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. Her work has appeared in Blue Moon Review, Eclectica, Wicked Alice, 2River View,and others. She also writes journalism for the arts at She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Winter 2005, Featured

doris davenport: doris davenport is a performance poet, writer, and educator. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia, Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers, and This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Born and raised in Gainesville and Cornelia, Georgia, in the foothills of Appalachia, she is now an Associate Professor of English at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. She has published six books of poetry, the most recent are madness like morning glories (LSU Press 2005) and a hunger for moonlight (Self-published 2006). Spring Supplement 2008

Janann Dawkins: Dawkins has written poetry for over twenty years. Her pieces have been featured most recently in The Tonopah Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, At-Large, Taj Mahal Review, Alba, and MiPOesias. She has work forthcoming in Blinking Cursor. Her chapbook, Micropleasure, was published by Leadfoot Press in 2008. A graduate of Grinnell College with a B.A. in American Studies, she now resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Winter 2010, I

Mark DeCarteret: DeCarteret’s poetry has appeared in over two hundred different publications including AGNI, Atlanta Review, Chicago Review, Cream City Review, Hotel Amerika, Phoebe, Poetry East, Quick Fiction, Mudfish, New Orleans Review, and Third Coast, as well as the anthologies American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2000), Brevity & Echo: An Anthology of Short Short Stories, Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader (Black Sparrow Press, 1999), and a poster (broadside) in Mudlark. He is the author Over Easy (chapbook, Minotaur Press), Review (Kettle of Fish Press), of which Bill Knott remarked –“the poems in this wonderful book are haunting-they reveal their losses, and therefore enviably brilliant first book,” and The Great Apology (chapbook, Oyster River Press). DeCarteret also edited Under the Legislature of Stars-62 New Hampshire Poets (Oyster River Press). He has a new book, (If This Is the) New World, forthcoming from March Street Press. Summer 2007, IV / Winter 2008, Featured / Fall 2010, I

Steve De France: De France’s poems have been published in Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Canada, New Zealand, India and the United States. He won the Josh Samuels annual poetry competition in the USA & a Readers Award in Orbis in England. Some recent publications include Wallace Stevens Journal, Iota, Mid American Poetry Review, Rattle, California State Poetry Quarterly, and over 400 others. He received the Chapman University Distinguished Alumnae award for writing. He teaches writing for the Los Angeles Community College District in an inner city College. His play The Killer was produced to rave reviews in Long Beach, California. Summer 2007, II

Nicole Cartwright Denison: Denison lives on a trout farm in the mountains of western North Carolina, is the author of Recovering the Body (dancing girl press, 2007) and a Best of the Net 2008 nominee. Work is forthcoming in blossombones and WOMB, and has appeared in Ectoplasmic Necropolis, tattoo highway, Poetry Midwest, Alba, octaves magazine, The Commonline Project, elimae, reimagining place: Ecotone’s Blog, Siren, The Pedestal Magazine, and others. Summer 2007, Review / Spring Supplement 2008

Lori Desrosiers: Desrosiers was born and raised in New York City but now lives in Westfield, Massachusetts. She hosts a regular poetry open mic at Jester’s Café in Westfield, and teaches English Composition at Westfield State College. She is currently studying for her MFA in Poetry at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. She also publishes the Poetry News, an online newsletter chronicling poetry events in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Her work has been published in Big City Lit, Ballard Street Poetry Journal, The Equinox Magazine and the November 3rd Club online journal. She has self-published three chapbooks and a CD of original music. Summer 2007, I

Corrine De Winter: Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, Corrine De Winter’s poetry, fiction, essays and interviews have appeared worldwide in over 600 publications such as the The New York Quarterly, Imago, Phoebe, Plainsongs, Yankee, Sulphur River Literary Review. She has been the recipient of awards from Triton College of Arts & Sciences, Writer’s Digest, The Esme Bradberry Award, The Madeline Sadin Award, The Rhysling Award. De Winter is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association and is a resident of Western Massachusetts. She is the author of seven collections of poetry and prose including Like Eve, The Half Moon Hotel, and Touching The Wound. Winter 2002, I / Summer 2002, IV / Summer 2004, II / Summer 2005, IV / Summer 2007, II / Winter 2008, III

G. F. Diaz: Diaz is a writer, experimental film maker, photographer, and entrepreneur. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and now resides in Denver, Colorado. She is the poetry editor for Twenty3 Magazine and editor-in-chief of Ghetto Pubs. Fall 2006, I

Desi Di Nardo: Di Nardo is a poet and writer in Toronto whose work has been published in numerous North American journals and anthologies including the Literary Review of Canada, Descant, Globe and Mail, Grain, and Rampike. Di Nardo’s poetry has been performed at the National Arts Centre, featured in Poetry on the Way on the Toronto Transit Commission, selected by Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, and displayed in the Official Residences of Canada. Di Nardo has also previously worked as an English professor. Fall 2008, Review

Cheryl Dodds: Dodds' writes, "A bio is tough because I don't think I ever made it through my own adolescent identity crisis. Still floating around trying to figure that out." She is an art teacher who has exhibited her work in five shows including the 2000 N.O.W. Emergence exhibit. She is also a co-founder and editor of Urban Spaghetti, a literary arts journal in print that also may be found on the web. Visit BFR Contributors Page & Links Page / Winter 2001, I & III / Summer 2001, Contents, II / Winter 2002 IV / Supplement 2002, Featured / Summer 2002, I, IV / Winter 2003, Featured / Winter 2004, Featured / Blue Fifth Reader / Winter 2006 / Summer 2007, Cover, III / Winter 2010, III / blue collection 1, Spring 2010

Jennifer Dodds: Dodds writes that she “does not consider herself an artist and feels most creative when writing her compulsive 'to-do' lists." Winter 2003, Contents

Laurel K Dodge: Laurel K Dodge lives and writes in northeast Ohio. Fall 2006, I / Summer 2007, IV / Broadside #8, F07 / Winter 2008, II

William Doreski: Doreski’s most recent collection of poetry is Suburban Light (Cedar Hill, 1999). He is the author of several critical studies, the most recent being Robert Lowell's Shifting Colors (Ohio University Press, 1999). He teaches writing and literature at Keene State College (New Hampshire). Winter 2004, Featured / Winter 2010, II

Alison Eastley: Eastley writes, “I live in Tasmania, Australia with my two teenage sons and on a good weekend, my lover, Larry.” Her work has work has been published in both Mannequin Envy and Mannequin Envy’s Print Anthology, Double Dare Press, Words On Walls, Mastodon Dentist, LilyLit, and Tryst. Winter 2008, II / Fall 2009, III

Sara T. Einhorn: Einhorn is a writer, painter, and founder of A.N.E.W.- A New Environment Works, a non-profit organization dedicated to single parents recovering from domestic violence and abuse. Fall 2010, III

Susan Elbe: Elbe is the author of a chapbook, Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press, 2003). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals including Atlanta Review, Calyx, The Comstock Review, Crab Orchard Review, MARGIE, Nimrod International Journal, The North American Review, Passages North, Southern Poetry Review, and Smartish Pace, as well as in the anthology A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women's Poetry (Calyx Books). She is the recipient of the inaugural Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize sponsored by Calyx and a Rowland Foundation Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Her latest work, Eden in the Rearview Mirror, is forthcoming from Word Press in July 2007. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and her website is Summer 2005, II / Fall 2006, III

Erin Elizabeth: Growing up in a rural community outside of Columbia, South Carolina, Erin Elizabeth now makes her home in Binghamton, New York. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Stirring, a monthly literary collection, and a cofounder of Sundress Publications. Some recent publications include Pif, 2River View, Black Bear Review, Eclectica, Disquieting Muses, NakedPoetry, and Samsära Quarterly. Awards include third place and platinum honorable mention from the Amazing Instant Novelist, and Favorite Featured Poet of 1999 by Poetry Superhighway. Winter 2002, II

Jeff Encke: Encke’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Octopus Magazine, Quarterly West, Salt Hill, and 3rd Bed, among others. He has taught creative writing and literary criticism at both Columbia University in New York and Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Spring Supplement 2006

Robert Klein Engler: Engler divides his living between Chicago and New Orleans. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana and The University of Chicago Divinity School. He was a department chair for many years at the City Colleges of Chicago until he was banned by the Chancellor in May, 1997. He now teaches at Roosevelt University. His poems and stories have appeared in Borderlands, Hyphen, Christopher Street, The James White Review, American Letters and Commentary, Kansas Quarterly, and many other magazines and journals. He was the recipient of Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards for his poem "Flower Festival at Genzano," which appeared in Whetstone and "Three Poems for Kabbalah," which appeared in Fish Stories, II. Winter 2001, I / Summer 2001, IV / Winter 2002, II / Winter 2004, Featured / Blue Fifth Reader / Spring Supplement 2006 (Audio) / Fall 2006, IV / Summer 2007, I / Winter 2010, III / blue collection 1, Spring 2010

Terri Kirby Erickson: Erickson is the author of a collection of poetry entitled Thread Count. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Pisgah Review, Broad River Review, Dead Mule, The Christian Science Monitor, Paris Voice, Old Mountain Press, Thieves Jargon, Forsyth Woman, WomenBloom, Parent:Wise Austin, Silver Boomer Books, and the Hickory Women’s Resource Center anthology, Voices and Vision: A Collection of Writings By and About Empowered Women. Her poem, “Bobbing for Apples,” won second place in the category of “Light Verse” in the 2008 poetry contest sponsored by the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and has been published in Bay Leaves. The Northwest Cultural Council also selected her work in 2006 and 2007, for an international juried poetry exhibit. Fall 2008, IV

Michael Estabrook: Estabrook writes, “A medievalist at heart (and by training) disappointed (though reconciled, mostly) with the modern world, particularly with the materialism and mercantilism bludgeoning life, smashing our brains into the ground, our hearts into dust. I’m still hoping to find a true and meaningful ‘cause’ in life, other than scratching out my pale poetic murmurings like trying to write in hardened concrete. But I need to find my ‘cause’ pretty soon before I turn to dust myself.” Summer 2005, II

Shelley Ettinger: Ettinger's work has been published or is forthcoming in Blithe House Quarterly, Lodestar Quarterly, Pindeldyboz, Glass Tesseract, Epiphany, Tattoo Highway, Snow Monkey, Samsara Quarterly, Mudlark, and other journals. She was a Summer 2001 resident at Norcroft Writing Retreat for Women and has a Summer 2003 residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. She is writing her first novel, for which she was awarded a research grant by the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Ettinger lives in New York City. Summer 2003, II

Melanie Faith: Graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1999 from Wilson College, where she majored in English, with a concentration in professional writing, Faith is an English, American History, and French tutor at The Mercersburg Academy, a college preparatory school in Pennsylvania. During the summers of 2001 and 2002, she taught an American History course for international students. Her short stories and poems have appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, Facets Magazine, Ken*Again, 3rd Muse, Pierian Springs, Rearview Quarterly, Verse Libre, and forthcoming from Free Verse, Artemis Journal, Adagio Verse Quarterly, and Carillon, a British print journal. She recently completed her first chapbook manuscript. Summer 2003, I

Joanne Faries: Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. Published in Doorknobs & Bodypaint, Orange Room Review, and Salome magazine, she also has stories in Shine magazine and A Long Story Short. Faries is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba, and is also a member of Trinity Writers’ Workshop in Bedford, Texas. Fall 2008, IV

Richard Fein: Fein has been published in numerous print and web journals such as Sulphur River Literary Review, ELF: Eclectic Literary Forum, Soundings East, Touchstone, and Windsor Review. A sample of his poetry can be found at the following web site: Summer 2001, III / Summer 2003, IV / Summer 2005, IV

Rupert Fike: Fike’s poems and short fiction have appeared in Rosebud (Pushcart nominee), The Georgetown Review, Snake Nation Review (winner 2006 single poem competition), The Atlanta Review, Natural Bridge, Borderlands, storySouth, The Cumberland Poetry Review, and others. A poem of his has been inscribed in a downtown Atlanta plaza, and his non-fiction work, Voices From The Farm, accounts of life on a spiritual community in the 1970s, is now available in paperback. blue collection 1, Spring 2010

Pete Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick, a poet and writer living in Atlanta, Georgia, has had work appear in the James White Review, RFD, and Stark Raving Sanity. Summer 2002, I

Melissa Fondakowski: Fondakowski’s work has appeared several magazines and journals including Natural Bridge Literary Journal, Santa Clara Review, Lodestar Quarterly and modern words. She was the winner of the 2001 Sow's Ear Review chapbook competition, and her volume, Impatiens, was released in Spring, 2002. Winter 2002, III / Supplement 2002, II / Summer 2002, III / Winter 2004, Featured / Blue Fifth Reader

Larry Fontenot: Making his home in Sugar Land, Texas, since 1981, Fontenot has had poetry published in Arrowsmith, Chachalaca Poetry Review, Eye Dialect, Maelstrom, Moveo Angelus, Mystic River Review, Red River Review, Savoy Magazine, Sulphur River Literary Review, and Three Candles. Fontenot was a Featured Poet at the 2000 Houston Poetry Fest. A chapbook, Choices & Consequences, was the winner of the Maverick Press 1996 Southwest Poets’ Series Chapbook competition. He also won the 2000 Alsop Review Poetry Competition, and an Honorable Mention in Sol Magazine’s Poet Laureate 2002 Competition. Winter 2003, Featured

Chuck Forester: Forester, whose work has been published in Arts & Understanding, has worked with Mark Wunderlich, Natasha Sajé, Rick Jackson, Jack Myers and David Wojahn. His experience includes a residency at Warren Wilson College, two sessions at the Napa Writers Conference, and an MFA from Vermont College. Summer 2002, IV / Summer 2005, II

Apryl Fox: Fox has had work published in several literary journals including Word Riot, Erete's Bloom, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Locust Magazine, and Magaera Magazine. She has poetry forthcoming in Snow Monkey," and a book of poems pending from Electronic Publishing. Summer 2003, III

Anne Fraser: Fraser’s work has appeared most recently in Wicked Alice, VLQ, The Book of Remembrance, Pulse, The Raven Chronicles, and Lily. She is among those poets whose work is featured in the online anthology A Passage Through August. Fraser lives in Seattle, Washington. Summer 2005, III

Charles Freeland: Freeland lives in Dayton, Ohio. The recipient of an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, he is the author of two collections of poetry, Through the Funeral Mountains on a Burro (Otoliths Books) and Grubb (BlazeVOX), as well as several chapbooks – Eulalie & Squid (Chippens Press), Furiant, Not Polka (Moria), and The Case of the Danish King Halfdene (Mudlark). His website is The Fossil Record and his blog is Spring Cleaning in the Labyrinth of the Continuum. Fall 2009, III

Suzanne Frischkorn: Frischkorn is the author of four chapbooks, most recently, Spring Tide, selected by Mary Oliver for the Aldrich Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies including Indiana Review, MARGIE, 88, Ecotone, and Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems (Knopf, 2007). She is the recipient of a 2007 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Her web address is Summer 2007, Review

M. Frost: When not writing, M. Frost works as a veterinarian in Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in a number of journals including Pemmican, Mannequin Envy, Philadelphia Stories, Nimrod, and American Poetry Journal. Fall 2006, III

Claire Fuqua: Fuqua was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English. Ms. Fuqua is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at The New School in New York City. Her work has been published in The Fifth Street Review, Dead Mule, and Stirring. She resides in Providence, Rhode Island, with her very charming and personable cat Blue. Spring Supplement 2004, Featured

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