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Issue 6 Contributors
Authors
Tao Lin Edwin Torres
Emily Brink Denis Emorine Norman Lock Phillip John Usher
Benjamin Buchholz David Meltzer
M.T.C. Cronin Lisa Ferber Michael Rothenberg  
Ulf Cronquist Lily Hoang Lynn Strongin Guest Columnists:
Eric Darton Jayne Fenton Keane Andrew S. Taylor Rich Andrews
Shalla de Guzman Erica Plouffe Lazure  
Debra Di Blasi    
       
   
Artists
 
Bozarian Donna Kuhn Peter Wilm
John Barbato Catherine Edmunds Mitchell Miller
Jennifer Bock-Nelson Alice Egoyan Monica Richards Featured Artist:
John Borrero Daniel Y. Harris Mattthew Skenadore Lynn Schirmer
       

Contributing Authors
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Arlene Ang

Arlene Ang

Arlene Ang lives in a small town outside Venice, Italy. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Diagram, Forklift Ohio, The Frogmore Papers, Obsessed with Pipework, Half-Drunk Muse, PomPom and Tattoo Highway. She is the author of "The Desecration of Doves" (iUniverse, 2005). Website: www.leafscape.org/aang

Read Arlene Ang's Poetry Here.

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Emily Brink was born to a half-Japanese father and a Scottish Catholic mother. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She started writing poetry seriously when she was twelve and picked up a copy of Jim Morrison's "Wilderness" poems. She earned her B.A in literature from U.C Santa Cruz. She is currently a recovering alcoholic who follows the Buddhist path and plans to apply for a Masters in creative writing.

Read Emily Brink's 'Fish & Plane Contest' Winning Entry

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Benjamin Buchholz

Benjamin Buchholz

Benjamin Buchholz is a US Army Officer currently stationed in Iraq. His work has appeared widely and at an increasing rate these last few months at places like Identity Theory, Tarpaulin Sky, Action/Yes, Drunken Boat, Jack, Harness, Chiaroscuro, Tryst, and others. He is the featured poet in the current issue of Hiss Quarterly, a past featured poet in Tryst. His first collection of short fiction and poetry is forthcoming any day now from PulpBits. He has just had a screenplay optioned by a Turkish film company. For a full bibliography and other oddities, see www.benjaminbuchholz.com

Read Benjamin Buchholz's Whatnots Here.

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M.T.C. Cronin

M.T.C. Cronin

MTC Cronin was born in 1963 in Merriwa in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales and grew up in Caloundra, Queensland. She has published twelve collections of poetry (plus several in translation), the latest being The Flower, The Thing, UQP, 2006. Her work has won and been shortlisted for many major literary awards, most recently <More or Less Than> 1-100 last year won the CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and in 2006 won the Award for Innovation in Writing at the South Australian Festival Awards, as well as being shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize and the Age Book of the Year. Cronin has studied arts, law, literature and creative writing and after working for the decade of the nineties in law, she began teaching writing in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. She currently lives in Maleny with her partner and three young daughters and is completing her doctorate – The Catastrophe of Meaning – which consists of ten interlinked books of various genres exploring poetry, law, justice and desire Cronin has three collections of poetry forthcoming Irrigations (of the Human Heart) ~ fictional essays on the poetics of living, art & love, USA; Our Life is a Box. / Prayers Without a God, Australia/Thailand; and Notebooks of Signs & 3 Other Small Books, UK).

Read M.T.C. Cronin's Work Here.

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Ulf Cronquist
Photos © Ambjörn Johansson & Anna Cronquist
 

Ulf Cronquist

Ulf Cronquist is a poet, writer and Ph. D. in English literature and thrives on combining research on language and literature with teaching – and with writing poetry, prose and drama both in Swedish and English.

Homepage: www.ulfcronquist.org/ (under construction)

Music: Twice a Man, providers of philosophico-electronic music for three decades.

Read Ulf Cronquist's Whatnots Here.

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Eric Darton

Eric Darton

Eric Darton’s first novel Free City (WW Norton, 1996) was subsequently published in German and Spanish translations. His cultural history Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York’s World Trade Center (Basic Books 2000), became a New York Times bestseller. Excerpts from his Notes of a New York Son, a journal spanning the years 1995 to 2005, have been published in Hunger Mountain and Designer/Builder. His essay on the Time-Warner Center is anthologized in The Suburbanization of New York due out from Princeton Architectural Press this fall. Visit Eric's website HERE.

Read Eric Darton's Fiction Here.

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Shalla de Guzman

Shalla de Guzman’s short stories have appeared in the Mosaic Literary Journal, 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, etc. For more about Shalla: www.shalladeguzman.com

Read Shalla de Guzman's 'Fish & Plane Contest' Winning Entry

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Debra Di Blasi

Debra Di Blasi

Debra Di Blasi (www.debradiblasi.com) received the 2003 James C.
McCormick Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. Her books include The Jirí Chronicles & Other Fictions (forthcoming from FC2 Books in 2007), Prayers of an Accidental Nature (Coffee House Press), and Drought & Say What You Like (New Directions), winner of the 1998 Thorpe Menn Award. Her fiction has been adapted to film, radio, theatre, and audio CD in the U.S. and abroad. She is president of Jaded Ibis Productions, Inc., a transmedia corporation™ producing most notably, The Jirí Chronicles, a mélange of fictive audio interviews and music, videos, print, web and visual art. She is former art columnist at Pitch and taught experimental writing froms at Kansas City Art Institute.

Read Debra Di Blasi's Fiction Here.
Read Marc Lowe's Interview with Debra Di Blasi Here.

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Denis Emorine

Denis Emorine

Denis Emorine is the author of short stories, essays, poetry, and theater. He was born in 1956 and studied literature at the Sorbonne (University of Paris).

His works have been published in France, Belgium, Romania, India and the USA. His theatrical output has been staged in France, India and Russia.

Writing, for Emorine, is a way of harnessing time in its incessant flight. Themes that re-occur throughout his writing include the Doppelgänger, lost or shattered identity, and mythical Venice (a place that truly fascinates him). He also has a great interest for Eastern Europe.

Denis Emorine is part of the editing team at La Nouvelle Tour de Feu and collaborates with various other reviews and literary websites in the U.S., Danmark, France, Germany and Japan.

In 2004, he won first prize for his poetry at the Féile Filiochta International competition.
his poetry has been published in Pphoo (India), Blue Beat Jacket (Japan), Snow Monkey and Cokefishing (USA). http://denis.emorine.free.fr/ul/accueil.htm

Read Denis Emorine's Whatnots Here.

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Michael Farrel

Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell was born in Bombala, NSW in 1965. His poems have been included in Best Australian Poems 2003 (Black Inc); Best Australian Poetry 2003 and 2005 (UQP); and Calyx 30 Contemporary Australian Poets (Paper Bark). He has a blog, devoted to raising the profile of Australian poetry through reading and criticism. Michael has lived in Melbourne since 1990. Michaels book page at Salt Publishing.

Read Michael Farrell's Poetry Here.

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Lisa Ferber

Lisa Ferber

Neo-screwball wit Lisa Ferber had her first play produced and her first short story published in 2004: Bed of Plastic Bags and a Salad Bowl, The Shore Magazine, Apollo's Lyre; Worst Pie Ever, Paperplates; Popsicle Stick on Floor, Ducts (a Blueprint Review "Recommended Read"), read at Drunken! Careening! Writers!, KGB; The Buddha's Carb Count , Tryst; My Lover Doth Not Like Beets, Muse Apprentice Guild, The Glut; Menina Wrapped Up in Bread, The Shore Magazine; Desperate Housewares, read at Barbes Brooklyn; Herman's Nostril Hair, read at Barbes Brooklyn. She is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. She was a writer/performer with Brick Radio Crash Box, with pieces including The Celery Stalker and The Very Short Adventures of Toots Feshlugenah, Psychic. Her plays have appeared at various NYC venues: Penny's One Date, 30th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival at Chernuchin Theater, Jewel Box Theater, Where Eagles Dare, The Players Loft; Lulubelle Gets a Makeover, Strawberry One-Act Festival at Producers Club II (semifinalist), Shetler Studios; Oh, Mister Cadhole!, Barrow Group Studios, Altered Stages; If Loving Latkes Is a Crime, 13th Street Repertory Company; Hell-O, Brick Theater; Stop Calling It Cinema, Dixon Place, Polaris North; Either the Cat Goes, Brick Theater, Salina South and Concordia Tournament (Forensics Tournaments, Kansas); She Was a Real Tomato, Belly, Mama's, D Lounge (Big Sticky series, the best-of Sticky series); The Return of Toodles Von Flooz, Brick Theater; Are Not My Foibles Amusing?, Polaris North, Salina South and Concordia Tournaments (Forensics Tournaments, Kansas); Bonbons for Breakfast, Brick Theater.

Read Lisa Ferber's 'New York Comedy' Drama Here.

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Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang

I received my MFA from the University of Notre Dame. My work has been published in BlazeVOX, SNReview, and Square One. My book, Parabola: A Novel in 21 Intersections, recently won the Chiasmus Press First Book Contest and is forthcoming in 2007.

Read Lily Hoang's Fiction Here.

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Jayne Fenton Keane

Jayne Fenton Keane

Jayne Fenton Keane is a widely published Australian poet:
Her work has been broadcast on radio and television, both nationally and internationally. She has received several arts grants, and was a Varuna Writers Fellowship and Mentorship recipient,
and has featured at State, National and International poetry festivals. She also enjoys experimental performance work.
Her website address is www.poetinresidence.com where you can find animations or audio recordings of the poems featured there.

Read Jayne Fenton Keane's Poem Here.

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Erica Plouffe Lazure
Photo © Lynda Bridges
 

Erica Plouffe Lazure

Erica Plouffe Lazure lives with her sweetheart in North Carolina but grew up on the mean streets of Southbridge, Massachusetts. She has been a reporter and writer going on ten years. Her favorite popsicle, a coconut flavored cream bar, can be found at the general store in South Amherst, Mass. Her greatest fear is that a ceiling fan will some day whirl down upon her as she sleeps and slice her to ribbons. Her fiction has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly.

Read Erica Plouffe Lazure's Whatnot Here.

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Tao Lin

Tao Lin

Tao Lin is the author of a chapbook, TODAY THE SKY IS BLUE AND WHITE WITH BRIGHT BLUE SPOTS AND A SMALL PALE MOON AND I WILL DESTROY OUR RELATIONSHIP TODAY (Bear Parade, August 2006), a poetry-collection, YOU ARE A LITTLE BIT HAPPIER THAN I AM (Action Books, October 2006), a story-collection, BED (Melville House, Spring 2007), and a novel, EEEEE EEE EEEE (Melville House, Spring 2007).  http://reader-of-depressing-books.blogspot.com/

Read Tao Lin's Whatnot Here.

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Norman Lock
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Norman Lock

Wise up – and get all you can get of Lock. His writing was written by a writer exquisite in the singularity (read for this “genius”) of his utterance.
–– Gordon Lish

Norman Lock is the author of The Long Rowing Unto Morning (Ravenna Press), A History of the Imagination (Fiction Collective Two), Land of the Snow Men (Calamari Press), ‘Notes to the Book of Supplemental Diagrams’ for Marco Knauff’s Universe (Ravenna Press), Trio (Triple Press), Emigres & Joseph Cornell’s Operas (elimae books and YKP, Istanbul), Cirque du Calder (Rogue Literary Society), and The House of Correction (Broadway Play Publishing). Two Plays for Radio is due this fall from Ravenna Press. His stage plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, in Germany, and at the 1996 Edinburgh Theatre Festival. Women in Hiding, The Shining Man, The Primate House, and Money, Power & Greed were broadcast by WDR, Germany. He wrote the film The Body Shop, produced by The American Film Institute. He is the recipient of the Aga Kahn Prize for fiction, given by The Paris Review. He lives in Philadelphia.

Read Norman Lock's Fiction Here.
Read Norman Lock's Review of Mario Bellatin's Chinese Checkers Here.

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David Meltzer

David Meltzer

David Meltzer is the author of (some say) too many books of poetry. The most recent collection is No Eyes: Lester Young (Black Sparrow Press, 2002). Forthcoming: Beat Thing (La Alameda Press). In the interim also put together San Francisco Beats: Talking with the Poets (City Lights Books) and co-edit Shuffle Boil, a magazine on music, with Steve Dickison. During the 60s wrote erotica, actually devoted 1969 to writing 10 books which I classify as agit-smut. Orf was reprinted by Masquerade Books, 1993; The Agency Trilogy was reprinted by Richard Kasak Books, 1994; Under, a new fiction was published by Rhinoceros Books, 1995. Have edited many theme-driven anthologies; the most current is Reading Jazz (Mercury House, 1995) and am completing a companion volume, Writing Jazz, to be published later this year by Mercury House. Teach in the graduate Poetics and undergraduate Humanities programs at New College of California. Keep waiting for the guys from Publishers Clearing House to keep their promise to knock on my door (don't have a bell) and make me a millionaire.

Read David Meltzer's Poetry Here.

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Michael Rothenberg

Michael Rothenberg

Michael Rothenberg's books of poems include The Paris Journals (Fish Drum), Monk Daddy (Blue Press), Grown Up Cuba (Il Begatto Press, Amsterdam) and Unhurried Vision (La Alameda Press). Rothenberg is editor and publisher of Big Bridge, www.bigbridge.org. He is also editor of Overtime, Selected Poems by Philip Whalen (Penguin), As Ever, Selected Poems by Joanne Kyger (Penguin) and David's Copy, Selected Poems by David Meltzer. He is presently working on the selected poems of Edward Dorn (Penguin, 2007) and the Collected Poems of Philip Whalen (Wesleyan University Press, 2007).

author email: walterblue (at) bigbridge (dot) org

Read Michael Rothenberg's Poetry Here.

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Lynn Strongin

Lynn Strongin

Lynn Strongin was born (1939) NYC and raised both there and in the South where her father was stationed as an Army Psychologist. Early studies in musical composition led to writing poetry. She worked for Denise Levertov in the politically vibrant Berkeley of the Sixties. Will have 12 books published by mid-2006 including one anthology The Sorrow Psalms:A Book of Twentieth-Century Elegy, the University of Iowa Press. Her poems appear in over thirty anthologies, seventy journals among them Poetry, The American Voice, Southern Humanities Review, New Works Review, Tryst, Antigonish Review. Fiction nominated for a Pushcart prize. Currently she has work in "The Dublin Quarterly." This is her debut in Mad Hatter Review.

Read Lynn Strongin's Poetry Here.

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Andrew S. Taylor

Andrew S. Taylor

Andrew S. Taylor’s fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen, Peridot Books, Promethean, Pindeldyboz, and Menda City Review. He has also written articles and reviews for American Book Review and Anime Insider. During his nearly four-years as a regular contributor to Ghetto Blaster Magazine, he wrote over 100 music reviews, and conducted interviews with such bands as Black Heart Procession, Of Montreal, and Persephone’s Bees. He is the recipient of the Alice B. Stark Award for Short Fiction, and of “honorable mention” in Best American Mystery Stories 2002. His new website can be viewed at www.fablesandriddles.com. He lives in Brooklyn, NYC

Read Andrew S. Taylor's Fiction Here.

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Edwin Torres

Edwin Torres

Edwin Torres (www.brainlingo.com) is the author of "The All-Union Day Of The Shock Worker" (Roof Books), "Fractured Humorous" (Subpress), and the forthcoming, "In The Function Of External Circumstances" (Spuyten Duyvil) and "The Popedology Of An Ambient Language" (Atelos Books). He's included in The Best American Poetry 2004 (Scribner) and his CDs include "Holy Kid" (Kill Rock Stars) and "Novo" (OozeBap.org). He's received poetry fellowships from The
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Poetry Fund, NYFA, and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, and has taught at Naropa University, Bard College and The Poetry Project among others. Edwin collaborates frequently with his many muses, real and imagined, and currently lives in his hometown of New York City.

Read Edwin Torres's Poetry Here.

Edwin Torres Performs at The Mad Hatters' Review Poetry, Prose & Anything Goes Reading at The KGB Bar, NYC, on June 1, 2006: See the Video!

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Phillip John Usher

Phillip John Usher is the founding editor of Annetna Nepo (www.annetnanepo.com) a print and on-line poetry review. He earned his PhD in French from Harvard University and currently teaches at Brooklyn College (City University of New York). He has also translated “Dans les impasses du monde” (No through world) by Denis Emorine (Ravenna Press, USA, 2004) and various other texts (poems, short stories) by the same author.

Read Phillip John Usher's Translation of Denis Emorine's Whatnots Here.

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Contributing Artists
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Carolyn Adams

Carolyn Adams

Carolyn Adams lives in Houston, Texas, but don't hold that against her. You can find her poetry, art and photographs in Mannequin Envy, Poetry Midwest, eye magazine, Common Ground and The Pedestal Magazine, among others. She has participated in local and state-wide literary readings and festivals, exhibits and benefits, as well as various publishing ventures. Her poetry has won awards in contests by The New Press Literary Quarterly, Zuzu?s Petals Quarterly, and Bayousphere, and her art is featured on numerous web-based journals such as Pierian Springs, Right Hand Pointing, Tryst and Liquid Muse.

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John Barbatos

John Barbato

John Barbato lives in a village in southern Mexico where he writes and paints and is the poetry editor of the Oaxaca English Language Literary Quarterly "ZOCALO".

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Jennifer Bock-Nelson

Jennifer Bock-Nelson

Jennifer Bock-Nelson was born in Chicago (1978) but spent most of her early years in Zeeland, Michigan. She attended school in western New York at Houghton College and graduated with her MFA from Northern Illinois University in 2004. She presently resides in Quincy, Illinois with her husband Todd, her son Trevor, and her Pekingese dog Penny.

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John Borrero

John Borrero

John's found object sculptures have been described as mesmerizing, provocative, captivating, playful and disturbing… often by the same person!

Since his birth in 1969, life has carried John in many directions, to live in several different states, and in Europe, before dropping him back in New York where he began. And, what a journey it has been! Although his soul is nurtured by art and music, he is at heart a teacher and has spent the better part of his career working in inner city Head Start preschools.

John considers himself to be a storyteller. His inspiration grows from his deep love and respect for archeology, anthropology, mythology and theology. Many of his pieces reveal a feminist perspective, where others reveal a strong sense of spirituality and a personal search for the Divine in his own life.

Regardless of the angle, all of his pieces endeavor to bring to mind the vulnerability of the human experience... and of the beauty of loving that which is imperfect.

John's art will be showcased in The Altered Object, due for release by Lark Books in January 2007. You can always find John's new works as well as news about what he is doing at johnborrero.com. There, you will also find links to his LiveJournal and Ebay listings.

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Bozarian

Bozarian

Born in Teheran Iran in 1948, educated in England, France and the United States.

believe in Aesthetically Functional machines for a more detailed explanation see my website (Bozarian.com)

Most of my works are in multi-media. I also do computer graphics and traditional paintings. I now live in the mountains of West Virginia where I am working on out-door sculptures.

View Artist's Animations HERE.

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Catherine Edmunds

Catherine Edmunds

Catherine Edmunds was born in Kent, England, in 1959, and won her first art competition, aged six, with a charcoal drawing of a Christmas tree. Something of a Renaissance, woman, she has since worked professionally as a violinist, and also published a novel (The Sand in the Painting, ISBN 1-4241-1168-4) as well as a variety of poems and short stories in various journals and anthologies. She no longer draws Christmas trees, but now has an ever-increasing online presence as artist, specialising in fine art drawings and oil paintings.

Catherine has three grown-up children and lives with her husband in North East England, where she divides her time between painting, writing, and teaching the violin.

Read Catherine Edmund's 'Fish & Plane Contest' Winning Entry

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Alice Egoyan

Alice Egoyan

I have been creating digital art since 1997, when I opened my first
website, The Keeper of Fragile Things. I cultivated a love for macro
photography & multiple exposure because I could melt images
together to create a sort of visual story. Using Photoshop helped
me expand my visions even further.

My inspiration is derived mostly from myth, religion, & fairy tales
& my artistic expression encompasses several media. I grew up
on a diet of foreign fashion magazines, modern art, classical art,
& street art~~all which have inevitably contributed to my style.
Last year, I self-published a book of my earliest artworks titled
The Intercourse of Angels.

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Daniel Y. Harris

Daniel Y. Harris

Daniel Y. Harris, M.Div, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County, holds a Master of Arts in Divinity from The University of Chicago, where he specialized in Jewish theology and comparative religion and wrote his dissertation on The Zohar. Daniel is Poetry Editor of the Internet literary journal Muse Apprentice Guild and co-founder of The Sparks Project (2001) and Sitrahahra.com (2006).

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Donna Kuhn

Donna Kuhn

Donna Kuhn is a poet, author and multimedia artist working in sound, video, audio and visual art. She lives in Northern California and pulishes a blog of experimental poetry and altered book art at http://digitalaardvarks.blogspot.com

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Mitchell Miller

Mitchell Miller

I've been an amateur photographer since 1989. My interest had waned in recent years. Once I discovered sites like this my love of photography has been completely invigorated. I have learned so much from so many wonderful photographers from all over the world! My photography has improved dramatically!

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Monica Richards

Monica Richards

Monica Richards, best known for her musical work as half of the critically acclaimed duo, Faith and the Muse, is also a writer and multimedia artist living just north of Los Angeles. Her graphic collage
and original artwork have graced CD covers, magazine articles, and gallery walls. Best known for her larger-than-life expressive mythical symbolism, and her intense use of color and contrast, her work tends towards world-wide female deities and familiars. A graduate of American University with honors in Literature, Monica has published three books through her own company, The Mercyground. Her most popular release is "The Book of Annwyn" , a fully realized creative work which contains re-workings of Welsh-Celtic tales as well as her poetry, essays, original art and graphic design. Currently working on a solo album and a graphic novel based on Mother Nature, all aspects of her creative talents can be found at www.monicarichards.com.

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Lynn Schirmer

Lynn Schirmer, Featured Artist

Lynn Schirmer uses her work to introduce the public to the topics of private and tax-funded torture in the US. She hosts open studios, is involved with artist housing, and runs a small gallery in Seattle.

 

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Click HERE to go to Featured Artist pages

 

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Mattthew Skenadore

Mattthew Skenadore

THE DlViNE BAT SWAN WiTH SQUARE FEET AND THE PARADOX OF AN INCOMPREHENSIBLE MEANING

"From the beginning man has created art not perhaps to please others, but to express the feelings and emotions of soul and spirit whose suzerainty is the inner world.

Within ourselves we are all so very vast that without the use of symbols to condense the meanings of the multitudinous emotions and feelings of this inner world the explorer could very quickly become lost.

By positing a dichotomy, direction and destination become realizable and by familiarity the inner landscape becomes a laboratory for the study and synthesis of experience into meaning."

The above quote is from Matthew Skenandore whose work will be on display in the sanctuary beginning March 1. He will give a brief talk on the painting above the altar after church March 13th and a longer discussion on his other works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22nd in the sanctuary. If you have any questions about his art you can call him at 827-8287. And if you don't have any questions about this quote you are a lot smarter than the secretary!

Mattthew (the third T is silent and the Q is invisible) Skenandore has unusual brain chemistry and or pretensions of mysticism. Prone to fits of clarity, Mattthew paints some.

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Peter Wilm
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Peter Wilm

my name=peter wilm
my age=34 years old
i love drinking red wine and listening to tom waits "rain dogs" late at night
i went to school and hated most of it
my friends are scattered around the planet like the leaves of Fall
i love drawing black and whites and singing songs to my guitar
if i had one wish it would be for all of my friends to come back and live in the same tree with me for a whole day

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Guest Contributors
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Rich Andrews, Columnist

Rich Andrews
Guest Columnist

Rich barely survived 27 years working for the NYCTA as a Bus Operator. Step to the Rear stories were compiled over several years of lunches attended by a bunch of damaged but undaunted retirees who fought for every penny they earned. Rich prays he's done justice to the stories of his brothers and sisters in arms, for he loves them dearly.

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D.A. Eis, Columnist

D. A. Eis
Guest Columnist

D.A. Eis lives with her children, dog and husband in Connecticut by a pond. The pond dribbles into another pond, which, after a few more dribbles, becomes, or turns into, or merges with, the Long Island Sound. The Long Island Sound touches other land bodies, one of which is Long Island, a rather phallic looking piece of land that is loud, cluttered and polluted close up, verdant and not worth discussing from a distance. Right by the Long Island, also touched by the Long Island Sound, is Manhatton. Manhatton looks as if it is going to be Madhatter, if not for the d and on, together spelling, of course, Don. I have liked every Don I have ever known.

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Helen Ruggieri, Columnist

Helen Ruggieri
Guest Columnist

Helen Ruggieri lives in Olean, NY, and has an MFA from Penn State. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, PA.

She studied with Bill Stafford and tries to pass on Stafford's process, witnessing for poetry. Her work is in many magazines from Abraxas to Z Miscellaneous.

John Balaban, director of the MFA Program at the University of Miami, stated: "Ruggieri, with an intense regard for right diction and informing imagery looks at those things that come her way - both from books and from her rural river town of Olean, NY and saves them for us, saves them from passing into oblivion, saves their enduring values."

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