Bio Notes
Howard Aaron currently teaches creative writing classes at Washington State University, Vancouver. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is the author of two chapbooks, Retina and What the Worms Ignore the Birds Are Wild About.

Ankur Betageri (b.1983) is a bilingual writer and poet based out of Bangalore and New Delhi. He has two collections of poetry in Kannada and one in English. He holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is presently working as Assistant Editor of the literary journal Indian Literature published by Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters.  Ankur has published a collection of poetry in English entitled The Sea of Silence (2000, C.V.G. Publications) and two collections in Kannada entitled Hidida Usiru (Breath Caught, 2004, Abhinava Prakashana) and Idara Hesaru (It’s Name, 2006, Abhinava Prakashana). Poems in English have appeared in National newspapers, magazines and journals like The New Indian Express, Deccan Herald, Daily News and Analysis, Alive, Womensera, Poetry Society of India Journal, Eyeview etc., Salt River Review, and are some of the websites which feature his poems. His short stories have won prizes and he has published short stories in literary magazines like Indo-Asian Literature, Quirk, New Quest, Indian Literature and Platform.

Stephanie Dickinson has lived in Iowa, Wyoming, Texas, Louisiana and now in New York. Her work appears in Glimmer Train, Dirty Goat, Oranges and Sardines, Fourteen Hills, among others.  Her novel Half Girl, winner of the Hackney Award (Birmingham-Southern) is published by Spuyten Duyvil. Corn Goddess and Road of Five Churches are available from Rain Mountain Press.  Her stories have been reprinted in New Stories from the South, The Year’s Best, 2008 and 2009.

Josepha Gutelius has poems in Argotist, SideReality, Rattlefish Critical Review, and other magazines. Her plays have been staged throughout the U.S. “RASP/Elektra” and “Veronica Cory,” three plays, have been published in The Modern Review. "Veronica Cory" can be seen online on ProPlay (Professional Playscripts, She also writes and illustrates “comix” for private collectors.  

Ed Harkness Ed Harkness lives near Seattle and teaches writing at Shoreline Community College. His first full-length book of poems, Saying the Necessary, was published in 2000 by Pleasure Boat Studio His poems can be found in several pioneering online literary journals, including Mudlark, , and Switched-on Gutenberg,. Red Wing Press will publish a chapbook in April 2010, and Pleasure Boat Studio will publish a second full-length collection, Beautiful Passing Lives, in October 2010.

Bob Herz is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, former editor of The Seneca Review and the Hobart & William Smith College Press, and editor and publisher of the W.D. Hoffstadt & Sons Press. He has published two books of poems, Stream and White Smoke. He lived & works in LaFayette, NY.

Laura Jensen read for three minutes with others in Tacoma in November at a reading for In Tahoma's Shadow: Poems from the City of Destiny.   She scanned family photos onto cd’s during past holiday seasons, this year she has scanned photos of her mother’s father and his relatives.  This autumn she did a small amount of volunteer work at the Northwest Immigrant Archives at Pacific Lutheran University.  She continues to blog at Spice Drawer Mouse.

Halvard Johnson lives full-time in San Miguel de Allende or wherever he happens to be.

Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz's work in several fields appear in various editions of A Readers Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers (ed. Peter Parker, Oxford), the Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster's Dictionary of American Writers, The HarperCollins Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of American Scholars, Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, and Poets, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Art, and the Encyclopedia Britannica, among other distinguished directories. Nonetheless, he still needs two bucks (US) to get on a New York City subway.

Sergio Ortiz has a B.A. in English literature from Inter-American University, and a M.A. in philosophy from World University.  His poems have been published or are forthcoming in: Autumn Sky Poetry, 3LightsGallery, The Smoking Poet, The Acentos Review, Poesia, and Words-Myth

Fernando Pessoa was an occasional believer in the cult of Sebastiao, the boy-king of Portugal who was slaughtered with his entire army during an ill-fated crusade in Morocco. The cultists believe (yes, they are still active, even though they have lost Pessoa) that their king wasn't killed in battle, and will at some desperate time in the future return and lead Portugal back to its former glory as a world power.
The translator believes that is what the first two lines in the second stanza refer to: feeling guilty about believing in something para-normal, absurd even when compared to normal life, extra-terrestrial, but not necessarily anti Catholic. A dream in the ruined garden of dreams. The translator would like to thank Tad and Mary Real for sheltering him during the gestation of "Center", and Joe Soldati for his continuing linguistic support.

Carlos Reyes is the author of The Book of Shadows: New and Selected Poems, published by Lost Horse Press in 2009. Carlos is an exact contemporary of Belinda Lee, Ken Kesey, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, Elvis Presley, and the Dalai Lama.

Matt Sadler's latest chapbook, You Said Turn it Upside Down, will be published in early 2010 by Flying Guillotine Press. He currently teaches English and Writing at Detroit Country Day School in Michigan, and lives a happy life with his wife and two daughters.

Greg Simon, our para-normal Contributing Editor, is the northwest's premiere soccer-dad.

Lynn Strongin's SPECTRAL FREEDOM: Selected poetry, Prose & Criticism (Casa de Snapdragon, 2009) has just been put forth for a Pulitzer Prize in Letters. Born in New York long ago, Strongin has lived the past thirty years in British Columbia but considers herself intrinsically American in voice. Forthcoming are her third anthology MAGICAL KITES: Childhood's Inner  Voices (an anthology) COBALT HORSE (poems), THAT GLROIOUS CHILD, FUYNN (1010). Forthchoming is her DREAM-LIFE of FOXES & SWANS: Shining Manifestation, Selected Poems.

Virginia Chase Sutton's book What Brings You to Del Amo won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize (University Press of New England). Her first collection is Embellishments (Chatoyant). Her poems have won the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry at Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and they have appeared in the Paris Review, Ploughshares, the Antioch Review and Quarterly West among other magazines, journals, and anthologies. She lives in Tempe, AZ with her husband and daughters. Her website is

Mark Wekander is an associate professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. He has lived in Puerto Rico since 1985. He has a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Besides writing, he also translates from Danish to English. He spends his free times on an acre of land on the edge of the rain forest. He accepts the characterization of a Cuban friend of his who says he is Amer-Rican.

Robert Wexelblatt is professor of humanities at Boston University’s College of General Studies.  He has published essays, stories, and poems in a wide variety of journals, two story collections, Life in the Temperate Zone and The Decline of Our Neighborhood, a book of essays, Professors at Play, and the novel Zublinka Among Women, winner of the First Prize for Fiction, Indie Book Awards, 2008.  A new collection of stories, The Artist Wears Rough Clothing, is forthcoming.