Bio Notes
Millicent Borges Accardi has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the arts (NEA), the California Arts Council, the Barbara Deming Foundation, Jentel, and the Corporation of Yaddo.  She’s been a writer in residence at Yaddo, Jentel, Vermont Studio Center, Fundación Valparaíso in Mojacar, Spain and Milkwood in Cesky Krumlov, CZ. Her chapbook, Woman on a Shaky Bridge, is with Finishing Line Press.  She has full-length poetry collections forthcoming from Salmon Press (Ireland): Only More So, spring 2012; Mischievous Muse: Injuring Eternity, winter 2010.  The Huffington Post recently featured an interview with her by Laura Baudo Sillerman.

Liz Ahl is the author of Luck (Pecan Grove Press, 2010) and A Thirst That's Partly Mine (Slapering Hol Press 2008).  Her poems have also appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in New Hampshire.

Not much is known about Marcus Bales, except he lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, and his poems have not been published in The New Yorker or Atlantic Monthly.

Wendy Carlisle lives on the edge of Texas and in Eureka Springs Arkansas.  Citations to her work can be found on

Inara Cedrins, Einfelds's translator, is an American artist, writer and translator who went to China in 1998 to learn to paint on silk, and remained for five years to teach writing and lecture on art at universities including Tsinghua University and Peking University in Beijing, as well as to the People's Liberation Army and students at the Central Academy of Fine Art. In 2003 she went to Nepal to study the technique of thangka painting. After the king’s coup d’etat in 2005, she relocated to Riga, Latvia, started a literary agency called The Baltic Edge, and taught Creative Writing at the University of Latvia. Her webpage is at

John Danahy's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Aim Magazine, Art Times, Desert Voices, The Griffin, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, The MacGuffin, North Atlantic Review, and RiverSedge.

Janis Einfelds was born in Latvia in 1967, and is known for his unique, experimental prose. His novels include Moon Child, 1967; The Pig Book, 1996; and The Old Geezers, 1999. A collection of short stories, The Seller of Pornographic Images, was published in 2001, and Non-people, prose sketches, was published in 2005. A novel, The Prankster, was published in 2007.

Skip Fox teaches at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and lives in the country in a log cabin with a pond. He has written a few chapbooks and books, including At That, For To, and Delta Blues.

Tess Gallagher, Liliana Ursu's co-translator, is spending as much time as she can in an Irish cottage by the side of Lough Arrow, near the place where many of the poems in her second book, Under Stars, were written. In 2009 she published her collected stories, Man from Kinvara. Graywolf Press will publish her New and Selected Poems, Midnight Lantern, in 2011.

Josepha Gutelius’s stage plays include “A Bigger Splash,” “RASP/Elektra,” and “Veronica Cory,” published in the Modern Review and Professional Playscripts and staged throughout the U.S. Her poetry has been featured in the Jivin’ Ladybug, Salt River Review, Rattlefish, Argotist, and others.

Anastasia Hager is a Madison, Wisconsinite. She returned to her hometown in the past year after living the greater part of the last decade in Madrid, Spain and Vancouver, BC. Though her innate curiosities have led her in many directions, she has always been and continues to be enthralled by language concerns, ontological, theological and anti-theological relations. Her website (in-progress) is at

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. His most recent chapbook, Syringa in Twilight, was published by Red Wing Press in April 2010. Pleasure Boat Studio will publish a second full-length collection, Beautiful Passing Lives, in late 2010.

Hillary Hays was born a "love child" in Washington, D.C. in 1965, and among her earliest childhood memories is protesting the Vietnam War with her parents at the White House gates. Having been considered quasi-autistic as a girl, social contact grew to be her nemesis, so she soon took to exploring New England forests alone, chatting happily amidst the faeries and elves she knew were there with her. Hillary attended Sarah Lawrence College briefly in the early 1980's but was soon flame-drawn to NYC where she earned the proud title of "Underbelly Survivor". Today she is the enduring, single, reclusive mother of two sons, a 21 year old who has profound autism, and an 11 year-old who has recovered from mild autism. And while Hillary did enjoy participating in poetry readings and slams during the 1990's, writing for her has never been about achieving notoriety or seeking out spotlights; she writes only and simply as a means to save her own life.

James A.Hawley mines Nahuatl poetry in North Carolina and invents new forms.

In spring 1990 Laura Jensen got her first adult bicycle. 2010 came to 20 years riding a bike. She uses public transportation, walks, or uses a bicycle, has never owned a car. Since last autumn Laura Jensen has done a small amount of volunteer work each week at the Northwest Immigrant Archives at Pacific Lutheran University. She rode her bike there several times, seven and a half miles. Her blog is Spice Drawer Mouse.

Halvard Johnson lives in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, and is The Salt River Review's most frequent contributor, having appeared in 14 issues, beginning with the very first.

Frances Ruhlen McConnel's latest book, The Direction of Longing, was published by Bellowing Ark Press in 2007.  Recently, her work has appeared in Poemeleon, The Cimmeron Review and the haiku anthology Above the Treeline.  She is presently co-chair of the steering committee for a poetry series at Claremont Public Library.  She also teaches a writing class for seniors.

Tessa Smith McGovern is an award-winning English short story writer who has created her own app for iPad, iPhone and Androids. Having done so, she realized she had become a publisher and went a step further to create eChook Digital Publishing. eChook publishes single and multi-author short story apps. To submit your work, please visit

John Morgan's latest collection Spear-Fishing on the Chatanika: New and Selected Poems was published recently by Salmon Poetry and was featured on Poetry Daily.  He and his family divide their time between Fairbanks, Alaska and Bellingham, Washington. Visit him at

Keith Moul's poems have appeared for more than 40 years in the US and Canada; more recently in Britain and Australia.  He is retired and living with his wife Sylvia just below the Canadian border.  His chapbook,The Grammar of the Mind, will be out in November from Blue & Yellow Dog Press.

Sheila E. Murphy's most recent books include Collected Chapbooks (Blue Lion Books, 2008; Quaternity (collaboration with Scott Glassman) (Otoliths Press, 2009). Her home is in Phoenix, where she founded and coordinated for 12 years the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Poetry Series, with Bev Carver.

Sergio Ortiz is a retired educator, poet, and photographer.  He has a B.A. in English literature, and a M.A. in philosophy.  Flutter Press released his debut chapbook, At the Tail End of Dusk, October 2009.  Ronin Press released his second chapbook, topography of a desire, May 2010.  Avantacular Press released his first photographic chapbook: The Sugarcane Harvest, May 2010.  His third chapbook, Wet Stones and Bedbugs in My Mattress, will be released by Flutter Press, November 2010. He was recently published, or is forthcoming in: Carcinogenic Poetry, Perceptions Magazine of the Arts 2010, BorderSenses, Offcourse Literary Journal, Cavalier Literary Couture,  and Touch: The Journal of Healing. He is a 2010 nominee to the Best of the Web Anthology. Blog at Adobo Criollo.

Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen has four full-length books of poetry: The Wild Awake, Blood-Silk, A Bride of Narrow Escape, and Kindle. The three poems appearing in this issue are in The Voluptuary, just out from Lost Horse Press. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts, she serves on the board of Friends of William Stafford, organizing the January Stafford Birthday Events.

Carlos Reyes's latest book of poetry: The Book of Shadows; New and Selected Poems (2009) . His translation of Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez' s "La señal del cuervo/The Sign of the Crow" is due out in Spring, 2011. In 2007 he was awarded a Heinrich Boll Fellowship to write on Achill Island, Ireland and in 2008 was awarded the Ethel Fortnter Award from St Andrews College. He was recently the poet-in-Residence at the Lost Horse Ranger Station in the Joshua Tree National Park.

Tad Richards has spent the summer mixing the audio adaptation of his novel (with Jonathan Richards) Nick and Jake, starring Alan Arkin, Tom Conti and Ali MacGraw, for fall release on the Internet.

Nick Ripatrazone is the author of Oblations (Gold Wake Press 2011), a book of prose poems.  His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, West Branch, The Mississippi Review, Caketrain and Beloit Fiction Journal.

Jeannine Savard's new book of poems, Accounted For, will be published with Red Hen Press in October 2010. She teaches Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

Nic Sebastian hails from Arlington, Virginia and travels widely. She has two sons who travel with her as they can. Her work has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Lily, Autumn Sky Poetry, Mannequin Envy, Avatar Review, Anti- and elsewhere. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale.

Adam J. Sorkin, Liliana Ursu's co-translator, recently published three prose poets in Memory Glyphs (Twisted Spoon, 2009), Mircea Ivanescu’s lines poems poetry (University of Plymouth, UK, 2009, translated with Lidia Vianu), and Carmen Firan’s Rock and Dew (Sheep Meadow, 2010). He and Vianu won The Poetry Society’s [UK] Translation Prize for Marin Sorescu’s The Bridge (Bloodaxe, 2004). Ioan Es. Pop’s No Way Out of Hadesburg (Plymouth, also joint with Vianu) is forthcoming late 2010.

Born in NYC in 1939, Lynn Strongin has lived for the past thirty years in British COlumbia. She considers herself an American voice in poetry. A biography, Elegant Necessities, is in the works within the next two years. Strongin's work was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters in 2009.

Shirley Sullivan attended graduate school at the University of Texas at El Paso. After a lifetime in the city, she and her husband moved to a farm in New Mexico, which they share with the coyotes, quail, cottontails, and all the wandering spirits that inhabit the region. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fourth River, Quiddity International Literary Journal, Pisgah, The Talon Magazine, Sou'wester, Concho River Review, The Chaffin Journal, and Writing on the Wind: An Anthology of West Texas Writers. She was a finalist in a 2008 fiction contest with Blue Mesa Review.

Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is the fiction editor of the webzine Ducts. In 2010 his fiction and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in BlazeVOX, Corium, Foliate Oak, FRiGG, The Legendary, Lunarosity, Magnapoets, Medulla Review, Milk Money, Pank, Scythe, Tattoo Highway, Tipton Poetry Review, Tom’s Voice, Underground Voices, Word Riot, and the anthology Multi-Culti Mixterations.

Liliana Ursu is the author of eight books of poetry in Romanian. Her first book in English, The Sky Behind the Forest (Bloodaxe, 1997), translated by Ursu, Adam J. Sorkin, and Tess Gallagher, was shortlisted for Oxford’s Weidenfeld Prize. Other volumes in English include, most recently, Sean Cotter’s translation, Lightwall (Zephyr, 2009). A Path to the Sea, new translations by Ursu, Gallagher, and Sorkin, is due out in 2011 from Pleasure Boat Studio.

Robert Vaughan's plays have been produced in N.Y.C., L.A., S.F., and Milwaukee where he resides. He leads two writing roundtables for Redbird- Redoak Studio. His prose and poetry is published or forthcoming in over 70 literary journals. He was interviewed about Flash Fiction by WUWM’s Lake Effect. His work is included in 6S MIND GAMES anthology. He is a fiction editor at jmww magazine. His blog:

Donna D. Vitucci raises funds for local nonprofits through grants and other development activities in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her stories have appeared in dozens of journals online and in print. She has never travelled with the circus though dreamed extensively about doing such.

Lori White received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Pearl and Painted Bride Quarterly.   She teaches English at Los Angeles Pierce College and lives with her partner and their three dogs in a trailer by a lake on the edge of the Los Padres National Forest. 

Kulpreet Yadav is an Indian novelist and a short story writer with an interest in poetry, photography, food and wine tasting. His work has appeared in many magazines and periodicals significant of which includes Sonora Review, Muse India, Hindustan Times, New Indian Express,, Sommelier India etc. He works or the Government of India and currently stays at Port Blair. Kulpreet Yadav's maiden novel, The Bet was published in 2006 by Frog books, Mumbai.

John Yohe holds a MFA in Poetry Writing from The New School for Social Research, and a MA in The Teaching of Writing from Eastern Michigan University. His first full-length collection of poetry, What Nothing Reveals, is due out this Summer. A complete list of his publications, and poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing samples can be found at his website: