Notes on Contributors




Antler, former Poet Laureate of Milwaukee, is author of Factory (City Lights), Last Words, (Ballantine), Exclamation Points Ad Infinitum, and Selected Poems (Soft Skull). Winner of the Walt Whitman Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work appears in the recent anthologies Poets Against the War; An Eye For an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind; Poets on 9/11; and Comeback Wolves: Welcoming the Wolf Home. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)


Bill Brown is the author of three chapbooks, three poetry collections and a writing textbook. His new collection, Late Winter, is forthcoming from Iris Press. The recipient of many writing fellowships and teaching awards, he lectures part-time at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and lives in the hills of Tennessee with his wife Suzanne and a tribe of cats. (Greenbrier, Tennessee)

Erica Miriam Fabri received her MFA in poetry from The New School. She is the author of the chapbook in poetry, High Heel Magazine. Recent publications include: Texas Review, Spoon River Poetry Review and New York Quarterly. She has facilitated writing workshops for Poet's House, Urban Word in NYC, The School of Visual Arts and City University of New York. (New York, New York)


Sheryl Guterl is in her 16th year as an elementary school counselor.  For 8 years prior, she taught primary grades and gifted programs.  Sheryl is also mother of six children and grandmother of four. She longs for the days before No Child Left Behind when teachers had time and opportunity to be creative and inspiring.  (Neshanic Station, New Jersey)


John Laue, in the last twenty-five years, has been a high school English teacher, driving instructor, and peer counseling teacher. He has published widely in literary journals and anthologies and was the editor of the San Francisco Review and currently serves as the Advisory Editor for Monterey Poetry Review. In 1997 he won the Poetry World Award and had his chapbook, Paradises Lost (Northstar Press, Hiram, Ohio) published; his chapbook, Colma (City of the Dead) is due to be published in 2008 by Bright Hill Press. Crisis first appeared in Exquisite Corpse. (La Selva Beach, CA)

Katharyn Howd Machan’s poems have appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and textbooks, and 27 collections, most recently Flags (Pudding House Publications, 2007) and Redwing: Voices from 1888 (Foot hills Publishing, 2005). She is a Professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College and makes a home with fellow poet Eric Machan Howd and their children CoraRose and Benjamin. As Zajal, she is also a professional belly dancer. (Ithaca, New York)


Shahé Mankerian, Lebanese-Armenian poet/playwright, received his graduate degree in English from California State University, Los Angeles. In 2003, he won both the Erika Mumford Prize and the Daniel Varoujan Award from the New England Poetry Club. Edifice Wrecked nominated his poem “She’s Hiding My Keys” for the 2004 Pushcart Prize. Recently, his play “Little Armenia” debuted at Hollywood’s prestigious Fountain Theatre. (Sherman Oaks, California)


Lou Masson is a Tyson Distinguished Professor at the University of Portland where he has taught literature for nearly forty years. He is the author of two collections of essays, Reflections and The Play of Light. (Portland, Oregon)

Ann E. Michael, poet, essayist, librettist, and educator lives in eastern Pennsylvania, where she's writing coordinator and teacher at De Sales University. She is a past recipient of a PA Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and the author of three chapbooks, including More than Shelter and Small Things Rise & Go.  (Emmaus, Pennsylvania)

John W. Pardee holds degrees from Bates College and Columbia Teachers College.  He has taught English in public, parochial, and independent schools and is midway through his fourth decade in the profession.  He currently teaches in North Carolina after tours of duty in New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Louisiana. John is married with two children. (Pineville, North Carolina)

William C. Patterson is a high school teacher in Lawrence, Kansas. He submits, "I try to write daily to keep that part of my nervous system active... Writing poems teaches much more about being a teacher than being a teacher (especially a creative writing teacher) does about writing poems. (Atchison, Kansas)


Tony Rogers has been a lawyer, a jazz musician, and the head of a veterans hospital. A collection of his short stories, Bewildered, Harold Faced The Day, won the Writer's Voice Capricorn Award. His fiction has appeared in magazines such as Pleiades, Wind, North Dakota Quarterly, Painted Hills Review, Thema, Outerbridge, and Worcester Review, his non-fiction in the Boston Globe Magazine. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School. (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Angélia Micalea Salerno (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was born on the West Hills of Long Island, New York. His mother and father were barely literate. Young Walt, the second of nine, was withdrawn from public school at the age of eleven to help support the family. He was mainly self-taught, reading voraciously and becoming acquainted with Homer, Dante, Shakespeare and Scott early in life. He knew the Bible thoroughly, and as a “God-intoxicated poet” desired to inaugurate a religion uniting all of humanity in bonds of friendship. In 1836, at the age of 17, he began his career as an innovative teacher in the one-room schoolhouses of Long Island. He continued to teach school until 1841. Soon after, he turned to journalism and poetry. In 1845 he began developing a style of poetry never seen before. It shocked and amazed. Ralph Waldo Emerson was so struck by Whitman’s Leaves of Grass that he wrote, “ I give you joy of your free and brave thought. I have great joy in it. I find incomparable things said incomparably well, as they must be.”  

Fredrick Zydek, is the author of eight collections of poetry. T'Kopechuck: Buckly Poems is forth coming from Winthrop Press later this year. Formerly a professor of creative writing and theology at the University of Nebraska and later the College of Saint Mary, he is now a gentleman farmer when he isn't writing. He is the editor for the Lone Willow Press. (Omaha, Nebraska)



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