Notes on Contributors




Ron Ballard, a long time English and Philosophy professor at Hagerstown Community College, was born in Seattle, Washington, lived in San Francisco for ten years, is married with four adult children; and has written a great deal of fiction and poetry. 


Melissa Gurley Bancks was awarded 1st place in the 2002 Prentice Hall’s Fiction Contest for students, and her collection of poems, On the Shoulders of Sparrows, was awarded second place in the National Society of Arts and Letters St. Louis Chapter Contest. Recent works appear in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Boulevard, Sou`wester, The Big Muddy: Journal of Mississippi, The Cape Rock, and the anthologies Key West, Microfiction 2, and Sudden Stories.


Louella Bryant’s stories have appeared in Hunger Mountain, Vermont Life, Fine Print, and the anthology High Horse (Fleur de Lis Press). She is the author of two young adult novels, The Black Bonnet and Father By Blood, and a picture book, Two Tracks in the Snow. A former high school English teacher in rural Vermont, she now teaches in the MFA writing program at Spalding University, and instructs writing courses at the University of Vermont and Castleton State College.   


Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898) is the pseudonym of the English writer and mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, most famous for his books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1872).


Liz Dolan, a retired English teacher, is most proud of the alternative school she ran in the Bronx and her seven grandchildren. She has published poems, memoir and short stories in New Delta Review, Nidus, Literary Mama, Small Spiral Notebook, The Pedestal, Red River Review, and numerous other journals. She is currently organizing a traveling exhibit of her fellow poet’s poetry throughout southern Delaware.


David Feela lives and works in Cortez, Colorado. He teaches literature and writing classes through Pueblo Community College and works as a full-time instructor and Co-Chair of the English department at Montezuma-Cortez High School. His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in over 200 periodicals and anthologies. His chapbook, Thought Experiments, won the Southwestern Poetry Series Contest and was published by Maverick Press. A Gram of Truth originally appeared in Inside/Outside Southwest Magazine.


Gwendoline Y. Fortune, Ed. D., completed a thirty-year career in education as Professor of History-Social Science at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL. She taught in elementary schools in Seneca and Columbia, SC. She has written commentary for newspapers and magazines; and has authored two novels, Growing Up Nigger Rich and Family Lines, Pelican Publishing.

Elizabeth Gallo began teaching at Fordham High School for the Arts in the Bronx in 2003. Her poems appeared in journals such as Taproot Literary Review, Sublime Odyssey, Silver Quill, and Salonika. She received her MFA at the New School for Social Research, where she was a founding editor of Lit. A native of Chicago, Elizabeth lives in New York City with her husband.

Anthony Gayle is a 27 year-old doctoral student at Morgan State University. He is also a math instructor at the community college of Baltimore County. "I write to learn (about myself) as I learn to write. It is a positive, empowering cycle for me."

Allison Green teaches writing at Highline Community College and Richard Hugo House in the Settle area. Her novel, Half-Moon Scar was published by St. Martin's.

D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) was born the son of a coal miner in Eastwood, United Kingdom. He began training as a teacher first teaching the sons of miners in his hometown and later receiving a teaching certificate from University College Nottingham in 1908. One of the most important and controversial writers of the 20th century, his major novels include Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, and Lady Chatterly's Lover.


Karen Lewis has been leading workshops with Califonia Poets in the Schools since 1996. In her spare time, she is also a mom, a wife, a garderner, a traveler, and who someone continues to be awed, inspired, and astonished by the wisdom that bursts from students' awakened imginations. Karen lives in Mendocino County, California and can be reached at Duck and Cover originally appeared in Pencil Dreams, San Francisco: California Poets in The Schools.

Ed Meek has published poetry, fiction, and articles in The Paris Review, North Dakota Quaterly, The North American Review, Fiction International, The Boston Globe, etc. He has a book of poems out next year with Blue Light Press.


Donna Pucciani, a teacher for thirty-four years, now teaches at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, Illinois. Her work has appeared in over one hundred and fifty literary journals, including  Maryland Poetry Review, Wisconsin Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Prairie Light Review, International Poetry Review, and National Catholic Reporter. She currently serves as Vice President of the Poet’s Club of Chicago.


Charles Rammelkamp had his novel, The Secret Keepers, published by Red Hen Press, Fall 2004. He has a collection of short fiction, A Better Tomorrow, (Publish America), a collection of essays on American cultural issues, Fake City Syndrome (Red Hen Press). His poetry chapbooks are: I don’t think god’s that cruel, and Go to Hell, (March Street Press); A Convert’s Tale (Pudding House); and FIRE DRILL!, Fame, and All Hallow’s Eve (Snark Publications).


Leone Scanlon’s poems have appeared in Common Ground Review, Negative Capability, The Maxis Review, On the Page Magazine, and The Worcester Review. Retired from teaching and directing a university program, she has volunteered in a first grade class in the Worcester public schools for the last five years.


Hal Sirowitz, the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York, worked as a special education teacher at P.S. 224 in Queens for twenty-five years. He has authored the book of poems, Mother Said (Crown). The Mayor on the 2005 Poetry in the Pocket Day chose the poem, Reading Lesson, from this book.


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.”