About Our Contrib­utors

Jane Blanchard lives and writes in Georgia. Her work has recently appeared in Concho River Review, Mezzo Cammin, and Orbis.

Aaron Brame is an English teacher and an emerging poet from Memphis, Tennessee.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Jarda Cervenka received degrees in medicine and genetics. He immigrated to Minnesota in l968. Since then he has been employed by The University of Minne­sota, lived in Kenya, Japan and Nigeria and traveled extensively and intensively on five continents. His most recent story collection is Celebrated Navigation (Whistling Shade Press).

Sharon Chmielarz’s latest two books are Calling (Loonfeather Press) which was a finalist for the INDIE Book Awards,  2011, and The Sky Is Great, the Sky Is Blue (Whistling Shade Press).  You can hear her read on www.sharonchmielarz.com.  She’s the happy recipient of the 2012 Jane Kenyon Prize.

Colin Dodds is a poet, filmmaker and the author of several novels, including WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job. You can find his work at thecolindodds.com.

John Flynn is retired from the theater, which is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. He writes (clothed) and fascinates on the vast grassland west of us.

B.Z. Niditch’s work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including: Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Art; The Literary Review; Denver Quarterly;   Antioch Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others. His latest poetry collections are Lorca at Sevilla and Captive Cities. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

John-Ivan Palmer’s literary work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in Pushcart Prizes, Fortean Times, Exquisite Corpse, Nth Position, Book Happy and others. His journalism and interviews have appeared in large circulation newspapers like the San Francisco Examiner and Milwaukee Journal as well as underground shock culture publications. He is author of the novel Motels of Burning Madness. John-IvanPalmer.com.

After receiving a B.A. in English literature from Lindenwood University, Ann Robinson attended the M.F.A. program at the University of Arkansas. She has been the recipient of the John Spaemer Award for Outstanding Fiction, a Marin Arts Council grant, and a scholarship to study at a Hofstra University conference.

Melody Sage is a professional artist. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Menacing Hedge, The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2013, The Dirty Napkin, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Duluth, MN. To view more of her work visit: melodysage.com

Thomas R. Smith lives in River Falls, Wisconsin and teaches poetry at the Loft Literary Center, where he also serves as a poetry advisor in the Foreword Program. His most recent book of poems is The Foot of the Rainbow (Red Dragonfly Press), and a new collection is forthcoming. He posts poems and blogs at www.thomasrsmithpoet.com.

Justin Teerlinck is an occupational therapist in the Portland, Oregon area, where he is learning how to place his writing skills and sense of the absurd in service to people with disabilities. His response to most standardized test questions is, “Meow don't know this theoretical construct. Meow try again please?”

Joel Van Valin is the publisher of Whistling Shade. His poetry and fiction have appeared recently in Leaves of Ink and Blue Bonnet Review. His second novel, The Grand Dissolute, is due out this October.

Linda Voit’s poetry has appeared at/on/in NOTA, Alaska Public Radio’s “A Poem A Day Won’t Kill You,” Lyrical Iowa, Country Mouse, finchandrose.org and Strange Cage.  She was one of the fea­tured poets at Third Stanza’s 11 Days of Global Unity Poetry Reading in Ames, Iowa for four years. She now lives in Madison, Wisconsin and has taken part in two local poetry readings through the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.  

Ben Weaver is a songwriter and poet living in Minneapolis.  He has recorded 7 full length cds and published 2 chap books of poetry.  He rides his bike everywhere.

Evan Morgan Williams' collection of short stories, Thorn, won the Chandra Prize at BkMk Press (University of Missouri - Kansas City) and is available as a book. The bearer of an MFA from the University of Montana, Williams has published stories in Witness, Kenyon Review, Antioch Review, and elsewhere. He lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches in a public school. To keep up with news from the author, and to read selections of his work, visit his blog: http://bit.ly/storiesandnews.

John Wright is a 1975 graduate of the University of Minnesota. He lives, works, writes and com­poses music in St. Paul, MN.