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Issue 17, Cualquiera, Contributors | November 2015


Contributors’ Notes No. 17

t-r-hummer-bioT.R. Hummer’s eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth books of poetry—Ephemeron (LSU Press, 2011), Skandalon (LSU, 2014) and Eon (LSU, forthcoming 2018)–are a triad of related books ten years in the making. He lives in Cold Spring, New York.
arturo-desimone-bio-2Arturo Desimone (b. 1984) is an Aruban-Argentine poet currently based between Argentina and the Netherlands. His poems, translations and short fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Off the Coast, Counterpunch Horror Sleaze Trash, OpenDemocracy and elsewhere. He was born and raised on the island of Aruba to parents of origins foreign to the island (an Argentine father and Russian-Polish mother), the subject of a longer work of fiction.
rony-nair-bioRony Nair‘s work has appeared in Semaphore, Mindless Muse, YCR, Quail Bell Magazine, Ogazine, Two Words For, New Asian Writing, Yellow Press Review, YGDRASIL Journal, Sonic Boom, 1947, and others. He was a published columnist with the Indian Express and is also a photographer about to hold his first major exhibition. He works as an oil and gas Risk Management professional based out of Dubai.
brent-goodman-bioBrent Goodman is the author of Far From Sudden (Black Lawrence Press, 2013) and The Brother Swimming Beneath Me (Black Lawrence Press, 2009). His work has been featured in Poetry, Diagram, Sou’wester, Court Green, Rattle, Pleiades, Green Mountains Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, and Zone 3, among others. Learn more at his website.
mary-lee-bragg-bioMary Lee Bragg lives in Ottawa, Ontario and has published one novel Shooting Angels (Baico, 2004) and two chapbooks of poetry How Women Work, (Grove Avenue Press, 2010) and Winter Music (Tree Press, 2012).
Michael Burkard’s most recent book is lucky coat anywhere (Nightboat Books). Three books of drawings and writings are available from blurb.com.
ed-harkness-bioEdward Harkness is the author of two full-length collections of poems, Saying the Necessary and Beautiful Passing Lives, both from Pleasure Boat Studio Press His poems have appeared in print and online journals, including Fine Madness, Great River Review, The Humanist, The Louisville Review, Midwest Quarterly, Mudlark, Raven Chronicles, Split Lip, Switched-On Gutenberg, and The Salt River Review. His most recent collection is Ice Children, published in 2014 by Split Lip Press. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Shoreline, Washington.
sheila-murphy-bioSheila Murphy‘s most recent book-length publications feature collaborative visual poetry: Yes It Is (with John M. Bennett), Luna Bisonte Prods, 2014; 2 Juries + 2 Storeys = 4 Stories Toujours (with K.S. Ernst); Xerolage 55 from Xexoxial Editions, 2013.
sam-pereira-bioSam Pereira was born in Los Banos, CA on an Easter Sunday in 1949. He received his B.A. from California State University, Fresno, and his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His books include The Marriage of the Portuguese—Expanded Edition, from Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; Brittle Water, a limited edition from Abattoir Editions/Penumbra Press at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and two from Tebot Bach, A Café in Boca and Dusting on Sunday. Nine Mile Press has published his latest collection, Bad Angels.
carlos-reyes-bioCarlos Reyes‘s latest works are Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart; Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2013), Poemas de amor y locura / Poems of Love and Madness; Selected Translations (Lynx House Press, 2014). Last year he was a fellow at the Fundaci.n Valpara.so (Moj.car, Spain), and Poet-in-resident at Acadia National Park (Maine) and Devils Tower National Monument (Wyoming).
tad-richards-bioTad Richards is currently working on a history of Prestige Records. He is president and artistic director of Opus 40 in Saugerties, NY.
Mary Ruefle‘s latest book is Trances Of The Blast (Wave Books, 2013). She lives in Vermont.

greg-simon-2-bioGreg Simon
is a poet and translator who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He is currently working on a collection of translations from the early writing of Anna Akhmatova. The four-liners are based on a model to be found in the writing of Akhmatova’s peer Marina Tsvetaeva.
pamela-jody-stewart-bioPamela (“Jody”) Stewart‘s books include The St. Vlas Elegies (L’Epervier Press, 1977),Infrequent Mysteries (Alice James Books, 1991) and The Red Window (University of Georgia Press, 1997); The Ghost Farm, was published by Pleasure Boat Studio in 2010; a selection of her poems most recently appeared in Nine Mile Literary Magazine & her most recent chapbook, Just Visiting, was published this fall by Grey Suit Editions. She still lives on a farm in western Massachusetts where she enjoys a life full of dogs and elderly, but delightful, sheep and where she and the dogs are becoming lame.
donna-vitucci-bioDonna Vitucci is Development Director of Covington Ladies Home, the only free-standing personal care home exclusively for older adult women in Northern Kentucky. Her stories have appeared in dozens of print and online journals, including PANK, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Front Porch, Watershed Review, Gargoyle, Hinchas de Poesía, Contrary, Corium Magazine, Southern Women’s Review, Change Seven and The Butter. Her novel, At Bobby Trivette’s Grave, will be published by Rebel E Press in 2016. Her unpublished novel “Feed Materials” was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize and waits with other finished novels in the trunk her German great-grandfather used to come to America.
michael-diaz-feito-bioMichael Diaz Feito is a Cuban American writer from Miami, Florida. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Axolotl, The Acentos Review, Jai-Alai Magazine, Jersey Devil Press, the EEEL, and Flapperhouse. You can find Michael’s work at his website or follow him on Twitter He currently dwells in Inwood, Manhattan, with his girlfriend Naomi and their dog Finn.
Avital Gad Cykman’s flash collection will be published by Matter Press in September 2014. Her stories have also appeared in The Literary Review, Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s, Prism International, Other Voices, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She is the winner of the Margaret Atwood Studies magazine prize for Non-Fiction, a four-time Pushcart prize nominee and a finalist for the Iowa Fiction Award for story collections.
philip-garrison-bioPhillip Garrison is the author of five essay collections, the most recent of which is What That Pig Said To Jesus: Immigrant Survival and Uneasy Permanence. He retired after 40 years teaching in universities in the U.S. and Mexico and works in the APOYO Food and Clothing Bank in Ellensburg, WA.
laura-jensen-bioLaura Jensen lives in Tacoma, Washington. She adjunct taught (1980’s), organized a poetry series (1994-1996) and delivered newspapers (1999-2004). A non-parent, she walks, bikes, and uses transit. She blogs at library computers and volunteers at Pacific Lutheran University’s Scandinavian Archives. Her books include Bad Boats (Ecco Press 1978) and Memory (1982) and Shelter (1985) from Dragon Gate. Her poems, “My Father at Times” and “A Poem and What a Poem Has Become,” a her prose piece, “What the Dormouse Said: Take Time to Read, It Is the Fountain of Wisdome,” appear in the new anthology, In Like Company.
gray-jacobik-bioAfter a career as a poet and professor of literature in the Connecticut State Universities, Gray Jacobik spent a decade teaching in an MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. She is a widely-anthologized poet whose most recent book is a memoir in verse, Little Boy Blue, from CavanKerry Press. In recent years she’s been painting full-time, first landscapes in soft pastel, then oils, then abstract and non-objective works in acrylic and encaustic. At present she’s painting in oils on canvas, both traditional still lifes and works of magical realism. Her paintings are in private collections in the US, Canada, the UK. She is represented by Maple & Main Gallery in Chester, CT., and by GalleryOne. Her poem, “Power Outage,” appears in the new anthology, In Like Company. For more about her life as a poet and her books, visit: grayjacobik.com; for information about her work as a painter, visit: grayjacobikartist.com.
lynda-schor-bioLynda Schor has had six collections of short fiction published, and her stories and articles have been published in a variety of magazines and literary journals. She’s won several grants, including a Maryland State Arts Council grant and two O’Henry nominations. She loves to teach writing to visual arts students, and so has taught fiction writing at The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Pratt Institute, and Parsons School of Art. She taught in the Writing Program at The New School for 26 years. Her short story, “Failure of Vision,” appears in the new anthology, In Like Company. Schor currently lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
john-gilgun-bioJohn Gilgun retired after 39 years as a college teacher in May 1999 and immediately decided to become a full-time artist. You can see his art if you are on Facebook. Or you can request to be his Facebook Friend and when he approves it you will have access to all of his art.
james-cervantes-pirate-bioJames Cervantes’ latest book, From Mr. Bondo’s Unshared Life, is available from Hamilton Stone Editions, and at Amazon. Other books include Sleepwalker’s Songs: New & Selected Poems, Temporary Meaning, The Headlong Future, and The Year Is Approaching Snow. He was editor of The Salt River Review for thirteen years, and is currently disguised as foreign correspondent for Hinchas de Poesia. He is the editor of In Like Company: The Salt River Review & Porch Anthology, published by MadHat Press, 2015.
jim-heavily-train-bioJim Heavily is the Poetry Editor at Hinchas de Poesia.



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