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Issue 16, Cualquiera, Contributors | August 2015


Contributors’ Notes No. 16

Regan Good (a romantic idealist) attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa where she was a Maytag Fellow. In 2001, she received a Poetry Fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She has published two chapbooks, The Imperfect (Westown Press, 2005) and The Book of Nature (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009); The Atlantic House (Harry Tankoos Books, 2011) is her first book. The poems in this issue are taken from a manuscript-in-waiting entitled “The Needle.”

Norman Dubie’s most recent collection of poems, The Quotations of Bone, is available from Copper Canyon Press.

Kelly Nelson is the author of the chapbooks Rivers I Don’t Live By and Who Was I to Say I Was Alive. Her cross-language erasures have also appeared in RHINO, Quarter After Eight, Jet Fuel Review and elsewhere. She teaches Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University.

Desirée Jung is a writer with a background in creative writing, literary translation, film, comparative literature and psychoanalysis. She received her MFA in Creative Writing and PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, and has published translations, poetry and short stories in Exile, The Dirty Goat, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Antigonish Review, The Haro, The Literary Yard, Black Bottom Review, Gravel Magazine, Tree House, Bricolage, Hamilton Stone Review, Ijagun Poetry Journal, and Scapegoat Review; a book of short stories, Desejos Submersos, is published by Chiado Editora, in Portugal. Learn more at www.desireejung.com.

Poet, writer, multi-artist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer, dancer and teacher of the Argentine tango, Mộng-Lan left her native Vietnam on the last day of the evacuation of Saigon. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Juniper Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Awards for Poetry, she is the author of eight books and chapbooks, the most recent of which is One Thousand Minds Brimming. Other books include Song of the Cicadas; Why is the Edge Always Windy?, Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art; Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos (the bilingual Spanish-English edition); Love Poem to Tofu & Other Poems (poetry & calligraphic art, chapbook); Love Poem to Ginger & Other Poems: Poetry & Paintings (chapbook); and Force of the Heart: Tango, Art. Mông-Lan’s poetry has been nationally and internationally anthologized Best American Poetry; The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize; Asian American Poetry: the Next Generation; Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (Norton); and has appeared in leading American literary journals. Visit: www.monglan.com

Matthew Woodman teaches writing at California State University, Bakersfield; he is honored to have his poems appear in Hinchas de Poesia and current issues of Timberline Review, Spillway, and California Journal of Poetics.

Fabienne Josaphat Josaphat was born and raised in Haiti, and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. She writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as screenplays. Her work has been featured in The Master’s Review, Grist Journal, Damselfly, Off the Coast Journal and The Caribbean Writer. Her first novel in English, published by Unnamed Press, is slated for release in Spring 2016.

Kristine Chalifoux received a BA from Arizona State University and an MFA from Columbia University. Her chapbook, In This Light, won the 1999 West Town Press prize. Her poems have appeared in a number of literary magazines, including The Brooklyn Review, The Antioch Review, Janus Head, and Punchnels. In her professional life, she has been the Assistant Director of the Poetry Society of America, and the Associate Director of DePaul University’s Honors Program, and is currently the Chairperson of the English Department at Raleigh Charter High School. She currently resides in North Carolina with her magical daughter, Ktimene.

Jamie Figueroa’s poetry and prose have been published in various literary journals including The Santa Fe Literary Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Flash: International, eleven eleven and Sin Fronteras. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of a Truman Capote Scholarship and the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award. Jamie holds a BFA and an MFA in Creative Writing from The Institute of American Indian Arts. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Thelma T. Reyna is author of The Heavens Weep for Us and Other Stories (2009), which won four national awards. Her two poetry chapbooks—Breath & Bone (2011) and Hearts in Common (2013)—were published by Finishing Line Press. Her new book, a collection of her published and new poetry, is titled Rising, Falling, All of Us and was published in summer 2014. Dr. Reyna’s short stories, poems, essays, book reviews, and other nonfiction have been published in literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, blogs, online literary magazines, and in print media off and on for over 25 years.

Gilbert Rangel came to the United States from Tijuana in 1967 at age 10. He has held several jobs including farm worker and mail carrier. In September 2014, his latest collection, Entropia, debuted at the Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura in Tijuana, Mexico where it sparked intense public interest and curiosity. His work was also presented at the La Feria del Libro 2015 in Tijuana. He currently resides in northern California with his wife and daughters. See more of Gilbert Rangel’s work on his website.

Alexandre Nodopaka speaks San Franciscan, Parisian, Moscowite, Kievlan (after drinking vodka) and Catalan (“after half a bottle of Jerez when I was in Jerez-de-la-Frontera”). He claims to have been immaculately conceived in Kiev, Ukraine. His first finger paintings appeared in Innsbruck, Austria 1946. He studied tongue-in-cheek at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Casablanca, Morocco, in 1958. He has lived in the U.S. since 1959 and doodling the entire time. His interest in literature and the visual arts is exhaustively multi-cultural.

Arturo Desimone was born and raised in Aruba to parents of immigrant origins; at the age of 20 he emigrated to the Netherlands. After 6 years he left the Netherlands to lead a nomadic way of life better enabling writing and making drawings–these travels were to such destinations as post-revolutionary Tunisia, wintery Romania and Poland and crisis-infected-Greece. Currently he is based in Buenos Aires, his grandparents’ hometown and where he is working on a long fiction project while planning future nomadisms. Despite an undying love for Piazolla he is now learning to step to Pugliese and El Goyeneche. His poetry has appeared in The Acentos Review Fifth Anniversary Issue, A Tunisian Girl and Horror Sleaze Trash, and is forthcoming in Soul Lit: Journal for Spiritual and Poetry; a piece about seduction in Poland appeared in Big Bridge. Last March he was the topic of an article in Argentina’s Clarin newspaper. His blog is www.arturoblogito.wordpress.com.

Trina L. Drotar Trina L. Drotar is a visual and literary artist whose work has been exhibited internationally and is held in several collections, notably the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Sacramento City College. Awards include ArtWear 97, Crosby Commons Solo and SMEFA Gold. Ink Play is her recent book. She has curated several shows, including Knot By Ourselves, founded Amber Moon Press, is a Crocker Art Museum instructor, has taught for more than 20 years, and she believes art should always be fun. www.trinaldrotar.blogspot.com.

José-Luis Orozco is a bilingual educator, children’s author, and recording artist who has dedicated his life to creating quality bilingual music, books, and videos for children. He encourages learning of the Spanish language and promotes Latin American culture through his art. Learn more at joseluisorozco.com.

Esme Ramirez is a writer, painter, singer, dancer and volunteer Zumba instructor whose popular series of short performance videos have appeared online to broad acclaim. She has received 2014 Outstanding Helper and Good Listener honors and is completing her primary education in San Diego, California.

Jim Heavily is the Poetry Editor at Hinchas de Poesía.



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