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Issue 19, Cualquiera, Contributors | September 2016


Contributors’ Notes, No. 19

Chyna Parker is a master’s student who admires the art of writing; she hopes to use her passion for poetry in her career as a Professional Licensed Clinical Counselor. Chyna is currently a reader for Gold Man Review where she is learning to define her skill in creative flash nonfiction. Chyna has been published by World Poetry Movement, Eber & Wein Publishing, Orpheus, and One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern.

Jack Freeman is a student at Wichita State University and the host of the educational podcast “Nine Minute Poetry.” His work has appeared in Common Ground Review, New Welsh Review, Off the Coast, and elsewhere.

Alejandra Castillo currently works at 826LA, a non-profit tutoring and writing center for youth. She recently graduated from Kalamazoo College and was published in the zine ONE: Body, Mind, Spirit by Mujeres De Maiz.

Winsome Charter has had poems in the ephemeral web journals SCREWRENT and 200 New Mexico Poems. She lives in the hills east of Santa Fe with her pit bulls, Hamm and Clov.

Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota since 2000. Her published books include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, Walking Twin Cities, Insider’s Guide to the Twin Cities, Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, and The Book Of, while her poetry has recently appeared in New Ohio Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle. Her newest poetry book, Ugly Girl, just came out from Shoe Music Press.

Norman Dubie’s most recent collection of poems is The Quotations of Bone (Copper Canyon Press 2015), winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize. He teaches at Arizona State University.

Dorothy Chan is the Assistant Editor of The Southeast Review. She was a 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Plume, Spillway, Little Patuxent Review, Day One, and The Great American Poetry Show. In 2012, she was nominated for a Pushcart.

Ed 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 Atticus Review, Cascadia Review, Great River Review, The Humanist, The Louisville Review, Midwest Quarterly, Mudlark, Poetry Northwest, Raven Chronicles, Split Lip, Switched-On Gutenberg, and The Salt River Review, with work forthcoming in Miramar. His most recent collection, Ice Children, was runner-up in the Uppercut Chapbook Award Contest, sponsored by Split Lip Press, and published in 2014. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Shoreline, Washington.

Valerie Jeremijenko holds a PhD from Deakin University’s Creative Arts and Communications Department, an MFA from Arizona State University in Creative Writing, and a BA (Hons) from Queensland University in English, Drama and Religion. She is also the founder, owner and director of Yama Yoga Studios in Doha, Qatar and of Yama Yoga Retreat Center in Pcheliste Bulgaria, just outside of Veliko Tarnovo. Her book, How We Live our Yoga was published by Beacon Press in 2001; her short stories have appeared in Grasslands Review and Hayden’s Ferry Review. Currently she serves as Associate Dean of Students at VCUQuatar.

Donna 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 Kentucky Review, Gargoyle, Hinchas de Poesía, Zoomorphic, Southern Women’s Review, The Butter, and Change Seven. Her novel, At Bobby Trivette’s’S Grave, was released by Rebel E Press in June 2016. Her second novel, Salt of Patriots, will be published in Spring 2017. She has found frequent favor on the shiny streets of Hinchas where she very much feels at home.

Clara de la Torre is a Santa Fe-based fighter and writer. Born to a Naval officer father and a school teacher mother, Clara acquired an early love of books, learning, and the sea. When her father’s new job as a Wildlife Enforcement Officer brought her family from Los Angeles to Washington State, Clara fell for the solitude and stark beauty of the mountains. Since then she has pursued anything that can keep her in them, whether it be backpacking, wildland firefighting, or trail running. She has worked as a Helitack Crew Supervisor, a Facilities Manager, and a Professional Boxer. Passionate about foreign cultures and humanitarian work, she has volunteered in Kolkata, India, traveled to over twenty countries, and has lived in Caracas and Prague. Music, motorcycles, environmental sociology, quantum physics, and Tango are her other loves. Clara’s publication in Hinchas represents the first appearance of her creative non-fiction anywhere.

Barbara Robidoux is the author of two books of poetry, Waiting for Rain(2007) and Migrant Moon(2012). Her fiction has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, The Yellow Medicine Review, the Santa Fe Literary Review and numerous anthologies. Sweetgrass Burning: Stories from the Rez, a collection of linked short stories, was released by Blue Hand Books in February 2016. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she is currently at work on a novel.

Richard Trauger is a part-time writer and a full time scientist living in Leucadia, California. This is his first piece of published fiction. He is currently working on a booklet of flash fiction accompanied by his own illustrations.

Artemis Savory balances between a journey of reckless abandon (waitressing and living in her car) and a steady career in one place (stable paycheck, and maybe a house). She also wavers between a friendly, people-loving attitude, and an extreme anti-social longing. She is a nonfiction writer who prefers to write about others, and has only recently begun dipping her feet back into fiction. Check out her website if you dare at ArtemisSavory.weebly.com.

Carol Severino is a rhetoric professor at the University of Iowa where she directs the Writing Center and teaches travel writing, second language writing research, and tutor training courses. She enjoys traveling and learning new languages and writing about both. Her travel essay “Engagement Ceremony” appeared in Best Travel Writing of 2012. Some of her other creative work has appeared in Voices in Italian Americana, The Minnetonka Review, and Writing on the Edge. In her leisure time, she drums, swims, and walks in the woods and by the lake with the family dog.

Jared Alan Smith is a career cook native to Orlando and living in Central Florida. His work is forthcoming in Burrow Press Review’s Fantastic Floridas series; he is currently seeking his MFA from Stetson University.

Equally a scholar and performer, Mike Sonksen, also known as, Mike the Poet, is a 3rd-generation L.A. native acclaimed for poetry performances, published articles and mentoring teen writers. Following his graduation from UCLA in 1997, he has published over 500 essays and poems. His KCET colum, “L.A. Letters,” celebrates literary Los Angeles. Mike has an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in English and History and his prose and poetry have been included in programs with the Mayor’s Office, the Los Angeles Public Library’s “Made in LA” series, Grand Park and the Music Center. His most recent book, Poetics of Location, was published by Writ Large Press.

Annette Plasencia lives in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from Mills College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Otoliths, Chronopolis, Of/with, After the Pause, M58 The New Post-literate, h& and elsewhere.

Andrea Lambert works in figurative oils, mixed media and collage critically referenced as “kitchy maximalism.” Her work has been featured in Anodyne Magazine and Queer Mental Health. She has exhibited in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Valencia, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland and San Diego. CalArts MFA. She is the author of Jet Set Desolate, Lorazepam & the Valley of Skin and the chapbook G(u)ilt. Her work has appeared in 3:AM Magazine, The Fanzine, Entropy, HTMLGIANT, Queer Mental Health, and ENCLAVE. Find her online at andreaklambert.com

Carlos Franco-Ruiz (°1987, Managua, Nicaragua) is an artist who mainly works with painting. In 2013, he moved to Uruguay and continues to follow his passion for painting where he recently had a group exhibition “La Mirada del otro” at Museo Del Azulejo to showcase his latest body of work. Franco currently lives and works in Sauce, Uruguay.


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