About the Artists and Authors

Rachel Belcher is an East Tennessee native who received a degree in English at the University of Tennessee. She is employed at Preston Medical Library. Her dream job would be working in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory – with a schedule flexible enough to allow sufficient spare time for breeding wallabies. She loves spending time outdoors. According to a good friend, if she wrote a book about her adventures it would surpass Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”. Previous publication credit includes JAMA.

Helen Brew has 7.5 horses, but, at the time of her submission, her husband-of-one-week believed that she had 11. Helen is English, but lives on a small farm in Louisiana. She has also taught 18-year-olds to analyze rap lyrics.

Professionally Ric Brooks is a scheduler for a factory making gardening products. He received his degree in Japanese language and literature from the University of Tennessee in 1980 and lived in Japan studying calligraphy, painting and tea ceremony for 4 years. Ric resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a regular contributor to Random Acts of Haiku.

Reggie Carlisle is a senior at Weber State University. His passion is for creative writing, his wife, and five daughters, not necessarily in that order.

Lauren Crest is working on her BFA in Art, also at Weber State. Her passions include her husband and her artwork, in that order.

Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She teaches needlepoint classes for the Minneapolis school district and writing classes at The Loft Literary Center. Her poetry has recently appeared in Borderlands, Slant, and The Tampa Review, and she is the 2011 recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her most recent published books are Walking Twin Cities and Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch. This is her second appearance in Mixitini Matrix.

Donna Doyle is the founder of Random Acts of Haiku, which can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/randomactsofhaiku. She believes that by focusing so specifically and with such brevity, haiku-writing can enhance the way we interact with ourselves, with each other, and with our environment. That’s quite a lot to gain from seventeen syllables! Donna is the Poet In Residence at the Preston Medical Library at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Steve H. Frank is an artist, author, musician, and animal lover. He lives in South Florida.

Sarah E. Garcia is currently studying English Education and Library Science at Fairmont State University, and is trying to get her name out in the wondrous world of writing. She lives at home with her two dogs (yorkie and chihuahua) and her ailing parents.

Bethany Good is a Latin and pre-med major at the University of Tennessee. She is a reference student assistant at Preston Medical Library.

Jennifer Grant is a writer and A.G. Weeks is an illustrator. They first collaborated five years ago on a book called Two If By Sea (a romantic suspense/adventure) based on female pirates who actually sailed the Caribbean. “That Damn Glass Slipper” is an excerpt from a longer collaborative collection entitled A Bouquet of Fractured Fairytales.

Poet and translator Kana Kavon has over ten years of experience teaching and translating Spanish and Portuguese language. She currently works as Grants Coordinator for Metro Nashville Arts Commission and is Editor of an online magazine, One.Drop: Nashville Art & Kulcha. She has published two chapbooks, Bite of the Blues: Potluck Poetry with a Dessert Insert (2009) and Born in Brazil (2011). Her poem, “Gratitude,” (from Born in Brazil) was a finalist in Nashville’s 2013 Poetry in Motion Contest. Kana Kavon is a founding member of the Lucille Clifton Collective of female poets in Nashville.

Otis Kriegel, balances two careers, as an educator and artist. A veteran of three urban public school districts, Kriegel has taught all of the grades 1st through 5th as well as trained new teachers at universities throughout New York City. He founded the public art collective, Illegal Art, whose participatory-based projects have been installed throughout the country and beyond, as well as featured in numerous media outlets such as on the Op Art page in The New York Times (01.01.06; 09.03.07; 12.31.09), National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, The Los Angeles Times, The Public Art Review and Dwell. To see more about Otis, visit his website http://mynameisotis.org/.

Cindy Morefield makes paintings that explore color, materiality and process. The pursuit of education, employment, and adventure has taken Cynthia from her home town of Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia to all fifty United States, Canada, Israel, Palestine, and Italy. Along the way she earned a BA in Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington and an MFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University. In addition to making and selling art, Cynthia has worked as an election official, college art instructor, private art instructor, Human Resources clerk, secretary, bookseller, barrista, and library assistant.  You can find out more about Cynthia and her work by visiting her website at cynthiamorefield.com/.

Kelly Nelson’s poetry has appeared recently in Found Poetry Review, Talking Stick, Mixed Fruit, Tar River Poetry and Common Ground Review. She teaches Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University and writes for the online journal Carbusters.

Poet Davi Nunes was born in the city of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. A graduate of Literature from the University of the State of Bahia (UNEB), he is also a storyteller, essayist, and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, Cinzas no Café. He published his first book of poetry, Fragmentos da minha Essência in 2003. The following year, Davi published a chapbook entitled, Na alameda do existir a bastardez que nos abasta, and his epic poem, O Negro Beiru, was awarded in the 8th Book Biennial of Salvador in 2007. In January 2013, he co-founded the group, Confraria Poética Guiné-Bahia, which has presented poetry throughout Brazil and whose work, Filhos de uma única mãe separados pela margem, was awarded in the UNE’s (National Student Union) of Rio de Janeiro’s 7th Book Biennial.

Brad Rose was born and raised in southern California, and lives in Boston. His poetry and fiction have appeared in print and on-line at: San Pedro River Review, Off the Coast, Third Wednesday, The Potomac, Imagination and Place, Tattoo Highway, and elsewhere. Links to his poetry and fiction can be found at http://bradrosepoetry.blogspot.com/.

Laila Shikaki is a twenty-six year old poet from Palestine. At the age of 6 she decided that she would grow up to be a teacher. At the age of 26 she realized that poetry was her calling. Receiving her M.F.A from Chapman University, California, Laila realizes now that she is at home, that both of her dreams could come true.

Dr. Jaime Sanchez is a native of Mexico. He obtained a Master’s degree in modern languages and translation from the National University of Mexico. Then, he got a doctoral degree in English with a minor in Spanish from MTSU. He has published translations and creative work both in Mexico and the United States.

Cheryl and Janet Snell’s books include poetry, art, and fiction. Flytrap, Janet’s collection of drawings and poetry, was a winner in a Cleveland State University Poetry Center competition, and one of the sisters’ collaborations, Prisoner’s Dilemma, won the Lopside Press Chapbook Competition. The sisters publish regularly in the small magazines and keep a blog called Scattered Light.

Oubria Tronshaw is currently finishing up an MFA program in Creative Non-Fiction at Chicago State University. She is married with three children. She is also a freelance writer, and currently has over 1,000 published articles online. Her hobbies are reading, riding bikes and daydreaming out of windows.

Wendy Vardaman (wendyvardaman.com) is the author of Obstructed View (Fireweed Press), co-editor/webmaster of Verse Wisconsin (versewisconsin.org), and co-founder/co-editor of Cowfeather Press (cowfeatherpress.org). She is one of Madison, Wisconsin’s two Poets Laureate (2012-2015) and co-editor of the 2013 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar and a forthcoming anthology, Echolocations, Poets Map Madison. In addition to poetry and flash prose, she writes essays and interviews, which have appeared in Poetry Daily, Women’s Review of Books, Poets.org, and other venues. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. With husband, Thomas DuBois, she has three children and does not own a car.

Shanna Williams lives in San Francisco, California. She mainly focuses on writing poetry, but dabbles in fiction and prose every so often.