About the Artists and Authors Spring 2012

John Dominic Barbarino is a freelance photographer who lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He also is a professional chef and baker working with a new gluten free “cakery” on First Avenue. John shows his work in many venues, including the Plum Gallery in Knoxville, Tennessee where he lived for ten years before coming back to his home town. He has yet to build a website. This will be the year.

Chana Bird lives in Hawthorne, Florida, and spends all of her free time taking photos of impermanent moments in nature: the color of the sky, reflections in water, blowing trees, spider webs. “Sometimes, I can’t capture the beauty of these moments. But when I do get lucky enough to get a decent shot, it makes my day. And then I put down my camera to better enjoy the show,” Chana says.

Chantal Bizzini is a photographer and artist, who has  translated Hart Crane and Adrienne Rich, among others. Her translations of Rich’s Atlas of the Difficult World have been published by the French journal Europe. Chantal teaches for Stanford University in Paris.

Scott Carter works as a learning consultant providing training and technical solutions to early education.  He served as editor of Transitions in 1991.  An avid naturalist, Scott hosted a number of [writing] retreats at his rural home in upstate New York.

Misty Dunlap is currently a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Martin and enjoys poetry, personal essays, and flash fiction. She can be contacted by email at misldunl@utm.edu.

Jo Angela Edwins is an Associate Professor of English and Assistant Coordinator of Composition at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. Her poems have appeared in Calyx, Naugatuck River Review, Sojourn, CrossRoads, and other publications.

Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey. He has published hundreds of poems, many of them ekphrastic, in print and online journals throughout the world. In addition, he has published six chapbooks of ekphrastic poetry, the most recent of which is Abstractions: From Paint to Poetry (The Camel Saloon Books on Blog, 2011).

Debby Geis lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in Greencastle, Indiana, where she teaches in the English Department at DePauw University. Despite her scholarly cloak as a dramatic literature person, she also wears the gaudy hat of a performance poet, and has competed in the Southern Fried Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Monkey, First Class, and Free Lunch.

Jen Hyatt is a writer living near Nashville, TN who has worked in many other and varied jobs, but only claims writing. She enjoys reading poetry of the Beat persuasion and playing music of the Irish persuasion. Her work has been published in UT Martin’s Beanswitch and Volunteer State Community College faculty’s magazine, Number One.

Marilyn Kallet is the author of 15 books, including translations of Benjamin Péret’s The Big Game, just out from Black Widow Press, and Paul Eluard’s Last Love Poems. Her collected works, Packing Light: New and Selected Poems, came out from Black Widow Press in 2009. Kallet is the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee. She also teaches poetry workshops for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Auvillar, France.

Stephen Outten’s  short stories have appeared in Blood Lotus Journal (August 2010), Long Short Story (June 2007), and Beanswitch (Fall 2006), and his personal essay “Story Taker” won gold prize in the Song-A Literature Foundation Essay contest. He lives near Nashville and writes in the wee hours of the morning.

D. Audell Shelburne is the chair of Languages and Literature at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He has published poems in descant, Borderlands, and a number of other publications. He is a former chief editor of New Texas (2003) and Windhover (2002-2011).

Katherine Smith’s work has been published or is forthcoming in a number of journals and reviews, among them Ploughshares, Poetry, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Atlanta Review, Appalachian Heritage, and The Laurel Review. Her first book, Argument by Design (Washington Writers’ Publishing House), appeared in 2003. She teaches at Montgomery College.

Mary Stebbins Taitt has an MFA in Creative Writing in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been published in McSweeneys, Montserrat Review, The Bitter Oleander etc.  She has been nominated for a Pushcart and has won a number of other awards for her work.

Tom Weiss is co-owner of The Grill at Highlands Row in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He has studied poetry with Art Smith, and wrote poetry in Auvillar, France, this May, as a participant in Marilyn Kallet’s workshop, “O Taste and See: Writing the Senses in Deep France.”  This is his first poetry publication.

Karen Wurl Dramatist, poet, and mother of three amazing daughters, Karen Wurl has performed in spoken word venues throughout the nation. Her plays include Transference, Kim’s Theory about the Struggle Between Good and Evil, Only Children, Death or Serious Injury Can Occur, Miss Macbeth, Vampires, and Cemetery Row. She is currently a PhD student of Theatre Arts at Texas Tech University.