About the Authors and Artists for Spring/Summer 2014

Sabrina Bland lives in Flowery Branch, Georgia and is a self taught artist whose love of art has spanned her life. Who isn’t stirred by Beauty!? Her work is influenced and inspired by nature and her work with the nonprofit, Amigos for Christ, in Nicaragua. Sabrina has worked as a pediatric and mother baby nurse at Grady, Gwinnett Medical and in the Peace Corps in Paraguay. She uses encaustics, watercolors, acrylics and mixed media to express the simple, yet profound, splendor of the natural world and our inner feelings, knowing that art can often calm and heal. She spends her summers drawing motivation for her art and painting murals for rural communities in Nicaragua. Her studio resides in Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford, GA, where she gratefully and joyfully paints most afternoons.

Larry Blazek  was born in Northern Indiana, but moved to the southern part because the climate is more suited to cycling and the land is cheap. He has been publishing the magazine-format collage Opossum Holler Tarot since 1983 and  could use some submissions. Larry’s work has been published in the The Bat Shat,  Vox Poetica Leveler Poetry, Five Fishes, Front, and Mountain Focus Art among many others.

Cathryn Cofell has published in the New York Quarterly, Margie, Oranges & Sardines, Prairie Schooner, and Slipstream, among others. She is the author of Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press) and six chapbooks including Split Personality (Sunnyoutside) in collaboration with Karla Huston. She also performs her poems to the music of Obvious Dog, including tracks from Lip. Sometimes they let her sing and shake the apple. www.cathryncofell.com

Sally Deskins is an artist and writer, focusing on women and feminist writers and artists, including herself. Her art has been exhibited in galleries in Omaha, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago; and has been published in publications such as Certain Circuits, Weave Magazine, and Painters & Poets. She has curated various solo and group exhibitions, readings and performances centered on women’s perspective and the body. Her writing has been published internationally in journals such as Stirring, Prick of the Spindle, Bookslut and Bitch. She edits the online journal Les Femmes Folles, has published three anthologies of art and writing and her first illustrated book Intimates & Fools, with poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, was published in Jan. 2014. Femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com,Sallydeskins.tumblr.com

Jacqueline Doyle has recent work in Confrontation, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter online, and Southern Indiana Review, and a collaborative story written with her husband under the pseudonym Alvarado O’Brien in Timber. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches at California State University, East Bay. Find her online at: www.facebook.com/authorjacquelinedoyle.

Michael Kriesel is a poet and reviewer whose work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Antioch Review, Rattle, Nimrod, North American Review, and more. He’s won the the 2011 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest and the 2004 Lorine Niedecker Poetry Prize. Books include Chasing Saturday Night: Poems about Rural Wisconsin (Marsh River Editions), Moths Mail the House (Sunnyoutside), and Feeding My Heart to the Wind: Selected Short Poems (Sunnyoutside).

Catherine Moore is a freelance writer and poet. Some of Catherine’s publications include short stories and poems in Six Little Things, MaMaZina Magazine, Ars Medica Journal, and the Avatar Review. She earned a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa.

Marlon Figueiredo de Oliveira is a  Brazilian poet born in Rio de Janeiro and migrating to the south. Though his first language is Portuguese, the work here selected was originally written in English (his second language) and aims to deliver an observation on how two human beings are substantially connected even being apparently non-related to each other.

Carl “Papa” Palmer, retired Army, retired FAA, now just plain retired, lives in University Place, WA. He has seven chapbooks and a contest winning poem riding a bus somewhere in Seattle. Motto: Long Weekends Forever.

Rachel Simon is the author of the collections Theory of Orange and Marginal Road. She has had work published recently in Mead Magazine and Chronogram.

Laura Lee Washburn is the Director of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and the author of This Good Warm Place: 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize). Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Cavalier Literary Couture, Carolina Quarterly, Ninth Letter, The Sun, Red Rock Review, and Valparaiso Review. Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, she has also lived and worked in Arizona and in Missouri. She is married to the writer Roland Sodowsky.

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013), Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), and the collaborative book Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2014) with artist Sally Deskins, as well as two letterpress books, and eight chapbooks, including Spindrift (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). She is the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her book, American Galactic, is forthcoming from Martin Lit Books. Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, the Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship, and her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Margie, and Feminist Studies. Currently, she is a writer-in-residence at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Illinois.  www.lauramadelinewiseman.com