Contributors’ Biographies


 

 SPRING 2015


 

 Mario Ascueta Aguado got his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications from Far Eastern University (Manila, Philippines) and attended a Master’s Degree Program in Spanish Translations at the University of the Philippines (Diliman, Quezon City). He has worked in radio broadcasting, print media, and in business administration. Some of his works have been published in the Literary Journals of the Cultural Center of the Philippines: ANI Issue no. 23 “Sailing Down The Orient”, ANI Issue no. 27 “Rainy Days Traffic Jams and a Driver Named Kris” and their last edition ANI Issue no. 38 where his poem written in Spanish language entitled “Envejecido” was included.


 


 


Bill Batcher considers himself a poet under construction. A retired teacher, he leads a writers group in Riverhead, NY. His writing has been published in magazines, anthologies and online collections, and has won several awards. His second book of poems, Celebrations, published in 2014, is available from Amazon.


 


 


Sarah Bates short fiction has appeared in the San Diego North County Times and the literary magazine Bravura.  She is the author of Twenty-One Steps of Courage, an Army action novel published in 2012 and is co-author of the short story collection, Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories by Wild Women. Her historical fiction novel, an account of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s girlhood, is due out in 2015. Bates was an English Department writing tutor at Palomar College in California for ten years and continues to privately tutor both academic and creative writing students.


 


 


Samuel Bean is a native of both Brooklyn, New York, and Montclair, New Jersey. Bean is a 1999 graduate of Earlham College, who also holds an MA from New Jersey City University (Ed Psych - 2007). During his college years, he hosted three radio shows, studied Australian history abroad for a semester, and produced an independent study, chronicling the lives, music, and historical relevance of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.


Since 2009, Bean has been an active participating member of an intentional community in South Austin.


 


 


Magda Benigna is an independent author, journalist and communications adviser. After living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the past four years, she is on her way to move back to Rome where she is a permanent resident. She is currently working on her own tales of life in Addis with an expected publication date in 2016. When living in Rome previously, she wrote two books on Architecture and History of Art in the Eternal City. She also writes her own sequential travel blog, focusing on life and culture in the place where she lives, as well as working as journalist and communication consultant for some of the United Nations Agencies. Before establishing herself as an independent writer, she was a senior correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg news agencies, based in London. Of Italian descent, she was born and raised in the Alsace Province in Eastern France.


 


 


Marguerite G. Bouvard is the author of eight poetry books and 12 non-fiction books. Her seventh book of poems won the MassBook Award for Poetry, and her first book also won an award. Her non-fiction books focus on human rights, grief, spirituality and more. Her latest non-fiction book is "The Invisible Wounds of War; coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan." She is a Resident Scholar at the Women Studies Research Center at Brandeis U.


 


 


German-born Ute Carson has been a writer since youth. She has published two novels, three collections of poetry and numerous short stories and essays here and abroad. Please visit her website www.utecarson.com
 


 


James Como is prof. emeritus of rhetoric and public communication at York College (CUNY), from which he retired from full-time teaching after forty-four years.  He is a communication consultant, writer (his new book, in press, is 'The Tongue is Also a Fire'), and a lecturer and media commentator on the life and works of C. S. Lewis.


 


 


Joe Corso grew up in Queens, New York, He's a Korea veteran and after he was discharged from the army he joined the FDNY. When he retired he moved to sunny South Florida where he lives with his wife Giovanna. He began writing books to help pay for his grandchildren’s college education. Much to his surprise and delight he discovered that he could write a good story and now… writing has become his passion.”


 


 


V. Conejero, D.A.


Founder - Editor-in-Chief - Marketing Director - Webmaster


V. Conejero is the founder and director of the very successful writing critique group, The NYU-Village Writers (http://www.NYUVillageWriters.webs.com).  Her stories appeared in Writing Raw Magazine, during 2011-2012.


Dr. V. Conejero was born in Havana, Cuba. She holds three academic degrees in music. She is a professional orchestra conductor (www.VivianConejero.com) and is the director of an international music festival (www.DMajorInternationalMusicFestival.com).


 


 


Robert J. Cooney


Editorial Assistant


Robert is a native New Yorker.  He earned his B.A. in Economics from CUNY Hunter College, in 2013.  Currently, he drives a truck and works in Operations for UPS.  For twenty years, he was a bartender, entertaining guests from Brooklyn, NY, to Laguna Beach, CA.  Robert has been writing since his teens.


 


 


Leigh Donaldson's writing has appeared in publications such as the The Montreal Review, Sojourners Magazine, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food & Culture, "This I Believe" website, Art Times Journal, American LegacyMagazine, the Progressive Media Project, American Songwriter Magazine, Bangor Daily News, Portland Monthly Magazine, Café Review, and Maine Food & Lifestyle Magazine.


 


 


Henya Drescher is a novelist from New York, NY. When she’s not writing, you


can find her studying the ongoing conflict between Islam and the west. For


relaxation, she enjoys fighting with weights at the gym, or in her garden


engaging her plants in profound political conversations. She eats rice cakes


every chance she gets.


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David Ehrlich is a photographer living near Washington DC.  His studio is in Northern Virginia. He specializes in portraiture and he also enjoys landscape photography.


 


 


Ernie Harburg, the son of Yip, is the President of the Yip Harburg Foundation and co-author of the books "Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz: Yip Harburg, Lyricist" and "The Broadway Musical: Collaboration in Commerce and Art." He is also a senior research scientist emeritus with appointments in both psychology and epidemiology at the University of Michigan.


 


 


Kyle Hemmings has art work in The Stray Branch, Euphenism, Uppagus, The Bitchin' Kitsch, Black Market Lit, Red Bird Press, Snapping Twigs, and upcoming work in Convergence. He loves pre-punk garage bands of the 60s, Manga comics, and urban photography/art.


 


 


Mindy Kronenberg is a poet, writer, and critic, with numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad. She teaches writing and literature at SUNY Empire State College and edits Book/Mark Quarterly Review.


 


 


Julie P. Lauton is a New Jersey-based freelance copy and content writer and a magna cum laude graduate of Lehigh University, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology together with a minor in American Literature. Recently Julie discovered the gratification that poetry writing can bring about, and with a growing appreciation for this art, she hopes to share the vibrancy and diversity of poetry with others. Julie’s poems have been featured in blogs and local newspapers. “Seasonal Utterances (Spring)” is her first work to be published in a literary magazine.


 


 


John Lysaght is a poet from Long Island, NY, who has a BA in English from the


University of Scranton.  He has been writing poetry since undergraduate school, graduating in 1968.  He has had a rich work history, which has included teaching English in secondary schools in Syosset, NY, and Livonia, NY.  He has had poems published in Esprit, the literary journal of the University of Scranton, Poet`s Choir and Avocet, A Journal Of Nature Poems.


 


 


John F. McCullagh was born and raised in Flushing Queens. He graduated from Queens College in 1976. After ten years with the Federal Government he made a career change into real estate appraisal. John began writing on 09/11/2002 with the poem “A year ago today.” John is a narrative poet who counts among his influences Browning, Hopkins and most especially, Robert Service.


 


 


Richard Merli


Poetry Editor


Richard Merli is a New York-based editor and investigative journalist whose career spans 25 years. Merli began his career as an investigative reporter for Gannett Company and has written on subject matter as diverse as politics, pharmaceuticals, the environment and textile management. A number of his investigative pieces exposed accidents, occupational illnesses and fatalities in the industrial workplace. He has edited a magazine, two newspapers and two digital publications. Merli completed his first screenplay in September, 2013.  He is the author of hundreds of poems and sonnets and is devoted to poetry, both classical and new, as a creative craft and medium.


 


 


Erica Miles, Non-Fiction Editor & Principal Fiction Editor


Erica Miles studied writing at the Writer’s Voice of the Westside Y, the Mid-Atlantic Creative Non-Fiction Writers’ Conference, and the Colgate Writers’ Conference. Miles received her B.A. in Theatre from Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Teaching ESL from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a writer of poetry and plays all her life, Miles has now turned her hand to fiction. The re-release of her debut novel, Dazzled by Darkness: A Story of Art and Desire, is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.  http://www.amazon.com/Dazzled-Darkness-Story-Art-Desire-ebook/dp/B00XV6BUWC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1433720692&sr=1-1&keywords=dazzled+by+darkness&pebp=1433720695824&perid=1FEF71N8GZZRC2MRH1RJ


 


 


Mindy Ohringer is a writer, public education advocate, and political analyst. From 1985-1993, she served on the staff of former City Council Member Sheldon S. Leffler, specializing in community outreach, budgetary advocacy, legislative development, and investigation/oversight of criminal justice policy. She earned a B.A, in Political Science from Barnard College and an M.A. in Politics from New York University.


 


 


Ann Ormsby


Fiction Editor


Ann Ormsby is a freelance writer with a master's degree in journalism from NYU. Her work has been seen in The Newark Star-Ledger, The Huffington Post, The Alternative Press, patch.com and other outlets.  Her debut novel, The Recovery Room, is now available on Amazon.com.


 


 


David Rullo is a poet, freelance writer, journalist, musician and artist. “Tired Scenes From A City Window,” Rullo’s first collection of poetry was recently published through Outskirts Press. Rullo has been published in various literary magazines including Undertow, Semaphore Magazine, Exhausted Ramblings, Cavalcade, Pendulum, The Second International Anthology on Paradoxism and more. His journalism and feature articles have appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Distinction Magazine and the Jewish Chronicle. As a musician Rullo is a member of the two-piece experimental band Centrale Electrique. Rullo has also had a conceptual art piece hung at Future Tenant as part of the exhibit Do You Understand curated by Kimberly Rullo.


 


 


W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books (wjacksavage.com) including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage. More than fifty of Jack's stories and over three hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.


 


 


Leslie Silton was always a writer, having gotten her start at an open mic in Greenwich Village in 1964, even though her formal education ended with a BFA in painting. She has participated in over 150 open mic readings in half a dozen cities and several countries.
Starting 2006, her short stories started being published in anthologies and even online. Having turned her passion for writing into a day job—she freelances as a book editor and writing coach. In September 2014, her novel “The Gift Horse” was published by Absolutely
Amazing eBooks, marking her debut as a novelist. She is extremely happy to have a short story published in TGVLR. 


 


 


Jeff Streeby is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a nominee for Sundress Press’ Best of the Web Anthology. He earned his MFA in Poetry from Gerald Stern’s program at New England College in New Hampshire. His poetry has appeared in Ginosko, Southwest American Literature, Los Angeles Review, Rattle, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, and many others. His poem “Biography” won the 2013 Provincetown OuterMost Community Radio Poetry Award. He is a Senior Lecturer in English at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand.


 


 


Lorien Vidal


As a lifelong speaker of Brooklynese with a penchant for dropping the frequent, yet appropriately placed F-bomb, she currently lives in the somewhat boring yet infinitely fresher-smelling Putnam County, NY.  Working as a quietly frustrated Administrative Assistant at a large non-profit in Patterson, NY, she blogs by night, letting all her exasperation, and her New York accent, hang out.  She writes her heart out (poetry, fiction, snarky humor) and is currently freelance-editing an upcoming sci-fi novel by A.H. Browne


 


 


FALL 2014


 


 


Sarah Bates


Sarah Bates short fiction has appeared in the San Diego North County Times and the literary magazine Bravura.  She is the author of Twenty-One Steps of Courage, an Army action novel published in 2012 and co-author of the short story collection, Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories by Wild Women. Her historical fiction novel, an account of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s girlhood, is due out in 2015. Bates was an English Department writing tutor at Palomar College in California for ten years and continues to privately tutor both academic and creative writing students.


 


 


V. Conejero, D.A.


Founder - Editor-in-Chief - Marketing Director - Webmaster


V. Conejero is the founder and director of the very successful writing critique group, The NYU-Village Writers (http://www.NYUVillageWriters.webs.com).  Her stories appeared in Writing Raw Magazine, during 2011-2012. 


Dr. V. Conejero was born in Havana, Cuba. She holds three academic degrees in music.  She is a professional orchestra conductor (www.VivianConejero.com) and is the director of an international music festival (www.DMajorInternationalMusicFestival.com).


 


 


Clark Cook


Clark Cook is a Canadian poet, a retired English instructor at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria, and former Program Head of the Communication Dept. at the BC Institute of Technology (Canada's second-largest Polytechnic University). Clark has been active online in recent years--about 30 of his poems and a few stories are available at


http://moonfroth.hubpages.com. Clark's poetry has been included in two recent anthologies: The Poetic Bond III (Sept. 2013), and Bridge of Fates (Lost Tower Publications March 2014).  Another of his poems will be published in The Poetic Bond IV (October 2014).  His poetry explores the vagaries of love and our perceptions of Self in a shifting world, all of this with a wry sense of humor and a reverence for the efficacy of myth and landscape in our attempts to recognize Truth.


 


 


Robert J. Cooney


Editorial Assistant


Robert is a native New Yorker.  He earned his B.A. in Economics from CUNY Hunter College in 2013.  Currently, he drives a truck and works in Operations for UPS.  For twenty years, he was a bartender, entertaining guests from Brooklyn, NY to Laguna Beach, CA.  Robert has been writing since his teens. 


 


 


Erin Cunningham


Erin Cunningham earned her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She recently moved back to NYC after a stint in Michigan. She is currently living in Brooklyn and loving every minute in this great city. She recently wrote her first play, The Suitcase, which was produced this summer at the Midtown International Theater Festival. Her writing has been published in NY Magazine.


 


 


Zdravka Evtimova


Zdravka Evtimova was born in Bulgaria where she works as a literary translator from English, German and French. Her latest short story collections are: “Carts and Other Stories,” Fomite Publishing, Vermont, USA, 2012, and Impossibly Blue, SKREV Press, UK, 2013. Her novel SINFONIA BULGARICA was published by Fomite Books, USA in 2014. Her short stories have been published in a number of countries in the world, including USA (Massachusetts Review, New Sudden Fiction, Antioch Review, and others), Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, China, and other countries.


 


 


Meghan Horvath is a filmmaker based in London. She works across documentary and fiction and is currently developing projects in both genres. She is a graduate of New York University and the London School of Economics and although she has been writing stories for many years, These Days is her first publication. www.meghanhorvath.com


 


 


John Lysaght is a poet from Long Island, NY, who has a BA in English from the


University of Scranton.  He has been writing poetry since undergraduate school, graduating in 1968.  He has had a rich work history, which has included teaching English in secondary schools in Syosset, NY, and Livonia, NY.  He has had poems published in Esprit, the literary journal of the University of Scranton, Poet`s Choir and Avocet, A Journal Of Nature Poems.


 


 


John F. McCullagh


John F. McCullagh was born and raised in Flushing Queens. He graduated from Queens College in 1976. After ten years with the Federal Government he made a career change into real estate appraisal. John began writing on 09/11/2002 with the poem “A year ago today.”  John is a narrative poet who counts among his influences Browning,  Hopkins and most especially Robert Service.


 


 


Richard Merli


Poetry Editor - Non-Fiction Editor


Richard Merli is a New York-based editor and investigative journalist whose career spans 25 years. Merli began his career as an investigative reporter for Gannett Company and has written on subject matter as diverse as politics, pharmaceuticals, the environment and textile management. A number of his investigative pieces exposed accidents, occupational illnesses and fatalities in the industrial workplace. He has edited a magazine, two newspapers and two digital publications.  Merli completed his first screenplay in September, 2013.  He is the author of hundreds of poems and sonnets and is devoted to poetry, both classical and new, as a creative craft and medium.


 


 


Dirk van Nouhuys


Dirk van Nouhuys is a native of Berkeley with a BA from Stanford in creative writing and an MA from Columbia in contemporary literature. He is married with three grown children. He worked for decades as a tech writer and manager. A few years ago, he devoted himself full-time to fiction.  He writes short stories, some experimental forms, and occasionally verse, but mostly novels, which have been published only in excerpts or serially.  About 70 items of fiction and poems have appeared in literary or general magazines.  He occasionally publishes translations and photography.  You can learn more about him at his web site, www.wandd.com.


 


 


Ann Ormsby


Fiction Editor


Ann Ormsby is a freelance writer with a master's degree in journalism from NYU. Her work has been seen in The Newark Star-Ledger, The Huffington Post, The


Alternative Press, patch.com and other outlets.  Her debut novel, The Recovery Room, is now available on Amazon.com.


 


 


Miguel Vera


The author is a never before published, retired attorney, a graduate of Rutgers University and the former Antioch School of Law.


 


 


Charlene Wexler


Charlene Wexler graduated from the University of Illinois. She has been a teacher, and dental office manager. In retirement, she found her true calling--writing. She has published four books and several short stories and articles. She lives in Illinois, with her husband.


 


 


 


SPRING 2014


 


 


Lois Adams works in children's publishing in New York. She is the author of the chapbook Body and Soul and one of the co-authors of To Genesis (both published by Five Spice Press).


 


 


Janet Chalmers is a New York writer and photographer with an MFA from Columbia University. She has published poems, reviews and social commentary in many literary publications such as Bellevue Literary Review, Barrow Street, New Millennium Writings, Fogged Clarity, Chelsea, Inkwell, and the Kenyon Review (online). She has been nominated for the 2014 anthology, Best New Poets. Chalmers attended the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference in 2013. She is currently working on a series of poems about Picasso's mistress, the artist Dora Maar.


 


 


V. Conejero, D.A.


Founder - Editor-in-Chief - Marketing Director - Webmaster


V. Conejero is the founder and director of the very successful writing critique group, The NYU-Village Writers (http://www.NYUVillageWriters.webs.com).  Her stories appeared in Writing Raw Magazine, during 2011-2012.


Dr. V. Conejero was born in Havana, Cuba.  She holds three academic degrees in music.  She is a professional orchestra conductor (www.VivianConejero.com) and is the director of an international music festival (www.DMajorInternationalMusicFestival.com).


 


 


Tim Coover attended St. John's College in Maryland, where he studied philosophy and literature. He went abroad shortly after graduation, and has spent most of the last two years in China, teaching English. Since coming home, he has split his time between working at the Strand, and writing, in an attempt to make some sense of his experience abroad through fiction. This short story represents the first chapter of what he hopes may someday be a  novel about American expats in China.


 


 


Emily Duncan


A New York-based writer and comedian, Emily Duncan got her BFA from NYU. Her plays have been produced in New York City, California and Canada and she has worked in theater, film and television production. She is a contributing writer for PolicyMic.com and BustedTees and, as of 2014, a published poet. Additionally, Emily has written and performed sketch comedy at UCBNY, the PIT, the Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival, and a variety of other places along the east coast. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Emily enjoys plaid, scotch, and long walks on the beach even when the beach is pretty cold.


 


 


Zdravka Evtimova


Zdravka Evtimova was born in Bulgaria where she works as a literary translator from English, German and French. Her latest short story collections are: “Carts and Other Stories,” Fomite Publishing, Vermont, USA, 2012, and Impossibly Blue, SKREV Press, UK, 2013. Her novel SINFONIA BULGARICA was published by Fomite Books, USA in 2014. Her short stories have been published in a number of countries in the world, including USA (Massachusetts Review, New Sudden Fiction, Antioch Review, and others), Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, China, and other countries.


 


 


Debralynn Fein has been writing professionally since 2002. Her articles and stories have appeared in Wee Ones Magazine, Hackwriters.Com, run from Falmouth College of Arts, and New York Examiner respectively. Her undergraduate major was English Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She also earned a Master's degree in Elementary education from Queens College, City University of New York in 1987. She is also in the process of editing a realistic fiction novel called Aaron and Me, Works in Progress. She has a fresh new voice most will enjoy.


 


 


Primwatee Groover


Marketing Consultant


Primwatee Groover is a nonfiction editor with a publishing house that specializes in eastern philosophy. She's also a documentary filmmaker and photographer.


 


 


Meghan Horvath is a filmmaker based in London. She works across documentary and fiction and is currently developing projects in both genres. She is a graduate of New York University and the London School of Economics and although she has been writing stories for many years, These Days is her first publication. www.meghanhorvath.com


 


 


Barbara J. Hughes


Barbara J. Hughes grew up in New York City and graduated summa Cum Laude from Hunter College where she received a BA in American Literature and Psychology. She worked as a copywriter, graphic designer and Advertising Manager for 25 years at several major book publishers, including Doubleday and Columbia University Press. This career followed a childhood of reading all forms of literary works, both present and past. She is continuing to write a volume of poetry and working on various pieces of art, while studying at The Art Students’ League.


 


 


Laura Hymers has worked as director and writer in multimedia theatre with Charles Wiseman, with voiceover and video of Timothy West OBE and Kate Smurthwaite; they are also founders of the London Peace Through Com set up after London's riots to help those who have been supportive of and involved young people in the arts, raising awareness of dispossessed. She is also a painter.


 


 


Bill Kahn


Bill Kahn comes from a family of writers. He wrote and performed his poetry as a teenager and young adult. After a 30 year hiatus, he is writing again. Bill completed his NYU Graduate School degree in 1977. He has since enjoyed a successful career in educational administration. Bill lives and works in the New York City area. He limits his use of gadgets and still reads three newspapers a day.


 


 


Justine Manzano is a writer of many genres who lives in Bronx, NY with her husband, son, and a cacophony of cats. Her short fiction appears in the anthology Things You Can Create and Sliver of Stone Magazine.  She also works as a fiction reader for Sucker Literary Magazine. Her blog, where you can find all her news and views about writing and life, can be found at JustineManzano.com.


 


 


Patricia Markert was born and grew up in Syracuse New York.  She currently works as a librarian in New York City. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry East, Home Planet News, among other literary journals, and in the anthology, To Genesis.   Her chapbook, Watched You Disappear, was published by Five Spice Poetry.


 


 


Richard Merli


Poetry Editor - Non-Fiction Editor


Richard Merli is a New York-based editor and investigative journalist whose career spans 25 years. Merli began his career as an investigative reporter for Gannett Company and has written on subject matter as diverse as politics, pharmaceuticals, the environment and textile management. A number of his investigative pieces exposed accidents, occupational illnesses and fatalities in the industrial workplace. He has edited a magazine, two newspapers and two digital publications.  Merli completed his first screenplay in September, 2013.  He is the author of hundreds of poems and sonnets and is devoted to poetry, both classical and new, as a creative craft and medium.


 


 


John F. McCullagh


John F. McCullagh was born and raised in Flushing Queens. He graduated from Queens College in 1976. After ten years with the Federal Government he made a career change into real estate appraisal. John began writing on 09/11/2002 with the poem “A year ago today.” John is a narrative poet who counts among his influences Browning, Hopkins and most especially Robert Service.


 


 


Robin Leigh Morgan


Robin Leigh Morgan is a retired New York City employee who’s been married for twenty years sans children.  While “I Kissed a Ghost,” a YA [Young Adult] Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance, is her first self-published romance endeavor, it is not the first romance she’s tried to write. She is currently in the process of writing four books.


 


 


Ann Ormsby


Fiction Editor


Ann Ormsby is a freelance writer with a master's degree in journalism from NYU. Her work has been seen in The Newark Star-Ledger, The Huffington Post, The Alternative Press, patch.com and other outlets.  Her debut novel, The Recovery Room, is now available on Amazon.com.


 


 


Suhaey Rosario


Suhaey Rosario is a Taino, born in New York City. She was the managing editor of Columbia University's Quarto magazine, before graduating from the Classical Literature-Writing Program. She earned her B.A. in 2006, with an expertise in letters. Her work has appeared on Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.  She also blogs.


 


 


Barbara Schoenberg


Barbara Schoenberg received a BA in English Literature from St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn, NY). She followed these studies with literature and writing courses at New York University’s School of Continuing Education and at The New School. She has studied Latin American, South American, Japanese and Russian literature  and is currently enrolled in workshops for writing at Bard College. Now retired, she writes often and has done some self-publishing.


 


 


Malik Sullivan is a twenty-six year old graduate of the undergraduate


Creative Writing program at Hunter College in New York City. His poetry and


short fiction have appeared previously in both print and online independent


publications. Malik is extremely proud of and honored by the opportunity to be


part of this unique and fresh publication.


 


 


Alan Wexler


Alan Wexler is a New York-based freelance writer. He is the author of The Atlas of Westward Expansion and Who Was Who in World Exploration, both published by Facts On File. Alan has a B.A. in history from the State University of New York at Oneonta and an M.A. in English from the State University of New York at Oneonta.


 


 


Nancy Winslow’s paternal Grandmother was a published poet and her Dad, wrote as well. She was always very proud of her Grandmother’s work, but it was her dad who influenced her to write. Ms. Winslow grew up in Massachusetts but resides here in New York City, where she moved to attend school and work in the apparel industry. Writing has become her greatest outlet for creativity, and while lines of poetry pour from her whenever it is ready, her true passion is screenwriting.


 


 


Charles Wiseman has been a writer of blogs as well as a director of theatre, working with some of the top names in British theatre. The work he is most proud of is his raising funds for homeless in Berlin, £50 000 to put the homeless on stage to portray themselves which resulted in a Homeless Ensemble at Volksbuhne. This also led to working as an actor and mentoring of homeless work becoming a Millennium Fellow from Camelot Lottery grant to aid in the involvement of dispossessed in writing, filming and editing short films.


 


 


Contributors’ Biographies

 

 

SPRING 2015

 

 

Mario Ascueta Aguado got his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications from Far Eastern University (Manila, Philippines) and attended a Master’s Degree Program in Spanish Translations at the University of the Philippines (Diliman, Quezon City). He has worked in radio broadcasting, print media, and in business administration. Some of his works have been published in the Literary Journals of the Cultural Center of the Philippines: ANI Issue no. 23 “Sailing Down The Orient”, ANI Issue no. 27 “Rainy Days Traffic Jams and a Driver Named Kris” and their last edition ANI Issue no. 38 where his poem written in Spanish language entitled “Envejecido” was included.

 

 

Bill Batcher considers himself a poet under construction. A retired teacher, he leads a writers group in Riverhead, NY. His writing has been published in magazines, anthologies and online collections, and has won several awards. His second book of poems, Celebrations, published in 2014, is available from Amazon.

 

 

Sarah Bates short fiction has appeared in the San Diego North County Times and the literary magazine Bravura.  She is the author of Twenty-One Steps of Courage, an Army action novel published in 2012 and is co-author of the short story collection, Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories by Wild Women. Her historical fiction novel, an account of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s girlhood, is due out in 2015. Bates was an English Department writing tutor at Palomar College in California for ten years and continues to privately tutor both academic and creative writing students.

 

 

Samuel Bean is a native of both Brooklyn, New York, and Montclair, New Jersey. Bean is a 1999 graduate of Earlham College, who also holds an MA from New Jersey City University (Ed Psych - 2007). During his college years, he hosted three radio shows, studied Australian history abroad for a semester, and produced an independent study, chronicling the lives, music, and historical relevance of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.

Since 2009, Bean has been an active participating member of an intentional community in South Austin.

 

 

Magda Benigna is an independent author, journalist and communications adviser. After living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the past four years, she is on her way to move back to Rome where she is a permanent resident. She is currently working on her own tales of life in Addis with an expected publication date in 2016. When living in Rome previously, she wrote two books on Architecture and History of Art in the Eternal City. She also writes her own sequential travel blog, focusing on life and culture in the place where she lives, as well as working as journalist and communication consultant for some of the United Nations Agencies. Before establishing herself as an independent writer, she was a senior correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg news agencies, based in London. Of Italian descent, she was born and raised in the Alsace Province in Eastern France.

 

 

Marguerite G. Bouvard is the author of eight poetry books and 12 non-fiction books. Her seventh book of poems won the MassBook Award for Poetry, and her first book also won an award. Her non-fiction books focus on human rights, grief, spirituality and more. Her latest non-fiction book is "The Invisible Wounds of War; coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan." She is a Resident Scholar at the Women Studies Research Center at Brandeis U.

 

 

German-born Ute Carson has been a writer since youth. She has published two novels, three collections of poetry and numerous short stories and essays here and abroad. Please visit her website www.utecarson.com
 

 

James Como is prof. emeritus of rhetoric and public communication at York College (CUNY), from which he retired from full-time teaching after forty-four years.  He is a communication consultant, writer (his new book, in press, is 'The Tongue is Also a Fire'), and a lecturer and media commentator on the life and works of C. S. Lewis.

 

 

Joe Corso grew up in Queens, New York, He's a Korea veteran and after he was discharged from the army he joined the FDNY. When he retired he moved to sunny South Florida where he lives with his wife Giovanna. He began writing books to help pay for his grandchildren’s college education. Much to his surprise and delight he discovered that he could write a good story and now… writing has become his passion.”

 

 

V. Conejero, D.A.

Founder - Editor-in-Chief - Marketing Director - Webmaster

V. Conejero is the founder and director of the very successful writing critique group, The NYU-Village Writers (http://www.NYUVillageWriters.webs.com).  Her stories appeared in Writing Raw Magazine, during 2011-2012.

Dr. V. Conejero was born in Havana, Cuba. She holds three academic degrees in music. She is a professional orchestra conductor (www.VivianConejero.com) and is the director of an international music festival (www.DMajorInternationalMusicFestival.com).

 

 

Robert J. Cooney

Editorial Assistant

Robert is a native New Yorker.  He earned his B.A. in Economics from CUNY Hunter College, in 2013.  Currently, he drives a truck and works in Operations for UPS.  For twenty years, he was a bartender, entertaining guests from Brooklyn, NY, to Laguna Beach, CA.  Robert has been writing since his teens.

 

 

Leigh Donaldson's writing has appeared in publications such as the The Montreal Review, Sojourners Magazine, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food & Culture, "This I Believe" website, Art Times Journal, American LegacyMagazine, the Progressive Media Project, American Songwriter Magazine, Bangor Daily News, Portland Monthly Magazine, Café Review, and Maine Food & Lifestyle Magazine.

 

 

Henya Drescher is a novelist from New York, NY. When she’s not writing, you

can find her studying the ongoing conflict between Islam and the west. For

relaxation, she enjoys fighting with weights at the gym, or in her garden

engaging her plants in profound political conversations. She eats rice cakes

every chance she gets.

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David Ehrlich is a photographer living near Washington DC.  His studio is in Northern Virginia. He specializes in portraiture and he also enjoys landscape photography.

 

 

Ernie Harburg, the son of Yip, is the President of the Yip Harburg Foundation and co-author of the books "Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz: Yip Harburg, Lyricist" and "The Broadway Musical: Collaboration in Commerce and Art." He is also a senior research scientist emeritus with appointments in both psychology and epidemiology at the University of Michigan.

 

 

Kyle Hemmings has art work in The Stray Branch, Euphenism, Uppagus, The Bitchin' Kitsch, Black Market Lit, Red Bird Press, Snapping Twigs, and upcoming work in Convergence. He loves pre-punk garage bands of the 60s, Manga comics, and urban photography/art.

 

 

Mindy Kronenberg is a poet, writer, and critic, with numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad. She teaches writing and literature at SUNY Empire State College and edits Book/Mark Quarterly Review.

 

 

Julie P. Lauton is a New Jersey-based freelance copy and content writer and a magna cum laude graduate of Lehigh University, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology together with a minor in American Literature. Recently Julie discovered the gratification that poetry writing can bring about, and with a growing appreciation for this art, she hopes to share the vibrancy and diversity of poetry with others. Julie’s poems have been featured in blogs and local newspapers. “Seasonal Utterances (Spring)” is her first work to be published in a literary magazine.

 

 

John Lysaght is a poet from Long Island, NY, who has a BA in English from the

University of Scranton.  He has been writing poetry since undergraduate school, graduating in 1968.  He has had a rich work history, which has included teaching English in secondary schools in Syosset, NY, and Livonia, NY.  He has had poems published in Esprit, the literary journal of the University of Scranton, Poet`s Choir and Avocet, A Journal Of Nature Poems.

 

 

John F. McCullagh was born and raised in Flushing Queens. He graduated from Queens College in 1976. After ten years with the Federal Government he made a career change into real estate appraisal. John began writing on 09/11/2002 with the poem “A year ago today.” John is a narrative poet who counts among his influences Browning, Hopkins and most especially, Robert Service.

 

 

Richard Merli

Poetry Editor

Richard Merli is a New York-based editor and investigative journalist whose career spans 25 years. Merli began his career as an investigative reporter for Gannett Company and has written on subject matter as diverse as politics, pharmaceuticals, the environment and textile management. A number of his investigative pieces exposed accidents, occupational illnesses and fatalities in the industrial workplace. He has edited a magazine, two newspapers and two digital publications. Merli completed his first screenplay in September, 2013.  He is the author of hundreds of poems and sonnets and is devoted to poetry, both classical and new, as a creative craft and medium.

 

 

Erica Miles, Non-Fiction Editor & Principal Fiction Editor

Erica Miles studied writing at the Writer’s Voice of the Westside Y, the Mid-Atlantic Creative Non-Fiction Writers’ Conference, and the Colgate Writers’ Conference. Miles received her B.A. in Theatre from Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Teaching ESL from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a writer of poetry and plays all her life, Miles has now turned her hand to fiction. The re-release of her debut novel, Dazzled by Darkness: A Story of Art and Desire, is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.  http://www.amazon.com/Dazzled-Darkness-Story-Art-Desire-ebook/dp/B00XV6BUWC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1433720692&sr=1-1&keywords=dazzled+by+darkness&pebp=1433720695824&perid=1FEF71N8GZZRC2MRH1RJ

 

 

Mindy Ohringer is a writer, public education advocate, and political analyst. From 1985-1993, she served on the staff of former City Council Member Sheldon S. Leffler, specializing in community outreach, budgetary advocacy, legislative development, and investigation/oversight of criminal justice policy. She earned a B.A, in Political Science from Barnard College and an M.A. in Politics from New York University.

 

 

Ann Ormsby

Fiction Editor

Ann Ormsby is a freelance writer with a master's degree in journalism from NYU. Her work has been seen in The Newark Star-Ledger, The Huffington Post, The Alternative Press, patch.com and other outlets.  Her debut novel, The Recovery Room, is now available on Amazon.com.

 

 

David Rullo is a poet, freelance writer, journalist, musician and artist. “Tired Scenes From A City Window,” Rullo’s first collection of poetry was recently published through Outskirts Press. Rullo has been published in various literary magazines including Undertow, Semaphore Magazine, Exhausted Ramblings, Cavalcade, Pendulum, The Second International Anthology on Paradoxism and more. His journalism and feature articles have appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Distinction Magazine and the Jewish Chronicle. As a musician Rullo is a member of the two-piece experimental band Centrale Electrique. Rullo has also had a conceptual art piece hung at Future Tenant as part of the exhibit Do You Understand curated by Kimberly Rullo.

 

 

W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books (wjacksavage.com) including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage. More than fifty of Jack's stories and over three hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

 

 

Leslie Silton was always a writer, having gotten her start at an open mic in Greenwich Village in 1964, even though her formal education ended with a BFA in painting. She has participated in over 150 open mic readings in half a dozen cities and several countries.
Starting 2006, her short stories started being published in anthologies and even online. Having turned her passion for writing into a day job—she freelances as a book editor and writing coach. In September 2014, her novel “The Gift Horse” was published by Absolutely
Amazing eBooks, marking her debut as a novelist. She is extremely happy to have a short story published in TGVLR. 

 

 

Jeff Streeby is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a nominee for Sundress Press’ Best of the Web Anthology. He earned his MFA in Poetry from Gerald Stern’s program at New England College in New Hampshire. His poetry has appeared in Ginosko, Southwest American Literature, Los Angeles Review, Rattle, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, and many others. His poem “Biography” won the 2013 Provincetown OuterMost Community Radio Poetry Award. He is a Senior Lecturer in English at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

 

Lorien Vidal

As a lifelong speaker of Brooklynese with a penchant for dropping the frequent, yet appropriately placed F-bomb, she currently lives in the somewhat boring yet infinitely fresher-smelling Putnam County, NY.  Working as a quietly frustrated Administrative Assistant at a large non-profit in Patterson, NY, she blogs by night, letting all her exasperation, and her New York accent, hang out.  She writes her heart out (poetry, fiction, snarky humor) and is currently freelance-editing an upcoming sci-fi novel by A.H. Browne

 

 

FALL 2014

 

 

Sarah Bates

Sarah Bates short fiction has appeared in the San Diego North County Times and the literary magazine Bravura.  She is the author of Twenty-One Steps of Courage, an Army action novel published in 2012 and co-author of the short story collection, Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories by Wild Women. Her historical fiction novel, an account of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s girlhood, is due out in 2015. Bates was an English Department writing tutor at Palomar College in California for ten years and continues to privately tutor both academic and creative writing students.

 

 

V. Conejero, D.A.

Founder - Editor-in-Chief - Marketing Director - Webmaster

V. Conejero is the founder and director of the very successful writing critique group, The NYU-Village Writers (http://www.NYUVillageWriters.webs.com).  Her stories appeared in Writing Raw Magazine, during 2011-2012. 

Dr. V. Conejero was born in Havana, Cuba. She holds three academic degrees in music.  She is a professional orchestra conductor (www.VivianConejero.com) and is the director of an international music festival (www.DMajorInternationalMusicFestival.com).

 

 

Clark Cook

Clark Cook is a Canadian poet, a retired English instructor at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria, and former Program Head of the Communication Dept. at the BC Institute of Technology (Canada's second-largest Polytechnic University). Clark has been active online in recent years--about 30 of his poems and a few stories are available at

http://moonfroth.hubpages.com. Clark's poetry has been included in two recent anthologies: The Poetic Bond III (Sept. 2013), and Bridge of Fates (Lost Tower Publications March 2014).  Another of his poems will be published in The Poetic Bond IV (October 2014).  His poetry explores the vagaries of love and our perceptions of Self in a shifting world, all of this with a wry sense of humor and a reverence for the efficacy of myth and landscape in our attempts to recognize Truth.

 

 

Robert J. Cooney

Editorial Assistant

Robert is a native New Yorker.  He earned his B.A. in Economics from CUNY Hunter College in 2013.  Currently, he drives a truck and works in Operations for UPS.  For twenty years, he was a bartender, entertaining guests from Brooklyn, NY to Laguna Beach, CA.  Robert has been writing since his teens. 

 

 

Erin Cunningham

Erin Cunningham earned her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She recently moved back to NYC after a stint in Michigan. She is currently living in Brooklyn and loving every minute in this great city. She recently wrote her first play, The Suitcase, which was produced this summer at the Midtown International Theater Festival. Her writing has been published in NY Magazine.

 

 

Zdravka Evtimova

Zdravka Evtimova was born in Bulgaria where she works as a literary translator from English, German and French. Her latest short story collections are: “Carts and Other Stories,” Fomite Publishing, Vermont, USA, 2012, and Impossibly Blue, SKREV Press, UK, 2013. Her novel SINFONIA BULGARICA was published by Fomite Books, USA in 2014. Her short stories have been published in a number of countries in the world, including USA (Massachusetts Review, New Sudden Fiction, Antioch Review, and others), Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, China, and other countries.

 

 

Meghan Horvath is a filmmaker based in London. She works across documentary and fiction and is currently developing projects in both genres. She is a graduate of New York University and the London School of Economics and although she has been writing stories for many years, These Days is her first publication. www.meghanhorvath.com

 

 

John Lysaght is a poet from Long Island, NY, who has a BA in English from the

University of Scranton.  He has been writing poetry since undergraduate school, graduating in 1968.  He has had a rich work history, which has included teaching English in secondary schools in Syosset, NY, and Livonia, NY.  He has had poems published in Esprit, the literary journal of the University of Scranton, Poet`s Choir and Avocet, A Journal Of Nature Poems.

 

 

John F. McCullagh

John F. McCullagh was born and raised in Flushing Queens. He graduated from Queens College in 1976. After ten years with the Federal Government he made a career change into real estate appraisal. John began writing on 09/11/2002 with the poem “A year ago today.”  John is a narrative poet who counts among his influences Browning,  Hopkins and most especially Robert Service.

 

 

Richard Merli

Poetry Editor - Non-Fiction Editor

Richard Merli is a New York-based editor and investigative journalist whose career spans 25 years. Merli began his career as an investigative reporter for Gannett Company and has written on subject matter as diverse as politics, pharmaceuticals, the environment and textile management. A number of his investigative pieces exposed accidents, occupational illnesses and fatalities in the industrial workplace. He has edited a magazine, two newspapers and two digital publications.  Merli completed his first screenplay in September, 2013.  He is the author of hundreds of poems and sonnets and is devoted to poetry, both classical and new, as a creative craft and medium.

 

 

Dirk van Nouhuys

Dirk van Nouhuys is a native of Berkeley with a BA from Stanford in creative writing and an MA from Columbia in contemporary literature. He is married with three grown children. He worked for decades as a tech writer and manager. A few years ago, he devoted himself full-time to fiction.  He writes short stories, some experimental forms, and occasionally verse, but mostly novels, which have been published only in excerpts or serially.  About 70 items of fiction and poems have appeared in literary or general magazines.  He occasionally publishes translations and photography.  You can learn more about him at his web site, www.wandd.com.

 

 

Ann Ormsby

Fiction Editor

Ann Ormsby is a freelance writer with a master's degree in journalism from NYU. Her work has been seen in The Newark Star-Ledger, The Huffington Post, The

Alternative Press, patch.com and other outlets.  Her debut novel, The Recovery Room, is now available on Amazon.com.

 

 

Miguel Vera

The author is a never before published, retired attorney, a graduate of Rutgers University and the former Antioch School of Law.

 

 

Charlene Wexler

Charlene Wexler graduated from the University of Illinois. She has been a teacher, and dental office manager. In retirement, she found her true calling--writing. She has published four books and several short stories and articles. She lives in Illinois, with her husband.

 

 

 

SPRING 2014

 

 

Lois Adams works in children's publishing in New York. She is the author of the chapbook Body and Soul and one of the co-authors of To Genesis (both published by Five Spice Press).

 

 

Janet Chalmers is a New York writer and photographer with an MFA from Columbia University. She has published poems, reviews and social commentary in many literary publications such as Bellevue Literary Review, Barrow Street, New Millennium Writings, Fogged Clarity, Chelsea, Inkwell, and the Kenyon Review (online). She has been nominated for the 2014 anthology, Best New Poets. Chalmers attended the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference in 2013. She is currently working on a series of poems about Picasso's mistress, the artist Dora Maar.

 

 

V. Conejero, D.A.

Founder - Editor-in-Chief - Marketing Director - Webmaster

V. Conejero is the founder and director of the very successful writing critique group, The NYU-Village Writers (http://www.NYUVillageWriters.webs.com).  Her stories appeared in Writing Raw Magazine, during 2011-2012.

Dr. V. Conejero was born in Havana, Cuba.  She holds three academic degrees in music.  She is a professional orchestra conductor (www.VivianConejero.com) and is the director of an international music festival (www.DMajorInternationalMusicFestival.com).

 

 

Tim Coover attended St. John's College in Maryland, where he studied philosophy and literature. He went abroad shortly after graduation, and has spent most of the last two years in China, teaching English. Since coming home, he has split his time between working at the Strand, and writing, in an attempt to make some sense of his experience abroad through fiction. This short story represents the first chapter of what he hopes may someday be a  novel about American expats in China.

 

 

Emily Duncan

A New York-based writer and comedian, Emily Duncan got her BFA from NYU. Her plays have been produced in New York City, California and Canada and she has worked in theater, film and television production. She is a contributing writer for PolicyMic.com and BustedTees and, as of 2014, a published poet. Additionally, Emily has written and performed sketch comedy at UCBNY, the PIT, the Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival, and a variety of other places along the east coast. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Emily enjoys plaid, scotch, and long walks on the beach even when the beach is pretty cold.

 

 

Zdravka Evtimova

Zdravka Evtimova was born in Bulgaria where she works as a literary translator from English, German and French. Her latest short story collections are: “Carts and Other Stories,” Fomite Publishing, Vermont, USA, 2012, and Impossibly Blue, SKREV Press, UK, 2013. Her novel SINFONIA BULGARICA was published by Fomite Books, USA in 2014. Her short stories have been published in a number of countries in the world, including USA (Massachusetts Review, New Sudden Fiction, Antioch Review, and others), Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, China, and other countries.

 

 

Debralynn Fein has been writing professionally since 2002. Her articles and stories have appeared in Wee Ones Magazine, Hackwriters.Com, run from Falmouth College of Arts, and New York Examiner respectively. Her undergraduate major was English Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She also earned a Master's degree in Elementary education from Queens College, City University of New York in 1987. She is also in the process of editing a realistic fiction novel called Aaron and Me, Works in Progress. She has a fresh new voice most will enjoy.

 

 

Primwatee Groover

Marketing Consultant

Primwatee Groover is a nonfiction editor with a publishing house that specializes in eastern philosophy. She's also a documentary filmmaker and photographer.

 

 

Meghan Horvath is a filmmaker based in London. She works across documentary and fiction and is currently developing projects in both genres. She is a graduate of New York University and the London School of Economics and although she has been writing stories for many years, These Days is her first publication. www.meghanhorvath.com

 

 

Barbara J. Hughes

Barbara J. Hughes grew up in New York City and graduated summa Cum Laude from Hunter College where she received a BA in American Literature and Psychology. She worked as a copywriter, graphic designer and Advertising Manager for 25 years at several major book publishers, including Doubleday and Columbia University Press. This career followed a childhood of reading all forms of literary works, both present and past. She is continuing to write a volume of poetry and working on various pieces of art, while studying at The Art Students’ League.

 

 

Laura Hymers has worked as director and writer in multimedia theatre with Charles Wiseman, with voiceover and video of Timothy West OBE and Kate Smurthwaite; they are also founders of the London Peace Through Com set up after London's riots to help those who have been supportive of and involved young people in the arts, raising awareness of dispossessed. She is also a painter.

 

 

Bill Kahn

Bill Kahn comes from a family of writers. He wrote and performed his poetry as a teenager and young adult. After a 30 year hiatus, he is writing again. Bill completed his NYU Graduate School degree in 1977. He has since enjoyed a successful career in educational administration. Bill lives and works in the New York City area. He limits his use of gadgets and still reads three newspapers a day.

 

 

Justine Manzano is a writer of many genres who lives in Bronx, NY with her husband, son, and a cacophony of cats. Her short fiction appears in the anthology Things You Can Create and Sliver of Stone Magazine.  She also works as a fiction reader for Sucker Literary Magazine. Her blog, where you can find all her news and views about writing and life, can be found at JustineManzano.com.

 

 

Patricia Markert was born and grew up in Syracuse New York.  She currently works as a librarian in New York City. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry East, Home Planet News, among other literary journals, and in the anthology, To Genesis.   Her chapbook, Watched You Disappear, was published by Five Spice Poetry.

 

 

Richard Merli

Poetry Editor - Non-Fiction Editor

Richard Merli is a New York-based editor and investigative journalist whose career spans 25 years. Merli began his career as an investigative reporter for Gannett Company and has written on subject matter as diverse as politics, pharmaceuticals, the environment and textile management. A number of his investigative pieces exposed accidents, occupational illnesses and fatalities in the industrial workplace. He has edited a magazine, two newspapers and two digital publications.  Merli completed his first screenplay in September, 2013.  He is the author of hundreds of poems and sonnets and is devoted to poetry, both classical and new, as a creative craft and medium.

 

 

John F. McCullagh

John F. McCullagh was born and raised in Flushing Queens. He graduated from Queens College in 1976. After ten years with the Federal Government he made a career change into real estate appraisal. John began writing on 09/11/2002 with the poem “A year ago today.” John is a narrative poet who counts among his influences Browning, Hopkins and most especially Robert Service.

 

 

Robin Leigh Morgan

Robin Leigh Morgan is a retired New York City employee who’s been married for twenty years sans children.  While “I Kissed a Ghost,” a YA [Young Adult] Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance, is her first self-published romance endeavor, it is not the first romance she’s tried to write. She is currently in the process of writing four books.

 

 

Ann Ormsby

Fiction Editor

Ann Ormsby is a freelance writer with a master's degree in journalism from NYU. Her work has been seen in The Newark Star-Ledger, The Huffington Post, The Alternative Press, patch.com and other outlets.  Her debut novel, The Recovery Room, is now available on Amazon.com.

 

 

Suhaey Rosario

Suhaey Rosario is a Taino, born in New York City. She was the managing editor of Columbia University's Quarto magazine, before graduating from the Classical Literature-Writing Program. She earned her B.A. in 2006, with an expertise in letters. Her work has appeared on Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.  She also blogs.

 

 

Barbara Schoenberg

Barbara Schoenberg received a BA in English Literature from St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn, NY). She followed these studies with literature and writing courses at New York University’s School of Continuing Education and at The New School. She has studied Latin American, South American, Japanese and Russian literature  and is currently enrolled in workshops for writing at Bard College. Now retired, she writes often and has done some self-publishing.

 

 

Malik Sullivan is a twenty-six year old graduate of the undergraduate

Creative Writing program at Hunter College in New York City. His poetry and

short fiction have appeared previously in both print and online independent

publications. Malik is extremely proud of and honored by the opportunity to be

part of this unique and fresh publication.

 

 

Alan Wexler

Alan Wexler is a New York-based freelance writer. He is the author of The Atlas of Westward Expansion and Who Was Who in World Exploration, both published by Facts On File. Alan has a B.A. in history from the State University of New York at Oneonta and an M.A. in English from the State University of New York at Oneonta.

 

 

Nancy Winslow’s paternal Grandmother was a published poet and her Dad, wrote as well. She was always very proud of her Grandmother’s work, but it was her dad who influenced her to write. Ms. Winslow grew up in Massachusetts but resides here in New York City, where she moved to attend school and work in the apparel industry. Writing has become her greatest outlet for creativity, and while lines of poetry pour from her whenever it is ready, her true passion is screenwriting.

 

 

Charles Wiseman has been a writer of blogs as well as a director of theatre, working with some of the top names in British theatre. The work he is most proud of is his raising funds for homeless in Berlin, £50 000 to put the homeless on stage to portray themselves which resulted in a Homeless Ensemble at Volksbuhne. This also led to working as an actor and mentoring of homeless work becoming a Millennium Fellow from Camelot Lottery grant to aid in the involvement of dispossessed in writing, filming and editing short films.