Bethany A. Beeler (she/her/hers), artist and author of North Street Book Prize Finalist, How to NOT Know You’re Trans, and its Summer 2021 follow-up, TransQuality: How Trans Experience Affirms the World, was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. After college, she settled in Texas for the next 37 years with her wife Pamalyn, raising three children. She is published in The Twinbill and the anthology, Wilderness of the Soul. She lives in Colorado with Pam, and three cats of disaster. And she blogs, and makes art.
Gayle Bell has work that has been featured in numerous anthologies, print and online publications. In 2018 she performed “Black Betty, That Thangs Gone Wild”, with Cara Mia’s Storytellers, Building Communities. In 2013-2014 She was a co-docent for “My Immovable Truth-A Dallas Lineage”. She facilitated her and other GLBTQY’s oral history and performance, sponsored by (MAP-Make Art With Purpose) and displayed at the African American Museum in Dallas Texas.
Alan Bern is a retired children’s librarian and cofounder with artist/printer Robert Woods of Lines & Faces, an illustrated poetry broadside press and publisher, linesandfaces.com, in the San Francisco Bay area. His work has recently appeared in Feral, Mediterranean Poetry, Slouching Beast Journal, Unearthed, Please See Me, and Mercurius. Alan was a runner up for The Raw Art Review’s The John H. Kim Memorial Short Fiction Prize for his story ‘The alleyway near the downtown library’; he won a medal from SouthWest Writers for his story ‘The Return of the Very Fierce Wolf of Gubbio to Assisi, 1943 CE [and now, 2013 CE]’; and his poem “Boxae” was first runner-up for the Raw Art Review’s first Mirabai Prize for Poetry, 2020. He was also a finalist in the NCWN’s 2019 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, and he won the Littoral Press Poetry Prize in 2015. Alan is the author of No no the saddest (Fithian Press), Waterwalking in Berkeley (Fithian Press), and greater distance and other poems (Lines & Faces). Alan performs with the dancer Lucinda Weaver as PACES: dance & poetry fit to the space and with musicians from Composing Together, composingtogether.org.
Maggie Claypool grew up in Missouri, and then made Colorado her home for 20 years as she travelled the country as a consultant. Claypool now lives in the First State (Delaware) with her two rescue dogs, Fancy and Chico. In her stories, Claypool attempts to strike a resonant chord of emotion in the reader. Her goal is for the reader to not only understand the characters’ emotions, but to also experience those emotions in their reaction to the tales’ action and narrative. Her short story “Watch Me” was recently published on Spillwords.
Lucy Ann Fiorini is a writer and poet based in Washington, D.C. Her short stories are included in the anthologies: Luna’s Children: Stranger Worlds; The Adventures of Pirates; Where Cowboys Roam; Nocturnal Natures; It’s an Urban Style of Love; Read on the Run: Zombies, Vampires, and Ghosts, Volume 1, and Bodies in the Library. Her poetry has appeared in Eye to the Telescope No. 30; Door is a Jar Literary Journal; Trickster’s Treats, Volume 4; Dead of Winter anthology, and PoetryHaiku.com. When not writing, she enjoys traveling, food blogging, and spending time with her family. Her website is: LucyAnnFiorini.com. She can also be reached on Twitter @LucyAnnF
Jane Fitzgerald writes poetry with clarity and insight. She is a compassionate writer who explores feelings about people, time, and nature. Fitzgerald has been writing for over thirty years since she studied poetry with David Ignatow at Columbia University where she earned a MA Degree. Fitzgerald has written four books including, Notes From the Undaunted ,which can be found on Amazon. Her poetry has been featured in Open Door Magazine, Dreamers Creative Writing, Sad Girls Club, Quillkeepers Press, Devil’s Party Press, and more. Fitzgerald worked as a teacher in different types of situations from public schools in low income areas to private schools. She loves working with children. She hopes that others will find comfort and a sense of togetherness in her poetry. Find more of Fitzgerald’s poetry, and follow her.
Robert Fleming lives in Lewes, Delaware. He retired from writing television comedy and game shows to literary writing. Robert’s twists bring the reader to the limit to find truth. Listeners heard Robert reading his Beat-Poetry in May at They-Call-Me-Mitch, an online reading series in San Francisco, CA; in April his play the 8th wonder had a casted reading at the Playwright’s Collective; and he co-hosts a local artist share at the Lewes, DE library. Readers read his writing in publications in United States, Canada, and Australia. Robert is a repeat contributor to Local Gems Press, Radical Fairy Diary, Devil’s Party Press, Failed-Haiku, Rehoboth Beach Writer’s Guild, Spilled-Ink Virginia, and Camp Rehoboth art shows. This summer Robert will apply for an emerging artist grant with the Delaware Division of the Arts. His poetry and word-art will be in Ethel Zine and Failbetter. Follow Robert at https://www.facebook.com/robert.fleming.5030.
R. David Fulcher is an author of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and poetry. Major literary influences include H.P. Lovecraft, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allen Poe, Fritz Lieber, and Stephen King. Fulcher’s first novel, a historical drama set in World War II, Trains to Nowhere, and his second novel, a collection of fantasy and science fiction short stories, Blood Spiders and Dark Moon, are both available from authorhouse.com and Amazon. Fulcher’s work has appeared in numerous small press publications including Lovecraft’s Mystery Magazine, Black Satellite, The Martian Wave, Burning Sky, Shadowlands, Twilight Showcase, Heliocentric Net, Gateways, Weird Times, Freaky Frights and the anthologies Dimensions and Silken Ropes. Fulcher’s work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store. A passion for the written word has also inspired Fulcher to edit and publish the literary magazine, Samsara (samsaramagazine.net), which has showcased writers and poets for over a decade. Fulcher resides in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife Lisa, and their rambunctious cats. Read his serialized horror here.
Cynthia Gallaher, a Chicago-based poet, is author of four poetry collections, including Epicurean Ecstasy: More Poems About Food, Drink, Herbs and Spices, three chapbooks, including Drenched. Her nonfiction/memoir/creativity guide Frugal Poets’ Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Aren’t a Poet won a National Indie Excellence Award. Follow her on Twitter at @swimmerpoet, Instagram at @frugalpoet and her Facebook page at @frugalpoets. Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/gallaherc Website: http://bit.ly/cynthiagallaher
Gabby Gilliam lives in the DC metro area. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Tofu Ink Arts Press, Tempered Runes Press, Cauldron Anthology, and two anthologies from Mythos Poets Society. You can find her online or on Facebook.
Morgan Golladay has been intrigued with words all her life. Her poetry reflects this, and she uses illusion and allusion in her writing. Much of her work focuses on her native Shenandoah Valley, as well as coastal Delaware. Golladay has worked with non-profits as a volunteer and staff member, been a librarian, a blood donor recruiter, and a customer service and purchasing agent for a residential water-well wholesaler. Her watercolor and acrylic-collage paintings have won awards, and she is currently President of the Mispillion Art League in Milford, Delaware, where she currently lives. An emerging poet, her work has been published in the Broadkill Review.
James Goodridge has been writing speculative fiction since 2004. After ten years as an artist representative and paralegal, he decided in 2013 to make a better commitment to writing. Goodridge is currently at work on The Passage of Time Saga, a series of short stories in the occult detective genre featuring Madison Cavendish and Seneca Sue, living vampire and werewolf occult detectives. He has written a series of Twilight Zone-style short stories entitled The Artwork (I to V), and runs the Facebook writers’ page: Who gives you the Write. His work can also be found in the DPP collection HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019, the Gravelight Press Collection EXHUMED: THIRTEEN TALES TOO TERRIFYING TO STAY DEAD, available at Amazon and at the DPP online store. Goodridge also pens an annual series of blogs for Black Horror History Month at horroraddicts.net He is a member of the Black Science Fiction Society. He also blogs.
D.E. Hardy has work that has appeared in HerStry, New World Writing, FlashFlood, Clockhouse Magazine (Pushcart Nomination), and Sixfold, among others. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be followed on twitter @dehardywriter and her website.
John Johnson is the rare poet who loves language but also data and numbers. He resides in Northern Virginia where in addition to running his consulting firm as a professional econometrician, he loves pizza, professional wrestling, and regularly writes with his wild writing circle. Johnson’s poetry tends to focus on humorous aspects of his geeky childhood and his journey as it relates to entrepreneurship, family and friendship, and failed athletic endeavors. His recent work has been published in The Parliament Literary Journal, Poetic Sun, Quillkeepers Press, and Pure Slush. His website is poemsovercoffee.com.
Bruce Robinson is a retired research analyst, and a graduate of Kenyon and Johns Hopkins. His work has appeared in Pangyrus, Fiction, Spoon River, Maintenant, and Pleiades. Forthcoming publications include Xavier Review and Zoetic Press. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is devoted to the films of Marcel Pagnol.
Mary Salome (she/her) is an Arab- and Irish-American Buddhist, writer, and media activist who lives in San Francisco. She has produced radio, video, and web publications, and is currently a Digital Communications Supervisor at the University of California San Francisco. Her prose and poetry have been published in Sojourner Magazine, Food for our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Feminists, and Tiny Seed Journal, among other publications. She is the co-producer of the web site BintElNas.org and has been a featured reader and curator at Lit Crawl in San Francisco. Find her on Twitter @marysalome.
Wille Schatz practiced law for three years after graduating Georgetown Law School, but then was called to discover whether he could be a writer (emphasis added to emphasize). Five decades hence, he thinks he may have a clue. During that span Willie has been a sportswriter, an independent publisher, as well as a writer and an editor for many independent technology publications, where he earned two Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Awards. He spent 1999-2018 teaching journalism, business writing, technical writing, and legal writing at the University of Maryland, College Park. (He remains perplexed the campus has stayed open.) At press time he is the father of two sons and the grandfather of a girl and a boy. And, lest we forget, a member of the Eastern Shore Writers Association board of directors, a Writer-in-Residence for Street Sense Media, and commander-in-chief of the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild Grammar Police. His work work is available in the Guild’s Anthology, Rehoboth Reads, and ESWA’s Bay to Ocean Anthology. Willie, Molly, and three felines have residences in the District of Columbia and the City of Lewes, a/k/a the First Town in the First State.
Gregg Shapiro, a 1999 inductee into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, is the author of seven books including the expanded edition of his short story collection How to Whistle (Rattling Good Yarns Press, 2021). Recent lit-mag publications include Exquisite Pandemic, RFD, Gargoyle, Limp Wrist, Mollyhouse, Impossible Archetype and Dissonance Magazine, as well as the anthologies This Is What America Looks Like (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2021), Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology From Middle America (Belt Publishing, 2021) and Moving Images: Poems Inspired by Film (Before Your Quiet Eyes Publishing, 2021). An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBTQ+ and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog Coco. He also tweets infrequently on Twitter: @Greggsha.
Judith Speizer Crandell is an award-winning writer and teacher of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Crandell has received residencies at Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, AROHO (A Room of One’s Own), and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship for her novel, The Resurrection of Hundreds Feldman. She has performed readings at the New York State Writers Institute, the New York State Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Washington, DC, and Cleveland Public Libraries. A journalist and Washington, DC, speechwriter for nearly twenty years, Crandell’s work has appeared in the anthologies Solstice, Equinox, Aurora, Suspicious Activity, Halloween Party 2019, and What Sort of Fuckery Is This?. Her first novel The Woman Puzzle was published in 2019 and took top honors at the Delaware Press Association’s 2020 Communication Awards in the category of best original novel (fiction). On June 14, 2020, she was the featured guest on the Delaware State of the Arts Podcast hosted by Paul Weagraff. Find her at her blog.
Edward Michael Supranowicz is the grandson of Irish and Russian/Ukrainian immigrants. He grew up on a small farm in Appalachia. He has a grad background in painting and printmaking. Some of his artwork has recently or will soon appear in Fish Food, Streetlight, Another Chicago Magazine, The Door Is a Jar, The Phoenix, and other journals. Edward is also a published poet.
Nancy North Walker is a “second act” short fiction writer from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, who took up creative writing following a long career as a business communications executive in Chicago, New York and New Jersey. She’s partial to speculative fiction, especially sci fi, horror and magical realism, but also dabbles in rom com and contemporary fiction. Her short stories and have appeared in several mid-Atlantic anthologies and in Devil’s Party Press’s (DPP’s)online literary magazine, Instant Noodles. Recently, Nancy’s first horror story appeared in Halloween Party ’21, a horror anthology published by DPP’s Gravelight Press. Warning: reading her sci-fi horror story, Insecticide, may cause you to flinch at the sight of any insect. Another of her sci-fi stories won a Judges Award in the 2021 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest and will be published along with other contest winners by Cat & Mouse Press in their fall 2021 anthology, Beach Secrets. She was a winner of the same short story contest in 2019 and was published in Cat & Mouse Press’s Beach Dreams. Nancy is currently working on a provocative sci-fi short story collection about the many unexpected ways advanced technology will change our lives in the coming decades. For more information about Nancy, and the sources of her sci-fi story inspirations, see nancynorthwalker.com.
Ben White, as he was serving at various duty stations during his 22-year military career, and then again when he was earning his MFA from the University of Tampa, thought he was a poet. But he is not a poet at all. Ben is a witness; what he writes is testimony. You can find his work in many assorted journals from The Exterminating Angel Press, Havik, So Say We All, and Proud to Be. He is also the author of Conley Bottom: A Poemoir, The Recon Trilogy +1, Buddha Bastinado Blues, and (forthcoming) Mill Springs: A Poemoir of Place and People. You can also follow his work and the work he has edited.