Maleficent Blue lives in an attic with a flock of taxidermed pigeons named after Victorian heriones in old Southern Gothic novels.  Although she has been writing poetry for quite some time, she usually just files it into dusty folders.  This is her first published poem.

John Brewer is a UK artist working in early photographic processes. He has had work published in several national and regional publications and has represented an award winning theatre company. He is particularly interested in, and influenced by, the Dada and Surrealism movements. His website is

In his civilian employment Bystritski drives an ambulance.
Among his patients there was once a female who, in spite of the attention from her primary physician, had shown signs of hypochondria: Suffering both from insomnia and poor appetite, she'day and night summon the ambulance to her apartment. On calls like that Bystritski brought his patient chocolates or flowers; and so with time appeased all her innumerable ills; but then, and for this there hardly seems to be a scientific explanation, Bystritski himself began to suffer first from insomnia then from the loss of appetite.

Brian Collier scrapes a living from the red-clay of the southern United States where he enjoys Kentucky Bourbon and carries on an intimate relationship with Melville Dewey's decimal classification system. According to his great-grandmother, Brian has been telling stories since he could talk. Of course to her telling stories was a euphemism for lying, but isn't that what fiction is, a really good lie?

Juliet Cook adores poetry.  Recent poetic projects include 'The Laura Poems', a series of ten titillating poems about Laura Palmer, hand-designed into limited edition, ribbon-bound chapbooks and available for sale via Recent publication credits include 'Wicked Alice', 'Venereal Kittens', and 'POTION'.  Cook's personal blog, CandyDishDoom is at and she also contributes to the group literary/art blog, taking the brim__ took the broom. Her poetry manuscript 'Horrific Confection' is currently seeking publication.

DB Cox is a blues musician/writer from South Carolina. His writing has appeared in Underground Voices, Thunder Sandwich, Dublin Quarterly, Aesthetica, Bonfire, Gator Springs Gazette, Heat City Review, Snow Monkey, Southern Hum, Southern Gothic and others.He has had three books of poetry published: "Passing For Blue" (published by Rank Stranger Press), "Lowdown" and "Ordinary Sorrows" (published by Pudding House Publications). Main Street Rag has just published his first full-length poetry collection, "Empty Frames".

Jeff Crouch is an amateur artist in Grand Prairie, Texas. He plays at art as though it were a game of hide and go seek and has been published in numerous ezines.

Jodie Daber is a twenty-six year old part-time secretary who lives in the North of England.

Phil Doran, Liverpool born, now living in Cambridge, is a veteran of stand-up comedy in the 1990's. Highlights include appearances at the Comedy Store, Jongleurs and Edinburgh Fringe. Phil has shared the bill with Mark Lamarr, Harry Hill, Peter Kay, Jo Caufield & Eddie Izzard and supported John Cooper Clarke at the Birmingham Literary Festival. Nowadays he concentrates on teaching English and (humorous) poetry/spoken word and more reflective/serious (but still comedic) work focusing on social surrealism and political (meta)fiction. His poetry pamphlets include: Foul-Mouthed Diatribe, Sex & Drugs & Uncle Frank, and Magic Mushroom Chilli Con Carne. The President's Brains is included in Spaghetti Fiction (2007), a new collection of 60+ short stories. All enquiries to

Daniel Y Harris, M.Div, is Adjunct Faculty of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Sonoma State University. His poetry chapbook, Unio Mystica (2007), will be published by Cross-Cultural Communications. His recent publication credits include: Zeek, The Pedestal Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, In Posse Review, Mad Hatters' Review, Sein und Werden, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry Convergence, The Other Voices International Project, and The Denver Quarterly,. The Jewish Community Library of San Francisco, Market Street Gallery, The Euphrat Museum, The Center for Visual Arts and Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts are among his art exhibition credits. His website is

Jason Heroux is the author of 'Memoirs of an Alias' (The Mansfield Press, 2004) and a recent chapbook, 'Renovations in the House of Mirrors' (Mercutio Press).  He lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Ale Klay is a graduate student at Naropa Univeristy in Boulder, Colorado.  She is pursuing a MFA in prose.  She has previously published in Riverbabble, The Bleeding Quill, and Clitature.

Andrew Lander is a poet, writer & painter. Published widely in the small press, exhibited andcommissioned artist. Editor and designer of The Showcase Press Poetry Journal and chapbook series. Please visit: for more info.

Ellaraine Lockie writes poetry, nonfiction books, magazine articles/columns and children's stories.  She is a well-published and awarded poet who has received nine nominations for Pushcart Prizes in poetry and has four published chapbooks:   Midlife Muse, Poetry Forum; Crossing the Center Line, Sweet Annie Press; Coloring Outside the Lines, The Plowman Press; Finishing Lines, Snark Publishing.  Ellaraine also teaches a poetry/writing workshop on the creative process for schools, writing groups and libraries.

David Mclean has lived in sweden since 1987 and has worked there in a variety of jobs, studying philosophy to an MA in 1999. He has one child, born in brixton in 1986 and she is also resident in sweden. His favourite philosopher is (usually) sartre and his favourite poet is (usually) anne sexton.

Lenka Maning-Warder was born in San Francisco, California in 1953.  Both her parents were very artistic free thinkers.  She is a third generation artist.  Her art "education" after Summerhill was varied;  she attended the Sir John Cass school of Art in London and Bournville College in Birmingham, as well as The Factory Of Visual Art in Seattle, Washington..  Needless to say, she moved around a lot.

Bill Mehlman is a reformed chef and restaurateur who has finally squelched recidivist tendencies in those areas. Currently a freelance writer/copyeditor/proofreader. Poems published in Slow Trains Literary Journal, Defenestration; non-fiction in Jerry Jazz Musician and Carpenter. Certified coastal navigator and student of nei kung.

Christopher Morris has been, among other things, a DJ, a security guard, a calculus tutor, a bartender, an editor, and a record store clerk. He lives with his wife and son in Indianapolis, Indiana.

J.D. Riso is a rare terrestrial orchid indigenous to northern woodlands.  Read more about it here: LINK

D. Richard Scannell is the author and illustrator of His fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and illustration are published or forthcoming at Concord Magazine, Thieves Jargon, Torkstar, Laura Hird, Down in the Cellar, and Zygote in my Coffee.

Peter Schwartz is the editor of 'eye' and the associate art editor of Mad Hatters' Review. His artwork can be seen all over the Internet but specifically at:  He has over 200 poems published in such journals as Porcupine, Vox, and Sein und Werden. Currently he is working on paintings for an exhibit at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea NYC.

Dan Smith lives in Cleveland, OH. where he subsists on memories, dreams and the friendship of fellow Deep Cleveland poets.

Willie Smith is deeply ashamed of being human. His work  celebrates this horror. He is reasonably clean, fairly sober, does not have a driver's license and has never in his life owned a carn a gun or a television. His novel OEDIPUS CADET is available through m. The chef recommends "Spider Fuck," free of charge, archived in issue #9 at

George Sparling has been published in nthposition, Word Riot, Underground Voices, Unlikely Stories,  Pittsburgh Quarterly, Zygote in my Coffee, Pindeldyboz, and Thieves Jargon, Eleventh Transmission, Lummox, Slow Trains, & Juked. He is retired, sitting around,gazing at the navel of world, pondering big & small thoughts.

Matina L. Stamatakis resides in a small, quaint, and overly depressing town located in upstate New York. Some of her most recent work has been featured, or is forthcoming, in: Otoliths, Word for/ Word, Zygote in My Coffee, Nthposition, etc.

J.E. Stanley is an accountant and part-time guitarist from the grayscale suburban wilderness of Northeast Ohio and a member of the_deep cleveland_tribe of poetry. In addition to previous issues of Sein und Werden, his work has appeared in numerous publications including the chapbook Dissonance (deep cleveland press), the short collection Ink (Gypsy Lips Press) and the forthcoming book Dark Intervals (vanZeno Press).

Pablo Teasdale's first interview was with Raquel Welch when he was a sailor and she was a new star. Since then, he has interviewed many artists formally and informally. . . both well-know and unknown. Among the notables: Anais Nin, Bob Hope, Lyn Lifshin, James Leo Herlihy and Brian Morissey. His drawings have been published in the U. S. A. and Germany. His synthesizer compositions are used by poets and dancers in live and broadcast productions internationally. Teasdale has been the subject of four documentaries and lives in Santa Cruz, California. He is currently writing a memoir titled, "Let Me Tell You About My Redundancy Again."