For our 3rd completely electronic issue, we didn’t ask our writers to adhere to subject guidelines or base their work around a theme; instead, certain themes emerged on their own.
Fittingly for a Philly-based mag, the city itself inspired stories and poems, from the Magic Gardens to a certain bee-collecting truck familiar to the residents of West Philadelphia. Family dynamics (in every imaginable direction) had a strong pull for many of our writers. So did another universal: food, whether it’s pondering how to cook a chicken or indulging in that post-breakup Reese’s cup. Writers also ponder the writing process, either their own or an ode to another’s. Letters, Love and Otherwise are poems to a friend, a lover or even a directive to the reader — Be Nice Or Leave. (That’s how we feel, too.) And finally, Treatment emerged as more and more works about the body, doctors, and healing came our way. It’s the section we least predicted, and the one that might say the most about what’s on our minds right now.
We hope this new format—clickable, separate webpages rather than a bulky PDF—allows for easier reading and sharing of the amazing work within. Enjoy! (And don’t worry – we’ll be back with a print issue in spring, no matter what our evil technophile robot friend here might desire.)
(evil robot art brought to you by Philly artist Keni Thomas.)
COURTNEY K. BAMBRICK is the poetry editor at Philadelphia Stories. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Certain Circuits, Dirty Napkin, Philadelphia Poets, Mad Poets Review, and the Schuylkill Valley Journal. Courtney currently teaches writing and literature at Holy Family University, Philadelphia University, and Gwynedd-Mercy College. She lives with poet Peter Baroth in East Falls.
PETER BAROTH is a writer, artist, and musician based in Philadelphia. He was born in Chicago, raised in Norman, Oklahoma and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Temple Law School. He has published a novel, Long Green, with iUniverse and his most recent chapbook is Ski Oklahoma, published with Wordrunner Chapbooks. His poetry has appeared in Mad Poets Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Philadelphia Poets, Legal Studies Forum, Certain Circuits, and elsewhere. He was the 2009 recipient of the Amy Tritsch Needle Award in poetry. He is also on the editorial board of Philadelphia Stories magazine.
CHANTELLE BATEMAN is a former Marine and long-time writer who has found Warrior Writers to be an important part of her healing process. She served in Al Asad, Iraq with MAG16 Forward from August 2004 to March 2005. She is currently an organizer with Iraq Veterans Against the War working to help other veterans unpack their military experiences and build healing communities working for change.
RACHEL BETESH BSN, RN is a nurse on the oncology unit at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, caring for cancer patients and their loved ones. She studied poetry and environmental studies at Brown University, learning with such greats as the late Robert Creeley of the Black Mountain poets. Her poetry has been published in The American Journal of Nursing. She lives in a sawdust-covered house in West Philadelphia with her partner Eian and their dog, Cookie Monster. Contact author firstname.lastname@example.org
REBECCA BRAME’s awareness of art as a means of communication began while she was growing up in Mexico City. Influenced by the city’s rich cultural environment, she began translating everyday events and experiences into her own visual language. The figures in her work are portraits of loss, regret, frustration and conversely of support, trust and discovery. Woodcuts are the preferred vehicle for her expression. Brame received her BFA in printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
MARIA CEFERATTI is a music teacher in Philadelphia as well as the music director of Acting Without Boundaries, a theater group for children and young adults with physical disabilities. When she is not teaching she enjoys creative writing. Her essay “Inheritance” will be published in the winter edition of Philadelphia Stories.
JANE CASSADY writes pop-culture horoscopes for The Legendary, Sibling Rivalry Press, and Critical Mass. Her first full-length poetry collection, For the Comfort of Automated Phrases, will be released in 2012 by Sibling Rivalry Press. She writes a blog about happiness, love and pop-culture called The Serotonin Factory. Her poems have appeared in decomP, The Ballard Street Poetry Journal and other journals. She’s performed at such venues as LouderArts in New York City, Valley Contemporary Poets in Los Angeles, and The Encyclopedia Show in Chicago.
LIZ CHANG published her first book of poetry, Provenance, with Book-Arts Press. Her work has been included in several anthologies and most recently appeared in the Mad Poets Review. She received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches at several colleges. She translates French and Spanish and lives with her boyfriend and their two cats en les environs of Philadelphia.
GRANT CLAUSER lives in Hatfield, PA and works as an editor for Electronic House, where he writes about expensive home electronics and gets to try out a lot of them. In 2010 he was selected as the Montgomery County Poet Laureate by Robert Bly. Poems appear in The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Heartland Review, Cortland Review, The Seattle Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Philadelphia Stories and others. He writes, irregularly, the blog poetcore.com. His book, The Trouble with Rivers, is forthcoming from Foothills Publishing.
EBONY MALIKA COLLIER is a poet and has recently become a visual artist. Her poetry has been published in the Mad Poets Review 2010. She has had various featured performances in Philadelphia and is a veteran of the Black Women’s Arts Festival. She is now a member of the women’s poetry collective Wings of Worth, which performs a poetry-play called “Hanging on to Threads of Sanity.” She has a BA in English from Temple University.
DAN ELMAN ‘s poetry and photography has appeared or is forthcoming in Referential Magazine, The Serotonin Factory, and Painted Bride Quarterly. He enjoys spending half his time in Philadelphia and half in his hometown in rural New Jersey. He left film school to pursue freelance work as a furniture artist and antiques conservator in the family tradition of artistic hodgepodge.
TEPI ENNIS is 16 years old and from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She speaks Spanish, English, Spanglish, and Japanese and can be caught reading such books as “Jane Eyre” and “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” for fun in Bronxville, NY.
AMY FREEMAN is a writer, dramaturg and fabric artist living in Philadelphia. She holds an MFA in dramaturgy and theater criticism from Brooklyn College. She blogs about theater, sewing and life in general at dramaturgslovegoldfish.
MAXWELL GONTAREK is a creative writing major in his junior year at the Philadelphia Performing Arts High School. He is a copy editor and writer for his school’s literary magazine, United Writers and Artists. He was a semifinalist in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights competition. He plays guitar, bass and piano for the bands Handsome Virgil, Vegan Soul Food and Drummer Hoff.
HANOCH GUY spent his childhood among cacti and citrus groves in Israel. He is a bilingual poet in Hebrew and English. Hanoch teaches Hebrew and Jewish literature at Temple university. He has published poetry in the International Journal of Genocide studies, Poetry Motel, Visions International and several times in Poetica. He has won awards from Poetica and the Mad Poets Society.
BRANDON HOLMQUEST is the poetry/criticism editor of Asymptote and former co-editor of Calque. He has published a full-length collection, The Sorrows of Young Worthless (Truck Press), and a chapbook,Stereo Daguerreotype (Splitleaves), as well as a translation of Manuel Maples Arce’s CITY (Ugly Duckling). He has several unpublished manuscripts. Just saying.
AMY HOSTETTER work as an LSW-level counselor with teens and their families in West Philly. Born in Lancaster, PA, she lived in Massachusetts for 30 years and is from there, in spirit. She is published often and anonymously in the love/hate section of the Philly City Paper and had a piece in The Sun Magazine a few years ago. She has just moved for the 23rd time since college, has lived in MA, VA, and PA, and traveled to India, Paris, Wales, and…Tucson. She is currently experiencing a ‘very big year’!
PHILIP KRIEGER – though well middle-aged – was born recently to a Philadelphia man and onetime boy from Cleveland. He is an illustrator by profession and a committed craftsman. Philip has been tooling the written word since high school, and believes that substance and style are as appropriate in a well-written e-mail as in a sonnet. Philip loves reading aloud and participates in poetry events in the Philadelphia area. His work has appeared in The Fuze Anthology (2010), E-Verse Radio website (February 2011), and Certain Circuits (December 2011).
JULIA LOPEZ is a mother, an artist and a seasoned arts and education professional who advocates strongly for the power of the arts and social change. Julia has written over 20 plays and performance art pieces that she has performed and read in venues throughout the United States, Mexico, and Madrid, Spain. She has been the Visual Arts Program Director for Taller Puertorriqueño, worked with the Asian Arts Initiative, served as Board President of the Leeway Foundation, and and is presently the Director of Education at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
PATRICK LUCY lives and works in Philadelphia. He is the author of two chapbooks, LIVE FIELDS: GROWTHS 1-5 (self released) and WILLIAM (con/crescent press, forthcoming). Recent work has appeared (or will shortly) in Gulf Coast, elimae, Revista Laboratorio and elsewhere. He’s a member of the New Philadelphia Poets. Learn more about Patrick at catchconfetti.com.
BONNIE MACALLISTER renders moments through a variety of media. Often pieces are multi-genre, fusing painting, photography, slide installations, spoken word, video, and performance. Her films have been featured on ClassWarKaraoke.com (UK), and writing has been published by Paper Tiger Media (Brisbane), nth Position (UK), and Grasp (Czech Republic). Recent stagings of her plays occurred at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Shubin Theatre, and the Adrienne Theatre. She has performed at NYFA and Cat Cat Club in Paris.
ZIPPORAH M. is in third grade at E.M. Stanton Elementary. She’s been a Mighty Writer since the summer of 2011 and has participated in their afterschool programs Funny Bones, Comic Madness, and Poetry Club. She lives with her parents and older brother and sister in South Philadelphia.
MAGDA MARTINEZ is a Neuyorecuarican Philadelphia-based writer and educator. She came to understand at an early age the power of telling one’s own story in one’s own words. She is a native of New York City’s Loisaida (Lower East Side). Magda most recently was one of 12 women from a pool of over 200 to receive the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award recognizing her work using writing as a tool for community engagement and transformation. Presently she is Director of Programs at the Fleisher Art Memorial.
ANNI MURRAY-RUDEGEAIR is a writer, biology student, science artist, nerdcore rapper and heliocentrist. She enjoys fake news, cartoon classics and mushroom hunting with her husband, Ryan. She is currently working on Prism, a speculative science fiction story cycle.
MICHELLE ANGELA ORTIZ is a visual artist who seeks to capture lost legacies, personal stories and silenced voices in her work. As a highly skilled muralist, Ortiz has designed and created over 30 large-scale public works nationally and internationally. She has trained artists in public art techniques and uses the arts as a tool for communication to bridge communities. She is a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture Fund for the Arts and a recipient of the Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant (2006) and Transformation Award (2008).
VILASIO PAGAN-AFANADOR is a dedicated Christian, Philadelphia native, father, poet, & author, also known as Smyte~IX. His many features include the Philadelphia Art Expo, Bus-Boys N Poets, and an opening feature performance for Celia of “Les Nubians.” He has appeared on Conscious Poetry TV and Jus-words Television. He will soon publish a book of 140 autobiographical poems & short stories entitledHeart-Thoughts & Words.
JAMES RAHN leads the Rittenhouse Writers’ Group in Philadelphia. Many great stories and novels have been published by its members. RWG may be the longest-running independent fiction workshop in America. “Respect” is the prologue to his forthcoming novel, Bloodnight.
TY RUSSELL is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been published in The Pennsylvania Gazette, Peregrine, at RelevantMagazine.com, and earned an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s 2009 Short Story Contest and Stony Brook’s 2010 Short Fiction Contest. He lives in north central PA with his wife and their children.
PAUL SIEGELL is the author of three books of poetry: wild life rifle fire (Otoliths Books, 2010), jambandbootleg (A-Head Publishing, 2009) and Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008). Born on Long Island, educated in Pittsburgh, employed in Orlando, Atlanta and now Philadelphia, Paul is a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly, and has contributed to American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Rattle and many other fine journals. Kindly find more of Paul’s work at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL (http://paulsiegell.blogspot.
KATHY SMITH is a graduate of UPenn and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. After working on Wall Street she co-founded Upper Valley Yoga in Hanover, New Hampshire, which flourishes today. Kathy lives in Bryn Mawr with her three children and her good dog Bupkis.
CARLOS SOTO-ROMÁN was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He is the author of La Marcha de los Quiltros(1999), Haiku Minero (2007), Cambio y Fuera (2009) and Philadelphia’s Notebooks (2011). He curates the cooperative anthology of contemporary US poetry Elective Affinities. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.
HELEN STEADMAN lives in the north-east of England. She writes poetry and fiction. Her work has also been published by Poetry Quarterly, Tiger’s Eye Journal, and listenupnorth.com.
STEPHANIE SUTTON is twelve years old, though when she tells people that, they can’t believe it. She lives with one dog, one cat, two sisters, and her mom and dad. They are incomparable. She doesn’t know if you’ll like her poem or not because she is not a mind reader all the time, but she hopes you will.
CARLOS TRUJILLO is a renowned Chilean poet who has published more than ten poetry books. He teaches a Villanova University, where his research interests lie within Spanish-American prose narrative and poetry. Among his chief concerns is the interplay of literature, politics and society; in particular, he focuses on the effects of oppressive political regimes (military dictatorships) on both literature and writers.
SAFIYA WASHINGTON, 17, is a college freshman at Delaware Valley College, originally from Brooklyn, NY. She has been involved with the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (phillyyouthpoetry.org) for two years.
SHANNON CONNOR WINWARD is a Delaware poet and author and a devotee of the open mic. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various venues including: Pedestal Magazine, Strange Horizons, Flash Fiction Online, This Modern Writer [Pank Magazine], Vestal Review, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, and Dreamstreets, and the anthologies Jack-O’-Spec (Raven Electrik Ink) and Twisted Fairy Tales (Wicked East Press). To read her accounts of writing, mommyhood, and general sassiness, visit ladytairngire.livejournal.com.
ALYESHA WISE was raised in Camden, N.J. The founder of the performance series “Love, US,” she is on a mission to spark a LOVE REVOLUTION. Her stage highlights include becoming the 2008 and 2009 winner of the Philadelphia Grand Slam and being told by poet & co-founder of Essence Magazine, Russell Goings, “In all, you are awesome.” Her life is dedicated to the progression of the youth, urban communities and all people. She regularly visits high schools and youth centers on the east coast and has performed at over 20 colleges and universities across the nation.
Because we know you’ve already read your print copy of APIARY 2 from cover to cover and thirst for more, here are 166 additional pages of amazing poetry, fiction, and visual art from Philadelphia and beyond. Download the pdf or read in the nifty Issuu viewer below:
Toby Altman‘s chapbook *Asides* is forthcoming from Splitleaves Press. His poems have recently appeared in The Adirondack Review and Philadelphia Stories. He is co-founder of Damask, a small press focusing on verse in traditional forms.
Harry Baker: Bakeowski; verb, combination of 3 Neanderthal grunts. ”Boouh” meaning back off of me i will bite you; “Kah” meaning calm down, i know i bit you, but you were warned; and “Skee” meaning space alien hippie hybrid party locust from the future. Sent back from the post apocalyptic hell that was 2013 to warn mankind he quickly realized a good cleansing apocalypse was just what this planet needed. Bound by duty however he has encoded survival instructions in theworldsmostimportantblog.blogspot.com and imbakeowski.blogspot.com
Adriann “The Pen” Bautista, a native of Philadelphia, PA, is a Playwright and Poet. She has four Christian play productions to her credit; “My name is Struggle/ Victory”; “Sister, You Better Change your Hat!”; “Don’t you know, He rose and He lives!”, and the most recent “RESTORED”. Her plays have been warmly received and have been ministered in Chester, Philadelphia and the Morton area of Pennsylvania. Those who have experienced the messages of hope through these stage productions have all agreed that they have been life-altering and inspirational. A newly professed Poet, Adriann has published two Chap books entitled “Ballad of a Beautiful Brown King” and “SisterStrength” and a full length book entitled “Sanctuary of Snow.” Adriann is also co-founder of the all female poetry ensemble Wings of Worth.
Brandon Bell lives in Louisville, Ky. His work has appeared in Leaf Garden, Barrier Islands Review, and Inkspill Magazine (United Kingdom).
Mansi Bhagwate was born and brought up in Mumbai, India and was exposed to the arts at a young age. She wrote her first short story in 3rd grade and continued to nurture her passion from there. She was a guest columnist for the Times of India and also acted as ‘Guest Editor for a day’. A self proclaimed feminist, she likes to be proactive about social issues and make a difference. She was a task force member of the non profit organization Blue Ribbon Movement that worked towards empowering the youth in India through education. She is a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non violence and truth. She is also a part of Usiloquy Dance Designs, a multicultural Bharatnatyam dance troupe in Philadelphia. Dancing and writing are her lifelines! She can be found at www.mansibhagwate.blogspot.com
Billy Brennan studies English and Italian literature at Fordham University, where he is an editor of the university’s literary magazine, The Ampersand. Currently, he is writing a novel and a short story collection and working with a group of classmates and faculty to develop a new-form online literary journal which will launch in September.
Rachel Brown graduated with a BA in mathematics and nine houseplants. Her work can also be found in the Spring ’11 print issue of Apiary and online at PANK magazine.
Steve Burke has been published in the Mad Poets Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Spitball. He has been a featured reader at the Free Library’s Monday Series, the Big Blue Marble Bookstore, the Green Line Poetry Series, & the original Painted Bride Gallery. He lives in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia with wife-Giselle and daughter-Mariah and has worked for many years as a labor and delivery nurse.
Justin Ching hails from Los Angeles, California, and serves as the Director of The Excelano Project, the University of Pennsylvania’s award winning poetry collective. As a slam poet, he was a winner of the Collegiate Union Poetry Slam Invitational, 2009 national championship. He has shared the stage with the likes of Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Anis Mojgani among others. Justin also works with the Youth Arts & Self-Empowerment Project to bring poetry to local Philadelphia jails and recently served as Chair of the School District of Philadelphia’s Comprehensive Committee for Racial and Cultural Harmony.
Grant Clauser lives in Hatfield PA and works as an editor for Electronic House where he writes about expensive home electronics and get to try out a lot of them. In 2010 he was selected as the Montgomery County Poet Laureate by Robert Bly. Poems appear around The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Heartland Review, Cortland Review, The Seattle Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Philadelphia Stories and others. He writes, irregularly, the blog www.poetcore.com. His favorite dry fly is the Parachute Adams. His favorite nymph is a basic Hare’s Ear with a brass bead. For bass he sticks mostly to a Clouser Minnow (no relation) and sometimes a Murry Hellgrammite.
A person who appreciates poetry, art, and other dreams, Mike Cohen enjoys sharing observations on such things that can matter without having to matter. Life is full of annoyances that demand way too much attention and delights that do not get nearly enough. Mike’s aim is to correct this imbalance to whatever extent he can through his writing. Currently, Mike hosts Poetry Aloud and Alive, a popular monthly poetry program in its fifth year at Mt. Airy’s Big Blue Marble Book Store. He takes part in guiding tours at Woodmere Art Museum. His articles on Philadelphia sculpture appear in the Schuylkill Valley Journal in which he is a contributing editor.
Jonathan Davenport is a songwriter and freelance musician living in Philadelphia, PA. He leads the Perseverance/PercyFearAnts Jazz Band, a New Orleans style traditional jazz band. This is his first time as a published writer.
Nathanael Green is a marketing and advertising copywriter, novelist, and freelance writer. He also holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has published fiction and written articles for trade journals and a local newspaper. Some of his fiction and essays have appeared in 322 Review, Glassworks, New Myths, and Fractured West. Nate has taught English composition as an adjunct professor and is currently writing a historical adventure novel set in Colonial Pennsylvania.
Leyla Eraslan owes her unrepentant weirdness to a South Jersey upbringing and reading too many books. Currently an employee of a Philadelphia arts education nonprofit, Leyla lives in South Philly, or so it is rumored. Her writing has been featured in City Paper, the Fringe Festival, and most recently in PDC’s Primary Stages. She has performed as an actress and storyteller in the Five Minute Follies, Queer Memoir and more. She’s involved in a smattering of other artistic endeavors, and enjoys the word ’smattering’. Leyla’s passions include art, helping people, and drawing lips in the corners of her notebook.
Jennifer French is a poet when the stream flows and a teacher when the children call her name. She is a mother every day when the sun rises in the distance (even behind clouds) and plows through the waiting stardust. She can be found sometimes pulling dandelions, singing in the car, or talking to the cat. She collects too many things, but names slip away from her at just the wrong moment.
Vanessa Gennarelli is a Content Strategist for Flat World Knowledge and facilitates writing through Peer 2 Peer University, a forum for peer learning. She graduated from Grinnell College, lives in Old City, Philadelphia and works out of the coworking environment Indyhall. Her chapbook Creation Mutes (Tablemeat Labs) is available in print and as a Kindle single.
Max Gontarek is a sophomore creative writing major at the Creative and Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia. He has been published in the Mad Poets Review as well as in his school’s literary and art magazine, UWA, which he also works in as a copy editor. He has been writing for as long as he can remember and plans to continue to do so until he forgets how.
Meredith Kahn would like to tell you a secret. [eds.]
David Kertis has been living and writing in Philadelphia since 1978. He works as a claims adjuster and is indebted to all the friends and teachers who have helped him with his poetry.
Patrick David Lucy lives and works in Philadelphia. He is the author of two chapbooks, LIVE FIELDS: GROWTHS 1-5 (self released) and WILLIAM (con/crescent press, forthcoming). Recent work has appeared (or will shortly) in Gulf Coast, elimae, Revista Laboratorio and elsewhere. He’s a member of the New Philadelphia Poets. Learn more about Patrick at catchconfetti.com.
Ras. Mashramani lives in Philadelphia and blogs ferociously at motherWAP.blogspot.com. She has recently appeared in the online publications >killauthor and New Wave Vomit. Her latest project includes an online collection of erotica entitled DOWN, which is slated for June 21st, and can be found at notupbut.tumblr.com
Phyllis Mass is a poet, freelance writer and editor who leads private writing workshops and is co-facilitator of a writing workshop at Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent fiction, poetry, and opinion pieces appear in a variety of on-line and print publications. Poetry at www.blazevox.org, at www.spotlitmagazine.net and in print, non fiction at www.phlmetropolis.com. She was one of the nineteen essay finalists in Philadelphia’s 2006 citywide Autobiographical Project which marked the tercentenary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth.
Teresa McCann, 19, is enjoying her first year at Temple University studying piano performance in the Boyer school of music.
Hannah McDonald has recently been crowned the second most emo poet in Philadelphia. When she is not weeping over bittersweetly optimistic Rilo Kiley tunes, Hannah is the Hot [Feminist] Secretary of The Fuze Poetry Slam in Philly. She is a fiction editor for online literary magazine The Furnace Review, and her work has also appeared in The Legendary and Dreamstreets. Additionally, she looks at the bright side of chronic illness drudgery at dorkabetic.com.
Nina Melito writes out of a second-story window on Poplar street. She studies at Temple University.
Dolan Morgan lives and writes in Brooklyn.
Stephanie Morris is a poet who resides in Delaware County, PA with her three sons. Stephanie’s first publication appeared in Apiary’s first issue. In addition, her work has also appeared in Danse Macabre Du Jour’s online literary magazine and a poetry book titled Unbreakable & Other Domestic Violence Poems.
Lauren Rile Smith is an acrobat, library assistant, and freelance writer and editor. This summer, she is growing raspberries on her roof and preparing for the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival with her movement arts company, Tangle.
Julia Rose Roberts works in publishing in Philadelphia. In her spare time she futzes around on tumblr (photonjr.tumblr.com), produces and consumes sentences, volunteers for Books through Bars, and dreams of becoming a karaoke superstar. She’s recently started reviewing books and music for Stereo Subversion (http://stereosubversion.com/). She’d like to thank CH for being a sport.
Enrique Sacerio-Garí studied engineering at the University of Connecticut. He received a PhD from Yale University with a dissertation on Jorge Luis Borges. He is currently the Dorothy Nepper Marshall Professor of Hispanic and Hispanic-American Studies at Bryn Mawr College. His poems are collected in Poemas interreales (Pennsylvania, 1981; Madrid, 1999; La Habana, 2004) and in Otros motivos interreales (in press).
Jaclyn Sadicario is a New Yorker living in Philadelphia who recently graduated from Temple University with a Double major in English & Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She is the proud owner of two cats, a comfortable chair, and a diverse collection of vinyl records. More of her work can be found in her blog, jaclynsadicario.blogspot.com.
Roger Santiváñez was born in Piura, on the northern coast of Peru. He is one of today’s most important Latin American poets. His book Amaranth precedido de Amastris (‘Amaranth preceded Amastris’) came out in Madrid in 2010 and his next book, Roberts Pool Crepusculos (‘Roberts Pool Twilight’) will appear in Lima shortly. He earned a Ph. D. in Latin American literature at Temple University, where this semester he is teaching Hispanic Readings.
Catherine Staples teaches in the Honors program at Villanova University and she’s had poems in Blackbird, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Third Coast, The Michigan Quarterly Review, West Branch and others. Honors include the University of Pennsylvania’s William Carlos Williams Award, two APR Distinguished Poets’ Residencies, and The New England Poetry Club’s Boyle/ Farber Award. Last month, she was named a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award, Utah State University. “What Lasts” is from Never a Note Forfeit, selected by Betsy Sholl for Seven Kitchens Press’ 2010 Keystone Prize.
Stephanie J. Walker-Pe’rez was born in Chester, Pennsylvania where she has resided the majority of her life, leaving only once to live in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the AIPH where she won quite a few awards. She enjoys writing music and playing piano. Stephanie says, “After a few close calls with success frustrated, I stopped writing for a while, then gave myself to the Lord. Upon discovering that I had Cancer, I found myself picking up my pen again, but this time for inspirational poetry. These poems he has placed in my mind, heart, and soul not for just me but for all who would read them.”
Shannon Connor Winward is a Delaware poet and author and a devotee of the open mic. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such venues as: Pedestal Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, This Modern Writer [Pank Magazine], Vestal Review, Witches & Pagans Magazine, Basement Stories, Shot Glass Journal, Ideomancer, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, and Dreamstreets, and the upcoming anthologies Jack-O’-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy (Raven Electrik Ink) and Twisted Fairy Tales: Volume Two (Wicked East Press). To read her accounts of writing, mommyhood, and general sassiness, stop by her blog at http://ladytairngire.livejournal.com.
Stacy Wisniewski is a writer of poetry and fiction, gathering her inspiration from the beauty of the indefinable qualities of people and the mysterious relationships between them. She is currently a student at Arcadia University, eagerly awaiting graduation to begin immersing herself fully in the world of creative writing. Stacey can frequently be found imagining her next story while baking cookies or dancing around in a tutu.
Sabrina Stewart McDonald (Fleisher Teen Lounge)
Kaya Iuluicci (Fleisher Teen Lounge)