author biographic sketches penned under duress



Ben Lyle Bedard

Ben Lyle Bedard grew up in Maine, studied creative writing first at the University of Maine at Farmington where he later served as acting director of Alice James Books, and then at Mills College where he received his MFA.   He is now pursuing his doctorate at the University of Buffalo.   His poetry has appeared in BlazeVOX, fhole, Damn the Caesars , Yellow Edenwald Field, and P-Queue .   His adaptation of the Ugaritic epic KRT appeared in Ninth Letter .   His reviews of poetry have appeared in Artvoice and Jacket .   His first chapbook, published by Punch Press in 2008, is Implicit Lyrics , Book One.   

Adam Strauss

These poems are from a manuscript titled From Feminism.  Other poems from this manuscript appear in la fovea and Wicked Alice, and are forthcoming in Wildlife.  I adore the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, Susan Howe, Jay Wright and George Herbert.

Andrew Zitka


Robert Calero

I was Born in Manhattan and raised in Bayside, Queens. I have no credentials, in terms of published pieces, worth mention. I am currently employed as perhaps the tiniest Doorman within New York for a West Village Jazz Club.

Gerald Bosacker

Gerald Bosacker studied journalism, but found success as a graphic arts salesman, which evolved through serendipity and pandering to his superiors, into a Vice Presidency of an international corporation, a role neither deserved or greatly appreciated. Early retirement, an unskilled and naive victim of corporate politics, provided opportunity for his first love of weaving words into meaningful poetry. Starting late, Bosacker churns out tons of poetry, and displays them pro-bono, hoping for acclamation or bare acceptance, while he is still mortal

Christian Nicholas

Christian Nicholas is originally from upstate New York. He has had poetry in canwehaveourball back? and elimae. Now he lives in Philadelphia.

Rob Cook

Rob Cook is a social dropout trapped in New York City. Work has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Aufgabe, Ur Vox, Fence, Colorado Review, Many Mountains Moving, Harvard Review, Salamander, Mudfish, etc. His book Songs For The Extinction Of Winter is available from Rain Mountain Press.

Jeff Daily

I was born in San Diego and raised in North Texas.   I am 25 yrs old and currently live and work in Austin, TX.

Dave Schiralli

I live in Kenmore, NY.   I attend Erie Community College and plan to attend University at Buffalo in the fall majoring in film studies.   Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Rodriguez and Charles Bukowski are major influences.

David Thornbrugh


David Applegate

David Applegate resides in Brooklyn, New York, at The Home for Wayward Boys.   He runs Bad Noise Productions ( , an outlet for noise poetry experiments in all media.

Emily Brink

Emily Brink is the great-grandaughter of  Japanese silk merchants on her father's side and of Scots farmers who owned the land that Disneyland now sits, on her mother's side. She has been writing poetry seriously since she was twelve years old.

Evelyn Hampton

Evelyn Hampton's poetry has appeared most recently online in Juked and elimae. She's currently working on a book of poems (and looking for a publisher). She lives in Minneapolis; soon she'll relocate to Seattle.

Felino Soriano

Felino Soriano, from California, is a case manager working with developmentally disabled adults, and philosophy student. He is the author of a chapbook entitled “Exhibits Require Understanding Open Eyes” published by Trainwreck Press, 2008.   Visit for more information.

J.D. Mitchell-Lumsden

J.D. Mitchell-Lumsden co-edits Cricket Online Review. He lives in Oakland, Ca.

J.D. Schraffenberger

Schraffenberger's book of poems Saint Joe's Passion is forthcoming in 2008 from Etruscan Press.  His other work appears in Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 1 (Norton), Poet Lore, Paterson Literary Review, the Seattle Review, The Louisville Review, and other journals.  He is also the founding editor of Elsewhere: A Journal for the Literature of Place < < >  < > >.

J. F. Quackenbush

JF Quackenbush is a quality consultant to the outsourcing industry who lives in Seattle Washington. He is the current poetry editor of, a literary blogazine. His poetry and prose have appeared in such publications as Stirring, Crossing Rivers Into Twilight, FourW, Rattle, Wordplay and Urban Pollution. He will be included in the forthcoming anthology Outside Voices 2008, and his first full book of poetry, Household Activities: 100 Poems, will be published by Wet Asphalt Press in the Summer/Fall of 2008.

John Estes

John Estes is a Ph.D. student and instructor at the University of Missouri in Columbia.  His chapbook, Breakfast with Blake at the Laocoön, is available from Finishing Line Press.  See more at < >.

Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham has poems in recent or forthcoming issues of Practice, Parcel, and Dusie.  Tarpaulin Sky Press will be bringing out a book titled Body Language, which will be a sort of diptych containing two separate collections, one titled Body (on parts of the body) and one titled Primer (on numbers and letters).  Otoliths will be bringing out a book titled 80 Beetles, which is just what it sounds like:  poems based on beetles.  

Megan Martin

Megan Martin lives and writes in Chicago, where she is a member of the literary collective Venom Literati  ( < > ).  Her work has appeared in WebConjunctions, Denver Quarterly, and elimae, among others.

Michael Haeflinger

Michael Haeflinger is a poet, organizer, and educator from Dayton, OH.   His latest work involves collage-making and play writing.   You can find him at < > .   He lives in Berlin, Germany.

Michael Estabrook

Over the years I have published a few chapbooks and appeared in some terrific poetry magazines, but you are only as good as your next poem and like a surfer looking for that perfect wave, I am a poet prowling for that perfect poem. Right now I am looking for that perfect poem in my wife, who just happens to be the most beautiful woman I have ever known. If I find it anywhere I'll find it in her.

Nava Fader

Nava Fader received her master's from SUNY at Buffalo's Poetics program, writing her thesis on Adrienne Rich. Recent work can be found in Bird Dog, Sawbuck, Coconut, Four Square, Ab Ovo, and Womb. She is (happily) a school librarian in Buffalo. Most of her poems begin with a line by somebody else. Also see < > .

Betty Stork


Stephen Baraban

Stephen Baraban lives in Sunnyside, Queens. He studied at SUNY/Buffalo with Robert Creeley and John ("Jack") Clarke, and has had poems in House Organ, intent: letter of talk, thinking, and document, and Home Planet News (print); Hamilton Stone Review, and MiPoesias (web). He'd love to see more reader comments at his blog at

Phillip Lund

Phillip Lund's poetry and reviews appeared in several print journals in the 1990s. His poem "Figure Shift" will appear in a forthcoming issue of Cricket Online Review . He lives and writes in Saint Paul, Minnesota."

Paul Siegell

Paul Siegell, staff editor of the Painted Bride Quarterly, is psyched like a ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL < >  to announce the publication of his first book, Poemergency Room < >  (Otoliths Books, 2008). "Let's get into the song!" Future titles by Paul Siegell include jambandbootleg and Trombone Bubble Bath. ((("Whooo's got my publisher?")))

Peter J. Grieco

Peter J. Grieco taught literature in Ankara and Seoul, and now teaches writing at Buffalo State College, where he is an active member the Roof Top Poetry Club.   Publications include “Swirling Voices: Considerations of Working ‑ class Poetic Property” and “Lyric Subject as Communal Fragment in the Works of Claude McKay.”   His poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Poetry Revolt, Beatnik Cowboy, Situations , and elsewhere.

Ralph-Michael Chiaia

Ralph-Michael Chiaia is an experimental poet. Find out more at < > , including how to purchase Chiaia's new chapbook from Coatlism Press.

Richard Lighthouse

Richard Lighthouse is a contemporary writer and poet.    He holds an M.S. from Stanford University. His work has been published in:   The Penwood Review, West Hills Review, Mudfish, and many others worldwide.

R W Sturgess

I hail from Cambridge, England, and have been writing poetry for a handful of years. The poems featured in Blazevox are taken from the collection titles 'Everyone has a but'. Recent publications have appeared in Inclement, Decanto, Splizz (Magazines), and Magestic minds (Forward Press Anthology)

Robert Hellam

Robert Hellam lives in Seaside, California, with his wife, Connie.  He and Connie teach at Monterey Bay Christian School.  Bob teaches English, Bible, Spanish, and math to 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-graders.  His poems have been published in various small magazines, and his articles in various magazines and newspapers.  His paraphase of the Psalms (in three volumes) has been published by as Sonnets of David .  His short collection of Christmas poems has been published by as Witnesses of the Nativity .  Bob is also an ordained minister, though his only regular preaching now is to the residents of a convalescent hospital on Sunday afternoons.  Bob and Connie's older son, Chuck, is a sergeant in the U.S. Army, recently returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq.  Chuck's home now is in Hawaii, with his wife, Claire, and his daughters, Malia and Leinani.  Bob and Connie's younger son works as a technical writer in the Sacramento area and will be married to Elize Neethling in June.

Rosemarie Crisafi

Rosemarie Crisafi lives in Fishkill, New York. She works in for a non-for-profit agency that serves individuals with disabilities. Her poetry has most recently published in Flutter Poetry Journal, Snap Poetry Journal, Snow Monkey, Ghoti, The Potomac, Red River Review, Unlikely Stories, Eclectica Magazine, Poetry Super Highway, and The Adroitly Place Word.   Her chapbook, Days of Reckoning, is available at the Lily Literary Review at < > .

Kyra Saari


Sam Dillon

Sam Dillon is a writer and musician who resides in Connecticut. He works at a psychiatric hospital, and his band Cup of Sun tours the east coast area. He has been published in Poems on the Road to Peace, and the Chronogram Magazine.   He enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

Sarah Louise Parry


Mary Ann Sullivan

Mary Ann Sullivan is a Doctor of Arts student at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.  Her first novel, Child of War, set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was named a Notable Book in Social Studies and favorably reviewed in The New York Times. Her poems have been published in journals such as eratio, Munyori Review, poeticdiversity, River City Review, and BBC poetry online, where her multimedia piece can be seen here: < >  Sullivan is the editor of

Tyler Cobb

Tyler Cobb is a poet living in St. Paul, Minnesota. His current reading diet consists mainly of Charles Bukowski and John Bennett. He is currently working on a chapbook called Take In My Dusty Blood. He can be reached at .

Zachary C. Bush

Zachary C. Bush, 24, is a poet and an assistant editor at Fiction. He is the author of four chapbooks of poetry. His first full-length collection of graphic/found poetry, at swan decapitation, is to be published by VOX Press (Oxford, MS). Samples of this forthcoming collection can be found in Spring issues of BlazeVOX and Cricket Online Review, as well as the cover-art to Louis E. Bourgeois's forthcoming collection of prose poetry - The Animal (BlazeVOX Press). He holds a BA degree in Creative Writing from Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry from the City College of New York. He shares a loft with his books and a 1942 Royal typewriter.

Steven Zultanski

Steven Zultanski is the author of the chapbooks Homoem (Radical Readout, 2005), USA = NAZI (with Brad Flis, Nocturnal Editions, 2008) and Steve's Poem (Lettermachine, forthcoming).  He edits President's Choice magazine, a Lil' Norton publication. His poetry has appeared in Antennae, FO(A)RM, The Physical Poets, Shiny, and elsewhere.

Mare Mikolum

“I am a Freak” is a collaborative piece resulting from improvisations by six writers in Ted Pelton's Fiction Workshop class at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY.   Mare Mikolum is a pseudonym for M olly Platt [A] R honda Celeste [E] M ichelle Fritz [I] K ara Hibbard [O] L ori Markham [U] and M argaret Keddie.

Brian Foley

Brian Foley lives in a New England village made out of concrete. He runs a reading series at a popular bookstore. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Eyeshot, Pequin, Pindeldyboz, Wandering Army, Indifinite Space, Juked, Quick Fiction, Word Riot, Lamination Colony , and others. He blogs at < > .

Alan May

Alan May's work has appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Laurel Review, 9th St. Laboratories, string of small machines, Kulture Vulture, Perihelion, and others. By day, he works as a librarian for the University of Montevallo. Note: "The Ideal Bird" was published in string of small machines (sans illustration). By night, he edits APOCRYPHALTEXT> .


sTEVEN p. rOGGENBUCK lives and writes in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He can be reached at

Allen Itz

Allen Itz is a 64 year old native South Texan, moving slowly over the years from a small town  on the border in deep South Texas to San Antonio and the Texas hill country. He began as a writer in the late 1960's, published a few poems, then quit writing for nearly 30 years. He returned to poetry when he retired ten years ago and has since published more than 300 poems in various on-line and print literary journals and has recently released his first book, "Seven Beats a Second." Go to Allen's website at < >  for more information on his book, art, poetry, music and "Here and Now," his weekly  blog on poetry and lots of other things.
















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