Julian Baptista performs modern folk rock – acoustic songs with an edge. His songs tell stories – about justice, love lost and gained, and about personal discovery. Julian began learning guitar at age 11 and was professionally trained to sing both popular and classical opera music. His musical career began on the streets of Salem, and he has shared the stage with folk/rock artists Amy Steinberg, Carsie Blanton, and Marji Zintz. Julian recently completed recording for his first album “Lost in the Crowd” which was released in February 2010.
Sarah Adler is a recent graduate of New York University, having majored in English and Creative Writing. A native of Baltimore, she has lived in NYC for five years but, this Fall, will be moving to Israel to teach English in Ashkelon. She is passionate about floral print, literary techniques, nail varnish, Anais Nin, silver jewelry, gory movies, Dennis Cooper, the Fales Collection, backpacks, Zionism, to 90s, and her beloved Pitbull, Ee-mah.
Alessandra “Sasha” Goodfriend has traveled to over 40 countries and spent almost four years internationally throughout her life. She hopes to one day make it back to these places of paradise around the world and return the photographs to the people and their families. email@example.com
Brittany Goodwin is a voice from Northern New Jersey. She wishes to grace this world with an echo of hope, pathos & experience. How, you may ask? Simple. Song, dramatics, street & mouth. She is twenty years young, yearning for new experiences and sensations until she can bleed her pen dry.
Christy Tomecek is about to enter the Masters of Library Sciences program at Queens College. She has previously been published in Mannequin Envy and West 10th. She lives in Queens with her brother in a house with lots and lots of mismatched furniture and odd decor.
Taylor Gould is a writer from Corinna, ME, and studying Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston, MA. His work has been featured in publications like Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Montreal Review, Leaf Garden Press, and many others. His play, The Lights, is available for purchase at Amazon.com. While he’s not writing, quitting smoking, or enjoying the company of his girlfriend, Julia, Taylor is a music blogger. The latter can be seen here: TheHotWaterMusic.blogspot.com.
Stefanie Weiland is an artist by hobby and student at Western Connecticut State University, set to graduate May ‘11 with a BA in Communications – Media Arts . She hopes to go on to graduate school at Emerson and focus on film as a future career, with aspirations to be a director.
Danielle Chin has been singing and playing the piano since the age. She penned “How Do You Mend the Broken Hearted?” in memory of her dog, Lulu. “ I grew up with her and she lived for ten years before she had to be put to sleep. She went through many illnesses and treatments including anemia, blood transfusions, spinal taps, and liver cancer. It’s a song about friendship and about losing a sister. I’ve performed it at the AIDS Quilt event at my high school, for a Benefit Concert, and for the African Renaissance Coalition Benefit. This song means the most to me.”
Ani Artinian graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA Honours in English Language and Literature, and went on to study Advertising Copywriting at Humber College. She has had articles published in Toronto Exclusive Magazine, and has had poetry published in Dark Fountain Journal and The Toucan Mag. Ani is currently working as a copywriter at an advertising agency in Toronto.
Cait Spera is a pithy mixed-media artist who works predominantly with vintage materials. She was raised in a small town called Iron Mountain, MI (where the most entertaining hang out was the local Wal*Mart). Growing up in a small town forced her to be creative and make her own fun. Finlandia University captured her hear at the first tour and never let go. She is currently in her second year of college and is looking forward to earning a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts (concentrating on graphic design). She will be graduating in 2013 and looks forward to the fulfilling career ahead of her.
Chanel Clarke grew up in New Orleans and graduated with a B.A. in English from Tulane University last spring. She just moved to Austin, Texas and is currently a graduate student in poetry at the Michener Center for Writers. Her poetry has also recently appeared in Octopus and Sou’wester.
Max Baru is a colliding body at York University. He has both a heart-beat and an overabundance of black hair dye. He is prone to explosive bouts of gloom. Most recently he has been published in the anthology Between Brilliance and Insanity: Stories from the Basement of Discontent and is currently the house blogger for Majlis Multidisciplinary Arts.
Justin Zheng is a shutter-happy sixteen year-old third culture kid. He picked up photography in Malaysia, inherited his brother’s DSLR at school in Connecticut, and took this particular photo during a walk in the woods during a clement spring day outside his home in the Hague.
Stephen Nicholson is a Baltimore-based photographer. Much of his work – such as the gelatin silver prints featured here – refrains from digital enhancements.
Bianca Tschaikner is an Austrian illustrator. She studied literature in Vienna and media design in Santiago de Chile and Austria. Her work has been published in several magazines and newspapers (her illustrations won a European newspaper award this year). She also works on her own projects that often combine travelling abroad and drawing – like an illustrated cookbook from South America and postcards from Morocco. biancatschaikner.com
Tristan Foster is a writer from Sydney, Australia. His work can be found in print and online. leadigloo.com
Megan Radke is a journalism student at the University of North Texas and a freelance writer and photographer in Denton. Megan draws her inspiration for photos and writing from everyday adventures, the people around her, and travel. Megan is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism, with a concentration in news writing and editing, from UNT in August of 2011.
Joanna C. Valente was born and bred in New York, where she currently resides. She is a writer and artist who has been featured in various publications, as well as the founder and editor of the online literary publication, Yes, Poetry. Currently, she is completing her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Literature, as well as applying for an MFA in poetry. In the future, she would like to live by the ocean and own too many cats. joannavalente.com
Sylvan Craig is a 23-year-old artist from Portland, OR.
Corina Bardoff practices writing under OuLiPian constraints with the Writhing Society in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and has facilitated workshops on extreme constraint writing. Despite this, Birthday Cake Tigers was written under no constraints. Corina’s work will appear next spring in the pamphlet provisionally entitled Cryptozoo, published by Proteotypes. She has a degree in English and Creative Writing from Oberlin College.
Sansert Choabert endeavors to document her history and create a space where the viewer can introduce itself into her personal universe. The ground of her work is the self-reflection of her individuality as a woman, the self-question of her identity and the search for different views on her mind and her ideas.
Adrian Iglesias likes to work on pieces showing different emotions without having to use the human face to express them. Other works of his revolve around the concept of ideas and or thoughts themselves.
Andrea Janov grew up in a small town punk rock scene where she moshed, fell in love, and avoided being arrested by mall cops. She recently completed her MFA at Wilkes University, and currently lives and works in New York spending her days dreaming of a rock and roll weekend. andreajanov
Brian Betteridge was not raised by wolves. Rather, he grew up peacefully in the Philadelphia suburbs, where he now resides with his family. He is an English teacher by profession, though he dabbles in photography and music in his spare time, whenever that is. brianbetteridge.com.
Patrick Braley is an 18 year old poet living in Newport, Maine. He spends much of his time reading Bukowski, listening to podcasts and not sleeping. His poetry has been featured in The Montreal Review, The Blue Pencil Online, Transient Vanity Press, De La Mancha Magazine, and Yes, Poetry, as well as several other places. Patrick plans to attend college next fall to study creative writing.
H. William Davis lives in Morgantown, West Virginia where he lives in a house under a bridge. When not distracted by the sound of cars hurtling above him, he writes, paints, reads, and teaches alcoholics how to read. Mr. Davis has been featured on therumpus.net and Calliope, West Virginia University’s Undergraduate Literary Journal.
Anthony Frame is an exterminator who lives in Toledo, OH with his wife and their spoiled cat. His poems have been published in or are forthcoming from Third Coast, Versal, Mobius, Connecticut River Review and New Plains Review, among others. His first chapbook, Paper Guillotines, was recently released by Imaginary Friend Press. He is also co-editor of the online journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry. anthony-frame.com.
Carlos Franco is currently working on his BFA in painting at the University of Miami. “My paintings work with the idea of what remains unseen by the public, the media and everyone in general as we continue our days just thinking about the problems in our own lives. Even when we do pay attention to social issues in other countries , we only do so when there is a news posting about it. But, as fast as it appears is how fast it recedes into the vastness of our memories. In my paintings I explore all the things that fascinate me (the unseen), transform it into something seen and pick up on the beauty that is ignored within the subject.”
Allegra Frazier grew up in Tucson. Currently she is a writer, editor, and visual artist living in New York. She founded the Brooklyn-based literary magazine Soon Quarterly and has contributed to The Brooklyn Rail, Storychord.com, The Short Fiction Collective, and 491 Magazine.
Daniele Hopkins likes to spend her time studying literature and religion. She tends to split her artistic focus between various forms of writing and the visual arts. Although she is not particular to any one medium of expression, she has most recently been shifting between drawing and poetry.
Sisilia Piring cannot stay in one place for too long. Adventure reigns in her blood and she is constantly on the move. Recently she packed her life in 16 suitcases and took a 3 day train ride to Chicago leaving her hometown of Pasadena, California. She is enthralled with life and photography. Currently she is working on a book titled Eleven Eleven set to be out 11/11/11. She is still kind of old school and is stubborn to let go of film. She is currently selling prints to fund her book project and would love it if you came by her Print Shop. idontdodigital
Joanna Poulton is 18 years of age. She is currently studying A-levels at her local sixth form (in Walsall, West Midlands,England). When she’s not bogged down with coursework and exams there is nothing more she loves than getting creative, from poetry to photography. Although Poulton loves photography, she feels as if writing is her true forte and hopes to become a fully fledged screenwriter at some point in her life. “Time Tunnel” was taken in a tube station near Covent Gardens (London) at Christmas and “Cracking Nutters” was taken at the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market. Both remind her of the common cold nights spent beside the fire wrapped up her duvet.
Rohit Sharma got his undergrad at Hunter University. He is currently attending Fordham University for a Masters in 18th Century British Literature.
Nikoo Tarkhani was born in 1983 in Tehran, Iran. She graduated from medical school but found her real enthusiasm in Art. Her works are mostly self portraits and enjoy an autobiographical quality. She is renowned in her country mostly for her feminist attitude.
Chelsea Velaga is a high school senior living in Nashville, TN. She has attended numerous camps and workshops in her time, and hopes to continue arting around at college and beyond! In her free time she likes sketching enormous people and eating cream cheese bagels.
Tom Andrews (not his real name, for the love of God) brews his coffee in a 1938 percolator and drinks it black. He writes, he reads, he gets bit in the calf – living as he does with two deaf, blind Australian Shepherds in the urban wilds of Illinois. You can read his work at several fine locations, including Red Fez, Hackwriters, Weirdyear, and Brain Harvest. – martinipen
Caralyn Davis is a freelance writer based in Asheville, NC. She started concentrating seriously on her fiction in 2008 when she had a lot of recession-derived free time on her hands, and now she’ll never give it up. Her fiction has previously appeared at Monkeybicycle. She is a student in the Great Smokies Writing Program, a continuing education writing program at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.
Jessica Freeman-Slade has contributed reviews and cultural criticism to the [tk] review, The Rumpus, The Millions, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She works in a managing editorial capacity at Alfred A. Knopf, and is currently working on a memoir about her misadventures as a prep cook. She lives in Morningside Heights.
Julie Gallup will graduate in December from The College of New Jersey with a BA in Art Education. She enjoys capturing beauty in everyday moments and is rarely found without a camera in her hands. Her photographs have been featured in exhibitions at TCNJ and Gallery 14 as well as the past three issues of Side B Magazine. Recent projects include Identity Crisis – a series which examines the emotional struggle of discovering who we are and a stop-motion animation of the song Eleanor Rigby. Julie hopes to make art accessible to individuals with special needs and continue to develop her portfolio. – artsoulphotography
Duncan Madaris Hill is a fine art, documentary photographer based in Washington, DC. He studied cinematography while earning a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Hill’s aim is to capture visually striking scenes that often go unnoticed.
Carolyn Keogh is an art history major/English writing and creative writing minor at New York University. She enjoys taking snapshots of the world she experiences through language and prose.
Livia Nelson is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is completing her honors thesis in creative fiction. She is originally from Ridgefield, Connecticut. This is her first published work of fiction.
Abigail Poulton is a young photographer hoping to allow viewers of her work to see mundane everyday things in a new light. Yorkshire born, Birmingham living Abigail is currently getting things boxed up ready to start University in London, UK, to study musical theatre. Although she will not be studying photography as a degree she aims to keep up her work doing headshots for other aspiring actors on her course. She is extremely enthusiastic about photography and the vintage subculture so vintage photography is her ideal style. Emma Case, an alternate wedding photographer has inspired her work greatly.
Emily O’Neill tells loud stories in her inside voice because she wants you to come closer. Her work has previously appeared on the flyleaves of library books, in dim bar light from Portland to Orlando, and folded into the pockets of strangers. She has a degree in the synesthesia of storytelling from Hampshire College, where she built a novel in a lake town of hungry ghosts and penned the chapbook Quiet is a Brand of Noise.
Kevin Ridgeway is a writer based in Southern California. His work can be seen published and forthcoming in Breadcrumb Scabs, Haggard & Halloo, The Orange Room Review, Gloom Cupboard, Red Fez, Calliope Nerve, The Camel Saloon and Underground Voices Magazine. He resides in a shady bungalow with his fiancee and their one-eyed cat.
Randy Ross is a Boston-area writer and Web consultant. In 2007, he took a four-month, solo trip around the world and can now say in three languages: “Do you speak English?” “How much is the Pepto-Bismol?” and “Excuse me, is this the evacuation helicopter?” He is writing a novel inspired by the trip with the working title: “The Loneliest Planet: A Handbook for the Chronically Single.” He plans to circulate the manuscript to agents in 2012.
A.K. Williams is a poet and musician from Rochester, NY. He is pursuing knowledge at various places in the continental United States.
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Jaida Jones is a native New Yorker and graduate of Barnard College / Columbia University. She released a book of poetry, Cinquefoil, in 2006 from New Babel Books and her poetry has appeared in many literary magazines. Danielle Bennett is from British Columbia. She studied at Camosun College. In the past three years they have released Havemercy, Shadow Magic, and Dragon Soul all published by Bantam Spectra.
Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He’s best known for his Newspaper Blackout Poems–poetry made by redacting words from newspaper articles with a permanent marker. A collection of the poems, Newspaper Blackout, was published by HarperCollins in 2010. New York Magazine called the book “highbrow/brilliant” and The New Yorker said the poems “resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead.” Kleon lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meghan, and their dog, Milo.
Tara Priya has art in her blood. The great-niece of Middle Eastern poet Sohrab Sepehri, Priya began writing poetry by age four and fine-tuning her jazz vocals by high school. Born & raised in San Francisco, she attended Columbia University and graduated nearly two years early, returning home to write and record her acclaimed 2010 self-titled EP.
EM Lewis won the prestigious Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award in 2009 for Song of Extinction, a play which premiered at Moving Arts in Los Angeles. Song of Extinction would go on to win numerous other awards, including the Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding New Play and Production of the Year from the LA Weekly Awards. Lewis also won the 2008 Primus Prize, recognizing her achievements as an emerging female playwright, for Heads. Her first play, Infinite Black Suitcase, will be published by Samuel French this fall. Lewis, a member of Moving Arts Theater Company and the International Centre for Women Playwrights, currently resides in New Jersey as the recipient of last year’s Hodder Fellowship in playwriting from Princeton University.
Noel Duan is a Columbia College senior majoring in anthropology and concentrating in art history. She is the co-founder of Hoot Magazine. Follow Noel at @misscouturable.