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Author Biographies


Issue 5-2, Summer Solstice (Series Number 4)
Summer Solstice: 21 June 2015

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About the Authors


Jeffrey Bilbro grew up in the Pacific Northwest and recently moved to southern Michigan where he is now an Assistant Professor of English at Spring Arbor University. His poetry has appeared in The Clarion Review, Christianity and Literature, Windhover, and Radix.


Charles Entrekin's most recently published works include Portrait of a Romance (Hip Pocket Press, 2014) The Berkeley Poets Cooperative: A History of the Times (HPP, 2013); Listening: New and Selected Works (Poetic Matrix Press, 2010); and Red Mountain, Birmingham, Alabama, 1965 (El Leon Literary Arts, 2008). He is co-editor of the e-zine Sisyphus and managing editor of Hip Pocket Press. (www.hippocketpress.com) (www.charlesentrekin.com)


Gail Rudd Entrekin has taught poetry and English literature at California colleges for 25 years. Her books of poems are: Rearrangement of the Invisible (Poetic Matrix Press, 2012), Change (Will Do You Good) (Poetic Matrix Press, 2005), nominated for a Northern California Book Award, You Notice the Body (Hip Pocket Press, 1998), and John Danced (Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press, 1983).

Poetry Editor of Hip Pocket Press since 2000, she edits the press’ online environmental literary magazine, Canary (www.hippocketpress.org/canary). She is editor of the poetry & short fiction anthology Sierra Songs & Descants: Poetry & Prose of the Sierra (2002)and the poetry anthology Yuba Flows (2007).

Her poems have been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines, including Cimarron Review, Nimrod, Ohio Journal, and Southern Poetry Review, and her poems were finalists for the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry from Nimrod International Journal in 2011. She and her husband live in the hills of San Francisco’s East Bay.


Seth Clabough is a published novelist, scholar, poet, and short writer who once wrestled an alligator out of the sea on Hilton Head Island. He was hungover and no one cheered. His recent work appears in Transatlantic Anthology (Oyster Books - London), storySouth, Litro Magazine, Fjord's Review, Citron Review, Aesthetica: the Arts & Culture Magazine, Magma Poetry, The Chaffey Review, Writer's in Education, Sixers Review, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Women's Studies and numerous other places. He won the LBA Prize for fiction at the University of Wales, was recently shortlisted for the Luminaire Award for Best Prose, and can't find anyone who really cares about either of those achievements. He lives on Hatteras Island all summer and wakes up in sand dunes. You can find out more about his debut novel, All Things Await, at sethclabough.com.


Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, won the Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her chapbooks Inheritance and The Flying Trolley were published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry, essays and creative non-fiction have been published in Fence, Volt, The New Guard, Lake Effect, Sugar Mule, Calyx and many more journals. Dunkle teaches writing and literature at Napa Valley College. She received her B.A. from the George Washington University, her M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University, and her Ph.D. in American Literature from Case Western Reserve University. She is on the staff of the Napa Valley Writers conference.


Cheryl J. Fish’s most recent poetry chapbook is Make It Funny, Make it Last (#171, Belladonna Chaplets, 2014). Her work has appeared in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry; Far from the Centers of Ambition: The Legacy of Black Mountain College; Terrain.org; New American Writing; Talisman; The Village Voice, and Volt. Her fiction has been featured in Liars League NYC, and a short story from the innovative fiction journal Between C&D is featured in an exhibit at the Fales Library, New York University. Fish was a Fulbright professor in Finland, writer in residence at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and she is a professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.


Andrew Furman is a professor of English at Florida Atlantic University and teaches in its creative writing MFA program. He is the author of Bitten: My Unexpected Love Affair with Florida(University Press of Florida 2014), My Los Angeles in Black and (Almost) White (Syracuse UP 2010), the novel, Alligators May Be Present (Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press 2005), and two works of literary criticism, Israel Through the Jewish-American Imagination (SUNY Press 1997) and Contemporary Jewish-American Writers and the Multicultural Dilemma (Syracuse UP 2000). Also, Bitten was recently named a Finalist for the 2015 ASLE Book Award in Environmental Creative Writing. His essays, reviews, and fiction have appeared in such publications as Poets & Writers, Oxford American, Ecotone, Agni Online, JewishFiction.Net, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Forward, Image, Tikkun, The Southern Review and the Miami Herald.


Joyce Hicks had a university career in the Midwest and lives in Northwest Indiana. She has a deep interest in preserving our national, natural heritage and in how land conservancies contribute to this effort. Joyce Hicks’ stories have appeared in Literary Mama, Uncharted Frontier, Touch: The Journal of Healing, Still Crazy, Passager, and others. Her debut novel Escape from Assisted Living sprang from her interest in the minutiae of family life, particularly at gateways to new stages.


Lowell Jaeger teaches creative writing at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. He is author of five collections of poems: War On War (Utah State University Press, 1988), Hope Against Hope (Utah State University Press 1990), Suddenly Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press, 2009), WE (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2010), and How Quickly What's Passing Goes Past (Grayson Books, 2013). He is founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from western states. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. Most recently, Lowell was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil civic discourse.


Elizabeth Kalman is an essayist whose work has appeared in The Charleston Post and Courier and The Gettysburg Review as well as other publications. Her essay Sleep On, Slumbering Giant was published by Crazyhorse and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She presented a paper at the 2013 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering titled “Writing From the Threshold: Thoreau Amidst the Chaos at the Edge of the Sea.” Her article, “’Leaving the Croakers to Annihilate Him’: Thoreau, the Gold Rush, and Nantucket’s Answer to ‘What Shall it Profit?’” was published in the Winter 2015 edition of The Thoreau Society Bulletin. She earned an MFA from Seattle Pacific University and lives in Charleston, South Carolina.


Richard LeBlond is a biologist living in North Carolina, where he worked for that state’s Natural Heritage Program until his retirement in 2007. He continues his biological research, and has added writing and photography. He has been writing about life experiences, travel to Europe and North Africa in the early 1970s, and more recent adventures in eastern Canada and the U.S. West. First publishing in May 2014, his essays have appeared in or been accepted by Montreal Review, South85 blog, Cirque, Appalachia, and Weber—The Contemporary West. His photographs have appeared in Critical Pass Review and Brain of Forgetting.


Christina Lloyd holds a master's degree in creative writing from Lancaster University (U.K.) and a master’s degree in Hispanic languages and literatures from U.C. Berkeley. In addition to a couple of chapbooks, her work appears in various journals, including The North. She currently lives in San Francisco.


Rebecca Macijeski received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2011 and is studying toward a PhD in Poetry at University of Nebraska—Lincoln where she serves as an Assistant Editor in Poetry for Hunger Mountain and Prairie Schooner. She also is an assistant to Ted Kooser’s newspaper project, American Life in Poetry. She is a recipient of a 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poet Lore, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Salon, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Whiskey Island, Lullwater Review, Fickle Muses, Phantom Drift, Border Crossing, Fourteen Hills, and others.


Roderick Marsh lives in Melbourne, Australia, and occasionally moonlights as an ecological economist.


Nate House’s stories have been published in Armchair Shotgun, Apt, Sententia, The Pebble Lake Review, Carve, The Bicycle Review and Troika. Essays have appeared in The Rambler, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Weekly, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Press of Atlantic City and The Chicago Tribune. His novel Float was originally published by Aqueous Books in 2011. He is a professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia.


Estella Ramirez feels a little uncomfortable writing about herself in the third person, but not enough to stop. She grew up in the border town of Laredo, Texas. She holds a degree in psychology from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in poetry from Texas State University, where she also taught. Now a former elementary school teacher, she tutors and facilitates creative writing workshops for people of all ages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and four cats. You can find her business at thenewnotebook.com and her blog at estellaramirez.com. Her writing can be found at The Toast. You can also find her in various social media, near unusual trees, and behind amusing teacups.


Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes is a queer, second-generation Colombian immigrant, poet, scholar, and activist. Her creative work and research is committed to social justice and community healing, historical memory, and collective liberation. Her poetry and prose have been seen or are forthcoming in places such as the Feminist Studies Journal, Word Riot, As/Us, Write Bloody's Anthology 'We Will Be Shelter,' the National Queer Arts Festival, and others. She currently lives in Brooklyn.


John Saad grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast, but he now lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife and their dogs. He earned his MA in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He spends his time paddling Alabama’s many bogs, creeks, and rivers, and writing rancorous yet unanswered letters to politicians and state agencies. Besides poetry, he enjoys game cameras, garden trellises, pine cones, and canned beer. He has work forthcoming in ISLE.


Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner.. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She was a finalist in the GSU Poetry Contest (2007), Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize (2009, 2012), and received honorable mentions in the North American Review's James Hearst Poetry Contest (2008, 2010).One of her poems is a winner of the 2014 Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest. She is the editor of Illinois Racing News,and lives on a small horse farm in Northern Illinois. She has published 14 books including Selected Poems from FutureCycle Press. Selected Poems received the 2013 FutureCycle Prize. Properties of Matter Aldrich Press (Kelsay Books).; Bittersweet (Main Street Rag Press) and The Wingback Chair, FutureCycle Press.” She has two chapbooks forthcoming Ah Clio from Kattycompus Press and Pro Forma from Foothills Press as well as a full length collection Ribcage from Glass Lyre Press. Colby is also an associate editor of Kentucky Review and FutureCycle Press.


Ann Spiers is Vashon Island's inaugural Poet Laureate. She is working on a poem cycle based on climate, mapping, and the International Weather symbols. Animals, humans, and the natural and built landscapes shift in these poems, migrating through past, present and future scenarios. Her chapbooks are What Rain Does (Egress Studio), Bunker Trail (Finishing Line), Long Climb into Grace (FootHills), The Herodotus Poems (Brooding Heron), and Volcano Blue, Tide Turn, and A Wild Taste (May Day). She received her Master in Literature and Creative Writing from the U of Washington. She leads workshops in developing poem cycles and the art of chapbooks.

Steven Stam is English Teacher, Writer, and Track/Cross Country coach from Jacksonville, Florida. He lives there with his wife, two small children, and his poop eating dogs. He writes primarily flash fiction, believing the model fits modern society’s desire for instant gratification. His work can be found in Fiction Southeast, Gravel Magazine, the East Jasmine Review, and the Rappahannock Review, among others.


Hannah Straton is a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington and living in Fredericksburg, Virginia, well medicated and happy. Her work has previously appeared in Hippocampus Magazine. She is currently working on a creative nonfiction book about mental illness. Follow her on Twitter @hannahstraton. She’s really cool, promise.


Jonathan Travelstead served in the Air Force National Guard for six years as a firefighter and currently works as a full-time firefighter for the city of Murphysboro. Having finished his MFA at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, he now works on an old dirt-bike he hopes will one day get him to the salt flats of Bolivia. He has published work in The Iowa Review and on Poetrydaily.com among others, and his first collection How We Bury Our Dead by Cobalt/Thumbnail Press was released in March, 2015.


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