Sunday, March 1, 2009

Contributors Biographies

Lyn Lifshin: she has written more than 125 books and edited 4 anthologies of women writers. Her poems have appeared in most poetry and literary magazines in the U.S.A, and her work has been included in many major anthologies of recent writing by women. She has given more than 700 readings across the U.S.A. and has appeared at Dartmouth and Skidmore colleges, Cornell University, the Shakespeare Library, Whitney Museum, and Huntington Library. She has also taught poetry and prose writing for many years at universities, colleges and high schools, and has been Poet in Residence at the University of Rochester, Antioch, and Colorado Mountain College. She currently he currently divides her time his time between a home in Niskayuna, NY and in Virginia. Her website is:

Lola Haskins: she has published 8 poetry collections including her two newest books, Not Feathers Yet: a Beginner’s Guide to Poetic Life (Blackwaters Press, 2007) and Solutions Beginning With A, collection of original fables about women, with images by Maggie Taylor (Modernbook, 2007). She has also published environmental writing, including a book of photographs, Visions o Florida , and interpreting the Florida environment in Wild Heart of Florida. She teaches poetry in Pacific Lutheran University's low residency MFA program. She is available for readings, workshops, and consulting. She lives in Tacoma, WA. Find out more at her website:

Felix Cheong: he is a poet and a recipient of the National Arts Council (NAC) Young Artist Award for Literature in 2000. He has published three volumes of poems. These are Temptation and Other Poems (1998), I Watch the Stars Go Out (1999), and Broken by the Rain (2003). He works as a freelance writer for local newspapers and publications like Today, The New Paper, and The Edge, as well as an instructor for creative writing workshops. In 2006, he published his first work of teen fiction, The Call from Crying House, which is now being used as an English Literature text in secondary schools. The sequel, Woman in the Last Carriage, was published in 2007. He lives in Singapore:

Hugh Shurley: he is a photographer whose one-of-a-kind photo montages have developed into their own unique new art form. Since his debut with John Pence Gallery in 1993, his work has been featured in an impressive string of leading edge publications including Rolling Stone, Premier and Genre as well as a book jacket illustration for Vintage International, London. In addition, he has exhibited with the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; In Collaboration, Santa Monica and Akron, OH; Villa Montalvo, Los Gatos; ARU , San Francisco; SF Cameraworks; and the Art Center Gallery in Pasadena and is also represented in New York City. The Bay Area native was born in 1959. He still resides there today. Visit his website at:

Dave Malone: he received a bachelor's degree from Ottawa University in Ottawa and a master's degree from Indiana State University. He teaches composition and film and directs the writing tutoring program at Southwest Missouri State University-West Plains. His poetry also has appeared in numerous literary journals such as Spoken War, Red Booth Review, Potpourri and Snow Monkey, and in one chapbook titled 23 Sonnets. His two poetry collections include Poems to Love & the Body, (Bliss Station Pub. 1999) and Under the Sycamore, (Bliss Station Pub. 2003). A resident of the Great Plains states, his website can be found at:

Stella Brice: she received her degree in English lit. from Rice University and has worked, variously, as housecleaner, tarot reader, and performance artist. Her writing has appeared in Frank, Fine Madness, Southern Poetry Review, and many others. Online, her work can be found at Right Hand Pointing, Radiant Turnstile, and Clean Sheets. Her poems have been anthologized in Tierra Cruzada/Crossed Land, Bleeding on the Page, and The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poetry. She is a winner of the John Z. Bennet Prize and is the author of two chapbooks. Her latest is a book of dark fairy tale poems called Outgrow. Stella lives with her husband, David, in a 101-year-old house in Houston. Order her collection at:

Yuri Hospodar: he was born in southeastern Pennsylvania in the US. His poetry has appeared in Shampoo, Cave, Eoagh, and elsewhere. His only book, To You in Your Closets (Stone Soup Press, 1990) , is out of print. After several escape attempts, he made it to Boston, the city he perhaps considers "home". Over the years he has bounced to Paso Robles, San Francisco, Prague, and back to Boston and SF. He is currently exhausted and trying to stay put for a while in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Find out more about him at his website:

William Wray: he traveled his entire childhood as an army brat before working in the animation business as an adult. Basically self-taught he resisted formal art instruction but eventually enrolled in The Art Students League in New York to reinforce a spotty art foundation. His award-winning art has appeared on the Ren and Stimpy show and in Mad Magazine and in numerous exhibitions. The urban-themed painter lives in Sierra Madre, CA. Visit his blog at:

Richard Jordan: he holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts and is a faculty member in the Mathematics & Statistics Department at Mount Holyoke College. In his "spare" time he reads and writes poetry. His poems have appeared most recently in Concho River Review, Red River Review, Common Ground Review, The Pacific Review, Segue and Cranky. He is also a judge/editor for the Beginnings Magazine quarterly poetry contest and served as Guest Associate Editor for Facets Magazine. He lives in Springfield, Massachusetts. His email address is:

Amy Bracken Sparks: her work has appeared in Barn Owl Review, Gargoyle, Hubble Creek Review, DMQ Review, and has been in American Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Taproot, ArtCrimes, Whiskey Island, situation, mirage period(ical), angle, and more. A chapbook, Queen of Cups, and a book, Serious Red (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), were published in the '90s. She is in the NEOMFA program in Cleveland, Ohio where she lives. Find more of her work at her blog:

Closing Notes: The editor would like to thank the contributors for the use of their work. Each contributor reserves their original rights. Look for the next issue of CSR online on April 1st. Copyright 2009 by Maurice Oliver. All Rights Reserved.

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