Monday, June 1, 2009

Contributors Biographies

Frances Brent: she was born in Chicago and was educated at Barnard College. She studied poetry at Columbia University and the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has taught courses at Yale, Loyola University, Northwestern University, and Barat College. From 1984 to 1991 she co-edited the literary journal, Formations. In 1987 she co-translated Beyond the Limit, Poems by Irina Ratushinskaya. She lives with her family in New Haven. There is currently no website for the poet.

James Brock: he received his M.F.A. and Ph. D. from Indiana University, and he currently is the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in English at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has also worked as a grocery produce clerk, roofer at a trailer factory, a bear field researcher, and a librarian. His forth book of poetry, Gods & Money, will be published byt WordTech Editions in 2010. He currently resides in Fort Myers, FL and his blog can be found at:

Cathy Smith Bowers: she is a native of South Carolina. She was a winner of the 1990 General Electric Award for Younger Writers and a South Carolina Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have appeared widely in publications such as The Altantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, The Southern Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, and many others. Her first three poetry collections were published by Iris Press (1997, 1999, 2004). She teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte, NC where she lives. Find out more at:

Mel Brackstone: she describes herself as a middle aged, middle sized, middle income mother of two, wife of one, sister to 8, sister-in-law to…ummm… (here she runs out of fingers) …....aunt of hundreds…...and oh yeah, she takes a couple of photos occasionally. Her work has been exhibited in several group exhibitions and at least one solo show. She has been a member of JPG Magazine since 2006. She lives in Brisbane, Australia and has a photo website at:

Jeff Colhoun: he recently received a BS in Biology from the University of Dayton. He will soon begin a PhD program in biomedical science at the University of Michigan. His writing credits include 2River View, Lily, Softblow, Poetry Midwest, Stirring, and Triplopia. His recent chapbook is freely available online from Lily Press and is entitled Navigating the Throes of Concrete Ravines. When he's not mining the human genome for patterns or found poems, he's probably dreaming about banana pancakes or chocolate milkshakes." He lives in Sterling Heights, Michigan. His email is:

Lynne Hjelmagaard: she was born in New York City. She has lived in Rome, London, Paris, and The British Virgin Islands and has sailed extensively. She is the author of Distance Through the Water, I Want Press, Paris, (2002). Her first full length collection, Manhattan Sonnets, was published by Redbeck Press (2003), United Kingdom. An excerpt from her 22 page poem, The Coconut Rat Diary, appears in Bombay Gin, (2006), The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets, The Naropa Institute and was recorded in CD Format, Brockhoff’ s Arkiv (2008) in Denmark. She presently lives in Copenhagen. Her website can be found at:

Lori Kean: her poetry has appeared in Red Booth Review, Red River Review, Steam Ticket, Willow Review, and elsewhere. Along with writing poetry she gardens the rural Wisconsin dirt, and along with her husband, home schools their two children. She does not currently have a website where more of her poetry can be viewed.

Laura Wambsgans: she says she grew up in a home where both parents were in the process of creating, whether it be a painting, sculpture or piece of furniture. Studying with contemporary masters then gave her the basic “tools” to bring her concepts to life using oil on canvas. She has been a professional artist for 20 years and has been in dozens of exhibitions and received a number of awards. She lives in Santa Clarita, CA. You can find more of her work at her blog:

Beau Boudreaux: his poetry has appeared in Stickman Review, Story South, Center, Tulane Review, Luna Park Review, Red booth Review, Eclectica, and elsewhere. He is a New Orleans native, is currently a Professor in English at Tulane University in New Orleans where he lives. His book of poetry Trust Me will be published in the spring of 2005 by New Dawn Unlimited. For more information on Beau, visit

Christine Garren: she is the author of the poetry collections Afterworld and Among the Monarchs. Her latest collection is The Piercing, published in 2006 in the Southern Messenger Poets series from Louisiana State University Press. A Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist and NEA Fellowship recipient, she was born in Philadelphia and has lived in Greensboro, North Carolina, since 1979. Find out more at:

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 July 1st. Copyright 2009 by Maurice Oliver. All Rights Reserved.

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