Saturday, August 1, 2009

Contributors Biographies

Kris Bigalk: she serves as President of the AWP Two-Year College Caucus, and is Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. She is an advocate of creative writing programs that serve a diverse and nontraditional student population. She recently designed and launched Normandale Community College's AFA in Creative Writing, the first two-year program in the US based on AWP's Hallmarks for Successful Two-Year Writing Program. Her poetry has been published recently in The Minnetonka Review, Pank, Iron Horse Review, Dust And Fire, and Forge. She lives in Minneapolis, MN. Visit her blog:

Asit Maitra: he is a retired A&E consultant, a borad memeber of the Newcastle Hospital trust, currently finished theMA (Creative Writing – Poetry), Newcastle University. Poems published in Acumen, Other Poetry, Dream Catcher, Norwich Open Poetry Competition Anthologies (1997,2002 & 2004), The Coventry Poetry Prize Anthology, Golden Girl, St.Mary’s Lighthouse & Redbeck Anthology of British Asian Poetry, and he has published a pamphlet, ZIGZAG, jointly with Pat Borthwick.His latest collection is Sun Dips At Juhu Beach (Biscuit Publishing, 2008). Find out more at:

Joseph Veronneau: he runs Scintillating Publications, which publishes chapbooks and the non-academic literary journal AGUA. His own works have appeared or will in such journals as Counterexample Poetics, Oarystis, Lost and Found Times and Offerta Speciale. His latest chapbook "Within The Grand Scheme" is out now from Propaganda Press. He resides in Burlington, Vermont. Visit his blog at:

Carmen Spitznagel: she is an amateur photographer who has a passion for her hobby. Her creative inspiration is subjective to her sense of reality which she tries to keep well-tuned on those occasions she finds herself behind the lense of a camera. Her two most recent portfolios are "lake impressions" and "people". She resides in Waldberg, Germany and you can visit her website at:

Grace Andreacchi: she was born in uptown Manhattan, New York City in 1954, but has lived on the far side of the great ocean for many years - sometimes in Paris and sometimes in Berlin. She has written novels and several collections of poetry, including Elysian Sonnets and Other Poems (chapbook 1990). Her poems have appeared in Horizon Review, Eclectica, The Carolina Quaterly and elsewhere. She is also the noted collaborator in the multi-media show "Violin Music in the Age of Shopping" for which she was made an honorary fellow of the Rosenberg Foundation. She is managing editor at Andromache Books. She is married with three grown children and lives in London. Visit her:

Jeffrey Side: he studied English at Liverpool University and at Leeds University. His poems have apperaed in magazines and websites including Nthposition, Big Bridge, Textimagepoem, Jackey and Poetry Salzberg Review. He has reviewed poetry for magazines and websites including New Hope International, Stride, Acumen and Shearman. From 1999-2000 he was deputy editor of Argoist magazine and now edits Argoist online. His poem Carrier of the Seed is available as a free book at Blazevox Books. He resides in the UK. Visit him at:

Brandi Watts: she has been reading her poetry at "Poetry Palooza", a quaint Uptown Butte coffee house for the past four years, where her words spill out sometimes into the crisp night air. She does not have a website currently.

Lisa C. Budd: she paints exclusively with watercolors. She has recieved both the American Watercolor Society - Paul Schwartz Memorial Award and the Garden State Watercolor Society - Dagmar H. Tribble Memorial Award this year. Her work has appeared in nearly a dozen exhibitions in New York and New Jersey. Her art publications include 'Visions in Watercolor', The Courier Post - May 2009 and 'Lisa Budd Creates Fluid Fish Art', The Sandpaper - January 2009. She resides in West Creek, NJ and you can visit her website at:

Jason Floyd Williams: he calls himself a mad gadfly poet now trying to remain on the wobbly straight & narrow but is constantly distracted by the curious items & strange produce local riffraff sell at roadside push carts, Jason Floyd Williams--the John Edwards finalist (w/out the handsome hair), two years in a row, for the Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate gig--is exhausted by gray skies & finds great satisfaction in karaoke bars that feature Talking Heads tunes. His poetry collections include Inheritance Tax. Visit him at: 

Alison Eastley: she lives in Tasmania, Australia with my two teenage sons and on a good weekend, my lover, Larry. Previous work has been published in Poor Mojo, The Absinthe Literary Review, Ausgang, Words On Walls, Mannequin Envy, Double Dare Press, Lily Lit, Wicked Alice, blue fifth review, and many other fine journals. Visit her at:

Closing Note: 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 Sept. 1st. Copyright 2009 by Maurice Oliver. All Rights Reserved.

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