Monday, November 1, 2010

Contributors Biographies

Felino A. Soriano

Bio: he is a case manager and advocate for developmentally and physically disabled adults. He has authored 32 collections of poetry, including “Construed Implications” (erbacce-press, 2009) and “Delineated Functions of Congregated Constructs” (Calliope Nerve Media, 2010). In 2010, he was chosen for the Gertrude Stein "rose" prize for creativity in poetry from Wilderness House Literary Review. He resides in California. Find out more at:

J. V. Foerster

Bio: her poetry has been published in Kimera, Niederngasse, Southern Ocean Review, Horsethiefs Journal, Eclectica, Agnieszka’s Dowry, Red River Review, Midnight Mind, Premiere Generation Ink , Fickle Muse, Oak Bend Review and Women Writers Online to name a few. Recently she moved from Alaska to Meeker, Colorado and will be moving to Escanaba, Michigan in fall to work on starting an artist colony. Contact her at:

Joy Helsing

Bio: she is an ex-salesclerk, ex-secretary, ex-textbook editor, ex-psychologist, ex-college instructor, ex-New Englander, and ex-San Franciscan. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and she has published three chapbooks and one book, Confessions of the Hare (PWJ Publishing). She lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. Contact her at:

Zeno Chen

Bio: he is a poet, and creative artist who uses photography to present graphic esthetics that describe his point of view. His subject is themes from everyday environments which he enhances with visual emotion and feeling. His basic premise is that a photograph should be a work of art. But instead of using Painter or Photoshop software, he creates his own technique, one which merges various photographs to create a captivating piece of art that is something between a painting and a photograph, a "poem of graphics" is what he calls it. The result is stunning. He lives in Taibei in the Republic of China. Visit him at:

Amber Nelson

Bio: she likes pie, camus, blueberries, and cows, but doesn’t much care for weed whackers whacking at 8am in her neighborhood. Her poetry has appeared in Nibble, H_NGM_N, Coconut, I Can't Be Your Girlfriend, Taiga, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor of Alice Blue Review and at this particular time resides in Washington state. Read more of her poetry at:

John Hoppenthaler

Bio: he has two collections of poetry are Lives Of Water (2003) and Anticipate the Coming Reservoir (2008), both at Carnegie Mellon University Press. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in West Branch, The Laurel Review, Waccamaw, and Tygerburning, the anthologies Making Poems (SUNY Press, 2010), Poetry Calendar (Alhambra Publishing, 2010), The Sound of Poets Cooking (Jacar Press, 2010), and elsewhere. For Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, he edits A Poetry Congeries. He in an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at East Carolina University and lives in Greenville, NC. Find out more at:

Georgia Ann Banks-Martin

Bio: her poetry and book reviews appear in many journals and magazines. She earned her M.F.A. of Creative Writing at Queens University Charlotte in 2009. Her poetry collection Rhapsody for Lessons Learned Or Remembered will be published later this year. She lives with her husband, two cats and dog in Montgomery, AL. Visit her at:

Annette Labedzki

Bio: she attended Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and UBC. Early on, she decided to make a significant change from her previous figurative work to a more personal, intuitive and almost exclusively abstract art. She says that abstract art gives her more freedom of expression, and an unfailing sense for color and design. She consistently experiments with new techniques, using an limitless range of supplies, from pastels, oil and acrylics to a large variety of paper types and dimensions. Her work has no premeditated subject. What is done is irreversible. A line, color, composition and intuition at any particular time will influence the next move until the complete artwork emerges. As a result, her work captures a true “instant”, an almost imperceptible space of time. She lives on Vancouver, Canada. Visit her at:

Babara Jane Reyes

Bio: she was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley and earned an MFA at SF State University in 2005. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Asian Pacific American Journal, Chain, Interlope, North American Review, and Tinfish. She is the author of Gravities of Center (SF: Arkipelago Books Publishing, 2003). In September 2005, Reyes was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for her second collection of poems, Poeta en San Franscisco (Tinfish Press). She lives in the Bay Area. Visit her at:

Guy Kettlehack

Bio: he has authored, co-authored or contributed to more than 30 nonfiction books. His poetry has appeared in over 25 print and online journals, including Van Gogh’s Ear, Melic Review, New Pleiades, Malleable Jangle, WORM 33, Das Alchymist Poetry Review, the PK list, The Rose & Thorn, Heretics & Half-Lives, Desert Moon Review, Hiss Quarterly, Juked, Anon, Umbrella Journal, Mississippi Crow and The Chimaera. Several of his poems have placed in the IBPC competition over the past few years. In April 2009 he began wedding his drawings to his poems – producing roughly one hybrid enterprise a day. He lives in NYC. Visit him 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 Dec. 1st. Copyright 2010 by Maurice Oliver. All Rights Reserved.

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