Saturday, January 1, 2011

Contributors Biographies

Barry Ballard

Bio: he wrote poetry from 1998 to 2007. During those years he was fortunate enough to gain many publication opportunities and was nominated for the pushcart prize ten times. In the spring of 2008, He suffered a massive stroke that left him paralyzed and blind and unable to speak. He gained his sight back and the use of his right arm and is reading and researching Hegel for an upcoming book project. He turns the pages with his big nose. He wishes all of his writing friends great hope and good health. He lives in Burleson, Texas. Contact him at:

Cheong Lee San

Bio: he works in telecommunications but says he'd rather have more time playing than working, and would were it not for the stacks of bills to pay. His poems have appeared in the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, The Sidewalk's End, and The Concelebratory Shoehorn Review. He resides in Singapore. You can read more of his work at his blog "Urban Poems" at:

Kevin Prufer

Bio: he is a native of Ohio and has received degrees from Wesleyan, Hollins and Washington Universities. He is the author of four books of poetry and the editor of four anthologies, the most recent of which is Dunstan Thompson: on the Life and Work of a Lost American Master (Unsung Masters Series, 2010; w/ D. A. Powell). His fifth book of poetry, In a Beautiful Country, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2011. He is also Editor-at-Large of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. He lives in Texas. Visit him at:

Milan Malovich

Bio: he says that photography is his #1 passion. He enjoys seeing the world through the lenses of a camera and has several motifs but perhaps his favorite one is horses. Cemeteries and nature are two other favorites. He lives in Trzic, Slovenia. You can get a better idea of his work by visiting him at:

Corey Cook

Bio: he grew up in South Strafford, VT and received a BA from New England College in 2002. His work has appeared in Calliope Nerve, Floyd County Moonshine, Hanging Moss Journal, The Henniker Review, miller's pond, Pig in a Poke, Shoots and Vines, Thunderclap Magazine and Willard and Maple. New work is forthcoming in blackdahlia. His chapbooks include Rhododendron in a Time of War (Scars Publications), and What to Do with a Dying Parakeet (Pudding House Publications). He works for a not for profit and lives in Contoocook, NH with his wife and daughter. He is the editor of The Orange Room Review. Visit him there at:

John Gallaher

Bio: he is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, The Little Book of Guesses and Map of the Folded World (forthcoming in early 2009). His poems have appeared in Field, New American Writing, and Best American Poetry 2008. He co-edits The Laurel Review and Green Tower Press. Currently he's working on a co-authored manuscript with the poet G.C. Waldrep, titled Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, due out in Spring 2011 from BOA Editions. He lives in rural Missouri. Visit him at his blog:

Sandra McPherson

Bio: she was raised in California and received her B.A. at San Jose University then studied at the graduate level with Elizabeth Bishop and David Wagoner at the University of Washington. Her poetry collections include, A Visit to Civilization (Wesleyan University Press, 2002), Edge Effect (1996), The Spaces Between Birds (1996), The God of Indeterminancy (1993), and The Year of Our Birth (1978), which was nominated for the National Book Award. She has also published nine chapbooks, including Beauty in Use (1997). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Yale Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Southern Review and TriQuarterly. She has taught at the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop and her poetry has been featured in the PBS special, The Language of Life, hosted by Bill Moyers. She currently lives in Davis after retiring from teaching 23 years at the University of California at Davis. Contact her at:

Kathleen Pequignot

Bio: she is an artist who enjoys combining watercolors, graphites, and charcoals in one piece of work as well as using them individually. They suit her folk art style which works nicely on the moleskine paper. Her subject matter includes flowers, birds, vegetables, food and fruit. She can sometimes add words and other times just add doodles. Often a whimsical idea can be inspired by the holidays--her happiest moments are when she is playing with lines and colors. She lives with her family in Longwood, FL. You can find more of her work at:

Ivy Alvarez

Bio: she is the author of Mortal (Red Morning Press, 2006). Her poetry has been featured in anthologies, journals including The First Hay(na)ku Anthology, Famous Reporter and Magma and new media in many countries. She is the recipient of numerous awards, prizes and residencies, including fellowships from MacDowell Colony (USA) and Hawthornden Castle (UK). She also accepted an Arvon Foundation bursary and the honour of Special Poetry Guest to Dublin’s Trinity College/Florida International University poetry summer program in 2004. She lives in Cardiff, Wales. Visit her at:

Kelly Norman Ellis

Bio: she is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Chicago State University. She is also the associate director of the MFA in Creative Writing program as CSU. She is a poet and a recipient of a Kentucky Foundation for Women writer’s grant and is a Cave Canem fellow and founding member of the Affrilachian Poets. Her first collection of poetry Tougaloo Blues was published by Third World Press in 2003 and she is co-editor of The Spaces Between Us: Poetry and Prose on AIDS/HIV published 2010 (Third World Press) She lives on Chicago’s South Side.
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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 Feb. 1st. Copyright 2010 by Maurice Oliver. All Rights Reserved.

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