Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Contributors Biographies

Kelley White

Bio: her poems have been widely published, in journals including Exquisite Corpse, Rattle and the Journal of the American Medical Association and in chapbooks and books, most recently Toxic Environment (Boston Poet Press) and Two Birds in Flame, poems related to the Shakers in New Hampshire (Beech River Books). She received a 2008 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant and is a member of Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. After working as a Inner-city Philadelphia pediatrician she has returned Gilford, New Hampshire, to work at a rural health center. Visit her at: kelleywhitemd@yahoo.com

Adrian Matajka

Bio: he was born in Nuremberg, Germany but grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in 2009. Mixology was subsequently nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He teaches at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he resides and serves as Poetry Editor for Sou’wester and co-directs the River Styx at Duff’s Reading Series. These poems are from his recently completed collection, The Big Smoke. Visit him at http://www.adrianmatejka.com

Jon Tribble

Bio: his poems have appeared in the anthologies Surreal South and Where We Live: Illinois Poets, and in the Southeast Review, Black Zinnias, and Southern Indiana Review. He teaches at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he is the managing editor of Crab Orchard Review and the series editor of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry published by SIU Press. His lives with his poet wife Allison Joseph in Carbondale, IL. Contact him at: j.c.tribble@gmail.com

Kiyo Murakami

Bio: he was born in 1976 in Tokyo, Japan. After graduated from art school, he began to do various art – illustration, design and music, but eventually found that the best way of expressing himself in the world of photography. Two years ago he began a career as a photographer. He says that he gets ideas for many of his photographs from dreams, others from old memories. He is also inspired by old movies and paintings. Several imagines are self portraits. He lives in Tokyo and can be visited at: http://1x.com/member/36210/kiyo-murakami

Joseph O. Legaspi

Bio: he is the author of Imago (CavanKerry Press), winner of a Global Filipino Literary Award. A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, his poems appeared in American Life in Poetry, World Literature Today, PEN International, North American Review, Callaloo, Bloomsbury Review, Gulf Coast, Gay & Lesbian Review, and the anthologies Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton) and Tilting the Continent (New Rivers Press). A recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he co-founded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a non-profit organization serving Asian American poets. He lives in New York City and works at Columbia University. Visit him at: www.josepholegaspi.com

Terry L. Kennedy

Bio: he is the Assistant Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His work appears in a variety of journals and magazines including Now & Then, The Appalachian Magazine,The Poetry Miscellany, The South Carolina Review, The Southern Humanities Review, and Story South. He lives in the Greensboro area and can be contacted at: terrylkennedy@gmail.com

Lea Banks

Bio: she is the author of All of Me, (Booksmyth Press, 2008). Two poems were nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. Banks is the editor of Oscillation: Poetry in Motion and the founder of the Collected Poets Series in Shelburne Falls, MA. She attended New England College’s MFA program and facilitated stroke survivors’ writing workshops. Banks has published in several journals including Poetry Northwest, Slipstream, and American Poetry Journal. www.leabanks.com

Herbie Simmons

Bio: he is a product of John Muir High School in Pasadena, California, and of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Herbie's artistic endeavors are perpetuated by a boundless, open-minded perspective and a belief that he paints one hundred years ahead of his time, making his artwork truly prophetic. He says he is motivated by a fascination with the unknown future and uses it as his driving force. He paints primarily with acrylics, using a myriad of colors to represent the many different races of the world, suggesting that there is beauty in each color and that all people have the ability to come together and function as one. The Los Angeles based artist can be visited at: http://herbie.artspan.com

James Allen Hall

Bio: he is the author of Now You're the Enemy (University of Arkansas Press, 2008), which has received awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation and the Texas Institute of Letters. He is the recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and recipients of fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, he teaches creative writing and literature at the State University of New York-Potsdam, where he lives. Visit him at: http://www.notbeauty.blogspot.com

Tim Pfau

Bio: he retired five years ago to pursue assorted grandchildren, travel, read and write. He writes a political blog for the Salem Statesman Journal, is completing his second “strange, unmarketable novel”, a book- length epic poem of the Conquest, and other poems. His poems have appeared in Canopic Jar, the Salem Statesman Journal and the Portland Oregonian. He has lived the best half of his life Salem, Oregon since 1978. Contact him at: tjpfau@msn.com
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 April 1st. Copyright 2011 by Maurice Oliver. All Rights Reserved.

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