Saturday, May 2, 2015

Contributor Biographies (Issue 2)

Annalie Buscarino. I am a 16 year old girl from Long Island, New York. Hobbies include playing soccer, reading, and writing. I find myself to be determined and open to new adventures and experiences. My favorite books include the Harry Potter and Infernal Devices series. I'm passionate about women's and animal rights. Words are my favorite form of art.

Dani Clark lives in Oakland, California. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Publications include Crack the Spine literary journal, Pure Coincidence Magazine, The Western Edition, and Misplaced Book. You can find her online, pretty much nowhere because social media drools. Her influences include Margaret Atwood, Junot Diaz, Sarah Waters, Serj Tankian, T.C. Boyle, Gertrude Stein and Burning Man, among others.

Audrey El-Osta is a Melbourne based writer, studying Linguistics and Psychology at Monash University. A collector of cookbooks, listener of audiobooks and reader of poetry, she lives with four cats and three humans that don't quite measure up. Her work explores themes of femininity, sexuality and womanhood, mental illness, comedy and linguistic identity.

When Ada Fetters is not editing the Commonline Journal, she divides her time between teaching Psychology to college students and writing. She has been published in The Journal of Humanistic Psychology,  Copperwood Review, Humanist Magazine, Niche, Tertulia, Debris, and most recently in Poetry Pacific Magazine.

Leila A. Fortier is a poet, artist, and photographer currently residing in Okinawa, Japan. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society; pursuing her BFA in creative writing through Southern New Hampshire University. Her sculpted poetry is often accompanied by her own multi-medium forms of art, photography, and spoken performance. The symbolic representation of inner dialog and fluid continuum of her thought processes is demonstrated by her signature use of italics and the tilde. Selections of her work have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, and German in a growing effort to foster cultural diversity and understanding through the voice of poetry. With over one hundred publishing credits, her work in all its mediums has been featured in a vast array of publications both in print and online. Her forthcoming second book of poetry, Numinous is scheduled to be published by Saint Julian Press in November of 2014.  A complete listing of her published works can be found at:  www.leilafortier.com

Nadia Gerassimenko has been writing poems ever since she turned 14 in 2004 when suddenly and pleasantly a writing muse became a friend of hers, inspiring her to write about love, hope, wonderment, passion in either naively optimistic or melancholy tones. In 2015, she took a leap of faith by self-publishing her very first poetry book entitled Moonchild Dreams, which can be purchased on Createspace, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble sites. With it she hopes to touch the readers and maybe even inspire them to also take a leap of faith. At the moment, she still keeps writing poems, but about more serious and relatable matters. However, she is still a child at heart wearing dreamy shades of pink. Her other passions include photography, literature, healthy eating, new wave music, video games, and most importantly, her family. If you would like to get in touch with Nadia, come visit her personal website at http://tepidautumn.com.

Allison Grayhurst is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has over 450 poems published in more than 225 international journals and anthologies. Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers in 1995. Since then she has published eleven other books of poetry and six collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing. Prior to the publication of Somewhere Falling she had a poetry book published, Common Dream, and four chapbooks published by The Plowman. Her poetry chapbook The River is Blind was published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press in December 2012. More recently, her e-chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series in October 2014. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay; www.allisongrayhurst.com

Nikki Harlin is an MFA student at Cal State San Bernardino, where she writes poetry and is a staff editor for Ghost Town Literary Magazine.

Talisha Harrison who also goes by Tali Adina is a writer from Longwood, Florida. She has written over 500 hundred poems to date and has self-published five books and continues to write poems and stories that she hopes to publish in the future. Currently she is a news writer and creator of the column “Musings of a Blerd” on GonnaGeek.com, writes occasionally for Moviepilot.com, and is one of the creators and editors of the new pop culture blog Uncanny Pop.

Pamela Herron is a poet who hails from El Paso, Texas.  You can read  more about her work and her writing at the following:
En l'air: A collection of poetry created in the air - Nov 11, 2013 http://www.unsolicitedpress.com/  
Dog Days: A Celebration of Dogs (poem included "Is Today a Good Day to Die?")
http://losttowerpublications.jigsy.com/   http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Days-A-Celebration-Dogs/dp/0957071132

A.J. Huffman has published eleven solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. Her new poetry collection, Another Blood Jet, is now available from Eldritch Press.  She has two more poetry collections forthcoming: A Few Bullets Short of Home, from mgv2>publishing and Degeneration, from Pink Girl Ink.  She is a Multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, and has published over 2100 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, and Kritya. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. www.kindofahurricanepress.com

Harika Kottakota is a high school junior in southern California who loves to explore the abstract and metaphysical in her poetry. Harika has been a finalist in the JUST Poetry National Contest and has been published or forthcoming in Canvas Literary Journal, Whirlwind Magazine, and the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans. She hopes to continue her poetic odyssey for a lifetime.

Stacy Lynn Mar has had hundreds of poems published in online zines and print journals.  Some including Mastodon Dentist, Nefarious Ballerina, and The Beat.  She has authored five collections of poetry and a collection of writing prompts.  She is founder and writer for the blogzine Pink.Girl.Ink and invites you to visit her personal blog at www.warningthestars.blogspot.com

Carol Smallwood co-edited Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012) which is listed as “Best Books for Writers” by Poets & Writers Magazine; Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing (Key Publishing House, 2012); Compartments: Poems on Nature, Femininity, and Other Realms, which received a Pushcart nomination. Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Encourages Women’s Studies is forthcoming from Scarecrow Press.

Marina Sofia is a global nomad, blogger and writer, currently living near Geneva, Switzerland. She has been published in online and print journals, as well as a couple of poetry anthologies, and is currently working on a crime novel. She reviews regularly for Crime Fiction Lover and is part of the editorial team for online dVerse Poets Pub.

Marty Weil lives in Asheville, NC. His poetry is rooted in historical realities. Weil's writing is best described as ekphrasic. However, more than simple homage to art, his poems reflect the ancient meaning of ekphrasis to include the analysis of any person, thing, or experience.


Julie Anne Wells, free woman and native West Virginian, holds a BA in English from Alice Lloyd College in Hindman, Kentucky. A freelance writer by trade, Julie Anne is a mother, sister, daughter, friend, lover and poet. Her favorite things include independent and low-budget films, Greek tragedies, Appalachian summers, hot baths, Joyce Carol Oats novels, four-legged creatures, strangers on trains, big cities, black coffee, red wine, punk rock and quiet mornings. When it comes to her poetry, she loves to explore the subjects of loss, loneliness, guilt, jealousy, anger, sex, and all things female..