Saturday, September 1, 2007

Contributors Biographies


Zdravka Vladova-Momcheva: was born in Bulgaria in 1967. She finished her higher education at the University of Sofia in 1993. She has worked as a teacher of Bulgarian language and World Literatures in Sofia. In 1999 she published her first collection of poems called Transformations (Bulgarian language). A second book, A Child, A Woman And A Prophet was published in 2000 followed by bilingual These Simple Things that same year. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry Soul To Soul, Artists Without Frontiers, The Other Voices, and elsewhere. She has lived in the UK since 2000. Visit her website at: www.thracian-treasure.com.

Andy N: is a poet, musician, and performer who has been published world-wide since 1992. He is the lead singer/vocalist of the band "DIH" and records also for "M.A.N." among other groups. He is currently working on his first novel, a collection of poetry, and has written two plays performed in 2006. His website Setting Sun, showcases up and coming artists from the UK, America, and Russia and covers all areas of the musical spectrum. He lives in Manchester, UK. His website is: www.geocities.com/aen1mpo

Joanne Merriam: was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1973. After graduating from Dalhousie University she worked as a courier dispatcher, telemarketer, charity fundraiser, sheet music librarian, web designer, and office co-ordinator. Her poetry has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Chiarroscuro, Room of One's Own, Vallum Contemporary Poetry, and elsewhere. Her first book, The Glaze From Breaking (Stride 2005) is a poetry collection based on travels throughtout Canada and the USA with her husband. She immigranted to the USA in 2004 and now lives in Concord, NH. Her site is: www.joannemerriam.com

Michele Berti: does not feel particularly comfortable talking about himself. He would rather talk about his cameras, lenses, and his favorite kind of film. But he doesn't think that would make much difference either. So in the end he simply talks about his photographs, many of which are landscapes taken in the region of Tuscany, Italy, several on a strip of land called "Valdorcia" and "Crete Senesi". His portfolios include "Traces" which captures old decaying farms and a 2005 portfolio of the Foiano della Chiana Carnivals, the oldest in Italy. He resides in Siena, Itlay. His website is: www.micheleberti.it

Bill Dorris: at one time or another has been a social psychologist and has had his own radio program, "Dr. Bill's Myths, Lies, Facts, and Songs". Then he says he "spent 15 years in the back of Burger King writing a book on how the great become great". Later, he got into Flash authoring software and most recently poetry. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. His website site is: http://homepage.eircom.net/~wdorris/greatnesshome.html

Kristin Hannaford: her poetry has appeared most recently in Otoliths, foam:e, Papertiger Media, Famous Reporter, Treci Trg (Serbia), Small Packages 2005 QPF Anthology and on ABC Radio National's Poetica. Selected poems from her Wetland Sonnets sequence won the 2004 Leichhardt New Media Poetry Prize. Her first poetry collection is called Inhale (Interactive Press 2003). She is a tutor for the Queensland Writer's Center and is working on her second collection of poems. She lives on the Capricorn Coast of Queensland, Australia, withher husband and two sons. Visit her: www.kristinhannaford.com

Maureen Gubia: is an autodiactic freelance artist who uses art materials form watercolors and pastels to oil paint. Her techique could be described as loose and intuitive in her use of color and brush choices/strokes which is prevelant in all her work. Her work has appeared in group shows at Fette's Gallery in Culver City, CA and Ai Gallery in Chicago, IL and elesewhere. Muti-talented, her other creative outlets include photography and music recordings. She was born in 1984 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she continues to live and work. Her artistic website is: www.gubia.neurasthenic.net

Ben Kemp: is of Maori/Pakeha parents. he is a poet and singer/songwriter, having performed with the Japanese-based band "Uminari". After graduating from Otago University, he lived in Tokyo for two and a half years. His poetry has been published widely throughout New Zealand where he was invited to read at New Zealand Poetry Day as one of two emerging poets honored. His poems have appeared in Blackmail Press, Snorkel, and elsewhere. He released his debut album "A River's Mouth" in 2005. He lives in New Zealand. His website is: www.benkemp.com

Patricia Kelly: her poetry has won first prizes from The Feminist Writers Guild and The New York Center Goddess Festival. Her work appears on Literary House among other online locales, and in many print publications as "An Eye For An Eye Makes The Whole World Blind", an award-winning 9/11 anthology. She is currently channeling her creative talents into designing a Tarot deck, "The Taiga Tarot" (illustrated tanka). She lives in New York. Visit her unique blog at: http://roswila-dreamspoetry.blogspot.com

Rodney Koeneke: his work has appeared in MiPOesias Magazine, Chicago Postmodern Poetry, Shampoo, Moria Poetry, Coconut Poetry, and elsewhere. He is the author of two poetry collections, Musee Mechanique (BlazeVox, 2006) and Rogue State (Pavement Saw, 2003). He has recently moved to Portland, Oregon with his wife Lesley Poirer and young son Auden. You can find his blog at: www.modampo.blogspot.com


Closing Notes: 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 Oct. 1st. Copyright 2007 by Maurice Oliver. All Rights Reserved.


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