Thursday, November 1, 2007

Contributors Biographies

Tom Berman: is a scientist who has spent much of his professional life as an aquatic microbiologist, focusing on the Sea of Galilee (a.k.a. lake Kinneret). He grew up in Glasgow, Scotland after arriving at the age of five from Czechoslovakia as part of the Kindertransport Project in 1939. His poetry has appeared in several literary publications. He has published a collection of poems called Shards, A Handful of Verses (Writer's Club Press 2002) where he combines his love of poetry with his oceanographic research. he lives with his wife and dog in the kibbutz Amiad in the Upper Galilee, Israel. His website is

Jessy Randall: is a poet with a full-length collection of poems, A Day In Boyland (Ghost RoadPress, 2007), and four chapbooks, A Day In Boyland (Ghost Road Press, 2007), Broken Heart Diet and Other Food Poems (Unicorn Press, 2006), Because Mona Is In The Psychiatric Hospital (Pudding House, 2005), Slumber Party At The Aquarium (Unicorn Press, 2004), Dorothy Surrenders (2 River View, 1999). She is the Curator of Special Collections at Colorado College. her poems have been hung from trees, etched into birdhouses, and even sold in gumball machines. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two children. Her website is

Miguel de Arriba: has been making photographs for over 20 years. he says one of the hardest things was to allow himself to accept the first few payments for the sale of his work because at that point he flet he had crossed the line from ametuer to professional and that it was a scary feeling. He has won several prizes since then, one for the photographs that accompanied a news article on boomerangs in a national magazine. He lives in the beautiful province of Cantabria in Spain. You can contact him at

Kevin Higgins: his first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005. It was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award and has recently gone into second printing. A second collection of his work, Time Gerntlemen, Please will be published by Salmon in 2008. He has read his poetry at most of the major literary festivals in Ireland and a wide variety of venues in Britain, France, and the U.S. He won the 2003 Cuirt Festival Poetry Grand Salm and was awared a literary bursary by the Arts Council in 2005. He lives with his wife in Galway where they co-organize the Over The Edge literary event as part of the annual Galway Festival. He maintains a website at

Simon Perchik: was a pilot during WWII and attended New York University (BA English, LLB Law) under the GI Bill. He practiced law from 1950 until he retired in 1980. His poems have appeared in Partison Review, The New Yoker Magazine, Black Warrior Review, The Journal, Osiris, Sycamore Review, Pavement Saw, Oasis (UK) and Rafts (Parsifal Editons) are both scheduled for publication in 2007. He lives with his wife Evelyn in East Hampton, NY. You can find out more about him and his poetry at

Milind Mulick: is the son of a well-known illustrator and painter. His own artist ability became evident at a young age when he began drawing at 5. By 13 he was painting with watercolors. He studied art on a National Talent Scholarship but decided to major in engineering instead. He went on to combine both interest when he began to do architectural illustrations. Today, he paints and gives lessons and is a faculty member of the India art gallery. he has had several exhibitions. He lives with his wife and two boys, aged 3 and 9, in Pune, India. The boys have already began to draw and paint. Visit his website and see more at

Ivy Alvarez: grew up in Hobart, Tasmania. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies, literary journals and magazines worldwide as well as online. She first gained recognition as an Artist-In-Residence For Australia's internationally acclaimed television network, SBS. She has several chapbooks to her credit and a first poetry collection called Mortal (Red Morning Press, 2006) and is working on a second manuscript. She is the editor of the chapbook anthhology A Slice of Cherry Pie which features poems inspire by David Lynch's Twin Peaks series. In addition to her poetry, she also writes plays, reviews and news media articles. She currently resides in Cardiff, Wales. Her website is

Carl Leggo: is an autobigraphical poet who evokes his nostalgic childhood experiences growing up in the non-existent Lynch's Lane, Corner Brook. Heavily influenced by fellow Corner Brook poet, Al Pittman, who Leggo first heard read in 1972, he, like Pittman, bleives poetry should represent and narrate the experinces of people in a language that resonates with the heart's memories. He is the author of four books: Growing Up Perpendicular on the Side of a Hill, View From My Mother's House, Teaching To Wonder: Responding To Poetry in the Secondary Classroom, and Come-By-Chance. He is a professor at the University of British Columbia and lives in the Vancouver, B.C. in Canada. He website can be found at

Corey Mesler: is the owner of Burke's Book Store, in Memphis TN, one of the country's oldest (1875) independent book stores. His poetry and fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and journals. Talk, his first novel was published in 2002. His second novel, We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, came out in 2006. His chapbooks include Short Story and Other Short Stories (2006), The Hole in Sleep (2006), The Agoraphobe's Pandiculations (2006), and The Chole Poems (2007). His poem, "Sweet Annie Divine", was chosen for Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. His first poetry collection, Some Identity Problems is due out later this year. He lives with his wife and two children in Memphis. His website is at

Christine Klocek-Lim: was born in the coal-mining region of northeaster Pennsylvania. She recieved a BA in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon and worked as a technical writer in Manhattan. This exposure to both industry and nature and her awareness of northeastern American life shapes her poetry and photography. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals both in print and online. She is also the editor of Atutmn Sky Poetry. You can visit her international literary journal at

Maurice Oliver: is one of these dull scum-sucking zombies we find increasingly in literary circles today. He is also editor/publisher of Concelebratory Shoehorn Review, this here review, whose title intends to compensate for his ordinary shoelaces. In spite of his many shortcomings, his poetry has appeared in numerous national and international literary journals and magazines, both online and in print. He insisted on being in this issue against the overwhelming advice of the President's advisers. Srew it. Let him cough up monsters in his sleep and fingerprint with their phlegm if he wants. Visit his personal blog at

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 Dec. 1st. Copyright 2007 by Maurice Oliver. All Rights Reserved.

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Bauni said...

Hi Maurice,

I allways enjoy scrolling through your blog every month. Allthough I am not a big fan of poetry I like your work here.

Keep up the good work,


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