Featured writer: Bear Jack Gebhardt is Senior Librarian at Heart Mountain Monastery—an offline/online community of Buddhist Methodist artists, pilgrims and fellow travelers. He’s been a free-lance writer for many decades and has published nine books, including three stop smoking books and, most recently, a collection of flash fiction, A Wave of Thanks and Other Human Gestures. He has also published hundreds of articles, stories, essays and poems in well-known, somewhat-known and little-known places. He keeps studying and writing about stuff because, he says, “I can’t help it.” He welcomes contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hannah Hackney is a chemist, visual artist, and co-creator of Dyad Press, which publishes small handmade books of art, poetry, and photography. You can find her work in venues such as The Puritan, KIN, Raintown Review, and Lemon Hound. She lives in Montreal.
Tom Larsen has had two heroes in his lifetime, Sandy Koufax and Art Pepper. That sums him up nicely.
Steve Shilling has been published in numerous journals, including: DASH Journal, Reed Magazine, Crannóg, and Flint Hills Review and has poems forthcoming with Sand Canyon Review and Red Flag Poetry. A high school English teacher, he enjoys sports, gardening and bicycle riding. He lives in McMurray, Pennsylvania with his wife Megan, two children, Stephen and Courtney, and cat Sammy.
Vivian Wagner teaches English at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. Her essays and poems have appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Eyedrum Periodically, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Silk Road Review, Zone 3, The Ilanot Review, and other publications. She’s also the author of a memoir, Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music. Visit her website at www.vivianwagner.net.
Ryan Warren lives with his family by the sea in Northern California. He is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, and his poetry has previously appeared in numerous journals including California Quarterly, Amaryllis, Wilderness House Literary Review, Firefly Magazine, Verse-Virtual, Ekphrastic and the anthology, Carry The Light. More on his published works can be found at www.facebook.com/RyanWarrenPoetry.
Jon Wesick hosts Southern California’s best ice cream parlor poetry reading and is a regional editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual. He’s published hundreds of poems and stories in journals such as the Atlanta Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Metal Scratches, Pearl, Slipstream, Space and Time, Tales of the Talisman, and Zahir. The editors of Knot Magazine nominated his story “The Visitor” for a Pushcart Prize. His poem “Meditation Instruction” won the Editor’s Choice Award in the 2016 Spirit First Contest. Another poem “Bread and Circuses” won second place in the 2007 African American Writers and Artists Contest. Jon is the author of the poetry collection Words of Power, Dances of Freedom as well as several novels. http://jonwesick.com
Alex Wilson, a grant writer in San Francisco, writes poetry and reviews nonfiction. He hopes his fellow millennials will make poetry, classical music and opera popular again. Alex dreams about writing libretti. Every spring a mockingbird, Bartók, returns to the eucalyptus tree outside Alex’s window, and sings the most eclectic songs from bits he’s learned in Humboldt, Mendocino, Oakland, and San Francisco. Visit Alex’s website at RussianHillReader.com.
Andrea Wyatt’s first two books Three Rooms and Poems of the Morning, Poems of the Storm were published in Berkeley by Oyez, a press associated with Black Mountain and California Renaissance poets; her third book Jurassic Night was published by White Dot Press. She is co-editor of Selected Poems by Larry Eigner, Collected Poems by Max Douglas, and The Brooklyn Reader. Most recently, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Clackamas, Gravel and Gargoyle. She is the associate editor reader for By&By and works for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.