Artist & Author Biographies
BARBARA BERMAN is the Senior Poetry Reviewer at The Rumpus.net. Over the years her poetry and prose have appeared in The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner, Gargoyle, Lilith and many other literary journals. Her chapbook, The Generosity of Stars, was published by Finishing Line Press.
MAGGIE BOYD lives in Denver, Colorado with a collection of plants that she cannot seem to keep alive. She is currently studying for her BA in English from Thomas Edison State College. She is passionate about stories, coffee, and breakfast food. She also writes poems.
GRETA GRANT is pursuing a BFA in photography from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She is the inaugural featured artist for The Axe Factory, producing cover art for July 2014-April 2015. Her photography can be found at gretagrantphotography.tumblr.com.
J.R. HAMILTON rides the MBTA in and around Boston, Mass, often to and from places he’d rather not bother to go to, such as the lousy godforsaken mall he works at. When he isn’t completely black and blue with self-doubt, he writes stories, poems, and books. He has had two short stories published: one in Issue 6 of the Rag Lit Mag, and one in the Winter 2015 issue of the Avalon Literary Review
DON MAGER's chapbooks and volumes of poetry are: To Track the Wounded One, Glosses, That Which is Owed to Death, Borderings, Good Turns and The Elegance of the Ungraspable, Birth Daybook Drive Time and Russian Riffs. He is retired with degrees from Drake University (BA), Syracuse University (MA) and Wayne State University (PhD). He was the Mott University Professor of English at Johnson C. Smith University from 1998-2004 where he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters (2005-2011). As well as a number of scholarly articles, he has published over 200 poems and translations from German, Czech and Russian. He lives in Charlotte, NC.
CHRISTINE POTTER lives in the lower Hudson River Valley; she is a writer and poet, an aged-out, recovering English teacher, and an internet broadcaster. She has published poems recently in Rattle and American Arts Quarterly, and she has work forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review. Her two full-length collections of poetry are Zero Degrees At First Light (2006) and Sheltering in Place (2013). Christine's website is at chrispygal.weebly.com and her radio show can be heard Thursdays at 4 p.m. Eastern time at area24radio.com.
LINDA STREVER's poetry collection, Against My Dreams, was released in fall 2013, and her novel, Don’t Look Away, in winter 2015. Her poetry credits include Adanna, Beloit Poetry Journal, CALYX Journal, Crab Creek Review, Floating Bridge Review, Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, VoiceCatcher Journal and others. Winner of the Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, her work has been a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, the Levis Poetry Prize and the Ohio State University Press Award in Poetry, as well as the Eludia Award in fiction from Hidden River Arts. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has an MFA from Brooklyn College and lives in Olympia, Washington.
ANDREW WEATHERLY hears inspiration from the trees, the wind, his students, as well as from fabulous poets. He is blessed to live, teach, and dance in Asheville, NC. He has been published in Katuah Journal and Appalachian Broadsides.
CLARE WELSH is a freelance writer and illustrator based in New Orleans. Her poetry has appeared in Black & Gray Magazine, The Susquehanna Review, and Pretty Owl Poetry. For more poems, drawings, and selfies, follow her on Instagram at clarewelsh or her blog at clarewelsh.wordpress.com