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Tuere T. S. Ganges

Tuere T. S. Ganges holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. She resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and two children. Her work has appeared in Shine: The Journal.

Lee Green

Lee Green graduated from the University of the Arts in May of 2007 with a BFA in acting. After realizing that acting was not for her, she pursued writing instead, which has been a lifelong love anyway. For over a decade she has been writing plays, fiction, and poetry. Her one-act, THE VACATION, was selected and produced at the University of the Arts for the 2005 Equinox Play Festival. In September she will be producing her latest one-act, BRANCH TO BRANCH, as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Lee continues to read and write as much as possible. In her spare time, she also loves to paint, play the violin, learn languages and eat sushi.

Patrick John Green

Patrick John Green is a writer. he mourns when reading many of the popular forms of poetry currently in circulation because they seem to be written for academics, and not the average reader. he believes the written word needs to move the reader using simple language. at the end of the day, he knows he has a lot to learn from writing, holding the opinion that poetry is more about listening than anything else. you can find him, if you want, at findpatrick@yahoo.com

Sonora Greer-Polkow

Wishful thinker, hopeless romantic, lover of all things caffeinated, I like to call myself an artist. At one time or another I have been a cook, waitress, meat cutter, house cleaner, receptionist, gardener, student, but always a writer. After several years floundering around in my own indecision, I have returned to school here in Portland and will be finishing the degrees that may possibly turn “writer” into a more official title.

Jordan Grevé

Jordan has been writing for several years now. He studied business in New York City, but while exploring this possibility he never abandoned his dream of writing prose, and poetry. Jordan prefers to not follow the standards practiced in most notorious poetry. His influences are Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, E. E. cummings & Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky to name a few.

Michelle Grinnell

Michelle received her BA in Communications from San Francisco State University. She works a winery in the Napa Valley, well known for organic winemaking, and spends her spare time traveling, reading, and writing short stories and poetry.

David Hale

David Hale is currently a college student transferring to the University of Texas at San Antonio. My major is English with a specialization in creative writing. I was born and raised in San Antonio but lived in Lubbock, Texas for a few years.

Rich Harris

My name is Rich and I love to write! Poetry, short stories, long stories – anything really. I am an unpublished author and have penned my first novel co written with my friend and business partner. We are currently working on our second exciting project. I’m an Essex boy but live in London. I hope that one day someone will read my thoughts and take them where they can turn into my dreams.

T.R. Healy

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and my stories have appeared in such publications as the Boston Literary Review, Lily, The Square Table, and Tulip.

Christine Higgins

I am 42 years old, living in Michigan, should probably be coming up with some clever prose about the bitter cold. I write when I’m moved by something, it’s more of hobby and one that was developed out of need to heal a broken heart.

Ali Iovino

I’m a Long Islander born and raised who somehow made it to a college in Ohio. I have been writing all of my life for fun – poems, blogs, short stories, reviews, etc. Recently, as a freshman at school, I decided to finally start doing something with everything I have been writing.

Villy Iranpur

I am a second year UCI student. Business Economics major, working towards a minor in Management, and interested perhaps in marketing.Born in India. English is my second language. I played tennis all four years in high school and am still passionate about it. My body craves to work out-exercise, especially running regardless if it be on a treadmill or outdoors, is one of the only ways I can really feel connected with myself. Love to
paint, read, and write in whatever spare time I have. My attention span is very short. I am very outgoing and social; I enjoy hanging out with close friends but I am someone who really appreciates space. Romantic comedies and movies based on real-life hardships and struggles are my favorite. I am in love with love.

Janesays

Janesays spends her day trying to be a superhero. When she finally gets the cape she might retire. janes@flaskandpen.com

Martin Jarmick

Martin has been exploring the world of creativity since a child. His imagination is seen not only in his writing, but his illustrations and films as well. The story, “Millie and Marty” was written to explore the partnership between man and machine, and this theme is seen throughout his work in the arts.

Boyd Johnson

Never published, though heard at readings in New York City and Poughkeepsie, Boyd Johnson is trying to find his place in this community. Born and raised in Dutchess County, he can’t wait to get out. Eyes seem set on Montana. Lord knows why. Boyd Johnson is 21 years old, works in Poughkeepsie at a large Medical Center, and decorates his home with collection notices, rejection letters from fine literary journals, and Husker Du LP’s.

Harry Johnson Harry recently earned his BA in Creative Writing at Antioch University in Los Angeles and is an active member of a book club.

Michael Lee Johnson

Michael Lee Johnson is a poet and freelance writer from Itasca, Illinois.  His brand new poetry chapbook with pictures, From Which Place the Morning Rises and his new photo version of The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom are now available. He also has 2 previously published chapbooks available at lulu.com. The original version of The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom is also available.

He has been published in USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Turkey, Fiji, Nigeria, Algeria, Africa, India, United Kingdom, Republic of Sierra Leone, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Finland, and Poland internet radio. Michael Lee Johnson has been published in more than 280 different publications worldwide.

Bear Jones

At 46, Bear Jones has worn many hats over the years. Human Resource Generalist, Occupational Safety Inspector, Wedding & Event Coordinator, Lobbyist, Wiccan High Priest, and Writer barely scratch the surface of his experiences. Under the Mesa Blanca Bridge, his first published book, made Texans smile and people who had never seen the wonder of Texas wish they had.

Sylvia Jane Joyce

A thirty-something wife and mother who refuses to be defined by her husband’s job title or her toddler’s potty-training status any longer. Sylvia Jane is determined to breathe new life into her long-forgotten voice and find a sense of accomplishment in something other than freshly folded towels.

John Kalpatrick

I am a local Missoula author who has previously lived in Virginia, New England, Pennsylvania and Great Britain. I am also a soldier in the 163rd Cavalry Regiment, and a University of Montana student of Classical Studies & History.

Kirsten Imani Kasai

Kirsten Imani Kasai is a writer, mother and artist. A Southern preacher’s daughter and former dancer, she now makes a respectable living shilling for the Man while dishing her dirt on the side and dying a slow suburban death of intellectual ennui. She’s the author of the novel “Flesh Hell.” Visit her online at tyrannyofthepen.blogspot.com.

Lauren Kelly

Lauren is 32 years old & spends the majority of her time working in a cardiovascular operating room. She has enjoyed writing from an early age as an escape from the everyday. She has found, at times, it can even bring a bit of clarity to a clouded mind. So far she has only written for her own enjoyment & sanity. But, maybe it won’t always be that way.

Renee King

Renee is currently an intern for King Management/Foxx-King Entertainment, where she does script coverage and research. As a freelancer, she has written several PR and corporate communication pieces for clients. She is a former Research Analyst and Broadcast News Writer for CNN and CNN Headline News with a B.A. in Communications from Oglethorpe University.  She is also shopping her first novel, “Like the Sunrise.”

Kj

Kj is as much of a kind tanuki as he is a man.He currently dwells in different spots in Orange County (California.) Beards grow on him in odd shapes. Sometimes he shaves them off carefully. He has a University education of some sort… He loves his girlfriend Cat from the deepest well springs of his heart & he always will. All of his poetry and writings are kept in a private blog (http://illegalfunk.blogspot.com) because he easily loses notebooks. For now he is only comfortable with his girlfriend Cat having access to it. He hopes to one day become adept at self-expression. Kj has published in Bareback Magazine, Viral Cat, Flask & Pen, New Hampshire Writers, andtheniknew.blogspot.com, and the Writers Daily Workshop. Feel free to contact Kj at the following email: khays45@gmail.com.

Scott Klepach, Jr.

Scott Klepach, Jr. holds a BA and MA in English Literature from Central Washington University, and is pursuing a Philosophy/Religious Studies degree there as well. He is an English instructor at Yakima Valley Community College, and has been a freelance writer for various newspapers around his hometown of Yakima, Washington for several years. His novella, Back to this Land, was published in 2007. He and his wife Kimberly have one daughter, Elise, and their son, Liam, will be born in 2009.

Jason Kerzinski

Jason Kerzinski is a Chicago resident who is a painter by trade but has an itch for writing.

Tiffany Kildale

Tiffany Kildale is a 26-year-old journalism major based just outside of Washington, D.C. Having graduated from Elon University in 2004, she pays the bills by acting as a meeting planner for a trade association in D.C. Admittedly neurotic and analytical to a fault, Tiffany is happiest when she’s surrounded by her friends and handbags.

Nicole Kuwik

Nicole Kuwik will eat your fruit, and would like your receipt in the bag. She would prefer not to think about that right now, and takes her coffee black.

Charlene Kwon

Charlene was born and raised in Georgia. She has an MFA from Columbia University and now lives in Philadelphia with her cat, George Michael.

Yahia Lababidi

Yahia Lababidi, is author of the acclaimed book, Signposts to Elsewhere. Lababidi is one of few contemporary poets to be included in the best-selling encyclopedia of The World’s Great Aphorists (2007) by James Geary. Y.Lababidi@Yahoo.com

Denise LaFountaine

I am from Seattle, WA. I have been a world traveler for the past 20 years and a writer for the past five years. All my writing is inspired by events and people I have met around the world.

Ken Lamb

Ken graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a BA in journalism. He lives in West Chester, Pa. with his girlfriend, Sandy, and their black lab, Pepper. He is an avid music lover and a lifelong student of the drums. When not writing or drumming he is out wandering around the countryside with Pepper.

Kevin Lamb

I am 23, born and raised in metro-Detroit. I played baseball in college at High Point in North Carolina. Since I have returned to MI working various jobs on a way to finding a career. I am getting my masters in communication and leadership at Gonzaga, though their online program. I keep a blog, kevinalanlamb.wordpress.com, as well as contribute to the contents of RedGage, an up and coming shared content site for artists that pays! I love sports, boating on the lake I live on, Michigan summers, and the Detroit Tigers.

Patrick Langsford

Patrick is 27 years old and lives in Toronto. He writes short stories typically with a vein of melancholy and although his writings may at times seem bleak, it attempts to examine the human nature honestly (for better or worse) and with an authenticity often disregarded in favor of more banal and predictable experiences. He is currently finishing his first book titled, “Alone in the Crowd”. langsfordpatrick@hotmail.com

Lauri Langton
Lauri currently resides in Ballard, the Brooklyn of Seattle, Washington. Friends and family describe her as hyper and a handful but she prefers to be thought of as energetic and direct. Now retired after decades of dutiful employment, Lauri is busily divesting herself of her wealth on travel, projects she deems good causes, and rich food and drink.

Annette LaSelle

Annette LaSelle is a former corporate senior executive and small business owner who gave it all up for the right to write tall tales, half truths and other forms of chicanery. www.annettelaselle.com

K.T. Lauria

K.T.Lauria is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta, with a degree in English, and is currently living in southern New Hampshire.

Alex Leigh

My name is Alex, I am a boy, I am from a small town on the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the Silicon Valley. I currently live in Philadelphia. I have a distorted view of what home means, the California Coast is my home but I am a anxious person, who can’t stay anywhere too long. I enjoy the beach, sangria, laid back life, writing, reading, photography, TV on DVD, getting lost in the party and finding myself Sunday morning at brunch and non-pretentious people/pretentious people with reason and people who can take a laugh at life. Beyond finding yourself, life is about creating yourself, as much as I forget it, I try to live out my destiny while creating what I want for who I want when I want and I try to relax.

Bry Leon

Born on the Ides of March in 1981, Bry Leon is a song-writer, lyricist, writer, designer & philosophy/nature enthusiast from New England. “Follow the yellow brick road.”

Rich Lessing

I am a 53 year old family man with a wife and three kids; twin daughters who just turned 14 and a son 11. I was born in San Francisco and raised in Los Altos, about 30 miles south of the City. I graduated from college in ’83 from Cal Poly, SLO, CA ten years after graduating high school. I have a very diverse background; artist, bartender, retail/restaurant manager, hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, and now seeking my Masters in Business Administration (the short list and not in order). I have always thought about writing and have decided its time to do something about it. I ain’t getting any younger.

Tom Leventhal

Tom writes short stories to relieve the stresses of every day life. Most of his work was written during lunch, when he would challenge himself to complete an entire story at one sitting. These handwritten stories scribbled onto yellow legal pads were later polished up and edited for publication. toml@flaskandpen.com

Masha Levinson

After pursuing a degree in economics, Masha decided to throw caution to the wind and venture into broadcasting. But the medium (or rather, small) was a nasty beast and after numerous years of shoveling drivel, she left that world where “thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs.” For nearly a decade she has worked in the financial sector, while secretly pursuing her writing. Poetry, short stories, fiction and numerous manuscripts litter her hard drive. In addition to the full-time gig, she’s mom to a drooly 1-year-old, is pursuing an MBA and working to publish her latest manuscript.

Ryan Lind

Ryan Lind blogs on spirituality (though he is quite convinced that everything is kind of spiritual) at www.reamofpaper.com. He has articles posted at relevantmagazine.com and theooze.com, and is a participant in the webook.com writing community.

Jessica Lynn

Jessica is a 23 year old, Freelance Writer, from Atlanta, GA. Since she was ten years old, she has had a passion for writing and is finally putting everything she has into making it into a flourishing career. When Jessica isn’t writing, she works as a server at a local up-beat, modern, restaurant called Marlow’s Tavern. Having a wide range of interests, Jessica likes to write about anything and everything from travel to politics, both fiction and non-fiction. Currently, she is in the process of writing her first novel and will hopefully have it published within a year. If you would like to know more about what Jessica is up to with her writing, check out quitetheredhead.wordpress.com and while you’re there, leave her some feedback!

Zondra Lynn

Zondra Lynn, was born Khrysti Lynn N. in Gastonia, NC on June 27th ,1985. She spent her teenage years in a suburb of Syracuse, NY called Baldwinsville. She graduated from The Ohio State University with Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Sociology and Criminology with a minor in African and African American Studies with a focus on women and youth. After graduating she moved back to work as a Youth Counselor in her hometown of Gastonia, NC at a homeless youth shelter for a year. Zondra currently lives in the Metro Atlanta area and is a Counselor at a women’s health clinic.

Zondra has many hobbies and interest among writing, she enjoys anything having to deal with history and ancient cultures, board games, museums, art exhibits, traveling to new places and eating new foods.

More of her works and more information can be found on her facebook page, Khrysti Khlassy Lynn.