Brent Robison lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York with his wife, a maker of fabulous masks, and their wisecracking teenage daughter. His fiction has appeared in over a dozen literary journals and has won the Literal Latte Short Short Award, the Chronogram Short Fiction Contest, a Fiction Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. His collection of linked short stories, The Principle of Ultimate Indivisibility, is available from booksellers everywhere. A novel in progress threatens to take him to the grave.
Tom Newton is the author of Warfilm (Bloomsbury, 2015). He has spent many years working in the film industry as a prop man, while pursuing a parallel existence as musician, sound engineer and mastering engineer. He was a participant in London's punk music scene in the late seventies. He lives on a mountain in Woodstock, New York with his wife and daughter.
Petrie Harbouri, born in London, is the author of three novels, Graffiti (Bloomsbury, London 1998), Our Lady of the Serpents (Bloomsbury, London 1999) and The Brothers Carburi (Bloomsbury, London 2001). As Caroline Harbouri, she is a translator of gardening books from French and novels from Greek. For the last twenty-two years she has been the editor of The Mediterranean Garden, a quarterly journal on horticulture in mediterranean-climate regions. She lives in Greece.
Kevin Swanwick resides in the Hudson Valley of New York with his wife, two children, mother in-law and three dogs. His favorite dog is Dante, a Keeshond, who prefers the fall and winter seasons. Having worked in the post-modern machinery of the technology industry for over 30 years, Kevin is attempting to engage his erstwhile and neglected career as a writer of essays and fiction. He finds the world a terribly complex place and likes to write about it from the perspective of a grateful citizen of Carthage who got to watch the Romans invade but was spared because of his accidental usefulness.
His essays and some fiction can be found in Elephant Journal, LA Progressive and on his blog, in no particular order.
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Violet Snow has written about her ancestors for the New York Times “Disunion” blog, Civil War Times, American Ancestors, Woodstock Times, Jewish Currents, and PurpleClover.com. Her mystery novels star a New Jersey real estate agent and a raft of discontented ancestors seeking to connect with their descendants. Works in progress include Chaos and Old Night: Bringing in the Ancestors, an account of her quest to forge a relationship with her great-great-grandfather through his Civil War diary, and May and August: How I Made Friends with My Ancestors, creative nonfiction about her great-grandmother, drawing on letters, genealogical records, and a travel diary of Wales from 1892.
Violet currently lives in upstate New York and writes for Woodstock Times, Energy Times, and other periodicals. She holds a black belt in the martial art of aikido, and she is learning to speak Welsh.
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Wendy Drolma, nestled quietly at her work table in Woodstock, New York and surreptitiously spied on by the several dozen handcrafted leather masks that inhabit her showroom declines, if only to herself, the curious title of Maskmaker. In spite of having been creating masks for over twenty years she sees herself as more of an Alchemist. The masks are a synonym, of sorts, for something essential and puzzling that vibrates just below the surface and tends to retreat as we draw near. Paradoxically, it's this cosmic game of hide and seek that fuels her desire to mold materials into something more...well...enduring. Something that has meaning in our lives and gives us the courage to stand before other people and feel powerful in the face of our destructibility.
Bonnie Lykes is a monologist, performance and voice over artist, as well as a previously Seattle-based jazz/rock vocalist. She and her husband Sean produced and released three albums with their band Epigene before writing their rock opera, A Wall Street Odyssey--the soundtrack manifesting exuberant reviews from Vanity Fair and Chronogram. She also has been a contributing playwright for Jersey City’s Art House Production’s The Heist Project and was recently published in Crack The Spine Literary Journal in both poetry and creative non-fiction. She currently hosts Non-Fiction Railroad, the second Tuesday of the month edition of The Writer’s Voice, on WIOX.org 91.3fm.
Regina Clarke follows her passions for reading mysteries, watching film noir and 1950s science fiction B-grade (often C-grade) movies and feeling reverence for nature and all wildlife. She calls the Hudson River Valley home, and it pleases her no end to live not very far from where Rod Serling grew up and Jane Roberts encountered Seth.
Her stories have appeared in Thrice Fiction, Kzine, Bewildering Stories, Mad Scientist Journal, NewMyths, Aurora Wolf, and T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog, among others. In the spring of 2012 she was a finalist in the Hollywood SCRIPTOID Screenwriter’s Feature Challenge for her script “Second Chances.” In October 2016 her YA fantasy MARI was a finalist in the ListenUp Audiobooks competition.
Guy Reed is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and author of the 2011 poetry chapbook, The Effort To Hold Light (Finishing Line Press). Most recently, he’s published poems in Poetry East and contributed 2 poems, performing one, in a featured role for the independent feature film, I Dream Too Much (2015, 77 Films, Attic Light Films). A Minnesota native, Guy currently lives in the Catskill Mountains with his wife and their two children.
Ian Caskey is currently working on a collection of short stories, tentatively titled, Fairview Beyond. His writing has appeared in BOMB magazine,The Griffin, and John Jay's Finest. His writing credentials include Residency at the Edward F. Albee Foundation June 2015 and honorable mention in the Lorraine Hemingway Short Story contest in 2013. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more check out his vids and cartoons on Instagram @iancaskey.
Djelloul Marbrook is the author of five books of poems and six of fiction, and four more poetry books and five of fiction are forthcoming in 2017-18 from Leaky Boot Press (UK). He grew up in Brooklyn, West Islip and Manhattan. He served in the U.S. Navy and for many years was a newspaper reporter and editor (Providence Journal, Elmira Star-Gazette, Baltimore Sun, Winston-Salem Journal, Washington Star, among others). His awards include the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize (2007), Literal Latté's first prize in fiction (2008), and the International Book Award in Poetry (2010). His poetry has been published in many journals, including American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Taos Poetry Journal, Orbis (UK), Le Zaporogue (Denmark), Oberon,The Same, Reed, Fledging Rag, Poets Against the War and Poemelon. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley with his wife Marilyn and maintains a lively presence on Facebook, Twitter and at djelloulmarbrook.com.
Erica Obey pursued an academic career specializing in the women folklorists of the nineteenth century, before she decided she’d rather be writing the stories herself. Today, there are three places you can find Erica when she’s not writing: on a hiking trail, in her garden, or taking tea at a nearby stately home – all in the name of research, of course! She is the author of two mysteries, Back to the Garden and The Lazarus Vector, as well as The Curse of the Braddock Brides, the first in a series of romantic mysteries inspired by the historic houses of the Hudson Valley.
Jim Murdoch is a Scottish writer whose books doggedly refuse to fit into neat genres. He likes to think of himself as a literary author but struggles to maintain the requisite level of pretentiousness. For twenty years Jim churned out tiny poems and imagined that was his lot in life until a long dry spell pushed him to try something new. When he toted up the words there was the best part of a novel. He's now written several but still can't get used to being called a novelist. In 2007, like the rest of the world, he moved online and started a blog which, much to his surprise, is still going although he keeps promising himself he'll quit any day now. 'Tomorrowscape' is from his 2013 short story collection Making Sense.
You can learn more about Jim on his website.