Contributors' Notes
Kate Bernadette Benedict, of New York City, is the author of the full-length poetry collection Here from Away and the editor of two online poetry journals, Umbrella and Tilt-a-Whirl, the latter featuring poems written in repeating forms. Recent poetry credits include The Raintown Review, Snakeskin, and Anon. Her home page:
Manny Blacksher is an English instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Fortnight, and The Guardian's online Poetry Workshop. Most recently, his work was published in Measure.
21st Editions recently featured Steven Brown's poetry alongside the photography of Jerry Uelsmann in a limited, handcrafted edition entitled, Moth and Bonelight. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Measure, Asheville Poetry Review, Indiana Review, and others.
Amy Casey earned a BFA in painting in 1999 from the Cleveland Institute of Art, receiving a fellowship while there to the Yale Summer School of Art and Music. Since leaving the bosom of academia, she's shown her work regionally and nationally. She enjoyed a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, was artist in residence at Zygote Press in Cleveland in 2006, and in 2007 was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Currently she lives and paints in Cleveland and is represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago.

Kevin Cutrer is originally from Louisiana, and now lives in the northeast of Brazil. His poems have appeared widely, in such places as The Hudson Review, The Dark Horse, First Things, The Raintown Review, and The Flea.

Lesley Jenike's first book of poems is Ghost of Fashion (CustomWords, 2009). Her poems will appear soon or have appeared recently in Poetry, Quarterly West, The Journal,, and She teaches creative writing and literature at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
Len Krisak 's most recent book is a translation of Virgil's Eclogues (U Penn Press). He is still a four-time champion on Jeopardy! His Rilke translations previously appeared in issue 2.1: "Corrida," "Site of the Fire," and "Snake-Charmer."
Celeste Lipkes is a pre-med, Writing Seminars junior at Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Bellevue Literary Review, Measure, and Smartish Pace.
James Scannell McCormick holds a Ph.D. in creative writing poetry. His works have appeared in CutBank, The Lucid Stone, and most recently in Barefoot Muse. He lives and works in Rochester, Minnesota.
Ashley Anna McHugh studies at the University of Arkansas, where she is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing. Her forthcoming book, Into These Knots, is the 2010 winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize, and LATR Editions will publish her chapbook, Become All Flame, in the spring of 2010. She is also the 2009 winner of the Morton Marr Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Criterion, DIAGRAM, Measure, Anti-, and The Hopkins Review, as well as other publications. She is a senior editor at Linebreak. Her work previously appeared in issue 2.1.
Llewellyn McKernan is a poet, children's book writer, and teacher who has lived and worked in Huntington, WV, for over thirty years. She has had three poetry books published for adults and four for children. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Arkansas and a master's degree in writing from Brown University.
Robert McLean was born at Bethany in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1974. He graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2004 with an MA in political science and art theory. He returned to complete an MFA in creative writing in2008. His poems, translations and articles have been published in a variety of print and electronic periodicals and anthologies, both locally and overseas. His first collection For the Coalition Dead was published by Kilmog Press in 2009.
Gregg Mosson is the author of Questions of Fire (Plain View Press, 2009), poems of social engagement and witnessing, and a book of nature poetry, Season of Flowers and Dust. His poetry, journalism, and literary criticism have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Loch Raven Review, The Cincinnati Review, and other hot spots. For more, seek "October Rain" originally appeared in Questions of Fire.
Esther Greenleaf Mürer lives in Philadelphia. She has been a composer, literary translator, and editor, and began getting serious about poetry at age 70. Her work has most recently appeared in Pemmican, Able Muse, and Drunken Boat. She is featured poet in the February 2010 issue of The Centrifugal Eye. Her work also appeared in issue 2.2.
Amy Newman's recent collections are fall and The Sin Sonnets. New work appears in The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Narrative Magazine, Hotel Amerika, and Witness. She teaches at Northern Illinois University, and edits Ancora Imparo, the interdisciplinary journal of art, process, and remnant.

Richard Newman's newest poetry collection, Domestic Fugues (Steel Toe Books), appeared last fall. He is also the author of the poetry collection Borrowed Towns (Word Press, 2005) and several chapbooks, including 24 Tall Boys: Dark Verse for Light Times (Snark Publishing/Firecracker Press, 2007). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry; Boulevard; Crab Orchard Review; Measure; New Letters; Pleiades; Seriously Funny: Poems about Love Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else; The Sun, and many other periodicals and anthologies. He lives is St. Louis and edits River Styx. His work previously appeared in issue 2.1.

Joanna Pearson's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tar River Poetry, Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Measure, Best New Poets 2005 (Samovar), and others. She recently received her MFA from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and will complete her MD at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2010.
Nicholas Michael Ravnikar goes by his full name and lives in Racine, WI, in an apartment that is currently 61 degrees Fahrenheit, January 22, 2010. Present occupations: adjunct instructor and independent contractor. Edits, free of charge. MFA, Naropa University; BA, University of Wisconsin.
Although most famous for his verse sequences Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus, the great German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (Austrian-born, 1875-1926) achieved his breakthrough transitional work in the New Poems of 1907/08, a large collection of "thing poems" and portraits that brought late-nineteenth century poetic sensibility to the frontiers of the modernist movement represented by his rough contemporaries Eliot and Yeats. These pieces, artfully sequenced, almost all employ rhyme and meter (many are sonnets) to meditate on the essence of the material world. In some sense, Rilke may be said to have seen into the metaphysics of plants, animals, cathedrals, and statuary (he was for a brief time personal secretary to Rodin). The two translations follow Rilke’s original rhyme schemes, and, as much as possible in English, his meters. —Len Krisak
John Schellhase, originally from Arkansas, is currently working as volunteer English teacher at a small college in the Philippines. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Barnwood Poetry Magazine, Foundling Review, and Grey Sparrow Journal.
Anindita Sengupta's full-length collection of poems City of Water was published earlier this year. Her work has previously been published in several journals including Eclectica, NthPosition, Yellow Medicine Review, Origami Condom, Pratilipi, Cha: An Asian Journal, Kritya, and Muse India. It has also appeared in the anthologies Mosaic (Unisun, 2008), Not A Muse (Haven Books, 2009), and Poetry with Prakriti (Prakriti Foundation, 2010). In 2008, she received the Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing and in 2010, she received the Charles Wallace Writer’s Fellowship for the University of Kent, England. "The City of Water" originally appeared in City of Water.
Anne-Marie Thompson is an MFA candidate at Johns Hopkins University. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Smartish Pace, The Hopkins Review, Measure, 32 Poems, and elsewhere.
Wendy Videlock's work has appeared. Her chapbook, What's That Supposed to Mean, will be released from EXOT Books in early 2010. Her work previously appeared in issue 1.3: "Hey You" and "Optics."


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