John J. Brugaletta has published nine volumes of his poems. He is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, where he taught courses in the works of Shakespeare, Dante, Homer and C. S. Lewis.
Patrick Theron Erickson, a resident of Garland, Texas, a Tree City, just south of Duck Creek, is a retired parish pastor put out to pasture himself. Besides a forthcoming chapbook, Better Late Than Never (The Orchard Street Press, 2022), his work has appeared in Quiet Diamonds: The poetry journal of The Orchard Street Press, Summer 2021, and in Assisi, Grey Sparrow Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal, and Sheila-Na-Gig online, among other publications, and more recently in Smokey Blue Literary and Arts Magazine, The Charles Carter, and Shift.
John Garmon lives and writes in Las Vegas. His poems have been published in Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Oyster River Pages, Southern Humanities Review, and other magazines. He is an 82 year old poet at the College of Southern Nevada, grew up in poverty in the panhandle of Texas, served in the Marines, and once was president of Berkeley City College.
A resident of Spokane, WA, Farley Egan Green got reacquainted with poetry four or five years ago after retiring from a communications career. She has also published in the Trestle Creek Review, Smoky Blue Arts and Literary Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, and the collections That Thing with Feathers and Rupture: Writers in the Attic.
Until 2003, David M. Harris had never lived more than fifty miles from New York City. Since then he has moved to Tennessee, acquired a daughter and a classic MG, and gotten serious about poetry. His work has appeared in Pirene’s Fountain (and in First Water, the Best of Pirene’s Fountain anthology), Gargoyle, The Labletter, The Pedestal, and other places. His first collection of poetry, The Review Mirror, was published by Unsolicited Press in 2013.
John Calvin Hughes has published in numerous magazines and journals, including Dead Mule, Southern Indiana Review, Autumn Sky Poetry, The Timberline Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and Mississippi Review. His publications include a critical study, The Novels and Short Stories of Frederick Barthelme (The Edwin Mellen Press); two poetry chapbooks, The Shape of Our Luck (Sargent Press) and Cul-de-sac Agonistes (Black Bomb Books); a full-length poetry collection, Music from a Farther Room (Aldrich Press); and three novels, Twilight of the Lesser Gods (CreateSpace), Killing Rush (Second Wind Publishing), and The Lost Gospel of Darnell Rabren (Bowen Press Books). His new novel, The Boys, will be published in 2023 by Regal House press. Nominated for a Pushcart in 2015, he is also the winner of the Ilse and Hans Juergensen Poetry Contest and The Thomas Burnett Swann Poetry Prize. He lives and works in Florida.
Charlene Langfur is an organic gardener, a rescued dog advocate, a Syracuse University Graduate Writing Fellow and her most recent publications include poems in Weber-The Contemporary West, North Dakota Quarterly, Valley Voices and an essay in the Smartset Magazine.
Diamante Lavendar lives in the Midwest US. She enjoys using art as a medium to explore the issues of life and the human reactions to those issues with a strong emphasis on spirituality. Most of her works are abstract in nature with a focus on color, shapes, and lines. The majority of her work is mixed media digital art which includes some or all of the following: photography, fractals, drawing, painting, and digital art. Diamante’s work has been shown in numerous online and “brick and mortar” exhibitions and has been awarded in many of those shows. She has also been recognized in the American Art Awards in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Diamante’s work has been published in several magazines including Edge Of Faith Magazine, The Closed Eye Open, and Beyond Words Literary Magazine. Her work can be viewed on her website at www.diamante-lavendar.pixels.com.
Glenn Marchand has an M.A. in Theology from Loyola Marymount University, and finished his requirements in the MFA Creative Writing program at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Marchand is an African American, focused on writing about existential truths, topics seeming apparent, or better, life’s aphorisms. Marchand believes in connectivity, a mystic universe, and the beauty of silence. At the time, Marchand has taken off from work, concentrating on family and friends during this troubling era, and compiling manuscripts that are written from the soul. As an aspiring poet-writer, Marchand is an avid reader of the works of Kierkegaard, as they speak to faith and the art of prose, and he recently finished reading Bath by Jen Silverman, a profound look at love, sanctity, friendship, and it employs the majesty of the poet as a master of words that conjure up feelings in the reader. Marchand is proud to share these few poems with the reader. Marchand hopes they reach the heart, mind, and soul of the reader.
Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Enizagam and The Healing Muse among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and Until I Couldn’t. She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.
Sherry Weaver Smith searches for stories and poems while walking in the grasslands of the American West with her family and reflecting on nonprofit work in the Philippines and more recently in Portland, OR. She has published more than a dozen poems for journals, such as California Quarterly, The Heron’s Nest, To Topos: Poetry International, the Origami Poems Project, Salmon Creek Journal, and the Arizona Literary Magazine. She is the author of Land Shapes: Selected Haiku Poems (Richer Resources Publications), inspired by geometry, landscapes, and the Chinese brush paintings of artist Sylvia Van Strijthem. Her Catholic faith and love of nature inspired her to write The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick and Search for the Hidden Garden: A Discovery with Saint Thérèse, both children’s novels published by Pauline Books and Media. She has an M.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford and a B.A. from Duke University.