We asked each contributor to answer the following questions:
- What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
- How do you take your coffee?
- Who were you in a previous life?
- Who or what is your greatest influence?
- What is the worst film you ever paid to see?
- What is the best thing you can buy for a dollar?
- What is the worst present you ever received?
- What is your favorite word?
Chuck Augello lives in central New Jersey with his dog, two cats, and a growing collection of dust. His poetry and fiction has appeared in Rattle, Main Channel Voices, Verbsap, Word Riot, Dicey Brown, and other publications. He spends his days locked in a cubicle, slowly plotting his escape. He can be reached at
email@example.com. Please love him.
1. Nuts! Cashews, almonds, peanuts, pecans . . . I can be a real nut slut, and regret it in the morning.
2. I like my tea black, sometimes with a little sugar.
3. A whitetail deer.
4. The gremlin that lives under my bed.
5. It’s a tie: Kids and The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu.
6. A bag of Peanut M&Ms.
7. Old Spice . . . the ultimate “I put no thought at all into your gift” gift.
Gay Baines lives in East Aurora, New York, and is a member of the Roycroft Wordsmiths. Her poetry has appeared in RE:AL, Rattapallax, Cimarron Review, Slipstream, Nimrod, and other journals. She is co-founder and poetry editor of July Literary Press in Buffalo. In 2002 she published her first novel, Dear M.K. The latest version of her collected poems, titled Walking After the Blizzard, is still looking for a publisher.
1. Irish coffee.
3. Mary Wollstonecraft.
4. J.M. Coetzee.
6. Two stamps.
7. A frame containing two pieces of palm in the shape of a cross.
Boe Barnett has been awarded no prizes, stipends, residencies, chairs, fellowships,
advances, or royalies. His work has appeared in ICE_FLOE: International poetry of the Far North, Crab Creek Review, The Arizona Daily Sun, Cairn, and other publications. He is a graduate of the writing program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he teaches English. He loves beer.
1. Belle & Sabastian.
2. Cream and lots of sugar.
3. Mr. Bones.
4. Joe Bolton.
6. Thirty minutes of dryer time.
7. Toilet seat cover (I don’t have a toilet).
Bayard was in a publication called PBW which published on a 3.5 disk, Atrocity (the Mensa journal out of Pittsburgh) photo copied pages. Reader’s Break, whose editor wrote him a letter saying her staff refused to publish anything by him because they felt he was laughing at them and would he please, to make a point, submit to them under an assumed alias. Which he did and which their staff then
2. Doggie Style.
3. Elizabeth Taylor.
4. Elizabeth Taylor.
5. My addictions do not include this popular culture pastime.
6. When was the last time you saw a dollar?
7. A dollar.
Amy Billone is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2001, she received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Her book manuscript Little Songs: Women, Silence, and the Nineteenth-Century Sonnet is forthcoming with The Ohio State University Press. She recently edited the Barnes and Noble Classics text of Peter Pan. Billone has published poems widely.
1. Reading celebrity gossip late at night.
2. With lots of cream and sugar.
3. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s dog, Flush.
4. Fairy tales.
5. When a Man Loves a Woman.
6. A box of envelopes.
7. Fancy blank journals for writing poetry in—I’m too messy.
Georgie Lee Blalock III was born and raised in San Diego where she wrote for Instructional Television. She holds an MA in Screenwriting and currently
lives and writes in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in The Curbside Review, Square Lake, Front Range Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Whistling Shade, Gin Bender, California Quarterly, Main Channel Voices and Roux. Her poem “Full Time Work” was 4th runner up in the 6th Annual Chistell Writing Contest.
1. Watching The Valley of the Dolls.
2. I don’t drink coffee or tea.
3. Hopefully I was someone with a title in my past life, but I was
probably a peasant.
4. History is my greatest influence.
5. Moulin Rouge.
6. A writing journal.
7. A blender.
Scott Blasey is the lead singer for the Pittsburgh-based rock band The Clarks. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Denise and their daughters Sofia and Ava. Scott is an accomplished performer and songwriter and is releasing his third solo CD, “Travelin’ On” on April 17th. He writes stories in his spare time and makes spaghetti sauce from scratch. For more information visit scottblasey.com.
1. Watching “Seinfeld” reruns.
2. Coffee—milk and sugar. Tea—plain, and preferably green.
3. A Pip—as in Gladys Knight and the Pips.
5. Drop Dead Fred—there’s a reason why you’ve never heard of it.
6. A song on iTunes.
7. “Duran Duran’s Greatest Hits” . . . on cassette.
Robin Brown lives in San Antonio, Texas and is currently in pursuit of her Associate of Arts at NVC Community College. Her work has appeared in the Coe Review, as well as at the Gemini Ink “Celebrate San Antonio Festival”. Ms. Brown, is currently working on her first full- length manuscript of poetry entitled Death of The Break-Up Fish.
1. Wearing high heels
2. Mint tea, lots of sugar and a pack of menthols.
3. John Wayne, when he got old and ornery.
4. My grandmother, it was unspoken.
5. Eyes Wide Shut.
6. A copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Half Priced Books.
7. Hand me down clothes from someone I’d never met.
Trent Busch is from Georgia where he writes and makes furniture. His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Poetry, Hudson Review, North America Review, Chicago Review, Southern Review, Georgia Review, New England Review, Manoa, Prairie Schooner, Northwest Review, The Kenyon Review, American Scholar and more recently in Shenandoah, Notre Dame Review, The Nation, and The Threepenny Review.
2. Varied ways.
3. Did not have a previous life.
4. Frost, Hardy, Robinson, Yeats, Stevens.
5. Dukes Of Hazard.
7. Pictures of people of themselves.
Meg Claudel lives in Oakland, California. She has done many different things in many different places. Most importantly, she writes and reads. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Modern Post , The Spillway Review, and flashquake, where she was honored with a nomination for the Pushcart Prize. She is currently working on her first novel.
1. Unfiltered Camels. On the porch. In the fog. After everyone else has gone to bed.
2. Black. Very hot. Coffee only.
3. Japanese courtesan diarist.
4. Natasha Combely, et al.
5. I walked out of Small Time Crooks, which I had gone to see to escape my emptied apartment.
6. Skee-Ball. One round.
7. A typed Dear Jane letter. Inside a mahogany box. The box was hand- engraved with the Chinese characters for “farewell”, and wrapped in shiny red Christmas paper, tied with a green ribbon.
Peter Dabbene has published two story collections, Prime Movements and Glossolalia, as well as a novel, Mister Dreyfus’ Demons. Some of his short stories can be found online at www.parentheticalnote.com, www.eyeshot.net, www.yankeepotroast.org, www.quantummuse.com. His poems have been published in many print journals, and can be read online at Apple Valley Review, White Leaf Review, BluePrintReview, Hinge Online, Adagio Verse Quarterly, and Ampersand Poetry Journal.
1. Supermarket sushi.
2. I don’t drink coffee, and I like my tea exotic—the weirder the flavor, the better.
3. No one; I’m the original, alpha and omega all in one.
4. Comic books.
5. Pearl Harbor.
6. A novelty CD at the dollar store.
7. Many possible choices, all of them clothes.
Carol V. Davis’ poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, New American Review, etc. Her first chapbook was Letters From Prague (1991). She spent 1996-97 as a Fulbright scholar in St. Petersburg, Russia, where a full length collection, It’s Time to Talk About . . . was published in a bilingual edition. A new chapbook, The Violin Teacher was published in 2005, from Dancing
Girls Press, Chicago. She is an instructor at Santa Monica College, CA. She spent fall 2005 in Russia on a second Fulbright.
1. Red licorice.
2. With milk.
3. Woman in Russia.
4. Russian literature.
5. Luckily I’ve forgotten.
6. Not buying, saving for travel.
7. A porcelain tchochke.
Daniel Donaghy’s first collection of poems, Streetfighting, was published by BkMk Press and named a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, New Letters, Cimarron Review, Image, and other journals, and his fiction is forthcoming in Quarterly West. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Constance Saltonsall Foundation for the Arts, and the Cornell Council for the Arts.
1. The Rocky movies. All six of them, but especially the first and last.
2. Coffee: w/ hazelnut creamer; tea: w/ lemon.
3. I was raised Catholic. Questions like this are for the pagans we prayed for on Friday mornings.
4. My daughter.
5. Showgirls. I snuck in, so I didn’t really pay, but I still feel like I got ripped off.
6. A whole box of oatmeal cream pies (Little Debbie’s, please). Ohhhh, yeah.
7. Nothing memorable for me. For my wife, a bagpipe serenade.
K.E. Duffin’s book of poems, King Vulture, was published by The University of Arkansas Press in 2005. Her work has appeared in Agni, Chelsea, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Hunger Mountain, The New Orleans Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Rattapallax, The Sewanee Review, Southwest Review, Verse, and many other journals. Her poems have also been featured on “Poetry Daily” and “Verse Daily”. A painter and printmaker, Duffin lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
1. Suminagashi: making ink paintings on water and printing them.
2. I don’t. Allergic to both.
3. A Chinese poet-painter of the eighth century.
4. Czeslaw Milosz.
5. An indie short whose entire dialogue was “I Hate You, I Hate You, I Hate You.”
6. A Dover Thrift Edition of a literary classic.
7. Bright yellow Big Bird slipper-socks.
John Fitzpatrick was born in Genesee River Valley village of Dansville, NY, home of Clara Barton and her first American Red Cross Chapter now celebrating its 125th anniversary but presently lives in Hudson River Valley village of Red Hook, known for progressive environmental policies. Growing up, he frequently roamed the woods on his family’s farm; now, he tries to talk to trees and plants and listen more carefully to what they have to tell him.
1. Taking a day off to do nothing but relax and meditate.
2. Coffee, Black; Green Tea, Pure.
3. Native American.
4. Thoreau and his Walden and Essay on Civil Disobedience.
5. Whatever it was, I have put it out of my memory.
6. Not much – maybe though a pumpkin muffin.
7. I’ve put it out of my memory and forgiven the person who gave it to me.
Daniel Gallik has had poetry and short stories published by various online journals plus Hawaii Review, A.I.M.(America’s Intercultural Magazine), Parabola,
Nimrod, Limeston (U. of Kentucky), The Hiram Poetry Review, Aura (University of Alabama), and Whiskey Island (Cleveland State University). Daniel’s first novel, A Story Of Dumb Fate is available at publishamerica.com and soon will be at Cleveland area Border’s Bookstores.
1. My wife realistically. All other women mentally.
2. Blacker than black.
3. Some gaseous element—Neon?
4. Ezra Pound.
5. Rocky V.
6. Calgary Export Ale.
7. Gift card to Wal-Mart.
Nicole Hardy lives in Seattle where she works as a waitress and a teacher.
She covets all things pink and sparkly. Her chapbook, Mud Flap Girl’s XX
Guide to Facial Profiling, is part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Choice
Chapbook Series, and is featured prominently at hardygirl.com. She has been
recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has poems forthcoming in
Westview, Riverwind, RiverSedge, Eclipse, and Soundings East.
1. The Immaculate Collection.
2. Espresso ice cream/green tea ice cream.
3. Me, in a corset.
4. It’s a tossup between television and the Mormon church.
5. The Wraith. Almost twenty years ago. Still scarred.
6. Ten minutes in a dollar store.
7. Holocaust book on Valentine’s Day. Thanks, Maxwell.
8. Fo’ shizzle.
Kay Harris lives in Seattle with her husband, three dogs, two cats, and thirty something turtles. In 2001, she earned an MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles. When not writing or reading, her favorite activity is playing the piano. She has written numerous short stories, some of which have found homes, as well as a novel awaiting its place in the world.
1. Atomic Fireball jawbreakers or Smartee pellets.
2. Nothing added.
3. A fairy like Puck.
4. My kids.
5. The Bone Collector (walked out even though I always like Denzel
6. A song for my iPod.
7. Avocado green macramé hanging plant holder.
A.M. Heny’s poems have appeared in a number of small magazines. This is her second published story, and she is currently struggling through a first novel. She lives in southern Vermont.
2. With cream, sugar, and espresso.
3. Stephen Dedalus.
4. Mervyn Peake.
5. Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion.
6. Four secondhand paperbacks, or three Lindor truffles, or one coffee.
7. A pair of pantyhose.
Gerald Huml received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He works in the Finance department at the University of Virginia Medical Center. His poems have recently appeared in Wisconsin Review, Terminus, Phantasmagoria, and South Dakota Review.
1. The rare and prurient films of Taylor Raine.
2. Venti nonfat Caramel Macchiato with whip, no foam. Yes, I’m one of those people.
3. I led the raids down in Africa.
4. Behavioral cognitive therapy.
5. A Charlie Sheen film called The Arrival. My wife still won’t let me live that one down.
6. A drop of gasoline.
7. Frozen chicken in mustard sauce casserole. This was a Christmas present. At least I got to keep the Tupperware container.
Brian Johnson attended Virginia Commonwealth University from 1998-2003, where he earned a B.F.A. in Sculpture/Extended Media. He began to write shortly after graduating and returning to his hometown of Manassas, VA. He writes using abstract imagery to convey a feeling or moment in time, his poetry reads with a stream of consciousness type tone. Brian draws from personal experience and sometimes elaborate exaggerations in his writings to push to bigger than life concept behind his poetry. He continues to write poetry and short stories while also developing his sculpture and painting.
1. To be honest its books, whenever I go into a book store I am nearly
compelled to buy a book.
2. I prefer Iced Tea, no lemon . . . but sometimes of the Raspberry
3. A Roman Centurion.
4. Probably my father, he instilled in me a lot of great qualities like patience, understanding and compassion.
5. Soul Plane . . . two hours I’ll never get back.
6. A handful of guitar picks.
7. It was the Xmas as I crested childhood and became a teenager, I got something like four sweaters. No more Legos. Sigh.
Eitan Kadosh received his MFA from CSU Long Beach. He is a former English teacher, sperm donor, children’s party entertainer, National Poetry Slam champion, non-profit arts administrator, and family sponge. He currently works as a program expert at the Los Angeles Unified School District.
1. Parade Magazine in the Sunday paper.
2. One cream, two sugars.
3. A winsome ferret.
4. An open highway stretching forever beneath the Montana sky.
5. Showgirls. It was a free screening, but I paid for it, man did I pay.
6. Two sides of garlic sauce from Zankou chicken.
7. A tie in the shape of a parrot (thanks mom).
Christina Kapp’s short fiction and poetry have been published in The Adirondack Review, flashquake, and Beginnings. She lives in New Jersey and is working on her first novel.
1. Dark chocolate (hidden in the tupperware drawer).
2. Light and sweet.
3. I’m new.
4. My family.
5. The Ring.
6. iTunes song.
7. Tennis lessons.
Ann Tobias Karson was raised in Southern Africa. An anti-apartheid activist in her twenties, she received a social science degree from Cape Town and a post-graduate diploma (approximately masters equivalent) from London. She was a clinical social worker in psychiatry in South Africa, England, and, after marrying her American husband, in Minnesota and Connecticut. She always loved poetry and sometimes scribbled, but has only written seriously recently. Her work is appearing this year in Phoebe, Coe Review and The Pikeville Review.
2. Coffee with cream, tea with or without milk (depends which side of the Atlantic I’m on, since you aren’t often offered milk here, but in England you have to be quick to refuse it!), and no sugar in either.
3. If I had a previous life, I’m not sure I would have been human. Maybe a bird or a butterfly since I yearn to see everything beautiful everywhere.
4. A high-school English teacher opened up the world of poetry to me, but it wasn’t until soon after my marriage, at forty, that I became comfortable enough with myself to produce poetry. Therefore, I credit my husband. My friend, Liza Sisk, is a big influence on my poetry.
5. I can’t answer this. I see films at home, but it’s a long time since I paid and went to a cinema.
6. A favorite fruit or vegetable, perhaps an avocado pear.
7. Perhaps an office kit of which I already had two identical ones! Calendars go out of date!
Eva Konstantopoulos graduated from Emerson College in the winter of 2005. Currently, she lives and writes in Los Angeles, CA.
2. Sweet with milk.
3. A sailor.
4. Everything and everyone.
5. I’ve erased the experience from my memory.
7. A day at Jonathan’s house.
Eli Langner has been a featured speaker of the Performance Poets Association, and his work has been read on radio stations WHRU (New York) and KXCI (Arizona). His poetry has been published, or is forthcoming, in: Wisconsin Review, Steam Ticket, The Old Red Kimono, The Angry Poet, PPA Literary Review, The Distillery, Confluence, Celebrations, California Quarterly, Mother Earth Journal, and Creations Magazine.
1. Foods containing high concentrations of artery-clogging fat.
2. Completely evaporated (I don’t drink that stuff).
3. Mikey (Life cereal). Come to think of it, that wasn’t me, it was some kid I saw on TV about 40 years ago.
4. Television, apparently.
5. Ishtar. Too much “Ish!” . . . not enough tar (and feathers).
6. A winning lottery ticket. Otherwise: a Snickers bar.
7. An acorn. I am not kidding. An acorn.
Sally Leslie is a 32 year old English woman living in New York. She currently teaches Philosophy and English at a college in Downtown Brooklyn. She is, at present, working on her first novel which is a massive departure from this story, as it deals with the Suffragette movement and Victorian prostitution. She came to America, four years ago, to live with the person she fell in love with through writing. This story is actually based on a dream she had.
1. Xena Warrior Princess freak!
2. Usually, in the mouth, but am open to suggestions.
3. The real Xena Warrior Princess (who did actually exist and was responsible for the freezing of the Terracotta Army, the building of Stonehenge, and coining the word, flange.)
4. That’d have to be my Granny, not least for the fact that she would
never concede to being ‘old’ and would’ve hated me calling her ‘granny’.
5. It’s Pat.
6. A softball-sized ball-of-wool chicken with bells inside from the 99 cent store! God that thing’s so cute!
7. An Irish blood sausage that’d been carried back from Ireland in a damp face cloth.
Nancy Tupper Ling is the 2007 winner of the Pat Parnell Poetry Prize, as well as the Grand Prize winner of Writer’s Digest’s Annual Competition. She is thrilled to appear in this issue with her mother, Jean Tupper. Other publications include: The Potomac Review, Louisville Review, The Connecticut River Review, Flyway, and Reverb. She founded the Fine Line Poets and lives in Walpole, MA with her husband, Vincent, and their two girls.
1. Chips and dip.
3. Not Emily Dickinson.
4. The Word.
5. The Battle of the Killer Tomatoes or something like that.
7. Knitted coat hangers.
Ellaraine Lockie writes poetry, nonfiction books, magazine articles/columns and
children’s stories. She is a well-published and awarded poet who has received ten nominations for Pushcart Prizes in poetry and has three published chapbooks: Midlife Muse, Poetry Forum, Crossing the Center Line, Sweet Annie Press and Coloring Outside the Lines, The Plowman Press. Forthcoming in 2007 is a chapbook from PWJ Publishing. She also teaches school and community poetry workshops.
1. I don’t feel guilty about any pleasure.
2. Double strength, unsweetened and black.
3. Someone, maybe a man, who played the piano, sang and lived in Taos, New Mexico.
4. My brother, ten and a half years older than I, who saw that I was introduced to literature, classical music, safe sex and the world outside of Big Sandy, Montana, where we grew up.
6. Wrigley’s Polar Ice gum.
7. A garbage can hand-truck for Valentine’s Day from the man in my life.
Eileen Malone lives in the necropolis of Colma where San Francisco buries its dead. She’s published her poetry in over 300 anthologies and literary journals, some of which have earned significant awards, for instance, one at the end of last year was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
1. Cramming junk mail from one place into paid return envelopes from junk mail from another place. Keeping it all in circulation.
2. Coffee with a little sugar and tons of half and half. Tea with nothing unless it’s Irish tea (thick, black) brewed by my mother, then with milk and sugar.
3. A cloistered nun. A gay architect. An herbalist.
4. Elizabeth Bishop, Kate Braverman, Harry Potter (author, characters, movie and music).
5. The Devil Wears Prada.
6. I buy all my reading eyeglasses at dollar stores, scatter them in every room of my house, in every purse and laptop bag, car. Everywhere.
7. An adjustable mood ring, the kind that changes color with the heat (or mood) of your finger.
8. Mauve, I won $50 on bet for that word because most people mispronounce it, calling it MAAHv or MWAHv instead of the correct pronounciation MOHve (which rhymes stove).
David Massengill is an award-winning fiction writer who lives in Seattle. His short stories have appeared in The Raven Chronicles, StringTown, Eclectica Magazine, 3 A.M. Magazine, N.O.L.A. Spleen, and Rivet Magazine, among other literary magazines. “My Shadow and Me” comes from Undersex, a collection of flash fiction about gay men’s relationships. Massengill is currently seeking a publisher for the book. Those with kind words are welcome to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Mexican chain restaurants.
2. I prefer iced lattes with soy milk.
3. A Greek architect who drowned before seeing the completion of his first building.
5. Basic Instinct 2, which I loved.
6. A smile.
7. A dried piranha fish (my sticking the fish in the face of a dog resulted in the dog attacking me).
Laura McCullough holds an MFA from Goddard College. She has been awarded two New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowships, one in prose and one in poetry (2007). She has published poems widely in literary magazines and journals such Nimrod, Potion, Hotel Amerika, Gulf Coast, Nightsun, Iron Horse Quarterly, Boulevard, Amarillo Bay, The God Particle, Poetry East, Confluence, Exquisite Corpse, Tarpaulin Sky, and others. Her second collection of poems, WHAT MEN WANT, is forthcoming from XOXOX Press (Jan. 08). Her chapbook of prose poems, ELEPHANT ANGER, was published by Mudlark in mid Feb., 2007 (http://www.unf.edu/mudlark/).
1. Potato chips and onion dip.
3. A car mechanic.
4. Stephen Dunn.
5. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and His Lover.
6. A bunch of beets.
7. A purple lizard leather clutch bag.
Elizabeth McLagan’s poems are published or forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, American Literary Review, Third Coast, Iron Horse Literary Review, Bellingham Review, Southeast Review and on the web site Verse Daily. The 2006 recipient of the Frances Locke Memorial Award from Bitter Oleander, she teaches creative writing at Portland Community College.
1. Eating chocolate covered espresso beans.
3. A hedgehog.
4. Currently Garcia Lorca.
5. La Grande Bouffe.
6. A glass of red wine in Italy.
7. A gold locket instead of a horse.
Tom Meek is a contributing film critic for the Boston Phoenix and a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. His ramblings and rants have also appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Web del Sol, Film Threat and E! Online. His fiction can be found at The Sink, Thieves Jargon, and Word Riot. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, practices yoga religiously and rides his bike everywhere. Tom is currently working on a collection of short stories that take place in Boston and the surrounding cityscape.
1. Yoga when I should be working or 12 year old scotch on the rocks.
2. At Simon’s Café. Large, a splash of milk and two sugars. Kam sa ham ni da!
3. Either Sigmund Freud or Sam Peckinpah.
4. Aunt Mary Elizabeth, a former English Lit Prof at Pitt, god rest her soul.
5. Gothic by Ken Russell.
6. A refill of coffee at Simon’s Café, kam sa ham ni da! Or a copy of Spare Change, the paper that benefits the homeless in Boston.
7. Tulip Bulbs.
Greg Moglia is a veteran of 27 years as Adjunct Professor of Philosophy of Education at N.Y.U. and 37 years as a high school teacher of Physics, Psychology and Chemistry. Recently his poetry has been accepted in 70 journals in the U.S., Canada and England as well as five anthologies and is four times a winner of an Allan Ginsberg Poetry Award sponsored by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. His poem ‘Why Do Lovers Whisper?’ has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize 2005. He lives in Huntington, N.Y.
1. Yankee ball games ($5 seats).
3. Leo Tolstoy.
4. Walt Whitman!
5. No answer.
6. 1/3 of a box of Raisinets at the movies.
7. Yankee logo umbrella. I am superstitious.
8. Changes. The word that best ‘turns’ the last poem. (Monkey note- this is really hard to understand other than the actual word, ‘changes’. Do with it what you will.)
Mimi Moriarty is the producer and host of “Write Stuff,” a cable access TV program in the Albany, NY area. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, but asks that you not hold that against her. Her chapbook of 23 poems about the aftermath of war, War Psalm, has been accepted for publication in 2007 by Finishing Line Press.
1. Watching “Survivor.”
2. Herbal tea straight up.
3. Probably some anonymous lice-ridden scullery maid.
4. Vincent Prencipe, my maternal grandfather.
5. Surf Nazis Must Die.
6. A fine-point Bic pen.
7. Heckle and Jeckle bedroom slippers.
Bonnie Naradzay was a member of the Peace Corps in South India, early 1970’s; college teaching; currently she’s a government bureaucrat and a student in the Stonecoast MFA program. Recently published in JAMA; poems also in online journals, including Salt River Review, Beltway, Convergence, and Innisfree. Polemical poems have appeared in New Verse News, the left-leaning daily poetry blog. The poem here on reading Elizabeth Bishop is about a rain-soaked afternoon I spent with my friend Elisavietta Ritchie in her house on the Patuxent in southern Maryland.
1. Long hot showers.
2. With camel’s breath.
4. The weather.
5. Disney’s animated dancing hippos with tutus. Was it Fantasia?
6. A cold cherry coke.
7. For my wedding gift, my husband-to-be gave me a carving knife. He left after our second child was born.
David Pohl has operated a freelance illustration practice since 1990. His list of clients includes The Atlantic Monthly, Yoga Journal, The New York Times, Simon and Schuster, PBS, University of Notre Dame, Harvard University, and Tower Records. His work been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, Print and Graphis.
1. American Idol.
2. Black. But I also really enjoy espresso with just a dollop of milk (macchiato).
3. A Mughal, or perhaps a bumble bee.
4. The feeling that I know to be God
5. Right now I’m thinking Armageddon, because I remember that being really awful. But the truth is, I hardly watch movies anymore.
6. Five pieces of tofu from a Chinese grocery store in Pittsburgh’s strip district.
7. They’ve all been really nice.
8. What is your favorite word?
Sally Pont’s short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Conjunctions, Ambergris, Whiskey Island Magazine, Iowa Woman, and Noneuclidean Café. Two full works of nonfiction, Finding Their Stride and Fields of Honor, were published by Harcourt Brace.
1. Reading the wedding announcements in The New York Times.
2. I take milk in both my coffee and tea.
3. A peony.
4. Joni Mitchell.
6. A phone call.
7. An emery board.
Karen Porter lives in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey, has lots of critters, write, does conservation work, trains and competes with her dogs, and rescues cats.
2. Coffee w/milk or cream.
3. A large cat - probably a Bengal tiger.
4. People who have the courage to live their convictions.
5. Freebie and the Bean.
6. A single issue of Lilliput Review.
7. A half used tin of body powder.
Irena Praitis teaches literature and creative writing at California State University, Fullerton. She earned a PhD and MFA from Arizona State. Her chapbook, Touch, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2004, and her book of poems, Branches, is forthcoming from D-N Publishing. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her work has recently appeared in Cold Mountain Review, Rattle, The Mochila Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, Manzanita, Slant, and Cultura, Lenguaje, y Representación.
2. Tea, with honey and milk.
3. A martyr.
4. The poems that speak emotional truth.
5. The second “new trilogy” Star Wars movie. I can’t even remember the name.
7. I can’t think of anything.
Emily Reardon lives in New York City. She earned her MFA from New York University and now works with children of domestic violence. She recently served as the first writer-in-residence for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and has most recently published her poems and stories in Literary Cash, The Comstock Review and NYArts Magazine.
1. Sitcoms, especially “Scrubs.”
2. With milk and 1/2 a sugar.
3. Sofia Tolstoy.
4. Virginia Woolf.
5. Sweet Home Alabama.
6. Coffee, coffee.
7. There are no bad presents, in my book.
J. E. Robinson of Alton, Illinois, is an award-winning essayist and playwright as well as a poet. His novel Skip Macalester was published by the Haworth Press in 2006.
1. SANFORD AND SON . . . I laugh so hard I pee in my pants.
2. The color of Indira Ghandi, please.
3. An SS officer at Babi Yar . . . I think I had a young Jewish boyfriend then.
4. Cavafy and Robert Lowell.
5. TOTAL ECLIPSE with Leo DiCaprio playing Rimbaud. He should
have shot the writer . . . it was HORRID!!!
6. Paper clips.
7. Anything from my stepmother, the b****.
Beth Rodriguez has an essay included in Telling Tongues: A Latin@ Anthology on Language Experience.
1. Watching “entertainment news” shows.
2. Caffeine free herbal tea.
3. Hopefully somebody interesting, like Dorothy Parker.
5. If I don’t think I’m going to like the movie, I try and get someone else to pay for my ticket.
6. A pack of gum.
7. Any gift is a good thing.
Antonio Sacre, born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish American mother, is an internationally touring writer, storyteller, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and museums, schools, and festivals internationally. His retelling of “The Barking Mouse” was published as a picture book by Albert Whitman and Company. At the New York City International Fringe Theater Festival, he won two Best in Fringe awards for his Solo Performances.
1. The show “24.” I rent the season and watch only 3 episodes at a time, after coming down off a 6 show night once. I think everybody is a spy, my perimeter just won’t hold, and I am minutes away from being tortured at any time, and I love it.
2. Green tea black, black tea with honey, coffee with milk and splenda.
3. Assistant to the copy editor for the Sears catalogue, circa 1930, just after the roaring 20’s, just before the depression.
4. Tae Kwon Do instructor Onlarewaju Lawanson, when I was younger. He taught me the only way to learn the kick I could never do was to do
it. Zen bullshit, I thought, and sure enough, over a thousand embarrassing fall-on-my-face kicks later, I could do it.
5. The Shining. I was 8 or 10, I saved my allowance, and I took my
brothers, and we all peed our pants and had nightmares for weeks. What was my mom thinking? Jaws is a close second, ‘cause I won’t go swimming in the ocean too much anymore, although mom paid for that one.
6. A mango.
7. Typing lessons, although I really appreciate it now. When I was 12, I thought it was the worst way to spend two weeks of my summer.
8. Mariposa (butterfly in Spanish, it feels like a butterfly on my tongue).
Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler, a former college president, has published widely in academics and creative writing. Editor, poet, fiction/creative nonfiction writer, and playwright, she has a full-length poetry collection forthcoming from RockWay Press. One story appears in Del Sol’s Best of 2004 Butler Prize Anthology; another won the 2006 Abroad Writers Contest/Fellowship (France). “Not Your Average Poet (on Robert Frost)” was a Pinter Review Prize for Drama Silver Medalist in 2005.
1. Mixing batter for a cake and eating it “raw”.
2. Coffee black; (iced) tea unsweetened; hot tea plain.
3. The Queen of Sheba
4. Favorite college professor: Dr. Gale Carrithers at Duke.
5. The Postman.
6. Umpteen books at the annual library sale.
7. At Christmas once, with a record player, I received only country music.
Miriam Sagan is the author of twenty books, including RAG TRADE (La Alameda Press). She is an Assistant Professor at Santa Fe Community College and runs the creative writing program there. She edits SANTA FE POETRY BROADSIDE—sfpoetry.org
1. Lying in the bathtub for hours and turning the hot water faucet with my foot.
2. New York regular—cream and sugar.
4. Independant women of the 19th century—from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Harriet Tubman.
5. Pokemon Movie.
6. I got a purple nylon nightie in Marfa, Texas.
7. I like all presents.
Dennis Saleh’s poetry, prose, and artwork appear widely in magazines and collections, including recent issues of ArtLife, International Poetry Review, and Psychological Perspectives, and forthcoming poetry anthologies, Reeds and Rough Places Plain. He has read from his poetry, and a novel-in-progress set in Ancient Egypt, at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, CA.
Craig Sanders is a 30 year old from the suburbs of New York City. He is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz. Craig spent his 20’s purposefully working as many unusual jobs as possible in order to have material to write about. He has finally come to his senses and works as a teacher for the developmentally challenged. He still lives outside of NYC.
1. I’m thirty years old and still addicted to them.
2. I like my tea with lemon and a couple of Sweet N Low. My coffee has to be light, sweet, and plentiful.
3. I think I was a New England fisherman with a yellow raincoat and a boat full of crabs.
4. Caffeine. It whispers in my ear at night.
5. Event Horizon.
6. Here in New York? Maybe a piece of Bazooka Joe.
7. A Dunkin Donuts card with two dollars credit on it.
8. Doody. I’m so mature.
Barbara Schweitzer’s first collection of poetry, 33 1/3, (Little Pear Press, Fall 2007) was a semi-finalist for the Bakeless Prize. Her poems have appeared in Segue, California Quarterly, Midstream, The Newport Review, The Pelican Review, Peralta Press, and others, as well as anthologized in Sundays at Sarah’s, Regrets Only, and In the Eye. She has won numerous poetry prizes including a merit fellowship from the state of Rhode Island. Her plays have been selected for staged readings in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
2. With low fat milk in the morning.
3. A college student.
4. The natural world.
5. I get drawn into every film.
6. A pot of primroses.
7. Gifts are always loved.
8. Du jour as in: my favorite word du jour is …
Lynne Shapiro has a MA in Comparative Literature from Brandeis University. She presently teaches Children’s Literature and Cultures and Values at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, and middle school seminars at The Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband, teenage son, and a menagerie of animals.
1. Playing 3-D Pin ball on the computer.
2. I take my coffee with liquid non-dairy creamer, to which I am (apologetically) addicted.
3. A Passer Domesticus, a male house sparrow.
4. I’ve been most influenced by my friend and professor, Luis Yglesias, whose generosity, vast and inter-related interests, and ability to reinvent him-self have influenced how I read, think, teach and garden.
5. Find True Happiness.
6. A personal-sized packet of tissues purchased at a newsstand.
7. My mother-in-law greeted me with a plastic food tray from her meal on the plane when she arrived at our home for a week-long stay.
Mary McLaughlin Slechta’s fiction and poetry have recently appeared in The Gihon River Review, Ballyhoo Stories, and Lynx Eye. She has two chapbooks, Buried Bones (FootHills) and The Boy’s Nightmare and Other Poems (Feral Press) and a first book of poetry, Wreckage on a Watery Moon (FootHills, 2005). She’s an associate editor for The Comstock Review in Syracuse, NY.
1. M&M’s with peanuts.
2. With cream.
3. Doomed resident of Pompeii.
4. Dear old Dad.
5. The Mighty Quinn—Denzel’s Jamaican accent was wrong.
6. Two pies at McDonald’s.
7. “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”
8. Pajamas (English) Maniposa (Spanish).
Dennis Ward Stiles was raised on a farm in northern Illinois. He graduated from the USAF Academy in 1964, and spent thirty years in the Air Force as a pilot and military diplomat. His work has appeared in many journals.
Pudding House Publications will issue his fifth chapbook, Humdinger, in 2007. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where he is vice-president of America by Foot, Inc., a national walking-tour company.
1. Window-shopping at Victoria’s Secret.
2. With a little rum.
4. French existentialism.
5. Steve Martin’s The Pink Panther.
6. Snickers bar.
7. A book advocating evangelical Christianity.
Constance Studer’s essays have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine, The Mochila Review and in The Poetry of Nursing (anthology), Judy Schaefer, Editor, Kent State University Press. Her
short stories have appeared in Crucible, Georgia State University Review, Thin Air Magazine, and Westview. Her book of poetry, Prayer To A Purple God was re-issued in hardback in 2004 by Mellen Poetry Press.
1. Tarot card readings for my friends and watching their faces light up when they know they’re on the right path.
2. With cream, two cups in the morning.
3. I was Lilith in an earlier life, a woman who knew she had a lot to learn, and knew she had to live by herself for a long time in order to gain knowledge.
4. My father, a Methodist minister, even though I didn’t know him.
5. Night of the Living Dead.
6. A bag of peanuts.
7. A red sweater with a huge snowman emblazoned across the chest.
Timothy Parker Tettleton was born on August 14, 1987 in Ruston, Louisiana. I’m currently a sophomore at Louisiana Tech University, where I am majoring in English with a minor in Psychology. My favorite novel is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, and my favorite poem is “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.
1. I wouldn’t say I feel too guilty about it, but probably skipping out of class every once in a while to start an early weekend.
2. For hot tea I might put a little milk in, though I mostly drink iced tea.
3. Hmm . . . I don’t believe in such.
4. Just life and all of its quirks.
5. Either Talladega Nights, The Saint, or the Bad New Bears sequel. All
were pretty terrible in their own right.
7. This assorted sausage and cheese sampler thing for Christmas one year.
Pappi Tomas lives with his wife in Seattle, where he directs a community college writing center. His essays have appeared in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, Mid-American Review, and are forthcoming in Karamu and Under the Sun.
1. Watching “Medium” on Wednesday nights.
2. Black, of course.
3. A crow.
4. The eighteenth century English essayists.
5. The Keep. I saw it in seventh grade with my first girlfriend. Sweaty palms and no goodnight kiss.
6. A vanilla macaroon from Three Girls Bakery in Seattle.
7. A gold-plated ear cleaner.
Jean Tupper has worked as magazine writer and editor, but her current writing love is poetry. She’s been writing poetry for several decades and has been published extensively in literary magazines. Her first full-length book of poems WOMAN IN RAINLIGHT was recently published. Tupper presents poetry solo and with the Fine Line Poets, a group founded by her daughter Nancy Tupper Ling. She has given many readings in schools, libraries and bookstores in New England and beyond and also workshops with the Wood Thrush Poets. She lives with her husband Russ in Wrentham Massachusetts.
1. Milk chocolate truffles.
3. Believe it or not—this is the first for me!
4. My father—”papa”.
6. Pen and paper.
7. A whatchamacallit.
Elizabeth Wylder lives in Chicago and is a student at the School of the Art Institute. She received a B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in English from Florida State University after brief stints studying in Ireland, peddling foam rocks at Walt Disney World, and teaching writing classes
about Clint Eastwood movies. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Motel, Colere, Spire, The Great American Poetry Show, California Quarterly, and elsewhere.
1. The thought-provoking works of *NSYNC.
2. By force.
4. Robbie Williams.
5. The Black Dahlia.
6. A song on iTunes.
7. A Foghorn Leghorn T-shirt.