Issue Five


Dean Brink

Dean Brink teaches literature at Tamkang University in Taiwan. Poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Exquisite Corpse, Mannequin Envy, and many other journals.

Joel Chace

Joel Chace has published poetry and prose poetry in print and electronic magazines such as 6ix, Tomorrow, Lost and Found Times, Coracle, xStream,Word for Word, and Jacket. He has published more than a dozen print and electronic collections. BlazeVox Books published his CLEANING THE MIRROR: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, and from Paper Kite Press is MATTER NO MATTER, another full-length collection. Recently out from Country Valley Press is SCAFFOLD, the first part of an ongoing poetic sequence, "(b)its," from Meritage Press, A SCRIPT," from Otoliths Books, and SHARPSBURG, from Cy Gist Press. For many years, Chace has been Poetry Editor for the experimental electronic magazine 5_Trope.

Jeff Crouch

Jeff Crouch is an internet artist in Texas. Google him.

Lara Durback

Lara Durback writes about interactions in public with actual handwriting. She is currently letterpress printing text on old photography magazine pages using lead type in a collaboration with the artist Ariel Goldberg. She searches for things to scan and upload on

Melissa Eleftherion

Melissa Eleftherion grew up in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in The Paterson Literary Review, Big Scream, Defenestration, Inch, TRY, Ur Vox, and Letterbox Magazine, as well as online in Womb, the press gang, and Cricket Online Review. New work is forthcoming from 580 Split. She received her MFA from Mills College, and is currently pursuing a second degree in Library Science. She shares a home in Berkeley with her husband, her three-year old son, and a couple of chickens.

Mark Stephen Finein

Mark Stephen Finein earned his BFA in Printmaking from State University College Buffalo. Over the years, his creative focus has shifted to include music composition and performance. A few years of world travel led him to San Francisco where he's been since 1994. He has never stopped doing artwork, however, and has recently reinvigorated his work by eschewing the limiting nature of representationalism for pure abstraction, while adhering to his vitalistic foundations. Book projects include the precipice of jupiter (collaboration with poet erica lewis, queue books) and camera obscura (collaboration with poet erica lewis, BlazeVox); recent work can also be seen in Little Red Leaves, Critiphoria, and BOOG CITY among others.

Crag Hill

Crag Hill's latest book 7 x 7 is now available from Otoliths. He is currently up to his neck with Nico Vassilakis working on the first major anthology of visual poetry in a generation, The Last Vispo Anthology. He teaches English Education at Washington State University.

Carrie Hunter

Carrie Hunter received her MFA/MA in the now defunct Poetics program at New College of California, edits the small chapbook press, ypolita press, and has been published online in various places such as Turntable & Blue Light, Dusie, Parcel, Sawbuck, Sous Rature, mid(rib, and Sir!, and in print in Small Town, Try! magazine, Eleven Eleven, Cannot Exist, String of Small Machines, and Teeny Tiny. Chapbooks include Vorticells, Kine(sta)sis, The Unicorns, A Musics, and Diary. Her book The Incompossible will be published in 2010 by Black Radish Books. She lives in Oakland.

erica lewis

erica lewis' work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in New American Writing, Little Red Leaves, Parthenon West Review, P-Queue, BOOG CITY, Shampoo, and Word For/Word, and Critiphoria among others. Collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein include camera obscura, just out from BlazeVox Books, the precipice of jupiter (Queue Books), and the chapbook excerpts from camera obscura (Etherdome Press). She is a fine arts publicist in San Francisco, where she curated the Canessa Gallery Reading Series.

Anne Elezabeth Pluto

Anne Elezabeth Pluto is Professor of Literature and Theatre at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she is the artistic director of the Oxford Street Players. She was a member of the Boston small press scene in the late 1980s and started Commonthought Magazine at Lesley 18 years ago. She has been a participant at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 2005 and 2006. Her most recent publications are in The Lyre and in W_O_M_B, The Buffalo Evening News Poetry Page, Earth's Daughters, Blackbox Gallery, and Helix.

Francis Raven

Francis Raven's books include Provisions (Interbirth, 2009), 5-Haifun: Of Being Divisible (Blue Lion Books, 2008), Shifting the Question More Complicated (Otoliths, 2007), Taste: Gastronomic Poems (Blazevox 2005) and the novel, Inverted Curvatures (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005). Francis lives in Washington DC; you can check out more of his work at his website, Raven Aesthetica.

Christopher Rizzo

Christopher Rizzo is a writer and editor who lives in Albany, New York. His critical and creative work has appeared in Art New England, The Cultural Society, Cannibal, Dusie, Effing Magazine, Jacket, Process, and Spell among other publications. He has authored several poetry collections, most recently Supposed to Sound (Ungovernable Press, 2008) and Playing the Amplitudes (BlazeVox Books, 2008). In 2009, Greying Ghost Press rereleased his short sequence Naturalistless. In 2010, Boat Train will release a new chapbook, Tmēsis / In Other Words Continuing, inspired by the documentary "Philip Guston: A Life Lived." The founding editor of Anchorite Press, Christopher is currently a doctoral candidate in English at the University at Albany.

Sam Schild

Sam Schild is a writer and social activist who currently resides near Chicago, Illinois. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in EOAGH, Upstairs At Duroc, Unlikely 2.0, BlazeVOX, Otoliths, Alice Blue, Pinstripe Fedora, Anything Anymore Anywhere, and Moria.

Jennifer Styperk

Jennifer Styperk's poetry has been published in The Texas Observer, Denver Quarterly and Listenlight and is forthcoming in Open City. A recipient of the James A. Michener Grant for Writers, Jennifer, a native of Pittsburgh, currently resides in Los Angeles.

Nicolette Westfall

Nicolette Westfall is a visual artist from Southwestern Ontario Canada who enjoys creating interactive doodle shows for peeps young and old.