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Ben Nardolilli

Anja Notanja
Nick Noyes
Randi Olin
Meeta Gajjar Parker
Patrick Parr
Anna Peerbolt
Elizabeth Rau

Victoria Reggio
June Rendle
Edward M. Richstone
Rebecca Rochat
John Rosenberg

Wayne Scheer
Ron Shannon
David Shearer
Tom Sheehan

Peter Simons
Joe Sainz
Barbara Silverman
Jonathan Skurnik

EK Smith
Marcelle Soviero
Chris Starbird
Jane Starbird
Fred Steinberg
Shelby Stephenson
Nicomedes Austin Suarez
Tricia Sutton


Ben Nardolilli
Fiction:
Apex Pray
Biography:
Ben lives in Montclair, New Jersey. His work has appeared in numerous ezines and journals. He maintains a blog at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com.

Anja Notanja
Essay:
For my Friend who was Born without a Sense of Smell
Biography:
Anja is a Wisconsin-based Writer, Artist and Performer. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2009. Since then she has traveled to France, worked in a puppet theater and sold poetry and fortunes in the streets. You can see more of her work on her website, www.anjanotanja.com.

Nick Noyes
Essay:
Sun Valley
Biography:
 
Nick is a writer from Reno, Nevada. He goes to church 5 days a week but strictly in a janitorial position, where he can be found doing a bang-up job cleaning bathrooms and vacuuming between the pews. 

Randi Olin
Fiction:
The Cupcake Dress
Biography:
Randi is a freelance writer living in Weston, CT and the mother of two children. Before motherhood she was an attorney.

Meeta Gajjar Parker
Travel:
Journey to the Dreamy Maldives, Yellowstone National Park,Traversing Mystical India,
The Animals of Costa Rica, a photo essay by Meeta and Frank Parker
, The Animals of India,
The Canadian Rockies, Experiencing, The Big Island, Cancun-Fun in the Yucatan, The Flowers of Alaska

Biography: Meeta is the author of the Children's book entitled "Cookie the Clown," she owns a payphone company with her husband Frank Parker, teaches yoga and has been a professional vocalist for the last 20 years with 4 CD's to her name. She enjoys traveling the world with her husband and is an avid photographer.

Patrick Parr
Fiction:
Kuklos
Biography:
Patrick says: Currently I live with my wife in Bellevue, Washington, where I teach English as a Second Language for the University of Washington. I’ve lived in Japan, Switzerland, and Ohio. Previous work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Best of Every Day Fiction, and The Storyteller, among others. My novel, ‘English as a Second Life’, is a current finalist in the Clive Cussler Adventure Writers Competition.

Anna Peerbolt
Fiction:
Things that should stay hidden
Biography:
Anna is a webmaster, bookkeeper, and writer living in Oregon with her husband and a couple of large white dogs. Her flash and short stories have appeared in Drunken Boat, Prick of the Spindle, Apollo's Lyre, The Legendary, Long Story Short, DOGZPLOT, and elsewhere online.

Elizabeth Rau
Essay:
Cuts!, What to Keep

Biography: Elizabeth is a freelance writer and former newspaper reporter. Her personal essays and articles have appeared in The Providence Journal, The Boston Globe and The Baltimore Sun.

June Rendle
Travel essay:
Wild Animals Galore: touring Namibia
Biography:
June is an actress, golfer, widow, living in Spain, Marbella. She has an interview published in this month's Essential magazine.

Edward M. Richstone
Travel Essay:
Kansas: land of the cockeyed optimists
Biography: Writers, like other artists, are blessed with the predisposition to notice, ponder, appreciate, and re-live what really matters. I enjoy writing about my most meaningful experiences with people and places. My writing is one of many aspects of my life that have been enriched by my having resided in seven states and abroad. These influences have motivated and informed my leisure writing for organizational newsletters and a city newspaper. It has been a pleasurable respite from the more tedious technical writing that I have done professionally as an educational program evaluator, clinical social worker, and school psychologist.

Rebecca Rochat
Travel essays:
Aphroisias, Turkey and the Goddess of Love, Off-Road Trekking on Bora Bora,
Bali Hai May Call You, Album Art
Biography: Rebecca is a frequent contributor to Clever Magazine.

John Rosenberg
Travel:
The "New" Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Essay: A Year on the Grand Jury
Biography: John is a third generation Californian.  He was born in Oakland, grew up in Piedmont, and went to the Univ. of California, where he received his AB degree in economics and his JD degree from that university’s Boalt Hall School of Law.  After practicing law with his father for six years in Oakland, he relocated to Marin County where, for almost 40 years, he practiced construction law, had a government contracts practice, and represented a number of local municipalities.  He is now retired from private practice and is devoting himself to the field of Alternate Dispute Resolution as a mediator, arbitrator and special master on a part-time basis. He is married to Susie Rosenberg, a long-time Marin resident, and has two adult children, three step children and a recently-born grand daughter.

Wayne Scheer
Essay:
Gardeners' Anonymous, The Bride didn't wear White, A Bad Movie

Biography: Wayne has locked himself in a room with his computer and turtle since his retirement. (Wayne's, not the turtle's.)  To keep from going back to work, he's published hundreds of short stories, essays and poems, including, Revealing Moments, a collection of twenty-four flash stories, available at http://www.pearnoir.com/thumbscrews.htm  He's been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and a Best of the Net. Wayne lives in Atlanta with his wife and can be contacted at wvscheer@aol.com

Ron Shannon
Fiction:
Blackberries
Biography:
Ron Shannon is currently studying for his MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. He lives, writes and daydreams by the New Jersey shore.

Tom Sheehan
Fiction:
Maine Barns
Biography:
Tom lives in Saugus, MA, retired for 18 years, served in Korea 19951-52. His Epic Cures, won 2006 IPPY Award. A Collection of Friends, nominated for Albrend Memoir Award. He has nominations for nine Pushcart Prizes, three Million Writers, and a Noted Story of 2007, and received the Georges Simenon Award for Fiction. Has published 12 books. Coming are Brief Cases, Short Spans (from Press 53, shortly) and From the Quickening, (from Pocol Press, spring of 2009). He meets again soon for a lunch/gab session with pals, the ROMEOs, Retired Old Men Eating Out, (93/80/79/78). They’ve co-edited two books on their hometown of Saugus, MA, sold 3500 to date of 4500 printed and he can hardly wait to see them. They’ll each have one martini, he’ll have 3 beers, and the waitress will shine on them.

Barbara Silverman
Essay:
Hooped
Biography:
I am a former attorney, felter, publisher, pruner, and counselor. Mother of two, owner of one. Happily married and living in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  

Peter Simons
Essay:
 The Dominant Species, Cook-off

Biography: I live in Central Oregon and I am fifty-four years old. I am merely an amateur writer that tries to take life's trials and tribulations, and write about them in a humorous way. Colon Cancer is no laughing matter. In this piece I have written about my own experience.  I hope, through humor, to encourage people not to delay this life saving exam.

Jonathan Skurnik
Travel Essay:
Riding the LA Bus
Biography: Jonathan has produced, directed and shot numerous award-winning documentaries and has recently completed his first two fiction films as writer/director. His three most recent documentaries include: “The Elevator Operator,” a documentary about a Ukrainian immigrant who runs a manual elevator in Manhattan. It has screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, won Best Documentary at the Urban TV film festival in Madrid and had its broadcast premiere on PBS and Ukrainian TV this year; the award-winning “Spit It Out” which is in the middle of an extensive festival run in the U.S. and abroad and is being broadcast on PBS this Spring and Summer; and “A Day’s Work, A Day’s Pay” which won the prestigious Harry Chapin award for films about hunger and poverty and was broadcast on PBS and in Europe in 2002. Jonathan is currently directing American Shaman about two ill women who use shamanic practices to heal. He is also a frequent contributor to several on line and print magazines. Read more about his work at www.jskurnik.com.

EK Smith
Fiction:
Mildred Loves Mustard
Biography:
E.K. Smith's work has appeared in The Camel Saloon, Misfits' Miscellany, and other online publications.

Marcelle Soviero
Essay:
Biography:

Jane Starbird
Travel essay:
The Peru Papers, Parts I and II, Bear Country
The Peru Papers, Parts I and II
Biography: Jane K. Starbird is a mom with three grown sons, one of whom is a marine biologist. She has always been fascinated with animals. She volunteers time each month to lead bird walks for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The rest of her time she spends being a pet for her dogs.

Fred Steinberg
Travel essay:
Shipmate Nightmare, To Europe with Love, Touring Cuba, Marrakech
Biography:
Fred is a professor of marketing at LIM College in New York. He is a former marketing executive with IBM and has published numerous articles in the areas of travel, education and business in magazines and newspapers in the US and Asia. He is a former contributing business columnist for the Singapore Straits Times and currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Marketing Board of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT.

Shelby Stephenson
Nature Story:
Caring for the Carolina Bluebird
Recipe:Mama's
Lemon Coconut Pie
Biography:
Shelby's Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, Allen Grossman, judge. See his work at: shelbystephenson.com

Nicomedes Austin Suarez
Fiction:
Self-editing for Fiction Writers
Biography:
I'm a 35 year-old Doctoral Student at SUNY Albany, where I'm in the process of completing my dissertation -- a detective-fiction thriller set in the wild city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with the working title The Circles of Hell (the urban layout of Santa Cruz is one of concentric, descending circles, much like Dante's Inferno) -- and prepping for exams.  I am the founding editor of Cement: UAlbany's Literary Magazine (now defunct). 

 

I am also currently the creator, producer, director, and star of a popular TV show here in Bolivia appearing on Cotas Cable (market share 60%) called "Nicomedes en el Pais de las Maravillas" ('Nicomedes in Wonderland'), a sort of NatGeo-style tourism show. It's a traveling fusion of Anthony Bourdain meets magician David Blaine (I am both a gourmet chef and a close-up magician of note, in the States, Europe, and South America).  If all this sounds a bit wild, believe me: I too find it so.

Tricia Sutton
Fiction:
Morris

Biography: Tricia Sutton's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Turtle Quarterly, Halfway Down the Stairs. The Rambler, and a dozen other e-zines across the web. The story herein is a true-ish account of her father who shares his condition with her on a smaller scale, resulting in her living with four cats. She also lives with a spouse—who sees animals with regular person eyes—and is a mother of two animal Jesuses.