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Louise Phillips

lives in Toronto. Her fiction has appeared in Dream Catcher, 3AM Magazine, The Copperfield Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Delinquent, The Dirty Napkin, and Litro. louisephillips2010@yahoo.com

Alexander J Motyl

is a writer, painter, and professor. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York. Motyl is the author of four novels, Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, Flippancy, and The Jew Who Was Ukrainian; his poems have appeared in Counterexample Poetics, Istanbul Literary Review, Orion Headless, and the New York Quarterly. He has performed his fiction and poetry at the Cornelia Street Café and the Bowery Poetry Club. Motyl's artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto.

William Grigg

of Dartmouth, says: "Writing's my whole world." He has just finished his bachelors and hopes to start an MFA program in creative writing next year. "Writers I'm especially interested in are William Faulkner, Michael Ondaatje, Flannery O'Connor, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Pablo Neruda."

Traci Kato-Kiriyama

has been a Los Angeles-rooted, nationally-presented performer, writer, and arts educator since 1995. Much of her performance focus is centered around collaborative original work created for theatre, and she continually works with a wide variety of artists locally, regionally, and on-tour (zero 3, national tour 2001-06; Edge Of The World, New York at the NAATF in 2007 and Philadelphia at the Asian Arts Initiative in 2007 and 2009; numerous Oymun projects directed by playwright Jason Oymun Fong). Her debut collection of poetry, signaling, was recently published by The Undeniables, 2010.

Andrew Mauzey

is a writer and musician living in Southern California. He has degrees from New York University and Chapman University, and has published interviews for Tabula Poetica and The Poetry Foundation. AndrewJMauzey@gmail.com

Marina Read Weiss

lives in Brooklyn, where she says she eats beans, alters dresses, and plots her escape. Weiss has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Amherst College. She has won a prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry is published in Caper, Explosion-Proof Magazine, and Clapboard House.

Meg Tuite

is fiction editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review. Her writing has been published in Calliope, San Francisco Bay Press, The Santa Fe Literary Review, One, the Journal, Fast Forward Press, Artistically Declined Press, Spilt Milk, Monkeybicycle, Boston Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. Her novel/collection titled Domestic Apparition is being published this year by San Francisco Bay Press.

Jess Corozza

is a graduate of the University of Washington's MFA program. She tells us she writes fiction, essays, fictional essays, essay-like fiction, graphic novels, and epic lists. Her day job is before/after school counselor in Seattle, a long way from her home town in New Jersey. She says she spends most of her time questioning which is better: eight year old, or nine year old?  "I spend my time unequally with silliness, sarcasm, brooding, and guacamole. I also enjoy juicy pear jelly beans, giraffes, guggily socks, salsa dancing, and rolling down hills wearing bubble wrap."

Jeremy Glazer

lives and writes in Miami Beach. "While I'm a former high school teacher, I swear that this story is fictional," he says. "I've been writing short fiction for several years and have done graduate work with Dan Wakefield and John Dufresne, who teach in the MFA program at Florida International University." Glazer is a regular fiction contributor to Under the Sun on WLRN, a locally-produced public radio program on Miami's NPR affiliate, and he has also participated in Lip Service, a writers group that does public readings in bookstores.

Ed Gutierrez

lives in Prague with his dog. He is working as an English teacher, but he used to work as a freelance journalist and regional correspondent for the Japan Times. He has published in the Rambler, Square Table, Phase, and Marco Polo Quarterly.

Joseph Lampe

teaches English and public speaking in Avon, Connecticut. In college he studied film, and spent several years working in the entertainment industry. After a brief run as an off-off Broadway actor, Joe changed careers and joined the faculty at the Avon Old Farms School. He works with the school paper, the literary club, and the film club. "I have always been guided by a love of stories and story telling," he says.

Ellis Jane Loera

likes 34thParallel's call to authors who, like Kafka and Woolf, challenge boundaries and question life. So she sent us a poem addressed to Virginia Woolf herself. Loera is author of novels, poems, short stories, plays—and vegan recipes. Her writing has been published in Indigo Rising Magazine, Iron Bound Magazine, and the Mosaic Literary Journal. e.jane.loera@gmail.com

James Armstrong

is a writer based in Manhattan, whose work has been published in The Rockford Review, Iconoclast, Word Riot, Stirring, The Main Street Rag, and Arts & Letters. His short play with a long name, "The True Author of the Plays Formerly Attributed to Mister William Shakespeare Revealed to the World for the First Time by Miss Delia Bacon," was published in an anthology The Best American Short Plays: 2008-2009.

Eugenia Mavrommati

lives in Greece. She tells us she is a Medievalist and Byzantinist, she studied medieval and byzantine archeology at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and is continuing research in early modern, post-medieval, post-byzantine eras in south-eastern Europe and the Ottoman empire. She has also studied the history of art, international relations, journalism, and performing arts, and she speaks nine languages—Greek, English, French, Swedish, Italian, Arab, Russian, German, Spanish, and some Scottish Gaelic. "I write," she says, "about characters re-examining their attitudes towards life, mis-directed jealousy and vanity, isolation and disappointment, irrationality and games of the mind, but above all hope." euma@otenet.gr

John Janda

has a story Prophecy in the Premiere Issue of 34thParallel. "Can't tell you how much I appreciate the publication of Prophecy," he says. "I had an agent contact me after reading it, and take an interest in my novel, American Spirit. That didn't work out to anything in the end, but did leave me breathless along the way." Janda works in private-sector social services in California, "—maybe 60 hours a week". "But I still write, mostly because of what I learn in the process. My writing explores the theme of how best to live? Yes, Love Philtre is all about stop and smell the flowers, then maybe don't go back to doing exactly what you did before! Life is change and writing is one way to explore our options and validate our best choices." AcademyPressCa@yahoo.com

It is not only form or style that makes me write, but the discovery process of the inner self.
JOANNA JEANINE SCHMIDT 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 44
My mother and I have this special connection.
MARI CASEY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43
I tried to fix my head, hang out with people, stop writing for a bit.
POLINA SIMAKOVA AKA AGRIPPINA DOMANSKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 42
I am a writer because writing keeps me sane.
NATASHA NOAH 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 41
I write to stay alive, to feel human.
MILENA PETROVIC 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 40
As is frequently the case, I began this story with a vague concept: in this case a story about sex.
LIZ FYNE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 39
Thoughts of gender, identity, and expectations. And Adrienne Rich poetry.
REBECCA DIMYAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 38
The poems are about the competition, jealousy, frustration, friendship, loss, and joy that all bands experience.
JOE DE PATTA 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 37
When it all falls away we find ourselves still alive, and so we continue.
JOSHUA DULL 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 35
I’m an artist because it allows me to be free.
SHANNON MARIE KELLY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 27
Words are the only tools that I even remotely know how to use.
MOURA MCGOVERN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 25
Most of my poetry deals with gang violence and the impact it has on someone's life.
KANISHKA LAMPKIN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 14
I write because I’m good at it. Sure, I dress up good too.
ETKIN CAMOGLU 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 30
I want to discover, to explore what I don’t know yet.
TANIA VERHELST 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 32
When music beat me up and threw me out of the car I began to write.
DAVE MORRISON 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 01
I like a poem that blows itself wide open at the end.
SUSAN WHITMORE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 31
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