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Zeina Hashem Beck

"There's always a poem lurking at the back of my head, waiting for me to finally give in and write it. Sometimes I will not have time to write it immediately, and sometimes I don't want to write it immediately, but it will haunt me until I do. And when I do, I will haunt it until I don't. I won't say until it's 'final', because I believe there is always something 'else' you could do with any poem. I enjoy re-imagining poems (and not just my own) and I hope I will always be haunted by a poem at the back of my head." Beck is a Lebanese poet with a BA and an MA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut. She lives in Bahrain with her husband and two daughters. She has taught at universities in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. She has been published in the Arabesques Review, the BAP Quarterly, and Quiddity (zeinabeck at gmail dot com)

Jennifer L Collins

teaches at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. She's the Director of Creative Writing for Shenandoah University's Performing Arts Camp, and the Editor of Duquesne University's journal, :Lexicon. She believes writers should seek community. "I wouldn't be where I am as a writer if I hadn't worked to seek out communities of writers and share my work. Yes, it is terrifying at an open mic, at a workshop or reading, or to send your work out to a magazine with the knowledge that you'll probably, in all likelihood, be rejected—however, all of these things are so necessary to growth and artistic evolution, not to mention individual growth, that aspiring writers must find the courage to take these steps."

Abbey Fenbert

is back from a stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ukraine where, as she says, she spent many, many hours on night trains. She is from Detroit with a degree from NYU in Writing and Political Theory. In Ukraine she taught English and organized community projects. "And I acquired even more non-marketable skills, such as cowherding and baling hay." (And picking apples.)

Lisa Gordon

lives in San Francisco. She writes in her bay window at night and works at an educational non-profit during the day. "I try to write as much as I can when I'm not working, which I know you know is harder than it sounds, but it's happening," she says. "I write stories about relationships. That's as far as I've come in terms of how to explain what I write about. It's too limiting, but it's also true." Gordon has been published in The Rumpus. She has an MFA from the California College of the Arts.

Drew Lankford

lives in Smyrna, Tennessee. He has published poems and essays in The English Journal, Spring 17, Albatross, and Living with Loss Magazine. "When it comes to writing poems I love the creation process, the ways poems change from start to finish. It never ceases to amaze me how one idea can transform into other ideas," he says. "My goal is to publish a book of poetry. That would be really cool."

Scott Laudati

was 19 and selling merchandise on the 2006 tour of The Early November rock band. "I was lucky to be on tour with Ace Enders, a tormented, confused, genius of music, right as his band imploded," Scott says. "Ace wrote an era-defining album as a teenager, toured six countries, had his band's poster hanging in the room of every 14-year-old girl, and then when the music industry burned back to hell he was dragged down with it. My poem is about an artist trying to exist in a world that never quite got him." Laudati is writing a book called Pool Boys which follows two pool service men trying to achieve the American Dream. (STDSandIOUS dot com, ScottLaudati at gmaildot com)

Wendi Lee

was born and raised in Honolulu, and has lived in rural Kentucky, New York City, and Pittsburgh. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MA in Literature from the University of Louisville. Her work is published in Passages North, Weave, Portland Review, Oyez Review, Karamu, Plainsongs, Common Ground Review, Ship of Fools, PMS Journal, The Hawai'i Pacific Review, Inkwell, Roanoke Review, and Spindrift.

AD Martinez

has a Bachelor of Science in English Education degree from Florida State University, and a Master of Science in Education degree from Johns Hopkins University. He has worked as a high school principal, English teacher, and translator. He has published several short stories, Talking to God on Lincoln Lane North in the Arcadia Literary Journal, A World of Light and Shadow in The Binnacle, Chicken Hawks in Paradise in Hinchas de Poesia, and a play, Ham and Eggs, in Palooka Journal.

Leslie A Mitchell

has been published in Byline Magazine, the Journal of Ordinary Thought, Work Literary Magazine, and Nefarious Ballerina. "I've been writing a novel, or rather not writing a novel, for 12 years. I'm probably not unique in this, but there are times it's annoying that I've taken so long to finish it." (lamitchell07 at yahoo dot com

Claudine R Moreau

says she struggles between embracing suburbia and rebelling against it. She teaches physics and astronomy at Elon University, and writes poetry and stories when not showing students the stars. Her work is published in PANK Magazine, Tar River Poetry, Segue, Neon Magazine (UK), and MiPOesias.

Tala Abu Rahmeh

is a writer based in Palestine where she graduated from the American University with an MFA in Poetry. She works as an instructor at Bard College's chapter in Jerusalem. Her work has been published in several magazines and anthologies, including 25 Under 25, edited by Naomi Shihab Nye for Harper Collins.

Jack Steele

is a Texan living in New England with his wife of thirty years. "I return to Texas about once a year for enchiladas and a Whataburger," he says. His stories have been published in The Madison Review, The Chattahoochie Review, and Black Heart Magazine.

Jake Walters

is a Peace Corps volunteer working with gypsies in Transylvania on a program to get every child in school. He has been published in Foundling Review, The Battered Suitcase, and others. jakelwalters at gmail dot 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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