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Contributor Bios – February 2021

Sarah Antine received her MFA from Hunter College in 2004 and has published or performed poems in various venues including The Cleveland Public Theater’s Emerging Works Festival, the anthology – Torah: A Woman’s Commentary, The Journal, pms: poemmemoirstory, Big City Lit, Lilith Magazine, Elohi Gadugi, Ekphrasis Poetry Journal, Poetica Magazine, Bridges, and The Mom Egg. She won third prize in the Anna Rosenfeld Davidson Poetry Contest on Jewish Experience in 2017.

Janée J. Baugher is the author of The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction (McFarland, 2020), as well as the poetry collections Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books) and The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach). Find her on Instagram @ekphrastic_writer or online at www.JaneeBaugher.com.

Jennifer Bishop has been living and photographing in Baltimore City since 1975. She published a weekly stand-alone photo in City Paper for 17 years (1977-1994), and also worked as a staff photographer for the News American. Since 1981 she has freelanced, shooting pictures for a variety of publications, design firms, and foundations all over the world. She currently writes and photographs for projects advocating for better lives for people with disabilities. See more of her work at www.jenniferbishopphotography.com and www.dailyphotogame.com.

Lana Crossman is based in Ottawa, Ontario, but grew up in rural New Brunswick, a place she continues to revisit in her poetry. She has written about the visual arts for many years as a freelance arts reviewer, and as a writer with arts organizations such as the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Gallery of Canada.  Lana’s creative work has been published in BywordsApt613, and FEED. She won Carleton University’s Lilian I. Found Award for Poetry (2020) and was shortlisted for the John Newlove Poetry Award (2018). Follow her on Instagram (@Lana.Crossman) or  Twitter (@LanaCrossman).

Tony Daly is a poet and short story writer of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and military fiction. His work has been recently published or is forthcoming with The HorrorZine, Utopia Science Fiction, Spaceports & Spidersilk, and others. He is proud to serve as an Associate Editor with Military Experience and the Arts. For a list, that probably needs to be updated, of his published work, please visit https://aldaly13.wixsite.com/website or follow him on Twitter @aldaly18. 

Lois Marie Harrod’s latest collection Woman was published by Blue Lyra in February 2020. Her Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June 2016 from Five Oaks; her chapbook And She Took the Heart appeared in January 2016; Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. A Dodge poet, she is published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches at the Evergreen Forum in Princeton and at The College of New Jersey. Links to her online work www.loismarieharrod.org.

Rose Menyon Heflin is an emerging poet and artist from Wisconsin who loves nature and travel.  Among other venues, her work has recently been published or is forthcoming in Ariel Chart, Asahi Haikuist Network, Bramble, The Closed Eye Open, The Daily Drunk, Dreich Magazine, Eastern Structures, The Ekphrastic Review, Haikuniverse, The Light Ekphrastic, Littoral Magazine, Please See Me, Plum Tree Tavern, Red Alder Review, Red Eft Review, Sparked Literary Magazine, Three Line Poetry, Trouvaille Review, Visual Verse, and The Writers Club.  She strongly prefers hugging trees instead of people.  

Born in San Francisco, Gard Jones spent his adolescence in Seattle.  His development as an artist was influenced by the Conceptual and Minimalists Movements.  Gard has exhibited his work in galleries and museums in Washington State, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.  He has taught courses in studio art and art history for colleges and Universities in the Pacific Northwest, and the Mid-Atlantic.  Currently living in Baltimore, Maryland, Gard is faculty for York College of Pennsylvania and lectures on Visual Culture, Graffiti, and Street Art. For more please visit https://www.gardjones.com/ or follow him at https://www.instagram.com/gard.jones/ 

Sanzi Kermes is a second generation immigrant, her roots anchored in Bohemia and Italy. At age seven, she declared to her family that she would be an artist. They encouraged her to become something other than “starving artist.” She complied and graduated in 1982 from Syracuse University with a dual major in Geography and Advertising. At 35, she left corporate work after a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  During the next decade, her life took extraordinary turns:  at 43, she became a widow,  at 45 she gave birth to her daughter,  and at 48 she earned her Master of Art degree in Contemporary Fine Art Practice from Leeds Beckett University,  in Leeds, UK. Since 2008, Sanzi’s art practice traces her work through the lens of documenting Scrabble games. Though Scrabble has a finite set of conditions—a 15 by 15 square grid and 100 letters—the permutations are seemingly endless. Sanzi screen prints the patterns and writes senryu (non nature based haiku) using the words played in the game and incorporates some letterpress and woodblock printing as well. Sanzi’s work as a cartographer has influenced her art, as the screen prints are reminiscent of the Rectangular Survey System devised by the Land Ordinance of 1785. She lives in Baltimore with her daughter. 

Selene LaMarca is a graphic designer and fine artist working in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. She creates experimental photographic work, often through by-passing the standard camera to work directly with light-sensitive materials.

Qrcky’s work explores the relationship between Black diaspora sensibilities and urban spaces. With influences as diverse as Kara Walker and Jean-Michel Basquiat, new synergies are crafted from both constructed and discovered layers. Currently living in Baltimore, he is interested in the sensation of moving, the deconstruction and reassembly of surfaces, and of forgetting and remembering what has come before. See more at http://qrcky.net.

Jeremy Szuder is a chef by night and creator of poetry and illustration work by day. His past track record in the arts includes; 15 years as a musician in various bands (drums, vocals), graphic design work for clothing/skateboard companies, 25 plus years of self published Zines, showings of fine art in the underground art scene, a 10 year plus stint spinning vinyl at various events all across the city, and at present time continues to have both illustrations and poems published by over a dozen fine art and literary publications all across the U.S.A. as well as Canada. He continues to call Los Angeles California via Glendale his home at present. See more work at https://jeremyszuder.wordpress.com/.

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