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Artist Bios – Feb.14

ariel A mixed media collage artist working in the New York City area, Ariel is one of 40 artists featured in the book Masters: Collage, from Lark Books (2010). Curator Randel Plowman wrote: “Ariel creates emotion-laden works that focus on the human form and archetypal male-female relationships. Exploring the nature of love and affection in today’s media-saturated world, her rich and varied collages…reflected the disjointed nature of  modern-day experience.  Torn up and reassembled, Ariel’s collages offer a new kind of unity that matches the temper of the times.” The artist has exhibited at Duke University in Durham, NC, EMP Collective in Baltimore, MD, Side Street Arts in Elgin, IL, and Cornell Street Studios in Kingston, NY. Online, her work has been seen on the Studio Museum in Harlem Tumblr site.  She writes a blog about collage in art and beyond, which can be found at

Tina Barry’s poems and short stories have appeared in numerous publications including Inch Magazine, The Orange Room Review, Elimae, Lost in Thought Magazine, THIS magazine, and Exposure, an Anthology of Micro-fiction. She has poems upcoming at Drunken Boat and The Camroc Press Review. Her MFA in creative writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, is one thesis away.

kendraKendra Bartell is an MFA poetry student at University of Washington, Seattle, where she teaches composition and poetry. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Utter, So to Speak, vector press, and Timber; she also writes reviews for This past summer, she taught creative nonfiction at the UVA Young Writers Workshop.

Meredith Devney received her MFA in poetry from Emerson College in 2006. She is currently a full-time high school English teacher and an adjunct at Marshall Univeristy. Originally from Upstate New York, she now lives in Kentucky with her husband and one year old son. Her work as been previously published in Tar River Poetry, Coe Review, Wordriver, Rockhurst Review, riverrun, Poetry Quarterly, Thin Air Magazine, San Pedro Review, among others.

sylSylvia Fischbach-Braden is plorking (working + playing) on her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publication Arts at University of Baltimore. She has a book-filled rowhouse, two cats, a grown-up daughter and a supportive husband. She grew up in Indiana and has lived in Baltimore for thirty-odd years. She is a desultory gardener (lacking a plan; from Latin desultorious– leaping, pertaining to a circus rider who jumps from one horse to another).

julie nov 13 bw condensedJulie Gard‘s prose poetry is frequently inspired by found objects and visual artwork. Publications include Russia in 17 Objects (Tiger’s Eye Press) and Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press), along with poetry and short fiction in The Prose Poem Project, Gertrude, Ekphrasis, Clackamas Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals and anthologies. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota and is a writing professor at the University of Wisconsin Superior.

LindaFLinda Franklin, aka Barkinglips, is a visual artist and writer, who has been working with digital collage for a while, putting together pictures she has taken as backgrounds to new pictures. She has written and illustrated many books, made videos, crocheted sculptures, crafted found wood sculptures, and more. Metaphorically, what she loves are stains, shadows, reflections, impressions, and fossils. She has lived in Baltimore for about 20 years. See more of Linda’s work at

mirandaSee more of Miranda Pfeiffer’s drawings and animations at

rafe_hedRafe Posey teaches composition at the University of Baltimore. His short story collection, The Book of Broken Hymns, was a 2012 Lambda Literary Awards finalist. He likes urban planning, road trips, and the sea, and spends as much time as he can in beach towns and barrier islands. If he’s not teaching, writing, or exploring, he’s probably on Twitter at @ponyonabalcony.

carabellaCarabella Sands has hugged the sun. She has hugged scorpions. She will hug you if you ask nicely. See more of her work at

John Sibley Williams is an award-winning writer of fiction and poetry. He works as Book Marketing Manager of Inkwater Press, as well as a freelance literary agent, and lives in Portland, Oregon. John is the author of Controlled Hallucinations (forthcoming 2013 by FutureCycle Press), as well as seven chapbooks. John is the winner of the 2011 HEART Poetry Award, and finalist for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. He has served as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and publicist for various presses and authors, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Book Publishing. John has also worked with organizations such as the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Lewis & Clark College’s “Oregon Poetic Voices”. He cofounded the Inflectionist poetry movement, edits its journal, The Inflectionist Review, acts as co-director of Walt Whitman 150,  and works with the Moonlit Poetry Caravan critique group. He frequently performs his poetry and hosts discussions and workshops. A few previous publishing credits include: Inkwell, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, The Chaffin Journal, The Evansville Review, RHINO, Rosebud, and various anthologies. Visit him online at

Earle Wood photoEarle Wood grew up in Dundalk, MD, with a genetic predisposition to sensitivity and creativity. As a high school student, he studied visual arts and architecture. In college, his official major was Elementary Education, although he confesses that he spent much more time than he should have learning to play music on the guitar. Guitar playing effectively replaced all forms of visual art and has been Earle’s main medium for creativity to this day. After earning a Master’s Certificate with Berklee College of Music’s online school, Earle now teaches others how to better enjoy life with the help of some wood, frets and strings. He also writes music constantly. You can find out more about him at

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