Contributor Bios

Author of three books of poetry, Vinita Agrawal is a Mumbai based, award winning poet and writer. She is Editor, an online platform that addresses gender issues. Recipient of the Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award for Literary Excellence, USA, 2015, her poems have appeared in Asiancha, Constellations, The Fox Chase Review, Pea River Journal, Open Road Review, Stockholm Literary Review, Poetry Pacific, Mithila Review and other journals. Her poems have found a place in several anthologies. She contributes a monthly column on Asian Poets on the literary blog of the Hamline university, Saint Paul, USA. She has read at SAARC events, at the U.S. Consulate, at Delhi Poetree and at Cappucino Readings, Mumbai. She was featured in the transatlantic poetry broadcast. She can be reached at and at

Rebecca Alexander works as a horticulture librarian in Seattle, and is a contributing editor of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin. Her poems have appeared in Standpoint Magazine (UK), the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, Canary Literary Journal, Naugatuck River Review, Wordpeace, and Paper Nautilus.

Laura Foley is the author of six poetry collections, including, most recently, WTF and Night Ringing. Her poem “Gratitude List” won the Common Good Books poetry contest and was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Her poem “Nine Ways of Looking at Light” won the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest, judged by Marge Piercy. A palliative care volunteer in hospitals, with an M.A. and a M. Phil. in English Lit. from Columbia University, she lives with her partner, and three big dogs among the hills of Vermont.

Megan Rose Gosney was born and raised in Southern California where outdoor-living and a creative-vibe inspired and encouraged her overactive imagination. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest where she can be near the mountains, coasts, and rivers. Megan recently graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in English: Professional and Creative Writing. The written word is her preferred method of communication with which she commits her obsessions and thought-trains to paper. Megan aspires to become a published writer and dabbles in both fiction and poetry.

Alicen Grey is an award-winning writer with a BA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. Her feminist writing has “gone viral” on sites such as Feminist Current and xoJane. You can see her full portfolio at

Sterling Higa is often wrong, but always seeks truth. He is a debate coach and lecturer in the Department of Communication at Hawai‘i Pacific University. He is currently studying for a Ph.D. at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education.

Ed Higgins’ poems and short fiction have appeared in various print and online journals including: Monkeybicycle, Tattoo Highway, Triggerfish Critical Review, Poets Against War, and Blue Print Review, among others. He and his wife live on a small organic farm in Yamhill, OR where they raise a menagerie of animals. Ed teaches literature at George Fox University, a Quaker heritage institution south of Portland, OR. Ed is also Asst. Fiction Editor for Brilliant Flash Fiction.

Desirée Jung has published translations, fiction, and poetry, in Exile, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Antigonish Review, The Impressment Gang, Belleville Park, Echolocation, Carte Blanche, Hamilton Stone Review, Ijagun Poetry Journal, Scapegoat Review, Perceptions, Loading Zone, Star 82 Review, The Steel Chisel, Off the Coast and others. For more information, see:

Alison Lock’s poetry and short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals in the UK and internationally. She has published a short story collection, two poetry collections, and a fantasy novella. She has an MA in Literature Studies and Creative Writing. She is a tutor for Transformative Life Writing courses. 

Jose Trejo Maya was born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, where he spent his childhood in the small neighboring rural pueblo of Tarimoró and wherefrom he immigrated in 1988. His inspirations include Netzahualcoyotl, Humberto Ak’abal, Ray A. Young Bear, and James Welch. He has been published in various literary journals in the UK, the US, in India, in Spain and in Australia. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015 and was awarded Tercer Premio en El Centro Canario Estudios Caribeños El Atlántico en el Certamen Internacional de Poesía en 2016. While in ceremony with Chololo medicine men in the Tule River Reservation, he dreamt the above written prophecy…

Jed Myers lives in Seattle. He is author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award) and two chapbooks. Recent honors include the Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry, The Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Prize, and the McLellan Poetry Prize (UK). Recent poems can be found in Rattle, Poetry Northwest, The Greensboro Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Shining Rock Poetry Anthology, Canary, and elsewhere. He is Poetry Editor for the journal Bracken.

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee. Writing for six years, his work has appeared in more than a thousand publications including The Louisiana Review, Bluestem, Emrys Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, Roanoke Review, The Red Cedar Review and The William and Mary Review. He has poems forthcoming in Hawai’i Review, Sugar House Review, Plainsongs, Free State Review and Texas Review.

Stephen A. Rozwenc currently resides in Muang Phichit, Thailand. He also maintains a residence in Haydenville, Massachusetts. He has published 6 collections of poems. His poems have appeared in numerous poetry reviews including: Naugatuck River Review, Philadelphia Poets, “The Buddhist Poetry Review, Plumtree Tavern”, The New Pattaya Review, Eunoia Review, Glass Poetry, The Nefarious Ballerina, and many others. He has been the recipient of two Massachusetts Cultural Council grants to fund poetry publication.

Kate Rushin is the author of The Black Back-Ups and The Bridge Poem. She received an MFA from Brown University. She had poems in Callaloo and Raising Lily Ledbetter. She has received fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and The Cave Canem Foundation.

Russ Taylor is an artist and a photographer whose credits include three book covers, author photos, and a featured article with National Scholastic. He has displayed his photography at art venues and collaborates with local artists to combine writing and photography. He also does digital painting and is currently working on a graphic novel based on a short story.

Barbara Ungar’s most recent book, Immortal Medusa, was one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Indie Books of 2015, and won the Adirondack Center for Writing Poetry Award. Prior books include Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life; Thrift; and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Prize, an Independent Publishers Silver Medal, and a Hoffer award. See more at

Allyson Whipple is an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, most recently Come Into the World Like That (Five Oaks Press, 2016). Allyson serves as co-editor of the Texas Poetry Calendar and teaches at Austin Community College.

Dan Wilcox is the host of the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center in Albany, N.Y. and is a member of the poetry performance group “3 Guys from Albany”. As a photographer, he claims to have the world’s largest collection of photos of unknown poets. He is a member of Veterans For Peace.