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Los Angeles, CA
A poet and painter, Austin Straus has been widely published in national magazines for years and is the author of the collections "Drunk with Light" and "Intensifications," for which he also did the cover art. Born in Brooklyn, he has lived for many years in Los Angeles, many of them with his late wife, Wanda Coleman. Over 200 poems published in magazines and anthologies. Also makes unique books, now in more than 30 collections.
Long Beach, CA
R L Swihart was born in Michigan (1959) and currently lives in Long Beach, CA. His poems have appeared in various online and print journals, including Barnwood Poetry Magazine, Bateau, elimae, Rhino, and 1110. His first collection of poems, The Last Man, was published in March 2012 by Desperanto Press.