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Emeniano Somoza

Fiction Writer, Poet
Miami, FL

Whenever I'm asked what advice I can give those who are considering a career in poetry, or fiction, I say –You can be as avant garde as a jackfruit-bearing atheist baobab, but you still need a palpable narrative arc for your creations. My name is Emeniano Somoza, and I am the spiritual advisor of Dwight and Gordot, my roommates - the first a koi, the other, a Turkish Van cat. When not busy anthologizing emptiness or boredom, I create little constellations of poets with the new Syzygy Poetry Journal.

Diana Abu-Jaber

Fiction Writer
Coral Gables, FL

Celia Lisset Alvarez

Miami, FL

Celia Lisset Alvarez holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Miami and teaches composition, literature, scientific, and creative writing at St. Thomas University. Her debut collection of poetry, Shapeshifting (Spire Press, 2006), was the recipient of the 2005 Spire Press Poetry Award. A second collection, The Stones (Finishing Line Press, 2006) followed that same year. Poems from these collections are also in the anthologies White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood (Demeter Press, 2007) and Letters to the World (Red Hen Press, 2008). Other work has appeared in the Iodine Poetry Journal, qarrtsiluni, the Powhatan Review, Tar Wolf Review, Alba, MotherVerse, Other Investigations, Lore, Poui: The Cave Hill Literary Annual, zingmagazine, and Mangrove, and in the anthologies Women Moving Forward: Narratives of Identity, Migration, Resilience, and Hope, Vol. 1. (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006), Not a Muse (Haven Books, 2009), and Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems (Ragged Sky Press, 2009). Recently, her poem “Wonder Woman Goes through Menopause” was the winner of the 2008 HereThere Poetry Contest. Born in Madrid, Spain of Cuban parents en route to the United States, she grew up in Miami and lives there still with her husband, Cuban-American literary scholar Rafael Miguel Montes.

Lynne Barrett

Fiction Writer
North Miami, FL

Judith A. Berke

Miami Beach, FL

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