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Janet Butler

Poet
Alameda, CA

I started writing poetry in 2004, after almost 10 years devoted to watercolor painting. Since 2004, I have had six chapbooks published, including "Upheaval", which was one of three winners in the Red Ochre Press Chapbook Contest for 2012. I have also had the pleasure of placing in the Bay Area Poets Coalition contest (BAPC) four times in the last five years. Like my fellow poets, I have also had several hundred individual poems published online and in print. Since September, 2014, I have devoted myself to the Tanka form, and have recently had a tanka selected as Editor's Choice (Cattails, winter, 2015) and several tanka published in other specialized journals: Ars Poetica, Undertow, A Hundred Gourds, and Red Lights. I continue to read and study both modern and classical tanka, as well as read, with great pleasure, contemporary poetry.

Pat Califia

Fiction Writer
San Francisco, CA

Trevor Calvert

Poet
Albany , CA

Trevor Calvert is a poet and librarian living in California's East Bay. He earned an MFA at Mills College under Stephen Ratcliffe and Elizabeth Willis. While at Mills, Trevor worked first as an intern and then as Co-Editor for Manifest Press which among other titles published the first book of Brazilian poetry by a female author, On the Shining Screen of the Eyelids (by Josely Vianna Baptista and translated by Chris Daniels). Currently Trevor co-edits Spooky Actions Books with Ammie Stobaugh.

Kai Carlson-Wee

Poet
San Francisco, CA

Peter Neil Carroll

Poet
Belmont, CA

Peter Neil Carroll has published three volumes of poetry and many books of history, memoir, and non-fiction. His most recent book is Fracking Dakota: Poems for a Wounded Land (Turning Point Press, 2015). An earlier collection is A Child Turns Back to Wave: Poetry of Lost Places (Hollywood, CA: The Poetry Press, 2012) which won the Prize Americana from the Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture. http://www.americanpopularculture.com/home.htm Charlotte Muse writes: “Peter Neil Carroll, poet and historian, has gone to see America for himself. He has traveled through desolate, mysterious western places full of the spirit of vanished peoples, and gone watching, remembering, and imagining...to bring us back the gift of these poems…. These are the lively poems, though love and sorrow are never far from the surface, as in the unforgettable last lines from “The Mountain Top”: http://hiraethpress.com/WrittenRiverWinter2011.pdf An earlier volume is Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem (Higganum Hill, CT: Higganum Hill Books, 2008). These poems describe a latter-day Huck and Jim journey down the great river. http://www.amazon.com/Riverborne-Mississippi-Peter-Neil-Carroll/dp/0977655695 Among recently published poems on line: “Appalachia” http://willowglenpoetry.posterous.com/archive/11/2012 “Restless Spring” http://www.sandhillreview.org/2012/SHR2012CarrollRestlessSpring.htm “Epitaph” & “Solstice”: http://www.earthspeakmagazine.com/peterneilcarroll10.htm Peter reads frequently in the San Francisco area and has spoken on the theme of poetry and place at Oberlin College and other poetry venues. His non-fiction books include Keeping Time: Memory Nostalgia & the Art of History (Georgia)http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/keeping_time The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War (Stanford)http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=2509 and It Seemed Like Nothing Happened: America in the 1970s (Rutgers) http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/acatalog/__It_Seemed_Like_Nothing_Happened_1520.html He lives with the writer-photographer Jeannette Ferrary.

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