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Daniel Bowman Jr. is the author of A PLUM TREE IN LEATHERSTOCKING COUNTRY (Virtual Artists Collective, 2012). His poems and essays have appeared in The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Art House America, The Bitter Oleander, Books and Culture, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Istanbul Literary Review, The Midwest Quarterly, The Other Journal, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, Rio Grande Review, Seneca Review, and others. He recently completed his first novel, BEGGARS IN HEAVEN. Born in Dover, Delaware, he was raised in Mohawk, New York, where he attended Gregory B. Jarvis High School. He holds degrees from Roberts Wesleyan College, the University of Cincinnati, and Seattle Pacific University. He lives in central Indiana with his wife Beth and their two children, and teaches at Taylor University. On the web, he can be found at danielbowmanjr.com, and twitter.com/danielbowmanjr.
"Premonition" is the first poem in my first book, The Mackerel at St. Ives: A sort of surfacing it seemed to be, / as of a fish into the light and air / that for an instant, as it's hanging there / with a strangely steadfast certainty / takes on the currents of another sphere, / before it drops again into its own-- / heavy as a triply skipping stone / that will at last forever disappear. / Five gulls, their calls, the crescent moon and sky / (the gray unearthly white against the blue), / the spirit-sounding things of sea and shore / conjoin to lure my untrained ear and eye / to the endlessness of my own death-- / then leave me stranded here to live some more.
Edward Byrne has had eight collections of poetry published, most recently TINTED DISTANCES (Turning Point Books), SEEDED LIGHT (Turning Point Books), TIDAL AIR (Pecan Grove Press). His essays of literary criticism also have been published in various journals and book collections, including MARK STRAND (Chelsea House Publishers), edited by Harold Bloom, and A CONDITION OF THE SPIRIT: THE LIFE AND WORK OF LARRY LEVIS (Eastern Washington University Press), edited by Christopher Buckley and Alexander Long. He has also edited two anthologies of poetry, most recently POETRY FROM PARADISE VALLEY (Pecan Grove Press). He is a professor in the English Department at Valparaiso University, where he edits VALPARAISO POETRY REVIEW and co-edits VALPARAISO FICTION REVIEW.
Fort Wayne, IN
Mary Ann Cain lives near the bend in one of the three rivers of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she teaches prose writing, rhetoric, and Women’s Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Her fiction, memoirs, and blurred genre work have appeared in numerous literary journals, including The North American Review, The Denver Quarterty, The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas, Thirteenth Moon, Many Mountains Moving, and Hawai’i Pacific Review, among numerous others. She is the recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist grant, two residencies at the Mary Hambidge Center for Arts, and one at Hill House Writers’ Retreat. Her book on writing workshops, Revisioning Writers’ Talk: Gender and Culture in Acts of Composing, was published by SUNY Press in 1995. Forthcoming from Heinemann Boynton Cook is Breathing Space: Composing Public Places for Writing and Teaching, with co-authors Michelle Comstock and Lil Brannon. She and her husband, poet George Kalamaras, share a 1929 Tudor-style house with their beagle, Bootsie. She also teaches creative writing for the Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble, a West African drumming and dance group for young people and is a jenbe player herself. India has also claimed her; she meditates in the tradition of Paramahansa Yogananda and traveled to India where she interviewed devotees of the legendary Anandamai Ma, spiritual advisor to Indira Gandhi, to learn about Indian women’s spiritual practices.