Author Biography

Huda Al-Marashi is an Iraqi-American at work on a memoir from which ¿Cómo Se Dice Gravy? is an excerpt. Other excerpts from this memoir are forthcoming in the anthologies Becoming and Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of Muslim American Women. Her poem, TV Terror, is a part of a touring exhibit commemorating the Mutanabbi Street Bombing in Baghdad. She is a 2012 Creative Workforce Fellow, and she lives in Ohio with her husband and three children.

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Susan Amlung is a writer.

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Joanne Arledge has a BA in Theatre Arts and has worked as an actor in film, television, stage, print and voice-overs. She is founder of The Cleveland Women’s Theatre Project and the Chicago-based theatre company, KAMIJO. She is the winner of the Oregon Writers Colony award for nonfiction. For 40 years she has spoken others’ words, now she writes her own. She lives in New York and is currently working on a memoir, A Letter to My Brothers.

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Lori Brack’s work has appeared recently or will soon appear in Another Chicago Magazine, Packingtown Review, The North American Review, Weave, The Prose-Poem Project, and Rosebud. Other publications include the 2011 anthology Begin Again from Woodley Press, and her 2010 chapbook, A Fine Place to See the Sky, published by The Field School, New York.

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SuzAnne C. Cole is a retired college instructor, wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband have traveled and hiked the world including Iceland, China, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland, and Russia. Her essays have been published in Newsweek, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, the Baltimore Sun, Personal Journaling, and Troika as well as many anthologies. She writes in a studio in the woods in the Texas Hill Country.

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Mira Desai writes, works and lives in Bombay, and has a day job in pharmaceuticals. Her translations have featured in Words without
Borders, The Massachusetts Review, 91st Meridian, Indian Literature, etc. As a writer of fiction, she has contributed to Reading Hour, In Focus, Birmingham Arts Journal, Six Sentences, Celebrate Bandra. She is a member of the IWW, the internet writing workshop.

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Terri Elders, LCSW, lives near Colville, WA, with three cats and two dogs. Her stories have been published in over three dozen anthologies. She blogs at atouchoftarragon.blogspot.com

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Kate Geiselman’s essays have appeared at Salon.com, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere online. Most recently, she has been a contributing writer at The Story with Dick Gordon, an American Public Media production. An original version of her story “Gone” (titled “She’s Not There,”) was the winner of the 2010 Dayton Daily News/Antioch Writer’s Workshop writing contest. She is an Associate Professor at Sinclair Community College, where she teaches composition. More about her work can be found at kategeiselman.com.

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Karen B. Golightly received an MFA in fiction from the University of Memphis and a PhD in 19th Century British and Irish Literature from Southern Illinois University. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in several journals, including Best of Memphis, Bluff, georgetown review, and The Journal of the Image Warehouse. She is an assistant professor of English at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, where she lives with her three children, Bella, Phin, and Pip.

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Farah Ghuznavi draws on her experiences as a development professional for inspiration in her writing, and remains an unrepentant idealist. She has worked for NGOs in Bangladesh, Britain and Africa, as well as with the United Nations, and the Grameen Bank, famous for its collateral-free loans to poor women. Her work has been featured in magazines, anthologies and websites in the UK, US, Canada, Singapore and Bangladesh. Her flash fiction piece was Highly Commended in the 2010 Commonwealth Short Story Competition, and another story was awarded second place in the Oxford University GEF Competition.

Her short fiction features in the recently published anthologies “Woman’s Work: Short Stories” (GirlChild Press, USA), “The Rainbow Feast” (Marshall Cavendish, Singapore) and the “Journeys” anthology (Sampad, Britain) launched at the Birmingham literary festival. Farah is a contributor to “From the Delta”, an anthology of stories from Bangladesh, and a columnist for the Star Weekend Magazine in Bangladesh.

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Moving every few weeks between lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota (where she cares for her increasingly disoriented parents and the “motley household” of a not-so-smoothly-blended family) and Berkeley, California (where she and new-ish husband live the green life as bicycle enthusiasts, sans car, sans big house and, at times painfully, sans children and parents), narrator Catherine Boebel Grotenhuis has unexpectedly assumed yet another role in mid-life, that of a writer. Her first book, Moving: A Daughter’s Story / Riding, Writing & Seeing: A Story of My Own is presently seeking publication. Grotenhuis is a graduate of Minnesota’s Carleton College with a degree in World Religions and several decades experience in social services working with women, children, immigrant youth and the elderly.

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Avra Kouffman is a well-traveled performance poet and journalist. Despite its surreal and sometimes macabre atmosphere, eastern Europe is one of her favorite regions of the world.

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Michele Markarian‘s plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing, Heuer Publishing, and the Book of Estrogenius, and are produced throughout the United States and Great Britain. Michele’s play Old Friends was a 2006 Heideman Award Finalist. Her short story Shake was published in the anthology Families: The Frontline of Pluralism by Wising Up Press. Her story, Don’t You Want This Baby? was published in the anthology View From the Bed by Wising Up Press. Michele has written for Mom’s Literary Magazine, Regional Air Cargo Review and The Air Charter Journal. Michele is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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Noemi Martinez describes herself as “a Chicana/Boriqua writer & activist spiller of truths and secrets living in the militarized borderland of deep South Texas.

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Erica McBeth is one of the co-hosts on the Arizona Humane Society’s weekly television program. Her short story, “The Secrets We Keep” was featured in the April 2011 edition of CC&D Magazine. Her first novel, “Her Blind Ambition” was released in June 2011.

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Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (1970, Puerto Rico). She is the author of novel Caparazones (2010), edited by Egales in Spain. She won the National Institute of Puerto Rican Literature Prize in 2008. Won the Woman Latino Writer Residency from National Hispanic Culture Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2011. Arroyo Pizarro is also the Director of Puerto Rican writers participating in the Second Puerto Rican Word Festival attended in Old San Juan and New York on 2011.

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Recent poetry by Tania Pryputniewicz appeared on-line at Autumn Sky, The Blood Orange Review, Connotation Press, and Linebreak. Her photo poem montages have been published by The Mom Egg (2009) and Prairie Wolf Press (2011). Poetry editor at The Fertile Source (www.fertilesource.com), she blogs at Feral Mom, Feral Writer (www.poetrymom.blogspot.com). She lives in the Sonoma County redwoods with her husband and three children and will be presenting her montage work, facilitating and participating at A Room of Her Own Foundation’s 2011 women’s writing retreat at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico .

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Melissa Reeser Poulin is a poet and writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is currently an MFA candidate in Seattle Pacific University’s low-residency program in Creative Writing, and Managing Editor for Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac. Find her at theinstantlibrarian.com

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Diane Raptosh is a writer.

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Emily Rosenbaum holds a doctorate in literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her publications include Glamour, Babble, Hip Mama, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Skirt!, Bitch Magazine, and the Ms. Magazine blog. She blogs at emilyrosenbaum.com. Writing this piece jump-started her passion for books, and she’s back to reading all the time.

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Adrienne Ross Scanlan’s essays have been published in Adventum Magazine, Pilgrimage, Fourth River, Tikkun, Under the Sun, LabLit: The Culture of Science in Fiction & Fact, Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative, the American Nature Writing anthology series, An Intricate Weave: Women Write on Girls and Girlhood, and other publications. She received a Seattle Arts Commission literary award, an Artist Trust Literature Fellowship, and is working on a collection of essays about discovering home and restoring nature in the urban wild.

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Aline Soules’ work has appeared in journals, e-zines, and anthologies such as The MacGuffin, 100 Words, Literature of the Expanding Frontier, and Variations on the Ordinary. Her book, The Size of the World, was co-published with The Shape of the Heart by Plain View Press. Poems from her chapbook, Evening Sun, have appeared in such publications as Kaleidowhirl, Reed, Shaking Like a Mountain, and The Houston Literary Review. Prose poems from Meditation on Woman have appeared in such publications as Tattoo Highway, Poetry Midwest, Long Story Short, the Newport Review, and the Kenyon Review.

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Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D. is the author of eight books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including most recently an audio book of her Pushcart Prize nominated poetry collection, This is how honey runs, featuring original music and available as an mp3 download at Amazon. She writes a monthly column called “Birthing the Mother Writer” at LiteraryMama.com and empowers writers through her Co-Creating practice. Learn more at www.cassiepremosteele.com

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Alison Turner earned her BA in Comparative Literature from CU Boulder, and an MA in the same field from the University of Alberta. She has lived, studied or worked in Senegal, Switzerland, China and Canada. She is now travelling around Argentina.

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An ardent foreign-adventurist with chronic and gravitational homesoil leanings, Joanna Beth Tweedy was born and raised in “Little Egypt,” the southernmost region of Illinois leapfrogged betwixt the Ozarks and Appalachia. Her first novel, The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas, was published recently by Southeast Missouri State University Press. Her poetry and fiction have been published in literary journals and anthologies and have received honors from Glimmer Train, the Southern Women Writers Conference, and the Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest, Life Press, and Long Story Short, among others. She is the founding editor and host of Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program, housed at Benedictine University in Springfield, Illinois, and distributed by NPR-member/PRI-affiliate WUIS, respectively.

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“A woman’s place” was first published by SEMO Press.

Donna D. Vitucci works as a development associate, raising funds for local non-profits. Her fiction and poems have appeared in dozens of literary magazines and journals including: Hawaii Review, Front Porch Journal, Another Chicago Magazine, Night Train, Storyglossia, Corium, and Meridian. Her novel manuscript, FEED MATERIALS, was judged a finalist for the Bellwether Prize, 2010. “Sugar Ants, November 1956,” which first appeared in DINER, Volume 7, Fall 2007 is a selection from this unpublished novel.

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“Sugar Ants, November 1956,” first appeared in DINER, Volume 7, Fall 2007.

Natalie Wendt is a preschool teacher and freelance writer. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, and most recently in the fiction e-anthology Playthings of the Gods. A former intern at Tikkun magazine, she occasionally writes about Buddhism for their blog, Tikkun Daily. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her girlfriend and their formerly feral lapdog.

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Lori White received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Pearl and Painted Bride Quarterly and in various online magazines. She teaches English at Los Angeles Pierce College and lives with her partner and their three dogs in a trailer by a lake on the edge of the Los Padres National Forest.

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