Jorge Martinez was born and raised in Chicago but currently resides in the suburbs of Illinois, which is about as dull as it sounds, though he does love his boyfriend and their menagerie of housepets. Jorge’s a rather unaccomplished writer who’s currently more focused on getting his career in order but plans to make something of his work so he will not have wasted so many hours editing. While he does not declare himself an expert on humor (and is rather straight-laced and uptight, according to our reliable sources*), he is very sarcastic and loves dry, satirical humor or downright slapstick nonsense. Unintentional humor is another genre he deeply enjoys, so if anyone wants to write the script to a B-movie slasher, he will be more than happy to read it and even act in it, provided you pay for his transportation to the set.**
Natalie Easton is a free-verse poet who lives in Connecticut with two rambunctious parrots and a wonderfully obnoxious husband. She believes that the soul weighs more than 21 grams but she’s wary of anyone who will attempt to guarantee her of that.
Natalie has appeared in such publications as Ink Sweat & Tears, Up the Staircase Quarterly, the Wild Goose Poetry Review, and her mother’s scrap book (limited edition). You can find more on her, if you wish, at: http://www.natalieeaston.com
Liz Napieralski lives in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has finally resigned herself to the fact that she’s not leaving anytime soon. If you were to steal her purse on any given day, you’d find a book or two, a whole lot of pens that she’s not that nice about sharing, a notebook shamed by all the scraps of paper she inevitably writes on instead. (And not much cash. So don’t steal her purse. It’s not worth it.)
Liz has worked as an editor and writer for Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine, FlagLive!, Santa Fe and THE magazine. She appeared in our first issue, Self Portraits.
Liz has most recently appeared in The Legendary, Navigating the Heavens, and The Más Tequila Review (forthcoming, Feb. 2013.)
Rachel Nix grew up in the Deep South of Alabama, and still resides a stone’s throw away from where she ran around as a child. Despite an irrational fear of frogs, she’s pretty much declared herself content with living in the boonies. She does, however, like to take roadtrips and see what hasn’t found The South just yet. Being a big fan of music and nature, poetry seemed a sure-fire way to group all her loves into one. Encouraged by her grandmother at a very young age to value her own thoughts, Rachel has always been a lover of what words can represent. She means most everything she says, despite bouts of sarcasm, which would likely be her second greatest love. Her previously published work can be found at A Sharp Piece of Awesome and Wordsmiths. You can follow her on her very own rinky-dink nook of the Internet, found at chasingthegrey.com, though she almost never updates it.
Kevin McGuirk published poems in Cincinnati Poetry Review and Clifton. It’s not his fault both publications are now defunct; besides, that was a long time ago and the statute of limitations, etc. He has studied with Louise Glück, John Ashbery and Michael Harper and credits workshop experiences with them for his love of raw vegetables.
Here’s a quote Kevin just made up: “To Hell with ghosts; they’re just not getting the job done.” Another: “It’s important to remember that ‘fiction’ always has the last word in ‘science fiction.’” McGuirk cites as his biggest influences Don Bogen and Terry Stokes. “Bogen taught me about precision,” says McGuirk, “and hearing Terry Stokes read ‘Crimes of Passion: The Slasher’ taught me the beauty of nightmares, of surrendering completely to the voice of the other.”
McGuirk is reachable at kevinmcguirk [at] me [dot] com
About our cover artist: xxpseuddoxx can’t draw and can’t paint, but can explain (via photoshop) his moods and conceptual thinking through surreal self portraiture. he’s a web developer on the 9-5 but out side of that, he explores his colorful die cast life experience, from his roots as a TCK he enjoys depictions of his subconscious angst and musical and movie lead inspired art narrative… exploring the self and reflections of his own sub/consciousness through creative projects.