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RHP #22:   "Why Is It Starting Now?"


"No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft."

--H.G. Wells

Evelyn Stecher was born in Los Angeles in 1924.  When she moved to Northern California in 1995 she began writing poetry seriously.  She has received recognition for her work from ByLine Magazine, the California State Poetry Society and the California Federation of Chaparral Poets, through their monthly contests.  She lives in Sun City Lincoln Hills and has also won awards in the Annual Voices of Lincoln poetry contest and the Nevada County Fair and has had work published in the Sacramento Bee.

Jim Benz lives in Minneapolis with his wife, two cats, and a dog.

Bill Cook lives in a rural area in Southern California's High Desert, and has stories published in VerbSap, Juked, The Summerset Review, Thieves Jargon and Tin Parachute Postcard Review.

Greg Gerke currently lives in Buffalo. His work has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Pedestal Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Hobartpulp, Eyeshot, elimae, and others. He will soon publish a book of short fiction at Blaze Vox Books. His website is www.greggerke.com

 Matthew T. Birdsall enjoys jumping through hoops, damaging livers, and shooting evil glances waywardly.  At the present, Matthew is writing something, but he has nothing to write on or with.  He would like very much to borrow a pencil.

Joshua Bouchard is a student earning his degrees in English and Philosophy at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario. The subject matter of his works range from momentary experiences of insight to absolutely benign and useless observations. Joshua enjoys cooking bacon naked and cigarettes. He is 21 years old.

Michael Estabrook says "Over the years I have published 15 chapbooks and appeared in some terrific poetry magazines, but you are only as good as your next poem and like a surfer searching for that perfect wave, I am a poet prowling for that perfect poem. Right now I am looking for that perfect poem in my wife, who just happens to be the most beautiful woman (and person) I have ever known. If I find it anywhere I’ll find it in her."

Charles Lennox has stories published in or forthcoming from Vestal Review, Sir! and Monkeybicycle. He lives in California and wears flip flops as often as possible.

Bruce Jewett goes in and out of poetry as if it were a detox.  He is not widely published but enjoys readings at Waverlie Writers and the Not Yet Dead Poets Society on the San Francisco Peninsula. He works as a poofreader for a national publication.

 X.L. Chemo played Skippy the Hostile Giraffe in the short-lived television series "Jungle Animal Retired Comptrollers."  This is his debut as an artist specializing is the destruction of antiquated telecommunication equipment.  He lives in Tempe, Arizona where he destroys antiquated telecommunication equipment.

Steve Mitchell lives and works in North Carolina. He has published fiction and poetry in the Adirondack Review, Kakalak 2008, edificeWRECKED, The Taj Mahal Review, millers pond and No Straight Roads, among others. His plays have been performed in various small pockets of the Universe. He has a deep belief in the primacy of doubt and an abiding conviction that great wisdom informs very bad movies. Steve is open twenty four hours a day at: www.thisisstevemitchell.com

MaryAnn Franta Moenck is a grandmother who waffles between knitting and belly dancing. She lives and works just east of St Paul, Minnesota. Her poems have appeared in print in Dogwood, Free Verse, Snowy Egret, and Cimarron Review. Her online links are available at http://maryann-poetry.blogspot.com/. Her manuscript received Honorable Mention for the 2008 Loft Mentor Awards.

Holly Painter is a Detroit to LA to New Zealand transplant. She studies English at the University of Canterbury

Robert Aquino Dollesin was still a kid when he left the Philippines. He now resides in Sacramento, where he writes short stories now and again.  Among other venues, his work can be found in or forthcoming in Elimae, Wigleaf, Boston Literary Magazine, Storyglossia and The Drill Press.

Ron Czerwien is the owner of Avol's, a used and out-of-print book store in Madison, WI. His poems have most recently appeared on-line at Moria, Shampoo, and nth position.

Holly Wehmeyer grew up on a farm in northern Illinois and now writes poetry in Chicago. In an attempt to pay for her partial lake view, she works as a tax marketing writer for an accounting firm. Previously she worked for lawyers. She is still recovering from this. Someday she hopes to be the poet laureate for a small, tropical island where she will be paid in mangoes.

LouAnn Shepard Muhm is a poet and teacher from northern Minnesota.  Her poems have appeared in Dust & Fire, The Talking Stick, North Coast Review, Alba, Red River Review, Eclectica, Poems Niederngasse, and CALYX, and she was a finalist for the Creekwalker Poetry Prize (2007) and the Late Blooms Postcard Series (2007). Muhm was a recipient of the 2006 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in Poetry, and has been featured twice in the “What Light” poetry series on mnartists.org, sponsored by the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Museum. She currently serves as Poetry Editor at WomenWriters.net.  Her chapbook, Dear Immovable, was published in 2006 by Pudding House Press, and her full-length poetry collection Breaking the Glass  was published in May, 2008 by Loonfeather Press.Visit her on the web at http://www.louannmuhm.com .



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