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Beth Anne Royer has won awards for her poetry from the Academy of American Poets, Emerson College, Princeton University, Yankee/PEN, The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.  A chapbook of her poems entitled Radio Dreams was chosen as Slipstream Press‘ 2004 chapbook winner.  Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Ampersand, Poetry Motel, and Gulf Stream, as well as in the NEW ACQUISITION pamphlet series.  Her short fiction has appeared in Quick Fiction.

Kevin Holden is the author of two chapbooks, ALPINE and IDENTITY.  His poetry has appeared in a number of publications, including Colorado Review, 1913, Typo, Forklift Ohio, and The Liberal.

Justin Sider’s poetry has appeared in Southwest Review, Mississippi Review, Indiana Review, Locuspoint, and other journals.  He lives in New Haven, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English at Yale University.

Ohio native Mark Williams has a BFA from Miami University (Ohio) and a MFA from the University of Connecticut.   Other schools studied at include the Lacoste School of the Arts in France, the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts, and the Rhode Island School of Design.  He is currently focused on making and exhibiting his artwork in addition to teaching at several colleges and universities.  In 2007 he was included in the exhibition “Connecticut Contemporary” at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum on Art, having been chosen by Sol LeWitt.

Connecticut native Caitlin Foster has studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has previously exhibited at 922 Nolden (Los Angeles), See Gallery (Boston), and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (New York), among others.  Her work is currently included in the Flatfile collection of Artspace (New Haven).

Noe Jimenez will be included in an upcoming two-person exhibition with Peter Flood at the Madison Art Cinemas Gallery, opening July 10, 2010.  In addition to their individual works, a collaborative painting between the two artists will be on display.  He currently attends Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut.

John Panos is a musician living in New Haven, CT. He has a BM in studio/jazz performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami (Florida). As a freelance musician, he has performed with artists ranging from Jazz legend Jackie McLean to Damo Suzuki of CAN. He is also an avid DJ/ record collector and contributes record reviews to He is currently touring the US with the pop-duo Mates of State.

Edgar Garcia came to New Haven (by way of Berkeley and New York — as well as a brief stint in Barcelona) to complete a PhD in the English department at Yale — specializing in poetry in some way. He hopes one day to entertain sea dogs, circus performers and other such vagrant souls with his poems. He is currently working on a big poem about the universe in small bits.  In the interim, much of his ruminating is exhibited in The Hydra Mag.

Jason Labbe is the author of a chapbook, Dear Photographer, from Phylum Press, and his poems appear or are forthcoming in Poetry, Conjunctions, Boston Review, A Public Space, American Letters & Commentary, Open City, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in Bethany, Connecticut where he makes music in his basement studio, unless he is making it somewhere else.

David Larsen (LRSN) is completing a post-doc at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center.  Among many other things, he is a poet, visual artist, and translator.  He has previously contributed to The Ingredient and published The Thorn (Faux Press), a collection of writings, prints, and other materials.  He lives in New Haven.

Eoin Burke is an artist living in New Haven CT, a graduate of Yale’s School of Art, and a member of Elm City Vineyard.

Stefan Christiansen plays in a number of New Haven-based bands, including Estrogen Highs, Medication, Iron Hand, Ehrgeizig, and Ink; and runs Never Heard Of It Records. The 6th NHOI release, titled “Judges Cave: The Hidden Sounds of New Haven,” is a 4 cassette box set compilation featuring 8 New Haven bands (Sudden Walks, Ehgeizig, Medication, Permanent Feels, Colorguard, Female, Bible Frost, and Roman Wolfe).  It is due out April 2010.  He is also a founding member of Popeye’s Garage.

Matt Salyer is a doctoral candidate and instructor of English at the University of Connecticut. His work has appeared in the Long River Review, The Dirty Pond, and the Mount Zion Review of Speculative Fiction. In 2010 he was awarded 3rd prize in the Wallace Stevens Poetry Contest and received the AETNA Grant for Creative Works in Progress for a novel manuscript entitled “Tenino.”

Donald Brown is a frequent contributor to the New Haven Review, the New Haven Advocate, and Daily Themes Op-Ed.  His review of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice appeared in the fall issue of Quarterly Conversation. He teaches part-time at Yale University and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Nate East has been writing, photocopying and stapling ‘zines of his poetry for a long while, and these small books can be found in free-boxes and trash piles all over San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland.  He has previously been published in Dogzplot and The Northville Review.

Anelise Chen is currently earning an MFA in fiction at NYU.  Her writing has appeared in DOGZPLOT and Hot Metal Bridge. She is a frequent contributor to The Hydra Mag.  She lives in New York, but has fond memories of New Haven.

Ryan Cyr attended Paier College of Art.  He lives in New Haven.

Mike Dorsey writes songs and lyrics and performs them with The Impossible Shoelace.  He, too, has fond memories of New Haven.

Joshua Jayne attended Paier College of Art.

Greg Maurer has previously contributed to Amy’s Robot, and is known for his exhaustive listmaking.  He was raised in Guilford, Connecticut.

Kryssi Battalene records and improvises music as Colorguard.  She also performs as a member of Executive Toys.  She has previously curated experimental music shows at the West Cove Studio and Gallery, and is a founding member of Popeye’s Garage.  Her cassette, Shared Planet, is currently available from Fag Tapes.

Derek Leka received an MFA in painting from Western Connecticut State University in 2007.  He has exhibited at the Bruce Kerschner Gallery, the Silvermine Guild, Arts and Literature Laboratory, Artspace, Creative Arts Workshop, Micromuseum, Prince Street Gallery, and Blue Mountain Gallery, among others.  He will also be exhibited at the Silo Gallery in New Milford, Connecticut in 2011. You can see more of his work here.  He lives in West Haven, Connecticut.

Paul Theriault currently resides and works in New Haven and Brooklyn. His work has appeared at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Hello My Name Is Gallery, Eli Whitney Museum, and the Hyde Park Arts Center, among others, and has been screened at the Sci-Fi-Low-Fi Video Festival and the Euro Underground Film Festival.  He is working on a two public art installations, one in collaboration with another artist for Artspace and a solo project with the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Both are scheduled to open in May and June of 2010, respectively.  He is currently represented by Dutch Kills Gallery in New York.

Philip Lique holds an MFA in painting from Western Connecticut State University.  He has exhibited at Artspace and Blue Mountain Gallery, and was selected for the 2010 Decordova Biennial. He lives and works in New Haven.

Perry Obee has exhibited with Blue Mountain Gallery, Denise Bibro Gallery, the University of Connecticut, St. Philips Artist Guild, among others.  He holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University.

Christina O’Connor is a long-time resident and native of New Haven. She is an independent student of world literature and practitioner of Integral Hatha Yoga.  She spends her days traveling, studying, and collecting fine art.  She completed a BA in German Language and Literature at Bard College in 1992, and continues to write and study the German language.  She makes her home in a 1920’s house she’s restored and whose grounds she landscapes and keeps.

Paul Panamarenko holds a BFA from Texas State University.  His work has exhibited locally and he collaborates with Public Ad Campaign.  He lives and works in New Haven.

Jacob Pongratz has exhibited with Da Silva Gallery (Westville Gallery), Artspace’s City-Wide Open Studios and the Hygienic Art Salon Des Independants, and his work is included in numerous private collections.

Brian Francis Slattery is the author of two novels, The Spacemen Blues and Liberation, both published by Tor Books.  His first published story won Glimmer Train‘s Very Short Fiction award in 2002. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Brain Harvest, and will be appearing in a forthcoming anthology by Small Beer Press.  He lives in Hamden, Connecticut.

Terttu Uibopuu is pursuing an MFA in photography at the Yale School of Art.  Her work has been exhibited with NORDArt 2007, Freeark, Schneider Gallery, artXposium, and others.

Misha Volf is a recording engineer at the Manhattan School of Music.

Ross Menze plays in If Jesus Had Machine Guns, Iron Hand, and Abraham King; he has also played with Tombstone Minds.  In his spare time, he designs logos and flyers.  He attended the University of Connecticut.

Stephen Listro teaches at Quinnipiac University and Southern Connecticut State University.  He holds an MFA from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. from the University of Indianapolis.

John Bent has exhibited with Artspace, Philagrafika Gallery, Dew Art Gallery, Real Art Ways, and Arthouse, among many others.  His work has been included in the collections of Artspace Flatfile, the New York Public Library, the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, the Newark Public Library, the University of Connecticut, Philagrafika Print Collaborative, and Print Zero Studios.  He holds an MFA from Rutgers University.  He was named a Visual Arts Fellow by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.  He lives in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven, where he operates Hello My Name Is Gallery.

Alexis Zanghi is the founder and coordinating editor of The Dirty Pond. She studied at the University of Toronto and Sarah Lawrence College and has contributed to several area publications.   She is currently developing a chapter for a book forthcoming on an academic imprint and collaborating on a radio play with another writer.

Katie Yates holds a Doctor of Arts from the University of Albany and an MFA from Naropa University.  She most recently collaborated with Julian Wong on Morning Stories, a book of watercolors and poetry available through High Watermark Salon.  She lives in New Haven.

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