November 2011

Brett Baron-Marianetti
Brooklyn-born Brett bounced all over the country, attending 5 elementary schools and living in 5 far-flung states. A teacher in Austin and New York City from grades 1 through 9, she’s back in Brooklyn for 21 years where she spends her down time with her husband, Robert, and two boys, Max and Zack, Lucky the cat, a lot of instruments, oodles of art supplies and too many records and books.

Robyn Burland
Robyn Burland is a playwright. Her plays include: Postpartum (New Georges Performathon, Women’s Project, Newman Theatre), A Savior Needs a Nice Smile (Expanded Arts, Women’s Project) After Loyal (Moving Arts-L.A., New Georges), Walkmania (New Georges), Obit, Love Amy, and The Book of Jay (AndHow! Theater Co.), On the Rocks (BlondeBrunetteRedhead Productions), Piecework (Theater for the New City), and Greater Buffalo (Theater for the New City). She is also the author of the trilogy of plays, Marriage Special, which have received readings at many theatres. Robyn is in charge of the drama program at Bronx Performance Conservatory High School, and artistic director of the teen theatre group, Skipping Stones Stage Company, where she creates and stages original plays. She is a member of the Circle Rep East, the Dramatists Guild, and the New York State Theatre Education Association.

Michael Graves
Michael Graves is the author of two full-length collection of poems, ADAM AND CAIN (Black Buzzard, 2006) and IN FRAGILITY (Black Buzzard, 2011).and two chapbooks, Illegal Border Crosser (Cervana Barva, 2008) and Outside St. Jude’s (R. E. M. Press, 1990). In two thousand four (2004), he was the recipient of a grant of from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. He is the publisher of the small magazine PHOENIX. Many years ago, he was a student of James Wright and organized a conference on James Wright at Poets House in 2004. He became a member of P. E. N. in 2008.

Sean Hembrick
Sean Hembrick is an MFA student at Queens College. Currently in his last year of the program, he is working on his memoir and a collection of shorts about jaded love. Sean is also a hard core blogger and has two blogs, check him out at and

Joe Yoga
Joe Yoga is a songwriter and poet based in NYC. His most recent solo album is called Life Out East. He performs all over New York and beyond both solo and with his band, Downward Dogs. He is currently working on his fifth poetry collection. His website is