February 2015

Amber Atiya
Amber Atiya is the author of the chapbook The Fierce Bums of Doo-wop (Argos Books). Her work has appeared most recently in The Atlas Review, Nepantla: A Journal of Queer Poets of Color, Boston Review, and Apogee Journal, and has been nominated for Best of the Net 2014 and a 2013 Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of a Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship and is a member of a women’s writing group celebrating 13 years next spring.

Anne Born
Anne Born is a Michigan-born, Bronx-based writer who writes about living in a big city after growing up in a small one. Her work has been featured on Open Salon, the Red Room, and Wattpad, and she is a regular contributing writer on The Broad Side. She performs with Inspired Word and at Open Expression in Harlem and No Name at Word Up Bookstore in Washington Heights. She is the featured local poet in October at Inwood Local. Anne Born writes on the bus and the subway. Her first collection of stories, “A Marshmallow on the Bus,” was published in June 2014. Her next collection, “Prayer Beads on the Train,” is coming out shortly. Anne Born is also a photographer. Her pictures are available for sale on Redbubble. She focuses her lens on churches, cemeteries, and her travels. She is also a pilgrim with extensive experience on the Way of Saint James in Spain, the Camino de Santiago. You can follow her on Twitter, Redbubble, and Instagram @nilesite and read her blog at The Backpack Press (thebackpackpress.com).

Dr. M. Leona Godin
Dr. ML Godin is a writer and performer. She has produced two plays: The Star of Happiness, about Helen Keller’s time on vaudeville and The Spectator & the Blind Man, about the very sexy history of the invention of braille. Poems in her collection From Homer to Me have been published in traditional print journals, and online with handcrafted soundscapes. She is currently working on her first novel about the blind prophet Tiresias and his youthful adventures.

Richard Jeffrey Newman
Richard Jeffrey Newman writes about the impact of feminism on his life as a man and the relevance of classical Persian poetry to our contemporary lives. His books include The Silence of Men, a volume of poetry, and The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, a translation of part of the Iranian national epic. He curates the First Tuesdays reading series in Queens and is on the Board of Directors of Newtown Literary Alliance, a Queens-based literary non-profit. For 2105, he was awarded a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts to work on his second book of poetry, Words for What Those Men Have Done. Newman is professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. His website is http://www.richardjnewman.com.

Joan Willette
Joan Willette is a fledgling writer and a passionate lifelong educator, who has lived and taught in the Astoria area for most of her adult life. She graduated from St. John’s University with a B.S. degree in Education and a minor in English Literature. She also holds a M.S. degree in Special Education from Queens College. Joan is a member of the SARK Writing Community and Your Year of Miracles learning community. She is currently writing, “The Enchanted Goddess Lifestyle”, as well as a variety of poetry and prose selections.
Joan has read her work as a featured writer Inspired Word, Waltz-Astoria, Boundless Tales, Canvas of Words, Immigration Advancement Matters and Kea’s Spoken Word. Recently, she has collaborated with musicians from Inspired Word and Astoria Stand up, to lend flavor and magic to her featured performances. The Newtown Literary Journal has just published her poem, “Paradise Found in Socrates Park” in their Winter 2014 issue. Also her poem, “The Unfolding” has been published in Siren e-zine, January 2015.

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