Armando Chapelliquen is a poet, philosopher, and political activist. As a Project Coordinator with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Armando works with college students on a daily basis to influence policy at the city, state, and federal levels on the issues of higher education affordability, clean air and energy, consumer protection, and mass transit improvements. He lives in Astoria with his soulmate and muse, Ada, and their noble cat, Coltrane. More of Armando’s poetry is available at his blog, thelarksroost.wordpress.com.
Elizabeth Bales Frank
Elizabeth Bales Frank is a novelist, essayist and longtime Astoria resident. Her work has appeared in The Sun, Post Road, The Laurel Review, Epiphany, Under the Gum Tree, and others. She runs the website So Much So Many So Few, which covers the literature of World War II. Her personal website is elizafrank.com.
Mary Lannon is looking for a publishing home for her first novel, An Explanation of the Fundamentals of the Derivation of Dilapidated Brown Station Wagon Theory (aka How I Became A Scientist and Discovered the Truth About Getting Stuck in the Wrong Universe) By Miranda J. McCleod. She’s currently an assistant professor of English at Nassau Community College and has work forthcoming online at Story.
Julius Constantine Motal
Julius Constantine Motal is a wandering photographer and storyteller. He’s most at home photographing on the street of any given city he’s in, and when he’s not photographing, he’s writing. Julius is currently in his last semester at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, after which he’ll be moving to Istanbul to live and work as a photographer.
Sweta Srivastava Vikram
Sweta Srivastava Vikram (www.swetavikram.com), featured by Asian Fusion as “One of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, Amazon bestselling author, novelist, poet, essayist, columnist, educator, and marketing consultant. Born in India, Sweta spent her formative years between India, North Africa, and the United States. She is the author of five chapbooks of poetry, two collaborative collections of poetry, a novel, and a nonfiction book. She also has two upcoming book-length collections of poetry in 2015. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, literary journals, and online publications across nine countries in three continents. Sweta has won three Pushcart Prize nominations, Queens Council on the Arts Grant for BYOB Program, an International Poetry Award, Best of the Net Nomination, Nomination for Asian American Members’ Choice Awards & Independent Literary Awards, and writing fellowships. A graduate of Columbia University, she lives in New York City with her husband and teaches creative writing across the globe & gives talks on gender studies. You can follow her on Twitter (@swetavikram) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Words.By.Sweta).