March 2016

George Held
George Held is a former Queens College professor and a Fulbright lecturer in the former Czechoslovakia. An eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he publishes poems, fiction, and book reviews, both online and in print, and Garrison Keillor read one of Held’s poems on A Writer’s Almanac. His recent books include Neighbors: The Water Critters (2015), the third volume of animal poems for children illustrated by Joung Un Kim. About his poetry chapbook Bleak Splendor (2016), Anton Yakovlev writes that it “bear[s] the full weight of a master poet’s devastating wit and lifelong wisdom.”

Leona Godin
Leona Godin is a writer, performer and doctor of philosophy. She received her PhD in Early Modern Literature from NYU’s English department and currently lives in Astoria, Queens. She has written and 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. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in FLAPPERHOUSE, Newtown Literary, Danse Macabre, and Quail Bell Magazine, where she is a regular contributor. Read all things Godin at DrMLGodin.com.

Andres Castro
Andres Castro is Brooklyn born, Bronx raised, has been a Kew Gardens resident along with his wife for over 35 years, and self-identifies as a Nuyorican Latino American. His son is a public school teacher in Queens and his daughter and son-in-law teach in the U.K. He is a PEN member; listed in the Directory of Poets and Writers; founding editor of The U.S. Latino Review (1999-2002) and The Teacher’s Voice (2004-2014); a member of his local NYC OEM Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); a Poetry Workshop Facilitator at the Kew Gardens Community Center; and a USPTA certified tennis pro since 1980. He states that he has looked for meaningful paying work since being laid off in 2013 for not being a pretty and compliant 25 year-old female who fit a newly hired manager’s talent search; and that approaching the age of 58, only unpredictably compliant and predictably male, with two undergraduate degrees (Psychology & English), an MFA, and recently completing the Antioch Post MFA Certificate program in Creative Writing Pedagogy, he would simply like to give introductory poetry writing workshops. Andrés just renewed his NY State Security Guard License, so is planning to return to work that he found strangely enjoyable years ago while working at the Met Museum of Art, if all else fails. He asks to be contacted at andrescastroworks@gmail.com to commiserate or to offer him legal, hopefully, ethical employment.

Steven T. Licardi
Steven T. Licardi is the author of “Death By Active Movement” (Local Gems Press, 2013), and is a spoken word poet, actor, motivational speaker, and activist from Long Island. Steven uses his work to engage in political discourse in order to positively impact communities and bring about social change. He believes in the power of art to teach love, altruism, selflessness, and compassion. For more, visit his website: http://www.TheSvenBo.com.