Contributors.

 

Tod Davies, editorial director and publisher, has worked as a screenwriter, film and television producer, social activist, radio show host, actor, and amateur cook. She now lives in the mountains of Oregon, and the foothills of Boulder, with her two carnivorous dogs as well as the Beloved Vegetarian Husband. She passionately believes that culture is formed at the story level, and that many of the most ignored stories tell us the most about ourselves. . .and can help us change our world. Which world definitely needs some change right now.

Mike Madrid, popular culture editor and EAP art director, is a San Francisco based refugee from the world of advertising. His personal goal is to take all of the trivial information that he has collected in his brain for the last 40+ years and produce something that will inform and entertain the other citizens of planet Earth. He never leaves the house without a handkerchief, appreciates a good margarita, and dreams of a world free of Julia Roberts movies. Like Joan Jett, he loves rock n’ roll.

R.C. Irwin, photography editor, lives in San Francisco where he takes a lot of pictures.

Marissa Bell Toffoli, poetry editor, calls Berkeley, CA home, where she lives with her marathon-runner husband and a wily kitty, but she is ever eager to pack her suitcase and go explore far-flung places. She treated herself to an MFA in Writing at California College of the Arts because she loves stories, wordplay, and thinking about things through writing. By day, she is an editor and creative writing teacher—by night, a poet. You can find her interviews with writers at Words With Writers. A lifelong booklover, Marissa is a believer in the power of words and ideas to reshape ourselves and our world.

 

WEBMASTER.

David Gordon, webmaster, is a painter as well as a web designer. He paints mostly in oils and designs websites mostly in WordPress. See more of his web designs here and have a look at his artwork here.

WRITERS AND ARTISTS.

Mira Allen says her entire being is driven by a fierce devotion to fiery food, people and places. Her tools are worn out pencils, half chewed pens, scraps of paper torn from grocery sacks, napkins, dog eared dime store notebooks, and an ancient half dead laptop which is begging to have its days numbered.

Deb Baker is a writer, insatiable reader, and reference librarian in New Hampshire. Her writing is often inspired by the nine states where she’s lived, her auto-didactic family, and social justice issues. She’s author of The Nocturnal Librarian and bookconscious blogs, and has recent poems in Naugatuck River Review and Bellevue Literary Review. She was long-listed for the Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award in summer 2011 and selected for a Summer Literary Seminars 2012 fellowship. She writes “The Mindful Reader” column, reviewing New England books for the Concord Monitor.

BJ Beauchamp announced to her parents at the age of seven that she was going to be a writer, then promptly put her sister in her first play, which was a production put on in her parent’s kitchen. She has been torturing family, friends and everyone else coming into her orbit with having to read her pilot scripts and screenplays ever since. BJ has earned a living over the years in the industries of oil/gas & mining (treasury), television (contract administration) and currently is licensed in the state of California in the areas of real estate and insurance (fire/casualty naturally). BJ also holds the self-appointed title of “queen of miscellaneous and useless information.” Dogs and children like her, but adults are more so-so.

Erin Trampler Bell is an actress, musician, and writer. It mostly depends on the day, though she has been known to do all three at once. When she’s not hunkered down at her computer, she performs with various theatrical and musical groups around the Denver metro area. Otherwise, she enjoys knitting, powwow dancing, running (even when not being chased), and hanging out with her composer husband, two rescue dogs, and a cat who, as is her right, rules the house

R. C. Bentley is English. He once worked as an engineer on a project to build a Zeppelin, which is the only interesting thing he has done in his entire life. He collects mechanical adding machines and dictionaries.  His book, Greenbeard, a literary masterwork featuring Pirates vs. Aliens, will be published by Exterminating Angel Press in Spring 2013.

Conrad Bishop & Elizabeth Fuller are actor/playwrights with their ensemble The independent Eye, now based in Sebastopol CA and celebrating its 40th season.  Their plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at major regional theatres, but the heart of their work is their own cross-country touring.  Their writing is collaborative – don’t ask how.  Bishop has a Ph.D., Fuller was kicked out of school, and both survived their fates.  Their theatre work is profiled on <http://www.independenteye.org> and a more personal blog is at <http://damnedfool.com>.  They are now writing prose fiction. They label themselves Dystopian Optimists.

David Budbill’s newest books of poems are Happy Life (Copper Canyon Press, 2011) and Park Songs: A Poem/Play (Exterminating Angel Press 2012). He performs regularly in New York City with bassist/multi-instrumentalist, William Parker, and drummer, Hamid Drake.

Rachel Burgess grew up in Massachusetts, and her New England-inspired art explores the bittersweet combination of permanence and loss that we experience during moments of peace.  She currently lives in New York, making prints and paintings for gallery shows, illustration projects and private commissions.  Her images exhibit nationally and internationally at galleries and museums, and also feature in books and magazines.  She has been recognized by publications such as CMYK Magazines, 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration and the Society of Illustrators Annual; she is also the recipient of several awards.  Her work can be seen at www.rachel-burgess.com.

Mat Capper is one of the UK’s leading procrastinators. After studying Law in university Mathew went to work for the Legal Services Commission and discovered the true meaning of boredom only since felt when watching the Terry Gilliam film ‘brazil’. Since leaving the legal profession Mathew has, in his mind, become a successful Writer, Actor and Director. In reality he has written some scripts, appeared in some films and directed a couple of shorts. Mathew continues to write and now works in the treatment of drug and alcohol dependency.

Jack Carneal lives in Baltimore. He teaches writing at Towson University. When not teaching or writing he runs Yaala Yaala Records, a small label specialising in Malian folk music.

Alex Cox, house illustrator for EAP,is otherwise an extremely independent filmmaker and revolutionary. You can find him in those guises at www.alexcox.com.

Jodie Daber lives in Yorkshire and is fond of meat and adjectives. She mucks about here – http://sackposset.blogspot.com/

Wendy Darling, EAP advice columnist, still lives in the brick semi she flew out of as a child. But she’s learned her lesson since those days of cleaning Peter’s house for a piece of his fairy dust, and she’s going to share her hard won wisdom with the world — like it or not.

Ralph Dartford lives in Yorkshire and flaunts about being a theatre producer of sorts. He is widely published as a pretentious poet, short story author and occasional journalist. Ralph only talks about himself in the third person in moments of high stress and is currently completing his first novel.

Marie Davis and Margaret J. Hultz are partners in every sense of the word. Internationally syndicated cartoonist Marie Davis’ career spans twenty years of seriously disciplined whimsy. Cowardly, and unwilling to stand up to her brain, the dominatrix of her workday, Marie writes and draws everyday – no holidays – blame the brain. She and writing partner Margaret have been working together for the last ten years and are the co-creators of Besos…Kisses…Bisous…поцелуи…which is a multilingual lesbian cartoon strip found in five languages (Belarusian, Russian, French, Spanish and English).

Margaret can often be found in Indiana living in her new house with dog Lucy and five finicky felines. A proverbial crazy cat-lady, she is also allowing her orchid addiction to rage unimpeded. She was once threatened by a naked man with a ten pound salmon, exorcized demons from a woman’s bedroom, and climbed the pyramid of the sun once – only once. If you are thinking about a house warming gift, think sock monkeys – she loves them too.

Alena Deerwater gets down on her knees and kisses the ground every morning, praising the Lord that she no longer resides in Normal, Illinois. Home is Mendocino, California now. Yay! At 50, Alena had accumulated over 126 journals, overflowing with dreams, stories, writing riffs, and kvetching. For her birthday she chucked them all and started over. She is currently writing a young adult novel (NightWriting), poetry, a memoir (Anything But Normal) and is dreaming up a dream book entitled Writing Down the Dreams.

Sean Evers, 16, ties reality and fantasy together with a combination of observational drawing and creations of the mind.

Kirsty Greenwood always answered “What do you want to be when you grow up?” with “An Artist. Or roadie for Guns and Roses.” Heavily influenced by the talent of her Dad for painting and drawing along with her Mum’s for sewing (plus G&R splitting up) it was fated that she would want to spend her life as an Artist (and annoyingly for her parents, not get a ‘real job’.)

Brian Griffith grew up in Texas, and now lives just outside Toronto, Ontario. He is an independent historian who views historical research as a means to understanding how cultural history influences our lives and can point toward contemporary solutions for the world’s biggest problems. He’s the author of several books, including Correcting Jesus: 2000 Years of Changing the Story, published by Exterminating Angel Press in 2009. Recently featured in a B & N Nook promotion, Correcting Jesus drew comments from people who hadn’t actually read it, warning readers that they would burn in hell if they did—after which, the book proceeded to break all EAP records for sales in a day. Thanks, fundamentalists!

His most recent EAP book (May 2012) is A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization. He’s presently at work on another book, focussing on how animal stories inform culture.

Chloe Hansen is loving life in Syracuse, New York, with her shy pitbull, Mikey.

Jody Harmon is a cat wrangler who has lived hard in Oregon all her days, outside of a short stint in Alaska. Jody once lived homeless along the Willamette River where a colony of feral cats became her family and gave her the love she had long sought. Henceforth and thereafter, she determined to help strays, because they had saved her. She spends all waking moments rounding up unfixed cats to be fixed in attempts to save the feline world.

David D. Horowitz founded and manages Rose Alley Press. In 2007 he edited and published Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range, an anthology of contemporary poetry of the Pacific Northwest. His own most recent poetry collections, all from Rose Alley Press, are Wildfire, Candleflame; Resin from the Rain; and Streetlamp, Treetop, Star.

Shaun Hunter splits most of his time between the coastal northwest and the desert southwest, but has finally come to accept that a sleeping bag and a bicycle are where he feels closest to home. He can usually be found in his kitchen cooking up some type of vegan feast, though, as of late, is more often be found attempting to learn New Order songs on his autoharp.

Chuck Ivy is a research artist and copywright, a photographer, musician, and, generally speaking, a man of many hats—mostly fedoras.

Hecate Kantharsis lives in NYC, works as an engineer, likes to tinker, plans on finishing all her projects before she dies, thinks Gene Krupa and Max Roach were the best drummers ever even though she listens to a lot of Old School NYCHC, and believes that writing for EAP improves her sex life.

Charles S. Kraszewski is the author of two volumes of poetry: Beast (Alexandria, VA: Plan B Press, March 2013) and Diet of Nails (Boston: Červená Barva Press, June 2013), as well as articles and books in literary history and criticism, most recently Irresolute Heresiarch: Catholicism, Gnosticism and Paganism in the Poetry of Czesław Miłosz (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012) and On the Eternal Happiness of the Saints, an annotated translation of St Robert Bellarmine’s De aeternal  felicitate sanctorum (St Louis: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2012).

Hunter Liguore lives the hermitic life as a writer, where she spends most wakeful hours creating new worlds and characters, which in turn, helps her to better understand the world. In-between writing and sleeping, she takes time to appreciate the mundane experiences afforded to humans, feeling joy in the present moment of sipping tea, or observing the cycles of nature outside her window. Philosophy and history are her pastimes. She is fast at work on a new batch of stories that weave together allegory, philosophical discourse, and the human condition. Her latest collection, Red Barn People, is now available: http://skytalewriter.com/Home.php

Harvey Lillywhite has always been amazed and amused by the world. His two sons and wife are the center of his world—from which he looks out. He loves working with the students he teaches at the local university, how their eyes are just starting to open up to all that’s around them. His work always seems to involve how we use language, how we “talk” to each other.   He doesn’t believe in an afterlife, but he does believe in bringing as much lovingkindness as we can to this one.

Kelsey Liu is a confused youngster currently residing in Irvine, California, where all the houses are stucco and painted in various lively shades of beige. She hopes to someday raise two sons who are just like her in the wilderness of Canada, because that would be awesome. In the meantime, she reads a lot and wishes desperately for a cat.

John Merryman thinks hard about the stuff that matters and is somewhat bemused by the stuff that doesn’t.

Diane Mierzwik was adopted as a baby and is gullible so that when her mom told her she was found under a rock, she believed it until the age of ten when her mom said, “You know I’m kidding, right?” Yeah, right! (She also just recently completed her MFA in Creative Nonfiction, was a scholarship recipient for the Norman Mailer Writing Colony, and can be contacted through her website www.dianemierzwik.net.)

Teresa Milbrodt grew up in northwest Ohio where she developed an odd affinity for Midwestern gray skies. She received two Master’s degrees and a heavy dose of disillusionment, and was then permitted to move to the Rocky Mountains and become a professor of creative writing. She lives in small-town Colorado with her Trekkie husband and co-dependent cat, and she is still adjusting to absurdly sunny January days. In her free time, Teresa does hand-sewing while watching The Food Network.

Tim J. Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, visual artist and university lecturer. He won a poetry contest judged by John Updike and and has published much other poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His Glad to Be Dad:  A Call to Fatherhood is out from Familius.com. He’s also published 11 children’s books. Find him at www.TimMyersStorySong.com.

Elle Nash dislikes bios because all she can generally come up with is “i write gud” but really, after being a journalist-aka-slave to AP style for four years can you blame her? Good fiction, to Elle, is like a whore she’s in love with that keeps taking her money. She keeps coming back to it, through the years, and the romance only gets more entangled. Elle lives in Denver with her soon-to-be Husband (that’s Mr. Nash to you) and her cat Nietzsche. Elle attempts to learn a new language every year, this year it’s German. Elle believes in blood memory and that’s part of why she writes.

Danbert Nobacon, born in Burnley, Lancs, is now living in the mountain wilds of Twisp WA. USA with his immediate clan. He was in the band Chumbawamba for 22 years, and now performs and records solo or with any raggle taggle band of gypsies who will have him, and will; celebrate 30 years in showbiz in October 2009. He is lately to be found gardening and branching out into writing fiction, hosting a community radio show and acting.

Alice Nutter is a playwright, anarchist, musician, and mom.

Hugh O’Conor is an Irish actor, writer, and director who has recently become more serious about photography, even if it hasn’t become any more serious about him.

Chad Parmenter received his Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Luther College. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, and Kenyon Review. His Batman project has given him the opportunity to meet Neil Gaiman and get acquainted with Julie Newmar, both of which have left him eternally geeked

Hunt N. Peck is the world’s only Consulting General Specialist. He is believed to have been born Hunter Nasruddin Pek in Tehran in the late ‘forties. His Hungarian father was a noted trombone engineer and swindler, his Anglo-Iranian mother an exotic dancer and contortionist. His parents’ fortunes fluctuated in his early years as the family travelled widely. He was educated at Mullah Ali’s Wee Folks Madrassa in Qom, Eton (where he befriended Emir Krum, heir to the khanate of Bulgaria), the Bela Kun Gymnasium in Budapest and Her Majesty’s Approved School for Young Offenders (Chipping Sodbury). Hunt N. Peck has a doctorate in philosophy from the Harvard Centre for Bible Studies, Flat Plain, Nebraska. He claims to have once been a public-relations officer for the Illuminati, and to have invented the Italian word qualunquismo, which means ‘whateverism’. Hunt N. Peck lives in Dick Bentley’s attic, in much the same way that Eisenring lived in Biedermann’s.

Linda Phillips, native Oregonian, now lives in Charlotte, NC where she finally owned up to the fact that she would rather write than teach.  She owes all her success to an immediate family consisting of a retired minister, a singer-songwriter, and a biblical scholar.  A poem published in The Texas Review some years ago has evolved into her most recent adventure, a novel written in verse titled CRAZY.

Julie Prince works as a Parent Coordinator for the NYC Department of Education, and has so far lived to tell about it. When she’s not busy tripping over rolling bookbags, she is checking to make sure her teenage son is awake in class and sneaking down to Philly to visit her daughter. She was recently included in the story collection “Thin Threads of Moms &Grandmas” with a tale entitled, “All the Wrong Reasons.” She lives in Da Bronx.

Dawn Raffel is the author of four books, most recently The Secret Life of Objects. She edits The Literarian, the magazine of the Center for Fiction in New York and will teach at Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius for the second time next summer. “Daphne” was commissioned for a collection of new myths edited by Kate Bernheimer, forthcoming Penguin 2013. That the story revolves around a storm might have something to do with the fact that it was conceived in Hoboken during Hurricane Sandy.

Jacob Rakovan is an Appalachian. He is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in poetry. He is a resident of Rochester, NY. His work has appeared in The Dead Mule School Of Southern Literature, The James Dickey Review,Thrush, Anon, and Phantom Drift: A Journal of New Fabulism among others.

Jim Sallis wanders about a home in Phoenix gradually being taken over by musical instruments — guitars, mandolins, Dobros, Hawaiian guitars, fiddles — and by books, occasionally sitting down long enough to write a book of his own. Website; jamessallis.com.

Mark Saltveit is a taoish writer, editor, palindromist and stand-up comedian based in Portland, Oregon. His wife and daughters are also writers, and pretty, to boot. It’s totally unfair.

Linda (Callahan) Sandoval lives and works in Los Angeles. Her spirit floats from the midwest through New Mexico and back again, always, to Santa Fe. She sometimes acts, sometimes directs theatre, sometimes teaches, loves her family and is a habitual writer of odd stories, plays and essays.

Robert Markland Smith is a recycled teenager who is quickly approaching old age and is raising two wonderful and bright daughters called Isabelle and Cordelia. His mother advised him to study business so he could make some money, but he preferred to major in literature and translation, because he has a passion for words. He prefers poets to generals, and homeless madmen to the police. After all, Jesus was a homeless vagrant, wasn’t he?

Matt Stone is a writer at heart. This Matt Stone is not co-creator of South Park, though, nor is he the Neil Diamond tribute artist Matt Stone.  Those are the other ones.  Our Matt Stone has a background in creative writing, but never was inspired by fiction and decided instead to put a creative slant to informational writing. The trouble was, he’s not a great reader and his wandering mind fast becomes bored of most books. Health and nutrition books, though? Page-turners.  Eidetic memory for them. And so it was almost inevitable that he ended up an independent health researcher. And so was born 180DegreeHealth.com. He’s committed to providing unbiased and accurate discourse of the field. And with no horse in the race, no dogma he aims to advance beyond attentive engagement, he’s doing a pretty good job. Feel free to drop in on the site and come along for the ride.

Regina Stribling is a visionary who weaves through life’s tapestry with verve, guts and fierce divine guidance. She channels playful soundbites and attunements from the universe via the creation of poetry, stories, screenplays, stageplays, articles, performances, films, art installations, paintings and loving relationships. Regina’s current passion is developing Synaesthesia multimedia performances. Poetic expressions can be read at http://eclecticspirit.blogspot.com

Kate Tallman is an academic librarian at University of Colorado-Boulder and a big fan of apocalyptic literature.

Mark Tallman is an international security and emergency management consultant who teaches “Homeland Security” at Colorado State University, and works for the University of Denver’s Program for Terrorism and Insurgency Research, where he’s been trying to finish a PhD for way too long.

Seth Turman was born and raised in Texas, descended from farmers and cattlemen. He now resides in Minnesota, with his wife and daughter, and is currently at work researching and writing his second and third novels. The first will find a home someday.

Kenneth Womack is the author of the novels John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel and The Restaurant at the End of the World. He serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State University’s Altoona College.

Dan Wool is a composer, musician, cafe haunter, and all round good guy. (He didn’t write this bio himself.)

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