Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He also edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters. His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit and Cloudbank.
David Barsrtow is a Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines based former pro photographer. He enjoys all outdoor photography as well as informal portraiture. He will photograph most anything if he can see an interesting image as a result.
As you will see from his portfolio, he tries to add his own style whenever appropriate, and always tries to perfect any genre in which he works.
He is always looking for Fashion, Glamor and Portrait models that are willing to work together with him to create some images that we can both be proud of. He can be contacted at: DaBar@photo.net
Ruth Bavetta’s poems have been published in Rhino, Rattle, Nimrod, Tar River Poetry, North American Review, Spillway, Hanging Loose, Poetry East, and Poetry New Zealand, among others, and are included in the anthologies Wait a Minute; I Have to Take off My Bra, Feast, Pirene’s Fountain Beverage Anthology, Forgetting Home and Twelve Los Angeles Poets. She’s published two books, Fugitive Pigments and Embers on the Stairs. A third book, No Longer at this Address, will appear soon.
C. Wade Bentley lives, teaches, and writes in Salt Lake City. For a good time, he enjoys wandering the Wasatch Mountains and playing with his grandchildren. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Green Mountains Review, Cimarron Review, Best New Poets, New Ohio Review, Western Humanities Review, Subtropics, Rattle, Chicago Quarterly Review, Raleigh Review, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Ilanot Review, and New Orleans Review, among others. A full-length collection of his poems, What Is Mine, was published by Aldrich Press in early 2015.
Marlena Bontas was born in 1982 in Bacau, the city of lead, in the words of the famous Romanian symbolist poet, George Bacovia. She studied psychology which inspired her to write about the hidden agenda of the mind. She has published poetry in Red Paint Hill Publishing anthology and in Vraeymedia Literary in the MicroMacro Cosm edition, 2014. Her poetry is also featured in a book collection called Between sentiment and sensation, Vol. 1 under Red Paint Hill Publishing.
In her opinion, psychoanalysis is a great tool for going under the skin of our thoughts but poetry is the real savior of our mind’s mortality.
Each verse that we write can heal us and stop the time we’re trapped in, as well as other people’s time.
She can be found at http://burnroomreview.com/
Florencia Brino is a lawyer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. When she has a little free time, she reads books and writes her thoughts on them.
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014.
Barbara Siegel Carlson is the author of Fire Road (Dream Horse Press, 2013) and co-translator with Ana Jelnikar of Look Back, Look Ahead, Selected Poems of Srečko Kosovel (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Carolina Quarterly and NOR, among others. Translations are forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Circumference and Metamorphosis.
Robert Paul Cesaretti has published in Plain Brown Wrapper, The Atherton Review, Gambling the Aisle, SN Review, Dark Matter Magazine, Mad Hatters‘ Review, Commonline Journal.
He is the founding editor of Ginosko Literary Journal, http://GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com/
He is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She was a finalist in the GSU Poetry Contest (2007), Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize (2009, 2012), and received honorable mentions in the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Contest (2008, 2010). One of her poems is a winner of the 2014 Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest. She is the editor of Illinois Racing News, and lives on a small horse farm in Northern Illinois. She has published 14 books including Selected Poems (FutureCycle Press), Properties of Matter (Aldrich Press / Kelsay Books), Bittersweet (Main Street Rag Press), and The Wingback Chair (FutureCycle Press). Selected Poems received the 2013 FutureCycle Prize. Colby is also an associate editor of Kentucky Review and FutureCycle Press.
Francine Conley is a poet, performer, and director. She has a chapbook of poems, How Dumb the Stars (Parallel Press, 2001), and poems in American Literary Review, Juked, Paris-Atlantic, Shadowgraph Magazine, Naugatuck Review, Hartskill Review, among others. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson. For more on her art: http://francineconley.com
Paul Dickey’s first full length poetry manuscript They Say This is How Death Came Into the World was published by Mayapple Press in January, 2011. His second book, Wires Over the Homeplace was published in the Fall of 2013 by Pinyon Publishing. Besides Avatar Review, his poetry has appeared in Verse Daily, Rattle, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, Mid-American Review, Midwest Quarterly, Pleaides, Bellevue Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Potomac Review, Crab Orchard Review, among many other online and print publications. Biographical information and notes on previous publishing activity can be found at: http://waldorf.libguides.com/
Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. His poetry has appeared in more than a hundred fifty publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The poet and songwriter David Berman (Silver Jews, Actual Air) said of Dodds’ work: “These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.” Dodds is also the author of several novels, including WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” And his screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha. You can find more of his work at thecolindodds.com.
Gerald Fleming’s most recent books are The Choreographer, longer prose poems from Sixteen Rivers Press in San Francisco, and Night of Pure Breathing, prose poems from Hanging Loose Press in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in magazines such as New Letters, Indiana Review, Western Humanities Review, New World Writing, and many others. For five years at the end of the twentieth century he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review, and currently edits the limited-edition vitreous magazine One (More) Glass. The pieces in this issue of Avatar are from a book he’s been working on entitled One. Each is comprised solely of words of single-syllabics (compound words used only if perfectly germane). Other pieces and a further explanation of the project can be found as an online chapbook in the online journal Mudlark. http://www.unf.edu/mudlark/mudlark56/fleming.html
Kyle Hemmings lives and works in New Jersey. He has been published in Your Impossible Voice, Night Train, Toad, Matchbox and elsewhere. His latest ebook is Father Dunne’s School for Wayward Boys at amazon.com. He blogs at http://upatberggasse19.blogspot.com/
Siobhan Hodge recently completed her doctorate at the University of Western Australia, studying Sappho’s poetry and its translation. Born in the UK, she divides her time between Australia and Hong Kong. She recently published a chapbook, Picking Up the Pieces, and has had poetry and criticism published in several places, including Cordite, Page Seventeen, Yellow Field, Kitaab, Peril, Verge, and Contrapasso.
Once upon a time Heikki Huotari lived on a forest-fire lookout tower in remote Northeastern Oregon and attended the local one-room school as the only student in the second grade. Later, opposed to the war in Vietnam, he was courtmartialed for refusing to eat and intravenously force-fed. Later, as a professor of mathematics, he conducted research in the areas of statistical inference and functional analysis and discovered or invented the totally tubular convex set. Today he lives with bees, butterflies and hummingbirds beside a long and tall wall of morning glory.
Brett Jackson’s work has appeared in Vestal Review. He lives in San Francisco and is currently at work on a novel.
Lucas Jacob’s chapbook A Hole in the Light came out through Anchor & Plume Press in March 2015. His work has appeared in dozens of journals, including Southwest Review, Barrow Street, and Western Humanities Review, and is forthcoming in various others, including Unsplendid. He lives and writes in Fort Worth, TX, where he is a teacher and administrator at the Trinity Valley School.
Patricia Wallace Jones is a life-long artist who began writing poetry after retiring as Co-Director of Missouri’s federally funded Parent Training Center (for parents of children with disabilities) and a move from the Midwest to the northern California coast.
Her art can be found in local shows and private collections and her poems and/or art have appeared in The Avatar Review, Lily, Centrifugal Eye , Lucid Rhythms, The Guardian, 14 by 14, The Chimaera, The Flea, Wordgathering, The Shit Creek Review, Autumn Sky and other online journals.
Judy Kronenfeld’s most recent books of poetry are Shimmer (WordTech, 2012) and Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize (2nd edition, Antrim House, 2012). Her poems have appeared in many print and online journals including Calyx, Cimarron Review, Poetry International, Stirring, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Women’s Review of Books, as well as in more than a dozen anthologies. She is Associate Editor of the online poetry journal, Poemeleon.
Cody Kucker received his MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and currently teaches high school English in Haverhill, Massachusetts. His poems have appeared in EDGE, Splash of Red, The Smoking Poet, Willows Wept Review, and The Oklahoma Review.
Juan Laguna was born in Blanes (Spain) in 1955.
At the age of 6 years he moved to Lyon (France) with his parents. There he combined his studies with his passion : oil painting. On his return to Spain in the 80s he abandoned the oil painting. At the beginning of the 2000’s he bought his first digital camera. A new passion was started : Create images through photography.
To see more of Juan Laguna’s work, check out his profile at photo.net.
Michael Larrain was born in Los Angeles in 1947. He is the author of four collections of poems: The Promises Kept in Sleep, Just One Drink for the Diamond Cutter and For One Moment There Was No Queen, and How It All Came True: Poems for My Daughter. Rainy Day Women Press of Willits, CA, has released a CD of his reading of his selected love poems called Lipstick: A Catalogue for Continuous Undressing. His novels are South of The North Star, Movies on the Sails, and As the Case May Be. His children’s storybooks are The Girl With the Loom In Her Room, Heaven & Earth, Homer the Hobo & Ulysses the Goat and Wilder & Wilder Still.
He lives in Sonoma County (California) where, for forty years, he has been the owner-operator of the roadside flower stand, Flowers Not To Reason Why, and has long been a senior partner in the Way-Up, Firm And High-Tail It Bright Out of Town Detective Agency, a loosely aligned confederacy of shady characters devoted to the complete discrediting of reality in our time.
Michael Mark is a hospice volunteer and long distance walker. He is the author of two books of fiction, Toba and At the Hands of a Thief (Atheneum). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Gargoyle Magazine, Gravel Literary Journal, Lost Coast Review, Rattle, Ray’s Road Review, Scapegoat Journal, Spillway, Tar River Poetry, Sugar House Review, and other nice places. His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Mick McGrath teaches composition at Delta College in Saginaw, Mich. In 2003, when he was eighteen, he moved to the United States from Canada, where he grew up.
McGrath has an M.A. in creative writing from Central Michigan University. His fiction has appeared in The Offbeat and now The Avatar Review. A book review he wrote is forthcoming in Fiction Southeast.
Kelly Neal is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction at Georgia State University, where she teaches Creative Writing and Composition. An Ohio native, she holds a dual BA in Music and English from the Ohio State University. She is the Production Editor for New South, and has previously worked as an Assistant Fiction Editor for Five Points. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is currently at work on her first novel. Her interests include Early Modern history and literature, playing and composing music, and traveling. You can follow her on Twitter @KellyCNeal.
Paul Nelson’s latest of 8 books is Burning the Furniture (Guernica Editions, 2014). His work has won an AWP Award, a University of Alabama Press Series Selection, and NEA Fellowship. Long past Professor/Director of Creative Writing, Ohio University, he lives and writes on the North Shore of O’ahu, a very strange place for perspective on this world.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, free e-books and his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He has a wife, Vickie and a daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications including The Louisiana Review, Bluestem, Emrys Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, Two Thirds North, The Red Cedar Review and The William and Mary Review. He has poems forthcoming in the Roanoke Review, The Alembic and Milkfist. His poem “Distillery of the Sun” was awarded second place in the 2014 Bacopa Literary Review contest.
David Plumb has worked as a paramedic, cab driver, cook, tour guide, and adjunct professor. Writing has appeared in the Healing Muse, the Washington Post, National Public Radio-WLRN-93.1Folk and Acoustic Music/ The Public Storyteller, the Miami Herald, Gargoyle, and Main Street Rag. His poem, “The Lost Pilot” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The author of ten books, he volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project and is past director for a homeless shelter. Will Rogers said, “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. David Plumb says, “It depends upon the parrot.”
Zach Powers lives and writes in Savannah, Georgia. His work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, The Brooklyn Review, Forklift, Ohio, Phoebe, PANK, Caketrain, and elsewhere. He is the founder of the literary arts nonprofit Seersucker Live (SeersuckerLive.com). He leads the writers’ workshop at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, where he also serves on the board of directors. His writing for television won an Emmy, and he is a columnist for Savannah Morning News. Get to know him at ZachPowers.com.
Skye Shirley teaches Latin in Boston and Rome, and both cities inspire her work. She studied English and Creative Writing at Boston College, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Latin at the University of Massachusetts. She has received the Dever Fellowship for Creative Writing from Boston College, the Gary Fincke Prize from Susquehannah Review, and has been a featured reader at several poetry series. Her work has been published by numerous journals, including Post Road, Best Undergraduate Writing of 2009, Deep South Magazine, and Susquehanna Review.
Thomas Skahill is a graduate from the University of California Santa Barbara with a double specialization in Early Modern Studies and Modern Literature, Materialism, and Aesthetics. His written work has been published in multiple literary journals and on his personal blog located at: skahillthomas.wordpress.com
Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania, raised in Alabama, and nursed at the ghostly breast of Hannah Arendt. She lives in Tuscaloosa with her partner, three unschooled children, and the ‘haint of an indignant philosopher goat. She blogs at http://alina_stefanescu.typepad.com.
Nick Walton is a 50 year old photographer based in Huddersfield in the UK.
His interest in photography stated in the early 90’s, when he dabbled with an old camera. But it was when he bought his first digital camera back in 2006 that his real passion for photography started. He initially started taking landscape images, something he still enjoys. Being in the open air with only your thoughts for company is very refreshing. With all his images he tries to evoke mood with a narrative – It’s why he loves Black and White photography so much, he can impart his own take on a scene.
He is developing a “Story Telling” element to his images when ideas frequently come to him in the twilight hours. Here he tries to combine photography and art, the images you see in this section are what he has realised from the ideas he has. He has extended this to his “Still life” work where he is trying to evoke a back story, rather than to just document a number of articles.
More of Nick’s work can be found on his website nickwaltonphotograhy.co.uk and on Facebook.
Sherraine Pate Williams’ poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Measure, Zymbol, Antiphon, Deep South Magazine, and A Bad Penny Review. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, she now makes her home in Kentucky with her husband and two children. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at Murray State University’s creative writing program and currently teaches basic literacy skills to adults full time for a local adult learning center.