Sergio A. Ortiz is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016 Best of the Net nominee. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Loch Raven Review, Drunk Monkeys, Algebra Of Owls, Free State Review, and The Paragon Journal. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.
Sergio's poem "Mi Mar" is the first Spanish poem to be published on Blue Bonnet Review. Read "Mi Mar" here.
Ed Hack started writing poetry at 16 when the world opened up to him in such a way that a poem seemed the only way to try to make sense of it. Ed wrote free verse for years, was published here and then, then, three years ago, feeling the need for the discipline of metered language and form, he turned to the sonnet, to explore its precisions and passions. Ed has been published in Going Down Swinging, Hapax, Dunes Review, Forage Poetry, Poetry South, The Orchards Poetry Journal, NatureWriting, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Algebra of Owls, Autumn Sky Poetry and Literary Nest.
Read Ed's poem "Poison From The Stars" here.
Robert Okaji lives in Texas. The author of three chapbook collections, two micro-chapbooks and a mini-digital chapbook, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in West Texas Literary Review, Crannóg, Reservoir, Otoliths, Shantih, The High Window, Oxidant Engine and elsewhere. Visit his blog at https://robertokaji.com
Read Robert's poem "Buddah's Not Talking" here.
Ruth Z. Deming has had her poetry published in lit mags including Mad Swirl, JonahMagazine, Literary Yard and River Poets. She and her friends belong to "The Beehive," an every-Saturday writing group in Abington, PA, that offers gentle feedback to the members. Ruth is a psychotherapist in private practice and is founder/director of New Directions Support Group for people and families affected by depression and bipolar disorder.
View www.newdirectionssupport.org. She lives in Willow Grove, a suburb of Philadelphia.
Read Ruth's poem "Is There Any Way Out?" here.
Jeffrey Alfier’s latest works are Anthem for Pacific Avenue: California Poems, Bleak Music — a photo and poetry collaboration with Larry D. Thomas, Southbound Express to Bay Head: New Jersey Poems and The Red Stag at Carrbridge: Scotland Poems. He is founder and co-editor of Blue Horse Press and San Pedro River Review.
Read Jeffrey's poem "The Woman I Loved in the Cold War" here.
Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children's librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include a chapbook - The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) - and a full length poetry collection - What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, NC.
Odelia Fried is a student, poet, and actor based in NYC. Their work can be found in The Fem, Cleaver Magazine, Melancholy Hyperbole, Lavender Review, Window Cat Press, The Rising Phoenix Poetry Review, and other magazines. Their passions include gender, Judaism, adolescence, and intersections of the three. They can be found on twitter at @odeliafried.
Read Odelia's poem "A Short Jewish Poem by a Short Jewish Poet" here.
Abigail Uhrick has worked as a technology consultant for a defense contractor, an editor for a niche publisher, and an instructor of business, technical, rhetorical, and creative writing at colleges in California and Michigan. She currently teaches English and Humanities online. Her work has been published in Hawai’i Pacific Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Axolotl, 4ink7, and is forthcoming in Talking Writing.
“Sailing from Williams” alludes to “Danse Russe” by William Carlos Williams. More of Matthew Dulany’s work can be read in the forthcoming issues of The Cape Rock, Confrontation, Kestrel, The Northern Virginia Review, Prick of the Spindle, Roanoke Review, and Salamander. He sells books online – maybe you’ve bought one.
Buehler has had over forty poems published in magazines such as The Tower Journal, The Write Room, Turk's Head Review, Two Cities Review, East End Elements, Theodate, Common Ground Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Bumble Jacket Miscellany, Defenestration, Mad Swirl, Unbroken and elsewhere.
Read Buehler's poem "Bad To The Last" here.
Marquesa Rotuski is a freelance writer who originates from Philadelphia but currently resides in Seattle, WA. She is passionate about leather jackets, lyrical sentences and Led Zeppelin.
Jude Hoffman aims to write in a way that strips away the rules and expectations of what poetry should be. His poetry is improvisational, and does not go through much of an editing process after it’s written. His hope is that his style of poetry will begin to provide whatever catharsis the reader is looking for.
Hoffman is a top ten finalist of Blue Bonnet Review's Fall Poetry Contest for his poem "Music and IV's."
Chera Hammons is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Goddard College. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Connotation Press, Rattle, Sugar House Review, Tar River Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among other fine journals. Her chapbook Amaranthine Hour received the 2012 Jacar Press Chapbook Award, and a full-length manuscript, Recycled Explosions, is forthcoming from Ink Brush Press. She is a member of the editorial board of poetry journal One. She lives in Amarillo, TX and teaches at Clarendon College.
Chera is one Blue Bonnet Review's Fall Poetry Contest top ten finalist for her poem "The Day I Bought a Gun."
In addition to blogging at http://megan.thewildhoods.com, m.nicole.r.wildhood's work has appeared in The Atticus Review, Ballard's Journal of Street Poetry and elsewhere. She has been a saxophone player and registered scuba diver for over half her life and currently writes for Seattle’s street newspaper Real Change. She is at work on a novel and a full-length volume of poetry.
m.nicole.r.wildhood is one of Blue Bonnet Review's Fall Poetry Contest top ten finalists for her poem "Clay".
Christopher Grosso is the author of the suspense novels "MAULED" and "Mouth to God's Ear." His poetry has most recently appeared in Caesura, Apiary Magazine and HOOT and is forthcoming in 3 Elements Review. He has an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College, but resides outside of Philadelphia where he is the Director of Leadership Communications at Cabrini College.
Leah Angstman is a transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore. Recently, she won the Loudoun Library Foundation Poetry Contest and Nantucket Directory Poetry Contest and was a placed finalist in the Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction (Washington & Lee University) and Pen 2 Paper Writing Competition (in both Poetry and Fiction categories). She serves as Editor-in-Chief of Alternating Current Press, and her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Los Angeles Review of Books, Tupelo Quarterly, Midwestern Gothic, Atticus Review, and Shenandoah. She can be found at leahangstman.com.
Leah is one of the top ten finalists of Blue Bonnet Review's Fall Poetry Contest. Read her poem "Step into this photograph with me" here.
Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock and Barbara Hull. His work and anthologies have appeared in various periodicals over the last thirty five years. It has also been nominated for both Pushcart Prizes and The Best of the Net. Good Poems, American Places,Hunger Enough, Retail Woes and Line Drives. Two full length collections are in the works: Lent 1999 is coming soon from Leaf Garden Press and This Twilight World will be published by Popcorn Press. His chapbook, Three Visitors has recently been published by Negative Capability Press. Artifacts and Relics, another chapbook, is forthcoming from Folded Word and his novel, Knight Prisoner, was recently published by Vagabondage Press and a another novel, A Book of Lost Songs is coming soon from Wild Child Publishing. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the documentarion and filmmaker Joan Juster.
Read Mark's poem "A Tale of Hands" here.
Howard Winn’s fiction and poetry, has been published recently by such journals as Dalhousie Review, Taj Mahal Review (India), Galway Review (Ireland), Antigonish Review, Southern Humanities Review ,Chaffin Review, Thin Air Literary Journal, and Futures Trading Literary Journal. He has a B. A. from Vassar College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Stanford University. He is a SUNY faculty member.