Niche No. 1


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ROSEBUD BEN-ONI is a playwright at New Perspectives Theater, where she is currently developing a new play, Shamhat, as part of their 20th Anniversary Season. Recently, her short story “A Way out of the Colonia” won the Editor’s Prize at Camera Obscura: A Journal of Contemporary Literature and Photography, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In Fall 2011, Women in the Arts conference as a playwright negotiating space and homosexual identity in the Middle East; the lecture, now titled as “Semaphore Toward Emptiness: A Meditation on Women and Jerusalem,” has been accepted for publication by Trans-Portal: The Hub of Trans-formation Studies for its upcoming Winter 2012 issue. This past summer, VIDA selected her essay “On Writing Quimera and other Fears,” also based on her work for New Perspectives, for their State of the Art Feature.

WILL CORDEIRO has received his MFA from Cornell University where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate studying 18th century British literature. His poems appear or are forthcoming in several journals, including Fourteen Hills, Sentence, Baltimore Review, A cappella Zoo, Brooklyn Review, Harpur Palate, Carte Blanche, Ping Pong, decomP magazinE, Requited, Lumina, Gulf Stream, and Word for/Word. He is grateful for residencies from Risley Residential College, Provincetown Community Compact, Ora Lerman Trust, and Petrified Forest National Park.

MERCEDES LAWRY was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and has lived in Seattle over thirty years. She’s published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Rhino, Nimrod, Poetry East, Seattle Review, and others. She’s also published fiction and humor as well as stories and poems for children. Among the honors she’s received are awards from the Seattle Arts Commission, Hugo House, and Artist Trust. She’s been a Jack Straw Writer, held a residency at Hedgebrook and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her chapbook, “There are Crows in My Blood”, was published by Pudding House Press in 2007 and another chapbook, “Happy Darkness”, was released by Finishing Line Press this past summer.

JAMES DUNLAP is a creative writing major at the University of Arkansas. He received his associates of Art at Pulaski Technical College. He has been published three times through PTC, writes for the school newspaper, and was recently published in the jSilver of Stone, Issue 3.

MARTINA REISZ NEWBERRY lives in Palm Springs, CA with her husband, Brian Newberry—a vidographer, and their cat, Gato. Her first published book was a memoir: Lima Beans and City Chicken: Stories From the Open Hearth, published by E.P. Dutton and Co., New York, 1988. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo colony for the Arts, Djerassi Colony for the Arts, and at Anderson Center for Disciplinary Arts. Newberry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry by poet Andrew Hudgins in 1989 and, in 1998, received i.e. magazine’s “Editor’s Choice for 1998” award (Astra Press) which included the publishing of her chapbook: An Apparent, Approachable Light. She was included in Ascent Aspirations’ first Anthology and has been widely published in literary magazines. Her most recent books are: 100 Select Poems plus One and What We Can’t Forgive.

SCOTT STARBUCK is a Creative Writing Coordinator at San Diego Mesa College. His new poetry chapbook, Riverwalker, is forthcoming from Mountains and Rivers Press in 2012. You can see his clay art at The Spirit of the Salmon Fund, hear him read two poems at Fogged Clarity, or listen to his 31-minute interview about The Warrior Poems and Other Poems. His newest work is at Scythe and Untitled Country Review.

STEPHEN NEWTON is an Associate Professor of English at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. His most recent publication is an essay on Elvis in Trans-Portal: The Hub of Transformation Studies.

YINKA REED-NOLAN is a MFA candidate at California State University Fresno, where she also teaches in the first year writing program. Her nonfiction was recently featured on the PANK blog and she has an essay forthcoming in Bloom. When she isn’t writing, Yinka spends her time obsessing over the Food Network, baseball and dogs (even the cute ones).

MELISSA WILEY’s a freelance writer and editor living in Chicago who harbors delusive dreams of terraforming Neptune.

BILL D’AREZZO is a native of Providence, Rhode Island, where his fiction has thus far been set. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has studied extensively with Thomas Cobb, Toni Graham and Jon Billman. He recently completed his first novel, The Rhonda Front, and is at work on a sequel.

MOLLY KOENEMAN grew up in the town where her family has lived for generations; it’s one of those if-you-blink-you- miss-it towns in Kentucky. After earning an undergraduate degree in literature form Western Kentucky University, Molly moved to Chicago where she teaches creative writing classes, hosts various events, and works for a business magazine. This is her third publishing short story.

SUSAN LAND has all kinds of experience teaching writing from Bethesda Elementary to the FBI. She has an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her fiction won three Maryland State Arts Council awards and her work has recently appeared in Potomac Review, The Florida Review, Bethesda Magazine, Enhanced Gravity: More Fiction by Washington Area Women, and “Like Whatever”: The Insider’s Guide to Raising Teens.

SEAN JACKSON’S latest stories have been published inSplash of Red, Beyond the Margins, and Thieves Jargon, Carte Blanche, Forge Journal, among other literary magazines. He is currently seeking a publisher for a recently completed collection of stories. Previously, he wrote for newspapers in North Carolina. 

ROBERT MUNDY is an attorney and engaged in the financial services business. In addition, he is president of a firm that writes family and corporate history books for private personal publication. Bob has participated in a number of workshops at the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival and for the past 13 years has written a weekly movie review column for several newspapers.

PEARL HODGES is a 20-something Californian Theater Artist and Freelance Illustrator. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, she has primarily pursued artistic development on her own. She finds inspiration in both wild and strange mythology, both authentic and personally invented, and down to earth motifs of bones, rust, metal, and other practicum of day-to-day life. A portfolio of her work is viewable at her website

FABIO SASSI has had several experiences in music, photography and writing.He has been a visual artist since 1990 making acrylics using the stenciling technique on canvas, board, old vinyl records and other media. He uses logos, icons, tiny objects and shades to create weird perspectives. Many of his subjects are inspired by a paradox either real or imaginary and by the news. He lives in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at

JESSICA SWENSON is a recent graduate of Texas State University – San Marcos. She has a degree in English with a minor in Art and Design. She is currently living in San Marcos, Texas with a cat, two dogs, two ferrets, and a wise, persistent muse.

SCOTT BASELER is a professional writer and bookseller. He has published news and feature articles, reviews, poems and short stories, but just can’t seem to finish that novel. Currently he is a writer for the forthcoming web series PRINCE OF THIEVES. He lives in Illinois with his groovy wife, 3 hip cats and 2 kookie birds.

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