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Ken Poyner has lately been seen in Analog, Café Irreal, The Journal of Microliterature, Blue Collar Review, and many wonderful places. His latest book of bizarre short fiction, Constant Animals, is available from his web, www.kpoyner.com, and from www.amazon.com. He is married to Karen Poyner, one of the world’s premier power lifters, and holder of more than a dozen current world power lifting records. They are the parents of four rescue cats, and two senseless fish. Kevin Rabas teaches at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, and has six books, including Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano. Jeff Santosuosso is a business executive and prize-winning poet living in Pensacola, FL. A member of the Florida State Poets Society, he is co-editor of panoplyzine.com, an online journal dedicated to poetry and short prose. His poems have appeared in Illya’s Honey, Red River Review, Texas Poetry Calendar (2012, 2014), Avocet, Red Fez, Alalit, Extract(s), Syzygy and other online and print publications. You can find him on Facebook. Beth Sherman received an MFA in creative writing from Queens College, where she teaches in the English department. Her poetry has been published in Hawaii Pacific Review, Hartskill Review, Synecdoche and Lime Hawk and is forthcoming in The Evansville Review. Her fiction has been published in Portland Review and is forthcoming in Joyce Quarterly. Beth has also written five mystery novels, published by Avon Books, a division of HarperCollins. John Oliver Simon is one of the legendary poets of the Berkeley Sixties who has grown by steady dedication to his calling. Published from Abraxas to Zyzzyva, he is a distinguished translator of contemporary Latin American poetry, and received an NEA fellowship for his work with the great Chilean surrealist Gonzalo Rojas (1917-2011). He is a board member of California Poets In The Schools, where he has worked since 1971, and was the River of Words 2013 Teacher of the Year. His ninth full collection of poems is GRANDPA'S SYLLABLES (White Violet Press, 2015). For his lifetime of service to poetry, the Mayor of Berkeley, California proclaimed January 20, 2015, as John Oliver Simon Day. For Akeith Walters, words are the art of his heart and some of his have been published in a dozen anthologies and numerous literary magazines. He likes to sit at the end of the day with a cup of ice melting in bourbon while he contemplates the difference between poetry and prose. The latter is more difficult to pen down, but sometimes when the room quiet and still, the stories will hang around like cigarette smoke exhaled in frustration. Despite being a life-long consumer of poetry, Ed Werstein spent 22 years in manufacturing and union activity before his muse awoke and dragged herself out of bed. His sympathies lie with poor and working people. He advocates for peace and against corporate power. A member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and The Hartford Avenue Poets, his poetry has appeared in Verse Wisconsin, Blue Collar Review, Mobius: Journal of Social Change, Stoneboat, and a few other publications. His first chapbook, Who Are We Then?, was published in 2013 by Partisan Press. Gyroscope Review 5! 8