Eseohe Arhebamen was born in Zaria, Nigeria. She is a princess of the Edo people. She has won various awards for her writing including the University of Michigan Hopwood Award for Poetry, the Jeffrey Weisberg Memorial Prize for Poetry, a Lawrence Tech Poetry Award, the Arthur Miller Award for Fiction, an InsideOut Literary/Arts Project Writing Residency, an Environmental Justice Initiative First Place Award and the College Unions Poetry Slam National Champion First Place Prize. Eseohe paints, sings and has taught poetry, dance and visual arts for several years in both Detroit and New York, where she now lives with her husband. Recently, Eseohe’s passion for poetics has led to the channeling of language through movement, incorporating Butoh dance and African theater. Jesus of All Niggers is Eseohe’s second chapbook. Visit her website.
Chris Besinger lives in Minneapolis. In addition to singing and writing words for STNNNG, he writes the occasional article for TEVS magazine, the odd poem, and every so often chips away at a novel. He hates his lawn. Chris’s story “Junior Scratch Orchestra” is featured in LMP’s Junior High Yearbook. The Usual Beast is his first chapbook.
Spencer Keralis lives and works in Colorado. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, The Dry Crik Review of Contemporary Cowboy Poetry, and The Owen Wister Review. His scholarly work has appeared in Book History and Texte und Töne, and he maintains an occasional blog on critical theory and contemporary young adult fiction here. He has received research fellowships from the Library Company of Philadelphia and the American Antiquarian Society, and was awarded the 2009 Tuttleton Prize for Research in American Literature by New York University’s Department of English. His interest in book history led him to the book arts, and he now teaches bookbinding classes to DIY-minded crafters. www.spencerkeralis.com has more information.
Rod Miller was born and raised in a small town in Utah among horses and cattle. A veteran of the rodeo arena, he comes by his love of the West honestly. A versatile writer, he is also author of Things a Cowboy Sees and Other Poems; two novels, The Assassination of Governor Boggs and Gallows for a Gunman; and two nonfiction books, Massacre at Bear River: First, Worst, Forgotten and John Muir: Magnificent Tramp. He has also written many short stories, magazine articles, and book reviews. His poems have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. A student of the ingredients of poetry, he also writes essays and conducts workshops on creating poetry. He is a member of Western Writers of America. His website is here.
Mariette Papić was born in Newark, NJ to immigrants from the former Yugoslavia, now Croatia. Her photography is collected and published internationally. Photo clients have included Rockstar Games, Universal Records and Phillips Electronics, and she has taught photography to youth education organizations in the United States and in The Republic of Mali. Her work in social justice includes time consulting with internationally recognized NGO’s such as The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and Family Care International. Mariette has also promoted underground electronic arts, working with members of Blk||Market Membership and the legendary Bar 13. Mariette’s current work includes “The God Orbit,” which will be presented as part of her on-going series exploring myth, disembodied poetics and the loss of the self in cyber-reality, “The Life of Ruby Gold.” Visit her website.
Carolyn Tuttle Hansen, J.D., graduated from Vassar College and William Mitchell College of Law. She has written poems and short prose, including The Stars on a Rope, a poetry chapbook published by Grizzly Press (2002). She is currently a copywriter at Findlaw, a Thomson Reuters business. During law school, she coordinated a trip to Rwanda where she researched human rights advocacy for women and children affected by the 1994 genocide. In her free time, she volunteers as an art mentor at a facility for children who were removed from their homes due to abuse or instability. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two cats.
Michele Crail is an award-winning photographer and graphic artist. She owns and operates Six Rivers Graphic Design, and in 2009 she opened the Gallery of Arts and Culture in Crescent City, California.