Yes, Poetry

Volume 2, Issue 8: August 2011

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Contributor’s Notes

Andrea Beltran lives in El Paso, Texas and moonlights as a poet. She studied poetry under Jack Myers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and has recently had poems appear in The Café Review and Flashquake. Her ramblings about poetry, food, and her journey as she learns to operate and bond with her Diana Mini camera can be found at

Jim Davis is a graduate of Knox College and now lives, writes and paints in Chicago. Jim edits the North Chicago Review, and will be appearing as the feature artist for the upcoming issue of Palooka Magazine. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in After Hours, Blue Mesa Review, Poetry Quarterly, The Ante Review, Chiron Review, and Contemporary American Voices, among others.

Justin Henry Fallon is from Western Mass. Now he is an English teacher in Uganda. He is also a contributor to The Free George.

Kevin M. Hibshman has had his poetry published in numerous small magazines and journals in several countries for the past twenty-one years. He edited his own poetry magazine, Fearless, which featured the work of both established and up and coming writers for sixteen years. In addition, he is author or co-author of fourteen chapbooks of poetry. He received a BA in Liberal Arts from Union Institute and University/Vermont College in 2010.

N.W. Hicks is a mild-mannered dirt sniffer by day & a crime fighting poet by night. For 2011, he served as Poetry Editor for Manhattanville’s literary journal, INKWELL, and has since then begun a quest for money. If any have discovered the secret location of said money, he urges you to help a brother out.

Nathan Hunt grew up on a farm near Eugene, Oregon. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Writing and Literature (with a minor in Spanish language) from George Fox University in the fall of 2009. I work at a winery in Newberg, Oregon. My poems have been published in The Iconoclast, Mudfish, Perceptions, and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.

Tyrel Kessinger lives in Louisville, Kentucky where he toils away the barbarous hours of the day as a Braille Transcriber. There’s the soon-to-be wife, the two dogs, the cat and all the other ingredients of a fairly normal life. He is the recipient of the 2011 Literary LEO Short Fiction award and his work has been published in LEO Magazine. Several of his poems are forthcoming in Grey Sparrow, MILK SUGAR and Flywheel Magazine.

Sonnet Mondal is the author of six books of poetry including a poetry bestseller and is the pioneer of the 21 line fusion sonnet form of poetry. His works have been published in several International literary magazines and have been translated into Macedonian, Italian, Arabic, Hindi, Telugu and Bengali. He was awarded Poet Laureate from Bombadil Publishing in 2009, Doctor of Literature from United Writers’ Association in 2010, Azsacra International Poetry award in 2011 and was inducted in the prestigious Significant Achievements Plaque in the museum of Bengal Engineering an Science University, Shibpur. He has also been a featured poet at World Poetry Reading Series, Canada and Asian American Poetry project, U.S.A. At present he is the managing editor of the Enchanting Verses Journal of Poetry. Website:

Donia Mounsef grew up in Lebanon, lived in Connecticut and in every major city in Canada. She is a bilingual poet (French, English), dramaturge and performance theorist. Her work has been published in The Toronto Quarterly, The Labor of Love, Spitting Image; her performance poetry has been performed on stages in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Paris, and New Haven. She lives in Edmonton, and teaches poetry, drama and performance studies at the University of Alberta.

Michael O’Connor was born in Hartford, CT and graduated from the University of Connecticut. After spending some time in Ireland and Prince Edward Island, he returned to New York City to pursue screenwriting. After several successes in the film industry as a writer and independent film producer, Michael turned his writing to non-fiction historical works on the Second World War, publishing articles for the Centre de Recherches et d’Informations sur la Bataille des Ardennes. He has maintained deep interest for poetry, being influenced by Robert Frost, William Butler Yeats, and James Joyce. Michael was most recently published in the Birmingham Arts Journal. He currently resides in the Boston area.

Ivy Page's love of poetry stemmed from listening to her Grandmother reading poetry aloud to her as a child. It took shape as lyrics in the music she wrote during her late teens and early twenties, and turned to poems on the page and experimentation with performance poetry over the years. Ivy's work has appeared in journals nationally such as, Poetry Quarterly, Grey Sparrow Press, andNight Train, and anthologized in Knocking at the Door Poems About Approaching the Other. Her first book, Any Other Branch, will be available through Salmon Poetry of Ireland in March 2012. Her second book, Elemental, will be out with Salmon Poetry in 2014. She is the editor and founder of Organs of Vision and Speech Magazine. For more about Ivy visit,

Sebastian Paramo is a native Texan and has taught essay writing and creative writing to high school students in Yonkers, New York and is the current Managing Director of the annual Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival. His translations and poetry have been featured in Babel: a student translation magazine, The Nashville Review and forthcoming in The Houston Literary Review.

Justin Robinson has recently been awarded 1st place in a Robert Emmons poetry competition. He currently lives with his girlfriend in Santa Barbara, CA, where he studies creative writing at California State University Channel Islands.

Diana Salier is the author of Wikipedia Says It Will Pass (Red Ceilings Press, 2011). Her poems have recently appeared in Every Day Genius, Robot Melon, 3:AM Magazine, and Red Lightbulbs, among other places. She thinks a lot about space travel but has never been to outerspace. She lives and writes in San Francisco.

Hallie Steiner is a Senior studying creative writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She was born in New York and moved to California when she was nine; she considers herself bicoastal. Her work has been featured in her campus literary magazine, The Driftwood. She enjoys poetry slams, crossword puzzles, and arranging word magnets on refrigerators.

Felino A. Soriano (b. 1974) is a case manager and advocate for adults with developmental and physical disabilities. In 2010, he was chosen for the Gertrude Stein “rose” prize for creativity in poetry from Wilderness House Literary Review. Philosophical studies collocated with his connection to various idioms of jazz explains motivation for poetic occurrences. For information, including his 44 print and electronic collections of poetry, over 2,700 published poems, interviews, and editorships, please visit his website:

Editor’s Biography

Joanna C. Valente is a native New Yorker. She has been featured in various publications, such as You Say. Say. (Uphook Press), The Westchester Review, The Houston Literary Review, Side B Magazine, among others. She is also the founder and editor of the online literary publication, Yes, Poetry. In the fall of 2011, she will begin attending Sarah Lawrence College as an MFA candidate in poetry. In the future, she would like to live by the ocean.