Adele Kenny is the author of 23 books (poetry & nonfiction). Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published worldwide, and her poems have appeared in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. The recipient of various awards, including two poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Arts Council, she is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and poetry editor of Tiferet.Visit Adele online at http://mysite.verizon.net/adelekenny/
Asa Drake was born in South Carolina, but has since migrated to New York State. She is a graduating senior at Binghamton University majoring in Creative Writing and is currently a member of the Grey City Slam performance poetry group. Her favorite color is blue.
I found you on the ground beside the parking lot coming apart at the strings. Dried leaves caught in your tangles, long since fallen from the trees that divided the pavement from the grass, and when I picked you up, I could see the broken dreams lingering there too. The center hole, where good dreams pass through had been pulled shut, and within your frayed circle ambitions and wishes shone like gemstones. But when I turned you over in my hand, another of your strings came undone, and the dreams that were attached fell into the tall grass. So what could I do but put you back down to lie among the pieces of yourself that I had scattered carelessly?
Adam Martin is an 18 year old poet from New Jersey. He finds inspiration in dreams, in the motions of life, and in human interaction. He is currently living between Readington and New Brunswick filling his time with enrollment at Rutgers University. He has been published in the Edison Literary Review and Elan.
Jon Erkkila is from Whitehouse Station, NJ. He graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School last June, where he studied poetry with John Smith and Karen Malzone. He attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington until last December. He is now set to start one class at Warren County Community College with BJ Ward. His poetry has been published in The Idiom, Edison Literary Review, The Apprentice Writer of Susquehanna University, Arsenal and Élan.
Bianca Stone was born and raised in Vermont and is a recent graduate of the NYU creative writing program in poetry. She co-curates The Ladder Poetry ReadingSeries in New York, and edits a bi-annual chapbook that features readers from the reading series. Her most recent poetry publications include The Patterson Literary Review, Fou, Agriculture Reader,Elimae and Maggy. Apart from writing poetry Bianca is an illustrator and cartoonist, currently working on a collection of works that merge poetry and illustration, exploring the space between genres. Her blog is called Poetry Comics.
...And, she is granddaughter of the wonderful poet Ruth Stone.
I. Through the whir of sirens a phone call goes unheard in the breast pocket of another pressed-for-time pedestrian compelled to jaywalk amid the halted traffic frantic to get out of the way.
II. Leaning over a half-eaten bowl of fried egg and tomato over rice, a man cracks his fortune cookie to reveal the message “Feeling low ain’t just for the lonely” to which he would agree had he more of an appetite.
III. Accustomed to the occasional receipt or business card forgotten in a back pocket, the garment folder stops for a moment to uncrumple an envelope—the names washed clean but “Open if I leave” intact in a permanent scrawl.
IV. The lights turned low to encourage the whole bar to sing along: a malfunctioning marquee flashes diligence, devotion, dignity as a patron finds it in himself to get off his seat once more and dance.