The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-3                                                      June -2013                                              Number-1


Contributors List


A.D. Winans is an award winning native San Francisco poet.  He edited and published Second Coming for seventeen years.  His work has been published internationally and translated into nine languages.  In  2002 a song poem of his was performed at Alice Tully Hall, In 2006 he won a PEN National Award for excellence in literature.  In 2009 he was presented with a PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alan Britt's interview at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem ( aired on Pacifica Radio in January 2013: interview with Minnesota Review is up at He read poems at the historic Maysles Cinema in Harlem/NYC, February 2013 and at the World Trade Center/Tribute WTC Visitor Center in Manhattan/NYC, April 2012. Politically speaking Alan has started the Commonsense Party, which ironically to some sounds radical. He believes the US should stop invading other countries to relieve them of their natural resources including tin, copper, bananas, diamonds and oil. He is quite fond of animals both wild and domestic and supports prosecuting animal abusers. As a member of PETA, he is disgusted by factory farming and decorative fur. In addition asks, please boycott Ringling Brothers Circus until they stop using and abusing elephants for their bizarre form of entertainment called the circus! Alan teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University and lives in Reisterstown, Maryland with his wife, daughter, two Bouviers des Flandres, one Bichon Frise and two formally feral cats.

Allison Grayhurst has had over 250 poems published in more than 150 international journals. Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, 1995. Since then she has published nine other books of poetry and two collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing. Prior to the publication of Somewhere Falling she had a poetry book published, Common Dream, and four chapbooks published. Her poetry chapbook The River is Blind was recently published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press December 2012. She lives in Toronto with her husband and children. She also sculpts, working with clay.

Anca Vlasopolos published the award-winning novel The New Bedford Samurai, the award-winning memoir No Return Address: A Memoir of Displacement, two collections of poems, Walking Toward Solstice and Penguins in a Warming World, three poetry chapbooks, a detective novel, Missing Members, and over two hundred poems and short stories. She was nominated several times for the Pushcart Award in poetry and fiction. She is associate editor of Corridors Magazine.

Cameron Conaway is a former MMA fighter, an award-winning poet and the Social Justice Editor at The Good Men Project. His international investigations into poverty, child labor and human trafficking can be found in publications like The Guardian, The Huffington Post and the Women News Network. Conaway has received a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, an IPPY and is a two-time recipient of the Richard Russo Prize. For more info visit

Caroline Hedin has spent much of her adult life on the shores of British Columbia, Canada, where she has been continuously inspired by the people, culture, and ecology of the coast. Caroline has previously been published by the Blue Hour Magazine.

Mrs. Dalal Sarnou is a university lecturer (at the English dept, Mostaganem university), a poetess and a young academic researcher interested in postcolonial studies, Orientalism, Feminism, Islamic feminism, CDA and DA, Arab women writings in particular. She has already published some academic papers on contemporary Arab women writers, and has published a series of poems on electronic websites. Now, she is working on the perception of the diasporic consciousness in the works of Arab American women writers , and the specificity of the literary works of Anglophone Arab writers.

Dawnell Harrison has been published in over 100 magazines and journals including The Endicott Review, The Journal, Fowl Feathered Review, Jellyfish Whispers, The Bitchin' Kitsch, Vox Poetica, The Tower Journal, Queen's Quarterly, and many others.  Also, Dawnell has had 4 books of poetry published through reputable publishers titled Voyager, The maverick posse, The fire behind my eyes, and The love death and other poems.  Furthermore, she possess a BA from The University of Washington.

Dr. David Garrett Izzo is an English Professor who has published 17 books and 60 essays of literary scholarship, as well as three novels, plays, a short story, and poems. David has published extensively on the Perennial Spiritual Philosophy of Mysticism (Vedanta) as applied to literature. He is inspired by the work of Aldous Huxley, Bruce Springsteen, his wife Carol and their five cats: Huxley, Max, Princess, Phoebe, and Luca. Two of his novels are fantasies with cats as characters: Maximus in Catland and Purring Heights.

 Gary Pacernick's poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies.  His poetic play, adapted for the stage by Robert Britton, was produced on Public TV and on stage.  He has published several poetry books and limited editions, and for many years he edited Images magazine.  He was named distinguished professor of teaching at Wright State University.

Jason Constantine Ford is from Perth in Australia. He works as an employee at a book shop. He has over fifteen years of experience in studying various styles of poetry. The major influences on his style of poetry are William Blake, Edgar Alan Poe and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Blake’s ability to address the social issues of his time through poetry and painting has had a lasting impact upon Jason’s early years. For correspondence, contact Jason at [email protected] .

Jennifer C. Wolfe is a forty-five year-old writer/poet, who grew up in Maplewood, Minnesota and studied fiction writing and poetry at Century College in White Bear Lake. She has four previous publishing credentials:  a poem “If” included within the Century College (White Bear Lake, MN) Spring 2008 Student Lounge literary magazine along with two poems “St. Patrick’s Day” and “Roller Coaster,” published within the online edition of Scrambler Magazine, Issue 39, June 2010, a poem “Flower Child” published within the online edition of The Muse – An International Journal of Poetry, Issue 1, Volume 1, June, 2011, and a poem “The Beauty of the Rain” published within the online edition of The Muse – An International Journal of Poetry, Issue 2, Volume 2, June, 2012.  She is listed within the poetry Directory of Writers at the Poets & Writers online magazine. Beginning in 2008, Ms. Wolfe formed a collaborative publishing bond with BlazeVox Books of New York, under the guidance and tutelage of editor, Geoffrey Gatza.  She has five publishing credentials with the press in the form of poetry manuscripts, Kick the Stones: Everyday Hegemony, Empire, and Disillusionment published as an eBook by BlazeVox Books, New York, October 2008, Yukon Rumination: Great Fun for All in the Land of Sarah Palin’s Joe Sixpack Alaska, published as an eBook by BlazeVox Books, New York, June 2009, Healing Optimism, and Polarization, published as an eBook by BlazeVox Books, New York, February 2010, Somewhere Over the Pachyderm Rainbow: Living in an Elephant Controlled 2010 Election Diorama, published as a print book by BlazeVox Books, New York, May, 2011, and Reflections of Hostile Revelries, published as an Amazon Kindle eBook by BlazeVox Books, New York, 2013.

Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published. His latest work, Firestorm: A Rendering of Torah ( was published by Camel Saloon Books on Blogs. His work has appeared in The Café ReviewAmerican Letters and Commentary, Xavier ReviewHotel AmerikaMeridian Anthology of Contemporary PoetryThe Pacific Review, and others.

Michael D. Sollars is an associate professor of English and assistant dean of research in the College of Liberal Arts & Behavioral Sciences at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. His many poems, short stories, and essays have been widely published and received many excellent reviews. He has written extensively on modernism and existentialism and continues to perform research in those disciplines. He is also the editor of The Companion to the World Novel, 1900 to the Present and The Encyclopedia of Literary Characters. Prior to teaching for the past 10 years, he was a professional writer, editor, and publisher of journals. He has been guided by a simple principle: "When I ventured to look inside the caterpillar to witness its actual transformation into a butterfly, I failed. And so did the butterfly. When I dared to look into myself instead, I succeeded. And so did the butterfly."

Miriam Sagan is the author of over 25 books, including SEVEN PLACES IN AMERICA: A Poetic Sojourn (Sherman Asher, 2012). She founded and runs the creartive writing program at Santa Fe Community College. She blogs at Miriam's Well (

Nathaniel S. Rounds has made a home at thirty-five different addresses covering six states of the U.S. and three provinces of Canada, and each town held this in common with the others: a populace convinced of its exceptionality in the world.


Ottilie Mulzet translates from Hungarian and Mongolian, and writes poetry. She has translated from the work of  Szilárd Borbély (Berlin-Hamlet, FRA 2008); Gábor Schein (Lazarus, Triton, 2010), and László Krasznahorkai (Animalinside: Sylph Editions and New Directions, 2010;  Seiobo There Below: New Directions, 2013; and Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens: forthcoming, Seagull Books, Kolkata ).  She is also working on an anthology of Mongolian folk-tales and is completing a dissertation on the linguistic analysis of Mongolian riddles and proverbs.


Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic, poet and scholar, and his poetry collection, <i>The Flayed Man</i>, has been published by Gothic Press. He is working on another collection, to appear through Diminuendo Press. Another collection has been accepted by Hippocampus Press, which has also published his concordance to the poetry of Donald Wandrei. He is the editor of <i>Melaleuca</i>. He has recently had <i>Symptoms Positive and Negative</i>, a chapbook of poetry, and <i>Arkham Monologues</i>, a poetry pamphlet, published.

Richard Fein was a finalist in The 2004 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Competition A Chapbook of his poems was published by Parallel Press, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been published in many web and print journals such as  Cordite, Reed, Southern Review, Roanoke Review,  Birmingham  Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, Paris/atlantic,  Canadian Dimension, Black Swan Review, Exquisite Corpse, Foliate Oak,  Morpo Review, Ken*Again   Oregon East, Southern Humanities Review, Morpo, Skyline, Touchstone, Windsor Review, Maverick, Parnassus Literary Review, Small Pond, Kansas Quarterly, Blue Unicorn, Exquisite Corpse, Terrain Aroostook Review, Compass Rose, Whiskey Island Review, Oregon East, Bad Penny Review, Constellations, and many, many others.

Richard Luftig  is a professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio now residing in Pomona, CA. He is  a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature and a semi finalist for the Emily Dickinson Society Award. His  poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in Japan, Canada, Australia, Europe, Thailand, Hong Kong and India. One of his published poems was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Poetry Prize.

Richard Walker was born the youngest of 9 children (and so was his wife). He moved to Pa from Ohio at the age of 10 and has made a living as a
shoe maker, newspaper worker, and wood column maker.  His only claim to fame was winning the 1982 Johnstown Marathon. He has also tried his hand at chess and inventing but lacks the expertise, time and money to make it to the top, But like the endlessly creative genius he is (ha!) he proverbially
never stops trying. He is also listed in the Directory of Poets and Writers.

Steve Klepetar teaches literature and creative writing at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota.  His work has been published in many journals and anthologies in the U.S. and around the world, and has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.  Recent chapbooks include "Thirty-six Crows," "My Father Teaches Me a Magic Word," "My Father Had Another Eye," "Return of the Bride of Frankenstein," "A Blue Season" (forthcoming in August 2013).  His book "Speaking to the Field Mice" has recently been published by Sweatshoppe Publications.

 Tim Suermondt is the author of two full-length collections: TRYING TO HELP THE ELEPHANT MAN DANCE ( The Backwaters Press, 2007 ) and JUST BEAUTIFUL from New York Quarterly Books, 2010. He has published poems in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Blackbird, Able Muse, Prairie Schooner, PANK, Bellevue Literary Review and Stand Magazine (U.K.) and has poems forthcoming in Gargoyle, Lunch Ticket and Zymbol, among others. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.

Yearn Hong Choi wrote columns for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Japan Times, The Korea Herald, and The Korea Times. A prolific and distinguished writer who has won awards in Korea and the United States, he published seven books of poetry and one collection of short stories, and his essays and short stories appeared in prestigious journals such as Short Story International and World Literature Today. In 1994, he became the first poet from Korea to be invited to read at the Library of Congress; Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Gwendolyn Brooks introduced Choi by reading a poem she wrote about him!  He served as executive director of the Korean PEN Center and edited Korean Literature Today. He founded the Korean Poets and Writers Group and the Korean-American Poets’ Group in Washington, DC.  A PhD in Political Science and Public Administration, he wrote extensively on current issues in Korea and Korean-US relations, worked for the federal government, and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Old Dominion University, the University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Seoul, retiring recently.  With Haeng-Ja Kim he published the first anthology of Korean-American literature, Surfacing Sadness: A Centennial Celebration of Korean-American Literature, 1903-2003.  He also edited three landmark anthologies of Korean-American poetry: Mother and Dove, Fragrance of Poetry: Korean-American Literature, and An Empty House: Korean-American Poetry.