The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-2                                                  december -2012                                                Number-2


Contributors List

Alan Britt's interview at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem ( will air on Pacifica Radio in January 2013. His interview with Minnesota Review is up at He read poems at the World Trade Center/Tribute WTC Visitor Center in Manhattan/NYC, April 2012. His latest book is Alone with the Terrible Universe (2011). He is Poetry Editor for the We Are You Project international (

 Detroit writer, Alinda Dickinson Wasner's, work has appeared in several print and on-line journals  She has won several juried prizes and has given readings in Prague, Chicago, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Cleveland and elsewhere.  A forthcoming chapbook entitled Kissing the Ikons will be published in 2013 by Finishing Line Press.

Changming Yuan, 4-time Pushcart nominee and author of Allen Qing Yuan, holds a PhD in English, teaches independently and edits Poetry Pacific in Vancouver Yuan's poetry appears in 629 literary publications across 24 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, LiNQ, London Magazine, Poetry Kanto, Paris/Atlantic, Poetry Salzburg, SAND and Taj Mahal Reivew. Poetry submissions welcome at [email protected].   

Chris Moylan is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.) and Boston University (Ph.d.). He is an associate professor of English at New York Institute of Technology, where he publishes poetry, literary criticism, and art criticism. He is also a co-founder of Occupational Art School in Brooklyn, New York. His collection of poems and essays, Border Taxi, was published in 2009.

Dr. David Garrett Izzo is an English Professor at Shaw University in Raleigh North Carolina 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.

Dr. Steve Klepetar is Faculty Director of Advising and Professor of English in Saint Cloud State University. His work has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net; Flutter Press has recently published his latest chapbook, "My Father Teaches Me a Magic Word."

Francis Murillo Emralino hails from San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines. A graduate of Applied Physics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, he now teaches college physics at Adamson University in Manila in the morning and writes in the evening. His poems have appeared in Philippines Graphic Magazine, Kilometer 64 (KM 64) chapbooks, The Lab Literary Magazine (South Korea), Paper Monster Press (Philippines), Remembering Rizal, Voices from the Diaspora anthology (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc.), Ipu-Ipo sa Piging anthology, the first literary edition of Kritika Kultura (Ateneo de Manila University), and The Criterion Journal (online)


Long T. Bui is currently a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ethnic Studies.  As a visual artist and stage actor, his work has examined the intersections of race, ethnicity, identity, politics, history and memory and his poetry. His illustrative work has appeared in exhibits like F.O.B. II and journals like American Quartertly. He is currently working on his first scholarly monography, Returns of War: On the Historical Memory of South Vietnam exploring how the legacy of the former republic of South Vietnam is remembered and represented today in popular culture.

Michael Lee Johnson lived 10 years in Canada during the Vietnam Era, now Itasca, IL, runs seven poetry sites, has many videos of YouTube, published 4 books/chapbooks, and has been published in 25 countries as of this date:

Mike Ekunno has been playing with words from teenage years but chose a career in real estate in which he took a degree and thereafter practised for many years. He has since returned to   home turf working as senior speechwriter to Nigeria's last Minister of Information and Communications. Before then he was special assistant to the chief executive of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria which boasts Africa's largest network. He now freelances as copy editor and proof reader while holding down a day job in Nigeria's film industry. He likes the silence under water and  marvels at his reflection in Ifechi, his pet son.

John Stocks is a widely published and anthologised writer based in Sheffield, UK. His work has appeared in the Cinnamon press anthology, Shape Shifting, Type 51, a Northern writer’s anthology, and in November his work  appeared in, ‘This Island City’, a collection of poetry about Portsmouth. John’s poetry also appears alongside work by Leonard Cohen and Seamus Heaney in an Indigo Dreams anthology for Macmillan cancer, ‘Soul Feathers’, available in all Waterstones stores  Johns’ poetry has also featured in magazines in the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Pakistan and India, some of his work being translated into Urdu. Recent work has been published in The Journal, 3AM Magazine, Burner, Gold dust and The Montreal Review. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart prize. In the day time John works as Head of Media and Specialism leader for the Communications faculty at The City School, Sheffield. He is currently working on project with The National Portrait Gallery, producing song lyrics in response to the, ‘Shakespeare meets JK Rowling’, Exhibition. He is also engaged in writing a collaborative novel. John doubts that he could live without writing poetry.

Robert Lietz has published eight collections of poems,  including Running  in PlaceAt Park and East Division, and The Lindbergh Half-century, all  from L’Epervier Press, The Inheritance (Sandhills Press,)  Storm Service and After Business in the West: New and Selected Poems, from Basfal Books.  Over eight hundred of his poems have been published in print and on-line journals, including recent publications in Istanbul Literary Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly Online, Avatar, Contrary, Terrain, Valparaiso Review, Salt River Review, and Lily .  Several unpublished collections are currently finished and ready for publication, including West of Luna Pier, Spooking in the Ruins, Keeping Touch, Character in the Works: Twentieth Century Lives, The Vanishing, and Eating Asiago & Drinking Beer, Disarming Avatars, and Double Time. Meanwhile, he keeps active writing and exploring his interest in digital photography and image processing and their relationship to the  development of his poetry.

RUTH SABATH ROSENTHAL is a New York poet, well published in literary journals and anthologies, both online and in print, throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Israel, India, Romania, and the U.K.  In 2006, Ruth's poem "on yet another birthday" was nominated for a Pushcart prize.  Her book
"Facing Home and Beyond" can be purchased from and or directly from Ruth, via e-mail:  ruthspoems(at) For more about Ruth, please feel free to "Google" her.

Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His theater and restaurant reviews have been published in various newspapers, with poetry and interviews appearing in numerous national journals, among them Portland Review, Kestrel, Cream City Review, Nimrod, New Plains Review, Poetry Quarterly, and Clockhouse Review. He has published a travel guide, Best Choices In Northern California (Gable &Gray), and Time Lines (Nimbus Press), a book of poems. He works as a fine art salesman in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California.

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, White Masquerade Anthology and Perhaps I'm Wrong About the World. You can find her here:

 WILLIAM JOHN WATKINS was a member of the founding faculty at Brookdale Community  College in New  Jersey from which He just retired. He has published more  than 500 poems and over 100 stories in such magazines as Rhino, South  Carolina Review, Hellas,  Asimov’s, Cosmopolitan, and Commonweal. His sonnet, "Wife of My Youth, Look Back, Look Back", won the 1994 Hellas Award. His short story, "Beggar in the  Living Room", was a Nebula Award finalist, and his poem "We Die as Angels and  Come Back as Men" won the 2002 Rhysling Award. His hobbies are racing motorcycles  off road with his son, Chad, and teaching himself to draw realistically.

Dr. Yearn Hong Choi (Ph.D. from Indiana University, 1974)  has authored six poetry books including Autumn Vocabularies (Writers’ workshop, 1990), Moon of New York (PublishAmerica, 2008),  and Copenhagen’s Bicycle (PublishAmerica, 2010), and memoir, Song of Myself: A Korean-American Life (PoeticMatrix, 2010), 12 essay books in Korean, and edited four books, including Surfacing Sadness: A Centennial of Korean-American Literature (Homa& Sekey, 2003), Fragrance of Poetry: Korean-American Literature (Homa& Sekey, 2005) and an Empty House: Korean-American Poetry (Homa & Sekey, 2008). He is the founding president of the Korean Poets and Writers Group in the Washington area and of the Korean-American Poets Group.

He is a resident of Virginia.