The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

Volume-1                                              december-2011                                                    Number-2


Contributors List

Al Beck is a popular poet, academician, curriculum developer, professional American Folksinger and Korean War veteran, who resides in Monroe City, MO. He is Professor Emeritus at Culver-Stockton College. He continued to exhibit internationally as well as regionally (1956- 2011 ) with diverse media including-  Clay, Papercasting, Glass Fusion, Photography, Printmaking, Painting/Assemblage. He has 19 books of poetry to his credit- Gnomes & Poems  -  Lorien House Press, 1992; Sight Lines -  Lorien House Press, 1996, Songs From The Rainbow Worm - LHP,   1997, Beaucoup Haiku - Lorien House Press,  1999, God Is In The Glove Compartment, LHP,  2000, Survival Weapons,  Lorien House Press, 2001, Warm Verse, Cold Turkey  - LHP, 2002, Rapping Paper, Mythic Thundermugs, LHP, 2003, Conversations With Lizard's Bones and Wizard's Stones, Lorien House, 2003,     Lifepsychles,  Lorien House Press,   2004, Beyond The Scars and Gripes, LHP, 2005, Eclectricity, Lorien House Press, 2006,   Carpe Needs A New Diem, 2007, Right Brain's Bloomin' Again, 2008, Lessons From An Open Mind, 2009, Curiosity's Cushion, 2010, An Awesome Possum Shares Wild Wisdom, 2011. He has published numerous articles, poems and drawings in national and international Journals and magazines.


Andrew Howe is an Associate Professor of History at La Sierra University, where he teaches courses in popular culture, film studies, and twentieth century American history.  Particular interests include birdwatching, World War II films and documentaries, and reading and watching science fiction.  One of his current research projects involves the rhetoric of fear employed during the 1980s killer bee invasions of the American southwest.  He has enjoyed writing poetry since college, although rarely finds the time anymore.

Anthony Rintala is an instructor and poet at the University of Southern Indiana and the Media Editor for the Southern Indiana Review.  His poetry has most recently been published in Ishaan Literary Journal and A Few Lines Magazine.

Askold Skalsky, originally from Ukraine,  lives and writes in the state of Maryland and has published poems in over two-hundred periodicals in the United States and abroad, including Poetry Salzburg Review, Notre Dame Review and Southern Poetry Review. A professor of English for many years, his essays have been presented in the Oxford Round Table's Forum on Public Policy and at the 2009
CESNUR Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the recipient of two Individual Artist Awards in Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council, and his work was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize. His first book of poems, The Ponies of Chuang Tzu, was recently published by Horizon Tracts press in
New York City.

Asma Mansoor has been serving as a Lecturer in the Department of English at the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan since 2006. Currently pursuing an M.Phil degree in English Literature, she found teaching as a field in which she could satisfy her penchant for literature. During this tenure, she has taught a wide range of subjects ranging from Classical Poetry to Pakistani Literature in English. Being a writer herself, she has also taught 'Writing Skills' and 'Creative Writing' to graduate and under-grad students of English Literature. In addition, her work, both creative and research-oriented, has been published in international journals including the New Writing: The International Journal for the Theory and Practice of Creative Writing and the South Asian Review.

Candice James is the 3rd Poet Laureate of the City of New Westminster, BC.  She is the author of  poetry books "A Split In The Water" (Fiddlehead Publishing 1979) "Inner Heart - A Journey" (Silver Bow Publishing 2010) and "Bridges And Clouds" (Silver Bow Publishing 2011) and "Midnight Embers" (Libros Libertad Publishing) scheduled for release in 2012.  Candice has been a featured poet on radio shows and at many events in the Greater Vancouver area.  She is the creator of the poetry groups Poetic Justice, Poetry In The Park and Slam Central.  She is also a musician, bass player and singer/songwriter, having had many of the songs she wrote recorded by international artists.

Clinton Van Inman is a high school teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida.  He is 65 and a graduate of San Diego State University. He was born in Walton on Thames, England.  Recent publications include The Warwick Journal, Poetry Magazine, One of Four, Down in the Dirt, May, June, July, The Inquistion, The Journal, the New Writing, The Hudson Review, Essence, Forge, Houston Literary Review, Greensilk Journal, BlackCatPoems,, and the forthcoming issue of Grasslimb in August. Hopefully, these will be published in a future book called, “Caliban.” 

Eric Torgersen is Professor Emeritus in Department of English, Central Michigan University. has published poetry, fiction, essays and a full-length study of Rainer Maria Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker. He also translates German poetry, especially that of Rainer Maria Rilke and Nicolas Born. He was born in Huntington, New York. He has a BA in German Literature from Cornell University; after two years in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, he earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. He retired in the spring of 2008 after 38 years of teaching writing at Central Michigan University. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with his wife, the quilt artist Ann Kowaleski. His next book of poems, Heart. Wood., will be published in 2012 by Word Press. He’s available for workshops and readings. 

Feryal Cubukcu got her B. A. and M. A on language teaching and Ph. D. on literary theories. Her main interests are literary theories, psycholinguistics, language learning theories, reading skills, and film studies. She has been currently working as an associate Professor at Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey.

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. His chapbook 'Remembrance' was published by Origami Condom Press, 'The Conquest of Somalia' was published by Cervena Barva Press, 'The Dance of Hate' was published by Calliope Nerve Media and 'Material Questions' was published by Silkworms Ink, 'Dispossessed' was published by Medulla Press and 'Mutilated Girls' was published by Heavy Hands Ink. A collection of his poetry 'Days of Destruction' was published by Skive Press. Another collection 'Expectations' was published by Rogue Scholars press. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway and toured colleges and outdoor performance venues. His poetry has appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.

Gerald Solomon was born in London and studied English Literature at Cambridge University. After a short spell as sales assistant at a bookshop in London's Charing Cross Road he worked as a producer at the BBC. Subsequently becoming engaged in education, he helped found General Studies courses at Hornsey College of Art, and this led eventually to an enjoyable period teaching poetry courses at Middlesex University. He retired early in order to paint and write. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines in the USA and UK as he prepares his first collection. He is married, with four children, and lives in Manhattan

Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the full-length poetry collections Lovesick (Press Americana, 2009), Heart With a Dirty Windshield (BeWrite Books, 2010), and Everything Reminds Me of Me (Desperanto, 2011), as well as numerous print and digital poetry chapbooks, including most recently Love Dagger from Right Hand Pointing.

Jeffrey Park is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University (BA) and Towson University (MAT). He has been a movie theater manager, an IT specialist and a middle school English teacher. He currently lives with his wife and two dogs in Munich, Germany where he works at a private secondary school, as well as teaching business English to adults. His latest poems appear or are forthcoming in Subliminal Interiors, Mobius, Punk Soul Poet, Darkling Magazine, The Camel Saloon, cc&d Magazine and elsewhere.

John Behan lives in Ireland, and he likes to write for enjoyment. He has had a short story published in Irelands Own in September this year, another story got published with an internet publisher called Queen Vic's Knives in America.

Kufre Udeme was born on 26 September, 1989, in Ikot Oboko, a small village in Akpabuyo, Cross River State. He was first published in his school magazine, The Technical College Magazine, A Publication of all Technical Colleges in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Thereafter, he became the pioneer Secretary General of Anti-AIDs Club in the school. Later on that year, 2007, the Ministry of Education acknowledged his creativity and ingenuity in his intention to published ''All Ages Magazine'' a general publication proposed to delightening the soul. His poetry first appeared in Evangelist Newspaper, 2009, before Fullosia Press published his poem in its 2011 Independence Day Issue.
Kufre Udeme has been published online at Mad Swirl, Queen Vic Knives, Poets West and Poets Haven. He has equally appeared on The Moth, Apollo's Lyre, and Boyne Berries. He is the pioneer secretary of the editorial board of Insight Youth Magazine.

Luke Schlueter holds a Ph.D. from Kent State University where he wrote a dissertation on the poetry of Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry. He is currently a Lecturer in English at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Luke writes on various topics in contemporary poetry. His most recently wrote a chapter on the poetry of Wendell Berry for a book entitled The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry (ISI Books). He is also a published poet himself His work has recently appeared in Blueline, Slant, Arsenic Lobster, and Asphodel

Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, After Hours, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review and others. In addition, he has nine poetry chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004) and What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005), and I Was a Teacher Once and Other Philosophies (Ten Page Press, 2011). Brownstein taught elementary school in Chicago’s inner city (he is now retired), but he continues to study authentic African instruments with his students, conducts grant-writing workshops for educators and the State of Illinois Title 1 Convention, and records performance and music pieces with grants from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Oppenheimer Foundation, BP Leadership Grants, and others. Presently he lives in Missouri, the USA.

Rebekha is a poet from Australia. Her poems have appeared in a collection of literary journals, most recently Finger Magazine, Text and The Scrambler including The Biggar Poetry Garden in Scotland. Rebekha is currently completely a first novel 'The end of darkness.


Robert Lietz is the author of eight published collections of poems,  including Running in Place (L’Epervier Press,). At Park and East Division ( L’Epervier Press,) The Lindbergh Half-century (L’Epervier Press,) The Inheritance (Sandhills Press,) and Storm Service (Basfal Books). Basfal also published After Business in the West: New and Selected Poems.   Over seven 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.  Meanwhile, he keeps active writing and exploring his interest in digital photography and image processing

 and their relationship to the development of his poetry.

Rodney Nelson’s work began appearing in mainstream American journals long ago; however, he turned to fiction and did not write a poem for twenty-two years, restarting in the 2000s. In a sense, he is both older and “new.” Nelson worked as a book and copy editor, living in the American Southwest, and now he lives in his native northern Great Plains. His translations of the work of the younger German poet Ron Winkler introduced it to an American readership.

Sally-Ann Murray is a lecturer in English Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the east coast city of Durban, South Africa. She is especially interested in writing in relation to art, environment and experimental language. She has published two collections of poems, and is the recipient of both the Sanlam Award and the Arthur Nortje/Vita Award for poetry. In 2010, her novel Small Moving Parts (Kwela, 2009) won the M-Net Prize for Fiction in English as well as the Herman Charles Bosman Prize.

Stan Galloway teaches writing and literature at Bridgewater College in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  He was nominated Best of the Net in 2011. His chapbook Abraham is forthcoming from Sierra Delta Press in 2012. He has had more than 50 poems appear online and in print, including such places as vox poetica, Contemporary World Poetry, Broad River Review, and Boston Literary Magazine. He has also written a book of literary criticism, The Teenage Tarzan.

Suchoon Mo is a Korean War veteran and a retired academic living in the semiarid part of Colorado, USA.   He received his Ph.D. in psychology from University of Pennsylvania.   His poems and music compositions appeared in a number of literary and cultural publications, both nationally and internationally.

Suzanne Nielsen, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, teaches writing at Metropolitan State University and Augsburg College.  Her poetry, fiction and essays appear in literary journals nationally and internationally; some of these include Mid-America Poetry Review, Identity Theory, The Pedestal,  Word Riot and 580 Split. So’ham Books released her first collection of poetry, “East of the River” (2005), a work of short fiction, “The Moon Behind the 8-Ball & Other Stories” (2007), and a third book (poetry), “I Thought You Should Know” (2009).  “Cool Dead People,” an anthology of essays, will be released 2012.  Nielsen holds a Doctorate in Education from Hamline University.  

Ted Morrissey, Ph.D. in English studies from Illinois State University, is the author of the novel Men of Winter (2010) and the forthcoming novella and story collection Weeping with an Ancient God (2012), both from Punkin House.  His work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Chariton Review, PANK, Pisgah Review, and elsewhere.  He teaches in a variety of academic settings, including University of Illinois at Springfield, and is a reader for Quiddity international literary journal and public-radio program.  He is also a board member of the Vachel Lindsay Association.  The father of three adult sons, he lives just north of Springfield with a Siberian husky and about a million books. 

Dr. Vicky Gilpin, who teaches at Cerro Gordo High School, Millikin University, and Richland Community College, publishes and presents on vampires, popular culture, and literature for enjoyment. When not writing, teaching, or researching, she keeps busy working toward a Master's degree through the Harvard Extension School. Her husband, David, gently persuades her to write papers about poetry rather than attempting to coerce him into discussions about poetry!