The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

Volume-1                                          June-2011                                                        Number-1



List of Contributors




A. D. Winans is a native San Francisco poet, writer and photographer. His work has appeared internationally and has been translated into eight languages. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose. He edited and published Second Coming magazine/press for 17 years. In 2002 a song poem of his was performed at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. In 2006 he was awarded a PEN National Josephine Miles award for excellence in literature. In 2009 he was awarded a PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010 BOS Press published a 365-page book of his selected poems from 1970-2010.


Ádám Bogár (born in 1984) from Budapest, Hungary. He is currently about to receive his MA in English Languge and Literature form Károli University of Budapest. His main concern is researching the works of Kurt Vonnegut and other (mostly American) authors, he is a member of the Kurt Vonnegut Society. He writes poetry, chiefly haikus.. Translating literary works from and into Hungarian is also included in the scope of his interest, and besides all these, he makes paintings, graphics, and mixed media works of art.  As of now his list of publications includes two studies on John Milton and Herman Melville respectively. As far as poetry is concerned, the Hungarian journal NapKút published two of his haikus, while a haibun of his appeared in the Newsletter of the Hungarian-Japanese Friendship Society (MJBT). 


Adrienne Wolfert  (BA Barnard College, MFA Vermont ), has won many prizes and  awards for poetry in her lifetime.  Her poetry books are "7Day World", "Natal Fire",  "Discovery of a Human Fossil", and "Songs of the Dybbuk",  Her poems are recorded in the , Library of Congress via William Meredith. She was an exchange AMERICAN writer with Peredelkino, the Russian Writers Retreat. An editor of "Poet Lore" for many years. Her poems are called poems of "stature and excellence" by Louis Untermeyer and "energetic and striking" by William Matthews who edited '" Songs of the Dybbuk". She is now editing and collecting another book. She taught writing at Fairlfield University and Sacred Heart University, she also ran the Creative Dramatics Program for the School Volunteer Association of Bpt. CT. Right now her poetry is being performed by 2 actresses in San Francisco

Dr. Alan Lindsay is the Chair of the English/Fine Arts/Foreign Languages Department at NHTI--Concord's Community College. I taught for several years at Tamkang University in Taiwan. I have an M.A. in Fiction Writing and a Ph.D. in English from The University of Notre Dame; I've published the novel, A. (Red Hen press, 2004) and the story "Idling" (in the collection "The Crucifix Is Down," Red Hen Press, 2005), and the book "Death in the FUNhouse" (Peter Lang, 1994). My poems and stories have appeared in "New Works Review," "Wired Arts" and other journals. I am a member of Granite Playwrights Ink.

Anca Vlasopolos is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has published the award-winning novel The New Bedford Samurai, the award-winning memoir No Return Address: A Memoir of Displacement, a collection of poems, Penguins in a Warming World, three poetry chapbooks, a detective novel, Missing Members, and over two hundred poems and short stories. Nominated for the Pulitzer for The New Bedford Samurai and nominated several times for the Pushcart Award in poetry and fiction. Associate editor of Corridors Magazine. Her website has links to her work online.

April A. has been writing for almost five years, getting inspiration from various experiences seen by the eyes of a thinker. The purpose of her creativity is urging people to see beyond the bounds, to be themselves, to speak their minds loud, not to be afraid to differ from the crowd. She creates to destroy. To destroy the naive beliefs. To destroy the stereotypes. April lives in St. Petersburg at the moment and hopes to succeed further both as a poet and a songwriter. 


Benjamin Myers, (Ph.D. from Washington University), is Associate Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  Benjamin Myers' first book of poems, Elegy for Trains, won the 2011 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. His poems may be read in Measure, Ruminate, The Chiron Review, The New Plains Review, and many other journals.

Boghos L. Artinian is a physician in private practice in Beirut and has been there since 1975. His first published poem is called "Pacing in the Tomb" and was published in the Saudi Medical Journal, 1986. He also published two poems, titled "Rightly Foreseen" and "Panspermia" in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 1987. Since then he has published over fifty other poems in various journals.  

Byron Beynon: Lives in Wales. His work has appeared in numerous publications including The Seventh Quarry, the Independent, Quadrant (Australia), Landfall (New Zealand), Planet, New Welsh Review, Poetry Ireland, Agenda, Wasafiri and English. He has read his work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Hay Festival, Cork (Ireland), The Dylan Thomas Centre (Swansea) and the Swedenborg Hall, Bloomsbury, London.
He was involved with the Dylan Thomas Centre in co-ordinating the Wales' contribution to a Young People's anthology entitled “Fifty Strong” published by Heinemann. He has been co-editor of the poetry magazine, Roundyhouse. A sequence of his poems appeared in a Painters and Poets exhibition in London, inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh. His most recent collections include “Cuffs” published by Rack Press (2008) and “Nocturne In Blue” published by Lapwing Publications. Some of his work is to be featured in a forthcoming anthology “Evan Walters: Moments of Vision” published by Seren Books.
For further detail please see the Literature Wales website:

Carl Scharwath has been described as the "running poet" by bothThe Orlando Sentinel and Lake Healthy Living Magazine. His interests include raising his daughter, competitive running, sprint triathlons and taekwondo (he's a 2nd degree black belt). His work appears all over the world in publications such as Paper Wasp (Australia), Structo (The UK), Taj Mahal Review (India) and Abandoned Towers. He was also recently awarded “Best in Issue” in Haiku Reality Magazine. His first short story was published last July in the Birmingham Arts Journal. His favorite authors are Hermann Hesse and Edith Wharton.

 Carrie Allison is a writer in Independence, Missouri in the United States.  Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of journals and magazines including I-70 Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, and Kansas City Voices.  Mid-America Press published her chapbook of poetry Pointing Toward Home.


Chris Tanasescu is a Romanian poet, academic, critic, and translator whose work has appeared in Romanian and international anthologies and publications. He is author of four poetry collections and recipient of the International Library of Poetry Award (2001), and the Ronald Gasparic Poetry Prize (1996) among other distinctions. His poetry performance / action painting / rock band Margento  won the Fringiest Event Award at Buxton Fringe (UK, 2005) and the Gold Disc in Romania (2008), and has released two multimedia CDs and a concert movie; Tanasescu is currently a Fulbright Visiting Professor at San Diego State University, California. 

Christina Murphy is a poet from Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.A. Christina Murphy's poetry appears in a number of anthologies and journals including, most recently, ABJECTIVE, MiPOesias, A cappella Zoo, PANK, Word Riot, Splash of Red, Blue Fifth Review, POOL: A Journal of Poetry, Caper Literary Journal, and Counterexample Poetics. Her work has received two Editor’s Choice Awards and Special Mention for a Pushcart Prize.

Dalal Sarnou is a university lecturer (at the English dept, Mostaganem university) 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 two academic papers on Huda Barakat and Ahdaf Soueif, 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.

Devreaux Baker has published three books of poetry including Light at the Edge, Beyond the Circumstance of Sight and Red Willow People, Wild Ocean Press, San Francisco, California. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a MacDowell Poetry Fellowship, the Hawthornden Castle International Poetry Award, the Helene Wurlitzer Writing Fellowship and three California Arts Council Awards to produce "Voyagers: Original Student Writing for Public Radio". She has conducted writing workshops in the United States, France, Scotland and Mexico. She is a 2011 Pushcart Prize for Poetry nominee.

Felix Nicolau (born in 1970) is a Romanian associate professor, Ph. D. He teaches English literature and Comparative literature at “Hyperion” University, in Bucharest. So far he has published many books of poetry, literary criticism [Homo Imprudens, 2006, Anticanonice (Anticanonicals), 2010 etc], and two novels [Tandru şi rece (Tender and cool), 2007, and Pe mâna femeilor (In Women’s Hands), 2011]. He is a constant contributor to various Romanian and international magazines.

Gale Acuff has had poems published in Ascent, Ohio Journal, Descant, Adirondack Review, Worcester Review, Danse Macabre, Poem, Maryland Poetry Review, South Carolina Review, Florida Review, South Dakota Review, Santa Barbara Review, and many other journals. He has authored three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel (BrickHouse, 2004), The Weight of the World (BrickHouse, 2006), and The Story of My Lives (BrickHouse, 2008). He has also taught university English in the US, China, and the Palestinian West Bank, and currently teaches in Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang, Sichuan, China.

Hal O'Leary is an eighty-five year old veteran of WWII who has come to realize that all wars are fought to enrich a wealthy elite. As a Secular Humanist, and having spent his life in the theatre he believes that it is only through the arts, poetry in particular, that we are afforded an occasional glimpse into the otherwise incomprehensible. Hal has been inducted into the Wheeling Hall of Fame and is the recent  recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from West Liberty University.

  Hugh Fox is Professor Emeritus from Michigan State University, archaeologist, editor, writer, and iconic poet of international fame. He is located in East Lansing, MIchigan right in the mid-west of the U.S., next to Lake Michigan. He has 120 books published. Peter Berg has set up a SPECIAL COLLECTION of the work of Hugh Fox in the Michigan state University Library. Born in Chicago, 1932,polio at age 5,cured with new pre-Saulk experimental medicine,childhood immersed in opera, violin, piano, musical composition, art by his ex-violinist-turned-M.D. father, and frustrated actress mother, then 3 years of pre-med and a year of Medicine, dropped out of medical school and got a B.S. (Hum.) and M.A.(English) from Loyola Chicago, first trip to Paris, London, Florence, Rome, Amsterdam, etc., then a Ph.D. in American Literature from the U. of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).Married Peruvian poet Lucia Ungaro de Zevallos. Prof. of American Literature, Loyola University in Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount University) , 1958-1968,Professor in the Department of American Thought and Language, Michigan State University (1968-1999) now retired,  Professor Emeritus. Fulbright Professor of American Studies/Literature, U. of Hermosillo, Mexico, 1961, U. Católica and Institúto Pedagógico, Caracas, 1964-1966,  U. of Florianópolis, Brazil, 1978-1980. Married Maria Bernadete Costa M.D. 1 yr. studying Lt. Am. culture at Mendoza Foundation (Caracas) with Mariano Picon-Salas.One year in Valencia, Spain. Organization of American States Grant to study Latin American Studies/Argentinian Literature, U. of Buenos Aires, 1971. John Carter Brown Library Fellowship, Brown U. , 1968 (Studies in sixteenth and seventeenth century Spanish economics and avant-garde literature). OAS grant as archaeologist, Atacama Desert, Chile, 1986.Lectures in Spain and Portugal 1975-’76. Founder and Board of Directors member of COSMEP, the International Organization of Independent Publishers, from 1968 until its death in 1996. Editor of  Ghost Dance: The International Quarterly of Experimental Poetry, 1968-1995. Latin American editor of Western World Review & North American Review during 60’s. Former contributing reviewer on Smith/ Pulpsmith, Choice etc. currently contributing reviewer to SPR and SMR.120 books published, the most recent Defiance (Higganum Hill Press, 2007) (poetry), Finalmente/Finally  (Solo Press, 2007) (poetry), Opening the Door to French Film (World Audience, 2007) , Rediscovering America (World Audience, 2009)  (archaeology), Alex (poetry chapbook, Rubicon Press), Peace/LaPaix (Higganum Hill,2008, another poetry chapbook), The Collected Poetry (World Audience, 2008...540 pages), Icehouse & The Thirteen Keys to Talmud (Crossing Chaos Press in London, Ontario. A novella and sci fi novel, 2009), Revoir (s.stories, All Things that Matter Press, 2009), Gesangvoll/Songful (Pudding House Chapbook Series,2010), Icehouse &Thirteen Keys to Talmud (Crossing Chaos Press, 2010), Depths and Dragons (Skylight Press in England, 2011), In the Beginning (Muse It Up in Canada,2011), Epilogue (Luminis Press, 2011), etc. etc. etc.)

  Jennifer C. Wolfe is a forty-three year-old female writer with five publishing credentials:  a poem "If" included within the Century College (White Bear Lake, MN) Spring 2008 Student Lounge literary magazine along with three 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, and Healing Optimism, and Polarization, published as an eBook by BlazeVox Books, New York, February 2010, and two poems, "St. Patrick's Day" and "Roller Coaster" published within the online edition of Scrambler Magazine, Issue 39, June 2010.  In June 2011, I will have my newest poetry manuscript, Somewhere Over the Pachyderm Rainbow, published by BlazeVox Books, New York.  Somewhere Over the Pachyderm Rainbow is my first print publishing.  I am listed within Poets & Writers' magazine online Directory of Writers at:

Joel Weishaus  was born in New York. At age 19 was Assistant Traffic Manager for a Madison Avenue advertising agency. In 1964, he moved to Berkeley, CA,where he was a student in the University of California, Department of Oriental Languages and Literary Editor of the student newspaper. In 1971, he edited On The Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing, (City Lights Books). That year, too, Cranium Press published his translations: Oxherding: A Reworking of the Zen Text, with Woodcuts by Arthur Okamura. In 1977, he moved to Santa Fe, NM. That year he received a grant from the Mary Roberts Reinhart Foundation, and a 9-month writing residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM. During the early 1980s, he spent four years sculpting and studying post-structuralist theories. In 1984, he became a features writer for Artspace: A Quarterly of Contemporary Southwest Art. In 1985, he was appointed Adjunct Curator of Video Art at the University of New Mexico’s Museum of Fine Arts, in Albuquerque. In 1991, his forty texts for a project with photographer Patrick Nagatani, The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico, were exhibited by the Albuquerque Museum, for which he was awarded a grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. The next year, the Stanford University Museum of Art had the exhibion, his prose poems now titled The Deeds and Sufferings of Light, and in Fall 2010, 12 of the text were on exhibit at the University of New Mexico Art Museum as part of the “Desire for Magic” exhibition. From 1998 until 2000, he was a writer-in-residence at the University of New Mexico's Center for Southwest Research. He moved to Portland, OR in 2000, where for seven years he was Research Faculty in the Department of English, Portland State University, developing Digital Literary Art projects. 
his homepage is:  his on-line work is archived at Virginia Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Digital Discourse and Culture: 

Joseph Powell is a professor of creative writing at Central Washington University. He has published four books of poetry, co-authored a book on meter, and a book of short stories. He has won a National Endowment for the Arts award for his poetry. His most recent book of poetry is Hard Earth.

Judith Prest, LMSW, is a poet, collage artist, creativity coach. Her work has been published in Mad Poets Review, Chronogram, Akros Review, Slightly West and Earth’s Daughters, and has appeared in the following anthologies:  Beloved On The Earth (Holy Cow Press, 2009), Moments of the Soul (Spirit First, 2010), Layers of Possibility (Palabras Press, 2007) and Peer Glass (Hudson Valley Writers Guild, 2003). Judith lives in rural upstate New York.

Kathleen Specter is a writer and teacher living in the DC metro area. Her work has appeared in the NH Governor’s monograph on domestic violence (2001) and the journal Conscience, as well as Aegis magazine. She has received the following awards: the Daniel Morin Poetry Prize, Ruth Ellen Dodge Award, Dick Shea Memorial Fund, Richard M. Ford Memorial Award, and Mayberry Award.

Professor Kenneth Pobo teaches English and creative writing at Widener University in Pennsylvania.  He has four books of poetry and thirteen chapbooks of poetry
published, the most recent being Closer Walks from Thunderclap Press (2011). His work appears in: Word Riot, Public Republic, Stickman Review, Bananafish, and elsewhere

Linda Appleby was born in Cambridge, UK, of Welsh parents. She went on to Somerville College Oxford after school at The Perse in Cambrigde. She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics, then took an MA in Cultural Studies, specialising in psychoanalytic theory. After that, she took a teaching qualification in English in a multi-cultural society. She taught  for 17 years at North Warwickshire College, living in Nuneaton with our two sons. She came home to Cambridge some time ago and has been writing poems  and short stories for a few years. She has had some poems published, in 'Monkey Kettle', 'Urthona', 'Harvest' and 'Crossing the Sahara By Scooter', for example. You can see more of her work on

Michael D. Sollars, PhD, is an associate professor of English and assistant dean of research at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, USA. He is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. He has written extensively on world literature, including editing the extensive volumes Dictionary of Literary Characters and the Compendium of Twentieth Century Novels and Novelists.  His scholarly focus lies in the area of Modernism, especially Samuel Beckett, Eugene O’Neill, Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. He is a member of many scholarly societies including the Eugene O’Neill Society.  [email protected]

Michael Lee Johnson poet, Itasca, Illinois.   From Which Place the Morning Rises, and The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom are available at:   Original version of The Lost American:   Published in 24 countries.  His web site:  All  books available on  Borders:   You-Tube:,

E-mail: [email protected]

Mike J Gallagher lives in County Kerry, Ireland. His poetry, prose and songs have been published extensively in journals and anthologies throughout Europe, America, Japan and Australia. He won 2008 Samhlaíocht Poetry Slam, the 2010 Michael Hartnett Viva Voce Contest and is currently a nominee for the Hennessy Award. ( photo of Mike (left) and his uncle Patrick Gallagher (right), whose birthday is the subject of poem 'Bookends'). He has edited a number of poetry and prose books and is the editor of thefirstcut, a new e-zine.

Paul Lobo Portugés -reared in Merkel, West Texas, until saved by UCLA, the American Film Institute, and UC Berkeley. Teaches creative writing at University of California, Santa Barbara. Taught creative writing at UC Berkeley, USC, SBCC, and the University of Provence.  Proud father of two sons.  Books include The Visionary Poetics of Allen Ginsberg, Saving Grace, Hands Across the Earth, The Flower Vendor, Paper Song, Aztec Birth, The Body Electric Journal, The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson.  Poems are scattered in small magazines across the Americas, Europe, and Asia .  Poetry videos include To My Beloved, Kiss, The Lonely Wind, Fathermine, and Of Her I Sing. Received awards from the National Endowment, the Ford Foundation, the American Film Institute, The Rockefeller/Bellagio Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission.

Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic and scholar, and his poetry collection, _The Flayed Man_, has been published by Gothic Press; Gothic Press will also edit a collection of essays on Ramsey Campbell, that he is editing with Gary William Crawford. 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, Melaleuca, and Breaking Light Poetry Magazine.

 Professionally a Research Physicist, S. Raj Vatsya (Ph.D., Physics) located in London, Canada, has pursued his interests in writing poetry, plays and other literary genres both in English and Hindi. His other interests include directing and acting in theatre and movies. His writings have been published in magazines and book collections; recited on stage and TV; and the plays and movies have been presented on stage, TV and auditoriums. He has written scripts for, directed and acted in several plays and art movies; and written script for a Hindi-English feature film, “Love in Canada.” A collection of his Hindi free verse, “Pili Batti Lal Batti,”  has recently been published. A collection of his English free verse, “Journey,” and an English novel, “Across the Bridge,” are currently being prepared for publication.  


Rebeka Sára is from Budapest, Hungary. She is currently about to receive her  MA in Hungarian Languge and Literature from Károli University of Budapest. She is interested in art history, currently she is  dealing with William Blake’s graphics and prints. Besides these she has been writing poems since she was 7, especially haikus, but she is also concerned about essay writing and doing research, mainly in the field of philosophy, psychology, aesthetics and art history, mythology and history of religion. She won the 1st Prize at the Sakura Haiku Contest of ELTE Botanical Garden. She is in love with fine arts, she paints and draws. She is into street art since 2006 under the aliases LeChat and Your browser may not support display of this image.. She has had a number of exhibitions since 2008. Synthesis, marginality, perception – these are her main interests, visually and textually alike. 


Richard Oko Ajah lives in Lagos, Nigeria with his family. He earned a First Class degree in the University of Uyo, Nigeria where he teaches French and literature. He obtained distinction in M.A degree in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he is currently completing his Ph.D on travel and diasporic writing of Tahar Ben Jelloun, the Moroccan writer. His areas of interest are African, Maghrebian and comparative literatures, and cinematography. He has presented papers in conferences, published articles in learned journals. As a bilingual poet, he has published his poetry works in journals in Nigeria and abroad. “Song of Heroes” is acclaimed to be one of the poems of high promise in Journal of New Poetry. His Plaintes d’un enfant noir et autres and other English collections will soon be published.

Sam Eisenstein is a professor at Los Angeles City College. His life has been an academic one, teaching in the same community college, LACC, for over fifty years. He has two children. The boy is an opthalmologist, who specializes in Laser surgery. The girl is a veterinary, with her own clinic where she works on small animals in a small town in Northern California. His wife Betty is an interior designer, specializing in boutique bathrooms. He has six novels in print, from the publishers Green Integer and Red Hen. He is fond of fantasy and the surreal. Science fascinates him. He is an atheist.

Shradha Kamra is a young poet from India. She has keen interest in writing. She is planning to publish her poems in the form of a book.

Professor Thomas Zimmerman teaches English, directs the Writing Center, and edits three literary magazines at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA). His latest poetry chapbook is entitled Nights Your Wife Is Gone


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, Magnolia's Press, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals and will appear in the upcoming editions  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 and Perhaps I'm Wrong About the World. You can find her here:

 Victor W. Pearn was educated at the University of Illinois, Springfield (BA), and the University of Colorado, (MA). His poems have been read on the “Writer’s Almanac” four times by Garrison Keillor. His first collection of poems Devil Dogs and Jarheads was published in Ithaca, NY at Busca, Inc., in 2003 by Michael Cooper. He recently returned from teaching English at Jining University in Qufu, China.  Some of his latest publications are - Light Across the Alley, short fiction novel, Kindle Books 2011, Dream Season, My brother Gary and the 1957 Ashland Panthers, nonfiction, Kindle Books 2011

William John Watkins is a Professor Emeritus and a member of the founding faculty at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. He has published more than 500 poems in such magazines as Rhino, South Carolina Review, Hellas, 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.