Tipton Poetry Journal



John Thomas Allen is a 23 year old philosophy major from Albany, New York. His poems have been published in Ygdrasil, dreampeople, RealEight View, Illiterate Hooligan Press, ThunderSandwich #26, Breath and Shadow, Forever Underground Magazine, Falling Star Magazine, Poetically Speaking, Sein Un Werden, Zygote In My Coffee and others.

Janelle Aslin's work has appeared in The Florida Review, Phoenix, The Jewish Spectator, and The Southeast Review. She teaches English in Gurgaon, India.

Lisa Barton is a graphic designer and poet living in Indianapolis. She is also the Art Director of Big Car Media, Inc. which promotes local art, music and writing by hosting shows and events. She attributes her writing success to an overactive imagination and off-beat sense of humor. Lisa has recently been published in NUVO Newsweekly and Jake Magazine.

John Borneman writes poetry and speculative fiction when he is not “wrangling statistics” during his day job. He has been published in magazines such as Star*Line, and Illumen. He was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's 2005 Rhysling Poetry Award. John's web site is at http://brassman.blogspot.com.

 Tony Brewer’s poems have appeared in Branches, Bathtub Gin, and A Linen Weave of Bloomington Poets. Co-founder of MATRIX (www.matrixmag.com), Tony is also a professional editor, an adult literacy tutor, and a renowned sound effects artist.

Kristin Capezio is finishing up her BS degree in Secondary English Education at Central Connecticut State University. Kristin grew up around the Boston area and was deeply influenced by the “ego-centric, narcissistic mentality of most Bostonians: There is only one city in the world, and I was born in it.”

Jared Carter, an Elwood native with many ties to Tipton and also to Windfall, lives in Indianapolis. His fourth collection of poems, Cross this Bridge at a Walk, will be published in 2006. Please visit his website at www.jaredcarter.com.

Martha Clarkson designs corporate headquarters and is a University of Oregon Alum. Her poetry and fiction can be found in Crab Creek Review, Literary Salt, Clackamas Literary Review, Seattle Review, pindledyboz, Portland Review, descant and forthcoming in Nimrod and monkeybicycle. She is a recipient of the Washington State Poets William Stafford prize in 2005. She receives mail in Kirkland, Washington.

Terry Collett lives in Horsham in Sussex, England and has been writing since 1972.

Adrianna DiGennaro studies literature and creative writing at Bennington College in Vermont. Her first book of poetry, Peripheral Vision, was published in June 2001 by Writers Ink Press. Adrianna’s poetry has been featured in Red River Review, The Aurora Review, Ancient Heart (United Kingdom), Eclectica, City Writers Review, Poetry Midwest, Esopian, Adagio Verse Quarterly, Falling Star Magazine, Long Island Quarterly, Southern Ocean Review (New Zealand) and others. She was on Red River Review’s list of nominees for a Pushcart Prize in 2001. Her second book, Acts of Contrition, is due out in April 2006 by Writers Ink Press.

Alun Evans is a young English writer, never before published, with a great interest in short stories and poetry. Currently cleaning holiday chalets in the south of England (Cornwall) while awaiting to start third year of University, studying film. Alun plans to go to Paris for a month this summer and hopefully write and drink a great deal.

S.P. Flannery was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and now resides in Madison. His poetry has appeared in Mobius, Hummingbird, Avocet, Sidereality, Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry, Lily, Spillway Review, Electric Acorn, Free Verse, Wild Goose Poetry Review, and Plum Ruby Review. His poetry is forthcoming in The Neovictorian/Cochlea and Poetry Salzburg Review.

Andrew Grossman’s poem, “The Efficient Nurses of Florida” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Grossman’s new book is 100 Poems of the Iraqi Wars, comprised of work from the Middle East, Israel and the United States. He resides with his wife, Nancy Terrell, in Palm Beach, Florida.

Laura Jo Hess is 21 years old. She likes doing Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday crosswords and sitting on benches.

Sharon Kapustinski is married, mother of four who lives in Meriden, Connecticut. She is an LPN currently working in a geriatric setting. Sharon has been published in The Connecticut River Review and The Meriden Record Journal and The People’s Press.

JL Kato is a native of Japan who grew up in central Indiana. He was the first host for the monthly poetry readings at the Education Center of Tipton County. He serves as an advisory board member of Etheridge Knight Inc. and also organizes the quarterly Heartland Incantations: Voices of Hoosier Poets for the Beech Grove Public Library. He resides in Beech Grove, Indiana, and is the features copy desk chief at The Indianapolis Star.

Joseph Kerschbaum lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Recently Joseph has had poems published in Bathtub Gin, Stirring, Facets, Poetry Motel, Eclipse, Stray Dog and Red River Review. His new book of poems, The Composer Steps into the Fire, was published in 2004. For more information, visit http://joseph.matrixmag.com.

Katie Kowalski is a senior at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana studying creative writing with an emphasis in poetry. Katie intends to go into the publishing industry after further poetry study at graduate school.

Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee plays with words and pictures. An artist, a poet, a chef, she is the author of the cookbook, Eating Korean. Every morning, she opens a window in Los Angeles, waiting for the muse to alight.

Beth Mink is an industrial electrician who lives in Fishers, Indiana with a husband, two sons, three dogs and a yellow jeep.beep.beep.

Karen D. Mitchell’s poetry and prose have appeared in genesis, Jake Magazine, Open Minds Quarterly and ScribeSpirit. A 2005 Pushcart Prize nominee, Karen is the author of one chapbook, Thanatology of Moths, published by 3 Legged Cat Press. When not writing, spending time with her family, or wrangling cats, she works full-time as a legal secretary and attends college part-time. Karen lives in Indianapolis with her husband, daughter, dog, three cats, fish and an ever-growing army of feral cats.

Steve Mueske holds an MFA in Writing from Hamline University and has published prose and poetry in many print and online journals, including Best New Poets 2005. He lives in the American Midwest where he edits the online literary arts journal three candles, and is publisher of three candles press. Steve’s book, A Mnemoic for Desire, was published in 2006 by Ghost Road Press.

Tom O’Connor was the AWP IntroAward winner in poetry for Binghamton University in 2001. His poems have been published by Poetry Southeast, Pebble Lake Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Plainsongs, Burnside Review, Mankato Poetry Review, Nebula, No Exit, Notre Dame Review, Soul Fountain, Touchstone, Curbside Review, Prism Quarterly, The Aurora Review, and Skidrow Penthouse. Tom’s book, Poetic Acts & New Media, is forthcoming from The University Press of America.

Shawnte Orion lives in Surprise, Arizona. His poetry has appeared in dozens of literary journals, including The Georgetown Review, The Peralta Press, and Southern Ocean Review. His first collection of poetry, The Infernal Gaze, won Red Booth Review’s fourth chapbook contest. Visit his website at http://www.shawnteorion.4t.com.

Thomas Alan Orr’s first book of poems, Hammers in the Fog, was published in 1995 by Restoration Press. His poetry has appeared in two recent anthologies, Good Poems, edited by Garrison Keillor, and In Praise of Fertile Land, from the FCC Farmland Trust. Orr reads his poems in the feature film, Somewhere in Indiana, produced by independent film-maker Don Boner (2004).

Daniel Pendergrass grew up in rural North Alabama. After working as a journalist, he spent the next two years living on an outer island of Micronesia and has since maintained an expatriate lifestyle. His poems have been placed with The Chiron Review, Van Gogh’s Ear, and Poetry Salzburg Review, among other publications.

Kenneth Pobo’s work appears in magazines such as Southern Indiana Review, Nimrod, forpoetry.com, three candles, Colorado Quarterly and elsewhere. His radio show, “Obscure Oldies” can be heard at WDNR.com on Saturdays from 6pm-8pm EDT.

James S. Proffitt is a carpet installer in Cincinnati and has also served as an IRS clerk, corrections officer, truck driver and police officer. He is the former editor of the former journal, Great Midwestern Quarterly. His poetry has appeared in Poet Lore, Rattappallax, Notre Dame Review, Touchstone, Rattle and elsewhere.

Christina M. Rau is the founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit in Nassau County on Long Island in New York. She completed her MFA at Southampton LIU on Long Island where she also attends their Summer Writers Conference. Her works have published several magazines, including Art & Scope and the Writers Issue of The Improper. She also works full time as an English and Liberal Arts professor at a small college in New York.

Maureen Sherbondy lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her poetry has appeared in Calyx, Feminist Studies, Cairn, 13th Moon and other journals.

John Sherman has been publishing his poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for many years. A native of Jay County, Indiana, he joined the Peace Corps the same week he was graduated from Indiana University with a BA in English and Journalism. Since then, he has lived in four African countries, in Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, New Mexico and Indianapolis. His book of poetry, Marjorie Main: Rural Documentary Poetry provides details of a family farm a half century ago. He owns a public relations firm in Indianapolis where he lives with his wife Lois.

Noel Sloboda teaches English at Penn State York. His writing has appeared in Studies in the Humanities, and his poetry is forthcoming in FRiGG.

Clint Smith is an Honors Graduate from The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Le Cordon Bleu, and is currently the Chef Instructor in the Culinary Arts Department at Central Nine Career Center. Clint’s poem, “A Cross Country Team Runs by a Corpse,” received an Honorable Mention Award for the 2005 Tipton Poetry Contest. When he is not teaching, Clint enjoys reading, writing and Chaos.

Fiction writer, poet, and playwright J.J. Steinfeld lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He has published a novel and nine short story collections. Over thirty of his plays have been performed in Canada and the United States. He has published a poetry chapbook by Cubicle Press: Existence Is a Hoax, a Woman in Fishnet Stockings Told Me When I Was Twenty. His first poetry collection, An Affection for Precipices, will be published by Serengeti Press in 2006.

Michael E. Strosahl runs a newspaper distribution operation and currently resides in Elwood, Indiana. He is the new president of the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs and hosts a monthly poetry reading in Alexandria, Indiana, meeting at the Lighthouse Cafe.

Larry D. Sweazy's poems have appeared in The Red River Review, The Raintown Review, and other small press literary journals. Larry’s short stories have appeared in publications such as Texas Rangers [Berkley Publishing Group], Hardboiled, and Kracked Mirror Mysteries. Larry is the winner of the 2005 Western Writers of America SPUR AWARD for best short story for “The Promotion”, which appeared in the Best Mysteries of 2004 anthology [Carroll & Graf]. Larry lives in Noblesville, Indiana wife his wife and dog.

David Thornbrugh is an American poety now living in Poland, getting some distance from America’s Roman period and absorbing “Old Europe” values, sights, experiences. He wasn’t in Krakow in time to attend Czeslaw Milosz’s funeral, but has attended a reading of another Polish Nobel Prize poet, Wislawa Zymborska. He runs an open mic venue in a great English-language bookstore in Krakow. Stop by if you’re in town.

Davide Trame is an Italian teacher of English, born and living in Venice, Italy, writing poems exclusively in English since 1993. His poems have been published in around 200 literary magazines in the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere.