The Authors

Steve Dudas

Steve Dudas is a poet and writer out of the MA program at Miami University in Oxford, OH. His work has been read and performed in South East Michigan. He is originally from Livonia, MI.

 

Diane Payne

Michael Mayday

Freelance writer from Southern Michigan currently residing in San Francisco. Educated at Hillsdale College, Michael has written for Lokia.com, Topix, and the Daily Caller.

 

Benjamin Goluboff

Benjamin Goluboff teaches English at Lake Forest College. He has a
modest list of scholarly publications. His creative work has appeared
in Cabinet, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Willow Review, Ascent, Anobium, and
elsewhere.

 

Michel Andreoni

Sanford Tweedie

Sanford is a professor and coordinator of the undergraduate programs in Writing Arts housed in the College of Communication and Creative Arts at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, where he also teaches in the first-year writingand graduate programs.

 

Griffin Jackson

Is a graduate of Calvin College and currently is a masters student at the University of Chicago. He been published in the Detroit Free Press, the Kalamazoo Gazette, the Penwood Review, the Banner Magazine, and a variety of student publications.

 

Anca Vlasopolos

Anca Vlasopolos has published a detective novel, a memoir, various short stories, over 200 poems, the poetry collections Penguins in a Warming World andWalking Toward Solstice, and the non-fiction novelThe New Bedford Samurai.

She was born in 1948 in Bucharest, Rumania. Her father, a political prisoner of the Communist regime in Rumania, died when Anca was eight. After a sojourn in Paris and Brussels, at fourteen she immigrated to the United States with her mother, a prominent Rumanian intellectual and a survivor of Auschwitz. Anca is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is married to Anthony Ambrogio, a writer and editor; they have two daughters: Olivia Vlasopolos Ambrogio and Beatriz Rosa Jimenez Ambrogio.

 

Matthew Gavin Frank

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of “Barolo” (The University of Nebraska Press), a food memoir based on his illegal work in the Italian wine industry, and “Pot Farm” (The University of Nebraska Press / Bison Books), about his time working on a medical marijuana farm in Northern California.  His poetry collection, “The Morrow Plots,” is available from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books. His poetry book, “Sagittarius Agitprop” is available from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books.  His new poetry book, “Warranty in Zulu” is available from Barrow Street Press.  He is also the author of the chapbooks “Four Hours to Mpumalanga” (Pudding House Publications), a poetry sequence about his initial visit to his wife’s homeland in rural South Africa, and “Aardvark” (West Town Press), a poetry sequence that strangely engages the alphabet.Recent work appears in The New Republic, Field, Epoch, The Huffington Post, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, The Poetry Foundation, North American Review, Pleiades, The Best Food Writing and The Best Travel Writing anthologies, Creative Nonfiction, Gastronomica, Plate Magazine, and others.

 

John E. Ouellet

M.J. Iuppa

Since 1986, local poet and writer, M. J. Iuppa has been successfully teaching poetry and creative writing workshops to students ages 8-89 throughout New York State. In 1996, she was the recipient of the Writing In Rochester Award, honoring a teacher of writing for adult students who has impacted the creation and appreciation of literature in Rochester; and, at St. John Fisher College, she has received the Part-Time Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, May 2000; The Father Dorsey Award, 2000-2001 and 2002-2003, and a Certification of Recognition from The Monroe County Legislature, April 2003. Currently, serving as the poetry adviser for New York State Foundation for the Arts, 2007-2012.

 

Aram Mrjoian

Aram was born and raised in Ann Arbor, but grew up in a Michigan State household, a proud son of two Spartan alumni. It was kind of like growing up as a Jujube in a package of Sour Patch Kids. I graduated from MSU in 2011 with a BA in English, and have since returned to Ann Arbor verdantly imbued with indefatigable adoration for my alma mater. Aram is a featured writer for AwesomeMitten.com as well as FelixExi.com.

 

Mel Visser

Mel Visser, a chemical engineer, (Michigan Technological University 1959) spent his early career developing pharmaceutical chemical processes, thus learning of the behavior of chemicals in a controlled environment. His later career involved environmental compliance and clean-up, an experience that put him in contact with many Great Lakes environmental leaders and provided valuable lessons concerning chemicals on the loose. On early retirement in 1995, Mel was bothered by the continuing presence of banned chemicals in his beloved Lake Superior. Volunteer efforts with state and regional organizations and the USEPA did not provide answers. Travel to the Arctic and assimilation of international research efforts led to understanding. Mel’s quest was published as “Cold, Clear, and Deadly: Unraveling a Toxic Legacy” by the Michigan State University Press in 2007. The book covers the source, transport, and fate of POPs, with minor attention to their effect. In the past few years an overwhelming unfolding of the effects of POPs, as global researchers correlate POPs blood levels with a wide array of disease, has urged Mel to continue to raise attention to the continuing global use of legacy POPs.

 

Bob Weir

Born in 1948 as one of the early baby boomers and raised in a family-owned farm implement dealership and country store in rural Southeastern Michigan, Robert Weir grew up interacting with customer farmers who valued the soil, hired mechanics who exhibited a strong work ethic, and a family who loved one another and contributed much to each other’s lives and community.

His boyhood friends crafted their own baseball diamond from a fallow field, built their own backstop, mowed the grass, chose their own teams, and played with whomever showed up — without coaches and umpires and parents watching their every move. Their friendship carried over to pick-up basketball games on a concrete pad in front of the Weir business and card games within the lads’ homes.

In this environment, Robert learned responsibility, independence, the value of an entrepreneurial spirit, and how to have fun.

 

Donald M. Hassler

Donald M. Hassler is currently Professor of English.  He reached that rank at Kent State in 1977 after hiring into the university at the rank of Instructor in 1965.  He was educated at Williams College and Columbia University where he wrote his dissertation on the poems of Erasmus Darwin.  He had taught for four years prior to coming to Kent at the catholic French-language university in Montreal, and his defense of his dissertation did not come until late in 1967.  Following the May 4 shootings at the university and during the time when enrollments were crucial in Kent’s recovery efforts, Hassler was asked to work up some teaching on modern science fiction.  This grew from his interest in the relations of science and literature, and the work with science fiction has now grown to a major concern in his teaching and research.  He has, also, always enjoyed administrative work at the university.  In the twelve years from 1973 to 1985, he worked in the Honors and Experimental College, serving as Director of Experimental Programs as well as for one year following the death of Dean Feinberg as acting dean.   In the English Department, he has served on two separate spans as Undergraduate Coordinator and for one term as Graduate Coordinator.  From 1995 until the present (with a lapse of about 14 months) he has been an at-large representative to Faculty Senate, serving two years as secretary of the Senate.   He has chaired several search committees and the most recent Chair-Review committee in the department.  In the Kent community in the mid seventies, he co-chaired the Kent American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, which linked his interests in practical political work and in the 18th century.

 

Gina M. Genovese

Genovese is a freelancer, blogger, and memoirist with a degree in English and
Spanish from the University of Minnesota. A long-time member of a San
Francisco-based writing group, she specializes in creative non-fiction. Currently,
she is writing a memoir about a year spent in San Miguel de Allende. Born and raised
in the Midwest, she lives in Idyllwild, California and works in
advertising. Visit Gina at www.ginagenovese.com.

 

Gwen Schwartz

“Academically, I have participated in the complete overhaul of the general education program at Mount Union, contributing most significantly to the integration of writing and speaking. I’m also active in constructing the new writing major. Additionally, I am researching how students and faculty think about grammar and what “standard” English means to folks, and I am working on an article about university writing programs and accreditation/accountability issues for a book on higher education trends. Creatively, I have been working with a writing major to analyze 10 years’ worth of collected essays to learn what the trends are in science writing, and I’m always at work on poems and short pieces of creative nonfiction that are based on observations of ordinary events and problems.” She is an sassociate professor of English and Director of Written and Oral Communication at University of Mount Union .

D.E. Green

D. E. Green lives in Minnesota, where teaches literature, composition, and creative writing at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. His poems have appeared in the print journals Sidewalks and Rag Mag, online at the Northfield Arts Guild, at MNartists.org and Three Candles and now on the sidewalks of Northfield, his hometown.  He also reviews Twin Cities productions regularly for Shakespeare Bulletin.

 

Blair Bohland

Blair Bohland was raised half in Virginia and half in Ohio, where she is happy to return. She’s previously written for Toledo Free Press and won Miami University’s “This I Believe” essay contest in 2010. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in various literary magazines including The Quill,* *SNReview, and The Mill.* Soul Hunter, *her debut novel, was released by Martin Sisters Publishing in August 2012.

 

Karl Elder

Karl Elder is the Jacob and Lucile Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence at Lakeland College as well as author of nine collections of poetry, including Gilgamesh at the Bellagio, forthcoming from The National Poetry Review Prize Book Series; Phobophobia;  A Man in PiecesThe Geocryptogrammatist’s Pocket Compendium of the United StatesThe Minimalist’s How-to  Handbook; and, from Marsh River Editions of Marshfield, Wisconsin, Mead: Twenty-six Abecedariums.  His work has also appeared in A Fine Excess: Fifty Years of the Beloit Poetry JournalSeptember 11, 2001: American Writers Respond Poetry Daily Essentials 2007; and many  other anthologies.

 

Holly Lynn Baumgartner

Dr. Baumgartner is a full-time professor at Lourdes University.

 

William J. Vande Kopple

Dr. Vande Kopple is a professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. His list of achievements is literally exhausting to read.

 

Wanda H. Giles

Wanda Hancock Giles is a writer/editor who has worked in the
publishing industry for more than thirty years. She is volume editor, with
James R. Giles, of six contemporary American fiction volumes of *The
Dictionary of Literary Biography; *she also writes creative nonfiction. A
graduate of Indiana, Northwestern, and Stanford universities, she lives in the Chicago area.

 

Willard P. Greenwood II

Willard is a Professor at Hiram College. His recent creative publications include

  • Riseforms (online journal), “Cabin Fever Sickness” February 2012
  • The Art of Angling: Poems About Fishing, “Gravedigger,” 2011.
  • “After the Funeral,” Slipstream, 2011
  • “The Winged Victory,” Poetry Motel 2010
  • “Graveyard Wedding,” The Briar Cliff Review, 2009
  • “The Evening Troll” and “Vermont Hardware Store Fly-Rod,” Yale Angler’s Journal, 2007.
  • “Insomniac,” Passages North, Vol. 28, No. 1. 2007.
  • “The Fatback Outhouse,” Conduit, No. 17. 2006.

He enjoys tennis and fly-fishing.

Adam Pacton

Adam is a Ph.D. student in English at UWM, studying Rhetoric and Composition, Discourse Analysis, and Disability Studies. He’s broken many bones and, in the editor’s opinion, epitomizes a good midwestern writer.

 

 

All biographies were either submitted from the author, obtained from the websites linked in their names, or written by the editor.