~~~ please note all author bio material may not be current. This is simply the information we were given at time of publication. More of a scrapbook than a up-to-date database of achievements. Although we are quite proud of our crew of poets.~~~



Carla M. Cherry is a high school English teacher and poet whose work has appeared in various publications. Her five books of poetry were published by iiPublishing: Gnat Feathers and Butterfly Wings (2021), Thirty Dollars and a Bowl of Soup (2021), Honeysuckle Me (2021), These Pearls Are Real (2021), and Stardust and Skin (2020). She lives in New York City.


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Dr. Sara Cooper currently teaches at Murray State University, where she is an assistant professor. She received an MFA in poetry from New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 2017. Her poetry has appeared in The Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, and Arizona Highways.


Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan lives in South Florida and writes noir with a dark humor. Books have been released by publishers in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Project XX, a satirical crime novel, was published by Salt Publishing in the UK. What I Did for Love, a spoof of Lolita, was released in 2019 by Bloodhound Books UK. Poetry chapbooks include The Art of Bars about drinking and sleazing (Finishing Line Press) and Days’ End about a fictional suicide parlor (Main Street Rag).



Subhankar Das is a writer, publisher living in Kolkata, India. He has published fourteen collections of poetry in Bangla though his most recent collection The Streets, the Bubbles of Grass, is published in English by his arts collective, Graffiti Kolkata. His work has appeared extensively in print and online which includes: Danse Macabre, Graffiti Kolkata Broadside, Mad Swirl, Carcinogenic Poetry, La Stanza Di Nightingale, Caper Literary Journal, Leaf Garden, Camel Saloon, Guerilla Pamphlets, Horror Sleaze Trash, Full of Crow, Negative Suck, Kavita Campus, Prathamoto etc.

He has translated Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski and Richard Brautigan’s poetry in Bangla, and is editor of The Stark Electric Space, an anthology of international experimental writing. He has a new e-book Another Ordinary Day out from Ten Pages Press, and his latest collection of poems is By the Banks of the Ajoy, Jaideb Vanishes into the Blue (Virgogray Press, 2012). His poems have been translated into Greek, Italian, Swedish, French and Romanian. He was nominated for Pushcart Prize in 2013. He has two new chapbooks of poems: Thieves Of The Wind out from Writing Knights, jointly with Catfish McDaris; and 66 Lines On Your Soul out from Garffiti Kolkata, jointly with Catfish McDaris and Kevin Ridgeway.



Joaquin Fore has a B.A. in English from the University of New Mexico and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University.  He lives in Albuquerque with a beautiful girl and a good dog and works at a warehouse where he gets to drive a forklift.


Pamela Adams Hirst, aka Beatlick Pamela, moved to New Mexico from Nashville, Tennessee, and established award-winning Beatlick Press in order to posthumously publish her life partner’s only book, Backpack Trekker: A 60s Flashback, by Beatlick Joe Speer. As a book designer and publisher, seven volumes from her press have been named Finalists in the NM AZ Book Awards, with one first-place winner in Anthology, 2013.

She was member of the Beatlick Sisters in Albuquerque, performing with Holly Wilson as a multi-media performance duet. Her bodies of work draw upon her years of media experience in television, journalism and poetry.

Pamela graduated summa cum laude from Tennessee State University in 1998 with a BA, emphasis on communication, theater and Spanish language. Her hobbies include playing guitar and travel. Continuing the literary and performance legacy established by Beatlick Joe, she currently writes and publishes from her home in Mexico City, Mexico.


Andrew Hubbard was born and raised in a coastal Maine fishing village. He earned degrees in English and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and Columbia University, respectively. For most of his career he has worked as Director of Training for major financial institutions, creating and delivering Sales, Management, and Technical training for user groups of up to 4,000. He has had four prose books published, and his most recent books, collections of poetry, were published in 2014, 2016, and 2018. He is a casual student of cooking and wine, a former martial arts instructor and competitive weight lifter, a collector of edged weapons, and a licensed handgun instructor. He lives in rural Indiana with his son, his wife, a giant, black German Shepard, and a gaggle of semi-tame deer.


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Jon Huerta, born October 19, 1983, in Portales,  New Mexico. Publications include: Reader’s Digest, 22-5 and Cacti Fur



Gayle Lauradunn‘s debut collection of poetry Reaching for Air was a finalist for the First Best Book of Poetry Award by the Texas Institute of Letters. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Zone 3, Connecticut River Review, Mas Tequila Review, Tsunami, Sin Fronteras/Without Borders, and anthologies including Mother Earth (Sierra Books), Veils, Halos and Shackles :International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Mycoepithalamia: Mushroom Wedding Poems, and others. Three of her poems are included in the exhibit “Dirt” at the University of Puget Sound. She served as the co-organizer of the first National Women’s Multi-Cultural Poetry Festival held in 1974 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As part of an editorial collective, she produced Chomo-Uri, a women’s literary and arts journal. She served on the committee that selected Albuquerque’s first two poet laureates. From 2014-2016 she served as Chair of the Albuquerque Chapter of the NMSPS.


Laura Manardo is a 24-year-old graduate student at Columbia College Chicago getting her MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction. You can find Laura in coffee shops working on her poetry and fiction, both about marine life, bodies of water, and her relationship with womanhood. Her most recent publications include Mulberry Fork Review, Maudlin House, Firefly Magazine, and Cacti Fur. Here is an interview with Laura just before we dropped her chapbook.



Catfish McDaris’ most infamous chapbook is Prying with Jack Micheline and Charles Bukowski. His best readings were in Paris at the Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore and with Jimmy”the ghost of Hendrix”Spencer in NYC on 42nd St. He’s done over 20 chaps in the last 25 years. He’s been in the New York Quarterly, Slipstream, Pearl, Main St. Rag, Café Review, Chiron Review, Zen Tattoo, Wormwood Review, Great Weather For Media, Silver Birch Press, and Graffiti and been nominated for 15 Pushcarts, Best of Net in 2010 and 2013, he won the Uprising Award in 1999, and won the Flash Fiction Contest judged by the U.S. Poet Laureate in 2009. Catfish McDaris has been published widely. In The Louisiana Review, George Mason Univ.Press, and New Coin from Rhodes Univ. in South Africa. He’s recently been translated into French, Polish, Swedish, Arabic, Bengali, Tagalog, and Esperanto. His 25 years of published material is in the Special Archives Collection at Marquette Univ. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.



Joey Nicoletti is the author of two previous full-length poetry collections and four chapbooks, most recently Reverse Graffiti (Bordighera, 2015) and Counterfeit Moon (NightBallet Press, 2016). His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Aethlon, Voices in Italian Americana, and Drawn to Marvel: Poems From the Comic Books. A graduate of the University of Iowa, New Mexico State University, and the Sarah Lawrence College MFA program, Joey currently teaches at SUNY Buffalo State College.



 Jim Nye published his first collection of poetry, After Shock: Poems and Prose from the Vietnam War (Cinco Puntos, 1991) based on his two tours of duty in Vietnam. The first tour was with the 101st Airborne and the second with the 5th Special Forces Group.

Nye has said of his war poems, “Some of these things happened, some did not. But that does not matter, because all are true. This is my attempt to realize and communicate that truth.”


Jamie O’Connell received her MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts and her BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her most recent work appears in Riggwelter, Rogue Agent, Sidereal Magazine, Dream Pop JournalCacti Fur, Memoir Mixtapes, and elsewhere. She enjoys spending her time going on adventures with her majestic direwolf, Daisy. Visit her site here: www.jamieoco.com.



Ron Riekki lives in Florida.

“To ‘feel good enough to grace God with belief,’ is to appeal to Blake’s Muse: To see bloodshed where the comfy see bullion; to know that God commissions Bible verses, not bullets, and commiserates with poets, not plutocrats. Ron Riekki is that United States-Saami bard, who knows that ex-Prez Delirium Tremens is a ‘David Duke of Earl,’ and that a person, ‘killed in slow motion’ equals ‘an adult being born.’ Here’s biopsy—not autopsy.”

–George Elliott Clarke,

Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate 2016-2017

Poet Laureate of Toronto 2012-2015



Gerry Stork splits his time between northern Vermont and southern New Mexico. He’s taught high school and run a weekly newspaper with his wife, Helen, an artist. They have three grown children. The recipient of an individual artists grant for poetry from Vermont Council on the Arts, he’s published poems and reviews in Barton Chronicle, Beatlick News, Cacti Fur, Green Mountains Review, Harper’s, Longhouse, Lunarosity, New Letters, New World Journal and Puerto del Sol.



Antoinette Nena Villamil holds an MFA in Poetry from New Mexico State University. Her work has appeared in New Mexico Poetry Review,  Yoga and Total Health Magazine, and inter-rupture. She teaches creative writing, most recently at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and manages Durham Editors, an online editing service. Antoinette spends her ever diminishing free time reading, hiking, and chasing after her toddler (who chases after her cat.)

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