AUTHORS

The Weight of AdditionBenjamin Alire Sáenz, novelist and poet, makes his home on the border. His latest book of poems, Dreaming the End of War, was published by Copper Canyon Press. His fifth novel, Names on a Map, will be published by Harper Perennial in February of 2008. He is currently working on a new book of poems, What Remains of a Life.

Untameable City Five Inprint Poets TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Varsha Saraiya-Shah is an Indian-American, a poet, and former financial professional. She lives and works in Houston, Texas. Her work has appeared in Asian Cha, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Convergence, Mutabilis Press anthologies, including Five Inprint Poets, Texas Observer, University of Texas Press book of Photography & Poetry, and elsewhere. She reads her new work regularly among multi-genre writers at Archway Gallery and ekphrastic poetry at Rice Gallery, invited and inspired by new installations.

The Weight of AdditionM. Duncan Scheps has lived in Texas since 1970 (currently Houston). She is a writer, wildlife rehabilitator, and theatrical costumer to name a few crazily unrelated pursuits. Her poetry has appeared in LIGHT Quarterly, Sacred Journey, NutHouse, and miller’s pond. She lives with her husband and Cleo, a spotty dog.

The Weight of AdditionKate Schmitt is a poet whose writing has been published in anthologies including Earth Shattering Poems, Roots and Flowers, and Light Gathering Poems, as well as in literary journals. She has a creative writing and visual arts degree from Colgate University and received her M.F.A. from University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program where she is currently completing a Ph.D. She teaches literature and writing at University of Houston and Inprint, Inc.

Improbable WorldsLeslie Contreras Schwartz grew up in Houston, Texas, where she currently lives. She holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and a BA in English from Rice University. She has also conducted graduate work in English at the University of Texas, Austin. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Ping Pong, the Fat Gold Watch anthology of Sylvia Plath-inspired poems, Southern Women's Review, and Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal. Leslie is one of the Poetry Editors at Pebble Lake Review. She has taught English at the University of Houston—Downtown and Houston Community College.

Improbable WorldsMartha Serpas's two collections of poetry are Côte Blanche (New Issues, 2002) and The Dirty Side of the Storm (Norton, 2007). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and Southwest Review, and in anthologies such as Bearing the Mystery: Twenty Years of Image and the Library of America's American Religious Poems. A native of Bayou Lafourche in south Louisiana, she is involved in efforts to restore Louisiana's wetlands. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and is a hospital trauma chaplain.

TimeSliceRebecca Shukla is a stay-at-home mom in Houston. She grew up in Chicago where she attended Northeastern Illinois University and worked at The Newberry Library. She has been writing poetry since she was a teenager.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds ire’ne lara silva has lived in Austin, Texas, since 1998. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, most recently in Acentos Review, Pilgrimage, and Yellow Medicine Review. She is the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award, a Macondista, and an inaugural CantoMundo Fellow. ire'ne is the author of two chapbooks: ani'mal and INDíGENA. Her first collection of poetry, furia, was published in October 2010 by Mouthfeel Press and received an honorable mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award in Poetry. She is also Co-Coordinator for the Flor de Nopal Literary Festival.

The Weight of AdditionEva Skrande graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, Iowa, and The University of Houston. Her book, My Mother’s Cuba, (River City Poetry Series) will be published in the spring of 2008. Skrande lives in Houston with her husband and daughter and teaches at the University of Houston-Downtown and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Untameable CityJenna Pashley Smith, born and raised in Indiana, can’t remember a time when she didn’t play with words. After dabbling in a variety of jobs, including carnival sideshow worker, toilet bowl cleaning professional, annoying telemarketer, musician, and researcher of Angolan artifacts, she gave up all attempts to define herself as anything other than a writer. She currently lives in Houston, Texas.

The Weight of AdditionLarue Smith is a native of Huntsville, Texas. She attended Sam Houston State University where she studied creative writing under Jewel Gibson and later audited classes under Paul Ruffin. She has traveled through all seven continents and brings a sense of place to her poetry not only from exotic locales but regionally as well. She has published poetry in ByLine, Poetry at Roundtop, Panhandle, Threshold, and various other publications.

Untameable City TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Loueva Smith is a poet and playwright. Her writing has appeared in several journals and anthologies, and her plays have been presented at FrenetiCore Theater in Houston.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds After having lived in Duncanville, Lubbock and Houston, Texas, for more than half her life, Allison Smythe currently resides in Columbia, Missouri, where she often pines for decent Mexican food, flat skating trails and being able to walk down the street to the Menil or Rothko Chapel. She coordinates the reading series, “Hearing Voices” in Columbia. Her work has appeared in Platte Valley Review, Umbrella Journal, Inertia Magazine, The Other Journal, Center, Sojourn, Packingtown Review, Dogwood, Verse Daily, versal, Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Relief Journal and Gulf Coast among other places. Her writing was cited as notable in Best Spiritual Writing 2010.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Michael Sofranko is a poet, writer, and editor whose most recent book, American Sign, received the 2003 Antonio Machado Prize in Poetry. He teaches Creative Writing at Cambridge University, England, as part of the Oxbridge Summer Studies Program, and is a faculty member at Houston Community College - Northwest. An avid tennis player and basketball fan, he is currently writing Voices Without Borders, an anthology of works related to the subject of immigration.

Untameable City The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Rebecca A. Spears, a poet and instructor from Houston, Texas, is the author of The Bright Obvious (Finishing Line Press). Her poems and essays have appeared in TriQuarterly, Calyx, Crazyhorse, Ars Medica, Minnesota Review, Nimrod, Relief, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and other journals and anthologies. She has received awards from the Taos Writers Workshop, Vermont Studio Center, and The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow. She recently received a Pushcart nomination.

TimeSlice TimeSlice Improbable Worlds Cathy Stern has an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She received the PEN Southwest Houston Discovery Prize for Poetry in 1985. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, The New Republic, and Shenandoah, and poems and appeared in the anthology A Wider Giving: Women Writing After a Long Silence (Chicory Blue Press, 1988). She has taught English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston-Downtown, poetry workshops at the community level, and now teaches memoir writing to senior citizens like herself.

Untameable City TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Sandi Stromberg worked for many years as a professional editor and magazine feature writer, with hundreds of publications in both the United States and Europe. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in eight Houston Poetry Fest anthologies. She has also published in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Red River Review, Illya’s Honey, Texas Poetry Calendar, Colere, among others, and in anthologies: TimeSlice, The Weight of Addition, and Improbable Worlds from Mutabilis Press, Crossing Lines from Main Street Rag, and Goodbye, Mexico from Texas Review Press.

Improbable WorldsKat Stromquist is an MFA student at the University of New Orleans' Creative Writing Workshop. Previously, her writing has appeared in Gambit Weekly, Crescent City Review, Espresso Ink, the websites NOLADefender.com and NOLAlicious.com, and elsewhere.

TimeSliceBrian Kenneth Swain is author of the novels World Hunger and Directed Energy, and of the poetry collection, Secret Places. His work has appeared in Bayou Review, Edgar Literary Magazine, Tidelines, Pebble Lake Review, and Free Press Houston. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and was a featured poet at the 2004 Houston Poetry Fest. Brian is an engineer and businessperson whose professional career spans twenty-three years. He holds an MSEE from Columbia University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

The Weight of AdditionCarmen Tafolla, a native of San Antonio, is the author of five books of poetry and numerous short stories, screenplays, children’s works and essays, including the award-winning poetry collection Sonnets to Human Beings. Winner of the 1999 Art of Peace Award, Tafolla has presented hundreds of performances and readings throughout the US and in Europe, Mexico, Canada, and New Zealand.

TimeSliceMartha Margarita Tamez works as an ESL Middle School Teacher at Las Americas Education Center (Houston Independent School District), with teenagers recently immigrated to the United States. She has published seven poetry books and a short novel called Sábana. Her work also appears in several anthologies from Mexico, Spain, and the United States. She shares her concept of poetry with everyone: “Poetry is the dew of imagination on an excited heart.”

The Weight of AdditionJessica Tarrand is a native of Houston. She graduated from St. Mary’s College with a B.A. in English. She has worked as a tutor, a legal secretary, and a pet sitter. She is currently employed at an insurance company, where she spends most of the day writing on yellow pads of legal paper.

Untameable City The Weight of Addition Larry D. Thomas, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, served as the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate. He has published several collections of poetry, the most recent of which is As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems (Texas ReviewPress, Member, Texas A&M University Press Consortium). Among his many honors and awards are two Texas ReviewPoetry Prizes, two Western Heritage Awards (Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Okla.), the Violet Crown Book Award (Writers’ League of Texas), nomination for the 2007 Poets’ Prize (Nicholas Roerich Museum), and six Pushcart Prize nominations.

TimeSliceLorenzo Thomas (1944-2005) was born in Panama and grew up in New York City. While attending Queens College in the 1960’s he joined the Umbra Workshop as a founding member, a collective of other emerging black poets. It was during this time that Thomas participated in the Black Arts movement in Harlem, the first major African-American artistic movement after the Harlem Renaissance. Thomas joined the Navy, serving in 1971 as a military adviser in Viet Nam. In 1973 he moved to Houston as a writer-in-residence at Texas Southern University and for over twenty years, until his death July 4, 2005, was a professor of English at the University of Houston Downtown. His books of poetry include Chances Are Few (1979, expanded second edition in 2003), The Bathers (1981), and Dancing on Main Street (2004). Thomas also made a major contribution to the study of African-American literature in his book, Extraordinary Measures: Afrocentric Modernism and 20th-Century American Poetry (2000).

The Weight of AdditionStephanie B. Thome was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She is currently living in Lubbock, and attending Texas Tech University where she will receive her PhD in December 2007. Stephanie writes about the Chicana experience in Texas, specifically the theme of love and the blurred borders of romance, dreams, and reality.

Untameable CityNancy Thorleifson is a retired educator residing in Katy, Texas. Her work has appeared in Houston Poetry Fest anthologies and will be included in ARTlines2 forthcoming ekphrastic anthology sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Public Poetry.

The Weight of AdditionGail Tirone is originally from New York City. She has lived in Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. She has a B.A. from Princeton University and M.A. from the University of Houston. Her poetry has appeared in Free China Review, Houston Poetry Fest Anthologies 1993 and 1994, i.e. magazine, The Nassau Literary Review, Sulphur River Review, and elsewhere.

Untameable CityMargo Stutts Toombs is a writer, performance artist, internal humorist, and filmmaker. Her poetry has been published in the 2011 Texas Poetry Calendar; Love over 60:  An Anthology of Women’s Poems, and Archway Gallery anniversary chapbooks.

Untameable CityElizabeth Tornes has published two chapbooks, New Moon (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and Snowbound (Giiwedin Press, 2011), and been first prize winner of the 2012 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Contest. Her poems have been published widely in literary journals, including Antioch Review, bornmagazine.com, Boulevard, Durak, Field, Gulf Coast, Main Street Rag, Missouri Review, The New American Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Southern Review, Verse Wisconsin, and Western Humanities Review. She holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Utah. She has also published a collection of Ojibwe oral histories, Memories of Lac du Flambeau Elders (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004).

Untameable City The Weight of Addition William Turner is a retired geologist and enjoys writing poetry. His poetry has appeared in The Weight of Addition, and in several online publications, including Sol Magazine.