Nov 8: Short, Hoeffel, Bergmann

F.J. Bergmann writes poetry and speculative fiction, often simultaneously. She manifests as the shadowy entity behind fibitz.com and madpoetry.org. She is the 2008 winner of the Science Fiction Poetry Association Rhysling Award for the Short Poem as well as the 2006 Mary Shelley Imaginative Fiction Award, and has three published chapbooks: Sauce Robert, Aqua Regia, and Constellation of the Dragonfly. Journals where her poetry appears include Asimov's, Beloit Poetry Journal, Margie, Southern Poetry Review, Unpleasant Event Schedule, and Weird Tales. One of her pseudopodia can reach all the way from the bedroom to the refrigerator. Her hairstyle is deceptive.

Mary Hoeffel is a fiction writer living and teaching in Philadelphia.

Kim Gek Lin Short is the daughter of a Scots-Irish geophysicist from the midwest and a Straits-Chinese tenpin champion from Singapore. Other unusual pairings appear in her chapbook The Residents (dancing girl press 2008), and in the recent or forthcoming pages of Caketrain Journal, Drunken Boat, 42opus, No Tell Motel, Fence, Pool, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere. She was selected by Kate Northrop among the Mad Poets Review’s 2007 prize winners. Together with Chris Collision she is one of three Roses at The Autobiography of Rows Selavy. For links to her work, visit her website.


Oct 25: McCreary, Willenborg, Askenase

Chris McCreary is the author of two books of poems, The Effacements and Dismembers. Poems from a new manuscript, "Undone," can be found online at Eratio, Turntable and Blue Light, and Scantily Clad Press. Along with Jenn McCreary, he is co-editor of ixnay press.

Chad Willenborg teaches at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where he is mentor to the creative writing club, which hopes to launch a literary journal, Lorem Ipsum, this winter. Nominated for Best American Short Stories and twice runner-up in CityPaper’s annual writing contest,
Chad’s work can be found in Fugue, The Believer, and McSweeney’s. This year his fiction was featured in First City Review and Philadelphia Stories. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of "cover versions" of James Joyce’s Dubliners.

Alicia Askenase is the author of the chapbooks Cover, Suspect, Shirley Shirley, and The Luxury of Pathos. Her work has appeared in lit journals and anthologies that include 5_trope, sonaweb, texture, Chain, and 100 Days. She is at work on The Cadillac Poems and a longer manuscript, Perverse Incentives, which she also plans to perform as stand-up tragi-comedy. She was a founding co-editor of the journal 6ix and writes, designs and horticults in Motown, NJ and Philadelphia, PA..