Contributors to The Shit Creek Review and II



Lee Harlin Bahan earned from Indiana University of Bloomington a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and authored the chapbook Migration Solo.  Her work most recently appeared in North American Review.  An avid canoeist—really!—she hopes this journal someday has t-shirts printed and puts them up for sale.

Returning, inexplicably, to The Shit Creek Review for what is often delicately referred to as number two, Norman Ball has had nearly a hundred poems, articles and essays published over the last few years in venues bound by a singularly overriding vision: lax quality control. As further evidence that the apparent nadir in a writer's life is often but a low-lying plateau from which new depths are soon plunged, Norm has a number of poems coming out shortly in the American Drivel Review. How's that for some shit?

Australian Sam Byfield is addicted to China, where he teaches English in a university, travels, studies Mandarin and writes. He has been published or has work forthcoming in print and online magazines Meridian, Diner, The Pedestal Magazine, Stirring, Eclectica, The Avatar Review, foam-e and others. He is an editorial assistant for Lily Lit Review and a 2006 Sundress Best of the Net finalist.

Michael Cantor, New York-born, and a former business executive, has lived and worked in Japan, Europe and Latin America; and now resides on Plum Island, north of Boston on the Massachusetts coast. His poetry has appeared in Measure, The Formalist, Dark Horse, Iambs & Trochees, Texas Poetry Journal, The Atlanta Review, and many other journals and anthologies.

K.R. Copeland is a hopelessly romantic sociopath who openly admits to being a poet, but only in the privacy of her fully-padded living quarters. She's been published a bunch, has a chapbook available through Dancing Girl Press, and acts as the Art Director at Unlikely 2.0.

Brian Dion's work has appeared in Candelabrum and the Raintown Review and he was a runner-up for the 2005 Grolier Poetry prize.  He is active in his local Community Theatre and resides in Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.

Richard Epstein’s poems have been published in obscure literary journals, little magazines, and academic quarterlies and have been doing so for a long time now.  If you haven't noticed, that's your fault, not his.  Now, it seems, they'll appear in excremental zines, too, which, considering his academic background in 18th-century British literature, seems entirely appropriate.  He lives in Denver.  His own, somewhat more sanitized blog, can be read at

Rhina P. Espaillat has published three chapbooks and six full-length books, most recently Agua de dos rios ("Water from Two Rivers"), a bilingual collection of poems and essays. Her next, due out in April, is a collection of her short stories, also bilingual, titled El olor de la memoria ("The Scent of Memory").

Anna Evans is a British citizen but permanent resident of NJ, where she is raising two daughters. She has had over 100 poems published in journals including The Formalist, The Evansville Review, Measure and e-zines such as Verse Libre Quarterly. She has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist in the 2005 Howard Nemerov sonnet award. She is editor of the formal poetry e-zine The Barefoot Muse and is currently enrolled in the Bennington College MFA Program. Her first chapbook Swimming was published in March 2006 by Maverick Duck Press.

Larry Fontenot was a Featured Poet at the 1996 and the 2000 Houston Poetry Fests.  A chapbook, Choices & Consequences, was the winner of the Maverick Press 1996 Southwest Poets’ Series Chapbook competition.  Larry also won the 2000 Alsop Review Poetry Competition for his poem "Mowing Deconstructed". His poem "Wile E. Coyote’s Lament" was published in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, 12th Annual Collection in 1999.

Angela France lives in Gloucestershire and is enjoying middle age. She runs a local live poetry event - 'Buzzwords' - and writes for self-indulgence, as an antidote to demanding work with challenging young people. She has had poems published in, or forthcoming in: Acumen, Iota, The Frogmore Papers, Rain Dog, The Panhandler, The Shit Creek Review, Voice and Verse, and in anthologies The White Car and Mind Mutations.

Jude Goodwin's poems can be read in print journals including Cider Press Review, Burnside Review, and Comstock Review, as well as various online journals. They have won and placed well in the IBPC: New Poetry Voices competition, were short-listed in the CBC Radio Literary Awards, and recently received Honorable Mention in the Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Competition. Jude is currently considering publishers for her first book of poetry. She lives in BC, Canada where she freelances as publisher/editor/author and illustrator for various small journals and papers.

R.S. Gwynn is University Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Lamar University.  No Word of Farewell, his selected poems, came out from Story Line in 2001.

Daniel Haar works as an economist in Washington, DC, but in his little free time he would rather read works of medieval theology than modern economics.  This leaves even less time for poetry, but he enjoys its pleasures too.

Juleigh Howard-Hobson: Besides winning the Australian RSL ANZAC Day Award for her poetry, Juleigh Howard-Hobson's poetry has most recently been, or will be, included in The Barefoot Muse,The Raintown Review, Contemporary Rhyme, Strong Verse, Workers Write!, The Quarterly Journal of Food and Car Poetry, The Arabesques Print Review, Mezzo Cammin, Shatter Colors Literary Review, Poem, Revised (Robert Fiske, ed) and The Hypertexts. She was a finalist for the 2006 Morton Marr Poetry Award. English-born, she has lived in the UK, Australia and both sides of the US. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her artist-blacksmith husband, their three home-schooled children and a library of classically wrought literature... too many volumes of which are sadly out of print.

Rose Kelleher sometimes writes.

Janet Kenny has metamorphosed from painter to classical singer to anti-nuclear activist, researcher, writer, illustrator and poet. Started in New Zealand and zigzagged across the globe to finally settle in Australia. She has published fairly widely as a poet. Some of her poetry can be found at her website.

Danielle Lapidoth lives with her husband and children in Zurich, Switzerland, where she runs an editing business, teaches English and writes poetry, flash fiction and essays while her family sleeps. She has work published or forthcoming in Lily: A Monthly Literary Review, Barnwood, Midstream, Lightning Bell, Literary Mama and Mamaphonic

Amanda Laughtland writes poems, works in a public library, teaches at a community college, and publishes a very small zine called Teeny Tiny. Amanda's zine and other endeavors are described at Her chapbook, I Meant to Say, is available from overhere Press.

Dave McClure had written sporadically all his life, but became hooked about ten years ago when he started contributing to a number of on-line forums and workshops. He writes in English and modern Scots, mostly in form, and with no particular life theme, preferring to ring the changes in subject matter and style. If he ever 'finds his voice' it'll be time to stop. He has heard it said that in order to publish, one must submit for publication. This sounds too much like hard work.

Mary Meriam’s first book of poems, The Countess of Flatbroke (Modern Metrics, 2006), features an afterword by Lillian Faderman and a cover design by R. Nemo Hill.

Tim Murphy's latest books are Beowulf, A Longman Cultural Edition, co-translated with Alan Sullivan, 2004, and Very Far North, Waywiser Press (London), 2002.

Henry Quince has been an academic, jazz pianist, editor, copywriter, and voiceover man. A recidivist wanderer, he lives in Australia. He's had the odd poem or two published here and there. Others have been widely refused. (Since the poems are all top-notch, he says, it must be the red wine splashes on the paper.) Read some of Henry's work at his website.

Bee Smith lives and gardens on an acre of West Cavan in the Irish Republic. Born in Queens, NY she lived in England for 20 years before moving country a second time. She is the co-author with Helen Shay of a poetry collection, Binary Star. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Magma, The sHOP, Writing Women, and many small press publications. She writes a regular astrology column for Sagewoman and has a website

A. E. Stallings was born in 1968 and grew up in Decatur, Georgia. She has received numerous awards for her poetry, including the Richard Wilbur Award, the 2004 Frederick Bock Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Stallings studied classics in Athens, Georgia, and now lives in Athens, Greece. She is married to the journalist John Psaropoulos, and they have a son, Jason.

Alan Sullivan translated the Beowulf with Timothy Murphy for A.B. Longman. His poems have appeared in many venues, including The Hudson Review, Poetry, The Formalist, and Chronicles. He blogs at

Wendy Videlock sometimes writes poems.

Richard Wakefield lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and their two daughters. He teaches American literature at Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington Tacoma, and is the poetry critic for the Seattle Times. His poetry has appeared in Seattle Review, Atlanta Review, Light, Hellas, The Formalist, Tampa Review, and others. His articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in American Literature, Sewanee Review, Light, Midwest Quarterly, and others. His collection of poetry, East of Early Winters, received the 2006 Richard Wilbur Award and is available from the University of Evansville Press.

Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego.  He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.  Kirby has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, the San Diego Book Award, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel.  His forthcoming novel is set on east end Molokai, a stone's throw from a minefield of sting rays.




Valori Herzlich was born in Latvia, and educated in New York City. She has worked as an art director, designer and illustrator; and now spends her time quilting, drawing, practicing Yoga, and dealing with massive quantities of champagne corks and freshly opened eggs.

Hanka Jaskowska is a 21 year old living in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. She is currently studying Art and Design, taking the first steps in fulfilling an ambition of a career in prop-making and sculptural costume for theatre/screen. One of her primary hobbies is photography, within which she can be often be found being looked at strangely for finding interest in the less interesting things.

C. D. Russell has an itchy shutter finger and is patiently persuading her camera to lie. She prefers to photograph cows.