Fractured Verse
{A Bumbershoot Special Feature}

Contributors to Fractured Verse

Anne Bryant-Hamon has adored poetry since childhood and has been published in poetry journals such as Lucid Rhythms, 2River View, Yggdrazil, The Green Tricycle, and Embracing the Child. Anne resides in Lynn Haven, Florida with her husband of 25 years.

Julie Carter lives in Ohio with her husband and their strange array of cats. Her work has appeared in Mimesis, Autumn Sky, Snakeskin, OCHO, and The Shit Creek Review.

Catherine Chandler was born in New York City and raised in Pennsylvania. Catherine’s poems and translations have been published in the US, the UK, Australia and Canada. She is the author of For No Good Reason (The Olive Press, 2008).

Chris Childers would like to monopolize with his sparkling catalog of credentials the Contributors page of this Bumbershoot omnibus feature; unfortunately, his attempts in this direction were cut off by the edi

P. S. Cleary, having recently and gratefully been evicted from her office cubicle in IT, is rekindling her first love, writing. She lives happily in central Connecticut with her other old flame, her husband of 28 years.

Sally Cook is both painter and poet whose essays and poems have been published in numerous journals. Cook was Featured Poet in the fall 2007 issue of The Raintown Review; that year she also won third prize in the Best American Poetry Challenge II as well as numerous prizes in The World Order of Narrative and Formalist Poets Contest.

Gregory Dowling was born in Bristol, UK and is an Associate Professor of American literature at Venice University in Italy. Apart from his academic work he has published four thrillers and he writes for the Time Out Guide to Venice. He edits the UK section of the Italian poetry journal Semicerchio.

Christopher T. George has had poems published worldwide. He is the editor of Desert Moon Review and co-editor, with Jim Doss, of the Loch Raven Review.

Jim Hayes has appeared in First Things, Iambs and Trochees and various on-line publications; he has been a featured poet in Light Quarterly and won the Willard Espy award for Light Verse. His first collection The Bad Habits of Little Boys, illustrated by Janet Kenny, is published by Clock & Rose Press.

Laura Heidy-Halberstein is a former Midwestern medic who recently relocated to the metropolitan D.C. area. Laura’s had poetry published in Verse Daily, Raintown Review, Pebble Lake Review, The Barefoot Muse, and Fourteen Magazine (U.K.), and others.

Jan D. Hodge grew up in a letterpress print shop in small town Michigan and earned a B.A. and an M.A. at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico, and taught college for 32 years. His collection The Bard Double-Dactyled was published by Morningside College Press.

Julie Kane’s last poetry collection, Rhythm & Booze, was Maxine Kumin’s selection for the National Poetry Series and a finalist for the 2005 Poets’ Prize. Her forthcoming collection, Jazz Funeral, is David Mason’s selection for the 2009 Donald Justice Poetry Award. She teaches at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Janet Kenny lives in Queensland, Australia. Print and online publications include Avatar Review, The Susquehanna Quarterly, The Chimaera, The Raintown Review, and Iambs & Trochees, the international anthology The Book of Hope, and a shared anthology with the American poet Jerry H. Jenkins.

Carol Lewis is an occasional contributor to Light Quarterly.

Chris O’Carroll is a writer, actor, and comedian. His poems have appeared in Avatar Review, The Barefoot Muse, Folly, Iambs & Trochees, The Raintown Review, and other print and online journals.

Frank Osen has won awards in the World Order of Narrative and Formalist Poets competitions and was a finalist in the 2007 Howard Nemerov sonnet competition. Among his credits:  Measure, Pivot, Blue Unicorn, and The Wallace Stevens Journal.


Henry Quince lives in Australia. He’s been published in The Chimaera, Soundzine, and some other venues here and there. He keeps a few poems at


Michael Reed Samford is a near 60 year old, with a wonderful wife, two kids, and three grandmonsters. His only hobby is words; he discovered poetry and found it to be incurable, and terminal. It manifests itself around his heart, he can only hope it will not discolor the skin—but for around the eyes.

Robert Schechter has had poems and translations published in Light Quarterly, Anon, Evansville Review, Poetry East, among other journals.

Julie Stoner homeschools her kids in San Diego, California. She is a cantor at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and is currently composing a macaronic Latin and English Mass inspired by Southern Black Gospel music.

Paul Stevens teaches English and History. He has published poems in various magazines, newspapers and ezines.

Emrys Westacott is Hagar Professor of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Alfred University in Western New York. He has published numerous articles in various philosophy journals. His recent writing has also included short stories, plays and poetry, including poems published or forthcoming in Contemporary Rhyme and Measure.


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