Jordana Adler

Jordana Adler is currently a senior psychology major with a minor in women's studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She spends most of her days scheming up ways to end violence against women while taking breaks to play video games. She is also the current editor-in-chief of The Siren. Jordana is just shy of five feet tall, but is a prime example of the saying, "Big things come in small packages." She would like to thank her parents, family, and friends for their encouragement and for giving her the confidence that the world can be a better place.

Thomas Boulan

Thomas Boulan assists the homeless in Michigan, and has met many men and women on the streets and under bridges who are cooler than you. He belongs to a writing group that meets in a pathology library at a local hospital where, unfortunately, no specimens are available for viewing. His work has or will appear in anumber of print and online journals, including WordWrights, Carriage House Review, Natural Bridge, jerseyworks, Pindeldyboz, The MacGuffin, Oyster Boy Review, Thieves Jargon, and Taj Mahal Review.Thomas also likes to mess around with digital photography, and his heart leaps when he finds a great looking mannequin.

Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham’s poems have appeared in recent or forthcoming issues of Practice, BlazeVox, and E:ratio. His upcoming book Body Language (to be published by Tarpaulin Sky Press) is a diptych of sorts, containing two collections, one titled “Body” (on parts of the body) and one titled “Primer” (on numbers and letters). Another book, entitled 80 Beetles (which is just what it sounds like, poems based on beetles), is soon to be published by Otoliths.

Blythe Hurley

Blythe Hurley is not afraid of you, so don’t even try it. A mother of two, a nonstop rock ‘n’ roller, an editor sans merci, and a time-waster supreme, Blythe can be enraged but never destroyed. More by Blythe Hurley

Patrick Hurley

Patrick Hurley is a hard working dog—so hard working, in fact, that he asked his wife to write his bio. He is, therefore, at her mercy. Mr. Hurley (if that is his real name) claims to have been born and raised in the South, although he has no accent to prove it. He is a dedicated father, an expert marksman, a scotch enthusiast, a former soldier, and an avid haiku writer. He has degrees in math and physics and does something or other with software for a living. More by Patrick Hurley

Gabrielle Sierra

Gabrielle Sierra is 23 years old and resides in the West Village in New York City. She is currently attempting to be a writer while trapped in the body of a proofreader, and hopes to soon begin her master’s studies in creative writing. Some of her other works can be found in Opium Magazine, Yankee Pot Roast, From the Asylum, and Defenestration.

Steve Spaulding

Steve Spaulding believes he will have another pull on the whisky bottle, thank you very much — and would there be a spare beer in the fridge? ‘Cause that would be great. He is also a bit deaf in one ear so would you mind speaking up? And don’t hold it against him that he doesn’t remember you; while he can remember obscure characters in movies and comic books on only a single exposure, real people are like the flitting shadows of a strobe-lit room to him. Steve considers it a downright miracle he has lasted as long as he has in such a cruel and unforgiving world and thanks his lucky stars for every breath he draws, and for all the good friends he’s made. Steve wonders what God was thinking, where the surplus went, whether there’s a spare beer in the fridge, and did he already ask that? Because his short-term memory is sort of on the fritz these days. More by Steve Spaulding

Blythe Hurley

Web Mistress
Erica Behnke

Erica Bernheim
Steve Spaulding

Communications Officer
Denise Pace

Senior Contributors
Al Dereu
Heather Egland
Joe Martinez
Matt McCarthy
Carter O’Brien
Patrick Russell

Distinguished Alumni
Tina O’Brien
Matt Sharkey

Geary Yonker

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