A. Razor was born in New York but was brought to California at the age of 1. He was raised with a strong desire to read and write, but an even greater desire to survive his circumstances. He began writing and publishing around 1980 in various underground zines and publications. He has read his work at many readings and spoken word events over the years. He has participated recently in the Poets & Prison panel at Beyond Baroque. He has traveled extensively, seeking and enduring everything from homelessness and imprisonment to serenity and peace.
Cassandra Love is a 2008 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Swagger is a Woman is her first book of poetry. Her poems have been featured in journals and anthologies, such as: Forth Magazine, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and Mezcla. She also hosts the radio show For the Love of Poetry on BlogTalkRadio. With a mother who emigrated to LA from Manila, and a father from North Dakota, Cassandra finds truth in fluidity, ambiguity, and the space between spaces.
Sherman Pearl is president of the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center and was among the founders of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. He also served as a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets and co-editor of CQ poetry journal. His work has appeared in nearly 50 literary publications and has received numerous awards, among them the 2002 National Writers Union prize, judged by Philip Levine, and the 2010 Margie Review award.
Anthony Seidman is the author of On Carbon-Dating Hunger and Where Thirsts Intersect. A selection of his work was included in international anthologies Corresponding Voices in 2005, and Barco a vapor transatlÃ¡ntico. He has also published translations of contemporary American poetry in La Jornada, Mexico City's major newspaper, and Revista Solar, among others. Some of Seidman's more recent poems have been published in The Bitter Oleander, The Bloomsbury Review; Beyond Baroque, Parteaguas (Aguascalientes, Mexico), La Prensa (Managua, Nicaragua),and La Reforma (Mexico), among others. He has a new book forthcoming in 2012 entitled Cosmic Weather
Mehnaz Turner was born in Pakistan and raised in southern California. She is a 2009 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry. Her work has appeared in publications such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mascara Literary Review, The Journal of Pakistan Studies, Cahoots Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine,/i>, and An Anthology of California Poets.