Zach Crowley is an angst-ridden writer, recently and happily affianced, who can generally be found writing a novel, penning poetry, or cavorting down the romantic streets of Somerville. His work has appeared in the Somerville News and he hopes to one day appeal to an audience broader
than his mother, who is not very broad at all.
Daniel Ehrlich - I am 25 years old, graduated from Hampshire College in 2004 and currently live in Jamaica Plain, Mass, just outside Boston, and am waiting tables while occasionally looking for writing work. This is my second published poem and I'm just pleased people are going to read it. I have no published works online. I do have a blog, but it would probably only be of interest to struggling recent college grads who like to bitch...and even then only of little interest. The blog is at blogspot.com and is named "Dantrums."
Marla Golde, originally from Long Island, NY, now lives in Somerville, MA. She holds a BA in Psychology from UMass Amherst. Since that doesn't mean much, she's currently working as an office temp (where she has mastered the art of covering up her old camp boyfriends' Myspace profiles with Word or Excel documents as quickly as possible). More of Marla's writings can be found at www.bostonlive.com and www.farmhousemagazine.com. She is happy to be a part of this issue of apt and sincerely hopes that you enjoy her work.
Tiana Debicki-Gorham lived most of her life in Boston and is momentarily "being" in New
Jersey. She is also fairly uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person so she is keeping this very brief.
Matthew Grolnic - I live South of Boston, with my wife, 10 month old son and 2 year-old daughter. I have previously published works in Adoptive Families Magazine and on www.pbs.org. I was featured in the Appleton Post-Crescent, and speak to many groups about Adoption Reunion. I am in the midst of my first novel and am represented by Roger Jellinek of Jellinek & Murray Literary Agency.
My wife and I are originally from Boston, but have spent the last few years moving about the country as commercial fishermen in Alaska and Washington, a job transfer to Wisconsin, and now settled and raising a family back here in Boston.
When not parenting, working or writing, I am a bass player and multi-instrumentalist who does not play nearly as much as I used to.
Ryan Gunzel - After graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Ryan moved to Chicago to live the true poet lifestyle: sleeping on his sisters couch and serving coffee in a bookstore cafe. On a related note, he enjoys pumpkin pie, especially when it's served thick and warm with a big spoonful of whipped cream and a cup of coffee, and Ryan belives that if more people sat down for pie and coffee the world would be a tastier place. Links to his work include: http: //www.indiana.edu/~fusion/spring2004/authors/gunzel1.html
Carissa Halston (Contributing Editor), 24, is one half of Aforementioned Productions. She is the writer/director of Cleavage. She's been published online, has been promised real print work--eventually--and is currently at work on a novel to which she should devote more time. She will be the first of many (we hope) to read her work for the No Shoes series from apt. Her work can be found at Unlikely Stories v1.0 and the online version of Open Wide Magazine among others. She hearts Randolph. She hearts him so hard.
Bradley Mason Hamlin lives in Sacramento, California. His poetry, short stories, and articles have appeared in several small press books, magazines, and newspapers in print and on line. Brad & his wife Nicky own Mystery Island Publications and publish an ongoing in-print literary pop culture magazine called: Mystery Island Magazine. Recent work includes the editing and formatting of Tough Company by singer/songwriter Tom Russell, featuring: Charles Bukowski. Brad is also the creator of the metaphysical crime series: Monster Zipper, featuring the Intoxicated Detective. For more
information about Hamlin and other wild things—visit: www.mysteryisland.net
Ashok Nayak - Lives in Delhi, India. A trained engineer, Ashok is currently pursuing a life as a mixed-media artist. Ashok’s work can be seen at www.ArtWanted.com/aashok.
Tomas O’Leary is the author of two volumes of poetry, ‘Fool at the Funeral’ and ‘The Devil Take a Crooked House,’ both from Lynx House Press. His next aspiring volume is titled ‘A Prayer for Everyone.’ Volumes four and five still require extensive collation. At present he is peddling a fairy tale, which he has also illustrated, called ‘Once Upon a Realm Just Forming.’ His not yet published novel is ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Black Hole.’ He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.
Rodney J. Owen lives in High Point, NC where he works as a manufacturer’s representative and technical consultant. In his abundant spare time, between 6:21 and 6:53am, he writes poetry, prose, and very bad songs. His poetry has appeared in The Lyricist and Main Street Rag. He has published non-fiction in The Ohio Speech Journal and Engineered Systems. This piece received 1st Place, Fiction, in the 2001 Larry E. Watson Memorial Writing Contest. Ironically, the award for this story arrived in the mail just as The United States was announcing its intention to invade Afghanistan. His personal space in the ethersphere is at http://www.geocities.com/rodneyjowen/. As far as pie goes, any Southern writer worth his weight in words will always answer “Pecan”.
Katrina Pierson - lives in the harsh winter conditions of Minnesota with her husband, parakeet, lizard, and beloved Siberian Cat, Isabelle. She is studying Creative Writing at St. Cloud State University and will, within a year, receive her B.A. in English. Her mother is a talented writer and the editor of the weekly newspaper in Aitkin, MN, where Katrina grew up. She hopes to go on to graduate school in a warmer climate. In the winter, she runs her house on space heaters because fuel is much to expensive and wasteful. She has submitted work to online magazines as well as her University's journal...and she's STILL waiting to hear back from them. She worked at a restaurant in Aitkin that served homemade pies fresh every day. Blueberry, Apple, Cherry, Pumpkin, Lemon Meringue, Peach, Coconut Cream, Rhubarb, Banana Cream, Sour Cream Raisin, and Strawberry. She enjoyed the spray can whipped cream most of all.
J.D. Prickett - I have previously been published in the online zine www.thefirstline.com. This was a few years back. I am a public elementary school principal in my spare time, my main job being writing. My favorite kind of pie is Pumpkin, and I eat it only on Thanksgiving. Enjoy.
Randolph Pfaff (Editor) is the founder of apt and the other half of Aforementioned Productions. He is very proud of what apt is now and what it will become. Randolph lives in Boston, works in Cambridge and will be married next year. He has a sick obsession with pie. Mmm, pie. Randolph is far more sane than this bio would indicate. Thank you once again to the contributors, and a special thanks to Carissa, without whom many things would not be possible.
Christopher Setterlund - I am 28 years old and live in South Dennis, MA.