Manya S. Goldstein moved to Syracuse, New York in 1974. At that time, she was trying to write poetry. (See Cazenovia Women’s Writers Center; Walt Shepherd’s Nickel Review). In 1976, Manya met master potter and art historian, Cleota Reed and gave up words
for clay. For twenty years, Goldstein did juried craft shows; taught clay classes, and sold her work in galleries around the United States. She moved to Pennsylvania in 1998, and gradually began to glue her studio together. Her mixed media work is based on the ephemera and flotsam of everyday life. Manya lives outside of a small town, on 13 acres, with her husband and two formerly feral cats.
Ivan de Monbrison is a French contemporary poet and artist born in Paris in 1969. He currently lives in both Paris and Marseille. His visual works have been recently shown at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art, New York in June 2013. The have been printed recently in Florida English (cover) fall 2013, Constellations literary review winter 2013/2014, Qwerty literary review fall 2013, The Portland Review fall 2013, Folio literary magazine fall 2013, The Pinch literary journal fall 2013. Five poetry booklets of his works have been published : L’ombre déchirée, Journal, La corde à nu, Ossuaire and Sur-Faces; his poems have also appeared in several poetry magazines in France and in the US such as Jointure, Arpa, Friches, Phréatiques, Les Hommes sans Epaules, The Boston Poetry Magazine, The Coe Review, The Germ, The Poetic Pinup, Penny Ante feud…
David H. Roche is a poet, photographer, artist and old enough to be retired. In his words, “Residence is in Warrenton a small community on the North Coast of Oregon since June of 2009 having left NY for an end of life adventure after being an impoverished ‘wage slave’ my entire working life. This is a gorgeous area; a photographer’s paradise with a maritime history I find to be of great interest. I enjoy the harvest of the local delicacies from the ocean such as Dungeness crabs (these are truly delicious,) salmon and Razor clams. I hope corporate cartels do not make the food inedible as they have in lakes back in New York and elsewhere. That is a theme that possesses me. Sometimes my work is overtly political; sometimes it is spiritual; sometimes I offend people with my opinions. For that reason, I tend to avoid people and put my opinions in art and poetry. I share my life with a dozen or so cats. Ten of which were born under my trailer since I have been here. [There are] a few [who] crawl under the covers like having an electric blanket that works when the power goes off. It is a genuinely educating experience to domesticate and make friends with a feral cat. I urge you to try it.”
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné is a poet and artist from Trinidad & Tobago. Her writing and art have appeared in several local and international journals. Danielle’s first solo art exhibition, Criatura, was held at the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago in June 2013. In 2013, her art was also featured at the exhibition Music is the Soulin Toronto, as well as The Femail Project in Birmingham, UK. She is also the Creative Director of Wildflower Studio, a brand of handmade art inspired gift items.
Banwa is a two-person husband and wife team, Christopher Gannon and Theodora Ravago, with a varied array of interests and a multidisciplinary approach toward web design. Chris’s passions and areas of study include luthiery, oil painting, finance, writing and fly-fishing and Theodora’s interests are science, entrepreneurship, photography, and travel. They believe that the emphasis of good web design should be in the blending of ideas, art, culture, and technology, and it was with this in mind the couple formed Banwa in 2013 (Banwa being the Filipino word for community). In Banwa, the couple is able to blend their multitude of seemingly disparate passions into compelling and captivating web design experiences. Both have years of experience in web design and development. Above all, the team at Banwa consider themselves digital craftspeople who take great pride in perfectly polishing each pixel, and carefully considering each line of code. Based in Syracuse, New York, they work with clients from all over. For more information or to get in touch, their website is www.banwadesign.com.