steel bellow 4.2 | September 2016

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“We’re building on our past. We’re buying into rust.”

– Larry Mruk

This issue features the poetry of Gene Grabiner, Sherry Robbins, Leela Soma, and Wade Stevenson.

Gene Grabiner‘s poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies including: Snake Nation Review, Sojourners, Slant, Connecticut River Review, Passager, Naugatuck River Review, Jewish Currents, Rosebud, Blue Collar Review, and J Journal. He has read his poetry in the United States, Canada, and China. Grabiner won third place in the 2014 Connecticut Poetry Society competition, was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Passager competition, and a runner-up in the 2012 William Stafford Award Competition. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2002 “Discover”/The Nation poetry competition. Gene Grabiner received his Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, and lives in Buffalo, New York. He travels for readings.

Poems: “Hippocampus,” “The Vietnam War Survivalist’s Wife Leaves,” “The Cancer Hospital,” “Midday,” “Cousins,” and “Cicadas.”

Sherry Robbins has conducted creative writing workshops throughout New York State and abroad since the beginning of time and works with hundreds of students each year. She has a Masters in the poetics of ecstasy and two books of poetry, Snapshots of Paradise and Or, the Whale.

Poems: Seven Poems from Her Series, Unfolded – “Unfolded Out of the Folds,” “To You,” “Song 1,” “Song 2,” “Song 3,” “Song 4,” and “Song 5.”

Leela Soma was born in Madras, India and now lives in Glasgow. Her poetry and short stories have been published in a number of anthologies and publications, including The Scotsman, The Grind, New Voices and Gutter magazine. She won the Margaret Thomson Davis Trophy at Strathkelvin Writer’s Group for Best New Writer 2007 for her novel Twice Born. She has also published the novel Bombay Baby (Dahlia Publishing Limited, 2011) and Boxed In, a short story collection (The Pot Hole Press, 2013). She was commissioned along with 21 other writers and artists to write a story for the Glasgow Women’s Library anthology 21 Revolutions (2013). Her latest short story was commissioned for the Edinburgh Fringe show (2015), and she is currently working on her third novel. She has served on the committee for the Milngavie Books and Arts Festivals and on the Scottish Writer’s Centre Committee. Her work reflects her dual heritage of India and Scotland. Visit her author page on Amazon for her books.

Poems: “Two Cities,” “America,” “Lines,” “USA – Melting Pot,” “Baby Girl,” “Mother Earth,” and “Tartan & Turmeric.”

Wade Stevenson was born in New York City in 1945. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Moon Talk and the Kirkus Indie award-winning Flutes and Tomatoes. His opera text, The Nude Paper Sermon, was set to music and narrated by Stacy Keach and published by Nonesuch Records. In addition, he has published a memoir, One Time in Paris, and the critically acclaimed novel, The Electric Affinities. His new book, Vertigo Poems of the Erotic Sublime, is scheduled for publication in 2017.

Poems: “Two Hearts,” “Weighed Down,” “A Poet Alone,” “Looney in My Loneliness,” and “If God is Truth.”



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