Issue 9: Horizontal vs. Vertical
A Publication of the USF MFA in Writing Program

Issue 9 Contributors

Corisa Moreno - Open

Melba Abela was born in the Philippines and earned degrees in Fine Arts and Education at the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of the Philippines. Her work has been exhibited in various US cities and in the Philippines. Her writings as well as art have appeared in Trepan (CalArts), Santa Clara Review, and in art books and poetry anthologies.

Jeff Anderson has a BA in English and Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He also really likes math.

Micah Ballard lives in San Francisco and is co-editor for Auguste Press. Recent books include Death Race V.S.O.P. (with Will Yackulic & Cedar Sigo), Evangeline Downs, Parish Krewes, and Easy Eden (with Patrick Dunagan).

Deborah P. Bloch , a septuagenarian grandmother, is a student in the MFA in Writing program at the University of San Francisco, and Professor Emerita in the USF School of Education. Born and raised in New York City, Debby has lived in San Francisco for twelve years with her husband, Martin. Her publications include numerous professional articles and books on complexity sciences and career development, including her latest, SoulWork: Finding the Work You Love, Loving the Work You Have (with L. Richmond). However, her true love has always been fiction and she is delighted, at last, to follow her innermost inclinations.

Janice Bockelman is a second-year student in USF's MFA in Writing Program. She grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and is continually grappling with San Francisco's "Mediterranean" climate. Currently, she is working on a collection of narrative and lyric essays that abstractly explores the tensions of movement and the identities of place, among other things.

Chris Crittenden is a hermit living in a remote area of Maine, obsessed with poetry. Some fresh acceptances are from:  Arsenic Lobster, Hobble Creek Review, Thick With Conviction, and Poetry Friends. He was recently interviewed on Poets Café, a radio show of KPFK Los Angeles. The University of Maine has invited him to read for their upcoming program, “Prominent Down East Poets.”

Rick D'Elia is originally from Massachusetts and now resides in San Francisco. He edits Dirty Deeds, an eclectic DIY zine.

Sarah Louise Green lives in the Bay Area where she is attending Saint Mary's College of California for her MFA in Creative Writing.

James McFadden graduated UCSC with a major in creative writing.  He is currently working on a science fiction novel, playing in his band, The Wasteland Saints, and trying to get a major motion picture produced.  All while somehow managing to spend 40 hours a week getting people drunk at his bartending job.  Getting himself drunk as well certainly helps.

Cuban-born Pablo Medina is the author of eleven books of poetry, prose, and nonfiction, among them Points of Balance/Puntos de apoyo (2005) and The Cigar Roller (2005). In January 2008, Medina and fellow poet Mark Statman published a new English version of García Lorca's Poet in New York. His work has appeared in various languages, among them Spanish, French, German, and Arabic. Winner of many awards for his writings, Medina has taught in numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States. He was on the board of AWP from 2002 – 2007, serving as board president in 2005 – 2006. Currently, he is on faculty at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Rachel Meier is the proprietor of the website and is a recent graduate of the University of San Francisco's MFA in writing program. She likes tiny objects and cheese.

Corisa Moreno is an explorer of junkyards, literary forms and visual experiences. Through painting, photography and art books, she aims to reanimate the everyday human experience by highlighting the beauty of discarded objects.
She is an MFA candidate in California College of the Arts' Creative Writing program. Corisa is the Editor of NameCalling.Org. More of her work can be found at

Al Riske has worked as a reporter, editor, copywriter, and ghostwriter. His short stories have appeared in The Beloit Fiction Journal, Hobart, Pindeldyboz, and Blue Mesa Review. His story collection, Precarious, is due out later this year from Luminis Books. He is currently working on a novel.

Contact: alriske[at]yahoo[dot]com

Candy Shue writes promiscuously and often.  Her poems and stories have been published in, Poemeleon,, Washington Square, The Rambler, Pif Online, Paragraph, and other journals.  She is currently in the MFA in Writing Program at USF and would one day like to see an aurora borealis in person, preferably while staying at the Alta Igloo Ice Hotel in Norway, where guests sleep on ice beds and the ice bar serves drinks in glasses made of ice.

Daniel Vaccaro is an MFA in Writing student at the University of San Francisco.  He comes from a long line of New York neurotics, addicts and enablers. During various life stages, he has lived in China, Europe and his own mind. He currently resides in San Francisco's Outer Sunset where the fog and his writing practice coexist in relative harmony. More of his work can be seen at  

Jessica Wickens is a poet and occasional book artist. Her work has recently appeared in Spell, Blink, Mirage, and Beeswax. She studied anthropology at the University of Chicago and creative writing at California College of the Arts. She co-edits the literary journal Monday Night.

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