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Mike Jurkovic (Wallkill, NY) hates bios. He feels they add undue stress upon him to live up to the hype, a task he’s not always up for. Poems and music criticism have appeared everywhere but generate no reportable income. His latest chapbook, Eve’s Venom, (Post Traumatic Press) 2014. First chapbook, Purgatory Road (Pudding House Press) 2010. Anthologies: WaterWrites & Riverine (Codhill Press) 2009, 2007; Will Work For Peace (Zeropanik) 1999. Co-director of Calling All Poets in Beacon, NY. Producer of CAPSCAST, live readings from the Calling All Poets Series, available on www.callingallpoets.net. and itunes. CD reviews and regional music features appear in Elmore Magazine, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange & the Van Wyck Gazzette. He loves Emily most of all. Visit Mike on the web here: www.mikejurkovic.com
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Mike Jurkovic and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Tell Them, My Love
If they ask, my dear
Waiting for the ass ahead of me
Tell them, my love, I died simpering
Tell them, my love, should any be inclined to query
Tell them I withered in the heat.
Tell them, my love, I died in love.
wishing I was home.
Maya Richard-Craven is a junior at the University of Southern California. She is originally from Pasadena, but lives on campus during the year. She studies Creative Writing and Genocide Resistance, but spends most of her time writing as an Opinion Columnist for Neon Tommy, and serving on the editorial board for the FBOMB, a feminist magazine that was created by students at Columbia University in New York. She currently writes a column titled “Shameless” which focuses on themes and issues that prompt feelings of shame amongst Millennials. This June the National Society of Newspaper Columnists will award Maya with an 1,000$ scholarship, an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. and the prestigious Jeff Zaslow College Journalism Award for her controversial, “You’re Pretty, For A Black Girl” series. Because Maya enjoys public speaking, she is frequently asked to perform her own spoken word and poetry. Last November, she opened for renowned Poet, Dana Gioia, at the USC Vision’s and Voices event, the Poet’s Voice. She also recited her own lyric essay before the USC Board of Trustees in March. Her poem “My Sister- and Me” was published in the Altar Collective Volume IV this past April, and is available on Amazon.
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Maya Richard-Craven and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Life is a Chasm