Volume VI – Issue 1 – Artist’s Bios

Christine (Curry) Coates grew up in Redlands, CA, drawing, painting, rollerskating, and exploring the mountains, hills, and deserts surrounding her town. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Otis College of Art & Design and currently resides in Redlands again, where she continues to paint, explore, and sometimes rollerskate.

Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the US. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.

Jeff Mays currently lives in Redlands and has just finished a project called Assembled Pipe Portraiture wherein he took the portraits of many assembled pipes he found in public places throughout the Inland Empire.  You can view the entire gallery at diamondmays.wix.com/jlmphotog.

Dr. Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in over 500 national and international online and print journals. Professor Williamson has published poetry in journals such as The Oklahoma Review, Review Americana:A Creative Writing Journal, and The Copperfield Review. Some of his visual artwork has appeared in journals such as The Columbia Review, The GW Review, and Fiction Fix. Many of his works have been published in journals representing over 50 colleges and universities around the world. Dr. Williamson is an Assistant Professor of English at Allen University, self-taught pianist, editor, poet, singer, composer, social scientist, private tutor, and a self-taught painter. His poetry has been nominated three times for the Best of the Net Anthology. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing/Literature from the University of Memphis and a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Seton Hall University.