Contributor Bios – Volume I Issue 1

Kate Anger teaches playwriting at UC Riverside; she has had plays staged at Stella Adler Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater-LA, LATC and UCR, as well as five touring plays that have been mounted as part of UCR’s Gluck program, exposing thousands of elementary school students to the magic of theatre. She also writes both fiction and non-fiction. As a native of the area, she is thrilled to be a part of Inlandia’s inaugural issue.

Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, Dictionary Poems, The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, Self Storage, Delta Girls, and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns. She is on the national staff of CODEPINK: Women for Peace and is a founder member of the Women Creating Peace Collective. She has lived in the Inland Empire since 1986 and is an Associate Fiction Editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey. She teaches writing at Antioch University, and is mom to one college student, one high school student, and one new baby.

Nicelle Davis lives in Southern California with her son J.J. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Boadsided, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine and others. She’d like to acknowledge her poetry family at the University of California, Riverside and Antelope Valley Community College. She is an assistant poetry editor of Connotation Press and runs a free online poetry workshop at The Bees’ Knees Blog.

Karen Greenbaum-Maya is a clinical psychologist in Claremont, California.  She has been writing since she was nine.  In another life, she was a German Lit major and read poetry for credit.  She has placed poems and photographs in many publications, including Off the Coast, Umbrella, Abyss & Apex, qarrtsiluni, Poemeleon, Lilliput Review, In Posse Review, and Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. She was nominated for the 2010 Pushcart Prize. Her first chapbook, Eggs Satori, received an Honorable Mention in Pudding House Publications’ 2010 competition, and will be published in 2011.  

Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee who has published fiction, poetry, and non-fiction in Square Lake, the Café Irreal, CRATE, Hot Metal Bridge, Locus Novus, NYCBigCityLit, Argestes, Soundings, Pearl, Hayden’s Ferry and the Bellevue Literary Review. An intermittent actor, she has performed poetry at Beyond Baroque and makes a spectral appearance in Erika Suderburg’s film Somatography. Both an instructor and a student, she teaches Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside (where she has been a faculty member since 1986), and studies writing at the Whidbey Island Writers Residency.

Samantha Lampth studies and writes in Riverside, California where she has lived the entirety of her twenty-two year old life. Her work has appeared in Connotation Press and Mosaic.

Gregory Liffick is a special education teacher and sometimes moonlights as a professor. An artist and musician, he has lived in Ontario for the past five years.

Louise Mathias is the author of Lark Apprentice (New Issues Press 2004), and a chapbook Above All Else, the Trembling Resembles the Forest, which won the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. Her second full length collection (which these poems are from) is forthcoming from Four Way Books. Recent poems have appeared in Ninth Letter, Barrow Street, Third Coast and Massachusetts Review. She lives in Joshua Tree, California.

Jeff Mays has lived his whole 42 year long life in the Inland Empire.  He was born at San Bernardino Community Hospital.  He lived in Fontana until his family moved to Rialto when he was three.  He graduated from Eisenhower High School and California State University, San Bernardino.  He married a Fontana High School alumni, and they bought a house in San Bernardino.  He has worked in Fontana for 18 years and now lives in Redlands.

Douglas McCulloh is the award-winning author of Dreamstreet (Inlandia Institute/Heyday Books) and Inland Empire-based artist and photographer. Learn more about him by visiting his website.

Rebecca K. O’Connor is the author of the award-winning memoir Lift published by Red Hen Press in 2009. She has published essays and short stories in South Dakota Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Los Angeles Times Magazine, West, divide, The Coachella Review, Phantom Seed and Prime Number Magazine. Her novel, Falcon’s Return, was a Holt Medallion Finalist for best first novel and she has published numerous reference books on the natural world.

Shin Yu Pai is the author of several poetry books: Adamantine (White Pine Press), Haiku Not Bombs (Booklyn), Sightings: Selected Works (1913 Press), Works on Paper (Convivio Bookworks), The Love Hotel Poems (Press Lorentz), Unnecessary Roughness (xPress(ed)), Equivalence (La Alameda), and Ten Thousand Miles of Mountains and Rivers (Third Ear Books). She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA is from Boston University. She is a former curator for the Wittliff Collections and currently serves as Associate Director of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language at Hendrix College. Shin Yu grew up in Highgrove, an unincorporated area of Riverside County, California. For more information on Shin Yu’s work, visit her website at

Jean Waggoner, an occasionally published fine arts reviewer and poet, has taught college English and English as a Second Language in Riverside County for the past ten years. Jean also leads poetry and creative writing workshops for Inlandia Institute and does training for Time To Teach, a national company dedicated to improving classroom dynamics. She is currently co-writing a book on the part-time professor experience, The Freeway Flier & the Life of the Mind.

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