the literary magazine of Gardner-Webb University

2009 Contributors

STEPHEN BARILE is a native of Fresno, California, and a longtime member of the Fresno Poet’s Association. His latest collection of poems, Here We Are, was published in 2007. He teaches writing at California State University, Fresno.

LAUREN BILYEU is a senior fine arts major from Statesville, North Carolina. This is her first appearance in The Broad River Review.

SARAJANE BURROUGHS is a senior photojournalism major from Asheville, North Carolina. Burroughs has been involved with the Student Alumni Council, Student Entertainment Associates, Campus Ministries, The Pilot Photograph Staff, Gay-Straight Alliance, and The Dirty Conservative Poetry (with a Sarcastic Tone) Band. She has been inducted in the NRHA (National Residence Hall Association), served on homecoming court, and recently placed second in the undergraduate photography competition. She will be graduating in May and moving to Wilmington, North Carolina to pursue a career in photography. She will be married to Kyle Justin Case of Lenoir, North Carolina in August 2009. This is her first appearance in The Broad River Review.

COURTNEY BUTLER is a senior Spanish major from Hickory, North Carolina. She hopes to one day work an interpreter, either with the FBI or with mission organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and hanging out with her friends. This is her first publication.

STEVEN CALABRESE is a 2008 graduate of Gardner-Webb University.  His art was awarded “Best in Show” at the 2008 Student Art Show at Gardner-Webb University. He enjoys music, nature, philosophy, and making art, and is from Boiling Springs, North Carolina. His art has appeared previously in The Broad River Review.

ELIZABETH CASHWELL is a sophomore from Concord, North Carolina. She is an English major with a minor in Professional Education.  Elizabeth enjoys reading, especially books by Ted Dekker, writing fiction, and watching old episodes of “Get Smart.” After graduation, she plans to teach high school English. This is her first publication.

KEVIN MARSHALL CHOPSON received his MFA from Murray State University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the English Journal, The Chaffin Journal, New Madrid, The South Carolina Review, Poem, and the Birmingham Arts Journal, among others. He teaches at Davidson Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.

THOMAS RAIN CROWE is an internationally recognized poet, publisher and translator whose work has been published in several languages. He is the author of twenty books of original works, translations, anthologies and recordings, including the multi-award winning book of nonfiction Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods, published in 2005 by the University of Georgia Press. As an editor, he has been an instrumental force behind such magazines as BE-ATtitude, Katuah Journal, and the Asheville Poetry Review. His poetry-and-music band, Thomas Rain Crowe & The Boatrockers, has been heralded by such icons of the music industry as Pete Townshend of The Who and Joy Harjo of Poetic Justice. As a translator, he has translated the work of such prominent writers as Hafiz, Guillevic and Yvan Goll. His latest book, The End of Eden, a collection of environmental activist essays, was published in the fall of 2008. He lives in the Tuckasegee community in the Smoky Mountains of rural western North Carolina.

TERRI KIRBY ERICKSON is the author of a poetry collection entitled Thread Count. Her second book, Telling Tales of Dusk, is forthcoming from Press 53. Erickson’s work has been published by or is forthcoming in Bay Leaves, Blue Fifth Review, Christian Science Monitor, Dead Mule, Forsyth Woman, JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), Parent: Wise Austin, Paris Voice, Pinesong, Pisgah Review, Silver Boomer Books (From Freckles to Wrinkles), Smoking Poet, Thieves Jargon, Wild Goose Poetry Review, WomenBloom, Voices and Vision and others. The Northwest Cultural Council selected her work in 2006 and 2007 for an international juried poetry exhibit. Her poem “Bobbing for Apples” won second place in the Poetry Council of North Carolina’s 2008 Ellen Johnston-Hale Contest for Light Verse. Her poem “Madison’s Picture” won honorable mention in the North Carolina Poetry Society’s 2009 Caldwell Nixon Jr. Contest. She also won honorable mention in the 2009 Lyman Haiku Contest. Erickson lives in Lewisville, North Carolina.

CHRISTINE FLANAGAN’S fiction has been published in Philadelphia Stories, The Pisgah Review, and Burning Leaf. In 2008 and 2009, her fiction was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She currently teaches writing and literature at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

J. LAUREN FLETCHER is a sophomore English major with a Creative Writing emphasis from Midlothian, Virginia. She enjoys coffee, music, God, rock climbing, spending time with friends, goofing off, and pretending to be rock stars. The writers who have influenced her most are Donald Miller, Amy Sherman-Palladino, and Mark Schwann. She has been writing since early elementary school and has been published most recently in Manchester High School’s award-winning art and literary magazine, Mindscapes (2007), for poetry, nonfiction, and photography.

KEVIN GRAYBEAL is a 2009 graduate of Gardner-Webb University.  His degrees are in social sciences and business administration. Graybeal was actively involved in campus ministries and the admissions office.

INGER HARBER was born and raised in Durban, South Africa. In 2007 she was accepted into the Georgia Rotary Student Programme and spent a year studying at the University of West Georgia. She finished her undergraduate degrees in English and political science and is currently back in Durban completing her masters in development at the University of KwaZulu Natal. Once her studies are completed, Inger hopes to begin traveling around the world as a universal cultural experience.

BRAD LAIL is a junior fine arts and psychology major from Cherryville, North Carolina, who is carrying on the Catawba Valley tradition of turning out traditional stoneware. He likes to throw functional pottery pieces like pitchers, bowls, and mugs, as well as decorative pieces, such as face jugs. Lail’s pottery has appeared previously in The Broad River Review.

JOANNIS LAWLOR is a sophomore theater major with minors in American Sign Language and art. She is from Louisville, Kentucky. For fun, Lawlor enjoys reading, cooking, trying new foods, attending her Deaf church when she’s home in Kentucky, and writing sporadically.

NICHOLAS LAUGHRIDGE is a senior English major from Gastonia, North Carolina. He enjoys reading, writing, and playing video games. His favorite author is Neil Gaiman. This is Laughridge’s first publication.

KELLY LEARNED is a junior fine arts major and education minor from Fort Myers, Florida. This is Learned’s first appearance in The Broad River Review.

JONATHAN LOGAN is a senior art major from Shelby, North Carolina.  This is his first appearance in The Broad River Review.

LENARD D. MOORE is the author of four books of poetry: A Temple Looming (WordTech Editions, 2008); Desert Storm: A Brief History (Los Hombres Press, 1993); Forever Home (St. Andrews College Press, 1992); and The Open Eye (NC Haiku Society Press, 1985). He is the recipient of the Margaret Walker Creative Writing Award, the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award, and the Raleigh Medal of the Arts. He is the Founder & Executive Director of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective. He is President of The Haiku Society of America. He is the haiku editor of the online journal, Simply Haiku. He is the Eastern North Carolina Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet. He is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow. Moore directs the literary festival at Mount Olive College, where he teaches Advance Poetry Writing. He is also Faculty Advisor for Trojan Voices (the MOC literary journal).

LAUREN QUESENBERRY is a senior English major from Charlottesville, VA. She will graduate in August 2009 to attend Loyola University Chicago’s dual masters program of Women’s Studies and Social Work.  Lauren is a member of Alpha Chi, Sigma Tau Delta, Honors Student Association, Sister’s Ministry, Gay-Straight Alliance, College Democrats, and the Dirty Conservative Poetry (with a sarcastic tone) Band! She has been published in The Webb, Gardner-Webb’s Alumni Magazine, The Pilot, and the English Channel at Gardner-Webb University.

GREGORY RAMIREZ was born in Fresno, California, where he was raised and currently resides with his wife, Stephanie. His poetry has appeared in Flies, Cockroaches, and Poets, hardpan: a journal of poetry, Heyday Books’ reprinting of Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley, and The Broad River Review. He has taught at California State University, Fresno (where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English), Fresno City College, College of the Sequoias in Visalia, and the University of Phoenix in Fresno. He currently teaches full-time at the Madera Community College Center.

NIKKI RAYE RICE is a sophomore English major with a creative writing emphasis at Gardner-Webb University. Her favorite book so far is Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. She is from Hudson, NC. This is her first publication.

DAVID S. ROBERTS is a master of divinity student at M. Christopher White School of Divinity at Gardner Webb University. He lives in Rutherfordton with his wife, Anne, and daughter, Grace.

TRUDY ROTH is a senior fine arts major. She lives in Marion, North Carolina with her husband Skip Roth. She enjoys painting, drawing and spending time with her family. Roth is a Basic Skills Instructor with McDowell Community College. She hopes to use her degree to teach art history. Her work has appeared previously in The Broad River Review.

ALLEN SMITH has a poetry chapbook, Unfolding Maps, soon to be published by Pudding House Publications, and will have an essay in the University of Wisconsin’s anthology, My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, he lives in Alexandria, Virginia. His work has appeared previously in The Broad River Review.

HAILEY SPEARMAN is a North Carolinian by chance, born and raised in the All-American City of Gastonia. Raised as an only-child in a family too large and too dysfunctional for any shot at normalcy, Hailey is a very unique person, who has always taken great pride in her ability to break molds, step outside of the box, and break free from the chains of conformity. Graduating in August 2009 with a bachelor’s in English education, Hailey hopes to obtain a job at an area high school and continue her education, eventually leading to a doctorate and working at the college/university level.

CHELSEE-CHO SUESZ is an English major with an emphasis in creative writing at Gardner-Webb University. She was born on the island of Maui, Hawaii, and her family currently resides on Oahu. In addition to reading and writing, she enjoys singing, acting, and photography. This is her first publication.

JO BARBARA TAYLOR lives in North Carolina, but is an Indiana farm girl at heart. Her poems and academic writing have appeared in MountOlive Review, Beacon, Bay Leaves, Ibbetson Street, and on New Verse News. She is named the 2008-09 adult-student in the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series. She edits the newsletter for the North Carolina Poetry Society.

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