Zinta Aistars, founder and editor-in-chief of The Smoking Poet, is the published author of three books and currently at work on
a novel while submitting a novella to publishers. Zinta lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is a publications
editor and writer for a health care organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a regularly contributing writer
to Southwest Michigan's Second Wave. Her work also appears on many ezines. Zinta
broadcasts many of her southwest Michigan author interviews on the Arts and More program on WMUK 102.1 FM, Kalamazoo's NPR affiliate.
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is a senior at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing.
She is the poetry editor of The Cauldron, the college's literary magazine.
Beyond The Cauldron, Kimberly made her publishing debut in The Smoking Poet, and has gone on to author a chapbook entitled Red Velvet,
published in the spring of 2011. Kimberly will be the intern co-editor for the Spring 2012 Issue of The Smoking Poet.
Stangeland’s new book, Into the Rumored Spring, is available from Ravenna Press. Joannie is also the author of two poetry chapbooks—A Steady Longing for Flight, which won the Floating Bridge Press chapbook award, and Weathered Steps from Rose Alley Press. Joannie has been a Jack Straw Writer and has taught classes at Richard
Hugo House in Seattle, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals and on Seattle-area buses.