Zinta Aistars, founder and editor-in-chief of The Smoking Poet, is the published author of three books. Zinta is living out her
dream on a farm called Z Acres near Hopkins, Michigan, and working as a full-time freelance editor and writer for her own
business, called Z Word, LLC. She is a contributing writer to Southwest Michigan's Second Wave and Rapid Growth, and a news reporter for Advance News. Her work also appears on many ezines and in print publications. Zinta
broadcasts many of her southwest Michigan author interviews on the Arts and More program on WMUK 102.1 FM, Kalamazoo's NPR affiliate.
Read more of Zinta's work on her website, and at Zinta Aistars: On a Writer's Journey. Or, tweet Zinta on Twitter.
Joannie Stangeland’s poetry 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.
Tim Bazzett is a book reviewer for The
Smoking Poet. Born in Charlotte, Michigan, Tim grew up in Reed City. He earned degrees from Ferris State, Central Michigan
and Eastern Michigan Universities and taught English for five years at Monroe County Community College. After eight years
in the U.S. Army, Tim worked for twenty-one years as a Russian linguist and intelligence analyst at the National Security
Agency. In 2001, he retired and returned to his home town where he began writing. He has published five books. His latest
is a memoir, Booklover: A One-Year Journal of Reading, Reflecting & Remembering.
Tim is married with three grown children and five grandchildren.