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, Z Word, LLC. She is a contributing writer to Encore, Southwest Michigan's Second Wave and Rapid Growth. Her work also appears in many online and 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