The Maynard
Spring 2014

Author Biographies

Glen Armstrong

Glen Armstrong's recent work has appeared in Conduit, Digital Americana and Cloudbank. He holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teach writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He also edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters.

Valentina Cano

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014.

Adrienne Drobnies

Adrienne Drobnies lives in Vancouver, BC. She is a 2010 graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. Her work has appeared in literary magazines in Canada, the US, and UK, including The Toronto Quarterly, Scrivener, Cider Press Review, Sow’s Ear Review, and Popshot Magazine. Her suite of poems, “Randonnées”, was a finalist for the CBC literary award for poetry in 2009 and on the short list for the 2013 Gwendolyn MacEwen Exile Poetry Competition. She is an editor of a collection of poetry in French, Poèmes sur Mesure, by her late husband Alain Fournier. Her website is

Daniela Elza

Daniela Elza's work has appeared nationally and internationally in close to 100 publications. Daniela’s poetry collections are: the weight of dew, the book of It, and, most recently, milk tooth bane bone of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder.” Daniela was the 2014 Writer-In-Residence at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Nettie Farris

Nettie Farris lives in Floyds Knobs, Indiana and is the author of Communion (Accents Publishing, 2013). In 2011. she received the Kudzu Poetry Prize. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

M. Krockmalnik Grabois’ poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He is a regular contributor to The Prague Revue, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, most recently for his story “Purple Heart” published in The Examined Life in 2012, and for his poem “Birds,” published in The Blue Hour, 2013. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for 99 cents from Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition.

Nicole Hoelle

Nicole Hoelle's poems have appeared in such journals as Barrow Street, New American Writing, The Adirondack Review and Jacket Magazine. She also has a play forthcoming in Third Coast Magazine.

Mark Jackley

Mark Jackley’s forthcoming book of poems is Appalachian Night. Previous books include Every Green Word (Finishing Line Press) and Cracks and Slats (Amsterdam Press). His work has appeared in Tampa Review, Sugar House Review, Melic, Sleet, Crate, Rougarou and other journals. He lives in Sterling, VA.

Bee Kapitan

Bee Kapitan is the Communications Coordinator for St. Mary's Anglican Church. Bee has a background digital technology from BCIT with additional studies in creative writing, hospice care and stand-up comedy. She is a dedicated advocate for people living in poverty, for children with disabilities, and for animal welfare. As a side project, she is currently joining forces with a cheesemonger (her best friend) to create an interactive ebook about fine cheese for the ipad. You can see more of her work on her portfolio at

Fred Pollack

Fred Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness, both published by Story Line Press. He has appeared in Hudson Review, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Die Gazette (Munich), The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Representations, Magma (UK), Bateau, Fulcrum, and others. Online, his poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Hamilton Stone Review, Diagram, BlazeVox, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, The New Hampshire Review, Mudlark, Occupoetry, Faircloth Review, Kalkion, and others. He is an adjunct professor of creative writing George Washington University.

Jason Primm

Jason Primm grew up in Louisiana, lives in Brooklyn, and works on the casino cruise ship of Manhattan. His work has most recently appeared in Pantheon Magazine, The Southern Humanities Review, VAYAVYA, burntdistrict and Gravel. He maintains a blog at

Elizabeth Schultz

Elizabeth Schultz spent summers in northern Michigan, which was the subject of a memoir, Shoreline: Summers at the Lake (Michigan State University Press). Following her retirement from teaching at the University of Kansas, she has published four books of poetry, with a fifth forthcoming in October. All of her poetry draws on a deep sense of connection with place.

K.V. Skene

K.V. Skene’s work has appeared in Canadian, U.K., U.S., Irish, Australian and Austrian magazines, most recently: Tears in the Fence, Obsessed With Pipework, Envoi and Existere. Publications include Love in the (Irrational) Imperfect, 2006, Hidden Brook Press (Canada) and You Can Almost Hear Their Voices, 2010, Indigo Dreams Publications (UK). After living in England and Ireland for many years, K.V. Skene has returned to Canada and currently lives and writes from Toronto.

Lora Tomas

Lora Tomas is a Croatian indologist, freelance writer, translator and editor, dividing her time between Croatia and India. She contributes articles for Indian and Asian publications. She has co-edited and translated a selection of contemporary Indian women writing Popodnevni pljuskovi (Afternoon Showers), published by VBZ, Zagreb, 2011.

Matthew Walsh

Matthew Walsh is currently studying Creative Writing in UBC'S MFA program. His work has been or will be featured in The Found Poetry Review, Carousel, Descant, Existere, Matrix, Carte Blanche and as part of the Halifax Commons Poetry Anthology. His long poem “Cloud Grape” won the York University President's Prize for poetry. He is currently a member of Prism magazine's editorial board.