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 Southwest Michigan's
Second Wave and Rapid Growth. Her work also appears on many ezines 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.
Stefano Cagnato is a senior at Kalamazoo College and an intern at The Smoking Poet. He will be the fiction and
nonfiction editor for our upcoming Summer 2013 issue. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Stefano is interested in fiction
and screenwriting. His poems have been published in several magazines and his novella is in the final stages of revision.
Stefano enjoys improv comedy and film.
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
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.