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.
Cagnato is the Summer/Fall 2013 fiction and
nonfiction editor. He is a graduate from Kalamazoo College, where he led the
fiction editing team for The Cauldron,
Kalamazoo College's literary magazine. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador,
Stefano is interested in compelling fiction and nonfiction, from Pynchon to
Capote. 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.