Judy Apps is Director of Enlightened Training,,  and Co-director of ABL World,  Contact her at

Annika Barranti (a Noneuclidean Cafe Contributing Editor) was born and raised in New York. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their son, and several thousand books. She writes for and maintains a personal website at

Gary Beck’s recent fiction has appeared in 3AM Magazine, Fullosia Press, EWG Presents, Nuvein Magazine, Vincent Brothers Review, The Journal, Short Stories Monthly, L’Intrigue Magazine, Babel Magazine and Bibliophilos. His poetry has appeared in dozens of literary magazines. His plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes, and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. He is a writer/director of award-winning social issue video documentaries.

Stephen Benzel is trying very hard not to be an accountant. This is his first published work. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he teaches Sunday School and straight-up dominates his fantasy baseball league. His wife, the greatest woman in the world, is Amanda, and his dog, an above average cairn terrier, is Chewie.

Elizabeth Bernays was born in outback Australia.  After obtaining her bachelor's degree at Queensland University, she traveled to Europe on a working holiday before returning to academia to obtain higher degrees in Entomology at the University of London. Her career in entomology included being principal scientist in the British Government working in developing countries, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Regents’ Professor and Head of Entomology at the University of Arizona. She has published over two hundred technical papers and books on in her field. More recently, with an MFA at the University of Arizona, she has published three essays and eight poems and is currently completing a memoir.

From a young age, a curiosity for all things odd grew in Louise Bohmer.  In later years, this fascination manifested itself in her strange stories. She'll try her pen at just about anything.  Speculative, horror, erotic, fantasy...  If it jumps into Louise's imagination, she'll pull it out and see what she can do with it.  You can find Ms. Bohmer's work in Wicked Karnival—Halloween Horrors, Gothic Revue, Chainsaw Magazine, FEAR, and Raw Meat. Louise also works as a copy editor for Wicked Karnival Magazine.

Kit FitzSimons is unashamedly an Eagle Scout, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, a double older brother, a self-proclaimed cruciverbalist, and the Marketing Coordinator for the DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro, NC (  You can hear him on the air (or more universally, streaming online at every Sunday from 4-5pm during the DSI Comedy Hour on WCOM  103.5 FM Carrboro. 

Adam Hartman was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He spent his college years in Washington, DC, and is currently at graduate student at Brown University in Providence, RI. Other short fiction of his can be found in The Paumanok Review and The Adirondack Review.

Leland Jamieson, a performing arts center manager for most of his working life, is retired and lives in East Hampton, Connecticut, USA. His recent and forthcoming work appears in Bellowing Ark, Blue Unicorn, Neovictorian /Cochlea, Raintown Review, and 3rd Muse. He has gathered a number of published formal poems, some with streaming audio, under the title Needles in a Pinewood at He is hawking a 60-page book manuscript by the same name.

Robert Kalman (Noneuclidean Cafe's photographer) has been shooting pictures as a freelance editorial photographer since the mid-1970's. He is currently working on a book of photographs about the people of Larreynaga, Nicaragua. He can be reached at

Allison Kinsell, former San Franciscan and current resident in the Greater Toronto Area, has finally adapted to a life featuring snow, hockey and Tim Horton's. She has been an avid fan of musical theatre and Tolkien since childhood.

Sally Pont is in love with motion.  In addition to the two marathons she has completed, one in Philadelphia and the other in Anchorage, she has hiked up and run down the slopes of Mount Fuji, cycled to the Great Wall of China and to the house in which Dostoevsky wrote Crime and Punishment, trotted on a horse around the Pyramids, rode the subway in New York City, the tube in London, gondolas in Venice, and the funicular up to Mt.  Blanc.  Her great regret is watching, not joining, the running of the bulls in Pamplona.  Her stories, fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in several literary magazines, among them Conjunctions, Whiskey Island Magazine, Iowa Woman, and Ambergris.  Her two full works of creative nonfiction, Finding Their Stride and Fields of Honor, were published by Harcourt Brace.  “Abel’s Secret” which appears in this issue of Noneuclidean Café, is the first chapter of a novel that is well underway. 

Part New Zealander, part Irish, Karen Ratcliffe is a property investment specialist who drifted into arts administration, promotion and criticism by way of cultural tourism.  She has written about the contemporary Australian visual arts scene and its connection with the literary avant garde, and has been involved in assisting and promoting international and metropolitan-originating exhibitions, readings and performance pieces into regional and rural Australia. She lives outside Melbourne in the scenic cultural center of Daylesford, Victoria.

James Swingle (Noneuclidean Cafe's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief) offers business training, and personal growth workshops and coaching, which you can find out about at  His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Susurrus, Byzarium, Wicked Karnival, From the Asylum and other publications.  You can find out more about his writing at

Femke Stuut (a Noneuclidean Cafe Contributing Editor) is an internationally certified NLP trainer and meta-coach (neuro-semantics). She has an extensive background in international business and specializes in organizational change as well as personal and professional leadership. She is founder of "Completely You - The human quality headquarters" in the Netherlands. Her vision is to facilitate in connecting people with their core so they can live the purpose of their existence.  She can be reached at  

Nicole Tavares is a Brooklyn writer of Cape Verdean heritage.  She received her MFA from Hunter College in Poetry. Her poetry and non-fiction are featured in Heliotrope, Phantasmagoria, Collective Endeavor, The Fader, and Her poem “The Hook: Crochet’s Learning Curve” was a recipient of a 2005 Pushcart Prize nomination.  She was a co-winner of the Mary M. Fay Award in Poetry and the first prize-winner of the Edith Goldberg Paulson Memorial Prize for Creative Writing. She teaches GED, ESL, composition, creative writing, and crochet classes in New York.  She also is a copyeditor and contributor to Fandata Magazine, a publication dedicated to the Cape Verde Islands and its diaspora.  She can be contacted at


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