Jonathan K. Rice is founding editor and publisher of Iodine Poetry Journal, which is in its fourteenth year of publication. Iodine has had the distinction of having work included in Best American Poetry 2006, which was selected and edited by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. In 2002 Jonathan co-edited a chapbook, Celebrating Life, a project funded by Barnes & Noble in celebration of National Poetry Month and in memory of Dorothy Perry Thompson, noted poet and instructor at Winthrop University. He is the author of a chapbook, Shooting Pool With A Cellist (Main Street Rag, 2003) and a full-length collection, Ukulele and Other Poems (Main Street Rag, 2006). His poetry has appeared in numerous publications including Cold Mountain Review, Comstock Review, The Main Street Rag, Pedestal, and Sun Dog: A Southeast Review. He has been a longtime host of poetry readings in Charlotte, NC, where he lives.
Amy Rogers is a founder and the past publisher of Novello Festival Press, which as the only library-sponsored literary press in the nation launched regional writers to a national audience. Books she has written include Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas and Red Pepper Fudge and Blue Ribbon Biscuits. Her work was included in the books Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing and The North Carolina Century: Tar Heels Who Made a Difference, 1900-2000; and many periodicals, including the literary magazine Oxford American. She received a Creative Artist Fellowship from the Arts & Science Council, and a Southeast Library Association’s President’s Award, given to the person outside the profession who has done the most for libraries.
Mary Kratt’s books of poetry include The Only Thing I Fear Is A Cow and a Drunken Man, On The Steep Side, Small Potatoes, and Valley. Her poems have appeared in Shenandoah, Tar River Poetry, New Virginia Review, Stone Country, New Mexico Humanities Review, Greensboro Review, Nimrod, Yankee, and others. Twice winner of the Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series sponsored by the N.C. Writers’ Network, she is also a winner of a N.C. Arts Council Fellowship to MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. She served on the Speakers Bureau of the N.C. Humanities Council, and as an associate editor of the Southern Poetry Review. She has written extensively about Charlotte’s history, and developed walking tours of the city. Her books include New South Women: Twentieth Century Women of Charlotte and Charlotte: Spirit of the New South.
M. Scott Douglass is the founder of Main Street Rag Publishing Company where he serves as the publisher and managing editor. In addition to publishing numerous literary works by others, he has been recognized for his poetry with a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. He is a recipient of an Arts & Science Council Emerging Artist Grant. His books include Auditioning for Heaven: Poetry, Steel Womb Revisited and Hard to Love. His work has appeared in The Asheville Poetry Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Slipstream, Black Bear Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Pedestal Magazine and other publications. He has taught graphic arts and graphic design at Central Piedmont Community College. His design work has earned him two PICA Awards and was nominated for an Eric Hoffer Award.
A.A. Jillani came to Charlotte from Karachi, Pakistan, to attend UNC Charlotte, where he was editor of the 49er Times, the college newspaper that won numerous national awards during his editorship. For several years, he was editor of The Mecklenburg Times, a legal and business newspaper. He founded and served as editor of Charlotte Poetry Review/Sandstone Publishing, during which time he worked with some of the best poets and writers in N.C., published chapbooks and full-length manuscripts, and organized a series of poetry readings to enhance the literary scene in Charlotte. His poetry had appeared in many publications and collections, including Main Street Rag, and the literary anthology No Hiding Place: Uncovering the Legacy of Charlotte-Area Writers.