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great weather for MEDIA readers include: Venus de Mars, Thomas Fucaloro, Craig Kite, David Lawton, Christopher Luna, Jane Ormerod, Lynette Reini-Grandell, Mary McLaughlin Slechta, Michelle Whittaker.
Venus de Mars is the front-founding member of glam-punk/trans-band "Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses," a core artist of "Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery," and is writing a memoir. She has illustrated covers for Holy Cow! Press, and contributed art used by great weather for MEDIA (The Other Side of Violet) and others.
Thomas Fucaloro is the author of two books of poetry published by Three Rooms Press, most recently It Starts from the Belly and Blooms. The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he has been on five national slam teams
Craig Kite is a poet, publisher and director of Mad Gleam Press LLC. He is the current poetry slam champion of Staten Island, NY which he represented at the National Poetry Slam 2018. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by great weather for MEDIA in 2016 for his poem in The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker and has been published by various presses. He has a background in journalism/human rights reporting and has written from locations such as Iraq, Turkey, Chiapas, Guatemala, New Orleans, and Algonquin territory Ontario.
David Lawton wrote the poetry collection Sharp Blue Stream. A graduate of the acting program at Boston University, he was also Guest Artist in the graduate play writing classes taught by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. The 2009 Herbert Huncke tribute reading he curated is legend in post-beat New York.
Christopher Luna served as the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, WA from 2013-2017. His first full-length collection of poetry, Message from the Vessel in a Dream, was published by Flowstone Press in 2018. Luna has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and is the co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press for Northwest writers. He has hosted the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA since 2004. Luna’s books include Brutal Glints of Moonlight, GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978.
Jane Ormerod is the author of the full-length poetry collections Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire. Her work also appears in publications including Maintenant, Marsh Hawk Press Review, Post (BLANK), Sensitive Skin, The Nervous Breakdown, and Paris Lit Up. Jane is a founding editor at independent press, great weather for MEDIA.
Lynette Reini-Grandell is the author of Wild Verge and Approaching the Gate. Other work has appeared in Alligator Juniper, The Understanding between Foxes and Light (great weather for MEDIA), Poetry Motel, Revolver, and Poetry City U.S.A., among others. She has received grants from the Finlandia Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Based in Minneapolis, she performs poetry with the Bosso Poetry Company and the jazz/poetry collective Sonoglyph. Her newest project is a book-length memoir about finding her voice amid the glam-punk peaks and lows of life with a transgender rock star spouse.
Mary McLaughlin Slechta is author of the poetry collection Wreckage on a Watery Moon, three chapbooks, and a novel, The Spoonmaker's Diamond. She's taught at the Chautauqua Institute in New York and joined the editorial staff of great weather for MEDIA after serving as guest fiction editor in 2014.
Michelle Whittaker is a poet and musician. Surge, her debut poetry collection from great weather for MEDIA, was Finalist in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, Vinyl, Narrative, Southampton Review, Transitions Magazine, and other publications. She was awarded a Jody Donohue Poetry Prize, NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, and Cave Canem Fellowship. Michelle is an Assistant Professor in the Program of Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University.