Ram (niklal) Mehta, born in Dwarka, had been a professor and Head, Department of English, N.A.Arts College, V.Vidyanagar, Gujarat India. After his retirement in 1994, his time splits between India and North America.
He visited France on a cultural mission in 1989 and presented a scene of Moliere's La Tartuffe in Paris. He also visited UK, Scotland and Ireland.
He is a life member of the World Academy of Arts & Culture and attended its convention at IASI, Romania in October, 2002 and 25th World Congress of Poets at Los Angeles (USA) 2005. He also attended 4th Encuentro Internacional Literario at Montevideo, Uruguay in April, 2003.
He has been published internationally in Australia, Argentina, Canada, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Romania, USA, UK, Zambia and Uruguay.
He has been awarded the honorary degree of Litt.D -by The World Academy of Arts and culture, (UNESCO sponsored) at Los Angeles (USA) in 2005.
Sankar Roy, originally from India, is an engineer, MBA, poet, translator, essayist and multimedia artist living near Pittsburgh, PA. He is a winner of PEN USA Emerging Voices, author of two chapbooks of poetry from Pudding House– Moon Country (2006) and The House My Father Could Not Build (forthcoming, 2007). He is an associate editor of international poetry anthology, Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Rupa Publication, India and Bayeux Arts, Canada). Sankar's poems have appeared or forthcoming in over thirty literary journals including Bitter Oleander, Crab Orchard Review, Harpur Palate, Icon, Runes, Rhino and Poetry Magazine. His recent project is creating a multimedia website ( www.writersalliance.net) against the genocide in Darfur. He is a co-founder of Poets for Humanity.
Charles Freeland teaches at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Recent work appears in Jubilat, Cream City Review, The Hollins Critic, and on-line at The PedestalMagazine.com. A chapbook, Where We Saw Them Last, is forthcoming from Lily Press.
Born 1981 in Hamburg, Germany to parents from the Zamalek and Maadi areas of Cairo, Egypt, Dina El Dessouky immigrated to the U.S. at age three. Though her family moved to Northern California when she was eight, Dina is local to no particular landmass. France, Tahiti and Spain have also helped her change and grow. She currently feels at home in Santa Cruz, CA, where she researches comparative literature, teaches, writes, paints, wave-rides and loves regularly.