Bob Ayanian tabernacled in academia most of his life. He earned a B.S. degree in engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in economics. Then Jesus got hold of him, and he escaped. About a year later he started writing songs, and is still at it. Albeit a bit late in life, he seems to have found the work he is meant to do.
Richard Barnett is from Thomasville, Georgia. He studied fiction writing under Smith Kirkpatrick at the University of Florida and is a graduate of the Florida writing program. As a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference in 1991, he studied under visiting writer Ernest Gaines. He is an adjunct professor of English at Mercer University, Atlanta campus, and the editor of The Christendom Review.
Bill Daugherty is a recently retired CPA residing in San Antonio, Texas. He is a Vietnam veteran and a cancer survivor. Bill has been the husband of one wife for 40 years, a tribute to her remarkable patience. His poems have appeared in First Things and Dappled Things.
Thomas DeFreitas was born in 1969 in Boston. He began writing rhymes in seventh grade as a way to fill up boring study-hall periods, and began serious attempts at writing poetry in 1985, upon his near-simultaneous discovery of Seamus Heaney and Dylan Thomas. He graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1987. He attended the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) for three semesters in 1989 and 1990. He recently fulfilled a longtime dream of moving out of the city to the leafier suburbs, where he wakes up each morning at 4 a.m. to coffee and birdsong.
Lee Evans lives in Bath, Maine, and works for the local YMCA. His poems have appeared in such journals as The Poetry Porch, The Deronda Review, Mused and The Golden Lantern. His four poetry collections, Maryland Weather, Nor’easter, My Kingdom Come and Sixty Poems are available on Lulu.com.
The late Darius Lecesne (1959-2006), defender of Christendom, husband and father, poet, bibliophile, and graphic artist, was born in Kingston, Jamaica. His father was an RAF airman who flew night missions over Germany as a gunner in a Lancaster bomber during WWII. This subject along with his emerging faith, informs much of his poetry and his artwork. Lecesne entered the Roman Catholic Church as an adult after coming to the spiritual dead-end of Marxism. In the communion of saints, he prays, as he lived, for others.
William Luse is the associate editor of The Christendom Review.
Lydia McGrew is a housewife and home schooling mother living in Michigan. She took a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University (1995) and has published a number of works in philosophy. She is the co-author (with Timothy McGrew) of Internalism and Epistemology: The Architecture of Reason (Routledge, 2007), and her articles have appeared in journals such as Erkenntnis, Journal of Philosophical Research, and Philosophia Christi. She is a contributor to the group weblog What’s Wrong with the World. She is a contributing editor to The Christendom Review.
A graduate of the University of Florida writing program under Smith Kirkpatrick, William Mickelberry was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University, writer-in-residence at Juniata College and taught at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro and the University of Florida. His work has appeared in The Literary Review, The Denver Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West and the Southern Poetry Review among others. Subsequent to teaching, he has worked as a screenwriter. His produced credits include the features Black Dog and Woman Undone. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Jeff Trippe is an educator and freelance writer who lives in Yarmouth, Maine, with his wife Laura and daughter Alex.