November-December 2014 … The Global Online Magazine of Arts, Information & Entertainment … Volume 10, Number 6
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Michael Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor.  Mike Foldes is an electronics sales engineer specializing in electronic MikeFdisplays and power sources. A graduate of  The Ohio State University in anthropology,  he has edited and published magazines, poetry anthologies, chapbooks, alternate newspapers, technical publications, and was an editor and columnist with Gannett newspapers in Binghamton, NY. He is author of Sleeping Dogs: A true story of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping …” (Split Oak Press, Ithaca, NY, 2012; Smashwords; Amazon), and Sandy: Chronicles of a Superstorm, a volume of poetry and images in collaboration with artist Christie Devereaux. He sits on the advisory board of the Campaign for an Informed Citizenry (, and the poetry committee of “We Are You Project” ( His articles, editorials, poems and stories have appeared in publications worldwide, some in translation into Romanian, Hungarian, French and Spanish.  e-mail:


Joe Weil, Fiction Co-Editor. Joe Weil lives in Vestal, NY, with his wife, poet Emily weilgardenVogel, and their daughter Clare. Joe is a poet, essayist, short story writer and blogger, and an erstwhile promoter of emerging talent (young and old), musical, visual and literary. He teaches fiction and poetry at Binghamton University. Joe’s publishing credits include multiple publications, both in print and online, as well as chapbooks and poetry volumes. His work appears in many anthologies, including New Jersey Poets.  He is a long-standing friend of,  and first poetry editor for, Ragazine.CC.


Joel James Davis, Fiction Co-Editor. Joel James Davis has work in Redivider, Joel James DavisAlimentum, Paterson Literary Review, Pindeldyboz, Bitter Oleander, Lamination Colony, Portland Review, and others. He lives in Binghamton, N.Y.


Jim Palombo, Politics Editor. James Palombo’s work focuses on issues related to social,  political and  economic concerns in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author  of several books,  the most prominant being his autobiographical discourse,  “Criminal to  Critic-Reflections Amid The American Experiment,” Rowman and  Littlefield  Publishers. The book chronicles his experiences from drug  dealer and convict  to social worker, professor, world traveler and public  policy advocate.

While continuing to travel he divides his time mainly  between Endicott, New  York, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.



Leslie Heywood, Creative Nonfiction Editor. Leslie Heywood is the author of Pretty Good for a Girl:  A Memoir (The Free Press/Simon & Schuster), Natural Selection:  Poems (Louisiana Literature Press); The Proving Grounds:  Poems (Red Hen Press), and many shorter works of creative non-fiction as well as academic writing.  She is Professor of English & Creative Writing at Binghamton University, and has particular interests in nature and science writing.  She is working on High Wolf Content, a book of creative non-fiction about a woman at a crossroads who travels the country with her wolf to make a choice, writing that includes personal narrative as well as an account of the history of the human/wolf relationship and the theory of human/wolf co-evolution. e-mail:


Mark Levy & Friend Mark Levy, Legal/Casual Observer. Levy (left) is an attorney with the Binghamton-based law firm of Hinman Howard and Kattell. He is a contributing editor to Ragazine of a legal advice column for artists and others who are engaged in creative pursuits (Feeding the Starving Artist), and is Ragazine‘s “Casual Observer”. He is an occasional contributor to the Weekend Radio Show on NPR, where his comments can be heard some Saturdays (in Greater Binghamton on WSKG radio, 89.3MHz) at noon. email: and


Zaira Rahman Sheikh, Karachi, Pakistan.  Zaira R. Sheikh has an MBA in Marketing from SZABIST, Karachi.  She was a Media Planner at Mindshare (GroupM Pakistan) and Account Manager at Interflow Communications Pvt. Ltd. Currently a writer, blogger and human & animal rights activist in Karachi, Pakistan, Sheikh is the author of Pakistani Media: The Way Things Are, available through, and If Mortals Had Been Immortals & Other Short Stories.


Chuck Haupt, Photography Editor/Layout. Chuck Haupt is based in upstate New York. His award-winning work during a 30-year career at the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin is recognized throughout the region for its impact and excellence. Chuck is known for his captivating images of residents of New York’s Southern Tier, images that reveal character and evoke a powerful response.  His work as a photojournalist has taken him to a wide variety of places, from hospital operating rooms to professional golf tournaments, to lower Manhattan in the hours after the 9/11 attacks, and into the homes of ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell. email:


Emily Vogel, Poetry Editor. Emily Vogel’s poetry has been published widely, most recently in Lyrelyre, Maggy, The Comstock Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and The Journal of New Jersey Poets. She has published five chapbooks: Footnotes for a Love Letter (Foothills, 2008), An Intimate Acquaintance (Pudding House, 2009), and Elucidation Through Darkness (Split Oak Press, 2010), Still Life With Man, (Finishing Line Press, 2012), and Digressions on God (Main Street Rag, author’s choice series, 2012). The Philosopher’s Wife, a full-length collection, was published in 2011 (Chester River Press). She has work forthcoming in New York Quarterly and Lips. She is the poetry editor of the online journal Ragazine, and teaches expository and creative writing at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College. She is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets College Prize, 2008, has been once nominated for a pushcart, and once nominated for the AWP award in creative non-fiction (2009). She finds solace at home with her husband, the poet and essayist, Joe Weil, and their daughter, Clare.  email:



Valerie Brown, Washington. Valerie Brown studied photography at the University of Tel Aviv, Israel; The Ohio State University; Parsons New School and School of Visual Arts in New York City. She gained additional skills working as an assistant to notable artists, including Ernst Haas, Salvador Dali, Igor Bacht, Philippe Halsman, W. Eugene Smith, and Helene Gaillet. Since 1977, Valerie has worked as a feelance photographer. Her client list includes Women’s Wear Daily, Washington Dossier, Interview Magazine, People Magazine, Time Magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Kennedy Center. She presently lives in Washington, D.C. email:


Ginger Liu

GinGer Liu, Los Angeles. Ginger Liu is a one-woman arts fest, who in addition to photographing events in Los Angeles, and writing about them, provides online public relations, promotions, publicity, social media marketing, and more. The British ex-pat has lived in LA for about two years. GinGer’s writing, and photography reflect her background as someone who has embraced two defining cultures (both UK and US). She has lived in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and China, the latter to complete her quest for culture and identity. Invariably traveling solo, you can find GinGer traveling on a train through the heart of China, hiking the Great Wall, or riding a bike in the middle of Amsterdam.  email:


Charlie Einhorn, Innerart, Columbus, Ohio. Charlie has been on the Columbus scene almost since anyone can remember. He’s a writer, photographer, publisher in his own right, and remains plugged into the city’s arts & culture network. His insider’s feed from the heart of the Buckeye State  will keep you up to date with a few of the latest places to go and things to see from open house jazz concerts to the neighborhood street fests grown into some of Central Ohio’s largest gatherings. email:


John Smelcer. Contributing Editor. John Smelcer is the author of over 40 books, including Beautiful Words: The Complete Ahtna Poems (foreword by Noam Chomsky) and his short story collection, ALASKAN, edited in part by J. D. Salinger, John Updike, and Norman Mailer. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, two of his novels have been selected for England’s National Literary Trust’s Young Reader’s Recommended Booklist, and last year, The Independent named his novel Edge of Nowhere as one of the “Best Teen Books of 2010” while The Guardian listed it as “Recommended Summer Reading for Young Adults.” Learn more at


Monique Gagnon German. Copy Editor. Monique Gagnon German holds a B.A. in English Lit. from Northeastern University and a M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University.  She worked as a   Technical Writer and Tech. Pubs. Manager for a decade before taking time off to start a family. Her poetry has appeared in the anthology, “e, the Emily Dickinson Award Anthology Best Poems of 2001,” and journals such as Ellipsis, California Quarterly, Kalliope, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Calyx, The Ledge and Rosebud, among others.Her poems can also be visited at:  Email:


RodeiroJosé Rodeiro. Contributing Editor, Art.  Dr. José Rodeiro is an award-winning painter and recipient of major art fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1986-87); the Fulbright Scholars’ Program, CIES (1995); The Institute for International Education: Oscar B. Cintas Foundation (1982); the Inter-American-Development Bank, BID (1991), and other grants. He has held official artist-residencies in Maryland and Florida. He is a professor in the Art Department, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, N.J., and active in the We Are You Project International. For more information, please see


Scott “Galanty” Miller. Columnist. “Galanty Miller is a writer for The Onion News Network and Us Weekly Magazine‘s “Fashion Police.” Follow him on Twitter at #GalantyMiller and on his website at



Walter Gurbo, The Drawing Room. Gurbo’s “Drawing Room” series ran for 12 years in the village Voice, which he says may be a record. His illustrations have appeared in Playboy, Screw, The New York Times and elsewhere, and he’s had shows of his paintings in  galleries in NYC, New York State and Japan. Carlo McCormick writes, “Gurbo has an uncanny access to the subconscious.  Every week for a dozen years he did what he could to raise people’s consciousness just a tiny bit at a time, and if that meant warping our consensus reality along the way, so be it.” Gurbo lives in upstate New York. His work can be seen and purchased at


Alan Britt, Books/Reviews

Alan Britt, Books/Reviews. Alan received his Masters Degree from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He performs poetry workshops for the Maryland State Arts Council.  He lives in Reisterstown, Maryland, with his wife, daughter, two Bouviers des Flandres, one Bichon Frise, and two formerly feral cats. Britt teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University. His recent books are Alone with the Terrible Universe (2011) and Greatest Hits (2010). His interview at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem series aired on Pacifica Radio in January 2013.

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  Fred Roberts, contributing music editor. Fred  is a native of Cincinnati living in Fred@NonoLogicFestivalBarcelona2010Germany since 1987 who enjoys subverting the arbitrary commercial process in which great works often go unrecognized. He has a dual B.S. in Computer Science and Psychology from Northern Kentucky University (1984) and a Masters in Psychology from Bielefeld Universität (1999).  He contributed short stories to the early ezine “D A D A RIVISTA CULTURALE E/O TELEMATICA” (1995/96), and later to the short-lived Greenbeard Magazine, in 1997 receiving a Google Blog of Note citation for his Weblog where he wrote 428 “one-minute short stories” inspired by found photos. Fred is also creator and designer of, an award-winning AI system. His interests include literature, film, photography and discovering all the well-kept secrets Europe has to offer. Email:

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POLESKIEStephen (Steve) Poleskie, contributing columnist, is an artist, and writer. His artworks are in the collections of numerous museums, including the MoMA, and the Metropolitan Museum, in New York. His writing, fiction, and art criticism has appeared in many journals both here and abroad and in the anthology The Book of Love, (W.W. Norton) and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  He has published seven novels.  He has taught, or been a visiting artist, at 27 schools, including: The School of Visual Arts, NYC, the University of California, Berkeley, MIT, Rhode Island School of Design, and Cornell University. He lives in Ithaca, NY. More information can be found on his is website:

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Bill Dixon, “From the Edge” columnist, is an odd duck. He’s been an ironworker (the three hundred feet-in-Dixonthe-air kind), a school teacher, a national rep for a European guitar maker, a zoo keeper, and a bank CEO. He’s a listed artist and a longtime writer of articles, songs, poems and a couple of books. For three months, he was a heavyweight boxer, which was about two and a half months too long, according to him. He lives in Maine and Florida, travels a lot. Odd duck…

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Header Credits:

Chuck Haupt: Gravestone & Blue Lights, London, England, 2014.

Roy Grillo: Detail of Painting, Blueberry Pickers, 2013.

Edmond Rinnooy-Kan, Gou-Gou header, 2014.

Roger Williams: 3 details of painting, 39R2527. 2014.

Anthony M Grimaldi: Pen and Ink drawing; JourneyManDesigns;

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The name Ragazine was coined in the mid-’70s in Columbus, Ohio, as the title of an alternative newspaper/magazine put together by a group of friends. It was revived in 2004 as, the on-line magazine of arts, information and entertainment, a collaboration of artists, writers,  poets, photographers, travelers and interested others. And that’s what it still is.

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1 zeebradesigns { 02.29.12 at 9:41 am }

Very nice website; thanks for calling attention to it via the linkedin paintings group. The cover photo w/shadow for the current issue is great! Z

2 admin { 01.12.13 at 9:11 pm }

Hi, Z, thanks for that … Hope you continue to enjoy …. B. rgds., Mike F.

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