About Us / Ragazine staff You believe in making the Arts a necessity, a part of life that matters. You write, you make music, you draw, you paint, you observe, you think, you pull things out of the air and turn them into something palpable. We’re here to help you get “that” — whatever “that” is — into the wider world.
Michael Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor. Mike Foldes is an electronics sales engineer specializing in electronic displays 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 founder of the online magazine Ragazine.CC, 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 (http://www.cicorg.com), and the poetry committee of “We Are You Project” (http://bit.ly/18iXpsD). His articles, editorials, poems and stories have appeared in publications worldwide, some in translation into Romanian, Hungarian, French and Spanish. e-mail: .
Chuck Haupt, Photography \ Layout Editor. Chuck Haupt is based in upstate New York. His award-winning work during a 30-year career at theBinghamton 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. He is a Red Cross volunteer, and is frequently called upon to serve as a food/supplies distribution director in disaster zones. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 isRagazine‘s “Casual Observer”. Mark 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. He lives in Colorado. email: email@example.com and .
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), andElucidation 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 inNew 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, their daughter, Clare, and son Gabriel. email:
Karen Schubert, Creative Nonfiction editor: Karen Schubert’s four chapbooks include Black Sand Beach (Kattywompus Press 2015) and I Left My Wings on a Chair (Kent State Press 2014), featured in the Best Dressed section of the Wardrobe by Sundress Publications. Her work appears in Waccamaw, Best American Poetry Blog, PoetsArtists, and The Louisville Review,. A recent fellow at Headlands Center for the Arts, she is a founding member of Lit Youngstown, a literary arts organization in Youngstown, Ohio.
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. You can Friend him on facebook.
Stephen (Steve) Poleskie, Contributing Columnist/Then and Now. Steve Poleskie is an artist, and writer. His work has appeared in journals in Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, and the UK, as well as in the USA, and in the anthologies “The Book of Love”, (W.W. Norton) and “Being Human”, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has published seven novels. His artworks are in the collections of numerous museums, including the MoMA, and the Metropolitan Museum, in New York, and the Tate Gallery, and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Poleskie has taught or been a visiting professor at several schools, including: The School of Visual Arts, NYC, the University of California/Berkeley, MIT, Rhode Island School of Design, and Cornell University, and been a resident at the American Academy in Rome. He lives in Ithaca, NY, with his wife the author Jeanne Mackin. More information can be found on his is website: www.StephenPoleskie.com
On Location, FRANCE: Contributing editor Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret writes about music and the visual arts. Born in 1947 in Chambery (France), he was a professor of communication at the Université de Savoie. He has published several essays, mainly about Samuel Beckett and painting, and short fiction, most recently “Labyrinthes,” Editions Marie Delarbre.
Helene Gaillet de Neergard, Translator. Helene is a native French speaker who has lived in the States for most of her life. She is an artist, photographer, writer and long-time friend of the zine. She agreed to help us with translations from our French contributors when we discovered the shortcomings of Google Translate were just about the equivalent of Mike Foldes using a Tourist’s Guide to French while trying to navigate Montparnasse. Wasn’t happening.
Edmond Rinnooy Kaan. Life of Gou-gou/Cartoon. Edmond started his professional life in medicine, graduated from Medical School in 1981 and finished his doctoral thesis in 1986. Then he quit both medicine and science to go to Art School in New York City (Parson’s School of Design) and Amsterdam (Wackers Academy). Thereafter he worked in Amsterdam as an art-director and designer. In 2004, he moved to the United States (Franklin, NY) and works as a full time fine artist.
Ginger Liu, Los Angeles & Manchester, England. 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 lived in LA for several years, went to England and decided to pursue a graduate degree. 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:
Henry Giroux, Contributing Editor: Henry Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department. His most recent books are The Violence of Organized Forgetting (City Lights, 2014), Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism (Routledge 2015), coauthored with Brad Evans, Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle (City Lights, 2015) America’s Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016), and America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017). His web site is www.henryagiroux.com.
Liz Hill, Fiction Editor: Liz Hill is the author of several mysteries for young adults, anthologized short stories, poems, feature articles and essays. A native New Yorker, she was an active member of writing groups in Denver, Berkeley, and the Twin Cities before moving to Youngstown, Ohio. She has led workshops in storytelling, creativity, and “unjournaling,” and is a founding co-director of Lit Youngstown, a literary arts group in Youngstown.
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 lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 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 www.johnsmelcer.com.
Scott “Galanty” Miller. Columnist. “Galanty Miller is a writer for The Onion News Network and he is a “Top Cop” in Us Weekly Magazine’s popular Fashion Police section. His work has appeared on Comedy Central, the Independent Film Channel, the Huffington Post, theatrical stages, and in the national political arena. Follow him on Twitter at #GalantyMiller and on his website at www.scottgalantymiller.com.
Fred Roberts, Contributing Music Editor. Fred is a native of Cincinnati living in Germany 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 indeterminacy.blogspot.com where he wrote 428 “one-minute short stories” inspired by found photos. Fred is also creator and designer of Elbot.com, an award-winning AI system. His interests include literature, film, photography and discovering all the well-kept secrets Europe has to offer. Email: mail.com
Bill Dixon, “From the Edge” columnist, is an odd duck. He’s been an ironworker (the three hundred feet-in-the-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…
Alan Britt, Books/Reviews. Alan received his Masters Degree from the Writing Seminars at Johns HopkinsUniversity. 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.
Joe Weil, Editor Emeritus. Joe Weil lives in Binghamton, NY, with his wife, poet Emily Vogel, their daughter Clare and son Gabriel. 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 and encourager of Ragazine.CC.
José Rodeiro, Art Editor emeritus. 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 retired professor from the Art Department, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, N.J., is active in the We Are You Project International, and a great supporter of Ragazine.CC. José lives in the Tampa Bay area in Florida. For more information, please see http://www.rodeiro-art.com/.
Allen Forrest, Cartoonist/Illustrator. Born in Canada and bred in the U.S., Allen Forrest has worked in many mediums: computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, video, drawing and painting. Allen studied acting in the Columbia Pictures Talent Program in Los Angeles and digital media in art and design at Bellevue College. He currently works in the Vancouver, Canada, as a graphic artist and painter. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.
Chelsea L. Horne, World/Travel Editor. Chelsea L. Horne has traveled to over twenty countries and has taught workshops and master classes in four continents. She writes stories, poems, and essays and her work has been published nationally and internationally. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from American University, where she won the Outstanding Scholarship Award for her international research, presentations, and publications. She currently lives in Washington D.C.
Matt Kennedy is the host of Pod Sequentialism on the Meltdown podcast network, the director of La Luz de Jesus Gallery, and the primary creative force behind the Panik Collective. He has written and spoken extensively about comics and pop culture for over two decades. For more info visit www.panikcollective.com.
Nancy Barno Reynolds, Education Editor: Dr. Nancy Barno Reynolds is the Director of Inclusive Adolescence Education at Cazenovia College in Central New York. Her work on the use of critical literacies for transformative and democratic teaching has been presented at both international and national conferences and is published in Journal of Social Sciences Research, New Educational Foundations, Teaching Tolerance, and Idiom.
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.CC is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Cocos (Keeling) Islands, an Australian territory of 5.4 square miles (14 km2; 1,400 ha) and about 600 inhabitants.
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands is a remote territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. Its 2 coral atolls comprise 27 tiny islands with white-sand beaches, palm trees and lagoons. West Island has an airport and a visitor centre. Across the lagoon, the Home Island Museum explores the culture of the resident Cocos Malay people. To the north, the isolated Pulu Keeling National Park has bird colonies and a shipwreck. (Google Map Data)
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