Mike Alexander uses the Morgan Greer deck mostly, but has been impressed by the Zombie Tarot & other amusing variants. His full-length collection, Retrograde, was recently published by P&J Poetics. Modern Metrics released a chapbook of his long poem, “We Internet in Different Voices,” which is available through EXOT books. Mike’s work has also appeared in River Styx, Raintown Review, Measure, & Alabama Literary Review, among other magazines.

Tony Barnstone is The Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College and the author of 17 books and a music CD. He has served as the Visiting Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Bowling Green State University and as the Visiting Professor of Translation in the Ph.D. Program at the University of California, Irvine. He has a Masters in English and Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Pulp Sonnets will be published in May, 2015. His other books of poetry include Beast in the Apartment (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014); Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, winner of the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry (BKMK Press. 2009),The Golem of Los Angeles which won the the Poets Prize and the Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry (Red Hen Press, 2008), Sad Jazz: Sonnets (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005), and Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone (University Press of Florida, 1998), in addition to a chapbook of poems titled Naked Magic (Main Street Rag). His selected poems Bestia en el Apartamento: Antología poética (1999-2012) appeared in a bilingual Spanish-English edition with Ediciones El Tucán de Virginia (Mexico City) in 2014. He is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose and an editor of literary textbooks. In 2014 he published a bilingual (Spanish/English selected poems, Buda en Llamas: Antología poética (1999-2012) (Ediciones el Tucan de Virginia) and the anthology Dead and Undead Poems (Everyman Press).

Ruth Baumann is an MFA student at the University of Memphis, & former Managing Editor of The Pinch. She won an AWP Intro Journals Project Award in 2014. Her chapbook I’ll Love You Forever & Other Temporary Valentines is forthcoming from Salt Hill in 2015, & her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, New South, Sonora Review, Sycamore Review & others listed at

A long time tarot dabbler, and lover of all things esoteric, Lore Bernier is a singer, artist, and writer in South Florida. She can be found at

Sir Mark Bruback is a Knight Templar residing in Seattle, WA and has been performing poetry for over 15 years. He has been published in several periodicals and his thirteenth book of poetry ‘Knight In Babalon’ is now available.

Mara Buck writes and paints within a self-constructed hideaway in the Maine woods and dreams of the city. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

Clint Catalyst is the author of Cottonmouth Kisses, an amphetamine-addled collection of writings Metromix and Instinct magazines deemed a ‘cult classic.’ The book reached the #1 position on several Amazon best-seller lists and was the inspiration for I††‘s song Cø††øN,” which Clan Destine Records released Fall 2011. With Michelle Tea, he co-edited the anthology Pills. Thrills, Chills and Heartache, which ranked #10 on the L.A. Times Bestseller List for Nonfiction and was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Catalyst has been a contributing editor at Surface magazine, managing editor at Permission magazine, editor-at-large for Swindle Quarterly, and editor-in-chief for the literary journals Praxis, The Aeonian, and As If: A Collection of Images, Poetry and Interviews. His writing has appeared in numerous chronicles and periodicals, including Gertrude, The Battered Suitcase, Blithe House, Lodestar Quarterly, RFD, Vaczine, Secret, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, L.A. Weekly, Frontiers, Auxiliary magazine, Out, Giuseppina, and Los Angeles magazine, as well as the L.A. Alternative Press, where he penned a bi-weekly column entitled “Antics and Semantics.” His work has also been widely anthologized, including the books That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (first edition), Good Advice for Young Trendy People of All Ages, The Salivation Army Black Book, The Underground Guide To Los Angeles (second edition), Back in 5 Minutes, Brainstorms: An Expression of Depression, Noirotica 3: Stolen Kisses, The Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive, Afterwords, and Best Gay Stories 2012. Catalyst has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors Distinction in English from Hendrix College and a Master of Arts in Writing from The University of San Francisco.

Amanda Chiado holds degrees from the University of New Mexico and California College of the Arts. Her other work is forthcoming in Cimmaron Review, Casserole, and It was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop, among others. Her last Tarot reading was highlighted by the beautifully infamous death card, thankfully.

Joanne Clarkson’s fourth collection of poems, “Believing the Body,” was published this spring by Gribble Press. Her poems have appeared recently in Nimrod, Rhino and Perfume River Poetry Review. Although she primarily makes a living as a Registered Nurse, she also reads palms and cards. As a child, Joanne was taught card reading by her grandmother, psychic Esther Monson Erdman. When Joanne was 12, she checked out every book on palmistry in the library and taught herself to read palms as well. Today she is the only one in her family who is actively a psychic reader. Joanne loves her Tarot decks and uses them for meditation and inspiration as well as for psychic readings.

Victor Coleman is the author of numerous books of poetry, starting with the 1964 publication of From Erik Satie’s Notes to the Music, through CORRECTIONS (1985), LAPSED WASP (1994), and ICON TACT (2006). BookThug released his The Occasional Troubadour in October 2010 and more recently his transtranslation of Raymond Queneau’s Un Rude Hiver, called ivH. He was a founding editor of both Coach House Press (in 1966) and Coach House Books (in 1997) and has laboured as a film programmer and creative writing instructor at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. He was, between 2002 & 2006, the editorial director for the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art ( ) and currently toils as a semi-retired free-lance editor and coordinator of a group of Advanced Writing students who meet weekly at The Coach House Press. His latest non-BookThug publication, from Shuffaloff / Eternal Network was How to Become a Good Dancer. The University of California Press released his (and Michael Boughn’s) edit of Robert Duncan’s The H.D. Book early in 2011. A selection from his long sequence of “portraits” of 20th & 21st Century singers, called Miserable Singers, was released this fall by BookThug. He is also a contributing editor of the new Toronto litmag COUGH.

CAConrad is the child of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He is the author of seven books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON: (Wave Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank with an Afterword by Eileen Myles (Wave Books, 2010). A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics. Visit him online at

Peter Cowlam is a freelance editor and the author of literary fiction, plays and poetry. He is one in a group of four writers running a small independent press, publishing their own and other writers’ works. His most recent expeditions into fiction are his novella Marisa, a heady concoction of first love recalled, available both in print and on Kindle and other e-platforms, and his novel Who’s Afraid of the Booker Prize? (both published by CentreHouse Press). His poems and short fiction have appeared widely in online and print journals, and some are available as podcasts. His latest novel, Across the Rebel Network, a science fantasy, will be published in 2015 (no precise date yet). See

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ryan Crawford is a writer, activist, and avid recycler. His short stories and poetry have been published on,, in the Gay City Anthologies vols. 3, 4, and the Lambda Literary Award-nominated vol. 5. Enjoy his dating insights on

Nancy P. Davenport’s poems have appeared in The Burning Grape, The Mountain Gazette, The Bicycle Review, The Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Lilliput Review, Blue Fifth Review, Poetry Quarterly, Red Fez, Full of Crow, MAYDAY, City Lit Rag and The Lake. She had poems included in editor Alicia Winski’s anthology Under Cover, her chapbook, La Brizna was published in May 2014, and she has a poem included in editor Daniel Yaryan’s upcoming Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts anthology. Nancy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Evelyn Deshane has appeared in Plenitude Magazine, The Rusty Toque, and is forthcoming in Tesseracts 19: Superhero Universe. Their chapbook, Mythology, was released in 2015 with The Steel Chisel. Evelyn (pron. Eve-a-lyn) received an MA from Trent University and currently studying for PhD at Waterloo University. Visit them at:

Tabitha Dial is a freelance writer and Tarot and tea leaf reader in Denver with an MFA in Poetry from Colorado State University. Her paper “Identity and the Creative Process Inspired by Tarot with Poetry by the Poet” is published in Tarot in Culture. Her articles can be read at Spiral Nature. Learn about her readings and her blog at

Camelia Elias is a professor of American Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. Her research interests are in the critical, historical, and analytical study of esoteric movements and mysticism. She is also the president of the largest collection in the world of 20th c. Tarot cards, the ‘K. Frank Jensen Collection’, owned now by the Roskilde University Library. She blogs about cards at her popular cartomantic website, Taroflexions. Her latest book, Marseille Tarot: Towards the Art of Reading, is now available for purchase.

Enrique Enriquez (Caracas, 1969) lives in New York. He has been featured in the documentary Tarology, The Poetics of Tarot, by Chris Deleo. He has published a book on tarot-poetics: Tarology, a book of tarot poetry Linguistick and two books of tarot interviews: EN TEREX IT & EX ITENT ER.

Since the mid-1990s Christiana Gaudet has worked as a full-time tarot professional. From her home near Tampa, Florida she offers readings and mentoring by Skype and telephone, as well as tarot webinars and classes. Christiana’s first book, “Fortune Stellar: What Every Professional Tarot Reader Needs to Know” is designed to help each tarot professional build a unique and successful tarot business. Her most recent book, “Tarot Tour Guide: Tarot, the Four Elements and Your Spiritual Journey” explores ways of using and understanding tarot not only as a tool of divination but also as a tool of spiritual development. Christiana’s blogs, videos and weekly newsletters offer insight into tarot reading, tarot professionalism, personal growth and healing. Christiana’s “78 Poem Project” combines her love of tarot with her love of poetry. Her goal is to write a poem for each of the seventy-eight tarot cards. You can learn more about Christiana on her website,

Karen Harper has been a Tarot enthusiast since stumbling across a lone copy of the Robin Wood Tarot in 1997.  She is a writer, healthcare worker, and conservationist who currently resides on the South Carolina coast. Karen’s work has also been featured in Morbid Curiosity magazine.  You can read Karen’s Tarot musings at

Caroline Johnson has two poetry chapbooks, Where the Street Ends and My Mother’s Artwork, and has published poetry in Uproot, Chicago Tribune, The Quotable, and others.  A Pushcart Prize nominee, she won 1st place in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row 2012 Poetry Contest. See her blog at

Tanya Joyce is an experienced teacher, painter, and poet. She has led weekly gatherings of The Thursday Night Tarot since 1999. Tanya has taught at The Fleming Museum of the University of Vermont, the M. H. deYoung Memorial Museum Art School in San Francisco, The Palo Alto Cultural Center, and at San Francisco State University (then College). Currently, she teaches privately and at The Pinole Art Center in Pinole, California. Tanya reads poetry regularly at Salons for Our Imagination in San Rafael, Ca. She is currently working on a retelling in English of Semion Mirkin’s Presenting Pan, with Mirkin’s original drawings and poetry in Russian. Visit her website at:

Rosalie Morales Kearns, a writer of Puerto Rican and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, is the author of the magic-realist story collection Virgins and Tricksters (Aqueous, 2012). One of the collection’s stories won a Special Mention in the 2013 Pushcart Prize volume. She is also the founder of Shade Mountain Press, a publisher of literary fiction by women. Her website is

Though he credits it with having saved his life, Michael Kriesel is currently a lapsed Cabalist, after having dedicated several hours a week for a decade to attaining the conversation and understanding of his holy guardian angel / higher self through exercises in planetary and Golden Dawn ritual magick, tarot, chanting, visualization, gematria / numerology, painting and poetry. Currently he’s President of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Michael’s work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, Ratte, Small Press Review, Library Journal, Nimrod, NorthAmerican Review, Rosebud, and The Progressive. He’s won the 2012 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Triad Award, the 2011 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest, the 2009 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Muse Prize, the 2004 Lorine Niedecker Poetry Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and the North American Review’s 2015 James Hearst Poetry Prize for “Aleister Crowley Lipogram.” Books include Chasing Saturday Night: Poems about Rural Wisconsin (Marsh River Editions), Whale of Stars (haiku) (Sunnyoutside), Moths Mail the House (Sunnyoutside), and Feeding My Heart to the Wind: SelectedShort Poems (Sunnyoutside). He has a B.S. in Literature from the University of the State of New York, and was a print and broadcast journalist in the U.S. Navy 1980–1990. He’s currently a janitor at the rural elementary school he once attended.

Cecilia Llompart was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Her ancestors are predominantly sugar cane growers, tobacco factory lectors, and self-proclaimed social revolutionaries. She received her BA from Florida State University and her MFA from the University of Virginia. Llompart’s first collection, The Wingless, was published in 2014 by Carnegie Mellon University Press. She is the recipient of two awards from the Academy of American Poets, and her poems have appeared in TriQuarterly, The Caribbean Writer, and WomenArts Quarterly Review, among others, and can be found online at, Verse Daily, Ink Node, and Occupy Poetry. More about her at

Stephen J. Mangan is an English ex-pat currently residing in Turkey. He has been interested in the Tarot from an early age, a brief account of his start as a professional reader can be found in his story Biscuit published online at Left Hand Waving. His poetry has been published in a number of venues, including The Flea, Simply Haiku, Notes from the Gean & Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 4. He also worked as co-translator and English editor on The Arc of Finitude by Mladen Lompar, The Seed and other poems by Tanja Bakić & Devil, an unauthorized biography by Lena Ruth Stefanović (with accompanying trumps of The Vaudeville Tarot by Francisco J. Campos). While he has not practiced as a professional card reader for many years now, he still maintains a strong interest in the history, art and symbolism of the tarot, and is known on various online tarot and other forums under the pseudonyms of Kwaw and Köy Deli.

Meredith McDonough lives and works in St. Louis, MO. Her poems have appeared in Linebreak, RHINO, East Coast Ink, Stone Highway Review, Cider Press Review and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Florida State University. 

Gala Mukomolova received her MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Her work has been published in the Indiana Review, Drunken Boat, PANK, Cutbank and others. She’s resided at the Vermont Studio Center, the Pink Door Retreat, and Six Points Fellowship: ASYLUM International Jewish Artist Retreat. Gala is poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine and sometimes she impersonates an astrologer under the moniker Galactic Rabbit.

Sierra Nelson is author of lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press) collaborating with artist Loren Erdrich and chapbook “In Case of Loss” (Toadlily). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Crazyhorse, Fairy Tale Review, Forklift Ohio, and Poetry Northwest, anthologies Pink Thunder and Alive at the Center, and in installations including at SIM Gallery in Reykjavik, Frye Art Museum, and the Seattle Aquarium. She is co-founder of the literary performance groups Vis-à-Vis Society and The Typing Explosion.

Cleber Pacheco is a Brazilian novelist, short story writer, and playwright with a Master’s Degree in Brazilian Literature. He has 17 books published in Brazil and he has contributed to various poetry collections in Canada, India, UK, US, and Ireland. His book of poetry Mysteries won a contest in the US. His play Intimacy has received two awards.

Evan J. Peterson is the author of Skin Job and The Midnight Channel and volume editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City 5. His writing can be found in Weird TalesThe RumpusGlitterwolfNailedThe Queer South anthology, and Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books. is a decent oracle to learn more.

Angeliska Polacheck was born at 11:11am. She is a professional witch, tarot reader, and writer who lives and works in an old rambling farmhouse surrounded by fruit trees and sycamores in Austin, Texas. You can read her personal writing at and check out her tarot work at

Rachel Pollack is the author of 36 books of fiction and non-fiction, including two award-winning novels, a poetry collection, a translation (with David Vine) of Sophocles’s Oidipous Tyrannos (“Oedipus Rex”) and a series of books about Tarot that have become known around the world. Her first Tarot book, 78 Degrees of Wisdom, has been in print continuously since 1980, and has been described many times as “the Bible of Tarot readers.”  Rachel has taught and lectured in the U.S. Canada, Europe, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and China.  Rachel has designed and drawn The Shining Tribe Tarot, and recently worked with artist Robert Place to create The Burning Serpent Oracle.  Her work has been translated into 14 languages.  Her most recent book is a novel, The Child Eater, published in the UK in 2014 and due to be released in the U. S. in 2015.  Until her recent retirement, Rachel was a senior faculty member of Goddard College’s MFA in Writing program.  She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Melissa Reddish is the author of “The Distance Between Us” from Red Bird Chapbooks and “My Father is an Angry Storm Cloud: Collected Stories” forthcoming from Tailwinds Press.  She teaches English and directs the Honors Program at Wor-Wic Community College.  When not teaching or writing, she likes to do stereotypical Eastern Shore things, like play fetch with her Black Lab and eat crabs smothered in Old Bay.

Anthony Rella is a writer and mental health counselor living in Seattle. He has a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing in Fiction from Northwestern University. His previous publication credits include poetry in the Scarlet Press anthology Mandragora, a short story in the Minor Arcana-published Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam, and an essay in The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities, published by Random House.

Rozonda Salas is a professional Tarot reader from Spain who also runs an online Tarot business at: She has studied and loved Tarot for more than 20 years, but decided to become a professional only about seven years ago.

Amy Schrader’s first book of poems, The Situation & What Crosses It, was published by MoonPath Press in March 2014. She earned her MFA at the University of Washington, and was a recipient of a 2008 Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) award. Her poems have most recently appeared in Unsplendid, The Monarch Review, Coconut, ILK, and The Journal.

Shloka Shankar is a freelance writer, editor, and online tutor from Bangalore, India. A contributing author in over two dozen international anthologies and numerous print and online journals, her poems, visual art, and Japanese short-forms such as haiku, tanka, and haibun have been published in such venues including Silver Birch Press, Bones, Otoliths, The Other Bunny, Yellow Chair Review, The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, Poetry WTF?!, Straightforward Poetry, Under the Basho, and so on. She is also the founding editor of the literary & arts journal, Sonic Boom.

Rose Shannon learned tarot from her mom, and is a lifelong divination enthusiast. She sings, does magick, and sometimes writes things down. She lives in San Francisco, CA., with her two teenage children. 

Scot Slaby, a teacher and poet, earned his MA in Writing (Poetry) from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he was named an Outstanding Graduate in 2009, and his BA in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis from Hartwick College in 1998. His chapbook, The Cards We’ve Drawn, co-won the 2013 Bright Hill Press At Hand Chapbook Competition and was published in July 2014. His poems have appeared in The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics Including Odd and Invented Forms, Unsplendid, Verse Wisconsin, and elsewhere in print and online. For the past twelve years, he has taught writing to high school and community college students in and near Frederick County, Maryland, where he lives with his wife and children.

Susan Slaviero is the author of CYBORGIA (Mayapple Press). Recent Chapbooks include Selections from the Murder Book (Treelight Books) and A Wicked Apple (Hyacinth Girl Press). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Story Magazine, South Dakota Review, Jet Fuel Review, The 2014 Pushcart Prize Anthology and elsewhere.

Alison Stone is the author of Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), Borrowed Logic (Dancing Girl Press 2014), From the Fool to the World: Poems in the Voices of the Major Arcana of the Tarot (Parallel Press 2012) and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award and was published by Many Mountains Moving Press. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, and a variety of other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin award and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She is also a painter and the creator of The Stone Tarot. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. She is currently editing an anthology of poems on the Persephone/Demeter myth.

Scott Sweeney has published poems in several small-press and online journals, including BlazeVOX, Sprung Formal, Borderlands, and CaKe. He also co-founded Grey Book Press, which produces journals (most recently Momoware) and chapbooks. His first chapbook, Watercycle, was published in 2010. Scott lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife and daughter.

Rosalynde Vas Dias is the author of Only Blue Body, the winner of the 2011 Robert Dana Award offered by Anhinga Press. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, The Cincinnati Review, West Branch, The Pinch, Laurel Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Tyler Vile is a physically disabled queer trans woman who writes and performs poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and much more. She has been published in The Bicycle Review, The Round-Up Writer’s Zine, and Bluestockings Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Punk Globe Magazine and has performed at Washington, DC’s Capturing Fire.

Martha Villa is a fourth generation intuitive and professional Tarot reader for over 30 years. She incorporates the Tarot as a powerful tool in her life coaching practice “A Different Approach” ( Martha is currently creating her own Tarot deck along with many other projects that are focused on spiritual and personal growth. She is a photographer and her work can be seen on her website: Martha is also a Reiki practitioner, minister and published writer. She finds the Tarot to be a huge contribution to the process of clarity and direction. Her proactive intuitive life coaching combined with Tarot wisdom brings individuals to a deeper understanding of their life purpose. This work is what Martha holds deeply as her contribution in this life time.

Elizabeth Vongvisith is a professional runecaster who also studies the use, history and symbolism of the Tarot. Her interests include other forms of divination such as the Lenormand deck, bibliomancy, and the reading of signs and omens. Her writing and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. She currently lives in the North Shore area of Massachusetts.

Michael Joseph Walsh is a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Denver and co-editor for APARTMENT Poetry. His poems have appeared in Cloud Rodeo, Coconut, DREGINALDDIAGRAMFencePANKRealPoetik, The Volta, and Word For/Word.

Frank Watson was born in Venice, California and now lives in New York City. He enjoys literature, art, calligraphy, history, jazz, international culture, and travel. His books include Fragments: poetry, ancient & modern (editor), One Hundred Leaves: a new, annotated translation of the Hyakunin Isshu (editor and translator), and The dVerse Anthology: Voices of Contemporary World Poetry (editor). He is also editor of the monthly journal of poetry and art, Poetry Nook. His work has appeared in Rosebud, Bora, and Prune Juice literary magazines. Frank shares his work on his poetry blog ( and his Twitter account (@FollowBlueFlute).

A full-time tarot consultant and circle process practitioner in Guelph, Ontario, James Wells is committed to merging soul and strategy through personal sessions and group experiences with people in many parts of our world. He enjoys reading, writing, good music, delicious food, long walks, close friends, and time among trees. James is the author of Tarot for Manifestation and Tarot Circle Encounters. Visit him online at