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CONTRIBUTORS, Past & Present

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  • Erin Dionne, editor & contributing writer, received her B.A. in English and Communications from Boston College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College in 1999. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and The HornBook Guide. Her short fiction has appeared in Slow Trains Literary Journal, The Beacon Street Review, and the Rose Metal Press anthology Brevity & Echo. In March of 2006, she was named one of PEN/New England’s Children’s Book Caucus Discovery Night honorees. Erin’s novel for 9-12 year olds, Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies, was released by Penguin Books for Young Readers in spring 2009. Erin explores the writing life, literary scandals, and her passion for pop culture for Bread and Circus.
  • Kimberlee A. Cloutier-Blazzard, editor & contributing writer, Brill_cover _areceived her Ph.D. in Art History, with specialization in Northern European Art of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. She teaches at various colleges in the Boston area, delivers public lectures and publishes reviews and articles. Her scholarship typically focuses upon the issues surrounding comedy in Early Modern art, particularly its social implications.  Send an email to Kimberlee.
  • January Gill O’Neil is poetry editor of Bread and Circus and a contributing writer. Her poems and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Creek Review, Ouroboros Review, Drunken Boat, Crab Orchard Review, Callaloo, Babel Fruit, Edible Phoenix, Literary Mama, Field, Seattle Review, Stuff Magazine, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Read Write Poem, and Cave Canem anthologies II and IV. A Cave Canem fellow, her first poetry collection, titled Underlife, was published by CavanKerry Press in November 2009. She is a senior writer/editor at Babson College, runs a popular blog called Poet Mom, and lives with her two children in Beverly, MA.
  • Sarah Katherine Mergel, senior contributing writer, received her Ph.D. in American History from The George Washington University. She specializes in American political and intellectual history since the end of the Civil War. She is author of the forthcoming book Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon (Palgrave 2010).
  • Colleen Michaels, contributing writer, is a poet. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Fredonia. She teaches writing at Montserrat College of Art, where she is director of the Writing Center.
  • Priscilla Serafin, contributing artist, is a landscape painter and graphic designer. Her award-winning paintings are in numerous private collections have been shown at various galleries in Massachusetts. She earned her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from West Virginia University. Visit her Serafin Studio website here.
  • Kathleen Ginder-Vogel, contributing writer, holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Stanford University and a teaching credential in English (with Cross-Cultural Language and Development certification) in the state of California. She runs her own freelance writing business, PoppyCommunications.


  • Jessica Miles, contributing writer, attends Bryant University, majoring in Communication. She is Assistant News Editor for the Bryant University newspaper, The Archway. Jessica is working toward a future in the Journalism field.
  • Kristine Williams, contributing writer and artist, is a graduate of Montserrat College of Art and is interested in making and writing about art, among other things. See her blog here.
  • Judith Shimer, contributing writer, is a musician and performs as The Sneaky Mister.  She received her BFA from Montserrat College of Art, and currently provides tech support for high speed Internet users.