OUR STAFF

Steven Wittenberg Gordon, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Wittenberg Gordon, MD is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Songs of Eretz Poetry Review.  He occasionally publishes under his Hebrew name, Shlomo ben Moshe HaLevi. 

Dr. Gordon holds a BA from Amherst College and an MD from Albany Medical College.  Originally from the dairy country of upstate New York and most recently from Kansas, Dr. Gordon now resides in Calais, Maine on the Canadian border.  A decorated former United States Air Force flight surgeon, Dr. Gordon is honored to be providing medical care to a cadre of his fellow military veterans in Maine. 

Since first hitting the literary scene in 2012 and in addition to regular appearances in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Dr. Gordon has had sixty poems and seven short stories published in various mainstream and speculative venuesLearn more about Dr. Gordon and his publication history by exploring his personal blog, Steves of Grass  http://www.StevesofGrass.blogspot.com.  

Lana the Poetry Dog 
Lana the Poetry Dog (pictured with Dr. Gordon) helps Dr. Gordon identify and reject any "doggerel" poems submitted for consideration.  An Airedale terrier of noble pedigree, Lana enjoys meaty bones, long walks, and barking at less sophisticated dogs--especially retrievers.  She resides in Kansas with the Art Editor.


Jason Artemus Gordon, Art Editor
Jason Artemus Gordon, our first Art Editor, joined the editorial staff on March 2, 2018.  He holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art & Design.  His art may be found throughout our pages.  Like what you see?  His original artwork and prints thereof are available for purchase, beautifully framed and accompanied by the poems that inspired them if desired.  Query Editor@SongsOfEretz.com.  Jason also invites you to visit his website JasonArtGo.com.



James Frederick William Rowe, Associate Editor
A Charter Member of the Frequent Contributor ranks, James Frederick William Rowe was an FC from January 1, 2016, until his promotion to Associate Editor, October 6, 2018.  Originally from New York City, where he had worked as an adjunct professor at Baruch College and Fashion Institute of Technology, he now lives amidst the corn and thieving squirrels in Urbana, Illinois, where he is a philosophy doctoral student at the University of Illinois.  

James describes his poetry as bridging the gap between the philosophical and the fantastical, often literary and speculative at the same time. Since first being published in 2010, he has seen three short stories and over eighty of his poems in print internationally. In addition to his editorial role with Songs of Eretz, James is an editor at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.


Terri Lynn Cummings, Assistant Editor
Terri Lynn Cummings was a member of the Frequent Contributor ranks from January 1, 2017, until her promotion to Assistant Editor, October 11, 2018.  Cummings studied poetry, fiction, and non-fiction at Creative Writing Institute and holds a B.S. in Sociology/Anthropology from Oklahoma State University. She continues to explore social and cultural humanity, while she and her husband travel the world.

Village Books Press published Cummings’ first poetry collection, Tales to the Wind, in 2016. She was a 2015 and 2016 Woody Guthrie Poet and enjoys hosting the monthly poetry series/open mic “Oklahoma Voices” in Oklahoma City. She has presented her work at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, and Howlers & Yawpers Creativity Symposium.

Cummings’ work was recently anthologized in Blood & Thunder:  Musings on the Art of Medicine. In addition, her poetry has appeared in Oklahoma Humanities Magazine, Contemporary Rural Social Work Journal, Eclectica Magazine, Dragon Poet Review, Red River ReviewIllya’s Honey, and other fine publications. 


A Note about Our Frequent Contributors:  Frequent Contributor status is bestowed upon a select few up-and-coming poets handpicked by the Editor-in-Chief.  Membership in this exclusive group is by invitation only.  Featured Frequent Contributor status is granted to certain Frequent Contributors by the Editor-in-Chief on an issue by issue basis to recognize extraordinary contributions to Songs of Eretz or on a permanent basis to recognize extraordinary contributions to the world of poetry.



Ross Balcom, Frequent Contributor
Ross Balcom lives in the former constitutional republic of the United States. His poems have appeared in Beyond Centauri, inkscrawl, Poetry Midwest, Spectral Realms, Star*Line, and other publications. In addition to poetry, his interests include parapsychology, hypnosis, and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).  A Charter Member of the Frequent Contributor ranks, Ross has been an FC since January 1, 2016.








Gene Hodge, Frequent Contributor
Gene Hodge is a member of the Chattanooga Writer’s Guild and International Bureau of Electrical Workers.  He is also a professional entertainer who performs throughout the south and northeast.  He hails from Soddy Daisy, Tennessee.  A review of his latest published poetry collection, in the moment, may be found here http://www.songsoferetz.com/2017/11/pop-by-gene-hodge.html.  Gene has been a Frequent Contributor since January 1, 2018.





John C. Mannone, Frequent Contributor
John C. Mannone has work in Blue Fifth Review, Peacock Journal, Gyroscope Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Baltimore Review, Pedestal, and Pirene’s Fountain. He’s the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Jean Ritchie Fellowship for Appalachian literature. Other accomplishments include two Weymouth residencies; three poetry collections—Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing), Disabled Monsters (Linnet’s Wings Press) featured at the 2016 Southern Festival of Books, Flux Lines (Celtic Cat Publishing)—and the Joy Margrave Award in creative nonfiction (2015, 2017). He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex, Silver Blade, and Liquid Imagination, and serves as president of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild. He’s a professor of physics and lives in East Tennessee. See the Art of Poetry, http://jcmannone.wordpress.com.  A Charter Member of the Frequent Contributor ranks, John has been an FC since January 1, 2016.



Karla Linn Merrifield, Frequent Contributor

Karla Linn Merrifield is a National Park Artist-in-Residence and has had 800+ poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has fourteen books to her credit, most recently Psyche’s Scroll (Poetry Box Select, 2018), and Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North (Cirque Press, 2019). Her Godwit:  Poems of Canada (FootHills Publishing, 2012) received the Eiseman Award for Poetry.  She is currently at work on a poetry collection inspired by famous guitarists and their guitars titled My Body the Guitar, tentatively slated to be published in December 2021 by Before Your Quiet Eyes Publications Holograph Series (Rochester, NY).  

Karla invites you to visit her blog, Vagabond Poet Redux http://karlalinn.blogspot.com or contact her on Twitter @LinnMerrifield or friend her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karlalinn.merrifield.  Karla joined the Frequent Contributor ranks on December 12, 2018.


Vivian Finley Nida, Frequent Contributor 
Vivian Finley Nida is a Teacher/Consultant with the University of Oklahoma’s Oklahoma Writing Project, a Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series poet, and a Woody Guthrie poet.  Since its inception in 1997, she has served on the advisory committee of Oklahoma City University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature. 

Vivian holds a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University.  In addition, she has studied fiction and poetry at the University of Central Oklahoma and is a retired English and Creative Writing teacher.

Vivian’s work has appeared in Illya’s Honey, Dragon Poet Review, Oklahoma Writing Project Centennial Anthology, Oklahoma English Journal, and other fine publications.  She lives with her husband in Oklahoma City.  Vivian joined the Frequent Contributor ranks on October 16, 2018.



Howard Stein, Frequent Contributor
Howard Stein, PhD is the Poet Laureate of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology, as well as a psychoanalytic, organizational, medical, and applied anthropologist, psychohistorian, organizational consultant, and medical educator. He retired in 2012 after spending nearly thirty-five years in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where he became an advocate of rural medicine and rural health. 

In addition to features in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Dr. Stein has ten published poetry collections to his name as well as hundreds of published papers, chapters, and books.  His most recent poetry collection is Light and Shadow (2016). He is currently working on a book of poetry called Centre and Circumference, tentatively scheduled to be published by MindMend Publishing (New York) sometime in 2018.  The link to his Amazon.com Author Page is https://www.amazon.com/Howard-F.-Stein/e/B001HCZ62C/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0.  Dr. Stein has been a Frequent Contributor since January 1, 2018.



Charles A. Swanson, Frequent Contributor
Charles A. Swanson is a graduate of the MFA program of Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, he teaches dual enrollment English in a new Academy for Engineering and Technology, serving the Southside region of Virginia.  He also pastors a small church, Melville Avenue Baptist, in Danville.  

Swanson’s poetry and short fiction have appeared in Virginia Writing, Wildlife in North Carolina, ALCAlines, Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Confluence, Pegasus, The English Journal, Now & Then, The Peacock Journal, Ascent Literary Magazine, Zingara Poetry Review, and elsewhere.  He has published a poetry collection, After the Garden (MotesBooks), and a poetry chapbook, “Farm Life and Legend” (Finishing Line Press).  Charles joined the Frequent Contributor ranks on October 16, 2018. 



New Frequent Contributor, Tyson West
Tyson West joined the FC ranks on March 14, 2020. His poetry collection Home-Canned Forbidden Fruit is available from Gribble Press.  He works in real estate in Eastern Washington.








Alessio Zanelli, Frequent Contributor 
Alessio is from Cremona, a small city on the River Po in northern Italy, where he lives and works as a private wealth consultant. Self-taught in English, he started writing English language poetry in the mid-1980s.

Alessio's poems have appeared in literary journals from thirteen countries, mainly in the USA and the UK. In the States, his work has been published in:  Antietam ReviewCalifornia QuarterlyChiron ReviewConcho River ReviewHawai’i Pacific ReviewItalian AmericanaMain Street RagPotomac ReviewSanskritSierra Nevada ReviewThe Clarion ReviewThe LyricThe Worcester ReviewThe Society Of Classical Poets, World Literature Today, and many other venues. He is the author of four original poetry collections, most recently Over Misty Plains (Indigo Dreams, UK, 2012). 

In addition to being a world-renowned poet, Alessio is an amateur painter, photographer, and ultra-marathon runner.  His poetry and artwork may be viewed on his website, www.alessiozanelli.it.  Alessio has been a Frequent Contributor since January 1, 2018. 


Past Frequent Contributors:
Anne Carly Abad Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to August 31, 2016.
Sylvia Cavanaugh October 19, 2018, to December 15, 2019.
Yoni Hammer-Kossoy January 1, 2018, to November 30, 2018.
Sierra July Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to November 23, 2018.
Tricia Knoll Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to November 18, 2016.
Mary Soon Lee Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to December 7, 2018.
Lauren McBride Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to December 14, 2018.
David Pring-Mill Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to October 27, 2017.
John Reinhart Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to December 13, 2017.  In addition, John covered for another FC March 4, 2019, to October 26, 2019.
Aparna Sanyal January 1, 2018, to December 21, 2018.
Kaitlyn Vaughn (nee Frazier) Charter Member January 1, 2016, to May 18, 2016.  In addition, she covered for another FC from December 25, 2017, to July 2, 2018.

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