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The Her Circle Ezine staff is entirely volunteer. From locations around the United States and abroad, this small collective of talented individuals work to breathe life into this publication.

misty k. ericson | founding editor

Born and raised in the Metro Detroit area, Misty began writing fiction and poetry as a child and had her first publication while still in high school. She studied Philosophy and Women's Studies at Grand Valley State University, and she earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from San Jose State University. Her poetry appeared in the 2003 anthology, Kissing Softly, and she is currently at work on a collection of short stories.

zinta aistars | poetry editor
Zinta Aistars is the published author of three books. She is an editor for LuxEsto, the Kalamazoo College alumni magazine, and has published poetry, travel essays, stories, and articles in the United States, Latvia, England, Sweden, Germany, and Australia. Her work also appears on many e-zines, including Megaera Magazine, Outsider Ink, Boston Literary Magazine, Fiction Attic, Ghoti Fish, Saucy Vox, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Menda City Review, Ash Canyon Review, Flashquake, The Redbridge Review, River Walk Journal, Poems Neiderngasse, and many others. She publishes a monthly newsletter of marketing tips and inspiration for writers called Zeenythe Communications and is also an editor for the literary e-zine, The Smoking Poet.

burcu | fiction & nonfiction editor
Burcu is a writer and a literary translator. She has studied and worked in Turkey, Russia, and the U.S., and her culturally sensitive, socio-politically aware voice is omnipresent in all of her work. She has two Turkish translations in print, including Mitch Albom's “Tuesday's with Morrie”. In addition to first bringing the books to the publisher's attention, she also wrote the forewords for both volumes. Her editing credits include “Stinks like a Virgin” (Les gibi Bakire), a volume of avant garde poetry, and her many articles on film festivals, identity, honor killings, as well as her poetry and short stories, have appeared in various magazines in the U.S., including Independent Film Magazine, Huriyah and Her Circle E-zine. Burcu is currently working on a memoir and continuing her education in Los Angeles, where she resides with her daughter Melissa—her foremost creation.

diane leon ferdico | art editor
Diane Leon Ferdico was born in New York City. She has a BA in art history from New York University, and an MA from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NYU, The Draper Interdisciplinary Master's in Humanities and Social Thought. She is an adjunct associate professor of arts at NYU, Paul McGhee Undergraduate liberal arts degree program. She also writes personal essays and articles and is a member of The National Association of Women Artists and Life Member of the Art Students League. Diane maintains an apartment in Spain with her husband, artist John Ferdico. See her work at www.ManhattanArts.com.

virginia kilpatrick | poetry editor
Born and raised less than an hour from Manhattan, Virginia enjoyed extensive performing arts training and stage, radio and T.V. performing, until completing her undergraduate studies at N.Y.U. While a student in New York City, she was active in the human and women's rights movements, appeared in television and radio commercials and ghost wrote a novel and rewrites for film editors, while developing her creative work. Moving on to graduate school at University of Delaware, Virginia completed two masters programs, American Studies and Education, during which time she was named “Young Poet of the Year” by Academy of American Poets and awarded the President's Award for Achievement in Higher Education for designing, producing and presenting filmed as well as live programs promoting higher education throughout the State of Delaware. Her unusual combination of performance, writing, promotional and educational interests led to years of entrepreneurship as a freelance writer, owner, and manager of a specialty marketing firm that brokered investments, promoted new inventions, and created market share for start-up businesses in the New York and Philadelphia areas. After raising two, successful children, Virginia entered California Institute of the Arts, in 1997, passionate about perfecting her artistic skills and in 2000 completed both M.F.A. Writing and B.F.A. Film/Animation degree programs there. Since then, she spends part of her time working on each coast and has developed a versatile portfolio for publication and production.

kay sexton | fiction & nonfiction editor
Pushcart nominated Kay Sexton has had more than ninety short stories published. Sarah Hall (The Electric Michelangelo) chose her as runner-up in the ESSP short story contest in 2005, Kay was runner up in the Guardian fiction contest judged by Dave Eggers in 2004 and her work is widely anthologised. Her current focus is 'Green Thought in an Urban Shade' a collaboration with the painter Fion Gunn to explore and celebrate the parks and urban spaces of four cities in words and images. 'Green Thought' has been granted residencies and exhibitions in London, Dublin and Beijing. One story written as part of the project has been accepted for Tell Tales III, an anthology that has previously featured Maggie Gee, Kamila Shamsie and Niall Griffiths, and another was a finalist in the 2006 SLS/St Petersburg Annual Literary Contest judged by Margaret Atwood. Kay blogs about writing fiction at Writing Neuroses and has a regular column at www.moondance.org.

lauren westerfield | proofreader
Lauren Westerfield is a senior at Middlebury College. Majoring in English Literature, she recently returned from a year of study at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She now divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Vermont, where she has worked as a writing tutor, college radio disc jockey, and part-time law clerk in addition to her various roles with Her Circle Ezine.


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