Jim Thiele worked as a photographer for a biological text book company for several years, before moving to Alaska in 1974. He has worked for The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the University of Alaska as a biologist, but now is a financial advisor in private practice. His photographs have been seen in several publications, including Alaska Magazine and Alaska Geographic. He lives in Anchorage with his wife Susan. Taking photos forces him to stop and really see the world. Jim Thielman’s latest book is Postcards from Jim, a correspondence of poems with Jim Hanlen, published in 2015. He also wrote a humor book with Bob Heck titled The Theory of Wrong, Married Guys Are Wrong and That’s OK and screenplays, a novel, a children’s play and some news articles about adventures in weightlessness on NASA’s “Vomit Comet.” His two sons have produced five grandchildren, with considerable help from their wives. A retired communications specialist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Thielman maintains an interest in science, the arts and nature. His experience as a high-school teacher contributed to the discussion of a poetry-writing technique, included in a note on process at the back of the recent book. He lives along the Columbia River in Richland, Washington. After many years in Alaska, former state poet laureate, Joanne Townsend lives quietly in New Mexico with her husband, Dan, and dogs, Pilot and Cloud. She’s working on a new collection, Ridge. Recent poems appear in Sin Fronteras: Writers without Borders; also in previous issues of Cirque. Karen Tschannen – Some of her words have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ice-Floe, PNW Poets and Artists Calendar(s), North of Eden (Loose Affliliations), The Sky’s Own Light (Minotaur Press), Crosscurrents North, Cirque, and other publications. Jean Waight is a nature enthusiast who formerly worked in corporate communications, including writing for the regional pages of NW Health Magazine. A nature essay appeared in The Bellingham Herald. Her sociological work was published in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.
When not writing, she honors mind, body, and spirit, and she observes her fellow human beings. She is especially interested in concepts of the self. Paxson Woelber is a creative professional based out of Anchroage, Alaska. His creative work has been featured by National Geographic, the Atlantic, the Huffington Post Canada, USA Today, Alaska Dispatch News, the American Alpine Club, and more. He has been the designer and web designer for Cirque since its inaugural issue. To view his online portfolio, visit paxsonwoelber.com Tonja Woelber lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where she enjoys the mountains in all weathers. She is a member of the collaborative group Ten Poets. Her favorite poets are Anna Akhmatova, Billy Collins, Sylvia Plath, Tu Fu and Kay Ryan. Tonja has published two poetry books, Glacier Blue and Tundra Songs. Judith Works is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School. She served as a legal advisor for the United Nations in Rome, Italy before retirement. Between regular trips abroad she now volunteers for local literary and arts organizations. She is the author of a novel, City of Illusions, set in Rome. Her memoir, Coins in the Fountain, describing the highs and lows of expat life during ten years in Italy will be published in January. Yuan Changming – Eight-time Pushcart nominee and author of 5 chapbooks, is the most widely published poetry author who speaks Mandarin but writes in English. Since mid-2005, he has had poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Cirque, Threepenny Review and 1,089 others across 36 countries. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Avraham Zorea is a painter, writer and adventure cyclist. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Avraham graduated from UAA in 1993, and Seattle University School of Law in 1996. He has practiced law in bush Alaska and in Washington State. Spenard, in the studio district, is where he feels most comfortable lately. He has four bicycles to get through the year and no car.
Richard Widerkehr has two books of poems, The Way Home and Her Story of Fire, two chapbooks, and a novel, Sedimental Journey, about a geologist in love with a fictional character. He earned his MA from Columbia and won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan. Recent work has appeared in Rattle, Soundings, and Cirque. William H. Wikstrom works out of Wikstom Gallery near Wallingford in Seattle, WA. His own work includes painting, sculpture, poetry, set design, and video production. Born in 1952, in Seattle, WA, he is the son of Robert C. and brother to the artist Brom Wikstrom. WW has done art all his life and has done all kinds of art. First published in Yellow Dog Funnies in ‘68, WW has also done two covers for the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. Susan Z. Witter is a fiction writer living in Bellingham for 20 years and then some.