CONFIDENTIAL

This section offers background on The 5-2 and its predecessor, The Lineup: Poems on Crime (ISSN 1945-7510), as well as biographies of The 5-2's volunteer performers.

BACKGROUND
GERALD SO
THE LINEUP CO-EDITORS
VOICES OF THE 5-2


BACKGROUND

In September 2007, familiar with Gerald So's poetry and his work as Thrilling Detective fiction editor, A.E. Roman approached Gerald about creating an anthology of poetry about crime. Though Roman had no time to edit, Gerald and friends Patrick Shawn Bagley, Richie Narvaez, and Anthony Rainone moved forward, each having equal say in the selection of new and previously published poetry. In July 2008, they published The Lineup: Poems on Crime at Lulu.com.

The Lineup became a chapbook series published annually, Richie laying out the interiors, his friend John Collis designing the covers. Sarah Cortez stepped in for Patrick on the last two, Reed Farrel Coleman for Anthony on the last one.

In 2011, faced with recruiting two editors to a format that had limited readership, Gerald ended The Lineup and started The 5-2, publishing its first poem September 12. Each year's fifty-two poems are collected in ebooks.

The four Lineups can still be printed on demand. Issues 2, 3, and 4 are also available as ebooks; however, as some electronic rights were not granted, Ebooks 2 and 3 do not include the full content of the print originals.

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GERALD SO

Robert B. Parker's Spenser stoked Gerald's interest in crime fiction and poetry in 1993, while a student at Hofstra University. He helped found Hofstra's literary magazine, Font, earned his M.A. in Creative Writing from Queens College/CUNY, and taught English at Hofstra for six years.

A member of the Academy of American Poets, his poems have appeared in Nerve Cowboy, Barbaric Yawp, Defenestration, Cherry Bleeds, Yellow Mama, Gutter Eloquence Magazine, BEAT to a PULP, and other provocatively-named venues.

He has served as Short Mystery Fiction Society president (2008-'10) and Thrilling Detective fiction editor (2001-'09). After learning how to preserve The Lineup's poetry in ebook form, he published an ebook of his own poetry, We Might Have.

His personal blog is My Life Called So.

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THE LINEUP CO-EDITORS

Patrick Shawn Bagley (2008–2009)

Patrick Shawn Bagley's stories of rural crime have appeared in Crimespree, Spinetingler, Thrilling Detective, The Iconoclast and the Bleak House Books anthology Uncage Me (edited by Jen Jordan). Every once in a while, he gets a poem or two published in 'zines like Animus, Off the Coast and The Wolf Moon Press Journal, and he was a founding editor of The Lineup: Poems on Crime. He has an MFA from the University of Southern Maine/Stonecoast and teaches fiction writing. Bagley lives and writes on a dead-end dirt road in a one-stoplight town.

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Reed Farrel Coleman (2011)

Recently called a hard-boiled poet by NPR's Maureen Corrigan, Brooklyn-born and bred Reed Farrel Coleman is a former Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America. He has published eleven novels—including two under his pen name Tony Spinosa—in three series. He has been nominated multiple times for the Edgar®, Macavity, and Barry Awards. He has won the Shamus (three times), the Barry Award, the Anthony Award, and in October 2010, his eleventh novel, Tower, written with Ken Bruen, won the Macavity Award. He was the editor of the short story anthology Hardboiled Brooklyn. His own short stories and essays have appeared in The Darker Half, Wall Street Noir, Damn Near Dead and several other publications. Reed is an adjunct lecturer at Hofstra University and he lives with his family on Long Island.

A contributor to The Lineup 2 and 3, Reed was a co-editor on Issue 4.

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Sarah Cortez (2010–2011)

Sarah's poetry (How to Undress A Cop, Arte Público, 2000) brings the world of street policing to the reader in a way that poet-reviewer Edward Hirsch describes as “nervy, quick-hitting, street-smart, sexual.” Winner of the 1999 PEN Texas Literary award in poetry and other juried designations, Cortez is much in demand as a creative writing teacher. One of her poems was chosen for the nationwide Poetry in Motion program and many others have been anthologized. One of her poems was designated as an Honorable Mention in the 2007 Texas Poetry Calendar (Dos Gatos Press, Austin) by noted poet Kathleen Peirce. Cortez edited Urban-Speak: Poetry of the City (University of Houston, CMAS, 2001) and Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives (Arte Público, 2007), an anthology of short memoir written by young men and women reflecting the diversity of growing up Latino in the U.S. Cortez has been a police officer since 1993. She has co-edited two fiction anthologies with Liz Martinez: for Arte Público Press, Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery, and for Akashic Books (Brooklyn), Indian Country Noir, coming in June 2010.

Her website is www.poetacortez.com.

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Richie Narvaez (2008–2011)

Born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn of Puerto Rican parents, Richie has written for all kinds of print and online publications. He has taught at the high school and college level—including at Columbia University and Boricua College. His fiction and poetry appears in many magazines and anthologies including Aphros, Downtown, Faultline, Mississippi Review, Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery, Indian Country Noir, and Long Island Noir.

His blog is Nuyorican Obituary.

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Anthony Rainone (2008–2010)

Anthony is the New York Editor for Crimespree Magazine, a crime fiction book reviewer for the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper, and a Contributing Editor for January Magazine. He has written numerous articles, including for Mystery Scene Magazine and an upcoming piece for the Strand Magazine. Anthony has also published short stories in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery MagazineThug Lit, Thrilling Detective and Plots With Guns, among others. He has recently completed a novel set in the Midwest. Anthony lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York.

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VOICES OF THE 5-2

Alison Dasho
J.T. Ellison
Kristen Chapman Gibbons
Donora Hillard
Bob Holman
Gill Fraser Lee
Deshant Paul
Thomas Pluck
Graham Powell
John Ricotta
Nancy Scott
Sarah Stockton
Clare Toohey

Would you like to join our roster of performers recording for poets unable to do so? Email G_SO at YAHOO dot COM.


Alison Dasho

Alison Dasho (nee Janssen) has edited mystery and crime novels since 2003. In 2009, she co-founded Tyrus Books and in 2010, launched her website: www.alisonedits.com. Today, Alison works across a wide array of genres, including mystery, thriller, romance, sci fi, and fantasy. She is also a freelance editor with Carina Press, the ebook division of Harlequin. Follow her on twitter @alisonedits.

Poems read by Alison

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J.T. Ellison

J.T. is the international award-winning author of eight critically-acclaimed novels, multiple short stories, and has been published in more than twenty countries. A former White House staffer, she has worked extensively with the Metro Nashville Police, the FBI and various other law enforcement organizations to research her novels. She lives in Nashville with her husband and a poorly-trained cat, and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit www.JTEllison.com for more insight into her wicked imagination, or follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick.

Poems read by J.T.

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Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Loosely connected facts: Former Social Worker. Lifelong politico. Social media junkie. Poet. Performer. Storyteller. Decade teaching in Higher Ed. Master's Degree in Theology. Married to an Irishman. 3 amazing kiddos. Preacher's kid. Content creation in digital marketing. Exuberant about Nashville. Appalachian. Music maker. Music devour-er. ENTP. Bohemian. Geeky. Obsessed with thrift stores and all things vintage. Lover of species.

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Donora Hillard

Donora is the author of the poetry collections Theology of the Body (Gold Wake Press, 2010) and Covenant (with Zachary C. Bush, Gold Wake Press, 2012) as well as several poetry/hybrid text chapbooks. Her work appears in Best of the Web (Dzanc Books), Hint Fiction (W.W. Norton), Monkeybicycle, Pedagogy, and elsewhere. Her projects have been featured by Chicago Public Radio, CNN, Lybba, MSNBC, and the Poetry Foundation. She lives in Detroit.

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Bob Holman

Bob has published six books, most recently A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (Aperture, 2006), praise poems paired with photographs of artists by Chuck Close. He’s also put poetry on television, radio and the Web, producing The United States of Poetry for PBS, appearing on MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and serving as poetry commentator on WNYC and NPR. Currently, he teaches “Exploding Text: Poetry in Performance” at Columbia University and is the founder and proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club.

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Gill Fraser Lee

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Gill is a writer and editor, and one half of HistoryNeedsYou.com. Gill performs a wide variety of poetry both live and as recordings. She also undertakes voice work in other genres. She lives in the university city of Cambridge, England.

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Deshant Paul

Deshant graduated from New York University with a degree in American Literature with a concentration on Creative Writing. His work has been seen in the pages of NYArts magazine, AMNew York newspaper and other articles in print and online media. Although his freelance work has been largely non-fiction, storytelling remains his true passion and has been since he was six years old. Currently he is working within the graphic novel medium to tell his stories with distinct visuals and a serialized format.

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Thomas Pluck

Tom writes unflinching fiction with heart. His work can be found in Crimespree, The Utne Reader, Beat to a Pulp, Pulp Modern and most recently Lost Children: A Charity Anthology. His home on the web is www.pluckyoutoo.com.

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Graham Powell

Graham grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, reading anything and everything. At age seven, he was introduced to the Hardy Boys, and has been hooked on crime fiction ever since. With a B.A. in computer science, he can be found mostly working in an office, alone. Just the way he likes it. Currently he lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife and children. Visit him online at http://www.myboogpages.com.

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John Ricotta

John helped found Hofstra University's student lit magazine, Font. He currently works for Condé Nast and plays for the Guns N' Roses tribute band Appetite for Destruction. Find him on Facebook.

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Nancy Scott

Nancy is the current managing editor of U.S. 1 Worksheets, the journal of the U.S. 1 Poets' Cooperative in New Jersey. She is the author five books of poetry. Her most recent, On Location, a collection of ekphrastic poems about works of art, was published by March Street Press in 2011. Her "Smack" was the inaugural 5-2 Poem of The Week, and "The Hardest Thing" ran April 16. Nancy has also served as a 5-2 guest editor, selecting "Tinseltown" by John M. Floyd as Poem of the Week for May 28–June 3, 2012.

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Sarah Stockton

Sarah is an adjunct faculty for the University of San Francisco and is the author of A Pen and a Path: Writing as a Spiritual Practice (Morehouse Publishing, 2005). Her poems have appeared in SageWoman and The 5-2 ("The Restraining Order"). Over the course of 30-some years, Sarah has published essays and articles in print and online on the topics of education, recovery, parenting, spiritual direction, and creativity. Her website is www.sarahstockton.com.

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Clare Toohey

Clare was educated in studio art and music, but buys her greeting cards and plays the ukulele poorly. Unnatural curiosity is her primary qualification for every career and just plain job she's had. Her surreal short story, "A Morbid Case of Identity Theft," appeared in Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices. She's the site manager and editor of the community for crime fans, Criminal Element, and blogs at Women of Mystery. She aspires to hack-dom, and hopes reading for the fabulous 5-2 brings her one step closer.

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