About Us / Ragazine staff   You believe in making the Arts a necessity, a part of life that matters.  You write, you make music, you draw, you paint, you observe, you think, you pull things out of the air and turn them into something palpable.  We’re here to help you get “that” — whatever “that” is — into the wider world.

Michael Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor.  MikeF2Mike Foldes is an electronics sales engineer specializing in electronic displays and power sources. A graduate of  The Ohio State University in anthropology,  he has edited and published magazines, poetry anthologies, chapbooks, alternate newspapers, technical publications, and was an editor and columnist with Gannett newspapers in Binghamton, NY. He is founder of the online magazine Ragazine.CC, author of Sleeping Dogs: A true story of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping …” (Split Oak Press, Ithaca, NY, 2012; Smashwords; Amazon), and Sandy: Chronicles of a Superstorm, a  volume of poetry and images in collaboration with artist Christie Devereaux. He sits on the advisory board of the Campaign for an Informed Citizenry (http://www.cicorg.com), and the poetry committee of “We Are You Project” (http://bit.ly/18iXpsD). His articles, editorials, poems and stories have appeared in publications worldwide, some in translation into Romanian, Hungarian, French and Spanish. e-mail: .

chuck_mug001_squareChuck Haupt, Photography \ Layout Editor.  Chuck Haupt is based in upstate New York. His award-winning work during a 30-year career at theBinghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin is recognized throughout the region for its impact and excellence. Chuck is known for his captivating images of residents of New York’s Southern Tier, images that reveal character and evoke a powerful response.  His work as a photojournalist has taken him to a wide variety of places, from hospital operating rooms to professional golf tournaments, to lower Manhattan in the hours after the 9/11 attacks, and into the homes of ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell. He is a Red Cross volunteer, and is frequently called upon to serve as a food/supplies distribution director in disaster zones. email: chaupt@chuckhaupt.com

Jpalombomug-e1292797024234im Palombo, Politics Editor. James Palombo’s work focuses on issues related to social,  political and  economic concerns in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author  of several books,  the most prominant being his autobiographical discourse,  “Criminal to  Critic-Reflections Amid The American Experiment,” Rowman and  Littlefield  Publishers. The book chronicles his experiences from drug  dealer and convict  to social worker, professor, world traveler and public  policy advocate. While continuing to travel he divides his time mainly  between Endicott, New  York, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Emily Vogel, Poetry Editor. Emily Vogel’s poetry has been published widely, most recently in Lyrelyre, Maggy,The emily-vogel-2-150x150Comstock Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and The Journal of New Jersey Poets. She has published five chapbooks: Footnotes for a Love Letter(Foothills, 2008), An Intimate Acquaintance (Pudding House, 2009), andElucidation Through Darkness (Split Oak Press, 2010), Still Life With Man, (Finishing Line Press, 2012), and Digressions on God (Main Street Rag, author’s choice series, 2012). The Philosopher’s Wife, a full-length collection, was published in 2011 (Chester River Press). She has work forthcoming inNew York Quarterly and Lips. She is the poetry editor of the online journal Ragazine, and teaches expository and creative writing at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College. She is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets College Prize, 2008, has been once nominated for a pushcart, and once nominated for the AWP award in creative non-fiction (2009). She finds solace at home with her husband, the poet and essayist, Joe Weil, their daughter, Clare, and son Gabriel.  email: 

POLESKIEStephen (Steve) Poleskie, Contributing Columnist/Then and Now. Steve Poleskie is an artist, and writer. His work has appeared in journals in Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, and the UK, as well as in the USA, and in the anthologies “The Book of Love”, (W.W. Norton) and “Being Human”, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has published seven novels. His artworks are in the collections of numerous museums, including the MoMA, and the Metropolitan Museum, in New York, and the Tate Gallery, and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Poleskie has taught or been a visiting professor at several schools, including: The School of Visual Arts, NYC, the University of California/Berkeley, MIT, Rhode Island School of Design, and Cornell University, and been a resident at the American Academy in Rome. He lives in Ithaca, NY, with his wife the author Jeanne Mackin.  More information can be found on his is website: www.StephenPoleskie.com

jean-paul gavard-perretOn Location, FRANCE: Contributing editor Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret writes about music and the visual arts. Born in 1947 in Chambery (France), he was a professor of communication at the Université de Savoie. He has published several essays, mainly about Samuel Beckett and painting, and short fiction, most recently “Labyrinthes,” Editions Marie Delarbre.

Tom Deisboeck is a scientist turned entrepreneur who attended Technical University Medical School in Munich, Germany, and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a self-taught cartoon artist. His cartoons deal with political, financial, medical and (other) every day topics. He lives with his wife, son and dog in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

For more info, visit: http://tom-deisboeck.squarespace.com/

Carl Oprey:

Carl Oprey  is a freelance writer living in New York where he produces prose and scripts, and teaches at NYU. Originally from Liverpool, England, he received his MA in Creative Writing from UEA and his first degree in fine art  from Liverpool. The combination has inclined his reviewing output toward gallery art and surrounding cultures. He has also reviewed fiction and contributed social critique to a variety of online and print journals in the UK.

Carl recently completed  The Boy Who Made the King Cry, a work of creative nonfiction, research heavy and based around real events in New York and Liverpool.  

Image Credits: Don Bachardy, Christopher Isherwood Foundation

gurboWalter Gurbo, The Drawing Room. Gurbo’s “Drawing Room” series ran for 12 years in the village Voice, which he says may be a record. His illustrations have appeared in Playboy, Screw, The New York Times and elsewhere, and he’s had shows of his paintings in  galleries in NYC, New York State and Japan. Carlo McCormick writes, “Gurbo has an uncanny access to the subconscious.  Every week for a dozen years he did what he could to raise people’s consciousness just a tiny bit at a time, and if that meant warping our consensus reality along the way, so be it.” Gurbo lives in upstate New York. You can Friend him on facebook.

galanty-207x300Scott “Galanty” Miller. Columnist. “Galanty Miller is a writer for The Onion News Network and he is a “Top Cop” in Us Weekly Magazine’s popular Fashion Police section. His work has appeared on Comedy Central, the Independent Film Channel, the Huffington Post, theatrical stages, and in the national political arena. Follow him on Twitter at #GalantyMiller and on his website at www.scottgalantymiller.com.

Fred@NonoLogicFestivalBarcelona2010-e1367231604677Fred Roberts, Contributing Music Editor. Fred is a native of Cincinnati living in Germany since 1987 who enjoys subverting the arbitrary commercial process in which great works often go unrecognized. He has a dual B.S. in Computer Science and Psychology from Northern Kentucky University (1984) and a Masters in Psychology from Bielefeld Universität (1999).  He contributed short stories to the early ezine “D A D A RIVISTA CULTURALE E/O TELEMATICA” (1995/96), and later to the short-lived Greenbeard Magazine, in 1997 receiving a Google Blog of Note citation for his Weblog indeterminacy.blogspot.com where he wrote 428 “one-minute short stories” inspired by found photos. Fred is also creator and designer of Elbot.com, an award-winning AI system. His interests include literature, film, photography and discovering all the well-kept secrets Europe has to offer. Email: mail.com

brittAlan Britt, Books/Reviews. Alan received his Masters Degree from the Writing Seminars at Johns HopkinsUniversity. He performs poetry workshops for the Maryland State Arts Council.  He lives in Reisterstown, Maryland, with his wife, daughter, two Bouviers des Flandres, one Bichon Frise, and two formerly feral cats. Britt teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University. His recent books are Alone with the Terrible Universe (2011) and Greatest Hits (2010). His interview at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem series aired on Pacifica Radio in January 2013.

Mark Levy, Legal/Casual Observer. Levy is an intellectual property attorney in his own private practice. He is a contributing editor to Ragazine of a legal advice column for artists and others who are engaged in creative pursuits (Feeding the Starving Artist), and is Ragazine‘s “Casual Observer”. Mark is an occasional contributor to the Weekend Radio Show on national radio, where his comments can be heard some Saturdays (in Greater Binghamton on WSKG radio, 89.3MHz) at noon. He lives in Colorado. email: creativelevy@gmail.com.

Madison J. Salters, Fiction Editor.  Madison Salters is an award-winning writer, essayist, and documentarian. Her work appears internationally in literary magazines including Armstrong Literary Magazine and Flash Fiction Magazine, as well as major media outlets including The Huffington Post, United Nations Press, TripAdvisor World Guides, UNTITLED Magazine, and Wanderlust Magazine. She is Lead Editor at The Toolbox and Nonfiction Editor at Ruminate Literary Magazine. She was named a “Top Under 30 Wunderkind” in the fields of writing and journalism by Westchester Magazine, and serves as a UNESCO Ambassador of Cross-Cultural Dialogue. She has a creative nonfiction certificate from Cambridge and has participated in writer’s groups and workshops worldwide. She recently helped translate the storytelling documentary “Queer Japan”. Her first play, “An Infinite Resignedness”, was produced in Paris in 2018. She is also a JOLT speaker on content and storytelling, and has been invited to give speeches at the EU Gender Parliamentary Conference, the EU-Africa Women’s Summit, and other prestigious outlets.

Chelsea L. Horne, World/Travel Editor. Chelsea L. Horne has traveled to over twenty countries and has taught Chelsea Picworkshops and master classes in four continents. She writes stories, poems, and essays and her work has been published nationally and internationally. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from American University, where she won the Outstanding Scholarship Award for her international research, presentations, and publications. She currently lives in Washington D.C.

Mindela Ruby, Creative Nonfiction:  Mindela has published nonfiction, short fiction, poetry and hybrids in journals and anthologies. Her writing has been Pushcart and Best of the Net nominated. Mosh It Up, her novel about a punk sex addict, came out in 2014. She completed a Ph.D. in English and Linguistics at Berkeley and an M.A. in English Language and Literature at Michigan. She teaches college writing and does freelance editing. When not working, she’s an avid traveler, parent, and maker of chutney. 
Mindela Ruby <ragazinecreativenonfictioned@gmail.com>

img_20161013_141120Henry Giroux, Contributing Editor: Henry Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department. His most recent books are The Violence of Organized Forgetting (City Lights, 2014), Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism  (Routledge 2015), coauthored with Brad Evans, Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle (City Lights, 2015) America’s Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016), and America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017). His web site is www.henryagiroux.com.


Fabia Chenivesse-Wong. Fabia studied and practiced law at a regional law firm in her hometown of Toronto, Canada, before moving to The Hague, the Netherlands, in 2011. For six years she worked for UN tribunals, prosecuting international crime. Currently based in the south of France, she writes about gender, race, culture and the law.



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