a quarterly journal of poetry for over twenty years

The Staff:


Steve Luttrell
Founder and Publishing Editor

Steve was born and continues to live in Portland, Maine. He is a graduate of Franklin Pierce College and is the author of ten books of poetry. His latest title, Twelve Moons, Twelve Poems, is currently available. Click here to see a schedule of open readings.

Wayne Atherton
Senior Art Editor

Wayne was born in Massachusetts, moved to Maine in 1978 and stayed. He makes visual art, poems, reads a lot and hikes a lot. His most recent book of poetry, humanimal, is available through the author.

Roger Dutton
Typography & Design

Roger has been designing and creating The Cafe Review book format from fragments of paper for the past eight years. His motto: "The Cafe Review is bound to happen." Nine years ago he created and has since been performing Mr. Mojo Risin' -- A Performance of the Poetry of Jim Morrison. Helping carve a legacy of truth for a person he considers one of the greatest poets of all time has been a consummate life passion by an incalculable exponent.

Karen Douglass
Associate Editor

poet & wordsmith, nurse, horsewoman, Mainer, often lost in the universe, puzzled by life.

Stacey Chase
Associate Editor

Stacey Chase had been slugging it out as a newspaper reporter and freelance magazine writer for nearly 20 years. (Her inner poet doesn't like to appear in public much.) Chase's work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Down East, Green Mountains Review, Poets & Writers, Puerto del Sol, Vermont Life, Yankee, and many other publications. She relocated to Maine in 2003 so her beloved Maine Coon could cavort with others of the same ilk.


Bruce Spang
Review Editor

Bruce is a former administrator, clergyman, and counselor, he teaches Creative Writing and American Literature at Scarborough High School in Scarborough, Maine.  He lives in Falmouth, Maine with his partner and son. Bruce has two books of poems published, one with Moonpiepress.com called To the Promised Land Grocery (March, 2008), one with Snowdrift Press, called The Knot. He is looking for poets/writers who would like to be contributing reviewers for Café Review. Please send him copies of your work and short bio

Michael Macklin
Associate Editor

Michael is often covered with words or sawdust. He hopes to find the hearts of as many poems as possible before he has to clean the shop again.

Katie Benedict
Web Master

Katie has lived in Portland for most of the past nine years. She's a graduate of Maine College of Art and ever since then has worked as a graphic designer. She creates poetry with pictures instead of words.

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