July 2017 contributors

Charles Joseph Albert runs a metallurgy shop in San Jose, California, where he lives with his wife and three boys. His poems and fiction have appeared recently in Quarterday, Chicago Literati, 300 Days of Sun, Abstract Jam, The MOON, Literary Hatchet, and Here Comes Everyone.

Jennifer Clark has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times and once for the Rhysling Award. Her first book of poems, Necessary Clearings, was published by Shabda Press and nominated for a Michigan Notable book and made the Kalamazoo Public Library Staff Picks: Best of 2014. Shabda Press will be releasing her second book of poetry, Johnny Appleseed: The Slice and Times of John Chapman at the end of this year. She recently co-edited the anthology, Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors, which was released on April 19th by Celery City Books and has already gone into a second printing. All the proceeds benefit Justice for Our Neighbors in Kalamazoo. Her writings have been published in failbetter, The Windhover, Chicago Literati, Concho River Review, Amsterdam Quarterly, Fiction Fix, Ecotone, Nimrod, and Flyway. When she’s not writing, she’s blogging at Ask Me About My 12,000 Kids for Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo.

Joe Cottonwod has worked as a carpenter, plumber, and electrician for most of his life. Nights, he writes. He is the author of nine published novels, a book of poetry, and a memoir. His most recent book is 99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses. He lives with his high school sweetheart in a house he built in La Honda, California, and is a frequent contributor to The MOON. joecottonwood.com

Leslee Goodman is the publisher and editor of The MOON magazine. leslee@moonmagazine.org.

Thaxson Patterson II is an African American writer living in Denver, Colorado. His lifelong obsession with a variety of literary genres including Dean Koontz mysteries, Lovecraftian tales of terror, and the heroic myths from antiquity fuel his passion for writing. His short story Life Under Research Conditions was published in the anthology The Toll of Another Bell by Xchyler Publishing in January of 2015. The Gunslinger with No Hands was published in August 2015 in Bardic Tales and Sage Advice Volume VII. In 2016, Black Bed Sheet Books published his first novella, Devil’s Maintenance, in August 2016 and Phrenic Press published his second novella, A Feast of Sorrows, in September 2016. He can be contacted at gohforever@live.com.

E.F. Schumacher was an internationally influential economic thinker, statistician and economist in Britain, serving as Chief Economic Advisor to the UK National Coal Board for two decades. His 1973 book, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if people mattered, is considered one of the 100 most influential books published since World War II.

C. Spivey is the pen name of an author who spent eight years as a U.S. Navy meteorologist in Europe and Asia. After studying TESOL in grad school, he now teaches English as a foreign language. During his military time he saw just how beneficial government sponsored healthcare and higher education can be in building a debt-free career. It wasn’t much of a stretch to extend such a system to ideas for a universal basic income for all. His speculative fiction has appeared in S.Q. Mag, Fantasy Scroll, and Perihelion. Contact him at scipio28@gmail.com.

Guy Standing is a development economist, professorial research associate and former professor of development studies at SOAS University of London. From 1999 until March 2006, he was Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1998-99, he was in the “transition team” set up by the ILO’s new Director-General to help restructure the organisation. He is a founder member and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an international non-governmental organisation that promotes basic income, whose members include economists, philosophers and other social scientists from over 50 countries. Standing has a doctorate in economics from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Illinois. He has written and edited books on labor economics, labor market policy, unemployment, labor market flexibility, structural adjustment policies, and social protection policy. His most recent books are Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen (London, Penguin, 2017), The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay (London, Biteback, 2016), Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India, with Sarath Davala, Renana Jhabvala and Soumya Kapoor Mehta (London and New Delhi, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (London and New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) and The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (London and New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2011). Earlier books include: Social Income and Insecurity: A Study in Gujarat, with Jeemol Unni, Renana Jhabvala and Uma Rani (New Delhi, Routledge, 2010); Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2009); Promoting Income Security as a Right: Europe and North America (London, Anthem Press, 2005); Beyond the New Paternalism: Basic Security as Equality (London, Verso, 2002); and Global Labour Flexibility: Seeking Distributive Justice (Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1999).

Billy Thrasher is a graduate of the Lindenwood University MFA program class of 2017 and can be reached at billythrasherjr@hotmail.com.

Karl Widerquist is an associate professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University-SFS Qatar, specializing in distributive justice—the ethics of who has what. Much of his work involves Universal Basic Income (UBI). He is a co-founder of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG). He served as co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) for 7 years, recently stepping down to write a book on basic income for MIT’s Essential Knowledge series. He now serves as BIEN’s vice-chair. He was the Editor of the USBIG NewsFlash for 15 years and of the BIEN NewsFlash for 4 years. He is a cofounder of BIEN’s news website, Basic Income News, the main source of just-the-facts reporting on UBI worldwide. He is a cofounder and editor of the journal Basic Income Studies, the only academic journal devoted to research on UBI. Widerquist holds two doctorates—one in political theory from Oxford University (2006) and one in economics from the City University of New York (1996). He has published seven books, including Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2017, coauthored by Grant S. McCall) and Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He has published more than a twenty scholarly articles and book chapters. Most of his writing is available on his “Selected Works” website (works.bepress.com/widerquist/). More information about him is available on his BIEN profile and on Wikipedia. He writes the blog The Indepentarian for Basic Income News. Contact him at karl@widerquist.com.