A former U.S. Coast Guardsman, Stephen Mitchum is a surfer and independent surfboard shaper. From his shop in Cape May, New Jersey, he hand-shapes and glasses customized surfboards, including bamboo surfboards made from eco-friendly materials. He is currently involved in the local communities through Life Rolls On and They Will Surf Again, a subsidiary of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation dedicated to improving, through the platform of action sports, the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and paralysis. Mitchum has volunteered to build and donate a customized surfboard designed for those unable to stand-up surf. A husband and father of seven, Mitchum is a native of Moncks Corner, South Carolina.
Nathaniel Philbrick, recipient of the National Book award for his historical maritime narrative In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Penguin), sat down with us recently to discuss his love for history and the incredible learning process of creating larger works of nonfiction. Fixtures of the New York Times Bestseller list, his books portray a variety of complex events in American history ranging from the trials and political intrigues of the Mayflower’s voyage to the New World to Custer’s legendary tragic defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The practical result of thorough research and skillful prose, Philbrick’s work has garnered praise from academics and history buffs alike while resurrecting landmark historical events and crafting authentic portrayals of our nation’s past.
Philbrick’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review, Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal. A father of two and former NCAA All-American sailor, Philbrick is also founding director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies. He currently resides in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Curtis Smith's stories and essays have appeared in over sixty literary reviews and have been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Writing, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He has published three novels, An Unadorned Life (by the now defunct Neshui Publishing), and Sound and Noise and Truth or Something Like It (both from Casperian Books). Press 53 has released his last two story collections, Bad Monkey and The Species Crown. March Street Press has published two collections of his flash fiction. This coming winter, Sunnyoutside Publishing will release his essay collection, Witness.
WikaA Los Angeles native with roots in guerilla art, Wika has worked primarily with aerosol paint, bombing city skylines and planting incredibly detailed murals in public spaces. Since 2006, Wika has devoted himself to the more socially acceptable (legal) arts, working with recycled materials ranging from vinyl records to plastic vending machine covers, in addition to creating a line of signature baseball caps, each one painstakingly designed with acrylic and aerosol paints. His eye for detail and his fascination with patterns and form are a driving force behind his art, an intelligent mixture of color and design. Numerous local businesses owners in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area have commissioned Wika to revamp their stores and design murals, and he's also started his own company, www.lookdeep.org, where you can view and purchase his work online.
Maintained or neglected, familiar or foreign, well-worn or wild, roadways inform our decisions and identities. Their geographies direct the movement
of our lives and sketch the cartography of our stories. In this spirit, 322 Review publishes provocative emerging and established artists whose fiction,
creative nonfiction, poetry, and mixed media artwork wander the paths of human experience. A nonprofit literary journal conceived
and operated by former Rowan University graduate students, 322 Review is based in Southern New Jersey.