J. M. (Jeannie Marshaa) Carlisle, Ph.D., is an independent scholar living and working in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Carlisle holds a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies, Ethical and Creative Leadership from Union Institute & University and Master of Arts in History from Arizona State University. Her forthcoming work, Imperial Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and the Militarization of America will be available Spring 2015.
Dr. Marc Gafni is a philosopher, public intellectual and wisdom teacher. He holds his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University, rabbinic certification from the chief rabbinate in Israel, as well private rabbinic ordination. He is also ordained and holds a doctorate in religious science. He is the initiating thought leader, together with Ken Wilber, of World Spirituality based on Integral principles, as well as the leading theorist and teacher of Unique Self Enlightenment. He is the director of Center for World Spirituality, a think tank he co-founded in 2010 with Mariana Caplan which is creating a body of work to evolve the source code of human existence.
A rabbinic lineage holder in Bible, Talmud, and Kabbalah, Gafni self-describes as a “dual citizen” of both Integral World Spirituality and classical Hebrew practice. He is a guest editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice on issues of Integral spirituality, has been a faculty member of J.F.K. University, and is the author of eight books including the national bestseller Soul Prints, and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the erotic and the sacred. His most recent books are Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment which received a 2012 USA Best Book Award, and the two-volume Radical Kabbalah.
An iconoclastic artist and provocative visionary, Dr. Gafni has led spiritual movements and learning communities as well as created and hosted for several seasons a highly popular national Israeli television program on culture, meaning, and spirit. He is the father of four children (the youngest being two years old), is in committed relationship, and lives in Northern California.
Joe Perez is a leading voice in the movement for an integrally informed world philosophy and spirituality. He is currently developing “The Kalendar”, a series of books which offer a powerful genre-busting mix of epic poetry, fiction, philosophy, and art. The first book is The Black Stone. Joe is also the author of two additional books, a groundbreaking memoir and a work of cultural criticism.
An Honors graduate of Harvard University in The Comparative Study of Religion with Philosophy as Allied Field, Joe has longstanding interests in social ethics and liberation theology. He has studied religion and the human sciences at The Divinity School at The University of Chicago. He has earned a Certificate in Integral Leadership from Pacific Integral/LIOS Graduate College of Saybrook University. For his final project, he developed a prototype of Lingua-U, the “language of subtle energy” which plays a key role in the linguistic philosophy underlying the The Kalendar. He lives in Seattle.
Robert Joseph “Bob” Brauer, Jr., MA, MDiv., has lived in the glorious desert town of Tucson Arizona since 1971. A graduate of Sacred Heart Seminary and St. Thomas Theological Seminary, Bob also holds degrees in History, Canon Law and Theology/Pastoral Ministry. The common thread that runs Bob’s colorful and seemingly divergent professional life—Catholic priest, funeral director, healthcare educator, banker—is his passion for life and his zeal contributing to others.
Matthew Thomas Farrell
Matthew Thomas Farrell has been writing since the 1990s. Crime Swine is his second novel. He has also published academic nonfiction on the Gospel of Thomas and the Jonestown Tragedy. He lives in Arizona.
Matt Stelling has been writing poetry and prose since his days ditching class at University of Colorado in the late nineties. In addition to his novel, he has written several novellas, two collections of poetry and a collection of illustrated aphorisms. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, spending his days at a desk and his nights looking for material in dark, dusty streets.