resides in Cebu City, the Philippines. His poetry is forthcoming in Anglican Theological Review, The Lyric, Liquid Imagination, Ancient Paths, and has appeared in Windhover, PEN Peace Mindanao anthology, Star*Line, Inwood Indiana Press, Golden Lantern, Poetry Quarterly, New Verse News, qarrtsiluni, Anak Sastra, Fox Chase Review, Burning Word, Barefoot Review, Red River Review, Philippine Graphic. He is working on his first poetry collection, Multiverse.
“Aliens vs. Predators” • Vol. 25, No. 1
is a Nigerian journalist and writer. He has published Labulabu Mask, a novel (Macmillan Nigeria). He has also published in print and online magazines such as Rake Journal, BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, Flask Review, Zapata!, Liberation Lit, Sage of Consciousness Review, Africa Writer.Com, Big Pulp, the One World anthology, The November 3rd Club, and the Mainstay Press Anthology. His work is shortly to be published in Relief Anthology. He’s currently working on his short-story collection.
“Returning Home” • Vol. 22, No. 1
“Firewood Girl” • Vol. 22, No. 3
is an Egyptian-American who makes his living surfing digital genomes, and lives to write contemporary and speculative fiction. His work explores the intersection between East and West, waiting to see what happens when—at the same time—all the lights turn green. He resides in the greater Boston area with his expectant wife and son. “Voices from the Corral” is his first published story. You may write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at www.aaleil.com.
“Voices from the Corral” • Vol. 23, No. 1
Lisa Dominguez Abraham
Her work has appeared in many journals including The North American Review and Poetry East. She’s a native Californian who rations water to grow tomatoes and cucumbers, despite the drought.
“Stone Soup” • Vol. 27, No. 2
Daniel D. Adams
is the co-author, with the late Philip José Farmer, of the short novel The City Beyond Play (PS Publishing, 2007). Some of his shorter work has appeared or is forthcoming in Abyss & Apex, Appalachian Heritage, Asimov’s, the Clinch Mountain Review, Ideomancer, Not One Of Us, Paradox, Star*Line, Strange Horizons, and Weird Tales. He is currently wrapping up a four-volume historical fiction series called the Shenandoah Saga. Daniel and his wife Laurie live deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with however many cats in their area need rescuing at any given time.
“The Lighthouse of Ajax Mountain” • Vol. 21, No. 2
is close to finishing a PhD in creative writing at Newcastle University, where she has been researching the boundaries between short-story collections and novels. Her writing has been published by—among others—Cinnamon Press, Unthank Books, Notes From The Underground, Spilling Ink Review and 4’33’’ magazine. Read more about her writing at vsadams.co.uk.
“Reconstruction” • Vol. 22, No. 1
is a retired civil rights lawyer, political consultant and activist, living in Sacramento, California with his wife Anne Stausboll. New to short fiction in 2015, Mr. Adkisson holds degrees in journalism, political science, urban studies, and law. His seminars on violence and discrimination prevention have been attended by more than 250,000 individuals throughout the United States. After a 25-year career as a trial lawyer and speaker, Mr. Adkisson headed up the California State Senate’s Office of Oversight and Outcomes, editing and managing leading California journalists and publishing dozens of investigative reports which led to widespread media attention and legislation. He is the father of two.
“As American as Apple Pie” • Vol. 27, No. 1
is a photographer living in Pakistan. She had solo exhibitions of her work in 2007 and 2008, and won the 2009 Sony World Photography Award as well. Her photography blog: tornabyss.blogspot.com.
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has work appearing or forthcoming in theNewerYork, Asimov’s, Ghost Town, decomP, and elsewhere.
“Convention. Hurricane.” • Vol. 24, No. 2
is a New York City-based author and editor. A writer for trade and educational publishing, she has authored numerous children’s books, among other works. In 2011, her poetry appears in Chiron Review, Cave Moon Press, Earthspeak, Numinous, OVS, and The Whistling Fire.
“Foreclosure” • Vol. 23, No. 1
Her work has appeared in many strange and wonderful publications, including Golden Handcuffs Review, Gargoyle, Defenestration, Prick of the Spindle, Archives of Neurology, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and several journals named after animals—monkeys, mostly. She lives in Seattle.
“Accommodations” • Vol. 24, No. 3
“Bending toward Justice—at Glacial Speed” • Vol. 24, No. 4
Aleph Altman-Mills is an autistic writer who collects acorns and likes to buy books other people have already written on. She has been published in The Legendary. She blogs and posts poetry snippets at really-fucking-confused.tumblr.com; poetry prompts are at darlingghosts.tumblr.com.
“How to Pass for Human, Without Passing for Normal” • Vol. 26, No. 1
is a graduate of the faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, Syria, 1984. He is a member of numerous arts organizations including the union of Syrian and Arab Artists. He juried numerous arts and has exhibited in Geneva Switzerland, Greece, Berlin Germany, Washington USA, Finland as well as throughout the Middle East—Syria, Yemen, Qatar and others. His art found homes throughout the world, including the National Museum of Syria, in Damascus. He lives in Berlin, Germany. For further information about his art, you may reach him on Facebook or contact Dr. Rima Bitar-Wollmer, email@example.com. Phone +963946780766
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Liana Vrajitoru Andreasen
is originally from Romania, a country that still inspires her writing. She teaches in the Rio Grande Valley, in South Texas, and she has published stories in Interstice, The Cloud Collection, CC&D, and in the upcoming issue of Fiction International.
“The Puppet Show” • Vol. 22, No. 3
has had stories in Fifth Wednesday, Euphony, Pif, Calliope, Ducts, Defenestration, and other publications. He lives between town and gown near Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“Fifteen Tops” • Vol. 25, No. 2
“The Cure” • Vol. 27, No. 1
former poet laureate of Milwaukee, is author of Factory (City Lights), Last Words (Ballantine), Subterranean Rivulet (Falling Tree) and Exclamation Points ad Infinitum! (Centennial). Winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Walt Whitman Association, the Witter Bynner Prize from the Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters and a Pushcart Prize, his poems appear in the recent anthologies Poets Against the War, Best Gay Poetry 2008, Great Poems for Grand Children (AARP) and Comeback Wolves: Welcoming the Wolf Home. In 2010 he read with Robert Bly at the Centennial Celebration of the Poetry Society of America in Minneapolis.
“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” • Vol. 22, No. 3
is a young female immigrant of Pakistani origin. Poetry helps her explore the many internal conflicts born out of geographical displacement. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in print and online journals including TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism, TYPO Magazine, The Milo Review, The Wayfarer, Mandala Journal, Timber Creek Review, Desi Writers Lounge, and The Maya Tree. One of her essays, “A for Altruism, B for Brotherhood and C for Compassion,” secured first position out of 1,300 contestants from 108 countries in the 2005 World Bank International Youth Essay Competition.
“Paraphernalia” • Vol. 24, No. 4
is working on a series about the faulty assumptions of neoclassical economics. Her favorite compliment ever is “I didn’t think I liked poetry, but I liked that!” Her poetry has been published here and there and performed from many stages, bookstore corners, classrooms, pulpits, and living rooms. She has three chapbooks, and her website is mjoy.org.
“Posit: No Transaction Costs” • Vol. 23, No. 1
teaches composition at UMass–Lowell and leads a reading group in the men’s prison in New Hampshire. Her poems have recently appeared in Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, PANK, The Mayo Review, Turtle Island Quarterly, theNewerYork, The Blue Bear Review, and The Pedestal Magazine. Two of these were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. For links to her work, visit sarabacker.com.
“next” • Vol. 25, No. 2
has had work in Nexus, Forkroads, Savannah Literary Journal, and the anthology The Venomed Kiss. She is a partner of Mason-Dixon Publishing and a member of the Savannah Zona Rosa writing group, led by Rosemary Daniell. She is also writing a book about arsenic contamination of drinking water in Bangladesh. Employed as an industrial chemist, she lives in Savannah, Georgia, with her husband and daughter.
“From the Hand” • Vol. 23, No. 2
is currently a brewer, baker, poet, songwriter, and physics PhD student. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is pursuing performative and anonymous art. For information about what Dylan has been and done, visit physics.nyu.edu/~dzb212.
“No hablo la lengua” • Vol. 26, No. 1
spent 14 years as an award-winning journalist for daily newspapers in Vermont and New York, with 12 of those years devoted to covering education issues. He is currently a freelance writer and is also working on a short story collection and a novel. Stephen and his fiancée Erica live in Plattsburgh, NY with his children, Darby and Samuel.
“Beep, Beep, Beep” • Vol. 24, No. 2
lives in Texas and edits Camroc Press Review. His writing has appeared elsewhere.
“Driving a Truck in Afghanistan” • Vol. 23, No. 2
is a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY, specializing in political theory, feminist philosophy, and ethics. She has published poetry in Writing for Human Rights: Protest Poems and Inertia Magazine. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where she still lives and writes weekly love letters to the Atlantic Ocean.
“Naturalization” • Vol. 24, No. 2
is a visual artist and poet living and working in Jersey City, NJ. Her artwork has been widely exhibited across the USA and is in several public collections. Her artwork in bookarts and use of text has led her back to her interest in poetry, a new passion that is starting to take over her creative life.
“In Serbia” • Vol. 24, No. 2
is a corporate attorney, recently retired to retrieve the purpose of his life. He lives in the high desert of central Arizona with his wife and daughter. His work has been published in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Scholars and Rogues, and The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review.
“A Holiday Bow” • Vol. 25, No. 1
“Dead Time” • Vol. 26, No. 4
grew up on a small ranch in northeast Kansas and is now a writer and a teacher in the Kansas City area. His work has appeared in Plainsongs, The South Dakota Review, The Rockhurst Review, Heartlands, and Barbaric Yawp, but for some reason The New Yorker keeps turning him down.
“Bailout” • Vol. 20, No. 4
makes a mean bowl of ramen. He also edits the Heavy Hands Ink publication and watches unhealthy amounts of Sports Center. His first chapbook, Suburban Rhythm, was published by cc&d through Scars Publications in September, and his second, You’re Welcome, is on the way from Alternating Current Press. His work has appeared a bunch of places: Google it.
“Technological Improvements” • Vol. 22, No. 1
After studying biology and chemistry at the University of Colorado, she went on to a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Now retired, she can focus on her writing. She studied at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, earning a degree in English and has attended the Aspen Writer’s Conference and Moab Confluence Conference. She has studied with Colette Inez, Christopher Merrill, Edward Hirsch, Amy Irvine, Dr. Barry Laga, and Craig Childs. Mother of an adopted Vietnamese war orphan, she has been active in volunteer work for child- and adoption-related organizations. New work is forthcoming in California Quarterly (CQ) and RiverSedge.
“Stephen Has Lost Almost Everything” • Vol. 21, No. 4
Christopher S. Bell
is twenty-eight years of age. He has been writing and releasing literary and musical works through My Idea of Fun since 2008. His sound projects include Emmett and Mary, Technological Epidemic, C. Scott and the Beltones, and the forthcoming Fine Wives. My Idea of Fun is an art and music collective based out of Johnstown, Pennsylvania (myideaoffun.org). Christopher’s work has recently been published in the Broadkill Review and on Fringelit.com. He is also a contributor to ImpressionofSound.com.
“Rebellion’s End” • Vol. 25, No. 3
has been published in Shark Reef and the anthology Lycan Lore. She received her MA in English in 2015 from California State University, Long Beach and now lives in Manhattan, New York, with her partner and two disgustingly cute cats.
“A Million Lights To Dance On” • Vol. 27, No. 2
is a young photographer and artist who has won contests with National Geographic,The Woodland Trust, The World Photography Organisation, Winstons Wish, Papworth Trust, Mencap, Big Issue, Wrexham science , Fennel and Fern and Nature’s Best Photography. She has had her photographs published in exhibitions and magazines across the world including the Guardian, RSPB Birds, RSPB Bird Life, Dot Dot Dash, Alabama Coast, Alabama Seaport, and NG Kids Magazine (the most popular kids’ magazine in the world). eleanorleonnebennett.zenfolio.com
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is the author of Forgotten Tears: A Grandmother’s Journey Through Grief. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including San Pedro River Review, Pulse, Bryant Literary Review, Alehouse, Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Philadelphia Stories, The Broadkill Review, and anthologies such as Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS. Nina is a contributing author to the Open to Hope Foundation.
“They Do” • Vol. 23, No. 1
is an artist working in Madison, Wisconsin. She enjoys painting people, their animals, and deep space, among others. The tone of her work alternates between serious, humorous, and surreal. Childhood memories, especially the tight-chested relationships with animals, landscapes, and the vast sky, are strongly suggested in her images. Philippa also works as a pet portrait artist. philippabergmann.com
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iis a prisoner-poet of California, a Puerto Rican Zarathustra of sorts, determined to engage life one syllable at a time.
“Comes a time” • Vol. 26, No. 1
Jennifer Jackson Berry
lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, 5AM, Mead, Stone Highway Review, and Amethyst Arsenic. She is the author of the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications forthcoming 2013) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press 2003).
“I just did what I always do: eat” • Vol. 24, No. 3
Her poetry has previously appeared in The Kenyon Review and The Apprentice Writer.
“Credo” • Vol. 21, No. 3
Paul K. Binford
Originally from Arcadia, a suburb of Los Angeles, Paul spent his early adult years hitchiking around various parts of the U.S. and Canada. When he got that out of his system, he went back to academia and earned a B.A. in English Literature from California State University. After working for several years in the L.A. school system, he moved to Nagoya, on the east coast of Honshu, Japan’s largest island. He teaches at a university, travels, reads a lot, writes, and reflects on the vast divergence between East and West. He’s published a couple of dozen short stories, articles, and essays in various publications in Japan. "Additives" is his first published story in the U.S. He likes to spend his summers in the Pacific Northwest.
“Additives” • Vol. 20, No. 4
is a writer from Helena, Montana. He has been featured in a number of publications, including Sidereal Journal, The Commonline Journal, The Oval, theEEEL, 101 Words, among others.
“Sheldon” • Vol. 27, No. 4
(an MFA graduate of Vermont College), has published in journals like the Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, Poetry Quarterly, Boston Literary Magazine, and Star*Line (Editor’s Choice). Founder of a major 501(c) college help organization, he’s been awarded the Gwendolyn Brooks Literary Award for fiction and Broadside Press Award for poetry. He’s also the recipient of fellowships from the New York State Creative Artists ServiceProgram (CAPS) and New York Foundation of the Arts.
“Overthrow” • Vol. 23, No. 3
“The Poet’s Dinner Party” • Vol. 25, No. 1
“Incoming Nukes” • Vol. 26, No. 3
lives and writes in Georgia. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Healing Muse, Noctua Review, and The Rotary Dial.
“Postmortem” • Vol. 25, No. 3
Philip S. Bloch
is the database manager for a children’s dental foundation, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children. Monthly, he takes the open mic for ten minutes at Gumbo Fiction Salon and gives interpretive readings of his stories that range from suspense to science fiction to horror. At this time, he is completing a stage adaptation of one of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe murder mysteries. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Kathleen, under the watchful eyes of Slinky the Cat.
“27 Minutes” • Vol. 25, No. 3
writes to prolong breathing. She is the editor of The Medulla Review, a venue that caters to edgy, surreal, slipstream writing, and as of March 2010, her writing has been accepted for publication in twenty-five literary journals, including Echo Ink Review, Thieves Jargon, The New York Quarterly, Word Riot, and The Ampersand Review. Jennifer doesn’t own a TV or a watch.
“Heather” • Vol. 21, No. 2
is an English instructor at Western Illinois University. He has published fiction, poetry, reported or been featured in Prime Number, ESPN.com, Squalorly, The Nashville City Paper, Jane Friedman’s blog, Lowestoft Chronicle, The Monarch Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many more. He also makes apps such as Paradise Lost Office and Homophonecheck.com, and releases music as Jason and the Beast. You can find out what he’s up to at jasonandthebeast.com.
“Animatronic Song” • Vol. 25, No. 1
His poetry can be seen online at, among others, Miller’s Pond, Drown in My Own Fears, and Roadrunner, and in Avocet, Sheepshead Review, and Blue Stem, and a number of other print journals. He has an MFA and PhD from Purdue University. Originally from Oregon, Russ misses his mountains and ocean.
“That Which Was Lost Is Now Found” • Vol. 23, No. 3
has been published in the print & online versions of Verse Wisconsin. He currently lives in Madison, WI.
“Restart” • Vol. 22, No. 2
lives in York, PA. He attended Temple University. He is currently working on two chapbooks of poetry and a full-length book of poetry. He has been published in BlazeVOX, Otoliths, MiPOsias and Van Gogh’s Ear, with work forthcoming from Carnival and Inscape.
“Necessity” • Vol. 25, No. 4
has spent his education and work experience focusing on English literature, and now hopes to extend that journey by making his own creative work known.
“Geeky Perspective: A Unique Pairing” • Vol. 22, No. 3
J. Scott Brownlee
earned his BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and his MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, RATTLE, Writers’ Bloc (Rutgers), Windhover (NC State), and elsewhere. Involved with several literary journal start-ups, he co-founded Hothouse, with Michigan MFA student Paula Mendoza-Hanna, and The Raleigh Review. His current writing project, County Lines: The Llano Poems, explores small-town life in the Texas Hill Country.
“County Lines” • Vol. 22, No. 3
Scott R. Brownlee
is the author of three unpublished novels. "Momma, The Earth It Drink My Blood" appeared in Foliate Oak. A short story called "A Plot Of Murder In An Unclean House" was published by Down In The Dirt. He has a BA in History, fathered two wonderful children, and works in retail management. Two works of griity, yet humorous poetry under the name of Hemingway S. Bukowski are for sale on Amazon.com: Poetry of a Madman and Bukowski’s Blues.
“Old Crow” • Vol. 23, No. 4
His poetry has appeared in The Wallace Stevens Journal, Avocet, Paradigm, The Writer’s Journal, and other publications. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.
“American Odyssey” • Vol. 20, No. 4
Lela E. Buis
Her prose and poetry have been published by Galaxy Magazine, Pirate Writings, Thirteenth Moon and various other magazines and anthologies. She currently lives in Knoxville and is a member of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild, the SFWA and the SFPA. That Ridge press has recently released four collections of her short stories and poetry. Besides all this, she takes care of three barn cats and a part-time dog.
Love Flowers amidst the Blight • Vol. 26, No. 3
is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. One of his poems appeared in Rattle’s tribute to speculative poetry.
“Raising Them” • Vol. 24, No. 2
actively involved in disability arts, part of mad studies north-east. recent visual poetry exhibition still alone in her voices explores psychosis and is currently showing in newcastle before touring. poetry book is that a bruise or a tattoo? is available from shearsman press. more on sean burn at gobscure.info
“albert ayler” • Vol. 27, No. 3
lives in Santa Cruz County, California, and works in manufacturing. He has work in Thrice Fiction, Star 82 Review, and The Write Room, and won the 2011 SuRaa short fiction award
“Taking #71” • Vol. 25, No. 2
often gets lost, whether it’s in the woods, a story, or a good conversation. A child’s fascination with jaguars and the abundance of life in the tropical rainforest planted the seeds of a lifelong tree hugger. The awesome people along the path have made her a hugger of humans as well, and an social advocate for the faces behind many ’political’ issues. Kristina has gotten involved with the DC poetry scene to contribute her voice as another thread in the rich tapestry of artists as she works on asking the question: what is the future we want to build together? firstname.lastname@example.org
“Married to the Job” • Vol. 24, No. 3
is a Brazilian poet from Minas Gerais who started seeing limits in the lyrical, therefore found a home in the spinning of yarn. He uses this here lingo as a dear instrument that the people in his homeland cannot hear, sadly enough. You can find him on the pages of Diagram, Word Riot, decomP, Deluge, and elimae. Hit him on Twitter: @HashBrownIV, or Yahoo: email@example.com.
“A Day in the Modern Age” • Vol. 23, No. 2
“The Green Note” • Vol. 26, No. 1
A Danish-born artist with architectural training, he has created many extraordinary installations around the world, including floating castles; one was in Hamburg harbor where he lived and reigned for a week (a returning theme in his work is the reinterpretation of classical fairytales). Recently he has worked almost exclusively with A4 white paper in different objects, paper cuts, installations and performances. petercallesen.com.
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was born in 1957 in Omaha, Nebraska. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1980. He then moved to Madison for graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. Carlsen graduated in 1983 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Finding it hospitable, he has made his studio in Madison where he continues to live and work to this day. Carlsen divides time between his studio and a position as senior artist in the UW Communications Office. He occasionally teaches lithography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and other art school venues. Carlsen has received numerous grants and awards. His work has been exhibited nationally and in Europe. They are also found in many private, public, and corporate collections. brcartworks.com
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is the author of two books—Weather Report (Somondoco Press, 2006) and Boasts, Toasts, and Ghosts (Pinyon Press, 2003), winner of the Pinyon Press National Poetry Book Award—and two chapbooks, both winners of national contests: New Fables, Old Songs (Dream Horse Press, 2003) and This Is One Sexy Planet (Frank Cat Press, 2005). His work has been published in American Poetry Journal, Mid-American Review, Mobius, The National Poetry Review, Quarterly West, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, and other journals, as well as Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton, 2006). You may write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Recommended Daily Allowance” • Vol. 20, No. 1
“A Million-and-One Things Missing, Plus a Couple Items Found” • Vol. 20, No. 3
“Going All-In” • Vol. 21, No. 1
“Here in what Used to Be Mexico” • Vol. 23, No. 3
was born in Brooklyn soon after his family arrived from Puerto Rico, and raised in the South Bronx. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology and working as a rehabilitation counselor, he fell in love with poetry and completed a second BA in English. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College. After a couple of years of teaching high school English in the Bronx, including at the school he graduated from in ’76, he resigned to found The Teacher’s Voice. Andrés has had a variety of jobs (including Special Security Officer at The Met Museum of Art) but he now finds himself happily working at an Upper Eastside Manhattan tennis club with time for poetry. He lives in Kew Gardens, Queens with his wife; his son and daughter are both high school teachers.
“The Late Watch at The Metropolitan Museum of Art” • Vol. 21, No. 2
was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Poetry Prize, won the 2013 Atlanta Review Poetry Prize, and the 2013 Morton Marcus Poetry 2nd Prize. His new book is How Therapists Dance, from Plain View Press (2013), which also published his previous book The Jeweled Net of Indra. His poems have been chosen by Adrienne Rich and Tony Hoagland for awards, and appeared in a wide variety of journals including The Hudson Review, The SUN Magazine, Catamaran Literary Reader, Red Wheelbarrow, numerous anthologies, newspapers, video & animation. Visit DaneCervine.typepad.com.
“Lost in America” • Vol. 25, No. 2
Sara Biggs Chaney
lives in Vermont and teaches writing at Dartmouth College. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2008. Her poetry and flash fiction have recently appeared or will appear in Stone Highway Review, Menacing Hedge, Corium Magazine, WhiskeyPaper, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. You can catch up with Sara at sarabiggschaney.blogspot.com
“On A Neighbor’s Foreclosure” • Vol. 24, No. 3
Cortney Lamar Charleston
was raised in the Chicago suburbs by two South Siders, but now lives in Jersey City, NJ. He is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and its premier performance poetry collective, The Excelano Project. He is also a founder and editorial lead for BLACK PANTONE, an inclusive digital cataloging of black identity. His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Rattle, Word Riot, Lunch Ticket, Storyscape Journal, Chicago Literati, Kinfolks Quarterly and Radius, among others.
“Kids These Days” • Vol. 25, No. 3
is a University Fellow in poetry at Syracuse University, where he also serves as Poetry Editor for Salt Hill. His work has appeared/is forthcoming in Connotation Press, PANK, Foothill, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action, Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color (in collaboration with Lambda Literary), among other journals. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Tent: Creative Writing, and the Saltonstall Foundation. Visit him at chenchenwrites.com
“Halloween” • Vol. 25, No. 3
manages corporate workplace design in Seattle. Her poetry, photography, and fiction can be found in monkeybicycle, Clackamas Literary Review, Seattle Review, Alimentum, and elimae. She is a recipient of a Washington State Poets William Stafford prize 2005, a Pushcart Nomination, and is listed under “Notable Stories,” Best American Non-Required Reading for 2007 and 2009. She is recipient of best short story, 2012, Anderbo/Open City prize, for “Her Voices, Her Room.”
“Handle with Care” • Vol. 25, No. 3
“The Debate” • Vol. 27, No. 3
Two short stories nominated for Pushcarts XXIII and XXVII and one short story nominated for Best American Short Stories. His first book of poetry, A Stubborn Pine in a Stiff Wind (Mellen Poetry Press) was published in 2001. Earl Coleman’s Greatest Hits was published by Pudding House as part of their poetry chapbook series in 2004. In April 2007 a collaboration with his son, Like Father, Like Son, was published.
“Diet of Worms” • Vol. 20, No. 2
lives in Marshall, a small farm town on the eastern end of Dane County. He writes, gardens, plays with his kids, and teaches science at the local middle school. His work has recently appeared in Main Channel Voices, Free Verse, Slant, Blue Earth Review, and Willow Review.
“Falling Apart” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is a graduate of Kalamazoo College, the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, and Drew University, where he completed an MA in British and American Literatures. He teaches creative and expository writing in the Paul McGhee Division of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies, a liberal arts college within New York University. His work has appeared recently in Glasschord Art and Culture Magazine, Mad Swirl, Danse Macabre, BlazeVOX, and Eunoia Review. It will also be included in upcoming issues of Brevity Poetry Review, Inclement Poetry Magazine, Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, The Subterranean Quarterly, Ginosko Literary Journal, Subliminal Interiors, and Grist Journal. He lives in Mamaroneck, New York, with his wife, Carol.
“Public House” • Vol. 24, No. 3
is the author of a book of poems, The Traveling Queen (Sheep Meadow Press 2013), and an intellectual biography, Understanding Etheridge Knight (University of South Carolina Press 2012). He teaches at Texas A & M University.
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is a poet/feminist/sparkle enthusiast. She has represented the SUNY Oneonta poetry slam team for three consecutive years, and her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Nervous Breakdown, The Legendary, GERM Magazine, and The Orange Room Review, among others. She released her first chapbook, Glitter Bomb, in March 2014 and wants to be a movie star when she grows up.
“Bitch” • Vol. 25, No. 3
lives just outside of Austin, Texas. He is a sales executive and former school teacher. Mr. Cornelius holds a degree in English from Texas State University and his work has appeared in several literary reviews over the years.
“Playa Conchal” • Vol. 21, No. 3
is currently in the graduate program in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Before that, he spent five years recording and touring with a rock band. Before that, he did three years in the California state prisons at San Quentin and Tracy, where he published his first poems and stories. Lately he have been focusing more on nonfiction. The attached piece is part of his memoir in progress, covering his years in prison. His work has appeared in Minnesota Review, Chiron Review, CRATE, and Free Lunch, among others. In addition to scholarship on prison writers and creative writing, he spends his time writing music with his wife and brother for their band.
“A Day in the Life” • Vol. 21, No. 4
lives and works in Durham, N.C., but was born and raised in Texas. He received degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his wife, who makes this crazy venture happen. He is currently drafting his first novel, which is a painful, wonderful process.
“Efrain” • Vol. 21, No. 4
is a nineteen-year-old resident of Colorado who spends most of his time crafting stories big and small.
“The Names of the Many” • Vol. 24, No. 1
The term “sort” comes from John Locke’s “sorts of substances,” with our understanding of each substance made of collections of ideas that are “supposed to flow from the particular internal constitution” of the substance (An Essay Concerning Human Understanding 2:23:2-3), and from FedEx’s “sort,” the twice daily receiving and routing of packages at airport hubs. I try to include an "I" in each piece, not because the "I" is me, but because there’s no point pretending to be other than involved, not always in the most heroic way, in the social situations and relationships presented. 71 Leaves, an e-book from BlazeVOX, is free to anyone curious enough to Google it. Alphabetical Basho, a chapbook, is forthcoming on the Beard of Bees site.
“[sort]” • Vol. 27, No. 1
Mark’s poetry has appeared in Alba, Cordite, Grey Sparrow, Mobius, Shot Glass Journal, Third Wednesday and other journals. Mark is originally from the Philadelphia area, but currently resides in North-Central West Virginia. He works for a private detective agency and is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
“They Wanted Smaller Government” • Vol. 23, No. 3
“It’s Not Just Elsewhere” • Vol. 24, No. 3
“Pushers” • Vol. 24, No. 4
“The New Navigator” • Vol. 25, No. 4
“Arbitrary Lines” • Vol. 26, No. 3
is a graduate of Knox College and an MFA candidate at Northwestern University. Jim lives, writes, and paints in Chicago, where he reads for TriQuarterly and edits North Chicago Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Seneca Review, Adirondack Review, The Midwest Quarterly, and Contemporary American Voices, in addition to winning multiple contests, prizes, Editor’s Choice awards, and a recent nomination for Best of the Net Anthology. His book, Assumption (Unbound Content, 2013) will soon be followed by book two, Earthmover (Unbound Content). In addition to the arts, Jim is a teacher, coach, and international semi-professional football player.
“By We I Mean America” • Vol. 24, No. 4
“This Is Not a New Thing” • Vol. 27, No. 2
is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who teaches needlepoint classes for the Minneapolis school district and writing classes at The Loft Literary Center. Her poetry has recently appeared in Borderlands, Slant, and The Tampa Review, and she is the 2011 recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her most recent published books are Walking Twin Cities and Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch.
“Where I’m Going” • Vol. 24, No. 4
“The New Farm” • Vol. 25, No. 1
“The Interview” • Vol. 26, No. 2
a rambler and wrangler of rhyme (internal), lives in southeast Washington (state). He’s been published most recently by Pemmican, Deuce Coupe, Commonline, The Raleigh Review, and Hobo Camp Review. Visit him at Cockeyed Fits: geedeboer.wordpress.com.
“After the Revolution” • Vol. 21, No. 3
A. W. DeAnnuntis
lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has published fiction in many journals and periodicals including, most recently, The Evansville Review, Philadelphia Short Stories, Silent Voices, The Armchair Aesthete, and Timber Creek Review. The novels The Mermaid at the Americana Arms Motel (2012) and Master Siger’s Dream (2011) have been published by What Books Press of Los Angeles. In addition, the short story “Martin and the Dead Cats” will be published in Xavier Review, and the short-story collection The Final Death of Rock-and-Roll and Other Stories will be published by What Books Press, and both will appear this fall.
“Brian’s Unemployment Monkey” • Vol. 25, No. 3
publications include a chapbook, Reading Darwin, published by Poets Corner Press and a full-length book forthcoming from Aldrich Press. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in such journals as Art Times, Barrelhouse, Jabberwock Review, Room, and Poetry Quarterly. She teaches in the English Departments of Rutgers and Rowan Universities.
“Three Days of Peace” • Vol. 27, No. 4
After a rather extended and varied second childhood in New Orleans (street musician, psych-tech, riverboat something-or-other, door-to-door poetry peddler), Matt Dennison finished his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University where he won the National Sigma Tau Delta essay competition (judged by X.J. Kennedy). His work has appeared in Rattle, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Cider Press Review, among others. He currently lives in a 108-year-old house with “lots of potential” and can be reached at email@example.com.
“Mississippi Halloween” • Vol. 25, No. 3
is a singer-songwriter and other writer. He lives and works in downtown Los Angeles.
“That Man Has a Knife” • Vol. 25, No. 1
Mary Krane Derr
is a poet, freelance writer, and musician from Chicago’s South Side. Her poetry has been nominated for the Best of the Net Award, Best American Poetry, and Best Spiritual Writing. She read her work at India’s 2011 Kritya International Poetry Festival and the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Cape Town, South Africa. She contributed multiple entries to the African American National Biography, ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Oxford University Press) and the Polish American Encyclopedia, ed. James Pula (McFarland).
“‘Toward an Animal Model of PTSD’” • Vol. 23, No. 4
was born (1984) and raised on Aruba (Dutch Caribbean) to parents of immigrant origins foreign to the island. He emigrated to the Netherlands at the age of 19, and after some years decidedly left Amsterdam. Since then he lived on the road, between Poland, (post)revolutionary Tunisia, and Greece, an arrangement better enabling writing and drawing. At the moment he is based in Argentina, but will not stay too long. His poems and stories have been in Big Bridge, Acentos Review 2013 May Anniversary edition, CounterPunch Poets’ Basement, Horror Sleaze Trash, Unlikely Stories, at the blog A Tunisian Girl, and in the bilingual Hinchas de Poesia. His drawings have been exhibited in Krakow, Paris, Trinidad and Tobago Erotic Art-week and Amsterdam and on the cover of the Journal of Deleuze Studies. You can read more updates on his blog: arturoblogito.wordpress.com
“Dances of the Solar Ostrich-men” • Vol. 24, No. 3
is an interdisciplinary artist from Philadelphia, studying as a creative writing student at Temple University. His work is published or forthcoming in WhiskeyPaper, Pantheon, Black Denim Lit, Bop Dead City and Buffalo Almanac, among others.
“Learning to Play Basketball in Indiana” • Vol. 26, No. 3
has two jobs and writes stories. He is a teacher by paycheck but prefers the title "corrupter of youth". His hobbies include changing dirty diapers and preparing warm bottles of milk. He can usually be spotted with his nose in a book. His stories have appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Static Movement, The Horror Press, and now, Mobius.
Contact him at myspace.com/csdewildt.
“They Speak Mexican Down on the South Side” • Vol. 20, No. 3
is a writer and software engineer originally from Chittenango, New York, the birthplace of L. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Mike’s stories have recently been published in Concisely and Gone Lawn. Mike lives in Connecticut with his wife and three teenaged daughters.
“Bloody Sunday Redux” • Vol. 23, No. 2
is a writer living in Asheville, NC. He has traveled widely through Africa and the United States. He attended the University of Colorado and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His work appeared in the March 2009 issue of The Long Story.
“Digital Gitmo” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is an MFA student at Florida Atlantic University. One of his favorite hobbies is to get almost lost way out in the woods. He lives in Delray Beach with his loyal hound. His short stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Litchfield Review, Northville Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Pindeldyboz, and other journals.
rogerdrouin.com and rogersoutdoorblog.com
“A Long Space to Go” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is a recent graduate of Oberlin College with degrees in English and Creative Writing. He has work forthcoming in the Boston Literary Magazine and Vox Humana. He currently teaches English in Ecuador.
“The Thirteenth Day.” • Vol. 21, No. 2
is a full-time Youth Minister at a Catholic Parish in Eagan, Minnesota. He has been writing avidly for most of his adult life and is currently working on several novel length and short story length pieces of fiction. "Last Year" is Eric’s first submission to a literary publication and there will be many more to follow in the coming years. Eric has a huge passion for science fiction and fantasy and is looking forward to a lifetime of weaving tales and creating characters. He lives in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota with his wife and daughter. You can reach Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Last Year” • Vol. 23, No. 4
is the author of two collections of poetry, The Flight Cage and The Miniature Room, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Triquarterly Online, Kenyon Review Online, Colorado Review, AGNI, and others. She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
“Still Life” • Vol. 23, No. 4
Jack E. Dunning
has mostly written non-fiction, He blogs on privacy issues at The Dunning Letter, thedunningletter.blogspot.com, and on politics at Nasty Jack Buzz, nastyjackbuzz.blogspot.com.
“Snuffy’s Last Walk” • Vol. 25, No. 4
was born in Northeast Philadelphia, and now he writes poems. You can read his work in Scythe, Fanzine, the ixnay reader 4, Elective Affinities, and on his blog, Old News (ryaneckes.blogspot.com). He’s got a chapbook called when i come here (Plan B Press, 2007).
“Dear Tom Paine” • Vol. 21, No. 4
“The Jungle” • Vol. 22, No. 1
spent her formative years in the majestic city of Lansing, MI. She currently lives in Chicago, where she works for a non-profit by day and writes and debauches by night. She is Editor-in-Chief/ Founder of MUZZLE, an online literary magazine, and she is currently working on her first book of poetry (tentatively titled Good Grief). Her work often explores female sexuality and social stigma in the Rustbelt. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines, including Word Riot, PANK Magazine, Night Train, Bestiary, and Union Station. She completed her BA at Albion College (a liberal arts school in Michigan) in 2009, where she worked as Poetry & Fiction Editor for the Albion Review. She plans to pursue an MFA in creative writing sometime in the not-too-distant future. Check out her janky website: stevietheclumsy.com
“When Calling Home to Tell Your Dad About the Good Job” • Vol. 22, No. 3
“Praise Song” • Vol. 25, No. 4
Sharon’s creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kaleidoscope, Feminist Studies, Writers’ Bloc, and Touch: The Journal of Healing, among others. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA, a small liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. She lives on a farm near Chambersburg with her husband, two teenagers, a beagle, and varying numbers of itinerant cats. Two older children live close enough to be pestered. Here, she happily cultivates her own gardens—of flowers, herbs, vegetables—and words.
“Parts of Speech” • Vol. 21, No. 2
lives in Santa Monica, California and teaches high-school English. His second collection of poems, Unknown Physics, was published in 2007 by March Street Press. He is originally from Argentina. Interested readers can go to alexescude.com for more information.
“After Bush” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is the product of a mixed marriage between a high-profile Iranian doctor and a small-town American mother. She was born in Washington, D.C., came of age in Iran during the Shah’s era, and later traveled back to the United States to attend university, receiving a degree in Philosophy from Stanford University. The Islamic Revolution began brewing during her final year at Stanford, and shortly after graduating she donned a hijab and returned to Iran to witness history in the making. She later moved to Spain, where she met and married a Spaniard, thus weaving a third cultural strand into her identity. Although Suzi is a cultural chameleon, she has resided for the better part of the past two decades on a mini-farm in Woodstock, Georgia, where she has a large organic garden and a menagerie of animals. An English teacher by training and trade, Suzi has long maintained a second career as a writer and translator. Her work has appeared in Quiddity International Literary Journal, Foundling Review, Narrative Northeast, and Skin to Skin Magazine. She is currently at work on a second novel set against the backdrop ofTehran’s sordid and fascinating youth subculture.
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” • Vol. 26, No. 1
Former diagnostician and Special Education teacher; founding member of The Poets Circle at the Graphic Eye Gallery, Port Washington; founding member of The Three Poets, presenting poetry workshops in public libraries; participant in Taproot and Hutton House poetry workshops. Publishing credits: Taproot Journal, PPA Literary Review, Peotrybay.com, Primal Sanities—Tribute to Walt Whitman Anthology, Songs of Seasoned Women Anthology, Long Island Sounds Anthology of Poetry, Avocet—A Nature Journal, Reflections of Art—In the Poet’s Eye, Toward Forgiveness—Anthology of 99 poets.
“Inconvenience” • Vol. 21, No. 4
is the author of After the Witch Hunt (Write Bloody Press, 2012) and the forthcoming Redhead and the Slaughter King (Write Bloody 2014).
“Backhanded Apology” • Vol. 25, No. 2
was born in 1949 in Detroit. Since then he has been a soldier, factory worker, ad executive, trade magazine editor, and (following one of the many recessions) a pizza deliveryman. In recent years he has made his living as a tech writer, still finding time to write Doctor’s Testament, a collection of poetry; The Event, a novel; The Pizza Diaries, a memoir; and The Celestial Railroad, an experimental narrative. He is currently at work on a new novel, Farther Than I Thought. He lives in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He is on the web at gregoryfarnum.com and on Facebook.
“KFC” • Vol. 24, No. 3
was born on July 5, 1954, in Leer, Germany. Develop for Socialworker in Emden, Germany. Since 1994 in Essen/Ruhr, Germany. Published in German news, the Internet, German anthologies and German, Austrian and British mags. Little readings in Germany. Kurz und bündig, digital Verlag Grossrosseln, Germany 2012, 79 pages. Little photo exibitions in Germany and Switzerland.
“The Vision” • Vol. 23, No. 4
Joseph Grim Feinberg
is a PhD student in anthropology at the University of Chicago, studying folklore and politics in post-Communist Slovakia. He recently edited the 38th edition of the Little Red Songbook of the Industrial Workers of the World, and his essays have appeared in Socialism & Democracy, Telos, ZNet, Academe, Nerve (Liverpool), Nové Slovo (Bratislava, Slovakia), and others. His fiction, though long in preparation, is only beginning to appear.
“The Post-Communist Beggar” • Vol. 22, No. 3
will be graduating with a degree in secondary language art education from Metropolitan State University in December of 2015. She is passionate about working with young people to build their self-esteem and knowledge through reading and writing. Michelle has been writing poetry and short stories for the last ten years. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is currently coaching high-school basketball.
“Simple Statistics” • Vol. 26, No. 4
is originally from Canada, and currently lives in New York City. She has published non-fiction articles in Time Out New York, the Georgia Straight in Vancouver, and has a short story forthcoming in the Connecticut Review. Her fiction writing often focuses on dystopian themes and imagined futures. She recently completed the third draft of a dystopian novel set in the Pacific Northwest.
“The Underground Cabin” • Vol. 22, No. 4
Stacia M. Fleegal
is the author of Anatomy of a Shape-Shifter (WordTech, forthcoming 2010) and the chapbooks The Lines Are Not My Friends (second place, Červená Barva Press chapbook competition, 2009) and A Fling with the Ground (Finishing Line Press, 2007). In 2009, individual poems appeared or are forthcoming in Fourth River, The Louisville Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Pemmican, Blue Collar Review, The Kerf, Prick of the Spindle, New Verse News, and Babel Fruit. She received her MFA in writing from Spalding University, is co-founder and managing editor of Blood Lotus, and recently co-founded Imaginary Friend Press (named after Thomas McGrath’s Letter to an Imaginary Friend) with her partner, the poet Dan Nowak.
“Saving the World?” • Vol. 20, No. 4
can usually be found in a darkened messy room in rural England, surrounding himself with unread books and half finished paintings. He uses short stories to voice unasked for opinions and doomsday scenarios, in the futile hope of changing the world to a place where presidents and prime ministers have terrible haircuts and considerably less make-up; please direct any complaints or observations to email@example.com.
“Day One of Dant de Meyde” • Vol. 21, No. 4
“Memory Is Altered” • Vol. 24, No. 4
is a writer, speaker, social media pro, formerly a pundit, former consultant and former intelligence analyst.He currently is a National Security Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, where he occasionally publishes analysises of various national security topics. He used to work as a freelance journalist covering national security in Washington, DC. and also spent two years as a fellow at the American Security Project doing policy analysis on national security issues. Before that, he worked as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government covering Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. He wrote a book in 2010, Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net.
“The Drink Tank” • Vol. 26, No. 1
has had poetry in over 50 journals, small presses and ezines since the beginning of 2010 including the Arthur Shilling Press, Zimzalla, Knives Forks and Spoons, Succour, Neon Highway, the Delinquent, Decanto, Otoliths, BlazeVOX, and the Poetry Salzburg Review. He is a regular reader at Bob Cobbing’s Writers Forum and edits the Maintenant interview series with contemporary European poets for 3:am magazine. He is also an employee of the British Museum and postgraduate student in Philosophy at the University of London. sjfowlerpoetry.com
“Heimat” • Vol. 21, No. 4
writes from Central California. His work has appeared in Storyglossia, Monkeybicycle, Thrush Poetry Journal, and the Conium Review.
“A Merciful God” • Vol. 23, No. 2
“While riding on the rails” • Vol. 24, No. 2
is an exterminator who lives in Toledo, OH with his wife and their spoiled cat. Recently, his poems have been published in or are forthcoming from La Fovea, Splinter Generation, Versal, Perigee, The Ambassador Project, and New Plains Review, among others. He is also co-editor of the online journal Glass: A Journal of Poetry. He likes bad TV and even worse music. You can google him, but god only knows what you’ll find.
“Thirteen Things My Military Students Tell Me That They Can’t Tell Their Parents” • Vol. 21, No. 1
is a poet and the author of Umbrellas or Else, which, against all odds, is a book of poems. (Darn good ones, at that.) When not writing poetry, J Diego can be witnessed posting invented aphorisms or very small lists in public. His websites to these effects can be accessed at UmbrellasOrElse.info, HaikusFromHell.com, and PocketBucket.info.
“Back Page of the Free Weekly Newspaper, Englewood, Colorado, May 8, 2005” • Vol. 22, No. 1
has lived in the suburbs of Maryland, the mountains of New Hampshire, the inner city of Philadelphia, and now the swamps of Virginia, where he is a PhD candidate at the College of William and Mary. His work was recently published in the Kenyon Review.
“Camping Poem” • Vol. 26, No. 2
uses Liquitex paint which he dilutes and Golden fluid paints. Mixing them together takes a long learning curve. Some colors overwhelm others and some produce spectacular effects. See more work at jimfuessart.com.
Breathng Fire #2 • cover art for Vol. 20, No. 2
comes from Xhumo, a small village that lies along the Boteti River in central Botswana. He works as a Human Capital Practitioner and has BA in Politics and Administrative Studies from University of Botswana, MSc in HRM from Sheffield Hallam University and MSc in Leadership and Change Management from Leeds Metropolitan University. He predominantly writes short stories and poetry covering diverse subjects. He is painfully working on a novel based on the incursions into Botswana by the feared Selous Scouts of Rhodesia during the 1970s. He is married to Julia and they have a lovely daughter, Rita Goitseone Lebiditswe.
“Beauty” • Vol. 23, No. 2
holds an M.F.A. in Writing from the University of San Francisco (2013) and an M.A. in Humanities from Dominican University (2009). Current occupations: poet, teacher, student. Prior occupations: investment manager, social worker, vagabond. Avocations: writing, percussion & back-up vocals, theatre, travel, wine. His poetry and short fiction have been published in a number of small-press magazines.
“Heirloom” • Vol. 23, No. 3
“Your Shopping Cart” • Vol. 26, No. 3
challenges conventional wisdom and works frequently between different—often disjointed—disciplines. She is a “Jen” of all trades, master of some, enough to be dangerous on others. Artist, in actions and philosophy, inside and outside the studio and gallery. jenie.org
Pull • cover art for Vol. 27, No. 4
Born in the USSR’s middle of nowhere, notorious for its chemical weapons factory, Skinny was doing anything but art up till the age of 23 when he got his first digital camera. Not being happy with what some of these snaps looked like, he discovered the world of digital retouching that determined his style. "I can’t draw by hand" he says. And this is true, as all of his works are made using nothing but a camera and a computer mouse. Fast-food surrealism, pop-art for comic book nerds, or photo-blasphemy. You can call it whatever the heck you want, he simply doesn’t care. skinnygaviar.com
The Project • cover art for Vol. 24, No. 3
writes journalism by day and weird poetry by night. He currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic. His poems have appeared in numerous speculative journals and anthologies. Some of his newest work can be found in recent and forthcoming editions of Nameless, Space and Time, and Weird Fiction Review.
“Kropotkin’s Universal Bread Distribution Apparatus” • Vol. 20, No. 3
“Lamentations of a Conspiracy Geek” • Vol. 23, No. 3
“Bring Me the Head of Yukio Mishima” • Vol. 25, No. 4
J. R. Gerow
Bronx by way of Buffalo, he works in the climate-change-think-tank jungle and writes to distract from the dread disquiet of impending apocalypse.
“Shark Fin Soup” • Vol. 26, No. 3
balances modern concepts with realism in his paintings to bridge the worlds of contemporary and historical figurative arts. Donato recognizes the significant cultural role played by visual art and makes personal efforts to contribute to the expansion and appreciation of painting that extend beyond his clients and exhibits. To those ends, the artist teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and appears at various institutions, seminars, and conventions, from San Diego to Rome to Moscow, where he performs demonstrations in oil paint and lectures on his aesthetics. Since beginning his professional career in 1993, Donato’s list of clients has grown to include major book publishers and collectors in New York to concept design firms on the West Coast. donatoart.com
Hunger • cover art for Vol. 25, No. 1
is the current editor of Lamplighter Review and, in addition to winning the 2006 Chicago State University Hughes, Diop, Knight Literary Award, has poems appearing in recent or upcoming editions of Pedestal Magazine, Matrix, Minglewood, Plain Spoke, Gloom Cupboard, CC & D, and Cantaraville. wix.com/colingilbert/home
“Saving Grace” • Vol. 22, No. 1
received a BA in Creative Writing from LSU where some of his poems appeared in the student annual, the Delta Journal. He loves anything to do with aliens or the apocalypse, but not in a creepy way. He is currently writing and improvising in Austin, TX, where his work can be seen on stages all over the city.
“Dope: It’s What’s for Dinner” • Vol. 22, No. 2
is a writer and student from Washington, DC. She currently lives with her girlfriend in Baltimore, Maryland, studying political science and creative writing, and is particularly interested in the intersection between political commentary and literature. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Alarm Goes Off” • Vol. 27, No. 3
once cooked a Gobhi Matar Rasedar, indescribably good, and declared himself the new Iron Chef. He ran a 5k at a roughly eight-minute-mile split and began considering the Olympic marathon. Sometimes he has brilliant thoughts he’s sure no one else has ever fathomed. He is humbled by writing, by its complexity, constantly humbled and sometimes awed by the complexity of life in general.
“The Official Sour Cabbage of United Russia” • Vol. 21, No. 1
lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. His stories appear in numerous literary publications, including Fiction International, Scrivener Creative Review, Underground Voices, Talking River, Bryant Literary Review, and Word Riot. He is fiction editor of the online journal LITnIMAGE.
“Next Available Flight” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is an MFA student in poetry at NC State University. Originally from Washington State, she now splits her time between North Carolina, Washington, and Alaska. She has been published in the anthology Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska.
“Thoughts on ‘The Small Clasp’” • Vol. 22, No. 2
can be found in Hobart, Pravic (forthcoming), The Fiddleback, Icebox, Defenestration, and Hobo Pancakes, among other places. When he’s not teaching, he can often be found listening to the Drabblecast with his two daughters, Maeve and Alice, who are both fans of weird fiction. Daniel is currently working on a novel involving homebrewing beer and other feats of bio-engineering.
“The Stare” • Vol. 25, No. 1
is a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz and the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, Dreaming in Red, from Right Hand Pointing.
“Stockholm Syndrome” • Vol. 22, No. 4
“Escape Artist” • Vol. 27, No. 4
is an award-winning writer and director of independent films. He has also written and directed thirty-two half-hour television programs currently being broadcast on PBS networks across the nation, including American Writers of the Twentieth Century and Complete History of the Black Experience in America. Scott grew up in New Jersey and New York and now lives in Los Angeles..
“Bitty in the Machine” • Vol. 21, No. 4
Her writing has appeared in Visions International, Falling in Real Time, Submission Magazine, and Translations. She received her BA in English from the College of William & Mary and is an MFA candidate at Temple University. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she teaches writing and rides her bicycle all over town.
“Occupy Philadelphia ← Kitchen” • Vol. 23, No. 3
Recent work is online at the Buddhist Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Terrain, Urthona (UK), Shenandoah, The Oxonian Review (UK), Stand (UK), East West Journal, The Common Review, Toronto Quarterly, Mad Hatter’s Review, Red Savina Review, Oxonian Review (UK), Plumwood Mountain (AUS), Caliban, Spittoon, Weber: The Contemporary West, and many others. His books include Poem Rising Out of the Earth (1994) and An Indigo Scent after the Rain (2003), both from Lynx House Press. Wordcraft of Oregon has published his new project of environmental prose poems, Sea-Level Nerve: Book One, 2014, and Book Two, 2015 (available at 0s-1s.com/poetry-shelves/sea-level-nerve). A long-time Oregon resident, he teaches “systems thinking” and global issues relative to sustainability.
“The Recombinant Future” • Vol. 25, No. 2
“Locomotive” • Vol. 27, No. 1
became a clinical psychologist to do something to make the world into a place she could live in. Now she is retired. A two-time Pushcart nominee, occasional photographer, and former German major, she no longer lives for Art, but still thinks about it a lot. She has passed for native in Munich, Paris, New York, and Portland (the Oregon one). Poems have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Lilliput Review, Parody, Sow’s Ear, Comstock Review, Blue Lyra, and Measure. Kattywompus Press publishes her two chapbooks, Burrowing Song (2013), a collection of prose poems, and Eggs Satori (2014). Aldritch Press will publish her first book-length collection, The Book of Knots and Their Untying. Links to work online can be found at cloudslikemountains.blogspot.com
“Golden Hind” • Vol. 25, No. 1
“Passing Through” • Vol. 25, No. 4
“Glendora Group Home Takes an Outing” • Vol. 27, No. 2
“Embedded, Engulfed 1992” • Vol. 27, No. 3
is a poet, publisher, and teacher. He has an MFA from Eastern Washington University. He teaches English at Spokane Community College. Tom was awarded a fellowship from the Artist Trust and the AWP’s Intro to Journals poetry award. His current project is Heroes of the Bizarre: An Experiment in Haibun.
“Puzzle Book 27” • Vol. 25, No. 1
is currently finishing his doctorate in Seattle, where he teaches college-level writing and writes fiction and poetry. He has been published in journals such as Annalemma, The Monarch Review, Unlikely 2.0, The Houston Literary Review, and Danse Macabre. You can find more of his published works and his blog at kawikaguillermo.weebly.com.
“Initiation” • Vol. 23, No. 1
is the recipient of the River of Words Grand Prize in Poetry and a Columbia University fellowship funding her first chapbook project, which aims to present both oral history and poetry in a dialogue on memory, landscape and diaspora.
“The War Room” • Vol. 26, No. 4
has been published in a variety of print and online litmags. Recently, one of her poems was translated into Spanish by the Ofi Press.
“because i’ve been listening all along” • Vol. 24, No. 2
graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. His debut novel is FLESH (2012, Black Heron Press). He is at work on a new novel. His short stories have appeared in Outside in Literary & Travel Magazine, Red Savina Review (RSR), Cigale Literary Magazine, Mobius, and are forthcoming in the summer issues of Glint Literary Journal, Lunch Ticket, Zymbol, DUCTS, Taj Mahal Review, and The Long Story (2014 March Anthology). Visit his website at authorkhanhha.com.
“The Snake Catcher’s Son” • Vol. 24, No. 2
has had poetry published in various literary journals including Ibbetson St. Press, The Penwood Review, and Hazmat Review. He was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, has a M.A. in philosophy from Penn State, and is currently finishing his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. He is also a classically-trained violinist and Latin dance instructor and choreographer.
“Say something about the imposition” • Vol. 20, No. 3
has been published in The Susquehanna Review, ditch, Third Wednesday, Barrier Island Review, Verandah Literary Journal, Grasslimb, Kill Poet, MiPOesias, The Junk Lot Review, The Legendary, The Missing Slate, and Existere. She has self-published two books, escape artist and hallucinations, cancer & the purple tree and is publishing her third book, inheritance, with Unbound Content. She mostly spends her time rolling on the floor with her daughter and her Husky. She is currently writing full-time and trying to get more involved in the poetry community.
“The Great Depression” • Vol. 23, No. 3
is a winner of the 2001 Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers Award for Poetry. Her chapbook Amaranthine Hour was chosen by John Hoppenthaler as the winner of the 2012 Jacar Press Chapbook Competition and was released in September 2012. Her work has recently appeared in Rattle, Tar River Poetry, and Connotation Press. She currently resides in Amarillo, Texas.
“What the Cats Notice about the Couple” • Vol. 24, No. 3
is an English instructor and poet. She recently earned an MA in English from Auburn University and is now earning a doctorate in education. Laura is the editor-in-chief and founding editor of These Fragile Lilacs Poetry Journal, and her poems appear in numerous journals and magazines, including Pilgrimage Press, Dappled Things, and Oddville Press.
“Disappearance of the Bees” • Vol. 27, No. 3
Elizabeth T. Hansen
has been writing poems and stories since she was ten. Some appeared in the small lit mags of the ’80s and ’90s. She has written and produced radio and television commercials for local stations and worked as assistant editor for 10 years at Forest Press in Dublin, Ohio, a division of Online Computer Library Center. She lives in a rural area in upstate New York, in the shadow of Helderberg Mountains. On a clear day, she can see forever.
“Friday Night at the Movies in Buffalo, N.Y.” • Vol. 21, No. 1
was a Maryland sculptor, blacksmith, tinsmith, author, folk artist and photographer with five decades of experience in the craft world. The film Notes features his ephemeral postal art and musical instruments made from found materials. brynmorgen.com/Notes.html
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Warren Meredith Harris
Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of periodicals, including The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Pembroke Magazine, The Main Street Rag, Poem, Other Poetry (England), Edgz, freefall, The Penwood Review, The Powhatan Review, The David Jones Journal, The Anglican Theological Review, Candelabrum Poetry Magazine, Flaming Arrows, The Howl, and others. The Night Ballerina: A Poem Sequence in Seven Parts was released by BrickHouse Books in May 2012. He has written several verse plays and adaptations, some of which have been performed in small venues in Chicago, Virginia, and New York City, including one broadcast on New York City public radio.
“Family Portrait” • Vol. 24, No. 3
Lois Marie Harrod
Her most recent collection is a chapbook, And She Took the Heart (Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press, 2016). Her 13th and 14th poetry collections, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). She is widely published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey fall semesters. Links to her online work at loismarieharrod.org.
“The Return of the Generals” • Vol. 25, No. 3
“Like a Maelstrom with a Notch” • Vol. 27, No. 2
was raised on the West Side of Chicago. His work has been compared to such writers as William Kennedy, Donald Ray Pollack, Jim Thompson, and Nelson Algren. Bob’s professional experience includes several years of involvement in Chicago theater. He was also awarded an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh where he received a full scholarship and studied with the novelists Chuck Kinder and Lewis Nordan. Bob’s first novel, Following Tommy, was published by Cervena Barva Press in 2012 and was critically well-received. His second novel, The Ceiling Falls, is being considered for publication. Bob makes his living as a respiratory therapist and lives with his wife and two children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“Swimming I” • Vol. 26, No. 4
received his MFA from the University of Montana in 2003. He co-edited the short-lived journal Greatcoat, and his work has appeared in such journals as Colorado Review, Cue: A Journal of Prose Poetry, Bateau, Glitter Pony, and Anemone Sidecar. He lives with his wife and two children in Bellingham, Washington, where he roasts coffee to supplement the outrageous sums he makes off his poetry.
“I Really Need to Stop Whining” • Vol. 24, No. 2
William Locke Hauser
After military and business careers, he is engaged in a ’third career’ of writing fiction. "The Ridge" is his eighteenth published story. He and his wife Helen Alexandra, an ardent gardener (he being an avid bicyclist), live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, spending their summers in Reston, Virginia near the homes of their two adult sons.
“The Ridge” • Vol. 20, No. 1
graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Creative Writing, and earned an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University. He currently teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Developmental Writing at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. His work has appeared in such magazines as Ampersand, Columbia Review, Blue Earth Review, and others.
“Freezing Cold and Scared to Death of Sharks” • Vol. 23, No. 4
is a resident of the Silicon Valley. He worked for the Santa Clara Valley Transit for the past 32 years. Most of his published works have been satirical in nature, always being inclined to view life’s bitter ironies as the sole crux of reality. This often stood in stark contrast to the views held by his father, a straight-laced career soldier who lectured him constantly about taking life more seriously. Published works include short stories in the anthologies Thoughts in Transit, Writers for Readers, Twice Upon a Prequel and Three Shorts, and The Call, a novel.
“Bus Route” • Vol. 26, No. 2
was born in Montreal (Quebec) in 1969. She currently lives and works in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor’s (1996) and a Master’s (2002) degrees in Fine Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is mostly known for her large-size photomontages, her videos and her site-specific installations. Her work is situated within a critical approach to the environment, urban development and to social conditions. She is particularly interested in the feelings of alienation, uprooting and dislocation. Her artworks have been shown in the context of numerous exhibitions and festivals. She has taken part in several important public showings, among others at the National Gallery of Canada, at the Musée d’art contemporain of Montreal, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MassMoca), at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin, at the Tampa Museum of Art, at the Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec, at the Oakville Galleries and at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Artist statement about the artwork: vimeo.com/9233511. isabelle-hayeur.com
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was born in Mississippi but spent much of his life in the Carolinas. After a hitch in USMC, he took a degree from the University of South Carolina. Until he retired, he stood in front of high school classrooms instructing in several disciplines. A string of side jobs included commercial tenor saxophone, all-night groceries, grass cutting, and even a shot at selling cemetery lots. After escaping the classroom, he worked for a time as writer and then editor of a weekly newspaper. Some forty pieces have been published in literary journals in eleven states and Canada, mostly straight objective narrative—he prefers to let psychological insight emerge from what the characters do and say. He now lives in a rural enclave (no traffic lights or sidewalks, but there is a herd of goats). His (second) wife writes in between her attempts to cover the earth with flowers. He writes and continues a love affair with the tenor saxophone—“in my dreams I am Lester Young and I wow the ladies in retirement homes.”
“Maria’s Escape Hatch” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is Ombudsman and President of AFSCME 1871 and is an active opponent of the upward redistribution. When not rousing rabble, he plays softball for the Harmony Bar Gearheads.
“Perspectives on the Battle for Human Rights in Wisconsin” • Vol. 22, No. 1
is the author of the collection Umberto’s Night, winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Loved Mothra and Pentimento. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, The Nation, North American Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, the Sewanee Review, Southern Poetry Review, Witness, and elsewhere. Recipient of the Thomas Merton poetry prize, the H.O.W. Journal poetry prize, and twice nominated for the Pushcart, she teaches in Baltimore.
“Nobody Dies” • Vol. 27, No. 4
is from a country.
“The Couple Who Walk Fast” • Vol. 24, No. 4
has received fellowships and scholarships from the Cave Canem Foundation, Callaloo Journal, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have appeared in Torch, Reverie, Burner Magazine, and the anthology Why I Am Not a Painter (Argos: 2011). She currently works as the Outreach Coordinator for The New Jim Crow at the non-profit publisher The New Press. zakia is a proud Brooklyn native and loyalist.
“Brief Letter in Red Lipstick Found on Windshield” • Vol. 24, No. 1
A crafted reporter on cultural extremes in music and art, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author Chad Hensley saw several years of his writing on underground subjects as EsoTerra: The Journal of Extreme Culture, through Creation Books in 2011 and available at Amazon.com. Hensley’s non-fiction has appeared in such praised publications as Apocalypse Culture 2, Terrorizer, Spin, Rue Morgue, Hustler, and Juxtapoz. His poetry has received honorable mentions in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror as well as being nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award. Look for a book of his poetry next year from Raw Dog Screaming Press titled Embrace the Hideous Immaculate.
“Yeats’ rough beast is outside my window” • Vol. 24, No. 4
is the proprietor of Books & Bookshelves in San Francisco. Recent poems appear in the Antioch Review, foam:e, Right Hand Pointing, Shampoo, and Sawbuck. His books include Poison in the System, Fragments from Bernard, The Chatterley Stanzas, and Catalina Island. email@example.com.
“Something You Believe In” • Vol. 20, No. 1
Ferdinand E. Hintze
Ferdi is a software developer who also writes fiction. His stories address the profit-oriented elements of human nature, romance from a male point of view, and when the two merge, both. He is putting the finishing touches on his novel, Balls, about a fifteen-year-old who gets testicular cancer, and in his brush-with-death epiphany, re-invents himself as a drug dealer and invests the profits in the stock market.
“Cover My Shorts” • Vol. 20, No. 4
Andrew J. Hogan
received his doctorate in development studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Before retirement, he was a faculty member at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, where he taught medical ethics, health policy and the social organization of medicine in the College of Human Medicine. Dr. Hogan published more than five dozen professional articles on health services research and health policy. He has published eighteen works of fiction in OASIS Journal, Hobo Pancakes, Twisted Dreams, Long Story Short, Defenestration, The Blue Guitar Magazine, Fabula Argentea, The Lorelei Signal, SANDSCRIPT, and Copperfield Review.
“Camping” • Vol. 24, No. 3
was born and spent over 30 years in Northern Ireland but now lives in SE Minnesota, USA. He lives with a Polish wife, American Akita and increasingly americanized daughter. While he classifies much of his writing as contemporary horror, some might disagree. In essence, he enjoys creating diverse and suspenseful tales that entertain himself and his readers while illuminating some of humankind’s less endearing behaviors. You may write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with him on Twitter where he goes by the moniker @ghauthor.
“The Girl in the Headscarf” • Vol. 27, No. 4
has lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates for a number of years. He has been published in a number of magazines and journals, the most recent of which are London Magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Anglican Theological Review, Crannog, Agenda, and The Raintown Review.
“The Sixth Pillar” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is a long-time Madison, WI, artist. An accomplished figurative painter, her work is informed by myth. See more work at kellihoppmann.com.
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J. Astrian Horsburgh
is a student activist and alleged anarchist, as well as a voracious reader and writer who has won contests from organizations like Write the World, Stageoflife.com, and Sapiens Plurum. She won a national Gold Medal for a science fiction/fantasy story in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and her work has been published in the journal 805 Lit. Between activism and the rigors of the educational system, Astrian likes traveling, learning languages, and performing slam poetry. She writes political blog posts (or rants) at fumesofinjustice.blogspot.com."
“When Death Falls From The Sky” • Vol. 27, No. 2
is an American-born writer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of the non-fiction book To Grandma’s House, We ... Stay, and has been widely published in the areas of fiction and poetry. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Rustblind, flashquake, Takahe, Bravado, Viola Beadleton’s Compendium, Eclecticism, and Touch: The Journal of Healing.
“A Different Tribe” • Vol. 20, No. 3
“The Gunman and the Ape” • Vol. 21, No. 3
K. Rhen Hunt
is originally from Ann Arbor, MI; he now lives near Ames, IA. He began writing after hearing a story without an ending. That story is still unfinished but he is okay with that now.
“Closer Together” • Vol. 24, No. 3
is the co-founder of InsideOUT Writers, a creative writing program for incarcerated youth in Los Angeles, as well as a martial artist and boxer, with a special talent for Eskrima. She has been asked to fight professionally and to be the bodyguard of a famous rapper, but caring for her three children has kept her from pursuing outlandish careers. Karen is currently writing her childhood memoir, INTO THE WORLD: a young girl’s journey of faith and adventure, about her world travels with her family in the turbulent 1960s. Excerpts from her memoir can be seen in Damazine Magazine in Syria. She has published nineteen children’s books, as well as essays and short stories in the Adirondack Review, Burnside Writers Collective, Wilderness House Review, Mobius and Terracotta in China. An excerpt from her LOVE WARS short-story collection was short-listed as a finalist in the Fish Publishing writing competition in Ireland. Karen has received fellowships to work on her manuscript LETTERS FROM PURGATORY to Martha’s Vineyard, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland and the Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, as well as it being a semi-finalist in the William Faulkner Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
“A Dangerous Woman” • Vol. 22, No. 1
“The Reluctant Revolutionary” • Vol. 24, No. 3, is inspired by the experiences of Alec Moghadam.
has received prizes from Ebony, Writer’s Digest, the Poetry Society of Michigan, Gemini, and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her work appears with Aquarius Press, in Reverie, Flashshot, Tidal Basin Review, The Southeast Review, Narrative, The MacGuffin, Rosebud, Atticus Review and others, and is forthcoming in Alimentum. She is assistant editor at Narrative magazine, and a fellow at The Writers’ Institute, CUNY. She is a retired physician. Member: Springfed Arts, Poetry Society of Michigan, National federation of State Poetry Societies, American Academy of American Poets, Detroit Working Writers.
“Write Your Story: The Show” • Vol. 23, No. 4
M. A. Istvan, Jr.
worked as a janitor at his high school during high school. Interventions from scarved liberal whites with gluten allergies sent him on a trajectory that, despite failed attempts at Black Vernacular deprogramming, culminated in his earning a PhD. But with the bleak academic job-market, together with a family too ravaged by illiteracy and homelessness to provide any sort of safety net, it looks like he might come full circle. There are signs that he is well on his way. While he has not yet gone back to McDonald’s dumpsters, he steals whatever he can from supermarkets, and more and more of his daily calories are coming from sugar packets and those mini jelly trays.
“Adelson’s Checker-Shadow Illusion” • Vol. 27, No. 3
Kimberly G. Jackson
studied literature at Yale and NYU, but now works outside the academy. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston Poetry Magazine, Kind Over Matter, Wild Violet, and Writer’s Digest. She enjoys working with poetic forms. “Bedtime on Independence Day” uses the golden shovel form, in which the final words of each line, read in sequence, form a line from an earlier poem.
“Bedtime on Independence Day” • Vol. 25, No. 3
As founding editor of Many Voices Press, Lowell Jaeger compiled Poems Across the Big Sky, an anthology of Montana poets, and New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from 11 Western states. His third collection of poems, Suddenly Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press) was published in 2009 and was a finalist for the Paterson Award. His fourth collection, WE, (Main Street Rag Press) was published in 2010. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council and winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize. Most recently Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse.
“Okay” • Vol. 23, No. 3
is a retired attorney who previously practiced employment and civil rights law in Detroit, Michigan. He has had short fiction published in Mobius, The Summerset Review, The Griffin, The MacGuffin, and Struggle. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Barbara Grossman, his first-line editor, and also a retired attorney. They travel extensively. Dennis writes mostly plot-driven short stories about people and their work, what it does to them and what they do to each other.
“The Banyan Tree” • Vol. 22, No. 1
“Shorty’s Take” • Vol. 22, No. 2
“Sadie, Jack and Fluffy Go On a Trip: A New Normal Primer” • Vol. 22, No. 3
“The Cobbler” • Vol. 23, No. 2
is the author of the poetry collection Since Everything Is All I’ve Got (March Street Press) and three chapbooks (Finishing Line and Pudding House) with a fourth, Why War, to be released in May 2014 (Finishing Line). Poems have appeared in various anthologies, including Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry (New Issues), and publications such as Friends of William Stafford Newsletter, Hotel Amerika, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, North Dakota Quarterly, Oberon, Passager, Rattle, Ruminate, and Sycamore Review. He lives in Holland, Michigan, teaching writing, literature, and peace-making at Hope College, now going on thirty years.
“Crater” • Vol. 24, No. 1
“Why War” • Vol. 25, No. 2
is the author of several novels including The Parnell Affair (a fictionalization of the start of the Iraq War) and The Pyrrhic Rendition (a thriller exploring the dangers of Extraordinary Rendition and state-sanctioned torture). A veteran of the journals-publishing industry, when not writing novels or short fiction, Seth is either asleep or commuting by train.
“In the Afternoon Sun” • Vol. 24, No. 2
is a recent graduate of Emerson College’s MFA in Poetry, and a Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Plume, The Comstock Review, Waxwing, Toe Good Poetry, Redivider, The New South and Apogee Journal, among others.
“Abduction” • Vol. 27, No. 1
has been a teacher for thirty years. For decades, when work was done, he set about poetry into the small hours. He loves gardening, reading, friends, relatives. His motto is, "If it moves, talk to it,"—and still the world goes on. He weeds now, avoids travel, adheres to the incomparable folly of poetry. He’s always lived in the Milwaukee area. The life of his dear partner of 44 years was changed 1½ years ago.
“Homage to Antonio Machado” • Vol. 20, No. 4
is the author of three books, including Stanley Kubrick and the Art of Adaptation, and roughly 45 short stories. His work has appeared in such journals as Prism International, American Literary Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Tampa Review, South Dakota Review, and Prairie Schooner. He lives in Maryland.
“The Appointment” • Vol. 26, No. 2
lives in Murphy, NC, a small town in western North Carolina. He has been writing steadily since he was about ten. He began with writing novels, but more recently he has focused on short stories, and he really loves the medium. He is eighteen years old and attending college to obtain his associates degree. He tries to write dark, thought-provoking stories that are more then just entertaining.
“By Any Other Name” • Vol. 27, No. 3
is a Utah native who graduated from Utah Valley University in 2010 with a BA in English. He joined the Army in early 2002 and spent four and a half years on active duty before joining the National Guard. Three tours to Iraq later, he’s still trying to figure out how to write a good war poem.
“Al-Qaria” • Vol. 22, No. 3
“Explaining the Unexplainable” • Vol. 22, No. 2
is a writer, teacher, and gardener who summers in Door County with his wife of many years, and winters in Platteville.
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“The Good Shepherd Lawn Care Service” • Vol. 27, No. 4
teaches at Oakland High School. His poetry has appeared most recently in Beloit Poetry Journal and Rhino.
“Staying Down” • Vol. 23, No. 4
“The Salutatorian Goes Minimalist” • Vol. 24, No. 3
“Riverside Pensions” • Vol. 27, No. 2
is a poet from Brooklyn, NY. She lives with her English-teacher husband and two cats in a tiny apartment with an infestation of books. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University–Los Angeles.
“America is 15 times the size of Afghanistan” • Vol. 21, No. 2
Law student. Father of 2 little nerds. Husband. Poly sci grad UCF 2006; worked U.S. gov and non-profit in Brevard County, Florida.
“A Place Not Fit for Man” • Vol. 22, No. 2
is a self-taught figurative artist who began creating art as a therapeutic response to a difficult upbringing. Kahn’s works combines many disciplines, wrapping them into a hybrid art form melding photography, painting and collage. She invariably designs, builds, and executes characters, non-existent places, dreams, illusions, fears and fables into creation, which meld elements of classical and contemporary art. auniakahn.com
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poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Alligator Juniper, The Grolier Poetry Prize, Contemporary Verse 2, Rust + Moth among others. She was a winner of The Charlotte Newberger Poetry Prize, which was published in Lilith Magazine. She has work forthcoming in the Painted Bride Quarterly. Originally from Montreal, she now resides in Venice, Florida. She earned an MFA from Warren Wilson.
“Please Find Us” • Vol. 27, No. 4
graduated from Barnard College and is a managing editor at W. W. Norton & Company. "As Real" is her first published poem.
“As Real” • Vol. 22, No. 3
lives in Madison, Wisconsin where cranes occasionally fly over her house. She used to paint in oils, shoot photos in black and white, but now prefers to work in words. She has published with Blue Unicorn; Branch Redd Review; Möbius, the Poetry Magazine; Hummingbird, Verse Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. Her poem “Haymarket: Albert Parsons Speaks” won the Dr. Zylpha Mapp Robinson International Poetry Award from Möbius, The Poetry Magazine in 2011. marthakaplanpoet.com
“Turkey-Shoot Tavern” • Vol. 23, No. 4
Recent work can or will be found in Measure, The Comstock Review, The Rotary Dial, Right Hand Pointing, The Ghazal Page, New Verse News, Unsplendid, Atavic Poetry, and the Raintown Review, among other venues and anthologies. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she blogs and posts occasional book reviews at sihamkarami.wordpress.com.
“Somalia” • Vol. 26, No. 2
is a Miami-based poet, writer, author and educator with three chapbooks of poetry, the latest of which is Landscaping for Wildlife (Big Wonderful press, 2012). She works as the Creative Writing Director at Miami Arts Charter School and as a freelance food-travel writer. Her poems have been published in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Georgetown Review, River Styx, and more, and are forthcoming in December, The Healing Muse and Valparaiso Poetry Review.
“Security Guidelines” • Vol. 24, No. 3
Her stories are published in literary and speculative fiction magazines including Rosebud, Chrysalis Reader, North Atlantic Review, Mobius, Confrontation, Pennsylvania Review, Speculative Edge and Another Realm. Her stories in The MacGuffin, Eureka Literary Magazine and Licking River Review were nominated for Pushcart awards, and her story “The Manly Thing” was nominated for the 2010 Million Writers Award. She has stories included in Still Going Strong, Ten Twisted Tales, Pieces of Eight (Autism Acceptance), Zero Gravity, Cover of Darkness, Daughters of Icarus, M-Brane Sci-Fi Quarterlies, and a YA novel, Replacing Fiona, and a children’s book, Flick-Flick & Dreamer, published by etreasurespublishing.com.
“The Value of Husbands” • Vol. 23, No. 3
“I Am and Again” • Vol. 24, No. 4
“Just Not Possible” • Vol. 26, No. 2
is an associate professor of English at Hilbert College and confesses to having a minor in sociology. He lives in a lovely village where his kids can walk most places and the neighbors are friendly without being intrusive. He is the author of eight chapbooks of poetry, most recently The Book of Answers, which is available as an ebook from Kobo.com.
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“Control Issues” • Vol. 26, No. 4
is a full-time student studying mathematics living in southern California. She is excited to announce this as her first published story, although she has been writing for enjoyment for many years. When she is not studying, writing, or trying to take over the world, she spends her days sewing, analyzing, and sinking into the abyss of everyday life. She draws most of her writing inspiration from nightmares that only an insane mind could possibly come up with.
“Monsters” • Vol. 26, No. 1
is a freelance writer living in southern Colorado whose short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Lines in the Sand, Tucumcari Review, Kimera, Barbaric YAWP, The Storyteller, Timber Creek Review, Reader’s Break, the Rockford Writer’s Guild, Thorny Locust, Potpourri, Windhover, and the book Animals as Teachers and Healers. She is also a winner of Procreation Magazine’s annual short story contest.
“Peach Blossom” • Vol. 23, No. 1
Kathleen M. Kelley
resides in western Massachustts. In 2010 her chapbook The Waiting Room received the Philbrick Poetry Award, judged by Marge Piercy. In 2008 she received the Anderbo Poetry prize. Recent poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including Women’s Voices for Change, Theodate, Green Hills Literary Lantern, and Persimmon Tree, as well as The 2012 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine Anthology.
“Passive Voice” • Vol. 25, No. 3
has been an illustrator for over 20 years and has created the interior and cover artwork for many books, magazines, calendars, and more for scores of publishing companies, mostly in the children’s science book genre. Although she has great affection for her scientific and botanical work, Kest has recently branched out into the fantasy and science fiction genre which she sees as the next step in her evolution as an illustrative artist. This move has been a result of her feminist studies; Kest sees the F+SF genre as a logical platform for challenging social norms within the visual field of communication. Kest also teaches Illustration and Drawing classes at her Alma mater, York College of Pennsylvania. She earned her MFA at Maryland Institute, College of Art, exhibits her work in numerous galleries, and lectures at conferences and symposia on the importance of storytelling in illustration. kestillustration.com
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currently lives in Orlando where she works as a full-time freelance writer and editor. She has work published in Bluestem, Gone Lawn, Red Booth Review, Snow Monkey, Robot Melon, and many other wonderful places.
“Closet Space” • Vol. 24, No. 2
Alan King’s poems have appeared in Alehouse, Audience, Boxcar Poetry Review, Indiana Review, MiPoesias, and RATTLE, among others. A Cave Canem fellow and VONA Alum, he’s been nominated for both a Best of the Net selection and a Pushcart Prize. When he’s not reporting or sending poems to journals, you can find Alan chasing the muse through Washington, D.C.—people-watching with his boys and laughing at the crazy things strangers say to get close to one another. alanwking.wordpress.com
“X-Men” • Vol. 22, No. 1
is a native of Orrville, AL. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Alehouse, America, Appalachian Heritage, English Journal, Hawaii Pacific Review, New Contrast (South Africa), Orbis (UK), RATTLE, Sierra Nevada Review, The Caribbean Writer, Urthona Poetry Magazine (UK), and in many others. His book The House in the Heart, with a foreword by Cathy Smith-Bowers, was published by Tebot Bach in 2007. email@example.com.
“In My Hand” • Vol. 21, No. 2
“The Trees” • Vol. 24, No. 4
“The Yellow-Striped One” • Vol. 25, No. 2
Josh W. Kinsey
has always had a compulsion to create. After receiving his BA in Digital Graphics from Cogswell Polytechnical College in 1997, Josh entered the Silicon Valley workforce as an interface designer. During this time, he developed unique personal digital painting skills and assemblage techniques. Subsequently, Josh formed his current business J.W. Kinsey’s Woodcraft, specializing in all things made of wood, with a bit of metal for flavor. Currently, this falls within the aesthetic recently coined Steampunk. And most importantly, he can ride a unicycle. JWKinseysArtifice.com
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Raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Graduated from Pitt with a degree in Computer Science. Served in the Air Force, now in the business world working in IT. Living south of Charlotte, NC, married and raising a family. This is his first published story.
“Defense” • Vol. 25, No. 3
Most recently her poems have appeared in Per Contra, Appalachian Heritage, Prick of the Spindle, New World Writing, and Fifth Wednesday.
“Communiqué #5” • Vol. 26, No. 1
was Time Magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year.
“A View of the Desert” • Vol. 21, No. 3
is a poet and reviewer from rural central Wisconsin and a part-time janitor at the rural elementary school he once attended. His work has appeared in Small Press Review, Library Journal, Nimrod, Rosebud, and the Progressive. He won the 2003 Lorine Niedecker Poetry Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers and has had nine Pushcart nominations. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Light Gets Dressed in Dirt” • Vol. 21, No. 3
“Viral Savior” • Vol. 22, No. 2
“Nazi Woodstock” • Vol. 24, No. 2
John P. Kristofco
from Highland Heights, Ohio, is professor of English and the former dean of Wayne College in Orrville. His poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in over a hundred different publications, including Folio, Rattle, The Bryant Literary Review, The Cimarron Review, Poem, Grasslimb, Iodine, Small Pond, The Aurorean, Ibbetson Street, Blue Unicorn, Blueline, Sheepshead Review, and Slant. He has published three collections of poetry, A Box of Stones, Apparitions, and The Fire in Our Eyes, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times.
“1964” • Vol. 26, No. 4
“Stevie’s Father” • Vol. 27, No. 3
has bachelors and masters degrees in engineering, and a PhD in management. He works in Singapore. He has had short stories published in Silver Fish 4 (Malaysia), Muse India, Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), Mascara Literary Review (Australia), Newleaf (Germany) and 34th Parallel (USA), and has a story forthcoming in Wasafiri (UK). “The Examination” is part of his collection of stories based on the Mahabharat.
“The Examination” • Vol. 24, No. 2
was born on a Hawaiian sugar plantation, and has been deeply influenced by the islands’ history. She brings both that tension and sensitivity to the multi-layered dimensions of the recent past to her written work. She still lives by the water, on the Chesapeake Bay, with her husband Dan.
“A Personal History, by the Numbers: Peter Ota” • Vol. 23, No. 4
is a science writer, born in Russia, settled in the US. His two short stories have recently been published in Bewildering Stories and The Axolotl.
“Stemness” • Vol. 27, No. 3
“… smell, hearing, touch, all stimulated, all open to the creative process and I think, how lucky I am to be an artist.” susanlamantia.com
“Positives and Negatives” • cover, Vol. 23, No. 2
Geoffrey A. Landis
A scientist and science-fiction writer, he also sometimes writes poetry. His poem "Search" won the 2009 Rhysling Award for best long SF poem of 2008, and his first collection of poems, Iron Angels, was published by Van Zeno Press in 2009. http://www.geoffreylandis.com/
“’Abd al Muqeet” • Vol. 21, No. 1
has published original poems and essays, and translations from the French, in such journals as The Baltimore Review, Kalliope, Southern Poetry Review, World Literature Today, Chicago Review, New Directions, Green Mountains Review, Jubilat, and Rhino. Book publications include translations of Words in Stone and The Origin of Language, both by Yves Bonnefoy. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago, where she teaches at a Chicago public school.
“My Mother’s Names for Me” • Vol. 20, No. 3
is a writer and teacher based in Queens, New York City. She is particularly interested in how short stories allow us to understand the social inequalities in our culture. She has been writing in Mexico, California and New York as a recipient of the UCLA Extension Writer’s Scholarship Program, as well as with San Diego Writer’s Ink and Sackett Street Writers of Brooklyn.
“The Stop” • Vol. 24, No. 4
Louis N. LaPierre
hails from St. Paul, MN. He was born, learned to walk and create. He is still walking, and doesn’t remember when he began creating. His favorite thing to do is watch, and his second is to paint. Louis uses art to find comfort in the uncomfortable, and a way to cope with the inevitable. Since his graduation from CVA in Saint Paul in 2005 he has adopted a vigorous art practice in a variety of mediums. louisnlapierre.com
Tower 2 • cover image for Vol. 24, No. 1
works for a nonprofit organization in the greater Boston area. While she was an intern at Beacon Press in 2013, she wrote the reading group guide for A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen. She is a 2011 graduate of Stonehill College. "Walking Under Ladders" is her first fiction publication.
“Walking Under Ladders” • Vol. 27, No. 1
is the author of Without a Map (Wellstone Press, 2013), Getting By, winner of the Holland Prize (Logan House Press, 2009), and three chapbooks. His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Hubbub, Poet Lore, and The Sun. Three poems were featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. He has been a librarian, carpenter, hospital aide and janitor.
“Much Improved” • Vol. 25, No. 4
is a New England native and free-range human who spends his time writing fiction and composing music.
“The Gift” • Vol. 26, No. 2
lives in Chico, California. Two of his short stories are Million Writers Award Notable Stories, and his novel, Vow of Silence, was favorably reviewed by Publishers Weekly. pw.org/content/robert_laughlin
“A Garbologist Shares His Thoughts” • Vol. 21, No. 4
Keith G. Laufenberg
has been writing for over 30 years and has had over a hundred poems and short stories published in numerous literary magazines and journals, including, but not limited to: AIM Magazine; The Maryland Review; Spillway Review; Spoiled Ink; Down in the Dirt; Pleaides; The Oracular Tree; Struggle; Prole Magazine, Pulp Empire; NuVein; Whortleberry Press; Short-Story.Me; The Earth Comes First; An Electric Tragedy; Mobius Magazine; et al, and he has also had 2 novels published, Miami Rock and Semper-Fi-Do-or-Die, both in 2007. Both novels can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Books-a-Million, et al, and dozens of his published short stories can be accessed on the Internet or through his website: kglaufenberg.com
“My Name Is Nobody” • Vol. 22, No. 3
teaches courses in Shakespeare, The American Short Story, and Composition at Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio. He lives with his son Christopher in Bluffton, Ohio.
“Camera Obscura” • Vol. 21, No. 1
is the director of a fitness center in northern New Jersey and has a Masters in English from William Paterson University. He has been previously published in the Paumanok Review, River Poets Journal, EWGPresents, SNR Review, Frank Zane Newsletter, and Fitness Management magazine.
“World Gone Wrong” • Vol. 22, No. 3
is a Washington, D.C. native. Her poetry has been published in print and in online literary journals such as Naugatuck River Review, Word Riot, and The Fiddleback. She is a Cave Canem graduate fellow.
“If VAs Were Magical Places” • Vol. 24, No. 3
Mary Soon Lee
was born and raised in London, but has lived in Pittsburgh for the past twenty years. Her poetry credits include the American Scholar, the Atlanta Review, and the Chariton Review. Her poem “Interregnum” won the 2014 Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem. She has an antiquated website at marysoonlee.com.
“Builder” • Vol. 26, No. 1
has had poems in Tupelo Press, Pontoon, New Millennium, The Ledge, The California Quarterly, New Mexico Poetry Review, New England Anthology of Poets and other journals and anthologies. His collections include Doggerel & Caterwauls: Poems Inspired by Cats and Dogs, and Twenty Poems from the Blue House (co-authored with his wife, Alice Lee), published by Whistle Lake Press, and Vortex, forthcoming from Red Mountain Press. Wayne lives in Santa Fe, NM, where he teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts and runs a tutoring company.
“Testimony” • Vol. 22, No. 4
Eric D. Lehman
is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Bridgeport and has had short stories, essays, reviews, and poems published in dozens of journals and magazines, such as Nexus, Hackwriters, Identity Theory, Cause and Effect, Switchback, Umbrella, and Entelechy. His first book, Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City, is available from The History Press.
“Last Walk on Silver Lane” • Vol. 20, No. 3
Widely published, her collections include: Becoming (Another New Calligraphy), Willingly Would I Burn (MoonPath Press), It’s Always Night, It Always Rains (Winterhawk Press), and Beauty (Tiger’s Eye Press). In her other life Laura owns a computer forensics and network security consulting company. Laura received her MFA from the California College of Arts. She edits a small press, Uttered Chaos: utteredchaos.org. Laura knows nothing of gardens or gardening but is well versed in the cultivation of cats. lauralehew.com.
“In Taos” • Vol. 23, No. 4
“Reunions” • Vol. 27, No. 4
Over 500 of his poems have appeared in more than one hundred journals in the U.S. and Canada, in Sweden and U.K, including Agni Review, Carolina Quarterly, Epoch, The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, The North American Review, The Ontario Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, and many webzines. Seven collections of poems have been published, including Running in Place (L’Epervier Press,). At Park and East Division (L’Epervier Press,) The Lindbergh Half-century (L’Epervier Press,) The Inheritance (Sandhills Press,) and Storm Service (Basfal Books). Basfal also published After Business in the West: New and Selected Poems.
“Breaking In” • Vol. 21, No. 2
grew up in a small town on the edge of Chicagoland, in between the urban and rural landscapes. The juxtaposition of the city and country environments greatly influenced her work. Erin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW–Madison in 2007 with a concentration in oil painting and printmaking. Erin’s palette is typically bright and incorporates a variety of mixed media, many of which are recycled from packaging such as cardboard, plastic, yarn, and electrical tape; she enjoys re-purposing objects that would normally go to the landfill. Erin works in variety of styles and content, but most enjoys focusing on social and political commentaries, environmental issues, pop culture satire, and portraits. "My work is constantly evolving in media and meaning, searching for concepts that matter most to me as an artist." erinliljegren.blogspot.com
Reality—Anna Nicole Smith • cover art for Vol. 26, No. 4
After twenty-five years working in a treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescents, Sandra Lindow is semi-retired and living on a hill in Menomonie, Wisconsin where she plants vegetables and perennials and communes with a twenty-pound rototiller. Presently she works to prepare education students for their Praxis test. She has six published poetry collections. Touched by the Gods, her most recent, was published in the fall of 2008. Her webpage can be found at wfop.org/poets/lindowsa.html.
“Cinderella Story” • Vol. 20, No. 1
Loretta Marie Long
has worked as a plant potter in a greenhouse, waitress, carpenter’s apprentice, yoga teacher, and massage therapist. In 2010, she received her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Now she lives in San Antonio, Texas where she works as a massage therapist and adjunct English Instructor.
“Birds on the Beach” • Vol. 27, No. 2
expresses heartfelt support for Wisconsin’s people in their struggle for rights. His books include The Kilim Dreaming, The Wire Garden, The Effigies, The Work of the Bow, The Power to Die, and (forthcoming) Walking Wounded. Other work is current or forthcoming in Terrain, Poetry East, The Pedestal, In Posse, Whiskey Island, Los Angeles Review, Sentence, and elsewhere..
“Never Too Late” • Vol. 22, No. 4
has a background in visual art, graphic design and print production. She lives in Wisconsin with her two favorite young people. bobbie-lovell.com
“My Son Describes the KKK Video He Saw During His Field Trip to the Museum” • Vol. 27, No. 1
is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a BA in English and Political Science. He currently lives in the mountains outside of his hometown of Sweet Home, Oregon where he spends his time between his books and his woodshop. His poetry has appeared in The Speakeasy, The Storyteller, and Desert Voices. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
“The Thorns Where Snakes Once Grew” • Vol. 20, No. 3
is a small, eccentric girl in her eleventh year of schooling. She’s involved in many extracurricular activities; some of which she does not necessarily like to be associated with, but always arrives to each with a toothy smile and a clever guise of artificial enthusiasm. Always writing, she enjoys creating short, meaningful stories set during the second world war. Above all else, Cierra loves to discuss politics. She can explain totalitarianism and religious bigotry in much detail, and tell you why Obama isn’t a bipartisan. She’s very conservative; no interest in partying, drugs, or other terrible things. She’s strong-willed and opinionated. Many people dislike her.
She also hates writing about herself.
“The Nation of Very Happy People” • Vol. 24, No. 2
has worked as a dishwasher, assistant chef, truck driver, oil field hand, printing press operator, newspaper reporter, magazine editor, book editor, website editor and freelance investigator. He is a longtime resident of Wisconsin, though he will always be a New Yorker.
“The ‘Last’ Defender of Dead Tree Journalism Gives Up” • Vol. 22, No. 1
is a computer programmer splitting his time between Colorado and Texas. His short stories have appeared both online and in print, in Down in the Dirt, Wild Violet, The Realm Beyond, Eureka Literary Magazine, and Rose & Thorn Journal, among others.
“Pierson’s Dome” • Vol. 24, No. 2
is a writer and currently the Pastor of the Community Church of Issaquah, Washington. He has used his writing talents in writing fiction, composing material for religious education, and writing plays for use in church and community theater. He has published three e-book novels (Searching for Eden, The Shard Fence, and The Fellowship of the Fish) through Club Lighthouse Publishing. He lives in North Bend, Washington, with his wife Cathy.
“Campaign Interrupted” • Vol. 25, No. 2
writes from Las Vegas, Nevada, and has poetry in The Smoking Poet, A Hudson View Poetry Digest, Zygote in My Coffee, Heeltap, and elsewhere.... His new novel is The Burgher of Virtual Eden from Publish America. He was Pushcart-nominated in 2008.
“Moon Angels in the Trailer Park” • Vol. 20, No. 4
Robert I. Mann
Born May 29, 1952, Burbank, California, he is presently head of the English Dept. at Polimoda, International Institute of Fashion, Florence, Italy. He is a product of the public education system of California. His Masters thesis was an analysis of Freudian-oriented biographies of Ernest Hemingway (of which there are several, Hemingway being big game for psychoanalytic critics.) He has published fiction in the new renaissance and The Bitter Oleander. He is married to a native Florentine and has two teenage daughters.
“Welcome to the Icebox” • Vol. 20, No. 1
John C. Mannone
nominated three times for the Pushcart, has work in The Baltimore Review, Prime Mincer, Pirene’s Fountain, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Ayris, Prairie Wolf Press Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Pedestal, Rose Red Review, Rose & Thorn, Glass and others. He’s the 2013 Rhysling Chair, the poetry editor for Silver Blade and now Abyss & Apex, an adjunct professor of physics, and a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. Visit The Art of Poetry at jcmannone.wordpress.com.
“The Making of a Soldier” • Vol. 21, No. 4
“Integration” • Vol. 25, No. 1
His fiction has appeared in The Bryant Literary Review, The Berkeley Fiction Review, The Driftless Review, Crack the Spine, The Indiana Voice Journal, The Broadkill Review, Happy Magazine, and The Cynic Online Magazine. He is the author of a collection of short stories, Sometimes Things Go Horribly Wrong (Outskirts Press).
“Tallmadge” • Vol. 26, No. 3
thought he was a thinker and a poet way back when life started but ended up with a life surviving one job after another. He finally sold out and learned a trade to make a living. So much for the writing life he thought he would have; but life is an experience in itself, and if words coming from you can make sense of what life is, then that is the purpose of words. Life in general is corrupt/false/unjustified, etc. Because the world is a terrible place to live. Name that tune.
“Unreasonable Times” • Vol. 22, No. 4
has worked as a medical microbiologist, psychotherapist, seminar leader, and has been a Pushcart Prize nominee. Author of six books, including Dreaming Your Real Self (Penguin/Putnam), her poetry has appeared in Rattle, Off the Coast, Kestrel, Slipstream, American Journal of Nursing, The MacGuffin, Mezzo Cammin, Buddhist Poetry Review, and The Nation. She ran away from the hurricanes of South Florida to be surprised by the earthquakes and tornadoes of rural central Virginia, where she writes poetry and does paper art. JoanMazza.com
“Claims” • Vol. 25, No. 2
Gerald A. McBreen
U.S. Postal Service (retired). Pacific Poet Laureate 2009. Certified by NIA (Newspaper Institute of America). Published in anthologies and magazines. "I try to write something that people will want to read because it elevates their own experiences to a level of passsion they feel and helps them to articulate it in their own words. Sometimes I write just for fun. I like to see people smile, and if they laugh, that’s okay, too."
“pre divorce/post divorce” • Vol. 20, No. 4
has received two Maryland Writers’ Association first prizes (2011 short fiction and 2010 mystery/thriller) and has published stories in the Harrington Gay Men’s Literary Quarterly and in Alyson’s Best Gay Love Stories. He is currently working on two novels.
“The Yearbook” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is a senior at the University of North Florida studying theater, history, and creative writing.
“Love and the Jihad” • Vol. 23, No. 1
Scott H. McFadden
is a student of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Nevada–Reno. His free time is spent finding new creative outlets.
“Covenants” • Vol. 25, No. 2
G. D. McFetridge
Iconoclast, philosopher, and occasional drunk G. D. McFetridge continues writing from Montana’s wild and majestic Bitterroot Valley. None of his seven novels will be published any time soon.
“Far from Everywhere” • Vol. 20, No. 2
“Room at the Top” • Vol. 21, No. 4
“Show Us, Mr. Faulkner” • Vol. 22, No. 4
Jennifer A. McGowan
obtained her MA and PhD from the University of Wales. Despite being certified as disabled at age 16 with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, she has persevered and has published poetry and prose in many magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. She won the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize 2014, as a result of which her first full-length collection, The Weight of Coming Home, is now published by Indigo Dreams. She has also been commended in the YorkMix poetry competition 2015 and Highly Commended in the prestigious Torbay Poetry Competition and the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition. Life in Captivity and Sounding, her pamphlets, are available through Finishing Line Press. Her website, with more poetry and examples of her mediaeval calligraphy, can be found at jenniferamcgowan.com.
“When Nothing Changed” • Vol. 26, No. 3
and his wife live in New York City, in a neighborhood where the 1% seldom go. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Raintown Review, Saranac Review, The South Carolina Review, THINK Journal, f(r)iction, The Worcester Review, The Lyric, and elsewhere; one of his poems recently won the Sow’s Ear Review Poetry Contest, and another has been nominated for this year’s Pushcart Prize. He currently works as a private tutor and spends his free time, when not writing or reading, traveling less than he would like and brooding more than he can help.
from “Elegy for the Scholar of Palmyra” • Vol. 27, No. 2
is a long-time worker-owner at Union Cab Cooperative. He just got a Master’s in Cooperative Studies from St. Mary’s College in Canada and will begin work on his PhD later this year.
“Perspectives on the Battle for Human Rights in Wisconsin” • Vol. 22, No. 1
Amanda Abbie Meader
was born and raised in Maine, where she returned to practice law after graduating from Cornell Law School in 2004. By day Amanda is a staff attorney for a non-profit organization; by night she is the wife of a very patient man and the mother of two ridiculously spoiled Boston Terriers. Reading and writing infuse her with peace and energy in a way that nothing else can, and she is constantly dreaming up ways to devote more of each day to pursuing her true passion. “Shoveling Snow on Oil Tanks” is her first published story.
“Shoveling Snow on Oil Tanks” • Vol. 25, No. 1
has had poems recently in The Sun, Spillway, and War, Literature and the Arts. His most recent book What We Love was published by Blue Light Press. He lives with his wife in Somerville, MA.
“BMW” • Vol. 23, No. 2
won the Woodstock Writers Festival’s Flash Fiction contest and took 2nd and 3rd place of the Kent County Dyer-Ives Prizes in 2013. His chapbook Box of Echoes won the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press contest. Mercer’s poetry appears in Thema, Blue Collar Review, and Black Spring Review; his flash fiction is forthcoming in Dunes Review and Apocrypha and Abstractions.
“Vanity Plates” • Vol. 25, No. 2
would rather be delicious than authentic. He is a Writing Center tutor at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, and studies linguistics and math at Eastern Michigan. His poetry appears/is upcoming in RHINO, Spillway, Cleaver, The MacGuffin, FreezeRay, Poems-For-All, Light, Rainy Day, Parody, and the nebulous “other places”. A Pushcart nominee, he’s been a slam finalist and a featured reader in both Ann Arbor and Detroit. His literary influences include The Onion, Snow Crash, and the stop sign near his house. simonmermelstein.wordpress.com
“Masala” • Vol. 26, No. 2
is a writer whose work has appeared in FIU’s literary magazine Vox, and For A Better World 2014.
“Unfinished Business” • Vol. 27, No. 2
lives in Iowa with his wife. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Forage, Eunoia Review, Star*Line, and Algebra of Owls, among others. Follow him on Twitter at @cjmilespoet.
“Independence Day Was a Documentary” • Vol. 26, No. 2
Though born in Ohio (1933), he grew up in Hawai’i (1937–1951), received his advanced degrees from Stanford, where he worked under Yvor Winters, and retired in 1997 from teaching literature and writing at Denison University (Granville, OH), his undergraduate alma mater. He now lives with his wife Ilse in a retirement community in Lexington, VA.
“At the Border” • Vol. 25, No. 1
Elizabeth J. Mitchell
splits her time between Michigan and Ohio. She is an MFA candidate studying poetry at Bowling Green State University. She received her BA in American Studies from Williams College. You can find her at morethancoins.wordpress.com
“Office Etiquette” • Vol. 23, No. 4
lives in Tumwater, WA with his wife and kids, where he likes to hike and work as a librarian at Saint Martin’s University. He has had work previously published in Dark Matter, Flint Hills Review, Outside In Travel and Literature Magazine, Driftwood Press, and other journals.
“Clinical Specialist” • Vol. 26, No. 1
was born on Dec 1st 1956 in Tehran, the fifth child of nine. He was five when the entire family moved to a suburb east of Tehran, where the majority of the community was Zoroastrian. This ancient belief greatly influenced his life. At age 17, Alec came to the United States to attend college and received his Juris Doctorate. His "planes, trains and automobiles" adventures trying to get from Perdue University to visit his girlfriend in Milwaukee on Christmas Eve, during the Iranian American Embassy hostage crisis of 1979, are what inspired this story. Alec now lives in Los Angeles with his son.
“The Reluctant Revolutionary” • Vol. 24, No. 3
lives in the N.E. Ohio Rust Belt. His work appears or is forthcoming in PANK, Rubbertop Review Volumes 2 and 3, Word Riot, and a few others. He loves to discuss the NBA, postmodern theory, social constructionism, and Howard Stern.
“The Panhandler” • Vol. 23, No. 1
Aaron Lee Moore
is a doctoral candidate in Sichuan University’s Comparative Literature program and recipient of a Full Chinese Government Scholarship. Two years prior he was a Peace Corps university English teacher serving in Xindu, China. He received an MA in American Literature from Florida State University where he specialized in Faulkner Studies and received a BA in English from Radford University. He is also the chief editor of Floyd County Moonshine, publishing Appalachian-themed short stories and poetry for the most part. Prior creative and scholarly publications include Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Miller’s Pond, Deep South, Ascent Aspirations, Illumen, Open Minds Quarterly, Arthur C. Ford’s The Pen, Virginia English Bulletin, The Roanoke Times, eChinacities, and Game Guides Online. He grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, Virginia.
“World of Warcraft” • Vol. 24, No. 4
is a freelance writer currently living in Downingtown, PA. Coming from the working class, she served in the United States Marine Corps. She has a BA in Political Science-International Relations from West Chester University, with minors in Philosophy, History, and Peace and Conflict Studies. Currently, she is working towards her MA in English–Creative Writing with the aim of writing for social change.
“Corrugated Righteousness” • Vol. 25, No. 4
received her MFA in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. She teaches writing in the Philadelphia area. Her work has appeared most recently in The Cossack Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.
“Toy Horse” • Vol. 24, No. 1
is a man-boy who writes and reads in order to confuse things and then put them back together. He lives near a train in the state of Georgia; he intends to one day hop aboard. His family and friends are what matters most.
“Inertia-ing” • Vol. 22, No. 1
is a Stockton, California native whose work has appeared in various journals and magazines such as Confrontation, Triggerfish Critical Review, Carcinogenic Poetry, and Phantom Kangaroo among others. As a half-Arab, half-white Muslim living in Sacramento, he meditates on life with the reinforcement of family and the music of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
“Mrs. Whiteside” • Vol. 25, No. 3
“The Origin of Fear” • Vol. 26, No. 4
“Tokenism” • Vol. 27, No. 3
has had, so far, about 30 occupations and as many obsessions and addresses. He is learning to spell dilettante. He currently lives in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, where he practices his writing and also draws with pen and ink. He thinks there should be an apostrophe in Baileys but there is, officially, not.
“All Right” • Vol. 21, No. 2
is an English instructor at Norco College in Norco, CA. His poems have appeared in Ars Medica, Avocet, Beauty/Truth, Blue Collar Review, ByLine, Chiron Review, Connotation Press, and other literary journals, as well as in the anthologies Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude and America Remembered. My first book, American Spirit, is forthcoming this June from Finishing Line Press.
“The World of Poetry” • Vol. 22, No. 3
has had poems published in Front Range Review, Karamu, Light Quarterly, and Willow Review, among other journals. Her chapbook, For the Duration, was published last year by Finishing Line Press. She is a retired editor with the Chicago Tribune, a graduate of the University of Chicago’s certificate program in poetry, and has a master’s in English Literature from Northwestern.
“What’s on Your Mind?” • Vol. 24, No. 3
Poetry Editor Emeritus of Mobius, Tom is with us in Spirit—in Spirit Township, on the north fork of the Spirit River. Originally a Jersey boy, he lived in Madison, Wisconsin, for over 30 years. In the summer of 2007 he and his wife moved to a smallholding on Spirit Creek in the southeastern corner of Price County, about an hour northwest of Wausau.Before moving to the northwoods, Tom worked for the City of Madison Streets Department and was a proud member of AFSCME. He continues to chase poems and songs around in his imagination. Now and again one allows itself to be caught. He then share them with others, to mixed reviews, which can be shared with him in turn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Hafiz Reflects on Abundance” • Vol. 20, No. 1
“Perspectives on the Battle for Human Rights in Wisconsin” • Vol. 22, No. 1
Born in Valencia in 1983, a bilingual Spanish/English writer, Fulbright grantee and PhD student of Spanish literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a minor in Creative Writing. His poetry has appeared in the cultural magazine Turia, Magazine Siglo XXI, PEN International Magazine, Vulture Magazine, and, forthcoming, in Movimiento Paroxista.
“A Ration of America” • Vol. 22, No. 1
Michael L. Newell
is a long-time expatriate who retired in summer 2014 to coastal Oregon after living in thirteen other countries on five continents. He has had work published in, among other places, Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature, Bellowing Ark, Culture Counter, Ship of Fools, Lilliput Review, and Rattle.
“CEO” • Vol. 26, No. 4
ayaz daryl nielsen
husband, father, veteran, x-roughneck (as on oil rigs)/hospice nurse, editor of bear creek haiku (25+ years/120+ issues), homes include Lilliput Review, Jellyfish Whispers, Eye On Life, Shamrock, UFO Gigolo, and! bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com (translates as joie de vivre).
“among the homeless” • Vol. 25, No. 3
grew up in Chicago, studied English literature at Inter-American University in San German, Puerto Rico, and philosophy at World University. He was an ESL teacher most of his life but also worked with the elderly blind population as a Daily Living Skills Instructor for the El Paso Lighthouse for the Blind, and the Texas Lions Camp. He studied culinary art at The Restaurant School in Philadelphia and became a chef. His work has been published in Salt River Review, Modern English Tanka, and Yellow Medicine, among others.
“In Line” • Vol. 20, No. 3
is a poet, writer and teacher from Detroit, Mi. The University of Detroit–Mercy graduate has been a member of two Detroit National Poetry Slam teams and has had poetry and other writings in over a dozen different publications. He is currently a writer in residence with the Inside Out Detroit Literary Arts Project and has a new chapbook of poetry, Cover the Sky With Crows (ELJ Publications, 2015). He is now a professor of English at Wayne County Community College.
“Gentrification” • Vol. 25, No. 3
“Henry Ford Hospital, 2007” • Vol. 25, No. 4
“Letting the Monster Live” • Vol. 26, No. 3
“Virtually Deadly” • Vol. 26, No. 4
“Trumpet” • Vol. 27, No. 2
“London, May 2016” • Vol. 27, No. 3
is an American expat working in Munich, Germany as a freelance English teacher. Previously he worked as a secondary-school English teacher in the state of Maryland.
“Deployment” • Vol. 22, No. 4
“In Country” • Vol. 23, No. 4
is a twenty-two-year-old law student from Bangalore, India. He has been published previously in Spark, The Literary Yard, Hackwriters and Every Day Fiction, and was a finalist in the DNA—Out of Print Short Fiction Feature 2014.
“Beggars” Street” • Vol. 26, No. 1
former lifeguard, taxi driver, cartographer, and haunted-woods guide, learned screenwriting from some of Hollywood’s most talented creative minds. He has a degree in screenwriting and has written professionally since 1996. This is his first published fiction piece. Authonomy.com’s Ten Most Successful Talent Spotters have called his writing funny, kick-ass, and Steinbeckian. With two novel manuscripts under his belt, Doug is building a platform (whatever that means) by blogging at DouglasAlanPearce.Blogspot.com and posting excerpts, cover art, and maps at DAPearce.com. Inexplicably, though he is surrounded by beautiful blondes, Doug can usually be found alone behind drawn blinds, hunched over a laptop, mercilessly axing paragraph after paragraph of prose he previously thought was brilliant.
“Earl” • Vol. 21, No. 2
His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Smokelong Quarterly, Cheat River Review, Bartleby Snopes, and 100-Word Story. He also serves on the editorial board for After Happy Hour Review, whose fifth issue is forthcoming.
“The Children’s Charities” • Vol. 27, No. 2
is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Osiris, Mobius, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, free e-books and his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities,” please visit simonperchik.com
“Just off the ground and the mower” • Vol. 20, No. 3
“You are weeding glass, eyes closed” • Vol. 21, No. 3
“You can tell by the curtain” • Vol. 22, No. 4
“You can’t hold back this knob” • Vol. 26, No. 1
“To keep from being lost” • Vol. 26, No. 4
“It’s not your usual watering can” • Vol. 27, No. 3
is the author of Jefferson’s Dream (Hobblebush Books), Here Comes the Old Man Now (Oyster River Press), and The Ballad of Louis Wagner (Peter Randall Publisher). His poems have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Commonweal, Poet Lore, Orbis (UK), and elsewhere. He was Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, NH, 2003–2005.
“Postcard” • Vol. 27, No. 3
His writing has appeared previously in The Missing Slate, About Place Journal, The New Verse News, Blast Furnace, Apocrypha and Abstractions, and a variety of other electronic and print publications. His day jobs have included psychiatric casework, nursing home evaluation, and most recently, engineering communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“A.K.A.” • Vol. 26, No. 2
is the author of the novel Autumn Falls. His short stories can be found in places like Specter Magazine, scissors and spackle, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, and The Monarch Review. He teaches high-school English in Beijing, China and reads a lot of James Baldwin.
“The Bigger Bite” • Vol. 23, No. 2
“A Well Away” • Vol. 24, No. 1
Benjamin Norman Pierce
is a professional dishwasher with BAs in Philosophy, History, and English. He paints in tempera and draws in chalk or pastels. He self-published a novel, Snuck Past Death and Sleep, and has an album of Lovecraft-inspired ambient music, Al-Azif, available on LastFM. He has published poetry in Lilliput Review, Poesy, Dragonfly, Raintown Review, Red Owl, Scifaikuest, Free Verse, Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, Primordial Traditions, Convergences and Acme: a Journal of Critical Geography. He was an enthusiastic participant in the 2011 occupation of the Wisconsin state capitol building.
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is a mental-health therapist by trade. He works with people who have severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and has been working in this field for twenty-five years. He grew up in northern New Jersey and moved to Colorado at twenty-one, where he put himself through school at the University of Colorado–Denver and completed his BA and, eventually, his MA in psychology. Recent publishing credits include thieves jargon, Nuvein Magazine, Bryant Literary Review, and The Furnace Review.
“Teeth” • Vol. 20, No. 2
“Listen to the Music” is his first publication, also contained within his just-completed first novel, Behind the Altar, which he hopes to publish in the near future. He is the proud father of three wonderfully creative people, including Dan, a published children’s novelist. He lives in New York City with his wife, Maria Giella, and while he works in the real estate business, he writes daily on short stories and a second novel.
“Listen to the Music” • Vol. 24, No. 1
is a professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Poetry Quarterly, Alba, and 14 by 14.
“Case 3031” • Vol. 23, No. 1
is a mathematician by profession, and a Guatemalan bilingual poet and translator living in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Other poems have appeared in several Mexican literary magazines, including Letras Libres, as well as in several English-language publications, including Mathematical Intelligencer, Boston Literary Magazine, and Shit Creek Review.
“American Dream” • Vol. 23, No. 4
is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness, both published by Story Line Press. Other of his poems and essays have appeared in Hudson Review, Southern Review, Fulcrum, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Die Gazette (Munich), The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Representations and elsewhere. Poems have most recently appeared in the print journals Magma (UK), The Hat, Bateau, and Chiron Review. Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Snorkel, Hamilton Stone Review, Diagram, BlazeVox, The New Hampshire Review, Mudlark, etc. Recent Web publications in Gloom Cupboard, Blinking Cursor, Occupoetry, and Seltzer. Pollack is an adjunct professor of creative writing at George Washington University, Washington, DC.
“Poem Ending with a Line by Shelley” • Vol. 23, No. 3
柏越 (Caleb Powell)
生于台湾台北市。他的作品在 decomP (Love: An Etymology), Owen Wister Review (The Meaning of Tao Lin), Pedestal Magazine (Yīn Dào: An Etymology),与 Word Riot (Cào: An Etymology)等等. 别的作品在自己的博客里传播: Caleb Powell’s Page .柏越会喝啤酒.
草泥马挡中央 “Double Fuck the Party Central Committee” • Vol. 22, No. 2
is a Melbourne-based artist whose sculptures have been exhibited in Europe and the US as well as Australia. His work has been showcased in publications such as Germany’s leading horror magazine, VIRUS, and Inside ArtZine, and he has collaborated on album art for Danish death metal band, The Cleansing. Powell is featured in Steven Johnson Leyba’s documentary film What Is Art, which also features H.R. Giger, Stephen Kasner, Joe Coleman and Joel Peter Witkin. Materials: “In answer to your question, I use small animals that I catch and kill as painlessly as possible and arrange their innards and bones into new configurations. I also use tiny aborted fetuses which i recover from the waste disposal of my local abortion clinic.” markpowellart.com
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Perry L. Powell
“Dawn Loaded” • Vol. 24, No. 2
His latest collection of short, wiry fiction, Constant Animals, and his latest collection of surprising poetry, Victims of a Failed Civics, can be obtained from Barking Moose Press or Amazon or Sundial Books. He often serves as strange, bewildering eye-candy at his wife’s power lifting affairs. His poetry of late has been sunning in Analog, Asimov’s, Poet Lore, The Kentucky Review; and his fiction has yowled in Spank the Carp, Red Truck, Café Irreal, Bellows American Review. More to come.
“The Robot Recounts Human History” • Vol. 23, No. 3
“The Story of Bone” • Vol. 23, No. 4
“The Tree Singer” • Vol. 24, No. 1
“Retirement” • Vol. 24, No. 3
“Relax” • Vol. 25, No. 1
“The Rally to Wealth” • Vol. 25, No. 3
“Half a Couple” • Vol. 26, No. 2
“Imbalance” • Vol. 26, No. 4
“Decency” • Vol. 27, No. 2
“Sheep” • Vol. 27, No. 4
Allen M. Price
earned his M.A. in journalism with a concentration in health from Emerson College. He was a proofreader for one of Emerson’s literary journals, Redivider. His journalistic work has appeared in Natural Health magazine and Muscle & Fitness. His fiction has been published in The Saturday Evening Post and Pangyrus, a Harvard-based literary magazine. He recently spent time working on his novel with Pulitzer Prize winning author, Paul Harding.
“Love, Logic, & Bacteria” • Vol. 26, No. 1
is a native Georgian, a thirty-eight-year-old who works at a local elementary school as a lowly lunch monitor. She also works after school watching a group of children that range in age from four to seven. Depending on their moods they have the power to make her laugh or cry. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. They have two girls.
“Two for the Show” • Vol. 22, No. 4
teaches English near Boston, Massachusetts. He has written several novels and short stories, and has appeared in Pudding Magazine, KGB Bar & Lit, Morpheus Tales, Dark Valentine, Crime Factory, and Forge Journal. His settings range from ancient Greece to the Boston underworld, but they all share strong ties to mythology. John lives in Boston with his wife and son and dog, readers all.
“Cold Calls” • Vol. 23, No. 3
is an academic librarian on faculty at Arcadia University in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Gargoyle, Pank, JMWW, Smokelong Quarterly, Staccato, Word Riot, and elimae. Her work was included in Dzanc’s 2011 Best of the Web Anthology. Her short fiction collection, Natural Habitat, was published by Burning River in 2010. Her short fiction chapbook, Like Lungfish Getting Through the Dry Season (2011), is available from Thunderclap Press. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
“Sousse” • Vol. 23, No. 1
A handicapped brain-tumor survivor since the age of ten, in 2015, C.R. Reardon’s screenplay Lagom (the Swedish word for ’just the right amount’) was a finalist for best screenplay at the Catalina Film Festival. In 2014 he had two poems published in Kaleidoscope Magazine, and in 2013 he self-published his first book of poems, Hard Polish. One of his poems from this collection was featured on wordgathering.com, and another poem was published in Breath and Shadow Magazine. He also had two poems published in the June 2012 issue of Folly Magazine, and in 2011 he self-published his graduate thesis 4wheelin’—a work of fiction and poems—after self-publishing his memoir Spawning Gray in 2010. In 2009, he graduated from Stonehill College with a B.A. in English and was selected to represent Stonehill College at the 2009 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival. C.R. received his M.A. in English from Salem State University, where he contributed to the graduate conference, and currently works in the Sports Information Office.
“Electric Skillet” • Vol. 26, No. 3
is an activist and artist. His work was recently featured in the anthology of emerging writers, Chorus, published by MTV Books and edited by Saul Williams. Currently an MFA student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, he makes his home in Albany, NY. Reyes served on a panel entitled Uncovering Hip Hop Poetry at the AWP Conference in February 2014. He understands the relationship between Hip Hop and literary poetics because of the years he spent as a member of the Hip Hop group Broadcast Live. The group’s most recent release, Boomerang Metropolis, reached #25 on the College Music Journal Hip Hop Charts. In addition to his work as an artist, Reyes has also been the director of The Social Justice Center of Albany (SJC) for over 8 years.
“Lazy Jazz” • Vol. 25, No. 5
Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes
is a mixed-race Colombian, writer, scholar, artist, and political activist. Her performance, creative writing, and photography have been seen or are forthcoming in places such as San Francisco’s SomArts, Galería de la Raza, the SICK Collective, the National Queer Arts Festival 2014, Wilde, Brown and Proud Press, The Progressive, Yellow Medicine Review, From the Ground Up, and a number of anthologies. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
“Rai, Love” • Vol. 25, No. 5
Bradley Don Richter
Bradley Don Richter grew up on a junk food diet of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. In college, he improved his nutritional intake, reading canonical works and graduating with a degree in literature from UC Santa Cruz. When he sits down to write a story or a novel, the blank page is a battlefield on which these two disparate influences clash. The inky spillage of the ensuing bloodbath dries into his prose. He hopes never to unite the literary and the mainstream, but instead to pit them against one another, an eternal fight not quite to the death, and to spend his time and energy trying to make sense of the gruesome aftermath. He lives in Felton, CA, with his wife, Sunny, and their dog, Salty. bradleydonrichter.com
“Me and Loretta” • Vol. 25, No. 1
His books include U.P.: a novel, The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book), and Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, msupress.org/books/book/?id=50-1D0-3479#.VKZ4kmTF-PU.
“The Blood” • Vol. 26, No. 2
James P. Roberts
has long been a rock in the Madison, Wisconsin, literary scene (except for the time when he was in Iowa growing corn). Hard, immovable … but he writes good poetry.
“Directions for Reading the National Enquirer” • Vol. 22, No. 3
has an uneasy relationship with his poem after November 8, different certainly from work that has appeared in Poetry Australia, Fiction, Onthebus, Yo-NewYork!, and Enclave.
“Believe Me” • Vol. 27, No. 4
“What Will Become of Us?” • Vol. 21, No. 4
Amanda Leigh Rogers
lives in Abington, Pennsylvania with her husband and three sons and teaches at Bryn Athyn College. She loves reading and writing poetry both as artistic expression and as spiritual practice. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan and received the Hopwood Award for major poetry. Her work has recently appeared in The Baltimore Review, Contrary Magazine, The Chyrsalis Reader, Other Poetry, and The Mindful Word.
“Light” • Vol. 24, No. 2
is a poet, educator, coach and venue owner from the city of Detroit, Michigan. Rogers is an advocate for literacy among inner-city youth, and the amplification of Black voices. Alongside being published in multiple journals, Rogers visits stages across the country with his work and organizes poetry competitions/festivals in his hometown. More work or information can be found at bordersinpangaea.com
“Legacy of My Kicks” • Vol. 27, No. 1
lives in Denmark, on the interface between hedgerows and barley fields. She is fond of old tractors, garden sheds, scarecrows and other stuff that, in the due course of time, will ripen into something else. Her writings have been sighted in many very different places, mostly online.
“Compilation” • Vol. 22, No. 2
“Remember Leon Trotsky” • Vol. 23, No. 2
“the anarchist’s guide to relative enlightenment (skipping-rope song)” • Vol. 25, No. 1
“There’s a stampede at the exit; please keep calm” • Vol. 26, No. 2
His poetry can be found or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, The Los Angeles Review, MiPOesias, decomP, and elsewhere. His first book of poetry, Romancing Gravity, is forthcoming from Pecan Grove Press. His second book of poetry, When Kerosene’s Involved, is forthcoming from Black Coffee Press. He teaches at Cerritos College. More of his writing can be found at danielromo.wordpress.com.
“White Picket Fence” • Vol. 22, No. 1
“IKEA No-nonsense Return Policy” • Vol. 23, No. 1
lives in Austin, Texas. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Aurorean, Main Street Rag, Time of Singing, and U.S. 1 Worksheets, among other publications. She has just completed the first book of a planned fantasy trilogy, and her enthusiasms include folklore, cryptozoology and Forteana.
“Bringing Darkness Inside” • Vol. 22, No. 2
A visual artist and writer, she lives with her husband in southern Georgia. Her short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination, Ginosko Literary Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, and other publications. brendasuttonrose.com
“Sleeping on Paul’s Mattress” • Vol. 23, No. 1
has lived in Wichita, Kansas his entire life. He tries to find time to write while wrangling a one-year-old as a stay-at-home dad. His work has also appeared on the Necrology Shorts website.
“Mother Nature’s Revenge” • Vol. 24, No. 4
is a 25-year-old writer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2007 with a BA in Film Production. For the past two years he has worked as a Casting Associate for a prominent feature-film casting company. He has written five feature-length screenplays, as well as over 50 short films. His writing appeared in the Los Angeles Loyolan between 2003 and 2007, as well as the magazine The Red & Blue. Brian has written over a dozen short stories and is currently at work on his first novel. In 2008 he wrote and directed a 10-minute short film, Kelly, which led to this story.
“Kelly” • Vol. 21, No. 3
holds a degree in Ancient Greek and currently lives in Mississippi with his wife.
“John Geld” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is a graduate of Portland’s 2011 Attic Atheneum, a one-year alternative to a MFA program. His published fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Blue Lake Review, MacGuffin, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, Prime Number, and other on-line and print journals and anthologies. His series collectively called Mississippi Freedom Summer in Eight Vignettes, was published in the “Best of the Net 2011” by Sundress Publications.
“An Encounter in Kochi” • Vol. 27, No. 2
Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Measure, 14 by 14, The Raintown Review, Two Review, The Barefoot Muse, and The Innisfree Poetry Journal, among others. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and once for The Best of the Net. She was a finalist for the 2007 Philbrick Award.
“Blind the Windows” • Vol. 21, No. 3
is an Irish immigrant living in Sweden, an electronic engineer who has been re-educated as an English teacher with an advanced university degree in English literature achieved as a mature student. "The Migration" is one of his first short stories after an extended pause from writing. His main interests lie within postcolonial literature and this is his first publication in a literary magazine.
“The Migration” • Vol. 21, No. 3
lives and writes in snowy New England. She sold her business and left the golden sunshine of California for the wilds of Vermont in 2006 where she now has time to write. She is currently working on an historical novel set during the California gold rush but, acting on flashes of inspiration, she sometimes escapes from the novel to short stories. "Anything You Want" is the result of such an break and is the first piece of fiction that she has had published.
“Anything You Want” • Vol. 21, No. 1
lives in Wisconsin and is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He is the author of two chapbooks, Nickel and Diming My Way Through and Liketown. His full-length collection, Tongue and Groove, was released in 2007 by Main Street Rag. Poems of his have appeared in The Cincinnati Review; Pebble Lake Review; War, Literature & the Arts; The Ledge; Southern Poetry Review; Verse Wisconsin; and other journals.
“Collateral Damage” • Vol. 23, No. 2
Robert H. Sachs
is a writer and retired lawyer living in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a B.S.C. from DePaul University, a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and an M.F.A. in Writing from Spalding University (2009). His story “Blue Room With Woman,” won Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train November 2009 Short Story Award for New Writers. His story, “A Mistake in the Parking Lot of the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport,” will be published later this year. While a graduate student, he won awards in college writing contests . He has also won two awards for his photography.
“Marvin Kessler’s Shoes” • Vol. 21, No. 1
teaches at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. She writes poetry and occasionally fiction, though most of her published work so far has been of the academic variety. She currently lives in Vancouver with her husband and hundreds of books.
“Wombs for Rent” • Vol. 22, No. 2
You can take the boy out of the eighteenth century but you can’t take the eighteenth century out of the boy.
“Executive Profile” • Vol. 20, No. 2
was born in 1990 in the Pacific Northwest, where he currently resides. He is a student at Western Washington University. His fiction has appeared in the Ink-Filled Page, the Birmingham Arts Journal, and Perceptions. His poetry is forthcoming in The Catalonian Review. He graduated from Garfield High School in 2009.
“Desertion” • Vol. 22, No. 1
Emily Jo Scalzo
received a BA in Creative Writing from Purdue and an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction from Fresno State. She currently resides in Muncie, Indiana, and is an assistant professor teaching research and creative writing at Ball State University. Her work has appeared in various magazines including Midwestern Gothic, The Mindful Word, Blue Collar Review, Third Wednesday, Melancholy Hyperbole, Leaves of Ink, 7x20, and others.
“Postcards to Whitman from Cuba” • Vol. 24, No. 1
“Stardust” • Vol. 27, No. 1
M. A. Schaffner
has poems recently published or forthcoming in Stand (UK), the Beloit Poetry Journal, The Hollins Critic, ARC (CA), and The North (UK), has authored the collection The Good Opinion of Squirrels (Word Works, 1997) and the novel War Boys (Welcome Rain, 2002).
“Window Shops” • Vol. 21, No. 1
is the author of three collections of poetry: Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing; The Voodoo Doll Parade, selected for the Main Street Rag Author’s Choice Chapbook Series; and Psalms of The Dining Room, a sequence of poems about her volunteer experience at a soup kitchen. Her work appears in journals such as North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle, Nimrod, Fifth Wednesday Journal, New York Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, and The Progressive. Her awards include the So to Speak Poetry Prize, the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, and the Bellevue Literary Review’s Vilcek Prize for Poetry. Schmidt is an Instructor of Development Reading and Writing at Passaic County Community College and she volunteer-teaches creative writing at a transitional house for homeless mothers.
“The English Teacher Gets a Lesson in Inference” • Vol. 25, No. 2
of Madison, Wisconsin, has recently published poems in Red River Review and has poems forthcoming in Poetry Quarterly. In addition to writing, he is interested in contemplative photography.
“Door County” • Vol. 23, No. 2
is a poet and psychotherapist who divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and Rochester,Vermont. His poems have appeared recently in The Buddhist Poetry Review and A Midnight Snack.
“After Us” • Vol. 26, No. 1
Ann K. Schwader
is the author of Twisted in Dream (Hippocampus Press, 2011), and several other collections of dark/science fiction poetry. One of these, Wild Hunt of the Stars (Sam’s Dot, 2010) was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist. She lives and writes in suburban Colorado, and may be found online at home.earthlink.net/~schwader
“Times Two” • Vol. 24, No. 3
is an educator based in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of Florida State and Texas A&M Universities and is currently at work on a short-story collection and a novel.
“Ain’t No White Dolls” • Vol. 21, No. 4
is in Las Vegas.
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Dave S. Shearer
is from Suffolk County, NY. He is a graduate of Dowling College. In addition to writing you can find him fishing, practicing martial arts, drinking cheap whiskey, scaring his cats, and hotly debating his friends on trivial matters.
“Blood and Revelation” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is a clinical social worker who lives in Northern California. Her fiction has appeared or will appear in The Blotter Magazine, Fifth Wednesday Journal, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink (web), Workers Write—Tales from the Couch, 580 Split (web), Another Sky Press Horror Anthology, Thuglit (web) and others. Her nonfiction will appear in the winter issue of Ars Medica. “Third Strike” is part of her recently completed collection of linked jail stories. She is now working on a novel about a homeless, once-middle-class woman.
“Third Strike” • Vol. 20, No. 3
is a writer and artist from Rochester, MI. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Review, Clackamas, and others. Her MFA is from The University of Southern Maine. A version of this poem appeared in a small chapbook published by March Street Press.
“What Every Mother Hopes For” • Vol. 23, No. 2
has studied poetry at the universities of Wisconsin, Marquette, Iowa Workshop, and the Vest Conservatory for Writers. His poetry has recently appeared in Backstreet Quarterly, Beginnings, California Quarterly, Crucible, Icon, North Coast Review, Pegasus, and Wisconsin People and Ideas. His work is also in two anthologies: Echoes and Waves and Come Be a Memoirist from Baksun Books/Woodland Pattern. He was nominated for the 2013 Pushcart Prize.
“Worn Out” • Vol. 26, No. 4
is a retired English professor who has turned her hand to fiction after many years of writing essays and literary criticism. She lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband and their fox terrier, Dylan, who fills the “empty nest” left by three sons. Her brief memoir, “The Home Front,” is included in an anthology from New Brighton Books, Looking Back Stories. A short story, “a broken w,” appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of The Externalist, “A Gull’s Wing” appeared in the November 2008 issue of Word Catalyst Magazine, “Everyone Loves Porgy and Bess” appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of Sangam Magazine, and “Cowbirds Can’t Sing” appeared in the October 2009 issue of First Edition Magazine. She is currently working on a novel, 1948, which explores the post-war politics, prejudices, fears, and optimism of American society in that year.
“The Wrong Place” • Vol. 21, No. 3
Mary McLaughlin Slechta
is the author of Wreckage on a Watery Moon (FootHills) and two chapbooks.
“Two lectures on geography” • Vol. 24, No. 1
Her work has appeared in English Journal, Poesia, Michigan Feminist Studies, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Detroit News, 13th Moon, and anthologies. The Published Librarian: Successful Professional and Personal Writing is forthcoming from the American Library Association.
“What Are the Chances” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is a writer and performer living in Denton, TX. He can found opening for local bands or performing at Spiderweb Salon events. You can hear him read at walkersmart.bandcamp.com.
“Ant Eater” • Vol. 24, No. 4
Crystal Simone Smith
is a graphic designer, artist, and poet. Her poems have appeared in The African American Review, Louisiana Literature, Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Southern Women’s Review, and are forthcoming in Spillway, Nimrod, and Alimentum. Her work was nominated in 2011 for the Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.
“Bright Spots” • Vol. 23, No. 4
is a Southern Californian who went to Princeton and Cambridge. Before turning full-time to writing, he practiced law. He is the author of numerous short stories and a novel which received the lead reviews in the New Statesman and the Irish Times. He has never quite recovered from the 1960s or seen any reason to disavow its ideals. The decade continues to intrude on his fiction.
“Lost Privileges” • Vol. 25, No. 3
“At a Time Like This” • Vol. 26, No. 2
wants to be mysterious.
“The Gatekeeper” • Vol. 20, No. 1
Thomas R. Smith
lives in River Falls, Wisconsin and teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. His most recent collection of poetry is The Foot of the Rainbow (Red Dragonfly Press). He has also edited several books, including Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer (Graywolf Press). He posts poems and essays at thomasrsmithpoet.com.
“Saying Goodbye to the Bush Years” • Vol. 24, No. 3
“Failed States” • Vol. 25, No. 3
is a self-taught artist who has been producing darkly whimsical images out of in his basement in Staunton since 2010. His work is heavily influenced by the surreal side of science fiction. His latest show is AstroGirls and Automatons. Snodgrass’s next show, at the Staunton Augusta Art Center, opens on April 15, 2016. You can find more of his work at shop.snodgrassart.com
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has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, was a finalist in the Tom Howard Short Story Contest, and has been nominated for the 2013 storySouth’s Million Writers Award. She is the author of From Here to There and Other Stories. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including the Los Angeles Review, the Santa Clara Review, and WomenArts Quarterly, among others, and in twelve anthologies, including Solace in So Many Words, which won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Anthology.
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“What Needed to Be Done” • Vol. 23, No. 3
“The Gift” • Vol. 23, No. 3
received an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. His short stories, prose poems and poetry have appeared in Rattle, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The North American Review, Mississippi Review, Ascent, Grub Street, Oyster Boy Review, Eclectica, and other places. His work has also appeared in half-a-dozen anthologies. He lives in Escondido, California.
“leaving Hugo” • Vol. 23, No. 1
is currently is based in Montreal. He was born in 1978 in Manchester, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1992. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. He has recently exhibited work at the Galerie de l’UQAM in Montreal, the Louis Vuitton Gallery in Macau, and at the Sharjah Biennal 9 in the UAE. His work is in the collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Quebec. Lying in a space between 2 and 3 dimensions, his installations use a technique he developed in 1999 using multiple painted layered images in space to create unique 3D ephemeric forms. He explores the representation and strategies of power, the symbolic meanings of colour, movement, and the thresholds of form and perception. The subjects depicted in his work specifically relate to the breakdown and recreation of form and volume—as seen through his interest in cyclones, explosions, and forces. davidspriggs.com
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is a former newspaper reporter and current freelance writer. He resides in Texas with his wife and two sons. His writing has appeared in regional sports magazines in Texas, The Fatherlife, and on the Matador Network.
“Neighborly” • Vol. 24, No. 3
Scott T. Starbuck
is the Interim Creative Writing Coordinator at San Diego Mesa College. His poems can be read at poetryfish.com or heard at Fogged Clarity. His essay, "Another Short Ode to Kurt Cobain in the Time of Decay of the American Empire," is currently at Drunken Boat and his new chapbook, The Warrior Poems, will soon be published by Pudding House.
“Initiation Poem” • Vol. 21, No. 1
is the author of four books and has written frequently for a variety of publications including the Atlantic Monthly.
“The Poetry of Timothy Geithner” • Vol. 23, No. 1
began her artistic studies as a dancer, training and performing with The Houston Ballet, Interlochen Arts Academy, The Pennsylvania Ballet and others. She has a degree in literature with emphases in creative writing and philosophy, and pays the piper as a residential builder/designer in Traverse City, Mi where she lives with her husband and two boys. Jennifer’s poems have previously appeared in The Southeastern Review Online, The Dunes Review, The Bear River Review, and Re: Union, and she was a recent finalist in A River and Sound Review’s Duckabush Prize for Poetry. Her first collection, Forking the Swift, was published in 2010. She is a frequent contributor to Foreword Reviews and the vice-chair of Michigan Writers.
“No Cell Mine Long” • Vol. 22, No. 1
is a violinist writing, living, and teaching in upstate New York. She has been published in The Louisville Review, Primavera, Chicago Quarterly Review, Harpur Palate, Cottonwood, and many others.
“I Hear You Talking” • Vol. 21, No. 2
Robert David Stetten
is a Professor Emeritus in psychology at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Although his scholarly interest always centered upon the white rat, he finds humans the more fascinating species. His four radio dramas were produced by a National Public Radio affiliate, then made available for all NPR member stations nationwide. Three full-length stage plays of his were produced by the American Theatre of Actors in New York City. He has just recently taken up the short story form and another of his stories has been accepted for publication by Art Times magazine.
“The Colliery” • Vol. 21, No. 2
is an English Ph.D. student at University of Louisiana Lafayette, where he has been awarded a University Fellowship. In a previous incarnation he was a chiropractor for twenty-seven years in the state of Washington. His collection of poems, Where the Body Lives, was selected as winner of the 2012 Tiger’s Eye Chapbook Contest and is forthcoming.
“Coated” • Vol. 25, No. 2
is the author of Life In The Slow Lane, a memoir about a hair-raising summer spent teaching driver’s education to teenagers (available at lulu.com/content/paperback-book/life-in-the-slow-lane/1085674). A collection of his short essays is also forthcoming from Coolbeat Audiobooks. Thomas’s writing has appeared in 3AM Magazine, The Externalist, and Dogmatika, among others.
“Ready to Retire” • Vol. 20, No. 3
lives, works and writes in southern Illinois. She is the Director of the Carbondale Public Library. Her writing has appeared in the journal Kalliope, the anthologies Thinking Outside the Book; Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out, and elsewhere. She has fiction soon to appear in Subtle Fiction. She recently toured her local court house and jail. The short story "Fly the Yard" is her response.
“Fly the Yard” • Vol. 23, No. 1
is a professional storyteller and journalist from Seymour, Wisconsin.
“A Candle at the Window” • Vol. 22, No. 2
R L Swihart
currently lives in Long Beach, CA, and teaches high school mathematics in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various online and print journals, including Barnwood, Bateau, elimae, and Rhino.
“Through the Alembic of Duarte” • Vol. 22, No. 3
is the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. He has taught at the institutions of higher education in Canada and the United States in the fields of teacher education and educational leadership. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and presentations.
“Heaven’s Sigh” • Vol. 22, No. 2
Poems and stories have appeared recently in publications such as The Blotter, Breath and Shadow, Brilliant Record Magazine, Occupoetry, Speedpoet’s Zine, Storyteller Magazine, Stray Branch, and Taylor Trust.
“Garbage” • Vol. 26, No. 1
is the author of the novel Theo and the poetry collections Idiogest and The Rubaiyat of Hazmat. His stuff has appeared most recently in North American Review, Gargoyle, Great Lakes Review, Southwest Review, New World Writing, Louisville Review, and elsewhere.
“Leaf” • Vol. 26, No. 4
Marilyn L. Taylor
A former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin, she is the author of six poetry collections. Her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, American Scholar, Measure, and Able Muse. She has taken first place in a number of poetry contests, and recently received the 2015 Margaret Reid Award, an international competition for poetry in traditional forms.
“If you’re watching Face the Nation” • Vol. 27, No. 2
is currently an MFA student at the University of New Hampshire, and received her BA in creative writing from Columbia University. She works as an educator and guide at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, where she teaches acting, makes tissue boxes into guitars, and raises baby brook trout, among other things. Her work has previously appeared in Strange Horizons and Popcorn Press’s Cthulhu Haiku and Other Mythos Madness. You can visit her website at sarahterry.com.
“Blue Fairy” • Vol. 24, No. 2
Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Atlanta Review (International Publication Prize, 2015), Caesura, Raintown Review, Spillway, Unsplendid, and in anthologies such as Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai and Wide Awake: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. If You Spot Your Brother Floating By is her latest chapbook from Kattywompus Press. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and Web.
“Good News Sestina” • Vol. 27, No. 4
is a former English instructor at Georgia Tech and Federal Government College in Kaduna, Nigeria, where she taught for several years. Her short fiction has won awards from the Sandhills Writers Conference and the Atlanta Writers Club. It has been published in African Voices magazine and was recently accepted for publication in the Hawaii Pacific Journal, Kweli Journal (online) and an anthology of women writers to be published by the UUCA Women Writers Group. During a Dry Season is her first novel. Portia lives and writes in Lithonia, Georgia, near her hometown of Atlanta.
“Insurable Interest” • Vol. 22, No. 4
isa poet living San Francisco, CA. He is an alum of Yale University, where he studied Political Science and African-American literature and poetry. Albert’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Rogue Agent Journal, Gravel, Podium, and Radius. He recently received a nomination for the 2016 Pushcart Prize.
“Stutter Song” • Vol. 27, No. 2
lives in Massachusetts with her family. Her poems have received awards from the New England Poetry Club and the Lucidity Poetry Journal. Her writing has been published in Blast Furnace, Contemporary Haibun Online, Halfway Down the Stairs, Poetica Magazine, Red Claw Press’s anthology on Sleep, and others. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Catholic University.
“Full Service” • Vol. 24, No. 2
has been published most recently in Qaartsiluni, Right Hand Pointing, Phantom Kangaroo, and Lilliput Review. She grew up on the streets of Madison, WI, and continues to roam them in her car as a home health nurse. She lives with her husband, kids who (hopefully) will leave home soon, and a few cats who (hopefully) won’t.
“Desiderata” • Vol. 22, No. 4
fiddles with photographs when the writing muse is off on vacation (which has been a lot lately). Changing into a Bird is the result of one such fiddling episode.
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was born in Croatia but is now living in Norway. He is a 23-year-old tattoo/digital artist and loves making creepy/horror stuff. facebook.com/pages/Atomic-circuS/188468534505654
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Douglas J. Troxell
lives and writes in Macungie, Pennsylvania where he eagerly awaits the day the Internet reaches its full capacity so he can live a more simple life digging holes and filling them in again. His work has previously appeared in The Eunoia Review, Fiction365, Dark Futures, The Story Shack, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. douglasjamestroxell.com
“Election Day” • Vol. 22, No. 2
“Capacity” • Vol. 25, No. 1
attended Chelsea College of Art and Design located in London, UK, and has a BA in Feminist Theory from State University of New York Empire. Rebecca has written two novels, and one graphic novel. Her second novel is YA fiction set in the rural South during the Civil Rights movement. Her short stories can be found (soon) in Beorh Quarterly (Autumn issue 2014), and Deep Water Literary Journal (Spring issue 2014). Rebecca is also an avid writer of screenplays, and teaches film and creative writing in her community. She is a recent graduate of Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.
“The History of Fruit” • Vol. 24, No. 4
Joel E. Turner
His fiction has appeared in Ambit, Proof, 3AM Magazine, and New Millenium Writings. His first novel, Generation ’Dex, is about the securitization of human potential, and is seeking a publisher. He is working on a novel about an Anglo-Saxon riddle passed down since the fourteenth century from a monk in the Abbey at Malmesbury. He lives near Philadelphia and designs analytic software for banks. email@example.com.
“The Interview” • Vol. 20, No. 3
won a Nebula for her 1999 novelette, “Mars Is no Place for Children,” and her 2007 short story, “Pride,” was on the final Nebula ballot. Her novel, An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl, was serialized in Analog. Recent books include Ewaipanoma, Dragon Soup (with Marge Simon), and Your Cat & Other Space Aliens, a Pushcart nominee which appeared on the preliminary Stoker ballot. Her work has appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, F&SF, Cat Tales, Fast Forward 1, and other anthologies and magazines in English, Italian, and German. She is working on a novel, Isidis Rising. She lives near the Cleveland Airport with her husband, NASA scientist and science fiction writer Geoffrey Landis. Her son, Jack Brizzi, is an artist. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Rat” • Vol. 20, No. 1
is a native of Massachusetts who spent most of her adult life on the West Coast but now lives in the Twin Cities. Her chapbook Beleaguered Oases was published by tcCreativePress (Los Angeles) in 2010, and her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Clackamas Literary Review, Rattle, and Fire On Her Tongue: An e-Book Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry, among others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
“Pretend Play” • Vol. 23, No. 1
holds a BA in English from Austin Peay State University. He spends most of his time either writing or reading. This story is the first he has ever had accepted. He’s spent time with the homeless in downtown Nashville where he was inspired to write this story. He’s also spent time as a patient in mental institutions where he gained insight on the human condition. He completed and is revising three novels and going over many short stories.
“Nothing to Lose” • Vol. 20, No. 4
Jason Isaac Ulrich
24, is an author, independent filmmaker, voracious reader and, above all, a student and teacher of life. Having grown up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, he attended George Mason University, majoring in English Literature, later transferring to Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, where he currently resides. Mr. Ulrich is currently working on several pieces of writing, including two books and a play. redochrelit.com
“Generation Rx” • Vol. 22, No. 1
is a sophomore at Ohio State University studying History and English. His hobbies include scary stories, Japanese graphic novels and crime shows. He has been writing since he was ten. His dream is to be a novelist on par with Anne Rice, Stephen King, and James Patterson.
“Aasif” • Vol. 23, No. 3
lives and works in Conway, Arkansas, where he serves as the associate editor of Toad Suck Review. His short fiction has appeared Seattle Review, Laurel Review, Crazyhorse, Sou’wester and several other journals. He also writes plays and poetry and has published the novel Burnt Norway on Lulu.com.
“No. 117” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is a 24-year-old college student and PC repair technician in Southern California. Ryan is a new writer, and “Not Alone” is his first published work. He hopes that his stories will be enjoyed more often than not.
“Not Alone” • Vol. 24, No. 1
From Madison, Wisconsin, she has a Ph.D. in English from University of Pennsylvania. She is the new co-editor of the Wisconsin poetry journal Free Verse. Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals; a collection of poetry, Obstructed View (Fireweed Press), is due out Summer, 2009.
“Golden Jubilee” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is a native Mainer, a 55-year-old self-employed woman electrician, sometime educator, social activist, and story writer. Besides writing, her biggest project at the moment is clearing the wooded lot that she and her partner bought to build their house on.
“Dream Weavers” • Vol. 20, No. 4
a former cartographer, told stories with maps before she became a freelance writer in 2011. Her byline has appeared in The Writer, National Catholic Reporter and Appleseeds, among others. She sometimes writes about difficult subjects. She also completed her first middle-grade novel. Visit her at HeatherVillaWrites.com
“My Peanut-Butter-Sandwich Life” • Vol. 26, No. 4
is Swiss-British, was born in Hong Kong, and currently divides his time between Reykjavik, Zurich, and New York City. His work has appeared in many journals, including Washington Square Review, Canary, The Bitter Oleander, Crab Creek Review, Tears in the Fence, and Guernica. His recent books include The Propaganda Factory, or Speaking of Trees; Pull of the Gravitons; Gods of a Ransacked Century; and forthcoming from NeoPoiesis Press, Mao’s Moles. A new English-German bilingual collection, Additional Breathing Exercises, is forthcoming from Wolfbach Verlag, Zurich, Switzerland (2013). His recent translations include Kissing Nests by Werner Lutz (Spuyten Duyvil, 2013) and Secret Letter by Erika Burkart from Cervena Barva Press.
“Advanced Tree-Planting” • Vol. 24, No. 1
is a poet and musician from Topeka, KS, where he drives a bookmobile for the public library. His work has appeared in Kansas City Voices, Stone Highway Review, and Inscape, among others. He loves you, and wants the best for you. tvolpert.tumblr.com
“This Woman Breastfeeds in Public. You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!” • Vol. 25, No. 3
James P. Wagner
is a young writer about to earn his B.A. from Dowling College with a major in English Creative Writing and a Minor in Literature. He has been writing since he was 12 years old and intends on going to graduate school for creative writing in the fall. His ultimate goal is to earn his Ph.D. and become a college professor for writing and literature. He has published short stories in several magazines including Riverrun, Struggle Magazine and Golden Visions and has been a featured poet for Long Island’s Performance Poetry Association. In addition to writing, which he does every day, James is an active martial artist, painter, linguist and musician.
“The Hunt” • Vol. 20, No. 1
Naomi Beth Wakan
A poet and personal essayist, she has written/compiled over thirty-five books, including Haiku—one breath poetry (Heian International), an American Library Association selection. Recent titles are Segues, Late Bloomer—on writing later in life, Compositions: notes on the written word, and Book Ends: a year between the covers, all from Wolsak and Wynn. Naomi is a member of Haiku Canada, Tanka Canada, The League of Canadian Poets, and Poetry Gabriola. Her poetry and essays have been printed in numerous magazines including Geist, Room of One’s Own, Moonset, and Red Light, and have been read on CBC. She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, the sculptor Elias Wakan.
“Keeping Clothes White” • Vol. 21, No. 1
lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. His poetry has appeared in PANK, SOFTBLOW, Orange Quarterly, OccuPoetry and other journals. New work is forthcoming from Prick of the Spindle.
“The Summer Georgia Killed Troy Davis” • Vol. 23, No. 2
iis a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies in English, Social Justice, and Youth Studies. In 2010 he represented the U of M at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational where his team placed 3rd in the nation and he was named Best Male Poet. He has also represented Minneapolis, Minnesota and Madison, Wisconsin at the adult national level in poetry slam, and appeared on Group Piece Final Stage with the former team. In 2012 he won the award for Best Poem by a Male Poet at the Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational. His work has appeared in literary journals The Legendary, Used Furniture Review, and The Bakery as well as the audio podcast IndieFeed. His first collection of poetry, What the Night Demands on Write Bloody Press will be released in April 2013.
“Negative Space” • Vol. 23, No. 4
took her Masters in English with a concentration in Fiction at Longwood University in 2006. She is now working as Lecturer of English at Longwood University where she teaches composition, writing for active citizenship, American Literature and practical issues for the beginning writer courses in Longwood’s Creative Writing program. She has read her work at the Southern Humanities Council Conference numerous times between 2004 and 2009.
“What The Shadow Knows” • Vol. 21, No. 3
writes on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, WI. She grew up in the Washington, DC, area, which might be why social justice issues push their way into much of her work. A Pushcart-nominated poet, her poetry has appeared in many publications, including Out of Line, Your Daily Poem, Verse Wisconsin, Seeding the Snow, Ars Medica, Echoes and Naugatuck River Review. She co-edited the 2002 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar.
“Wonder Woman on Farwell Avenue” • Vol. 24, No. 4
Sam Herschel Wein
is a graduate of Washington University in St Louis who currently resides in Chicago. He has been a fellow at Tent: Creative Writing for Nonfiction in Amherst, Massachusetts, and is currently the Editorial Assistant at Construction Magazine.
“Knife Party” • Vol. 26, No. 3
Eric Z. Weintraub
is a USC graduate from Los Angeles, CA. Including "La Laguna," he is currently writing a collection of short stories about undocumented immigration. He also serves as co-founder for The Storyboard Project, a transmedia organization working to assist emancipated foster youth. He is the author of the one-act play "Detention" (2006), recipient of a New Short Fiction Series Emerging Writer Award, and first place winner in the creative writing category at the 2013 USC Writer’s Conference. Read more about his short stories at undocumentedarizona.com. Contact him at EricZWeintraub@gmail.com.
“La Laguna” • Vol. 25, No. 4
is a Chicago poet who will be pursuing his MFA at the University of Wisconsin–Madison next fall. He earned his MA in English at DePaul University and has work in (or forthcoming from) After Hours: a Journal of Chicago Writing and Art, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Cleaver, Mobius, H_NMG_N, Literary Orphans, The Legendary, Red Paint Hill, and others.
“Recovery. A Nonfiction.” • Vol. 26, No. 2
is from Milwaukee and spent 22 years in manufacturing and the last 15 years as a workforce development professional helping job seekers. Ed practiced writing sporadically over the years, but only recently has started to write more regularly and to submit his work to public scrutiny. Ed’s work has appeared in the 2009 Mark My Words collaborative art show in LaCrosse and in the collection Vampyr Verse (Popcorn Press, 2009).
“The Way Philanthropy Works” • Vol. 21, No. 2
“Time Is Money” • Vol. 25, No. 1
“Money” • Vol. 27, No. 1
Neil’s speculative poems appear at a variety of venues, from Scifaikuest to Tales of the Talisman and Futuredaze (an anthology of young-adult science fiction); and at Space and Time Magazine and Hungur Magazine. His speculative flash fiction can be found in Big Pulp and 100 Horrors Anthology.
“The Flight” • Vol. 24, No. 1
believes that art is as important as water or breath. She was born and raised in Southern California and presently lives with her three children in the sultry piedmont forest of North Carolina. She began the Mary-el Tarot in late 1997, finishing it in 2012. In the early days her big goal with this tarot was to have one that was powerful, beautiful and balanced between male and female energies. This idea grew and evolved as this tarot unfolded, and at the end represents the greatness of the balanced human soul, which is itself a reflection of the balanced universe. A journey from perfection in innocence to experience and enlightenment. mary-el.com
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is the author of My Moustache (Dancing Girl Press, 2013) and Orienteering (Origami Poems Project, 2013). Her poems appear in or are forthcoming from journals such as Gargoyle, Bayou Magazine, Weave Magazine, and Sixth Finch.
“Exile” • Vol. 24, No. 4
The 2009 Emerging Writer Fellow at Penn State Altoona, he is a 2009 Creative Nonfiction MFA graduate of George Mason University. His nonfiction and fiction has been published, or is forthcoming, in Pindledyboz, Emerson Review, Monkeybicycle, Word Riot, and Fringe, among others, and was selected for a Finalist for Glimmertrain’s Short Story Award for New Writers. He is working on a book about Social Humor, comedy and why he’s not very funny. He lives in Vienna, Austria.
“Boxer” • Vol. 21, No. 1
is the author of many poems and short stories, many of which are speculative, political, or both. He lives in Corrales, New Mexico, without internet or e-mail.
“Snowed In” • Vol. 24, No. 4
is a practicing physician in Denver, Colorado, specializing in medical disorders complicating pregnancy. His work has appeared in Measure, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, Barefoot Muse, The Raintown Review, The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine and others. My 2007 chapbook, Shoulders, Fibs, and Lies, is available through Pudding House Press.
“Hands” • Vol. 20, No. 3
resides in Kent, Ohio, little more than a stone’s throw from the Cuyahoga River. A green grocer and plantswoman by trade, she strives daily to expand community access to healthy, local and organic food. Natural historian, gardener, fiber artist, and lacrosse mom, she unwinds by playing outside as much as possible.
“The Last Sheaf Standing” • Vol. 21, No. 3
Keith S. Wilson
is a Kentucky poet and recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Many of his poems express his love for his family and explore his experiences as a biracial (black/white) man. His poetry has appeared in the journals NKUExpressed and Appalachian Heritage.
“gambit” • Vol. 20, No. 4
is a fiction writer and poet from western New York. He holds a journalism degree from St. Bonaventure University. His work has appeared at Across the Margin and Literally Stories. His poetry will soon be published at Typehouse Literary Magazine and Ink in Thirds.
“Skin” • Vol. 27, No. 3
is the founding editor of Right Hand Pointing and, with Howie Good, co-edits White Knuckle Press. He could use a ride, sometime, if it’s not too much trouble.
“A Frontier of Ethiopian Futurism” • Vol. 24, No. 1
is a painter who lives and works in San Francisco, California. She attended the University of Colorado at Denver, graduating with an MBA. After 25 years working in commercial banking risk management at a large financial institution, she bailed out of her job to pursue a full-time art career. Her work is fueled by contemporary culture, and a curiosity for the macabre. She uses a combination of imagery that is drawn from modern symbols and icons merged with religion, mythology and science. Her paintings can be found in the collections of Ben Stiller, Paul Ruscha, Axl Rose, Robert Williams, and other important art collectors. Recent works may be viewed at Bert Green Fine Art in Los Angeles, CA and at her website.
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A Grand Master of SFWA, Grand Master of SFPA, Grand Master of the World Fantasy Association, author of over 350 books, past president of SFWA, has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America. Much of her output is poetry, and she has a subscriber list of over 720 people to her poetry-a-day list.
“When We Were Put in Camps” • Vol. 27, No. 3
“Theology” • Vol. 27, No. 4
is interested in the little people, those seemingly ordinary individuals enmeshed in broader historical circumstances, and the realities they build within those circumstances to find meaning in what can often be a vast and confusing world. He grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana and now attends Rice University.
“right of return” • Vol. 25, No. 4
Bethany L. Young
has been writing zines and trying to overthrow the government since age 12. She strives to add anthropological flair to her counterculture writings. Ms. Young is a lifelong advocate for gay and lesbian rights and gender equality.
“Hopeless Romantic” • Vol. 21, No. 3
is the editor of Otoliths, ives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia, & has been publishing poetry for more than fifty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, primarily text poetry but also including speculative fiction, vispo, & art history. His work has been widely anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages. His most recent book of poetry, Mineral Terpsichore, is out from gradient press of Finland. His latest e-book, The Holy Sonnets unDonne, is available as a download from The Red Ceilings Press.
“clusters of titanium dioxide” • Vol. 26, No. 3
“A patriot’s tale” • Vol. 27, No. 1
“Tectonic Drift” • Vol. 27, No. 4
has spent most of his career as a print and radio reporter, editor and news director. He’s filed over fifty features for NPR covering, among other things, the economy, education, the environment and gay marriage. He has won a number of national awards, including the 2007 DuPont-Columbia award (the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer prize) for his ground-breaking series on hidden poverty on Cape Cod. Steve also has an MFA in fiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He’s had six previous short stories published, two of which were nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories. Steve has also been lugging around a finished novel for the past few years which, alas, remains unpublished. He grew up in Vermont and now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“Count Rumford” • Vol. 25, No. 1
is a student from Maryland. Her work appears in Word Riot and theNewerYork, among others.
“An Apology” • Vol. 25, No. 4
“Poem about Race” • Vol. 26, No. 1
“Forgotten and Forbidden” • Vol. 26, No. 2