Alexis Avlamis (b. Athens, 1979) is a painter influenced by the Surrealist’s Automatism. He received early art instruction from Bennington College, Vermont and later on earned a BFA(hons) in Painting and Mosaic from the Athens School of Fine Arts. He juxtaposes existing visuals with fabricated ones, leading to the creation of cosmographic mindscapes. Last year, he landed his Cosmographies solo show at the CICA Museum, S. Korea. His work has been exhibited and published internationally, while shows include the: Cardinal Planes, Korean Cultural Center, NY, (USA), 31st September competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, LA, (USA), Stencil Art Prize, (Australia), 39th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, NJ, (USA), 7th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner (Painting). He is a Laureate of the International Emerging Artist Award (Drawing and Illustration) and of the 2018 American Art Awards (Naive category). Works may be found in private and museum collections internationally.
D. Avraham is the editor of Holy C.OW. Anthology – SF Stories from the Center of the World. He is the author of the satirical novel All About Me – Trigger Warning: This Book is Fiction (It’s Not My Fault Press, 2019), and the fantasy novels Blight Crissing (Shirtsleeve Press, 2016) and The Shepherd King Chronicles: Foundation Stone (Beith David Publishing, 2010). His story “Tick-Tock Man,” was selected to appear in the upcoming Science Fiction anthology, Clash of the Titles, edited by Gil Bavel and with a forward by Paul DiFilippo. You can visit D. Avraham at his blog at davraham.com, on Facebook (Author.D.Avraham) or on Twitter (davraham818). D. Avraham currently lives with his family in the Hebron Hills of Israel, where, aside from writing, he teaches at the Jerusalem College of Technology, raises sheep and chickens, home schools his own kids, and tries to stay out of trouble. Sometimes he’s successful.
Chelsea Bunn is the author of the chapbook “Forgiveness” (Finishing Line Press, 2019). Her work appears in Maudlin House, Apathy Magazine, The Ellis Review, Cover, The Big Windows Review, Sooth Swarm Journal, Dogwood, and other journals and anthologies. She earned her MFA in Poetry and her BA in English at Hunter College in New York, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing for the BFA program at Navajo Technical University. You can learn more about her at chelseabunn.com. Instagram: instagram.com/chelseabunnwriter
Helen Marie Casey’s chapbooks include “Fragrance Upon His Lips,” and “Inconsiderate Madness,” a finalist for the Julia Ward Howe Award of the Boston Authors Club. Her newest poetry chapbook, “Zero Degrees,” has been released by Finishing Line Press and is a collection of Poetry of Witness. She has also written a biography, “My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer.” In addition, she has written a monograph, “Portland’s Compromise: The Colored School 1867-1872” and has won the 2005 Black River Chapbook competition, the 14th National Poet Hunt of The MacGuffin, and the Frank O’Hara Prize from the Worcester Review in 2014. Her work appears in several poetry journals, including, among many others, The Laurel Review, Louisiana Literature, CT Review, The Worcester Review, Paterson Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, The Comstock Review, Rock & Sling, and The MacGuffin. Her poem, “It Happens at Laurelhurst Park,” has been selected as an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, sponsored by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College.
Mary Crow has been published in literary magazines including American Poetry Review, New Madrid, Hotel Amerika, A Public Space, Interim, Poet Lore, Denver Quarterly, Illuminations, Cimarron Review, Indianola Review, Wisconsin Review, and Tulane Review. She has published three chapbooks of poetry and three full-length books plus five volumes of poetry translation. Her awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Colorado Council on the Arts as well as three Fulbrights. For 14 years she served as Poet Laureate of Colorado. She is retired from the faculty of Colorado State University’s creative writing faculty. She visited Cairo in 2011 during the Spring Uprising on her way to a residency at El Gouna on the Red Sea where she spent the month of January that year. She is circulating a book of poems, Just Beyond Tahrir Square, inspired by this trip.
Dominque Dève is a French drawer and painter, primarily of portraits in the expressionist, figurative style. You can find out more about him on his website: www.dominiquedeve.com
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Melanie Faith is a poet, fictionist, photographer, auntie, and professor. Her short stories were published in Red Coyote and SunLit Fiction. Her poetry most recently appeared in Prometheus Dreaming (May 2019), Up North Lit, Meniscus, and Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review. Her photography recently appeared in Barren Magazine, Fourth & Sycamore, Harbor Review, Sum Journal, and And So Yeah. In 2018, two of her craft books were published – In a Flash!: Writing & Publishing Dynamic Flash Prose and Poetry Power (both by Vine Leaves Press and available at Amazon). Signed copies of her books are available at her Etsy shop. Her next book, Photography for Writers, will be available in November 2019. She is currently working on new poems and photos. Melanie collects quotes, books, and twinkly costume-jewelry pins, and she enjoys spending time with her darling nieces. Learn more about her latest projects at: https://www.melaniedfaith.com/blog/. Twitter: https://twitter.com/writer_faith
Jeremiah Gilbert is an award-winning photographer and avid traveler. He likes to travel light and shoot handheld. His travels have taken him to over eighty countries spread across five continents. His photography has been published internationally, in both digital and print publications, and has been exhibited worldwide. His hope is to inspire those who see his work to look more carefully at the world around them in order to discover beauty in unusual and unexpected places. Website: www.jeremiahgilbert.com
Philip Jacobsen’s work appeared in the Write Launch in August 2019. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and works at Green Apple Books.
Janet Jenkins-Stotts has self-published a novel The Orchid Garden, and a chapbook, “Winter’s Yield.” Her works have been published in “Kansas Today,” “KansasVoices,” “Konza Journal,” “River City Poetry,” “Dash,” “Passager,” “Burningword Journal,” “The Sea Letter,” “Lighten Up Online,” and “Haibun Today.” She lives in Topeka with her husband, Dave, and their min-pin Romeo.
Fredric Koeppel has had poetry published in Vox Poetica, Bareknuckle Poet, Typishly, Peeking Cat, Right Hand Pointing, Many Mountains Moving and Iowa Review. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee, and writes the wine review blog BiggerThanYourHead.net Twitter: @vinohead Facebook: www.facebook.com/fredric.koeppel
Neal Lipschutz’s short fiction for young people and adults has appeared in several digital and print literary publications, including American Writers Review 2019.
Gregory Loselle has won four Hopwood Awards at The University of Michigan, where he earned an MFA. He has won The Academy of American Poets Prize, the William van Wert Fiction Award from Hidden River Arts, and The Ruby Lloyd Apsey Award for Playwriting. He was the winner of the 2009 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, The Robert Frost Award of The Robert Frost Foundation, and the Rita Dove Prize for poetry (where he won both First Prize and an Honorable Mention) at Salem College. He has won multiple awards in the Poetry Society of Michigan’s Annual Awards Competition. His first chapbook, Phantom Limb, was published in 2008, and another, Our Parents Dancing, in 2010, both from Pudding House Press. Two more, The Whole of Him Collected, and About the House, were published by Finishing Line Press in 2012 and 2013 respectively. His short fiction has been featured in the Wordstock and Robert Olen Butler Competition anthologies, as well as in The Saturday Evening Post, and The Metro Times of Detroit, and his poetry has appeared in The Ledge, Oberon, The Comstock Review, Rattle, The Georgetown Review, River Styx, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Pinch, Alehouse, Poetry Nook, Sow’s Ear, and online in The Ambassador Poetry Project, among others. Please visit his website: www.gloselle.com
Karan Madhok is an Indian writer and a graduate of the MFA programme from the American University in Washington, DC. His short fiction and translations have been published in The Literary Review, ANMLY, F(r)iction, The Aerogram, and Solstice, and forthcoming in Gargoyle Magazine and The Lantern Review. He won American University’s 2018 Myra Skralew Award for the best MFA Thesis (prose) and is currently working on his first novel. Twitter: @karanmadhok1 Facebook: facebook.com/karanmadhok
DS Maolalai has been nominated for Best of the Web and twice for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, “Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden” (Encircle Press, 2016) and “Sad Havoc Among the Birds” (Turas Press, 2019). Twitter: @diarmo1990
Peter Newall lives in Thalgarrah, NSW, but has travelled extensively through Central and Eastern Europe, pursuing the ghosts of the Habsburg Empire, the Soviet Union and his ancestors. He has been published in England, the USA and Australia. His stories The Luft Mensch and The Chinese General were each nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His work can be found on his website: http://peterjustinnewall.blogspot.com.au/
Leah Oates recently had a solo show in Toronto in February 2019 at Black Cat Artspace and group shows in Toronto at the Gladstone Hotel, Connections Gallery, Propeller Gallery, Arta Gallery and as part of the Xpose Photography Festival at the Papermill Gallery. She has a solo show planned for April 2020 at the Wychwood Barns Community Gallery in Toronto. She had solo shows at venues such as Susan Eley Fine Art, The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, The Brooklyn Public Library, The Center for Book Arts, Tomasulo Gallery, Real Art Ways, and at the Sol Mednick Gallery at the Philadelphia University of the Arts and national and international solo shows at Anchor Graphics, Artemisia Gallery and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois and at Galerie Joella in Turku, Finland. Her work has been in group shows in NY City and state at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Nurture Art Gallery, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Yale University, The Pen and Brush and at The Center for Book Arts and nationally at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Florida, Unsettled Gallery in New Mexico, The Southeast Center for Photography in South Carolina and at Nave Gallery in Massachusetts. For more about her, visit: www.leahoates.com Twitter: twitter.com/beerhino Facebook: facebook.com/leah.oates1
Michelle Rogge Gannon runs the writing center and teaches courses in English at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She grew up in a small Iowa town and later spent several years in Minneapolis, always hoping for a glimpse of the elusive Prince. She loves reading and writing fiction.
Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, native Philadelphian, has been writing poetry for the last twenty-two plus years and her poems have appeared in small and electronic presses, nationally and internationally. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections: Images of Being (Stone Garden Publishing, 2011); Light’s Battered Edge (Anaphora Literary Press, 2015); Night Sweat (Red Dashboard Press, 2016); and The Handheld Mirror of the Mind (Kelsay Press, 2018. Currently, she is the poetry editor at North of Oxford and works a full-time job as a procurement agent. More can be found at: http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com and https://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diane.guarnieri.9
Kit Storjohann is a writer, photographer, meditation teacher, and film archivist living on the east end of Long Island, New York. As a founding member of the North Fork Writers Group, Kit’s stories were featured in their anthologies “Seven Voices: Volume One” (2015) and “Seven Voices: Volume Two” (2018), both published by The New Atlantean Library. His work has also appeared in “The Mindfulness Bell,” the online version of “Here Comes Everybody,” and the anthology “Beach Reads: Paradise” (2019) published by Third Street Writers, Inc.
Lazar Trubman is a college professor from the former USSR and a survivor of the political prison in Northern Russia, who immigrated to the United States in 1990. In 2017, after teaching the Theory of Literature and Roman languages for twenty-two years, he retired to devote his time to writing. His prose and poetry appeared in literary venues across the USA, Canada and the UK, among them, The New Reader, Forge, Bending Genres, formercactus, Lit Mag and others.
Holly Woodward is an artist and writer whose works have won over a hundred honors. She spent a year as a doctoral fellow at Moscow University; she also studied for two semesters at Saint Petersburg U. She served as writer in residence at Saint Albans, Washington National Cathedral. Holly was a fiction fellow at CUNY’s Writers Institute for the last four years.
Kobina Wright lives in the California desert. She is the creator of the Hodaoa-Anibo language and dictionary – a work of art dedicated to her ancestral lineage brought to the land in bondage. She is the co-creator of nuler poetry – a form of poetry in which the title is exceptionally long and the poem that follows is eight words or less. Currently, Wright is working on a series of art assemblages inspired by rootwork.