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Issue 4


Brittany Ackerman
is a writer from Riverdale, New York. She earned her BA in English from Indiana University and graduated from Florida Atlantic University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. She teaches Archetypal Psychology and American Literature at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood, CA. She was the 2017 Nonfiction Award Winner for Red Hen Press, as well as the AWP Intro Journals Project Award Nominee in 2015. Her work has been featured in The Los Angeles Review, No Tokens, Hobart, Cosmonauts Ave, Fiction Southeast, and more. Her first collection of essays entitled The Perpetual Motion Machine is out now with Red Hen Press, and her debut novel The Brittanys will be published with Vintage in 2021.

Jerome Berglund graduated from the cinema-television production program at the University of Southern California and has spent much of his career working in television and photography. His work has been featured prominently in many journals, including gracing the cover of the most recent issue of pacificREVIEW. His pictures have further been published and awarded in local papers, and in 2019 he staged an exhibition in the Twin Cities area which included a residency of several months at a local community center. A selection of his black and white fine art photographs was showcased at the Pause Gallery in New York over last Winter’s holiday season, and his fashion photography is currently on display at the BG Gallery in Santa Monica.

Lawrence Bridges is best known for work in the film and literary world. His poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Tampa Review. He has published three volumes of poetry: Horses on Drums, Flip Days, and Brownwood. As a filmmaker, he created a series of literary documentaries for the NEA’s “Big Read” initiative, which include profiles of Ray Bradbury, Amy Tan, Tobias Wolff, and Cynthia Ozick.

Formerly of New York City and South Florida, B.A. Brittingham is currently a resident of Southwestern Michigan, and a writer with an interest in photography. Images and words share diverse yet remarkable ways of telling the world’s stories. These are beautiful pictures that one hopes will counterbalance the unpleasant upheaval of today’s headlines.

Hugh Findlay writes a lot, sometimes publishes, and would rather be caught fishing. He cooks a pretty good gumbo but can’t sing or dance. He’s colorblind but can smell like a bloodhound. He feels funny in suspenders. He likes beer. Twitter: @hughmanfindlay

Jeanette Lynes is a fiction writer and poet living in Canada. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Low-Residency Program.

Mark Stoneman served in the Army for 20 years before retiring to Washington, DC in 2014. He used the GI Bill to help him earn an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and he now teaches Freshman Composition at Northern Virginia Community College. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Inside Sources, and Consequence Magazine. “A Scarf From Kabul” is a memoir piece based on his time serving as an American officer in Afghanistan in 2012.

Catherine Reef‘s most recent book is SARAH BERNHARDT: THE DIVINE AND DAZZLING LIFE OF THE WORLD’S FIRST SUPERSTAR (Clarion, 2020). She is a prolific author of nonfiction for young readers and adults whose work has earned her the Sydney Taylor Award, the Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, the Joan G. Sugarman Book Award, and National Jewish Book Award and Jefferson Cup honors. Catherine Reef grew up on Long Island, graduated from Washington State University, and now lives and writes in College Park, Maryland. Readers can follow her on Facebook or visit her website.

Mary Camille Thomas is a native of Santa Cruz, California who considers herself lucky to have returned after living in Davis, Germany, Los Angeles, Holland, and on the road. A college librarian by profession, she is inspired by her passion for books and nature and uses writing as a tool to navigate our crazy consumer culture constantly bombarding us with demands and desires. How do we balance the competing demands in our lives and touch the peace that reigns in the cave of every heart? She explores possibilities in poems and micro essays on her blog “The Kingdom of Enough” and is currently at work on a novel called Schatz.

James Reade Venable was born in Manhattan, New York. He has been published in Dodho, Camas, The Emerson Review, and many more. He is a 2x winner of London Photo Festival’s Monthly Competition. He is currently slated to direct a short film. He lives in Gerpinnes, Belgium with his wife and dog. His photos are available for print at: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jamesreade-venable

 

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Gregory Antollino is a photographer who works a day job as a civil-rights lawyer. He studied art and photography at Northwestern and Columbia. In 2019, he attended the Disquiet International Conference in Lisbon, where he studied photojournalism with Deanne Fitzmaurice. Greg’s photography has been in several group exhibitions, one of which he won first prize. He has been published in several journals and the New York Times. He is about to launch his web site with the best photographs from his teens as well as fifteen years of travels.
Instagram: @Marcellit0
Twitter: @civilrightslwyr

Alice Becker is a retired attorney now creating art through photography. Although she lived her entire professional life in Seattle, Washington, she grew up raised by two artists in the Chicago area where she has now recently relocated. Her work has appeared in regional and national exhibitions, literary/ arts journals, the Seattle Times, and public spaces.

Formerly of New York City and South Florida, B.A. Brittingham is currently a resident of Southwestern Michigan, and a writer with an interest in photography. Images and words share diverse yet remarkable ways of telling the world’s stories. These are beautiful pictures that one hopes will counterbalance the unpleasant upheaval of today’s headlines.

John Cullen lives in Michigan and teaches at Ferris State University. His work has appeared recently in American Journal of Poetry and North Dakota Quarterly.

William Derge’s poems have appeared in Negative Capability, The Bridge, Artful Dodge, Bellingham Review, and many other publications. He is the winner of the $1000 2010 Knightsbridge Prize judged by Donald Hall and second place winner of the Rainmaker Award judged by Marge Piercy. He has received honorable mentions in contests sponsored by The Bridge, Sow’s Ear, and New Millennium, among others. His work has appeared in several anthologies of Washington poets: Hungry as We Are and Winners.

Dagne Forrest lives and works in a small town just west of Canada’s capital. She shares her life with several other humans, an athletic labrador retriever who suffers from separation anxiety, three cats, and a small flock of chickens. Her poetry has appeared or will soon appear in K’in Literary Journal, Prime Number Magazine, Not Very Quiet and Sky Island Journal, and her creative nonfiction in Paper Dragon. Find out more at dagneforrest.com.
Facebook: @dagne.forrest

Tristan Franz is a writer from Brooklyn, NY. His poetry is driven by the power of place and the human need to explore. You can find his work in a variety of online publications, including Moko Magazine, The Ekphrastic Review and Monday Night. You can follow him on Instagram @theprecartesian.

Katrina Funk lives in a small mountain town with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing or studying her bees, she can be found running or curled up with her favorite book. She has previously been published in Sink Hollow.
Twitter: @katrina__funk

A graduate of the University of North Carolina and Duke Law School, James Garrison practiced law until returning to his first loves: writing and reading good literature. His novel, QL 4 (TouchPoint Press 2017), set in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War, has won awards for literary and military fiction, and it was a finalist for the 2018 Montaigne Medal. His most recent novel, The Safecracker, a tongue-in-cheek legal thriller, was released in eBook and paperback by TouchPoint Press in September 2019. The Safecracker was a winner for legal fiction in the New York City Big Book Awards, a category finalist for the 2020 Eric Hoffer Award, a Distinguished Favorite in the Legal Thriller category for the Independent Press Awards, and a finalist in the 2020 American Fiction Awards for the Legal Thriller category. His creative nonfiction and fiction works and poems have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies. Sheila-Na-Gig nominated ‘Lost: On the Staten Island Ferry’ for a 2018 Pushcart prize.
Webpage: https://jamesgarrison-author.com/
Twitter: @JimGarrison10
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesGarrisonauthor/

Jeff B. Gray is currently based in Idaho, working as a writer and photographer for a federal land management agency. Prior to moving West, he was a documentary writer-producer in D.C. and Maryland, working on PBS and Discovery shows. He also worked at the National Institutes of Health for several years, writing for a newsletter called Global Health Matters. Last year, he self-published a short satirical novel (in eBook form) titled Blessed Be the Invertebrates under the name Barrow Gray. The novelette is carried by Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online bookstores. Originally from north Florida, he received an M.A. in American Studies at Florida State University. Some of his literary influences include Thomas Pynchon, Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Toni Morrison, Flannery O’ Connor, Ralph Ellison, William Gibson, Albert Camus and Kurt Vonnegut. In his spare time, he enjoys studio photography, sampling Scotch whiskies and binge-watching the Criterion Channel.

Susan Ioannou is a widely published Canadian poet living in Toronto, who also writes literary essays, reviews, and fiction. Her recent books include Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth (Your Scrivener Press), Nine to Ninety: Stories Across the Generations (Wordwrights Canada), and Looking for Light (Hidden Brook Press). A full literary CV is on her website http://www3.sympatico.ca/susanio/

By second grade, Lani Jordan knew she wanted to be a writer. That ambition has not wavered in the more than five decades she’s been lucky enough to earn enough money with words – first as a journalist and then as a high-level corporate spin doctor – to pay the mortgage, buy the groceries, put three daughters through college and purchase a few cute pairs of shoes. The downside: Few words of her own left at the end of each day. Now a communication consultant, she’s reclaimed her own voice through personal essays. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, the home-base of her irreverent and eagerly awaited holiday newsletter the Lincoln Avenue Bugle-Tattler. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, worked as a reporter and bureau manager for United Press International; and spent three decades as head corporate spin doctor for a Fortune 100 company that is also the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperative.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lani.jordan.5/
Twitter: @LaniJordan
LinkedIn: Lani Jordan
Instagram: lani.jordan.5

Kurt Luchs (kurtluchs.com) has poems published or forthcoming in Plume Poetry Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, and The Bitter Oleander. He won the 2019 Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest, and has written humor for the New Yorker, the Onion and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. His books include a humor collection, It’s Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It’s Really Funny), and a poetry chapbook, One of These Things Is Not Like the Other. His first full-length poetry collection, Falling in the Direction of Up, is forthcoming from Sagging Meniscus Press.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kurt.luchs 

Karen McAferty Morris loves poetry for its ability to lift both the heart and mind to discoveries, connections and, ultimately, comfort. She is Poetry Editor of the NLAPW’s magazine The Pen Woman. Her chapbook “Elemental” was published in April 2018, followed by “Confluence” in May 2020. She lives in the Florida panhandle. 

Joel Moskowitz is an artist and retired picture framer who lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts. His poems have appeared in The Comstock Review, J Journal, Midstream, Naugatuck River Review, The Healing Muse, MuddyRiverPoetryReview.com, BostonPoetryMagazine.com and Soul-Lit.com. He is a First Prize winner of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire National Contest.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joel.moskowitz.14 

Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, and The Minnesota Review, and it has thrice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Rachel Myers is a poet and writer. She lives in Reno, NV with her elderly pug, Watson.

Vic Nogay writes to explore her traumas, misremembrances, and Ohio, where she is from. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Versification, Rejection Letters Lit, (mac)ro(mic), Ellipsis, and other journals.
Twitter: @vicnogay.
Read: linktr.ee/vicnogay.

Glen Sorestad is a poet from the northern plains of Canada who has published over twenty books of poetry. His poems have appeared in magazines and journals all over North America and have been translated into eight languages.

Mary Camille Thomas is a native of Santa Cruz, California who considers herself lucky to have returned after living in Davis, Germany, Los Angeles, Holland, and on the road. A college librarian by profession, she is inspired by her passion for books and nature and uses writing as a tool to navigate our crazy consumer culture constantly bombarding us with demands and desires. How do we balance the competing demands in our lives and touch the peace that reigns in the cave of every heart? She explores possibilities in poems and micro essays on her blog “The Kingdom of Enough” and is currently at work on a novel called Schatz.

James Reade Venable is a photographer originally from New York City. He has been published several times. He just finished directing the NYC band The Allegation’s music video for Doormat Daddy!
Instagram: @venableshoots

Dianna Zimmerman is a published, award-winning poet, novelist, and screenwriter. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing and has a background in psychology. She has held an eclectic mix of jobs, including carnival worker, apartment manager, writing instructor, domestic violence women’s advocate, and self-driving vehicle test driver. She is currently a freelance writer, screenplay consultant, and editor. Her poems have appeared in Syracuse Cultural Workers Women Artists Datebook, Crossroads, Voices of Michigan, So To Speak, Central Avenue, Conceptions Southwest, and Whitefish Review. She is a recipient of the American Academy of Poets Prize. Her screenplays have received awards from Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope, Austin Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Final Draft Big Break, and others. She recently completed a middle grade novel.

 

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Carol Bartold’s essays have appeared in Critical Read, The Hunger, Prairie Schooner Blog, Haunted Waters Press, and Old Farmer’s Almanac. As Senior Reporter for My Hometown Bronxville she covers municipal government, education, and land use. She holds the MFA degree in Writing (Nonfiction) from Sarah Lawrence College, and BA degree With Honors in Music from University of Mary Washington. She is an active choral singer and the Accounting Manager at the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and The Center for Architecture. She lives in Westchester County, New York.
Twitter: @cbartoldwrite 
Instagram: @cbartoldwrite

Maria Berardi’s work has appeared in local and national magazines and online (13 Magazine, Voca Femina, Mothering, the Opiate, getborn and most recently Twyckenham Notes, SOUTH BROADWAY GHOST SOCIETY, 8th st. publishing guild, Luna Luna, Leaping Clear, DASH, Heirlock, From Whispers to Roars and forthcoming in Panoply), as well as at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, in Arvada, CO, in collaboration with installation artist Bonnie Ferrill Roman. Her first collection, Cassandra Gifts, was published in 2013 by Turkey Buzzard Press, and she is currently at work on her second (a chapbook, or perhaps not, entitled Pagan, from which “The Matter” is excerpted). She lives in the Front Range foothills west of Denver at precisely 8,888 feet above sea level.
Twitter: @MariaBe62160915
Instagram: berardi1791
Facebook: maria.berardi.92

Matthew Bettencourt is a student, studying creative writing at UW Madison and working as a Fiction Editor at the Madison Review.
Twitter: @mattb9_matt

Wayne Bowen was born in 1949 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. When he was twelve years old, his family moved to Amarillo, Texas. There he attended junior high school, high school, and community college. In the fall of 1970, he entered Abilene Christian College. Halfway through the spring semester, he dropped out for financial reasons and soon found himself in the United States Army, which sent him to Germany. After his honorable discharge from active duty, he attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in German. After completing a BA and an MA degree, he taught high school, first in Port Arthur and then back in Austin, where he has lived ever since. When he retired from teaching, he began to write, mostly fiction. He does not always find writing fun, but he does always find it satisfying. To him, that is a good reason to continue writing.

Although Trent Busch grew up in rural West Virginia, he has lived in Georgia for many years and has discovered that the warm weather and slow pace fit him. He owns a small place out in the country where he has a workshop and builds furniture. He makes coffee tables, night tables, chests of drawers, and other items for the house from such woods as oak, walnut, cherry, and maple. His recent book of poetry, not one bit of this is your fault, was published by Cyberwit.net in 2019. His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Nation, Threepenny Review, North American Review, Chicago Review, Southern Review, Georgia Review, New England Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Northwest Review, Kenyon Review, American Scholar, Shenandoah, and more recently in Notre Dame Review, Evansville Review, Agni Online, Boston Review, Sou’wester, Poetry Daily, Natural Bridge, and The Hudson Review. His poem “Edges of Roads” was the first place winner of the 2016 Margaret Reid Poetry Prize, published by Winning Writers.

Adam C. Collins is an attorney and writer living in Issaquah, Washington. Having been a writer his entire literate life, he only started publishing his work within the last decade, including his three self-published books ‘Corky Bear’s Life as an Outsider’ (2012 – ISBN 1470092549), ‘Jonas Fogg’ (2013 – ISBN 1494235196), and ‘The Juno Wars: Barbaricus’ (2020 – ISBN 9798633819908) available on Amazon. Currently, besides writing personal nonfiction essays for submissions to literary journals, he is working on the follow up to ‘Barbaricus’ and on his two other books in various stages of drafting.
Website: www.accollinsbooks.com
Twitter: @accollinsbooks
Facebook: AC Collins

Eileen Vorbach Collins is from Baltimore, Maryland and now lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy. Her writing has been published in SFWP Quarterly, Lunch Ticket, Reed Magazine, and others. Her essays have received the Diana Woods Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Gabriele Rico Challenge Award. 
Website: www.eileenvorbachcollins.com
Facebook: Eileen Vorbach Collins- Stories Etc.
Twitter: @evorbachcollins

Catherine DiMercurio is a Detroit-based writer whose blog, Chronicles of the Open Hearted, can be found at cathchronicles.com. Her work has appeared in Ruminate Magazine’s online publication, The Waking, and in Past Ten.

Kate Fetherston is a poet, visual artist, and psychotherapist living in Montpelier, Vermont. Her first book, Until Nothing More Can Break, was published in 2012. Kate co-edited two anthologies: Open Book: Essays from the Postgraduate Writing Conference, and Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience. Kate’s poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including North American Review, Hunger Mountain, Nimrod, and Third Coast. Kate has received several Pushcart nominations, as well as artist grants from the Vermont Council on the Arts and Vermont Studio Center residencies. For more information, visit: katefetherston.com.

Holly Kelso is a career educator and has made language and literacy her focus for twenty-four years. She has taught kindergarten through adult education to native speakers and non-English speakers and has enjoyed being present in the epiphany when someone learns to speak or to read. An English Literature major from Stephens College, she published a chapbook of poetry in 1993, and has written intermittently about life and family. Holly resides in Boulder City, Nevada, the town that built Hoover Dam, where she teaches reading to middle school students.

Bob Kunzinger‘s work has appeared in many publications, including the Washington Post, Kestrel, St Anthony Messenger, World War Two History, the Chronicle of Higher Ed and more. Several pieces have been noted by Best American Essays, and he has published eight collections, including the recent “A Third Place: Notes in Nature,” praised by Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried) and NPR’s Jacki Lyden. He lives and writes in Virginia.

Jean LeBlanc lives in Newton, New Jersey. She has taught writing and literature at a community college for more than twenty years. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, and Ancient Songs of Us, a collection inspired by her students in Literary Masterpieces classes over the years, is forthcoming from Aqueduct Press.
Facebook: Jean LeBlanc Poetry

John Leonard is an English teacher and assistant editor of Twyckenham Notes, a poetry journal based out of South Bend, Indiana. He holds an M.A. in English from Indiana University. His previous works have appeared in Poetry Quarterly, Roanoke Review, Sheila-Na-Gig online, Rappahannock Review, Mud Season Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Rock & Sling, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Rockvale Review, IthacaLit, Trailer Park Quarterly, Genre: Urban Arts, and Burningword Literary Journal. His work is forthcoming in Chiron Review, December, The Oakland Review, and The Blue Mountain Review. John was the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Wolfson Poetry Award, 2018 recipient of the Josephine K. Piercy Memorial Award, and the 2019 recipient of the David E. Albright Memorial Award and Hatfield Merit Award. He lives in Elkhart, Indiana with his wife, three cats, and two dogs. 
Twitter: @jotyleon

Rebecca Pyle, named at birth for Daphne du Maurier’s and Hitchcock’s masterpieces, Rebecca, is a writer and artist with recent work in JuxtaProse, The Chattahoochee Review, Muse/A Journal, The Menteur, Hawai’i Review, Cobalt Review, Belle Ombre, and The Penn Review. Rebecca Pyle has lived the past dozen years or so in Utah, not far from The Great Salt Lake. She graduated from the University of Kansas, which William Inge and Douglas Fairbanks and Daniel Woodrell graduated from, too, and the Wizard of Oz adored. Website: rebeccapyleartist.com.

John Rickmon is a writer from Pensacola, FL. His work has been featured in Otis Nebula and the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, with a forthcoming essay to be published in Havik’s Las Positas College Journal. He is a real estate broker and antiques dealer by trade who lives in historic, downtown Pensacola.

Ami J. Sanghvi is a female, Indian-American, Hindu-Jain, queer author, visual artist, satirist, and MMA fighter. She’s published six poetry/poetic-prose books at this time (Amaranthine, Devolution, Armageddon, Silk & Cigars, Cerulean, and The Book of Soft, Sweet Nothings), and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Her written work was recently published in Awakenings (The Nightingale), For Women Who Roar’s e-book, Me Too, The Showbear Family Circus, Rigorous Magazine, and Prometheus Dreaming’s Prometheus Unbound print collection. Her visual art appeared in four of Fusion Art’s recent exhibitions (winning 2nd place for Photography and Digital Art in their 4th Annual Colors Art Exhibition), as well as on the cover of High Shelf Press’s Issue XIV. Sanghvi was the cover artist and featured photographer for Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing’s Spring 2020 issue, and her work was shown in both the 2020 Los Angeles stARTup Art Fair and the Santa Clarita Artists Association’s Spring 2020 exhibition. Most recently, her work was exhibited in the Light Space & Time 10th Annual Figurative show, receiving a Special Recognition in the “Photography & Digital” Category.
Twitter: @BabyVampAmi
Instagram: @EyebrowsandRoses
Facebook: facebook.com/babyvampami
Website/Blog: bloodinkandroses.org/
Books: amazon.com/author/amijsanghvi

Kelsey L. Smoot (They/Them/Theirs) is a full-time PhD student in the interdisciplinary social sciences and humanities. They are also a poet, advocate, and frequent writer of critical analysis.
Instagram: @nonbinarypapi

Amanda Spiller is a writer, singer and creative coach living in Berkeley, CA. She just dropped her first single “Home” on all streaming platforms and her work can be found in Siren Magazine and Off Assignment. Amanda’s current projects include a genre-bending EP about grief and her first chapbook.
Instagram: @a_spills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aspills1

George L Stein is a writer and photographer in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area. Interest in monochrome, film and digital photography and urban decay/architectural subject matter has come to include street photography, fashion, fetish, collage, and oppositional/juxtapositional projects in digital format. His work has been published in Midwest Gothic, NUNUM, Montana Mouthful, Out/Cast, The Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, and DarkSide magazine.

Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years, including a dozen or so books and chapbooks. For more info and links to publishers, visit his website at www.don-e-thompson.com.

S.A. Volz lives in Newburgh, Indiana. Aside from writing, Scott enjoys nature, the films of Classic Hollywood, and playing guitar. His work has appeared in the Red Earth Review, the Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Offbeat, and Sand Hills Literary Magazine. 
Twitter: @savolz

Nina Wilson is a photographer, poet, essayist, and novelist from Indianola, IA. She has been published in numerous literary magazines as well as being the author of two books, “Surrender Language” and “Malady.” She loves hiking, kayaking, and traveling for photography and research.

 

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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
Instagram: @eventuraportrait
Buy online: https://www.artfinder.com/dominique-deve

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 Jacobsens 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 Lipschutzs 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.
https://northforkwritersgroup.weebly.com/christopher-kit-storjohann.html

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.

 

 

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