Contributors

 

Contributors

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Spring 2017 – Volume 5 Issue 1

Now Live!

 

  • Annie Blake is an Australian writer who has work published or forthcoming in Antipodes, Uneven Floor, The Voices Project, Into the Void, Southerly, Hello Horror, Verity La, GFT Press, About Place Journal, Gravel, Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review and more. Her poem ‘These Grey Streets’ was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize by Vine Leaves Literary Journal. She holds a Bachelor of Teaching, a Graduate Diploma in Education and is a member of the C G Jung Society of Melbourne.

 

  • David Desjardins is a journalist with roots in Rhode Island, having worked at The Boston Globe, The Providence Journal, and other newspapers. His short story “The Sixth Game” was included in the anthology “Further Fenway Fiction” (Rounder Books, 2007).

 

  • Judith Cody  is a poet, composer and photographer who has won national awards in poetry, music and photography and is published in over 110 national and international journals. A poem is in the Smithsonian’s Institute’s permanent collection, in Spanish and English editions. Poems were quarter-finalists for the Pablo Neruda Prize and won honorable mentions from the National League of American Pen Women. Cody was Editor-in-Chief of the first “Resource Guide on Women in Music,” from San Francisco State University and wrote the internationally noted biography of the American composer, “Vivian Fine: A Bio-Bibliography,” Greenwood Press, also “Eight Frames Eight,” and “Woman Magic.” She edited the PEN Oakland anthology, “Fightin’ Words.”  One of her poems was chosen from a world selection by the Norton Center for the Arts to be featured in a gallery exhibit highlighting literature and photography. Her WWII B-17 photography ranks #1 in the world on Google. Her website is: www.judithcody.com

 

  • Griff Foxley’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Alembic, Burningword, Crack the Spine, and Evening Street Review. He holds a bachelor of arts in English literature from Vassar College where he studied with Eamon Grennan, and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Foxley is a member of the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective, and frequently participate in the Jack Grapes’ Method Writing Workshops. A New York City native, he’s been a Los Angeles resident for the past 11 years, and works as a food business entrepreneur, social justice activist, and writer. He enjoys listening to music, bike riding through the city, and spending time with my wife and two toddlers.

 

  • Donna L. Marsh teaches writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University and lives in central New York with her husband, Robert O’Connor. Her creative nonfiction essays have been published in numerous journals and magazines including Arrive Magazine, Rose Red Review, Refinery29.com, Weirderary (forthcoming), WraparoundSouth.org (2016), Stone Canoe Journal and AwayJournal.org. She has been publishing on Huffington Post and the Guardian UK as Donna Marsh O’Connor for the better part of the last ten years.

 

  • TJ McPhearson is a poet who lives and writes in Silver City, New Mexico.

 

  • Teri Moore served two years in the Peace Corps before settling on a career in law enforcement as a military police officer in the army and then as a patrol officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. She now lives and works as a freelance writer and editor in Sarasota, Florida.

 

  • Chris Muniz is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California in the Literature and Creative Writing program. His creative and critical work center on the intersection of race, identity, and culture in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and American West. A former Editor-in-Chief of Gold Line Press, Chris is currently nearing completion of his first novel, Owl Medicine. This is his first publication of poetry.

 

  • Stan Sanvel Rubin’s work has appeared most recently in Poetry Northwest, The National Poetry Review, and The Laurel Review. His fourth full-length collection, There. Here., was published by Lost Horse Press  (2013). He lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.

 

  • C.C. Russell lives in Wyoming with his wife and daughter. His writing has recently appeared in such places as Tahoma Literary Review, Word Riot, Rattle, and The Colorado Review. His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net. He has held jobs in a wide range of vocations – everything from graveyard shift convenience store clerk to retail management with stops along the way as dive bar dj and swimming pool maintenance. He has lived in New York and Ohio. He can be found on Twitter @c_c_russell

 

  • Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has been nominated twice for the  Pushcart Prize. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Enzagam and Healing Muse among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.

 

  • Eva-Maria Sher was born in Germany at the end of WWII. She was already writing poems as a child. At seventeen, she emigrated to the United States, studied literature, taught, raised three children, and in the past ten years rediscovered her passion for writing. She lives near Seattle, Washington, where she offers workshops for children and adults in poetry, book-making, collage, and puppetry.

 

  • Michael Twist’s work can be found in Cafe Aphra, Tethered by Letters, Pooled Ink 2015, F(r)iction, and Story Shack. Michael has won several fiction contests, including the William Faulkner Riverfest Literary Competition (2011) and the Quid Novi Festival Writing Contest (2011) as well as the Tethered by Letters (2015) Flash Fiction Contest. Additionally, Hourglass Literary Journal awarded Twist its Special Jury Award (2016). He teaches literature in Portland and lives in Sandy, Oregon with his wife and two daughters. Twist is the winner of Red Savina Review’s First Flash Fiction Contest for his flash piece “Forest for the Trees.”

 

  • Richard Weaver lives in Baltimore Maryland where he volunteers with the Maryland Book Bank. One day he hopes to make the last payment on his student loans.   His book, The Stars Undone, was taken from a larger collection about the Mississippi artist, Walter Anderson. Four poems later became the libretto for a symphony, Of Sea and Stars, composed by Eric Ewazen of Juilliard. His 2016 publications or acceptances include Aberration Labyrinth, Allegro, Clade Song, Conjunctions, Crack the spine, Dead Mule, Five 2 One, Gingerbread House, Gloom Cupboard, Gnarled Oak, Kestrel, Little Patuxent Review, Louisville Review, Magnolia Review, Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, OffCourse, Quiddity, Red Eft Review, Southern Quarterly, Steel Toe Review, Stonecoast Review, The Literateur, & Triggerfish.

 

  • German-born Chila Woychik has bylines in journals such as Silk Road, Storm Cellar, and Soundings East, and was awarded the Linda Julian Creative Nonfiction Award (Emrys Foundation, 2016 ). She craves the beautiful and lyrical, scours the pedestrian Iowan countryside for such, all while editing the Eastern Iowa Review.

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Fall 2016 – Volume 4 Issue 2


  • Marisa Adame, a Latina actress/poet/storyteller from Dallas, Texas, has acted internationally and competed at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. She has previously been published in St. Sucia zine. Currently completing college in Ohio, she seeks to create work that balances joy and despair through the use of rhythm in language.

 

  • Roy Bentley is the recipient of six Ohio Arts Council fellowship awards, as well as a fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Shenandoah, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner among other journals. He is the author of four collections of poetry: Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama), Any One Man (Bottom Dog Books), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine Press), and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House Press) which won the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize (2012).

 

  • Alan Basting was born in Detroit. He earned an M.A. in English/Creative Writing at Colorado State University and a M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University. His chapbooks include Singing from the Abdomen (Stone-Marrow Press); What the Barns Breathe (Windows Press); Suddenly, Herons, The Writers’ Cooperative of Toledo and Deep Time, Daily Habits and Events (The Arts Commission of Toledo, Ohio). His most recent collection is Nothing Very Sudden Happens Here (Lynx House Press). He lives in the heart of the Manistee National Forest near the village of Bitely, Michigan, with his spouse and two dogs. 

 

  • Nick Conrad  poems appear most recently  Orbis (UK) and Southern Poetry Review,  Badlands,  Blast Furnace, Hawai’i Pacific Review, and Kentucky Review. Work appeared in Stoneboat, and accepted atThe Cortland Review and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Other recent publications include issues of Blueline,Borderlands, The Chariton Review, Colere Dos Passos Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, J JournalSouth Carolina Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and Stand(UK). One of his poems has been featured on Verse Daily. Another was favorably mentioned in a review on websitenew pages.com. Valparaiso Poetry Review’s Twitter list highlighted one of his poems as its Poem of the Week (2012). Poems recently appeared in P & Q Press’ anthology, Bridging New York. Several poems appeared in the Winterhawk Press Anthology Zeus Seduces.

 

  • Elizabeth Crowell holds a B.A. in English from Smith College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She taught high school and college English for many years and currently lives outside Boston with her wife and two children. Her work has appeared in Nimrod, Atlanta Review, Doubletake, Feminist Studies, Paterson Literary Review, The Cortland Review, English Journal, Harpur’s Palate and many other fine journals.

 

  • Juditha Dowd poetry has appeared in The Florida Review, Spillway, Poetry Daily, Kestrel, Cider Press Review and elsewhere. She reads with Cool Women, an ensemble performing poetry in the NY-Philadelphia metro area and on the west coast. Her full-length collection, Mango in Winter was released by Grayson Books, following two chapbooks from Finishing Line Press and a third from Casa de Cinco Hermanas.

 

  • CLS Ferguson, PhD speaks, signs, acts, publishes, sings, performs, writes, paints, teaches and rarely relaxes.  She and her husband, Rich are raising their daughter and their Bernese Mountain Border Collie Mutt in Alhambra, California. clsferguson.wix.com/clsferguson.

 

  • Charles Kell is a PhD student at The University of Rhode Island and editor of The Ocean State Review. His poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Orleans Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, floor_plan_journal, The Manhattanville Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

 

  • Sandra Kolankiewicz’s work has appeared widely over the past 35 years, most recently in Appalachian Heritage, BlazeVox, Gargoyle, FifthWednesday, Prick of the Spindle, Per Contra, Prairie Schooner, Prairie Schooner, and Pif. Turning Inside Out won the Black River Prize at Black Lawrence Press. Finishing Line Press published The Way You Will Go.  Blue Eyes Don’t Cry won the Hackney Award for the Novel. Her novel with 76 color illustrations by Kathy Skerritt, When I Fell, is available from Web-e-Books.  She lives with her family in Appalachian Ohio. Blog:  sandrajkolankiewicz.blogspot.com

 

  • Ryan R. Latini is a freelance and fiction writer living and writing in southern New Jersey.  He received his M.A. from Saint Joseph’s University where his fiction appeared in The AvenueHe is currently on the editorial staff of The Schuylkill Valley JournalWhen he is not copywriting for other blogs, he posts on his own: The Narrative Report (ryanlatini.com)Follow him on Twitter @RyanRLatini, or contact at ryan.latini856@gmail.com

 

  • Kristin Laurel owes her passion for writing to The Loft Literary Center (MPLS). Her work can be seen in CALYX, Gravel, Glassworks, R.k.vr.y, The Main Street Rag, Grey Sparrow, The Raleigh Review, The Mom Egg, Apeiron Review, The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review, Split Rock Review and numerous othersHer first full-length book, Giving Them All Away, won the Sinclair Poetry Prize from Evening Street Press.To read a free copy, go to eveningstreetpress.com/kristin-laurel-2011.html. Most recently, her CNF piece, Terminal Burrowing, won first place in The Talking Stick (2015).

 

  • Donna L. Marsh  teaches writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University, an lives in central New York with her husband, Robert O’Connor. Her creative nonfiction essays have been published in numerous journals and magazines including Arrive MagazineRose Red ReviewRefinery29.comWeirderary (forthcoming),WraparoundSouth.org (Winter, 2016),Stone Canoe Journal and AwayJournal.org. She has been publishing on Huffington Post and the Guardian UK as Donna Marsh O’Connor for the better part of the last ten years.

 

  • Sean Padraic McCarthy’s short stories have been published or are forthcoming in Glimmer TrainThe Indianola Review,, Existere, The Sewanee Review, 2 Bridges Review, Prole, Confrontation, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Shadowgraph Magazine, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and West Trade Review among others. His story “Better Man”–originally published in december magazine—was  listed as a “Distinguished Story”  in The Best American Short Stories (2015), he was recently named a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction, and he is a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowship in Fiction Award (2016).  This is his second story to appear in Red Savina Review.

 

  • Forest Arthur Ormes’ stories have appeared in past issues of Amazing Stories Magazine, Blue Lake Review, Long Story and North Dakota Quarterly. He worked for two decades as a bi-lingual licensed therapist and addictions counselor, serving the horsemen and women of the Chicago-area racetracks.  Many of his stories take place in this setting. He and his wife, along with two dogs and five cats, divide their time between residences on the southwest edge of Chicago, and small homestead in central Kansas.

 

  • Lauren Walden Rabb is an art historian and author. She has three published novels: Walking Through Time (1998), Interview with Mrs. Berlinski (2005), and The Rise and Fall of the Trevor Whitney Gallery (2014). Her shorter writings about art have appeared in the literary magazines The Whistling Fire, Driftwood Press, The Vignette Review, and Still Point Arts Quarterly.

 

  • Born in upstate New York, Pamela Rader was a transplant to the Rocky Mountain region where she felt at home in the open spaces and earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She currently lives in central New Jersey where she teaches literature and writing at Georgian Court University.

 

  • Luke Roe is a father and poet from Spokane, WA. His poems have appeared recently in Wire Harp, RiverLit and Ricochet. He was RiverLit Magazine’s 2015 Poet in Residence.

 

  • David Anthony Sam is the grandson of Polish and Syrian immigrants. He has written poetry for over 40 years and has two collections, including Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves (2014). He lives in Virginia USA with his wife and life partner, Linda, and currently serves as president of Germanna Community College.www.davidanthonysam.com. He’s had poems accepted by  Buddhist Poetry Review, Carbon Culture Review, Clementine Poetry Journal, The Crucible, Empty Sink Publishing,FLARE: The Flager Review, From the Depths, Heron Tree, Hound, Literature Today. On the Rusk, Piedmont Virginian Magazine, The Scapegoat Review, Spirit Wind Poetry Gallery, The Summerset Review, These Fragile Lilacs, and The Write Place at the Write Time.

 

  • Gerard Sarnat is the late-career author of four critically-acclaimed collections: HOMELESS   CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016). Work from Ice King was accepted by over seventy magazines, including Gargoyle and Lowestoft Chronicle, and featured in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, LEVELER, tNY, StepAway, Bywords and Floor Plan. For Huffington Post and other reviews, reading dates, publications, interviews and more, visit GerardSarnat.com. Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s spent time in jails as a physician and social justice protestor, built and staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a CEO of healthcare organizations and Stanford Medical School professor.

 

  • Christian Stock has been involved in his literary community for the past five years. He isn’t afraid of dying, but still sometimes ducks through the dark part of hallways. His favorite color is green and he hates that geniuses supposedly pick green. You can tweeter him @loCStock2sbrls

 

  • Laura Sweeney facilitates Writers for Life in central Iowa.  She represented the Iowa Arts Council at the First International Teaching Artist’s Conference in Oslo, Norway.Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Main Street Rag, Folia, East Jasmine Review, Yellow Chair Review, Wordrunner eChapbook, Balloons Lit. Journal, Canadian Woman Studies, and Nuclear Impact Anthology.  She is an assistant editor for Eastern Iowa Review.

 

  • Robert Vivian is the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy, Water And Abandon and two meditative essay collections, Cold Snap As Yearning and The Least Cricket Of Evening. His first poetry book is called Mystery My Country–and he’s co-written a second called Traversings with the poet Richard Jackson. He teaches at Alma College and as a core faculty member at The Vermont College Of Fine Arts.

 

  • Sarah Brown Weitzman a Pushcart Prize nominee, has been widely published in hundreds of journals such as America, Zymbol, The North American Review, Rattle, Mid-American Review, Miramar, The Windless Orchard, Slant, Poet Lore, etc.  She received a Fellowship for “Excellence in Poetry” from the National Endowment for the Arts.  A departure from poetry, her fourth book, HERMAN AND THE ICE WITCH, was published by Main Street Rag.

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Spring 2016 – Volume 4 Issue 1

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  • Roy Bentley won a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the NEA, fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Ohio Arts Council (six from the OAC), and has published four books: Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama), Any One Man (Bottom Dog), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine), and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House). He lives in Ohio and writes full-time.

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  • Mary Cresswell is from Los Angeles and lives on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast. Her most recent book, Fish Stories, was published by Canterbury University Press (2015); nature poetry based on the ghazal and glosa forms. For more info: bookcouncil.org

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  • Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.

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  • Alex Haber is a fiction writer from Michigan. His work has been published in The Furious GazelleThe Bangalore Review, and several other journals. He received his MFA from George Mason University. Visit awhaber.com for more information.

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  • Michelle McMillan-Holifield studied poetry at Delta State University in the Mississippi Delta. Her work has been included in or is forthcoming in Boxcar Poetry Review,Halfway Down the Stairs, The Found Poetry Review, poemmemoirstory, A Quiet Courage, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Windhover among others. She is an MFA Candidate at the University of Arkansas/Monticello.

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  • Theresa Hamman is a poet, second year MFA student at Eastern Oregon University, and editor of EOU’s literary journal, Oregon East.  Her poetry can be found in Oregon East and Nailed Magazine.  She lives in La Grande, Oregon and enjoys spending time with her family when she is not writing.

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  • James Hanna is making his third appearance in Red Savina Review. He has recently retired from the San Francisco Probation Department where he was assigned to a domestic violence and stalking unit. His experience with the criminal element provides fodder for his writing. James’ stories have appeared in multiple journals and have received three Pushcart nominations. His books, The Siege and Call Me Pomeroy are available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

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  • Al Kratz lives in Indianola, Iowa with his girlfriend and their adult sized kids whenever they come home. He is a reader for Wyvern Lit and writes fiction reviews for Alternating Current.

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  • Eleanor Lerman, who lives in New York, is the author of six award-winning books of poetry, two collections of short stories, and two novels, most recently, Radiomen, released by The Permanent Press (2015). For over forty years, her short fiction and poetry has been widely published in numerous print and online publications. She is a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize (2006) from the Academy of American Poets and a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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  • Jennifer MacBain-Stephens went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and now lives in the DC area. Her chapbook Clown Machine is forthcoming from Grey Book Press. Her first full length collection is forthcoming from Lucky Bastard Press.  Recent work can be seen or is forthcoming at Jet Fuel Review, Pith,Entropy, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Cider Press Review, Inter/rupture, and decomP. Visit: jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com

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  • Oihana Andion Martinez (Iruñea, 1984) is a translator and interpreter. She holds a degree in translation from the University of the Basque Country and a master’s degree in Spanish literature from Washington State University. She has completed two creative writing programs from the Writing School of the Canary Islands. She lives in Boise, Idaho, since 2009.

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  •  Joshua Medsker’s work has appeared in many publications, including Red Savina ReviewPenmen ReviewHaiku JournalCriminal Class ReviewThe Review ReviewSeven Eleven Stories, and The Anchorage Press. Originally from Alaska, he lives and teaches in northern New Jersey.

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  • Katixa Agirre Miguélez (Gasteiz, 1981) holds a PhD. in media studies and teaches at the University of the Basque Country. She has published two short story collections, Sua falta zaigu (We need a light 2009) and Habitat (2009). She has also written three children’s books. In 2010, she created a series of novels for young adults entitled Amaia Lapitz, which narrates the stories of the archaeologist and adventure-seeking Amaia Lapitz.Some of her short stories have been published in Catalan, Dutch and English.In 2015 she published her first novel: Atertu Arte Itxaron (Wait Until it Stops Raining), drawing both popular and critical acclaim.

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  • Steve Mitchell has been a construction worker, cowboy, substitute teacher, chef, and has developed and managed a mental health program for the chronic mentally ill. His work has published fiction in The Southeast Review, Contrary, The North Carolina Literary Review and The Adirondack Review, among others. His short story collection, The Naming of Ghosts, is available from Press 53. He is a winner of the Lorian Hemingway International Short Story Prize and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Steve has a deep belief in the primacy of doubt and an abiding conviction that great wisdom informs very bad movies. He is co-owner of Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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  • Daniel Moore’s work has been widely published in journals such as The American Literary ReviewWestern Humanities ReviewCream City ReviewThe Spoon River Poetry ReviewRattleRiver Styx and others.He currently has work in El PortalCoe ReviewPaper Nautilus, and Narrative Northeast. He has poems forthcoming in DewpointAtticus ReviewCobalt ReviewWayne Literary ReviewAssaracus Review, District Lit and Columbia Journal of Arts and Literature. He lives in Washington on Whidbey Island where he is working on his first book, “Waxing The Dents.”

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  • Rich Murphy‘s third book Americana was selected as the winner in the Prize Americana (2013) by The Institute for American Studies and Creative Writing. His  first book, The Apple in the Monkey Tree, was published by Codhill Press (2007); second book Voyeur was published in 2009. Chapbooks include Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox), Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing) and Great Grandfather (Pudding House Publications). Recent poetry may be found in Pennsylvania ReviewFormer PeopleFjord ReviewE.ratioLiterati QuarterlyOtolithsEuphonyThe StraddlerJames Dickey Review, Harbinger AsylumBlast Furnace, and Blue Fifth Review: Blue Five Notebook.Recent prose scholarship on poetics has been published in Imaginary Syllabus, Anthology chapters, Palm Press; Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning; The International Journal of the Humanities; Fringe Magazine; Reconfigurations: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics; The Journal of Ecocriticism; and New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing.

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  • Caleb Nelson is a poet living in the upper peninsula of Michigan. He is a Master of Fine Arts Poetry Candidate at Northern Michigan University, and Associate Poetry Editor of Passages North. His work is forthcoming in Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Stoneboat, Prick of the Spindle, and Cardinal Sins.

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  • Lois Roma-Deeley is the author of three collections of poetry: Rules of Hunger (2004), northSight (2006) and High Notes(2010)—a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Her poems have been featured in numerous literary journals and anthologies such as Villanelles (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets), Spillway, Bellingham Review, Artful Dodge and many more. She is a recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts 2016 Artist Research & Development Grant loisroma-deeley.com/

 

  • Stan Sanvel Rubins fourth full-length collection, There. Here., was published by Lost Horse Press (2013). Poems recently appear in Great River Review and Hamilton Stone Review, forthcoming in The National Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest and Verdad. He writes and lives on the Olympic peninsula of Washington state.

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  • David Anthony Sam is the grandson of Polish and Syrian immigrants. He has written poetry for over 40 years and has two collections, including Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves (2014). He lives in Virginia USA with his wife and life partner, Linda, and currently serves as president of Germanna Community College. www.davidanthonysam.com. He’s had poems accepted by American TankaArtemis JournalThe Bacon ReviewThe Birds We Pile LooselyBlue Heron ReviewBuddhist Poetry ReviewCarbon Culture ReviewClementine Poetry JournalThe CrucibleEmpty Sink Publishing, FLARE: The Flager ReviewFrom the DepthsHeron TreeHoundLiterature TodayOn the RuskPiedmont Virginian MagazineThe Scapegoat ReviewSpirit Wind Poetry GalleryThe Summerset ReviewThese Fragile Lilacs, and The Write Place at the Write Time.

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  • Elizabeth Savage is the author of two books of poetry from Furniture Press, Idylliad and Grammar, and of a dossier chap recently published in Verse. She has another chapbook published by Dancing Girl Press slated for May, 2016. Savage lives, teaches, and writes in Fairmont, West Virginia.

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  • D.N. Simmers is an on line special editor with Fine Lines. He is in current issues of  the Poetry Salzburg Review andThe Common Ground Review. Simmers is in six current anthologies. He was in the international anthology Van Gogh’s Ear, Paris France. On line in Your One Phone Call ( Wales).

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  • Patty Somlo has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, been nominated for storySouth Million Writers Award and had an essay selected as a Notable Essay of 2013 for Best American Essays 2014. Author of From Here to There and Other Stories, Somlo has three forthcoming books:  a short story collection, The First to Disappear (Spuyten Duyvil, July 2016); a memoir, Even When Trapped Behind Clouds (WiDo Publishing), and Hairway to Heaven Stories (Cherry Castle Publishing). Her work has appeared in journals, in 2016 including the Los Angeles Review, the Santa Clara Review, Under the Sun, Guernica, Gravel, Sheepshead Review, and WomenArts Quarterly, and numerous anthologies. Find her at pattysomlo.com or follow on Twitter @PattySomlo.

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  • Matt Tordoff was born in South Dakota and raised in Minnesota.  He currently lives in England.   He has been writing for a number of years and his work has most recently appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Think, and Tar River Poetry.  Matt has been recently nominated for a Pushcart Award.

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  • Robert Vivians first book of dervish essays called Mystery My Country (collection of prose poems) will be published early this spring 2016 along with another book called Traversings co-written with the poet Richard Jackson.His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Creative Nonfiction, Glimmer Train, Georgia Review, and many other journals. He teaches at Alma College and in the low-residency MFA program at The Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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  • Jim Weitz lives in China where he is studying for an MA in Applied Linguistics with a focus on critical discourse analysis from ‘mainstream’ perspectives. He spends some of his time in his native Washington DC, where he occasionally likes to visit bars and socially construct politically incorrect arguments with unsuspecting locals. This is his first published story.

 

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Fall 2015 – Volume 3 Issue 2

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  • William Aarnes has published two collections; Learning to Dance (Ninety-Six Press, 1991) and Predicaments (Ninety-Six Press, 2001). His work has appeared in such magazines as Poetry, The Seneca Review, and Red Savina Review. Recent poems have appeared in Main Street RagShark Reef, and Empty Sink.

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  • Terry Barr’s essays have appeared in HippocampusTurk’s Head ReviewRed Truck ReviewBlue Bonnet ReviewDeep South Magazine and Eclectica Magazine. He lives in Greenville, SC, with his family and teaches creative nonfiction at Presbyterian College.

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  • Sheila Bender is the founder of writingitreal.com, an online resource dedicated to those who write from personal experience. Her books include the memoir, A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief, the poetry collection, Behind Us the Way Grows Wider, and the instructional book Creative Writing DeMystified. Bender teaches online for several writing sites as well as at writers’ workshops and conferences around the United States.

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  •  Perle Besserman is recipient of the Theodore Hoepfner Fiction Award, past writer-in-residence at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Artists’ Colony in Jerusalem and Pushcart Prize-nominee. She’s the author of the autobiographical novel Pilgrimage (Houghton Mifflin). Her short fiction has appeared in The Southern Humanities ReviewAGNI, Transatlantic ReviewNebraska ReviewSoutherlyNorth American Review, and Bamboo Ridge, among others. For more info, visit perlebesserman.net.

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  • Byron Beynon lives in Swansea, Wales.  His work has appeared in several publications including London Magazine, Grey Sparrow Journal, Cyphers (Dublin), Kentucky Review and the human rights anthology In Protest (University of London and Keats House Poets).  A Pushcart Prize nominee.  Recent collections include Nocturne in Blue (Lapwing Publications, Belfast) and The Echoing Coastline(Agenda Editions).

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  • Wayne Burke’s art has been featured in Portland Review (ME), Sheepshead Review, Flare, Grey Sparrow Journal. and elsewhere. He lives in the central Vermont area.

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  • Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 4 chapbooks (including Mindscaping [2014]), grew up in rural China, started to learn English at 19 and published several monographs on translation before moving to Canada. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver, Changming’s poetry appears in 1009 literary publications across 31 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry (2009,12,14), BestNewPoemsOnline and  Threepenny Review.

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  • Ryan Cordle teaches English and coaches girls’ basketball at a small boarding school in the Appalachian foothills. He is completing an MA in English and Writing at Western New Mexico University. When he’s not teaching and coaching, he spends his time whacking weeds and wrestling with his son. This is his first published work.

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  • L.G. Corey has published one poetry collection, The Kalidas Verses. Another, Rats’ Alley Poems (which takes its title from The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot, to whom the collection is dedicated), will be published sometime in early 2016. In addition, his work appears in literary magazines such as Chaffey Review, Empty Sink, Poetry Pacific, Snapping Twig, Corvus, Screech Owl, Hot Tub Astronaut, and Pif. Over the years he’s also been published in Evergreen Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Midstream, Choice, the Critic,and Zeek. Corey turned 80 last November.

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  • The artist, musician and sometimes masked vigilante known as Anna Davis uses computer code, video, photography, and mixed media techniques as well as performative and sound based elements in the creation of interactive installation art. She’s currently exploring themes of femininity, sexuality and motherhood in relation to culture, society, and literature, both past and present.  Her art has been shown at the Chashama Gallery in New York, New York; International Symposium on Electronic Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Autzen Gallery, Portland, Oregon; The Commons Gallery, Moscow, Idaho; Dengerink Administration Building Gallery, Vancouver, Washington; the A-Space and McCray Galleries of Contemporary Art, Silver City, NM, and various local collaborations.  Davis is an MFA candidate at Washington State University and received her BFA degree from Western New Mexico University.

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  • Alissa DeLaFuente hails from the rainy Pacific Northwest, though she spent the bulk of her college years in the Tucson desert. She writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Her favorite animals are road runners and snails because of their (polar opposite) charismas. This is her first major publication.

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  • Sara Dupree’s work has appeared in Alligator Juniper, Conclave Journal, and the Ashland Creek Press anthology Among Animals. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Dakota where she has received the Thomas McGrath award for poetry and the John Little award for fiction. She looks forward to raising Nubian goats after she graduates.

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  • Uxue Alberdi Estibaritz is a writer and an improvisational poet. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of the Basque Country. She has published two short-story collections, Aulki bat elurretan, 2007 (A chair on the snow) and Euli-giro,2013 (Time of Chagrin), and a novel entitled Aulki-jokoa, 2009 (Musical Chairs) among others. She has also published children stories: Ezin dut eta zer? (I can’t do It, so?); Marizikina naiz eta zer? (I’m messy, so?) eta Txikitzen zaretenean (When you shrink).

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  •  Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the United States. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. Forrest is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. His expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas. 

 

  • Susan Gaissert’s essay “Home” won the Nonfiction Prize in the 2014 Burlington Book Festival’s Short Works Writing Contest and was published in Green Mountains Review. She is working on a memoir about growing up in the 1960s with her disabled father and caregiver mother. She blogs at susanflies.wordpress.com.

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  • Sarah Ghoshal’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Empty Mirror, Arsenic Lobster, Winter Tangerine Review and Broad! Magazine, among others. Her chapbook, Changing the Grid, is currently available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press. You can learn more about her at www.sarahghoshal.com.

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  • Sue Granzella  fell in love with writing at age six, but until a few years ago, she wrote only fiery union emails and speeches to her school board. She started taking writing classes after meeting an artist in Massachusetts who inspired her to give in to her passion.Sue teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her award-winning work appears in Citron Review, Hippocampus, Write Place at the Write Time, Lowestoft Chronicle, Prick of the Spindle, and Rusty Nail, among others. She loves baseball, stand-up comedy, hiking, road trips, and reading the writing of 8- and 9-year-olds.

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  • Richard Krause’s collection of fiction, Studies in Insignificance, was published by Livingston Press (2003) and his epigram collection, Optical Biases, was published by Eyecorner Press (2012) in Denmark.  Seventy of his epigrams are translated into Italian at Aforisticamente.com, an international website for aphorists.  His writing has more recently appeared in The AlembicJ Journal, Hotel Amerika, qarrtsiluniFraglitScapegoat Review, and The Long Story. He teaches at Somerset Community College in Kentucky.

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  • Sophia Luo’s artwork has appeared in Parallel Ink and the Harker Eclectic Literary Magazine, her school’s annual publication, as well as in public galleries, such as the Museum of Los Gatos Art Exhibition, where she was awarded the Judge’s Recognition for Theme. Her work has also been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She enjoys gifting her original art pieces to her teachers and friends. A native Californian, she is a student at The Harker School in San Jose.

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  • Carol McCoy lives in Silver City, New Mexico. Her mother was a watercolorist and started her painting when she was young.  McCoy attended Cornish Art School in Seattle, Washington. Painting cacti is one of her favorite subjects, due to the beautiful colors when they blossom.  Her choice of a palette is Southwest colors.  Sometimes besides watercolor, she uses acrylic, ink, colored pencil, mixed media.

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  • John Milas  lives in Illinois where he works and studies creative writing. His writing has appeared in Hypertext Magazine, Glass Mountain, and Eunoia Review. He loves chili peppers but does not recommend eating whole, ripe habaneros.

 

  • Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz is a writer and photographer. Her work has appeared in various online and print journals.  She blogs (infrequently) about her creative endeavors at http://wwwonewriter.blogspot.com.

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  • Christina Murphy’s poems appear in a wide range of journals and anthologies, including PANK, Dali’s Lovechild, and Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, and the anthologies From the Roaring Deep: A Devotional in Honor of Poseidon and the Spirits of the Sea, The Great Gatsby Anthology, and Remaking Moby-Dick. Her work has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and for the Best of the Net anthology.

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  • Neela Nandyal received a M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and studied creative writing at The Loft Literary Center of Minneapolis. She’ll be spending the 2015-16 academic year living and writing in Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica.

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  • Douglas Penick’s short work has appeared in TricycleDescantAgniKyoto Journal among others. He has written novels on the 3rd Ming Emperor (Journey of the North Star), the adventures of spiritual seekers (Dreamers and Their Shadows), and, most recently, a collection about cultural displacement (From The Empire of Fragments).

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  • Gleah Powers traveled to Mexico City in her early 20s to attend art school and worked as a performer dancing on top of a baby grand piano in a nightclub act. When she returned to the States, she continued her art studies at California Institute of the Arts, after which she moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre, studying acting, singing and dance. She returned to making art, and when the content of her paintings became more and more narrative, she turned to writing. At first, she wrote plays: monologues and one-acts which she staged with actors and directors or performed herself in a series of dramatic readings. Fiction and poetry became her next focus, receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles where she is an adjunct faculty member. Gleah continues to make art and works as an alternative therapist and life coach. Her work has appeared in print and online in Canopic Jar an arts journal, KYSO Flash, riverSedge, The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Red Savina Review, Southwestern American Literature, Prime Number Magazine and other literary journals. Visit her website at www.gleahpowers.com Her complete art bio can be found here: www.gleahpowers.com/curriculum-vitae.html

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  • Janelle Rainer is a 25-year-old poet, painter, and community college teacher living in Spokane, Washington. Her paintings can be viewed at JanelleRainerArt.com. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. 

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  • Elizabeth Ray holds degrees from Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky. She works as a public health advocate for a nonprofit agency serving children, youth, and their families. An avid family historian, she finds inspiration and relevance in the stories of the past.

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  • Tammy Ruggles is a legally blind photographer who lives in Kentucky. She is also a writer and artist, and her work has appeared in many literary journals, art magazines, and photography publications, such as Art Times Journal, Writer’s Digest, Photography Monthly, Smart Photography, Cassone, Saint Red, Disney’s Family Fun Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, allRecipes, Spirituality and Health, Graphis, Oitzarisme, LiftBump, FullTrain, GoodNewsNetwork, AOLRise, and others.

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  • C.C. Russell currently lives in Wyoming with his wife, daughter, and two cats. He’s lived in New York and Ohio. His writing has appeared in the New York QuarterlyRattlePearlThe Meadow, and Whiskey Island among others. He’s held jobs in a wide range of vocations – everything from graveyard shift convenience store clerk to retail management with stops along the way as dive bar dj and swimming pool maintenance. His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions.

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  • At eighteen, Abigail Shaw spends most of her time studying English Literature at The University of Manchester, writing stories her parents will disapprove of and posting pictures of cats on social media.

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  • Howard Skrill is an artist and art professor living with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, New York. For the past five years, Howard has created images of public statuary throughout NYC for the Anna Pierrepont Series. To find out more about Howard’s work, please visit howardskrill.blogspot.com.

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  • Mary McLaughlin Slechta is the author of the poetry collection Wreckage on a Watery Moon. Her fiction was recently published in Workers Write! and Midway Journal, and she was guest prose editor for the anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (great weather for Media). A story previously appeared in Red Savina Review.

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  • Louis Staeble lives in Bowling Green, Ohio. His photographs have appeared in Agave, Blinders Journal, Blue Hour, Digital Papercut, Driftwood, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Four Ties Literary Review, Iron Gall, Microfiction Monday, On The Rusk, Paper Tape Magazine, Revolution John, Rose Red Review, Sonder Review, Timber Journal, Up The Staircase Quarterly, and Your Impossible Voice. His web page can be viewed at staeblestudioa.weebly.com.

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  • Jen Stein is a writer, advocate, mother and finder of lost things.  She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where she works in family homeless services. Her work has recently appeared in Rogue Agent Journal, Menacing Hedge, Luna Luna Magazine, Nonbinary Review and Stirring. Upcoming work will be featured in Cider Press Review. You can find her on the web at jensteinpoetry.wordpress.com.

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  • Internationally collected Richard Vyse has been featured in galleries in New York and Hawaii. He has studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and taught at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.His art has been featured in Art of Man issue #19 and Leslie+Lohman Museum in New York. Please visit  manartbyvyse.blogspot.com.

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  • Ken Waldman has six full-length poetry volumes, a memoir, a children’s book, and nine CDs that combine original poetry with Appalachian-style string-band music. He tours nationally.  More than four hundred of Ken’s poems have appeared in such publications as Beloit Poetry Journal, ManoaPuerto del SolQuarterly WestSouth Dakota Review, and Yankee. His short stories have appeared in GargoyleLaurel ReviewThe MacGuffin, and almost a dozen other journals. Both his poetry and fiction have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Visit his website for more information:  kenwaldman.com.

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  • Karen J. Weyant’s poetry and prose has been published in The Barn Owl Review, Caesura, Cold Mountain Review, Poetry East, Storm Cellar, River Styx, Waccamaw, and Whiskey Island.  Her most recent collection of poetry, Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt, won Main Street Rag’s 2011 Chapbook contest and was published in 2012. She teaches at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York. In her spare time, she explores the Rust Belt regions of Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania.

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  • Gina Williams lives and creates in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry, essays, and visual art have been featured most recently in Carve, The Boiler Journal, Kudzu House,The SunFugueGreat Weather for Media, Palooka, Whidbey Art Gallery, Black Box Gallery and tNY Press, among others. Learn more about her and her work at GinaMarieWilliams.com.

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  • Dr. E. Williamson has published creative work in over 550 journals. His poetry has appeared in journals such as The Oklahoma Review and Review Americana. His artwork has appeared in journals such as The Tulane Review and The Columbia Review. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Allen University and his poetry has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology three times.

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  • Howard Winn’s poetry and fiction has been published recently in Dalhousie Review, Galway Review, Taj Mahal Review, Descant (Canada), Antigonish Review, Southern Humanities Review, Chaffin Review, Evansville Review, and Blueline. He has a B. A. from Vassar College and an M. A. from the Stanford University Writing Program. He is a Professor of English at the State University of New York.

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  • Bill Wolak is a poet, photographer, and collage artist.  His collages have been published in The Annual, Peculiar Mormyrid, Danse Macabre, Dirty Chai, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Lost Coast Review, Yellow Chair Review, Otis Nebula, and Horror Sleaze Trash. He has just published his twelfth book of poetry entitled Love Opens the Hands (Nirala Press).  Recently, he was a featured poet at The Hyderabad Literary Festival.  Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

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  • Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. He has published a novel, The Dream Patch, a prose collection, Under A Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, New Orleans Review, Columbia and Glimmer Train among others. His photographs can be seen in his gallery christopherwoods.zenfolio.com/

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  • Robert Zurer was born in New York City and has lived and worked there all his life. He has been drawing and painting since childhood. He is primarily self-taught although he studied privately with Wade Schuman for a number of years. His work may be viewed at robertzurer.com

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 Spring 2015 – Volume 3 Issue 1

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  • Kerry Barner has lived in London, UK for over 20 years.  She is an editor for an international academic publisher. Her work has appeared in Brand literary magazine, Notes From The Underground, Anthropology and Humanism, Spilling Ink Review, The Bicycle Review, the Momaya Annual Review (2012), To Hull and Back Short Story Anthology (2014) and now happily Red Savina Review. In 2011 she co-founded The Short Story competition and now runs it solo: www.theshortstory.net.

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  • Roy Bentley has received fellowships from the NEA, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio Arts Council. Stories and poems have appeared in The Southern ReviewShenandoah, Pleiades, Blackbird, North American Review, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. Books include Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama, 1986), Any One Man (Bottom Dog, 1992), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine, 2006), and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House 2013). He has taught creative writing and composition for over 20 years at colleges throughout the Midwest and in south Florida. These days, Bentley teaches at Georgian Court University and lives in Barnegat, New Jersey with his wife Gloria.

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  • Julia Blake lives in Washington, D.C. and is an adjunct faculty member in both an English department and a Mental Health Counseling program. She earned her MFA in Fiction at Spalding University. Her work has been published in Soundings Review and is forthcoming in Spry Literary Journal.

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  • Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire Press, 2003).  His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, RattleJ JournalRiver StyxAtlanta Review, and many other journals, with new work forthcoming in North Dakota QuarterlySouthern Humanities Review and others.

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  • Mark Connelly’s fiction appeared in Indiana Review, Cream City Review, The Ledge, The Great American Literary Magazine, and Digital Papercut.  He received an Editor’s Choice Award in Carve Magazine’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. In 2005 Texas Review Press published his novella Fifteen Minutes, which received the Clay Reynolds Prize.

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  • Darren C. Demaree is the author of As We Refer to Our Bodies (8th House, 2013), Temporary Champions (Main Street Rag, 2014), and Not For Art Nor Prayer (8th House, 2015).  He is the managing editor of the Best of the Net Anthology.  Demaree is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

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  • Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the United States. He works in many mediums: oil painting, computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, and video. Forrest studied acting at Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles, digital media in art and design at Bellevue College, receiving degrees in Web Multimedia Authoring and Digital Video Production. He has created cover art and illustrations for many literary publications including New Plains ReviewPilgrimage PressThe MacGuffinBlotterature, and Under the Gum Tree. His paintings have been commissioned and are on display in the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection.

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  • James Hanna is a former prison counselor and probation officer. As a probation officer, he worked in a domestic violence and stalking unit. James’ stories have appeared in many journals and have received three Pushcart nominations. His novels, The Siege and Call Me Pomeroy, are available on Amazon.

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  • Gavin Van Horn forages for stories and builds cairns with what he finds. He works for the Center for Humans and Nature (humansandnature.org) and is the co-editor of City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Many writing ideas are simmering in his head.

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  • Nearly 200 of Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems and stories have appeared in journals over the past thirty-five years, featured in such places as Mississippi Review, North American Review, Confrontation, Gargoyle, Rhino, Prick of the Spindle, Cortland Review, Fifth Wednesday, Louisville Review, and in the anthologies Sudden Fiction and Four Minute Fiction. Her chapbook Turning Inside Out won the Black River Chapbook Competition at Black Lawrence Press. Blue Eyes Don’t Cry won the Hackney Award for the Novel. The Way You Will Go is available from Finishing Line Press.  She teaches at a community college in West Virginia.

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  • Gregory Koop grew up on the border of central Alberta and Saskatchewan. Living the life of Garp, Gregory cares for his daughter, practices Muay Thai, and writes. A past finalist for an Alberta Literary Award, Gregory has also been a resident of The Banff Centre’s Writing Studio. His work has been featured in Carte BlancheDrunk MonkeysThe Nashwaak ReviewOther Voices Journal of the Literary and Visual Artspaperplates, and Raving: The Raving Poets Magazine. He is currently polishing a novel through the support of a WGA Mentorship Grant.

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  • Amy Krohn lives in an old brick house in rural Wisconsin with her three young children and her dairy-farmer husband. Even with important motherly responsibilities, she says “God has provided her time to write and read.” Her book of short stories, A Flower in the Heart of the Painting, was published by (Wiseblood Books, 2013).

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  • Sarah Lilius currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two sons. She’s assistant editor for ELJ Publications. Her publication credits include the Denver QuarterlyCourt GreenBlazeVOXBluestem, and The Lake. Lilius is the author of the chapbook What Becomes Within (ELJ Publications, 2014). Visit her website: sarahlilius.com.

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  • Brandon Marlon is a creative writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. (Hon.) in Drama and English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. brandonmarlon.com.

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  • Michael McGuire’s stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review (x2), Hudson Review, New Directions in Prose & Poetry (x2), etc. His plays have been done by the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Mark Taper Forum of Los Angeles, and many other theatres, and are published by Broadway Play Publishing. One, La frontera, set in the same world as the stories, won the $10,000. International Prism Competition. The Scott Fitzgerald Play, University of Missouri Press, a Breakthrough Book chosen by Joy Williams, is now available as an Author’s Guild Backinprint edition. Both playbooks are also available on Kindle. His collections have been finalists in the Drue Heinz and Flannery O’Connor competitions. He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild and Pen America.

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  • Carol McCoy lives in Silver City, New Mexico. Her mother was a watercolorist and started her painting when she was young.  McCoy attended Cornish Art School in Seattle. Painting cacti is one of her favorite subjects, due to the beautiful colors when they blossom.  Her choice of a palette is Southwest colors.  Sometimes besides watercolor, she uses acrylic, ink, colored pencil, mixed media..

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  • Marlene Olin  was born in Brooklyn, raised in Miami, and educated at the University of Michigan. She recently completed her first novel. Her short stories have been published in Emrys JournalUpstreet MagazineBiostoriesVine LeavesArcadiaPoeticaThe Jewish Literary JournalPoydras ReviewRagazine, Edge and The Saturday Evening Post online. Stories are forthcoming in Meat for Tea and The Broken Plate.

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  • Gregg J. Orifici is an MFA student and international educator at the University of New Hampshire. With a neglected law degree from Vanderbilt University, Orifici has lived and worked in Europe and across the United States, and travels whenever possible. He plants trees and gardens obsessively and has lost his heart too many times to count. Fascinated by misunderstanding, longing and serendipity, he writes poetry and essays.

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  • Arthur Plotnik is the author of eight books, including Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style and The Elements of Expression, a featured selections of the Book-of-the-Month-Club when published. An award-winning author also of articles, fiction, and poetry, he served as editorial director for the American Library Association. He lives in Chicago. Website: artplotnik.com.

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  • Jan Ramming was a freelance journalist until she decided to write her own stories. Her work has appeared in Bohemia Journal, Gravel Magazine, and Pithead Chapel.

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  • Stan Sanvel Rubin has work forthcoming in The National Poetry Review, Hubbub and The Laurel Review. His fourth full-length collection, There. Here., was published in Fall by Lost Horse Press (2013) . He lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.

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  • Robert Joe Stout has written about Mexico for a variety of publications, including AmericaThe American Scholar and Notre Dame Magazine. He was a member of two Rights Action emergency human rights delegations to Oaxaca and continues to live there. His books include Hidden Dangers (Sunbury Press, 2014) and Why Immigrants Come to America (Praeger, 2007).

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  • Jay Todd studied writing with Frederick Barthelme and Mary Robison at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and now teaches at Xavier University of Louisiana. His fiction has appeared in journals such as the Southern California Review, the Chicago Quarterly Review, Fiction Weekly, and 971 Magazine.

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  • Krista Varela received her MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California, where she is now a lecturer. Varela is a contributing editor for The East Bay Review and occasionally writes for Booma: The Bookmapping Project. She was awarded first place in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal’s A Midsummer Tale narrative contest (2014).

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  • Cady Vishniac is a former human statue and current copy editor studying creative writing at UMass Boston. She has work out in Literary Orphans and Sporklet, among others, and was a finalist for Cutthroat’s Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award (2014).

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  • Kathryn Watterson has written eight books, three of which have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. She’s also written articles, essays and stories, which have appeared in TriQuarterly, Fourth Genre, The Santa Monica Review and other publications, including The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. She’s been teaching Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania since 2003.

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Fall 2014 – Volume 2 Issue 2 

 

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  • Brittany Baldwin has cooked professionally for 20 years and runs a small catering company and farm near Portland, Oregon.

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  • Charles Bane, Jr is the American author of The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor, 2011) and Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2014). His work was described by the Huffington Post as “not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them.” Creator of The Meaning Of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project, he is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida and at work on a new collection, The Ends Of The Earth.

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  •  Roy Bentley has received fellowships from the NEA, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio Arts Council. Poems have appeared in The Southern ReviewShenandoah, Pleiades, Blackbird, North American Review, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. Books include Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama, 1986), Any One Man (Bottom Dog, 1992), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine, 2006), and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House 2013). Listen to Bentley read at RSR’s audio series.

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  • Ana Maria Caballero worked in finance, journalism, wine importation and even for the Colombian government before recently becoming a mom.  Now, she writes poetry and book thoughts, which can be read at thedrugstorenotebook.co.  She lives in Bogotá with her husband and son. Her work has appeared in Smoking Glue Gun Magazine, Big River Poetry Review, CutBank, Elephant Journal, Silver Birch Press, Aviary Review, Ghost House Review, Dagda Publishing, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, among others. It is forthcoming on Pea River Review. She also writes a weekly poetry post for Zeteo Journal’s “Zeteo is Reading” section.

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  • Chris Campanioni has worked as a journalist, model, and actor, and he currently teaches literature and creative writing at the City University of New York. He was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize at Lincoln Center in 2013, and his novel, Going Down was selected as Best Debut Novel for the 2014 International Latino Book Awards. Find him in space here: chriscampanioni.com .

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  • After kicking around the West for a while (with stops in Spokane, Flagstaff, and Sedona), Stephen Cloud has settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he’s fixing up an old adobe, working on poems, and pondering the official New Mexico state question: “Red or green?” Recent publications include work in Valparaiso Poetry Review, High Plains Journal, New Madrid and Shenandoah (forthcoming).

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  • Zacc Dukowitz holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and an MFA in fiction from the University of Florida. His fiction has appeared in the Fine Flu Journal, Every Writer’s Resource, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, and is forthcoming in the American Literary Review. He currently lives on Lake Atitlan in rural Guatemala with his wife Spenser and two dogs, Scout and Boo Radley.

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  • James Gallant has received from Jeffrey Kripal, chaired professor of religion and philosophy at Rice, the highest compliment he pays a writer: “an author of the impossible.” Gallant’s “The Humiliating UFOs,” a cousin to “The Meaningful Senselessness of Wonders” published by Raritan, is available online at EBSCOhost.

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  • Sam Gridleys published work includes a novel, The Shame of What We Are, as well as stories and satire in more than forty magazines and anthologies. He has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Stanford University. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and neurotic dog.

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  • Originally from Perth, Ontario, James Guthrie moved to Toronto in 2005. He is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where he studied English and Philosophy.

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  •  Trish Harris is an independent curator, writer, and artist teaching in Michigan. She curates and designed the Remaking Moby-Dick project. Her poems, stories, and micromemoirs have appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Cortland Review, and Brevity. At Twitter, she is @trishlet.

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  • Michael Hess is a filmmaker and writer who lives in Toronto.  His films have played at the NYU Director’s Series, NewFest, the American Cinemateque in Los Angeles, the Kansas International Film Festival and the Beloit International Film Festival.  Hess’ writing has appeared in Shenandoah, Glassworks, The Outrider Review, AlleyCat News, Glitterwolf Magazine and in the upcoming anthology Creativity and Constraint (Wising Up Press).  He worked previously for Goldman Sachs.  For more information, please visit: http://hessstudios.wordpress.com .

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  • Chris Hosea is a graduate of Harvard College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst MFA. John Ashbery selected his first book, Put Your Hands In (LSU Press, 2014) for the Walt Whitman Award. He lives in Brooklyn. See chrishosea.com for more.

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  • Al Kratz is a writer from Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to previously being in Red Savina Review, his work has been in Gravel1000words, the British Fantasy Society JournalApeiron Review, and the Daily Palette. He is also an assistant fiction editor at Pithead Chapel.

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  • When Jackie Lantry is not working, cleaning the house, doing laundry, cooking, taking care of kids (yes, at 58 she still has two at home-long story and not fiction) or caring for her 91-year-old aunt who lives with her, she’s writing stories-which, of course, she thinks are amazing. Most have been rejected at least twice.

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  • Tom McCoy is old and cranky. He believes humans should be limited to 500 words per day. Damn, wasted 21 already. He resides in Silver City, New Mexico.

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  • Daniel A. Olivas  is the author of seven books including the novel, The Book of Want (University of Arizona Press). Widely anthologized, he has also written for The New York TimesLos Angeles Review of BooksFairy Tale ReviewSuperstition ReviewCodexExquisite CorpseLa BlogaPANK(online), and Pilgrimage.

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  • James Pate grew up in Memphis, holds an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, and currently teaches in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. His fiction has appeared in storySouth, the Black Warrior ReviewBerkeley Fiction Review, and Blue Mesa Review, among other places.

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  • Leslie Quigless received a journalism degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and holds two master-level degrees in education from New York University and Harvard University. She is the executive director of the Atlanta Young Writers Institute and is working on her second novel. She lives in Atlanta with her daughter

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  •  Rebecca Raphael is a poet, professor, and cat lady. Her poetry has appeared in StirringThe Lyric, The Neovictorian/Cochlea, New Laurel ReviewAble MuseDi-ver-city (Anthology of the Austin International Poetry Festival), and the New Orleans anthology From a Bend in the River. A native of New Orleans, she lives in Austin and teaches religious studies at Texas State University. Listen to her read at RSR’s audio series.

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  • Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has published poetry in numerous literary magazines. She was recently nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. Rubin is a winner of the Arizona State Poetry Society 2013 Annual Poetry Contest. Listen to her read at RSR’s audio series.

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  • Lisa Sagrati’s fiction and essays have appeared in Poydras ReviewNerve, and Taking the Lane. She is writing a novel set in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Brian Seemann has most recently been published in the anthology Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand (Press 53),REALForge, and The Mix Tape: A Flash Fiction Anthology (Flash Forward Press). Seemann is the 2011 winner of the William J. Stuckey Memorial Prize for fiction, a 2014 Southern Writers Symposium: Emerging Writers Contest Finalist, and an MA and MFA graduate of Wichita State. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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  • Jennifer MacBain-Stephens  is the author of three chapbooks:  Every Her Dies (ELJ Publications,) Clotheshorse  (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming, 2014,) and Backyard Poems (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming 2015.)  Recent work can be seen / is forthcoming at Dressing Room Poetry JournalThe Golden WalkmanSplit Rock ReviewToad Suck ReviewMenacing Hedge, and Hobart.  For a complete list of publications and other odds and ends visit:  jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com

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  • William Aarnes lives and teaches in South Carolina.  His work has appeared in such places as Poetry and The Southern Review.  He has poems forthcoming in Weave and FIELD.

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  • Amy Brunvand lives in the Jordan River watershed at the edge of the Great Basin.  She is a librarian,part-time nature mystic and monthly contributor to Catalyst Magazine in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Her writing has appeared in an odd assortment of publications including the late great Inside/Outside Southwest.

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  •  Wayne F. Burke was born in Massachusetts. He was raised in the home of his paternal grandparents.  Burke went to public schools then college. He graduated college in 1979. He went to work and worked. He wrote in his spare time: mostly prose then mostly poetry. His poetry has been published in Industry NightFORGESassafrasThe Commonline JournalBoston Poetry MagazineVisions With Voices, and elsewhere.  He currently lives in Vermont.

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  • Melanie J. Cordova is currently a PhD student in Creative Writing Fiction at Binghamton University. She has stories out or forthcoming with Whitefish ReviewThe Oklahoma ReviewYamassee, and various others. Melanie also serves as Editor-in-Chief to Harpur Palate and as Coordinator of Writing By Degrees 2014.

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  • After attending school at SUNY Geneseo, John Cullen has worked as a bee keeper, talent agent and literature teacher. His work has appeared in GristThe Cincinnati Poetry ReviewThe MacGuffin,  Gulf Stream, IthacaLit, Blast Furnace and Dark Matter Journal. His book Town Crazy won the 2013 Slipstream chapbook competition.

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  • Nancy Dobson’s poetry has won several awards, including an Academy of American Poets Prize.  Her work has been published in a variety of publications including The Sun Magazine, Noyo River Review and ARDOR.  Dobson lives and teaches in Northern California.  Follow her on Twitter at @nancy_dobson.

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  • Michelle Bonczek Evory is the author of The Ghosts of Lost Animals (Trio House Press, forthcoming) and the chapbook The Art of the Nipple (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2013). Her poetry is forthcoming in the Best New Poets 2013 anthology, has been published in over sixty journals and magazines, including Crazyhorsecream city reviewGreen Mountains ReviewMargie, and Orion Magazine, and has received numerous awards including the Jane Kenyon Award, The Sherwin W Howard Award, and the Consequence Prize. Currently she is a Visiting Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She’s a mentor at The Poet’s Billow thepoetsbillow.org.

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  • Brad Garber lives and writes in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  He has published poetry in AlchemyFireweedUphook Press,Front Range Review, theNewerYorkRay’s Road ReviewGeneration PressPenduline Press, Dead Flowers, New Verse News and other quality publications. Nominee: 2013 Pushcart Prize for poem, “Where We May Be Found.”

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  • Jeanne Lyet Gassman lives with her husband and children in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work has appeared in WOW!, Switchback, and Barrelhouse, among others. Recent awards include fellowships from Ragdale and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Her novel, Blood of a Stone, is forthcoming from Tuscany Press in 2014.

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  • Cynthia Gibbon is a former librarian and has published in that field. She’s taken an early retirement and now writes.

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  • Since the ‘70s, James Grabill’s poems have appeared in periodicals such as Harvard Review, Terrain, Urthona (UK), Shenandoah, The Oxonian Review (UK), Stand (UK), East West Journal, and The Common Review. His books include An Indigo Scent after the Rain and Poem Rising Out of the Earth. He teaches “systems thinking” relative to sustainability.

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  • Stephen D. Gutierrez is the author of Elements and Live from Fresno y Los.  He has a new collection forthcoming, The Mexican Man in His Backyard, Essays and Stories. Originally from Los Angeles, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he teaches at California State University East Bay. His creative nonfiction has appeared in Fourth GenreRiver TeethUnder the SunThird CoastLos Angeles Times SundaySan Francisco Chronicle Sunday and elimae. He has a new piece forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review.

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  • Larry Jordan’s work has appeared in Comstock ReviewStraight ForwardMiller’s Pond, Pirene’s FoundationAntiphon and others. He resides in South Carolina.

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  • Len Krisak’s books of poetry and translation include Even as We Speak (the Richard Wilbur Prize) If Anything, The Odes of Horace, Virgil’s Eclogues, Ovid’s Amores and Ars Amatoria, Afterimage, Catullus’s Carmina, and Rilke’s Neue Gedichte. He is the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren and Robert Frost Prizes, and is a four-time champion on Jeopardy!

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  • Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems and stories have appeared widely, most recently at Prick of the Spindle, Per Contra, Pif, Bellingham Review,and New World Writing.  Turning Inside Out is available from Black Lawrence Press.  Blue Eyes Don’t Cry won the Hackney Award for the Novel.  She teaches Developmental English in West Virginia.Listen to Kolankiewicz read her poems at Red Savina Review’s audio series.

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  • A highly motivated and experienced writer, artist and arts project manager based in the North East of England, Sheree Mack has a PhD in Creative Writing. One of the few international experts on Black British Women’s Poetry, Mack travels the world sharing her creative and academic writings. She is completing her third collection of poetry.Listen to Mack read her poem at Red Savina Review’s audio series.

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  • Sean Padraic McCarthy has new work either recently published or forthcoming in december, Glimmer Train, The Sand Hill Review, The Ledge, The Greensboro Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Forge, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Water~Stone Review, and Sou’wester, and his novel Where the Birds Go to Die was recently named a finalist for both The Black Lawrence Press’s Big Moose Prize and the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize.

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  • Josh Medsker’s poetry, fiction, non-fiction, literary criticism, and journalism has appeared in many publications, including: The Anchorage PressThe Brooklyn Rail, Enchanted ConversationEverestOVSThe Review ReviewHaiku JournalWe’ll Never Have Paris, and Criminal Class Review. He was also the editor of (In)Visible Memoir: Voices from The Fortune Society, in conjunction with the Bay Area literary magazine Memoir (and). Since 2001, he has edited the literary blog and zine, Twenty-Four Hours twentyfourhoursonline.org. Listen to Medsker read his poem at Red Savina Review’s audio series.

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  • Jacqueline Michaud’s poems have appeared in New England Review and Breadloaf QuarterlyThe Florida ReviewUS1 WorksheetsNew Laurel ReviewAmerican Letters and CommentaryPer Contra, and the anthology, Voices from the Robert Frost Place. A member of the American Literary Translators Association, she has had translations of Francophone poets published in Per ContraPoems for the Millennium: University of California Book of North African Literature (2013), and Chicago Quarterly Review, forthcoming in 2014. Michaud has published two collections of poetry: The Waking Hours: Poems & Translations, and White Clouds.

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  • Steve Mitchell’s fiction has been published in The Southeast ReviewstorySouth, and Flash Magazine, among others. His short story collection, The Naming of Ghosts, is published by Press 53. He has a deep belief in the primacy of doubt and an abiding conviction that great wisdom informs very bad movies.thisisstevemitchell.com.

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  • Kelly Morris holds an MFA from Spalding University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Spry Literary JournalSundog Lit, and drafthorse literary journal. She blogs with three other writers at literarylabors.com. When she’s not writing, Kelly can be found hanging out with her kids, who remain unconvinced that being a writer is actually a very cool job.

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  • Alexander Motyl is a writer, painter, and professor. He is the author of seven novels, Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, Flippancy, The Jew Who Was Ukrainian, My Orchidia, Sweet Snow, and Fall River (forthcoming). Motyl’s poems have appeared in MaydayCounterexample PoeticsIstanbul Literary ReviewOrion HeadlessThe Battered SuitcaseRed River ReviewGreen Door, and New York Quarterly. His paintings are on display on the Internet gallery site, www.artsicle.com. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark.

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  •  Holly Painter is an MFA graduate of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her poetry has been published in literary journals in the US, New Zealand and Australia. Holly lives with her partner in Singapore and Michigan, where she writes love poems on behalf of besotted people around the world at adoptapoet.wordpress.com.

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  • Stan Sanvel Rubin’s fourth full collection, There. Here., was published in September by Lost Horse Press. Poems are forthcoming in The Florida Review,The Laurel Review,The National Poetry ReviewCutthroatTalking River.

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  • Erica Seiler manages the brand for a Fortune 500 company where she teaches writers how to master tone-of-voice and messaging. She is pursuing an MA in Creative Writing at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas and has published work in advertising and journalism.

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  • Rebeka Singer writes, works and teaches in her native Providence, Rhode Island. She received her MFA in Creative Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Eclectica Magazine Drunk MonkeysThe Fat City Review, ContrapositionThe Bookends Review and Dogzplot. 

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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj is a Liberal Arts Instructor at the College of the Marshall Islands and a Contributing Editor to Poets’ Quarterly. Her first collection of poetry, Magdalene & the Mermaids, was published in 2009 by Paper Kite Press. For more information visit elizabethkateswitaj.net.

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  •  Jessica Tyner is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer from Oregon and a member of the Cherokee Nation. She has recently published short fiction in India’s Out of Print Magazine, and poetry in PenumbraStraylight MagazineSolo Press, and Glint Literary Journal.

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  • Robert Vivian is the author of two award-winning books of meditative essaysCold Snap as Yearning and The Least Cricket of EveningHe’s  author of The Mover of BonesLamb Bright Saviorsand Another Burning Kingdom His most recent published novel is Water and Abandon He’s written many plays that have been produced in New York City.  His essays have been mentioned numerous times in The Best American Essays Seriesand his stories, poems, and essays have appeared in magazines and journals such as Harper’s, Georgia Review, Creative Nonfiction, and numerous others. Listen to Vivian read his dervish essay at Red Savina Review’s audio series.

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  • Howard Winn’s writing, both poetry and fiction, has recently appeared in The Galway Review (Ireland), Antigonish ReviewTaj Mahal Review (India), Dalhousie ReviewDescantBreak the SpineCactus Heart, and Chaffin Review. Winn’s B. A is from Vassar. His M. A is from the Stanford University Writing Program. Winn’s doctoral work was done at New York University. He’s a faculty Member of SUNY.  

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  • Jim Brega earned his BA from San Diego State University and an MFA from the University of Illinois. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Haunted Magazine, Plenitude, r.kv.r.y, and Foliate Oak, and in the 2012 anthology A Year in Ink 5. He lives near San Diego. You can find more of Brega’s work on his blog jimbrega.com.

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  • Paige Cerulli received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Performance and English from Westfield State University. She lives in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and enjoys writing, playing her flute, and horseback riding. Her work has previously appeared in publications such as PersonaChronogram, and Lavanderia, among others.

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  • Mike Cole was born in Fresno, California and graduated from Fresno State College (now California State University Fresno) in 1971 when a Fresno Poetry Renaissance led by Philip Levine was underway. Over a very sporadic 45-year publications history, his poems have appeared in such journals as Antioch Review, Beyond Baroque, In the Grove, The San Joaquin Review, Laurel Review, Midland Review, Blast Furnace, and others. His first book manuscript The Encyclopedia of Naught is making the rounds of contests and publishers.

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  •  Michael Collins is a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, teaches creative and expository writing at NYU.  His work has appeared recently in Glasschord, BlazeVOX, and Eunoia Review.  It will also be included in upcoming issues of Brevity Poetry Review, Inclement Poetry Magazine, Constellations, Subliminal Interiors, Mobius, The Subterranean Quarterly, Grist, and SOFTBLOW.

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  • Tim Falkenberg is a native Texan who has an abiding love for the outdoors. He is the editor of the online movie news magazine mxdwn Movies (movies.mxdwn.com). Falkenberg currently resides in Studio City, California. This is his second published short story, following “Mourning,” which appeared in Touch: the Journal of Healing (Issue 9).

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  • In Lars von Trier’s film, Melancholia, you probably remember the planets colliding. Similarly, Roy Guzmán wants his work to be remembered as a clash of the absurd, a celebration of misfits, and a recuperation of blurred memories. Find him on Twitter: @dreamingauze and via rgman.wordpress.com.

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  • James Hanna is a published writer, a Pushcart nominee, and the fiction editor of The Sand Hill Review.  He has recently retired from the San Francisco Probation Department where he was assigned to a domestic violence and stalking unit. Hanna’s profile may be found on www.willwriteforfood.org.  He has completed his third book, The Siege, which depicts a riot in a penal facility.  The Siege will soon be available through Sand Hill Review Press.

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  • Jessica Kluthe’s first book, Rosina, The Midwife was released in March, and since then has been on the Edmonton Journal’s list of best sellers for eight weeks. Two chapters of Rosina were recognized before publication: in 2012, her story “Scattered” won Other Voices’ creative nonfiction contest, and in 2011, her story “Traces” was nominated by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta for the James H. Gray award for nonfiction. Her work has also appeared in journals and magazines such as The Malahat Review, Other Voices, and Little Fiction. After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing from the University of Victoria, Kluthe moved back to Edmonton to teach writing full-time at MacEwan University in the Bachelor of Communications Studies program. She believes in promoting literature in Canada; she reviews for Canadian Review of Materials and has recently created a promotion project called Snap Scene to feature images from Canadian books. Kluthe lives in a character house with her partner Reid and her cat Finnegan. She is at work on a children’s book and a novel. Visit her website at www.jessicakluthe.com.

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  • Al Kratz is a writer from Des Moines, Iowa. He has had work previously published in Gravel and forthcoming in the British Fantasy Society Journal.

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  • Hiram Lewis  is an accomplished painter. He went to Washington University, received an MFA and became a bus driver in Seattle. He currently resides in Silver City, New Mexico.

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  • As an IT Professional, Tiko Lewis lives in Austin, Texas.  He enjoys cooking and pairing cigars with fine adult beverages.   Lewis is an editor at Poetrycircle.com.

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  • Anthony Martin is a technical writer, a graduate student in the MA Program in Rhetoric and Writing Studies at San Diego State University and a hopeless Slavophile.

 

  • Gleah Powers’ work has been published or is forthcoming in Souvenir Lit JournalSouthwestern American Literature, Lumina, Prime Number Magazine online, Prime Number Magazine Editors’ Selection Volume 2, Prime Mincer Press and Naugatuck River Review. A shortlisted finalist in the Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest in 2011 and 2013, she has been awarded writing residencies from Vermont Studio Center, Rancho Linda Vista arts community and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial fund. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.

 

  • Jeannette Ronson is a MFA student in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University. She teaches creative writing and composition at Southern Connecticut State University. Find Ronson and read her other published essays through Linkedin or Facebook.

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  • Claire Scott Rubin is a published poet who has been reading and writing poetry for many years. Her work has been published in numerous journals including Shemom, Organs of Vision and Speech, Trivia, Stepping Stones, Epiphany and Literary Yard.  Rubin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Berkeley, California.

 

  • Pushcart Prize nominee Frank Scozzari resides in Nipomo, a small town on the California coast. His award-winning short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines including The Kenyon Review, The Berkeley Fiction Review, and The MacGuffin, and have been featured in Speaking of Stories, Santa Barbara’s preeminent literary theater. 

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  • Shelby Stephenson’s Family Matters:  Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize (Allen Grossman, judge), and the 2009 Oscar Arnold Young Award,Poetry Council of North Carolina (Jared Carter, judge).  Shelby Stephenson’s Maytle’s World is forthcoming from Evening Street Press. 

  

  • Charles Thielman was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, moved to Chicago, and was educated at red-bricked universities and on city streets. Thielman is a loving grandfather of five free spirits. He married on a Kauai beach in 2011. Theilman’s work as poet, artiste and shareholder in an independent Bookstore’s collective continues.

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  • Lynn Doiron A California native, Lynn Doiron lives in Baja California, Mexico.  Her work has appeared in various literary journals, most recently Nimrod, and non-fiction anthologies.  Author of Handwording: New & Selected Poems, Lynn is currently compiling selected poems and prose written during her four years of life south of the border.

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  • David Elliott After dropping out of high school, David Elliott made a living acting, boxing professionally and was voted President of the California Association of Judgment Professionals (CAJP) while running his Hollywood Private Investigation firm. He has  piloted planes, built spaceships, served on the executive board of a major labor union, and traveled every continent except Australia, Africa and Antarctica.

  

  • Elvira Godfrey’s  ink-on-paper sketches are drawn in a continuous line. Her work is featured in JW Art Gallery Hurley, New Mexico.

  

  • Khanh Ha debut novel is FLESH (June 2012, Black Heron Press). He graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.  His work has appeared in the Outside in Literary & Travel Magazine, which came from one of Ha’s novels by the same title. His newest short story, A Woman on the Plain, has been accepted by Cigale Literary Magazine. He is at work on a new novel.

 

  • Larry Jordan’s work has appeared in Comstock Review, Straight Forward, Miller’s Pond, Pirene’s Foundation, Antiphon and others. He resides in South Carolina.

  

  • Dini Karasik is a Mexican-American writer and lawyer. Her poetry has appeared in Crack the Spine and she has work forthcoming in The Más Tequila Review and Kweli Journal. You can follow her on Twitter @DosGildas or on her writing blog: dkwritings.wordpress.com.

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  • Jennifer Mac Bain-Stephens is an emerging poet who was recently published in Issue #10 of Superstition Review and will also be published in Emerge Literary Journal in 2013.  She has written three YA nonfiction books and currently lives in Iowa City, IA and works at a journal.

  

  • R.K. Marfurt published stories in Canadian literary journals such as the Windsor ReView, the Nashwaak Review, existere, Room of One’s Own, The Antigonish Review, and paperplates. She recently finished writing a novel and is now looking for a publisher.

  

  • Tom McCoy is old and cranky. He believes humans should be limited to 500 words per day. Damn, wasted 21 already. He resides in Silver City, New Mexico.

  

  • Turid Pederson was born and educated in Oslo, Norway. She graduated from the University of Oslo before settling in the United States.  Pederson resumed art training at the University of Houston, Texas. She taught at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and has been a demonstration artist at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  One of her paintings is included in the New Mexico Capitol Art Foundation’s permanent collection in Santa Fe.  She lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

  

  • Stan Sanvel Rubin is the author of three full-length collections, including Hidden Sequel, a Barrow Street Book Prize winner.  A fourth will be published by Lost Horse Press in 2013.  Recent and forthcoming poems in Carolina Quarterly, The Laurel Review, Hubbub, Cimarron Review, The Florida Review. He lives on the Olympic peninsula of Washington State and writes essay reviews for Water~Stone Review.

 

  • Sharman Apt Russell’s most recent books are Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist (Basic Books, 2008); Hunger: An Unnatural History (Basic Books, 2005); and An Obsession with Butterflies (Perseus Books, 2003). The essays Songs of the Fluteplayer won the 1992 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award and New Mexico Zia Award. Other awards are a Pushcart Prize, the Henry Joseph Jackson Award, and the Writers at Work Award.Her work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and German. For more information, go to www.sharmanaptrussell.com.

 

  • Molly Stone is quite fond of desert sunsets. She notes: “As of late,  it seems as if the world is slipping into a nihilistic nightmare in a marketing scheme gone awry. Sometimes I see a cob of light piercing through the muck.”
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