Past Contributors

Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams teaches composition at Washington University in St. Louis, where she received an MFA in Poetry in 2005.

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Ashlie AllenAshlie Allen writes fiction and poetry. Besides being a writer, she would like to become a photographer one day. Her work has been published in Conclave, Blink Ink, The Burningword Literary Journal, The Vending Machine Press, The Jet Fuel Review, and others.

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Maureen AlsopMaureen Alsop, Ph.D., is the author of four collections of poetry, Apparition Wren, Mantic, Later, Knives & Trees, and Mirror Inside Coffin (forthcoming).

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Catherine ArraCatherine Arra is a native of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. A former English and writing teacher, she now teaches part-time, facilitates a local writers’ group and spends winters on the Space Coast of Florida. Her poetry and prose have been published in various journals online and in print. Recent work appears or will soon appear in The Timberline Review, Naugatuck River Review, Boston Literary Magazine, and Sugared Water. Her chapbooks are: Slamming & Splitting (Red Ochre Press, 2014) and Loving from the Backbone (Flutter Press, 2015). She recently completed a full-length book of poetry and short prose, Forged 1955: Girl.

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Samir Atassi grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio.  He has studied the craft since he was sixteen, during which time some of the region’s working-class vernacular of weather-beaten streets have seeped into his lines.  He received his B.A. in English from Kent State University in 2005 and his MFA in Poetry from Ashland University in 2014.  The poem in this collection is from his manuscript, Jukebox Mosque.  He lives in Lakewood, Ohio.

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George Bacovia

George Bacovia was born in 1881. His early work, beginning with the poems collected in his first volume, Plumb (1916), earned him classification as a minor Symbolist poet, but his reception broadened during the inter-war years, until he came to be understood as an important bridge to Modernism in Romanian poetry. From 1933, Bacovia lived in Bucharest, continuing to write and working for the Ministry of the Arts, until his death in 1957.

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Prarthana BanikyaPrarthana Banikya is an academic author based in Bangalore. A graduate in Sociology from Miranda House, Prarthana spent her formative years in Northeastern India, from where she draws inspiration for her poems.

 

 

 

 

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Gary BeckGary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has 11 published chapbooks and 3 more accepted for publication. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press), Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions (Winter Goose Publishing). Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) and Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing). Call to Valor will be published by Gnome on Pigs Productions and Acts of Defiance will be published by Dreaming Big Publications. His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His original plays and translations of Molière, Aristophanes, and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.

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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 Review, Shenandoah, 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 at universities and colleges throughout the Midwest and in south Florida. These days, he teaches at Georgian Court University and lives in Barnegat, New Jersey with his wife Gloria.

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C. Wade BentleyC. Wade Bentley
lives, teaches, and writes in Salt Lake City. For a good time, he enjoys wandering the Wasatch Mountains and playing with his grandchildren. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Green Mountains Review, Cimarron Review, Best New Poets, New Ohio Review, Western Humanities Review, Rattle, Chicago Quarterly Review, Raleigh Review, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Pembroke Magazine, and New Orleans Review, among others. A full-length collection of his poems, What Is Mine, was published by Aldrich Press in early 2015.

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Jean Berrett has been publishing poetry since 1973, after she took the first graduate Creative Writing—Poetry course to be offered by University of Wisconsin—Madison.  The instructor told her that he thought she was the best poet in the class and he encouraged her to begin submitting poems to magazines.  She obtained her MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry from Eastern Washington University and taught English at College of Menomonee Nation. Since she first started publishing, she has published 85 poems. Other publications include translations from Virgil and Lucretius, stories, and book reviews. She has two grown sons and seven grandchildren.

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Carl BoonCarl Boon lives in Istanbul, where he directs the English prep school and teaches courses in literature at Yeni Yuzyil University. Recent or forthcoming poems appear in Posit, The Tulane Review, The Adirondack Review, Badlands, and other magazines.

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Valerie BoreyValerie Borey is a Minneapolis-based writer, teacher, and playwright. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as Burningword Literary Journal, Diddle Dog, Heavy Glow, In Stereo Press, and Red Fez. More of her work can be found on her website.

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Currently residing in a sleepy town in North-Dorset, UK, via the more cosmopolitan Bristol and altogether less interesting Reading, Mark Brewer started writing poetry late. With an academic background in philosophy, biology and cognitive sciences, he has recently developed an interest in carefully exposing the close-knit relationship between the scientific and humanistic through unorthodox poetic form and voice, and is presently working on his first collection based on these themes. He also writes for the Huffington Post on topics ranging from politics to sports (and anything else on the inside of his skull), is a keen musician, and is working on his first novel.

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Heath BrougherHeath Brougher lives in York, Pennsylvania, and attended Temple University. He recently finished his first chapbook, with two others on the way, as well as a full-length book of poetry. He is also writing a book of philosophy. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Diverse Voices Quarterly, Of/With, Mobius, Main Street Rag, *Star 82 Review, Otoliths, Icebox Journal, Eunoia Review, Van Gogh’s Ear, MiPOesias, BlazeVOX, Zoomoozophone Review, Yellow Chair Review, Bird’s Thumb, Inscape Literary Journal, and elsewhere.

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Howard pixHoward Brown is a writer and poet who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Lookout Mountain. He has published short fiction in Louisiana Literature and flash fiction in F**k Fiction, Crack the Spine, Pulpwood Fiction, Extract(s), and Mad Hatters Review (forthcoming). His poetry has appeared in Old Hickory Review and Poetry Super Highway. In 2012, he published a collection of poems entitled, The Gossamer Nature of Random Things. His poem “Pariah” won the William Faulkner Literary Award in Mississippi’s 2015 Tallahatchie Riverfest.

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J. Thomas BurkeJ. Thomas Burke is an MFA candidate studying poetry in the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans. He also serves as a poetry reader for the literary journal, Bayou Magazine. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Helen, Panoply, SPANK the CARP, and elsewhere. In March 2018, he won the Vassar Miller Poetry Award judged by former Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon.

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Robert Paul Cesaretti has been published in Plain Brown Wrapper, Poetic Diversity, The Atherton Review, Gambling the Aisle, SN Review, Dark Matter Magazine, Mad Hatters’ Review, Commonline Journal, Avatar Review, The Zodiac Review, The Writing Disorder, and Wilderness House Literary Review. He is the founding editor of Ginosko Literary Journal and a native of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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SuzAnne C. Cole, former college English instructor, writes in the Texas Hill Country. Both a juried and featured poet at the Houston Poetry Fest, she’s also won a Japanese haiku contest. Her poetry and fiction have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also writes essays and plays.

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Kara Daly

Kara Daly is a poet, singer/songwriter and hoop-dancer currently transitioning from Boston to Colorado. Her work has also appeared in Pacifica Literary Review, Blue Monday Review, and Garbanzo Literary Journal. Find out more at www.karadalypoetry.wordpress.com.

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Gannon Daniels is currently an instructor of reading and writing at Glendale College. She also teaches creative writing workshops privately. Her poetry has been seen in several publications including, California Quarterly, Cimarron Review, RATTLE, and Jerry Jazz Musician. The Occupying Water is her first book of poems.

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Paul R. DavisPaul R. Davis lives in Central New York State with his wife, parrots, and cats.  He enjoys operating model trains, philately, gardening, and preparing meals with his wife. His work has been published in Latitudes, Poetpourri, Comstock Review, Comrades, Hot Metal Press, Georgian Blue Poetry Anthology, Many Waters, The Externalist, Centrifugal Eye, The Good Men Project, PoetryRepairs, Halcyon, Oddball Magazine, Moon Magazine, Carcinogenic Poetry, and others.

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Svet Di-Nahum was born in 1970 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is of Jewish ancestry. He is a graduate of the Department of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University and currently lives in New York City, Sofia, Vienna, and Frankfurt. He has published short stories in numerous literary magazines in Bulgaria and throughout Europe; his work has been translated into English, German, Russian, Serbian, Turkish, Spanish, and French. His fiction has appeared in US literary magazines such as Drunken Boat, Danse Macabre, and Audience. Di-Nahum is the author of The Wolf’s Howl (Short Novel, 1994); The Unicorn in Captivity (Collection of Short Stories, 2007), RAPTUS (Novel, 2009) Nicola Against Nicola (Short Novel & Screenplay, 2012), The Doctrinaire (Novel, 2015), and The Hangman and the Clown (Stage Play, 2017). RAPTUS was a nominee for the Elias Canetti National Literary Award and was subsequently published in the United States by Hammer & Anvil Books (Las Vegas, 2013). His collection of short stories, Mozart in Prague, is in press with Cervena Barva Press, in Boston, MA. Di Nahum serves as Press Secretary for PEN Center Bulgaria.

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Colin Dodds is the author of Another Broken Wizard, WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job, which Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” His writing has appeared in more than two hundred publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Poet and songwriter David Berman (Silver Jews, Actual Air) said of Dodds’ poetry: “These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.” His screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semifinalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha. See more of his work at thecolindodds.com.
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Chase EversoleChase Eversole‘s writing appears, or is forthcoming in, Burningword Literary Journal, Thickjam, The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, LSPMAG, Danse Macabre, and other places. He has contributed to Medium, The Indy Star, and The Urban Times. He can be found on Twitter.

 

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Karen FayethBorn with the eye of a writer and the heart of a storyteller, Karen Fayeth’s work is colored by the Mexican, Native American, and Western influences of her roots in rural New Mexico and complemented by an evolving urban aesthetic. She has been published in Foliate Oak, Griffin, Jet Fuel Review, The Penmen Review, Ragazine, The Storyteller, Tower Journal, and Wild Violet. Now living in the San Francisco Bay area, she can be found online at karenfayeth.com.

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Alexis FedorjaczenkoAlexis Fedorjaczenko holds a Master of Fine Arts from Western Connecticut State University and a Master of Public Health from Yale University. She is passionate about learning, driven to leadership in human services, and excited about peeking under the corners of human psyche via her poems. Alexis’ poems have been published in Naugatuck River ReviewSentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics, and Clackamas Literary Review; she has participated in readings and performances at various venues in New England; and she has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Elsewhere Studios, and Prairie Center for the Arts. Alexis is currently on a year-plus U.S. travel adventure. When not on the road, she makes her home on the East Coast. She can also be found online at: www.alexisf.com.

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Roberta FeinsRoberta Feins received her MFA in poetry from New England College, where she studied with Judith Hall, DA Powell, Carol Frost and Alicia Ostriker. Her poems have been published in Five AM, Antioch Review, The Cortland Review and The Gettysburg Review, among others. Her chapbook Something Like a River, was published by Moon Path Press in 2013, and Herald won the 2016 Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest, and was published by Autumn House Press in 2017. Roberta edits the e-zine Switched-On Gutenberg.
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Kristin FitzsimmonsKristin Fitzsimmons is the author of a chapbook, all these empty bone bowls (Dancing Girl Press, 2013). She currently lives in Minneapolis, where she freelances and produces the web series, What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia?

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Lisa Pierce FloresLisa Pierce Flores’s essays, journalism, fiction, and poetry have been selected for publication in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Jewish Daily Forward, West Wind Review, Lullwater Review, and Till the Tide: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry (Sundress, 2015). She is a former poetry editor for Inkwell journal, founding editor of The American Mosaic, a suite of educational web sites focused on multicultural scholarship, and author of The History of Puerto Rico (Greenwood, 2010), an exploration of her family’s ancestral homeland. She teaches journalism and writing at Fairfield University and earned her MFA at Manhattanville College, where she served as an inaugural Writing Center Fellow.

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Giuseppe GettoGuiseppe Getto is a Zen Buddhist, a poet, and an Assistant Professor of English at East Carolina University. His creative work can be found in journals such as Sugarhouse Review, Slant, Reed, and Eclectica, among others. He is still trying to figure out where his own voice fits within the increasingly divergent conversation that is contemporary American poetry. Visit him online at: http://guiseppegetto.com/poetry.

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Scarlett GrayScarlett Gray, 23, is a freelance writer, poet, and visual artist currently based in Dallas, Texas, where she was born. She began perusing writing at the age of sixteen, self-publishing two novels under a pseudonym by the time she turned eighteen, as well as publishing various poems and short stories under the same name. Her work focuses on the deeply personal and the provocative, detailing pieces of her life with realism and raw honesty. Scarlett uses her perspective as a former sex worker to advocate for the destigmatization and decriminalization of sex work through her writing, as well as working to engage a dialogue on topics such as feminism and gender equality. She is currently working on a collection of poetry, a fictional book based on her life, and various other projects.

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Dylan HendersonDylan Henderson has lived his whole life within the borders of the Cherokee Nation. After dropping out of school at sixteen, he enrolled at the local community college, eventually earning advanced degrees in history, literature, and library science. He now lives on the outskirts of Radium Town, an abandoned settlement once famous for its “radium cures.” The last remaining bath house is visible from his upstairs window.

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A.J. Huffman has published thirteen full-length poetry collections, thirteen solo poetry chapbooks, and one joint poetry chapbook through various small presses. Her most recent releases, Degeneration (Pink Girl Ink), A Bizarre Burning of Bees (Transcendent Zero Press), and Familiar Illusions (Flutter Press) are now available from their respective publishers. She is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a two-time Best of Net nominee, and has published over 2500 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, The Bookends Review, Bone Orchard, Corvus Review, EgoPHobia, and Kritya. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.

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Paul Ilechko was born in England but has lived most of his life in the USA. He currently lives in Lambertville, NJ, with his girlfriend and a cat. Paul has had poetry published and/or accepted recently by Third Wednesday, Red Fez, Peacock Journal, Muddy River Review, and Slag Review, among others.

 

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Zeke Jarvis is an Associate Professor at Eureka College, where he edits ELM. His work has appeared in Moon City Review, Thrice Fiction, and Bitter Oleander, among other places. His books include So Anyway…, a collection of introductions to poems that don’t exist, and In A Family Way.

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Couri JohnsonCouri Johnson is a graduate of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts with a focus on fiction, and a secondary focus on poetry. She is currently living in Marugame, Japan. She has a chapbook of poetry coming out in the Spring of 2016 with Dancing Girl Press. Find her on twitter at @a_couri.

 

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Peycho KanevPeycho Kanev is the author of three poetry collections and two chapbooks. He has won several European awards for his poetry and is a nominee for the Pushcart Award and Best of the Net. Translations of his books will be published soon in Italy, Poland, and Russia. His poems have appeared in more than 900 literary magazines, including: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Hawaii Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Sheepshead Review, Off the Coast, The Adirondack Review, The Coachella Review, Two Thirds North, Sierra Nevada Review, and The Cleveland Review. 

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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 in The New Orleans ReviewThe Saint Ann’s ReviewIthacaLit, and elsewhere. He teaches in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

 

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Tricia KnollTricia Knoll is an Oregon poet whose plot of homeland is divided up to grow vegetables and blueberries, attract pollinators and butterflies, preserve native plants and allow for roses to bloom fully. Her work leans toward narrative or eco-poetry appears widely in anthologies and journals. She maintains a daily haiku practice as limber ups. Her collected poems include Urban Wild (Finishing Line Press), Ocean’s Laughter (Aldrich Press), and Broadfork Farm (The Poetry Box).

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Jessica Wiseman Lawrence received her liberal arts education from Longwood University. Her work has recently been featured in the “Where I Live” series for Silver Birch Press, and her work is currently upcoming in Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal and The Activity Report. Her work often focuses on current events, motherhood, poverty, and nature. She also has an interest in earth science and biology. Currently she lives in the central Virginia area, where she is an office manager by day, a poet by night, and a mother at all times.

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S.D. LishanS.D. Lishan teaches at The Ohio State University. His book of poetry, Body Tapestries (Dream Horse Press), was awarded the Orphic Prize in Poetry. His poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in journals such as Measure, Phoebe, Arts & Letters, Kenyon Review, Brevity, Literati Quarterly, New England Review, Boulevard, and Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Delaware, Ohio, with his wife, Lynda, and their English Setter, KrackerJack.

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Katy Masuga writes fiction and nonfiction, blurring the lines of distinction. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and a joint Ph.D. in Literary Theory and Criticism from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her publications include two monographs on Henry Miller, a dozen semi-autobiographical stories on memory, family and serendipity, and two dozen critical essays and anthology chapters ranging in content from language games in Beckett, Wittgenstein and Blanchot to the history of Shakespeare and Company in Paris to the vegetarian diet of Frankenstein’s Creature. Her influences include Sebald, Woolf, Borges and Marilynne Robinson. She teaches creative writing and comparative literature in Paris, with a focus on modernism, particularly the intersections between literature, film and the visual arts.

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Joan Mazza has worked as a medical microbiologist, psychotherapist, seminar leader, and has been a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She is the author of six books, including Dreaming Your Real Self (Penguin/Putnam), and her poetry has appeared in Rattle, Whitefish Review, Off the Coast, Kestrel, Slipstream, American Journal of Nursing, The MacGuffin, Mezzo Cammin, Buddhist Poetry Review, and The Nation. She ran away from the hurricanes of South Florida to be surprised by the earthquakes and tornadoes of rural central Virginia, where she writes poetry and does fabric and paper art.

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Lindsay Merbaum is a fiction writer and essayist. Her stories have appeared in Epiphany, PANK, Anomalous Press, Harpur Palate, Brooklyn Review, Dzanc Books Best of the Web, The MacGuffin, and The Collagist, among others. Honors and awards include a Pushcart Prize nomination and the Himan Brown Award for Fiction from Brooklyn College, where she received her MFA. Lindsay lives with her husband in San Francisco and is at work on a novel.

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Raquel MoranRaquel Moran was born in Spain in 1969. She currently lives and works in London and has published a music book in England called Mancunians and music and a novel in Spain called No Smoking. Cambridge Close is part of a book of short stories she completed in 2014.

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Gayle NewbyGayle Newby has been published, or her work is forthcoming, in decomP, Gravel, the Hiram Poetry Review, Passagers, After the Pause, and others. She has worked as a teacher, librarian, and social worker. A longtime resident of Mississippi, she now lives in Utah.

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James OwensJames Owens‘s most recent collection of poems is Mortalia (FutureCycle Press, 2015).. His poems, stories, and translations appear widely in literary journals, including publications in The Fourth River, Kestrel, Adirondack Review, Tule Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Southword. He earned an MFA at the University of Alabama and lives in Indiana and northern Ontario.

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Triin PajaTriin Paja is an Estonian living in a small village in rural Estonia. Her poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Cyberhex, The Cossack Review, Badlands Literary Journal, and Fractal Magazine.

 

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Michael Pearce‘s fiMichael Pearcection has appeared in Epoch, Shenandoah, Witness, The Gettysburg Review, Conjunctions, Folio, and elsewhere. He lives in Oakland, California, and plays saxophone in the band Highwater Blues.

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Simon PerchikSimon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Osiris, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, free e-books and his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities,” please visit his website.

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Suzanne Richter
Suzanne Richter
received an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University where she studied with Kathleen Graber, David Daniel, and Renee Ashley. Her poetry has appeared in Orion magazine, Oberon poetry magazine, The Madison Review, and on Nashville public transit. Suzanne is also the author of a self-help book called Book of Joy. She currently lives in Nashville with a very lively cairn terrier.

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Ron Riekki‘s books include U.P.: a novel (Sewanee Writers Series and Great Michigan Read nominated), The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book from the Library of Michigan and finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award/Grand Prize shortlist, Midwest Book Award, Foreword Book of the Year, and Next Generation Indie Book Award), Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (2016 IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal Great Lakes—Best Regional Fiction and Next Generation Indie Book Award—Short Story finalist), and And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017 (Michigan State University Press, 2017).

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Yosef RosenYosef Rosen is a noisy soup-slurper and a terrible omelette-flipper. Many stop there at defining Yosef, but for the NSA’s sake, let’s add: he is an MFA candidate at Bowling Green State University, where he also serves as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Mid-American Review and maintains a collection of fortune cookie slips. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming in, Common Ground Review, Slipstream, Blue Monday Review, and The Chariton Review.

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Sharon SchollSharon Scholl is Professor Emerita from Jacksonville University in Florida, where she taught humanities and non-Western studies. She is the recipient of poetry grants from the Fulbright and Witter-Bynner Foundations. Her recent chapbook, Summer’s Child, is available from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

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Rochelle ShapiroLike her heroine in Miriam the Medium (Simon & Schuster, 2004), and its sequel, Kaylee’s Ghost, an Indie finalist, Rochelle Jewel Shapiro is a professional phone psychic. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times (Lives), Newsweek, and more. Her short stories and poems have been published in magazines such as Permafrost, Stand, Moment, Peregrine, The Iowa Review, Stand, and in many anthologies. Her poem, “Second Story Porch,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Schuykille Review. She won the Brandon Memorial Literary Award from Negative Capability. Currently, she teaches at UCLA Extension.

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editBeth Sherman has an MFA in creative writing from Queens College, where she teaches in the English department. Her poetry has been published in Hawaii Pacific Review, Hartskill Review, Lime Hawk, Synecdoche, Gyroscope, and The Evansville Review, which nominated her poem, “Minor Planets” for a Pushcart Prize. Her fiction has been published in Portland Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine, KYSO, Sandy River Review, and Panoplyzine and is forthcoming in Blue Lyra Review, Delmarva Review, Sun Star Literary Magazine, and Joyce Quarterly. She has also written five mystery novels.

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Fionn ShinerFionn Shiner is a graduate of the London School of Economics currently doing a MA in Writing at the University of Warwick. He has written for Private Eye, the Huffington Post, the Independent, Sabotage Times, NewsThump, and Mardibooks. He quite likes writing.

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Emmaline SilvermanEmmaline Silverman is a library professional who likes paleoanthropology, cigar box ukuleles, and the Great American Dust Bowl. Her work has appeared in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily and Juniper Tree: Stories of Women Living Abroad.

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Dvorah TelushkinDvorah Telushkin worked as a personal assistant, editor, and translator for Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Yiddish writer who won the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature. Her translations have appeared in The New Yorker and in collections of Mr. Singer’s stories published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. In 1997, she published her memoir, Master of Dreams, telling the story of her twelve-year apprenticeship with Mr. Singer. She is currently completing her first novel, The Cry of the Loon.

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Faith ThomasFaith Thomas is a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, working toward her Bachelor’s in English and Secondary English Education. She has had her work published in Extract(s) Magazine and the Omaha World-Herald, and will have stories appearing in upcoming editions of The Mochila Review and Punchnel’s.

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Rachel Tramonte received her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. She lives with her partner and their two daughters in Cleveland Heights, OH. Her work has appeared in Jelly Bucket, Third Wednesday, GFT, and American Poetry Journal, among others.

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Jonathan TravelsteadJonathan Travelstead served in the Air Force National Guard for six years as a firefighter and currently works as a full-time firefighter for the city of Murphysboro, IL, and as co-editor of Cobalt Review. Having finished his MFA at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, he also turns a lathe, crafting pens under the name Scorched Ink Penturning. His collections, How We Bury Our Dead and Conflict Tours, were released by Cobalt Press in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

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A lover of landscapes, estuaries, and mud, Wendy Vaizey is based in London and came to writing from banking and journalism. Her short fiction has appeared in national circulation magazines, literary journals and anthologies. In 2011, she was awarded a Faber Fellowship, and more recently, an Arts Council METAL residency exploring use of the digital in the arts. She recently completed her second novel, Fisher Street, and is working on a third.

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Alia Hussain VancourtAlia Hussain Vancrown was born December 1, 1987. Granddaughter of U.N. diplomat and poet, Saiyed Mazhar Hussain, descendant of poets Azhar Hussain and Athar Hussain, award-winning screenwriter Abrar Alvi, and dramatist Razia Farhat, daughter of Asif and Aisha Hussain, Alia writes with the torch that is her ancestors’ undying legacy. Alia currently resides with fellow poet, M. André Vancrown.

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Randi WardRandi Ward is a writer, translator, lyricist, and photographer from West Virginia. She earned her MA in Cultural Studies from the University of the Faroe Islands and is a recipient of the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Nadia Christensen Prize. Ward is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, AsymptoteBeloit Poetry JournalCimarron Review, The Cortland Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Vencil: Anthology of Contemporary Faroese Literature, World Literature Today, and other publications. For more information, visit: www.randiward.com/about.

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Benjamin Wolfe is in his twenties and spent a nomadic childhood growing up in a number of different countries overseas, following his parents around the world. He returned to England to study history at university. He currently lives in London in a small flat, but dreams of escaping again soon. He has published poems and short stories in a variety of literary magazines.

 

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