Contributors

Michael Alleman teaches English, theatre, and history at Louisiana State University Eunice. He earned an M.A in English and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from McNeese State and a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas. His poetry has appeared in Chiron Review, PBW, Illya’s Honey, Grasslands Review, and Short, Fast, and Deadly. He lives with his wife Angela in a century-old farmhouse in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.

 

Holly Eva Allen is a writer currently living in California. She has a degree in linguistics and English from the University of California. Her work has been previously published in magazines and sites such as Levee Magazine, Blue Unicorn, and The Slanted House.

 

Duane Anderson currently lives in La Vista, NE, and volunteers with a non-profit organization as a Donor Ambassador on their blood drives. He has had poems published in Poetry Quarterly, Fine Lines, The Sea Letter, Cholla Needles, Tipton Poetry Journal, Adelaide Literary Magazine and several other publications.

 

Karyna Aslanova is a Kyiv-born Ukrainian multimedia artist, director, and photographer. Karyna studied Theatre Directing at The National Academy of Government Managerial Staff of Culture and Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine and although photography is her principle medium, Karyna also uses video, painting and illustration, and poetry to further her exploration into a multitude of subjects. Karyna’s art photography projects often use other-worldly imagery to reflect modern social issues, with a vague but familiar base note perceptible through a haze of the strange and incongruous. Mood Cells is a project exploring symbiosis of colour and texture, how it affects the mood and/or transmits it. Made with manual double exposure technique this project required long planning and testing before shooting but immediate final product during the process.

 

After receiving his B.A. in English from Colorado State University, C.W. Bigelow lived in nine northern states, both east and west, before moving south to the Charlotte NC area . His short stories and poems have appeared in Full of Crow, The Flexible Persona, Literally Stories, Compass Magazine, FishFood Magazine, Five2One, Crack the Spine, Sick Lit Magazine, Brief Wilderness, Anthology: River Tales by Zimbell House Publishing, Foliate Oak Literary Journal, Midway Journal, Scarlet Leaf Review, Temptation Press Anthology - Private Lessons, Poydras Review, Cleaning Up Glitter and The Blue Mountain Review.

 

Lilah Clay’s poetry has been published in The Bitter Oleander, World Literature Today, Ascent, North of Oxford, Right Hand Pointing, The Oddville Press, Stonecoast Review, Splash of Red, Marco Polo Arts Mag, Her Circle, Eunoia Review and Vine Leaves Literary (in the journal and Best of 2012 anthology), as well as previous issues of The Courtship of Winds.

 

Mary Cuevas was a special education teacher in Los Angeles and Bogota, Colombia. She made a short documentary film on human rights abuses in Colombia. Her film, The Silent Scream, was nominated for a Showtime Award.  She is currently a social worker in Tucson, Arizona. She works with recovering addicts and folks who have a serious mental illness.  She had a non-fiction piece published in Narco News and a letter to the editor published in the New Phoenix Times. 

 

Bogdan Dragos is from Romania, currently working as a dispatcher for a gambling company (supervising casinos).  Part of his job involves spending twelve hours in a room full of monitors.  Alone. He loves it and finds it the perfect setting for inspiration and study of people’s character and psychology.  He writes about one or two poems per shift.  He has published a few online on hellopoetry.com (https://hellopoetry.com/B_R_Dragos/poems/?tab).

 

Gary Duehr has taught poetry and writing for institutions including Boston University, Lesley University, and Tufts University. His MFA is from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. In 2001 he received an NEA Poetry Fellowship, and he has also received grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the LEF Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.  Journals in which his poems have appeared include Agni, American Literary Review, Chiron Review, Cottonwood, Hawaii Review, Hotel Amerika, Iowa Review, North American Review, and Southern Poetry Review.  His books of poetry include In Passing (Grisaille Press, 2011), THE BIG BOOK OF WHY (Cobble Hill Books, 2008), Winter Light (Four Way Books, 1999) and Where Everyone Is Going To (St. Andrews College Press, 1999).

 

Alder Fern's poetry is forthcoming in the Portland Review.

 

Jodie Filan was born in Saskatoon, Canada in 1992. She is completely self taught. Her disability of social anxiety disorder keeps her very isolated thus unknown . She is currently homeless and addicted to crystal meth. You can find her and her art at www.facebook.com/JodieFilanArt

 

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in

That, Dunes Review, Poetry East and North Dakota Quarterly with work

upcoming in Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Thin Air, Dalhousie

Review and failbetter.

 

Liam Hunt is new to the craft of creative writing. In the two years that he has been writing he has had works of fiction appear in Philosophical Idiot and Soliloquies Anthology. His creative non-fiction has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Chronicle Herald, and OpenCanada. He lives in Toronto toiling away at a menial, working-class job in marketing, unsure of his future as a writer and his prospects as a writing professional.

 

Joe Imwalle is currently a candidate in the MFA Creative Writing: Poetry program at Saint Mary's College of California. He has taught third and second grade for twelve years at a public school in East Oakland where he was a founding teacher. He’s taking a break from that to immerse himself in reading and writing poetry. He lives in Oakland with his wife and daughter.

 

Clarissa Jones’ poems have been published in Green Blotter and Sink Hollow. She is a recent graduate from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, OH and grew up and currently lives in Vermilion, OH. She is a queer, autistic woman and while not all of her work engages with these topics, it is still informed by these identities.  

 

Luann Lewis is from the Chicago area and is pursuing an MFA. She has had over a dozen pieces published and one performed professionally as a podcast. 

 

Patricia Nelson has worked with the "Activist" group of poets in Northern California. She is working on a series of poems based on a group project of reading Dante's Divine Comedy in its entirety. Her new book, Out of the Underworld, is due out this year from Poetic Matrix Press.

 

Jared Pearce's collection, The Annotated Murder of One, was released by Aubade last year (www.aubadepublishing.com/annotated-murder-of-one). His poems have recently been or will soon be shared in Xavier Review, Breadcrumbs, Canyon Voices, Coachella Review, and The Cabinet of Heed. Further: https://jaredpearcepoetry.weebly.com.

 

Simon Perchik’s poetry has also appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Yorker and elsewhere.

 

Frederick Pollack is author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure (Story Line Press, 1986; to be reissued by Red Hen Press) and Happiness (Story Line Press, 1998), and two collections, A Poverty of Words (Prolific Press, 2015) and Landscape with Mutant (Smokestack Books, 2018). In print, Pollack’s work has appeared in Hudson Review, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Manhattan Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Main Street Rag, Miramar, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Poetry Quarterly Review, Magma (UK), Neon (UK), Orbis (UK), Armarolla, December, and elsewhere. Online, his poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Diagram, BlazeVox, Mudlark, Occupoetry, Faircloth Review, Triggerfish, Big Pond Rumours (Canada), Misfit, and elsewhere.

 

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.

 

Imogen Rosenbluth is a disabled community college librarian living in Andover, Massachusetts. She graduated with a BA in English and Creative Writing from Brandeis University in 2017. Her work has previously appeared in Rainy Day Magazine, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, and the Naugatuck River Review, with forthcoming work in The Bitchin' Kitsch.

 

David Sapp, writer, artist and professor, lives along the southern shore of Lake Erie in North America. A Pushcart nominee, he was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence grant and an Akron Soul Train fellowship for poetry. His poems appear widely in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. His publications include articles in the Journal of Creative Behavior; chapbooks Close to Home and Two Buddha; and a novel, Flying Over Erie.

 

Liza Sofia is a 19-year-old university student in Rochester, New York currently studying French and Economics. Her passion for the literary arts started in early childhood, and by age 17, she finished her first book manuscript. Liza has hopes of becoming a novelist.

 

John L. Stanizzi is author of Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, Chants, and Sundowning. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Cortland Review, Rattle, and many others. A former New England Poet of the year, John’s work has been translated into Italian and appears widely in Italy. John teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, and lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry, CT.

 

Brett Stout is a 40-year-old artist and writer. He is a high school dropout and former construction worker turned college graduate and paramedic. He creates mostly controversial work usually while breathing toxic paint fumes from a small cramped apartment known as “The Nerd Lab” in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. His work has appeared in a vast range of diverse media, from international indie zines like Litro Magazine UK to Brown University. He is tired of talking about himself at this point and prefers that his artwork speak for itself. 

 

Pamela Sumners is a constitutional and civil rights lawyer whose poetry has been published or recognized by 30 journals or publishing houses in the US, UK, Scotland, and Ireland. She was selected for inclusion in 2018's 64 Best Poets and has been nominated for 2019's 50 Best Poets. She was a 2018 Pushcart nominee. She now lives in St. Louis with her family, which includes three rescue hounds.

 

Scott Waters has an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and lives in Oakland, California. He has published previously in The Santa Clara Review, The Pangolin Review, Amethyst, Ink in Thirds, A New Ulster, and other journals.

 

Anne Whitehouse is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Meteor Shower (Dos Madres Press, 2016). She has also written a novel, Fall Love, which is now available in Spanish translation as Amigos y amantes by Compton Press. Recent honors include 2018 Prize Americana for Prose, 2017 Adelaide Literary Award in Fiction, 2016 Songs of Eretz Poetry Prize, 2016 Common Good Books’ Poems of Gratitude Contest, 2016 RhymeOn! Poetry Prize, 2016 F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Poetry Prize. She lives in New York City. www.annewhitehouse.com

 

Evan D. Williams (b. 1986, Sayre, Pennsylvania) investigates the quandaries of the numinous and carnal self in media ranging from open-bite photography to maple-bourbon lithography.  Evan D. Williams’s most recent solo show, Eye Elsewhere: A Twenty-Year Retrospective, was held at the Mezzanine Gallery at Benjamin Peters in Ithaca, New York in June 2019. The show’s main, eponymous series of selenium-toned photographs was a visual travelogue spanning all four hemispheres—from the Cayman Islands to Finland and the Canadian Rockies to South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Bay. Also on display was Practical Reality, a sequence of portraits paired with redacted book pages; Useful Only For Dreamtime (Don’t Confront Me With My Failures), a tetraptych of happy accidents arising from alternative process experiments; and White Box, which contained small prints that visitors could take for free.  Evan’s previous solo shows include Little Photographs (Juna’s, 2007); Portraits (The Shop, 2009); and Not Far From Home (Earlville Opera House, 2017). His work has also been included in over twenty group shows at such venues as the Atlanta Photography Group, Chicago’s ARC Gallery, and Sotheby’s in New York, as well as in books published by Australia’s Formist Editions and the Yale University Press.  Panoramas, a hybrid photo-chapbook which pairs Evan’s hand-printed pinhole photographs with ekphrastic verses by the NEA-awarded poet Jose Perez Beduya, was published by Praxis (Lagos, Nigeria) in late 2019.  Williams’s work has been accessioned into numerous private and institutional collections worldwide, including the Order of the Holy Cross (West Park, New York); the Platte County Museum (Columbus, Nebraska); the Museum of Witchcraft (Cornwall, United Kingdom); and the Hambis Printmaking Museum/Μουσείο Χαρακτικής Χαμπή (Platanisteia, Cyprus).  Additionally, Williams has taught a practicum for photography students at Ithaca College and has lectured on various art historical topics at Oxford University and Eastern Kentucky University. His critical writing has appeared in Anamesa, Number, and Art in Dumbo.  Williams currently lives and works in a Radical Reconstruction-era farmhouse in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

 

RC deWinter’s poetry is anthologized in Uno: A Poetry Anthology (Verian Thomas, 2002), New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2017), Cowboys & Cocktails: Poetry from the True Grit Saloon (Brick Street Poetry, April 2019), Havik (Las Positas College, May 2019), Castabout Literature (Dantoin/Hilgart, June 2019), The Flickering Light (Down in the Dirt, June 2019), Nature In The Now (Tiny Seed Press, August 2019), in print in 2River View, Down in the Dirt, Genre Urban Arts, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, Pilcrow & Dagger, Pink Panther Magazine, Reality Break Press, Scarlet Leaf Review, The New York Times and in numerous online literary journals.

 

Ron Yates’ stories have appeared in a variety of journals. A fiction collection, Make It Right: A Novella and Eight Stories, was published by Ardent Writer Press in April of this year. His novel, Ben Stempton's Boy, is scheduled for release in October from Unsolicited Press.  He lives in a remote area of Alabama on the shores of beautiful Lake Wedowee.  He has taught literature and creative writing for many years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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