Contributors
 

Duane Anderson currently lives in La Vista, NE.  He has had poems published in Fine Lines, Cholla Needles, Tipton Poetry Journal, and several other publications. He is the author of ‘Yes, I Must Admit We Are Neighbors,’ ‘On the Corner of Walk and Don’t Walk,’ and ‘The Blood Drives: One Pint Down.’

 

Cynthia Baker’s writing has appeared in Polaris, in the association magazines of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Clubs of the US and Great Britain, and in the Shepherdstown Chronicle. She holds BAs in English and education from Ohio Northern University, and studied library science at Wright State University. Cynthia is a professional silversmith and is active in the Appalachian Artisans Guild. She lives on a small pasture farm with sheep, Border Collies, and two retired horses.

 

Amita Basu is a cognitive scientist by day. Her fiction has appeared/is forthcoming in CommuterLit, Bandit Fiction, Toyon, Bewildering Stories, Flash Fiction Magazine, Gasher, and other magazines and anthologies. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Curious Reader, Deccan Herald, and other venues. She lives in Bangalore, and blogs at http://amitabasu.com/.

 

Ralph Bland is the author of two collections of short stories and novellas (Not Dead Again and Close Your Eyes And I'll Kiss You), and twelve novels: Once In Love With Amy, Where Or When, Past Perfect, Ace, Long Long Time, Bright Red Devil, Super Sport, Stars Rain Sun Moon, Anticipation, Exeunt, Lockhart, and Lamb White Days. His short stories have appeared in both print and online magazines. He is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and lives there with his wife and spoiled dogs.

 

Holly Day (hollylday.blogspot.com) has been an instructor at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis since 2000. Her writing has recently appeared in Hubbub, Grain, and Third Wednesday, and her newest books are The Tooth is the Largest Organ in the Human Body (Anaphora Literary Press), Book of Beasts (Weasel Press), Bound in Ice (Shanti Arts), and Music Composition for Dummies (Wiley).

 

Nickolas Duarte is a filmmaker based in Tucson, AZ.  His work has has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, NALIP, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros, the Ryan Murphy HALF Initiative, the Webby Awards and online platforms Vimeo Staff Picks, Omeleto, and Short of the Week. His poetry has previously been published in The Avalon Literary Review, The Ignatian, and The Evening Street Review.

 

S.C. Ferguson lives with his wife in New Orleans, where he works as a high school English teacher. His fiction has appeared in The Champagne Room and is forthcoming in The Westchester Review. He was born and raised in Memphis. 
 

Author of three well-reviewed volumes of poetry and an award-winning chapbook of short fiction, Joan Gelfand’s debut novel Extreme, set in a Silicon Valley startup, is published by Blue Light Press. Additionally, You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Successful Authors Joan’s book for writers is an Amazon #1 best seller.  Recipient of numerous awards, nominations and honors, Joan’s work appears in national and international literary journals, magazines and on the web. http://joangelfand.com

 

Carol Graser hosts a monthly poetry series at Saratoga Spring’s legendary Caffe Lena that she initiated in 2003. She has taught poetry workshops to teens and at-risk youth. Her work has been published in many literary journals, most recently in I-70 Review, Midwest Quarterly and Hollins Critic. She is the author of the poetry collection, The Wild Twist of Their Stems (Foothills Publishing 2007).

 

Michael Green lives in Kettering, Ohio with his wife and five children. He is interested in writing fiction as well as poetry. He has published in Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Modern Haiku, Blue Lake Review, others.

 

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Sheepshead Review, Poetry Salzburg Review and Hollins Critic. Latest books, “Leaves On Pages” “Memory Outside The Head” and “Guest Of Myself” are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Ellipsis, Blueline and International Poetry Review.

 

Cordelia Hanemann is currently a practicing writer and artist in Raleigh, NC. A retired professor of English at Campbell University, she has published in numerous journals including Atlanta Review, Connecticut River Review, Southwestern Review, and California Review; anthologies, The Poet Magazine's new anthology, Friends and Friendship and forthcoming, Adversity, Heron Clan and Kakalak and in her own chapbook, Through a Glass Darkly. Her poems have won awards and been nominated for Pushcarts. Recently the featured poet for Negative Capability Press and The Alexandria Quarterly, she is now working on a first novel, about her roots in Cajun Louisiana.

 

Poet and songwriter Paul Ilechko lives with his partner in Lambertville, NJ. He is the author of several chapbooks. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including The Night Heron Barks, Louisiana Literature, Iron Horse Literary Review, Clackamas Literary Review, and Book of Matches. His first album, "Meeting Points", was released in 2021.

 

Rimah Jabr is a theatre director, playwright, screenwriter, and Ph.D. student at Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. She received her MA as a theatre maker from the Erasmus Hogeschool in Brussels (RITCS) in 2014. She wrote and directed several plays, which were all produced in Belgium, Canada and Palestine. Rimah is an artist in residency at The Theatre Centre in Toronto. This Is Not What I Want To Tell You will be presented as an audio-visual performance in Toronto in the fall of 2022.

Mark Jacobs has published more than 175 stories in magazines including The Atlantic, Playboy, The Hudson Review, and The Iowa Review. A complete list of his publications including books can be found at markjacobsauthor.com

 

Alec Calder Johnsson is an alumnus of Haverford College and a native of White Plains, NY, where he currently works as a paralegal. His screenplay “Westphalia” was a semifinalist in the inaugural Stage 32 Feature Drama Screenwriting Contest. His fiction and poetry have appeared in SORTES, Palaver, The Blue Route, Zaum XS and Polaris.

 

Tiffany Jolowicz is an amateur photographer and writer. She is in her second year of an on-line Creative Writing Diploma at Oxford University. She has self-published two books, Ironwomen, an inspiring insight into why and how women do long distance triathlons, written after completing two Ironman triathlons and How to enjoy your first baby as if it were your fifth. She is currently working on a historical fiction novel. Jolowicz lived for 13 years on the banks of Lake Superior and currently lives in Switzerland and has five kids and a pretty perfect husband.

 

Eight of Judy Klass’ full-length plays have been produced onstage, including After Tartuffe. It was produced in the New York Fresh Fruit Festival in 2015: a vision of American dystopia and apocalypse just before things got really dystopian and apocalyptic. After Tartuffe was also a Finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award at the Abingdon Theatre in NYC and it was a winner in Manhattan Theatre Works’ NewBorn Festival competition. Judy’s full-length play Cell was nominated for an Edgar and is published by Samuel French/Concord. Her full-length play Country Fried Murder won the SOPS competition and was produced at the Shawnee Playhouse in Pennsylvania in 2019. It had a virtual production and was released as a Zoom recording/podcast during the pandemic by Quarantine Players. Thirty-eight of Judy’s one-act plays have been produced onstage, many with multiple productions, all over the US. A few have been staged in the UK and Ireland, and three are set to be produced in festivals in Canada, when the world comes back.

 

Most recently, Sandra Kolankiewicz's work has appeared in Fortnightly Review, New World Writing, and The Healing Muse.  She is the author of Turning Inside Out, The Way You Will Go, and Lost in Transition.

 

Christopher Kuhl lives in a small river town, and has published in literary journals across the country, and Canada. (Technically, he supposes that makes him an international poet.) When he’s not writing, he’s painting (acrylics), about which he knows nothing; studying Biblical Hebrew; and playing with numbers (he was terrible at mathematics in high school but has blossomed in such things as abstract algebra in his newly acquired status as a senior citizen). He also likes to play his kalimba, lyre, and fourteen-pitch tongue drum. He holds a variety of college degrees in a variety of subjects, including philosophy, music composition, musicology, and a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary arts, as well as one in music history. Suffice it to say he’s never bored.

 

Stephan Lang retired in November, 2018, and has been writing ever since.  He’s had fiction stories published in Glass Mountain, The Montreal Review, Kairos Literary Magazine, Decomp Journal, BlazeVOX, New Plains Review, Gloom Cupboard and Sixers Review. He is currently working on his first novel, a WWI historical fiction work set primarily in the Alsace region of France. In addition, two other short story projects are near completion.

 

Tracy A. Lightsey is from the mountains of Western Colorado, where he teaches high school, and practices massage therapy. He studied at the University of Northern Colorado with James Doyle and with Aaron Abeyta at Western Colorado University.

 

Naomi Ruth Lowinsky won the Atlanta Review International Merit Award, the Blue Light Poetry Prize, and the Obama Millennial Award. Her fourth full length collection, The Faust Woman Poems, trace one woman’s Faustian adventures through Women’s Liberation and the return of the Goddess. Her new collection of poems, Death and His Lorca, was recently published by Blue Light Press.  She is the poetry editor for Psychological Perspectives and blogs about poetry and life at sisterfrombelow.com.

 

Richard Luftig is a former professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio now residing in California. His poems and stories have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States as well as Canada, The United Kingdom, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Two poems recently appeared in Realms of the Mothers: The First Decade of Dos Madres Press. His latest book of poems, A Grammar for Snow, has been published by Unsolicited Press.

 

R. Nikolas Macioci earned a PhD from The Ohio State University. OCTELA, the Ohio Council of Teachers of English, named Nik Macioci the best secondary English teacher in the state of Ohio. Nik is the author of two chapbooks as well as nine books: Critics and judges called his first book, Cafes of Childhood, a “beautifully harrowing account of child abuse,” but not “sentimental” or “self-pitying,” an “amazing book,” and “a single unified whole.” Cafes of Childhood was submitted for the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. In 2021, he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and The Best of the Net award. More than two hundred of his poems have been published here and abroad in magazines and journals, including Chiron, Concho River Review, The Bombay Review, and Blue Unicorn.

Rex McGregor is a New Zealand playwright. His short comedies have been produced on four continents from New York and London to Sydney and Chennai. Website: http://www.rexmcgregor.com/

 

Güliz Mutlu (1978, Turkey) Visual artist,classicist, hispanist and museologist. Master degree on Homeric Family and PhD on The Peloponnesian War and Euripides (University of Ankara, Turkey). Her post-doctorate degree on Romanticism and Tenebrismo (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain). As a francophone, she is the author of Les Paroles Saphiques (Les Éditions Apopsix, France, 2011) including her calligrams, she is awarded with the literary prizes in the following years: Prix Renée Vivien (L’Académie Renée Vivien), Grand Prix de L’Écriture Poétique Francophone (La Société des Poètes et Artistes de France), Prix Jean Aicard (Les Amis de Jean Aicard), Prix de la Flore (L’organisatiın Sauvons la Luzerne) and UNESCO Nosside World Poetry Mention Prize. Her haiku in English published by The Mainichi, Modern Haiku, Frogpond Journal, The Heron's Nest, Presence.

 

Yvette Naden was born in France in 2002 but now resides in the UK where she works as an English Tutor. In 2021, her work appeared in the Roadrunner Review and the Elmbridge Literary Magazine. When she isn't writing, she can be found trying to resuscitate her houseplants.

 

Stephen Policoff's 1st novel, BEAUTIFUL SOMEWHERE ELSE, won the James Jones Award, and was published in 2004 by Carroll & Graf.  His 2nd novel, COME AWAY, won the Dzanc Award, and was published in 2014 by Dzanc Books.  His 3rd novel, DANGEROUS BLUES, will be published by Flexible Press in November 2022.  He is currently Clinical Professor of Writing in Global Liberal Studies at NYU.

 

Paige E. Reecer is a writer obtaining her Masters in Creative Writing and working on her first novel. When she is not devoting hours to schoolwork, she’s reading copious amounts of romance novels, giving her kitty cat all the pets, or singing Phantom of The Opera to herself in her mirror.

 

John Repp lives in Erie, Pennsylvania. His latest book is The Soul of Rock & Roll: Poems Acoustic, Electric & Remixed, 1980-2020.

 

Daniel Sundahl is Emeritus Professor at Hillsdale College where he taught for thirty-five years. He and his wife Ellen relocated to South Carolina to avoid dreary Michigan winters.

 

Robert Wexelblatt is a professor of humanities at Boston University’s College of General Studies. He has published eight collections of short stories; two books of essays; two short novels; two books of poems; stories, essays, and poems in a variety of journals, and a novel awarded the Indie Book Awards first prize for fiction.

Anne Whitehouse is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently Outside from the Inside (Dos Madres Press, 2020). She has also written a novel, Fall Love. 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

 

Arnie Yasinski is a retired college administrator, born American but now living in Ireland with his Irish wife. He’s a father and grandfather who holds a PhD in English and wrote his first poem at fifty. He has published poems in four dozen US journals and has two collections, Proposition and God lives in Norway and Goes by Christie, both published by 21st Century Renaissance in Ireland.

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