CONTRIBUTORS

Issue 1

  • Abigail Card is an author and illustrator living on the Pacific Northwest coast with her husband and three children. Her work can be found in Abandon Journal, RAIN magazine, Sustainability Times, For Women Who Roar, and Writer's of the Future. In her time off, she enjoys reading, hiking, and growing treats in her garden.

    Abuchi Modilim is an Igbo-born storyteller and playwright. His writing has appeared in No Tokens Journal and elsewhere. He is the curator of Enyo: An Anthology of Contemporary African Plays. Currently, he is studying English and literary studies with a minor in Theatre and film studies, at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

    Betsy Robinson’s novel The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg is winner of Black Lawrence Press’s 2013 Big Moose Prize and was published in September 2014. This was followed by the February 2015 publication of her edit of The Trouble with the Truth by Edna Robinson, Betsy’s late mother, by Simon & Schuster/Infinite Words. She recently published revised Kindle and paperback editions of her Mid-List Press award-winning first novel, Plan Z by Leslie Kove. Betsy is an editor, fiction writer, journalist, and playwright. Her website is www.BetsyRobinson-writer.com.

    Cora Dawn Taylor has been finding solace in personal essays and memoir-style writing since she was young enough for her school guidance counselor to call her mother about it. Cora likes poetry that rises unbidden in the mind, weeks after it was last read. She lives in the suburbs with her husband, a gray dog, and a dozen crispy houseplants.

    David Ishaya Osu is a poet, memoirist, editor and street photographer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies across Nigeria, Canada, Uganda, the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa, India, France, Bangladesh, Austria, and elsewhere. David is an associate poetry editor with Plenitude Magazine, and the poetry editor of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Kent, and is the author of the e-chapbooks: When I'm Eighteen (2020) and Once in a Blue Life (2020).

    Despy Boutris's writing has been published or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Ploughshares, AGNI, Crazyhorse, American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. Currently, she teaches at the University of Houston and serves as Editor-in-Chief of The West Review.

    Diane’s most recent publications and forthcoming include: Another Chicago Magazine, Cutleaf Journal, Pine Hills Review, Tiny Spoon, Ellipsis, Bending Genres, New York Times, Unlikely Stories,Blue Nib, Hot Flash Fiction, The Blue Nib, anti-heroin chic, X-ray Literary Magazine, Oyster Review, Novus,Notre Dame Review, Obra/Artiface, Reservoir, Southern Fugitives, Spry Literary Review, Watershed Review, Superstition Review, Windmill Review, Tishman Review, Whiskey Island, Quarterly, Fourth River, Lunch Ticket, Split Lip Review,The Offing, Elke: A little Journal, Punctuate, Outpost 19, McNeese Review, The Meadow, Burnt Pine, Story South ,and Five to One. More can be found here: dianepayne.wordpress.com

    DS Maolalai has been nominated eight times for Best of the Net and five times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016) and "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019)

    Elizabeth Kaye Cook lives in New York City with her husband and two dogs. Her writing has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Carve, Ruminate, and elsewhere.

    Fransivan MacKenzie is a storyteller born and raised in the Philippines. She is the author of Out of the Woods, a chapbook of poetry and prose. Her works also appeared in The Germ Magazine, Transition Magazine, The Racket Journal, and elsewhere. She is currently taking her degree in Psychology at Philippine Normal University - Manila.

    Gerald Yelle is a member of the Florence, Massachusetts Poets Society and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. His books include The Holyoke Diaries, FutureCycle Press, and Mark My Word and the New World Order,Pedestrian Press. He has an e-chapbook at Yavaneka Press: “Industries Built on Words” and a chapbook “No Place I Would Rather Be” forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

    Jerry Dennis's books—including The Living Great Lakes, The Windward Shore, and, forthcoming from University of Michigan Press, Up North in Michigan—have been widely translated and have won numerous awards. His poetry and brief prose have appeared recently in PANK, Michigan Quarterly Review, New World Writing, Right Hand Pointing, and elsewhere. He lives with artist Gail Dennis in northern Michigan.

    Judith Skillman paints expressionist works in oil on canvas. She is interested in feelings engendered by the natural world. Her art has appeared in Windmill, Artemis, The Penn Review, and other journals. Skillman has studied at McDaniel College, Pratt Fine Arts Center and Seattle Artist League. Shows include The Pratt and Galvanize. Her work can be found at https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/823323 and https://www.etsy.com/shop/JkpaintingsStore

    K. James D'Agostino is an author and poet with an MFA from the University of Illinois. Their most recent short story was published in The Gravity Of The Thing, for which they were nominated for the Best of the Net, Best American Sci-fi, and a Pushcart Prize. They also work as an editorial assistant for the Ninth Letter literary journal.

    Matthew Schmidt’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Hobart, Pleiades, The Seattle Review, Territory, and elsewhere. He is an associate poetry editor at Fairy Tale Review.

    Maxwell Suzuki is a Japanese American writer who recently graduated from USC and lives in Los Angeles. Maxwell's work has appeared in 805 Lit, The Racket Journal, and his personal website www.lindenandbuckskin.com. He is currently writing a novel on the generational disconnect of Japanese American immigrants and their children.

    Megan D. Henson received her MFA in Creative Writing from University of Kentucky. She is the author of two books of poetry by Dos Madres Press: What Pain Does (2018) and Little Girl Gray: Sestinas (2020). She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a little bit Slytherin and a little bit Gryffindor, which probably means she's a Ravenclaw.

    Patty Paine is the author of Grief & Other Animals (Accents Publishing), The Sounding Machine (Accents Publishing), and three chapbooks. She edited Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry and The Donkey Lady and Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf. Her writing and visual work have appeared in Blackbird, Adroit, Gulf Stream, Waxwing, Thrush, ctrl-v, The South Dakota Review, and other publications. She is the founding editor of Diode Poetry Journal and Diode Editions and is Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences at VCUarts Qatar.

    Shana Ross bought her first computer working the graveyard shift in a windchime factory, then spent a good while authoring a stable life before finally turning her attention to the page in 2018. Her work has appeared in Chautauqua Journal, Ruminate, Bowery Gothic, Kissing Dynamite, SWWIM and more. She is the recipient of a 2019 Parent-Writer Fellowship to Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and serves as an editor for Luna Station Quarterly. She holds both a BA and MBA from Yale and rarely tweets @shanakatzross.

    Sheleen McElhinney is a poet based in Bucks County, Pa. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Dogzplot, Poetry Is Currency, Sledgehammer Lit, and others. Her debut book, Every Little Vanishing, was the winner of the Write Bloody Publishing Book Award, and will be released this October.

    Tim Rousseau’s stories have appeared in The Atherton Review, After the Pause, and Newport Life Magazine. Additionally, several of his screenplays have been made into award-winning films, and his travel writing has won a Solas Award. He lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with his wife, and more of his work can be found at www.timrousseauwrites.com.

    Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University's MFA program in fiction. His stories, "Soon,” “How To Be A Good Episcopalian,” and "Tales From A Communion Line," were nominated for Pushcarts. Yash’s work has been published or is forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and Ariel Chart, among others.