CONTRIBUTORS

  • 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.

    Adrienne Christian is a Poet & Writer, and Fine Art Photographer. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, CALYX, phoebe, The Los Angeles Review as The Editor’s Choice, and dozens other magazines and literary journals. She is the author of three poetry collections: Worn (Santa Fe Writers Project, 2021), A Proper Lover (Main Street Rag, 2017), and 12023 Woodmont Avenue (Willow Books, 2013). She is a fellow of both Cave Canem and Callaloo Writing Residencies. In 2007, she won the University of Michigan’s Five Under Ten Young Alumni Award. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Rita Dove International Poetry Award. In 2018, she won the James Gaffney/Society of American Poets Outstanding Poetry Award. In 2021, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

    Angela Nichols is a photographer and creative nonfiction writer from Pennsylvania. Her writing has appeared in BOOM Magazine and hand-painted photography on the cover of The Great Stream Review. She is hiding out somewhere between the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain ridge writing a memoir about being the daughter of a Vietnam War veteran.

    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.

    Brad Rose was born and raised in Los Angeles, and lives in Boston. He is the author three collections of poetry and flash fiction, Pink X-Ray (Big Table Publishing, 2015), de/tonations, (Nixes Mate Press, 2020), and Momentary Turbulence (Cervena Barva Press, 2020). WordinEdgeWise, from Cervena Barva Press, is forthcoming in 2021. Six times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and twice nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, Brad’s poetry and fiction have appeared in, The Los Angeles Times, The American Journal of Poetry, Clockhouse, Cloubank, Lunch Ticket, Hunger Mountain, Sequestrum, Folio, 45th Parallel, The Baltimore Review, Cultural Weekly, Into the Void, Right Hand Pointing, and other publications. His story “Desert Motel,” appears in Best Microfiction, 2019. He is also the author of six poetry chapbooks, all published by Right Hand Pointing. His website is: www.bradrosepoetry.com. Selected readings can be heard at http://bradrosepoetry.com/audio-readings/ A list of publications is available at: http://bradrosepoetry.com/2019/03/a-list-of-publications/

    Callie S. Blackstone writes both poetry and prose. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Plainsongs, Lily Poetry Review, Prime Number Magazine, West Trestle Magazine, and others. Callie is a lifelong New Englander. She is lucky enough to wake up to the smell of saltwater and the call of seagulls everyday. You can find her online home at callieblackstone.com

    Carolynn Mireault is a fiction writer from Waterbury Center, VT. She is a rising Leslie Epstein Fellow and the Senior Teaching Fellow in the Fiction MFA program at Boston University. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Louisiana Literature, Westchester Review, South Shore Review, Across the Margin and BULL.

    Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet with an MFA in Poetry from Adelphi University. Recipient of the Robert Muroff Poetry Award, her poems and translations appeared in Ambit, Waxwing, The Cortland Review and elsewhere. Her collection The Flavor of The Other was published in 2020 with Dos Madres Press. She is the Review Editor of Ezra, An Online Journal of Translation.

    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).

    Dennis Hinrichsen’s most recent work is schema geometrica, winner of the Wishing Jewel Prize from Green Linden Press. HIs previous work includes This Is Where I Live I Have Nowhere Else To Go, winner of the 2020 Grid Poetry Prize, and [q / lear], a chapbook also from Green Linden. New work is appearing and forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, On the Seawall, The West Review, West Trade Review and Witness.

    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.

    G.D. Brown has worked as a literary editor and as an award-winning newswriter. His literary work has appeared in or is set to appear in Full Stop, Oyster River Pages, Woven Tale Press, Abandon Journal, COUNTERCLOCK, Jokes Review, Westview, PopMatters, Oracle Fine Arts Review, The Tulsa Voice, and elsewhere. He is a Goddard College MFA graduate and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    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.

    James Croal Jackson (he/him) is a Filipino-American poet who works in film production. He has two chapbooks (Our Past Leaves, Kelsay Books, 2021 and The Frayed Edge of Memory, Writing Knights, 2017) with one forthcoming: Count Seeds With Me (Ethel, 2022). He edits The Mantle Poetry from Pittsburgh, PA. (jamescroaljackson.com)

    J. Anthony Hartley is an Australian author transplanted to Germany by way of the UK. His work almost always wanders across genre boundaries or shamelessly blurs them. He has recently had pieces appear in Short Fiction, Hybrid Fiction, Short Circuit, Unthinkable Tales, The Periodical and forthcoming in Smoke in the Stars. He can be found at www.iamnotaspider.com

    Jason Baltazar is a proud Salvadoran American. He is currently finishing a PhD focused on speculative fiction and postcolonial studies at the University of Kansas. His work has appeared in Boston Review, F(r)iction Magazine, Bourbon Penn, and other venues. For more info, please check out his website www.jasonbaltazar.com or find him on twitter/insta @jasonrbaltazar.

    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.

    Jesse Lee Kercheval is a poet, writer, graphic artist and translator. Her most recent books include the poetry collection America that Island off the coast of France, winner of the Dorset Prize, and the short story collection Underground Women. Her comics and graphic narratives have appeared at The Quarantine Public Library, Waxwing, On the Seawall and SweetLit.

    JP Vallières is the author of The Ketchup Factory. Some of his work can be found at Tin House and Shenandoah. Find out more at jpvallieres.com.

    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

    Katherine Serna is a Latina writer who is currently working toward her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester. She majors in Creative Writing and Dance with a minor in Latin American Studies. She is originally from Laredo, Texas. This is Katherine’s first story publication, but she has been previously recognized by her university’s Writing and English departments with a first place award in the Multimodal category of the Undergraduate Writing Colloquium for her film Compañeras, and a second place award in the Fiction category of the Undergraduate Literary Competition for one of her short stories. Katherine plans to create a career in the intersection of art and social justice.

    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.

    Lauren K. Carlson is the author of a chapbook “Animals I Have Killed.” Recent work forthcoming from Salamander Mag and Pirene’s Fountain, reviews in or forthcoming from The Rumpus and Pleiades: Literature in Context. Wily, persistent writer and mother of three.

    Lisa Lerma Weber lives in San Diego, CA. Her words have recently appeared in Fudoki Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, Six Sentences, Sledgehammer Lit, and others. Follow her on Twitter @LisaLermaWeber

    L. T. Pelle is a student living in New Jersey with her 2 dogs. Her poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Rattle, FreezeRay Poetry, and 3Elements Review.

    Maria Elena is an editor who has finally coaxed herself into writing her own stories. She lives with her husband, daughter, four dogs, and one cat on the South Texas Coast where they all slowly melt from the humidity every day.

    Matt Greene holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and teaches English composition in Appalachia. "Junk" and "Slabs" are part of a linked series of prose pieces, some of which have appeared in Arts & Letters, the Cincinnati Review, Hobart, Split Lip, Wigleaf, and other journals. Other work appears in or is forthcoming from Alaska Quarterly Review, Conjunctions, DIAGRAM, and Santa Monica Review, among other journals.

    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.

    Nadine Klassen (she/her) is a German poet, whose work focuses on mental health, trauma, relationships and identity. It has been published by Anti-Heroin Chic, Olney, Sky Island Journal and others. She lives in her hometown and likes to crochet sweaters with puffy sleeves. (Author Photo taken by Sofie Kohaupt.)

    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.

    “the remarkable thing” is from Rex’s fourth (and forthcoming) volume, Summer Break, which refers to both a mental breakdown and a life-affirming pivot in his life. He has poems in TLS, Poetry, Poetry Ireland, New Republic, National Review, The New Criterion, and many of the best reviews and anthologies, including Knopf's recent pandemic collection, Together in a Sudden Strangeness.

    Robin Bissett is a fiction writer, editor, and teaching artist from West Texas. She is an alumna of the International Writing Program Summer Institute. Her work has been nominated for Best Small Fictions.

    Robin Gow is a trans poet and young adult author from rural Pennsylvania. They are the author of Our Lady of Perpetual Degeneracy (Tolsun Books 2020) and the chapbook Honeysuckle (Finishing Line Press 2019). Their first young adult novel, A Million Quiet Revolutions is forthcoming March 2022 with FSG Books for Young Readers. Gow's poetry has recently been published in POETRY, Southampton Review, and Yemassee. They live in Allentown Pennsylvania with their two pugs and work as a community educator.

    Ró Stack is a writer and theatre maker based in the West of Ireland. Her plays have been produced in Scotland, Australia and Ireland. Recent writing has been published by the Irish Times, Hybridities, and Pure Slush Books.

    Sean Ennis is the author of CHASE US: Stories (Little A) and more pieces from this project have appeared in New World Writing, Bending Genres, X-R-A-Y, Diagram and HAD. More of his work can be found at seanennis.net

    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.

    Sijia Ma (b. 2001 in Shenyang, China), is a visual artist based in Shanghai and MA. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Studio Arts and Quantitative Economics at Smith College, MA. She also studied Graphic Design at Yale University and Photography at Amherst College in 2020. Sijia has worked to develop image-based projects and used the language of photography to explore the complexity of today’s Chinese identity in a subtler way. Sijia has her solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad, including Massachusett College of Art and Design, Fordham University Gallery, International Center of Photography in New York, Houston Center for Photography, Kunstpunt Groningen in Netherland, New Era Research Institute of Photography in Beijing, Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery in England. Sijia’s images have been included in publications such as the American Photography Annual Award Book, China Souhu News, F-Stop Magazine, and others.

    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.

    William Todd Seabrook is the author of four prose chapbooks, the most recent (The Imagination of Lewis Carroll) winning the 8th Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest. His work has appeared in The Fairy Tale Review, Western Humanities Review, The River Styx, The Adroit Journal, Tin House, Mid-American Review, and PANK, among others. He has been anthologized in Best Small Fictions and 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction. He is the editor and designer of The Cupboard Pamphlet, a prose chapbook press. He currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

    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.

    Zachary Kellian is a writer living in the PNW. He is the editor and co-founder of Orca: A Literary Journal and is the co-host of the podcast: Literary Guise. The cemeteries of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, the setting for his story, hold six generations of his family. You can follow him on social media: @zackellian or visit him at zacharykellian.com

    Zackary Sholem Berger writes and translates in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English; his work has appeared in Poetry, BODY, Asymptote, and other venues. He has published four collections of original poetry—Not in the Same Breath (Yiddish House, 2011), One Nation Taken Out of Another (Apprentice House, 2014), All the Holes Line Up (Ben Yehuda Press, 2019), and Vi Lebt Zikh Dortn (self-published, 2019). His translation of Avrom Sutzkever’s prose poetry, Essential Prose, was published in 2020 by White Goat Press. His best known Yiddish literary work is likely his translation of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (Di Kats der Payats, 2003). He also contributes Yiddish journalism to Chasidic and secular publications. A mild-mannered physician by day, he lives with his Yiddish-speaking family in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Zoe Cunniffe is a poet and singer-songwriter from Washington, DC. She has previously been published in literary journals such as Blue Marble Review, New Reader Magazine, Kissing Dynamite, and Small Leaf Press. Zoe can be found on Instagram at @there.are.stillbeautifulthings.