Volume 7 Contributors
Kelsey Allagood is a lifelong fiction writer. The story that appears here received Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train in 2016 and is her first published piece of fiction. She has also written opinion pieces on current events, American politics, and social issues. She lives in Washington, DC, where she works in international development.
Isla Anderson is a poet and student of English Literature and the University of Cambridge. Previous publications include Magma Poetry and Words Dance, among others. They are a Foyle Young Poet and winner of the Tower, Ledbury, Vademecum, and Basil Bunting poetry competitions.
Devon Balwit writes in Portland, OR. She is a poetry editor for Minute Magazine and has six chapbooks out or forthcoming: How the Blessed Travel (Maverick Duck Press); Forms Most Marvelous (dancing girl press); In Front of the Elements (Grey Borders Books), Where You Were Going Never Was (Grey Borders Books); The Bow Must Bear the Brunt (Red Flag Poetry); and Risk Being/Complicated (self-published with the artist Lorette Luzajic). Her individual poems can be found in The Cincinnati Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Fifth Wednesday, The Stillwater Review, Rattle, Red Earth Review, The Fourth River, The Free State Review, and more.
Mitchell Bergeron recently received his BFA from Champlain College, where he won the Willard and Maple Writing Award. He has been published or will soon be published in Arlington Literary Journal (ArLiJo) and Willard and Maple. He currently lives in Burlington, Vermont.
Lanette Cadle teaches rhetoric and creative writing at Missouri State University in Springfield, one state over from her home state of Kansas. She has previously published poetry in TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics, Yellow Chair Review, Rose Red Review, Stirring, and By&By Poetry. She is a past contributor to Menacing Hedge.
Rebecca Connors received her BA in English from Boston University. After living in multiple cities, she is happily settled with her family in Boston, where she writes poetry and hangs out with ghosts. Her poems can be found in DIALOGIST, The Knicknackery, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. She is a past contributor to Menacing Hedge. Follow her on Twitter @aprilist or visit her site at aprilist.com.
Lisa Schapiro Flynn
Lisa Schapiro Flynn lives in New York and spends her time working as a corporate communications strategist while raising a kid and two dogs with her husband. She has her MFA from Emerson College and has had poems published in magazines including Pretty Owl Poetry, Noble/Gas Qtrly, UCity Review, The Beacon Street Review (now ReDivider), and Thirteenth Moon: A Feminist Literary Magazine.
Melissa Goode’s work has recently appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, WhiskeyPaper, New World Writing, Split Lip Magazine, Atticus Review, Blue Fifth Review, (b)OINK, and Jellyfish Review, among others. One of her short stories has been made into a film by the production company, Jungle. You can find her here: www.melissagoode.com and @melgoodewriter.
Beth Gordon is a writer who has been landlocked in St. Louis, Missouri for 16 years but dreams of oceans, daily. Her work has recently appeared in Into the Void, Quail Bell, Calamus Journal, By&By, Five:2:One, Barzakh, and others. She can be found on Twitter @bethgordonpoet.
Brenda Mann Hammack
Brenda Mann Hammack is the author of Humbug: A Neo-Victorian Fantasy in Verse (Misty Publications, 2013). She teaches creative writing at Fayetteville State University and the Poetry Barn. Her poems, fiction, and photographs have appeared in Menacing Hedge, Gargoyle, Mudlark, Anthropoid, 805, Rhino, Papercuts, and Elsewhere Lit. She is managing editor of Glint Literary Journal.
Nels Hanson grew up on a small farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California and has worked as a farmer, teacher and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. His poems received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations.
Jade Hurter is a poet and teacher living in New Orleans. Her first collection, the chapbook Slut Songs, was recently published by Hyacinth Girl Press. She was a finalist in the 2016 Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest, judged by Yusef Komunyakaa, and her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox, Animal Literary Magazine, New South, The Columbia Poetry Review, and elsewhere.
Tim Jeffreys is the author of five collections of short stories, the most recent being Another Shore. His near-future sci-fi novella, Voids, co-written with Martin Greaves was published by Omnium Gatherum in early 2016. His short fiction has appeared in various international anthologies and magazines. He also edits and compiles the Dark Lane Anthologies wherein he gets to publish talented writers from all over the world. In his own work he incorporates elements of horror, fantasy, absurdist humour, science-fiction and anything else he wants to toss into the pot to create his own brand of weird fiction. Tim is also a talented artist and gained a university honours degree in Graphic Arts and Design in 2000. Originally from the Manchester area, Tim now lives in Bristol with his partner and two young daughters - budding artists themselves whose favourite canvas is their father's face. He also has a day job with the Health Service. He has no time for a social life.
J.I. Kleinberg is artist, poet, freelance writer, and co-editor of Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press, 2015). A Pushcart nominee and winner of the 2016 Ken Warfel Fellowship, her found poems have appeared recently in DIAGRAM, Heavy Feather Review, Rise Up Review, The Tishman Review, Hedgerow, Otoliths, and elsewhere. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, USA, and blogs most days at thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com.
Sharon Kunde has published writing or has pieces forthcoming in The Fem, Badlands, The Altadena Poetry Review, Midwestern Gothic, Spoon River Poetry Review, Hotel Amerika, and other journals. Her chapbook, From Dark to Waking, was selected as a semi-finalist for Persea Books' 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize.
Lori Lamothe's third book, Kirlian Effect, is due out this fall from FutureCycle Press. She has also published chapbooks with dancing girl press and ELJ Publications. Her poems have appeared in 42opus, DIAGRAM, The Journal, and failbetter, which nominated her for a Pushcart in 2015.
Suzanne Langlois lives in Portland, Maine, where she teaches high school English. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in NAILED Magazine, Cider Press Review, Sugared Water, The Fourth River, Rust + Moth, and Off the Coast. Her work has also been featured on the Button Poetry Channel.
Kristin LaTour's first full-length collection, What Will Keep Us Alive, is available from Sundress Publications. Her most recent chapbook is Agoraphobia, from Dancing Girl Press (2013). Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Fifth Wednesday, Cider Press Review, Escape into Life, and Massachusetts Review and in the anthology Obsession: Sestinas in the 21st Century. She teaches at Joliet Jr. College and lives in Aurora, IL with her writer husband and two doggos. Readers can find more information at www.kristinlatour.com.
Luke Marinac received his MFA from Bowling Green State University in 2017. He served as the book reviews editor for the Mid American Review, and his poems have previously appeared or are forthcoming in the North American Review, the Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and Appalachian Heritage.
Alyssa Mazzoli works or has worked for Crashtest magazine, Fissure magazine, and Polyphony H.S. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from GAMS, Hermeneutic Chaos Journal, Four Chambers, Cargoes, Moledro magazine, Juked, and The Kenyon Review.
Martha McCollough is a writer and video artist living in Chelsea, Massachusetts. She has an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. Her poems have appeared in The Baffler, Cream City Review, Crab Creek Review, and Salamander, among others. Her videopoems have appeared in Triquarterly, Datableed, and Atticus Review.
R/B Mertz is a genderqueer dyke artist, poet & writing teacher. Raised a Christian homeschooler, she's working on a memoir called Burning Butch. New poems are coming out in ence, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and Menacing Hedge; art can be found displayed in homes in at least seven states. Her essay Whiteness Kills God & Sprinkles Crack on the Body was just published on the awesome blog, Mistress Syndrome. Mertz is 32, which surpasses expectations. She has almost published several books, and has been shortlisted for one prize.
Jessica Morey-Collins is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominated poet and educator. She received her MFA from the University of New Orleans, where she won an Academy of American Poets award, and worked as associate poetry editor for Bayou Magazine. Her poems and essays can be found in Pleiades, The Pinch, Juked, Animal Literary Journal, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a Masters of Community and Regional Planning at the University of Oregon.
Alisha Mughal is a Canadian writer. Her work has appeared in a few places, such as Queen Mob’s Teahouse, The Fem, Five on the Fifth, and The Nottingham Review. She received her BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and she was born in Pakistan.
Marlene Olin's short stories have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as The Massachusetts Review, Prime Number, Upstreet Magazine, The American Literary Review, and Arts and Letters. Her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart as well as the Best of the Net Prizes, and for inclusion in Best American Short Stories. She is the winner of the 2015 Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Award.
Samuel Prince lives and works in London. His poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies and will appear in the forthcoming The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear Publishing).
Kyle Rackley is an author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He lives near the confluence of the Platte and Missouri Rivers with his wife and kids. He holds a BFA in creative writing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his work has appeared in Strange Poetry, The Bookends Review, and other journals.
Sarah Read's stories can be found in Gamut, Black Static, Vine Leaves Literary Journal (where she received a Pushcart nomination), and in the Suspended in Dusk and Exigencies anthologies, among other places. She writes, reads, and knits near Lake Michigan where she lives with her two sons and husband. She is a member of the HWA and is Editor in Chief at Pantheon Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @inkwellmonster, or visit her site at inkwellmonster.
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro is the author of Miriam the Medium (Simon & Schuster 2004) and Indie-finalist, Kaylee's Ghost (2012). Like her heroine, Miriam, Rochelle is a professional psychic. Her essay The Medium Has a Message was published in The New York Times (Lives) and Out of the Candlelight into the Spotlight in Newsweek. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Permafrost, The Empty Mirror, Amoskaag, The Dallas Review, and Harpur Palate, and more. She currently teaches writing at UCLA Extension. Rochellejewelshapiro.com
Jonathan Simkins lives in Denver, Colorado. He is the author of the chapbooks This Is The Crucible (The Lune, 2017), and in collaboration with artist Justin Ankenbauer, Translucent Winds (Helikon Gallery & Studios, 2016). His poems have appeared in various publications (Gingerbread House Literary Magazine, Requited Journal, et al.), and his translations of Ernesto Noboa y Caamaño have appeared or are forthcoming in all the sins, Hinchas de Poesía, Peacock Journal, The Ofi Press, Visitant, and elsewhere.
Shenandoah Sowash's work has appeared in VINYL Poetry, The Collagist, Smartish Pace, PANK, RHINO Poetry, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. The recipient of fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation, she was a finalist for the Smartish Pace Beullah Rose Poetry Prize and the Devil's Lake Driftless Poetry Prize. She attended the Bread Loaf Writers Conference through a work-study scholarship ("waitership") and also traveled to Lithuania through an Editor's Choice Award (full tuition scholarship) from the Summer Literary Seminars. Currently at work on her first book, Shenandoah lives in Washington, D.C. and works at American University.
Úrsula Starke (Chile, 1983) is a writer with an educational background in the history of art, the promotion of reading, and cultural management. She is the author of four books of poetry: Obertura (Maipo Ediciones, 2000), Ático (Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2007), Artificio (Ediciones Colectivas Periféricas, 2013), and a volume spanning work from 2007 to 2015, Prótesis (Bokeh, 2016). The recipient of multiple awards and prizes, she has taught creative writing workshops for over a decade and has also participated in multidisciplinary works incorporating music, photography, and performance.
Kim Suttell lives in New York City. Her poems wander about in Right Hand Pointing, The Cortland Review, The Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, and others, taking in the sights. Visit them at page48.weebly.com.
Cathy Ulrich is a writer from Montana, with flash fiction published in a variety of journals, including Booth, apt, and Superstition Review. She was named a finalist for Best Small Fictions 2017, and her story in Jellyfish Review, "When the Children Return," was named to The Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions 2017.
Contrary to popular folklore, Neil Armstrong was not the first man on the moon. I was. He was the first to walk on the moon. Since I was the first out the lander, he tripped me, making me the first man to swim on the moon. I also have the distinction of being the first man to crack his helmet on the moon and the first man to die on the moon. As you can imagine, the government hushed up these events, and I was expunged from the historical records. That's okay because my celestial spirit is at home wandering the deep craters, kicking up regolith and slow-motion rocks.
Emma Wenninger graduated from Indiana University, where she studied English and Spanish, obtaining a certificate in creative writing. When she received the 2014 Myrtle Armstrong Undergraduate Fiction Award from Indiana University, writer Jon Pineda characterized her work as “outlandish” and “promising.” She has been featured in BlazeVOX16 and The Southampton Review, and lives in New York City.
Susan Yount is editor and publisher at Arsenic Lobster poetry journal and founder of Misty Publications. She works fulltime at the Associated Press. Her collages have been published in Birds Piled Loosely, Masque and Spectacle, Milk Journal, Glint Literary Review, and elsewhere. Keep up with her poetry tarot project here: susanyount.tumblr.com/poetrytarot.
Emily Zasada's short stories are forthcoming or have appeared in Your Impossible Voice, Penny, and Flock (formerly Fiction Fix). She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, son, and two highly opinionated beagle mixes. Follow her on Twitter at @EmilyZasada.