Volume 8 Contributors
Veronica Abrams' debut short story was a 2016 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award winner and she was a finalist for the 2018 Flexible Persona's Editors' Prize in flash fiction. Her short stories have also been published in BlazeVOX, Arcturus (from The Chicago Review Of Books), The Petigru Review, and Fall Lines: A Literary Convergence. She holds a Master's degree in Creative Arts in Learning and a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. To read more of her work visit: veronicaabramsfiction.com.
Stacey Balkun is the author of Eppur Si Muove, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak & Lost City Museum. Winner of the 2017 Women's National Book Association Poetry Prize, her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2018, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, and other anthologies & journals. Chapbook Series Editor for Sundress Publications, Stacey holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn & The Loft. Visit her online at www.staceybalkun.com.
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.
Dessa Bayrock lives in Ottawa with two cats and a variety of succulents, most of which are still alive. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in IDK Magazine Cotton Xenomorph, and Spy Kids Review, among others. You can find her, or at least more about her, at dessabayrock.com.
A four-time Pushcart Prize, five-time Best of the Net, & Bettering American Poetry nominee, Lana Bella is an author of three chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016), Adagio (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and Dear Suki: Letters (Platypus 2412 Mini Chapbook Series, 2016), has work featured in over 500 journals, Barzakh, EVENT, The Fortnightly Review, Ilanot Review, Midwest Quarterly, New Reader, Notre Dame Review, Sundress Publications, & Whiskey Island, among others, and Aeolian Harp Anthology, Volume 3. Lana resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.
Ellie Black is originally from Arkansas. She currently works as a poetry reader at the Adroit Journal and an Associate Editor for Sibling Rivalry Press. Her work can be found in or is forthcoming from Split Lip Magazine, DIAGRAM, Crab Fat Magazine, glitterMOB, and Best New Poets 2018; she was recently a semifinalist for the Adroit Prizes in Poetry.
Annie Blake is an Australian writer, thinker and researcher. She is a wife and mother of five children. She started school as an EAL student and was raised and, continues to live in a multicultural and industrial location in the West of Melbourne. Her main interests include psychoanalysis and metaphysics. She is currently focusing on in medias res and arthouse writing. She enjoys exploring symbology and the surreal/psychedelic nature of unconscious material. She is a member of the C G Jung Society of Melbourne and Existentialist Society in Melbourne. You can visit her on annieblakethegatherer.
Chelsea Margaret Bodnar
Chelsea Margaret Bodnar leads a double life as a poet and legal secretary in Pittsburgh, PA. Her writing has appeared in Freezeray, Barrelhouse, NANO Fiction, Thin Air, and Collision. Her first chapbook, BASEMENT GEMINI, is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press; it's a collection of poems about horror movie tropes.
Forrest Brazeal lives and writes in rural Virginia. His speculative fiction is published or forthcoming from Daily Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, Abyss & Apex, Who Knocks, Theme of Absence, and elsewhere. He spent several years working with juvenile detainees in upstate South Carolina. His website is forrestbrazeal.com.
JW burns lives in Florida. His poetry and fiction has been published in several journals, most recently in The Danforth Review, Ginosko Literary Journal, and IDK.
Jane-Rebecca Cannarella, a garbage witch living in West Philadelphia, is the editor of HOOT Review and Meow Meow Pow Pow Lit, as well as a former editor of Lunch Ticket and a contributing columnist for SSG Music. Her chapbooks Tiny Thoughts for Tiny Feelings and Unicorn Tracheotomy were published by BA Press many moons ago. When not poorly playing the piano, she chronicles the many ways that she embarrasses herself at www.youlifeisnotsogreat.com.
Alex Carolan is a writer based in Washington, D.C. Her work can be found in the 2017 and 2018 editions of Stylus: a Journal of Literature and Art. She is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland and its selective creative writing program, the Jiménez-Porter Writers' House. Follow her on Twitter @alexhcarolan for tweets mostly about her two cats.
Laura Christensen makes art and lives in western Massachusetts. She paints on found cabinet cards and vintage snapshots to conjure new illusions and alternative narratives. As an extension of this practice, Laura is building a book project by inviting several authors to write in response to her art. Please visit www.LauraChristensen.net
LGBTQ poet Flower Conroy is the author of the chapbooks Facts About Snakes & Hearts; The Awful Suicidal Swans; and Escape to Nowhere. Her poetry has appeared in American Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, and other journals. She is the current Poet Laureate of Key West, FL.
Will Cordeiro has work appearing or forthcoming in Best New Poets, BOAAT, Boiler Journal, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fourteen Hills, Nashville Review, Opossum, Poetry Northwest, Superstition Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Zone 3, and elsewhere. His two chapbooks are Never-never (White Knuckle, 2017) and Reveries and Opinions of Mr. Figure (RDP, 2016). He also co-edits the small chapbook press Eggtooth Editions. He is grateful for a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a scholarship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Truman Capote Writer’s Fellowship, as well as residencies from ART 342, Blue Mountain Center, Ora Lerman Trust, Petrified Forest National Park, and Risley Residential College. He received his MFA and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He lives in Flagstaff, where he is a faculty member in the Honors College at Northern Arizona University.
Theresa Senato Edwards
Theresa Senato Edwards has published two full-length poetry books, one, with painter Lori Schreiner, winning The Tacenda Literary Award for Best Book, and two chapbooks. Excerpts and poems from her newest manuscript, Wing Bones, can be found in Stirring, Gargoyle, The Nervous Breakdown, Thrush Poetry Journal, Hermeneutic Chaos Journal, Miriam’s Well, UCity Review, Rise Up Review, Diode Poetry Journal, Rogue Agent, and Mom Egg Review. Edwards was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, received a creative writing residency from Drop Forge & Tool, another writing residency forthcoming from Wellspring House, and is Editor in Chief of The American Poetry Journal (APJ). Her website: tsenatoedwards.
Kelly Fordon’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, The Kenyon Review (KRO), Rattle, and various other journals. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks. The first one, On the Street Where We Live, won the 2012 Standing Rock Chapbook Award and the latest one, The Witness, won the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for the Chapbook and was shortlisted for the Grand Prize. Her novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book, a 2016 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Finalist, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, an Eric Hoffer Finalist, and an IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist in the short story category. She teaches at the College for Creative Studies, Springfed Arts, and InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit. www.kellyfordon.com
Andrey Gritsman, a native of Moscow, immigrated to the United States in 1981. He writes poetry, essays, and short stories in both languages. He authored seven volumes of poetry in Russian and five collections in English and received the 2009 Pushcart Prize Honorable Mention XXIII and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize several times. Poems, essays, and short stories in English have appeared or are forthcoming in more than 90 literary journals. His work has also been anthologized.
The works were translated into several European Languages. Andrey edits the international poetry magazine Interpoezia and runs the Intercultural Poetry Series at Cornelia Street Café in New York.
Avery M. Guess
Avery M. Guess (@averymguess) received a 2015 NEA Fellowship for Poetry. She’s a Ph.D. student at USD and assistant editor for poetry at South Dakota Review. Recent publications include poems in Rogue Agent, Glass, and Rust + Moth, and creative non-fiction in Entropy and The Manifest-Station. Her chapbook, The Patient Admits, is out from dancing girl press, and her full-length collection of poetry, The Truth Is, will be published in 2019 by Black Lawrence Press.
Spring 2012: Four Poems
Winter 2013: "They Wouldn't Be Poems If I Didn't Make Them": A Conversation with Laura Madeline Wiseman
Summer 2013: Four Poems
Winter 2015: Orchestrated Selves: A Two-Way Interview with W. Todd Kaneko and Amorak Huey
Winter 2019: Three Poems
Amorak Huey, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, is author of the poetry collections Seducing the Asparagus Queen (Cloudbank, 2018), Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015), and Boom Box (Sundress, forthcoming in 2019) as well as the chapbooks The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl, 2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly, 2016). He is also co-author with W. Todd Kaneko of the textbook Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2018) and teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Philip Ivory studied literature at Columbia University. He lives in Tucson and teaches creative writing at Writers Studio. His fiction has appeared in Ghost Parachute, Rosette Maleficarum, The Airgonaut, Literally Stories, Devolution Z, Bewildering Stories, and elsewhere. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017 and 2018. His blog is writeyourselfsane.com.
David Jans is a CPA by trade and an emerging writer based in western Pennsylvania. His short stories have appeared in Red Fez and The Disappointed Housewife. When he’s not crunching numbers or writing he can be found driving his son across state lines to soccer tournaments, hanging out with his wife and daughter, or walking his black lab, the star of T-Minus 23 with Elsie, one of his two published pieces in Red Fez.
Kyra Kaisla is a musician, cook, poet and cowboy. She lives in a bureaucratic no-man’s-land between Canada and Germany. She has made several zines: most recently, a cookbook called Recipes for Placelessness. She is currently working on her first book, While Speed Dating, a collaboration with French poet SaintHuitre. You can get a hold of her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toshiya Kamei holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Arkansas. He is the translator of books by Claudia Apablaza, Liliana Blum, Carlos Bortoni, Selfa Chew, Espido Freire, and Leticia Luna.
W. Todd Kaneko
W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor, 2014) and This Is How the Bone Sings (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), and co-author with Amorak Huey of Poetry: A Writers’ Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). His poems and prose can be seen in The Normal School, Barrelhouse, SmokeLong Quarterly, Superstition Review, The Rumpus, Best Small Fictions 2017 and 2018, and many other places. A Kundiman fellow, he is co-editor of Waxwing magazine and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he teaches creative writing at Grand Valley State University.
Imran Khan teaches creative writing around Southern England. His work has recently appeared, or is forthcoming, in Juked, ucity Review, The Puritan, Across the Margin, and elsewhere. Khan is a previous winner of the Thomas Hardy Award. He can be found at his Facebook page.
Rachel Lake is a writer and editor living in Astoria, Queens. Her work has previously appeared in Sundog Lit, Bodega, Spry, and elsewhere. Her most recent project is a book of fiction about addiction, kidnapping, and girlhood. There are also sharks in her book.
Suzanne Langlois’s poems have appeared in NAILED Magazine, Cider Press Review, The Fourth River, Rust + Moth, Rattle, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College. She teaches high school English in Portland, Maine.
Jessica Lao is a junior and Writing Fellow at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. She is an editor for her school's literary magazine and a top nonfiction writer/Editor's Choice award winner for Teen Ink magazine. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Blue Marble Review, Embryo, and After the Pause, in addition to being recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
aurora linnea is the author of the chapbook This Mutilated Woman's Head (Solar Luxuriance, 2014) and has had poems featured in Plinth, Gobbet, and Mannequin Haus. she can be found on the web at www.aurora-linnea.com. aurora is no longer in collusion with the predator.
Claire Younger Martin
Claire Younger Martin was a managing editor for the literary magazine Hair Trigger, as well as the interview editor for its online counterpart, Hair Trigger 2.0. Her recent fiction can be found in Longshot Island, Hair Trigger 40, Ariel Chart, The Magnolia Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, and Bull & Cross. These days, you can find her holed up with a camera somewhere along Lake Michigan. See more at claireyoungermartin.com.
Mark McKain's work has appeared in Agni, The Journal, Subtropics, Blue Mesa Review, Superstition Review, and elsewhere. His poetry chapbook Blue Sun was published by Aldrich Press in 2015. He teaches screenwriting and creative writing in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Marshall Moore is an American writer, academic, and publisher. He is the author of four novels and three collections of short fiction. Inhospitable, his most recent novel, was published in May 2018 by the British-Taiwanese publisher Camphor Press. He holds a PhD in creative writing from Aberystwyth University in the UK and teaches at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.
Eileen Murphy lives 30 miles from Tampa with her husband and three dogs. She received her Masters degree from Columbia College, Chicago. She teaches literature/English at Polk State College in Lakeland, writes poetry, and has published book reviews in BLARB, Rain Taxi, Tinderbox, and a number of other journals. She is a staff writer for Los Angeles-based Cultural Weekly. Her website is Mishmurphy.com.
Karen Neuberg lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her most recent chapbook is the elephants are asking (Glass Lyre Press) and she’s the associate editor of the online poetry journal First Literary Review-East.
Kay Billie Oakes
Kay lives and works as a teacher in South Texas. Aside from poetry, Kay writes fiction and just can’t stop thinking about coyotes. Kay’s writing can be seen in upcoming issues of >formercactus, Scalawag Magazine, and Corvus Review.
Amélie Olaiz was born in León and lives in Mexico City. She is the author of Piedras de Luna (2005), Aquí está tu cielo (2007), and La vida oculta en la caja de nogal (2013). Her work has been anthologized in Prohibido fumar (2008), Antología mínima del orgasmo (2009), and Three Messages and a Warning (2012), among others.
Paul Park lives in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, where he teaches at Williams College. He is the author of twelve novels and three collections of stories.
Dayna Patterson's creative work has appeared recently in Hotel Amerika, So to Speak, Western Humanities Review, and Zone 3. She is a former managing editor of Bellingham Review, the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre, and the poetry editor for Exponent II Magazine. She is a co-editor (with Tyler Chadwick and Martin Pulido) of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry (Peculiar Pages, 2018). Connect with her at: www.daynapatterson.com.
Bryan D. Price
Bryan D. Price teaches history at a community college in the suburbs of southern California where he writes about memory, time, nature, utopia, and its opposite. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Unbroken Journal, Heavy Feather Review, and DIAGRAM.
Keith Rebec currently resides in Florida. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Shenandoah, The Portland Review, Monkeybicycle, Hobart, Midwestern Gothic, Devil’s Lake, and The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, among others. He is the editor in chief of the literary journal Pithead Chapel, and you can learn more about him at www.keithrebec.com.
R.J.Roberts is a native of northeast ohio. His work has been published in The Oddville Press and Memoir Magazine. He enjoys car fires and used to enjoy the Cleveland Browns until they started winning. R.J.Roberts1@outlook.com
Kelly R. Samuels
Kelly R. Samuels is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Salt Hill, The Carolina Quarterly, Sweet Tree Review, Permafrost, and RHINO. She has a chapbook, Words Some of Us Rarely Use, being published in January by Unsolicited Press and another, Zeena / Zenobia Speaks, being released in March by Finishing Line Press.
Andy Søbjerg writes in Aalborg, Denmark. He is a carpenter, an assistant librarian, and an Iraq veteran. He spends most of his time staring into books, mouthing every word he reads.
Scott Sweeney has published poems in several small-press and online journals, including BlazeVOX, Sprung Formal, Borderlands, and CaKe. His work also appears in ARCANA: The Tarot Poetry Anthology (Minor Arcana Press 2015). Scott co-founded Grey Book Press, which primarily produces poetry chapbooks. His own chapbooks include Watercycle, Desperation: Poems, static, and Hot Body Contest (in collaboration with Kristine Snodgrass). Scott lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife and daughter.
Christine Taylor, a multiracial English teacher and librarian, resides in her hometown Plainfield, New Jersey. She serves as a reader and contributing editor at OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters. Her work appears in Modern Haiku, apt, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Rumpus, Eclectica, and The Paterson Literary Review among others. She can be found at www.christinetayloronline.com.
Elizabeth Vignali is an optician and writer in the Pacific Northwest, where she coproduces the Bellingham Kitchen Sessions reading series. She is the author of Object Permanence and coauthor of Your Body A Bullet, forthcoming from Unsolicited Press. Her poems have appeared in Willow Springs, Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, Tinderbox, The Literary Review, and others.
Emma Cairns Watson
Emma Cairns Watson has been a writer since the age of nine and a UCLA administrator since January. A recent graduate of Smith College, where she studied literature and neuroscience, she now coordinates lectures about Egyptology by day and gets emotional over other people’s poetry by night. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse Online, Half Mystic, Okay Donkey, and Ninth Letter.
Sheila Wellehan's poetry has recently been featured in the Aurorean, Chiron Review, San Pedro River Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Whale Road Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Visit her online at www.sheilawellehan.com.
Kami Westhoff’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including Meridian, Phoebe, Third Coast, Carve, Sundog Lit, decomp, Prism Review, The Pinch, and Passages North. She teaches Creative Writing at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.
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.