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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.