Volume 8 Contributors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.