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.
Frances Donnelly lives in Brighton, UK with five rescue rats and a human partner. Her writing can be found in various places in print and online. She can be contacted at email@example.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.
Kristin Garth is a poet from Pensacola. Her sonnets and other poetry have been featured in Anti-Heroin Chic, Infernal Ink, Cadaverous Magazine, Fourth & Sycamore, Quail Bell Magazine, Occulum, Faded Out, and many other publications. Follow her on Twitter: @lolaandjolie, on Medium: medium.com/@lolaandjolie, and her website: kristingarth.wordpress.com.
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.
Jacob Hall holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University and is a PhD student at the University of Missouri. In the past, he has worked as the assistant poetry editor for the Mid-American Review and currently works with The Missouri Review. His work has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, MADCAP Review, Santa Ana River Review, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and others.
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.
Jessie Janeshek's second full-length book of poems is The Shaky Phase (Stalking Horse Press, 2017). Her chapbooks are Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish (Grey Book Press, 2016), Rah-Rah Nostalgia (dancing girl press, 2016), Supernoir (Grey Book Press, 2017), Hardscape (Reality Beach, forthcoming), and Auto-Harlow (Shirt Pocket Press, forthcoming). Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010) is her first full-length collection. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. You can read more of at jessiejaneshek.net.
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.
Sonja Johanson has recent work appearing in BOAAT, Ninth Letter, Poet Lore, and The Writer’s Almanac. She is a contributing editor at the Eastern Iowa Review, and the author of Impossible Dovetail (IDES, Silver Birch Press), all those ragged scars (Choose the Sword Press), and Trees in Our Dooryards (Redbird Chapbooks). Sonja divides her time between work in Massachusetts and her home in the mountains of western Maine. You can follow her work at www.sonjajohanson.net.
Sharon Kennedy-Nolle holds an MFA and doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. Her dissertation, published as Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postbellum South (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2015), was the 2015 winner of UNC’s American Gender and Culture Series. Her poetry has appeared in The Dickinson Review, Syracuse Review, Zone 3, OxMag, and The Round, among others. She writes and works and dallies in NY.
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.
Emily Laubham is a blogger, content marketer, and fiction writer in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has appeared in Ping-Pong Literary Journal, Contrary Magazine, Inwood Indiana, Kaaterskill Basin Journal, Pif Magazine, and Autumn Sky Poetry. She travels the world as often as she can afford to.
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.
Carlo Matos has published ten books, including The Quitters (Tortoise Books) and It's Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments (Negative Capability Press). His poems, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in such journals as RHINO, One, and DIAGRAM, among many others. Carlo has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Fundação Luso-Americana, the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the La Romita School of Art in Italy. He is a founding member of the Portuguese-American writers collective Kale Soup for the Soul and is a winner of the Heartland Poetry Prize. He currently lives in Chicago, is a professor at the City Colleges of Chicago, and is a former MMA fighter and kickboxer. He can also be found writing poems on demand with Poems While You Wait when not training in the exquisite art of the Italian rapier with the Chicago Swordplay Guild. Follow him on twitter @CarloMatos46. He blogs at carlomatos.blogspot.com.
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.
Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers earned a B.A. in English from Penn State and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Old Dominion University. Her poetry has been published in IthacaLit, Gemini, The Missing Slate, The New Poet, Gulf Stream, and The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss. Her work has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in Flash Fiction and was a semifinalist in the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and the 2016 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. A native of Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Buckingham, Virginia.
Mariah Montoya is a fantasy and contemporary writer from Idaho. Her work is published in Metaphorosis, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Jersey Devil Press, The Bookends Review, and others. Besides writing, Mariah loves clogging, hiking, medium-sized dogs, and oatmeal.
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.
Louisa Muniz is a freelance writer and a reading/writing tutor. She lives in Sayreville, N.J. with her husband & son. She holds a MFA in Curriculum and Instruction from Kean University. Her work has been published in The Writers Circle, Rose Red Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, & The Snapdragon Journal. She is currently working on her first poetry chapbook.
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.
Cait Powell holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Computer Science from Mills College, a BA in English from Scripps College, and currently works as a software engineer in San Francisco. Her first digital poetry collection appears in the Spring 2017 issue of The New River Journal.
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.
Daniel Romo is the author of When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). His poetry can be found in The Los Angeles Review, Gargoyle, The Good Man Project, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and he is an Associate Poetry Editor at Backbone Press. He lives, bench presses, and rides his folding bike in Long Beach, CA.
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.
Christine Taylor resides in her hometown Plainfield, New Jersey, and is an English teacher and part-time librarian at a local independent school and the mother of several poorly behaved cats (and a couple dogs). Her work appears in Modern Haiku, Burningword Literary Journal, The Paterson Literary Review, and Straylight Literary Magazine among others. She can be found at www.christinetayloronline.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.
Annie Vitalsey is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Arizona State University. Her stories have appeared in Bennington Review, Bird's Thumb, Watershed Review, and elsewhere. Originally from North Carolina, Annie presently resides in Mesa, Arizona.
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.
Sheila Wellehan's poetry is recently featured or forthcoming in The American Journal of Poetry, the Aurorean, Prole (UK), Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Whale Road Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Visit her online at www.sheilawellehan.com.
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.
Rodd Whelpley has work appearing or forthcoming in Antiphon, The Chagrin River Review, Driftwood Press, Eunoia Review, Literary Orphans, The Naugatuck River Review, Right Hand Pointing, Spillway, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Triggerfish Critical Review, and elsewhere. For his day job, he manages an electric efficiency program for 32 cities in Illinois. He lives outside of Springfield, with his wife Lisa, his son Ethan, and the memories of many good Golden Retrievers.
Hudson Wilding is a 24-year-old writer currently living in Chapel Hill, NC. Her work has been published in Body Parts Magazine and is forthcoming in Infernal Ink and Massacre Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @HudsonWilding.
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.