Volume 11 Contributors
Lorelei Bacht is a poet of complex European heritage living in Asia. A former political analyst and lobbyist, she has been using poetry to explore the universal, psychological, embodied nature of political violence through history. Her work has appeared / is forthcoming in such publications as The Wondrous Real, Quail Bell, The Wells Street Journal, and Abridged Magazine. She is also on Instagram: @lorelei.bacht.writer
Julie Brooks Barbour
Julie Brooks Barbour is the author of two full-length collections, Haunted City (2017) and Small Chimes (2014), both from Kelsay Books, and three chapbooks, including Beautifully Whole (Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2015) and Earth Lust (Finishing Line Press, 2014). She teaches writing at Lake Superior State University where she co-edits the journal Border Crossing.
Photo by Bob Godwin
Lauren Camp is the author of five books, most recently Took House (Tupelo Press), which Publishers Weekly calls a “stirring, original collection.” Her poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Kenyon Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Boston Review. Honors include the Dorset Prize and finalist citations for the Arab American Book Award, the Housatonic Book Award and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her poems have been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish, and Arabic. www.laurencamp.com
Susana H. Case
Susana H. Case is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Dead Shark on the N Train, from Broadstone Books, 2020, which won a Pinnacle Book Award for Best Poetry Book, a NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite, and was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. She is also the author of five chapbooks. Her first collection, The Scottish Café, from Slapering Hol Press, was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka by Opole University Press. The Damage Done is forthcoming in 2022 from Broadstone Books. She has co-edited, with Margo Taft Stever, the anthology I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe, forthcoming in 2022 from Milk and Cake Press. www.susanahcase.com.
Summer 2011: Five Poems, Three Photos
Summer 2012: Six Poems
Summer 2013: Five Poems
Spring 2014: Three Poems
Winter 2015: Six Poems
Spring 2015: A Review of Michelle Detorie's AFTER-CAVE
Fall 2015: Review of Matilda's Battle Waltz by Tracie Morell
Winter 2017: Three Poems
Summer 2019: Four Poems
Fall 2021: Three Poems
Juliet Cook is brimming with black, grey, silver, purple, and dark red explosions. She is drawn to poetry, abstract visual art, and other forms of expression. Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications. You can find out more at JulietCook.weebly.com.
Nina Johnson Photography
Brittney Corrigan is the author of the poetry collections Daughters, Breaking, Navigation, and 40 Weeks. Solastalgia, a collection of poems about climate change, extinction, and the Anthropocene Age, is forthcoming from JackLeg Press in 2022. Brittney was raised in Colorado and has lived in Portland, Oregon for the past three decades, where she is an alumna and employee of Reed College. She is currently at work on her first short story collection. For more information, visit brittneycorrigan.com.
Lauren du Plessis
Lauren du Plessis is a writer based in a patch of bluebells in the British countryside. She writes about transformation and chaos, and is currently working on her first novel. She is represented by The Good Literary Agency. Find out more about her work at laurenduplessis.com or on Instagram @laurendp_writes.
Katherine Fallon is the author of DEMOTED PLANET (Headmistress Press, 2021) and The Toothmaker's Daughters (Finishing Line Press, 2018). She is Lead Poetry Editor at MAYDAY Magazine and reads for [PANK]. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Colorado Review, Juked, Meridian, Foundry, and Best New Poets among others. She shares domestic space with two cats and her favorite human, who helps her zip her dresses.
Kindall Fredricks is a practicing registered nurse and an MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University, focusing on both poetry and the intersection of literature and the medical sciences. Her work has appeared in New Letters, Rust + Moth, Sugarhouse Review, Quarterly West, NELLE, The Coachella Review, Jet Fuel Review, The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, The Concrete Desert Review, The Academy of American Poets, and more
Dr. Kate Gale is co-founder and Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review. She teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.
She is the author of the forthcoming The Loneliest Girl from the University of New Mexico Press and of seven books of poetry including The Goldilocks Zone from the University of New Mexico Press in 2014, and Echo Light from Red Mountain in 2014 and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis, which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.
She speaks on independent publishing around the US at schools like USC and Columbia and she speaks at Oxford University. Her opera in process is thewebopera.com and an opera on Che Guevara is in process with Cuban composer Armando Bayolo.
Kaitlin Kan is a product of a multicultural upbringing, New England boarding school, and Yale University, where she is currently studying English and psychology. She has been published in Ponder Review, New Plains Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Sincerely Magazine, Hektoen International, and Sky Island Journal. When she is not writing, she is spending time with her dogs and playing piano.
Lucinda Kempe’s work has been published or is forthcoming in newSouth, Midway Journal, New World Writing, Matter Press, Bending Genres, The Southampton Review, and the Summerset Review. Wigleaf long listed her micro fiction in 2018, 2019 and 2020. One of Those Girls, an excerpt from her memoir The Dirty Debutantes’ Daughter, was short listed for the Fish Memoir Prize in April 2021. She lives on Long Island where she exorcises with words.
Linda Malnack is the author of two poetry chapbooks, 21 Boxes (dancing girl press) and Bone Beads (Paper Boat Press). Her poetry appears in Prairie Schooner, the Seattle Review, Amherst Review, Southern Humanities Review, Blackbird, and elsewhere. Linda is an Assistant Poetry Editor for Crab Creek Review.
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Rémy is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. He is the founder, chairperson, and artministrator of Doek, an independent arts organisation in Namibia supporting the literary arts. He is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia’s first and only literary magazine. His debut novel "The Eternal Audience Of One" is available from Scout Press (S&S). His work has appeared in The Johannesburg Review of Books, American Chordata, Lolwe, Granta, and many other places.
He won the Africa Regional Prize of the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He was shortlisted for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in 2020 and 2021. He was also longlisted and shortlisted for the 2020 and 2021 Afritondo Short Story Prizes respectively. In 2019 he was shortlisted for Best Original Fiction by Stack Magazines. More of his writing can be read on his website: remythequill.com.
Sophie Panzer grew up in New Jersey, earned her BA in Quebec, and currently lives in Philadelphia. She is the author of the chapbooks Survive July (Red Bird Chapbooks 2019), Mothers of the Apocalypse (Ethel Press 2019), and Bone Church (dancing girl press 2020). Her work has appeared in Defenestration, HOOT Review, Josephine Quarterly, Gingerbread House, PULP Literature, carte blanche, and others.
Sydney Sackett is an aspiring artist, author, and D&D enthusiast currently pursuing an English major in Frostburg State University. Her biggest creative influences come from dark urban fantasy and horror.
Darryl Shupe is new to poetry (even though he's middle aged) and enjoys collaborating with his partner. In his spare time he likes to work on cars because as he says, "how else does one come up with new swear words?"
Meghan Sterling’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, The Pinch Journal, Rust & Moth, The West Review, Colorado Review, Pacifica Literary Review, SWIMM, Sky Island Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and many others, and was the winner of Sweet Literary’s 2021 Annual Poetry Contest and Equinox’s 2021 Annual Poetry Contest and a Finalist in River Heron Review’s 2021 Annual Poetry Contest and Gigantic Sequins’ 2021 Annual Poetry Contest. She is Associate Poetry Editor of The Maine Review, a Hewnoaks Artist Colony resident in 2019 and 2021, and her debut collection, These Few Seeds, came out in 2021 from Terrapin Books. She and her family live in Portland, Maine. Read her work at meghansterling.com.
Jean E. Verthein
Survival themes derive from Jean‘s clinical counseling with disabled students and teaching at Columbia University.
Jean studied in Italy and traveled with homestays throughout Asia and the Middle East, including Afghanistan, Iran and Vietnam.
She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin with keen interest in rural and urban life. The Red Cross picked her first to help supervise the 9/11 recovery in New York City. She served as an NGO liaison to the United Nations.
The University of Wisconsin, Smith College and Sarah Lawrence College M.F.A. with Ragdale Foundation grants enabled her writing and publishing in over thirty college-related and independent periodicals.
Her documentary historical fiction novel Last Gentleman in the Middle Distance (New York and Lisbon, Portugal: Adelaide Books, 2020) was based on innumerable interviews with wartime survivors here and in Europe.
Christian's work has been published or is forthcoming in The Mays, Anthropocene, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Menacing Hedge, Bad Betty Press, Ekstasis Magazine, The Tiger Moth Review, Notes, 6'98, The Dial, and the jfa human rights journal, among others; it won the Arthur Sale Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the CUPPS Poetry and Prose Prize 2021. His work has been performed at the Lancaster and Singapore Poetry Festivals, and he was a semi-finalist at UniSlam 2021 with Cambridge.