Volume 7.1 – Spring/Summer 2014 Contributors

Ahn, Lisa_ Photo Lisa Ahn‘s writing has appeared in PANK, Limestone, Prick of the Spindle, Toasted Cheese, and Literary Mama, among others. She is a contributing writer for Hippocampus Magazine and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two spunky daughters, three kittens, and a dog who steals everybody’s socks.”Slick”

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Barrett,Katherine J._ photo Katherine J. Barrett is a writer and editor living in Nova Scotia, Canada. She recently returned from five years in South Africa. Those years shape much of Katherine’s current work.
 invertedQvol1colorheader_72dpi Candace Black teaches in the creative writing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her book of poems, The Volunteer, was published by New Rivers Press in 2003. A chapbook, Casa Marina, won the 2009 Thomas Wilhelmus Award and was published by RopeWalk Press in 2010.
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Gladys Justin Carr is the coauthor of Edge by Edge (Toadlily Press, 2007), which includes her chapbook Augustine’s Brain—The Remix. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work is featured in The Best of Toadlily Press (2011) and has appeared in over 80 publications, including The New York Times, Ninth Letter, Spoon River Poetry Review, North Atlantic Review, Potomac Review, and International Poetry Review.

Read “Spring, you bitch”

Carter, Mae_photo Mae Carter is a teacher and a poet. She is a graduate of Queens University MFA program and is published in Lana Turner Journal of Poetry. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Craven, Jackie_ Photo Jackie Craven has published in many journals, including Berkeley Fiction Review, Existere, The Fourth River, and Pearl. She is the author of two books on interior design and also writes the architecture pages for About.com.
don, Michael_ photo Michael Don has an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently living and writing in Nairobi. His stories have recently appeared in The Southampton Review, Santa Clara Review, Wag’s Revue, and other journals.
Frankel, Fredric_ photo Freddy Frankel turned to poetry after he retired from academic psychiatry in 1997. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston. Since 2003 he has published a chapbook and two full books of poems. In 2003 he won the New England Writers Robert Penn Warren First Award.”A Modest Proposal”

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Garrity, Collin_ Photo Collin Garrity lives with his hernia in Savannah, Georgia, where he is a writer, woodworker, designer, and would-be shut-in. He is 23, idealistic, and a die-hard fan of Richard Brautigan, El Lissitzky, and Aesop Rock.
Gibson, Stephen_photo Stephen Gibson is the author of four poetry collections: Paradise (Miller Williams prize finalist, University of Arkansas Press, 2011), Frescoes (Lost Horse Press Book Prize, 2009), Masaccio’s Expulsion (MARGIE/Intuit House Book Prize, 2006), Rorschach Art (Red Hen, 2001). Stephen’s book, Rorschach Art Too, won the 2014 Donald Justice Prize from West Chester University, and a short story collection, The Persistence of Memory, is forthcoming from Stephen F. Austin State University Press.”Bones”

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Beth Gilstrap was a recent writer-in-residence at Shotpouch Cabin with the Spring Creek Project for ideas, nature, and the written word at Oregon State University. She earned her MFA from Chatham University. Her work has appeared in The Minnesota Review, Superstition Review, and Twisted South Magazine, among others.

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Read “Juveniles Lack Green”

Highland, Jennifer_photo Jennifer Highland‘s work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Sweet, Sugar Mule, Measure, and elsewhere. She practices osteopathic medicine in central New Hampshire.”Vespers”

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Hirt, Jennifer_photo Jen Hirt‘s memoir, Under Glass: The Girl with a Thousand Christmas Trees (University of Akron Press, 2010) won the Drake University Emerging Writer Award. Her essay “Lores of Last Unicorns” won a Pushcart Prize. She has work forthcoming in The Colorado Review.”Aster Yellows”

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 invertedQvol1colorheader_72dpi Jerry Ingram is a photographer and creative director. He was educated in the Arts at Kent State University, and Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute in Italy, and MacMurray College in Illinois. Ingram resides in Italy and works internationally on many projects in fashion ranging from look books, ad campaigns, celebrity portraits to video. Ingram has earned many awards in photography and exhibits frequently in the United States and Italy.
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Rich Ives is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander and the 2012 winner of the Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air Magazine. His book of days, Tunneling to the Moon was published by Silenced Press (2013).

Read “Implement for the Arrangement of Formulas in a Comprehensible Sequence”

Jones, Jeff P_Photo Jeff P. Jones teaches writing at the University of Idaho. His honors include a Pushcart Prize (2008) and the Wabash and A. David Schwartz prizes in fiction. His stories have appeared in Five Points, Post Road, J Journal, and elsewhere.
 invertedQvol1colorheader_72dpi Mike Koenig earned his MFA in creative writing and publishing arts from the University of Baltimore. He currently lives in Columbia, Maryland, and works for Discovery Communications. His fiction can be seen in Phoebe, Crack the Spine, and Clover.
lamon, laurie_photo Laurie Lamon has two poetry collections published by CavanKerry Press: The Fork Without Hunger (2005) and Without Wings (2009). She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and was selected by Donald Hall as a Witter Bynner Fellow in 2007. Lamon is a professor of English at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and poetry editor for Rock & Sling.
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Stephen Longfellow lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, where he keeps busy renovating an old post-and-beam saltbox. His first collection, Disappearing Act, was released by FutureCycle Press in 2014.

Read “Departure”

Longo, Perie_photo Perie Longo, Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, California (2007-2009), has published three books of poetry, with a fourth, Baggage Claim, released in 2014 by WordTech Communications. Her work has appeared in International Poetry Review, Nimrod, Paterson Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, and others. She teaches poetry for the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.
CarloMatos Carlo Matos is the author of a previous collection of poems entitled A School for Fishermen (BrickHouse Books, 2010). His first book of scholarship, Ibsen’s Foreign Contagion, was published in 2012 by Academica Press. He teaches writing at the City Colleges of Chicago by day and competes in Mixed Martial Arts by night. On his off hours he can be found entertaining clients at the Chicago Poetry Bordello.
McCord, Sandy_photo Sandy McCord‘s poems have appeared in The Aurorean, Cider Press Review, The Listening Eye, Plainsongs, and Poem, among others. She was a featured poet in Tiger’s Eye 2012, Issue 22. Her chapbook, Dragon Well (Finishing Line Press), was published in 2010.
Pirkopf,Alita_photo After earning a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Denver, Alita Pirkopf became increasingly interested in feminist interpretations of literature. Eventually she taught several classes. After that Alita enrolled in a poetry class and recognized that poetry would be a long-term focus, a necessity.”Ice Bird”

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Matt Rasmussen - Stephanie Colgan Matt Rasmussen is the author of Black Aperture (LSU Press, 2013), which was selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the 2013 Walt Whitman Award and was also a finalist for the National Book Award. His poetry has been published, or is forthcoming, in The Literary Review, Gulf Coast, Water~Stone Review, Paper Darts, Poets.org, and elsewhere.
 invertedQvol1colorheader_72dpi Oliver Rice‘s poems appear widely in journals and anthologies in the US and abroad. Creekwalker released an interview with him in January 2010. His book of poems, On Consenting To Be a Man, is published by Cyberwit (2008) and is available on Amazon. His online chapbook, Afterthoughts Siestas, and his recording of his Institute for Higher Study appeared in Mudlark in December 2010.
 invertedQvol1colorheader_72dpi Robert Rothman graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, undergraduate and graduate school (JD). He lives in northern California, near extensive trails and open space, with the Pacific Ocean over the hill. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals.
Schireson, Peter_ photo Peter Schireson lives in California where he writes and practices and teaches Zen. Peter was educated at University of California, Berkeley, University of Victoria, British Columbia, and Harvard and worked as a carpenter, teacher, and business person. His writing has appeared in Post Road, New Delta Review, Natural Bridge, and many other journals.
Shah, Purvi_ Photo by Willi Wong Purvi Shah won the inaugural SONY South Asian Social Services Award for her work fighting violence against women and recently directed “Together We Are New York,” an Asian American poetry project responding to the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Her book, Terrain Tracks (New Rivers Press, 2006), was nominated for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award.”In the 21st Century, Mira Remarks-Krishna’s ways of loving belong in a parallel universe”

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Sharp, Betsy_ photo Betsy Sharp lives and writes on a very small island in the Pacific Northwest, entirely off the grid. Having spent a few decades doing everything except writing, she has decided that it’s finally time. Her work has appeared recently in Creative Nonfiction.”Exposure”

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Chad Simpson is the author of Tell Everyone I Said Hi (University of Iowa Press, 2012), which won the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. He lives in Monmouth, Illinois, and is an associate professor of English at Knox College.

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Read “I Later Learned the Fish was a Gar”

Sloboda, Noel_ Photo Noel Sloboda‘s work has recently appeared in Redactions, Salamander, and Modern Language Studies. He is the author of the poetry collections Shell Games (sunnyoutside, 2008) and Our Rarer Monsters (sunnyoutside, 2013) as well as several chapbooks. Sloboda has also published a book about Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein (Peter Lang, 2008). He teaches at Penn State York.”Paredolia”

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Smith, John_ Photo John Warner Smith‘s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Callaloo, The Worcester Review, Pembroke, Kestrel, African American Review, American Athenaeum, Bloodroot, and other literary journals. He is a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he directs a statewide organization dedicated to improving public education. A Cave Canem Fellow, he earned his MFA at the University of New Orleans.
Spilman, Richard_photo Richard Spilman is the author of two collections of poetry: In the Night Speaking (Sacramento Poetry Center Press, 2009) and Suspension (New American Press, 2006). He has also published two books of short stories, including the New York Times Notable Book Hot Fudge (Poseidon Press, 1990). He grew up in Normal, Illinois, and now lives with his wife in Wichita, Kansas.
Stenzel, Annie_ photo Annie Stenzel supports her poetry habit by working for a mid-size law firm in San Francisco. Her poetry and translations have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Parthenon West, Academic Medicine, Two Lines, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and Patient Poets. She is also an unrepentant letterpress printer.”Sisyphus addresses his boon companion”

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Sukach, M.K._ Photo M.K. Sukach‘s fiction and poetry appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northeast, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, Ontologica, JMWW, Cellpoems, Yemassee, and The Citron Review.
VanDewark, Katharine_photo Katharine VanDewark was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and lived a bicoastal life as a child. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BFA in painting. Her work has been published in Amarillo Bay, The Dos Passos Review, Wild Violet, and Coracle. She hosts a monthly writing group in her living room and seeks out open mic nights to read and hear the poetry of others.”Still Water”

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Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH Lillo Way‘s poems appear in 2012/2013 issues of Poet Lore, The Madison Review, Avocet, Common Ground Review, Cordite Review (Australia), The Bear Deluxe, Soundings, Third Wednesday, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Between the Lines, Northern New England Review, Yemassee, and SLAB. She has received grants for her choreographic work involving poetry.
Wisdom,Alison_ Photo Alison Wisdom is a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and is currently an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts where she studies creative writing. She resides in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Josh, and their dog, Zooey. “Holiness Week” is her first publication.”Holiness Week”

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