Volume 8.1-2015 Contributors

SONY DSC Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O’Type (a Satire). His work appears in Indiana Review, Night Train, Contrary, STRIPPED a collection of anonymous flash, and many other fine places. Allen is the managing editor of SmokeLong Quarterly and lives somewhere in Europe.
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Lisa Ampleman is the author of a book of poetry, Full Cry (NFSPS Press), and a chapbook, I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State University Press). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Image, Kenyon Review Online, and 32 Poems. She lives in Cincinnati.

 

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 Asim, Asnia_ Photo Asnia Asim was born and raised in Pakistan. She recently moved to Chicago to study poetics at the University of Chicago. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Digital Americana Magazine, Booth Journal, Mobius Magazine, TYPO, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, The Wayfarer, and Mandala Journal, among other journals.
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Andrea Beltran is a poet and Vermont College of Fine Arts graduate student from El Paso, Texas. Her poems recently appeared in Luna Luna, Word Riot, Mom Egg Review, Superstition Review, and Acentos Review.

 

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 Berlin, Monica_ Photo Monica Berlin’s solo work has been published in many journals. Her collaboration with Beth Marzoni, No Shape Bends the River So Long, was published by Parlor Press in 2015. Berlin teaches at Knox College, where she serves as associate director of the Program in Creative Writing.
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Wandajune Bishop-Towle is a poet, a licensed psychologist, and co-owner of Seasons of Peace Yoga in Andover, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in PMS poemmemoirstory and The Comstock Review. She is the proud mother of a young adult with autism, who is the frequent subject of her poetry.

 

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Boggess, Ace_photo Ace Boggess is author of The Prisoners (Brick Road, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire, 2003). He is an ex-con, ex-husband, ex-reporter, and completely exhausted by all the things he isn’t anymore. His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, Rattle, River Styx, and other journals.
 Campanioni, Chris_ Photo Chris Campanioni has worked as a journalist, model, and actor, and he currently teaches literature and creative writing at the City University of New York. He was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize at Lincoln Center in 2013, and his novel, Going Down (Aignos Publishing, 2013), was selected as Best Debut Novel for the 2014 International Latino Book Awards.
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Stephanie Carpenter’s short stories have appeared in Big Fiction, Crab Orchard Review, turnrow, Avery, The Saint Ann’s Review, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a series of novellas about female artists in the nineteenth century.

 

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Olivia Kate Cerrone’s fiction has appeared in various journals, including New South, the Berkeley Fiction Review, War, Literature and the Arts, JewishFiction.net, and The Portland Review. She recently won a “Distinguished Fellowship” from the National Endowment for the Arts to attend the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences.

 

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 Choundas, George_ Photo George Choundas has writing in over twenty publications. He is author of The Pirate Primer (Writer’s Digest Books, 2010) and a former FBI agent. He once played piano at a funeral while stage-whispering the lyrics to Dan Fogelberg’s “Longer”; the nervous singer had forgotten the lyrics and perspired away the ones he had inked on his hand.
 invertedQvol1colorheader_72dpi Noel Conneely has had poems in Chelsea, Main Street Rag, Coe Review, Lalitamba, Yellow Medicine Review, Willow Review, and many other publications in Ireland and the United States. He has taught Irish for many years in Dunlavin and is looking for a publisher for his first collection.
 Curtiss, Caleb_  Photo Caleb Curtiss is the author of A Taxonomy of the Space Between Us, which won the Black River Chapbook Competition and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2015. His poetry has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Literary Review, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Passages North, and others. Last year he was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.
 CZYZ, Vince_Photo Vincent Czyz is the author of Adrift in a Vanishing City (Voyant, 1998). The recipient of the William Faulkner — William Wisdom Prize for Fiction, two fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and the Truman Capote Fellowship, he has placed stories in Shenandoah, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Georgetown Review, and many other publications.
 De Jarnatt photo - BP Steve De Jarnatt grew up in the small logging town of Longview, Washington and toiled in Hollywood for many years. His fiction has appeared in: Santa Monica Review, Meridian, Joyland, Cincinnati Review, Missouri Review ( Prose Audio Contest winner), New England Review,New Stories from the Midwest 2013 (New American Press, 2014), and The Best American Short Stories 2009 (Mariner Books, 2009). He was a Fiction Scholar at Sewanee Writers’ Conference 2012 and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 2013. Two features he directed  “Miracle Mile” and “Cherry 2000,” were released on special edition Blu-Ray.
 Elder, Scott_ Photo Scott Elder studied at the American University in Paris and the University of Puget Sound. He lived as a street musician in Paris and London, then worked as a mime in France and Portugal before spending twelve years in a Buddhist hermitage in France. He now lives in Auvergne with his wife and three young children. His poems have appeared in Ecumes, Poetry Cornwall, Orbis, Poetry Salzburg, Cyphers, Nimrod International, The Antigonish Review, The French Literary Review, and will be appearing in the forthcoming issues of Big Muddy, Acta Victoriana, Dream Catcher Magazine, CaKe, and The Crannog Magazine.
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Laurel Ferejohn is an independent editor working mainly with literary and scholarly journals. She is the winner of the 2012 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from the Durham Arts Council. Recent short work appears in the Thomas Wolfe Review and The Southeast Review.

 

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Matthew Fogarty is co-editor of Yemassee. He also edits Cartagena, a literary journal. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Passages North, PANK, Fourteen Hills, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Midwestern Gothic.

 

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 Gibson, Stephen_photo Stephen Gibson is the author of five poetry collections: Rorschach Art Too (Story Line Press, 2014; Donald Justice Prize, West Chester University), Paradise (University of Arkansas Press, 2011; Miller Williams finalist selection, 2011), Frescoes (Lost Horse Press Book Prize, 2009), Masaccio’s Expulsion (MARGIE/Intuit House Book Prize, 2008), and Rorschach Art (Red Hen Press, 2001).
 Gingerich, Charity Photo Charity Gingerich is from northeast Ohio, but currently teaches writing at West Virginia University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Moon City Review, Ruminate Magazine, and Arts & Letters. Her chapbook, Girl Escaping with Sky, is just out from Dancing Girl Press (2014).
 Johnson, Marci Rae_photo Marci Rae Johnson teaches English at Valparaiso University and is the poetry editor for WordFarm press. Her poems appear in The Collagist, Hobart, Redivider, Redactions, and 32 Poems, among others. Her first collection of poetry, The Eyes the Window, won the Powder Horn Prize and was published by Sage Hill Press in 2013.
 beekeeper.s Sheep Jones grew up in Maine. She studied art at the University of Maine at Portland/Gorham. Sheep works in oil and wax, and she has exhibited her paintings in several solo and group shows and galleries along the East Coast and in Eastern Europe. She splits her time between living in the Washington, DC, area and Belfast, Maine.
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Angie Macri’s work appears in Bayou Magazine and Iron Horse Literary Review. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she teaches in Little Rock. Her chapbook Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past is available from Finishing Line Press (2014).

 

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Eileen Malone‘s poetry has appeared in over 500 literary publications. Her award winning collection Letters With Taloned Claws was published by Poets Corner Press (Prensa Omphalos, 2005) and her book I Should Have Given Them Water was published by Ragged Sky Press (2010). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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 Martin, Anthony_Photo Anthony Martin is a mutt mixed with a little Pea River Journal, Squawk Back, Lunch Ticket, and soon Flyleaf Journal and The Austin Review (among other wicked things).
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Nicole Matos is a Chicago-based writer, professor, and retired roller derby skater. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, theNewerYork, The Atticus Review, The Hairpin, xoJane, Hip Mama, and many others. Her first chapbook of poetry, Oxidane, was published with BlazeVOX Books in 2014.

 

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 McCarty, Todd_Photo Chicago poet Todd McCarty‘s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Laurel Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, Court Green, Verse Daily, OmniVerse, and Gently Read Literature. He has received an Illinois Arts Council Grant and a Vermont Studio Center residency. Blue Press Books (2012) published his chapbook, Fall for You.
 invertedQvol1colorheader_72dpi Bray McDonald is currently Senior Educator at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Mr. McDonald has been recently published in Big Muddy and Bloodbond and has poetry forthcoming in Stray Branch, The Cape Rock, Clackamas Literary Review, and Iodine Poetry Journal.
 McGookey, Kathleen_ Photo Kathleen McGookey is the author of Whatever Shines (White Pine Press, 2001) and October Again, and the translator of French poet Georges Godeau’s book We’ll See (Parlor Press, 2012). Her chapbook Mended and her book At the Zoo are forthcoming. She lives in Michigan with her family.
 Miller, Kelly_ Photo Kelly Miller has been telling stories since she could grab a crayon and scribble backwards across the page. She enjoys life in one of the most eclectic towns in Iowa. She works part time with autistic children who always teach her more than she teaches them.
 Monahan, Martin_ photo Martin Monahan is an assistant professor of British politics at the University of Nottingham, England. He has stories and poems in (or forthcoming in) The London Review of Books, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review, The Threepenny Review, The White Review, The Dublin Review, and elsewhere.
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Gregg Murray is assistant professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College, where he is a contributing poetry editor for The Chattahoochee Review. He has recent poems in DIAGRAM, Caketrain, [PANK], New South, and elsewhere. Gregg also has a chapbook “ceviche” from Spittoon Press.

 

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 Pence, Charlotte_photo Charlotte Pence is the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi, 2011). Her first full-length collection, Many Small Fires, was released by Black Lawrence Press in 2015.
 Perchik, Simon_photo Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, free e-books and his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website.
 Rzciznek, Dan_ Photo Daniel Rzicznek is the author of two poetry collections, Divination Machine (Parlor Press, 2009) and Neck of the World (Utah State University Press, 2012), and three chapbooks, Nag Champa in the Rain, Vine River Hermitage, and Cloud Tablets. Also co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry (2010), Rzicznek teaches writing at Bowling Green State University.
 Schirmer, Timothy_photo Timothy Schirmer lives in a lovely little corner of Manhattan called Alphabet City, where he is happy to walk down the street with his headphones on. His writing has also recently appeared in Rattle, The Adirondack Review, Gertrude, Punchnel’s, Bluestem, Northwind, and elsewhere.
 Sedlak, Emma_ Photo Emma Sedlak is a Scottish-American poet whose work has previously appeared in literary journals such as Crannog Magazine, Muscle and Blood, New Writing Scotland, and The South Carolina Review. She is currently completing her PhD in creative writing at the University of Edinburgh and has been a finalist in the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes.
 tim-seibles-byJH Doucette_grayscale Tim Seibles is the author of several collections of poetry, including Body Moves (Corona Press, 1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1992), Hammerlock (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1999), Buffalo Head Solos (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2004), and Fast Animal (Etruscan Press, 2012), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. His work has also been featured in the anthologies In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African American Poetry (Stewart Tabori and Chang, 1994), Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (University of Georgia Press,2009), and Best American Poetry (Scribner,2010).
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Jacob Strautmann‘s poems have appeared in Solstice, Salamander Magazine, The Boston Globe, AGNI Online, The Appalachian Journal, Poetry Northeast, and SpoKe. His poem and review are forthcoming in Jam Tarts. He is a contributing editor of Salamander Magazine and managing director of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre at Boston University, where he teaches creative writing.

 

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 Talley,Mary Ellen_ photo Mary Ellen Talley’s poems have most recently been published in Bricolage, Poplorish, and Floating Bridge Pontoon as well as forthcoming in Kaleidoscope and Spillway. Her work has received a Pushcart nomination. Mary Ellen works with words and children as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in the Seattle public schools.
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Doug Tidwell studied 18th century British literature at the University of Georgia. He uses his English degree to travel the world as a presenter for a large IT company based in New York. He does his writing in hotel rooms, on airplanes, and in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

 

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 Uzgiris, Rimas_Photo Rimas Uzgiris is a poet, translator, and critic. His work has appeared in Barrow Street, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, The Iowa Review, Hudson Review, and other journals. He holds a PhD in philosophy and an MFA in creative writing. Recipient of a Fulbright Grant and a NEA Translation Fellowship, he teaches at Vilnius University.
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John Walser, an associate professor at Marian University (Wisconsin), holds a doctorate in English from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Barrow Street, Nimrod, Hiram Poetry Review, Fourth River, and Lunch Ticket. A 2013 Pablo Neruda Prize semifinalist, he is working on three manuscripts of poems.

 

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 Waresak, Christine_photo Christine Waresak’s fiction has appeared in Emrys Journal, Sheepshead Review, and Red Ochre Lit. She holds an MA from the University of Florida. She lives in Seattle and works as a freelance writer.
 Photo Credit- Andrea Burke grayscale Rachel Jamison Webster teaches poetry at Northwestern University. She is the author of September (Northwestern University Press, 2013), as well as The Endless Unbegun (Twelve Winters Press, 2015). For several years, she designed and taught writing workshops for urban youth, and with them, she edited two anthologies of writing by young Chicagoans, Alchemy (Gallery 37 Press, 2001) and Paper Atrium (Gallery 37 Press, 2004). She earned her MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and received a Young Poets Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems appear in Poetry, the Paris Review, Tin House, The Southern Review and many other journals.
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Luke Wiget lives in Nashville. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in decomP, Green Mountains Review, Hobart, Heavy Feather Review, among others. Luke is co-curator and host of drDOCTOR, a podcast and reading series.

 

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 yakich, Mark_photo Mark Yakich’s next book, Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2015. He teaches at Loyola University New Orleans.