Volume 5.1 – Spring/Summer 2012 Contributors

A fifth-year anniversary collection of featured conversations with distinguished writers and artists, including J.O.J Nwachukwu-Agbada, Robert Hellenga, Sena Jeter Naslund, Kevin Stein, Susan Bordo, Elizabeth Kolbert, Robert Olen Butler, Mary Gay Shipley, Alice Friman, John Man, and Dan Beachy-Quick as well as collected artwork from Nicholas Vachel Lindsay

Edward Adams lives and works in Baltimore, a fine place for a writer because the city demands you pay attention. New work by Adams has been published or is forthcoming in Confrontation, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, Harpur Palate, Nimrod, and Pearl.
Harry Allard is the author of several successful children’s books, including Miss Nelson is Missing (Sandpiper, 1985). He graduated from Northwestern College, performed active duty in Korea, lived in Paris, and holds a PhD in French from Yale University where he taught French for many years. Mr. Allard lives and works in Mexico.
Bashllari_Majlinda Born in Albania, Majlinda Bashllari‘s first poetry collection, Një udhë për në shtëpi (“A road to home”), was published in Tirana, Albania (Morava, 2007).  Bashllari’s work has appeared in numerous Albanian art and literature magazines and in Albanian anthologies of essays and short stories. She lives and works in Toronto with her family.
Beachy_Quick_Dan Dan Beachy-Quick is the author, most recently, of Circle’s Apprentice (Tupelo, 2011). His Wonderful Investigations will be appearing from Milkweed Editions in the spring of 2012. He teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Colorado State University.
Beard_Brian Brian Beard‘s “Country 17” is part of a book-length manuscript whose working title is “Countries to See Before You Die,” a fictional travelogue of imaginary countries. His other work can be found in Poetry East, Red Rock Review, and Translation Review. He and his wife live in Maine with their two sons.
“Country 17” Listen
Bond_David David Bond has published recent work in Big Muddy, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Cape Rock, Crab Orchard Review, and storySouth. A finalist in The Poetry Center of Chicago’s annual juried reading, he is also a recipient of Illinois Arts Council artist fellowships and poetry awards. David lives in southern Illinois, where he claims inspiration from the beauty of the Shawnee National Forest.
“American Dream” Listen
“In Memory of Miss Pelley” Listen
Richard Brostoff is the author of the chapbooks Momentum, (La Vita Poetica, 2007) and A Few Forms of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2012). His poems and essays have been published in Atlanta Review, Rattle, Texas Review, and Verse Daily, as well as many other journals.
“This One Day Make Me Blind” Listen
Bynum_Edward_Bruce Edward Bruce Bynum, PhD, ABPP, is a psychologist and director of the Behavioral Medicine & Anxieties Disorders Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Health Services in Amherst. The author of several texts and poetry books, including Chronicles of the Pig & Other Delusions (Wayne State University Press, 2010), he received the Abraham H. Maslow Award from the American Psychological Association for “an outstanding and lasting contribution to the exploration of the farther reaches of the human spirit.”
“I Took the Advice of Your Body” Listen
Cofell_Cathryn_Huston_Karla Cathryn Cofell‘s and Karla Huston’s collaborative poems have appeared in MARGIE, RHINO, Indiana Review, Qarrtsiluni, and the anthology Saints of Hysteria (Soft Skull, 2007). Huston is the author of six chapbooks and holds a Pushcart Prize. Cofell has five chapbooks and a CD of poems set to the music of Obvious Dog.
“Like Gravity and Thighs” Listen
Doyle_Brian Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine and the author of a number of books, including several essay collections, two works of nonfiction, and a novel. A four-time finalist for the Oregon Book Award, Doyle has had work appear in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, and The Georgia Review. Honors include a Catholic Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and a 2008 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Julie Dunlop‘s publications include Appalachian Heritage, Atlanta Review, Baltimore Review, Cold Mountain Review, Elixir, Harpur Palate, JAMA, North Carolina Literary Review, Potomac Review, River Oak Review, South Dakota Review, Yemassee, and a chapbook, Faces on the Metro (Pudding House, 2005). Originally from Virginia, she lives in New Mexico where she teaches writing.
Edwards_Jeri_Lewis Jeri Lewis Edwards is based out of southern California and northern Arizona and loves all things outdoors, particularly kayaking, hiking, biking, and working on restoration projects in wilderness areas. Her prose poems and short stories have appeared in literary journals, including Yalobusha Review, Poet Lore, The Worcester Review, and Portland Review.
“Evensong” Listen
Fang_Clara_Changxin Clara Changxin Fang has been published in PANK, Permafrost, Lantern Review, Cream City Review, The Adirondack Review, Runes, and The MacGuffin, among other journals. She earned an MFA from University of Utah in 2007 and a master of environmental management from Yale University in 2010. Originally from Shanghai, China, she is now a naturalized citizen of the United States.
Ferleger_Doris Doris Ferleger, psychologist, poet, memoir essayist, and winner of the 2011 New Letters Poetry Prize, has been published in The Comstock Review, The South Carolina Review, and Poet Lore, among others. Author of two books, Big Silences in a Year of Rain (Main Street Rag, 2010)and When You Become Snow (Finishing Line Press, 2011),Ferleger lives near Philadelphia.
Friman_Alice Alice Friman‘s newest collection of poetry is Vinculum from Louisiana State University Press (2011). Her work appears in The Best American Poetry 2009 (Scribner, 2009), The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and in the 2012 Pushcart Prize Anthology (Pushcart Press, 2011). Friman lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she is poet-in-residence at Georgia College & State University.
Gessner_David David Gessner is the author of eight books, including Sick of Nature (Dartmouth Press, 2005), The Prophet of Dry Hill (Beacon Press, 2005), and Return of the Osprey (Ballantine Books, 2002). His most recent books, My Green Manifesto and The Tarball Chronicles, are from Milkweed Editions (2011). He has taught environmental writing at Harvard and is currently an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he founded the national literary journal Ecotone.
Gottshall_Yvette_Frock Yvette Frock Gottshall grew up in Turkey, Japan, Germany, and Texas. She earned an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is an interdisciplinary artist who lives in the mountains of Vermont.
Haven_Chris_photocredit_Kelly_Jo_Anna Chris Haven has recent or forthcoming poetry in The New York Quarterly, Poet Lore, Sycamore Review, Gargoyle, and Crab Orchard Review. He teaches creative writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan and edits the journal Wake: Great Lakes Thought & Culture.
“Crayon Diplomacy” Listen
Hicks_Alison Alison Hicks is the author of Kiss, a collection of poems (lulu.com, 2011), Falling Dreams, a chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2006), and Love: A Story of Images, a novella (Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2004). Her work appears in Eclipse, Gulf Stream, GW Review, Gargoyle, Pearl, and SOFTBLOW and she won the 2011 Philadelphia City Paper Poetry Prize.
Holmes_Alicia_Sandra Alicia Shandra Holmes has published fiction in The Bitter Oleander, Many Mountains Moving, The Blue Earth Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, A Small Uprising, was published by Bloom Books in 2011. She lives in Michigan.
Cofell_Cathryn_Huston_Karla Cathryn Cofell’s and Karla Huston‘s collaborative poems have appeared in MARGIE, RHINO, Indiana Review, Qarrtsiluni, and the anthology Saints of Hysteria (Soft Skull, 2007). Huston is the author of six chapbooks and holds a Pushcart Prize. Cofell has five chapbooks and a CD of poems set to the music of Obvious Dog.
“Like Gravity and Thighs” Listen
Jeidy_Gail Gail Jeidy grew up in the Midwest around baseball and boys and married one who inspired “Batting Rocks.” She earned an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now lives in Portland, Oregon. Her book-length fiction manuscript, “The Truth about Rocks,” is currently seeking a home.
“Batting Rocks” Listen
Johnson_Heather_Taylor Heather Taylor Johnson is an American-born poet residing in Adelaide, Australia. She is a poetry editor for the Australian magazine of new writing, Wet Ink, and earned a PhD in creative writing from the University of Adelaide. Her second book of poems, Letters to my Lover from a Small Mountain Town, is forthcoming from Interactive Publications (IP) Press in 2012.
Lorenz_Johnny Johnny Lorenz lives in Brooklyn and teaches literature at Montclair State University. His poems have appeared in Rattapallax, The Massachusetts Review, and Luso-American Literature (Rutgers University Press, 2011). He received a Fulbright in 2003 (Brazil), and his translations have appeared in Metamorphoses, Washington Square Review, and BOMB.
Lynn_DC D. C. Lynn is an American university lecturer who has lived abroad for many years. He attended the University of Southern California and holds degrees from Auburn and Pepperdine. He has published widely in print and digital format in the UK, Australia, and the USA.
“Dawn in the Garden of Demise” Listen
Martineau_Kelly Kelly Martineau earned an MFA from Spalding University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Public Republic, The Licking River Review, and Barely South Review. She lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter.
“Bounty and Burden” Listen
Massimilla_Stephen Stephen Massimilla is a poet, critic, and painter. His books and poems have received the Bordighera Poetry Prize, the Grolier Poetry Prize, a Van Rensselaer Award, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Recent work appears in AGNI, Atlanta Review,Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, and Quarterly West, among others. He teaches classics and modernist literature at Columbia University.
“Like People Passing by Less Livelily” Listen
Suzanne Morrell was born in Milngavie, Scotland, and raised in the Great White North. To her credit, she has been arrested in Edinburgh, Scotland, and New Orleans, Louisiana. When she is not dodging mountain lions, Suzanne manages the mischief of two Alaskan Malamutes and works in the medical field. She is an avid traveler, amateur chef, and a wine aficionado.
Neff_Kirsten_Jones Kirsten Jones Neff ‘s debut collection, When The House Is Quiet (2010), won the 2009 Starting Gate Prize from Finishing Line Press and was a Northern California Book Award nominee. She has received three Pushcart nominations and her work has appeared in The Spoon River Poetry Review, Spillway, The Believer, Stanford Magazine, The Literary Mama, RiverSedge, Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine, and elsewhere.
Paynter_Eleanor Eleanor Paynter has roots in Rome, in Texas, and in New York, where she completed an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. She teaches and translates. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in A cappella Zoo, Innisfree, New Madrid, Salamander, and Washington Square Review. She lives in the Netherlands.
“January” Listen
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Peper_Kate Kate Peper lives in California’s Bay Area and is an award-winning watercolorist and freelance designer. She is a 2010 Pushcart Award nominee and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rattle, MARGIE, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and California Quarterly.
“Chemistry” Listen
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Perchik_Simon Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. He has multiple books published. Some of his work, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities,” can be found at his website, which bears his name.
Reese_Rita_Mae Rita Mae Reese has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a “Discovery”/The Nation award. Her first book, The Alphabet Conspiracy, is available from Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press (2011). She is currently working on a collection about Flannery O’Connor entitled “Apocrypha.”
“Exegesis: The Humorous Tales of E. A. PoeListen
Roberts_Suzanne Suzanne Roberts is the author of three collections of poems, most recently Three Hours to Burn a Body: Poems on Travel (Cherry Grove Collections, 2011). Her memoir, Almost Somewhere, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press. Named “The Next Great Travel Writer” by National Geographic’s Traveler, she holds a doctorate in literature and the environment from the University of Nevada-Reno and presently teaches.
Patricia McKernon Runkle‘s writing explores loss, healing, and the unexpected. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in decomP, Grey Sparrow, Salamander, Frogpond, and Modern Haiku, among others; she also writes music and has directed a choir. She holds a master degree in theological studies and volunteers at a grief support center.
“The Great Benevolence” Listen
Salcman_Michael Michael Salcman, poet, physician, and art historian, served as chair of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland. He is the author of four chapbooks and two collections: The Clock Made of Confetti (Orchises, 2007), nominated for The Poet’s Prize, and The Enemy of Good Is Better (Orchises, 2011). His anthology of classic and contemporary poems on doctors and diseases is forthcoming.
Scott_Brittney Brittney Scott grew up in a bend along the Ohio River. She earned an MFA in poetry from Hollins University and lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she writes and makes fruit baskets for a living. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, The Journal, and Jabberwock Review.
“Bright Angel” Listen
Sharma_Vivek Vivek Sharma holds a doctorate in engineering and is a Pushcart nominee. His book of English verse, Saga of a Crumpled Piece of Paper, was published by the Calcutta Writers Workshop (2009). With work from Bateau Press and in Atlanta Review, The Cortland Review, Mythium, Breakwater Review, Muse India, Vivek also contributes to Divya Himachal (a Hindi newspaper in India). His research appears in scientific journals, and he is currently a research associate at MIT.
Sideris_Hilary Hilary Sideris earned an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poetry has recently appeared in Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Confrontation, Connecticut Review, Poet Lore, and Tar River Poetry. A third chapbook, Gold & Other Fish, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. She lives in Brooklyn.
Skerry_Kristen Kristen A. Skerry grew up and lives in Woburn, Massachusetts, and studied biology at Mount Holyoke College. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in The Mad Poet’s Review and Askew Reviews. Skerry is currently working on her first book-length manuscript and also spends time playing guitar, hiking, and taking care of an unusual assortment of pets.
Sousa_Brian Brian Sousa‘s work has been featured in Luso-American Literature (Rutgers University Press, 2011) and received honors from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Dzanc Books International. In 2012, Tagus Press will publish his first collection of stories, Almost Gone. Sousa grew up in the “Ocean State” and currently lives, teaches, and plays (in the indie rock band Ocean*Transfer) in Boston.
Streit_Deborah_George Deborah George Streit co-authored Ignatius Rising: The Life of John Kennedy Toole (Louisiana State University Press, 2005). She was named finalist in the 2010 Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest and serves as a mentor for WGA Vets Writing Project. Her poetry has appeared in Clackamas Literary Review, Portland Review, Rosebud, Soundings East, Studio One, Ellipsis, among others.
“After You Left Us For Good” Listen
Sweeney_Dennis_James Dennis James Sweeney is an American Midwesterner who lived for a year teaching in Taipei. He has spent the last seven months traveling and writing in Southeast Asia and India.
Untch_Mitchell Mitchell Untch, an emerging writer, has been published in the Monadnock Writers’ Group Shadow and Light: a Literary Anthology on Memory (2011)and in the journals Nimrod, Out of Ours, The Aurorean, The Los Angeles Review, Jabberwocky, James Dickey Review, Wisconsin Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Blood Orange Review, among others. He studies with poet Carol Frost.
Uzgiris_Rimas Rimas Uzgiris’ poetry and translations have been published in Bridges, 322 Review, Lituanus, Prime Number Magazine, The Poetry Porch, The Massachusetts Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Two Lines Online. Uzgiris holds an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Newark University and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin.
“East River Blues” Listen
Nathan E. White is a writer and musician living in the Los Angeles area. He earned an MFA in creative writing from New York University in 2004. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in such publications as Lake Effect, Tulane Review, Bellingham Review, South Dakota Review, and Redactions: Poetry & Poetics.
“When I Stand with My Brother at the End of God” Listen
Wong_Nicholas_YB Nicholas YB Wong is the author of Cities of Sameness (Desperanto, 2011). He has work forthcoming in Gargoyle and NANO Fiction. He serves as a poetry reader for The Drunken Boat and is currently lecturing in film studies and contemporary studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Zimet_Kristin_Camitta Kristin Camitta Zimet is the editor and co-founder of The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. Her first poetry collection, Take in My Arms the Dark, came out in 1999. Other poems have appeared in journals including Lullwater Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Poet Lore.
“Miscarried” Listen
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