Volume 8 Contributors
Veronica Abrams' debut short story was a 2016 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award winner and she was a finalist for the 2018 Flexible Persona's Editors' Prize in flash fiction. Her short stories have also been published in BlazeVOX, Arcturus (from The Chicago Review Of Books), The Petigru Review, and Fall Lines: A Literary Convergence. She holds a Master's degree in Creative Arts in Learning and a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. To read more of her work visit: veronicaabramsfiction.com.
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.
Dessa Bayrock lives in Ottawa with two cats and a variety of succulents, most of which are still alive. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in IDK Magazine Cotton Xenomorph, and Spy Kids Review, among others. You can find her, or at least more about her, at dessabayrock.com.
A four-time Pushcart Prize, five-time Best of the Net, & Bettering American Poetry nominee, Lana Bella is an author of three chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016), Adagio (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and Dear Suki: Letters (Platypus 2412 Mini Chapbook Series, 2016), has work featured in over 500 journals, Barzakh, EVENT, The Fortnightly Review, Ilanot Review, Midwest Quarterly, New Reader, Notre Dame Review, Sundress Publications, & Whiskey Island, among others, and Aeolian Harp Anthology, Volume 3. Lana resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.
Annie Blake is an Australian writer, thinker and researcher. She is a wife and mother of five children. She started school as an EAL student and was raised and, continues to live in a multicultural and industrial location in the West of Melbourne. Her main interests include psychoanalysis and metaphysics. She is currently focusing on in medias res and arthouse writing. She enjoys exploring symbology and the surreal/psychedelic nature of unconscious material. She is a member of the C G Jung Society of Melbourne and Existentialist Society in Melbourne. You can visit her on annieblakethegatherer.
Chelsea Margaret Bodnar
Chelsea Margaret Bodnar leads a double life as a poet and legal secretary in Pittsburgh, PA. Her writing has appeared in Freezeray, Barrelhouse, NANO Fiction, Thin Air, and Collision. Her first chapbook, BASEMENT GEMINI, is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press; it's a collection of poems about horror movie tropes.
JW burns lives in Florida. His poetry and fiction has been published in several journals, most recently in The Danforth Review, Ginosko Literary Journal, and IDK.
Laura Christensen makes art and lives in western Massachusetts. She paints on found cabinet cards and vintage snapshots to conjure new illusions and alternative narratives. As an extension of this practice, Laura is building a book project by inviting several authors to write in response to her art. Please visit www.LauraChristensen.net
LGBTQ poet Flower Conroy is the author of the chapbooks Facts About Snakes & Hearts; The Awful Suicidal Swans; and Escape to Nowhere. Her poetry has appeared in American Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, and other journals. She is the current Poet Laureate of Key West, FL.
Will Cordeiro has work appearing or forthcoming in Best New Poets, BOAAT, Boiler Journal, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fourteen Hills, Nashville Review, Opossum, Poetry Northwest, Superstition Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Zone 3, and elsewhere. His two chapbooks are Never-never (White Knuckle, 2017) and Reveries and Opinions of Mr. Figure (RDP, 2016). He also co-edits the small chapbook press Eggtooth Editions. He is grateful for a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a scholarship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Truman Capote Writer’s Fellowship, as well as residencies from ART 342, Blue Mountain Center, Ora Lerman Trust, Petrified Forest National Park, and Risley Residential College. He received his MFA and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He lives in Flagstaff, where he is a faculty member in the Honors College at Northern Arizona University.
Theresa Senato Edwards
Theresa Senato Edwards has published two full-length poetry books, one, with painter Lori Schreiner, winning The Tacenda Literary Award for Best Book, and two chapbooks. Excerpts and poems from her newest manuscript, Wing Bones, can be found in Stirring, Gargoyle, The Nervous Breakdown, Thrush Poetry Journal, Hermeneutic Chaos Journal, Miriam’s Well, UCity Review, Rise Up Review, Diode Poetry Journal, Rogue Agent, and Mom Egg Review. Edwards was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, received a creative writing residency from Drop Forge & Tool, another writing residency forthcoming from Wellspring House, and is Editor in Chief of The American Poetry Journal (APJ). Her website: tsenatoedwards.
Kelly Fordon’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, The Kenyon Review (KRO), Rattle, and various other journals. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks. The first one, On the Street Where We Live, won the 2012 Standing Rock Chapbook Award and the latest one, The Witness, won the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for the Chapbook and was shortlisted for the Grand Prize. Her novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book, a 2016 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Finalist, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, an Eric Hoffer Finalist, and an IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist in the short story category. She teaches at the College for Creative Studies, Springfed Arts, and InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit. www.kellyfordon.com
Andrey Gritsman, a native of Moscow, immigrated to the United States in 1981. He writes poetry, essays, and short stories in both languages. He authored seven volumes of poetry in Russian and five collections in English and received the 2009 Pushcart Prize Honorable Mention XXIII and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize several times. Poems, essays, and short stories in English have appeared or are forthcoming in more than 90 literary journals. His work has also been anthologized.
The works were translated into several European Languages. Andrey edits the international poetry magazine Interpoezia and runs the Intercultural Poetry Series at Cornelia Street Café in New York.
Avery M. Guess
Avery M. Guess (@averymguess) received a 2015 NEA Fellowship for Poetry. She’s a Ph.D. student at USD and assistant editor for poetry at South Dakota Review. Recent publications include poems in Rogue Agent, Glass, and Rust + Moth, and creative non-fiction in Entropy and The Manifest-Station. Her chapbook, The Patient Admits, is out from dancing girl press, and her full-length collection of poetry, The Truth Is, will be published in 2019 by Black Lawrence Press.
Philip Ivory studied literature at Columbia University. He lives in Tucson and teaches creative writing at Writers Studio. His fiction has appeared in Ghost Parachute, Rosette Maleficarum, The Airgonaut, Literally Stories, Devolution Z, Bewildering Stories, and elsewhere. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017 and 2018. His blog is writeyourselfsane.com.
David Jans is a CPA by trade and an emerging writer based in western Pennsylvania. His short stories have appeared in Red Fez and The Disappointed Housewife. When he’s not crunching numbers or writing he can be found driving his son across state lines to soccer tournaments, hanging out with his wife and daughter, or walking his black lab, the star of T-Minus 23 with Elsie, one of his two published pieces in Red Fez.
Kyra Kaisla is a musician, cook, poet and cowboy. She lives in a bureaucratic no-man’s-land between Canada and Germany. She has made several zines: most recently, a cookbook called Recipes for Placelessness. She is currently working on her first book, While Speed Dating, a collaboration with French poet SaintHuitre. You can get a hold of her at email@example.com.
Suzanne Langlois’s poems have appeared in NAILED Magazine, Cider Press Review, The Fourth River, Rust + Moth, Rattle, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College. She teaches high school English in Portland, Maine.
Jessica Lao is a junior and Writing Fellow at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. She is an editor for her school's literary magazine and a top nonfiction writer/Editor's Choice award winner for Teen Ink magazine. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Blue Marble Review, Embryo, and After the Pause, in addition to being recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
aurora linnea is the author of the chapbook This Mutilated Woman's Head (Solar Luxuriance, 2014) and has had poems featured in Plinth, Gobbet, and Mannequin Haus. she can be found on the web at www.aurora-linnea.com. aurora is no longer in collusion with the predator.
Claire Younger Martin
Claire Younger Martin was a managing editor for the literary magazine Hair Trigger, as well as the interview editor for its online counterpart, Hair Trigger 2.0. Her recent fiction can be found in Longshot Island, Hair Trigger 40, Ariel Chart, The Magnolia Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, and Bull & Cross. These days, you can find her holed up with a camera somewhere along Lake Michigan. See more at claireyoungermartin.com.
Eileen Murphy lives 30 miles from Tampa with her husband and three dogs. She received her Masters degree from Columbia College, Chicago. She teaches literature/English at Polk State College in Lakeland, writes poetry, and has published book reviews in BLARB, Rain Taxi, Tinderbox, and a number of other journals. She is a staff writer for Los Angeles-based Cultural Weekly. Her website is Mishmurphy.com.
Karen Neuberg lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her most recent chapbook is the elephants are asking (Glass Lyre Press) and she’s the associate editor of the online poetry journal First Literary Review-East.
Kay Billie Oakes
Kay lives and works as a teacher in South Texas. Aside from poetry, Kay writes fiction and just can’t stop thinking about coyotes. Kay’s writing can be seen in upcoming issues of >formercactus, Scalawag Magazine, and Corvus Review.
Paul Park lives in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, where he teaches at Williams College. He is the author of twelve novels and three collections of stories.
Dayna Patterson's creative work has appeared recently in Hotel Amerika, So to Speak, Western Humanities Review, and Zone 3. She is a former managing editor of Bellingham Review, the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre, and the poetry editor for Exponent II Magazine. She is a co-editor (with Tyler Chadwick and Martin Pulido) of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry (Peculiar Pages, 2018). Connect with her at: www.daynapatterson.com.
Keith Rebec currently resides in Florida. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Shenandoah, The Portland Review, Monkeybicycle, Hobart, Midwestern Gothic, Devil’s Lake, and The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, among others. He is the editor in chief of the literary journal Pithead Chapel, and you can learn more about him at www.keithrebec.com.
Andy Søbjerg writes in Aalborg, Denmark. He is a carpenter, an assistant librarian, and an Iraq veteran. He spends most of his time staring into books, mouthing every word he reads.
Christine Taylor, a multiracial English teacher and librarian, resides in her hometown Plainfield, New Jersey. She serves as a reader and contributing editor at OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters. Her work appears in Modern Haiku, apt, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Rumpus, Eclectica, and The Paterson Literary Review among others. She can be found at www.christinetayloronline.com.
Elizabeth Vignali is an optician and writer in the Pacific Northwest, where she coproduces the Bellingham Kitchen Sessions reading series. She is the author of Object Permanence and coauthor of Your Body A Bullet, forthcoming from Unsolicited Press. Her poems have appeared in Willow Springs, Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, Tinderbox, The Literary Review, and others.
Emma Cairns Watson
Emma Cairns Watson has been a writer since the age of nine and a UCLA administrator since January. A recent graduate of Smith College, where she studied literature and neuroscience, she now coordinates lectures about Egyptology by day and gets emotional over other people’s poetry by night. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse Online, Half Mystic, Okay Donkey, and Ninth Letter.
Sheila Wellehan's poetry has recently been featured in the Aurorean, Chiron Review, San Pedro River Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Whale Road Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Visit her online at www.sheilawellehan.com.
Kami Westhoff’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including Meridian, Phoebe, Third Coast, Carve, Sundog Lit, decomp, Prism Review, The Pinch, and Passages North. She teaches Creative Writing at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.
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.