Volume 6 Contributors
Jasmine An is a queer, third generation Chinese-American who comes from the Midwest. A 2015 graduate of Kalamazoo College, she has also lived in New York City and Chiang Mai, Thailand, studying poetry, urban development, and blacksmithing. Her chapbook, Naming the No-Name Woman, was published as the winner of the 2015 Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. Her work can be found in HEArt Online, Stirring, Heavy Feather Review, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. Currently, she lives in Chiang Mai continuing her study of the Thai language and urban resilience to climate change.
Mileva Anastasiadou is a neurologist, living and working in Athens, Greece. She has published two books of her own, a collection of short stories and a novel, and a novella with the co-writer and friend Lydia Psaradelli. Her work can be found in Ofi Press Magazine, Infective Ink, The Molotov Cocktail, Foliate Oak, HFC Journal, Down in the Dirt Magazine, and soon in The Fear of Monkeys. facebook.com/milevaanastasiadou.
Melissa Atkinson Mercer
Melissa Atkinson Mercer is the author of Saint of the Partial Apology (Five Oaks Press, 2017) as well as four poetry chapbooks: Star-Blind in the Family of Fortune Keepers (Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2017), My Own Strange Beast (Porkbelly Press, 2017), After the Miracle Season (ELJ Editions, 2017), and Storm Was Her Voice (dancing girl press, 2017). Her work recently won an Editor's Choice award in the 2016 Pith of Prose and Poem Contest and has appeared in Zone 3, Storm Cellar, Literary Orphans, and others. She has an MFA from West Virginia University where she won the Russell MacDonald Creative Writing Award in Poetry.
Joy Baglio’s short stories are published or forthcoming in The Iowa Review, New Ohio Review, Tin House’s Flash Fridays, PANK, and F(r)iction. In 2016, she was the fiction runner-up in the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest, winner of F(r)iction's winter flash fiction contest, and most recently, a finalist for the Kathy Fish Fellowship from SmokeLong Quarterly. She's the founder of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, a writing school in Northampton MA, where she also lives with her partner Eric and several extremely huggable silkie chickens. She's at work on short stories, flash fiction, and her first novel. Follow her on twitter at @JoyBaglio or visit her online at www.joybaglio.com.
Stacey Balkun is the author of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ 2016). A Finalist for the 2016 Event Horizon Science Poetry Competition as well as the Center for Women Writer's 2016 Rita Dove Award, her work has appeared in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bayou, and others. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She holds an MFA from Fresno State and is a teaching artist online at The Poetry Barn.
Fall 2014: A Review of They Talk About Death by Alessandra Bava
Spring 2015: Four Poems
Spring 2015: At the Confluence of Beauty and Craft. A Review of Sandra Marchetti's début collection
Winter 2017: Three Poems
Alessandra Bava is a poet and a translator living in the Eternal city. She is the author of 4 chapbooks: Guerrilla Blues, Nocturne, They Talk About Death, and Diagnosis. Her poems and translations have appeared in Gargoyle, Plath Profiles, THRUSH, and Waxwing, among others. She has a new chapbook coming out as well as her first poetry collection in Italian and she keeps working at the biography of a contemporary American poet.
Aaron Beaver lives in Washington, DC. These are the first of his poems to be published.
Lee Blevins lives in Lexington, KY. He received a rather odd email at work once.
Luci Brown’s chapbook, Home Brew, was released in 2015. Her poems have previously appeared or are forthcoming in Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Wherewithal, Rogue Agent, Tinderbox, and others. She was a recipient of the Margaret Artley Woodruff award and nominated by scissors & spackle for a Pushcart Prize. She serves as managing editor for Stirring as well as a reader for the Best of the Net Anthology. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she currently resides with her very tall partner, very strange dogs, and very happy baby.
Jackson Burgess is the author of Pocket Full of Glass, winner of the 2014 Clockwise Chapbook Competition (forthcoming, Tebot Bach). He is currently an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has placed work in The Los Angeles Review, The Cincinnati Review, Rattle, Word Riot, and elsewhere.
Genelle Chaconas is genderfluid, queer, feminist, postgraduate partially employed, an abuse survivor, and proud. In 2015, they earned an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University. Their first chapbook is Fallout, Saints and Dirty Pictures (2011, little m press). Their work has been published in or is forthcoming in Former People: A Journal of Bangs and Whimpers, Futures Trading, Crack the Spine, Dirty Chai, Third Wednesday, Crab Fat Magazine, Door is a Jar, The Fem, Five 2 One, Bombay Gin, Calaveras Station, Primal Urge, and others. They are a volunteer associate reviewer for Tule Review. They hosted Red Night Poetry reading series in Sacramento, California.
Anne Champion is the author of Reluctant Mistress (Gold Wake Press, 2013) and The Dark Length Home (Noctuary Press, forthcoming). Her work appears in Verse Daily, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, The Pinch, New South, Redivider, PANK Magazine, and elsewhere. She was a 2009 Academy of American Poets Prize recipient, a 2016 Best of the Net winner, and a Barbara Deming Memorial Grant recipient. She currently teaches writing and literature in Boston, MA. anne-champion.com.
Ava C. Cipri
Ava C. Cipri is a poetry editor for The Deaf Poets Society: An Online Journal of Disability Literature & Art. She holds an MFA from Syracuse University and currently teaches writing at Duquesne University. Ava’s poetry and nonfiction appears or is forthcoming in Cimarron, decomP magazinE, Drunken Boat, The Fem, Rust + Moth, and Uppagus, among others.
Edward Clarke is a creative writing student at a performing and visual arts high school in Texas. The work featured here is his first published piece.
Lisa M. Cole
Lisa M. Cole is the author of two books of poetry; Dreams of the Living and Heart Full of Tinders, both from ELJ Publications. She has also written a variety of chapbooks, most recently The Love Machine from Yellow Flag Press.
Ryder Collins has a novel, Homegirl! Her chapbook, The way the sky was now, won Heavy Feather Review’s first fiction chapbook contest, and she has two chapbooks of poetry, i am hopscotch w/out hop, and Orpheus on toast. “I was promised a garden” is a chapter from her Gothic horror novel in progress.
Gabriel Congdon was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and now lives in Seattle where he lives hand-to-mouth as dishwasher extraordinaire. He’s one of the creators of the web-series &@ and occasionally acts in independent films and for virtual reality software. His stories have appeared in Inklette, Pigeonholes, Kaaterskill Basin LJ, and Jokes Review among others. His piece Grow Jesus was selected as Favorite Story of the Year on No Extra Words Podcast and his children's play The Biz is available from A Pocketful of Plays.
Flower Conroy is the author of three chapbooks: Facts About Snakes & Hearts, winner of Heavy Feather Press’ Chapbook Contest; The Awful Suicidal Swans; and Escape to Nowhere. She is the winner of Radar Poetry’s first annual Coniston Prize and the Tennessee Williams Exhibit Poetry Contest, as well as a scholarship recipient of Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley, Napa Valley and the Key West Literary Seminar writers’ conferences. Her poetry has appeared/is forthcoming in American Literary Review, Gargoyle, Jai Alia, and others.
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
Juliet Cook’s poetry has appeared in a small multitude of magazines, including Arsenic Lobster, DIAGRAM, Diode, FLAPPERHOUSE, and Reality Beach. She is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks, recently including RED DEMOLITION (Shirt Pocket Press, 2014), a collaboration with Robert Cole called MUTANT NEURON CODEX SWARM (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015), and a collaboration with j/j hastain called Dive Back Down (Dancing Girl Press, 2015), with two more forthcoming. Cook’s first full-length individual poetry book, “Horrific Confection”, was published by BlazeVOX and her second full-length individual poetry book, “Malformed Confetti” is forthcoming from Crisis Chronicles Press. Her most recent full-length poetry book, “A Red Witch, Every Which Way”, is a collaboration with j/j hastain published by Hysterical Books in August 2016. Find out more at JulietCook.weebly.com.
Jessica Cuello’s first full-length manuscript, Pricking, is forthcoming in November 2016 from Tiger Bark Press. Her second collection, Hunt, was the winner of The 2016 Washington Prize from The Word Works and will appear in March 2017. Jessica is also the author of the chapbooks My Father's Bargain (2015), By Fire (2013), and Curie (2011). She was the winner of The 2013 New Letters Poetry Prize, a winner of LUMINA’s poetry contest (selected by Carolyn Forché), the recipient of a 2015 Saltonstall Writing Fellowship and the recipient of the 2014 Decker Award from Hollins University for outstanding teaching.
Thea De Armond
Thea De Armond is a historian and archaeologist who works in central and eastern Europe.
Katelyn Delvaux works as an adjunct English instructor in St. Louis, MO and serves on the poetry staff for Red Bridge Press. She was the recipient of Wichita State University’s Poetry Fellowship (2013) and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar (2016). As the daughter of sailors, Katelyn has spent her life crisscrossing the country in search of better tides. Her most recent publications and interviews may be found in Split Lip, Driftwood Press, Barn Owl Review, Off the Coast, and Slice Magazine.
Darren C. Demaree
Spring 2014: Three Poems
Fall 2014: An Interview with Darren C. Demaree about his book, Temporary Champions
Summer 2015: An Interview with Darren C. Demaree about his book, The Pony Governor
Winter 2017: Three Poems
Darren C. Demaree's poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, New Letters, DIAGRAM, and the Colorado Review. He is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Nineteen Steps Between Us (2016, After the Pause). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.
Sheila Dong is a student at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. They are double-majoring in Creative Writing and Psychology. Their work has appeared in Words Dance, Scribendi, and Collision Literary Magazine. Besides writing, Sheila enjoys dancing, cooking, using singular third-person gender-neutral pronouns, and collecting stories about people who have died unusual deaths.
Carlina Duan is a Chinese American poet with a sweet tooth. She hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015. Her most recent chapbook, Here I Go, Torching, was selected as the 2015 winner of the Edna Meudt Memorial Award. Her work has been anthologized and published in Uncommon Core, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, the Margins, and Berkeley Poetry Review, among others. Her debut poetry collection, I Wore My Blackest Hair, is forthcoming from Little A in November 2017. She currently teaches and lives in Malaysia.
Elizabeth Evenson-Dencklau is an author of fiction and poetry. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and shares a home with three cats and her boyfriend, all citizens of the Midwest. Her work has most recently appeared in Gingerbread House Literary Magazine, East Jasmine Review, The Monarch Review, and Menacing Hedge.
Kristen Figgins is a writer of fabulism, whose work has appeared in such places as Zoetic Press, The Gateway Review, Sleet Magazine, Hermeneutic Chaos, Sakura Review, and more. Her story “Track Me With Your Words, Speak Me With Your Feet” was winner of the 2015 Fiction Award from Puerto del Sol and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Micro Award, and Write Well Award. Her first chapbook, A Narrow Line of Light, is available for purchase from Boneset Books and her novella, Nesting, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications in the Summer of 2017.
Stacia M. Fleegal
Stacia M. Fleegal is the author of two full-length and three chapbook poetry collections, most recently antidote (Winged City Press 2013). Poems have appeared in North American Review, Barn Owl Review, Fourth River, Heavy Feather Review, UCity Review, decomP's Best of 10 Years anthology, Crab Creek Review, Knockout, Best of the Net 2011, and more. Essays have appeared at Salon, Quaint Magazine, Delirious Hem, and Open Thought Vortex. She is co-founder of Blood Lotus, online writing instructor at the Elizabeth Ayres Center for Creative Writing, blogs at anotherwritingmom.wordpress.com, and tweets as @shapeshifter43.
Jennifer Fliss is a fiction and essay writer. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming with The Washington Post; Prairie Schooner; Narratively; The Citron Review; Cease, Cows; *82 Review; Necessary Fiction; and elsewhere. More can be found on her website, jenniferflisscreative.com.
Chad Frame is completing his MFA in Poetry at Arcadia University. He is Poetry Editor of Marathon Literary Review and writes reviews for Prick of the Spindle and Minotaur's Spotlight. He works in the luxury retail market, but secretly aspires to be a starving artist.
Mathew Allan Garcia
Mathew Allan Garcia lives in southern California with his wife and two sons. His fiction has been featured or is forthcoming at Kasma SF, NewMyths.com, Shotgun Honey, Blight Digest, among others.
Steven Gowin is a corporate video producer in San Francisco. His fiction has appeared in nsomnia and Obsession, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Literary Orphans, The Olentangy Review, and others. Gowin is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Sonia Greenfield was born and raised in Peekskill, New York, and her book, Boy with a Halo at the Farmer's Market, won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in a variety of places, including in 2010 Best American Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Cream City Review, Massachusetts Review, and Rattle. She lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles, California, where she edits the Rise Up Review and co-directs the Southern California Poetry Festival.
Peter Grimes is an assistant professor of English at Dickinson State University, where he directs the creative writing emphasis. His fiction has appeared in journals such as Narrative, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mississippi Review, Sycamore Review, and Memorious. He has work forthcoming in Tahoma Literary Review and Fiction International.
Jennifer Hanks is the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press). They were a finalist for Heavy Feather Review's Double Take Poetry Prize, judged by Dorothea Lasky, and are a 2016 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow. They have two additional chapbooks, gar child (Tree Light Books) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press), forthcoming in 2016. Their recent work appears or is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins, Bone Bouquet, Permafrost, HOUSEGUEST, and elsewhere. The chapbook series editor for Sundress Publications, they live in New Orleans and tweet @corsetofscales.
Amy Lynne Holt
Bio: Amy Lynne Holt is a recent graduate from the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of California, Riverside. She has also published in Forth Magazine. She is finishing her first poetry chapbook about the landscape and culture of West Texas where her family is from.
Becca Borawski Jenkins
Becca Borawski Jenkins writes literary and dark short stories, has written two unpublished novels, and holds an MFA in Cinema-Television Production from USC. She has short stories appearing or forthcoming in The Forge, The Knicknackery, Panorama, Black Denim Lit, and Corium.
She and her husband live off-grid on a homestead they are building by hand in the Idaho Panhandle. They previously built their own RV (please don’t call it a “tiny house”), in which they currently reside.
L.S. Johnson was born in New York and now lives in Northern California, where she feeds her cats by writing book indexes. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Interzone, Long Hidden, Year's Best Weird Fiction, and other venues. Her first collection, Vacui Magia: Stories, is now available. Currently she’s working on a fantasy trilogy set in 18th century Europe.
Charles Kell is a PhD student at The University of Rhode Island and editor of The Ocean State Review. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Jenna Kelly is a neuroscience student at Coe College, working as an editor for The Coe Review. In her mind, separating the humanities and sciences would be analogous to losing a hemisphere, so she supplements her brain studies with a precious creative writing minor. It's the spoiled younger sibling. Her work is appearing in Sleet Magazine, The Hamilton Stone Review, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry.
Janna Layton lives in San Francisco. Her poetry and fiction have been published or are upcoming in various literary journals, including Apex, Caesura, Zone 3, Literary Bohemian, and Freshwater. She blogs at readingwatchinglookingandstuff.blogspot.com.
Courtney Leigh resides in Arizona & is The Bowhunter of White Stag Publishing. Her book the unrequited <3 <3 of red riding hood & her lycan lover was recently published by dancing girl press.
Marcia B. Loughran
Marcia B. Loughran has published poetry in The Riding Light Review, Newtown Literary, and decomP Magazine. Her chapbook, Still Life with Weather, won the 2016 WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Prize. Marcia received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2013. Marcia has performed with Writers Read NYC, the Bennington Writers Series and is a regular at the Irish American Writers and Artist Salons. She is a nurse practitioner and lives in Queens, NY.
Ginna Luck's work can be read or is forthcoming in Juked, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Gravel, Pif, Thrice Fiction, and Cultural Weekly. The Writing Disorder nominated her story "The Bag" for a Pushcart Prize. She has an MFA from Goddard College.
Ashley Mares’ poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Absinthe Poetry Review, Whale Road Review, Rogue Agent, Hermeneutic Chaos, Whiskey Island, The Indianola Review, White Stag, and others. She is currently completing her J.D. in Monterey, Ca, where she lives with her husband. Read more of her poetry at ashleymarespoetry.wordpress.com and follow her @ash_mares2.
James McAdams has published fiction in decomP, Superstition Review, per contra, Literary Orphans, and B.O.A.A.T. Press, among others, as well as creative non-fiction and academic essays in such venues as R.kv.r.y Quarterly Literary Journal, Kritikos, and Wreck Park Journal. Before attending college, he worked as a social worker in the mental health industry in Philadelphia. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Lehigh University, where he also teaches and edits the university's literary journal, Amaranth. His creative and academic work can be viewed at jamesmcadams.net
Kathryn Michael McMahon
Kathryn Michael McMahon’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in A cappella Zoo, Devilfish Review, Wyvern Lit, Rose Red Review, and others. She teaches preschool in Vietnam where she lives with her wife and dog. She tweets @katoscope.
Tom Mock lives in North Carolina, and is a recent English graduate. “Moon Song” was chosen as a finalist in the 2012 Press 53 awards.
Catherine Moore is the author of Story (Finishing Line Press), 921b Elysian Fields Avenue (Return to Sender) (KYStory, 2015), and Wetlands (dancing girl press, 2016). Her writing has appeared in Tahoma Literary Review, Cider Press Review, Southampton Review, and in various anthologies. She won the Southeast Review’s 2014 Gearhart Poetry Prize and had work included in “The Best Small Fictions of 2015.” Catherine lives in the Nashville area where she enjoys a thriving writer’s community and was recently awarded a MetroArts grant. Catherine earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tampa. She is tweetable @CatPoetic.
Jesse Nissim is the author of Day cracks between the bones of the foot (Furniture Press Books), Where They Would Never Be Invited (Black Radish Books), and four chapbooks. Her work has appeared in (or is forthcoming from) journals such as: Barrow Street, Conduit, Eleven Eleven, Handsome, H-NGM-N, HTML Giant, New American Writing, La Petite Zine, Really System, Requited, Shampoo, Sixth Finch, Spoon River Poetry Review, and 90s Meg Ryan. A recipient of grants from the Ragdale Foundation and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, she currently teaches at Syracuse University.
Erica Olsen is the author of Recapture & Other Stories (Torrey House Press, 2012), a collection of short fiction about the once and future West.
Lauren Page is a DVM candidate at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Her poems have most recently appeared in The Cape Rock, The Merrimack Review, Duende, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. They are forthcoming in The Florida Review and Birds Piled Loosely. Lauren received the Undergraduate Prize in Poetry from Virginia Tech in 2015 and was a runner-up in the 2014 Steger Poetry Prize.
Amy Pence authored the poetry collections Armor, Amour (Ninebark Press, 2012) and The Decadent Lovely (Main Street Rag, 2010) as well as the online chapbook Skin’s Dark Night, (2River Press, 2003). She’s also published short fiction, interviews, reviews, and essays in a variety of journals, including WSQ, The Rumpus, The Conversant, Colorado Review, Poets & Writers, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Her hybrid book on Emily Dickinson [It] Incandescent is forthcoming from Ninebark Press. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Simone grew up in Michigan and Ohio, and is a dual Fiction MFA and African American and African Diaspora Studies MA at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Moonsick Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, Beecher’s Magazine, WusGood Mag, and others. She sporadically, and to varying degrees of success, uses Twitter and Instagram at @princxporkchop.
Jessy Randall's poems and other things have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The Best American Experimental Writing, Rattle, and Menacing Hedge. She is a librarian at Colorado College and her website is personalwebs.coloradocollege.edu/~jrandall.
Anjali Ravi is an Indian-American writer of dark and honest fiction and an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. She is currently pursuing a BA in English Literature. Her work is forthcoming in anthologies by Pantheon Magazine and Black Heart Magazine. Find her at anjaliwrites.weebly.com.
Sarah Read's stories can be found in Black Static, Stupefying Stories, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Suspended in Dusk (Books of the Dead Press), and Exigencies (Dark House Press), among other places. She has more tales forthcoming in a few anthologies and magazines, including Suspended in Dusk 2 and Gamut. She is Editor in Chief at Pantheon Magazine. You can find her on twitter @inkwellmonster or at inkwellmonster.wordpress.com.
Wolfgang Rougle is a full-time farmer in Tehama County, California, where she raises nursery plants and vegetables for market. Her fiction has appeared in Jabberwock Review. She also wrote and illustrated the regional wild food cookbook/manifesto, Sacramento Valley Feast!, Or: Don't Eat Sterile, Eat Feral.
Jenny Sadre-Orafai is the author of Paper, Cotton, Leather and four chapbooks. Recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Ninth Letter, Tammy, and Linebreak. Her prose has appeared in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review, The Toast, and South Loop Review. She is co-founding editor of Josephine Quarterly, a VIDA counter, and an Associate Professor of English at Kennesaw State University.
Matt Schumacher's fifth collection of poetry, Ghost Town Odes, will be published this fall, and his chapbook of fantastical drinking songs, favorite maritime drinking songs of the miraculous alcoholics, was published this past November. His work has recently appeared in Phantom Kangaroo and Slab. He helps edit a journal of New Fabulism, Phantom Drift, and lives in Portland, Oregon.
Daniel M. Shapiro
Fall 2011: Diagrams from Groove: Instructions for Machines
Summer 2012: Five Poems
Spring 2014: Four Poems
Fall 2014: Lauren Gordon and Daniel M. Shapiro Interview Each Other
Fall 2015: Six Poems
Spring 2017: Three Poems
Daniel M. Shapiro is the author of Heavy Metal Fairy Tales (Throwback Books, 2016) and How the Potato Chip Was Invented (sunnyoutside press, 2013). His recent work has appeared in Barrelhouse, Forklift, Jersey Devil Press, and elsewhere. He is the senior poetry editor and reviews editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review.
Marley Simmons Abril
Marley Simmons Abril is halfway through her graduate program in creative writing at Western Washington University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Femeninete, Jeopardy, and Steel Toe Review. She is the winner of the flash memoir contest "My Life in Porn," which isn't nearly as lurid as it sounds. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.
Mathew Slade will be attending Brown University in the fall of 2016 to study biology. It is his firm belief that men of the lab coat, if gently persuaded with force, can fall in love with the written word. He has many true loves—art, literature, science, and music. His writing experience includes having works published by Maudlin House, Live Poets Society, and his high school’s literary magazine, as well as lying awake at 3:00 in the morning while softly weeping. Mathew currently lives in northern Colorado with his delightful family.
Joe P. Squance
Joe P. Squance's stories have appeared in Juked, Monkeybicycle, Prick of the Spindle, Axolotl, and elsewhere, and he writes occasional essays for Serious Eats and The RS 500.
Sheila Squillante is the author of the poetry collection, Beautiful Nerve, as well as three chapbooks of poems. She teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University where she also edits The Fourth River. From her dining room table, she edits the blog for Barrelhouse.
William Squirrell is a Canadian living in western Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in Monkeybicycle, Drabblecast, Blue Monday Review, and other publications. More information can be found at blindsquirrell.com and on twitter @billsquirrell. He is also the editor of Big Echo: Critical SF at bigecho.org.
Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Alabama with her partner and four small mammals. Although she is one of those immigrants your parents warned you about, she won the 2015 Ryan R. Gibbs Flash Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 2015 Robert Dana Poetry Award. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, including Objects In Vases (Anchor & Plume, March 2016) and Letters to Arthur (Beard of Bees, August 2016), and a micro, Ipokimen (Anchor & Plume, November 2016. More online at alinastefanescu.com.
Jen Stein is a feminist writer, advocate, teacher, mother and finder of lost things in Fairfax, Virginia. Her work has recently appeared in Cider Press Review, Thirteen Myna Birds, Vector, The Northern Virginia Review, and Nonbinary Review. Jen is assistant editor for Rogue Agent Journal. Her website is jensteinpoetry.wordpress.com.
Kendall Steinle hails from Akron, Ohio. She is a graduate of DePaul's Writing and Publishing program in Chicago, where she remains. Her most important role in life is being an excellent, self-proclaimed Godmother to most any animal she sees.
Billie R. Tadros
Billie R. Tadros is a doctoral student in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a graduate of the MFA program in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. Her chapbook Containers was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2014, and her chapbook inter: burial places is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press. Her work has also appeared or will appear in The Boiler, Bone Bouquet, Horse Less Review, Gigantic Sequins, Kindred, No Tokens, Tupelo Quarterly, Wicked Alice, and others, as well as in the anthologies Bearers of Distance (Eastern Point Press, 2013), Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013), and The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). She is currently working on a narrative research project exploring the gendered and sexual implications of traumatic injuries to self-identified female runners and seeking to articulate a feminist poetics of the injured female body. If you find her at BillieRTadros.com, let her know (what) she's been missing.
Tiffany L. Thomas
Tiffany L. Thomas is a poet, living and working in the Alaska interior. Some of her poetry can be found at The Academy of American Poets and in Blinders Journal. She is currently an MFA and MA candidate at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She neither reads nor writes enough.
Fall 2011: Victims of Ted Bundy: Eight Poems
Spring 2012: An Interview With Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson
Fall 2012: Three Poems
Fall 2014: A Review of Incident Reports by Caitlin Thomson
Winter 2015: A Review of One Step to Keeping a Clean Gun by Jessica Ankeny
Winter 2015: Four Poems
Winter 2016: Review of The Midway Iterations by T.A. Noonan
Spring 2017: Three Poems
Caitlin Thomson is the co-founder of The Poetry Marathon. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including: The Chiron Review, The Moth, and Killer Verse. You can learn more about her writing at www.caitlinthomson.com.
Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad was born and raised in New York. Her poetry has appeared in The Missing Slate, Passages North, HEArt Journal Online, Pinch Journal, and is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly and New South. She is the poetry editor for Noble / Gas Qtrly, and a 2016 Best of the Net and Pushchart Prize nominee. She currently lives in New York where she practices matrimonial law.
Elizabeth Vignali is an optician and writer in Bellingham, Washington. Her poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, including Willow Springs, Crab Creek Review, Natural Bridge, Nimrod, and Menacing Hedge. Her chapbook, Object Permanence, is available from Finishing Line Press.
David Walker is the father of one son and the author of three chapbooks: Pause: A Collection of Moment Poems; Donating Organs in Boxes (both from Finishing Line Press); and Ifs, Ifs, Ifs (Cervena Barva Press). Several of his poems and one of his short stories appear in print and online.
Seann F. Weir
Seann F. Weir graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He was the winner of the 2015 Kay Murphy Prize for poetry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bear Review, Meat For Tea, Juked, and Bayou. He lives and writes in Kansas City, Missouri.
Camille-Yvette Welsch earned her MFA from the Pennsylvania State University where she teaches writing. Her work has appeared in Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, From the Fishouse, and The Writer's Chronicle among other venues. She serves as a book reviews editor for Literary Mama and her chapbook, Full, is coming out the summer of 2016 with dancing girl press.
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.
Lauren Yates is a Pushcart-nominated poet based in Philadelphia. Her work has been featured or is upcoming in Vinyl, FreezeRay Press, Crab Orchard Review, and Whiskey Island. Lauren is a Poetry Editor for Kinfolks and is currently studying Counseling Psychology at Temple University. Her interests include combat boots, tea, belly dancing, and zine culture. For more information, visit laurentyates.com.
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.
Tara Isabel Zambrano
Tara Isabel Zambrano lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. Her work has appeared or is upcoming in Moon City Review, Storm Cellar, Lunch Ticket, Gargoyle, and others. She moved from India to the United States two decades ago and is an Electrical Engineer by profession.
Theodora Ziolkowski’s poetry and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Glimmer Train, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, and Short Fiction (England), among other journals, anthologies, and exhibits. A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, Ziolkowski is the author of the short story chapbook Mother Tongues, winner of The Cupboard’s 2015 contest, and A Place Made Red (Finishing Line Press).