About the Contributors

"House in the Woods," Tom Sterner
Tom Sterner

Cezarija Abartis’s Nice Girls and Other Stories was published by New Rivers Press. Her stories have appeared in Per Contra, Pure Slush, Waccamaw, and New York Tyrant, among others. One of her flashes was included in Wigleaf‘s Top 50 list of flash fiction. Recently she completed a novel, a thriller. She teaches at St. Cloud State University. Her website is magicmasterminds.com/cezarija

Aishwarya lives in Arkansas. She has a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is interested in gender, identity formation and the shaping of subjectivities in literature and popular culture. Her article, “Urban Retro-Futuristic Masculinities in China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station” was published by the Journal of Popular Culture in 2012. Her non-academic work has not been published before.

Lilla Ashley lives under the old ivy, next to the white rose in Rappaccini’s locked garden.

Michelle Auerbach is the author of The Third Kind of Horse (2013 Beatdom Books). Her writing has appeared in (among other places) The New York Times, The Guardian, The Denver Quarterly, Chelsea Magazine, Bombay Gin, and the literary anthologies The Veil (UC Berkley Press), Uncontained (Baksun Books), and You. An Anthology of Essays in the Second Person (Welcome Table Press). She is the winner of the 2011 Northern Colorado Fiction Prize. She is an editor at Instance Press and can be found at michelleauerbach.com.

Crystal Bacon’s first book of poems, Elegy with a Glass of Whiskey, won the 2003 A. Poulin New Poetry America Prize from BOA Editions and was published in 2004. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and her work has appeared in a variety of publications in the US and abroad. Her poems explore the nature of being, living on the edge between spirit and matter, the finite and the infinite. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Judith Barrington recently won the Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize and gave a reading in Cork (Ireland). She has published three poetry collections, most recently Horses and the Human Soul and two chapbooks: Postcard from the Bottom of the Sea and Lost Lands (winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Award). Her memoir, Lifesaving, won the Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. She has taught for the University of Alaska’s MFA Program and at workshops across the USA, Britain and Spain.

Georgia Bellas believes in the secret lives of inanimate objects. She co-directed/produced an award-winning short film about two bicycles falling in love, and her teddy bear is the co-host of a weekly Internet radio show called “The Secret Lives of Stuffed Animals.” She has artwork and/or poems published in Bop Dead City, PANK, and Zest Literary Journal.

Julie Brooks Barbour is the author of the chapbook Come To Me and Drink (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in Waccamaw, Kestrel, UCity Review, diode, Prime Number Magazine, Blood Lotus, storySouth, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, The Rumpus, and Verse Daily. She teaches at Lake Superior State University where she is co-editor of the journal Border Crossing.

Jessica Barksdale is the author of twelve novels, including Her Daughter’s Eyes and When You Believe. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Mason’s Road, The Coachella Review, So to Speak, and Salt Hill Journal. She is a professor of English at Diablo Valley College and teaches online novel classes for UCLA Extension. You can read more at jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

Allie Marini Batts is an MFA candidate at Antioch University of Los Angeles, meaning she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She contributes to the publication of AULA’s Lunch Ticket literary magazine, Spry Literary Journal, The Weekenders Magazine, and The Bookshelf Bombshells. Her first chapbook, “You Might Curse Before You Bless” was published in 2013 by ELJ Publications, and her second chapbook, “Unmade & Other Poems,” is forthcoming from Beautysleep Press. Find her on the web: Allie Marini Batts, Author or You Might Curse Before You Bless

Louis Bourgeois is the executive Director of VOX PRESS, a non-profit art group based in Oxford, Mississippi. His memoir, The Gar Diaries, was re-published this summer by the U.K. press The Other Publishing Company.

Barbara Carter is a visual artist living in Nova Scotia Canada. You can visit her website at: barbaracarterartist.com

Beth Couture’s work can be found in a number of journals and anthologies, including Gargoyle, Drunken Boat, The Southeast Review, The Yalobusha Review, Ragazine, and Thirty Under Thirty from Starcherone Books. Her novella, Women Born with Fur: An Autobiography, was recently accepted for publication by Jaded Ibis Press. She is an assistant editor with Sundress Publications, and teaches composition at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA.

Diane Dehler is a visionary poet known for her modernist exploration of tantric themes. She received a degree from the Creative Writing Program at San Francisco State University, receiving the Outstanding Student of the Year Award. She is an English Language poet in the international literary scene. Most recently she has been published in The Criterion: an international Journal in English, Contemporary Literary Horizon: a European multilingual publication, The Taj Mahal Review and has poetry forthcoming in a tribute anthology to Anais Nin. Diane Dehler is also known for her flower photography, especially her studies of the Lotus, Orchid and Chrysanthemum. Her blog Princess Haiku has received 165,000+ views and she can be found on facebook.

P.J. Devlin received the MFA in Fiction in 2011 from George Mason University where she studied under folklorist, Margaret Yocom, as well as fiction writers Susan Shreve, Alan Cheuse and others. A resident of Fairfax, VA, P.J. is a native of Philadelphia and much of her work is set there, along the Wissahickon Creek.

Devlin’s story, “The Decline and Fall,” was a runner-up for The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2013.

Ana Garza has an M. F. A. from California State University, Fresno. Forty-seven of her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, with two forthcoming in Word Gathering.

Sandra Giles teaches at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, in the department of Literature and Language and in an innovative bachelor’s degree program in Rural Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University. Her work has been published in such journals as The Southeast Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Writer Advice and in anthologies such as On Writing and Shout Them From the Mountaintops II: Georgia Poems and Stories. Her work has received awards from New Millennium Writings and the Southeastern Writers Association. She has also published articles on teaching writing, including co-authoring a chapter in Creative Writing: A Guide to Its Pedagogies, forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press.

Award winning poet/author Patricia Gomes has been published in countless literary journals and anthologies, both in print and electronically. She is the author of four chapbooks and performs her work extensively throughout the New England area. Currently, she is the on-line poetry moderator of iVillage’s (ivillage.com) Poets Workshop, a division of NBC. She is a co-founder of the Writers’ Block workshop in New Bedford, MA, and an active member of the Bartley Scrivener Poetry Group in Dartmouth, MA, and the Massachusetts State Poetry Society.

Alisha Grace is a writer living in Los Angeles, the strange urban patchwork quilt of movie magic and gritty realism. She is working on my M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University, with her second novel well underway. She has had poetry published in The Silhouette literary magazine, and enjoys reading everything from historical biographies to fantasy.

Hailey Hartford is a student at Full Sail University. She has published poetry to the Pulp Zine, and flash fiction to Apocrypha and Abstractions and Linguistic Erosion.

Jane Hoppen lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she works as a technical and fiction writer. She has had fiction published in various literary magazines, including Story Quarterly, Feminist Studies, Room of One’s Own, The Dirty Goat, PANK, Western Humanities Review, Gertrude Journal, Platte Valley Review, The New Sound, Superstition Review, Forge Journal, Rio Grande Review, Meat for Tea, Thrice Fiction, Helix Magazine, and Hippocampus Magazine. Her first novel, In Between, is being published by Bold Strokes Books in 2013.

Peycho Kanev is the author of 4 poetry collections and two chapbooks. He has won several European awards for his poetry and he’s nominated for the Pushcart Award and Best of the Net. Translations of his books will be published soon in Italy, Poland and Russia. His poems have appeared in more than 900 literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Columbia College Literary Review, Hawaii Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Sheepshead Review, Off the Coast, The Adirondack Review, The Coachella Review, Two Thirds North, Sierra Nevada Review, The Cleveland Review and many others.

Adele Kenny is the author of twenty-three books (poetry & nonfiction) with poems published in journals worldwide, as well as in books and anthologies from Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. A former creative writing professor, she is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and poetry editor of Tiferet Journal. Among other awards, she has received two poetry fellowships from the NJ State Arts Council and the 2012 International Book Award for Poetry. She has twice been a featured reader at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and has read in the US, England, Ireland, and France. adelekenny.com

Clyde Kessler lives in Radford, VA with his wife Kendall and their son Alan. He’s a founding member of Blue Ridge Discovery Center, an environmental education organization in southwestern Virginia and western North Carolina.

Leonard Kress has had recent fiction and poetry in Massachusetts Review, Iowa Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and Crab Orchard, Atticus Review, etc. His most recent collections are The Orpheus Complex, Thirteens, and Living in the Candy Store. He currently teaches philosophy, religion, and creative writing at Owens College in Ohio.

W.F. Lantry, a native of San Diego, received his Licence and Maîtrise from L’Université de Nice, M.A. in English from Boston University and PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. His poetry collections are The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree 2012) winner of a 2013 Nautilus Award in Poetry, and a chapbook, The Language of Birds (Finishing Line Press 2011), a lyric retelling of Attar’s Conference of the Birds. Recent honors include the National Hackney Literary Award in Poetry, CutBank Patricia Goedicke Prize, Crucible Editors’ Poetry Prize, Lindberg Foundation International Poetry for Peace Prize (in Israel), Atlanta Review International Publication Prize, and in 2012 the LaNelle Daniel and Potomac Review Prizes. His work has appeared widely in print and online, in journals such as The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Valparaiso Fiction Review, Asian Cha, Descant, Gulf Coast and Aesthetica. He currently works in Washington, DC. and is an associate fiction editor at JMWW. More at: wflantry.com.

Sandi Leibowitz has been the Sands Point Hag, a Reveler, a medieval-psaltery-player, an editorial assistant on a medical magazine, a secretary working behind the caribou diorama at New York’s Museum of Natural History, a development assistant/associate/director for various non-profits and a school librarian, among other things. She is also a writer specializing in speculative fiction and poetry, with works published in Apex, Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, Goblin Fruit, Luna Station Quarterly and other far-out places.

Lisa Lepovetsky has had poetry appearing in such publications as: Spoon River Quarterly, A Voice from the Hills, Air Fish, The Crow, and many others. Her fiction has appeared in several anthologies and national magazines like Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. She teaches for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Penn State/DuBois.

Diane Lockward is the author of three poetry books, most recently Temptation by Water, and a craft book, The Crafty Poet (Wind Publications, 2013). Her poems have been published in Harvard Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner, and have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac.

Jason McCall is the author of Silver (Main Street Rag), I Can Explain (Finishing Line Press), and Dear Hero (winner of the 2012 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize). He currently teaches at the University of Alabama. He holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and his poetry has been or will be featured in Cimarron Review, Fickle Muses, The Los Angeles Review, New Letters, Goblin Fruit, and other journals.

Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz writes stories, takes pictures and makes teddy bears by hand.

Sara Moore teaches English and Creative Writing at Northern Kentucky University. Her poems have been featured in numerous journals and anthologies, including Illunimations, the Yellow Medicine Review, Accent, and Vine Leaves. Her chapbook was a recent finalist in the Sundress Press Chapbook Competition. Follow her here: saralizmoore.wordpress.com

Joely Johnson Mork is a published poet who spends much of her time writing and editing medical articles (when not caring for her toddler son). She and her family live in Seattle.

Brigid Morell lives in New Orleans. She takes pictures everyday.

Shannon Phillips lives in Oakland, where she keeps chickens, a dog, three boys, and a husband. She likes old things, wild places, tall tales, and the people who tell them.

Jennifer A. Powers was born and raised in Connecticut. She earned a BA in English from the University of Connecticut and is attending Western Connecticut State University for her MFA. She has short stories published or forthcoming in The MacGuffin, Foliate Oak, Wild Violet, Linden Avenue, Prairie Wolf Press Review, Folio, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Grasslimb, and Hawai’i Pacific Review, and photography in Foliate Oak, Josephine Quarterly, Paper Tape, The Meadowland Review, and Subprimal Poetry Art. Please visit jennpowers.com.

Ken Poyner lives in the lower right hand corner of Virginia, with his power-lifter wife and a number of house animals. His 2013 e-book, Constant Animals, 42 brief but unruly fictions, is available at all the various e-book sites, and you should go buy it so he does not have to haunt you. Recent work is out in Corium, Analog Science Fiction, Spittoon, Poet Lore, Mobius, and many other places. He webs at kpoyner.com.

Donna Prinzmetal is a poet, psychotherapist and teacher living in Portland, OR. Her book of Snow White persona poems entitled, Snow White, When No One Was Looking, is scheduled for publication with CW Books in May of 2014. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Cider Press Review and many other small press publications.

Shannon Ralph is a writer of fiction, creative non-fiction, and some of the best Facebook posts around. She is currently working on her first full-length novel between short stories. She is a southern transplant living the dream in balmy Minneapolis, Minnesota with her partner and three children. When Shannon is not writing, she can be found hunkered over her laptop battling an ugly addiction to online shopping.

Kat Rohr is a California attorney. She graduated from Antioch University Los Angeles with an MFA in creative writing. She also has a certificate from UCLA/Extension in creative writing fiction. Her stories have been published in Lowestoft Chronicle, Montreal Review, Bewildering Stories, Arcadia, and Emrys.

Erica Ruppert lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and an assortment of over-indulged cats and guinea pigs. She teaches at a small liberal arts college; when she is not teaching or writing, she is running.

Leah Sewell is assistant editor at Coconut Poetry, an MFA candidate at the University of Nebraska, and a book designer, poet and mother. Her work has appeared in such publications as [PANK], Midwestern Gothic, and Weave Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart in 2012. Her chapbook, “Birth in Storm,” was the 2013 winner of the Emerge Publications Chapbook Competition.

Tom (WordWulf) Sterner wrestles with creativity: graphic art, music, photography, & WORD. He lives in Denver, Colorado. Tom’s artwork, music, photography, & written word have been published in magazines & on the internet, including Howling Dog Press/Omega, Carpe Articulum Literary Review, Skyline Literary Review, The Storyteller, & Flashquake. He is winner of the Marija Cerjak Award for Avant-Garde/Experimental Writing & was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2006 & 2008. He edited the English translation of Hameed Al-Qaed’s “Noise of Whisper,” edited & wrote the forward for the Arabic to English translation of the poets of Bahrain, “Pearl, Dreams of Shell,” published in 2007. Published work includes two novels, Madman Chronicles: The Warrior & Momma’s Rain.

Kristin Stoner has been an instructor of English at the college level for the past ten years. She received her MA in Literature and Creative Writing from Iowa State University and in 2008 graduated from Antioch University LA with her MFA in poetry. Some of her recent publications include Natural Bridge and Review Americana.

David Swykert is a former 911 operator. His work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Monarch Review, Lunch Ticket, Zodiac Review, Barbaric Yawp, and Bull. His books include Children of the Enemy, Alpha Wolves, and The Death of Anyone. You can find him at: magicmasterminds.com. He is a wolf expert.

James Ulmer’s poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Missouri Review, The New Criterion, The North American Review, and elsewhere. His collection of ghost stories, The Secret Life, was published recently by Halcyon Press. Ulmer is Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Southern Arkansas University.

John Vanek is a physician and poet with works published in numerous literary journals and showcased on public radio. He has read his poetry at the George Bush Presidential Library, the Akron Art Museum, Eckerd College, and the Cleveland Clinic. His book, “Heart Murmurs: Poems,” is available at Amazon.com.

Lynne Williams is a writer based in Downeast Maine. Most of her work has been political non-fiction and has been published in such journals as the Monthly Review online. She has also written two stage plays, one of which was given a staged reading. Sensing that the political reality of the world has taken a turn towards what used to only appear in fiction, her own writing has likewise moved towards fiction.

Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English and creative writing. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012) and Unclose the Door (Gold Quoin Press, 2012). She is also the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her writings have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Rose Red Review, Arts & Letters, Poet Lore, and Feminist Studies. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets and Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner, and grants from the Center for the Great Plains Studies and the Wurlitzer Foundation. lauramadelinewiseman.com

XXX ZOMBIEBOY XXX is a roving, adventuring Jack of all trades, master of none artist and author of four books (Octopus, Tentacles, Echoes, Squiddy and the Trees). He has also been published in two collections (The Dead Walk Again, Demonology).