Issue No. 10, Autumn 2014

"The Archer #2" -- Carey Blankenship
The Archer #2
Carey Blankenship

Samantha Barron is a writer.

Micki Blenkush works as a social worker and lives in St. Cloud, MN with her husband and daughter. Her writing has appeared in Nota Bene; An Anthology of Central Minnesota Writers, in Limehawk, and in Crossings’ Poet-Artists Collaboration XIII, and Poetography VI. One of her poems was selected for St. Cloud’s 2013 Poetry in the Sidewalks contest, and is now immortalized in cement.

Carey Blankenship is currently attending college in the south of the United States, where she writes and practices photography in her spare time. This summer, she plans to send out her current novel, Flint, to agents everywhere.

Ellen Chai is currently a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been passionate about photography ever since she obtained her Canon EOS Rebel T3i and typically prefers black-and-white photography. She enjoys capturing close-ups of nature and abstract, expressive images that contribute seamlessly to aesthetic or introspective themes.

Sandy Coomer’s poems have been published most recently in Fields Magazine, Number One and POEM. Her poetry chapbook, Continuum, was published by Finishing Line Press is 2012. Her second collection of poems, The Presence of Absence, winner of the 2014 Janice Keck Literary Award for Poetry, is forthcoming later this year. She lives in Brentwood, TN.

Jessica Drake-Thomas is a graduate of Tulane University and Emerson College’s MFA in creative writing program. She currently lives out of a suitcase.

Tyler L. Erlendson is the writer and director of the documentary film STRAIGHT WHITE MALE, which was an official selection of Artivist Film Festival in Hollywood, Ca. (2011) He is currently a poet in Pacific University’s MFA program. He lives on a small farm with his wife in Sonoma County, Ca.

Martie Ingebretsen has taken many classes in creative writing, poetry and fiction throughout her life. Her novella, Sweet William, was published in 2013. She has also written a number of short stories and over two thousand poems. She is proud of the ones that have been published. She is a keen observer and finds imagery in all things, and in so doing learns from the beauty and wisdom that surrounds her. Martie lives in Sacramento.

Molly Lazer is a MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Rosemont College. A former editor at Marvel Comics, she now teaches high school, acts, and directs plays outside of Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in The Pennsylvania Gazette, Gingerbread House, and at flashfiction.net.

Sandi Leibowitz is a native New Yorker who writes speculative fiction and poetry. Her works have been published in magazines such as Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, Goblin Fruit, Apex and Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year volume 5.

Lucy M. Logsdon’s work has appeared in a variety of places. A sampling: Nimrod, Poet Lore, The Southern Poetry Review, Conclave, Sixfold, Seventeen. She has received various awards, including a Poetry Society of America emerging writer award, and a Macdowell Artist colony fellowship. She received her MFA from Columbia University in NYC.

Ken Poyner has lately been seen in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Café Irreal, Cream City Review, The Journal of Microliterature, and many other wonderful places. His latest book of short fiction, Constant Animals, is available from his web site, www.kpoyner.com, and from Amazon.com. He is married to Karen Poyner, one of the world’s premier power lifters, and holder of more than a dozen current world power lifting records. He is also the animal parent of four rescue cats and two self-satisfied fish.

Cindy Rinne creates art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. She is an author with Michael Thomas Cooper of Speaking Through Sediment (forthcoming). Cindy is a reader for Tin Cannon by PoetrIE and a Poetry Editor for The Sand Canyon Review, Crafton Hills College, CA. She is a translator. Cindy is a founding member of PoetrIE. Her work appeared or is forthcoming in The MOON Magazine, Dual Coast Magazine, Artemis Journal, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Pirene’s Fountain, The Poetry Bus (Ireland), The Wayfarer, Extinguished, Extinct Anthology by Twelve Winters Press, The Lake (England), and others. www.fiberverse.com

Sarah Sadie blogs the intersections of theology and poetry at Sermons from the Mound, on the pagan channel at patheos.com. An editor (www.versewisconsin.org) as well as writer, her poems appear in places such as Midwestern Gothic, Literary Bohemian and Literary Mama, to name a few. Her poetry has received the Wisconsin Fellowship Of Poets’ Chapbook Prize, the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Lorine Niedecker and Posner Prizes, and a Pushcart Prize. Her first full-length collection, Somewhere Piano, was published in 2012 by Mayapple Press, and she has two chapbooks: Quiver (2009, Red Dragonfly Press) and Given These Magics, (2010, Finishing Line Press). She is currently one of two Poets Laureate (2012-2016) of Madison, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her life consists mostly of kids, gods and poems, not necessarily in that order.

After retiring from the Department of English at West Virginia University where she taught 20th Century Irish and British literature, Susan Shaw Sailer completed an MFA in the low-residency Program in Poetry at New England College in 2007. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Persimmon Tree, THEMA, and Paterson Literary Review. Her chapbook, Coal, was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press. Her book, Ship of Light, was published by Port Yonder Press in 2013. Her reviews and articles about poetry have appeared in Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner and Alehouse Review. Sailer lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The opening chapter of Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her fiction has appeared in countless publications, including several anthologies such as Great Old Ones Publishing’s Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification and Western Legend Press’ Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, serves as a judge for New York City Midnight’s story competitions, and is an editor for Read Short Fiction. She lives with her husband in the haunted woods of Connecticut and sleeps with the lights on. You can find out more at www.kristipetersenschoonover.com.

J. T. Townley has been published in Collier’s, Harvard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Istanbul Review, Prairie Schooner, The Threepenny Review, and other places. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MPhil in English from Oxford University, and he teaches at the University of Virginia. He’s also a Pushcart nominee and a Fulbright Scholar.

Kelly Weber’s poetry has appeared in The Neihardt Journal and Caper, and her poetry and fiction has appeared in The Judas Goat, for which she was selected as the 2012-2013 Aletha Acers Steel Burgess Poetry Prize Scholarship recipient. She has served as an editorial intern on The Platte Valley Review, and will teach Composition this fall at Wayne State College.

Steven Westbrook is a poet, photographer and former Creative Writing tutor who is currently an undergrad at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Work of his can be found in Torrid Literature Journal, Squalorly Literature, Instigatorzine, and The Cadaverine, among others, as well as a photography showcase at MOCA Jacksonville. Tony Trigilio recently awarded a poem of his second place in Columbia College Chicago’s Young Authors Competition. You can stalk him at http://john-lemons69.tumblr.com/

"Submerged" -- Ellen Chai
Submerged #2
Ellen Chai