About the Contributors


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Ira Joel Haber

Paul David Adkins lives in New York and works as a counselor.

Julie Brooks Barbour is the author of Small Chimes (Aldrich Press, 2014) and two chapbooks: Earth Lust (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, 2014) and Come To Me and Drink (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in Waccamaw, diode, storySouth, Prime Number Magazine, The Rumpus, Midwestern Gothic, Blue Lyra Review, and Verse Daily. She is co-editor of the journal Border Crossing and an Associate Poetry Editor at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. She teaches composition and creative writing at Lake Superior State University.

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 a finalist for Best of the Net and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is managing editor for the Nonbinary Review of Zoetic Press and has previously served on the masthead for Lunch Ticket, Spry Literary Journal, The Weekenders Magazine, Mojave River Review, and The Bookshelf Bombshells. Allie is the author of the poetry chapbooks, “You Might Curse Before You Bless” (ELJ Publications, 2013), “Unmade & Other Poems” (Beautysleep Press, 2013), and “This Is How We End” (forthcoming 2014, Bitterzoet). Find her on the web: https://www.facebook.com/AllieMarini.

Donna Beck writes poetry and likes to take photographs as well. Sometimes a “happy accident” happens and the photo comes out better than expected.

Carol Berg’s poems are forthcoming or in The Journal, Spillway, Heron Tree, Redactions, Pebble Lake Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and Verse Wisconsin. She has received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her most recent chapbook, Her Vena Amoris, is available from Red Bird Chapbooks.

Katie Booms is a writer, visual artist, and advocate for community-building. She welcomes collaboration of all kinds and can be found on Twitter as @ka_booms. She earned her MFA at the University of Wyoming, served for a year with AmeriCorps at the Freret Neighborhood Center in New Orleans and recently taught at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. Her poetry just appeared in Midwestern Gothic and Every Day Poems.

Karen Bovenmyer holds an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University.

Anne Brannen currently makes her home in Albuquerque, to which she has returned after a decades long absence. She is a former professor of medieval literature and current mistress of herself. Her poetry has been published in such various journals as Cabinet des Fees, Literary Mamas, New Mexico Poetry Review, and Kestrel.

William Cullen, Jr. is a veteran and works at a non-profit in Brooklyn, NY. His poetry has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Camroc Press Review, Christian Science Monitor, Gulf Stream, Pirene’s Fountain, Poppy Road Review, Right Hand Pointing, Spillway, and Word Riot.

Carolyn Cushing is a poet inspired by nature, slightly obsessed with cells, and currently focused on the places where life and death meet. She has published recently in Plum and Freshwater. In 2012 she was a finalist for the Philbrick Poetry Award of the Providence Athenaeum. Her poetry blog is http://unstoppablewholeness.wordpress.com

Alejandro Escudé is the winner of the 2012 Sacramento Poetry Center Award. The winning manuscript, My Earthbound Eye, was published in September 2013.

He received a master’s degree in creative writing from U.C. Davis and teaches high school English in Santa Monica, California. He is also a recent Pushcart Prize nominee and, among other journals, his poems have appeared in California Quarterly, Main Street Rag, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Rattle, as well as in an anthology entitled How to Be This Man, published by Swan Scythe Press.

Originally from Argentina, he lives with his wife and two kids in Los Angeles, California. You can find more information about him and his work on alejandroescude.com.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 160 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.

Patrick Cabello Hansel has published poems in Hawai’i Pacific Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Turtle Quarterly, Passager, Parachute, Perfume River Poetry Review, The Meadowland Review and other journals, and has poems forthcoming in Red Earth Review, Talking Stick and the anthology Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women. He was selected for the 2008-09 Mentor Series in Poetry at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota, and was a 2011 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grantee. His novella Searching was serialized in 33 issues of The Alley News.

Troy Harris is a computer programmer during the day and a writer at all other times. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dah Helmer’s poetry has appeared in many publications, and most recently in The Sandy River Review, Stone Voices Magazine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Orion headless, Words & Images In Flight, and Miracle Magazine, and is forthcoming in Eunoia Review, Perfume River Review, and Literature Today. The author of two collections of poetry from Stillpoint Books, his third collection is due for publication in 2014, also from Stillpoint. Dah lives in Berkeley, California where he is currently working on the manuscript for his fourth book.

Duane L. Herrmann lives on rolling prairie near Topeka, Kansas. His work can be found in: American Poets of the 1990’s, BAFA, The Blue Pen, cyclamensandswords.com, Flint Hills Review, Inscape, kansaspoets.com, Little Balkans Review, LiteraryYard.com, Manifest West, Midwest Quarterly, New Horizons, Orison, the Passionate Few, Phoenix Sound, Planet Kansas, Potpourri, Whirlwind Review, World Order, Kansas Poets Trail in downtown Wichita, KS, and the Map of Kansas Literature (website).

His major collection of poetry is: Prairies of Possibilities.

Alexandra Isacson’s poetry chapbook, Narcotic Silks, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. She is also the author of Poetic Anthropologies, a tribute to the humanities, published by Medulla Press. Her poetry has been nominated for Pushcarts and The Best of the Net Anthology. She has published in Van Gogh’s Ear, Blue Fifth Review, New World Writing, & other awesome places.

Elizabeth Johnston’s poetry has appeared in Organs of Vision and Sense, The Muse: an International Journal of Poetry, Yellow Medicine Review, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, The Journal of South Texas English Studies, The Mom Egg Review, New Verse News, as well as in two book anthologies, B, and Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poems on the Abuse and Oppression of Women. She is a founding member of the Rochester-based writer’s group, Straw Mat. She teaches writing and gender studies at Monroe Community College and, in her spare time, teaches writing as therapy for cancer survivors at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.

Emma Karnes was born in Rochester, New York and now lives in Ithaca, New York. She has had poems published in Teen Ink Magazine and Word Soup End Hunger. Emma continues to write poetry and hopes to share her work with as many people as possible.

Kat Lerner hails from the ever-breezy Pacific Northwest, where she writes fiction and poetry and teaches creative writing. Her work has appeared in publications including Word Catalyst Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, Wilderness House Literary Review, Triggerfish Critical Review, Labyrinth, and Inkspeak.

Julie Jeanell Leung’s creative nonfiction has been published in the Bellingham Review and her essays have been selected as a finalist for the Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction Award and the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize. After studying biochemistry and writing at Brown University, she is currently a student in the Rainier Writing Workshop, the MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.

Iva Levarre has always loved to write, particularly stories inspired by sentimental fiction and fairy tales.

Victor Liu is a high school senior attending Branson School in Ross, CA, and is honored to have recently enrolled as part of Stanford University’s Class of 2018, planning to major in English. He recently had the honor of being awarded 1st Place in Marin Poetry Center’s annual anthological competition. His influences include ee cummings and William Carlos Williams. Beyond writing, Victor is also an artist and enjoys gallery excursions.

Molly McCormack is the Managing Editor of A NARROW FELLOW Journal of Poetry. Her poems have been published in several journals. She is also an accomplished blues and folk musician, performing and teaching both mountain and hammered dulcimer at numerous venues across the country.

Matt Morris has appeared in various magazines and journals, including ABZ, DMQ, 88, Hunger Mountain, New York Quarterly, Runes, and others. He has received five Pushcart nominations. His first book won the 2003 Main Street Rag Poetry Award; Pudding House has published his chapbooks, Here’s How and Greatest Hits. He currently lives on what remains of a farm in West Virginia with his goldfish Homer.

Monica Nawrocki lives with her partner and dog on a small island off the west coast of Canada. She earns her living as a substitute teacher—often reading under-construction manuscripts to captive classroom audiences and happily impersonating someone different every day. She is the author of one book and her fiction and non-fiction pieces have appeared in various journals and anthologies in Canada and the U.S. Visit her at http://monica-nawrocki.blogspot.ca.

Carrie Vaccaro Nelkin’s short fiction has appeared in Bards and Sages Quarterly, Absent Willow Review, and the anthology Skulls & Crossbones: Tales of Women Pirates. Some of her poetry has been published in Shadow Road Quarterly, Rose & Thorn Journal, and Golden Sparrow Literary Review.

William Reichard is a poet.

Jo Taylor is an ER nurse with twenty-one years of experience. She’s recently left the ER and found work from home doing chart reviews which is a bit boring comparatively but it allows her time to read and write daily. She writes fiction and poetry.

Jonathan Travelstead served in the Air Force National Guard for six years as a firefighter and currently works as a fulltime firefighter for the city of Murphysboro. Having finished his MFA at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, he now works on an old dirt-bike he hopes will one day get him to Peru.


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Donna Beck

  • Donna Beck

    There’s some really imaginative work on here.