Issue No. 11, Winter 2014

"Ochre Court" -- Vita Duva
Ochre Court
Vita Duva

GF Boyer’s poems have appeared in a number of publications, including The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, RHINO, and upcoming in The Midwest Quarterly. Among other awards, she won an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Theodore Roethke Prize. She has an MFA from the University of Washington, and she works as a freelance poetry editor and creative writing instructor.

Catherine Cimillo Cavallone was published in Sensations Magazine and Beyond the Rift: Poets of the Palisades many years ago. Recently, she has been featured in The New Verse News, Turk’s Head Review, Red River Review, Phantom Kangaroo, The Red Wheelbarrow, Z-composition and has work forthcoming in Nerve Lantern. She is also a Pushcart Prize Nominee (The New Verse News).

Vita Duva is a freelance writer and photographer. A graduate of Salve Regina University, Vita was fortunate enough to have studied abroad in both England and Italy. When Vita is not busy writing or shooting, she can be found beach bumming, horseback riding or gardening. Her work has been published in Literary Juice, The Fine Line, BrickRhetoric and many others. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her dog, Bocci. Connect with her on Instagram @lv1ta.

Originally from Denver, Brian Robert Flynn is currently breathing the poetry and fiction of Washington, DC. His work has appeared in Banango Street, Litro Magazine, RiverLit, and theNewerYork.

C.J. Harrington lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Her writing is published or forthcoming in Blast Furnace, Metazen, The Vehicle, Gone Lawn, The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2014, and other publications.

Rebecca Harrison writes fairy tales, hunts bluebells, and can be summoned by a cake signal in the sky. Her stories have also been published in Axolotl Magazine, Wild: A Quarterly, Quail Bell Magazine, The Story Shack, and The Teacup Trail.

Lois Marie Harrod’s 13th and 14th poetry collections, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). She is widely published in literary journals and online e-zines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Read her work on loismarieharrod.org.

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 with programs in North Carolina and Virginia.

Ani King is an oddly reliable whisky drinker located in Lansing, Michigan.

Emily Linstrom is a writer, photographer and performer based in NYC. Her work has been recently featured in publications by Three Rooms Press, Rose Red Review, Project Naked and Ulcer Magazine.

Kira Dreyer Messell is a Danish writer currently living in Berlin, Germany. She has been teaching languages, literature and history in both Berlin and Kuala Lumpur. Until 2013 she spent 5 years in Malaysia, where she wrote on a collection of speculative short stories. Kira holds an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Copenhagen and the University of Edinburgh.

Carrie Vaccaro Nelkin’s short story “Tip of the Iceberg” appeared in Rose Red Review’s summer 2014 issue. Other short fiction of hers has been in Bards and Sages Quarterly, Absent Willow Review, and the anthologies Skulls & Crossbones: Tales of Women Pirates and Hunger: Stories of Desire, Discovery, and Dissatisfaction (a Kindle release from her writing group, the Penheads). She has had some poetry published in Shadow Road Quarterly, Rose & Thorn Journal, and Golden Sparrow Literary Review. Her first novel is due out from Permuted Press in late 2015.

Raquel I. Penzo is a Brooklyn, NY native who has carved a career for herself as a writer, editor, and literary event curator. She hosts the New Voices Reading Series each quarter in NYC and works as a copywriter at Brooklyn Public Library. Raquel authored the self-published “My Ego Likes the Compliments…And Other Musings on Writing,” and the short stories, “Grey Matter,” published online at Blue Lake Review, and “Perspective on a Murder,” published by Mason’s Road. An anthology of works from participants of her reading series was released in 2014. She can be found online at RaquelPenzo.com.

Anjana Raghavan is an academic with a PhD. in Culture Studies. When she isn’t teaching or learning social theory and feminism, she is either singing, cooking, or reading fairy tales, mythology and fantasy.

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.