Issue No. 8, Spring 2014

Introduction to Obscure Goddesses, I: Fauna, Goddess of the Untamed
Jeannine Hall Gailey

Ancient oracle or nymph of the forest? You never could
draw my face correctly on a coin – was I an old woman
with a snake, a maiden poised over flowers and fruit?

She who has your back. The friendly one. You’d seek me out
in orchards, perhaps, praying for cattle. No men allowed near
my temple, my father’s advances

in serpent form continually denied, my chastity famous
though I was often the charm in the courtesan. The origin
of the faerie are often thought to lie with me but the depths

my stories buried, forgotten: the good one, the Bona Dea.
My brother, Faunus, was more famous, but I was the medicine
found in the herb gardens, the chant over pregnant bellies.

Come dance with me in lore long forsaken, in the wilds
of earliest imaginations, before Eve came along and her version
of my story of the snake. It’s my story, too, in the skeletons of leaves,

the wreath on the mantel, the hearthstone. I am the dual keeper
of prophecy and love, the hunted and the huntress.
Wrap your cold arms around me, the moon’s light through the trees.


Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington, and the author of three books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books, 2006), She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books, 2011) and her latest, Unexplained Fevers, from New Binary Press. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches part-time at the MFA program at National University. Her web site is www.webbish6.com.

About the Contributors

"Fog and Flowers" -- Laura Ricardo
Fog and Flowers
Laura Ricardo

Billy T. Antonio lives in the Philippines.

Patricia Bowne’s writing ranges from folk and fairy tales through dark fantasy and academic satire. Her short work has appeared in a variety of publications including Tales of the Unanticipated, Unsettling Wonder, and Year’s Best Fantasy 3. Her novels about life in the Demonology Department of a modern university are available from Double Dragon or via links at her website, www.raosyth.com.

Denise Calhoun lives in Albuquerque – land of winds so fierce they snap trees like toothpicks, sunsets the color of watermelons and more aging nuclear warheads than she cares to think about – and writes short stories. Calhoun, who was a journalist at The Houston Chronicle for fourteen years, is working on a novel and stops occasionally to write a short story when instant gratification is required. Her first fiction publication recently appeared in Black Heart Magazine.

Margaret F. Chen’s stories have appeared in Monkeybicycle, The Medulla Review, Metazen, The Legendary, Yesteryear Fiction, and other journals. She has twice been nominated for the UCLA Writers’ Program Kirkwood Prize, won Second Place in the 2012 Bacopa Literary Review Contest for Short Fiction, and was a Finalist in the September 2011 Glimmer Train Fiction Open.

Sara Cleto is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the Ohio State University. She enjoys fairy tales, coffee, and obtaining more stamps on her passport. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Cabinet des Fees, Eternal Haunted Summer, Niteblade, and others.

Diane Dehler is an American poet known for her postmodern lyricism who has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2014. She received a degree from the Creative Writing Program at San Francisco State University, receiving the Outstanding Student of the Year Award. She has also received numerous humanitarian awards for her volunteer service to the community. She is an English Language poet in the international literary scene. Most recently she has published in: poeticdiversity, Moonbathing: a journal of women’s tanka, The Criterion: an International Journal in English, The Applicant: a Kathmandu based Online Journal, Munyori Literary Review, The Taj Mahal Review and Deepwater Literary Journal. She is known for flower photography, especially her studies of the lotus, orchid and chrysanthemum. Her blog Princess Haiku has received 200,000 + views globally and she can be found on Facebook.

Sean Ealy is a writer of speculative fiction. He picked up a copy of The Shining by Stephen King when he was 10 and has been lost in the words ever since. He is an avid Red Sox fan living somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. You can read his blog at seanealyfiction.com or find him on twitter @SeanEaly

Paige Ferro is currently an undergraduate student studying Creative Writing, Literature and Spanish at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. She has always had a great appreciation for fairy tales, fantasy worlds, and distopian environments, as well as magical realism, and she often employs similar themes and subject matter in her own works. She one day hopes to join other fantasy writers on the hallowed library shelves as well as in the hearts of her readers, but for now her biggest fan is her wonderful cat and greatest Oliver.

Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington, and the author of three books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books, 2006), She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books, 2011) and her latest, Unexplained Fevers, from New Binary Press. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches part-time at the MFA program at National University. Her web site is www.webbish6.com.

D.W. Gillespie is a long time writer who focuses mainly on the horror genre. Like most of his work, there is a dark edge to “Shadow Puppets,” but the overall drive of the tale is longing for times past.

Phyllis Green’s stories have appeared in Epiphany, Bluestem, Prick of the Spindle, Poydras Review, The McNeese Review, The Chaffin Journal, Rougarou, Orion Headless, apt, ShatterColors, Paper Darts, The Cossack Review, The Examined Life, Dark Matter, The Greensilk Journal, Gravel, and other literary journals. She will have upcoming stories in Goreyesque, EDGE, Serving House Journal, Page & Spine, Flapper House, Synaesthesia, and Write for Readers Magazine. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, Micro Award nominee & Best of Storyacious 2013.

Eliza Hirsch is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in the Seattle area. She is a Clarion West alum, loves cats of all kinds, and collects deep thoughts about serial killers. You can find her online at exploringeliza.com.

Clyde Kessler has been published in Silver Blade, Now and Then, Clapboard House, Rose Red Review, and Cortland Review. He lives in Radford, VA with his wife Kendall and their son Alan.

Kathleen Kirk is the author of five poetry chapbooks, most recently Nocturnes (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2012) and Interior Sculpture (Dancing Girl Press, 2013). Her work appears in many print and online journals, including Arsenic Lobster, Eclectica, Fickle Muses, Menacing Hedge, and Waccamaw. She is the poetry editor for Escape Into Life.

Linda Kirk has had work published in the online journal The Apeiron Review and by Running Press. She lives next to a river and she bakes muffins at least twice a week.

Jill Khoury earned her Masters of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Sentence, MiPOesias, Harpur Palate, and RHINO. Split This Rock picked her poem “Certain Seams,” as a third place winner in their 2013 poetry contest. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a Best of the Net award. Her chapbook Borrowed Bodies was released from Pudding House Press.

Katharyn Howd Machan, Professor of Writing at Ithaca College, holds degrees from the College of Saint Rose, the University of Iowa, and Northwestern University. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines (Nimrod, Yankee, The MacGuffin, Snake Nation Review, Hanging Loose, Dogwood, Runes, Slipstream, Beloit Poetry Journal, South Coast Poetry Journal, Hollins Critic, The Salmon, West Branch, Seneca Review, Louisiana Literature, etc.) and anthologies/ textbooks (The Bedford Introduction to Literature, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013, Poetry: An Introduction, Early Ripening: American Women’s Poetry Now, Sound and Sense, Writing Poems, Literature: Reading and Writing the Human Experience, etc.), and in 31 collections, most recently H (Gribble Press, 2014), Belly Words: Poems of Dance (Split Oak Press, 2009), When She’s Asked to Think of Colors (Palettes & Quills Press, 2009), and The Professor Poems (The Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2008). In 2002 she was named the first poet laureate of Tompkins County, New York. Her poem “Tess Clarion: Redwing, 1888” received the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California (judge Dana Gioia) and Kent State University awarded her poem “Gingerbread” the Luna Negra Prize. In 2012 she edited Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology for Split Oak Press.

Emily Linstrom is a writer, photographer, and burlesque/sideshow performer based in NYC.

With an MA in Arthurian Literature and an insatiable wanderlust, Laura Ricardo is a full-time mom and aspiring writer. She hopes one day to visit Norway and own a spinning wheel.

Jennifer Ryan is a non-fiction book editor, working for The Economist and the BBC. Originally from London, she now lives in Washington, DC where she is a an editorial consultant and a student at Johns Hopkins. She has been published in Wild Violet Magazine and The Blue Lake Review.

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Word Riot, Apple Valley Review, and many others. A four-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012), and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013). More at cserea.tumblr.com.

Mardra Sikora is a freelance ghost writer, marketing consultant, and blogger by day and a fiction writer by night, leaving less time for sleep than one would expect. Her fiction is published in varied literary journals online and in print as well as at www.theinnocentprince.com

Chelsea Spiller is a native Californian, currently studying English Literature and Studio Art at UC Davis. She is a self-procclaimed adrenaline junkie and quite fond of lucid dreaming.

Jason Sturner grew up along the Fox River in northern Illinois. He is of European and Native American descent. Of his many jobs, those he most enjoyed were naturalist and botanist. His stories and poems have appeared in Space and Time Magazine, Star*Line, Tales of the Talisman, Mythic Delirium, and Liquid Imagination, among others. He currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains. Website: jasonsturner.blogspot.com

Brianna Sulzener is a Floridian living in Iowa City. Her poems have recently appeared in Goblin Fruit, Stone Telling, and Mirror Dance.

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

Brianna Woods believes photography is a delightful pastime. She thinks it is a treat to capture living art to cherish for years to come.

"Aephid's Castle" -- Brianna Woods
Aephid’s Castle
Brianna Woods

Issue No. 8, Spring 2014

"February Color" -- Laura Ricardo
February Color
Laura Ricardo

Spring Feature, 2014
Shadow Puppets by D.W. Gillespie
Self Portraits by Emily Linstrom

Fiction
Upon These Wings by Eliza Hirsch
The Assignments by Paige Ferro
Where Souls Go by Patricia Bowne
Bright Light, Blue Moon by Chelsea Spiller
Gray by Jennifer Ryan
Mephistopheles in Miami by Margaret F. Chen
Rufus, Sorcerer by Linda Kirk
My Children by Sean Ealy
The Dalmatian Print Chair by Denise Calhoun

Flash Fiction
Cesario, or What He Will by Sara Cleto
Pillar of Strength by Mardra Sikora
MYRNA AND CARLETON, a Dark and Stormy Romance by Phyllis Green

Poetry
If I Were the Cherry Wood Piano and The Body by Kathleen Kirk
A Hundred Costumes by Jill Khoury
Immortelle by Diane Dehler
Advice from a Crone and “And their legs were soft…” by Brianna Sulzener
Introduction to Obscure Goddesses, I: Fauna, Goddess of the Untamed by Jeannine Hall Gailey
Sketch by Sketch by Jason Sturner
Elegy for a Time Freak and A Mount Juliet Ghost by Clyde Kessler
Household Gods and Befriending Death by Laura Madeline Wiseman
Three Drops of Blood and Mirror, Mirror by Katharyn Howd Machan
At Sunrise by Billy T. Antonio
For years I walked with my elephant and The dark silhouette of a house by Claudia Serea

"Young Havisham" -- Emily Linstrom
Young Havisham
Emily Linstrom

About the Contributors