Issue 1:
Winter 2013

Issue 3:
Winter/Spring 2014

ANNE BARNEY is author of three books of poetry from Pudding House: After the Barn Door Opened (2007), Nosegay (2002) and Pinned to the Corkboard (2000). as well as Stolen Joy: Healing after Infertility and Infant Loss (Icarus Books, 1993).


JOAN E. BAUER is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and more than a dozen anthologies. In 2007, she won the Earl Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International.


ROY BENTLEY is the author of Starlight Taxi (Lynx House, 2012), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine, 2006), Any One Man (Bottom Dog, 1992), and Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama, 1986). His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Shenandoah, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner.


C. L. BLEDSOE is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Riceland (Unbound Content) which deals with his childhood on a rice farm in eastern Arkansas and his young mother’s illness and death. Bledsoe has been nominated for the big one more times than Henry Clay, and he reviews books for Rain Taxi, Coal Hill, Prick of the Spindle, Monkey Bicycle, BookSlut, The Hollins Critic, and The Arkansas Review.


NAHSHON COOK is a horseman and poet from Washington, D.C. currently living in China, trying to write poems about living in China, and sometimes checking out the ponies at Sha Tin Race Track. His second collection, The Killing Fields and Other Poems will be published in 2015 by Shabda Press.


WILLIAM CORDEIRO’s poems have recently appeared in burnt district, Drunken Boat, Phoebe, Rabbit, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere. He is completing a Ph.D. in 18th Century British literature at Cornell University, while teaching at Pima Community College and the University of Arizona Poetry Center.


JAYDN DEWALD plays bass for the DeWald-Taylor Quintet, based in Frisco, and is Senior Poetry Editor for Silk Road Review. Recent work has appeared in The Common, Fairy Tale Review, december, The Minnesota Review, Poet Lore, and others. There’s a rumor that next fall, he will be making a long term appearance in Athens, Georgia to write more poems and play the bass where the bass began.


JOHN ESTES is the author of Kingdom Come (C & R, 2011), and two chapbooks, including Swerve which won a 2008 national chapbook Fellowship from the Poetry Society of America. His recent poems and prose have appeared in Tin House, Notre Dame Review, Southern Review, Crazyhorse, and AGNI.


RICHARD FEIN is the author of The Required Accompanying Cover Letter (University of Wisconsin/Parallel, 2011). His many printed and pixilated poems have appeared in Cordite, Southern Review, Roanoke Review, Mississippi Review, Exquisite Corpse, Foliate Oak, Oregon East, Parnassus, Small Pond, Kansas Quarterly, Blue Unicorn, Compass Rose, Whiskey Island, Constellations…it’s endless.


EDWARD FIELD is a Gemini in the devotional decan, which means he was destined to take care of his friend and writing partner for fiction, Neil Derrick, who not only went blind but is now suffering from skin cancer. This allows little time for poetry lately, but ifhe finishes his new book of poems by his ninetieth birthday next June, everyone is invited to his party/reading, probably in the community room in Westbeth in the West Village. Until then, readers may find his ten books of poetry at Grove, Black Sparrow, Harcourt Brace, and University of Pittsburgh Press bookstores.


JEAN FREE lives in Baltimore with her husband and eight-yearold daughter. Her poems have appeared in The Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Raintown Review, Lines + Stars, and most recently in The Rotary Dial. Her chapbook was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Barefoot Muse Chapbook Competition.


HOWIE GOOD is the author of recent chapbooks The Complete Absence of Twilight (Mad Hat Press), Danger Falling Debris (Red Bird Chapbooks), and An Armed Man Lurks in Ambush (Unbound Content). His poems have appeared everywhere, including coffee sacks sold by roasters in Tampa.


MITCHELL KROCHMALNIK GRABOIS is the author of the novel Two- Headed Dog. His stories and poems have appeared in numerous magazines. A Bronx native, Mitch now splits his time between Denver, where there is very little oxygen, and an 1893 one room schoolhouse in Riverton Township, Michigan.


EVAN GUILFORD-BLAKE is the author of the novel Noir(ish) (Penguin, 2013). More than 40 of his plays have been produced, winning some 41 competitions, and nineteen are available in print. His stories have appeared in numerous print and online journals. He and his wife Roxanna live in the Atlanta area.


VAL HAYNES has performed and recorded two CDs under the name Lonesome Val. She has been a dishwasher, sports bookie, escort driver and singing balloon delivery girl. She has lived in a gated community in Costa Rica, an island in the Caribbean and her 1991 Buick. This is her first published story.


ELIZABETH HAZEN’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2013, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, The Normal School, and other journals. During the week, she sets aside her shy, contemplative side to teach English in a booming voice at Calvert School in Baltimore.


KEVIN HIGGINS’s poetry is featured in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010). Mentioning the War, a collection of his essays and reviews, was published by Salmon Poetry in April, 2012. Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry, The Ghost in the Lobby, will have its U.S. launch in February and its Irish launch in April.


TOM HOLMES is the editor of Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose, and the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently The Cave, which won the Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013 and will be released in 2014.


STEFFEN HORSTMANN’s poems and book reviews have appeared in publications throughout the world, including in Baltimore Review, Common Ground Review, Istanbul Literary Review, The Kashmir Walla, Louisiana Literature, and Tiferet. His book of ghazals, Jalsaghar, was published in 2013 by Kariboux.

DONALD ILLICH’s poems have appeared in LIT, My Name Is Mud, The Iowa Review, Fourteen Hills, Nimrod, Passages North, Del Sol Review, and others. The magazine Anti- quotes him as being “Against using allusive language for conventional subjects, and the experimental to the point of gratuitous style.”


JASON IRWIN grew up in Dunkirk, NY and now lives in Pittsburgh. He is the author of the poetry volume Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw, 2008). His chapbook Some Days It’s A Love Story won the 2005 Slipstream Press Chapbook Prize. His recent work has appeared in Potomac and Grey Sparrow.


ALAN W. KING is the author of the poetry volume Drift (Aquarius, 2012). His poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Gargoyle, BOMBlog, Drunken Boat, Alehouse, and San Pedro River Review. A lifelong teacher, Alan is also a lifelong student, having completed the Cave Canem, VONA, and Stonecoast MFA program in Maine.


STEVE KLEPETAR’s latest collections are Speaking to the Field Mice (Sweatshoppe Publications), Blue Season (with Joseph Lisowski, mgv2>publishing) and My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto (forthcoming from Flutter Press). Steve makes his home in Minnesota, on the banks of the Mississippi River.


JOSHUA LAVENDER’s poems have appeared in Able Muse, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and Ezra: An Online Journal of Translation. Joshua grew up traipsing the south Georgia countryside before coming to the MFA program at the University of Maryland, but he still writes folk songs that will make you cry.


S. R. LAVIN’s books include Let Myself Shine (Kulchur, 1979), The Stonecutters at War with the Cliff Dwellers (Heron, 1971), I and You (after Martin Buber’s Ich und Du), Metacomet: The Saga of King Philip, and Journey to a Lone Star (Four Zoas, 1976), Big Meadow/New River (Jerusalem House, 1978) and Perdido (Jerusalem House, 2007).


KARLY LITTLE is the Creative Nonfiction Editor for Lunch Ticket, reads creative nonfiction for The Citron Review, and interns for The Rumpus. Her work is forthcoming in Drunk Monkeys. Karly lives, writes, rollerblades, and watches sports with her husband in a north-central Kansas town of 172 people.

GERALD LOCKLIN is a professor emeritus of English at California State University, Long Beach, where he taught full-time from 1965-2007. Recent books include a fiction e-Book, The Sun Also Rises in the Desert (Mendicant Bookworks), a collection of poems, Deep Meanings: Selected Poems, 2008-2013 (PRESA), three simultaneously released novellas from Spout Press; VolumeOneof the Complete Coagula Poems; a new edition of New and Selected Poems, 1967-2008 from Silver Birch Press; and a French collection of his short stories and Bukowski memoirs, Le Dernier des Damnes (13eNoteEditions, Paris).


COREY MESLER has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published 8 novels, 3 books of short stories, numerous chapbooks and 3 poetry collections. Two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He runs a bookstore in Memphis.


JEAN NORDHAUS is the author of six volumes of poetry, most recently The Porcelain Apes of Moses Mendelssohn (Milkweed Editions,) and Innocence (OSU). In addition to publishing in numerous journals, the Baltimore native has served as Poetry Coordinator at the Folger Shakespeare Library and currently is the Book Review Editor for Poet Lore.


MELISSA PARKER is passionate about philanthropy, policy reform, and human rights. She tutors English to immigrants in the Hispanic community. She owes her love of language and literary arts to her family. “Shift” is her first published poem.


ANNE POSTEN’s translation of Tankred Dorst’s novella This Beautiful Place appeared with Hanging Loose Press in May 2012. Other translations and original work have appeared in Words Without Borders, FIELD, Stonecutter, and -ality and are forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press. Her translation of a novel by Anna Katharina Hahn will be published in Spring 2014 by Frisch and Co.

SAUDAMINI SIEGRIST has made good use of New York learning places. She earned a PhD in English Literature at NYU and a Masters in poetry at Columbia. She’s taught at St. John’s and at Fordham University. Her work has appeared in The North Stone Review, The Worcester Review, and Al-Raida Journal.


SCOTT SILSBE left the Motor City for the Steel City, where he sells books, makes music, and edits The New Yinzer. He is the author of the poetry collections Unattended Fire (Six Gallery Press, 2012 )and The River Underneath the City (Low Ghost, 2013).


ADAM TAVEL received the 2010 Robert Frost Award, and his chapbook Red Flag Up was recently published by Kattywompus Press. He is also the author of The Fawn Abyss (Salmon, 2014). Recent poems appear in The Massachusetts Review, Quarterly West, Passages North, Southern Indiana Review, West Branch, Salamander, and Crab Orchard Review.


JESSICA THELEN is from Western Massachusetts. Her work has been featured in Mock Orange, Blood & Thunder, Gravel, Scapegoat Review, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, Flare: The Flagler Review, and elsewhere. She is currently working on her first full-length collection, tentatively titled “Nota Bene.”


SIGRID TRUMPY is a painter and printmaker pursuing her muse in Annapolis, MD. Her primary inspiration is nature—her visual influences including Richard Diebenkorn, Per Kirkeby, & Joan Snyder. She received a BFA in Painting from MICA and an MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute. She is currently the Director of Exhibits at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.


MEGHAN TUTOLO romances spaghetti as the editor of a national Italian foods company. Her work has appeared in Nerve Cowboy, The Oklahoma Review, Chiron Review and Arsenic Lobster; her first chapbook is due to come out in early 2014 from Dancing Girl Press. She also paints.


ROBERT WALKER is the president of the Population Institute, which promotes voluntary family planning and reproductive health services and increase awareness of the social, economic and environmental consequences of rapid population growth. He has been President of the Population Resource Center, Executive Director of the Common Cause Education Fund and President of Handgun Control, Inc. He served for 14 years on Capitol Hill , including six years as Legislative Director for Rep. Morris K. Udall (D-Arizona).


JIM WARNER is the Managing Editor of Quiddity International Literary Journal at Benedictine University and the author of two poetry collections, Too Bad It’s Poetry and Social Studies (Paper Kite Press). His poetry has appeared in The North American Review, PANK Magazine, Drunken Boat, and other journals.