December 2016

Contributors

Cathy Allman earned her MFA from Manhattanville College. Her work has appeared in Blue Earth Review, California Quarterly, Crack the Spine, Front Range Review, The Potomac Review, Sanskrit, Talking River, Terminus, Town Creek Poetry and Word Riot, among other journals. http://cathyallman.com/

Dennis Caswell is the author of the poetry collection Phlogiston (Floating Bridge Press). His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Rattle, Bluestem, Crab Creek Review, and assorted other journals and anthologies, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives outside Woodinville, Washington and works as a software engineer in the aviation industry. His dorky and not-very-compatible website may be found at denniscaswell.com.

Barbara Churchill taught high school and college English for many years both in the U.S. and Europe, writing taking a back seat to work and raising children.  Now that she is retired and sets her own work schedule, she is concentrating on her writing, generally creative non-fiction.  She lives in the Washington D.C. area.  She has been published in Soundings Review, Punctuate.The Magazine and Pen in Hand.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Madeline Gilmore moved to Brooklyn after graduating from Williams College in 2015, when she was awarded the Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship for writing. In the last year and a half, she has traveled to numerous countries including Vietnam, Japan and Iceland, interned at Poets & Writers and worked as a nanny for two boys. She received a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship this year for a summer workshop with Patricia Spears Jones. She currently works in the New York office of arts publisher Artbook | D.A.P.

Roberta Gould has been published widely in poetry journals, including: Confrontation, Home Planet News, Waymark, Green Mountain Review, Naugatuck Review; in anthologies:  Mixed Voices, (Milkweed), The Art and Craft of Poetry, ed. Daisy Aldan; & in  N.Y.Times, Catholic Worker, and Jewish Currents etc. Her eleventh book of poems To the Dogs (Flame Tree) includes 25 original photos of dogs, mythological and universal.  It was preceded by Louder than Seeds (Foothills Press), In Houses With Ladders (Waterside Press) and Pacing the Wind.  An activist for responsible tourism in the third world, a bird watcher and an amateur pianist, she welcomes comments at her web site: robertagould.net, and at her blog: robertagould.wordpress.net

Peter Johnson‘s prose poetry and fiction have received grants from the NEA and RI Council of the Arts, and his second book of prose poems was given the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. “Muscle” is from a new collection of short stories called Shot. His other prose poems and fiction have appeared in such journals as TriQuarterly, Epoch, Ploughshares, Beloit Fiction Journal, and the Mississippi Review. He is founder and editor of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, which he’s hoping to bring back in the Fall of 2018.

Yvonne Higgins Leach is the author of Another Autumn (WordTech Editions, 2014). Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. A native of Washington state, she earned a Master of Fine Arts from Eastern Washington University. She spent decades balancing a career in communications and public relations, raising a family, and pursuing her love of writing poetry. Now a full-time poet, she splits her time living on Vashon Island and Spokane, Washington. For more information, visit www.yvonnehigginsleach.com.

Molly Likovich is about to graduate from Salisbury University with a BA in English-Creative Writing, she has poetry forthcoming or published in journals such as, Columbia College Literary Review, Red Paint Hill, Rust+Moth, Germ Magazine, and The Scarab. She has written four novels, and hopes to get her most recent one published in the next few years. She does slam poetry on YouTube to an audience of over 1.6k subscribers. She has been nominated for the AWP Intro Journal Award for her poem ‘Beste.’ You can find her online @magicalmolly, on all platforms (twitter, IG, YouTube).

Danielle Mužina is a painter and writer from Cleveland, Ohio. She recently received her M.A. in Studio Art at Eastern Illinois University, and an M.F.A. in Painting at Miami University. Her exhibitions for this academic year include group shows in Portland OR, Augusta GA, Ashland OH, and Hot Springs AR. She is currently working towards her third solo show in June 2017 at ZAINA Gallery in Cleveland, OH. Danielle has studied painting abroad at the Jerusalem Studio School in Civita Castellana, Italy, and was a part of Ohio Wesleyan’s New York Arts Program. Mužina has also received several grants and awards for her thesis work in painting and her research in poetry. She currently lives and works in Edinboro, PA and teaches 2D Foundations at Edinboro University.

Rodney Nelson‘s work began appearing in mainstream journals long ago, but he turned to fiction and did not write a poem for twenty-two years, restarting in the 2000s. See his page in the Poets & Writers directory: http://www.pw.org/content/rodney_nelson.  He has worked as a copy editor in the Southwest and now lives in his native northern Great Plains. Recently published chapbook and book titles are Metacowboy, Mogollon Picnic, Hill of Better Sleep, Felton Prairie, In Wait, Cross Point Road, Late & Later, The Western Wide, Billy Boy, and Ahead of Evening.

Jeanne-Marie Osterman is a writer living in New York City. A native of Everett, Washington, she began writing poetry while working as an advertising copywriter, studying with the late William Packard at NYU, and with Cornelius Eady and Mark Bibbins at New York’s 92nd Street Y. She is a member of the Writers Room, an urban writers’ colony in New York City. Her work has appeared in The California Quarterly.

Alan Reade started as a performance poet in the Monterey Bay Area of California before moving to Seattle to create larger multimedia performance work. In New York City and the Bay Area, he created several performances with LGBT themes and toured with them around the United States and Canada. He now works as a writer and as a producer of independent film in Los Angeles. This poem is from his forthcoming book Everything Is On, which explores themes of life, love, and loss.

Patricia Schultheis is the author of “St. Bart’s Way,” a story collection published by Washington Writers Publishing House, and Baltimore’s Lexington Market, published by Arcadia. She has received awards from The Fitzgerald Writers’ Conference, Memoirs Ink, the Nob Hill Branch of the League of American Pen Women, and Winning Writers. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and served on the editorial board of Narrative. She is a member of The National Book Critics Circle and holds degrees from Albertus Magnus College and Johns Hopkins University, where she has taught in the Odyssey Program.

Rosanne Singer is a teaching artist with the Maryland State Arts Council, traveling the state to conduct poetry residencies with elementary and middle school students. She is also part of arts teams that work with pediatric patients at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC and with military families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Recent work appears in The Delmarva Review, Pinyon, Dash and Freshwater and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Meg Stone is the Executive Director of IMPACT, a Boston-area abuse prevention and self-defense program that is part of the nonprofit Triangle. Her writing has been published by Washington Post, Ms., STIR Journal, The Establishment, and Cognoscenti, the opinion page of the Boston NPR station. She is currently embarking on a project that involves interviewing white women sexual abuse survivors about why they voted for Trump.

Dennis Vannatta is a Pushcart Prize winner, with stories published in many magazines and anthologies, including Chariton Review, Boulevard, and Antioch Review.  His sixth collection of stories, The Only World You Get¸ is forthcoming from Et Alia Press.

Paul Watsky, Poetry Editor of Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, splits his time between Inverness, in Marin County, CA, and San Francisco, where he earns his living as a Jungian analyst, specializing in issues related to creativity. He is co-translator of Santoka (Tokyo, PIE Books, 2006) author of two poetry collections, Telling The Difference, and Walk-Up Music (Fisher King Press, 2010, 2015), and had had work in such journals as Interim, The Carolina Quarterly, Smartish Pace, and Rattle.