Contributors

Ace Boggess

Ace Boggess is author of six books of poetry, including Escape Envy (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2021), I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, and The Prisoners. His writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, and other journals. An ex-con, he lives in Charleston, West Virginia, where he writes and tries to stay out of trouble.

Angela Hinton

Angela Hinton is teacher, public servant and published author. Her French prose poems, "Soltices, Équinoxes” appeared in the literary review, Trois. Peinture. Punctuation. Vol. 9, No. 3, Spring-Summer, 1994.

Basiliké Pappa

Basiliké Pappa lives in Greece. Her work has appeared in Dead Fern Press, Carmina Magazine, Ubu., Scarlet Dragonfly, Heron Tree, Punk Noir, Sledgehammer Lit, Glitchwords, 11 Mag Berlin, Rat’s Ass Review, Dodging the Rain, Eunoia Review, Surreal Poetics, Bones Journal for Contemporary Haiku, Sonic Boom, Visual Verse, Timeless Tales and Intrinsick.

Bojana Stojcic

Bojana Stojcic teaches mostly high school and college English and is notorious for making her students laugh. A little nonsense now and then is all they sometimes need to make it through the day. Ftr she’s not saying let’s go kill all the stupid, unnecessary people, somehow hoping the issue will sort itself out. If you ask her, though, the only thing worth killing, at least for now, is the powerful gun lobby.

CL Bledsoe

Raised on a rice and catfish farm in eastern Arkansas, CL Bledsoe is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the poetry collections Riceland, The Bottle Episode, and his newest, Driving Around, Looking in Other People's Windows, as well as his latest novels Goodbye, Mr. Lonely and The Saviors. Bledsoe lives in northern Virginia with his daughter.

Cecilia Kennedy

Cecilia Kennedy (she/her) taught English composition/literature and Spanish language/literature in Ohio for 20 years before moving to Washington state with her family, which includes a very demanding cat. Since 2017, she has published her stories in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and England. Her work has appeared in Maudlin House, Coffin Bell, Idle Ink, Tiny Molecules, Streetcake Magazine, Wrongdoing Magazine, Rejection Letters, Open Minds Quarterly, Headway Quarterly, Flash Fiction Magazine, Kandisha Press, Ghost Orchid Press, and others. The Places We Haunt (2020) is her first short story collection. Additionally, she thoroughly enjoys being a volunteer adult beverages columnist for The Daily Drunk, a proofreader for Flash Fiction Magazine, and a concept editor for Running Wild Press. Twitter: @ckennedyhola

Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

Ceinwen Cariad Haydon lives near Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and writes short stories and poetry. She is widely published in online magazines and in print anthologies. Her first chapbook is 'Cerddi Bach' [Little Poems], Hedgehog Press, July 2019. Post-retirement from social work, she is developing practice as participatory arts facilitator. She believes everyone's voice counts.

Celia Lisset Alvarez

Celia Lisset Alvarez is a writer and educator from Miami, Florida. She has four collections of poetry, Shapeshifting (winner of the 2005 Spire Press Poetry Award), The Stones (Finishing Line Press 2006), Multiverses (Finishing Line Press 2021) and the upcoming Bodies & Words (Assure Press 2022). Her stories and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently in Last Leaves Magazine, dyst, and Blue Mountain Review. She was also the editor of the literary journal Prospectus.

Christopher Butt

Originally from Corner Brook Newfoundland and Labrador, Christopher Butt is a retired member of the Canadian Forces navigating his way to a life of being a writer. His genres include Science Fiction, Fantasy, weird fiction and the occasional humorous piece. He lives in St. Catharines, and you can find his work on his Wattpad page under the name “Buttster”.

Christopher Waldrop

Christopher Waldrop is a writer and library assistant living in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and a horde of wild Dalmatians. He catches snakes with his bare hands but is deathly afraid of ferrets.

Clara Burghelea

Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet with an MFA in Poetry from Adelphi University. Recipient of the Robert Muroff Poetry Award, her poems and translations appeared in Ambit, Waxwing, The Cortland Review and elsewhere. Her second poetry collection Praise the Unburied was published with Chaffinch Press in 2021. She is Review Editor of Ezra, An Online Journal of Translation.

Dave Cline

Dave Cline writes fiction and software from atop the lowliest mountain in the Northwest US. The software for money, the fiction for fun, although someday he wishes that reversed (at which point he will no doubt cease writing code).

David R. Mellor

Born in 1964 in Liverpool, England, David didn't find his voice until his youth. He spent years thinking he was nobody and being treated as such, including a period of homelessness in the desperate Thatcher Years. However, he papered over the scars and found understanding and belief through words. He has been published and performed widely on the BBC, The Tate, galleries and pubs and everything in between. Now a resident in Turkey, he has continued his literary career. His poems and writings are autobiographical, while others are topical.

Debra Zannelli

Debra Zannelli was raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island. She lived in Salem, Connecticut with her husband for twenty-four years, working for eighteen years at Chelsea Groton Savings Bank. While working at the bank, she earned a business degree from Mitchell College. In 1996, Debra was diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumor. During her recovery, she wrote her first novel, Dark Night of the Soul. Returning to work, she put her book aside and did not pursue her writing career. When her husband was transferred to Newport, they moved to Exeter, Rhode Island, where she continued her education. After receiving a certificate as a teacher’s assistant, she was hired by the Exeter/West Greenwich School District. Retiring, she once again found time to return to her first passion. She still lives in Rhode Island with her husband of forty-four years. She has one adult son. Debra enjoys hiking with her dog Boots, traveling and writing.

Dennis Stein

Dennis Stein lives in Brockville, Ontario, not far from the scenic Thousand Islands. He has lived in Eastern Ontario for most of his life, and he and his wife love to mold their backyard into a slice of paradise on weekends. Stein enjoys writing in a variety of genres, and regularly writes historical and human interest articles for several local publications. He has published several novels, including two series, and is currently working on several large projects for younger readers.

Diana Coombes

Diana writes domestic noir novels. She has been writing since she was a child and her dad inspired her to write. She lives with her husband, and German Shephard Rottweiler. A mother of two grown up children, she is also a proud grandmother. She has been writing since she was a child. Her first novel ‘’Sticks and Stones’’ was self-published in 2005. Her second novel ‘’It Won’t Happen Again’’ was self-published last year on Amazon. It is a fictional story about a woman called Martha (a victim of domestic violence). Her daughter and best friend tell her to leave, but it takes a catalytic event to change her life forever. Diana joined a playwright group, where she was part of a group of amateur writers. ‘’The Kingswood Beast’’ premiered at The Corby Cube.

Elizabeth Mercurio

Elizabeth Mercurio is the author of the chapbook Doll. She is an Assistant Editor at Lily Poetry Review and earned her MFA in poetry from the Solstice Program. Her poems have appeared in Third Point Press, Philadelphia Stories, The Literary Nest, Ample Remains, The Wild Word, Thimble Magazine, and elsewhere. She was recently named a finalist in the Cordella Press Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize.

Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz

Labrador Inuk Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz (she/hers) is a self-taught poet. She is a dual citizen and loves visiting her family in Toronto when her schedule permits. Ella teaches online poetry for Indigenous students at the North American Indian Center of Boston. She’s been published in Lucky Jefferson and other magazines. She can be reached on Facebook @ellanathanaelalkiewicz or on Twitter @ellaalk or on Instagram @ella_alk.

Evelyn Moriarty

Evelyn Moriarty is a native of Co. Limerick in the West of Ireland. She holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from University of Limerick, a B.A. in English Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, and has particular interdisciplinary research interests in 21st century poetry and music. Previously published in The Ogham Stone (2019) literary journal, Evelyn is an active member of the Killaloe Writers Group and draws inspiration from liminal spaces, boundaries within and without, and the poetics of silence.

Garry Engkent

Garry Engkent is a Chinese-Canadian. He has co-authored three texts: Groundwork: Writing Skills to Build On; Fiction/Non-Fiction: A Reader and Rhetoric; and Essay: Do's and Don'ts. His fictional stories have appeared in Exile, Many-Mouthed Birds, Emerge, and Ricepaper Magazine. Most stories have a Chinese immigrant slant: "Why My Mother Can't Speak English", "Eggroll", and “Rabbit". His recent published foray into horror is “I, Zombie: A Different Point of View.”

Gina Manchego Zufall

Gina Manchego Zufall is a multi-medium artist and poet. She has been penning since childhood, and loves nothing more than painting beautiful scenes with the written word. Gina lives in the wild mountains of Colorado, USA.

Jacqueline Jules

Jacqueline Jules is the author of Manna in the Morning (Kelsay Books, 2021) and Itzhak Perlman's Broken String, winner of the 2016 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize from Evening Street Press. Her poetry has appeared in over 100 publications including K’in, The Sunlight Press, Gyroscope Review, and One Art. Visit www.jacquelinejules.com

KC Hill

K.C. Hill is an accredited blogger, eclectic artist and hybrid writer who has been living abroad since 2002. Having taught EFL and Creative Writing for several years, she launched Great Storybook in 2014, which though archived since 2018 is visited 30,000 times a month. Some of her writing has gotten published and awarded, some of her artwork has been sold in galleries. K.C. is ever working to hone her craft and has just submitted her first novel of Magical Realism to a literary agent. Sign up for K.C.’s The Morning Buzz at www.KC-Hill.com and follow her on Twitter @KC_Hill_.

Kara Valore

Kara’s poetry has appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic, Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY, Bards Against Hunger Pennsylvania Anthology, GrassLimb, Skinny Poetry Journal, and others. Kara’s earlier poetry has appeared in regional publications such as Pennsylvania Poetry Society anthologies as well as Yorkfest Literary Competitions in her hometown of York, Pennsylvania where she currently resides. Her first collection of poems, Where the Compass Points, is forthcoming.

Keith Hoerner

Published in 100+ lit mags across five continents, Keith Hoerner (BS, MFA) is founding editor of the Webby Award recognized Microfiction e-zine/print anthology The Dribble Drabble Review as well as the author of two books. He lives in Southern Illinois.

Kenneth Pobo

Kenneth Pobo (he/him) lives in Pennsylvania. He is the author of twenty-one chapbooks and nine full-length collections. Recent books include Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers), Uneven Steven (Assure Press), Sore Points (Finishing Line Press) Lilac and Sawdust (Meadowlark Press) and Lavender Fire, Lavender Rose (BrickHouse Books). Opening is forthcoming from Rectos Y Versos Editions.

Kerstan Batchelor

Kerstan Batchelor is poet and writer native to Tennessee.

Kevin Wilson

K. R. Wilson’s debut novel An Idea About My Dead Uncle won the inaugural Guernica Prize in 2018 and was published in 2019. His latest novel Call Me Stan: A Tragedy in Three Millennia was longlisted for the Leacock Medal for Literary Humour. His work has also been published in The Temz Review, Syncopation Literary Journal, Bywords and the flash fiction anthology This Will Only Take a Minute. He lives in Toronto.

Kristy Bowen

A writer and book artist working in both text and image, Kristy Bowen creates a regular series of chapbook, zine, and artist book projects. Since 2005, she has blogged about writing, art, and other creative pursuits at dulcetly: notes on a bookish life. She is the author of eleven full-length collections of poetry/prose/hybrid work, including the recent SEX & VIOLENCE (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), and the self-issued ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MONSTER, DARK COUNTRY and FEED.

Laura McPherson

Laura McPherson (she/they) is a multigenred writer based in Chicago. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Night Picnic Journal, Downstate Story, Cosmic Horror Monthly, The Hyacinth Review, and elsewhere. Her CNF chapbook, inVISIBLE, is forthcoming from Alien Buddha Press. Find her online at https://lauramcphersonwriter.com/ and on Twitter @silversatire.

Laura Stamps

Laura Stamps loves to play with words and create experimental forms for her fiction. Author of 33 novels, novellas, and short story collections, including THE WAY OUT (Alien Buddha Press) and DOG DAZED (Kittyfeather Press). Winner of the Muses Prize. Recipient of a Pulitzer Prize nomination and 7 Pushcart Prize nominations. Website: www.laurastampsfiction.blogspot.com Twitter: @

Lawrence Moore

Lawrence Moore has been writing poems - some silly, some serious - since childhood. He lives in Portsmouth, England with his husband Matt and nine mostly well behaved cats. He has poetry published at, among others, Sarasvati, Pink Plastic House, Fevers of the Mind and The Madrigal. His first collection, Aerial Sweetshop, was published by Alien Buddha Press in January. @LawrenceMooreUK

Lene MacLeod

Lene MacLeod writes dark fiction, suspense, quiet horror, and poetry in Ontario, Canada. She has had a few pieces published since finally deciding to send her work out into the world, after writing for many years. When not writing, she delves into artwork, watching films, or working on micro-publishing projects (she published a zine for two years, and one anthology), Twitter: @lenemacleod

Linda Allison

Linda Allison is a recovering banker, attempting to be what she always said she would be when she grew up: a writer. Linda lives in The Woodlands, Texas, with the love of her life, where together they’re trying to figure out this retired thing. Her work has appeared in McQueen’s Quinterly, Star 82 Review, and Pile Press. She recently took first place in the Creative Nonfiction Category of the League of Utah Writer’s annual Olive Woolley Burt writing contest. A life-long learner, Linda will be entering an MFA program at Lindenberg University in the fall.

Lori Everett

Lori has spent the bulk of her career in business communications and public relations. A versatile writer and editor, she has produced materials ranging from articles, brochures and online text - to technical manuals, annual reports and video scripts. Writing flash fiction presents some unique challenges. Interestingly, she approaches it in the same way as her non-fiction work: keep the audience top of mind, write tight, and strive to give people content worthy of their time and attention.

Luke Beling

South African born, Luke Beling, left home at 19. In 2007, he graduated from Campbellsville University with a BA in English. Luke has had several short stories published in magazines, including: Quiet Shorts (2012), Eyelands (2019), and New Reader Magazine (2021). Luke is the director of tennis for a private club on the Big Island of Hawaii and a content writer for a popular surf brand. Luke is also an indie-folk singer-songwriter. Twitter: @BelingLuke Instagram: luke.beling Facebook: facebook.com/luke.beling Spotify: Luke Beling

Lynda Scott Araya

Lynda Scott Araya is a short fiction writer from New Zealand, She has most recently been published in The Bangalore Review and has work forthcoming in a Weasel Press anthology.

M.E. Proctor

M.E. Proctor is currently writing a series of contemporary detective novels. The first book will come out from TouchPoint Press early 2023. Her short stories have been published in Vautrin, Bristol Noir, Pulp Modern, Mystery Tribune, The Bookends Review, Shotgun Honey and others. She lives in Livingston, Texas. Twitter: @MEProctor3

Margaret Randall

Margaret Randall immigrated to Canada from England at the age of 11. She has written in several genres throughout her life, beginning with children's stories, one of which was published last year. Her writings include a collection of poems, many of which are on the dark side. Margaret raised three children who are now successful adults and currently lives in Woodstock, Ontario.

Margo McCall

Margo McCall’s short stories have been featured in Pacific Review, Heliotrope, In*tense, Wazee Journal, Sidewalks, Rockhurst Review, Toasted Cheese, and other journals. Her nonfiction has appeared in Herizons, blank pages, Lifeboat: A Journal of Memoir, Pilgrimage, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. She is a graduate of the M.A. creative writing program at California State University Northridge. Born in Winnipeg, she lives in the port town of Long Beach, California. For more information, visit http://www.margomccall.com

Melanie Bee Cee

Melanie was born in Utah 62 years ago and has lived in Utah her whole life. She got into writing at a young age, drawing cartoon strips and making up the dialogue. Her mother was named “Poetess Laurate” of one of the towns the family lived in, so the writing tendency is honestly come by. She is an active blogger and has gotten some great inspiration from fellow bloggers who host writing prompts, although most of her work is from her own ideas. Melanie lives with her chihuahua/terrier mix dog whose name is “Ziggy.” Writing brings her a lot of pleasure and her hope is that others will enjoy her writing as well.

Michael Igoe

Michael Igoe, city boy, neurodiverse, Chicago now Boston. Tai Chi apprentice, erstwhile scholar. Numerous works appear in journals and anthologies online and print at amazon.com, lulu.com, and barneaandnoble.com. Recent: feversofthemindpress.com, alternateroute.org, Spare Change News(cambridge MA). National Library of Poetry Editor's Choice Award 1997. Twitter: MichaelIgoe5, Website: poetry-in-moton.org

Monique Berkin

Monique Berkin is currently working on her debut novel Sacrifice. When she isn’t writing, Monique enjoys running on forest trails, boating, or watching a good movie. Monique’s home is in Canada on Vancouver Island, where she lives with her husband and two children.

N. K. Rowe

N.K. Rowe is Chair of Fosseway Writers in Newark, Nottinghamshire, and was instrumental in the development of the group’s recent books, Burning Old School Ties (a collaborative novel) and The Brinwade Chronicles (a Gothic collection), writing several short stories for the latter. He has just finished writing his first novel, an adventurous jape set just before the Trojan War.
Twitter: @phoenicks_uk
Wordpress: https://babbitman.wordpress.com/

Navraj Goyal

Navraj Goyal lives in New Delhi, India with his beautiful wife and two gorgeous boys. He works as a commissioner in Indian Revenue Services and writes poems as a hobby. For him, writing is something that brings joy, something that happens spontaneously and sometimes it is the fun of capturing a fleeting thought as sometimes an idea could be gone as soon as it comes. He enjoys sharing his thoughts and feelings in this form with his friends and family.

Nolcha Fox

Nolcha Fox has written all her life, starting with poop and crayons on the walls. Her poems have been published in Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Alien Buddha Zine, The Red Lemon Review, Gone Lawn, Dark Entries, Duck Head Journal, Medusa’s Kitchen and others. Her chapbook, “My Father’s Ghost Hates Cats,” is available on Amazon.

Owolusi Lucky

Owolusi Lucky is a Nigerian, he writes poetry, fiction, and non fiction. He has published or has work forthcoming in Noctivagant press, Crosscurrent, America Diversity Report, Afrorep, Decolonial Passage, Zoeticpress, Hallowzine, Scars publication, Sweety Cat Press, Macromicrocosm, Dietmilkmag, Collegevilleinstitute, Overtly Lit, A Solarpunk anthology and others.He shares his thoughts at: Africanmighty.art.blog Twitter @mighty_scribe

Patrick Connors

Pat Connors first chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was released by Lyricalmyrical Press in
2013, and charted on the Toronto Poetry Map. Other publication credits include: The Toronto Quarterly; Spadina Literary Review; Sharing Spaces; Tamaracks; and Tending the Fire. His first full collection, The Other Life, is newly released by Mosaic Press.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patrick.j.connors.3
Twitter: https://twitter.com/81912CON

Patrick Wright

Patrick Wright has a poetry collection, Full Sight Of Her, published by Eyewear (2020). He has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the Open University. He is also currently finishing a PhD in Creative Writing, on the ekphrasis of modern and contemporary art, supervised by Jane Yeh and Siobhan Campbell.

Petar Penda

Petar Penda is a professor of English and American literature (University of Banja Luka) and a translator. His translations have been published in renowned journals in the USA and the UK. His poetry was published by "Fevers of the Mind", " Lothlorien Poetry Journal", "A Thin Slice of Anxiety", "Trouvaille Review" and others.