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.

Anastasia Arellano

Anastasia Arellano is originally from California but now lives in Dublin, Ireland as a freelance writer. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, and holds a Master’s in Creative Writing. She’s had short stories published in The Honest Ulsterman, Honey + Lime, The Hellebore, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Dragon Soul Press, as well as some poetry published in Smithereen’s Press. She recently completed her first solo YA novel which is now making the querying rounds. When she’s not writing, she’s cooking, plastering her bedroom walls in storyboards, or seeking inspiration from the Irish landscape. You can follow her on Instagram @writeranastasia26 and Twitter @AnastasiaArell5

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.

Ann Privateer

Ann Privateer grew up in the Midwest where she began writing poetry in her late teens. She now resides in Northern California. Some of her recent work has appeared in Voices 2022, Sacramento Voices 2018, and Wild Edges to name a few.

Anne Mikusinski

Anne Mikusinski has been writing poetry and short stories since she was seven years old and most probably making them up long before she could hold a pen or pencil in her hand. She finds inspiration in music and art, and sometimes, even little things that happen every day. Her influences range from Robert Frost and Dylan Thomas to David Byrne and Nick Cave, and she hopes one day, her work will inspire others in the same way these writers have been a true inspiration on her.

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.

Candice Kelsey

CANDICE KELSEY [she/her] is a poet, educator, and activist currently living in Augusta, Georgia. She serves as a creative writing mentor with PEN America's Prison & Justice Writing Program; her work appears in Grub Street, Poet Lore, Lumiere Review, Hawai'i Pacific Review, and Poetry South among other journals. Recently, Candice was chosen as a finalist in Iowa Review's Poetry Contest and Cutthroat's Joy Harjo Poetry Prize. Her third book releases September '22. Find her @candicekelsey1 and www.candicemkelseypoet.com.

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.

Charles Rammelkamp

Charles Rammelkamp’s latest poetry collection, The Field of Happiness, has just been published by Kelsay Books. Rammelkamp is Prose Editor for BrickHouse Books. He contributes a monthly book review to North of Oxford and is a frequent reviewer for The Lake, London Grip and The Compulsive Reader. A collection of flash fiction, Presto!, will be published in 2023 by Bamboo Dart Press.

Charlotte Rahme

Charlotte Rahme is an Ottawa local writer inspired by history, archaeology, and the interesting people she meets. She has been published in Common Deer Press and North Literary Journal.

Christine Overall

A former university instructor, Christine Overall has published books, book chapters, and journal articles in philosophy. Contrary to the expectations of her discipline, some of her publications are based on her experiences as a disabled woman, a mother, and an academic in a field dominated by men. For more than a decade she wrote a weekly column called "In Other Words" for the Kingston Whig-Standard. She is now working on the fifth draft of her memoir, an exploration of the risks, in her life, of choosing to have children and the choice whether to be a care giver. She is also writing short creative non-fiction essays and short fiction.

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.

Craig Izard

Craig Izard is a musician, published songwriter and attorney. He lives in Birmingham, AL, USA.

Dana Brewer Harris

Dana Brewer Harris is a voiceover artist, British tv fan, and lover of every dog everywhere. She currently lives in New York City and writes about things that frighten her. Her work has appeared in Atticus Review and the Stanford Writer’s Spotlight. She’s on Twitter @DBrewerHarris

Daniel A. Rabuzzi

Daniel A. Rabuzzi (he / his) has had two novels, five short stories, twenty poems, and nearly 50 essays / articles published (www.danielarabuzzi.com). He lived eight years in Norway, Germany and France. He has degrees in the study of folklore & mythology and European history. He lives in New York City with his artistic partner & spouse, the woodcarver Deborah A. Mills (www.deborahmillswoodcarving.com), and the requisite cat. Tweets @TheChoirBoats

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.

Devonne Parsons

Devonne Brown is a West Virginia author, teacher, and mother of twin boys. She has taught English from Shakespeare to basic Reading in a career that spans closer to a half than a quarter of a century. A scary “Warhorse English Teacher,” she has divided her professional time between alternative and traditional schools in West Virginia, North Carolina, and in the UK. Her first book, Norris Tales, the Adventures of an Awful Housecat, an anthology of anecdotes and short stories revolving around family tyrant Norris, a cat of unusual presence and demeanor. Her upcoming historical fiction in women’s literature, In the Time of the Sonnets: 127 -154, explores the tale of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady, and is on track for publication in February 2023.

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.

Gail Acuff

Gail Acuff has had hundreds of poems published in a dozen countries and has authored three books of poetry. Her poems have appeared in Ascent, Reed, Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, The Font, Chiron Review, Poem, Adirondack Review, Florida Review, Slant, Arkansas Review, Maryland Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Roanoke Review, War, Literature & the Arts, and many other journals.

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.”

Geoffrey Heptonstall

Geoffrey Heptonstall is the author of Heaven's Invention, a novel (Black Wolf 2017) and two poetry collections published by Cyberwit: The Rites of Paradise (2020) and Sappho’s Moon (2021). Recent fiction has appeared in Pennsylvania Literary Journal. Recent poetry has appeared in Fixing Earth, an anthology of eco-awareness from Zimbabwe. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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

Jerome Berglund

Jerome Berglund graduated from the University of Southern California’s Cinema-Television Production program and spent a picaresque decade in the entertainment industry before returning to the midwest where he was born and raised. Since then he has worked as everything from dishwasher to paralegal, night watchman to assembler of heart valves. Jerome has exhibited many haiku, senryu and haiga online and in print, most recently in the Asahi Shimbun, Failed Haiku, Scarlet Dragonfly, Cold Moon Journal, Bear Creek Haiku, the Zen Space and Daily Haiga. He is furthermore an established, award-winning fine art photographer, whose black and white pictures have been shown in New York, Minneapolis, and Santa Monica galleries.

Joan McNerney

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines worldwide. She has four Best of the Net nominations. Her latest title is At Work available on Amazon.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.

Katey Taylor

Katey Taylor is a San Francisco Bay Area based writer. Her recent personal essay was an editor’s pick for SWAAY Women’s Magazine. She’s an author of two young adult novels and was featured in Young Entertainment Magazine. She’s represented by Serendipity Literary Agency. Visit her at www.kateytaylor.com.

Kathleen Chamberlin

Kathleen Chamberlin is a retired educator living in Albany, New York. Her writing has appeared in both print and online journals and in several print anthologies, the most recent of which is CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: Attitude of Gratitude. In addition to writing, she enjoys gardening, genealogy, and grandchildren.

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.

Kim Fahner

Kim Fahner lives and writes in Sudbury, Ontario. Her newest book of poems, Emptying the Ocean, will be published this October by Frontenac House. Kim is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Ontario Representative of The Writers' Union of Canada (2020-24), and a supporting member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Kim may be reached via her author website at www.kimfahner.com

Krista Kulisch

Krista Kulisch is a writer living in Los Angeles. She recently completed her MA in English and now spends her free time reading the pile of books next to her bed. She is currently working on a collection of poetry and prose that examines childhood, trauma, motherhood, and joy.

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: @