Contributors

November 2014, May 2015,  & November 2015

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addison A complicated man living a simple life amidst extraordinary circumstances; no portrait worth the retelling, no print worth the framing, no excuse worth the excusing, damn the man and his biography.

Adreyo Sen is pursuing his MFA at Stony Brook, Southampton.  His thesis is a novel incorporating elements of fantasy and magic realism.

 

Aja Dandridge is a senior at Hiram College and will graduate in May 2015 with a major in Creative Writing. Outside of class, Aja enjoys creating art in her spare time. Her artwork consists of portraits, sketches, water color and oil paintings.  In her junior year of high school, her piece “Flowers” won the “Best of Show” award from the “Heights Youth Artist Contest”. Her second piece “Afro-Hip” was featured in Literary Tones, ECOT’s high school magazine. In 2014, “Selfie” was published in Zaum Magazine. In the near future, she hopes to open up her own art gallery. Her work can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Amelia Williams is a writer from San Francisco. She is an Aries with little discretion. One day she hopes to write a story that everyone likes. When she isn’t writing, she is eating or sleeping or wondering if her dog at home is being walked enough.

 

Art Heifetz teaches ESL to refugees in Richmond, Virginia, travels with his lovely Nicaraguan wife and writes poems, 180 of which have been published in 13 countries. Please visit www.polishedbrasspoems.com to see more of his work. 


Ashlie Allen writes fiction, poetry, and is a photographer. Her work has appeared in The Jet Fuel, Conclave, Literary Orphans, Spelk, The Vending Machine Press, Blink Ink and others. Her greatest influence is Anne Rice.

 

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Becca P. graduated SUNY College at Buffalo in 2011 and since then has worked in a variety of government and political roles including working for a Senator, assisting on the Obama campaign, and working for a community development neighborhood nonprofit. She now works for the State of Nevada administering a federal grant program for rural communities throughout the entire state. Her goal is to one day run for public office. Becca enjoys digital photography, hiking, and thrifting. 

 

Ben Nardolilli currently lives near Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, THEMA, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking to publish a novel.

 

Bethany Rebecca has always had a love for language—the way the words felt round, potent, rich in her mouth. She was always told that she was a good writer, but didn't start writing until she suffered a severe brain and spinal cord injury. She has no formal training and language is her lifeboat. She is a disabled model, advocate, and has recently started a blog. Everything in her life is better now, except her body doesn't work the same. She loves the South and binge eating.

 

Bill Wolak is a poet, photographer, and collage artist. He has just published his twelfth book of poetry entitled “Love Opens the Hands” with Nirala Press. Recently, he was a featured poet at The Mihai Eminescu International Poetry Festival in Craiova, Romania. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

 

Brian Alexander is a reporter for Community Health Magazine, from Elmira, NY. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo State in 2013 with a B.A. in journalism and minor in creative writing. He passes the time by reading, playing guitar and making candles out of old bottles. 

 

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Cate Maroney is an avid reader, enthusiastic writer, and happy nobody. Experiment of two creative parents in a poverty-stricken home somewhere in the suburbs of Massachusetts, she strives to publish her self-professed creative masterpieces. Her goals include traveling the world, riding an elephant, and making the best cup of coffee world-wide. 

 

Christine Degenaars has had work published in a variety of publications, including Hermeneutic Chaos, Hypertrophic Literary, and Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal. She is the recipient of two Bishop Kelleher Awards and an honorable mention for the Bennington Award. She currently lives in New York City.

 

Corey Smith lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife, Holly and two children, Thurston and Sophia. He has a baby due any day now, Holden David Smith. He has published short stories in small press magazines. Smith holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University where he taught English for four years. He currently teaches high school English. This is his fifth year.

 

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Danny P. Barbare resides in the Upstate of the Carolinas. He attended Greenville Technical College where he studied creative writing. His poetry has recently appeared in Doxa, The Santa Clara Review, Blood and Thunder, Watershed as well as other online and print journals. His poetry can be Googled and he has several books available under amazon.com including Gathered Poems and Nature Poems.

 

Darren C. Demaree is the author of four poetry collections, most recently "Not for Art nor Prayer" (2015, 8th House Publishing).  He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology.  Currently, he is living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

 

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Erik Wahlstrom has been featured in several literary journals and magazines including 3 AMBroken Pencil, and Elimae. In 2011, he was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in literature. He lives in Buffalo, NY where he drinks beer and takes photographs. 

 

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A collection of Gary C. Beck’s poetry “Days of Destruction” was published by Skive Press. Another collection “Expectations” was published by Rogue Scholars Press. “Dawn in Cities,” “Assault on Nature,” “Songs of a Clerk,” and “Civilized Ways” were published by Winter Goose Publishing. Another poetry collection “Conditioned Response” was published by Nazar Look. His novel “Extreme Change” was published by Cogwheel Press, “Acts of Defiance” was published by Artema Press, and his short story collection “A Glimpse of Youth” was published by Sweatshop Publications. You can purchase his work here.

 

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Howard Winn’s fiction and poetry has been published in The Long Story, Galway Review(Ireland),  Antigonish Review, Southern Humanities Review, Chaffin Review, New Verse News, Main Street Rag, Thin Air Literary Journal, and Tule Review.  He has a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Stanford University. He is a SUNY faculty member.

 

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Jamal S. Grey is a graduate of the University of Louisville and is proud to call this city home. He works in television and enjoys reading, relaxing, and watching films whenever there is time. In addition to short stories, he writes plays, poems, and recently completed his “final” draft of a screenplay. Contact him via email at jsgrey14@gmail.com.

 

James Shaffer is an American who has lived in Europe for the last 28 years. He studied film and theatre arts at SUNY Purchase and has worked in film production. He has had some twenty stories published in online magazines including The Film of My Life, Bewildering Stories and riverbabble. When he’s not writing, he’s watching movies. He is convinced our perceptions of the images we see on film are a template for what we see inside our heads. He tries to create those images in the stories he writes.

 

Jennifer Singleton has a degree from the University of North Texas in Elementary Education and Early Childhood.  She also has a Master’s Degree from Texas Woman’s University in Library Science.  She lives with two dogs in Corsicana, Texas and loves to read and write poetry in her off time.  She also studied the Romantic Poets in London for a semester.  She has been published in the Red River Review and Foliate Oak Journal. 

 

 

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Jim Freeze is 69 years old and retired. He began writing three years ago just to have something to do. He has been fortunate to fool quite a few editors because this is his sixteenth story to be published.

 

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary zines such as Camel Saloon, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Missing of the Birds, and included in Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane, Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated three times for Best of the Net.

 

John Kaniecki is a short story writer and poet. John has been married to his lovely wife Sylvia from Grenada for over ten years. The happy couple resides in Montclair and attend the Church of Christ at Chancellor Avenue in Newark. John has been published in over fifty outlets. His poetry book Murmurings of a Mad Man published by eLectio Publishing is available here.

 

 Joseph Arechavala is a happily married father of two special needs sons. He was born and raised—and is currently living a humdrum life, dreaming of fame and fortune as a writer—in NJ. A 2008 graduate of Rutgers University, Arechavala has had numerous stories and poems published online and in print, including Skylineand Pearl magazinesArechavala has published his first novel Darkness Persists and is currently working on a science-fiction, fantasy and horror anthology.

 

Joseph Cruse is a writer, an actor, a bad painter, and an English Master’s student – he is, easily more, a lot of nothing and everything. When not getting into trouble, he explores New Orleans, sprays graffiti scenes of movies onto canvas, and works at a coffee shop. Some of his work can also be seen in Poetry Quarterly, Cacti Magazine, Bareback Magazine, and W.I.S.H. Press.

 

Joshua R. Bligh is an American writer and English teacher in the city of Putran, China. To date, his work has appeared in several weekly releases of The Screech Owl. His poems are still pouring off his typewriter and mostly on to the floor. 

 

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Kauri Kilburn is twenty-two and living in England until he finishes his degree. The photos published in the September 2014 issue were taken while exploring the east end of brick lane. He finds that there is so much art and culture to be taken in. Kauri can be contacted at kilburn.k@gmail.com. (Kauri tags his photos as Pariah Photography)

 

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Lauren Mead is a secondary school teacher of English and drama who has been writing short stories, poems, and novels since she was thirteen.  She has been a columnist for The Cannon as well as the fiction editor for Carousel Magazine. She has been published in The Danforth Review and Soliloquies.

 

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Matt Reiner is a visual artist in Los Angeles and has been painting for 10 years.  He branched into writing short stories and other literary art forms in the past year or so.  His favorite authors are Ernest Hemingway and Kurt Vonnegut. His favorite books are The Sun also Rises and The Color Purple.

 

Meggie Royer is a writer and photographer from the Midwest who is currently majoring in Psychology at Macalester College. Her poems have previously appeared in Words Dance Magazine, The Harpoon Review, Melancholy Hyperbole, and more. She has won national medals for her poetry and a writing portfolio in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Royer was the Macalester Honorable Mention recipient of the 2015 Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize.

 

Michael Mira is a writer, photographer, and designer based in Houston. He was born in Manila, and grew up in New York and Texas. His work have appeared in various online and print magazines, such as Identity Theory, The Nervous Breakdown, Poetry Pacific, Bay Laurel, Gravel Literary Journal among others.

 

Molly Cappiello is a graduate of the Creative Writing Department at SUNY Oswego. She is editor and treasurer of the college’s literary magazine, The Great Lake Review. Cappiello has a concentration in poetry and nonfiction and hopes to continue a career in publishing and editing with her degree.

 

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Robert Garner McBrearty writes short stories, poems, and novels. His poems have appeared inPilgrimage and Pooled Ink. His short stories have appeared in the Pushcart Prize, Narrative, North American Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Lowestoft Chronicle, Eclectica, and many other journals. He has published three collections of short stories and, most recently, a novel titledThe Western Lonesome Society. His writing awards include the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Prize and fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He previously taught writing at the University of Colorado and now writes full-time. Visit his website here

 

Roy Anthony Shabla is a poet and painter living in the Los Angeles area. He is the director of collections for the Downey Museum of Art and currently has eight books of poetry and three books of prose in print.  His art has been exhibited across America and Europe and is held in several private collections. For more information, visit www.royanthonyshabla.com.

 

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Scott Russell Duncan is a lingerer and a lurker that gets called “Freak-magnet” by friends who don’t understand it means them, too. Duncan has seen a president eat enchiladas, escaped being held hostage by nuns, fled Mills College with an MFA, and made his lair in Oakland. Duncan’s ancestors are Californian, Hispanic, and Texian, so he’s half white and half Mexican.  His recently completed novel, The Ramona Diary of SRD, a fictional travel diary reclaiming the mythology of Chicano California, which has much to do with a 19th century book named Ramona.  His website is scottrussellduncan.com.

 

Shivendra Kapoor  is a Sagittarian by birth, an automation engineer by profession and a writer at heart. He works as a functional safety engineer in India and lives with his wife and son. Shivendra has ocean deep interest in astrology and the occult world and loves to write occasionally. He has around 20 articles/stories published in leading newspapers, magazines and books, both locally and internationally. He believes in the adage, “Live and let live.”

 

Sophia Caulfield is seventeen years old and lives near Seattle, Washington. The last time she was published was due to her drawing a tooth fairy on a bookmark in the second grade. Find out more here

 

W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage. Jack and his wife, Kathy, live in Monrovia, California. Visit his page here

 

Will Lutton earned his BFA in Creative Writing with a minor in English from Penn State Behrend. He is hoping to gain acceptance into an MFA program in the near future. I enjoy art in all of its many forms, especially writing. I am primarily a fiction writer, focusing on magical realism and its blend of the fantastical and the mundane. I believe that simplicity in writing is not only more concise, but can have a greater impact.

 

William Buege is the author of two chapbooks:Jill (Tamafyhr Mountain Press, 2007) andImitations (Chiron Review Press, 2008). His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Christian Century, Collages and Bricolages, Iris, The Laurel Review, Mid American Review, Phoebe, Riprap, River Styx, Sou’wester, The Madison Review, and the anthology Chick for a Day, as well as in many other periodicals.  One of his poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His degrees are from Northwestern and Washington University. He has a LinkedIn page.