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issue 2 | spring 2017 | separation

  • Kari Astillero
    Kari Astillero is a Filipina living in one of the 7, 100 Philippine Islands. She is currently teaching English to Korean students and keeping her solitude away from the city’s noise. Her work has been published in Severine Lit, The Passed Note, Rising Phoenix Review, The Ibis Head Review, and elsewhere.
  • Devon Balwit
    Devon Balwit is from Portland, OR. She has two chapbooks: How the Blessed Travel (Maverick Duck Press) & Forms Most Marvelous (forthcoming with dancing girl press). Her work has found many homes, some of which are: The Cincinnati Review, The Stillwater Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Red Earth Review, Panoplyzine, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and The Inflectionist Review.
  • Amy Bassin & Mark Blickley
    New York artists Amy Bassin and Mark Blickley collaborate on text based art collaborations and videos. Their text based art collaboration, Dream Streams, was featured as an art installation at the 5th Annual NYC Poetry Festival held at Governors Island. Numerous excerpts from this series have been published, including in the Columbia Journal of Literature and Art. Their video, Speaking In Bootongue, was recently selected for the London Experimental Film Festival. Bassin is co-founder of the international artists cooperative, Urban Dialogues; Blickley is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center.
  • Benita Clarke
    Benita Clarke first got bitten by the photography bug as a child in Winston-Salem, NC when her father let her use his camera. He eventually gave her a camera of her own so they could enjoy taking pictures together. She lives in Lexington, where she continues to enjoy photography, and working on personal photography projects. She also enjoys travel, movies, reading, Starbucks runs and ID Discovery among other things and not necessarily in that order.
  • Sean L Corbin
    Sean L Corbin received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky. His work has appeared in Still: The Journal, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Poetry Fix, among others. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and sons.
  • Christina Dalcher
    Christina Dalcher is a theoretical linguist living in the American South. Recognitions include Bath Flash Award’s Short List, nominations for Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions, and second place in Bartleby Snopes’ 2016 Dialogue-Only Contest. Laura Bradford represents Christina’s novels, which feature a sassy and stubborn phonetician with anger management issues. When she’s not writing, Christina teaches flash fiction at The Muse Writer’s Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Find her on Twitter @CVDalcher or read additional short work at
  • Melissa Grunow
    Melissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City (Tumbleweed Books, 2016) which won Second Place-Nonfiction in the 2016 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, The Nervous Breakdown, New Plains Review, and Blue Lyra Review, among many others. Her essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and listed in the Best American Essays 2016 notables. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction with distinction from National University. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @melgrunow.
  • Linda Moore
    Linda Moore’s fourth book, AN EPISODE OF GRACE, (Thornapple Books, 2017) is a collection of twenty stories. Of her short fiction, Alice Munro has written, “These stories won me over at once, heart and mind together.” Linda serves as a consultant for other writers.
  • Jason Nafziger
    Jason Nafziger is a recent graduate of the Creative Writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. This fall he will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an MFA candidate in fiction. For now, he and his wife and their dog still live in Springboro, Ohio.
  • Sergio A. Ortiz
    Sergio A. Ortiz is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016 Best of the Net nominee. 2nd place in the 2016 Ramón Ataz annual poetry competition, sponsored by Alaire Publishing House. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.
  • Marjorie Power
    Marjorie Power’s poetry collection, Seven Parts Woman, was published in September, 2016 by WordTech Editions. Her poems also appear in six chapbooks and one other full length collection, all from small presses in the U.S. Many journals and anthologies include her work: The California Quarterly, Pinyon, Main Street Rag, Trajectory, A Song for Occupations: Poems About the American Way of Work, The Random House Treasury of Light Verse, and others. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, after many years in the Northwest.
  • Steve Shilling
    Steve Shilling has been published in numerous journals, including: DASH Journal, Reed Magazine, Crannóg, and Flint Hills Review and has poems published recently with Sand Canyon Review and Open Palm Print. A high school English teacher, he enjoys sports, gardening and bicycle riding. He lives in McMurray, Pennsylvania with his wife Megan, two children, Stephen and Courtney, and cat Sammy.
  • Robert Shinn
    Robert Shinn is a retired decorative artist living in the backwoods of Cherokee County, Oklahoma. He is a proud tribally enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and shows his art in tribal art shows and galleries.
  • Bekah Steimel
    Bekah Steimel is a poet aspiring to be a better poet. Her recent work has appeared in Section 8 Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, and Yellow Chair Review. She lives in St. Louis, MO and can be found online at and followed on Twitter and Instagram @Bekah-Steimel.
  • Ashlie Stevens
    Ashlie Stevens is a food and spirits writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work has appeared in print or online at The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate and Salon.
  • michael e woods
    michael e woods is a Midwest poet currently completing an MFA at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches writing and edits the Columbia Poetry Review. He received the Merrill Moore Prize for Poetry while attending Vanderbilt University for his BA. Recent work can be read in The New Territory, Eclectica Magazine, The Nashville Review, and Five 2 One Magazine.

issue 1 | fall 2016 | narrow

  • R.A. Allen
    R. A. Allen’s poetry has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Night Train, RHINO Poetry, Word Riot, Amuse-Bouche, Gravel, and elsewhere. He has one Pushcart nomination for poetry and one Best of the Web nomination for fiction. He lives in Memphis, the self-storage capital of the United States.
  • Megan Pillow Davis
    Megan Pillow Davis is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction and is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the University of Kentucky’s English Department. Her work has appeared, among other places, in The Huffington Post, The Christian Century, and the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO). She is the recipient of a 2016 Parent Writer Fellowship in poetry from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and winner of the King Library Press UK Poetry Broadside contest. She lives in Louisville with her husband, their two sons, and their dog.
  • A.J. Huffman
    A.J. Huffman has published thirteen full-length poetry collections, thirteen solo poetry chapbooks and one joint poetry chapbook through various small presses. Her most recent releases, The Pyre On Which Tomorrow Burns (Scars Publications), Degeneration (Pink Girl Ink), A Bizarre Burning of Bees (Transcendent Zero Press), and Familiar Illusions (Flutter Press) are now available from their respective publishers. She is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a two-time Best of Net nominee, and has published over 2600 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, The Bookends Review, Bone Orchard, Corvus Review, EgoPHobia, and Kritya. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.
  • Mike Lee
    Mike Lee is a writer, labor journalist and photographer based in New York City and Managing Editor of Public Employee Press, the voice of District Council 37, AFSCME. His website is
  • Michael Levan
    Michael Levan has work in recent or forthcoming issues of Iron Horse Literary Review, Copper Nickel, Ruminate, and Hunger Mountain. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Saint Francis and writes reviews for American Microreviews and Interviews. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife, Molly, and children, Atticus and Dahlia.
  • Raymond Luczak
    Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of 18 books. Titles include The Kiss of Walt Whitman Still on My Lips and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology. Seven of his poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and online at
  • Jeffrey MacLachlan
    Jeffrey H. MacLachlan also has recent work in New Ohio Review, Eleven Eleven, The William & Mary Review, among others. He teaches literature at Georgia College & State University. He can be followed on Twitter @jeffmack.
  • Ben Pitts
    Ben Pitts is from Phoenix, Arizona. He is a High School English teacher by day and a renegade poet by night. He lives with his wife, Brianne and daughter, Grace. His poetry has been featured on several websites and journals including Pure Slush’s journals, Tall…ish. (Volume 11), Summer (Volume 12), and most recently in The Machinery literary collection. He looks forward to pursuing his MFA in creative writing and finishing his poetry collection.
  • Jay Sennett
    Jay Sennett is a writer and photographer living in Michigan.
  • Marianne Szlyk
    Marianne Szlyk is the editor of The Song Is… , an associate poetry editor at Potomac Review, and a professor of English at Montgomery College. Her second chapbook, I Dream of Empathy, was published by Flutter Press. Her first chapbook, Listening to Electric Cambodia, Looking up at Trees of Heaven, is available through Kind of a Hurricane Press. Her poems have appeared in a variety of online and print venues, including The San Pedro River Review, Of/with, bird’s thumb, Truck, and South Florida Poetry Journal. Two poems have received nominations for Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize respectively. Recently she was artist in residence at The Wild Word. She hopes that you will consider sending work to her magazine. For more information about it, see this link:
  • Stacy Yelton
    Stacy Yelton is a former radio broadcaster. She dabbles in poetry, photography, and music.