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issue 4 | spring 2018 | distance

  • Roger Camp
    Roger Camp is the author of three photography books including the award winning Butterflies in Flight, Thames & Hudson, 2002, and Heat, Charta, Milano, 2008. He considers his first serious photograph to have been taken at the age of ten when he climbed a pine tree to photograph Yosemite Falls from a different point of view.
  • K.Eltinaé
    K. Eltinaé is a Sudanese poet of Nubian descent, his work has appeared in The African American Review, Baphash Literary & Arts Quarterly, Jaffat El Aqlam, New Contrast, Poetry Potion, Surrealist/Outsider Anthology by Thrice Press, The WAiF Project, NILVX, Ink in Thirds, The Elephants, Algebra of Owls, Sukoon, Illya’s Honey, Elsewhere Literary Journal, PCM, The Ofi Press, Poetic Diversity, Chanterelle’s Notebook,and Poetry Pages. His favourite smells are sandalwood, ambar, and Japaneze yuzu. He also loves cheescake, the oud, the kora, handmade foutas, old skool rap, Sufi literature, Greek mythology and Sarah Vaughan. More of his work can be found at k-eltinae.com, and on facebook.
  • Olivia Fitzsimons
    Olivia Fitzsimons is a northerner living in Greystones, County Wicklow. Her flash fiction has appeared/forthcoming in the Honest Ulsterman, Crannog, Boyne Berries, Cabinet of Heed, FlashBack Fiction and Deracine. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Sunday Business Post/Penguin Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2018. Her flash ‘We Don’t Understand The Machines We Have Created,’ was shortlisted for the Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize in 2017 and will be published in the Anthology, Impermanent Facts, by Retreat West Books later this year. Olivia was lucky enough to be selected for the Words Ireland/Wicklow County Council Arts Mentee Scheme 2018 with author Rob Doyle for six months. Wicklow County Council Arts will also fund a week long residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in December 2018 and one to one mentorship with Nuala O’Connor in early June. She is currently working on a story collection and first novel.
  • K. Gray
    Kimber Gray is a writer, arts marketer, and token millennial living in Lexington, KY.
  • Nels Hanson
    Nels Hanson grew up on a small farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California and has worked as a farmer, teacher and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. His poems received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations.
  • Patricia Holland
    Writer Patricia Holland wrote strictly factual nonfiction articles for most of her 25-year-long career at the National Geographic Society. When she retired, she went back to graduate school for creative writing classes. That’s when she discovered the genre called nature writing.
  • Dallas Jones
    Dallas Jones is a graduate of UT-Chattanooga’s undergraduate English program. He travels for work, sometimes with his dog, installing signs.
  • Devon Miller-Duggan
    Devon Miller-Duggan has published poems in Rattle, Shenandoah, Margie, Christianity and Literature, Gargoyle. She teaches creative writing at the University of Delaware. Her books include Pinning the Bird to the Wall (Tres Chicas Books, 2008), Neither Prayer, Nor Bird (Finishing Line Press, 2013), Alphabet Year (Wipf & Stock, 2017).
  • Steven Moore
    Steven Moore received his MFA in nonfiction writing from Oregon State University. His essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, the North American Review, Ninth Letter, and BOAAT, among others. He lives in western Oregon.
  • Diane Payne
    Diane Payne’s most recent publications include: Obra/Artiface, Reservoir, Spry Literary Review, Watershed Review, Superstition Review, Tishman Review, Whiskey Island, Kudzu House Quarterly, Blue Lyra Press, Fourth River, Cheat River Review, The Offing, Elke: A little Journal, Souvenir Literary Review, and Outpost 19. Diane is the author of Burning Tulips (Red Hen Press) and co-author of Delphi Series 5 chapbook.
  • Fabrice Poussin
    Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review, and more than 250 other publications.
  • Kelly Rawlinson
    Decades ago, autodidact & bloody-minded optimist Kerry Rawlinson gravitated from sunny Zambian skies to solid Canadian soil, nurturing family and a career in Architectural Technology. She now pursues Art & Literature’s Muses around the Okanagan, barefoot; her patient husband ensuring she’s fed. She’s won some contests, e.g. from Geist; Postcards, Poems & Prose, Fusion Art; and recent work appears in LRC, Grey Borders, Reflex Fiction, Prelude, Riddled With Arrows, Salomé, Boned, Pedestal Magazine, Arc Poetry, Anti Heroin Chic, pioneertown, Minola Review; and Qwerty, amongst others. Kerryrawlinson.tumblr.com; @kerryrawli
  • Courtney Rose
    Courtney Rose is a twenty-two-year-old from Richmond, Virginia, with a Bachelor’s degree in French and Creative Writing. She has a passion for art museums, antiques, and the art of tattooing.
  • Ravneet Kaur Sandhu
    Ravneet Kaur Sandhu is a college student who loves thick novels and sugary coffee. She is originally from India. Her short stories have been published in The Rectangle, Crux Magazine, Women Right the World and Onyx.
  • Rebecca Tirrell Talbot
    Rebecca Talbot is a graduate of Roosevelt University’s MFA program, and her work has appeared in Limestone Journal, Contrary, Necessary Fiction, and other magazines. For this essay, she found these resources especially helpful: The Shocking History of Electric Fishes by Stanley Finger and Marco Piccolino, Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction by Frank A.J.L. James, Shelley and Vitality by Sharon Ruston, and The Davy Letters Project. Permission to quote the following lines is by courtesy of the Royal Institution of Great Britain: “To be sent immediately…” (HD/26/b, 18); “Our artificial Science…” (HD/12/123); “This Evening…” (HD/14/m, 175-6).
  • Vivian Wagner
    Vivian Wagner lives in New Concord, Ohio, where she teaches English at Muskingum University.
  • Mike Wilson
    Mike Wilson, a writer in Lexington, Kentucky, has had stories and poetry published in small magazines and anthologies including Appalachian Heritage, Windmill, and Chicago Literati. He is the author of a biography, Warrior Priest: The Story of Father Roy Bourgeois and The School of the Americas.

issue 3 | fall 2017 | tradition

  • Bobby Steve Baker
    Bobby Steve Baker grew up on an Indian Reservation on the Canadian side of Lake Huron. He now divides his time between Lexington Kentucky and a home on the Sauble River, holding to the soul of the Big Water. He has an MFA in Poetry from National University and several other expensive postgraduate indulgences. After a few decades on faculty in the College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, he now writes full time. He has published recently in, Limestone, Kentucky Review, Cold Mountain Review, Cloudbank, and Slant. His latest book is, This Crazy Urge to Live, (Linnet’s Wings Press).
  • Jenny Bell
    Jenny Bell is from Cynthiana, Kentucky. She studied studio art at Morehead State University and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University. She enjoys drawing, painting, photography, making messes and fixing things. She currently is an Instructor of Art at Morehead State University.
  • Allison Blevins
    Allison Blevins received her MFA at Queens University of Charlotte and is a Lecturer for the Women’s Studies Program at Pittsburg State University and the Department of English and Philosophy at Missouri Southern State University. In 2017, she was a finalist for the Cowles Poetry Book Prize, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and the Moon City Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in such journals as the Minnesota review, Nimrod International Journal, Sinister Wisdom, Pilgrimage, and Josephine Quarterly. She lives in Joplin, Missouri, with her wife and two children.
  • Christina Dalcher
    Christina Dalcher holds a doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University, and writes from her home in the American South. Over one hundred of her stories have appeared in print or online in various journals, including The Airgonaut, Bartleby Snopes, (b)OINK, The Molotov Cocktail, and New South Journal. Recognitions include The Bath Flash Award’s Short List, nominations for Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions, Mslexia’s Novel Contest Long List, and first place in The Short Story Flash Fiction Competition. Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency represents her novels. Find Christina on Twitter @CVDalcher, or read additional work at www.christinadalcher.com.
  • Deahna Fumarol
    Deahna Fumarol received her BFA in Applied Visual Arts with a minor in English from Oregon State University. She recognizes her degree is worthless, however, she regrets nothing aside from all the orange chicken from Panda Express. She cooks in a hipster gastropub when she’s not making or thinking about making art, and lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and two sons.
  • Laura Gill
    Laura Gill is a writer and photographer living in Washington, D.C. She earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and her work has been featured in Entropy, Windmill, and The Blue Mesa Review. She is also the recipient of a Ragdale residency.
  • Christy Alexander Hallberg
    Christy Alexander Hallberg is a Teaching Associate Professor of English at East Carolina University, where she earned her BS and MA in English. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. In addition to her teaching duties, she serves as an assistant editor for North Carolina Literary Review. Her work has appeared in such journals as Main Street Rag, North Carolina Literary Review, Fiction Southeast, Emerge Literary Journal, Eclectica, and Concho River Review. She is currently working on a novel.
  • G. Evelyn Lampart
    As a clinical social worker for the city of New York, G. Evelyn Lampart was in the field making home visits to clients. Retired from her “day job” she is now a dedicated YMCA member, leads an art workshop in a mental health clinic, and devotes time to write and paint. As a lifelong Brooklynite she has witnessed, and been a part of, its changes over the years. Her stories and memoirs are published in Poetica, The Quotable, Nous, and Rozlyn, an anthology.
  • Brandon Marlon
    Brandon Marlon is a Canadian-Israeli writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 200+ publications in 27 countries. www.brandonmarlon.com.
  • Nahal Mubarak
    Nihal Mubarak is a poet and short story writer who has found herself caught in an eternal battle between being too poetic for fiction and too ensnared in prose for poetry. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.
  • Yonah Nyawir
    Yonah Nyawir was born in 1982 near Lake Victoria in Kenya among the Luo Community. He has a BA in Urban & Regional Planning from Maseno University. Currently, Yonah is an assistant County Commissioner in Mandera, Kenya. Yonah is a lover of the cultural diversity that Mother Earth offers. He advocates for preservation of various acceptable cultures and believes that people should not be denied opportunities or acceptance based on their cultural practice.
  • Miriam O'Neal
    Miriam O’Neal’s poems and reviews have appeared in AGNI, Blackbird Journal, Nottingham Review, and other places. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and lives in Plymouth.
  • Winston Plowes
    Winston Plowes lives aboard his floating home in Calderdale with his lucky black cat, Fatty. He teaches creative writing and was Poet in Residence for The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2012-14. His collection of surrealist poetry Telephones, Love Hearts & Jelly Fish, Electric Press was published in 2016.
  • Fabrice Poussin
    Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in the Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review, and more than 250 other publications.
  • Kelly Scarff
    Kelly Scarff lives and attends school in Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • Bree Schulz
    Bree Schulz is a native Rhode Islander who is hard at work on her first novel, a work of post-apocalyptic fiction.
  • Allison Thorpe
    Allison Thorpe’s latest chapbook is Dorothy’s Glasses (Finishing Line Press). Recent work appears in Pleiades, Roanoke Review, Split Rock Review, Pembroke Magazine, Hamilton Stone Review, the Tipton Review, Forgotten Women (anthology from Grayson Books), and Nasty Women Poets (anthology from Lost Horse Press). She lives in Lexington, KY.

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 www.christinadalcher.com.
  • 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 www.melissagrunow.com 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. www.lindamcculloughmoore.com
  • 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 bekahsteimel.com 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. www.kindofahurricanepress.com.
  • 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 www.mleephotoart.com.
  • 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 raymondluczak.com.
  • 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: thesongis.blogspot.com
  • Stacy Yelton
    Stacy Yelton is a former radio broadcaster. She dabbles in poetry, photography, and music.