The O’Brien in My Name
Ed O’Casey attended the University of North Texas and New Mexico State University. He is the author of the book Proximidad: A Mexican/American Memoir and other transformations that have appeared or are upcoming in Berkeley Poetry Review, Cold Mountain Review, Tulane Review, Euphony, Poetry Quarterly, Whiskey Island, and NANO Fiction. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.
I Would Kiss this Man
David Sapp, writer, artist and professor, lives along the southern shore of Lake Erie in North America. A Pushcart nominee, he was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence grant and an Akron Soul Train fellowship for poetry. His poems appear widely in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. His publications include articles in the Journal of Creative Behavior; chapbooks Close to Home and Two Buddha; and a novel, Flying Over Erie.
Jeff Fearnside’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Paris Review, The Fourth River Permafrost, Clackamas Literary Review The Los Angeles Review, and Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest (University of Washington Press). Honors for his work include writing residencies at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest and the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a Peace Corps Writers Poetry Award, and an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. He’s taught writing and literature for many years, currently at Oregon State University.
Museum of Lost Faith
Karen Douglass, MA, MFA has published five books of poetry, one of short fiction, and three novels, Accidental Child, Providence and Invisible Juan. Karen is a member of Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop, Climate Culture, and the Academy of American Poets. Her publication list is available at www.KVDbooks.com.
The Face We Know, the Name
James Miller is a native of Houston, though he has spent time in the American Midwest, Europe, China, South America and India. Recent publications include Cold Mountain Review, The Maine Review, Lunch Ticket, Gravel, Main Street Rag and Juked.
Even Zeus must get tired of the view sometimes
Casey Killingsworth has work in The American Journal of Poetry, Kimera, Spindrift, Rain, Slightly West, Timberline Review, COG, Common Ground Review, Typehouse, Bangalore Review, Two Thirds North, and other journals. His book of poems, A Handbook for Water, was published by Cranberry Press in 1995. As well he has a book on the poetry of Langston Hughes, The Black and Blue Collar Blues (VDM, 2008). He has a Master’s degree from Reed College.
The Fly Fisher and the Surgeon
Dick Altman lives at 7,000 feet on New Mexico’s high desert plain, where he overlooks the Puebloan Rio Grande valley and five mountain ranges. Santa Fe Literary Review, American Journal of Poetry, riverSedge, Fredericksburg Literary Review, Foliate Oak, Blue Line, THE Magazine, Gravel, The Offbeat, Split Rock Review, Almagre Review, The Ravens Perch, Sky Island Journal and others here, in England and Australia have published his work. He won first prize for poetry in Santa Fe New Mexican’s 2015 writing competition. He earned an MA in English at the University of Chicago.
Breach of Contract
Claire Scott is an award-winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Enizagam and Healing Muse, among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and Until I Couldn’t. She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.
In My Other Lives
Hollie Dugas lives and teaches in New Mexico. Her work has been selected to be included in Barrow Street, Reed Magazine, Crab Creek Review, Pembroke, Salamander, Poet Lore, Watershed Review, Under the Gum Tree, Chiron Review, and CALYX. Hollie has been a finalist twice for the Peseroff Prize at Breakwater Review, Greg Grummer Poetry Prize at Phoebe, Fugue’s Annual Contest, and has received Honorable Mention in Broad River Review. Additionally, “A Woman’s Confession #5,162” was selected as the winner of Western Humanities Review Mountain West Writers’ Contest (2017). She is currently a member on the editorial board for Off the Coast.
Ivanov Reyez was an English professor at Odessa College. His poetry has appeared in The Cafe Review, Paris Lit Up, Eclipse, Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, Belleville Park Pages, Sierra Nevada Review, Pinyon, The Mayo Review, and other journals. He won the riverSedge Poetry Prize 2015. He is the author of Poems, Not Poetry (Finishing Line Press, 2013). His fiction has appeared in Texas Short Stories, 34th Parallel Magazine, Terra Incognita, El Locofoco, Sephardic-American Voices: Two Hundred Years of a Literary Legacy, and elsewhere. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction.
Danielle Hanson is the author of Fraying Edge of Sky (Codhill Press Poetry Prize, 2018) and Ambushing Water (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in over 80 journals, won the Vi Gale Award from Hubbub, was Finalist for 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award and was nominated for several Pushcarts and Best of the Nets. She is Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books and is on the staff of the Atlanta Review. Her poetry has been the basis for visual art included in the exhibit EVERLASTING BLOOM at the Hambidge Center Art Gallery, and Haunting the Wrong House, a puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts. More about her at daniellejhanson.com.
I Dream About Animals
Donald Illich has published poetry in journals such as The Iowa Review, Fourteen Hills, and Cold Mountain Review. He won Honorable Mention in the Washington Prize book contest. He recently published a book, Chance Bodies (The Word Works, 2018).
How to Write a Poem in the Time of Swine
Cesar L. DeLeon lives and works in the South Texas Borderlands. His work has been published in Pilgrimage, The Acentos Review, Queen Mob’s Tea House, La Bloga, and the anthologies Pulse/Pulso: In Rememberance of Orlando, Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, and Texas Weather Anthology, among others.
Your Father’s Teeth
Leah Kuenzi is a graduate of the MFA program at Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA. Recent work has been published in Alternating Current Press, Evening Street Review, and The Lindenwood Review. She works in nonprofit grant writing and as a college instructor in the Atlanta area. When not writing and working, she enjoys experimenting with vegan recipes and starting (but rarely finishing) home improvement projects.
Katheryn Krotzer Laborde is a writer of prose who lives and works in the greater New Orleans area. Her work has appeared in a variety of sites and journals, the paper versions of which weight down a few shelves of a bookcase that, once upon a time, stood glossily varnished in one son's room or another, but now is turquoise-hued and standing watch in the living room.
After the Pyre
Esteban Rodríguez is the author of the poetry collections Dusk & Dust, Crash Course, In Bloom, (Dis)placement, and The Valley. His work has appeared in Boulevard, Shenandoah, The Rumpus, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He is the Interviews Editor for the EcoTheo Review, an Assistant Poetry Editor for AGNI, and a regular reviews contributor for [PANK] and Heavy Feather Review. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas.
Lessons on Digital Grieving
María Mínguez Arias is a bilingual writer, a translator, and a journalist born in Spain. Her life as an immigrant, queer woman, mother and author writing in Spanish in the United States informs her work, which she uses to explore digital memory, familial and historical legacy, motherhood, and language while bringing queerness and womanhood into focus. She is the author of ILBA award winning novel "Patricia sigue aquí" (Egales, 2018), and a member of the #NewLatinoBoom movement.
The Wedding Backstory
John Ballantine. My writing is a longstanding avocation and reflection of being in the world of my family, the equations I discuss in class, the books I read, and the films I watch. Every month for the last fourteen years, my family and I have held “poetry potlucks” at our house. I have taken workshops through The Writers Studio and the Concord-Carlisle Community School with Barbara O’Neil, following the “Writing Down The Bones” method. My work has appeared in Adelaide Literary Magazine, Apricity Magazine, Arkansas Review, Bluestem, Carbon Culture Review, Cobalt, Crack the Spine, Existere Journal, Forge, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Lime Hawk, Manhattanville Review, Massachusetts’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction, The Penmen Review, Oracle Fine Arts Review, Ragazine, Rubbertop Review, Saint Ann’s Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Santa Clara Review, SNReview, Slippery Elm, and Streetlight Magazine. My essay “Half of Something” is a finalist in The Adelaide Literary Award Contest for The Best Essay 2018.
John Leyva is a new playwright based out of the NYC area. He was a writer of non-fiction articles for ten years before transforming his love for theater into a playwriting route. He has currently written two short plays and two full length plays.
Of Two Minds
Patrick Nichols is a retired television news photographer from Chicago. He’s taken advantage of the leisure time that retirement brings and been active in community theater in the Michigan City, Indiana area as a technician, and more recently, on stage. Writing has been his avocation for some time, but "Of Two Minds" is his first attempt at playwriting. He hopes you find it enjoyable.
Originally from Russia, Anna Evtushenko is a graduate student at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She studies how large numbers of people behave online, a nice counterpart to exploring the lives of just a few characters in her plays.
Aaran Leviton is from Southern Georgia and is currently studying Creative Writing at Cornell University.
Art and Graphic Lit.
Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University. His books include: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019); and forthcoming: Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2020), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), and The Comics Form (Routledge 2021). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.
A former writer and editor for sports publications, Patrick McEvoy wrote and directed short plays that appeared in the Players Theater SEX, NYC and BOO Festivals many times, as well as having a play accepted into Emerging Artists Theater 2020 New Works Series. Along with having short comic book stories appear in anthologies, his photography appeared at Greenpoint Gallery and with the Hullaballoo Collective in NYC.
Grief Spiral from Veronica’s Cloths series
She Bleeds Black and Blue from Veronica’s Cloths series
K. Johnson Bowles has exhibited in more than 80 solo and group exhibitions nationally. Feature articles, essays, and reviews of her work have appeared in more than 30 publications around the country. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Center for Photography, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at the Visual Studies Workshop. She received her MFA from Ohio University and BFA from Boston University. www.kjohnsonbowlesart.com