Vol. 7



ASHELY ADAMS is currently an MFA candidate at University of South Florida. She has an MA from Northern Michigan University, a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University, and has been previously published in Rum Punch Press, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Permafrost, Flyway, and Anthropoid.

CHRIS AMES is a writer who also draws. Most recently, his work has been featured in Split Lip Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, vitriol, and elsewhere. He can be reached @_chrisames.

AMY ASH is an assistant professor at Indiana State University. She is the author of the poetry collection The Open Mouth of the Vase (Cider Press Review, 2015), which won the 2013 Cider Press Review Book Award. Her collaborative work with Callista Buchen appeared in various journals, including Heron Tree, Spiral Orb, Stone Highway Review, and BOAAT.

AJ ATWATER is a Minnesota/Manhattan abstract painter and literary fiction writer with stories forthcoming or published in Literary Orphans, PANK, Vestal Review, Crack the Spine, Cowboy Jamboree, Barely South Review, The Gravity of the Thing, 50-Word Stories, KYSO Flash, and others. More: ajatwater.com.

TANEUM BAMBRICK is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Arizona where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize. She serves as an Associate Editor for Narrative Magazine. Her work appears in Academy of American Poets, Crab Creek Review, Cutbank Online, The Nashville Review, New Delta Review, and Cloud Rodeo. She teaches English at Central Washington University.

BRENNAN BESTWICK is a reader and writer from the Flint Hills of Kansas. His poems have appeared in THRUSH, Winter Tangerine, Colorado Review, and others. He is the winner of a 2016 AWP Intro Journals Project Award. When he’s not writing, he’s drinking too much chamomile and eating banana peppers from the jar.

MICHAEL SEYMOUR BLAKE’s work has appeared at Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Fanzine, Flapperhouse, Entropy, Corium, Paper Darts, People Holding, Hypertext, and Reality Beach, among others. He has painted various murals around NYC, including one that was prominently featured at Silent Barn in Brooklyn, home to the new Mellow Pages Library. He lives in Queens.

CALLISTA BUCHEN is an assistant professor at Franklin College. She is the author of the chapbooks The Bloody Planet (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) and Double-Mouthed (dancing girl press, 2016). Her collaborative work with Amy Ash has appeared in various journals, including Heron Tree, Spiral Orb, Stone Highway Review, and BOAAT.

TRINA BURKE is the author of Battledore (Slash Pine Press, 2017), Wreck Idyll (Dancing Girl Press, 2013), The Best Divorce (Alice Blue, 2012), and Great America (Dancing Girl Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in The Nashville Review, Beecher’s, Juked, TYPO, Horse Less Review, and others. She is an assistant editor of Bone Bouquet, a journal of new writing by female-identified and non-binary poets. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana and lives in Seattle.

TARA CAMPBELL, taracampbell.com, is a Washington, D.C.-based writer, columnist for the Washington Independent Review of Books, Assistant Fiction Editor at Barrelhouse, and volunteer with children’s literacy organization 826DC. Prior publication credits include McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Establishment, Barrelhouse, Masters Review, Punchnel’s, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse, among others. Her debut novel, TreeVolution, was released in 2016, and her collection, Circe’s Bicycle, will be released in fall 2017.

MK CHAVEZ is the author of several chapbooks, including Mothermorphosis. Her full-length collection, Dear Animal, was released by Nomadic Press. She is co-founder and co-curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and recipient of a 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. Her most recent and upcoming publications can be found in Story Magazine, Jam Tarts Literary Journal, and Yellow Chair Review.

ROB COOK lives in New York City’s East Village. He is the author of six collections, including Asking my Liver for Forgiveness (Rain Mountain Press, 2015), Undermining of the Democratic Club (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), Blueprints for a Genocide (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012), and Empire in the Shade of a Grass Blade (Bitter Oleander Press, 2013). Work has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Caliban, Fence, A cappella Zoo, Zoland Poetry, Tampa Review, Minnesota Review, Aufgabe, Caketrain, and Many Mountains Moving, among other publications.

ISABELLE DAVIS is a Chicago-based writer, student, and Pushcart Nominee. She works as an editor for Big Lucks Books, and is the author of the chapbook I’m Sorry Because This Is Not About Sex (Zoo Cake Press). Her work can be found in The Iowa Review, alice blue review, xoJane, Quaint, and others.

ALEX DUENSING. Graduate of William Paterson and Columbia? Yes. Ran for St. Petersburg, Florida, City Council? Yes. Won? No. Stopped Mayan Apocalypse on rooftop with performance art? Yup. Strange but nice fellow? Clearly. Protégé of Arakawa+Gins, masters of the architectural body? Ongoing even after the supposed end. Able to create mechanical engines that run completely on the energy a person creates while appreciating a painting? On delightful rare occasions.

In Search of Basho is a haiku/comic mashup written by ROSS FINDLAY and drawn by MARK ‘FITTSY’ FITTOCK. Both reside in Germany. The comic details the last year of the protagonist’s life as he goes on one final trip in search of the haiku master, Matsuo Basho. And, ultimately, himself. insearchofbasho.com

MARY FLANAGAN has written or edited five books and works across genres including essays, poetry, and fiction. The Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College, she is also a well-known game designer with over thirty games to her credit. Her fourth acclaimed book, Critical Play (MIT, 2009), revealed the incredible art history of games; Values at Play in Digital Games (with philosopher Helen Nissenbaum; MIT, 2014), demonstrates that thinking about values in games is key to innovation. Ghost Sentence, a volume of her poems, will be released at the end of 2017.

KATE GARKLAVS lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her writing has appeared in Juked, Ohio Edit, and Two Serious Ladies, among other places. She earned her MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and when she’s not writing, she’s probably scouting good online taxidermy deals.

NOAH ELI GORDON lives in Denver and teaches in the MFA Program at CU–Boulder, where he currently directs Subito Press. His books include The Word Kingdom in the Word Kingdom (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2015) and Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007), which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and subsequently chosen for the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award.

SHANNON HEARN is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut where she studied Journalism and English with a concentration in creative writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming with 3:AM Magazine, Big Lucks, cream city review, Juked, and others.

CLAIRE HOPPLE’s stories have appeared in Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Bluestem, Quarter After Eight, Jellyfish Review, Timber, and others. Her story collection TOO MUCH OF THE WRONG THING was releeased by Truth Serum Press. She’s just a steel town girl on a Saturday night. More at clairehopple.com.

HEIKKI HUOTARI is a retired professor of mathematics. In a past century, he attended a one-room country school and spent summers on a forest-fire lookout tower. His poems appear in several journals, most recently in Diagram and Puerto del Sol, and he’s the winner of the 2016 Gambling the Aisle chapbook contest.

MARLIN M. JENKINS was born and raised in Detroit and is a Zell Fellow at University of Michigan. His writings have been given homes by The Collagist, The Journal, Bennington Review, and The Offing, among others. You can find him online at marlinmjenkins.tumblr.com and @Marlin_Poet.

BABAK LAKGHOMI lives and writes in Toronto. His fiction has previously appeared in Necessary Fiction and The Citron Review, and has been nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize.

HILLARY LEFTWICH is co-host for At the Inkwell Denver, an NYC-based reading series, and organizes/hosts other reading events in Denver. Her writing can be found in print and online. She has a collection forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2018.

ANANDA LIMA’s work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Offing, Origins, and LIGO Magazine. She holds an MA in Linguistics from UCLA, was selected an AWP Writer to Writer mentee and has attended workshops at Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Tin House. Ananda is currently working on a novel set in Brasilia, where she grew up as the daughter of migrants from Northeast Brazil, as well as a poetry collection centered on identity in immigration and motherhood. Find her at anandalima.com.

LAUREN LOFTIS’ work has appeared in Yemassee and The Boiler. She received her MFA from the University of Montana.

PETER LONGOFONO’s poems have appeared in fields, Luna Luna Magazine, Public Pool, and Tenderloin, among others. He edits reviews for Coldfront and makes music with TH!CK. His chapbook, CHORDS, was published in March 2016 by the Operating System. He lives in Brooklyn.

SUZZANNA MATTHEWS-AMANZIO is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, California. While she considers California home, she grew up in New England and has lived, studied, and traveled abroad: from Latin America to Spain, the Caribbean to the Pacific, Newfoundland to Japan. She currently lives in Dublin, Ireland, where she is working on a collection of short stories.

C.T. McGAHA is a writer from Charlotte, North Carolina. He founded and co-edits Vanilla Sex Magazine. His work has been featured in Juked, Word Riot, Potluck Magazine, and 90s Meg Ryan, among others. He watches too much television. In a perfect world, Broad City would be a live performance performed at all hours of the waking and sleeping hours, and he would be able to witness this. Follow him on Twitter @ctmcgaha.

JEN MICHALSKI lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Her debut novel, The Tide King (2013; winner of the Big Moose Prize and “Best Fiction,” Baltimore City Paper, 2013), and second novel, The Summer She Was Under Water (2017, originally published by Queen’s Ferry Press), were published by Black Lawrence Press. She is the author of two collections of fiction, Close Encounters (So New, 2007) and From Here (Aqueous Books, 2013), and a collection of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now (Dzanc Books, 2013). She also edited the anthology City Sages: Baltimore (CityLit Press 2010), which Baltimore Magazine called “Best of Baltimore” in 2010. She is the founding editor of the weekly literary journal jmww, host of the monthly reading series Starts Here! in Baltimore, and interviews writers at The Nervous Breakdown.

JOE MILAZZO is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press), and The Habiliments (Apostrophe Books), a volume of poetry. His writings have appeared in Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, The Collagist, Drunken Boat, Tammy, and elsewhere. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is a contributing editor at Entropy, curates the Other People’s Poetry reading series, and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, Texas, and his virtual location is joe-milazzo.com.

RYAN MILLS is a federal employee in Portland, Oregon. Ryan has had poems appear on Gramma Poetry, in 1001 Journal, Poor Claudia, and various other places. Ryan is the poetry editor for The Gravity Of The Thing, an online literary journal, and is a frequent photographer of restrooms.

MATT MUTH is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pacifica Literary Review. His poems have appeared recently in RHINO, Rattle, The Adirondack Review, and Nashville Review. He teaches English courses at a technical college for video game designers in Redmond, Washington, and lives in Seattle, and he’s also a solid beer-league hockey player.

KATHRYN NUERNBERGER’s collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past, is forthcoming from OSU Press in 2017. She is also the author of two poetry collections, The End of Pink and Rag & Bone. Recent work appears in Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Field, Horsethief, and Tupelo Quarterly. She is an associate professor of Creative Writing at University of Central Missouri, where she also serves as the director of Pleiades Press.

A.M. O’MALLEY lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the Executive Director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Her writing has appeared in Nailed Magazine, Poor Claudia, and The Burnside Review, among other publications. Expecting Something Else, her first full-length book of poems, is out on University of Hell Press. Find her at amomalley.com and @amomalleytweets

MARCUS PACTOR is the author of Vs. Death Noises, which won the 2011 Subito Press Prize. His most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Literary Orphans, Yalobusha Review, Juked, (b)OINK, and South Dakota Review.

CLAIRE POLDERS is a Dutch author of novels, stories, essays, and flash fiction. Together with her American husband, she wrote A Whale in Paris, a book for children and adults, forthcoming in May 2018 (Atheneum/Simon&Schuster). Her short prose has been published in TriQuarterly, Electric Literature (Okey-Panky), The Pinch, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. Find news and links to her work online at clairepolders.com.

ANNE RIESENBERG, an acupuncturist from Portland, Maine, holds an MFA from Lesley University. Finalist in the 2017 Noemi Press Prose contest, winner of the 2016 Blue Mesa Review nonfiction contest and Storm Cellar’s 2017 Force Majeure contest, her work has also recently appeared in Muse/A Journal, What Rough Beast, The Maine Review, The Blueshift Journal, and Naugatuck River Review.

Originally from southeast Minnesota, HEATHER SAGER currently lives near Chicago. She has written short fiction for Columbia Journal Online, Untoward, Fourth & Sycamore, Minetta Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Jet Fuel Review, and Curbside Splendor eZine. Her poetry appears in Bear Review, Naugatuck River Review, Route 7 Review, NEAT, and BlazeVOX.

CARY STOUGH is a Missouri poet living elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Literary Arts at Brown University. His other work can be found in Inter|rupture: a journal of poetry and art, Twelfth House, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse.

Born and raised in northern Virginia, DANIEL TORRACA moved to the state capitol to pursue a BFA in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth with a focus in Illustration and Design. Posters, illustration, printmaking, comics: danieltorraca.com

SIAMAK VOSSOUGHI was born in Tehran and grew up in Seattle. He lives and writes in San Francisco. He has had some stories appear in Missouri Review, Kenyon Review Online, Glimmer Train, and Chattahoochee Review. His collection, Better Than War, received a 2014 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

A.E. WEISGERBER has recent work in DIAGRAM, Structo Magazine, The Collapsar, FLAPPERHOUSE, and The Alaska Star. She reads for Wigleaf, and is polishing her first story collection. She thanks Wilhelm Wundt for his views on statistics, science, and love. Follow @aeweisgerber, or visit anneweisgerber.com.

JIM WARNER’s poetry has appeared in various journals including The North American Review, RHINO Poetry, New South, and he is the author of two collections from PaperKite Press. His latest book, actual miles, will be released in late 2017 by Sundress Publications. Jim is the host of the literary podcast Citizen Lit and is a faculty member of Arcadia University’s MFA program.

DEVON WOOTTEN is a faculty member at Whitman College. His work has appeared in Best American Experimental Writing, Fence, LIT, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, Octopus, RHINO, and Posit, among others. A former resident of Yaddo and Anderson ranch, he is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Montana and ABD in the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Iowa. He lives with his wife among the wheat fields of southeast Washington. He is responsible for bestamericanyou.com and wikipoesis.com.

ERIKA T. WURTH’s published works include a novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and a collection of poetry, Indian Trains. Her collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine, and her collection of poetry, A Thousand Horses Out to Sea, are both forthcoming. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, such as Boulevard, Drunken Boat, and South Dakota Review. She is represented by Peter Steinberg. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.

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