Martin Achatz’s work has appeared in Kennesaw Review, The Paterson Literary Review, The MacGuffin, and Dunes Review, among others. His collection of poems, The Mysteries of the Rosary, was published by Mayapple Press, and his contribution to the anthology The Way North was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, where he is the Poetry Editor of Passages North. "A Bipolar Christmas" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Rick Bailey's essays have appeared in The Writer's Workshop Review, Drunk Monkeys, Ragazine.cc, and Defenestration. He lives in Detroit and teaches writing at a local community college. "Ghost Story" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Richard Ballon's work has been performed in New York City at Manhattan Theater Source's Sola Voces / Estrogenius Festival, Stage Left's Women at Work, MamaDrama and Left Out Festivals, and NativeAlien's Short Stories 5. Other work has been performed at Universal Theater, Provincetown; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Devanaughan Theater, Boston; Dylan Thomas Festival, Chicago; Walking the Wire Festival, Iowa City; The Inspirato Festival, Alumnae Theater New Ideas Festival, Toronto; Asphalt Shorts, Kitchener and ArtHotel, Montreal. "Sky" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Charles Bergman teaches English at Pacific Lutheran University. He's the author of three books, including Wild Echoes: Encounters with the Most Endangered Animals in North America. He's written extensively on wildlife and animals, including the 2009 cover story in Smithsonian magazine on wildlife trafficking in Latin America. He has a weak spot for the Southern Hemisphere, has completed two Fulbright Fellowships in Latin America, and has led four classes on study tours of Antarctica. "Mothers and Other Creatures" 2012, Vol 2.
Susan Bonetto grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before moving to California where she met and married an extraordinary man who encouraged her to live abroad (with him) and travel as far and wide as possible. While living in Fiji, their son, Alejandro, was born. Susan works as a global Human Resources Consultant and has been fortunate to have lived in the U.S., Fiji, The Philippines, and Argentina and travelled to more than 30 countries. One of her Fiji stories, ‘Before We Lived Barefoot’ won second place in TransitionsAbroad.com’s 2014 Narrative Travel Writing Essay Contest. "Forgiveness" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
Loukia Borrell's work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Virginian-Pilot, St. Petersburg Times, New York Times Regional Newspapers, and in various other magazines and newspapers. She has authored a book, Raping Aphrodite, a fictional work based, in part, on the 1974 invasion and division of Cyprus. A native of Ohio, Borrell was raised in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and their three children. "Traveling Salesman" 2011, Vol 1.
Kirk Boys is a writer living outside Seattle. He holds a certificate in Advanced Literary Fiction from the University of Washington. His work has been published in Storie-all write, an Italian literary magazine, in The Springhill Review, and was recently honored as a top twenty-five finalist in a Glimmer Train short story contest. He has two daughters, and four grandkids under the age of five, including twins. In addition to his library outreach service, he is a volunteer mentor for young writers at Richard Hugo House in Seattle. "Hidden in Plain Sight".
Ryan Bradley graduated from the University of Hartford with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing in May 2012. He has published work in the Missouri Review, Sundog Lit Blog, and at winningwriters.com. He will start work toward an MFA in fiction at Emerson College in the fall. "Picking out the Words" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Michael K. Brantley is a writer and Visiting Instructor of English at North Carolina Wesleyan College. His creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry has most recently been published in The First Day, The Dunes Review, Word River, Bartleby Snopes, Revolution House, Stymie, The Smoking Poet, Crack the Spine, The Fat City Review, Short, Fast, and Deadly, The Rusty Nail, The Circa Review, The Cobalt Review and Prime Number Magazine. "Paid by the Inch".
Kevin Bray is a writer and teacher in Toronto, Canada. His essays frequently appear in the Globe and Mail (Canada's "national newspaper) and can be found in The Healing Muse, Airplane Reading, and The Barnstormer. His essay about fatherhood is contained in the anthology How to Expect What You're Not Expecting (Touchwood Editions, Fall 2013). He blogs about education at www.insidethereadingbox.com "Broken" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Marcia Butler’s life has been driven by creativity. For 25 years she performed throughout the world as a professional oboist. She was hailed by the New York Times as “a first rate artist” and performed with such luminaries as pianist Andre Watts, soprano Dawn Upshaw and jazz great Keith Jarrett. In 2002 Marcia switched careers and began her interior design firm, Marcia Butler Interior Design. She has served well over 100 clients in twelve years and her design work has been published in shelter magazines. She resigned from the music business in 2008. She lives in Sunnyside Gardens, Queens. "Cells" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Cathleen Calbert's writing has appeared widely, including in Ms. Magazine, The New York Times, and The Paris Review. She is the author of three books of poetry: Lessons in Space (University of Florida Press), Bad Judgment (Sarabande Books), and Sleeping with a Famous Poet (C.W. Books). She has been awarded The Nation Discovery Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Mary Tucker Thorp Award from Rhode Island College, where she professes. "Naked in Minnesota" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Nancy Caronia is a lecturer at the University of Rhode Island. Her creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including New Delta Review, Lowestoft Chronicle, Tell Us a Story, and Don’t Tell Mama! The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. She is co-editor with Edvige Giunta of Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Works of Louise DeSalvo (Fordham University Press, October 2014). "Deserving Angels" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
A writer from youth, German-born Ute Carson’s first story was published in 1977. Her story “The Fall” won the Grand Prize for Prose and was published in the anthology A Walk through My Garden. Her novel Colt Tailing was published in 2004 and was a finalist for the Peter Taylor Book Award Prize for the Novel and was followed by her second novel In Transit in 2008. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines here and abroad and Carson’s poetry was featured on the televised Spoken Word Showcase 2009, 2010 and 2011 Channel Austin, TX. Her poetry collection Just a Few Feathers was published in 2011 and her chapbook Folding Washing in 2013. Her poem “A Tangled Nest of Moments” won second place in the Eleventh International Poetry Competition 2012. An advanced Certified Clinical hypnotist, Ute Carson resides in Austin, TX with her husband. They have three daughters, six grandchildren, a horse and a number of cats. "Hope Diamond" and "Letting Go" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
Carla Charleston is a freelance writer from Jacksonville,Florida. Dr. Charleston was a professor and scientist in the field of communication sciences and disorders. She has published six books and over fifty refereed articles in her field. She is currently marketing her novel, Finding Faustena, the story of Americans rebuilding Naples after World War II. "Alachua Autumn" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Chelsey Clammer received her MA in Women's Studies from Loyola University Chicago. She has been published in THIS, The Rumpus, Atticus Review, Sleet, The Coachella Review and Make/shift among others. She received the Nonfiction Editor's Pick Award 2012 from both Revolution House and Cobalt, as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination. Clammer is a weekly columnist for The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, as well as the assistant nonfiction editor for Eckleburg and The Dying Goose. You can read more of her writing at: www.chelseyclammer.com. "Shirley?" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Peter Derk lives, writes, and works as a librarian in Northern Colorado. By his estimate, he's doing a passable job on two out of those three things. "The Way Woody Tells It" 2011, Vol 1.
Donald Dewey has published 37 books of fiction, nonfiction, and drama, including widely translated biographies of James Stewart and Marcello Mastroianni, and a history of American political cartooning, The Art of Ill Will. His books also include a biography of the trainer Ray Arcel (Ray Arcel-A Boxing Biography), the novelWake Up and Smell the Bees and published this year, the biography Lee J. Cobb: Characters of an Actor and the novel The Bolivian Sailor. "Uncle Ralph" 2012, Vol 2. "The Guy and the Doll" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Tammy Dietz is a writer, instructor, instructional designer, and editor. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals including Bringing Light to Twilight, a critical examination of the Twilight book series, and The Legendary Online Journal. She is the nonfiction editor of Silk Road Literary Review and lives with her husband and children near Seattle. "Everything I Know I Learned from Shoplifting" 2012, Vol 2.
Kristi DiLallo is an undergraduate Creative Writing major at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She works as a Mentor Writing Consultant at the UCF Writing Center. After completing her BA in English, she plans to pursue a Creative Writing MFA. Her writing life is a tribute to her grandmother, who introduced her to the world of literature and encouraged her to find meaning in everything she reads and writes. "Writing Matters" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Rachel Dovey is a reporter and nonfiction writer living in Santa Rosa, California. Her work has appeared in Bust, Paste, Thought Catalog, Wired and SF Weekly, and in 2012, she received a fellowship through USC's Annenberg School of Journalism. She is a staff writer for The Bohemian, a Northern California alt-weekly, and when she isn't struggling to meet a deadline-hell, even when she is-she can be found in that baffling and wonderful alternate universe known as Parenting a Seven Month Old. "Ninety-Six Hours of Catholic TV" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Murray Edwards pretends to be an agricultural commodity trader when he's not pretending to be a West Texas rancher. His first book of short fiction, Looking for Lucy Gilligan, won a silver quill award and was named one of the ten best Texas books for 2009. "No More or Less a Man" and "Practical Joke" 2011, Vol 1.
Mike Ekunno comes from a background in real estate where he consulted before switching to writing, his first love. He now works in film classification after working as senior speechwriter to Nigeria’s last Information and Communications Minister. He freelances as copy editor and likes reading Old Testament stories in his spare time. His short fiction, essays and poems have been published in Warscapes, BRICKrhetoric, Cigale Literary Magazine, The African Roar Anthology, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, The Muse, Bullet Pen, and Storymoja. The last two publications came with wins in continent-wide contests. "Me and My Pseudonyms" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Victoria Fann writes blog posts, essays, short stories, plays and screenplays. Her book, Creative Alchemy: Accessing the Extraordinary Power of the Muse to Transform Your Art and Your Life will be released this fall. www.victoriafann.com. "Stay of Execution" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Jesika Feather is a mother, teacher, writer, and community organizer who lives in Eugene, Oregon. She enjoys living closely with brilliant, zany individuals and then writing about the ensuing rigmarole. You can find some of this in Communities Magazine or on her blog at: http://jesmamasmusings.blogspot.com/. "Two Seasons in Paradise with Joe Hollis" 2012, Vol 2.
Eleanor Fitzsimons is a freelance journalist and researcher. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, History Ireland and other publications, and she has researched documentaries for the Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ. In 2013, she won the Keats-Shelley Prize and was runner-up for the Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize with “A Want of Honour”, her proposed biography of Harriet Shelley. She has an MA in Women, Gender and Society from University College Dublin. She is represented by the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency and is working on a book examining the influence of women on the work and life of Oscar Wilde. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. Eleanor was a finalist in the bioStories 2014 Winter Essay Contest, writing on the theme, "Kindness". "The Kindness of Oscar and Thomas" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
Merlin Flower is an independent artist and writer. Visit him at twitter: https://twitter.com/merlinflower "Untitled" (image) 2011, Vol 1,
Debra Fox’s poems have been accepted for publication in various haiku journals. In addition, her short stories and essays have been accepted for publication in Hyperlexia Journal, Blue Lyra Review, Squalorly, Embodied Effigies, Chamber 4 Literary Magazine, Burrows Press, and The Meadow. She is a lawyer and the director of an adoption agency. In her spare time she loves to dance. She lives just outside Philadelphia with her family. "Mamaloo" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Wilmer Frey lives on a small farm in New Hampshire. He is the former editor of the on-line publication Earthstorys. "Reflections of My Mother" 2011, Vol 1.
Sharon Frame Gay grew up a child of the highway, traveling throughout the United States and playing by the side of the road. Her dream was to live in a house long enough to find her way around in the dark, and she has finally achieved this outside Seattle, Washington. She writes poetry, prose poetry, short stories and song lyrics. "Kindness".
Louis Gallo's work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Missouri Review, Southern Review, New Orleans Review, Baltimore Review, Portland Review, storySouth, and Sojourn, among other journals and anthologies. He teaches at Radford University. "Once" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1. "Legs".
Julie Goodale is a professional violist living in the woods north of New York City. She is also a passionate advocate and fitness trainer in the cancer community; her work in this arena can be found at www.Life-Cise.com. Julie is often found outdoors, running trails, climbing, hiking, or windsurfing. And although she is sometimes one of the slower skiers on a mountain, she likes to think that she’s just searching for the perfect turn. Julie was a finalist in the bioStories 2014 Winter Essay Contest, writing on the theme, "Kindness". "Escape" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
Nancy Graham lives in Colorado. Employed for many years in corporate America, she now writes full time, mentors a high-risk high school student, and serves on the board of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. Graham has degrees in English and Political Science. "In Formation" 2011, Vol 1.
KJ Hannah Greenberg has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. She helps out as an Associate Editor at Bound Off and at Bewildering Stories. Her most recent books include The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfluffles (Bards and Sage Publishing) and Citrus-Inspired Ceramics (Aldrich Press). "Perimenopause and Scanned Documents" 2011, Vol 1; "The Name My Parents Didn't Use" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
Jakob Guanzon lives in Madrid, Spain where he teaches and writes. His work has previously appeared in From the Depths and Five Thôt. "On Digging Holes" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Kimberly Hamilton lives in the beautiful Gunnison Valley of Colorado. When her dogs and husband aren't vying for her attention (food), she does laundry. And writes, from time to time. She is a student in the mainstream and genre fiction graduate program at Western State College. "Night Mare" 2011, Vol 1.
Sue Hardy-Dawson lives in the United Kingdom. She is a poet and illustrator and is widely published in children’s anthologies including, among others, A & C Black, Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Schofield and Sims and Oxford University Press. She has an Open First Class Honours degree in Creative Writing, Literature and Supporting Teaching and Learning. She has been commissioned to provide workshops for The Prince of Wales Foundation for Children and the Arts. As she is dyslexic she takes a special interest encouraging children with special educational needs. "The Root" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
Barbara Harroun is an Assistant Professor of English at Western Illinois University where she teaches creative writing and composition. Her work has appeared in the Sycamore Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Buffalo Carp, Friends Journal, In Quire, Bird's Thumb, Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, Requited Journal, Festival Writer, and Red Wolf Journal. It is forthcoming in i70 Review, Sugared Water, Per Contra, The Riveter Review, Catch and Release, Pea River Journal, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, and Mud Season Review. She lives with her favorite creative endeavors, Annaleigh and Jack, and her awesome husband, Bill. "Fur Hat" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
C.B. Heinemann has been performing, recording and touring with rock and Irish music groups for nearly twenty years. His Celtic rock band, Dogs Among the Bushes, was the first American Celtic group to tour in the former East Germany and Czechoslovakia after the fall of communism. His short stories have appeared in Storyteller, One Million Stories, Whistling Fire, Danse Macabre, Fate, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Cool Traveler, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Car & Travel, Outside In Literary Journal, and Florida English. "A Knack for Obsession" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
Aimee Henkel studied fiction and poetry at New York University, Manhattanville's MFA program, and the Sleepy Hollow Writer's project. In a previous life she was a corporate communications professional, published anonymously in national and local newspapers and trade journals. In her current incarnation as a writer of fiction and poetry, she has been published in Poetry Motel, Beginnings, and most recently, Sleet.com. "Strange Truths" 2011, Vol 1.
Jane Hertenstein is a blogger, memoirist, tightrope walker, and blender of blended genres. She is not to be trusted. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in: HungerMountain, Rosebud, Word Riot, Flashquake, Steam Ticket, The Write Room, Frostwriting, Cantaraville, Fiction Fix, Six Minute Magazine, and Tonopah Review. She is the author of the books Beyond Paradise, Orphan Girl, and Home Is Where We Live. Visit her blog at: http://memoirouswrite.blogspot.com/ "How I Met My Husband" 2012, Vol 2.
Amy Herting is a busy mom of three from Colorado who loves to write stories, copywriting, and show scripts in her spare time. When not chasing kids around and writing, she also sings/performs in a ladies barbershop chorus of 150 and a quartet called Déjà vu. "Sleep Baby, Sleep" 2012, Vol 2.
Christina Holzhauser was raised in a town of 85 along the Missouri river. She's worked as a ranch hand, a pee collector at a nuclear plant, a histology technician, an archaeologist, and an expert hiking boot fitter. While living in a cabin with no running water in Fairbanks, Alaska, she earned her MFA in nonfiction as well as the right to say she's put on her coat to use the outhouse, seen the northern lights, and watched the sun never set. She lives in Columbia, MO with her wife and son. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. "Good Dance Music" 2012, Vol 2.
Mark Hummel is a novelist and essayist and is the editor of bioStories. He is the author of the books In the Chameleon's Shadow and Lost & Found. He and his wife live along the shores of Flathead Lake in Western Montana. "Becoming His Hands" ; "Someone to Lean On"
Ruth M. Hunt is a Veterinary Technician and a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English through UMUC. After retirement from the military, she plans to focus on building her next career as a writer. She credits her unabashed dreams to the reassurances and encouragement received from her parents, Rudy and Rosemarie Martinez. She also receives endless support from her siblings, Mercy, Rebecca, and Rudy Martinez as well as constant inspiration from her husband, James, and her children, Jaden and Tori. “More Than One Soul Mate” 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
A substitute teacher in Blackfoot, Idaho, Jona Jacobson is known at one school as "Avatar" and at another as "The Teacher Formerly Known to Have Tattoos." Due to one parental protest ("She'll recruit our children into tattooed legions!"), she now has to cover up from head to toe and teaches in "white-face." When she isn't dealing with cosmetics or children, Jona lives with her NonHusband of fifteen years, two cats, and hordes of tree-eating elk and deer. "Handguns and Healing" 2011 Vol 1.
Vanessa Jo King grew up in Oakland, California and Boulder, Colorado, and currently lives in Washington D.C. She received her bachelor's degree from Westminster College in 2010, and has yet to use it in any practical way (aside from planning some pretty awesome weddings). She has a herd of obnoxious animals including a lovable dog named Cricket and two very destructive cats. In her spare time, Vanessa likes to set her hula hoop on fire and read books. Sometimes concurrently. "Grace and the Process of Letting Go" 2012, Vol 2.
Mary Kudenov is an MFA candidate in University of Alaska Anchorage’s Low-Residency Creative Writing and Literary Arts Program. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Chautauqua, Permafrost, The Citron Review, and F Magazine. Mary has essays forthcoming in Chautauqua, Vela, and The Southampton Review. "Open Holds" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
Lori Lamothe has published poems, reviews, interviews and stories in various magazines, including 42opus, Blackbird, The Nervous Breakdown, Notre Dame Review, Seattle Review and others. She has poems forthcoming in Brevity, 5 Quarterly, and Joy, Interrupted: An Anthology on Motherhood and Loss. "Desire in Miniature" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Susan Lago teaches composition and literature at Bergen Community College. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in publications such as Pank Magazine, Word Riot, Per Contra, Monkeybicycle and Prime Number. Her short story, “Songs from the River,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011 by Pank. She lives in New Jersey with her two children and a sweet little cat. "The Last of the Flower Children".
Lisa Lebduska teaches writing and directs the college writing program at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where her students bring lives to words. She has published work in such journals as Narrative, 4’33” and Writing on the Edge. With her husband, she grows prodigious imaginary vegetables for neighborhood chipmunks and deer, with the hope that one day they will stop settling for real-life seedlings and sprouts and she will be able to enjoy the first true tomato of her adult life. "Poppies" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Ruth Lehrer is a writer and sign language interpreter living in western Massachusetts. Her poems and fiction have been published in Meat for Tea and Wordgathering. She received third prize in the 2009 Hampshire Life Short Story Contest and Honorable Mention in The Binnacle 8th Annual Ultra Short Competition. "Childhood Concrete" 2011, Vol 1.
Adrienne Lindholm lives in Alaska where she works in public lands conservation. She's the author of A Journey North: One Woman's Story of Hiking the Appalachian Trail and is at work on a collection of essays about life in the Alaskan wilderness. "Just One Summer" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Susan E. Lindsey fell in love with words in the second grade while reading The Wizard of Oz. After a nearly 20-year career in corporate communication and public relations, she now leads a much happier life as a writer, professional editor, and speaker. Her essays, short stories, and articles have been published in various newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Susan earned a degree in communication at Pacific Lutheran University. A member of three writing groups and numerous historical and genealogical societies, she is completing work on a nonfiction manuscript. Susan was received honorable mention in our Spring 2015 contest. "Chasing the Dead".
Tom Darin Liskey lives in Texas but spent nearly a decade in Latin America. "Bliss" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Shayla Love is a journalist and storyteller living in New York. She is a reporter for the Norwood News and has been published at BKLYNR.com, Gothamist, and iMediaEthics. "The Last Seltzer Man" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Natasha Lvovich is a writer and scholar of second language acquisition and bilingualism. she teaches at CUNY and divides her loyalties between academic and creative writing. She is an author of a collection of autobiographical narratives, The Multilingual Self, and a number of articles and essays. Her nonfiction recently appeared in the academic journals Life Writing and New Writing, in the anthologies Lifewriting Annual and Imagination and Place, and in many literary magazines, including Post Road, Paradigm Journal, Nashville Review, and Two Bridges. Her piece, "Balakovo", was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. "The Sounding Board" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Jonathan Mack was raised on a family farm in New Hampshire, but has spent most of his adult life in India and Japan. Stories and essays have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Quarter After Eight, Eleven Eleven, Gargoyle, Epiphany, Zymbol, Hippocampus, Mary, Jonathan, Quick Fiction, The Tokyo Advocate, Japanzine and elsewhere. His blog is Guttersnipe Das. "Just Interesting" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Anna Mantzaris is a San Francisco-based writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in publications including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Cortland Review, Ambit, Poets & Writers, and Salon.com. She has been awarded writing residencies by Hedgebrook and The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Visit Anna at her website. "I See Dead People".
Rebecca Marks' qualifications include a wicked under-bite that yielded a pronounced lisp, a laundry list of allergies that necessitated years of shots and an addiction to antihistamine, a Jewish heritage that provides a boisterous family and an overflow of neuroses and sarcasm, and most expensively, a nearly completed Bachelor's degree in English. Her work will be appearing in an upcoming issue of The Inconsequential and has been featured in The Portland Review. "Fortune Cookies" 2012, Vol 2.
Carol D. Marsh is a recent graduate of Goucher College’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program. Her master’s thesis, from which this piece is taken, is a memoir of seventeen years as Founding Executive Director of Miriam's House in Washington, DC. Her stories have been published in Soundings Review (awarded Runner-Up in the 2014 First Publication Contest), Jenny Magazine, and the Chronicle for the American Chronic Pain Association. "Lessons in a Chitlin".
Cathy Mauk left the US 23 years ago for the love of a man and has been living in Australia ever since. She came to writing late, but is making up for lost time. She has been published in PAN: Philosophy, Activism and Nature, an Australian journal. She was long listed for the 2013 Calibre Prize, Australia’s premier essay prize. In 2012, she was accepted to Breadloaf in Sicily. Cathy is currently revising a completed memoir Out of Place, which deals with place and identity, and is developing a collection of essays about our emotional, cultural, and moral relationships with place. "Listening to the Wind" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
A graduate of San Diego State University, Jenean McBrearty was raised in Southern California where she taught sociology and political science for military education programs and wrote for newspapers in the Imperial Valley. She was a social science/history book reviewer for Choice Magazine; a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader; and has been published in Teaching for Success, Static Movement, Wherever It Pleases, and the Main Street Rag 2011 Anthology, Altered States. She won Eastern Kentucky University's English Department Award for Graduate Non-fiction in 2011, and is an MFA Creative Writing candidate. "Mexicali Mamas" 2012, Vol 2.
John Messick’s essays have appeared in Tampa Review, Cirque Journal, Rock and Sling, Superstition Review, and other journals. In 2013, he was awarded the AWP Intro Journals Prize in Nonfiction. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks MFA program. John lives on the Kenai Peninsula, where he works as a writer, sled dog handler, and freelance journalist. "The Fisherman and a .410 Shotugn". John was the winner of the bioStories Spring 2015 contest writing on the theme "Elders".
Jesse Millner’s poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in the Florida Review, upstreet, Conte, River Styx, Pearl, The Prose Poem Project, Tinge, The New Poet, Cider Press Review, Real South, The Best American Poetry 2013 and numerous other literary magazines. He has published six poetry chapbooks and two full-length collections, most recently Dispatches from the Department of Supernatural Explanation (Kitsune Books, 2012). Jesse teaches writing courses at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. "Why I Love Coffee" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Sheila Morris is the author of three nonfiction books and maintains three blogs with international followings. She has two works in progress: Short Side of Time, a collection of her favorite I’ll Call It blogs and Committed to Home: Chronicles of the Queer Movement from a Southern Perspective (1984 – 2014). She lives with her partner Teresa Williams and their three dogs in Columbia, South Carolina, but her Texas roots are always in her heart. "Of Faith and Hope"2011, vol 1;"The Photo Finish" 2012, Vol 2.
Kat Mueller is a photographer, writer, and third-generation flyfisher. As a little girl, she dove into the wrong race and beat a pool of boys at 25 yard freestyle. She never lost her love for the water. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her son Sam, husband Geoff, and wild dingo Mike. "Stupid" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Samina Najmi teaches multiethnic U.S. literature at California State University, Fresno. She has written scholarly articles on race, gender, and war in American literature and edited or coedited three books. A late bloomer, she discovered the rewards of more personal kinds of writing in 2011 when she stumbled into a CSU Summer Arts course that taught her to see. Samina was raised in Pakistan and England, and now lives with her husband and two children in the San Joaquin Valley, eight thousand miles away from her mother. "She Leaves Me, She Leaves Me Not" 2012, Vol 2.
Liz Olds grew up in Maryland and fulfilled her dream of traveling the U.S. by Greyhound, Amtrak, a 1969 red VW van, and her thumb in her salad days. She finally settled down 35 years ago in Minneapolis, MN where she currently supports her writing dreams cashiering at a big box store. She has been published in Inside Bluegrass, Paid My Dues, The Grapevine and was the recipient of the 1983 ALA’s Children’s Recording of the Year for the song “Just like Sally Ride”, which the late Ms. Ride especially enjoyed because it did not use her name as a pun. Liz plays the banjo and is a blues programmer on KFAI-FM. She recently graduated from the Foreword Apprenticeship Program through The Loft Literary Center. Liz was the winner of the 2014 bioStories Winter Essay Contest, writing on the theme "Kindness". "The Old Spiral Highway" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
Marlene Olin was born in Brooklyn, raised in Miami, and educated at the University of Michigan. She recently completed her first novel. Her stories have been published in Vine Leaves, The Saturday Evening Post, Upstreet Magazine, and Emrys Journal. She will be featured in Poetica and The Edge in the coming months. "The Possibility of Rain" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
LeeAnn Olivier is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Stone Highway Review, damselfly press, Sojourn, SWAMP, Jelly Bucket, and Illya's Honey. A Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Dallas, she is currently working on her creative dissertation-a collection of poems exploring myth, magic, and a Louisiana childhood. Olivier teaches English at Tarrant County College and lives in Fort Worth with her partner John and their canine children: Eddie, Oscar, and Bijou. "Love Like Saltwater" originally appeared in damselfly press. "Love like Saltwater" 2012, Vol 2.
Todd Outcalt is the author of twenty-five books in six languages including Before You Say "I Do", Candles in the Dark, and The Best Things in Life Are Free. His short work has graced the pages of publications such as American Fitness, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, Cure, Brides, and For the Bride (where he also wrote a column for grooms). Two of his articles on breast cancer have won prizes. In addition to writing Todd enjoys kayaking, hiking, and lifting weights-but he no longer competes in bodybuilding competitions! He lives in Brownsburg, Indiana with his wife and is hard at work-always!-on his next book and essay. "No Gut, No Glory" 2012, Vol 2.
John Palen's poems have been published in little magazines and journals for more than 40 years. Mayapple Press brought out his Open Communion: New and Selected Poems in 2005 and his first collection of short fiction, Small Economies, in 2012. A retired journalist and journalism educator, he lives in Central Illinois. "Artisanal Journalism" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Kathleen Patton grew up in rural New York nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. She earned her BFA in Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington, and currently lives in Florida. Kathleen draws her inspirations from the mountains she grew up in and her experiences as a military dependent and sister during Operation Iraqi Freedom. "Slide" 2012, Vol 2.
Born in 1928, Paul Pekin currently draws a pension from the Cook Count Forest Preserve Police, the last of a succession of jobs that included teaching Fiction Writing at Columbia College of Chicago, English Composition at the School of the Art Institute, owning a little mom and pop store on Diversey Avenue, and working as a letterpress printer back in the days when there was such a thing. "Wedding Bells" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2. "Night Watch".
Paul Perilli's writing has appeared in The European, Baltimore Magazine, New Observations Magazine, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and others. "Hacker" is from a group of non-fiction pieces titled Tracking Back. "Hacker" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Dorothy M. Place lives in Davis, California where she tends her bonsai trees and writes. She has published three short stories, one of which won first prize in the Mendocino Coast Writers short story contest as well as the Estelle Frank Fellowship. "The Ouija Board" 2012, Vol 2.
Dreama Pritt, Marshall University alumna and current member of the MU English Department, is a Maier Award-winning and AWP 2013 Intro Journals Project-nominated author whose publishing credits include Et Cetera and Christianity Today's SmallGroups.com. Her essay,"Remembering a Legend" was highlighted as part of a Creative Nonfiction Panel at the 2012 COLA Research and Creativity Conference."Pneumagraphia" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Cherri Randall is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown. She has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Arkansas where she also holds an MFA in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Mid-America Poetry Review, Lake Effect, Paper Street Press, Permafrost Review, Paddlefish, The Potomac Review, storySouth, and Sojourn. An essay will be published in the anthology Impact, (Telling Our Stories Press) and a novel, The Memory of Orchids, (Cyber Wit) in winter 2011. She has green eyes, fiery red hair, and arms spattered with freckles. She lives with two daughters, a Chihuahua named Zora (for Zora Neale Hurston), and high hopes for the future. "Motif" 2011, Vol 1.
Russell Reece has had stories and essays published in Memoir(and), Crimespree Magazine, Delaware Beach Life, Sliver of Stone, The Fox Chase Review and other print and on-line journals. His work has also appeared in anthologies including Remembrances of Wars Past: A War Veterans Anthology. Russ is a University of Delaware alumnus. He lives in Bethel, Delaware in rural Susses County along the beautiful Broad Creek. "Rhythm" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Heather Rick is a New England-based writer with a Midwestern heart. An art school drop-out, she is currently churning through the bowels of community college in the cultural wasteland of north-central Massachusetts. She is suspicious of writers with fancy degrees and believes in the power and importance of fucking up. She is currently working on a nonfiction book about her own fuck-ups. "There's No Place like a Stranger's Floor" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Lisa Richter is a fiction writer and poet and a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Her work has appeared in The Santa Monica Review and is forthcoming in the Squaw Valley Review, Orange Coast Review, and Unbroken. She mentors at WriteGirl, cooks when she’s not writing, and lives hilltop in Laguna Beach, California. She has a daughter and a son. "Trousseau".
Marsha Roberts lives in Mill Valley, California. Her short stories and humorous pieces have appeared in Gravel, Loud Zoo,Hospital Drive, The Marin Independent Journal,America's Funniest Humor Showcase and soon in Thrice Fiction. Some of her comedy skits have been performed by a San Francisco troupe. She just finished her first novel, The Agent, about an elegant con game. She has visualized Paramount buying the film rights to her stories and novel, so it will happen any day now. "The Woman Who Is Not My Mother" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Lisa Romeo teaches in the Rutgers University Writing Program and at The Writers Circle. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times and O-The Oprah Magazine; in literary journals, including Sweet, Quay, Barnstorm, Sport Literate, and Lunch Ticket; and in essay collections and anthologies. She has work forthcoming in Under the Sun and Pithead Chapel. Lisa holds an MFA from Stonecoast and is working on a memoir of linked narrative lyric essays about grief and midlife. She lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and sons. "Not a Shore Thing" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Garrett Rowlan is a retired substitute teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has published about 40 stories, essays, and poems, most recently in Map Literary and the Cafe Irreal. "TOPPS, 1959" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Cathy Roy grew up in Northern California and now resides in Colorado. Her first novel Tasty Girl, about the mythical San Francisco radio station KTST (a.k.a. - Tasty), came out in the summer of 2010. She writes humor, paranormal, and food reviews. Visit her website. "Finding Henry Miller" 2011, Vol 1.
Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Napa, California. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Other Voices, Pleiades, The Summerset Review, The Massachusetts Review, and The Blue Lake Review. Nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, she has also published a novel, Lost Sister. Her debut collection of short stories, Survival Skills, was published in April 2013 by Ashland Creek Press. Please visit her website. "Starting Out" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1. "Kitchen Elegy".
Kirsti Sandy is an English professor at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, a town that once held the world record for having the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place. She has published essays in the online journal of Freerange Nonfiction, Freshly Hatched, and in several academic journals and books. She recently purchased a pair of "Roller Derby" brand skates for her two-year-old daughter. "Unnecessary Lessons" 2012, Vol 2.
Anthony Santulli is a New Jersey born writer currently attending Susquehanna University. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Extract(s), The Review Review, the delinquent, The Postscript Journal, Bartleby Snopes, Literary Orphans, and decomP. "Filial" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Amanda Forbes Silva received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2012. When she is not writing, she teaches fourth graders, a population that offers her an abundance of creative material. Visit her website. "Tabloids" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1. "Trouper".
Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University, Claude Clayton Smith is the author of a novel, two children's books, and four books of creative nonfiction. He is co-editor/translator of The Way of Kinship, an anthology of Native Siberian literature (University of Minnesota, 2010). His latest book is Ohio Outback: Learning to Love the Great Black Swamp (Kent State University Press, 2010). A native of Stratford, Connecticut, he holds a BA from Wesleyan, an MAT from Yale, an MFA from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, and a DA from Carnegie-Mellon. His work has been translated into five languages. "Pre-Med Primer: 1960" 2011, Vol 1.
Hazel Smith is the bestest mommy, but now that her sons are in their 30’s, she no longer can fix problems with a kiss and a cookie. Newly retired, she has returned to an earlier love of writing. When her kids were younger, she was published regularly, but somehow got out of the habit of scratching down her thoughts and sending them off to editors. A recent article about her grandfather’s pioneering days in Western Canada, published in an anthology of women’s writing, has changed that. She lives with her husband and their cat; the husband is quite self-sufficient; the cat requires constant snuggles. "Bestest Mommy" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Jay Solomon is a playwright, essayist and cookbook author. Jay’s writing career started in Ithaca, New York in the early 1990’s where he wrote a popular local food column that rolled into a dozen cookbooks. Jay moved to Denver in 1998 to open a café, one of two he currently owns, and for several years found success in the kitchen while his first love, writing, was all but forgotten. Since returning to writing in 2010, many of his essays have since been featured in the Denver Post’s weekly “Your Hub” section and his first play “Café Americana” received a staged reading at the Bruka Theater in Reno and at the Denver Center Theater Academy. Jay has four children with his wife Emily. "The Hill" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Rob Stanley lives near Toronto, Ontario with his wife and children. "The Summer Before My Brother Died" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Barbara Strauss lives and writes outside Boston. Her work has received Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers, and was published in the inaugural issue of technicolor Magazine. She also has a story forthcoming in The Mustard Seed Risk. She veered from fiction to write "Bearings," about her actual grandparents. In addition to writing, she's big into yoga. "Bearings" 2012, Vol 2.
Clementine Till spends the majority of her life at very particular table in a very particular café where they begin brewing Earl Grey the second she walks in the door. She counteracts this substantial caffeine intake by consuming equal amounts of water and, consequently, borrows the bathroom key so often that they've begun nodding her admittance to the "employees only" area where she retrieves the key herself. "Blood Sisters" 2012, Vol 2.
Kellie L. Thurman makes her home in East Central, Indiana. Recently, she has been published in Spotlight on Recovery Magazine, The Christian Journal, On the Primises,and Micro-Horror. She holds degrees in Business Management and Organizational Psychology. After the recent death of her father, she has decided to write fulltime. She is currently working on short stories of all genres and a memoir-novel about her late father. "Carts That 'Go Bump in Life" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Eric Torgersen, born on Long Island, has spent the last 42 years in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He is Professor of English, emeritus, at Central Michigan University. His newest collection of poems is Heart. Wood. (Word Press, 2012). His essays have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review and other places. Visit his website. "In Passing" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Paige Towers earned her MFA from Emerson College and her BA from The University of Iowa. She taught Creative Writing and Composition at Emerson, but currently lives and writes in New York City. Her work can be found in McSweeney's, Honesty For Breakfast, Spry Literary Magazine, and is forthcoming in So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art. "Questioning" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Kristin Troyer is an undergraduate student at Cedarville University, pursuing interests in music, theatre, and writing. Whether you call her a bookworm or a nerd, listening to and telling stories have been an important part of her life since she was small. This is her first publication. "Black and White and Red All Over" 2012, Vol 2.
Renée Tursi is an associate professor of English at Quinnipiac University, where she teaches (mostly) American literature. Her academic work has appeared in the aesthetics journal Style, the Henry James Review, and Studies in the Novel. Her book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, and the Times Literary Supplement. "Down the Aisle with Henry James" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 2.
Katharine Valentino, mother and grandmother, worked for 25 years at menial jobs before acquiring a BA in journalism, summa cum laude, from Indiana University in Bloomington. For the next 20 years, she worked at somewhat more interesting jobs, occasionally even being allowed to write some technical thing or another. In 2012, she retired and moved to Eugene, Oregon. She is writing her memoirs, each of which, when done, she reads to her grandson. She also occasionally edits and publishes memoirs for others in Eugene. "A Deep Calm Breath" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
Michelle Valois teaches writing and humanities at a community college in central Massachusetts. She lives in Florence (Mass, not Italy, alas) with her partner and their three children. Her writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, Moon Milk Review, Florida Review, Pank, Brevity, Fourth Genre, North American Review, and Hayden's Ferry Review, among others. "Yellow Raincoats" 2012, Vol 2.
Jean Venable was a writer/producer for NBC Network News for 25 years in the Documentaries division and spent the last seven years of her career with the TODAY Show. Now retired from NBC, she writes from Poughkeepsie, NY where she lives with her second husband. She has one son, who is a cameraman for News 12, Westchester, and seven stepchildren. "The Woman in the Window" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Bill Vernon served in the United States Marine Corps, studied English literature, and then taught it. Writing is his therapy, along with exercising outdoors and doing international folkdances. Five Star Mysteries published his novel Old Town in 2005, and his poems, stories, and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Recent publications include two other Gentleman Farmer stories at The Circle Review and Quarterlife Quarterly. "Gentleman Farmer" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Janna Vought is an MFA graduate student at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri. She attends school online from her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. Her nonfiction has appeared in Imperfect Parent Magazine. She also has poetry featured in The Rusty Nailand The Eagle Literary Journal, and fiction published in Ideagems Tough Lit V and Tough Lit VI. "The Razored Edge" 2012, Vol 2.
Shirley Russak Wachtel is a college English professor living in New Jersey. She holds a Doctor of Letters Degree from Drew University. She is the author of a book of poetry,In the Mellow Light, several books for children, and a series, Spotlight on Reading, a college-level text. Her latest novel, The Music Makers, was published in 2014. Her personal essays have been published in The New York TimesOpEd section. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Middlesex, Haiku Journal, emerge, Leaves of Ink, Whisper, and other literary journals. Her memoir, My Mother's Shoes, follows her mother's journey during the Holocaust and as a new citizen in America. "When She Sleeps" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Elizabeth Stainton Walker is completing her M.A. in English at the University of Arkansas, where she also works as the English Department secretary. Her story, "Detritus," was published on the MonkeyBicycle website. She and her husband are both great dressers. "All the Way Through to the End" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 1.
Jono Walker is a writer and book review blogger who moonlights as an advertising executive and marketing consultant. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Julia, their big weedy garden, a couple of poorly behaved dogs, and his trusty fly rod. Visit his blog at http://www.jonosbookreviews.com/ "Little Drops of Mutual Recognition" and "My Mother's Marbles" 2012, Vol 2; "Mr. X, Links Master" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2; "Summer Crushes" 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1.
Cathy Warner moved from her historic California property to Puget Sound, where she writes, edits, blogs, leads workshops, and renovates homes with her husband. Cathy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University and has authored a poetry volume Burnt Offerings. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in dozens of literary journals and anthologies. Visit her website."Set in Stone".
Daniel W. Weinrich received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Experimental Psychology from Idaho State University many moons ago. He spent a few years in Japan studying the marital arts and seeking enlightenment. Later he did a stint at the University of Utah in Counseling Psychology while working in Salt Lake County for the Substance Abuse Division. While living in Idaho Falls, he’s worked in the public and private sectors dealing with issues related to addiction and mental illness. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho in Adult and Organization Learning, doing his research on addiction. He currently works for the Idaho National Labs as an employee assistance counselor. He has been the Clinical Supervisor at the Addiction Rehabilitation Association for ten years and is involved in the Drug Courts. He has several writing awards for his novels, short stories and poetry. Dan enjoys being with his family, writing, snowboarding, testing prototype parkboards and collecting Godzilla toys. His family enjoys avoiding him. "Existential River".
Julie Whitlow is a professor in the English Department at Salem State University. She was raised in New Orleans and now lives in Salem, MA with her partner, Olga, and their two daughters. Her academic specialty is ESL/Applied Linguistics and she has been working on research about how gays and lesbians refer to and introduce themselves in a variety of social situations. "When a Wife Just Isn't a Wife" 2011, Vol 1
Melissa Wiley is a freelance food and culture writer living in Chicago. When not minding her Ps and Qs, she seizes every opportunity to remove her shoes and walk barefoot with half-painted toenails through airport security in pursuit of global opportunities to dance, draw, laugh, and gape. She also volunteers as a literacy tutor and endangers children's lives when flying her kite at full mast along the beach. "Accordions" 2013, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Linda C. Wisniewski shares an empty nest with her retired scientist husband in Bucks County PA. A former librarian, she teaches memoir workshops and speaks on the healing power of writing. Her credits include the Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Rose & Thorn, Mindprints, and other literary magazines and anthologies. Linda's memoir, Off Kilter, was published in 2008 by Pearlsong Press, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her website ishttp://www.lindawis.com/. "You Have to Eat Lunch" 2012, Vol 2.