Artists

Alphabetical list of all contributors to date:

Terry Barr’s essays have been published in storySouth, The New Southern Fugitives, Under the Sun, Coachella Review, and Lowestoft Chronicle, among other journals. He lives In Greenville, SC, with his family, and blogs at medium.com/@terrybarr. [1.2 (Autumn 2019), “Florentine Circles”]

Alana Benson is a freelance writer living in Lander, Wyoming. Her work is reflective of location: Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains, small-town Kentucky, Vermont in winter, downtown Athens. She has been previously published in BlazeVOX magazine and the University of Vermont’s literary journal Vantage Point, and has also published six non-fiction books ranging in subject matter from identity theft to birth control. [1.1 (Summer 2019), “Jared”]

Carl Boon’s debut collection of poems, Places & Names, will be published this year by The Nasiona Press. His poems have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Posit and The Maine Review. He received his Ph.D. in Twentieth-Century American Literature from Ohio University in 2007, and currently lives in Izmir, Turkey, where he teaches courses in American culture and literature at Dokuz Eylül University. [1.1 (Summer 2019), “Rivermonsters”]

Shevaun Brannigan’s work has appeared in such journals as Best New Poets, AGNI, and Slice. She is a recipient of a Barbara J. Deming Fund grant, and holds an MFA from Bennington College. [1.2 (Autumn 2019), “The spring they found the lump, Frank collected wind-up watches, learning the art of their repair”]

Jennifer Brown studied creative writing at the University of Maryland and University of Houston. She spent many years teaching college and high-school English, living on the campus of a boarding school, and teaching creative writing in summer programs. In 2018, she won the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the NC Humanities Council; the winning essay appears in North Carolina Literary Review, Summer 2019. Her poems appear in IthacaLit, Muse/A, CCLR, Rumble Fish Quarterly, and Stonecrop. She blogs on Medium.com and at Howeverthink.com, and exists on various social media as oneofthejenns. [1.3 (Winter 2020), “Boys Will Be Boys & Girls Girls, They Said”]

Mary Buchinger is the author of three collections of poetry: e i n f ü h l u n g/in feeling (2018), Aerialist (2015) and Roomful of Sparrows (2008). She is President of the New England Poetry Club and Professor of English and communication studies at MCPHS University in Boston. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Diagram, Gargoyle, Nimrod, PANK, Salamander, Slice Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere; her website is www.MaryBuchinger.com. [1.3 (Winter 2020, “Route 83”]

Claudia Buckholts has received Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and the Grolier Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Minnesota Review, New American Writing, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and other journals; and in two books, Bitterwater and Traveling Through the Body. [1.2 (Autumn 2019), “Bicycle Messenger”]

Kevin Burris lives in southern Illinois. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry East, Atlanta Review, Southern Poetry Review, and The Bitter Oleander. His first poetry collection, “The Happiest Day of My Life,” was published in 2016 by FutureCycle Press. [1.3 (Winter 2020, “At the Optical Shop”]

Brendan Connolly’s work has been featured by Genre: Urban Arts, OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters, Gravel Magazine and elsewhere. He lives and writes in Salem, Ma. [1.1 (Summer 2019), “#20”]

Claire Elliott is a painter who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She received her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 2014. [1.1 (Summer 2019), “Pink Varietals”]

Laura Gill is a writer, photographer, and editor. Her essays have appeared in Agni, Electric Literature, The Carolina Quarter, and Entropy, amongst others. She contributes book reviews to Barrelhouse, and edits nonfiction for Hobart. [1.1 (Summer 2019), “Mary and Martha”]

Gloria Heffernan’s poetry collection, What the Gratitude List Said to the Bucket List, is forthcoming from New York Quarterly Books. She has also written two chapbooks, Some of Our Parts (Finishing Line Press), and Hail to the Symptom, due out later this year from Moonstone Press. In addition, her work has appeared in over fifty journals including Chautauqua Literary Journal, Stone Canoe, Columbia Review, and The Healing Muse. [1.2 (Autumn 2019), “Reflexology Lesson”]

Julie Allyn Johnson enjoys long walks in the woods with her puppy, riding her bicycle, travel, photography, crochet, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains with her husband where they hope to bag a 14er this fall. Her poetry has been published in Lyrical Iowa, Persephone’s Daughters, Typishly, The Esthetic Apostle and Coffin Bell with work forthcoming this fall in The Loch Raven Review. [1.2 (Autumn 2019), “The Orientation of Your Deathward Momentum”]

Laura Johnson is poet in Eastern Iowa who serves as a co-editor of the literary journal Backchannels. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa. Laura participates in performance poetry and leads writing workshops in her community. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rosebud, High Shelf Press, Prompt Press, and First Literary ReviewEast. [1:1 (Summer 2019), “in the garden”]

Yasmin Mariam Kloth writes creative nonfiction and poetry. Her work has aired on NPR and appeared on npr.org. She co-translated a book of poetry by the French-Canadian author Mona Latif Ghattas called ‘Sails For Exile,’ and her work has appeared in Gravel and the West Texas Literary Review. She has work forthcoming in The Tiny Journal, Willawaw Journal, and JuxtaProse. She attended the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop in July 2019 with Natalie Shapero. Yasmin lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband and their young daughter. [1.3 (Winter 2020), “Daughter: Five Poems”]

Richard LeBlond is a retired biologist living in North Carolina. His essays and photographs have appeared in many U.S. and international journals, including Montreal Review, Redux, Compose, Concis, Lowestoft Chronicle, Trampset, and Still Point Arts Quarterly. His work has been nominated for “Best American Travel Writing” and “Best of the Net.” [1.3 (Winter 2020), “Broom Point”]

Cynthia McVay lives on a defunct farm in the Hudson Valley, where she writes, forages and makes art. Cynthia’s work has been/will be published in DASH, The Ravens Perch, daCunha’s Anthology 2, 2019 Orison Anthology, Ragazine and Eclectica. Her work was a winner of the 2018 Orison Anthology Award in Nonfiction; performed in the UK, as Editors’ Choice winner, daCunha’s 2017 Flash Nonfiction Competition; short-listed, Anton Chekov Contest New Flash Fiction Review; finalist, 2nd Annual — Sunshot Book Awards; Honorable Mention, Writer’s Relief Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award: Short Stories; Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train Press’s Very Short Fiction contest; finalist, Palooka Chapbook Contest; finalist, New Millenium Writings Muse Contest; finalist, freeze frame fiction and non-fiction finalist, Bridging the Gap Awards at the Slice Writer’s Conference 2017. [1.3 (Winter 2020), “Perfect”]

Nam Nguyen is a multimedia artist who enjoys photography, writing, and music. He has been published in Jabberwock Review. [1.1 (Summer 2019), “Springtide”]

Deb Nordlie has lived in twelve states and four countries, married once, had two children, and taught English since dinosaurs ruled the earth. After a lifetime of writing assignment sheets, she’s branched into life stories, believing “we are all novels filled with short stories and poems.” Currently, she teaches English in adult school and is scribbling away at the Great American Novel. [1.1 (Summer 2019), “David Dunston once threw a rock at my head”]

Robert L. Penick’s work has appeared in over 100 different literary journals, including The Hudson Review, North American Review, and The California Quarterly. He lives in Louisville, KY, , with his free-range box turtle, Sheldon, and edits Ristau: A Journal of Being. In 2018, he won the Slipstream Press chapbook competition. More of his writing can be found at http://www.theartofmercy.net. [1.1 (Summer 2019), “The Things We Don’t Get Over”]

Timothy F. Phillips is a totally self-taught artist who painted before he could read or write. He has had many one-man shows in museums and galleries around the world, and his art is in many private collections of estates and corporations as well. He is presently living in Miami, Florida for the last 20 years, and works out of his studio on Miami Beach. For more, visit http://timothyfphillips.com. [1.1 (Summer 2019), “Corner of the Hemingway House”]

Eric Roller is a college recruiter and educator who lives in Port Angeles, WA. His passion is helping young people find their voices. He enjoys wood-working and being outside in the Olympic National Park. He is recently published in the online journal, Mothers Always Write. [1.1 (Summer 2019), “The Vacation”]

Russell Rowland is a seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has two chapbooks with Finishing Line Press. A full-length collection, We’re All Home Now, is available from Beech River Books. He writes from New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, where he has judged high-school Poetry Out Loud competitions. [1.2 (Autumn 2019), “Putting Pumpkins Out”]

Erin Schalk is a visual artist, writer, and educator who lives in the greater Los Angeles area. She graduated with her MFA in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017, and she has exhibited her art throughout the United States and in Japan. Today, Schalk teaches and is in charge of an arts education program which provides tactile art courses to blind and visually impaired students. [1.3 (Winter 2020), “Mineral Excavation”]

Annie Stenzel was born in Illinois, but she has lived on both coasts of the U.S. and on other continents at various times in her life. Her book-length collection, The First Home Air After Absence, Big Table Publishing, was released in 2017. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in print and online journals in the U.S. and the U.K., from Ambit to Willawaw Journal with stops at Allegro, Catamaran, Eclectica, Gargoyle, Kestrel, The Lake, and Whale Road, among others. She lives within sight of the San Francisco Bay. For more, visit www.anniestenzel.com. [1.1 (Summer 2019), “On learning of the suicide of an 11-year old boy I didn’t know”]

Aashika Suresh is a freelance writer from the Indian beach city, Chennai. She writes on days the world makes sense to her; and then again on days it doesn’t. Aashika was placed among the top 30 poets in Wingword Poetry Competition 2017 and her work has appeared in Erbacce Press’ chapbook, Literary Yard, Wax Art and Poetry, Visual Verse, and Bones Journal, among others. On most days, she seeks out good poetry, sunshine, coffee and puppies. [1.3 (Winter 2020), “A Career in Teaching”]

Sharon Suzuki-Martinez’s first book, The Way of All Flux, won the New Rivers Press MVP Poetry Prize for 2010. Her work has recently appeared in Gargoyle, South Dakota Review, Duende, Okay Donkey, and elsewhere. She was a finalist in the 2018 Best of the Net anthology, was awarded a residency to the Anderson Center at Tower View, a fellowship to Kundiman, grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and a scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Originally from Hawaii, she now lives in Arizona. [1.2 (Autumn 2019), “Rescue”]

Katherine Szpekman writes poetry and memoir from her home in Collinsville, Connecticut. Her work has appeared in Red Eft Review, Sky Island Journal, and Muddy River Poetry Review, and is forthcoming in Hiram Poetry Review. She was awarded Honorable Mention in the Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest 2019. [1.3 (Winter 2020), “First Kiss on Riverside Drive”]

Stephen Toskar is a longtime US expat resident of Japan. His work has appeared in Exposition Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Chattahoochee Review, The Pedestal Magazine, LA Progressive, Hollywood Progressive, Tokyo Poetry Journal, Dissident Voice, and Poetry Nippon, among others, as well as in the anthologies Sixty Four Best Poets of 2018 (Black Mountain Press); Enough (Public Poetry, forthcoming); Manifestations (The D’arts Literary Anthology); and Farewell to Nuclear, Welcome to Renewable Energy (Coal Sack Press). He co-translated Selection from Mother Burning and Other Poems: Parallel Translation of Selected Poems of Soh Sakon. Living on the northern island of Hokkaido, he is a professor of English at Hokkaido Bunkyo University in Eniwa. [1.2 (Autumn 2019), “The Onion Harvest”]

Siamak Vossoughi is a writer living in Seattle. He has work published in Glimmer Train, Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, West Branch, and The Rumpus. His short story collection, Better Than War, received a 2014 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. [1.3 (Winter 2020), “Thank You for Your Service”]

Britnie Walston is a versatile artist, capturing energy through light, vibrant color, depth, and texture. The use of exaggerated brushstrokes and abstract color give her paintings life and voice. Her landscapes and abstract work consist of a variety of unconventional techniques to capture the elements portrayed. One of the most used techniques in her abstract paintings, is the method of mixing each individual color using acrylic paint, floetrol, silicone, and water. Together, they create “cell like” forms. Britnie also achieves different designs and textures using household objects such as strainers, straws, and frosting spatulas. She aims to depict the emotions of liberation (“set free”) and freedom (“being free”). Her work as a whole, is inspired by nature and portrays the absence of human presence, bringing out the personality of nature itself, while providing the viewer the opportunity to escape and appreciate all the beauty that surrounds us. More of her work can be found at www.BNWArt.com. [1.3 (Winter 2020), “Spirit Wave”]

Villania Wen has been painting for several years, and has used her studies in biology and medicine to merge with her love of art and music to create inspired images meant to evoke a sense of calm and nostalgia, as well as a dreamlike quality through images. She was born in China and is studying medicine in Chicago after graduating from the University of Virginia in 2018. [1.2 (Autumn 2019), “Song”]

Kelly Wise is a young author mostly interested in writing free-styled poetry and short stories. Her goal for everything she works on is to produce something meaningful. She wants to show people that there is always a hidden purpose to every word, especially in works by the next generation of authors. [1.2 (Autumn 2019), “Aspen”]