2018 Contributor Bios

Janella Cordero

Janelle Cordero is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living in the seventh most hipster city in the U.S. Both her writing and her paintings are sparse narratives that emphasize the disconnected nature of the human condition. Her writing has been published in dozens of literary journals, including Harpur Palate and The Louisville Review, while her paintings have been featured in venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her debut poetry collection, Two Cups of Tomatoes, was published in 2015, and her chapbook with Black Sand Press is forthcoming in 2018. Stay connected with Janelle’s work at www.janellecordero.com.

Rachel Anne Parsons

Rachel Anne Parsons is an Appalachian writer and poet who lives in Olive Hill, Kentucky. She is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing through the Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University.

Carl Boon

Carl Boon lives in Izmir, Turkey, where he teaches courses in American culture and literature at 9 Eylül University. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including Posit, The Maine Review, and Diagram. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Boon recently edited a volume on the sublime in American cultural studies.

Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson is an MFA candidate at Georgia College and State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in SOFTBLOW, Third Point Press, and elsewhere.

Anthony Presley

Anthony Presley is a fine arts photographer who currently resides in Chicago. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee where he discovered his interest in photography at an early age. Through his career as United States Navy Photojournalist Anthony has had the opportunity to travel the world to share his vision and experiences with an international audience.

Elaine Cary

Elaine Cary is a junior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha studying English and Creative Writing. Her work has been published in The Critical Point, Carlow University’s literary magazine.

Robert Israel

Robert Israel is a Boston-based writer and editor. He is a recipient of the Hibakusha Award to report on the lives of atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagazaki, Japan. His writing appears in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin and other publications, and can be found online at https://risrael1a.wordpress.com/.

Mohamed Elsawi

After years working as a human rights lawyer in Egypt, Mohamed came to the United States in order to fuse his passion for social justice with his passion for films and photography. He went to film school in Santa Barbara and after graduating has directed four short documentaries And length feature: The University of Nuclear Bombs. I use photography to express myself and make pictures to identify with hidden qualities of my character, to better understand my reality, and to express my interpretation of the world around me. A clearer understanding of myself.

Irina Valerina

Irina Valerina was born in 1975 in the city of Bobruisk, where she lives to this day. She has been a member of the Writers’ Union of Russia since 2014. She is also a laureate of international literary competitions “World Cup of Russian poetry-2014” and “Baltic Championship in Russian poetry-2015» as well as winner of the international literary contest “Slavic Lira-2017” in the nomination “Spiritual Poetry” (2nd place). Her most recent poems have appeared in “Havik” 2018 (USА).

Amy Lauren

A graduate of Mississippi College, Lauren authored Prodigal (Bottlecap Press, 2017) and God With Us (Headmistress Press, 2017). Her poetry appears in Sinister Wisdom, Cordite Poetry Review, New Orleans Review, Believe Out Loud, and elsewhere. Drop her a line at amylaurenwrites.com.

Jill Bond

Jill Bond is a Fine Arts and Humanities student at Finger Lakes Community College. She dabbles with a variety of artistic mediums and primarily focuses upon the complexity and fragility of being human and the ways in which society, emotion, and humanity interlock.

C.W. Emerson

C.W. (Chris) Emerson is a native of Canandaigua. In “Bittersweet,” he references several local businesses that flourished during the 1960’s and ‘70’s, including “The Harvest Mill,” an antique store on Parrish Street selling everything from penny candy to rare, one-of-a-kind objects of interest.

Emerson’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Greensboro Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly and others. He was a finalist for the 2018 New Millenium Award for Poetry. Emerson lives in Palm Springs, California where he works as a clinical psychologist, and studies with poet Cecilia Woloch.

Julio Cesar Villegas

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, raised in Essex County, New Jersey, Poetry Reader for Muzzle Magazine, and recipient of the 2017 Atlantis Award for Poetry, Julio Cesar Villegas is the writer that your abuelos warned you about. His scriptures can be found in Rigorous Mag, Subprimal Poetry Art, Waccamaw, Into The Void, as well as the inescapable mouth of the abyss. Puerto Rico Se Levanta.

Connor Chapman

Connor Chapman is a writer living in Chicago. He is working on his second novel. In his spare time, he plays the drums on his steering wheel and pretends to be funny. Follow him on Twitter: @doublementh

Christina Corsaro

Christina Corsaro is a Psychology major at Finger Lakes Community College.

Paul Lubaczeuski

Paul was born in the city of Philadelphia but has lived all over the country. After five cities he finally realized he like peace and quiet more than he enjoys convenient shopping so he moved to a fairy tale little town in Appalachia with his family. The former vocalist for the band the Repressed, he has since moved on to photography and writing. His debut novel “I Never Eat…Cheesesteak” comes out in 2019 and his writing has appeared numerous magazines, as has his photographs, appearing in Ghostlight, the Stray Branch and elsewhere. You can follow him on twitter and Facebook.

Trista Merrill

Merrill started at FLCC in 2004 and is now Professor of English and Director of Honors.  After graduating from Honeoye Falls-Lima, she went to SUNY Potsdam where she majored in English and Secondary Education.  She then went on to obtain her Master’s and Doctorate at SUNY Binghamton. Specializing in mythology and education, she wrote her dissertation on Harry Potter.  Other teaching interests are Tolkien, Alice in Wonderland, and hero myths.

Dr. Merrill lives in Canandaigua with her husband and two cats.  When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, doing jigsaw puzzles, hiking, reading, and drawing.

James Keegan

James Keegan is a songwriter, mostly. He lives in Rochester, NY and attends Finger Lakes Community College for music.

David McGuire

David McGuire is a musician and writer from the greater Rochester area.   

Keaton Boyd

Keaton Boyd has been photographing for five years and currently studies photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Boyd is a very versatile artist whose work can vary between fine art, commercial, documentary, and wildlife photography on numerous mediums including digital and film ranging from 35mm to Large Format.

Mathew Serback

Insert Bio HerYou can find Mathew Serback’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in The Collapsar, Juked, Dime Show Review, and many other terrific publications.

Tonya Eberhard

Tonya Eberhard’s most recent work has appeared in Atlas and Alice, DuM dUm zine & press, and Picaroon Poetry. She lives in MInnesota.

Matteo Bona

Matteo Bona was born on January 1st, 1997, in Asti (Piedmont, Italy). He studied at the Public Scientific Lyceum Francesco Vercelli. Now he studies Foreign Languages and Modern Literatures at the Università del Piemonte Orientale. He published his first poems’ collection “Beyond the Poetry” during 2015 and “Nothingness Sense”in Jenuary 2018. He received the Roma 3 Academic Prize “Apollo Dionisiaco” for the Unpublished Poem and the “Cesare Beccaria” Prize for the Figurative Art, during 2016.

He has published the ‘Cesare Beccaria’ prizewinner artwork into the Garfield Lake Review (2018 Issue), paper journal of the Olivet College (Michigan State, USA).

Other artwork’s publications accepted in American journals and magazines: “Boredom and other human vices”, 805 Lit+Art; “Verlangen”, Mangrove Journal (Miami University); “Die Lebensmüdgkeit”, Memoir Magazine; “Die Lebensmüdgkeit”, GNU Journal; “Die Vernichtung”, Tenth Street Miscellany; “Verlangen”, New Plains Review (Central Oklahoma University); “The Aesthetic of the Renewal”, Waxing & Waning; “Urban Nietzsche”, Rebel Satori Press; “Onyria”, Sink Hollow; “Das Sezieren bei Lebensmüdigkeit”, Oakland Review (Carnegie Mellon University).

In July 2018, he published Preludium, a collection of stories dealings with the troubles in the contemporary existentialism.

Tristan Boisvert

Tristan Joseph Boisvert is a queer interdisciplinary Canadian artist who has been published internationally. His visual and written work can be found in Art Parasites, Four Ties Lit Review, Underscore Review, The Ear, The Manhattanville Review and more. He was nominated by Margaret Atwood as a finalist for the 2017 Walrus poetry prize. He lives and works in Paris, France.

Emma Sywyj

I have been an artist for 14 years, 5 of those years I was based in London whilst studying photography at the Camberwell College of Arts at the UAL. From there I received a BA Honours in Photography & a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. I have exhibited my artwork internationally in the US in New York, LA & San Francisco and Athens in Greece and Budapest in Hungary. I have also exhibited nationally in the UK and London several times where I currently live and work. I have also been published in several independent art magazines in the UK & the USA and exhibited my video art work in international film festivals around the globe.

Anna Gionet

Anna Gionet is a graduate of Hunter College, with a degree in English and a minor in Media Studies. She currently resides in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where she is a pursuing a career as a writer/illustrator. Her artwork and writing draw from her own experiences, and she hopes to publish a book of poetry in the upcoming months. Anna Gionet is a graduate of Hunter College, with a degree in English and a minor in Media Studies. She currently resides in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where she is a pursuing a career as a writer/illustrator. Her artwork and writing draw from her own experiences, and she hopes to publish a book of poetry in the upcoming months.

Beth Starger

Beth Starger lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Hannah Rozenblat

Hannah Rozenblat is a New York City based writer and journalist. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Yeshiva University and is currently a graduate student in the MA Art History program at CUNY Hunter College. Her work has previously been published in the YU Journal of Fine Arts, Olivetree Review, Inquietudes Literary Journal, and New Voices, among other publications.

Travis Stephens

Travis Stephens was raised on a dairy farm. He earned a degree at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, before departing for the West Coast. Stephens became a sea captain and now resides in California. He has been published in the Upriver anthology, NOTA, Stoneboat Review, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Havik, and Pennsylvania English. His was a Poem of the Week for Silver Needle Press.

Megan Anning

Megan Anning is an Australian writer who is working on her first novel, Last Artist, which is set in the bohemian enclave of West End, Brisbane. Her stories and poetry have appeared in #the sideshow Five2One Magazine, Text Journal, The West End Magazine, and October Hill Magazine. She has a Master of Professional Practice  (Creative Writing) from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.


Shane Green (b. 1993) works out of Fort Worth, TX. He is an experimental artist and illustrator in the DFW area.

“I enjoy creating work that shows opposing ideas in harmony within the same composition. Repeating themes in my work include split personalities, opposing viewpoints, technology, the macabre, candy-like color schemes, ritualistic elements, and imminent danger. I present these themes using bright colors and mixed media as facades to reflect what we, as people, see on the surface of social situations and one another. However, there might be some evidence nearby that suggests something is amiss. . .”

Colin Dodds

Colin Dodds is a writer. His poems, short stories and essays have appeared in more than three hundred publications, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology. He is the author of several novels, including WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job. His poetry collection Spokes of an Uneven Wheel will be published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in 2018. He lives in New York City, with his wife and daughter. You can find more of his work at thecolindodds.com.

Carla Myers

With an undergraduate degree in sculpture and a J.D., Carla Myers followed the most logical path to becoming a writer. This year she retained a significant number of body parts, but not as many as she had hoped. She recently won the flash-fiction writing contest at The Gateway Review with a story about killing off some of her ancestors. She is the winner of the Columbia Journal Evolve Special Issue and her work has been published in The Jabberwock Review, Patheos, Muse/A Journal, Streetlight, Convivium and Sonic Boom.

Joshua G. Adair

Joshua G. Adair is an associate professor of English and coordinator of Gender & Diversity Studies at Murray State University in Murray, KY. His scholarly and creative works have appeared in Museum & Society, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, The Offing, and many others. His collection Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History, 2nd edition, edited with Amy K. Levin, appeared from Rowman & Littlefield in 2017.

Martine Mooijenkind

Martine Mooijenkind, alias Knutseltroep, is a collage artist currently situated in Gouda, The Netherlands. In addition to her profession as a care attendant for the disabled, she practises the art of collage making.Her works are mostly surreal. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, she tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.

Ryan Edward (Reso914)

Ryan Edward is an artist born and raised in New York.  Ryan has always had a love for Art, especially Graffiti and Street Art, and has been developing his style for years.  His work shows elements of what he has seen and experienced growing up in NY.

Witney Dupree

Witney Dupree holds a Business degree from NC State, but has followed her soldier through seven moves as a stay-at-home mom. While the kids are at school, she spends her days reading (though she tells her husband she’s doing housework.) She loves chocolate and lasagna and has a slight Coke Zero addiction. When she’s not reading, she can be found in the kitchen baking, at the beach (possibly with a book in her hand), or at the computer writing. She has had poems published in Backstreet, The Main Street Rag, The Wisconsin Review, and The Stray Branch.

Alonso Llerena Carrasco

Alonso Llerena is a poet, visual artist and teacher born in Lima, Peru. His current work, which merges interpretations of historical events and personal history, attempts to document and honor the victims of the Internal Armed Conflict that fractured Peru from 1980 through the mid-2000s. Additionally, his poetry examines diaspora and dislocation from Peruvian life.  He received a 2018 Voices of Color fellowship from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. He teaches and writes in Washington, D.C.

Tal Slutzker

Tal Slutzker was born in Ra’anana to Nachum and Pola, both teachers.[citation needed] During childhood he painted and played the violin. At the third grade he played a solo with orchestra tour in Holand. At the same time he studied drawing and painting of the Russian academic tradition with painter Zakhar Sherman. At age 14 he left high school to study at the Jerusalem Studio School where he was the youngest student at the program. Winner of the  America-Israel Foundation Award. he held more the 10 solo exhibition and many groups one. in one of them he was also the curator.

Jack Orleans

Jack Orleans is a local Denver writer who hasn’t been shy of exploring the 2:00AM sides of the world he lives in. He firmly believes that nothing good happens after midnight, only great things, and that’s never stopped him from walking a few thousand steps to see who else is awake and why. He’s not rich enough for caviar, but too rich for Pall Malls. He has enough pride to write, but swallows enough of it to do it right the nth time.

Damon McLaughlin

DAMON McLAUGHLIN lives in Tucson, Arizona. As often as possible he’s hiking or riding the trails of the desert and its sky islands, playing music with the group Breaking Trail, or finding ways with his family to beat the summer heat and enjoy every lovely moment of the rest of the year. His poetry collections are Exchanging Lives and Olduvai Theory. He is working off-and-on a third collection tentatively titled Wildland of Citrus.

David J. Galloway

David J. Galloway is a writer and professor of Russian at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Born and raised in Maryland, for the past twenty-five years he has lived in upstate New York. His poetry and essays have most recently appeared in Manorborn and The Remembered Arts Journal.

Cherise Oakley

Cherise Oakley recently graduated with her MA in creative writing from The College at Brockport. She has been published in B O D Y and Rain Taxi.  She was the winner of her college president’s 2017 campus-wide poetry contest. Last Offices is dedicated to her mother, Dema Marie, and her siblings, Charles and Elizabeth.

Hiram Larew

Larew’s poems have found homes most recently in vox poetica, Amsterdam Quarterly, Contemporary American Voices, FORTH and Voices Israel.  More info on Facebook at Hiram Larew, Poet and at Poetry X Hunger.

Josh Cole

My Names Joshua Cole, I’m a 17 year old Photograper raised in Canandaigua New York. I have a love for sharing others stories and creating my own through Photos. I aspire to one day be able to use my photography and art to change the world.

Aslan Demir

Aslan Demir is a writer from Turkey, born in Van, an eastern Kurdish city. He grew up in his grandfather’s village. After completing his higher education in Kayseri, he went to Pakistan where he completed his bachelors as a double major in English Literature and the Urdu Language. Living in Islamabad for six years, he went to Mongolia where he taught English for four years. He is currently working towards his MFA in Creative Writing at Lindenwood University Saint Charles, USA. His works have been published in several magazines, most of which are on injustice and ordeal his kin, Kurds been going through

Michelle Nguyen

My name is Michelle Nguyen. I am a colorpencil artist focusing on human raw emotions. It started out as a way of therapy for me. Art has really helped me understand myself and to convey my emotions into my drawings has meant a great deal for me. I hope that one day I can make a difference with my work.

Dillon Sierra

Dillon Sierra is a photojournalism student at the University of Montana and a United States Army veteran who deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 with the 101st Airborne Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, this is his first published poem.

Michael DeMaranville

Michael DeMaranville lives in Taylorsville, Utah.