Contributor Bios

2019

Rachel Alatalo

Rachel Alatalo grew up outside of Boston, studied creative writing at Hamilton College, and currently writes and teaches in Argentina. Their work appears in Red Weather and Mr. Ma’am, and they were a finalist in New Delta Review’s Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Flash Fiction. They tweet occasionally and post Insta photos more often @rachelalatalo.

William Allen

William Allen is a writer from Perinton, New York. He is a student at
Finger Lakes Community College and enjoys reading, thinking about
existentialism and debating politics.

Nicholas Becher

Nicholas Becher received his MFA from Florida Atlantic University. He is a former Writing Fellow at West Point Military Academy and Fiction Editor for the Swamp Ape Review. His work has been published most recently in Bamboo Ridge Press, The Esthetic Apostle, and The Manhattanville Review. Older works can be found in Fixional, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, and The Hawaii Pacific Review.

Carl Boon

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.

Brian Lawrence Buntin

Brian is an artist and writer loosely based in Denver with his cat. His
poetry has appeared in Rosebud Lit Magazine and FLARE. Selected dramatic works have been performed regionally. Follow him in a non creepy way on Instagram @lucillewails.

Sierra Burrous

Sierra is currently a Creative Writing major at Finger Lakes Community College, she mainly writes poetry and short stories. Sierra is originally from Galeton, Pennsylvania and hopes to attend a four-year university there majoring in Creative Writing. She hopes to one day become a novelist writing stories for young adults and adults alike.

Vanessa Charlot

Vanessa Charlot, a Miami native, is a self-taught documentary photographer who began her art career while exploring the rural parts of Haiti. She started to document intimate parts of everyday people in rural Haiti and amassed an impressive body of work that explores spirituality, socio-economic issues, and sexual intersectionality. Experiencing life in developing countries became the catalyst by which Vanessa actively documents marginalized people throughout the world. As a documentary photographer, she seeks to capture the raw beauty of black and brown people as they balance their lives on the fine line of resilience and struggle.

Douglas Cole

Douglas Cole has published six collections of poetry. He has been nominated for a Pushcart and Best of the Net, and received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry. His website is douglastcole.com.

Gabrielle Crowley

Gabrielle Crowley grew up in Ontario and now lives in Montreal where
she studies English Literature and Creative Writing. Her work has been
published with The Ginger Collect, and her short fiction chapbook, The
Midnight Garden, was published with Penrose Press in the fall of 2018. She
is a former co-editor-in-chief of Soliloquies Anthology. She drinks too
much tea and is very passionate about dragons.

Rachael Eckerson

Rachael Eckerson lives in Rochester, New York and completed her Music and Creative Writing associate degrees this past year at Finger Lakes Community College. Music and writing have been two of her passions for as long as she can remember, but she intends on continuing her college career with a focus on writing so that one day she can become an editor and hopefully get one of her books published – that is, once she finishes it.

Kirk Eckstine

Kirk Eckstine lives and works in northern Minnesota. He works for the state and helps run a small film group, The Kettle River Project. He is a writer, photographer, and film-maker whose short films have been shown in multiple festivals in the U.S. Canada, and Europe. He was most recently published in Dual Coast Magazine, Jitters, Dark Ink Press, and Alchemy Literary Magazine.

Samantha Goodman

Samantha is a recent graduate of Finger Lakes Community College and is currently studying Creative Writing at Hobart William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

Dennis Goza

Dennis Goza is a playwright and actor as well as poet. His poems have appeared in Clockhouse, Gemini, Dime Show Review, River River, Waccamaw Journal, Barely South Review, and The Helix; and he has published a volume of poetry, Tortoise Dances.

John Grey

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Midwest Quarterly, Poetry East and North Dakota Quarterly with work upcoming in South Florida Poetry Journal, Hawaii Review and the Dunes Review.

JJ Chen Henderson

JJ Chen Henderson, M.D., Ph. D., was born and raised in China. A writer, an artist, and a poet, she has worked in the biomedical field and in book editing. Other than numerous publications in biomedical science journals, Dr. Henderson’s fiction, essays, and poetry have been featured in literary reviews and poetry magazines. But what she takes the most pride in is her daughter, Kate, 15.

Michael Hendricks

Michael Hendricks is an embarrassingly ‘new voice’ who has never had his work published anywhere, with the exception of some viscerally unfortunate YouTube videos from his (more) awkward stage. He hopes his story ‘Silverfish’ will take it from here, and that you enjoy it.

Toni Anita Hull

Toni Anita Hull is a writer and comedian hailing from Surprise, AZ, but it comes as no surprise that she is happily settled in Los Angeles. She has performed stand-up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles, including the World Famous Comedy Store. Toni earned her  MFA in TV and Screenwriting from Stephens College, with a minor in nun-appreciation and Jon Hamm fanaticism. When she isn’t writing, Toni enjoys pretending she is on talk shows by herself in her studio apartment. www.tonianitahull.com

Caitlin Keller

Caitlin Keller is a student from Finger Lakes Community College (graduation- December 2019). Caitlin is a Communications major, who spends her free time working on Creative Writing and dabbling in photography.

Luke Kuzmish

Luke Kuzmish is a new father, recovering addict, and software developer from Erie, Pennsylvania. His work has been featured by Gravel, Nixes Mate, Angry Old Man, Rust Belt Review, Ink Sweat & Tears, and a number of other presses and magazines. His fourth chapbook, “Hurry Up Wagon,” will be published by Poets’ Hall Press in July 2019.

D.S. Maolalai

DS Maolalai is a poet from Ireland who has been writing and publishing poetry for almost 10 years. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press, and he has a second collection forthcoming from Turas Press in 2019. He has been nominated for Best of the Web and twice for the Pushcart Prize.

Emily Mazzara

Emily Mazzara comes from a family of medical professionals but has always believed as much in the healing power of words as she does shots and pills. She writes to release the thoughts from her head, and both escape and embrace the world around her. Emily continues to work on her writing by traveling anywhere she can, people watching, talking to strangers for far too long, learning about new cultures, asking deep and unanswerable questions, and overthinking every word she puts on the page. She currently attends Champlain College and is working toward a degree in Professional Writing.

Laurie-Lynn McGlynn

Laurie-Lynn McGlynn is Toronto born and currently works and resides in
Caledon, Ontario. In 2016 she completed a BFA Honours with Distinction from the University of Waterloo. McGlynn recently returned to Ontario from Halifax where she completed the Fall term of the MFA program at NSCAD University. She was recently accepted as an Artist Member of Gallery1313 in Toronto. McGlynn’s work has been exhibited in public galleries across Nova Scotia including Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax and in various Ontario cities including Toronto, and in private collections. In addition to her Visual Arts practice, McGlynn is an Emerging Writer and Librettist. In 2014 she formed MOTUS, a collaborative performance-based project that features literature, music, dance, and digital technologies.

Greg McGreevy

Greg McGreevy lives in Baltimore and writes poetry. His work has previously been featured in West Trade Review, Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, and Sonder Midwest.

David McGuire

David McGuire is a musician and educator from the Greater Rochester Area

Nikki Moore

Nikki Moore is a graduate student at Northern Kentucky University where she pursues her Master of Arts in English. She finds she most often writes of women and the earth, and spends her free time drinking bad beer with good people.

Caitlin Myers

Caitlin Myers is a writer, educator, and community organizer living in Knoxville, Tennessee. She writes fiction and creative nonfiction about history, memory, Appalachian radicalism, convoluted relationships to place, and ghosts. Her work has been featured in Scalawag Magazine, 100 Days in Appalachia, and on stage around East Tennessee

Christopher R. Nash

Christopher R. Nash is an aimless millennial comprised of American parts
but was made in Japan, born to Navy parents who could never quite settle
down in one place or the other. A Northern soul with Southern roots who
has been writing since his teenage years, dabbling in prose and poetry
alike. He has a distinct love for cosmic horror, comparative mythology, and
French-pressed coffee. An indoor plant by nature that when he isn’t writing
as personal therapy he sifts through record shops for timeless gems and
searches for vintage arcades around the greater Rochester, NY area.

KG Newman

KG Newman is a sportswriter who covers the Colorado Rockies for The
Denver Post. His first two collections of poems, While Dreaming of Diamonds in Wintertime and Selfish Never Get Their Own, are available on Amazon. The Arizona State University alum is on Twitter @KyleNewmanDP and more info and writing can be found at kgnewman.com.

James B. Nicola

James B. Nicola’s poetry and prose have appeared in the Antioch, Southwest, Green Mountains, and Atlanta Reviews; Rattle; Tar River; and Poetry East, garnering two Willow Review awards, a Dana Literary award, and six Pushcart nominations. His full-length collections are Manhattan Plaza (2014), Stage to Page (2016), Wind in the Cave (2017), Out of Nothing: Poems of Art and Artists (2018) and Quickening: Poems from Before and Beyond (2019). His nonfiction book Playing the Audience won a Choice award. He is facilitator for the Hell’s Kitchen International Writers’ Roundtable, which meets twice monthly at Manhattan’s Columbus Library: walk-ins welcome!

Lindsey Noble

Lindsey Noble is a part-time waitress. She recently graduated from Finger Lakes Community College, earning her degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences Creative Writing. She is excited and nervous about what the future has in store for her. She loves to read and is passionate about writing. She aspires to become a successful author, hoping to one day change the world with her writing.

Kevin J. B. O’Connor

Kevin J.B. O’Connor received his MFA from Old Dominion University and his BA from Johns Hopkins University. He has published writing in numerous journals, including Slant, The Tulane Review, The Pinch, Hawaii Pacific Review, The Broke Bohemian, Mayday, Glassworks, and Bayou, among others. He lives in Hornell, NY.

Shannon C. Page

I am a self taught artist, a creative at heart. I have been a creative type all my life, doing what I love. I enjoy giving a unique look at familiar things.

Olivia Petrea

Olivia Petrea is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno studying English with a specialization in writing. She has lived in Reno, Nevada her whole life. She’s always been passionate about writing and the arts, but when she isn’t buried deep inside a book or typing away at her computer, she can be found enjoying nature, baking, and drinking too much coffee. She hopes to write stories and take pictures that impact young women and empower people to see the world in different perspectives.

MK Punky

The author of many books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, most recently the Barrelhouse Prize-winning novel Year 14, MK PUNKY serves as Poet Laureate of Vista Street Community Library in Los Angeles.

Kajlea Richards

Kajlea Richards is currently a senior at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, studying communications and creative writing. Some of her hobbies include ballet, writing, makeup artistry, and any other activity that allows her to express herself creatively. She has been previously published in the Rocky Mountain Review and hopes to pursue a career in social media marketing.

Denise Robbins

I am a writer and environmentalist based in Washington, DC. I have a cat named Elephant who was named when she was a kitten because she was tiny and grey. She has since grown into her name, and I love her the more for it. I have been published in McSweeney’s, a couple of online literary journals, and Indiana University Press.

Mark Antony Rossi

Mark Antony Rossi’s poetry, criticism, fiction, creative nonfiction and photography have appeared in The Antigonish Review, Anak Sastra, Bareback Magazine, Black Heart Review, Brain of Forgetting, Deep Water Literary Journal, Dirty Chai, Enclave, Expound, Farther Stars Than, Flash Fiction, Gravel, Indian Periodical,  Japanophile, Journal of Microliterature,  Kulchur Creative Journal, Mad Swirl, On The Rusk, Purple Patch, Scrivener Creative Review, Sentiment Literary Journal, Snapdragon, Syzygy Poetry Journal, the Big Window Review, The Rye Whiskey Review, The Sacrificial, Toad Suck Review, Transnational, , Wild Quarterly and Yellow Chair Review. He is the Editor in Chief, Ariel Chart.
http://arielchart.blogspot.com

Faun Scurlock

Throwing together elements like the chaos of water collisions, man-made vs. natural, nature vs human, is something I enjoy in my photography. Six years ago, I picked up my first Nikon and started my journey into Pacific Northwest imagery. Water in the area is an especially interesting and ever-changing subject, lending endless image possibilities. Combined with shooting almost exclusively in our beautiful Pacific Northwest and the possibilities become infinite. Thankfully, I can share these images with you through my business, Grumpy Bear Photos, or faunscurlock.com, and through my various publications such as the Salmon Creek Journal and The Finger Literary Journal.

Zara Shams

Zara Shams is a writer based in the South of England and Edinburgh, where she is pursuing a History MA at The University of Edinburgh. Her writing has appeared in Noble/Gas Qtrly, Sonder Midwest, Visual Arts Collective, and more. Zara’s poem ‘there is no such thing as a woman’ was awarded first prize in Ankita Saxena’s poetry challenge, and her chapbook of the same name was published by Zoetic Press in 2018.

George L. Stein

George L Stein is a writer and photographer from the midwest, Michigan City, in Northwest Indiana, and now living in Boonton, New Jersey, and working in New York. George works in both film and digital formats in the urban decay, architecture, fetish, and street photography genres. His emphasis is on composition with the juxtaposition of beauty and decay lying at the center. George has been published in Midwestern Gothic, Gravel, Foliate Oak, After Hours, Hoosier Lit, 3Elements Magazine, The Fredricksburg Literary Art and Review, the Ilanot Review, and Darkside Magazine.

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. He was also published in last year’s issue of The Finger Literary Journal and has had a poem selected as a Poem of the Week for Silver Needle Press.

Christine Stoddard

Christine Sloan Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American writer and artist. She is the founder of Quail Bell Magazine and the author of Water for the Cactus Woman (Spuyten Duyvil), Hispanic and Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press), Belldonna Magic (Shanti Arts), Heaven Is a Photograph (Clash Books), and other books. Her work has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Bustle, The Feminist Wire, Marie Claire, The Huffington Post, Yes! Magazine, and elsewhere.

Kimberly Tumblin

Kimberly Tumblin is currently a senior at Bowling Green State University, majoring in Two-Dimensional Studies.
She is an oil painter and printmaker, working in etching and lithography.

Lour Drick Valsote

My name is Lour Drick Valsote, and I am a high school student from
Salem, Massachusetts. My passion for creativity has led me to submit to my
school’s literary magazine. I would like to branch out into different
mediums of work, and I am currently working on improving my photography.

Evey Weisblat

Evey Weisblat is a junior at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where she
studies English and Creative Writing. She is an editor for Kenyon’s
newspaper, the Kenyon Collegian.

Anthony Westenkirchner

Anthony once killed a man in self-defense with an Oxford comma. His work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in the Juste Milieu Lit & Art Zine, Genre: Urban Arts, 3Elements Review, The Bear Review, Owen Wister Review, New Southerner, Fearsome Critters, The Tulane Review, The Manhattanville Review, The Reject Pile, Apparatus Magazine, and will be featured in a forthcoming anthology of multi-modal fiction published by Twelve Winters Press. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Anthony is a voracious reader who enjoys alpine skiing and witty condescension. He currently lives with his wife and their three children in Kansas City, Missouri.

Glenn R. Wilson

Glenn R. Wilson wrote and illustrated his first original story when he was eight years old (about a rabbit). Since then the focus has changed but the thrill of storytelling hasn’t abated. Choosing a career in freelance and graphic art, along with running an Internet business, he’s now pursuing his long list of story projects. He holds degrees in Art and Business

Management. And an honorary one in Life Experience. Oh — and he still has the rabbit story.

Trinity Wilson

Trinity Wilson is a Finger Lakes Community College graduate with her associate’s degree in Communications. She enjoys reading, writing, and reviewing movies in her spare time. She plans to transfer to SUNY Brockport for the Journalism and Broadcasting program in the Fall 2019 semester.

2018

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.

Shanegerous

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.