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About Our Contributors

Joe Albanese's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry can be found in publications across the U.S. and in ten other countries. His novel Caina (Mockingbird Lane Press) and his novella Smash and Grab (Books to Go Now) were both published in 2018.

Ruth Berman’s work has appeared in many general and literary magazines and anthologies. Her novel, Bradamant’s Quest, was published by FTL Publications. Her translations of two fairy tales by 18th century writer Louise Cavelier Levesque, “The Prince of the Aquamarines” & “The Invisible Prince,” were published by Aqueduct Press (Seattle WA).

June Blumenson curates a poetry reading series and facilitates poetry writing workshops in Min­neapolis. Her work appears in dozens of literary journals. Her debut poetry collection A Scythe of Moon will be published early 2020 by Kelsay Books.

Jane Flint received a BA from Antioch College and an MA from Pacific Oaks College. In addition to writing poetry, she creates animated films and works as a somatic coach. She is privileged to have done workshops with several poets she admires, including Galway Kinnell, Lucille Clifton, and Lee Young-Li.

Lee Henschel Jr. was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and began his writing life when he was twelve. He is the author of three volumes of historical fiction. The Sailing Master, Book One, Com­ing of Age, published in 2015, Book Two, The Long Passage, in 2017, and Book Three, Letter of Marque in 2019. His poems and short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies.

William Huhn lives in Westchester County, NY, with his wife and their three-year-old son. His nar­rative essays have been cited six times as a “Notable Essay” in The Best American Essays series, and his poetry has been featured in The Carolina Quarterly and on the popular website Verse Daily.

Donna Isaac is a teaching artist who organizes community readings in the Twin Cities, including the reading series, Literary Lights at Next Chapter Booksellers in St. Paul. Published poetry includes Footfalls (Pocahontas Press), a paean to growing up in the Appalachians; and three chapbooks, Tommy (Red Dragonfly Press); Holy Comforter (Red Bird Chapbooks); and Persis­tence of Vision (Finishing Line Press). <donnaisaacpoet.com>.

James Croal Jackson is a poet and editor. His first chapbook is The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017) and he edits The Mantle (www.themantlepoetry.com).

Garret Keizer is the author of The World Pushes Back (Texas Review Press), which won the 2018 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Hudson Review, and The New Yorker.

Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of 22 books, including Flannelwood (Red Hen Press). He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tim Millas lives with Susan and Clare in New York, Florida, and Maine. More than 25 of his sto­ries have been published to date, in such journals as Adirondack Review, Amarillo Bay, Confronta­tion, Eclectica, Exquisite Corpse, Gargoyle, Literary Orphans, and Unlikely Stories. You can reach him at t.millas@att.net.

Cameron Morse was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2014. With a 14.6 month life expectancy, he entered the Creative Writing Program at the University of Missouri—Kansas City and, in 2018, graduated with an M.F.A. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, including New Letters, Bridge Eight, Portland Review and South Dakota Review. His first poetry collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press's 2018 Best Book Award. His latest is Terminal Destination (Spartan Press, 2019). He lives with his wife Lili and son Theodore in Blue Springs, Missouri, where he serves as poetry editor for Harbor Review.

John-Ivan Palmer’s literary work has been anthologized in the US, Britain and Japan and awarded the Pushcart prize for fiction. His memoir, Master of Deception, will be released by Rare Bird Books in August, as well as Audio Books.

Andrew Peters is based in Stockholm, Sweden. His fiction has appeared in literary magazines and prize anthologies in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and the United States. In the United States, it has appeared in places like The Missouri Review, THAT Literary Review, and the Good Works Review.

Marjorie Power’s newest chapbook, Refuses to Suffocate, was released recently from Blue Lyra Press. Her newest full length collection is Oncoming Halos, Kelsay Books, 2018. She can be found at www.marjoriepowerpoet.com.

Tony Rauch has four books of short stories published—I’m right here (spout press), Laredo (Eraserhead Press), Eyeballs growing all over me ... again (Eraserhead Press), and What if I got down on my knees? (Whistling Shade Press). He can be found at: http://trauch.wordpress.com/

Mark Rhoads began writing poetry when he was 50. His poems have been published in The Christian Science Monitor, The Ballard Street Journal, The Deronda Review, Contemporary Rhyme, and Snakeskin. In 2015 he published his first book of poems titled No Gathering In of this Incense.

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro's poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart prize. Currently, she teaches writing at UCLA Extension. https://rochellejshapiro.com @rjshapiro

Mia Sara was born and raised in New York City. At the age of fifteen she began a career as an actress, her credits include; Legend, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Time Cop, Queenie, A Stranger Among Us, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, and many others. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children. She misses New York every single day. Her chapbook Still Life With Gorilla, was published by Dusie Press in 2014. Her column “Wrought and Found” ran for two years on the PANK blog, and I she is an (ir)regular contributor at Barrelhouse Magazine with the column “Not Your High School Girlfriend.” For more: miasara.nyc.

Carol Rucks is the author of Evidence of Rain. (Nodin Press). Her poems have appeared in West Branch, Abraxas, Poetry Quarterly and elsewhere. She lives in Minneapolis.

Matthew J. Spireng of Kingston, N.Y., is a nine-time Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of The MacGuffin's 23rd Annual Poet Hunt in 2018. His full-length books are What Focus Is and Out of Body, winner of the 2004 Bluestem Poetry Award and published by Bluestem Press.

Justin Teerlinck is an occupational therapist in the Tacoma, Washington area, where he is learn­ing how to place his writing skills and sense of the absurd in service to people with disabilities. His response to most standardized test questions is, “Meow don't know this theoretical construct. Meow try again please?”

Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years, including a dozen or so books and chapbooks. For more info and links to publishers, visit his website at

Rachel Tramonte splits her time between being a psychotherapist, writing, and teaching Pilates. Her work has appeared in Jelly Bucket, SLAB, The Journal of America Poetry, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Alembic, and other Journals. She lives in Cleveland, OH with her partner, two daugh­ters, and too many pets.

Joel Van Valin is the publisher of Whistling Shade. His first poetry chapbook, The White Forest, was published in 2018 by Prolific Press. He lives with his wife, twin sons, and Naughty Cat in St. Paul. He is a confirmed Luddite who still makes mix tapes.

Kim Venkataraman lives in Boston and spends the summer in Maine where she grew up. "Believ­ing" is part of a linked collection of stories that take place in Maine.

Will Walker lives in San Francisco with his wife and their dog. He is a former editor of the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal and has a full-length collection of poetry, Wednesday after Lunch, avail­able on Amazon. Fan mail or other forms of communication welcome at: wmwalker@earthlink.net

Greg Watson is the author of All the World at Once: New and Selected Poems, and co-editor with Richard Broderick of The Road by Heart: Poems of Fatherhood. His forthcoming collection of poems, The Sound of Light, will be published next year.