late 14c., from Old French contribution and directly from Latin contributionem (nominative contributio), noun of action from past participle stem of contribuere “to bring together, add, contribute,” from com “with, together”

Issue No. 8  •  ” Home” 2019

Jeffrey Alfier is the 2018 winner of the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize from Lummox Press. In 2014, he won the Kithara Book Prize, judged by Dennis Maloney. Recent books include Fugue for a Desert Mountain, Anthem for Pacific Avenue, and The Red Stag at Carrbridge: Scotland Poems. His publication credits include The Carolina Quarterly, The Midwest Quarterly, Poetry Ireland Review, and Southern Poetry Review. He is founder and coeditor of Blue Horse Press and San Pedro River Review.

David Athey’s work has appeared in various journals, including The Iowa Review, The Seattle Review, California Quarterly, and Tampa Review. He teaches creative writing at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Roy Bentley’s poems have appeared in Blackbird, Shenandoah, Rattle, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Ohio Arts Council. His fifth book, Walking with Eve in the Loved City, was a finalist for the 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize (selected by series editor Billy Collins) and is available from the University of Arkansas Press. A new collection, American Loneliness, is out from Lost Horse Press in Sandpoint, Idaho.

W. Buckley, a fourth-generation West Coast native, lives and works in Seattle with his family. Corporate by day, Catholic by faith, he grad- uated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology before earning an MA in religion after spending two years as a chaplain res- ident at the Stanford and Packard Children’s Hospitals. His writing explores geek culture, conscience, faith, and fatherhood, and he reads regularly at Easy Speak Seattle in the city’s northeast. He is the author of Bluing, a chapbook from Finishing Line Press. You can follow him on Twitter @chris_buckley.

Brandon French is the only daughter of an opera singer and a Spanish dancer, born in Chicago sometime after the Great Fire of 1871. She has been (variously) assistant editor of Modern Teen, a topless Pink Pussycat cocktail waitress, an assistant professor of English at Yale, a published film scholar, a playwright and screenwriter, the director of development at Columbia Pictures Television, an award-winning advertising copy- writer and creative director, a psychoanalyst in private practice, and a mother. Sixty-four of her stories have been accepted for publication by literary journals and anthologies, she’s been nominated twice for a Pushcart, she was an award winner in the 2015 Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Short Story Contest, and her short story collection, If One of Us Should Die, I’ll Move to Paris, has been accepted for publication in 2019.

Desmond Everest Fuller studied creative writing and was a staff news writer for the Vanguard at Portland State University. He studied fiction writing at Literary Arts and the Attic Institute. His fiction has appear in The Gravity of the Thing, Deep Overstock, The Gorge Literary Journal, and He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Trina Gaynon’s poems appear in the anthologies Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, The Great Gatsby Anthology, the San Diego Poetry Annual, Saint Peter’s B-list, Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century, A Ritual to Read Together, Phoenix Rising from the Ashes: Sonnets of the Early Third Millennium, Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront, Knocking at the Door: Poems about Approaching the Other, and several WriteGirl anthologies, as well as numerous journals including Natural Bridge, Reed Magazine, and the final issue of Runes. Her chap- book, An Alphabet of Romance, is available from Finishing Line Press.

Anne Gudger is a Portland essay and memoir writer. She’s grateful to be published in Real Simple, The Rumpus, Slippery Elm, NAILED, and more. In November 2017, she won two essay contests: New Millennium Writings and Hippocampus. She also won the Kay Snow contest previously. She lives with her sweet husband and is lucky to have her grown kids and their spouses not far. Plus dogs and horses too.

Vix Gutierrez grew up living and learning in more than twenty coun- tries. She has a BA in journalism from Northern Arizona University and recently participated in workshops at the Attic Institute and Disquiet International in Lisbon. Her work has appeared in NAILED, Thru Magazine, Spirit Guides, Defiant Scribe, and on loose scraps of paper here and there. Today, she calls Portland, Oregon, home but continues to wander—be it abroad, into the pages of a book, or through her own untamed imagination. Her website is

Christine Hanolsy is a (primarily) science fiction and fantasy writer who cannot resist a love story. A lover of beautiful stories in small packages, she writes flash fiction, short stories, and the occasional personal essay, much of which has been posted to her blog ( She serves on the editorial staff of the online writing community YeahWrite. Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in a number of anthologies as well as online publications, and she is currently working on her second novel. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her wife and their two sons.

Amy K. W. Heil’s desire to distinguish herself from her family found neither Bard College nor Reed College sufficiently exotic, so she joined the air force, where she served as a nurse for nine years. After discharge, she helped start a sushi restaurant in the Columbia River Gorge, where she still lives, writing political analysis and collecting corgis. She is, as far as she knows, 100 percent German Protestant on both sides of her family.

Amanda Hiland is a writer and teacher by day and a major astronomy enthusiast at night. Her poems have appeared in New Plains Review, Avocet, Camas, and Territory, as well as several anthologies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is very fond of rain.

Casey Killingsworth’s poems have been accepted in Kimera, Spindrift, Rain, Slightly West, the Timberline Review, and other journals, and a forthcoming poem is scheduled in Typehouse. He has one book of po- ems, A Handbook for Water (Cranberry Press), as well as a book on the poetry of Langston Hughes, The Black and Blue Collar Blues (VDM). He has a master’s degree from Reed College.

Tricia Knoll recently moved from Portland, Oregon, where she was a member of Willamette Writers for many years, to Vermont. Her poetry has received seven Pushcart nominations, and her recent col- lection, How I Learned to Be White, received the Gold Prize in the Poetry Book Category for Motivational Poetry in the Human Relations Indie Book Prize for 2018. Her website is

Donna J. Gelagotis Lee’s book Intersection on Neptune, winner of the Prize Americana for Poetry 2018, is forthcoming from the Poetry Press of Press Americana. She is the author of On the Altar of Greece, winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award and recipient of a 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award: Notable for Art Category. Her poetry has appeared in journals internationally, including The Bitter Oleander, Cimarron Review, The Cortland Review, Feminist Studies, and The Massachusetts Review. Her website is

Veronica Lupinacci’s poetry has been recently published in BOAAT Journal, The Pinch, The McNeese Review, The Blue Mountain Review, and Gravel. She is the author of an educational ESL children’s book and has taught English from the elementary to college level. Her work has earned her several awards and nominations, and she holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She lives in Sarasota, Florida, where she works at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and teaches writing at the State College of Florida.

Cynthia McCain lives in the Coast Range foothills of the Willamette Valley.

B. Navarro is a home educating parent of one, formerly of five. She is passionate about working toward justice, researching genealogy, and creating the best gluten-free doughnut recipe ever.

Nancy Nowak’s work has appeared in Fireweed, Poetry Northwest, and The MacGuffin, among other journals, and in the anthologies The Zeppelin Reader, Windblown Sheets: Poems by Mothers and Daughters, and Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry. Her work was a finalist for the 2018 Letheon Prize and is forthcoming in RAIN Magazine. She lives in Winston, Oregon.

Keli Osborn, after writing and directing plays in third grade, moved on to newspaper reporting, then a long career of writing policy papers and administrative memos. Her poetry has appeared in Passager, the Timberline Review, Confrontation, Elohi Gadugi Journal, San Pedro River Review, and other journals, as well as in several collections including NastyWomenPoets:AnUnapologeticAnthologyofSubversiveVerse,AllWe Can Hold: Poems of Motherhood, The Book of Donuts, and The Absence of Something Specified. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Ken Proctor writes from his cramped home office surrounded by the artifacts, antiques, fossils, and other junk he has collected over decades of research and exploration. While primarily a writer of short historical fiction, including “Angel Falls” (Short and Sweet Takes the Fifth, Nov. 2018), nine of his “short” stories have reached novel or novella length.

Emily Ransdell’s work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Poet Lore, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere. She divides her time between Camas, Washington, and the Oregon Coast, where she is a coordinator for the Manzanita Writers’ Series PoetryFest and the artist-writer col- laborative project Word & Image.

Lex Runciman’s most recent book is Salt Moons: Poems 1981–2016, from Salmon Poetry. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Stand (UK), Clackamas Literary Review, and in the long-ago Northwest Review. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Eric Paul Shaffer is the author of seven poetry books: Even Further West; A Million-Dollar Bill; Lāhaina Noon; Portable Planet; Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen; RattleSnake Rider; and Kindling: Poems from Two Poets. More than five hundred of his poems appear in reviews in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Scotland, Wales, and the United States. In 1998, Shaffer moved from Okinawa to the Hawaiian Islands and now lives on Oahu, teaching composition, literature, and creative writing at Honolulu Community College.

Matthew J. Spireng’s book What Focus Is was published in 2011 by WordTech Communications. His book Out of Body won the 2004 Bluestem Poetry Award and was published in 2006 by Bluestem Press at Emporia State University. His chapbooks are Clear Cut; Young Farmer; Encounters; Inspiration Point, winner of the 2000 Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition; and Just This. Since 1990, his poems have appeared in publications across the United States. He is an eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of The MacGuffin’s 23rd Annual Poet Hunt Contest in 2018 and the 2015 Common Ground Review poetry contest.

Stephanie Striffler has written poetry almost all of her life, including during the decades she has worked at the Oregon Department of Justice as a lawyer for the people of Oregon. Her poems have been published in Calyx, VoiceCatcher, Verseweavers, and Persimmon Tree. She spent her early years in New Mexico and Michigan before choosing Oregon as home. She enjoys birding excursions with her husband and identifying species in their Portland backyard.

Don White has published various articles and short stories and won the Cascade Award for his short fiction. He has two graduate degrees in theology and has self-published his nonfiction book, A Plymouth Pilgrim. He is near completion of his novel, The Doll-Man, set in the orchard country of 1950s eastern Washington. When he is not writing, he enjoys fine arts, woodworking, and perusing old, musty books at thrift shops. His favorite reading includes the works of Bret Lott, Flannery O’Connor, and John Steinbeck. He and his wife enjoy small-town living in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Dan Wiencek is a poet, critic, and humorist who lives in Portland, Oregon. When not making poems, he writes for a luxury travel company and has walked in the same shoes at the Egyptian pyramids, the Taj Mahal, the Serengeti Plain, and the Abbey Road crosswalk. Someday he will write a poem about those shoes. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hypertrophic Literary, Crack the Spine, New Ohio Review, and other publications. He is currently working on his first collection of poems.

Issue No. 7  •  “Rebirth” Summer/Fall 2018