Issue #5


Poe Ballantine Poe Ballantine is the author of the cult classic Things I Like About America and the upcoming horse-racing-madhouse novel Whirlaway (Hawthorne Books). He lives in Chadron, Nebraska, with his wife, son, and dog.


elizabeth_cantwell Elizabeth Cantwell is a poet and high school teacher living in Claremont, California. Her first book, Nights I Let The Tiger Get You (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), was a runner-up for the 2012 Hudson Prize; she is also the author of a chapbook, Premonitions (Grey Book Press, 2014).


Fred-Dale Fred Dale is a husband to his wife, Valerie, and a father to his dog, Earl. He is a Senior Instructor in the English Department at the University of North Florida. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Sugar House Review, Crack the Spine, Chiron Review, Clackamas Literary  Review, and others.


JohnDaniel John Daniel is the author of ten books of poetry, essays, memoir, and fiction. His novel, Gifted, was published this spring by Counterpoint Press and has received glowing reviews in Publishers WeeklyThe New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. He lives in the Coast Range foothills west of Eugene, Oregon.


 KellyDolejsi Kelly Dolejsi is a YMCA climbing instructor with an MFA from Emerson College. Her work has been published most recently in Fifth Wednesday, Denver Quarterly, Allegro, Vine Leaves Literary Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and 1001. She also has poems forthcoming in North American Review.


ncdougherty Nancy Cavers Dougherty lives in Sebastopol, California. She is the author of three chapbooks; Tape Recorder OnMemory In Salt, and Levee Town. Her poems have recently appeared in I-70 ReviewThe 2016 Redwood Writer’s Anthology and the California Quarterly. She advocates for mental health services in Sonoma County.


Brian Doyle Brian Doyle has authored many books of fiction, essays, and poems, including his novels Mink River, The Plover, Chicago, and Martin Marten, for which he won a 2016 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature. His most recent novel, The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson, was published in March 2017. His essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, The American Scholar, The Sun Magazine, The New York Times, and The Timberline Review.


Jeff Ewing Jeffrey Ewing is a writer from Northern California. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Sugar House Review, ZYZZYVA, Willow Springs, Utne Reader, Crazyhorse, Beloit Poetry Journal, Saint Ann’s Review, Columbia Review, and Southwest Review, among others.


JenniferFreed Jennifer L. Freed’s work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including Poetry EastCommon Ground ReviewCitron ReviewThe Healing Muse, and Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry. Her chapbook, These Hands Still Holding, was a finalist in the 2013 New Women’s Voices competition. She lives with her family in central Massachusetts.


Paulette Guerin Head Shot Paulette Guerin lives in Arkansas and works as a freelance writer and editor. Inspired by Thoreau’s Walden, she is building a tiny cabin and blogging about the experience at Her poetry has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Main Street Rag, Subtropics, and others. She has a chapbook, Polishing Silver.


Mark_Hall Mark Hall is the author of Around the Texts of Writing Center Work: An Inquiry-Based Approach to Tutor Education. He has published articles in College English, Writing Center Journal, Writing Lab Newsletter, The Writing Instructor, and Praxis. His creative nonfiction has appeared in Flashquake and JMWW: A Quarterly Journal of Writing.


gladys haunton Gladys Haunton’s essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, The Fourth River, Hunger Mountain, Jabberwock Review, The South Dakota Review, turnrow, and elsewhere. She grew up on the Great Plains, where she taught English and writing classes at Creighton University, Iowa Western Community College, and Nebraska Methodist College.


JohnHolloran John Holloran lives in Portland where he writes, teaches history, and is the Director of Studies at Oregon Episcopal School. His essays have appeared in Oregon Humanities, including After the Fall that was featured on OPB’s Think Out Loud.


SimonHowells Simon Howells was born in Wales in 1971.


RobHunter Rob Hunter‘ s poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Poet Lore, Sleet, Wild Violet, Straight Forward Poetry, The Blueline Anthology, and others. In 2013 he was a featured writer at Hartwick College’s New American Writers Festival. In 2012 he was an editor of Birchsong, an Anthology of Vermont Poetry.


Christine Jones Christine Jones is a graduate of Lesley University’s MFA program, working on her first book collection with mentor, poet Erin Belieu. She’s the founder, and editor-in-chief of poems2go, a public poetry project funded by a grant from The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in The Offering, Kindred, Muse, The Literary Bohemian, and others.


Daryl Jones - Photo By Danica Fiew Daryl Jones is the author of Someone Going Home Late, which won the Natalie Ornish Poetry Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The American Journal of Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, New Ohio Review, Poet Lore, The Southern Review, and elsewhere.


RobertKendrick Robert Lee Kendrick grew up in Illinois and Iowa, but now calls South Carolina home. His poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, Xavier Review, Louisiana Literature, South Carolina Review, The Cape Rock, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Winter Skin, was released in 2016 by Main Street Rag Publishing.


lizlampman Liz Lampman is the 2016 winner of Reed Magazine’s Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry. Her poems have been featured in Rattle, Lunch Ticket, The Missing Slate, Gulf Stream Lit Mag, and other publications. She holds an MFA from Oklahoma State University.


KatherineLo Katherine Lo is a writer and high school English teacher living in Southern California. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, Rattle, CALYX, and Naugatuck River Review. She is also the author of the YA novel The Cellar, one of Kirkus Reviews’  Best Books of 2014.


nancy_mccabe Nancy McCabe is the author of five books, most recently the novel Following Disasters (Outpost 19) and the nonfiction book From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood. Her work has received a Pushcart and made six appearances on notable lists in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American series.


Lightroom (DSCF1106.JPG) Gail McCormick is a Seattle writer and psychotherapist with Midwestern roots and a global heart. Her previous publications include the book, Living With Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Narratives of Coping. She is currently writing a memoir about her ongoing relationship with a family impacted by the explosion in Chernobyl.


D Mihalyov David Mihalyov lives outside of Rochester, NY, with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs. His poems have appeared in several journals, including Concho River Review, Gravel: A Literary Journal, and Naugatuck River Review.


LM Oliver Lisa Marie Oliver is a library worker, Indophile and avid traveler. She has studied at the University of Oregon and more recently at The Attic Institute. She hosts a monthly poetry gathering at her home in Portland, Oregon


BetsyPorter Betsy Porter lives near Portland, Oregon, where she writes at the Pinewood Table. She also volunteers as a facilitator of free creative writing workshops in low-income housing communities and other social service agencies. One of her short stories was recently performed by the Liars’ League in Portland.


FrederikaRandall Frederika Randall was born in Pittsburgh, and has lived in Italy for 30 years. Translations include fiction by Luigi Meneghello, Helena Janeczek, Ottavio Cappellani and Igiaba Scego; Ippolito Nievo’s Confessions of an Italian, and three books by historian Sergio Luzzatto. Guido Morselli’s The Communist comes out in 2017 from New York Review Books.


Sherry Rind Final-24 Sherry Rind is the author of four out of print collections of poetry and editor of two books about Airedale terriers. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Anhinga Press, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, and King County Arts Commission. She teaches at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.


Andrew 2015 Andrew Michael Roberts is the author of a few poetry books and chapbooks, most recently good beast (Burnside Review Books) and something has to happen next (University of Iowa Press). He works as a cardiac nurse in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife Sarah and their beasts Bigfoot, Mookie, and Bird.


Lyle Roebuck Lyle T. Roebuck is a novelist, essayist, and critic. He lives in Florence, Italy.


JoannaRose Joanna Rose has published stories, essays, poems, reviews, and a novel called Little Miss Strange (Algonquin), as well as other pieces that don’t fall into any of those categories. A new novel is out in the world looking for a home. She would usually rather be at the beach.


LoisRosen Lois Rosen’s award-winning poems and stories have appeared in over a hundred journals including CalyxConversations across Borders, VoiceCatcher, Alimentum: the Literature of Food, The Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, and The Night, and the Rain, and the River. She leads two Amherst Writers Workshops in Salem, Oregon.


Giacomo Sartori Giacomo Sartori was born in Trento, Italy and lives in Paris. His day job—agronomist/soil specialist–shapes a distinctive, concrete style. The absurdist stories Autisms depict a person struggling with the bizarre, baffling expectations others seem to share. Novels include Rogo, Cielo nero, Anatomia della battaglia, Sono Dio.


heidi_seaborn Heidi Seaborn started writing poetry in 2016. Since then, her work has appeared in over 20 journals including Gravel, West Trade Review, Into the Void, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Gold Man Review and in five anthologies including Washington 129 and Flying twitter: @heidiseaborn1


HelenSinoradzki Helen Sinoradzki‘s work has been published in various journals, including Alligator Juniper, Bellingham Review, Pithead Chapel, and Gravel. She retired to write full-time a year ago. She is working on a memoir about her experiences in a Catholic cult and on a linked collection of short stories.


Rosanna Staffa - Headshot Rosanna Staffa is an Italian writer. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Spalding University. A finalist for the New Rivers Press Short Story Prize, her story “Brazil” appears in the press’ American Fiction Anthology, Vol. 15. Recent work is published by Tampa Review and Storm Cellar among other literary magazines.


Kathleen Stone Kathleen Stone writes nonfiction, often about art and family, and is at work on a group biography. She co-hosts Booklab, a literary salon in Boston, and holds graduate degrees from the Bennington Writing Seminars and Boston University School of Law. Her work has been published in The Ekphrastic Review and Arts Fuse.   


GeronimoTagatac Geronimo Tagatac is the son of a Filipino-immigrant father and a Russian-Jewish mother. His life has taken an arc from fieldhand to Special Forces demolition sergeant in Vietnam to modern dancer to civil servant and literary writer. A collection of his short fiction, The Weight of the Sun, was published in 2006 by Ooligan Press. He lives in Salem, Oregon.


sally vogl 2 Sally Vogl‘s career teaching visually impaired students spanned from Peace Corps Lesotho, to Minnesota and California. In 2013, she earned an MFA in creative writing from Fresno State. Her recent publications include Gemini Magazine, Lunch Ticket and The Main Street Rag.


thomas_walton Thomas Walton‘s work has appeared in numerous journals, including ZYZZYVA, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, The Chaos Journal, Delmar, and Gambling the Aisle. His book-length anti-lyric-essay lyric essay – The World Is All That Does Befall Us – comes out later this year from Ravenna Press.


robyardumian Rob Yardumian is the author of the novel The Sound of Songs Across the Water (MP Publishing, 2013). His short fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, The New Orleans Review, The Antioch Review, and other literary journals. He is currently finishing up his second novel.