Issue #6

Winter/Spring 2018

Jeffrey Alfier’s latest works are Fugue for a Desert Mountain, Anthem for Pacific Avenue: California Poems, Southbound Express to Bay Head: New Jersey Poems, and The Red Stag at Carrbridge: Scotland Poems. He is founder and co-editor of Blue Horse Press and San Pedro River Review.

Rick Attig is a Portland essayist, fiction writer, and journalist. He was a writer on the editorial board of the Oregonian, where he shared two Pulitzer Prizes, including the 2006 Pulitzer for editorial writing. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and an MFA from Pacific University. He was recently inducted into the UO School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement.

Bruce Barrow produces and edits TV documentaries for OPB and PBS. He’s currently at work on a collection of short fiction. Roy Bentley is the author of Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama Press), Any One Man (Bottom Dog Press), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine Press), and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House Press). A new collection, Walking with Eve in the Loved City, is a finalist for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize and due out in 2018 from the University of Arkansas Press.

Lisa Bickmore’s work has appeared in Quarterly West, Tar River Poetry, Caketrain, Split Rock Review, Menagerie, Sugar House Review,, Hunger Mountain, Southword, The Moth, and elsewhere. Her second book, flicker (2016), won the 2014 Antivenom Poetry Award from Elixir Press, and she won the 2015 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize for the poem “Eidolon.” Her third book, Ephemerist, was published in summer 2017. She lives and teaches writing in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Paul Curley lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches English as a second language at a public high school. His short fiction has appeared in The Madison Review, Gravel, Shout Out UK, Actual Paper, and Widdershins.

Steve Denniston lives in Portland, Oregon, and works at an elementary school with students who have autism. He is often found in coffee shops, brew pubs, and other any other place he can get writing done. If he ever gets a tattoo, it will say, “Born to Write. Forced to Work.”

George Drew is the author of The View from Jackass Hill, 2010 winner of the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize from Texas Review Press, which also published Down & Dirty (2015) and his Pastoral Habits: New and Selected Poems (2016), winner of the Adirondack Literary Award for Best Book of Poetry and a finalist for The Lascaux Review’s 2016 Prize in Collected Poetry. His eighth collection, Fancy’s Orphan, was published in 2017 by Tiger Bark Press. He is the winner of the 2014 St. Petersburg Review poetry contest and The New Guard ’s 2016 Knightville Poetry Contest and was first runner-up for Chautauqua’s 2017 Editors Choice Award.

Elissa Favero teaches critical and contextual studies to art, design, interior architecture, and film students at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Her essays about art, architecture, and landscape have appeared in or are forthcoming from Art Nerd Seattle, ARCADE, Temporary Art Review, Critical Read, and River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things.”

Tim Gillespie discovered on a visit with his sons to the Old Kirk in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, that his ancient ancestor, the Rev. John Gillespie (born in 1580), was known as “the thundering preacher” there, and ever since he’s held that forbearer responsible for all his crashing wordsmithery.

Kelli Langrell Grinich is a fifth-generation Oregonian and is finishing a memoir about motherhood, love, food poisoning, and the American West. She’s recently completed a residency at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Her work has appeared in VoiceCatcher, Oregon Humanities, Points West magazine, and others.

Cynthia Herron is a painter and teacher living in Salem, Oregon. Her abstract oil landscapes inspire others with muted color schemes and a Cubistic treatment rendering Nature through ambiguous space. She self-published a memoir, Paint by Number: An Artist’s Quest for Meaning, in September 2016, through Luminare Press in Eugene, Oregon. She teaches design and color theory at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon.

Mark Jackley’s work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sugar House Review, Natural Bridge, and other journals. His new book of poems, On the Edge of a Very Small Town, is available for free by contacting chineseplums [at] gmail [dot] com.

Michael Keefe is the events coordinator and publicist at Annie Bloom’s Books, an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon. His short fiction has been published in Tahoma Literary Review, Apt, Thin Air Magazine, and Stoneboat, among others. A former music critic, he has written for PopMatters, Sound On Sound, About, and others. He plays guitar and sings in a local band, Budget Airlines.

Timothy Kenny is a former newspaper foreign editor, nonprofit foundation executive, Fulbright scholar, and college journalism professor. He has traveled widely throughout the Balkans, Western Europe, and Central Asia and has lived and worked in Romania and Kosovo. His narrative nonfiction has appeared in The Louisville Review, The Gettysburg Review, Irish Pages (Belfast), Kenyon Review Online, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere. His collection of nonfiction essays, Far Country: Stories from Abroad and Other Places, was published by Bottom Dog Press in 2015.

Patricia Kullberg, MD, MPH, worked for two decades in a clinic of last resort. Her books include her memoir, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring among the Dispossessed (OSU Press, 2017), and a novel, Girl in the River (Bygone Era Books, 2015). Kullberg volunteers as a radio engineer for KBOO and facilitates workshops for incarcerated women through Write Around Portland.

Kelly Lenox is the author of The Brightest Rock (2017) and founder of the Erase-Transform Poetry Project ( New poems appeared in EcoTheo Review, Cider Press Review, and Kakalak 17 and are forthcoming in Blueline, Heron Clan V, and the CDC Poetry Project. Her poems and translations have also appeared online and in print in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Slovenia. Lenox holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a technical writer and editor for the National Institutes of Health.

Devon Marsh served as a naval aviator and now works as a risk manager for Wells Fargo Bank. His poetry has appeared in The Lake, Poydras Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Penmen Review, Loch Raven Review, and Kakalak 2006: An Anthology of Carolina Poets.

Gypsy Martin lives with her family in Camas, Washington. Her work has been published online by the Journal of Microliterature and VoiceCatcher and appears in Madroad: The Breadline Press West Coast Anthology and Flash in the Attic 2 from Fiction Attic Press. She was a cast member of the Portland 2015 Listen to Your Mother show, and her story detailing the indignities of homemade underwear won fourth place in the 2012 Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition memoir category.

Joe McAvoy loves his family, literature, music, sports, friends, and the Pacific Northwest. He lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Though his accent reeks of Long Island, both of his children are native-born Oregonians, he pronounces Willamette and Oregon correctly, he has a picture of Steve Prefontaine prominently displayed in his office, and he insists that any shortlist for the Great American Novel include Sometimes a Great Notion.

Autumn McClintock lives in Philadelphia, works at the public library, and serves on the city’s poet laureate selection committee. Her first chapbook, After the Creek, was published in 2016. Poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Daily, Green Mountains Review, Atlanta Review, Drunken Boat, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others. She is a staff reader for Ploughshares.

Susan Narayan is a Minneapolis writer and ESL teacher with an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University. She has lived and worked in Costa Rica, the Republic of Yemen, and most recently, Turkey. Her essays have appeared in The Levantine Review, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, Bayou Magazine, Minnesota Medicine, the Star Tribune, and Colere. A recent essay of hers was a finalist in New Millennium’s 2015 nonfiction contest.

George Perreault is from Reno, Nevada, and his most recent collection, Bodark County, features poems in the voices of characters living on the Llano Estacado. He has received awards from the Nevada Arts Council and the Washington Poets Association and has served as a visiting writer in New Mexico, Montana, and Utah. His poems have been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and selected for fourteen anthologies and dozens of magazines.

Tim Raphael began writing poetry to try to make sense of things after the 2016 presidential election. He recently won third prize in the Oregon Poetry Association’s New Poet’s category. He lives with his family in Portland’s Mount Tabor neighborhood.

Tuula Rebhahn writes from her tiny house in Oregon, from her bicycle, at the ocean, and anywhere else the spirit moves her. Poetry, short essays, and excerpts from her upcoming memoir can be found at

Renee Macalino Rutledge lives with her husband and two daughters in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works as a journalist and book editor. Her debut novel, The Hour of Daydreams, has been dubbed “essential reading” by Literary Mama, a book to get excited for by the Oregonian, and a “captivating story of love and loss unlike any other” by Foreword Reviews. Rutledge’s work has also been published in The Margins, Colorlines, Mutha Magazine, Ford City Anthology, Literary Hub, Red Earth Review, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Necessary Fiction, TAYO Literary Magazine, The Tishman Review, and others. She is currently working on her second novel.

Heidi Seaborn’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Gravel, West Trade Review, Into the Void, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Gold Man Review, Carbon Culture Review, Caesura, in several anthologies, as the chapbook Body Politic (Mount Analogue Press), on a Seattle bus, and elsewhere.

David Starkey served as Santa Barbara’s 2009–2011 poet laureate and is director of the creative writing program at Santa Barbara City College. He is the publisher and co-editor of Gunpowder Press. He has published seven full-length collections of poetry, most recently It Must Be Like the World (Pecan Grove, 2011), Circus Maximus (Biblioasis, 2013), and Like a Soprano (Serving House, 2014), an episode-by-episode revisioning of The Sopranos TV series. His textbook Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017) is in its third edition.

Nancy Townsley is a writer, a marathon runner, and a newspaper editor. Her work has appeared in Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life (Forest Avenue Press) and at The Manifest-Station, Runner’s World, Role Reboot, NAILED magazine, and BLEED, a literary blog by Jaded Ibis Productions. She lives in a floating home along the Multnomah Channel in Scappoose, Oregon.

Jeanette Tryon writes in a cluttered office in New Jersey where a purple monster (her goofy pencil sharpener) watches over her efforts. She is a retired nurse, a lifelong student of music, and a grandmother. She completed her MFA at Rutgers–Camden in 2013. Her work has appeared in Peregrine XXXI, Apeiron Review, Literal Latte, Clackamas Literary Review, and Bellowing Ark. She has a pending publication in The Evansville Review.

Nicole Walker has had poems published in Boston Review, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, and other places.

Lillo Way’s chapbook, Dubious Moon, is the winner of the 2017 Hudson Valley Writers Center’s Slapering Hol Chapbook Contest. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New Orleans Review, Poet Lore, Tampa Review, Tar River Poetry, The Madison Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Poetry East, Roanoke Review, Flying South, and The Meadow, among others. Nine of her poems are included in anthologies. Her full-length manuscript, Wingbone, was a finalist for the Barry Spacks Poetry Prize from Gunpowder Press. She lives in Seattle.