Ren Ellis

Ren Ellis is a dress-wearing tea-drinker whose active daydreams serve her well as a writer. When residing in the real world, she lives in her hometown of Nashville, TN juggling life as a content writer, blogger, and MFA candidate in Creative Writing at a southern university. Find her at RenEllis.me

Non-Fiction

Molly Spraygen
 
 
Luisa Kay Reyes

Molly Sprayregen is an MFA candidate at Northwestern University. She has pieces published or forthcoming in the Huffington Post, the American Book Review, and TriQuarterly. She also a writer for the Windy City Times, Chicago's LGBTQ+ newspaper. She also reads for TriQuarterly.

 

Luisa Kay Reyes has had pieces featured in the "Fire In Machines", Hofstra University's "The Windmill", "Halcyon Days", "Fellowship of the King", "Enchanted Conversation: A Fairly Tale Magazine" and other literary magazines. Her piece, "Thank You", is the winner of the April 2017 memoir contest of "The Dead Mule School Of Southern Literature". And her Christmas poem was a first place winner in the 16th Annual Stark County District Library Poetry Contest.

David Lohrey
 
Alaina Symanovich

David Lohrey grew up in Memphis. His poetry can be found in Softblow, The Blue Mountain Review, Otoliths, Cecile’s Writers and Quarterday. In addition, recent poems have been anthologized by the University of Alabama (Dewpoint), Illinois State University (Obsidian) and Michigan State University (The Offbeat). Work can also be found in The Stony Thursday Book (Limerick) and Hidden Channel Zine (Mall Sligo). David is a member of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective in Houston. Recent fiction can be read in Crack the Spine, Brilliant Flash Fiction andinshadesmag.com. He teaches in Tokyo.

 

Alaina Symanovich is an MFA student at Florida State University concentrating in Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Superstition Review, Sonora Review, The Offbeat, Fogged Clarity, and other journals. In 2016, she was awarded Best of the Net for her essay "The M Word."

Bill Schneider
 
Patty Somlo

Bill Schneider’s life journey has been filled with a three-decade long career in the music industry accompanied by extensive travel throughout four continents. He currently serves as the associate director of the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program and managing editor of Etruscan Press.

Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism Magna Cum Laude from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts and his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Author, screenwriter and publisher Kaylie Jones served as his mentor in the Wilkes program. His short story "Yesterday Once More" was published by Middle Gray Magazine in January 2014. His work has also appeared in "Silly Tree Anthologies" and "Droning Magazine."

 

Patty Somlo’s most recent books are The First to Disappear (Spuyten Duyvil), a Finalist in the 2016 International Book Awards and a Finalist in the 2016 Best Book Awards, and Even When Trapped Behind Clouds: A Memoir of Quiet Grace (WiDo Publishing). Her fourth book, Hairway to Heaven Stories, will be published by Cherry Castle Publishing in Summer 2017. She has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, been nominated for storySouth Million Writers Award and had an essay selected as Notable for Best American Essays 2014. Her work has appeared in journals, including the Los Angeles Review, the Santa Clara Review, Under the Sun, Guernica, Gravel, and Sheepshead Review, and in numerous anthologies. Find her at www.pattysomlo.com or on Twitter at @PattySomlo.

Amanda Sleen

Amanda Sleen a fourth year student at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN studying English writing and psychology. She is also a human resource specialist in the U.S. Army National Guard, where she has served for almost six years.

 

Flash Non-Fiction

Gary R Hoffman
 
Amanda Noble

Gary R. Hoffman was born at an early age. Five years later, when he was five, he started school which lasted a long time. A college education supposedly taught him how to teach, but the only thing he really learned was that no one can teach a person how to teach. The teaching gig lasted twenty-five years, until he got tired of the federal government thinking they had the answer on how everyone should teach. He quit and went into business for himself. Later, like all good mid-westerners, when he retired, he moved to snowless Florida and started writing. He has had over four hundred short stories, essays, or poems published or placed in contests. So far, so good.

 

Amanda Noble is a sociologist who, frustrated by the constraints of scientific writing, turned her attention to creative nonfiction writing, especially personal essay and memoir. Her work appeared in Seven Hills Review, Indiana Voice, and Eastern Iowa Review, among other publications. She lives in Davis, California, with her cat, Lucy. She can be reached at noble.amanda@yahoo.com

Logan Murdock
 
Grace McCarter

Logan Murdock is a current student at Dixie State University, studying to achieve his B.A. in History, and a B.A. in English-Creative Writing. This is his first publication, after primarily writing strictly for his own enjoyment. His works generally include semi-obscure references to various things he enjoys, so if you catch on, kudos to you! And be sure to look for other works of his in the future.

 

Grace McCarter is currently a student at Salisbury University.

Katatcha Diaz
 

Katacha Díaz lives and writes in a quaint little historic town at the mouth of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. She earned her BA and MPA from University of Washington. She was a research associate at the University of California, Davis. Among the children’s books she has authored is Badger at Sandy Ridge Road for the Smithsonian Institution’s Backyard series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The MacGuffin, New Mexico Review, The Galway Review, Skipping Stones, Route 7 Review, Coastlines, Gravel, Twisted Vine, and Foliate Oak, among others.

Poetry

Blake Garber
 
Skyler Jon Thayer

Blake Garber is a Senior at Bradley University. He is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. After writing numerous poems about tougher subject matter (such as wars or death), this poem was the result of him trying to get back to the basics.

 

His studies with the English Department of Stony Brook University had placed a greater focus on his academic works rather than his creative pieces. However, with his recent completion of a Bachelor's Degree in English, he is able to further experiment with his creative writing once again.

Emma DePanise

Emma DePanise is a creative writing student at Salisbury University. She has poems in The Saunterer and has received the Whall Honors Award for Writing Excellence.

 
Ellen Roberts Young
 

Ellen Roberts Young is a member of the writing community in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has published two chapbooks with Finishing Line Press, Accidents (2004) and The Map of Longing (2009). Her first full-length book of poetry is Made and Remade, (WordTech Editions, 2014). She is co-editor of Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal and blogs intermittently at www.freethoughtandmetaphor.com.

Fred Slusher
 
Carl Palmer

Fred Slusher is a librarian and full-time student in Southeastern Kentucky. He writes poetry to understand himself and the world around him. He hopes that by asking his Questions now, he will someday live to understand some of his Answers.

 

Carl "Papa" Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway VA now lives in University Place WA. He has a Seattle Metro contest winning poem on the wall of a bus riding the streets in Emerald City. Carl, president of The Tacoma Writers Club is a Pushcart Prize and Micro Award nominee.
MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever.

Terry Severhill
 
Carl Boon

Terry Severhill has several severe disabilities, a sense of humor and is neuro-divergent. Terry is of mixed heritage; Scott, French and Native American (Chippewa, Sault Ste. Marie tribe, Mich. Erskine family line). He is a Marine combat veteran, having served in a CAP unit in Vietnam. His most recent works have appeared in the San Diego Poetry Annual. He has appeared in: "A Quite Courage","Damfino", "Mad Swirl", "Panoplyzine", "Gyroscope Review" and in SE Missouri University Press "Proud to Be", Writings by American Warriors and others forthcoming. Presented with the "Art Young Memorial Poetry Prize 2016" [Garbanzo Literary Journal]. Medically retired from the construction industry, he writes, reads at various open mics in San Diego County, resides in Vista, Ca, takes orders from his two cats, is regularly ignored by his two dogs and loves and adores his wife of 40 years.

 

Carl Boon lives in Izmir, Turkey, where he teaches courses in American culture and literature at 9 Eylül University. His poems appear in dozens of magazines, most recently Burnt Pine, Two Peach, Lunch Ticket, and Poetry Quarterly. He is also a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee.

Yvette A Shnoeker-Shorb
 
Gerard Sarnat

Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb’s work has appeared in many publications, including Depth Insights Journal, Watershed Review, Foliate Oak, Conium Review, Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, Aji Magazine, Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, SLAB: A Literary Magazine, Kudzu House Quarterly, Caesura, the anthology Talking Back and Looking Forward: An Educational Revolution in Poetry and Prose (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group), and others, with work forthcoming in Weber—The Contemporary West, Green Hills Literary Lantern, and others. In addition to past Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations, her work received recent Honorable Mentions in 2016 from both Port Yonder Press and Erbacce Press. She has been an educator, a researcher, and an editor, and is co-founder of Native West Press, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit natural history press.

 

Gerard Sarnat’s been nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. He’s authored four collections: HOMELESS CHRONICLES (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016) which included work published in Gargoyle, Lowestoft, American Journal of Poetry plus was featured in Songs of Eretz, Avocet, LEVELER, tNY, StepAway, Bywords, Floor Plan. Dark Run, Scarlet Leaf, Good Men Project and Anti-Heroin Chic feature sets of new poems. Mount Analogue selected KADDISH FOR THE COUNTRY for distribution as a pamphlet on Inauguration Day 2017 and as part of the Washington/nationwide Women’s Marches. For Huffington Post/other reviews, readings, publications, interviews; visit GerardSarnat.com. Harvard/Stanford educated, Gerry’s worked in jails, built/staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a CEO of healthcare organizations and Stanford Medical School professor. Married since 1969, he has three children, four grandkids.

Darren C Demaree
 
Kiarra Lynn Smith

His poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently "Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly" (2016, 8th House Publishing). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

 

Kiarra Lynn Smith is a visual and literary artist. A native of Saint Louis, Missouri, she began drawing and writing as a small child. Her artwork has been exhibited in multiple venues and her poems have been published in various magazines for creative writing. In 2004, Smith was commissioned to create a mural for First Student Bus Company, a year which marked her beginning of independently illustrating books. She was a featured artist at the 20th "Meet the Artists" exhibition in Indianapolis and began studying at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2008. She graduated from Culver-Stockton College with a degree in English and Art in 2013.
 
Smith's passion is preserving Afrikan heritage creatively while simultaneously building her community. She has conducted writing workshops with children and has used her art and poetry to enlighten others about Black history. Her motivation stems from childhood experiences in which she was given limited views of her heritage. The late illustrator and writer, Fred Crump Jr. and his fairy tales featuring characters of Afrikan descent influenced Smith's work and subject matter. In 2012, she published her first book, Collective Face: a Series of Quatrains on Community Building. She also illustrated Looking for an Angel: the Story of Christian Taylor Ferguson to emulate the path of Crump. In 2015, Smith created her second book Let's Speak! Kiswahili to encourage youth to learn an Afrikan language. In 2016, she published The Book Cart Dance-Off: a Library Tale and Vibration: a Collection of Poetry, Essays
and Art.
 
Smith plans to continue to use her talents to inspire people of all ages.

K.S. Keeny
 
Karen Vande Bossche

K. S. Keeney’s work is upcoming in Roanoke Review, Germ Magazine, and Tishman Review. K. S. Keeney has served as fiction editor for the Scarab and as Editor in Chief of Amaranth magazine and is currently a creative writing student at Salisbury University.

 

Karen Vande Bossche is a poet and short story writer who teaches middle school in Bellingham, Washington. She was born in Illinois, raised in California and is currently settled in the Pacific Northwest. Her publications are included in such journals as River Poets Anthology, Crack the Spine, Sweet Tree Review, Cirque and many others. Karen has been writing for over half a century and believes she has at least another half century worth of poems and stories to share.

L.B. Sedlacek
 
Issa M. Lewis

L. B. Sedlacek’s poetry has appeared in publications such as "Pure Francis," "The Broad River Review," "The Broken Plate," "I-70 Review," "sidereality," "Third Wednesday," "Mastodon Dentist," "Big Pulp," and others. L. B. publishes a free resource for poets "The Poetry Market Ezine," served as Poetry Editor for "ESC! Magazine," and is the author of 11 chapbooks.

 

Issa M. Lewis is a graduate of New England College’s MFA in Poetry program and currently teaches composition at Davenport University. Issa M. Lewis was the 2013 recipient of the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and her poems have previously appeared in Tule Review, Jabberwock, Blue Lyra Review, Pearl, and Naugatuck River Review.

Fiction

Don Noel
 

Retired after four decades' prizewinning print and broadcast journalism in Hartford CT, Don Noel received his MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University in 2013. 


His work has so far been chosen for publication by Calliope, Shark Reef, Drunk Monkeys, The Tau, Indian River Review, Midnight Circus, Oracle, Clare Literary Magazine, The Raven's Perch, The Violet Hour, Literary Heist, Dime Show Review, Yellow Chair Review, Meat for Tea, The Penmen Review, 99 Pine Street, BLYNKT Magazine, KYSO Flash, Darkhouse Books, Simone Press and Zimbell House.

Leah O'Sullivan
 

Leah O'Sullivan is a recent college graduate with a B.A. in English and a minor in gender studies. She has had prose and poetry works published in CrossCurrents Literary & Arts Magazine and in Wetlands Magazine, and has received the Esther Wagner Fiction Award for her short story, "The Dying." She will be attending Mills College to work toward an MFA in Creative Writing Prose in the fall.

Rudy Ravindra
 

Rudy Ravindra lives in Wilmington, NC. His prose has appeared in The News & Observer, Ginosko, Chicago Literati, Saturday Evening Post online, and others.
More
at: http://rudyravindra.wix.com/rudy

Kraig Pickel
 

Kraig Pickel is a retired United States Marine and has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has been featured on the “Mondays are Murder” web series by Akashic Books, Overwatch Press, and Duke City Dimestories. He currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lawrence Farrar
 

Lawrence F. Farrar is a former US diplomat with multiple assignments in Japan as well as postings in Germany, Norway, and Washington, DC. He also lived in Japan as a graduate student and as a naval officer. His stories have appeared more than 50 times in lit magazines, such as Flyleaf Journal, The Chaffin Journal, Zone 3, Streetlight,Curbside Splendor E-Zine, Evening Street Review, Big Muddy, Tampa Review Online, O-Dark-Thirty, Jelly Bucket, The MacGuffin, and Green Hills Literary Lantern. His stories often involve people coming up against the customs of a foreign culture.

Michael Mark
 
Wes Blake

Another story I wrote was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the 2016 New Letters Prize for Fiction. I live in Maine with my wife, believe in the power of goodness, and sometimes hear an owl in the trees beside our house. When I am not writing I work as an engineer designing small combined heat and power facilities.

 
 

Wes Blake earned his MFA from the Bluegrass Writers Studio at EKU. His work has appeared in Louisiana Literature Journal. He writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Going Home is his first novel. He is currently writing a memoir, and an essay collection. He teaches English, and lives with his wife, Natalie, on their small farm in Nonesuch, Kentucky.

Bennet Durkan
Jimmy Hicks

I earned my MA in English from East Carolina University, where I served as editorial assistant for North Carolina Literary Review. I currently teach English at Wake Technical Community College. My work has appeared in Renaissance and Foliate Oak Magazine. 

 

Bennett Durkan is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin. His fiction has appeared in Gravel, Howl, and Birds Piled Loosely. His poetry has appeared in Ikleftiko, Five 2 One, an The Red River Review.

Michael Anthony
 

Michael Anthony is a writer and artist living in New Jersey. He has published fiction, poetry and illustrations in multiple literary journals and commercial magazines. Most recently these include the Indiana Voice Journal, The Copperfield Review, Cowboy Jamboree, The Visitant, Ink In Thirds, Twisted Sister LitMag and the L’Éphémère Review. The American Labor Museum exhibited Michael’s photojournalism essay on the waning of Paterson New Jersey’s textile industry.

Jessica Barksdale
 

Jessica Barksdale’s fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016. Her novels include the best-selling Her Daughter’s Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. A Pushcart Prize and Best-of-the-Net nominee, her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in the Waccamaw Journal, Salt Hill Journal, Little Patuxent Review, Carve Magazine, Palaver, and So to Speak. She is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California and teaches novel writing online for UCLA Extension. She holds an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Terril Shorb

Unfortunately, we do not have a biography for this author.

 
Chad Lutz
 

Chad W. Lutz was born in 1986 in Akron, Ohio, and raised in the neighboring suburb of Stow. Lately they’ve been seen gallivanting across the United States; running barefoot on the beaches of North Carolina, hiking rim-to-rim at the Grand Canyon, running out of water on the way down Pike’s Peak, and clocking sub-2:40:00 marathons like a boss. Professionally, Chad revamps people’s resumes as a freelancer in the digital job-o-spheres. They currently attend Mills College in Oakland California, earning their MFA in Creative Writing.

James Hanley

I have had over 80 stories published in print and online magazines. I completed three novels published in 2014, 2015 and September 2016 through 5 Prince Publishing, a small independent press and am currently working on a mainstream novel.

 

Flash Fiction

Clarence Chapin
 
Allison Giannotti

Clarence Chapin graduated from Cleveland State University with his MA in English, and currently resides in Florida. He teaches English Composition at the high school and college levels, and writes creatively on the side. He has been previously published in Vestal Review and Down in the Dirt.

Allison is recent graduate of Columbia University's MFA in nonfiction writing program and current doctoral student at the University of New Hampshire. Her research is concerned with scientific/mathematical rhetoric and making such genres more accessible (and interesting) to general readers. She lives and works in Durham, NH.

Matthew Di Paoli
 
 
Leah Browning

Matthew Di Paoli received his BA at Boston College where he won the Dever Fellowship and the Cardinal Cushing Award for Writing. He was also nominated for the 2015 and 2016 Pushcart Prize, featured in "Best of the Web" by The Great American Lit Mag and won the Prism Review Short Story Contest. Matthew earned his MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. He has been published in Fjords, The Stockholm Review, Post Road, Neon, Cleaver, and Gigantic literary magazines among others. He is the author of Killstanbul with El Balazo Press and teaches in New York City.

 

Leah Browning is the author of three short nonfiction books for teens and pre-teens and four chapbooks.  Her fiction and poetry have recently appeared in Coldnoon, Santa Ana River Review, A Bad Penny Review, GARO, Bellows American Review, First Class Literary Magazine, Waypoints, Chagrin River Review, Fiction Southeast, Nebo, Lime Hawk, Wigleaf, Toad, Glassworks Magazine, Mud Season Review, and Amygdala.  Browning’s work was also included in three recent anthologies: The Doll Collection from Terrapin Books, Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence from White Pine Press, and Myth+Magic, a limited-edition anthology from Sugared Water and Porkbelly Press.  In addition to writing, Browning serves as editor of the Apple Valley Review.  Her personal website is located at www.leahbrowning.com.

Brittany Ackerman

Brittany Ackerman is a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University's MFA program in Creative Writing. She recently completed a residency at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, as well as the Mont Blanc Workshop in Chamonix, France under the instruction of Alan Heathcock. She will be attending the Methow Valley Workshop this May under the leadership of Ross Gay. She is currently living in Los Angeles and working on a novel of fiction.

 

Visual Art

Hikari Kobayashi
 
Ashley Owens

From Myrtle Beach, SC, I studied at the Savannah College of Art Design. Within the college, I studied within the major of Illustration with a minor in Sequential Arts. I work to create new and innovative work that I can communicate well with the viewer as well as be a spark to essential conversations.

 

Ashley Parker Owens is a writer and artist living in Richmond, Kentucky. If you want to see more go to https://www.zonerama.com/ashleyparkerowens/61449

Doug Braithewaite
Laura Stein

Laura J. Stein was born in New York City.  She received a BFA from Cornell University with additional studies at the Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, Cooper Union, and the Art Student’s League.  Her work has been featured in EmptyMirrorBooks.com, 365Artists/365Days.comDialogist.org, and FreshPaintMagazine.com. It will be exhibited at the Morlan Gallery, Lexington, KY in October 2016, and has been exhibited in the office of the Manhattan Borough President, at the Next Gallery in Soho, NYC; the Small Works Show at 80 Wash. Sq. E. Gallery, NYC; the Westbeth Painters Space, NYC; the Condesco-Lawler Gallery, NYC; and the Jacob Fanning Gallery, Wellfleet, Ma.  She currently lives and works in New York City. Her website is laurajstein.com

 
 

Doug been painting since he was old enough to hold a paintbrush. He pursued his love and talent of art and graduated from the University of Utah in 1991. Since that time, Doug's bold brush strokes have been easily recognized by admirers and collectors. His work was once well-described in Southwest Art Magazine as "where realism meets abstraction," almost like two paintings in one. From far away, it is almost photographic. As you move closer, however, you see much less detail and the bold brush strokes merely interpret what your eye sees. "Painting for me, feels like composing and playing music. I look for rhythm and tempo created by the geometry of space. I paint my life experiences-the deserts, the pastoral landscapes, the urban landscapes of every season. I paint the places I encounter as I travel as I love expressing what life is like here and now." Doug has been featured on the cover of the Plein Air Magazine, Park City Magazine and the Springville Spring Salon. He is also featured in several publications, including "Painters of Grand Teton National Park" and "Utah Painters of Deserts and Canyons," both written by Donna Poulton. He is a frequent participant in plein air competitions across the country and has been recognized with dozens of awards over the years. "Painting the landscape, for me, is about awe, wonder and learning respect. It is also about understanding and recognizing our efforts to exist and flourish."

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