Book Review: The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something by Joy Ladin
Jennifer was born and raised in Northern Utah. She wrote her first poem at five years old and has been hooked on words ever since. She recently graduated from Dixie State University with her bachelors of arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing.
After a long career (42 years) in scientific research and university teaching, and with a huge effort of self-training and experiences, Ahmed Alozade has achieved beautiful artistic creations, which he produced with the latest digital painting technique. His creations are accepted by several platforms of the art trade (artmajeur, artpal, legaleriste, Dreamstime, expositionpeinture); they are—with his name—recognizable with all the search engines on the internet. He received the Artmajeur Prize (Gold category), and he has accumulated thousands of fans, comments, likes and messages of encouragement online.
Paul David Adkins earned an MFA from Washington University, and Lit Riot published his collection Dispatches from the FOB. Journal publications include Pleiades, River Styx, Diode, Baltimore Review, and Whiskey River. He has received one Best of the Net and six Pushcart nominations and the 2019 Central NY Book Award.
Scott has both a B.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State University. His writing has appeared in The Report, LEVITATE magazine, Dime Show Review, Please See Me, Military Experience and the Arts, The Showbear Family Circus, and in Abstract: Contemporary Expressions . His literary criticism has been published in the October 2019 edition of Coffin Bell Journal. He enjoys fishing, hiking, reading, writing, traveling, and ice hockey.
Currently based in Ohio (USA), William T Blackburn struggles still to find his car keys. He holds a BA in English:Writing/Teaching and Music Composition from Westminster College. His work has been selected by Castabout Anthology, and Ricochet Review: 8. He contributed to Adirondack Center for Writing: PoemVillage-2019 and 2020 and Response II, as well as Riza Press/Pen and & Pendulum: Giving.
Jean-Louis Brassiène is also known as Miroux (literally “half red-headed”) in memory of his hair color when he was still wearing cropped pants. He doesn't have a degree in fine arts, but at least he has a degree in marine technology. With poor perspective knowledge and limited theory of colors, this lets Jean-Louis be guided by intuition. The sea became Miroux's home for more than three decades, but art secretly remained his garden. As the years went by, travel stirred up unconsciously the need to seize the most common and serious things that could reflect our world. And so, he started photography. Since 2017, Jean-Louis has experienced strong affinities with digital painting discovered after duplicating photos based on seascapes and characters. Miroux appreciates that medium in the field of fine arts and illustrations due to its versatility and flexibility.
Paul Burnham lives and works in the mountain west. He is a civil engineer by day and a river rat or powder hound by night. His essays and short stories have appeared in various publications, and his first book (Finding Santa) is available on Amazon.
Dr. Tracy Fawns works as a nursing professor at Dixie State University and has enjoyed photography for the last 15 years. Having grown up on the Oregon Coast, much of Dr. Fawns' work features special locations to her centered around the southern Oregon Coast.
Steve Gerson, an emeritus English professor from a Midwestern community college, writes poetry and flash about life's dissonance and dynamism. He's proud to have published in Panoplyzine (winning an Editor's Choice award), The Hungry Chimera, Toe Good, The Write Launch, Route 7, Duck Lake, Coffin Bell, Poets Reading the News, Crack the Spine, Riza Press, White Wall Review, Variant, Abstract, Montana Mouthful, the Decadent Review, Indolent, Rainbow Poems, Snapdragon, The Underwood Press, and In Parenthesis.
Kishor Ghosh is an Experienced Senior Concept Artist with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Digital Painting, Sketching, Drawing, Concept Development, and Digital Art. Strong arts and design professional with a B.F.A painting focused in drawing painting from indira kala sangeet vishwavidyalaya
Kathy Ha is a creative writer and storytelling enthusiast, sharing snippets of her journey through life and parenting on her blog, KNJ Tales and Snippets. She aims to inspire, empower, and ignite laughter, with every word that she writes.
Mike Horan was born in North Carolina, raised in Tennessee but now lives with his family in the desert outside Palm Springs, California. He teaches elementary school during the day, writes and does dad stuff in the evenings, and practices kung fu in the spaces between. His work has appeared in Mad Swirl, Snapdragon, Route 7 Review, and Riza Press.
Sandra Johnson is a Nature and Wildlife Photographer. She travels throughout the United States photographing landscapes from Waterfalls of Michigan to capturing beautiful reflections on lakes. Through photography, she has been given her voice to share with others.
Imo Jumbo is a talented artist living in Uyo Itam, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. Imo appreciates the visual beauty life has to offer and previously studied at Caritas University in Enugu, Nigeria. All he needs is a piece of paper and a ball point pen or regular pencil and a masterpiece begins. More of his works can be seen on Instagram @imo.jumbo and Facebook @ Jumbo artz.
Ken is a writer and teacher who enjoys train rides, typewriters and Blues music. He has a BA from Saint Joe's University in Philly. His novel "Late to Bed, Late to Rise" was published with Black Rose Writing. Ken's work has appeared in Lost Lake Folk Opera Magazine, Ink & Voices, Conceit Magazine, Spontaneous Spirits Magazine, DoveTales Journal, Amulet Magazine, HASH Journal and is forthcoming in Gargoyle Magazine and The Vital Sparks Journal. He lives in California with his wife-to-be.
Initially inspired as a young teen by the works of Dali and Picasso, Toronto-based painter Paul Koskinen began his art training at home in front of an easel experimenting with oils. Over the years, he has been exhibiting his works in and around the Toronto area. With recent success though international exhibits and appearances in publications, his work has caught the imagination of many. Largely a self-taught, those early influences and many others started a journey towards the field of abstract art which continues to this day.
Mario Loprete, an Italian artist from Catanzaro recognized as a promising talent of the international emerging artistic scene, intends to relaunch his interest for contemporary art through an investigation that connects the Urban style with the hip hop world. He has obtained notoriety in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and the United States of America through public institutional exhibitions.
Morgan MacVaugh is a home-grown writer from Lancaster, PA. She lives for card games, oil paints, and her chonky black cat. You can find some of her other work in CrabFat Magazine, F(r)iction's Dually Noted Series, Gingerbread House, and Luna Station Quarterly.
Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 300+ publications in 32 countries.
Rex H. McBride was a native of the foothills of Sonora, California. After serving a two-year mission for his church in Hawaii, he became a finish carpenter and honed that skill for decades. His off-the-wall perspective and humorous musings were shared with his friends and family via lengthy text messages and random late-night email. Rex was proud of his daughters (“my three princesses”) and two grandchildren. He died of mantle-cell lymphoma in 2009. His memory is still alive and well. His family still celebrates his birthday and his friends speak of him often. More of his writings can be found at MemoriesOfRex.blogspot.com.
Mary McFadden is an English major with a creative writing emphasis. She enjoys reading, writing, and playing board games. She has been published in a previous issue of Route 7 Review, and in The Southern Quill. She is a voracious reader with a love for the beauty of well-arranged words.
Cameron Morse lives with his wife Lili and two children in Independence, Missouri. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, including New Letters, Bridge Eight, Portland Review and South Dakota Review. His first collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His latest is Baldy (Spartan Press, 2020). He holds and MFA from the University of Kansas City—Missouri and serves as Senior Reviews editor at Harbor Review and Poetry editor at Harbor Editions. For more information, check out his Facebook page or website.
Templeton Moss was born and raised in Southern California, currently lives and (when he has to) works in Louisville, Kentucky, but he still considers Disneyland to be his hometown. He started writing in high school in a pathetically misguided attempt to get girls to like him and has kept at it out of sheer pigheadedness. In the meantime, he has written plays, novels, short stories, poems, children's books and angry Facebook rants. His poems have appeared in an Irish children's magazine called "The Caterpillar," and his short stories have been featured in numerous anthologies. Outside of writing, his hobbies include naps, cartoons and pizza, and his turnoffs include manual labor and basically everything that's happened this year.
Ramisa is just a highschool student who draws for a hobby. They like experimenting with colors and patterns. However, they mostly draw original characters in anime style. Besides drawing, they love candies.