When she isn’t teaching the abundant virtues of the comma or writing poetry about big hair and Elvis, Kim Baker works to end violence against women. Her poems have been published online and in print, and her essays broadcast on NPR. Kim’s first chapbook of poetry, Under the Influence: Musings about Poems and Paintings, is forthcoming in 2013 from Finishing Line Press.
Pam Bernard, poet, painter, editor, and adjunct professor, received her MFA from the Graduate Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and BA from Harvard University in History of Art. Her awards include a NEA Fellowship, and two Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships. She teaches creative writing at NHIA and Franklin Pierce University and has published three collections of poetry.
Dmitry Borshch is an American artist of Soviet origin. He was born in Dnepropetrovsk, studied in Moscow, and today lives in New York and exhibits internationally. His work has been exhibited at the National Arts Club (NY), Brecht Forum (NY), Exit Art (NY), CUNY Graduate Center (NY), Salmagundi Club (NY), ISE Cultural Foundation (NY), and Frieze Art Fair (London).
Holly Britt graduated from Chester College of New England in the spring of 2012, with a BA in Fine Art. She is currently living in NH.
Kevin Brown, a Professor at Lee University, has published one book of poetry, Exit Lines, and two chapbooks: Abecedarium and Holy Days: Poems. He also has a memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again, and a book of scholarship, They Love to Tell the Stories: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels.
Meg Cameron is a recent graduate of Chester College of New England. Although she currently resides in Connecticut, her heart will always lie in New Hampshire and her former college, without which she never would have taken the photo printed in this issue.
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends her free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, and others.
Charles Cantrell is the author of two chapbooks. His poems have appeared in The Literary Review, Poetry Northwest, Southern Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. His awards include two Pushcart Prize nominations and several fellowships from Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. New work appears in recent issues of Chiron Review, The South Carolina Review, Connecticut River Review, Poem, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Clackamas Literary Review, Main Street Rag, Paterson Literary Review, and Willow Review.
Ha Kiet Chau teaches art and literature in San Francisco, California. Her poems have been published in many literary journals in the US, UK, and Asia. She also received nominations for Best New Poets (Ploughshares 2011) and Best of the Net (Flutter Poetry Journal 2012). Her chapbook Woman, Come Undone is forthcoming from Mouthfeel Press in 2013. http://hapoetryblog.tumblr.com/
James Claffey hails from County Westmeath, Ireland, and lives on an avocado ranch in Carpinteria, CA, with his wife, the writer and artist, Maureen Foley, their daughter, Maisie, and Australian cattle-dog, Rua. His work appears in many places, including The New Orleans Review, Metazen, Elimae, Necessary Fiction, Revival Literary Journal, and Word Riot. His website is at www.jamesclaffey.com.
Jennifer L. Collins currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Duquesne University, and her poetry has been published in various journals, including Chelsea, Puerto Del Sol, Redivider, and 13th Moon. She also serves as a summer faculty member at the Cardigan Mountain School, where she teaches creative writing and drama.
Mia DeWaters is a senior at the New Hampshire Institute of Art with a concentration in ceramics. She is developing a body of work focused on microscopic plant images and cross-sections. Throwing on the wheel allows her to create organic, balanced forms with surfaces well-suited to graphic patterns. Each pattern is chosen for a particular thrown form, to provide a cohesive final composition.
Cat Dixon teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She is the secretary of The Backwaters Press. Her work has appeared in Sugar House Review, Midwest Quarterly Review, Coe Review, Eclectica among others. She has poems forthcoming in The Untidy Season Anthology.
Heather Doherty is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in photography and writing. She is a recent graduate of Chester College of New England with a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts. Her writing and photography has been previously published in Chester College’s So Good and Compass Rose, University of New Hampshire Manchester’s The Inkblot and Laptop Magazine.
William Doreski teaches at Keene State College. His most recent books of poetry are City of Palms and June Snow Dance (both 2012). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in Massachusetts Review, Atlanta Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Worcester Review, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, and Natural Bridge.
Jen Drociak lives in Manchester NH and holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire. She has been employed with the NH Department of Environmental Services since 2001 where she has worked for the Pollution Prevention, Coastal, and Volunteer River Assessment programs, and the Wastewater Engineering and Wetlands bureaus. Jen received a certificate in photography from NHIA in 2012.
Meg Eden has been published in various magazines and is the recipient of the 2012 Henrietta Spiegel Creative Writing Award. She was a reader for the Delmarva Review. Her collections include Your Son (The Florence Kahn Memorial Award) and Rotary Phones and Facebook (Dancing Girl Press). Check out her work at: http://artemisagain.wordpress.com/
B.D. Fischer has published fiction, poetry, and non-fiction in places like Glint, Tawdry Bawdry, Poetry Quarterly, and the New Times. He is a contributor at the politics and culture blog Public (dis)Interest, was educated at Syracuse University and the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Chicago.
Susan Gabrielle’s work has been published or is forthcoming in The Christian Science Monitor, Heyday, The Baltimore Review, Little Patuxent Review, San Francisco Peace and Hope, and Bethlehem Writers. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem “After 10 years of War.” Susan currently teaches writing and literature classes as a university instructor.
Mark Goad is a poet now living in the Boston metro area. Born in Ohio, he has lived and studied in Chicago, Geneva, Switzerland and Boston. Undergraduate and graduate studies have been completed in English Lit., German language, theology and philosophy. His work has been published previously in Assisi, BAPQ, epiphany, Bluepepper, Decanto, Extracts and other literary journals.
Allison Grayhurst’s poems have been published in more than 120 journals including Parabola (summer 2012). She is the author of Somewhere Falling, (Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, Vancouver 1995), nine other books of poetry, and two collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing. Her poetry chapbook The River is Blind was published by above/ground press in December 2012. She lives in Toronto.
Quinton Hallett (Noti, Oregon) is the author of Refuge from Flux (Finishing Line Press, 2010), founder of Fern Rock Falls Press, and her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including: The New Verse News, Anobium, The Medulla Review, Original Weather, Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined. She arranges poet visits to a local high school each April.
Matt Hemmerich is a writer and musician based in the Bay Area. He drums in the band Phosphene and has a poetry chapbook coming out February 2013. You can contact him at matthemmerich.com.
Kyle Hemmings is the author of several chapbooks of poetry and prose: Avenue C, Cat People, and Anime Junkie (Scars Publications), and Tokyo Girls in Science Fiction (NAP). His latest e-books are You Never Die in Wholes from Good Story Press and The Truth about Onions from Good Samaritan. His latest collection of prose/poetry is Void & Sky from Outskirt Press.
Jon Henry grew up in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains amongst trees, farm animals, and imagined adventures. Ze attended the University of Richmond for BAs in Studio Art & International Politic and is currently completing a MA in Arts Politics at NYU|Tisch. Henry’s artist research focuses on queer themed topics related to identity politics, technology, and geography.
Ed Higgins’ poems and short fiction have appeared in various literary online and print journals. He and his wife and live on a small farm in Yamhill, OR where they raise a menagerie of animals including two whippets, two manx barn cats (who don’t care for whippets), an emu named To & Fro, and a pair of alpacas named Machu & Picchu.
Louisa Howerow’s most recent poetry appeared in Rhino, Cider Press Review and The Indian River Review.
Tom Ipri is a librarian who grew up in Philadelphia, PA and who recently returned to his hometown after four years in Las Vegas. He has had poetry published in Small Brushes, Superior Poetry News and The Vermillion Literary Project. This is his first published story. Tom blogs at Being and Formulating, http://www.tomipri.net.
Tim Kahl is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW books, 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012). He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup (http://greatamericanpinup.wordpress.com/). He is also editor of Clade Song [http://www.cladesong.com]. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center. (http://www.timkahl.com)
Toshiya Kamei holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Arkansas. His translations include Liliana Blum’s The Curse of Eve and Other Stories (2008), Naoko Awa’s The Fox’s Window and Other Stories (2010), Espido Freire’s Irlanda (2011), and Selfa Chew’s Silent Herons (2012).
Joanne Lowery’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Rattle, Slant, Cottonwood, and Poetry East. She lives in Michigan.
Jeffrey H. MacLachlan also has recent or forthcoming work in Poet’s Market 2013, The Round, Thin Air, Skidrow Penthouse, among others. He can be followed on Twitter @jeffmack.
John C. Mannone, nominated three times for the Pushcart, has work in the Baltimore Review, Conclave, New Mirage Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal, Pedestal, and others. He’s the poetry editor for Silver Blade, an adjunct professor of physics, and a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. Visit The Art of Poetry at http://jcmannone.wordpress.com.
After retirement John Marvin earned a Ph.D. in English and began work as a poet and scholar. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals. He has literary criticism in recent issues of James Joyce Quarterly, Hypermedia Joyce Studies. John’s poetic stance reflects an experimental approach to breaking free of the Romantic lyric that has dominated poetry for more than two centuries.
Kiera McTigue graduated with honors from New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2012 with a concentration in photography and painting. Several of her images have been published, including in the Hippo Press and Concord Monitor. Her work has been exhibited at McGowan Fine Art Gallery, Gallery 6, and Artstream. In 2013, she had a solo show at Number 27 Gallery in New Hampshire.
Hannah Melville-Weatherbee is currently a fourth year student at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She studies creative writing, documentary film-making and social justice with hopes to combine all three into one thrilling career.
Erick Mertz is a writer, poet and filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. Graduate of the University of Oregon in English, he dedicates the bulk of his time to the fickle crafts of wordplay and story telling while also toiling as a social worker for people experiencing developmental disabilities. Follow along @emertzwriting.
Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz. His work has appeared in many periodicals as well as the anthologies Good Poems, American Places, Hunger Enough, and Line Drives. His chapbook, Three Visitors is available from Negative Capability Press. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the documentarian Joan Juster.
Fernando Montejano is full of 20-year-old philosophy subject to change over the years. He works as a cook at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Bellevue, NE. His best friend is his companion pup Beary.
Nancy Carol Moody’s work has appeared in The Journal, Salamander, The New York Quarterly, Fjords, and The Los Angeles Review. She is the author of Photograph With Girls (Traprock Books) and has just completed a new manuscript titled Negative Space. Nancy lives in Eugene, Oregon, and can be found online at http://www.nancycarolmoody.com.
Emma Moreman is a junior at the New Hampshire Institute of Art majoring in Illustration and Painting. She enjoys illustrating various kinds of activities and concepts in an abstractive style. She likes working with simplified compositions, interesting shapes, and bright colors. She lives in Williston, Vermont with her family when she is not at school.
Gregg Murray is an assistant professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College. He has recent work in Horse Less Review, DIAGRAM, Caketrain, Interrupture, Alice Blue Review, Spittoon, decomP magazinE and LEVELER , and forthcoming soon in [PANK]. Please visit his website for more information, including links to published poems and essays (gregorykirkmurray.com).
J.E. Nissley graduated from Russell Sage College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Women’s Studies. Her short fiction has appeared in Bluestem, The Chaffey Review, The ServingHouse Journal, and Contemporary World Literature. She lives with her girlfriend outside Albany, NY, and is happily at work on a novel.
Anne Britting Oleson has been published widely in the US, UK and Canada. She earned her MFA at the Stonecoast program of USM. She has published two chapbooks, The Church of St. Materiana (2007) and The Beauty of It (2010). Another book, Counting the Days, is scheduled for release next year.
Dustin Jiminy Panzino is a current student at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, studying fine arts in the painting and photography programs. He also hopes to go off to graduate school for fine arts.
Tom Pescatore grew up outside Philadelphia and is often seen wandering along the city’s abandoned trolley and railcar lines. He maintains a poetry blog: amagicalmistake.blogspot.com. His work has been published in literary magazines both nationally and internationally but he’d rather have them carved on the Walt Whitman Bridge or on the sidewalks of Philadelphia’s old Skid Row.
Kenneth Pobo has a new chapbook out from Finishing Line Press called Save My Place. In 2011 he won the qarrtsiluni chapbook contest for Ice And Gaywings. His work has appeared in: Hawaii Review, Spoon River Quarterly, Nimrod, Mudfish, and elsewhere.
Adrian S. Potter writes poetry and short fiction. He authored the fiction chapbook Survival Notes (Červená Barva Press, 2008) and won the 2010 Southern Illinois Writers Guild Poetry Contest. Some recent or upcoming publication credits include The Poet’s Touchstone, The I-70 Review, burntdistrict and The Broken Plate. Additional propaganda can be found at http://adrianspotter.squarespace.com/.
Jade Ramsey holds an MFA from Bowling Green State and teaches English and Creative Writing at Heidelberg University. Her works can be found/forthcoming in Gargoyle, I-70 Review, Stone Highway Review, Old Red Kimono, REAL, and many others.
Neil Serven lives and works as a dictionary editor in western Massachusetts. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Washington Square, Atticus Review, fwriction : review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and elsewhere.
Jon Steinhagen is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and published author of short fiction, recently in Alliterati, Bodega Mag, Wigleaf, Monkeybicycle 9 (print), It’s Animal but Merciful (anthology), and SmokeLong Quarterly.
Alexis Stratton is from Illinois but has called many places home, from New Orleans to South Korea. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Carolina and currently works as an educator for a local non-profit in Columbia, SC. Her fiction has recently appeared in Bare Root Review and Breakwater Review, and she won the 2012 BLOOM Chapbook Contest for Fiction. Find out more at alexisstratton.wordpress.com.
George Such’s collection of poems, Where the Body Lives, was selected as winner of the 2012 Tiger’s Eye Chapbook Contest, and is forthcoming in 2013. A retired chiropractor, he recently completed an M.A. in English at Western Washington University and hopes to continue his English graduate studies next fall.
Josette Torres received her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Tech. She also holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Purdue University. Her work has appeared in 16 Blocks, Emerge Literary Journal, and Boston Literary Magazine, and is forthcoming in Eunoia Review. She is the Writer in Residence at The Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Sara Uribe was born in Querétaro in 1978 and since 1996 has lived in Tamaulipas. She is the author of Lo que no imaginas (2004), Palabras más palabras menos (2006), and Nunca quise detener el tiempo (2007). English translations of her poems have appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Gargoyle, Harpur Palate, The Journal, and So to Speak, among others.
Dallas Woodburn, a finalist for the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, is the 2013-14 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. Her short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have appeared in The Nashville Review, Monkeybicycle, Arcadia, and Louisiana Literature, among others. She has also published nonfiction in The Los Angeles Times, Writer’s Digest, and Family Circle, and her short plays have been produced in Los Angeles and New York City. Connect with her at www.writeonbooks.org and http://daybydaymasterpiece.com.
Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Poet Laureate nominee, Sheri L. Wright is the author of six books of poetry. Her visual work appears in numerous journals and has been shown across the Ohio Valley.