Contributors’ Bios


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Jevin Lee Albuquerque  grew up in California, on the local pier in Santa Cruz, fishing for Striped Bass.  He recently completed his second full-length book of narrative nonfiction, Hawgfish.  His prose and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Double Take, Points of Entry, Gravel, Meat for Tea, Outside In, Literary Juice, Paragraphiti, Livid Squid, Borderline, Fish Food, StepAway, Paradise Review, and Map Magazine in Madrid. Two of his most current works, a poem and short story, were translated by Bernard Turle, and can be found in the French collectif, Poussières Du Monde.  In a former life he was a professional soccer player.  He has a degree in Latin American Studies from UCLA.  His artistic soul divides time among Paradise Valley (Montana), San Francisco and New Orleans.

Maureen Alsop, Ph.D., is the author of Mantic, Apparition Wren, and Mirror Inside Coffin (forthcoming). Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines including Kenyon Review, Tampa Review, Typo, and Barrow Street. She edits poetry for Poemeleon, and teaches locally through the Inlandia Institute and online with the Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative.

Jane Andrews is an instructor, editor, and writer who has published essays, fiction, poetry, and memoir. She teaches through Duke Continuing Education and private writing groups. She’s a NC native.

Ronald Bell is a rising sophomore at Fayetteville State University where he majors in geography. His story was selected as the winner for the student contest in fiction.

Michele Tracy Berger is a professor, a blogger, a creativity expert and a pug-lover. She’s passionate about all of these ways of being in the world and plays with the order that she avidly pursues them. Her writing has appeared in The Chapel Hill News, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, Ms., The Feminist Wire, and Western North Carolina Woman. Her most recent story “Family Line” was published in You Don’t Say: Stories in the Second Person by Ink Monkey Press. Michele is one of the “My View” monthly columnists for The Chapel Hill News. She has a coaching practice called The Creative Tickle, and she blogs on The Practice of Creativity.

Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She was a finalist in the GSU Poetry Contest (2007), Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize (2009, 2012), and received honorable mentions in the North American Review‘s James Hearst Poetry Contest (2008, 2010). She is the editor of Illinois Racing News, and lives on a small horse farm in Northern Illinois. She has published 11 books including The Lonely Hearts Killers and How the Sky Begins to Fall (Spoon River Press), The Atrocity Book (Lynx House Press), Dead Horses and Selected Poems from FutureCycle Press. Selected Poems received the 2013 FutureCycle Prize. Her latest book Properties of Matter is just out from Aldrich Press (Kelsay Books). Two chapbooks are forthcoming in 2014: Bittersweet (Main Street Rag Press) and Ah Clio (Kattywompus Press). Colby is also an associate editor of Kentucky Review and FutureCycle Press.

Kelsey Dean graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2012, and has since been traveling and working as a teacher, artist, and editorial assistant. Her work most recently appeared in Weave Magazine. A swimmer from an early age, her fascination with all underwater life is often reflected in her artwork. She aims to brighten the space around her, commemorate the inspirational people she meets, and bring a little more magic into the world with the images she creates.

Nandini Dhar is the author of the chapbook Lullabies Are Barbed Wire Nations (Two of Cups Press, 2015). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Word Riot. Potomac Review, PANK, Los Angeles Review, Bluestem, and elsewhere.  She is the co-editor of the journal Elsewhere.  Dhar hails from Kolkata, India, and divides her time between her hometown and Miami, Florida, where she works as an Assistant Professor of English at Florida International University.  When she is not grading her students’ papers, or reading for her classes, she spends her time in the hole-in-the-wall coffee shops, writing and reading. She blogs at

Morgan Downie is an unreliable narrator with a deep mistrust of artist’s statements. He believes in the notion that at least one out of every six statements should be willfully untrue. His is a checkered past involving poetry, short story writing, visual, installation and textile art, book making, sculpture and all points in between. He has been widely anthologized for both short story and poetry. Until recently his artwork could only be bought on the island of Fårö. It is this connection that prompted his long worked upon secret history of Ingmar Bergman. When asked where he comes from he describes a place he knows as the mythic archipelago of Scotia. Morgan Downie is an island man. He loves the bicycle and everything associated with it. He believes that all art may be contained in a single decent bike ride.

Galen R. Faison is a northern New Jersey-based writer, photographer and videographer. As a grade-schooler, he considered Archie Digest Comics the highest form of literary expression, that is, until he discovered a battered dog-eared copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. He is ever-intrigued by the novelty of characters and worlds, waiting to be authored by one’s fertile and overactive imaginations. He is employed at the NJ Institute of Technology as a library associate, where he also earned a B.S. in Communications—but it was the Minor in Literature that re-ignited his literary furnace. He has been published in The Newark Metro, The Vector, Slurve Magazine and The Linnet’s Wings. When he’s not bent over a keyboard or behind camera, you can typically find him nose-to-screen with his TV, yelling at either the NY Giants or Jeopardy! contestants.

Wendy Gist was born in Southern California, raised in Northern Arizona. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Amsterdam Quarterly, Canyon Voices, Burningword, Grey Sparrow Journal, Lines & Stars, New Plains Review, Oyez Review, Pif Magazine, Lin Poetry Pacific, Red River Review, Rio Grande Review, Sundog Lit, The Chaffey Review, The Fourth River, The Lake (UK), Toad Suck Review, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought and other fine journals.  When Wendy’s not writing, she’s out hiking the trails of the Gila National Forest with her husband and blue heeler named “Puck.”   

Alesia Gittins is from the northwestern United States and is currently pursuing a baccalaureate degree at Fayetteville State University in education and history. After graduation she hopes to teach and continue writing while traveling with her husband, cat, and Shar-Pei. Alesia is the FSU student contest winner in the category of creative nonfiction.

Jenn Givhan was a Pen Emerging Voices Fellow, as well as the DASH 2013 Poetry Prize winner, a St. Lawrence Book Award finalist and a Vernice Quebodeaux Pathways finalist for her poetry collection Red Sun Mother, and an Andres Montoya Poetry Prize finalist for her collection Karaoke Night at the Asylum. Givhan was chosen for inclusion in Best New Poets 2013 by Brenda Shaughnessy. She attends the MFA program at Warren Wilson College, and her work has appeared in over sixty literary journals and anthologies. Givhan is currently trying to find a way to amalgamate science, fairy tales, family, and the magical real, in both her writing and her life. She’d love for you to visit her online at Jennifer Givhan, Poet & Novelist.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe and he has had nine one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007, his paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 160 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn. He maintains a blog, Cinemage Books.

Mary Ann Honaker holds a B.A. in philosophy from West Virginia University and a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She has previously published poetry in many online and print journals, including The Dudley Review, Euphony, Caveat Lector, and Van Gogh’s Ear. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.

Rich Ives has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Dublin Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fiction Daily and many more. He is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. In 2011 he received a nomination for The Best of the Web and two nominations for both the Pushcart Prize and The Best of the Net. He is the 2012 winner of the Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air magazine. Silenced Press serialized his book of days, Tunneling to the Moon, with a work per day appearing for all of 2013.

Scott Archer Jones is currently living and working on his fifth novel in northern New Mexico, after stints in the Netherlands, Scotland and Norway plus less exotic locations. He has worked for a power company, grocers, a lumberyard, an energy company (for a very long time), and a winery. He’s on the masthead at the Prague Revue. He has a novel, Jupiter and Gilgamesh, coming out this summer from Southern Yellow Pine Publishing. He’s been a finalist in a few writing contests but never a winner. He’s published here and there but received enough rejection to achieve humility. Jones cuts all his own firewood, lives a mile from his nearest neighbor and writes grant applications for the community. He is the Treasurer of Shuter Library of Angel Fire, a private 501.C3, and desperately needs your money to keep the doors open.

Lyricism and psychological realism, steeped in a compelling voice, characterize S.K. Kalsi‘s writing. Kalsi’s work features moments of crises and painful choices. His work combines style and substance to create tales plumbing the dark heart of nihilists, dreamers, ascetics, arsonists, religious zealots, linguists, craftsmen, mad geniuses, and poet-philosophers. Kalsi’s work has been featured in Crack the Spine Literary Journal, The Standard Speaker (photo essay), Switchback, Blue Lake Review and others. Having recently completed Somerset, his novel about a “stove-junker” from northeastern, PA, Kalsi lives in Napa, CA, with his wife and two dogs, one of which he’s named “Hemingway.”

Since 1985, Stephanie Klein-Davis has worked as a full-time photojournalist, first at The Sun  News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., followed by longtime employment at The Roanoke Times in Virginia. Klein-Davis has taught photography at Hollins University and Virginia Western Community College. Her work is featured in the permanent collections at The Taubman Museum of Art and The Harrison Museum of African American Culture.  She served as co-curator for “In the Moment: Light, Vision and Memory,” The Taubman’s special exhibit celebrating the 125th Anniversary of The Roanoke Times in 2011.  Klein-Davis lives on the side of a mountain in Roanoke with her husband, furniture designer John Davis, her two teenaged children (both adopted from Russia as babies), and an Australian Shepherd named “Sabaka.” Klein-Davis is a distance runner and has recently discovered sunrise rooftop yoga.  Images from the current issue of Glint appeared in Klein-Davis’s photo-essay, “The African Diaspora,” at The Harrison Museum in 2013.

Eric Longley is a senior, majoring in Visual Art at Fayetteville State University.

Joseph Masser is a high school English teacher in rural New Jersey (yes there is such a place), currently pursuing his MFA in fiction from National University. He has been a national cycling champion and a coppersmith, and his musical alter ego has written, recorded and released four original albums of folky rock and roll under the name Joe Cassady & The West End Sound. His very first publication is forthcoming in Cracked the Spine.

Carlo Matos has published five books. His new book, The Secret Correspondence of Loon and Fiasco, is forthcoming from Mayapple Press later this year. He has also published in many journals like Iowa Review, PANK, and Paper Darts. By day, Carlo teaches writing at the City Colleges of Chicago, by night, he trains cage fighters and kickboxers at The Farm. After hours he can be found entertaining clients at the Chicago Poetry Bordello. He blogs at

Debbie Maness is an FSU English graduate student pursuing a Professional Writing Certificate.  Maness is a true southern woman who visits friends with gift baskets stocked with flowers as well as fried or baked foods.   Both good and bad news are likely to generate a genuine “Bless your heart” from Maness, who aims to be wise, good humored, God fearing, and outspoken. She’s a mixture of Steel Magnolias and Lean In.   Maness also enjoys gardening, reading, beach-walking, and attending college football games. In her best weeks, she can accomplish all of these activities while continuing to teach classes in Integrated Reading and Writing at Wake Technical Community College.

Elson Meehan‘s short fiction has appeared at Metazen, Drunken Boat, and The Golden Key, and she has recently completed a novel manuscript titled Second Sleep. Set in an America full of science and ghosts, the novel tracks the progress of a latter-day Orpheus who faces the inequities of love and death in a time when some can afford to extend their lives indefinitely while others perish absolutely. Elson Meehan lives in Carrboro, NC and she spends her spare time looking at cats. She also maintains an occasional blog at

James Naiden is an American author, born in 1943. He currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. The Chafings of Mortals is his most recent novel (2011).

Sarah Page graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with an M.S. and certification in Secondary English in 2013. She is a 2013 recipient of Dialogue’s New Voices award for poetry. Her poems have been published in journals including Connecticut River Review, Inscape, Noctua Review, and included in the anthology Fire in the Pasture. She is currently living in Japan, eating sakura ice cream, and learning more about the history of the many sacred shrines in this country.

Aaliyah Sams was a freshman at Fayetteville State University in the Fall of 2013.  She was a member of the Bronco Women learning community. Her freshman seminar instructor, Mrs. April Raines, encouraged her to enter the poetry competition.

Victor Gabriel Sanchez is a student at Fayetteville State University, where he studies visual arts with a concentration in graphic design. He continues his focus in photography while working fulltime as a hairstylist and writer. He currently has two books in publication (Saving Malaya and Gwyneth’s Sins), which can be found on He aspires to continue his passion of art as well as writing.

Jeanne Shannon lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her poetry, memoir pieces, and short fiction have appeared in numerous online and print journals.

Faye Stall is an Integrated Reading and Writing Instructor at Wake Technical Community College and a candidate for a Professional Writing Certificate at FSU.   Stall describes herself as “a sweet small town North Carolinian who often gets her feathers ruffled when working with technology.”  Like Snow White, she can be a domestic homebody, who enjoys baking as a form of emotional aroma therapy.  Although Stall will cut the lawn for exercise, she also embraces her feminine, or “prissy” side.  She enjoys reading about Jane Austen and other memorable women authors of the early modern period. She and Jane would have been great friends, but Stall did marry the love of her life, Craig. Like Jane, Stall meets her responsibilities with grace and efficiency. Also, like Jane, Stall has kept notebooks full of her writing since childhood.

Brett Stout is a 34-year-old artist and writer. He is a high school dropout and former construction worker turned college graduate and paramedic. He creates controversial art while mainly hung-over and breathing toxic paint fumes from a small cramped apartment referred to as ‘the nerd lab’ in Myrtle Beach, SC. His artwork has appeared in a wide range of various media from small webzines like the Paradise Review to The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Pia Taavila-Borsheim grew up in Walled Lake, Michigan, and lives now in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She received a BA and an MA in American Literature from Eastern Michigan University (1977, 1979) and an interdisciplinary PhD (1985) from Michigan State University in English, Sociology, and Philosophy. She teaches literature and creative writing at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Gallaudet University Press published her collected poems, Moon on the Meadow (1977-2007); Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Two Winters (2011). Her poems have appeared in many journals including: The Bear River Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Comstock Review, Threepenny Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, storySouth, The Asheville Poetry Review, 32 Poems, Measure, Ibbetson Street Review, and The Southern Review. She is a frequent participant at the Bear River, Sewanee and Key West Literary conferences.

A North Carolina native, Taylor Venable is a freshman at Fayetteville State University. She is also an aspiring artist, who credits depression, candy, and owls with arousing her creativity.  In fourth grade, she and a friend invented an original “spell” to enable them to sprout fairy wings.  Although their shoulders remain wingless, for now, the girls’ incantation cannot be deemed a total failure.  Just as they spoke the final words of their spell, an owl swooped so close overhead that Taylor felt her hair flutter.  Ever since that day she has experienced weird encounters with these nocturnal birds.  She has come to perceive them as personal guardians in times of difficulty.  Taylor is the winner of Glint’s student contest in the category of visual art.

Jeffrey Weatherford, aka Jeffery the Artist Who Raps, is a Master of Fine Arts student at Howard University.  He creates digital art, paintings, and encaustic melted crayon works.  He is the founder of Great Brain Entertainment, a media company that has published three books thus far.  Check out his art on facebook!

A native Texan, Jamie Wilson has called Fayetteville, NC home for the last four years. She recently graduated from Fayetteville State University with an MA in English in 2014, and currently serves as a developmental English instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Prior to taking this position she taught high school English for Cumberland County Schools. In her free time it is most likely that you will find her with her nose in a book, usually a supernatural or dystopian young adult novel. Her book buying problem is known far and wide, and army movers fear her house when it comes time to pack because “How can there be so many books?!”  She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Jim, and their two extremely spoiled pets, a cat named Chester, and a dog, Clint.