Contributors’ Bios

 
 

RC deWinter’s “Blues in the Night”

 

 

Meghan Adler’s first book of poetry, Pomegranate, was recently published with Main Street Rag Press. Her poetry has appeared in Alimentum, California Quarterly, Evening Street Review, Gastronomica, The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, The North American Review, Pine Hill Review, and Streetlight Magazine, and even featured on a wine bottle for Eric Kent Wine Cellars. She volunteers her time as a writing instructor for The Things They Carry Project, a new community of writing teachers and psychotherapists, who co-lead free writing workshops for healthcare workers and first responders. When not searching for and taste-testing the best brand of hazelnut and chocolate spread, she enjoys her free time wandering around local book shops. Learn more at: www.meghanadler.com

Cathy Allman entered the writing field as a reporter after attending the school of Cinema and Television at the University of Southern California. While her career shifted gears from writing to advertising and marketing, she never stopped writing or attending workshops, eventually earning an MFA from Manhattanville College. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Blue Earth Review, California Quarterly (CQ), Caveat Lector, Cimarron Review, Coachella Review, Crack the Spine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Ghost City Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, The Old Red Kimono, Pisgah Review, The Potomac Review, Red Savina Review, Sequestrum, Third Wednesday, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Word Riot. She currently teaches creativity workshops at high schools and at her Connecticut office.

Sam Ambler’s writing has been published in Christopher Street, The James White Review, City Lights Review Number 2, and Visitant, among others. He won the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s 6th Annual Poetry Contest. He earned a BA in English, specializing in creative writing of poetry, from Stanford University. He delivered singing telegrams and sang with the Temescal Gay Men’s Chorus in Berkeley and the Pacific Chamber Singers in San Francisco. He has worked in nonprofit theater at Berkeley Rep, Geffen Playhouse, Actors’ Equity, and The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Now retired, he lives in California with his husband, visual artist Edward L. Rubin.

John Amen is the author of several collections of poetry, including Illusion of an Overwhelm (New York Quarterly Books, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Brockman-Campbell Award, and work from which was chosen as a finalist for the Dana Award. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in journals nationally and internationally, and his poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, Korean, and Hebrew. He is a regular reviewer for the music magazines and websites No Depression, Beats Per Minute, Slant, and PopMatters. He founded and is managing editor of Pedestal Magazine. As a result of the COVID experience, he’s been wearing headphones so much that they are now part of his body.

Rebecca Beck, perennially inspired by Southern writers, now lives halfway up a mountain in Western North Carolina and loves experiencing the geography that inspired many of them, not to mention the black bears that visit her yard. Recently a marketing director in the school division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Rebecca now enjoys the freedom and time for spinning her own yarns. Since then, two of her short stories have been published: “What Morning Brings,” in The Great Smokies Review, Issue 18, and “Cure-All,” in 34th Parallel Magazine, Issue 67. Over the years, the following journals have published her poetry: Wind Magazine (Lexington, KY, 2002, #86); Earth’s Daughters, The Girlfriends Issue (Buffalo, NY, 1994); and Poems That Thump in the Dark (New Spirit Press Chapbook Series, Kew Gardens, NY, 1994). Rebecca is 92.7% finished with her first novel, Pastoral. But then again, is a good book ever finished?

Sometime before J Brooke (they/e) won Columbia Journal’s 2020 Womxn’s History Month Nonfiction Award, and was published elsewhere including in the Harvard Review, Maine Review, Southampton Review, Bangalore Review and The Fiddlehead (forthcoming), they were knocked out while sparring with a Golden gloves champion, had an ongoing correspondence with J.D. Salinger, dined alone with Bob Dylan, was (twice) offered a reality show by MTV, drank 32 Pina Coladas in one sitting, delivered a son by emergency C-section and co-raised four other children whose emergencies came later. Brooke got marriage right on their second attempt and has yet to try cocaine or have a manicure. Brooke was Nonfiction Editor of the Stonecoast Review while receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Brooke’s misspent youth was spent in advertising.

Bill Burtis is associate editor at The Hole-in-the-Head Review, a quarterly journal of art and poetry, and is author of two collections of poetry, most recently Liminal from Nine Mile Books. The full-length book includes 50 years worth of poems, several published so long ago that the journals (e.g., Chelsea) no longer exist.  His first published poem, “Night Fright” appeared in the former Harford Times in 1964.  “The Wave” chronicles, in part, the events of a night in May, 1965 in Simsbury, CT; Squire F. Burtis died in 1993; the poem was written years later.  Burtis lives with the poet Nancy Jean Hill beside Maranacook Lake in Readfield, Maine, and on the banks of the Squamscot River in Exeter, New Hampshire. 

Gray Campbell has published drama in Phantom Drift: A Journal of New Fabulism, and poetry in Screen Door Review: Queer Voices of the New South. He works as an adjunct professor of English at Baruch College (City University of New York), St. John’s University, and anywhere else he’s lucky enough to find a teaching gig.

Margaret Erhart’s work has made its way into the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Best American Spiritual Writing 2005, and many literary magazines. She won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize which is given to the fastest snow shoveler west of the Rockies. Her fifth novel, The Butterflies of Grand Canyon (Plume), was a finalist for an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She’s been a plumber, a Grand Canyon hiking guide, a firefighter, and a poetry teacher. Her most unusual job may have been pouring hot iron in a foundry, creating larger-than-life-size buddhas for the Maharishi International University. Margaret lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where Pluto was discovered. She welcomes responses and conversations at  www.margareterhart.com, but please don’t bring her a puppy.

Leslie Ferguson is an accomplished educator, editor, and writing coach with a master’s degree in English literature and an MFA in creative writing from Chapman University. Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. A member of the San Diego Memoir Writers Association and the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, Leslie is a repeat performer at So Say We All’s VAMP and Poets Underground. Her debut memoir, When I Was Her Daughter, is due out this month from Acorn Publishing. She lives with her husband and cats in Greater San Diego County, where coyotes hunt and feast during the night, leaving gifts of rabbit bones, dried blood, and the occasional tuft of fur in her driveway. 

J. R. Forman is a lecturer at Tarleton State University in Texas, but he is secretly a West Virginian. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Ramify, Make It New, Ekphrastic Review, Apricity Magazine, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Comment, Streetlight Magazine, and anthologies by Clemson University Press. He has been a finalist for the Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize and holds a BA from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, and PhDs from the University of Dallas and the University of Salamanca. The thought of what America will be like without Willie Nelson troubles his sleep. drjrforman.com)

More than 350 of Robert Granader’s articles, essays and short stories have appeared in 60 publications including the New York Times, Washingtonian Magazine, Umbrella Factory, Evening Street Review and Borrowed Solace. His blog, In a Foreign Land ( https://expatlondon.blogspot.com ) began ten years ago when he moved his family from Washington, DC to London where he spent his days working and his evenings writing in coffee shops and pubs. He is founder and CEO of MarketResearch.com and wears his English Major from the University of Michigan as a badge of honor. He longs to join an MFA program, he loves writing about people in their middle years, and his three children in their twenties often ask, “Is this gonna be in your blog?” More of his writing can be found at www.robgranader.com.

Alle C. Hall placed as a finalist for 2020 The Lascaux Prize and won the Richard Hugo House New Works Competition. Other work appears in Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review, Litro, Tupelo Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Necessary Fiction, Brevity (blog), Another Chicago, Literary Orphans, Under the Gum Tree, and The Citron Review. She is the former Senior Nonfiction Editor at jmww journal, the former Associate Editor of Vestal Review, and a current reader for Creative Nonfiction Magazine. A Best Small Fictions and Best of the Net nominee, Hall’s first novel will publish in the spring of 2023.

Lowell Jaeger (Montana Poet Laureate 2017-2019) is founding editor of Many Voices Press, Grolier Poetry Peace Prize winner, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. He was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil civic discourse. 

As a queer Korean American woman, Monica Kim often writes from her experience of identity and community and the tensions that exist within different spaces including the larger politics of our world. Monica wrote “A Seventeen-Year Cycle,” because she cares deeply about immigration, having immigrated to the U.S. with her parents when she was two.  She has witnessed xenophobia in this country, recognizing that immigrants are treated differently based on their nationality, their race, their reason for coming here, etc. Monica explores these complexities in her short story. She also shows how the contentions of gender and sexuality can clash within families and cultures, noting that deep-seated systemic conflicts are likely to appear the same, or in the same cycle, in the future.

Brandon Knight spent a few years traveling the country by thumb and by foot. That’s all over now. He currently lives in Denton, TX where he attends the University of North Texas. He can’t sing (horsenurse.bandcamp.com) but his wife is gracious in her patience. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the North Texas Review.

David Dodd Lee kayaks, almost daily, even in winter, along backwaters in rural Indiana, along the St. Joseph River. Despite this risky behavior, his artwork recently ran as a feature in The Journal, along with an interview. Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in Liminal Review, Off the Coast, The Hunger, Twyckenham Notes, Tupelo Quarterly, House Mountain Review, Rougarou, Permafrost, The Indianapolis Review, Packingtown Review and Watershed Review. An essay, with artwork, is forthcoming in Rose Metal Press’s A Field Guide to Graphic Literature (2022). Unlucky Animals, a book including his artwork and poetry, is forthcoming in 2022 (delayed due to pandemic). Work has also been featured, most recently, in one-person exhibitions at Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Gallery, in the Backspace Gallery at Northern Illinois University, and at Langlab, an art center, in South Bend, Indiana. Lee is the author of ten books of poetry.

Evalyn Lee is a poet and a former Emmy Award winning CBS News Producer living in London. An undiagnosed dyslexic, she pursued a writing career by learning to cut words with a razor blade for radio. But first, Evalyn’s mother, who was beyond desperate for a daughter to demonstrate a single sign of outward grace, taught her how to stitch. In London, for decades, Jane Stevens taught Evalyn’s stitching group ‘A Common Thread’ before retiring to her farm. Evalyn now helps coordinate a community group ‘Stitching Together’ in Battersea where people gather weekly (well, once Lockdown is really over) to have a good laugh and work together towards the common good. Sadly, she is addicted to and can always be found on Twitter @Evalyn7. 

Peter Leight has previously published poems in Paris Review, AGNI, FIELD, Beloit Poetry Review, Raritan, Matter, and other magazines.

Sarah Leslie holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Her fiction has been
named a semi-finalist for the American Short(er) Fiction Prize and her nonfiction earned
a Disquiet International Notable Mention. A former participant of Bread Loaf, Sicily and
the 2021 Tin House Workshop, Sarah’s writing has appeared in Barnstorm Journal, K’in
Literary Journal
, and Thin Air Online, among others. She writes and farms in the
mountains of Liguria, Italy and besides her family, Sarah spends her days amongst 65
goats, 4 dogs, 5 cats, 30-something ducks and chickens, and an ever-expanding number
of rabbits.

Leila Lois is a queer dancer and writer of Kurdish and Celtic heritage who has lived most of her life in Aotearoa. In her poems, Leila explores a personal sense of origin that, like the ocean, binds several landscapes and times, coming back to the idea that a timeless, boundless love pervades. Her publishing history includes Southerly Journal, Djed Press, NoD Literary Journal, Honey Lit Journal, Mayhem Journal, Lite Lit One, Bent Street Journal and Delving into Dance.

Joshua Lovett (he/him) was quite bored working full-time as a chemical engineer. To compensate, he began writing wherever and whenever he could, and eagerly awaited the day he would be fired. He has since rebalanced his relationship with work and has even dared to develop hobbies. Writing remains, however, a compulsion. This will be his first time appearing in Glint.

Finley J. MacDonald started writing as a high-school dropout.  Throughout his youth, he worked construction jobs and in feedlots, washed dishes, hitchhiked, served the developmentally disabled, cut meat, bagged groceries, washed machinery, sold vacuum cleaners, sheared sheep, and got a degree in English.  He moved to China, where he married a Chinese princess.  He lives in a 29th floor flat overlooking the South China Sea and has a daughter named Molly (茉莉) who speaks English with some reluctance.  His work has been published in Anomaly, Menacing Hedge, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Crack the Spine, Lotus Eater, Nude Bruce Review, Hungry Chimera, Slippage Lit, Near to the Knuckle, Embodied EffigiesDance macabre, and Shanghai Literary Review.

DS Maolalai has been described by editors as “a cosmopolitan poet” and, less flatteringly, “prolific to the point of incontinence.” He has been nominated nine times for Best of the Net and five times for the Pushcart Prize – he has thus decided that there is a certain dignity in only ever being nominated for awards. His poetry has been released in two collections, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden (Encircle Press, 2016) and “Sad Havoc Among the Birds” (Turas Press, 2019).

Charles J. March III is a faux-poet, quasi-writer, pseudo-musician, and counterfeit-artist currently living in California. His pieces have appeared in such places as the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, in the toilet, and in the trash. Last year he poured his blood, sweat, and tears into Blood Tree Literature’s hybrid contest, and wound up winning third place. PBS once contacted him regarding his work, but it didn’t work out. Less can be found at LinkedIn & SoundCloud.

Jason W. McGlone’s work has appeared in Potluck Magazine, The Metaworker, Sledgehammer Lit, The Orchards Poetry Journal, and is forthcoming in Imperial Death Cult.  He makes music under the name Mourning Oars and holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.  Most days you can find him wandering around Cincinnati, where he lives with his family.

Celia Meade is a poet, novelist, and painter attending Sarah Lawrence for an MFA in poetry.  Afaa Micheal Weaver, Marie Howe and Jo Ann Beard are among her poetic spirit guides. Celia’s work has been published or is forthcoming in BoomerLitMag, Brushfire Literature and Arts Journal, Euphony Journal, Five on the Fifth, Lake Effect, The Louisville Review, (mac)ro(mic), Paragon Journal, Perceptions Magazine, Plainsongs, Sheila-Na-Gig, Streetlight Magazine, and Whistling Shade. She also holds an MFA in painting from the University of Calgary, and has studied at the Royal College of Art in LondonShe enjoys oil painting, traveling, and dogs.

Ricardo Moran grew up in the southern California desert, 40 feet below sea level.  And he has been trying to keep his head above water ever since. His work has appeared in Perceptions Magazine, the Willa Cather Review, Wingless DreamerOther Wordly Women Press, and in several Nebraska Writers Guild anthologies.  In 2020, he received the Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award in poetry. A copywriter, Ricardo is a former director of nonprofit education programs, including 13 years at the American Red Cross and currently serves on the board of San Diego Writer’s, Ink. His future project includes collaborating on a speculative historical fiction novel with his alternate self in a parallel universe who apparently wears a gold watch and is quite evil.  Visit them both (but not at the same time) at: www.ricardomoranwriter.com

Alex Nodopaka originated in 1940, Kiyv, Ukraine. He speaks, reads and writes in San Franciscan, Parisian, Kievan, and Muscovite, but mumbles in English and sings in tongues after Vodka! He propounds having studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Casablanca, Morocco. Presently, he identifies as a full time author and visual artist in the USA but considers his past irrelevant as he seeks new reincarnations.

Jennifer Sara Page knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her aunt gave her a journal for Christmas when she was thirteen. A graduate from Columbia University with a B.A. in English Literature, her passion for reading and writing led her to a career as a High School English teacher in South Central Los Angeles – her home town. As Department Chair of the English Department at Ralph Bunche High School, she has merged her passion for service with her love of language. This is a far cry from her years as a singer in a 1980’s cover band. Even though this piece for Glint Literary Journal is Jennifer’s first published work, she can already tell that this kind of recognition beats a drunken audience wooing up to Aha’s “Take on Me.”

Rebecca Patrascu’s work has appeared in publications including The Shore, Spectrum Literary Journal, Pidgeonholes, Bracken Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review and Valparaiso Review. She has an MFA from Pacific University and is the author of the chapbook Before Noon (Finishing Line Press). Patrascu lives in northern California, where she works at a public library, rescues honeybee swarms, and speaks Welsh to the neighborhood crows. In her spare time, she practices the art of overthinking everything, including this bio. You can find her blog at https://thepracticalpoet.blogspot.com.

Alexandra Persad is from a small, art-loving town in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and Professional Writing and Editing. In her free time, she enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction, where she explores themes of gender roles and female identity. She has been published in Barren Magazine, BlazeVOX Journal, Flash Fiction Magazine, Flare Journal, and Better than Starbucks, where her essay was nominated for the Best of 2020. An essential part of her creative process is reading aloud to her deaf cat, who is always supportive even if her work falls on deaf ears.

Tamizh Ponni is an ambivert who loves to express her skills through literature, visual arts, and music. She has worked as an IB educator for seven years and is currently pursuing her M.Tech, Ph.D. integrated course in Data Science. Tamizh sees learning as a never-ending process and, with technology integration, it gives her an interesting dimension to knowledge acquisition and skill-building. Her stories were featured in two anthologies, Mia and Varna. Tamizh’s articles, poems, and paintings have also been published in many digital journals and educational blogs. She spends most of her free time painting, reading, writing articles, stories and poems, playing the keyboard, and watching documentaries/movies.

Alexis Quinlan is a writer, editor, and adjunct English teacher in New York. Find her work online at Rhino, Tinderbox, and Madison Review and via abchaospoesis.blogspot.com. Of her three chapbooks, an admission, as a warning against any overestimation of the value of our conclusions (2014) remains available from the Operating System. Recent reviews appear on Heavy Feather Review. In the previous millennium she pseudonymously wrote the Cosmopolitan Magazine Bedside Astrologer horoscopes. 

Lois Roma-Deeley grew up on Long Island, New York, however, she’s lived in Scottsdale, Arizona for a few decades. She retains her NY accent which comes in handy as her students and colleagues think she’s tough.  She has recently has returned to baking cookies and pies. This activity is due, primarily, because she has watched too much TV news these past few years and is in desperate need of some peace. Her most recent full length poetry collection is The Short List of Certainties, winner of the Jacopone da Todi Book Prize (2017). Her previous collections are: Rules of Hunger (2004), northSight (2006and High Notes (2010)—a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Her work is featured in numerous anthologies and journals. www.loisroma-deeley.com

Aaron Sandberg can’t get over how dumb the lyrics to “Sister Christian” are. His writing has appeared in West Trade Review, Asimov’s, The Offing, Sporklet, perhappened mag, Lowestoft Chronicle, Abridged, Giallo, Right Hand Pointing, Monday Night, Unstamatic, and elsewhere. He once rode a bicycle down a volcano. A Pushcart-nominated teacher, you can see him—if he doesn’t see you first—on Instagram @aarondsandberg.

Remi Seamon is a young poet who spends her time split between Cambridge, England and Seattle, Washington. She often identifies with salmon, rutabagas and rain. She received an honourable mention in the Foyle Young Poet of the Year award and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in underblong, Unlost, Clementine Unbound and streetcake, among others. She considers her greatest inspiration to be her dog, Max, a virile labradoodle with a crippling fear of abandonment. He’s working on it.

Jeanne Shannon writes poetry, fiction and memoir and reads the Tarot in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the company of a dark gray cat named Moon Shadow who moved in unannounced and was invited to stay. Her work has been published in a variety of small press and university publications, most recently Blue Unicorn, Abbey, 3Moon Magazine and Cauldron Anthology.  Many years ago she majored in French at Radford University in Virginia (Radford College, it was then), and now revisits her love of that language through watching French lessons on YouTube.

Alan Soldofsky’s most recent collection of poems is In the Buddha Factory (Truman State University Press). With David Koehn, he is coeditor of Compendium: A Collection of Thoughts About Prosody, by Donald Justice (Omindawn). His poetry has four times been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has published poems and critical essays in numerous magazines and journals, including recently in Catamaran, The Gettysburg Review, Gigantic Sequins, The L.A. Review of Books, Poem-a-Day (Academy of American Poets), Vox Populi, and The William Carlos Williams Review. He has also had his work included in California Fire and Water: A Climate Crisis Anthology. His interview with Juan Felipe Herrera (U.S. Poet Laureate 2015 – 17) appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the MELUS Journal. He was a contributing editor to Poetry Flash in the 1970s and 80. He directs the MFA Creative Writing program at San Jose State University where he is a professor of English.

Shirley Sullivan’s work has appeared in The Tampa Review, The Carolina Quarterly, december, MacGuffin, High Desert Journal, Glass Mountain, Glint Literary Journal, The Fiddlehead, Midway Journal, Sou’wester, Harpur Palate, The Fourth River, Quiddity International Literary Journal, Writing on the Wind: an Anthology of West Texas Women Writers, and others. Shirley shares her farm in New Mexico with coyotes, bobcats, javelins, and all variety of colorful birds. It is thought by some that this land is inhabited by spirits who play amongst the clouds, rearranging the lightning bolts to suit their moods.           

Marc Tretin is a retired lawyer who spends his days writing poetry which means staring into space and muttering to himself. His wife has grown used to his eccentricities and loves him despite himself. He has a book listed on Amazon, Pink Mattress.

Robert Wexelblatt is a professor of humanities at Boston University’s College of General Studies. He has published eight collections of short stories; two books of essays; two short novels; a couple books of poems; stories, essays, and verse in a variety of journals, and a novelawardedthe Indie Book Awards first prize for fiction.  A book of stories set in Sui China demonstrates his disregard for the write-what-you-know rule—for him, it’s the other way around.  His occasional recourse to pseudonymous authors reveals a need to get out of his own head by getting into somebody else’s.

Christine Williams writes to understand the world, dances salsa and bachata to engage with it, and cooks and bakes to feed it. She lives mostly in her head. Physically she resides in Alameda, CA. She is a communications professional, and this is her first published piece. If you too love writing/dancing/food, you can email her at christinefwilliams@gmail.com.

Sean Winn is a recovering banker who didn’t start writing until he embarked on a post-corporate life. Since then, he has gone back to school, gotten in shape, and placed his poetry, fiction and essays in more than two dozen literary journals. After living in Indonesia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, he now calls Austin, Texas home.

Julian Witts is an artist living on a smallholding beside the sea in North Devon, England. He is particularly interested in woodcut printmaking, and most of his inspiration comes from the beautiful surroundings in which he’s lucky enough to live. His website is www.julianwitts.co.uk

Rose Maria Woodson has either been published in, or has work forthcoming in, Litro, Cider Press Review, Revolute, Penumbra Online, Blue River, Black Fork Review, Crack The Spine, Clarion, Inkwell, Oyez Review and elsewhere. She is the author of two chapbooks, Skin Gin (2018, QuillsEdge winner) and The Ombre Of Absence (Dancing Girl Press) as well as the mini-chapbook, Dear Alfredo (Pen and Anvil). She holds an MA in creative writing from Northwestern University. She is not a fan of really big food: the world’s largest cheesecake, the biggest sub sandwich. Won’t find her in line there.