Tamizh Ponni’s “Addiction”


Heather Bass graduated from Fayetteville State University with her BA in English and Literature and graduated from UNCW with her MA in English. She is currently teaching composition at UNCW and has accepted a part-time instructor position at Cape Fear Community College. Heather hopes that her teaching positions will someday lead to world domination. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, Heather is either planting an absurd amount of morning glories, baking just so her house could smell like cinnamon, or killing legions of undead on World of Warcraft.

Sonya C. Brown, Assistant Editor of Glint, has published poems at Unlost and Arsenic Lobster. She lives in Maryland with her family, two dogs, two cats, and an ever-expanding flock of chickens and alter egos.

Nena Callaghan has a B.S. in Elementary Education from FSU and a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Spanish. Her work has appeared in Bursting Plethora, The Red Line Magazine, Museo de la Palabra, and The Caribbean Writer, a publication of the University of the Virgin IslandsWhen not working on her elusive first novel, Angels of the Cape Fear, she can be found working in her garden or chasing butterflies.

Elisabeth Adwin Edwards’ poems have appeared in The Tampa Review, Rust + Moth, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, A-Minor Magazine, and elsewhere; her prose appears in Hobart, CutBank, On The Seawall, and other publications. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and teen daughter in an apartment filled with books.

In addition to serving as managing editor and web designer for Glint, Brenda Mann Hammack teaches folklore, modern poetry, women’s literature, and creative writing at Fayetteville State University where she also serves as coordinator for the BA in Creative and Professional Writing. She has published critical articles on biologically determined vampires, chemically altered scholars, and willfully feral girls. A new essay on vampiric invalids is forthcoming in 2022. Brenda’s poetry, fiction, and digital art can be found in various journals, including Menacing Hedge, The Fabulist, Feral, The London Reader, The Hunger, Anthropoid, NILVX, Rhino, A capella Zoo, 3Elements Literary Review, and Constellate Literary Journal. Her novella, Humbug: A Neo-Victorian Fantasy in Verse, was released in 2013. 

Eric Hyman is a professor of English at Fayetteville State University.  He recently published an article on the affinity between chess problems and Nabokov’s short fiction.  His mantras come from Oscar Wilde: “Life imitates Art,” “All Art is a Lie,” and therefore . . .

Jennifer Martelli is the author of My Tarantella (chosen as a “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book) from Bordighera Press and the chapbook, After Bird from Grey Book Press. Her poetry will appear or has appeared in PoetryThe Sycamore ReviewVerse Daily, and The Superstition Review. Martelli is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. As well as being co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review, Martelli grooms her black cat and plans revolutions.

Ed McShane has taught American and Modern Literature for many years.  In moments of stress, he reaches for an anthology of poetry, any anthology . . . and emotional equilibrium is restored. His favorite novelists include James Joyce, Kurt Vonnegut, Nelson Algren, Joseph Heller, and Willa Cather. His favorite short story writers: Isaac B. Singer and Anton Chekhov.

Micki Nyman is Professor of English at Fayetteville State University where she teaches writing, theory, British literature, and Humanities. Her research centers primarily on the intersection of subjectivity and culture in literature and film. Her recent essay “Glimpsing Ojibwa Youth and Justice Found in John Tanner’s The Falcon:  A Narrative of the Captivity an  Adventures of John Tanner in Louise Erdrich’s Love MedicineThe Round House, and LaRose” appears in the Winter 2019 issue of SAR.  Once a year, to replenish her spirit, Micki participates in a nine-day Sundance ceremony in the White Mountains of Arizona.

Raymond Summerville earned his PhD in English with a concentration in Folklore, Oral, Tradition and Culture from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His dissertation examined the roles that guns play in the construction of racial identity in African American folklore and culture. Ongoing research interests include (but are not limited to): folklore studies, folk and blues music, American history, and paremiology (proverb studies). His forthcoming book is titled “Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty”: How Proverb Masters Shaped the Civil Rights Movement.

Dean Swinford is Professor of English at Fayetteville State University. His newest novel, Goat Song Sacrifice (Atlatl, 2017), is the second part in the Death Metal Epic series. The series explores heavy metal culture and has been featured in metal magazines such as Decibel and Terrorizer. His recent scholarship has appeared in Studies in MedievalismModern PhilologyJournal of Medieval Religious CulturesMedieval Perspectives, and LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory.