Contributors’ Bios

Carolyn Adam’s “Moonchild”

Carolyn Adams’ nagging obsessions show up in her poetry and art, which have been published by The Hunger JournalSteam TicketEvening Street Review, Common Ground Review, Dissident Voice, Apercus QuarterlyApeiron, and Red Weather, among others. She’s been nominated twice each for Best of the Net and a Pushcart. She is currently editor and publisher at Red Shoe Press. Convinced that everything has a story to uncover, she picks up stray stuff she finds when walking:  crushed eyeglasses, rusty washers, dropped earrings. In fact, she has such a collection of strange objects, her grown-up kids want her to publish a picture book, Weird Sh*t Mom Has.  That may happen.

Aditi Agarwal is an artist living in India.

Sonia Arora is still trying to find the right balm to cure her diasporic funk. She channels her angst by writing poems and insists on walking every day. When it’s too cold she does Bhangra at home. Sonia has been published in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Lunch Ticket, bioStories, Sonic Boom, and more. In her free time, she fights fascism and makes pumpkin roti. Last year, she received a grant from the New York Council on the Arts to work on a collection of poems entitled Rewilding: Native and Invasive Species. She lives with her son, husband and cat in a town by the bay.

Kanami Ayau (she/her) is an Asian-American writer, good cook, mediocre student, and bad karaoke singer from the Bay Area. Her work has appeared in Stone of Madness and she is currently working on a short story that asks what would happen if Jeff Mangum really had become a hermit and lived in a cave; the rest of her time is devoted to finding new ways to cook eggs. She lives in southern California.

Gustavo Adolfo Aybar’s first poetry collection, We Seek Asylum, was the 2016 Grand Prize Winner for Poetry, Willow Books Literature Award and published in 2017. His chapbook, Between Line Breaks, was published by Spartan Press in 2016. He has been a member of the Latino Writers Collective, where he ate great meals and spoke more Spanish. He received fellowships from Cave Canem and Artist Inc, where he played basketball and broke bread with some of today’s coolest writers. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in Spanglish Voces, Space on Space Magazine, !Manteca!: An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets, Primera Página: Poetry from the Latino Heartland, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture, Salem Press, ABC-CLIO, Asymptote, EZRA, InTranslation, and other journals and anthologies. His newest manuscript in progress is an interactive, hybrid collection related to his law enforcement experience. Aybar is also working on a father/son collection of essays, a travelogue about the trips they’ve taken while on their karate black belt journey. They are one with the force, the force is with them.

Jacob Butlett (he/him) is a three-time Pushcart Prize-nominated author from Dubuque, the oldest city in Iowa. Some of his writing has been published in The MacGuffin, Colorado Review, Homology Lit, The Hollins Critic, Lunch Ticket, and Into the Void. An MFA in Creative Writing candidate, Jacob enjoys listening to ABBA’s greatest hits and falling asleep to the sound of rain and thunder. Learn more about Jacob here:

Abby Caplin is the author of A Doctor Only Pretends: poems about illness, death, and in-between (May 2022). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The MacGuffin, Midwest Quarterly, Moon City Review, Pennsylvania English, Salt Hill, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Southampton Review, Tikkun, and elsewhere. Among her awards, she has been a finalist for the Rash Award in Poetry and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award, a semi-finalist for the Willow Run Poetry Book Award, and a nominee for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Prize. Abby once took an entomology class to cure her insect phobia. It didn’t work ☹. Abby is a physician and practices mind-body medicine and counseling in San Francisco, California.

Stephen Cramer is a hot sauce aficionado and a lover of ampersands. His first book of poems, Shiva’s Drum, was selected for the National Poetry Series. Bone Music, his sixth, won the Louise Bogan Award. His most recent is The Disintegration Loops, which was a finalist for the Vermont Book Award. He is also the editor of Turn It Up! Music in Poetry from Jazz to Hip-Hop. Cramer’s work has appeared in journals such as The American Poetry Review, African American Review, The Yale Review, and Harvard Review. An Assistant Poetry Editor at Green Mountains Review, he teaches writing and literature at the University of Vermont and lives with his wife and daughter in Burlington. 

Mary Davini’s poems have been published in the Whistling Shade & Talkin’ Blues literary journals as well as various places in the city sidewalks of St. Paul, MN as part of the St. Paul Sidewalk Poetry project. She earned her BA in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and has enjoyed a range of jobs since then, her favorites of which include server, veterinary assistant, elementary school librarian, and most of all, mother. Mary lives in North St Paul, MN with her husband and three incredible daughters. She loves the smell of olive oil heating in a cast iron skillet and the sound of a dog’s paws running through a field.

Russ Doherty attended the Writer’s Digest Conference, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and the Kauai Writers Conference, studying writing or playing guitar with Greg Iles, Whitney Scharer, and Joshua Mohr. He has an 8-piece Irish trad band called Dannsair. Look ‘em up on YouTube. He studied Film and Music Composition at the University of California Santa Barbara while learning to love the beach and Jean Renoir’s “Rules of the Game.” His work is published or forthcoming in Broken Plate, Havik, Lunaris Review, Potato Soup Journal, and Summerset Review. His short story “The Towers” is published in Potato Soup Journal’s Best of 2021 anthology. He writes while listening to Brian Eno’s various ambient music pieces. He walks for miles each morning and evening as he rearranges the stories in his head.

Kelly DuMar is a Boston-based poet, playwright, and photographer who leads creative writing workshops in person and online. She has published three poetry chapbooks, and her poems are published in Bellevue Literary Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Thrush, Glassworks, and more. Kelly produces the monthly Open Mic for the Journal of Expressive Writing. Her daily blog, #NewThisDay, features nature photos from her daily walks on the Charles River with reflections on the writing life. Her website is

Susan H. Evans served briefly with the Peace Corps in the Philipines. This poem pays tribute to her host’s housekeeper. Evans writes and works out of Baltimore, Maryland, and is published in many online and print journals and magazines. 

C. John Graham’s poems have appeared in The Laurel Review, Birmingham Poetry
, Blue Mesa Review, Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, Moria, Cleaver, and the
anthology Off Channel, among other publications. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico
with his wife and their afternoon grand-dog, and until retirement, served as the safety
manager for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s particle accelerator facility. He’s now a
search and rescue pilot, an aerobatic aircraft owner, and a part-time water gardener,
and gets out on the hiking/mountain biking trails whenever they’re not on fire. Too much
of a polymath to be really good at anything, he nonetheless manages to squeeze out a
poem now and then.

Carol Graser‘s poetry has been published in numerous journals, including Apricity Magazine, Avatar Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Doubly Mad, El Portal, Evening Street Review, Hey, I’m Alive, Hollins Critic, I-70 Review, Lightwood: Life and the Arts in the 21st Century, The MacGuffin, Midway Journal, Midwest Quarterly, Midwifery Today, Pennsylvania English, Pine Hills Review, So to Speak, Southern Poetry Review, A Thin Slice of Anxiety, Trailer Park Quarterly, Visitant Lit, Wrath-Bearing Tree, and Home Planet News. Her poetry collection, The Wild Twist of Their Stems, was published by FootHills Publishing in 2007. Carol runs poetry workshops for teens and at-risk youth, and, since 2003, has hosted the monthly poetry series at Saratoga Springs’ legendary Caffè Lena. Her work has been performed at various events and venues around New York State.  

KJ Hannah Greenberg is eclectic. She’s played oboe, participated in martial arts, learned basket weaving, and studied Middle Eastern dancing. Initially a rhetoric professor and a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar, she shed her academic laurels to romp around with a prickle of imaginary hedgehogs. Thereafter, her writing has been nominated once for The Best of the Net in poetry, three times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for poetry, once for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for fiction, once for the Million Writers Award for fiction, and once for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. To boot, Hannah’s had more than forty books published and has served as an editor for several literary journals.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, 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, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs, and collages have been published in over 300 online and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Creative Artists Public Service Grant (CAPS) two Pollock-Krasner grants, two Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants, and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. in 2017 & 2018 he received the Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA artist-in-residence grant. In 1970, when he was only 23, he was included in the Whitney Annual and was the youngest artist at the time to ever be in a Whitney Annual. In 1971, when he was 24, he started to teach art classes at Fordham University and had to show his ID to get into the teacher’s cafeteria because they thought he was a student.

Anna Lee Hafer is a studio artist in the Philadelphia area who graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, New York, in 2019. Her art includes studio exhibitions at Davison Art Gallery and Rochester Contemporary Art Center in Rochester, New York, as well as published images or broadsides in Still Point Arts Quarterly, The MacGuffin, The Penn ReviewThe Pine Cone ReviewOpen: Journal of Arts & Letters, and The Ekphrastic Review. Her work is heavily influenced by such surrealist painters as René Magritte, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso, all of whom strove to build their own realities through small glimpses into a particularly confusing, but utterly unique, worldview that dictates its own specific rules. In her work, Hafer pours and layers paint to create dimension and texture, mixing different styles and colors onto each other until they produce a 3D effect. Through marker and pencil that create shadow, she further enhances these forms and separates them from the background. Heavier layers and thicker brushes in the foreground of her work push the painting toward the viewer, whereas the thinner layers and small brushes in the background elongate the space and push away from the viewer. By juxtaposing interior and exterior elements, Hafer makes the audience question whether they are looking at something inside or outside. She loves naps, tacos, art museums, and her rabbit Hershey. For additional information, please see 

Jacqueline Henry is a NY-based writer/editor and creative writing instructor. Her credits include: The New York Times, TSR: The Southampton Review, Abstract: Contemporary Expressions, Clarion, After the Pause, BoomerLitMag, California Quarterly, The Cape Rock, Carbon Culture Review, Coachella Review, The Courtship of Winds, El Portal, Euphony, Evening Street Review, Front Range Review, Mad River Review, The Nonconformist Magazine, The North Atlantic Review, The Opiate, Prism Review, The Round, Slant: A Journal of Poetry, Streetlight Magazine, The Summerset Review, Umbrella Factory Magazine, Whistling Shade, and Writer’s Digest magazine. In 2019, she was a finalist in the James Jones First Novel Fellowship contest for her novel Sadie’s Passage. Her poems “The Bean Pole,” “Hemingway on Toast,” and “Still We Pulse” have been nominated for the 2021 Pushcart Prize.

Althea Christina Hughes is the award-winning novelist of Walking the Line (YA). Her fiction has appeared in The Linguistique MystiqueSanctuary Literary JournalAntipodeanSF, and the sci-fi anthology Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner. She is an MFA Creative Writing student at Reinhardt University and an Adjunct Professor of English at Towson University. In college she enjoyed a short, but hilarious, moment with Toni Morrison. She also shared a dinner table with Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due at a writer’s conference, which was a true delight. At yet another conference, Mary Higgins Clark’s literary agent hit on her . . . in front of her then fiancé. She loves to sing and cook (usually at the same time). Her go-to karaoke song is “Me and Bobby McGee.” And yes, she can sing it. Instagram: @msmochaangel.

Jae Worthy Johnson is a writer and short filmmaker originally from New York, New York. On weekdays, she is a librarian and Programming Coordinator for Manatee Libraries. Other times, she is an editor at the literary journal 805 Art + Lit and the Editor-in-Chief of Scribble Literary Journal. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in writing at Cornell University and her Master of Arts at the State University at Albany, New York. She has been published in several literary journals and lives with two Havanese named Luna and Stella, respectively. One knows she’s a dog; the other thinks she’s Beyonce.

For the past three years, Natalie King has attended the Write Doe Bay retreat where she studied with Shelley Mitchell. She is a former professional actor who lives on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. Her work is forthcoming in Carbon Culture Review, Entropy, GNU Journal, Penmen Review, Punctuate, Rougarou, and Evening Street Review.

Vivian Lawry is Appalachian by birth, a psychologist by training, a writer by passion, and a collector by nature. She has more than 450 carved wood Santas and 30 vintage mahjong sets. Vivian has published two Chesapeake Bay Mysteries (Dark Harbor and Tiger Heart), one historical novel (Nettie’s Books), and one collection of short off-beat fiction (Different Drummer). Her shorter works have appeared in more than fifty literary journals and anthologies, from Alembic to Xavier Review. For a complete list of her works, and to read her weekly blogs, go to Also, you are invited to like her on Facebook.

Professor of English at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published 13 collections of poetry—including Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize); Begin with a Question (Paraclete, International Book Award Winner), and Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For (Shanti Arts), an ekphrastic collaboration with photographer Karen Elias—the short story collection What She Was Saying (Fomite); 4 children’s and YA books—including Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems with Insider Exercises (Finalist International Book Awards)A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in PoetryI’m Feeling Blue, Too! (a 2021 NCTE Notable Poetry Book), and Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems —Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (co-editor). In the Museum of My Daughter’s Mind, based on her daughter’s paintings (, is forthcoming in 2023 (Shanti Arts).  She is the great-grandniece of Branch Rickey, who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to Major League Baseball. Please see 

Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, professor, and painter. His multi-genre Cooking with the Muse (Tupelo Press, 2016) won the Eric Hoffer Award, the National Indie Excellence Award, an Independent Author Network Book of the Year Award, and others. His new poetry collection, Frank Dark, is forthcoming from Barrow Street Press. He is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Stronger than Fear: Poems of Compassion and Social Justice. Previous books and awards include The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat (SFASU Press Prize selection); Forty Floors from Yesterday (Bordighera Poetry Prize winner, CUNY); the Grolier Poetry Prize; a Van Rensselaer Prize, selected by Kenneth Koch; a Salmon Run Poetry Book Award citation, selected by XJ Kennedy; a study of myth in poetry; several Pushcart Prize nominations; and other honors. He holds an MFA and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and teaches at Columbia University and The New School. For more info: and

Ted Mc Carthy is a retired teacher. He is also a poet and translator living in Clones, Ireland. His work has appeared in magazines in Ireland, the UK, Germany, the USA, Canada, and Australia. He has had two collections published, November Wedding and Beverly Downs. Ted has been coerced into doing jury service for a number of film festivals. He relaxes by playing air guitar but finds some of the jazz chords quite tricky. You can find his work at www.tedmccarthyspoetry.  

Lois Ruskai Melina’s essay collection, The Grammar of Untold Stories, was published in 2020 by Shanti Arts Press. The title essay, originally published in Colorado Review, was a Notable Work in Best American Essays, 2018. Her other work has appeared in 2016 Best of the Net Anthology, The Carolina Quarterly, Blood Orange Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. More information can be found at: . “Goat-Song” was previously published in the Fall 2019/Winter 2020 issue of The Chattahoochee Review and was a finalist for TCR’s Lamar York Prize in Nonfiction. Before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2008, Lois lived in North Idaho where she and her husband raised their two children on a farm with domestic elk, rabbits, horses, dogs, cats, and chickens—but no goats.

RI Miller lives in Maine and gets inspiration from its wonderfully rocky shore as well as poets like Wislawa Szymborska and writers like Alice Munro. He writes in a variety of styles, (including a fabulism/quirky/surreal mix, which seems to have few admirers). He has published short stories in Literally Stories, The Tower Journal, The Green Briar Review, and CafeLit. He has also published a novel, The Touch of Bark, the Feel of Stone. In his off hours he spends vast amounts of time raking leaves and vainly attempting to prevent the many chipmunks who co-inhabit the land from eating the strawberries that have just begun to turn red, gathering as many as possible before they have been “tasted” by the shameless critters . . . it is a vicious battle. On the other hand, the deer are almost always victorious.

Juan Pablo Mobili was born in Buenos Aires and adopted by New York. His poems appeared in The Spirit Fire Review, The American Journal of PoetryThe Worcester ReviewThe Banyan Review, Otoliths (Australia), and Impspired (UK), among many others. His work received an Honorable Mention from the International Human Rights Art Festival and has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net, in 2020 and 2021. His chapbook,  “Contraband,” was published this year. While quite young and learning to be a New Yorker, he was a gardener but, many years ago, he chose to only prune poems. Speaking of poems, when he’s not writing them, Juan Pablo hopes to hone his portrait skills as the private photographer of his two granddaughters.

Leah Mueller is an indie writer from Bisbee, Arizona, where she runs a monthly spoken word open mic. She is the author of ten prose and poetry books, published by various small presses. Her work appears in Rattle, Midway Journal, Citron Review, The Spectacle, Miracle Monocle, Outlook Springs, Atticus Review, Your Impossible Voice, etc. It has also been featured in trees, shop windows in Scotland, poetry subscription boxes, and literary dispensers throughout the world. Her flash piece, “Land of Eternal Thirst” will appear in the 2022 edition of Sonder Press’ Best Small Fictions anthology. A versatile gal, Leah has driven cabs for a living, taught after-school science programs, distributed flyers on the street while dressed as a clown, and worked in a Bourbon Street strip club. Now older and wiser, she works independently as a tarot reader/astrologer and yoga instructor. Visit her website at

In Greek mythology, Pegasus was the horse of the Muses. Why can’t a horse be a muse for a modern writer? P. S. Nolf‘s passion is writing about horses, history, and humor — often featuring her Icelandic horse Blessi — in publications such as Equus and Les Crinieres Islandaises. Other articles have appeared in Fourth River (Chatham University), Page & Spine, and Scarlet Leaf.  While earning her MFA at Lindenwood University, she is writing a narrative nonfiction book, Rough Riding Through the White House: Archie and Quentin Roosevelt and their Pony Algonquin.   She blames her father who took her fishing rather than getting her a pony for Christmas.

Peter Obourn is a fiction writer and poet from upstate New York. Recently published work and interviews can be found on his website: His book, Women Are Hard to Figure, seventeen of his best stories, can be ordered through any local bookstore. His first novel will be published soon. Much of Pete’s work is about growing up, or “coming of age,” and we are all still growing. For Pete, a story works only when the reader becomes swept up in the adventures of the characters. Every person lives a unique life of adventure, drama, and boredom. All the writer has to do is leave out the boring part.

Iliria Osum is an interdisciplinary artist who grew up on traditional Lenape territory and is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing on unceded Kumeyaay land at UC San Diego. Her interactive and dramatic work has been produced in New York, London, and San Diego; other work was recently published in OFIC Magazine and Welter. Over the last ten years, she has lived on two continents and has accidentally fallen off of a four-masted schooner, her pink roller skates, and hammocks of varying heights.

Native North Carolina artist/writer, Jan B. Parker lives and works within a stone’s throw of the Outer Banks, alongside a deep, wide creek called Harlowe. You may find her toiling in the studio over art or writing but, then again, maybe not. She could be on the deck, binocs glued to eyes, watching the ospreys or eagles dive for jumping Mullet. Jan is fortunate to have her fiction published in the following journals (an incomplete list:) South Writ Large, Earth’s Daughters, Broad River Review, When Women Waken, Change Seven, Germ Magazine, Pear Noir!, and most recently, Shark Reef Magazine. Her novella, Hardtimes and Happenstance, was anthologized by Press 53 in 2009, and in 2013, she won First Prize in the Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Competition. In 2017 Jan was awarded the Professional Development grant by the United Arts Council of Wake County. She is a former trustee of the NC Writers Network and the co-founder of The Writers’ Exchange Beaufort NC (2020-2022). Jan’s proud to be the current Fiction Editor for Main Street Rag, a cool indie press in Charlotte, NC.

Lena Pozdnyakova is a doctoral student at the Art History Institute at Freie University in Berlin. She is an alumna of the Design Theory and Pedagogy program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture Degree from Sheffield University and a Master’s in Architecture from DIA University of Applied Sciences. Lena has previously worked in UrbanDATA Architectural and Urban Design Bureau (Shanghai) and in 3Gatti Architectural Office (Shanghai). Deciding to go further into art practice, she became part of the 2vvo practice, a project for interdisciplinary artistic research. Since 2014 she has exhibited works at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Ars Electronica, Bauhausfest, Unsound, and CTM Festivals. In 2014, she received Robert Oxman Prize, and in 2016 as part of the2vvo, Independent Projects Award by CEC Artslink.

Paul Rabinowitz is an author, poet, photographer, and founder of ARTS By The People. His works appear in The Sun Magazine, New World Writing, Burningword, Evening Street Press, The Montreal Review, and elsewhere. Rabinowitz was a featured artist in Nailed Magazine in 2020 and Mud Season Review in 2022. He is the author of The Clay Urn, Confluence and Limited Light, a book of prose and portrait photography, which stems from his Limited Light photo series, nominated for Best of the Net in 2021His poems and fiction are the inspiration for four award-winning films. His first book of poems called truth, love and the lines in between (Finishing Line Press) is due out in 2023. He prefers Tom Waits over truth.

Cynthia CL Roderick’s fiction and journalism have appeared in the Nonconformist Magazine, Rambler, Red Cedar ReviewMacGuffinNew York TimesWashington Post, Maclean’s (Canada), and numerous other publications. She escapes from shoveling the snow of New England by living winters in beautiful, temperate Oaxaca, Mexico. When not glued to her computer writing, but mostly rewriting, she enjoys photographing village horse races, which occur during a village’s yearly saints’ day celebration. Races are often held at the edge of a farmer’s field on a quickly constructed “track.” A village rents a mobile starting gate, vendors sell beer, peanuts, and assorted junk foods, and everybody has a good time. Ms. Roderick loves swimming laps at an outdoor pool two to three times a week, and lifts weights on alternate days—nothing too heavy, mind you. Awards for her reporting include “Best Regional Reporting” (Associated Press), “Best Article” (National Association for Retarded Citizens), and others. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an MS in Journalism from Boston University.

To resuscitate his long-neglected right brain, Jim Ross jumped into creative pursuits seven years ago. After perennial success in getting research proposals funded, writing offered the refreshing opportunity for serial rejection.  He’s since published in multiple modalities in 175 journals on five continents.  He often writes about chance, one-time encounters with strangers.  Other writings reflect the realization that most of us remain strangers, even to ourselves.  His preferred modality pairs photos with text (e.g., the role of street dogs in keeping human companions on an even keel and linking them to the home).  Of late, he’s been using old postcards to tell stories, such as the battle for and against women’s suffrage (still being decided).  Publications include Hippocampus, Ilanot Review,  Kestrel, Newfound, The Atlantic, and Typehouse.  Recently, he appeared in a controversial documentary series, I, Sniper, broadcast internationally.  Jim and his wife split time between city and mountains.

Born and raised in Seattle, AJ Strosahl is a writer who now lives and works in Oakland, California. She has work published or forthcoming in Cleaver Magazine, Oyster River Pages, Signal Mountain Review, Ruminate, and other outlets. Her short story, “Dayton,” was longlisted for the Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction in 2020 and her essay, ‘Dogs I’ve Read’ was recently a finalist for the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize.  In 2022, she will be an artist-in-residence at the Vashon Island Artist Residency and the Bryn Du Art Center.  When she’s not writing, AJ can be found at her sewing machine or combing thrift stores and yard sales for the strangest animal art she can find.

While Phillip Temples hasn’t figured out the meaning of life, writing and photography seem to help. A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Phil has lived and played in the greater Boston area for the past forty years. He works as a computer geek at a Boston-area university. Phil has published four mystery-thriller novels, a novella, two story anthologies, and a handful of artistic photographs in addition to 180 short stories. You can learn more about Phil at https://temples. com.

Raised simultaneously by David Bowie and Virginia Woolf, Elinora Westfall is an Australian/ British lesbian actress and writer of stage, screen, fiction, poetry, and radio from the UK. Her novel, Everland, has been selected for the Penguin and Random House WriteNow 2021 Editorial Programme, and her short films have been selected by Pinewood Studios & Lift-Off Sessions, Cannes Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Camden Fringe Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, while her theatre shows have been performed in London’s West End and on Broadway, where she won the award for Best Monologue. Elinora is also working on The Art of Almost, a lesbian comedy-drama radio series as well as writing a television drama series and the sequel to her novel, Everland. When not writing, Elinora can most often be found asking for directions, homeschooling her two children, or sitting on the floor in the kitchen of her 1930’s doer-upper house, picking bits of the fallen-down ceiling out of her cup of tea and wondering what she’s got herself into.

AJ Wolff is a queer single mother, feminist, and poet (she/her/hers). Her work is published and forthcoming in Glass Poetry, Rust + Moth, Yes Poetry, Riggwelter, Menacing Hedge, Trampoline, and other generous presses. AJ works at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and in her free time, she haphazardly parents two dogs, two cats, and one human. She has yet to master landscaping, drinking coffee without spilling, or small talk.