Contributors’ Bios


"The Attic" by Nyxaboneflowers
“The Attic” by Nyxaboneflowers



Jane Andrews is a North Carolina native and graduate of NC State University. Her essays, memoir, short fiction, and poetry have appeared in The Main Street Rag, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Southern Arts Journal, Verdad, Raleigh Review, and other publications. Andrews is a former board member of Carolina Wren Press and of the NC Poetry Society. She teaches Creative Writing through Duke University Continuing Education, and is also a freelance editor and writing coach for individuals and groups.

Anne Barngrover earned her MFA at Florida State and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Missouri. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Michigan Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Miranda Barnwell graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. She currently lives in Providence and works in women’s health care.

Cameron D. Bass is a FSU junior completing his Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature with a concentration in Teaching. His directive is to emerge from the trials of academia to help the next generation create a better reality. He intends to be the inspiration for those alienated from the status quo, yearning for a seat at the table.

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 10 books including The Lonely Hearts Killers, The Atrocity Book and her newest book, just out from Future Cycle Press—Dead Horses.

Robert M. Detman, a graduate of the University of Michigan, received his MFA from Goddard College. His writing has appeared in Antioch Review, Elimae, Santa Monica Review, The Southeast Review, Wisconsin Review, Word Riot, and other journals. In addition, his short stories have been finalists for the New Letters Literary Awards, and a novel excerpt earned him a fellowship to the Abroad Writers Conference.

Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in The Town of the Queen of the Angels, El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles, in Echo Park. He is proud to have been born in the Carter Administration. He is a Member of the Horror Writers Association. You can find him at

Raechel Alexis Gasparac began life as a dreamer in Montreal, Canada. Her family’s eventual move to Dallas, Texas, forever impacted her life in ways she could never imagine. She professes herself to be a visual person with her own point of view in the world. “I am no better than the next artist, and will never claim to be,” she writes. “Color Theory is not just practice; it is a way of life. It is up to you what you see in my art; the experience is yours alone. Your experiences in life have shaped you into who you are; so you are responsible for deciding what you see, not me.”

Andrew Genskow was born in 1988 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied English and cultural anthropology (B.A., 2010) at The Ohio State University, and attended the University of Greenwich in England, where he studied literature. He is a freelance writer and a teacher.

Zoe Gilbert lives in London, UK, where she writes short stories most often inspired by folklore and grisly folk tales. She is working on a collection of these for her PhD in creative writing, but in the meantime has had stories published in various UK and Irish print anthologies as well as journals including Luna Station Quarterly, Fringe Magazine and Flashflood. She blogs about writing, writers, and increasingly about the analogies between literature and music at, and is most at home in the woods.

Khanh Ha’s debut novel is FLESH (June 2012, Black Heron Press). He graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.  He is at work on a new novel. His short stories have appeared in Outside in Literary & Travel Magazine, Red Savina Review (RSR), Cigale Literary Magazine, Mobius, DUCTS, Lunch Ticket, and are forthcoming in the summer issues of Zymbol, Taj Mahal Review, The Mascara Literary Review, The Underground Voices (2013 December Anthology), and The Long Story (2014 March Anthology). Visit author’s website at:

Clarissa Jakobsons is an artist, poet, and instructor. She has been the featured poet at the Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore in Paris on two occasions. She was also the first place winner at the Akron Art Museum’s New Words Competition in 2005. Sample publications include: Hawaii Pacific Review, Ruminate, Qarrtsiluni, and The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. Her paintings and one-of-a kind artistic books are nationally exhibited at various locations including at the Cleveland Museum of Art Ingalls Library. Don’t be surprised to see her inner artist kicking sandcastles, climbing Mount Diablo, painting Provincetown dunes, or walking under an Ohio crescent moon.

Kathleen Jesme is the author of four collections of poetry, Meridian (Tupelo, 2012); The Plum-Stone Game (Ahsahta, 2009); Motherhouse, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize (LSU, 2005); and Fire Eater (Tampa, 2003). Her next book is forthcoming in 2014 from Ahsahta Press. Jesme holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and a BA in English from the University of Minnesota.

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé helms Squircle Line Press as its publisher. His poetry collections, I Didn’t Know Mani Was A Conceptualist, as well as The Arbitrary Sign, are forthcoming in 2013. Desmond has also edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books. An interdisciplinary artist, he also works in clay, his ceramic works housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US. He is the recipient of the PEN American Center Shorts Prize, Swale Life Poetry Prize, Cyclamens & Swords Poetry Prize, Stepping Stones Nigeria Poetry Prize, and Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize, among other awards.

Kim Peter Kovac works nationally and internationally in theater for young audiences with a focus on new play development and net-working, and is one of the founding editors of the international TYA playwrights network, Write Local. Play Global. His work can be found or is forthcoming in HowlRound, The Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Crack the Spine, Eunoia Review, Crunchable, and the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. He lives in Alexandria, VA.

April Love is a student at Fayetteville State University. She is majoring in English with a minor in history.

Grace Maselli is at work on a collection of essays and poems. She studied for seven years in New York City at the Writers Studio. Her work has recently appeared in 42 Magazine, Poydras Review, and Streetlight Magazine and is forthcoming in The Penmen Review and Cleaver Magazine. She lives outside Philadelphia.

NYXABONEFLOWERS is an American artist living and working in Chicago. Through a combination of both graphite drawings and black & white photography, her artwork explores dream-like memories, the unconscious, and the delicate balance of shadow and light aspects of the human psyche. Her work is deeply influenced by symbolism, mythology, archetypes, anatomy, and Jungian psychology. Awareness of the “shadow self” is a key element behind each work of art. Visit her personal website for further information:

Martin Ott and John F. Buckley began their ongoing games of poetic volleyball in the spring of 2009. Their previous collaboration Poets’ Guide to America was published by Brooklyn Arts Press in 2012, featuring poems published in more than 40 magazines and anthologies, including A Bird as Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens, City of the Big Shoulders: an Anthology of Chicago Poetry, Confrontation, Post Road and ZYZZYVA. The poems in this issue are part of their second collaboration Yankee Broadcast Network.

Frederick Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness, both published by Story Line Press. His work has appeared in Hudson Review, Southern Review, Fulcrum, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Die Gazette (Munich), The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Representations, Magma (UK), The Hat, Bateau, and Chiron Review. Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Snorkel, Hamilton Stone Review, Diagram, BlazeVox, The New Hampshire Review, and Mudlark. Other recent Web publications can be found in Gloom Cupboard, Blinking Cursor, Occupoetry, and Seltzer. He is an adjunct professor of creative writing at George Washington University.

Adam “Bucho” Rodenberger is a 34 year old writer from Kansas City living in San Francisco. He holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Creative Writing and completed his MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco in 2011. As of April 2013, he has been published in Number One Magazine, Alors, Et Tois?, Agua Magazine, The Red Pulp Underground, Offbeatpulp, Up The Staircase, The Gloom Cupboard, BrainBox Magazine, Cause & Effect Magazine, the Santa Clara Review, Aphelion, and Phoebe. He blogs at

Victor Gabriel Sanchez is a student of 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.

Ashley Santos is an English major at Fayetteville State University. Writing has always been a passion for her, and she hopes to go into the publishing industry upon graduation. When she is not writing, she can usually be found reading and studying how other authors make their craft so that she can improve hers.

Pramila Venkateswaran is the author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002), Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), and Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011). She is also an award winning poet who teaches English and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College, NY. She is the 2011 Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Long Island Poet of the Year.

Avni Vyas lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida where she is pursuing a PhD in Poetry. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Meridian, Crab Orchard Review, Gargoyle, River Styx, and other publications.