Contributors’ Bios


Sarah Katharina Kayß "Pottsdam, Germany"
Sarah Katharina Kayß “Pottsdam, Germany”


Jevin Lee Albuquerque grew up in California, on the local pier in Santa Cruz, fishing for striped bass. After playing Division I soccer and earning a degree in Latin American Studies from UCLA, he went on to play professional soccer in Costa Rica, The US, and Germany. He was also fortunate to play for the Beach Soccer National team until the age of 39, traveling the world, and writing novels and short stories in his free time. He developed a second career as an individual soccer trainer in his hometown of Santa Cruz, helping young people achieve their goals. Inspired by the poets in North Beach, San Francisco, he began writing collections of poetry, performing readings in Paris, New Orleans, and New York. His work has been translated into French by Bernard Turle and can be found in the French collectif, Poussières Du Monde (Éditions François Bourin, 2014). A semi-finalist in the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom competition and 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, his prose and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals. If not writing or coaching, he can be found fly fishing for steelhead in the Pacific Northwest or chasing trout, in Paradise Valley, Montana.

Patricia Brody‘s book Dangerous To Know (poems in the voices of forgotten women) came out from Salmon in 2013. Earlier she won Finishing Line’s New Women’s Voices Award for a chapbook, American Desire. Her work has appeared in many literary journals including Barrow Street, BigCityLit, The (Thos.)Hardy Review, The Mom Egg Review, The Paris Review, and Western Humanities, and online at Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. Brody, a family therapist in NYC, taught English Comp and American Literature at Boricua College in Harlem for many years. Brody’s “Seeking Your Voice: Poetry& Memoir Writing” originated at Barnard College Center for Research on Women and begins again in October 2016 and meets every other Tuesday evening through April 2017.

Douglas G. Campbell lives in Portland, Oregon. He is Professor Emeritus of art at George Fox University where he taught painting, printmaking, drawing and art history courses. His art is in the collections of the Portland Art Museum, Oregon State University, Ashford Pacific and George Fox University. Visit his website at:

Mircea Cărtărescu is Romania’s most celebrated writer from the highly accomplished group of self-consciously postmodernist writers who began to publish in the 1980s—the “blue-jeans generation.” His first book of poetry, Headlights, Shop Windows, Photographs, appeared in 1980. Other titles include Love Poems (1982); Everything (1984); The Levant (1990); a collection of love poems, Double CD (1998); Fifty Sonnets (2003); the collected two-volume Pluriverse (2003); and Nothing (2010), a kind of farewell to poetry writing which had gone unpublished for two decades. In the early 1990s, Cărtărescu turned exclusively to prose. He has also published more than fifteen volumes of fiction and essays. His prizes include numbers of awards from the Romanian Writers’ Union and the Association of Professional Writers of Romania (ASPRO), the Romanian Academy Prize, and the Vilenica Prize, among many others. Translations of his poetry in Adam J. Sorkin’s collaborative versions have appeared widely in literary magazines and in Bebop Baby, a Poetry New York chapbook, 1998. Cărtărescu’s novel Nostalgia (translated by Julian Semilian) was published by New Directions in 2005; his book of short prose pieces, Why We Love Women (translated by Alistair Ian Blyth) by University of Plymouth Press in 2011; and the novel Blinding (translated by Sean Cotter) by Archipelago Books, 2013.

Kelsey Dean is an English teacher by day, and a writer/artist the rest of the time. Her varied work can be found in several literary journals, including cover paintings for Arsenic Lobster, fiction for Ember and KYSO Flash, and poetry for The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. Her story “Starfishing” will soon be available on, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize last year. Explore her creations at

Emily Dhatt is a third-year poetry MFA candidate at Virginia Tech. She is from Seattle, where she studied linguistics and creative writing as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. Her work has been published in Crab Creek Review, and she was the winner of the 2012 Joan Grayston Poetry Prize and the 2015 Academy of American Poets/Poetry Society of Virginia Prize.

Michelle R. Disler has a PhD in creative writing nonfiction from Ohio University. Her essays, photo essays, and prose poems have appeared in journals such as North Dakota Quarterly, Seneca Review, Hotel Amerika, Fugue, Hot Metal Bridge, and the Massachusetts Review, among others. Her first book, [BOND, James]: alphabet, anatomy, autobiography, was published by Counterpath Press in 2012.

Originally from South Bend, Indiana, Kika Dorsey is a poet and professor living in Boulder, Colorado, and lives with her two children, husband, kitten, and Border Collie. She wakes up at sunrise every morning and crafts poetry out of dreams, myths, her body, and her travels. Her poems have been published in The Denver Quarterly, The Pennsylvania Literary Journal, The Indiana Voice Journal, The Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, KYSO Flash, The Columbia Review, among numerous other journals and books. She has published two books, Beside Herself (Flutter Press, 2010), followed by her full-length collection, Rust (Word Tech Editions, 2016). She is a professor of English at Front Range Community College and the poetry editor of Plains Paradox. When not writing or teaching, she taxis her teenagers to activities, swims miles in pools, and runs and hikes in the open space of Colorado’s mountains and plains.

M. Brett Gaffney, originally from Houston, Texas, holds an MFA in Poetry from Southern Illinois University and works as the art editor of Gingerbread House. Her poems have appeared in Exit 7, Permafrost, museum of americana, BlazeVOX, and Zone 3, among others. Her chapbook, Feeding the Dead, is forthcoming in 2016 from Porkbelly Press. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her partner and their dog, Ava, and travels across the river to serve northern Kentuckians as a library associate.

Anthony Green is a MFA student at the University of Memphis. He is currently the Contest Coordinator for the Pinch Literary Journal where he organizes the Caged Birds writing contest that publishes the work of students in juvenile system as well as the alternative schools program. His work has been featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Black Magnolias Literary Journal as well as the Cat’s Meow for Writers and Readers.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cheryl Gross is an illustrator, painter, and motion graphic artist living and working in the New York area. She is a professor at Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College. Gross received her MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has appeared in numerous films, TV shows, and publications as well as in many corporate and museum collections. Collaborations with poet Nicelle Davis include: Circe (Lowbrow Press, 2011); Becoming Judas (Red Hen Press, 2012); In the Circus of You (Rose Metal Press, 2015). Other recent books are: The Z Factor and Drawings from the Z Factor (Victory Hall Press, 2014). Gross’ current project, a large installation/graphic novel titled Greetings from Karpland, includes text and drawings depicting the persecution of a new race of people. The plot eventually results to what will be known as the third civil rights movement. Greetings from Karpland is the second book in The Z Factor trilogy. Gross has often been compared to “Dr. Seuss on crack.”

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch is a graduate of the University of Bucharest, where she attended Mircea Cărtărescu’s lectures on Romanian literature as well as his writing circle. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Most recently, she has been working with Carol Berkenkotter on a monograph on the identity of the psychiatric patient in late 19th century. Her translations of Cărtărescu with Adam J. Sorkin have also appeared in Connotation Press.

Sarah Katharina Kayß is an internationally published photographer, blogger and poet. She is the winner of the manuscript award of the German Writers Association (2013) for her poetry and essay collection Ich mag die Welt, so wie sie ist (I like the world the way it is), which was published (Munich, Allitera) in 2014. Kayß edits the bilingual literary magazine THE TRANSNATIONAL and is currently a final year PhD student in the War Studies Department of King’s College London. Her poems, photographs and essays have been published in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the UK, Italy, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. Visit her website at:

Tricia Knoll is an Oregon poet, retired after many years of communications work for the City of Portland. With a slight voice disability, she has found herself on special occasions talking to trees. This sycamore at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California is one of those. Her collections of poems include Ocean’s Laughter (Aldrich Press 2016) and her chapbook Urban Wild (Finishing Line Press 2014). Website:

C. David Larsen graduated with degrees in English Literature and Business from the University of Washington after serving two years in the Marine Corps. He worked twenty-eight years in the Finance Department of The Boeing Company and has been the owner/winemaker of their family winery, Soos Creek Wine Cellars, since 1989. He is married with three sons and two grandchildren and his other interests include golf, hiking, and reading. His memoir, “Yellow Footprints,” is his first publication.

Julia Rose Lewis is working on a PhD in poetry at Cardiff University Wales. When not in school she lives on Nantucket Island with three cats. She is a member of the Moors Poetry Collective of Nantucket. She has a horse named Tiger Lily who is the love of her life. They have been known to have sleepovers together, but Lily will not share her potato chips with Julia.

Charlotte Mandel, winner of the New Jersey Poets Prize, has published in various genres. Her ninth book of poetry, Through a Garden Gate, poems in response to stunning color photographs by Vincent Covello, was released last year by David Robert Books. Previous titles include two poem-novellas of feminist biblical revision — The Life of Mary (Foreword by Sandra M. Gilbert) and The Marriages of Jacob. Her short fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, Confrontation, and Short Fiction By Women. As editor/publisher, she edited the Eileen W. Barnes Award Anthology, Saturday’s Women. As an independent scholar, she has published a series of articles on the role of cinema in the life and work of H.D. A forthcoming collection features the Japanese form of halibun—prose which connects to a haiku. Visit her at

Living on Whidbey Island with his wife, the poet and visual artist Laura Coe Moore, in the Northwest corner of America, gives Daniel Moore a uniquely personal experience of being in a place where Rilke’s vision of beauty and terror is never out of sight. From a farmhouse framed by prairies of ever changing colors, the pastoral is dropped on its knees at the bottom of the Olympic Mountains as they scratch the sky with fingers of snow above the freezing blue of Puget Sound and its love of Killer Whales.To awaken each day to this moment in time and be radically greeted with such sensual power is no small thing indeed. It’s a wild, uncertain, reckless world that dramatizes the personal creative tension between Moore’s internal and external sources of poetry. Moore has poems forthcoming in Atticus Review, Wayne Literary Review, Prairie Winds Literary Journal, Riding Light, Badlands Literary Journal, Broad Street Magazine, Common Ground Review, and Permafrost Magazine. Visit him at

Patrick Morris directs the Center for Academic Excellence at Durham Tech Community College while also teaching developmental English and success and study skills courses. He has taught students aged two to eighty-two, and loves every part of teaching except grading papers. He probably should be grading a paper right now. In his spare time, he enjoys swapping pieces of writing with his two close friends twice per month, hiking and having silly conversations with his wife and two kids, and falling asleep every night after reading two pages of a good book.

Laine Perez is an instructor of composition and literature at North Arkansas College. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in the summer of 2013.

Leslie Philibert is an Englishman of French extraction living and working in Germany. He was born in London, and after studying English Literature at the University of Ulster in Ireland moved to Germany where he now works as a social worker. He has translated a play from German into English for a south German theatre and has published poems in magazines like the Coe Review, The Cannon`s Mouth, Camas Weyfarers, Dying Words and Icebox Journal. His favourite writer and poet is Herta Müller.

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and more than two dozen other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, Dual Coast Magazine and more than seventy other publications. Born on a large animal farm, he has traveled extensively throughout four continents, often preferring the openness of nature for a bedroom than a hotel.  

Michael Pulley‘s short stories have appeared in Berkeley Fiction Review, Sonora Review, South Carolina Review, South Dakota Review, Review Americana, SN Review. A chapter from his memoir appeared in Santa Clara Review. He has just finished a novel, Reading Red, and is exploring marketing possibilities. He lives in Springfield, MO and writes a bi-weekly column for the Springfield News-Leader.

Julian Randall is a Living Black poet from Chicago. He is a 2016 Callaloo fellow, Lois Morrell Poetry Prize winner and the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. He currently works as a teaching artist with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Offing, Winter Tangerine Review, Vinyl, Puerto del Sol and Pluck! A Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. He is a candidate for his MFA in Poetry at Ole Miss.

Daniel Riddle Rodriguez‘s real name is Daniel Riddle Rodriguez. He is a full-time student and father from San Lorenzo, California, where he lives with his son. He is the author of Low Village (CutBank 2016) and Low Village: Rules of the Game (forthcoming Nomadic Press). Previous publications include Juked, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Stream Magazine, Fourteen Hills, and others. He is thrilled to be here.

Victor Gabriel Sanchez expects to graduate from Fayetteville State University in Fall 2016 with a Bachelors in Visual Arts/Graphic Design and a focus on photography. He also works as a professional hairstylist, author, photographer, and artist, who is always looking for his next adventure.

Kryssa Schemmerling is either a poet who makes films or a filmmaker who writes poems, depending on who she is talking to. Her first book, Iris In, a collection of poems about films and film history, was published this summer by Broadstone Books. Her poetry has appeared in Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal, Storyscape, The Cortland Review, The Rufous City Review and Mudlark, among other journals. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Julia Schwartz is a social worker by day, writer by night living in southeast Pennsylvania with her husband and spoiled rescue dog. Her first story, written at age eight about a puppy single-handedly rescuing a little girl from a river, was not an instant best-seller as she hoped it would be. Nevertheless, she continued writing and eventually graduated from West Chester University in 2011 with an English BA. She started submitting her work to journals a few years after graduating and has been humbled by the process. Julia enjoys hiking, gardening, and baking a mean blueberry pie.

Kai Schweizer is a gender-bending, genre-bending slam poet. He lives in the most isolated capital city in the world- Perth, Australia.

Domenic Scopa is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the 2014 recipient of the Robert K. Johnson Poetry Prize and Garvin Tate Merit Scholarship. He is a student of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Program, where he studies poetry and translation, and he is a literature professor at Changing Lives Through Literature. His poetry and translations have been featured nationally and internationally in Poetry Quarterly, Belleville Park Pages, Visions International, Cardinal Sins, Misfit Magazine, Poetry Pacific, and many others. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Cynthia C. Scott was born in the San Francisco Bay Area where she continues to live. With a B.A. in Creative Writing from SFSU, she’s ventured into the uncertain territory of freelance writing. Luckily she’s had short stories, reviews, articles, and essays published in Hakai Magazine, Copperfield Review, Short Story Writer, Flyleaf Literary Journal, Graze Magazine, and others. She is the single mom to six cats and is currently working on a series of novels about time traveling archivists.

Adam J. Sorkin has published more than fifty books of translation, and his work has won the Poetry Society (U.K.) Prize for European Poetry Translation as well as the International Quarterly Crossing Boundaries Award, the Kenneth Rexroth Memorial Translation Prize, the Ioan Flora Prize for Poetry Translation, and the Poesis Translation Prize, among others. His most recent publications include A Sharp Double-Edged Luxury Object by Rodica Draghincescu (translated with Antuza Genescu), Červená Barva Press, 2014; The Starry Womb by Mihail Gălățanu (translated with Petru Iamandi and the author), Diálogos Books, 2014; and The Book of Anger by Marta Petreu (translated with Christina Zarifopol-Illias and Liviu Bleoca), also Diálogos Books, 2014. Forthcoming are Syllables of Flesh by Floarea Țuțuianu (translated with Irma Giannetti), Plamen Press, and The Hunchbacks’ Bus by Nora Iuga (translated with Diana Manole), Bitter Oleander Press.

Andy Stallings lives, teaches, coaches, and writes in Deerfield, Massachusetts. His first book of poems, To the Heart of the World, came out with Rescue Press in 2014.

Laura Stout graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics. She has since traded in her spreadsheets for notebooks filled with rewrites. She resides in Manhattan Beach California with her husband and two children. In between dreaming up stories, she ferries her two dogs to local hospitals and brings smiles to the patients and staff. Her work has appeared in the Green Silk Journal, Blue Lake Review, Literary Orphans, Drunk Monkeys, Corner Club Press, Menda City Press, Halfway Down the Stairs, Foliate Oak, and Crack the Spine. Her website is:

Danielle Susi is the author of the chapbook The Month in Which We Are Born (dancing girl press, 2015). She is a columnist for Entropy, the editor of HOUND, and the Programming and Media Coordinator for the Poetry Center of Chicago. Her writing has appeared in Knee-Jerk Magazine, Hobart, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Find her online at

James Valvis 190-page poetry collection, How to Say Goodbye, was published by Aortic Books. His poetry and short fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in hundreds of journals, including Ploughshares, Atlanta Review, River Styx, Arts & Letters, Baltimore Review, Barrow Street, Los Angeles Review, Daily Science Fiction, Hanging Loose, Natural Bridge, storySouth, Juked, Tampa Review, Rattle, and The Sun. His poetry has been featured in Verse Daily and the Best American Poetry website. In addition to receiving multiple nominations for the Pushcart and being long-listed for the Million Writers Award and Wigleaf Top 50, his work has been featured in Sundress Best of the Net and is a finalist for this year’s Asimov’s Readers’ Award. A former US Army soldier, he lives near Seattle.

When not reporting from Fairy Tale Land, Dianalee Velie resides in Newbury, New Hampshire, with her real Prince Charming, Sir Robert, in a cottage in an enchanted forest. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she has a Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College. Her poetry and short stories have been published in literary journals and have been translated into Italian. Her play, Mama Says, was in a staged reading in New York City. She is the author of four books of poetry, Glass House, First Edition, The Many Roads to Paradise, The Alchemy of Desire, and a collection of short stories, Soul Proprietorship, Women in Search of Their Souls. She is a founder of the John Hay Poetry Society and a member of the Vermont Branch of the National League of American Pen Women and the New England Poetry Club.

Marta Wapiennik was born in Cracow and graduated from the Graphic Department at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow with a diploma in Screenprinting in 2013. She is a graphic designer and photographer. Wapiennik participated in the Triennale of Polish Printmaking, the International Poster Biennale in Bolivia (2013,2015), the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, the International Poster Triennial in Lahti, and the International Theatre Poster Biennale in Rzeszów. She also presented her photographs in group exhibitions in Poland, France and USA. Selected photographic achievements include an Honorable Mention in the Moscow International Foto Award (MIFA) (2014, 2015), an Honorable Mention at International Photography Award (IPA) (2015), and an Honorable Mention in ND Awards (2015).

Mark Wyatt has been photographer to the unfamous since around 1980. He posts his photographs to, usually one or two a week. Deliberate in capturing emotion and composition, the images are never cropped and are minimally processed; each one shows all of what the camera saw, how the camera saw it, at the moment that the shutter was tripped.

Susan Yount is editor of Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal and founder of Misty Publications. She works fulltime at the Associated Press and serves on the advisory board at The Poetry Barn. She has published two chapbooks, House on Fire and Catastrophe Theory. Her poetry and digital collages have appeared in Glint Literary Journal, Masque & Spectacle, Milk Journal and elsewhere. In her free time, she works on the Poetry Tarot. You can keep up with her progress here: