Contributors’ Bios


Susi Glenna Milne “Crow Goddess”


M. M. Adjarian has published her creative work in the Baltimore Review, The Missing Slate, Grub Street, Verdad, South 85, Eunoia Review, The Serving House Journal, Pif, Crack the Spine, and Poetry Quarterly. She lives in Austin.

Derek Berry is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Good Ghost: Alive & Intact (PRA Publishing 2018), the chapbook Skinny Dipping with Strangers (2013), and the novel Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). Their previous work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lemonstar Magazine, Rabid Oak, RiverSedge, and other journals. They are the co-founder of literary non-profit The Unspoken Word. They are the editor of Good Juju Review and co-host of the creative writing podcast Contribute Your Verse.

Chris Brauer is a Canadian writer and teacher, and has recently completed a travel memoir about living and teaching in the Sultanate of Oman. He is currently working on a book about his travels in Ireland, as well as his first collection of poetry. His writing has appeared in several websites and magazines including Celtic Life International, Running Room, Canadian Teacher Magazine, Ireland of the Welcomes, and Go World Travel. Chris writes with a Visconti fountain pen while he twirls his beard and mumbles incoherently. He occasionally runs in the shadowy woods. He has a fine collection of wool sweaters. Visit or for more information.

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 StreetBigCityLitThe (Thos.)Hardy ReviewThe Mom Egg ReviewThe 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.

Michael H. Brownstein‘s work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, and others. In addition, he has nine poetry chapbooks including A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004), Firestorm: A Rendering of Torah (Camel Saloon Press, 2012), and The Possibility of Sky and Hell: From My Suicide Book (White Knuckle Press, 2013). He is the editor of First Poems from Viet Nam (2011).

Living not far from Walden Pond, Marty Carlock has often wondered in passing what Thoreau would make of the glitzy visitor center, the replica of his little house, the impersonators, the frankly mercantile tee shirts and mugs adorned with his prose. Marty’s stories have appeared in a dozen or so print and on-line journals. After obsessing over the facts for a couple of decades as a free-lancer for the Boston Globe, she now finds it more fun to make up things. When not writing, her other pastimes include birding, hiking, and cutting wood to build fires in her fireplace at dusk.

Ryan Clark is obsessed with puns, and, accordingly, he writes much of his work through a unique method of homophonic translation. His translations of every Donald Trump tweet from the President’s first 100 days in office may be found on twitter: @Trump_HT. His poetry has most recently appeared in Poor Yorick, Parentheses, Weatherbeaten, Jazz Cigarette, and Heron Tree, and his first book, How I Pitched the First Curve, is forthcoming from Lit Fest Press. He currently teaches English and Creative Writing at Waldorf University, where he nourishes young writers with a steady supply of blueberry doughnut holes.

Ryan Clinesmith is the editor for The Poetry Distillery, as well as an elementary school teacher, and writer living in New York City. His work has been published in Gravel, The Merrimack Review, and Blueline Literary Magazine, among others. Ryan can juggle three basketballs, can play the drums, and likes to listen to Captain Beefheart.

Joan Colby has 21 books, the latest being Her Heartsongs from Presa Press. Her book Selected Poems won the 2013 FutureCycle Book Prize and Ribcage won the 2015 Kithara Book Prize. Having finally retired from 35 years of editing a trade publication, she finds the upside is having more time to concentrate on her poetry and when to get up in the morning; the downside is lack of a paycheck and realizing how old she is getting.

Born and raised in New York City, Clio Contogenis has always been fascinated by the written word. A voracious reader as a child, she soon began writing her own work, eventually turning to events in her own life for inspiration. She has been published in Stuyvesant Literary Magazine, Yale Daily News Magazine, Vita Bella Magazine, Assisi Journal, Superstition Review, EDGE, Westview, RipRap Journal, and several anthologies. She has won multiple Gold and Silver Key Scholastic Art and Writing awards and was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize in nonfiction by Bluestem. She is a recent graduate of Yale University and has studied with Cynthia Zarin and David S. Kastan. She is also an actor, singer, and pianist.

Will Cordeiro has work appearing or forthcoming in Best New Poets, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Fourteen Hills, Nashville Review, Phoebe, Poetry Northwest, The Threepenny Review, Zone 3, and elsewhere. His chapbooks are Reveries and Opinions of Mr. Figure (RDP, 2016) and Never-never (White Knuckle, 2017); he also co-edits the small press Eggtooth Editions. He lives in Flagstaff and teaches in the Honors College at Northern Arizona University.

Barbara Crooker is the author of eight books of poetry; Les Fauves (C&R Press, 2017) is the most recent. Her work has appeared in many anthologies, including The Poetry of Presence and Nasty Women: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, and she has received a number of awards, including the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships. She is also the mother of an adult son with autism, and won a Road Scholars caregiving scholarship to “New Orleans: Unforgettable City of Mystery and Intrigue,” where this poem germinated.

Fred Dale is a husband to his wife, Valerie and a father to his occasionally good dog, Earl. He received his master’s in English from the University of North Florida, where he serves as a Senior Instructor in the Department of English. He is also pursuing an MFA at the University of Tampa, but mostly, grades papers. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sugar House Review, The Summerset Review, Chiron Review, Crack the Spine, The Evansville Review, and others.

Carlos Franco-Ruiz is an artist, born in Managua, Nicaragua. He works primarily with painting. In 1988, his parents immigrated to Miami, Florida.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Miami in 2011 and currently lives and works in Miami as well as in Sauce, Uruguay. Focusing on environmental concerns, Franco-Ruiz’s explores the ephemeral, everyday spaces, in which he interacts on a daily basis. His first series in Uruguay (“Fractured Moments”) was an investigation into the fracturing of “neutral spaces” encountered in Montevideo and Sauce.  “Everyday we are confronted by our environment only to ignore its influences on us as we walk through the day,” he observes. Franco-Ruiz chooses to face this environment and fracture its influence on canvas, revealing silent, insidious influences. His next series (“CAMPO”) continued this line of thinking, shifting to the more muted influence of farm land. By concentrating on the geography of moments lost, by depicting spaces which exist for a limited time period, Franco-Ruiz’s paintings linger on the shapes of vine-overrun detritus as well as on emptied rooms within abandoned buildings. With each iteration, Franco-Ruiz strives to imprint ephemeral images in the viewing public’s memory.

Jenn Givhan, a National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellow, is a Mexican-American writer and activist from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of four full-length collections: Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize), Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series edited by Billy Collins), Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize chosen by Ross Gay), and Rosa’s Einstein (Camino Del Sol Poetry Series, forthcoming 2019), and the chapbooks: Lifeline (Glass Poetry Press) and The Daughter’s Curse (Yellow Flag Press). Her novels, Trinity Sight and Jubilee, are forthcoming from Blackstone Press. Her honors include the Frost Place Latinx Scholarship, a National Latinx Writers’ Conference Scholarship, the Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, Phoebe Journal’s Greg Grummer Poetry Prize chosen by Monica Youn, the Pinch Poetry Prize chosen by Ada Limón, the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize 2nd place chosen by Patricia Spears Jones, and ten Pushcart nominations. Her work has appeared in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Ploughshares, POETRY, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Witness, Southern Humanities Review, Missouri Review, and The Kenyon Review, among many others. Givhan holds a Master’s degree in English from California State University Fullerton and an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and she can be found discussing feminist motherhood at as well as Facebook & Twitter @JennGivhan. 

Susan Eve Haar lives and writes in NYC. Her primary focus has been theater. In that domain, her subjects range from dysfunction to cloning. Recently she has been enjoying ventures into fiction. Her short stories have been published in Furious Gazelle and the St Anne’s Review. She is a recovering lawyer and a retired mother.

Matthew Bruce Harrison’s fiction and poetry can be found in West Branch, Bayou, Cincinnati Review, Adroit Journal, Carolina Quarterly, At Length, Sixth Finch, and Gargoyle, among others. He writes for an out-of-body vacation, since he can’t afford an embodied one. When tinkering with poetry, he’s just sound and weather in a room, and when he reads his poems later, they’re like memos left from ghosts or time travelers. Spooky Best Wishes notes. He lives, more or less, in Minnesota.

John Hicks is an emerging poet: has been published or accepted for publication by: I-70 Review, First Literary Review – East, Panorama, Midnight Circus, Sky Island Journal, and The Society for the Preservation of Wild Culture. In 2016 he completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. He writes in the thin air of New Mexico.

Ava Hoffmann’s contributions take inspiration from medieval poetry and magical forms in order to re-appropriate them towards a liberatory queer/trans politics within the site of the literary archive. Her work has previously been published or is forthcoming in Grimoire, Palimpsest, cahoodahoodaling, and Be About It! zine. She currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Sarah Johnson is a PhD student in Writing and Rhetoric at George Mason University where she also teaches composition; her article about mindfulness and writing centers is forthcoming in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. She received her MFA in poetry from American University, and her poetry appears in Bird’s Thumb, District Lit, SCOPE, Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, and others. Because of her husband’s new job, she is moving to a tropical island in the Pacific in June and finishing her doctoral degree from there; she plans to write as many academic articles and poems on the beach as she possibly can.

Artist, poet, and freelance writer, J.I. Kleinberg is a Pushcart nominee and winner of the 2016 Ken Warfel Fellowship. Her found poems (from a series now numbering in excess of 1,600) have appeared in Diagram, Heavy Feather Review, Rise Up Review, The Tishman Review, Hedgerow, Otoliths, and elsewhere. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she co-produces the SpeakEasy poetry reading series, spends a lot of time tearing magazines into little pieces, and blogs most days at

Tricia Knoll’s poetic contribution to this issue grew out of an experience in the locker room where she hangs out after dancing, hula hooping, and weight lifting classes. All the women go to the gym come to get stronger, maybe be braver. Knoll is an Oregon poet about to move 3,003 miles to Vermont at the age of 71 and yearns to be both strong and brave. She has always been fascinated with mummified remains and living women. The poetry in her most recent book, How I Learned To Be White (Antrim House, 2018), looks hard at how ancestry, childhood, education and more shaped her sense of white privilege and how she has worked to understand and live at peace in a multicultural world. To see more of her poetry, visit .

ali lanzetta is a woolgatherer, writer, and bookseller who lives between trees, sleeps under blankets of books, and is enamored with giraffes, whose hearts are over two feet long. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Verse, Switchback, Eleven Eleven, A Capella Zoo, Flock, Postcard Poems & Prose, Ghost Proposal and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in Corium and Storm Cellar. ali studied Creative Writing in San Francisco, but eventually set sail from the city to love, live, and practice the literary arts in a Vermont valley filled with birds.

John LaPine received his MA in Creative Writing & Pedagogy from Northern Michigan University (NMU), and volunteered as Associate Editor of creative nonfiction & poetry at Passages North, NMU’s literary journal, for three years. His work has appeared in the Foliate Oak Literary Journal and Hot Metal Bridge, and is forthcoming in Apofenie and Midwestern Gothic. He teaches English at Butte College.

Diego Luis studies history as a PhD candidate at Brown University and likes for his photography to capture the vast world outside of the archives and libraries that populate his daily existence. His photos have appeared in Indigo Lit, West Texas Literary Review, NAILED Magazine, and Literary Juice.

Stacey Mann continuously moves back to Denver. She has an MTS from Harvard Divinity School in Religion, Ethics, and Politics and a BA from Stetson University in English and Religious Studies with a Minor in Creative Writing. Stacey is a published poet, playwright, and novelist. Her poetry has been published in Dash Journal, riverrun, 50 Haikus, Wick, A Bad Penny Review, Harvard Dudley House Review, and Buddhist Poetry Review. She is currently single and accepting applications in the form of love haikus written in her honor.

Nate Maxson is a writer and performance artist. The author of several collections of poetry, he lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While he does have an abiding interest in quantum physics and history, he discovered poetry as a youth the way other people find religion or drugs and hasn’t looked back since.

Kat Meads, who can’t remember the last time she enjoyed a full night’s sleep, is a native of eastern North Carolina and current resident of California’s Bay Area. Her newest fiction, Miss Jane: The Lost Years, is just out from by Livingston Press/University of West Alabama. (

Susi Glenna Milne is a Canadian artist, known for her watercolor and mixed media art objects. Her works range from paintings, paper and textile sculptures and video/photo-based art to poetry/performance art. Milne’s eclectic practice is informed through her life and work as “living art.” Milne has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally, most recently with paintings appearing in Berry Mag’s Empathy Issue (April 2018 edition). 
Milne exhibited watercolor/paper frieze works at Artbeat Vancouver 2014 and 2015 and was curated into a prestigious group show at the Round House in 2016. Born and bred into the rich Canadian art scene, Milne lives in an art abode overlooking the seaside of the Pacific Northwest coastal mountain range.

Anthony J. Mohr’s work has appeared in, among other places, DIAGRAM, Compose Journal, Eclectica, Evening Street Review, Front Porch Journal, Mojo, Superstition Review, ZYZZYVA, and several anthologies. He has been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize and received honorable mention in Sequestrum‘s 2016 Editor’s Reprint Award. He is an assistant editor of Fifth Wednesday Journal and a reader for Hippocampus Magazine. By day he serves as a judge on the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.

Giavanna Munafo’s poems have appeared in E.Ratio, Redheaded Stepchild, Slab, Talking Writing, The New Virginia Review, Bloodroot Literary Magazine, and The Nearest Poem Anthology (Ed. Sofia Starnes). She holds a BA and PhD from the University of Virginia and an MFA from the University of Iowa. In addition to teaching in women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Dartmouth College, Giavanna is a volunteer crisis counselor and advocate and does consulting work focused on diversity and equity. She lives in Norwich, Vermont.

Suzanne O’Connell’s recently published work can be found in Poet Lore, Bluestem, Forge, Atlanta Review, Juked, The Edison Literary Review, The Louisville Review, Existere, Crack The Spine, Pennsylvania English, Evening Street Review, Menacing Hedge, Paragon Journal, and Drunk Monkeys. O’Connell was nominated for a Best Of The Net Award in 2015, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015 and 2017. Her first poetry collection, A Prayer For Torn Stockings, was published by Garden Oak Press in 2016.

Gabrielle LaNae Randall is a writer-filmmaker from Columbia, Maryland, and based in New York City. She is a recent School of Visual Arts graduate with a BFA in Screenwriting and Directing. Her poetry has been published in SVA’s literary journal, WORDS, and her poem, “Angel’s Trumpet,” won first prize in the Fourth Annual School of Visual Arts Writing Program Contest; in addition to second prize for her short script, “Fire Mouth.” Her work, both written and visual, explores love, sex, depression, fury, femininity, and Black Culture. Her selected poem “Minty full of Grace” is inspired by Harriet Tubman, who was actually born about 1 hour and 56 minutes away from where Gabrielle took her first breath!

Rabia Rana was born in Turkey and currently resides in North Carolina. She is an architectural designer, painter, story teller, and women’s right activist. She plans to graduate in Fall 2019 from Queens University of Charlotte with an MFA in creative writing. Her artworks appeared in Augusta, GA Art Council group exhibitions between 2016-2018. She enjoys her time reading and writing Gothic stories, sketching, painting, and creating nomad recipes.

Nicolette Reim arrived in the United States in the last immigrant group allowed from Great Britain. She has a Masters in Life Sciences from Columbia University, studied art at The New York School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture and is completing a Masters in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University. She lived for many years in film sets built in her loft as a participant in independent filmmaking. Her works are in permanent collections such as MOMA. She is a member of NoHo/M55 Gallery and regularly exhibits visual art based on words/letters. Recent publications include a review of Judith Vollmer’s book The Apollonia Poems (Pittsburgh Poetry Review, 2017) and visual/poetic pieces in The Mojave River Review (2017-18). She is currently translating a poet from Honduras and finishing a book, A Type of Bestiary – pastoral poems without pastures.

Cindy Rinne creates art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. Cindy is the author of several books: Mapless with Nikia Chaney (Cholla Needles Press), Moon of Many Petals (Cholla Needles Press), Listen to the Codex (Yak Press), Breathe In Daisy, Breathe Out Stones (FutureCycle Press), and others. She is a founding member of PoetrIE, a literary community and a finalist for the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Her poetry appeared or is forthcoming in: Birds Piled Loosely, CircleShow, Home Planet News, Outlook Springs, The Wild Word (Berlin), Storyscape Journal, Event Horizon Magazine, several anthologies, and others. She practices Kundalini yoga, gets inspiration from nature walks, and loves tempura.

Judith Roney’s fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. Field Guide for a Human was a finalist in Gambling the Aisle’s chapbook contest, and Waiting for Rain won an honorable mention from the Two Sylvias Press Poetry Collection contest. Her poetry collection, According to the Gospel of Haunted Women, received the 2015 Pioneer Prize. She confesses to an obsession with the archaic and misunderstood, dead relatives, and collects vintage religious artifacts and creepy dolls. When not playing with dolls, she teaches creative writing at the University of Central Florida, acts as managing editor and mentor for Longleaf Review, and is assistant poetry editor for The Florida Review.

The poet Iyana Sky received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Texas. Currently, she lives in Columbus, OH with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing, watching movies with her husband, or chasing after her toddler, she can be found reading five different books, simmering something in the kitchen, or learning about (and implementing) various fitness routines, with a cup of herbal tea in one hand and a canteen full of water in the other. This is her first publication.

Kay Sobjack lives in Ohio. In addition to writing fiction, she enjoys adjudicating swim meets, embroidering, and creating visual poetry. She has work forthcoming in Barely South Review. You can see more of her work at

Brett Stout is a 38-year-old artist and writer. He is a high school dropout and former construction worker turned college graduate and Paramedic. He creates controversial art while breathing toxic paint fumes from a small cramped apartment referred to as “the nerd lab” in Myrtle Beach , SC. His artwork has appeared in a wide range of various media from small webzines like the Paradise Review to the University of Oklahoma Medical School Journal.

Saramanda Swigart is thrilled to be writing fiction exclusively after years of writing advertising copy and corporate literature. She completed an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a supplementary degree in literary translation. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Alembic, Border Crossing, The Broken Plate,  Caveat Lector, Diverse Arts Project, East Jasmine Review, Euphony, Fogged Clarity, The Grief Diaries, The Literati Quarterly, OxMag, The Penmen Review, The MacGuffin, Ragazine, Superstition Review, and Thin Air; her work has received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train and a 2017 Pushcart Prize nomination. Saramanda is working on translating some of the more salacious stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Saramanda teaches at City College of San Francisco.

Gary Van Haas was born in Los Angeles and has always been an artist since he was in his early years where he won awards for best paintings in schools and college competitions. From Los Angeles he moved to San Francisco where he had several acclaimed shows and exhibitions in galleries and eventually landed himself the coveted spot of ‘Featured Artist’ in Sausalito at the Hale/VanHaas Gallery, which catapulted him toward many other shows in Europe and Asia.  

Once a Midwestern, prairie-rambling brat, as a high school junior Suellen Wedmore moved to the East Coast, was schooled and married there, gave birth to three wonderful children, and now finds comfort living on the edge of the breathtaking Atlantic. Poet Laureate emerita for the seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts, she has been widely published, and three of her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been awarded first place in both the Writer’s Digest Rhyming and the Non-Rhyming Poem contest, her chapbook Deployed won the Grayson Press annual contest, and her chapbook On Marriage and Other Parallel Universes was published by Finishing Line Press. In 2007 she won a writing residency at Devil’s Tower, Wyoming, and in 2014 she won a writing residency at the Studios of Key West, Florida. Recently her chapbook Mind the Light won first place in the “Women on the Edge” contest and was published by Quill’s Edge Press. After 24 years working as a speech and language therapist in the public schools, she retired to enter the MFA Program in Poetry at New England College, graduating in 2004.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jean Wolff studied fine arts at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, receiving a BFA in studio arts. She then attended Hunter College, CUNY in New York, graduating with an MFA in painting and printmaking. She’s since had group and solo exhibits in various galleries in New York City and internationally, published works in numerous magazines, and is part of the artistic community of Westbeth in Manhattan. For complete exhibition list and bibliography please visit artist website at

Christopher Woods is a writer, photographer and writing teacher in Texas. A blue man in a red state, he recently participated in “March For Our Lives” in a small Texas town. He and his wife Linda are both cancer survivors. They have a rescue Great Pyrenees named Teddy who is a therapy dog. Teddy takes them to places they would never have visited on their own. Gallery: