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volume 3, issue 1

Spring/Summer 2023

KOAH BAER is a poet from Florida. He is also a dancer. This is his first publication. 

MARK D. BENNION and his wife, Kristine, are trying to parent two adult daughters, two teens, and one tween. They welcome your advice!

ACE BOGGESS is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Escape Envy (Brick Road, 2021). His writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Harvard Review, and other journals. An ex-con, he lives in Charleston, West Virginia, where he writes and tries to stay out of trouble.

ANNA BOUGHTWOOD lives just over the Dunn Memorial Bridge from Albany, New York. Her writing has appeared in Sad Girls Club, BarBar Magazine, Dime Show Review, and Dipity. She enjoys reading and working on elaborate knitting projects.

MARC BRIMBLE lives in Spain and teaches people to speak English with a Bristolian accent and how to make the perfect cup of tea.

KATHI CRAWFORD is based in Houston, Texas, and hopes to create dialogue through her writing for the challenges of our time and as individuals. Her poetry has been featured in Drunk Monkeys, Ephemeral Elegies, One Art, and The Write Launch.

WILL DIGGS is a Black, queer pothos-loving poet residing in the Southeast United States. He’ll be headed back to college in the fall to finish his undergraduate degree in writing and linguistics after a three-year break. His favorite song right now is called “Can’t Breathe” by 9th Wonder and .SMITTY.

ZACHARY FORREST Y SALAZAR is a software engineer, an amateur photographer, and getting back to his first love: poetry. He is working on emerging after spending twenty years in the tech industry. He is currently realizing a life-long dream and traveling around the world with his wife of seventeen years.

After spending many years in Rochester, Minnesota, DOUG FRITOCK now lives with his family in Redondo Beach, California, but still dreams of snow. A tobacco chemist by training, he long ago gave up the dark arts and now sells vintage, swings kettlebells, tends native plants, and works on poems.

KENNEDY GARZA BROWN is a New York-based poet and nonfiction writer published in Grain of Salt Mag and Abditory Press. Kennedy received their BFA in creative writing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and relentlessly pursues the expansion of their craft. Their work focuses on capturing the minute experiences that have rustled their soul.

LEE GILL is an activist and writer based in New Jersey. He brings light to issues regarding mental health, addiction/recovery, and the Black Experience in America.

C.D. GIRARD (she/her) is an Ottawa resident and Carleton University alumni, also in Ottawa. C.D. took an interest in writing as a way to question and make sense of the world’s unknowns. When she’s not writing, C.D. enjoys spending time photographing nature or working out. This is her first publication.

HOWIE GOOD’s newest poetry collection, Heart-Shaped Hole, which also includes examples of his handmade collages, is available from Laughing Ronin Press.

VENYA GUSHCHIN is a poet, literary translator, and PhD candidate studying Russian poetry at Columbia University in New York City. His writings have appeared in Cardinal Points, KinoKultura, Jacket2, and elsewhere. Most recently, his translation of Yevsey Tseytlin’s Rereading Silence was published by Bagriy & Company.

JONATHAN HARRIS is a twenty-four-year-old PhD student living in Chicago. When not working on chemistry projects, he likes writing and sharing poetry on Instagram @_jjharris_.

EASTON LANE is a poet, writer, blogger, and musician living in Littleton, Colorado, and Atlanta, Georgia. He currently attends Emory University in Atlanta as a creative writing and environmental science double major. His poems can be found undergoing abiogenesis on Instagram @the_hydrothermal_vent.

R. NIKOLAS MACIOCI earned a PhD from The Ohio State University in Columbus. The Ohio Council of Teachers of English (OCTELA), named him the best secondary English teacher in the state of Ohio. He is the author of seventeen books. Cafes of Childhood was submitted for the Pulitzer Prize in 1992.

AIYANA MASLA is the author of the chapbook Stone Fruit (Bottlecap Press, 2020). Her poems have appeared in Cordella Press, West Trestle Review, Vagabond City Poetry, Rogue Agent Journal, in print with Impossible Task, and elsewhere. Currently based in New York City, she is a queer interdisciplinary artist and anti-bias educator.

AMANDA MCARDLE-DUALE is a sapphic poet based in Southern California, and she studies English at the University of California, Irvine. Her poetry hinges on imagery and seeks to explore the internal juxtaposed by the external. Nature is her lifelong muse.

ANNA MOLENAAR is a writer of poetry and prose concerned with nature, humanity, and the messes that occur when the two blend. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she received her MFA from Hamline University. She works as a preschool teacher.

GLENIS ANN MOORE has been writing poetry since the first Covid lockdown and does her writing at night as she suffers from severe insomnia. When she is not writing poetry she makes beaded jewelry, reads, and sometimes runs 10K races slowly. She lives just outside Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

E.E. MURRAY is a trans writer from New York. Her fiction revolves around memory, redemption, and youth. You can find her on Twitter @ee_murray_ and sparingly on her website at

MICHAEL O’CONNOR lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

MICHELLE OTT is an MFA candidate at American University in Washington, D.C., set to receive her degree in creative writing in 2023. Her work has previously appeared in Black Fox Literary Journal, and was featured in the 2022 D.C. Pride Poem-a-Day project. She lives in Washington, D.C.

ALEX RIESER is is a poet and audiologist who holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco. More on Twitter @AlexRieser.

SAYANTANI ROY’s writing straddles India and the United States, and she calls both places home. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Cold Lake Anthology, Gone Lawn, Heavy Feather Review, The Hooghly Review, The Seattle Times, and Wordgathering. Find her on Instagram @sayan_tani_r.


YVETTE SCHNOEKER-SHORB is author of the chapbook, Shapes That Stay (Kelsay Books, 2021). Her poetry has appeared in Slipstream, Earth’s Daughters, AJN: The American Journal of Nursing, Rise Up Review, and elsewhere, with work forthcoming in the New York Quarterly. She is co-founder of the nonprofit Native West Press.

BEN SCHROEDER is a poet from Wisconsin, currently living in Madrid, Spain, and working as an English teacher. His poems have appeared in Bluepepper, Dark Onus Lit, and & Change, and are forthcoming from DMQ Review and One Hand Clapping. He can be found on Twitter 
@bschroederpoet or his website at

NEAL ALLEN SHIPLEY (he/him) is a behavior analyst currently living in Colorado. He is a plant collector and enjoys people, places, and things.

ARUKOYA TAMOIS is a nineteen-year-old South Korean poet and short story author. She considers herself to be a writer of magical realism.

NICOLE THACKWRAY is a South African artist pursuing her postgrad while teaching young creatives. She is a National Poetry Prize recipient, and her work is widely featured in her home country. She lives with her dog and a perpetually overflowing library. When not writing, she makes films and dreams up art installations.

MARK THOMAS is a retired English and philosophy teacher and ex-member of Canada’s national rowing team.

JAY THOMAS is a poet currently based in New Jersey. He has been writing since childhood but recently got serious about it. In his free time, he keeps tabs on the squirrels and sometimes writes a blog. This is his first publication.

RYAN STEPHEN THORNTON is a working class, bisexual poet, writer, and performance maker from York, United Kingdom.

JONATHAN CHIBUIKE UKAH is a graduate of English and law living in the United Kingdom with his family. His poems have appeared and will soon appear in North Dakota Quarterly, The Pierian, Boomer Literary Magazine, New Note Poetry, Wildfire Words Literary Magazine, Ariel Chart, and elsewhere.

RENEE WILLIAMS has written for Alien Buddha Press and The New Verse News, among others. Her photography can be seen in the Corolla Wild Horse Fund calendar, Moss Piglet, and the New Feathers Anthology

NATASHA WOLKWITZ is a New Jersey-based queer writer and performance artist. She works with themes of intimacy, ritual, and the macabre. She graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and continues to write professionally.

JAKE WRENTMORE (he/him) is a queer poet living in the Pacific Northwest with his partner and their two cats, Marty and Beatrix Bunny. When not writing, he enjoys cooking, watching Star Trek, and going to the lake to rent out kayaks and canoes.

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