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About Our Contributors

Fred Amram left a successful career in academia to write fiction and creative nonfiction—to write without footnotes. Now, in his second childhood, he hopes to become a successful author and inventor. You can check him out at www.fredamram.com. Amram’s work has been published in Prick of the Spindle, Hippocampus, Poetica Magazine, The Jewish Chronicle and in an anthology of stories by Holocaust Survivors called Marking Humanity.

Patricia Barone is the author of the poetry collections The Scent of Water (Blue Light Press) and Handmade Paper (New Rivers Press) as well as the novella Wind (New Rivers Press).

Mark Blaeuer’s work has appeared in Blue Unicorn, The Dark Horse, Ezra, The Hiram Poetry Review, Measure, Nimrod, The Rotary Dial, Verse Wisconsin, Westview, The Windsor Review, and many other journals. Kelsay Books/White Violet Press published his first collection, Fragments of a Nocturne, in 2014. He lives near Lofton, Arkansas.

Jim Butcher lives in Brainerd. He enjoys writing, reading and woodworking.  

Bob Carlton (www.bobcarlton3.weebly.com) lives and works in Leander, TX.

Sharon Chmielarz’s latest books are Visibility: Ten Miles (North Star Press) and The Widow’s House (Brighthorse Books). You can hear her read on www.sharonchmielarz.com.  She’s the happy recipient of the 2012 Jane Kenyon Prize.

Merridawn Duckler is a playwright and poet from Portland, Oregon. Her poetry has been pub­lished most recently in Agave, Sugar House Review, TAB: Journal of Poetry and Poetics, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and Storyscape.

C.W. Emerson is a poet and teacher in Los Angeles. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Atlanta Review, Poetry East, Mantis, G.W. Review and others.

Mike Finley is a Pushcart winner, and author over 200 books of various kinds, and 100 provoca­tive videos. His latest work is the book Suffering Cats, available for download on http://issuu.com/mike_finley. In recognition of this work, Mike was awarded the 2010 KPV Kerouac Award, a life­time achievement honor.

Margaret Hasse, twice winner of the Loft-McKnight Fellowship in poetry, is author of five collec­tions of poetry, including Between Us, which will be published in 2016.

Jamie Lynn Heller has two young girls, the perfect spouse, a high school counseling career she loves, and she gets to write.  She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of Domesticated, Poetry from Around the House. For a list of publications see jamielynnheller.blogspot.com

Lee Henschel was born and raised in Minneapolis and began his life as a writer in 7th grade. Many of his poems and short stories have appeared in anthologies and periodicals. He's had two novels published, Deja 'Nam, released in 2000, and The Sailing Master, released in 2015.

Ruth Holzer's poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She has published three chapbooks and received nominations for the Pushcart.

Sharon Kennedy-Nolle’s poetry has appeared in The Dickinson Review and The Syracuse Review, among others.

Bleuzette La Feir has had work appear in Blood Lotus, Blue Lake Review, decomP, descant, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Forge, Lindenwood Review, The Manhattanville Review, Storyscape, and SOMOS-Storied Wheels.

Catharine Lucas, a Professor of English, emerita, at San Francisco State University, lives in Berkeley, California. Current and recent work appears in Cloudbank 9, Reunion Journal (Dallas Review), Women in the Arts Quarterly, Zone 3, Alembic, Burning Word and Willow Review, among others, and online in Persimmon Tree and Digital Paper. (www.catharinelucas.com)

Kate Maruyama's novel, Harrowgate was published by 47North. Her short work appeared two anthologies, in Stoneboat, Arcadia, Duende and on The Rumpus and Salon among other journals. She teaches in the inspiration2publication program, at Antioch University Los Angeles in their BA and MFA programs as well as for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. She writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles where she lives with her family.

Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician, is a Pushcart nominee with over a thousand poems pub­lished internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and The North American Review. His lat­est book out now, An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy is available on Amazon and through Cawing Crow Press. Poems on video are available on Youtube’s “BruceMcRaePoetry”.

Ivan de Monbrison is French poet, writer and artist. His poems or short stories have appeared in several literary magazines in France, Italy, Belgium, The UK, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and in the US. Five poetry chapbooks of his works have been published: L'ombre déchirée, Journal, La corde à nu, Ossuaire and Sur-Faces. He currently lives in both Paris and Marseille.  His first poem-novel, Les Maldormants, was published in 2014, in France.

John-Ivan Palmer’s literary work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in Pushcart Prizes, Fortean Times, Exquisite Corpse, Nth Position, Book Happy and others. His journalism and interviews have appeared in large circulation newspapers like the San Francisco Examiner and Milwaukee Journal as well as underground shock culture publications. He is author of the novel Motels of Burning Madness. John-IvanPalmer.com.

John Sweet is a firm believer in writing as catharsis, and in the need to continuously search for an unattainable and constantly evolving absolute truth.  

Saramanda Swigart  is thrilled to be writing fiction exclusively after years of writing advertising copy and corporate literature. Her short fiction has appeared in Caveat Lector, Fogged Clarity, The Literati Quarterly, OxMag, The Penman Review, Ragazine, Superstition Review and Thin Air.

Justin Teerlinck is an occupational therapist in the Tacoma, Washington area, where he is learn­ing how to place his writing skills and sense of the absurd in service to people with disabilities. His response to most standardized test questions is, “Meow don't know this theoretical construct. Meow try again please?”

Joel Van Valin is the publisher of Whistling Shade. His recently released second novel, The Grand Dissolute, is a time travel story set in St. Paul in 1998.