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About Our Contributors

L. Ward Abel is the author of two full collections and eleven chapbooks of poetry, including Jone­sing For Byzantium (UK Authors Press, 2006),   American Bruise (Parallel Press, 2012), Little Town Gods (Folded Word Press, 2016), A Jerusalem of Ponds (erbacce-Press, 2016), Digby Roundabout (Kelsay Books, 2017), The Rainflock Sings Again (Unsolicited Press, 2019), and his latest full collection, Floodlit (Beakful, 2019).

Phyllis Carol Agins has long found inspiration in Philadelphia, PA. Two novels, a children's book, and an architectural study of synagogues and churches were all published during her years there. Recently more than 45 short stories have appeared in literary magazines, including Art Times, Eclipse, Whiskey Island Magazine, and Women Arts Quarterly Journal. For many years, she divided her time between Philly and Nice, France, adding the Mediterranean rhythms to her sources of inspiration. Please visit:

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her fiction has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Jellyfish Review, and Bending Genres, and is forthcoming in Border Crossing and NOON.

I. D. Brannan is a poet and freelance journalist in Lawrence, Kansas. He has written for Mile Marker Review, Emporia Gazette, Branson Register/Branson Globe, and Baldwin City Living Mag­azine. He won the 2020 Burford Theatre Poetry Contest and has had 3 poetry chapbooks featured on the top 10 list of the Official UK Chapbook Chart.

Cindy Buchanan has a BA in English and a teaching certificate from Gonzaga University. Her work has been published in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. She an avid runner and hiker with a deep interest in Buddhist philosophy and Zen meditation practice. She has completed the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the Coast to Coast Walk in England, and the Milford Walking Track in New Zealand.

A former Bucks County (PA) Poet Laureate, a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee, and recipient of First Honorable Mention in the 2019 Helen Schaible International Traditional Sonnet Contest, Terence Culleton has published two collections of formally crafted narrative and lyric poems, A Commu­nion of Saints (2011) and Eternal Life (2015), both with Anaphora Literary Press.

David Habib is a writer, photographer, and technology executive. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

Gwendolyn Jensen began writing poems when she retired in 2001 from the presidency of Wilson College (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania). The places where her work has appeared include the Bel­oit Poetry Journal, the Harvard Review, Salamander, Sanskrit, and Measure. She has had three poetry collections (Birthright, As if toward Beauty, and Graceful Ghost) all published by Birch Brook Press. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Christopher Kuhl’s poetry collection Night Travels was published in 2017. His poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, FRiGG Magazine, North Dakota Quarterly, Alabama Literary Review, The Griffin, and elsewhere.

L.N. Loch graduated from the University of Illinois in 2020, just after her short story “Toffeehouse” was published in Hedge Apple magazine. “The Nazi and the Pear Tree” is a true story from her grandmother’s childhood, much of which was spent in refugee camps.

DS Maolalai has been nominated four times for Best of the Net and three times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden (Encircle Press, 2016) and Sad Havoc Among the Birds (Turas Press, 2019).

Celia Meade was born in Rochester when her father attended the Mayo Clinic to become a sur­geon. She currently attends Sarah Lawrence College in New York, doing her masters in poetry.

Cameron Morse lives with his wife Lili and two children in Independence, Missouri. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, including New Letters, Bridge Eight, Portland Review and South Dakota Review. His first collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His latest is Baldy (Spartan Press, 2020). He holds and MFA from the University of Kansas City—Missouri and serves as Senior Reviews editor at Harbor Review and Poetry editor at Harbor Editions.

JBMulligan has published more than 1100 poems and stories in various magazines over the past 45 years, and has had two chapbooks: The Stations of the Cross and THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS, as well as two e-books: The City of Now and Then, and A Book of Psalms (a loose translation). He has appeared in more than a dozen anthologies.

Tony Rauch has four books of short stories published—I’m right here (spout press), Laredo (Eraserhead Press), Eyeballs growing all over me ... again (Eraserhead Press), and What if I got down on my knees? (Whistling Shade Press). He can be found at: http://trauch.wordpress.com/

Tanya Elizabeth Egeness Epp Schmid was a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a teacher of Tai Chi, Qigong and Kyudo (Zen Archery) until 2014 when she and her husband started a permacul­ture farm to help combat climate change. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Canary Liter­ary Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Adelaide Magazine, and The Scarlet Leaf Review. She is the author of Tanya’s Collection of Zen Stories (2018). www.tanyaswriting.com

Matthew J. Spireng’s 2019 Sinclair Prize-winning book Good Work was published in 2020 by Evening Street Press. A 10-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he is the author of two other full-length poetry books, What Focus Is and Out of Body, winner of the 2004 Bluestem Poetry Award, and five chapbooks. His was the winner of The MacGuffin’s 23rd Annual Poet Hunt Contest in 2018 and the 2015 Common Ground Review poetry contest.

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 first poetry chapbook, The White Forest, was published in 2018 by Prolific Press. He lives with his wife, twin sons, and Naughty Cat in St. Paul. He is a confirmed Luddite who still makes mix tapes.

Greg Watson is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently All the World at Once: New and Selected Poems. He is also co-editor with Richard Broderick of The Road by Heart: Poems of Fatherhood, published by Nodin Press.

Jeremy Wenisch is a software tester who lives with his wife in Princeton, West Virginia. His life took root in Minnesota, as his fiction often does.

Orit Yeret is a writer, artist and teacher. Born and raised in Israel, she currently lives in the U.S. Her work recently appeared in The Borfski Press, Ink Pantry, Drunk Monkeys, and American Writ­ers Review and is forthcoming in The Magnolia Review and THINK. Read and view more of her work at www.orityeret.com.