Jan Beatty‘s work has been published in Poetry, Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best American Poetry, BuzzFeed, and Cherry Tree, with poems forthcoming in Pleiades and New England Review. My fifth book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and won the 2018 Paterson Prize. She recently won the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award for American Bastard, which will be published in 2021. Other books include Red Sugar, Boneshaker, and Mad River (Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize), also published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Jan directs the creative writing program at Carlow University, where she runs the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence for the MFA program.
Ellery Beck is a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in English at Salisbury University. They have poems published or forthcoming in Potomac Review, Arkana, Little Patuxent Review, Thin Air Magazine, The Broadkill Review, Prairie Margins and The Susquehanna Review. I was also a winner of the 2019 AWP Portland Review flash contest. They are the Interview Editor for The Shore Poetry.
Jerome Berglund graduated summa cum laude from the cinema-television production program at the University of Southern California, and has spent much of his career working in television and photography. He has had photographs (not the ones submitted here) published and awarded in local papers and recently staged an exhibition in the Twin Cities area which included a residency of several month at a local community center.
Bryce Berkowitz is the author of Bermuda Ferris Wheel, winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award (forthcoming 2020). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, New Poetry from the Midwest, The Sewanee Review, Ninth Letter, Nashville Review, and other publications. He teaches at Butler University.
Bredt Bredthauder just finished traveling the U.S.-Mexico by foot, solo and unsupported. During this time, Bredt pulled a Burley bicycle trailer loaded with over 100 lbs of gear that helped him collect images, videos and pieces of material culture. Working in conjunction with Dr. Larissa Werhnyak at the University of Texas at Dallas, he helped create an experiential education project that helped students analyze the border using a unique format. Prior to that, Bredt spent two years living and working in Saudi Arabia.
Jonathan Brooks was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Brooks studied Advertising and Fine Art Photography at the University of Miami. He worked for Eastman Kodak during their transition from analog to digital. His photographs have been published in numerous anthologies and periodicals. His Fine Art Photographs have been featured in major movies (Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Uncle Drew), the Emmy nominated short film series celebrating the 50th anniversary of National Endowment For The Arts- United States Of Art, and television shows (David Makes Man, Southern Charm, The Vampire Diaries, and Germany’s Only Love Counts). His work has been exhibited in Miami, New York City, Amsterdam, France, Germany, Greece, and the United Kingdom. This includes Art Basel, the Louvre, and the biggest billboard in Times Square.
Roger Camp lives in Seal Beach, CA where he gardens, walks the pier, plays blues piano and spends afternoons with his pal, Harry, over drinks at Nick’s on 2nd. When he’s not at home, he’s traveling in the Old World. His work has appeared in Poetry East, Pank, Southern Poetry Review and Nimrod.
Hyewon Cho is a sophomore attending Korean International School in Seoul, South Korea. When she is not making artwork, her hobbies include walking her two-year-old collie and experimenting with old film cameras. She is currently building a portfolio for university.
LiJune Choi is a 17-year-old high school senior attending Seoul International School in South Korea. She has been working on her art portfolio for the past 2 years in preparation for university. Her work stretches the use of various materials to create what she refers to as “dream escapes.”
Alexander Chubar holds a BFA from Hunter College and a MFA from the Pratt Institute. His work has previously been published in Gone Lawn journal, Gemini magazine, Subprimal Poetry Art, The Tishman Review, The Storm Cellar magazine, and several other publications. More of his artwork can be seen at http://www.PaintingsDrawings.com
Alexis Cortez, or who is more often known by the name “luna” is a Visual Artist born out of Southern California. Although art has always been a constant practice in her life, only until recently has she began showcasing her art to the public. Due to art being a very personal practice for her– she hopes to captivate her viewers through the figurative expression of the human body and the subtle connotations of her own personal connections as both an artist, a LGBTQ+ woman, and as well as her journey of dealing with Bipolar disorder. Within the “fruit series” you can see the connection of the dismal state of isolation due to depression and the beauty that can easily hide the true meaning behind the something that goes unlooked unless told.
Jessica Dubey is a poet living in upstate New York. She was a 2018 nominee for a Best of the Net Award and was Kissing Dynamite’s September 2019 featured poet. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Oxidant | Engine, The American Journal of Poetry, ragazine.cc, and IthacaLit.
Kristin Entler is a disabled queer poet who grew up in rural Alabama. She is working on her M.A. in English from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and works on staff for Birmingham Poetry Review and NELLE. Her work has have appeared or are forthcoming in Anomaly Literary Journal and Mudfish. When not working on her thesis, she is probably trying to train her service dog-to-be, Azzie.
Katherine Fallon’s poems have appeared in Meridian, Empty Mirror, Permafrost, Colorado Review, Foundry, and others. Her chapbook, The Toothmakers’ Daughters, is available through Finishing Line Press, and her full-length collection, Gold Star, is forthcoming through Eyewear Publishing. She assists in editing Terrible Orange Review, teaches in the Department of Writing & Linguistics at Georgia Southern University, and shares domestic square footage with two cats and her favorite human, who helps her zip her dresses. Find her online at katherinefallon.com or on Instagram @ghostelephants.
Cortland Gilliam is currently a doctoral candidate in Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studies the implications of youth activism for greater conceptualizations of citizenship. His creative work tends to explore the hues and textures of racialized experiences, identities, and histories with the occasional sappy, romantic musing tossed in the mix.
Melissa Goode’s work has appeared in The Penn Review, CutBank, Best Small Fictions, SmokeLong Quarterly, Superstition Review, Wigleaf, and Monkeybicycle, among others. Three of her stories were chosen by Dan Chaon for Best Microfictions 2019, including her story “I Wanna Be Adored” (CHEAP POP) which was also chosen for the Wigleaf Top 50 for 2019. She lives in Australia. You can find her here: www.melissagoode.com and at twitter.com/melgoodewriter
Jeff Hersch provides analog collages for the modern being. Like his thoughts, these pieces are often constructed in short, frantic spurts of energy, with bursts of self-doubt, though calm and subtle. Also like his thoughts, these pieces represent everyday observations and conclusions about the vast world that erratically suffocates us, with little time for a quick escape or chance to relax, as we are currently inhabiting an advanced state of infinite stimulus. His works lend themselves to your own interpretation of meaning – if any – but should also serve as inspiration and demonstrate the simple notion that you too can and should create something/anything on a regular basis. When he’s not hunched over his desk cutting and gluing clippings, Hersch finds the time to play in bands and volunteer as the executive director Flemington DIY, a non-profit community art space in the town he grew up in.
Robert P. Kaye’s stories are forthcoming or have appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Potomac Review, Penn Review, Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review and elsewhere, with details at www.RobertPKaye.com. He hosts the Works In Progress open mic at Hugo House in Seattle and is an editor with Pacifica Literary Review.
Sarah E N Kohrs creates art with a unique perspective on how surroundings kindle hope in even a disparaged heart. Find her photography in Blueline Literary Magazine, CALYX, Claudius Speaks, Columbia College Literary Review, Esthetic Apostle, In Layman’s Terms, Mt Hope, Mud Season Review, Ponder Review, Raven Chronicles, Virginia Literary Journal, and 3Elements. Surrounded by Shenandoah Valley mountains, Sarah is a poet, a potter, a homeschooling mother, director for Corhaven Graveyard (a preserved burial ground for African Americans enslaved on an antebellum plantation), managing editor for The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, volunteer board member of Nasaruni Academy (a primary school for Maasai girls in Narok, Kenya), and more. Sarah has a BA in Archaeology and Classical Languages from The College of Wooster and a Va teaching license endorsed in Latin and Visual Arts. Find her online at http://senkohrs.com.
Heidi McKye artist and poet spends her time reading, drawing, and writing books in Portland, OR. She lives with three small daughters, and a tallish gentleman who makes life easier, two dogs and a cat who never help out around the house. Her work has appeared in Arch Literary Journal, elimae, Forklift Ohio, and Alligator Juniper.
Stacy Boe Miller has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho. Some of her most recent work can be found in Mid-American Review, Copper Nickel, and Bear Review. She calls Idaho home but is currently spending a year in Curauma, Chile.
David Pratt’s fiction and poetry have appeared in over 100 literary journals, including Cold Mountain Review, Indiana Review, Prairie Journal, Rattle, and Struggle. His op-eds have been published in national and international newspapers. He is the author of Apprehensions of van Gogh (2015) and Nobel Laureates: The Secret of their Success (2016). He lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
C. R. Resetarits is a writer and visual artist. She has had writing out recently in Southern Humanities Review and Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations (Tupelo Press). Her collages have appeared recently in New Southern Fugitive, Midway, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Gasher, Sonder Review, Pretty Owl Poetry, Empty Mirror, and Nashville Review and will be featured as cover art for the next Florida Review and Falling Star issues.
Nelly Sanchez is a French collagiste, inspired by Surrealism and Futurism. Her univers is a feminine one, sensual, coloured, mysterious, sometime funny, often disturbing. Her artworks must be shown like mirrors, full of symbols. Her main themes are Woman condition, relationship between Man/Woman. Her collages compliment her writings on French Woman novel. All her artworks and her detailed resume can be shown on www.nellysanchez.fr
Johnna St. Cyr is an MFA student at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches composition and serves as the poetry editor for the literary journal, Barnstorm. She won the Mary Lowe Carver Prize in Poetry from Colby College in 2015, and her fiction has been a finalist in both the Glimmer Train Emerging Writers Series, and Very Short Fiction competitions.
Visual art by Madeline Fischer