Online Issue #20 Contributors

Clement Kevin Andrean lives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He loves taking shots that show his mood. His main subject is not to take a beautiful picture, but to remind him of that moment.

Eddie Arroyo received a BFA from Florida International University in 2001 and has shown at multiple venues such as Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Florida Atlantic University, Girls’ Club Collection, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Bridge Red Studios Project Space, Spinello Projects, and the Haitian Heritage Museum.

Damiano Austin is a Seattle based artist whose life experiences have inspired her to capture beauty abroad and within. As a child she was introduced to the arts as a clarinetist and later expanded her creative talents into sound production and graphic design. Damiano references a trip to Spain in 2013 as a pivotal moment in her art career, she took advantage of an opportunity to photograph Barcelona and says it was the moment she fell in love with photography. www.wemoonwalkerz.com

Joe Betz teaches and lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and young daughter. Other poems appear or are forthcoming in journals such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Paris-American, and Ninth Letter. One cute toddler picture and more poems can be found at www.joebetz.com.

Guilherme Bergamini is 39 years old and was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. With a degree in journalism, he has been working with photography for 22 years.  Awarded in national competitions and festivals, he took part in group and solo exhibitions in Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Lithuania, Turkey, Venezuela, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay, United States and India.  He publishes part of his photographic journey on his website www.guilhermebergamini.com.

Lori Sambol Brody lives in the mountains of Southern California. Her short fiction has been published in Smokelong QuarterlyTin House Flash FridaysThe RumpusNecessary FictionSundog Lit, and elsewhere. One of her stories will appear in Best Small Fictions 2018. She is working on a collection of interlinked stories.

Matteo Bona was born on January 1st, 1997, in Asti (Piedmont, Italy). He studied at the Public Scientific Lyceum Francesco Vercelli and now studies Foreign Languages and Modern Literatures at the Università del Piemonte Orientale. He published his first poetry collection Beyond the Poetry during 2015 and Nothingness Sense in January, 2018. He has published prize winning artwork in the Garfield Lake Review (2018 Issue).

Kristene Kaye Brown is a mental health social worker. She earned her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has previously been published, or is forthcoming, in DIAGRAM, Columbia Poetry Review, Harpur Palate, Meridian, Nashville Review, and others. Kristene lives and works in Kansas City.

Sarah Butler is a mixed media artist based in Ithaca, NY. Her work is inspired by how people react and grow from our surrounding environments, the natural, the built, and the societal. This can range from how identity is shaped by cultural ideals, to the ways in which the natural environment impacts the human psyche, to bold and blunt reactions to U.S. politics. Sarah received her BA in Environmental Studies and Studio Art from Ithaca College in 2015; and has participated in group shows in Washington, DC, Ithaca, NY, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, as well as solo exhibitions in Ithaca, NY.

Tyler Calpin is an artist and photographer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has found success in both the commercial and fine art worlds, and is always torn between the two. Tyler’s work not only challenges the medium, but pushes the idea of photography (and photographs) being non-static works. Recent endeavors have Tyler utilizing self-portraiture and collaboration, allowing him to explore ideas of self-reflection and identity. He makes sure there is a human element to his work, letting the craftsman’s hand be known. Tyler also makes images that deal with geographic history and the human condition, specifically looking at post-industrialization of his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.

Jeffrey Condran is the author of the story collection, A Fingerprint Repeated (Press 53). His debut novel, Prague Summer (Counterpoint), was published in August 2014 and received a 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award’s Silver Medal. His fiction has appeared in journals such as The Kenyon ReviewThe Missouri Review, and Epoch, and has been awarded the The Missouri Review’s 2010 William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations.  He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and co-founder/publisher of the independent literary press, Braddock Avenue Books.

Diane is a native Hawaiian, Houston/Austin based, self taught painter and sculptor deriving inspiration from mindfulness. To remind ourselves to be mindful of ourself, our fellow humans, our past, our present, our future, our strengths, weaknesses, uniqueness, abilities, our love, passion, endurance, and our presence. Honor. Respect. Build. Make better. Lift. PastTheShadows.com

Tara A. Elliott lives with her husband and son on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she teaches English and Language Arts.  She is the founder and director of Salisbury Poetry Week.  Her recent poems have been published in Wildness, MER, and The Summerset Review, among others, and are forthcoming in Triggerfish Critical Review, and The American Journal of Poetry.

JM Farkas has work appearing in Hanging LoosePainted Bride QuarterlyBoxcar Poetry Review, and Forklift, Ohio. Her first book, Be Brave, an erasure of Beowulf, was released in April 2018. (www.jmfarkas.com)

Taylor Grieshober is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction at Oregon State University. Her stories have most recently appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Burrow Press Review, among others. Her debut story collection Off Days is forthcoming from Low Ghost Press. She calls Pittsburgh home.

Rebekah Denison Hewitt is an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a mother, wife, and librarian. Her work has previously appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Front Porch (online), The Pinch, and The Laurel Review, among others.

Shane Hinton is the author of the story collection Pinkies and the editor of the anthology We Can’t Help It If We’re From Florida. He teaches writing at The University of Tampa and lives in the winter strawberry capital of the world.

T.C. Jones is the managing editor of Gulf Stream Magazine. His work has appeared in Green Mountains ReviewPacifica Literary ReviewDos Passos ReviewPittsburgh Post Gazette, Cleaver Magazine, and others.

Mary Kamerer is a Pittsburgh native living in North Carolina since 1987. Although she received an English degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she soon realized that her calling was in art. In spite of over thirty years of pursuing various creative endeavors, including a year-long goldsmith apprenticeship, she considers herself an “emerging” oil painter. A recent series highlights the solitary life of America’s farms called, “Finding Your Homestead.” You can see her work at www.marykamerer.com.

Nasos Karabelas was born in Greece. He is a self-taught fine art photographer and director. He started dealing with photography the last six years and he has produced two short films and one feature film (OSMOSIS), which participated in festivals, in Greece and abroad.

Elizabeth Deanna Morris Lakes was born in Harrisburg, PA and has a BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University and an MFA from George Mason University. She has appeared in The Rumpus, Cartridge Lit, Crab Fat MagazineSmokeLong Quarterly, and cahoodaloodaling.

Randy Magnuson is an MFA student and writing instructor at Oregon State University but has spent most of his life in the Midwest. He currently lives with his wife and dog in Corvallis, Oregon.

Kathleen Martin earned her MFA from Florida Atlantic University. Her website, BetweenMemories.com, explores the complex nature of memories and their loss through erasure poetry and art. She lives and works in South Florida.

Freesia McKee is author of the chapbook How Distant the City (Headmistress Press, 2017). Her words have appeared in cream city reviewThe Feminist WirePainted Bride QuarterlyGertrudeHuffington Post, and Sundress Press’s anthology Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity. Freesia’s poetry is forthcoming in CALYXSouth Florida Poetry JournalRogue Agent, and Sinister Wisdom. Freesia lives in North Miami.

Dave Newman is the author of six books, including Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight (Broken River Books, forthcoming 2018), the novella Sammy Drinks Canned Beer (White Gorilla Press, forthcoming 2018), The Poem Factory (White Gorilla Press, 2015), the novels Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children (Writers Tribe Books, 2012) and Two Small Birds (Writers Tribe Books, 2014), and the collection The Slaughterhouse Poems (White Gorilla Press, 2013), named one of the best books of the year by L Magazine. He lives in Trafford, PA, the last town in the Electric Valley, with his wife, the writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children. He works in medical research, serving elders.

Lisa Norris has published two prize-winning story collections, Women Who Sleep With Animals (Stephen F. Austin University Press Prize, 2011) and Toy Guns (Helicon Nine Press, 2000). Her stories, poems and creative nonfiction have been published in various literary journals—e.g., Terrain.OrgShenandoahFourth GenreAscentSouth Dakota Review, Smartish Pace, Notre Dame Review, and anthology called Kiss Tomorrow Hello (Doubleday 2006), among others. She is a professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. Previously, she taught for 15 years at Virginia Tech.

Stacey O’Connor holds an MFA from Fairfield University. She is (slowly and painfully) working her way through her first novel. Her short fiction has been published in Weatherbeaten Lit and Ink and Voices. You can follow her on Instagram at Wordsnwoofs or her blog, Imusuallywrite.blog.

A knitter, gardener and avid dog-snuggler, Lea Page lives in Montana with her husband. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Rumpus, The Pinch and The Boiler. She is also the author of Parenting in the Here and Now: Realizing the Strengths You Already Have (Floris Books, 2015). Visit her at www.LeaPageAuthor.com.

Tom Paine’s poetry is upcoming in The Nation, Glasgow Review of Books, Volt, Fence, Blackbox Manifold (Cambridge), The Common, Epiphany, Green Mountain Review, Forklift, and elsewhere. Stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The O. Henry Awards and the Pushcart Prize. His first story collection, Scar Vegas (Harcourt), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Pen/Hemingway finalist. He is a professor in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire.

Sara Ryan is a graduating poetry MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University and an associate poetry editor for Passages North. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from Pleiades, Sonora Review, Midwestern Gothic, Yemassee, Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, and others. Her chapbook, Never Leave the Foot of an Animal Unskinned, is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press. She will begin pursuing her PhD at Texas Tech University in the fall.

Michael G. Smith is a chemist. His poetry has been published in many literary journals and anthologies. No Small Things was published by Tres Chicas Books in 2014. The Dippers Do Their Part, a collaboration with visual artist Laura Young of haibun and katagami from their Shotpouch Cabin residency sponsored by the Spring Creek Project (Oregon State University), was published by Miriam’s Well in 2015. “Flip-Flop,” a haiku conversation with Miriam Sagan, was published in 2017 by Miriam’s Well. His poem “Disturbance Theory” was the first-place winner of the Oregon Poetry Association’s Fall 2017 Contest, New Poet category.

Jamie Stow is a sophomore at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography. She enjoys taking photos of people and architecture. Her work has been chosen for many various exhibits and publications.

Pia Taavila-Borsheim’s poems have appeared in several journals including: The Bear River Review, The Broadkill Review, Southern Humanities Review, Narrative Northeast, Tar River Poetry, Barrow Street, Threepenny Review, Wisconsin Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Gargoyle, storySouth, The Asheville Poetry Review, 32 Poems, Measure, Ibbetson Street Review, and The Southern Review, among others. She is a frequent participant at the Bear River, Sewanee and Key West writing conferences. Her poems have been nominated for two Best of the Net and two Pushcart Prizes. She has just finished a full-length manuscript of poems titled Notes from the New Wife, which is just now beginning to seek a happy publishing home.

New York-based artist Walid was born in Algeria and grew up in Paris where he studied at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts de Paris and L’atelier Chardon Savard. Inspired by his personal journey through life, Sad’s paintings represent the inevitable transition from childhood to adulthood with all the challenges that might come from it. Sad’s work is a meditation on life, concerned with the translation of the inexpressible onto canvas, these ephemeral moments are captured through brushstrokes and palette knife, where each feels is transposed onto a canvas, embodying curiosity, excitement, and anxiety as those are the sentiments of Walid.

Allison Wilkins is assistant director for Writing Workshops in Greece. Her first book of poems, Girl Who, was published by CW Books (2014). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Birmingham Poetry Review, Superstition Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and others. She received her M.F.A. at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

James Yates is a contributing editor to Longform.org, and he received his MFA from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 2015. His fiction has appeared in Hypertrophic PressHobartSplit Lip MagazineWhiskeyPaper, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and other publications. He currently lives and writes in Lafayette, Louisiana.

 

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