Online Issue #22 Contributors

Dawn Abeita Dawn Abeita writes fiction in Atlanta, Ga. Most of her work explores how quirks of personality and everyday evils impact people’s lives. Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals, including American Fiction, Fiction Weekly, Cortland Review and Four Way Review. Her novella “Pine” is available on Amazon Singles. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Sinejan Kılıç Buchina Sinejan Kılıç Buchina is an artist, and a visual educator. She received her B.F.A. in Art Education from Marmara University in 2006 in Istanbul, then completed the Isms in the 20th Century course in London in 2009. Further, she was selected as a resident curator at the Node Center in Berlin in 2012 and has finished her MA in Art History and Museum Studies at City College of New York in 2019. Sinejan Kılıç Buchina has for the last several years been exhaustively working on a series focused on time, material growth and social diaspora. Her practice relies on her personal history and traditional artistic education while also striving to break from both. Reminiscent of a relief, she uses thick and heavy materials on canvas to the point where the work moves into the territory of assemblage, highlighting the cracks of the layered paint, the bumps and bruises, the footprints of both wounds, thoughts and gesture. The artist’s works are looking at our era under a microscope to depict depravity and resurgence, mold to rot and deterioration, as a machine which has been abandoned to decay and rust and thus takes on a new form and purpose. These melodramatic and nihilistic notions bring with them their own optimism as the wounds inflicted as cracks and scars are integrated into a canvas. Sinejan examines the conceptual dilemma of painting by using non-common painting materials such as spackling paste, spices, pigments extracted from food, binding agents, natural inks and more, while still holding the canvas as her foundation.

Caitlin Carter Caitlin Carter is currently working on obtaining a Master of Design degree at the Basel School of Design. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University. While studying, she developed strong problem solving skills through a curriculums structured around design theory and that have fostered her ability to think conceptually in the areas of typography, visual identity, and composition. Through her work experience, she has developed her practical design skills. In her most recent position as a freelance designer, she worked as the Head of Design for the start-up, S4FE. She developed the brand identity from the initial beginning stage, including the logo. She carried out the concept through the creation of the White Paper and Corporate Identity Guidelines. She also lead the design team by delegating the ways to incorporate the brand identity to the web designers. Previously to freelancing, she worked as an Online Flash Advertising Designer with Trailer Park Inc., where she earned production experience working within an in-house advertising agency that created full-scale digital campaigns for entertainment industry clients such as Disney, Sony Pictures Animation, TNT, LOGO, and SHO. She also created flash banners for Toshiba and Keystone online ad campaigns, as well as After Effects X-Men banners. Prior to working at Trailer Park, she was employed as a Graphic Designer with Discovery Communications, where she created print and digital media design work for Discovery’s family of brands, including TLC, ID, and Science. When she was given the project of creating the 2012 One Sheets for Domestic Distribution, she was recognized for my creativity, attention to detail, and ability to create strong page-layouts. Before working at Discovery, she was employed as a Digital Media Designer with Gannett Company Inc., where she fine-tuned my skills in the Adobe Creative Suite. My day to day job requirements included Flash and InDesign online advertisements. She has also completed an internship at MTV Networks, which gave her the opportunity to work with a team of talented designers to create content for  Her Visual Communications Design studies, professional background as a graphic designer in the entertainment industry, self-initiated conceptual art projects and photography make me an ideal candidate to feature in your publication.

Lesley Clinton Lesley Clinton has won awards from the Poetry Society of Texas and has twice been selected as a Houston Poetry Fest Juried Poet. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Mezzo Cammin, the 2017 Texas Poetry Calendar, Sakura Review, Euphony Journal, and Madville Publishing’s anthology By the Light of a Neon Moon: Poetry out of Dancehalls, Honky Tonks, Music Halls, and Clubs. She teaches English at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, where she also co-moderates Inkwell Creative Writing Club.

Brian D. Cohen Brian D. Cohen is an educator, artist, and writer. In 1989 he founded Bridge Press to further the association and integration of visual image, original text, and book structure. As a printmaker, Brian has shown in over forty individual exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Fresno Art Museum, and has participated in over 150 group shows. Brian’s books and etchings are held by major private and public collections throughout the country, including Yale, Harvard, Brown, and Stanford Universities, Middlebury, Smith, Wellesley, Swarthmore, and Dartmouth Colleges, the University of Vermont, The New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, and the Philadelphia and Portland (Oregon) Museums of Art, as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the United States Ambassador’s residence in Egypt. Brian was the winner of major international print competitions in San Diego, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC., and Mexico City, and was awarded the Best Book in Show at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair. He is the illustrator of two popular natural science books, Reading the Forested Landscape and The Granite Landscape, and is a frequent contributor of artwork to literary reviews and other publications, including the Paris Review. A book of his work, Brian D. Cohen: Etchings & Books, was published in 2001. His writing on prints, books, and arts education have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art in Print, Parenthesis, Vermont Views, and other print and online journals and magazines. Brian lives in Westmoreland, New Hampshire.

Ja’net Danielo Ja’net Danielo’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Sky Island Journal, Italian Americana, 2River View, The Cortland Review, SOFTBLOW, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Cerritos College, where she teaches creative writing and composition. She lives in Long Beach, California with her husband and her dog.

Dante Di Stefano Dante Di Stefano is the author of two poetry collections: Love Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight (Brighthorse Books, 2016) and Ill Angels (Etruscan Press, 2019). His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in American Life in Poetry, Best American Poetry 2018, Prairie Schooner, The Sewanee Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. Along with María Isabel Álvarez, he is the co-editor of the anthology, Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump’s America (NYQ Books, 2018).

Leah Dockrill Leah Dockrill is a visual artist residing in Toronto, Canada. Her academic education includes degrees in education, library science and law. With informal training in art, she has built a thirty-year art practice of painting, collage and digital art. Her artwork has been exhibited in Canada and the U.S. and she has won numerous awards, including the Gold Artist Award, ArtAscent : Art & Literary Journal, August, 2018.Other reviews have published her work as well – or have publication in progress. Some of these are High Shelf Press, The Esthetic Apostle, Glassworks Magazine, The Raw Art Review, and She has been an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists since 2000.

Ryan Favata Ryan Favata is a writer, poet, and painter. He is a native Floridian and currently enrolled in the Stetson University MFA program. His publications have only been in writing, so this is his my first visual art publication.

Natalie Homer Natalie Homer is the author of the chapbook Attic of the Skull (dancing girl press, 2018). Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, Meridian, The Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, the minnesota review, The Pinch, Blue Earth Review, Ruminate, Salamander, The Lascaux Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and others. She earned an MFA from West Virginia University and lives in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Catherine Johnson Catherine’s work has been published in Oregon Humanities, Propeller, STORGY, Portland Monthly Magazine, Nowhere Travel Magazine, Elephant Journal, District Lines, and is forthcoming in Scabland Books’ anthology Evergreen: Fairy Tales, Essays & Fables from the Dark Northwest. She is a graduate from the MFA program in Nonfiction Creative Writing at Portland State University. Catherine lives and teaches writing in Portland, Oregon.

Chloe Kang Chloe Kang is a high school junior attending North London Collegiate School Jeju, South Korea. Her art practice involves experimenting with different types of materials and she loves to explore the way that textures and colors can work off each other. Her work has been published in Adroit Journal, The Claremont Review, and the Daphne Review. Chloe is currently putting together her portfolio and looking forward to attending a university in America.

Karah Kemmerly Karah Kemmerly grew up in Northern California but currently lives in Corvallis, where she is pursuing an MFA in poetry at Oregon State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Spectrum Literary Journal, Tulane Review, and the Plath Poetry Project.

Choong Yoon Lee Choong Yoon Lee is a sophomore attending Westmister High School in Simsbury, Connecticut.

Shannon Nakai Shannon Nakai’s poems are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, The Midwest Review, and Porkbelly Press’ online issue Sugared Water. Her work has been featured in Tupelo Quarterly, The Bacopa Literary Review, River City Poetry, and Touchstone Journal; and anthologized in 35 Tips for Writing Powerful Prose Poems (2017). The recipient of the Fulbright and Bruce Cutler Fellowships, finalist for The Atlanta Review Poetry Contest (2015) and The Midwest Review Writing Contest (2018), and nominee for the AWP Intro Poetry Prize (2016), she holds an MFA from Wichita State University, where she worked for Mikrokosmos and Dzanc Books, and where she currently teaches. Shannon lives with her husband and newborn son in Wichita, KS.

Richard Nickel Richard Nickel began Norfolk Growler Company in 2016, developing methods to produce handmade ceramic growlers. He also recently attended and taught at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts Fellowship and Summer Residency in Helena, MT and “Artists Invite” at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. Richard has been also awarded several grants for research in education and ceramics, including a Faculty Innovator Grant, ODU Summer Research Fellowship and the Service Learning Min-Grant. As a designer he has created a cover illustration for Studio Potter, posters for Crafted Indie Arts and Crafts Market, ceramic awards for Skutt Kilns, illustrations for Alt Daily and animations for WHRO HealthBeat. Richard is also an active public artist, having designed and painted murals in Rochester, NY, Niagara Falls, NY, Norfolk, VA, and Virginia Beach.

Samuel Piccone Samuel Piccone is the author of the chapbook Pupa (Anhinga Press, 2018). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including, Southern Indiana Review, Passages North, American Literary Review, and Columbia Poetry Review. He received an MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University and serves on the poetry staff at Raleigh Review. Currently, he resides and teaches in Nevada.

Jenny Rossi Jenny Rossi lives in New England with work in Painted Bride Quarterly and The Emerson Review. Dwarf Star Award finalist and Pushcart Prize Nominee.

David Salner David Salner’s writing appears in recent issues of Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, Salmagundi, River Styx, Beloit Poetry Journal, and many other magazines. He is the author of Blue Morning Light (2016, Pond Road Press), which features poems on the paintings of American artist George Bellows.

Kathryn Smith Kathryn Smith is the author of the poetry collection Book of Exodus (Scablands Books, 2017) and the chapbook Chosen Companions of the Goblin, winner of the 2018 Open Country Press Chapbook Contest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, The Journal, Sugar House Review, Saranac Review, Redivider, and elsewhere, and she has received awards from the Allied Arts Foundation and Spokane Arts.

Cedric Synnestvedt Cedric lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and son and he teaches writing at Texas State University in San Marcos. His fiction has appeared in [PANK], The Sonora Review, and Jabberwock Review.

Cheyenne Taylor Cheyenne Taylor is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Florida. She received her BA and MA in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has worked as a freelancer and public librarian. Her poems and poetry reviews have appeared in Barrow Street, Birmingham Poetry Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Cincinnati Review, Quarterly West, and Waccamaw, among others.

Anna Tomlinson Anna Tomlinson grew up on Sauvie Island, Oregon. She is in her third year of the University of Virginia’s MFA program, where she teaches poetry, first year writing, and summer transition classes. Her poems have recently appeared in The Adroit Journal and Tupelo Quarterly.

Calvin Welch Calvin Welch is an interdisciplinary surrealist exploring visual textures and dormant nostalgia. You can find him on Instagram @caljwel.

Bill Wolak Bill Wolak has just published his fifteenth book of poetry entitled The Nakedness Defense with Ekstasis Editions. His collages have appeared recently in Naked in New Hope 2018, The 2019 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Poetic Illusion, The Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ, the 2019 Dirty Show in Detroit, 2018 The Rochester Erotic Arts Festival, and The 2018 Montreal Erotic Art Festival.