Summer Contest Issue Contributors

Christopher Cascio is a writer, visual artist, and editor. His writing has appeared in The Southampton Review, Kalliope, Rose & Thorn Journal, and others, and is forthcoming in Sand: Berlin’s English Literary Journal. In 2015, his portraiture was featured in Art by America: A National Review of Two-Dimensional Contemporary Art, juried by James Yood and Ginny Voedisch. He teaches writing at Monroe College and currently lives in Kings Park, NY with his dog, Samuel L. Jackson III.

Brian Czyzyk recently received his Bachelor’s degree in English Writing from Northern Michigan University, and was selected as the winner of Atlanta Review’s 2017 Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets. His work has been published in or is forthcoming from Assaracus, CutBank, Crab Orchard Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Harpur Palate, and elsewhere. You can follow him @bczyzykwrites, if you like. He wishes you the best.

Sandra Faulkner researches, teaches, and writes about relationships in NW Ohio where she knits, runs, and writes poetry about her feminist middle-aged rage and lives well with her partner, their warrior girl, and two rescue mutts.

Harshal is an artist, entrepreneur, and writer that loathes the typical 9-5 existence. After quitting his business to hone the world of entrepreneurship and design solutions, he documents his thoughts through writing and photography as he takes on societies norms armed with nothing more than his cheeky wit and undeniable charm. He recently won the London Photo Festival 2017 for the Architecture theme and is a co-founder of Parentheses Journal. Email him on

Carlie Hoffman is a recipient of the 2016 Discovery Poetry Prize. A finalist for the Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize and the Pablo Neruda Prize, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Chicago Quarterly Review, Bennington Review, Boston Review, Narrative Magazine, New England Review and elsewhere. She is from New Jersey. Visit her at

Jury S. Judge is an artist, writer, poet, and political cartoonist. She contributes to The Noise, a literary arts and news magazine. Her Astronomy Comedy cartoons are also published in the Lowell Observer. Her artwork has been published in Timber and Dodging The Rain. She has been interviewed on the television news program, NAZ Today for her work as a political cartoonist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2014.

Barbara Martin grew up on three continents, and has lived in eleven states coast to coast. She currently lives in Oregon where she keeps a studio and teaches art classes. Art is an adventure for Barbara, where each painting is a new exploration of place and emotion. Her work is contemporary in style and leans toward the abstract, and sometimes surreal. Her subjects range from the serenity of a landscape to the horror of a nightmare. Barbara belongs to the Oregon Society of Artists and is a member of several galleries and artist groups in Oregon. Her work has been featured in galleries, shows and museums around the country, as well as in Norway.

Doug McNamara is an artist and pamphleteer living in Brooklyn with the writer Amy McNamara.  His drawings have appeared in Esopus, Meatpaper, jubilat, Weird Illustrated, the Society of Nematologists newsletter, and NYC subway seats.

Rachel Marie Patterson is the co-founder and editor of Radar Poetry. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her recent work appears in Cimarron Review, Harpur Palate, New Plains Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Journal, Thrush, Parcel Magazine, Smartish Pace, and others. The winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, her poems have also been nominated for Best New Poets, the Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net. Learn more at

Kimmy Quillin (b. 1983, Wisconsin) has been wearing glasses since the fourth grade. In 2006 she moved to New York, a busy city often more easily taken in without the crystallizing focus of corrective lenses. In 2008, she ran out of contacts and went for a year without seeing the world with 20/20 clarity. Her paintings echo this color field version of reality in which she frequently still exists by leaving her glasses or contacts at home. Kimmy lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. For more works by Kimmy, please visit

Eric Rasmussen teaches high school English in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is pursuing an MFA from Augsburg College, and his work is featured or upcoming in Fugue, Sundog Lit, Pithead Chapel, Black Fox Literary, and Volume One Magazine, among others. He serves as editor of the regional literary journal Barstow & Grand, and fiction reader for Split Lip Magazine.

Jen Rouse is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Her poems have appeared in Hot Tin Roof, Poetry, Poet Lore, MadHatLit, Pretty Owl, The Tishman Review, Inflectionist Review, Midwestern Gothic, Sinister Wisdom, and elsewhere. Her play, Conjure: A Cycle in Three Parts, was produced in August 2017 by SPT Theatre Co. Rouse was named a finalist by Ellen Bass in the Charlotte Mew Poetry Chapbook contest. Her chapbook, Acid and Tender, came out December 2016 from Headmistress Press.

Gabriel Rubi is a native San Diegan who is a career civil servant. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. He lived and died in video games, but now he is a father and husband afraid to die. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poetry International, and elsewhere. Gabriel Rubi is a 2017 Intro Journals Project Winner.

SEIGAR is an English philologist, a high school teacher, and a curious photographer. He is a fetishist for reflections, saturated colors, details and religious icons. His most ambitious project so far is his “Plastic People”, a work that focuses on the humanization of the mannequins he finds in the shop windows all over the world. He has participated in several exhibitions in Tenerife, and his works have also been featured in international publications. His website is

Leona Sevick is the 2017 Press 53 Poetry Award Winner for her first full-length book, Lion Brothers.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Verse Daily, Little Patuxent Review, North American Review, The Journal, and Crab Orchard Review.  Her work also appears in The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (2017). She is provost at Bridgewater College in Virginia. Find her on Twitter at @lsevick or on her website

Khushboo Shah is a young thinker, writer and artist. Her passion for traveling has led her off the beaten track in Kenya and Kyrgyzstan. She loves spontaneous road trips, cheesy fries, and sunsets on the beach. She also maintains a personal blog, which can be found here:

Sharon Lee Snow earned an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she served as a fiction editor of Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art. Her work has been published in Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art, Bridge Eight Literary Magazine, and other publications. A longtime resident of Tampa, Florida, she currently lives with her husband in Pasadena, California, where she is working on a short story collection, a collection of poems about growing up in the Rust Belt, and a novel set in Tampa.

W. Scott Thomason’s stories have appeared in over a half dozen journals, most recently The Roanoke Review, New Plains Review, and Waccamaw. He holds an MFA from McNeese State University and is the Managing Editor of Yellow Flag Press. A native of North Carolina, he currently lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife and two dogs.

Jonathan Travelstead served in the Air Force National Guard for six years as a firefighter and currently works as a full-time firefighter for the city of Murphysboro, and as co-editor for Cobalt Review. Having finished his MFA at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, he also turns a lathe, crafting pens under the name Scorched Ink Penturning. His first collection “How We Bury Our Dead” by Cobalt Press was released in March, 2015, and “Conflict Tours” (Cobalt Press) was released in 2017.

Timothy Johnson is a multimedia artist and graduate of Emerson College from the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. His works on paper have previously appeared in the Blueshift Journal, the Tishman Review, and the Adirondack Review.

Christian Gilman Whitney is a former high school English teacher. He was born and raised in Western Massachusetts, and earned his MFA from Bennington College.

Lawrence Wilson is a newspaper editor and columnist in California, and artistic director of LitFest Pasadena. He was a co-founder of the Berkeley Poetry Review at UC Berkeley, where he studied writing with Thom Gunn and Seamus Heaney.

Christopher Woods lives in Chappell Hill, Texas with his wife Linda and their Great Pyrenees therapy dog, Teddy. His photographs can be seen in his gallery: