Issue One

Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three recent chapbooks: Set List (Bitchin Kitsch,) In Stone and The Most Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press). His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit and Cloudbank.

Brett Blocker holds a B.A in English and Communication Studies from Saint Cloud State University.  Fascinated with all things bizarre, he currently spends his time working at group home for elderly Schizophrenics.

Ace Boggess is author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire Press, 2003). His novel, A Song Without a Melody, is forthcoming from Hyperborea Publishing. His writing has appeared in Notre Dame Review, Harvard Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Rattle, River Styx, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

Grant Clauser is the author of the books Necessary Myths and The Trouble with Rivers. Poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Cheat River Review, Cortland Review, The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly and others. By day he writes about electronics and daydreams about fly fishing. He teaches workshops at Musehouse and runs the blog

Alyssa Colton has had fiction published online at Her story "Five Ways to Eat a Grapefruit" was selected for a "Selected Shorts"-style regional presentation. Her essays and other writings have appeared in Mothering, Iris: A Journal about Women, Moxie: For Women Who Dare, a book, Surviving Literary Suicide, and other publications. She lives in Albany, New York with her two daughters. She taught writing for many years at the college level and now work in communications for the state government.

Catherine Deiley (pronounced DY-lee) is a Pennsylvania native living in New Hampshire and attending the University of New Hampshire's MFA Program.  Her work has appeared in Mr. Roach Magazine and The Amaranth Review.  In addition to writing, Catherine really likes drinking coffee.  

Chris Dungey Retired auto worker in MI. Ride mtn. bike, feed two wood-stoves, camp at sports-car races, watch English football, sing in Presbyterian choir, spend too much time in Starbucks. More than 55 story credits including 8 last year. So far in 2016: Icarus Down and Aethlon: A Journal of Sports Literature. Forthcoming in Noctua.

Helen Gallegos Evans has an English Literature degree and has taught English to students in Los Angeles for seventeen years. Her short story "The Rodadora" was published in Gingerbread House Literary Magazine in August 2015. 

Evan Guilford-Blake’s prose, plays and poetry, for adults and children, have appeared in almost 70 journals and anthologies, winning 24 awards and receiving two Pushcart Prize nominations. His plays have been performed internationally and won 43 playwriting competitions. Thirty of his scripts are published. His novels Animation (adult) and The Bluebird Prince (middle-grade), and the short story collection American Blues, are available through Amazon and other online retailers. He and his wife (and inspiration) Roxanna, a healthcare writer and jewelry designer, live in the southeastern US.

 Max Heinegg B.A. Union college, 1995, MAT, Boston University 1997. 18 year ELA teacher in the Medford Public Schools. Winner of the 2016 Emily Stauffer poetry prize from Apogee magazine, Franklin College. His poems are accepted for spring 2016 publication at Chiron Review, Stone Canoe, The New Independents (inaugural issue), and Misfit Magazine. As a singer-songwriter, his last four solo cds of original rock and roll appear on ITunes, and the Museum of Americana's American Songbook. Journalist published in Edible Boston, The Weekly Dig, Well Done Boston, and The Medford Transcript. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Medford, MA.

Dan Huynh is a Vietnamese-American writer from the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. He started writing towards the end of high school and his work centers around personal traumas, such as love and loss, or existential questions that one faces as the years pass. His heaviest influences are the poet Andrea Gibson and the band La Dispute. He is currently working on an English Literature degree for which he is funding by waiting tables.

Mark Jackley's forthcoming book of poems, On the Edge of a Very Small Town, is available free from the author at HIs work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Natural Bridge, Talking River, and other journals. He lives in Sterling, VA.

Tina Kotrla is a native Houstonian teaching, writing and making art amidst three active dogs. She teaches art at Houston Community College. Her current art pieces involve the appropriation of old photos by adding drawn elements while her poems seek to find beauty in the otherwise mundane. 

Catherine Kyle holds a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University. She teaches at the College of Western Idaho and writes grants for The Cabin, a literary nonprofit. She is the author and illustrator of the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014); the author of the poetry chapbooks Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015) and Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015); and a co-editor of Goddessmode (Cool Skull Press, 2015). She also helps run the Ghosts & Projectors poetry reading series. Her graphic narratives, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in The Rumpus, Superstition Review, WomenArts Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Christine M. Lasek holds an MFA from the University of South Florida and is the Academic Professional for the University of Georgia Creative Writing Program.  Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in literary magazines and her collection of short stories, Love Letters to Michigan, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications.  Visit her online at:

Mark Edward Mann lives in Chicago, Il, where he was born. He works at a bookstore, and he teaches a poetry class at a social service agency.

 Jennifer Martelli’s poetry has appeared in Tar River Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Rogue Agent.  Her reviews and essays have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Drunken Boat, and Gravel.  She is a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry and is an associate editor for The Compassion Project.  Her first full-length poetry manuscript, The Uncanny Valley, is forthcoming this spring from Big Table Publishing Company. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

 Samantha Milich is currently living in Philly as a recent graduate of Uarts with a BFA in multidisciplinary studies.  Her focus was on installation art, her minor in creative writing.  She has been published several times in the Uarts literary magazine The Underground Pool and has been a reader for the poetry collective “Whenever We Feel like It.”  She currently works at a lobster shack, slinging lobster rolls daily as well as managing their philly-centric marketing and catering needs.

Tobias Peterson holds an MFA in Poetry from Texas State University.  His work has appeared in Analecta, Fiasco, A-pos-tro-phe, Dirt Press, The Gulf Coast Review, and Popmatters. He teaches at Clark Collge in Vancouver, Washington.

 John Pistelli's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Rain Taxi, The Millions. Revolver, The Squawk Back, Winter Tangerine Review, The Stockholm Review of Literature, The Harpoon Review, Atomic, Muse, and elsewhere. His novella The Ecstasy of Michaela was published by Valhalla Press. Find out more at 

 Jerome Richard “I am a retired professor of English (Western Washington University) now writing fiction and social commentary. My novel, The Kiss of the Prison Dancer, was a runner-up for the 2005 PEN/Hemingway Award.  I also edited the anthology The Good Life.  Other works have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Iconoclast, The Humanist, Tikkun, East Coast Literary Review, Free State Review, The Main Street Rag, and elsewhere. There are links on my website:”

Steve Sibra was born and raised in Eastern Montana near the town of Big Sandy (population less than 1000 people).  He has always been a writer; his first publications included work on the high school newspaper and he was editor of his high school literary magazine.  He now lives in Seattle.  Recent publications include Jersey Devil Press, Jawline Review and Literary Stories.

David Spicer has had poems in Yellow Mama, Reed Magazine, Slim Volume, concis, Jersey Devil Press, The American Poetry Review, New Verse News, Ploughshares, Bad Acid Laboratories, Inc., Dead Snakes, and in A Galaxy of Starfish: An Anthology of Modern Surrealism (Salo Press, 2016). He has been nominated for a Pushcart, is the author of one full-length collection of poems and four chapbooks, and is the former editor of Raccoon, Outlaw, and Ion Books. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.


Carter Vance is a student and aspiring poet originally from Cobourg, Ontario, currently studying at Carleton University in Ottawa. His work has appeared in such publications as A Swift Exit, (parenthetical) and the Scarlet Leaf Review. He received an Honourable Mention from Contemporary Verse 2's Young Buck Poetry Awards in 2014. His work also appears on his personal blog Comment is Welcome (

Suzanne Zewan lives with her husband and teenage son in western New York. She grew up in Genesee County and will be graduating from SUNY Brockport’s Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing program with a concentration in creative writing in spring ‘16. Additionally, she has degrees in fashion merchandising and business education. Suzanne has been an educator for over 20 years and is also an adjunct professor for Buffalo State College’s Career and Technical Education Department. She is currently seeking publication for her debut historical novel Shadow by the Bridge