Contributors Issue 09, Spring 2017

Devon Balwit is from Portland, OR. She has two chapbooks: How the Blessed Travel (Maverick Duck Press) & Forms Most Marvelous (forthcoming with dancing girl press). Her work has found many homes, some of which are: Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, The Stillwater Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Red Earth Review, Panoplyzine, and The Inflectionist Review.

Andrea Blancas Beltran is from El Paso, Texas. Her work has recently been selected for publication in Gramma, H_NGM_N, Entropy, RHINO PoetryRadar, & Pilgrimage. You can find her @drebelle.

Robert Beveridge makes noise ( and writes poetry just outside Cleveland, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Pink Litter, The Ignatian, and YuGen, among others.

Ace Boggess is author of the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016) and two books of poetry, most recently, The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014). Forthcoming is a third poetry collection: Ultra-Deep Field (Brick Road). His poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Rattle, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

Sarah Bokich is a writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon.  Her work has appeared in Voicecatcher, CloudbankPoetry Breakfast, The Woman Inc., and The Timberline Review, and her chapbook Rocking Chair at the End of the World is forthcoming this spring with Finishing Line Press.  She can be reached at

Dmitry Borshch was born in Dnepropetrovsk, studied in Moscow, today lives in New York. His drawings and sculptures have been exhibited at the National Arts Club (New York), Brecht Forum (New York), ISE Cultural Foundation (New York), the State Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg). More drawings are at

Kate Cumiskey is a writer who lives in coastal Central Florida. She’s the author of several books, including Yonder (poetry), Ana (fiction, forthcoming), Surfers' Rules: The Mike Martin Story (forthcoming, biography) from Silent e Publishing; and Surfing in New Smyrna Beach and University of Central Florida Through Time, both nonfiction. The daughter of a lead designer for NASA, this piece is an excerpt from her memoir, Ded Reckoning: Navigating with my Father's Compass. Her educational blog runs at

William Doreski’s most recent book is The Suburbs of Atlantis (2013). His poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals. He lives in Peterborough, NH.

Christine Gardiner has a MFA in the Literary Arts from Brown University and PhD in Poetry from the University of Denver. Her first book of poems, My Sister's Father, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press, and she works as an Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at the College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources, where she is edified by her students and their stories. 

Rigoberto González is the author of several poetry books, including So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks (1999), a National Poetry Series selection; Black Blossoms (2011); and Unpeopled Eden (2013), winner of a Lambda Literary Award. González lives in New York City and teaches at the MFA writing program at Rutgers University—Newark.

Greg Hill is a writer and voice over talent in West Hartford, Connecticut, and has an MFA from Vermont of College of Fine Arts. His works have appeared in Cheap Pop, Nanoism, Past Ten, Queen Mob's Teahouse, and elsewhere. In the evenings, he composes little tunes for his daughters, who are too young to know how poorly their father plays the piano.

Kelly Jones currently lives, writes, and works towards becoming a librarian in Greensboro, NC. In their spare time they embrace all things glittery, stress-bake, and attempt to keep the houseplants alive.

Patricia Killelea is a Chicana poet originally from California, who now lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she is Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University. She teaches poetry in their MFA program and courses in Native American Literature. She holds a PhD in Native American Studies and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of California at Davis. She is also the poetry editor at the lit journal Passages North and the reviews editor for the journal As/Us: A Space for Women of the World. Her poems have previously been published in Quarterly West, The Common, Waxwing, As/Us, Spiritus, and others.

Nancy Klepsch’s project to provide pop up poetry readings and workshops to youth and seniors and to create poetry walks around the topic of vacant buildings called Breathing These Words was funded by the public art program called Breathing Lights.  Her poems have been published in The Altar Collective, Sinister Wisdom, Oberon, 13th Moon and Chronogram among others, and online on Barzakh and Albany Poets. She is one of the founders of Riverside Community Press.

Adrian Matejka teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington. Matejka is the author of several poetry collections including The Big Smoke (2013), which was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. He is also the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Foundation, and his most recent book is Map to the Stars (2017).

Jonah Mixon-Webster is a poet, sound artist, and educator from Flint, MI. He is a Ph.D. candidate in English Studies/Creative Writing at Illinois State University. His poetry and hybrid works are featured in Spoon River Poetry ReviewAssaracusCallaloo, LA Review of Books' Voluble, and the anthology Zombie Variation Symposium, among others. 

Alicia Ostriker is a poet and critic, most recently author of Waiting for the Light, twice a finalist for the National Book Award, and currently a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in new York City and teaches in the low-residency Poetry MFA Program of Drew University.

Donald Edem Quist is author of the nonfiction collection Harbors (Awst Press). His work has appeared in several print and online publications. Find him online at

Jo-Ella Sarich has practised as a lawyer for a number of years, recently returning to poetry after a long hiatus. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Verse News, Cleaver Magazine, Blackmail Press, Poets Reading the News, The Galway Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, takahē magazine and the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017., @jsarich_writer.

Owen Schaefer is a Canadian writer and poet. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2013, he lived in Tokyo for fifteen years. His work has been published in various anthologies and literary journals including Dimsum, Pressed, McGill Street Magazine, Jungle Crows: A Tokyo Expatriate Anthology, and the Hong Kong Future Perfect anthology. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of British Columbia, and is working on a novel set in 1960s Japan.

Alisa Sikelianos-Carter is a Queer, Black, Femme, mixed-media artist from upstate New York. She is currently an MA candidate at SUNY Albany.

Poet and playwright, Chris Tysh is the author of several collections of poetry and drama. Her latest publications are Our Lady of the Flowers, Echoic (Les Figues, 2013); Molloy: The Flip Side (BlazeVox, 2012) and Night Scales: A Fable for Klara K (United Artists, 2010).  She holds fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation.