Issue Five Contributors

MARIA LUISA ARROYO, multi-lingual poet, translator, and former poet laureate of Springfield, MA, is the author of Gathering Words|Recogiendo palabras and Destierro Means More than Exile. Assistant Professor of Writing and First-Year Studies at Bay Path University, she received the Der-Hovanessian Prize in 2019.

JENNIFER BADOT is a poet based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Her debut collection, The Blue House and the Dawn, is forthcoming from Lily Poetry Review Books. Badot’s poems have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix Literary Supplement, Stuff Magazine, lift, Studia Mystica and elsewhere.

BRANDY BARENTS lives in Cambridge and teaches in the Writing Program at Boston University. Her work has appeared in 236, The American Literary Review, Barrow Street, and The Country Dog Review.

ROY BENTLEY, finalist for the Miller Williams prize for his book Walking with Eve in the Loved City, is the author of seven books of poetry; including, most recently, American Loneliness from Lost Horse Press, who is bringing out a new & selected in 2020. He has published poetry in december, The Southern Review, New Letters, Crazyhorse, Shenandoah, Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle among others.

BRETT BIEBEL teaches writing and literature at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. His (mostly very) short fiction has appeared in Chautauqua, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Masters Review, Emrys Journal, and elsewhere. 48 Blitz, his debut story collection, will be published in December 2020 by Split/Lip Press. You can follow him on Twitter @bbl_brett.

ELISABETH BLAIR is a poet based in Vermont. She has been artist-in-residence at ACRE, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her publications include We He She/It, a chapbook (Dancing Girl Press, 2016), without saying, a forthcoming chapbook (Ethel Press, 2020), and poems in a variety of journals, including Feminist Studies and cream city review. She is currently honored to lead the poetry workshop for the Burlington Writers Workshop in Vermont.

ACE BOGGESS is author of five books of poetry—Misadventure, I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, Ultra Deep Field, The Prisoners, and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled—as well the novels States of Mercy and A Song Without a Melody. His writing appears in Notre Dame Review, The Laurel Review, River Styx, Rhino, North Dakota Quarterly, and other journals. He received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

WENDY BOOYDEGRAAF holds a Master of Education degree from Grand Valley State University and a graduate certificate in children’s literature from Penn State. She is the author of Salad Pie, a children’s picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Third Wednesday, SmokeLong Quarterly, Bending Genres, Critical Read, Across the Margin, and Jellyfish Review, and is forthcoming in So It Goes, Border Crossing, Whistling Shade, and NOON.

SHIRLEY J. BREWER serves as poet-in-residence at Carver Center for the Arts & Technology, a high school in Baltimore, MD. She also teaches creative writing workshops for seniors – sponsored by Passager Books. Recent poems appear in Poetry East, Barrow Street, Chiron Review, Comstock Review, Gargoyle, Slant, and many other journals and anthologies (including Nasty Women Poets published by Lost Horse Press). Shirley’s poetry books include A Little Breast Music (Passager Books, 2008), After Words (Apprentice House, 2013), and Bistro in Another Realm (Main Street Rag, 2017). In January, 2020, Shirley was interviewed at the Library of Congress by Maryland poet laureate, Grace Cavalieri, for her long-running series “The Poet and the Poem.”

MARY BUCHINGER is the author of four collections of poetry: Navigating the Reach (forthcoming), e i n f ü h l u n g/in feeling (2018), Aerialist (2015) and Roomful of Sparrows (2008). She is president of the New England Poetry Club and Professor of English and communication studies at MCPHS University in Boston. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Diagram, Gargoyle, Nimrod, [PANK], Salamander, Slice Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere; her website is

PAULA CAMACHO is a nationally-exhibiting artist who is receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fall of 2019. She works predominantly in painting. She has been an artist-in-residence at the New York Academy of Art, as well as participated in numerous group-shows throughout Florida. Paula plans to pursue more artist residencies in the future and continue developing her spiritual life, which consequently informs her artwork.

BARBARA SIEGEL CARLSON is the author of 2 poetry collections, Once in Every Language (Kelsay Books, 2017) and Fire Road (Dream Horse Press, 2013), co-translator of two books of poems by Srečko Kosovel and co-editor of A Bridge of Voices: Contemporary Slovene Poetry and Perspectives. She is one of 5 poets featured in Take Five, a collection of prose poems, due out in May from Finishing Line Press.

PAULA COLANGELO received an MFA in Poetry from Drew University. Her poetry is published in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, and her book reviews appear in Pleiades and Rain Taxi. She has taught poetry in a healing focused program at a rehabilitation center in New Jersey.

JAILENE CORDERO is a Puerto Rican writer and digital illustrator, living in Illinois, United States.

CHELLA COURINGTON is a writer and teacher whose poetry and fiction appear or are forthcoming in numerous anthologies and journals including SmokeLong Quarterly, The Collagist, and The Los Angeles Review. Her novella, Adele and Tom: The Portrait of a Marriage, is available at Breaking Rules Publishing. Originally from the Appalachian South, Courington lives in California with another writer and two cats (

LILIA DOBOS is a graduate teaching assistant at Salisbury University. Her academic achievements include receiving a Killam Fellowship with Fulbright Canada and being a Fulbright semifinalist. Her poems have been published in Barely South Review, New Mexico Review, The Shore, and elsewhere.

GABE DURHAM is the author of three books, including a novel in monologues, FUN CAMP (Publishing Genius, 2013). His writings have appeared in the TLR, Barrelhouse, Hobart, Puerto Del Sol, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles where he runs Boss Fight Books.

KAREN FRIEDLAND is a nonprofit grant writer by day. Her poems have been published in Nixes Mate Review, Writing in a Women’s Voice, Lily Poetry Review, Vox Populi and others. She currently has a poem hanging on the walls of Boston’s City Hall, selected by Boston’s Poet Laureate. Her book of poems, Places That Are Gone, was published in 2019 by Nixes Mate Books, and she has a chapbook forthcoming in late 2020. Karen is a member of Cervena Barva Press and is a founding member of the Boston-based Poetry Sisters collective.

ROBBIE GAMBLE’s poems and essays have appeared in the Atlanta Review, Cider Press Review, RHINO, Rust + Moth, Scoundrel Time, and Tahoma Literary Review. He was the winner of the 2017 Carve Poetry prize and held a 2019 Peter Taylor fellowship in nonfiction at the Kenyon Summer Writers Workshop. He is the associate poetry editor at Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, and he divides his time Between Boston and Vermont.

CAPRICE GARVIN is a native New Mexican, currently residing in New Jersey. She studied in the Writing Division at Columbia University, where she was awarded The Woolrich Award for Excellence in Writing, and in the Writing Division at Sarah Lawrence College where she earned an M.F.A. in fiction. Her poetry has been published in Indolent Books (What Rough Beast poetry series), Glass: A Journal of Poetry (Poets Resist series), and The New Verse News.

NAKUL GROVER holds a master’s degree in English, and undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and English from Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College. He is currently working on a novel about climate change migration, sexuality, and religion. He has won 15+ awards across fiction, poetry, and the essay.

TODD HELDT is a librarian in Chicago. His first collection of poetry, Card Tricks for the Starving, was published by Ghost Road Press. Other things written under various pseudonyms have appeared in print, on the internet, and on movie screens. Since becoming a father his biographical statement has less time to be interesting. His work has appeared recently in 2AM Muse, Anti-, Black Tongue Review, Blast Furnace, Chiron Review, The Ekphrastic Review, The Fear of Monkeys, Gyroscope Review, Modern Poetry Quarterly, Requiem, Rue Scribe, Sundress, and ThreePenny Review.

MARK JEDNASZEWSKI grew up in Tampa and studied marine engineering at Kings Point. He splits his time between Philadelphia and at sea, as the chief engineer on a deep ocean car carrier. He received his MFA from the Solstice Program of Pine Manor College, where he was the 2018 Dennis Lehane Fiction Fellow. His fiction has been nominated for Best of the Net, appearing in Mineral Lit, Gravel, and elsewhere. His fiction chapbook Scales of the Ouroboros will be published by the Cupboard Pamphlet in May 2021. Connect with him on Twitter: @ninjaneerski

K. CARLTON JOHNSON’s work has appeared in Rattle, MacGuffin, The Diner and Barely South. Both poet and visual artist, living on the shores of Lake Superior.

CHRISTINE JONES is founder/editor of Poems2go and an associate editor of Lily Poetry Review. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including 32 poems, cagibi, Pangyrus, Sugar House Review, Mom Egg Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of the full-length poetry book, Girl Without a Shirt (Finishing Line Press, 2020) and co-editor of the recently released anthology, Voices Amidst the Virus: Poets Respond to the Pandemic (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2020). She resides in Cape Cod, MA.

MILTON JORDAN lives in Georgetown, Texas, with his wife, the musician Anne Jordan. He has published essays, poems, reviews, and stories in literary and general circulation journals. His most recent poetry collection is What the Rivers Gather (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2020). Milton edited the anthology, No Season for Silence: Texas Poets and Pandemic (Kallisto Gaia Press, 2020).

JURY S. JUDGE is an internationally published artist, writer, poet, and political cartoonist. Her ‘Astronomy Comedy’ cartoons are published in Lowell Observatory’s quarterly publication, The Lowell Observer. She has been interviewed on the television news program, ‘NAZ Today’ for her work as a political cartoonist. Her artwork has been widely featured in over one hundred literary magazines such as, Blue Mesa Review, The Tishman Review, Blue Moon Review, and The Ignatian Literary Journal. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2014.

LAURA HOFFMAN KELLY is a United States Marine Corps Veteran currently enrolled in The University of Tampa’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. Her most recent work is forthcoming or appears in: 2River, Miracle Monocle, Hyperlimenous, Bop Dead City, Enizagam, Typishly, The Bangalore Review, The Gyroscope Review, Poetry Circle, The Ibis Head Review, Chaleur Magazine, The Write Launch, Night Picnic, Noir Nation, Left Hooks, Flypaper Magazine, Pouch, Lady Blue Literary Magazine, and WOWsdom:The Girl’s Guide To The Positive and The Possible created by Donna Orender. Hoffman is also the winner of the 2018 Wainright Award for Poetry.

RICHARD KOSTELANETZ’s work appears in various editions of Readers Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster’s Dictionary of American Writers, The HarperCollins Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of American Scholars, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Art,, and, among other distinguished directories. Otherwise, he survives in New York, where he was born, unemployed and thus overworked.

KIMAYA KULKARNI is a writer living in and constantly being inspired by her hometown, Pune. She has an MSc in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and her features on Marathi theatre have appeared in the Pune Mirror. Her flash fiction has been published in Wizards in Space and Honey and Lime.

ASHLEY KUNSA’s creative work appears in many venues including The Writer, Sycamore Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Quarter After Eight. She is assistant professor of creative writing at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT, and editor-in-chief of genre2, an online literary journal devoted to publishing authors’ best work outside their primary genre. You can find her online at

JAN LAPERLE lives outside of Fort Knox, Kentucky with her husband, Clay Matthews, and daughter, Winnie. She has published a book of poetry, It Would Be Quiet (Prime Mincer Press, 2013), an e-chap of flash fiction, Hush (Sundress Publications, 2012), a story in verse, A Pretty Place To Mourn (BlazeVOX, 2014), and several other stories and poems. In 2014 she won an individual artist grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is a master sergeant in the US Army.

JASMINE LEDESMA lives in New York. Her work can be found in places such as Glitter MOB, Gone Lawn, NBGA of Vice and [PANK] among others. She was nominated for both Best of The Net and the Pushcart Prize in 2020.

KALI LIGHTFOOT‘s poems and reviews of poetry books have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Lavender Review, Broadsides to Books, Amethyst Review, and Gyroscope. Her work has been nominated twice for Pushcart Prize, and once for Best of the Net. Kali earned an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2015, and her debut collection is forthcoming from CavanKerry Press in April, 2021.

EVE F.W. LINN received her B.A. cum laude from Smith College in Fine Art and her M.F.A. in Poetry from the Low Residency Program at Lesley University. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Frost Place Conference on Poetry, and the Colrain Manuscript Conference. She is a published poet and book reviewer. Her first chapbook, Model Home (2019), is available from River Glass Books. Her favorite color is blue. She collects antique baby shoes, vintage textiles, and art pottery. She lives west of Boston with her family and one demanding feline.

FRANCES MAC hails from the Texas Hill Country and currently lives in Washington, DC. Her poems have recently appeared in The MacGuffin, Santa Clara Review, The Northern Virginia Review, and Steam Ticket. Learn more about her work at

MARTHA MCCOLLOUGH is a writer living in Amherst, Massachusetts. She has an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Radar, Zone 3, Tammy, Pangyrus, and others. Her chapbook, Grandmother Mountain, was published by Blue Lyra Press.

LAURIE MCCULLOCH’s poetry has appeared in After the Pause. She lives in Turner Valley, AB, and writes with a view of the Rockies in her kitchen window.

BRUCE MCRAE, a Canadian musician currently residing on Salt Spring Island BC, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with over 1,600 poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review. His books are The So-Called Sonnets (Silenced Press); An Unbecoming Fit of Frenzy (Cawing Crow Press); Like As If (Pski’s Porch); and Hearsay (The Poet’s Haven).

JESSICA MEHTA is the author of several books and currently a fellow at Halcyon Arts Lab in Washington DC where she is curating an anthology of poetry by incarcerated indigenous women. As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, it is a passion project years in the making. Find out more at

MARK J. MITCHELL was born in Chicago and grew up in southern California. His latest poetry collection, Starting from Tu Fu was just published by Encircle Publications. A new collection is due out in December from Cherry Grove. He is very fond of baseball, Louis Aragon, Miles Davis, Kafka and Dante. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the activist and documentarian, Joan Juster where he makes his meager living pointing out pretty things. He has published 2 novels and three chapbooks and two full length collections so far. Titles on request. A meager online presence can be found at

CARLA PANCIERA has published two collections of poetry: One of the Cimalores (Cider Press) and No Day, No Dusk, No Love (Bordighera). Her collection of short stories, Bewildered, received AWP’s 2013 Grace Paley Short Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in several journals including Poetry, The New England Review, Nimrod, The Chattahoochee Review, Painted Bride, and Carolina Quarterly. A high school English teacher, Carla lives in Rowley, MA.

ALIX PHAM is an emerging poet. She is published with DiaCRITICS (March 2021) and Brooklyn Poets as Poet of the Week. She is Lead for the Westside Los Angeles chapter of Women Who Submit, a volunteer-run literary organization supporting and nurturing women and non-binary writers. She is the recipient of Brooklyn Poets Fellowship, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ Writer-to-Writer Mentorship Program and PEN Center / City of West Hollywood Writing Craft Scholarship in Fiction and Nonfiction. She bakes and brews while writing poetry and prose.

ISAAC RANKIN lives in Asheville, NC. He works at an all-boys boarding school, Christ School, where he serves as Associate Director of Advancement. Isaac has worn many hats in education, including administrator, teacher, coach, and bus driver. Working in schools is Isaac’s calling, but he also enjoys traveling near and far, following sports obsessively, reading and writing across genres, and chasing his son in the backyard. His poems have appeared in Apeiron Review, Aethlon, and Sky Island Journal.

ANNE RIESENBERG Winner of the Blue Mesa Review Nonfiction and Storm Cellar Force Majeure contests and finalist in the Noemi Press Prose and Essay Press Book contests, Anne Riesenberg’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Posit, The New Guard’s BANG!, Heavy Feather Review, What Rough Beast, Naugatuck River Review, and elsewhere. She practices 5 Element acupuncture in Portland, Maine.

BROOK J. SADLER, Ph.D. publishes poetry and essays in numerous literary journals, including The Greensboro Review, Tampa Review, Missouri Review, Pleiades, The Cortland Review, Ms. Magazine, Women’s Review of Books, and Aquifer: Florida Review online. She is a professor of philosophy in the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of South Florida. 

RIKKI SANTER’s work has appeared in various publications including Ms. Magazine, Poetry East, Slab, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, Grimm, Hotel Amerika and The Main Street Rag. Her work has received many honors including five Pushcart and three Ohioana book award nominations as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her eighth collection, Drop Jaw, inspired by the art of ventriloquism, was published this spring by NightBallet Press.

ANDY SMART earned his MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the Solstice Low-Residency program at Pine Manor College. His work has appeared in Lily Poetry Review, River Heron Review, and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in Glassworks and The American Journal of Poetry. His first chapbook, Blue Horse Suite, is available now from Kattywompus Press. Andy lives in St. Louis and online at

SUSAN SOLOMON is a freelance paintress living in the beautiful Twin Cities of Minneapolis Saint Paul. Her paintings are in the University collections of Metropolitan State and Purdue. Her work focuses on the intersection of intuition and physical geography.

SAMN STOCKWELL has published in Agni, Ploughshares, and The New Yorker, among others. Her two books, Theater of Animals and Recital, won the National Poetry Series and the Editor’s Prize at Elixir, respectively. Recent poems are in Gargoyle, Smartish Pace, The Literary Review and are forthcoming in Plume and others.

LISA TAYLOR’s new fiction or poetry has been published in Crannog, Map Literary, Tahoma Literary Review, and WomenArts Quarterly Journal.

PETER URKOWITZ lives in Salem, Massachusetts, where he works in a college library. He has published poems and art in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Oddball Magazine, Sextant, and the Lily Poetry Review. His Fake Zodiac Signs have been recently published in a chapbook from Meat for Tea Press.

PETER VALENTE is the author of eleven full length books, including a translation of Nanni Balestrini’s Blackout (Commune Editions, 2017), which received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. His most recent book is a co-translation of Succubations and Incubations: The Selected Letters of Antonin Artaud 1945-1947 (Infinity Land Press, 2020). Forthcoming is a book of essays, Essays on the Peripheries (Punctum Books, 2021), and his translation of Nicolas Pages by Guillaume Dustan (Semiotext(e), 2022). 

CONNEMARA WADSWORTH’s chapbook, The Possibility of Scorpions, about the years her family lived in Iraq in the early 50’s, won the White Eagle Coffee Store Press 2009 Chapbook Contest. Her poems are forthcoming or appeared in Prairie Schooner, Solstice, San Pedro River Review, Smoky Blue Literary & Arts Magazine, and Valparaiso. “The Women” was nominated for publication in Pushcart Prize Best of the Small Presses by Bloodroot Magazine. Connemara and her husband live in Newton, Massachusetts.

SARAH WALKER is a flash fiction editor for Lily Poetry Review. She was the 2017 Dennis Lehane Fiction Fellow at the Solstice MFA Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Her work has appeared in American University: Folio, Burrow Press Review, BULL, Cleaver, Colorado Review, New Limestone Review, among others. She lives in Lowell, MA and is an educator at The Walden Woods Project. 

ANNA M. WARROCK’s latest book, From the Other Room, is the Slate Roof Press Chapbook Award winner. Besides appearing in The Sun, The Madison Review, Harvard Review, and other journals, her work is anthologized in Kiss Me Goodnight, women writing on childhood mother-loss, a Minnesota Book Award Finalist. Her poems have been choreographed, set to music, and inscribed in a Boston area subway station. She has held seminars on understanding grief and loss through poetry.

KEVIN RICHARD WHITE’s fiction appears in The Hunger, Lunch Ticket, The Molotov Cocktail, The Helix, Hypertext, decomP, X-R-A-Y and Ghost Parachute among others. He is a Flash Fiction Contributing Editor for Barren Magazine. He lives in Philadelphia.

MARTIN WILLITTS JR. has 24 chapbooks including the winner of the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, The Wire Fence Holding Back the World (Flowstone Press, 2017), plus 16 full-length collections including the Blue Light Award 2019 winner The Temporary World. His recent book is Unfolding Towards Love (Wipf and Stock). He is an editor for the Comstock Review.

WOODY WOODGER lives in Lenox, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, from DIAGRAM, Drunk Monkeys, RFD, Exposition Review, peculiar, Prairie Margins, Rock and Sling, and Mass Poetry Festival, among others, and her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net. Her first chapbook, postcards from glasshouse drive (Finishing Line Press) has been nominated for the 2018 Massachusetts Book Awards. In addition, Woodger served as Poet in Residence with the Here and Now in Pittsfield, MA. You can find her essays on @rosebedwetters.

HALEY WOONING lives in California with her partner and cat, Puck. Her book of poetry, Mothmouth, is available from Spuyten Duyvil.

KUO ZHANG is a Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching assistant in TESOL & World Language Education at the University of Georgia. She has a book of poetry in both Chinese and English, Broadleaves (Shenyang Press). Her poem “One Child Policy” was awarded second place in the 2012 Society for Humanistic Anthropology [SHA] Poetry Competition held by the American Anthropology Association. She served as poetry & arts editor for the Journal of Language & Literacy Education in 2016-2017 and also as one of the judges for 2015 & 2016 SHA Poetry Competition.