Issue Four Contributors

ANDREW ABBOTT currently resides in Brooklyn, New York working as a minor actor in television, film and commercials. He paints with acrylics.

KATHLEEN AGUERO’s latest book of poetry is After That. She teaches in the low-residency Solstice M.F.A. in creative writing program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program. She also conducts creative writing for care givers workshops privately and through adult and community education centers.

AMY M. ALVAREZ is a teaching assistant professor in the Department of English at West Virginia University. Her poetry is forthcoming or has been published in Sugar House Review, Rattle, The New Guard Review, and elsewhere. Her poem “Alternative Classroom Senryu” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine and is a VONA fellow. Originally from New York City, Amy currently resides Morgantown, WV.

NATALLI AMATO is the author of the poetry collection On a Windless Night, published by Ra Press. In 2019 she was awarded Syracuse University’s Edwin T. Whiffen Poetry Prize. She is from Sackets Harbor, New York.

REX CAREY ARRASMITH writes fiction and poetry in Sedona, AZ. He is currently working on a series of elegies remembering his friends and lovers lost during the worst years of the AIDS pandemic, 1985-1997. His most recent work can be read in Spillwords and The Ugly Writers.

LAURA ARGIRI is a bicultural Southern/New Englander, born in North Carolina and educated in Massachusetts and England. She wrote The God in Flight, Random House 1995, published in paperback by Viking Penguin, May 1996 and in its second edition by Lethe in 2016. She is also and editor, the unseen angel of correct spelling and usage in 90 books by the most recent count. Lethe Press will publish her short story collection, Guilty Parties: Leighlah and Others in 2020.

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.

DEANNA BARINGER is a resident artist at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center where she teaches creative writing and book arts to high school students. Originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she now calls Pittsburgh, PA home.

SHEILA BLACK is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Iron, Ardent (Educe Press 2017). Poems have appeared in Poetry, Puerto del Sol, Willow Springs, The Birmingham Review and elsewhere. She currently divides her time between Washington, DC and San Antonio, Texas.

MELA BLUST is a Pushcart Prize and three time Best of the Net nominee, and has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, Rust+Moth, The Nassau Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, Collective Unrest, and many more. Her debut poetry collection, Skeleton Parade, is available with Apep Publications.

KAREN BOISSONNEAULT-GAUTHIER is an internationally published visual artist, writer and photographer. Her images are produced intuitively using digital photography. She’s been published in The Lunch Ticket, Gigantic Sequins, Artemis Journal to name but a few. Visit her website at for more.

KARISSA CARMONA is a community organizer and writer living in Western Montana.
M.P. CARVER teaches creative writing at Salem State University in Salem, MA. She is an editor at YesNo Press, former Poetry Editor of Soundings East, and miCrO. She is a founder of Molecule: A Tiny Lit Mag. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Jubilat, 50Haikus, and Meat for Tea, among others. Her chapbook, Selachimorpha, was published by Incessant Pipe Print Works in 2015.

MOLLIE CHANDLER is a poet based in Boston, MA. She works as an editor at Macmillan Learning and holds an MFA in poetry from Lesley University. Her poems appear in The Fairy Tale Review, The Charles River Journal, Hollow, Foliate Oak, Poems2Go, Paradise in Limbo, and others.

MAUREEN COSGROVE is a poet, a collage-artist and a tap dancer from Boston. She has studied poetry with Tom Daley for the past eight years. Her work has appeared in What Rough Beast. Maureen hosts the monthly Poetry Salon of Boston. She is committed to developing her work, as well as supporting the community of poets in her area.

JULIE CYR has been published by Slipstream, Blood and Thunder Journal, Broad River Review, and Lost Horse Press in the Nasty Women Poets anthology, among others. She was awarded 2014 Best of Poetry by Blood and ThunderJournal, a finalist in the 2016 Rash Awards for Poetry, awarded a scholarship from Murphy Writing of Stockton University in 2018, and nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize. Julie holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons.

WILLIAM DERGE’s poems have appeared in Negative Capability, The Bridge, Artful Dodge, Bellingham Review, and many other publications. He is the winner of the $1000 2010 Knightsbridge Prize judged by Donald Hall and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is a winner of the Rainmaker Award judged by Marge Piercy. He has received honorable mentions in contests sponsored by The Bridge, Sow’s Ear, and New Millennium, among others. He has been awarded a grant by the Maryland State Arts Council. His work has appeared in several anthologies of Washington poets: Hungry as We Are and Winners.

SALLY BROWN DESKINS is an artist, writer and curator currently based in Morgantown, WV. Her art explores womanhood, motherhood and gender through self- portraiture and research on women and feminist artists. She has won two awards for illustrating Leaves of Absence (2017) and Intimates and Fools (2016).

JESSICA EVANS is a Cincinnati native who practices uprooting and restarting her life every few years. Most recently, she lived in a Bavarian forest. For the next few years, Washington, DC, will be home. Recent work has appeared in Lunate, X-R-A-Y Lit, Collateral, and Ellipsis. She is the flash fiction editor for Mineral Lit and the prose editor for Headline Press. Evans serves as a mentor for the Veteran’s Writing Project. Find her in the afternoons sipping hand-harvested dandelion tea. Connect with her on Twitter @jesssica__evans.

ARYANNA FALKNER is a disabled writer from Buffalo, NY. She is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Bowling Green State University and her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Blanket Sea, Tule Review, and the Merrimack Review.

LIZZY FOX’s poetry has appeared in The Greensboro Review, Hunger Mountain, Santa Ana River Review, Small Orange, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, teaches at Norwich University, and offers creative writing workshops across the northeast. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont with her partner and their cat, Rhu.
PAT HALE is the author of the poetry collection, Seeing Them with My Eyes Closed, and the chapbook, Composition and Flight. Her work appears in many journals, including CALYX, Sow’s Ear, Dogwood, Connecticut River Review, Naugatuck River Review, and Lily Poetry Review, and has been awarded CALYX’s Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and first prize in the Al Savard Poetry Competition. She got a MA in English from the University of Wyoming, and lives in Connecticut, where she serves on the board of directors for the Riverwood Poetry Series, Inc.

THOMAS HEDT lives northern California. He has been involved in conservation for a few decades, and took up poetry while hiking in the inter-coastal range. He enjoys roasting coffee, and routinely looks for excuses to see the sunset over the Pacific. Previous work has been published in The Sacramento Voices, the Tule Review, The Goldman Review, and the Sijo International Journal of Poetry and Song.

PJ HOLLIDAY is a literary writer based out of Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Houston in 2016 with a degree in poetry where her honors thesis won “Outstanding Honors Thesis Award” for 2014. She earned her MFA in creative writing at Regis University in January 2019. Her work has recently been published by Mani-fest Station and Apple News. She is a contributing blog writer for the literary journal Inverted Syntax and her poetry manuscript, To Clear a Static Field is currently in submission.

ERIC E. HYETT is a poet and Japanese translator from Brookline, MA. Eric’s writing appears in magazines and journals. His translation (with Spencer Thurlow) of Sonic Peace by Kiriu Minashita was published in 2017 by Phoneme Media, and made the shortlists for both the 2018 National Translation Award and the 2018 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize. Eric teaches poetry in the PoemWorks Community; memoir at Brookline Interactive Group; and math at Project Place.

MARK JEDNASZEWSKI grew up in Tampa and studied marine engineering at Kings Point. He splits his time between Philadelphia with his family, and at sea as chief engineer for a commercial car carrier. He holds an MFA from the Solstice MFA Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College, where he was the 2018 Dennis Lehane Fiction Fellow. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gravel Magazine, Mineral Lit Magazine, and Profound Experience of Staying at Home: a Quaranzine. Mark is a flash fiction editor for Lily Poetry Review and tweets occasionally @ninjaneerski.

MARCIA KARP has poems and translations in The TLS; The Guardian; Agenda; Literary Imagination; Harvard Review; Partisan Review; Oxford Magazine; The Warwick Review; Catullus in English and Petrarch in English (Penguin Books); Joining Music with Reason: 34 Poets, British and American, Oxford 2004-2009 (Waywiser); and The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation (Norton). Her collection, If by Song, is due in 2021 from Lily Poetry Review Books.

RUSSELL KARRICK is a poet living in Colombia with his wife and son. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from Jet Fuel Review, Blue Earth Review, and Magma Poetry.

IRIS M KIRKWOOD is a self -taught African American woman artist. Her themes relate to the little moments in life, joy, pathos, love, hate, loss. She calls her style Visual Narrative.

LINDA LAMENZA is a poet and literacy specialist in Massachusetts. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in Constellations, Rogue Agent, Main Street Rag, The Comstock Review, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere. She is a member of Poemworks: The Workshop for Publishing Poets. Linda is fluent in Italian and enjoys spending time at the beach reading and writing.

JENNA LE ( is the author of A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Indolent Books, 2018), which won 2nd Place in the Elgin Awards. and Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011). She was selected by Marilyn Nelson as winner of Poetry By The Sea’s inaugural sonnet competition. Her poems appear or are forthcoming from AGNI, Bellevue Literary Review, Denver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Poet Lore, Rattle, and West Branch. Her visual art has appeared in Jubilat, Lantern Review, and MAI. She has worked as a physician and educator in Lebanon, NH, and the Bronx, NY.

DEBORAH LEIPZIGER is an author and poet. Her chapbook, Flower Map, was published by Finishing Line Press (2013). In 2014, her poem “Written on Skin” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Born in Brazil, Ms. Leipziger is the author of several books on human rights and sustainability. She advises companies around the world on social and environmental issues. Her poems have been published in Salamander, POESY, Wilderness House Review, Ibbetson Street, and the Muddy River Poetry Review.

JENNIFER MARTELLI is the author of My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), awarded an Honorable Mention from the Italian-American Studies Association, selected as a 2019 “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and named as a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. Her chapbook, After Bird, was the winner of the Grey Book Press open reading, 2016. Her work has appeared or will appear in Verse Daily, Iron Horse Review (winner, Photo Finish contest), The Sycamore Review, and POETRY. Jennifer Martelli has twice received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her poetry. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review and co-curates the Italian-American Writers Series.

CATHY MCARTHUR has work forthcoming once again in The Mom Egg Review. Her work has also appeared most recently in The Rumpus, Drunk Monkeys and Cordella, and also in The Bellevue Literary Review (in print and online) Juked, The Whale Road Review, Blueline, Barrow Street, Hanging Loose, Lumina, and The Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others. She is a part time Assistant Professor at The City College of New York where she teaches creative writing.

DAVID P. MILLER’s chapbook, The Afterimages, was published by Červená Barva Press. His poems have recently appeared in Meat for Tea, riverbabble, Nixes Mate Review, Naugatuck River Review, and HedgeApple, among others. His poem “Kneeling Woman and Dog,” first published in Meat for Tea, was included in the 2015 edition of Best Indie Lit New England. With a background in experimental theater before turning to poetry, David was a member of the multidisciplinary Mobius Artists Group of Boston for 25 years. He was a librarian at Curry College in Milton, Mass., from which he retired in June 2018.

GLORIA MONAGHAN is a professor of Humanities at Wentworth Institute in Boston. She has published three books of poetry, Flawed (Finishing Line Press, 2011, nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award), The Garden (Flutter Press, 2015), and False Spring (Adelaide). Her poems have appeared in The Alexandria Quarterly, 2River, Adelaide, the Aurorean, and Nixes Mate Review, among others. Her poem “Into Grace” won the 2018 Adelaide Voices Poetry Award and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

HEATHER NELSON is a poet, teacher, mother and recovering attorney who has lived in Cambridge since 1995. She is the Writers’ Room Coordinator for 826 Boston at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, where she helps many students find their writing voices and create great work. Her own work has been published in Main Street Rag, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Somerville Times, Constellations, The Ekphrastic Review and The Compassion Anthology.

NAM NGUYEN is a multimedia artist who enjoys photography, writing, and filmmaking. He has been published in Jabberwock Review, Cirque, J. Mane Gallery, Sunspot Lit, The Ephimiliar Journal, The Esthetic Apostle, Cardinal Sins, Ember Chasm Review, and Chestnut Review. With his art, he aims to explore the often unexplored.

STEVE NICKMAN lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and is a member of Poemworks: The Workshop for Publishing Poets. He is a psychiatrist who works mainly with kids, teenagers and young adults. He has a strong interest in the experiences and dilemmas of adoptees and their families, and is working on a book about therapy, The Wound and the Spark. Steve’s poetry is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Pleiades, I-70 Review, Nimrod, Summerset Review, and Tar River Review.

JAMES B. NICOLA’s poems and prose have appeared in the Antioch, Southwest, Green Mountains, and Atlanta Reviews, Rattle, Barrow Street,Tar River and Poetry East. He has been the featured poet in Westward Quarterly and New Formalist. A Yale graduate, he has earned a Dana Literary Award, two Willow Review awards, a People’s Choice award (from Storyteller), and six Pushcart nominations—from Shot Glass Journal, Parody, Ovunque Siamo, Lowestoft Chronicle, and twice from Trinacria—for which he feels both stunned and grateful. His nonfiction book Playing the Audience won a Choice award. His poetry collections are Manhattan Plaza (2014), Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater (2016), Wind in the Cave (2017), Out of Nothing: Poems of Art and Artists (2018), and Quickening: Poems from Before and Beyond (2019).

KATE WALLACE ROGERS has been writing and performing poetry around Cape Cod since the late 1990’s. She is the recipient of the OCARC dune shack fellowship. A member of the Workshop for Publishing Poets led by Barbara Helfgott-Hyett, her work is forthcoming or recently appeared in Borrowed Solace, Gravel, The Wayfarer, Common Ground and elsewhere. Kate works at Truro center for the Arts and has had the honor of taking care of poet laureate, Stanley Kunitz’, fabulous garden.

HILARY SALLICK is the author of Asking the Form (Cervena Barva Press, 2020) and Winter Roses (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Caveat Lector, Ibbetson Street, Constellations, Muddy River Poetry Review, The Inflectionist Review, and other publications. She teaches reading and writing to adult learners in Somerville, MA, and she is vice-president of the New England Poetry Club.

CHRISTINE SEIFERT is the author of four books: The Predicteds (Sourcebooks); Whoppers: History’s Most Outrageous Lies and Liars (Zest Books); The Factory Girls: A Kaleidoscopic Account of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (Zest Books; and Virginity in Young Adult Literature after Twilight (Rowman & Littlefield. Seifert’s writing has appeared in a number of publications, including The Atavist, Bitch, Bitterroot, Bookmarks, and Inside Higher Ed, among others. Her latest short fiction has appeared in After Dinner Conversation, The Account, The Manhattanville Review, and Panopolyzine.

SAM SIMON is a writer and translator from Oakland, CA. He has lived in Medellín and London, where he completed an MA in creative writing from Goldsmiths. He currently resides in Barcelona where he teaches writing at the Institute of American Universities. He is the managing editor and translator of Infrasonica. Previous work has appeared in Folio and he is a finalist for the J.F. Powers Prize for short fiction.

M EARL SMITH is an author and professor based in Somerset Kentucky. In addition to short stories, poetry, and essay work, he is the author of 11 books on local and sports history.

SARAH DICKENSON SNYDER has written poetry since she knew there was a form of writing with conscious linebreaks. She has three poetry collections: The Human Contract (2017), Notes from a Nomad (nominated for the Massachusetts Book Awards 2018), and With a Polaroid Camera (2019). Recently, poems have appeared in Artemis, The Sewanee Review, and RHINO.

MICHAEL STEFFEN is a Y2K graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Vermont College and the author of three poetry collections: No Good at Sea (Legible Press, 2002), Heart Murmur (Bordighera Press, 2009) and Bad Behavior (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2013). Individual poems have appeared in Poetry, Poet Lore, Potomac Review and other journals that don’t start with a P. New work will appear soon in Chiron Review. Michael lives and works in Buffalo, NY.

MICHAEL ST. GERMAIN is a Boston-based artist. He studied at Massachusetts College of Art and is a member of Atlantic Works Gallery. You can see more of his work at and on Instagram at @saintmsgartist.

MK STURDEVANT’s writing has appeared in Orion, Flyway, Alluvian, Newfound, Slag Glass City, Kestrel, Minerva Rising, Cathexis Northwest and elsewhere. She was listed in the Top 25 Emerging Writers with Glimmer Train Press twice in 2017, a was finalist for the 2019 Montana Prize in Fiction.

KAREEM TAYYAR’s most recent book, The Prince of Orange County (Pelekinesis, 2018), was a finalist for an Independent Book Award, and his poetry and fiction has been published in a wide variety of journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Brilliant Corners, The Santa Monica Review, and The Writer’s Almanac. He holds a Ph.D. in English from U.C. Riverside, and he’s a recipient of a 2019 Wurlitzer Poetry Fellowship.

BRITA M THIELEN is a PhD candidate in English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Her previous publications include a creative nonfiction essay, ‘Trump Card,” which appeared in Midwest Literary Magazine and was anthologized in the print collection Off Season. This is Thielen’s first poetry publication.

JOSSLYN TURNER is a queer trans poet, prose writer, and abstract artist. She is currently an English scholar at Modesto Junior College. She plans to receive a BA in English and an MFA in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Journal Nine, Oyster River Pages, Preumbra, Voice of Eve, and elsewhere. She lives in Waterford, California where she co-parents two awesome boys.

CATHY ULRICH always lost count of how many laps she’d gone around the track as a distance runner. Her work has been published in various journals, including Trampset, CutBank and Puerto Del Sol.

PETER URKOWITZ lives in Salem, Massachusetts, where he works in a college library. He was drawn into the local poetry scene after the death of a poet friend, when the community came together to remember and reflect. He stayed as a spectator, and was soon led into writing his own work, and has been gratified by the warm and supportive response. He has published poems in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review and in Oddball Magazine.

ANASTASIA VASSOS is a Greek-American poet. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives and writes in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals, including Thrush Poetry Journal, Gravel Mag, RHINO, Haibun Today, Literary Bohemian and Comstock Review. She was a BreadLoaf Contributor in Poetry in 2017. Her poem “Tinos, August 2012” was named Poem of the Moment on She is a long-distance cyclist.

CLAY VENTRE has work published in Souvenir Lit Journal, Jubilat, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Bird’s Thumb, Weird Deer, Soundings East, and others. He lives in Salem, MA where he edits the Incessant Pipe poetry journal.

COCO WILDER lives in Durham, North Carolina. Her writing can be found online at, Voluble Lab, and Oxford American.

MATILDA ZHAO is a writer based in Washing, DC. She once received a full scholarship to study great books at St. John’s College, Annapolis, later she attended The College of Wooster at 2018 to study Political Science and Theater. Her works has appeared in New English Review and Prometheus Dreaming. You can find her on Twitter @mydearmatilda

RACHEL ZHU lives in New York and is currently a junior at Horace Mann School. She is the cofounder and Editor in Chief of Horace Mann’s creative prose magazine, LitMag. Outside of school, Zhu writes creative short prose and poetry, and is also an artist and ceramicist. She draws influence from her Chinese background and culture as well as classical European and American works of literature. Through her work, she hopes to inspire other Asian Americans to express their stories and experiences through the world of humanities and art. She has a piece for coming in Blue Marble.