Issue One Contributors

CLARISSA ADKINS’ poems are published in Poems2Go, Parentheses, The Pinch, and more. She was a finalist for the 17th Annual Erskine J. Poetry Prize with Smartish Pace. For over a year, she has enjoyed being a reader for Sugar House Review. Clarissa earned her MFA in poetry from Lesley University in 2018, and she teaches yoga and high school English around Richmond, Virginia.

JONATHAN AIBEL has read in the Brookline Poetry Series, where he frequently contributes to their open mike. Jonathan has studied with Lucie Brock-Broido and Henri Cole. His poems have been published in The Aurorean, Mason’s Road and Round Magazine. His work appears in the anthology Rhyme and Punishment from Local Gems Press.

JOSETTE AKRESH-GONZALES is a production editor at a medical publisher. Her work has been included in PANK, Juxtaprose, Lime Hawk, Literary Orphans, Black Heart Magazine, The Good Men Project, Knee-Jerk, and Matter, among others. Also, Black Heart Magazine chose her poem “Happy New Year” for their Best of 2014 issue, and PANK ran an interview with her on their blog. While a student at Boston University (1997–2001), she co-founded the BU Literary Society and the journal Clarion and was its editor for two years. You can find her on Twitter @Vivakresh.

LISA ALLEN’S work has appeared in Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam 2015), Bacopa Literary Review (2018), and Feckless Cunt (2018). Lisa holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College, where she was a Michael Steinberg Fellow in Creative Nonfiction. She is pursuing an MFA in Poetry, also at Solstice.

ANTHONY G AMSTERDAM is a lawyer specializing in death-penalty defense and civil rights litigation. His poetry reflects this landscape.

ALEXIS AVLAMIS (b. Athens 1979) is a painter influenced by the Surrealist’s Automatism. He is a laureate of the International Emerging Artist Award, the 2018 American Art Awards (Naive category,) and the Art Slant showcase prize (Painting). He has exhibited internationally, and many private and museum collections display his works.

KAY BELL is a bibliophile who can be quoted, “If it makes me cry, sweat or bleed, then it is worth writing about.” She has been published in Brown Molasses Sunday: An Anthology of Black Women Writers and online by Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters, The Write Launch, and PRONG & PROSY. She is an MFA candidate at The City College of New York.

SHEILA BLACK is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Iron, Ardent (Educe Press 2017.) Her 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.

BRENDA BLIGHT is an artist whose emotionally resonant and beautiful works challenge assertions.

ACE BOGGESS is the author of four books of poetry, most recently I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So (Unsolicited Press, 2018) and Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017,) and the novel, A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry, and A New Hunger, selected as a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Sungold Editions published her chapbook Rooms Remembered. Her latest collection These Many Rooms was published by Four Way Books. With her husband Kurt Brown, she translated a book by Flemish poet, Herman de Coninck: The Plural of Happiness. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and the editor of four poetry anthologies, she taught at Emerson College, Sarah Lawrence College, UCSB; and, she is a member of the core faculty at the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College in Boston.

M. A. BOWERSOCK’s writing has appeared previously in Crab Orchard Review, Boston Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among other publications. Bowersock is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Michigan and currently lives in eastern Idaho.

MICHELLE BROOKS has published a collection of poetry, Make Yourself
Small, (Backwaters Press), and a novella, Dead Girl, Live Boy, (Storylandia Press). Her poetry collection, Flamethrower, will be published by Latte Press in 2019. A native Texan, she has spent much of her adult life in Detroit.

ROBERT CARR is the author of Amaranth, a chapbook published in 2016 by Indolent Books, and a 2017 Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. His poetry has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Radius Literary Magazine, and other publications. His work is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, and The Massachusetts Review. Robert’s first full-length collection of poetry, The Unbuttoned Eye, will be released in 2019 by 3: A Taos Press. He serves as an associate poetry editor for Indolent Books and is also Deputy Director for the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences in Massachusetts. Follow Carr at

RUTH CHAD is a psychologist who lives and works in the Boston area. Her poems have appeared in the Aurorean, Bagels with the Bards, Connection Psychoanalytic: Couple and Family Institute of New England, Constellations, Ibbetson Street, Montreal Poems and elsewhere. Her chapbook, The Sound of Angels, was published by Cervena Barva Press in 2017.

QUINTIN COLLINS is a poet, managing editor, and Solstice MFA program graduate from the Chicago area, who currently lives in Boston. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in Threshold magazine, Glass Mountain, Eclectica Magazine, Transition Magazine and elsewhere.

SUSAN EYRE COPPOCK is a writer from Massachusetts. She published Cardinal Days: A Coming-of-Age Memoir in 2016.

LORI CORRY is a year-round resident of Nantucket Island, MA. She spends her time investigating and gaining creative inspiration from the stories and myths of the world’s goddesses and her teenage son. She works at a small independent school where she’s a business manager and a mindfulness teacher.

JENIFER DEBELLIS’ debut poetry collection, Blood Sisters, is now available from Main Street Rag (2018). She’s Pink Panther Magazine’s executive editor and directs the Detroit Writers’ Guild. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Solstice of Pine Manor College. A former writer-in-residence for the Meadow Brook Writing Project, she facilitates workshops for Oakland University’s MBWP Writing Camps. JDB teaches writing and literature for Saginaw Valley State University and Macomb Community College. Nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize, her work appears in AWP’s Festival Writer, the Good Men Project, Literary Orphans, Sliver of Stone, Solstice Literary Magazine and other excellent journals. Find her at

SEAN THOMAS DOUGHERTY is the author or editor of 16 books including The Second O of Sorrow (2018 BOA Editions). He lives in Erie, PA where he works as a Med Tech and caregiver for people recovering from traumatic brain injuries. His website is

JAY FEATHERSTONE has had careers as an editor and literary critic for the New Republic, a peace activist against the Vietnam War, a lecturer at Harvard, the headmaster of the Commonwealth School in Boston, faculty leader of a school-based teacher education program at Michigan State University, and, as a poet, author of Brace’s Cove (New Issues, 2000), and Glass (Fenway Press, 2019).

FEDERICO FEDERICI (1974) is a physicist and prize-winning writer whose works have appeared in several print and online publications including 3:AM Magazine and Raum. His books, include “L’opera racchiusa” (2009, Lorenzo Montano Prize), “Appunti dal passo del lupo” (2013) in the book series curated by Eugenio De Signoribus, “Dunkelwort” (2015), “Mrogn” (2017, Elio Pagliarani Prize) He has been awarded the Lorenzo Montano Prize for prose. Detailed information available on his website:

ROBBIE GAMBLE holds an MFA in poetry from Lesley University. His poems have appeared in Scoundrel Time, Writers Resist, Stonecoast Review, Solstice, and Poet Lore. He was the winner of the 2017 Carve Poetry prize. He works as a nurse practitioner caring for homeless people in Boston, Massachusetts.

CLAUDIA GARY is the author of Humor Me (David Robert Books, 2006) and several chapbooks including Bikini Buyer’s Remorse. Her poems appear in anthologies including Villanelles (Everyman Press, 2012), Forgetting Home (Barefoot Muse Press, 2013), and The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology (Lamar University, 2015), as well as in journals internationally. A three-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, she has chaired various panels at the West Chester University (Pa.) Poetry Conference and the Frost Farm Poetry Conference. Currently, she gives Sonnet, Villanelle, and Meter workshops at The Writer’s Center ( She also sings, composes art songs and tonal chamber music, and writes articles on health for The VVA Veteran and other magazines. For more information: Follow her at @claudiagary

JOEY GOULD, a writing tutor at Framingham State University, is a longtime contributor to Mass Poetry as a poet, workshop leader, event coordinator, and content writer. They lead generative poetry workshops at Student Day of Poetry events across Massachusetts. They have performed in improv poetry events, two poetry circuses and The Poetry Society of New York’s Poetry Brothel. While they work to make space for others as lead poetry editor for Drunk Monkeys, their poems have appeared in Five:2: One, The Compassion Anthology, District Lit, and Memoir Mixtapes.

SEKYO NAM HAINES, born and raised in South Korea, immigrated to the U.S. in 1973 as a registered nurse. She studied American literature and writing at the Goddard College ADP, and poetry with the late Ottone M. Riccio in Boston, MA. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies, Do Not Give Me Things Unbroken, Unlocking the Poem, and Beyond Words, and in the poetry journal Off the Coast. Her translations of Korean poetry have appeared in Notre Dame Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Harvard Review and elsewhere. Sekyo lives in Cambridge, MA with her family.

GREY HELD is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing. His books include Two-Star General (by Brick Road PoetryPress in 2012), Spilled Milk (by Word Press in 2013), and WORKaDAY (byFutureCycle Press in 2019.) He works closely with the Mayor’s Office of CulturalAffairs in Newton, MA to direct projects that connect contemporary poets (and their poetry) with a broader audience.

BARBARA HELFGOTT HYETT is a poet, teacher, and scholar who has published five collections of poetry. The most recent is Rift (Univ. of Arkansas Press). Her poems have appeared in small literary and major national magazines in America, and abroad. She has won the Boston Foundation’s Artist Fellowship Award, two Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships, the Sproat Award for teaching English at Boston University. She has also taught writing and literature at MIT, Harvard, and Holy Cross. She directs PoemWorks: The Workshop for Publishing Poets, in Newton, MA (http//

CAROL HOBBS is originally from Newfoundland, Canada. She lives, writes poetry and teaches high school English in Massachusetts. Her poems have appeared in The Malahat Review, Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, Cider Press Review, Appalachian Heritage, Riddle Fence and other journals and anthologies in Canada, Ireland, and the United States.

MARY ANN HONAKER is the author of It Will Happen Like This (YesNo Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in 2 Bridges, The Dudley Review, Euphony, Juked, Off the Coast, Van Gogh’s Ear, The Lake and elsewhere. Mary Ann holds a BA in philosophy from West Virginia University, a master of theological studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. She currently lives in Beckley, West Virginia.

CINDY HOUSE earned her MFA from Lesley University in 2017 and won an emerging artist grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation in 2018. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, The Drum, So to Speak, Wigleaf, Longleaf Review, and Driftwood Press. She opened for David Sedaris several times last year, and is scheduled to open in more cities in 2019. She lives in New Haven, CT with her husband and son.

HEATHER HUGHES is a poet, a letterpress printer, and Associate Editor at Harvard University Press. Her work appears in journals such as The Adroit Journal, Boxcar Poetry Review, decomP, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Rumpus, and Sidereal Magazine. She can be found online at

MANI G. IYER is a deaf-blind poet, born and raised in Bombay, India and now residing in Massachusetts. His poems have appeared in Off the Coast, Poems2Go and The Helicon Poetry Journal (translated to Hebrew.) His chapbook, Water Festival, was selected as a finalist in the 2017 Letterpress chapbook competition.

KONNER JEBB is a recent poetry graduate from the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College. He is currently published in Strange Horizons, Trans Cafe, and Poems2Go.

CHRISTINE JONES is a massage/physical therapist and an MFA graduate from Lesley University. She’s founder/chief-editor of poems2go, a public poetry project. Her poetry is published at 32 poems, Salamander, Crab Creek Review, Naugatuck River Review, Cimarron Review and elsewhere. She often swims or surfs alongside her husband, near their home in Cape Cod, MA.

HAYUN KIM is a homeschooled senior living in South Korea. She is working on her portfolio in preparation for university. Her other hobbies are fashion design, reading, and going to the movies.

ROSELYN KUBEK has had her poetry published in several journals, including the Stonecoast Review, The Weekly Avocet, NCTE’s English Journal, Leaflet, and Pink Panther Magazine.
MATEO LARA is from Bakersfield, California. He received his B.A. in English at CSU Bakersfield and is currently working on his M.F.A. in Poetry at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA. His poems have been featured in Orpheus, EOAGH, Empty Mirror, and The New Engagement. He is an editor for RabidOak online literary journal & Zoetic Press.

SARAH KIRSTINE LAIN is the Managing Editor of Poems2go, and her work has appeared in B O D Y, Rivista Letteraria, Salt Creek Journal, and Lily Poetry Review. She is the Assistant Director of Research Innovation for the University of Chicago’s Office of Research and National Labs and earned an MFA in poetry from Lesley University. Lain has worked in defense simulation training development, taught writing courses for the Art Institute of Tampa, and has hosted many art collaborations for human rights. Her interests include how STEM interconnects with poetry in the context of emotionally-restricted cultures.

JON D. LEE is the author of three books, including An Epidemic of Rumors: How Stories Shape Our Perceptions of Disease and These Around Us. His poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Sierra Nevada Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Connecticut River Review, The Laurel Review, Inflectionist Review, and Oregon Literary Review. He earned an MFA in Poetry from Lesley University and a Ph.D. in Folklore. Lee teaches at Suffolk University and spends his spare time with his wife and children.

EVE LINN received her B.A. cum laude from Smith College in Fine Art and her M.F.A. in Poetry from 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 favorite color is blue. She collects antique baby shoes, vintage textiles and pottery. She lives west of Boston with her family, and two cats.

FRANCIS LUNNEY’s poems have been published by The Owen Wister Review, Outside Bozeman, Appalachia, and Salamander. He also had a poem featured on WCAI (Cape Cod’s NPR station) radio’s Poetry Sunday program.

MARY LOU MALONEY is a poet and former lobbyist for the Arc of Massachusetts, an organization that represents developmentally delayed people. She has studied poetry under Barbara Helfgott Hyett and is a member of Poemworks: The Workshop for Publishing Poets. She received her undergraduate degree from Regis College and her Masters from Boston College.

JENNIFER MARTELLI is the author of My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), as well as the chapbook, After Bird (Grey Book Press, 2017). Her work has appeared or will appear in The Sycamore Review, Sugar House, Superstition Review, Thrush and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Her prose and artwork have been published in Five-2-One, The Baltimore Review and Green Mountains Review. Jennifer Martelli has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes and is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is a poetry editor for The Mom Egg Review.

MARTHA MCCOLLOUGH is a writer and video artist living in Chelsea, Massachusetts. She has an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Tampa Review, The Baffler, Cream City Review, Crab Creek Review and Salamander, among others. Her videopoems have appeared in Triquarterly, Datableed and Atticus Review.

MICHAEL MERCURIO lives and writes in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. His work has appeared in the Indianapolis Review and Crab Creek Review. You can find him at

SUZANNE MERCURY is a poet who creates mixed-media visual and haptic poetry assemblages using found objects, old book pages, LED lights, glass, gold, tree branches, and all manner of natural materials to go with her written work. She has published poetry in a variety of literary journals including SpoKe, Truck, Summer Stock, Sonora Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, as well as in anthologies Let the Bucket Down and The Wisdoms of the Universes in a Single String of Letters.

MARY MERIAM co-founded Headmistress Press. She edits Lavender Review (lesbian poetry and art). Poems from her new collection, My Girl’s Green Jacket, have appeared in Prelude, Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Awl, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Adrienne, Rattle and Women’s Review of Books. A new poem appeared recently in Poetry.

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.

CHELL NAVARRO holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. To afford her lavish lifestyle as a poet, she works as a waitress, and for a literary nonprofit. She lives in Kansas City, but her spiritual home is Taos, New Mexico. The poem published is part of a larger project of ekphrastic poems, based on the early drawings of Georgia O’Keeffe.

KATHY NILSSON earned a BA in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA in poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and The New York State Writer’s Institute. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Boston Review, Poetry Daily, Columbia, Volt, and other literary journals. Her chapbook, The Abattoir, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008. She is a recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Award. Her full-length poetry collection, The Infant Scholar (2015) is published by Tupelo Press. She lives in Cambridge, MA., with her husband and son.

REBECCA HART OLANDER’s poetry has appeared recently in Ilanot Review, Plath Poetry Project, Solstice, and others. Collaborative work, made with Elizabeth Paul, has been published in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (BLP) and online at Duende. Rebecca won the 2013 Women’s National Book Association poetry contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Western Massachusetts, where she teaches writing at Westfield State University. She is the editor/director of Perugia Press. Find her at

MIRIAM O’NEAL’s poems and reviews have appeared in Blackbird Journal, Nottingham Review, Ragazine, Solidago Journal and in many other journals. Her book of poems, We Start with What We’re Given, was published by Kelsay Books in July 2018. She also translates Italian poetry and has won various awards for her poems and translation of Alda Merini’s The Poem of the Cross. She lives in Plymouth, MA.

STEVEN OSTROWSKI is a poet, fiction writer, painter, and songwriter. His work, including his artwork, appears widely in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. He is the author of five published chapbooks. One of the chapbooks, Seen/unseen, is a collaboration written with his son Ben Ostrowski. He and Ben are also the authors of a full-length collection, Penultimate Human Constellation, published in 2018 by Tolsun Books. His chapbook, After the Tate Modern, won the Atlantic Road Prize and is published by Island Verse Editions. He teaches at Central Connecticut State University.

MICHAEL PETERS is a poet, visual poet, fictioneer, writer and musician. As the author of Vaast Bin (Calamari), and other assorted language art works, Peters uses sound-imaging tactics in both old and new media wherever environmental demands necessitate constrained indeterminacy, point-blank guessing, and ethical illumination. See also

NAOMIE JEAN-PIERRE’S pen bleeds with the places she has been. She is an MA literature candidate at City College of New York, now finalizing her joint masters at the University of Paris 7. She hails from Haiti by way of Atlanta. She is a student/explorer by day and a literary chemist by night. Her works have been published in Fiction Magazine, Noble Gas Qtrly, Mud Season Review, Rigorous Magazine and more. She has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

KYLE POTVIN’s chapbook, Sound Travels on Water (Finishing Line Press), won the 2014 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award. She is a two-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Creek Review, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Measure, JAMA and others. A member of the Powow River Poets and Hyla Brook Poets, she is an advisor to Frost Farm Poetry in Derry, NH, and helps produce the New Hampshire Poetry Festival.

RENUKA RAGHAVAN’S previous work has appeared in, Boston Literary Magazine, Jersey Devil Press, Blink-Ink, Star 82 Review, Down in the Dirt Literary Magazine, Chicago Literati, and Gravel, among others. She is the author of Out of the Blue (Big Table Publishing, 2017), a collection of poetry and prose. She is a co-founder of the Poetry Sisters Collective and serves as the fiction book reviewer at Cervena Barva Press. She writes and lives in Massachusetts, with her family and beloved beagle. Visit her at

ANDREA READ’s poems have appeared most recently (or are forthcoming) in Barrow Street, Black Rabbit Quarterly, Copper Nickel, FIELD, The Ilanot Review, Plume, The Missouri Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. She is the recipient of a National Resource Fellowship, a Tinker Foundation Grant, and an Artist’s Fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council. Andrea divides her time between Somerville, Massachusetts and Brooks, Maine, where she and her family tend 500 acres of forest.

STEVEN RIEL’s first full-length book of poetry Fellow Odd Fellow was published by Trio House Press in 2013. He’s also the author of three chapbooks, the most recent of which, Postcard from P-town, was runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and published by Seven Kitchens Press. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and numerous periodicals, including most recently International Poetry Review and Naugatuck River Review.

LISA RUA-WARE works as a technical writer in the software industry. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and earned a Master of Arts in English from Simmons College. Her poetry has appeared in the San Pedro River Review and Muddy River Poetry Review.

RIKKI SANTER’s work has appeared in various publications including Ms. Magazine, Poetry East, Margie, Hotel Amerika, The American Journal of Poetry, Slab, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, Grimm, Slipstream, Midwest Review, and The Main Street Rag. My fifth poetry collection, Make Me That Happy was recently awarded an Ohioana Book Award nomination.

MARIA SEBASTIAN is an American singer/songwriter and poet living in Clarence Center, NY. She writes mostly about the unsung among us─ those who press on against enormous odds, but remain mostly unnoticed. She also teaches public speaking and English in the SUNY system and plans to settle one day in Woodstock, NY. Visit or @paperspective

MATTHEW SISSON’s poetry has appeared in magazines and journals such as JAMA, the Journal of The American Medical Association and the Harvard Review Online. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his book Please, Call Me Moby was published by the Pecan Grove Press, St. Mary’s University. He is the former poetry editor of Modern Steel Construction and has read his work on NPR’s On Point.

SARAH J. SLOAT divides her time between Frankfurt and Barcelona, where she works in the news. Her poems, collage, and prose have appeared in The Offing, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Diagram. She blogs at her website

DAVID SOMERSET lives in Salem, MA with his wife and small disagreeable dog. He writes and performs poetry, stories, and music at local open mikes and features. His work has been published in the Merrimac Mic Anthology, Whisper and the Roar, Oddball magazine and online. Dave also has published a chapbook, Among Poets Tonight.

FAYE SNIDER began to write poetry several decades ago while maintaining a full-time psychotherapy practice. She writes memoir and essays and earned an MFA in creative nonfiction at Pine Manor’s MFA Solstice Program. Follow Snider’s blog at

DANIEL B. SUMMERHILL is a professor, poet and performance artist from Oakland, CA. A graduate of The Solstice Low Residency MFA program, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Califragile, Blavity, Button, Streetlight Press, and others. His essay on black voice in writing is forthcoming from the Massachusetts Reading Association.

CLIMBING SUN is a world traveler, engineer, teacher, and poet. Born in Michigan, raised in Ohio, and educated in Florida, he designs structures in South Florida and California. He has taught poetry in elementary schools and spent 22 winters teaching a poetry writing workshop at the Montessori Junior High School in Santa Cruz, California. He currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His publications include The Blue (2013), his first novel, Sundances (2017), a prose-poem memoir, and Parables & Myths (2018), his first collection of verse poems. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Florida.

CAMMY THOMAS has published two collections of poems with Four Way Books: Inscriptions (2014), and Cathedral of Wish, which received the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her poems are forthcoming or have recently appeared in Moon City Review, Nixes Mate, The Summerset Review, The Tampa Review, and The Missouri Review. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete Inscriptions. Cammy lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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 soon began writing his work. He has published poems in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review and in Oddball Magazine.

CINDY VEACH is the author of Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press), named a finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Sugar House Review, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, Salamander and elsewhere. Her long poem, “Witch Kitsch,” won The New England Poetry Club 2018 Samuel Washington Allen Prize. She is a poetry editor for The Mom Egg Review.

J. MARCUS WEEKLEY, many days, dislikes being human, though he does enjoy horror movies and sci-fi. His writing is forthcoming (or newly published) in Cake, The Cardiff Review, Inflectionist, and The Curator. Weekley’s collection of ekphrastic prose poems, Singing in the Merman Cemetery, is forthcoming in 2019 from CW Books (preorders for fifteen bucks). He also paints, photographs, and writes screenplays.

SANDY WEISMAN is a poet and visual artist. Her poetry appears in two anthologies and several journals, including Salamander, Spillway, Barrow Street, Off the Coast, and Muddy River Poetry Review. She is the owner of 26 Split Rock Cove, an artist community of studios, an artist living space, and workshops overlooking Mussel Ridge Channel in S. Thomaston, ME.

JULY WESTHALE is the award-winning author of Trailer Trash (selected for the 2016 Kore Press Book Prize), The Cavalcade, and Occasionally Accurate Science. Her most recent poetry can be found in The National Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, CALYX, Rappahannock Review, Tupelo Quarterly, RHINO, Lunch Ticket, and Quarterly West. Her essays have been nominated for Best American Essays and have appeared in McSweeney’s, Autostraddle, and The Huffington Post. She is the 2018 University of Arizona Poetry Center Fellow.

NICOLE ZDEB is a writer in Portland, OR. She holds an MFA from Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a certificate in translation from CUNY. In 2011, Bedouin Press published her chapbook, The Friction of Distance.