Issue Six Contributors

JONATHAN B. AIBEL is a poet who spends his days wrestling software to the ground as an engineer specializing in quality and testing. His poems have been published, or will soon appear, in Ocean State Review, Soundings East, Pangyrus, Sweet Tree Review, Rogue Agent, Main Street Rag, and elsewhere. He has studied with Lucie Brock-Broido, David Ferry and Barbara Helfgott Hyett. Jonathan lives in Concord, MA with his family.

LISA ALLEN’s work has appeared in Bacopa Literary Review (2018, 2019), Midway Journal (2019), Lily Poetry Review (2019), 3Elements Review (2019), and December Magazine (2020), and the anthologies Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (2015), Feckless Cunt (2018), and Dine (2020). She holds MFAs in Creative Nonfiction and Poetry, both from The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program, where she was a Michael Steinberg Fellow. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2019, 2020) and is a co-founder of the virtual creative space The Notebooks Collective, as well as a founding co-editor of the anthology series Maximum Tilt.

JENNIFER BARBER’s new collection, The Sliding Boat Our Bodies Made, is forthcoming from The Word Works in 2022. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in the Paris Review, Ruminate, and Broadsided, and her previous books are Works on Paper (2016), Given Away (2012), and Rigging the Wind (2003). She will serve as poet laureate of Brookline, Mass, from 2021 to 2024.

NATALKA BILOTSERKIVETS’swork, known for lyricism and the quiet power of despair, became hallmarks of Ukraine’s literary life of the 1980s. The collections Allergy (1999) and Central Hotel (2004) were the winners of Book of the Year contests in 2000 and 2004 respectively. In the West, she’s mostly known on the strength of a handful of widely translated poems, while the better part of her oeuvre remains unknown. She lives and works in Kyiv.  Her poem, “We’ll Not Die in Paris,” became the hymn of the post-Chornobyl generation of young Ukrainians that helped topple the Soviet Union.

DANTE BISS-GRAYSON is a Native American artist who had to find himself again after many years overseas in the war zone. Upon return to the States, he started his studio with the hopes to express the trauma of war, and find a platform to continually express himself, externalize the trauma, and eventually, hopefully help others. He creates artwork that pushes the boundaries of varying mediums, such as painting, holographic sculpture, poetry, and Fashion Design. He paints, sculpts, writes, and designs, trying to find the best platform to express and convey thought and emotion.

JAY BRECKER works and writes in southern California. His poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Rattle Poets Respond, Permafrost, Ocean State Review, The Inflectionist Review, South 85 Journal, I-70 Review, RHINO Poetry, and elsewhere. His manuscript, A Ceiling is a Wall Seeking, was a semi-finalist for the 2020 Wheeler Prize for Poetry.

M.P. CARVER is a poet and visual artist from Salem, MA.  She is an editor at YesNo Press, miCrO-Founder of the journal Molecule: a tiny lit mag, former Poetry Editor of Soundings East, and Director of the 2021 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Find out more at

SAM CHA is from Korea. He earned an MFA at UMass Boston. A 2017 recipient of the St. Boltoph’s Club Emerging Artists Prize, his work has appeared in apt, Assay, Best New Poets 2016, Boston Review, DIAGRAM, Memorious, and Missouri Review. His chapbook, American Carnage, was published by Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs in 2018. His full-length collection of cross-genre work, The Yellow Book, was published by [PANK] Books in 2020. Sam lives and writes in Cambridge, MA.

WILLY CONLEY, a former biomedical photographer, has photos featured in the books Listening Through the Bone, The Deaf Heart, No Walls of Stone, and Deaf World. Other publications: American Photographer, Arkansas Review, Baltimore Sun, Carolina Quarterly, Big Muddy, Folio, and 34th Parallel. Conley is a professor of Theatre Arts at Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

MARGARITA CRUZ recently received her MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University. She is currently a columnist for Flagstaff Live! and an assistant editor for Tolsun Books. Her works have been featured in [PANK] Magazine, Chapter House Journal, and  Susquehanna Review.

ADAM DAY is the author of Left-Handed Wolf (LSU Press, 2020), and of Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Award. His work has appeared in APR, Boston Review, Fence, Bomb, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He is the publisher of Action, Spectacle.

SARAH DECKRO’s poetry has been published by Persephone’s Daughters, Francis House, Gordon Square Review, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Curating Alexandria, Red Earth Review and in the anthologies An Outbreak of Peace and Dreamers Anthology. Her photography has appeared in Pidgeonholes, The Esthetic Apostle, Camas Magazine, Waxwing, The Bookends Review, Arkana Magazine and A Room of Her Own Foundation.

FRANCES DONOVAN’s chapbook Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Awards. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in The Rumpus, Heavy Feather Review, SWWIM, Solstice, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from Lesley University. She once drove a bulldozer in an LGBTQ+ Pride parade while wearing a bustier. You can find her online at Twitter: @okelle.

CARLA DRYSDALE’s poetry books are All Born Perfect (Kelsay Books, 2019), Inheritance (Finishing Line Press, 2016) and Little Venus (Tightrope Books, 2009). Poems appear in CleaverLiterary MamaLiterary Review of Canada, The Fiddlehead, PRISM International and many other journals. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Bettering American Poetry recognition, she received PRISM’s 2014 Earle Birney poetry prize. She is currently working on another book of poems and a novel set in northern Wales. A Canadian, she lives in France and works at the United Nations in Geneva. More at

JENNIFER F. is a fiction writer and journalist born in New Jersey and based in California. She writes about food for publications around the world and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis.

JENNIFER FRANKLIN is the author of No Small Gift (Four Way Books, 2018) and If Some God Shakes Your House (Four Way Books, 2023). Her publications include American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, JAMA, Love’s Executive Order, The Nation, New England Review, Paris Review, “poem-a-day” on, and Prairie Schooner. She teaches in Manhattanville’s MFA program and the Hudson Valley Writers Center, where she serves as Program Director. She lives in New York City.

JENNIFER L. FREED’s poems have appeared in various journals including Atlanta Review, Atticus Review, Naugatuck River Review, Rust + Moth, The Worcester Review, and Zone 3. Her chapbook These Hands Still Holding (Finishing Line), was a finalist in the 2013 New Women’s Voices contest. She was awarded the 2020 Samuel Washington Allen Prize from the New England Poetry Club, and has recently completed a full-length manuscript based on the repercussions of her mother’s cerebral hemorrhage. Please visit

VIOLETA GARCIA-MENDOZA is a writer, photographer, and teacher in love with the natural world around her. She lives with her family in Western Pennsylvania.

JENNY GRASSL’s poems have appeared in The Boston Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Rhino Poetry, Phantom Drift, The Massachusetts Review, Ocean State Review, Lana Turner, and other journals. Her work was published in a National Poetry Month feature of Iowa Review, and Green Mountains Review will publish her poem in an upcoming issue. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

JANE POIRIER HART, a finalist in the 2018 Elyse Wolf Prize, holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and was named Poetry Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston. Her work has appeared in print and online journals, including The Southern Poetry Review, The Worcester Review, The Ocean State Review, The Plath Poetry Project, MER Vox Folio and Autumn Sky Daily Poetry. She makes her home in the suburbs of Boston.

CAROL HOBBS is a poet and educator with Massachusetts Public Schools. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies throughout the United States and Canada. Her recent book, New-found-land, available through Main Street Rag in North Carolina, received honorable mention for the Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize with the NEPC, and a New England PEN Discovery Prize.

RICHARD HOFFMAN has published four volumes of poetry, Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Margaret Motton Award from The New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and Noon until Night, winner of the 2018 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry. His other books include the memoirs Half the House and Love & Fury, and the story collection Interference and Other Stories.

LAURA REECE HOGAN is the author of Litany of Flights (Paraclete Press, 2020), winner of the Paraclete Poetry Prize, the chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press), and the nonfiction book I Live, No Longer I (Wipf & Stock). A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she has contributed to Whale Road Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Dappled Things, Cumberland River Review, The Cresset, EcoTheo Review, Poets Reading the News, and other publications.

AMANDA HOPE lives in eastern Massachusetts with her partner and cats. A graduate of Colgate University and Simmons College, she works as a librarian. Her poems have recently appeared in publications including The Shallow Ends, Impossible Archetype, TIMBER, honey & lime, and Barrow Street. Her chapbook, The Museum of Resentments, was published by Paper Nautilus in 2020.

ERIC E. HYETT is a poet and Japanese translator from Brookline, MA. His poems, essays, and translations have most recently appeared in The Georgia Review, Granta, Modern Poetry in Translation, Pendemics, Tokyo Poetry Journal, and World Literature Today. His translation (with Spencer Thurlow) of “Sonic Peace ‘’ by Kiriu Minashita made the shortlists for the 2018 National Translation Award and the 2018 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize. Eric’s first collection of poetry, “Aporia” will be published in September 2021 by Lily Poetry Review Books.

SHELAGH POWERS JOHNSON graduated with an MFA from American University’s Creative Writing program and is an English professor at Bowie State University. Her work has previously appeared in Portland Review, apt, Typishly, Luna Luna Magazine, Ravishly, the Grace and Gravity anthologies, Night Train, Avatar Literary Review, and Clackamas Literary Review, among others. She lives outside Baltimore with her husband and daughter.

EDWARD JOSEPH KAITZ started producing art when he was bedridden for three months with rheumatic fever as a middle schooler. His inspiration is drawn from internal suffering, feelings, and obscurity. He found this inspiration referenced well in the works of Leonard Baskin, Jose Luis Cuervas, and Francis Bacon. His illness led him on an existential journey to find out why we are here. His art is a process of understanding how he came to be here, and where he is going. While not a treatise, it is a dharma for living, imperfect and humble. 

ALI KINSELLA has been translating from Ukrainian for eight years. Her published works include essays, poetry, monographs, and subtitles to various films. She holds an MA from Columbia University, where she wrote a thesis on the intersection of feminism and nationalism in small states. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Ali lived in Ukraine for nearly five years. She is currently in Chicago, where she also sometimes works as a baker.

K. T. LANDON is the author of Orange, Dreaming (Five Oaks Press, 2017). Her poetry has appeared in North American Review, Narrative, and Best New Poets 2017, and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthology.

WALTER LAWN writes poetry and short fiction. His work has been published in Every Day Fiction, River Poets Journal, and the anthology Unclaimed Baggage. Walter is a disaster recovery planner and lives outside of Philadelphia.

JENNA LE ( is a daughter of Vietnamese refugees who was born and raised in Minnesota. She is a New York City-based physician and educator and the author of two poetry collections, Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011) and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Indolent Books, 2018), the latter of which was an Elgin Awards Second Place winner. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and West Branch. Her visual art has appeared in Jubilat, Lantern Review, Mom Egg Review, Pulse, and West Trestle Review.

DAVID DODD LEE is the author of ten books of poetry, including Animalities (Four Way Books, 2014) and Orphan, Indiana (Akron, 2010), as well as a forthcoming book of collages, erasure poems, and new original poems (Unlucky Animals, Wolfson Press, 2022). Visual art has appeared recently at Off the Coast, The Hunger, Tupelo Quarterly, Rougarou, The Indianapolis Review, Packingtown Review, House Mountain Review, and Watershed Review. An essay, with artwork, is forthcoming in Rose Metal Press’s A Field Guide to Graphic Literature (2022).  He is Associate Professor of English at Indiana University South Bend.

KALI LIGHTFOOT lives in Salem, MA. Her poems and reviews of poetry books have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Feminine Rising, Lavender Review, Broadsides to Books, Star 82 Review, and Gyroscope. Kali’s work has been nominated twice for Pushcart Prize, and once for Best of the Net. She earned an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her debut collection of poems was published by CavanKerry Press in April, 2021. Find Kali at

JULIA LISELLA’s books include Always (WordTech Editions, 2014), Terrain (WordTech Editions, 2007)and a chapbook, Love Song Hiroshima (Finishing Line Press, 2004)Her poems are widely anthologized, and appear in Ploughshares, Paterson Literary Review, Mom Egg Review, Nimrod, Exit 7, Ocean State Review and others.She writes on modernist women writers, teaches American literature at Regis College, and co-curates the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) Reading Series in Boston.

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 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 in Poetry, Thrush, West Trestle Review, Verse Daily, Iron Horse Review (winner, Photo Finish contest), The Sycamore Review, and Cream City Review. 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.

LIBBY MAXEY is a senior editor at Literary Mama, where she has been on staff since 2012Her poems have appeared in Emrys, THINK, Pirene’s Fountain, PinyonStoneboat, Crannóg and elsewhere, and her first poetry collection, Kairos, won Finishing Line Press’s 2018 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition. Her nonliterary activities include singing classical repertoire, mothering two sons, enjoying the woods of Western Massachusetts, and administering the Department of Classics at Amherst College.

KIRSTEN MILES s is the National Director of the 30/30 Project at Tupelo Press and Regional Director of Tupelo Press Conferences. She founded the Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, supporting teen writers and developing programming for scalable community support for writing as an art for teens. A bookmaker and member of a local letterpress non-profit with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, she enjoys exploring the very slow process of making books by hand, and the relationship of the book to its content. She is working on her first novel.

GLORIA MONAGHAN is a Professor of Humanities at Wentworth University. She has published five books of poetry: Flawed (Finishing Line Press), Torero (Nixes Mate), The Garden (Flutter Press), False Spring (Adelaide), and Hydrangea (Kelsay Books). Her poems have appeared in Alexandria Quarterly, 2River, Adelaide, Aurorean, Chiron, Nixes-Mate, First Literary Review East, among others. In 2018 her poem, “Into Grace” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her book False Spring was nominated for the Griffin Prize.

JASON R. MONTGOMERY, or JRM, is a Chicano/Indigenous Californian writer, painter, and playwright from El Centro, California. He merges Indigenous Californian and Chicano designs and aesthetics to explore the history of US colonization while synthesizing a decolonized motif that honors the complicated heritage of the postcolonial subject. JRM’s work has appeared in Split Lip Magazine, Storm Cellar, Ilanot Review, and other publications. He is also a 2021-23 Poets Laureate for East Hampton, Mass.

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, Lily Poetry Review,Spoon River Poetry Review, The Somerville Times, Constellations, The Ekphrastic Review, and The Compassion Anthology.

STEPHEN NELSON’s last book was a Xerolage of visual poetry called Arcturian Punctuation (Xexoxial Editions). He has exhibited visual poetry and published prose and poetry internationally for a number of years. He lives by a burn in Central Scotland with a cat called Amma and is currently writing a YA sci-fi fantasy novel while drinking lots of Brazilian coffee.

BARBARA O’BYRNE is a Literacy Education professor living in Charleston, WV where she directs a site of the National Writing Project. Her fiction has appeared in Perigee Publication for the Art, Flash Fiction, and The Citron Review. When not writing, she can be found on a bicycle, exploring the forests of West Virginia.

MIRIAM O’NEAL’s, The Body Dialogues was published by Lily Poetry Review Books in January, 2020. We Start with What We’re Given (Kelsay Books) came out in 2018. Runner-up for the 2020 Princemere Prize, O’Neal is a 2019 Pushcart nominee and a Poet of Note in the Disquiet International Poetry competition. Recent work has appeared in Nixes Mate Review, North Dakota Quarterly. Translations of Italian poet, Alda Merini, appeared in On the Seawall in Fall 2019.

DZVINIA ORLOWSKY, Pushcart Prize poet, translator, and a founding editor of Four Way Books, is author of six poetry collections published by Carnegie Mellon University Press including Bad Harvest, a 2019 Massachusetts Book Awards “Must Read” in Poetry. Her translation from the Ukrainian of Alexander Dovzhenko’s novella, The Enchanted Desna, was published by House Between Water Press in 2006, and in 2014, Dialogos published Jeff Friedman’s and her co-translation of Memorials: A Selection by Polish poet Mieczslaw Jastrun for which she and Friedman were awarded a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship. Ali Kinsella and Dzvinia’s book of co-translations from the Ukrainian titled Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow: Selected Poems by Natalka Bilotserkivets is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press in fall 2021.  

CHRISTIE PAGE is a resilient warrior. Art was first a distraction, a way to escape from the torment of her mind and pour thoughts onto paper, whether through poetry or painting. Soon she realized she could process her pain, one memory at a time and leave those memories trapped on the pages she painted on. She began to feel lighter. She started to shed. She started to grow. Anger gave way to empathy and empathy gave way to forgiveness. Forgiveness of self. And that gave way to grace and allowing herself grace.

ASHLEY PARKER OWENS is an Appalachian writer, poet, and artist living in Richmond, Kentucky. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Kentucky University and an MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University.

NATASHA PEPPERL’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Appalachian Review, The Meadow, The Maynard, The Anti-Languorous Project, and elsewhere. She hosts Just As Special, a foster care podcast focused on diversity, and is the daughter of an Iranian refugee. Read more of Natasha’s poetry at

ANNE ELEZABETH PLUTO  is Professor of Literature and Theatre at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she is the artistic director and one of the founders of the Oxford Street Players, the university’s Shakespeare troupe.. She was a member of the Boston small press scene in the late 1980s and is one of the founders and editors at Nixes Mate Review. Recent publications include The Buffalo Evening News, Unlikely Stories: Episode IV, Mat Hat Lit, Pirene’s Fountain, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Mockingheart Review, Yellow Chair Review, Levure Litteraire – numero 12, The Naugatuck River Review, Tuesday: An Art Project, Muddy River Review, and Mom Egg Review, with forthcoming work in Fulcrum. Her most recent poetry collection, The Deepest Part of Dark, was published by  Unlikely Booksin 2020.

ERWIN PONCE is at work on a poetry manuscript called Pilipinas, or; Ending up in Modern Day Metro Manila. His poems appear in EastlitAsian American Literary ReviewTAYO Literary Magazine, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. He holds an MFA from Emerson College and works at a public library.

ERIC ROY’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Bennington Review, Green Mountains Review, Salamander, Salt Hill, Sugar House Review, Third Coast and elsewhere. His debut chapbook, All Small Planes, is available from Lily Poetry. His hybrid piece, “Origin Story,” has been nominated for inclusion in Best Small Fictions 2021 and can be read here

MEGGIE ROYER is a Midwestern writer, domestic violence advocate, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Persephone’s Daughters, a literary and arts journal for abuse survivors. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. She thinks there is nothing better in this world than a finished poem.

ZEDEKIAH SCHILD is a painter and sculptor living and working in San Francisco, California.

J.D.SCRIMGEOUR is the author of four poetry collections, including Lifting the Turtle and Festival. His collection of bilingual poetry, ‮-‬؛؟‮<-١‬٪‭]‬/Banana Bread, will be published by Nixes Mate Press in Fall 2021. He won the AWP Award for Nonfiction for his second book of nonfiction, Themes for English B: A Professor’s Education In & Out of Class.

NEIL SILBERBLATT is the founder / director of Voices of Poetry. He has curated and presented more than 400 poetry events at various venues in MA, CT, NY & NJ. Neil’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including Plume Poetry Journal, Mom Egg Review, Tiferet Journal, American Journal of Poetry, and Tikkun Daily, also the anthologies, Collateral Damage (Pirene’s Fountain) and Culinary Poems (Glass Lyre Press). His most recent poetry collection, Past Imperfect (Nixes Mate Books, 2018), was nominated for the Mass. Book Award in Poetry, and he has been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize.

ANDY SMART earned his MFA from the Solstice Low-Residency Program at Pine Manor College, where he was the 2018 Michael Steinberg Creative Nonfiction Fellow. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Poetry, Salamander, Glassworks, and elsewhere. Andy was a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. His chapbook Blue Horse Suite is available from Kattywompus Press, and his first book, The More You Hate Me, a memoir in essays, is due out in 2022 from Unsolicited Press.

LISA J. SULLIVAN is a Massachusetts native who holds an MFA in Poetry from the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program, where she was a Kurt Brown Memorial Fellow. Her work has appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, The Comstock Review, The Chaffin Journal, and elsewhere. She is an associate poetry editor for Lily Poetry Review Books and a poetry editor for Pink Panther Magazine. Lisa is also a visual artist and teaches
poetry workshops at the Plymouth Center for the Arts. 

JW SUMMERISLE lives in the English East Midlands and once appeared in Memoir Mixtapes with a poem about Courtney Love’s ‘Doll Parts’.

SHARON TRACEY is a poet and editor, and author of two full-length poetry collections: Chroma: Five Centuries of Women Artists (Shanti Arts Publishing, 2020) and What I Remember Most is Everything (All Caps Publishing, 2017). Her poems have appeared in, The Worcester Review, Mom Egg Review, SWWIM, The Ekphrastic Review, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in western Massachusetts.

M. J. TURNER’s poems have appeared in Nixes MateSpillwayconcīs, and the I-70 Review. She lives in Massachusetts.

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

LOU VARGO was born and raised in Detroit.  He and his family live in Nashville, Tennessee.  He is a certified sommelier and makes his living in the wine business. 

MID WALSH is a poet, singer, athlete, husband, and grandfather living near the ocean. With an English BA from Yale University and an MBA, he has conducted careers as a carpenter, a hi-tech executive, and a yoga studio owner. His poetry renders his life experiences into the music of language.  He lives with his wife and two wise cats near the seashore just south of Boston. 

JIM WILLIS grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and graduated from Northwestern State College in Natchitoches.  He has a Masters in English from Tulane University.  He has published poems in The Tulane Review, DMQ Review, Ekphrasis, Melic Review, Snowy Egret,, and Hawai’i Pacific Review. He won the 2003 Frith Press Open Chapbook Competition with a collection called The Darwin Point. He recently moved to Apalachicola, Florida to be near his daughter, Ashley. 

ROBERT WILSON is an artist, tutor, and writer living in Cape Haze, Florida, and Fort Wayne, Indiana.  His poems have appeared in journals including the Pinyon Review and the Poetica Review, and his chapbook A Charity of Blue was published by Yavanika Press.  After three surgeries his vision has mercifully been restored.