Issue Two Contributors

SIMON ANTON NINO DIEGO BAENA’s work has appeared in The Cortland Review, Fifth Wednesday, The Bitter Oleander, Osiris, The Henniker Review, Chiron Review, and elsewhere. I also edit and publish the poetry/art journal, January Review.

CAROL BERG’s poems are forthcoming or in Crab Creek Review (Poetry Finalist 2017), DMQ Review, Hospital Drive (Contest Runner-Up 2017), Sou’wester, The Journal, Spillway, Redactions, Radar Poetry, and Verse Wisconsin. Her recent chapbook, The Johnson Girls, is available from dancing girl press. She was winner of a scholarship to Poets on the Coast and a recipient of a Finalist’s Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

ACE BOGGESS is 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.

KATERYNA BORTSOVA’s most recent exhibitions include International Artist Grand Prix, X-Power Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan– International exhibition “Lethes Art. Memorty & Identiti(es)”, Ponte de Lima, Portugal 2017 – International exhibition “Fire and Ice”, Alicante, Spain – Art Revolution Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan, – POČITELJSKA PRIČA, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina

MARY LOU BUSCHI’s poems have appeared in Field, Willow Springs, Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, Four Way Review, among others. Mary Lou’s full-length collection, Awful Baby, was published through Red Paint Hill (2015). Tight Wire, her third chapbook, was published by Dancing Girl Press (2016).

BARBARA SIEGEL CARLSON is the author of poetry collections Once in Every Language (Kelsay Books 2017) and Fire Road (Dream Horse Press 2013), co-translator of Open: Selected Poems and Thoughts of of Srečko Kosovel (2018, Tiscarna Present) and Look Back, Look Ahead, Selected Poems of Srečko Kosovel (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) and co-editor of A Bridge of Voices: Contemporary Slovene Poetry and Perspectives (Kindle, 2017). Her poetry and translations have appeared in many journals including Cortland Review, Mid-American Review and Salamander. Carlson serves as Poetry in Translation Editor for Solstice and teaches in Boston.
REBECCA CONNORS’ poems can be found in DIALOGIST, Menacing Hedge, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. She is happily settled with her family in Boston, where she is currently an MFA candidate at the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. Her chapbook manuscript, Split Map, won the 2018 Dare to Speak contest and will be published by Minerva Rising Press. Follow her on Twitter @aprilist or visit her site at

SANDY COOMER is an artist and poet living in Brentwood, TN. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and she is the author of three poetry chapbooks and a full-length collection titled Available Light (Iris Press). Her art has been featured in local art shows and exhibits and has been published in journals such as Lunch Ticket,Gravel, The Wire’s Dream Magazine, Up the Staircase, Taxicab, Spider Mirror, and The Magnolia Review, among others. Sandy is the director of Rockvale Writers’ Colony in College Grove, TN. She is a teacher, a dreamer, a seeker, and an explorer. Her favorite word is believe.

STEVEN CRAMER is the author of The Eye that Desires to Look Upward (1987), The World Book (1992), Dialogue for the Left and Right Hand (1997), Goodbye to the Orchard (Sarabande, 2004)—Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club and a Massachusetts Honor Book—and Clangings (Sarabande, 2012). My poems and criticism have appeared in AGNI, The Atlantic Monthly, Field, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New England Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. New work has been published or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, Bellevue Literary Review, Carolina Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, Plume, Salamander, and Sugar House Review. Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and two fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, I founded and teach in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University.

LISA DESIRO is the author of Labor (Nixes Mate, 2018) and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). Her poetry is featured in various anthologies and journals, and has been set to music by several composers. Along with her job as Production & Editorial Assistant for C.P.E. Bach: The Complete Works, Lisa is an assistant editor for Indolent Books and a freelance accompanist. Read more about her at

LORI DESROSIERS’ poetry books are The Philosopher’s Daughter (Salmon Poetry, 2013), a chapbook, Inner Sky (Glass Lyre Press 2015) and Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak (Salmon Poetry, 2016). A new book of poems, Keeping Planes in the Air, will be out in 2020 from Salmon. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She edits Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry, and Wordpeace, an online journal dedicated to peace and justice.

WENDY DREXEL’s third poetry collection, Before There Was Before, was published by Iris Press in 2017. She’s a three-time Pushcart-Prize nominee, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, Ibbetson Street, J Journal, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, The Maine Review, The Mid-American Review, The Hudson Review, The Threepenny Review, The Worcester Review, and the Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others; featured on Verse Daily and WBUR’s Cognoscenti; and in numerous anthologies. Drexler is currently the poet in residence at New Mission High School in Hyde Park, MA.

SUZANNE EDISON’s recent chapbook, The Body Lives Its Undoing, was published in 2018. Poetry can be found in: Michigan Quarterly Review; The Naugatuck River Review; Isacoustic; Persimmon Tree; JAMA; SWWIM; Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine; The Ekphrastic Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Seattle and teaches at Richard Hugo House.

KAREN FRIEDLAND lives in the peaceable Boston neighborhood of West Roxbury with her husband, Rich, two dogs and two cats. A grant writer by trade, Karen’s poems have been published in Nixes Mate Review and Writing in a Women’s Voice. She has a book of poems forthcoming in summer, 2019 from Nixes Mate Books. Friedland is the interviewer for Cervena Barva Press, and is a founding member of the Boston-based Poetry Sisters collective.

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.

JENNY GRASSL was raised in Pennsylvania, and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her poems appeared most recently in the Boston Review (2018 annual poetry contest, runner-up prize selected by Mary Jo Bang), also in the anthology: Humanagerie, (Eibonvale Press, UK), Ocean State Review, and Rogue Agent. Her poems are forthcoming in: Massachusetts Review, Rhino Poetry, Phantom Drift, and Radar Poetry.

ANDREW GUDGEL’s poetry has appeared in several volumes of Southeast Missouri State University’s Proud to Be, and Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine.

PATRICIA HALE is the author of the poetry collection, Seeing Them with My Eyes Closed, and the chapbook, Composition and Flight. Her prize-winning poetry appears in many journals and anthologies. She lives in Connecticut and serves on the board of directors for the Riverwood Poetry Series.

YONI HAMMER-KOSSOY’s poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including most recently Stonecoast Review, Juniper Poetry, Sky Island Journal and River Heron Review. Originally from the US, Yoni has lived in Israel with his family for the last twenty years. When not writing he enjoys hiking, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and would love to open a kosher food truck with friends but alas, still pays the bills as a software engineer.

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.

ERIC E. HYETT is a poet, Japanese translator and business consultant from Brookline, MA. Eric’s writing appears in magazines and journals; his translation of Sonic Peace by Kiriu Minashita was published in 2017 by Phoneme Media and was shortlisted for the National Translation Award and the Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize. Eric teaches poetry at PoemWorks: The Workshop for Publishing Poets; memoir writing at the Brookline Interactive Group; and math at Project Place.

CLINTON INMAN, born in England, graduated from San Diego State University where he earned a BA in Philosophy; he is a retired Hillsborough High School English teacher and lives in Florida with his wife, Elba and English Bulldog, Miss Bean.

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 can be found at 32 poems, Salamander, Crab Creek Review, Naugatuck Review, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. She can often be found swimming or surfing alongside her husband near their home in Cape Cod, MA.

PAULA KAUFMAN writes from West Virginia where she dreams of traveling the world or hiking. She is published or forthcoming from Heartwood, Brittle Star and North Dakota Quarterly.

ANN KENISTON’s recent poems have appeared in Yale Review, Gettysburg Review, Beloit Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of a full-length book of poems (The Caution of Human Gestures, Wordtech 2005) and a chapbook (November Wasps, Finishing Line, 2013), as well as several scholarly books on contemporary American poetry. She lives in Reno, NV, where she is a professor of English at University of Nevada, Reno.

NATASHA KING lives in North Carolina and misses quietly the snows of her childhood. She divides her spare time among the important duties of writing, prowling, and thinking about the ocean.

BETH KONKOSKI is a writer and high school English teacher living in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children. Her work has been published in journals such as: Story, Mid-American Review, and The Baltimore Review. A second chapbook of her poetry, “Water Shedding” is available from Finishing Line Press.

VERA KROMS authored the chapbook Necessary Harm, which was published by Finishing Line press. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Columbia Journal of the Arts, Tupelo Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review and elsewhere. She lives in Boston and worked as a programmer for many years.

MERCEDES LAWRY’s fiction appears in Gravel, Blotterature, Cleaver, Gambling the Aisle and Thrice Fiction. She was a semi-finalist in The Best Small Fictions 2016. Her poetry is published in journals such as Poetry, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner and others. Her chapbook, “In the Early Garden With Reason” won the 2018 WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest, judged by Molly Peacock and is available on Amazon. Additionally, Lawry has published stories and poems for children.

JENNIFER LOTHRIGEL is an artist and poet residing in the San Francisco Bay area. Her work has been published in F-Stop magazine, Art Reveal Magazine, Arcturus, Deracine, Rag Queen Periodical, NILVX and elsewhere. Find her on instagram @PartingMists

MARJORIE MADDOX is a Sage Graduate Fellow of Cornell University (MFA) and Director of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Lock Haven University; Maddox has published 11 collections of poetry—including Wives’ Tales (Seven Kitchens Press); True, False, None of the Above (Poiema Poetry Series and Illumination Book Award Medalist); Local News from Someplace Else (Wipf & Stock); Weeknights at the Cathedral (WordTech Editions); Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize; Brittingham and Felix Pollak finalist); and Perpendicular As I (Sandstone Book Award— the short story collection What She Was Saying (Fomite Press), and over 550 poems, stories, and essays in journals and anthologies. In addition, Marjorie is the co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (PSU Press 2005), assistant editor of Presence, author of four children’s books, and the recipient of numerous honors, including Pushcart Prize nominations in poetry and fiction. She gives readings and workshops around the country. For more information and reviews, please see

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.

OCLLO MASON Experiments with acrylic paint to make it move, pop, emerge, and blend in different ways on the canvas. She has been making art for as long as she can remember. The medium of paint has been forever present throughout her journey as an artist. Her current body of work is created with acrylics through a method that never gives the same results twice. This makes the process of creating new works very exciting for the artist. Ocllo is the mother of 3 sons, two of which have left the nest which gives her more time for painting, attending shows and meeting a great community of artists and art lovers.

LIBBY MAXEY is a senior editor at the online journal Literary Mama, and she also edits for Amherst College and as a freelancer. Her poems have appeared in The Fourth River, Emrys, Think, Pilgrimage, and elsewhere. She reviews others’ poetry for The Mom Egg Review and Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Her first collection, Kairos, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press and is the winner of the 2018 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition. Her nonliterary activities include singing classical repertoire and mothering two sons.

KEVIN MCLELLAN is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), Ornitheology (The Word Works, 2018), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poems appear in numerous literary journals including American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, West Branch, Western Humanities Review, and Witness. Kevin lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

MARCY MCNALLY’s poetry, short stories, and articles have appeared in numerous print and online publications such as Willawaw Journal, Tiny Spoon, and Extreme: An Anthology.
ELIZABETH MERCURIO is a poet living in Tampa, Florida. She earned an MFA in poetry from The Solstice Low-Residency Program of Pine Manor College. Her work has appeared in, Third Point Press, Philadelphia Stories, The Skinny Poetry Journal, The Literary Nest, and Fledgling Rag. She was nominated for a Best of the Net award and was the 2016 recipient of The Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry.

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

RUKHSAR PALLA is currently a graduate student in Emerson College’s M.F.A Fiction program. She graduated from Seattle University in 2017 as a Sullivan Scholar where she completed an English/Creative Writing major and a French minor. Her poems have been published in Fragments, The Cape Rock, Straight Forward Poetry, and other literary magazines and journals. She is currently the Fiction Editor of Redivider, Emerson College’s Literary Publication and the Nonfiction Editor for Crab Creek Review, a Washington based literary journal. As President and founder of the Writers of Color Graduate Student Organization at Emerson College, she is working on voicing the collective realities and injustices people of color face, through collective healing and writing-related pursuits. She hopes to graduate from Emerson College in the Spring semester of 2019 with a collection of short stories vocalizing some of the experiences of Pakistani Muslim women globally. In her spare time, she can be found drinking chai next to her pink rose tapestry.

AVI PRAGER is a poet, fiber artist, and alien-dog enthusiast. His work has been featured in The Raw Art Review, The Gateway Review, and more. Avi never lost his child-like wonder, and loves chaotic wild beauty.

ASHLEY RENSELAER is a ninth grade student at Windward School in Mar Vista, California. She lives in Culver City with her parents and dog and cat and loves writing poems, plays, and short stories. She believes that poetry has the power to change hearts and minds, creating a better world.

SUSAN RICH is the author of five books, most recently, Cloud Pharmacy, shortlisted for the Julie Suk prize, honoring poetry books from independent presses. She is the winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Times Literary Supplement Award, London. Her poems appear in places such as the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, New England Review, Southern Review, and World Literature Today. She is cofounder with Kelli Russell Agodon of Poets on the Coast, a yearly writing retreat. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA.

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.

BIANCA RIVETTI is an artist and a student for Architecture and Urbanism at the Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo.

KELLIE SCRANTON is a self-taught artist, who loves every aspect of creativity and strives to create beautiful things to share with the world. She resides in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area. Most of her paintings are done with acrylics, and mixed media components. Her day job is a full time hair-colorist, and she sells original paintings on the side. Check out her Instagram and to see more of her work. She posts her artwork on her personal page (@kelliescranton) her on her art Instagram (@kelliescranton_art)

MELISSA SILVA is a Poet and a Nurse, living in the Boston area. She has studied Contemporary and Asian Poetry, Fiction Writing, and Storytelling/Performance. She is a co-founder of the Poetry Sisters Collective, and was a member of the performing collective Storytellers in Concert, Her poems have appeared in Tuck Magazine, Bonsai, Oddball Magazine, and others. She does promotion for Červená Barva Press, Somerville, MA.

LORI SLAVIN is a former corporate attorney passionately turned abstract painter, and awed by art’s capacity to evoke wonder and transformation, even if just for a moment. She strives to bring such experiences to those who view her paintings and creates visual poetry on canvas. For additional information about Slavin’s art, please visit

BEN SLOAN teaches at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, the Buckingham Correctional Center, and Piedmont Virginia Community College. The Road Home, a chapbook of his writing, is available from Thirty West Publishing House (2017) with more recent pieces appearing in Streetlight Magazine, The Tishman Review, and Pembroke Magazine. His essay entitled “Without Any Constraints: Several Shorter Uncollected Poems by Jonas Mekas in the Company of Aharon Appelfeld” is forthcoming in Message Ahead (Rail Editions).

ANDY SMART is a candidate for the MFA at the Solstice Low-Residency Program at Pine Manor College. He lives between the Midwest and New England. His work has appeared in River Heron Review, Two Thirds North, Red Fez, and elsewhere. Andy is an advocate for the de-stigmatization of mental illness, the prevention of suicide, and the continued influence of the written word. He loves every dog he sees.

SARAH DICKENSON SNYDER has three poetry collections, The Human Contract, Notes from a Nomad (nominated for the Massachusetts Book Awards 2018), and With a Polaroid Camera, forthcoming in 2019. Recently, poems have appeared in Artemis, The Sewanee Review, and RHINO.’

MATT STEVENSON is the winner of The Big Snowy Prize in Fiction and has been published in The Montana Quarterly, Cosumnes River Journal, and Abstract.

ANN TAYLOR is Professor of English at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. She has written two books on college writing, academic and free-lance essays, and a collection of personal essays, Watching Birds: Reflections on the Wing. Her first poetry book, The River Within, won first prize in the Cathlamet Poetry competition at Ravenna Press, 2011. A chapbook, Bound Each to Each, was published in 2013. Her most recent collection, Héloïse and Abêlard: the Exquisite Truth (2018), is based on the famous twelfth-century story of their lives. She is now working on a new collection of poems, Sortings.

CARINE TOPAL’S work has appeared in The Best of the Prose Poem, Greensboro Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and many other journals. She is the recipient of the Robert G. Cohen Prose Poetry Award, the Briar Cliff Review Award for Poetry and her prize-winning book, Tattooed, won the 4th Biennial Chapbook Contest from Palettes and Quills. Topal’s 5th collection, “In Order of Disappearance,” was published last year by Pacific Coast Poetry Series.

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

ANASTASIA VASSOS was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives, writes and teaches in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in various journals, including Gravel Mag, Blast Furnace Press, Haibun Today, The Ghazal Page, Literary Bohemian, and Writers Resist. She was a BreadLoaf General Contributor in Poetry, 2017. Her poem “Tinos, August 2012” was named Poem Of The Moment on in 2017. She is a long-distance cyclist.

JESSICA L. WALSH is the author of two collections, How to Break My Neck
and The List of Last Tries (forthcoming spring 2019!), as well as two chapbooks. Her work has appeared in RHINO, Tinderbox, Rogue Agent, and more. She teaches at a community college outside of Chicago and manages the blog for Agape Editions.

ElLISABETH WEISS teaches at Salem State University. She’s taught poetry in preschools, prisons, and nursing homes and as well as to the intellectually disabled. Her poems have appeared in London’s Poetry Review, Porch, Crazyhorse, Ibbetson Street Magazine, the Birmingham Poetry Review, the Paterson Poetry Review and many other journals. She was the winner of the Talking/Writing hybrid poetry contest for 2016. A chapbook, The Caretaker’s Lament was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015.

ROBERT WILSON is a teacher, mentor, and poet living in the Mid-west. His poems have most recently appeared in Snapdragon: A Journal of Art and Healing, the Pinyon Review, and Poetica.

MARGOT WIZANSKY poems have appeared on line and in many journals, such as The Missouri Review, Crab Orchard Review, Moon City Review, Salamander, and The Maine Review. She edited two anthologies: Mercy of Tides: Poems for a Beach House, and Rough Places Plain: Poems of the Mountains. In Don’t Look Them In The Eye: Love, Life, and Jim Crow, she transcribed the oral history of her friend, Emerson Stamps, a grandson of slaves and son of sharecroppers, her poems and his story. Wizansky has recently retired from a career developing housing for adults with disabilities. Margot lives in Massachusetts.

ANTON YAKOVLEV’s latest chapbook Chronos Dines Alone, winner of the James Tate Poetry Prize 2018, was published by SurVision Books. He is also the author of Ordinary Impalers (Kelsay Books, 2017) and two prior chapbooks. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Measure, Amarillo Bay, and elsewhere. The Last Poet of the Village, a book of translations of poetry by Sergei Yesenin, is forthcoming from Sensitive Skin Books.

ART ZILLERUELO’s work appears in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Western Humanities Review, and other journals. Kattywompus Press published his chapbook Weird Vocation in 2015, and Unsolicited Press published his debut full-length collection The Last Map in 2017.