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"The Machine with Magnificent Wheels/the Architecture and Physics of Writing" - Special Guest Contributor: Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of eleven previous poetry collections, including Timber and Prayer: The Indian Pond Poems My Father’s Geography, and The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005. He is Alumnae Professor of English at Simmons College in Boston. Weaver is the recipient of an NEA fellowship, a Pew fellowship, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship. He has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a Fulbright scholar appointment, among other honors.
"Beautiful Pig," "Cheesehead," and "Overcooked" - Featured Nonfiction Author: John Michael Flynn, currently an English Language Fellow with the US State Department in Khabarovsk, Russia. His most recent poetry collection, Keepers Meet Questing Eyes (2014) is available from Leaf Garden Press (www.leafgardenpress.com). Find him on the web at www.basilrosa.com. Mr. Flynn has contributed three essays on life in Moldova in the 80's and 90's along with a number of photographs.
"Emily Overhears a Mourner," "Emily and Her Mother-in-Law," and "Emily and Spring Cleaning" - Featured Fiction Author: Stephanie Dickinson was raised in rural Iowa and has passed time in Wyoming, Oregon (where she earned an MFA from the University of Oregon), Minnesota, Texas, and Louisiana. She now lives in New York City. Along with Rob Cook, she publishes and edits the literary journal Skidrow Penthouse. Her publishing credits include, Half Girl, (Spuyten Duyvil), “Lynching in Stereoscope” (Best American Nonrequired Reading), “Love Highway” (New Stories from the South), Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg (New Michigan Press), and many dozens of credits in literary journals including Glimmertrain, Oxford Review, Mid-American Review, and African-American Review.
"Cuddles at Midnight" - Victoria Adams is an accountant, business consultant and an author. In all things she seeks to learn, to understand as best she can, and to share the things that occupy her thoughts. She loves the act of creation, great or small and the ever present opportunity to “think upon these things.” CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Baffen Island" - Zig Zag Claybourne is the author of the novels By All Our Violent Guides (under CE Young), Neon Lights, and Historical Inaccuracies. He is a lifetime resident of Detroit but enjoys the wandering soul given everyone at birth. He can be reached via his website www.writeonrighton.com or the wildly random blog ThingsIdidatworktoday.blogspot.com. FICTION
"Night Breeze" - Elaine Crauder grew up in a village in Ohio, and though she’s lived outside Philadelphia long enough to call Philly home, she sometimes still waves at passing cars so as not to be considered rude. In 2015, her fiction will also be in The Boston Literary Magazine and Penumbra. Five of her stories have placed in one or more contests, including four (and a novel) in Faulkner/Wisdom contests (2013 and 2014). FICTION
"Bequeathed" - G.L. Francis, a Midwest writer, artist, and jane-of-many-trades. Her work has appeared in various magazines/ezines as well as two collections, one of short stories and one of poetry. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Neahkahnie Mountain" - Will George. He has fired historical cannons, led swamp walks, and guided canoe trips for seven National Park Service units. In the literary world, Will has penned essays for North Coast Squid, Hip Fish, Rain, Prick of the Spindle and Blood Lotus. Will was awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts in nonfiction for his manuscript River Soul: A Political and Spiritual Journey along the Arkansas River. He holds a M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing from Goddard College, for which he is forever grateful and will be forever indebted. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Farm Raised, City Basted" - Trisha Georgiou is the author of three chapbooks including, A New Life and other poems of Living Passions (918studio, 2014), Quartered Enlightenment (PbP, 2013), My Name is A (1999). She is an active volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Writing Center. For more information, please visit her website www.TrishaGeorgiou.com. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Into the World" - Barbara Harroun, Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University. Her most recent work is forthcoming or appearing in freeze frame fiction, Circus Book, Fiction Southeast,The Sonder Review, Empty Sink, Per Contra Fiction, and Spelk. Her favorite creative endeavors are her awesome kids, Annaleigh and Jack. When she isn’t writing, reading, or teaching, she can be found walking her beloved dog, Banjo or engaging in literacy activism and radical optimism. FICTION
"Ferry to Bofin" - Aileen Hunt is an Irish writer with a particular interest in lyric essays and flash nonfiction. Her work has been published in Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing and the Lindenwood Review, and is forthcoming from Creative Nonfiction and Hippocampus magazine. She is currently working on a collection of flash nonfiction essays based on the lives of pioneering women. You can read more about her at Aileen-Hunt.com. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Eulogy for the Unknown" - Laura Kendall is an MFA candidate at Butler University, where she reads for their journal, Booth, and their small press, Pressgang. She has an essay forthcoming in Tahoma Literary Review. She enjoys cheeseburgers and trail running. Her obsessions include owls, second-hand mugs, and her two rescue dogs. Find her on twitter @lamathews. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"The Badger-Mule Clan" - Lee Kisling is a recent graduate of Hamline University in St Paul, Minnesota. In December 2013, his poetry chapbook The Lemon Bars of Parnassus was published by Parallel Press in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2014 his work was accepted for publication by Stoneboat, Sixfold, Oberon, Bryant Literary Review, Off the Coast, and others. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Retail" - Beth Konkoski is a writer and high school English teacher living in Northern Virginia. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including: Story, Mid-American Review, The Potomac Review and New Delta Review. Her chapbook Noticing the Splash was published by BoneWorld Press in 2010. FICTION
"Shagbark Farm" - Cecele Allen Kraus is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Tuscaloosa Bypass (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Harmonica (Liquid Light Press 2014). Poems have appeared in journals such as Naugatuck River Review, Windfall, Chronogram, and Avocet. She worked as a psychotherapist for thirty years and lives in Copake, New York. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"До свидания! (Do Svidaniya), or Until We Meet Again" - Anna Leahy is the author of the poetry books Aperture and Constituents of Matter and the forthcoming nonfiction book Tumor. In 2016, her essays won the Dogwood Grand Prize in Literature and the Ninth Letter Essay Prize, and an essay was a Notable in The Best American Essays 2013 and 2015. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, where she curates the Tabula Poetica reading series and edits the international journal TAB. With Douglas R. Dechow, she wrote Generation Space: A Love Story. They continue to write Lofty Ambitions blog and are 2016 Visiting Fellows at the American Library in Paris. http://loftyambitions.wordpress.com. FICTION
"Mantissa, A Poetic Essay on Retraction, Memory, and Language" - With an interest in artists’ books, Isabel Lederman’s processes include her own poetry, letterpress, nonsilver printmaking and handmade paper. Isabel received her B.A in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing, emphasis in poetry and letterpress at the University of California Santa Cruz 2012. She is currently in her second year at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and will receive her MFA Book Arts/Printmaking in May 2015. Isabel has worked at the Peter Kruty Editions, Brooklyn, New York as well as the National Print Museum in Dublin, Ireland. She has also taught a series of lectures that focus on “Chapbooks: Historical and Modern Practices for Poetics”. Most recently she facilitated a creative writing and book arts workshop "One Poem, One Book" for Mighty Writers Philadelphia. She is a recipient of the Kosciuszko Foundation Graduate Grant 2014-2015 New York. CREATIVE NONFICTION / EXPERIMENTAL
"Two Cups of Turkish Coffee" - Joan Leotta's artistic goal is to show the beauty of the ordinary and encourage her audience. She works as a journalist, author and story performer for the last thirty years. She often performs her own work. She has poems forthcoming in Tema and a short story coming up in the Sisters In Crime Guppies Anthology Her blog on writing and performing is at www.joanleotta.wordpress.com. She lives in Calabash, NC with her husband. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Away From My Desk" - Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a debut full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications. Eating Dog Press also published an illustrated edition of her essays and poetry, A Detail in the Landscape, and her first volume, The Canopy, won Midwest Writing Center's Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest. Her poems appear in The Journal, Appalachian Heritage, The Hollins Critic, Sugar House Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Green Mountains Review, South Dakota Review, Southwest Review, Subtropics, and elsewhere. Recent prose and book reviews can be found at The Rumpus, Mid-American Review, and Words Without Borders. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Impressions from the Land of Vanished Beautiful Things" - As a writer and artist publishing for the last three decades, Stephen Mead has finally gotten around to getting links to his poetry still online at various zines available in one place: http://stephenmead.weebly.com/links-to/poetry-on-the-line-stephen-mead. His latest Amazon release is entitled "Our Spirit Life”", a poetry/art meditation on family heritage, love, and the evanescence of time. For Christmas 2014 he released a sound collage song cycle, "Threnody for a Forgotten Plague", a series-in-progress, dealing with the early days of the AIDS Pandemic, free to listen to via http://amazingtunes.com/stephenmead/albums/24122. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Treading Water" - Andy O’Kelley uses an old laptop to arrange words in the best order he can manage. Having tried similar feats with photography, woodworking and music, his results may vary. He does all this in Minnesota. FICTION
"#Life" - Born in Brooklyn, raised in Miami, and educated at the University of Michigan, Marlene Olin recently completed her first novel. Her short stories have been featured in publications such as Emrys Journal, Upstreet Magazine, Biostories, Vine Leaves, WIPS, Poetica, Edge, Ragazine, The Jewish Literary Journal, Poydras Review and The Saturday Evening Post online. She will be published in Meat For Tea, Red Savina and The Broken Plate in the coming months. Two of her stories will be anthologized next year. She is a contributing editor at Arcadia magazine. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Marigold" - Rachana Rahman lives in Frankfort, Kentucky. Her writings appeared in The Kentucky River, and KUDZU. Her short story "Fishing Pole" was given an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Trajectory short story contest and her “China Cabinet” was an Eric Hoffer Prose finalist in Best New Writing for 2012. FICTION
"On Un-Becoming" - Post-MFA from the University of Arizona, Lora Rivera worked for two years as a literary agent's assistant and a biographer for foster children. Her creative fiction, poetry, and other writings appear in or are forthcoming from a number of journals, including The Milo Review and The Chattahoochee Review. She is currently at work on a novel. "On Un-Becoming" is part of a work-in-progress collection of desert-themed vignettes. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Khmer Rouge Welcoming" - Larry Schreiber, MD has lived and practiced Family Medicine in Taos, New Mexico for thirty-eight years. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. Schreiber is the father of 14 children,10 or whom were adopted from countries around the world and the U.S.FosterCare System. He has been the Hospice Medical Director of Mountain Home Hospice since 1996. Schreiber worked as a Medical Team Director for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Cambodia in 1980. He was the co-founder of Child-Rite, which for 20 years placed only Special Needs children in New Mexico homes, finding permanent homes for 248 children at no cost to the families. He is married to poet Catherine Strisik. For the last 6 years he has been writing personal essays which has evolved into a memoir-in-progress, Do No Harm. His stories run the gamut from children growing up and down to experiences in the U.S. Indian Health Service, working in a war zone, and caring for the dying in rural New Mexico. Schreiber's current and forthcoming publications include War, Literature, and the Arts; Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective, Dirty Chai, Eastern Iowa Review, Anak Sastra, and No Bullshit Review. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"Changeling" - Lianne Simon’s first novel, Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite, was published by MuseItUp Publishing in 2012. She wrote about intersex from a Christian perspective for the Fall 2015 issue of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics by Johns Hopkins University Press. As a public speaker, she advocates on behalf of those with differences of sex development. Lianne and her husband live in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, where she writes both English prose and computer software. CREATIVE NONFICTION Read an interview about why this piece was included in our first issue.
"An Atheist and a Saint" - Vic Sizemore's short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, Southern Humanities Review, storySouth, Connecticut Review, The Good Men Project, Blue Mesa Review, Sou’wester, PANK Magazine, Silk Road Review, Atticus Review, Real South, Reed Magazine, Connotation Press, Superstition Review, A River & Sound Review, and elsewhere. Excerpts from his novel The Calling are published in Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Prick of the Spindle, Burrow Press Review, Pithead Chapel, Letters and elsewhere.His fiction has won the New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction, and been nominated for Best American Nonrequired Reading and a Pushcart Prize. CREATIVE NONFICTION
"U-Pick" - Laryssa Wirstiuk is a writer and writing instructor based in Jersey City, NJ. She teaches writing and digital media at Rutgers University. Her writing has been published in IthacaLit, Hamilton Stone Review, and The Stockholm Review of Literature and is forthcoming in Barely South Review. You can view all her work here: http://www.laryssawirstiuk.com. CREATIVE NONFICTION
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