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Issue #10, May 2023

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Poetry
  • Kristan LaVietes is a poet living in Alameda, an island city in California's Bay Area. She is an indie greeting card maker and parent. Her work has been published in “Pearl,” “Nerve Cowboy,” “The Savannah Literary Journal,” “Texas Poetry Journal,” “Moria,” “Wild Roof Journal,” “Green House,” and “Isotope.”
     

  • John Dos Passos Coggin is a writer based in Alexandria, Virginia. His poetry has appeared in Pangyrus, Cathexis Northwest Press, and The Blue Mountain Review. He wrote a biography of Florida statesman Lawton Chiles, "Walkin' Lawton." He also co-manages the John Dos Passos literary estate and serves on the advisory board of the John Dos Passos Society.
     

  • Raina Allen is a young emerging poet, born and raised in rural Pennsylvania. She is a strong advocate for women's rights and mental health, and often uses her poetry as a vehicle to discuss her own experiences with these issues. Her work has been featured in God's Cruel Joke magazine, and is set to appear in the upcoming Women in Horror poetry collection published by Black Spot Books, Under Her Eye.
     

  • Olivia Lee is a poet, novelist, playwright, and English professor. She has published two novels. Her poetry has been published in DoveTales—Writing for Peace, Sonnets for Shakespeare, Haunted Waters Press, Wild Roof Journal, HerStry, Fauxmoir, and the Closed Eye Open, among others. Her play, "In Emma Rendell's Attic," had a pre-pandemic stage reading. She is committed to social justice work and supporting Fair Trade companies. She enjoys books, art, travel, listening to music, walking in the woods, and spending time with her sister, Suzie, and their two dogs, George MacDonald and Keeper Lee. Connect: instagram@ladyolivialee
     

  • Bethany Reid’s Sparrow won the 2012 Gell Poetry Prize, selected by Dorianne Laux. Her stories, poetry, and essays have recently appeared in One Art, Poetry East, Quartet, Passengers, Adelaide and Persimmon Tree. Bethany and her husband live in Edmonds, Washington, near their grown daughters. Read more at http://www.bethanyareid.com.
     

  • Cory Crouser is a poetry and fiction writer from Portland, Oregon. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and lives not far from there on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Prose
  • Daniel Pié, 72, is a retiree. He was a daily newspaper journalist for 44-plus years, the final 30 as a copy editor at The Arizona Republic, in Phoenix. His stories have been published or are scheduled to be published in Adelaide Literary Magazine, Clackamas Literary Review, INK Babies Literary Magazine, El Portal Literary Journal, and Streetlight Magazine. He was the winner of The New Yorker magazine cartoon caption contest for the week of Nov. 21, 2016.
     

  • C.W. Bigelow received his BA in English from Colorado State University and has lived in nine U.S. northern states, before moving to the Charlotte NC area. His fiction and poetry have most recently appeared in Midway Journal, The Blue Mountain Review, Glassworks, Blood & Bourbon, Good Works Review, Backchannels, The Saturday Evening Post, Short Story Town, Flash Fiction Magazine, Remington Review, Hare’s Paw, The Write Launch, Hole in the Head Review, Last Leaves and Drunk Monkeys, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Moss Piglet, and The Ponder Review.
     

  • David Larsen is a musician and writer who lives in El Paso, Texas. He has recorded several albums for El Viejo Records and his stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines.

Music
  • Bobbo Byrnes is a storytelling singer/songwriter, a throwback to a bygone era of mix tapes and AM Gold. Bobbo read too much Kerouac as a youth and though he no longer hitchhikes he is still a vagabond at heart seeking to continue on his path - singing and strumming, learning and sharing stories, and connecting with people.
     

  • Laura Giannini is a critically acclaimed Italian violinist and recording artist based in NYC. At age 19, she was selected by the violinist Uto Ughi to perform as a soloist and member of his Festival Omaggio a Roma Orchestra. Awarded in duo and piano trio competitions throughout Europe, Laura collaborated there with Accademia dei Cameristi, A.Gi.Mus. Roma, Musica a Piazza Navona, and Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband, among others. In 2006 she recorded chamber works by Raffaele Gervasio in their first world recording, a CD of the Ensemble Méditerranée produced by DAD Records. Her playing was also featured in 2012 on Deutschland Radio Kultur during the Kammerensemble Nordwind live broadcast of Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and in 2021 on the WVOX radio in an hour-long musical interview about South-Italian composers.
     

  • Cory Crouser is a fiction and poetry writer from Portland, Oregon. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and currently lives not far from there with his partner, Emily, and two cats on an old farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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