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Issue #16, May 2024

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Poetry
  • Amy Allen studied English literature and creative writing at Skidmore College and at Drew University. Her work has been published in a variety of literary journals including Pine Row Press, West Trade Review, and The Write Launch, and her poetry chapbook, "Mountain Offerings," was released in April of 2024 with Rootstock Publishers. She lives in Shelburne, Vermont, with her husband and children, as well as a fiercely independent husky and a perpetually starving chocolate lab. She owns All of the Write Words, a freelance writing/editing business and serves as her town’s Poet Laureate, a position that includes outreach work with local schools and organizations.
     

  • Ruth Mota currently lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California where she focuses on writing poetry or facilitating poetry workshops to groups in her community like veterans or men in jail. Previously she lived many years in northeast Brazil and worked as an international health trainer. Her poems have been published in many online and print journals including The Atlanta Review, Gyroscope Review, Terrapin Books, Passager Books and Hare's Paw.
     

  • Nick Currass is a writer, traveller and poet. Since receiving his MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, his work has featured in ArtAscent, Peauxdunque Review, Crab Orchard Review, and others. A musketeer at heart, you can normally spot him with a trusty cup of tea by his side.
     

  • Lenora Steele's poetry and short prose has been published or accepted for publication in: Atlanta Review, Event, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, Eastern Iowa Review, The Fourth River & others. She lives where the dykes hold back the muddy red waters of Bay of Fundy in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada.
     

  • Joan Mazza worked as a medical microbiologist, psychotherapist, and taught workshops on understanding dreams and nightmares. She is the author of six books, including "Dreaming Your Real Self (Penguin/Putnam). Her poetry has appeared in The Comstock Review, Prairie Schooner, Slant, Poet Lore, and The Nation. She lives in rural central Virginia.
     

  • Tom Schmidt built a tree house above a bee-loud glade in Vermont and began to write poetry after a long academic career. Since 2018, he has placed more than fifty poems in journals and has published two chapbooks, "Enough to Drink or Drown" (Kelsay Books, 2020) and "Like, A Metaphor" (Encircle Publications, 2021).

Prose
  • DM Anderson, a Texas-based author, boasts an impressive portfolio of over ten novels and novellas. His novella, "HUGGER," was the proud recipient of the Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Contest gold medal in 2021. In addition, three of his other stories were short-listed finalists in the same contest in 2020 and 2021. Anderson's work has been featured in Passager Journal, The Write Launch, Sierra Nevada Review, Rappahannock Review, The Raven, and Lone Mountain Literary Society Journal. The Lascaux Review recently recognized Anderson as a two-time shortlisted finalist for their Short Fiction Prize. A graduate of the University of Iowa Summer Creative Writers Workshop in 2023, in 2022, Anderson was inducted into America's Literary Who's-Who. Currently, he is working on an anthology of short story prose and is enthusiastically testing Margarita recipes for an upcoming Mexican Libations cookbook publication.
     

  • David Larsen is a writer who lives in El Paso, Texas. His stories and poems have been published in more than thirty-five literary journals and magazines including Cholla Needles, Floyd County Moonshine, The Heartland Review, Aethlon, Change Seven, Oakwood, The Raven Review and Hare's Paw Literary Journal.
     

  • Sean-Taro Nishi is a Japanese-American writer from Los Angeles, CA. His work has appeared in Sierra Nevada Review, Bridge Eight Press, Always Crashing, Streetlight, STORGY, TIMBER, Sunflower Station, Esoterica, and thousands of other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat Waffles.
     

  • Sara Pauff is a professional communicator, part-time storyteller who primarily writes young adult fiction and is at work on her first novel. Her short fiction has been published in Half and One, CommuterLit.com and On the Run. She is also a regular participant in the VSS challenge, in which writers craft a 500-character micro-story based on a one-word prompt. You can find her on Instagram and Threads at @spauffwrites.

Music
  • Gabriela Pabon is a queer teen poet and an indie singer-songwriter who accompanies herself on the cello.
     

  • Annabella Gelmetti is a performing songwriter, composer, and producer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Gelmetti graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition and a conducting minor. Amidst Nashville's vibrant arts scene, Annabella engages with music in various roles: serving as Executive Assistant to the CFO at the Nashville Symphony, as a pro-writer and producer in the sync music market, and as a music engraver for Graphite Publishing. Gelmetti's achievements include a West Coast tour of her original electroacoustic ballet, "The Fearies," as well as a recent sync placement in a Lifetime Original Movie, "Shadow of Vengeance" directed by Rob Diamond (April 1, 2024). Gelmetti is currently writing her second story ballet, titled "Curiouser & Curiouser," in collaboration with choreographer Joseph Lyons-Wolf: an original tap dance retelling of Lewis Carroll's Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
     

  • Francisco Vara has been a musician and songwriter for a long time. Their songs have been recorded by The Usual Suspects and are available in all major platforms. Recently, Paco started to try his hand at written and spoken word poetry. Three of his poems have been published by Wingless Dreamer.

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