Issue #4, March 2022

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Poetry
  •  Kirsten Meehan was born and raised in Southern New York, growing up in the same house her father grew up in. She received her BFA in Creative Writing from SUNY Potsdam, and then worked in the publishing industry for a time after graduating. Her work has appeared in the Racquette, Blueline Magazine: College Edition, and the Red Fern Review. Currently, she is a student at Arcadia University, studying towards an MA in English and an MFA in Poetry.
     

  • Peter J. Grieco is former professor of English and retired school bus driver. His poems are widely published in small magazines on-line and in print. His blog "At the Musarium and Other Writings" [https://pjgrieco.wordpress.com/] archives much of this work. His chapbook collection of ekphrastic verse, "The Bind Man's Meal," is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.
     

  • Ruth Mota lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California where she writes or facilitates poetry circles to groups in her community like veterans or men in jail, and has enjoyed studying poetry revision with local poet Ellen Bass. She has a BA in English from Oberlin College and a Masters in Public Health which led to a career in international health training throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia. Her poems have been published in many online and print journals including: Terrapin Books, Gyroscope Review, Fourth River, Cathexis Northwest, High Shelf Press and Tiny Seed Literary Journal among others.
     

  • Adam P. Davis grew up in Maryland, majored in French at Wesleyan University, and received his masters degrees in both political science at Columbia University and supply chain management at Purdue University. He has taught English at several community colleges and spent a year in Shanghai. Currently, he works in the logistics industry. He has been published in Poets Reading the News, Meniscus, Glassworks Magazine, Free State Review, East by Northeast Literary Magazine, and Silver Rose Magazine.
     

  • Kat Stubing was born into the sticky heat of summer and has been searching for the right words ever since. She studied at UMBC and went on to take sketch writing classes at Upright Citizens Brigade. Kat lives, works, and plays in New York City.
     

  • María DeGuzmán is a scholar, conceptual photographer, and music composer / sound designer. Her photographic work has been exhibited at The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA, USA), Watershed Media Centre (Bristol, England), and Golden Belt Studios (Durham, NC, USA). She has published photography in Abstract Magazine, The Grief Diaries, Coffin Bell, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Map Literary, Two Hawks Quarterly, Harbor Review, The Halcyone, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Ponder Review, Alluvian, streetcake: a magazine of experimental writing, Galdrar of Tempered Runes Press, The Closed Eye Open, and Gone Lawn; creative nonfiction photo-text pieces in Oyster River Pages, La Piccioletta Barca, and Tiny Seed Literary Journal; photo-text flash fiction in Oxford Magazine, Bombay Gin, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, and Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts; photo prose poetry in Landlocked Magazine; visual poetry in TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics (forthcoming) and Roanoke Review (forthcoming); poetry in Empty Mirror; and short stories in Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature, Sinister Wisdom, and Obelus Journal. Her SoundCloud website may be found at: https://soundcloud.com/mariadeguzman.
     

  • Tom Laughlin is a professor at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts where he teaches creative writing, literature, and composition courses, as well as coordinating a visiting writer series. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Green Mountains Review, Ibbetson Street, Drunk Monkeys, Sand Hills Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. His poetry chapbook, "The Rest of the Way" is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.
     

  • Laurel Benjamin is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she invented a secret language with her brother. She has work forthcoming or published in Lily Poetry Review, Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Women's Poetry, South Florida Poetry Journal, Trouvaille Review, One Art, Ekphrastic Review, The Thieving Magpie, Black Fox, Word Poppy Press, California Quarterly, Mac Queens Quinterly, among others. Affiliated with the Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon and the Port Townsend Writers, she holds an MFA from Mills College.
     

  • Matt Prater is a writer from Saltville, VA. His work has been published in Poet Lore, Spillway, The Hollins Critic, and The American Journal of Poetry, among other publications.
     

  • T.M. Thomson’s work has been featured in several journals, most recently in You Might Need to Hear This. Three of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Awards. She has co-authored "Frame and Mount the Sky" (2017) and is the author of "Strum and Lull" (2019) and "The Profusion" (2019).

Prose
  • Wendy Warren’s fiction and essays have appeared in HerStry, the Birdland Journal, and Pendemic. Her novel-in-progress, "The Butcher’s Apprentice," won First Place in the 2021 Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association Literary Contest. Wendy is the founder of WriteGuide.online, and a local writers’ critique group. She volunteers her time at writing conferences, and is a Young Author’s Week instructor. Wendy writes in Seattle, Washington where she lives with her husband and two children. Learn more at WendyWarrenWrites.com
     

  • Dorothy Cornish sets her watch by the light of the moon and frequently misses appointments.
     

  • Travs Flatt is a teacher living in Nashville, Tennessee. In his leisure time, he enjoys fluffy dogs and fluffy dog related activities. Instead of a PS5, he received a pasta maker for Christmas. Don't worry though--it was a nice one. His stories appear in Ripples in Space, Bridge Eight, and several other publications.
     

  • Emmeline Teague is a bisexual disaster who is probably playing Skyrim and eating leftover challah instead of writing or working on grad school. She lives in Cincinnati, OH with her partner and way too many cats. Her main writing genre is horror/supernatural, although she has been known to venture into Young Adult, historical fiction, romance, and poetry when the urge strikes. Twitter/Insta: yoemmyteague
     

  • Francis Flavin draws upon his experience as an educator, public interest lawyer and observer on four continents. His work has been published in Poetry Quarterly, Poets Choice, Inwood Indiana, Blueline, Pacific Review, Blue Collar Review, La Piccioletta Barca, Three Line Poetry, The Closed Eye Open and Tempered Runes, among others. He was the Winner of the 2021 Poetry Quarterly Rebecca Lard Award and has received recognition for humor and flash fiction in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, the social impact category of the Chicagoland Poetry Contest, the Partisan Press Working People’s Poetry Competition (winner) and the personal essay and rhymed poetry categories of the 2020 Writer’s Digest awards.
     

  • Christina Sears is a poet and performance artist. Her work has been presented by DLEctricity, Glastonbury Festival, and by the University of Michigan Museum of Art. She lives and writes in Michigan.
     

  • Paul Rousseau (he/him/his) is a semi-retired physician and writer published in The Healing Muse, Blood and Thunder, Hektoen International, Intima. A Journal of Narrative Medicine, The Human Touch, Pulse. Voices From the Heart of Medicine, Please See Me, Months To Years, (mac)ro(mic), The Maine Review, 433 Literary Magazine, Sunspot Literary Magazine, The Examined Life, Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, Tendon, and others. Nominated for The Best Small Fictions anthology from Sonder Press, 2020. Lover of dogs.

Music
  • Warp Trio's full biography can be found here: http://www.warptrio.com/artists
     

  • Mark Rosalbo was raised in Leeds, Maine. He spent much of his early childhood exploring along the banks of the Androscoggin and Dead Rivers, the latter one of only a handful of rivers in the world that can flow in either direction. Early life socio-economic hardships shaped much of Mark's artistic choices as a composer, actor and painter. Many in his circle, including his brother, succumbed to various cancers like Leukemia as a result of living along Maine’s rivers once polluted by paper mills. After graduating from high school, Mark moved to Los Angeles to study at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduating from AADA, he moved to NYC. He also became a successful trader on Wall St. and remained in the city until shortly after 9/11 when he moved his family to Vermont to enjoy the banks of (this time much cleaner) rivers.
     

  • Rafael Rosa is an accomplished composer. His debut as a leader “Portrait” (2014) was co-produced by Multi-Grammy Award Winning Bassist/Composer John Benitez and was awarded 4 stars from both international and local publications. “Portrait” features an incredible cast of master musicians bringing together Puerto Rico’s Bomba and Plena rhythms, Jazz harmony, and rock’s aggressive nature to form a unique and original canvas of sound beyond the normal clave. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rafael taught himself the guitar at age 14. During his time in Puerto Rico, he performed and recorded with local greats there such as Eric Figueroa(Batacumbele), Ramon Vazquez(Bakere), Edmar Colon, Jonathan Suazo, Felipe Fournier and his band [menos es mas], who was nominated for Best Jazz Album from ACAM with their self titled album, performing in Festivals all throughout the island. Rafael has been teaching for the past 11 years in Brooklyn. He is currently part of the Faculty at LIU's ROCNATION, and has taught at other colleges like NYU, CUNY, Saint John’s University, The Brooklyn Music School, Stevens Cooperative and his private studio: The Brooklyn Rock Academy, helping students graduate to colleges like Berklee College of Music, Wells College, Indiana University, etc. He regularly performs in NYC as a sideman and as a leader so be sure to check the calendar. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his second and third albums as a leader, promptly titled “Axiomatic: Music For The People” and "The Professor" set to released in late 2022.
     

  • Trickster Figures explore themes of authenticity and anti-consumerism through their unique blend of indie folk rock and acoustic bedroom dream pop. Their debut album 'Through the Seams" was released in October 2020. Their singles Runaways and Beyond Me received national college radio airplay and the album was the #23 most added on the NACC Radio 200 chart in its first week. They've been featured by St. Louis Public Radio, Mr. Foxx Frequency, and KMS Reviews. Trickster Figures are releasing their newest single 'Getaway Driver' on March 4th, 2022.