Issue #6, September 2022

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Poetry
  • Emily Perkovich is from the Chicago-land area and the Editor in Chief of Querencia Press. Her work strives to erase the stigma surrounding trauma victims and their responses. Her piece This is Performance-Art was a finalist for the 50th New Millennium Writings Award and she is a 2021 Best of the Net nominee. She is previously published with Cathexis Northwest, Coffin Bell Journal, and Awakened Voices among others. She is the author of the poetry collection, "Godshots Wanted: Apply Within" and the novella "Swallow." You can find more of her work on IG @undermeyou
     

  • Magnus Singer is an Ohioan author and a recent graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he obtained his Creative Writing degree. His poetry has previously been published in Polaris Literary Magazine and the graveyard zine. He grew up reading on top of gravel piles at his family farm, but currently resides in the city with his boyfriend and his emotional support seal plushie, Mochi.
     

  • Kate Polak is an artist, writer, and teacher. Her work has recently appeared in Plainsongs, McSweeney’s, So to Speak, Barzakh, The Closed Eye Open and elsewhere. She aspires to a swamp hermitage.
     

  • Esther Sadoff is a teacher and writer from Columbus, Ohio. Her poems have been featured or are forthcoming in Santa Clara Review, Drunk Monkeys, Roanoke Review, and South Florida Poetry Journal.
     

  • Jose Varghese is a bilingual writer and translator from India. He is the author of ‘Silver Painted Gandhi and Other Poems’ and his short story manuscript ‘In/Sane’ was a finalist in the 2018 Beverly International Prize. His second collection of poems is scheduled for publication in 2022 by Black Spring Press Group, UK. He was a finalist twice in the London Independent Story Prize (LISP), a runner up in the Salt Prize, and was commended in the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize. His works are published or forthcoming in Litro, Under the Radar Magazine (Nine Arches Press), The Heling Muse, Joao Roque Literary Journal, Burningwords Literary Journal, SPLASH! (Haunted Waters Press), Wild Roof Journal, The Elevation Review, Pidgeonholes, The Bookends Review, The Closed Eye Open, High Shelf Press, and elsewhere.
     

  • Stephanie McConnell is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Worcester Review, The Paterson Literary Review. BarBar, The Dewdrop, The Ponder Review, and River Heron Review. She now lives in New England, but still only writes about Pennsylvania.
     

  • Jones Irwin teaches Philosophy and Education in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. He has published original monographs on philosophy and aesthetics, including texts on Jacques Derrida's Deconstruction and Slavoj Žižek’s Psychoanalysis. He has published poetry most recently in Poetry London, Espacio Fronterizo (Borderland/ Espace Frontière), Showbear Family Circus, Passengers Journal, Plainsongs, The Dewdrop, Cathexis NorthWest, Hare’s Paw, In Parentheses and with Wingless Dreamer, Moonstone Press and Tofu Ink Press. His first Chapbook of poems, entitled 'GHOST TOWN' is being published by Moonstone Press, Philadelphia, US, in later summer.
     

  • Ray Ball currently lives on the land of the Dena’ina, where she works as a history professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is the author of two history books and two chapbooks of poetry, "Tithe of Salt" (Louisiana Literature, 2019) and "Lararium" (Variant Lit, 2020). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including descant, Glass, Parentheses Journal, and Waccamaw. Ray has received multiple nominations for Pushcart and been a Best of the Net finalist. She is senior editor at Coffin Bell and assistant editor Juke Joint. You can find her on Twitter @ProfessorBall.
     

  • John Wojtowicz grew up working on his family’s azalea and rhododendron nursery in the backwoods of what Ginsberg dubbed “nowhere Zen New Jersey.” Currently, he pays the bills as a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct professor. He has been featured on Rowan University’s Writer’s Roundtable on 89.7 WGLS-FM and several of his poems were chosen to be exhibited in Princeton University's 2021 Unique Minds: Creative Voices art show at the Lewis Center for the Arts. His debut coffee-table-style chapbook "Roadside Attractions: a poetic guide to American Oddities" was published in 2022. John serves as the Local Lyrics contributor for The Mad Poets Society Blog. He lives with his wife and two children in Upper Deerfield, NJ. Check him out on the web at: www.johnwojtowicz.com
     

  • John T. Leonard is an award-winning writer, English teacher, and poetry editor for Twyckenham Notes. He holds an M.A. in English from Indiana University. His previous works have appeared in Chiron Review, December Magazine, North Dakota Review, Ethel Zine, Louisiana Literature, Jelly Bucket, Mud Season Review, Nimrod International Journal, The Indianapolis Review, Genre: Urban Arts, and Trailer Park Quarterly among others. He lives in Elkhart, Indiana with his wife,
    three cats, and two dogs. You can follow him on Twitter at @jotyleon and @TwyckenhamNotes.

     

  • Melissa Evans lives and works in Oxford, UK. She is curious about spaces where art and science crossover, particularly studies in neurocognitive poetics. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Closed Eye Open, Cathexis Northwest Press, The Write Launch, and elsewhere.
     

  • Mary Paulson’s writing has appeared in multiple publications, most recently in Discretionary Love, A Thin Slice of Anxiety, Poetica Review, Orchards Poetry Journal and DASH Literary Journal. She also has poems forthcoming in The Pomegranate London, Amethyst Review and Words and Whispers. Her debut chapbook, "Paint the Window Open" was published by Kelsay Publishing in 2021. She’s recently completed a full-length collection. She lives in Naples, FL.
     

  • Nichole Brazelton lives in Pennsylvania where she is a professor of writing and communication, as well as a local workshop facilitator for trauma informed writing. Nichole holds an MA in rhetoric from Duquesne University and an MFA in poetry from New England College. Her poetry can most recently be found in Marathon Literary Review, Sand Hills Literary Magazine, Canary, Landing Zone, and Hip Pocket Press.

Prose
  • Margo Griffin has worked in public education for over thirty years and is the mother of two amazing daughters and to the best rescue dog ever, Harley. Some of my Margo's work has appeared in places such as, Bending Genres, Twin Pies Literary, Bear Creek Gazette, and Roi Fainéant Press. You can find her on Twitter @67MGriffin.
     

  • Soidenet Gue is an emerging screenwriter from Florida with a penchant for writing about dysfunctional families. His short fiction has appeared in The Dillydoun Review, Bridge Eight, Maudlin House, Hare’s Paw Literary Journal, Drunk Monkeys,  among others. When not writing, he enjoys watching movies and reading. Find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soide.fred
     

  • Susan Phillips, previously a native of Chicago, is now a Boston area writer, photographer and teacher, whose work has been published in many newspapers and magazines. Her short stories have been printed in over 18 magazines, including Lacuna, Poetica Magazine, Literary Brushstrokes, Rose Red Review, Lissette’s Tales of the Imagination and in the anthology "All the Women Followed Her." She is currently working on two historical novels and three collections of short stories.

Music
  • Martha Bourne is a multi-instrumentalist, film composer, and singer-songwriter. Her work has been in television ads and on shows aired on HBO, CBS, NBC and ABC, as well as Discovery, History Channel, WE Network, WGBH, and Food Network. Bourne's indie film credits include David McKay’s Breaking Free; Amy Hobby’s Coney Island Baby; and Bridget Bedard’s Grasshopper. She teaches in the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music.
     

  • Jamil Apostol can be found weaving a traditional American folk sound with a modern storytelling groove that invites listeners from all walks of life to tune in and sing along. He is driven as an artist by his devotion to learning and connecting with others through creativity. “My purpose,” he says, “is to help attune the masses to a greater sense of self-realization; to find out who and what you really are deep down inside.” He has built his career around his ability to create a vibrant connection with his listeners that awakens as it entertains. As a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jamil travels the world sharing his original music, performing kirtan and ecstatic dance, and teaching about the Bhakti lifestyle. In an age of quarrel and hypocrisy, Jamil is a breath of fresh air with music created to express the timeless truths in our ever changing existence.