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Issue #9, March 2023

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  • Alan Brickman consults to nonprofit organizations on strategy and organizational development. Raised in New York, educated in Massachusetts, he now lives in New Orleans with his 17-year old border collie Jasper, and neither of them can imagine living anywhere else. Alan's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Literary Heist, Variety Pack, SPANK the CARP, Evening Street Press, Sisyphus Magazine, Random Sample Review, and Deep Overstock, among others. He can be reached at

  • Megan Connolly (she/her/ella) is a writer and clinical social worker living in the mountains of southwest Colorado with her two cats, two dogs, and 10 chickens. Megan is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The Rainier Writing Workshop. She can be found on Instagram @meganconnolly_writer

  • Jane Gallagher's journalism appeared in The Burlington Free Press and several smaller publications in the late 1970s, before she dedicated her writing to serve grassroots nonprofit organizations addressing social and environmental justice concerns. She retired from nonprofit development work in 2016 to pursue her love of creative writing. Her essay, "Turning Back," appeared in the December 2022 issue of Hags on Fire. Happily married, mother of two and grandmother of three, she holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Carleton College in Minnesota and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University in Massachusetts.

  • Ann Russell attended Harvard University and holds a PhD in English literature. After a long career in museum management and collections preservation, she turned to fiction writing and has published 10 stories in literary magazines, such as Epoch, The Bellevue Literary Review, and Joyland.

  • Rex Brooke, composer and performer, is a self taught musician living in southern California.

  • Xavier Pimentel is an aspiring lgbtq artist, musician, poet, and composer from Spring, TX. They have only gotten the inspiration to write and compose in the last four or five years, resulting in numerous poems, musical pieces, and short stories. Xavier has played violin since the age of six and has been playing piano the last eight years. They take inspiration from other people, media, social issues, the news, other authors and musicians/composers, and everything else! 

  • April Alsup studied music at Marietta College and Peabody Conservatory. While in college she worked as the house pianist on the Becky Thatcher Riverboat. Following graduation, she toured with L.A.’s #1 80’s band, “The Twisters” and one of Hollywood’s most pretentious glam bands “Joshua”. April worked at MAGI, the company that produced the computer animations in the original movie TRON for Disney and was instrumental in bringing the technology to engineering processes, where it revolutionized the way companies design products. An Internet pioneer, she founded Viewmark, Colorado's first web design firm, but soon thereafter the World Wide Web becomes her conduit to log in and live out her dreams, albeit in cyberspace. Today, she lives in Denver, where she's a composer, producer and technology innovator for the performing arts community.

  • Benne van der Velde dominated the Dutch slam poetry scene in the early and mid 2000s (with wins in 7 cities and a place in the Nationals of 2012.) He has 4 publishing houses (kleine Uil, Douane, Nadorst and Stanza)  that have released volumes of his poetry. Benne co-edited an anthology of Dutch satirical verses and has been an editor for several literary magazines (Krakatau, Renaissance and Op Ruwe Planken). At one time he and his wife owned a secondhand bookstore, he’s been the official poet laureate for his hometown of Vlaardingen and released his first and only Dutch rap-EP in 2011. An EP with songs in English followed in 2021. Now he lives with his wife, a cat and a dog, and likes to read every sci-fi and fantasy classic he can find.

  • Brandy WitthoftOriginally from Louisiana, now lives in an upstate New York village with her husband, two sons, and a cat and a dog adopted when the family was in Haiti.

  • Samson Leo Actias is trans, queer, and a Zen Buddhist and lives in North Carolina with his boyfriend, their three dogs, and lots of trees. His poetry chapbook "let me be a woodpecker" is available from Bottlecap Press, and he is a prose editor for Flare Journal and has a day job as a software engineer. You can find his music on YouTube. He invites readers to send correspondence to PO Box 46554, Raleigh, NC 27620.

  • Nolan Dannels is a Persian American poet, lyricist, and budding musician with a Master's in English Language and Literature from the University of Edinburgh. He is a Literature PhD candidate at UC San Diego, where he served as the Editor in Chief of Alchemy, Journal of Translation, and his work appears in Kissing Dynamite, Trouvaille Review, Wine Cellar Press, Wishbone Words, and Snakeskin Poetry Webzine.

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