Contributors Issue 1.1

Ray Ball, Ph.D is a writer and history professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. When not in the classroom or the archives of Europe and Latin America, she enjoys running marathons, reading, and spending time with her spouse Mark and beagle Bailey. She is the author of a number of history books and articles. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Foliate Oak, Moonchild Magazine, NatureWriting, Occulum, and Visitant. She tweets @ProfessorBall. 

Jacqueline Boucher lives and writes in Northern Michigan. Her work was a finalist for the 2016 Write Bloody poetry manuscript contest, and has appeared in BOOTH, Hobart, Barrelhouse, SmokeLong Quarterly, and other magazines. She can be found on Twitter as @jacqueboucher.

J. Andrew Briseño is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.  He is the Series Editor for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize.  His work can be found in Smokelong Quarterly, Waxwing, Nat. Brut, Acentos Review, and The Boiler.  He lives with too many cats in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Kim Chinquee is the author of the collections Oh Baby, Pretty, Pistol, Veer, and Shot Girls. She is a regular contributor to NOON, Denver Quarterly, and other journals. She edits New World Writing and ELJ, and is an associate professor at SUNY Buffalo State.

Zach Davis is a writer living and working in the beautiful Appalachian region. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in print and online in The Fertile Source, Bartleby Snopes, FortyOunce Bachelors, Drunk Monkeys, the Anthology of Appalachian Writers (numerous volumes), The First Line, Five2One Magazine, Gravel, Visual Verse, Rabble Lit, and Carve.

Spencer Dawson is an avid reader and new writer from Ontario, Canada looking to find his direction in the craft.

William Doreski’s work has appeared in various online and print journals and in several collections, most recently A Black River, A Dark Fall (Splash of Red, 2018). 

John Grey is an Australian poet and U. S. resident. He has been recently published in Examined Life Journal, Studio One, and Columbia Review, with work upcoming in Leading Edge, Poetry East, and Midwest Quarterly.

John Helden is originally from a city called Leeds in the North of England. He graduated from university with a degree in English Literature. Since then he has been travelling and teaching in Europe and Asia. He has lived in London, Amsterdam, Seville, Taipei, Seoul and Saigon. He is currently living in Binh Duong New City in Vietnam. He has had one short story published in Heater magazine.

Jennifer Ihasz is a historian who began her writing life as a poet, then was tempted into the darker side of horror writing. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Stonecoast, a low-residency MFA through the University of Southern Maine. Her work has appeared in Mastodon Dentist, Down in the Dirt, The Penwood Review, The MacGuffin, and Poetry Quarterly.

Lucinda Kempe’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Elm Leaves Journal, New World Writing, b(OINK), Frigg, r.kv.r.y., The Summerset Review, and Jellyfish Review. The recipient of the Joseph Kelly Prize for creative writing in 2015, she’s an M.F.A. candidate in writing and creative literature at Stony Brook University. New World Writing nominated her for a Pushcart in 2017. She has just completed her memoir. 

Amy P. Knight is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Lost, Almost, published in November, 2017 by Engine Books. She works as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney in Tucson, Arizona where she lives with her two dogs, Oscar and Ruby. Visit her on the web at, or follow her on facebook and twitter.

Grove Koger is the author of When the Going Was Good: A Guide to the 99 Best Narratives of Travel, Exploration, and Adventure (Scarecrow Press, 2002), and Assistant Editor of Laguna Beach Art Patron Magazine, Palm Springs Art Patron Magazine, and Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal. In addition he has published short fiction in Lacuna, Bewildering Stories, Mulberry Fork Review, Two Words For, Eternal Haunted Summer, and Phantasmacore.

Jennifer Lynn Krohn was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she currently lives with her husband. She earned her MFA from the University of New Mexico, and she currently teaches English at Central New Mexico Community College. She has published work in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Necessary Fiction, Storm Cellar, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Gingerbread House Literary Magazine, among others.

Ron. Lavalette is a very widely-published poet living on the Canadian border in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, land of the fur-bearing lake trout and the bilingual stop sign. His work, both poetry and short prose, has appeared extensively in journals, reviews, and anthologies ranging alphabetically from Able Muse and the Anthology of New England Poets through the World Haiku Review and Your One Phone Call. A reasonable sample of his published work can be viewed at EGGS OVER TOKYO.

Steve Liebowitz’s books are available on Amazon and B&N. You can find him on the web at, and on Twitter as @steveliebowitz1. Steve’s professional career began in 1966, completing Peace Corps training as an English teacher for Ethiopia. Then he served three years in the Army, with tours at top secret installations outside Washington, D.C., Viet Nam, and Wiesbaden, Germany. Along with adjuncting at F.I.U., St. Thomas, U. of M., and Miami Dade, Dr. Liebowitz served on the National Faculty of Pepperdine University in California.

Adam McCulloch is a NATJA award-winning travel writer whose work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, The Australian, Men’s Health, Reader’s Digest, and Lonely Planet. His screenplays have been listed for The Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, Page International Screenwriting Awards, Scriptapalooza, and BlueCat Screenplay Competition. His fiction and poetry have been published by Easy Street and in the forthcoming anthology A Gigantic Book of Tiny Crimes by Electric Literature.

Derek Moreland has had short fiction published in Cease, Cows and has an academic composition in the collection The Ascendance of Harley Quinn, published b McFarland & Co., Inc. He also writes the comic Legends of Streaming, available at, and his the co-host of the podcast “Blah Blah Comics Blah Blah Curse Words,” available on the Night Nerd network (as well as iTunes and Soundcloud). You can follow him on Twitter as @VoodooBen, if you are so inclined. He lives in Texas with an awesome dog and an infinitely more awesome spouse. He has a bad habit of picking out beard hair when nervous.

Richard Reese is a full-time scribbler of short stories ranging from horror to sci-fi, and is now finishing his first novel about the Middle East.  In his previous life, Rick taught college history, worked retail management, spent a few years working DMV for a county government, and got married somewhere in between.

Kassie Shanafelt is a social media manager based out of Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in Enclave. She is the founding creative director of Millennial Pink, an online community for fellow creatives.

T. L. Sherwood lives in western New York near Buffalo. She’s Fiction Editor at Literary Orphans and the Assistant Editor of r.kv.r.y Quarterly Literary Journal.

Bruce Shields is a recent graduate from Colorado State University’s MFA program, Bruce Shields lives and writes along the Colorado Front Range and is a general enthusiast of the weird, absurd, and uncanny. Previous fiction has appeared in as Kansas City Voices. He is currently hard at work on his first novel and a collection of short stories.

Matthew Smart lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he works as an information technology analyst. His writing has appeared in Vestal Review, CHEAP POP, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Unbroken Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly and elsewhere. He serves as Assistant Prose Poetry Editor at Pithead Chapel.

M. Stone is a bookworm, birdwatcher, and stargazer who writes poetry while living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in San Pedro River Review, SOFTBLOW, Calamus Journal, and numerous other print and online journals. She can be reached at

Clio Velentza lives in Athens, Greece. She is a winner of ‘Best Small Fictions 2016’ and a Pushcart nominee. Her work has appeared in several literary journals, such as Wigleaf, Lost Balloon, Jellyfish Review, Hypertrophic Literary, Moonpark Review and People Holding. Find her on Twitter at @clio_v.