Gale Acuff has had poetry published in Ascent, McNeese Review, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Poem, Adirondack Review, Maryland Poetry Review, Florida Review, Slant, Poem, Carolina Quarterly, Arkansas Review, South Dakota Review, Orbis, and many other journals. He has authored three books of poetry, all from BrickHouse Press: Buffalo Nickel, The Weight of the World, and The Story of My Lives. (RwA 2.3)
Gale has taught university English courses in the US, China, and Palestine.
Acuff’s “1962” first appeared in SN Review (Winter 2010)
Jeremiah O. Agbaakin is a Nigerian poet, essayist and editor. His poetry interrogates the boundaries of identity, sexuality, divinity and poetry. He was shortlisted for the 2017 Korea-Nigeria Poetry Prize. He has works forthcoming and published on South Florida Poetry Journal, Poetry Pacific, Sentinel Quarterly (UK), Silver Pen (Indiana), Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine, African Writer,Antarctica Journal, Prachya Review, Wagon Magazine, Pulse Nigeria and elsewhere.” (RwA 1.3)
In an alternate life, Muse Lord is a pompous god who has all the global events in check. In reality, he’s gladly enslaved to cooking both words and food, none of which he thinks he does well. He hopes to finally summon the courage to learn how to ride a bicycle.
Mary Alexandra Agner writes of dead women, telescopes, and secrets. Her poems, stories, and nonfiction have appeared, respectively, in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, Shenandoah, and Sky and Telescope, among others. She can be found online at www.pantoum.org (RwA 1.3, RwA 1.4)
Joseph Ahearne is a writer and custom bicycle maker living in Portland, Oregon. He’s currently writing on a memoir about work and family, and keeps a sporadic bicycle blog. His website is www.ahearnecycles.com (RwA 1.4)
Joseph sent off to US Treasury tax archives to see how many jobs he’s had
and learned that in a 12 year period he had and lost 59 jobs.
He was fired from almost half of these.
For everyone’s sake it’s good that he’s self employed.
Mikki Aronoff’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in 3Elements Literary Review, The Lake, EastLit, Virga, Love’s Executive Order, bosque, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, SurVision and elsewhere. She is active in the NM State Poetry Society and is also involved in animal advocacy. (RwA 1.4)
Carol Barrett holds doctorates in both clinical psychology and creative writing. She coordinates the Creative Writing Certificate Program at Union Institute & University. Her books include Calling in the Bones, which won the Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press, Drawing Lessons from Finishing Line Press, and Pansies, a work of creative nonfiction, from Sonder Press. Her poems have appeared in JAMA, Poetry International, Poetry Northwest, The Women’s Review of Books, and many other venues. A former NEA Fellow in Poetry, she lives in Bend, OR. (RwA 2.3)
Carol began writing poetry to provide some comfort to widowed women.
Amy Baskin’s work is featured in Fire Poetry Journal, The Ghazal Page, Postcard Poetry and Prose, Dirty Chai, and more. She is a Kay Snow Award recipient for her poem “About Face.” She has worked on revision with Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen and Renee Watson of “I, Too, Collective,” and participates in generative groups hosted by Allison Joseph and Jenn Givhan. (RwA 1.3)
Amy has frequent one-sided conversations with the Dearly Departed. One might think she would do well to curb this, but wouldn’t it be rude to interrupt them mid-thought? Why not let them have their say? She does her deep listening in autumn, and they return the favor each spring.
Greg Beatty lives with his dog in Bellingham, Washington, where he tries, unsuccessfully to stay dry. He writes everything from children’s books to essays about his cooking debacles. His main hobby is martial arts. For more information on Greg’s writing, visit www.greg-beatty.com (RwA 2.2)
Hugh Behm-Steinberg’s prose can be found or forthcoming in Gravel, Sand, Grimoire, Joyland, Vestal Review, Gigantic and Pank. His short story “Taylor Swift” won the 2015 Barthelme Prize from Gulf Coast. He is a shop steward for the adjunct faculty union at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where for ten years he edited the journal Eleven Eleven. (RwA 2.1)
F.J. Bergmann edits poetry for Mobius: The Journal of Social Change (mobiusmagazine.com) and imagines tragedies on or near exoplanets. Work appears irregularly in Analog, Asimov’s, Polu Texni, Pulp Literature, Silver Blade, and elsewhere. More dystopian first-contact narratives are available in A Catalogue of the Further Suns, which won the 2017 Gold Line Press poetry chapbook contest. fibitz.com (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.2, RwA 1.3)
F.J. Bergmann is plagued by fears that, in the event of immortality, eventually all her poems will be merely the result of cryptomnesia.
Nick Blundell lives and works in West Yorkshire, in the City of Bradford. He has always loved working and playing with words. Fortunately for thirty years he has been paid to shape them into sentences and stanzas seeking to spark spirituality and search for sense and compassion. (RwA 2.3)
Nick is a minister with the Methodist Church of Great Britain,
which means that some of his words are about God who logically doesn’t exist
but seems to keep turning up. Paradox and poems help.
Certainty certainly doesn’t.
Allen Braden is the author of A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood and Elegy in the Passive Voice. He has received fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust. His poems recently appeared in The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins. He is the assistant poetry editor of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments. (RwA 1.2)
Nancy Brewka-Clark’s poems, short stories, drama and nonfiction have been published by Adams Media, Three Rivers Press, Red Hen Press, Smith and Kraus, Routledge U.K., YouthPLAYS of Los Angeles, the University of Iowa Press, Level Best Books, Conari/Red Wheel, Holy Cow! Press, FunDead Publications, Little Pear Press, The International Thomas Merton Society, The Boston Globe, and The North American Review and among others. Please visit her website nancybrewkaclark.com for updates on her work. (RwA 2.3)
For two decades Nancy was the nation’s sole artisan practicing
colonial japanning, a three-dimensional combination of painting,
gilding and inking. Her work ended up in more magazines
than her writing, including The New York Times, People,
and a host of others when she provided
a piece for a Colombian Coffee ad campaign.
Stephen Briseño‘s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Memoir Mixtapes, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, 8 Poems, formercactus, Barren Magazine, and Rabid Oak. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and daughter, teaches middle school English, and drinks far too much coffee. Follow him on Twitter: @stephen_briseno (RwA 2.3)
Stephen is always surprised how, now that he is a father, so much
of his conversation is about animated dogs
and getting a small child to eat something.
Michael Brockley is a semi-retired school psychologist who still works in rural northeast Indiana. He has had poems appear in Atticus Review and Gargoyle and poems are forthcoming in 3Elements Review. (RwA 2.1)
Sarah Brown Weitzman has been published in hundreds of journals and anthologies including Rosebud, The New Ohio Review, Poet & Critic, The North American Review, Rattle, Mid-American Review, The MacGuffin, Poet Lore, Spillway, etc. Sarah received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. (RwA 1.1)
Sarah was born in 1935 and remembers seeing during the forties Rube Goldberg drawings
in the Sunday newspaper on the same page as “The Funnies.” Only recently did she see
the relationship between his connections and the forming of a poem.
Chris Bullard lives in Philadelphia, PA. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Wilkes University. Finishing Line Press published his poetry chapbook, Leviathan, in 2016 and Kattywompus Press published High Pulp, a collection of his flash fiction, in 2017. His work has appeared in publications such as 32 Poems, Green Mountains Review, Rattle, Pleiades, River Styx and Nimrod. (RwA 2.2)
Tim Burkhardt is a journalist, poet, and fiction writer who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina. When he is not covering local culture or environmental issues for Asheville’s alternative newspaper Mountain Xpress, he likes to dispense with the facts and create surreal modern fantasies. He spends the rest of his time raising his two sons and their rescue cat, Keats. His work can be found at https://timothyburkhardt.wordpress.com/ (RwA 2.3)
Tim has an eclectic resume. In past lives, he has been a carnival worker,
a traveling comic book salesman, and a mortuary assistant.
More recently, he was the stand-in for Sam Rockwell
during the filming of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.
Patrick Cabello Hansel has published poems and prose in over 50 journals, including Hawai’i Pacific Review, Ilanot Review, Lunch Ticket, subprimal, and Ash and Bones.He has received awards from the Loft Literary Center and MN State Arts Board. He is the editor of The Phoenix of Phillips, a literary journal for and by the people of the most diverse neighborhood in Minneapolis. His book of poems “The Devouring Land” will be published March 2019 by Main Street Rag Publishing. He blogs about his passion for beauty and justice at www.spiritwound.blogspot.com (RwA 2.3)
Patrick has served as a Lutheran pastor in bilingual parishes
in the south Bronx, Philadelphia and Minneapolis,
with his wife and co-pastor, Luisa, who is a mosaic artist.
Their two daughters are also fabulous artists.
May Chong is a Malaysian writer of spec fic and poetry, born and raised in the state of Selangor. Her work has been most recently published in Rambutan Literary, Micro Malaysians! (Fixi Novo) and Malaysian literary journal Little Basket 2017 (also Fixi Novo), with upcoming features in Strange Horizons, Apparition Lit and Undead: A Poetry Anthology of Ghouls, Ghosts and More (Apex Publications). She tweets at @maysays and Facebooks at facebook.com/maychongwrites. (RwA 1.4)
Frank Coffman is Professor of English, Journalism, and Creative Writing at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois. He has published weird, horrific, supernatural, and speculative poetry in a variety of journals and magazines. He founded the Weird Poets Society Facebook site. He selected, edited, and did commentary on Robert E. Howard: Selected Poems. (RwA 1.3)
An avid golfer, Frank has lately been playing only old-time, hickory-shafted golf, using the old style clubs and balls—the modern game getting too technologized. He is a Field Investigator for the Mutual UFO Network [MUFON].
Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Reno, Nevada, but received her MA in English from Penn State. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son. Her poetry has received Rhysling and Pushcart nominations and has appeared in over twenty journals; her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Compelling Science Fiction, Altered Europa, Silver Blade, and The Fantasist. For more about her work, please see www.edda-earth.com. (RwA 1.2, RwA 1.4)
Matt Dennison: After a rather extended and varied second childhood in New Orleans, Matt Dennison’s work has appeared in Rattle, Bayou Magazine, Redivider, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made short films with Michael Dickes, Swoon, and Marie Craven. (RwA 1.1)
Risa Denenberg lives on the Olympic peninsula in Washington state where she works as a nurse practitioner. She is a co-founder and editor at Headmistress Press, publisher of lesbian/bi/trans poetry. Her poetry collection “slight faith” was published by MoonPath Press in 2018. (RwA 2.3)
Risa is told she’s had an interesting life: giving birth to her son
in a hotel room in Kabul, Afghanistan; running an abortion clinic
in Tallahassee Florida; being a member of ACT UP NY in New York City;
and volunteering for End of Life Washington, assisting people
to use the Washington State Death with Dignity Law.
Denenberg’s “Reverse-Origami” first appeared in The Centrifugal Eye (Winter/Spring 2013)
William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire (USA). He has published three critical studies. His poetry has appeared in many journals. He has taught writing and literature at Emerson, Goddard, Boston University, and Keene State College. His new poetry collection is A Black River, A Dark Fall (Splash of Red, 2018). (RwA 1.3)
Merridawn Duckler is a poet, playwright from Portland, Oregon and the author of “Interstate” forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. Recent work published or forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Juked, Jet Fuel Review, the anthologies “Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry” and “Weaving the Terrain” from Dos Gatos Press. Her fellowships/awards include Writers@Work, NEA, Yaddo, Squaw Valley, SLS in St. Petersburg, Russia, Southampton Poetry Conference, Wigleaf Top 50 in micro-fiction. She’s an editor at Narrative and at the international philosophy journal Evental Aesthetics. Find her on twitter @MerridawnD (RwA 2.1)
Merridawn publishes prose, poetry and plays from Portland,
living proof of her allegiance to alliteration.
She’s come in first in many contests involving who was right
about that exit being closed and is writing
the libretto, composed from business meeting minutes,
for the Blackfish Gallery 40th Anniversary oratorio in 2019.
Ellen Estilai is a writer and artist living in Riverside, CA. A former arts administrator, she has also taught writing and literature in universities in Iran and California. Her essay “Front Yard Fruit,” originally published in Alimentum, is included in New California Writing 2011 and was selected as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2011. A Pushcart and Orison prize nominee, she has published poetry, essays and fiction in Phantom Seed; Broad!; Snapdragon; Ink & Letters; Heron Tree; (In)Visible Memoirs 2; HOME: Tall Grass Writers Guild Anthology; Writing from Inlandia; Shark Reef and Lady Liberty Lit(forthcoming) among others. (RwA 2.3)
Ellen has spent much of her career collaborating with artists, writers
and agencies to strengthen communities through the arts.
Because she and her husband have been immigrants in each other’s
native countries, her writing frequently explores the joys
and tribulations of the immigrant experience.
Estilai’s “Saffron Prayers” first appeared in Writing from Inlandia (Nov 2016)
Troy Farah is a journalist and photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. His work has appeared in VICE, LA Weekly, Spillers #3, Every Day Fiction, LitReactor and others. His website is troyfarah.com (RwA 1.2)
Kari A. Flickinger‘s poetry and short stories have been published in or are forthcoming from Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Eunoia Review, Moonchild Magazine, Quiet Storm, Panoply, MilkJournal, Susurrus, Falcon Scratch, The Daily Californian, and The DVC Inquirer. She is an alumna of UC Berkeley. (RwA 2.3)
When she is not writing, Kari can be found
playing guitar and singing to her unreasonably large Highlander cat,
and obsessively over-analyzing the details of neighboring trees.
Erik Fuhrer is a PhD and MFA poetry candidate in English at the University of Notre Dame. His work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Unbroken, Riggwelter, Blazevox, Noble/Gas Qrtrly, Third Wednesday, and various other venues. He lives in Indiana, sometimes unfortunately so, but his dog Moops always brightens up his existence. (RwA 1.4)
H.L. Fullerton writes fiction—mostly speculative, occasionally about wolves and cheeseburgers—which is sometimes published in places like Lackington’s, Tales to Terrify, Typhon Vol. 2, and Daily Science Fiction. (RwA 1.4)
Glue seems to be a common denominator in gaye gambell-peterson‘s creative process. She layers paper bits, adds found objects to paintings or paper collages, makes a three dimensional assemblage. It’s all fun. Her degree in design (Univ. of Michigan) opened a world of painting, weaving, and sculpture. It is only as she matured (ahem) that she turned to this sticky-fingered business. Oh yeah, she writes poetry too (sticking words together, line by line). Both her art and poetry live side by side in her two chapbooks pale leaf floating and MYnd mAp, and have appeared online in qarrtsiluni (Fragments). (RwA 2.2)
You can call gaye names: wife (twice), mom (thrice), gramma (five times),
visual artist (degreed, awarded, purchased), poet (published, awarded), or
you can get her attention by hollering “Hey!” She is also defined by her favorites
(which range widely): sweet rhubarb pie/tangy feta cheese,
Pink Floyd/Rhapsody in Blue, thunderstorms/fireflies,
glow-in-the-dark pjs/gauzy goddess-y garb/tie-dye anything.
You get the idea.
Robbie Gamble‘s poems have appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, The Wax Paper, DISTRICT LIT, Naugatuck River Review, What Rough Beast, and Poet Lore. He works as a nurse practitioner caring for homeless people in Boston, Massachusetts. (RwA 1.4)
Robbie has an occasional affinity for jelly donuts.
He was once interviewed in The National Enquirer,
right next to an article revealing that Barbara Bush and her dog
were taking the same medication for treatment of similar ailments.
D.G. “Greg” Geis is the author of “Fire Sale” (Tupelo Press/Leapfolio) and “Mockumentary” Main Street Rag). Most recently, his poetry has appeared in Fjords, Skylight 47 (Ireland), A New Ulster Review (Ireland), Crannog Magazine (Ireland), The Moth, (Ireland), Into the Void (Ireland), The Naugatuck River Review, The Tishman Review, Zoomorphic (U.K.), The Kentucky Review, Ink and Letters, The Worcester Review, Broad River Review, and Under the Radar (Nine Arches Press UK). He was shortlisted for both the 2016 Percy French Prize (Strokestown International Poetry Festival, Ireland) and 2016 The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, Ireland. He lives in Houston, Texas. (RwA 1.1)
Greg has a voracious appetite for tabloids, television, and true crime.
Something his poet friends find appalling. He think this is an understandable reaction
to having 2 graduate degrees in philosophy. After all,
why invent a world when the one we live in is so damn strange?
Samara Golabuk is a Pushcart nominee whose work has appeared most recently or is forthcoming in Bird’s Thumb, Eunoia Review, The Christian Century, Inflectionist Review and others. She has two children, works in marketing and design, and has returned to university to complete her BA in Poetry. More at www.samarawords.com. (RwA 1.4)
Samara’s poem “Woman of an Era” was inspired by an ability
she has developed over the years
to write what she calls “6-minute poems.” Because when you have kids
and the pasta is on to boil for dinner but you are determined to write,
that’s about what you’ve got to work with.
Giles Goodland has published several books of poetry including A Spy in the House of Years (2001), Capital (2006), What the Things Sang (2009), The Dumb Messengers (2012) and The Masses (2018). He works in Oxford as a lexicographer and lives in West London. (RwA 2.2)
Karen Greenbaum-Maya, retired clinical psychologist, German major, two-time Pushcart nominee and occasional photographer, no longer lives for Art but still thinks about it a lot. Since she returned to poetry in 2008, her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Comstock Poetry Review, Off the Coast, Otoliths, Naugatuck Poetry Review, and, Measure. Kattywompus Press publishes her two chapbooks, Burrowing Song and Eggs Satori. Kelsay Books publishes her book-length collection, The Book of Knots and their Untying. She co-hosts Fourth Sundays, a poetry series in Claremont, California. For links to work on-line, go to: www.cloudslikemountains.blogspot.com/ (RwA 1.3, RwA 1.4)
John Guzlowski’s poetry, essays, and fiction appears in Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, North American Review, Salon.Com, Rattle, Nimrod, and many other print and online journals here and abroad. His writing about his parents’ experiences as slave laborers in Nazi Germany and refugees in America appears in his memoir in prose and poetry, Echoes of Tattered Tongues (Aquila Polonica Press). The book received the 2017 Ben Franklin Award for Poetry and the Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal for most thought provoking book. Of Guzlowski’s writing, Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz said, “He has an astonishing ability for grasping reality.” (RwA 1.2)
Reading Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
When I first read it I was
Young, eighteen, a student
Too young to know what
Really feeds us, I laughed
And said to my friend Mike
Rychlewski, “And they call
This oatmeal poetry? They
Should feed it to the cows.”
Rasma Haidri grew up in Tennessee and makes her home on the arctic seacoast of Norway. She is the author of As If Anything Can Happen (Kelsay Books, 2017) and three textbooks. She holds a M.Sc. in reading from the University of Wisconsin and is a current MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia. Her writing has been widely anthologized and published in literary journals including Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Muzzle, Sycamore Review, and Fourth Genre. Her awards include the Southern Women Writers Association emerging writer award in creative non-fiction, the Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Letters & Science poetry award, a Best of the Net nomination and Vermont Studio residency. She’s a reader for the Baltic Residency program in Sweden. Visit her at www.rasma.org. (RwA Ars Poetica Prize winner, Spotlight Issue 2018)
Lois Marie Harrod’s 16th and most recent collection Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June 2016 from Five Oaks; her chapbook And She Took the Heart appeared in January 2016, and Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. She is published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing part-time at The College of New Jersey. Links to her online work at www.loismarieharrod.org (RwA 2.1)
Markus ‘Star’ Harwood-Jones is a white, queer, mad, trans, space-case and day-dreamer, living in Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territories. Star’s work focuses on the importance of justice, community, healing, and radical love, working as an author, illustrator, and film-maker. Their main artistic works include the all-trans documentary Mosaic, the Confessions of a Teenage Transsexual Whorezines, and the collection of short stories known as Everything & All At Once. Learn more at www.starkisscreations.com. (RwA 1.3)
Originally from Pennsylvania, Alicia Hoffman lives, teaches, and writes in Rochester, New York. Author of Railroad Phoenix (Kelsay Books), her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including The Penn Review, Radar Poetry, Word Riot, Watershed Review, Hamilton Stone Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. (RwA 2.1)
Laura Reece Hogan is the author of the award-winning I Live, No Longer I (Wipf & Stock, 2017), and O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Her poems can be found in or are forthcoming in America, The Windhover, The Christian Century, Plum Tree Tavern, Penwood Review, NonBinary Review and other publications. She lives in Southern California with her family. Find her online at www.laurareecehogan.com or on Twitter at @laurarhogan. (RwA 2.1)
Liam Hogan is an Oxford Physics graduate and award winning London based writer. Abandoned in a library at the tender age of 3, he emerged blinking into the sunlight many years later with an aversion to loud noises and a head full of words. His twisted fantasy collection, Happy Ending Not Guaranteed, is published by Arachne Press. Find out more at happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk or tweet @LiamJHogan . He dreams in Dewey Decimals. (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.3, RwA 2.2)
It is probably best not to trust anything Liam says. He is and always will be, a Liar.
Find him onstage at the live literary event, Liars’ League, if you dare.
C.L. Holland is a British writer of speculative fiction. She has a BA in English with Creative Writing, and MA in English, and likes to learn things for fun. She lives with her partner, and two cats who don’t understand why they can’t share her lap with the laptop. Her website can be found at clholland.weebly.com. (RwA 1.1)
She makes paper from scratch creating figured paper and vessels.
An avid crochet designer (over 150 designs), she also digs
weaving with sticks, which finds its expression in masks.
She sings a lot, owns a tenor and alto sax,
piano, guitar and over 2500 records.
Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s poetry has appeared in Star*Line, PoluTexni, Faerie Magazine, Abridged Magazine, Illumen, Enchanted Coversation, “The Literary Whip” (Zoetic Press podcast), The 2018 Rhysling Anthology (Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association)… and many other places. Her work has been nominated for “The Best of the Net” and The Pushcart Prize (twice on the Pushcart so far). She is currently nominated for a Rhysling. Her latest book is Remind Me (Ancient Cypress Press). (RwA 1., RwA 2.2)
Lou Hurst is a reader, runner, and writer who lives in Lexington, Kentucky. (RwA 2.3)
Alexander James lives in West London with his wife. He is an amateur writer of poetry and short stories in English and Chinese, with work featured in Rattle and After the Pause among others. You can find his Chinese-language work at facebook.com/grasshopperpoetry (RwA 1.1)
Babo Kamel’s poems have appeared in literary reviews in the US, Australia, and Canada. Some of these include Painted Bride Quarterly, Abyss & Apex, The Greensboro Review, Alligator Juniper, The Grolier Poetry Prize, Contemporary Verse 2, Rust +Moth, Mobius, a Journal of Social Change, and 2River Review. She was a winner of The Charlotte Newberger Poetry Prize and is a Pushcart nominee. She has work forthcoming in Pantheon Magazine, Redactions Poetry & Poetics, Mizmor L’David Anthology, Lines+Stars, Origins, and dreams&nightmares. She can be reached at: babokamel.com (RwA 1.3)
Derek Kannemeyer‘s writing has appeared in Fiction International, The New Virginia Review, Smartish Pace, Rolling Stone, and dozens of other places. Since January, 2018, his non-journal publications include the light verse collection An Alphabestiary, and a chapbook, Blue Nib #1, featuring his winning poems from Blue Nib’s inaugural chapbook contest. (RwA 2.2)
John Kaprielian has been a photographer since the age of 9, when he built a darkroom in his basement, constructing an enlarger out of an old slide projector. He has worked professionally as a photo editor for over 30 years, and writes a lot of poetry on the side. He has had his images published in magazines, calendars, and an assortment of textbooks. He lives in Putnam County, NY with his wife, son, and several oft-photographed pets.
The letters in John’s photograph (RwA 2.3) are wooden type
that belonged to his father, which he inherited after his recent death.
The image was to accompany a poignant and touching poem,
which got cut, alas. C’est la vie.
Siham Karami lives in Florida and co-owns a technology recycling company. Her poetry and critical work have been published in such places as The Comstock Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Able Muse, Think, Unsplendid, Sukoon, thethepoetry, The Turnip Truck(s), and The Rumpus. A three-time Pushcart and twice Best of the Net nominee, she blogs at sihamkarami.wordpress.com. (RwA 1.2)
Siham can compose and memorize poems (and songs, music and lyrics) in her head,
after finding herself frequently unable to write them down at the moment of inspiration.
She is moved to tears by fireworks displays and meteor showers.
The name Siham means “arrow” in Arabic, which is also sometimes her nickname,
another reason to love being Riddled with them.
Herb Kauderer is a retired Teamster who somehow grew up to become an associate professor of English at Hilbert College. This life shift was enabled by too many college degrees and too many poetry publications. His work has appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Grievous Angel, Blood Sweat & Tears, Gnarled Oak, and many more places. Flying Solo: The Lana Invasion is his eleventh book of poetry, out recently from Poet’s Haven Press. More about his writing can be found at HerbKauderer.com. (RwA 1.2)
Toe Keen is an artist currently residing in Spain. Lover of wine, women and song, though not all at the same time. (RwA 2.1)
M.L. Kejera is a Chicago based writer of Gambian origin. His work has previously been published, or is forthcoming, in Strange Horizons, Cafe Irreal, and Riddled with Arrows.
Most of Kejera’s irrealist stories (like this one in RwA 2.3), come to him as dreams first.
Diane Kendig, a poet, writer, translator and teacher for over 40 years, has five poetry collections, most recently Prison Terms, a finalist for the Cathy Smith Bowers contest. A recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Poetry Fellowships and a Fulbright lectureship in translation, she has published poetry and prose widely in literary journals, including J Journal, Wordgathering, and Ekphrasis. She curates the Cuyahoga County Public Library site, “Read + Write” for National Poetry Month. A daily webpage with a poem by local poets and a prompt, the site in its fifth year, has over 2200 subscribers. See dianekendig.com. (RwA 2.1)
After 40 years away, Diane moved back home to Canton, Ohio
and bought the house her dad built with his own hands
when he returned from WWII. He purchased the land with money he made taking photos
from his position as a tailgunner on a B-17.
Ahmed A. Khan is a Canadian writer, originally hailing from India. His works have appeared in various venues including Interzone, Strange Horizons, Anotherealm, Murderous Intent, and Plan-B. Some of his stories have been translated and published in Finnish, German, Greek and Croatian publications. He has also edited/co-edited anthologies including SF Waxes Philosophical, A Mosque Among the Stars and Dandelions on Mars. His facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/ahmedkhanwrites/. (RwA 1.2)
The only unusual thing Ahmed can think of about himself
is that he doesn’t find anything unusual about himself.
Carla Kirchner is a poet, fiction writer, and English professor who lives in the Missouri Ozarks. Her poetry chapbook, The Physics of Love, won the 2016 Concrete Wolf Press Chapbook Contest. Her writing has received Best of the Net and Pushcart nominations, and her prose has appeared in such places as Literary Orphans, Rappahannock Review, and Unbroken Journal. She is currently at work on a collection of Civil War fairy tales.
Anastasia Kirke is a scribbler, traveler, and literary omnivore currently residing on a sun-washed rock in the middle of a warm sea. She has acted as writer and editor for various grassroots literary initiatives including Stejjer Imfewħa, Schlock Magazine, and the Juniper Bends Reading Series. You can stalk her on anastasiakirke.wordpress.com (RwA 1.1)
E.E. King is a performer, writer, biologist and painter. Her books are; Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, (“Impish and delightful, a hilarious Zagat’s guide to heaven!” Ray Bradbury “A fantastical, profound, hilarious and rollicking good ride through the heavens and hells of the Afterlife! A wonderful book.” —Margaret Cho) and Another Happy Ending. She has worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain, butterflies in South Central Los Angeles and lectured on island evolution and marine biology on cruise ships in the South Pacific and Caribbean—in short, anything that won’t pay the bills. Check out paintings writing and musings at www.elizabetheveking.com. (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.2)
King has raises egrets and other birds and beasts—they rarely bite
the hand that feeds them, and unlike people, lack teeth.
Jane Kite is from West Yorkshire, UK. janekite.co.uk (RwA 2.2)
Grove Koger is the author of When the Going Was Good: A Guide to the 99 Best Narratives of Travel, Exploration, and Adventure, and has published over one thousand articles, stories, poems, and reviews. He is also Assistant Editor of Laguna Beach Art Patron Magazine, Palm Springs Art Patron Magazine, and Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal, and blogs at https://worldenoughblog.wordpress.com. (RwA 2.1)
Grove was lucky enough to cross and recross the Atlantic
and the Mediterranean in 1976 on Hellenic Lines freighters.
If he’d been smart rather than practical, he would have done it again.
Kim Peter Kovac works nationally and internationally in theater for young audiences with an emphasis on new play development and networking. He tells stories on stages as producer of new plays, and tells stories in writing with lineated poems, prose poems, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, haiku, haibun, and microfiction, with work appearing or forthcoming in print and on-line in journals from Australia, India, Dubai (UAE), England, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and the USA including The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Red Paint Hill, Elsewhere, Frogpond, Mudlark, and Counterexample Poetics. He is fond of avant-garde jazz, murder mysteries, contemporary poetry, and travel, and lives in Alexandria, VA, with his bride, a Maine Coon cat named Frankie Malone and a Tibetan Terrier named Mick. @kimpeterkovac – kimpeterkovac.tumblr.com (RwA 1.1, RwA 2.1)
The genesis of Kim’s poem (RwA 2.1) goes back to a Hank Williams tribute concert
15+ years ago in which the singer said if there were better antidepressants back then,
we’d have none of Hank’s songs. It got Kim thinking about Sylvia Plath,
about whom he knew little beyond the headlines—
and imagining someone filled with sparkle and joy
Chris Kuriata lives in St. Catharine, Ontario. His short fiction about elderly poisoners, whale hunting clowns, and translating the dead has appeared in many fine publications such as Taddle Creek, The New Quarterly, and Weirdbook. You can read more about his work at chriskuriata.wordpress.com (RwA 1.4)
Sandra J. Lindow has been publishing her poetry for over 56 years. Her first poem was published when she was 11. She has seven books of poetry and 23 Rhysling nominations. Presently she is Vice President of the SFPA. (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.2)
Sandra Lindow learned flower gardening from her grandmother,
a very wise woman who nevertheless neglected to tell Sandra that peonies
required ants to bloom. At first Sandra tried to rid her own peonies of the unsightly ants
until a gardening book revealed the unsettling commensal truth.
Lindow’s “How to Write Your Own Peony” (RwA #1) first appeared in An Ariel Anthology: transformational poetry & art (November 2014)
Joel Lipman has employed rubber stamps as a printing tool for over 40 years. His visual poems can be found at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/51816/from-origins-of-poetry. An emeritus professor of English, he lives in Northport, Maine, and Toledo, Ohio. (RwA 2.3)
Since grading and sorting paper while working in a junk yard as a teenager,
Joel’s been fascinated by the details found in old and so-called “obsolete” books.
Much of his work as a poet begins with discarded books.
Eva Liu is a ninth-grader at Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills, California, who is working on publishing a poetry collection. Her poetry has received two Scholastic Regional Silver Keys, and she has been recognized as a Topical Winner in the Just Poetry Contest. Eva moved to the United States two years ago, and she writes poems that dedicates to both American and Chinese culture. (RwA 2.1)
Lisa Lutwyche received an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College (Vermont). Poet, artist, produced playwright, and actor, she has been published across the US and the UK. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lisa’s full-length book of poetry, A Difficult Animal, was Published by Saddle Road Press in 2016. Lisa’s background includes a BFA in painting, a BA in art history, and 22 years in architecture. She has taught creative writing at arts centers, retreats, and libraries since 1992, and art and theatre to special needs adults. Lisa is an adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Cecil College in Maryland. (RwA 1.2)
Lisa grew up in a house of Music. Her mother’s piano and her father’s cello
were probably the first things she ever heard. She grew up backstage
behind symphony orchestras, with musicians and conductors from all over the world.
Lisa hears music in her head, constantly,in multi-part harmonies.
Eileen Malone is widely published as a poet and story teller and lives in the coastal fog at the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area where, retired from teaching for the California Poets in the Schools and local California Community Colleges, she devotes her time to writing her own edgy stuff and trying to get it out there, at last. Learn more at www.eileenmalone.us (RwA 1.3)
Charlotte Mandel’s tenth book of poetry, To Be the Daylight, is forthcoming from White Violet Press, imprint of Kelsay Books. Previous titles include Through a Garden Gate, photographs by Vincent Covello, (David Robert Books), and two poem-novellas of feminist biblical revision—The Life of Mary and The Marriages of Jacob. Awards include the New Jersey Poets Prize and two fellowships in poetry from New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She edited the Eileen W. Barnes Award Anthology, Saturday’s Women. Critical essays include articles on the role of cinema in the life and work of H.D. Visit her at www.charlottemandel.com. (RwA 1.2)
John C. Mannone has work in Blue Fifth Review, Peacock Journal, Gyroscope Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Baltimore Review, Pedestal, and Pirene’s Fountain. He’s the recipient of the prestigious Jean Ritchie Fellowship (2017) for Appalachian literature. Other accomplishments: two Weymouth residencies; three poetry collections [2017 Elgin-nominated Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing), Disabled Monsters (Linnet’s Wings Press) featured at the 2016 Southern Festival of Books, Flux Lines (Celtic Cat Publishing)]; the Joy Margrave Award in creative nonfiction (2015, 2017); 2016 Event Horizon finalist; Pushcart and Rhysling nominations. He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex, Silver Blade, and Liquid Imagination. http://jcmannone.wordpress.com. (RwA 1.2)
a PhD (candidacy) in Electrical Engineering; and experience as a research scientist,
consultant to the nuclear industry, and physics professor,
John’s right-brain came out of comatose when poetry discovered him
in May 2004. He lives between Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN.
Mariev, Erie Matriarch has published in print and online venues, including Farrago’s Wainscot, Indigenous Fiction, Serendipity, The Bad Version, Shadows of the Mind Anthology, Fiction Brigade, Writing That Risks, Red Bridge Press, Real Lies, Zharmae Press, Tortured Souls, Scarlett River Press, Up, Do; Flash Fiction by Women Writers, Flapperhouse, Two Sisters Publishing and Advances in Parapsychological Research (Saybrook). Her website is THE ERIE IS COMING: Www.MarievFinnegan.yolasite.com (RwA 1.3)
As was her Mama and her Mama before her, Mariev is Matriarch of the Erie, a tribe notorious for intense psychic abilities and higher awareness. And a disposition for difficulty with authority. She is a gonzo non-fiction magical realism writer and mystic intuitive. She lives on the dead end of Erie Street on the edge of the Erie Canal in a Gothic house with her grandson, Jacob Stump, an owl named Who? , a three-legged dog, Bloody Stump and a cat, Erie.
Eileen Mattmann’s poetry has appeared in Millwork, Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine, The Wild Word, Red Cedar Review, Kindness Anthology II, and several other journals. She is a retired teacher and is only beginning to get used to calling herself a poet. (RwA Ars Poetica Prize runner-up, Spotlight Issue 2018)
Ross McCleary is from Edinburgh, Scotland. He is an editor of podcast journal Lies, Dreaming; an organiser for spoken word night Inky Fingers; and had a novella published by Maudlin House in 2016. Recently he has been published by Constellations, Five2One, and is forthcoming in Pushing Out the Boat. He can be found on twitter @strongmisgiving. (RwA 1.1)
Mark A. McCutcheon lives in Edmonton and teaches English literature at Athabasca University. His poems and short stories are published in journals like Unbroken, EVENT, Existere, and Carousel; “Heaven help the roses” placed as Runner-Up in Into the Void’s 2017 poetry contest. Mark is the author of The Medium Is the Monster (Athabasca UP, 2018) and his literary criticism also appears in The Explicator, Continuum, and other scholarly periodicals. He can be reached on Twitter at @sonicfiction. (RwA 2.2)
Isla McKetta is the author of Polska, 1994 (Éditions Checkpointed) and co-author of Clear Out the Static in Your Attic: A Writer’s Guide for Turning Artifacts into Art (Write Bloody). She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington. Isla makes her home in Seattle where she writes fiction, poetry, and book reviews. Find her on Twitter at @islaisreading and on the web at www.islamcketta.com. (RwA 2.2)
practiced law, dated clay tobacco pipes from archaeological digs,
and served as a court-appointed special advocate for a boy in foster care.
Amber Morrison is an emerging cross-disciplinary artist from Nanaimo, BC. She completed her BA in Visual Art and Creative Writing at Vancouver Island University in June 2018. She won the Visual Art Major Award of Excellence, Best Performance at VIU Create Conference, and Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Achievement Award in 2018. Her work can be viewed at www.ambervisualartist.com. (RwA 2.2)
Michelle Muenzler, known at local science fiction and fantasy conventions as “The Cookie Lady”, writes fiction both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. Her short fiction and poetry can be read in numerous science fiction and fantasy magazines, and she takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets. If you wish to lure her out of hiding, you can friend her on Facebook or chase her down at a local SF/F convention where she will ply you with hundreds of home-baked cookies while gleefully describing the latest horror she’s written. She supposes you could also contact her at michellemuenzler.com, but she finds electronic cookies far less tasty than real ones. (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.3)
M.M. Nickolai is a writer and language artist. She received her MFA in writing from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her art and writing have appeared in publications, exhibitions, and performances around the world. She currently teaches at Hongik University in South Korea, and her website is www.monicanickolai.com.
M. Nickolai has retired. She currently resides
in a house mounted on chicken legs,
flies upon a mortar and pestle, and devours intruders.
Elena Nola has been writing poetry for more than 20 years. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Texas. Her home on the web is www.elenanola.com. (RwA 2.2, RwA 2.3)
Gregory L. Norris lives and writes from the outer limits of New Hampshire. He recently penned the novelization of the classic made-for-TV movie, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW: INTO INFINITY (Anderson Entertainment), which he watched as an eleven-year-old boy in the living room of the enchanted cottage where he grew up. Follow his literary adventures at www.gregorylnorris.blogspot.com.” (RwA 1.1, RwA 1.3)
Toti O’Brien’s mixed media have been exhibited in group and solo shows, in Europe and the US. She has illustrated two children books and two memoirs. Her artwork has appeared in Nonbinary Review, Adanna, Star 82, and Brain of Forgetting, among other journals and magazines. (RwA 1.1)
Toti is known as the Italian accordionist with the Irish last name—also famous for
owning a monster grapefruit tree, never wearing a pair of socks in her life, and
climbing all the way to the top of Mount Boldy in a pair of worn out ballerina shoes.
O’Brien’s “Malamormiononmuore, 1” can also be found on her website, totihan.net/artist.html.
David Oates writes about nature and urban life from Portland, Oregon. The Heron Place won the 2015 Poetry Award and publication from Swan Scythe Press (San Francisco). Peace in Exile: Poems was published in 1992. He won the Dovid Heersche Badonnah award from Bitterroot Poetry (NY) and was a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod International (OK). His poetry has appeared in many other publications. He is also author of four books of nonfiction, including Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature. A chapter from his memoir project The Mountains of Paris will appear in Georgia Review (summer 2018). (RwA 2.2)
Géricault’s Raft of the Madusa is big as a barn door.
David stared at it for a long time—always a sucker for nineteenth-century melodrama.
And came back often: he was at a residency in Paris for four months,
sort of (it’s complicated). Oh, and don’t miss Sherman Alexie’s
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
Úchè Ogbuji, more properly Úchèńnà Ogbújí, was born in Calabar, Nigeria. He lived in Egypt, England and elsewhere before settling near Boulder, Colorado. A computer engineer and entrepreneur by trade, his poetry chapbook, Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press) is a Colorado Book Award Winner, and a Westword Award Winner (“Best Environmental Poetry”). His poems, published worldwide, fuse Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop. He co-hosts the Poetry Voice podcast, featured in the Best New African Poets anthology, and was shortlisted for Nigeria’s Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize. On Twitter as @uogbuji. Link: http://uche.ogbuji.net (RwA 2.2)
Úchè is addicted to muscular movement. He plays soccer almost every day,
coaches most seasons, snowboards avidly, plays volleyball, basketball, tennis
or trains in Kenpo Karate when he can find time. But most of all, he dances.
There’s never not a reason to dance.
Iris Orpi is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, wife, and mother. She is the author of four books of compiled poems, including Rampant and Golden and Hand Painted, and the illustrated novel, The Espresso Effect. Her work has appeared in over two dozen online and print publications all over the world. She was a 2014 Honorable Mention for the Contemporary American Poetry Prize, given annually by Chicago Poetry Press. She was born and raised in the Philippines and currently resides in Chicago, IL. (RwA 2.1, RwA 2.2)
Iris’s alter ego is a university mathematics instructor who likes to incorporate
CSI episodes and milkshake recipes in trigonometry and calculus problems.
One of her life missions is to own all the books in Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series.
She has taught her three-year-old son to count to a hundred in two languages.
Orpi’s “Silhouettes from a More Intricate Light” first appeared on her blog in May 2014.
Carla Panciera has also published two collections of poetry: One of the Cimalores (Cider Press) and No Day, No Dusk, No Love (Bordighera). Her collection of short stories, Bewildered, received AWP’s 2013 Grace Paley Short Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in several journals including Poetry, The New England Review, Nimrod, The Chattahoochee Review, Painted Bride, and Carolina Quarterly. She (sometimes) blogs here. Carla lives in Rowley, MA, with her husband and three daughters. (RwA 2.1)
If necessary, Carla can deworm your heifers,
drive your tractor, or milk your cows. Since these are not skills she currently employs
in her life, she will be grateful for the opportunity
to apply them once again
Christa Pandey is an Austin poet, whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. The wedding garland analogy stems from the Indian side of her family (husband’s), while she herself migrated from Europe. She has published three chapbooks, Southern Seasons, Maya, and Hummingbird Wings. (RwA 1.2)
Much of Christa’s life has been spent juggling three cultures:
that of her birth (German), that of her marriage (Indian) and that
of the United States where she has lived for half a century. Christa and her spouse
just completed 50 years of an intercultural, interracial, interfaith marriage.
Amanda Partridge is a law student who spends what free time she has writing poetry, drinking tea, and exploring alternate timelines with her cat. Her work can be found in Eye to the Telescope and Mad Scientist Journal. She is on various social media platforms as @themandabird. (RwA 2.1)
Ronald J. Pelias’ work has appeared in a number of journals, including Midwest Poetry Review, Coal City Review, Poetry East, and Negative Capability. His most recent books, Performance: An Alphabet of Performative Writing (Left Coast Press/Routledge), If the Truth Be Told (Sense Publications), and Writing Performance, Identity, and Everyday Life (Routledge) call upon the the poetic as a research strategy. (RwA 2.2)
A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. Nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and poetry, his LGBTQ+ stories appear in the 2017 and 2018 anthologies of both the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival and the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival while his dystopian poem “2020” is part of the 2017 Not My President anthology. His essay “It’s Been a Long Time Coming” was featured in The New York Times “Modern Love” column in April 2016. Penha edits The New Verse News, an online journal of current-events poetry. (RwA 2.1)
M. Martin Perez is a Dominican-American poet based in the Bronx borough of New York City. He is usually either yelling at television newscasts, or shuffling through Manhattan streets until a quiet spot to sit and write presents itself. He will be an MFA candidate starting fall of 2018, but he does not know where yet. (RwA 2.1)
Alan Perry is a retired Human Resources executive with a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. His poems have won awards from the League of Minnesota Poets and Arizona State Poetry Society, and have appeared or are forthcoming in Talking Stick, Sleet Magazine, Gyroscope Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Gnarled Oak, and elsewhere. (RwA 1.2)
Alan is a native Minnesotan who said he would someday avoid
the near-death winter freezings in his home state.
In retirement, he and his wife now spend winters in Tucson, Arizona,
where the University of Arizona Poetry Center, combined with
the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis,
feel like the mother lodes of poetry immersion year-round.
At weekends Winston Plowes aspires to be a hare chasing bicycles and winning by miles, obviously still wearing a cravat and comfortable shoes. In the week he might become a ray of light after a thunderstorm solving the final clue in everyone’s crosswords. But for the time being he is more than happy to have his found poems published in such places as Heron Tree, The Mondegreen, Shuff, Streetcake, Verbatim, Monkey Kettle, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Hebden Bridge Times, The Found Poetry Review, The Best of Manchester Poets Vol 3 (Puppywolf Press) and now excitingly in Riddled with Arrows. firstname.lastname@example.org (RwA 1.4)
Andrea Potos is the author of eight poetry collections, including most recently A Stone to Carry Home from Salmon Poetry and Arrows of Light from Iris Press. Another collection entitled “Mothershell” is in process. Her work appears widely in print and online (RwA 2.1, RwA 2.2)
Potos’ “The Word Heart” first appeared in Yaya’s Cloth (Iris Press, 2007).
Bethany Powell’s first published fantasy poem was inspired by being a spinner of literal yarn. She works as a coach to creators, building up their physical and emotional health in order to continue their work. She does her part for weirdness in rural Oklahoma, which inspires much of her poetry. Read more of her work at bethanypowell.com. (RwA 1.1)
Jenn Powers is a writer and photographer from New England. She is currently writing a CNF memoir and her most recent work is published or forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Jabberwock Review, The Pinch, Gulf Stream Lit Mag, and Raven Chronicles, among others. Please visit www.jennpowers.com. (RwA 1.2)
Jenn loves adventure and has a permanent case of wanderlust. She climbs mountains
and hikes forests. Her last epic trip was a solo cross country exploration
spanning five weeks, almost 8,000 miles, and 21 states.
The best part was being alone.
Ken Poyner’s collections of short fiction, Constant Animals and Avenging Cartography, and his latest collections of poetry, Victims of a Failed Civics and The Book of Robot, can be obtained from Barking Moose Press, www.barkingmoosepress.com. He serves as bewildering eye-candy at his wife’s power lifting affairs. His poetry lately has been sunning in Analog, Asimov’s, Poet Lore; and his fiction has yowled in Spank the Carp, Red Truck, Café Irreal. www.kpoyner.com. (RwA 1.3)
While himself a 278 pound recreational weight lifter, Ken’s wife is a 97 pound world champion powerlifter who holds approximately 20 world records. They look bizarre together, and have to convince people she is the powerlifter. Some refuse to believe it. Ken’s had to accept her registration packages at contests and pass them to her.
Michael M. Rader is an engineer and father who writes in the infinitesimal slivers of time between those responsibilities. His work has been featured on Pseudopod Podcast, Fiction Vortex magazine and in the Corvidae anthology through World Weaver Press. Additionally, he has an improvised comedy podcast called We’ll Get It Right Next Year where he and a friend spend a year speculating about the plot of a movie based on its title. (RwA 1.3)
While he’s very proud to be featured in this publication, the pinnacle of Michael’s creative output is and always will be when the PBS television show Zoom produced a heavily bowdlerized adaptation of a play he sent in to the show when he was twelve.
Laurel Radzieski’s debut poetry collection, Red Mother, published by NYQ Books in 2018, is a love story told from the perspective of a parasite. Laurel earned her MFA at Goddard College and her BA at Keystone College. She is a Poetry Editor for Clockhouse and her work has appeared in Down the Dog Hole, Really System, inkscrawl and other publications. Laurel’s poetry has also been featured on the Farm/Art DTour in La Rue, Wisconsin. She has served as a teacher, director, stage manager, actor, theatrical designer and playwright. She can be found online at www.laurelradzieski.com. (RwA 2.1)
Wendy Rathbone has had over 500 poems published in venues such as: Asimov’s, Apex, Pedestal, Dreams & Nightmares, Mythic Delirium, and upcoming in Star*Line, Silver Blade and more. Her most recent poetry book, Dead Starships, is available on Amazon, as is her current Elgin Award nominated book, Turn Left at November. Two of her poems were recently nominated for the Rhysling Award. She lives in Yucca Valley, CA. (RwA 1.1)
Decades ago, autodidact & bloody-minded optimist kerry rawlinson gravitated from sunny Zambian skies to solid Canadian soil. She now pursues Art & Literature’s Muses barefoot, her patient husband ensuring she’s fed. Recent pieces appear in Polar Expressions; Arc Poetry; Bones; Pedestal; Speculative66; ReflexFiction; pioneertown; Anti-HerionChic; Minola Review; Geist; AdHocFiction; FiveOnTheFith; amongst others. Visit kerryrawlinson.tumblr.com for published work. (RwA 1.4)
kerry has a 6 year-old heart, wrapped in a 120-year-old brain,
trapped in a 60+-year-old body.
She’s been a lifetime devotee of “the arts”; and helped develop
photographs in her father’s darkroom.
She never photoshops. She loves her stunning Okanagan Valley
in beautiful British Columbia, Canada;
but pines for Zambian avocados.
Steven Reese is the author of three collections of poems—Enough Light to Steer By (Cleveland State), American Dervish (Salmon), and Excentrica: Notes on the Text (BlazeVOX)—and two volumes of translation, Synergos (Etruscan; poems of Roberto Manzano) and Womanlands (Verbum, Spain; poems of Diana María Ivizate González). He teaches in the English Department at Youngstown State University in Ohio, and in the Northeast Ohio MFA program in creative writing. He lives in Youngstown. (RwA 2.2)
Gabrielle Reid is an Australian author of fiction and non-fiction. She has previously been published on Page & Spine, Parent Co, Slink Chunk Press and others. Her debut novel, The Things We Can’t Undo, will be released in Australia in May 2018. You can find Gabrielle online at www.justkeepreiding.com or follow her on twitter @reidwriting. (RwA 2.1)
John Reinhart is an arsonist, father of three, and poet. He was the recipient of the 2016 Horror Writers Association Dark Poetry Scholarship, and he has been a Pushcart, Rhysling, and Dwarf Stars award nominee. To date, he has penned five collections of poetry, with a sixth (arson – NightBallet Press) out in early 2018. Find his work at http://home.hampshire.edu/~jcr00/reinhart.html and @JReinhartPoet (RwA 1.4)
Jessica Reisman‘s stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her science fiction adventure novel SUBSTRATE PHANTOMS came out from Resurrection House Books May 2017, and her story “Bourbon, Sugar, Grace” appeared on Tor.com in June 2017. Find out more at storyrain.com. (RwA 2.3)
Jessica grew up on the east coast of the US, was a teenager on the west coast,
and now lives in Austin, Texas. Though she dropped out of high school,
she now has a master’s degree and was a Michener Fellow in Fiction while getting it.
She’s been a writer, animal lover, devoted reader,
and movie aficionado since she was a wee child.
Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems, (2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, (2015), and Enter Here (2017). She is published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Hobart, Slipstream, Plume, Nashville Review, Diode, Glass, Tinderbox, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. Her photos are published world wide, including River Styx, and the covers of Witness, Heyday, The Chiron Review, and Nerve Cowboy. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles. (RwA 1.4)
Alexis shoots both street and studio photography, and has shot over
100 Southern California poets,
including a show at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA for Poetry Month in 2015.
She shot her 10th book cover last month. Check out her work at www.alexisrhonefancher.com
Helen Ruggieri lives in Upstate New York (way, way upstate) where she teaches a writing workshop at the African American Center. She has a book of poems from Mayapple Press – The Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time. www.HelenRuggieri.com. (RwA 1.3)
Karlo Sevilla writes from Quezon City, Philippines. His poems have appeared in Philippines Graphic and in the following international political literary magazines: I am not a silent poet, Radius, Matter, Tuck Magazine, Outcast Poetry, and Razorhouse. He also coaches wrestling, trains in Brazilian Luta Livre, and does volunteer work for the labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (Solidarity of Filipino Workers). He tweets @KarloSevilla. (RwA 1.4)
Karlo’s mother, a human rights activist who hails from his country’s Bicol region, really cooks a mean Bicol Express. And he really has two (late) maternal uncles who were incarcerated as political prisoners — before one suffered enforced disappearance and remains missing since 1977, and the other assassinated in 2001.
Karen Shepherd lives with her husband and two teenagers in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys walking in forests and listening to the rain. Her poetry and flash fiction have been published in various journals online and in print, but most of her work just lives on her laptop. Follow her at https://twitter.com/karkarneenee (RwA 2.3)
Karen Slikker is an emerging poet, as well as artist and theatrical director. She recently completed a writer’s residency at Salmon Poetry and Literary Center in Ireland. She is a member of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild. (RwA 1.2)
Karen fell in love with words at an early age and never recovered. She is regularly razzed
by family and friends regarding her vocabulary. “Honestly, I am NOT showing off.
I just dearly love finding the exact right word for what I want to say!”
Claire Smith’s poetry is generally out of this world, but on earth has appeared in journals and anthologies including Spectral Realms, Illumen, and Eye to the Telescope. Her other home is Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. with her husband, Olly and Ishtar, their spoiled Tonkinese cat. (RwA 2.3)
Smith’s “Writing on Swans” first appeared in “V10: 10 Poems 10 Poets” E1,
edited by Victoria Dovey, published by The Gloucester Poetry Society
Michael Dwayne Smith lives near a Mojave Desert ghost town with his family and rescued animals. His most recent book is Roadside Epiphanies (Cholla Needles Press, 2017). Nominated a bunch of times for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, his work haunts many literary houses–including The Cortland Review, New World Writing, Star 82 Review, Blue Fifth Review, Word Riot, Heron Tree, Gravel–and has been widely anthologized. When not writing or teaching, he edits Mojave River Press & Review. (RwA 2.2)
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Annie Stenzel was born in Illinois, but has lived on both coasts and a couple of other continents at various times in her life. Her book-length collection, The First Home Air After Absence, was published late last year by Big Table Publishing Co. Her poems appear in a wide range of print and online journals in the U.S. and the U.K., from Ambit to Rat’s Ass Review with stops at Catamaran Literary Reader, Eclectica, Kestrel, Quiddity, and The Lake, among others. She lives within sight of the San Francisco Bay. For more, visit anniestenzel.com. (RwA 2.2)
Annie began taking poetry seriously 30 years ago. She eventually sent
variations of her manuscript to 89 contests/open readings
over a period of three years. “Success consists of going from failure
to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” (Churchill)
Christopher Stolle’s writing has appeared most recently in Tipton Poetry Journal, Flying Island, Edify Fiction, Contour, The New Southern Fugitives, The Gambler, Gravel, The Light Ekphrastic, Sheepshead Review, and Plath Poetry Project. He works as an acquisitions and development editor for Penguin Random House, and he lives in Richmond, Indiana. (RwA 2.1)
Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives and writes in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the author of two books, Reading Berryman to the Dog and Discount Fireworks (both Jacaranda Books) and five chapbooks, the most recent They Went to the Beach to Play (LoCoFo Chaps, 2017). Her work has been anthologized in The Poets Grimm, (Storyline Press) and elsewhere and is available on line and in print. For more information, check her website www.wendytaylorcarlisle.com. (RwA 1.3)
Wendy lives in a mountain cabin that started tiny and became plenty with a husband, David, who has always been plenty. They share two huge (ish) rescue dogs of uncertain parentage and a black cat. They do not share an eccentric turn of mind, that’s all Wendy’s.
Mary Thaler is an environmental microbiologist who has done fieldwork for many years in the remote Arctic. She is currently working on the manuscript of a novel about Hans Hendrich, a famous nineteenth century guide from Greenland. Her short stories have appeared in The New Quarterly and Northern Review and can be found on her website marythaler.wordpress.com (RwA 2.3)
Bill Thomas is a cartoonist who attended Edinboro University, studying biochemistry and graphic arts. He opted for a career as an artist and also does film and video work. He started cartooning with his brother Bob and has been doing it for over 15 years, appearing in numerous publications. (RwA 1.3)
Ann Thornfield-Long, a co-author of Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, (edited by Crawford and Smiley, 2013), has poetry upcoming in Artemis Journal, is published in Silver Blade, The Tennessee Magazine, American Diversity Report, Liquid Imagination, Abyss and Apex, Wordgathering and anthologies. She won the Patricia Boatner Fiction Award (Tennessee Mountain Writers, 2017) for her novel excerpt “The Crying Room,” was awarded a Weymuth residency and received Rhysling and Pushcart nominations. Former editor/publisher of her hometown newspaper, she is a retired nurse, medical first responder and dispatcher for a Volunteer Fire Department. (RwA 2.1)
Jane Tims is a botanist, historian, writer and artist living in rural New Brunswick. She has two illustrated books of poetry on the subjects of edible wild plants and covered bridges (published by Chapel Street Editions, Woodstock). She also has six illustrated books of science fiction in the Meniscus Series under the name Alexandra Tims (independently published). In 2016, she won the New Brunswick Writers’ Federation Alfred Bailey Prize for her manuscript of poems about bird song. Her website is www.janetims.com (RwA 2.3)
Jane loves putting her knowledge of botany and history to work,
building worlds and settings in the past or on other planets.
A favorite escape from Pat’s desk is swimming outdoors,
including in a Norwegian fjord and a Copenhagen canal.
Tompkins’s “The Power of Three” first appeared in a New Zealand journal, Semaphore, in 2009.
After living in Los Angeles for many years, Jake Tringali is now back in his home city of Boston. Runs rad restaurants. Thrives in a habitat of bars, punk rock shows, and late-night adventures. His first book Poems for a Neon Apocalypse will be published in October 2018. More info at jakethepoet.wordpress.com. (RwA 2.2)
After growing up in New England, Jake never wants to see another poem about a tree or pond again.
Thomas Vaughn is an author of speculative fiction, particularly dark magical realism. He is a byproduct of the debris field of Madison County Arkansas. He continues to reside in the Ozark Mountains, a place he affectionately terms the Archive of Pain. When he is not writing he poses as a college professor with a research specialization in apocalyptic rhetoric and doomsday cults. (RwA 2.3)
Marie Vibbert‘s poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and tiny poetry houses around Pittsburgh, among other venues. She played women’s professional football, rode 17% of the roller coasters in North America, and is a computer programmer from Cleveland, Ohio. Find out more about her at http://www.marievibbert.com (RwA 2.3)
Marie wrote her first computer game in pencil on notebook paper
after a one-day BASIC lesson in sixth grade.
It took over twenty sheets of paper, much of it planned ASCII art,
and she was never allowed back to the computer lab to type it in.
Will Wells‘ latest book of poems, Odd Lots, Scraps & Second-hand, Like New, won the the 2016 Grayson Books Poetry Prize and was published in April 2017. His previous collection, Unsettled Accounts, won the Hollis Summers’ Poetry Prize and was published in 2010 by Ohio Univ./Swallow Press. Anhinga Press published an earlier collection. Will teaches English at an Ohio College and has published individual poems and translations widely. (RwA 1.4)
While he can recall hardly anything about any other meals from his childhood,
meals at the table of Will’s Grandmother, Emma Selzer, had an electric quality
and they remain vividly imprinted in his memory.
Sometimes he can still smell the food.
Ayame Whitfield lives on the East Coast of the US and never stops writing; has had poetry published in journals such as L’Ephémère Review, Subterranean Blue Poetry, and Wax Poetry; and can be found @avolitorial on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram. (RwA 2.2)
Gregg Williard‘s fiction, non-fiction and visual art have appeared most recently in Slag Review, Angry Old Man, Infinity’s Kitchen and Change Seven. His one person drawing exhibition is currently on display at the Ohio State University Lima Campus gallery. He teaches ESL to refugees in Madison, Wisconsin. Instagram: ktobything1 or #greggwilliard (RwA 2.2)
Thomas R. Winward is an engineer and an avid pursuer of all things sci-fi, fantasy and weird. When not juggling his many hobbies, he spends his time trying to warp his children into gamers. His first published story “Light” was recently released in Gathering Storm Magazine. (RwA 1.3, RwA 1.4
, RwA 2.2, RwA 2.3)
Terry Wright is a writer and artist who lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. His art has been featured widely in venues, including Queen Mob’s Tea House, Potion, Sliver of Stone, The Jet Fuel Review, Third Wednesday, and USA Today. Exhibitions include the 57th Annual Delta Exhibition. More art available at cruelanimal.com. (RwA 1.1)
Terry’s sunrise can beat up yours.
Jane Yolen, “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” is the author of 366 books including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. Her books, stories, poems have won an assortment of awards–two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott Medal, three Golden Kite awards, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award, among many others. She’s the first writer in the Connecticut River Valley to win the New England Public Radio’s Arts and Humanities Award. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. www.janeyolen.com (RwA 1.2)
From Jane: “My friend Betsy’s mom loved my book Owl Moon so much,
she had Betsy reread it to her as she lay dying. I can think
of no greater honor for a writer than a woman of character and courage
asking for something I wrote to send her on
her final journey. My hands shook as I wrote this poem.
It’s the first of two–this when she rallied
the other written weeks later after her death, both of which
Betsy plans to read at the memorial service.
Another way writing holds us together.
Tyler Young is a Midwestern lawyer by day, fiction writer by night. His stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction and Nature and are forthcoming in Gamut and the Sunvault Anthology. When he isn’t writing, he is usually at a zoo or museum with his wife and two children. Follow him @Tyler_A_Young. (RwA 1.1)
Amanda Yskamp is a poet and writer living on the banks of the Russian River. With degrees from UC/Berkeley and NYU, she writes freelance and teaches writing and literary analysis from her online classroom. https://wordwise-instruction.weebly.com/ She has published her writing in such magazines as Threepenny Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Georgia Review, and Caketrain. Amanda is also a graphic artist specializing in digital collage. (RwA 1.2, RwA 2.1)
Andrena Zawinski’s latest collection, Landings, is forthcoming from Kelsay Books in June 2017. Zawinski has published two previous full collections of poetry: Something About (Blue Light Press, San Francisco, CA), a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award recipient, and Traveling in Reflected Light (Pig Iron Press, Youngstown, O), a Kenneth Patchen competition winner. She has also authored four chapbooks. Zawinski runs the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon and is Features Editor at Poetry Magazine. Her poetry has won awards for free verse, form, spirituality, and social concern. andrenazawinski.wordpress.com (RwA 1.1)
Andrena Zawinski is a poet who sometimes dabbles in flash fiction,
a feminist activist andlong time educator, as well as an avid shutterbug.
She was born and raised Pittsburgh, PA, but lives on the city island of Alameda, CA
on a flyway where she delights in all the birds that wing by.
Aliesa Zoecklein has poems published or forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Seventh Wave,Carolina Quarterly, and Split Rock Review among others. In 2014, her chapbook At Each Moment, Air won the Peter Meinke Award and was published by YellowJacket Press. Aliesa lives with her wife in Gainesville, Florida, where she teaches writing at Santa Fe College. (RwA 2.3)
Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore,
as a teacher for Deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price,
and currently as a children’s librarian.