Issue 10.1 Contributors

Odeta Xheka, “The Poetics of the Body”


Annie Cigic is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program at BGSU in Ohio. Her work can be found in Into the Void, Gordon Square Review, Driftwood Press, and elsewhere. Her poems “Afterlife of a Dumped Body” and “An Exploited Body” were nominated for a 2021 and 2022 Pushcart Prize.

Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of four full-length poetry collections, the most recent of which is Without Goodbyes: From Puritan Deerfield to Mohawk Kahnawake (Turning Point, 2021). Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and she has earned numerous awards for individual poems. As publisher of her own press, Grayson Books, Connors has also edited a number of poetry anthologies, including Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry. She is co-editor of Connecticut River Review.

Joe Davies’ short fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, eFiction India, The Dublin Review, Prism International, Queen’s Quarterly and other publications. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Jessy Easton was raised in the Mojave Desert of California and now lives in North Carolina. In 2022, Good River Review nominated her story “The Things We Leave Out” to be included in the nonfiction category of The Best of the Net Anthology. Her writing has been published in Beacon Quarterly, Entropy Magazine, and Good River Review.

Ashish Isaac is a twenty-six-year-old who has lived so far through multiple states of India, an experience which was made possible by the ubiquity of the English language in the country. Living in his home state of Kerala for the first time in his adult life now, he has been rediscovering his roots and the ways in which he has been alienated from an entire way of living.  Having completed his M.A. in English Literature, he currently focuses on his writing and in his free time can be found spending time with his cats or going on long walks in the countryside.

Jayant Kashyap is a Pushcart Prize (2018) and Best of the Net (2022) nominee, and has published Survival (Clare Songbirds, 2019), Unaccomplished Cities (Ghost City Press, 2020) and Water (Skear Zines, 2021). He has also won prizes at the 2021 Wells Festival of Literature and the Poetry Society UK’s Young Poets Network and has twice been shortlisted for the Poetry Business New Poets Prize (in 2021 and 2022). His poetry appears in POETRY, Magma, Anthropocene and others.

Michael Lauchlan has contributed to many publications, including New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The North American Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Sugar House Review, Louisville Review, Poet Lore, Lake Effect, Bellingham Review, and Southern Poetry Review, His most recent collection is Trumbull Ave., from WSU Press (2015).

Olivia Lehman is a lesbian poet based in Virginia. Her debut chapbook, Alternate Summer Where No One Dies, was released with Giallo Lit in 2021. Her poems can be found in Sage Cigarettes, Ghost City Press, Oakland Arts Review, and beyond. Find her out in the woods or on twitter @dykconicpoetics.

Renée Lepreau is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at UW-Madison. Previously she worked as a midwife and lactation consultant. Her poems have appeared in Seneca Review, The Worcester Review, Dunes Review, Santa Ana River Review, and others.

Mary Carroll Moore writes from New Hampshire. Her queer YA novel, Qualities of Light, was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner, and her second novel, A Woman’s Guide to Search & Rescue, will be published in 2023. Her short fiction and poetry have won awards with or appeared in Glimmer Train, Quay, Fictive Dream, Airgonaut, Pitkin Review, Etched Onyx, Bellingham Review, and others.  She’s a former food writer for the Los Angeles Times syndicate.

John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: North American Review, Copper Nickel, 32 Poems, American Literary Review and Southern Review. He won the Indiana Review Poetry Contest and his first book, Curio, won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge’s Prize. He is associate professor of English at Salisbury University and an editor of The Shore Poetry. He received his M.A. from University of South Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

Born on Oahu, Derek N. Otsuji is the author of The Kitchen of Small Hours (SIU Press, 2021), selected by Brain Turner for the Crab Orchard Poetry Series Open Competition. Recent work has appeared in 32 Poems, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Bennington Review, Crazyhorse, Cincinnati Review, Southern Review, and The Threepenny Review.

Megan Reilley is part of the writing faculty for Goucher College’s Center for Professional and Creative Writing in Baltimore, Maryland. She also teaches in the Goucher Prison Education Partnership program, which provides incarcerated adults a pathway to their bachelor’s degree. Before earning her M.F.A. and embarking on a teaching career, Megan was an editorial professional for more than twenty years. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Proximity/TRUE, 3Cents, and Five Minutes. Her memoir examining societal and personal expectations of female identity, mothering, female bodies, and the bodies of our children, is in progress.

Matthew Rohrer is the author of ten books of poems, most recently The Sky Contains Plans, published by Wave Books. His work has won a Hopwood Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Believer Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. He co-founded Fence and Fence Books and teaches at NYU.

Rikki Santer’s poetry has received many honors including six Pushcart and three Ohioana and Ohio Poet book award nominations as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her eleventh poetry collection, Stopover, which is in conversation with the original Twilight Zone series was recently published by Luchador Press. Please contact her through her website

Beaumont Sugar is a writer, painter, and poet based in Amish country, PA. They are the winner of The Forge 2022 nonfiction literary competition, and have been nominated for Best of the Net. You can find more of their stuff in Ruminate Magazine, The Whorticulturalist, AnchoragePRESS, Appalachia Journal, Red Ogre Review, and many more.

Katelyn Botsford Tucker is a teacher and writer. She paints, is often caffeinated, and absolutely terrified of outer space.

Sage Tyrtle’s work is available or upcoming in New Delta Review, The Offing, and Apex among others. She’s told stories on stages all over the world and her words have been featured on NPR, CBC, and PBS. She runs a low cost online writing workshop collective. Twitter: @sagetyrtle

Ralph Uttaro has recently retired from a career in law and real estate development. His work has previously been published, among other places, in The Cortland Review and The Saturday Evening Post. “Me and Paulie,” like many of his stories, is set in the neighborhood Brooklyn, New York where he grew up in the 1960s and 1970s. After graduating from Duke University School of Law, he settled in Upstate New York where he still lives with his wife Pamela.

Randall Van Nostrand is a transplanted New Yorker living on the side of a mountain north of San Francisco. Her stories have appeared in journals such as Chantwood Magazine, Bards & Sages, East of the Web, and 96th of Oct.

Boen Wang is a writer, audio producer, and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s M.F.A. program in nonfiction, where he specialized in audio storytelling. His written work has appeared in The Sunday Long Read, The Fourth River, Inheritance, PopMatters, and elsewhere. His audio work has appeared in WNYC’s Radiolab, KCRW’s Bodies, WESA’s The Confluence, and was selected as one of The Bello Collective’s “100 Outstanding Podcasts of 2020.” He is the winner of the “Best New Artist” award at the 2020 Third Coast International Audio Festival, a finalist for the 2021 HearSay Audio Festival Prize, and a 2022 AIR Media New Voices fellow. Visit his website at

Rose Maria Woodson has been included in Revolute, Cider Press Review, Pedestal 90, Rigorous, Black Fork Review, Litro, Oyez Review, Crack The Spine and elsewhere. Her work also appears in the anthologies Wherever I’m At and Open Heart Chicago. She is the author of two chapbooks, Skin Gin and An Ombre Of Absence, as well as the mini-chapbook Dear Alfredo.

Ellen Zhang is a student at Harvard Medical School who has studied under Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham and poet Josh Bell. She has been recognized by the 2022 DeBakey Poetry Prize, 2022 Dibase Poetry Contest, and as 2019 National Student Poet Semifinalist. Ellen’s works appear in Boxcar Poetry Review, Asian Literary Review, Hektoen International, and elsewhere.