Issue 10.2 Contributors

Rick Andrews is an improviser, instructor, and writer living in New York City. He has writings published/forthcoming in Ninth Letter, The Normal School, and Emrys Journal, among others.

Eben E. B. Bein (he/they) is a high-school-biology-teacher-turned-climate-justice-educator at the nonprofit Our Climate. He was a 2022 Fellow for the “WritingXWriters Workshop,” winner of the 2022 Writers Rising Up “Winter Variations” poetry contest, and has published with Fugue Literary, New Ohio Review, Columbia Review, and the like. Their first chapbook, Character Flaws, is forthcoming from Fauxmoir lit and they are currently completing their first full collection, From the top of the sky, about parent-child estrangement, healing, and love. He lives on Pawtucket land (Cambridge, MA) with some ivy plants that are not dead because his husband remembers to water them. FB/T/IG @beinology

Spencer Creighton is an eighteen-year-old artist, currently residing in Millersville, Maryland. He works primarily on digital art with graphic and character design focused artwork. He occasionally experiments with traditional artwork, exploring horror animal media. He is graduating high school this upcoming June and going off to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this fall. Other artwork can be found on instagram @konawhatnow

Jeffrey DeVries fiction has appeared in Roanoke Review, Inkwell, River River, The Other Side, and elsewhere. His story “Quiet Waters” won the ACP Award of Excellence for Fiction. He lives in northwest Indiana where he also teaches high school English and journalism.

Orlantae Duncan is a black queer writer living in Richmond, Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. His poetry and prose have appeared in Homology Lit, Cartridge Lit, Passengers Journal, Wig Wag, and others. His debut poetry chapbook, Brown Boys Speak in Tongues, is a winner of the Hunger Journal 2022 Tiny Fork Chapbook Series Contest.

Srijani Dutta hails from a beautiful place, Chandannagar of West Bengal. She has completed her Post Graduate in English literature from Visva Bharati University. She loves reading books and expressing herself through colors, words, and images. She writes poetry and has published her poems in journals like Setu, Parcham, Contemporary Literary Review India, Story Mirror, EKL review journal etc.  While she is not writing, she paints. Her paintings have been published in Borderless journal, Creative chromosomes. She also likes balancing her life between the world of research and her creative practices. She has an instagram account where she uploads her paintings. Her email is

Ria Parody Erlich, a retired educator and public relations professional, is delighted she now can devote herself to creative writing. Ria’s work has appeared in bioStories, The Circle Magazine, Halfway Down the Stairs, Litbreak Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The Paddle Wheeler. Her short story, “The Goodman Girls,” was nominated in 2021 for a Pushcart Prize. Ria’s one-act play, “Toast,” was presented in October 2022 as a staged reading by the Alliance for Los Angeles Playwrights and produced by the SkyPilot Theatre Company in March 2023. A proud New Orleans native, Ria currently lives in Santa Monica, California, with husband Shel.

Bill Hollands work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as The Greensboro Review, The Adroit Journal, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, DIAGRAM, North American Review, Gigantic Sequins, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Boulevard. He was recently named a finalist for New Ohio Review’s NORword Prize and Smartish Pace’s Erskine J. Poetry Prize. He lives in Seattle with his husband and their son.

Nanami Ishibashi is a junior attending the School of Art at George Mason University.

Maya Jacyszyn is a recent graduate of Saint Joseph’s University where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine Crimson & Gray. More recently, her work is featured in the Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, Wingless Dreamer, Poet’s Choice, The Ignatian Literary Magazine, Quibble Lit, and Clepsydra Literary and Art Magazine. Maya resides outside of Philadelphia where she works as a Professional Writing Tutor.

Richard Jordan is a Ph.D. mathematician who also writes poetry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rattle (finalist in the 2022 Rattle Poetry Prize competition), Valparaiso Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, Sugar House Review, Tar River Poetry, The Atlanta Review, Kestrel, The National Poetry Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. He resides in the Boston area.

Michelle Moore’s poems have appeared in Commonweal, Rattle, Black Dirt, Cider Press Review, and other journals; she is also the author of two poetry chapbooks: The Deepest Blue (Rager Media, 2007) and Longing for Lightness: Selected Poetry by Antonia Pozzi Translated from the Italian (Poetry Miscellany Press, 2002). Her art has previously been exhibited at Summit ArtSpace, Square Records, and Angel Falls Coffee Company (the best coffeehouse in Akron). 

Gershom Mabaquiao is a queer writer of fiction and nonfiction. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. His works have been published in The Unconventional Courier, Inquirer Young Blood, Tint Journal, Circles Magazine, and Adelaide Literary Magazine. He lives in Manila with his partner and their dog, Zuko.

Martina Amate Perez is an Argentinian-American from New York City. She is currently a senior at Yale University studying ethnic studies. Her work has been featured in The Yale Globalist, Free Spirit, and You Might Need to Hear This.

Christine Potter lives in a very old house in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Her poetry has appeared in Rattle, Sweet, Mobius, Eclectica, Kestrel, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Third Wednesday, and was featured on ABC Radio News. She has poetry forthcoming in The Midwest Quarterly. Her time-traveling young adult series, The Bean Books, is published by Evernight Teen, and her most recent collection of poems, Unforgetting, is on Kelsay Books.

Juheon Rhee (she/her) is a seventeen-year-old writer residing in Manila. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Indolent Books, 580 Split, Lunch Ticket, and Cleaver Magazine among others. She has also received nominations for her works, such as the nomination for Best of the Net.

Shelley Sheremeta has several publishing credits under her belt, including Room, THIS Magazine, Geist, Alive Health Magazine and forthcoming in Panorama. As well, she’s pleased to have read at Vancouver’s annual Word on the Street Festival and got her kicks out of performing standup comedy in BC and Alberta. Currently, she does her writing from her mother’s orange rumpus room on the left coast.

Caroline Sutphin is a poet with Appalachian roots currently living and writing in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her M.F.A. from Western Kentucky University, and today works for a nonprofit while maintaining a YouTube channel on all things literary. Her current work, which can also be found in Kind Writers, Zephyrus, and Red Coyote, explores rural upbringings, family dynamics, and the strengths and traumas passed through generations.

Poems, along with his parents and his son, have helped Erik Tschekunow overcome his addiction and related prison sentence. He is so grateful. His work has appeared in The Cortland Review, Tar River Poetry and other journals. He was also recipient of the 2020 Rose Warner Poetry Prize from Freshwater Review.

Renee Veldman hails from Michigan but after recently graduating from Eckerd College has found herself living, working, writing, and playing in Alaska. She is an educator and has embraced the true Alaskan lifestyle by residing in a dry cabin with an outhouse and no running water. She spends her free time open water swimming, running, and sitting on her cabin floor with either an open notebook or paint supplies. 

Christian Ward
is a UK-based writer who has recently appeared in Open Minds Quarterly, Double Speak, Obsessed with Pipework, Primeval Monster, Tipton Poetry Journal, Amazine and Wild Greens.

Ellen June Wright was born in Bedford, England but currently lives in New Jersey. Her poems have appeared in the Naugatuck River Review, New York Quarterly, Plume, Atlanta Review, Solstice, Tar River Poetry, Paterson Literary Review, Gordon Square Review, The South Carolina Review, Obsidian, Caribbean Writer and Tulsa Review. She is a Cave Canem and Hurston/Wright alumna. She received six Pushcart Prize nominations between 2021 and 2022. When she is not writing, she enjoys crocheting, swimming and watching British crime dramas. You may follow her on Twitter and on Instagram @EllenJuneWrites

Isabelle Ylo resides in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Her work has appeared in Beaver Magazine, Meniscus, Santa Clara Review, and Welter.