Issue 11.2 Contributors

Ani Bachan is a Toronto-based student and occasional writer. She has been previously published in Inlandia’s Online Journal, The Showbear Family Circus, F3LL Magazine, Phantom Kangaroo, and others.

Mike Bagwell is a writer and software engineer in Philly. He received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence and his work appears in Action Spectacle, ITERANT, Sprung Formal, Heavy Feather, HAD, Bodega, Okay Donkey, and others, some kindly nominating him for a Pushcart. He is the author of the chapbooks A Collision of Soul in Midair (Bottlecap Press 2023), Or Else They Are Trees (El Aleph), and a micro When We Look at Things We Steal Their Color and Grow Heavy Under Their Weight (Rinky Dink Press 2024). Find him at, @low_gh0st, or playing dragons with his daughters.

Kennedy Bailey is an Appalachian writer currently living and working in Oslo, Norway. She is a creative writer of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, a lover of weird and uncomfortable stories, a collector of library cards, and an avid enjoyer of overpriced coffees.

Ray Ball, PhD, currently lives on the land of the Dena’ina and is a professor and academic administrator at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is the author of several books, including the poetry collection Trinities (Louisiana Literature Press, 2023). Ray’s poems and fiction have appeared in numerous journals, including Free State Review, Glass, Little Patuxent Review, and X-R-A-Y. Ray has received multiple nominations for Pushcart and been a Best of the Net finalist.

Heather Bartos writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in Fatal Flaw, McNeese Review, HerStry, LitroUSA, and elsewhere. Her flash fiction and short stories have appeared in Baltimore Review, Ponder Review, Orca, Relief: A Journal of Art and Faith, and elsewhere. She lives with her family near Portland, Oregon.

Katelynn Bishop (she/her) is a writer and sociology professor living in California. Her poetry has been published in Streetcake and Literary Mama.

Danielle Shandiin Emerson is a Diné writer from Shiprock, New Mexico on the Navajo Nation. Her clans are Tłaashchi’i (Red Cheek People Clan), born for Ta’neezaahníí (Tangled People Clan). She has a BA in Education Studies and a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University. Danielle writes fiction, poetry, plays, and creative essays. Her work centers Diné culture, perspectives, and personal narratives.

Nathan Erwin is a land-based poet raised on the Allegheny Plateau, the northernmost tier of Appalachia. A community and institutional organizer, Erwin currently operates at the Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust building healthy futures for indigenous farmers and organizing around land, food, and seed sovereignty. His writing has recently appeared in The Journal, North American Review, Poetry Wales, Bombay Gin, Hunger Mountain, and Ninth Letter. His organizing and his poetry are conversant, and so he writes about foodways, myths, medicine, and wanting.

Kris Faatz (rhymes with skates) is a Baltimore-area writer and musician. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Atticus Review, Santa Barbara Literary Journal, and Typehouse, and most recently won Black Fox Magazine’s July 2023 competition. Her second novel, Fourteen Stones, was released in 2022 by The Patchwork Raven, with an American edition forthcoming in 2024 from Highlander Press. Her current novel-in-progress, Line Magic, was longlisted for the Santa Fe Writers Project’s 2023 Literary Awards. Kris teaches creative writing and is a performing pianist. Visit her online at

Judith Fox is a poet and fine art photographer. She’s a finalist for the 2023 Bellevue Literary Review John & Eileen Allman’s Poetry Prize and BLR’s Spring 2022 Poetry Prize. Her poems also appeared or are forthcoming in Rattle, Notre Dame Review, Sugar House and numerous other journals. Fox’s photographs are in the collections of six museums including LACMA, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. Her photography book, I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer’s, was named ‘one of the best photography books of 2009’ by Photo-Eye Magazine. Photographs from I Still Do were exhibited around Europe and the United States and Fox has been a global advocate and speaker on behalf of Alzheimer’s awareness and family caregivers.

Kathleen Frank is a Sante Fe artist who paints the Western landscape in vibrant hues, capturing light and pattern in complex terrains. Career highlights include: numerous museum and gallery exhibitions; High Desert Museum’s Curator’s Choice Award; Art in Embassies/U.S. State Department selection Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; work in permanent collections; and features in numerous fine art publications.

E.C. Gannon’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Meadow, Molecule, Olit, and elsewhere. A New England native, she holds a degree in creative writing and political science from Florida State University.

Elizabeth Cranford Garcia’s debut collection, Resurrected Body, received Cider Press Review’s 2023 Editor’s Prize. Her work has or will appear in Southern Humanities Review, Tar River Poetry, Chautauqua, RHINO, Portland Review, CALYX, and Mom Egg Review, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Read more at

A.L. Gordon is an emerging writer and high school English teacher in Central Wisconsin. His creative nonfiction has appeared in literary magazines including Ellipsis Zine, The Awakenings Review, and Please See Me.

Kiana Govoni is a writer from the Boston area. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she received her MFA in fiction. Her work has been featured in or is forthcoming in The Broken Plate, Cardinal Sins, The Bridge, and elsewhere.

David Gunton’s chapbook Notable Moons was published by Quillkeepers Press in 2023. His poems have also appeared in The Washington Square Review, La Petite Zine, and The Long Island Quarterly. He lives in New York, in the Hudson Valley.

Erin Samantha Hanson (she/they) is a fiction and stage writer, stage actor, and artist from the wilds of northern Wyoming. Her work has appeared in First Love: An Anthology and issue eleven of Grim & Gilded. Their short stage play Gallery was performed in Marymount Manhattan College’s Freshly Baked 48-hour Playwriting Festival.

Kathryn Jankowski is a Slavic/Hispanic writer based in northern California who fostered a love of literature with elementary and middle-grade students in urban schools. A finalist for the 2023 Anne C. Barnhill Creative Nonfiction Prize, her essays have been published in Rappahannock Review, Longridge Review, Sky Island Journal and Microfiction Monday.

Paul Rabinowitz’s photography, prose and poetry appear in magazines and journals including The Sun Magazine, New World Writing, Arcturus-Chicago Review Of Books, Evening Street Press, The Montreal Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Talking River Review, The Oddville Press and elsewhere. Rabinowitz was a featured artist in Nailed Magazine in 2020, Mud Season Review in 2022 and Apricity Press in 2023. His photo series Limited Light was nominated for Best of the Net in 2021. Rabinowitz’s poems and fiction are the inspiration for eight award winning experimental films, including Best Experimental Short at Cannes, Venice Independent Film Festival, Oregon Short Film Festival, Florence Indie Film Festival and Paris Film Festival.

Uzomah Ugwu, a poet/writer, curator, editor, and multi-disciplined artist, brings a unique perspective to her work. Her poetry, writing, and art have gained international recognition and are featured in various publications, galleries, art spaces, and museums. As a political, social, and cultural activist, she focuses on human rights, mental health, animal rights, and the rights of LGBTQIA persons. Uzomah is the managing editor and founder of Arte Realizzata, and she sees herself and her creative process as a powerful force for change, a social disrupter.

Sophia Zhao is from Newark, Delaware. Her paintings and poetry appear in The Adroit Journal, Up the Staircase Quarterly, The Indianapolis Review, The Minnesota Review, and elsewhere. She graduated from Yale University in 2023.

Huina Zheng holds an MA with Distinction in English Studies and works as a college essay coach. She’s also an editor at Bewildering Stories. Her stories have been published in Baltimore Review, Variant Literature, Midway Journal, and others. Her work has received nominations twice for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She resides in Guangzhou, China with her husband and daughter.

Melissent Zumwalt is an artist and administrator who lives in Portland, Oregon. She is a 2023 Best of the Net finalist and her written work has appeared in Arkana, Hawaii Pacific Review, Hippocampus, Pithead Chapel, Under the Gum Tree and elsewhere. Read more at: