Issue 5.1 Contributors

Anthony Ausiello is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He received his BA in English from The Pennsylvania State University. His work has appeared in The East Bay Review, Berfrois, NonBinary Review, Gravel, NoiseMedium, Rat’s Ass Review, The Absurdist, Writer’s Digest, and the anthology travelogue, Reaching Beyond the Saguaros. He is also a reader for the The Literary Review. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Anthony now lives happily in Westfield, NJ with his wife, Talia, and children, Anya and Eli.

Lauren Crux’s irreverent humor and social commentary have found their way into a number of publications and onto the stage in solo performances as well as community based collaborative art performances. Most recently, she has been published in Brevity, The Colorado Review, Fourth Genre, The Scribbler, TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism, and Generations: a journal of images and ideas. She works as a psychotherapist and lives in Santa Cruz, California. She finds creative comfort in the Zen wisdom: “If you want your cow to be happy, give it a large pasture.”

Jonathan Louis Duckworth received his MFA from Florida International University. His fiction, poetry, and non-fiction appears in or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Fourteen Hills, Meridian, Tupelo Quarterly, Jabberwock Review, Superstition Review, and elsewhere.

Gail Giewont’s first chapbook, Vulture, is available from Finishing Line Press. She teaches in the literary arts program at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology in Petersburg, VA.

Dr. Bryn Gribben is an instructor of English at Seattle University, teaching courses in literature, creative non-fiction, and composition, thematically centered on the relationship between empathy and beauty. A Victorianist by training, Bryn was the assistant editor of fiction for The Laurel Review from 2006-2008 and left a tenure-track job in Missouri to be back in the city she loves. Her essay “There Goes the Fear” is part of a larger manuscript, entitled Amplified Heart: An Emotional Discography, a series of essays on intimacy and music. This essay was accepted the day after her 44th birthday.

Joyce Hayden left her teaching position in the English Department at Westfield State University in 2014 to pursue travel, writing, and oil painting. Her poetry chapbook, Lost Handprint, was published by Dandelion Press in May 2017. Her memoir, The Out of Body Girl, is forthcoming. Resilience/Reverence/Resistance, Joyce’s first solo art exhibit, was recently held at Sean Christopher Gallery in Columbus, OH. To see more of Joyce’s work, visit her website at

Brenna Lemieux has been lucky enough to live and write in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Paris, Galway, and Illinois. She is the author of two poetry collections and a lot of eerily similar grocery lists. She currently lives in Chicago.

Hali F. Sofala-Jones is a Samoan American teacher and writer from Georgia. She’s earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her poems have been published in Nimrod International Journal, The Bitter Oleander, CALYX, Blue Mesa Review, online at The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She is currently a Lecturer at Georgia College where she teaches courses on Multiethnic Literatures. Outside of teaching and writing, she enjoys introducing the world to her toddler, playing Assassin’s Creed, and cooking for friends and family. Her debut poetry collection, Afakasi | Half-Caste is forthcoming from Sundress Publications in 2019.