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Issue 5.3 Contributors

Constance Brewer’s poetry has appeared in Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers, Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop, Harpur Palate, Dark Matter Literary Journal, The Nassau Review, and in the New Poets of the American West anthology among other places. Constance is an editor for Gyroscope Review magazine, a contemporary poetry quarterly. She is also the recipient of a 2016 Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship grant in poetry.  Constance lives Wyoming with a small but vocal herd of Welsh Corgis. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter @ConstanceBrewer, and also at

Kae Bucher’s personal cosmos is a poetry-swathed world of barefoot walking, tree-climbing, hammock-lying, and yoga-doing. When Kae is not performing these activities (but often while she is), she can be found praying or penning poems. Kae graduated from Fresno Pacific University and taught Special Education before beginning her prolific blog,, in March of 2017. She also co-edits Jordan Journal, a Facebook-based literary collective for Christian poets.

Mikayla Davis is a third-year MFA student at the University of Central Arkansas. She has a BA in English from Eastern Washington University and several two-year degrees from Spokane Falls Community College. She is the poetry editor for Arkana and has poems published in Railtown Almanac, Northwest Boulevard, The Wire Harp, Gold Dust, and CandleLit.

Tyler Farrell was born in Illinois, grew up in Milwaukee, WI, was educated by the Jesuits at Marquette High School and Creighton University, and by layfolk at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has published poems, essays, and reviews in many periodicals and anthologies and a biographical essay for James Liddy’s Selected Poems (Arlen House, 2011). Farrell teaches writing, poetry, literature, and drama at Marquette University and leads two study abroad programs to Ireland and London. Farrell also has two collections of poems published by Salmon Poetry (County Clare, Ireland), Tethered to the Earth (2008) and The Land of Give and Take (2012) and his latest collection entitled Stichomythia (2018).For more information about his collections, visit Salmon Poetry here

Karen Greenbaum-Maya, retired clinical psychologist, German major, two-time Pushcart nominee and occasional photographer, is getting by. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including  B O D Y, 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. Find links to her work on-line at:

Andrew Hahn is an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has been featured in Lamp Literary Journal, R.kv.r.y Quarterly, Lavender Bluegrass: LGBT Writers on the South, Past-ten, All the Sins, Lunch, and Crab Creek Review. He currently lives in Woodstock, GA.

Brittany Hailer is a freelance journalist and educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her creative work has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, Barrelhouse, Hobart, Crab Fat Magazine and elsewhere. You can read her journalism and creative writing at

Summer Hardinge‘s poetry reflects her way of seeing, influenced by growing up in rural VA, years of teaching high school English and creative writing, traveling, and digging in her MD garden. Writing poetry allows the wrestling with what she finds curious, beautiful, or discomfiting. Summer is a certified Amherst Writers and Artists facilitator and leads workshops in MD, VA, and southern France.

Barry Herzog has published a number of poems, short stories and memoir pieces in print and online literary journals. His short story “Mystic Sex” won the 2017 Sweet Corn Fiction Contest of Flyaway: Journal of Writing & Environment and has been nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. He is a retired attorney living in California.

Jenn Hollmeyer writes and paints in the Chicago area. She was a finalist for the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and a past prizewinner in The Missouri Review’s Art of Omission Contest and the Bevel Summers Short Short Fiction Award competition. Jenn’s stories and essays have appeared in AGNI Online, Shenandoah, West Branch Wired, Post Road, Salamander, Meridian, Etchings, and other journals. She is a founding editor of Fifth Wednesday Journal and holds an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College. Jenn has completed a story collection and is working on a novel. Read more at

Jonathan Kravetz is the founder and former editor-in-chief of the literary webzine His plays have been produced in New York, Dallas and Brighton, England, and he holds an MFA from Queens College.  His short story “Conch” was named the fiction category winner for the Fall 2017 issue of Cardinal Sins. He’s been published in All the Sins, Drunk Monkeys and others, and his short story “The David” was turned into a podcast by He works and teaches in New York City.

Susanna Lang’s new collection of poems, Travel Notes from the River Styx, was released in summer 2017 from Terrapin Books. Her last collection was Tracing the Lines (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2013).  A two-time Hambidge fellow, her poems have appeared in such journals as Little Star, Prairie Schooner, december, Prime Number Magazine and Verse Daily.  Her translations of poetry by Yves Bonnefoy include Words in Stone and The Origin of Language. Among her current projects is Self-Portraits, a chapbook collection of ekphrastic poems focused on women across the arts. She lives with her husband in Chicago.

Donna J. Gelagotis Lee is the author of On the Altar of Greece, winner of the Seventh Annual Gival Press Poetry Award and recipient of a 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award: Notable for Art Category. Her poetry has appeared in journals internationally, including The Bitter Oleander, Cimarron Review, The Cortland Review, Feminist Studies, and The Massachusetts Review. Her website is

Rebecca Macijeski holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has attended artist residencies at The Ragdale Foundation, Art Farm Nebraska, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. She has also served as poetry editor for Prairie Schooner and Hunger Mountain. Her poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Journal, Nimrod, Sycamore Review, Poet Lore, and many others. She is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern State University. Visit her online at

Jennifer McGuiggan‘s work has appeared in Flycatcher, New World Writing, Connotation Press, The Manifest Station, TAB, and on the websites of Prairie Schooner and Brevity. Her essays have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology from Sundress Publications and been named as finalists in contests from Orison Books, Prime Number Magazine, and Hunger Mountain. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches writing for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation and elsewhere. Find her online in The Word Cellar at

Robin Michel’s fiction and poetry appears in or is forthcoming in Fresh Ink VI, The Midwest Poetry Review, The Noyo River Review, The New Guard, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Star 82 Review and elsewhere. She lives with her husband in San Francisco, where they enjoy eating wild raspberries, noticing the sky’s changing light, and welcoming the fog when it eventually arrives.

Meryl Natchez’s most recent book is a bilingual volume of translations from the Russian: Poems From the Stray Dog Café: Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Gumilev. She is co-translator of Tadeusz Borowski: Selected Poems. Her book of poems, Jade Suit, appeared in 2001. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Poetry, ZYZZYVA, The Pinch Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Lyric, The Moth, Comstock Review, and many others. She is on the board of Marin Poetry Center and blogs at

Ron Riekki’s books include And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017, Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (2016 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal Great Lakes Best Regional Fiction and finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award), The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book awarded by the Library of Michigan and finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award, Midwest Book Award, Foreword Book of the Year, and Next Generation Indie Book Award), and U.P.: a novel.

Charlie James Stephens is a high school English teacher and creative writer living in Berkeley, California. Charlie has lived all over the U.S. as a bike messenger, bookstore clerk, and seasonal shark diver (for educational purposes only). Charlie’s written work has appeared in Cold Creek Review, 100 Word Story, Oakland Local, Instant City, Original Plumbing, and was just published in Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story by Outpost19. Charlie’s piece “It’s Just Too Late for That” made Glimmer Train’s top 25 finalists for their 2018 “Very Short Fiction Award.” Learn more at

July Westhale is the author of Trailer Trash (winner of the 2016 Kore Press Book Award), The Cavalcade, and Occasionally Accurate ScienceHer most recent poetry can be found in The National Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, CALYX, Tupelo Quarterly, RHINO, Lunch Ticket, and Quarterly West. Her essays have been nominated for Best American Essays, as well as the Pushcart prize. She moonlights as a journalist at The Establishment, and has appeared in The Huffington Post.