Heather Rankin, “Serpent”


Issue 6.1 Contributors

Joshua Allen is an American reject from Indiana, though you may know him as the guy your friend’s cousin knows. His work has been published in Angry Old Man Magazine, River and South Review, and Tributaries, among others.

Tyler Arndt was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2005 with a Bachelor’s in English Literature. He spent most of his 20’s writing poetry. Since 2012, he has been working on a memoir of the years he spent teaching ESL in South Korea. In September 2015 Tyler stayed at the Vermont Studio Center for two weeks as a resident in nonfiction writing. “Getting Gone” will be his first published work.

Tanner Barnes is currently wrapping up the last leg of his BA in English at Florida State University. His has been stress eating lately over applying to MFA programs. His work is forthcoming in the Oakland Arts Review.

William Braun lives in Minneapolis, MN. His translations have appeared in Ezra: An Online Journal of Translation and Exchanges Literary Journal, and his book reviews in Rain Taxi and Structo. He is a graduate of the Master’s program in English at the University of St. Thomas.

William Doreski has published three critical studies and several collections of poetry. His work has appeared in various journals. He has taught writing and literature at Emerson, Goddard, Boston University, and Keene State College. His new poetry collection is A Black River, A Dark Fall.

Cal Freeman was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is the author of the books Brother Of Leaving and Fight Songs. His writing has appeared in many journals including Southword, Passages North, The Journal, Commonweal, Drunken Boat, and The Poetry Review. He is a recipient of The Devine Poetry Fellowship (judged by Terrance Hayes) and winner of Passages North’s Neutrino Prize; he has also been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and creative nonfiction. He regularly reviews collections of poetry for the radio program Stateside on Michigan Public Radio.

Karla Keffer is a Ph.D. student at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her poetry and fiction have been published in Smartish Pace and Moon City Review. She is the creator and publisher of the personal zine The Real Ramona. She lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Hailing from the farm valleys of west Appalachia, Ben Kline lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, toiling away on his full-length manuscript Twang while drinking just the right amount of bourbon, but more coffee than seems wise. His work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, Riggwelter, The Mantle, Ghost City Review, apt, ImageOutWrite Vol. 7, The Offing, Impossible Archetype, Ink & Nebula, The Matador Review and many more. You can read more at www.benkline.tumblr.com/publications.

Carrie La Seur’s critically acclaimed debut novel The Home Place (William Morrow 2014) won the High Plains Book Award and was short-listed for the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel. Her writing appears in such media as Daily Beast; Grist; the Guardian; Harvard Law and Policy Review; High Country News; Kenyon Review Online; Mother Jones; Rumpus; and Salon. She is a founder of the environmental nonprofit Plains Justice and the Billings Bookstore Cooperative. Her second novel, The Weight of an Infinite Sky (William Morrow 2018), a rural Montana take on Hamlet, is now available in paperback.

Originally from New Iberia, Louisiana, Nicholas Molbert now lives and writes in Central Illinois. He has work published in or forthcoming from American Literary Review, Christianity & Literature, Cincinnati Review, Missouri Review, Ninth Letter, Permafrost, and South Carolina Review among others.

Linnea Nelson received her MFA from Oregon State University, where her mentors included Karen Holmberg, Jennifer Richter, and David Biespiel. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Fourth & Sycamore, Gold Man Review, The Adirondack Review, San Pedro River Review, Tule Review, and Tribeca Poetry Review, among other publications. She is Associate Editor for Cloudbank Books, and lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and two sprightly cats.

Holly Pelesky is a lover of spreadsheets, giant sandwiches, and handwritten letters. She holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska. She cobbles together gigs to get by, refusing to give up this writing life. She lives in Nebraska with her two sons.

Kevin Rippin is currently a lecturer at NC A&T University in Greensboro, NC, where he teaches literature and writing. His full-length collection of poems, Amber Drive, was published by Main Street Rag Press in 2018. and he has also had a chapbook, One Shuddering Tremolo, published by McElvany Press. In addition, Rippin has published articles, reviews and poetry in magazines, newspapers and journals across the country, including Southern Poetry Review, Poetry East and Pittsburgh Quarterly.

Sherre Vernon believes in the mystical power of words. She is the author of Green Ink Wings, a postmodern novella, and The Name is Perilous, a poetry chapbook. Her poetry has been published in various journals including The Pedestal Magazine and Eclipse.

Kris Willcox lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with her family. Her work has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Cimarron Review, Portland Review, Vela magazine and Tin House online, among other publications. She is a contributing editor at UU World magazine.