Issue 6.2 Contributors

Maggie Blake Bailey has poems published or forthcoming in American Poetry JournalFoundryA-Minor Magazine and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Bury the Lede, is available from Finishing Line Press and her full-length debut, Visitation, will be available from Tinderbox Editions in the summer of 2019. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two small children. For more work, please visit and follow her @maggiebbpoet on Twitter.

Gershon Ben-Avraham earned an MA in philosophy (aesthetics) from Temple University, where he studied with the American philosopher of art Monroe Beardsley. He lives in Be’er Sheva, Israel. His fiction and poetry frequently explore the conflicting moral issues of the modern world from a religious perspective. His fiction has appeared in Big Muddy, Broad River Review, Gravel: A Literary Journal, Image: Art, Faith, Mystery, and other print and online journals.

Hannah Carpino is a poet and short story writer living in Vermont. She has previously been published in Rust + Moth and Crossroads Magazine.

Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. He was awarded a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and he has also received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, his poems have appeared in POETRYThe American Poetry Review, New England Review, Granta, The Nation and elsewhere. He serves as a poetry editor at The Rumpus and on the editorial board at Alice James Books.

Thomas Cook lives in Los Angeles, CA and Galesburg, IL. He is an editor and publisher of Tammy, and a special feature of his work is forthcoming in Quarterly West.

Charlotte Covey is from St. Mary’s County, Maryland. She currently lives in St. Louis, and she earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Missouri -St. Louis in Spring 2018. She has poetry published or forthcoming in journals such as The Normal School, Salamander Review, CALYX Journal, the minnesota review, and the Potomac Review, among others. In 2015, she was nominated for an AWP Intro Journals Award. She works for both Lindenwood University and the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and she is managing editor of WomenArts Quarterly Journal.

Carson Faust is an enrolled member of the Edisto Natchez-Kusso tribe of South Carolina. His writing has recently appeared in Black Fox Literary Magazine. He currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rachel A.G. Gilman founded the femme arts journal The Rational Creature and hosted the award-winning podcast “The Write Stuff” on WNYU-FM. Her writing has been featured online and in print throughout the U.S. and U.K., including TV Guide MagazineMinetta Review, and Popdust. She will also be the Editor-in-Chief for volume 58 of the Columbia Journal. She holds a B.A. from NYU and is reading for an MFA at Columbia University and an MSt at Oxford University. She is also interning at W.W. Norton & Company. More at

John Leonard is a professor of composition and assistant editor of Twyckenham Notes, a poetry journal based out of South Bend, Indiana. He holds an M.A. in English from Indiana University. His previous works have appeared in Poetry QuarterlySheila-Na-GigFearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Burningword Literary Journal. His work is forthcoming in Mojave Heart Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, and PoeticDiversity. He was the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Wolfson Poetry Award and 2018 recipient of the Josephine K. Piercy Memorial Award. He lives in Elkhart, Indiana with his wife, three cats, and two dogs.

Sal Kang is a multifaceted artist who currently works at an art museum and makes tender lo-fi tracks in her bedroom when she has a moment to spare. She also designs spreads for a magazine and runs weekly poetry workshops for young adults in her local community. Sal’s work has been published in Gravitas and more, and her first collection of poetry is scheduled for release in fall 2019.

Jennifer Schomburg Kanke is originally from Columbus, Ohio and currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida where she edits confidential documents for the government in an undisclosed secure location, which sounds far more exciting than it actually is. Previously the reviews editor for Pleiades, she is currently a reader for Emrys. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Court Green, and Fugue.

Poet and essayist Rick Kempa lives in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Recently retired after thirty years of teaching at Western Wyoming College, he has embarked on a path of full-time writing and walking.

Lita Kurth holds an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University and has published in three genres in journals and anthologies and has had Pushcart nominations in both fiction and creative nonfiction. “Are We Not Ladies,” was nominated by Watershed Review for Best of the Net, 2017. “This is the Way We Wash the Clothes,” (CNF) won the 2014 Diana Woods Memorial Award (Lunchticket). Her creative nonfiction, “Pivot,” and short story, “Gardener’s Delight” (Dragonfly Press DNA), were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. A sampling of publications: Atticus ReviewBrain,ChildMain Street RagMicrofiction Monday. In 2013, she co-founded San Jose’s Flash Fiction Forum, a popular reading series.

Sofia Martimianakis is a writer and photographer based in Toronto. She was raised by two talented storytellers who immigrated to Canada from Crete. Sofia’s non-fiction work draws on her Greek heritage and summers spent abroad. She aims to bring locations rarely visited by tourists to life through her writing. Sofia completed her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Toronto and her MA in Literary Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is currently continuing her education with creative writing classes and is working on a fantasy novel for young adults.

Lauren McDaniel was raised in Houston, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for Creative Writing at Stephen F. Austin State University. Lauren has had several publications in Stephen F. Austin’s University Literary Journal. She is currently earning an MFA in poetry at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Lucien Darjeun Meadows is a Cherokee/German+ writer born in Virginia and raised in West Virginia. An AWP Intro Journals Project winner, he has received nominations for Best New Poets and the Pushcart Prize. Lucien has received fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, American Alliance of Museums, Bread Loaf Conferences, Colorado Creative Industries, National Association for Interpretation, and University of Denver, where he is working toward his PhD in Creative Writing.

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A nineteen-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Jamie Witherby is an Ohio-bred, Chicago-based short fiction writer with a taste for uncomfortable topics. Her work has appeared in The Write Launch, Burnt Pine Magazine, Underwood Press, and Kaaterskill Literary Basin. When she’s not cranking out creepy stories about children with the help of her bi-weekly writing workshop, you can find her cooking with too much garlic, watching every horror movie ever made, or whispering sweet nothings to her potted plants.