Issue 7.1 Contributors

Tory Adkisson earned an MFA from The Ohio State University where he also edited The Journal. His poems have been published widely in journals such as Third Coast, Crazyhorse, Quarterly West, 32 Poems, and Boston Review. He currently lives and writes in San Francisco.

C.L. Bledsoe‘s latest poetry collection is Trashcans in Love. His latest novel is The Funny Thing About… He lives in northern Virginia with his daughter and blogs, with Michael Gushue, at

Jan Carroll‘s work has appeared in Borderlands, California Quarterly, Cider Press Review, Avatar Review, Barstow & Grand, and Volume One. Her chapbooks include River (2015) and With What’s Left: Gardening, Earth-Tending, and Keeping On in the Midst of Climate Crisis (2019). She facilitates small poetry-writing groups and a local reading series. She lives in the river city of Eau Claire, WI, and works in healthcare.

Chelsea Catherine is a native Vermonter living in St. Petersburg, FL. Most recently, she won the Mary C Mohr nonfiction award through the Southern Indiana Review and her book, Summer of the Cicadas, won the Quill Prose Award through Red Hen Press, set for publication in 2020. You can find her at

Andrew K. Clark is a writer from Alexander, NC, outside of Asheville where he now resides. His full-length collection of poetry, Jesus in the Trailer was published by Main Street Rag Press in 2019. His poetry and short fiction have appeared recently in UCLA’s Out of Anonymityfall / lines, Scribes Valley, Good Juju, and NO: 1 journals.  He is the recipient of the Georgia Southern University Roy F. Powell Award for Creative Writing and is an MFA candidate at Converse College. He is searching for a home for his first novel, The Day Thief.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Caitlin Cowan’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Pleiades, Anomaly, SmokeLong Quarterly, Entropy, and elsewhere. A finalist for the Levis Prize in Poetry and the BOAAT Book Prize, she’s won the Littoral Press Poetry Prize, the Mississippi Review Prize, the Fugue Poetry Prize, and an Avery Hopwood Award. She’s taught writing at the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, and Interlochen Center for the Arts, and serves as the Director of International Tours at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Find her at

Anthony DiPietro is a gay Rhode Island native who has worked in community-based organizations for 14 years. In 2016, he joined Stony Brook University, where he earned a creative writing MFA, taught college courses, and planned and diversified arts programming. He is now associate director of the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts. A graduate of Brown University with honors in creative writing, his poems and essays have appeared in Notre Dame Review, Spillway, Washington Square Review, and others. He has received fellowships from Aspen Summer Words, The Frost Place, and Key West Literary Seminars. His website is

Jacqueline Doyle lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a flash fiction chapbook (The Missing Girl) with Black Lawrence Press, and recent flash nonfiction in The Collagist, Sweet: A Literary Confection, and Little Fiction/Big Truths. Her longer essays have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, New Ohio Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader, and are forthcoming in Passages North and Fourth Genre. She was just awarded her fifth Notable Essay listing in Best American Essays. Find her online at and on Twitter @doylejacq.

Lois Dubois, the pen name for a writer living in Bellingham, Washington, has published in the Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Arts Exchange and the anthology So Much Depends Upon… She is currently working on a multi-generational, historical novel of a Missourian farming family.

Wendy A. Gaudin is a writer of creative nonfiction and poetry, a history professor, and an artist in the medium of beadwork. Her written work engages themes of race and skin color throughout the colonized world, Louisiana’s histories and mythologies, oral narratives and memory, Creoles and racial hybridity, the body and the landscape of the Mississippi River Valley. Her nonfiction publications are featured in North American Review, Puerto Del Sol, The Indiana Review, The Rappahannock Review, About Place Journal, and the New Orleans Review.  She lives in New Orleans and teaches at Xavier University of Louisiana. 

Melody S. Gee is the author of The Dead in Daylight (Cooper Dillon Books, 2016) and Each Crumbling House (Perugia Press, 2010). Her essays and poems appear in Commonweal Magazine, Lantern Review, Blood Orange Review, and The Academy of American Poets. She is a freelance writer and editor living in St. Louis, MO. Find her at

Jules Jacob is a contemporary poet who often writes about dichotomous conditions and relationships between humans and the natural world. Her work appears or is forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies including Plume Anthology 8, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Rust + Moth, Plume, Frogpond, and elsewhere. She’s the author of The Glass Sponge with select poems featured at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Art’s Le Moulin à Nef in France. Visit

Kamal Kimball is an Ohio poet. A production editor for The Journal and reader for Muzzle Magazine, her work has been published or is forthcoming in Inverted Syntax, Phoebe, Hobart, Juked, Rattle, Tahoma Literary Review, Raleigh Review, Sundog Lit, Bone Parade, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Forklift Ohio, and elsewhere. More at 

Robin Kozak’s writing has appeared in Arkansas Review, Field, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, Indiana Review, Poetry Northwest, Sequestrum, Witness, and other publications, and her awards include two Creative Artist Program grants from the city of Houston and the 2016 Sandy Crimmins Prize for Poetry. An authority on antique and estate jewelry, she currently is finishing Berkowitz, a collection of short fiction.

Devon Miller-Duggan has published poems in Rattle, Margie, The Antioch Review, Massachusetts Review, and Spillway. She teaches at the University of Delaware. Her books include Pinning the Bird to the Wall (Tres Chicas Books, 2008), Alphabet Year, (Wipf & Stock, 2017), The Slow Salute, Lithic Press Chapbook Competition Winner, 2018).

Sam Rebelein’s recently graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His work has appeared in Bourbon Penn, Shimmer, Every Day Fiction, and other places. If you liked “The Curse,” check out Sam’s story “Posed” in the inaugural issue of The Macabre Museum, just released on Halloween. Sam lives in Brooklyn and on Twitter @HillaryScruff.

Matthew Roth is the author of Bird Silence (Woodley Press). His poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Verse, Fence, American Literary Review, and many other journals. He teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Messiah College, in Grantham, PA.

Jess Smith is currently pursuing a PhD in English at Texas Tech University where she founded and curates the LHUCA Literary Series. Her work can be found in Prairie Schooner, Waxwing, 32 Poems, The Rumpus, and other journals. She is the recipient of support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center.

Leanne Sowul is an award-winning writer and music teacher. Her writing has appeared in Hippocampus, Confrontation, Hudson Valley Magazine, and other online and print journals; her live readings include Read 650’s “The Great Outdoors” in 2016. As an elementary band director, Leanne can play every woodwind, brass and percussion instrument (just don’t give her a cello). She is also a highly-sought private flute teacher. In 2017, Leanne won both the Scott Meyer Award for personal essay and the All-American Dream Champion Award for music teaching. Her novels are represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary Agency. Leanne lives with her husband and two children in the Hudson Valley. Connect with Leanne at, via Facebook at Words From The Sowul, and on Twitter @sowulwords.

Michael VanCalbergh currently lives and works in Normal, IL. When not playing tic-tac-toe with his daughter, he teaches at Illinois State University and organizes comics for a local comic book store. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming from, Spoon River Poetry Review, Tinderbox, Gingerbread House, Apex Magazine, and others. You can find him at @MVCpoet on Twitter.

David G. Walker is a husband, father, and teacher. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Southern Connecticut State University and his work most recently appears in PANK, Thistle, Poetry Breakfast, After the Pause, and Poets Reading the News, among others. He is also the founding editor for Golden Walkman Magazine and is the author of three poetry chapbooks.