Issue 9.1 Contributors

Lori Arden is a video editor, filmmaker, and writer currently living in Berkeley, California. A half-Filipino Third Culture Kid, she grew up moving from place to place and has lived in the Philippines, Japan, Turkey, Germany, New Mexico, and New York. Her work frequently explores notions of home, identity, and belonging, and has appeared in Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel and JuxtaProse

Joe Baumann’s fiction and essays have appeared in Phantom Drift, Passages North, Emerson Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Iron Horse Literary Review, Electric Literature, Electric Spec, On Spec, Barrelhouse, Zone 3, and many others. He is the author of Ivory Children, published in 2013 by Red Bird Chapbooks. He possesses a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He was a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction. His first short story collection, The Plagues, will be released by Cornerstone Press in 2023, and his debut novel, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, is forthcoming from Deep Hearts YA. He can be reached at

Katie Bockino received her MFA in fiction from NYU’s Creative Writing Program. Her work has appeared in Barely South Review, The Satirist, Underwood Press, Prometheus Dreaming, Gandy Dancer Literary Magazine, North Fork Real Estate Showcase Magazine, and Z Publishing House’s New York’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction. Recently, Katie was a finalist for NYC Midnight’s Micro Fiction Contest” as well. Katie is also a professor, editor, and a manuscript consultant who is obsessed with the Byzantine Empire and most TV show love triangles. See more at her website,

Jordan Charlton is a poet and Ph.D. student in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he teaches in the Institute for Ethnic Studies and serves as Associate Nonfiction Editor for Prairie Schooner. A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, his writing has been published or is forthcoming in Atticus Review, The Adroit Journal, Quarter After Eight, Ruminate, The Journal, West Branch, and elsewhere. In addition to his academic pursuits, he works with the Nebraska Writers Collective as a teaching artist facilitating workshops with both high school poets and incarcerated writers through the programs Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains and Writers’ Block.

Jonathan Louis Duckworth received his MFA from Florida International University. His recent work appears in Southwest Review, New Ohio Review, Bayou, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. He has been nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is a PhD student at University of North Texas.

Miguel Eichelberger has had over 60 poems appear in literary magazines around the world including Harpur Palate, the Literary Review of Canada, Plainsongs Magazine, Poetry Salzburg, and pacificREVIEW. His most recent play, Stupid Cupid, ran to 4-star reviews at the 2018 Edinburgh, Brighton and Vancouver Fringe Festivals; and again at the 2019 Camden Fringe.

Sarah Elkins lives in southern West Virginia. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Passengers Journal, Rust + Moth, and The Shore; critical analysis in Kestrel. She holds an MFA from Pacific University.

Dom Fonce is a poet from Youngstown, Ohio. He is the author of Here, We Bury the Hearts (Finishing Line Press, 2019) and Dancing in the Cobwebs (forthcoming). He is the Editor-in-Chief of Volney Road Review. He is also an MFA candidate at the NEOMFA. His poetry has been published in Obra/Artifact, Gordon Square Review, Black Rabbit Quarterly, Italian Americana, 3Elements Review, America’s Best Emerging Poets 2018: Midwest Region, and elsewhere.

Marcene Gandolfo’s poems have been published widely in literary journals, including Poet Lore, Bellingham Review, december, and RHINO. In 2014, her debut book, Angles of Departure, won Foreword Reviews’ Silver Award for Poetry. She has taught writing and literature at several northern California colleges and universities.

JT Godfrey is a writer and humorist in Cleveland, OH. A Cleveland Native, JT writes about his unique rust belt experience, dissecting themes such as masculinity, heartbreak, and love. An Oberlin College alum, JT found his passion for writing while performing comedy and reading sad books. In everything he writes, JT attempts to scribe familial storytelling traditions and communal acceptance.

Becky Kling is a feminist scholar and writer whose work has appeared in publications including Mutha, Affinity CoLab, and Motherwell. She is a lecturer in the Humanities at San Jose State University. More of her can be found at her writer site or through her Twitter account @rivkatheriveter.

Seth Kristalyn has an MA in English from Kansas State University. He has previously published work in Burningword Literary Journal and The Write Launch. He is an Associate Professor of English at Garden City Community College in southwestern Kansas where he lives with his wife, soon-to-be two daughters, and dog.

Lorrie Ness is a poet working in Virginia. Her work can be found at Palette Poetry, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Typishly and various other journals. She was nominated for a Puschart Prize in 2021 by Sky Island Journal. Her chapbook Anatomy of a Wound is published by Flowstone Press.

Mercury-Marvin Sunderland (he/him) is a transgender autistic gay man with Borderline Personality Disorder. He’s from Seattle and currently attends the Evergreen State College. He’s been published by University of Amsterdam’s Writer’s Block, UC Davis’ Open Ceilings, UC Riverside’s Santa Ana River Review, UC Santa Barbara’s Spectrum, and The New School’s The Inquisitive Eater. His lifelong dream is to become the most banned author in human history. He’s @RomanGodMercury on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

David van den Berg grew up hunting and fishing in the swamps of Florida. He studied anthropology, religion, and archaeology. He is the Founder of Prometheus Dreaming (@prometheusdreamingmag), an online culture magazine. His poetry has recently appeared in Yemasse, South85, Poetry South, The Ilanot Review, The American Journal of Poetry, The Blue Mountain Review, Cathexis Northwest Press, Waxing and Waning, and others. His first poetry collection, Love Letters from an Arsonist, is scheduled for publication in July 2022. You can find him on Instagram @ohnonotthatguygoddamnit.

Elinor Ann Walker’s recent work is featured or forthcoming in Whale Road Review, Nimrod International Journal, Juniper – A Poetry Journal, The Orchards Poetry Journal, and Plant-Human Quarterly, among other journals and anthologies online and in print. She holds a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland Global Campus. A Best Microfiction and Best of the Net nominee, she lives with her husband and two dogs, is the mother of two young adult sons, and prefers to write outside. Find her online at

Stephen Scott Whitaker is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, a teaching artist with the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and a grant writer. Whitaker’s writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Great River Review, Fourteen Hills, The Shore, Crab Creek Review, Oxford Poetry, and other journals.