Issue 9.2 Contributors
Mea Andrews is a writer from Georgia, who currently resides in China. She is finishing up her MFA from Lindenwood University and is only recently back on the publication scene. You can find her in The Round, Feminine Inquiry, and others. You can also follow her on Instagram at mea_writes.
Originally from Stafford, Virginia, Jessica Baker is an undergraduate at Elon University studying media analytics, statistics, and creative writing. She is a writer for Cripple Media, Elon News Network, and her nonfiction work has appeared in Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal and Sink Hollow. She works as a nonfiction co-editor for Colonnades Literary and Art Journal. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling and caring for her plants.
Ellery Beck is an undergraduate student majoring in English at Salisbury University. A winner of the 2019 AWP Portland Flash Contest and a Pushcart nominee, they are the Founding Interview Editor for The Shore Poetry and a Poetry Reader for Poet Lore. They have poems published in Colorado Review, Zone3, Sugar House Review, Fugue, Slipstream and elsewhere.
Rohan Buettel lives in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. His haiku have been published in various Australian and international journals (including Frogpond, Cattails and The Heron’s Nest). His longer poetry appears or is forthcoming in Penumbra Literary and Art Journal, Mortal Magazine, Red Ogre Review, Reed Magazine, Meniscus and Quadrant.
Chelsea L. Cobb is currently a Creative Writing Ph.D. student and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia. Her writing has won the Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Award and was nominated as a finalist at the Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival. Her work can be found in Stillpoint Literary Magazine, The Spectacle, and elsewhere. Bagels are her muse.
Hannah Dow is the author of Rosarium (Acre Books). Her poems have recently appeared in Shenandoah, Image, The Southern Review, Pleiades, and The Cincinnati Review, among others. She received the Cream City Review Summer Prize in Poetry, selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Hannah resides in Northwest Arkansas and is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Missouri Southern State University.
Jessica Furtado is an artist in multiple mediums & a librarian. Her visual work has been featured in Muzzle, PANK, & Waxwing, and her writing has appeared in Rogue Agent, Stirring, & VIDA Review, among others. Jessica’s poetry was a finalist in Best of the Net (2020), and her debut poetry chapbook A Kiss for the Misbehaved is forthcoming from BatCat Press. Visit Jess at www.jessicafurtado.com.
Jen Gardner writes poetry, short stories, and nonfiction in Minnesota and Southeast Alaska. More of her work can be found in Grim & Gilded, Siren’s Call Publications, or on her website at jengardnerwriting.wordpress.com.
David Gillette lives in Arroyo Grande, California. He has spent most of his life in small towns that often serve as the basis for his fiction. One of his short stories was recently included in the collection, This Side of the Divide: Contemporary Stories of the American West. His stories have also appeared in the Raleigh Review, The Valparaiso Fiction Review, The High Desert Journal, The Summerset Review, and other venues in the USA and abroad.
E Kerr (they/he) studies English and occupational therapy at The University of Scranton. Their poetry focuses on how the literary arts can be used to explore and represent identity. Kerr, a transmasculine poet, lives and writes in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Kirkhorn is a writer and essayist living in Manhattan. She is a graduate of The New School’s MFA in Writing and currently lends her voice to an Editor role at Dotdash Meredith, as well as freelancing across women’s health and sexuality outlets. She is also the number one consumer of Lean Cuisine’s Vermont white cheddar macaroni.
A Pushcart honoree, with a personal essay in Pushcart Prize XLII, David Meischen is the author of Anyone’s Son, winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL). David has twice received the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story from TIL, most recently for “Crossing at the Light,” lead story in The Distance Between Here and Elsewhere: Three Stories (Storylandia, Summer 2020). Co-founder and Managing Editor of Dos Gatos Press, he lives in Albuquerque, NM with his husband—also his co-publisher and co-editor—Scott Wiggerman
J. B. Polk is Polish by birth, a citizen of the world by choice. First story short-listed for the Hennessy Awards, Ireland in 1996. She became a regular contributor to Women’s Quality Fiction, Books Ireland and IncoGnito. She was also the co-founder of Virginia House Writers, Dublin, and helped establish the OKI Literary Awards. Her creative writing was interrupted as she moved to Latin America and started contributing to magazines and newspapers and then writing textbooks for Latin American Ministries of Education. Since she went back to writing fiction last year, 43 of her stories, flash fiction, and nonfiction have been accepted for publication in anthologies and magazines in Australia, the UK, Germany, the USA, and Canada.
Shalini Rana is a poet from Virginia and an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation. In 2021 she was awarded the James T. Whitehead Award for Poetry, judged by Kayleb Rae Candrilli. She is also the social media editor for The Arkansas International. Her work appears or is forthcoming in wildness, Line Rider Press, Feels Blind Literary, and Anti-Heroin Chic. You can find her at shalinirana.com.
Amanda Roth (she/her) is a poet whose work explores motherhood, embodiment, the climate crisis, and revisionist folklore. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection, A Mother’s Hunger (2021) and is featured/forthcoming in Wild Roof Journal, Marathon Literary Review, Moist Journal, Sunday Mornings at the River, Vaine Magazine, and elsewhere. After nearly two decades in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Central Texas with her husband and two sons. Find her on Instagram @amandarothpoetry and Twitter @amandarothpoet.
Frankie A. Soto is a 2x winner of the Multicultural Poet of the year award from the National Spoken Word Poetry Awards in Chicago. The New York Times called his performance an absolute force. He’s been featured on ABC news and has traveled all across the country featuring at universities, colleges & high schools touring/performing and running workshops. His manuscript Petrichor was a semi-finalist for the 2021 Hudson Prize with Black Lawrence Press & was a finalist for the Sexton Prize with Black Spring Press in London.
Samantha Steiner is a writer and visual artist. Her awards include Best Microfiction by Pelekinesis Press, Featured Fiction Writer by Lammergeier Magazine, and Shortlisted Writer for Battery Pack by Neon Books. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Follow her on social media @Steiner_Reads.
Meghan Sterling’s work was nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and she published the poetry collection These Few Seeds (Terrapin Books) in 2021. Her chapbook Self-Portrait with Ghosts of the Diaspora (Harbor Editions) is forthcoming in 2023. Her collection View from a Borrowed Field won Lily Poetry Review’s Paul Nemser Book Prize and is forthcoming in 2023.
Karen J. Weyant’s poems and essays have appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic, The Briar Cliff Review, Chautauqua, Crab Creek Review, cream city review, Copper Nickel, Fourth River, Harpur Palate, Lake Effect, Poetry East, Punctuate, Spillway, Stoneboat, and Whiskey Island. She teaches at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York. When she is not teaching, she explores the rural Rust Belt of northern Pennsylvania and western New York.