Art

Graphic artist and painter, Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University's Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation's permanent art collection. Forrest's expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.

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Bobbi Lurie is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, the morphine poems. Images of her paintings and etchings can be found online in Otoliths, Tip of the Knife, and The Volta. Her artwork is in public and private collections in the U.S., Great Britain, and Japan.

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Barbara Ruth creates art at the intersection of Potowatomee and Ashkenazi, disabled and neuroqueer, fat and yogi, not this and not that. Her photographs, memoirs, poetry and fiction appearing in the following anthologies, all published in 2015 and 2016: Tales of Our Lives: Fork In the Road; Slim Volume: This Body I Live In; Biting the Bullet: Essays on Women and Courage; Yellow Chair Review Anthology; Lunessense, a Devotional to Selene; The Spoon Knife Reader; Barking Sycamores Review Anthology; and QDA: Queer Disability Anthology. She lives in San Jose, CA.

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Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. He has published a novel, The Dream Patch, a prose collection, Under a Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review,, Columbia, and Glimmer Train, among others. Gallery: http://christopherwoods.zenfolio.com/

Creative Nonfiction

Luisa Giulianetti, a California Bay Area native, works as an administrator and writing instructor at UC Berkeley, where she enjoys teaching and helping students develop their writerly voices. She often incorporates her first languages, Italian and Sicilian, into her work. Luisa's graduate work was in 20th Century African American literature. She is published in Brilliant Corners (forthcoming), Feile-Festa, Lily Literary Review, The Owl, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, The Sun, and Tule Review.

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Courtney Hilton is a survivor of childhood violence. Through her writings, she hopes to illustrate the serious implications of violence and trauma on the lives of children and families. She discovered an early love for the healing properties of writing and has managed to stay actively engaged in one writing process or another, be it academic or creative. She has completed her first non-fiction project: a memoir entitled "Fuchsia Sunrise" where she vividly portrays the impact of violence and trauma on its victims. At the heart of her writing is a desire to develop a more empathetic and awakened society. She is in the final stages of a doctoral program in Educational Psychology at the University of California and is scheduled to complete her PhD in 2016. She is currently working as a school psychologist in Los Angeles. She has worked with children and families for fifteen years and has developed a passion for the lives of children. She wants to see the world become a safer place for women and children.

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Jordan McNair is a recent graduate of The University of Maine at Farmington BFA program in Creative Writing. She enjoys the quite serenity of Sunday mornings, and turning stones of citrine and obsidian in her palms.

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Kimo Reder is an Assistant Professor of English at the City University of New York's Borough of Manhattan campus. He has published work on early American utopian communities, gastrosemantics, and animistic object relations in modern verse. He is currently working on book projects that include a maxim-map of Manhattan and a collection of "rogue linguistics" taking up Wittgenstein's challenge to write a philosophy of language composed entirely of jokes.

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Debra Stone lives in Minnesota and is co-founder and co-facilitator of the Northside Writers Group in North Minneapolis, a community based writing group that has been meeting at Homewood Studios for ten years. Her poetry has been published in the chapbook, “Bringing Gifts, Bringing News, short stories published by Black Magnolia Literary Journal, Tidal Basin and is forthcoming in other literary journals. She has received residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Intermedia Arts, Beyond the Pure, and Callaloo. In 2015 she was a finalist for the Minnesota based Loft Mentor Series in fiction. Debra was a past participant in 2011 participant in the Givens Foundation Black Writers Retreat. Debra is currently writing a collection of short stories. Some of her writing can be found at http://debrajstone.wordpress.com.

Fiction

Patricia Brooks: I was the Managing and Fiction Editor of the Northwest Review while in the 3-year MFA program at the University of Oregon, have published two novels, and stories and poems in a variety of print and on-line journals. Now, a book and a half into this project, I am seeking an agent/publisher for the series.

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Torsa Ghosal is a Bengali author currently based in Columbus, Ohio, where she is pursuing a doctoral degree in English literature. Her poems and stories have appeared in Poydras Review, Unsplendid, Himal Southasian, Muse India, and Truth about the Fact.

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David Lindstrom served as a rural health and sanitation volunteer with the United States Peace Corps, in Paraguay, from 2006 to 2008. He holds a BS in biochemistry and a BA in interdisciplinary studies with emphases in anthropology and English. He is currently pursuing a MFA in creative writing, at Florida international University.

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Genevieve Moinuddin is an American writer who received her MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Her stories have previously appeared in the Human Genre Project and the University of Glasgow's Sushirexia Anthology. She currently lives in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Kent Monroe lives in Troy, New Hampshire with a damn fine woman and a motley gang of rescued cats and dogs who get along just fine. His poems, essays, and stories have recently appeared in The Write Room, The Missing Slate Magazine, Your Impossible Voice, and Gravel, among others.

Poetry

Morgan Bazilian is a short story writer and poet based in Dublin, Ireland, and Telluride, Colorado. His poetry has appeared in: Exercise Bowler, Pacific Poetry, Angle Poetry, Dead Flowers, Poetry Quarterly, and Innisfree. His stories have been published in Eclectica, South Loop Review, Embodied Effigies, Shadowbox, Slab, and Glasschord.

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Michael Berton has had poems appear in Shot Glass Journal, Fourteen Hills, Gargoyle, Pacific Review, Yellow Medicine Review, 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar, Volt, And/Or, Indefinite Space, Blaze Vox, and others. He lives in Portland, OR.

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Beau Boudreaux teaches English in Continuing Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. His first book collection of poetry, RUNNING RED, RUNNING REDDER, was published in the spring of 2012 by Cherry Grove Collections. He has published poetry in journals including Antioch Review and Cream City Review, also in anthologies along with The Southern Poetry Anthology.

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Katarina Boudreaux is a writer, musician, composer, tango dancer, and teacher—a shaper of word, sound, and mind. She returned to New Orleans after circuitous journeying. New work is forthcoming in HARK and YAY!LA. www.katarinaboudreaux.com

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Ion Corcos has been published in Axolotl, Bitterzoet, Every Writer, and Ishaan Literary Review. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He is currently travelling indefinitely with his partner, Lisa. He is also working on his first poetry collection, Like Clouds, and a chapbook inspired by Greece. Ion’s website is http://www.ioncorcos.wordpress.com.

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Abigail Carl-Klassen has published work in Cimarron Review, Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics, Post Road, and Huizache, among others and has had work anthologized in New Border Voices (Texas A&M University Press), Goodbye Mexico: Poems of Remembrance (Texas Review Press), and Outrage: A Protest Anthology for Injustice in a 9/11 World (Slough Press). Abigail won the Manitoba Magazine Publishers' Association Award for Best Suite of Poems and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2015. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas at El Paso.

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lind Grant-Oyeye, an award winning poet was born in Nigeria, Africa. She has published work in several international literary magazines such as: Sentinnel, UK, E-fiction India, Blue Bonnet USA, Periphery, USA, Paper wasp, Australia, Sub-saharan Magazine. Her poem "bear necessities" formed part of an anthology of top poems, 2015-Polar bear expressions Canada. She won the UHRSN international human rights poetry award for her poem "m-moments." She contributed to the University of Birmingham sponsored project on the cultural aspect of the Greek economic crisis project via poetry.

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Sandy Olson-Hill identifies as a disabled artist. Awards include: Academy of American Poets Prize, Open Doors Short Fiction Award. Publications; upcoming/ Kaleidescope, RedPaintHill SPECS Journal, BigRiver Poetry Review, WordGathering, Best of Our Stories, BlazeVox, and other noteworthy publications.

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Krikor N. Der Hohannesian lives in Medford, MA. His poems have been thrice-nominated for a Pushcart prize and have appeared in many literary journals including The Evansville Review, The South Carolina Review, Atlanta Review, Louisiana Literature, Connecticut Review, Natural Bridge, and Comstock Review. He is the author of two chapbooks,Ghosts and Whispers (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and Refuge in the Shadows (Cervena Barva Press, 2013). Ghosts and Whispers was a finalist for the Mass Book awards poetry category in 2011.

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Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State and an editor at the online magazine Literary Orphans. His work appears widely in print and online journals. His story collection, The Dark Sunshine, debuted from Connotation Press in 2014. You can also find him at lenkuntz.BlogSpot.com

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Nate Maxson is a writer and performance artist. He is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently The Age Of Jive and The Whisper Gallery. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Bruce McRae, a Pushcart nominee, is a Canadian musician with over 900 poems published internationally, including Poetry.com, Rattle, and The North American Review. His first book, The So-Called Sonnets, is available via Silenced Press and Amazon. To see and hear more poems visit 'BruceMcRaePoetry' on YouTube.

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Sonnet Mondal is the founder of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review. He has authored eight books of poetry and has represented India at Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia in 2014 and Uskudar International Poetry Festival, Istanbul in 2015. Most recently he has been invited to perform at The International Poetry Festival of Granada in 2016. Sonnet is currently one of the featured writers at International Writing Program at The University of IOWA-Silk Routes Project funded by Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Sonnet was featured as one of the Famous Five of Bengali Youths in India Today magazine in 2010 and was long listed in The Forbes Magazine's top 100 Celebrities 2014 edition among India's most celebrated authors. Later in March 2015 The CultureTrip website, London listed him among the Top Five Literary Entrepreneurs of Indian English Poetry. His works have appeared in the Sheepshead Review, Mcneese Review, Common Ground Review, Two Thirds North, Penguin Review, Connotation Press, and Nth Position etc. You can find him online at www.sonnetmondal.com.

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Daniel Moore's poetry has been widely published in journals such as: The American Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, Laurel Review, Cream City Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Rattle, River Styx, Phoebe, and others. He lives in Washington on Whidbey Island where he is working on his manuscript, “Waxing The Dents.” He currently has work in the Flint Hills Review, Steel Toe Review, and El Portal. He has work forthcoming in Paper Nautilus, the Coe Review, and Dewpoint.

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Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry and interviews have appeared in Nimrod, Portland Review, Kestrel, Cream City Review, Poetry Salzburg, Boston Poetry Magazine, The Journal, Gertrude, The Bacon Review, and many others. He has published a travel guide, Best Choices In Northern California, and Time Lines, a book of poems. He lives in Marina, California.

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henry 7. reneau, jr. writes words in fire to wake the world ablaze: free verse illuminated by courage that empathizes with all the awful moments, launching a freight train warning that blazes from the heart, like a chambered bullet exploding inadvertently. His poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press, 2014), was released in September of 2014. He also has an e-chapbook, entitled physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014), which was released in December of 2014. Additionally, he has also self-published a chapbook entitled 13hirteen Levels of Resistance, and is currently working on a book of connected short stories.

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Ruth Sabath Rosenthal is a New York poet, well published in literary journals and poetry anthologies throughout the U.S. and, also, internationally. In October 2006, her poem "on yet another birthday" was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Ruth has authored five books of poetry. The books: Facing Home (a chapbook), Facing Home and beyond, little, but by no means small, Food: Nature vs Nurture, and Gone, but Not Easily Forgotten are available for purchase on Amazon.com For more about Ruth, please feel free to visit her website: www.newyorkcitypoet.com

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Jamie Samdahl is a poet and naturalist from Princeton, Massachusetts. She has been published in Washington Square Review, Mountain Record: The Zen Practitioner’s Journal, Canopic Jar, Poetica Magazine, and elsewhere. In the spring of 2013, she was named winner of the 90th Annual Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Prize.

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Scherezade Siobhan is a Indo-Roma psychologist, writer and the maker of world's finest spanish omelettes. Her work has been published or is scheduled to appear in Queenmobs, The Nervous Breakdown, Electric Cereal, Potluck, Winter Tangerine, Fruita Pulp, tnYPress, DIAGRAM, Literary Orphans, and others. Her first poetry collection, Bone Tongue, was published by Thought Catalogue in 2015. Her full length poetry collection Father, Husband is scheduled for release in December 2015. She can be found squeeing about militant bunnies and neuroscience at www.viperslang.tumblr.com.

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Margaret Wack has had her work previously published in Eclectica, Liminality, and Strange Horizons, among others. More can be found at https://margaretwack.com/.