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Winter/Spring 2016

Contributors - Winter/Spring 2016


George Bishop’s work has appeared in Carolina Quarterly & Lindenwood Review. Forthcoming work will be featured in Pirene’s Fountain. He is the author of seven chapbooks. Bishop won the 2013 Peter Meinke Prize at YellowJacket Press for his chapbook Following Myself Home and was a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee. He attended Rutgers University and now lives in Saint Cloud, Florida.

Sandra Beasley is the author of three poetry collections, Count The Waves, released by W.W. Norton in 2015,  I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is also author of the memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. She received a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She serves on the faculty with the low-residency MFA program at the University of Tampa, and lives in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Brown Weitzman, a Pushcart Prize nominee, has been widely published in hundreds of journals and anthologies including Miramar, Zymbol, Thema, The North American Review, Rattle, Mid-American Review, Slant, Ekphrasis,  Spillway, etc.  Sarah received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  A departure from poetry, her fourth book, Herman and the Ice Witch, is a children’s novel published by Main Street Rag.

Brenna Dixon is a native Floridian with an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University where she currently teaches undergraduate fiction writing. Her prose has been published in Steel Toe Review, DrunkenBoat, Burrow Press Review, and other journals. In 2014 she served as Artist-in-Residence at Everglades National Park. More of her work can be found on the Ploughshares blog.

Scott Elliott published two novels–Coiled in the Heart (Putnam) and Temple Grove (University of Washington Press)– and short stories in the Antioch Review, Juked, Mayday, the Louisville Review, and other places.

Tom Ferrara is a freelance photographer based in Annapolis, Maryland, originally from New Jersey. With his passion to tell stories and his love of knowing others, Tom has specifically focused on photojournalism and documentary photography. His work has taken him throughout the U.S. and to numerous countries, capturing images for the UNHCR, Government of Haiti, United States Naval Academy, and a variety of non-profits. More of his work can be found at

Jason Half-Pillow‘s writing has appeared in number of publications, including The Iowa Review, Hobo Pancakes, Dirty Chai, Driftwood Press, Remarkable Doorways Literary Journal, and others.  He was stories forthcoming in The Intentional, The Corvus Review, Crack the Spine, and Dappled Things. He currently resides in Italy.

Nels Hanson grew up in California’s San Joaquin Valley and has worked as a farmer, teacher and writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 12, and 2014. Poems appeared in Word Riot, Oklahoma Review, Pacific Review and other magazines and received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations.

Thomas Kearnes holds an MA in Screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. He recently won the 2014 Cardinal Sins Fiction Contest. His recent fiction has appeared or will appear in Gulf Stream, The Adroit Journal, Sundog Lit, Word Riot, Litro, Necessary Fiction and elsewhere. His work has also appeared in several LGBT venues. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He is studying to become a drug dependency counselor. He lives in Houston.

Georgia Knapp  is an avid traveler, writer, and storyteller. She spent the past several years working in Chicago’s nonprofit theatre world, but recently gave it all up to move to the land of Flannery O’Connor, where she is pursing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing. Her works can be found in The Huffington PostThe Purple FigFlash Fiction Press, and forthcoming in Kaaterskills Basin Literary Journal and ink&coda. You can keep up with her at or @georgia_travels.

Donna L. Marsh lives in a suburb of Syracuse, New York with her husband Robert O’Connor and her life partner Lando, a Yorkie Bichon.  She has two grown sons, James and Jackson O’Connor and a daughter, Vanessa Lang Langer who was lost on 9/11/2001.  She teaches writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University. “Random Acts/Senseless Acts” is one of a series of essays on the attempt to raise racially aware children.  Forthcoming essays on different subjects will be published in Stone Canoe Journal and Away Journal.

Kerry Muir has published in the Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, Willow Springs Review, The Pinch, Literary Mama, Front Porch and elsewhere. She currently writes freelance for The Severna Park Voice and The Pasadena (MD) Voice.

D.L. Shirey recently had short fiction published in The Literary HatchetSaturday Night Reader and Beyond Imagination. He is currently working on a novel at home in Portland, Oregon. Read more at

John Stupp is the author of the 2007 Main Street Rag chapbook The Blue Pacific and the 2015 full-length collection Advice from the Bed of a Friend (also by Main Street Rag).  Recent poetry has appeared or will be appearing in TimberlineThe New GuardSlippery ElmEye Contact, The Pittsburgh City Paper, Long Dumb Voices and Uppagus. He has lived and worked in various states as a jazz musician, university instructor, taxi driver, radio news writer, waiter, auto factory laborer and paralegal.

Allison Thorpe is a writer from Lexington, KY.  A Pushcart nominee, she is the author of several poetry collections, the latest being Dorothy’s Glasses (Finishing Line Press).  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Homestead Review, Two Hawks Quarterly, Gingerbread House, Appalachian Heritage, Still: The Journal, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Big River Poetry Review, The Citron Review, South85 Journal, and Black Fox Literary Magazine, among others.  She is currently working on her first novel.

D.S. West  is a writer, artist, and un-cunning pedestrian, presently lost in sunny Boulder, CO who enjoys long walks on the beach, clichés, and abrupt shifts in perspective. A list of his publications is available at