Issue No. 2, June 2019

About this issue:

Contributors are Srishti Uppal, Lynne Schmidt, Constance Schultz, Dollar, OptimaCreed, Gareth Culshaw, Jessica Bergquist, Rosey Lee, László Aranyi, Bonnie Carlson, Rachel Peach Leonard, Kari Lynch, Elodie Barnes, Caroline Grand-Clement, Francisca Matos, Callan Latham, Amanda McLeod, Paul Robert Mullen, Nisarga Sinha, Denise Landrum-Geyer, Eva Niessner, Katie Stockton, Hannah Schoettmer and Rickey Rivers Jr.

LÁSZLÓ ARANYI

Laszlo Aranyi (Frater Azmon) is a poet, anarchist and occultist from Budapest, Hungary. His earlier books include (szellem)válaszok and A Nap és Holderők egyensúlya, and he has a newer book titled Kiterített rókabőr. László has English poems published in Quail Bell Magazine, Lumin Journal, Moonchild Magazine, Scum Gentry Magazine, Pussy Magic, and The Zen Space. He is interested in known spiritualist mediums and art and enjoys exploring the relationship between magic and the secular world.

ELODIE BARNES

Elodie Rose Barnes is a writer, reader and traveler, originally from the UK. She has tried her hand at a number of things across the globe, from legal secretary to yoga teacher in the Bahamas, before settling on the job titles of “wordsmith in training” and “planetary explorer.” She now splits her time between England, France, and Spain. More of her work is published or forthcoming in Rose Quartz Magazine, Down in the Dirt Magazine, and the Purple Breakfast Review (Wordsmith HQ). You can also find her on Twitter @BarnesElodie, Instagram @elodierosebarnes and Tumblr at talesdreamsandpoems.tumblr.com.

JESSICA BERGQUIST

Jessica Bergquist is an emerging writer from Fredericksburg, VA where she received a B.A. in English Lit from University of Mary Washington. She is a fiction reader for Gigantic Sequins and her work has been previously published or is forthcoming in Philosophical Idiot, Rhythm and Bones: Dark Marrow, Pussy Magic Press, Ethos Literary Journal, and Wax Seal Lit Magazine. Her blog can be found at jessicabergquist.wordpress.com and she tweets @jrbergq.

BONNIE CARLSON

Bonnie E. Carlson writes amidst the saguaros and chollas in the magnificent Sonoran Desert. She has published short fiction in literary magazines such as Down in the Dirt, The Normal School, The Broadkill Review, Foliate Oak, Blue Lake Review, Across the Margin, and others. Her novel, Radical Acceptance, is forthcoming. She can be found on Twitter @carlson_bonnie or on the web at bonniecarlsonauthor.com.

GARETH CULSHAW

Gareth lives in Wales. He had his first collection out in 2018 by Futurecycle called The Miner. In 2020, his second collection, called Shadows of Tryfan will be released. He is currently doing an MFA at Manchester Met. He has been published in various places across the UK and the United States. His biggest poetry fans are his two dogs, Jasper and Lana. He can be found on Twitter @CulshawPoetry or on the web at www.gculshaw.co.uk.

DOLLAR

Dollar wants everyone to know: “Your mom goes to college.” Find him on Instagram @still.gang.

CAROLINE GRAND-CLEMENT

Caroline Grand-Clement is a queer eighteen-year-old studying English and Scandinavian literature in Lyon, France. She dreams of art in any form, falling stars and late night conversations. She hopes to make a change in the world one word at a time. You can find her on Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram.

DR. DENISE LANDRUM-GEYER

Denise Landrum-Geyer is an Associate Professor of English and the Writing Center Coordinator at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she specializes in composition and rhetoric, writing across the curriculum, essay studies, and creative nonfiction. She is a Kentucky native who lives just off Route 66 on the Great Plains with her husband, son, and German shepherd, and she enjoys reading and writing creative nonfiction and poetry as well as supporting the creative and academic endeavors of her students and colleagues. Find her on Twitter @denisejeannee or check out her blog “Essaying the Plains” at https://deniselg.blog/.

CALLAN LATHAM

Callan Latham is a writer and a poet, and she is attending the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in Hot Dish Magazine and Angry Old Man Magazine, among others. She is originally from Kansas, but now divides her time between Michigan, Ohio,and Iowa. Her Twitter handle is @cknovelista.

ROSEY LEE

Rosey Lee is an emerging writer and New Orleans native who lives in Atlanta. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in Bending Genres, Turnpike Magazine, Eastern Iowa Review, Wellington Street Review, and Literary AMWA. Follow her at roseyleebooks.com and @roseyleebooks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

RACHEL PEACH LEONARD

Rachel Peach Leonard studied creative writing at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. After graduating, she packed her life into a 40L backpack and wound up in Melbourne, Australia where she currently works as a freelance writer. Her poetry and creative nonfiction can be found in the Indianapolis Review, Occulum, the Rising Phoenix Review, Memoir Mixtapes, and others. To follow her writing life, offbeat failures, and petty addictions, you can follow her on Twitter @rachelpeachleo.

KARI LYNCH

Kari Lynch teaches and writes in Texas. Her work has appeared in Honey & Lime and The Common Language Project Anthology.

FRANCISCA MATOS

Francisca has just recently graduated and is moving from Lisbon to London in order to pursue a Masters in Creative & Life Writing come September. You can find her on Instagram @ccisca.

AMANDA MCLEOD

Amanda McLeod writes and paints in the Australian Capital Territory. You can read her fiction and poetry in many places both in print and online, and most recently at Fevers Of The Mind, Semicolon Lit, and Sick Lit Magazine. She is the Managing Editor of Animal Heart Press, where she loves helping poets bring their books to life. A fan of the quiet, you can often find her outside, or awake in the middle of the night. Connect with her on Twitter @AmandaMWrites or at amandamcleodwrites.com.

PAUL ROBERT MULLEN

Paul Robert Mullen is a poet, musician and sociable loner from Liverpool, U.K. He has three published poetry collections: curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), and 35 (2018). He has been widely published in magazines, journals, e-zines and anthologies worldwide. Paul also enjoys paperbacks with broken spines, and all things minimalist. He can be found on Twitter @mushyprm35.

OPTIMACREED

OptimaCreed lives a very private life in Mississippi with the love of a lapdog and a passion for photography.

EVA NIESSNER

Eva Niessner (@mevia_ergo on Twitter) is an academic and freelance writer working in Baltimore, MD. Her work has previously appeared in Baltimore Magazine and Grub Street. When she isn’t writing lesson plans, poems, creative nonfiction, goofy tweets, or fanfic, she’s tending to her spoiled plants or sitting in the Taco Bell drive-thru.

RICKEY RIVERS JR.

Rickey Rivers Jr. was born and raised in Alabama. He is a writer and cancer survivor. His work has appeared in Three Drops from a Cauldron, A Twist in Time Magazine, Neon Mariposa Magazine (among other publications). Rickey can be found on Twitter @storiesyoumight and online at the following link: storiesyoumightlike.wordpress.com. Also, his mini-chap collection of 3×3 poems is available now: www.amazon.com/dp/B07RX2YYM6.

LYNNE SCHMIDT

Lynne Schmidt (she/her) is a mental health professional in Maine whose memoir, The Right to Live: A Memoir of Abortion was a Maine Nonfiction Award Winner and a PNWA finalist. Her chapbook, Dead Dog Poems, was a Pub House Books finalist, and the poem, “Baxter,” won the Editor’s Choice Award from Frost Meadow Review. Her work has appeared in Back Patio Press, Soft Cartel, Royal Rose, RESIST/RECLAIM, Pussy Magic, Neon Mariposa, Sixty-Four Best Poets of 2018, 2018 Emerging Poets, and others. Lynne is the founder of AbortionChat, and when given the choice, she prefers the company of her three dogs and one cat to humans. She can be found on Twitter @AbortionChat and @LynneSchmidt, and her name on Facebook is Lynn(e) Schmidt.

HANNAH SCHOETTMER

Hannah Schoettmer is a high school junior living in the Pacific Northwest. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Butcher Papers, a youth-focused literary magazine, which can be found on Twitter @ButcherPapers and online at butcherpapers.org. She is also a managing editor of the TeenTix arts review blog and works with KUOW, her local NPR affiliate. She has been recognized by TeenInk, Write the World, the Scholastic Art and Writing awards, and the Live Poets Society of New Jersey. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in rose quartz magazine, Marias at Sampaguitas, Wide Eyes Publishing’s salt + vinegar, and elsewhere. She’s on Twitter and Instagram @hannuh_js.

CONSTANCE SCHULTZ

Constance Schultz lives in eastern Washington along with her daughter and all the eagles you could look at above the lake. Ms. Schultz likes to run with all of them. She has writing in multiple magazines including Empty Mirror, Rising Phoenix Review and Hidden Channel Zine. She can be found on Twitter @crschultz509 and on her website constanceschultz.poetry.blog.

NISARGA SINHA

Nisarga Sinha is an amateur poet from India. She writes because sometimes thoughts can be suffocating and little things intrigue her. When she is not writing, she is reading fanfictions or struggling to sleep. Her poems have been published with Marías at Sampaguitas, Headcanon Magazine and Teen Belle Magazine. You can find her on Twitter as @nisarga_sinha.

KATIE STOCKTON

Katie Stockton has a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick,and is currently finishing her Masters in Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia. She has written seven plays, her most recent of which showed at the historical Maddermarket Theatre, she has also been published for her poetry by Kunsthalle Cromer, Frontier Poetry and Black Bough Poetry, as well as for herprose in Iceberg Tales. She has had a radio-script produced by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has recently been commissioned to write a short film script for Drama Studio London. Whilst you were reading this bio, Katie drank three coffees.

SRISHTI UPPAL

Srishti Uppal is an eighteen-year-old poet and essayist from New Delhi, India. She is Editor-in-Chief of Teen Belle Magazine, and blog correspondent for The Brown Orient Literary Journal. Her work may be found in The Mystic Blue Review and Paper Trains Literary Journal. She is Editorial Assistant for Homology Lit. She is a submissions reader for Marias at Sampaguitas, a nonfiction writer for Ayaskala, and a mental health advocate for Fortis Healthcare. You can visit her magazine at the following link: teenbellemag.wixsite.com/tbmag.

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