Issue No. 11, Winter 2020

About this issue:

Contributors are Cliff Aliperti, Jim Almo, Luke Bateman, Robert Beveridge, Frances Boyle, Moni Brar, Daniel Brennan, Bob Brussack, Lauren Busser, Clive Collins, Gabriella Damens, Jason de Koff, Ashley Escobar, Sofia Fey, Betsie Flynn, Ava Galbraith, A.A. Garrett, Ren Gay, Marissa Glover, Matthew Green, Rebecca Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon, Montana Leigh Jackson, Seth Jani, Ralph Jenkins, Claire Jussel, Kelli Lage, Kalyn Livernois, Laura Martens, Kate Maxwell, Meg McCarney, Matthew Miller, Liat Miriam, Mark J. Mitchell, Yvette Naden, Mary Ford Neal, Palaces P., Natisha Parsons, Christina E. Petrides, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, Gaia Rajan, Morgan Ridgway, Ellena Ruiz-Lindsey, Lynne Schmidt, Jen Schneider, Kashiana Singh, Joe Sonnenblick, Dawn Steiner, Evan Stephens, Kate Sweeney, Danielle Wong, Dominic Wright, and Jim Young.


Cliff Aliperti is a Long Island-based writer, who has blogged about classic film for several years at his site A flash fiction piece by Cliff has appeared on the From Whispers to Roars website.


Jim Almo is a southern writer living in the northeast. He loves coffee, cooking, and live music, all of which he is glad his wife and two boys enjoy, too. You can follow him on Twitter @jimalmo.


Luke Bateman is a poet and historian from Lancashire, UK. When not delving into the strange and beautiful worlds of the past, he conjures his own in poetry and prose featured in Glitchwords, Royal Rose and Oxford Review of Books amongst others. Find ways to keep up with Luke at


Robert Beveridge (he/him) makes noise ( and writes poetry in Akron, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Stone of Madness, Thirteen Myna Birds, and Caustic Frolic, among others.


Frances Boyle is a Canadian writer, living in Ottawa. She is the author of two books of poetry, most recently This White Nest (Quattro Books 2019). She has also authored Seeking Shade, a book of short stories (The Porcupine’s Quill 2020) and Tower, a novella (Fish Gotta Swim Editions, 2018). Her work was nominated for Best of the Net and has appeared in numerous print and online literary magazines. Recent and forthcoming publications include work in Best Canadian Poetry 2020, Blackbird, Dreich, Prairie Fire and the long con. Visit and follow @francesboyle19 on Twitter and Instagram.


Moni Brar is an uninvited settler on unsurrendered territories of the Treaty 7 region and Syilx Okanagan Nation. Her writing explores diasporan guilt, cultural identities, religious violence, and intergenerational trauma. Her most recent work is forthcoming in Passages North, Prairie Fire, Vallum, Hart House Review, Rock & Sling, The Avalon Literary Review, and Marias at Sampaguita. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and an AMPA award and shortlisted in poetry contests by PRISM, FreeFall, and Vallum. She believes in the possibility of healing through literature.


Daniel Brennan is a resident of New York City, whose passion for poetry and creative writing began during his childhood, where he spent much time in the bucolic landscapes of southern Pennsylvania. As an out and proud member of the LGBTQ community, Brennan’s work aims to capture both the unmoored vastness we feel in the face of the natural world, as well as the intimacy of confronting our own convictions and insecurities. He currently lives in Manhattan, and works full-time in advertising as he continues to pursue writing.


Bob Brussack has retired after a career teaching law at the University of Georgia in Athens. Like other Athens poets, he was encouraged to read and to listen and to write by the late Aralee Strange, who founded “Athens Word of Mouth,” the monthly open poetry reading upstairs at the Globe. His work has appeared in the Black Coffee Review, Broadkill Review, Naugatuck River Review, Passager Journal, Roanoke Review, and elsewhere.


Lauren Busser is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. She spends a lot of time watching and writing about television for Tell-Tale TV where she is an Associate Editor. When she’s not writing she’s obsessing about the apocalypse, thinking about how likely it was she was burned at the stake as a witch, baking, or knitting. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best Small Fictions,, Popshot Quarterly, Cease, Cows, and others. Find out more about her work on


Clive Collins is the author of two novels, The Foreign Husband (Marion Boyars) and Sachiko’s Wedding (Marion Boyars/Penguin Books). Misunderstandings, a collection of short stories, was joint-winner of the Macmillan Silver PEN Award in 1994. He was a shortlisted finalist in the 2009 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Carried Away and Other Stories is available from Red Bird Chapbooks.


Gabriella is a student with a passion for reading and writing. She enjoys exploring new styles of self-expression through creative mediums.


Jason de Koff is an associate professor of agronomy and soil science at Tennessee State University. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Jaclyn, and his two daughters, Tegan and Maizie. He has published in a number of scientific journals, and has over 60 poems published or forthcoming in literary journals over the last year. Jason can be found on Twitter @JasonPdK3.


Ashley D. Escobar is a writer and filmmaker, studying human connection and solitude at Bennington College. Her work can be found in MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture, Leavings, and BlueHouse Journal, among others. People-watching is her favorite hobby, along with taking trains without any particular destination in mind. Find her infrequently on Twitter @quinoa_cowboy and


Sofia Fey is a Queer and Non-Binary writer living in LA. Currently, they are the founder/eic at Cabaret Contributor’s Journal, poetry editor at Hooligan Magazine, a reader for Stone of Madness Press and Kissing Dynamite, a columnist at The Poetry Question, and pursuing their Creative Writing MFA at Antioch University. Their poems have appeared in Hominum Journal, Sobotka Magazine, Kissing Dynamite, Hominum Journal, and others. They are hoping to write for TV and publish a chapbook of their poetry.


Betsie Flynn is a Kentish transplant to the Brecon Beacons who lives with her two children and two cats, but only one husband. At any given opportunity she will eat copious amounts of enchiladas and drink peach barley. She is a fledgling Tweeter @betsieflynn.


Ava Galbraith is fascinated by unexpected turns in stories, particularly the reveal of villains. She dives deep into characters’ psyches and uses stream of consciousness to tell stories. Her work has been published in Ripples In Space podcast, The Dewdrop, Finding the Birds, San Joaquin Review, Open: Arts & Literary Magazine, and Voyage. When not developing intriguing flash fiction, she competes in equestrian show jumping and enjoys emerging herself in foreign cultures. Ava lives in Tucson, Arizona.


A. A. Garrett is a queer, Pennsylvania-based poet and writer. Her work centers around elements of nature, alchemy and illusion, and queerness. She is currently working on a poetry collection, With the Serpent, which she plans to self-publish. Find her on Twitter @aa__garrett.


Ren Gay is a Pushcart nominated poet and artist from Fargo, North Dakota. Her work has appeared in journals such as Anti-Heroin Chic, The Laurel Review, Qu Literary, Ghost City Review, Gramma Poetry, FreezeRay Poetry, Persephone’s Daughters, and others as well as the anthology What Keeps Us Here.


Marissa Glover lives in Florida, where she teaches at Saint Leo University. Marissa is co-editor of Orange Blossom Review and a senior editor at The Lascaux Review. Her poetry recently appears in Psaltery & Lyre, Dwelling Literary, Gyroscope Review, Louisiana Literature, and The Opiate. Marissa’s full-length poetry collection, Let Go of the Hands You Hold, will be published by Mercer University Press in April 2021 and is available for preorder now at You can follow her on Twitter @_MarissaGlover_.


Matthew Green lives in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. His poetry has appeared in Beyond Words and is forthcoming in Quadrant later this year.


Rebecca Hamilton has an undergraduate degree in English-History and a postgraduate degree in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen. She doesn’t restrict herself to a singular type of writing, and dabbles in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and has recently been writing a lot more on experiences with mental illness.


Robert Hamilton lives and teaches English in Texas. His poem “Senso Unico,” which appears in Posit, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2019. Other recent work is in The Aurora Journal, perhappened, Neologism, Pøst-, and 8 Poems. His chapbook, Heart Trouble, was published by Ghost City in 2018. He is also a poetry editor for Wrongdoing Magazine.


Ceinwen lives near Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and writes short stories and poetry. She is widely published in online magazines and in print anthologies. Her first chapbook was published in July 2019: ‘Cerddi Bach’ [Little Poems], Hedgehog Press. Her first pamphlet is due to be published in 2021. She is a Pushcart Prize (2019 & 2020) and Forward Prize (2019) nominee and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University, UK (2017). She believes everyone’s voice counts. 


Montana Leigh Jackson is a student in Montreal, Quebec. Her work has been featured in semicolon lit, Ghost City Review, ENTROPY, and others. She finds peace amongst words and within thunderstorms. Find her on Twitter @montanaLjackson or at


Seth Jani lives in Seattle, WA and is the founder of Seven CirclePress ( Their work has appeared in The American Poetry Journal, Chiron Review, Ghost City Review, Rust+Moth and Pretty Owl Poetry, among others. Their full-length collection, Night Fable, was published by FutureCycle Press in 2018. Visit them at


Raphael prefers to go by Ralph, as he feels it suits him better, and he’s heard every Ninja Turtle joke ever uttered. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan currently residing in Kentucky with his Boothang and their four-year-old boy. He is a chef by day and an essayist, poet, screenwriter in his dreams. He, like Issa Rae, is rooting for everybody Black. His work has been featured on his mama’s fridge, his close friends’ inboxes, Hobart and 3Elements Review.


Claire Jussel is an emerging poet, writer, and artist from Boise, Idaho. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 2019 with degrees in English and history. Her work has appeared in West Trade Review. She currently resides in Minnesota and is a bookseller at Wild Rumpus Books in Minneapolis.


Kelli Lage lives in the Midwest countryside with her husband, and their dog, Cedar. Lage is currently earning her degree in Secondary English Education. Lage states she is here to give readers words that resonate. Awards: Special Award for First-time Entrant, Lyrical Iowa.


Kalyn Livernois studies medical anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She self-published her first book, High Wire Darlings, in 2014. She is a prose editor at Cobra Mag and a poetry editor with Variant Lit. Her work has most recently appeared in Dust Poetry Magazine and Stone of Madness Press. You can find her on Twitter @kalynroseanne.


Laura Martens is a 25-year-old bookseller based in South London. Her debut novel was published in Germany in 2011 and she has not stopped writing since.


Kate Maxwell is yet another teacher with writing aspirations. She’s been published and awarded in Australian and International literary magazines such as The Blue Nib, The Chopping Blog, Hecate, Linq, Blood and Bourbon, fourW, and Bright Flash Literary Review. Kate’s interests include film, wine and sleeping. Her first poetry anthology, to be published with Interactive Publications, Brisbane is forthcoming in 2021. She can be found at


Meg McCarney is a part-time poet, full-time student and friend at Lesley University studying Creative Writing. Her poetry is, at its core, deeply concerned with pleasure: who is entitled to it, how it’s denied, and how it can be stolen away, particularly in regards to sexual trauma. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and is published/forthcoming in Commonthought Literary Magazine, Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, Oddball Magazine, Apricity Press, and Plum Recruit. She adores Jeopardy re-runs, corgis, and baking oatmeal raisin cookies.


Matthew Miller teaches social studies, swings tennis rackets, and writes poetry – all hoping to create home. He and his wife live beside a dilapidating orchard in Indiana, where he tries to shape dead trees into playhouses for his four boys. His poetry has been featured in River Mouth Review, Whale Road Review, Club Plum Journal and Ekstasis Magazine.


Liat Miriam splits her time between New York and Israel. When she is not writing, she enjoys meeting dogs and eating hummus. For more, check out her Twitter @itsliat.


Mark J. Mitchell was born in Chicago and grew up in southern California. His latest poetry collection, Roshi San Francisco, was published by Norfolk Publishing. Starting from Tu Fu was published by Encircle Publications. He has published 2 novels and three chapbooks and two full length collections so far. Titles on request.

He is fond of baseball, Louis Aragon, Miles Davis, Kafka and Dante. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the activist. Joan Juster where he made his living pointing out pretty things. Now, like everyone else, he’s unemployed. A primitive web site now exists:


Yvette Naden was born in Mayenne, France, in 2002 but moved to the UK in 2006. She now lives in York where she works as an English Tutor and writes everything from poetry to political essays.


Mary Ford Neal is a writer and academic from Glasgow, UK. Her debut poetry collection will be published by Indigo Dreams Press in 2021. She has recent / forthcoming work in Ink Sweat & Tears, perhappened, Dust, Capsule Stories, Twist in Time, The Winnow, Marble, IceFloe Press, Dodging the Rain, One Hand Clapping, Eye Flash, Janus Literary, Crow and Cross Keys and Green Ink. She is assistant editor of 192 Magazine and Nine Pens poetry press, and was Pushcart nominated in 2020.


Palaces is Editor-in-Chief of Wrongdoing Magazine and an Editor at a few other publications, including CHEAP POP and Walled Women Magazine. She’s also Staff Contributor for The Aurora Journal and The Jupiter Review and has placed further work in Eclectica Magazine, Maudlin House, BlazeVOX, Witch Craft Magazine, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, and many others. She has a BAH from Queen’s University, and she is currently sending queries about her book series. You can read more about her at or @pascalepalaces on Twitter.


Natisha Parsons was born in the former Transkei, the eldest of seven. She has one adult daughter and a son in Heaven. Her favourite hobbies are reading, writing and Sudoku. Lockdown has her with another hobby — container gardening.

She has Primary as well as Secondary Teaching qualifications, a BA (general) degree and the best part of an honours degree – B.Ed. (She never did complete the thesis, although she did all the course work).

Before relocating to Johannesburg, she lived on the South Coast, in Ramsgate, KwaZulu-Natal Province and belonged to the Writers’ Guild and Speakers’ Corner there.


Born in Texas and raised in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) of Georgia, USA, Christina E. Petrides has lived and worked on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, since 2017. Her first children’s book, Blueberry Man, was published by Tchaikovsky Family Books in 2020. Almost two scores of her poems have been published around the world in the last two years. She co-translated Maria Shelyakhovskaya’s Utverzhdenie v liubvi. Istoria odnoi russkoi sem’i: 1872-1981 (Being Grounded in Love: A History of One Russian Family, 1872-1981), into English manuscript.


Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad is an Indian-Australian artist, poet, and pianist. She has been painting and exhibiting for over twenty years and her art and poetry have been widely published in both print and online journals.Her recent artworks have been showcased in Otoliths, 3 AM Magazine, and The Amsterdam Quarterly, and on the covers of Ang(st) the body zine, Pithead Chapel, Uppagus, Periwinkle Literary, and The Rat’s Ass Review. New works are forthcoming in Sonic Boom, Fish food, The Winnow, and elsewhere. She is a chief editor for Authora Australis. Find her @oormilaprahlad on Twitter and @oormila_paintings on Instagram.


Gaia Rajan lives in Andover, MA. She’s the founder of the WOC Speak Reading Series, the junior journal editor for Half Mystic Journal, the Web Manager for Honey Literary, the Managing Editor of The Courant, and the Poetry Editor of Saffron Literary. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, DIALOGIST, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Split Lip Magazine, Hobart, Rust+Moth, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, ‘Moth Funerals,’ is out from Glass Poetry Press, and she is a National Student Poet semifinalist. She is seventeen years old.


Morgan L. Ridgway is a queer Black/Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape writer and historian from Philadelphia, PA. They are currently completing a PhD in history and dancing every step of the way. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rabbit and Rose, Querencia, and the Sacrilegious Salacious Zine by The Estuary Collective. They tweet @morgan_ridgway.


Ellena’s work focuses on the intimacy and the violence felt by young queer woc by investigating the inner human form. She explores these topics through queer theory and a Chicanx lens, painting from her own experiences and those written. She works in abstract oil paint and representational watercolor paint to explore the uncomfortability associated with intimacy. Ellena relies heavily on pink and uses its many meanings to her advantage. She layers oil paint scraps on the canvas because they are scar-like; they feel like genealogy. These scraps/scars emphasize the generational trauma that continues to this day and is often embodied.


Lynne Schmidt is the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, and mental health professional with a focus in trauma and healing. She is the winner of the 2020 New Women’s Voices Contest, a 2021 Pushcart Nominee, and author of the chapbooks, Dead Dog Poems (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press), Gravity (Nightingale and Sparrow Press) which was listed as one of the 17 Best Breakup Books to Read in 2020, and On Becoming a Role Model (Thirty West), which was featured on The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed for PTSD Awareness Week. In 2012 she started the project, AbortionChat, which aims to lessen the stigma around abortion. When given the choice, Lynne prefers the company of her three dogs and one cat to humans.


Jen Schneider is an educator, attorney, and writer. She lives, writes, and works in small spaces throughout Philadelphia. Recent work appears in The Popular Culture Studies Journal, Toho Journal, The New Verse News, Zingara Poetry Review, Streetlight Magazine, Chaleur Magazine, LSE Review of Books, and other literary and scholarly journals.


Kashiana Singh calls herself a work practitioner and embodies the essence of her TEDx talk – Work as Worship into her everyday. Her chapbook Crushed Anthills from Yavanika Press in 2020 is a journey that unravels memory through 10 cities. She proudly serves as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Poets Reading the News and her voice can be read and heard on various international platforms. Kashiana’s first poetry collection is called Shelling Peanuts and Stringing Words.

Her poems have been published on various platforms including Rattle, Poets Reading the News, Visual Verse, Oddball Magazine, Café Dissensus, and others.


Joe Sonnenblick has been featured in such publications as The reject and Citizen Brooklyn. Joe is pleased to have been selected by The Flea Bitten Dog for their 7th issue which was published in September 2020, and published through In Parentheses for their 6th volume of poetry which was released in October 2020, as well as upcoming publications through Impspired Magazine due out February 1, 2021, and Down In the Dirt due out in May 2021. Joe has also been a featured reader up and down the east coast as including a spot at The Poets House in Tribeca.


Dawn Steiner began writing poetry under the guidance of Stephanie Bolster. As a member of The Wellington Street Poets, she collaborated on five chapbooks as well as a collection in book form called Oblique Strokes. Her poems have appeared in The Voice, Bywords, In/Words & Feral magazine and in the anthology Heartbeat. She was the winner of Arc Magazine’s Diane Brebner Award in 2019.


Evan Stephens was born in the Washington, DC area and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. He enjoys long walks in Dublin, writing music, and going for runs.


Kate Sweeney has poems in Feral: A Journal of Poetry and Art, SWWIMM Everyday, Kissing Dynamite, The Shore Poetry and other places. She has poems forthcoming from Ethel Zine. Kate is Marketing Director for The Adroit Journal and currently resides in Los Angeles.


Danielle Wong is the author of Bubble Fusion, a collection of poems about raising a child with autism. Her other work has appeared in Montreal Writes, Soft Cartel, Tipton Poetry, The Daily Drunk, Kalopsia Lit, Pendemic, and The Pine Cone Review. Her work has also been found in various anthologies, including Patterns, Lean In, Overture, and The Warbler’s Song. Her work is forthcoming in Chronicling the Days in spring 2021 from Guernica Editions. She enjoys attending poetry marathons, walking in forests, listening to crickets, and hanging out with her family. Visit her at


Dominic Wright is a writer from New York City. He spends the majority of his time eating lemon poppy seed muffins and wandering around. Outside of writing, he enjoys watching Daria, asking strangers if he could pet their dog, and listening to Fiona Apple’s Fetch The Bolt Cutters. His work has appeared in Moonchild Magazine, Crêpe & Penn, Winnow Magazine and Dreams Walking Magazine.


Jim Young is an old poet writing from his beach hut on the Gower, Wales, UK.

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