About this issue:
Contributors are Blake Bell, Rebeca Chapa, Malini Chaudrhi, Josep Corcorán, Julia DeStefano, Siobhan Dunlop, Lee Dunn, Gwynevere Ellis, April Frances Federico, Aiden K. Feltkamp, Sarah Jake Fishman, Jonathan Darren Garcia, Ceara Hennessey, Karen Janowsky, Steven John, Frank G. Karioris, Ariel Kravitz, Tucker Lieberman, Sarah Marquez, Kelly Martini, Julianna May, Liat Miriam, Ottavia Paluch, Kushal Poddar, Kareem Rashed, River Rivers, Juliette Sebock, Hibah Shabkhez, Day Sibley, Marielle Songy and Lisa Lerma Weber.
Blake L. Bell is an MFA student at Mississippi University for Women and writes short fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and poetry. Bell teaches AP Language and Creative Writing and can be found in the local cafe working, reading, and writing, or at @BlakeBe69132596 and blakelbell.com.
Rebeca Chapa is an undercover poet based in Mississippi, where she fights monsters and laughs a lot. She enjoys watching Netflix and playing with her puppy, and she just wants everyone to be calm and happy. Follow her on Instagram @beca.chapa!
Malini Chaudhri is an author from the wellness sector who is revisiting the literary arena with great passion. She began her career with an English M.A. from Mumbai and a university job at South China Normal University as a foreign expert. She also published a chapbook of short stories and poems with an Indian literary publisher. She has five technical, skill-related nonfiction books published on Amazon to cover range and technical overview to the wellness industry, and Malini has received significant mention and a medal from Library Thing, Amazon’s largest open access site. She has lived in China, the US and Delhi and has received overseas grants to pursue post-graduate education in Colombo and the US. In America, Malini was mentored by a powerful intellectual and scientific fraternity through the laboratory of J Anders in USUHS, NAALT and others. Her fondness for creative nonfiction, in addition to healing sciences, emerges from a long study of hermetic wisdom and initiatory traditions of great writers of the past who were instructed by the Golden Dawn and related spiritual, mentoring, philosophies.
Josep Corcorán is a twenty-three-year-old writer from the UK. He is currently taking a year out to travel, write and work on his many passions before returning to higher education in 2020. He has had two pieces of short prose published in Iceberg Tales.
Venus Davis is a 20-year-old nonbinary writer from Cleveland, Ohio. They are currently a poetry reader for Random Sample Review and a social media content creator for Ayaskala. Venus is a regular contributor for Marias at Sampaguitas and Ayaskala. Their work has been featured in InQluded and Marias at Sampaguitas. Aside from writing, they love learning about philosophy, astrology, and the Korean language. They also play guitar, ukulele, and piano for fun sometimes. Their main goal is to be confessional and compassionate in their writing and in life.
Julia R. DeStefano hails from Boston, Massachusetts. A diarist her entire life, it was a string of failed relationships and consecutively lost joys that would result in her creation of therapeutic free verse. Unable to vocalize her truth to those around her, Julia would bring her innermost thoughts and desires to light the only way she knew how — through the written word. Leave Everything, her first poetry and photography collection, was published in August 2016 and reached #11 in Poetry by Women at Amazon. Full of wit, revelation, and vulnerability, Julia’s writing teeters on the razor’s edge of reason and passion. It unapologetically challenges perceptions. At present, Julia is writing the follow-up to Leave Everything — forever capturing moments and preserving them in the glistening amber of language. Look for this Red Queen atop her throne of books.
Siobhan Dunlop is a UK-based poet and book blogger with poems published in 404 Ink, Pixel Heart, meanwhile magazine, and The Speculative Book 2019, and a short story about an all-female Henry IV production in an LGBT Shakespeare anthology. They love reworking classic texts in new ways and drinking tea and can be found on Twitter under @fiendfull and online at fiendfullyreading.com.
Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com and has written columns for the Shelburne Free Press. Lee writes mainly on his personal blog at www.secret-lifeof.com.
A musician and writer, Gwynevere Ellis has published two education books. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prime Number Magazine, Brevity blog, CHEAP POP, Crack the Spine and elsewhere.
APRIL FRANCES FEDERICO
April Frances Federico was born and raised in New England and currently attends Roger Williams University in Rhode Island! She studies Creative Writing with minors in Arts Management and Visual Arts. Her poetry and artwork have been published in numerous magazines such as Kissing Dynamite, Ayaskala, Satin Soulbits, Marías at Sampaguitas, Teen Belle, and others. She has written and interned for Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, making her a published journalist, as well! In addition, she is the voice behind the lifestyle/fashion/career/health blog, The April Diaries. You can follow her on Instagram @theaprilfederico and on Twitter @AprilFederico.
AIDEN K. FELTKAMP
Aiden K. Feltkamp (they/he) is a trans nonbinary writer specializing in opera, historical fiction, and poetry. Their work explores the crevices and the intersections: the stories previously unexcavated due to the systemic oppression of their narrators. Most recently, their work has been set by composers Alexis C. Lamb, Dana Kaufman, Rossá Crean, Thomas Yee, Brin Solomon, and Isaac Schankler. They live and drink too much coffee in New York City with their partner, two parrots, and a kitten. You can find them online at aidenkimfeltkamp.com and on Twitter @cherubino88.
SARAH JAKE FISHMAN
Sarah Jake Fishman is a writer with a MFA in creative writing from American College Dublin and is currently pursuing an MS in General Psychology. When not writing or studying, she enjoys arguing politics on Twitter and traveling the world. Sarah has works published in Lilith Magazine’s online blog and Nightingale & Sparrow. To see more of her work and other adventures, find her on Twitter and Instagram @sarahjakethejew.
JONATHAN DARREN GARCIA
Jonathan Darren Garcia is an up and coming writer from the San Antonio area. He has contributed works to From Whisper to Roars and Royal Rose. He can be found on Twitter: @Freudky.
Ceara Hennessey is a fiction writer based in Northern New Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Seton Hall University. She currently works as a waitress. When she is not writing or working, she is either reading or watching movies. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Pidgeonholes, Blue Literary Magazine, and Variant Literature Journal, and you can find her on Twitter @cearahennessey.
When Karen realized that flying an invisible jet and saving the day while wearing a swimsuit and bright red boots wasn’t a viable career path, she turned to teaching yoga and writing at the College of Southern Maryland. She’s the author of a new superhero action romance trilogy, The Persistence of Memory, as well as several short stories and poems that have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. Karen received her master’s degree in English in 1994. Her most recent poetry and fiction publications include Classics Remixed Anthology, The Wardrobe, Gingerbread House, Ekphrasis, and Raven’s Perch. You can follow Karen online, on Twitter @Karen_Janowsky, on Instagram @authorkarenjanowsky and on Facebook!
Steven John’s writing has appeared in Burningword, Bending Genres, Spelk, Fictive Dream, EllipsisZine, Ghost Parachute and Best Microfiction 2019. He’s won Bath Ad Hoc Fiction a record seven times and has been nominated for BIFFY 2019. He lives in The Cotswolds, England. Steven is Fiction & Special Features Editor at New Flash Fiction Review. Find him @StevenJohnWrite on Twitter and online at www.stevenjohnwriter.com.
FRANK G. KARIORIS
Frank G. Karioris (he/they/him/them) is a writer and educator based in Pittsburgh. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Hong Kong Review of Books, Burning House Press, Back Patio Press, Collective Unrest, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Maudlin House, and the Berlin Review of Books. Follow them on Twitter @FrankGKarioris.
Ariel Kravitz lives in Arlington, Virginia, where she writes and works in product management. In her free time, she likes to lounge in her bean bag and attempt the daily crossword. She tweets from @arielkrav.
Tucker Lieberman’s photos are in Barren, Blue Pages, Crack the Spine, Dodging the Rain, L’Éphémère, Marias at Sampaguitas, Nightingale and Sparrow, Paper Trains, and Royal Rose. His art is in Burning House. He lives in Bogotá, Colombia. Catch him online at www.tuckerlieberman.com or on Twitter @tuckerlieberman.
New Jersey native Kelly Martini earned a BA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University. She works in marketing, blogs about music, and is still trying to finish the play she started writing six years ago.
Sarah Marquez is an MA candidate at Southern New Hampshire University. She has work in Marías at Sampaguitas and MID-HEAVEN REVIEW and works forthcoming in Amethyst Review, Anthropocene, and Headcanon Magazine. When not writing, she can be found reading, sipping coffee, or tweeting @Sarahmarissa338.
Julianna May is a poet based in Eastern, PA. She is a teacher, a softball coach, and is completing her M.A. degree at Wilkes University. She is published in Nightingale and Sparrow. You can find her on Twitter @JuliannaMay1216, Instagram @jewlz926 and Facebook @JuliannaMay1216.
Liat Miriam splits her time between America and Israel. When not writing, she enjoys eating hummus and meeting dogs. For more, check out her Twitter @itsliat.
Ottavia Paluch is fifteen, disabled, and from Ontario, Canada. A Gigantic Sequins Teen Sequin for 2018, her work is published or forthcoming in The Cerurove, Alexandria Quarterly, The Rising Phoenix Review, and Really System, among other places. She’s a blog correspondent for Body Without Organs and a poetry reader for Pidgeonholes. This year she was mentored by Jessica Lynn Suchon during the 2019 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program. Find her on Twitter @OttaviaPaluch.
Kushal has authored The Circus Came To My Island, A Place For Your Ghost Animals, Understanding The Neighborhood, Scratches Within, Kleptomaniac’s Book of Unoriginal Poems, Eternity Restoration Project- Selected and New Poems and now Herding My Thoughts To The Slaughterhouse-A Prequel (Alien Buddha Press).
Kareem A. Rashed is a published author. His first book, Broken Just Like Twigs, is available on Amazon, Kindle, iBooks, iTunes and Google Play. Kareem is married to his lovely wife Ashley. He has been through a lot of struggles in his life. With the battles of depression and PTSD, he writes about these things as a healing process for him. Kareem is a man full of compassion and empathy for others. He has overcome many odds. Such as the battle to accept himself and others. Writing, for him, is all about recovery and healing. He uses his imagination as a creative escape but also to process his battlescars. You can find him on Twitter @kareemrashed80 and online at krtheauthor.com.
River Rivers, is an emerging writer from Southern Oregon, US. Born in the Rogue Valley. He’s been published in a number of literary presses and anthologies since he began writing. He is Modoc and Klamath Native American Indian. Spends his days working as an inventory crew member for a gas station company. Protested Jordan Cove pipeline. You can follow him @Catch22Fiction on Twitter.
Juliette Sebock is a Best of the Net-nominated poet and writer and the author of Mistakes Were Made, Micro, and Boleyn, with work forthcoming or appearing in a wide variety of publications. She is the founding editor of Nightingale & Sparrow, runs a lifestyle blog, For the Sake of Good Taste, and is a regular contributor with Marías at Sampaguitas and Royal Rose. When she isn’t writing (and sometimes when she is), she can be found with a cup of coffee and her cat, Fitz. Juliette can be reached on her website, juliettesebock.com, or across social media @juliettesebock.
Hibah Shabkhez is a writer of the half-yo literary tradition, an erratic language-learning enthusiast, a teacher of French as a foreign language and a happily eccentric blogger from Lahore, Pakistan. Her work has previously appeared in The Mojave Heart Review, Third Wednesday, Brine, and a number of other literary magazines. Studying life, languages and literature from a comparative perspective across linguistic and cultural boundaries holds a particular fascination for her. Find her online or on Twitter @hibahshabkhez!
Day Sibley is a Creole writer born and raised in southern Nevada, USA. She used to intern for the Red Rock Review and compete in local poetry slams but is currently enrolled at Nevada State College. When she isn’t editing the Dream Noir Magazine or playing photographer, she is trying to understand the works of the universe. For more information, please visit www.daysibley.xyz.
Marielle Songy is a writer living in New Orleans. She’s a small-time journalist by trade, but has been writing in some way, shape, or form for her entire life, specializing in poetry and fiction. She enjoys good food, good people and good art of all kinds. Find her on Twitter @thenolachick.
LISA LERMA WEBER
Lisa Lerma Weber’s works have been published in Burning House Press, Headline Poetry, Mojave Heart Review, Nightingale & Sparrow, and others. Follow her on Twitter @LisaLermaWeber.