ISSUE 25 SNEAK PEEK
by Lauren K. Watel
The jails, they’re full of prisoners. Why are they full of prisoners? Because everyone’s doing drugs or selling them. Why is everyone doing drugs or selling them? Because they’re bored and desperate. Why are they bored and desperate? Because they have no work. Why don’t they have work? Because the jobs went away. Why did the jobs go away? Because the bosses put in robots. Why did the bosses put in robots? Because robots don’t ask questions. Why don’t robots ask questions? Because they don’t have minds. Why don’t they have minds? Because the scientists haven’t gotten that far. Why haven’t the scientists gotten that far? Because the government won’t fund them. Why won’t the government fund them? Because they’re funding the army. Why are they funding the army? So we can fight. Why should we fight? Because we have enemies. Why do we have enemies? Because we’re always interfering. Why are we interfering? Because we’re better than they are. Why are we better than they are? Because we’re free. Why are we free? Because we waged a war to worship our own gods. Why did we wage a war to worship our own gods? Because we felt oppressed. Why did we feel oppressed? Because they put us in the jails.
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Note from Apparent Magnitude to Luminosity
by John A. Nieves
Take a second to disregard the yawning pupils
of the telescope-tethered. I know you’ve been busy
with energy, energy, energy—how much something
puts out, how to measure it. I want for a second to ask:
what does all that output matter if everyone else is
too far away to sample the shine? Look, I remember
that summer I woke up one day and you had
inexplicably dimmed 70.25%. It wasn’t just
observable as less shedding of charged particles,
I could see myself through you in the mirror. When I called
for breakfast, you walked through the couch. The closer you
got to me, the clearer you became—I could again see the lines
of your face as ghost currents, as the worry of week-late
rent. But as you backed away, you were just the AC wisping
the sediment of the room, asking the shadows if shadow
were a function of brightness or the gulf between light
and what eats it. After a few days you brightened again. It
probably had to do with a series of late-night phone calls
or a letter you got you pressed close to your chest. Not this letter,
not that time, like brightness couldn’t be relative, but I would have
recognized my own handwriting. Anyway, with your normal
gleam restored you drifted out the door, down the highway,
not nearly as bright as the shadow you had just been, not nearly
anything I could measure without interval, without the wide
gap between observation and location, the intimate comparison
of what one throws off and what another can catch.
by Nora Hikari
You could bind the canon in skin, or parchment.
But the truth was on pottery shards. The inconsequential.
We are most honest when unprepared. Struck truthful
in a moment of terror, without pen or paper. Write faster.
Terror is always forthcoming. Like pressure on a specific point,
which trickles outwards to reveal our honest faults. Splinter here.
My people invent kintsugi. Less a technique and more a faith.
Faith: that form erupts magnificent from the broken thing. Scar paint.
We are helpless in the face of confession. In her upturned chin,
begging, "Admit. Admit you need me. Admit you need love." I split.
In the way the broken vessel is helpless to pour. No matter
how much it tries to hold itself to a standard of function. Spill out.
Gather up your dreams. Gather up the things you have named "dreams,"
which are just the chipped plates of your dropped stars. Don't cry.
Did you know tears are sieved blood? Spit, too. We are just
one leaky vessel trying to keep everything in. Keep trying.
by Jose Hernandez Diaz
I’ve been a boxer since I was five years old. I grew up on the southeast side of town. No one really wants to live here, except us Mexicans. My father always wanted to be a professional fighter, but he mostly just watched it on the weekends, with a beer. He worked as an industrial mechanic for 35 years. That’s how he paid for my boxing training. When he saw I didn’t care much for tools, he taught me the right hook. He said, “we are Mexican fighters. We rarely use the jab. We are undersized but our hearts are made of iron. We get in on the inside, like Canelo fighting those tall light heavyweights. We come from an Aztec warrior class. Boxing isn’t a sport, mijo,” he’d say, “it’s a religion. The boxing Gods don’t forgive.”
by Judith Fox
I didn’t detect
its high frequency sounds,
its webbed wings, sharp teeth.
a soft-pawed cloud.
in your lap. Circled its tail
around the two of us.
The Devil Doesn't Come to the Flatlands
by Julie DeBoer
Tornadoes are a Midwest delicacy. As a child, I used to think
the devil sent them here to taunt us. To whisper in our ears that
he can find us in the flatlands too. Hurricanes are not his only trick.
But we tried so hard to believe we were safe here. We land-locked
ourselves and took a rolling pin to all the dangerous lumps in the
earth, until the world was bare and vacant for miles. There is a kind of
safety in making ourselves desolate. My mother told me all girls must
remember this. Iron out all of your prominence–men won’t hurt
you if you give them nothing to want. After all, she’d say, the devil
doesn’t come to the flatlands. There is nothing to steal from
an empty house.
Gratitude List #3
by Ace Bogess
Forgive me when I praise my wealth
how the knife pressed against me scarred my thumb
never took my throat;
how the knife that pierced my lower back
spared an artery by an inch of fat;
how the knife I wielded like a child’s plastic sword
found an arm & thigh but nothing
to haunt me past this writing-down;
how the knife I threw stuck only in a door;
how the pistol cocked behind me somewhere in shadow
while cash & goods were exchanged;
how the larger knife held at my neck
turned out to be a test
by a desperate man who wanted my desperation;
how the officer’s boot grinding my skull
into a blood-soaked pharmacy floor
raised up before a bone could fracture;
how the fists of other prisoners found my face
just enough to land a message;
how I survived the way I lived;
how knowing I survived
somehow doesn’t make me a survivor;
how the knife tonight cut meat—
so dull, I thought, so simple & pleasingly dull.
Ellery Beck is an undergraduate student majoring in English at Salisbury University. A winner of the 2019 AWP Portland Flash Contest and a Pushcart nominee, they are the founding interview editor for The Shore Poetry and a poetry reader for Poet Lore. They have poems published in Colorado Review, Zone 3, The Pinch, Fugue, Slipstream, and elsewhere. Ellery is also one of the co-founders of Beaver Magazine.
Ace Boggess is author of six books of poetry, including Escape Envy (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2021), I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, and The Prisoners. His writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, and other journals. An ex-con, he lives in Charleston, WV, where he writes and tries to stay out of trouble.
Ronda Piszk Broatch is the author of Lake of Fallen Constellations, (MoonPath Press). She is the recipient of an Artist Trust GAP Grant. Ronda’s journal publications include Fugue, Blackbird, 2River, Sycamore Review, Missouri Review, Palette Poetry, and NPR News / KUOW’s All Things Considered. She is a graduate student working toward her MFA at Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop.
Sarah C. Brockhaus is a creative writing student at Salisbury University from Omaha, NE. She has poems published or forthcoming in The Shore, Broadkill Review, Ocean State Review, and The MacGuffin. One of her poems has been nominated for Best of the Net. When she's not writing she enjoys playing volleyball and drinking coffee.
J.L. Conrad's first full-length collection of poems, A Cartography of Birds, was published by Louisiana State University Press (2002). Her chapbook Not If But When won Salt Hill's third annual Dead Lake Chapbook Competition (Salt Hill, 2016), and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Salamander, H_Ngm_N, Jellyfish, River Styx, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Laurel Review, Mid-American Review, Birdfeast, and Forklift, Ohio, among others.
LGBTQ+ artist, NEA and MacDowell Fellow, and former Key West Poet Laureate, Flower Conroy’s books include Snake Breaking Medusa Disorder, A Sentimental Hairpin, and Greenest Grass (or You Can’t Keep Killing Yourself & Not Expect to Die). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, American Literary Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere.
Steven Cramer’s six poetry collections include Listen (MadHat Press, 2020), named a “must read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book; Clangings (Sarabande Books, 2012); and Goodbye to the Orchard (Sarabande, 2004), a Sheila Motton Prize-winner and a Massachusetts Honor Book. Published in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, Poetry, et al., and recipient of Massachusetts Cultural Council and NEA fellowships, he founded and currently teaches in Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Jimmie Cumbie lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in numerous online and print publications, most recently in Plume, North American Review, Spillway, and Midwestern Gothic. Cumbie has been involved in Chicago’s rich theater scene, having had his plays produced at A Red Orchid, Stage Left, Bailiwick, Voltaire, and various regional festivals.
Sara Dallmayr is originally from Kalamazoo, MI, where she attended Western Michigan University. Dallmayr's work has appeared in Laurel Review, Third Coast, High Shelf Press, SWWIM, and elsewhere. Dallmayr works for the post office as a rural carrier. She currently lives in South Bend, IN with her husband and cats.
Julie DeBoer is a poet and psychotherapist living in Seattle, WA. Her work is forthcoming in Bracken Magazine.
James Diaz is the author of This Someone I Call Stranger (Indolent Books, 2018), All Things Beautiful Are Bent (Alien Buddha, 2021), and the forthcoming Motel Prayers (Alien Buddha, 2022). They are the founding editor of the online, literary arts journal and intentional community Anti-Heroin Chic. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Thrush Poetry Journal, Corporeal, The Madrigal, The Lumiere Review, Rust + Moth, Selcouth Station, Moss Puppy, Apricity, and Wrong Doing Mag. They live in upstate New York.
Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. He is the author of The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020). His work appears in The American Poetry Review, Bennington Review, Chestnut Review, Crazyhorse, Georgia Review, Huizache, Iowa Review, The Journal, Los Angeles Review, The Missouri Review, Northwest Review, Poetry, Southeast Review, The Southern Review, Witness Magazine, The Yale Review, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading Anthology 2011. He teaches creative writing online and edits for Frontier Poetry.
Robert Dunsdon lives near Oxford in the UK. His poetry has been published in Ambit, Purple Patch, Pennine Platform, The Blue Nib, Decanto, Candelabrum, The Cannon’s Mouth, Picaroon, Allegro, The Crank, and others. His book reviews have featured in Tupelo Quarterly, Heavy Feather Review, The Lit Pub, and Poetry International Online.
Kerry James Evans is the author of Bangalore (Copper Canyon), a Lannan Literary Selection. The recipient of a 2015 NEA Fellowship and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers' Conference, his poems have appeared in Agni, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He lives in Milledgeville, GA, where he teaches in the MFA program at Georgia College & State University and serves as the poetry editor for Arts & Letters.
Judith Fox wrote nonfiction articles for national magazines, but didn’t start studying and writing poetry seriously until the spare text she wrote for her award-winning photography book, I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer’s, rekindled a life-long love of poetry. She is a finalist for BLR’s spring 2022 poetry prize and her poems appear in a number of journals and reviews. Fox is also a fine art photographer; her photographs have been exhibited globally and are in museum collections including LACMA, VMFA, MOPA, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. Fox is twice-widowed, lives in Los Angeles, and is working on a chapbook currently titled: “Between Verse and Chorus.” JudithFox.com.
Mag Gabbert is the author of the forthcoming collection Sex Depression Animals (Mad Creek Books, 2023), winner of the 2021 The Journal Charles B. Wheeler Prize in Poetry, and the chapbook Minml Poems (Cooper Dillon Books, 2020). Her work can also be found in American Poetry Review, Pleiades, The Paris Review Daily, The Massachusetts Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere. Mag has a PhD from Texas Tech University and an MFA from The University of California at Riverside; she’s received poetry fellowships from Idyllwild Arts and Poetry at Round Top; and, in 2021, she was awarded a 92Y Discovery Award. She teaches at Southern Methodist University and serves as the interviews editor for Underblong Journal.
Sidne K. Gard is a writer and artist studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their work is interdisciplinary, blending the lines between poetry, art, and technology. They have a regular column at F News Magazine, “Loving the Monster,” which focuses on monsters in media and how those monsters represent the world. In high school, they received a Certificate of Artistry at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Now they are focused on exploring how to use new medias like audio and coding along with traditional forms like comics, fashion, and illustration to further their poetry and storytelling.
Yoni Hammer-Kossoy is a poet, translator, and educator, whose writing appears in numerous international journals and anthologies. A graduate of the Shaindy Rudoff program in creative writing at Bar Ilan University, he is the winner of the 2020 Andrea Moriah Prize in Poetry. Yoni is originally from Brooklyn, NY, and has been living in Israel with his family for more than 25 years.
Nora Hikari is an Asian American transgender poet and artist based in Philadelphia. She is a 2022 Lambda Literary fellow, and her work is published or forthcoming in Ploughshares, Washington Square Review, Palette Poetry, Foglifter, The Journal, and others. Her chapbook, GIRL 2.0, was a Robin Becker Series winner and is available at Seven Kitchens Press. She was a finalist for the Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award, and can be found at NorahiKari.com.
Kelly Rose Hoffer earned an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first book of poems Undershore was selected by Diana Khoi Nguyen for the 2021 Lightscatter Press Prize, and is forthcoming in spring of 2023. Her book manuscript “Fire Series” was a finalist for the 2021 National Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Prelude, The Bennington Review, and Second Factory from Ugly Duckling Presse, among others. She is currently pursuing a PhD in literatures in English at Cornell University. Learn more at: KellyRoseHoffer.com
Laura Reece Hogan is the author of Litany of Flights (Paraclete Press, 2020), winner of the Paraclete Poetry Prize, the chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press), and the nonfiction book I Live, No Longer I (Wipf and Stock). Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Scientific American, RHINO, Lily Poetry Review, Whale Road Review, River Heron River, Cloudbank, DMQ Review, and other publications. She can be found online at LauraReeceHogan.com.
Charlotte Howe is an artist and writer who lives in Salt Lake City. She retired after 21 years teaching writing and publication at Salt Lake Community College and now spends her days in her art studio making mixed media collages, linocut prints, and original artist books.
Born in an island archipelago, ithacan now resides somewhere north of El Paso. ithacan’s published work includes visual prose and poetry, most recently in Poemeleon.
Jennifer Keith is a web content writer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Her poems have appeared in Sewanee Theological Review, The Nebraska Review, The Free State Review, Fledgling Rag, Unsplendid, and elsewhere. Keith is the recipient of the 2014 John Elsberg poetry prize, and her poem “Eating Walnuts” was selected by Sherman Alexie for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2015. In 2021 her poem “Cooper’s Hawk” was a finalist for the Erskine J. Poetry Prize from Smartish Pace and another poem received honorable mention in Passager’s poetry contest. She lives in Baltimore, MD.
Kate Kearns is a Maine poet with an MFA from Lesley University. She has published a chapbook, How to Love an Introvert (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and her debut full-length book is coming in 2023 from Littoral Books. Her poems have appeared in Peregrine, Salamander, Maine Sunday Telegram, Northern New England Review, Literary Mama, and other print and online journals. Learn more about her work at KateKearns.com.
Sheree La Puma is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in The Penn Review, Redivider, The Maine Review, Rust + Moth, and Catamaran Literary Reader, among others. She earned her MFA in writing from CalArts. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of The Net and the Pushcart Prize. She has a new chapbook, Broken: Do Not Use (Main Street Rag Publishing). ShereeLaPuma.com
Michael Mark’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Review, Waxwing, and other places. He was the recipient of the Anthony Hecht Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. MichaelJMark.com
Kevin McLellan is the author of: In Other Words You/ (forthcoming 2023 Word Works, 2022 Hilary Tham Capital Collection winner judged by Timothy Liu), Ornitheology (2019 Massachusetts Book Awards recipient), and Tributary; the book objects, Hemispheres (resides in the Poetry Center, University of Arizona and other special collections) and [box] (resides in the Blue Star Collection, Harvard University and other special collections); and the chapbook, Round Trip. Kevin makes videos under the name Duck Hunting with the Grammarian, and his video Dick won Best Short Form Short at the LGBTQ+ Los Angeles Film Festival and it also showed in the Flickers’ Rhode Island Film Festival, the Tag! Queer Film Festival, the Berlin Short Film Festival, and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. He lives in Cambridge, MA. KevMcLellan.com
James Miller is a native of the Texas Gulf Coast. He is published in Best Small Fictions 2021 (Sonder Press) and in the Marvelous Verses anthology (Daily Drunk Press). Recent pieces have appeared or are forthcoming in The McNeese Review, Kissing Dynamite, On the Seawall, Phoebe, Yemassee, The Madison Review, Neologism, Press Pause, Coal Hill Review, The Shore, and Indianapolis Review. Follow on Twitter: @AndrewM1621. JamesMillerPoetry.com.
Always drawn to water and the outdoors, Jan Minich cruises Lake Superior's summer in a small boat, and hikes and skis Utah canyons' winters. His new book Coming into Grace Harbor will appear Spring 2023 from Broadstone Press. His other books include The Letters of Silver Dollar and Wild Roses. Jan lives in Wellington, UT, with his wife, poet Nancy Takacs, and their two chihuahuas.
Sati Mookherjee is a poet and lyricist whose work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies (e.g. Cream City Review, Atlanta Review, Sonora Review). She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was awarded an Artist Trust—Washington State Arts Commission Achievement Award. She has collaborated with contemporary classical composers on song cycles and individual pieces that were performed (e.g. The Esoterics, Contemporary Chamber Composers and Players, soprano Hope Wechkin), and/or recorded (“Leaning Toward the Fiddler,” Ravello Records). Her debut poetry collection, Eye, was published in 2022 (Ravenna Press).
Native of Boston and Martha's Vineyard, MA., Stelios Mormoris is CEO of SCENT BEAUTY, Inc. Citizen of Greece and the U.S., Stelios was born in New York, and lived most of his adult life in Paris. He has been published in Book of Lit Matches, Crab Creek Review, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Eunoia Review, Fourth River, Good Life Review, Green Hills Literary Review, High Shelf Press, Humana Obscura, Midwest Poetry Review, Narrative Magazine, Press, Spillway, Ravens Perch, Tupelo Quarterly, Verse, Whelk Walk Review, and other literary journals. Stelios' debut book of poetry titled The Oculus was released from Tupelo Press (2022). Besides reading and writing poetry, Stelios is an avid gardener, sailor, and contemporary artist, specializing in abstract oil painting.
Jane Morton is a poet based in Tuscaloosa, AL. They recently completed their MFA at the University of Alabama, where they were online editor for Black Warrior Review. Their poems are published or forthcoming in Boulevard, Passages North, Ninth Letter, Poetry Northwest, Muzzle Magazine, Booth, and Meridian, among other journals. They recently completed a poetry residency with Sundress Publications.
Larry Narron is a writer from southern California. His poems have appeared in Phoebe, Bayou, Hobart, Booth, The Pinch, Slice, The Boiler, and Berkeley Poetry Review, among others. They've been nominated for the Best of the Net and Best New Poets. Larry's first chapbook, Wasted Afterlives, was published in 2020 by Main Street Rag.
John A. Nieves is a hardcore Sugar House fan. He has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: North American Review, Copper Nickel, 32 Poems, Harvard Review, and Massachusetts Review. He won the Indiana Review Poetry Contest and his first book, Curio, won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge’s Prize. He is associate professor of English at Salisbury University and an editor of The Shore Poetry. He received his MA from University of South Florida and his PhD from the University of Missouri.
Dion O'Reilly’s debut book, Ghost Dogs (Terrapin 2020) was shortlisted for several prizes including The Catamaran Prize and The Eric Hoffer Award. Her second collection, Sadness of the Apex Predator, was chosen for the Portage Poetry Series out of University of Wisconsin's Cornerstone Press and will be published in 2024. Her work appears in The Sun, Rattle, Cincinnati Review, Narrative, and The Slowdown, among others. She facilitates workshops with poets from all over the US and hosts a poetry podcast at The Hive Poetry Collective.
Suphil Lee Park (수필리박 / 秀筆 李 朴) is the author of the poetry collection Present Tense Complex, winner of the Marystina Santiestevan Prize (Conduit Books & Ephemera, 2021) and a poetry chapbook, Still Life, selected by Ilya Kaminsky as the winner of the 2022 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, forthcoming from Factory Hollow Press in 2023. Find more about her at Suphil-Lee-Park.com.
Dayna Patterson is a Thea-curious recovering Mormon, fungophile, macrophotography enthusiast, and textile artist. She’s the author of Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019) and If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). Her book O Lady, Speak Again is forthcoming from Signature Books in early 2023. Honors include the Association for Mormon Letters Poetry Award and the 2019 #DignityNotDetention Poetry Prize judged by Ilya Kaminsky. Her creative work has appeared recently in EcoTheo, Kenyon Review, and Whale Road Review. She’s the founding editor (now emerita) of Psaltery & Lyre and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry. In her spare time, she curates Poetry + Fungus, a pairing of poetry books and species from the fungal world. DaynaPatterson.com
Sara Potocsny is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She has her MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University. She has work in or forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review, Nashville Review, Juked, Hobart, Radar, HAD, The Racket, Rejection Letters, and others. You can find her on twitter at @sarapotocsny and IG at @spotocsny.
David Richards is a writer and software developer. He lives with his family in the Utah desert. His work appears or is forthcoming in Nurture, UCity Review, and Indianapolis Review. You can find him online at DavidRichardsWrites.com.
Todd Robinson is the author of Mass for Shut-Ins (Backwaters/University of Nebraska Press, 2018) and a chapbook, Note at Heart Rock (Main Street Rag, 2012). His work has recently appeared in North American Review, Weber—The Contemporary West, I-70 Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The Pinch. He records regular book reviews for classical radio station KVNO and is an assistant professor in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Isabelle Shepherd is a poet from West Virginia. She now lives in Wilmington, NC, where she received her MFA from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, The Journal, Ninth Letter, Redivider, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. She was a runner-up in the 2015 Pinch Literary Awards, judged by Ada Limón; a finalist in the NC State Poetry Competition, judged by Yusef Komunyakaa; and a semifinalist in YesYes Books' Pamet River Prize. More of her work and upcoming reading dates can be found on IsabelleShepherd.com.
Olivia M Sokolowski is a poet currently pursuing her PhD at Florida State University. She earned her MFA at University of North Carolina Wilmington and her undergraduate degree at Berry College. Her work is recently featured or forthcoming in Lake Effect, Tupelo Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and Peach Mag. You can find Olivia online at OliviaSoko.com.
Melissa Strilecki has work recently published or forthcoming in The Shore, Volume Poetry, Gordon Square Review, Faultline, and Rogue Agent. She lives in Seattle.
Millie Tullis is a poet and folklorist from northern Utah. She received an MFA from George Mason University in 2021 and is currently studying folklore at Utah State University. Her poetry has been published in Rock & Sling, Cimarron Review, Juked, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She is the editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre, an online journal publishing literature at the intersection of faith and doubt. You can find her on twitter @millie_tullis.
Miles Waggener is the author of four books of poetry: Phoenix Suites, Sky Harbor, Desert Center, and most recently Superstition Freeway, published by The Word Works of Washington, DC. He has been the recipient of The Washington Prize as well as individual grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council. His poems have appeared widely in such journals as The Antioch Review, Crazyhorse, Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, Cutbank, and Gulfcoast. He heads the creative writing program at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Lauren K. Watel's poetry, fiction, essays, and translations have appeared in The Paris Review, The Nation, Narrative, Tin House, Antioch Review, TriQuarterly, The Massachusetts Review, Slate, Colorado Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Poetry International, Ploughshares, and the Collected Poems of Marcel Proust, among others. She was awarded a visiting artist residency at the American Academy in Rome as well as a Distinguished Fellowship at Hambidge Art Center. Her work has also won awards from Poets and Writers, Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation, and Mississippi Review. Her prose poem "The House She Lived In" honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was set to music by Pulitzer-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and premiered at the Dallas Symphony.
Adam D. Weeks has a BA in creative writing from Salisbury University and is currently an elementary literacy tutor in Baltimore. He is the social media manager for The Shore, a poetry reader for Quarterly West, and a founding editor of Beaver Magazine. He won the 2022 Third Wednesday Poetry Contest, has been a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has poetry published or forthcoming in Fugue, Poet Lore, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Sycamore Review, Thrush, and elsewhere.
Jeff Whitney's most recent collection, Sixteen Stories, is forthcoming from Flume Press. Recent poems can be found or found soon in Adroit, Cherry Tree, Kenyon Review, Mudroom, and Poetry Northwest. He lives in Portland, OR.
Melody Wilson’s recent work appears in Quartet, Briar Cliff Review, The Shore, Whale Road Review, Timberline Review, SWWIM, and Tar River Poetry. She received the 2021 Kay Snow Award, Honorable Mention for the 2021 Oberon Poetry Award, and finalist in the 2021 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award.
Holli Zollinger is a self-taught artist who has made a career of her talents: drawing, painting, and surface design. She is continually inspired by her surroundings living in the desert town of Moab, UT. She is highly motivated by the art of creativity and incorporates the color, texture, and pattern she sees in the world around her. Holli’s work has been published and featured worldwide. HolliZollinger.com
A native of Utah, Shari Zollinger divides her time between her work as a professional astrologer and independent bookseller. She has been known to write a poetic verse or two with published work in Sugar House Review and Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. She recently published Carrying Her Stone, a collection of poems based on the work of Auguste Rodin. ShariZollinger.com