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Grey Sparrow Journal and Press, as of January 31, 2018 will move to

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Diane Smith, BA, MSE, Principal Editor and Founder/Flash Competition Editor, was born in the United States. She retired from child welfare and writes about the homeless, immigrants, the poor, the diminishing middle class, healthcare; those who have little visibility or power in society.

Townsend Walker, Associate Editor, is a writer living in San Francisco.  During a career in finance he published three books: foreign exchange, derivatives, and portfolio management.  His stories have been published in over fifty literary journals and included in six anthologies.  Two were nominated for the PEN/O. Henry Award.  Four stories were performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood.  His website is

Brooke Bennerup, Art Editor, hails originally from Connecticut but has lived for the last ten years in the town of Barga, Italy, where she has been collecting life experience, as well as cats, dogs, goats, other sundry animals and a vivacious son plus two lovely step-daughters. Brooke is currently writing, painting, musing, and pursuing a masters in Creative Writing/Poetry with the University of Edinburgh. She has no idea where life will take her next. She is happy in the not-knowing.

Jillian M. Phillips is our guest assistant editor for this summer issue.  Her essays and reviews have appeared in Heavy Feather Review, Cellar Door Anthology, Feminist Teacher and others. Her poems have been featured in Jerry Jazz Musician as well as other publications. Her chapbook, Pretty the Ugly, was a finalist in  Emerge Literary Journal's chapbook contest and was published in March 2013 by ELJ Publications. She is currently studying poetry in the University of Nebraska's MFA in Writing program. Jillian lives and writes in Northwestern Wisconsin.


Grey Sparrow often hosts guest editors for one or two issues, a few editors have signed up for volunteer service.  Joseph Michael Owens, Annam Manthiram, Mandi Casolo, Timothy Stobierski, Ajay Prasannan, and Townsend Walker have offered two plus years.  Townsend is still with us.  Many many thanks to all of you.  We want to thank Marjorie Gill for her help at the Sparrow for the winter and spring; it was appreciated.


                                                                                                      Shoveling, Tracie Van Auken