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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Rita Dove is our former U.S. Poet Laureate (1993-1995) and recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry.   She is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Sonata Mulattica (2009) and American Smooth (2004), as well as a collection of short stories, a novel, and a play.   She is sole editor of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2011).   She has received the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the Premio Capri (the international prize of the Italian "island of poetry"), the National Humanities Medal in 1996 from President Clinton, and the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in February 2012.   Rita Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.


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Christopher John Adamson lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is a graduate student at Vanderbilt University.   A Utah native and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, he has poems available in Town Creek Poetry, 491 Magazine, and Cicada.

 

Michael Bazzett's poems have appeared in West Branch, Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, Green Mountains Review, DIAGRAM, and Guernica, among others, and his work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.   New poems are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Pleiades, Smartish Pace, and The Literary Review.   He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.

 

Marion Boyer is a professor emerita of Communication courses at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.   Her poetry book, The Clock of the Long Now (2009) published by Mayapple Press, was nominated for the Pushcart Award, and the Lenore Marshall Award.   Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Green in 2003.   She has won various poetry awards and in addition to Atlanta Review, her work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Folio, Permafrost, and The Midwest Quarterly.

 

Michael Bradburn-Ruster has published poetry, fiction, translations, and scholarly works in international journals including Cincinnati Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Sacred Web, Broken Bridge Review, Marginalia, Berkeley Poetry Review, Rain City Review, Antigonish Review, and Romantics Quarterly.   He has been a featured reader at the Monterey Bay Poetry Festival.   Since receiving a doctorate from UC Berkeley, he has taught literature, philosophy, comparative religions, and mythology in California, Oregon, and Arizona.   His book The Angel or the Beast (University Press of the South, 1998) explores the interplay of philosophy, mysticism, theology, and literature in the Spanish Renaissance.

 

David Brennan's work has appeared in Action Yes, Pank, Parthenon West Review, Verse Daily and elsewhere.   He is the author of the poetry collection The White Visitation (2010), and the chapbook The Family Flamboyant (2010).   David lives in Virginia.


Amy Yolanda Castillo, Guest Associate Editor, is a writer who lives and works in Minnesota.  She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, and her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in J Journal, the Tulane Review, Emrys Journal, and Third Coast, among others.

 

L. B.  Chhetri is an Associate Professor of English at Tribhuwan University, Nepal.   His many short stories and poems have been published in Nepali and English in Nepal.   An author of Trishanku Ko Deshma; a collection of short stories, he is also the President of Kabi Dada Literary Society, and edits the literary magazine: Charaiveti.

 

Sue Reed Crouse began writing poetry in earnest after the 2008 death of her 20 year old daughter, Laura.   Sue has taken several poetry classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.   In 2011, she was invited to participate in the LMT/Foreword program where she is assembling a manuscript under the guidance of poet Thomas R.   Smith.   She is represented in the 2012 collection, Gatherings:   A Foreword Poetry Anthology.   Her work appears in Verse Wisconsin and The Aurorean.  Sue noted, "When Laura died, I had to learn a new language to survive.   Writing poetry has given me a way to keep my daughter in the world and bear my grief.   Reading poetry connects me to the universality of love and loss.   As Pamela Mittlefehldt writes in the preface to Beloved on the Earth, "The concise clarity of a poem creates a unique space within which to mourn while knowing we are not alone."

 

Ruth Danon is a professor of Creative and Expository Writing and directs both of those concentrations at the McGhee Division of New York University. Her writing has been published widely in the US and abroad. Among the journals in which her work has appeared are Versal, 3rd Bed, Moria, The Paris Review, Bomb, and Crayon. Her work appeared in Best American Poetry, 2002, edited by Robert Creeley. She is the author of Triangulation from a Known Point, published by Barney Rosset's short-lived North Star Line imprint. For the last few years she's been affiliated with The Urban Range Poetry Collective.


Alamgir Hashmi has published eleven books of poetry and several volumes of literary criticism in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Pakistan, etc.   Among his well-known poetry books are My Second in Kentucky (Vision), A Choice of Hashmi’s Verse (Oxford), and The Ramazan Libation (Arc).   He has won a number of  awards and honors, and his work has been translated into several European and Asian languages.   His poetry and scholarly work are required reading in many parts of the world.   He has been a distinguished professor of English and comparative literature, and for four decades now he has taught in European, Asian, and U.S.   universities.   He has also served as a judge of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.   Currently he lives in Islamabad, Pakistan.   Recently he edited Your Essence, Martyr (Plainview Imprint, 2011), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations.

 

Jason Irwin grew up in Dunkirk, NY and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.  His first collection, "Watering the Dead" won the 2006/2007 Transcontinental Poetry Award and was published by Pavement Saw Press. "Some Days It's A Love Story" won the 2005 Slipstream Press Chapbook Prize.


Lowell Jaeger is the founding editor of Many Voices Press, Lowell Jaeger compiled Poems Across the Big Sky, an anthology of Montana poets, and  NewPoets of the American West, an anthology of poets from 11 Western states.   His third collection of poems, Suddenly Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press) was published in 2009 and was a finalist for the Paterson Award.   His fourth collection, WE, (Main Street Rag Press) was published in 2010.   He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council and winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize.   Most recently Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse.   

 

Brad Kavo is a high school English teacher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he teaches both American and British literature.  Though he has taught writing and literature for the past few years, he has only recently tried his hand at poetry and short stories.  His favorite authors include Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Tim O’Brien.  A graduate of Penn State University, he enjoys traveling, hiking, photography, and writing.  He has also spent some time in Perugia, Italy.


Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books.  These span the genres of ethnography, journalism, poetry, and creative nonfiction, several edited pro bono for non-profit organizations.  Trained in publishing at Stanford, with a theology masters (world religions) from Harvard and fine arts masters (creative writing) from Notre Dame, he is the recipient of the PEN American Center Shorts Prize, Swale Life Poetry Prize, Cyclamens & Swords Poetry Prize, and Stepping Stones Nigeria Poetry Prize, among other awards.  Desmond is an interdisciplinary artist, also working in clay.  His commemorative pieces are housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

 

Ethan Leonard is a recent graduate of Western Washington University, where he received his B.A.in English.   This is his first published short story.   His poetry is forthcoming in The Electronic Monsoon and Marco Polo Arts Mag.   

 

Ben Leib has spent the past twelve years as a waiter, a student (both undergraduate and graduate), and an alcoholic, intravenous drug user, and each of these stations in life has brought him an equal amount of torment.   He recently earned his Masters degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

 

David Malone is a recent postgraduate.   From Liverpool, he now works as a researcher at the BBC World Service in London.   His previous works have appeared in The Momaya Annual Review, Crannog Literary Magazine, Liars' League, and Milk Money Magazine.

 

Cheryl Medford von Tress, our cover artist, wrote of her photography,  "I have an artful eye.   Light, texture, shape, and shadow define my work.   The term Point and Shoot applies; I compose my shots instantly.  For the cover photograph, I used an Olympus digital camera on an auto setting.   At the time, I was giving our front garden a drink when I saw these long, sensual lines of water running down the asphalt driveway from the leaky faucet and grabbed the camera!  The image was then tinted using Google's Picasa photo program.  The world around me offers constant visual stimulation and fulfillment for my soul and spirit . . . as well as my photography."  

 

Joseph Michael Owens has agreed to stay on for one more year as our technical editor.   He has written for various publications including PANK MagazineThe RumpusThe Houston Literary Review and InDigest Magazine.   His short story “We Always Trust Each Other, Except for When We Don’t” was nominated for both Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web 2011 anthology and storySouth’s Million Writers Award where it was a top-100 finalist.   Joe lives in Omaha with four dogs and one wife.

 

Kara A. Procell is a junior at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina where she is majoring in Theatre Performance with a minor in Creative Writing.  Last year, she worked on their undergraduate literary Journal, The Arrowhead.  This is her first publication.


Michelle Shine just completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University in London.   Her novella The Subtle Art of Healing was long listed for the Cinnamon Press novella award in 2007.   She is the author of What About the Potency? A homeopathic textbook, now in its third edition.   A reading of her short story "Miluna"can be found at:  http://www.bbk.ac.uk/writloud/Readings.htm#M.   She lost her soul mate two years ago and because life begs to be joyful, she has given up her homeopathic practice to stay at home and write full time.   She has three wonderful children and a daily desire to practice yoga and swim.

 

Emily Taylor's short fiction appeared in the Heyday anthology New California Writing:  2011.   In 2009 she was the winner of the Ecotone Evolution contest  celebrating the bicentennial of Darwin's birth.   She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Hillary Tiefer was awarded a scholarship in creative writing, and entered a graduate program in English, ultimately completing a Ph.D.   She has taught at various colleges.   Her scholarly essays have appeared in The Thomas Hardy Journal and in The Jane Austen Society—Southwest Newsletter.   Her short stories have been published in the literary journals Descant, South Jersey Underground, Blue Moon Literary and Art Review, and The Broadkill Review.   She is the May 2012 featured writer for Portland Women Writers.

 

Townsend Walker, Assistant Editor and Assistant Flash Competition 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 collection "A Little Love, A Little Shove" is forthcoming from Shelfstealers Press in 2013.  The website is www.townsendwalker.com.