2016 Contributors : Issue 14

Stacey Balkun is the author of two chapbooks, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ Publications 2016). A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013.

Tammy Bendetti lives and works in Colorado with her husband & two daughters. When she’s not writing, she likes to paint & drink too much coffee. You can find her work most recently at Alyss and Thank You for Swallowing.

Joseph Bodie is an MFA student at the University of San Francisco, where he is working on a collection of short stories. His work has appeared in such journals as The Tishman Review, SLAB, sparkle + blink, and Sanctuary.

Alexa Doran is a poet who recently graduated from the UNCW MFA Poetry program. She has recently been featured or is forthcoming in Ekphrasis, Petrichor Review, So to Speak, Gertrude Press, The James Franco Review, Cactus Heart and CALYX literary magazines. Her poems were finalists in the 2014 Third Coast Poetry Contest, the 2014 Puerto Del Sol Contest, the 2014 Fairy Tale Review Contest and for the 2015 Nancy Hargrove Editor’s Prize.

Jessica Evans is a Cincinnati native who spends her times between deadlifts and writing. When she’s not chalking her hands or tapping her words, she’s perfecting vegan mac and cheese.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems, and State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies. Since 2013 she’s been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes and four Best of The Net awards. Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly and photography editor of Fine Linen Literary Magazine.

Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American poet from the Southwestern desert. Her full-length poetry collection Landscape with Headless Mama won the 2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize and is forthcoming in 2016. Her honors include an NEA fellowship, PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellowship, The Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, The Pinch Poetry Prize, The DASH Poetry Prize, and work in Best New Poets 2013, AGNI, and Prairie Schooner. She teaches at The Rooster Moans Poetry Coop.

Sonia Greenfield is primarily a poet but has been dabbling in fiction, and her dabbling has been met with some success. Her stories have appeared in PANK, The Bellevue Literary Review, Sequestrum, LARB Quarterly Journal, and Non-Binary Review. Her first book of poems, Boy with a Halo at the Farmer’s Market, won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize. She lives in Los Angeles where she teaches writing at USC.

Jennifer Hanks is the author of the forthcoming chapbooks Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and gar child (Tree Light Books). She is also collaborating with illustrator Julie Herndon on a poetry comic, The Unsteady Planet, that will be released by Instar Books in late 2016. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Bone Bouquet, Menacing Hedge, The Boiler, [PANK], and Ghost Ocean. She writes a tiny nonfiction column, Disorder Reigns, for Arcadia Magazine and is an associate editor for Sundress Publications.

Aimee Herman is the author of two full-length books of poems and teaches writing in the Bronx.

Josh Huber writes poems. On occasion he submits them to fine publications. He sometimes sits in the sun. It gets hot on his legs. Someone stops by to talk to him, and he forgets what he was going to say here.

Andrew Koch currently lives in Spokane, Washington, where he is pursuing an MFA at Eastern Washington University and serves as managing editor of Stirring: A Literary Collection. He is the author of the forthcoming chapbook, Brick-Woman (Hermeneutic Chaos, 2016) and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, The Hollins Critic, Menacing Hedge, Bodega, and others.

George McKim has multiple stab wounds from running with scissors. He also has an MFA in Painting. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Diagram, elimae, The Found Poetry Review, Dear Sirs, Shampoo, Ditch, Glittermob, Cricket Online Review, Otoliths, Blaze Vox, The Tupelo Press 30/30 Project and others. His chapbook of Found Poetry and Visual Poetry Found & Lost was published by Silver Birch Press in 2015. A poem from the chapbook was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Silver Birch Press in 2015.

A nine-time Pushcart-Prize nominee and National Park Artist-in-Residence, Karla Linn Merrifield has eleven books to her credit; the newest is Bunchberries, More Poems of Canada (FootHills Publishing). She is editor and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye. Visit her Vagabond Poet at

Jessica Morey-Collins is an MFA student at the University of New Orleans, where she works as associate poetry editor for Bayou Magazine. She received a scholarship to study at the NYS Summer Writer’s Institute and was a finalist for the 4th Annual Gigantic Sequins Poetry Contest. Her poems and nonfiction can be found or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Vinyl Poetry, ILK Journal, Superstition Review, The Boiler Journal, Animal Literary Journal and elsewhere. She blogs on craft for North American Review.

Amy Pence authored the poetry collections Armor, Amour (Ninebark Press, 2012) and The Decadent Lovely (Main Street Rag, 2010). Winner of the Claire Keyes Poetry Award from Soundings East, Pence has published in The Antioch Review, The Oxford American and Juked, among others.

Ruben Rodriguez is the fiction editor of The Great American Lit Mag and author of the chapbook We Do What We Want (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2015). His poems have been deemed fit for consumption by the likes of Driftwood Press, Hawai’i Review, Oxford Magazine, Welter, 94 Creations, Perception, and others. You can find him at

Mathew Serback can moonwalk on a treadmill. His work can be found in respected publications such as scissors & spackle, Repurposed Magazine, On the Rusk, and The Flexible Persona (among others).

Daniel M. Shapiro is the author of How the Potato Chip Was Invented (sunnyoutside press, 2013), a collection of celebrity-centered poems. His recent work has appeared in Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Maudlin House, Across the Margin, and elsewhere. He is a special education teacher who lives in Pittsburgh.

Alex Stolis lives in Minneapolis.

Teagan Sturmer is an artist and writer from the Midwest. She has had poetry published in Into the Teeth of the Wind, and is the founder of the online writing community, The Writing Collective. She lives on the bank of a polluted river and prays for the fish.

Dylan Taylor is a university drop-out who slings cheap coffee to cottagers and builds dry stone walls in Canada. When he is not working he is spending his wages on tickets to Virginia to see his Fiancé and Emerson the best duo on the continent. He has work published in Blotterature, Kentucky Review and The Lost Country. Work forthcoming at decomP.

Alex Vigue is a Washington State writer with a degree in creative writing from Western Washington University. Alex has been published in Phantom Drift, Jeopardy’s 50th anniversary issue, and Emerge Literary Journal among others. He is the fiction editor for Dirty Chai Lit Magazine and he hopes to have a collection of his works published soon. You can find him on twitter @Kingwithnoname