Poetry Contributors – Issue 4

Sheikha A.
Sheikha A. is from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. Over 200 of her poems appear in 80 literary venues so far, including several anthologies by different presses. She edits poetry for eFiction India.


Iyanu Adelekan
Iyanu Adelekan is a young Nigerian writer who suffers from an insatiable thirst for literary excellence. As a consequence, he finds himself constantly buried within sheets of poetry and perusing the web for beautiful prose. His mind is ever roaming and only finds solace in the dance of the pen. http://seunadelekan.tumblr.com


Colton Adrian
Colton Adrian is twenty-two. He plays with dirt at work and writes when he’s not doing that. He escaped via C-section and was birthed in Williamsburg, Virginia. He’s been there ever since and has been plotting a breakout involving a pen and a pad for the last two years. His work has appeared most recently in The Molotov Cocktail and The Buffalo Almanack.


Wayne F. Burke
Wayne F. Burke’s poetry has appeared in a variety of publications online and in print. His three published poetry collections, all with Bareback Press, are Words That Burn (2013), Dickhead (2015), and Knuckle Sandwiches (2016). He lives in the central Vermont area.


Roman James Hoffman
Roman James Hoffman was born in a small industrial town in the Black Country, England, in 1980. He moved to London in 2004 and since then has been lucky enough to have lived in China in 2007 and Japan in 2012. He is currently satisfied living back in South London. His writing aims to explore identity, consciousness, sexuality, and morality through employing brutality and beauty in equal measure. http://romanjameshoffman.wordpress.com


Markeylia Hooks
Markeylia ‘Key’ Hooks was born in Detroit, Michigan.  She received her BA from Michigan State University and her MSA from Central Michigan University.  Her first short novel, Love Along the Way, is available through all the major e-book distributors.  She derives inspiration from the intrinsic ways in which we all go through similar experiences, yet somehow, remain distant from genuine connection; she desires to bring that closeness to the surface through writing. With muse as inspiration, her pen always spills over in love.


Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro. Matthew has had poetry published in The Carolinian, The Coraddi, The News Verse News, Obsidian Magazine, Yellow Chair Review, Jerry Jazz Musician and Sick Lit Magazine. He’s a sports reporter who has written for the Carolinian, StoopSports, Fansided, and the USA Today College. 


Peycho Kanev
Peycho Kanev is the author of 4 poetry collections and two chapbooks, published in USA and Europe. He has won several European awards for his poetry. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Front Porch Review, Barrow Street, Sheepshead Review, Off the Coast, Sierra Nevada Review and many others.


Arlyn LaBelle
Arlyn LaBelle’s work has appeared multiple times in the Badgerdog summer anthologies as well as Words Work, Persona, The Missing Slate and The Blue Hour. She was awarded a scholarship for the Badgerdog summer writing program, and won 3rd place in the New Jersey Writer’s Project.


Scott Thomas Outlar
Scott Thomas Outlar spends the hours flowing and fluxing with the ever-changing currents of The Tao River while laughing at and/or weeping over life’s existential nature. His second chapbook Songs of a Dissident was released in 2015 through Transcendent Zero Press and is available on Amazon. His poetry collections Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing) and Chaos Songs (Longsword Press) are both forthcoming in 2016. http://17numa.wordpress.com


John Repp
A native of the Pine Barrens region of southern New Jersey, John Repp is a widely published poet, fiction writer, essayist, and book critic. His most recent collection is Fat Jersey Blues, winner of the 2013 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press.


Jon Riccio
Jon Riccio is an incoming PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. His poems appear in apt, Booth, Cleaver, CutBank Online, Redivider, and Hawai’i Review, among others. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona.


Ian Thompson
Ian Thompson is currently earning his BA in creative writing at California State University Long Beach. He is a lover of literature, B-movies, and music. He was the guitarist of the Long Beach punk band Clean Sanchez. In all his creative endeavors, his primary goal is to be original.

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Grace Black

Grace Black mingles with words as she navigates this realm.