Poetry Contributors – Issue 7

Matt Alexander
Matt Alexander is a scientist and writer in Philadelphia. When struck by insight, he shouts “Bazinga!”, not “Eureka!” although he has nothing against Archimedes and is in fact himself an avid bath-taker. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Maudlin House, After the Pause, and Five2One Magazine. http://mattalexanderblog.wordpress.com


Sheila Arndt
Sheila Arndt is a reader, writer, and Ph.D. candidate currently living in the Midwest. She cares about place, process, the modern and postmodern, Americana, critical theory, New Orleans, saltwater, canines, garlic, roses, old blues, and new dreams. Her work has been published in Gravel, Literary Orphans, Black Heart Magazine, and The Tishman Review. http://www.sheilamarndt.com


Jessica Renee Dawson
Jessica Renee Dawson, lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and has studied poetry through North Island College. She’s been published in Poetry Quarterly, Haiku Journal, and Rutger Haur’s Soap Box Poets. In 2014, she was photographed and interviewed by USA Today for her work with, Stand Up For Mental Health. http://www.poetrysoup.com


Laura Fairgrieve
Laura Fairgrieve received her MFA from Adelphi University, where she currently teaches. Her work has appeared in East Coast Ink, Words Dance Publishing, Village of Crickets, and is forthcoming in The Bitchin’ Kitsch. She is a winner of the Poets & Writers 2016 Amy Award. She lives in Brooklyn.


S. Kay
S. Kay is a queer Canadian. She is the author of RELIANT (tNY.Press, 2015), JOY (Maudlin House, 2016), and LOST IN THE LAND OF BEARS (Reality Hands, 2016).


Heller Levinson
Heller Levinson’s publication, SMELLING MARY (HDP, 2012) was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Prize. Black Widow Press published his FROM STONE THIS RUNNING in 2012. WRACK LARIAT is newly released from Black Widow Press. TENEBRAED is slated for publication in early 2017 by BWP. He is the originator of Hinge Theory.


Sean Lynch
Sean Lynch is a poet and editor who lives in Camden, NJ. The poet laureate of Philadelphia, Frank Sherlock, wrote that Lynch’s “…poems of place chart the shifting conditions of urban space, in all their terrors and possibility.” CA Conrad called Lynch’s book “the city of your mind” [Whirlwind Press, 2013] “marvelous!” and says that “…Sean Lynch carves the true city with a knife in the leg.”


Jess Mize 
Jess Mize is a blonde-haired surfer girl from South Carolina. Her favourite author is Stephen King. Vampire Weekend three albums in stores now.


Alice Pettway
Alice Pettway’s work has appeared in various print and online journals. Her full-length collection, The Time of Hunger, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. She is a former Lily Peter fellow, Raymond L. Barnes Poetry Award winner, and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Currently, she lives and writes in Bogotá, Colombia.


Ryan Samson
Ryan Samson is a student at the University of San Diego, pursuing a major in English with emphasis in Creative Writing. He expects to graduate in 2017. Ryan primarily writes poetry, and his work has previously been featured in GNU Literary Journal and Miscellany. 


Nathan Alan Schwartz
Nathan Alan Schwartz enjoys bathing naked in black ink. He is the Editor in Chief of Five 2 One Magazine.


Cathryn Shea

Cathryn Shea has earned a living from writing most of her life. Her chapbook, Snap Bean is by CC.Marimbo. Find recent poetry in Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, Permafrost, Rust + Moth, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. Cathryn lives in Fairfax, CA, and served as editor for Marin Poetry Center Anthology. http://www.cathrynshea.com


Ryan Skaryd
Ryan Skaryd lives and writes in Orlando, where he is currently an MFA candidate in nonfiction at the University of Central Florida. Themes of masculinity and gender are prominent in his work, along with ideas of nostalgia and memory.  This is his first poetry publication.


M.C. St. John
M.C. St. John is a writer living in Chicago. His works have been published in After Hours Press, Literary Orphans, Maudlin House, Chicago Literati, Quail Bell Magazine, Word Branch, and Unbroken Journal. His short story collection Other Music was recently published. http://mcstjohn.com


Daniel Tobin
Daniel Tobin is an aspiring novelist and poet out in Los Angeles, CA. A fanatic of magic realism, he approaches every medium with a sense of metaphor and obscurity. Daniel has a degree in Film Production from Chapman University and currently works as marketing producer at a television network.


Alia Hussain Vancrown
Alia Hussain Vancrown was born December 1, 1987. Her work has appeared in Red Fez, Drunk Monkeys, Eunoia Review, among others. She has work forthcoming in Midway Journal and Kweli Journal.


Miles Varana
Miles Varana’s work has appeared in a variety of publications, most recently SOFTBLOW, After the Pause, Chicago Literati, Yellow Chair Review, and Clear Poetry. He has worked previously as a staff reader and managing editor at Hawai’i Pacific Review. Miles lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Grace Black

Grace Black mingles with words as she navigates this realm.