Poetry Contributors – Issue 8

Sarah Stoltzfus Allen
Sarah is a wife and mother 24/7 and a writer when space allows (and sometimes when space doesn’t allow). Her work can be found in The Sacred Cow, Ink in Thirds, the compilation Poppies in the Gold, and her personal blog. She runs on coffee and good intentions. http://becauseican5150.wordpress.com


Devon Balwit
Devon Balwit is a poet and educator working in Portland, Oregon. Her work has found many fine homes, among them: Emerge Literary Journal, Free State Review, Journal of Applied Poetics, Lalitamba, Red Paint Hill Publishing, The Cape Rock, The Prick of the Spindle, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Third Wednesday, and Timberline Review.


Dr. M. D. Bolsover
Dr. M. D. Bolsover an Edinburgh-based freelance writer, currently has short experimental prose-poetry published with FREAK CIRCUS Magazine (Edinburgh) and Into the Void Magazine (Dublin), and forthcoming with 404 Ink Magazine (Edinburgh), and an anthology of ‘multimodal work’ with Twelve Winters Press (Illinois).


Elena Botts
Elena grew up in the DC area, lived briefly in Berlin and Johannesburg, and now attends college in upstate New York. She’s been published in fifty literary magazines over the past few years. She is the winner of four poetry contests, including Word Works Young Poets’. Her poetry has been exhibited at the Greater Reston Art Center and at Arterie Fine Art Gallery. Check out her poetry books, we’ll beachcomb for their broken bones (Red Ochre Press, 2014), a little luminescence (Allbook-Books, 2011) and the reason for rain (Coffeetown Press, 2015). Her visual art has won her several awards. Go to elenabotts.com and o-mourning-dove.tumblr.com to see her latest work.


Peter Bracking
Peter Bracking tells tall tales. Earth point: a tropical metropolis. Words have literally been published from ocean to ocean to ocean by some really great literary mags in a growing number of countries on half the inhabited continents. The only occupation is being a beach bum.


Marcus Benjamin Ray Bradley
Marcus Benjamin Ray Bradley grew up in Perryville and now lives in Versailles, KY, with his wife and daughters. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the pages of Chiron Review, Five 2 One Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Futures Trading as well as online at the Kentucky Arts Council and Fifty Word Stories websites.


Mark Danowsky
Mark Danowsky’s poetry has appeared in About Place, Beechwood Review, The Broadkill Review, Cordite, Red River Review, Shot Glass Journal and elsewhere. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Mark currently resides in North-Central West Virginia. He works for a private detective agency and is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.


Bill Gardner
Bill Gardner is a rising sophomore at Kenyon College. During the school year, he works as the News Editor for the college’s newspaper, the Kenyon Collegian. He writes fiction and poetry in his spare time. His work has appeared in Poetry Breakfast.


Allison Grayhurst
Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Three times nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015, she has over 850 poems published in over 380 international journals. She has twelve published books of poetry, seven collections, nine chapbooks, and a chapbook pending publication. She lives in Toronto with her family. She is a vegan. She also sculpts, working with clay;


Lee Kaloidis
Lee Kaloidis is a painter & poet with a background in improvisational music. Married and living just outside NYC. Has been around for a while. http://www.leekaloidis.com


Erren Geraud Kelly
Pushcart nominated poet from Los Angeles. He’s been writing for 25 years and has over 150 publications in print and online in such publications as Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish,Ceremony, Cactus Heart, Similar Peaks, Gloom Cupboard, Poetry Salzburg and other publications.


Amy Kotthaus
Amy Kotthaus is a writer, painter, translator, and photographer. Her work includes poetry, Latin translation, abstract painting, and black and white photography. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Southern Maine, and she currently lives in Maine with her husband and children.


Ashley Mares
Ashley’s chapbook A Dark, Breathing Heart is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press & Studio. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Hermeneutic Chaos, Whiskey Island, Rogue Agent, Menacing Hedge, and others. Read more of her poetry at ashleymarespoetry.wordpress.com


Michael Marrotti
Michael Marrotti is an author from Pittsburgh, using words instead of violence to mitigate the suffering of life in a callous world of redundancy. His primary goal is to help other people. He considers poetry to be a form of philanthropy. When he’s not writing, he’s volunteering at the Light Of Life homeless shelter on a weekly basis. If you appreciate the man’s work, please check out his book, F.D.A. Approved Poetry, available at Amazon.


Elaine Marie McKay
Elaine Marie McKay lives in Scotland. She has flash fiction published in 100wordstory, Literary Orphans, Flash Fiction Magazine and SickLitMag. Her picture book, ‘Grandma’s Face Tells Her Story’ (eTreasures Publishing) is due for release early 2017.


Mark J. Mitchell
Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver and George Hitchcock.. His work has appeared in the several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. Three of his chapbooks—Three Visitors, Lent, 1999 , and Artifacts and Relics—and a novel, Knight Prisoner are available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Joan Juster.


Allison Rhodes
Allison Rhodes hails from Victoria, Canada where she works as an English teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Education. She also maintains a longstanding love of dance, and, to this day, continues to keep a canvas-slipper-clad foot in that door. Her writing has appeared both online and in print, with recent publications in Punchnel’s, Firewords Quarterly, Poetry Quarterly, and Form Quarterly. 


Tara Roeder
Tara Roeder is the author of two chapbooks, (all the things you’re not) and Maritime. Her work has appeared in multiple venues including The Bombay Gin, THRUSH, and Bateau. She is an Associate Professor of Writing Studies in New York City.


K. D. Rose
K. D. Rose has or will be published in Word Riot, Poetry Breakfast, Candlelit Journal, Voices Project, Stray Branch Magazine, Strange Poetry, Nuclear Impact Anthology, Paragram Press Anthology, etc. K. D.’s book, Inside Sorrow, won Readers Favorite Silver Medal for Poetry. Her latest release is Brevity of Twit. https://authorkdrose.net/


Mathew Serback
Mathew Serback’s debut book will be available in October of 2017 through ELJ Publications. He has short fiction everywhere in 2016. He’s the managing editor of scissors&spackle, as well as an assistant editor with Bartleby Snopes. He has short fiction pieces upcoming in Crack the Spine, Foliate Oak, and Knee-Jerk.


Lisa Stice
Lisa Stice is a poet/mother/military spouse who received a BA in English literature from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) and an MFA in creative writing and literary arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. While it is difficult to say where home is, she currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog. She is the author of a poetry collection, Uniform (Aldrich Press, 2016).


Bonnie Rae Walker
Bonnie is a graduate of UCI with a degree in Drama, emphasizing playwriting. She has lived different places, taken odd jobs and continued to write. A few pieces have been published but most continue to reside in various thumb drives.


Thom Young
Thom Young is a writer from Texas. His work has been in The Commonline Journal, 3am magazine, Crack the Spine, Word Riot, 48th Street Press, and many other places. A 2008 Million Writers Award nominee for his story “Perico.”

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Grace Black mingles with words as she navigates this realm.