Poetry Contributors – Vol. 3, Issue 1

Issue Available on January 1, 2019



Mela Blust
Mela Blust has always had an affinity for the darkness. Her work has appeared in Isacoustic, Rust+Moth, Anti Heroin Chic, and more, and is forthcoming in Rhythm & Bones Lit and The Bitter Oleander, among others.

Website: medium.com/@MelaBlust
Twitter: @melablust
Instagram: @mela_blust 

Max Boden
Max has just finished the poetry strand of UEA’s Creative Writing MA. His dissertation explored the relationship between the screen and the individual through the lens of social media. In his post-MA writing he intends to continue to explore our relationship with technology while endlessly scrolling job sites.

Twitter: @theofficialmaxb

Michael H. Brownstein
Michael H. Brownstein’s work has appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, After Hours, poetrysuperhighway.com and others. His book, A Slipknot Into Somewhere Else: A Poet’s Journey To The Borderlands Of Dementia, was recently published by Cholla Needles Press (2018).

Website: http://projectagentorange.com/

Robert Carr
Massachusetts based poet Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth, published in 2016 by Indolent Books and The Unbuttoned Eye, a full-length collection forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press. Among other publications his poetry appears in the Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Massachusetts Review and Rattle. Robert is poetry editor with Indolent Books and an editor for the anthology Bodies and Scars, forthcoming from the Ghana Writes Literary Group. Additional information can be found at robertcarr.org.

Website: http://robertcarr.org

Niina Tsuyuki Dubik
Niina Tsuyuki Dubik lives in Manitoba where she attends university. Her poetry has been published in Boston Accent Lit, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, and BALLOONS Lit Journal.

Instagram: @apoetwhodoesnotexist 

Kevin R. Farrell, Jr.
Kevin R. Farrell, Jr. is an artist, poet, and educator whose work has been published in Terror House Magazine, former People, Indiana Voice Journal, and Blakelight Magazine and attempts to capture life from the vantage point of someone in the backseat of a stolen car running on fumes.

Website: http://kfarrelljrart.wixsite.com/kfarrelljrart
Instagram: @k.farrell_jr
FB: @kfarrelljr_art

Erik Fuhrer
Erik Fuhrer holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in BlazeVox, Crabfat Magazine, Noble/Gas Qrtrly, Dream Pop Press, and Crack the Spine.

James Croal Jackson
James Croal Jackson is the author of The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared in Columbia Journal, Rattle, Hobart, FLAPPERHOUSE, and elsewhere. He edits The Mantle from Columbus, Ohio. Find him at jimjakk.com and @jimjakk.

Website: http://jimjakk.com
Twitter: @jimjakk
Instagram: @jimjakk

Shannon Lise
Originally from Texas, Shannon Lise spent twelve years in the Middle East and currently lives in Québec. Her first poetry collection is underway and recent work has appeared in The Sunlight Press, The Ekphrastic Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Eunoia Review and Red Eft Review. She also writes high fantasy (Keeper of Nimrah, 2014).

Instagram: @shannonlise

Robert Okaji
Robert Okaji lives in Texas. The author of five chapbooks, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Red River Review, Vox Populi, Eclectica and elsewhere.

Website: https://robertokaji.com
Twitter: @robertokaji 

Carlos Orozco

Twitter: @goldzco21

Firdaus Parvez
Firdaus, an avid reader and book hoarder, also enjoys tinkering with words. Though her first love is flash fiction, she surprises herself with a poem every now and then. Her prose and poetry have been published both online and in print. She has also co-edited an anthology.

Website: firdausp1.wordpress.com
Twitter: @firdausp
Instagram: @firdauswrites

Richard Sampson
Richard Sampson lays claims to many dimensions; the lyrical and the dissonant, the metrical and the asymmetrical. All find a home in his poet’s heart and mind. Richard was born in Guyana and resides presently in Toronto, Canada.

Scott Waters
Scott Waters is a poet and songwriter living in Oakland, California, with his wife and son. He graduated with an M.A. from the San Francisco State creative writing program, and has published previously in The Santa Clara Review, The Pangolin Review, Amethyst Review, Oblivion, and NatureWriting.

Poetry Contributors – Vol. 2, Issue 6

Issue Available on November 1, 2018


Steven Crimaldi

Steven Crimaldi was born and raised in New York City, and has called Boston home for over 10 years now, where he does his best to visit the homes of John Adams once a year. His work has previously appeared in Rust + Moth, The Journal and others. 

Milton P. Ehrlich

Milton P. Ehrlich, Ph.D. is an 87-year-old psychologist and a veteran of the Korean War who has published numerous poems in periodicals such as Descant, Ottawa Arts Review, Wisconsin Review, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Toronto Quarterly Review, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, and the New York Times.

Rayanne Esparza

With her love of free verse, Rayanne Esparza uses this style to express her advocacy for the beaten, the broken, and voiceless. At 22 years old, she has taken a keen interest on societal issues that were once a blur to her, but now are prevalent in her life.

Instagram: @poison_in_a_pretty_pill
HighOnPoems: highonpoems.com/poet/hellion77

Heikki Huotari

Heikki Huotari is a retired math professor, author of three poetry chapbooks, one of which won the Gambling The Aisle prize, a collection, Fractal Idyll, After the Pause Press, 2018, and a collection, The Knowable Emotions, forthcoming from Lynx House Press.

Joshua Michael Johnson

Joshua Michael Johnson teaches at the Chattanooga State Community College. His work appears in Crack the Spine, The Writing Disorder, and SNReview.

Tapanga Koe

Canadian short story author Tapanga Koe has published works in Mystery Weekly, Aurora Wolf, Asymmetry, and Euonia Review, and anthologies They Have to Take You In (edited by Ursula Pflug, Hidden Brook Press) and That Not Forgotten (edited by Bruce Kauffman, Hidden Brook Press). 

Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy has been published in a number of print and online journals. His first collection of poems, Crafting Wings was published in 2017. A second collection, Having Lived, is scheduled for publication in 2018. He is senior poetry editor for an online literary publication, Halfway Down the Stairs.    

Website:  Josephmurphypoet.com
Twitter: @poetjfm
Instagram: @poetjfm

Steven Pan

Steven Pan is a recent college graduate, currently residing in New Haven. His poems have appeared in Sweet Tree Review, White Ash Literary Magazine, Unbroken Journal, and elsewhere. In his spare time, he can usually be found in a local coffee shop, pondering over line breaks and spacing.

Jacob Parsons

Jacob Parsons, though originally from north Australia, currently resides in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More of his words can be found in Cordite Poetry Review, and Noble/Gas Qtrly. A full list of his published work can be viewed on his website.

Website: jacobkparsons.wordpress.com

Susan Richardson

Susan Richardson lives and writes in Los Angeles. Her work has been published in numerous online and print journals.  She was awarded the Sheila – Na – Gig 2017 Winter Poetry Prize, featured in the Literary Juice Q&A Series, and chosen as the Ink Sweat & Tears March 2018 Poet of the Month. Her poetry has also been nominated for Best of the Net.

Website: floweringink.wordpress.com
Twitter: @floweringink

M.C. St. John

M.C. St. John is a Chicago writer. His works have been published in After Hours Press, Aphelion, Chicago Literati, Ink in Thirds, Literary Orphans, Maudlin House, Quail Bell Magazine, Word Branch, Unbroken Journal, and Vignette Review. He is the author of the short story collection Other Music.

Twitter: @MC_StJohn

John Thomas Wetmore

John Thomas Wetmore is a Connecticut poet who teaches creative writing at Arts at the Capitol Theater in Willimantic, CT. Be it Gene Wolfe, ancient folklore, or wild wolf sanctuaries, he holds an affinity for all things lupine. His work has recently appeared in After the Pause, The Sandy River Review, and Steam Ticket.

L.L. Wohlwend

L.L. Wohlwend is a writer living in Albuquerque. Her poetry has appeared in Haibun Today, Modern Haiku, and other places. 

Twitter: @llwohlwend

Thom Young 

Thom Young is a writer from Texas. His work has been in PBS Newshour, The Wall Street Journal, The Oxford Review, and over a hundred literary journals. A 2008 Million Writers Award and 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee. His work was recently featured in the Friction Series in over 700 Barnes and Noble locations. 

Website: Instapoet
Twitter:  @thomyoung17
Instagram:  @tyypoet

Poetry Contributors – Vol. 2, Issue 5

Issue Available on September 1, 2018


Steve Denehan 

Steve Denehan lives in Kildare, Ireland with his wife Eimear and daughter Robin. He has been published in The First Literary Review, Better Than Starbucks, The Opiate, Sky Island Journal, Evening Street Review, The Folded Word, Fowl Feathered Review, Third Wednesday and many others.


Ateeb Gul

Ateeb Gul teaches and practices editing at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is a graduate of LUMS and of Boston University’s Editorial Institute. His translation of a poem of the Urdu poet Faiz was published in OUP’s Literary Imagination.

Twitter: @AteebGul


Lee Hamblin

Lee Hamblin is from the UK. He lives in Greece and teaches yoga. He’s had stories published in Atlas and Alice, FlashBack Fiction, MoonPark Review, formercactus, Reflex, Ellipsis, Fictive Dream, Spelk, F(r)online, and in other places.

Website: http://hamblin1.wordpress.com
Twitter: @kali_thea


Kara Knickerbocker

Kara Knickerbocker is the author of Next to Everything that is Breakable (Finishing Line Press 2017). She lives in Pittsburgh where she writes with Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops, and co-curates the MadFridays Reading Series. Find her online at www.karaknickerbocker.com.

Website: http://www.karaknickerbocker.com
Twitter: @writer_kara
Instagram: @karadactylll


Tara Labovich

Tara Labovich is a poetry and philosophy student at Colorado College where she works as a writing tutor and for the Hairstreak Butterfly Review. 

Instagram: @taralabovich


Christine A. MacKenzie 

Christine A. MacKenzie studies English, creative writing, and psychology at the University of Michigan. She is a regular writer for Mentality Magazine and The Odyssey, Crisis Counselor, anatomical research assistant and instructor. She has recently been published in The Inflectionist Review, The Avalon Literary Review, Visitant, Eunoia, and The Underground.


Bray McDonald

Bray McDonald is an Environmental Educator and Information Specialist in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mr. McDonald has been published in many journals recently, including Black Scat Review, Blue Collar Review, POEM, Storyteller Magazine, Plainsongs, Avalon Literary Review; and Alternate History Fiction, Gold Dust Magazine, and Between These Shores Anthology in the UK.


Rahul Misra

Rahul Misra writes poems on his phone, which means most people think he is a social media addict. But being misunderstood has been his superpower since childhood. His work has appeared in The Junction, Kavitanjali and the Native Petals anthology. He grew up in India and currently lives in London.

Website: https://rmisra.com
Twitter: @rahulmisra722


Norman Wm. Muise

Norman resides in Guelph Ontario and has been writing haiku and senyru for many years.


Arushi Singh

Arushi Singh is a poet, book reviewer, and literature student from India. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Radius, Chiron Review, The Big Windows Review and more. She loves writing and reading contemporary poetry, and identifies as a poet before anything else.

Website: http://arushisingh.com
Instagram: @arushi1296


Ian C. Smith

Ian C. Smith’s work has appeared in, Antipodes, Australian Book Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Critical Survey, Prole, The Stony Thursday Book, & Two-Thirds North. His seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy, Ginninderra (Port Adelaide). He writes in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, and on Flinders Island, Tasmania. 


Othuke Isaac Umukoro

Othuke Isaac Umukoro is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He started writing poems in his sophomore year back in the University but only recently started to submit his works for publications. He is a great fan of dark comedies and is a constant writer of fiction for the blog — http://mygoldpen.com He lives in and writes from Abeokuta, Nigeria

Instagram: @othukeumukoro

Poetry Contributors – Vol. 2, Issue 4

Joshua Bird
Joshua Bird is a modern hermit. He can(not) be found hiding from the oppressive Floridian sun by day & wallowing in sentences that hang slightly ajar by night. His work can be or will be found in Eye Flash Poetry, Ink in Thirds, Silver Blade, & Visions International.

Website: joshuabirdpoetry.com
Twitter: @joshuabirdpoet


Libby Christensen
Libby Christensen currently resides in Wenatchee, Washington. She is a Professional and Creative Writing major and Communications minor at Central Washington University. This is her first submission of poems to any magazine publication.


Austin Davis
Austin Davis’ poetry has been published widely in literary journals and magazines. Most recently, his work can be found in Pif Magazine, Folded Word, The Poetry Shed, In Between Hangovers and Spillwords. His first chapbook, The Moon and Her Ocean, was published in 2017 by Fowlpox Press. Austin’s poetry is forthcoming from Your One Phone Call, and Street Lights Press and his first full-length collection, Cloudy Days, Still Nights was released by Moran Press on May 27, 2018.

Website: https://austindavispoetry.weebly.com/
Twitter: @Austin_Davis17
Instagram: @austinwdavis1


Caitlin Gaudio
Caitlin Gaudio is an undergraduate studying Biomedical Sciences. After school, she intends to work in healthcare. Caitlin has a lifelong passion for literature and various forms of creative writing. She has a poetry chapbook “These Celestial Bodies” published by Moonchild Magazine. The Northeast United States is where she calls home.

Website: http://cgaudiowriting.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @cgaudio7


Kayla King
Kayla King’s work has been published by or is forthcoming from One For One Thousand, Germ Magazine, Five 2 One Magazine, Plath Poetry Project, Cat on a Leash Review, MockingHeart Review, Figroot Press, Souvenir Lit Journal, Dear Damsels, The Mystic Blue Review, The Green Light, Firewords Magazine, and Twelve Winters Press. 

Website: https://www.kaylakingbooks.com
Twitter: @KaylaMKing
Instagram: @kaylakingbooks


Kim Peter Kovac
Kim Peter Kovac works nationally and internationally in theater for young audiences with an emphasis on new play development and networking. He tells stories on stages as producer of new plays, and tells stories in writing with lineated poems, prose poems, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, haiku, haibun, and microfiction, with work appearing or forthcoming in print and online in journals from Australia, India, Dubai (UAE), England, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and the USA.

Website: http://kimpeterkovac.tumblr.com
Twitter: @kimpeterkovac


Rachel Newcombe
Rachel Newcombe is a psychoanalyst in the San Juan Islands and Seattle, Washington. Her writing has appeared in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, The Psychoanalytic Review, The Rumpus, 7X7LA, Anti-Heroin Chic, Hippocampus, and elsewhere. She can be found on Twitter at @rachelnewcombe8

Twitter: @rachelnewcombe8


Firdaus Parvez
Firdaus, an avid reader and book hoarder, also enjoys tinkering with words. Though her first love is flash fiction, she surprises herself with a poem every now and then. Her prose and poetry have been published both online and in print. Currently, she is co-editing an anthology.

Website: firdausp1.wordpress.com ; https://allpoetry.com/Firdausp
Twitter: @firdausp
Instagram: @firdauswrites


Jeffrey Zable
Jeffrey Zable is a teacher, conga drummer who plays Afro-Cuban folkloric music for dance classes, and a writer of poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction. His writing has appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and anthologies—most recently in Third Wednesday, After The Pause. Raw, The Soft Cartel, Spider Mirror, Midnight Lane, and many others.

Poetry Contributors – Vol. 2, Issue 3

Carl Auerbach
Carl Auerbach lives in New York City, where he has a private practice of psychotherapy. Now that his four children are grown, he is pursuing a long-standing interest in poetry. He’s had three poems and a short story nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

PJ Carmichael
PJ Carmichael is a writer, noise musician, and outdoors enthusiast from Wakefield, Massachusetts. He finds himself alternating between immersion in the forestry of New England and observation of the sights and sounds of its cities. He is currently working on finding the balance between vice and virtue.

Timothy Gager
Timothy Gager is the author of fourteen books of short fiction and poetry. Every Day There Is Something About Elephants, a book of 108 flash fictions, hand picked by over 55 editors, was released by Big Table Publishing in 2018. He’s hosted the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 2001 and was the co-founder of The Somerville News Writers Festival. He has had over 500 works of fiction and poetry published and of which thirteen have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio.

Website: www.timothygager.com
Twitter: @timothygager

John Grey
John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Examined Life Journal, Studio One and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Leading Edge, Poetry East, and Midwest Quarterly.

David Hanlon
David Hanlon is from Cardiff, Wales, and currently living in Bristol, England. He has a BA in Film Studies & is training part-time as a counsellor/therapist. You can find his work online in or forthcoming with Ink, Sweat & Tears, Fourth & Sycamore, Calamus Journal, Occulum, Riggwelter Press & The Rising Phoenix Review, among others.

Twitter: @davidhanlon13

Richard Manly Heiman
Richard Manly Heiman lives in a shack in the Sierra Nevada pines. He works as a substitute teacher and writes when the kids are at recess. Richard is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his website is http://www.poetrick.com, and he has been published by Rattle, Prole, Into the Void, and others.

Website: www.poetrick.com
Twitter: @poetrmh

Mark Hurtubise
Mark Hurtubise, in the 1970’s, was published in over a dozen small press publications. Then, family, teaching, two college presidencies and recently CEO of a Northwest community foundation. Recapturing poetry’s euphoria and appreciation for the authors he read four decades ago, he is attempting to write again with triangular insights.

M.J. Iuppa
M.J. Iuppa’s fourth poetry collection is This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017). For the past 29 years, she has lived on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Check out her blog for her musings on writing, sustainability & life’s stew.

Website: mjiuppa.blogspot.com

Candice Kubinec
Candace writes from a comfy chair, with her feet up and a steamy cup of tea. Some of her poetry has been published in The Loyalhanna Review and in the d’Verse Poets Pub anthology, Chiaroscuro.

Website: rhymeswithbug.com
Twitter: @candace_kubinec

Susan Luther
Susan Luther has published many poems in journals, anthologies, several chapbooks, and a full-length book of poems. She founded and leads the Coweeta Poets, a group of women from north Alabama whose latest collective publication is The Red Cord.

Michael T. Smith
Michael T. Smith is an Assistant Professor of the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University, where he received his PhD in English. He teaches cross-disciplinary courses that blend humanities with other areas. He has published over 50 poems in over 20 different journals. He loves to travel.

Website: polytechnic.purdue.edu/profile/smith859