2018 Contributors

David J. Bauman’s chapbook Angels & Adultery was selected by Nickole Brown for the Robin Becker Series and published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2018. His chapbook Moons, Roads, and Rivers was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. David has poems published or forthcoming in the New Ohio Review, Third Wednesday, Barely South Review, and Contemporary American Voices, among other places, including the anthology Lovejets, Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman (Rebels and Squares, 2019). http://davidjbauman.com/
Jari Chevalier headshotJari Chevalier is a creative artist working in several expressive forms. Her poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Boulevard, The Cincinnati Review, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast Online, Ploughshares, Spillway, and others. She won the 2018 Common Ground Poetry Contest and the 2016 inaugural contest at Sheila-Na-Gig online. Her visual art has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in several states. She is the featured artist in the 2019 issue of Artful Dodge literary and arts journal. Jari’s multidisciplinary work has received support from public and private grantmakers, including The Puffin Foundation, Marble House Project, The Ragdale Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center. (http://jarichevalier.com)

Catherine R. Cryan grew up around giant silk moths, pitch pines, and salamander eggs, and never really left them behind.  Originally from New York, she has put down roots in Rhode Island, working as a science educator, college sports statistician, and farmer.  She holds degrees in biology and education from Fordham University, and is currently on hiatus from her work as an environmental educator while she and her partner raise their young twin sons. Her poetry has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in Broadsided Press, The Outrider Review, The Comstock Review, and Evening Street. As a child, she spent more time outdoors than in, something she tries diligently to replicate as an adult.

MyPhoto.jpgRobert Eastwood’s work appeared most recently in 3Elements Review, West Texas Literary Review, Up The Staircase Quarterly, Poet Lore, Triggerfish Literary Review and Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. His book Snare: was published by Broadstone Books (2016).  His second book, Romer, was published by Etruscan Press (2018). He has three Pushcart nominations.
Jennifer Hollis_headshotJennifer L. Hollis is a writer, music-thanatologist, and the author of Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage (Praeger). She was a finalist for Breakwater Review’s Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cagibi, Atlanta Review and Crosswinds Poetry Journal. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Progressive, The Rumpus, and other publications. You can read more and sign up for her occasional newsletter, One Hundred Rejections, at www.jenniferhollis.com.

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AKaiser’s collection glint, co-winner of the Milk and Cake Press Manuscript Award, will be published this October. AK is a finalist for the Eggtooth Editions Chapbook Prize and the The North American Review James Hearst Prize. Member of the Sweet Action Poetry Collective, she has contributed to its four chapbooks. Recent and forthcoming work can be found in Amsterdam QuarterlyThe Broken PlateMudfishQuail Bell MagazineThe Rumpus, and The St. Petersburg Review. Dr. Kaiser holds degrees in poetry and intercultural studies & translation, with a dissertation on translations of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.

image1Angela Kay is a native Ohioan, a mother of two extraordinary girls, a wife of 20 years, and a poet who put down her pen early in life. She picked it up much later, dusted it off, and intends to never put it down again. You can find her in the quiet shadows of the late night or early morning, composing poetry on her phone.
Kristin LaFollette (3)Kristin LaFollette is a PhD. candidate at Bowling Green State University and is a writer, artist, and photographer. She is the author of the chapbook, Body Parts (GFT Press, 2018). You can visit her on Twitter at @k_lafollette03 or on her website at kristinlafollette.com.
KLM Author PhotoKarla Linn Merrifield, a nine-time Pushcart-Prize nominee and National Park Artist-in-Residence, has had 700+ poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has 13 books to her credit, the newest of which is Psyche’s Scroll, a book-length poem, published by The Poetry Box Select in June 2018. Forthcoming in Spring 2019 is her full-length book Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North, from Cirque Press. Her Godwit:  Poems of Canada (FootHills Publishing) received the Eiseman Award for Poetry. She is a frequent contributor to The Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, and assistant editor and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye. She is a member of Just Poets (Rochester, NY), the Florida State Poetry Society, the New Mexico Poetry Society, and The Author’s Guild. Visit her blog, Vagabond Poet Redux, at http://karlalinn.blogspot.com. Google her name to learn more; Tweet @LinnMerrifiel; https://www.facebook.com/karlalinn.merrifield.
unnamedEmily K. Michael is a blind poet, musician, and writing instructor from Jacksonville, FL. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Wordgathering, The Hopper, The South Carolina Review, The Deaf Poets Society, Nine Mile Magazine, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog, and AWP Writer’s Notebook. Emily’s work centers on ecology, disability, and music. She designs grammar workshops for multilingual learners and delivers poetry workshops for writers at all levels. Find more of her work at http://emilykmichael.com. Her first book Neoteny: Poems is available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press.
N.L. PillmanN.L. Pillman has an MFA in Creative Writing from Iowa State University. N.L.’s work has appeared in PANKNorth American Review, New Ohio Review, Mid-American Review, and others.
Terry's Delta PhotoTerry Minchow-Proffitt is the author of the chapbook Seven Last Words, and two larger collections, Chicken Train: Poems from the Arkansas Delta, and, most recently, Sweetiebetter, all published by Middle Island Press. His poems have appeared in Arkansas Review, Christian Century, Mud Season Review, Oxford American, Prick of the Spindle, Stoneboat Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He writes and pastors in St. Louis, Missouri but was raised in the Delta of eastern Arkansas. He’s been known to go on about Johnny Cash as his favorite contemporary saint.

Frank Rossini grew up in New York City & moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1972. He was a teacher for forty-three years, working mostly in basic literacy skills with adults from a wide variety of backgrounds.  He has published poems in various journals, most recently in Raven Chronicles, Chiron Review, & Sequestrum. He has published two books of poems: sparking the rain from Silverfish Review Press & midnight the blues from sight| for| sight books. He’s  presently seeking homes for two unpublished manuscripts of poems, one, an autobiographical collection; the other, a collection of poems tied to photography, painting, & jazz.

Marissa Sumire writes fiction and poetry, and she works as an English teacher and an editor. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from Cal State Long Beach, and she currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog. In her free time, Marissa loves wandering in nature and exploring the amazing cultures in the city of angels.
Claire-2Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Enizagam and Healing Muse among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and Until I Couldn’t. She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.

Jeanine Stevens is the author of Inheritor (Future Cycle Press), and Sailing on Milkweed, (Cherry Grove Collections). Winner of the MacGuffin Poet Hunt (selected by Phil Levine), The Stockton Arts Commission Award, The Ekphrasis Prize and WOMR Cape Cod Community Radio National Poetry Award. Brief Immensity, recently won the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Award. Poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Evansville Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Chiron Review, Pearl, Stoneboat, Connecticut River Review, Provincetown Magazine and Rosebud. Jeanine recently received her sixth Pushcart Nomination. She studied poetry at U.C. Davis and California State University, Sacramento.
Amber ThompsonAmber Thompson is an emerging writer whose work has most recently appeared in literary journal Westview. Through college the native Oklahoman’s writing transitioned from journalism to poetry and narrative nonfiction. Thompson works part time as a substitute teacher and at a vintage boutique. Her current projects include work on poor houses in Illinois, 1960s politics, her first poetry collection, and a book based on her vintage pursuits and blog. She can be found at www.beautifuldayforvintage.com.


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Alexandra Umlas is the author of the full-length poetry collection At the Table of the Unknown (Moon Tide Press).  She serves as a reader for Palette Poetry and on the board of directors of Tebot Bach, a non-profit literary organization. A recent graduate of the M.F.A. Poetry program at California State University, Long Beach, she currently teaches English and lives in Huntington Beach, CA with her husband and two daughters. www.alexandraumlas.com