Introducing Our Spring 2017 Contributors

7008039077_b372b65663_zOur Spring 2017 issue is now well under way, and we hope to launch very soon!

If you’ve submitted work to us and haven’t yet received a response, your work is being considered for our Fall 2017 issue. We’re always reading, so send us your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography and art anytime. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Now, take a moment to check out the impressive contributors to our forthcoming issue:


Laura Donnelly‘s first book, Watershed, won the 2013 Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize. Her poetry has appeared recently in Passages North, Indiana Review, Grist, and as the Missouri Review poem of the week. Originally from Michigan, she lives in upstate New York and teaches at SUNY Oswego.

Chris Murray is an Irish poet. Her chapbook Three Red Things was published by Smithereens Press in June 2013. A small collection of interrelated poems in series and sequence, Cycles, was published by Lapwing Press in autumn 2013. A book-length poem, The Blind, was published by Oneiros Books in 2013. Her second book-length poem, She, was published by Oneiros in spring 2014. A chapbook, Signature, was published by Bone Orchard Press in March 2014. “A Modern Encounter with ‘Foebus abierat’: On Eavan Boland’s ‘Phoebus Was Gone, all Gone, His Journey Over’ ” was published in Eavan Boland: Inside History (Editors: Nessa O’Mahony and Siobhán Campbell) by Arlen House in 2016.

John Grey is an Australian poet and a US resident. He is recently published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review, and Big Muddy Review and has work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia College Literary Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Tanya R. Fadem is an educator, poet, and writer living by the ocean with her family. Her work has been published in Scheherazade. When she has any spare time, she can be found with her nose in a book or working on writing one of her own.

Wisconsin-born Lita Kurth, California-ized over the years, teaches writing formally, informally, and inadvertently. Watch for her DIY online classes on Facebook! Published in three genres and many litmags, she has had two works nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won a 2014 Diana Woods Memorial Prize from Lunchticket. In 2013, she co-founded San Jose’s Flash Fiction Forum. She writes or has written for TikkunDaily,,, and San Jose’s Metro.

Sergio A. Ortiz is a gay Puerto Rican poet and the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. He is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and a 2016 Best of the Net nominee. Sergio won 2nd place in the 2016 Ramón Ataz annual poetry competition, sponsored by Alaire Publishing House. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.

Brian Simoneau is the author of River Bound (C&R Press, 2014). His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Cincinnati Review, The Georgia Review, Mid-American Review, RHINO, Southern Indiana Review, and other journals. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

Gail C. DiMaggio watched her husband play jazz in a world where no artist ever gives up a day gig. She has refused to become discouraged. Her work has appeared recently in Salamander, Slipstream, Tishman Review, ELJ, White Stag, Blue Lyra Review, and Adanna’s Woman and Art Anthology.

Creative Nonfiction

Marion Agnew‘s fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in literary journals, including Malahat Review and Room, and in Best Canadian Essays (2012 and 2014). She lives and writes in Shuniah, Ontario from an office overlooking Lake Superior.

Noriko Nakada writes, blogs, tweets, parents, and teaches middle school in Los Angeles. She is committed to writing thought-provoking works of creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. Publications include two book-length memoirs: Through Eyes Like Mine and Overdue Apologies, and excerpts, essays, and poetry in Meridian, Specter, Hippocampus, and The Rising Phoenix Review.

Jim Krosschell divides his life into three parts: growing up for 29 years, working in science publishing for 29 years, and now writing in Massachusetts and Maine. His essays are widely published; a collection of his Maine-themed essays will be published in One Man’s Maine (May 2017) by Green Writers Press. His book Owls Head Revisited was published in 2015 by North Country Press.

Telaina Morse Eriksen is the author of Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child (Mango Publishing, April 2017). Her essays have been featured in Under the Sun, The Manifest-Station, poemmemoirstory, Role Reboot, and many other online and in-print publications. She is an assistant professor in the English Department at Michigan State University and lives in East Lansing Michigan with her husband, two children, and their two dogs, Sprite and Clement.

Wendy Fontaine is a Pushcart-nominated writer whose work has appeared in Hippocampus, Passages North, Readers Digest, Literary Mama, Role Reboot, and elsewhere. In 2015, she won the Tiferet Prize for Creative Nonfiction. She teaches journalism, lives in Los Angeles, and is currently seeking representation for her memoir, Leaves in the Fall.

Kevin Bray is a Toronto teacher/writer. He studied at the Humber School for Writers and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work most recently appeared in the essay collections How To Expect What You’re Not Expecting and The Ford City Anthology.


Margo Orlando Littell grew up in a coal-mining town in southwestern Pennsylvania. She earned an MFA from Columbia and has spent the past fifteen years in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Barcelona, Sacramento, and, now, northern New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Each Vagabond by Name is her first novel.

Eva Langston is the features editor at Compose. She received her MFA from the University of New Orleans in 2009, the same year she won 3rd place in the annual Playboy Fiction Contest. Her work has since been published in many literary journals, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011. 


Liesl Nunns completed a doctorate in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford in 2011. She co-edits a literary journal, Headland, and her work has been published in Southerly, Hawai’i Review, Two Thirds North, Takahe, Print-Oriented Bastards, Ember,, and Hippocampus Magazine. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

Laura Citino is a fiction writer and an essayist from southeastern Michigan. In 2013, she received her MFA in fiction from Eastern Washington University. Her work has appeared in numerous journals in print and online, including Sou’wester, cream city review, Pembroke, Blue Earth Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and others. She currently teaches in a program for academically talented youth and serves as Managing Editor for Sundog Lit. She lives in Kalamazoo, MI.

Andrew Boden‘s short stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in The Journey Prize Stories 22, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Other Voices, Vancouver Review, and Descant. His story “The Parts of Ourselves Without Names” was a recent honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s “Family Matters” fiction contest. Andrew is also co-editor of the anthology Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness, which will be re-issued in spring 2017. He lives in Burnaby, British Columbia with his wife and three calculating cats.

Beth Sherman received an MFA in creative writing from Queens College, where she teaches in the English department. Her fiction has been published in The Portland Review, KYSO, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Sandy River Review, Blue Lyra Review, Panoplyzine, Sun Star Literary Magazine, Peacock Journal, 3Elements Review, Rappahannock Review, Gloom Cupboard, and The Delmarva Review, and is forthcoming in Sou’wester. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has written five mystery novels.

Darci Schummer is the author of Six Months in the Midwest (Unsolicited Press, 2014) and the co-author of Hinge (broadcraft press, 2015). Her work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Necessary Fiction, and Midway Journal, among other places. She splits her time between Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota, and teaches writing at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.


Brian Michael Barbeito resides in Southern Ontario, Canada. Work recently appears at venues such as Fiction International and Baphash Literary and Arts Magazine. Brian is the author of Chalk Lines (Fowl Pox Press, 2013), and is currently at work on the ongoing photo essay titled Mosaics: Journeys through Landscapes Urban and Rural.

Ana Prundaru lives in Zurich, where she works as a translator and writer. Recent work appears in Hot Metal Bridge, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Gargoyle, Diagram, and Hermeneutic Chaos. Her latest chapbook is Unstable Tales (Dancing Girl Press, 2016).

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review, and more than 170 other publications.


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