Meet Our Spring 2015 Contributors

spring2015cover_300Update: Our Spring 2015 issue is now live! Read it here.

Our Spring 2015 issue is just around the corner, and it’s shaping up to be a great one!

Right now we’re preparing all our edited pieces and will send out final proofs to our contributors shortly. We hope to publish the issue before the end of April.

Our editors are eager to dive into submissions for Fall 2015, so please have a look through our submission guidelines and send us your best poetry, fiction, nonfiction and artwork. We love to publish work by both established and emerging writers, so we encourage you to submit to us regardless of where you fall on that spectrum.

And now, meet our Spring 2015 contributors:


Diane Lockward

Diane Lockward is the author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2013) and three poetry books, most recently Temptation by Water. Her previous books are What Feeds Us, which received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and Eve’s Red Dress. Her poems have been included in such journals as Harvard Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Gwarlingo, and The Writer’s Almanac. She lives in NJ where she runs two annual events: Girl Talk: A Poetry Reading in Celebration of Women’s History Month and the West Caldwell Poetry Festival.

Elaina Mercatoris

Elaina Mercatoris grew up in rural Pennyslvania and studied literature at Allegheny College. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Florida, where she also teaches undergraduate writing courses. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Avatar Review and Natural Bridge.

Peter Munro

By day Peter Munro works as a fisheries scientist, on deck in the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands, or chained to a computer in Seattle. By night, Munro makes poems. Some have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Iowa Review, the Birmingham Poetry Review, Passages North, The Cortland Review, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

Kevin Casey

Kevin Casey is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and received his graduate degree at the University of Connecticut. His work has been appeared in Grasslimb, Frostwriting, Words Dance, Turtle Island Review, decomP, and others. He currently teaches literature at a small university in Maine, where he enjoys fishing, snowshoeing and hiking.

Aliza Einhorn

Aliza is a poet and playwright, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She makes her living as an Astrologer and Tarot Reader in New York City. You can find her blogging daily at, and she is the Tarot Blogger at Beliefnet. Coming up in 2015: Aliza has a radio show in the works where she will combine New York stories, monologue, metaphysical wisdom, and the occasional poem.

Erin Redfern

A San Jose, California native, Erin Redfern serves on the board of the Poetry Center San Jose and as associate editor for the 2015 issue of its print publication, Caesura. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Zyzzyva, Scapegoat Review, Mud Season Review and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine.

Willy Palomo

Willy Palomo is a McNair Scholar at Westminster College, studying English and creative writing. His side projects include translating forthcoming novel by Alfonso Kijadurias’ Sivela and working as a reader for the editors at Kalina Press. Willy hopes to eventually become a professor of Salvadoran/Central American literature and creative writing. His work has been published by Button Poetry, Scribendi, HEArt Online, and ellipsis … literature and art.

Dan Alter

Dan Alter has poems recently published or forthcoming in Burnside Review, Field, Zyzzyva, Fourteen Hills, Newfound, Paper Nautilus, Squaw Valley Review, and Sou’wester among others. He lives with his wife and daughter in Berkeley and makes his living as an electrician.

Ruth Foley

Ruth Foley lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her work appears in numerous web and print journals, including Antiphon, The Bellingham Review, The Louisville Review, and Nonbinary Review. Her chapbook Dear Turquoise is available from Dancing Girl Press. She serves as Managing Editor for Cider Press Review.


John Oliver Hodges

John Oliver Hodges has lived in New York City since 2010. In 2012 he won the Tartt First Fiction award for his short story collection, The Love Box. His new fictions are appearing in The Writing Disorder; Gravel; The Great American Literary Magazine; Knee-Jerk Magazine; and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. John teaches writing at Montclair State University and the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Jessica Bryant Klagmann

Jessica Bryant Klagmann grew up in New Hampshire surrounded by artists and naturalists. She received an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she was also fortunate enough to acquire a haunted truck, an adventurous husband, and a too-adventurous dog. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Whitefish Review, Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics, Crab Creek Review, Driftwood Press, and elsewhere.

Gregory Koop

Gregory Koop grew up on the border of central Alberta and Saskatchewan. Living the life of Garp, Gregory cares for his daughter, practices Muay Thai, and writes. A past finalist for an Alberta Literary Award, Gregory has also been a resident of The Banff Centre’s Writing Studio. His work has been featured in Carte Blanche, Drunk Monkeys, The Nashwaak Review, Other Voices Journal of the Literary and Visual Arts, paperplates, Raving: The Raving Poets Magazine, and Red Savina Review. He is currently polishing a novel through the support of a WGA Mentorship Grant.

Kate Wisel

Kate Wisel lives in Boston. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Drum, Mad Hatters’ Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Fiction Southeast, and her poetry in The Altar, The Blotter, and Neon magazine. She has attended writing workshops in New Hampshire and Guatemala, and was awarded a scholarship to the Wesleyan Writers Conference.

Timothy Boudreau

Timothy Boudreau lives in northern New Hampshire with his wife Judy. He has published stories in various journals and anthologies, and has recently completed a novel.


Robert Vivian

Robert Vivian has written novels, plays, essays, and short stories. He’s currently working on a collection of dervish essays.

Christina Brandon

Christina Brandon lives in Chicago, where she writes about food and drink for Her essays have been published in WORK Literary Magazine, Dirty Chai, and FishFood Magazine. She’s also in the process of completing “Failing Better,” a memoir about teaching English to university students in China.

Dawn Shirk

Dawn Shirk is a writer and teacher in Greensboro, NC. As an education writer, Dawn has published articles in Library Media Connection and Information Searcher, was a guest editor for The Change Agent, and was a contributor to the New York Times “Room for Debate.”

JC Reilly

JC Reilly is the author of a poetry chapbook, La Petite Mort, and 25% co-author of a recent book of occasional verse, On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year. She has had work published or forthcoming from Glassworks Magazine, Cortland Review, Apeiron Review, Fly Over Country Review, Kentucky Review, Dirty Chai, Southern Women’s Review, the Louisville Review, and others. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and cats. When she’s not writing, she plays tennis (badly).

Rebecca Fremo

Rebecca Fremo writes poems and essays. Her work has appeared in Water~Stone Review, Lake Region Review, Tidal Basin Review, Poetica, and Naugatuck River Review. Her chapbook of poems, Chasing Northern Lights, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. A Virginia native, she now lives in St. Peter, Minnesota, with her husband and three sons.


Laura Madeline Wiseman

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of more than a dozen books and chapbooks and the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her books are American Galactic (Martian Lit Books, 2014), Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience (Lavender Ink, 2014),Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013), and Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012). Her dime novel is The Bottle Opener (Red Dashboard, 2014). With artist Sally Deskins, her collaborative book is Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2014). Her most recent book is the collaborative collection of short stories The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2015) with artist Lauren Rinaldi. She holds a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award, and the Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Mid-American Review, and Feminist Studies. Currently, she teaches English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

David Raney

David Raney is a writer living in Atlanta, where he serves as managing editor for Habitat for Humanity. In past lives he taught English at William & Mary, Emory, and the State University of West Georgia. He has spent a great deal of time in bookstores, paid and unpaid, and once knocked himself out while working in a car parts warehouse. His wife and two kids suspect that this explains a lot.

Kathleen Glassburn

Kathleen Glassburn earned an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University. Her works have been published in Amarillo Bay, Cadillac Cicatrix, Cairn, Crucible, Epiphany Magazine, Lullwater Review, Marco Polo Quarterly, RiverSedge, SLAB, The Talon Mag, The Writer’s Workshop Review, Wild Violet, Wild Woman Rising, and several other journals. Her story, “Picnics,” was a finalist in Glimmer Train‘s Best Start contest. She is Managing Editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review.


Eleanor Bennett

Eleanor Bennett is an internationally award-winning photographer and visual artist. She is the CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of The Year 2013 and she has also won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography and The National Trust to name only a few. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, The British Journal of Psychiatry, Life Force Magazine, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and as the front cover of books and magazines extensively throughout the world.

Leonard Kogan

Leonard Kogan lives and works in Baltimore, MD. Major exhibitions include “Wall flowers” in Herzliya Museum, “The After Light” at the Andy Warhol Factory in New York, “SUR/FACE/S” at Nexus Project Gallery in New York, a show at the museum of Yanko-Dada of Modern Art in Tel-Aviv, “Project Diversity” in Sputnik Gallery, Brooklyn and others. Leonard’s art has been featured in a number of literary and art (maga)zines, most recently, in Mad Hatters Review and Little Patuxent Review. The latter also includes an interview with the artist.

Keith Moul

Keith Moul’s poems are widely published. Recently two chaps have been released: The Grammar of Mind (2010) from Blue & Yellow Dog Press and Beautiful Agitation (2012) from Red Ochre Press. He also publishes photos widely. In fact, in 2010 a poem written to accompany one of his photos was a Pushcart nominee. Broken Publications published his full-length collection of poems/photos called Reconsidered Light and his latest chap called To Take and Have Not.

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