Issue #19: Dante’s Inferno

Dimas Jose Arellano
Eighth Circle of Panderers and Seducers
Dimas is a Bay Area surrealist painter/illustrator. Mentally exhausting the flame and imploding upon contact with life and happiness for all to see.

Sara Backer
I Can Do Nothing For the Woman in the Air Conditioned Room
Sara has published two chapbooks: Scavenger Hunt and Bicycle Lotus. Her writing has been honored with residency fellowships from the Norton Island and Djerassi programs.

Virginia Barrett
The Arno – Florence
Virginia’s books of poetry include Between Looking, Crossing Haight, and I Just Wear My Wings. Barrett is the editor of two anthologies of contemporary San Francisco poets including OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement.

A.J. Bauers
Rebehold the Stars (cover)
A. J. is the creator of the webcomic, This is Why I Need Therapy. Her illustrations have been published in NonBinary Review and Stonecoast Review. To find out more, please visit

Jane Beal, PhD
Dante Turns Toward Heaven
Jane has published twenty-five collections of poetry, including Sanctuary and Rising. She also writes fiction, creative non-fiction, and literary criticism. She teaches at the University of La Verne.

Carina Bissett
O Mad Arachne
Carina’s work has been published in Hath No Fury, Mythic Delirium, NonBinary Review, Timeless Tales, and The Horror ‘Zine. Her work has been nominated for several awards and she received the 2016 HWA Scholarship.

Rich Calo
Dante at Acheron
Rich has published in academic journals, and one academic book, and now his fiction has started appearing in literary journals, with his first novel, ATSO, Mission Sagamore, tentatively scheduled for publication in 2019.

Brian D. Cohen
The Wood (Suicides)
Brian founded Bridge Press in 1989. His essays on the arts and education are a feature of Art in Print magazine and the Arts and Culture section of the Huffington Post.

Lindsay D’Andrea
audaces fortuna iuvat
Lindsay is a 2018 Best of the Net nominee and her work has been featured in many publications, including the Greensboro Review, Noble/Gas Quarterly, pamplemousse, and Longleaf Review.

Jessica Renee Dawson
Escaping Inferno
Jessica’s work has appeared in Rutger Hauer’s Soap Box Poets, Poetry Quarterly, INK IN THIRDS, Haiku Journal, and Wild Plum haiku journal.

Emilio DeGrazia
Why Dante?
Emilio published Burying the Tree, a memoir (of sorts) called Walking on Air in a Field of Greens, Seasonings, a collection of poetry, and Eye Shadow, creative non-fiction. He also has served two terms as Winona’s Poet Laureate.

Kimberly Driggers
Lover of Paolo
Kimberly holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas. Her poems have appeared in Southeast Review, Mid-American Review, Salamander, and elsewhere. She has an Inferno tattoo and a dog named Duri.

Jeff Fleischer
Jeff is the author of Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections, Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries, and The Latest Craze: A Short History of Mass Hysterias.

Michelle Gagliano
Lost in the Dark Woods
Michelle is the recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship award. Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections nationally as well as internationally in Europe and Asia.

Liz Hart
The Chewing of My Flesh
Liz is a full time queer, mother, wife and hobby farmer. Published in Open Eye Review, Line Zero, and creator of one chapbook entitled Sacred Names from Fir Tree Press.

E.B. Johnson
Catching Inferno
E. B. is an aspiring poet and author who hails from the American South. She is inspired by culture, history and all things weird, dark and wonderful.

Leonard Kress
That Day We Read No More
Leonard has published in Missouri Review, Massachusetts Review, Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, etc. His recent collections are The Orpheus Complex, Thirteens, and Walk Like Bo Diddley.

John C. Mannone
Dante’s Circles
John has work in Red Coyote, Poetry South, Peacock Journal, Baltimore Review and three poetry collections. He won the Jean Ritchie Fellowship and was celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2018).

West Marston
Because of Alexandra
West was born in LA, studied writing in Santa Cruz then returned home to try to make it work. He favors flannels and cats.


Eliza Master
Rat Day
Eliza is a writer and humanitarian. She is passionate about reading and wild places. At home, she lives with a large yellow dog.

Mike McClelland
Forest Mirror
Like Sharon Stone and the zipper, Mike is from Meadville, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Gay Zoo Day (Beautiful Dreamer Press, 2017) and his work has appeared in Boston Review, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Permafrost, and others.

Carl Mealie
Moving in Circles
Carl is a pastry chef turned full-time dad. He has always enjoyed writing, but with his children now older, he can take his passion more seriously. He is native to Los Angeles, but now lives and writes in North Carolina.

J. Nelson, Jr.
First Night’s Always Free
J. has completed and is currently workshopping two manuscripts: a science-fiction thriller and a steampunk western. In his writing, John loves blending elements of literary fiction with popcorn-munching genre romps.

Leonard Neufeldt
Cantos on Time and Distance
Leonard was born in Yarrow, British Columbia, a hamlet of refugees from Stalin’s USSR. He is the author, editor, or associate editor of eighteen books. He and his wife, Mera, have settled in Gig Harbor, WA.

Julia Older
The Minotaur of Knossos (translation)
Julia is the author of Appalachian Odyssey, and Boris Vian Invents Boris Vian. New essays-stories-poems appear in Uproooted, Poet Showcase, and Zoomorphic.

Janet M. Powers
Francesca to Paolo
Janet Powers, Professor Emerita, Gettysburg College, taught for 49 years in the fields of South Asian literature and civilization, women’s studies and peace studies. She has published poetry in many small journals.

Salvatore Quasimodo
The Minotaur of Knossos (translated by Julia Older)
Salvatore was a poet-essayist (1901-1968) who also translated Greek and Latin classics, Shakespeare, Neruda, Pound, Eliot.

Heather Quinn
Canto III, Chiron Awaits
Heather has been published in the Minnesota Review, West Marin Review, Rockhurst Review, and the Floating Holiday Magazine. She co-founded a peer-led poetry workshop, which has been meeting monthly since 2002.

Jonaki Ray
Real City Blues
Jonaki is an award-winning poet, editor, and writer. Her work has been in Lunch Ticket, Southword Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, So to Speak Journal, Rambutan Literary Journal, Coldnoon, and Indian Literature.

Askold Skalsky
Originally from Ukraine, Askold has had poems in over 300 magazines and online journals in the USA as well as in literary publications in Canada, England, Ireland, mainland Europe, Turkey, Australia, and Bangladesh.

Priya Sridhar
Dido’s Steps
Priva has been writing fantasy and science fiction for fifteen years, and counting. One of her stories made the Top Ten Amazon Kindle Download list, and Alban Lake published her works Carousel and Neo-Mecha Mayhem.

Ashley Sullivan
Charon’s Obol
Ashley is a twenty four year old college student that is currently a Master’s candidate for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and balancing pursuing a career in poetry while also trying to balance real-life “adult” responsibilities.

Sara Moore Wagner
Disaster Insurance or Suicide
Sara is the author of Hooked Through. Her poetry has appeared in Glass, Gulf Stream, Gigantic Sequins, Stirring, Reservoir, and Arsenic Lobster. She was a finalist for the Edna St Vincent Millay Prize.

Logo Wei
The Wood of the Suicides
Logo has worked with patients, students and those enduring homelessness. Logo writes as solacing means of existence. Logo’s poetry has appeared or will appear in Pedestal Magazine, Parhelion, Ink & Voices, Panoply, and others.

Jane Yolen
California Fires as Seen by Dante
Jane’s 365th and 366th books were published in March, one a picture book and one a Holocaust novel. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates for her body of work.