Issue #1 Grimm’s Fairy Tales

MANDEM — Allerleirauh Thousandfurs (cover)
mandemMANDEM is the art name for Maize Arendsee, an art instructor and Studio Art MFA student at Florida State University, and her life-partner, Moco Steinman-Arendsee. MANDEM’s artwork is described as an exercise in categorical violations, simulation, and narrative. With an academic background in classical mythology, gender studies, and critical theory, MANDEM works across media and materials (painting, assemblage/collage, film, sculpture, and book-making), intentionally destabilizing genre in terms of content and media. MANDEM’s artwork has been widely exhibited in art galleries and museums, and it has been featured in over 100 publications.

Rosemary (Tantra) Bensko
The Marchen
Tantra teaches fiction writing through UCLA X Writing Program, Writers College, and her academy. She has books out, and 200 flashes, short stories, and novelettes and a novella in journals and in anthologies. She has an MA from FSU and MFA from Iowa. She lives in Berkeley.

Carina Bissett
Wild Girl
Carina wrote travel articles and books about the Southwest. These days, she spends her time crafting twisted fairy tales and cross-pollinated mythic fiction. She is currently at work on the first novel in her five-book Elements series.

Ben Black
The Woodcutter’s Wife
Ben recently completed his MFA at San Francisco State University. His work has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly, New American Writing, Harpur Palate, and The Los Angeles Review. This piece originally appeared in Smokelong Quarterly.

J. Bradley
The Kama Sutra of Cinderella
J. is the author of the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), with art by Adam Scott Mazer. He lives at

Lisa K. Buchanan
Grumpy Attempts The Expresser-Inquirer Method Learned in Couples Counseling
Lisa’s fiction and essays have appeared in Brevity (blog), Fourth Genre, The Missouri Review, Narrative, New Letters, and The Rumpus. She lives and teaches in San Francisco.

Casey Clabough
Hunted and Huntsman: A True Tale of the Smokey Mountains
Casey is the author of The Warrior’s Path: Reflections Along an Ancient Route, SCHOOLED: Life Lessons of a College Professor, and Confederado. He is editor of the literature section of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ Encyclopedia Virginia and as general editor of the James Dickey Review.

Chloe Clark
Telling Ghost Stories
Chloe is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing & Environment. Her work has appeared in Rosebud, Sleet, Booth, Menacing Hedge, and more.

Marissa Cohen
The Girl without Hands
Marissa was nominated for both the Best of the Net Award and the Pushcart Prize. Her writing has appeared in countless publications, including The Cancer Poetry Project 2, Gather Kindling, and Wilde Magazine.

Christina Elaine Collins
Beauty Standards
Christina’s fiction can be found in various literary periodicals such as Jabberwock Review, Weave Magazine, and Rose Red Review, as well as in anthologies from Tenebris Books and Fey Publishing.

James Ducat
James’ work has appeared in Word Riot, Cutbank, The Inflectionist Review, The Citron Review, Mojave River Review, Specter Magazine, Convergence, and others. He teaches writing at Mt San Jacinto College in Southern California.

Meg Eden
Snow White’s Cabin
Meg’s work has been in B O D Y, Drunken Boat, Mudfish, and Rock & Sling. Her collections include Your Son (The Florence Kahn Memorial Award), Rotary Phones and Facebook, and The Girl Who Came Back.

Roy Guzmán
Roy was born in Honduras, and currently teaches English composition in Miami, FL. His work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in The Acentos Review, BorderSenses, Compose, Drunken Boat, and Red Savina Review.

Kelsie Hahn
Ilsibill in the Night, Alone
Kelsie holds an MFA in fiction from New Mexico State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, 1/25, NANO Fiction, SpringGun, and others.

Nels Hanson
Nels’ writing has appeared in Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, Southeast Review, Word Riot, Oklahoma Review, Pavilion, Pacific Review, Carnival, Sharkpack Review Annual, Gravel, and The Mad Hatter’s Review.

Sue Hardy-Dawson
Sue is published in children’s anthologies published by A & C Black, Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Schofield and Sims and Oxford University Press.

Mab Jones
Ever, After
Mab is a “fantastic” (BBC Radio) performance poet who has won many awards and accolades for her work. She has performed at almost 700 events in the past 7 years, and she is also resident poet in the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Her first collection emerges later this year.

Margaret Kingsbury
All Wolves Hunger
Margaret is online in Expanded Horizons and in the print anthology Battle Runes: Writings on War. Follow her @MargaretKWrites.

Melissa Knox
Snow Blight
Melissa is a writer living in Germany, where she teaches American Literature and culture. Melissa’s work has appeared in The Kitchen Poet and in Aberration-Labyrinth.

Liv Lansdale
To The Fairest
Liv is an English major at Columbia University and Poetry Review Editor for She likes dogs, but likes better a sentence from the 18th century by Mary Wollestonecraft that refers to men as “bugbears.”

Marie C Lecrivain
Marie is the editor of poeticdiversity. She is a writer-in-residence at her apartment, published in various journals, author of The Virtual Tablet of Irma Tre, and editor of Near Kin: Words and Art inspired by Octavia E. Butler.

Lennart Lundh
Snow White Attends the Funeral of a Friend
Lennart is a short-fiction writer, poet, historian, and photographer. His work has appeared internationally since 1965. Len and his wife, Lin, live in northern Illinois.

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens
Rapunzel Retold
Jennifer is the author of the chapbook EveryHerDies (ELJ Publications, 2014.) She has work forthcoming at The Blue Hour Magazine, The Blotter, and Red Hill Paint Quarterly.

Mary McMyne
The Woodcutter’s Wife (Mary’s Child)
Mary is the author of Wolf Skin. Her work hass appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Pedestal Magazine, Los Angeles Review, New Delta Review, Word Riot, Poetry International, and Apex Magazine.

Jenn Monroe
Not a Cinderella Story
Jenn is the author of Something More Like Love, and her poems have appeared in a number of literary magazines. She was executive producer for Extract(s): Daily Dose of Lit and executive editor for Eastern Point Press.

Kelly Nelson
What I Learned from Little Red Riding Hood’s Mother
is the author of Rivers I Don’t Live By. Her poems are in Another Chicago Magazine, Watershed Review, I-70 Review and Bluestem.

Adina Newman
The Mother
Adina’s poems have appeared in Enchanted Conversation, Decades Review, Yes, Poetry, Indigo Rising Magazine, Poetica Magazine, and other print and electronic publications.

Sarah Page
Silver Hands
Sarah is a 2013 recipient of Dialogue’s New Voices award for poetry. Her poems have been published in journals including Connecticut River Review, Fresh Ink, Inscape, Noctua Review, and included in the anthology Fire in the Pasture.

Tania Pryputniewicz
Tania is the Managing Poetry Editor of The Fertile Source and author of November Butterfly. Her poetry is at Chaparral, Poetry Flash and Soundings East. This piece was originally published in November Butterfly.

Erin Elizabeth Smith
Little Red at the St. Petersburg Zoological Museum
Erin is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the author of The Fear of Being Found and The Naming of Strays.

Meg Tuite
The White Witch of Ojo
Meg is author of Bound By Blue and Domestic Apparition, and Her Skin is a Costume. She wrote Bare Bulbs Swinging with Heather Fowler and Michelle Reale.

Donna Vorreyer
The Animals Snow White Banished After Becoming a Princess
Donna is the author of A House of Many Windows and We Build Houses of Our Bodies. Her work has appeared in Rhino, Linebreak, Cider Press Review, Stirring, Sweet, wicked alice, and Weave. This piece was originally published in wicked alice.

Edward Wells II
What Wicked Tricks Are These?
Edward’s fiction has appeared in the webjournal Gone Lawn, while his recent collection, CO, is available through The Pedestrian Press.

Julie Wenglinski
Threes and Keys
Julie has been published in Port Yonder Press, Puff Puff Prose Poetry and a Play, and she has won two awards from Virginia Commonwealth University for short stories.

Sarah Ann Winn
Sarah poems have appeared in Apeiron Review, Flycatcher, Great Weather for Media, Lunch Ticket, Rappahannock Review, and Vector Press, among others.