Issue #3 The Wizard of Oz

MANDEM — Morning: A Light in the Distance (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.
Morning: A Light in the Distance was originally the cover for the album ReverbNation by Eternal Essence.

Sara Amis
Living Like Lions and Bears
Sara’s work has appeared in Magpie Magazine, The Flagpole, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Jabberwocky 3 and 5, Datura, Moon Milk Review, Luna Station Quarterly.

E. Kristin Anderson
It did not matter so much
E. Kristin’s work has appeared in Post Road, Cimarron Review, [PANK], Asimov’s Science Fiction, Cicada and Abyss & Apex. Her chapbook A Guide For The Practical Abductee was released by Red Bird Chapbooks.

Brian Barr
Brian publishes comics through his own imprint, Cruel Productions, and has had a comic featured in Surreal Grotesque Magazine. One of his stories will be featured in the metal horror anthology, Axes of Evil II.

LS Bassen
A Host of Vermillion Poppies (text)
LS is Fiction Editor for Prick of the Spindle, as well as serving as a reader for Electric Literature. LS also serves as a book reviewer for Brooklyner, The Rumpus, Press1, The Cider House Review, Small Beer Press.

Cathy Bryant
Dorothy, Later in Life 
Cathy co-edited Best of Manchester Poets vols. 1-3, and her latest collection, Look at All the Women, was published by Mother’s Milk Books in 2014.

CEE is said to have died by his own hand in October of 1979, but this item is apocryphal and cannot be independently verified. Inquiries regarding this individual utilizing the government hotline, are NOT recommended. Your call will be traced.

Annie Cilley
Annie is a 23-year-old musician and writer living in Oakland, CA. After spending two years as a touring musician and street performer, Annie has settled down (for now) and is focusing on producing original work.

Sarah Clare
The Ruby Slipper
Sarah is the supporting Editor to Cæsura magazine—poetry, prose, the written word makes her tick. She firmly believes that life is a test of language.

C.A. Cole
Trip to Oz
C. A. has been published in The Broken Plate, and various places on line.


Emily Rose Cole
Tin Man Sings the Blues 
Emily is a poet and folksinger. Her debut solo album, I Wanna Know, was released in May of 2012. She really digs this issue, because she’s working on a book-length collection based on the Wizard of Oz.

Flower Conroy
The Orphan’s Pup
Flower is the author of Escape to Nowhere and The Awful Suicidal Swans. She is the winner of Radar Poetry’s first annual Coniston Prize. Her poetry has appeared in American Literary Review, Jai Alia, and other journals.

Hedwika Cox
Glinda the Good
Hedwika’s fiction and poetry has been published in Red Paint Hill’s Mother is a Verb anthology, Swirl, the Inkling, and others. She is the Fiction Editor of Torrid Magazine and an Assistant Editor at Black Denim Lit.

Robert Douglas 
The Sweet Scent of Death
Robert, a native Canadian and US citizen, is a former newspaper columnist and editor who now lives and writes in Tallahassee, FL.


Robin Wyatt Dunn
Under the Shadow of Oz
Robin lives in Los Angeles, even when he doesn’t.


Elise Forier Edie
The Love Magnet
Elise’s works have been published by World Weaver and Tartarus Presses, and have appeared in Penumbra and The Enchanted Conversation, as well as stages and theaters all over the world.

Austin Eichelberger
Adventures in Another Land
Austin’s fiction has appeared in Cease, Cows, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Gone Lawn, Extract(s), Eclectic Flash, First Stop Fiction, and others.

Susan Erickson
Mr. Wizard
Susan’s poems appear in 2River View, Crab Creek Review, Literal Latte, Museum of Americana, The Fourth River, Hamilton Stone Review, Naugatuck River Review and in Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai.

Kate Falvey
Green Ghost Explains: the History
Kate’s work has appeared in The Yellow Medicine Review, The Citron Review, The Stony Thursday Book, Danse Macabre, Memoir(and), The Mom Egg, Prick of the Spindle. She also edits 2 Bridges Review.

Nettie Farris
m and n: Wicked Witch of the West
Nettie is the author of Communion. Poems in the m and n series have been published previously in Oddville, Limestone, Pegasus, Slow Trains, and Bigger than They Appear: An Anthology of Very Short Poems.

AJ Huffman
Of Oz
AJ has appeared in Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, Kritya, and Offerta Speciale, in which her work appeared in both English and Italian translation. She is the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.

Elizabeth Johnston
Dorothy Tells It With a Sigh
Elizabeth’s poetry has appeared in The Mom Egg, and New Verse News, as well as in two book anthologies, B, and Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poems on the Abuse and Oppression of Women.

John Kaniecke
In Our Land of Oz
John’s poetry book, Murmurings of a Mad Man, was published by eLectio Publishing. He’s secretary of Rhyming Poets International and a member of Revolutionary Poet’s Brigade.

Jennifer Schomburg Kanke
I, Quadling
Jennifer’s work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, Goblin Fruit, and Gingerbread House. She serves as the advisor for The Kudzu Review, FSU’s undergraduate literary journal.

Charie LaMarr
The Yenta of Ros 
Charie is the author of Squid Whores of the Futon Fish Market and has work in Axes of Evil, James Ward Kirk’s Memento Mori, Bones and Ugly Babies 2, and We Walk Invisible, among others.

David W. Landrum
The Witch’s Guard
David’s work has appeared in The Fairy Tale Whisperer; Modern Day Fairy Tales; Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales; Father Grim’s Storybook, and Sorcerous Signals. His work is available through Amazon.

Steve LaVigne 
How to chop wood—the tin man’s explanation
Steve runs a local poetry group in Champaign, Illinois. His work includes poems in riverSedge Journal and The New Verse News.

Kate Lechler
Kate teaches literature at University of Mississippi, is a bookseller at Square Books, and edits for Nautilus Publishing Company. She also reviews science fiction and fantasy for

Roger Lovelace
My Darling Trilby
Roger calls North Alabama home, and currently lives in Athens, Alabama. He enjoys the slow pace but not the humidity. Always an avid reader, he has recently turned to writing, concentrating on short stories and flash fiction.

Lennart Lundh
Silver Slippers
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.

Mary McMyne
The Wicked Witch of the East Confesses Her Love of Tap
Mary wrote Wolf Skin. Her work is in Painted Bride Quarterly, Pedestal Magazine, Los Angeles Review, New Delta Review, Word Riot, Poetry International, Apex Magazine.

Geoff Mosse
The Royal Historian of Oz
Geoff is a quiet and humble hard working freelance writer and artist that resides in a heavily armed, fortified compound in Savannah, Georgia. His first graphic novel, The Mick, is available now from Red Handed Studios.

JB Mulligan
The Oz Cinquains
JB is the author of The Stations of the Cross, This Way To The Egress, and The City Of Now And Then. He has appeared in Inside/Out: A Gathering Of Poets; The Irreal Reader (Cafe Irreal); and Reflections on a Blue Planet.

Nick Nafpliotis
Nick writes about weird crime, bizarre history, pop culture, and humorous classroom experiences on He is a reviewer for He can also be found on Twitter @NickNafster79.

N. Nicholson
Dorothy, Under the Bhodi Tree 
N. is the editor-in-chief of Barking Sycamores. Their work has appeared in Hyperlexia, qarrtsiluni, Red Wolf, and Awe in Autism. They live in Grove City, Ohio with their fiancé.

Julia Older
Mother Cloud 
Julia wrote The Isles Of Shoals Trilogy. She wrote the IPPY National Bronze Poetry Medalist Tahirih Unveiled, about Persia’s first women’s rights activist, and Tales Of The François Vase.

Jillian M. Phillips
Since You Asked: 
Jillian work has appeared in Heavy Feather Review, Cellar Door Anthology. Her chapbook, Pretty the Ugly was a finalist in the Emerge Literary Journal Chapbook Contest in 2013 and was published by ELJ Publications.

Winston Plowes
The Home Wish of the Good Quadlings
Winston has poetry in Turbulence magazine, The Best of Manchester Poets (vol 3) and The Found Poetry Review.

Madeline Polzer
Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz at Closing Time
Madeline is an aspiring writer, previously published poet, and student currently living in the Midwest.


J.K. Rogers
American Oz
JK teaches theatre and English at several local colleges, and is a Journeyman member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 42. Her essays have appeared in The Briar Cliff Review and ConnotationPress.

Paul Rogov
The Release of Ozma
Paul poetry has appeared in Potomac Review, Memoir Journal, Spry Literary Journal, and Foundling Review. He has been a Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Kingston University London.

Michael Sarnowski
The Stories
Michael poetry has appeared in Potomac Review, Memoir Journal, Spry Literary Journal, and Foundling Review. He has been a Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Kingston University London.

Lorraine Schein
Dorothy Gale 
Lorraine work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Hotel Amerika, Mad Scientist Journal, Gigantic Worlds, and elsewhere, and recently in the anthologies Phantom Drift, Wreckage of Reason and Drawn to Marvel.

A Host of Vermillion Poppies (art)
Stanko’s paintings depict familiar images such as sunflowers, beach scenes and even grilled cheese sandwiches with bright fields of color outlined in black, demonstrating Stanko’s unmistakable “New American” style.

Jen Stein
Grown Dorothy Steps on the Scale
Jen works in family homeless services. Her work has recently appeared in Poetica Magazine and Wicked Banshee Press, and is featured in a micro-collection in ELJ Publications’ Wood Becomes Bone.

Cetoria Tomberlin
Dorothy’s Songs
Cetoria is a poet and fiction writer originally from South Georgia. Her work has previously appeared in Fairy Tale Review, Southern Women’s Review, LADYGUNN, and various others.

Nathan Tompkins 
The Tin Man
Nathan is a poet and photographer living in Portland, Oregon. He’s had work in various publications, and is the author of two chapbooks: Junk Mail of the Heart, and The Dog Stops Here.

Sessily Watt
The Scarecrow in Kansas
Sessily is a regular contributor to Bookslut.


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