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Kolleen Carney
Guest Editor
Kolleen is a Burbank based poet with an undergraduate degree in English from Salem State University and an MFA in Poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles. She served thrice as an assistant editor and once as the co-editor of poetry for Lunch Ticket, as well as assistant poetry editor for Paper Nautilus and Soundings East. She is currently the social media coordinator for Zoetic Press, as well as an assistant poetry editor; she is the editor-in-chief and social media coordinator for Drunk Monkeys; she formerly served as the social media coordinator for The Citron Review and FIVE 2 ONE: An Art and Literary Journal.

Her chapbook Me and the Twelve Step Program was published by the Salem State Center for Creative and Performing Arts in 2003. Her chapbook Your Hand Has Fixed the Firmament is forthcoming from Grey Books Press. Her poetry and other writings have appeared or will be appearing in Currents, Vision/ Verse, Lunch Ticket, and, Golden Walkman, The Watershed Review, Incredible Sestinas, Uno Kudo Vol. 4, A Quiet Courage, Yellow Chair Review, Drunk Monkeys, Clever Girl Magazine, and Five 2 One Magazine. Her advice column, “Sincere Advice From a Girl Whose Life is a Mess,” appears in Five:2:One Magazine. Learn more about Kolleen at her ever under-construction website:

Carolyn Agee
Showman Calling
Carolyn is an author and performer with a disability living in the Pacific Northwest whose forthcoming books include Drowning Ophelia and the YA novella The Ambiguous Tides of Saudade. Visit her website.

Daniel Ari
Mortuary Worker Accidentally Cremated While Napping
Daniel had his poem “Hellzapoppin’” set to choreography in the 2015 Dancing Poetry Contest and wrote haiku that appear in table displayettes in Google-office cafes around the world, instructing employees to observe basic courtesy while dining.

Anthony Ausiello
The Dracula Crest
Anthony is a reader for the The Literary Review currently completing his MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His work has appeared in Berfrois, The East Bay Review, NoiseMedium, Rat’s Ass Review, and Writer’s Digest.

Devon Balwit
A Modest Proposal
Devon has written How the Blessed Travel and Forms Most Marvelous. Her work is in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Peacock Journal, The Cincinnati Review, The Ekphrastic Review, The Stillwater Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Red Earth Review, and Aeolian Harp Folio Anthology.

Phoebe Cramer
The Squirrels of Madison Square Park
Phoebe is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn, New York. Her short fiction has appeared in Slink Chunk Press and Bard Papers. She can be found, very occasionally, on twitter @PhoebeLCramer

Christina Dalcher
Lincoln, Kennedy, and Me
Christina has recognitions including Bath Flash Award’s Short List, nominations for Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions, and second place in Bartleby Snopes’ Dialogue Contest. Read additional work here.

Denise Dumars
The Mexican Pet
Denise is the author of collections of short speculative fiction, poetry, and metaphysical nonfiction. Her most recent book of poetry, Paranormal Romance: Poems Romancing the Paranormal, was nominated for the Elgin Award.

Sara Kate Ellis
The Railyard
Sara is a 2011 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow and the winner of the 2015 Defenestrationism short fiction contest. Her stories have appeared in Ideomancer, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Crossed Genres, and AE-The Canadian Science Fiction Review.

Todd H. C. Fischer
800 Pounds, Easy!
Todd has had work appear in several publications around the world, most recently appeared in The Compleat Anachronist. He has work forth-coming in Helios Quarterly.


J. Anthony Gohier
Lights in the Dark
J. received a degree in Film and Media Arts, and has since returned to his first love, the written word. His writing has won awards in categories of short story, novel chapter, children’s book and poetry.

Sophie Grimes
The Skull Is An Empty Time Capsule, Not an Alien
Sophie has work in The Literary Review and Lockjaw Magazine among others. Author of the chapbook City Structures, Sophie writes poetry reviews for Publishers Weekly.


Zeke Jarvis
Ways to Go
Zeke is an Associate Professor at Eureka College, where he edits ELM. His work has appeared in Thrice Fiction, Moon City Review, and Posit. His books include So Anyway… and In A Family Way. His blog can be found here.

Anna Kaye-Rogers
Slenderman’s Beast
Anna has been published in Illinois Valley Community College River Currents and The Feminine Collective. Upcoming work will be featured in The Eastern Iowa Review and Northern Illinois University Northern.

E.E. King
Signs That the World Might Be Ending
E. E.’s books include Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife and Another Happy Ending. The New Short Fiction Series launched her first anthology, Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends. Find her online here.

Robin LaVoie
Einstein’s Bicycle
Robin provides historical research for writers (most recently for Susan Southard’s award-winning NAGASAKI). Her essays about life with her autistic son have appeared in parenting collections online and in print.

Jeanne Lutz
Minnesota Vikings Open Their Stadium to Shelter the Homeless
Jeanne is the author of the chapbook, Hearts And Harrows, and her work has appeared in Conduit, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Poetry City, USA, Whistling Shade, and on KAXE radio.

MANDEM is a media-fluid artist conglomerate. Their work on disability poetics, the visceral body, gender and childhood is in critical dialogue with art history, religious iconography/mythology, and various -punk aesthetics. MANDEM serves as art editor for The Deaf Poets Society journal ( They have recently been artist-in-residence at Il Palmerino (Florence, Italy) and Negative Space Gallery (Cleveland, Ohio). MANDEM’s current painting series, Hypermobility, is documented online at www./

John C. Mannone
The Smell of Rain
John has work in Blue Fifth Review, Peacock Journal, Gyroscope Review, NEJM, Inscape, Pedestal, and Baltimore Review. He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex and others. Visit his website.

Erica Gerald Mason
Bananakiwi Claire
Erica is an author, poet, and speaker. She was a featured poet in the 2016 and 2017 Sundance Film Festival Indie Lounge. Her book I Am A Telescope: Science Love Poems is available on Amazon. Find her blog and poetry here.

Laura Page
Shirt Panels
Laura is editor of Virga Magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Crab Creek Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and HYPERTEXT. Her chapbook, Children, Apostates is available from Dancing Girl Press.

Sarah Peploe
White Leather Sofa
Sarah’s short stories have appeared in Snowbooks’ Sharkpunk and Game Over, Hic Dragones’ Hauntings and Pankhearst’s See into the Dark. She also produces comics as part of Mindstain Comics co-operative.

Jessy Randall
The Fizziest Death
Jessy’s poems have appeared in McSweeney’s, Poetry, and The Best Experimental Writing. Her most recent book is Suicide Hotline Hold Music, a collection of poems and comics. Her website is here.

kerry rawlinson
Ghost-Ship Resurrection
Kerry has won fiction and art contests (Geist; Postcards, Poems & Prose; Fusion Art😉 and features in Centrifugal Eye; Minola Review; CanadianLiterature; AdHoc; Adirondack Review; and Five on the Fifth.

Cameron Schneberger
8 Maxims For the Toys R Us Ghost
Cameron has work in The Minetta Review, Yellow Chair Review, and once in a paperback gay romance novel. He believes in ghosts even though he’s never seen one.

Jim Sienkiewicz
Jake the Alligator Man
Jim is a Professor of Photography at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He is also currently a PhD student in West African Art & Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Ron Clinton Smith
Wombed Heart
Ron is the author of Creature Storms. His work appears in River Teeth Journal of Narrative Nonfiction, Upstreet Magazine, number 12, Novella T. and forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review.

J. Ryan Sommers
Haymarket Maggie
J. has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago. He hope to continue his writing while teaching. This story is from his thesis, a novel in stories, entitled Conduits.

Melissa Sos
Melissa is a bilingual poet and has presented her poetry at the Illustrious College of Geologists in Spain for the winter conclave ceremonials. Her poem The Jazzman is forthcoming in CHEST.