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Issue # 30 Winter-Spring 2014
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Editors for this Issue
Fiction: Carole Rosenthal
Poetry: Roger Mitchell
Nonfiction: Reamy Jansen
Recent Books from Hamilton Stone Editions
Miguel Antonio Ortiz's novel Parental Sins; James Cervantes' poems, From Mr. Bondo's Unshared Life; Kelly Watt's Camino Meditations
What God’s Good For
From Another Day
Which are always almost tingling
Quince Goes On to Say
Russian Tanker Update: 2013
The Vegetation of Wisconsin
Deconstructing Literature’s Intercultural Mythos
Too Big to Name
A President’s Wife
Star Matter at Work
A Savage Servility
Mary Ann Rockwell
A Few Rhetorical Questions
For My Father, In His Terror
Highway 17 Revisited With a Hearse Full of Grandkids
Terrified by Everything, Absolutely Everything
What We Are Left With
Ellen Alexander Conley
There Are No Grownups Here
Please Connect Me
Listening to the Wind
Jay Hansford C. Vest
Gale Acuff has published many poems in literary journals and is the author of three books of poetry. He has taught university English in the US, China, and Palestine. Gale currently teaches literature at Sichuan University for Nationalities, in China.
Kevin Carey teaches in the English Department at Salem State University. His work has won Best of the Net 2011 and was a finalist for The Million Writers Award 2012. His co-written screenplay, “Peter’s Song,” won Best screenplay at 2009 New Hampshire Film Festival. He has a new chapbook of fiction "The Beach People," from Red Bird Chapbooks and a 2012 book of poetry “The One Fifteen to Penn Station,” from Cavankerry Press, N.J. He has recently completed a documentary film (with Mark Hillringhouse) about New Jersey poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan, called “All That Lies Between Us.” His website is at Kevincareywriter.com .
Chelsey Clammer's braided essay called "The Howls of Our Homes" is about the ways in which we "hear" and "speak" grief. Chelsey Clammer is the Managing Editor and Nonfiction Editor of The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review. Her website is www.chelseyclammer.com
Gretchen Clark teaches creative nonfiction classes at Writers.com. Her work has appeared in Hip Mama, Wordriot, New York Family Magazine, Switchback, Flashquake, Tiny Lights and other publications. A section of this essay first appeared in Foliate Oak Literary Journal.
Bruce Colbert, a former journalist, is an actor and playwright in New York City where his plays have been produced Off-Broadway, and in Toronto. He recently completed a collection of short stories entitled NOMAD to be released this summer by Lummox Books
Ellen Alexander Conley has published four books that had national reviews. They are Soho Madonna, Soon to Be Immortal, Bread and Stones, and The Chosen Shore. Queen Lear will be her latest novel.
Arturo Desimone was born and raised on the island of Aruba to parents of immigrant origins foreign to the island. At the age of 20 he emigrated to the Netherlands, but now leads a nomadic life-style more conducive to writing fiction, poetry and making drawings, and which brought him to such places as (post)revolution-era Tunisia and Argentina where he is currently based. His poems and short fiction pieces have appeared in Acentos Review, The New Orleans Review and at the blog, A Tunisian Girl. His drawings can be seen in an online exhibition of Hinchas de Poesia, or on his blog. He is working on a long fiction project.
Michelle Disler has a Ph.D. in Creative Nonfiction from Ohio University, and teaches creative writing and literature at Grand Valley State University. Her work has appeared in The Laurel Review, The Massachusetts Review, Fact-Simile, Hotel Amerika, Seneca Review, Glass, and Columbia among many others. She is also a Pushcart Prize nominee for her writing on James Bond, and a recipient of the Virginia Woolf Essay Prize. Her first book, [BOND, JAMES]: alphabet, anatomy, [auto]biography,was released by Counterpath Press (2012).
Doug Draime’s most recent book is More Than The Alley, released in 2012 from Interior Noise Press. Also available are five chapbooks: Dusk With Carol (Kendra Steiner Editions), Los Angeles Terminal: Poems 1971-1980 (Covert Press), Rock 'n Roll Jizz (Alternating Current Books), and two online chapbooks: Speed of Light (Right Hand Pointing) and Stoned On A Poco Stick (Zygote In My Coffee). Awarded small PEN grants in 1987, 1991, and 1992. Nominated for several
Pushcart Prizes in last few years. He lives in Medford, Oregon.
Susan J. Erickson was named a semi-finalist in the 2014 Tucson Book Festival Literary Awards competition. Her poems appear in 2River View, Crab Creek Review, Museum of Americana, Raven Chronicles, Switched-on-Gutenberg, and The Lyric. Her work has also appeared in anthologies including Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai. She recently completed a book length manuscript of poems in women’s voices. Her chapbook The Art of Departure was published by Egress Studio Press. Susan lives in Bellingham, Washington where she helped establish the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Walk and Contest.
Kate Falvey’s work has appeared in numerous print and online journals including the Yellow Medicine Review, Memoir(and), Danse Macabre, the Stony Thursday Book, the Citron Review and many more. She has two chapbooks out, What the Sea Washes Up with Dancing Girl Press and Morning Constitutional in Sunhat and Bolero with Green Fuse Poetic Arts. She edits the 2 Bridges Review which is published through City Tech/CUNY, where she teaches, and is on the editorial board of the N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center's Bellevue Literary Review.
William Ford’s work has appeared most recently in Brilliant Corners, Valparaiso Review, Lascaux Review, Liturgical Credo, Verse Wisconsin, The Hollins Critic, and elsewhere. Retired but still working in a semi-Donald Hall sense, he lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Benjamin Goluboff teaches English at Lake Forest College. Aside from a modest list of scholarly publications, he has placed imaginative work–poetry, fiction, and essays–in Hayden's Ferry Review, Cabinet, Anobium, Dead Flowers, Ascent, Misfit, The Ilanot Review, Sleet, The Milo Review, Sugar Mule, Cactus Heart, and elsewhere. Some of his work can be read at www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/goluboff/.
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection "The Middle of Nowhere" (Olivia Eden Publishing). He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.
Faithfully constructive in her epistemology, KJ Hannah Greenberg channels gelatinous monsters and two-headed wildebeests. Her newest books include/will include: Mothers Ought to Utter Only Niceties. Unbound CONTENT, 2014, (Forthcoming); Jerusalem Sunrise. (Imago Press, 2014, Forthcoming); The Little Temple of My Sleeping Bag (Dancing Girl Press, 2014, Forthcoming); Simple Gratitudes (Propertius Press, 2014, Forthcoming); The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles (Bards and Sages Publishing, 2013); and Citrus-Inspired Ceramics (Aldrich Press, 2013). Hannah's been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature and once for The Best of the Net. She was, as well, a recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities monies. Currently, Hannah serves as an Associate Editor at Bound Off! and at Bewildering Stories and continues on as a regular contributor to The Jerusalem Post.
Michael Hettich’s most recent books of poetry are LIKE HAPPINESS (Anhinga, 2010) and THE ANIMALS BEYOND US (New Rivers, 2011). His new manuscript, SYSTEMS OF VANISHING, won the 2013 Tampa Review Poetry Prize and will be published in April, 2014. He lives in Miami.
Priscilla Jolly finished her post graduation in English literature. She is currently working as a teaching assistant in France. She loves teaching young children English and enjoys reading stories to them.
Edith Konecky, a native New Yorker, has two sons. She has published five novels, among them Allegra Maud Goldman, currently with the Feminist Press, A Place at the Table, Love and Money, View to the North, Fiction and the Facts of Life, and a short story collection, Past Sorrows and Coming Attractions, all currently available from Hamilton Stone.
Charlene Langfur says “I am an organic gardener, a southern Californian, a S.U. Graduate Writing Department fellowship holder, and my work has appeared in Literal Latte, The Adirondack Review, most recently in The Hampden Sydney Poetry Review, The Stone Canoe, Citron. The Evening Street Review.”
Catherine Mauk is an American citizen currently living in Australia. While she has been writing for over a decade, she has sent very little of my work out for publication. She has been published in PAN: Philosophy, Activism and Nature, an Australian journal. She was long listed for the 2013 Calibre Prize, Australia's premier essay prize, in a very strong field. In 2012, she was accepted to Breadloaf in Sicily. She is currently revising a completed memoir that deals with place and identity, as well as working on a series of essays about our cultural, emotional, and moral relationships with place.
Catherine Morocco’s first book, Moon without Craters and Shadows, is forthcoming with Aldrich Press by fall 2014. "Son's Story" from that collection was first winner of the Dana Foundation Contest in 2011 for poetry on the brain. Her poems are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner and Island Voices 2 and published in The Massachusetts Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Salamander, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Naugatuck River Review, Comstock Review, Bellowing Ark, Concrete Wolf, and others. They also appear in the collections, Unlocking the Poem (Riccio and Siegel) and Do Not Give Me Things Unbroken (Ayers and others). She is the author of two professional books on adolescent literacy.
Keith Moul has published hundreds of poems and photos. Three of his books have recently been released: The Grammar of Mind from Blue & Yellow Dog (2010); Beautiful Agitation from Red Ochre Press (2012); and Reconsidered Light, a collection of poems written to accompany his photos, from Broken Publications (2012). A poem and photo from Reconsidered Light were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Frederick Pollack: Author of two book-length narrative poems, THE ADVENTURE and HAPPINESS, both published by Story Line Press. Has appeared in Hudson Review, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Die Gazette (Munich), The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Representations, Magma (UK), Bateau, Chiron Review, etc. Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Hamilton Stone Review, Diagram, BlazeVox, The New Hampshire Review, Mudlark, etc. Recent Web publications in Occupoetry, Faircloth Review, Camel Saloon, Kalkion, Gap Toothed Madness. Adjunct professor creative writing George Washington University. Poetics: neither navelgazing mainstream nor academic pseudo-avant-garde.
Mary Ann Rockwell works as a librarian at North Country Community College. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. Her work has appeared in such journals as Pharos, The Louisville Review, The Widener Review, Ellipses, and Born Magazine.
Gerard Sarnat is the author of two critically acclaimed poetry collections, 2010’s "HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man" and 2012’s "Disputes." His work has been published in over eighty journals and anthologies. Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s a physician who’s set up and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised, a CEO of health care organizations, and a Stanford professor. For "The Huffington Post" review of his work and more; visit GerardSarnat.com. "Highway" and "Terrified" may appear in his third collection, "17s," in which each poem, stanza, or line has seventeen syllables.
Davide Trame is an Italian teacher of English, born and living in Venice-Italy, writing poems exclusively in English since 1993; they have been published in around six hundred literary magazines since 1999, in U.K, U.S. and elsewhere. His poetry collection Make it Last was published by Lapwing Publications, Belfast U.K. in 2013.
Jane Stark lives in Greenwich Village in New York City and the mountains of upstate New York. She has had a short story published in the SNReview and received an honorable mention in the 2010 Walker Percy Short Fiction Contest of the New Orleans Literary Review. Jane recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University.
Jay Hansford C. Vest, Ph.D. is an enrolled member Monacan Indian Nation and direct descendent of Opechancanough (Pamunkey). Honorary Pikuni in Ceremonial Adoption (June 1989) Professor, Department of American Indian Studies University of North Carolina at Pembroke, North Carolina. His website is http://www.uncp.edu/home/vestj.