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Issue # 33 Fall 2015
Table of Contents
Editors for this Issue
Fiction: Meredith Sue Willis
Poetry: Roger Mitchell
Nonfiction: Reamy Jansen
Many thanks to Lynda Schor for
more than a decade of editing fiction for this publication.
My Failure as a Witness
On Leaving Anchorage
What a Bad Week for the NRA
from Double Helix, a long poem in progress
Turtle and Butterfly
Rita Maria Martinez
Jane Eyre in the Jungle Room
Stan Sanvel Rubin
Dead Cat, Mass. Pike
D. E. Steward
Violence is a light gray matter
The Three Chambered Heart
Anne Leigh Parrish
Adam “Bucho” Rodenberger
Forty Feet: Peacemaking Through Dance
How to Write a Roman Post Card
William Aarnes has published two collections with Ninety-Six Press—Learning to Dance (1991) and Predicaments (2001). A third collection— Do in Dour—is forthcoming from Kelsay Books. His work has appeared in such magazines as Poetry, The Seneca Review , and Red Savina Review. Recent poems have has appeared in Main Street Rag , Shark Reef , and Empty Sink .
Tyler Atkinson majored in creative writing at the University of Arizona and wrote poetry for years but never tried to publish it. In fact, "The Gathering" was first a poem. "I just finished a 300 page book that is a memoir/novel. My brothers and I were raised on the Navajo reservation because our parents owned a trading post. I wrote this book while going to Ken Lamberton's writers workshop at the U of A. and give Ken and the writers around that table a lot of credit. for any success it may have."
Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire, 2003). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.
Doug Bolling's poems have appeared in Water-Stone Review, Blueline, Connecticut River Review, Georgetown Review, Redactions, Basalt and many others. He has received several Pushcart nominations and a Best of the Net nomination and is working on a collection of poems and living in the Chicago area after retiring from college teaching.
Jim Brega earned his BA from San Diego State University and an MFA from the University of Illinois. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Lunch Ticket, Lime Hawk, Hippocampus Magazine, Red Savina Review, and Plenitude, and in the forthcoming anthology Songs of Ourselves. He lives near San Diego. You can find more of Jim’s work on his blog, jimbrega.com.
John Davis is the author of Gigs and The Reservist. His work has appeared recently in DMQ Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Kentucky Review and Rio Grande Review. He teaches writing, performs in rock and roll bands and lives on an island near Seattle.
Camillo DiMaria was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY to parents from Sicily. He has authored 6 books of poems printed by The Manifestation Glow Press: Randoems, Dreams of Anarchy, Gray Music, A Dead Art, Amnesiac, and Companion Piece. He studied writing at Brooklyn College.
Keith Dunlap is a former co-editor of The Columbia Review and former co-editor of Cutbank, having received his M.F.A. from the University of Montana. His poems have been accepted for publication in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Brooklyn Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Georgetown Review, Poet Lore, and Sou’wester, among other places. Last year his manuscript, The Foot in the Elevator, was a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, a finalist at the Brickhouse Books New Poets Series, as well as a semi-finalist at Brooklyn Arts Press. He has a B.A. in English from Columbia College in New York and an M.A. in Classics from Columbia University. He lives in Portland, Maine with his wife, the novelist, Jenny Siler, and his daughter, Vivica.
Cal Freeman was born and raised in West Detroit. His writing has appeared in many journals including Rhino, Ninth Letter, The Drunken Boat, The Journal, The Paris-American, and Birmingham Poetry Review. His first book of poems, Brother of Leaving, was recently published by Antonin Artaud Publications, an imprint of Marick Press. He currently lives in Dearborn, MI and teaches at Oakland University.
Howie Good is the recipient of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry for his collection Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements.
James Grabill’s poems and prose poems have appeared widely in periodicals such as Stand (UK), Caliban (US), Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments (US), The Bitter Oleander (US), Weber: The Contemporary West (US), and The Buddhist Poetry Review (US), among others. Wordcraft of Oregon has published his new project of environmental prose poems, Sea-Level Nerve: Book One, 2014 (in print and as ebook), Book Two in 2015 (now available). Currently, he is working on Double Helix, a long poem that explores ecological interconnection in the context of history and long-term global trends. A long-time Oregon resident, he teaches 'systems thinking' relative to sustainability.
Nels Hanson’s fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 12, and 2014. Poems appeared in Word Riot, Oklahoma Review, Pacific Review and other magazines and received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize and a 2015 Best of the Net nomination.
Reamy Jansen's Available Light, Recollections and Reflections of a Son, a set of linked essays on fathers and sons, generations and mortality, was published by Hamilton Stone Editions in 2010. Jansen’s work—essays, poems, fiction—has appeared in a variety of publications, such as Gargoyle, Alimentum, Fugue, The Bloomsbury Review, LIT, Innisfree Poetry Journal and 32 Poems-Vol. 6, No. 1(www.32poems.com/issues), among others, and are reprinted in www.enskyment.org. He is also a long-time Contributing Editor to The Bloomsbury Review of Books and is the creator of it short essay section, “Out of Bounds.” He is also a founding Board member of Radical Teacher, along with Paul Lauter, Richard Ohmann, Louis Kampf, having co-edited the issue on privatization with Dick Ohmann. He has blogged for Radical Teacher as well, and was an editor for University Review where he interviewed Norman Mailer and later Jerzy Kosinski. Other interviews have included Li-Young Lee (collected in Breaking the Alabaster Jar, Conversations with Li-Young Lee, BOA, 2009) as well as D. Nurkse, Cornelius Eady, Michael Cunningham and David Means. He was vice president of the National Book Critics Circle for 6 years.
Jonathan Jones is a freelance writer currently living and working in Rome. His main influences are Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Chandler, Saki and Yann Martel. He qualified in 1999 with my M.A. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University College and in 2004 with an MRes in Humanities from Keele University. He currently teaches writing composition at John Cabot University in Rome. He has also had a number of poems and short stories published in the English small press by such magazines as 'The New Writer', 'Dreamcatcher', 'Cordite Poetry Review', The Dr T.J.Eckleburg Review' and 'Iota'.
Tricia Knoll is a Portland, Oregon poet who has been exploring “How I Learned To Be White.” Her poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies. She has a chapbook Urban Wild out and soon will have a book of poetry, Ocean’s Laughter, out from Aldrich Press which looks at change over time in a small Oregon coastal town. Website: triciaknoll.com
Susanna Lang’s most recent collection of poems, Tracing the Lines, was published in 2013 by the Brick Road Poetry Press. A two-time Hambidge fellow and a recipient of the Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Bethesda Writer’s Center, she has published original poems and essays, and translations from the French, in such journals as Little Star, New Letters, december, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Green Mountains Review, The Baltimore Review, Kalliope, World Literature Today, Chicago Review, New Directions, and Jubilat. Book publications include translations of Words in Stone and The Origin of Language, both by Yves Bonnefoy. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches in the Chicago Public Schools.
Michael Lauchlan’s poems have landed in many publications including New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The North American Review, Southword, The Dark Horse, Tar River Poetry, Harpur Palate, and The Cortland Review. His most recent collection is Trumbull Ave., from WSU Press.
Jane Lazarre is a prize winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent novels are Inheritance and Some Place Quite Unknown, both published by Hamilton Stone Editons. Other works include the novels, The Powers of Charlotte, and Worlds Beyond My Control, and the memoirs: The Mother Knot, On Loving Men,, Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons, (a twentieth anniversary edition forthcoming from Duke U. Press,) Wet Earth and Dreams: A Narrative of Grief and Recovery. She is currently working on a memoir about her father, The Communist and The Communist's Daughter. A recent essay, "Once white in America" was published on TomDispatch.com and widely reposted on various sites. Lazarre has taught writing and literature at the City College of New York, Yale University and Eugene Lang College at the New School, where she created and directed the undergraduate writing program and served on the full time faculty for twenty years. She serves on the Board of Directors of Brotherhood-SisterSol, an organization in Harlem serving children and youth and teaches writing privately. Please go to www.janelazarre.com for complete bio and history.
Alice Lowe reads and writes about food and family, Virginia Woolf, and life. Her personal essays have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Permafrost, Upstreet, Hippocampus, Tinge, Switchback, and Prime Number. She was the 2013 national award winner at City Works Journal and winner of a 2011 essay contest at Writing It Real. Work on Virginia Woolf includes two monographs published by Cecil Woolf Publishers in London. Alice lives in San Diego, California and blogs at www.aliceloweblogs.wordpress.com.
Rita Maria Martinez’s poetry appears in Ploughshares, The Notre Dame Review, Diagram, MiPOesias, Tigertail: A South Florida Annual, in the eighth edition of Stephen Minot's Three Genres: The Writing of Fiction/Literary Nonfiction, Poetry and Drama and in Burnt Sugar, Caña Quemada: Contemporary Cuban Poetry in English and Spanish. She also has Jane Eyre-related poetry forthcoming in Gargoyle. Her website is: http://comeonhome.org/wordpress development.
Larry Narron is a teaching associate at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he recently received an MFA in Poetry. A graduate of UC Berkeley, his work has appeared in Phoebe, Eleven Eleven, Permafrost, Whiskey Island, The Boiler, and other journals.
Helen Park's work appears in BlazeVOX, Sleet Magazine, Inertia Magazine, Cleaver Magazine and the Asian American Female Anthology, Yellow as Turmeric; Fragrant as Cloves (Deep Bowl Press, 2008). She is currently working on a novel loosely based upon three legend-worthy and chaotic generations of women in her family.
Anne Leigh Parrish's books are What Is Found, What Is Lost: A Novel (She Writes Press, October 2014), Finalist in the Literary Fiction category of the 2015 International Book Awards; Our Love Could Light The World: Stories (She Writes Press, 2013); Finalist the short story category of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards; Finalist in both the 2013 International Book Awards and the 2013 Best Books Awards;
All The Roads That Lead From Home: Stories (Press 53, 2011), 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal Winner. Her website is anneleighparrish.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook .
Adam “Bucho” Rodenberger is a 36 year old writer from Kansas City. He has been published in Agua Magazine, Alors, Et Tois?, Aphelion, Bluestem Magazine, BrainBox Magazine, Cause & Effect Magazine, Cahoodaloodaling, Crack the Spine, Eunoia Review, Five Quarterly Magazine, Ginosko Literary Journal, Glint Literary Journal, The Gloom Cupboard, L’allures des Mots, Lunch Box, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, Offbeatpulp, Penduline Press, Phoebe, Poydras Review, The Santa Clara Review, Serving House Journal, Sheepshead Review, Slice Magazine, Up The Staircase, Fox Spirit's "Girl at the End of the World: Book 1" anthology, and has been shortlisted for the Almond Press “Broken Worlds” fiction contest. He blogs at http://triphoprisy.blogspot.com.
Stan Sanvel Rubin's fourth full-length collection, There. Here., was published in 2013 by Lost Horse Press. Poems currently forthcoming in The National Poetry Review and Poetry Northwest. He lives on the Olympic peninsula of Washington state.
David Salner’s writing has appeared in Hamilton Stone Review, Threepenny Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, North American Review, River Styx, and many other magazines. His third book, Blue Morning Light, will be out in January 2016 and features poems on the paintings of American artist George Bellows. Salner worked for 25 years at manual trades, as an iron ore miner, steelworker, and laborer.
Author of two books of poetry, Suddenly For Someone and Nine Summers Later, Sanjeev Sethi has at different phases of his career written for newspapers, magazines and journals. He has produced radio and television programs. His poems have found a home in The London Magazine, The Fortnightly Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, Off the Coast Literary Journal, Synesthesia Literary Journal, Lemon Hound, Poetry Australia,Indian Literature, Journal of the Poetry Society (India), The Statesman, The Hindu, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India. Bloomsbury is publishing, This Summer and That Summer, his third collection.
Fred Skolnik is the author of the novels The Other Shore (Aqueous Books, 2011) and Death (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015) and has published stories and essays in over 150 journals, including TriQuarterly, The MacGuffin, Los Angeles Review, Prism Review, Gargoyle, Literary House Review, Words & Images, Third Coast, Polluto, Underground Voices,The Recusant, and Hamilton Stone Review (Issue 31).
D. E. Steward writes: With many hundreds of credits I’m beyond what I hoped to do as an independent writer. The only thing I’ve ever taught is swimming, I’ve never studied writing, and I didn’t even major in English. I’ve never had a pedestrian job since college, and never published anything I’m not proud of.
James Valvis has placed poems or stories in Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Ploughshares, River Styx, Tampa Review, Tar River Poetry, The Sun, and many others. His poetry was featured in Verse Daily. His fiction was chosen for the 2013 Sundress Best of the Net. A former US Army soldier, he lives near Seattle.
Evelyn Walsh is working on a story collection and a novel. Two novels, actually. She has been published in Narrative, Brain, Child and Encounter. This spring, Evelyn’s story "Foundling" was nominated for an O. Henry Award. She has also been awarded residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as well as a scholarship to the New York State Summer Writers Institute. A native of Philadelphia, Evelyn lives in Atlanta with her family, where she teaches creative writing to children of all ages. In admissions season, Evelyn specializes in helping college hopefuls evaluate and edit their application essays. You can read another story by Evelyn in Narrative Magazine.
Iromie Weeramantry is a fiction writer who splits her time between upstate New York and New York City where she was a longtime member of the Writer’s Studio. Her short stories have been published in The Alembic (2012), the Green Hills Literary Lantern (2012, 2013, 2014) and in The Saint Ann’s Review (Spring 2014).
Laryssa Wirstiuk lives in New Jersey with her mini dachshund Charlotte Moo. Laryssa’s collection of short stories The Prescribed Burn won Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been published in Gargoyle Magazine, Word Riot, Barely South Review, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. http://www.laryssawirstiuk.com
Mark Young is the editor of Otoliths, lives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia, & has been publishing poetry for more than fifty-five years. His work has been widely anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages. A new collection of poems, Bandicoot habitat, has just come out from gradient books of Finland later this year.
Kenny Yuan has previously published work in the San Jose Mercury News. A junior at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, California, he is President of the Web Development Club, which teaches web development to students and consults with student clubs, nonprofits, and local businesses. He is a freelance web developer, with credits including the websites of Weiming Angels and Saratoga Hills Group; he has also done web design for Tesla. He is fluent in Chinese and speaks basic Japanese; he has enjoyed traveling through Europe and Japan.