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Summer 2016: "Crooked Axis"


Aminu Aliyu wishes to die and write at the twilight of hell.

Joel Allegretti, author of five collections, is the editor of Rabbit Ears (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about television.

Sarah Anderson, MFA from Warren Wilson, teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Alison Angell, a Master of Letters from St. Andrews, Scotland, works as a marketing manager in publishing.

Jacob M. Appel's most recent short story collection is Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). He practices medicine in New York City

Michelle Askin's poetry has appeared in numerous journals.

Brad Bennett enjoys the many haiku moments he encounters each day.

Wayne-Daniel Berard teaches English and Humanities at Nichols College.

Paakhi Bhatnagar writes for The Gulf News and blogs at

Lorcán Black from Ireland is editor-in-chief of Anomaly Literary Journal.

Russell Buker recently retired from Shead High School, Eastport, ME.

Michael Burgholzer, a programmer, has frequently published in Off the Coast.

Dennis Camire's full-length collection, Combed By Crows, is forthcoming from (Deerbrook Editions, 2017).

Sarah Carleton writes, edits, plays the banjo, and raises her son in Tampa.

Nick Scott Christian studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Babette Cieskowski is currently earning an MFA from Ohio State University.

Douglas Cole

William C. Crawford is a writer, photographer, and former Vietnam combat photojournalist.

Erin Cummiskey hopes to become a cognitive-behavioral therapist.

Darren C. Demaree's most recent collection is The Nineteen Steps Between Us (After the Pause, 2016).

William Derge is the winner of the 2010 Knightsbridge Prize and the Rainmaker Award.

Edilson Ferreira is a Brazilian poet who writes in English.

Allen Forrest works as a graphic artist and painter.

D.G. Geis is Editor-in-Chief of Tamsen and a finalist for both The New Alchemy Prize (University of Alaska Fairbanks) and the Fish Prize (Ireland).

Bria Goeller, a double-major at Emory University, enjoys writing, art, music, and film.

Jack Granath is a library director in the Kansas City area.

Kathleen Gunton carries a Canon PowerShot on her daily walks.

Kathleen Hellen, a poet, educator and former journalist, is the author of the award-winning collection Umberto's Night (Washington Writers' Publishing House, 2012) .

Lynn Hoffman's most recent publication is the memoir Radiation Days (Skyhorse, 2014).

Sue Hyon Bae is International Poetry Editor for Hayden's Ferry Review.

Judy Kaber's contest credits include the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest and the Larry Kramer Memorial Chapbook Contest.

Deborah P Kolodji has four chapbooks of poetry, over 800 poems in journals on and off the web.

Karen Bjork Kubin works as a violinist.

Suzanne Langlois teaches high school in Falmouth, ME.

John Laue has five books of poetry and one of prose.

Peter Leight has published poems in numerous journals.

Jayne Marek has a chapbook, a co-authored book of poems, as well as scholarly work and short fiction.

Ryan Meyer teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.

Robin Michel has published poetry and fiction.

Tracy Mishkin is a call center veteran with a PhD.

Larry Narron teaches writing at Pacific University.

Lee Nash lives in France and freelances as an editorial designer. See

Lance Nizami started taking pictures in 2011 with a fixed-lens 28mm-equivalent Leica X1.

Ellie O'Leary writes about growing up in the village of Freedom, ME.

Chika Onyenezi has published short stories, poems and essays.

Maggie Greaves Ozgur is an assistant professor of poetry and poetics at Skidmore College.

Melinda Palacio's latest books include the novel Ocotillo Dreams (ASU Bilingual Press, 2011) and the poetry collection How Fire Is a Story, Waiting (Tia Chucha, 2012).

Sujash Purna, originally from Bangladesh, studies English at Truman State University.

Rachel Rear is a teacher, writer, actor, and sometime aerialist.

Tim Robbins is an ESL teacher.

Andy Roberts handles finances for disabled veterans.

Russell Rowland has two chapbooks available from Finishing Line.

Paul Rousseau, a hospice/palliative medicine physician, has recently added photography to his repertoire.

Kelly R. Samuels works as an adjunct English instructor in La Crosse, WI.

Sanjeev Sethi's third book of poetry is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Debarun Sarkar sleeps, eats, reads, smokes, drinks, labors and occasionally writes and submits.

Anum Kamran Sattar is a freshman at the College of Wooster.

Penelope Scambly Schott's most recent book is How I Became An Historian (Cherry Grove Collections, 2014).

Mara Adamitz Scrupe's first book of poems is Beast (National Federation of State Poetry Societies, 2014).

Jake Sheff is a captain and pediatrician in the US Air Force, married with a daughter and three pets.

Richard Spilman is the author of In the Night Speaking (Sacramento Poetry Center, 2009).

John Stupp is the author of the full-length collection Advice from the Bed of a Friend (Main Street Rag, 2015).

Cammy Thomas teaches literature in Massachusetts.

Ellie Tipton's website is

Stephanie Trott is a creative writing MFA candidate at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Gina Valdés's poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe.

Liang Yujing was born in China and is a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Orooj-e-Zafar has been told she is a verb; when she isn't correcting people spelling or pronouncing her name, she drudges through medical school in her hometown Pakistan.

Andrena Zawinski is Features Editor at and runs a Women's Poetry Salon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

James K. Zimmerman's books include Little Miracles (Passager Books, 2015) and a chapbook, Family Cookout (Comstock, 2016).

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