Peter Schireson began writing after a long career, first in education, then in business. His poems have appeared in Quiddity, Hotel Amerika, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Pleiades, among many other journals. His chapbook - The Welter of Me & You - won the Coal Hill 2013 Chapbook Prize. Peter holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University and an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is also an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, having trained in both the U.S. and Japan. Together with his wife, Grace Schireson, he edited Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima.
Following a series of poor choices, David Miller eventually graduated with a degree in English from Purdue University. Subsequently, he made one mistake after another resulting in extended periods of study at the University of Iowa, Cal State Long Beach, the University of California at Riverside, and UCLA. All that changed when his muse consented to marriage. He showered, shaved and went to medical school at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California. He is in practice in Indiana, which is well situated for clandestine bohemian pursuits. He has authored twenty science-related articles, and was the co-author of a non-fiction book, (Womenopause, O-Books, London, UK, 2010). Recent poetry has appeared in Metaphor, Harbinger Asylum, Deronda Review, Sacred Cow, Leaves of Ink, Haiku Journal, Ancient Paths Literary Journal, Dunes Review, and Canary.
Jim Read lives in the Port of Saint John, not far from the bronze statue of Samuel de Champlain.
You can read a selection of his archived published short stories by visiting his website at www.jimread.ca
Martina Reisz Newberry’s most recent book is TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME (due out in 2017 from Unsolicited Press). She is also the author of WHERE IT GOES (Deerbrook Editions). LEARNING BY ROTE (Deerbrook Editions) and RUNNING LIKE A WOMAN WITH HER HAIR ON FIRE: Collected Poems (Red Hen Press)
Ms. Newberry is the winner of i.e. magazine’s Editor’s Choice Poetry Chapbook Prize for 1998: AN APPARENT, APPROACHABLE LIGHT. She is also the author of LIMA BEANS AND CITY CHICKEN: MEMORIES OF THE OPEN HEARTH—a memoir of her father, (one of the first men ever to be hired at Kaiser Steel in Fontana, CA in 1943)—published by E.P. Dutton and Co. in 1989.
Newberry has been included in “It Happened Under Cover,” Ascent Aspirations’ first two hard-copy anthologies, also in the anthologies “In The Company Of Women,” “Blessed Are These Hands,” and “Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women”. She has been widely published in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad.
She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo Colony for the Arts, Djerassi Colony for the Arts, and at Anderson Center for Disciplinary Arts.
A passionate lover of Los Angeles,Martina currently lives there with her husband, Brian Newberry, a Media Creative.
Born in 1954, Shahab Mogharabin is an award winning Iranian poet. After completing his secondary education in his home city of Isfahan, Mogharabin moved to Tehran and entered Sharif University of Technology to study Chemical Engineering, which he later abandoned to pursue his literary ambitions.
In 2002, he founded Ahang-e-Digar, an independent poetry publishing company along with two fellow poets, Shams Langeroodi and Hafez Moosavi, where he passionately promoted young and aspiring poets.
Since the early 1980s, Mogharabin’s poems have appeared in various journals in Iran; He has published eight collections of poetry and two selections in Persian.
Titles of his books include:
Grief of Flights, 1979
Dark and Bright Steps, 1986
Words as Minutes, 1992
By the side of the Purple Road, I Saw My Childhood, 2003
(Winner of Karnameh Poetry Award, 2004)
Selected Poems, 2006
Wind Will Leaf through This Book, 2008
Whistling in the Dark, 2010
Somebody Knocked at the Door, 2013
(Finalist for the Khabarnegaran Poetry Award, 2015)
Tick Tock of Your Steps, 2015
Selected Poems, 2015
Ty Spencer Vossler (MFA) currently lives in Tlaxcala, Mexico with his BMW (beautiful Mexican wife) and their daughter. A prolific author, Vossler has published over seventy works in the past three years, including novels, novellas, short stories, poems and essays.
Ty’s work has appeared on four continents. His most recently published book-length works include: Adobe Walls, Unsolicited Press, The Eye of Espinoza, World Castle Publishing, Mocha Dreams, Shalla Publishing, and Seedlings, World Castle Publishing.
Vossler attributes his originality to the fact that he shot his television over two decades ago. He is a university professor in Mexico, where his imagination is greatly appreciated. If you would like to find out more about Ty Spencer Vossler please check out his website: tyvossler.com.
Once upon a time I was a preacher that liked to write. Then I found myself walking down a less familiar path that changed me into a writer who preaches. Still, I am the writer behind the curtain at subversivepreacher.org, a resource for spiritual practice in a time of strange and wonderful reformation.
My poems appear in print anthologies in “Poetry Quarterly,” (Summer 2015) Prolific Press; “The Poet’s Quest for God,” (2016) Eyewear Press (UK); and “Crossroads,” (2016) Inwood Indiana Press, as well as online at Silver Birch Press. A first novel in the genre of God noir, “The Steam Room Diaries,” was published by DAOwen (CA, 2015). My second novel, “Thoughtwall Café, Espresso in the Third Season of Life” (Unsolicited Press) is due for publication in July 2018. Compelling me to frequently sharpen my pencil, I write a weekly column on contemporary issues published in The Finger Lakes Times (NY).
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Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a Cherokee poet, novelist, and storyteller. She’s the author of ten books including the forthcoming Savagery (poetry) and You Look Something (literary fiction). She’s also the author of the poetry collections Constellations of My Body, Secret-Telling Bones, Orygun, What Makes an Always, and The Last Exotic Petting Zoo as well as the novel The Wrong Kind of Indian. She’s been awarded the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Prize in Poetry, the Potlatch Award for Native Artists, and numerous poet-in-residencies posts around the world including Hosking Houses Trust with an appointment at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, and Paris Lit Up in France. Jessica is a poetry editor for Bending Genres Magazine and founder of the Get it Ohm! karma yoga movement. Visit Jessica’s author site at www.jessicamehta.com
When long-time outdoorsman, songwriter, and poet Mark Doherty decided he needed a stable profession for his day job in the 1990’s, he began his career as a high school teacher. But Doherty never really left the outdoors and his music behind; he just incorporated them into his creative approach to teaching high school English and writing.
After earning his BA in English and Writing from his home state of Colorado at Western State University, Doherty spent ten years working as a musician, backcountry guide, and free-lance writer in Southern Utah. Later he earned a teaching degree from Westminster College in Salt Lake City and now teaches International Baccalaureate Senior English as well as 11th grade core English in Midvale, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City located at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain Range. He earned his Master’s Degree in Writing Nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University in November of 2016.
Doherty is the author of Walking Natural Pathways, a poetry chapbook organized into five segments which feature sub-themes celebrating all aspects of the natural world—eons of natural evolution and epochs of mankind’s interface with nature. The poetic styles include a diverse range of poetic forms including free verse, prose, lyrical, traditional, and sonnet. Like the natural world that inspired the poems, the mix of styles, ideas, perspectives, and images create a many-colored poetic landscape. Every chapter features stylistically different poetic forms. You can order a copy today.
CORIN REYBURN drifts through Southern California teaching a bit of this and coding a bit of that, and enjoys transmuting cosmic energy, cats more than people, and the use of unconventional instruments in rock n’ roll music. Corin holds a degree in Creative Writing and Critique from Oregon State University, and has work featured in places such as M-BRANE SF, Subtopian Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, Jersey Devil Press, The Gateway Review, Free Focus, Silicon Valley Debug, Clutching at Straws, and Quantum Muse. Reyburn co-produces and curates the speculative fiction podcast SubverCity Transmit. Find more of Corin’s work at corinreyburn.com.
CORIN REYBURN is the author of The Rise of Saint Fox and The Independence.
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Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is an LA Poet and graduate of MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat Woody Gold. He is the author of the poetry chapbook So Many Flowers, So Little Time from Red Mare Press. His poetry has been featured in The Yellow Chair Review, Frontier Poetry, poeticdiversity, The Wild Word, Lunch Ticket and one of his poems was named the winner of Subterranean Blue Poetry’s 2016 "The Children of Orpheus" Anthology/Contest. You can connect with Adrian on his website: http://www.adrianernestocepeda.com/
Steve Levine has been a full-time, professional writer for nearly 30 years. Starting as a freelancer with a Philadelphia weekly, he has been a staff reporter at three daily newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and at a national advertising newsweekly in New York. For a year he ran his own feast-or-famine P.R. firm from home and, for the past ten years, has been a writer in higher education
Levine is the author of BAD RABBI, published July 18, 2018.
David Wasserman is a product of New England. After growing up in Connecticut, he graduated from Stonehill College with degrees in English Literature and Elementary Education. A master’s degree in special education and ten years teaching later, David returned to poetry. It had been calling to him through the growing noise of texts tweets beeps buzzing ringing - and finally got through in its own tiny way.
David currently teaches second grade and lives in the mostly quiet woods of Connecticut with his wife and daughter. He likes to sit with a local craft beer and notebook on his front porch - pause and breathe in the crisp woodsy air chin up and eyes happily closed.
Tiny Footcrunch is David’s first book.
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Chuck is a writer and Temple University graduate from the Philadelphia area. Captivated by storytelling led to his passion of crafting visual tales in various forms. His work can be found at Random Poetry Tree, 101 Words, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and Public Pool. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Megan Dhakshini is a creative multidisciplinary who has delved into many industries including advertising, creative design, voice acting and singing. Her boutique creative ad shop, The Next Big Think avoids mainstream notions in favor of niche markets. When she isn’t caring for her business or her little girl, Megan is writing poetry, perfecting yoga poses or modeling Sarees for a designer friend. POISON APPLE is her debut collection.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, author, poet, playwright and spoken word performer, John Biscello, has called Taos, New Mexico home since 2001. He is the author of the novels, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, and Raking the Dust, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. Broken Land was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
John Biscello's first two books Raking the Dust and Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale are being reprinted by Unsolicited Press in advance of his newest publication, Nocturne Variations due out in November 2018.
Bill Rector is a retired physician. He is former editor of the Yale Journal of Humanities and Medicine. His autobiographical poetry book, bill, was published in 2007 by Proem Press. Biography of a Name is the third chapbook to be published in the last few months. Lost Moth, about the sudden loss of his daughter, won the Epiphany Prize in 2017. Two Worlds will appear this summer from White Knuckle Press.
Doug S. Haines is a Texas-born musician and writer. In 2013, he was the Senior Editor and majority contributor on the nonfiction book about sustainable living from Texas Review Press, Resurrecting Trash. His collection of short stories, Things I Pray I Never Forget, was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Elixir Press Fiction Award and a finalist for the George Garrett Fiction Prize. Most recently, his work has appeared in Slippery Elm, Down in the Dirt Magazine, West Trade Review, and Reed Magazine. He teaches English at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Roger Aplon was a founder and managing editor of Chicago’s CHOICE Magazine with John Logan & Aaron Siskind. He has had twelve books published: One of prose: Intimacies & eleven of poetry (most recently Improvisation: Poetic Impressions From Contemporary Music). He often reads his work with musicians from the Avant-Garde ensembles Wormhole (In Yokohama & Tokyo Japan) & the Trummerflora Collective (San Diego, CA). In the course of his career he’s been awarded prizes and honors including an Arts Fellowship from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. After an eight year writing retreat in Barcelona Spain, he now makes his home in Beacon, New York where he edits & publishes a poetry magazine: ‘Waymark – Voices of the Valley’ & has assembled his first collection of ‘Selected & New Poems’ You can read and hear examples of his work at: www.rogeraplon.com
Roger Aplon published MUSTERING WHAT'S LEFT in 2018 with Unsolicited Press.
Anne Babson’s first collection The White Trash Pantheon won the Colby H. Kullman prize from the Southern Writers Southern Writing Conference in Oxford, Mississippi. She wrote the libretto for the opera Lotus Lives, which has been performed in multiple cities and is slated for production once more in Montreal in 2018. She is the author of three chapbooks– Poems Under Surveillance is still in print with Finishing Line Press, and she has a forthcoming chapbook from Dancing Girl Press entitled Dolly Shot. She has been anthologized in the United States and in England, most recently in the notable collection Nasty Women Poets: an Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse released in 2017. Her work has appeared in literary journals on five continents and has won numerous editorial awards. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize four times. She has received residency grants from Yaddo and Vermont Studio Center. Her blog about moving south, The Carpetbaggers Journal, has close to 50,000 hits and has been picked up by Y’all Politics and PBS-related websites. She writes lyrics for a variety of musical projects, most recently a blues album. She teaches writing and literature at Southeastern Louisiana University. She writes and lives in New Orleans. She will read there at this year’s Tennessee Williams Festival.
You can get to know Anne better by reading her interview on our blog.
A resident of Quincy, Massachusetts, Robert Knox is a freelance correspondent with a thousand bylines in the Boston Globe, writing about the arts, books, the environment, Massachusetts history, and the workings of governments. With an academic background in philosophy (Yale) and literature (Boston University) and years of journalistic experience, he brings a wide variety of interests to his poetry and fiction.
A contributing editor for the online journal Verse-Virtual.com, his poetry appears online every month. His previous chapbook "Gardeners Do It With Their Hands Dirty" received praise from other poets, including Robert Wexelblatt who stated, "Knox's well-tended garden of verses furnishes readers with elegant borders, unexpected vistas, gorgeous blossoms, and insights as sharp as thorns. His themes are as local as the backyard and as universal as the weather."
His poems have also appeared in periodicals such as Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal, The Poetry Superhighway, Party, & Disaster Society, Off the Coast, Misfit Magazine, and others.
A fiction writer with stories in many publications, he published his first novel "Suosso's Lane," based on the Massachusetts roots of the infamous Sacco-Vanzetti case, in 2015. The book was praised by reviewers. Novelist Patry Francis, author of "The Orphans of Race Point," called it "a beautiful novel, written with compassion, journalistic balance, and a deep sense of justice."
A prize winner in the Words With Jam short fiction contest, his story "Marriage" was published in the resulting anthology, An Earthless Melting Pot. After being named a Finalist in the Massachusetts Artist Grants Program, excerpts from his story "Lost" appeared on the Mass Cultural Council website.
Drawing on his background as a reporter, columnist and book reviewer, as well as his interest in gardening, nature, history, theater, photography, and politics, Knox is an active blogger at blog prosegarden.blogspot.com
Marilyn Ogus Katz was an author based in New York City. Her stories have been published in numerous journals, including the Tupolo Quarterly and Hadassah Magazine. Her short story, Life List, was a winner of Writer’s Digest best short shorts competition in 2015.
A new collection of stories, A Few Small Stones, is due out in 2018 (Unsolicited Press). It follows one of the characters in A Few Small Stones back to Eastern Europe in 1939-1940 where he and his family are caught between Hitler and Stalin. Katz served as the Dean of Studies and Student Life at Sarah Lawrence College for almost twenty years, and continued on as consultant to the president.
Read more about Katz at her website.
The linked stories of A FEW SMALL STONES follow Alice and her extended immigrant family in 1940s New York City as they cope with the upheavals before, during and after World War II. The stories show the pain of separation and the guilt of survival, the price of upward mobility, and the ultimate disintegration of family. In one story, the sexism of the period devastates a brother and sister. Another examines the city’s racial divide, and still another takes us to a rally on the beaches in the summer of 1940 and the violent conflict between neo-Nazi isolationists and those who wanted to enter the war against Hitler and prevent the annihilation of Jews.
Although A FEW SMALL STONES occurs in a particular place from 1939 to 1948, immigrants and their families in every era will recognize the difficulty of adapting and adjusting to a new culture, language and land. Readers from all backgrounds will identify with the alliances and feuds, the jealousies and pains, the illness and death that divide and destroy families and the surprising acts of generosity and love that can bring reconciliation.
Sam Love is an award-winning writer living in New Bern, NC. He has published numerous nonfiction articles in magazines that include Smithsonian, and Washingtonian. In addition to another poetry book, he has two published novels, Snap Factor, and Electric Honey. His poetry has been published in numerous journals.
Sandy Coomer is a poet, mixed media artist and endurance athlete. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including Hypertrophic Literary, Qu Literary Magazine, Now and Then - The Appalachian Magazine, Big Muddy, and Chautauqua. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Continuum (Finishing Line Press), and The Presence of Absence (Winner of the 2014 Janice Keck Literary Award for Poetry). Sandy is a poetry mentor in the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program and the founding editor of the online poetry journal Rockvale Review. She lives in Brentwood, TN.
Sandy Coomer’s, Rivers Within Us, is a collection of poems that allows readers to reevaluate and question the way in which they move through life on a daily basis. What does it mean to live and die? What should we expect in life? How can dreams come true and, still, we are faced with disappointment? This movement is portrayed in settings that are saturated with images of nature and, in particular, the river; symbolic of the life force that carries us all. Coomer further creates movement and illustrates mastery over her craft through purposeful stanza breaks and rhythmic lines that plunges readers into each poem. Experiences and notions, such as love and synesthesia, become tangible through concrete images derived from nature and abstraction; ants are no longer just ants but are a device to belittle and inspire awe, praise and religion are brought together to create something almost physical, and dreams showcase vulnerabilities we would rather hide but cannot. Notions about life are torn apart and rearranged again through similes and metaphors that become more real than the very thing itself. All of these elements culminate into a collection that tries to make sense of life, death, and love through the swift and crushing movement of our passions that move like a river. Coomer speaks to all of this in just three words, Rivers Within Us.
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Rebecca Watkins earned an M.F.A. in Poetry from the City College of New York and has been teaching writing and English as a Second Language at the college level for eight years in the Greater New York area. She has created and led poetry workshops in the public schools as well as smaller writing workshops for adults, and she is currently an editor for River River Literary Journal. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency in Honduras and taught poetry at an orphanage and bilingual school. Rebecca has been published in The Promethean, The Red Mesa Review, Poetry and Performance, Anderbo and the SNReview among other literary journals. Currently, she is earning a Master’s of Science degree in English Education from Lehman College. Besides her background in education and writing, she has also lived and worked on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, became a certified yoga instructor in Colorado, and worked on organic farms in Ohio and Georgia. Rebecca’s first full-length poetry book Sometimes, in These Places will be released by Unsolicited Press in September 2017.
About the Collection
What happens when poetry, “rises off the cracked surface of grief?” Rebecca Watkins explores both the grief and what rises in her newest collection, SOMETIMES, IN THESE PLACES. Through her thematic exploration of drug addiction, poverty, reticent religion, loneliness, and family, there is, throughout this collection, a frank dialogue that deftly puts us in the dirt, without letting us get grimy. The smooth motion and gentle imagery feels both deeply personal and wildly relatable, tackling dark concepts with sophistication and grace.