Mark Belair’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Alabama Literary Review, Atlanta Review, The Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry East and The South Carolina Review. His previous collections include Breathing Room (Aldrich Press, 2015); Night Watch (Finishing Line Press, 2013); While We’re Waiting (Aldrich Press, 2013); and Walk With Me (Parallel Press of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2012). He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times. For more information, please visit www.markbelair.com
Gemma Cooper-Novack is a writer, arts educator, and writing coach. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in more than twenty journals, including Ballard Street Poetry Journal (Pushcart Prize nomination), Bellevue Literary Review (Pushcart Prize nomination), Cider Press Review, Hanging Loose, Santa Fe Writers Project, and Printer’s Devil Review. Gemma’s plays have been produced in Chicago, Boston, and New York, and she diablogs on sinnerscreek.com. She has been awarded multiple artist’s residencies from Catalonia to Virginia and a grant from the Barbara Deming Fund, and enjoys baking cookies and walking on stilts in her spare time. Her debut poetry collection We Might As Well Be Underwater will be published by Unsolicited Press in 2017.
About the Author
Alison Hicks is the author of poetry collections Kiss (PS Books, 2011), and Falling Dreams (Finishing Line Press, 2006), a novella, Love: A Story of Images, (AWA Press, 2004, and an anthology, Prompted (PS Books, 2010). Her poem “house in mind” was winner of Philadelphia City Paper 2011 poetry contest, and a second poem, “canoeing at night,” was selected as runner-up. Also in 2011, her poem “Autumn Lilies” received First Prize in the 2011 Charlotte Miller Simon Poetry Contest from the Ardmore (PA) Free Library. She has twice received Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowships, in creative non-fiction in 2003 and in fiction in 2007.
Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Apiary, The Alembic, Amoskeag, Blood Lotus, The Broadkill Review, Broad River Review, the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin, Calibanonline, California Quarterly (CQ), Cottonwood, Crack the Spine, The Critical Pass Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Edison Literary Review, Eclipse, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Folly, Forge, Four Corners, Gargoyle, Grey Sparrow, The Griffin, Gulf Stream, the G.W. Review, HeartLodge, The Hollins Critic, The Ledge, Licking River Review, Literary Mama, The Lindenwood Review, The Louisville Review, Mad Poets Review, Melusine, Milk Money, The Muddy River Poetry Review, The Musehouse Journal, Organs of Vision & Sight (OVS), Pearl, The Penman Review, Peregrine, Permafrost, Pinyon, Philadelphia Poets, The Progressive, The Puritan, Quiddity, Rough Copy, Rougarou, Sanskrit, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Sliver of Stone, Softblow, Storyscape, Studio One, Whiskey Island, Wild Violet, Words and Images, Women. Period., The Wooster Review, and Xanadu. The story “The Reservoir” was performed for the 2002-2003 season of the Writing Aloud series hosted by the InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia and the poem “Twenty-Six Years” was included in the 2005 Poetry is Alive! Performance by the Ritz Theatre Company of Oaklyn, New Jersey.
A woman in middle-age takes a canoe out onto the water at night and must discern obstacles barely visible to keep her craft afloat. Her reward is a vision of stars transformed as they are reflected back through water. Her guide is the loon, whose red eye is capable of seeing underwater, and whose wail echoes and beckons. An adolescent whose mother has become ill must traverse the big county she finds inside herself to find a life worth living. A daughter mourns a father. In this collection, Alison Hicks looks beneath the surface of our emotional lives to murky shapes: the twists and turns we are unable to predict, the scrape of love and the experience of being lost, the whimsy of our fantasies, visitation by spirit guides of myth and legend, things we try to keep secret and yet seek to reveal, the hurt that has happened and the tasks to be undertaken toward a larger vision and understanding, and the flash of occasional illumination.
About the Author
An economist at his core, Ohan is a social scientist who aids people in maximizing their creative resources. It is something that has remained a constant throughout the many paths he’s made his way into, from starting a tshirt company, to running a newspaper, to presiding over a fraternity, then moving from financial analysis, to economic analysis, to building out an analytics department. Over time, this role of an economist evolved in to a wandering poet and community builder leading him to set up ‘Stageless Arts’ with a few other creative partners. Its results inspired him to spend more time in spreading art and promoting free expression, which is why he has now begun building a replicable model for an open arts community in Sri Lanka, one that can use the momentum of chapters in other cities to grow and connect its artists in a global network.
His book Scattered Allegories is available on December 28 through a limited print run.
About the Author
Anne Leigh Parrish is the author of three previously published books: All The Roads That Lead From Home, stories (Press 53, 2011);Our Love Could Light The World, stories (She Writes Press, 2013); and What Is Found, What Is Lost, a novel, (She Writes Press, 2014). She is also the author of over forty published short stories, including those appearing in By The Wayside, a complete list of which may be found on the publications tab of her website. Visit her at www.anneleighparrish.com, on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/AnneLeighParrish, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AnneLParrish. She lives in Seattle, and is moving next year to an evergreen forest north of Olympia, Washington.
About the Book
Marvelous. Honest. Generous. From the first story to the last, "By the Wayside" catches your attention and demands that you give into its every whirl. Each character unfolds with a precision that will have you wondering how Parrish managed to create such real-to-the-bones people within a world that captivates you with ease.
Preorder starts: 12/7/2016
Release Date: Feb 8, 2017
About the Author
L.L Holt is the author of The Black Spaniard, a novel about young Beethoven to be published in 2015-16. Holt has degrees from Rider, California State, and Drew Universities, and teaches Humanities courses at Southern New Hampshire University and Thomas Edison State College. Her music reviews have appeared in daily newspapers and online.
A member of the Princeton Research Forum and American Beethoven Society, she has special interest in the lives, work, and spiritual paths of Beethoven, Thoreau, and Meister Eckhart, and is the author of a book about the latter (Viewing Meister Eckhart). Holt has studied several musical instruments, music theory, sight-reading, music history, and related topics. She has conducted Beethoven research during several visits to Germany and Austria.
For many years, Holt led communications departments at Trenton State College, Thomas Edison State College, and NJIT. A lifelong yoga student and member of the SKY Foundation (Philadelphia), Holt posts some of her other writing at www.ReligiousScholar.com . Her Twitter account is @ReligiousSchola. Her experiences writing and seeking publication of The Black Spaniard, as well as excerpts from the novel, appear at: www.Facebook.com/BeethovenTheYoungMaster.
About the Book
A passionate musician from the provinces arrives in Vienna in the early years of the Napoleonic era. Dark and exotic, he captures the hearts of music-lovers, but cannot win the one woman he loves because of class differences. As a second love, perhaps the greatest of his life, eludes his grasp, he realizes he is also losing the one sense no musician can live without: his hearing. Driven nearly to suicide, Luis places his hopes in the triumph of a hero who will save the human race and dissolve the obstacles placed between people by prejudice and class barriers. Yet as Napoleon shows his true colors, is Art itself the path to salvation that Luis seeks?
The Black Spaniard can be ordered here. Copies are also available through all major retailers.
Timothy O’Leary is a current nominee for a Pushcart Prize and winner of the 2015 Aestas award, as well as a finalist for various others. His work has been published in magazines such as Talking River, The Fredericksburg Literary Review, and Pooled Ink. He was born in Billings, MT, received his MFA from Pacific University, and today resides in the Columbia Gorge, near Portland, OR. He is an active and prolific author, blogger, entrepreneur and gentlemen farmer.
His latest book Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face is set to release on February 16, 2017. Preorders are now available. You can also shamefull preorder it on Amazon, if you must.
About the Author
Amanda Williams holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University and her chapbook, Little Human Relics, was published in May 2016 by Unsolicited Press. She is the recipient of a Jackson Fellowship and a Teaching Fellowship from Hollins University, as well as the Gertrude Claytor Prize in Poetry from the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have been published on Poets.org, in Sugar House Review, PoetryFix, Silver Birch Press, Artemis: A Journal for Artists and Writers from the Blue Ridge Region and Beyond, Jam Tarts Magazine, and the Red Truck Review. Her essays have appeared in AAAA Magazine and The Morning News.
About the Book
The poems in Little Human Relics weave through various notions of home: a family farm, the mythic backdrop of Bavaria, a cityscape of urban noise and expectations, and quiet interiors of domestic life. Whether overhearing a lament about marriage at a nail salon, or standing vigil over the grave of a newly-buried horse, these poems invite readers to step over the page’s threshold into a kitchen... a gothic cathedral... a lover’s bed. These poems celebrate the ways in which devotion elevates all things in one’s life to a position of reverence; a poem which marvels at the brutality of religious relics is placed alongside one which depicts the mending of a child’s nightgown, and both the religious veneration and a small act of love inspire equal awe. As the title suggests, these poems are carefully captured moments that may have flown past, but instead are a constellation of objects, events, and characters which hold emotional truth and stark beauty. Like relics, they exist to both conjure memory as well as teach readers a little bit more about what it means to be human.
Release Date: May 10, 2016
About the Author
Eleanor Levine spent twenty years running The Eleanor Levine Newsletter in New York City where she interviewed Abbie Hoffman after he came out of hiding, John Kennedy, Jr., Liz Smith, John Ashbery, Quentin Crisp, Noam Chomsky, and Matt Dillon, among others. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University after moving to Roanoke, VA. Her work has appeared in over 50 journals, magazines, and anthologies including Fiction, The Evergreen Review, and The Wall Street Journal. Eleanor is currently a copy editor and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her dog Morgan.
You can buy her latest poetry collection Waitress at the Red Moon Pizzeria on our website or through major retailers.
About Her Poetry
In Waitress at the Red Moon Pizzeria Eleanor Levine has crafted a collection of poetry that will challenge her readers to view their pasts through a new lens: one that is untainted by regret, shame, or fear. She invites her readers to reflect on the honesty in the desire, love, and pain that have driven their lives by following the journeys of narrators using the same lens to view their own lives. A daughter worries about her father buried deep in the ground, alone except for the cicadas that cover the ground every seventeen years. A mother attends Wagnerian acupuncture lessons and struggles to maintain the sanctity of her children’s Jewish heritage even as it slips into the cracks of passing time. A sister laments the monotony of her brother’s chosen lifestyle but wonders if the commotion of her own life merits any higher worth. A woman faces rejection and acceptance from the women she desires as sexual and emotional companions. The quiet moments of life are on display in this collection that refuses to accept that the past is something to be ashamed of. Deeply personal and joyfully candid, Waitress at the Red Moon Pizzeria is an invitation to look beyond the mistakes and missteps that lead us to believe our histories might be nightmares.