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.
We are excited and proud to release what started out as a chapbook, but has turned into a magnicifent collection by Chris Viner. Chris Viner was born in Poole, England in 1987. He recently finished his MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, where he won the F H Pasby prize in 2015. He has had poems published in several journals, including Ash and Graffiti. He has lived in Bristol, London, Oxford and Paris. Currently he resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
"Lemniscate" is a poetry collection that tackles the emotional trauma created by a sudden attack. Chris Viner looks at life after living in Paris; they pivot on the attacks of November 2015. They aim to explore questions of loss, love and redemption in a world if conflicting senses of history, religion and morality.
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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.