Issue 34 Contributors
Anne Kat Alexander (Death and the Raven) is a recent graduate of Brandeis University’s undergraduate creative writing program. While at Brandeis, she served as editor-in-chief of Laurel Moon literary magazine. Her work has previously appeared in Spark: A Creative Anthology.
Jeanne Althouse’s (Change of Life Baby) flash fiction, creative nonfiction and longer stories have appeared in numerous literary journals. She was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction contest. Her story, “Goran Holds his Breath” was nominated by Shenandoah for the Pushcart Prize. A collection of her flash fiction, Boys in the Bank, will be published this year by Red Bird Chapbooks. She lives in California and loves reading Lydia Davis.
Glen Armstrong (The Bedside Book of Lips) holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three recent chapbooks: Set List (Bitchin Kitsch,) In Stone and The Most Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press.) His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit and Cloudbank.
Jeffrey DeVries (Once More Unto the Breach) lives in northern Illinois, where he teaches high school English. His most recent story appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of River River. Jeffrey has also published fiction and nonfiction in The Banner, The Other Side, The Church Herald, Skylark, and other magazines. Under the pen name Jan Kaarsvlam, he co-writes a regular column called “Slouching Toward Bedlam” in CEJ. Before teaching English, he also worked as a bricklayer and stone mason. He still does some of that work every summer. There is a physicality and concreteness to the work that somehow both grounds him and elevates him.
Jordan Brown (Henry Wakes Up) is currently defending his MA thesis at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, which is in his hometown. The work is a thinly veiled memoir about addiction, dysphoria, and seeking relief through writing. His poetry can be found in Bramble Lit Mag and his auto-biographical fiction in The Bastard’s Review, which he co-edits.
Åke Edwardson (While in the Rain) has worked as a journalist, a press officer for the United Nations, and a university lecturer at the University of Gothenburg, the second-largest city in Sweden, where his mysteries are set. He is one of Sweden’s bestselling authors, and his books featuring Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter have been translated into more than twenty languages worldwide. He is a three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers’ Award for best crime novel.
Rich Furman, PhD, (Slack) is the author or editor of over fifteen books, including a collection of flash nonfiction/prose poems, Compañero (Main Street Rag, 2007), Detaining the Immigrant Other: Global and Transnational Issues (Oxford University Press, 2016), Social Work Practice with Men at Risk (Columbia University Press, 2010), and Practical Tips for Publishing Scholarly Articles (Oxford University Press, 2012). His poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in Hawai’i Review, Coe Review, The Evergreen Review, Black Bear Review, Red Rock Review, Sierra Nevada Review, New Hampshire Review, Penn Review, Colere, Pearl and many others. He is professor of social work at University of Washington Tacoma.
Tzivia Gover (In The Grave/ Phantom Pain) is an author, poet, and essayist. Her poetry is collected in the chapbook Dream House, and her most recent memoir is Learning In Mrs. Towne’s House. She is also the author of mindful mediation books including Joy in Every Moment and her most recent, The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep. She received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, and her work has been published by Beliefnet.com, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Boston Globe, among others. Gover teaches creative writing and poetry to teen mothers who are studying for their high school equivalency diplomas. She is also director of the Institute for Dream Studies, where students learn to analyze their dreams and can earn a certificate in dream studies for personal enrichment or as a professional credential.
Breia Gore (Pomegranate Seeds) is an Asian-Pacific American poet living in South Carolina attending the University Of South Carolina where she is pursuing a BA in English concentrated in Creative Writing and minor in film studies. Gore’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Lithium Magazine, Adolescent Content, Concept Literary, and Dirty Paws Press. She strives for education reforms in the arts through Teach For America and aims to create her own literary magazine to encourage youths to stay community-engaged and politically active. When she isn't stumbling over rough drafts or pointing out small animals on walks, she can be found drinking tea and organizing her pens.
Alex Vartan Gubbins (The Physics of Walking Levonian Road/The Neighbor from Qamishli Gives Us Mozart) enjoys wine and watching Youtube videos that include cats and have misspellings. He’s recently been published in By&By Poetry, Bird’s Thumbs, and WLA. Currently, he lives in Armenia where he teaches English to put food and vodka on the table.
Madeline Grigg (On Absence/The Fool) is an MFA candidate for Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University. Her work has been previously published in Analecta, Hothouse, and Feminist Inquiry.
Pingmei Lan (Altar for the Unclean) grew up in Beijing, China and lives in San Diego. Her work has appeared in Epiphany: A Literary Journal, Tahoma Literary Review, Ilanot Review and others. Her short stories made the top 20s list in LitMag's Virginia Fiction Award and earned an honorable mention in Glimmer Train's Open Fiction Contest.
Alex Lindquist (Visual Art) earned her MFA from Manhattanville College. Her art, photography, poetry and short stories have been published in the Inkwell, as well as Quiddity, Anak Sastra, riverSedge and Emerge Literary Journal. She was a graphic designer for over 15 years and had her own award-winning design studio. Find her work at www.alexlindquist.net or facebook.com/AlexLindquistArt and on Instagram: @outhousealex
Alonso Llerena (Patriota/Miraflores/Meditation in Barranco) is a poet, visual artist and teacher born in Lima, Peru. His current work, which merges interpretations of historical events and personal history, attempts to document and honor the victims of the Internal Armed Conflict that fractured Peru from 1980 through the mid-2000s. The conflict continues to make headlines in the present day as a Peruvian court on September 11, 2018 handed down a second life sentence to the founder of the Shining Path rebel group, Abimael Guzman, finding him guilty of orchestrating a car bomb attack in an upscale neighborhood of Lima in 1992. This attack was one of 37 car bombings in Lima in the first seven months of 1992, helping to build support for autocratic measures taken by former president Alberto Fujimori. Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering death squads to kill civilians in a counterinsurgency, but was pardoned last year by former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned in scandal in March. Alonso and much of his family fled Peru by 1997. Alonso received a 2018 Voices of Color fellowship from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. His work is forthcoming in The Finger. He teaches and writes in Washington, D.C..
Kayleigh Marinelli (Please, Tell me Again about the Lines) is a former tiki bar bouncer, an animal activist, and a writer of stories that blur the line between fantasy and reality. Her work can be found tucked away on the internet in The Haunted Traveler by Weasel Press, and in THIS: A Literary and Media Journal. She lives partly in Vermont with a gaggle of writers and a one-eyed dog, and partly in New Jersey with family and a constant desire to consume pork roll. She is currently working on her first novel and researching everything from dinosaurs to Megatron.
Andrea Morin (cover image) grew up in New England, raised in a family passionate about creativity and intellectual curiosity. She moved to NYC in 1997 with $300, all her worldly belongings, and a scholarship to Fordham University, where she majored in visual arts, minored in psychology, and squeezed in as many comparative literature courses as she could, weaving the three together as she became fascinated with the way mythological themes cross from culture to culture around the world and over the centuries. In 1999, drawn by the active art community, she left NYC for Jersey City, where she has been creating art and curating exhibitions ever since. Find her work at @oddgoddessindustries on Instagram and Facebook.
Christopher Aslan Overfelt (God’s Covenant with Noah) lives and works on the empty plains of Kansas. In the summertime he grows cucumbers and in the winters he takes attendance at the local high school.
Hannah Pelletier (The Attempt/The Wolf) is a 23-year-old poet learning how to be a human on earth. Her work is simply a way of navigating herself, questions about life, failures, and love experienced in a variety of ways. Hannah is an expat currently living in Nancy, France with her husband and overly-attached pet fish.
Alex Pickens (Tributaries) grew up in the Appalachian Mountains and recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in economics and three minors at the age of 33. This year, his work appears in outlets such as Pretty Owl Poetry, Jersey Devil Press, Crack the Spine, Tuck Magazine, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and Allegory Ridge. Author of award-winning screenplays and short stories, in his spare time he runs in the mountains, reads theology, and stares down angry bears.
Kenneth Pobo(wandawoowoo waiting/Wandawoowoo liked/Slippery Wandawoowoo) has written a book of poems, The Antlantis Hit Parade, forthcoming from Clare Songbirds Press. His work has appeared in Colorado Review, Nimrod, Mudfish, Hawaii Review, and elsewhere.
Bridget Potter (The Trip) is a consultant in the Writing Center at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Quarto, Guernica, The Wall Street Journal and the Best American Essays anthology.
Marissa Skeels (Translator of While in Rain) is a Melbourne-based editor and translator who has lived in Fukushima, Kyoto, and Tokyo for several years. Her translations of AI-written short stories were used by the Warsaw. Cultural Centre as the basis for performances at the Poland’s 2018 Science Festival.
Laurie Thompson (Translator of The Lesson) was a distinguished academic at the University College of Wales (Aberystwyth) and St. Davids University College (Lampeter), a founder member of the Swedish-English Literary Translators’ Association, and the first editor of the Swedish Book Review. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Linköping (Sweden) in 1986, and was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star for services to Swedish literature and culture in 1992. Thompson translated and published over fifty titles, including many of Henning Mankell’s Wallander novels as well as his cancer diaries, together with works by Håkan Nesser, Åsa Larsson, Åke Edwardson, and Mikael Niemi.
Emily Woodworth (Nowhere Man) graduated in 2016 from Pacific University with a degree Creative Writing, and will be pursuing an MFA at CalArts this September. Her life in the 2,000-person town of Sisters and Native American roots inform much of her writing. She has published nonfiction in Under the Sun and fiction in Crannóg, Anastamos and Literary Juice. A piece in Broad Street is forthcoming. Besides essays and short stories, she’s written screenplays for a comedy series co-written and co-produced with her brother based on their experiences in the coffee industry called “The Barista Times.” She’s also a regular writer for Cascade Journal, Bend Magazine, and Cascade Living in Bend, Oregon.