JOHN L. BYRNE is a queer writer from Nebraska, currently living in Charleston, South Carolina, where he is a second year MFA Candidate in poetry at the College of Charleston. He currently works in a haunted bookstore and as a teaching assistant for creative writing classes in poetry. He has work forthcoming in 2019 from Roanoke Review.
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MICHAEL T. SMITH is an Assistant Professor of the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University, where he received his PhD in English. He teaches cross-disciplinary courses that blend humanities with other areas. He has published over 40 pieces in over 20 different journals (mostly within the past year). He also has critical work recently published in Symbolism and Cinematic. He loves to travel.
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My mother rests in her final slumber, far away in a Swedish hospital, marooned between her life and the hereafter. Experts tell me she will not recover. She does not feel anything. Stuck in Stockholm. A catastrophic stroke at 76 – Too young. I understand the situation from my distance. I’m here in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, and I worry. It’s… Read more →
PAUL REYN is a poet from New Hampshire who enjoys skiing, birdwatching, and other outdoor activities. Read more →
KEITH CARVER, of Michigan, is a transnational educrat with a DHS file and big-boy striver debt. Ex-Fulbright/Cub Scout. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in *Rust + Moth, Blacktop Passages, Adelaide, Your Impossible Voice, and a*rmarolla*. *He lives near the Black Sea with his wife. Read more →
BRANDON MARLON is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 200+ publications in 27 countries. www.brandonmarlon.com Read more →
LYDIA RENEE ARMSTRONG lives in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has appeared in The Axe Factory, apt, Voicemail Poems, Crack the Spine, Neon, Arsenic Lobster, Blotterature, and others. She was nominated for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in the United Kingdom, and was included in The Best Small Fictions 2017 (Braddock Avenue Books). She is currently working on a novel. Read more →
JORDAN BARKER is a 2018 graduate of the University of Mary Washington where she majored in English and sociology. At UMW she hosted a radio show which she believes was instrumental in the development of her poetic voice. Her poems focus on specific locations and how each of these places produce a powerful and, often times, tangible response. In the spring of 2018, she presented her chapbook, When You Surface from the Swim, at UMW’s 14th annual Kemp Symposium. She can frequently be found at local coffee shops drinking a borderline unhealthy amount of caffeine and reading anything and everything by Kurt Vonnegut. She currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia Read more →
AMY N. PUGSLEY is a Persian-Canadian educator and writer currently living and working in Cairo, Egypt. Read more →
REID MITCHELL is a New Orleanian teaching in China. More specifically, he is a Scholar in Jiangsu Province’s 100 Foreign Talents Program, and a Professor of English at Yancheng Teachers University. He is also Consulting Editor of CHA: AN ASIAN LITERARY JOURNAL. His poems have been published by CHA, ASIA LITERARY REVIEW, IN POSSE, and elsewhere and he has a collection due out from a small press in Berlin. Way back in the 20th century, he published the novel A MAN UNDER AUTHORITY. He also had a separate career as an historian of the American Civil War. Read more →