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Issue # 31 Fall 2014
Table of Contents
Editors for this Issue
Fiction: Nathan Leslie
Poetry: Roger Mitchell
Nonfiction: Reamy Jansen
Recent Books from Hamilton Stone Editions
Miguel Antonio Ortiz's stories At Fortunoff's; James Cervantes' poems,
From Mr. Bondo's Unshared Life; Kelly Watt's Camino Meditations
Stan Sanvel Rubin
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
A Posteriori and Lack of Wonderland
The Underdogs are Coming
Max Bakke is a writer and freelance journalist living in New Haven. Previous work has recently been published in the Forge literary journal and on the Drunken Odyssey writing podcast.
Roy Bentley has received fellowships from the NEA, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio Arts Council. Poems have appeared in Hamilton Stone Review, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Pleiades, Blackbird, North American Review, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. Books include Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama, 1986), Any One Man (Bottom Dog, 1992), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine, 2006), and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House 2013). He has taught creative writing and composition for over 20 years at colleges throughout the Midwest and in south Florida. These days, he teaches at Georgian Court University and lives in Lakewood, New Jersey with his wife Gloria.
Doug Bolling’s poetry has appeared in Redactions, and/or, Tribeca Poetry Review, Water-Stone Review, Connecticut River Review, BlazeVOX and many others He has received five Pushcart nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. He holds the MA and PhD from Iowa and taught at colleges and universities in the Midwest before retiring to the Chicago area.
Rob Cook lives in New York City’s East Village. He is the author of eight collections, including Empire in the Shade of a Grass Blade (Bitter Oleander Press, 2013), The Undermining of the Democratic Club (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), and Asking My Liver for Forgiveness (Rain Mountain Press, 2014). Work has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Caliban, Fence, A cappella Zoo, Zoland Poetry, Tampa Review, Minnesota Review, Aufgabe, Caketrain, Many Mountains Moving, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Colorado Review, Bomb (online), Sugar House Review, Mudfish, Pleiades, Versal, Weave, Wisconsin Review, Ur Vox, Heavy Feather Review, Phantom Drift, Osiris, etc.
Darren C. Demaree is the author of "As We Refer to Our Bodies" (8th House, 2013), "Temporary Champions" (Main Street Rag, 2014), and "Not For Art Nor Prayer" (8th House, 2015). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.
Mike Ekunno likes to scribble, some of his output being of indeterminate taxonomy. He humors himself working in the foggy zone where words are used to divine sound, smell and sight. His collection of short stories awaits a publisher. He freelances as copy editor and proof reader having worked as senior speechwriter to Nigeria’s last Information and Communications Minister. His writings have found outlets in The African Roar Anthology 2013, Warscapes, bioStories, BRICKrhetoric, Dark Matter Journal, Thrice Fiction Magazine, Cigale Literary Magazine, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, The Muse, Bullet Pen and Storymoja, the last two coming with wins in continent-wide contests. He enjoys Old Testament stories when not reading creatively or writing.
William Ford has two books, "The Graveyard Picnic" (Mid-America, 2002) and "Past Present Imperfect" (Turning Point, 2006), and four chapbooks (two with Pudding House). Recent work has appeared in Brilliant Corners, Cirque, The Hollins Critic, Kentucky Review, Monarch Review, Stoneboat, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and The New Binary Press Anthology of Poetry (Cork, Ire). He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Stacy Graber is an Assistant Professor of English at Youngstown State University. Her areas of interest include popular culture, education, critical theory, and semiotics.
Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz’s work in several fields appear in various editions of Readers Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature,Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster's Dictionary of American Writers, The HarperCollins Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature,Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of American Scholars, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Art, NNDB.com,Wikipedia.com, and Britannica.com, among other distinguished directories. Otherwise, he survives in New York, where he was born, unemployed and thus overworked.
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois’ poems and fictions have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He is a regular contributor to The Prague Revue, and has been thrice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for 99 cents from Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition.
Nels Hanson has worked as a farmer, teacher and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, Pushcart Prize nominations in 2010, 12, and 2014, and has appeared in Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, Southeast Review and other journals. Poems appeared in Word Riot, Oklahoma Review, Pacific Review and other magazines. Poems in Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine and Citron Review have been nominated for 2014 Pushcart Prizes.
Tom Holmes is the founding editor of Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose, and in July 2014, he also co-founded RomComPom: A Journal of Romantic Comedy Poetry. He is also author of seven collections of poetry, most recently The Cave, which won The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013 and will be released in October 2014. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break: http://thelinebreak.wordpress.com/.
An erstwhile carpenter, Ted Jean writes, paints, plays tennis with lovely Lai Mei. His work appears in Beloit Poetry Review, [PANK], DIAGRAM, Juked, Gargoyle, many other publications. He lives in green Oregon.
Michael Lauchlan’s poems have appeared in many publications including New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The North American Review, English Journal, and The Cortland Review. Lauchlan’s collection, Trumbull Ave., is forthcoming from WSU Press.
Al Maginnes is the author of ten collections or chapbooks of poems, most recently Music From Small Towns (Jacar Press, 2014), winner of the annual Jacar Press contest and Inventing Constellations (Cherry Grove Collections, 2012). ). Recent or forthcoming poems appear in Shenandoah, Conte, Bluestem, Georgetown Revie, and Tar River Poetry among others. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and teaches at Wake Technical Community College.
Tom Montag is most recently the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013, as well as Middle Ground, Curlew: Home, Kissing Poetry's Sister, The Idea of the Local, and The Big Book of Ben Zen. Recent poems will be found in Hummingbird, Stoneboat, and Digital Papercut. He blogs as The Middlewesterner and serves as the Managing Editor of the Lorine Niedecker Monograph Series, What Region?
Edward Myers was born in Denver and grew up in Colorado, Mexico, and Peru. His work history includes employment as a bricklayer, EMT, cabinetmaker, and editor. He has published three novels, two works of nonfiction, and thirteen children’s books. In addition, Myers has co-written or ghostwritten fifteen books, mostly in the areas psychology, health, and business. He lives in rural Vermont.
Knopf published Marge Piercy’s 18th poetry book THE HUNGER MOON in paperback recently and will bring out MADE IN DETROIT in March. Harper Perennial has Piercy’s 17th novel SEX WARS, & her memoir SLEEPING WITH CATS. PM Press republished DANCE THE EAGLE TO SLEEP, VIDA and BRAIDED LIVES with introductions by Piercy and her first short story collection THE COST OF LUNCH, ETC.
Kenneth Pobo has a new book forthcoming from Blue Light Press called Bend Of Quiet. In June 2014, his chapbook, When The Light Turns Green, came out from Spruce Alley Press. He teaches creative writing and English at Widener University in Pennsylvania.
Stan Sanvel Rubin lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. His fourth full-length collection, There. Here., was published in 2013 by Lost Horse Press. His third, Hidden Sequel, won the Barrow Street Poetry Book Prize. His work has appeared recently in The Florida Review and is forthcoming in The Laurel Review, The National Poetry Review, Great River Review, and Hubbub. He writes essay reviews on poetry for Water-Stone Review.
David Salner’s writing appears in upcoming issues of River Styx, North American Review, Atlanta Review, Magma, Saranac Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Salmagundi. His second book is Working Here (Rooster Hill Press, 2010). He worked for 25 years as an iron ore miner, steelworker, general laborer.
Barry Seiler has published four books of poetry, three of them by U of Akron Press. He lives in Roxbury, a small town in the Catskills.
Fred Skolnik is best known as the editor in chief of the 22-volume second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica, winner of the 2007 Dartmouth Medal. He is also the author of The Other Shore (Aqueous Books, 2011). A second novel, Death, will be published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2015. His stories and essays have appeared in over 100 journals.
Alan Swyer is an award-winning filmmaker whose recent documentaries have dealt with Eastern spirituality in the Western world, the criminal justice system, diabetes, and boxing. Other credits include HBO's "Rebound" with Don Cheadle, Forrest Whitaker, and James Earl Jones. In the world of music he worked with Solomon Burke, Billy Preston, and Ike Turner, and produced an album of Ray Charles love songs. His fiction has appeared in Ireland, England, India, and in several American publications. Also see www.elboxeothemovie.com.
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub is the author of four books of poetry, Prayers of a Heretic/Tfiles fun an apikoyres (2013), Uncle Feygele (2011), What Stillness Illuminated/Vos shtilkayt hot baloykhtn (2008), and The Insatiable Psalm (2005). His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Dark Lady Poetry, Eclectica Magazine, Flutter Poetry Journal, Hill Rag, The Lake, Loch Raven Review, Prairie Schooner, Pyrokinection, and The South Carolina Review. Some of his Yiddish poems were recently set to music by Michał Górczyński and have been performed at various venues in Warsaw, Poland. A CD was recently released on the Multikulti Project label (www.multikulti.com). Taub was honored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage as one of New York’s best emerging Jewish artists and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for a Best of the Net award. Please visit his web site at www.yataub.net.
Don Thompson has been publishing poetry since the early sixties with several books and chapbooks in this century. Back Roads won the 2008 Sunken Garden Prize. Recent releases: Keeping an Eye on the Stones, prose poems from Kattywompus Press; Local Color, a book-length narrative poem from Aldrich Books. Others forthcoming later this year: Keeping the Secrets (Flutter Press) and Nietzsche Wept (Finishing Line Press). An LA Times profile, "Planted in the San Joaquin," remains available online. Much more at his website: San Joaquin Ink (www.don-e-thompson[dot]com).
Amber Wildes is a writer who lives in Glassell Park Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She has a degree in Art History, teaches yoga therapy in the tradition of Desikachar and finds solace in books.
Jana Wilson currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina and works as an associate editor for New Voices out of Lander University. Her other works can be seen in Pank, Organs of Vision and Speech (OVS) Magazine, and Arcadia.
Laryssa Wirstiuk is a writer and writing instructor based in Jersey City, NJ, where she lives with her miniature dachshund Charlotte Moo. She teaches writing and digital media at Rutgers University. Her book The Prescribed Burn won Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards (Mainstream Fiction category). In addition, her writing has been featured in IthacaLit and is forthcoming in Instigatorzine and A3. You can view all her work here: http://www.laryssawirstiuk.com.