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Issue # 35 Fall 2016
Table of Contents
Editors for this Issue
Fiction: Shelley Ettinger
Poetry: Roger Mitchell
Nonfiction: Meredith Sue Willis
Many thanks to Lynda Schor for
more than a decade of
editing fiction for this publication.
Dear Suki: Number Seventeen
Darwin in Java
Highway of Angels
View From a Rented Room
A Salt Rifle
What Lowell Said
The Best Part
The Fly in the Room
Cloud Form #372
You May Have Won Already
The Real Missing Mass
Clara B. Jones
A Contract is a Worthless Agreement Enforceable by Law
Repairing a Damaged Brain With An Artificial Cortex
hottest day of summer to be hometown farmers
any other way to order
water the soil anyhow
from the tree
W. P. Osborn
He Ran Without Stopping
High West Michigan Summer: Convocation in Session, a Late Arrival Approaching
This door slams easily now
It’s a meal, your elbows
J. R. Solonche
Speech For the Giant’s Wife
String & Rift
When You See Me I’m Moon-Sized
D. E. Steward
Via Cobra Rock
First Night—(Penelope’s Journal)
Thinking of Aung San Suu Kyi While Smelling the Lilacs
A Line from Daniel Defoe
A Bookstall in Babel
Andria Nacina Cole
The Luckiest Girl in Africa
John Warren Lewis
The Hog With No Head
Ingrid Blaufarb Hughes
Losing Aaron: How It Began
The First Date
Nechama Sammet Moring, CPM, MA
A Lot of Us Midwives Hate Babies
Living with Sunshine and Shadows
A Pushcart nominee, Lana Bella is an author of two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016) and Adagio (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 250 journals, Antithesis Journal, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere, among others. She resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps. https://www.facebook.com/Lana-Bella-789916711141831/
Robert Beveridge makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry just outside Cleveland, OH. He went through a messy divorce with Facebook some months ago, and as a result his relationship with time is much improved. Recent/upcoming appearances in Pink Litter, The Algebra of Owls, and Main Street Rag, among others.
Gareth Culshaw writes, “I live in Wales and am an aspiring writer. I hope one day to achieve something special with the pen.”
Andria Nacina Cole was raised in a house full of women and learned everything worth knowing about storytelling from their mouths. Lots of practice and careful study, supplemented, a wee bit, by degrees in creative writing from Morgan State and Johns Hopkins Universities have helped her land short stories in Baltimore’s City Paper, The Feminist Wire, and Fiction Circus, among others. Ploughshares recently published her novella Men Be Either Or, But Never Enough, available for download on Amazon and Audible. Some years back, she was awarded the Cohen Award for a short story titled “Leaving Women” and she is the recipient of five Maryland State Arts Council awards, one of which was the organization’s top prize for fiction. She is co-founder of the critical reading and writing program A Revolutionary Summer, which exposes African-American girls to womanist literary giants in an effort to push them headfirst into self-love. Her poem “Butta Black Girls” is featured on the call-to-action album The Black Light Chronicles, released on iTunes September 15.
Sal Difalco lives in Toronto. He is the author of The Mountie At Niagara Falls (Anvil Press), a collection of microfiction.
Alejandro Escudé’s first book of poems, My Earthbound Eye, was published in September 2013. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches English. Originally from Argentina, Alejandro lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Alice Friman’s sixth full-length collection is The View from Saturn, LSU Press. Her previous collection is Vinculum, LSU, for which she won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. She is a recipient of a 2012 Pushcart Prize, is included in Best American Poetry 2009, and has been published in 14 countries. Friman lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she is Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College. Her podcast, Ask Alice, can be seen on YouTube. Her website is alicefriman.com
Tim Fredrick is a short story writer from Queens, NY and the author of the collection We Regret to Inform You. His stories have been published in Pif Magazine, Circa, Burningword, Em Dash Literary Magazine, and Wilde Magazine. Tim is also the editor of Newtown Literary, a semiannual literary journal dedicated to publishing the work of writers from and living in Queens, NY. For more information, visit Tim's website at timfredrick.com.
Louis Gallo’s work has appeared or will shortly appear in Southern Literary Review, Fiction Fix, Glimmer Train, Hollins Critic,, Rattle, Southern Quarterly, Litro, New Orleans Review, Xavier Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Texas Review, Baltimore Review, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, The Ledge, story South, Houston Literary Review, Tampa Review, Raving Dove, The Journal (Ohio), Greensboro Review, and many others. Chapbooks include The Truth Change, The Abomination of Fascination, Status Updates and The Ten Most Important Questions. He is the founding editor of the now defunct journals, The Barataria Review and Books: A New Orleans Review. He teaches at Radford University in Radford, Virginia.
Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.
Gail Hanlon writes, My poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, Kenyon Review, Cutbank Online, Iowa Review, Thrush, New Letters, Verse Daily, and Best American Poetry, among other journals and anthologies. I have essays and reviews forthcoming in Tarpaulin Sky, Plume, and elsewhere. SIFT, a chapbook (Finishing Line), was published in 2010, and I received First Prize in the National Writer’s Union Poetry Contest, was a finalist for the Iowa Review Award (2013) and a semi-finalist for the Tomasz Salamun Prize at VERSE magazine (2015). I also have an MA from Iowa and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Dave Harrity's writing has appeared in Verse Daily, Memorious, Revolver, The Los Angeles Review, Copper Nickel, Confrontation, Softblow and elsewhere. Author of three books, his most recent are These Intricacies (Cascade Books, 2015) and Our Father in the Year of the Wolf (Word Farm, 2016). The recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council and a William Alexander II and Lisa Percy Fellowship recipient from the Rivendell Writers’ Colony, he lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife and children. His website is daveharrity.net.
Ingrid Blaufarb Hughes was born in London in 1945 and grew up in New York, Athens, Saigon, Singapore, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. She settled in New York with Arthur Hughes, raised their children there, and taught English to immigrants and native New Yorkers at the City University of New York. Her poems and stories have appeared in a number of literary periodicals. She now lives in New Paltz, New York, with her husband, Jay Klokker. "Losing Aaron: How It Began" is the first chapter of her memoir Losing Aaron.
Heikki Huotari is a retired professor of mathematics. In a past century, he attended a one-room country school and spent summers on a forest-fire lookout tower. His poems have appeared in several journals, most recently, in Diagram and The Inflectionist Review. His chapbook, Truth Table, is available at the Finishing Line Press.
Clinton Inman writes: Born in Walton on Thames, England , graduated from San Diego State University, I am a retired high school English teacher living in Tampa with my wife, Elba.
Clara B. Jones is a retired scientist, currently practicing poetry in Silver Spring, MD (USA). As a woman of color, she writes about the “performance” of identity, alienation, and power and conducts research on experimental poetry. Clara is author of two chapbooks, and her poems, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous venues.
Richard Jones is the author of seven books of poems from Copper Canyon Press, including Apropos of Nothing and The Correct Spelling & Exact Meaning, with a new collection forthcoming in 2018. Editor of the literary journal Poetry East and its many anthologies, including Paris, Origins, and Bliss, he also edits the free worldwide poetry app, "The Poet's Almanac."
Megan Kellerman holds an MFA from The New School and has had poems appear in Barzakh, The Squawk Back, Neon, and on the Best American Poetry blog, among others. She lives in Jersey City.
Gimbiya Kettering’s writing is often about shifting identities–inspired by her biracial identity and expatriate childhood. Gimbiya has won grants from the Maryland State Council of the Arts and Elizabeth George Foundation, and residencies at Yaddo and the James Merrill House. Her short stories have been published in The Kenyon Review, The Crab Orchard Review, and The Florida Review, among other literary magazines. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. "The Luckiest Girl in Africa" is excerpted from her novel-in-progress.
Anna Ivey is currently working on a PhD in poetry at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014, and her most recent publications have been featured in So to Speak, Antithesis, and Stone Highway Review, West Trade, and White Stag literary magazines. She was twice offered a fellowship by the Summer Literary Seminars to attend a writing program in Lithuania. She has also been published academically in Florida English, the Ellen Glasgow Journal of Southern Women Writers, as well as in The Apalachee Review. She lives in McDonough, Georgia with her husband Chad and their children Aralyn and Cade.
Jane Kinzler (1946-2015) was born on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and raised in Rockville Centre, Long Island. She graduated from Barnard College (Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude), and after a year as a librarian in Paris, she returned to a graduate program in English Literature at Columbia, where she was swept up in the exciting and tumultuous political climate of the 1960's,. She was actively involved with the Civil Rights and the anti-war movements and the 1968 Columbia University student strike. She came to believe that a political/social revolution was imminent, and dismissed preparing for a conventional career. She became a teacher (known as Jane Macrame for her counter-culture classes) in the free school movement in NYC, and collaborated in the writing of "Starting Your Own High School" (Random House) about her experience teaching at the Elizabeth Street Cleaners Free School. She moved to Cambridge, MA, to Rockport, MA, and finally to San Francisco. After a variety of odd jobs, Jane was grateful to be hired into the non-profit world of senior services and the development of low-income senior housing. She rounded out her professional career with the SF Human Services Agency, as an investigator in the Office of Civil Rights, and an analyst in the Workforce Development Division managing and implementing re-entry-to-work programs. As a lifelong environmentalist, she believed that her cancer (and the global explosion of cancer) was a result of the planetary pollution, and urges everyone to take on the serious role of stewarding and saving the planet. For more about her life, see http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?pid=176599118.
Michael Lauchlan’s poems have landed in many publications including New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The North American Review, Harpur Palate, Sugar House Review, and Poetry Ireland. His most recent collection is Trumbull Ave., from WSU Press.
John Warren Lewis's story "The Hog with No Head" is an excerpt from his novel in progress Johnnie: Too Pretty to be a Boy. The literary journal Bartleby Snopes recently published the story “Johnnie: Too Pretty to be a Boy,” another excerpt. John has published two nonfiction titles: Till Every Battle’s Won, a short history of the role of women in the victorious 1973-4 United Mine Workers Union coal miners' strike in Harlan county, KY; and A Teachers Guide: Lesson Plans for Indian Education All in Montana State Parks, a place-based curriculum for teaching all Montana PreK-12 students Montana’s American Indian culture and history. John was born to lower working-class parents in rural Central Kentucky, which provides the setting for the novel. He grew up in a place and time where a sensitive, acutely curious, effeminate boy with a stutter was both target and beneficiary of people, terrain, and culture that were as brutal as they were beautiful and sweet. John now lives in the Bronx, NY, is a retired meatcutter and member of Local 400 UFCW. He worked as a teacher in adult community, high school, and university venues, and was a union organizer in Virginia and Kentucky during the 1970s.
Sean Lynch is a poet and editor who lives along the Delaware River in Camden, NJ. Lynch's poems have appeared in Milkfist, Poetry Quarterly, Eunoia Review, and elsewhere online and in print. He is the author of two books, the city of your mind (Whirlwind Press, 2013) and Broad Street Line (Moonstone Press, 2016). His work can also be found at swlynch.com.
Nechama Sammet Moring, CPM, MA is a health equity researcher focused on reproductive justice and participatory action research. Her current projects include a study of maternity care outcomes and experiences of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, teaching research methods and fomenting revolution while waiting for an empty dryer at the laundromat. When she isn't working, she can be found reading or sharing ice cream with her pit bull.
W.P. Osborn’s collection, Seven Tales and Seven Stories won the 2013 Unboxed Books Fiction Prize. He has short fiction in journals such as Mississippi Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Cream City Review, Gargoyle, and Gettysburg Review and poetry in Hotel Amerika, Main Street Rag, and Pinyon Review. He retired from teaching at Grand Valley State University in 2016. His website is at www.wposborn.com.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.
A native of the Pine Barrens region of southern New Jersey, John Repp has lived for many years in northwestern Pennsylvania. His most recent collection is Fat Jersey Blues, winner of the 2013 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press.
Judith Skillman’s recent book is House of Burnt Offerings, Pleasure Boat Studio. Her work has appeared in Shenandoah, Poetry, Zyzzyva, FIELD, and elsewhere. Awards include an Eric Mathieu King Fund grant from the Academy of American Poets. Skillman has done collaborative translations from French, Portuguese, and Macedonian. Visit www.judithskillman.com
J. R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s. He is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won't Be Long: Poems Short, Poems Shorter, Poems Shortest (forthcoming from Deerbrook Editions), Heart's Content (chapbook from Five Oaks Press), and coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books).
Andrew Spiess's work has appeared in Lingerpost, Permafrost, Prairie Margins, and The Miscreant. He received a Louise C. Cooper Book Award from Bowling Green State University, where he studied, and a poem of his has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He works and lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
D. E. Steward writes: Creeping up on a thousand publications and way beyond what I hoped to accomplish as an independent writer, I’ve never had a pedestrian job since college, and never published anything I’m ashamed of. I’ve never studied writing, I didn’t even major in English, the only thing I’ve ever taught is swimming, and I try to feed respect for the printed and pixelled word.
Allison Thorpe is a writer from Lexington, KY. Her latest chapbook is Dorothy's Glasses (Finishing Line Press). Recent work appears or is forthcoming in So To Speak, Pembroke Magazine, Grasslimb Journal, The Corvus Review, Crab Fat, Gingerbread House, Poetry Pacific, Still: The Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, and Forgotten Women (a Grayson Books anthology).
A retired English professor, Dolly Withrow is the author of four books: The Confident Writer, a grammar-based college textbook; From the Grove to the Stars, a centennial history of West Virginia State University; More than Penny Candy and Beyond the Apple Orchard, anthologies of her columns. Since retirement, she taught for two summers at the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival, read her essays on West Virginia Public Radio, and wrote for three newspapers at the requests of the publishers: The Jackson Herald, The Charleston Daily Mail, and The State Journal. She has also been a regular contributor to Now & Then journal, published by East Tennessee State University. Dolly is still a columnist for The State Journal.
Mark Young's most recent books are Mineral Terpsichore, from gradient books of Finland, & The Chorus of the Sphinxes, from Moria Books in Chicago. An e-book, The Holy Sonnets unDonne, came out earlier this year from Red Ceilings Press; another, a few geographies, will be out later this year from One Sentence Poems; & another, For the Witches of Romania, is scheduled for publication by Beard of Bees.