issue five

issue five features work on the theme of “ephemera” from over thirty writers and ten artists.

We received partial funding from a City of Tempe – Community Arts Grant and held space for AZ-based creatives. The books were created during bookmaking sessions in our editors’ homes and at the Tempe Public Library.

Our issue five launch will be held April 21st at Changing Hands in Tempe.

Books will be available for purchase at the launch or online starting April 1st.

issue five contributors

Megan Atencia holds space in the commute between South Phoenix and Downtown Mesa, Arizona. She can be found practicing poetry in motion at a local jiu jitsu gym or in a comfy armchair with a cup of chai or on most social media platforms as @mayagain_

Les Bernstein is an editor of anthologies. Her poems have been published in the U.S. and internationally. Her full length poetry book Loose Magic is published by Finishing Line Press and available at Amazon.

Brett Bezio has been writing in the Arizona desert since they learned their letters. Their scrawlings can be found in publications scattered around the world. 

Mary Buchinger spends much of her time seeking the sky in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is the author of /klaʊdz/ (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021) a chapbook about ephemera and clouds.

Marcus Sterling Campbell is a poet and film enthusiast from Phoenix, Arizona. Graduating from Mesa Community College, he received a high distinction in Creative Writing, along with degrees in Journalism and General Studies. 

Dale Champlin, poet and artist, has published in The Opiate, Pif, CatheXis, and Willawaw. Her collections include: The Barbie Diaries, Callie and Isadora. Medusa is her most recent unpublished collection.

Kelly Christensen is a budding author located along California’s central coast. She is currently working on a YA fantasy series as well as a collection of picture books.

Will Cordeiro has work published in AGNI, Bennington Review, and The Threepenny Review. Will edits Eggtooth Editions and teaches in the Honors College at Northern Arizona University.

Ashley Czajkowski is a photo-based artist, educator, new mother, and curious human animal. Entangled, beloved callings, forever desiring and nourishing her creative energy. See more of her work at

Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, the founding editor of rinky dink press, the founding director of Revisionary Arts, and mom to a non-speaking human and three cats.

Roxanne Doty lives in Tempe, Arizona. Her debut novel, Out Stealing Water, was published by Regal House Publishing on August 30, 2022. Her short stories and poems have appeared in various literary journals.

Jared Duran is a co-host of the podcast Mental Platypus, he’s had some work published, and if Googled, you’ll be asked if you meant Jarren Duran of the Boston Red Sox.

Jo Angela Edwins is a poet who lives and teaches in Florence, SC. She loves gardens, mystery novels, animals (especially cats), and poetry, of course.

Theodore Eisenberg retired from the law to write. When words are too restrictive he paints. He has published a chapbook, This, and his poems have appeared in approximately thirty journals.

Christina Fiflis lives and works in Colorado and New Mexico, which inspire her writing. Additional inspiration derives from her non-profit advocacy work and legal representation of immigrants.

Ryan Greene is a translator, book-farmer, and poet from Phoenix, Arizona. He’s a co-conspirator at F*%K IF I KNOW//BOOKS [] and a housemate at no.good.home []. Like Collier, the ground he stands on is not his ground.

Gregory Hom‘s work has appeared in the Shanghai Literary Review and Kolaj. Public librarian, father, and “mixed-race” mutant, Hom is rooted in the SF Bay Area. On tumblr: theoretical-mutant-4734

Nancy Jorgensen is a Wisconsin writer. Her latest book, young adult biography, Gwen Jorgensen: USA’s First Olympic Gold Medal Triathlete, is available now. More information at 

Russ Kazmierczak, Jr. is the creator of Amazing Arizona Comics, and was Phoenix New Times‘ Best Storyteller 2018. He performs all over the Valley.

Heather J. Kirk is a writer, photographic artist and graphic designer, working with cultural non-profits and helping authors publish their books. Find links to her many projects at

Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, author of two prize-winning poetry collections, translator for four books by Lidia Kosk. Co-editor of Loch Raven Review. Born and raised in Poland; Marylander since 1981:

Jeff Kronenfeld is a journalist, author and screenwriter. His articles have been published in Discover Magazine, Vice, and other outlets. His fiction is featured in the Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, and other journals.

Nadine Lanier is an Arizona poet with both an M.A. and M.F.A. from ASU. She lives in midtown Phoenix with her orange cat Badger.

maryhope|whitehead|lee, a collage artist and poet, lives in the Salt River Valley in the northern Sonora Desert.  A descendant of the ship, she resides in the weather of  the wake.

Lourdes Loera is currently an undergraduate at ASU, pursuing degrees in Chemistry and Anthropology. They are passionate about the outdoors, poetry, and toasted bagels.

Oscar Mancinas is a Rarámuri-Chicano poet, fiction writer, and educator. He’s from the Washington-Escobedo neighborhood in Mesa, Arizona. Find his books online, in bookstores, or at your local library.

M.R. Mandell is a writer living in LA with her husband & Golden Retriever, Chester. You can find her work in Pile Press, Boats Against the Current, Chill Subs & others.

Claudia Nuñez de Ibieta has always liked books, plants, creatures. She’s also enjoyed working at the indie bookstore in her community, and as an independent English-Spanish language instructor/interpreter/translator, based in Tempe, AZ.

Ione O’Hara lives in NC and has taught ESL and facilitated poetry workshops. She enjoys yoga, meditation, and reading–and to enliven things, a bilingual kindergarten classroom and her family, especially her grandchildren.

Shawnte Orion’s newest book is Gravity & Spectacle (with photographer Jia Oak Baker). He has recorded several poems for a new split 7inch vinyl record with SF band Sweat Lodge

Julia Poole’s writing has appeared various literary magazines. A Midwesterner at heart, she has lived on both coasts, but prefers the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s wooded tranquility. Visit her at: 

C. R. Resetarits: I like the edge of things, real, unreal. I like making things that already exist exist differently. An ecological query about materials. My home is in the Berkshires, MA.

Karen Rigby is the author of Chinoiserie (Ahsahta Press, 2012) and Fabulosa (JackLeg Press, forthcoming 2024). A 2007 National Endowment for the Arts literature fellow, she lives in Arizona.

Zoe Rutledge is a singer, songwriter, and the alter-ego of her more eccentric musical persona, Aaron Kelly’s Bones. Creatively inspired by life, death, all that lies between, and beyond.

Kathryn Sadakierski’s writing has appeared in publications worldwide, including Critical Read, Literature Today, NewPages Blog, Origami Poems Project, and Silkworm. She holds a B.A. and M.S. from Bay Path University.

Kellen Shover is a Tempe based, writer, educator, and is a serial hyper-focuser. Bachelor’s in English (ASU). Find his various musings on the web: @kellenshover

Sharon Suzuki-Martinez wrote two books of poetry: The Way of All Flux (New Rivers Press, 2012), and The Loneliest Whale Blues (The Word Works, 2022). She lives in Tempe.

Irina Tall (Novikova) was born in Minsk. In the summer of 2022, she took part in the “Way of the Dragon” festival. He writes poetry and non-parables, draws mythological creatures: sirens and unicorns. 

Kathryn VanSpanckeren is a retired professor who publishes poetry and literary essays.  She grew up on ranches in Arizona and California. “Mayflies” is part of a 2-page poem.

Bill Wolak is a poet, collage artist, and photographer who has just published his eighteenth book of poetry entitled All the Wind’s Unfinished Kisses with Ekstasis Editions.