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This issue’s theme is second chances. Heartbreaking tragedies, lessons learned, explorations of reincarnation, and blossoming works of art fill the pages.
Jennifer Battisti, a lifelong Nevadan, is a Teaching Artist for the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. She is the author of Echo Bay and Off Boulder Highway (Tolsun Books).
Robyn Braun is a writer and artist living in Edmonton, Alberta with a kick-ass ten-year-old and a cat called Fuzzy.
Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet with an MFA in Poetry from Adelphi University. Recipient of the Robert Muroff Poetry Award, her poems appeared in Ambit, Waxwing, and elsewhere.
M.S. Camacho‘s work has appeared on Typishly and Plum Tree Tavern. She’s currently writing her first novel. She’s inspired by magical realism, cultural identity, and the Queen of Mictlan.
Andrea Cardenal is a third-generation, self-taught Latin-American artist based out of Miami. Her work has been exhibited in Europe, USA and Latin America.
William T. Carey lives with his wife in the Chicago area. His poems have appeared in various journals. He writes and smiles more and more.
Dale Champlin, an Oregon poet and artist, has poems in The Opiate, Timberline, Pif, and elsewhere. Dale has two poetry collections, The Barbie Diaries and Callie Comes of Age.
Amanda Gardner facilitates writing workshops for people experiencing homelessness or incarceration. She is working on a memoir in flash about her husband’s illness and recovery.
Howie Good is the author most recently of Famous Long Ago, a poetry collection from Laughing Ronin Press.
Look for Phyllis Green‘s new paintings in the upcoming issues of FERAL, CERASUS, and the fall 2022 issue of I 70 Review.
KJ Hannah Greenberg tilts at social ills and encourages personal evolutions in places like Kissing Dynamite, Les Femmes Folles, The Academy of the Heart and Mind, and The Front Porch Review.
Windy Lynn Harris’s stories have appeared in The Literary Review, Pithead Chapel, The Jarnal, and many other places. She’s a prolific writer and a frequent speaker at literary events.
Maggie Nerz Iribarne writes in a yellow house in Syracuse, New York. She recently was a finalist in the 2021 Zizzle Literary Flash Fiction contest. She keeps a portfolio of her published work at https://www.maggienerziribarne.com.
Nancy Jorgensen’s memoir, Go, Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold, is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport. Find essays at Prime Number Magazine, River Teeth, and CHEAP POP. NancyJorgensen.weebly.com
Sagar Joshi is a product manager during weekdays, and dabbles in writing and painting on weekends. He lives in Buffalo, NY and can be reached @ https://www.instagram.com/sagardjo/
Rogelio Juarez is a writer from Arizona, born to Mexican immigrants, and a current MFA candidate at Cornell University. He is currently working on a short story collection about the Bracero program, disappearing cities, and android poets.
Maurya Kerr is a bay area artist whose poetry appears in multiple journals. Much of her artistic work is focused on Black and brown people reclaiming their birthright to wonderment.
Naomi Bess Leimsider has published poems and short stories in On the Seawall, Exquisite Pandemic, Orca Literary Journal, Hamilton Stone Review, Rogue Agent Journal, Newtown Literary, Quarterly West, The Adirondack Review, and many other publications.
Sherri Levine is a poet and artist living in Portland, Oregon. Her chapbook, In these Voices, was published 2018 (Poetry Box). Her collection of poems, Stealing Flowers from the Neighbors (Kelsay Press) was published this year. sherrilevine.com
Dylan Mabe (He/Him/His) is a native of Big Stone Gap, Virginia currently studying Shakespeare Letters and Performance at Mary Baldwin University. His poetry has featured in Bluestone Review, Jimson Weed, Explorations, and Scifaikuest.
Jess Michael Paauwe is a former English Language Arts and Literature Major. He enjoys poetry because it allows for experimentation in form and content.
Travis Price’s fiction and translations from Spanish have appeared or are forthcoming in the Massachusetts Review, jmww, pioneertown, the Rupture, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. He lives in Philadelphia.
Diana Raab, PhD, is a memoirist, poet, blogger, and award-winning author. She blogs for Psychology Today, The Wisdom Daily and Thrive Global. She frequently speaks on writing for healing and transformation. Visit her at: dianaraab.com.
Danielle Roberts is a queer poet from California. Her work has appeared in places like Green Ink, Jabberwock Review, Molecule, & The Poeming Pigeon. Find more of her at sonnetscribbler.com.
Stan Sanvel Rubin has been published in Agni, Poetry Northwest, and Georgia Review. Four collections include There. Here. (Lost Horse Press) and Hidden Sequel (Barrow Street Book Prize).
Aaron Sandberg turns everything to rose gold for some reason. A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, you can see him—and his poetry posts—on Instagram @aarondsandberg.
Jesse Sensibar is probably somewhere out on the highway, documenting the passing of his rapidly disappearing American West and pondering the fleeting nature of memory, sin, spirituality, and forgiveness. You can find him at jessesensibar.com
Alex Wells Shapiro writes poems in Chicago. He co-curates Exhibit B presented by The Guild Literary Complex and his debut poetry collection is forthcoming in 2022 with Unbound Edition Press.
Alyssa Sherlock is a writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. You can find information about her current project, a collection of poems and essays on mental health and friendship, at www.alyssasherlock.com.
Joris Soeding’s most recent collection is After Highland Park (Origami Poems Project, 2021). A fifth grade Language Arts teacher, he resides in Chicago with his wife, son, daughter, and kittens.
Edward Michael Supranowicz grew up on a small farm in Appalachia. His artwork and poems have been published in the US and other countries.
Sharon Suzuki-Martinez is the author of two books of poetry: The Way of All Flux (New Rivers Press, 2012), and The Loneliest Whale Blues (forthcoming—The Word Works, 2022).
Katerina Vlahbey is a Greek architect, illustrator, and graphic designer. Her visual language is often inspired by the world of performing arts. She loves poetry, board games, and dancing.
Bill Wolak has just published his fifteenth book of poetry entitled The Nakedness Defense with Ekstasis Editions. His collages have appeared in the 2019 Seattle Erotic Art Festival.
Catherine Zickgraf’s main jobs are to write poetry and fold laundry. In a past life, she performed her poetry in Spain. Read and watch her at caththegreat.blogspot.com