Issue Five: Contributors

Elvis Alves lives in New York City. His poetry has appeared in the Caribbean Writer Journal, Colere, Magazine De La Mancha, and other journals.

J.D. Blair is a writer of short fiction, poetry and dramas. His work has appeared in several literary magazines including, Pearl, Writer’s Journal, Carve Magazine, Third Wednesday, Fog City Review, Hear Us Roar, Calliope and California Quarterly. His One-Act comedy “Vincent” was produced as a staged reading in 2009.

Alexandra Ernst‘s poetry has appeared in Oranges & Sardines (Poets & Artists), All Things Girl, and Blue Print Review, among other literary journals. Though she has lived in Paris for twenty-two years, she spends part of each summer hiking with her husband and two children in the Adirondacks and in their home state of Vermont. She is currently at work on her first novel.

Oliver Fluck is a German photographer who spent most of the previous decade living and working In Princeton, NJ and San Diego. His past photography contributions to literature include the book cover of Carol Mallory’s memoirs Loving Mailer and a collaboration with the author Annie Q. Syed on a short story series entitled “Fluck Tuesdays”. His portfolio can be found here.

Rose Hunter‘s book of poetry, to the river, was published in 2010 by Artistically Declined Press. Poems of hers have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as Diagram, Press 1, PANK, the BluePrintReview, kill author, The Nervous Breakdown, anderbo, Juked, and Bluestem. She is from Australia originally, lived in Toronto for ten years, and now lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She can be found here.

Christina Murphy lives and writes in a 100 year-old Arts and Crafts style house along the Ohio River (USA). She continues to be amazed at how the Arts and Crafts movement—like the painter Piet Mondrian– found such artistic integrity (and solace) in straight lines and simple (yet complex) forms. She tries to emulate the same idea in her poetry. Her poems have appeared in a range of journals and anthologies, including, most recently, PANK, Poetry Quarterly, POOL, Contemporary World Poetry, MUSE, MiPOesias, Quantum Poetry Magazine, Blue Fifth Review, and Counterexample Poetics, among others.

Patty Scull is a New York City based writer. Her writing can be found in publications such as Short & Sweet NYC, Brooklyn Vegan, The Village Idiot, The Jealous Lover Magazine, Klutch Magazine and Dubb Life Magazine. She has also written web copy and contributed ghost writing for various sources around the web. Her poems, essays, and fiction pieces have been published or are forthcoming in literary magazines including: The Scarlet Sound, Six Sentences, and The Other Herald. She is currently working on a collection of essays that takes a lighthearted look at growing up Asian American in the conservative South.

Mary Shanley is a NYC poet who has been publishing and performing her work for the past twenty-five years. She had one book of poetry published, Hobo Code Poems, and a book of short stories, Mott Street Stories and Las Vegas stories. She is published online in: Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Hobo Camp Review and Logos Journal. She is published in many in print literary journals.

Reed Stirling lives in Cowichan Bay, BC, and writes when not painting landscapes, or traveling, or taking coffee at Bo’s, a local café where metaphor and metaphysics clash daily. Recent work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Nashwaak Review, The Valley Voice, Senior Living, Island Writer, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, and Out Of The Warm Land II and III.

Maryam A. Sullivan has been a performance poet for most of her life. Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts to a flute playing Chaplain and a poet, both from Harlem, New York. She was awarded the 2009 Lorraine Hansberry creative artist award by Holyoke Community College, the 2010 Springfield Partners for Community Action Community Service Award, and 2011 Harold Grinspoon Award for her novel, The Size of a Mustard Seed. She has released one poetry chapbook, Veilidity, and will release her second book of poetry, Triple Consciousness, next year. Additionally, Mrs. Sullivan is also working on her second novel, an urban fiction romance. When Ms. Sullivan is not writing, performing or tutoring children and non-traditional minority students, she lives in Watertown, New York with her husband, and two daughters.

DJ Swykert is a former 911 operator living in Northern Kentucky. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in magazines as diverse as the weekend edition of the Detroit News; 360 Degrees, the Alpha Beat Press, Barbaric Yawp and Bull: Men’s Fiction. He is currently signed with LifeTime Media in NYC for two novels.

Robert E. Wood teaches at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. His poetry has appeared such places as Poets and Artists, San Pedro River Review, Breakwater Review, Blue Fifth Review, NDQ: North Dakota Review, and Prairie Schooner. His chapbook, Gorizia Notebook, was published by Finishing Line Press.