Issue Nine: Contributors

Adam Berlin is the author of the novels Belmondo Style (St. Martin’s Press) and Headlock (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill).  His novel The Number of Missing is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil press.  And his short novel Both Members of the Club, winner of the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize, is forthcoming from the Texas Review Press.  His stories and poetry have appeared in numerous journals.  He teaches writing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and co-edits J Journal: New Writing on Justice. For more, please visit

Dana Brown grew up roaming the street of Pawtucket, RI to a punk rock soundtrack. Going to Davies Tech, where he studied Graphics and Printing, was the best decision he ever made. Bike riding and fried eggs are his favorite parts of the day.

Kenny Fame is an African-American / GLBTQ poet who was born in Paterson, New Jersey; but he currently calls the village of Harlem in NYC his home. He was a recent graduate of Cave Canem’s 2011 & 2012 Poetry Conversations Workshop classes. He was the winner of “The Tenth National Black Writers Conference Award for Poetry.” He has been a featured “Poet of the Week” on the Poetry Super Highway during the week of January 2-8, 2012. His work has appeared in numerous journal both nationally & internationally such as: Steel Toe Review # 7& 10, River Lit #5, The Fine Line, Emerge Literary Journal # 1, Rufous Salon (Sweden), Milk Sugar, Prompt Literary Magazine, De La Mancha, Anastomoo, ken*again, Assisi Journal, African-American Review, Gloom Cupboard, Black Magnolias Literary Journal # 6.2 & The New Verse News on December 18th 2011; just to name a few. Kenny Fame is currently working on his undergraduate degree at CUNY/ Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn NY.

Colleen M. Farrelly, a graduate student at the University of Miami, is a freelance writer whose works have recently appeared in Lake City Lights, Post Poetry, Vine Leaves, The Recusant, and RiverLit. Poetry allows her to explore new places, both literally and figuratively, and better understand the world around her.

Joachim Frank, a German-born scientist and writer, moved in 1975 to Albany, New York and recently (2008) relocated to New York City. He took writing classes with William Kennedy, Steven Millhauser, Eugene Garber, and Jayne Ann Philipps. He has published several short stories and prose poems in Lost and Found Times, The Agent, Inkblot, Heidelberg Review, Groundswell, Peer Glass, and Open Mic, all print. He wrote three novels, still unpublished. Several pieces of short fiction and poetry were published online, by elimae, 3711 Atlantic, Cezanne’s Carrot, Brilliant, Eclectica, Offcourse, The Noneuclidean Cafe, Ghoti Magazine, Duck and Herring Co. Pocket Field Guide, Hamilton Stone Review, Raving Dove, Bartleby Snopes, Red Ochre Lit, and Black&White.

Van G. Garrett (Fui Koshi) appreciates boxing, bull fighting, photographing hummingbirds in Tuscany, and the trumpeted sounds of Miles Davis. A watch aficionado, Van is the author of Songs in Blue Negritude (poetry) and ZURI: Selected Love Songs (poetry).

Nathan Leslie‘s seven books of fiction include Madre, Believers and Drivers.  He is also the author of Night Sweat, a poetry collection and his first novel was just published by Atticus Books late in 2012.  His short stories, essays and poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines including Boulevard, Shenandoah, North American Review, and Cimarron Review.  Nathan was series editor for The Best of the Web anthology 2008 and 2009 (Dzanc Books) and edited fiction for Pedestal Magazine for five years.  His website is

Gregory Luce was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Texas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. Along the way, he acquired a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University and did additional graduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi. The father of two sons, he currently resides in Washington DC, where he works for the National Geographic Society as Production Specialist. He is the author of the chapbooks Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications) and Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press). His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including Kansas Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Innisfree Poetry Review, If, Northern Virginia Review, Foundling Review, MiPOesias, Praxilla, Little Patuxent Review, The Rusty Nail, Cactus Heart, Rising Tide Review and Faircloth Review. His book, Memory and Desire, is now available from Sweatshoppe Publications.

Kenneth Nichols teaches playwriting at Oswego State and composition at Cayuga Community College here in Central New York.  He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Ohio State.  His creative work is forthcoming or has appeared in Main Street Rag, Crimespree Magazine, Suss, and Big Pulp.  His nonfiction/incisive cultural criticism has appeared in print and online publications including Skeptical Inquirer, Ohioana Quarterly and PopMatters. Further, he reviews literary journals for NewPages and 1.5 sentences of his work for the Not For Tourists Guide to Queens was quoted in The New Yorker.

Anina Robb is a 42 year old poet living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two neat kids. She earned a MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has published poems in Nebo, The White Pelican Review, Rivendell, The Red River Review, Blast Furnace, and Oatmeal and Poetry. In 2013 her poetry will appear in Juked, Emerge, Main Street Rag, The 5-2, and Ascent Aspirations.

Dima Zverev is a Russian photographer. A graduate of the Moscow College of Geodesy and Cartography, his work has featured in many publications including:  Photo&Video, Photodelo, and Photomagazine. He is a three times winner of the Silver Camera Award and member of the Union of Russian Photo Artists. His portfolio can be viewed here.