Issue Fourteen: Contributors

Jon Backmann originally from Wisconsin, moved to Portland, OR, after obtaining his M.F.A. at the University of Montana, Missoula in 2013. Along with reading and writing, he studies martial arts and explores the intersections of these disciplines

Adam Berlin is the author of the novels The Number of Missing (Spuyten Duyvil), the boxing novel Both Members of the Club (Texas Review Press/winner of the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize), Belmondo Style (St. Martin’s Press/winner of The Publishing Triangle’s Ferro-Grumley Award) and Headlock (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill).  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

Michael Duggan is a Cultural Geographer (PhD Student) at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research focuses on the sensory experiences of everyday life, with a particular focus on how digital technologies come to augment the sensory experiences of place.

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  He wrote three novels, still unpublished.  He has published short stories and prose poems in Lost and Found Times, The Agent, Inkblot, Heidelberg Review, GroundswellPeer Glass, Open Mic, elimae, 3711 Atlantic, Cezanne’s CarrotBrilliant, Eclectica, Offcourse, The Noneuclidean Cafe, Ghoti Magazine, Duck and Herring Co. Pocket Field Guide, Hamilton Stone Review, Raving Dove, Bartleby Snopes, Red Ochre Lit, StepAway Magazine, Litbomb, Works in Progress, Black&White, Fiction Fix, ShortFast and Deadly, TheNewer York!, and The New Poet. Some portfolios of his photographs are found at  His website is

Rayon Lennon was born in Jamaica, but moved to Connecticut, United States of America when he was thirteen. His work has been published or forthcoming in Main Street Rag, The Connecticut Review, Noctua Review, The African American American Review and Callaloo.

Ilona Martonfi lives in Montreal, Canada. Author of two poetry books, Blue Poppy, (Coracle 2009.) Black Grass, (Broken Rules 2012). Producer of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings. QWF 2010 Community Award.

Natalie Shaw lives and works in London, and blogs at Her work features in Fake Poems, Nutshells and Nuggets and the upcoming Domestic Cherry and Lunar Poetry.

Ana C. H. Silva lives in Spanish Harlem, NYC with her husband and daughters. Her poetry has been published in PodiumThe Mom Eggthe nth positionSnow Monkey and Anemone Sidecar. She won the 2010 inaugural Rachel Wetzsteon Memorial Poetry Prize at the 92nd St. Y Unterberg Poetry Center.

Laurie Stone leads flash fiction workshops in New York City and Hudson, New York. She is the author of three books of fiction and nonfiction and is working on The Love of Strangers, a collage of flash and short fiction, and My Life as an Animal, a Memoir in Stories. Her website can be found here.

Sarah Symes had a passion for making art with fabric from a young age. She studied Architecture at University College London, before training and working as a Graphic Designer. She has lived in many places, including London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. She currently lives with her husband in Ottawa, Canada

Norman Waksler has published fiction in a number of journals, most recently The Tidal Basin Review, The Valparaiso Fiction Review, Prick of the Spindle, Thickjam, Scholars and Rogues and The Yalobusha Review . His most recent story collection, Signs of Life is published by the Black Lawrence Press.  He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His website is