Contributors, Issue #26

Rosemary Bailey, Pencil 2

Rosemary Bailey is an artist working from Arkansas, USA.


Morgan Bazilian is a short story writer and poet based in Dublin, Ireland, and Telluride, Colorado. His poetry has appeared in: Exercise Bowler, Pacific Poetry, Angle Poetry, Dead Flowers, Poetry Quarterly, and Innisfree. His stories have been published in Eclectica, South Loop Review, Embodied Effigies, Shadowbox, Slab, and Glasschord.


Brian Builta lives in Arlington, Texas, and works at Texas Wesleyan University. He’s been recently published in Jabberwock Review and Juke Joint Magazine, with poems forthcoming in Rabid Oak.


Sheldon Lee Compton is a writer from Kentucky. He is the author of seven books, most recently the story collection Sway (Cowboy Jamboree Press, 2020). He also believes that baseball is our purest form of truth.


Brittney Corrigan is the author of the poetry collections Navigation and 40 Weeks. A chapbook responding to events in the news, Breaking, was recently released by WordTech Editions. Daughters, a series of persona poems in the voices of daughters of various characters from folklore, mythology, and popular culture, is forthcoming from Airlie Press in 2021. Brittney was raised in Colorado and has lived in Portland, Oregon for the past three decades, where she is an alumna and employee of Reed College. She is currently at work on her first short story collection. For more information, visit


William Fairbrother is a poet, playwright, and novelist born April 10, 1956 in La Jolla, California.  His current whereabouts are unknown.

Kyle Gervais teaches Classical Studies at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of books and articles on classical and medieval Latin literature, and on the reception of antiquity in modern pop culture.


John Grey is an Australian poet and US resident.  His work is recently published in Soundings East, Dalhousie Review, and Connecticut River Review. His latest book, Leaves On Pages, is available through Amazon.


Edward Harkness is the author of three full-length poetry collections, Saying the Necessary, Beautiful Passing Lives, and most recently, The Law of the Unforeseen (2018, Pleasure Boat Studio press), about which poet Robert Wrigley has written: “The ‘endless replication of clam shells, ants, / hyacinths in spring’?—it’s true, we will lose these things, individually, but these poems savor such stuff, and in that savoring they give us hope for the future.”  His website is  He live in Shoreline, Washington.


David Howerton is an under-employed programmer that lives in the American River Canyon outside of Auburn, CA. He does landscaping, sign painting, cooking, and makes jewelry to pay the bills. He lives with his wife, Angelic, two cats, and a dog. He has three adult daughters and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include type design, soapstone carving, walks in the woods, collecting dragons, painting, and a growing library of Science Fiction.


Calvin Jolley is a poet based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Check out his work on 15 Bytes.


Peycho Kanev is the author of six poetry collections and three chapbooks, published in the USA and Europe. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, such as Rattle, Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Front Porch Review, Hawaii Review, Barrow Street, Sheepshead Review, Off the Coast, The Adirondack Review, Sierra Nevada Review, The Cleveland Review, and many others. His new chapbook, Under Half-Empty Heaven, was published in 2019 by Grey Book Press.


Kaci Skiles Laws is a closet cat-lady and creative writer living in Dallas-Fort Worth. She is an editor at Open Arts Forum, and her writing has been featured in The Letters Page, Bewildering Stories, The American Journal of Poetry, Pif Magazine, The Blue Nib, Necro Magazine, Rough Cut Press, Red Fez, and Ten Million Flies, among others. Her published work and blog can be viewed at


John Middlebrook lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he manages a consulting firm focused on non-profit organizations. He has been writing since he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago, where he also served on the staff of Chicago Review. His work has been published by Cleaver Magazine, Wilderness House Literature Review, and Synchronized Chaos, among others. Recently, his poetry was nominated for Sundress Publications Best of the Net, 2020. John’s home on the web is


Retired from teaching at Indiana, Roger Mitchell’s latest book, Reason’s Dream, came out from Dos Madres in 2018. Recent and forthcoming poems from Poetry East, Mudlark, Tar River Poetry, Stand (U.K.), and Blueline.


Paul Nelson directed Creative Writing for Ohio University for a decade. His ninth book of poetry, Learning to Miss, Guernica Editions, 2018, and his first book of fiction, Refrigerator Church, Tailwinds Press, NYC, 2019, are on Amazon Books. The title story and the novella, from this book, have each been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. An NEA Fellow, he has won the AWP Award for Poetry and an Alabama University Press Series Selection. He has wandered back to Maine for good.


From the UK, Mark Niedzwiedz is a professional composer and lyricist, which helps bring rhythm and musicality to his poetry. Lyric writing may pave the way for penning poetry, but Mark is well aware that song lyrics and poetry most of the time are at best distant cousins.


Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The Family of Man Poems, published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library, 2021. For more information, including free, e-books and his essay, “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at,  To view one of his interviews,


Reiser Perkins’s writing has appeared in Tin House, Hobart, and elsewhere. She lives in Maui where she works for The Merwin Conservancy, a nonprofit centered around ecology and imagination. She also runs Otis Nebula, a micro-press in its eleventh year. More at


Steven J. Stewart has been awarded two Literature Fellowships for Translation by the National Endowment for the Arts (2005 and 2015). His book of translations of Spanish poet Rafael Pérez Estrada, Devoured by the Moon (Hanging Loose Press, 2004), was a finalist for the 2005 PEN-USA translation award. He has published two books of the short fiction of Argentinian Ana María Shua: Microfictions (University of Nebraska Press, 2009) and Without a Net (Hanging Loose Press, 2012). He has also published a book containing the translated horror microfictions of Peruvian writer Fernando Iwasaki (Blood Bound Books, 2014).


Keaton Studebaker is a Master’s candidate in English at The University of Maine. He currently serves as an editorial assistant for the journal Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.


Matt Thomas is a Virginia livestock farmer, DC tech worker, and occasional community college teacher. His work has appeared recently in Spellbinder Magazine, Galway Review, and The Wild Word. He lives with his partner and their daughter in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Douglas Thornton is a poet and English teacher living in France. He has published a book of poetry (Woodland Poems) and a collection of prose (Seasons of Mind) while currently maintaining a website:


John Tustin is currently suffering in exile on the island of Elba but hopes to return to you soon. contains links to his published poetry online.


Sophia Vesely, 19, is from St. Petersburg, Florida. She is currently taking a gap year before her matriculation to Swarthmore College in the fall of 2021. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in W-Poesis, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, The Fiction Week Literary Review, The Blue Marble Review, Writer’s Egg Magazine, Bandit Fiction, Brown Bag Online, Girls Right the World, Bridge Ink, Route 7 Review, Down in the Dirt, Poetry Pacific, and Oddville Press. She also has a poetry collection on Amazon, The Road to Amour de Soi, that explores the complexities of first loves and heartbreak in order to empower young women through the notion of self-love.


A Whittenberg is a Philadelphia native who has a global perspective. If she wasn’t an author, she’d be a private detective or a jazz singer. She loves reading about history and true crime. Her other novels include, Sweet Thang, Hollywood and Maine, Life is Fine, Tutored, and The Sane Asylum.

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