Thank you to all our contributors.

Alan Katz’s poetry has recently appeared in Burningword, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and in Tupelo’s 30/30 Project. He has studied with Jeffrey Levine and Miranda Field and write at the Brooklyn Writers Space, a collective in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Alan currently lives with his wife and two children in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Alvarado O’Brien: Jacqueline Doyle and Stephen D. Gutierrez have published collaborative work as Alvarado O’Brien in Timber, Grist: An Online Companion, and Jellyfish Review. Her flash fiction collection The Missing Girl won the Black River Chapbook Competition and is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. He has published three collections of stories and essays: Elements (FC2), Live from Fresno y Los (Bear Star Press), winner of an American Book Award, and The Mexican Man in His Backyard (Roan Press). They live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Barbara Tramonte is currently a professor at SUNY Empire State College, where she teaches in the school for graduate studies. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Crack the Spine, Forge, FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry, The Griffin, Hiram Poetry Review, Juked, New Letters, Slipstream, and other literary and academic journals.

Christine Hamm has a PhD in American Poetics, and is an editor for Ping*Pong Press. Her poetry has been published in Orbis, Nat Brut, BODY, Poetry Midwest, Rattle, Dark Sky, and many others. She has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize, and she teaches English at Pace. Echo Park, her third book of poems, came out from Blazevox in the fall of 2011.The New Orleans Review published Christine’s latest chapbook, A is for Absence, in the fall of 2014, and nominated her work for a Pushcart.

Griff Foxley  holds a bachelor of arts in English literature from Vassar College where he studied with Eamon Grennan, and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He is a member of the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective, and is currently attending the Jack Grapes’ Method Writing Workshop. A New York City native, he has been a Los Angeles resident for the past ten years, and works as a food business entrepreneur, social justice activist, and writer. He enjoys listening to music, bike riding through the city, and spending time with his wife and two toddlers.

Helen Wickes has had four books of her poetry published: World as You Left It (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2015), Moon Over Zabriskie (Glass Lyre Press, 2014), Dowser’s Apprentice (Glass Lyre Press, 2014), and In Search of Landscape (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2007). She lives in Oakland, California, and worked for many years as a psychotherapist. She received an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2002. Her poems published by online journals can be read at her author’s page,, and additional poems can be read and heard online at From The Fishouse. Helen’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Agni, Amethyst Arsenic, Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Confrontation, Delmarva Review, Euphony Journal, Passager, Pirene’s Fountain, Sagarana, Summerset Review, Soundings East, South Dakota Review, Spillway, Spoon River Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Westview, Willow Review, Zone 3, and ZYZZYVA, among many others.

Julie Kizershot currently lives in Brooklyn with a lighting designer and two black cats and teach English at community college in Connecticut. She came to her writing life post a books-steeped childhood through way of Naropa in Boulder, Colorado many years ago. As part of her poetic journey, she coordinated the Summer Writing Program there at which time she was able to revel daily in the craft of crafty language that many amazing contemporary poets were making. Now, at the other end of the language spectrum as well as the other end of the country, she assists those struggling to put thoughts to the page as they begin the process of feeling dexterous with words. She has been published in Bombay Gin, The Sonora Review, Calyx, Thirteenth Moon, and other places on line and in print.

Kevin Brown is a Professor at Lee University. He has published three books of poetry: Liturgical Calendar: Poems (Wipf and Stock); A Lexicon of Lost Words (winner of the Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry, Snake Nation Press); and Exit Lines (Plain View Press). He also has a memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again, and a book of scholarship, They Love to Tell the Stories: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels. You can find out more about him and his work at

Sean Hooks is originally from New Jersey and is now living, writing and teaching in Los Angeles. He holds a BA-Liberal Arts from Drew University, an MFA-Fiction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an MA-English from Loyola Marymount University. Recent publications include Pif Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, FORTH Magazine, The Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, Superstition Review, Intellectual Refuge, and SubStance. Earlier articles, essays and print journalism were published in Las Vegas Weekly and The Record. Academic work is forthcoming in The International Journal of Literary Humanities, and stories will be published later this year by Ginosko Literary Journal and Akashic Books.

Sharon Kennedy-Nolle, a graduate of Vassar College, holds an MFA and doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. Additionally, she attended the Sarah Lawrence Summer Writing Institute for the past four years, as well as the Frost Place Summer Writing Program in 2014 and 2015 as a merit scholarship recipient.
Sharon’s interests in history and traveling have informed both my scholarly and creative work. Exploring the wild, unbidden parts of the earth has always served as a key source of inspiration for me. Her poetry has appeared in The Dickinson Review and The Syracuse Review, among others, while my dissertation was just published as Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postbellum South (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Stephen Massimilla is a poet, critic, professor, and painter. His co-authored book, Cooking with the Muse, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. His latest book, The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat, was a selection of the Stephen F. Austin University Press Prize contest. He has received the Bordighera Poetry Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday; the Grolier Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch; an Academy of American Poets Prize; and multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. His volume Almost a Second Thought was runner-up for the Salmon Run National Poetry Book Award, selected by X.J. Kennedy. Massimilla has recent work in AGNI, American Literary Review, Barrow Street, Bellingham Review, Chelsea, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, Fiction Fix, Harpur Palate, The Literary Review, Marlboro Review, Paterson Literary Review, Provincetown Arts, RHINO Poetry, The Southern Poetry Review, Tampa Review, and many other journals and anthologies. He holds an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University and teaches literary modernism, among other subjects, at Columbia University and the New School.

Whit Bolado recently graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in creative writing and subsequently decided to move to Seattle, where he finds the rain to be utterly unimpressive compared to the Southern squalls of his upbringing, but says the coffee is pretty good. He has previously published work in Underground, the undergraduate literary journal of Georgia State, and anticipates publication in Duende, the literary journal of Goddard College.