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39.2 Contributor Bios


New Alchemy Finalists

Ava Bergen is a freelance writer, artist, and videographer based in Minneapolis. She’s studied Creative Writing at Oxford University, and recently graduated with degrees in Communication and English from Houghton College. You can follow more of her work on Instagram @avatoast.

AJ Cunder graduated from Seton Hall University with a Masters in Creative Writing after receiving his bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy. His work appears or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Breath & Shadow, Quantum Fairy Tales, Rose Red Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, and NAILED Magazine, among others. He has served as a volunteer firefighter, a police officer, earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and has advocated for those with disabilities, living with type I diabetes himself since the age of seventeen months. Follow him on Twitter @aj_cunder

Tania De Rozario is a visual artist, writer, and winner of Singapore’s 2011 Golden Point Award for English Poetry. She is the author of And The Walls Come Crumbling Down and Tender Delirium (2016/2013, Math Paper Press), and her work has been showcased in London, New York, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Goa, Spain, Canberra, and Singapore. She is currently working on her third book, The Body in a Series of Echoes.

Stephen D. Gutierrez is the author of three books, including Live from Fresno y Los, which won an American Book Award, and The Mexican Man in His Backyard: Stories & Essays. He is a widely published short story writer and essayist, as well as a dramatist. Most recently, his work has appeared or is about to appear in Catamaran Literary Reader, Under the Gum Tree, The Los Angeles Review, The Manifest-Station, Goliad, East Bay Review, and the Pact Press anthology Speak and Speak Again. Originally from Los Angeles, he teaches at Cal State East Bay in the San Francisco Bay Area. www.stephendgutierrez.com

Carlene Kucharczyk earned her MFA in Poetry from North Carolina State University and BA in Literature from Wagner College. Her work has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Strange Horizons, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, and is forthcoming in the Connecticut River Review. She is the recipient of a scholarship from The Frost Place Poetry Seminar and currently lives in Connecticut.

John Langfeld is a retired musician and arts educator who believes that, in the forest and on top of desks, digits make noise.  His poetry has been called epigrammatic, a term joined at the hip with “aphoristic’ and “apothegmatic.’  He prefers the moniker “brevitist.’  It is easier on the tongue.

Lynn Lu is a visual artist trained in the USA, France, Japan, and Australia. She lives and works in Singapore and London. Lynn exhibits, performs, and lectures worldwide. Recent venues include the National Gallery Singapore (2017), the Barbican Centre in London (2016), Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2015), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2013), Singapore Art Museum (2012), Tate Modern (2010), and 798 Art Zone in Beijing (2009).

Ian Maxton, a writer and poet, has been published previously in Confluence Magazine, Vague Visages, and Bright Wall/Dark Room.

Jeff Pearson is a graduate of the University of Idaho’s MFA Program and has been published by Noble/Gas Quarterly, Black Rock & Sage, Otis Nebula, a capella zoo, Heavy Feather Review, Shampoo, Salt Front, Open Minds Quarfterly, Axolotl, Barrelhouse, and Moon City Review. He is The Managing Editor for Blood Orange Review and Poetry Editor for 5×5 Lit Mag as well as an instructor at Washington State University. Tweets at @legoverleg.

Jakin Rintelman is a video editor, writer, and gamer who spends most of her time listening to podcasts and trying to find a way to trisect angles. Apparently, this is impossible, but she remains determined nonetheless. She recently graduated from Houghton College with a B.S. in Media Arts and Visual Communication and is always on the lookout for collaborators who want to find new and innovative ways to tell stories.

Roe Sellers is from Baltimore, Maryland, but currently lives in Georgia where he is an MFA Candidate and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Georgia College & State University. He lives remarkably close to campus with a weiner dog, a beagle, and another human. This is his first publication.

Bruce Van Noy was born in Seattle, raised in Northern California, educated in genetics and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley and in poetry and creative writing at the University of Redlands. A former commercial fisherman in Alaska, and a long time professional ski instructor in Ketchum, Idaho, he currently lives on Orcas Island, a few miles off the far northwestern coast of Washington and a stone’s throw across the water from Canada.

 

Fiction

Bryce Berkowitz is an MFA candidate at West Virginia University. He is the Editor-in-Chief at Cheat River Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Third Coast, Passages North, The Pinch, Eleven Eleven, Tampa Review, Permafrost, Evansville Review, San Pedro River Review, Watershed Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, among other publications.

Shawn Campbell was born in Eastern Oregon in 1983.  He currently resides in Portland where he works as an economist and lives with a house plant named Morton.  This is his eleventh short story to be published and his first book, The Uncanny Valley, is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

Craig Chanin teaches in the Writing Program at Rutgers University–Newark and he is a writing tutor at St. Joseph’s College.  His work has also appeared in Necessary Fiction.

Shebana Coelho is a writer and director, originally from India, now based in New Mexico. She received a Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Fulbright grant to Mongolia. Her stories and poems have appeared in numerous US and international journals. She is currently working on a short story collection, Falling Off, about characters in India, the US, and nameless places who are anchored and adrift, confronting trust, love, death, sex, and healing. Her website is www.shebanacoelho.com.

David Colosi has spent a good part of the last few years on islands making audio graffiti with the saxophone in abandoned military structures. Not long ago he team-taught a workshop on Raymond Roussel in Brussels. In 2015 he delivered a lecture on the philosophy of tickling to a packed house of philosophers in New York at 3:50am. His bizarre folktale “Miss Pumpernickel Bread’ is part of the Artist Novels collection at the MHKA in Antwerp. Recently as a host on Clocktower Radio and as a Media Arts Fellow at BRIC, he has recorded his friends answering questions. His writings have appeared in Laughing Blood (Left Hand Books) and From Totems to Hip Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002, Intercourse, Konch, The Los Angeles Times, and in 2017 he was a finalist in the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize from James Madison University. He has exhibited artwork nationally and internationally. He lives in Brooklyn where he continues to make Three-Dimensional Literature. (davidcolosi.com)

Danielle (Dani) Dunckley is a yoga teacher and a writer. Her short story “Scar” recently appeared in (b)OINK zine.

Ryan Goodwin lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas where he bartends at an Irish Pub and envies everyone with a backyard and a dog. He is the winner of Stephen F. Austin State University’s 2016 Ferguson Award for fiction, along with their 2016 Literary Award for fiction. He was a nonfiction editor for the undergraduate literary journal Humid, where he gained an exclusive interview with Wells Tower, and a reader for the national literary journal REAL. He is currently finishing a first novel.

Mitch Zigler is a writer living and working in Portland, OR. This is his first publication.

 

Nonfiction

David Schweidel writes fiction and creative nonfiction.  His novel Confidence of the Heart won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize.  His nonfiction book, What Men Call Treasure, written with Robert Boswell, was a Western Writers Award finalist.  He lives in Berkeley and teaches poetry as an elementary school volunteer.

 

Hybrid

Paul Dresman is a poet, a translator of poetry in Spanish, co-editor of bi-lingual helicóptero, a lyrical essayist, and a scholar of 20th century literature who lives in Eugene, Oregon.  He wrote “Cante Jondo” after a stay in Granada, Spain last year, including a visit to the the former home of Modernist composer Manuel de Falla, where the gathering of eminent Spaniards Picasso, Segovia, Lorca, and de Falla occurred in l922.  It was the earlier home of the Pineda family, including l9th century heroine Mariana, the subject of one of Garcia Lorca’s first plays.

Sarah Escue is a poet, visual artist, and editor in Boulder, Colorado. Her poems and artwork appear or are forthcoming in Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Atticus Review, The Elephants, Dialogist, Idle Magazine, DIAGRAM, Wildness, Lullwater Review, and others. Her first chapbook Bruised Gospel is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in the fall of 2017. You can visit her website at sarahescue.com.

J.I. Kleinberg is artist, poet, freelance writer, and co-editor of Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press, 2015). A Pushcart nominee and winner of the 2016 Ken Warfel Fellowship, her found poems have appeared recently in Diagram, Heavy Feather Review, Rise Up Review, The Tishman Review, Hedgerow, Otoliths, and elsewhere. She lives in Bellingham, Washington and blogs most days at thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com.

Antonio Lopez is a native of East Palo Alto, California. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he received a double B.A. in Global Cultural Studies (Literature) and African-American studies from Duke University (Class of 2016). He’s an inaugural John Lewis Fellow, a recipient of the Rudolph William Rosati Creative Writing Award, and a finalist for the 2017 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. His undergraduate thesis, Spic’ing into Existence, explored the concept of ethnopoetics as people of color’s artistic-political response to regimes of power. His nonfiction has been featured in TeenInk, The Chronicle, and PEN/America, and his poetry in Gramma Press, Eclectica, Hispanecdotes, Acentos Review, Sinking City, and What Rough Beast. He is currently pursuing a Master in Fine Arts (poetry) at Rutgers University-Newark.

Gleah Powers is the author of the novella Edna and Luna, published by Vine Leaves Press and named a Finalist in the Novella Category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. A recipient of an award from the Barbara Deming Memorial fund and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in print and online in Longridge Review, Southwestern American Literature, Prime Number Magazine, Red Savina Review, New Delta Review, and many other literary journals. She completed her formal art training at the California Institute of the Arts and  has worked professionally as a painter, actor, and dancer in New York, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. Currently, she is at work on a short story collection and a memoir. Visit her website at https://www.gleahpowers.com

Sarah J. Sloat lives in Frankfurt, a stone’s throw from Schopenhauer’s grave. Her poems and prose have appeared in The Offing, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Sixth Finch, among other journals. Sarah’s poetry chapbook on typefaces and texts, Inksuite, is available from Dancing Girl Press, which also published Heiress to a Small Ruin in 2016.

Dr. Masha Sukovic is a writer, a professor of Gender Studies, a mother, a chef, a performer, a visual artist, and an immigrant from a country that no longer exists. She speaks five languages and has a super power called synesthesia: her brain interprets words as moving images, numbers as colors, and tastes as shapes, colors, and sounds. She can taste a recipe simply by reading it. In her writing, she explores the intersections between various dimensions of identity, gender and sexual expression, bodily trauma, psychic wounds, stigma, and citizenship status. Her work attempts to give a voice to the experiences of immigrants and disenfranchised individuals, especially those who identify as neurodivergent, LGBTQ+, or disabled, as well as people of underrepresented races, cultures, and religions. She was the winner of the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest in the Adult Fiction Category with the first chapter of her novel-in-progress, The Taste of Names and Other Things.

 

Poetry

Daniel Aristi was born in Spain. He studied French Literature as an undergrad (French Lycée in San Sebastian). He now lives and writes in Switzerland with his wife and two children. Daniel’s work is forthcoming or has been recently featured in Queen’s Ferry Press Anthology Best of Small Fictions 2016 (judged by Stuart Dybek), Superstition Review, Dewpoint, and New Plains Review. Daniel is a Pushcart nominee (2015). He can be contacted at aristi.daniel@gmail.com.

Scott Banks is a writer and photographer living in Anchorage, Alaska. His poetry has been published in Cirque and Stoneboat literary magazines as well as 49writers Online. His poem “I Wore Cowboy Boots To Work Today’ was runner up in the Harold McCracken Endowment Poetry Contest. His essays have been published in Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Drake, Alaska Magazine, Alaska Dispatch Sunday Magazine, and American Heritage Magazine, among others. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Bryce Berkowitz is an MFA candidate at West Virginia University. He is the Editor-in-Chief at Cheat River Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Third Coast, Passages North, The Pinch, Eleven Eleven, Tampa Review, Permafrost, Evansville Review, San Pedro River Review, Watershed Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, among other publications.

Emma Bolden is the author of medi(t)ations (Noctuary Press) and Maleficae (GenPop Books), as well as four chapbooks. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Best American Poetry, Poetry Daily, and The Best Small Fictions, as well as journals such as Gulf Coast, StoryQuarterly, Shenandoah, The Pinch, Prairie Schooner, New Madrid, Colorado Review, Conduit, and TriQuarterly. Her honors include a 2017 Creative Writing Fellowship from the NEA and the Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. She serves as Senior Reviews Editor for Tupelo Quarterly.

Daniel Blokh is a 16-year-old American writer of Russian-Jewish descent, living in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of the memoir In Migration (BAM! Publishing 2016), the micro-chapbook The Wading Room (Origami Poems Project 2016), and the chapbook Grimmening (forthcoming from Diode Editions). His work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing awards and the Foyle Young Poet awards, and has appeared in DIALOGIST, the Blueshift Journal, Cleaver, Gigantic Sequins, Forage Poetry, Avis Magazine, Thin Air Magazine, Cicada Magazine, and more. He writes a monthly column for the Wild Word.

Zoë Brigley is the author of two books of poetry: Conquest (Bloodaxe, 2012) and The Secret (Bloodaxe, 2007). She has received fellowships from the British Society of Authors, the Welsh Academy, the English Association, and the Humanities Research Centre. She was awarded an Eric Gregory Award for the best British poets under 30, and was listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize for the best international writers under 35. A native of Wales, she now lives in Ohio, where she works as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University.

Abigail Chabitnoy earned her MFA in poetry at Colorado State University and was a 2016 Peripheral Poets fellow. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Nat Brut, Red Ink, and Mud City, and she has written reviews for Colorado Review, the Volta blog, and The Fort Collins Courier.

Adam Chiles’s first collection, Evening Land, was nominated for the 2009 Gerald Lampert Memorial award for best first book in Canada. His work has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2007 (Samovar) and has appeared in such journals as Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Painted Bride Quarterly and RHINO. He is the recipient of scholarships and grants from the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Canada Council, Gilman School in Baltimore, where he was the 2003—2004 Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellow and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. Adam is professor of English and Creative Writing at Northern Virginia Community College.

Charlotte Covey is from St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She has poetry published or forthcoming in journals such as The Minnesota Review, Salamander Review, The Normal School, The MacGuffin, and Emerson Review. In 2015, she was nominated for an AWP Intro Journal Award. She is co-editor-in-chief of Milk Journal.

Mike Crossley works in Los Angeles as an IT consultant. His fiction, poetry, and photography has appeared in various publications, such as Hobart and Prelude Magazine. He splits his time between the recording studio and the library. More at www.mikecrossley.com.

Fred Dale is a husband to his wife, Valerie, and a father to his dog, Earl.  He is a Senior Instructor in the English Department at the University of North Florida.  His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Sugar House Review, Crack the Spine, Chiron Review, Clackamas Literary  Review, and others.

Garrett De Temple received his MFA in poetry from Manhattanville College in 2014. His work has appeared in various magazines, most recently Ground Fresh Thursday Press and Drunk Monkeys. He is currently the editor for a financial advisory firm for nonprofits by day and a musician and writer by, well, later in the day and night, and one half of the songwriting duo Curly-DeTemple and the band SkyMagik (skymagikband.com).

Danielle DeTiberus teaches Creative Writing at the Charleston School of the Arts. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2015, Arts & Letters, [PANK], Rattle, The Southeast Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Poetry Society of South Carolina (PSSC). She currently serves as the PSSC’s Program Chair, inviting and hosting nationally renowned poets for readings and seminars in Charleston. You can read more about her work at danielledetiberus.com.

Aran Donovan lives in the charming squalor of New Orleans. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Rhino, Rattle, New Ohio Review, and Best New Poets 2013. She can only spell occasionally sometimes, and she always tweets sporadically @barelymarigny.

Frankie Drayus has recent work in Gemini Magazine, BROAD! and Poet Lore.  She lives in Los Angeles.

Keith Mark Gaboury earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. While his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such literary journals as After Happy Hour Review, Fife:2:One Magazine, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and New Millennium Writings, Keith has been rejected from The Boston Review, The Paris Review, and Poetry. He also co-founded a social justice-themed online literary magazine, Words Apart. While spending his days as an early childhood educator, he spends his nights writing poetry in San Francisco, California.

David Gewanter‘s new poetry book, Fort Necessity (U. Chicago Press, 2018) shapes documents into poems about factory and prison labor, industrial violence, and how we are formed and broken by work.  Previous poetry books: War Bird; The Sleep of Reason; and In the Belly (all from Chicago).  Prizes include: Whiting; Witter Bynner; Hopwood; Academy of American Poets; Zacharis; English Speaking Union.  He co-edited Robert Lowell: Collected Poems (FSG), and teaches at Georgetown.

Henry Goldkamp loves in Saint Louis / New Orleans / the spirit of gratitude. He drinks river humidity / savors his luck. His recent work appears in Mudfish / Hoot / Blood Orange Review / b(OINK) / Sierra Nevada Review / Pretty Owl / Folaite Oak / etc. His public art has been covered by Time / NPR / etc. To read up on / contemporarily stalk Henry, google “henry goldkamp” / ‘gram @wthstl with a fresh beverage.

Carolyn Guinzio is the author of four collections, most recently SPINE (Free Verse Editions, Parlor Press, 2016). She lives in Fayetteville, AR. Find her online at carolynguinzio.tumblr.com.

Emma Hyche is an MFA candidate at Colorado State University. A winner of the 2016 AWP Intro Journals Project, her work is forthcoming in The Tampa Review and online at poets.org.

Paul Jolly was raised in Oakland California and now lives in the outskirts of Washington DC.  His poems have also appeared in the Columbia Journal.

Tom Kelly is an incoming Creative Writing PhD candidate at Florida State University (fall 2017). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University and his poems appear or are forthcoming in The Southeast Review, Barrelhouse, Gulf Stream, Painted Bride Quarterly, Gargoyle, decomP, and other journals. Follow him on twitter @tomvkelly.

Lisa Lewis’s most recent books are Burned House with Swimming Pool (American Poetry Journal Prize, Dream Horse Press, 2011) and The Body Double (Georgetown Review Press, 2016).  New work appears or is forthcoming in New England Review, Plume, Carolina Quarterly, Four Way Review, American Literary Review, Florida Review, and elsewhere.  She teaches creative writing at Oklahoma State University and serves as poetry editor for the Cimarron Review.    

Ellyn Lichvar is the managing editor of The Louisville Review and works on the staff of Spalding University’s MFA in Writing program. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, BOAAT, The Journal, Meridian, The Minnesota Review, Whiskey Island, and others.

Kate Lindroos teaches writing in Western Massachusetts. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Jubilat, Sixth Finch, and Barrow Street.

Ray Liversidge is an Australian poet. His latest book is no suspicious circumstances: portraits of poets (dead) published in 2012. His other books are: Obeying the Call; The Barrier Range; Triptych Poets: Issue One; The Divorce Papers. He has a new book coming out later this year. Ray has his own website at www.poetray.wordpress.com.

Regina Marie started writing with great urgency late in life after a long career designing software. She recently received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in Poet Lore, CALYX, and Briarcliff Review. She lives with her wife in Salt Lake City, UT.

Kat Moore was the winner of the 2016 Profane Nonfiction Prize. Her essays are in Sidereal Magazine, Blunderbuss, Salt Hill, New South, Whiskey Island, Pithead Chapel, Yemassee, and others. She has poems in Maudlin House, decomP, and Souvenir. She was also awarded a residency this June at the Sundress Academy of the Arts. She teaches writing to middle schoolers in Memphis, TN.

Jessica Morey-Collins is a Pushcart nominated poet and educator living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her MFA from the University of New Orleans, where she won an Academy of American Poets award and worked as associate poetry editor for Bayou Magazine. She was a finalist for the 2016 Iron Horse Review Chapbook Contest and the 4th Annual Gigantic Sequins Poetry Contest. Her poems and essays can be found in Pleiades, The Pinch, Juked, Animal Literary Journal, and elsewhere.

Irene O’Garden’s poetry has found its way to stage, e-screen, hardcover, literary magazines, and anthologies. Her critically acclaimed play Women On Fire, (Samuel French) played sold-out houses at Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. O’Garden won a Pushcart Prize for her lyric essay “Glad To Be Human’ (Untreed Reads). Harper published her memoir Fat Girl (Untreed Reads,e-form) and her poems and essays have been featured in dozens of literary journals and anthologies. O’Garden founded The Art Garden, a performing literary magazine which she produced and hosted for twenty-five years. She now contributes to the spoken word event 650-Where Writers Read, in New York City and Sarah Lawrence College. Irene is also a Poetry Educator with the Hudson Highlands chapter of the national River Of Words program, connecting children to nature via poetry and art. Her new book of poetry, Fulcrums: Selected Poems was just published by Nirala Press and is available on Amazon.

Tanner Pruitt is a poet from Macon, Georgia. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his poems have appeared in American Chordata, the Greensboro Review, and the Minnesota Review, among other places.

Billy Reynolds was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama (“The Rocket City’).His poems have been published in 32 Poems, Bellevue Literary Review, Chattahoochee Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Sewanee Theological Review, and Zone 3, among others. Currently, he lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Jonathan Riccio is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. His work has appeared in Booth, Cleaver, CutBank Online, Hawai’i Review, Redivider, Switchback, and Waxwing, among others. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona.

Brittney Scott’s first poetry collection, The Derelict Daughter, won the New American Poetry Prize. She is also a recipient of the Joy Harjo Prize for Poetry, as well as the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, The New Republic, Narrative Magazine, Cincinnati Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Linebreak, and elsewhere. She homesteads on seven acres in rural Virginia.

James Wyshynski received his MFA from the University of Alabama. He is a former editor of the Black Warrior Review. His poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Terminus, River Styx, Interim, The Chattahoochee Review, Northeast Corridor, and others. They are forthcoming in the The Cortland Review and Passager. His manuscript, Romancing Akhmatova, is in search of a publisher. He currently lives and works in Marietta, Georgia.

 

Art

Linda Laino is an artist, writer, and teacher who has been making art in one form or another for over 35 years. Holding an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, she enjoys playing with words as much as form and color. Since 2012, she has resided in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where the surreal atmosphere and sensuous colors have wormed their way into her paintings. Finding beautiful things on the ground is a favorite pastime. Her art can be seen at www.lindalaino.com. Some of her essays and poetry can be found on Elephant Journal, The New Engagement, and Life In 10 Minutes.

Sandeep Kumar Mishra is an outsider artist, an international freelance writer, and a lecturer. His works are artistic manifestation of his actual self and show the heart for nature and its beautiful creations including humankind especially woman. He runs an academy called “Kishlaya Outsider Art Academy’ in his hometown to train the novice art students. His first art exhibition was in the National Club Art gallery, Sujangarh, Rajasthan, India, January 1-January 3, 1994. His latest art exhibition is by Visart, Shelter Group Brightview, September 7 — September 18, 2016,Concourse Gallery, Rockville, MD,USA.

Ian Park is southern queer artist from Little Rock, Arkansas. He spent his childhood in the tiny town of Hartman, AR and later attended college at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he earned his BA in Ceramics and Secondary Art Education. He primarily works in clay, paper, and mixed media. For three years he taught art in the Little Rock public school system. Afterwards, he continued teaching for another year as an artist in residence at the Flower City Arts Center in Rochester, New York. He has had his works in shows such as the Arkansas Delta Exhibition; Sip, a ceramic cup show in Savannah, Georgia; and Twin Cups at MWSU in Missouri. Currently he is a working artist aspiring to achieve his MFA or another ceramics residency program for the 2017-2018 year.

Rebecca Pyle lives in at the foot of blue-purple mountains in Salt Lake City, not far from the Great Salt Lake.  Long, long ago she lived, as a child, in Alaska, not very far from Fairbanks.  She is an oil painter.  Her paintings and drawings have appeared on the cover of Raven Chronicles Journal, within Raven Chronicles Journal, and numerous times accompanying other writers’ work for Hawai’i Review, New England Review, and (forthcoming) Inklette. (She is also a writer.) See her art website: rebeccapyleartist.com

Louis Staeble, fine arts photographer and poet, lives in Bowling Green, Ohio. His photographs have appeared in Agave, Blinders Journal, Blue Hour,  Conclave Journal,  Elsewhere Magazine, GFT Magazine, Fifth Wednesday Journal,  Four Ties Literary Review,  Inklette Magazine, Light: A Journal of Photography,  Paper Tape Magazine, Qwerty, Revolution John, Rose Red Review,  Sonder Review, Timber Journal,  Tishman Review, Windmill, and Your Impossible Voice. His work was shown in The Black Swamp Arts Festival 2016 as part of the Wood County Invitational.

Chloe Watson is an artist based in Sydney, Australia. She uses her own photographs and found images to create her collages. For more information and images visit https://chloewatson.github.io/ or find her on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ctdwatsoncollage/

Carol Wellart, the expedition artist is a term for someone who is creatively working while in the meantime traveling and exploring nature. Carol Wellart is a Czech illustrator, constantly on the road with her partner and photographer Paul Schlemmer. She’s inspired by the everyday outside stuff. The mountain character and the folk life are often-repeated themes in her art and together with Paul, she is searching the new impulses in this environment. Exploring the world wilderness, studying animals, and surviving in the Earth’s oldest reliefs make Carol’s work come alive.