ISSUE 3 CONTRIBUTORS
D. C. WEISER has been based in Kansas City, Missouri since 1981 and is the author of After the Dawn, Tales of Wonder, and Sinister Dynamic. An excerpt from his novel Plum Skulduggery (“Tzytzyan Ysalane”) won first prize for prose fiction at the Chicago Printers Row Book Fair in 2004. He has recently published work in The Legendary, Truthout, and The Five-Two: Crime Poetry Weekly. He has read his work at Barnes & Noble, the Writers Place, and Westminster College. Dennis recently finished writing The Soul Snatcher of Java, which he is currently adapting for film.
// BEFORE THE DAWN, PAGE 38, & IN THE COLORS OF EACH DAY, PAGE 39
CARTER VANCE is a writer and poet originally from Cobourg, Ontario, currently studying at Carleton University in Ottawa. His work has appeared in such publications as The Vehicle, (parenthetical) and F(r)iction, amongst others. He received an honourable mention from Contemporary Verse 2's Young Buck Poetry Awards in 2015. His debut poetry collection, Songs About Girls, is now available from Urban Farmhouse Press."
// ALL THINGS SCARLET, PAGE 29, & FROM PRIMROSE HILL, PAGE 30
JULIE ANNE THORNDYKE has published two collections of tanka poetry, Rick Rack and Carving Granite. A graduate of the Master of Creative Writing program at the University of Sydney, her stories and poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies in Australia and overseas. Editor of Eucalypt: a tanka journal since 2017, Julie’s first picture book will be published by IP in 2018. More of her writing may be read on her website
// WAITING, PAGE 33
PHILLIP SHERIDAN is a young emerging poet and musician currently residing in St.Petersburg, FL. His dark, often melancholic brand of poetry focuses heavily on the realms and different angles of mental health issues.
// PLASTIC, PAGE 37
JOSEPH REICH is a social worker who lives with his wife and twelve year old son in the high-up mountains of Vermont...
He has been published in a wide variety of eclectic literary journals both here and abroad, been nominated six times for The Pushcart Prize, and his books in poetry and cultural studies include, "If I Told You To Jump Off The Brooklyn Bridge" (Flutter Press), "Pain Diary: Working Methadone & The Life & Times Of The Man Sawed In Half" (Brick Road Poetry Press), "Drugstore Sushi" (Thunderclap Press), "The Derivation Of Cowboys & Indians" (Fomite Press), "The Housing Market: a comfortable place to jump off the end of the world" (Fomite Press), "The Hole That Runs Through Utopia" (Fomite Press), "Connecting The Dots To Shangrila: A Postmodern Cultural Hx Of America" (Fomite Press), "Taking The Fifth And Running With It: a psychological guide for the hard of hearing and blind" (Broadstone Books), "Scenes From The Dynamite Stand" (Bedlam Press), "The Hospitality Business" (Valeveil Press), "The Rituals Of Mummification" (Sagging Meniscus Press), "Magritte's Missing Murals: Insomniac Episodes" (Sagging Meniscus Press), "How To Order Chinese During A Hostage Crisis: Dialects, Existential Essays, A Play, And Other Poems" (Hog Press).
// DIALECTS, PAGE 21, & ROLLING DICE IN THE BONES OF PARADISE, PAGE 23
ASHLEY PARKER OWENS is a writer, poet, and artist living in Richmond, Kentucky. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Kentucky University, and an MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University.
She is a sky watcher. She's looking for aliens, but what she gets from the experience is a rabid awe and excitement of something new, visitors from another realm. While the images she presents are not meant to be aliens, she hopes to capture the beauty and acceptance of the unknown. She has written about contact from creatures in the sky, and now is attempting to create a non-verbal experience of the same. While the two might not match as far as content and storytelling, the itch inside her is satisfied in both cases.
// MOUNTAIN TOOLS, PAGE 18, WINTER BLUES, PAGE 28, & VINE ON THE STORM, PAGE 36
MICHAEL JACK O'BRIEN has been published in print and online for over fifty years, most recently, in Madness Muse Magazine, Blue Heron Review, One Person’s Trash, and Colloquial. His poems have appeared in three anthologies: Gridlock: Poetry of Southern California, Proposal on Brooklyn Bridge, and California: Dreams and Realities.
// AS IF BEAUTY NEEDED A REASON, PAGE 13, & ON THE BOTTOM SHELF, PAGE 14
JASON KERZINSKI is a short story writer and photographer living in New Orleans. Kerzinski recently published his first collection of short stories. "Ruler of Hearts", which can be found on Amazon. Jason is currently working on another collection.
//ANOTHER PLANET, PAGE 19
MARKUS EGELER JONES graduated with Eastern Kentucky University's MFA. He is an assistant professor in the English & Humanities Department at Chadron State College in Western Nebraska. His first novel, How the Butcher Bird Finds Her Voice, will be published by Five Oaks Press in 2018. His short fiction has appeared in Crab Fat Magazine, The Story Shack, The Windward Review, The Wild Word, The New Mexico Review, Gehenna & Hinnom, among others. Currently he is working on Postworld, a post-apocalyptic novel set in the Gothic south.
// THE TALE OF CINDY JACK'S MOTHER, PAGE 41
MAX ISAACMAN is a writer and registered investment advisor in San Francisco. He's written four books internationally published by McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Press. He wrote for the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Business Magazine, Delta Airlines SKY magazine, the Emmy-award winning website Minyanville.com, and other media outlets. His fiction has been published in Raconteur Magazine and his novel Blizzard of Money is available on Amazon. He practices yoga, plays golf, does aerobics, and visits children and grandchildren whenever he can. He is married to the dancer and Doctor of Physical Therapy Joyce Glick. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
// THE REAL IDA, PAGE 9
STEVE GERSON is an emeritus English professor who, now in retirement, is enjoying the opportunity to express creatively. His poetry focuses on life's dissonance and dynamism. Steve is proud to have also published in Panoplyzine and to have been named an "Editors' Choice" for his poetry.
// MOORED, PAGE 33, & AS AIR, PAGE 34
ERRIC EMERSON is a poet residing in the westerlands of Philadelphia, PA. He is a founding member of Duende Literary Journal, for which he also served as poetry editor. Erric is a graduate of Goddard College's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. His work appears in TL;DR, Crabfat,The Black Napkin, FIVE:2:ONE, The Horror Zine, Mead; Literature & Libations, Beautiful Losers, Gingerbread House, Rat's Ass Review, Prairie Margins, and Neon, among other places.
// LORD ZEDD, PAGE 5, & GO-TO'S, PAGE 6
OTIS ELLIOTT is a British born writer currently living in Berlin. He left London after graduating in Literature before moving to Germany in 2016. Otis is now working on a novel and his second collection of poems. He can be contacted directly for copies of his first collection ‘Don’t Mind Me, Silver’.
// THE TIRE OF THE HOUSEWIFE, PAGE 15, FROM THE BELLY OF AN AUDIENCE, PAGE 16, & WE ALL WILT EVENTUALLY, PAGE 17
KELLY DOLEJSI is a climbing instructor with an MFA from Emerson College. Her work has been published most recently in Timberline Review, North American Review, Fifth Wednesday, Denver Quarterly, West Texas Literary Review, Allegro, Fiolet and Wing, Vine Leaves Literary Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and 1001.
// THE DEFINITION OF 'SUFFICIENT' IS 'GALORE', PAGE 7, & LOOKING AT PHOTOGRAPHS, PAGE 8
ANN CALANDRO is a medical editor, writer, and proofreader in her day job. In her free time she is a mixed-media collage artist, a classical piano student and composer, an avid cook and baker, and someone who is constantly at the local library searching for new books to read.
// EFFECTS OF STRESS, PAGE 25