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JULIAN AIKEN is a poet and librarian from the U.K., currently living in Connecticut with his wife, two children, umpteen cats, and a Jack Russell Terrier, who thinks she’s a pug. His poetry has been published in two British anthologies. When he’s not writing, hiding from his children, or failing to persuade his dog to be a bit more adventurous, he can generally be found napping under a good book. //OUD ZWEMBAD, IEPER PG 26, ORCHARD PG 27, BARROW PG 29


DANIEL DAVIS is a native of rural Illinois. His work has appeared in various online and print journals. You can find him at, or @dan_davis86 on Twitter. //THIS HARD LAND PG 9

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STEVE DENEHAN lives in Kildare, Ireland with his wife Eimear and daughter Robin. Recent publication credits include Better Than Starbucks, Fowl Feathered Review, Terror House Magazine, Dual Coast, The Opiate, Sky Island Journal, Poetry Quarterly, Evening Street Review, The Folded Word, Ink In Thirds, Crack The Spine, The Cape Rock, Visions International and Third Wednesday. His chapbook, "Of Thunder, Pearls and Birdsong" is available from Fowlpox Press. //SAWDUST PG 5, SANYO PG 6, FINBARR CULLEN'S BAR AND LOUNGE IN EDENDERRY, COUNTY OFFALY PG 7, SLIPPING PG 8

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PETER ESPINOSA works primarily in acrylic and mixed media on canvas, exploring themes of urban development, chaos and identity. His pieces are often defined by their gritty, dense layered composition- created using acrylic, graphite, pigment pen and sometimes photo collage elements. He enjoys playing with repetition, industrial elements and the surreal in much of his mixed media pieces.You can find him at, on instagram and twitter at espinosa_art1 and on Facebook at //METAMORPHOSIS PG 13, NICE TO MEET YOU PG 17, CONSUMER PG 25, BEING BOT COVER ART & PG 38

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GARTH FERRANTE is a complete unknown who writes because he loves to, because he finds meaning and purpose in it, because if he didn’t, life would be lifeless. //A FUTILITY I'VE STRUGGLED WITH MY LIFE ENTIRE, AND ALL THE LIVES YET TO BE PG 19, UNDERSTAND THIS PG 20

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ABIGAIL GEORGE, a Pushcart Prize nominee for her fiction “Wash Away My Sins”, is a Port Elizabeth-based blogger at Goodreads and Piker Press, essayist, poet, playwright, grant, novella and short story writer. She briefly studied film at the Newtown Film and Television School in Johannesburg. She is the recipient of writing grants from the National Arts Council in Johannesburg, the Centre for the Book in Cape Town and ECPACC (Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council) in East London. Her writing has appeared numerous times in print in South Africa, in various anthologies, and online in e-zines based across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Ireland, and the United States. //JOURNEY INTO THE CENTRE OF SUMMER PG 34

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PEYCHO KANEV is the author of four 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 titled "Under Half-Empty Heaven" was published in 2018 by Grey Book Press. //THEORY OF NON-RELATIVITY PG 35, FUTURE MEMORIES PG 36

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JOHN KNEISLEY is an emerging writer from Washington, D.C. So far, his work has appeared in Cold Creek Review, The Round, and The Dickinson Review. //IGNITION PG 12

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MICHAEL R. LANE has studied literature and creative writing at Point Park University, Sonoma State University and Portland State University. He has had fiction published in THEMA Literary Journal, Spindrift, African Voices Magazine, Potluck Mag and Taj Mahal Review to name a few. Michael is the author of four novels, three collections of poetry and two short story collections. //CROSSING THE BURNSIDE BRIDGE PG 21

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HOLLY LYNN is an English Instructor at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and her Master of Arts in English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her specialty fields of study are J. R. R. Tolkien, Jack the Ripper, and BDSM subculture. You can find her at: //THIS OLD ROOM PG 37

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LILLY MILMAN, a Russian-American writer, is a senior writing, literature, and publishing student at Emerson College in Boston. She is an associate editor of The Deli Magazine, and contributes to ScoutMagazines and EARMILK. Her poetry has been published in Dirty Paws Poetry Review, Ink&Nebula Poetry Journal, and Crab Fat Magazine. //AN ODE TO LIGHTNING BOLTS PG 14, BIG FISH PG 15, GROWING PAINS PG 16

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MATT NAGIN’s poetry has been published in Antigonish Review, Dash Literary Journal, The Charles Carter, Grain Magazine and Arsenic Lobster. In 2018, his poem ‘If We Are Doomed,’ won The Spirit First Editor’s Choice Award. His first poetry collection, "Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight," was released in 2017, and has obtained very strong reviews. More info at //AFTER THE ELEPHANTS ROAM IN YOUR SOUP PG 39, ANTICIPATION PG 40

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SAMIRA SHAKIB-BREGETH is from Chicago but lives in Georgia. She has her M.A. in Literary Studies from Georgia State University. You can find her non-fiction online at Memory Box Mom and Sweatpants & Coffee. She is currently working on a short story collection. //VELA PG 31

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