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Porchlight: Super Issue

Super Issue 2011

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CONTENTS

Sound View by Elissa Leichter        6
Hurricane Maps by Catie Cleary        7
Madigan Theocrat by Andrew Madigan       10
Photography by Mike Chylinski        14
Coconuts by Shayne Barr         19
Wren’s Revenge by L.J. Moore        30
Night Crawlers in the Rain by Clayton Adam Clark     32
Photography by Lawrence Dizon Sumulong      33
Ignatius by Amy Bergen         35
Photography by Sherri Damlo        42
Behaving by George Moore         45
Drawings by Jenny Starr-Busch Johnson       46
The Magic, Fantastic Epiphany of 1968 by J. David Hollingsworth   49
Covered Bridge by Taylor Brown        56
Leaving Ranney Ranch by Blue Renner       58

CONTRIBUTORS

Elissa Leichter, 32, was born in New York. Poems have or will appear in Calliope, Negative Suck, Barrier Islands Review, Triggerfish, Gargoyle Magazine and others. She graduated from Cornell University in 2000, obtained her Master of Science from Fordham University, 2002. After teaching for several years in New York City, she began working at a rare and used bookstore where she started collecting first editions. She attained her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, 2009 at Sarah Lawrence College. While attending SLC she was Vice-President of the Graduate Student Senate, sat on myriad boards, and worked with the Valhalla prison’s ‘youth offenders program’ teaching poetry to male inmates. Readings include The Ear Inn, Cornelia Street Café, The Ireland House and others. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Dan and their dog Beckett.

Catie Cleary is a nineteen year-old art student currently living and working on a farm in the San Juan Islands.

Andrew Madigan lives in the Middle East, where he teaches creative writing to Emirati girls, edits a journal, and plays rugby.

Mike Chylinski is a musician and photographer living in Los Angeles who still shoots exclusively with a variety of archaic film cameras. His photos have been published in Shots Magazine, L.A. Architect, and Don’t Think Just Shoot. His latest project is a blog inspired by record covers at longfade.wordpress.com.

Shayne Barr is the Cornell Woolrich Fellow at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he is pursuing an MFA is fiction. He graduated from Columbia with Departmental Honors in Creative Writing, and for two years served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Review.

L.J. Moore is a 2010 graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University and is the Editor of Porchlight: A Literary Magazine. She has previously been a professional business plan writer, poet’s lackey, and linguist. Current projects include a Young Adult novel that has nothing to do with vampires, and a novella set in the American west.

Clayton Adam Clark hails from St. Louis, Missouri but currently resides in Columbus, Ohio where he spends much of his time reading, writing, teaching, and editing. When possible, though, he likes to see new places, eat strange foods, and drink strong beers with friends and family.

Lawrence Dizon Sumulong (b. 1987) is a New York City-based photographer and a recent graduate of Grinnell College, where he majored in English and studied the craft of poetry. Upon graduating, he was awarded The Lorabel Richardson/Academy of American Poets Prize. His photo essays and long-term documentary projects seek to analogize light, shadow, and visual forms to the poetic forms learned in his study of literature.

Amy Bergen lives very, very far north in Manhattan. She is a former science teacher and literary intern. Her work can be found online at elimae, Staccato Fiction, and Emprise Review.

Sherri Damlo, 28, is a medical editor by day and an amateur photographer by night. She is originally from the Midwest but now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband—also a photographer—and their two four-legged furry children. More of her photography can be found at www.flickr.com/sdamlo.

George Moore was nominated this year for two Pushcart Prizes, two “Best of the Web,” two “Best of the Net,” The Rhysling Poetry Award, and the Wolfson Poetry Prize, and previously was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Brittingham Poetry Award, and the Richard Snyder Poetry Prize. He has published poetry in The Atlantic, Poetry, Northwest Review, Colorado Review, and internationally this last year in Blast (Australia), Antigonish Review (Canada), Dublin QuarterlySemaphore (New Zealand),  QRLS (Singapore), and Anastomoo (Tasmania). He spends part of each year at artist residencies in Europe; last May he worked on the island of Rhodes, Greece, at the International Writers and Translators Center, and previously in Portugal, Iceland, Spain and Canada. Some of his poetry has been in collaboration with visual artists in the last few years, with installations and exhibition in Spain, Canada, and Iceland. Collections include All Night Card Game in the Back Room of Time (Pulpbits 2007) and Headhunting (Mellen, 2002).  He teaches literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He can be found on the web at: http://spot.colorado.edu/~mooreg/Site/About.html.

Jenny Starr-Busch Johnson is inspired by a variety of illustrative artists and their individual styles, such as Alfred Rethel, Wilhelm von Kaulbach, Dr. Seuss, and Caspar David Friedrich.  Her artwork revolves around happenings in her life and her imaginative responses to them. They are mainly executed with lithographic stone printmaking or mixed media drawing. She is a recent graduate from Missouri State University with a BFA in printmaking and drawing and a BSED in art education with a minor in art history.

J. David Hollingsworth, a refugee from the 1960s, took a very long hiatus while making a living and searching for his wayward muse. Hiding in plain sight amongst those with short memories and bizarre social agendas, he discovered that expressing himself through literary venues has a more positive outcome than beating his head against a brick wall (at least most of the time). He lives somewhere in occupied Amurica with his wife and a rescued, deaf, dumb, and blind dog who is not named Tommy.

Taylor Brown is a native of Georgia. He now lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and works in advertising. His short fiction has appeared in CutBank, Thuglit, Pindeldyboz, The Dead Mule, The Liars’ League, and the Press 53 Open Award Anthology, and he was the recipient of the 2009 Montana Prize in Fiction. His website is www.taylorbrownfiction.com.

Blue Renner is an MFA candidate at Lesley University.  She is currently working on a project that explores women and their poetic perspectives on war.  Her work has been published by The Journal News, Brink Magazine, and Connotations Press. A writer temporarily based in the Southeast, she hopes to make it back to her city-love NYC soon.

Carla Robinson is a former literature textbook editor for Holt, Rinehart & Winston and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt who now enjoys volunteering as a park ranger in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. She visited and photographed more than 48 national parks and forests last year, and her photos have appeared in publications by the National Park Service and the American Museum of Natural History. She is now pondering the following ranger posts: interpretive guide for a sculpture garden in New Hampshire, sled dog handler for demonstrations at Denali, and “living history” educator at Minute Man National Historical Park, where she’d get to fire black powder muskets and share stories about The Wayside authors.

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Porchlight: Issue 5

Summer 2010

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CONTENTS

Mix Tape For You by Sean Loughlin       4
Boo Yow and Jesus is Not Pulling His Weight by Kelly Coveny     5
Great Blue Heron at Havasu Creek by Raggio Colby     8
White Knuckle by Mangesh Naik        9
The Disconnect by Leslie Wolf Plajzer       13
The Subjugated Ones by Suad Khatab Ali      14
Mr. Disagreeable Embraces The Whole Bad Neighbor Thing by Gabriel Welsch 23
Have You Seen Sadie by Amanda Shapiro       25
Photography by Rob Shore         33
The Rabbi Who Could Smell The Presence of the Lord by Stephen G. Bloom 36
Lily Pad and Photograph by Keith Moul       50
Puppy Love: A Dog-Eared Romance by A.W.Strouse     51

CONTRIBUTORS

Sean Loughlin currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and works as an Account Representative for Apple, Inc. His interests include fall weather, photo blogs, whisky, and bicycle rides. He also enjoys writing short poems when he’s had enough to drink. Sean’s mix tape days are few and far between at this point.
Then again, effortless style is a bizarre wisdom. Not all situations call for such forms of creativity.

Kelly Coveny is a published poet, essayist, novelist, commissioned screenwriter, and lyricist/singer. She is also an advertising writer/creative director last employed at Saatchi & Saatchi on the Olay, Crest, and Old Spice accounts. She has won awards from Archive, Communications Art, and the New York Songwriters Circle. She lives with her husband, two sons and dogs in lower Connecticut. Her albums, books and other creative work can be viewed at pancakefaktory.com.

Raggio Colby lives in Denver, Colorado. He has previously published work in The Mountain Gazette and Fetishes, the now-defunct literary journal of the University of Colorado Medical School.

Mangesh Naik lives and works in Pune, India. He works full-time for a software giant and dabbles in poetry and paranormal research in his spare time. His poems have appeared in Thieves Jargon, Autumn Sky Poetry, Gloom Cupboard, and are forthcoming in Tipton Poetry Journal.

Leslie Wolf Plajzer lives in Baltimore with her husband Floodsy and their daughter Sarah. She is a Senior Agent with the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation and recently celebrated 23 years clean in Narcotics Anonymous.

Suad Khatab Ali is a young writer living in the Middle East. Her first collection of stories, Haram, won the Said Al-Hazzah medal from the Qatar Academy of Arts, and her first novel will be coming out next year from UAC Press.

Gabriel Welsch is the author of the collection Dirt and All Its Dense Labor (2006) and the forthcoming chapbook, An Eye Fluent in Gray (2010). He also writes fiction, publishing it in Georgia Review, Ascent, Southern Review, New Letters, Mid-American Review, Chautauqua, Other Voices, and elsewhere. He currently works as vice president of advancement and marketing at Juniata College, in Huntingdon, PA, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Amanda Shapiro was born in California and raised in Connecticut. An MFA candidate at Columbia University, she is writing a collection of short stories about people in transit. She is currently somewhere in Alaska.

Rob Shore is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker. His writing and photography has been featured in the Fifth Wednesday Journal, Juked, and on The Best American Poetry Blog. His essay “Time Travel” is forthcoming in the book Resident Aliens (Harvard University Press). He wrote and directed the documentary film And Many More. Rob currently lives in Washington, D.C., where he does New Media for the FrameWorks Institute.

Stephen G. Bloom teaches narrative writing in the School of Journalism at the University of Iowa, where he is a professor and the Bessie Dutton Murray Professional Scholar. He is the author of Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls, Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America, Inside
the Writer’s Mind
, and co-author (with Peter Feldstein) of The Oxford Project. His stories have appeared in many journals and magazines.

Keith Moul was born in 1945 and raised in St. Louis. He married Sylvia in 1967 and has one child, a daughter Ianthe who is a fine artist (www.iantheart.com). Keith translated and published Anglo-Saxon poems under James Dickey’s supervision while completing his PhD at the University of South Carolina. His poems have appeared for more than 40 years in the US and Canada, and more recently in Britain and Australia. He also publishes photos.

A.W. Strouse, a native of rural Pennsylvania, lives in Washington Heights, New York City. He believes in the power of language to miraculously transubstantiate reality. As a Bennett Fellow at Fordham University’s Center for Medieval Studies, he researches late antique and medieval poetry. Currently, he is “editing” a collection of hymns written by his alter ego, the late-20th century mystic, Claire O. Casey. More of his work may be found at http://thepropagandaofmylove.blogspot.com.

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Porchlight: Issue 4

Spring 2010

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CONTENTS

Horseshoes by Lindsay Sproul        5
Twenty-Seven by Caitlin Lilly        7
Photography by Chuck Taylor        9
Three Easy Pieces: A Triptych on Time by J.J. McKenna    11
Hiss Bubbles by Eric Arnold        15
Here… by John-Patrick Ayson        18
Buck Cole’s Story by Nels Hanson        21
Pieta by Claire Rudy Foster         30
Swinging Arms by Brian Anthony Hardie      32
Inside the Canine Head by Mike Finley       33
Crying Wolf by Alysse Hotz        35
Photography by Russell Bittner        36
Cover Photo by Chuck Taylor

CONTRIBUTORS

Lindsay Sproul, originally from Massachusetts, is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of literary journals, including The Beloit Fiction Journal, upstreet, cream city review, American Short Fiction, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2008 and 2009.

Caitlin Lilly is a writer living and working in Portland, Oregon. A former roller-derby girl, she is always on the lookout for new and better experiences. She dreams of someday having a burrito tree in her backyard.

Chuck Taylor teaches creative writing at Texas A&M University. His photography has been featured in Sunset Palms Hotel and Unlikely Stories. His two most recent books of poetry are Li Po Laughing at the Lonely Moon (Pecan Grove) and Heterosexual: a Love Song (Panther Creek).

J.J. McKenna is a professor of contemporary literature and creative nonfiction at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in more than 30 literary journals and mainstream magazines including Ideals Magazine, Hawaii Review, Louisville Review, and ELM.

Eric Arnold lives in Dallas, Texas, the land where he was raised. He studies medicine and plans to become a psychiatrist. He attended college at Brown and lived in London for several years before coming back to Texas. Two of his poems recently appeared in The Labletter and others are pending publication at New York Quarterly. His short fiction has appeared in Elimae, Pindeldyboz, and Monkey Bicycle.

John-Patrick Ayson resides near a rusty, latticed fence in Imperial Beach, San Diego, just north of Mexico. He holds an MFA in writing and has been published in numerous journals and magazines, both online & print, including past, recent, and upcoming issues of new aesthetic, ditch, Paraphilia Magazine, Armageddon Buffet, Moronic OX, poetic diversity, Fiction International, LITnIMAGE, Antique Children, streetcake magazine and Maintenant 4: A Contemporary Journal of Dada Poetry. His book, 25 days until antiquity; 33 nights before infamy—a disparate amalgam of poetry, prose, non-fictive, performance & liminally concrete texts—is anticipating publication during the winter of 2010.

Nels Hanson has worked as farmer, teacher, and writer/editor. He holds degrees from UC Santa Cruz and the U of Montana and received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and a citation in its Joseph Henry Jackson competition. His stories have appeared in Antioch Review, Texas Review, Black Warrior Review, Southeast Review, Long Story, Short Story, South Dakota Review, Starry Night Review, The Offcourse Journal, Atomjack, Zahir, Word Riot, Ruminate Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, Caveat Lector, The Dead Mule, Genre Fixation, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Emprise Review, Connotation Press, The Iconoclast, Splash of Red, Prick of the Spindle, Xenith, Danse Macabre, Sixers Review, The 3rd of November Club, and other journals. His stories are currently in press at Monongahela Review, Avatar Review, River Poets Journal, and the Overtime Chapbook Series at Blue Cubicle Press.

Claire Rudy Foster prefers the company of alcoholics, angels, dreamers, and freaks. Recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her work has also been recognized by Best of the Web. She operates the weekly online publication WORK Literary Magazine, and is also pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction at Pacific University. She lives next to a cemetery in Portland, Oregon with her husband and young son.

Brian Anthony Hardie lives where he was born, in Portland, Oregon. He has been published in numerous small press journals and e-zines including The Pebble Lake Review, Conceit Magazine, AMULET, Hudson View, Decanto, Ditchpoetry.com, SALiT Magazine, DaveJarecki.com, WordSlaw.com, CynicMagazineOnline.com, Down In The Dirt Magazine, Expressions Online Literary Journal, Theinquisitionpoetry.com, Lone Stars Magazine, Pure Francis, BLAZE VOX, and Angel Exhaust, among others. He is currently at work on a book of prose and poetry.

Mike Finley is a Pushcart awardee who lives and writes in St. Paul, Minnesota. His most recent project is ZOMBIE GIRL, a graphic novella, proceeds of which go to anti-suicide work in the Twin Cities.

Alysse Hotz lives and teaches in Kansas City, Missouri. Her poems have appeared in Origami Condom, Shadows, and are forthcoming in Rougarou.

Russell Bittner lives and writes on a small island off the East Coast. The island is called ‘Long’ and his borough is called ‘Brooklyn.’ Like Hobbes, he believes that “life is short, brutish and nasty.” He also believes that—like this tiny clod of an island—art is long; and, with Donne, that no man is one, entire of itself—either an island or a work of art. Russell’s photography, poetry and prose can be found both on the web and in print.

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