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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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Porchlight: Issue 2

Issue 2

Fall 2009

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CONTENTS

The First Day of School by Lauren Benbrook      4
Electric Fur by Mary C. Charest        6
Pig’s Blood by Jacob Bromberg        8
Hush by Jacob Bromberg         9
Heaven Called Galapagos by Leroy Roberts      10
Future Jewelry by Amy McDaniel        15
In and Out by Will Ulbrecht        16
The Shown World: A Review of Filament Magazine by Sara Faye Lieber  18
Old Money by Amy McDaniel        24
The Portland Adult Soapbox Derby by Dave Moore and L.J. Moore   25
A Dear John Letter to My Credit Card by Beverly Bentley    29

CONTRIBUTORS

Lauren Benbrook is an independent comic artist based in Athens, Georgia. More of her work can be found at http://squidarms.blogspot.com.

Mary C. Charest is a freelance writer and dramatist whose plays have appeared in the Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop and are being considered for production at the Palace Theatre in Hamilton, New York. Her nonfiction has been published by Point of View and Blood-Horse, among others. Her fiction has appeared in Tangent. In 2003 and 2004 she also received the Garvin Lally Writing Scholarship.

Jacob Bromberg is a poet and translator living in Paris, France. He has not been published in the Paris Review, Poetry International, or Pleiades.

Leroy Roberts is a freelance writer living in Charleston, South Carolina, by way of rural Pennsylvania and the rainy Pacific Northwest. He is currently at work on a novel.

Amy McDaniel is a freelance writer based in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was born and raised. She jointly runs the Solar Anus reading series, showcasing established and up-and-coming writers in the Atlanta area. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Saveur, Alimentum, matchbook, and The Agriculture Reader.

Will Ulbrecht is a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon, where he writes copy anonymously for an advertising firm. He spent his formative years living near one of the most contaminated nuclear sites in the country, and sadly, has no superpowers to show for it. He is currently at work on a non-fiction collection about his experience growing up in the Yakima Valley.

Sara Faye Lieber is a second year MFA student in nonfiction at Columbia University, where she teaches undergraduate writing. Her essays have appeared in PANK, Guernica, and the anthology, Make the Most
of Your Time on Earth
. She is the co-author of the book MTV: Best of Mexico and a blogger for AOL’s Switched.com. She was recently awarded an Honorable Mention in the Gulf Coast 2009 Nonfiction Contest. Sara is currently at work on a book about the environmentalist writer Rachel Carson.

Beverly Bentley is a freelance writer who enjoys the peace of mind that comes with freedom from debt.

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Porchlight: Issue 1

Issue 1

Summer 2009

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CONTENTS

Letter 3 by Dai George         5
Letters from the General’s Desk by Bill Adelson      6
Untitled by Dave Moore         13
First Words by Aaron Cutler         14
Going Along With It by Ben Pease        16
Cambridge Badminton by Shirin Borthwick      18
Duende by Alexandra Zelman-Doring       21
Sex, Crime, War, Crime by Aaron Cutler       23
Doors by L.J. Moore and Dave Moore       26
Misplaced Wallet by Ben Pease        30

CONTRIBUTORS

Dai George is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University. More of his work can be found at www.poetcasting.co.uk.

Bill Adelson is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. This is his first time being published.

Aaron Cutler is currently pursuing an MFA in Non-Fiction at Columbia University. He is the co-author (with Rory O’Connor) of Shock Jocks, a nonfiction work, and The Last Free Man in Absentia, a novel. He has also been published in The Believer and is currently working on a book about New York’s repertory movie theaters.

Ben Pease is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University. He is the host/creator of scatteredrhymes.com, featuring interviews with and readings by established and up-and-coming poets.

Shirin Borthwick is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. Her work has previously appeared in BAD IDEA Magazine.

Alexandra Zelman-Doring is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University. She is the 2008 first-prize winner of the Glascock Poetry Prize. Her poetry and translations have appeared or are upcoming in The Oxford Magazine, LIT Magazine, The Brown Literary Review, The Saint Edmund Hall Magazine, The Strip, The Saint Ann’s Review, and Nimrod International Journal.


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