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Porchlight: Issue 3

Winter 2010

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CONTENTS

The White by Barry Spacks         5
Burning the Horse by Kirby Wright       6
South Chicago Night and Day by Michael Lee Johnson     8
Paintings by Ernest Williamson III       9
A Torn Half by Adrienne Christian       13
The Chicken Sees by Monique Roussel       14
Matchbook by Renee Emerson        20
Untitled by Simon Perchik         22
Paintings by Mahdi Tavajohi        23
Florida Turnpike by Steve De France       28
Generating Sums by Robert Lietz        30
Listening for Echoes by Joey Rubin       32
Set-up for a DIY Music Festival in New Mexico by Lauren Hudgins   37

CONTRIBUTORS

Barry Spacks teaches writing and literature at UC Santa Barbara, California, after many years doing the same at M.I.T. He has published poems widely in journals paper and pixel, plus stories, two novels, ten poetry collections, and three CDs of selected work.

Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. He is a past recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, and the Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and the Novel. He is the author of Before The City, a book of poetry, and the companion novels Punahou Blues and Moloka’i Nui Ahina.

Michael Lee Johnson is a poet and freelance writer from Itasca, Illinois. He has been published in over 23 countries, and is also the editor/publisher of four poetry sites.

Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in over 230 online and print journals. He received his MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Memphis and is a self-taught pianist and painter. His poetry has been nominated three times for the Best of the Net Anthology. He is currently a professor of English at Essex County College in New Jersey.

Adrienne Christian is the Associate Poetry Editor of Silk Road Literary Magazine. Her poems have been featured in Miller’s Pond, 42 Magazine, Big Lucks, and the Arava Review. When she is not writing, Adrienne spends her time homemaking, reading, and traveling.

Monique Roussel is a writer and producer in New York City. She received her MA in Creative Writing from New York University. Her poetry is forthcoming in Conclave Literary Review and Wilderness House Literary Review.

Renee Emerson received her MFA from Boston University. Her work has appeared in Tar River Poetry, The Blue Earth Review, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in Louisville, Kentucky.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His collection, Family of Man, is forthcoming from Pavement Saw Press.

Mahdi Tavajohi is a painter living in Mashhad, Iran. He is currently working on an MA in English Literature after receiving his BA from the Khayam Institute of Higher Education. He also holds a painting certificate from Ali Siran’s painting workshop. In the Khorasan Province, Tavajohi was elected as the second person in oil painting, and his paintings have been exhibited at the Atash zad Gallery in Tehran and the Emam Reza Gallery in Mashad.

Steve De France received his MFA from Chapman University. His poetry has appeared in The Evergreen Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Sun, Rattle, Why Vandalism, and elsewhere. He has won writing awards in England and the United States. More than once he has hitchhiked across America. He has also ridden the rails, worked as a laborer with pick-up gangs in Arizona, dug swimming pools in Texas, done 33 days in the Pecos city jail, fought bulls in Mexico, and dived for salvage off a small island on the coast of Mazatlan. His poetry has been published in most of the English speaking countries of the world. He continues to write poetry, plays, essays, and short stories.

Robert Lietz is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Ohio Northern University. His poetry has appeared in over 100 journals in the United States, Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, including Agni Review, Antioch Review, Carolina Quarterly, Epoch, The Georgia Review, Mid-American Review, The Missouri Review, The North American Review, The Ontario Review, Poetry, and Shenandoah. He has published seven collections of poetry, including Running in Place (L’Epervier Press), At Park and East Division ( L’Epervier Press), The Lindbergh Half-century (L’Epervier Press), The Inheritance (Sandhills Press), and Storm Service (Basfal Books). Lietz is also the author of several print and hypertext collections of poems, including Character in the Works: Twentieth-Century Lives, West of Luna Pier, Spooking in the Ruins, Keeping Touch, and Eating Asiago & Drinking Beer.

Joey Rubin was born in New York and raised in California. He is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Paste, and on Nerve.com. His short fiction, “Toward Lithuania,” is forthcoming in Promised Lands: New Jewish Fiction on Longing and Belonging. He currently lives in London, England, where he is completing his Masters of Research at the London Consortium.

Lauren Hudgins is a hobby photographer living in Portland, Oregon. A few years ago, while living in Japan, she took the cover photo for Bon Iver’s EP, Blood Bank, in a snowy valley of Nagano.

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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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