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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 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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