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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 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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