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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
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.