Issue 120

"Here you are knocking on the cover of a book. As if it were a locked door at the front of a city of emeralds. Password: homophones. "

- From "Dyslexia With Self Portrait" by Danielle Mitchell

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Contributors: Brock Avery-Robinson, Dan Encarnacion, Nivi Engineer, Janne Karlsson, Bill Kirby, Danielle Mitchell, Dave Petraglia, Dawn Wilson

Issue 120 Contributors

Dan Encarnacion
Dan Encarnacion earned an MFA in Writing at the California College of Arts and lives in Portland, Oregon. Dan has been recently published in The Atlas Review, Word Riot, Eleven Eleven, Upstairs At Duroc, and/or, The Blue Mesa Review, and forthcoming in Assaracus, The Los Angeles Review, Whiskey Island, and Blackbox Manifold. He was the featured artist for Reconnaissance Magazine’s 2013 issue and is included in the anthology "Reduce: A Collection of Writings from Educe Journal 2012" (Educe Press). 

Nivi Engineer
Nivi Engineer is the author of "The Indian Girl's Definitive Guide to Staying Single." She earned her BA in English from Case Western Reserve University, an MS in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and is pursuing an MFA in Fiction from Spalding University. She lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with her husband, three sons, and dog.

Dave Petraglia
Dave Petraglia has appeared in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Better Homes & Gardens; more recently, or scheduled in Agave Magazine, Cactus Heart Press, Dark Matter Journal, eFiction India, Loco Magazine, Gravel Literary Review, Storyacious, The Olivetree Review, Petrichor Review, Thought Catalog, theNewerYork, and Vine Leaves Literary Journal. He's a writer and photographer and lives near Jacksonville, Florida. His blog is available here.

Brock Avery-Robinson
Brock Avery-Robinson currently lives in New York City. He studied studio art, poetry, and film history at Sarah Lawrence College. He serves as co-editor for the zine Purelle, in addition to printing two zines of his own, SkyyMall and Fhloston Paradise.

Danielle Mitchell
Danielle Mitchell is one of ten emerging poets featured in "Pop Art: An Anthology of Southern California Poetry" (Moon Tide Press). Her prose poems have appeared in Connotation Press, decomP, Freeze Ray, Day One and are forthcoming in Union Station Magazine. Danielle directs The Poetry Lab in Long Beach, California where she hosts workshops & craft seminars. She is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers & holds degrees in Women’s Studies & Creative Writing from the University of Redlands. She currently guest writes for DIY MFA & blogs at

Bill Kirby
Bill Kirby is a teacher of English and creative writing in South Mississippi and a teacher/consultant with the Writing Project. He is a founding member of the 365th Writers’ Avoidance/Support Group. He won the 1995 Eudora Welty Film and Fiction Festival Award for Poetry; he has had poems published in the Saturday Afternoon Journal and short stories in 14 Hills Literary Review, The Avatar Review, Bellow Literary Journal, and Circa Literary Review. His novel "The Lulu Journals: The Somewhat Life of the Reluctant Roughneck" was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.

Dawn Wilson
A graduate of Bath Spa University in England, Dawn Wilson has had the pleasure to dabble in kitsch, surrealism, and espi├Ęglerie. Her work can be found in Gone Lawn, Paper Darts Magazine, Metazen, New Dead Families, Drunk Monkeys, and Punchnel’s, among others, while the author herself can be found dismantling the kitchen for wearable items, or at

Janne Karlsson
Janne Karlsson is a highly productive inkslinger from Sweden. He is a proud member of the Epic Rites family,, and a publisher of DIY chapbooks,

Issue 119

I’ve stopped eating meat
and like a horny jock
entering the priesthood,
I think constantly
about what I’ve craved
but have chosen
to cut away.

- From "Acolyte" by Marc Berman

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Issue 119 Contributors

John Sibley Williams is the author of eight collections, most recently "Controlled Hallucinations" (FutureCycle Press, 2013). He is the winner of the HEART Poetry Award and has been nominated for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. John serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and Board Member of the Friends of William Stafford. A few previous publishing credits include: American Literary Review, Third Coast, Nimrod International Journal, Rio Grande Review, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, RHINO, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon. 

Marc Berman is a business executive, having owned and operated commercial radio stations for 35 years. Marc's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Alembic, Blue Lake Review, Bluestem, Concho River Review, Confrontation, Eclectica Magazine, Forge, Grey Sparrow, Lullwater Review, Paddlefish, Passager, Poetry East, Pisgah Review, The Round, Sanskrit, and Westview. 

Charles O'Hay is a Philadelphia-area poet whose work has appeared in over 100 literary publications including The New York Quarterly, Cortland Review, Gargoyle, West Branch, and Mudfish. His first collection of poems and photographs, “Far from Luck,” was published in 2011 by Lucky Bat Books (Reno, NV). 

Tamara Schuyler grew up in Brussels, Belgium, speaking English, French, and German. Her short story “Ugly” appeared in CutBank 78 and was nominated for Puschart Prize XXXIX: Best of the Small Presses. Other stories are forthcoming in Mulberry Fork Review and The Milo Review. She lives in San Francisco with two cats and a husband.

Kathryn Huber obtained an M.S.W. from Columbia University where her work begged for conversion to the written word. Despite the myriad stories still waiting to be told, however, she left NYC to raise a family in Latin America with her Peruvian husband. Ten years of working to improve the lives of communities in Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Peru deepened her appreciation of the human condition and reinforced her belief that, through stories, people can connect across even the widest cultural chasms. After spending eight subsequent years in the Atlanta suburbs, Kathryn has returned to Peru and is currently Chairperson for Social Service and Education for the American Women’s Literary Club, an international women’s group in Lima. Her work has been published in various literary journals and her story, “Doppelganger Sonata,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The MacGuffin in 2005. 

Matthew Perini 's fiction and poetry have appeared in the journals The Tower, Logos, and The Minetta Review.  His nonfiction work has appeared in  numerous books, including "The Core Six" and "Tools for Thoughtful Assessment," winner of a 2013 IPPY Award. A few years back, Matthew gave up writing fiction for all the wrong reasons:  too busy, noticeably better cable-television programming, the aching self-doubt.  He turned forty last year and decided to take another stab at short stories, including this one.  He is thrilled to have "The Wishing Game"  published by Crack the Spine. Matthew lives in New Jersey with his wife, Kristen, his daughters Ella and Alison, and whoever pops in for a glass of wine.

Issue 118

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Issue 118 Contributors

Roger Soffer is a working screenwriter on miniseries and feature films for Disney/ABC, Warner Brothers, Fox, and Paramount, with credits including Merlin’s Apprentice, Star Trek: DS9, Kazaam, and Category 7. As fun as that can be, poetry has been (and is!) his antidote. His poem “Rivers” had been nominated for a Pushcart, and he has had poetry published in a variety of journals, including Paintbrush, Southern Poetry Review, Briar Cliff Review, Mangrove, New Laurel Review, and Yellow Silk. New poems are forthcoming in Forge, Stickman Review, and Pennsylvania English.

Jocelyn Mosman is a student at Mount Holyoke College, majoring in English and Politics. She is an active member of the Northampton Poetry group, the Poetry Society of Texas, and the founder of the West Texas Poets. She has been published in various anthologies and magazines, including Drunk Monkeys, Rogue Particles Magazine, and Cum Laude Weekly. She has also published her own poetry book, "Soul Music," and is expecting her second book to be out this summer, "Soul Painting."

Barry Yeoman was educated at Bowling Green State Univ., The Univ. of Cincinnati, and The McGregor School of Antioch Univ., in creative writing, world classics, and the humanities. He is originally from Springfield, Ohio and lives currently in London, Ohio. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming in Red Booth Review, Futures Trading, Danse Macabre, Harbinger Asylum, Red Fez, Vine Leaves and other print and online journals. 

Shaun Turner writes in West Virginia, where he is fiction editor for Cheat River Review. His work can be found in Cleaver Magazine, Potluck Mag, Bartleby Snopes, and Word Riot, among others. 

Alexander Cendrowski is currently an undergraduate student in the University of North Florida, and besides writing is kept busy working at his part time job in order to pay for this schooling. Crack the Spine will be his first publication. 

Laura Kopchick is a graduate of the MFA program in Fiction at the University of Michigan, where she was a Colby Fellow and where she also received a Roy W. Cowden Award in short fiction and a Hopwood Award in short fiction. In 1998 she received the First Place National Award (with a $10,000 prize) in short Fiction from the National Society of Arts and Letters. Her stories have appeared in the Santa Monica Review, Ascent, Pleiades, and others. She currently teaches creative writing at The University of Texas at Arlington and also serves as the Series Editor of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction from the University of North Texas Press.
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