Issue 224 Contributors

Meet the contributors of upcoming Issue 224

David E. Poston
David E. Poston is the author of three poetry collections: My Father Reading Greek; Postmodern Bourgeois Poetaster Blues, which won the N.C. Writers’ Network’s Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Competition; and Slow of Study, from Main Street Rag Publishing. He has work forthcoming in Broad River Review, Kakalak 2017, and The Well-Versed Reader.

AN Block
AN Block teaches at Boston University and is Contributing Editor at the Improper Bostonian. One of his stories, Plan B, appeared in issue 200 of Crack The Spine. Other recent work has appeared in Buffalo Almanack (recipient of its Inkslinger Award for Creative Excellence), Umbrella Factory Magazine (a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee), The Maine Review, Per Contra, Amarillo Bay, Drunk Monkeys, New Pop Lit, Falling Star, Lowestoft Chronicle, The Citron, DenimSkin, Burningwood Literary Journal, Constellations, The Bicycle Review, Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts, Flash Frontier, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Down in the Dirt, Contrary, the Blue Bonnet Review, The Nite Writers Literary Arts Journal, and The Binnacle.

Sergio A. Ortiz
Sergio A. Ortiz is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016 Best of the Net nominee. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in FRIGG, Tipton Poetry Journal, Drunk Monkeys, Bitterzeot Magazine, and ONE, Jacar Press. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.

Christina Kapp
Christina Kapp’s short fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous publications including Limestone, Passages North, Barn Owl Review, Gargoyle, DOGZPLOT, Storyscape Journal, PANK,, and apt. She teaches at The Writers Circle Workshops in Summit, NJ.

Michelle Brooks
Michelle Brooks has published a collection of poetry, Make Yourself Small, (Backwaters Press), and a novella, Dead Girl, Live Boy, (Storylandia Press). A native Texan, she has spent much of her adult life in Detroit, her favorite city.

Jay Vera Summer
Jay Vera Summer is a Chicagoan living in Florida. She writes fiction and creative nonfiction, and co-founded weirderary, an online literary magazine, and First Draft, a monthly live literary event in Tampa. Her writing has been published in, Proximity, LimeHawk, theEEEL, and Chicago Literati.

Gershon Ben-Avraham
Gershon Ben-Avraham is a short story writer. He lives in Be’er Sheva, Israel. He earned an MA in Philosophy (Aesthetics) from Temple University in Philadelphia. Recently published short stories include The Ecstasy of Alma Leitner, Spring 2016 edition of the Broad River Review; The Janitor, Issue 18 of Jewish; The Emperor, issue 1701 of the Wild Musette Journal; and Janek, Volume 16.2 of Big Muddy, a literary journal published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press.

Madeline Anthes
Madeline Anthes is a Clevelander living on the east coast. She is the acquisitions editor for Hypertrophic Literary, and her work can be found in journals like Third Point Press, WhiskeyPaper and more. See more of her work at or follow her on Twitter @maddieanthes.

Jeneanne DeBois
Jeneanne DeBois currently works as a marketing specialist at Random House. In recent years, she worked as a writing assistant for Dr. Craig Carson, Honors College Academic Director at Adelphi University, whose book The Aesthetics of Democracy was recently published with Palgrave Macmillan. She also served as a critique partner for Harper Collins author Amanda Foody (Daughter of the Burning City and Ace of Shades). Jeneanne’s research interests include cultural criticism, art and war, and however you would classify America’s current state of affairs.

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