Issue 229 Contributors

Meet the contributors of upcoming Issue 229

Jessica B. Weisenfels
Jessica B. Weisenfels lives in the Arkansas Ozarks, where she accumulates chronic diseases and steals language from her children. Her poetry can be found in Fence, E-ratio, Sink Review, and a few other places. Her fiction has been published by Fiction Southeast, the Yalobusha Review, Apt, and Sick Lit Magazine.

Timothy Gager
Timothy Gager is the author of thirteen books of short fiction and poetry. He’s hosted the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 2001 and was the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. He has had over 400 works of fiction and poetry published and of which eleven have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio. 

Don L. Robishaw
Don L. Robishaw has three stories published in Flash Fiction Magazine and one in O-Dark-Thirty. Don ran educational programs for homeless shelters for thirteen years. He served in the US Navy, worked at the VA Hospital in Leads, MA and as a civilian for the US Army in South Korea. He’s well-traveled, using various ways and means: Sailor, Peace Corps Volunteer, bartender, hitchhiker, world traveler/backpacker, college professor/adult educator, and circus roustabout. Today he likes to write satirical and gritty fictional tales of men and women from various backgrounds on hero’s journeys, border crossings, and various adventures. Many of the characters he develops have served for periods of time in the military.

Suke Cody
Suke Cody makes her home in Iowa City, IA with her son, husband, and a menagerie of small, cranky animals. A graduate of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, she has recently published work in Pithead Chapel, Every Pigeon, and The Timberline Review, and served as a co-editor for the Seneca Review anthology, We Might As Well Call It the Lyric Essay. Cody blogs about houseplants at, and shamelessly produces BBC Sherlock slash fan fiction for an international audience.

Suzanne Farrell Smith
Suzanne Farrell Smith’s work explores memory, trauma, health, education, and parenthood and has been published in numerous literary and academic journals. Recent work appears in ink&coda, Copper Nickel, and Under the Gum Tree. Essays have been listed as Special Mention by Pushcart and Notable in Best American. With an MA from The New School and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Suzanne teaches writing and education courses at Manhattanville College. She lives with her husband and three sons in Connecticut. 

Tina V. Cabrera
Tina V. Cabrera earned her MFA in Fiction from San Diego State University in 2009. Her essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in or are forthcoming in journals such as Pleiades, Hobart, Quickly, Crack the Spine, Big Bridge Magazine, Vagabondage Press, San Diego Poetry Annual, Fiction International and Outrider Press. She has presented critical work at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) in New York and Pennsylvania, which has been published in print and online. You can visit her writer’s blog at

Stephen C. Middleton
Stephen C. Middleton is a writer working in London, England. He has had five books published, including A Brave Light (Stride) and Worlds of Pain / Shades of Grace (Poetry Salzburg). He has been in several anthologies, among them Paging Doctor Jazz (Shoestring), From Hepworth’s Garden Out (Shearsman, 2010), and Yesterday’s Music Today (Knives Forks And Spoons Press, 2015). For many years he was editor of Ostinato, a magazine of jazz and jazz inspired poetry, and The Tenormen Press. He has been in many magazines worldwide. Current projects (prose and poetry) relate to jazz, blues, politics, outsider (folk) art, mountain environments, and long-term illness.

Michelle Dotter
Michelle Dotter is editor-in-chief of Dzanc Books, a nonprofit independent press devoted to literary excellence. Her work has appeared in Molotov Cocktail, Entropy, and the No Extra Words podcast. She lives in Boulder, CO.

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