Contributors Fall/Winter 2022/2023

Fall/Winter Issue 2022/2023

Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award. She also has two word/music CDS: Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing (with Susan Browne) and My Black Angel, the companion to My Black Angel: Blues Poems and Portraits, a collaboration with woodcut artist Charles D. Jones.   Her poetry has been translated into several languages including Spanish, Arabic, Italian, and Hungarian. Collections have been published in China, Spain, Mexico, Lebanon, and the UK. Addonizio’s awards include two fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim, two Pushcart Prizes, and other honors. Her latest books are a poetry collection, Mortal Trash (W.W. Norton), and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin). A new book of poems, Now We’re Getting Somewhere, was published by W.W. Norton (March 2021).

Paul Bluestein is a physician (done practicing) and a blues musician (still practicing). In addition to poems and short stories that have appeared in a wide variety of online and print publications, he has had two full-length books of poetry published by Silver Bow Publishing – TIME PASSAGES (2020) and FADE TO BLACK (2021).

Tom Ball has published “,” a novel. As well, he’s been published in numerous places such as Down in the Dirt Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, 45 short pieces, and many others. He co-authored, “Of Heaven and Hell,” a graphic novel with Zen Wang.

Poetry caught Martha Deed by surprise in her 50’s when poetry merged with her interests in history and journalism. Recent work includes Under the Rock, Climate Change (2019, 2014, FootHills Publishing), Paint the Sky with Red and Yellow Strokes (2022, Origami Poets Project). Her collection, Haunted by Martha, is forthcoming from FootHills. Her work has appeared in New Verse News, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, and many others.

Darren C. Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including Hotel Amerika, Diode, North American Review, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. He is the author of seventeen poetry collections, most recently ‘clawing at the grounded moon’ (forthcoming August 2022 from April Gloaming). Darren is the Editor in Chief of the Best of the Net Anthology and Managing Editor of Ovenbird Poetry. He’s currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

Beth Gilstrap is the author of Deadheading & Other Stories, Winner of the 2019 Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Prize, short-listed for the Stanford Libraries William Saroyan International Prize for Writingfinalist for the Eric Hoffer Book AwardBronze-winner of Reader Views Literary Awards, and a finalist for the 2021 Foreword Reviews Awards in Short Fiction. She is also the author of I Am Barbarella: Stories (2015) from Twelve Winters Press and No Man’s Wild Laura (2016) from Hyacinth Girl Press. Born and raised in the Charlotte area, she recently relocated to the Charleston-metro area. She also lives with C-PTSD and is quite vocal about ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. 

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Sheepshead Review, Stand, Poetry Salzburg Review and Hollins Critic. Latest books, “Leaves On Pages” “Memory Outside The Head” and “Guest Of Myself” are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Ellipsis, Blueline and International Poetry Review.

D. R. James’s latest of ten collections are Mobius Trip and Flip Requiem (Dos Madres Press, 2021, 2020), and his prose and poems have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and journals. Recently retired from college teaching, James lives with his wife in the woods near Saugatuck, Michigan. DR James author page

Joe Lugara took up photography and painting as a boy after his father discarded them as hobbies. His works depict odd forms and objects, inexplicable phenomena, and fantastic dreamscapes, taking as their basis horror and science fiction films produced from the 1930s through the late 1960s. Mr. Lugara’s work has been featured in 20 publications and has appeared in more than 40 exhibitions in museums and galleries in the New York Metropolitan Area. His painting series “Scrutiny” will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Noyes Museum of Art in his home state of New Jersey from July – September 2022.

Josh Mahler lives and writes in Virginia. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. IX: Virginia, from Texas Review Press, The Adirondack ReviewThe Comstock ReviewThe Nassau ReviewThe Carolina QuarterlyPuerto del SolBook of MatchesExit 7Plainsongs, and elsewhere.

Jane Medved is the author of Deep Calls To Deep (winner of the Many Voices Project, New Rivers Press)and the chapbook Olam, Shana, Nefesh (Finishing Line Press) Recent essays and poems have appeared in Ruminate, The North American ReviewThe Cider Press ReviewThe Normal School, and The Seneca Review. Her awards include winner of the 2021 RHINO translation prize and Honorable Mention – 2021 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. Her translations of Hebrew poetry can be seen in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cajibi and Copper Nickel. She is the poetry editor of the Ilanot Review, and a visiting lecturer in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv.

Jed Myers is author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award), The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press), and, forthcoming, Learning to Hold (Wandering Aengus Press Editors’ Award). His work has received awards from Southern Indiana ReviewThe Southeast ReviewThe Briar Cliff Review, The Poetry Society, Munster Literature Centre, Grayson Books, and others.Recent writing appears or is forthcoming in RattleThe Poetry Review, RHINO, The Greensboro ReviewRust + MothSolsticeTerrain.orgOn the Seawall, The National Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Myers lives in Seattle, where he edits the journal Bracken. 

Barbara A Meier started writing poetry again in her fifties after a hiatus of 33 years.  She lived in Southern Oregon for over 35 years.  Currently, she lives in Castle Rock, CO. She is the author of Wildfire LAL 6 published by Ghost City Press, Getting through Gold Beach, published by Writing Knights Press, and Sylvan Grove, published by The Poetry Box.  

Celeste Schantz is the founder and editor of the literary magazine Mason Street Review. Celeste was the runner-up for the 2018 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry, judged by Terrance Hayes. Her poems appear in Solstice, Stone Canoe, One Throne Magazine, Poetry International, and other publications. Recently her micro-essay was selected out of 600 for publication on PBS’s Next Avenue. She lives with her teenage son in Rochester, NY, where she supports his differently-abled schooling and inclusion programs and champions autism rights. She also runs a very non-academic and laid-back BookTube channel, A Reader’s Almanac with Celeste Schantz, where she discusses the merits of Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, Outlander, and more, just for the sheer fun of it.

Greg Sendi is a Chicago writer and former fiction editor at Chicago Review. His career has included broadcast and trade journalism as well as poetry and fiction. In the past year, my work has appeared or been accepted for publication in a number of literary magazines and online outlets, including Apricity, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, The Briar Cliff Review, Burningword Literary Journal, Clarion, CONSEQUENCE, Flashes of Brilliance, Great Lakes Review, The Headlight Review, The Masters Review, New American Legends, Plume, Pulp Literature, San Antonio Review, Sparks of Calliope, and upstreet.

Askold Skalsky has had poems in over 300 online and print periodicals in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, and elsewhere. A first collection, The Ponies of Chuang Tzu, was published in 2011. Originally from Ukraine, he resides in Frederick, Maryland with his 3 cats and 3,000 books.

Victoria Lynn Smith writes fiction and nonfiction. She has been published by Brevity Blog, Wisconsin Public Radio, Better Than StarbucksHive Avenue Literary JournalPersimmon Tree, and regional journals. Her story “Not Once” will appear in the summer edition of the 45th Parallel. Her fiction has both won and placed in writing contests. She is working on a short story collection. Learn more at

Michael Todd Steffen is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and an Ibbetson Street Press Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in journals including The Boston Globe, E-Verse Radio, The Lyric, The Dark Horse, and The Concord Saunterer. Of his second book, On Earth As It Is, now available from Cervena Barva Press, Joan Houlihan has noted “Steffen’s intimate portraits, sense of history, surprising wit and the play of dark and light…the striking combination of the everyday and the transcendent.