Contributors to Issue 2 Winter 2019

Yuan Changming  published monographs in translation before leaving his native country. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, eight chapbooks  & publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) & Best New Poems Online, among 1,609 others across 44 countries.

David James Delaney divides his time between Rochester, Quebec and Florida. He writes poetry, short stories, plays and the occasional essay/memoir. He enjoys painting (oil, watercolor and acrylic), played hockey in his youth, BUT  his grandfather Frank hung around with “One Eyed” Frank Mcgee and the other players of Ottawa’s “Silver Seven” Stanley Cup champions at the turn of the 20th century.

Rachael Z. Ikins is the Associate Editor of Clare Songbirds Publishing House, Auburn NY. She is a 2019 Faulkner Finalist, 2019-20 Vinnie Ream semi-finalist, 2018 Independent Book Award winner (poetry)2013, 2018 CNY Book Award nominee2016, 2018 Pushcart nominee. You can find her at Www.writerraebeth.wordpress.com on Instagram, @writerraebeth on Tumblr, and @nestl493 on Twitter.

Victoria Korth is an MFA graduate of the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers. Poems have appeared Ocean State ReviewTar River PoetryIthaca lit,Spoon River Poetry ReviewCold Mountain ReviewBarrow Street and elsewhere. She has twice been long listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, Cord Color, was released from Finishing Line Press in 2015. She lives in Western New York State where she divides her time between writing and practicing psychiatry.

Edward Lee‘s poetry, short stories, non-fiction and photography have been published in magazines in Ireland, England and America, including The Stinging Fly, Skylight 47, Acumen and Smiths Knoll.  He is currently working on two photography collections: ‘Lying Down With The Dead’ and ‘There Is A Beauty In Broken Things’. He also makes musical noise under the names Ayahuasca Collective, Orson Carroll and Lego Figures Fighting. His blog/website can be found at

Laurinda Lind lives in New York’s North Country. Some publications/ acceptances are in Blue Earth Review, Midwest Quarterly, New American Writing, Paterson Literary Review, and Spillway; also anthologies Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press) and AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss and Grief (Radix Media).

Lois Lowry is a well-known children’s and young adult author. Lowry has won two Newbery Medals: for Number the Stars in 1990 and The Giver in 1994. Her book Gooney Bird Greene won the 2002 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award. A film adaptation of The Giver was released in 2014. For her contributions as a children’s writer, she was a finalist in 2000, and a U.S. nominee again in 2004, as well as a finalist in 2016, for the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books.In 2007, she received the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her contributions writing for teens. Learn more about Lois at her website, HERE.

Richard Luftig attended SUNY Binghamton (now Binghamton State University) and taught at SUNY Geneseo which is only a short journey to Newark. A former professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio now residing in California, his poems and stories have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Two of his poems recently appeared in Realms of the Mothers: The First Decade of Dos Madres Press. His latest book of poems, A Grammar for Snow, has recently been published by Unsolicited Press.

Karla Linn Merrifield, a nine-time Pushcart-Prize nominee and National Park Artist-in-Residence, has had 700+ poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has 14 books to her credit. Following her 2018 Psyche’s Scroll (Poetry Box Select) is the newly released full-length book Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North from Cirque Press. Her Godwit:  Poems of Canada (FootHills Publishing) received the Eiseman Award for Poetry. She is a frequent contributor to The Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, and assistant editor and poetry book reviewer emerita for The Centrifugal Eye.

Frances Park and Ginger Park are sisters and authors of ten books, including novels, memoirs and award-winning children’s books that reflect their Korean American heritage. “The Secrets of the Waterfall” is an excerpt from their novel To Swim Across the World (Miramax), a fictionalized account of their parents as young people growing up during Korea’s most turbulent era. For their work, Frances and Ginger have been interviewed on National Public Radio, Good Morning America, The Diane Rehm Show, Voice of America and Radio Free Asia. Visit them at

Marge Piercy has written 17 novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women; the classics Woman on the Edge of Time and He, She and It (winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction novel in 1993) and others. Among her 19 volumes of poetry the most recently published include The Hunger Moon: New & Selected Poems 1980-2010, and Made in Detroit. Her critically acclaimed memoir is Sleeping with Cats. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan and Northwestern, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she is active in antiwar, feminist and environmental causes. You can check out Marge’s website to learn of what’s next in the works at

John Roche lives in Placitas, New Mexico, helping Jules Nyquist run Jules’ Poetry Playhouse and edit Poetry Playhouse Publications. He taught Literature and Creative Writing for many years at Rochester Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, and Emory University, among other schools. John and Jules recently completed the five-volume Poets Speak anthology series. John’s own poetry collections include On Conesus, Topicalities, Road Ghosts, and The Joe Poems: The Continuing Saga of Joe the Poet.

Celeste Schantz is the editor of Mason Street. She was the runner-up for the 2018 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry, judged by Terrance Hayes. She was the recipient of a full endowment to attend the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference, where she studied creative nonfiction with the author Helen Macdonald. Her poems appear in Solstice, Stone Canoe, One Throne Magazine, Poetry International, and other publications. She was a finalist in Fugue journal’s 2018 annual prose writing contest. Her essay “Lake Under the Sea” appears in Fugue’s spring 2019 issue.
Celeste lives with her teenage son in Western NY, where she supports his differently-abled schooling and inclusion programs and champions autism rights.

Terry Savoi has published nearly four hundred poems both here and abroad over the past four decades.  These include ones in APR, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Sonora Review, Commonweal and North American Reviewas well as recent or forthcoming issues of One, America, Cortland Review and Tar River Poetry.  Reading Sunday won the Bright Hill Chapbook Competition and was published in the spring of 2018.

G. E. Schwartz is the author of Only Others Are. World. Thinking In Tongues and the forthcoming Chaos & Old Night, and  lives in Upstate New York, U. S.

Tiffany Troy is a poet based in Flushing, Queens. Much of her work is shaped by her dreams and the dreams she carries. Previously, her poems have been published by As It Ought to Be, Quarto, Tabula Rasa, Chyrsanthemum, and Portales.

Rekha Valliappan is an award-winning multi-genre writer of short fiction and poetry. She earned her BA and MA in English Literature from Madras University and her LLB (Hons) from the University of London. A former college lecturer, she won the Accent Prize for Short Fiction, is a Best of the Net Short Story Nominee 2019, a Pushcart Prize Poetry Nominee 2018 and has featured in Green Hills Literary Lantern, Ann Arbor Review, Dime Show Review, NonBinary Review, Aaduna Literary Magazine, Cold Noon: Travel Poetics, Madras Courier, Liquid Imagination, Lackington’s, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and numerous other venues.

Karen J. Weyant’s poems and essays have appeared in The Briar Cliff Review, Chautauqua, Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review, Copper Nickel, Lake Effect, Poetry East, Punctuate, Rattle, River Styx, Stoneboat and Whiskey Island. The author of two poetry chapbooks, she is an Associate Professor of English at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory(Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A twenty two-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Laux/Millar Prize, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, and others. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a poetry editor and literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, North American Review, Midwest QuarterlySouthern ReviewSycamore ReviewPrairie SchoonerThe Massachusetts ReviewPoet LoreSaranac ReviewAtlanta ReviewTriQuarterlyColumbia Poetry ReviewMid-American ReviewPoetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon. 

Dr. Scott W. Williams is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Buffalo 1971-2013. He has been honored as one of the Fifty Most Important Blacks in Research Science. In 1983 at The University of Buffalo he received SUNY’s highest award for teaching. His website Mathematicians of the African Diaspora has received critical acclaim from New York Times, Science, The Chronicle of Higher Education and has over 20 million visitors. Upon his 2013 retirement Williams focused primarily on poetry and Flash Fiction. His most recent books are I Am Many Am I? (Amazon-2017), Bonvibre Haiku (CWP-2017) and Natural Shrinkage (Destitute Press- 2018). The anthology A Flash of Dark: AfroFuturism in Poetry and Flash Fiction (Writers Den – 2018). The anthology A Flash of Dark, volume 2: Speculative Fiction in Poetry and Flash Fiction (Writers Den – 2018). The anthology A Flash of Dark, volume 3: Speculative Fiction in Poetry and Flash Fiction (Writers Den – 2019). The self-published Microchapbook Senryu for Emmett.

Ian Randall Wilson’s poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review and Puerto del Sol.  His first collection, Ruthless Heaven, was published by Finishing Line Press.  He holds MFAs in Poetry and Fiction from Warren Wilson College.  By day, he works for Sony Pictures in Los Angeles.