Spring 2017

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My Mother Mowing the Lawn at Twilight


Mary Christine Kane

She made sweet, curved lines, following
paths of sidewalk
around maple roots and strawberry vines.
Fresh cuts fell on concrete.
We followed with rakes and trash bags.

But she had started too late,
forecast for rain, baths to be drawn.
We tense, as if this were the last inning.
We want us to win.

Dark settled into her baby-fine hair
sank deep into chocolate eyes
landed on slim shoulders
rounded into column
of torso
slipped into thin,

Grass-stained tennies kept on
intermittently lit by street lights
until the dark shut us down,
red turning to granite.

Later we would call for her
claiming thirst, fear of dark.
She brought hurried kisses.

The light from the kitchen seeped under our doors.
Then rings and whispers.
We strained to hear
who it was
and how he might change things.


Roy Bentley has won six Ohio Arts Council fellowships, a fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama), Any One Man (Bottom Dog), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine), and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House).

Linda Jaye Bonafield has been published in Five Poetry Magazine and Scarlet Leaf Review. She has two bachelor’s degrees from The College of Charleston, SC. She loves to raise her son, write, read, and paint rocks. More of her work can be found at: moothalo.wordpress.com, or like/follow her at “Linda Jaye Bonafield” on Facebook.

Claudia Buckholts received Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the Grolier Poetry Prize. She has published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Harvard Magazine, Indiana Review, Minnesota Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, and other journals; and in two books, Bitterwater and Traveling Through the Body.

Lauren Claus lives in Massachusetts. She recently graduated from Harvard College, where she concentrated in English, wrote her thesis on John Keats’ poetry, and received a Le Baron Briggs Traveling Prize.

Jack Cooper’s first poetry collection, Across My Silence, was published by World Audience, Inc. in 2007. His poetry, flash fiction, and mini-plays have appeared in Rattle, Slant, Bryant Literary Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, and many other publications. His poetry has also been selected for Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” and Tweetspeak’s Every Day Poems, and his work has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize. He is co-editor of http://www.KYSOflash.com.

Stephen Galiani was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, and he holds an M.F.A. in writing from the University of San Fransisco. His prior occupations have included social work and investment managing, though he now works as a teacher. His short fiction and poetry has recently appeared in journals such as The Main Street Rag, Mobius, The Journal of Social Change, SPANK the CARP, California Quarterly, and Newton Literary, as well as And the Tail Wagged On Anthology and Marin Poetry Center Anthology.

Susan Holck is a retired physician who lived in Switzerland for 30 years before relocating to Philadelphia. After decades of scientific writing, she began writing poetry. Her poetry has been published in Cecile’s Writers Magazine, Theories of Her (Mercurial Noodle), and By&By Poetry. Holck’s writing is deeply informed by the death of her husband and son, and her daughter’s severe mental illness.

Eva-Lynn Jagoe is the author of The End of the World as They Knew It: Writing Experiences of the Argentine South, and a forthcoming memoir, Take Her, She’s Yours, about sexuality, psychoanalysis, and being a woman. She is a professor of Comparative Literature at University of Toronto, and writes essays and articles on motherhood, sexuality, cinema, visual art, and literature. She teaches experimental critical and creative writing, as well as courses on politics, culture, and gender.

Mary Christine Kane lives in St. Paul, Minnesota where she earned her MFA from Hamline University. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Burner Magazine, OVS Magazine, Sleet, and Right Here Right Now, The Buffalo Anthology.

Beth Keefauver‘s fiction has appeared in The Citron Review, Pisgah Review, Stirring, Blue Lotus Review, Press 53 Blog, and the anthology, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place (Sundress, 2014). Her nonfiction has appeared in ISLE, Grist, and Great Smokies Review. She earned her Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee and currently teaches Composition, Professional and Creative Writing, Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She has written and performed in the Asheville, NC area for LYLAS, an all female comedy troupe, and “Listen to This,” a monthly storytelling series. She is a former fiction editor of the literary journal, Grist. Beth lives in Fairview, NC with her husband, two young sons, a gaggle of chickens, and a toad named Burpee.

John Palen grew up in small towns in southwest Missouri and attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a student of Donald Finkel. His poems have been published in literary magazines since the late 1960s. Recent work has appeared in MacNeese Review, Main Street Rag, Delmarva Review, Mud Season Review and upstreet. His eighth collection of poems, Distant Music, is tentatively scheduled to come out this year. After a 45-year career as a journalist and journalism educator, he lives in retirement in central Illinois, where he enjoys volunteering as a certified Master Naturalist.

Jaclyn Stephens is a printmaking-based multidisciplinary artist. In addition to her studio art practice, she works intensively with the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Arts in Healing Initiative programming. Both her studio and home temporarily inhabit a farm in Middletown, Ohio.  Since her BFA studies in Over-The-Rhine, and MFA studies in Oxford, Ohio, her rural childhood makes a timely reconnection, physically and creatively, to her present.  Not to be distinguished exclusive from the rest of her life, Jaclyn’s work generates associative play between environments, materials, meanings, work, sensory perceptions, and communicative processes. Cultivating multiple relationships with the landscape is neither only a way of living nor only a way of making, but rather the connection between everything she is constantly doing.

TWIXT is the mononym-onym of Peter Specker; he has had poetry published in Margie, The Indiana Review, Amelia, California State Quarterly, RE:AL, Pegasus, First Class, Pot-pourri, Art Times, The Iconoclast, Epicenter, Subtropics, Quest, Confrontation, Writers’ Journal, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Stand, Tulane Review and others. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

Kaja Weeks is an author of poetry and personal essays and a classically-trained singer who engages children with autism to their earliest communication.  Her creative writing has been published in The Potomac Review (nominee, Pushcart Prize), Fickle Muses: A Journal of Mythic Poetry and Fiction, The New Directions Journal, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, and in Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities (forthcoming).  She is a graduate of the three year program, New Directions for Writing of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.


Cathy Allman earned her MFA from Manhattanville College. Her work has appeared in Blue Earth Review, California Quarterly, Crack the Spine, Front Range Review, The Potomac Review, Sanskrit, Talking River, Terminus, Town Creek Poetry and Word Riot, among other journals. http://cathyallman.com/

Dennis Caswell is the author of the poetry collection Phlogiston (Floating Bridge Press). His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Rattle, Bluestem, Crab Creek Review, and assorted other journals and anthologies, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives outside Woodinville, Washington and works as a software engineer in the aviation industry. His dorky and not-very-compatible website may be found at denniscaswell.com.

Barbara Churchill taught high school and college English for many years both in the U.S. and Europe, writing taking a back seat to work and raising children.  Now that she is retired and sets her own work schedule, she is concentrating on her writing, generally creative non-fiction.  She lives in the Washington D.C. area.  She has been published in Soundings Review, Punctuate.The Magazine and Pen in Hand.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Madeline Gilmore moved to Brooklyn after graduating from Williams College in 2015, when she was awarded the Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship for writing. In the last year and a half, she has traveled to numerous countries including Vietnam, Japan and Iceland, interned at Poets & Writers and worked as a nanny for two boys. She received a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship this year for a summer workshop with Patricia Spears Jones. She currently works in the New York office of arts publisher Artbook | D.A.P.

Roberta Gould has been published widely in poetry journals, including: Confrontation, Home Planet News, Waymark, Green Mountain Review, Naugatuck Review; in anthologies:  Mixed Voices, (Milkweed), The Art and Craft of Poetry, ed. Daisy Aldan; & in  N.Y.Times, Catholic Worker, and Jewish Currents etc. Her eleventh book of poems To the Dogs (Flame Tree) includes 25 original photos of dogs, mythological and universal.  It was preceded by Louder than Seeds (Foothills Press), In Houses With Ladders (Waterside Press) and Pacing the Wind.  An activist for responsible tourism in the third world, a bird watcher and an amateur pianist, she welcomes comments at her web site: robertagould.net, and at her blog: robertagould.wordpress.net

Peter Johnson‘s prose poetry and fiction have received grants from the NEA and RI Council of the Arts, and his second book of prose poems was given the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. “Muscle” is from a new collection of short stories called Shot. His other prose poems and fiction have appeared in such journals as TriQuarterly, Epoch, Ploughshares, Beloit Fiction Journal, and the Mississippi Review. He is founder and editor of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, which he’s hoping to bring back in the Fall of 2018.

Yvonne Higgins Leach is the author of Another Autumn (WordTech Editions, 2014). Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. A native of Washington state, she earned a Master of Fine Arts from Eastern Washington University. She spent decades balancing a career in communications and public relations, raising a family, and pursuing her love of writing poetry. Now a full-time poet, she splits her time living on Vashon Island and Spokane, Washington. For more information, visit http://www.yvonnehigginsleach.com.

Molly Likovich is about to graduate from Salisbury University with a BA in English-Creative Writing, she has poetry forthcoming or published in journals such as, Columbia College Literary Review, Red Paint Hill, Rust+Moth, Germ Magazine, and The Scarab. She has written four novels, and hopes to get her most recent one published in the next few years. She does slam poetry on YouTube to an audience of over 1.6k subscribers. She has been nominated for the AWP Intro Journal Award for her poem ‘Beste.’ You can find her online @magicalmolly, on all platforms (twitter, IG, YouTube).

Danielle Mužina is a painter and writer from Cleveland, Ohio. She recently received her M.A. in Studio Art at Eastern Illinois University, and an M.F.A. in Painting at Miami University. Her exhibitions for this academic year include group shows in Portland OR, Augusta GA, Ashland OH, and Hot Springs AR. She is currently working towards her third solo show in June 2017 at ZAINA Gallery in Cleveland, OH. Danielle has studied painting abroad at the Jerusalem Studio School in Civita Castellana, Italy, and was a part of Ohio Wesleyan’s New York Arts Program. Mužina has also received several grants and awards for her thesis work in painting and her research in poetry. She currently lives and works in Edinboro, PA and teaches 2D Foundations at Edinboro University.

Rodney Nelson‘s work began appearing in mainstream journals long ago, but he turned to fiction and did not write a poem for twenty-two years, restarting in the 2000s. See his page in the Poets & Writers directory: http://www.pw.org/content/rodney_nelson.  He has worked as a copy editor in the Southwest and now lives in his native northern Great Plains. Recently published chapbook and book titles are Metacowboy, Mogollon Picnic, Hill of Better Sleep, Felton Prairie, In Wait, Cross Point Road, Late & Later, The Western Wide, Billy Boy, and Ahead of Evening.

Jeanne-Marie Osterman is a writer living in New York City. A native of Everett, Washington, she began writing poetry while working as an advertising copywriter, studying with the late William Packard at NYU, and with Cornelius Eady and Mark Bibbins at New York’s 92nd Street Y. She is a member of the Writers Room, an urban writers’ colony in New York City. Her work has appeared in The California Quarterly.

Alan Reade started as a performance poet in the Monterey Bay Area of California before moving to Seattle to create larger multimedia performance work. In New York City and the Bay Area, he created several performances with LGBT themes and toured with them around the United States and Canada. He now works as a writer and as a producer of independent film in Los Angeles. This poem is from his forthcoming book Everything Is On, which explores themes of life, love, and loss.

Patricia Schultheis is the author of “St. Bart’s Way,” a story collection published by Washington Writers Publishing House, and Baltimore’s Lexington Market, published by Arcadia. She has received awards from The Fitzgerald Writers’ Conference, Memoirs Ink, the Nob Hill Branch of the League of American Pen Women, and Winning Writers. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and served on the editorial board of Narrative. She is a member of The National Book Critics Circle and holds degrees from Albertus Magnus College and Johns Hopkins University, where she has taught in the Odyssey Program.

Rosanne Singer is a teaching artist with the Maryland State Arts Council, traveling the state to conduct poetry residencies with elementary and middle school students. She is also part of arts teams that work with pediatric patients at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC and with military families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Recent work appears in The Delmarva Review, Pinyon, Dash and Freshwater and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Meg Stone is the Executive Director of IMPACT, a Boston-area abuse prevention and self-defense program that is part of the nonprofit Triangle. Her writing has been published by Washington Post, Ms., STIR Journal, The Establishment, and Cognoscenti, the opinion page of the Boston NPR station. She is currently embarking on a project that involves interviewing white women sexual abuse survivors about why they voted for Trump.

Dennis Vannatta is a Pushcart Prize winner, with stories published in many magazines and anthologies, including Chariton Review, Boulevard, and Antioch Review.  His sixth collection of stories, The Only World You Get¸ is forthcoming from Et Alia Press.

Paul Watsky, Poetry Editor of Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, splits his time between Inverness, in Marin County, CA, and San Francisco, where he earns his living as a Jungian analyst, specializing in issues related to creativity. He is co-translator of Santoka (Tokyo, PIE Books, 2006) author of two poetry collections, Telling The Difference, and Walk-Up Music (Fisher King Press, 2010, 2015), and had had work in such journals as Interim, The Carolina Quarterly, Smartish Pace, and Rattle.

September 2015 Contributors

Damyanti Biswas‘s short fiction appears in Griffith Review, Australia, Lunch Ticket magazine, The First Line, Ducts.org by New York Writer’s Workshop, and other journals in USA, Singapore and India. She’s featured in print anthologies by Twelve Winters Press, USA, and by major publishers in Malaysia and Singapore. When not lost in a book or scribbling away, she can be found tending to her plants or fish, or baking up a storm.

Debra Brenegan teaches at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her work has been published in Calyx, Tampa Review, Natural Bridge, The Laurel Review, Cimarron Review, Phoebe, RE:AL, The Southern Women’s Review, Knee-Jerk, Literary Orphans, and elsewhere. Her novel, Shame the Devil, was named a finalist for Foreword Reviews 2011 Book of the Year Award for Historical Fiction.

Danny Caporaletti is a writer/filmmaker based in Richmond, Virginia and New Orleans, Louisiana. His short stories have been published in Poictesme and Sink/Swim, and his creative nonfiction has been published in New Orleans & Me. He is currently an MFA candidate in fiction writing at the University of New Orleans, as well as the assistant editor for UNO’s national literary journal, Bayou Magazine. In addition, he teaches cinema/photography and performs stand-up comedy (poorly). Follow him on Twitter @dannycaps

K. L. Cook is the author of three books of fiction: Last Call, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize; The Girl from Charnelle, a novel that won the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction, among other honors; and Love Songs for the Quarantined, winner of the Spokane Book Prize. His stories, essays, and poetry have appeared widely in magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2012, Best of the West 2011, One Story, Glimmer Train, Threepenny Review, Harvard Review, Writer’s Chronicle, and Poets & Writers. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University and the low-residency MFA Program in Writing at Spalding University.

Brian Edmonds (b.1974) is an artist, writer and curator living in Alabama. His recent shows include The Lost Sea (Huntsville), DUSK: Embossed (Manhattan/Saint Chamas, FR), DO IT YOURSELF (Brooklyn), White Hours (Cyprus) and OFF THE WALL (London). In 2012 Brian launched the online exhibition space Curating Contemporary. Since its inception the site has hosted over 30 exhibitions. Brian’s work can be found throughout North America and Europe.

Absolom L. Hagg received his MFA from Boise State University, where he won the Glenn Balch Award in Fiction. He was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and has been a two-time attendee of the Tin House Writer’s Workshop. He works as a science editor and recently read about the fluid mechanics of bird flocks. He lives in Portland, OR, a city that turned him into a soccer fan. Please feel free to contact him on Twitter (@ajnumber17).

Elisabeth Hanscombe is a psychologist and writer who completed her doctorate in 2011 on the topic ‘Life writing and the desire for revenge’.  She has published a number of short stories and essays in the areas of autobiography, psychoanalysis, testimony, trauma and creative non-fiction in Meanjin, Island, Tirra Lirra, Quadrant and Griffith Review as well as in the journals, Life Writing and Life Writing Annual: Biographical and autobiographical studies and in psychotherapy journals and magazines throughout Australia and in the United States. She is winner of the 2014 Lane Cove Literary awards for her short memoir, ‘A trip to the beach’ and was short listed for the Australian Book Review’s 2009 Calibre essay prize, long listed in 2011 and 2014, with book chapters in Stories of Complicated grief: a critical anthology, edited by Eric Miller PhD and published by NASW press in 2014, and in Eavesdropping: the psychotherapist in film and television, edited by Lucy Husskinson and Terrie Waddell and published by Routledge in 2015. She has pieces accepted for publication in the forthcoming Anthology of Loss, edited by Gina Mercer and Terry Whitebeach, a letter in 100 Love Letters from Women to Women, edited by Francesca Rendle-Short and Laurel Fantauzzo, and an essay in Sharon Farber’s edited book, Celebrate the Wounded Healer to be published by Routledge.  Elisabeth Hanscombe is an adjunct research associate at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research and blogs at http://sixthinline.blogspot.com.au

Anne Kniggendorf is a regular contributor to Kansas City Star and has also been published in The Saturday Evening Post.  She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a Navy veteran.

Katharyn Howd Machan, Professor of Writing at Ithaca College, holds degrees from the College of Saint Rose, the University of Iowa, and Northwestern University. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines; in anthologies/textbooks such as The Bedford Introduction to Literature, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013, Early Ripening: American Women’s Poetry Now, Literature, Sound and Sense, Writing Poems; and in 32 collections, most recently H (Gribble Press, 2014) and Wild Grapes: Poems of Fox (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Former director of the Feminist Women’s Writing Workshops, Inc., in 2012 she edited Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology (Split Oak Press).

Robert Miltner is the author of Hotel Utopia (New Rivers Press Many Voices Poetry Prize), ten poetry chapbooks including Against the Simple (Wick award) and Eurydice Rising (Red Berry Editions award), and And Your Bird Can Sing: Short Fiction (Bottom Dog Press). He teaches at Kent State University and is on the poetry and fiction faculties of the NEOMFA.

Letitia L. Moffitt is the author of two novels, Sidewalk Dancing (Atticus Books) and Trace (Cantraip Press; Book 1 of the TraceWorld Series). She lives in Champaign-Urbana.

John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Southern Review, Pleaiades, Crazyhorse, Poetry Northwest, and minnesota review. He won the 2011 Indiana Review Poetry Contest and his first book, Curio (2014), won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge’s Prize. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Salisbury University. He received his M.A. from University of South Florida and his Ph.D. from the
University of Missouri.

Kristina Pfleegor is a writing tutor and freelance editor in eastern Washington. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she has spent parts of her life in Kenya, Minnesota, and Hawai`i. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University, and her poetry appears in Rock & Sling, Gambling the Aisle, and ASCENT.

Jessica Purdy holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She teaches Poetry Workshops at Southern New Hampshire University. She was nominated for Best New Poets and Best of the Net in 2014. She has poems in The Telephone Game, Bluestem Magazine, The Tower Journal, The Cafe Review, Off the Coast, The Foundling Review, and Flycatcher 3. Previously, her poems have appeared in Literary Mama, Halfway Down the Stairs, ‘What is Home’, (the 2007 Portsmouth Poet Laureate program’s publication), Analecta, and The Beacon Street Review.  Her chapbook, “Learning the Names”, came out in March 2015 from Finishing Line Press.

Umeeta Sadarangani, who received her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, is a Professor of English at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, where she teaches courses on writing, literature, and South Asian cultures.  Her childhood in India and Kuwait, her lesbian identity, and her experiences as an immigrant in the United States all influence her writing and her visual art. Umeeta’s blog, Transplanted on the Prairie (transplantedontheprairie.blogspot.com), reflects these influences.  Her previous publications have been in academic journals such as American Studies International and Modern Language Studies (MLS).

Sarah Ann Winn‘s poems have appeared in Cider Press Review, Codex, Hobart (online), Massachusetts Review, Quarterly West, and in her chapbook, Portage (Sundress, 2015). Her second chapbook, Haunting the Last House on Holland Island, is upcoming from Porkbelly. Visit her at http://bluebirdwords.com or follow her @blueaisling on Twitter.

Jordan Zandi‘s poetry has appeared in The New RepublicLittle Star and elsewhere.  His first book of poetry, Solarium, won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and will be published by Sarabande Books in February of 2016.