Issue 43 Contributors


Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is the author of the poetry collection Flashbacks & Verses… Becoming Attractions from Unsolicited Press and the poetry chapbook So Many Flowers, So Little Time from Red Mare Press. Adrian is an LA Poet who has a BA from the University of Texas San Antonio and an MFA degree from Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat Woody Gold. Connect with Adrian at:

Jackie Craven is the author of Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters (Brick Road Poetry Press, Fall 2018). Her chapbook, Our Lives Became Unmanageable (Omnidawn, 2016), won the publisher's Fabulist Fiction Award. Recent poems appeared in Columbia Poetry ReviewSpillwayWomen's Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. Visit her at

Kimberly Gomes is a MFA candidate in fiction at San Francisco State University. "Right Number" can be found in her chapbook, Love Notes to the Body, which is available for publication. She's currently working on a women-centered adventure novel and a lyrical essay collection. Her work has been featured in sparkle + blink, PEN Center USA's Only Light Can Do That, Sunset Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. To read more, visit

alyssa hanna graduated from Purchase College in May 2016 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in History. She was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize and was a finalist the 2017 James Wright Poetry Competition. alyssa is an aquarium technician and lives in Westchester with her fish and lizards.

Betsy Housten s is a Pushcart-nominated queer writer and massage therapist. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Lonesome October, Ghost City Press, Cold Creek Review, Terse Journal, Cotton Xenomorph, Vagabond City, Bone & Ink Press and elsewhere. She lives in New Orleans, where she is pursuing her MFA in poetry.

Lori Lamothe third poetry book is Kirlian Effect (FutureCycle, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Cider Press Review, Hayden's Ferry, The Journal, Menacing Hedge, Verse Daily and elsewhere.

Rita Mookerjee’s poetry is featured or forthcoming in Berfrois, Lavender Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Occulum, and others. Her critical work has been featured in the Routledge Companion of Literature and Food, the Bloomsbury Handbook to Literary and Cultural Theory, and the Bloomsbury Handbook of Twenty-First Century Feminist Theory. She is a PhD candidate at Florida State University specializing in contemporary Caribbean literature. 

A former Chicagolander, Eileen Murphy lives 30 miles from Tampa with her husband and three dogs. She received her Masters degree from Columbia College, Chicago. She teaches literature and English at Polk State College and has recently published poetry in Tinderbox (nominated for Pushcart Prize),Thirteen Myna Birds, Rogue Agent, and a number of other journals. She is a staff writer for Cultural Weekly magazine. Her website is

Grace O’Connor grew alongside pine trees in the Catskills, New York.  Currently, she is a Rhetoric, Composition, & Teaching of English PhD student at the University of Arizona. She has work recently published in the Adirondack Review and forthcoming with Always Crashing.

Anurak Saelaow is a New York-based poet and writer. His work has previously been published in the Hayden's Ferry Review, Quarterly Literary Review SingaporeEunoia Review, and Ceriph Magazine, amongst others. He is the author of one chapbook, Schema (The Operating System Press, 2015), and holds a BA in creative writing and English from Columbia University.