Issue 46 Contributors


Brian Baumgart is the author of Rules for Loving Right, released from Sweet Publications in 2017, and his writing has appeared in or forthcoming in a number of journals, including South Dakota Review, Cleaver, Whale Road Review, and Big Muddy. He is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at North Hennepin Community College, near Minneapolis, and is 2018 Artist-in-Residence at University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecological Science Reserve. He holds an MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato. For more, visit him on the internet at:

Ace Boggess is author of four books of poetry, most recently I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So (Unsolicited, 2018) and Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea, 2016). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, River Styx, and  other journals. He received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison.

Catherine Carson’s poetry has been published in Gravel and Referentials Magazine, and featured on the literary podcast The Drunken Odyssey with John King. Her fiction is included in the anthology Condoms and Hot Tubs Don’t Mix (Beating Windward Press, 2018). She lives and teaches in Orlando, FL and knits all the time. 

Juliet Cook is a grotesque glitter witch medusa hybrid brimming with black, grey, silver, purple, and dark red explosions. She is drawn to poetry, abstract visual art, and other forms of expression. Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications. You can find out more at  

Rebecca Connors’ poems can be found in DIALOGIST, Menacing Hedge, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. She lives with her family in Boston, where she is currently an MFA candidate at the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. Her first chapbook will be published Spring 2019 by Minerva Rising Press. Follow her on Twitter @aprilist or visit her site at  

j/j hastain is a collaborator, writer and maker of things. j/j performs ceremonial gore. Chasing and courting the animate and potentially enlivening decay that exists between seer and singer, j/j hopes to make the god/dess of stone moan and nod deeply through the waxing and waning seasons of the moon.

Kate LaDew s a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Studio Art.  She resides in Graham, NC with her cats, Charlie Chaplin and Janis Joplin.

Amy Miller’s writing has appeared in Gulf CoastPermafrostRogue AgentWillow Springs, and ZYZZYVA. Her full-length poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls won the Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press. She works as the publications manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the poetry of editor of the NPR listeners’ guide Jefferson Journal.

Rushda Rafeek is currently based in Sri Lanka. Among the works published are nominations for the Pushcart Prize, finalist of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize (2017) and winner of the Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Contest (2018). 

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is a multi-genre writer from Houston. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, The Collagist, [PANK], Verse Daily, The Texas ReviewCatapult, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. Her new collection of poems, Nightbloom & Cenote (St. Julian Press, May 2018), was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. 

Renata Solimini studied the basics of traditional painting and calligraphy in China. She graduated with a thesis on ancient writings (Chinese, Egyptian hieroglyphic and Sumerian cuneiform) in 1995. These studies have significantly influenced her artistic pathway. Her art has been focused mainly on the Eye, the Woman, on the theme of the Fish and the Sea World, as ancestral symbol of the origin of life, and recently to asemic writing, developing her own “secret writing” style.

Sydney Vance resides just outside of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In the spring of 2017, she received her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from The University of Central Oklahoma where she also served as the Senior Editor of Poetry for The New Plains Review. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Words Dance, Josephine Quarterly, SHANTIH, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Redivider, among others.