Issue 53 Contributors


Kendall Babl is a sculptor, musician, arborist, and writer who has exhibited work internationally. He has been published in Kipseli and Sound Sculpture and is the founder of the art agency BU-CON which can be found at

New York interdisciplinary artist Amy Bassin and writer Mark Blickley work together on text-based art collaborations and videos. Their video, Widow's Peek: The Kiss of Death, was selected to the 2018 International Festival of Experimental Video and Film at Bilbao, Spain. In 2018 their video collaboration, Speaking In Bootongue, was nominated for ‘Best Experimental Film’ award at City University of New York 10th Annual Film Festival, and toured internationally as part of the Seattle based Exquisite Corpse film, The Space Between Cities. They also published a text-based art chapbook,' Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes From the Underground' (Moria Books, Chicago). Bassin is co-founder of the international artists cooperative, Urban Dialogues. Blickley is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center. Their text-based art book, Dream Streams, was just published by Clare Songbird Publishing House (New York). Find more at and .

Kara Dorris holds a PhD from the University of North Texas and is currently a visiting professor of English at Illinois College. Her full-length collection, Have Ruin, Will Travel, was published by Finishing Line Press (2019). She has also published four chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, I-70 Review, Puerto del Sol, Waxwing, and Crazyhorse, as well as the anthologies Beauty is a Verb and The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked.

The poet Ed Roberson once told Sammie Downing, "You only have one life and you only have one work." She's taken this advice perhaps too literally and has lived in 7 states and two countries. She's been a housekeeper, a huntress and a fraud investigator. Her novella The Family that Carried Their House on Their Backs is forthcoming from Half Mystic Press and you can find her at

Kate Garrett is a writer, witch, and editor, among other things. Her poetry is widely published, and her first full-length collection, The saint of milk and flames, was published in April 2019 by Rhythm & Bones Press. Born and raised in rural southern Ohio, Kate moved to the UK in 1999, where she still lives in Sheffield, England with her husband, five children, and a sleepy cat.

Ann Keniston’s recent poems have appeared in Yale Review, Gettysburg Review, Beloit Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of a full-length book of poems The Caution of Human Gestures (Wordtech, 2005) and a chapbook November Wasps (Finishing Line, 2013), as well as several scholarly books on contemporary American poetry. She lives in Reno, NV, where she is a professor of English at University of Nevada, Reno.

A graduate of Vassar College, Sharon Kennedy-Knolle holds an MFA and doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. Her poetry has appeared in Potomac Review, Edison Literary Review, Free State Review, Jelly Bucket, Chaffin Journal, Virginia Normal, Qwerty, FRiGG, Chantwood Magazine Lindenwood Review, Zone 3, The Round, and the Chicago Quarterly Review, among others. Her chapbook Black Wick was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Tupelo Snowbound Chapbook Contest. She lives and works in New York.

Brian Koukol, raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, now makes his home among the salt breezes and open spaces of California's Central Coast. A lifelong battle with muscular dystrophy has informed the majority of his work, which is written with the aid of voice recognition software. His words have appeared in The Baltimore Review, The Eckleburg Review, and Wordgathering, amongst other places.

John Leonard is a Language Arts teacher and assistant editor of Twyckenham Notes, a poetry journal based out of South Bend, Indiana. His works have appeared in Poetry Quarterly, Roanoke Review, Sheila-Na-Gig, Rappahannock Review, Mud Season Review, Rockvale Review, IthacaLit, and Genre: Urban Arts. His work is forthcoming in Chiron Review, December Magazine, and North Dakota Quarterly. He lives in Elkhart, Indiana with his wife and pets. You can find him on Twitter at @jotyleon.

Darby Lyons lives in Cincinnati and recently retired from teaching English and creative writing in Wyoming, Ohio. She received her MFA from the Sewanee School of Letters, and her work has appeared in Mud Season Review, 8 Poems, SWWIM Every Day, and other publications. She reads poetry submissions for The Cincinnati Review.

Jennifer Metsker’s poetry has been published in Beloit, Birdfeast, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, The Southern Review, The Seattle Review, Rhino and many other journals. Her audio poetry has been featured regularly on the BBC Radio program Short Cuts.

Sibani Sen teaches creative writing and South Asian history. She has a PhD in Indology from Harvard University and an MFA from Boston University. Her current projects include forthcoming new poetry, a translation of an eighteenth century epic from Sanskrit, Persian and Bengali, and a monograph on the Indian pre-modern poet Bharatchandra.