Issue 29 Contributors


David Adès is the author of Mapping the World and Afloat in Lightas well as the chapbook Only the Questions Are Eternal. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize and had poems shortlisted or commended for several other prizes in the U.S. and in Australia. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Julie Brooks Barbour is the author of two full-length collections, Haunted City (2017) and Small Chimes (2014), both from Kelsay Books. Her most recent chapbook, Beautifully Whole, was published by Hermeneutic Chaos Press in 2015. She is co-editor of Border Crossing and Poetry Editor at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, and teaches writing at Lake Superior State University.

A three-time Pushcart Prize & Bettering American Poetry nominee, Lana Bella is an author of three chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016), Adagio (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and Dear Suki: Letters (Platypus 2412 Mini Chapbook Series, 2016), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 380 journals, 2River, Acentos Review, California Quarterly, Comstock Review, Expound, Grey Sparrow, Ilanot Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, Waccamaw, Word/For Word, among others, and work to appear in Aeolian Harp Anthology, Volume 3. Lana resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps. 

Jana Charl explores different media and techniques around testing the boundaries of what defines contemporary art, especially the blurring of the traditional lines dividing craft, commercial and fine art. The key themes weaving her artwork together are feminist issues, female identity, perceptions of women's roles, and gender relationships. Her work is collected globally in both private collections and part of the Yuko Nii Foundation (New York), Brooklyn Art Library, Museum of Nova Gorica (Slovenia), collections. 

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized (Unnamed Press, 2017) and On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press, 2016). She lives in Washington, D.C. and serves as the poetry editor of District Lit. Marlena is a graduate of the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House and uses her skeletal dysplasia and chronic pain as a bridge to scientific poetry. Her poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Breath & Shadow, The Deaf Poets Society, The Fem, Paper Darts, Wordgathering, and more. Find her at or @mchertock.

Ava C. Cipri is a poetry editor for The Deaf Poets Society: An Online Journal of Disability Literature & Art. She holds an MFA from Syracuse University, where she served on the staff of Salt Hill. Ava’s poetry and nonfiction appears or is forthcoming in CimarronThe Fem, FRiGG, Literary Orphans, and Noble / Gas Qtrly, among others. Her first chapbook Queen of Swords is forthcoming this fall 2017 from dancing girl press. She resides at: and tweets at @AvaCCipri.

Fred Dale is a husband to his wife, Valerie, and a father to his occasionally good dog, Earl.  He is a Senior Instructor in the English Department at the University of North Florida, and is pursuing an MFA at the University of Tampa, but mostly, he just grades papers.  His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Sugar House Review, Crack the Spine, Chiron Review, Dunes Review, Clackamas Literary Review and others.  

Ori Fienberg's poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in venues such as Essay Daily, PANK, Diagram, Mid-American Review, Subtropics, BOAAT, and Passages North. A graduate of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program, Ori works to promote academic integrity for the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, and lives with his wife, and dog, in Evanston, IL. Links to more writing can be found at  

Elizabeth Hitchcock is an Alaskan-grown poet based out of Reno, Nevada. A recent graduate of Beloit College in Wisconsin, Hitchcock graduated with a triple major in Anthropology, Creative Writing, and Critical Identity Studies. You can find her work in Common Ground Review, Furrow Mag, The Linnet's Wings, and The Columbia Review, and upcoming in The Fem Lit Mag. Currently, Hitchcock is crafting a collection of poems on dreams and dreaming.

Rachel Nix a native of Northwest Alabama, where pine trees outnumber people rather nicely. Her work has recently appeared in Antiphon, Hobo Camp Review, and Words Dance. She is the Poetry Editor atcahoodaloodaling and can be followed at @rachelnix_poet on Twitter.

Judith Roitman’s work has most recently appeared in E.Ratio, The Writing Disorder, YEW, Eleven Eleven, Otoliths, Horse Less Review, and Talisman. Recent chapbooks include Slackline (from Hank’s Loose Gravel Press), Two: (ghazals) (from Horse Less Press), Ku: a thumb book (from Airfoil Press), and Furnace Mountain Poems (from Omerta). Her book No Face (First Intensity Press) appeared in 2008. She lives in Lawrence KS.

Jess Turner has a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from Chatham University. Her poetry has been published by The Minor Bird, The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, and Pittsburgh Poetry Review. Besides poetry she has interests in food studies, hiking, music, and the French language. In the next couple of years, she intends to begin an MFA program with a focus on poetry. She also plans to teach English abroad in Southern France.