Posthumous by Jennifer London

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Jennifer London is a writer and editor filled with wanderlust and a love for puppies. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Postcard Poems and Prose101 WordsFlash Fiction MagazineSpeckLitBroad! Magazine, and Every Day Fiction. Links to her work can be found online at www.jenniferlondon.net; she often retweets funny or political things on Twitter (@jlevine3) and posts pictures on Instagram of her dogs and of her adventures in cake decorating.

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Surreal by Ingrid Bruck

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Ingrid Bruck has been married 41 years to the boy she sat behind in a sophomore English class in high school though she didn’t marry him until she was thirty. They raised two sons in Texas. She worked in libraries, told children stories and wrote in the closet until five years ago. Retired, she transplanted to Pennsylvania to spend time with grandkids. She grows wildflowers, cooks and writes about whatever is in season. Current work appears in Unbroken Journal, The Song Is, W.I.S.H., Eunoia, Nature Writing, and Entropy. Poetry site:  www.ingridbruck.com
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Counter by Bernadette McBride

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Bernadette McBride, author of three poetry collections—most recently, Whatever Measure of Light (Kelsay Books, 2016), taught creative writing and literature at Temple University for many years and is poetry editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is a Pennsylvania county Poet Laureate, a poetry winner, second place, for the International Ray Bradbury Writing Award, and an award-winning artist. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Cider Press Review, Philadelphia Stories, The Ekphrastic Review, and Ragged Sky Press as well as in the UK, Canada, and on PRI’s The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She lives in a 19th-century farm house in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where Mother Nature’s resilience—her births, deaths, and resurrections never cease to produce yet another “Oh, wow!” …She welcomes your visit at bernadettemcbrideblog.wordpress.com.   

Two more links:

www.philadelphiastories.org/article/444/

https://ciderpressreview.com/cpr-volume-16-1/apple-mcbride/

(Also, once on her website, one can click on “Sample Poems” and on “Links” for links to other journal websites if desired.)

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In All Things by F.J. Bergmann

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F.J. Bergmann edits poetry for Mobius: The Journal of Social Change and imagines tragedies on or near exoplanets. She recently stepped down from 5 years as editor of Star*Line, the quarterly journal of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, and continues as managing editor of MadHat Press. She has no academic literary qualifications, but is kind to those thus encumbered. In a past life she was a centaur. Her poetry appears irregularly in Abyss & Apex, Analog, Asimov’s, and elsewhere in the alphabet, and her genre fiction mostly in Pulp Literature, so far. Her poetry has won the SFPA Rhysling Award for both the Short and Long Poem, and was a runner-up for the 2018 Missouri Review Smith Prize. A Catalogue of the Further Suns, a collection of dystopian first-contact reports, won the 2017 Gold Line Press poetry chapbook contest. Get it and more at fibitz.com.

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Heaven by M.J. Iuppa

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M.J. Iuppa  is the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program and Lecturer in Creative Writing at St. John Fisher College; and since 2000 to present, is a part time lecturer in Creative Writing at The College at Brockport. Since 1986, she has been a teaching artist, working with students, K-12, in Rochester, NY, and surrounding area. Most recently, she was awarded the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2017. She has four full length poetry collections, This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017), Small Worlds Floating (2016) as well as Within Reach (2010) both from Cherry Grove Collections; Night Traveler (Foothills Publishing, 2003); and 5 chapbooks. She lives on a small farm in Hamlin, NY.

Photo credit – P. Tonery

Photo credit – P. Tonery

Photo credit – P. Tonery

Caffeine Addiction by Joan Moritz

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Joan Moritz was born in New York City but long ago chose Seattle and the beautiful Pacific Northwest as the home of her heart. Retired from a career crunching numbers, she now crunches words, transcribes books into braille, and sings out loud as often as possible. Her work has been published in Blue Lyra, Drash: Northwest Mosaic, Poetica, Tilt-a-Whirl; most recently in The Fourth River (http://www.thefourthriver.com/index.php/2017/03/tributaries-mindfulness ), Panoplyzine (https://panoplyzine.com/northwest-winter-day-joan-moritz/ ); and is forthcoming in Vitamin Zzz.

 

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Titan by Tom England

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Tom England teaches high school English in Manchester, England, and lives with his two cats.  His poetry has appeared in a number of literary publications in England and America.  Find links to his work at https://twitter.com/England_TJ

Smith Rock State Park, Oregon by Derek Mong

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Derek Mong is the author of two poetry collections from Saturnalia Books—Other Romes (2011) and The Identity Thief (2018)—and a chapbook, The Ego and the Empiricist (2017), which was a finalist for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook PrizeHe and his wife, Anne O. Fisher, won the 2018 Cliff Becker Translation Prize for The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelinforthcoming this year from White Pine Press. The Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College, he has poems, translations, and prose new or forthcoming in PleiadesMantisAlways Crashing, South Carolina ReviewCider Press Reviewand the anthology Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite. His long poem, “Colloquy with St. Mary of Egypt”—a 300+ line seduction of a desert saint—is available at Blackbird. He blogs at the Kenyon Review Online and reviews new poetry for the Gettysburg Review. He lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana with his family and can be reached at www.derekmong.com.

 

Standing in the Path of Totality by Eileen Mattmann

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Eileen Mattmann is a member of Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and Triggering Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in The Wild Word, Red Cedar Review, Kindness Anthology II, An Ariel Anthology, 2016, Zoetic Press, Blue Heron Review, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Museletter and calendar, BoomerLitMag and Portage Magazine. After a long career in education, she relishes opening her notebook and filling it with her own words! She travels with her husband all over the country and is a quilter.


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Choir Practice by Carol L. Gloor

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Carol L. Gloor is a retired attorney who writes poetry only when she feels like it.  Nonetheless, many online and hard copy journals have seen fit to publish her, most recently Highland Park Poetry – Winter Musesand Rust Belt Chicago.  Her full length poetry collection, Falling Back, will be published sometime in the Spring, 2018, which is a good thing because she needs to start caring about the poems in it, again.  She made enough money as a lawyer to be in the middle class, but quit when the irritation factor started to overwhelm the good stuff, the point where she started  having dreams about telling clients what she really thought of them.  Poetry is much more fun, although there’s no money in it, but she’s too old to care at this point.  Better just to pet the cats.

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Agoraphobia by Kate Hutchinson

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Kate Hutchinson has lived most of her life in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, where she can hop the Metra for a night of theater but then return to the woods to commune with the trees, birds and clouds. As she nears the end of a long career of teaching high school, Kate estimates she has read The Odyssey over 100 times as well as a quarter million pages of writing submitted by nearly 8,000 teenagers. If even a handful of them have developed a love for literature and a more open mind because of time spent in her classroom, she will die happy. In the meantime, there’s no shortage of people, creatures, and places in this glorious mess of a world that need some assistance and attention, and Kate intends to spend her next incarnation digging in. And of course spending hours each day reading and writing.

Kate’s had many pieces published in anthologies and magazines; her two books include a chapbook, The Gray Limbo of Perhaps (2012), and a full-length collection, Map Making: Poems of Land and Identity (2015). She occasionally probes life’s mysteries at PoetKateHutchinson.wordpress.com.

Sour Becomes Sweet If You Stir In Enough Sugar by Joanne Kennedy Frazer

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Joanne Kennedy Frazer is a retired peace and justice director and educator for faith-based organizations at state, diocesan and national levels. Penning her life’s passions into poetry has become the delight and vocation of her silvering years and has rewarded her with the gift of awe as her daily companion.  Her work has appeared in several Old Mountain Press’ anthologies, Poetic Portions 2015 anthology, Soul-lit Journal of Spiritual Poetry, Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine, Panoply Literary Zine, Snapdragon Journal, Whirlwind Magazine and Kakalak 2017. Three of her poems have been turned into a song cycle by composer C.M. Fuentes. She lives in Durham. NC.
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Current by JBMulligan

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JBMulligan has had more than 1000 poems and stories in various magazines  over the past 40 years, and has had two chapbooks published: The Stations of the Cross and THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS, as well as 2 e-books, The City Of Now And Then, and A Book of Psalms. He has appeared in several anthologies, including Inside/Out: A Gathering Of Poets; The Irreal Reader (Cafe Irreal); and multiple volumes of Reflections on a Blue Planet.

An Invitation to Dance in the Mobile Home by Grace Marie Grafton

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Grace Marie Grafton has been writing poetry for four decades. Six collections of her poems have been published, the most recent titled Jester (2013) She has taught literally thousands of elementary school children the art of writing, through her work with California Poets in the Schools. Some things that inspire Grace to write are orchids and ravens, art and mediation, love, curiosity and the sounds of words. She currently lives in the hills of Oakland California, after living all of her life in the Golden State. All around her are birds, small and large, including a flock of wild turkeys, other creatures such as salamanders, squirrels and skunks as well as the glorious redwood, bay and oak trees. You can see her poetry at NatureWriting; the Ekphrastic Review and Canary and other popular poetry publications.

 

Marriage by Derek Mong

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Derek Mong is the author of two poetry collections from Saturnalia Books—Other Romes (2011) and The Identity Thief (2018)—and a chapbook, The Ego and the Empiricist (2017), which was a finalist for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook PrizeHe and his wife, Anne O. Fisher, won the 2018 Cliff Becker Translation Prize for The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelinforthcoming this year from White Pine Press. The Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College, he has poems, translations, and prose new or forthcoming in PleiadesMantisAlways Crashing, South Carolina ReviewCider Press Reviewand the anthology Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite. His long poem, “Colloquy with St. Mary of Egypt”—a 300+ line seduction of a desert saint—is available at Blackbird. He blogs at the Kenyon Review Online and reviews new poetry for the Gettysburg Review. He lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana with his family and can be reached at www.derekmong.com.

Chimera by Charlotte Ozment

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Charlotte Ozment is a retired bureaucratic worker-bee whose vagabond parents dragged her and her siblings all over the world, gleefully immersing their children in differing cultures. She now lives on several tightly fenced acres in the central Texas countryside and spends her days chasing devas, dogs and squirrels, jotting down the odd thought or two when she’s able to stop and catch her breath. You can find links to her published works at Reality’s Bellow.

 

Unseen Eye by M. J. Iuppa

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M.J. Iuppa  is the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program and Lecturer in Creative Writing at St. John Fisher College; and since 2000 to present, is a part time lecturer in Creative Writing at The College at Brockport. Since 1986, she has been a teaching artist, working with students, K-12, in Rochester, NY, and surrounding area. Most recently, she was awarded the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2017. She has four full length poetry collections, This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017), Small Worlds Floating (2016) as well as Within Reach (2010) both from Cherry Grove Collections; Night Traveler (Foothills Publishing, 2003); and 5 chapbooks. She lives on a small farm in Hamlin NY.

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Photo credit – P. Tonery

Photo credit – P. Tonery

Tuesday by David Jibson

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David Jibson is not very interesting (you may want to stop reading here). He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he coordinates poetry related events for The Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle. He is co-editor of Third Wednesday Magazine.

Storm Watch by Hannah Rousselot

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Hannah Rousselot is a queer DC based poet. She has been writing poetry since she could hold a pencil and has always used poems as a way to get in touch with her emotions. She writes poetry about the wounds that are still open, but healing, since her childhood and the death of her first love. Her work has appeared in Voices and Visions magazine and will soon appear in Panoply’s most recent zine. In addition to writing poetry, Hannah Rousselot is also a second-grade teacher. She teaches a poetry unit every January, and nothing brings her more joy than seeing the amazing poems that seven-year-olds can create.

Night Terrors by Mike Nichols

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Mike L. Nichols was born all in a rush just after midnight, with no assistance from doctor or midwife, under a waning Tennessee moon on a chill October night behind a partition at the back of a tar-paper shack in which his unwed mother had holed up for a time. This according to Mike himself, a man known for storytelling and outright lying.

It is verified, however, that Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Idaho State University. In 2014 he was awarded the Ford Swetnam Poetry Prize. Mike hopes to contribute something of value before he dies but doubts that’s possible. In the meantime he tries, but most often fails, to be kind. You can find his poetry in Rogue AgentTaxicab Magazine, Tattoo Highway and elsewhere.