Selfie by James Penha

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A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. Nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and poetry, his essay “It’s Been a Long Time Coming” was featured in The New York Times “Modern Love” column in April 2016. Penhaedits TheNewVerse.News, an online journal of current-events poetry.

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God of the Robots by Ken Poyner

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Ken’s collections of short fiction, “Constant Animals” and “Avenging Cartography,” and his latest collections of poetry, “Victims of a Failed Civics” and “The Book of Robot,” can be obtained from Barking Moose Press.  He serves as bewildering eye-candy at his wife’s power lifting affairs, where she continues to set world raw powerlifting records.  His poetry lately has been sunning in “Analog,” “Asimov’s,” “Poet Lore,” and his fiction has yowled in “Spank the Carp,” “Red Truck,” “Café Irreal”.  www.kpoyner.com.

Crewel by Catherine Fahey

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Catherine Fahey is a poet and librarian from Salem, Massachusetts. She is the managing editor and poetry co-editor for Soundings East.   When she’s not reading and writing, she’s knitting or dancing.

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Flight Plans by Susan J. Erickson

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Susan J. Erickson admits to “multiple personality syndrome” having assumed the persona of a host of women while completing the poems in Lauren Bacall Shares A Limousine. The collection, poems in women’s voices, won the Brick Road Poetry Prize.  Poems from the book appear in Crab Creek Review, Literal Latte, The Fourth River, Verse Daily and The Tishman Review. Visit her website at susanjerickson.com where there is a link to view the trailer for the book. Susan is also a collage artist and created a series of cards with postage stamp images of the women in her book and gifted a card with each purchase of her book at readings. Examples of the collage cards appear on her website. She lives in Bellingham where she helped to establish the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Walk and Contest and where she watches birds.

Unrealistic Expectations by David Cook

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David Cook lives with his family in Bridgend, Wales, UK, which is a bit like Las Vegas, but without the glamour, prestige, casinos or sunshine to distract him from the noble pursuit of writing whatever comes into his head and then immediately deleting it. Somehow he’s ended up being published in quite a few places, including the National Flash Fiction Anthology, Spelk, Flash Fiction Magazine and Sick Lit Magazine, who saw fit to nominate him for the Pushcart Prize.
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You can find links to more of his work at www.davewritesfiction.wordpress.com, and you can say hello – or something else if you’d rather, but ‘hello’ is usually a good start – on Twitter over @davidcook100.

Jam by Amy Kay Genova

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Amy Genova currently resides among blackberry bushes in Poulsbo, WA.  As a girl she never dreamed she’d live above a Bay and watch the fog lift from the ships in the easing morning lights. She has poems published in a variety of journals.  Read more at: Hello PoetryTipton Poetry Journal,  or her blog.

No More White Lies by Lois Marie Harrod

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Lois Marie Harrod often embodies white lies in her poems so the poems don’t feel hurt and the people she is writing will recognize themselves slant, as Emily Dickinson says.  Ultimately, lies can be a way of telling the truth—although this poem “No More White Lies” argues against them in this age of alternate facts. so her tiger Nigel is not the one she shot on Mt. Kilimanjaro.  For more links to Harrod‘s fabrications, check out her website: www.loismarieharrod.org

Harrod climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Harrod’s pet tiger, Nigel, who tells many white lies and some black ones.

Dame Dandelion by Kerry E. B. Black

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, Kerry E.B. Black incorporates steely determination in her writing. She hopes to thereby bridge all the metaphoric rivers and bring people closer through shared human experiences. Please follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.
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Sketch by the author’s brother, Chris Blickenderfer, American Tattoo in Verona, PA

You and Freud in the Middle of the Night by Robert L. Penick

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The work of Robert L. Penick has appeared in over 100 different literary journals, including The Hudson Review, North American Review, and The California Quarterly.  He lives in Louisville, KY, USA, with his free-range box turtle, Sheldon, and edits Ristau, a tiny literary annual.  More of his writing can be found at www.theartofmercy.net

Spider by Michael Estabrook

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Coalition of cheetahs, clutch of chickens, colony of bats, caravan of camels, cast of crabs, crash of rhinos, congregation of alligators . . . and what might be the best appellation applied to a gathering of poets? Convocation? Cluster? Chattering? Collection? Clutter? No, no, perhaps cacophony would be the most apt descriptor. Anyway, Michael Estabrook is one of the cacophony, his latest collection of poems being Bouncy House, edited by Larry Fagin (Green Zone Editions, 2016).

Estabrook in Florence with his wife, 2014.

Estabrook Manhole Cover, Backbay in Boston

Giant beehive on a tree in the front yard.

Photobombing the grandchildren on Cape Cod.

vanishing point by ali lanzetta

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ali lanzetta is a woolgatherer, artist, and bookseller who lives between trees, sleeps under blankets of books, and is enamored with giraffes, whose hearts are over two feet long.  Her poetry and prose have appeared in Verse,SwitchbackEleven ElevenA Capella Zoo, The Invisible City Audio Tours and elsewhere, and her work is forthcoming in Flock, Claudius Speaks, and Switched-On Gutenberg.  ali studied creative writing in San Francisco but eventually set sail from the city to live, love, and teach literary arts in a Vermont valley filled with birds.

Visit ali at http://alilanzetta.wordpress.com/.

Lunar Sight by Fay L. Loomis

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Fay L. Loomis lives in the woods in upstate New York where she often spends time on her front porch taking in nature’s show, be it a traipsing bear, dancing ferns, or the moon in its mysterious visages. A magical summer’s night initiated the poem Lunar Sight. Much of her writing is also inspired by growing up in rural Michigan, the middle child of seven. She recently attended Chihuly Nights at the New York Botanical Garden where she also spent a magical evening.

Fay is a member of the Stone Ridge Library Writers; her poetry and prose have appeared in online and print publications.

In front of a Chihuly sculpture, which was magical, too.

Shameless by Peggy Turnbull

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After Peggy Turnbull retired from her career as an academic librarian, she began to write poetry again, having set it aside after college to focus on the demands of her profession.  During the forty years of separation from her heart’s desire, she wrote diaries rather than share her voice with others.  This, she hoped, would at least keep an erratic and elusive muse interested until she could commit to a more serious relationship.  Now that the time is here, she’s learned that the muse’s nature, as well as her own, has changed.  They are both more gentle, less capricious, and more patient.  She feels nudged towards surprises found in nature, happy childhood memories, and the social justice issues she’s encountered in her lifetime.  Some of the poems inspired by this faithful muse have been recently published in Three Line PoetrySocial Justice Poetry,  NatureWriting, and the 2018 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar.  Peggy lives in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, with her husband, Robert.

Sparkling Manitowoc River.

Poem struggling to be born – Point Beach State Park.

Cutting in Full Bloom by Amy Kay Genova

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Amy Genova currently resides among blackberry bushes in Poulsbo, WA.  As a girl she never dreamed she’d live above a Bay and watch the fog lift from the ships in the easing morning lights. She has poems published in a variety of journals.  Read more at: Hello… PoetryTipton Poetry Journal, or her site.

Southwest Flight 371 by Adrian Slonaker

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Holding an MA in interdisciplinary humanities from California State University-Dominguez Hills, Adrian Slonaker works as a copywriter and copy editor in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where Amish buggies compete with tourists’ SUV for precious highway space. His interests include vegetarian cooking (the spicier the better), wrestling, Slavic languages, and catchy 1960s pop music. He is also a iced decaf coffee devotee and, on an unrelated note, has a fondness for visiting islands, including, but not limited to, the North and South Islands of New Zealand, Oahu, Newfoundland, Sal in Cape Verde, Iceland, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. He refuses, however, to count his (nearly) two-year stint in Providence, Rhode Island toward his island tally for obvious reasons. Adrian’s poetry has appeared in Uut Poetry, Ginosko Literary Journal, Zingara Poetry Picks, Plum Tree Tavern, Amaryllis, Oddball Magazine, and others.

 

Maggie by James Croal Jackson

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James Croal Jackson is a writer, filmmaker, and musician. He rediscovered his love for poetry while chasing film in Los Angeles. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in over 300 literary magazines including FLAPPERHOUSE, Whale Road Review, and Rust+Moth. He has a chapbook and micro-chapbook: ‘The Frayed Edge of Memory’ (Writing Knights Press, 2017) and ‘’the vacant hinge of a song’ (Origami Poems, 2016), respectively. He edits The Mantle, a poetry journal. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. Find more of his work at jimjakk.com.

Feral by Sheryl St. Germain

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Born and raised in New Orleans, Sheryl St. Germain is of Cajun and Creole descent.  She has published nine books and chapbooks of poetry and essays, and edited two anthologies.  The poem appearing here (“Feral”)  is part of a forthcoming poetry book from Autumn House Press, The Small Door of Your Death, that explores the death of her son from a heroin overdose.  She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University.  Here are some links to other works that explore issues such as video games, teaching, addiction and loss:

What We’re Good At

Blizzard

Creative Writing and Addiction

The author.

Gray and Sheryl in Paris.

Sheryl painting by Catherine Stock.

Sheryl reading in Florida at The Hermitage Artist Retreat.

Kokopelli by Bartholomew Barker

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Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry readers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. He has been eating for more than fifty years and drinking wine only slightly fewer. Born in Ohio, fed beef raised by his grandfather, he attended Northwestern University near Chicago with stuffed pizza before working in Connecticut for nearly twenty years where he developed very expensive tastes. He finally moved to Hillsborough with many nearby vineyards and makes money as a computer programmer to fund his appetites, poetry foremost among them. He has just published a chapbook of food poems, Milkshakes and Chilidogs.

Ancestral Memories by Roy Dorman

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Roy Dorman is retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Benefits Office and has been a voracious reader for over 60 years.  At the prompting of an old high school friend, himself a retired English teacher, Roy is now a voracious writer.  He has had flash fiction and poetry published in Black Petals, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, The Flash Fiction Press, Yellow Mama, Theme of Absence, Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine, Mulberry Fork Review, Cease Cows, One Sentence Poems, and a number of other online and print journals. Roy is currently the submissions editor at Yahara Prairie Lights, which gives him the opportunity of sometimes accepting his own work.

father’s day by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

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Wanda Morrow Clevenger is a former Carlinville, Illinois, native.  She lost her gallbladder in 2001 and cheated death twice in 2013 when her pancreas unexpectedly jumped ship.  Over 440 pieces of her work appear or are forthcoming in 155 print and electronic publications.  Her flash fiction “Roses and Peppermint Candy” won the 2014 Winter Short Story Contest in The Holiday Café.  Her poem “corsage” won the 2014 Black Diamond Award for Excellence of Craft in The Midnight on the Stroll Poetry Contest.  Her nonfiction “Big Love” was nominated for 2016 Best of Net by Red Fez literary journal—but enough bragging, nobody likes a bragger.

For a signed copy of her debut book This Same Small Town in Each of Us:  http://edgarallanpoet.com/This_Same_Small_Town.html

Her magazine-type blog updated at her erratic discretion: http://wlc- wlcblog.blogspot.com/

Twitter: Wanda MorrowClevenger@WandaMorrowClevenger

She expects her first full-length poetry book to release in September of 2017.

Talent contest, 1973.