After Spending the Night Across from Emily Dickinson’s House by Michael J. Carter

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Background photo: Love Art Nouveau/Wiki Commons, CC BY 2.0.
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Michael J Carter is a poet and psychotherapist living in Connecticut. He has published poems in Boulevard, Ploughshares, Spoon River Poetry Review, Provincetown Magazine among many others. He is a two time fellow at Writers by Writing in Tomales Bay and was the inaugural Nadya Aisenberg Fellow at the Boston Writer Room.  He is competitive swimmer and non-competitive knitter. He lives with his hound Omar.

Winter by Devon Balwit

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Devon Balwit writes and teaches in Portland, OR.  Every morning she gauges her fortunes based on the adroitness of her dog in catching his Frisbee.  On days he does well, she returns home to find acceptances in her inbox in places like Postcard Poems and Prose, Rattle, The Cincinnati Review, The New Verse News, Oyez, Vector Press and many other print/on-line homes. (Search out her work on-line as she doesn’t have a professional page.)  On days he misses, she returns to scores of rejections that drive her to furious creativity and resubmission.  She welcomes contact with her readers.

A Comic Spirit by Frances Park

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Frances Park wrote her first novel on an Underwood typewriter at the age of ten, and has kept the dream going. The author of novels, memoirs, kids books, short stories and personal essays, she nibbles on bonbons while writing. As co-owner of a magical chocolate shop in Washington, DC, you might say chocolate and books are her life.

Of the End I Will Soon Be Met by Woody Woodger

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Background photo: Mard/Pixabay, CC0.
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Woody Woodger is a New England “poet” whose two greatest loves are 1. ranking his friends on a 5 point Likert scale of Ubermenschness and 2. taking full advantage of his mother’s insane healthcare plan so as to feed his hypochondria. His first chapbook, postcards from glasshouse drive, is currently forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Woody Woodger’s poetry can be found in Barely South, Soundings East, and (b)OINK, among others and he is currently forthcoming in Exposition Review, 2 Bridges Review, and Descansos Anthology. He has also published experimental fiction on the blog Dear Hope. If you are so inclined, you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram by using the handle @lovlyno1, and Woody Woodger on Facebook. If you are confused about which Woody, just look for the profile pic of a 12-year-old looking uncomfortably seductive. In the meantime, Woody will desperately try to grow a Nietzsche-level mustache and Mohawk before he succumbs to the male pattern baldness our government keeps pumping into the tap water.

 

Tiny House of Morphine by Diane Raptosh

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Background photo: Bykst/Pixabay, CC0.
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Diane Raptosh’s fourth book of poetry, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press) was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award and was a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she served as the Boise Poet Laureate (2013) as well as the Idaho Writer-in-Residence (2013-2016), the highest literary honor in the state. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies in the U.S. and Canada. A highly active ambassador for poetry, she has given poetry workshops everywhere from riverbanks to maximum security prisons. She teaches creative writing and runs the program in Criminal Justice/Prison Studies at The College of Idaho. Her most recent collection of poems, Human Directional was released by Etruscan Press in fall 2016. Watch her recent TED Talk, “Poetry, Democracy, and the Hope of Sounds”.   Her website: www.dianeraptosh.com.

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AwareHouse by Oonah Joslin and W. Jack Savage

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Background art: W. Jack Savage
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Oonah Joslin is poetry editor at The Linnet’s Wings. She writes poetry and micro-fiction. Her book “Three Pounds of Cells” ISBN: 13: 978-1535486491 is available online from Linnet’s Wings Press and you can see and hear Oonah read in this National Trust video. The first part of her novella A Genie in a Jam is serialised at Bewildering Stories.
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You can follow Oonah on Facebook or at Parallel Oonahverse https://oovj.wordpress.com/

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W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books, including his latest…Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com). Nearly fifty of Jack’s stories and over four hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife, Kathy, live in Monrovia, California.

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Author/artist W. Jack Savage

Jack serving in Viet Nam

Jack serving in Viet Nam.

Dental Yoga by Roy Dorman

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Background photo: Kristopher Avila/Flickr, CC BY 2.0.
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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, 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.

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Ramshackle by Kim Roberts

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Background photo: Dick Glaser/Flickr, CC BY NC-2.0.
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Kim Roberts’s fifth book of poems, The Scientific Method, was released by WordTech Editions this February. A nonfiction book, A Literary Guide to Washington, D.C. from Frances Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston, will be published by the University of Virginia Press in Spring of 2018. Roberts co-edits the journals Beltway Poetry Quarterly and the Delaware Poetry Review, and the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes. To learn more, see her website: http://www.kimroberts.org

Photo credit - Mig Dooley

Photo credit – Mig Dooley

Photo credit - Mig Dooley

Photo credit – Mig Dooley

The Speaker by Erinn Batykefer

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Background photo: Keoni Cabral/Flickr, CC0.
Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

Erinn Batykefer collects bones in jars. These are lined up on her mantel and are sorted according to size, species, and collection site. She is always looking for interesting jars to sort them into. Erinn earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where she collected carp and coyote bones) and is the author of Allegheny, Monongahela (Red Hen Press) and The Artist’s Library: A Field Guide (Coffee House Press). She is co-founder and editor of The Library as Incubator Project and works as a librarian in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (raccoon bones, unidentified teeth). Visit her online at erinn-batykefer-squarespace.com and at eb-writes.tumblr.com.  If you would like to mail her bones you find on your travels, send her a DM on Twitter.

Blood trail.

Blood trail.

Peony.

Peony.

Ice crystals.

Ice crystals.

Writing space.

Writing space.

Heterochromia Iridum by S. A. Leavesley

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Background photo: S.A. Leavesley
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S.A. Leavesley is a poet, fiction writer, journalist, reviewer and photographer. Her poems have featured on buses, poetry trails, phone apps, screen savers, poetryfilms, a café mural, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in the Blackpool Illuminations. Collections include: ‘Lampshade & Glass Rivers’ (Loughborough University, 2016), Overton Poetry Prize winner 2015; ‘plenty-fish’ (Nine Arches Press, 2015), shortlisted in International Rubery Book Award 2016. Her Forward Prize highly commended collection ‘The Magnetic Diaries’ is a touring poetry play and she has her first novella ‘Kaleidoscope’ out in 2017. She also runs V. Press poetry and flash fiction imprint. Website: www.sarah-james.co.uk.

The serious stuff out of the way, Sarah also loves things involving movement: swimming, cycling, boxercise, dance, climbing, walking… But films, philosophy and reading feature high on her time-priority list too, as do learning and the buzz of a new challenge. She also loves water and wine, shadows and light, music and silence.

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Later That Year by Shannon Connor Winward

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Background photo: Katie Thebeau/Flickr, CC BY 2.0.
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Shannon Connor Winward is the author of the Elgin-award winning chapbook, Undoing Winter.  Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, Analog, Persistent Visions, Pseudopod, Star*Line, Thank You for Swallowing and Flash Fiction Online, among others. In between writing, parenting, and other madness, Shannon is a foodie, a Celt, an armchair anthropologist, a dragon mother/advocate, and a nerd (by marriage).  She is also an officer for the Science Fiction Poetry Association, a poetry editor for Devilfish Review, and founding editor of the forthcoming Riddled With Arrows, a literary journal dedicated to meta-fiction, meta-poetry, and writing about writing (open to submissions in early 2017). Visit Shannon on the web at www.shannonconnorwinward.com.

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He Wore Hats by Susan Suntree

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Background photo: Picasa/Wikimedia Commons, CC0.
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Susan Suntree writes poetry and essays, pesters the crowds at malls and parks with her mask and puppet street theatre, and works to save wetlands and indigenous sacred places. Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California, received an Independent Booksellers Association Award for Nonfiction, PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Poetic Narrative, a Mellon Foundation Award. Other books: Eye of the Womb/El Ojo de la Matriz (poetry in English and bilingual editions), Tulips (translations of poetry by Spanish poet Ana Rossetti), also Rita Moreno, Wisdom of the East. Poems in, among others, Prairie Schooner, ZinkZine 6, Ensemble Jourine, Piedra del Molino, REAL, Fightin’ WordsPEN Anthology. Reviews in Poetry Flash and Theater Journal.

Website: http://www.susansuntree.com/

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Fire by Heather Hutcheson

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Background photo: Url Duke /Pixabay, CC0.
Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

A professor of English at Cosumnes River College, in Sacramento, Heather Hutcheson is the founding editor of the Cosumnes River Journal (crc-ljsubmit@crc.losrios.edu). She organizes an annual senior and student memoir conference, “Our Life Stories.” During the semester, she promotes a language exchange between day laborers and community college students in a Home Depot parking lot, and she spends summers teaching English with a microfinance program in Oaxaca, Mexico. She lives with her husband and their two cats: Mr. Right and Stripes.  A former editor of Poetry Now, she has worked as a journalist for The Desert Sentinel and The Atascadero News. She has been published in numerous publications, including the American Journal of Public Health. She blogs at shewhodaresnothing.wordpress.com.

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May We Burn Her? by Erinn Batykefer

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Background photo: Julian Bravo/Flickr, CC BY NC-2.0.
Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

Erinn Batykefer collects bones in jars. These are lined up on her mantel and are sorted according to size, species, and collection site. She is always looking for interesting jars to sort them into. Erinn earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where she collected carp and coyote bones) and is the author of Allegheny, Monongahela (Red Hen Press) and The Artist’s Library: A Field Guide (Coffee House Press). She is co-founder and editor of The Library as Incubator Project and works as a librarian in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (raccoon bones, unidentified teeth). Visit her online at erinn-batykefer-squarespace.com and at eb-writes.tumblr.com.  If you would like to mail her bones you find on your travels, send her a DM on Twitter.

Writing space.

Writing space.

Ice crystals.

Ice crystals.

Peony.

Peony.

Blood trail.

Blood trail.

From Here–An Ambrotype by Gary Thomas

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Background photo: Frank Thomas
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Gary Thomas grew up on a peach farm outside Empire, California, and still remembers how to drive a Caterpillar tractor.  Prior to retirement, he taught eighth grade language arts for thirty-one years, and junior college English for seven—sharing, reading aloud, and discussing at least one poem every day with his students.  Over the years he’s presented poetry workshops for a number of statewide organizations, festivals, and conferences. He has had poems published in California English, In the Grove, Time of Singing, The Comstock Review, and in the anthology More Than Soil, More Than Sky:  The Modesto Poets.  He will have his poems included in the anthology The Biggest Valley: Poems from California’s Heartland, forthcoming in Winter 2016.  He is the vice president of the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center, an actor in community theater, a fair-to-middlin’ gardener, and a firm believer in what Mary Oliver has said:  “This is the first, wildest, and wisest thing I know:  that the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attentiveness.”

Gary and Mr. Herrera.

Gary and Mr. Herrera.

Gary at Pecos Kiva.

Gary at Pecos Kiva.

ABQ Sky.

ABQ Sky.

Halloween Gary, 1986.

Halloween Gary, 1986.

Secrets by Pauletta Hansel

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Background photo: Timothy Brown/Flickr, CC BY 2.0.
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Pauletta Hansel’s poems and prose have been featured in journals including Kudzu, Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Heritage and Still: The Journal, and on The Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry. She is author of five poetry collections, most recently Tangle (Dos Madres Press, 2015.)  Pauletta is co-editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. She has been involved with the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative since its earliest years, and was a member of the Soupbean Poets Collective out of Antioch/Appalachia in the 1970s. Recently named Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate, Pauletta leads writing workshops and retreats in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond. Read more at https://paulettahansel.wordpress.com/.

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The Bad-Mannered Clock by Lois Marie Harrod

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Lois Marie Harrod’s sixteenth poetry collection, Nightmares of the Minor Poet, was published by Five Oaks Press, 2016. Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis appeared in 2013. A Geraldine R. Dodge poet, she teaches at The College of New Jersey and the Princeton Senior Resource Center For online bio and links, see www.loismarieharrod.org. When Lois is not writing, she is often walking while listening to her husband talk on about James Joyce or Marcel Proust or the latest mystery he is reading. She often gives readings in seemly and seamy places with The Cool Women Poets, a splendid group of minor poets, and she loves to hike, swing from trees and take pictures of black birches on stilts.  The bad-mannered clock, a Seth Thomas, was the gift of her taciturn mother whose name is Helen.  Pictured below with the clock is Lois’s granddaughter Sophia Helen, who gave up her dancing career at six and began to train for the Olympic swim team.

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Baby in Light by Kara Oakleaf

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Background photo: Milicanogueira/Pixabay, CC0.
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Kara Oakleaf’s work has appeared or is forthcoming from Smokelong QuarterlyMonkeybicycle, the Tahoma Literary Review, and Nimrod, among others. She received her MFA from George Mason University, and currently teaches and manages the Fall for the Book festival at George Mason. Kara lives near Washington, D.C., which lately is a daily reminder that everything – mothers, babies, humanity itself, and whatever forces hold the world together – is terribly fragile. But she has noticed that good stories seem to retain their strength under all circumstances, for which she is grateful.

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Rushing Into the Music by Heather Hutcheson

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Background photo: Thibault Trillet/Pexels, CC0.
Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

A professor of English at Cosumnes River College, in Sacramento, Heather Hutcheson is the founding editor of the Cosumnes River Journal (crc-ljsubmit@crc.losrios.edu). She organizes an annual senior and student memoir conference, “Our Life Stories.” During the semester, she promotes a language exchange between day laborers and community college students in a Home Depot parking lot, and she spends summers teaching English with a microfinance program in Oaxaca, Mexico. She lives with her husband and their two cats: Mr. Right and Stripes.  A former editor of Poetry Now, she has worked as a journalist for The Desert Sentinel and The Atascadero News. She has been published in numerous publications, including theAmerican Journal of Public Health. She blogs at shewhodaresnothing.wordpress.com.

One-man band.

One-man band.

The author's Oaxacan students on break.

The author’s Oaxacan students on break.

Traditional Oaxacan dancers.

Traditional Oaxacan dancers.

Tlacoahuaya, the town in which the author teaches.

Tlacoahuaya, the town in which the author teaches.

 

Cold Moon by Kim Roberts

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Background photo: Panasonic DMC/MaxPixel, CC0.
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Kim Roberts is the author of five books of poems, most recently The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions, 2017). She co-edits the journals Beltway Poetry Quarterly and Delaware Poetry Review and lives in Washington, DC. Her website: http://www.kimroberts.org.

Photo credit - Mig Dooley

Photo credit – Mig Dooley

Photo credit - Mig Dooley

Photo credit – Mig Dooley