Things by Marian Kaplun Shapiro

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Marian Kaplun Shapiro is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton, 1988),  a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press, 2007) and  two chapbooks: Your Third Wish, (Finishing Line, 2007); and The End Of The World, Announced On Wednesday (Pudding House, 2007). A Quaker and a psychologist, her poetry often embeds the  topics of peace and violence by addressing one within the context of the other. A resident of Lexington, she is a five-time Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2012.

The author.

The author.

Sunset with Eiffel tower by Irwin.

Eiffel tower from hotel window.

Marian, Rue Cler, 2014.

Marian, Rue Cler, 2014.

Library garden poetry reading, Rangeley, Maine.

Library garden poetry reading, Rangeley, Maine.

Delivery 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. Being married to one of the world’s premiere 105 lbs. class and 97 lbs. class female powerlifters leads to all sorts of intriguing places. We are perhaps the world’s strangest couple.  www.kpoyner.com.

Crossings by Grant Clauser

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Grant Clauser is a prematurely grumpy tech writer and sometimes trout bum from Pennsylvania. He’s the author of two books, Necessary Myths and The Trouble with Rivers, and has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, Painted Bride Quarterly and others. He blogs inconsistently at www.uniambic.com and can be found on twitter @uniambic

A Pulsating Heart of Ice by Sean Prentiss

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Sean Prentiss is the award-winning author of Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, a memoir about Edward Abbey and the search for home. Finding Abbey won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, the Utah Book Award for Nonfiction, and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Biography. But easily the biggest thing Prentiss won from writing this memoir is finding a place called home. He and his family now live, after working and living in sixteen states, on a small often-frozen lake in northern Vermont that they skate on from December through March. Prentiss is also the co-author of the environmental writing textbook, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Craft Guide and Anthology, and the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, a creative nonfiction craft anthology.

Having Consulted a Thesaurus by Bethany Reid

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Background photo: Raheel9630/Pixabay, CC0.
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Bethany Reid‘s most recent book is Sparrow, which won the 2012 Gell Poetry Prize. Recent publications include EIL, Clementine Unbound, Silver Birch, and Cheat River Review. She blogs at bethanyareid.com and lives in Edmonds, Washington, with her husband and daughters, also three cats, a barking dog, and two fish.

Innocence by Frank C. Modica

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Frank C Modica is a retired special education teacher living in Urbana, Illinois, with his dachshund, Nero Augustus. He likes bike riding, Brussels Sprouts, dark beer, and trying out new recipes. Since retiring from teaching he volunteers with a number of arts and social service organizations in his community. His reading and writing is animated by interests in history, geography, religion, literature, and sociology. And Nero appears in many of his poems and short stories. He also enjoys the various cultural opportunities that are available living in a university community. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Heyday Magazine, Five:2:One, Slab, Black Heart Magazine, Pegasus, Crab Fat Literary Review and The Tishman Review.  Follow him on Twitter  @fcmodica53

The author.

His bicycle.

Ravioli!

Nero.

The Children Shall Be Blameless by Oonah V Joslin and W. Jack Savage

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Oonah V Joslin’s stories and poems have been published online and in various print anthologies. Her novella A Genie in a Jam is serialised at Bewildering Stories. She is poetry editor at Linnets Wings, and her collection Three pounds of cells is available at https://www.createspace.com/6617022Follow Oonah on Facebook or Parallel Oonahverse.
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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.

Artist Jack Savage

Author/artist W. Jack Savage

Jack serving in Viet Nam

Jack serving in Viet Nam.

Still At It by Cornelius Rosewater

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Cornelius Rosewater is not a poet. He is not a writer. He is not a photographer. Cornelius Rosewater is not an artist. He is not a person. Cornelius Rosewater is an infectious disease endemic to the Northeastern United States. Those exposed to Cornelius have reported the following symptoms: new or worsening depression, chills, fever, headache, dizziness, heartburn, nausea and difficulty breathing. Contact with Cornelius Rosewater should be avoided at all costs. You will not find him at his website: www.ourlousyart.com, or on social media: www.facebook.com/cornelius.rosewater because he does not exist.

Not the author.

Good Girl by Angela L. Lindseth

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Thirty years ago Angela played with the idea of a book while looking out from an abandoned fire tower in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Since that time, she has stumbled her way through life. She obtained her Geological Engineering degree, but ditched that for an electrician’s license. She’s worked a variety of jobs but never found the one that fit.

The skeleton of that story never left her. Today, she has a finished novel and a published collection of flash fiction called Sanity’s Threshold. Finding her calling has opened her imagination and a multitude of words have poured onto the page.

Her flash fiction ranges from dark and twisted, to sad and sappy. For more of her work visit her website and Facebook author page.

Monks by Liz Rhodebeck

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Liz Rhodebeck has been writing poetry and other stuff since she was about ten years old. (She still has the personalized rejection letter from The Washington Post for a poem sent in 1968 about Robert Kennedy’s death.) Since then, she has published poems in numerous journals around the country, as well as having three chapbooks to her credit: Here the Water is Deep, What I Learned in Kansas and Benthos. She recently mentored and edited Hear My Voice: Poems of the Unheard Girls From the House of Love, an anthology written by teen girls in foster care in the Milwaukee area (all proceeds benefit House of Love Youth Homes). Liz also performs inspirational programs with the group, Grace River Poets. Visit her at www.waterwriter.com.

For Your Diversion by Bryan Marshall

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Bryan writes poetry, flash fiction, short stories and last year completed his first novel.  Some of it is quite interesting to read.  Like many an esteemed writer he also works in a bar.  He was born and bred in Scotland, spent many years in a couple of cities in England, and now lives in South Wales, where it rains a lot.  This is unfortunate, because despite the fact that he often writes about clouds, he really likes the sun.  He used to play the piano for a living (good fingers), has never driven a car (poor spatial awareness), and can say the alphabet backwards really quickly (mildly amusing party trick).  He dislikes narrow-mindedness and narrow spaces, even though his physical dimensions are themselves pretty narrow.  Cats or dogs?  No-brainer.

 

Nomenclature by Carol McMahon

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Carol McMahon is a teacher and poet who has work published, or forthcoming, in various journals (Prodigal, Claudius Speaks, IthacaLit, Unlost Journal, The Wild Word, The Ekphrastic Review, Blue Collar Review) and has a chapbook, On Any Given Day, published by FootHills Press. McMahon received an MFA in Poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop in Washington State and when not teaching, reading or writing, can be found out trail-running or on the Erie Canal rowing. Among friends or strangers McMahon’s language and personality tend more to the salty than sweet.

Mt. Ranier.

In balance.

Hard at work.

Alone Again by Oonah Joslin and 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.

You can follow Oonah on Facebook or at Parallel Oonahverse https://oovj.wordpress.com/

Oonah V Joslin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Artist Jack Savage

Author/artist W. Jack Savage

Jack serving in Viet Nam

Jack serving in Viet Nam.

 

Pelham Hills by Sara Eddy

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Sara Eddy teaches composition and American Literature and tutors in the writing center at Smith College.  Her work has recently appeared in Panoply Zine and Surreal Poetics.  She grew up in, and now lives again, in Amherst, Massachusetts–and therefore loathed Emily Dickinson, until she grew up and realized Dickinson is our badass mother.  She believes in green stuff, black tea, kindness, and cussing, and lives with her husband, two teenagers, three beehives, and a periodically asshole cat in Amherst, Massachusetts.  She can be reached at seddy@smith.edu.

Ginkgo by Joan Leotta

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Background photo: Joan Leotta
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Joan Leotta has been playing with words on page and stage since childhood. As a performer she has been featured at the Smithsonian, and at fairs, festivals and schools up and down the East Coast. She’s a journalist, novelist, poet and playwright. Her novels feature strong Italian-American women. Joan’s poems and picture books celebrate food and family.Her poetry and essays appear in Gnarled Oak, Red Wolf, A Quiet Courage, the A-3 Review, Hobart Literary Review, Silver Birch, Postcard Poems and Prose among others, www.joanleotta.wordpress.com, and Joan Leotta, Author and Story Performer on Facebook. When she is not chained to her computer you can find her walking the beach or at the stove recreating the Italian meals of her youth. Her first poetry chapbook, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, was released in January 2017 from Finishing Line.

The author telling in costume in Southport, NC.

The author telling at a library in Brunswick County, NC.

Koan by James Penha

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Background photo: Einszweifrei/Pixabay, CC0.
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A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. He has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and in poetry. His essay “It’s Been a Long Time Coming” was featured in The New York Times “Modern Love” column in April 2016. Penha edits TheNewVerse.News, an online journal of current-events poetry.

Blockage by Shannon Connor Winward

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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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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.