Geography by Karen Schubert

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Karen Schubert is the author of five poetry chapbooks, including Dear Youngstown (NightBallet Press) and Black Sand Beach (Kattywompus Press). Kathleen Flenniken selected I Left My Wings on a Chair for a Wick Poetry Center chapbook prize, noting that each poem was like a Roz Chast cartoon. Karen has not recovered from that happiness. Her poems have been published in Best American Poetry Online, National Poetry Review, diode  and many others; awards include residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Headlands Center for the Arts. She is founding Director of Lit Youngstown in Northeast Ohio, and invites you to the Fall Literary Festival. You should come. At home, Karen loves hanging out with her cat Jonny, her grandson Parker and her sculptor Tony.

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Freight by B.J. Buckley

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Montana poet B.J. Buckley has worked in Arts-in-Schools/Communities programs throughout the west and mid-west for over 40 years.  She is currently writer-in-residence at Sanford Cancer Center, Sioux Falls, SD. B.J.’s poems have appeared widely in small journals; her work has received a number of national awards. Her newest book is Corvidae, Poems of Ravens, Crows, and Magpies, Lummox Press 2014. She lives in a small farmhouse with her sweetheart, a machinist and blacksmith, two dogs, and far too many cats, on a few acres 30 miles west of Great Falls, Montana. Her other interests include gardening, cooking, birding, hiking, constructing small handmade books, playing a variety of small portable musical instruments, and messing about with paint.

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Open Letter by Allison Campbell

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Allison Campbell is the author of the prose poetry collection Encyclopédie of the Common & Encompassing (Kore Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in such places as Copper Nickel, The Cincinnati Review, Tampa Review, Witness, and Rattle. She lives in New Orleans. And although she did not get tickets to the Rolling Stones concert at the 50th anniversary of Jazz Fest, she is still looking forward to riding her bike to see Leon Bridges, The Honey Island Swamp Band, and Trombone Shorty, among others.

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Horner’s Fine Upbringing by Cathy Ann Kodra

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Cathy Ann Kodra works as an independent editor in Knoxville, TN. She is a former registered nurse and K-12/GED teacher. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared or are pending in various publications, including Blueline, drafthorse, Literary Mama, Peacock Journal, Psaltery & Lyre, RHINOStill: The Journal, The Saranac ReviewWhale Road Review, Yemassee, and others. She was a contributing editor for New Millennium Writings for nine years and is currently an associate editor for MSI Press and the Iris Publishing Group. She is also on the board of directors for Tennessee Mountain Writers (tmwi.org). Kodra won the LMU George Scarbrough Prize for Poetry in 2016, and her first full poetry collection, Under an Adirondack Moon, was released by Iris Press in October 2017. She is nearing completion of a new poetry collection that explores the ambiguous roles of motherhood. Kodra’s two sweet dogs, Sophie and Tootsie, help her edit and write by reminding her that nothing is perfect. Her husband, who is almost perfect despite being tested for thirty-three years, is also her best friend and strongest supporter. Her website can be found here.

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Grand Opening by David Spicer

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David Spicer has, in pursuit of the word, worked as paper boy, dishwasher, bottle loader, carpet dragger, burger flopper, ditch digger, weather observer, furniture mover, Manpower flunky, gas pumper, bookseller, tutor, typesetter, librarian’s assistant, and medical journal proofreader. The author of one full-length collection of poems, Everybody Has a Story, and five chapbooks—plus umpteen unpublished manuscripts—he has published in Reed Magazine, The Santa Clara Review, The Bookends Review, The Remington Review, Hamilton Stone Review, The New Verse News, Alcatraz, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Gargoyle, and elsewhere. He has been nominated for a Best of the Net three times and a Pushcart once. The former editor of Raccoon, Outlaw, and Ion Books, he lives in Memphis with his wife and bossy Maine Coon.

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Perennial by Cynthia Pitman

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Cynthia Pitman is a retired high school English teacher. She has a very patient artist husband, Tom, two perfect children, Rebecca and Eric, and a grand-cat, Ginger, who gets scrambled eggs every morning. When Cynthia retired, she began writing again. She has recently had poetry published in Vita BrevisPostcard Poems and ProseRight Hand PointingEkphrastic ReviewLiterary Yard, Amethyst ReviewAdelaide Literary Magazine, Three Line Poetry, Leaves of Ink, Third Wednesday, and Mused. She has had fiction published in Red Fez, Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art and Dual Coast Magazine. Her first book, The White Room: A Poetry Collection, is forthcoming from Kelsay Books.

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Bounty by Mike Pantano

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Mike Pantano wrote his first poems on a Smith-Corona typewriter. When first out of college, he worked at a small printing company as a proofreader, but in fact used his employment there to transfer his poems onto typeset galleys so he could see what a poem would look like in published form. His work has appeared or is forthcoming Third Wednesday, San Pedro River Review, the Museum of Americana, Gravel, Flint Hills Review, Slipstream and elsewhere. A husband and father, he lives with his wife and an assortment of animals in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Ringside, 1959 by Will Wells

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Will Wells’ most recent poetry collection, Odd Lots, Scraps & Second-hand, Like New, won the the 2016 Grayson Poetry Prize and was published by Grayson Books in April, 2017. Will’s previous collection, Unsettled Accounts, winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, was published by Ohio Univ./Swallow Press (2010). An earlier poetry collection, Conversing with the Light, won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. His current manuscript, Enduring Damage, from which “Ringside, 1959″ is drawn, is about half complete. Will is still beguiled by the smell of baking bread and has never liked boxing, but somehow, those two subjects found fusion in this poem. Although his mother was not a prizefighter, she did win some ribbons for her baking. She also spent the later part of WWII building B-17’s, so he imagines the woman flexing her muscles in the famous Rosie the Riveter war posters as representing her identity ten years before he came along.

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Is This Where You Expected to Be by Martin Willitts Jr

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Martin Willitts Jr has 24 chapbooks including the winner of the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, “The Wire Fence Holding Back the World” (Flowstone Press, 2017), plus 11 full-length collections including “The Uncertain Lover” (Dos Madres Press, 2018)  and “Coming Home Celebration” (FutureCycle Press, 2019).

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Memorial Day by Mike Pantano

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Mike Pantano wrote his first poems on a Smith-Corona typewriter. When first out of college, he worked at a small printing company as a proofreader, but in fact used his employment there to transfer his poems onto typeset galleys so he could see what a poem would look like in published form. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Third Wednesday, San Pedro River Review, the Museum of Americana, Gravel, Flint Hills Review, Slipstream and elsewhere. A husband and father, he lives with his wife and an assortment of animals in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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The Ten-Year-Old Learns to Play Poker by J.S. Absher

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J.S. Absher has been a missionary, offset printer, teller, janitor, records manager, editor, and consultant, sold mutual funds, and surveyed scrub timberland. Absher’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in numerous venues, including Tar River Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, Dialogue, The Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina, and Sunstone. His most recent book, Mouth Work, won the 2015 Lena Shull Book Contest sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society and was published by St. Andrews University Press in 2016. (It is available on Amazon .) His poems were featured in an issue of Visions International and have won various prizes sponsored by the NC Poetry Society, Kakalak, and elsewhere. Absher has published two chapbooks, Night Weather (Cynosura Press, 2010; e-book, 2016), and The Burial of Anyce Shepherd (Main Street Rag Publications, 2006). The members of his two poetry critique groups, the Poet Fools and the Black Socks, have made significant contributions to his development as a poet. He is currently working on a nonfiction book of creative microhistory focusing on several men and women who lived in Winston-Salem, NC, in the 1890s. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife, Patti Martin-Absher.
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For Pamela, Recovering from a Stroke by Melissa Huff

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Melissa Huff returned to her love of writing after fifteen satisfying years making one-of-a-kind jewelry, which can be seen here. When she needed to use more of her intuition and craved a less linear creative process, sculpting poems by folding words around images and ideas turned out to be just the thing.  A scavenger from way back, who used to go searching for seed pods to transform into enameled copper jewelry, she now scavenges for words and metaphors.

Melissa enjoys exploring both metered poetry and free verse, and absolutely loves to read poetry aloud.  Her recent publishing credits include Origami Poems, The Ekphrastic Review, Brush Talks: a Journal of China, and Halfway Down the Stairs.  A love of nature and travel coupled with a recognition of the spiritual aspects of life frequently feed her poetry.

Although she officially splits her time between Chicago and Champaign, IL, Melissa is also often found in Colorado—seeing family and friends, taking poetry workshops, skiing, hiking and camping—though admittedly she’s now migrating from tent camping to the comfort of cabins…

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Remember This by Amy L. Bethke

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Amy L. Bethke lives in Maple Grove, Minnesota with her husband, children and a crazy dog named Cooper. Her favorite coffee drink is an almond milk latte with honey. She’s an introvert and a recovering perfectionist. Her favorite guests at parties are dogs. And cats are okay, too. Most of her writing sessions begin with needless fiddling around in an effort to discover or create the perfect writing playlist. Her writing can be found in several journals, most recently MoonPark Review and 100 word story. Find her on twitter.

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Our Lady of Lost Causes by Jennifer Schomburg Kanke

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Jennifer Schomburg Kanke is originally from Columbus, Ohio and lives in Tallahassee, Florida. For twenty-one years she taught everything from study skills to critical theory but gave it all up for a quiet life in a cubicle where she edits confidential documents in a secure facility for the government, which is not nearly as exciting as it sounds. Commas are commas whether they’re for teachers or spies. Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Court Green, and r.kv.r.y. Her fiction has appeared in Gravel, New South, and Pembroke. Her nonfiction has appeared in Connotation Press, Pleiades, and World Literature Today. She serves as a reader for Emrys.

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An Assurance of Something Unforeseen by Jeff Hardin

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Jeff Hardin is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Small Revolution and No Other Kind of World (recipient of the X. J. Kennedy Prize). His sixth collection, A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being, is forthcoming in fall 2019. Recent and forthcoming poems appear in The Southern Review, North American Review, Southern Poetry Review, Hotel Amerika, Quiddity, Ruminate, The Laurel Review, and elsewhere. He lives on five acres in TN and writes daily at dawn. Visit his website.
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In the Backyard by Hannah Marshall

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Hannah Marshall lives in south-central Illinois, an hour outside of St. Louis, MO. She is a loose-leaf tea nerd and has a large college of handmade mugs given to her by her father, a full-time professional potter. She can also identify many trees by their bark and is training her six-year-old to be a genuine tree-hugger. Marshall occasionally posts her poems and blogposts at hannahmarshallpoet.com. You can also follow her adventures in adult coloring on Instagram @hanamara. She has been published in Minerva Rising, Dappled Things, The Madison Review, Big Muddy, Stoneboat, and others, and is a poetry student at Converse College’s Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing.

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Wanderlust by Heather Bourbeau

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Heather Bourbeau’s fiction and poetry have been published in 100 Word Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, CleaverEleven Eleven, Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Chalkboard, Open City, and The Stockholm Review of Literature. Her piece “Hopscotch” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been featured in several anthologies, including Nothing Short Of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story (Outpost 19) and America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience (Sixteen Rivers Press), and the upcoming I Just Wanna Testify: Poems About Detroit Music (Michigan State University Press). Her journalism has appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy. She was a contributing writer to Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond with Don Cheadle and John Prendergast. She has worked with various UN agencies, including the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia and UNICEF Somalia. She is member of the New York Writers Room and the Writers Grotto.

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At the Farmers’ Market by M.S. Rooney

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M.S. Rooney lives in Sonoma, California, with poet Dan Noreen. She would love to put together a tidy biography, but all those different M.S. Rooneys inside can’t agree on a single voice. Like trying to herd cats. Instead, she follows her curiosity and discovers what they have to say in poems. They have had work published in many journals and anthologies, and one of them has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  All love beautiful Sonoma County and stop as often as possible to admire the native wildflowers and birds and to learn to greet them by name.

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On the Way to the C.D. Wright Women Writers’ Conference by Karen Schubert

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Karen Schubert is the author of five poetry chapbooks, including Dear Youngstown (NightBallet Press) and Black Sand Beach (Kattywompus Press). Kathleen Flenniken selected I Left My Wings on a Chair for a Wick Poetry Center chapbook prize, noting that each poem was like a Roz Chast cartoon. Karen has not recovered from that happiness. Her poems have been published in Best American Poetry Online, National Poetry Review, diode  and many others; awards include residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Headlands Center for the Arts. She is founding Director of Lit Youngstown in Northeast Ohio, and invites you to the Fall Literary Festival. You should come. At home, Karen loves hanging out with her cat Jonny, her grandson Parker and her sculptor Tony.

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Manning Up by Penelope Scambly Schott

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Penelope Scambly Schott is a past recipient of the Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Recent books include Serpent Love: A Mother-Daughter Epic about a struggle with her adult daughter, with an essay in which the daughter gives her viewpoint, House of the Cardamom Seed, and November Quilt. Penelope lives a double life – in Portland where she and her husband host the White Dog Poetry Salon and in Dufur where she spends half of every week and also teaches an annual poetry workshop.

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