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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Contributor Bios


M. J. Arlett was born in the UK and now lives in Texas where she is pursuing her PhD. She is an editor at the Plath Poetry Project and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in B O D Y, The Boiler, Lunch Ticket, Poet Lore, Mud Season Review, Rust + Moth, and elsewhere.


M.P. Callender’s paintings have been shown in both group and solo exhibitions in Texas and Oklahoma, and are held in several private and corporate collections.


Jade Cho is a writer, educator, and granddaughter of Toisanese immigrants. She is the author of In the Tongue of Ghosts (First Word Press, 2016), and her poems have appeared in The Offing and Third Woman Pulse.


Brenda Mauney Councill currently specializes in large-scale murals, and public art, particularly domed ceilings, tackling projects that often put her high in the world of art. She recently completed The Largest Contemporary Painted Dome in the Southeast. 


Claire Donato is the author of Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press) and The Second Body (Poor Claudia; Tarpaulin Sky Press, forthcoming). Recent writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Society of America, Fanzine, BOMB, Ninth Letter, and DIAGRAM. Her digital language art has been screened at MoMA PS1, Knockdown Center, and SPACE Gallery. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the BFA Writing Program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.


Soukaina Eljamri was born in Rabat, Morocco where she lived for five years before immigrating to the United States. She grew up in a Muslim family in northeastern Pennsylvania and currently studies Cultural Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh with the intention of pursuing a career in medicine. This is her first publication.


Beth Gilstrap is the author of I Am Barbarella: Stories (2015) from Twelve Winters Press and No Man’s Wild Laura (2016) from Hyacinth Girl Press. She serves as Fiction Editor over at Little Fiction | Big Truths. Her work has appeared in Re:AL, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, The Minnesota Review, Literary Orphans, and Little Patuxent Review, among others. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and enough rescue pets to make life interesting.


Anna Gore resides in Iowa with her husband and son.


Tom Lolis received a PhD in English from the University of Miami and has published nonfiction in Shofar, Clio, and Yemassee. He held an Ahmanson-Getty Fellowship from the Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies at UCLA and a Marion L. Brittain Fellowship at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He teaches coursework in the humanities to high school students in Macon, Georgia, and is working on a first novel. “Tante’s Demon” is his first published short story. You can find him on Twitter @Tom_Lolis.


Suvi Mahonen is a freelance writer based on Australia’s Gold Coast. Her nonfiction appears on many platforms including The Huffington Post, The Weekend Australian Magazine, and The Establishment. Her fiction has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies including in The Best Australian Stories and Griffith Review. A portion of a longer work-in-progress was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. For more from Suvi visit her page here.


Daniel Edward Moore’s poems have been published in journals such as The Spoon River Poetry Review, Rattle, Assaracus Review, Columbia Journal, American Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, Mid-American Review and others. He has poems forthcoming in Broad Street Magazine, Tule Review, Weber Review, Natural Bridge and 2 Bridges Review. His work has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Washington on Whidbey Island. His recent book, Confessions of a Pentecostal Buddhist, can be found on Amazon. Visit Daniel’s website here.


Hailing originally from southwestern Pennsylvania, Jennifer Parks now lives on a small patch of bluegrass in central Kentucky. Jennifer is a working mother of three and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University’s Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA program. She was last year’s nonfiction and poetry editor for the literary journal Jelly Bucket. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Crucible, cahoodaloodaling, and in an anthology by Accents Publishing.


Siddarth Ramesh was born in Madurai, India, and immigrated to Canada as a child. Siddarth is now a student at York University, studying graphic design. 


Liz Robbins’ third collection, Freaked, won the 2014 Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award; her second collection, Play Button, won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award. In 2015, she won the Crab Orchard Review Special Issue Feature Award in Poetry and, in 2016, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Fugue. Her poems have appeared in Adroit Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, BOAAT, Cimarron Review, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review Online, Rattle, and Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. She has poems forthcoming in Salt Hill. She’s an associate professor of creative writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.


Mike Soto is a first generation Mexican-American, raised in East Dallas and in a small town in Michoacán. His current manuscript uses themes from the current drug war taking place along a fictional U.S./ Mexico bordertown. The manuscript can be described as a Narco Acid Western told in about forty-five poems. It is written in lineage with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film, El Topo. Poems from this manuscript have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, New Delta Review, Hobart, Cincinnati Review, Radar Poetry, and others.


Pablo Piñero Stillmann’s work has appeared in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, The Normal School, Washington Square Review, The Arkansas International, and other journals. His novel, Temblador, was published in Mexico by Tierra Adentro. He can be reached @harmsndwich on Twitter.


Will Stockton teaches English at Clemson University. With D. Gilson, Will Stockton is the author of Crush (Punctum Books) and Gay Boys Write Straight Porn (Sibling Rivalry). He is also the author of Brimstone (Queer Young Cowboys). His poems have appeared in journals including Adroit, Assaracus, Bloom, and Folio.


Mikey Swanberg is the Managing Editor of Little League, a collaborative literature imprint based in Chicago. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tinderbox, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, and elsewhere.


Melissa Wiley is the author of Antlers in Space and Other Common Phenomena (Split Lip Press). Her creative nonfiction has appeared in places like The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, Phoebe, Waxwing, The Offing, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Juked, Noble / Gas Qtrly, Drunken Boat, and PANK. You can follow her on Twitter at @HeyMelissaWiley.