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Contributor Bios


Erica Bodwell is a poet and attorney from Concord, New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PANK, Barnstorm, Stone Highway Review, Cobalt, The Orange Room Review, and other fine journals.

Colleen Coyne lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches writing and works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Girls Mistaken for Ghosts (forthcoming from dancing girl press), and her work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review, Handsome, alice blue, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere.

While music has played the driving force in his business career, Otha “Vakseen” Davis III‘s passion for the arts has served as his key to sanity in the fast-paced entertainment industry. Drawing inspiration from women, emotions, and popular culture, his mixed media paintings have been sold to collectors and art enthusiasts throughout Los Angeles and the Southeast region of the U.S. While he’s only been on the art scene at a professional level since January 2012, Otha has been selected for 13 solo exhibitions and over 15 group exhibitions in venues like Art Share LA, Noho Art Gallery, Santa Clarita City Hall, Norbertellen Gallery, Larrabee Sound Studios, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Atlanta’s Emerging Art Scene Gallery, among others. His work has also been selected and featured in over 30 art and literary magazines. To view more of Otha’s work, visit

Alejandro Escudé is the winner of the 2013 Sacramento Poetry Center Award. His first collection, My Earthbound Eye, is now available on Amazon and at Alejandro is originally from Argentina. He is a high school English teacher and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids.

Chas Holden hasn’t quite got it all figured out, despite all evidence to the contrary. A cursory glance tells us that he’s employed and able to provide food and shelter for himself. But, further observation reveals a complete lack of fashion sense and the furrowed brow of one harried by existential dread. Some of his earlier poems can be found in 5×5, a handful of stones, unFold, Belletrist Coterie, and Neon.

Patrick Kelling is a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver and is the fiction editor for the literature magazine Gambling the Aisle ( His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and to Best New American Voices.

Ginger Ko studies at the University of Wyoming’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in Toad, smoking glue gun, Anti-, TYPO, inter|rupture, and HTMLGIANT. She is originally from Los Angeles.

Emily Koon is a writer from North Carolina. She has previously published work in Thin Air, Bluestem Magazine, Fiddleblack, and other places and can be found at

Kate LaDew is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in Studio Arts.

Amanda (Mandi) McGlynn is a 24-year-old amateur photographer in the Johnstown/Pittsburgh area who has been working with photography for between four and five years. Currently, she is looking to attend a college for her photography to make the leap into becoming a professional photographer. She uses photography as a medium to show the world a different way to look at the beauty that exists around us and would like the opportunity to share this vision with as many people as she can.

C.J. Opperthauser currently lives and teaches in Cincinnati. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Ghost Ocean Magazine, dislocate, and Scapegoat Review. He blogs at

Warren Read is an M.F.A. candidate at the Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University. He is the author of a memoir, The Lyncher in Me (Borealis, 2008), and is a contributor to Henhouse: The International Book For Chickens and Their Lovers (Write Bloody Publishing). He teaches elementary school and has a B.A. in Education and an M.A. Ed in administration.

Marin Sardy’s essays have been published or are forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Post Road, LUMINA, Phoebe, Bayou, Luna Luna, SFWP, and other journals, as well as two photography books published by the University of New Mexico Press—Landscape Dreams (2012) and Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby (2009). In 2013, Sardy received an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University. She is currently the nonfiction editor of Cactus Heart and is writing a memoir.

Jake Syersak is currently enrolled as an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Arizona, and his poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Timber, DIAGRAM, Coconut, and Conjunctions. Syersak’s chapbook, Notes to Wed No Toward, was recently published by Plan B Press.

J.R. Toriseva has been awarded a waiter scholarship to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Mary Merritt Henry Prize in Poetry. Currently in the English department at SUNY-GCC, Toriseva has also taught for Mills College, California Poets in the Schools, San Francisco WritersCorps, and Literary Arts of Portland, Oregon. Toriseva’s work has also appeared in or is forthcoming from The Cincinnati Review, Descant, Fulcrum, The Fiddlehead, CV2, Prism International, 14 Hills, Nimrod, The Adirondack Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Soundings East, JACKET, and others.

Sean Towey has published work in The Spectator, KILN, and the Tacoma Weekly. He is currently the Presidential Graduate Scholar at Illinois University. He is working toward an M.A .in English with an emphasis in creative writing.

Amanda Tumminaro lives in Illinois with her family. She has been published in Ceremony, Black Book Press, and Storm Cellar. In her free time she enjoys relaxing, watching movies, and hanging out with her extremely hip cat named Goldie. 

Jeanann Verlee is the author of Racing Hummingbirds (Write Bloody Publishing), recipient of the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry. She has also been awarded the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. Her work appears in The New York Quarterly, Rattle, and failbetter, among others, and she is a poetry editor for Union Station Magazine. Verlee wears polka dots and believes in you.

Patrick Williams is a poet and academic librarian living in Central New York. His poems have appeared in publications including The Metric, Word Riot, 3:AM Magazine, and elsewhere. He shares poems he has found in printed concordances at He is the editor of Really System, a journal of poetry and extensible poetics, which can be found at

Two-time Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Poet Laureate nominee, Sheri L. Wright is the author of six books of poetry, including the most recent, The Feast of Erasure. Wright’s visual work has appeared in numerous journals, including Blood Orange Review, Prick of the Spindle, Blood Lotus Journal, and Subliminal Interiors. In 2012, Ms. Wright was a contributor to the Sister Cities Project Lvlds: Creatively Linking Leeds and Louisville. Her photography has been shown across the Ohio Valley region and abroad. Currently, she is working on her first documentary film, Tracking Fire.