Issue One / Spring 2018

Featuring nineteen poets, twelve fiction writers, and one non-fiction writer. 136 pages of art directly to you for $12. Available on Amazon.

Heikki Huotari is a retired professor of mathematics. In a past century, he attended a one-room country school and spent summers on a forest-fire lookout tower. He’s the winner of the 2016 Gambling the Aisle chapbook contest. A collection was published in 2018 by After The Pause.

Andy Stallings lives in Deerfield, MA, where he teaches English at Deerfield Academy. His second collection with Rescue Press, “Paradise,” will come out in 2018. He has four young children, and coaches cross country running.

Dan Buck is an amateur with a nearly irrelevant BA in English and a totally irrelevant MBA. His publication history is brief, with short fiction having been published in journals like Sobotka, Westwind Review, and Barbaric Yawp.

James Croal Jackson is the author of The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared in Hobart, FLAPPERHOUSE, Yes Poetry, and elsewhere. He edits The Mantle from Columbus, Ohio. Find more at

Tonya Mitchell’s fiction has appeared in the Copperfield Review among others and has been anthologized in Welcome to Elsewhere and Glimmer and Other Stories and Poems, for which she won the Cinnamon Press Award in Fiction. She lives in the Midwest and is the proud mother of three middle schoolers.

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Examined Life Journal, Studio One and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Leading Edge, Poetry East and Midwest Quarterly.

Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for Deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children’s librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include a chapbook — The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) — and a full length poetry collection — What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, NC

Thomas Zimmerman teaches English, directs the Writing Center, and edits The Big Windows Review at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His poems have appeared recently in Califragile, The Ginger Collect, and Man in the Street. Tom’s website:

Jon Steinhagen’s recent publications include the story “Goods” in Pendora; a collection of my stories, THE BIG BOOK OF SOUNDS, was recently published by Black Lawrence Press, and his novel THE HANGING ARTIST will be published by Abaddon Books in 2018.

Jeffrey Zable is a teacher and conga drummer who plays Afro Cuban Folkloric music for dance classes and Rumbas around the San Francisco Bay Area. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and anthologies. Recent writing in Fear of Monkeys, Mocking Heart Review, Drunken Llama, and many others.

David Spicer has had poems in Chiron Review, The New Verse News, Alcatraz, and elsewhere. The author of Everybody Has a Story and five chapbooks, he’s the former editor of raccoon, Outlaw, and Ion Books. His latest chapbook is From the Limbs of a Pear Tree, available from Flutter Press.

Robert Beveridge makes noise ( and writes poetry just outside Cleveland, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Pulsar, Tessellate, and Scarlet Leaf Review, among others.

Abdulkarim Alghabban is an undergraduate student (Senior Year) of English Literature&Linguistics and a minor in Media/Communication in King Saud University. Both of his short-stories ‘Of the Untold by the Unheeded’ and ‘Diapasons of Disorder’ were published by “Degenerate Literature” and “Firefly Magazine,” respectively. You can find/contact him on:

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over thirteen-hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (several times), The Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions 2016. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, is available. He lives in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Karen Wolf has an undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Toledo and a Master of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been published in Smokey Blue Literary and Art Magazine, The Wagon Magazine, Oasis Journal, and many others. Her chapbook, THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Paul Lewellan teaches Communications Studies at Augustana College, in Rock Island, Illinois. He’s married to his best friend, Pamela, who is also his chief literary critic and his accountant. They share their apartment with an annoying little Shi Tzu named Mannie. Paul has published over one-hundred pieces of short fiction.

Karlo Sevilla works as a customer service representative, and writes poetry from Quezon City, Philippines. His poems have appeared in Philippines Graphic, Radius, Matter, and elsewhere.

Daniel Davis is a native of rural Illinois. His work has appeared in Bartleby-Snopes, Necessary Fiction, Identity Theory, and elsewhere. You can find him at or @dan_davis86 on Twitter.

Christopher Stolle’s poetry has appeared most recently or is forthcoming in the “Tipton Poetry Journal,” “Flying Island,” and “Branches,” He works as an acquisitions and development editor for Penguin Random House, and he lives in Richmond, Indiana.

Ed Higgins’ poems and short fiction have appeared in various print and online journals including recently: Peacock Journal, Uut Poetry, Triggerfish Critical Review, and Tigershark Magazine, among others. Ed teaches literature at George Fox University, south of Portland, OR, USA, and is Asst. Fiction Editor for Ireland-based Brilliant Flash Fiction.

Tom Baragwanath is a writer originally from Wellington, New Zealand, currently living in Paris. His fiction has been published in Headland, Takahe, and the Eunoia Review.

Steve Carr, who lives in Richmond, Va., began his writing career as a military journalist and has had over a hundred short stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals and anthologies. His plays have been produced in several states. He was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee.

L. Ward Abel, poet, composer and performer of music, teacher, retired lawyer, lives in rural Georgia, has been published hundreds of times in print and online, including The Reader, Istanbul Review, Versal, and others, and is the author of one full collection and nine chapbooks of poetry, including Digby Roundabout (Kelsay Books, 2017).

William L. Spencer has published online in using the pen name Carlos Dunning. In print he’s published fiction and non-fiction in the San Diego Reader and West Coast Review (Simon Fraser University). He is a winner of first place for fiction (twice) and first place for non-fiction from the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild.

Jenean McBrearty is a graduate of San Diego State University, who taught Political Science and Sociology. Her fiction, poetry, and photographs have been published in over a hundred and ninety print and on-line journals. She won the Eastern Kentucky English Department Award for Graduate Creative Non-fiction in 2011, and a Silver Pen Award in 2015.

Gary Wosk was born in New York City, raised in the Bronx and the San Fernando Valley in California. After graduating from California State University, Northridge, he embarked on a career in newspaper reporting, media relations and author. He lives with his wife Mina in North Hills, California.

D. M. Kerr is the writing name of a Canadian writer currently living in Singapore, where he teaches IT and Game Design. His work has been published in Blank Spaces, Eyedrum Periodically and elsewhere. His mother taught tennis, making him a perpetual novice at backhands.

J. Andrew Briseño is the Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He is the Series Editor for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize. His work can be found in Smokelong Quarterly, Waxwing, Nat. Brut, and Acentos Review. He lives with too many cats in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Kathy Valentine is a professional musician and songwriter. Expanding her writing interests, she began working on a collection of short stories last year. In 2016, Valentine started writing a memoir to be published by the University of Texas Press. She currently lives in her hometown of Austin, Texas.

Mark J. Mitchell’s latest novel, The Magic War just appeared from Loose Leaves Publishing. He studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver and George Hitchcock. His work has appeared in the several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. Four of his chapbooks— Three Visitors, Lent, 1999, and Artifacts and Relics—and the novel, Knight Prisoner are available.