Issue 13 Contributors

Maria Isakova Bennett graduated with an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University in December 2012, and since then has had work published online and in print in the UK, US, and Ireland. During 2014 Maria was highly commended in the Gregory O’ Donoghue Poetry Competition, shortlisted in The Munster Literature Chapbook Competition, and in July she was awarded first prize in the Ver Poet’s Open Competition. Maria has a pamphlet forthcoming, and is currently working on a full collection.

Rachel Dacus is the author of 'Gods of Water and Air', a collection of poetry, prose, and drama. Her poetry collections are 'Earth Lessons' and 'Femme au Chapeau', and the spoken word CD 'A God You Can Dance'. Her writing has appeared in The Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Drunken Boat, Prairie Schooner, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She’s currently at work on a time travel novel involving the great Baroque sculptor, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. She lives in Walnut Creek, California and raises funds for nonprofit organizations.

David Danoff received his MFA from the University of Maryland, and his poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Measure, Dash, Unsplendid, Tikkun, Provincetown Arts, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Pleiades.

Janet Fisher has published three collections of poetry. Since her retirement as co-director of The Poetry Business in 2008 she has, thanks to the NHS, become progressively more disabled and is now virtually housebound.

Ruth Foley lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her work appears in numerous web an print journals, including Antiphon, The Bellingham Review, The Louisville Review, Redheaded Stepchild, and Umbrella. She serves as Managing Editor for Cider Press Review.

Nicole Caruso Garcia has new poems forthcoming in Mezzo Cammin, The Raintown Review, and 823 on High. Her poetry has appeared in The HyperTexts, Willow Review, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Soundings East, The Ledge, and the anthology, 'Mother is a Verb'. She received the Spring 2010 Willow Review Award. She earned her B.A. in English and Religious Studies from Fairfield University, and after seven years in corporate industry, she left to earn her M.S. in Education from The University of Bridgeport. She makes her home in Connecticut, where she teaches poetry and creative writing.

Deborah Hauser is the author of Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders (Finishing Line Press, 2011). She graduated from Stony Brook University with a Masters in English Literature. Her poetry has been published in journals such as The Wallace Stevens Journal, Dogwood, and DASH. She is a contributing editor at The Found Poetry Review. She leads a double life on Long Island where she works in the insurance industry when she isn’t writing poetry.

Louisa Howerow's latest poems appeared in Red Earth Review, The Dalhousie Review and CV2: Contemporary Verse 2, The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing. Her work has also been included in anthologies, most recently, Not Somewhere Else But Here (Sundress Publications, Knoxville TN) and I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions).

Karla Huston is the author of A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag: 2013) as well as seven chapbooks of poetry, most recently, Outside of a Dog: 2013 ( Her poems, reviews and interviews have been published widely, including in the 2012 Pushcart Best of the Small Presses anthology.

Celena E. Kusch is an associate professor of American literature at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She has participated in the PoemWorks workshop with Barbara Helfgott Hyett and in the Seven Mountains Writers Conference.

Julie Maclean: Shortlisted for the Crashaw Prize (Salt), and joint winner of the Geoff Stevens Poetry Prize (UK), Julie is the author of ‘When I saw Jimi’ (Indigo Dreams) and ‘Kiss of the Viking’ (Poetry Salzburg). Poetry and short fiction features in leading international journals and The Best Australian Poetry (UQP). Forthcoming in Poetry. Blogging at

Farzana Marie is a nomadic poet whose homes have included yurts and other structures in Chile, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and the Southwestern United States. She is a PhD candidate (Persian Lit/Creative Writing) at the University of Arizona and president of the nonprofit Civil Vision International ( Farzana is the author of the nonfiction book "Hearts for Sale! A Buyer's Guide to Winning in Afghanistan"(Worldwide Writings, 2013), a poetry chapbook called "Letters to War and Lethe" (Finishing Line Press, 2014), and a forthcoming book of Persian Dari poetry in translation, "Load Poems Like Guns: Women's Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan" (Holy Cow! Press, 2015). Find her on Twitter @farzanamarie

Alwyn Marriage’s poetry is widely published in magazines and anthologies, and four of her eight published books have been poetry.  She has won and been placed in a number of competitions, and held Poet in Residence posts with Ballet Rambert and with the Winchester Arts Festival and been awarded an international Rockefeller scholarship. She is currently Managing Editor of Oversteps Books, holds a research fellowship at the University of Surrey, and gives readings all over Britain and abroad. Previously she has been a university lecturer, chief executive of two NGOs and Editor of a journal.

Frederick Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, THE ADVENTURE and HAPPINESS, both published by Story Line Press. His work has appeared in Hudson Review, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Die Gazette (Munich), The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Representations, Magma (UK), Iota (UK), Bateau, Fulcrum, etc. Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Hamilton Stone Review, Diagram, BlazeVox, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, The New Hampshire Review, Mudlark, Occupoetry, Faircloth Review, Kalkion, etc. He is an adjunct professor creative writing George Washington University.

Penelope Scambly Schott's most recent book is How I Became An Historian (2014).

Ellen Steinbaum’s third poetry collection, "Brightness Falls," was published in September, 2013. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is included in two anthologies, Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems, American Places” and “The Widows’ Handbook.” She is the author of a one-person play, “CenterPiece,” which she has performed. An award-winning journalist and former literary columnist for The Boston Globe, she now writes a blog, “Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe,” which can be found at her web site,

William Stephenson’s poems have appeared in Anon, Envoi, Iota, Magma, Orbis, The North and The Rialto. His pamphlet Rain Dancers in the Data Cloud (Templar, 2012) won an Iota Shots award. He won the 2012 Ravenglass Poetry Prize. His second pamphlet is Source Code (Ravenglass, 2013).

Ellie White has been trying to teach people how to hallucinate since 1986. She holds a BA in English from The Ohio State University, and is currently an MFA candidate at Old Dominion University. Ellie’s poems have recently appeared in FreezeRay Poetry and Melancholy Hyperbole, as well as other journals. She currently lives among mermaids in Norfolk, Virginia.

Sherraine Pate Williams is an American poet who was born and raised in Memphis, TN, but now makes her home in a small town in Kentucky with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at Murray State University's creative writing program and currently teaches basic literacy skills to adults. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Measure: a Review of Formal Poetry and Zymbol: The Magazine of Symbolism and Surrealism.

Heidi Williamson’s first collection 'Electric Shadow' (Bloodaxe, 2011) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry.