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Table of Contents – Spring 2015
Ursa Major 5
E. G. SILVERMAN
Espiritu Santo 41
DAVID MORRIS PARSON
Any Day Now 13
My Start As A Mystery Writer 14
Breakfast at the Mall 16
CLAYTON ADAM CLARK
So Much to Begin 35
Going Home, in January 36
MARY CATHERINE HARPER
Planet of Chairs 37
Five Words 38
DANIEL A. HARRIS
On the Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Looking Down 40
Blackbirds in Flight 50
Fellows Square 52
The Way My Father Farmed 53
Public Comment on the Reinstitution of Uranium Mining in Virginia 64
In the City Woods 65
MARY BASS POULIN
How Poetry Moves II 66
Scenes from a Chicago Department Store 67
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Contributor Bios – Spring 2015
CATHY BARBER’s poetry has been published in Slant, San Diego Poetry Annual, and Changing Harm to Harmony, an anthology about bullying. She is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program and the California State University, Hayward Masters in English program, where she received awards for her poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Her poetry manuscript, The Need for Comfort, was a finalist in the Vine Leaves manuscript contest. A past president of the board of California Poets in the Schools and a current member of the advisory board, Barber teaches in classrooms in San Mateo County.
JEFFREY BECK is the recent winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award, honorable mention winner of the Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize, and finalist in the Naugatuck River Review poetry award. His poetry has been published or will be published in Miramar, Worcester Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, I-70 Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and other journals. The author of four books of prose, he is at work on his first book of poetry, Travel Kit for Odyssey.
CLAYTON ADAM CLARK lives in St. Louis, Missouri, his hometown, where he communicates and fundraises for one of the largest eye banks in the country. He earned the MFA in poetry at Ohio State University and is currently working on his first poetry collection. Some of his other poems are forthcoming in The Southeast Review, Southern California Review, Bayou, Thin Air, and elsewhere.
NOEL CONNEELY has published poems in Chelsea, Main Street Rag, Coe Review, Willow Review and many other publications in Ireland and the United States. He has taught Irish for many years in Dunlavin and is seeking a publisher for his first collection.
FREDDY FUENTES holds a degree in Latin American Studies from Columbia University. He lives in Lexington, Virginia with his wife and three children, and he is an MFA student at Virginia Tech writing (in addition to non-fiction and short fiction) a novel inspired by stories his 85-year-old father has told him about being a child in 1930s/40s rural Cuba. Roosters and goats and saints and dirt and death and resurrection are things one might find in his work.
CERIDWEN HALL is a third year MFA candidate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and serves as assistant poetry editor at the Ninth Letter. She has work forthcoming in Booth.
MARY CATHERINE HARPER is a poet and Professor of English at Defiance College. She organizes and reads poetry at the yearly SwampFire Retreat of artists 73
and writers at 4 Corners Gallery in Angola, Indiana. Her publications have appeared in MidAmerica, Pudding Magazine, The Cleveland Review, and New England Review. Her poem “Muddy World” won the 2013 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. More information can be found at mcharper.faculty.defiance.edu
DANIEL A. HARRIS’s second collection of poems, Random Unisons followed Loose Parlance. His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart award, with publications in The Threepenny Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The California Review, The Rockford Review, Tulane Review, Gargoyle, Regarding Arts and Letters, and Poetica. During his academic career, he wrote literary critical studies of William Butler Yeats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Alfred Tennyson. Daniel is also an active environmentalist currently focusing on regional land-use issues, sustainable urban planning, and plastic bag reduction. He won a Sustainable Princeton Award in 2010. Please visit him at www.danielharrispoet.net.
WILL HARRIS was born in San Antonio, Texas into a military family, and later joined the military himself. After two staff tours in the Middle East, he left the military to teach English literature in the United Arab Emirates for several years. His critical and creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in African American Review, Existere, Glassworks, MELUS, Reunion: The Dallas Review, and Storyscape Literary Journal, among others.
JANICE HORNBURG is a native Texan who transplanted to East Tennessee in 1993. She attended Houston Baptist University, and is a clinical research scientist involved in the FDA approval of new drugs. Janice’s chapbook, Perspectives, was released by Finishing Line Press. Her work was published in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Gretchen Moran Laskas Volume V , and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. VI: Tennessee. Other poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage, Chapter 16, Town Creek Poetry, and Still: The Journal.
DAVID JAMES’ third book, My Torn Dance Card, comes out in 2015 from FCNI Press. He has five chapbooks and won the 2010 Next Generation Indie book award for his second book, She Dances Like Mussolini. He teaches at Oakland Community College.
YOANN JEZEQUEL is a photographer based in Paris, France. He has spent time in Seychelles, South Africa, Greece, England, Italy, Mexico, and Mauritius. For more information visit: www.zeeyolqphotography.smugmug.com
WILLIAM JOLLIFF is originally from Magnetic Springs, Ohio, and currently serves as Professor of English at George Fox University, just south of Portland, Oregon. His poetry and criticism have appeared in West Branch, Southern Humanities
Review, Southern Poetry Review, Appalachian Journal, Poet Lore, Midwest Quarterly, and other journals. His new collection, Twisted Shapes of Light, is forthcoming in the Poiema Poetry Series from Cascade Books.
VICTORIA KORTH is a poet and practicing psychiatrist living in Western New York. She holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from SUNY Brockport. Her poetry, inspired by nature and the human psyche, has appeared in Spoon River Review, Worcester Review, Barrow Street, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Cord Color, will be released by Finishing Line Press.
DAVID MORRIS PARSON is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. His short stories have appeared in Jet Fuel Review, Prime Mincer, The Meadowland Review, and other literary journals. David’s current obsession is trying to get his novel, The Divorce Comedy, published. He is an MFA graduate from Antioch University Los Angeles. (But in a former life, he was an award-winning advertising creative director – another form of fiction, really). A recovering Arkansan, David lives with his partner, son, and two dogs in Austin, Texas.
MARY BASS POULIN’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Poetry Review, Eclipse, Pearl, Spillway, Café Review, Stolen Island Review, Progenitor, and elsewhere. Selections of poems and her chapbook, Notes on Common Suffering, have received several finalist and honorable mentions in national contests. Poulin has an MFA from Vermont College and lives in the western mountains of Maine.
ELIZABETH REES’s first collection, Every Root a Branch, was published in 2014. Three of her four chapbooks have won national contests, most recently: Tilting Gravity. Her poems have appeared in Partisan, Review, Kenyon Review, and North American Review. New work is forthcoming in Nimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, Poetry East and Poet Lore.
E.G. SILVERMAN’s fiction has appeared in South Dakota Review, Harpur Palate, Beloit Fiction Journal, Fugue, Berkeley Fiction Review, 2 Bridges Review, and many other literary journals. A complete list is at EGSilverman.com. He was a finalist for the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for his short story collection Hardly Any Mess At All. He has also written four novels.
JACKIE SMITH is a retired rural mail carrier. Her husband and she have just returned from a two-year adventure living the dream on the Isle of Enchantment, Puerto Rico. They enjoyed the beach, the sun, and the people with their lovely, warm ways. Ultimately, though, family ties won out and brought them home. Paradise cannot trump grandchildren. Her poems have been published in several journals: Waterways, Westward Quarterly, Nuthouse, and The Chaffin Journal.
CHRISTINE STEWART-NUÑEZ is the author of five poetry collections: Snow, Salt, Honey; Keeping Them Alive; Postcard on Parchment; Unbound & Branded; and The Love of Unreal Things. The University of New Mexico Press will publish her next book, Untrussed, in 2016. She is an Associate Professor in the English Department at South Dakota State University.
LINDA TAYLOR has published over 90 poems, in The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Black Warrior Review, The Ohio Review, The Georgia Review, Tar River Poetry, Permafrost, Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, and other journals. Her work in the Indiana Review was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2008 and 2012 her book manuscript was a semi-finalist in the University of Wisconsin Press poetry first book competition, and a finalist in the White Pine Press first book competition. She teaches literature and creative writing at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She advocates for the environment in Georgia and spends time on the Oregon coast. Recently she traveled to Tanzania to research the landscape, life, and work of archaeologist Mary Leakey.
JUBAL TINER teaches at Brevard College where he is founder and editor of Pisgah Review. His short story collection, The Waterhouse, was published by Press 53 in 2012 and won an IPPY award for best regional fiction representing the Midwest. His stories have appeared in The Baltimore Review, The Florida Review, Oxford Magazine, Puerto Del Sol, The Dos Passos Review, Eureka Literary Magazine, Weber Studies, and elsewhere.
DENNIS TRUDELL of Madison, Wisconsin, has poems in recent or forthcoming issues of Tulane Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Rattle, Coe Review, Common Ground Review, and Trajectory. His book, Fragments in Us: Recent & Earlier Poems, was published by University of Wisconsin Press. His poems have been reprinted in over twenty anthologies.
HOWARD WINN’s fiction and poetry has been published recently by such journals as Dalhousie Review, Taj Mahal Review, Galway Review, Antigonish Review, Southern Humanities Review, Chaffin Review, Thin Air Literary Journal, and Futures Trading Literary Journal. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Stanford University, and his doctoral work was done at NYU. He has been a social worker in California and currently is a faculty member of SUNY as Professor of English.
ANNIE WOODFORD is originally from Henry County, Virginia. A graduate of Hollins College’s MA program in Creative Writing, she now lives in Roanoke City, Virginia, and teaches developmental English at Virginia Western Community College. Her poetry has been published in Appalachian