Contributor Bios


Valerie Wallace


Valerie Wallace is the author of House of McQueen (March 2018), selected by Vievee Francis for the 2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize, and the chapbook The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping, which features 10 poems chosen by Margaret Atwood for the 2012 Atty Award. You can find her at

Charles Kell


Charles Kell is a PhD student at The University of Rhode Island and editor of The Ocean State Review. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, IthacaLit, and elsewhere. He teaches in Rhode Island and Connecticut.


Kara Arguello has recently had poems in Caesura, Red Wheelbarrow, and DNA (Dragonfly Press).  Previously, her work has appeared in Cream City Review, The Fourth River, Sugar House Review, The Four Seasons anthology (Kind of a Hurricane Press), Apercus Quarterly, and on the blog Eat This Poem, and her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she now lives, works and writes in San Jose, California, and enjoys the sunshine with her husband and their boisterous toddler son.  Explore more of her poetry at

Erin Slaughter


Erin Slaughter is pursuing an MFA at Western Kentucky University, where she teaches undergraduate writing classes. You can find her writing in River Teeth, Juked, Gravel, and the Bellingham Review, among others. Her first chapbook of poetry, Elegy for the Body, is forthcoming from Slash Pine Press. 

William James


William James is a poet, aging punk, and train enthusiast currently living in Manchester, NH. He's the founder of Beech St. Review and the author of "rebel hearts & restless ghosts" (Timber Mouse Publishing). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Forklift Ohio, Vending Machine Press, Five:2:One, and Firefly Magazine. Find him on Twitter (@thebilljim) or at

Kelly Fisher


Cover photo thanks to Kelly Fisher.

Ben Kline


Ben Kline lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he drinks a lot of bourbon, wine and coffee while writing about modern digital existence, former lovers, current sex lives, and his Appalachian upbringing. His work has appeared in The New Verse News, KNACK Magazine, Headmaster Magazine, Birds Piled Loosely, and apt. His first full length book of poems, Going Fast in Loose Directions, was published by Queer Young Cowboys in 2014. He blogs regularly at

Kathleen Hellen


Kathleen Hellen is the author of the collection Umberto’s Night, winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Loved Mothra and Pentimento. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters and Commentary, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Nation, North American Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, the Sewanee Review, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere. Recipient of the Thomas Merton poetry prize, the H.O.W. Journal poetry prize, the Washington Square Review Poetry Prize, and twice nominated for the Pushcart, she teaches in Baltimore.

Arthur Russell


Arthur Russell is a poet and lawyer living in Nutley, New Jersey. He won a Creative Writing Fellowship to Syracuse University as well as a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship. His “Whales Off Manhattan Beach Breaching In Winter” was voted Poem of the year at Brooklyn Poets in 2015, and won Honorable Mention in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize for 2016. It was anthologized in Bettering American Poetry, Brooklyn Poets Anthology, as well as in Paterson Literary Review. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Prelude, Yellow Chair Journal, POSTmortem, Mud-Pie Press’s Shot Glass Journal, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and Wilderness House Literary Review.

Sherry Rind


Bio Sherry Rind is the author of four collections of poetry and editor of two books about Airedale terriers. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Anhinga Press, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, and King County Arts Commission. She teaches at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.​

Mark Milazzo


Mark Milazzo studied creative writing and psychology at Loyola University Chicago. He lives and writes in Chicago with his husband and French bulldog Lucy. His poetry has previously appeared in Ganymede & Glitterwolf magazines. Mark is currently working as a psychotherapist in private practice.​