Contributor Bios

 

Ace Boggess

 

Ace Boggess is author of three books of poetry, most recently Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia. 

Rimsha Kashif

 

Rimsha Kashif is a sophomore at the University of Arizona, working towards a degree in Physiology. She hails from a family of American-Muslims with whom she resides in Tucson, Arizona. Her escapades as a young student, as a young woman and as a semicolon, separating her culture and her grooming, take form in her writing.

 

Maggie Smith is the author of, most recently, Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017) and The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the New York Times, The Best American Poetry 2017, Ploughshares, Tin House, AGNI, and elsewhere. In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and was called the “Official Poem of 2016” by Public Radio International. Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She lives and writes in Ohio.

Andrea Witzke Slot

 

Andrea Witzke Slot writes poetry, fiction, and essays, and is particularly interested in exploring the places in which genres mix. Her first full length poetry collection To find a new beauty was published by Gold Wake Press in 2012, while her second was shortlisted for Eyewear Press's 2016 Beverly Prize. Andrea has won prizes with Fiction International and Able Muse, and has been a finalist in over a dozen competitions, including A room of Her Own's Clarissa Dalloway Prize for her first novel manuscript. Recent poetry, fiction, and hybrid work can be found in such UK and US journals as Ambit, Acumen, American Literary Review, Measure, Mid-American Review, Meridian, Nimrod, Southeast Review, and Under the Radar, among many others. An American expat and permanent resident of the UK, Andrea lives in London but visits Chicago regularly. Her fiction/creative nonfiction is represented by Stephanie Sinclair at Transatlantic Literary Agency and her website is www.andreawitzkeslot.com

Cassandra Farrin

 

Cassandra Farrin is a poet, adoptive parent, and editor of books on the history of religion. A US-UK Fulbright Scholar, she has published work in Cirque, Frontier Journal, concīs, the Plath Poetry Project, the Ploughshares blog, and elsewhere. Visit her blog Ginger & Sage (ginger-and-sage.org) and follow her on Twitter @CassaCassaCassa.

Mark Jackley

 

Mark Jackley's work has appeared in Sugar House Review, Fifth Wednesday, Natural Bridge and other journals. HIs chapbook On the Edge of a Very Small Town is available free by email request at chineseplums@gmail.com. He lives in Purcellville, VA.

Sheila Sondik

 

Sheila Sondik is a printmaker and poet in Bellingham, Washington. Her poems, in both Japanese and Western forms, have appeared in CALYX, The Literateur, Raven Chronicles, Modern Haiku, frogpond, and other journals. Her chapbook, Fishing a Familiar Pond: Found Poems from the Yearling was published by Egress Studio Press. The last words in the lines of “Dream Work” comprise a quotation from Kenneth Rexroth’s poem “Precession of the Equinoxes.” Find more at www.sheilasondik.com

Daniel Pieczkolon

 

Daniel Pieczkolon lives in Philadelphia and teaches writing courses in the English Department at Arcadia University.  His poetry has recently appeared in The Eunoia Review, Right Hand Pointing, and Crack the Spine.  He is the editor of the print-only arts zine Deviant Philly.  

Francine Witte

 

Francine Witte is a poet, flash fiction writer, blogger, reviewer, and photographer. She is the author of five chapbooks. Her full-length poetry collection, Cafe Crazy is forthcoming from Kelsay Press. She lives in NYC. 

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