Contributor Bios

 

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Laura Stott

 

Laura Stott is the author of the book of poems, In the Museum of Coming and Going (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2014). Her poems can also be found or are forthcoming in publications such as Western Humanities Review, The Aurorean, Sugar House Review, Copper Nickel, Memorious, and Cutbank. She is an instructor of English at Weber State University. 

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Katya Vondermuhll

 

Katya Vondermuhll received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.F.A. from the University of San Francisco. She has been a finalist and third place winner in Glimmer Train Press' fiction contests for her short fiction and was a finalist for the 2019 Summer Literary Seminars Georgia for her poetry. Katya currently lives in San Francisco with her three children and is at work on a novel.

 

Jennifer Lothrigel is a poet and artist in the San Francisco Bay area.  She is the author of a chapbook titled Pneuma, published last year by Liquid Light Press.  Her work has also been published in Arcturus, Rag Queen Periodical, Bitter Zoet, and Suisun Valley Review, amongst others. Find her on Twitter @JLothrigel and Instagram @PartingMists.

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Sam Herschel Wein

 

Sam Herschel Wein lives in Chicago and specializes in aimless frolicking. His first chapbook, Fruit Mansion (Split Lip Press, 2017) was the winner of the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook prize. His second chapbook, Gesundheit!, a collaboration with Chen Chen, is forthcoming with Glass Poetry Press in 2019. He co-runs the journal Underblong. His recent work can be found in Hobart, Bat City Review, and Connotation Press, among others. See what he's up to at shmoowrites.com

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Kelly R Samuels

 

Kelly R. Samuels is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She is the author of two chapbooks: Words Some of Us Rarely Use (Unsolicited Press) and Zeena/Zenobia Speaks
(Finishing Line Press). Her poems have appeared in Salt Hill, Split Rock Review, RHINO, Inscape, and SWWIM. She lives in the upper Midwest. Find her at https://www.krsamuels.com/.

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Sylvia Beato

 

Sylvia Beato is the author of Allegiances (Ghostbird Press, 2019). Her poems and translations have appeared in Kettle Blue Review, Europe Now, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She teaches and laughs with her family in Brooklyn. Find her at https://smbeato.com.

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Mark Danowsky

 

Mark Danowsky is a writer from Philadelphia and author of the poetry collection As Falls Trees (NightBallet Press, 2018). His poems have appeared in Eunoia Review, Gargoyle, The Healing Muse, Kestrel, North Dakota Quarterly, and elsewhere. He’s Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

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Jeanie Tomanek

 

Artist Jeanie Tomanek draws upon themes that first developed in her poetry; exploring various feminine archetypes from myths, folk-tales and even her own experiences. The natural world as she experienced it growing up on a farm in the Genesee Valley region of New York also strongly influences her work. Trees, flowers, birds and snow are symbols for emotional states or story elements. Dogs sometimes accompany the pale bald “everywoman” protagonist on her journeys that often take place beneath a starry moonlit sky. She has been called a mythic artist, telling ancient stories that never grow old.

 

    “I love to show the strength and optimistic attributes of women. Even when they are in a quandary or in danger, I always try to show a glimmer of hope and wisdom—that they will solve the riddle and make it through, stronger and with dignity. Being bald and shorn of any particular identity, they become all women.”

 

Tomanek is self-taught, and has always painted for pleasure. In 2001, at age 50, she left traditional employment  and began her full time artist career. She lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Dennis and two rescue dogs.

 

She is also a published poet and her paintings have appeared as cover art for many literary journals and poetry collections.  Recently her painting “Thoreau’s Pumpkin” was included in the Hudson River Museum’s “Paintbox Leaves, Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to Wyeth”.  Three images were also included in “Re-enchantment” a project produced for Australian Broadcasting Company that explores the ongoing effect of fairy tales in our daily lives.

 

Her work is held in many private and public collections in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia and New Zealand.

Find her at https://jeanietomanek.com and on Instagram @everywomanart.