Contributor Bios


Rose Maria Woodson


Rose Maria Woodson holds an MA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University and an MA In Community Development from North Park University. Her poems have been published in numerous journals including Clarion, Gravel, Wicked Alice, OVS MagazineMagnolia: A Journal of Women’s Socially Engaged Literature, Volume II, Jet Fuel Review, Stirring, Scape Goat Review and the Mojave River Review.

Rich Ives


Rich Ives has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fiction Daily and many more. He is the author of a fiction chapbook, Sharpen, from The Newer York Press, a story collection, The Balloon Containing the Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking, from What Books, a poetry collection Light from a Small Brown Bird, from Bitter Oleander Press and a hybrid book of days, Tunneling to the Moon, from Silenced Press.


Lydia Flores is a writer, photographer, & other mysteries from Harlem, New York. Her work has been featured in Pulse Magazine, Crooked Teeth Magazine, Rising Phoenix Review, Deaf Poets Society, & several others. Find her at

Brianna Noll


Brianna Noll is the author of The Price of Scarlet (University Press of Kentucky, 2017), selected by Lisa Williams as the inaugural poetry collection in UPK's New Poetry and Prose Series. She is poetry editor of The Account, which she helped found, and her poems have appeared widely in journals including the Kenyon Review Online, The Georgia Review, 32 Poems, Southern Humanities Review, and Crazyhorse. She lives in Los Angeles.

Katherine Riegel


Katherine Riegel ( is the author of Letters to Colin Firth, which won the 2015 Sundress Publications Chapbook Competition, and two books of poetry: What the Mouth Was Made For and Castaway. Her poems and essays have appeared in Brevity, The Offing, Orion,, Tin House and elsewhere. She is co-founder and poetry editor for Sweet: A Literary Confection.

Rodd Whelpley


Rodd Whelpley’s work has recently appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, 2River View, *82 Review, Menacing Hedge, Shot Glass Journal, The Chagrin River Review and other journals. By day, he manages an electric efficiency program for 32 cities in Illinois.

Emily Townsend


Emily Townsend is a graduate student in English at Stephen F. Austin State University. Her works have appeared in Superstition Review, Thoughtful Dog, Noble / Gas Qtrly, Santa Clara Review and others, and are forthcoming in cream city review, cahoodaloodaling, The Coachella Review, Watershed Review and ANGLES. A 2017 AWP Intro Journals Award nominee, she is currently working on a collection of essays in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Margo Mensing


Margo Mensing’s manuscript, Almost a Member of the Family, focusing on the work and lives of Dorothea Lange and Maynard Dixon, was a semi-finalist in the 42 Miles’s 2017 competition. Her poems have appeared in Right Hand Pointing, La Presa, Tupelo Quarterly, Chronogram, First Literary Review—East, and Thoughtsmith.


Cutting up and reassembling texts and cloth are the fundamental components of her work. Her personal essay, “Canceled,” on her jacquard weaving of her brother’s death certificate paired with thirteen loaves of freshly baked raisin bread (the raisins made with her chewed canceled checks) was published in Gastronomica, Winter 2008.

Séraphine Louis


Séraphine Louis, known as Séraphine de Senlis (1864–1942), was a self-taught French painter in the naïve style. Our cover art represents one of her paintings, title unknown, created between 1928-30. Louis's works are predominantly fantasies of intensely repeated and embellished floral arrangements. She used colors and pigments that she made herself from unusual ingredients she never revealed and that have stood the test of time for durable vividness. Louis's paintings are exhibited in the Musée d'Art de Senlis, the Musée d'Art naïf in Nice, and the Musée d'Art moderne Lille Métropole in Villeneuve-d'Ascq. For more information, visit her Wikipedia page.