W. Jack Savage
W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage. To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over four-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.
Sidney Taiko is the Editor-in-Chief of Storm Cellar, a literary Journal. She is the recipient of several creative writing awards including the John L. Rainey Prize in fiction, the Junior Quinn Award in poetry, the Thatcher H. Guild American Academy of Poets Award, and the Florence L. Healy Scholarship. She graduated with an MA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was the recipient of the Ellen Hunnicut prize in fiction. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming in Sage Hill Press, CutBank, PANK, Comstock Review, and Montage. You can listen to her read her two flash fiction pieces here.
Amryn Soldier’s photographs have been published in a number of print and online publications such as Sugar Hill & Suwannee Life Magazines, The Southern Regional Honors Council, as well as a number of literary magazines. Her most noteworthy achievement was delivering a TEDx talk on overcoming fears in artistic endeavors. She has also exhibited photographs in the Hudgens Center for the Arts, S. Tucker Cook Gallery, the YMI Cultural Center, Owen Hall Flood Gallery, and the Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery. She graduated cum laude with a BA concentrating in photography from UNC Asheville with distinction as a university scholar earning the Leadership in Arts Award, All – Academic Athletic Award, and the International Tennis Association Scholar Athlete Award. Her most recent work focuses on self representation and utilizes a combination of alternative processes
Lara Dunning received her MFA in Creative Writing with a dual focus degree in nonfiction and children’s/young adult writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Her essays have been published in Soundings Review, Silver Apples Magazine, and Mountain Gazette. Her young adult novel Aleutian Pearl won 2nd place in the Authors.me YA!2015 contest.
Sheila Moeschen is a Boston-based writer who’s work has appeared in Huffington Post, Feminine Collective, bioStories, and Red Line Roots. She is represented by Full Circle Literary Agency.
Joe Hiland received his MFA from Indiana University and is a former fiction editor of Indiana Review. His short story “When the Green Went Away” was published in Colorado Review, won an AWP Intro Award, and was a “Notable Nonrequired Reading” in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.
Pushcart nominee, Lana Bella is an author of two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016) and Adagio (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 300 journals, including, 2River, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, The Ilanot Review, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, Tipton Poetry Journal, and Yes Poetry among others. She resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.
Bill Vernon’s novel Old Town was published Five Star Mysteries in 2005. His poems, stories and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Recent nonfiction publications include stories in Indiana Voice Journal, The Magnolia Review, Star 82 Review, Dryland Lit, Scarlet Leaf Review, Memoir Journal, and Heartbeat Literary Journal.
Doug Bolling currently resides in the Chicago area while working on a collection. His poems have appeared in Basalt, Juked, Water-Stone Review, Redactions, BlazeVOX, Posit, Agave and many others. He has received several Pushcart nominations and a Best of the Net nomination, earned the MA and PhD from Iowa and has taught at colleges and universities in the Midwest.
Lynn Holmgren lives and writes in Boston. She is a community organizer, bicycle advocate and co-founder of the WWF (Women Writing Fiction).
Heather J. Macpherson
Heather J. Macpherson writes from New England. Her work has appeared in many fine publications including Spillway, Pearl, The Broken Plate, and OVS. She has twice been a features editor for The Worcester Review, and is the Executive Director at Damfino Press. Besides writing poetry, essays, and occasional fiction, Heather teaches poetry writing workshops and works part-time as a high school librarian. She is a visiting instructor at Framingham State University. She holds a Masters in Education (Library Media Studies) and is completing her Masters in English, spring 2016.
Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician, is a Pushcart nominee with over a thousand poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review. His latest book out now, ‘An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy’ is available on Amazon and through Cawing Crow Press.
Stephanie Papa is a poet and translator living Paris, France. She has an MFA degree in Poetry from the Pan European program at Cedar Crest College. She is poetry co-editor of Paris Lit Up magazine. Her work has been published in NOON, great weather for media, Four Chambers Press, Paris/Atlantic, Literary Bohemian, 5×5, Rumpus, Cleaver Magazine, Cerise Press, The Prose Poetry Project. She organizes anglophone writing workshops in Paris. Listen to her reading “Lebanon on a Map” and read her interview at Niche here.
Peter Fortenbaugh is 25 years old and from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He has been working on the fictional Chesapeake island of Johnsontown for five years. He currently lives in Madrid with his girlfriend Cecilia. This is his first publication.
Richard Vyse has shown in galleries in Manhattan, Boston and Honolulu. He has studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and taught at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. His art has been featured in Agave Magazine, The Magnolia Review, and was the critics choice art in Heart Mind Zine Magazine. His art is in the Leslie+Lohman museum in New York City. Visit vyseartpuncturedmindscapes.blogspot.com for more information.
Paul Pekin has published numerous stories, essays, and features in commercial and literary markets including, this year, Little Paxutent Review, Gravel, Compose, and Waterford Review. Some of his older work can be seen at his website.