Poetry Featured in This Issue:

Immaculate by Chella Courington

Chella Courington is a writer and teacher living in California. With an MFA in Poetry, she teaches at Santa Barbara City College. Her recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in Gargoyle Magazine, Iguana Review, Pirene’s Fountain and DMQ Review. Her chapbook, Paper Covers Rock, was first runner-up in the Qarrtsiluni Chapbook Competition 2009. Her short short fiction, “Blood Moon,” won the doorknobs first-place in Doorknobs and BodyPaint (August 2009).

New Year's Morning by Jim Benz

Jim BenzJim Benz lives in Minneapolis with his wife, two cats, and a dog. His work can be found in a variety of print and online journals, including (most recently) Caper Literary Journal, Blackbox Manifold, Gutter Eloquence, and Right Hand Pointing.

Water and Salt by Jan Steckel 

Jan SteckelJan Steckel is an Oakland writer, former pediatrician, and bisexual activist. Her chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) won the Gertrude Press fiction chapbook award for LGBT writers. She has a poetry chapbook out, The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006), and one more manuscript each of poetry and of fiction completed. Her writing has appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Bellevue Literary Review, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, Red Rock Review and elsewhere. Her work has won a number of awards and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. www.jansteckel.com.

An Irish Gathering by Donal Mahoney

Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, now lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press and Washington University in St. Louis. He has had poems published in or accepted by The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonwealth, Public Republic (Bulgaria), Revival (Ireland), The Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), Poetry Super Highway, Pirene's Fountain (Australia) and other publications.

Spent by Lisa Kaitz

Lisa Kaitz is originally from Los Angeles, but don’t hold that against her -- she can spot a classic car and a fake rack a mile away.  Living in New York City for fifteen years, she is a freelance copy editor and  co-owner of a screen printing company called Little Shark Press with her husband.  As a writer, she has been published in City Writers Review, My Favorite Bullet, The Potomac, and was a writer/associate editor for IndieCent Magazine. 

Nothing Is by Kristine Ong Muslim

Kristine Ong Muslim’s work is forthcoming or has appeared in over four hundred publications worldwide, most recently in Coe Review, Cold-Drill, Grasslimb, Southword, and The Blotter Magazine.  She has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize and four times for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Rhysling Award. http://kristinemuslim.weebly.com

Death in Bed by Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones is currently completing his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University - Newark. He's a graduate of Western Kentucky University where he won the Jim Wayne Miller Award for Poetry. While at Western, he was the poetry editor for Rise Over Run Magazine. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications like StorySouth, Barnwood Magazine, Splinter Generation, The Adirondack Review, Mary and Ganymede. He blogs regularly at saeedjones.wordpress.com

I Have No by Kate Evans

Kate Evans is the author of two novels, a poetry collection, and a book about teachers. She's currently working on several projects, including the ongoing, exciting challenge of living this short life to its fullest. A California native, she lives in the fun urban downtown of San Jose and teaches at San Jose State University.

Malignant by S.P. Flannery

S.P. Flannery was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and now resides in Madison. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Salzburg Review, Random Acts of Writing, The Alembic, Monkey's Fist, and Bolts of Silk. His work may also be viewed online at: http://spflannery.wordpress.com/.

Icon by Buzz Mauro

Buzz Mauro's stories and poems have appeared in Poet Lore, River Styx, Tampa Review, Tar River Poetry, and other magazines. He lives in Annapolis and works as an actor and acting teacher in Washington, D.C.

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