Winter 2017 Contributors

Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire Press, 2003).  His novel, A Song Without a Melody, has just been released from Hyperborea Publishing, His recent fiction appears in Notre Dame Review, Lumina, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and Coe Review. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

William C. Crawford is an outdoor art critic, writer and photographer living in North Carolina. He can be reached at bcraw44@gmail.com

Max Eevi was born in North London.  From a young age he turned to artistic practices as a conduit for lost time.  A background in Fine Art practices has taught him to consider wider, more abstract notions of writing.  His influences lie with such writers as Samuel Beckett, Donald Barthelme and Joseph Conrad.   From his influences he has learned to subtract.  He now lives in South London, near the river.  

Corey Farrenkopf received his B.A. and M.Ed from Umass Amherst. He works as a special education teacher. In the evenings, he writes novels and short stories in an attic space with a single skylight. His work has been published in Gravel, Sleet Magazine, Literary Orphans Journal, The Santa Ana River Review, Fiction Fix, and The Avalon Literary Review. He lives on Cape Cod with his girlfriend, Gabrielle. To learn more, follow him on twitter @CoreyFarrenkopf or on Facebook.

Shawn Girvan‘s work has been featured as an online exclusive for The Pitkin Review and he has served as a guest editor for The Quotable. Shawn also studied and performed at the famed Second City and IO Theaters in Chicago and produced a critically acclaimed documentary film. Shawn currently resides in Virginia Beach where he teaches Creative Nonfiction at the Muse Writers Center.

Russell Helms has had stories in Sand, Temenos, Drunken Boat, Litro, Versal, Bewildering Stories, The Moth and other journals. He writes, designs books, and holds a lectureship in English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His novel The Ground Catches Everything (2015) is from Roundfire Books. Another novel, Famine, is forthcoming from Knut House Press (2017). He is from Alabama. You may find more about him on http://russellhelms.com/

Joshilyn Jackson is a New York Times Bestselling author of seven novels and a novella: The Opposite of Everyone, Someone Else’s Love Story, gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and the novella My Own Miraculous.  More at JoshilynJackson.com

Ellen J. Perry – A native of western North Carolina, Ellen J. Perry’s academic interests include 17th- and 18th-century British life and literature, Restoration drama, and Southern/ Appalachian culture. Her story “Milk, Bread, Soft Drinks” was awarded First Place in Fiction by the Bacopa Literary Review. For more information please visit www.ellenjperry.com.

Cannon Roberts is currently an English professor at New Mexico Junior College. Before coming to Hobbs, he taught at Clarendon College, Lubbock Christian University, McLennan Community College and on Central Texas College’s prison campus in Gatesville. He received an MA in creative writing from Binghamton University and an MFA from Oklahoma State University. His works have previously appeared in The Concho River Review, Miranda Literary Journal, Stonecoast Review, On the Rusk, Per Contra and Under the Gum Tree.

Lauren Scharhag is a writer of fiction and poetry. She is the author of Under Julia, The Ice Dragon, The Winter Prince, and West Side Girl & Other Poems, and the co-author of The Order of the Four Sons series. She is the recipient of the Gerard Manley Hopkins Award for poetry and a fellowship from Rockhurst University for fiction. When not writing, she can be found hanging out in prisons or embarking on art pilgrimages. A recent transplant to the Florida Panhandle, she lives with her husband and three cats.

Steven Stam is an English Teacher, Writer, and Runner from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his wife Adriana and two small children. Steven tends to focus on his home of Florida and the oddities therein. In doing so, he writes primarily flash fiction, believing the model fits modern society’s desire for instant gratification. His work can be found in Fiction Southeast, Kudzu House Quarterly, and the Rappahannock Review, among others.

Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry, which she has written since college. Over 400 of her poems appear in a wide variety of online venues and in anthologies, in the U.S. and abroad. She is both a Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee. The natural world of the American West is generally her framework; she also considers the narratives of people and places around her. She is a semi-retired teacher living in California.

Jeffrey Tucker‘s first full-length collection of poetry, Kill February, was chosen as the 2015 winner of Sage Hill Press’ Powder Horn Prize; it was published earlier this year. His work has also appeared and is forthcoming in Chariton Review, Poetry South, The Cape Rock, and elsewhere.

Anne Whitehouse is the author of six poetry collections.  Meteor Shower (2016) is her second collection from Dos Madres Press, following The Refrain in 2012. She is the author of a novel, Fall Love, and short stories, essays, features, and reviews. Recent honors include 2016 Songs of Eretz poetry prize; 2016 winner of the Common Good Books’ poems of gratitude contest; 2016 RhymeOn! poetry award (first prize); 2016 Fitzerald Museum Poetry Prize, and 2015 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. Garrison Keillor read Anne’s poem, “One Summer Day on the Number One Train,” on The Writer’s Almanac. She is from Birmingham, Alabama.