Issue 6.2 Contributors
THOR BACON earned a BA in Creative Writing at Antioch College. When not working as a goldsmith he keeps busy on his first full-length book. Recent poems appear in The Aurorean, Qua, Walloon Writers Review, and International Times.
BRUCE BOND is the author of twenty books including, most recently, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (U of MI, 2015), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa, 2016), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), Sacrum (Four Way Books, 2017), and Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (L. E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017). Five books are forthcoming: Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press), Frankenstein’s Children (Lost Horse Press), Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions), Scar (Etruscan Press), and Words Written Against the Walls of the City (LSU). Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas.
MAUREEN DANIELS teaches English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she is also a doctoral fellow in creative writing. She is an editorial assistant for Prairie Schooner and Western American Literature. Her work has recently been published in Sinister Wisdom, Wilde Magazine, Gertrude Press, Third Wednesday and the South Florida Poetry Review.
currently, LA FELLAMAN is an accountant at the University of Iowa. Before that, she was a seminary professor. Prior to that, she was a pastor. She moved to Iowa City with her husband in June 2016 and started writing poetry soon afterward. In order to learn this new craft, LA attends the Free Generative Writing Workshop and participates in local poetry readings. Her poems have appeared in the Moon Zine, Poetry in Public, Cedar Valley Divide, The Write Launch, and Tiferet.
JEN STEWART FUESTON lives in Longmont, Colorado. Her work has appeared most recently in the Rise Up Review; All We Can Hold: Poems of Motherhood; and Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers. Her first chapbook of poetry, Visitations, was published in 2015 by Finishing Line Press. She has taught writing at the University
of Colorado, Boulder, as well as internationally in Hungary, Turkey, and Lithuania.
MEREDITH STEWART KIRKWOOD’S poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Eastern…market. Find her on the web at mkirkwoodblog.wordpress. com.
KELSEY LAHR has worked summers as a park ranger in Yosemite National Park since 2008. She holds a Master’s degree in communication from the University of Utah and teaches communication studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. Her literary nonfiction has appeared in Blue Lyra Review, The Copperfield Review, Dark Matter, Gold Man Review, and elsewhere. Her essay ‘Cranes’ was the first runner-up for the Green Briar Review’s 2016 Nonfiction Prize. Kelsey’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and publication in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series.
Sage Graduate Fellow of Cornell University (MFA) and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, MARJORIE MADDOX has published eleven collections of poetry—including True, False, None of the Above (Poeima Poetry Series, Illumination Book Award Medalist); Wives’ Tales ; Local News from Someplace Else; Perpendicular As I (Sandstone Book Award); Weeknights at the Cathedral ; and Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize)—and over 500 poems, stories, and essays in journals and anthologies. In 2017, Fomite Press published her story collection What She Was Saying, a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter and Eludia book awards. In addition, Maddox is co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State Press) and has four children’s books. For more information, please see www.marjoriemaddox.com
DREW MATHIEU is graduating from the University of Missouri this May, with degrees in English and Journalism. He is a photo editor at the Missourian, a digital producing student at Newsy, and a frequent guest on the Recorder on the Wall Podcast.
SHEILA MURRAY-NELLIS was born and raised in the Boston area, receiving a BA in philosophy from Clark University. She has spent her adult years in Quebec, Vermont, and British Columbia. For the past ten years, she has lived in a boat-access only community on Kootenay Lake in the Purcell Wilderness area of British Columbia where she and her husband, an Orthodox priest, are building a Byzantine-style stone chapel. Her work has been published in a few smaller journals and has received several awards. Among her publications is a book of poetry You Are Meant to Be Like Fire. She also writes children’s literature.
STELLA NESANOVICH is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Vespers at Mount Angel and Colors of the River as well as four chapbooks of poems. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and magazines as well as over twenty anthologies. In 1999 she received an artist fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts; in 2009 and in 2015 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is Professor Emerita of English from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Her website is Nesanovich.com
TERESA PHAM-CARSILLO is a writer living and working in Oakland, California.
KARL PLANK is the author of two recent chapbooks: A Field, Part Arable (Lithic, 2017) and BOSS: Rewriting Rilke (Red Bird, 2017). His work has appeared in publications such as Notre Dame Review, Beloit Poetry
Journal, Zone 3, Iron Horse Review, Briar Cliff Review, and Poetry Daily. A past winner of the Thomas Carter Prize (Shenandoah) and a Pushcart nominee, he is the J.W. Cannon Professor of Religious Studies at Davidson College.
LEE POTTS recently returned to writing poetry after a 25-year break.
His work has appeared in several journals including Painted Bride Quarterly, Gargoyle, Door is a Jar, Burningword, and Cold Creek Review. He is a Franciscan Tertiary (OFS) and lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife and youngest daughter. You can find him online at leepotts.net.
LUCI SHAW was born in London, England in 1928. A poet and essayist, since 1986 she has been Writer in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver. Author of over thirty-five books of poetry and creative non-fiction, her writing has appeared in numerous literary and religious journals. In 1913 she received the 10th annual Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. Her new collection, Eye of the Beholder, will be released by Paraclete Press in 2018.
CHRISTOPHER SNOOK’S poetry will appear in 2018 editions of the Literary Review of Canada, The Windhover, The Remembered Arts Journal, and Presence. He writes in his hometown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
BRIAN VOLCK is a pediatrician who received his undergraduate degree in English Literature and his MD from Washington University in St. Louis and his MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of a poetry collection, Flesh Becomes Word, and a memoir, Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words.
TRACY YOUNGBLOM’S published work includes two chapbooks of poetry (Driving to Heaven and One Bird a Day) and one full-length collection (Growing Big). Recent individual poems, stories, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Big Muddy, Wallace Stevens Journal, QU Literary Journal, DMQ, Cumberland River Review, Westview, Foliate Oak, Frostwriting, Ruminate, neat magazine, and other places. Youngblom has earned two Pushcart nominations as well. She lives in the Minneapolis area and is at work on a hybrid collection of prose and poetry from which this piece comes.