Issue 1 Contributors (Feb 2014)

Benny Biesek (Adamslee Street) resides in San Luis City, California. He is an emerging poet with work recently or forthcoming in Strong Verse, Prosaic, RAR&W Journal, Dead Snakes and other places. He edits for Blind Literary Journal and is a freelance writer, focusing on art, philosophy and literature. He cites Dennis Ray Powell, Jr. and Joseph Goosey as prime influences – fellow poets who have helped him hone, and make better, his own verse.

Amanda K. Campos (Cover Art) lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has a Bachelors of Ar emphasis in Drawing, a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and soon will have her Masters in Arts in Teaching. In the past, Amanda has created many different logos, layouts, and websites for business’ all around Utah. She was a feature winner in the Logan Film/ Design Festival. Along with design, Amanda was a featured artist for her paintings and illustrations at Utah State University.

Dani Clark (Little Bombs) lives in California. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College of California. She has been published in Crack the Spine, and the Western Edition. Dani thinks up stories while tuning out the sound of peoples’ voices. “Little Bombs” is an excerpt from her first novel.

Darrin Doyle (Four-Letter Word) is the author of the novels The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo and Revenge of the Teacher’s Pet: A Love Story.  His short fiction has appeared most recently in Redivider, Toad, Blackbird, Prime Number, Snake Nation Review and elimae.  He lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Victoria Gonzalez (The Princess and the Pea) received her BA in Philosophy in 2013 from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah where she also had the opportunity to study visual and performing arts. Drawn to stories as a constant reader in her grade school years, performance fascinates her as an intersection of art forms. She has also taken part in group instillation pieces, painted a mural or two, written a couple shorts, and paints or draws from time to time be it physically or digitally. She believes in equality, change, possibilities and the potential for true freedom within natural laws. 

Jarrell James (Texas Was Here) is a 21 year old Custom Major at Westminster College. His education encompasses psychology, media theory, and computer science. He enjoys: Backcountry Skiing, Pow Wow Dancing, and Wikipedia inspired Rabbit Holes. He grew up near Lake Tahoe California, and originally hails from Desi Ethiopia.

Josephine Liu (Lollipop Series #2) is studying at the San Francisco Art Institute as a painting major. Her current work reflects interests in the portrayal of the female image as it relates to sexuality. Her medium consists of graphite and charcoal and concentrates on a photorealistic style. Josephine is exploring photography, portraiture, painting and print making in her studies at SFAI and plans on moving back to her hometown in Columbus Ohio upon her graduation. Her online portfolio can be seen at

Eric Nelson (6-Word) is the son of a machinist and a nurse and the author of The Walt Whitman House and The Silk City Series and is originally from New Jersey. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Chimes and Sirens, Defenestration Magazine, The Billfold and others. His E.P. of recorded stories “They Make a Wasteland, They Call it Pastiche” is being released by Diabetic Koala in fall of 2013.

Nathaniel Kenneth Perkins (Log, 4-Word) lives and works in Salt Lake City. His work has appeared in Triquarterly, Free Dog Food, Commas and Colons, Pithead Chapel, Thought Catalog, and decomP magazinE. He is the editor of Apex Caliente.

Tony Rivas (6-Word) is an MA student at Chapman University. In addition to scholarly pursuits he is also a musician, writer and filmmaker.

Simon Rogghe (Reception) is a poet, fiction writer and translator of French surrealism and contemporary fiction. His work has appeared and is forthcoming in 3:AM Magazine, Gone Lawn, Crack the Spine and other publications. He is currently earning his Ph.D. in French literature at UC Berkeley.

Kris Ryan (Cheesehead) is a writer from West Springfield, MA, and a 2011 graduate from Westfield State University with a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics. He is formerly twice the MA Junior Bowling state champion, and currently he has one sanctioned perfect 300 game. He also enjoys card games, SCRABBLE, Chess, and Boston sports. He has work published or forthcoming in The Lake, Rolling Thunder Quarterly, Words Dance and Stoneboat Poetry Journal, and his mini-book, What to Do After She Says No, was published by Words Dance Press in October 2013.

E. E. Scott (4-Word) is a student at Western Michigan University. She is the curator of the Fox House reading series in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Jon Steinhagen (Sun Does Set) is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and published author (print and online), recently in The Minetta Review, Four Ties Lit Journal, Barrelhouse, and The American Reader.

Chris Vola (The Shelf) is the author of Monkeytown, a novel. His work appears in Monkeybicycle, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Collagist, Prick of the Spindle, and elsewhere. A former contributing books editor at The Brooklyn Rail, he splits his time between Connecticut and New York City, where he received an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University.

Skylar Walker (4-Word) manifested on this plane some twenty three years ago, and since then he’s done nothing of consequence. He writes Queen City KO, a webcomic, which is about kissing, mostly.

Quest Williams (6-Word) exists, that is all.

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