Issue #5 Contributors

Poetry

Caroline Johnstone

Caroline is originally from Northern Ireland, now living in Ayrshire with her husband Lee and Charlie, possibly the doggiest cat on earth.  Her poems focus on philosophical, political and life experience themes, and she has been widely published in the UK, Ireland and the U.S. With another hat on, she dares people to be happier @daretobehappier.

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Donna Dallas 

I studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at NYU’s Gallatin School and was lucky enough to study under William Packard, founder and editor of the New York Quarterly.  I am recently found or forthcoming in The Opiate, Anti Heroin Chic, Quail Bell Magazine, Pacific Review, Red Fez and Bewildering Stories among many other publications. donnaanndallas@gmail.com @DonnaDallas15

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Gregory Luce

Gregory Luce, author of Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications), Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications), and Tile (Finishing Line Press), has published widely in print and online. He is the 2014 Larry Neal Award winner for adult poetry, given by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In addition to poetry, he writes a monthly column on the arts for Scene4 magazine. He is retired from National Geographic, works as a volunteer writing tutor/mentor for 826DC, and lives in Arlington, VA.

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B. N. Wattenbarger

B. N. Wattenbarger is a queer author and poet living in the Southern USA. Her poetry has been featured by Nightingale & Sparrow. When she is not writing, she is probably making coffee.

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Blue Carrisole 

I enjoy writing poetry, short stories and flash fiction. I fall in love with stories so fast, especially the kind I feel are worth writing about. I don’t want you to just see the magic in my words and think they are pretty or sound nice when you say them out loud. Its not about the image created in your mind, it’s about the feelings you get. The comforting idea of someone holding your hand because of the words you read, thats what I want my readers to experience.
Caroline Earleywine
Caroline Earleywine teaches high school English in Central Arkansas where she tries to convince teenagers that poetry is actually cool. She was a semifinalist for Nimrod’s 2018 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and for the 2019 Vinyl 45s Chapbook Contest. She was also a finalist for the 2019 Write Bloody Publishing Contest. Her work can be found in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Barrelhouse, Nailed Magazine, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Lesbian Fashion Struggles, is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press. She has an MFA from Queens University in Charlotte and lives in Little Rock with her wife and two dogs.
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Sarah Marquez
Sarah Marquez is an MA candidate at Southern New Hampshire University. She is based in Los Angeles and has work published and forthcoming in various magazines and journals, including Amethyst Review, Capsule Stories, Crêpe & Penn, Ink&Nebula, Peculiars Magazine and Royal Rose. When not writing, she can be found reading, sipping coffee, or tweeting @Sarahmarissa338.

James Tierney

James Tierney’s poetry was first published in 2017 as part of the Poetry Society’s ‘I Am the Universe’ climate change project. He has since been shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize and continues to write about issues close to his heart.

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Michael Cottone 

Michael Cottone (he/him) is a photographer originally from the Indianapolis, Indiana region. He is currently a senior at Ball State University, studying photojournalism and peace studies. He likes to live his life in color, through how he dresses, the picture he takes & his outlooks. His passions in photography lie in portraiture, as well as the fashion and music industries. His work can be found in places such as Veracious magazine, PATTERN magazine & now Brave Voices. You can follow him on Twitter & Instagram @cott0ne.

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Matthew Little 

I’m 28 years old and live in New Bedford, Massachusetts. I’ve been writing poetry since 2012 after being introduced to the works of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. I’m very much into exploring realism and staying true to the reality of the situation, to the point where I hope the grittiness of my words make their way underneath the readers’ hands.

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Kelsey May

Kelsey May  is a writer, educator, and activist from Grand Rapids, MI. Her work has appeared in NonBinary Review, Turnpike Magazine, and Anti-Heroin Chic, and she interviews poets and other miscellaneous people at Hyype.

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Sierra Rittue
Sierra Rittue is a writer originally from the Bay Area, currently slinging coffee in Western Massachusetts. Her work has been published in Rabid Oak, Rose Quartz Magazine, Mojave Heart Review, and elsewhere. You can find her at batheandhunt.com and on Twitter @unsavorywench.

Gabbie Brandt

Gabbie Brandt is a senior studying English Publishing & Writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She also interns at New Rivers Press and is the current managing editor of their student-run literary magazine, Red Weather. You can follow her @gabbiebrandt if you want to see her post too much about theatre and books. “WIDE” is her first published poem.

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Quinn Zukowski
I go by many names, but to these pair of eyes, Quinn Zukowski. I recently turned 24, the mirror loves to remind me. I reside in the upper left corner of the United States, fueled by black coffee, jet engines, and Microsoft chips. More specifically, a small town a few hours awat from Seattle. I started taking writing seriously about three years ago. Since that time, I published a poetry book, and as of yesterday finished writing my second. All of us need something to do, all of us need something when the “do” gets tough. For me, writing is both my purpose and escape. Hopefully, in some way or another, my words do the same for you. Twitter/IG: @Zthepoet
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M.A. Hoak

M.A. Hoak is a chronically-ill, disabled, domestic violence survivor. She is allergic to light, the kyriarchy, and general asshattery. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing, her poetry can be found in The RumpusSaw Palm, and Culturework Magazine. You can follow her on Twitter at @hoakwrites.

 
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H.E. Grahame
H.E. Grahame is a writer and poet with work included in Folio, Z Publishing House’s Emerging Poets and Writers series, and SLCC Anthology. She has also won chapbook community college competitions for both poetry and memoir. She is a student at the University of Utah in the Writing and Rhetoric Studies program, minoring in Gender Studies with an A.S. in Psychology from Salt Lake Community College. In addition to her writing and education, she works as a writing consultant at SLCC Writing center and as a publications coordinator for the SLCC Community Writing Center. She has also worked for Folio – SLCC’s Literary Magazine as both Literary Editor and Design Editor. She enjoys cooking, travel, photography, music, and words. (www.HEGrahame.weebly.com)
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Maggie Wang
Maggie Wang is seventeen and originally hails from Virginia. Her poetry has appeared in Girls Right the World, the Alexandria Quarterly, and ASH. She has also been recognized by the Parkmont Poetry Festival, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network. When not writing poetry, she enjoys taking walks and playing the piano.

December Lace

December Lace is a former professional wrestler and pinup model from Chicago. She is a Best of the Net nominee and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, The Cabinet of Heed, Pussy Magic Lit, Vamp Cat, Twist in Time, Dark Marrow, and Rhythm & Bones YANYR Anthology, among others as well as the forthcoming Pink Plastic House. She loves Batman, burlesque, cats, and horror movies. She can be found @TheMissDecember or http://decemberlace.blogspot.com

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Fiction

Ian Blackwell
Ian Blackwell has been living in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, for the last nine years. He enjoys travelling, experiencing new cultures, and different ways of thinking. A stray cat chose him as his human and he inherited a sheep skull called Bernard who has the final say in the most important matters. He has been published in The Sirens Call eZine and Dark Dossier Magazine. He is on Twitter and Facebook as @ianblackwell27. His website is www.ianblackwell.com.

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Blue Carrisole 

I enjoy writing poetry, short stories and flash fiction. I fall in love with stories so fast, especially the kind I feel are worth writing about. I don’t want you to just see the magic in my words and think they are pretty or sound nice when you say them out loud. Its not about the image created in your mind, it’s about the feelings you get. The comforting idea of someone holding your hand because of the words you read, thats what I want my readers to experience.
James McKenzie Watson
James McKenzie Watson writes short and novel-length fiction, much of which focuses on rural Australian experiences. He has been a winner or finalist in competitions including the International InkTears Flash Fiction Contest, the Newcastle Short Story Award, Grieve Writing Competition and the Kingdom of Ironfest unpublished novel award. He works as an oncology nurse in Sydney. Visit his website at www.jamesmckenziewatson.com or follow him on Twitter @JamesMcWatson.

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Sinéad Creedon

Sinéad is a recent graduate of English Literature, currently working full time in book distribution. Also published in The Attic, Ireland’s Zine, Nothing Substantial, WOW: Women On Writing and Crannóg 49, Sinéad was selected as Young Writer Delegate for the Irish Writers Centre in 2018. In 2019, she was longlisted for the Marian Keyes Young Writer Award. Sinéad is now at work on a short story collection.

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Krisa Bruemmer

Krisa Bruemmer lives in the woods and the rain not far from her island hometown in Washington State. She enjoys performing at Moth StorySLAMs and other storytelling events. Her writing has been featured by Sammiches and Psych Meds, Mothers Always Write, San Diego Memoir Showcase, and Olfactory Memoirs Project. She has been working on her first book for years. You can find her on twitter as @NeonKrisa.

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Bridget Weigel
Bridget recently graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative nonfiction. She was previously Boston’s smallest bouncer, and currently Gallatin College’s weirdest writing professor. While not teaching undergraduate writing, she is working on a book about her time working security at one of Boston’s most famous music venues. Her work can be found in Metafore Magazine, Silver Needle Press, Not Your Mother’s Breast Milk, and of course on Twitter @lackingtheme.
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Robert Steward 
Robert Steward teaches English as a foreign language and lives in London. He is currently writing a collection of short stories, several of which have appeared in online literary magazines, including: Scrittura, The Creative Truth, The Ink Pantry, Adelaide and The Foliate Oak. You can find them at: twitter.com/theroadtonaples
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Art

Michael Cottone
Michael Cottone (he/him) is a photographer originally from the Indianapolis, Indiana region. He is currently a senior at Ball State University, studying photojournalism and peace studies. He likes to live his life in color, through how he dresses, the picture he takes & his outlooks. His passions in photography lie in portraiture, as well as the fashion and music industries. His work can be found in places such as Veracious magazine, PATTERN magazine & now Brave Voices. You can follow him on Twitter & Instagram @cott0ne.
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Brielle Epoh

Brielle’s style of art displays the raw and gritty experiences of minorities; predominately those within the African American and LGBTQ+ communities. The self-taught photographer has discovered perfect juxtaposition between up-close and intimate portraits of strangers who share their stories with her and the staged shoots she creates to share a story with us. Born and raised in the Deep South, it didn’t take the Alabama native long to realize she had an immense passion for photography and how it could be used as a combatant against discrimination.

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