Contributor Bios

Kevin Brown is a Professor at Lee University. He has published three books of poetry: Liturgical Calendar: Poems (Wipf and Stock); A Lexicon of Lost Words (winner of the Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry, Snake Nation Press); and Exit Lines (Plain View Press). He also has a memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again, and a book of scholarship, They Love to Tell the Stories: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels. You can find out more about him and his work at

Mary Buchinger, author of two collections of poetry, Aerialist and Roomful of Sparrows, grew up on a small family farm in Michigan, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and earned a doctorate in applied linguistics from Boston University. President of the New England Poetry Club and Professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University in Boston, Mass., she lives in Cambridge with her husband, sons, dog and cats; her website is

Paul Burnham has been a regular columnist for the Ogden Standard-Examiner, and his columns and essays have appeared in Catalyst Magazine, Juneau Capital City Weekly, GFR Engineering Solutions, Flathead Living Magazine, and through the Entrada Institute.

William Cass has had over a hundred short stories appear in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies such as december, Briar Cliff Review, and Ruminate. Recently, he was a finalist in short fiction and novella competitions at Glimmer Train and Black Hill Press, received a Pushcart nomination, and won writing contests at and The Examined Life Journal. He lives in San Diego, California.

Allison Chestnut has been published in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Caveat Lector, and the Emerald Coast Review. In 2016, her poem “County Road 518 at County Road 24” received an honorable mention in the 2016 AWP Intro Journals Project competition. A second year student in the MFA program at Mississippi University for Women, Allison has studied with Moira Crone, Kendall Dunkelberg, Mary Miller, Shayla Lawson, and Allen Wier. She has read poetry at SAMLA, SCMLA, Mississippi Philological Association and the Conference on Christianity and Literature. She holds the PhD from Louisiana State University and is currently professor of English at William Carey University.

Patrick Dixon is a writer and photographer retired from careers in teaching and commercial fishing. Published in Cirque Literary Journal, the 2015 FISH anthology, Oberon Poetry Journal, Panoplyzine, Raven Chronicles and Smithsonian, he is the poetry editor and a contributor for National Fisherman magazine and their quarterly, North Pacific Focus. His chapbook ‘Arc of Visibility’ won the 2015 Alabama State Poetry Morris Memorial competition.

Frances Donington attends Emerson College in Boston. She is pursuing her BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing with a concentration in Non- Fiction writing. Frances is originally from Red Bank, New Jersey. She has been published in print for non-fiction as well as poetry and photography at The Underground, Sun&Sandstone and East Coast Ink. Her work has also been published online at Noise Medium. Frances works at a WGBH, Boston’s local NPR and PBS stations, and attends story slams regularly.

Carol Dorf‘s chapbook “Theory Headed Dragon,” is available through Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has been published in “Glint,” “Slipstream,” “Spillway,” “Sin Fronteras,” “Antiphon,” “About Place,” “The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics,” “Scientific American,” “Maintenant,” “OVS” “Best of Indie Lit New England,” and elsewhere. She is poetry editor of Talking Writing and teaches mathematics in Berkeley, CA.

Mac Greene has been a Hoosier by choice for the past 17 years, finding Indiana a wonderful place to raise a family. His goal is to become an “emerging writer,” but for now he is keeping his day job as a clinical psychologist specializing in teens and gender issues. All day long he looks for the little miracles that add up to the big miracle.

TS Hawkins is an internationally recognized author, performance poet, and arts educator. Before teaching full time, she was blessed with the opportunity to publish a few works titled “Sugar Lumps and Black Eye Blues”, “Confectionately, Yours”, “Mahogany Nectar”, “Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short”, “The Hotel Haikus”, and “The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G”; a choreo-poem play that highlights the embryonic spark of when all girls gather; soothing one’s aches, sorting each one’s puzzles, and sharing one’s triumphs with her chosen collective.

Desirée Jung has published translations, fiction and poetry in Exile, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Antigonish Review, The Impressment Gang, Belleville Park, Echolocation, Carte Blanche, Hamilton Stone Review, Ijagun Poetry Journal, Scapegoat Review, Perceptions, Loading Zone, Star 82 Review, The Steel Chisel, Off the Coast and others. For more information, see:

Jennifer Litt is the sole proprietor of Jennifer Litt Writing Services ( and teaches writing at SUNY Brockport and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jennifer’s work has appeared in several anthologies, journals and magazines, including Lumina, Mixed Fruit, Naugatuck River Review, nycBigCityLit and Stone Canoe. She is the author of the chapbook, Maximum Speed through Zero, published in 2016 by Blue Lyra Press in its Delphi Series, Volume 2. She lives in Rochester, New York.

Joan Mazza has worked as a medical microbiologist, psychotherapist, seminar leader, and has been a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. Author of six self-help psychology books, including Dreaming Your Real Self (Penguin/Putnam), she has had poetry in Rattle, Kestrel, The MacGuffin, Mezzo Cammin, Slipstream, and The Nation.

S.B. Merrow was born in New England and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Her chapbook, “Unpacking the China,” was the winner of the QuillsEdge Press 2015-2016 chapbook competition. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals, and she has published essays in “The Flutist Quarterly,” a trade magazine. In addition to writing poetry, she rebuilds and repairs concert flutes for professional flutists.

Úchèńnà Ogbújí, born in Calabar, Nigeria, lived in Egypt, England and elsewhere before settling near Boulder, Colorado. A computer engineer and entrepreneur by trade, his poetry chapbook, Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press) is a Colorado Book Award Winner, and a Westword Award Winner (“Best Environmental Poetry”). His poems, published worldwide, fuse Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop. He co-hosts the Poetry Voice podcast, featured in the Best New African Poets anthology, and was shortlisted for Nigeria’s Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize.

Matt Pasca is a teacher, editor and two-time Pushcart nominee whose poetry has appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies as well as two book length collections, A THOUSAND DOORS (2011) and RAVEN WIRE (2016). A 2003 New York State Teacher of Excellence, Matt teaches Poetry, Mythology and Literature to high school seniors and curates a poetry series with his wife, author Terri Muuss. Pasca also advises an award-winning scholastic literary-art magazine, THE WRITERS’ BLOCK, and is a copyeditor and reviewer for the Long Island Authors Group.

Susan Shaw Sailer has published two books, The God of Roundabouts and Ship of Light, plus one chapbook, COAL. Although she does not have genetic or cultural ties to the current Syrian crisis, she feels she must write poems about the tragic situation there.

Richard Schuberth is a controversial writer of novels, plays, essays, aphorisms, screenplays, satirical pieces, songs, and poems. His works have been published in his native Austria by publishers such as Klever Verlag, Hanser Verlag, and Drava Verlag. Additionally, he is a cartoonist, actor, director, and cultural anthropologist. He is known for his amalgamation of profound dialectical analysis, social criticism, stylish provocations, light-footed wit, and bleak sarcasm.

Sarah Dickenson Snyder has full-length collection of poetry, The Human Contract, from Aldrich Press, and a chapbook, Notes from a Nomad, from Finishing Line Press. She was selected to be part of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a 30/30 Poet for Tupelo Press.

Rose M. Solomon grew up in the state of West Virignia and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She graduated in 1977 and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught English and was a school librarian for 30 years. She published several articles and book reviews in professional journals and has also done freelance writing for Avanti Greeting Cards. She now lives in Columbus, Ohio, with  her husband and is currently pursuing a variety of freelance writing opportunities.

Marydale Stewart is a retired English teacher and librarian. She received her Ph.D. at Northern Illinois University and taught at NIU and community colleges. Her chapbook Inheritance was published in 2008 by Puddin’head Press, Chicago. Her full-length poetry collection, Let the Thunder In, was published in 2014 by Boxing Day Books, Princeton, IL., and another poetry collection, Risk, will be published by Kelsay Books, Hemet, CA. She also has a novel, The Wanderers, to be released by Black Rose Writing, Castroville, TX, this October.

Sharon Tracey is a writer and editor and the author of What I Remember Most is Everything, her first full-length collection of poetry (ALL CAPS PUBLISHING, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Naugatuck River Review, Silkworm, The Skinny Poetry Journal, Haiku Journal and elsewhere. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Phyllis Wax: Social issues are a major focus of Milwaukee poet Phyllis Wax. Among the anthologies and journals her work has appeared in are Portside, New Verse News, Surreal Poetics, Ars Medica, Naugatuck River Review, The Five-Two, Star 82 Review and Mobius. When she’s not writing you might find her escorting at a local abortion clinic. She can be reached at

Allyson Whipple is an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, most recently Come Into the World Like That (Five Oaks Press, 2016). Allyson serves as co-editor of the Texas Poetry Calendar and teaches at Austin Community College.

Laura Madeline Wiseman teaches writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the editor of two anthologies, Bared and Women Write Resistance, selected for the Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial Book List. She is the recipient of 2015 Honor Book Nebraska Book Award, Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship, and an Academy of American Poets Award. Her book Drink won the 2016 Independent Publisher Bronze Book Award for poetry. Her latest book is Velocipede (Stephen F. Austin State University Press), a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Sports.

Joyce E. Young currently lives and writes in Berkeley, California. She has read at venues as diverse as The M.H. de Young Museum, Intersection for the Arts, La Peña Cultural Center, Art & Soul Oakland, and Smith College, just to name a few. She has taught with California Poets in the Schools, The Museum of Children’s Art, The Oakland Museum of California, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Youth Speaks. She was also an English teacher for the Mills College Upward Bound Program for 3 years. She is the founder and facilitator of Write in Peace. She is currently writing Parallel Journey, a novel, essays and poetry with her muse, President Cindy.