Contributor Bios

Amanda Oliver Hendricks is a red-dirt, Southern Belle by birth and a New Englander by heart. Most recently published for the Basil O’Flaherty Feminists’ Voice section and the San Diego Poetry Annual, her work has appeared in various other literary journals. Hendricks has been honored to see three of her plays performed, including a staged reading of Out of Order at the Ten Minute Playground in Nashville, TN. She is the content writer for Torrid Literary Journal. These days she most often writes poetry through her body – having given birth to her first son almost two years ago, expecting her second in November. Her love for the outcast and story of healing from self-harm can be found written on her heart and at her blog:

Colleen June Glatzel is based in Waukesha, WI and the author of Hey, Joey Journal, published by Rogue Phoenix Press. Her poetry has been published in Blue Heron Review and Tipton Poetry Journal. She also had work recently accepted by Cherry House Press.

Dana Malone is a writer, editor and writing coach living who has lived in Nashville since 1990. She co-hosts Writings on the Wall, a monthly poetry event, and recently coordinated the Poetry on Demand program for The Porch Writers Collective and WPLN (Nashville Public Radio). Her most recently published work is featured on the podcast, Versify (Episode No. 4),  in Number One and Native. She is a member of the Line Breaks Poetry Collective and a curator for ArtLab NC in Western North Carolina. She is a regular performer in the Women’s Work Festival of the Tennessee Women’s Theater Project. Dana previously taught writing at Tennessee State University and Watkins College, and she has read and performed throughout the eastern United States, the UK and Australia.

Emmy Nixon is currently an undergraduate student completing her BFA in creative writing at Truman State University. Next fall, she will start her Master’s in English as well as a Master’s in Education, and plans on receiving certification to teach grades 6-12. Originally from St. Louis, Nixon’s works focus on the political state of her hometown as well as analyses of what it means to identify as female in our current political system. With an ever-growing interest in social justice, she hopes to introduce and educate her students so as to create critical, well-informed future citizens.

Jenny McBride‘s writing has appeared in Common Ground Review, Star 82 Review, Rappahannock Review, The California Quarterly, Tidal Echoes, Streetwise, Green Social Thought, and other publications. She makes her home in the rainforest of southeast Alaska.

JoAnna Scandiffio is a poet, educator and a gemologist living in San Francisco. Her poems move the way light passes through stone.

Joe Amaral works 48-hour shifts as a paramedic on the central coast of California. He loves spelunking outdoors, camping, traveling, and hosting foreign exchange students with his young family. Joe’s writing has appeared in awesome places like 3Elements Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, New Verse News, Panoply, Poets Reading the News, Postcard Poems and Prose, Rise Up Review and Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora. Joe won the 2014 Ingrid Reti Literary Award.

Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey and now residing in Nashville, Tenn. Joe Pagetta is a personal essayist, arts writer and nonprofit communications professional whose writing has appeared in America: The Jesuit Review, Chapter 16, Nashville Scene, The Tennessean,, (which he edited), Media Shift, Nashville Arts, My Modern Met and—if you count the time it published an excerpt of his letter to novelist Colum McCann about his fashion sense—Esquire. He is currently working on a collection of essays.

Joseph Powell is a writer and spoken-word artist and the author of three collections of poetry: Joby, Uninterrupted: Bittersweet Symphonies and Bohemian Rhapsodies; Poetry Man; and The Writing’s On The Wall. He lives outside Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and dog.

Kathleen McClung is the author of The Typists Play Monopoly (2018) and Almost the Rowboat (2013). Her poems appear in Mezzo Cammin, Unsplendid, Atlanta Review, Ekphrasis, West Trestle Review, A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she was the winner of the Rita Dove, Shirley McClure, and Maria W. Faust poetry prizes and finalist for the Morton Marr, Elinor Benedict, Margaret Reid, and 49th Parallel poetry prizes. She teaches writing and literature classes at Skyline College and the Writing Salon. She lives in San Francisco.

Kym Cunningham received her MFA from San Jose State University with emphases in creative nonfiction and poetry. She acted as the lead Nonfiction Editor of Reed Magazine, the oldest literary magazine West of the Mississippi. She received the Ida Fay Sachs Ludwig Memorial Scholarship, the Academy of American Poets Prize, MARY’s Editor’s Prize, and two Pushcart Prize nominations for outstanding achievement in her writing. Her writing has been published in more than a dozen literary journals and two anthologies. Her first poetry chapbook was published in February of 2018.

Mia S. Willis is a 22 year old artist and adventurer born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a member of North Carolina’s The Marquis Slam, a Poetry Slam, Inc. collective which ranked in the top 20 teams in the nation at the 2017 National Poetry Slam. Her work has been featured in print by East Carolina University’s expressions Magazine and SUGAR, respectively, as well as online by The Fem Lit Mag, INTER, and a feminist thread. Her visual album of poetry, titled ‘Sage and Petrichor’, was released on YouTube in September of 2017. Most recently, she ranked fourth out of ninety-six femme poets at the 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam. When she is not onstage, she is a full-time Master of Arts student in the Department of Classics at The Florida State University.

Michelle Bowdler has been published in the New York Times and have two essays in a book entitled: We Rise to Resist: Voices from a New Era in Women’s Political Action (McFarland 2018). The Rumpus featured a poem of mine in their series Enough! on sexual assault and rape culture (December 2017) and I have pieces in recent issues of Gertrude Press and Burningword Literary Journal. Left Hooks Journal nominated my piece Eventually, You tell Your Kids for a Pushcart Prize. I was honored to be a recipient of the 2017 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for Non-Fiction, was a Fellow at Ragdale this winter and am a Grub Street Incubator alum.

Suzanne Edison is a Seattle poet and the author of a chapbook, The Moth Eaten World published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry can be found in: Bullets into Bells (online); What Rough Beast; Bombay Gin; The Naugatuck River Review; and forthcoming in JAMA. Her work has also appeared in The Ekphrastic Review; The Seattle Review of Books; Spillway; The Examined Life Journal, and in the following anthologies: Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism and Awakening, ed. Joy Harjo & Brenda Peterson, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux; The Healing Art of Writing, Volume One.

T J Barnum writes short stories, poetry, narrative non-fiction and a blog, which can be found at TJ’s work has been accepted by “The Moon Magazine,” “The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature,” “Better Than Starbucks,” “Rivet,” and several other literary journals.

Venantius J. Pinto’s art has appeared in the Kyoto Journal, Philosophy Now, two academic books, showcased in An Illustrated Life, on the covers of Pirene’s Fountain Journal, and Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines; in Fusor de Tintas: A century of combat poetry, Mexico. Aani and the Tree Huggers was on the Smithsonian magazine’s Most Notable Book List. He was Artist-in-Residence at Nagasawa Art Park Japanese Woodblock Printmaking in Awajishima, and has painted murals including in 2017 in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. He has collaborated with Sondra Graff on projects for various dance companies, including Lucinda Childs, Jose Limon, Doug Varone and Dancers, Dance Brazil, and for The British Dance Invasion.