Contributors / Volume 17

Jeff Burt lives in Santa Cruz County, California, with his wife and a July abundance of plums. He has published work in Amarillo Bay, The Nervous Breakdown, Atticus Review, and The Cortland Review. He won the 2011 SuRaa Short Fiction Award and has been nominated for Best of the Net.

Judith Cody, a poet and composer, has won national poetry awards from Atlantic Monthly and Amelia magazines, as well as a national award in music. One of her poems, with its historical documents, is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Three of her poems were chosen as quarter-finalists in the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry; her poetry was put forward for the Lyric Recovery Award’s Carnegie Hall reading; and poems were cited for honorable mentions by the National League of American Pen Women. Her poems have appeared in over eighty-five journals, such as Nimrod, New York Quarterly, Stand, South Carolina Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Texas Review, Confluence, Fugue, Carquinez Poetry Review, Distillery, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Cumberland Poetry Review, The Montreal Review, and others. She is currently the editor of a PEN anthology and is the editor for a NASA division history. She wrote the internationally notable biography of composer Vivian Fine: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press) and Eight Frames Eight (poems).

Geoffrey Craig’s fiction and poetry have appeared in a variety of literary journals. He has received two Pushcart Prize nominations. Four of his full-length plays (one co-authored) and nine of his one-acts have been produced. He has directed five of his plays. His verse novel, “The Brave Maiden”, and his novella, “Snow”, were published in installments in the “Wilderness House Literary Review”. Prolific Press published his novel, “Scudder’s Gorge” in 2016. Geoffrey has an MBA (Harvard) and an MA in history (Santa Clara). He served in the Peace Corps in Peru and had a successful career in banking before turning to writing.

Lindsey Fischer is a Master’s student at Ohio University, where she studies creative writing and fiction and teaches Freshman composition. She lives and writes in Athens, Ohio and was a participant in the Moon Tunnel Reading Series. This is her first publication.

D.G. Geis lives in Houston, Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in philosophy from California State University. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications both here and abroad. He will be featured in a forthcoming Tupelo Press chapbook anthologizing nine new poets and is winner of Blue Bonnet Review‘s Fall 2015 Poetry Contest. He is editor-at-large of Tamsen.

Judith Grissmer has been published in the Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, the Golden Nib Online Anthology (2010 first place in poetry VA Writers Club), The Blue Ridge Anthology (2008/2010 first place in poetry, Blue Ridge Writers Club), The Alembic, Burningword, Crack the Spine, Edison Literary Review, Mikrokosmos Journal, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and Westward Quarterly. Her work is forthcoming in the Penmen Review. She has attended poetry workshops and classes at universities and writing centers, worked independently with instructors at those centers, and participated in writers critique groups for many years.
She worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and Professional Counselor for 25 years, receiving an M.S. from Purdue University and a post-master’s certificate in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech.
She lives with her husband in Charlottesville, Virginia. She enjoys gardening, meditating, living near her daughters and their families, and beach walks on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where she manages their vacation rental home.

Ken Haas was born in New York City; went to college, law school, and business school at Harvard University; and received an MA in English literature at the University of Sussex, U.K., where he wrote his thesis on Wallace Stevens and the “poetry of place.” He now lives in San Francisco, where he is a partner in a healthcare venture capital firm. An avid skier and sea kayaker, bike rider, yoga practitioner, and volunteer, he has created (and continues to sponsor) a weekly poetry writing program at UCSF Children’s Hospital, which employs two poet-teachers from California Poets in the schools.

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Amarillo Bay, Alabama Literary Review, Burningwood, Caesura, The Cape Rock, The Coachella Review, Cottonwood, Crack The Spine, Existere, Forge, and others. His poetry has been anthologized in The Place That Inhabits Us (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010) and the Marin Poetry Center Anthology (2012, 2013). He has participated in the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, where he studied with Bob Hass, Brenda Hillman, Dean Young, Lucille Clifton, and C.D. Wright, as well as numerous other workshops led by Sharon Olds, Dorianne Laux, Joe Millar, Ellen Bass, and Richard Jones.

Lynn Hoggard received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Southern California and taught at Midwestern State University, where she was professor of English and French and the coordinator of humanities. In 2003, the Texas Institute of Letters awarded her the Soeurette Diehl Fraser award for best translation.
For several years, she was the arts writer for the Times Record News in Wichita Falls and wrote more than six hundred articles, features, and reviews. She has published five books: three French translations, a biography, and a memoir. Her poetry has appeared in 13th Moon, The Alembic, Atlanta Review, The Broken Plate, Clackamas Literary Review, Concho River Review, Crack the Spine, The Delmarva Review, Descant, Forge, Edison Literary Review, FRiGG, The Healing Muse, The MacGuffin, New Ohio Review, Soundings East, Summerset Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Tower Journal, Weber: The Contemporary West, Westview, WestWard Quarterly, Wild Violet, and Xavier Review, among others.

Laurie King-Billman holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and works as a mental health therapist, previously for several Native American tribes and currently for youths and their families. She attended the North Carolina writer’s conference from 2004 to 2010 and has studied with Joanna Catherine Scott, Ruth Moose, and Karen Pullen.

Her writing has been published in 13th Moon, San Pedro River Review, The MacGuffin, The Penmen Review, The Rambler, Ragazine, Streetlight Magazine, The Mom Egg, and the anthologies Not What I Expected: The Unpredictable Road from Womanhood to Motherhood and Night Whispers.

Yvonne Higgins Leach earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Poetry from Eastern Washington University.

Over the years, she has been published in literary magazines and anthologies in the United States. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Dear Cancer… An Anthology, Fogged Clarity, Reed Magazine, South Carolina Review, South Dakota Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Windfall, and Wisconsin Review, among others.

Her first collection of poems, Another Autumn, was recently published by WordTech Editions in 2014.

Olaf Kroneman graduated from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine with an MD. He interned at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, then attended the University of Virginia to complete a residency in internal medicine. Upon completion of his residency, he participated in a fellowship in nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He entered private practice in 1983. His interaction with patients and other healthcare professionals prompted him to write. Inspired as well as horrified by the things he has witnessed, his writing is influenced by actual situations but is fictionalized to protect people’s identities.

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Diverse Voices Quarterly, Forge, Hawaii Pacific Review, inscape, The Healing Muse, The Helix, Left Curve, Quiddity International Literary Journal, paperplates, RiverSedge, and Gemini Magazine. His story, “Fight Night,” won the Winning Writers Sports Fiction and Essay Contest, and “The Recidivist” won the Writer’s Digest short story contest. His essay “Detroit Golden Gloves” was selected as Editor’s Choice by inscape, honoring the top nonfiction piece of the issue in which it was printed. In 2010, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his story, “A Battlefield Decision.”

Steven Laracy is a retired pension consultant and a former member of the U.S. Navy. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, reading, watching sports, and spending time with my children.

Stephen Massimilla is a poet, critic, professor, and painter. His co-authored book, Cooking with the Muse, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. His latest book, The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat, was a selection of the Stephen F. Austin University Press Prize contest. He has received the Bordighera Poetry Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday; the Grolier Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch; an Academy of American Poets Prize; and multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. His volume Almost a Second Thought was runner-up for the Salmon Run National Poetry Book Award, selected by X.J. Kennedy. Massimilla has recent work in AGNI, American Literary Review, Barrow Street, Bellingham Review, Chelsea, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, Fiction Fix, Harpur Palate, The Literary Review, Marlboro Review, Paterson Literary Review, Provincetown Arts, RHINO Poetry, The Southern Poetry Review, Tampa Review, and many other journals and anthologies. He holds an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University and teaches literary modernism, among other subjects, at Columbia University and the New School.

 Don Noel retired after four decades’ prizewinning print and broadcast journalism in Hartford, Conneticut. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University in 2013. His work has so far been chosen for publication by Calliope, Shark Reef, Drunk Monkeys, The Tau, Indian River Review, Midnight Circus and Oracle.

Janet M. Powers, Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, taught for 50 years in the fields of South Asian literature and civilization, women’s studies and peace studies. She has published her poetry in The Antietam Review, The White Egret, Mediphores, Bibliophilus, Footsteps, and The Little Red Tree Anthology.

Robert Rothman lives in Northern California, near extensive trails and open space, with the Pacific Ocean over the hill. His work has appeared in the Atlanta Review, The Alembic, Existere, the Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Westview, Willow Review and over twenty five other literary journals. Visit his website at

Bill Vernon served in the United States Marine Corps. He studied English literature, then taught it. Writing is his therapy, along with exercising outdoors and doing international folkdances. His poems, stories and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, and Five Star Mysteries published his novel Old Town in 2005.

S.A. Volz lives in Evansville, Indiana. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Gravel Literary Journal, Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, and the Red Earth Review.

Helen Wickes has had four books of her poetry published: World as You Left It (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2015), Moon over Zabriskie (Glass Lyre Press, 2014), Dowser’s Apprentice (Glass Lyre Press, 2014), and In Search of Landscape (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2007). She lives in Oakland, California, and worked for many years as a psychotherapist. She received an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2002. Her poems published by online journals can be read at her author’s page, , and additional poems can be read and heard online at From The Fishouse. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Agni, Amethyst Arsenic, Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Confrontation, Delmarva Review, Passager, Pirene’s Fountain, Sagarana, Summerset Review, Soundings East, South Dakota Review, Spillway, Spoon River Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Westview, Willow Review, Zone 3, and ZYZZYVA, among many others.

Jeanne Wilson, after years of enjoying the poetry of others, is now writing in that genre and working from her mountaintop home in rural Appalachia. Her writing has appeared in Tower Journal, St. Anthony Messenger, Stickman Review, Wild Sweet Notes, Seeking the Swan, and elsewhere.