Gregory Antollino is a civil rights lawyer in New York who has come out as a photographer. He studied art and creative writing at Northwestern and Columbia, as well as the Disquiet International Literary Conference in Lisbon, where he studied portraiture with Deanne Fitzmaurice. His photography has been in several group exhibitions, one in which he won first prize. His photographs have been placed with several literary journals as well as the New York Times. He is a dual US/EU citizen and a dog person. IG @Marcellit0 Twitter @civilrightslwyr.
Matthew James Babcock is the author of Points of Reference (Folded Word) and Strange Terrain (Mad Hat Press), which won the AML Poetry Award. Other awards include the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg, Juxtaprose, and Lucidity Magazine Poetry Awards. His nonfiction collection, Heterodoxologies, is available from Educe Press. His fiction collection, Four Tales of Troubled Love (Harvard Square Editions), won the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Award. His follow-up fiction collection, Future Perfect, a finalist for the BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize, is forthcoming from Engine Books.
Ani Bachan is a Scorpio who lives in Toronto and has been writing since her third grade teacher told her she was good at it (giving her a big head). She likes listening to music, cooking for her family, and pretending she’s in a Studio Ghibli movie. This piece came from a bemusing experience of getting catcalled outside a party, which prompted her to think of what it means to want to love someone longer than it takes to shout at a stranger from your car.
Reporter photographic and visual artist Guilherme Bergamini is Brazilian and graduated in journalism. For more than two decades, he has developed projects with photography and the various narrative possibilities that art offers. The works of the artist dialogue between memory and social political criticism. He believes in photography as the aesthetic potential and transforming agent of society. Awarded in national and international competitions, Guilherme Bergamini has participated in collective exhibitions in 31 countries.
Jill Bronfman is a professor, lawyer, non-profit worker, and parent. She placed second in the Joan Ramseyer Memorial Poetry Contest in 2020. Her work has been accepted for publication in a variety of literary journals as well as law and technical journals and books. She has performed her work in Poets in the Parks, The Basement Series, and LitQuake, and had her story about a middle-aged robot produced as a podcast.
David Carlson is Professor of English at California State University San Bernardino, where he has taught for twenty years. David is founding co-editor of Transmotion (an online, open access journal of indigenous studies hosted by the University of Kent). His poems have appeared in Pacific Review, Inlandia, and Poemeleon. He is also an amateur painter, working primarily in watercolor.
S.M. Ellis holds an MFA from New York University. Previous work has appeared in Paper Nautilus, Straylight Literary Review, Illuminations, Salamander, Columbia Journal, Iowa Review, and others.
Originally from Yorkshire, ed ferrari is a poet who lives in Redlands with his wife and two young daughters. Teaching writing at Crafton Hills College, ed is dedicated to forwarding the literary arts in San Bernardino County and works as the President of PoetrIE, a 501(c)(3) that provides support to local writers. ed’s work has appeared in Ink, Sweat, and Tears, New Walk Magazine, Within Darkness & Light, MUSE, and The Pacific Review.
Joel Fishbane’s novel The Thunder of Giants is available from St. Martin’s Press. His fiction has been widely published, most recently in Ploughshares and New England Review. www.joelfishbane.net.
Rebecca River Forbes is a British-Mauritian fueled by tea (she travels with a tea library). She writes poems, short stories, and both writes and performs comedy. She recently finished her novel Shut Mouth and is hunting for an agent to give her some love. Find her on Twitter @bohobo101.
Matthew James Friday has had many poems published, including, recently: Borderless (India), Acta Victoriana (Canada), and Into the Void (Canada). The mini-chapbooks All the Ways to Love, Waters of Oregon and The Words Unsaid were published by the Origami Poems Project (USA).
Jeremiah Gilbert is a native Southern Californian, born in San Bernardino, raised in Rialto and Colton, and now residing in Loma Linda. He is a professor at San Bernardino Valley College and also an award-winning photographer, writer, and avid traveler. His travels have taken him to nearly a hundred countries and territories around the globe. His photography has been published internationally, in both digital and print publications, and has been exhibited worldwide, including in Leica’s LFI Gallery. He is also the author of the collection Can’t Get Here from There: Fifty Tales of Travel.
Best of the Net nominee, Rich Glinnen, enjoys bowling and eating gruyere with his cats at his home in Bayside, New York. His work can be read in Kenneth Warren’s Lakewood House Organ, at foliateoak.com, petrichormag.com, underwoodpress.com/ruescribe, Tumblr, and Instagram. His wife calls him Ho-ho.
Eric Hall is an AP English teacher recently retired after a 30-year career at Etiwanda High School in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. He grew up in and currently resides in Upland, California. He wrote “Mickey Mice” in 1990. He chose not to update it for submission because looking back on it now, the vignette of a decaying relationship captures something of the spirit of Disneyland at the time which is much changed with passes, Downtown Disney, increased crowds, and now, of course, closure due to the pandemic.
Sergio Hartshorne is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy author interested in things like free will, fate, choice, love and how we see it in literature, as well as serpents as sacred symbols. He believes in writing to inspire, even when his stories are at their darkest.
Tim Hatch is an author and educator, living and working in the Inland Empire. His poetry explores themes of abuse, fragility, and our human obligation to one another. He earned his MFA at Cal State San Bernardino, and his poetry has appeared in several journals, including East Jasmine Review, The Vehicle, Touch: The Journal of Healing, Apeiron Review, and Cholla Needles. He desperately misses the Before Time, when hugging wasn’t scary.
Devan Hawkins is a freelance writer from Massachusetts. His fiction has appeared in the Penn Review, Litro, and In Shades magazines. His writing about travel, books, and politics has appeared in a number of places including The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Islamic Monthly, CounterPunch, and Matador Network. Outside of writing, Devan is an epidemiologist and public health instructor.
Eryn Hiscock’s writing has been published in literary journals, zines and anthologies internationally. Her online articles have earned millions of views. Her most recent publications appear in It Calls From The Forest, Volume 2 (Eerie River Publishing, Canada) and Nine Cloud Journal’s inaugural issue. She’s presently hard at work on a speculative fiction novel.
Caroline Knickmeier is a passionate creator, encouraging artists at gallerygallery.org, regularly exhibiting and publishing art and writing, and raising funds for a rainforest reclamation project. She’s completing her MFA and M.Arch in San Francisco. Find her work in and with Main Street Rag, Ruminate, FSTOP, Apeiron Review, Mud Season Review, JMKAC, and Woman Made Gallery among many others. Visit at carolineknickmeier.com and @sobraliacaroline.
Tom Laichas’s recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Stand, Ambit, Spillway, Rappahannock Review, Masque & Spectacle, and elsewhere. He is the author of Empire of Eden (High Window Press, 2019) and Sixty-Three Photographs from the End of a War (3.1 Press, forthcoming).
James Latimer writes and draws for children and young adults. He has recent work or work in press at Toho Journal, Forbidden Peak Press, The Closed Eye Open, Iris Literary Journal, Burningword Literary Journal, Heirlock Magazine, Showbear Family Circus. Also at Las Laguna Gallery, Poster House NYC, and Fusion Art. Additional credits on Instagram at latimer.jim and at grilrunning.com.
Terri Leonard works as a yoga therapist with veterans at the Atlanta Veterans’ Administration offering mindful movement sessions and a therapeutic practice called iRest@ (integrative restoration), a form of guided self-inquiry used for work with trauma. They are a medical anthropologist by training and an emerging fiction writer. Recently published short stories appear in Halcyon and The Madison Review.
Sharon Lin is a Chinese-American writer from New York City. Her work is published in The Offing, Penumbra, and The Wave, and has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Penguin Random House. She was previously a First Reader for Polyphony Lit and attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She enjoys waking up early and petting Westies.
D.S. Maolalai has been nominated eight times for Best of the Net and three times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden (Encircle Press, 2016) and Sad Havoc Among the Birds (Turas Press, 2019).
Caroline Mays, a third-generation Riverside native, brings Californian sunshine, bright colors, bomb MMA moves, and a love of writing to initially-reluctant community college students near you. She is currently in New York, teaching at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and has had work previously published in Inlandia, TL;DR, and Linden Avenue.
David McVey lectures in Communication at New College Lanarkshire. He has published over 120 short stories and a great deal of nonfiction that focuses on history and the outdoors. He enjoys hillwalking, visiting historic sites, reading, watching telly, and supporting his hometown football team, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy FC.
Jessica Mehta is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and multi-award-winning poet and author. Her book Selected Poems 2000 – 2020 received the Meadowlark Prize for 2020. Learn more at www.thischerokeerose.com.
Jamie Naqvi is a filmmaker, videographer, and freelance writer based in the Greater Los Angeles area. Born in Pakistan to Anglo-Pakistani parents and raised in San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire, he received his M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts in 2012. Since then, his films and videos have shown in festivals and galleries internationally, and his writing has appeared in such online publications as Aslan Media and Submittable.
Rachel Anna Neff has written poetry since elementary school and has notebooks full of half-written novels. She earned her doctorate in Spanish literature and holds an MFA. Her work has been published in JuxtaProse Literary Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine and included in several anthologies. Her published works include “The Haywire Heart and Other Musings on Love,” “Chasing Chickens: When Life after Higher Education Doesn’t Go the Way You Planned,” and two erasure poems in Erase the Patriarchy!
Timothy F. Phillips’ art is that of a naive artist with a splash of realism. Occasionally he frames his vision of the artwork with bright foliage through which the skies glimmer and the moon glows in an evening hue. In a careful analysis of Timothy’s paintings, one of the first things we notice is that his subjects are a little slanted or off tilt. Timothy works with feelings, emotions, and imagination. These are all qualities and principle ingredients in the creation of The Art Of Life With A Splash Of Reality where the spirit will always prevail and art is first and foremost an expression of his own faith in his abilities to create simple beauty with a complex style.
Randy Quiroz was a finalist in the 2020 international Writers of the Future contest and won the top fiction award at the 2019 San Diego Southern California Writers’ Conference. He’ll soon release a compendium of short stories Tales of the Nine and his novel The Other Round Table. Contact him at email@example.com. After attending UC Berkeley, he returned home, and when the stars are in perfect alignment, he teaches high school in the Inland Empire.
Ayesha Raees identifies herself as a hybrid creating hybrid poetry through hybrid forms. Raees currently serves as an Assistant Poetry Editor at AAWW’s The Margins and has received fellowships from Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Brooklyn Poets, and Kundiman. From Lahore, Pakistan, Raees is a graduate of Bennington College, and currently lives in New York City. Her website is: www.ayesharaees.com
Carlos Ramet is a professor of English/Creative Writing at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. He has published two books on the popular novelist Ken Follett and is the author of numerous short stories; his most recent published short story, “Trifecta” (Red Earth Review, July 2020) was also set in the Inland Empire. Prior to moving to Michigan, Ramet taught writing at Victor Valley College in San Bernardino County.
In addition to That hum to go by (Mammoth books), Jeff Schiff is the author of Mixed Diction, Burro Heart, The Rats of Patzcuaro, The Homily of Infinitude, and Anywhere in this Country. His work has appeared in more than a hundred and thirty publications worldwide. He is currently serving as the interim dean of the school of graduate studies at Columbia College Chicago.
Patricia L. Scruggs is the author of Forget the Moon, a poetry collection. Her work has appeared in ONTHEBUS, Spillway, RATTLE, Calyx, Cultural Weekly, Crab Creek Review, Lummox, and the anthologies 13 Los Angeles Poets, So Luminous the Wildflowers, and Beyond the Lyric Moment. A retired art educator, Patricia lives and writes in Chino, California, where she has lived the last 50 years, watching it grow and change.
Seigar is a passionate travel, street, social documentary, and conceptual photographer based in Tenerife. He feels obsessed with pop culture, which shows in his series. He is a fetishist for reflections, saturated colors, curious finds, and religious icons. He also flirts with journalism and video. His main inspiration is traveling. His aim as an artist is to tell tales with his camera, creating a continuous storyline from his trips.
Sherry Shahan lives in a laid-back beach town in California. Her novel in free verse Purple Daze: A Far Out Trip, 1965 features a tumultuous year in history. As a photographer, she watches the world from behind; whether in the hub of Oxford, on a backstreet in Havana, or alone in a squat hotel room in Paris. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Exposition Review, Oxford University Press, The Writer, and forthcoming from Gargoyle, Gold Man Review, and F(r)iction. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Kristen Shea is a literature student in Mississippi whose poetry has appeared in Asylum Magazine. Despite doing little else than reading and writing in her spare time, people apparently find her interesting. She is a word collector, cat lover, and volcano enthusiast.
Alyson Shelton wrote and directed the award winning feature Eve of Understanding. Currently, she’s finishing up Issue #1 of Reburn, a comic with artist Elise McCall (Spy Island, Man-Eaters). Her essays have appeared on MsMagazine.com, Hobart Pulp, Bending Genres, Little Old Lady (LOL) comedy blog, and others. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. Check out her website, www.alysonshelton.com or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @byalysonshelton.
John Sierpinski has published poetry in many literary journals such as California Quarterly, North Coast Review and Spectrum Literary Journal. His work is also in eight anthologies. He is a Pushcart nominee. His poetry collection, Sucker Hole, was published in 2018 by Cholla Needles Press. He lives in Yucca Valley, California.
J. T. Townley has published in Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, The Threepenny Review, and many other magazines and journals. His stories have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MPhil in English from the University of Oxford. To learn more, visit jttownley.com.
Tom Wade is a retired state government employee. He has been a volunteer ombudsman (advocate) for residents of long-term care facilities for seven years. His essays have been published in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Communion, Jenny, and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, and Wilderness House Literary Review, Squawk Back, Canyon Voices, and Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review.
After multiple careers—Human Resources Director, Corporate Stress Management Trainer, Antique Dealer, Life Coach, and Mom—Harvard-educated Ellyn Wolfe stepped into a life of literary creativity. Grateful for the Color Blue: Surviving the Loss of An Adult Child is her debut memoir. Ellyn publishes and is on the editorial team of Straitjackets Magazine, (straitjackets.org). the literary arm of the Diamond Valley Writers’ Guild. She sits on their Board of Directors and is a founding member.