A Shelter of Umbrellas by Linda Rhoades

Marissa Alvarez was born and raised in Southern California, from Palm Springs to Big Bear, Quartz Hill to Claremont, and most of the in-between. She is a Chicana poet with multiple chronic conditions, and lives on Southern Paiute ancestral land with her parents (again), shih tzu sister, and three rescued cats. Recently two of her poems have come out in The Southern Quill 2021, as well as two poems in Rigorous -Volume 5, Issue 3, and a poem in Capsule Stories Autumn 2021.

Katie Blandford-Levy studied English and French at Macalester College, and received her MSW at Touro College Graduate School of Social Work. Some of her previous short fiction has been published in Bridge Eight Press and Halfway Down The Stairs. She lives in the New Jersey suburbs with her family.

Cindy Bousquet Harris is a poet, photographer, licensed marriage and family therapist, and the editor of Spirit Fire Review. Her work can be found in Nostos, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Clamor, and in several anthologies. Cindy lives in Southern California’s Inland Empire with her husband and their children. You can contact her at:

Kate Choi is a 17-year-old eleventh grader attending Asheville School in North Carolina. Her hobbies include listening to music, watching movies, and reading books. She is currently preparing her portfolio for university.

Benjamin Clabault is a writer and teacher from Sandwich, Massachusetts. His fiction has been published on Misery Tourism, and he recently completed his first novel. He lives with his fiancée in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala.

Martin Cossio is a first-generation Mexican American who grew up skateboarding and currently works as a sub teacher. He is a graduate of UCR, Palm Desert’s MFA program and a former poetry editor — and the current copy editor — of The Coachella Review. He won Golden Triangle’s 2021 international haiku contest. In San Berdoo, he sings the Bud Light blues.

Laura DeKloe is currently a second grade teacher. She took up watercolors as a diversion during the COVID-19 pandemic. She hopes to continue with her painting when she retires. She grew up in Orange County, California when there were orange groves that filled the summer night air with their sweet fragrances. She currently lives in Fairfield, California.

Mia Amore Del Bando was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She is a Los Angeles–based flight attendant. Her profession allows her to travel to several countries and practice her independence wherever she goes. She has been featured in The Art of Everyone and You Might Need To Hear This, online literary journals. Her poetry has been published in print by the Wingless Dreamer and Poets Choice. She is a faithful friend, difficult daughter, and selfish lover.

Nicole Farmer is a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina. Her poems have been published in The Sheepshead Review, The Bangalore Review, The Roadrunner Review, Wild Roof Journal, Bacopa Literary Review, The Great Smokies Review, Kakalak Review, 86 Logic, Wingless Dreamer and others. Her play 50 JOBS was produced in Los Angeles. Nicole has been awarded the First Prize in Prose Poetry from the Bacopa Literary Review, which appeared in September 2021. Way back in the 90’s she graduated from The Juilliard School of Drama. You can find her dancing barefoot in her driveway on the full moon at midnight.

Jennifer Ferderer lives in a cold, dark, shitty interior Alaskan town some refer to as Unfairbanks. She’s gotten divorced, given birth twice, fallen madly in love with the man she will live with forever, written a collection of short stories, and eaten very terrible Mexican food in this town. She could write stories for fifty more years about this place.

Gabriela Halas immigrated to Canada during the early 1980s, grew up in northern Alberta, lived in Alaska for seven years, and currently resides in B.C. She has published poetry in a variety of literary journals including About Place Journal, Prairie Fire, december magazine, Rock & SlingThe Louisville Review, and The Hopper, among others; fiction in The HoppersubTerrain, and Broken Pencil; nonfiction in The Whitefish ReviewGrainPilgrimage, and High Country News. She received Best of the Net nominations in poetry in 2020 and 2021. She lives and writes on traditional Ktunaxa Nation land.

Aleta Jacobson is an award-winning collage, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media artist living and working in Southern California. Her love for artistic expression developed at an early age. Aleta studied art at Riverside City College, Citrus Community College, and California Polytechnic University at Pomona. Before college, she studied art in Europe for two months. Aleta is now a working artist and illustrator who specializes in creating powerful collage, mixed media, and watercolor paintings.

Ellie Ko is a senior attending Hong Kong International School. She is currently working on her portfolio for university. She loves to express herself in several mediums but is currently making a series in acrylic paint.

Virginia Laurie is an undergraduate student at Washington and Lee University whose work has been published in LandLocked Magazine, Panoply, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Short Vine Literary Journal and The Merrimack Review

Lenny Lianne is the author of four books of poetry. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from George Mason University and has taught poetry workshops on both coasts. She lives with her husband and dog in Arizona.

Don Noel is retired from four decades’ prizewinning print and broadcast journalism in Hartford, Connecticut. He took his MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University in 2013, and has since published more than five dozen short stories and nonfiction pieces, all of which can be read at his website,

Eugene Platt, an octogenarian striving to remain active in an era of increasing ageism, was born in Charleston, South Carolina. After serving in the Army, he earned a degree at the University of South Carolina and Diploma in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College Dublin. His 2020 collection Nuda Veritas was published by Revival Press (Ireland). He lives in Charleston with his wife Judith, corgi Bess, cats Finnegan and Maeve.

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 After attending UC Berkeley, he returned home, and when the stars are in perfect alignment, he teaches high school in the Inland Empire.

Pranaya SJB Rana is a writer and journalist from Kathmandu, Nepal. He is editor of The Record, a digital publication based out of Kathmandu, and the author of a collection of short stories, City of Dreams: Stories, published in 2015 by Rupa Publications, India. 

A mother of three adult children and married to an on-the-cusp retiree, Linda Rhoades is a born here—leave—return resident of the Inland Empire. She has also lived in the Antelope Valley, San Diego, and Sitka, Alaska. She takes her rescue dog for long walks, which often leads to inspiration, and uses her iPhone10 to capture whatever images catch her eye. In addition to cell-phone photography, Linda earned a Fiction Certificate from UC Riverside, and has been active in Inlandia writing workshops since 2009. 

Alexandra Rigores is a 24-year-old illustrator and graphic design student. She was born and raised in Venezuela, but due to the circumstances in her country, she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before design school, she was going to college to graduate as a dentist, but once she moved to Argentina her passion for graphic design and illustration bloomed. 

Jordan Rodriguez is a high school English teacher in San Leandro, CA. His writing has been published in About Place Journal, Tule Review, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, and Occam’s Razor.

Corinna Schulenburg (she/her) is a queer trans artist/activist committed to ensemble practice and social justice. She’s a mother, a playwright, a poet, and a Creative Partner of Flux Theatre Ensemble. Poems published or upcoming in Arachne Press, Capsule Stories, Eclectica Magazine, Lost Pilots, Long Con, LUPERCALIA Press, miniskirt magazine, Moist, Moonflake Press, Moss Puppy, Oroboro, Pastel Pastoral, Poet Lore, SHIFT, The Shore, and The Westchester Review.

Sherry Shahan lives in a laid-back beach town where she grows carrot tops in ice cube trays for pesto. Her personal essays have appeared in Inlandia, F(r)iction, Hippocampus, Exposition Review and elsewhere and are forthcoming from Fiddlehead, Writers Shed Anthology, and december. She earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and taught a creative writing course for UCLA Extension for ten years.

Don Stoll’s fiction is forthcoming in Evening Street Review and has appeared recently in The Honest Ulsterman, A Thin Slice of Anxiety, and elsewhere. In 2008, Don and his wife founded their nonprofit,, which continues to bring new schools, clean water, and medical clinics to a cluster of remote Tanzanian villages.

Danielle Sung is a junior at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art, visiting exhibits around the world, studying art history and anthropology. Sung has won recognitions in several art competitions, including winning Gold Medals in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, being selected as the American Vision and Voices Nominee, and the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Sung is currently preparing to major in art with a focus on portraiture and installations.

Rolland Vasin (aka Vachine), third-generation American writer, published in many anthologies including Reimagining America and Coiled Serpent, features at local venues including Beyond Baroque, reads open-mics from Coast to Coast, and teaches poetry to state-prison inmates. The Laugh Factory’s 1992 3rd Funniest CPA in LA, his CPA day job includes auditing child and family charities. A resident of Santa Monica, Vachine plays the guitar, banjo, and ukulele, but not all at the same time.

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