Issue #17 Contributors

February 20, 2016


Featured authors and artist


Abhay K picAbhay K is an Indian poet-diplomat and author of two memoirs and six poetry collections including The Seduction of Delhi. His poems have appeared in several literary journals across the world. He received the SAARC Literary Award 2013 and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2013. He has also featured in Forbes India‘s Celebrity Authors list 2014. His Earth Anthem has been translated into twenty-six languages. He has a certificate in poetry writing from International Writing Programme, the University of Iowa. He is the editor of the poetry anthology Capitals and has just edited an anthology of contemporary Indian poetry in English.


Curran_Marie_headshotMarie Curran currently lives and writes in the Upper Peninsula, where she is finishing up her MFA in creative writing at Northern Michigan University. Her work can be found online in Mutha, The Collagist, and Rind.




Holly Savas, Featured ArtistHolly Savas is a San Francisco-based mixed media artist with a background in multidisciplinary design, illustration and space planning. For over a decade she has created commissioned artwork for individuals and organizations, and frequently collaborates with schools and other non-profits to develop art projects and art curriculum for elementary-aged students. She shows her studio work throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and western United States. In 2013, Holly won the Sustainable Arts Foundation Finalist Award for her work in the visual arts. She lives with her family in San Francisco’s NOPA neighborhood. See more of her artwork at


Lori White 2Lori White’s recent essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Nervous Breakdown, Pithead Chapel, The Collapsar, and Switchback. Her story, “Gambling One Ridge Away,” won first place in the 2013 Press 53 Open Award for Flash Fiction. She teaches English composition at Los Angeles Pierce College.




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Gina Williams, PhotographerGina Williams lives and creates in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry, essays, and visual art have been featured most recently in Okey-Panky, River Teeth, Carve, The Boiler Journal, The Sun, Fugue, and Palooka, among others. Learn more about her and her work at





Matthew Cusick was born in New York City in 1970. He holds a BFA from The Cooper Union and a MFA from Southern Methodist University. His work has been exhibited internationally since 1996, including solo exhibitions at The Columbus Museum of Art, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, Andrew Kreps, and Kent Fine Arts. Cusick was the recipient of a NYFA painting fellowship in 2006, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art residency fellowship in 2008, and the esteemed LUX Art Institute residency in 2013. He has been a visiting artist and lecturer at The Cooper Union, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Southern Methodist University. His work is held in numerous public and private collections including the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Progressive Art Collection. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and daughter. See more of his artwork at