Issue #18 Contributors

March 20, 2016


Featured authors and artist


10359321_10152660714594109_5457411257757593789_nGretchen Comcowich is a nonfiction writer and a Colorado native. As an MFA Candidate at Columbia College Chicago, Gretchen writes on horses, science, the environment, and history. She is a contributing writer to the Horse Collaborative and you can follower her on Twitter @gcomcowich




Glasses2Sam Gridley is the author of the novels The Shame of What We Are and The Big Happiness. His fiction and satire have appeared in more than fifty magazines and anthologies. He has received two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and numerous honors from magazines. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and neurotic dog and hangs out at:



PuriAntonio Puri was born in Chandigarh and raised in the Himalayas where he attended English and International boarding schools. Later he attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco and Coe College in Iowa for a bachelors degree in Art and later a JD degree from the University of Iowa. He has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions all over the world. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions worldwide. He has held residencies in Hungary, Bulgaria, South Africa, Serbia, Mauritius, India, Denmark, and Romania. Puri is currently an artist in residence at Woodstock School in India, where his son Alexander is attending boarding school. View more of his with on his website,



wendy_willisWendy Willis is a poet and essayist who lives in Portland, Oregon. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was released in 2012 by Press 53. She also serves as the executive director of the Kitchen Table Democracy, a national nonprofit organization housed at Portland State University and devoted to improving democratic governance. In addition to publishing poetry and essays in a variety of national and regional journals and serving as an adjunct fellow in poetry at the Attic Institute, Wendy has served as a federal public defender and as the law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson Jr. of the Oregon Supreme Court. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center and holds a BA from Willamette University and an MFA in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.



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forrest_self_portrait_2_oil_on_canvas_24x24_2010Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest‘s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas. View more of his work on his website,



newer-me-photo-3Karen Henderson began her artistic life growing up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She first studied fine arts with an emphasis on printmaking, afterwards decided to pursue her own studies for a few years, focusing mainly on batik. This passion led Karen back to school to immerse in the study of textiles. She learned weaving and print design in the textile design program at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating, Karen worked as a Textile Designer in the wallpaper industry, while in her spare time pursuing her personal artwork in fabric collage. An opportunity took her to the woods of northwestern New Jersey to work at Peters Valley Craft Center, running their two fiber departments. There, Karen was able to get back to a more serious studio practice for her wall art, while building her freelance textile/surface design business. Karen now lives with her partner, Jim (creative film/video guy) and their awesome cat Wallace in the beautiful Green Mountain state of Vermont. View more of her work at her website,


image1 (2)Joe McDermott, a resident of Berkeley, California, has lately become entranced by the recent construction and destruction occurring in and around San Francisco’s financial district, and he hopes to capture the beautiful, grotesque, and paralyzing aspects of it by using multiple exposure photography. You can find more of his work here: