Issue #20 Contributors

May 20, 2016


Featured authors and artist

Tyler Barton PhotoTyler Barton studies fiction writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he serves as a fiction editor for Blue Earth Review. His work has been published in NANO Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, Hypertext Magazine, and elsewhere. Find his stories at Find his jokes at @goftyler.




Sally 2015 cropSally Linder travels Earth’s varied landscapes with sketchbooks in hand, recording everything from the gaze of South Africa’s children to the movement of polar bears across ice: listening attentively to life’s often unheard whispers. She lives and paints in Vermont. View more of her artwork at:



Lauren SpinabelliLauren Spinabelli is finishing up her MA in creative writing at Pennsylvania State University. Her work has been published in Elite Daily and Bop Dead City. Her fiction piece “Practical Fairy Tales For Girls Like You” is forthcoming in the July issue of Strangelet Journal.




Vanderberg (1)Peter Vanderberg is the founding editor of Ghostbird Press. He served in the US Navy from 1999 – 2003 and received a MFA from CUNY Queens College. His work has appeared in CURA, Harpoon Review, Manhattanville Review, LUMINA, and in collaboration with his brother James’s paintings in their book,Weather-Eye. His chapbook Crossing Pleasant Lake has just been released by Red Bird Chapbooks. He teaches at St. John’s Preparatory School and Hofstra University.




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Galen Cheney-squareGalen Cheney has been painting professionally for 25 years. After receiving a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art she lived in Italy and then criss-crossed her way across the U.S. doing a variety of work, from writing for a travel magazine in New York City to carving at a bronze foundry in Portland, Oregon. She now works exclusively as an artist and teacher. Galen has received much recognition for her painting, including a nomination for a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant and residency fellowships to the Millay Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and most recently, Da Wang Culture Highland in Shenzhen, China. Galen has exhibited her work throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Italy, and China. Exhibitions so far this year include The Painting Center in New York City, The Chandler and River Arts in Vermont, and TJ Walton Gallery in Provincetown.


Mandy Coppes-MartinMandy Coppes-Martin is a visual artist, working primarily with paper and natural fibers such as hemp, sisal, cotton rag and wild silk. Mandy completed her Masters Degree in Fine Art (cum laude) in 2004 where she concentrated on the development of local and invasive plant fibers for the production of specialist papers and product development. Mandy has worked with various paper experts in three-dimensional paper-casting techniques and Eastern and Western methods of hand-papermaking. She has been involved in various outreach initiatives in South Africa, Mozambique, and Botswana, working with people and fibers in order to create sustainable product designs for the craft industry. Mandy has since exhibited in South Africa, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the U.S., and the Philippines. Mandy Coppes-Martin lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two daughters and currently works from her studio at Nugget Square in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Mike St-Germain head shotMichael St.Germain wholeheartedly embraces the ideas and techniques associated with 20th century picture-plane innovation. Nonetheless, he is wary of logic in art. St.Germain’s studio practice alternates between orchestrating controlled accidents and piling up material to bury the past. He is not above presenting stick-figures as fine art and he always enjoys a dry pun.