Issue #27 Contributors


January 20, 2017


Featured authors and artist

Talal Alyan is a Palestinian American writer and co-editor of Riwayya, an online literary journal. His political writing has been featured in various publications including Vice News, Al Jazeera English, Huffington Post and Daily Beast. He currently resides in Brooklyn.




Thomas Benz has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and has had fourteen stories published with magazines such as The Madison Review, William and Mary Review, Pangolin Papers, Timber Creek Review, Blue Penny Quarterly, Beacon Street Review, Willard and Maple, Blue Lake Review, Carve and others. He was a finalist in the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Collection Contest in 2013 and 2015 and a finalist in the New Millennium Short Fiction Contests in 2014, 2015 and 2016. His novel Harraway’s Call was selected as a semi-finalist for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize sponsored by Black Balloon Publishing in 2014. He has also been associated with a few writers’ organizations in the Chicago area, including Off Campus Writers Workshop, Northwestern professor Fred Shafer’s novel workshop, Paul McComas’s Advanced Fiction Workshop, and the Writers Workspace. Samples of his fiction can be found at


Meredith Boe is a writer and editor living in Chicago. Her creative writing and critique has appeared in World Literature Today, From the Depths, Midwestern Gothic, Chicago Book Review, among others. She’s recently been seen writing poems on a typewriter with Chicago’s poetry-on- demand group, Poems While You Wait. A graduate of DePaul University’s MA in Writing and Publishing program, she now works on contracts for a living.




Jane Lafarge Hamill is best known for her abstract oil paintings. After getting her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in figurative painting, she lived and worked in the city for 10 years, before moving to a farm in rural New Jersey. Although her paintings are rooted in portraiture, in recent years they have become divorced from the figure entirely. Currently Hamill is working on a virtual reality project. She is represented by FMLY Gallery in New York City. See more of her artwork on her website




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Coming from a creative family, Catherine Howley has been an artist her whole life. She has worked in just about all mediums, but her favorites will always be pencil drawing and acrylic painting. She is a nature lover, cat & dog lover, and horse owner. Nature and animals are her favorite subjects. She is currently working on illustrations for a children’s book she has written. More of her work can be found on her website



Onelio Marrero was born in Cuba in 1958 and emigrated to the U. S. A. during his early childhood. His family settled in Union City, New Jersey where he lived until he married his wife Lisette. He studied painting, drawing, sculpture and print making at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1980. He has exhibited his work in one-man shows and group shows throughout the metropolitan area. His work has hung in The Ariel Gallery in N.Y.C., The National Arts Club in N.Y.C., The City Without Walls Gallery in Newark, N.J., The Blackwell Street Center for the Arts Gallery in Dover, N.J. and in The Atrium Gallery in Morristown, N.J. Mr. Marrero divides his time between his family, his art and teaching. He currently lives with his wife and daughters in New Jersey. See more of his artwork on his website


David Palmer‘s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the US, and appears in numerous public and private collections. He is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, an Artist’s Grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and a residency at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. He has also created digital effects for over a dozen feature films, including The Polar Express, Spider-Man 3, and the first Harry Potter movie. He lives and works in Los Angeles. See more of his artwork on his website
V.A. Smith, artist, Mud Season ReviewV.A. Smith is a writer and photographer who feels lucky to live and work in Portsmouth, NH. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Compose Journal, Driftwood Press, Connotation Press, Scissors & Spackle, Petrichor Review, Temenos Journal, Stirring, and Muzzle. She can also be reached at her website