Issue #31 Contributors

July 20, 2017


Featured authors and artist


Erin Seaward-Hiatt is a writer and graphic designer transplanted from Chicagoland to a mountainside in Utah Valley. She has an MA in English literature and feminist critical theory from Weber State University, where she was awarded a creative endeavors fellowship. Her essay “Dirty Girl” appears in the anthology Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions (Seal Press, 2013), and her social justice writing has been featured in Lip magazine and on the blog Feminism and Religion. She has presented papers on the intersection of women and religion in world literature at national and regional conferences and is currently at work on an ecofeminist novel.


Jeanie Tomanek draws upon themes that first developed in her poetry, exploring various feminine archetypes from myths, folk-tales, fairy tales, and her own experiences. The natural world as she experienced it growing up on a farm in the Genesee Valley region of New York also strongly influences her work. Trees, flowers, birds, and snow are symbols for emotional states or story elements. She has been called a mythic artist, telling ancient stories that never grow old. Tomanek’s work is held in many private and public collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. She is also a published poet and her paintings have appeared as cover art for literary journals and poetry collections. She lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Dennis and two rescue dogs. Her work can be seen at


Philippine-born and LA-raised, Elsa Valmidiano is a writer and poet who calls Oakland home. For several years, Elsa was a women’s reproductive rights activist and incorporates much of that activism into her writing. Her works have appeared in various literary journals such as TAYO, make/shift, Burner, As/Us, Literature for Life, Bottlecap, and Anti-Heroin Chic, as well as various chapbooks and anthologies such as Field of Mirrors, Walang Hiya, and Circe’s Lament. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Rita Dove Prize in Poetry. In 2017, she was a finalist for the Penelope Niven Prize in Creative Nonfiction. Elsa was awarded to attend the DISQUIET 2017 International Literary Program in Lisbon. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and has performed readings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves as Fiction Editor of As/Us seeking stories by underrepresented writers of color. You can find her on Twitter @Evalmidiano.


Crystal J. Zanders is a poet, teacher, and pug-owner who lives in Albuquerque. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of New Mexico in Poetry. Her work has been featured in |tap|lit and is forthcoming in 45th Parallel.





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Kim J. Gifford is a writer, artist, and teacher. In addition to photography, pastel, colored pencil, encaustic, and digital art, Gifford creates digital collages that combine photography with hand-drawing in pastel, crayon, colored pencil, embroidery, and digital drawing to create hand-worked stories, exploring the themes of girlhood and transformation. Her works are whimsical and frequently have fantasy undertones. Gifford’s works have been exhibited throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and New York State. She lives in Bethel, VT with her grumble of pugs—Alfie, Waffles, and Amore.



"Television Can Seriously Damage Your Imagination" Acrylic on canvas with enamel tiles, buttons and paper collageBilly Tee is a transformative artist, photographer, painter, and illustrator. You can find him on Facebook – and Instagram – @deathrattle_designs_artist.