Issue #40 Contributors


October 20, 2018


Featured authors and artist


Baumann Author PhotoJoe Baumann’s fiction and essays have appeared in Barrelhouse, Zone 3, Hawai’i Review, Eleven Eleven, and many others. He is the author of Ivory Children, published in 2013 by Red Bird Chapbooks. He possesses a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and teaches composition, creative writing, and literature at St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, Missouri. He he has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes and was recently nominated for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2016.




Melissa Goodnight Melissa Goodnight lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Jerimiah, and her ten-year-old son, Jackson. She earned her MA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a member of the Charlotte Writers’ Club. Though Charlotte is her current home, she was born and raised in Kansas, and enjoys sharing stories about her Midwestern roots. She also enjoys writing short stories and poetry. When she isn’t writing, Melissa drinks coffee and talks politics with Sir Duke Barkington, her standard poodle.




Naomie Jean-Pierre headshot Naomie Jean-Pierre is a sojourner of revelation. For her, revelation is intimacy and intimacy is the life-blood of her work. She is a painter, illustrator, songwriter, and poet from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Haiti. By day, she tutors high school students in Harlem and by night, she versifies the material of her daily life. Her work can be read in FICTION magazine, Noble/Gas Qtrly, and Susan/The Journal. She is currently living in Paris, completing a joint masters at the University of Paris and the City College of New York.




Justin HammJustin Hamm’s latest book is a collection of photographs, Midwestern., forthcoming from Spartan Press. He is also the author of two full-length books of poems, American Ephemeral and Lessons in Ruin, and two poetry chapbooks. Justin’s photographs have earned a twelve-page, full-color feature in San Pedro River Review and the Inkslinger Award from Buffalo Almanack. His first solo exhibition took place in the fall of 2017 in Columbia, Missouri; further exhibitions are scheduled for the Mississippi River Gallery in Hannibal, Missouri, and Normal Public Library in Normal, Illinois.



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Julia JustoJulia Justo is an Argentine visual artist based in New York. She combines digital technology, embroidery and collage to create mixed media works, often working from vintage pictures that give her work a sense of history, she uses them to illustrate the flow of time and to throw light on current social conflicts. She believes that present social struggles remain from what came before and the role of the artist is to give society the tools to resist discrimination and to protest all other injustices. She holds a MFA from University of Argentina. Her awards include a 2017 Certificate of Recognition from Laura Phipps, Curator, The Whitney Museum of American Art and Buenos Aires Art Museum Award. She showed extensively in the USA and abroad.




Ana Jovanovska Ana Jovanovska was born in 1991 in Macedonia. She got her M.A. (Traditional Printmaking) from the Faculty of Fine Arts Skopje in 2016. She spent a semester attending École supérieure d’arts & médias de Caen/Cherbourg, France upon receiving a scholarship. She was awarded for Most Successful Graphic Work Dragutin Avramovski-Gute (2013), Highest Achievements During Studies Award (2014) and Grand Prix at the VIII Youth Spring Salon by Multimedia Centre Mala Stanica, Skopje (2015). She took part in the XI and XII Biennial of Young, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje (2015, 2018), gave a painting for Imago Mundi, and self-published an art book Collection of False Memories (2014 and 2016). She was awarded printmaking laureate from III Kazan International Printmaking Biennial (2015), was nominated for Young Artist of the Year Award Denes (2016), became a zine laureate from Zine Vitrine\ DobraVaga, Ljubljana (2018), and received an award for the work, Mirrors, by In Situ Art Fair – Skopje (2018). She has nine solo exhibitions and more than 80 group shows inMacedonia and abroad.




Sarah KohrsSarah E N Kohrs creates art with a unique perspective on how surroundings kindle hope in even a disparaged heart. Find her photography in Blueline Literary Magazine, Claudius Speaks, Columbia College Literary Review, Esthetic Apostle, In Layman’s Terms, Mt Hope, Ponder Review, Raven Chronicles, Virginia Literary Journal, and 3Elements. Surrounded by Shenandoah Valley mountains, Sarah is a poet, a potter, a homeschooling mother, director for Corhaven Graveyard (a preserved burial ground for African Americans enslaved on an antebellum plantation), managing editor for The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, volunteer board member of Nasaruni Academy (a primary school for Maasai girls in Narok, Kenya), and more. Sarah has a B.A. in Archaeology and Classical Languages from The College of Wooster and a Virginia teaching license endorsed in Latin and Visual Arts. Find her online at