Issue #8 Contributors

April 20, 2015


Featured authors and artist


DSCN2941-1 (1)Josh Booton is the author of The Union of Geometry & Ash (Bear Star Press, 2013). He is the recipient of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and the Keene Prize in Literature, as well as three grants from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, 32 Poems, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Raleigh Review, Iron Horse and elsewhere. He works as a pediatric speech therapist in Portland, OR.



Nissa Kauppila

Nissa Kauppila was born and raised in the small, rural town of Monkton, Vermont, and her connection to art has always been informed by a sense of community. Though she earned her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design far from the forests and fields of home, she has remained active in local arts organizations and events. Her passion for collaboration and community involvement led her towards receiving her M.Ed. from UVM; Kauppila currently teaches at South Burlington High School. These series in gouache build on Kauppila’s work in film, as she explores the delicacy of life and chaos in evanescent compositions that find stillness in movement. Following a several-year hiatus after art school, Kauppila is delighted to be painting again: her paintings have been exhibited both locally and nationally. Most recently her paintings have gained attention in the Chinese art world which in turn has opened the doors to her accepting an artist-in-residency program in China during the summer of 2015. Expanding on her sense of curiosity, while exploring the unsettling and concrete, Kauppila has found painting the nature of flight and life a rewarding exercise in rediscovery.


bio photo bAmanda Pauley completed her MFA in creative writing at Hollins University. Her stories have appeared in the Press 53 Open Awards Anthologies, Cargoes, Clinch Mountain Review, Canyon Review, West Trade Review, The Masters Review Anthology III, 2014, Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, Gravel Literary Journal, and Steel Toe Review. She was a 2012 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize finalist, a runner up for the 2013 Andrew James Purdy Prize for Short Fiction, the runner up in the 2013 Bevel Summers Short Short Story Contest, and the winner of the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction in 2013. She has forthcoming publications in the Canary, Atticus Review, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, The Tishman Review, and Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things.


10349219_731400383580159_7674930405524103815_nEdmund Sandoval lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in the minnesota review, The Common, and Fourteen Hills, among others. He earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.





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JDistler_02After tempestuous, early stints in the dusty trenches of the archaeologist and later, in the carved canyons of the geologist, Joshua Distler somehow ended up perched atop an architect’s drafting stool. He lives and prints in Seattle.





Toby_Oggenfuss-001 (1)Tobias Oggenfuss is a Swiss-American Conceptualist and Surrealist photographer, who explores his subject matter by applying motion to the camera while the shutter is open. He calls this style of photography “Perspectives in Motion.” The development of this new style of photography is directly linked to his invention of an entirely new lens system for still frame cameras, video and cinematography cameras, which has recently received patent pending status from the USPTO. He studied furniture design, drawing, and 3DD, but he taught himself everything he knows and does in photography. Some of his work can be seen here.



IMG_1593.JPG - Version 2Nancy H. Taplin studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where she won a European Traveling Scholarship. She has won a number of fellowships, three from The Vermont Studio Center. She has shown her work in New York City, Philadelphia, and New England in small museums, galleries, and universities. She is currently affiliated with The BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vermont, where she has had two solo shows and has been in numerous group member shows, and with The Vermont Metro Gallery in Burlington, Vermont. Her most recent shows were at The Robert Lehman Arts Center at the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts, where she was the artist in residence in 2013, and The Vermont Metro Gallery at Burlington City Arts, Burlington, Vermont in 2015.