Issue #33 Contributors

October 20, 2017


Featured authors and artist


Hussain Ahmed is a Nigerian writer and environmentalist. His poems are featured or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Rise Up Review, Vinyl Poetry, Puerto del Sol, Yemassee and elsewhere.




Aileen Bassis is a visual artist in Jersey City working in book arts, printmaking, photography and installation. Her artwork can be viewed at Her use of text in art led her to explore another creative life as a poet. She was awarded an artist residency in poetry to the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in B o d y Literature, Spillway, Grey Sparrow Journal, Canary, Amoskeag, Stone Canoe, The Pinch Journal and Pittsburgh Poetry Review.



Alexis Bates is a poet and writer who uses words to initiate intimacy with an audience. You can read her work in Luna Luna Magazine, Five:2:One, Vagabond City Lit, and elsewhere. Her micro-chap, When Cars Touch, is published with Ghost City Press.




James Blevins is an award-winning poet who studied English and Creative Writing at the College of Central Florida. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Pretty Owl Poetry, Stoneboat Journal, Alexandria Quarterly, concīs, THAT Literary Review and elsewhere. His first published short story, “For All the Bending,” was included in the 2016 Scythe Prize collection.



Moushumi Chakrabarty is the author of two non-fiction books for young readers. She grew up in India and became a naturalized Canadian many years ago. She writes poetry as a way to explore ideas of nation, identity and connection. Currently she is working on a book about astronauts.



Savannah Cooper is a writer and photographer. She holds a BA in English—Creative Writing from Lincoln University of Missouri. She currently lives in southern Missouri with her husband, dog, and two cats. Her work has previously appeared in Plenilune Magazine and The Coe Review.



Natalie Crick, from the UK, has work published in a range of journals and magazines including Rust+Moth, The Chiron Review, Ink in Thirds, Interpreters House and The Penwood ReviewThis year her poem “Sunday School” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her first chapbook will be released by Bitterzoet Press this year.



Jessica Lee is an Assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine and an intern for Copper Canyon Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Literary Review, BOAAT, cream city review, DIAGRAM, Fugue, NASTY WOMEN POETS: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press), phoebe, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the 2017 So to Speak Poetry Contest and the 2017 Greg Grummer Poetry Award. Find her online at



D.S. Maolalai was born in Ireland and recently returned there after two years in Toronto, where he worked maintenance for a hospital and drank wine. His first collection of poems, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published by the Encircle Press in 2016. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.



Kristian O’Hare’s poetry has been published in Cobalt Review and San Francisco State University’s Fourteen Hills. He was named a finalist at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival for his poetry. He earned his Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in playwriting at Western Michigan University in 2009, and a Masters degree in English with an emphasis in playwriting from Boston University, where he worked with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. His plays have been produced or developed by the Ruckus Theatre (Chicago), Ringwald Theatre (Detroit), The Dramatists Guild Footlights Series (San Francisco), Ivy Theatre Company (NYC), Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha), and a number of other companies.


Brent Schreiber is an artist/illustrator located in Elmira, ON Canada. His personal work focuses on realism-based figurative / portrait paintings combining illustrative and narrative themes. Brent is best known for his Listen series. It is an ongoing collection featuring the portrait and figure exploring themes of god, faith, spirituality, hope, religion, and the human bond. His work is held in both private and public collections in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada.



Milla van der Have wrote her first poem at 16, during a physics class. She has been writing ever since. One of her short stories won a New Millennium Fiction Award. In 2015 she published Ghosts of Old Virginny, a chapbook of poems about Virginia City. Milla lives and works in Utrecht, The Netherlands.



Rachel Walker is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied English, French, and Creative Writing. She now lives in Texas, where she works with Americorps to provide case management services to individuals experiencing homelessness in Austin. This is her first publication.