Issue #35 Contributors

December 20, 2017


Featured authors and artist


Mahdis Marzooghian is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Five on the Fifth. She has a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from Towson University. Mahdis is currently Assistant Managing Editor at Money Map Press, an Agora Publishing Company, based in Baltimore. Her nonfiction essay “Going Back” was published in HeartWood Literary Magazine‘s October 2016 issue. Her nonfiction essay “A Persian Brew” was published in Feminine Inquiry‘s February/March 2017 issue. Her latest essay “Collarbone Confessions” is forthcoming in the December 2017 issue of University of Baltimore’s Welter Literary Journal. She also had a short essay published in the series anthology, Miso for Life: A Melting Pot of Thoughts in 2012. She writes as often as she can and recently finished her debut novel. Mahdis is also fluent in Farsi and French. She loves to travel.


Florence Sunnen is a collagist and writer from Luxembourg City. After moving around for her studies, she ended up in the UK, where she recently completed her MFA in short fiction at the University of Warwick. Her work draws from her multilingual upbringing and searches for a middle ground between creative writing and philosophy. Some of her pieces have appeared in Datableed, A Glimpse Of, and The Learned Pig.



Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad was born and raised in New York. Her poetry has appeared in The Missing Slate, Passages North, HEArt Journal Online, Pinch Journal, and is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly. She is the poetry editor for Noble / Gas Qtrly, and a Best of the Net, Pushcart Prize, and Best New Poets nominee. She currently lives in New York where she practices matrimonial law.



Adelaide Tyrol lives in Vermont and is a fine artist whose paintings have been displayed in numerous shows, galleries, and museums. She has studied at the Art Student’s League and The Parson’s School of Design and received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Along with her gallery work, Adelaide is co-owner of Oliphant Studios – a scenic painting house in NYC which serves the photography and film industries. She is also a natural history illustrator. Her natural history pieces are often book-size; her scenic work is typically 14’x40’. She works primarily out of her studios in Plainfield, Vermont and New York City. She is represented by McGowan Fine Art in Concord, NH.





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Alexandria Heather is the only person known to have survived a thoracic tethered spinal cord for over thirty years. It is this alteration to her Heart Chakra that allows the unusual mystic flow that has defined her creative life. Alexandria was born with conscious access to the ancient information stored within DNA. She describes lives and events that are in no history or religious texts. She possesses knowledge about art forms that are no longer taught to the general public. She shares much of this fascinating lore in her upcoming multimedia trilogy, Dirty Shamana. The piece What Isn’t the Home of God(dog)? is a non-traditional triptych that attempts to express her experiences traveling through dimensions and time. More of her art, music and writing can be found at her website, Dirty Shamana.


John Timothy Robinson is a traditional, mainstream citizen and graduate of the Marshall University Creative Writing program in Huntington, West Virginia with a Regent’s Degree. He minored in Studio Art: Printmaking. John is also a ten-year educator for Mason County Schools in Mason County, WV. He is a published poet with work appearing in fifty-one journals and websites since August 2016 in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In Printmaking, his primary medium is Monotype and Monoprint process with interest in collagraph, lithography, etching, and nature prints.


David J. Thompson grew up in Hyde park, New York, and currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a former prep school teacher and coach who worked at schools in New York, Texas, Florida, and Michigan. His interests include jazz, movies, and minor league baseball. Please visit his photo website at