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Issue 4





Kristin Berger writes poetry and essays and lives in Portland, Oregon, where she hosts a poetry reading series at the local farmers market. She is the author of For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008) and the recipient of residencies at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Central Oregon and Playa at Summer Lake. Kristin’s current work appears in Camas, Cirque, MiPOesias, North Dakota Quarterly, and at her blog, Slipstream.

Clare Blackburne grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and, after a PhD in French Literature, is taking the long way home. After a year in Canada and Alaska, she has spent seven more years travelling, teaching and volunteering throughout Asia, before a final stop in New Zealand. She travels light and writes as she goes.

Rob Carney is the author of three books and three chapbooks of poems, most recently Story Problems (Somondoco Press, 2011) and Home Appraisals (Plan B Press, 2012). His work has appeared in Cave WallIsotopeMid-American ReviewQuarterly WestRedactionsSugar House, and dozens of other journals, as well as the Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward (2006).  He is a Professor of English at Utah Valley University and lives in Salt Lake City.

Peter Neil Carroll’s latest collection of poems, Fracking Dakota (Turning Point) will be published in 2015. He is also the author of A Child Turns Back to Wave: Poetry of Lost Places (Press Americana, 2012) which won the Prize Americana from the Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture. A previous volume is Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem (Higganum Hill Books, 2008). His poems have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from in Southern Humanities Review, Turtle Island Quarterly, HEArt Online, Sand Hill Review, and Poetry Bay. 

Amber L. Cook earned her MFA at George Mason University and was the 2013-2014 recipient of the Poetry Thesis Fellowship. She was born and raised in Long Valley, New Jersey and attended Susquehanna University where she earned her BA in Creative Writing and English-Secondary Education.

Allison Davis is the author of Poppy Seeds (Kent State University Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, CutBank, Connotations Press, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio where her family has operated a motel and laundromat for over fifty years. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Michelle Donahue hails from Southern California and has a BS in environmental biology. She is a current MFA candidate in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University, where she is the managing editor of Flyway. Her poems have appeared in Redactions, Front Porch Journal, Lantern Journal, and others.

Lawrence Eby lives, writes, and edits in Southern California and is the author of Flight of August (Trio House Press, 2014) which won the 2013 Louise Bogan Award. His work has appeared in Passages North, Black Tongue Review, Arroyo Literary Review, Superstition Review, as well as others. He is the founder of Orange Monkey Publishing, a poetry press, and a founding member of PoetrIE, a literary non-profit in the Inland Empire of Southern California.

Arif Gamal is the author of the poetry collection Morning in Serra Mattu: A Nubian Ode (McSweeney’s, 2014). Gamal was born in 1949 in Khartoum, Sudan. His father was among the first diplomats inducted into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the country’s independence. During his childhood and early teenage years, Gamal accompanied his father throughout the Middle East, UK, US and Ethiopia. Gamal worked and taught in Sudan until the military coup in 1989, when his cousin was tragically put to death by the military. Two years later, Gamal was declared persona non grata by the Sudanese government. Through his involvement in environmental issues and organizations, Gamal has been a panelist and keynote speaker for many national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops, from Nicaragua to the Netherlands. He was awarded the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Stephen Duggan environmental award in 1989. In 1991, Gamal was offered a research position at the University of California, Berkeley as a Senior Fulbright Fellow. He has been teaching at Berkeley ever since and lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three children.

Teow Lim Goh’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Rumpus, Guernica, The Common Online, Pilgrimage, and The Philadelphia Review of Books, among other publications.

Andrew C. Gottlieb lives and writes in Irvine, California, and is the reviews editor for His writing has appeared in many publications including the American Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Best New Poets 2013, Ecotone, ISLE, Provincetown Arts, Poets & Writers, Portland Review, and Tampa Review. His chapbook of poems, Halflives, was published in 2005 by New Michigan Press. He has been a writer in residence in a number of locations, including Isle Royale National Park, the Montana Artists Refuge, and most recently the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

Grace Marie Grafton is the author of Whimsy, Reticence & Laud (Poetic Matrix Press, 2012) and Jester (Hip Pocket Press, 2013). She has taught with California Poets in the Schools, received California Arts Council grants for her teaching, and was named Teacher of the Year by River Of Words youth environmental poetry contest, co-sponsored by former US Poet Laureate, Robert Hass.

Pernia Hassan was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up in Northern California. She earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Education from the University of California, Davis. She is a Teacher Consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project and teaches middle school English in Davis, California.

Jacqueline Hughes Simon completed her BA at UC Berkeley. Though not an English major, she participated in workshops with John Shoptaw, Robert Hass, and Catherine Gallagher. At Berkeley she was published in Cal Literature & Arts Magazine and won the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize for poetry. In 2013 her poem “Cut to Measure” was selected for the Blanket Stories anthology, published in June 2014 by the Teachers’ College at Columbia University. The poem was exhibited at the Elizabeth Foundation studio in Manhattan. She is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, where she studied with Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Sharon Olds, and Evie Shockley.

Matthew Brady Klitsch received his MFA in Poetry from Drew University. His poems have appeared in 5AMThe Massachusetts ReviewColorado Review, and The Dirty Napkin, among others. He lives in New Jersey where he works as a veterinary assistant and volunteers at Woodlands Wildlife Refuge. 

Jason Kowalski is an American oil painter. His focus is to create art that challenges viewers to see the unique beauty found in worn and castaway objects and places. He exhibits his work in galleries across the United States, including in California and Utah. His work and further information can be viewed at

Corinne Lee’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in dozens of literary magazines, and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize several times. Her book PYX won the National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin. Lee was chosen in 2007 by the Poetry Society of America as one of the top ten emerging poets in the United States, and six of her poems were included in Best American Poetry 2010. She was educated at U.S.C., the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (fiction), and U.T. Austin (poetry).

Christopher Martin is author of three poetry chapbooks: Marcescence: Poems from Gahneesah (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), co-authored with David King; Everything Turns Away (La Vita Poetica Press, 2014); and A Conference of Birds (New Native Press, 2012). His work has appeared in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia (Texas Review Press, 2012), Shambhala Sun, Waccamaw, Ruminate Magazine, Thrush Poetry Journal, Still: The Journal, Buddhist Poetry Review, Town Creek Poetry, and elsewhere, including Loose Change Magazine’s recent Best of Loose Change special issue. The editor of Flycatcher, a contributing editor at New Southerner, and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Chris lives with his wife and their two young children in northwest Georgia, between the Allatoona Range and Kennesaw Mountain. You can find him online at

Janie Elizabeth Miller is a poet and essayist whose work explores environmental imagination and activism. She won the Grand Prize for the Eco-Arts award in 2014 and teaches poetics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her work can be found at, Cura: A Journal of Art & Activism, Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics, Tupelo Press 30/30 (online), and Cimarron Review.

Sarah Fawn Montgomery holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from California State University-Fresno and is currently a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has served as Prairie Schooner’s Assistant Nonfiction Editor for several years. She is the author of the chapbook The Astronaut Checks His Watch (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays and her poetry and prose have appeared in or are forthcoming from various magazines, including Confrontation, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Fugue, Georgetown Review, The Los Angeles Review, North Dakota Quarterly, The Pinch, Puerto del Sol, Zone 3, and others. 

Sean Negus currently lives near the ocean in San Francisco. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English, Composition from San Francisco State University. In addition to maintaining a writing practice, he teaches at Foothill College and College of Marin.

Annie Pentilla has a BA and MFA in creative writing from the University of Colorado and San Francisco State University respectively. She blogs for Tikkun Daily’s art page where she features artists committed to positive social change. She coedits the poetry chapbook press Highway 101 Press and her work has appeared in Inity Weekly and Montana State’s Read This. Her Twitter handle is @AnniePentilla.

Gail Rudd Entrekin is editor of the online environmental literary journal Canary and poetry editor of Hip Pocket Press. She has taught English literature and creative writing in California colleges for over twenty-five years and has published four books of poetry, the most recent being Rearrangement of the Invisible (Poetic Matrix Press, 2012). Her poems have been widely published in anthologies and journals, including Cimarron Review, Nimrod International Journal, The Ohio Journal, and Southern Poetry Review. She was selected as a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod in 2011.

F. Daniel Rzicznek is the author of two poetry collections, Divination Machine (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press, 2009) and Neck of the World (Utah State University Press, 2007), as well as two chapbooks, Vine River Hermitage (Cooper Dillon Books, 2011) and Cloud Tablets (Kent State University Press, 2006). A chapbook of prose poems, Nag Champa in the Rain, will appear from Orange Monkey Publishing in 2014. His work can be found forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Verse, Blackbird, Quarter After Eight, Passages North, and Another Chicago Magazine. He is coeditor with Gary L. McDowell of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010). Rzicznek teaches writing at Bowling Green State University.

Stephen Siperstein lives and writes in Eugene, Oregon. He is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Oregon, where his academic work focuses on the intersections of climate change, literature, and affect. His poetry has appeared in Right Hand Pointing, Town Creek Poetry, Fogged Clarity, and ISLE.

Afton Wilky is the author of Clarity Speaks of a Crystal Sea (Flim Forum Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, The Siren, Ink Node, EOAGH, textsound, Word for/Word, and Jacket2. She is managing editor of The Volta.