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Ash Bowen is the author of The Even Years of Marriage (Dream Horse Press, 2013) and Co-Editor of Linebreak. He also occasionally takes odd photos.


Atoosa Grey is a poet and songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. Her poems have most recently appeared in Fat City Review and Mandala Journal.


Ayla Yeargain (cover image) is a student at Drury University in Missouri, where she studies Creative Writing and Graphic Design.


Bill Rector has published work in a variety of well-known journals and has a book of poetry out through Proem Press.  He has written on many topics; the poem “grief” was written in the wake of his daughter’s death.


Brian Cooney lives in Spokane, WA, where he teaches literature at Gonzaga University. His works have appeared recently in New York Dreaming, Burningword Literary Journal, and The Bicycle Review.  He is originally from New York and still hates the smell of nature. 


Catherine Zhu is a student living in New Jersey. She is a 2014 YoungArts Foundation national finalist in writing.


Edilson Afonso Ferreira is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than Portuguese in order to reach more people. He is seventy years old, lives in a small town with his wife, three sons and a granddaughter. Published in four printed British anthologies, websites in USA, Canada and Israel. 


Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco lives in California’s Central Valley with her husband, son, and a big black dog. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Coachella Review, decomP magazinE, The Curator Magazine, The Tule Review, Paper Nautilus, and dislocate.


Howie Good's latest book of poetry is The Complete Absence of Twilight (2014) from MadHat Press. He has several poetry books forthcoming, including Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements (Right Hand Pointing Books), Buddha & Co (Plain Wrap Press), and Darker Than Blue (Flutter Press). 


Hugh Anderson lives on an island, bound by time and tides and occasionally inconvenienced by ferries.  He has been writing since he was a prairie boy in a previous century.


Jessica Fordham Kidd lives and writes in Coker, Alabama. She is the associate director of first-year writing at the University of Alabama, and her poems have appeared in Eye to the Telescope, Drafthorse, and The Paris Review among others.


Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, NM, USA with his beloved Dianne.  His latest collection of poems is Curvature of a Fluid Spine.  To learn more visit


Michael Kriesel, 52, is a poet and reviewer whose work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, Rattle, Small Press Review, Library Journal, Nimrod, North American Review, Rosebud, and The Progressive. Books include Chasing Saturday Night: Poems about Rural Wisconsin (Marsh River Editions), Whale of Stars (haiku) (Sunnyoutside), Moths Mail the House (Sunnyoutside), and Feeding My Heart to the Wind: Selected Short Poems (Sunnyoutside). He’s currently a janitor at the rural elementary school he once attended.  


Paulus Kapteyn is a writer/artist. He resides in Portland Oregon. He has had his work in a good number of magazines.


Raymond Farr: Ecstatic/.of facts (Otoliths 2011), Rien Ici (Blue & Yellow Dog 2010), and Writing What For? across the Mourning Sky (Blue & Yellow Dog 2012). His poems appear in Otoliths, Upstairs at Duroc, Cricket On Line, & Eratio.


Richard J. O’Brien was born in New Jersey and lives in Pennsylvania. In 2012, he completed his MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  His poems have appeared in Stoneboat, Vox Poetica, New Plains Review, Falling Star Magazine, and Star*Line (the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association).


Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in Los Angeles, even when he doesn’t.


Todd Mercer won the first Woodstock Writers Festival’s Flash Fiction contest, and his chapbook, Box of Echoes, won the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press contest. Mercer's poetry and fiction appear in Apocrypha & Abstractions, Blue Collar Review, The Camel Saloon, Cease, Cows, Dunes Review, Eunoia Review, Falling Star, 50-Word Stories, The Fib Review, The Lake, The Legendary, Main Street Rag Anthologies, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, One Sentence Poems, Postcard Poems and Prose, Postcard Shorts, Right Hand Pointing, RE:Union Journal, The Second Hump, Spartan, and Vibrant Arts.


Tony Brewer is a poet, spoken-word performer, sound-effects artist, typesetter, roller-derby announcer, screenwriter, and event producer. He has 3 books: The Great American Scapegoat, Little Glove in a Big Hand (Plan B Press), and Hot Type Cold Read (Chatter House Press).


Troy Porter is a previously unpublished poet residing in St. Louis, MO. As a pharmacy school student since 2010, he has only recently begun to write poems regularly, but hopes to have his work printed in numerous magazines and journals in the future.

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Issue 78

Variations on Absence

edited by Laura M. Kaminski






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