Issue No. 28

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Annah Browning | Poetry

Annah Browning is currently pursuing her PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her work has appeared in The Southeast Review, Nashville Review, Vinyl Poetry, DIAGRAM, The Bellingham Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, The Marriage, is available through Horse Less Press.

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Alec Hershman | Poetry

Alec Hershman lives in St. Louis, where he teaches at Stevens–The Institute of Business & Arts. He has received awards from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Jentel Foundation, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, and The Institute for Sustainable Living, Art, and Natural Design. You can find links to more of his work at alechershmanpoetry.com.

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Joseph Heithaus | Poetry

Joseph Heithaus won the 2007 “Discovery”/The Nation Prize for a group of sonnets about poison plants that are now the central thread of his first book, Poison Sonnets (David Robert Books, 2012).  His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, including Southwest Review, The Atlanta Review, The Southern Review,  Prairie Schooner, and Poetry.  He teaches at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

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Kate Gray | Poetry

Kate Gray has taught and tended her students’ stories at Clackamas Community College for the last 20 years. Her first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in 2007. She is also the author of two chapbooks: Bone-Knowing (2006), winner of the Gertrude Press Poetry Prize, and Where She Goes (2000), winner of the Blue Light Chapbook Prize. Her novel, Skin Drag, is an attempt to look at bullying without blinking; it will be published by Forest Avenue Press in 2014.

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Alexis Stratton | Fiction

Alexis Stratton is a native of Illinois but has spent her life in many homes, from New Orleans to South Korea. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Carolina and works as an educator for a nonprofit organization in Columbia, South Carolina. Her short fiction has recently appeared in Ayris Magazine, Bare Root Review, and Breakwater Review, and in 2012, she won the BLOOM Chapbook Contest for Fiction and was a finalist in the South Carolina Arts Commission’s First Novel Contest. She has recently expanded her repertoire to include screenwriting: in 2013 her short film, “Crosswalk,” won the Audience Award at the Second Act Film Festival.

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Charles McLeod | Fiction

Charles McLeod is the author of a novel, American Weather, and a collection of stories, National Treasures. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the University of Virginia, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and San Jose State University, where he was a Steinbeck Fellow. His third book, a prose hybrid titled Ascoliasm, Zemblanity, is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press/Maize Books as part of their new 21st Century Prose Writers series. His Web site is charlesmcleod.net.

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Sarah Robinson | Nonfiction

Sarah Robinson is an internationally renowned architect. After receiving a master’s degree from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, she served as the founding chair of the school’s Board of Governors, where she remains a member. Her book Nesting: Body, Dwelling, Mind inspired an international symposium examining the connections between architecture and neuroscience. Together with Juhani Pallasmaa, she is editing the book Mind in Architecture: Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Future of Design, which will be released by MIT Press in 2015. Sarah is currently writing and practicing architecture in Pavia, Italy, where she recently moved with her family. This essay is part of a collection in progress titled In Wood, Stone & Skin, which explores how places, both built and natural, shape our memories, dreams, and imagination.

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Brian P. Hall | Nonfiction

Brian P. Hall earned his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he currently teaches English at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. His “Study Bibles” have appeared in Memoir, Shadowbox, and theNewerYork. In addition to nonfiction, he writes and illustrates picture books.

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Rosemary Scott-Fishburn | Art

Rosemary Scott-Fishburn is an independent artist working in digital and plastic media. A native of New Hampshire, she lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children, who feature prominently in her current work exploring the uncertainties of childhood and their psychic, spiritual, and aesthetic affects. Rosemary studied visual arts at Gordon College; has worked in the arts for the Gordon-IN-Orvieto Program in Orvieto, Italy; and has exhibited nationwide. Her website is scottfishburn.com.

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Marc Landas | Art

Marc Landas (marclandas.com) is a photographer and writer based in New York City.

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Dmitry Borshch | Art

Dmitry Borshch was born in Dnepropetrovsk, studied in Moscow, and now lives in New York. His paintings have been exhibited at the National Arts Club (New York), the Brecht Forum (New York), the ISE Cultural Foundation (New York), and the State Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg).