Issue No. 27

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G.C. Waldrep | Poetry

G.C. Waldrep’s most recent books are Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2011), a collection of poems written collaboratively with John Gallaher, and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012), an anthology co-edited with Joshua Corey. He has recent work in Poetry, APR, and New American Writing.

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Michael Homolka | Poetry

Michael Homolka’s poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in publications such as Columbia Poetry Review, Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Parnassus, The Threepenny Review and Witness. His book-length manuscript is currently in progress has been a finalist in the National Poetry Series and the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Michael grew up in Los Angeles and works in book production in New York City.

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Allan Peterson | Poetry

Allan Peterson’s fourth book, Fragile Acts, is the second title in the new McSweeney’s Poetry Series. His last book is As Much As from Salmon Press, 2011. Other books are All the Lavish in Common (2005 Juniper Prize), Anonymous Or (Defined Providence Prize 2001) and five chapbooks, notably Omnivore, winner of the 2009 Boom Prize from Bateau Press. His next book, Precarious, is forthcoming from 42 Miles Press in 2014.

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Helen Ellis | Fiction

Helen Ellis is a member of two book clubs: one Young Adult, the other Classic Trashy. She has published two novels and cashed twice in the World Series of Poker. “Hello! Welcome to Book Club” is part of a short story collection in progress.

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Paul Crenshaw | Fiction

Paul Crenshaw’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Essays 2005 and 2011, anthologies by W.W. Norton and Houghton Mifflin, and numerous literary journals, including Ecotone, Glimmer Train, North American Review, and Southern Humanities Review. He teaches writing and literature at Elon University.

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Leslee Rene Wright | Fiction

Leslee Rene Wright lives and teaches in Denver, Colorado. She is often torn between writing poetry and/or fiction, but has learned to compromise by writing both. Thus far, it’s been a very healthy arrangement. Her work has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Raleigh Review, Crab Creek Review, The Louisville Review, and others.

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Mauree Pendergrast | Nonfiction

Mauree Pendergrast recently earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Chatham University. This piece is an excerpt from a longer work. Currently, she is finishing her coming-of-age memoir, You Wouldn’a Been Here. When she was doing research for the book project, she re-found Arkansas and now lives in Fayetteville.

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Laura Gill | Nonfiction

Laura Gill studied English at Skidmore College and has been teaching English to high school students in Washington, D.C. for three years. She enjoys writing, reading and teaching Creative Nonfiction and is excited to publish some of her own, for the first time in Blue Mesa Review.

 

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Joni Tobin | Art

Joni Tobin lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she currently has an artist studio at the Factory on 5th. While studying studio art at the University of New Mexico, she primarily focused on printmaking, including lithography, intaglio etching, relief, and serigraphy. She produced several editions in collaboration with students at Tamarind Institute before receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012. She creates visual narratives as interwoven depictions of her own dreams, memories, and imaginations. These personal myths take form in drawings, prints, paintings, photographs, sculpture, and installations. Her work conveys a mysterious nature of being, set within a metaphysical or spiritual domain.

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Eso Robinson | Art

Eso Robinson is a visual artist who works transmedia, integrating metalwork, photography, drawing, printmaking, organic ephemera and text to create evocative objects and installations of aesthetic and emotional resonance. Eso’s sensual minimalist approach courts the intangible through the skillful manipulation of material, pattern, and light. Originally from New York City, Eso received her BFA from SUNY Purchase in 2002 and has since exhibited in and around Brooklyn, NY as well as in Albuquerque, NM. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of New Mexico.

 

 

Mitchell Marti | Art

Mitchell Marti is an artist living and working in New Mexico. Many thanks to Zane Bennett Contemporary Art of Santa Fe for providing his prints.