Contributors Vol. 40, No. 2

Alexandra Barylski is a senior editor at the Marginalia Review of Books and the author of the chapbook “Imprecise Perishing” (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Windhover, Ponder Review, Ninth Letter, Ruminate Magazine, Phoebe, and elsewhere. She won the 2015 Morton Marcus Poetry Prize. She was a finalist for the 2017 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Prize, the Yemassee Journal Poetry Prize, and the New South Poetry Prize.

John Blair has published six books and his poetry collection Playful Song Called Beautiful was the 2015 winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize.

Deborah Brown’s new book, The Human Half, is forthcoming from BOA Editions next year. Her first book, Walking the Dog’s Shadow, was a winner of the A. J. Poulin Jr. Award from BOA Editions and of a New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. The title poem of this collection was awarded a Pushcart Prize. She edited, with Maxine Kumin and Annie Finch, Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics (Univ. of Arkansas Press). With Richard Jackson and Susan Thomas, she translated the poems in Last Voyage: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli (Red Hen Press). She lives in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband, dog, and cat.

David Denny’s new book is called Some Divine Commotion (Shanti Arts). Previous poetry collections include Man Overboard and Fool in the Attic. He is also the author of the short story collection, The Gill Man in Purgatory. He has recent honors from The Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred contest and The Steve Kowit Award. Check out his web site at

Davis Enloe retired from the SC National Guard and completed his MFA at Converse College. His poetry has been published in numerous journals, including Barrow Street, Cold Mountain Review, and Plainsongs. “A Curious Man” is his first published short story.

Greg Field is an artist, writer, and musician. He plays in the band River Cow Orchestra, a totally improvisational jazz group, and in the band Brother Iota, a rock/space music group. He has a BFA and an MA in painting and his paintings are in several private collections all over the country. His poems have been published in many journals and anthologies to include New Letters, Laurel Review, Chiron Review, Bridge Eight, and The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Poets. His book, Black Heart, was released from Mammoth Press and focuses on his Native American heritage. His newest book, Uncertainties, is from Woodley Press.

Erin Flanagan is the author of two story collections: The Usual Mistakes and It’s Not Going to Kill You and Other Stories. She is a professor of English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Peter Grandbois is the author of eight previous books, the most recent of which is This House That (Brighthorse Books, 2017). His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in over one hundred journals. His plays have been performed in St. Louis, Columbus, Los Angeles, and New York. He is a senior editor at Boulevard magazine and teaches at Denison University in Ohio.

Lowell Jaeger (Montana Poet Laureate 2017–-2019) is founding editor of Many Voices Press, author of seven collections of poems, recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council, and winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize. Most recently Jaeger was awarded the
Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse.

George Kalamaras, former Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014–-2016), is the author of fifteen books of poetry, including Kingdom of Throat–Stuck Luck, winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize (2011). He is professor of English at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he has taught since 1990.

Charles Kell is a PhD student at The University of Rhode Island and editor of The Ocean State Review. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, IthacaLit, and elsewhere. He teaches in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

John Kimmey has published stories in such magazines as North American Review, Cimarron, and Confrontation, as well as two novels. His nonfiction includes books on tragedy, satire, Henry James, a monograph on seventeenth–century poetry, and a critical anthology of short fiction.

Kate Krautkramer’s work has appeared in North American Review, Colorado Review, Fiction, National Geographic Magazine, and the New York Times. She has been included in The Beacon Best and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She lives in rural Colorado.

Frank Paino was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a BA in English at Baldwin–Wallace College and went on to receive an MFA from Vermont College. His poems have appeared in a variety of literary publications, including Gettysburg Review, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Catamaran, The Journal, Iowa Review, and over seven anthologies, including The Face of Poetry (University of California Press, 2006). His first two volumes of poetry were published by Cleveland State University Press: The Rapture of Matter (1991) and Out of Eden (1997). In addition to other awards, he has received a 2016 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, a Pushcart Prize, and The Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature.

Lee Rossi’s most recent book is Wheelchair Samurai. Recent poems have appeared in Rattle, Spillway, and The Southwest Review. A member of the Northern California Book Reveiwers, his interviews and reviews can be found on, Poetry Flash, and elsewhere.

Claire Scott is an award–winning poet who has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Claire is the author of Waiting to Be Called.

D. E. Steward has been published numerous times in Chariton Review, as well as in hundreds of other publications. He reports that after majoring in history in college, he has never held a pedestrian job and has never studied writing. His latest work, Chroma, is forthcoming.

Christine Taylor resides in her hometown Plainfield, New Jersey, and is an English teacher and part-time librarian at a local independent school.  Her work appears in Modern Haiku, Burningword Literary Journal, Menacing Hedge, and The Paterson Literary Review among others. She can be found at

Christopher Thornton teaches in the writing program at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and has published many essays based on travel experiences in numerous literary magazines and journals in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He is currently working on a book about contemporary Iran.

Bob Tremmel lives and writes in Ankeny, Iowa. Recently he’s published in Packingtown Review, Spillway, Poet Lore, Santa Fe Literary Review, Cold Mountain Review, The Fourth River, and others. He’s also published two collections and a chapbook titled “There Is a Naked Man.”

Randall Watson’s The Sleep Accusations received the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize at Eastern Washington University, and is currently available through Carnegie Mellon University Press. His first book, Las Delaciones del Sueno, translated by Antonio Saborit with an introduction by Adam Zagajewski, was published in a bilingual edition by the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico. His novella, Petals (under the heteronym Ellis Reece), received the Quarterly West Prize in the novella. He is also the editor of The Weight of Addition (Mutabilis Press), an anthology of Texas poetry. His poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Chelsea, Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, Litéral, Criterion, Portland Review, Goodbye Mexico, and Far Out: Poems of the 60s.

Ian Randall Wilson’s fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of literary journals including the North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. A short story collection, Hunger and Other Stories, was published by Hollyridge Press (2000). His first poetry collection, Ruthless Heaven, will be published by Finishing Line Press. He has an MFA in poetry and fiction from Warren Wilson College, and is on the fiction faculty at the UCLA Extension. By day he works at Sony Pictures in Los Angeles.

Steven Winn is an arts critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Classical Voice. His poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Cimarron Review, Prairie Schooner, Verse Daily and the spring 2013 issue of Chariton Review.

Joe Woodward is the author Alive Inside the Wreck: A Biography of Nathanael West, (New York: O/R Books). A two–time winner of a Los Angeles Press Club Award, his work has appeared in Carve, Passages North, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere.