Information on Contributors – Fall 2017

Charles Joseph Albert works in a metallurgy shop in San Jose, California, where he lives with his wife and three boys. He has been interested in poetry ever since the third grade when he and his brother had to learn Frost’s “Runaway.” For the past twenty years he has participated in the formalist poetry workshop at, learning from masters like Alicia Stallings, Alan Sullivan and Tim Murphy. His poems and fiction have appeared recently in Literary Nest, Quarterday, Chicago Literati, 300 Days of Sun, Abstract Jam, Literary Hatchet, and Here Comes Everyone.

Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton’s poetry has appeared in Echoes Magazine and National Catholic Reporter, her short fiction in Puckerbrush Review and Persimmon Tree. She contributed a chapter to Uncovering Teacher Leadership: Essays and Voices from the Field. In 2015, through CreateSpace, she published Lulu Goes to College, a novel set in 1961-62 and based on her freshman year in college. A memoir of her childhood When They Took Dad Away has been accepted for publication by North Country Press and will appear in 2018. She grew up in Maine and graduated from Colby College. A retired teacher with three grown children, she and her husband spend summers in Maine and live the rest of the year in Brooklyn, New York. She can be reached by e-mail at

Carl Boon lives in Izmir, Turkey, where he teaches courses in American culture and literature at 9 Eylül University. His poems appear in dozens of magazines, most recently The Maine Review and The Hawaii Review. A 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, Boon is currently editing a volume on the sublime in American literature.

William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in a small house in the woods. He taught at Keene State College for many years, but has now retired to feed the deer and wild turkeys. He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals and several small-press books. His forthcoming book of poetry is The Last Concert (Salmon Press). You can read his blog here:

Joseph Helminski teaches English at Oakland Community College north of his native city, Detroit. His most recently published poems appear in Great Lakes Review and Olentangy Review. He is glad to see his work make its first trip to New York, his childhood home away from home.

Omri Kadim is a British-born Israeli artist, actor and writer based in New York City. He has also lived in Paris, Athens, and Vienna. He writes both poetry and dramatic works. His first full-length play Torture was produced at the Bridge Theatre in NY in 2012. His Short piece “An argument” was a finalist at the LOST Theatre’s Under-Five Festival in London, and his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus recently went up in New York to rave reviews. A short film he co-wrote, Leah’s One Step Guide to Forget Emily, was accepted into the Cannes Short Film Corner 2016. His poems follow Pound’s dictum, “Fundamental accuracy of statement is the sole morality of writing” and thus are often Spartan in their composition.

Michael Kulp is a writer and father of two mostly-grown children who have survived his shenanigans through smarts they inherited from their mother. His creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous consumer magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. His first book, Random Stones: A book of poetry, was published in 2016. More at

Alexander Kustanovich is a Technical Services Librarian and Screenwriting Instructor at St. Francis College. You can find him on Instagram @kustanographer.

Mitch Levenberg has published essays and short fiction in such journals as The Common Review, Fiction, The New Delta Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, Confluence, The Same, Common Boundaries, Battle Runes, Local Knowledge, and others. His collection of stories Principles of Uncertainty and Other Constants was published in March 2006. His book Dementia Diaries was published in 2015 by Irene Weinberger Books. He teaches writing and literature at St. Francis College and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and four dogs.

Susan L. Miller received her MFA in Poetry from NYU in 2001. She has twice won Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prizes for poetry and has been published in Image, Iowa Review, Commonweal, and Sewanee Theological Review. Her book of poems, Communion of Saints, is published by Paraclete Press. She teaches poetry and creative writing at Rutgers University and lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, NY.

Rebecca Monroe lives in Montana in a log cabin by a river and has been writing for most of her life. She has over 90 published stories and a book of short stories Reaching Beyond published by Bellowing Ark Press. Along with writing, she loves to read, take long walks with Dodge, her yellow Labrador retriever and volunteer at the local animal shelter.

E. K. Ota grew up in Southern California and has lived in Vermont, Kyoto, and Nagoya, Japan.  The Japanese fairy tale “Momotaro” inspired her to write “Peach Boy” during her time as an undergraduate at Middlebury College.  She is a graduate of Emerson College’s MFA program and her work has been published in PloughsharesNarrative, ZYZZVA, and the Belmont Story Review.  

Benjamin Schmitt is the Best Book Award and Pushcart nominated author of two books, Dinner Table Refuge (PunksWritePoemsPress, 2015) and The global conspiracy to get you in bed (Kelsay Books, 2013). His new poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Antioch Review, The Columbia Review, and elsewhere. You can read his scary stories for kids in the Amazon Rapids app. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle where he also reviews books, curates a reading series, and teaches workshops to people of all ages. Please visit his web site for more information:

Claire Scott is an award-winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Enizagam and Healing Muse, among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry. Please visit her Facebook page for more information:

Austin Theriot is currently a Louisiana resident and student of Concordia University, Nebraska, where his poetry has been published in their annual literary publication, Potpourri 2017: Form and Reform. He is studying toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and, when he’s not living in a practice room or composing, he is busy surreptitiously writing poetry.

Robert Walton is a retired teacher, a lifelong mountaineer and writer. His writing about climbing has appeared in the Sierra Club’s Ascent. His novel Dawn Drums won the 2014 New Mexico Book Awards Tony Hillerman Prize for best fiction and first place in the 2014 Arizona Authors competition. His story “Lulu Garlic, Contraband” was broadcast on KVPR, an NPR station. He and his wife are parishioners of St. John’s Church in King City, California where they make their home. They have two grown sons and one grandson. Please visit his website for more information about him:

Educated as a scientist and graduated as a mathematician, Harlan Yarbrough has been a full-time professional entertainer (singer and musician) most of his life, including a stint as a regular member of the Grand Ole Opry. His repeated attempts to escape the entertainment industry have brought work as a librarian, a physics teacher, a syndicated newspaper columnist, and a city planner. Harlan emigrated to New Zealand in the ’90s but returns to the US to perform. He has written three novels and has a fourth in progress. Harlan’s short fiction has appeared in the Galway Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Red Fez, Veronica, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, and several other literary journals.