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SPRING 2017 ISSUE

EDITORS


Lytton Bell

Lytton Bell has published five books, most recently Body Image. She has won eight poetry contests and has been the featured reader at many California literary venues. Her sixth book is forthcoming in 2017. Her work has appeared in over six dozen publications. She is a founding member of the poetry performance troupe Poetica Erotica. As a teenager, Lytton won a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, where she studied with Deb Burnham and Len Roberts. Lytton graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College. She is a civil servant by day.

Josh Fernandez

Josh Fernandez is a freelance writer for Spin.com, Boulder Weekly, San Antonio Current and the Sacramento News and Review. His poetry is widely published, and he continues to be a sought after reader and speaker – often asked to talk about ethnic diversity, abuse and addiction. Fernandez was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poem "The Last Thing He Said." His collection of poems, Spare Parts and Dismemberment, is available from R.L. Crow.

Cynthia Linville (Managing Editor/Designer)

Cynthia Linville's work has appeared in many publications and several anthologies. Her two poetry collections, The Lost Thing and Out of Reach, are available from Cold River Press. Her poem "I am Fortune's Ungraceful Daughter" was nominated for a Pushcart. Linville has taught in the English Department at California State University, Sacramento since 2000. A music aficionado with a theater background, she is often out and about supporting the arts. She frequently reads her work in northern California, sometimes in collaboration with musicians, and has hosted readings in the Sacramento area for many years.




CONTRIBUTORS


Jason Dean Arnold

Jason Dean Arnold's writing can be found online and in print, thanks to Cruel Garters, Bridge Eight, Draft Journal, Five Quarterly, NNATAN, SP CE, The Brooklyn Voice, and many others. A multidisciplinary work (composed for eight musicians and readers) was recently performed at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville (MoCA-Jax), Florida. Jason holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and currently serves as Associate Director for E-Learning, Technology, & Creative Services at the University of Florida's College of Education.

Robert Beveridge

Robert Beveridge writes poetry just outside Cleveland, Ohio. His recent or forthcoming work appears in in Chiron Review, Zombie Logic Review, Literateur, and other journals. His sound recordings can be found here.

Jane Blue

Jane Blue has been published widely both in print and on-line, including antholgies, books and chapbooks. Her recent publications include Avatar, Panoplyzine, Poetry Breakfast, and the anthology Unrequited Love. A new book of poems, Blood Moon, is available from FutureCycle Press. She lives near the Sacramento River.

Samantha Cox-Colborn

Samantha Cox-Colborn rediscovered her passion for travel and nature photography in 2011 during a trip to Costa Rica. She works and lives in Silicon Valley and enjoys travel and photography in her spare time. For more pictures and information, visit her website.

Christian DeLaO

Christian DeLaO is a multi-media artist who lives in Sacramento. He plays with pinhole cameras as small as a Coke can and as large as a trash can. Christian works with Polaroids and a variety of other cameras and photographic processing, film and digital. His recent focus has been on medium- and large-scale installation art.

Milton P. Ehrlich

Milton P. Ehrlich, Ph.D., is an 85-year-old psychologist and a Korean War veteran who has published numerous poems in periodicals such as Descant, Wisconsin Review, Toronto Quarterly Review, Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, Shofar Literary Review, Blue Collar Review, Off The Coast, Blue Moon, Huffington Post, and The New York Times.

Allen Forrest

Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University's Reed Magazine, and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation's permanent art collection. Forrest's expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.

Frank Dixon Graham

Frank Dixon Graham earned his MFA in Writing from Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington, and currently teaches at Folsom Lake College and Sacramento City College. He is editor of Tule Review and owns Broken Arrow Press. He is a long-time board member at Sacramento Poetry Center, specializing in social justice poetry, charity benefit readings, and literary lectures. Graham is author of three chapbooks, Haiku, Out On the Reach, and The Infinite In Between, and his poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Clackamas, Hawaii Pacific Review, Poetry Midwest, Poets Against the War, and Evansville Review.

Taylor Graham

Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the Sierra Nevada of California, and is serving as El Dorado County's first poet laureate (2016-2018). Her poems have appeared in Iowa Review, Sacramento Voices, Tule Review, and elsewhere. She is included in the anthologies Villanelles and California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present. Her latest books are What the Wind Says, available from Lummox Press, and Uplift, available from Cold River Press.

John Grey

John Grey is an Australian poet residing in the US. His work has recently been published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review, and Big Muddy Review, and is forthcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia College Literary Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Baxter Jackson

Baxter Jackson is an English Teacher at the Nizwa College of Applied Sciences in Oman. When he's not teaching, he enjoys exploring his surroundings, traveling in the Middle East and freelance writing. His work has appeared in Lonely Planet and Matador Travel. He has recently authored a novel, Terminally Unique.

James Lee Jobe

James Lee Jobe has been published in Manzanita, Tule Review, Pearl, and many other periodicals. His online publications include Knot Magazine, Poetry 24, Medusa's Kitchen, and The Original Van Gogh Anthology. Jobe has authored five chapbooks, and his blog is at jamesleejobe.tumblr.com. He has lived in Davis, California for many years.

Allan Johnston

Allan Johnston has published one book of poems, Tasks of Survival, and three chapbooks, Northport, Contingencies, and Departures, all available from Finishing Line Press. His latest book, In a Window, is currently in press. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Poetry East, Rhino, Rattle, Two Review, Aeolian Harp anthology series, and over sixty other journals. His awards include an Illinois Arts Council fellowship, Pushcart Prize nominations, and first prize in the Outrider Press Literary Anthology contest.

Erren Geraud Kelly

Erren Geraud Kelly has been writing for 25 years and has over 100 pieces in publications such as Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish, Poetry Magazine (online), Ceremony, Cactus Heart, Similar Peaks, Gloom Cupboard, and Poetry Salzburg. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including In Our Own Words: Generation X, Fertile Ground, and Beyond The Frontier. His chapbook, Disturbing The Peace is available from Night Ballet Press. Mr. Kelly received his B.A. degree in English-Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Stephanie Lakos

Stephanie Lakos is a photographer who works primarily with vintage equipment and methods. After many years as an artist using various mediums, she found film photography to be her true calling. In addition to vintage cameras, she shoots with plastic "toy" cameras and wood pinhole cameras. Using film and paper in various formats, she develops her own work—both black and white, and color. Stephanie divides her time between Northern California and New Mexico.

Jennifer Lothrigel

Jennifer Lothrigel is an artist and poet residing in the San Francisco Bay area. Her work has been published in Trivia - Voices of Feminism, Narrative Northeast, Poetry Quarterly, Firefly Magazine, Tishman Review, Apeiron Review, and elsewhere.

Sandeep Kumar Mishra

Sandeep Kumar Mishra is an outsider artist, a freelance writer, and lecturer in English with Masters in English Literature and Political Science. He has edited a collection of poems, Pearls, and authored a professional guide book, How to Be, and a collection of poems and art, Feel My Heart. Recently his work has published in New England Review, Blue Mountain Review, International Times, Literary Yard, Ripen the Page, and other journals. Visit his website here.

James B. Nicola

James B. Nicola's poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Southwest Review, Atlanta Review, and Rattle. A Yale grad, he won a Dana Literary Award and a Willow Review award and was featured poet at New Formalist. His book Playing the Audience won a Choice award. Nicola has authored two poetry collections: Manhattan Plaza and Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater. Forthcoming is his book Out of Nothing: Poems of Art and Artists. Visit his website here.

Steven D. Pace

Steven D. Pace has had a lifelong love of language and writing, particularly poetry. He continues to explore and be fascinated. In addition to Convergence, Steven's work has appeared in Penwood Review and Miller's Pond Poetry Magazine. Steven also has constructed a book-length manuscript for entry into the Emily Dickinson First Book Award Contest, 2017.

Timothy Pilgrim

Timothy Pilgrim, a Northwest poet and emeritus associate professor of journalism at Western Washington University, has published over 300 poems — with acceptances by dozens of journals such as Seattle Review, Windfall, Cirque, San Pedro River Review, and Third Wednesday. He is author of Mapping Water (recently released from Flying Trout Press) and co-author of Bellingham Poems. His work can be found at TimothyPilgrim.org.

Fabrice B. Poussin

Fabrice B. Poussin is the advisor for The Chimes, the Shorter University award-winning poetry and arts publication. His writing and photography have been published in print, including Kestrel, Symposium, La Pensee Universelle, Paris, and more than 60 other art and literature magazines in the United States and abroad.

Matt Veazey

Matt Veazey studied creative writing at the University of Arizona in the 1980s, and his work is influenced by his love of Western landscapes. He now lives in Sacramento. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Now.

Ann Wehrman

Ann Wehrman is a creative writer and musician living in Sacramento, California. She teaches full-time for University of Phoenix. She has published in print and online journals including Tule Review, Blue Heron Review, Medusa's Kitchen, Ophidian, Rattlesnake Review, and Poetry Now. Rattlesnake Press published AnnŐs broadside, Notes from the Ivory Tower and her chapbook Inside: Love Poems.

Brent Wiggans

Brent Wiggans is a charter school records wrangler by day. By night, he can be found tinkering in the recording studio or pounding drums on a stage. He's married to Michelle, a dazzler by all accounts that matter.




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