Issue Twenty Contributors


Gale Acuff has had poetry published in Ascent, Ohio Journal, Descant, Adirondack Review, Worcester Review, South Dakota Review, Santa Barbara Review, Maryland Poetry Review, Florida Review, and many other journals. I have authored three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel (BrickHouse, 2004), The Weight of the World (BrickHouse, 2006), and The Story of My Lives (BrickHouse, 2009).   He has taught university English in the US, China, and the Palestinian West Bank.

A prospect researcher at Drexel University, Dan Alamia regularly contributes to NoveList and occasionally reviews fiction for The Fix. His stories have appeared in Whalelane and Cafe Irreal. He likes pumpkin pie.

Charlotte Willis has been writing for years, though this is her first publication. She lives in California with her family. Her favorite pie is coconut cream.

Liam Day is a graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English.   He lives in Boston with his wife, Nicole. His work has appeared previously in Beginnings and Slow Trains.

Annie Diamond is a currently unpublished poet. She only eats pie if it comes from Eileen Blake on Martha's Vineyard, and in that case her preferred varieties are Tollhouse (essentially a chocolate chip cookie pie) and strawberry rhubarb, to be eaten in cold months and hot months respectively.

Ricky Garni works as a graphic designer at a wine company, drawing pictures of wine bottles, kimonos, kangaroos, and many other things that are used by wine companies for various reasons. His latest publications can be found in decomP, Haggard & Halloo, The Delinquent, CRIT, Shampoo and Northville Review. Mr. Garni has been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. It goes without saying that he loves cherry pie best. With vanilla ice cream. But not the fancy kind of ice cream, of course. The Breyers kind.

Bernard Henrie is a currency day-trader living on the edge of the Mojave Desert.   He administered social service programs in Los Angeles County for 20 years before becoming a staff writer for an environmental publication in southern California.   His publication credits include MiPOesias, Shampoo, and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. Four of his poems were anthologized in The Wild Poetry Anthology and The Pirated Poetry Anthology, published by Farfalla Press. Mark Dotty selected his poem as second best for the year in the Interboard Poetry Competition (IBPC) for 2007.

George Moore has published poetry in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, North American Review, Orion, Colorado Review, Nimrod, Meridian, Chelsea, Southern Poetry Review, Southwest Review, Chariton Review, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times.   He was a finalist for the 2007 Richard Snyder Memorial Prize, from Ashland Poetry Press, and earlier for The National Poetry Series, The Brittingham Poetry Award, and the Anhinga Poetry Prize.   His three collections in print include Headhunting (Edwin Mellen, 2002) the most recent, which is a travelogue on ritual practices of love and possession.   In addition, he has two e-books, All Night Card Game in the Back Room of Time (Pulpbits, 2007) and a CD, Tree in the Wall, (, 2006).   He recently became the managing editor or Poets Chapbooks (.com), and teaches creative writing and literature with the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Marvin Pinkis is a swell writer who offered us a humble bio, so we're concocting a new past for him.   Here's what we have thus far: Having just returned to the Pacific northwest after spending several years as a liontamer in the remote regions of Tibet, Marvin Pinkis has spent his most recent days regaling his loved ones with first hand accounts of modern-day chivalry and fortitude. Such tales have been published in rare periodicals which can sometimes be found in California or Florida, but it's best not to ask how they've been acquired. You probably don't want to know. Marvin, if you'd like to send us a more appropriate bio, we can certainly replace this one.

Mark Roland grew up in the Twin Cities of MN and is currently majoring in Economics with a minor in Philosophy at Mankato State University, with a possible ambition of going to law school. This is Mark's debut publication, but he has numerous other works that he hopes will see their way into the viewing public, including a recently-completed 91,000 word soft sci-fi/absurdist/philosophical novel for which he is presently attempting to fetch a literary agent.   His favorite style of literature is anything metafictional, absurd, funny, or genre-bending.   He loves a good laugh and is addicted to music.  

Dustin Orin Talley is a writer in Chapel Hill, NC. His work can be found in Farmhouse Magazine, apt, The Corradi, The Commonline Project as well as various on-line zines.

J. A. Tyler is the author of the forthcoming novellas Someone, Somewhere (Ghost Road Press) and In Love With A Ghost (Willows Wept Press) as well as the chapbooks The Girl In The Black Sweater (Trainwreck Press) and Everyone In This Is Either Dying Or Will Die Or Is Thinking Of Death (Achilles Chapbook Series). He is also founding editor of mud luscious / ml press.

Vincent Zandri is the author of the critically acclaimed noir thrillers As Catch Can (Delacorte) and Godchild (Bantam/Dell). His new novel, Moonlight Falls, will be published later this year by R.J. Buckley.