Issue No. 29, Spring 2013 – Contributors

Editor’s Introduction






  Walter Bargen ( has published fourteen books of poetry. His most recent books are: Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009) and Endearing Ruins/Liebenswerte Ruinen(2012). He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009).

Joe Betz teaches in Bloomington, IN. Other poems appear in such journals as Hayden’s Ferry Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Columbia Review. He can be reached at

Kevin Brown is a Professor at Lee University. He has one book of poetry, Exit Lines, and two chapbooks: Abecedarium and Holy Days: Poems (winner of Split Oak Press Chapbook Contest). He also has a memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again. He received his MFA from Murray State University.

Michael Fischer’s ( work has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Green Mountains Review, Bayou, and several other places in print and online. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Marshall University.

Kathryn Gessner lives with her son and a faithful Bearded Collie in Northern California at the foot of Mt. Shasta. She teaches writing at Shasta College, runs a writers’ reading series, and serves on the Board of Directors for Lotus Outreach.

William Jolliff serves as professor of English at George Fox University. His chapbook, Whatever Was Ripe, won the 1997 Bright Hill Press poetry competition; and his edited collection, The Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier: A Readers’ Edition, was published by Friends United Press. Bill has published critical articles and poems in over a hundred periodicals, including Northwest Review, Southern Humanities Review, Midwest Quarterly, Christianity and Literature, and Appalachian Journal. His most recent chapbook is Searching for a White Crow (2009).

L. E. Kimball’s work has appeared in fine places like Alaska Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, Orchid, Washington Square, and Gray’s Sporting Journal. Her novel, A Good High Place, was published 2010 by Nothern Illinois University. She lives near Tahquamenon Falls, MI, where she lives off-grid on a trout stream.

Meredith Kunsa has poems in several journals including Connecticut Review, Crab Orchard Review, Inkwell, Kalliope, Los Angeles Review, Passager, Persimmon Tree, The Other Journal, The Raven Chronicles, and Silk Road, among others. She holds two advanced degrees: a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Creative Writing, both from California State University, San Diego. After a career in Hospital Administration, she was a business owner serving as an independent agent representing corporate speakers and trainers in venues around the world

Linda Parsons Marion is an editor at the University of Tennessee and the author of three poetry collections, most recently, Bound. She has received literary fellowships from the Tennessee Arts Commission, as well as the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Award, among others. Marion’s work has appeared in journals such as The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Nimrod, Asheville Poetry Review, and Shenandoah, and in numerous anthologies, including Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume III: Contemporary Appalachia. She lives in Knoxville with her husband, poet Jeff Daniel Marion.

Nancy McCabe’s creative nonfiction has appeared in many magazines, won a Pushcart, and been on notable lists for Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading six times. Her most recent book is Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter’s Birthplace in China (Missouri 2011).

Andrew Payton is a Maryland native and MFA candidate in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. His work is featured in recent or forthcoming issues of The Greensboro Review, Bayou Magazine, Juked, The Whitefish Review, and The Madison Review. He is the Poetry Editor of Flyway.

Jennifer Perrine’s first collection of poems, The Body Is No Machine (New Issues, 2007), won the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Her second book, In the Human Zoo (University of Utah Press, 2011), received the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. She teaches at Drake University.

Roger Pincus’s stories have appeared in Sou’wester, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The South Carolina Review, Pif Magazine, and elsewhere. His story collection Waking up in the Dark was a finalist for the 2011 St. Lawrence Book Award, and his story “Convenience” was recognized in Best American Mystery Stories 2012. He holds an MFA from George Mason University.

John Randolph Carter is a poet and artist, a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and has poetry in journals including Bomb, The Cream City Review, LIT, Margie, North American Review, The Pinch, Verse and Washington Square. He is the recipient of N.E.A., New York State Council and Fulbright grants, and has art in thirty-two public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Joan I. Siegel, author of Hyacinth for the Soul (Deerbrook Editions), Light at Point Reyes (Shabda Press) and co-author of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books), received The New Letters Poetry Prize and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Christine Stewart-Nuñez is the author of Snow, Salt, Honey (Red Dragonfly Press 2012), Keeping Them Alive (WordTech Editions 2011), Postcard on Parchment (ABZ Press 2008), Unbound & Branded (Finishing Line Press 2006), and The Love of Unreal Things (Finishing Line Press 2005). She teaches at South Dakota State University.

Jason Tandon is the author of three collections of poetry, Quality of Life (Black Lawrence/Dzanc, forthcoming 2013), Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt (Black Lawrence/Dzanc, 2009), winner of the 2006 St. Lawrence Book Award, and Wee Hour Martyrdom (sunnyoutside, 2008). His poems have appeared in Bellingham Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Review, and featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac.

Dean Marshall Tuck is a writer of fiction, an advisory editor for Tar River Poetry, and a singer/songwriter: His work has been featured in Zone 3, SmokeLong Quarterly, Night Train, Fringe Magazine, and in The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. He has work forthcoming in Drunken Boat.

Harold Whit Williams is guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Cotton Mather. His first chapbook, Waiting For The Fire To Go Out, is available from Finishing Line Press, and his poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Oxford American, Oklahoma Review, Slipstream, Tulane Review, among others.

Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of four award-winning books: the novel Shark Girls; the linked collection Dream Lives of Butterflies; a novel in stories Climbing the God Tree; and a stories collection Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile. Her stories have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and broadcast on “Selected Shorts.” She is Professor of Creative Writing at SUNY, Binghamton University.