Captain B. Seafarer. Lover of shore leave. Collector of heads. Disseminator of tales. Twitter: @NPeligeiro


Nolcha’s poems have been published in Lothlorien Poetry JournalAlien Buddha ZineMedusa’s Kitchen, and others. Her three chapbooks are available on Amazon. Nominee for 2023 Best of The Net. Editor for Kiss My Poetry and for Open Arts Forum. Accidental interviewer.


“My Father’s Ghost Hates Cats”

“The Big Unda”

“How to Get Me Up in the Morning”

Twitter: @NolchaF



Bruce Reisner is an artist/writer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His poems, short fiction and visual art have been seen in Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Sledgehammer Magazine, Readthisplease (an anthology) and the Ranfurly Review.   

Photo by John Altdorfer.


Mark Gilbert is based in the UK and enjoys writing short poetry and prose. He has recently been published in Heterodox Haiku JournalFive FleasUnder the Basho and Horror Senryu Journal. You can connect with him on Twitter at @MarkgZero and read his mini-chapbook of migraine-inspired haiku, Ribbons and Rainbows, published by Yavanika Press, at


Kenny Mitchell (He/Him) is a third-year student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Airgonaut, The Carillon, and Flash Fiction Magazine. Kenny drinks (inhales is a better word) an obscene amount of coffee and has been described as “the world’s most violent typist.” He (semi-occasionally) tweets @kennymwrites.


Strider Marcus Jones – is a poet, law graduate and former civil servant from Salford, England with proud Celtic roots in Ireland and Wales. He is the editor and publisher of Lothlorien Poetry Journal A member of The Poetry Society, his five published books of poetry reveal a maverick, moving between cities, playing his saxophone in smoky rooms. His poetry has been published in numerous publications including: Dreich Magazine; The Racket Journal; Trouvaille Review; [17 others].

THIS JULY: Ken Kakareka

Ken Kakareka lives in California with his lovely wife. He is the author of Late to Bed, Late to Rise (Black Rose Writing, 2013). Ken’s words have appeared or are on their way in a number of rags including Gargoyle Magazine, Route 7 Review, The Beatnik Cowboy and so on. A list of selected publications can be found at


Mariah Eppes is a writer in New York City. You can find more of her work around the internet and at


Cheryl Caesar is an ex- expatriate, having lived in Paris, Tuscany and Sligo (Republic of Ireland) for 25 years. She earned her doctorate in comparative literature at the Sorbonne, and now teaches writing at Michigan State University. Her chapbook Flatman: Poems of Protest in the Trump Era is available from Amazon, although she hopes it will soon be of historical interest only. You can find her poems and artwork in Words Across the Water, volumes 1 and 2, published by Fractal Edge Press.  



The author is a national & international academic/ ESL Instructor. He has been a writer for over thirty years. His latest publications have been two books of nonfiction with Algora Publishing, a fictional novel by Atmosphere Press, and fictional publications with combo e-zines and print magazines; Leaves Of Ink, CC&D Magazine, a novel with Atmosphere press, Short Story Lovers, The Fear Of Monkeys, and Frontier Tales. He recently signed three contracts with Pen it Publications.

The author has enjoyed a lifetime of outdoor activities from big game hunting, camping, fishing, and trapping, to archaeological field work in various exotic locations. What he enjoys most of all is meeting freedom loving, interesting creative people, who are also regular dedicated fans of his publications.

THIS JULY: James Walsh

James Walsh is a writer of prose, poetry and songs and dabbles in comedy. He resides in the Twin Cities, but is currently working on a collection of memoirs related to his childhood in Cleveland, Ohio. His work has appeared in The Heimat Review.


Bio: Oh my God. God no.


Mark Blickley grew up within walking distance of New York’s Bronx Zoo and believes pizza contains not only high caloric value but high spiritual value. He is a widely published and produced author and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center. His latest books are the flash fiction collection ‘Hunger Pains’ (Buttonhook Press) and the text-based art collaboration with artist Amy Bassin, ‘Dream Streams,’ from which the two pieces in this issue are excerpts. Twitter: @Blickwords


Donna Dallas has appeared in a plethora of journals, most recently The Opiate, Beatnik Cowboy, Tribes, Horror Sleaze Trash and Fevers of the Mind. She is the author of Death Sisters, her first novel published by Alien Buddha Press. Her chapbook, Smoke and Mirrors, launched in 2022 with New York Quarterly. Donna serves on the editorial team of NYQ.


Izzy Astuto (they/he) is a writer currently majoring in Creative Writing at Emerson College. His work has previously been published by Hearth and Coffin and Renesme Literary, amongst others. They are currently a Poetry Reader for hand picked poetry. Their Instagram is izzyastuto2.0.


In a career spanning more than 50 years as a working writer, John Yamrus has published 35 books (29 volumes of poetry, 2 novels, 3 volumes of non-fiction and a children’s book). He has also had nearly 3,000 poems published in magazines and anthologies around the world. A number of his books and poems are taught in college and university courses. He is widely considered to be a master of minimalism and the neo-noir in modern poetry. His latest books are TWENTY FOUR POEMS and SELECTED POEMS: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT. A volume of his SELECTED POEMS was recently published in Albania and TWENTY FOUR POEMS is due out in translation later this year.


Steve Passey is from Southern Alberta. He is the author of the short-fiction  collection Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock (Tortoise Books), the Novella Starseed (Seventh Terrace – writing as Stephen Guy) and the poetry collection Alone on the Couch With a Gun in My Mouth (Anxiety Press) along with many other individual things. Tweet to him @SuperHeavy666.


Heissell Ramirez is a media professional with 15+ experience in children’s programming. After serving as a judge in media award competitions for several years she has decided to start creating original content of her own. Currently Ramirez is working on a children’s picture book as well as submitting her work to websites and writing contents.


Mehreen Ahmed is a novelist. Her historical fiction novel, The Pacifist published in Canada by Cosmic Teapot was a Drunken Druid Editor’s Choice in 2017. Her collection of short stories, Gatherings published in the UK by Bridge House Publishing, was nominated for James Tait Award, 2020. Her recent novel, Incandescence has been published in the UK by Impspired. She has published with Cambridge University Press, Litro, UK, EllipsisZine, RogueAgent Journal: Sundress Publication and others. Her full bio is available on Amazon and Goodreads.


Ivan de Monbrison is a schizoid writer from France born in 1969 and affected by various types of mental disorders, he has published some poems in the past, he’s mostly an autodidact.


Bob King is an Associate Professor of English at Kent State University at Stark. His recent poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Drunk Monkeys, JAKE, Paddler Press, Aôthen Magazine, The Purposeful Mayonnaise, Spare Parts Literary Magazine, The Viridian Door, Ink Sweat & Tears, Alien Buddha Gets Rejected Anthology, Bullshit Lit, The Red Ogre Review, Unlikely Stories Mark V, The Dillydoun Review, Emergence Literary Journal, Narrative Magazine, Muleskinner, & Allium: a Journal of Poetry & Prose. He lives on the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife & daughters.


An author and a father, Kushal Poddar, editor of ‘Words Surfacing’, authored eight books, the latest being ‘Postmarked Quarantine’. His works have been translated in eleven languages. Find and follow him at Twitter:


Irina Tall (Novikova) is an artist, graphic artist, illustrator. She graduated from the State Academy of Slavic Cultures with a degree in art, and also has a bachelor’s degree in design.

The first personal exhibition ‘My soul is like a wild hawk’ (2002) was held in the museum of Maxim Bagdanovich. In her works, she raises themes of ecology, in 2005 she devoted a series of works to the Chernobyl disaster, draws on anti-war topics. The first big series she drew was The Red Book, dedicated to rare and endangered species of animals and birds. Writes fairy tales and poems, illustrates short stories. She draws various fantastic creatures: unicorns, animals with human faces, she especially likes the image of a man – a bird – Siren. In 2020, she took part in Poznań Art Week. Her work has been published in magazines: Gupsophila, Harpy Hybrid Review, Little Literary Living Room and others. In 2022, her short story was included in the collection ‘The 50 Best Short Stories’, and her poem was published in the collection of poetry ‘The wonders of winter’.


Marc Isaac Potter (we/they/them) …  is a differently-abled writer living in the SF Bay Area. 

Marc’s interests include blogging by email and Zen.   

They have been published in Fiery Scribe Review,  

Feral A Journal of Poetry and Art,  Poetic Sun Poetry, and Provenance Journal.   

Twitter is @marcisaacpotter. 


Bruce Gee Son of Bayard, middle named Bayard. Spent his life searching for the meaning of Bayard. Raised a quiver of young ‘un. No regrets.


Born 1956 New York City.  Went to Nazareth High School and New York University.  Graduated 1978: BA Cinema Studies; BFA Film Production.  Wrote and directed various short films, including James Joyce’s short story Counterparts which he adapted into a screenplay.  Counterparts was screened at national and international film festivals.  A freelance writer, Peter has published many 250-1000 word articles on the arts, film, dance, sculpture, architecture, and culture, as well as fiction, poetry, one-act plays, and critical essays on art, film, and photography.   Poetry collections “A Box Of Crazy Toys” published 2018 by Xenos Books/Chelsea Editions and “Bloodstream Is An Illusion Of Rubies Counting Fireplaces” published February 2023 by Cyberwit/Rochak Publishing.  He is working on a critical study of Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock’s Cinematic World: Shocks of Perception and the Collapse of the Rational.  Chapter excerpts have appeared in The Midwest Quarterly, Literature/Film Quarterly, Kinema, Flickhead, and North Dakota Quarterly since 2006.  His poetry and fiction have appeared in various literary magazines, including AntennaAero-Sun TimesBogus ReviewPen-Dec PressBoth Sides NowCross Cultural Communications/Bridging The Waters Volume II, and The Mascara Literary Review.  Dramatika Press published a volume of his one-act plays in 1983.  One of these, The Seeker, appeared in an issue of Collages & Bricolages.  Peter was a contributing editor for NYArts Magazine, writing art and film reviews.


Mather Schneider was born in 1970 in Peoria, Illinois and now divides his time between Tucson, Arizona and Mexico. He has 5 books available on Amazon.


Allen Seward is a poet from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. His work has appeared in Scapegoat Review, JAKE, Pandemonium Journal, and Skyway Journal, among others. His chapbook ‘sway condor’ is available on Amazon thanks to Alien Buddha Press. He currently resides in WV with his partner and four cats. @AllenSeward1 on Twitter, @allenseward0 on Instagram

THIS OCTOBER: Ileana Collazo

Ileana lives in Miami, Florida. She was born in Cuba and lived in Spain, New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. She participated in solo and group exhibitions in England, France, Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United States.


Doug Jacquier‘s writing meanders amongst the peaks and the swamps of various forms of short story, flash fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, from the lunatic to the lucid. For readers prepared to come along for the ride, I like to make them think, laugh, cry or groan (and, sometimes, all of the above). My poems and stories have been published in Australia, the US, the UK and Canada. I blog at Six Crooked Highways (

THIS OCTOBER: Yash Seyedbagheri

Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA fiction program. His stories, ‘Soon,’ ‘How To Be A Good Episcopalian,’ ‘Tales From A Communion Line,’ and Community Time,’ have been nominated for Pushcarts. Yash’s work has been published in SmokeLong Quarterly, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Write City Magazine, and Ariel Chart, among others.


Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet in the greater Chicagoland area, IL.  He has 283 YouTube poetry videos. Michael Lee Johnson is an internationally published poet in 44 countries, a song lyricist, has several published poetry books, has been nominated for 6 Pushcart Prize awards, and 6 Best of the Net nominations. He is editor-in-chief of 3 poetry anthologies, all available on Amazon, and has several poetry books and chapbooks. He has over 453 published poems. Michael is the administrator of 6 Facebook Poetry groups. Member Illinois State Poetry Society:


DS Maolalai has been described by one editor as ‘a cosmopolitan poet’ and another as ‘prolific, bordering on incontinent’. His work has nominated eleven times for Best of the Net, eight times for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Forward Prize, and has been released in three collections; ‘Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden’ (Encircle Press, 2016), ‘Sad Havoc Among the Birds’ (Turas Press, 2019) and ‘Noble Rot’ (Turas Press, 2022)


John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Stand, Washington Square Review and Rathalla Review. Latest books, “Covert” “Memory Outside The Head” and “Guest Of Myself” are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in the McNeese Review, Santa Fe Literary Review and Open Ceilings.


Peter Mladinic’s fifth book of poems, Voices from the Past, is due out in September 2023 from Better Than Starbucks Publications.  An animal rights advocate, he lives in Hobbs, New Mexico.


Scott Harris is a writer that resides in the wooded northern region of Central Pennsylvania. His writing has been published in numerous magazines and he is currently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.



Novels, Novellas, Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry
Facebook: Laura Stamps
Twitter: @LauraStamps16 


Joshua Martin is a Philadelphia based writer and filmmaker, who currently works in a library. He is member of C22, an experimental writing collective. He is the author of the books automatic message (Free Lines Press), combustible panoramic twists (Trainwreck Press), Pointillistic Venetian Blinds (Alien Buddha Press) and Vagabond fragments of a hole (Schism Neuronics). He has had numerous pieces published in various journals including Otoliths, Version (9), Don’t Submit!, BlazeVOX, RASPUTIN, Ink Pantry, Unlikely Stories Mark V, and experiential-experimental-literature. You can find links to his published work at


A college administrator by day, Bob Gielow (he/him) spins tales in formats we all use when communicating with each other: text messages, emails, fictional Wikipedia posts, and diary entries all allow him to be clinical and thorough in describing his characters, their thinking and actions … without diminishing his ability to explore the resulting human emotions.


Karol Nielsen is the author of the memoirs Black Elephants (Bison Books, 2011) and Walking A&P (Mascot Books, 2018) and the chapbooks This Woman I Thought I’d Be (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and Vietnam Made Me Who I Am (Finishing Line Press, 2020). Her first memoir was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing in nonfiction in 2012. Excerpts were honored as notable essays in The Best American Essays in 2010 and 2005. Her full poetry collection was longlisted for the Terry J. Cox Poetry Award in 2021 and was a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry in 2007. One of her poems was a finalist for the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize in 2021. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, Guernica, Lumina, North Dakota Quarterly, Permafrost, RiverSedge, and elsewhere.


Gene Goldfarb lives in New York City, where he ponders, love, hate, mortality and what’s up with the guy who hangs around the building. He loves movies, books, travel, and international cuisine. His poetry’s appeared in the small press including: Black Fox, The Daily Drunk, The Gorko Gazette, Rat’s Ass Review.
Twitter: @gene3624


Dia VanGunten explores overlaps between genres, between poetry & prose, between real & magical. Her ACS piece is part of Pink Zombie Rose, a series of graphic novels about apocalyptic existential angst. @pinkzombierose


Karen‘s work is in or forthcoming in A Thin Slice of AnxietyBullshit Lit,, JAKEL’Esprit Literary ReviewMoon Cola ZineNeuro Logical, Bulb Culture Collective, SugarSugarSalt Litboats against the current, and others. She/her. @MeKawalker883


Annabelle lives in Maine and enjoys the cold. She assigns sentimental value to the mundane and collects pig figurines. The Gorko Gazette was the first journal to receive a piece of her writing but she plans to submit more poetry to more magazines after graduating from undergraduate school this May. @abelle.w on instagram for snooping and / or communicating.


Christine LaChance has contributed to publications over the years, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Alien Buddha, and Every Writer.  She is the author of the L.O.Z.E.R.S trilogy (the third and final installment coming this year).  She lives in Rhode Island with her cats, Gaia and Luna.  Feel free to summon her on Twitter @TheCLaChance


Melissa Martini (she/her) is the Founder & EIC of Moss Puppy Magazine. A Capricorn from New Jersey, Melissa received her Master’s in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Seton Hall University. Her debut chapbook, Faded Fur & Stripped Skin, was published by Bottlecap Press. 


Will Penn resides in Dublin with his 2 cats, Thelonious and Zoolah. His work has often been described as ‘unfortunately, not currently what we are looking for’ and ‘I didn’t get the bit about the trees.’ He is currently struggling with his first full body of work.


Colin James has a couple of chapbooks of poetry published. Dreams Of The Really Annoying from Writing Knights Press and A Thoroughness Not Deprived of Absurdity from Pski’s Porch Press and a book of poems, Resisting Probability from Sagging Meniscus Press. Formally from the UK he now lives in Massachusetts.


Jen is a gothic weirdo who makes up stories about fake people doing stupid things, and posts them to their blog called MoronicArts. Sometimes Jen draws strange pictures. Size matters; over 300 of these short and even shorter stories might be found at  Maybe. Look at buy or commission Jen’s art at


Alex Carrigan (he/him; @carriganak) is an editor, poet, and critic from Virginia. His debut poetry chapbook, May All Our Pain Be Champagne: A Collection of Real Housewives Twitter Poetry (Alien Buddha Press, 2022), was longlisted for Perennial Press’ 2022 Chapbook Awards. He has had fiction, poetry, and literary reviews published in Quail Bell Magazine, Lambda Literary Review, Barrelhouse, Sage Cigarettes (Best of the Net Nominee, 2023), ‘Stories About Penises’ (Guts Publishing, 2019), and more.


Corey Pajka is a Brooklyn-based writer. He tries to take himself seriously, but his love of professional wrestling and Most Extreme Elimination Challenge prevents that. His plays have been produced at numerous venues Off and Off-Off Broadway in New York, and at regional theatres throughout the country. His satirical work has been published by Points in CaseThe Weekly HumoristFlexx Mag, The Broadway Beat, and others. He is also a climate change activist, writing and editing for 350Brooklyn and the Sunrise Movement, and is in the process of launching his own satirical website. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, playwright D.L. Siegel, and their adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgi Sancho Panza.


Paul Hostovsky‘s poems have won a Pushcart Prize, two Best of the Net Awards, the FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize, and have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. His newest book of poems is Pitching for the Apostates (forthcoming 2023, Kelsay Books). He makes his living in Boston as a sign language interpreter. Website:


Tim Moder is a poet living in northern Wisconsin. His poems have appeared in River Mouth Review, Zin Daily, South Florida Poetry Journal, and others. His chapbook All true Heavens was published with Alien Buddha Press in June 2022.


Born in Italy some decades ago, Gabriella Garofalo fell in love with the English language at six, started writing poems (in Italian) at six and is the author of these books ‘Lo sguardo di Orfeo’; ‘L’inverno di vetro’; ‘Di altre stelle polari’; ‘Casa di erba’; ‘Blue Branches’; ‘A Blue Soul’.


Ken Tomaro is a writer living in Cleveland Ohio whose work reflects everyday life with depression. His poetry has appeared in several online and print journals and explores the common themes we all experience in life. Sometimes blunt, often dark but always grounded in reality. He has 4 full-length collections of poetry, most recently, Potholes and Perogies available on Amazon.


Laszlo Aranyi (Frater Azmon) poet, anarchist, occultist from Hungary. Earlier books: (szellem)válaszok, A Nap és Holderők egyensúlya . New: Kiterített rókabőr. Known spiritualist mediums, art and explores the relationship between magic. I am marginalised in my own country.


David Estringel is a Xicanx writer/poet with works published in literary publications, such as The Opiate, Azahares, Cephalorpress, Lahar, Poetry Ni, DREICH, Rigorous, Somos En Escrito, Hispanecdotes, Ethel, The Milk House, Beir Bua Journal, and The Blue Nib. David received his BA in English at the University of Texas at Brownsvile and his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Currently, he is a working on his PhD in English (World Literature) and a Graduate Instructor of Composition at Texas A&M-Commerce. His first collection of poetry and short fiction Indelible Fingerprints was published in April 2019, followed his second and third poetry collections Blood Honey and Cold Comfort House in 2022. David has written four poetry chapbooks, Punctures (2019), PeripherieS (2020), Eating Pears on the Rooftop (2022), and Golden Calves (coming March 2023). His new book of micro poetry little punctures, a collaboration with UK illustrator, Luca Bowles, will be released in December 2022. Connect with David on Twitter @The_Booky_Man and his website


Kyle Hemmings has work published in Otoliths, Dark Entries, MacQueen’s Quinterly, and elsewhere.  He loves 60s garage bands and 50s sci-fi movies that are so bad that they’re good.


Gregg Maxwell Parker is the author of the middle-grade book Troublemakers as well as the grown-up titles The Real Truth and Murder, She Vaped: The Ironic T-Shirt Caper. You can find more of his work at and


Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award. Find Lynn at: and


Ron Riekki’s books include My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction (Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House Press), Posttraumatic (Hoot ‘n’ Waddle), and U.P. (Ghost Road Press).  Right now, Riekki’s listening to Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s ‘Storm.’  He is also a pirate. Image by Amelie Jumel.


Laura McPherson (she/they) is based in Chicago. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Night Picnic Journal, Cosmic Horror Monthly, The Deadlands, Corvus Review, and others. Her hybrid chapbook, inVISIBLE, is out with Alien Buddha Press. Find her online at and on Twitter @silversatire.


Shine Ballard, the de trop dallier, uses notebooks . . . and ekes by a pencil.



Adora Williams is graduated in Journalism and Languages and has written poetry for 14 years. She lives in a historic region of Brazil. Her poetry anthology in Portuguese is being published in Brazil and Portugal in December 2022.


Amy Grech has sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including: A New York State of Fright, Apex Magazine, Even in the Grave, Gorefest, Hell’s Heart, Hell’s Highway, Hell’s Mall, Microverses, Punk Noir Magazine, Roi Fainéant Press, Tales from the Canyons of the Damned, The One That Got Away, Under Her Skin, Yellow Mama, and many others.

Amy is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers who lives in New York. You can connect with her on Twitter: or visit her website:


Joseph Lee Meads is currently an MA student in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been previously published in Columbia Poetry Review, Chicago Literati, Lover’s Eye Press, Rejected Lit, Wasted Pages, and elsewhere. He is a disabled, neurodivergent writer who takes pics of his muted television and posts them onto Instagram: @joseph.lee.m.


Jacob Austin co-operates an imaginary bookstore, Yeehaw Books. His published work is collected at


Daniel Ross has had fiction and poetry appear in Matrix Magazine, Misery Tourism, and Expat Press among others. He is currently working on a 5th 6th and 7th fiction manuscript and trying hard not to start any others. Twitter: @traumababyxoxo.


Michael Pollentine loves weird fiction, characters that epitomise the freaky nature of the human condition and peculiar landscapes. His main influences (after Iggy Pop lyrics) are David Lynch, Roald Dahl and exploitation movies. He lives in South Wales with his wife and their hamster Betsy.


Prosper Ifeanyi is a Nigerian writer. His works are featured/forthcoming in Identity Theory, Lumiere Review, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Salamander Ink Magazine, Kalahari Review, Terror House Press, Aôthen Magazine, 2022 Libretto Anthology and elsewhere. Reach him on Twitter and Instagram Instagram @prosperifeanyii


Mike McHone‘s work has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Guilty, Shotgun Honey, Mystery Tribune, the Detroit News, Playboy, the AV Club, and elsewhere. Although he lives in Detroit (and why he lives in Detroit is anyone’s guess), you can pay him a visit at


Jason Visconti has attended both group and private poetry workshops. His work has appeared in various journals, including Eunoia Review, Valley Voices, Literary Yard, California Quarterly, and The American Journal of Poetry. He especially enjoys the poetry of Pablo Neruda and Billy Collins.


Oliver Baer does many things. He was the editor of Cthulhu Sex Magazine and Two Backed Books. His epistolary novel, Letters to the Editor of Cthulhu Sex Magazine, was published in October 2019. His short stories have appeared in April Grey’s anthologies as well as others. His essays have been on blogs as well as books. His poetry has appeared in Goodreads Best Poems 2020, Punk Noir Magazine, Paper Teller Diorama, Hell’s Mall:  Sinister Shops, Cursed Items and Maddening Crowds, Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea, Cthulhu Sex Magazine, Horror Between the Sheets, Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase Vol. II and other publications. He is visible using the virtual spectrum of social media by following him on Twitter and/or Facebook Much of his work can be found at


Mark Blickley grew up within walking distance of New York’s Bronx Zoo and believes pizza contains not only high caloric value but high spiritual value. He is a widely published and produced author and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center. His latest books are the flash fiction collection ‘Hunger Pains’ (Buttonhook Press) and the text-based art collaboration with artist Amy Bassin, ‘Dream Streams,’ from which the two pieces in this issue are excerpts. Twitter: @Blickwords

Amy Bassin is an artist from New York who uses photography, moving images, works on paper, and collage to explore power struggles, survival, and personal history in relation to current socio-political events. She is widely exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. Two of her video collaborations with writer Mark Blickley, Speaking In Bootongue and Widow’s Peek: The Kiss of Death, represented the United States in the 2020 year-long international world tour of Time Is Love: Universal Feelings: Myths & Conjunctions, organized by esteemed Togolese-French curator, Kisito Assangni. She is co-founder of the international artists’ collective, Urban Dialogues. Instagram: @AmyBassin


Adam Van Winkle was born and raised in Texoma and currently resides with his wife and two sons in South Carolina.  He is the founder and editor of Cowboy Jamboree Magazine and Press.  In addition to publishing his short fiction and creative nonfiction online and in print at places like Pithead ChapelCheap Pop!BULL MagazineThe Dead Mule School of Southern LiteratureMonkeybicycle and Red Dirt Forum, he has published several novels and plays with Red Dirt Press, Cowboy Jamboree Press, and Leftover Books. Van Winkle is named for the oldest Cartwright son on Bonanza.  Find him and his publications online at and @gritvanwinkle.


Séamus Easton is a writer, performer, and stand-up bass appreciator. His writing has appeared in An Injustice, Slackjaw, The Mindful Word, and others. He can be found on Twitter & Instagram @tweetsbyseamus.


Ryan Keating is a pastor, writer, winemaker, and coffee roaster on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. You can find his work at Ekstasis Magazine, The Agape Review, Words and Whispers, Box, and Vocivia (forthcoming). Twitter: @keatingr / Instagram: @ryankeating77  


J.B. has written for a handful of humorous sites while also writing and producing for his podcast, The Jesting Journal. When he’s not writing, he can be found in a tree in his backyard eating from a can of SpaghettiOs.


Jesse Hilson is a newspaper reporter and cartoonist living in the Catskills in New York State. His writing has appeared in publications like Maudlin House, The Daily Drunk, Rejection Letters, Expat Press, and elsewhere. His cartoons have appeared in Misery Tourism, Bear Creek Gazette, and Excuse Me Mag. A poetry chapbook, Handcuffing the Venus De Milo, will be published by Bullshit Lit in 2022. He can be seen on Twitter and Instagram @platelet60 and via email at His Substack newsletter is at


Lizette Roman-Johnston is a bicoastal bisexual currently living in Oakland, California. A 2021 graduate of the Saint Mary’s College MFA program, Lizette writes satire and creative nonfiction (Harry Styles often appears in both). Lizette’s writing has been published in The Daily Drunk, The Sad Girl Review, Rejection Letters, and others. She is also a synth-loving bedroom pop musician under the name rizbot.


Matt McGuirk teaches and lives with his family in New Hampshire. BOTN 2021 nominee with words in various lit mags and a debut collection with Alien Buddha Press called Daydreams, Obsessions, Realities available on Amazon and linked on his website.


Twitter: @McguirkMatthew / Instagram: @mcguirk_matthew.


George Coufos is a retired HR exec from Boston who writes as a hobby. Find more of his articles on medium: