Contributors

POEMS & RUMINATIONS BY CAPTAIN B

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

POEMS AND NOLCHA’S POOP SCOOP! BY NOLCHA FOX

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.

Website: https://bit.ly/3bT9tYu

“My Father’s Ghost Hates Cats” https://amzn.to/3uEKAqa

“The Big Unda” https://amzn.to/3IxmJhY

“How to Get Me Up in the Morning” https://www.amazon.com/How-Get-Morning-Collaboration-Photography/dp/B0BF31V4T3/

Twitter: @NolchaF

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nolcha.fox/

THIS JANUARY: SHINE BALLARD

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

@shineballard

THIS FEBRUARY: RON RIEKKI

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.

THIS FEBRUARY: LAURA MCPHERSON

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 https://lauramcphersonwriter.com/ and on Twitter @silversatire.

THIS MARCH: LYNN WHITE

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:

https://lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/Lynn-White-Poetry-1603675983213077/

THIS MARCH: DAVID ESTRINGEL

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 www.davidaestringel.com

THIS MARCH: KYLE HEMMINGS

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.

THIS APRIL: ALEX CARRIGAN

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.

THIS APRIL: TIM MODER

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.

THIS MAY: GABRIELLA GAROFALO

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’.

THIS MAY: KEN TOMARO

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.

THIS MAY: GENE GOLDFARB

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

THIS MAY: JOSHUA MARTIN

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 joshuamartinwriting.blogspot.com

THIS MAY: BOB GIELOW

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.

THIS MAY: LAURA STAMPS

Novels, Novellas, Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry
Facebook: Laura Stamps
Twitter: @LauraStamps16 
Website: www.laurastampsfiction.blogspot.com 

THIS MAY: KAROL NIELSEN

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.

THIS JUNE: MARK GILBERT

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 https://payhip.com/b/uB5Ri.

THIS JUNE: KENNY MITCHELL

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.

THIS JUNE: STRIDER MARCUS JONES

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 https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/. A member of The Poetry Society, his five published books of poetry  https://stridermarcusjonespoetry.wordpress.com/ 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 JUNE: BRUCE REISNER

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.

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 kenkakareka.com.

THANKS TO OUR PAST CONTRIBUTORS!!!

ADORA WILLIAMS

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

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: https://twitter.com/amy_grech or visit her website: https://www.crimsonscreams.com

JOSEPH LEE MEADS

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.

LASZLO ARANYI (FRATER AZMON)

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.

JACOB AUSTIN

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

BRUCE GEE

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.

DANIEL ROSS

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

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

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

KUSHAL PODDAR

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 amazon.com/author/kushalpoddar_thepoet. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kushalpoe

MIKE MCHONE

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 www.mikemchone.com.

JASON VISCONTI

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

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 https://twitter.com/obaer and/or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/obaer3 Much of his work can be found at http://tentacularity.wordpress.com

MARK BLICKLEY & AMY BASSIN

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. https://www.claresongbirdspub.com/featured-authors/amy-bassin-mark-blickley/ 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. https://www.amybassin.com/ Instagram: @AmyBassin

ADAM VAN WINKLE

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 www.adamvanwinkle.com and @gritvanwinkle.

JEN OF MORONICARTS

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 MoronicArts.com.  Maybe. Look at buy or commission Jen’s art at https://ko-fi.com/artbyjenx.

COLIN JAMES

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.

SÉAMUS EASTON

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

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. DAVIS

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

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 platelet60@gmail.com. His Substack newsletter is at  cholorohemoglobin.substack.com.

LIZETTE ROMAN-JOHNSTON

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.

MATTHEW MCGUIRK

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.

Website: http://linktr.ee/McGuirkMatthew

Twitter: @McguirkMatthew / Instagram: @mcguirk_matthew.

GEORGE COUFOS

George Coufos is a retired HR exec from Boston who writes as a hobby. Find more of his articles on medium: https://earth-vessel.medium.com/.