ISSUE 2.2 SPRING 2017
"the Family Strain"
Matt Paul doesn't like heat, but he does love deserts. He is aware of how little sense this makes. He has a website like a grown up person: mattjpaul.co.uk
Anne Weisgerber is Assistant Fiction Editor at Pithead Chapel, and a Reynolds Journalism Fellow at Kent State University. Her recent fiction has/will appear in SmokeLong Quarterly, Structo Magazine, The Collapsar, DIAGRAM, and Gravel. Recent non-fiction in The Alaska Star, Alternating Current, The Review Review, and Change Seven. She’s a current nominee for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and The Pushcart Prize. She keeps information current at http://anneweisgerber.com
CL Bledsoe is the assistant editor for The Dead Mule and author of fourteen books, most recently the poetry collection Trashcans in Love and the flash collection Ray's Sea World. He's been nominated for the Pushcart Prize thirteen times, Best of the Net three times, and had two stories selected as Notable Stories of the Year by Story South's Million Writer's Award. Bledsoe has published stories, poems, essays, plays, and reviews in hundreds of journals and websites, including The Cimarron Review, The Arkansas Review, Pank, Nimrod, New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Gargoyle, The Hollins Critic, New World Writing (formerly Mississippi Review Online), Hobart, The Pedestal Magazine, and many others. Originally from a rice farm in eastern Arkansas, Bledsoe now lives in northern Virginia with his daughter.
Jesse Bradley is the author of The Adventures of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective (Pelekinesis, 2016) and the Yelp review prose poem collection Pick How You Will Revise A Memory (Robocup Press, 2016). He lives at jbradleywrites.com.
Patricia Donahue now lives in the California high desert mountains. For ten years, she worked in Native American communities in Montana and New Mexico as a liaison between the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Native American Nations.
Elizabeth Farris is a 2015 Master of Arts in Creative Writing graduate from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand. She divides her time between the green bush of New Zealand and the dry desert of Arizona. Her short stories have been published in anthologies in the US, New Zealand, and Australia. A few of her stage plays have been produced and she's done a bit of indie filmmaking.
Dwaine Rieves was raised in Mississippi and now lives in Washington, DC. His fiction and/or nonfiction has appeared in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Review, Salamander, The Bellevue Literary Review and other journals. His book, When the Eye Forms, won the 2005 Tupelo Prize for Poetry.
Ken Teutsch is a writer, videographer and performer living in Central Arkansas. His short stories have been published in various online publications and collected in anthologies including Old Weird South. He can occasionally be seen and heard portraying the world's least successful country music star, Rudy Terwilliger.
Julia Nunnally Duncan is a North Carolina author. Her most recent book is A Place That Was Home (eLectio Publishing, 2016), a collection of personal essays about her life in a rural Western North Carolina mill town. A Place That Was Home has been nominated for the 2017 CSPA Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction: Biography. A new poetry collection A Part of Me is forthcoming from Red Dirt Press in spring 2017. Julia lives in her hometown Marion, NC, with her husband Steve, a wood carver, and their daughter Annie, a college freshman.
Nancy Faulkner Sackheim was born and raised in Cleveland, Mississippi. She is a member of both the San Diego and Boston writing communities. She earned her master's degree from USC's Professional Writing Program, spent several years working in the television industry, and is a member of the Writers Guild of America West.
Terry Barr's essay collection, Don't Date Baptists and Other Warnings from My Alabama Mother, was published in 2016 by Red Dirt Press. His work has also appeared, or will soon appear, in Lowestoft Chronicle, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Hippocampus, Drunk Monkeys, The Big Roundtable, and The Bitter Southerner. He lives in Greenville, SC, with his family.
Constance Beitzel is former lead editor and writer for The Buzz Magazine, a weekly culture rag in Champaign, IL. Currently she is a PhD candidate studying American Literature and Women's Studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Adam Van Winkle was born and raised in Texoma and currently resides with his wife and two dogs on a rural route in Southern Illinois. He has published, read conference papers, and edited in the academic field on Bob Dylan & James Joyce in addition to publishing short fiction and creative nonfiction of his own. His writing has appeared in places like Cheap Pop!, Crack the Spine, Vignette Review, Steel Toe Review, Dirty Chai, andPithead Chapel. His debut novel, Abraham Anyhow, was released by Red Dirt Press in March 2017. His creative writing focuses, not surprisingly, on the rural folks he grew up with. In Summer of 2015 he founded Cowboy Jamboree Magazine, named for an old book of cowboy campfire songs to publish and promote gritty rural and western stories. Cowboy Jamboree issues now receive thousands of readers. Van Winkle is named for the oldest Cartwright son on Bonanza. Find him at http://www.adamvanwinkle.com