Denise Bickford is a queer poet from mid-coast Maine. Their work has been featured in Stolen Island, Lipstickparty Magazine, Baest Journal, and Foglifter among others. A graduate of Boise State University (2016) with their MFA in creative writing, they have also headlined as a reader at Ghost and Projectors and Storyfort in Boise, Idaho, as well as at the Death Rattle Literary Festival in Nampa, Idaho. Their chapbook, Repka, is available through Dancing Girl Press. Currently, they work as a freelance copywriter in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, where they live with their partner, Miles.

Sam Campbell grew up in the Cary, Illinois area and currently resides in Reno, Nevada. His work has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and can be found in numerous journals including Sierra Nevada Review, Poetry City, USA; Zoomoozophone Review; Yes, Poetry; and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Boise State University and teaches English at Western Nevada College.

ISSUE 2: November 2019

Guest Readers:

giuseppe manley is a queer Black poet who grew up in, and currently resides in, the state of Maine. They have two dogs, work in IT, and are fond of making three item lists. giuseppe has served as Poetry Editor for The Open Field, has read for Puerto Del Sol, and is currently on Twitter and Instagram as @gehnmy.

Kou Sugita was born in Sapporo, Japan and was raised in Oregon. Most recently in the Los Angeles area and Tucson, he currently lives among moss in Seattle. His poems have appeared in TYPO, Juked, Asian American Writers’ Workshop The Margins, among others, and is forthcoming from The Volta.

Issue 1 Contributors

Guest Readers

Alicia Banaszewski is a Western Michigan University graduate, poet, and playwright living in Chicago, Illinois. Her chapbook, Bright Blue, is published by Dancing Girl Press. More recent work is available in Best Emerging Poets 2017 and America’s Emerging Poets 2018: Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (Z Publishing). For more about Alicia, visit her website here.

Lisa DesRochers-Short received her BA in English from the University of Maine at Orono and is a current MFA candidate at George Mason University where she also works as the Graduate Admissions Coordinator and Fiscal Manager for the English Department. Her life consists of constantly rearranging her furniture and playing with her four ferrets: Meatball, Waffles, Carl Sagan (a girl), and Dipzilla, as well as a dog with an underbite named Max and a mad scientist husband named Jake.

Lisa is the poetry editor of Hellscape Press and a reader with So to Speak. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, Common Ground Review, Breakwater Review, and others.

Edwin Smith was born in Chicago but grew up in Chicagoland’s northwest suburbs. While poetry is his discipline of emphasis, he also spends time painting, drawing, and making music. His work can be found in print in Seeds: Literary Journal, and online in From Whispers to Roars.’

Writers & Artists

Carolyn Shayte is a multimedia and community artist, poet, and avid nature lover living in Baltimore, MD with her very fluffy cat, Jewel. In 2014, she received her B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland institute College of Art. Currently, she splits her time between working at Make Studio, and teaching art and art history to senior adults in various settings. She has exhibited artwork regionally at Gallery Unicorn, Metro Gallery, Columbia Art Center, and Imagine Artwear. Carolyn is the co-founder of the lively local event known as PPT (People Presenting Together) Nite. Her poetry has appeared in The Purple Poetry Book, HYRSTERIA, and The Poetry and Fiction Issue of Baltimore City Paper. She will begin her M.A. in Art Therapy and Counseling at Southwestern College in January 2020.

Catherine Zickgraf performed her poetry in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia and in dozens of other cities, to Madrid and back. An illness changed her path, and now her main job is hanging out with her husband and three sons. She enjoys the calm of the school day when she dedicates time to her writing. Her work has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Pank, Victorian Violet Press and The Grief Diaries. Her recent chapbook, Soul Full of Eye, is published through Aldrich Press. Read and watch her at

Erika Clark joined Make Studio in Baltimore, MD in 2012. As an artist, she tends to use watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil, and says that she “dabbles” in ink, oil pastel, sculpting, and digital art. Her artwork is often inspired by anime, manga, and, more recently, science fiction. She also likes to explore abstract concepts. She defines her style as “tending to focus on layering color and form and having an ethereal atmosphere”. In her spare time, Erika enjoys playing video games, cooking, brewing her own kombucha, reading, and listening to music like symphonic metal.

Gemma Frost, who joined Make Studio in Baltimore, MD in 2017, recalls that she has been making art since she was four-years-old. She believes that her eye for detail has developed over the years: “I like to make drawings of people with pencils, sharpies, and colored pencils. I like adding detail that I can imagine in my head, and I like to make it just flow from my mind onto paper.” Gemma enjoys exploring how she can expand on her initial ideas for artwork, working in all sorts of media, while working in a studio setting with other artists. She has an interest in fashion. When not making art, Gemma likes to thrift shopping with her mom, going on “adventures” to different places to see new things, spending time with friends and with animals, specifically her three dogs. Gemma is a graduate of St. Elizabeth School.

Gregory Bannister is a prolific painter who began pursuing his craft as a young man, and he has for many years been inspired by modernist masters such as Matisse and Picasso. He is so devoted to art that when not working full-time at Harmony Bakery in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, MD Greg is constantly painting at home. He is a “low residency” artist with Make Studio in Baltimore, bringing finished and almost finished pieces to the studio in order to consult with our staff about final finishes and presentation strategies. Make Studio is proud to work with a person we think of us as “the nicest guy you’ll ever meet”.

Hannah Fenn is a poet and freelance journalist who studied creative writing at Southern Oregon University. She and her husband live in the Midwest where they’re raising their three sons.

Holly Mason received her MFA in Poetry from George Mason University, where she taught undergraduate English courses and served as the blog editor for So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Literature and Art. Her poems have appeared in Rabbit Catastrophe Review, Outlook Springs, The Northern Virginia Review, Foothill Poetry Journal, and selected by E. Ethelbert Miller for a Bethesda Urban Partnership Poetry prize. She has been a reader and panelist for OutWrite (A Celebration of LGBT Literature in D.C.). She currently lives and teaches in Virginia.

Indrani Sengupta is a poet from Kolkata, India, currently braving Illinois weather.  She received her MFA in poetry from Boise State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Feminist Wire, Fogged Clarity, PANK Magazine, and The Southeast Review.  

Jaimie Olle grew from a tiny Sierra Nevada mountain town beneath the gaze of giant granite faces, outstretched limbs of towering Sequoia trees and sun-starched blue skies. She earned a double-bachelor of arts degree in strategic communication and creative writing from Seattle University in 2014. She earns her living among the trees and writes when she remembers the pleasure of bringing pen to paper. You can find Jaimie living, loving and growing in the central Cascades with her partner-in-adventure and their three-legged malamute.

Jonathan Schoenfelder is a poet living in Nampa, Idaho. He received his BA in English at Boise State University and his MFA in Creative Writing at Temple University. His work has appeared in Industrial Lunch, The Leveler, and The Ill-tempered Rubyist among others. He works at the Nampa Public Library as a library associate and lives with his wife, cat, two dogs, and several dozen birds. His current team is Arcanine, Ampharos, Starmie, Nidoking, Skarmory, and Umbreon.

Jude Marr teaches, and writes poetry, as protest. Their chapbook, Breakfast for the Birds (Finishing Line), was published in 2017. Recent credits include Anti-Heroin Chic, Harbor Review, and One Magazine. Follow them @JudeMarr1 and find more of their work at

Kallie Falandays is the author of Dovetail Down the House (Burnside Review, 2016). You can read her work in American Poetry Review, The Journal, Verse Daily, Salt Hill, and elsewhere. She runs

Mary Buchinger is the author of three collections of poetry, e i f ü h l u n g/in feeling (2018), Aerialist (2015, shortlisted for the May Swenson Poetry Award, the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry, and the Perugia Press Prize), Roomful of Sparrows (2008, New Women’s Voices Series semi-finalist). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, DIAGRAM, [PANK], Salamander, Slice Magazine, The Hollins Critic, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. They have been anthologized in Gutters and Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, Homesickness and Exile, The Quieting and others. Mary grew up on a farm in Michigan, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, and holds a doctorate in Linguistics from Boston University. She is President of the New England Poetry Club (founded in 1915 by Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, Conrad Aiken) and Professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University. Her website is

My name is Max DeHaven, pronouns they/them/theirs. I am currently a graduate student at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. I am pursuing my masters in Transpersonal Art Therapy. As a graduate student studying therapy I have been working with the notion that every ending is just a new beginning. The fluidity of this medium complements this thought. Once the paint is poured on the canvas the images shift and move as they will. As the artist, I get to sit back and watch the transition unfold from the first pour to the final product. I see this as a container in which I witness the end of the beginning and the beginning of the end. In this I get to work with my ability to let go of expectations in order to open to the potential of the waiting unknown- the endless beginnings that may stem from one ending.

Like all children, Mikhail Shchupak-Katsman has been drawing since he could grip a pencil, and simply never stopped. At a certain point in his childhood, Mikhail discovered the immense power of the computer, specifically Photoshop – something that lead to his early years in graphic design.  Dozens of freelance projects honed his skill as a graphic designer, eventually reflecting on his art. The graphic design approach of condensing an idea with simple precision and clarity influenced his illustration. He began to utilize bold geometric elements, often focusing his entire composition on a single subject, much like a graphic or logo. Also fascinated by psychology, and the strange workings of the human mind, Mikhail explores notions of the subconscious through surrealism & glitch-art.

“The mind creates and imposes meaning from nothing, distorting our perception of the world and ourselves. These self-produced distortions by the mind, I think are reflections of its own state – a subconscious cry. That’s what I’m trying to capture.”

Sarah Bigham (she/her/hers) teaches, writes, and paints in Maryland where she lives with her kind chemist wife, three independent cats, an unwieldy herb garden, several chronic pain conditions, and near-constant outrage at the general state of the world tempered with love for those doing their best to make a difference. A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, Sarah’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of great places for readers, writers, and listeners. Find her at

Tia Hudson lives in Bremerton, Washington, on the Kitsap Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest. She received her MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

In March of 2019, she was appointed Poet Laureate of Bremerton.  As Poet Laureate, she is most interested in helping to bring together a strong community of writers of all ages to enhance the literary life of the city.Her poems have been published in The Stillwater Review, Ars Poetic, Signals, and on the website of the Museum of Northwest Art.Tia teaches English at Olympic College in Bremerton, and she enjoys walking with her dog in the local graveyard.

William Doreski has published three critical studies and several collections of poetry. His poetry, essays, reviews, and fiction have appeared in various journals. He has taught writing and literature at Emerson, Goddard, Boston University, and Keene State College. His new poetry collection is A Black River, A Dark Fall.

Zeke Hudson is a financial services marketing strategist and copywriter, and he can name every member of the Wu-Tang clan. When he’s not working, he paints, gardens, bikes, and plays an unreasonable amount of D&D. You can find his work online and in print, and his chapbook is available through Thrush Press.