Denise Bickford (They/Them/Theirs) 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: December 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.



Harold Ackerman is a retired teacher of English living in Berwick, Pennsylvania.  His work has appeared in various journals, including uppagus, gravel magazine, Pithead Chapel, Noctua Review, and Broad River Review.  View other images at

Carolyn Adams’ poetry and art have been published in the pages, and on the covers of Kestrel, Steam Ticket, and Kansas City Voices, among others.  She has authored four chapbooks, with one being a collection of her collage art, entitled What Do You See?  Select pieces of her collage art have been featured in #YourArtMoment, a program of the Beaverton Arts Council in Beaverton, OR.

Cynthia Anderson lives in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Spillway, Apercus, San Pedro River Review, Mojave River Review, and Split Rock Review. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She is the author of nine poetry collections and co-editor of the anthology A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens. When she’s not writing, you might find her playing Native American flute in traditional and jazz styles, watching foreign TV on MHz Choice with her husband and cat, tending her vegetable garden, or communing with the monzogranite boulders and wildlife around her desert home.

Marianna Ariel hunts for moments when poetry has surfaced as a force in collective bodies. She can be found in off hours jumping from rock to rock in the Tucson mountains. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Arizona. Her work is forthcoming in Hunger Mountain.

Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has two new chapbooks: Simpler Times and Staring Down Miracles. His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit, and Cream City Review.

A. R. Bekenstein is a student at Wesleyan University and her poems are forthcoming in Constellations. She is a survivor of rape and sexual assault, and after years of her mind replaying her abuser ordering that she “be quiet”, she’s finally decided not to be.

Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 180 journals in Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa; and 12 chapbooks of poetry – including Caribbean Nights (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), Notes from the Patagonia (dancing girl press, 2017) and On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019). She also pens travel pieces, with stories appearing in the anthologies Drive: Women’s True Stories from the Open Road (Seal Press, 2002), Far Flung and Foreign (Lowestoft Chronicle Press, 2012) and numerous websites, and travel guidebooks. In March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada chose her verse as poem of the month. She has done over 200 literary readings, from Alaska to the Patagonia. Ms. Caputo journeys through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. You may follow her travels at Latin America Wanderer.

Beverly M. Collins is the Author of the books, Quiet Observations: Diary thought, Whimsy and Rhyme and Mud in Magic. Her poems have also appeared in California Quarterly, Poetry Speaks! A year of Great Poems and Poets, The Hidden and the Divine Female Voices in Ireland, The Journal of Modern Poetry, Spectrum, The Altadena Poetry Review, Lummox, The Galway Review (Ireland), Verse of Silence (New Delhi), Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine (London), Scarlet Leaf Review (Canada), The Wild Word magazine (Berlin) and many others. She is also the winner of a 2019 Naji Naaman Literary Prize in Creativity (from Lebanon) and a prize winner for the California State Poetry Society. Collins has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, once for Independent Best American Poetry and shortlisted for the 2018 Pangolin Review Poetry Prize (Mauritius).

Alex C. Eisenberg is a child of the Pacific Northwest with ancestry from Eastern Europe. A gardener, grief worker and rite-of-passage guide, Alex is no stranger to liminal space, often giving into and drawing upon the creative energy of the dying-birthing-in-between. These days she finds herself writing, rooting, growing and grieving at the converging currents of the Quimper Peninsula, surrounded by the Salish Sea. For links to more of her poetry, tip-toe over here.

Growing up on a small farm, Delia Garigan assumed animals could understand her words. Later she aspired to time travel, but ended up with a degree in neuroscience instead. After a period of intensive Zen study, she grew her hair out and had a family. As a respite from the consuming work of wrangling her descendants, Delia also enjoys hammering jewelry, eating Khmer food, and inhaling the blackberry scent that pervades Oregon’s deciduous forests. The Florida Beach Snapshot, included before her poem,  is an old family photo.

Geula Geurts is a Dutch born poet and essayist residing in Jerusalem. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Bar Ilan University. Her mini-chapbook ‘Like Any Good Daughter’ was published by Platypus Press (2016). Her chapbook ‘Where the Sea is Quenched of Thirst’ was a finalist in the 2018 Autumn House Chapbook Contest. Her work has been anthologized and has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox Editions, Persephone’s Daughters, Counterclock, Jellyfish Review , Ilanot and The Boiler, among others. She works as a literary agent at the Deborah Harris Literary Agency.

Zach Groesbeck was born in south Texas, and spent time as a teenager on ranches working with horses. He recently lived in Washington state interning with Copper Canyon Press. Formerly, he was a poetry editor at Southwestern American Literature. His poems have appeared in various journals, including The Cortland Review, EcoTheo, and Otata.

Kat Heatherington is a queer ecofeminist poet, sometime artist, pagan, and organic gardener. She lives south of Albuquerque, NM in Sunflower River intentional community. Kat’s work primarily addresses the interstices of human relationships and the natural world. She has one book, The Bones of This Land, available here, and another book forthcoming in March 2020 from Swimming with Elephants Publications.  Her work can be read here, and more about her can be found on her Patreon.

Andrea Heine is a poet, essayist, and 35mm photographer. She studied English at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, before joining the poetry open mic scene in Chicago. She currently lives in Los Angeles. She may be found on Instagram at @andreaheine_

CL Johnson is a poet and musician from Brooklyn Park, MN, who currently lives and works as a PhD candidate at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB. Their first chapbook, “culminate/knot,” was released by Anstruther Press in 2019. Follow CL on Instagram and Spotify @obsirables. 

Dr. Sreekanth Kopuri is an Indian English poet from Machilipatnam. He is the author of two books of poetry, Poems of the Void & The Shadows. He is the recipient of the Best Researcher Award for 2019 from ITSR Foundation, and JK International Award from JK Foundation from India for his Research contributions to Indian English Poetry. He has recited his poetry and presented research papers in many reputed universities like University of Oxford (UK), John Hopkins University (USA), Heinrich Heine University (Germany), Banja Luka University (Bosnia), University of Caen (France), University of Gdanski (Poland), Jagiellonian University (Poland), and Wilkes University (USA).  His poems have been published in The Heartland Review, A New Ulster, Word Fountain, Ann Arbor Review, Scryptic Magazine, and in anthologies A Flood of Contentment, Land & Territory and Dementia Anthology (USA) and elsewhere. Kopuri is a Professor of English in Vasavi College, Machilipatnam.  dividing his time between teaching and creative writing.

Elsa Korneti (1969) is a Greek poet and essayist. She has published eight books of poetry, one of translations and one of essays, while she has translated from English, German, Italian and Spanish significant poetry works. Two of her poetry collections have been distinguished as shortlisted, nominated for the National Award of Poetry. Her poems, short stories, book reviews, essays and translations have appeared in numerous domestic well-known literary magazines. Her poetry has been translated into several languages and is also featured in various foreign anthologies and magazines.  Read a recent article about her here

paulie lipman is a jewish queer poet, performer, and novelist out of Denver, CO by way of too many damn places. a two time national poetry slam finalist, their work has appeared in The Emerson Review,  Prisma: Zeitblatt Fur Text & Sprache (Germany), and Protimluv (Czech Republic). they are the author of the poetry collections “from below/denied the light” and “sad bastard soundtrack: songs of faith and distortion” (Swimming With Elephants Publications)

Rachel Mayes is an in-house digital media designer and freelance graphic designer based in Reading, UK. Whilst not working on commercial projects both local and international she can be found exploring a wide range of media from screen printing to glass work and anything else she can get her hands on. Typography has often been at the forefront of Rachel’s interest, experimenting with form to create impact. When not intently staring at a computer screen with headphones blaring you can often find her somewhere across the globe with a random pet in her arms or looking for the next best, worst straight-to-DVD movie on Netflix. Her commercial portfolio can be found at

tanner menard is a Q2S, non-binary poet & composer whose work embodies their Creole/Acadian/NDN lineage. Poems are their method of survival, a linguistic medicine of ambiguity which is certain that love prevails. As a composer of experimental music, menard has been published & anthologized internationally on labels such as Full Spectrum Records, Rural Colours, Tokyo Droning, Install, Slow Flow Rec, H.L.M., Archaic Horizon, Kafua Records & Milieu Music. Their recent album/chapbook collaboration with Andrew Weathers was published on Full Spectrum Records. menard’s poetry & essays have been published in The Squawkback, Rabbit & Rose, Cloudthroat, The University of Arizona Poetry Center Blog, Red Ink Magazine & The Mockingheart Review, American Indian Culture and Research Journal at UCLA & The Wire Magazine. Their poem ‘see eye my memory my’ was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Cloudthroat. menard is a member of the Atakapa-Ishak Nation of Southwest Louisiana & Southeast Texas & resides in Tempe, AZ.

Ivan Peledov lives in Colorado. He loves to travel and to forget the places he has visited. He has been recently published in Truly U Review, Pif Magazine, The Verse of Silence, and Existential Ponders.

Kushal Poddar has edited the online magazine Words Surfacing. Additionally, his work has been included in  Spare Change Press,  Ripple Effect Publishing, BRP,  Barbara Maat, and more. He has multiple books, including Kleptomaniac’s Book of Unoriginal Poems  (BRP, Australia), Eternity Restoration Project- Selected and New Poems (Hawakal Publishers, India) and Herding My Thoughts To The Slaughterhouse-A Prequel (Alien Buddha Press). He can be found here and on Twitter @Kushalpoe.

Dani Putney (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Asian American poet exploring the West. They’re often lost in the kaleidoscope of their intersectional identity. Most recently, their work appears or is forthcoming in Cold Mountain Review, Foothill, Lockjaw Magazine, Noble / Gas Qtrly, and Thin Air Online, among other publications. Presently, they’re infiltrating a small conservative town full of cowboys in the middle of the Nevada desert. You can find them on Twitter @01000100_Putney.

A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. Nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and poetry, his verse appeared in 2019 in Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness (Oxford UP), Lovejets: queer male poets on 200 years of Walt Whitman (Squares and Rebels), and What Remains: The Many Ways We Say Goodbye (Gelles-Cole). His essays have appeared in The New York Daily News and The New York Times. Penha edits The New Verse News, an online journal of current-events poetry. Twitter: @JamesPenha

Margarita Serafimova was a finalist for the Christopher Smart Prize 2019, Erbacce Press Prize 2019 and 2018, Summer Literary Seminars 2018 and 2019, Hammond House Prize 2018, Red Wheelbarrow Prize 2018, Montreal Prize 2017. She has three collections in Bulgarian. Her work appears in LIT, Agenda Poetry, Poetry South, London Grip, Waxwing, A-Minor, Trafika Europe, Noble/ Gas, Obra/ Artifact, Great Weather for Media, Origins, Nixes Mate, Writing Disorder, Orbis, and more. Click here for more information.

Hibah Shabkhez is a writer of the half-yo literary tradition, an erratic language-learning enthusiast, a teacher of French as a foreign language and a happily eccentric blogger from Lahore, Pakistan. Her work has previously appeared in Petrichor, Remembered Arts, Rigorous, Lunate, With Painted Words, The Dawntreader and a number of other literary magazines. Studying life, languages and literature from a comparative perspective across linguistic and cultural boundaries holds a particular fascination for her. Find her blog here, follow her on Twitter @hibahshabkhez and on Instagram @shabkhez_hibah.

Ellora Sutton, 22, is a Creative Writing MA student from Hampshire, UK, where she works in a small, bookish museum. Her work has been published in Royal Rose, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, The Cardiff Review, and The Hellebore and Poetry News, among others. Her debut chapbook, All the Shades of Grief, is forthcoming from Nightingale & Sparrow in 2020, and she won the 2019 Hampshire Prize. Her obsessions include Pre-Raphaelite art and the novels of Jane Austen. She tweets @ellora_sutton.

Josslyn Turner lives in the Central Valley of California. She is a trans queer poet, writer, and abstract artist. She is studying English Literature at Modesto Junior College. She’s working toward a degree in English and plans to apply to an MFA program in poetry. You can find her poems in Journal Nine, Oyster River Pages, South 85, Voice of Eve, and elsewhere. She’s currently working on a verse novel about a trans high school student. When not writing, she enjoys painting, reading, and hanging out with her two sons. Her Twitter handle is @JossTurnerPoet

Vivian Wagner lives in New Concord, Ohio, where she’s an associate professor of English at Muskingum University. She’s the author of a memoir, Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel-Kensington); a full-length poetry collection, Raising (Clare Songbirds Publishing House); and three poetry chapbooks: The Village (Aldrich Press-Kelsay Books), Making (Origami Poems Project), and Curiosities (Unsolicited Press).

Patricia Walsh was born and raised in the parish of Mourneabbey, Co Cork, Ireland.  To date, she has published one novel, titled The Quest for Lost Eire, in 2014, and has published one collection of poetry, titled Continuity Errors, with Lapwing Publications in 2010. She has since been published in a variety of print and online journals.  These include: The Lake; Seventh Quarry Press; Marble Journal; New Binary Press; Stanzas; Crossways; Ygdrasil; Seventh Quarry; The Fractured Nuance; Revival Magazine; Ink Sweat and Tears; Drunk Monkeys; Hesterglock Press; Linnet’s Wing, Narrator International, The Galway Review; Poethead and The Evening Echo.