Author Pages

Kaye Cleave

Kaye Cleave began her career as a school teacher and has taught in a variety of settings including a maximum security prison in California. She has an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco, a PhD in writing from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and was a research scholar at UC Berkeley, California. Kaye’s first book, Once More With Feeling, has sold in countries around the world. In 2017, her chapbook of poems, Cartwheels of Love and Loss, was the alternate winner in the Minerva Rising Press Dare to Speak contest.

Laura Budofsky Wisniewski

Laura Budofsky Wisniewski lives and writes in a small town in Vermont. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hunger Mountain Review, Calyx, Blueline, Saranac Review, Confrontation and other journals. She was a finalist for the 2017 New Millenium Literary Award, 2017 Fear No Lit Fellowship, and 2017 Paper Nautilus Chapbook competition. She is winner of the 2014 Passager Poetry Prize.

Jan Stinchcomb

Jan Stinchcomb is the author of Find the Girl (Main Street Rag). Her stories have appeared in Black Candies: The Eighties, Whiskey Paper, Atticus Review and Monkeybicycle, among other places. She is featured in The Best Small Fictions 2018 and is a reader for Paper Darts. Jan lives in Southern California with her husband and children.

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MJ Gabrielsen

MJ Gabrielsen is a writer and an editor for East on Central Literary Journal in Highland Park, IL. Her nature poetry has been published by The Avocet and described as a voice that conveys intriguing images and beauty. She was a writer-in-residence at Write On Door County, WI in 2017. She credits her grasp of craft to authors, Marilyn L. Taylor and James Mihaley in many years of retreat settings. 

Joey Hedger

Though born and raised in coastal Florida, Joey Hedger now lives in Alexandria, Virginia (unfortunately too far from the ocean), where he works as associate editor of an education-based association. His own fiction and poetry has most recently appeared in Breakwater Review, saltfront, Sin Fronteras, Freshwater, and Jelly Bucket.

Rich Youmans

Rich Youmans’s haiku, haibun, and related essays have been published internationally in various journals and anthologies, and he currently serves on the editorial team of Haibun Today ( His collection of linked haibun with Maggie Chula, Shadow Lines, won a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America in 2000. His most recent collection, All the Windows Lit, was a 2015 Snapshot Press eChapbook Award winner. He and his wife, Belle, live on Cape Cod.

Kat Meads

Kat Meads is the author of 20 books and chapbooks of poetry and prose. Her short plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and elsewhere. A native of North Carolina, she lives in California and teaches in Oklahoma City University's Red Earth MFA program. Kirkus Reviews described her latest fiction, Miss Jane: The Lost Years, set in the 1970s, as a "sharp and tightly crafted tale.... Incredibly relevant to today's reckoning with powerful men's sexual abuse of the women around them." 

Nicole Beck

Nicole E. Beck was born in rural Kansas, grew up in Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Philadelphia.

She has had various stints as a bank teller, an office worker, and a retail bookseller, while completing studies in art and history.

angel tiger sleeper dante is her second published chapbook.  In June 2018, her first chapbook was released from dancing girl press.

Samantha Priestley

Samantha Priestley is a writer from Sheffield, England. She won the H E Bates competition and The Tacchi-Morris Prize for short stories.  Her chapbooks, Dreamers and Orange Balloon, are published by Folded Word. Her first novel was published by Pioneer Readers and her second novel, Reliability of Rope, is published by Armley Press.  Her third novel, A Bad Winter, was published by Armley Press in 2017.

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Lisa Marie Brimmer is a Queer, Black, Transracial Adoptee artist. She has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices, On the Commons Magazine, Burn Something and the anthology Walk Towards It. Her work has been performed in many Twin Cities venues (Pillsbury House Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, Black Dog Cafe, Intermedia Arts, SPACE, the Turf Club, Fineline Music Cafe, The Loft Literary Center’s Equilibrium Series, Open Book and more) and a few in Wisconsin.