Letta Cartlidge is a transplant from Central African Republic and Nigeria. She has recently graduated with an MFA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


David Desjardins is a journalist with roots in Rhode Island, having worked at The Boston Globe, The Providence Journal, and other newspapers. His short stories have been published in Red Savina Review, Gravel, Roanoke Review, The Worcester Review, and elsewhere. Desjardins’ short story “The Gathering,” published in the December 2018 issue of Ruminate, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Arlington, Mass. with his wife.


Frank Diamond’s poem, “Labor Day,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize Award. Hi short stories have appeared in RavensPerch, Insider, Kola: A Black Literary Magazine, Dialogual, Madras Mag, Reverential Magazine, the Examined Life Journal, Into the Void, Empty Sink Publishing, Zodiac Review and the Fredericksburg Literary & Art Review, among many other publications. He’s had poetry published in Philadelphia Stories, Fox Chase Review, Deltona Howl, Artifact Nouveau, Black Bottom Review, and Feile-Festa. Find Diamond’s creative work at He lives in Langhorne, Pa.


Kathie Giorgio is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, two story collections, a collection of essays, and two poetry chapbooks. A full-length poetry collection, No Matter Which Way You Look, There Is More To See, will be released in 2020. Giorgio’s work appears in countless literary magazines and anthologies. She’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in both fiction and poetry. She’s been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, the Silver Pen Award for Literary Excellence, the Pencraft Awards for Literary Excellence, and has been nominated in both fiction and poetry for the Best Of The Net award. She is the director and founder of AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop, an international creative writing studio. She lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with her writer-husband Michael, writer-daughter Olivia, an eccentric dog named Ursula LeGuin Giorgio, and her two cats, Edgar Allen Paw and Muse.

Wendy Gist

Wendy Gist was raised in the forest of the Southwest on the outskirts of Flagstaff, Arizona. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in For Women Who Roar, Fourth River, New Plains Review, Oyez Review, Rio Grande Review, Soundings Review, St. Austin Review, Sundog Lit, The Chaffey Review, Tulane Review and other fine journals. Gist has worked as a professional contributing writer for many leading publications including Better Nutrition, Caribbean Travel and Life, eDiets, New Mexico Magazine, Pilates Style, Today’s Diet and Nutrition, and numerous others (national and international). She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of the chapbook Moods of the Dream Fog (Finishing Line Press, 2016). She was named semifinalist for The Best Small Fictions, 2017.


Emily Greenlund is currently pursuing a BA in both Studio Art and Creative Writing at the University of Montana. Through her various art forms, she aspires above all else to speak to the universal human experience; the beautiful, the ugly, the miraculous, and the mundane.


Khanh Ha is the author of Flesh (Black Heron Press) and The Demon Who Peddled Longing (Underground Voices). He is a seven-time Pushcart nominee, a Best Indie Lit New England nominee, finalist to Mary McCarthy Prize (Sarabande Books), Many Voices Project (New Rivers Press), Prairie Schooner Book Prize (Prairie Schooner), a twice finalist of The William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Award, the recipient of SAND HILLS PRIZE FOR BEST FICTION, and Greensboro Review’s ROBERT WATSON LITERARY PRIZE IN FICTION. Ha studied Journalism at Ohio University. His new novel, Mrs. Rossi’s Dream (2019, The Permanent Press), was Best New Book by Booklist and a 2019 Foreword Reviews INDIES Silver Winner (Historical Adult Fiction) and Bronze Winner (War & Military Adult Fiction); Finalist in General Adult Fiction and  Multicultural Adult Fiction.


James Hanna is a retired probation officer and a former fiction editor. He has had over seventy story publications and three Pushcart nominations. His books, three of which have won awards, are available on Amazon.


Although ONLY THE DEAD SUFFER BUTTER is Elizabeth Kirschner’s debut collection of stories, it is by no means her first book, nor last, as it is her intention to write her way in and out of this existence. As for bio, she trusts the work will speak for itself.


Avalon joined Teach For America after graduating from UCCS with degrees in English literature, anthropology, and communications. She taught middle school in New Orleans for three years before returning home to Colorado Springs, where she currently works as an English teacher at Rampart High School. She works in the summers for Teach For America as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness trainer, facilitating the development of new teachers across the country. 


Timothy Reilly had been a professional tubaist (including a stint with the Teatro Regio of Torino, Italy) until around 1980, when a condition called “Embouchure Dystonia” put an end to his music career. He gratefully retired from substitute teaching in 2014. He has published widely, including works in The Citron Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Iron Horse Literary Review, Zone 3, Fictive Dream, Grey Sparrow, and Superstition Review. He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Timothy Reilly lives in Southern California with his wife, Jo-Anne Cappeluti: a poet and scholar.


As a playwright Claire Zajdel’s writing has been produced at theatres such as 59E59, Dixon Place, Theater for a New City, The Tank, The Kraine and others. Her writing has been published in Breadcrumbs Magazine, Fringebiscuit Magazine, and more. She’s a New York-based writer.