March 8, 2015


POETRY
POETRY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRYSTAL BERCHE "NEVER FORGOTTEN, MOLDING, THE LAST GOODBYE, WE RACE, TRIPPING"

POETRY BY JOSEPH BUEHLER "MICHIGAN, UNKNOWN FRIENDS, TOWN AND COUNTRY"

POETRY BY DINA FRIEDMAN "SOME DAY, HE NO LONGER LISTENS TO MUSIC, NARCISSUS IN THE NEW YORK RAIN"

POETRY BY ERIC HILL "WORDS"


POETRY BY BELINDA HUBERT "THE ZONE"

POETRY BY DAN JACOBY "OOMAKA TOKATAKIYA (LAST RIDE), PENCIL SHARPENER, RURAL CHILDHOOD"

POETRY BY MICHAEL LEE JOHNSON "INDIANA POEM"

POETRY BY JAN MARQUART "FIRST DATE, IMAGINATION, BLOSSOMS AREN'T LATE"

POETRY BY SCOTT THOMAS OUTLAR "PRIORITIZING THE PROBLEMS, METHODOLOGY, EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY"

POETRY BY ADAM SEDIA "TROPHY WIFE, FEBRUARY SNOWFALL"

POETRY BY TOM SHEEHAN "BRINGING LOGS TO BETH'S KITCHEN, BLOWAN YIELD, FOUR SIGNATURES FOR EVENING'S RUSH, HIGH TENSION LANGUAGE"

POETRY AND VISUAL ART BY CECILIA SOPRANO "SATURDAY MORNING, MONARCH BUTTERFLY,WISH-FOR, FISH-FOR, LILY"

 CREATIVE NONFICTION/ESSAYS

CNF/ESSAY BY TERRY BARR "OVER THE HOT COALS"

CNF/ESSAY BY LAYNE CARTER "POND SCUM"

CNF/ESSAY BY MADGE KAPLAN "THE GARDEN CONSULTANT"

CNF/ESSAY BY JULIA OLLER "CRUSHED"

CNF/ESSAY BY TOM SHEEHAN "A LITTLE RED WAGON, A LONG-REMEMBERED FACE"

CNF/ESSAY BY L.D. ZANE "ONE OUT OF THREE"

HISTORICAL NONFICTION BY CHARLES E.J. MOULTON "VIENNA'S INTERNATIONAL THEATRE-LIVING THE DREAM"

FICTION

FICTION BY STINSON ANDERSON "THE GHOST OF GOODWILL"

FLASH FICTION BY ROCHELLE CASHDAN "REVENGE OF THE PASTA"

FICTION BY COLE KINNA "UNCLE CHUCK'S MUSE SAFARI"

FICTION BY MARY LARSEN "FLATTENED CORN"

FLASH FICTION BY LILY IONA MACKENZIE "THE INTRUDER"

FLASH FICTION BY ALAN SEMROW "WE USED TO FEED CHICKENS"

My first full-length collection is coming out in February with Vox Press – The White Trash Pantheon. My current chapbook, Poems Under Surveillance (Finishing Line Press, 2013) is currently available in independent bookstores.  The opera for which I wrote the libretto, entitled Lotus Lives, was performed in the Northeast in 2012 and is currently being considered for broadcast by WGBH Boston.  I have been nominated for the Pushcart four times. I have been featured on Poetry Daily.  My work has recently appeared in Iowa Review, Cider Press Review, Southampton Review, Bridges, Barrow Street, Connecticut Review, The Pikeville Review, Rio Grande Review, English Journal, New Song, The Penwood Review, Sow’s Ear, The Madison Review, Atlanta Review, Grasslands Review, WSQ, Global City Review, Comstock Review, California Quarterly, Wisconsin Review, The Red Rock Review, and many other publications.

Chrystal dabbles, lots, and somewhere in those dabbles blossoms ideas that take shape into images. Many of her current pieces of artwork start out as three minute gesture drawings and eventually get paired with still life photography and a lot of playing in Photoshop. She loves to take pictures, especially out in the woods, where she can sit on a rock or a log and wait quietly, jotting notes for stories until something happens by. A free spirit, Chrystal digs in dirt, dances in rain and chases storms, all at the whims of her muses.

Joseph Buehler lives in northern Georgia with his wife Trish.  He is a retired deputy property appraiser from Sarasota County, Florida.  He has published poetry in "Bumble Jacket Miscellany", "Defenestration", "Common Ground Review", "Theodate", "Mad Swirl", "The Write Room", "The Tower journal","Turk's Head Review", "The Stray Branch" and has an upcoming poem in the spring of 2015 in "Two Cities Review". 
 


D. Dina Friedman has published widely in literary journals (including Calyx, Xanadu, Common Ground Review, Bloodroot, Inkwell, Pacific Poetry and Fiction Review, Tsunami, The Sun, Anderbo, San Pedro River Review, Mount Hope, Rhino) and received two Pushcart Prize nominations for poetry and fiction. She has also published two young adult novels. Dina currently teach at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and is enrolled in the MFA program at Lesley University. Visit her website at www.ddinafriedman.com




 Eric Hill, born in Washington DC, was first photographed among the cherry blossoms. This, no doubt, forms the basis for his colorful politics and a life long pursuit of cherry pie. That his Grandfather was a minister, no doubt explains, his intense desire to find another way to God than Religion. His writing comes from his profound need to get this crazy stuff out of his head.

He has published with Black Wire,  Indiana Voice Journal, Rain/Disaster/Party, Ijagun Poetry Journal and Behhutet.




In addition to writing fiction and poetry, Belinda Hubert is currently working on a novel, titled Shrink Wrapped and a collection of short stories about life in the Midwest. She works as a clinical psychologist in a private practice in Lowell, Indiana. Belinda is a frequent contributor to Indiana Voice Journal.
http://buelasprairiepractice.blogspot.com/


Dan Jacoby is a graduate of St. Louis University. He has published poetry in Belle Rev Review, Chicago Literati, Indiana Voice Journal, Haunted Waters Press, Deep South Magazine, Lines and Stars, Red Booth Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Steel Toe Review, Red Fez and the Vehicle. He has work soon to be published in Bombay Gin, Canary, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, The Clockwise Cat, and Psychokinetic. He is a member of the American Academy of Poets.
Read more of Dan's poetry in the September 2014 Issue of IVJ.

Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer, and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois.  He has been published in more than 875 small press magazines in 27 countries, and he edits 9 poetry sites.    Author's website http://poetryman.mysite.com/  He has over 70 poetry videos on YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/user/poetrymanusa/videos  


Jan Marquart is a psychotherapist and author of eleven books. She has had her stories, poems, essays, and articles published on line and in print. She is a writing facilitator for Story Circle Network and uses writing as a therapeutic tool to resolve PTSD and other symptomatic illnesses. Jan can be reached through her site: www.JanMarquart.com.





Scott Thomas Outlar lives a simple life, spending his time reading, researching, taking meditative walks, and writing prose-fusion dedicated to the Phoenix Generation.  His work has appeared in venues such as Dissident Voice, Ascent Aspirations, Leaves of Ink, Jellyfish Whispers, Struggle Magazine, Loose Change Magazine, Common Line Journal, and Aphelion.  Scott can be reached at 17Numa@gmail.com.




I was born in 1984 in Lake County, Indiana, where I currently live and practice law. My practice primary focuses on civil and appellate litigation, and I have argued numerous cases before Indiana and federal appellate courts. In addition to my legal career, I self-published a volume of poetry in 2013 titled The Spring’s Autumn.

Presented here are Trophy Wife and February Snowfall.



 

Sheehan served with 31st Infantry, Korea 1951 and graduated from Boston College, 1956. Poetry books include Ah, Devon Unbowed; The Saugus Book; Reflections from Vinegar Hill; and This Rare Earth & Other Flights. Korean Echoes nominated for Distinguished Military Award and The Westering, 2012, nominated  National Book Award, and 26 Pushcart nominations.






Cecilia Soprano lives in Westchester County and makes her living as an organic gardener and artist.   Her poems and artwork have been published in La Joie magazine and UC at Santa Barbara among others.  Her artwork is often featured on the covers of Inner Directions magazine.

She is a member of the Greenwich Art Society and the Katonah Museum Art Association.  She has published three small books and has had several one woman art exhibits.  Her love of nature and gardening provides the space for uninterrupted inspiration.  Her intention is to make images and words that describe beauty and uplift the human spirit.   My art is about making the simple sacred and the ordinary extra-ordinary.  

"The reason why we exist is to remember why we exist and to realize our interconnectedness with all things."    WEBSITE:  www.Amichiart.com or CeciliaSoprano.com

My essay Neither the Season, Nor the Time was nominated recently for the Pushcart Prize in Nonfiction by Belle Reve Literary Journal. I have other essays published in Sport Literate, Compose, and Full Grown People. I live in Greenville, SC, with my family.



Layne Carter is a Washington native living in Bellingham, Washington. She is a barista and a journalism major, and enjoys writing memoir and realistic fiction.



Pond Scum

    I’d like to remember what time of year it was, but the fact of the matter is, I was four to five years old and there’s not much about that day I remember before I jumped into the pond.

Madge Kaplan, Director of Communications, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is responsible for developing new and innovative means for IHI to communicate the stories, leading examples of change, and policy implications emerging from the world of quality improvement in health care. Madge is also the host and producer of IHI's online audio "talk show" called WIHI, a program she conceived of and founded in 2009.  Madge came to IHI after a 20-year career in broadcast journalism for public radio. She began exploring non-fiction and playwriting more than a decade ago. Many of her essays have aired on radio or been published in print.  Her first play, The Last Appointment, was produced on Martha’s Vineyard in October 2011. 

Julia Oller is a sophomore journalism student at Taylor University in Upland, where she is the News Co-editor for her school paper. Her favorite part of the job is sharing the incredible stories of ordinary students and employees.




Crushed

She stood in the barn kitchen, straining to lift the round metal drum full of frothing milk high enough to pour into the quart-sized Mason jars lined up in front of her. Straining, too, to hear the sound of a car engine signifying the end of his stay. 

Sheehan served with 31st Infantry, Korea 1951 and graduated from Boston College, 1956. Poetry books include Ah, Devon Unbowed; The Saugus Book; Reflections from Vinegar Hill; and This Rare Earth & Other Flights. Korean Echoes nominated for Distinguished Military Award and The Westering, 2012, nominated  National Book Award, and 26 Pushcart nominations.
 


"L.D. Zane served seven years in the Navy, which included a combat tour in Vietnam on river boats, and five years aboard nuclear-powered, Fast Attack submarines. His life is quieter now: anything would be quieter than his military venture, according to L.D. He is a member of the Pagoda Writers Group, and finds that he's been devoting more and more time to his writing." 


One Out of Three
BY L.D. ZANE 


CHARLES E.J. MOULTON has been a stage performer since age eleven. His trilingual, artistic upbringing, as the son of Gun Kronzell and Herbert Moulton, lead to a hundred stage productions, countless cross-over concerts, work as a bandleader and as an acting teacher. He is a regular contributor for Idea Gems, has written for Shadows Express, Cover of Darkness, Vocal Images and Pill Hill Press. He is a tourguide, a big-band-vocalist, a filmmaker, a painter, a voice-over-speaker, a translator, is married and has a daughter. Charles E.J. Moulton's passion is creative versatility.




 Stinson writes fiction and poetry from his front porch in small town Indiana.   He has a BA in European History from Indiana University, Bloomington.   His poem about growing up during the Nuclear Arms Race appeared in the blog, Are You There God, It’s Me, Generation X. 




 Decades after a family vacation in the Indiana dunes, Rochelle Cashdan writes from Guanajuato, Mexico where she is a cultural journalist. “The Revenge of the Pasta” first appeared online in 2011 at www.longstoryshort.com. Rochelle has a blog MEXIGUANA . 

US citizen living in Mexico.  Member, International PEN





 
Cole is a senior at Miami University from Glen Ellyn, IL studying creative writing and attempting to publish his first piece. He’s not really a fan of pickles. 




I am a graduate of Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas where I obtained my MA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. For my thesis I wrote a collection of four short stories that explored the relationships between individuals suffering from great losses and deep mistrusts. My passion is unlocking the intricacies that bind people together or tear them apart. 






Lily Iona MacKenzie teaches writing at the University of San Francisco. Her essays, poetry, book reviews, interviews, and short fiction have found a home in numerous publications. Her poetry collection, All This, was published in October 2011. Fling, one of her novels, will be published in July 2015.  

  


Alan Semrow lives in Wisconsin and is a graduate of English from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His poems and fiction have been featured in multiple publications, including BlazeVOX14, Red Fez, The Bicycle Review, Barney Street, and Wordplay, and he won the Essayist Award from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point English Department for his nonfiction work. In 2015, his stories are set to be featured in Earl of Plaid Lit Journal, EAP: The Magazine, Former People: A Journal of Bangs and Whimpers, and Blotterature Lit Mag. Semrow spends the vast majority of his free time with his boyfriend, best friends, family, and Shih Tzu, Remy.

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