December 3, 2016

Tiergarten in Winter by Lesser Ury 1892

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Indiana Voice Journal! We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Holiday Season. We have combined the December and January issues to ensure our staff gets to spend some quality time with their families during this season of miraculous possibilities. Light the fire, grab some coffee, and enjoy the fantastic poems and stories in this special issue of IVJ.


Three Poems by Prerna Bakshi: "Buried in the Snow in Kashmir," "The Ethical Dilemma: Kids and Santa Claus," and "The Water Divide"
Three Poems by John Grey: "A Traveler on a Stormy Night," "Goodnight," and "This Grip on Me"
A Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman: "The Phone Always Rings"
A Poem by KJ Carter: "The Sacred Fragrance"
Three Poems by Jenny Kalahar: "The Yeti's Christmas," "Christmas Is," and "A Child's Christmas Cookbook"
Three Poems by Daya Bhat: "Hegemony," "Identity," and "Kanakambika"
Three Poems by JD DeHart: "Saucers," "Sharkskin," and "Prescriptions"
Three Poems by Stefanie Bennett: "The Rose Window," "Forger,' and "Lucidity"
Three poems by Doreen Joy Graham: "January Blizzards," "My Cat Named January," and "January Snowflakes Glisten"
Three Poems by Donal Mahoney: "Another Christmas Alone," "A Different New Year's Eve," and "Two Coots on New Year's Eve"
Two Poems by David Allen: "Year's End on Okinawa," and "No Christmas Tree"
Two Poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert: "Pantoum to Winter" and "Christmas Scentiments" 
Three Poems by Julie Petersen: "Writer's Strife," "Wishes of Forever," and "Dreamer's Message"
A Poem by Daginne Aignend: "A Murder in my Street"
Three Poems by Michael Lee Johnson: "Solo Boxing," "Hazy Arizona Sky," and "Lion in my Heart"
Three Poems by Andrew Harmon: "Dreams in the Cold," "Sherpa House -- Golden, Colorado," and "Spokey Dokey"
A Poem by Sherry Howard: "Silver and Gold"


CNF/Essay by Donal Mahoney: "A Not-Too-Jolly Santa Claus"
CNF/Essay by Raymond Greiner: "The Best Christmas"
CNF/Essay by Kelly J. Stigliano: "Christmas Clash"
CNF/Memoir by Harry Youtt: "A Child's Christmas in Midwest Ohio"


Fiction by Paisley Kauffmann: "Delicate Tissue"
Fiction by Nancy Lane: "Driven Snow"
Fiction by Donal Mahoney: "What If Mary Had Chosen Otherwise"

A Video Greeting From Charles EJ Moulton/The Creativity Webzine

Prerna Bakshi is a writer, poet and activist of Indian origin, currently based in Macao. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of the recently released full-length poetry collection, Burnt Rotis, With Love, which was long-listed for the 2015 Erbacce-Press Poetry Award in the UK and cited as one of the ‘9 Poetry Collections That Will Change The Way You See The World’ by Bustle in the US. Her work has been published widely, most recently in The Ofi Press, Red Wedge Magazine, TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism and Prachya Review: Literature & Art Without Borders, as well as anthologized in several collections. More here:

John Grey is an Australian poet who lives in the U.S. He has been published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review and Big Muddy Review, with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Cape Rock and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Dr. Mel Waldman is a psychologist, poet, and writer whose stories have appeared in numerous magazines including Indiana Voice Journal, Liquid Imagination, The Brooklyn Literary Review, and others. He is a past winner of the literary Grandiva Award in Psychoanalysis and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is the author of 11 books.

KJ Carter (Kathy Jo) is a nurse educator, musician, and writer from Central Indiana. She is also a member of the Indiana State Poetry Association and Last Stanza Poets. Previous works were published in the July issue of IVJ and in the Poets of Madison County Anthology. She credits her family and pets as her “Muse”’

Jenny Kalahar is the author of three novels and a collection of poetry, One Mile North of Normal and Other Poems. Jenny helms the Last Stanza Poetry Association in Elwood, Indiana and is treasurer for the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs. Her humor column, “A Twist in the Tale,” is published twice monthly in Tails Magazine. Jenny is a used & rare bookseller with her husband, Patrick, from their old schoolhouse home in Elwood, Indiana.

Daya Bhat, from Bengaluru Karnataka, writes poetry and short fiction. She has published her first book of poems with the Writers Workshop (India) in 2013. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in Kitaab, Off the Coast, New Asian Writing, The Tribe, The Bangalore Review and Earthen Lamp Journal among others.

JD DeHart is a writer and teacher. His chapbook, The Truth About Snails, is available on Amazon. These poems have appeared previously at Leaves of Ink.

Stefanie Bennett has published several books of poetry and had poems appear in Dead Snakes, The Fib Review, IS&T, The Galway Review, Snow Monkey, Shot Glass Journal, Communion, Snorkel, and others. Of mixed ancestry [Irish/Italian/Paugussett-Shawnee] she was born in Queensland, Australia. Stefanie’s latest collection “The Vanishing” is published by Walleah Press and available from Walleah and Amazon.

Doreen Joy Graham of Calgary, Alberta, Canada is an award winning poet who enjoys writing in traditional form poetry with metered lines and rhymes. She has written three fiction novels two of them are self published and available at She is a mother and grandmother who enjoys writing about the simple joys of life. When trekking through tough times, her motto is to get better, not bitter. She’s always looking to brighten somebody’s day with her writing.

David Allen is a retired journalist who spent 17 years as the Okinawa News Bureau Chief for Stars and Stripes, the daily newspaper for the American military community overseas. He is the Poetry Editor of Indiana Voice Journal and vice president of the PoetrySociety of Indiana. He has been published in numerous journals and has two books of poetry, “The Story so Far” and “(more),” both available through

Donal Mahoney has worked as an editor for Loyola University Press, The Chicago Sun-Times, and the Center for the Study of American Business at Washington University in St. Louis. Retired now, he keeps busy writing poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Some of his work can be found at

Lynda McKinney Lambert writes Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction Essays.
Her book, “Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage,” was published by Kota Press and is available on Amazon. Her work has appeared in literary magazines, newspapers, academic books and journals since 1985. She is a retired professor of fine arts and humanities from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA. Currently, Lynda has 3 books in development for publication in 2017.

Julie Petersen lives in Colorado where she has worked as a database professional for over 10 years while pursuing technical writing to give life to her desire to write. Her passion for writing and poetry started as a young adult after high school when she published her first poems in several anthologies. After returning to writing poetry over a year ago, Julie is an active poet on social media poetry groups and is included with many other contemporary poets in the top selling anthology titled "Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze: (Contemporary Poetry By New and Experienced Poets)".

Daginne Aignend is a pseudonym for the Dutch poetess Inge Wesdijk. She started to write poems in English four years ago and has been published in severl online magazines. She likes hard rock music, photography and fantasy books. Daginne is a vegetarian and spends a lot of time with her animals.

Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. He is a Canadian and USA citizen. Today he is a poet, editor, publisher, freelance writer, amateur photographer, small business owner in Itasca, Illinois. He has been published in more than 915 small press magazines in 27 countries, and he edits 10 poetry sites. Author's website He was nominated for two Pushcart Prize awards for poetry in 2015 and Best of the Net 2016.

Andrew Harmon was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from IUPUI.  He has worked in warehouses and hotels, fast food and retail. He says, "Throughout this all, I’ve stowed away snippets of imagery which has found itself emerging in the uneven lines of these poems." His book, “Human Hearts. Human Heads,” is available on Amazon.

Sherry Howard lives in Kentucky in a house full of people and dogs. She enjoys writing prose and poetry. She says she's "an educator by trade, and a writer by choice. I like to say that our busy household is two dancing bears short of a circus, but I still find time to write."

Harry Youtt is a frequently published poet and writer of short fiction, twice nominated for Pushcart prizes. He is the author of several poetry collections and chapbooks. He is also a long-time instructor in the UCLA Ext. Writers’ Program, where he teaches courses and workshops in fiction writing, poetry and memoir.

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband, Jerry enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. A blended family, they have five grown children, and two granddaughters, none of whom live in Florida! To learn more about Kelly, log onto

Raymond Greiner's writings include short stories and essays published frequently in various literary journals and magazines:  Branches magazine, La Joie Journal, Literary Yard Journal, Nib Magazine, Canary Literary Journal, Bellesprit Magazine, Freedom Journal, Grace Notes Literary Magazine. His latest book, "Queenie; a novella" is available on Amazon. Raymond lives in a remote area of southern Indiana in a cabin far off a lightly traveled road with his two dogs Orion and Venus.  

Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, lives in St. Louis, Missouri. His fiction and poetry have appeared in various publications, including The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune and  Commonweal.  Some of his work can be found at

Paisley Kauffmann lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Life provides millions of bits and pieces to stitch together into stories. Her short stories have been published in The Talking Stick, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and The Writing Disorder. She writes with one of two pugs in her lap and receives gracious feedback from her husband. The Loft Literary Center, the Minnesota writing community, and her writing group support and fuel her motivation.

Nancy Lane, a member of Willamette Writers, lives with her husband and their dog in Beaverton, Oregon. Nancy graduated from UCLA and worked many years in the aerospace industry, until retiring. Her short stories have appeared in Indiana Voice Journal, Bewildering Stories, Scarlet Leaf Review and Fiction on the Web. Her essays have appeared in Indiana Voice Journal and the AARP Bulletin. Nancy is currently working on a collection of short stories with positive themes.

Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, lives in St. Louis, Missouri. His fiction and poetry have appeared in various publications, including The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune and  Commonweal.  Some of his work can be found at

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