August 3, 2017

Abstract Solar Flare- Acrylics on 8 x 10 Canvas

Beginning with the September/October 2017 issue, Indiana Voice Journal is going bi-monthly. We are currently accepting submissions for our September/October issue. Think Fall!

Special needs: Visual Art. We are also accepting Interviews and Reviews written by you about your favorite book or author!

We're excited to be back! We've missed you, and we hope you'll join us for the new Fall issue!

June 10, 2017


The authors gracing the pages of this 35th issue of Indiana Voice Journal reaffirm what we already know and love: that poetry and creative writing bears witness to our spiritual, emotional, and intellectual lives. The poems, stories, and photography in this special "Summer Edition" are fraught with rich observations, insights, and keen descriptions of people, nature, animals, art, and life. We wish a wonderful summer for you and your loved ones. Happy reading!


Three Poems by Dah: "Straightforward, No Chaser," "Pictures of You,' and "Accessories"
Three Poems by Ngozi Olivia Osuoha: "If You Were a Pensioner," "Conquered and defeated," and "Cup of Bitterness"
Three Poems by Don Beukes: "End of an Era," In One's Hand," and "Him"
Three Poems by Heath Brougher: "An Unfortunate Truth," "How Pride is truly Found," and "Losing Light"
Three Poems by Douglas G. Campbell: "Wrestling with an Angel," "Within the Thistle's Thorns," and "Within Summer Within Darkness"
A Poem and Artwork by Cecilia Soprano: "I AM"
Three Poems by Donal Mahoney: "I Feel Like James Brown," "Bears Starving in the Woods," and "The Human Condition"
Two Poems by Grayson Spaw: "Anthony" and "W. Smith"
Three Poems by Catherine Moscatt: "Troublemaker," "Promises to Sylvia," and "Party"
A Poem by Ananya S. Guha: "Bewilderment"
A Poem by Alberto Quero: "Fragments"
Two Poems by Blanca Alicia Garza: "Blowing Dandelions" and "A Sweet Memory"
Three poems by Kathy Retherford: "My Day," "Drama Check Out," and "Your Old Home" 
Three poems by Jeff Bagato: "Caged Blue," "The Fox is Now Gone," and "Maximum Beat"
Three Poems by Joseph Buehler: "The Fox King," "They Don't Want Them," and "The Macbeths In Fulton, Michigan"  
A Poem by Nels Hanson: "Communion" 
A Poem by Joseph S. Pete: "City Elder"
Three Poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert: "Parachutes and Pilots" "After an All-night Rain," and "Slowly, Suddenly, Remembering Persephone"
Three Poems by Richard L. Ratliff: "Old Man Waving," "Thursday Morning," and "Vince"
A Poem by Sam Raiti Mtamba: "Today Is Enough Bother As It Is" 
Three Poems by Dr. Mel Waldman: "The Bird Woman of 57th Street," "Night People of New York," and "The Music of Trauma" 
Five Poems by Peter Piekarski: "Common Ground," "Bury Me Not," "Orwellian," "Fireside Chat," and Ipso Facto"
Three Poems by Robin Wright: "Picnic," "In the Garden," and “Side Trip”



CNF/Essay by Elizabeth Brooks: "Scared by Red"
CNF/Essay by Donal Mahoney: "American Innocence, Our Children Now and Then"



Millie and Ami, Confessions In Ink, Moments, and Creative Parallels.


Dah is the chief editor of ‘The Lounge," a poetry critique group, and a full-time yoga teacher. fourth poetry collection, "The Translator," is available from Transcendent Zero Press.  His poems have appeared in Straylight Magazine, Otoliths, The Cape Rock, Acumen Journal, Sandy River Review, Indian River Review, The Linnet’s Wings, and Junto Magazine. Born in Herkimer New York, Dah lives in Berkeley, California where he is working on the manuscript for his fifth poetry book.Harbinger Asylum Magazine nominated Dah for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been published in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, China, Philippines, Spain, Australia, Africa and India.

Ngozi Olivia Osuoha is a Nigerian poet. A graduate of Estate Management with experience in Banking and Broadcasting. She has published poetry in the UK, US, Ghana, Liberia, India, Zimbabwe, Canada, Kenya, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany among others. She is a passionate writer, thinker, rhymer, poet.

Don Beukes is originally from Cape Town in South Africa and taught English and Geography for 20 years in South Africa and the UK. His poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals in the USA, Canada, India, Bangladesh and Philippines. His poetry has been translated into Afrikaans, Farsi and Albanian and his debut collection 'The Salamander Chronicles' was published by Creative Talents Unleashed in December 2016.

Heath Brougher is the poetry editor for "Five 2 One Magazine" and co-poetry editor for "Into the Void Magazine." He has published three chapbooks: "A Curmudgeon Is Born" (Yellow Chair Press, 2016),  "Digging for Fire," and "Your Noisy Eyes" (both published by Stay Weird and Keep Writing Press, 2016). He is a Best of the Net Nominee and his work has been translated into journals in Albania and Kosovo. He edited the anthology "Luminous Echoes," the proceeds of which will be donated to an organization which helps to prevent suicide/self-harm. His work has appeared in Diverse Voices Quarterly, Chiron Review, MiPOesias, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. When not writing, he helps with the charity Paws Soup Kitchen which gives out free dog/cat food to low income families with pets.

Douglas G. Campbell lives in Portland, Oregon. He is Professor Emeritus of art at George Fox University where he taught painting, printmaking, drawing and art history courses. He is also the author of Turning Radius (Oblique Voices Press 2017), Seeing: When Art and Faith Intersect, (University Press of America, 2002), Parktails, (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012), and Facing the Light: The Art of Douglas Campbell, (Oblique Voices Press, 2012). His poetry and artworks have been published in a number of periodicals and his artwork is represented in collections such as The Portland Art Museum, Oregon State University, Ashforth Pacific, Inc. and George Fox University.

Cecilia is a published poet from Kanonah, N.Y. She writes stories; and has also published 3 small books. The science and observation of the wild, and natural environment are her subjects and inspiration. She also has endless fascination with the human psyche in all its complexities of expression.

Donal Mahoney lives in Belleville, Illinois. He has had poetry and fiction appear in various publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has been nominated for several Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes. More of his work can be found at

Grayson Spaw is a high school graduate and writer. She loves her four cats and reading books. She will be heading to Albion, Michigan in the fall.

Catherine Moscatt is a 20 year old college student studying counseling and human services. When she is not writing poetry, she enjoys playing the piano, loud music and horror movies. She has been writing poetry since she was fourteen.

Ananya S Guha lives in Shillong in North East India. He has been publishing his poetry over thirty years. He is a senior academic in India's Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Alberto Quero holds a BA in Literature and Linguistics, a Masters in Venezuelan literature and a Doctorate in Humanities by the University of Zulia, Venezuela. He has published six books of short stories and a book of poems in Spanish. He has written poems in English, which have been published in England, Canada and the USA. He is a member of the Iberian American Writers’ Association, the International Writers’ Parliament in Colombia and the Semiotics Association of Venezuela. He is also a reporter for Latin America at “Literary News”, a radio show aired on CKCU 93.1 FM, at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Blanca Alicia Garza is from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a nature and animal lover, and enjoys spending time writing. Some of her poems are published in the Poetry Anthology, "Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze,"available at Blanca's published work can be viewed at The Poet Community, Whispers, The Winamop Journal, Indiana Voice Journal, Tuck Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, as well as theBirdsong Anthology 2016, Vol 1.

Kathy Retherford is a semi-retired, wife, mother and grandmother. She loves gardening and writing poetry for her personal enjoyment. These are her first published poems.

Jeff Bagato is a multi-media artist living near Washington, DC, He produces poetry and prose as well as electronic music, and glitch video. Some of his poetry has appeared in "Empty Mirror," "Futures Trading," "In Between Hangovers," "Otoliths," "Your One Phone Call," and "Zoomoozophone Review." His published books include Savage Magic (poetry), Cthulhu Limericks (poetry), The Toothpick Fairy (fiction), and Dishwasher on Mars (fiction). A blog about his writing and publishing efforts can be found at

Joseph Buehler has published poetry in "Indiana Voice Journal," "The Tower Journal," "ArLiJo," "Nine Mile Magazine," "Ottawa Arts Review," "River Poets Journal," "Sentinel Literary Quarterly" in the U. K., "Wordrunner eChapbook," "The Stray Branch," "Mad Swirl," "Bumble Jacket Miscellany," and elsewhere. He is retired and lives with his wife Trish in Georgia

Nels Hanson grew up on a small farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California and has worked as a farmer, teacher and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. His poems received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations.

Joseph S. Pete is an award-winning journalist, an Iraq War veteran, an Indiana University graduate, a book reviewer, and a frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio in Merrillville. He was named the poet laureate of Chicago BaconFest 2016, a feat that Geoffrey Chaucer chump never accomplished. His work has appeared in "Indiana Voice Journal," "Prairie Winds," "The Grief Diaries," "Dime Store Review," "The Five-Two," "Chicago Literati," "Dogzplot," and elsewhere.

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.

Richard L Ratliff is a baby boomer, born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, his midwest ties have built the foundation and setting for his poetry. He is a Purdue University graduate with two years of engineering turned into a degree in English Literature; along with being a two-year letterman in wrestling. All of these eclectic combinations have given him a career as a boiler and combustion expert and poet. He has two published books: "It’s About Time" and "3420: Backyard Conversations," both available on Amazon.

Sam Raiti Mtamba Zimbabwean is a poet and prose writer of Malawian extraction. He has been published in Australia, the U.S., Germany, Ireland, Ghana, Malawi and South Africa among other places in the English-speaking world. He studied at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, and briefly at Dalhousie in Nova Scotia for Graduate Studies. He is a "New Leftist" by inclination and is interested in Poststructuralist Theories and Children’s Literature. Mtamba taught in Zimbabwean high schools and the Zimbabwe Open University. He is now an independent researcher.

Dr. Mel Waldman is a psychologist, poet, and writer whose stories have appeared in numerous magazines including "Hardboiled Detective," "Espionage," "The Saint," "Pulp Metal Magazine," and "Audience."   His poems have been widely published in magazines and books including "Indiana Voice Journal," Liquid Imagination," "The Brooklyn Literary Review," "Brickplight," "Skive Magazine," and others.  A past winner of the literary Gradiva Awards in Psychoanalysis, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in literature and is the author of 11 books.

 Peter Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly and a Pushcart Prize nominee. His poetry and interviews have appeared widely in literary journals internationally, including "Nimrod," "Portland Review," "Madala Journal," "Cream City Review," Poetry Salzburg," Pennsylvania Literary Journal," "Boston Poetry Magazine," and "Poetry Quarterly."  He has published a travel book, "Best Choices In Northern California, and "Time Lines," a book of poems.

Robin Wright’s work has appeared in "Peacock Journal," "Unbroken Journal," "(b)OINK zine," "Communicator’s League," "Lost River Literary Magazine," "See Spot Run," "Rat’s Ass Review," "Quatrain.Fish," "Foliate Oak Literary Magazine," and "Amarillo Bay." Two of her poems were published in the University of Southern Indiana’s 50th anniversary anthology, "Time Present, Time Past." She has also co-written two novels with Maryanne Burkhard under the name B. W. Wrighthard: " Ghost Orchid" and "A Needle and a Haystack."

Elizabeth P. Brooks is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and now calls Tampa Bay home. She is deeply concerned about human dignity and the need for social justice. She is outgoing, loves the sound of laughter and the power of the word. She is a performance poet and has had several poems and two non-fiction essays published in Indiana Voice Journal. She is the author of a recently published chapbook ,“You May Applaud Now and other poems” and she is currently working on a novel and many other projects. Elizabeth is a reference librarian at Saint Leo University in Dade City, Fla., and volunteers as an adult literacy tutor in Tampa. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post. Elizabeth writes the column "A Call to Love" for Spirit Fire Review. You can visit Elizabeth at her Facebook page here:  Elizabeth Brooks 

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri. His fiction, nonfiction, 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

J L Higgs is a former financial services employee. While his short stories typically focus on life from the perspective of a black American, the primary goal of his writings is to create a greater understanding between racial, ethnic, and religious groups in America.
Having retired in late 2015, he is now fulfilling a lifelong interest in the arts by devoting his time to drawing, writing, and traveling abroad. He has been published in various magazines such as Indiana Voice Journal, Black Elephant, The Writing Disorder, Literally Stories, The Remembered Arts Journal, and Open Thought Vortex.

Tony D’Aloisio was born in San Francisco and graduated from Sonoma State University in 1984. He is also a chess master and was once ranked in the top 100 players in California.

This month we are once again featuring a few books written by authors published in IVJ-- Millie and Ami, Confessions in Ink, Moments, and Creative Parallels. We've also opened an Amazon bookstore page where you can purchase these books, and many more, written by our authors. If you have published content in Indiana Voice Journal, and you have a new book out and would like it listed in our bookstore, please let me know and I will add your book to our Bookstore page.

May 9, 2017

     "On The Edge" Painting by Artist Carlos Franco-Ruiz

Welcome to the 34th issue of Indiana Voice Journal.  

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful people raising, nurturing, and caring for our children. You are a blessing! This issue reminds me of a spring flower garden. It shimmers, shakes, shines, and is absolutely blooming with poetic beauties!  Grown and tended with love. Enjoy, and let us know what you think. ~Janine Pickett

"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin



Visual Art by Carlos Franco-Ruiz


JD DeHart is a writer and teacher.  He blogs at

Adreyo Sen recently finished his MFA from Stony Brook, Southampton.  His interests lie in magic realism, fantasy, and Victorian Literature.

Andrew Hubbard recently moved back to Indiana after ten years in Houston, Texas. He has had five books published, including, most recently, his first book of poetry, "Things That Get You," which was produced by Interactive Press. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015. His new book, The Divining Rod, is available at:

Ann Christine Tabaka, is better known by her middle name, Chris. She has been writing poems and rhymes since she was fourteen. She was an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer. She recently had 4 poems accepted into the upcoming Contemporary Group’s anthology “Dandelion in a Vase of Roses,” and 2 poems accepted by “The Society of Classical Poets,” and will have poems in the summer 2017 issue of “Halcyon Days Magazine.”

Sarah Henry is a former student of two U.S. Poet Laureates at the University of Virginia. Today she lives near Pittsburgh, where her poems have appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Poetry Review and The Loyalhanna Review. Farther afield, Sarah's work was published by Soundings East, and The Hollins Critic. Her poems have been included in six recent anthologies. CheapPop and Donut Factory featured her humorous prose.

Bevan Boggenpoel is a South African poet. Although his poetry is written in a South African context that covers different issues in daily life, his writing also strives to tell a story or teach a lesson that will inspire and motivate readers globally. He completed a Baccalaureate in Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and currently teaches in Port Elizabeth. His poetry has been published in Dissident Voice, Indiana Voice Journal, The Poetry Community, The Voices Project, Whispers, Prachya Review, Dead Snakes, Tuck Magazine, Visual Verse, Section 8 Magazine and Syzygy Poetry Journal. A recent anthology, "Shades of the Same Skin" was published by Creative Talents Unleashed.

Cydney Clouse is a twenty year old from Inidnapolis, Ind., with a passion for writing, but never having enough courage to share it. You can either find her on Tumbler at Sincerely-Cydney posting nightly using #CydClo, or eating Sherbet ice cream… probably both.

Michael Lee Johnson 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. His author's website is at: Michael is the author of several chapbooks of poetry and has more than 108 poetry videos on YouTube ( He has been nominated two Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net 2016. He is also the editor/publisher of anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, available at Amazon. A second anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses, Editor Michael Lee Johnson, is available on Amazon.

Cynthia Eddy lives on the eastern shore of Virginia and holds a BA in Art History, Her poetry has been published in Willard and Maple, Emerand several other journals. She has been published in Third Wednesday, Eunoia Review, Epiphany, Z-composition, Deep South Magazine and in Emerge Literary Journal.

David Lohrey grew up in Memphis. His poetry can be found in Otoliths, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Easy Street and Quarterday. In addition, recent poems have been anthologized by the University of Alabama (Dewpoint), Illinois State University (Obsidian) and Michigan State University (The Offbeat). Work can also be found in The Stony Thursday Book (Limerick) and Hidden Channel Zine (Mall Sligo). David is a member of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective in Houston. Recent fiction can be read in Crack the Spine, Brilliant Flash Fiction and He teaches in Tokyo.

David Rodriguez is a writer and teacher with an MFA from Florida State University. He has previously been published in the New Orleans Review, The Southeast Review, Poetry Pacific, The Literateur, and The Double Dealer Redux, among other places.

Edilson Afonso Ferreira, 73, is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than Portuguese. His poetry has appeared in Right Hand Pointing, The Lake, Spirit Fire Review, Young Ravens, Indiana Voice Journal, Creative Talents Unleashed, Algebra of Owls and others. Ferreira lives in a small town with his wife, three sons and a granddaughter and, unhurried, is trying to publish his first Poetry Book. He began to write at age 67, after retirement as a Bank Manager. He was nominated for The Pushcart Prize in 2016.

Faleeha Hassan is a poet, teacher, editor, and writer born in Najaf, Iraq, in 1967. She now lives in the United States. She is the first woman to write poetry specifially for the children in Iraq and was part of the feminist movement in the holy city of Najaf. She is considered one of Iraq's most celebrated poets and her work has been heavily awarded and translated into dozens of languages. She has a master's degree in Arabic literature, and published sixteen collections of poetry in Arabic. Hassan emigrated to the US in 2012 after her books of poetry landed her on "death lists" published by radicals. Her poems and short stories have been published in several American magazines, such as The Galway Review, Words Without Borders, Scarlet Leaf Review, and the Inner Child press. The Guardian published this interview of Hassan in 2016:

James D. Casey IV  is a published author of two poetry books: "Metaphorically Esoteric"’ & "Dark Days Inside the Light While Drunk on Wine." He is also working on his third under the title “Tin Foil Hats & Hadacol Coins” that is expected to be published within the next few months. Mr. Casey’s writings have been published in international ezines and on several websites. Poetry Life & Times, Artvilla, Realistic Poetry International, and Poetry Super Highway have him listed in their poet archives as well. You can find links to his books, social network profiles, and other projects on his website at

Joe Gianotti grew up in Whiting, Indiana, an industrial city five minutes from Chicago. He currently teaches English at Lowell High School. He is a proud contributor to Volume II of "This is Poetry: The Midwest Poets." Among other poets, he represented Northwest Indiana in the 2014 Five Corners Poetry Readings. His work has been published in Blotterature, The Chaffey Review, Folly, Mouse Tales, Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review, This, Yes Poetry, and other places. You can follow him on Twitter at @jgianotti10.

David Allen is a freelance writer and poet now living in Central Indiana. He is the poetry editor of the online Indiana Voice Journal and vice president of the Poetry Society of Indiana . A native of Long Island, he is retired journalist, reporting for papers in Virginia, Indiana and the Far East. He was part of the “Eat Write Café and Traveling Poets Society” on Okinawa, doing open mic readings and publishing an E-zine. His poems and short stories have been published in several journals and he has two books of poetry, "The Story So Far," and "(more)," both available from Amazon. He has a blog, “Type Dancing,” at  Here's some poems for Mother's Day.

Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hard & softcover book anthologies. Collections of her personal items/ photos/ memorabilia are in major museums including twelve different divisions of The Smithsonian.

Milt Montague was born and raised in New York in the 1920’s, fought in world war ll, graduated as an engineer, was in several businesses, found love, marriage, raised three lovely daughters, while pursuing a career, with his wife, in high fashion ladies clothing. He has recorded many tales from a long and busy life, all true. So far, 15 of his memoirs and 118 of his poems have been published in under 4 years.

Nan Friedley was born in Huntington, Indiana, but spent most of her formative years in the Fort Wayne area. She graduated from New Haven High School and received a BA and MS degree from Ball State University in the area of Special Education/Deaf Education. She retired from a 30-year teaching career in Indiana and California. She has published a poetry collection related to teaching special kids called "Short Bus Ride" by BadKneePress. Her poetry has  appeared in the Inlandia Institute's Anthology, "Orangelandia," and PushPenPress.

Shelley Converse-Rath attended Whittier College and graduated in 2010 with a major in English and a minor in Sociology. She is an active member of Sigma Tau Delta and Alpha Kappa Delta. She was the President of the Creative Writing Society at Indiana State University, where she received her Master's in English and was a Teaching Assistant for the English Department. She was also Editor-in-Chief of Indiana State University's Allusions Magazine.

Carlos Franco-Ruiz (°1987, Managua, Nicaragua) is an artist who mainly works with painting. In 1988, as the civil war was winding down his parents immigrated to Miami, FL.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Miami in 2011. In 2013, he moved to Uruguay and continues to follow his passion for painting where he recently had a group exhibition "La Mirada del otro" at Museo de las Migraciones to showcase his latest body of work. Currently lives and works in Sauce, Uruguay.

Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hard & softcover book anthologies.  Collections of her personal items/ photos/ memorabilia are in major museums including twelve different divisions of The Smithsonian.

Janine Pickett is Founding Editor of Indiana Voice Journal and Spirit Fire Review. Her work has been published in various online and print journals, and commercial magazines.

Nancy de Guerre is a freelance writer and editor happily pursuing her passion for creative writing. While her degree in English Literature and French has taken her in many directions, she is delighted to come back to what she loves most. She writes short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction and has been published in the Globe & Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, among others.

Mumbai-based, Sunil Sharma is a widely-published Indian critic, poet, literary interviewer, editor, translator, essayist, freelance journalist and fiction writer. He has already published 14 books: four collections of poetry, two of short fiction, one novel, one a critical study of the novel and co-edited six anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism. His six short stories and the novel Minotaur were earlier prescribed for the undergraduate classes under the Post-colonial Studies, Clayton University, Georgia, USA. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. Another milestone is that his poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015.

Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA:

For more details, please visit the blog:

DC Diamondopolous is an award-winning short story and flash fiction writer published worldwide. DC’s short stories have appeared in online literary magazines: Antioch University’s Lunch Ticket, Fiction on the Web, Eskimo Pie, Five on the Fifth, Five 2 One and many more. DC’s stories are also in print anthologies: Crab Fat Lit, Blue Crow and Scarborough Fair. DC won second place in the University of Toronto’s Literary Contest for 2016 for the short story, Taps, and won two Soul Making-Keats honorary mentions in 2014 for the short stories,The Bell Tower and Taps.

Robert Wexelblatt is professor of humanities at Boston University’s College of General Studies. He has published the story collections, Life in the Temperate Zone, The Decline of Our Neighborhood, The Artist Wears Rough Clothing, and Heiberg’s Twitch; a book of essays, Professors at Play; two short novels, Losses and The Derangement of Jules Torquemal, and essays, stories, and poems in a variety of scholarly and literary journals. His novel Zublinka Among Women won the Indie Book Awards first-place prize for fiction.  A collection of essays, The Posthumous Papers of Sidney Fein, is forthcoming.

I am an author of short and long form fiction.  I have earned degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, Liberty University, and Denver Seminary, and am currently in the Creative Writing Graduate program at the University of Denver.  My wife and I reside in Colorado with our four children where we enjoy hikes, camping, and many other outdoor adventures. @zsdiamanti

Zimbabwean poet and prose writer of Malawian extraction (b. Harare,Zimbabwe, 1959). Published in Australia, The US, Germany, Ireland,Ghana, Malawi and South Africa among other places in the English-speaking world. Studied at the University of Malawi,Chancellor College. Briefly at Dalhousie in Nova Scotia for Graduate Studies. New Leftist by inclination. Interested in Poststructuralist Theories and Children’s Literature. Taught in Zimbabwean high schools and the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU). Now an independent researcher.

Colin Dodds is the author of  four books, Another Broken Wizard, WINDFALL, The Last Bad Job, and Watershed.  His writing has appeared in more than two hundred publications, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology.  Colin’s book-length poem That Happy Captive was a finalist for the Trio House Press Louise Bogan Award as well as the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2015. His his screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. See more of his work at

This month, we are once again featuring a few books written by authors published in IVJ. We've also opened an amazon bookstore page where you can purchase these books, and many more, written by our authors. If you have published content in Indiana Voice Journal, and you have a new book out and would like it listed in our bookstore, please let me know and I will add your book to our Bookstore page.

Setu, a monthly journal is edited by an international board of talented Hindi and English authors, poets, journalists and critics from across the planet.

This artistic venture focuses on diasporic writings in Hindi and English and features most happening, cutting-edge works in both the important languages.

We are currently closed to submissions. We hope everyone has a great summer. See you in September! We will announce when we are reading again for the September/October issue.

April 5, 2017

My Body Knows Unheard of Songs by Toni Cogdell

Welcome to the 33rd issue of Indiana Voice Journal.  Our featured visual artist for this edition is Toni Cogdell.  Her work is stunning! She has also honored us with a couple of creative nonfiction essays that rock. Be sure to check out the other essays, visual art, stories, and poems by authors whose words will take your breath away.

With the publication of this issue, we've added a few new features to our journal. Check out our new Bookstore!  We are featuring books written by authors published in IVJ. It is not yet complete. If you have written a book, published content with us, and would like your book listed on our bookstore page, please send the Amazon info.We are also giving space, occasionally, to a new feature titled "Literary Places". We hope you enjoy this issue!






Michael Chin was born and raised in Utica, New York and is a recent alum of Oregon State's MFA Program. He won Bayou Magazine's Jim Knudsen Editor’s Prize for fiction and has work published or forthcoming in journals including The Normal School, Passages North, Iron Horse, Front Porch, and Bellevue Literary Review. He works as a contributing editor for Moss and blogs about professional wrestling and a cappella music on the side. Find him online at or follow him on Twitter @miketchin.

Michael Kagan is a jazz musician from Toronto Canada.  A few years ago he heard a poem in the music and he's now "trying to say it right." He's been published in The Poet Community and Leaves of Ink.

Philip Matthew Butera grew up in Buffalo, NY, earned a BS degree From Gannon College in Erie, PA, went on to serve in the US Navy then received a MA in Psychology from Simon Fraser U. in Vancouver, Canada. He expanded his education with post graduate courses in Psychology and Creative Writing. He is the author of two books of poetry, “Mirror Images and Shards of Glass” and "Dark Images at Sea." His first novel, “Caught Between” – the true story of an off duty NYC cop who killed a mafia leader’s son is due out shortly. He is a contributing editor who writes a weekly Art and Literature column for He also has a column in the quarterly magazine, Per Niente. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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