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 miketchin.com 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 EatSleepWrite.net. He also has a column in the quarterly magazine, Per Niente. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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 http://eyeonlifemag.com/the-poetry-locksmith/donal-mahoney-poet.html#sthash.OSYzpgmQ.dpbs=

John Grey is an Australian poet and US resident. He has been published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review and Big Muddy Review, and has work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia College Literary Review and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Joseph Kleponis is, a retired teacher of English & American Literature lives north of Boston, Massachusetts. He has had poems published in Boston Literary Magazine, Leaflet, the Journal of the New England Association of Teachers of English, paperwasp, Eucalypt and other small literary journals.

Ken Allan Dronsfield was been nominated for The Best of the Net and 2 Pushcart Awards for Poetry in 2016. His poetry has been published in various publications throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Ken loves thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night, and spending time with his cat Willa. Ken's new book, "The Cellaring", a collection of haunting, paranormal, weird and wonderful poems, has been released and is available through Amazon.com. He is the co-editor of the poetry anthology titled, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze available at Amazon.com. A second anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses will be released soon.

Kevin Doherty is a 63-year-old native Californian who lives in Long Beach. He enjoys freelance writing, visual art making and creating autobiographical poetry as a means to process and make meaning of personal experience. He works as a designer and art teacher by day and plays solo pre-war Country Blues on acoustic guitar in small venues on weekends.

Bob Eager’s work has appeared in Stray Branch, Leaves of ink, Camel Saloon, Vision With Voices among others. Bob also can be seen reciting poetry on a video channel called Charisma Corner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4LE_Mq1x2w.  In this poem, Bob addresses the question: "Is Melba Fake or Real Toast?"

Robert Ronnow's most recent poetry collections are New & Selected Poems: 1975-2005 (Barnwood Press, 2007) and Communicating the Bird (Broken Publications, 2012). He lives in Williamstown, Mass. Visit his web site at www.ronnowpoetry.com.

April 4, 2017

Sarah E. Morin has three great passions in life: God, books, and working with young people. She serves as a kidwrangler at Conner Prairie History Museum in Fishers, Indiana. She writes and performs unruly fairy tales and poems. Her first Christian fantasy novel, Waking Beauty, was published in April 2015. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a state officer of Poetry Society of Indiana. When she grows up she wants to be a child prodigy. Visit her at sarahemorin.com.

Anwer Ghani is an Iraqi poet and writer. He was born in 1973 in Alhilla city. His writing has appeared in Adelaide, Peacock, Otoliths, Algebra of Owls, and others literary journals. He is also featured in the Inner Child Press anthology "The Year Of The Poet" by William Peters. Anwer Ghani is the founder of "Expressive Narrative’s Group" and the chief editor of "Arcs" an expressive narrative’s magazine. He had, in Arabic, forty books in poetry, literature, and religious sciences. His books are available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Anwer-Ghani/e/B06XK5BJBR.  Here is his website; Anwer Ghan Writing .

Denny E. Marshall has had art, poetry, and fiction published in various journals. Most recently, he has had poetry published in Bewildering Stories #696. His website is at www.dennymarshall.com

Dan Jacoby is a former principal, teacher, coach, and counterintelligence agent. He is a graduate of St. Louis University, Chicago State University, and Governors State University and lives in Beecher and Hagaman, Illinois. He has published poetry in Anchor and Plume (Kindred), Arkansas Review, Belle Rev Review, Bombay Gin, Burningword Literary Review, and Indiana Voice Journal, to name a few. He He is a member of the American Academy of Poets and the Carlinville Writers Guild and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He is currently looking for a publisher for a collection of poetry.

Carter McClure is a senior Elementary Education Major at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He says he has lived in Muncie for 22 years, and people make fun of him when he  tells them he has no desire to leave. More of his poems can be found at: https://mehthodology.wordpress.com/.

Toni Cogdell lives and works in Bristol, UK, from her woodland studio. Exhibiting her paintings across the UK for many years, she has honed her process and technique to give voice to her expression, a personal style seeking to connect with the world around her. She loves to write as part of her expression and her written pieces like to exist nearby her paintings, gently trailing from their coat-tails.
In walking the space between figuration and abstraction Toni finds a freedom which allows her to go deeper into the intangible substance of the psyche and human condition without restricting or enforcing definitive ideas. Pulling recognisable truths into the work while giving reign to the unknown and ensuing contradiction to hold its own space, her paintings are looking for a balance, a kind of peace. In every journey travelled there is darkness as well as light, with more questions than answers. And these are the places Toni looks to find beauty.

Telling a story is my priority no matter what the Medium or Style … A Seduction of Color, Composition, Light/ Shadow revealing a sensation of being.

I draw images from the unconscious by spontaneous action over a ‘Section de Or’ grid, then apply Elements of Abstract, Cubism, Symbolism, Expressionism, to heighten the sensation / meaning. I want to leave the Viewer with an insight into the Interior Worlds, like an inward looking Mirror.

John Spiegel is an English teacher in Springfield, Ohio. He wears one pair of shoes and had a flip phone until last year because it just worked, dang it. His poetry and nonfiction can be read or is forthcoming in Birds Piled Loosely, Vine Leaves, Garbanzo, Indiana Voice Journal, and others.

Rekha Valliappan blogs, writes and lives in New York. She has taught college level English Literature and 'A' Levels Law. Much of her time is spent in community service. She now devotes her time to her first love - fiction-writing. Recently she was adjudged the 2nd Prize winner in the Annual Short Story Contest held by Boston Accent Lit. She was born and raised in Bombay and looks to Asia for inspiration.   https://www.silicasun.wordpress.com

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.

Lou Graves is a writer, literary and music critic, and contributing author to Narrow Magazine.  Recent work has appeared in Flash Fiction, Fishfood, Out Of Our, The Write Room, Foliate Oak, A.C. PAPA, Florida Speaks, and others.  http://lou-graves.tumblr.com/

Adam Matson's fiction has appeared internationally in over twenty magazines including The Indiana Voice Journal, Straylight, Soundings East, The Bryant Literary Review, The Berkeley Fiction Review, Morpheus Tales, Infernal Ink Magazine, and Crack the Spine. He is the author of a collection of short stories, Sometimes Things Go Horribly Wrong (Outskirts Press).

Zoe Reger is an emerging fiction writer from Maryland. She majored in Philosophy at the University of Maryland and served on the editing board of Stylus literary magazine.

Ethan Danner is a resident of South-East Arkansas where he is an English student at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Danner's short stories reflect the southern world and people around him. He explores the minds of the southerners young and old on issues big and small. Ethan has a love for beautiful prose and it shows through in his writing, especially when writing about nature in all its small intricacies.

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.  

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. His short story collection, Aphrodite's Curse: 21 Tales of Love and Terror can be purchased by clicking the link. Homepages:http://www.reverbnation.com/charlesejmoulton/ and http://moultoniancreativity.weebly.com

This month, we are 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.

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