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 http://eyeonlifemag.com/the-poetry-locksmith/donal-mahoney-poet.html.

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 Amazon.com. 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 http://jeffbagato.wordpress.com.

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

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.

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