Janice Worthen lives and writes in the Bay Area of California. She’s a regular contributor to the online news source The Alamedan. Her poetry has appeared in The Rectangle, Switchback, and her poem “Fire Closest Kept” won University of Idaho’s Banks Award. When Janice isn’t writing, she haunts the warehouse of Small Press Distribution as a volunteer.
Rich Ives has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation, and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Dublin Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fiction Daily and many more. He is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. In 2011 he received a nomination for The Best of the Web and two nominations for both the Pushcart Prize and The Best of the Net. He is the 2012 winner of the Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air magazine. His book of days, Tunneling to the Moon, is currently being serialized with a work per day appearing for all of 2013 at http://silencedpress.com.
Darren C. Demaree is living in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and children. He is the author of As We Refer To Our Bodies (2013) and Not For Art Nor Prayer (2014), both collections from 8th House Publishing House. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination.
Elena Botts grew up in Maryland and currently lives in Northern Virginia. She’s been published in over twenty literary magazines in the past few years. She is the winner of four poetry contests, including Word Works Young Poets’. Her poetry has been exhibited at the Greater Reston Art Center. Check out her poetry book, a little luminescence, at allbook-books.com. Additionally, her visual art has won her several awards. Go to o-mourning-dove.tumblr.com to see her latest artwork.
Shruti Swamy lives and writes in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Her work has been published or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, New American Writing, Crate Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2012, she was named Vassar College’s 50th W.K. Rose Fellow. You can find her online at shrutiswamy.com
Mark Jackley is the author of several chapbooks and two full-length collections, most recently Hello Hello Hello (Blurb Press). His work has appeared in Tampa Review, Melic, Crate, Talking River, Sugar House Review, and other journals. He lives in Sterling, Virginia.
Laurie Blauner is the author of three novels, The Bohemians (2013), Infinite Kindness (2007), and Somebody (2002), and six books of poetry. Her most recent chapbook of poetry was published by dancing girl press. A novella called Instructions for Living was published in 2011 by Main Street Rag. She has received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship as well as Seattle Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission, 4Culture, and Artist Trust grants and awards. She was a resident at Centrum in Washington state and was in the Jack Straw Writers Program in 2007. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, The Georgia Review, American Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, and many other magazines. A new book of poetry is forthcoming from What Books Press. Her web site is www.laurieblauner.com.
S.D. Lishan is an Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University, where he teaches courses in creative writing and poetry. His poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in Bellingham Review, Barrow Street, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Chicago Review, Kenyon Review, The American Poetry Journal, In Posse Review, Mudlark, Arts & Letters, New England Review, Versedaily, and other journals. His book Body Tapestries, a winner of the Orphic Prize, was published by Dream Horse Press. He lives in Delaware, Ohio, with his wife, Lynda.
By Caitlin Callaghan
Early on in Jamie Ford’s new novel, Songs of Willow Frost, William Eng, the twelve year-old protagonist, is about to run away from Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage with his best friend, Charlotte. As they are on the verge of making their escape, Charlotte reminds William that one of the nuns who cared for them used to say that all great stories have a moral. William, considering this, “didn’t know if his story had a moral to it. Honestly, he didn’t care […] All he wished for was a happy ending.” Read More
Both prolific and diverse, Russell Atkins’ literary output crosses over traditional divisions of genre, style, and form. He has drafted musical scores for many of his literary works and theorized his original theory of practice in his essay “A Psychovisual Perspective for ‘Musical’ Composition.” His spelling, syntax, and subject matter all tend to be unorthodox. The one problem with this selection of work is that it leaves you feeling there should be more included. Let’s have a full Collected Poems rather than this slim gathering. Of course, that is the point. The format of the Unsung Masters Series calls for the selection of the writer’s work to be followed by inclusion of recent critical essays by scholars. Responding here to Atkins are Aldon Lynn Nielsen, Tom Orange, Evie Shockley, Sean Singer, and Tyrone Williams. The essays not only provide context for approaching Atkins’ work, but also demonstrate the ongoing relevance located within it. The hope, at least in part, is to generate a broader interest in Atkins among poets, scholars, and general readers. Read More