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Our Contributors

Alison Green

Alison Green is an award winning writer who lives in Dorset, UK. She has published two novels set in Provence and writes a popular blog, centred predominately on her innumerable walks in the English countryside. Alison uses photography to act as an aide memoire.

 

Anna Moritz

Anna Moritz is a writer and environmentalist based in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her B.A. in Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago and has previously had work published in Hair Trigger and The Lab Review. She is currently the editor-in-chief of the online literary journal Mental Papercuts.

Claire Cowell

Claire Cowell grew up in Manchester, UK, as the middle child of seven and has lived and worked there her whole life. Claire’s mother is an artist and she grew up surrounded by art work. After leaving school she was introduced to politics and feminism and in the 80’s spent most weekends travelling round the country to marches, for women’s rights, miner’s rights, and more besides. She studied a Recreational Arts for the Community course and a BAHons in Modern Studies and was surprised to learn she could actually get paid to work as an artist in the community! She later trained as a teacher of Art and Design and taught at a school in Wythenshawe, whilst at the same time qualifying in Youth and Community work, before moving into a post as Youth Arts Manager at Manchester City Council, where she stayed for 9 years. Claire is driven and motivated by a sense of social justice and a determination to enable people without the means to access the arts to take ownership and believe that a gallery is for them.

Denise Parsons

Denise Parsons is author of the novel After the Sour Lemon Moon (2014). Her work has appeared in the journals Taproot, Kindred, Fish & Game Quarterly, and West Marin Review. She lives and works in San Francisco, California.

 

Gregory Wolos

Gregory Wolos has had nearly eighty short stories published in journals such as Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, descant, The Florida Review, The Pinch, Post Road, Nashville Review, A-Minor Magazine, Yemassee, The Baltimore Review, The Madison Review, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, The Los Angeles Review, PANK, Superstition Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and Zymbol. Gregory’s stories have earned six Pushcart Prize nominations and have won awards sponsored by descant, Solstice, the Rubery Book Awards, Gulf Stream, New South, and Emrys Journal. Gregory’s full length collection Women of Consequence will be released in 2019 by Regal House Publishing; also scheduled for publication in 2019 is a short collection, Turnpike, winner of the Gambling the Aisle Chapbook Prize. For full lists of publications and commendations, visit www.gregorywolos.com.

Juan Eduardo Páez Cañas

Juan Páez was born in Palmira, Colombia, in 1973 and focuses on scientific and children’s illustration. With an M.A. in semiotics from the Tadeo University, Bogotá, he teaches drawing and visual appreciation at the district university in Bogotá, where he lives and bases much of his work. His work is faithful to the traditional notion of graphic drawing, but with a flexible style that is often inspired by the natural world and organic forms.

Kate Finegan

Kate Finegan lives in Toronto/Raccoon Nation and has a lot of feelings—most of them wildly enthusiastic—about raccoons. Her chapbook, The Size of Texas, is available from Penrose Press. She is Assistant Fiction Editor at Longleaf Review. You can find her at katefinegan.ink and twitter.com/@kehfinegan.

Kate Herbert

Kate Herbert was born in 1928 and grew up in Lower Broughton, Salford. Kate was awarded a scholarship at the age of 12 to Salford School of Art (see the photo above of Kate, aged 14, during her time at art school). Kate flourished and won several awards. Notably she met and received positive encouragement from none other than L. S. Lowry, who admired her line drawings and offered her the use of his studio. She also exhibited alongside him at Manchester City Art Gallery. At 21, Kate was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her career continued with a spell as a sketch artist for the Manchester Evening News. Since retiring as a school teacher in 1995, Kate has continued to exhibit and between 2000 and 2002 toured churches and cathedrals across the UK with her exhibitions. Kate is 91 and continues to paint and sketch.

Mackenzie Weinger

Mackenzie Weinger is a journalist and editor currently based in Washington, D.C. She’s written on foreign affairs, politics and art for publications such as the Financial Times, World Politics Review, and The Washington Diplomat, among others. Mackenzie, a Los Angeles native, has a master’s degree in War Studies from King’s College London and a B.A. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Magda Kaminska

Born and raised in Poland, Magda has spent a few years in a small French town. She is always on the lookout for exceptional nature and ways to combat pollen allergies. Magda loves creating stories by writing, video-making, and drawing. She has a special affinity towards collages.

 

Maggi Montgomery

Maggi McGettigan is a writer and mother of two living in Pennsylvania. Her work has previously appeared in Halfway Down the Stairs, and she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University. She loves to garden but lacks a green thumb, so she’ll stick to writing about it.

 

Maya Sokolovski

Maya Sokolovski is a communications specialist based in Toronto, Canada. Her prose and poetry have appeared in The First Line, RIDE 3, the Journal of the Society of Classical Poets, Agnes and True, and the Eastern Iowa Review. Her interests include reading, writing, weightlifting, volleyball, and fine cuisine.

Melinda Giordano

Melinda Giordano is from Los Angeles, California. Her pieces have appeared in Lake Effect Magazine, Scheherazade’s Bequest, Vine Leaves Literary Journal and The Rabbit Hole among others. She also contributed poetry to CalamitiesPress.com with her own column, ‘I Wandered and Listened’ and was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Muhammed Awal Ahmed

Muhammed Awal Ahmed lives in Northern Nigeria with his parents. He enjoys traveling and peering at green lands. He has a fictional dog called Chui. He enjoys taking a walk and writing.

 

Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, New York. He worked as an architect in New York and Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has lived since 1987. His short stories and essays appear in Bellingham Review, Fiction International, London Journal of Fiction, Porridge Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, and other magazines.

Roger Leege

Starting out as a painter, printmaker and analog photographer, Roger Leege earned BA and MA degrees in Visual Arts from Goddard College. Following post-graduate study in computer science he became an early adopter and evangelist for digital art and digital artists’ tools. He lives and works in Venice, Florida.

Susan Fuchtman

Susan Fuchtman writes poetry, memoir, short stories, and has drafts of two novels awaiting a sufficient accumulation of courage to revise them. In the event of fire, after her family is safe, she will rescue the 450 books remaining after her Marie Kondo purge.