Contributors Issue No. 5

Craig Bernardini’s stories have appeared in BoothCimarron ReviewMemoriousWashington Square, and Zone 3. He teaches English at Hostos Community College, a City University of New York school in the Bronx, and blogs about music at Helldriver’s Pit Stop, on the CUNY Academic Commons.

Alex Calamos is a visual artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. He has recently returned from a the Fjúk Arts Residency in Iceland where he spent two months making work. Alex makes work that deals with the complexities of human emotion and communication in the interior world of self and the exterior social landscape.

Ashley Cardona lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two mischievous dogs where she teaches high school kids to unlearn the five-paragraph essay. She holds an MFA from Augsburg College where she has been associate editor of the newly founded Howling Bird Press. Her work appears in Dressing Room Poetry Journal and others.

Rachel Czajkowski is an artist who loves to experiment with different photo processes, mainly cyanotypes and liquid emulsion. Working in the darkroom and black and white film of all formats is her forte and passion. She photographs textures, objects, and scenes from the past.

Nicole Hebdon is an MFA candidate at SUNY Stony Brook with undergraduate degrees in multi-media journalism, magazine journalism and communications. She is the former creative director of DoNorth Magazine and has been published in Fembot, Faeries and Enchantment Magazine, “A Celebration of Young Poets,” Countryside Magazine and Zplatt among other journalistic and creative publications. When she’s not writing, she’s fawning over her rabbit Zychik, reading about mermaids or planning her YA novel.

Ryan Carr Johnson is an artist working and residing in Washington, DC. He received his BFA with a concentration in painting from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006 and his MFA from American University in 2013. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, art fairs, universities, and museum exhibitions. Most recently, Johnson’s work was included within a curated group show in Los Angeles @ Elephant Art Space entitled:Materialist.

Lara Koopmans-Hiller is a Digital Literacy Advocate, Digital Asset Management Consultant, Dog Lover and Coffee Fan, and is currently working on what she hopes will become a children’s book.

Janet Krauss, a widely published poet, has two books published, Borrowed Scenery(Yuganta Press), and Through the Trees of Autumn(Spartina Press), 2005 and 2007, respectively. She was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She teaches writing and literature at Fairfield University where she received the Adjunct Award of the Year in 2006. She also enjoys teaching creative writing in the Bridgeport, CT schools.

Ernesto Ortiz Leyva has exhibited in New York, Chicago, Berlin and San Francisco over the past five years. Mr Ortiz Leyva received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Tianhua Mao is an illustrator from China, currently based in New York. She received her MFA degree from School of Visual Arts. Drawing is her natural way to express herself and also build her inner world.

Kelly Michels is the winner of the 2015 Jacar Chapbook Prize judged by Jamaal May. Her work has been featured in Best New Poets 2012, Green Mountains Review, Nimrod, Redivider, among others. A previous chapbook, Mother and Child with Flowers, was published in 2013. She lives in Raleigh, NC.

Hannah Pass currently lives in Portland, Oregon with an MFA from Pacific University. Her stories have appeared in Two Serious LadiesAmerican Short FictionTin House and The Kenyon Review Online among other places. She is the Nonfiction Editor for Silk Road Review. Her chapbook, Our Reincarnated, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications in Summer 2016.

Adrianna Robertson is a poet completing her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. She loves teaching and is a contributing interviewer for Lumina. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.

Josef Tecumseh Stitts views art as an adventure where he wanders towards the wonder. Perhaps some force of greater magnetism pulling him towards aesthetic truth. Once present, his process centers on upholding the sacred Wild by using existing found materials to translate a site specific notion into a mixed media sculpture. These ephemeral works are as much a spiritual practice, as they are an artwork. Thus from a locational response, he creates these monuments to echo a place of awe.

Nance Van Winckel’s newest books are Ever Yrs., a novel in the form of a scrapbook, and Pacific Walkers, her sixth collection of poems and a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards. A book of visual poetry is forthcoming in 2016 with Pleiades Press. Recipient of two NEA Poetry Fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner, she has new poems in The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Field, Poetry Northwest, and Gettysburg Review. She is on the MFA faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts.