LUMINA Online Issue No. 4 Contributors

Eric Barnes is the author of the novels Something Pretty, Something Beautiful from Outpost19 and Shimmer, an IndieNext Pick from Unbridled Books, along with numerous short stories published in Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, North American Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and other publications.

Chrystal Berche dabbles, lots, and somewhere in those dabbles ideas become images. Her artwork typically starts out as three minute gesture drawings and eventually get paired with still life photography and a lot of playing in photoshop. A free spirit, Chrystal digs in dirt, dances in rain and chases storms. She is a photographer and artist living in North Central Iowa.

Christine Brandel is a writer and photographer, whose book Tell This To Girls: The Panic Annie Poems was published in 2013. Her writing can be found at, and her photographs can be found at

Rachel Christilles’ poems have appeared in River Styx. She lives in a small town near San Antonio with her husband and son. When not writing or working, she can usually be found bird-watching in her backyard or riding her bike through the South Texas heat, hoping for a breeze.    

Brian Cooney grew up in New York, picked up a PhD from University of South Carolina, and lives now in Spokane, WA, where he teaches literature at Gonzaga University.  His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from journals including Pacifica Literary Review, Eunoia Review, Right Hand Pointing, and Floating Bridge Review, who awarded him the 2014 Paula Jones Gardiner Award.   His chapbook The Descent of Ham will be published by Alice Blue in 2015.

Alexandre Damiano Junior was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and graduated from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City in 1999. He is a creator versed in many mediums including the visual arts (photography, filmmaking, video, drawing, painting and graphic design) and writing (poetry, short stories and satires). His work has appeared in several exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, he was awarded membership in the Academy of Arts and Letters Buziana (ALAB). You can find more of his art here:

Sarah Dineen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Montserrat College of Art will receive a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual arts in New York in May 2015. Her current body of work, Certain Dark Things, consists of over fifty large-scale paintings based on Pablo Neruda’s poem Sonnet XVII. You can view more of her work here:

Donna Emerson has photographed since she was ten, when her aunt gave her a box camera. Donna’s images have appeared in one and two women shows, galleries in San Francisco, Mendocino and Hopland, California, in private homes, and in publications such as the New York Times, Stepping Out, LUX (multimedia issues for 2013, 2014).

Julie Fowler grew up in Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Business/Philosophy concentration and recently relocated back to beautiful PA from NY. Her work (under the name Julie Stuckey) has appeared or is forthcoming in many literary journals and anthologies, including A Handful of Dust, Amoskeag, Anderbo, Apropos Literary Journal, Blast Furnace, Broad River Review, Dove Tales Literary Journal, Moonshot Magazine, Open to Interpretation/Intimate Landscape, Prairie Wolf Press Review, Seven Hills Review, This Great Society, Verdad, and Wilderness House Literary Review.

Hugo Gola (b. 1927) is one of the great contemporary Argentinian poets. He taught literature until 1975, when he left the country due to the imminent military dictatorship, moving to England and settling finally in Mexico, until his return to Argentina, in 2011, where he received the National Poetry Award that same year. Hugo Gola translated Gastón Bachelard, Paul Valéry and César Pavese, among others. As director of two influential journals published in México, Poesía y Poética (1988-1990) and El poeta y su trabajo (2000-2010), Gola made available key works by crucial poets and artists of the 20th century. In 2004 his collected poetry, Filtraciones, was published. Other titles include Prosas, 2007, Retomas, 2008, and Resonancias renuentes, 2011.

Hugo García Manríquez (b. 1978) is a graduate student at UC Berkeley. His work as a translator includes William Carlos Williams’ Paterson, published in Mexico in 2009, and, in 2014, Mecha de Enebros, his translation of Juniper Fuse: Upper Paleolithic Imagination & the Construction of the Underworld by Clayton Eshleman, among others. He has published several books of poetry in Spanish and English. His most recent work is the bilingual book Anti-Humboldt: A Reading of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Litmus Press/Aldus Editorial, 2015)

Kathryn Haemmerle has been published in 2River View, an online poetry journal. She grew up in the Chicagoland area and the Florida Panhandle and previously lived in Indiana. Currently, she lives and works in Boston.

Blair Hurley is a graduate of Princeton University, with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. She recently earned her M.F.A. from NYU’s Program in Fiction. Her short stories have been published or are forthcoming in Washington Square, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Descant, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Red Rock Review, The Best Young Writers and Artists in America, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Writer’s Room of Boston.

Julia Rose Lewis is working towards her MFA at Kingston University London. She is a member of the Moors Poetry Collective of Nantucket. Her poems have appeared in their anthologies, “Lemmon Hummus” and “Tips on Throwing a Housewarming Party in a Small Space”.

 Ashley P. Taylor is a journalist, essayist, and critic based in Brooklyn, New York. Her book reviews and essays have previously appeared in The Brooklyn Rail. Taylor further explores the themes of blindness and uncertainty introduced here in “Public Art” in two other unpublished essays.

George Woodward graduated with a BA in fine art and middle eastern/ South Asia students from UC Davis in 2013. His work is defined by contradicting ideas, whether those be of sociopolitical or minimalist subjects, in sculpture and in painting. The perplexing influence of internal emotions and anxieties is the common thread among his creations and this drives him to continually experiment and take risks. Woodward’s art has never had one focus, but it is connected by these feelings. He is a transient, currently residing in Houston, TX.