CHIRPS FROM THE SPARROW
OUR NATIONAL TREASURE
The Conceit, Maya Angelou
War on Dandelions, Carol Hamilton
A City Street in Search of a Poem, A Garden Beyond, Under the Skein, The Kingdom of Failure, J. Chester Johnson
Regarding Waiting, Jen Ashburn
Windows, At the Re-election Rally, God and Nature, C. Wade Bentley
The Carpenter, Putting Down His Tools, Etiology, Lizzie Bourne Above the Treeline, 1855, Daniel Bourne
Blue Cloud, Nude Orange, #2 Black on Deep Purple, 1964, Elizabeth McLagan
Little Shop of Time, The Junk Store, The Mural, The Pit in the Window, Aaron Reeder
Song for the Last Night of Your Allegheny River Cottage, Mike Santora
The Cultural Narrative of Clouds, To Name Butterfly, John Sibley Williams
A Visit Recollected In Tranquility, Fabias MV
Cultural Concepts, Karen Loeb
Trying to See, Jon Simmons
Push-pull-fade, The Poet and the Band, Chrystal Berche
A Fight, Jonathan Waldroup
Counting, Marie Gray Wise
Waiting, Chloe Viner
Interlude, Elena Botts
Little Lovers, Sarah Baginsky
Grande Ville d’ldle,M.J. Iuppa
The Construction of Sayings, Christina Wheeler
Angels and Popsicles Or St. Theresa At American Malls, Brian Barbeito
Hat for Rent, Gordon McMillan
Mendelssohn and Kierkegaard, Rich Ives
FLASH FICTION COMPETITION
OUR NATIONAL TREASURE
Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 and died May 28, 2014. For fifty years, Angelou was a civil-rights activist, poet, actress and historian.
President Obama bestowed upon Maya Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She walked with giants.
D.M. Aderibigbe is a native of Nigeria. He graduates in 2014, with an undergraduate degree in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos. His work appeared in Hotel Amerika, Rio Grande Review, B O D Y, Vinyl and elsewhere. He’s been nominated for the 2014 Best New Poets Anthology. Aderibigbe is also a contributing editor to Heard Magazine.
Jen Ashburn recently completed her MFA at Chatham University in poetry and creative nonfiction. She has work published or forthcoming in Anak Sastra, Puff Puff Prose & Poetry Vol. II, The Poet’s Billow, and the anthology Make Mine Words (Trinity University Press).
Sarah Baginsky is an undergraduate at Richard Stockton College and writes when she isn’t bogged down with papers or other projects. When home from college, she lives in South Jersey with her three dogs, four horses, five cats, and six chickens and she writes when she isn’t bogged down by animals.
Brian Michael Barbeito is a Canadian writer. He is a two time Pushcart nominee with work that has appeared in various print and electronic publications. Barbeito is the author of the book Chalk Lines, [FOWLPOX PRESS, cover art by Virgil Kay (2013)]. He is the author of the experimental novel Postprandial and the episodic novel House of Fire.
C. Wade Bentley lives, teaches and writes in Salt Lake City. For a good time, he enjoys wandering the Wasatch Mountains and playing with his four grandsons. His poems have appeared or will soon be published in Cimarron Review, Best New Poets, Western Humanities Review, Subtropics, Rattle, Oberon, ARDOR, Clapboard House, Chicago Quarterly Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, and Raleigh Review, among others. A chapbook of his poems, Askew, was recently published by Red Ochre Press.
Chrystal Berche is a writer, photographer, and artist living in North Central Iowa. The lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She has written poetry, lyrics, one act plays, short stories and is currently working on a novel. When she isn’t writing she’s taking pictures, dabbling with media art or curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap. Somewhere in those dabbles, ideas blossom that take shape into images. Many of her current pieces of artwork start out as three minute gesture drawings and eventually get paired with some sort of still life photography and a lot of playing in photoshop. A free spirit, Chrystal digs in dirt, dances in rain and chases storms, all at the whims of her muses.
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. Her visual art has won her several awards.
Daniel Bourne’s books include The Household God and Where No One Spoke the Language. His poems have appeared in Field, Ploughshares, APR, Boulevard, Guernica, Salmagundi, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, and Plume, as well as September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, edited by William Heyen. The recipient of several Ohio Arts Council poetry fellowships, he teaches at The College of Wooster, where he edits Artful Dodge, a magazine of new American work and literature in translation.
Since 1980 he has also lived in Poland, including 1985-87 on a Fulbright for the translation of younger Polish poets. Most recently, he spent the second half of 2013 in Poland to continue his translation work as well as some writing projects involving Polish environmental issues, including the primeval forest of Bialowieza in eastern Poland and the island of Sobieszewo on the Baltic Coast just to the east of Gdansk. His translations of Polish poets have appeared in Field, Salmagundi, Colorado Review, Partisan Review and elsewhere.
Holly Day, Grey Sparrow’s cover artist said, “Traditionally, mediums like needlepoint and embroidery are relegated to the “craft” category and not the “art” category. I like to think of my work as an intersection between the two. Each piece requires an immense amount of time to complete (the large pieces usually take one to two years to finish, while smaller ones require two or three months.) By the time they’re finished, it feels as though past years’ events have also woven themselves indelibly into the canvas. The weight of these collected experiences makes the completed canvas almost impossible to part with—luckily, they don’t take up much space in my home when stacked on top of one another or rolled up and shoved in the back of a closet.”
Fabiyas M V is a writer from Orumanayur village in Kerala, India. He is the author of Moonlight and Solitude. His fiction and poems have appeared in Literary The Hatchet, Words With Jam, E Fiction, Selected Poems 2012 by Pendle War Poetry, Inspired By Tagore, ACWC Anthology, Indian Ink, Animal Antics 2012, and in several anthologies by Forward Poetry and other publishers in India and abroad. He won the Poetry Soup International Award, USA in 2011 and 2012, a prize by the British Council in 2011, the RSPCA Pet Poetry Contest, UK in 2012, the Whistle Press Poetry Prize, India in 2012 and a sponsor’s prize in Eriata Oribhaba Poetry Competition, Nigeria in 2013. He took honorable mention in the Political Poet Poetry Competition USA, in 2013. He was the finalist for Mattia International Poetry Contest, Canada in 2011 and 2012. All India Radio has broadcast his poems.
Carol Hamilton is a former elementary school teacher in Connecticut, Indiana and Oklahoma, the last twelve years in a school for gifted children. She taught in the English departments of a community college and on the graduate faculty at The University of Central Oklahoma. She has been a translator at a clinic for women and children for 20 years and translates for medical teams to Latino countries. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2007. She has published 16 books: children’s novels, legends, and poetry. She has won a Southwest Book Award, an Oklahoma Book Award, Cherubim Award, Chiron Review Chapbook Award, Pegasus Award, David Ray Poetry Prize, the Byline Literary Awards for both short story and poetry, and the Warren Keith Poetry Prize. She is the former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma (1995-97) and has received five nominations for a Pushcart Prize.
M. J. Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Her most recent poems have appeared in Poetry East, The Chariton Review, Tar River Poetry, Blueline, The Prose Poem Project, and The Centrifugal Eye, among other publications. Her most recent poetry chapbook is As the Crow Flies (Foothills Publishing, 2008), and her second full-length collection is Within Reach (Cherry Grove
Collections, 2010). Between Worlds, a prose chapbook, was published by Foothills Publishing in May 2013. She is Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor program at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.
Rich Ives lives on Camano Island in Puget Sound. He 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 2013 he received nominations for The Pushcart Prize (2), The Best of the Net and Story South. He is the 2012 winner of the Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air magazine. Both Tunneling to the Moon, which is being serialized with a new story each day on the Silenced Press website for 2014, and Light from a Small Brown Bird (poetry—Bitter Oleander Press) are scheduled for paperback release in 2014.
J. Chester Johnson is a poet, essayist and translator. W. H. Auden and Johnson were the two poets on the drafting committee for the re-translation of the Psalms, which version is contained in the current edition of The Book of Common Prayer of The Episcopal Church (USA); the re-translation has been adopted for worship books and services by Lutherans in Canada and the United States and by the Anglican Church of Canada. Johnson has authored numerous volumes of poetry, the most recent being St. Paul’s Chapel & Selected Shorter Poems (second edition); the collection’s signature poem remains the memento card for the 30,000 weekly visitors to the chapel that survived the 9/11 terrorists’ attacks at Ground Zero. His writings have been published domestically and abroad and translated into several languages. He has also composed many works on the American Civil Rights Movement, six of which are included in the Civil Rights Archives at Queens College (New York City).
Karen Loeb grew up in Chicago and has lived in western Wisconsin since 1988. She has also lived in Florida and had extended stays in Asia. Her short story “The Walk to Makino” is the 2014 first place winner in the Wisconsin People and Ideas fiction contest and appears in print and online. Other recent writing has appeared in Thema, Hanging Loose, Main Street Rag, Nerve Cowboy and elsewhere. Poems are forthcoming in the California Quarterly.
Elizabeth McLagan’s poems have been published in many journals, such as Poetry Northwest, 32 Poems, Beloit Poetry Journal, American Literary Review, Fine Madness, Grove Review, Hunger Mountain, SLAB, Iron Horse Literary Review, Southeast Review, Third Coast, Willow Springs, Zone 3, and on the website Verse Daily. Poems have won an AWP Intro award, the Frances Locke Memorial Award and the Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Award. Her collection of poems, In The White Room, is just out from CW Books.
Gordon McMillan is an illustrator and writer from Smyrna, Tennessee. Having graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, his illustrations have been published in Udon Entertainment’s Street Fighter Tribute, Mega-Man Tribute, and World of Warcraft Tribute. His first published book, Scout, is a 2012 children’s picture book also containing his illustrations. In his spare time he likes to study new languages.
Aaron Reeder currently writes from and lives in Redlands, California. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Four Quarters Magazine, Wayfarer, Chaffey Review, Black Wire Literary Magazine, The Pacific Review, Sand Canyon Review, Tin Cannon, Wilderness House Literary Review, and others. He studied Creative Writing at California State University–San Bernardino. He is the active secretary of PoetrIE, an Inland Empire based literary organization. He is an associate editor at Orange Monkey Publishing and in the fall of 2014 is relocating to Albuquerque for an MFA degree at the University of New Mexico.
Mike Santora is a Cleveland, OH native and recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s MFA program in Poetry. His work has appeared in Booth Literary Journal and Short, Fast, and Deadly.
Jon Simmons is a writer originally from coastal Maine. He graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in fiction, where he won the Academy of American Poets Prize. His stories and poems have been published or are forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Digital Americana, Litro, and Snail Mail Review among other literary magazines. He enjoys grilling, gardening, ping pong, and nineties hip hop.
Chloe Viner has been featured in Poetry Quarterly as well as various other markets. Her chapbook of poetry, Naked Under an Umbrella, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011.
Jonathan Waldroup grew up in Atlanta, GA and now lives in Arlington, VA with his wife, Ashley. He has a background in business and international affairs and works with a non-profit that trains professionals to use business to solve social problems. Waldroup loves classical music, medieval literature, cooking, and being involved in his local church. His poetry has been published in IthacaLit.
Townsend Walker, associate editor at Grey Sparrow Journal, is a writer living in San Francisco. Walker has completed one year as a volunteer associate editor with this issue. During a career in finance he published books on foreign exchange, derivatives, and portfolio management. His stories have been published in over sixty literary journals and included in seven anthologies. A novella in twelve installments, “La Ronde,” is being published by Pure Slush this year. One story won first place in the SLO NightWriters Short Story Contest. Two were nominated for the PEN/O.Henry Award. Four stories were performed at the New Short Fiction Series, Hollywood. Walker was educated at Stanford, NYU and Georgetown. Website: http://www.townsendwalker.com
Christina Wheeler is an undergraduate student and writing tutor at The Richard Stockton College of NJ, studying literature with a concentration in creative writing. After graduation, she plans on earning a Ph.D. in the field and becoming a professor at a four-year college or university. If she were to describe herself in one word, it would be “idealist.”
John Sibley Williams is the author of eight collections, most recently Controlled Hallucinations (Future Cycle Press, 2013). He is the winner of the HEART Poetry Award and has been nominated for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and Board Member of the Friends of William Stafford. A few previous publishing credits include: American Literary Review, Third Coast, Gray Sparrow Press, Nimrod International Journal, Rio Grande Review, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, RHINO, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Marie Gray Wise has poetry published in The Paterson Literary Review and English Journal. She recently retired from teaching and lives in Lumberton, NJ,