Contributors

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The Poet Reclining, Marc Chagall, 1917, Oil on Canvas

Grey Sparrow’s National Treasure Carl August Sandburg, “was an American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln.”  Wikipedia

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Janet Shell Anderson has been published by Grey Sparrow, Vestal Review, decomP, FRIGG, Cease Cows, and others. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and included in a collection of short fiction, “Choose Wisely,” with Joyce Carol Oats. Anderson is an attorney.

David Berger is an old Lefty from Brooklyn, now living in Manhattan with his wife of 26 years: the finest jazz singer in NYC. Berger, in addition to being a father and grandfather, was a caseworker, a construction worker, a letter carrier, a high school and ESL teacher, a legal proofreader, and a union organizer. He loves life, his wife and the world. He hopes to help the latter escape destruction.  In 2014, VERSO published Paul Buhle’s and Berger’s graphic history of American bohemia titled Bohemians.

Marion Boyer has four published collections of poetry. Her most recent collection, The Sea Was Never Far was just released in 2019 by Main Street Rag. Poems from this collection have been selected as “Best of the Net” and one was a finalist for The Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition. Mayapple Press published The Clock of the Long Now in 2009 and it was nominated for the Pushcart Award and the Lenore Marshall Award. Grayson Books awarded Boyer’s chapbook Composing the Rain first place in their 2014 chapbook competition. Finishing Line Press published Green, Boyer’s poetry chapbook in 2003. Boyer is an emeritus professor for Kalamazoo Valley Community College and recently moved with her husband from Kalamazoo, Michigan to Twinsburg in the Cleveland area where she teaches workshops for Lit Cleveland and Lit Youngstown.

Kosrof Chantikian is the author of Prophecies & Transformations and Imaginations & Self-Discoveries. His poems have appeared in Amerus, Blue Unicorn, Dogwood (finalist for the Dogwood Literary Prize in Poetry for 2018), Green House, Grey Sparrow Journal, Leveler Poetry, Marin Poetry Center Anthology (2016, 2017, & 2018), Snow Jewel, Verse Wisconsin, and other journals. He is the editor of Octavio Paz: Homage to the Poet and The Other Shore: 100 Poems by Rafael Alberti. He was Series Editor of the KOSMOS Modern Poets in Translation Series. His essay on Octavio Paz entitled “The Poetry and Thought of Octavio Paz: An Introduction” appeared in Octavio Paz: Homage to the Poet and was reprinted in Octavio Paz edited by Harold Bloom. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the San Francisco Foundation, and was poet-in-residence at the San Francisco Public Library.

Paul Cordeiro’s next short forms chapbook will be out sometime in the spring or summer of this year.  You may read Bare Earth (2013) at The Haiku Foundation Forum’s digital library. His first free verse chapbook, an imagist-mirage of couplets, Scratch Card, was published by Analog Submission Press and sold out in a limited edition of 25 copies, in 2018.

Patrick Theron Erickson, a resident of Garland, Texas, a Tree City, just south of Duck Creek, is a retired parish pastor put out to pasture himself. His work has appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal, and The Main Street Rag,, among other publications, and more recently in The Oddville Press, Vox Poetica, Adelaide Literary Magazine and Futures Trading.

Nigel Ford is a Brit who lives in Sweden where he works as a writer and visual artist. His creative writing has appeared in the Penniless Press anthology, Howling Brits and a collection entitled One Dog Barking, published by Worldscribe Press His stories, poems, and pictures have been featured in several literary magazines in the US and UK, including Orbis (UK), The Fortnightly Review (UK), Ydrasil (USA), Duende (USA), Corvus (USA) and, of course, Grey Sparrow (January 2018.)  Ford’s most recent event took place at the Lysekil Art Museum in May 2019 (West Coast of Sweden), taking the form of a short play entitled Wader & Bader using his visual art as a backdrop. In addition, he works at and has curated for the graphics department at the Artists Workshops (KKV) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Michael Harmon was born in the Autumn of 1951, in the city of Yonkers, in the Empire State of New York. In the Spring of 1973, he received a B.A. in English Literature from Long Island University. He moved to the city of Phoenix, in the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, in the Summer of 1980, and received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University in the Winter of 1982. He is fortunate to have three splendid sons, all born in Arizona. Some of his work has appeared in North American Review, The Raintown Review, The Adirondack Review, Stoneboat, and other publications. With so many poetic influences (ranging from Emily Dickinson, William Butler Years and W.H. Auden to Elizabeth Bishop, Cate Marvin and Dean Young), he has to admit he’s had difficulty finding his own voice (and whether or not he has is still in question).

Jenny Hockey trained as an anthropologist and retired from a Chair at The University of Sheffield to explore some of her research interests through poetry: these include death, gender, memory, and material culture. In 2013 she was among the winners of a New Poets Award from Newcastle’s New Writing North and in 2019 her debut collection, Going to bed with the moon, was published by Oversteps Books. Her poems have also appeared in anthologies and magazines such as The North, Magma, Artemis, Dreamcatcher, Iota and Orbis. In 2017, she co-authored a memoir, Family Life, Trauma and Loss. The Legacy of War, published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is an active member of four poetry writing and reading workshops in Sheffield.

Paul Kindlon contributed flash fiction twice a month for the last year to the literary magazine, Mystery Tribune. He is Professor Emeritus of Humanities holding a PhD in Philosophy and Russian Literature. Kindlon taught in Moscow, Russia from 1994 to 2017. Publications include 48 essays, 29 short stories, 9 poems, a collection of aphorisms, a One-Act play, and a brief Memoir.

John P. (Jack) Kristofco has published over seven hundred poems and sixty short stories in about two hundred different publications, including: Folio, Rattle,  Bryant Literary Review,  Cimarron Review,  Fourth River, Stand,  The MacGuffin , Sierra Nevada Review, Blueline,  Slant,   Snowy Egret, and The Storyteller.  He has published four collections of poetry (most recently The Timekeeper’s Garden from The Orchard Street Press, at orchpress.com) and is currently putting together a book of short stories.  Jack has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times. He lives in Highland Heights, Ohio with his wife Kathy.

Peter Leight lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has previously published poems in Paris Review, AGNI, Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, FIELD, and other magazines.

Laurinda Lind

Michael Milburn teaches English in New Haven, CT. His writing has appeared recently in MudlarkSlant, and Coe Review.

By morning, Geoffrey Miller is a writer of flash and science fiction, some of which has appeared in Crack the Spine, Midway Journal and the Ilanot Review. By night, he is the editor of NUNUM and a very slow jogger.

William Miller’s eighth collection of poetry, Lee Circle, was published by Shanti Arts Press in June 2019.  His poems have recently appeared in The Cumberland River Review, Crossways, The Anglican Theological Review and Dappled Things.  He lives and writes in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Simon Perchik is an American poet who has been described by Library Journal as, “the most widely published unknown poet in America.” Perchik worked as an attorney before his retirement in 1980. Educated at New York University, he now resides in East Hampton, New York. Best known for his highly personal, non-narrative style of poetry, Perchik’s work has appeared in over 20 books, websites including Verse Daily, Jacket and numerous print magazines, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Partisan Review, The Nation, North American Review, Weave Magazine, JuxtaProse Literary Magazine, and CLUTCH. His poetry collection, Hands Collected was long-listed for the 2000 National Book Award for Poetry.

Niles Reddick is author of the Pulitzer nominated novel Drifting too far from the Shore, two collections Reading the Coffee Grounds and Road Kill Art and Other Oddities, and a novella Lead Me Home. His work has been featured in eleven collections and in over two hundred literary magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, PIFNew Reader MagazineForth Magazine, Cheap PopWith Painted Words, among many others.  His Website is: http://nilesreddick.com/

Karen Sandberg lives and writes in Minnesota. She has studied with Thomas R. Smith, Jericho Brown, Joan Kane, Deborah Keenan, and has been published in Vita Brevis, Freshwater Journal, Main Street Rag and others.

G. David Schwartz is the former president of Seedhouse, the online interfaith committee. Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue. Currently a volunteer at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati, Schwartz continues to write. His book, Midrash and Working Out Of The Book is now in stores or can be ordered here:http://hometown.aol.com/

Tendai M. Shaba, 30, is a Malawian author from Lilongwe, avid reader, spoken word artist, and rapper. Shaba started writing poetry at the age of 14. He is inspired by Aesop’s Fables and the writings of William Shakespeare. Shaba holds a degree in business administration and provides advocacy work in Malawi.  He is also heavily nvolved in the music scene.  This is Shaba’s first publication.

Mary Shanley is a poet/storyteller living in New York City. She has had four books published: Hobo Code Poems, Vox Pop, Brooklyn; Things They Left Behind, Poems for Faces, Mott Street Stories and Las Vegas Stories, by Side Street Press. Mary Shanley began publishing poetry at the behest of Allen Ginsberg and Lucien Carr. He first poems were published in Long Shot Magazine, co-founded by Allen Ginsberg and Danny Shot. She has continued blending the contents of her mind into: political, mystical, street life, futuristic, experimental poems and is a frequent contributor to on–line journals. She has published in: BlazeVox, Long Shot Magazine, Dream Noir, Blue Lake Review, Foliate Oak Journal, Former People, Indicia, Literary Heist, Mobius, PIF Magazine, Poetry Highway, Radius, Taj Mahal Review, The Voices Project, The Big Windows, Visitant, Modern Literature and many more. She was the Featured Poet on WBAI Radio, NYC and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

D.L. Shirey lives in Portland, Oregon, writing fiction, by and large, unless it’s small. He has been caught flashing at Café Aphra365 TomorrowsZeroFlashFewer Than 500 and others listed at www.dlshirey.com

Fiona Sinclair is the editor of the online poetry magazine From the Edge. Her seventh collection, Time Traveller’s Picnic was published by Dempsey and Windle Press in March 2019.

Rebecca Starks is the author of the poetry collections Time Is Always Now, a finalist for the 2019 Able Muse Book Award, and Fetch, Muse (forthcoming from Able Muse Press fall of 2020), and is the recipient of Rattle’s 2018 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in Valparaiso Review, Baltimore Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ocean State Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Slice, and elsewhere. She lives in Richmond, Vermont.

Timothy Stobierski

Ziaeddin Torabi is an Iranian-American poet living in Sacarmento. He holds a B.A. in English & Literature and an M.A.in Linguistics from Iranian Universities. Tobari has published more than 30 books of poetry, criticisms, reviews, and translations (in Iran).  From 1988 to 1998, he was the head of various literary centers in Tehran Municipal. From 1999 t0 2009, he taught Persian literature at the University of Applied Sciences and Technology in Tehran. He has won many literary awards including the 2010 Iran Annual Book Prize for his poetry collection, Face To Face With Dream. His book was translated into English by Parisa Samady and published by Ad Luman press, Sacramento, 2015. Face To Face With Dream was also nominated for the 35th Annual Northern California Book Award. Some of his poems have appeared in American River Review, Clade Song, and Tipton Poetry Journal.

Richard Widerkehr’s work has appeared in Grey Sparrow, Rattle, Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, Atlanta ReviewArts & Letters, and many others.  He earned his M.A. from Columbia University and won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan.  His latest book is In The Presence Of Absence (MoonPath Press).  He also has three chapbooks and one novel, Sedimental Journey (Tarragon Books). He reads poems for Shark Reef Review.John P.(Jack) Kristofco has published over seven hundred poems and sixty short stories in about two hundred different publications, including: Folio, Rattle, Bryant Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Fourth River, Stand, The MacGuffin , Sierra Nevada Review, Blueline, Slant, Snowy Egret, and The Storyteller. He has published four collections of poetry (most recently “The Timekeeper’s Garden” from The Orchard Street Press, at orchpress.com) and is currently putting together a book of short stories. Jack has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times. He lives in Highland Heights, Ohio with his wife Kathy.

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