Contributors Winter Issue 35, 2020 archives

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


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.

Gary Duehr has taught poetry and writing for institutions including Boston University, Lesley University, and Tufts University. His MFA is from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. In 2001 he received an NEA Poetry Fellowship, and he has also received grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the LEF Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.  Journals in which his poems have appeared include Agni, American Literary Review, Chiron Review, Cottonwood, Hawaii Review, Hotel Amerika, Iowa Review, North American Review, and Southern Poetry Review. His books of poetry include In Passing (Grisaille Press, 2011), THE BIG BOOK OF WHY (Cobble Hill Books, 2008), Winter Light (Four Way Books, 1999) and Where Everyone Is Going To (St. Andrews College Press, 1999).

Patrick Theron Erickson, a resident of Garland, Texas, a Tree City, just south of Duck Creek, and 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 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.

Bruce Levine, a native Manhattanite and 2019 Pushcart Prize Poetry Nominee, has spent his life as a writer of fiction and poetry and as a music and theater professional. Over three hundred of his works are published in over twenty-five on-line journals including Ariel Chart, Friday Flash Fiction, Literary Yard; over thirty print books including Poetry Quarterly, Haiku Journal, Dual Coast Magazine, and his shows have been produced in New York and around the country. Six eBooks are available from His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his late wife, Lydia Franklin. He lives in New York with his dog, Daisy. Visit him at

Laurinda Lind lives in New York’s North Country, near Canada, and teaches college composition classes. Some poetry publications/ acceptances have been at Blue Earth Review, Midwest Quarterly, New American Writing, Paterson Literary Review, and Spillway; also anthologies Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press) and AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss and Grief  (Radix Media).

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

Craig McVay, originally from West Lafayette, IN has lived with his wife–and family nearby–for most of the past forty years in Columbus, OH.  His degrees are in English and Classics, both of which he has taught in schools, community colleges and prisons in Maryland and Central Ohio.  He is now teaching Greek mythology at Columbus State Community College.  Poems and stories appear, among others, in Avatar Review, Common Threads, Everything Stops ad Listens, Icon, and Pudding Magazine, A chapbook, Joy in the Tomb of Hunting and Fishing will appear this coming Spring.

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 attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The Rosenblum Poems published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library, 2020. For more information including free e-books and his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at  To view one of his interviews please follow this link

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:

Elizabeth Salper explores the convergence of the ordinary with the sublime in her poetry and photography.  She is the founder of Urban Poetry Pollinators, an all-volunteer group based in Tucson, Arizona, that cultivates and curates poetry in public spaces.  Her poem, “Disco Inferno” was chosen by TC Tolbert, Tucson’s poet laureate, as one of 12 poems to be read at the centennial celebration of Hotel Congress.  She has read her poems on A Poet’s Moment on KXCI  Radio.  She is currently at work on her first chapbook.

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.

Richard Schiffman is an environmental journalist, poet and author of two biographies. In addition to appearing in Grey Sparrow, his poems have been published in the Alaska Quarterly, the New Ohio Review, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, Writer’s Almanac, This American Life in Poetry, Verse Daily and other publications. His first poetry collection What the Dust Doesn’t Know was published in 2017 by Salmon Poetry.

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:

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 involved in the music scene.  Grey Sparrow is proud to publish Shaba’s first writing.

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

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). She 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.

Tim Stobierski is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at Pepperland Marketing, where he spends his days writing, editing, and strategizing content for clients. He used to work in publishing. He is also a freelance writer and editor focused on the financial sector, and the founder of, a free resource for college students, graduates, and parents who are struggling to make sense of the complicated world of student loans. His poetry has appeared in a many publications, including Grey SparrowThe Connecticut River ReviewThe Midwest Quarterly, and more. His first book of poetry, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer was published in 2012 by River Otter Press.

Ziaeddin Torabi is an Iranian-American poet living in Sacarmento. He holds a B.A. in English & Literature and an 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 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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