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Reviews | October 22, 2016

Harbors by Donald Quist

Nick Hilbourn teaches special needs youth and lives in an intentional community of educators in Pennsylvania. His writing most recently appears in Apeiron Review, Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, Defenestration, Stoneboat Literary Review and Brain of Forgetting. He writes film and TV essays for Contact him on Twitter, @nhilbourn

Reviews | October 22, 2016

Small Change by Sandra Hunter

Adam Berlin is the author of the novels Both Members of the Club (Texas Review Press/winner of the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize), The Number of Missing (Spuyten Duyvil), Belmondo Style (St. Martin’s Press/winner of The Publishing Triangle’s Ferro-Grumley Award) and Headlock (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill). He teaches writing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and co-edits J Journal: New Writing on Justice. For more, please visit

Reviews | August 22, 2016

Problems by Jade Sharma

Born in Puerto Rico, John Yohe grew up in Michigan, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon. He has worked as a wildland firefighter, deckhand/oiler, runner/busboy, bike messenger, wilderness ranger, and fire lookout, as well as a teacher of writing. A complete list of his publications, and poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing samples, can be found at his website:

Reviews | August 22, 2016

Literary Today through the Lens of Freeman’s Arrival by K. D. Rose

K. D. Rose is a poet and author. K.D.’s favorite writers are dead and her other favorite writers are unknowns she reads in Literary magazines. K.D. regrets not possessing a piece of paper that says MFA but hopes you won’t hold that against her. K. D.’s book, Inside Sorrow, won Readers Favorite Silver Medal for Poetry. Publication is also forthcoming in Word Riot, Poetry Breakfast, Stray Branch Magazine, Strange Poetry, and The Nuclear Impact Anthology. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Candlelit Journal, the Voices Project, showcased in the Tophat Raven Art and Literary Magazine, and on Creative Thresholds online. Her latest release is Brevity of Twit. She has a B.S. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

Reviews | July 21, 2016

The Wave by Lochlan Bloom

Bobby Gant is a published writer and poet, having had poetry, short stories, blogs, articles and reviews published in a variety of online and print journals and magazines. Bobby also works in adult education. He currently lives in West Yorkshire in the North of England.

Reviews | July 21, 2016

Sometimes You Just Don’t Want To Know and The Artistic Life by Mark SaFranko

Christopher Brownsword was born in Sheffield, England. His reviews have appeared in Word Riot and 3 AM Magazine.

Reviews | May 19, 2016

Balancing Acts, New & Collected Poems 1993 – 2015 by Yahia Lababidi

Rachel Dacus’ book, Gods of Water and Air, follows two other poetry collections, Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. Her writing has appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Drunken Boat, The Pedestal, Valaparaiso Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She is at work on a novel of the great Baroque sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. More at

Reviews | May 19, 2016

The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco by Carlo Matos

Rachel Summerfield lives in Chicago, where she is finishing up her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing at DePaul University. She is a peer tutor at DePaul University’s Writing Center, a member of Chicago-based poetry team Poems While You Wait, and an intern writer for The Real Chicago magazine. She has been published in Heartbeat Literary Journal and Crook & Folly magazine 2014-2016 and is a proud cat mom.

Reviews | April 18, 2016

I’m From Electric Peak by Bud Smith

Kenny Torrella’s fiction has appeared in NAILED, Oblong, and 101 Words. He lives in Washington, D.C. and spends his days working to prevent cruelty to farmed animals. Find him on Twitter @kennytorrella.

Reviews | March 16, 2016

Everything is Conditional Love Poems by Donavon Davidson

Donavon Davidson is the author of Everything is Conditional Love Poems (Empty City Press, 2016). Davidson has also recently received a nomination for a Pushcart Prize from Clockhouse. His poems have appeared in many online and print journals, including: Spork, Clockhouse, Thirteen Myna Birds, Anti-, Stirring, Bird’s Thumb, Sink Review, InDigest, decomP, Black Heart, Dressing Room, Pirene’s Fountain, Identity Theory, ditch, FRiGG, Softblow, Juked, Pedestal, MiPOesias, Prick of the Spindle, Word Riot, and many others.

Reviews | February 15, 2016

Meaty by Samantha Irby

Art Edwards reviews have appeared in Salon, Colorado Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Collagist, JMWW, Entropy, Cigale Literary Magazine, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown.

Reviews | November 16, 2015

Ocean Beach by Frank Cassese

My reviews have appeared in Electric Literature, Verbicide, Marginalia, Entropy, 3AM Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Word Riot, Spinetingler Magazine, Crimespree, and other print and online venues.

Reviews | October 16, 2015

Failure Lyric by Kristina Marie Darling

Carlo Matos has published several books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, including The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco (Mayapple Press) and It’s Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments (forthcoming Negative Capability Press). He has also published in many journals like Iowa Review, Boston Review, and Rhino. By day, Carlo teaches writing at the City Colleges of Chicago and the Rooster Moans Poetry Coop, by night, he trains cage fighters and kickboxers. After hours he can be found entertaining clients at the Chicago Poetry Bordello. He blogs at Follow him on twitter @CarloMatos46.

Reviews | October 16, 2015

Cartographies of Scale (and Wing) by Anca Vlasopolos

Brennan Burnside’s work has been featured most recently in Gold Dust, 3Elements Review, Lyre Lyre, Queen’s Head, lux and Lost Coast Review. His chapbook, Room Studies, is on sale from Dink Press. He lives and works near Philly and blogs at

Reviews | September 16, 2015

The Motion by Lucy K Shaw

Greg Letellier is a Pushcart Prize nominated fiction writer, book reviewer, and teacher living in Boston, MA. He is the author of two story collections Paper Heart: Love Stories and Carpe Noctum, (2015, Thought Catalog), and his chapbook Karaoke: An Essay won the 2015 Be About It Press Chapbook Contest. His work is featured in an array of places, such as The Bicycle Review, Extract(s), HOUSEFIRE, Ray’s Road Review, and on The Flexible Persona Podcast. Most recently, he was awarded a Martin Dibner Fellowship by the Maine Writers’ and Publishers’ Alliance. He tweets at @gregletellier.