Closing Time by Tom Darin Liskey

Closing Time by Tom Darin Liskey

Four Ties Lit Review

Issue 5 Volume 1 Contributors


Brad G Garber has degrees in biology, chemistry and law. He writes, paints, draws, photographs, hunts for mushrooms and snakes, and runs around naked in the Great Northwest. Since 1991, he has published poetry, essays and weird stuff in such publications as Edge Literary Journal, Pure Slush, On the Rusk Literary Journal, Sugar Mule, Barrow Street, Barzakh Magazine, Ginosko Journal, Smoky Blue Literary Magazine, Aji Magazine and other quality publications. 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee.

Barbara Costas-Biggs holds a BA in English and an MLIS and works as a law librarian after years as a public librarian.  She, her husband, and two young sons live on an organic farm in Eastern Kentucky.  Her work has recently appeared in The Pikeville Review, Compose Journal, The Oyez Review, and others.  She is currently an MFA student at Queens University of Charlotte.

Paul Smith writes fiction and poetry.  Sometimes he draws on his work life for inspiration.  He has worked all over in the construction industry as engineer and superintendent.  “Khakis” is set in Honduras.  He met his wife Flavia there and he stays in touch with people from Trujillo, Progresso and Tegucigalpa.  He and Flavia live near Chicago.

Daniel Marshall is an English fella living in Jeju Island, Korea.  he runs a cafe & guesthouse, which he built. in the quiet moments afforded him he blogs at & traipses round the island admiring accidentals in shape, sound & colour. he has been published at Poethead & Poetry Shed

Charles Lobaito is a native poet from New Jersey. He is currently a Senior at Southern New Hampshire University working on his B.A. Degree in Creative Writing and English. His poems have been published in The Manatee Literary Journal and The Suburban Newspaper. Charles studied poetry under Ada Limon in her Provincetown FAWC online workshop, and under Robert Pinsky’s, The Art of Poetry, an online program through edX and Boston University. Charles is a member of the International English Honors Society and The National Society of Leadership and Success. “The Distance Between Hopes and Dreams” is his latest poetry collection.

Timothy Kercher lived abroad from 2006 to 2012—four years in the country of Georgia and two in Ukraine—and has now moved back to his home in Dolores, Colorado. He continues to translate contemporary poetry from the Republic of Georgia. He is a high school English teacher and has worked in five countries—Mongolia, Mexico, and Bosnia being the others. His essays, poems, and translations have appeared a number of recent literary publications, including Music & Literature, Crazyhorse, Versal, Plume, upstreet, and others.

Jeston D Dulin has spent the past eight years in Missouri, studying and teaching English. He’s currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Torrid Literature Review, the Bicycle Review, Phantom Kangaroo, Here Comes Everyone, and more. Jeston’s writing revolves around themes of nostalgia and a questioning of reality.

Landen B Raszick confesses “I’m a confused child rummaging through adult society. I couldn’t face the power of my own love so I ran away to explore the world and find the word.”

Shahé Mankerian‘s manuscript, History of Forgetfulness, has been a finalist at four prestigious competitions: the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the Bibby First Book Competition, the Quercus Review Press (Fall Poetry Book Award), and the 2014 White Pine Press Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Mizna.

Nicole Scott is a West Virginia native and graduate of Marshall University with B.A’s in Creative Writing and Classical Studies. When not writing, she watches It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, dreams of living in Helsinki again, and sings to Green Day. Her poetic work has also been published in The MockingHeart Review and forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

Josh Anthony is a boy, man. They currently live in the shadow of Mt. Fuji.
Their email is

A Pushcart nominee, Lana Bella, is an author of two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016) and Adagio (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press), has had her poetry and fiction featured with over 230 journals, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, Plainsongs, Pure Slush, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere, among others. She resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.

Daniel Pravda earned his MFA at George Mason University and returned home to teach at Norfolk State. His poetry has recently appeared in Vine Leaves, The American Dissident, Dos Passos Review, Poet’s Domain, Gihon River Review, Poetica, Asinine,, and Solo Novo. He has published one book, A Bird in the Hand Is a Dumb Bird, in 2011. He also fronts a rock band called The Dunes. 

Andrea Nolan has published two narrative guidebooks, Sea Kayaking Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay and Sea Kayaking Virginia, and have had essays and stories listed as “Notable” in both The Best American Essays series and in The Pushcart Prize. Previously working as an environmental educator, and then as the owner of a sea kayaking company, she now works as a lecturer of English at Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Matthew M Vasiliauskas is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. His work has appeared in publications such asConjunctions, Berlin’s Sand Literary Journal, The University Of Wyoming’s Owen Wister Review, Chicago Literati and The Pennsylvania Review. Matthew currently lives and works in New York City.

Chris Abbate‘s poetry and short fiction has appeared in Main Street Rag, Timberline Review, Common Ground Review, and Comstock Review among other journals. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and received honorable mention in the 2015 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition. He has also received awards in the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Contest and other poetry contests in the Triangle area of North Carolina.


Author of indie novels G. Franklin Prue, attended Jenny McKeen Moore Writers Workshop at George Washington University and University of Georgia Writers Conference. His published novels:  A Year of Madness, Mammie Doll, The Man from Sweet Loaf, Golden Arms, Blu and

Dawn Corrigan has published poetry and prose in a number of print and online journals. Her debut novel, an environmental mystery called Mitigating Circumstances, was published by Five Star/Cengage in January 2014. Currently she’s trying to find the right ending for a family saga set in Southern Italy, Hell’s Kitchen, and South Jersey. She lives in Gulf Breeze, FL and online at

Robert L Penick‘s work has appeared in over 100 different literary journals, including The Hudson Review, North American Review, and Plainsongs. he lives in Louisville, KY, USA, with my free-range box turtle, Sheldon. Find more of his work at

Catherine Alexander, Pushcart Prize nominee, has published stories in 33 literary journals, includingNorth Atlantic Review, Rosebud (two successive issues), Bryant Literary Review, Rockhurst Reviewand won “Jurors’ Choice” in Spindrift. National Public Radio has aired her work. Her story, “Backyards,” was performed by Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle in TV’s CSI) in a Los Angeles Word Theatre production. She has taught fiction and memoir at the University of Washington, Edmonds Community College, writing conferences, senior centers and to homeless groups. Currently teaching privately in Seattle, she lives in Edmonds, Washington, with her dogs and a Maine Coon cat. She is presently working on a novel.

Nidhi Singh attended American International School, Kabul, before moving to Delhi University for BA English Honors. Currently, she lives near the sea in Gujarat with her family. Her short work has appeared in Firefly Magazine, Four Ties Lit Review, The Insignia Series, Inwood Indiana Press, Bards and Sages Publishing, Scarlet Leaf Review, Bewildering Stories, Down in the Dirt, Mulberry Fork Review, tNY.Press, Fabula Argentea, Aerogram, Fiction Magazines, Flash Fiction Press, Asvamegha, etc. Her novels, and essays on Sikh Holy Scriptures, Indian Cinema are available both online and in print in India.

Creative NonFiction

Mary Alinney Villacastin is a filipina-gringita writer decolonizing roots between South Florida (instagram@swamp_sea_suburbia) and Oaxaca, Mexico. A graduate of anthropology from Barnard College and endlessly enrolled student of Earth, she experiments with auto-ethnographic storytelling on traveler’s road ( She is also known by her feisty childhood nickname, which means ‘little crab that bites.’ Her writing is published online in Local Nomad, Alien Mouth, Epigraph Magazine, Rambutan Literary and Minor Literature[s].

Jay Hansford C. Vest, PhD. Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation and a direct descendant of the 17th century Pamunkey chief Opechancanough; in 1989, he was made an honorary Pikuni (Blackfeet) in ceremonial adoption. Dr. Vest is author of more than one hundred ninety publications.  For more information see and



Louis Staeble, fine arts photographer and poet, lives in Bowling Green, Ohio. His photographs have appeared in “Agave”, “Blinders Journal”, “Blue Hour”, “Conclave Journal”, “Elsewhere Magazine”, “GFT Magazine”, “Fifth Wednesday Journal”, “Four Ties Literary Review”, “Inklette Magazine”, “Microfiction Monday”, “Paper Tape Magazine”, “Qwerty”, “Revolution John”, “Rose Red Review”, “Sonder Review”, “Timber Journal”, “Tishman Review” and “Your Impossible Voice”. His web pages can be viewed either at or

Tom Darin Liskey spent nearly a decade working as a journalist in Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil. He has published two novellas, This Side of The River & The Bridesmaid.

W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage ( To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over eight-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

John Chavers lives in Austin, TX where he enjoys working as a writer, artist, photographer, and general creator. He has a fascination for the diminutive, works of art on paper, and the desert. He is currently working on a series of kaleidoscope images that incorporate photographs as well as abstract artwork. Most recently, his work has been accepted at 3Elements Review, Birch Gang Review, Ground Fresh Thursday, Crab Fat Magazine, and the New England Review among others. John’s residency fellowships include Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Camille Kleinman is an award-winning writer, Artist, Music Composer, Virtual Fashion Designer and Marvelous Designer Trainer. She’s been drawing since she was little. her mother is a sculptor and father is a painter. As a child, sometimes she’d would paint with my dad in his Atelier, and return home (much to my mother’s annoyance) all colorful with paint in my hair. She lovese sculpting, drawing, writing stories, acting and dogs.
Traveling is Shara Johnson’s passion. She writes nonfiction essays, primarily centered on her travels abroad, which have been published in numerous literary journals since 2005, and twice have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in nonfiction. She pursues photography as a complement to her writing and maintains a narrative travel blog. You can read more about the San people and her other experiences abroad at  []