Author / Poet / Artist Biographies

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Melissa Tombro is a teacher and writer living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and runs volunteer writing workshops for at-risk and underserved populations with the New York Writers Coalition. She is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University where she studies and writes creative nonfiction.

Ian Rogers has held jobs painting houses, grading standardized tests, teaching English in Japan, removing invasive lake plants, cleaning kindergarten classrooms, spraying herbicides, marketing a literary journal, and feeding horses, among others.  He blogs about the lives of creative people with day jobs at


Meagan Lucas is a Canadian who found home in the mountains of North Carolina. She is a wife, mother, and graduate student in Creative Writing. Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in The City Quill, Dime Show Review, BLYNKT Lit Mag, The Scythe Prize Anthology, and Santa Fe Writers Project. Rural life, the grey space between right and wrong, and the dark underbelly of the American Dream figure prominently in her work. Read more at

Christopher Dungey is a retired auto worker in Michigan. Chris feeds two wood-stoves, rides a mountain. bike, sings in a Presbyterian choir, follows minor league soccer, camps at sport-car races, and spends too much time in Starbucks. He has 58 published stories including 10 last year. His most recent work can be seen at Likely Red. And is Forthcoming in Far Off Places and Pamplemousse. He currently works with Marathon Review. His first collection “The Pace-Lap Blues and Other Tales from the Seventies” is available at Amazon and Kindle. Readers can comment at

Tonja Matney Reynolds’ work has appeared in Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II and Streetlight Magazine.

Andrew Hogan received his doctorate in development studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before retirement, he was a faculty member at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, where he taught medical ethics, health policy and the social organization of medicine in the College of Human Medicine. Dr. Hogan published more than five-dozen professional articles on health services research and health policy. He has published seventy works of fiction.


Ginger Strivelli has had her writing published in the book ‘Which Witch is Which’ published by Llewellyn Publishing in 2004, also in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Green Egg Magazine, Circle Network Magazine, The Ultimate Unkown, and various other publications over the last 27 years. She has an article forthcoming in Autism Parenting Magazine’s Autumn 2017 issue.

James Croal Jackson is the author of The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Rust + Moth, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. He has won the William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest and been a finalist for the Princemere Poetry Prize. Find him in Columbus, Ohio or at

Sarah O. Oso is a student at Georgia Institute of Technology

Lisa Zimmerman lives and works in Colorado. Her latest collection of poetry is THE HOURS I KEEP (Main Street Rag 2016). Lisa’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cave Wall, Hamilton Stone Review, Gravel, Poet Lore, and other magazines.

John Stupp is the author of Advice from the Bed of a Friend by Main Street Rag.  His new book Pawleys Island has been published by Finishing Line Press. Recent poetry has appeared or will appear in The Greensboro Review and Poetry Daily, Poet Lore, The American Poetry Journal, LitMag, The Tishman Review, Silkworm, Slipstream, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, South Florida Poetry Journal and The Rising Phoenix Review.  His poem “Goat Island” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016 and his poem “No Luck” is a Best of the Net Nomination for 2017. He lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Yu-Han Chao was born and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, received her MFA from Penn State, and is currently working towards a degree in nursing. The Backwaters Press published her poetry book; and Dancing Girl Press, Imaginary Friend Press, and Boaat Press published her chapbooks. Her short story collection is forthcoming with Red Hen Press. Her website is

Allison Cummings is a professor of English at Southern New Hampshire University and has published poems and essays in various journals.

Kathy O’Fallon is a psychologist living in Fallbrook, CA. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in dozens of literary journals, magazines and anthologies, along with three chapbooks. Her manuscript, “Listening for Tchaikovsky” has been a finalist in two book contests, one which is pending.

Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s writing has appeared in many places, including The Lyric, Mezzo Cammin, Verse Wisconsin, and The Raintown Review. As well as garnering other awards, she has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her fourth and most recent book is Remind Me (Ancient Cypress Press).

John Andrews’ work has appeared in Redivider, The Boiler, Columbia Poetry Review, and others. His first book, Colin is Changing His Name is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in the June 2017 and it was a finalist for the 2015 Moon City Poetry Award. He holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University and currently he is working on his Ph.D. in English at Oklahoma State University where he serves as an associate editor for the Cimarron Review.

Sarah Krenicki has had work published in Gemini Magazine, Amygdala, and Rats Ass Review, among other places. She lives in the woods and works for a nonprofit where cows routinely block her access to the parking lot. She believes a day without cheese is a day wasted.

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 Osiris Poems published by box of chalk, 2017. For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at

Marissa Glover lives in Florida, where she was born and raised, but she isn’t to blame for election results. When she isn’t mothering or teaching, Marissa shares her thoughts more than necessary, which she considers a form of charitable giving. If it counted as a tax deduction, she’d be rich. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including The Opiate, Rat’s Ass Review, Solstice Sounds, and Strange Poetry.

Laryssa Wirstiuk is a poet and writer based in Los Angeles, CA, where she lives with her miniature dachshund Charlotte Moo. Her writing has been published in Word Riot, Gargoyle Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other venues. You can view her portfolio here:

Tim Height is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. Working toward honing his craft he attempts to capture a variety of emotions and subject areas – from the political to the mathematical, and from sorrow to pure awe. He strives to elicit emotions that feel paradoxical and inspire thoughtful analysis.

Influenced by meeting with Jeffery Levine during a residency at Mass MoCA workshop in 2016 Michael Head is a 42-year-old writer/musician from Cape Cod Massachusetts. He’s been published several times at White Plum Press (, and in anthologies in England and in the anthologies for The International Library of Poetry in Maryland. He has two self-published books of his own poetry: “Solstice” (2007), and The Mayfly (2011) at Authorhouse. Michael has released an album of Acoustic Rock (music, of course) called “Sunburnt” in late October of this past year.

Konstantin Rega adheres to the philosophy that every word in a poem is at the poet’s expense.  He is a student at The University of Kent in Canterbury, England studying British & American Literature and Creative Writing. He was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.  The Claremont Review and The America Library of Poetry has published is poetry. He identifies his poems as neo-modernist, which he sees as a revival of the modernist traditions focusing on a poem’s sounds and the duplicity of the visual, combined with making the personal universal.

It has been over half a century since the Latin American Boom in literature, and Julio Cesar Villegas from Belleville, New Jersey has made it his life goal to usher in the new Latin American Boom for the new generation of writers.

Tristan Joseph Boisvert was born on the 308th day of the year to a Canadian carpenter and a British nurse. He was named after a fictional veterinarian. He lives in France on far-fetched reveries and croissants.


Charles Wilson is an artist, poet, and musician from Virginia Beach.

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review and more than 200 other publications.

Pat St. Pierre is a writer for adults and children in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She has had many online and in print works published in a variety of places. Her third poetry book “Full Circle” was recently published. She is also a freelance photographer whose photos have been featured as covers and also appear online. Some photos can be found at 4 Ties Lit Review (issue 3), Sediments, Gravel, Our Day’s Encounter, Poetry Pacific, The Camel Saloon, etc. Her blog is

Catherine Roberts Leach’s fine art photography has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in galleries across the United States from New York and D.C. to California and Oregon. Her images have been published in a number of journals, including Winter Tangerine Review, and CALYX Journal. In addition, at the request of Yoko Ono, a Leach anti-war image appeared on the cover page of her website,

Born in Buffalo, New York, Mark Yale Harris spent his childhood enthralled in a world of drawing and painting. Though honored for his creative endeavors, he was encouraged to pursue a more conventional career. After finding conventional success, the artistic passion that existed just beneath the surface was able to present itself. Harris began sculpting, and has since created an evolving body of work in stone and bronze, now featured in public collections, museums and galleries worldwide, including: Booth Western Art Museum – Cartersville, Georgia; the Four Seasons Hotel – Chicago, Illinois, and the Open Air Museum – Ube, Japan.

Christopher Owen Nelson thrives in the vast arid landscape of the American West. As a Colorado native, he studied fine arts at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design where he learned classical methods. While developing a deep appreciation for composition and form, Nelson focused on employing alternative materials; sculpting with carpet, found objects and glass. He pursued a career in construction, gaining valuable knowledge in concrete, steel and woodworking that would eventually lay substructure for a new and innovative artistic approach. Electric power tools became primary instruments, with paints and textiles applied at later stages in conceptual evolution.

Jenn Powers is a writer and photographer from New England. She is currently writing a CNF memoir and her most recent work is published or forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Jabberwock Review, The Pinch, Gulf Stream Lit Mag, and Raven Chronicles, among others. Please visit

Toni Martsoukos is a Baltimore native. She grew up in South Baltimore and spent a lot of her childhood roaming around Fort McHenry. She is a lover of live music and a foreign film enthusiast with previous experience creating, maintaining and updating the foreign film section for an independent video store for seven years. Toni has been cultivating a rapt interest in photography for the past three years. Many pictures are taken with her iPhone 4 and many have recently been taken with her Nikon 1, a birthday gift from the most generous brother in the world, George.