Issue Two Contributors
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an internationally award winning artist. She was the CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year in 2013. Eleanor’s photography has been published in British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Her work has been displayed around the world consistently for six years since the age of thirteen. This year (2015) she has done the anthology cover for the incredibly popular Austin International Poetry Festival. She is also featured in Schiffer’s “Contemporary Wildlife Art” published this Spring. She is also a senior art editor.
Christopher Owen Nelson
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 in drawing and painting. While developing a deep appreciation for composition and form, Nelson focused on employing alternative materials; sculpting with used carpet, found objects and painting on glass. Electric power tools became primary instruments, with paints and textiles applied at later stages in conceptual evolution.
Representation of Nelson’s work has been strongly focused in the greater southwestern region. However, through prestigious exhibitions and collections, his artworks have travelled the globe. Already in his career, this young artist boasts over a dozen solo exhibitions. Boulder Museum of Art, Boulder, Colorado; The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky; and St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland, are amongst the many museums and universities who have exhibited his work. Corporate and public art collections include: Wisdom Tree Investments, New York, New York; Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, Boulder, Colorado; Distant Cellars Vineyard, Fiddletown, California; Goodwill Industries, and Ritz Carlton.
Nelson’s creations reveal the dynamic nature of intrinsic existence, as thought and feeling align within a medium that is uniquely his own. Combining elements of his skills in painting, construction and songwriting, Nelson illustrates deliberate yet subconscious narratives guided by lucid dreamscape. His work continues to grow in scale and in concept. Nelson is bound by no medium; he creates in a perpetual state of research and development.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
~ Winston Churchill
Kathleen D. Gallagher is a published poet, English professor, and recycle artist who can be found walking along the Cuyahoga Valley Towpath and the city streets of Akron with her head down looking for cool things on the ground to turn into art.
Greg Vernitsky hails from San Francisco, California and was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1953. He graduated from the National Marine University, Odessa, Ukraine with an M.S. in Marine Engineering in 1975 and has since worked as a Marine and Mechanical Engineer, and Industrial Designer at different companies in the Ukraine and in the Bay Area. After starting to explore oil painting and clay sculpture in 1967, he continues to work on his art to the present day. In 2011 he became active with ArtSpan Open Studios and has participated in a number of juried exhibitions and Open Studios.
Emma Zurer is a Brooklyn-bred artist, performer and educator. She helps to promote the acceptance of clowns and the legacy of Klaus Nomi. Her collages have been exhibited in New York at the SculptureCenter and at the CULTUREfix Gallery. Emma has performed with the artistcollective Cheryl in nightclubs around New York, including the Museum of Modern Art. She has recently joined the engagement team at the Abrons Arts Center where she also teaches movement and art classes for children. You can view more of Emma’s collage work at veryimportantpapers.tumblr.com
Kasim Patton is an artist and photographer from Los Angeles. After working dead-end jobs he decided to quit the work force and pursue art and photography full time. Eight years later he continues to follow his passion. He currently mounts original photographs to a variety of found and donated objects and materials. He believes in recycling and making use of things that people would normally discard or deem as trash. He primarily sells his art in Venice Beach from which, thanks to tourists, his work has spread throughout the world.
Sheila Cumberworth is a retired teacher, writer, and fundraiser for the University of Michigan who spends time in Ann Arbor, Lake Huron, and the Southwest. Her work has appeared in several independent literary magazines.
Don Kunz taught literature, creative writing, and film studies at the University of Rhode Island for 36 years. His essays, poems, and short stories have appeared in over seventy literary journals. Don has retired to Bend, Oregon, where he writes fiction and poetry, volunteers, studies Spanish, and plays the Native American Flute. He has worked on Habitat for Humanity Global Village Builds in Guatemala and Thailand and was a Hurricane Katrina Disaster Responder in 2006 and 2008. He is a member of The High Desert Poetry Cell, a group of five men who donate the proceeds from their readings and published books of poetry to non-profit community organizations.
Joshua Coben’s first book, Maker of Shadows (Texas Review Press, 2010), won the 2009 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. His second manuscript, Approximate Paradise, was a finalist for the 2015 Vassar Miller Prize and a semi-finalist for the 2015 Anthony Hecht Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Atlanta Review, The Cincinnati Review, College English, The Evansville Review, Magma, Natural Bridge, Pleiades, Poet Lore, and other journals. Born and raised in St. Louis, he now lives in the Boston area, where he teaches elementary school.
Esther Greenleaf Murer has been writing poetry since the age of six, but got serious about learning the craft when she turned seventy. She has been a featured poet in The Centrifugal Eye and KIN. She published her first collection, Unglobed Fruit, in 2011. Links to some of her poems may be found at http://esthergreenleafmurer.blogspot.com.
Karla Linn Merrifield
A nine-time Pushcart-Prize nominee and National Park Artist-in-Residence, Karla Linn Merrifield has had over 500 poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has eleven books to her credit, the newest of which is Bunchberries, More Poems of Canada, a sequel to. Godwit: Poems of Canada (FootHills), which received the Eiseman Award for Poetry. Her poem “See: Love” was a finalist for the 2015 Pangaea Prize. She is assistant editor and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye, a member of the board of directors of Just Poets (Rochester, NY), and a member of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, the Florida State Poetry Society and TallGrass Writers Guild. Visit her blog, Vagabond Poet, at:
YVETTE A. SCHNOEKER-SHORB
Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb’s work has appeared in Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, Dirty Chai Magazine, Red River Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, Dark Matter, Pedestal Magazine, Terrain.org, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Conium Review, and other journals, with poetry forthcoming in the anthology Talking Back and Looking Forward: Poetry and Prose for Social Justice in Education (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Fall 2015), ArLiJo (Gival Press), and others. A past Pushcart Prize nominee and a current Best of the Net nominee, she holds an interdisciplinary MA from Prescott College and is co-founder of Native West Press, a 501(c)(3) non-profit natural history press.
A filmmaker and a poet, Zachary was cinematographer on a short documentary, The Seer of Poughkeepsie, which saw press on the Huffington Post Blog and received the award for Best Student Film at the Kingston Film Festival. He was the recipient of the Beatrice Daw Brown Prize for Poetry in 2014. His work has appeared elsewhere online and in print, most recently in The Birds We Piled Loosely and Screaming Sheep. Previously, he has worked with the online journal RealPoetik.
STEPHANIE BARBÉ HAMMER
Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a 4-time Pushcart Prize nominee in short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her prose poem chapbook Sex with Buildings appeared in 2012, her full length collection, How Formal? was published in 2014, and her novel The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior was published with Urban Farmhouse Press in March 2015. An almost completely recovered career academic, Stephanie teaches at conferences, libraries, writers associations as well as online, and divides her time between Coupeville WA and Los Angeles CA with her husband, interfaith blogger Larry Behrendt.
Meggie Royer is a writer and photographer from the Midwest who is currently majoring in Psychology at Macalester College. Her poems have previously appeared in Words Dance Magazine, The Harpoon Review, Melancholy Hyperbole, and more. She has won national medals for her poetry and a writing portfolio in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and was the Macalester Honorable Mention recipient of the 2015 Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize.
Aaron Bauer is a Pushcart nominated poet and educator living in Northern Colorado. He received his MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His work has appeared in various journals—Prism Review, Blue Lyra Review, Poemeleon and others. He served as Editor for Permafrost and is a Contributing-Editor for PoemoftheWeek.org.
According to some people, Mathew Serback can moonwalk on ice. You can find some of his short stories in On the Rusk, Scissors & Spackle, and Timber Journal. You can find his blog by googling “TFGAN” or follow him on Twitter @Kcabres_Wehtam.
Paul Kavanagh wrote iceberg.