Summer Issue Writers & Artists
Dmitra Gideon is a writer, educator, and community organizer living in Pittsburgh, PA. A graduate of the Chatham University MFA Program, they currently serve as Director of Youth-Centered Programming and Community Collaboration for Write Pittsburgh and Disability Justice and Family Liberation Advocate for the Abolitionist Law Center. Their work has appeared in PANK Magazine, new words [press], Cold Mountain Review, and 805 lit + art, among others.
Calais Mustoe is a Vermont native. She is currently working on her first novel.
Frances Fish’s passion lies behind a camera. She has dabbled as an abstract painter and often shoots hundreds of photographs a day. Her friends call her a 'preservationist' photographer, as her images are of the abandoned places in the desert, covered in graffiti, which change day by day. Some of the images Frances shoots can never be replicated, as the art is painted over, sometimes immediately. The work of Frances Fish has been published in multiple magazines, and in a previous life, she was also a novelist, publishing seven novels, though under a pseudonym.
Bleah Patterson (she/her) was born and raised in Texas. Former evangelical, former homeschooler, former journalist, she believes in honoring every iteration of herself. She is a poet who sometimes writes prose, she explores generational and religious trauma, and is a current MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University. For what it’s worth, her mother says she’s a bad daughter but a good writer. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Brazos River Review; The Texas Review; the tide rises, the tide falls; The Hyacinth Review; and The Bayou Review among others.
Joshua McKinney lives in the fire-ravaged region known as California, where he spends his time wrangling two pet guinea pigs and trying, feebly, to play the banjo. An amateur lichenologist, he is a long-standing member of the California Lichen Society. For the past twelve years he has served as co-editor of the online ecopoetics zine, Clade Song.
Victoria Gransee (@vgransee) is a Wisconsin-based writer fascinated by memory, self, and the divine.
Braeden LaRoche is an artist and writer concerned with biology, speculative evolution, science communication, and the neglected minutiae of the natural world. His artwork has been featured in the upcoming speculative evolution magazine Astrovitae and has received Scholastic Art awards.
Elizabeth Higgins writes across genres and disciplines to consolidate information and experience, and through archival research as a way to confront the past and reframe the present. Elizabeth is an academic coach and former library cataloger with an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University Cascades.
B.A Van Sise
B.A. Van Sise is an author and photographic artist focused on the intersection between language and the visual image. He is the author of two monographs: the visual poetry anthology Children of Grass: A Portrait of American Poetry with Mary-Louise Parker, and Invited to Life: After the Holocaust with Neil Gaiman, Mayim Bialik, and Sabrina Orah Mark. He has previously been featured in solo exhibitions at the Center for Creative Photography, the Center for Jewish History and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, as well as in group exhibitions at the Peabody Essex Museum, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Los Angeles Center of Photography and the Whitney Museum of American Art; a number of his portraits of American poets are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. His short nonfiction and poetry has been featured in Poets & Writers, The North American Review, Nowhere, the Los Angeles Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Southampton Review, Eclectica, Cutleaf, Hayden’s Ferry Review, thimble, the Santa Clara Review and The Intrepid Times, and he is a frequent reviewer of poetry and photography titles for the New York Journal of Books. He has been a finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize, the Travel Media Awards for feature writing, and the Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography. He is a 2022 New York State Council on the Arts Fellow in Photography, a Prix de la Photographie Paris award-winner, a winner of the Lascaux Prize for Nonfiction, and an Independent Book Publishers Awards gold medalist.
Gina Gidaro has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in studio art from Ohio University. She received a graduate certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute and is a volunteer reader for CARVE Magazine and Autumn House Press, and is an editor for the Outlander Zine and Divinations Magazine. She’s passionate about stories, playing guitar, and anything spooky. More of her publications can be found at https://ginagidaro.wordpress.com.
James Diaz is the author of This Someone I Call Stranger (Indolent Books, 2018) All Things Beautiful Are Bent (Alien Buddha, 2021) and Motel Prayers (Alien Buddha, 2022) as well as the founding editor of Anti-Heroin Chic. Their most recent work can be found in Rust + Moth, Sugar House Review, Chaotic Merge Magazine and Thrush Poetry Journal.
Robin Gow is a trans poet and witch from rural Pennsylvania. It is an author of several poetry books, an essay collection, YA, and Middle-Grade novels in verse, including Dear Mothamn and A Million Quiet Revolutions. Gow’s poetry has recently been published in POETRY, Southampton Review, and New Delta Review. Fae lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania with their queer family.
Marc Dickerson is a writer and filmmaker from Philadelphia, PA. His work has appeared online and in literature publications such as Culture Cult and Thimble Literature Magazine, where he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for prose. He lives in Bucks County, PA with his wife, daughter and son.
Storm Ainsely has lived in 9 of the United States and will tell you she's from fiction-land. Visible stars and trees are necessities in her life. One day, she hopes to have a mini-sustainable-house-on-wheels, so she can keep moving without having to pack. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sleet Magazine, Cardinal Sins, Wild Roof Journal, New Note Poetry, Oakwood, and Plumwood Mountain Journal.
Rebecca Nelson is pursuing a PhD in ecology at the University of California Davis. She researches plant and pollinator conservation. Her poetry has appeared in Deep Wild Journal, Common Ground Review, Kelp Journal, and the Great Lakes Review. Her first collection of poems, Walking the Arroyo is available on Kindle. When she’s not chasing bumblebees or writing, she enjoys watching birds.