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Annie Blake > Flash Fiction > Victoria, AustraliA

Annie Blake is an Australian writer, thinker, and researcher. Her main interests include psychoanalysis and metaphysics. Her poem "These Grey Streets" was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize by Vine Leaves Literary Journal. She holds a Bachelor of Teaching, a Graduate Diploma in Education and is a member of the C G Jung Society of Melbourne and Existentialist Society (Melbourne). 

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Chris Myers > Poetry > Wisconsin, USA

Chris Myers is a graduate of UW-Eau Claire with a Bachelor's degree in English literature. An avid seeker of classic films, Sky Island Journal is his first official publication.

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Darci Schummer > Poetry > Minnesota, USA

Darci Schummer is the author of Six Months in the Midwest (Unsolicited Press 2014). Her work has appeared in Compose JournalMidwestern GothicMidway Journal, and Necessary Fiction, among other places. She splits her time between Duluth and Minneapolis, Minnesota, and teaches writing at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

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Diane Raven > Creative Nonfiction > Michigan, USA

Diane Raven is a naturalist, therapist, and illustrator/writer. She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Michigan University. She co-founded Headwaters Environmental Station in the Keweenaw Bioregion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she taught environmental /ecological education. Her column, Field Notes, ran in Minnesota and Wisconsin newspapers throughout her career as a naturalist. She co-produced the radio program Journeys Into a Sense of Place for Minnesota Public Radio affiliate WGGL. Raven worked as a therapist developing/directing the art therapy program for an adolescent residential behavioral health agency. Most recently, she authored the chapter “Hidden Voices: Creative Art Therapy Interventions for Adolescents with Dissociation” in The Fractured Child: Diagnosis and Treatment of Youth with Dissociation, by Frances S. Waters (2016, Springer Publishing Company). She is currently working on writing/illustrating a book on the development of an ecological conscience in children. She and her husband continue to live at Headwaters.

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GerARD Sarnat > Poetry > California, USA

Gerard Sarnat’s been nominated for Pushcarts. Gerry’s authored four collections: HOMELESS CHRONICLES (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting the Ice King (2016) which included work published in Gargoyle, Lowestoft, American Journal of Poetry, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, Tishman Review plus was featured in New Verse News, Edify, Songs of Eretz, Avocet, LEVELER, tNY, StepAway, Bywords and Floor Plan. Radius, Foliate Oak, Dark Run, Scarlet Leaf, Good Men Project, Anti-Heroin Chic, Winamop, Poetry Circle, Tipton Review, Creative Truth, Harbor Village, KYSO,  Rumblefish and Ordinary Madness’ debut feature sets of new poems. Mount Analogue selected Sarnat’s sequence, KADDISH FOR THE COUNTRY, for distribution as a pamphlet in Seattle on Inauguration Day 2017 as well as the next morning as part of the Washington DC and nationwide Women’s Marches. In May “Amber Of Memory” was the single poem chosen for Gerry s 50th college reunion symposium on Bob Dylan; the Harvard Advocate accepted a second plus Oberlin, Brown, Columbia etc. in and outside the US accepted concurrent pieces.  In August, Failed Haiku presented his work first among over a hundred contributors. Later in 2017, Beautiful Loser’s main spread will be Sarnat’s poetry accompanied by an interview. Harvard/Stanford educated, Gerry’s worked in jails, built/staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a CEO of healthcare organizations and Stanford Medical School professor. Married since 1969, he has three children, four grandkids.

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Lauren Villa > Poetry > California, USA 

Lauren Villa is a writer who grew up in Pinetop, Arizona. She received her BA in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. She enjoys writing about sex and death. She is the co-founder of the One Million Wild Hearts interview project and she is currently working on her first documentary. Lauren is based in San Diego, California.


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