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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).
Bria Fey Servoss > Poetry > Wisconsin, USA
Bria Fey Servoss has been writing for herself since she was six, but she only began recognizing herself as a "poet" for the past year or so. Her writing usually hovers around ideas surrounding self-concept and the often intoxicatingly toxic interplay between girls & boys of any age. Lately she’s also been drawn to cosmic nature and the weirdness of humanity. Currently, she is in the slow process of working on a chapbook. Bria was recently featured in HerStory. She writes, mothers, misbehaves, and agonizes over details in Madison, Wisconsin.
Britany Jean Golden > Poetry > California, USA
Britany Jean Golden lives in Los Angeles where she is a writer and a waitress. She earned her degree in English from California State University, Fullerton. Her work has appeared in Enjambed, a journal out of California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Brittany Mishra > Poetry > Connecticut, USA
Brittany Mishra helps make airplane engines for a living and writes poetry and fiction as her passion. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives 3,500 miles from home in New Britain, Connecticut where she is a board member of the non-profit Riverwood Poetry; she helps find local poets to host monthly readings or workshops for the Connecticut community. Brittany's poetry can be found in Shabda Press' Nuclear Impact Anthology and the online journal Voice Catcher.
Chris Myers > Poetry > Wisconsin, USA
Chris Myers is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. An avid seeker of classic films, Sky Island Journal is his first official publication.
Craig Barker > Poetry > England, United Kingdom
Craig Barker is a University student and English Language teacher residing in Norwich, England. When not fixating on the correct pronunciation of certain vocabulary items, he spends time writing, reading, and trying to stay afloat at the local pool. He's currently working on a poetry collection concerning long-distance relationships and mountain goats (it's a long story).
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 Journal, Midwestern Gothic, Midway 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.
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.
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 and four grandchildren.
Jessi Peterson > Poetry > Wisconsin, USA
Jessi Peterson works as a children's librarian in northwestern WI. Her work has previously appeared in Wisconsin People and Ideas, Volume One, and most recently Barstow and Grand. She lives in a 16-sided cordwood hobbit house and loves sloths, pigs, draft horses, and her several cats--who insist on being in the bio, in the way, and, in general, insouciant.
John Cullen > Poetry > Michigan, USA
John Cullen's work has appeared in journals such as Grist, The MacGuffin, and Controlled Burn. His chapbook TOWN CRAZY won the Slipstream Award for 2013, with the title poem being their nomination for the Pushcart. He currently lives in west Michigan.
Laura Passin > Poetry > Colorado, USA
Laura Passin is a writer, scholar, and feminist at large. She earned her PhD in English Literature at Northwestern and her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Oregon. Her writing has appeared in a wide range of publications, including Prairie Schooner, Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women, The Toast, Rolling Stone, and Best New Poets 2013. Laura lives in Denver with too many cats.
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.
Madeline Peterson > Flash Fiction > Wisconsin, USA
Madeline Peterson is a first-year English student at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. Sky Island Journal is her first literary publication.
Michelle McMillan-Holifield > Poetry > Mississippi, USA
Michelle McMillan-Holifield is an assistant editor at Edify Fiction and recently completed a writer’s residency at Wild Acres in North Carolina. Her work has been included or is forthcoming in Boxcar Poetry Review, Hoot, Jabberwock Review, Stirring, The Collagist, Toasted Cheese, Whale Road Review, and Windhover among others.
Nicholas John-Francis Claro > Flash Fiction > Arkansas, USA
Nicholas John-Francis Claro is a writer living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in, The Idle Class, Existere: A Journal of Arts & Literature, Pithead Chapel, Gravel, Every Day Fiction, and others. He is currently at work on a novel.
Shane Griffin > Creative Nonfiction > Iowa, USA
Shane Griffin is a graduate student at Iowa State University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and the Environment. He is an Iraq War veteran and is a firefighter/paramedic in Des Moines, Iowa. His award-winning poetry and prose has appeared in the Baltimore Review, Heroes' Voices, Hippocampus Magazine, and the Wapsipinicon Almanac.