Bill Trippe

Bill Trippe lives near Boston, where he works in academic publishing and teaches writing. He recently completed a novel and is at work on a collection of short stories. He blogs at and is on Twitter @billtrippe.

First Day, Volume 3, Issue 2 (Pushcart Nomination)


Larry D. Thacker

Larry D. Thacker’s poetry can be found or is forthcoming in more than ninety publications including The Still Journal, Poetry South, Tower Poetry Society, Mad River Review, Spillway, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Mojave River Review, Mannequin Haus, Ghost City Press, Jazz Cigarette, and Appalachian Heritage. His books include Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia and the poetry books, Voice Hunting and Memory Train, as well as the forthcoming, Drifting in Awe. He’s presently working on his MFA in both poetry and fiction. Visit his website at:

Project:_______, Volume 3, Issue 2

Ethel Stirman

Ethel Stirman is a 64 year-old wife, mother, and grandmother. In her time, she has worked as a metallurgical chemist, run a small retail business, and taught English in a secondary school, ending her working life as a consultant for Durham Local Authority. Her interests include local history and heritage, lawn bowls, reading, and writing. She belongs to Easington Writers and to Hartlepool Writers and has contributed stories and poetry to several ventures. She is now working on her first novel.

Childhood Memories, Volume 3, Issue 2

Buffy Shutt

Buffy Shutt lives and works in Los Angeles. She spent most of her adult life marketing movies. Now she writes full time. She’s studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She has published one novel and co-authored a book of non-fiction with her best friend and college roommate. Her short stories have appeared in Red Fez and Bird’s Thumb., Volume 3, Issue 2 (Pushcart Nomination)(Winner of the Magnolia Review Ink Award)

Ruth Sabath Rosenthal

Ruth Sabath Rosenthal is a New York poet, well-published in literary journals and poetry anthologies throughout the U.S. and also in Canada, France, India, Israel, Italy, Romania, and the U.K. In 2006, Ruth’s poem “on yet another birthday” was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Ruth has authored five books of poetry: Facing Home (a chapbook), Facing Home and Beyond, little, but by no means small, Food: Nature vs Nurture, and Gone, but Not Easily Forgotten. These books can be purchased on For more about Ruth, please feel free to visit her websites,, and her blog site

Deflating Farce & Fancy, Volume 3, Issue 2

John Timothy Robinson

John Timothy Robinson is a traditional citizen and graduate of the Marshall University Creative Writing program in Huntington, West Virginia with a Regent’s Degree. He has an interest in Critical Theory of poetry and American Formalism. John is also a twelve-year educator for Mason County Schools in Mason County, WV. He strives for a poetics similar to Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, James Wright, Louis Simpson, Gallway Kinnell and Robert Bly, though enjoys learning from intrinsic poets and their theories in the critical writings of Denise Levertov, Robert Creeley, Louis Zukofsky, William Carlos Williams, and Richard Kostelanetz. John is currently working on a creative dissertation in contemporary poetry, though outside the university environment. His work has appeared in and forthcoming in Blue Collar Review, Kestrel, California Quarterly, Ship of Fools, Floyd County Moonshine, Wild Violet Magazine, POEM, Ibbetson Street Press, The Iconoclast, Pulsar Poetry Magazine, The Society of Classical, The South Carolina Review, A Time of Singing,, The Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry, Pennsylvania English, Pinyon Poetry Review, Ancient Paths, The Trumpeter Journal of Ecosophy, Westward Quarterly, Green Hills Literary Lantern,, Straylight Literary Magazine, Wild Goose Poetry Review, South Poetry Magazine, Glassworks Magazine, The Lyric, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Red River Review, Nebo, and The Olivetree Review.

Kanawha, Volume 3, Issue 2