Authors, poets, and artists featured in this issue…
Facing It Together Series
bordnickstudio‘s sculptural and photographic imagery is a reflection of his past and present forces and the imagination of his life’s stories. They represent an evolutionary process of these ideas and how all of life’s forces are interconnected, embraced and expressed through creative art forms. His works, represent what he has accomplished with this art form; quantum and metaphoric moments changing from one form to another. The predominate imagery deals mostly with faces of both living and non-living beings and things. They are expressed in these many forms and images and do speak to us in their own languages. Bordnick has been part of the creative art world since he can remember, beginning as a product designer and establishing his own design business in New York, SantaFe and Europe.
David A. Goodrum is a photographer/writer living in Corvallis, Oregon. His photos are forthcoming or have been published in Cirque Journal, Wild Roof Journal, Ilanot Review, Willows Wept Review, Blue Mesa Review, and others. His intent is to capture images that might instill in others—as they do for him as he makes them—a sense of calm and tranquility. He hopes to create a visual field that momentarily transports you away from hectic daily events and into a place that delights in an intimate view of the world.
Edward Supranowicz is the grandson of Irish and Russian/Ukrainian immigrants. He grew up on a small farm in Appalachia. He has a grad background in painting and printmaking. Some of his artwork has recently or will soon appear in Fish Food, Streetlight, Another Chicago Magazine, The Door Is a Jar, The Phoenix, and The Harvard Advocate. Edward is also a published poet.
- Website: saatchiart.com/supranowicz
Emma Wells is a mother and English teacher. She has poetry published with various literary journals and magazines. She enjoys writing flash fiction and short stories also. Her novel, Shelley’s Sisterhood, is due to be published in 2022.
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/ewellswriting
Hello In There
Hugh Findlay’s photography and writing have been published worldwide. He is in the third trimester of life and is working on a book of “photopoetry,”similar to the Japanese Haiga.
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/hughmanfindlay
Jerome Berglund graduated from the University of Southern California’s Cinema-Television Production program and spent a picaresque decade in the entertainment industry before returning to the midwest where he was born and raised. He has exhibited many haiku, senryu and haiga online and in print, most recently in the Asahi Shimbun, Bear Creek Haiku, and Lothlorien Poetry Journal. He is furthermore an established, award-winning fine art photographer, whose black and white pictures have been shown in galleries across New York, Minneapolis, and Santa Monica.
Kara D. Spain began writing poetry in 2012 and has since been published by: The Lightkeeper, Indiana Voice Journal, The Penwood Review, Sudden Denouement, and Red Fez to name a few. When not writing, she enjoys playing her violin and spending time with her husband and cat Rocky.
Lauren Barnett is a London-based horror writer with work in magazines such as BFS Horizons and Horrified and the Duplicitous (Inked in Gray Press) and Bloody Good Horror (Hellbound Press) anthologies. Her first non-fiction horror book, Death Lines: Walking London Through Horror Cinema, is coming out in 2022 with Strange Attractor Press.
- Website: laurenjanebarnett.com
Abecedarian: Apparitions Beckon Cautiously, Determined
LindaAnn LoSchiavo of New York Cityhoned her psychic abilities during childhood and has the power to haunt any benighted soul who disparages her chapbooks. Some of her Elgin Award-winning poems have been seen here: Bewildering Stories, Blood ‘n Bourbon, Mermaids Monthly, South Broadway Ghost Society, and Star*Line.
For An Anniversary
Mahyar Afshar lives in Chicago and has worked in the (mostly unpoetical) fields of insurance and logistics. Born in Iran, he grew up in sunny Southern California, leaving him grossly unprepared for his later life on the cold steppes of the Midwest. He has a BA in English from UC Berkeley. His interests include poetry, cooking, hiking and putting on airs with his shaky knowledge of foreign languages.
Max Littman is a music teacher that has always loved storytelling, whether it be through teaching, singing, reading, writing, or playing D&D. He lives in Massachusetts with his fiancée and their two cats.
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/max_littman1
Poem and AI Generated Art:
The (Uncomfortably) Friendly Ghost
Michael David was born in McHenry, IL. He began writing poetry as a passive hobby to maintain some semblance of sanity during the pandemic; however, the act of writing quickly expanded to become a fixture in his life. David currently lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his partner and two cats–Meeko and Grandpa Louie.
Complexities of the Interior
Robin Young is Based in Borrego Springs California, and works in mixed media focusing mostly on collage and contemporary art making. Her focus on collage art using magazine clippings, masking tape, wallpaper, jewelry, feathers, foil etc. allows her to develop deep into the whimsical and intuitive. From large, life-sized pieces and 3D sculptures to small postcard-sized arrangements, Robin’s keen eye and gripping esthetic guide her viewers into her own semi-readymade world. Repurposing these nostalgic images for lighthearted and sometimes disquieting messages; Robin’s artistic universe is strange, funky, alluring, and sometimes perverse.
Dinner in Biarritz
Serge Lecomte was born in Belgium. He emigrated to Brooklyn in 1960. After graduating high school, he became a medic in the Air Force. He earned a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Russian Literature, worked as a Green Beret language instructor, and received a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Alaska where he taught from 1978-1997. He built houses, worked as a pipe-fitter, orderly, landscaper, driller, bartender. He is also a published poet, novelist, playwright and artist.
- Website: sergelecomte.weebly.com
Shelby Thames is a writer based in Hattiesburg, MS with a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been featured in publications from ScienceDirect, World Poetry Movement, Wingless Dreamer Publishing, Vermilion Magazine, Product Magazine, and Hattiesburg American.
My Bones, My Bones
Tracy Porch has been published in Elements Literary Magazine, Quiet Lightning, and The Citron Review. She has a BFA in English Literature and is currently working on a series of novellas.
Tracy Whiteside is an award-winning, internationally published creative photographer. Her passion is creating eerie, dream-like images that usually lay on the shadowy side of the imagination. She wants her art to encourage people to take a break from reality and explore subjects that are at best, unpleasant and at their worst, your most frightening nightmare. Dark art allows you to safely confront your fears, which takes away their power. We all need to escape now and then. Take a walk in the shadows.