Bess Vanrenen

Bess Vanrenen is a writer, editor, and mostly armchair traveler, she lives in Denver with her family. Vanrenen has an MA degree in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her personal essays are published in a variety of print and digital publications, including Role Reboot and The Manifest-Station. Vanrenen’s short story “Missed Connection” won a Stories on Stage contest and was performed live, and her short story “Unexpected Gifts” was published by The Sand Hill Review.

The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes, Volume 4, Issue 2

Dennis Trujillo

Dennis Trujillo is a former US Army soldier and middle/high school math teacher from Pueblo, Colorado. In 2010 he spontaneously began writing poetry, not knowing where the spark came from—since then he has published more than seventy poems in various magazines, journals, and anthologies. He enjoys running and yoga and currently lives in Dongducheon, South Korea.

Do We Need Superheroes, Really?, Volume 4, Issue 2

Chuck Thompson

Chuck Thompson has a MA in English from the University of Massachusetts, and his published works include Busy and Blessed: 10 Simple Steps for Parents Seeking Peace (Insight Press, 2014). He’s also a secondary school administrator and avid reader here in Chicago, Illinois.

Morning Swim Camping, Midwives, Spirited Away, Baby Tunes, and Bare Hands, Volume 4, Issue 2

David Spicer

David Spicer has poems in Tipton Poetry Journal, Reed Magazine, Chiron Review, Alcatraz, Gargoyle, unbroken, Raw, Third Wednesday, Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He has been nominated for a Best of the Net three times and a Pushcart, and is the author of one full-length collection of poems, Everybody Has a Story (St. Luke’s Press, 1987), and five chapbooks, with the latest, From the Wings of a Pear Tree, available from Flutter Press.

In My Younger Years I Loved the Oboe, Volume 4, Issue 2

William L. Spencer

William L. Spencer has published fiction and non-fiction in the San Diego Reader and West Coast Review (Simon Fraser University). Short story “In the System” was published by Uprising Review in 2017 (pen name Carlos Dunning). A short story is scheduled for the Spring 2018 issue of Furtive Dalliance Literary Review and a piece of flash fiction is up on Soft Cartel. He is a winner of First Place for Fiction (twice) and First Place for Non-Fiction from the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild.

Schoolboy and That Which More Often Than Not is Left Unsaid, Volume 4, Issue 2

Steven B. Rosenfeld

Steven B. Rosenfeld is a retired New York lawyer who has been writing for 40 years and began writing short fiction in 2015. His stories have been published in The City Key, Inigo Online, Jewish, Reflex Fiction, Good Works Review, and Flatbush Review. An earlier version of “Amy’s Story,” the piece published by Jewish in September 2017, received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Short Story America Prize contest.

Risky, Volume 4, Issue 2

TJ Neathery

Though the two places don’t often go hand in hand, TJ Neathery spent his childhood between Texas and Albania. He writes fiction and received his MFA from Oregon State University. Among his recent publications are stories in Front Porch Review and Amarillo Bay. He also writes a weekly Artist of the Week feature for Currently, he writes in Colorado Springs, CO and works in nonprofit communications. Check out his website:

Ravi S. and the Tiger, Volume 4, Issue 2