J. Conrad Smith

J. Conrad Smith studied poetry at Kansas State University, and he currently works as a Lead Editor for a govtech company that creates and designs websites. His work has appeared in Touchstone. Smith grew up on a farm on the Great Plains of North Central Kansas, and he now writes and resides in the Flint Hills.

Hummingbird in the Petunias and Dormant, Volume 5, Issue 2

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Margarita Serafimova

Margarita Serafimova was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize 2017, Summer Literary Seminars 2018 Poetry Contest, and the University Centre Grimsby International Literary Prize 2018; long-listed for the Erbacce Press Poetry Prize 2018 and the Red Wheelbarrow 2018 Prize, and nominated for Best of the Net 2018. She has three collections in Bulgarian. Her work appears in Agenda Poetry, London Grip, Trafika Europe, European Literature Network, The Journal, A-Minor, Waxwing, Orbis, Nixes Mate, StepAway, Ink, Sweat and Tears, HeadStuff, Minor Literatures, Writing Disorder, Birds We Piled Loosely, Orbis, Chronogram, Noble/ Gas, Origins, miller’s pond, Obra/ Artifact, Blue Mountain Review, Califragile, TAYO, Shot Glass, Opiate, Poetic Diversity, Pure Slush, Harbinger Asylum, Punch, Tuck, Ginosko, etc. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/MargaritaISerafimova/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Untitled, Untitled, Untitled, Untitled, Untitled, and Untitled, Volume 5, Issue 2

Taylor Risinger

Taylor Risinger studied creative writing and literary studies at Marshall University. He is planning to proceed on with his education with a MFA in poetry. Currently, he is working on poetry that advocates for transgender equality (being a transman himself) and spending a lot of time with his dog, Stark. 

You’re always praying, How to Throw a Birthday Party, Four Deaths Ago, Wolf’s Bane, and Emptying the Blue Jar, Volume 5, Issue 2

Robert P. Parker

Robert P. Parker, PhD, taught at the University of Chicago, Rutgers University, and the University of LaFeltra (used to be the University of La Verne). Before the strokes, Parker published five books on English Education. After the strokes, Parker published three more diverse books. The second one is Poems & Stories 2016 (Amazon). The fourth book is under contract. Half poems, half prose interspersed. This is the first time that Parker focuses on poems exclusively. Parker came to poems late in the day.

Flowing, Going, and Whirling, Volume 5, Issue 2

Ben Nardolilli

Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Inwood Indiana, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking to publish a novel. 

One Story Too Many, Drunk in LA, Plans this Evening?, and Art Projects, Volume 5, Issue 2

John Maurer

John Maurer is a 23-year-old writer from Pittsburgh who writes fiction, poetry, and everything in-between, but his work always strives to portray that what is true is beautiful. He has been previously published in Claudius Speaks, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Thought Catalog, and more than twenty others. @JohnPMaurer (johnpmaurer.com)

Terracotta Castle, Lost at Sea, and Padded Walls, Volume 5, Issue 2

Courtney LeBlanc

Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the chapbooks All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and The Violence Within (Flutter Press), and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and her poetry is published or forthcoming in Public Pool, Rising Phoenix Review, The Legendary, Germ Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Brain Mill Press, Haunted Waters Press, and others. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Follow her on twitter: @wordperv, and IG: @wordperv79

A Choose Your Own Path Poem, Permanence, Fall Leaves, Yellow, and Original Sin, Volume 5, Issue 2