Charles W. Brice

Pushcart Prize nominated poet, Charles W. Brice, Ph.D., is a retired psychoanalyst and is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos (WordTech Editions, 2016) and of Mnemosyne’s Hand (WordTech Editions, 2018). His poetry, short stories, reviews, and nonfiction pieces have appeared in over seventy publications including Literal Latte, The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Atlanta Review, Hawaii Review, The Main Street Rag, Chiron Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Paterson Literary Review, Plainsongs and elsewhere. His poem, “Identification,” was anthologized along with poems by W.H. Auden, Hilda Doolittle, Philip Larkin, Stephen Dobyns, Louise Gluck, Anne Sexton, and others in, Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry, Irene Willis (Ed.), (International Psychoanalytic Books, 2017).

Sis, Volume 4, Issue 2
Review, Mnemosyne’s Hand: Poems, Volume 4, Issue 2

Her Secret Husband–Review

Fara West is not your typical Victorian lady. She prefers riding horses and wearing men’s clothes to drinking tea and wearing dresses to balls. So when her father arranges a marriage with Marc Ranlyn, she maintains her independence and does not become the submissive wife he desires. But then Marc sails for America on business and dies in a shipwreck. She is free from her loveless marriage.

Except Marc has an identical twin. And six siblings he never told her about. When Fara meets Avetis, she sees her dead husband Marc. Avetis assumes Marc’s identity so he can finally provide for his five remaining siblings and find them suitable marriage partners. It is not long before Avetis and Fara fall in love. Overcoming the abusive history with Marc, it takes time for Fara to trust Avetis to not repeat Marc’s abuses and to not waste her family fortune.

Faith focuses on Fara’s and Avetis’s love story, and she also dips into the lives and perspectives of the siblings, Marc, and Avetis’s friend Phoenix Alden. Marley is the second oldest, and she helps Avetis raise their siblings after the deaths of their parents. Kitty is interested in fashion and is forthright and nosy. Emory reads books and is too shy to speak. The youngest twins, Enoch and Reuben, are rambunctious. Enoch cares for animals, especially his pet lizard Bug. The reader meets Phoenix Alden, a bookseller who is friends with Avetis. When customers complain about wanting more Lewis Carroll, Phoenix smirks and says, “‘What it must be like to be a child lucky enough to have a mother who purchases books for you. When I was a boy, I found amusement in tossing rocks between my palms.’”

Her Secret Husband is an entertaining read, filled with lovable characters, a memorable love story, and plenty of adventures and surprises as the Ranlyn family explores London and enters society to find marriage partners.

Pick up a copy of Her Secret Husband when it is released June 1, 2018, here from Red Sage Publishing, Inc. Check out Abbey Faith’s Facebook page for more information about upcoming titles about the Ranlyn family, and Abbey Faith’s blog here.

Roger Sippl

Roger Sippl studied creative writing at UC Irvine, UC Berkeley and Stanford Continuing Studies. He has enjoyed being published in a couple dozen online and print literary journals and anthologies over the years. While a student at Berkeley, Sippl was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was treated for thirteen months with a mixture of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, seriously challenging him in many ways, but allowing him to live relapse-free to this day, forty-three years later. So, is this poem about an old love reappearing, or just the thought of her reappearing, or is it about cancer coming back, or all and none of these? Sippl has just self-published a book of poetry, Heavenly Whispers, and it is available from Amazon. He is finishing two other poetry books, Real Nature and Bridgehampton, which should be on Amazon in approximately the April timeframe. Samples of poems from those books are on his writing website,

Again, Volume 4, Issue 1
Review, Heavenly Whispers, Volume 4, Issue 2

Leah Mueller

Leah Mueller is an indie writer from Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of two chapbooks, Queen of Dorksville (Crisis Chronicles Press) and Political Apnea (Locofo Chaps) and three books, Allergic to Everything, (Writing Knights Press) Beach Dweller Manifesto (Writing Knights) and The Underside of the Snake (Red Ferret Press). Her work appears in Blunderbuss, Outlook Springs, Atticus Review, and many anthologies. She was a featured poet at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival, and a runner-up in the 2012 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry contest.

Nyctohylophobia, Volume 4, Issue 1
Review, Beach Dweller Manifesto, Volume 4, Issue 2

Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert lives in Seattle. In 2008, Wood Works Press published his collection of microstories, Shortness of Breath & Other Symptoms. His work has appeared in about fifty journals. Finishing Line Press will release his collection, Rookland, in 2017. He is a 2016 Pushcart nominee.

October and Chain Link Fence, Volume 3, Issue 2
Review, Rookland, Volume 4, Issue 2

Darren C. Demaree

Darren C. Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including Diode, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. He is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently Two Towns Over (March 2018), which was selected as the winner of the Louise Bogan Award by Trio House Press. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. Demaree currently lives and writes in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and children.

Emily as We Ensure Our Joy with Practical Water and Emily as Wind Racing from the Corners, Volume 3, Issue 2
Review, Two Towns Over, Volume 4, Issue 1
bone requires bone #55, bone requires bone #56, and bone requires bone #57, Volume 4, Issue 2

Lisa Stice

Lisa Stice is a poet/mother/military spouse. She is the author of Permanent Change of Station (Middle West Press, 2018) and Uniform (Aldrich Press, 2016). While it is difficult to say where home is, she currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog. You can learn more about her and her publications at and at @LisaSticePoet

A Quick Lunch from the Noodle Stand, Volume 2, Issue 1 (Pushcart Nomination)
When Your Substance Is Drained Away, Reduction, and Afternoon One Day When You Were Young, Volume 3, Issue 1
Judge of The Magnolia Review Ink Award, Volume 4, Issue 1
Book Release, Permanent Change of Station, and Review, Volume 4, Issue 2
Resolutions, Deliver Us, The Selkie, Eat, Not, and Pie Astronomy, Volume 5, Issue 1

Robert Krantz

Robert Krantz was born and raised in western New York. He studied Creative Writing and English Literature at both Niagara County Community College, New York, and the University of Akron, Ohio. He is currently a M.F.A. candidate at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. Robert has published a chapbook of poetry and prose, Leg Brace Legato, available at Amazon. His work has appeared in Akros Review, Bare Fiction, Bitterzoet, East Coast Literary Review, and Poetry Quarterly. Check out his website here.

arwen, Volume 1, Issue 1
Review of Gargoyles in Volume 2, Issue 2
Review of Mishigamaa

Gary Beck

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations and Rude Awakenings (Winter Goose Publishing) The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations and Blunt Force (Wordcatcher Publishing). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pigs Productions). As part of the continuing series, ‘Stand to Arms Marines’, Gnome on Pigs Productions will publish the third book in the series, Raise High the Walls. Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). Acts of Defiance and Flare Up will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. Extreme Change will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. The Republic of Dreams and other essays will be published by Gnome on Pigs Productions. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He lives in New York City.

Check out his website here.

Sightings, Volume 1, Issue 1
Visitations II, Volume 2, Issue 1
Book Release, Tremors, Virtual Living, Perturbations, Blossoms of Decay, Now I Accuse, Sudden Conflicts, Expectations: A Collection of Poetry, Rude Awakenings, Internet Yearnings, Voices of War, Blunt Force: A Collection of Poetry, The Remission of Order, The Republic of Dreams: And Other Essays, Acts of Defiance, Flare Up, Transitions, Contusions, Earth Links, Mortal Coil, The Big Match, Still Defiant, and Desperate Seeker.
Purchase Power II, Volume 3, Issue 2
Clown Show play announcement
Review, Internet Yearnings, Volume 4, Issue 2
Homeless VII, Volume 5, Issue 1
Review, Blunt Force: A Collection of Poetry, The Remission of Order, Volume 5, Issue 1

Hurricane V and Cold Spell, Volume 5, Issue 2

Book Release: Raise High the Walls, Too Harsh For Pastels, State of Rage, Temporal Dreams: A Collection of Poetry, Severance, Extreme Change: A Novel, and Redemption Value

Volume 1, Issue 2

Welcome to the second issue of The Magnolia Review!

To download the PDF, click TMR Volume 1 Issue 2 July 2015.

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Thank you, and enjoy the second issue!

Correction: Sally Deskins’ pieces use text from Laura Madeline Wiseman.

Contributors for Volume 1, Issue 2, July 2015: Michael Albright, Amy Bassin, Danny P. Barbare, Roy Bentley, Mark Blickley, Katarina Boudreaux, Barbara Brooks, Audrey Carroll, Yuan Changming, Dylan Debeli, Christine Degenaars, Sally Deskins, George Drew, James English , Richard Fein, Ruth Foley, Erin Darby Gesell, Mitchell Grabois, William A. Greenfield, Zebulon Huset, James Croal Jackson, Seth Jani, Janne Karlsson, Robert S. King, Monique Kluczykowski, Lavana Kray, Thom Kunz ,Charlene Langfur, Christine M. Lasek, Andrew Lindquist, Taidgh Lynch, Carolyn Martin, Brendan McDonnell, Michael P. McManus, Brian McRoberts, Todd Mercer, Abigail Parlier, Michael Passafiume, Richard King Perkins II, Maria Picone, Frederick Pollack, Sally Reece, Jessica Robinson, Allison Rosh, Mark Antony Rossi, Terry Savoie, Domenic Scopa, Ruth E. Towne, Bill Vernon, Terri Hadley Ward, Bill Wolak

Reviews for Volume 1, Issue 2, July 2015:The Bones of Us by J. Bradley and Adam Scott Mazer, Sylph by Abigail Cloud, I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life by Michael Czyzniejewski, The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan, Praying Drunk: Stories, Questions by Kyle Minor, and The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil.

Interview for Volume 1, Issue 2, July 2015: A Dance with Demons, and Other Melancholies, Interview with Abigail Cloud, author of Sylph, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize.