Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, this issue’s featured artist, was born and raised in southern Texas. After living in Latin America and New York, Irene now lives off the grid in the high desert of central Oregon, where she enjoys exploring the wilderness, encouraging the preservation of local wildlife habitat, and keeping a dermestid beetle colony.  A new book of Irene’s paintings, Closer to Wildness, has just been published by Pomegranate; an exhibition of her paintings and pieces made from bones is currently at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art until August 3, 2014.

Francesca Bell’s poems have appeared in many journals, including burntdistrict, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, and The Sun. New work is forthcoming in Spillway, Prairie Schooner, New Ohio Review, Zone 3, Crab Creek Review (her poem was a finalist in their recent contest), River Styx, Pirene’s Fountain, and Blue Lyra Review. She has been nominated six times for the Pushcart Prize. She will spend this summer running California fire roads with her beagles, making plum jam, and refusing to swim in cold water.

Abigail Carroll is author of Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal (Basic Books, 2013), which was a finalist for the Zocalo Public Square Book Award. Her prose has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Huffington Post, and her poems have appeared in a variety of print and online literary magazines, including The Midwest Quarterly, River Oak Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Clapboard House. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University and lives and writes in Vermont.

Sherry Chandler has published two collections of poetry, The Woodcarver's Wife and Weaving a New Eden. Her work has been widely published in periodicals and anthologies, most recently in The Avatar Review, Unsplendid, The Shotglass Poetry Journal, and Irresistible Sonnets. She lives on a farm in Kentucky with her husband and son.

James Clinton Howell holds an MA in English, emphasis in poetry, from the University of Southern Mississippi. His interests center on poetry and literary translation, particularly old and modern Germanic languages, as well as Japanese. His poems have been published in The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume II, Mississippi and elsewhere. He has also localized Japanese content for American audiences and written extensively in the videogame industry. He is a writer for Camouflaj Studio's RÉPUBLIQUE.

Collin Kelley's poetry collections include Better To Travel, Slow To Burn, After the Poison, and Render, chosen by the American Library Association for its 2014 Over the Rainbow Book List and named one of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution's Best Books of 2013. He also is the author of the novels Conquering Venus and Remain In Light, runner-up for the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Fiction and a 2012 finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. Kelley is the recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Award, Deep South Festival of Writers Award, and Goodreads Poetry Award. He is at work on a new novel, Leaving Paris.

David King’s debut poetry chapbook, Marcescence: Poems from Gahneesah (co-authored with Christopher Martin), is forthcoming with Finishing Line Press this fall. David is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at Kennesaw State University where he has taught for over twenty years. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, and he has won first prize awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, Concepts Magazine, and Snake Nation Review. Most recently his poetry was featured in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia. He is also the arts and culture columnist for The Georgia Bulletin, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, and his work has been awarded by the Catholic Press Association. A fourth generation Georgia native, he lives in historic Marietta with his wife and two young sons.

Kathleen Brewin Lewis is senior editor of Flycatcher.  Her chapbook, Fluent in Rivers, will be published by FutureCycle Press later this year.

Kate Partridge's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, RHINO, Bloom, and Verse Daily. A graduate of the MFA program at George Mason University, she lives in Anchorage, where she teaches at the University of Alaska and coordinates the Crosscurrents Reading Series. She is a co-editor at Gazing Grain Press and a Count Coordinator for VIDA.

Amy Pence authored the poetry collections Armor, Amour (Ninebark Press, 2012) and The Decadent Lovely (Main Street Rag, 2010).  Her hybrid poetry collection on Emily Dickinson, [It] Incandescent, was a finalist for Tupelo Press’s Snowbound Chapbook Award and the Colorado Prize for Poetry.  Her fiction appears in Silk Road, Storyglossia, and Red Fez.  Her interviews, reviews, and essays are in The Conversant, The Rumpus, Colorado Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and Poets & Writers. This spring, three of her poems written at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers won the Claire Keyes Poetry Award from Soundings East.  She earned her M.F.A. from the University of Arizona.  A professor at DeVry University in Atlanta, she lives with her husband and her daughter in Carrollton, Georgia. 

Glenis Redmond is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She is the Poet-in-Residence at The State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ and The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, SC. Her MFA in Poetry is from Warren Wilson College. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a North Carolina Literary Fellowship Recipient from the North Carolina Arts Council and a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. Her latest book of poetry is titled Under the Sun. Glenis participated on the task force that created the first Writer-in-Residence at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, NC. Glenis is also a full-time road poet, performing and teaching poetry across the country. Glenis loves poetry in all shapes and forms: page and stage. Find Glenis’s poems featured in journals and anthologies across the nation: Tidal Basin Review, NCLR, EMRYS, Meridians, The Asheville Poetry Review, Tongues of the Ocean, and Obsidian II. Glenis believes poetry is the mouth that speaks, when all other mouths are silent.

Susan Rooke lives and writes in Austin, Texas.  A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she has recent or forthcoming poems in U.S.1 Worksheets, Concho River Review, Texas Poetry Calendar 2015, Naugatuck River Review, and in the new “Envelopes” anthology edited by Dr. Jonas Zdanys.  This year she aims to publish her fantasy novel, The Space Between, come the proverbial Hell or high water (and this time she means it).  As often as possible, she and her husband of 30 years hike the mountains of west Texas, accompanied by their endearingly empty-headed dog.

Donna Steiner’s writing has been published in literary journals including Fourth Genre, Shenandoah, The Bellingham Review, The Sun, and the inaugural issue of Flycatcher.  She teaches at the State University of New York in Oswego and is a contributing writer for Hippocampus Magazine. She recently completed a manuscript of linked, place-based essays and is working on a collection of poems.  Her chapbook, Elements, was released in 2013 by Sweet Publications.

Sarah Ann Winn lives in Fairfax, Virginia. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Apeiron Review, [d]ecember, Lunch Ticket, Massachusetts Review, Rappahannock Review, and Stirring, among others. Visit her at or follow her @blueaisling on Twitter.


Artwork on this page:
Detail of Hands on the ground
10 x 8" oil on clayboard
Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

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