A journal of narrative writing.
Credits & Contributors

Originally from Montana and raised on the Arizona/Mexico border, Amanda J. Bejot recently moved to Phoenix, Arizona after earning her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Chatham College in Pennsylvania. When she is not busy plotting her next travel adventure, she teaches creative writing and English at a Phoenix area high school.

Elizabeth Bernays grew up in Australia where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, followed by study at the University of London, England for a doctorate in Entomology. She then worked for the British Government in England, Africa and India, before immigrating to the United States and becoming a professor of Entomology at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona where she obtained her MFA, and where she writes and studies nature. She has published seven poems and seven essays.

Dane Cervine lives in Santa Cruz, California, where he serves as Chief of Children's Mental Health for the county. His website can be viewed at: http://danecervine.typepad.com/, which includes samples of his work, including the book What A Father Dreams: Poems of Family, Love, & Aging. Dane's poems have appeared recently in the SUN Magazine, the Atlanta Review, the Hudson Review, and have received recent awards from Adrienne Rich and Tony Hoagland. Dane's new book The Jeweled Net of Indra is forthcoming from Plain View Press. 

Holly Clark is an MFA candidate in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.  She was recently published in Lumina and will be reading her work this September at Cornelia Street Café and the Ear Inn in New York City. 

Barbara Daniels' book, Rose Fever, is forthcoming from WordTech Press.  She received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, completed an MFA in poetry at Vermont College, and teaches writing and literature at Camden County College in New Jersey.  Her chapbook, The Woman Who Tries to Believe, won the Quentin R. Howard Prize.   Her poems have appeared in The Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, Blueline, and many other journals.   

Sarah DeCorla-Souza's poetry has appeared in Visions International, St. Linus Review and JMWW, and is forthcoming in Angel Face. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and daughter.  

Bill Garvey's poetry has appeared in Slant, 5AM, The Worcester Review, Diner and others.  He recently received his MFA from New England College.  He lives and works in Keene, New Hampshire. 

Robin Greene is a professor of English at Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she teaches creative writing and composition. She is co-founder and editor of Longleaf Press, which publishes poetry chapbooks. Greene has published two collections of poetry, and one nonfiction collection of birthing narratives. Currently, she is working on an anthology of open letters from established to young poets, and she is writing an historical novel about slavery in Fayetteville. Her work appears regularly in journals. Originally from New York City, Greene holds an MA from Binghamton University and a MFA from Vermont College at Norwich University.

E. Hart is living for two and can be found on line for the ladies room. She is hard at work on a creative nonfiction manuscript of grander proportions. Hart lives, as she always has, in Manhattan.

Donald Illich has published poetry in The Iowa Review, Fourteen Hills, Pinyon, Roanoke Review, and New Zoo Poetry Review. His work will be included in future issues of Passages North, Nimrod, LIT, Cold Mountain Review, and The Sulphur River Literary Review.  He received a Prairie Schooner scholarship to the 2006 Nebraska Summer Writer's Conference. 

Lyn Lifshin has edited four anthologies and published more than 120 books. 
Her most recent books are The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian (Texas  Review Press) and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me (Black Sparrow).  Her last  two Black Sparrow books, Cold Comfort and Before It's Light, won Paterson  Review Awards.  More information is available at

Lee-Ann Liles is a native of Bermuda with her B.A. in Creative Nonfiction Writing at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland. She was acknowledged in the 1993 Throne Speech in Bermuda for writing and publishing achievements at the age of 19, and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Motel, Caketrain, Talking River Review and Nanny Fanny.

Steve MacKinnon's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Oregon Literary Review, Marginalia, The Southeast Review, Plum Biscuit, The Belletrist Review, Armageddon, Just A Moment, and the Boston Globe. He was a finalist in Rosebud's X.J. Kennedy Award for Fiction and the Southeast Review's 2006 World's Best Short Short Story competition. He is currently at work on a collection of linked short stories and a novel titled "Mercy's Wake."

A. Meng is currently a senior at Livingston High School. She attended the New Jersey Governor's School for creative writing in the summer of 2006, where she worked with Cat Doty, Doug Goetsch, and Richard Weems. This is her first internet publication. 

"Ripples" is part of a linked collection of short fiction by Peggy Newland.

Teresa Peipins lives in Barcelona, Spain, and has recently completed her first novel set in Latvia and Spain. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in The Barcelona Review, The Buffalo News, and Pedestal, among other publications. She is currently teaching English at the Open University of Catalonia.

Adam Sirois is a recent graduate of the Creative Writing Program at Northwestern University. His writing professor at Northwestern, Brian Bouldrey, turned him on to Conte. He is originally from Dover, New Hampshire, which is where he gets his love for the ocean, seacoast, marine life, and fishing. His first ever submission, "General Sullivan" is a story dealing with these elements and should hopefully illuminate his love and respect for fishing and for his father.

Donna Karen Weaver is a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh with a BA in English Writing. She was awarded the Scott Turow Prize for fiction in 2003 from the University of Pittsburgh. Donna was accepted to the Catskills Writing Workshop in 2002 with a scholarship, and to the Cave Canem African American Poet's Summer Workshop in 2005. She was a finalist for the 2005 Drunken Boat Panliterary Poetry Award, and nominated for "Best of the Net Poetry" through Sundress Press.  Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Crucible, Kota Press, Loop, Whimperbang, Poetry Motel, Controlled Burn, drunkenboat.com, Big Toe Review, Ghoti, Lit Noire, Pavement Saw, and Pebble Lake Review. She is the editor-in-chief of Caketrain Journal and Press.


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Volume 2, Issue 3

"Between Seasons"

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