Welcome. Take a breath.

Bloodletters is here to offer you solace, to give you space to breathe, and space to process. We hope you find comfort and peace in the writing shared by authors who have had similar experiences. Share in their pain, learn from their mistakes, and know first and foremost that you are not alone.

Poetry  – Many writers who have suffered trauma use poetry as a means to get the poison out, as a way of facing the trauma from a different angle or perspective. The poetry we publish is very accessible, and by that I mean, relatable. We want our readers to be able to understand and relate to the poetry we publish while giving our writers the space they need to breathe while they write.

NonfictionThe nonfiction pieces we publish are generally comprised of straightforward narratives, allowing writers to use their words, language, and craft to help tell their story.


Jessica Walker is a writer who uses speculative fiction to unravel the world. Her short stories have been featured in Eye Contact, Rune, and Flash Fiction Magazine. Her forthcoming work includes an essay about eating disorders for RE/CODED.

Trigger Warning and Carnivore
Doni Shepard is a poet, mother, and lifetime learner currently residing in Phoenix. She spends her days managing content for a popular startup, mommying an extraordinary three-year-old, and serving as Lunch Ticket’s Poetry Editor. Upon nightfall you can generally find her in an insomniac haze binge-watching Shameless with a fluffy orange feline named Doobie. Her work has been featured by Dirty Chai, and can be found in the love anthology Spectrum 3: LoveLoveLove. She is currently an MFA candidate at Antioch University Los Angeles, concentrating in poetry. 

Children’s Hospital
Elise Malecki, MD
has published chiefly in medical and scientific journals, most recently in Pancreas.  She is a Gastroenterologist at Stratton Albany Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College.

His Change
Daphne Erickson
is a survivor of severe physical and sexual abuse as a child and into adulthood and as a result suffers from dissociative identity disorder with several distinct personalities. This is her first publication.

Jewish Child, Indirect Adoption
Wayne-Daniel Berard teaches English and Humanities at Nichols College in Dudley, MA. An adoptee and former Franciscan seminarian, his birth-search led him to find and embrace his Jewishness. Wayne-Daniel is a Peace Chaplain, an interfaith clergy person, and a member of B’nai Or of Boston. He has published widely in both poetry and prose, and is the co-founding editor of Soul-Lit, an online journal of spiritual poetry. He lives in Mansfield, MA with his wife, The Lovely Christine.

Jeff Santosuosso
is a business executive and prize-winning poet living in Pensacola, FL. A member of the Florida State Poets Society, he is co-editor of panoplyzine.com, an online journal dedicated to poetry and short prose. His poems have appeared in Illya’s Honey, Red River Review, Texas Poetry Calendar (2012, 2014), Avocet, Red Fez, Alalit, Extract(s), Syzygy and other online and print publications. You can find him on Facebook.

Careless Talk
Fiona Sinclair
‘s first full collection Ladies Who Lunch was published by Lapwing Press, Belfast in 2015. She is the editor of the on line poetry magazine Message in a Bottle.

He Held a Gun To My Temple
Rita Coleman is a graduate of Wright State University with a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. A former journalist and freelance writer, she is retired from university teaching. She has written one volume of poetry, Mystic Connections, described in a Kirkus review as “deeply felt.”

Rose Quartz Geode
Dianne Silvestri is a poet, physician, and stem cell transplant recipient. She has authored the chapbook Necessary Sentiments. Her poems have appeared in many highly regarded journals including The Healing Muse, The Pharos, Blood and Thunder, and Blast Furnace.

Zen Meditation for Pain
Marion Deutsche Cohen’s latest poetry book is Lights I Have Loved (Red Dashboard Press) and her latest memoir is Still the End: Memoir of a Nursing Home Wife (Unlimited Publishing), the sequel to Dirty Details: The Days and Nights of a Well Spouse (Temple University Press). Her books total 23, including several about her experiences with spousal chronic illness and with newborn loss. She teaches math and writing at Arcadia University in Glenside PA.


Conscious Uncoupling
Jennifer Pettigrew
earned a BS in Public Relations from Kent State University and a JD from Capital University Law School. She is a trauma survivor and finds her home in Ohio.

Emily Adams
is a recent graduate of Colorado Christian University, and passionate about writing creative nonfiction to share testimonies that encourage and inspire her readers. Emily is a news writer for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association where she composes stories of God’s work at the Billy Graham Library. Connect with her through her blog at tiptoepointes.wordpress.com.

My Night on the River
Rich Kirshen
has spent his entire life, with the exception of his time in the US Navy, and some extensive traveling time, living in South Florida. After retiring in October 2013, he now spends his time playing golf, tending to grandchildren, hanging out with his two sons, and taking road trips with Mary, his wife of 42 years. His forthcoming book entitled “Vietnam War River Patrol: A U.S. Gunboat Captain Returns to the Mekong Delta” is being published by McFarland & Company, Inc.

Philadelphia Nights on Ward R 
Norm Milliken
is a veteran of the Vietnam War who served with the Ninth Marines as a combat machine gunner in 1968 until he was wounded just before Christmas of the same year.

Official Substitute
Peter E. Murphy
was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a night club and drove a cab. Recent essays and poems appear or are forthcoming in The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, The Lindenwood Review, Mead, Passager, Rattle, Rhino, Sleet Magazine and Tiferet. He is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University which sponsors the annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for poets, writers and teachers in the U.S. and abroad.

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