The nonfiction pieces we publish are generally comprised of straightforward narratives, allowing writers to use their words, language, and craft to tell their stories. Oftentimes, reading about someone else’s trials can give us insight and fortitude to help us get through our own.

My Mother Thinks She Lives in Garden City
Dennis Humphrey teaches writing and literature at Prince William Sound College in beautiful Valdez, Alaska. He has a PhD in English/ Creative Writing from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. He has published fiction in such places as storySouth, Southern Hum, Clapboard House, Prick of the Spindle, BloodLotus, SN Review, and The Copperfield Review, and he has published creative non-fiction in Collateral and cahoodaloodaling.

Shame the Devil
Kristie Robin Johnson 
is an educator, essayist, and poet from Augusta, GA. She is currently enrolled in the MFA Creative Writing program at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Atlanta Free Speech, HeART Online Journal, Rigorous Lit Mag, Split Lip Magazine, and Under the Gum Tree.

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

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.