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.
Daddy’s the Devil and Expectations (October, 2020)
Rachel Elliott is a Junior at Bridgewater State University studying Creative Writing, Communication, and minoring in Computer Science. Rachel began writing about her own childhood trauma in order to help others who have experienced similar events. This is her first publication.
Pobody’s Nerfect (October, 2020)
Milton P. Ehrlich, Ph.D. is an 88-year-old psychologist and a veteran of the Korean War. He has published many poems in periodicals such as the London Grip, Arc Poetry Magazine, Descant Literary Magazine, Wisconsin Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times.
Rochester, Minnesota (April, 2020)
Ruth Zwald has served professionally as chaplain, pastor, and social worker. When an astrologer told Ruth she had no “earth” in her birth sign, Ruth set about to find ways to ground. She has huge gardens, sharing life with her partner who is a part-time shepherd, on their farm in Michigan. When she was faced with trying to express the challenging moments in her life, Ruth began digging up words like she digs potatoes -unearthing thoughts and loving reconnecting to this creative use of language. She is new to the pursuit of publishing, and her poetry has been accepted in the upcoming “Voices de la Luna Earth: In Peril/In Praise.”
Donna Love Wallace of Lewisville, NC received a Wildacres Artist Residency to complete her first book of poetry, Between the Stones, about her personal experience with breast cancer (Hermit Feathers Press, forthcoming). Her poetry appears in Snapdragon, Flying South, Kakalak,Wild Goose Poetry Review, and Plainsongs among others. She hikes and bicycles in the foothills around her home — fueled, as always, by coffee.
Love Me More
Fleta Vincent writes to be a witness to the comedy and tragedy of life in all of its faces. The writer William Wordsworth said “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” When she is not writing her heart breathings, she is dancing, reveling at the miracle that is music, being amazed at the sheer awesomeness of nature, and watching telenovelas. She is a retired high school Spanish teacher who lives in Georgia. Her work has been published in The Voices Project, Ancient Paths Online, The Raven’s Perch, Black Magnolias: A Literary Journal, Catalyst: A Magazine of Heart and Mind, and Chantwood Magazine.
Ann E. Wallace writes of life with illness, motherhood, and other everyday realities. Her work has recently appeared in Wordgathering, The Literary Nest, HerStory, Snapdragon, The Same, as well as other literary journals. She lives in Jersey City, NJ, where she is a professor at New Jersey City University. Her work can be found on her website AnnWallacePhD.com and on Twitter @annwlace409.
Stripes (April, 2018)
Joyce Bethea McCulloch practiced law for 10 years before she and her husband decided to focus on raising a family. During this time, Joyce discovered her creativity and found that she enjoys silver smithing, watercolors and encaustic painting, repurposing vintage items, and writing. She lives in Dallas,Texas with her husband, three dogs, and two cats. Her daughter currently attends college in Oregon.
Survivor Song (in memoriam A.S.)
Kimberly L. Becker is author of Words Facing East, The Dividings and the forthcoming collection Flight, as well as numerous journal and anthology publications such as Drunken Boat, Indigenous Message on Water, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits, and Bared. She has served as a mentor for PEN America’s Prison Writing Program and AWP’s Writer to Writer program. Visit her at www.kimberlylbecker.com
Judith Barrington has published four poetry collections, most recently The Conversation (Salmon Poetry), and two chapbooks: Postcard from the Bottom of the Sea and Lost Lands (winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Award). Her New and Selected will come out in early 2018 from Salmon Press. She lives in Oregon, teaches workshops in the USA, Britain, and Spain, and has been a faculty member of the MFA Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. More at: www.judithbarrington.com
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.
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.
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.
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.