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Issue 5 Contributors

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Shari Altman: photographer
Shari Altman is a writer, photographer, and herbalism student in rural Vermont. Her work has been featured in 1110 journal, 3191 Quarterly, Taproot, and the book From Fields, Orchards, and Gardens. Although she misses the South where she grew up, she now sings the praises of maple creemees, town meeting, snowshoeing, and community suppers. Shari blogs at The Art of Seeing Things.

Maegan Beishline: photographer
Maegan Beishline is a photographer, knitter, and textile artist living in the mountains of Pennsylvania where she tends her home and homeschools her three daughters. You can see more of her work on her blog, Madeline Bea, and on Instagram.

Courtney Cable: writer
Courtney Cable makes her home, along with her husband and their young son, on the flat plains of Iowa. She holds an MA in Intermedia Art from the University of Iowa and undergraduate degrees in English, Film, and Theatre. Passionate about simple and mindful living, she writes frequently about her journey towards embracing kindness and living more lightly on the earth. She is a work-at-home mama, a crafter, a voracious reader and a frequent contributor to the online magazine Rhythm of the Home. Courtney blogs at A Life Sustained.

Rebecca Coursey-Rugh: photographer
Rebecca Coursey-Rugh lives in West Los Angeles with her brood of merry men and her many, oh-so-goofy, animals. She loves toy-cluttered perfection, photography, mountains next to the sea, and old books that smell like wood. You can find more of her writing, photography, and ruminations on her blog, Pomegranate & Seeds.

Kelly DuMar: writer
Kelly’s plays, short stories and poems are inspired by nature, family, and her belief in the artistry of shared stories to transform individuals and communities. Recent publications include short stories in Sliver of Stone, Open Road Review, Literary Mama, Red Earth Review, poems in Lingerpost, Blast Furnace, *82 Review, Emerge, Apeiron, and Sugared Water, and short plays by Art Age and Foxing Quarterly. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 8th year.

Allison Grayhurst: writer
Allison Grayhurst has had over 275 poems published or accepted and soon to be published in more than 160 international journals, magazines, and anthologies including Parabola (summer 2012), Blue Fifth Review, The Cape Rock, Gris-Gris, and New Binary Press Anthology. Her book, Somewhere Falling, was published by Beach Holme Publishers in 1995. Since then she has published ten other books of poetry and two collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing. Her poetry chapbook, The River is Blind, was recently published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press December 2012. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two children, two cats, and a dog. She also sculpts, working with clay.

Emily Ruth Hazel: writer
Emily Ruth Hazel is a New York City-based poet and writer whose work explores themes of relationship and faith and wrestles with tensions between the urban setting she now calls home and her love for the natural world. Aiming to capture the beauty, hope, and humor in everyday experiences, she has twice been awarded Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes. Her first poetry book, Body & Soul (Finishing Line Press), was a New Women’s Voices finalist. She has written for magazines, literary journals, anthologies, and Texas Poetry Calendar 2014. Commissioned by Spark and Echo Arts, her poems can be heard at Her Facebook Artist’s Page can be found here.

Amy Hood: photographer, writer
Amy Hood is passionate about inspiring confidence and creativity in artists of all ages–and she believes we are all artists. Her e-zine, Art Together, aspires to encourage adults to explore open-ended art adventures alongside children. You can find out more about Amy and her projects at Amy Hood Arts.

Jeffrey Johnson: writer
Jeffrey Johnson lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He blogs at Harbors of Heaven.

Danielle Ayers Jones: photographer
Danielle Ayers Jones has been a contributing writer for the online magazine, Ungrind, and has written for Thriving Family, Clubhouse, Jr., Radiant, and Relevant. She also combines her love of writing and photography on her blog. It’s a space where she seeks to find beauty in the everyday, joy in hardship, and encouragement in unexpected places. Danielle currently lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

Kate LaDew: writer
Kate LaDew is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Studio Art.

Éireann Lorsung: photographer, writer
Éireann Lorsung grew up in Minnesota and now lives in Belgium; her two collections, Music for Landing Planes By and Her Book, are published by Milkweed Editions. Her poems and prose appear in Beloit Poetry Journal, DIAGRAM, Colorado Review, The Pinch, and Cerise Press. Now at work on a novel about archives and textiles, she teaches writing and co-runs MIEL, a micropress. You can find out more on her website.

Jennifer Martelli: writer
Jennifer Martelli is a graduate of Boston University and the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers. Jennifer has taught high school English, as well as college literature. Her work has appeared most recently in Spare Change, The Bellingham Review, and Calliope. Jennifer is a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for Poetry. Her chapbook, Apostrophe, was published in 2010 by BigTable Publishing Co.

Scarlet Martin: writer
Scarlet Martin is a recent graduate from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English. During her time at Texas Tech, she served as an editor for the campus’s literary journal, The Harbinger. Scarlet currently resides in Wolfforth, Texas, where she is working on a collection of poems and short stories while preparing for mission relief work abroad.

Jefferson Navicky: writer
Jefferson Navicky’s work has appeared in Birkensnake, Smokelong Quarterly, The Café Review, Horse Less Review, and The Belfast Poetry Festival. His short plays have been produced around New England. He teaches English at Southern Maine Community College, and lives in Portland with his wife, Sarah.

Julianne Palumbo: writer
Julianne Palumbo is a writer of poetry, short stories, and YA novels. Her poetry and short stories have been published or are forthcoming in The MacGuffin, The Listening Eye, Ibettson Street Press, Poetry East, YARN, and others. Her poetry chapbook, Into Your Light, about raising teenagers, was recently released by Flutter Press. A former attorney, she is the mother of three teenagers and a writing coach and mentor for teens.

Denise Parsons: writer
Denise Parsons is an artist and writer. She lives and works in San Francisco, CA. You can find her here.

Arthur Plotnik: writer
An emerging poet, Arthur Plotnik is better known as author of the prose works Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style (Random House) and seven other nonfiction books, including two (U.S.) Book-of-the-Month Club selections. As a poet, he was a finalist in the Dana Literary Awards for poetry and runner-up for the William Stafford Award, and he appears in recent issues of Brilliant Corners, Rosebud, Harpur Palate, THEMA, Comstock Review, and The Cape Rock. Formerly editorial director for the American Library Association, he is a board member of The Writer magazine. He lives in Chicago. Find Arthur online here.

Andrea Potos: writer
Andrea Potos is the author of four poetry collections, including We Lit the Lamps Ourselves (Salmon Poetry, 2012), and Yaya’s Cloth (Iris Press, 2007), which were both awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association. Andrea lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her family.

Amy Schweitzer: writer
Amy Schweitzer is an attorney specializing in drafting legislation relating to health and public social services. Her short story, “The Root,” was published in CAIRN: The St. Andrews Review.

Rebecca Sims: photographer
Rebecca Sims is a British expat currently living in the city of Chicago with her husband and their six year old son. Her photography has been featured in a number of online publications in addition to being exhibited nationally. She shares her photos and writing on her blog, Bumbles & Light.

Dawn Suzette Smith: writer, photographer
Dawn Suzette Smith is a writer, photographer, designer, and homeschooling mama. She recently relocated to the high desert of New Mexico after five years in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her favorite shoes are hiking boots, she is never without a bar of dark chocolate in her bag, and she takes every chance she gets to soak up nature’s goodness outdoors with her family. Dawn blogs at Simple Things Notebook.

Laurelyn Whitt: writer
Laurelyn Whitt’s poems have appeared in various North American journals, including Nimrod International, The Tampa Review, Puerto Del Sol, The Malahat Review, PRISM International, Rattle, Descant, and The Fiddlehead. The author of three award- winning poetry collections, including Interstices (Logan House Press), her latest book, Tether, was published in 2013 by Seraphim Editions (Woodstock, Ontario). She lives in Minnedosa, Manitoba.

Courtney Huse Wika: writer
Courtney Huse Wika lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota where she teaches writing and literature. She likes to collect things: overheard quotes, books, and sometimes animals. Her creative work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, The MacGuffin, Backwards City Review, Scissors and Spackle, Paddlefish, 605 Magazine, and the anthology Life on the Farm and Ranch: South Dakota Stories.

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