Bim Angst's writing in multiple genres has been recognized with a number of awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. This story is from a linked collection set in the 20th Century's immigrant-populated mining communities of Pennsylvania's anthracite coal regions, in the foothills of the state's eastern Appalachian Mountains. Angst lives in Saint Clair, PA.

Cécile Barlier's work has appeared or is forthcoming in many journals, including Amarillo Bay, Bacopa Literary Review (first place for fiction, 2012), New Delta Review, Saint Ann's Review, and Sou'wester. Originally from France, she has been a regular student and occasional teacher at the Writer's Studio in San Francisco for a number of years.

Barbara Crooker is the author of eight books of poetry; Les Fauves (C&R Press, 2017) is the most recent. Her work has appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and The Bedford Introduction to Literature.She has received a number of awards, including the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships.

Fred Dale is a husband to his wife, Valerie, and a father to his occasionally good dog, Earl. He is a Senior Instructor in the English Department at the University of North Florida, and is pursuing an MFA at the University of Tampa, but mostly, he just grades papers. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Sugar House Review, Crack the Spine, Chiron Review, Dunes Review, Clackamas Literary Review and others.

Robin Fasano has written for Spirituality & Health, Ode, and Berkshire Living, among others. She's worked in philanthropy, public relations, and publishing. She has lived in ten states and traveled throughout the Middle East and Africa. Most recently, she's been working and living in Kabul.

Syrian poet, Alan Irid Fendi, writes in both Arabic and English. His poems appeared, or will soon, (in English) on New Verse News and Leopardskin & Limes; (in Arabic) on Gaston Bachelard-blog and Al-Haraka Al-Shiriya.

Ashley Kunsa's creative work appears or is forthcoming in more than two dozen journals, including Sycamore Review, Pembroke Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review, and she has won awards from the A Room of Her Own Foundation and Eastern Iowa Review. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, she is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT. Find her online at

Erin Murphy's forthcoming collection, Assisted Living, was the winner of the 2016 Brick Road Poetry Prize. The poetic sequence included in this issue is from that manuscript and focuses on Murphy's late mother-in-law, Ann Palmer De Prospo, an accomplished pianist who was the leader of the Major Bowes All-Girl Band in the 1930s. Murphy's other publications include eight previous books, most recently Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers (SUNY Press, 2016) and Ancilla (Lamar University Press, 2014). Murphy is professor of English at Penn State University, Altoona College.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The Osiris Poems published by box of chalk, 2017. For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled "Magic, Illusion and Other Realities," please visit his website at

Benjamin Schmitt is the Best Book Award and Pushcart nominated author of two books, Dinner Table Refuge (PunksWritePoemsPress, 2015) and The global conspiracy to get you in bed (Kelsay Books, 2013). His new poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Antioch Review, The Columbia Review, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle where he also reviews books, curates a reading series, and teaches workshops to people of all ages.

Ayten Tartici is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at Yale University, where her work was awarded the Gordon Barber Memorial Prize for Poetry. Ayten's poems have appeared in Confrontations, Innisfree and the Harvard Advocate. Raised in Turkey, she now lives in New York.