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Gale Acuff has taught university English in the US, China, and the Palestinian West Bank. He has had poetry published in Ascent, Ohio Journal, Descant, Adirondack Review, Concho River Review, Worcester Review, Maryland Poetry Review, Florida Review, South Carolina Review, Arkansas Review, Carolina Quarterly, Poem, South Dakota Review, Santa Barbara Review, Sequential Art Narrative in Education, and many other journals. He has authored three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel (BrickHouse Press, 2004), The Weight of the World (BrickHouse, 2006), and The Story of My Lives (BrickHouse, 2008).   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Chelsea Adams received her MA from Hollins College in Creative Writing and English. A chapbook of her poems, Looking for a Landing, was published by Sow's Ear Press in 2000. Her stories and poems have been published in numerous journals, including Poet Lore, Potato Eyes, Albany Review, Southwestern Review, California State Poetry Quarterly, Huckleberry Magazine, Union Street Review, Wind, Lucid Stone, Rhino, and the Alms House Press Sampler. Java Poems, a chapbook celebrating her addiction to coffee, was published in 2007.   Issue 5.2 Fall 2013  Issue 4.2 Summer 2012   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

J.C. Alfier is author of The Wolf Yearling (Silver Birch Press, 2013) and Idyll for a Vanishing River (Glass Lyre Press, forthcoming). In 2013, he was a finalist in the Press 53 Poetry Contest, and short-listed for the Fermoy International Poetry Festival, Ireland. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in South Carolina Review, Louisville Review, and Arkansas Review.   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Luke Maguire Armstrong is the author of iPoems for the Dolphins to Click Home, contributing editor to the online travel magazine TheExpeditioner.com and co-editor of the offbeat travel book The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World. His un-published novel How One Guitar Will Save the World is looking for an agent and will soon be unleashed upon the world.   Issue 5.2 Fall 2013   Issue 3.3 Summer 2011   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010    


Justin Askins is a Professor of English at Radford University.  His poems, photos, essays, and book reviews have appeared in many newspapers and journals, with his main interests being the natural world and environmental issues.  His volume The Legendary Neversink was published by Skyhorse Press in 2007 and his chapbook Changing Terrain was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011.   Issue 5.2 Fall 2013  Issue 5.1 Winter 2013  Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008      

Jayn Avery is a potter by trade and a writer on impulse. A member of the Floyd Writer’s Circle, she has been inspired by the diversity among Floyd writers as is true for Floyd potters. Unique individual expression makes for a strong community!   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009   

Beckmaka has a degree in Art History from James Madison University, and she works at the Literacy Council in Northern Virginia.  Beckmaka is a haphazard kt machine.  Don't be jealous of her muu muus-- you too can be just as fashionable. A little work, a little mango and sticky rice, some salteñas perhaps. Then maybe you too can have such a shapely fanny.   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Brittany Bernier grew up in a small town on the shoreline where she was the coolest most baddest bitch for miles.  She is attending college in New Paltz, New York where she will study girraffic design.   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009

Kathryn M. Bondurant grew up in the New River Valley and has studied English at Emory & Henry College and Radford University. Currently, she is a Graduate Teaching Fellow who teaches English 101 and 102 at Radford University. She has always been extremely interested in Appalachian literature and culture. She is the recipient of two Leidig Poetry Prizes (2003, 2005), the Scott Christianson Essay Award (2007), and the Nan Lacy Chapbook Prize for poetry (2008).   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Eric Bonholtzer is an attorney with a Master’s Degree in English. He won first place in both the fiction and poetry categories of the College Language Association (CLA) Creative Writing Contest/Margaret Walker Prizes

for Creative Writing national competition. He is also the recipient of the Ted Pugh Poetry Award and took 2nd place in New York Times Bestselling Author F. Paul Wilson’s “Stump Repairman Jack” Creative Writing Contest, among

other honors. In addition to writing fiction, he writes for several prominent publications such as FIGHT! Magazine and Skinnie Entertainment Magazine, and he was a two-time finalist in the Rolling Stone “I’m from Rolling Stone”

National Journalism Contest. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society as well as a member of the Moot Court Honors Program, Law Review, and the Trial Advocacy Honors Program.  Issue 5.2 Fall 2013

Jeremiah Breen grew up in rural Massachusetts, received his B.A. in Philosophy from Ferrum College in Southwest Virginia, and now resides in Southern Florida with his girlfriend, their three-year old son, and a German shepherd that refuses to come. After experiencing his first Florida summer, he hopes his trend of regularly moving farther south doesn’t continue. This will be his first publication credit.   Issue 3.3 Summer 2011

Neva Bryan (previously published as Neva Hamilton) is a native of Wise County, Virginia. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she has published poems and short stories in A! Magazine for the Arts, Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Bluestone Review, Clinch Mountain Review, and Jimson Weed. She has received a dozen writing prizes, including a James Still Award for Poetry from the Appalachian Writers Association. She is listed in the Virginia Commission for the Arts' directory of Writers in Virginia. Neva's debut novel, St. Peter's Monsters, will be published in early 2009.   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Brad Buchanan teaches English at California State University, Sacramento. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than 160 journals worldwide, including Canadian Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, and Twentieth-Century Literature. He is co-founder of Roan Press (www.roanpress.com) and author of Swimming the Mirror: Poems for My Daughter winner of a Writer’s Digest book contest award in 2009.   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010

Neal Buck is a grad student in English at Radford University where he also teaches Core 101. Originally from Roanoke, Neal now lives in Belspring with his wife, Aleah, his two dogs, and his pygmy goat.   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009

Brad Burkholder is a past winner of an Academy of American Poets Award. He studied verse writing in the graduate programs at UNC-Greensboro and Hollins. He teaches English and creative writing at Virginia Western Community College, and he and his wife breed Gypsy horses.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011


Ben E. Campbell is a native of Appalachia and currently holds the position of associate professor of English at New River Community College in Dublin. His stories and essays have appeared in more than twenty print venues, among them Broad River Review, Now and Then, Yemassee, Roanoke Review and of course, Floyd County Moonshine. He is also the author of the short story collection A Welcome Walk into the Dark. Ben resides in rural Giles County, Virginia with his wife, daughter and jack russell terrier.   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011

Ellie Canter grew up in Falls Church, Virginia. She received her B.A. in English and French literature from the University of Virginia in 2007. After spending a year teaching English to baguette-wielding french children, she returned to Charlottesville last fall to serve as a college adviser at Fluvanna County High School.   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009

Clay Cantrell is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Memphis and his poetry has appeared in Chrysalis, Fjords Review, The Nashville Review, and is forthcoming in Midwest Quarterly. He received the 2013 Academy of American Poets University Award for the University of Memphis.   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Katherine Chantal is a member of the Floyd Writer’s Circle.  While most people know her as mother of five sons, an herbalist, a ceremonialist, she has been writing her stories, her memoirs, her poetry for over thirty years.   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009   

Casey Clabough is currently the English Graduate Director at Lynchburg College and literature editor for Encyclopedia Virginia.  His travel memoir, The Warrior’s Path: Reflections Along an Ancient Route, (2007) was a finalist for both the 2008 Appalachian Book of the Year and the 2008 Library of Virginia Book of the Year.  He also has written scholarly books on the contemporary southern writers James Dickey, Fred Chappell, George Garrett, and Gayl Jones.  He writes often for various periodicals and is the youngest of all the current regular contributors to the Sewanee Review, which published a review-essay of his.   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Su Clauson-Wicker, a resident of Blacksburg, VA, was recently an ex VISTA volunteer assigned to Floyd, Montgomery, Giles, and Pulaski counties. Her story is very loosely based on her work in a children's home in the 1970s.   Issue 3.3 Summer 2011

Jake Cohen is a Floyd County High School graduate and has a degree in Industrial Design from James Madison University that has found great use as a placemat. In his spare time, he enjoys staring vacantly into space and complaining about the state of music.  He also enjoys guitar, photography, cooking, and staring vacantly into space…He plans to move to Seattle for some reason. He owns and operates WhatWorks Design, LLC in Falls Church, Virginia with some friends and can typically be found in a taco bell.   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Corey Cook's work has recently appeared in Bird's Eye reView, Brevities, Chiron Review, A Handful of Stones, nibble, Oak Bend Review, and Plain Spoke. New work is forthcoming in Hanging Moss Journal, Loose Yarns, miller's pond and Willard & Maple. Corey works for a not for profit and edits The Orange Room Review with his wife, Rachael. They live in Contoocook, NH with their daughter.   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

McCabe Coolidge is a potter in Floyd County who sells his pots at the Blacksburg farmer’s market and collects surplus produce at the end of the day. He and his wife and a bunch of volunteers distribute the produce to individuals and families in the county who do not have transportation.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012   Issue 3.3 Summer 2011   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010

Eliot Dabinsky, rakish dance gypsy, cut-up, artist, photographer, poet, procrastinator, founding member of the Floyd Writer's Circle, teacher and cherished friend, suffered a fatal heart attack in November of 2005. Elliot loved fine fountain pens, Monty Python, e.e. cummings, feminist writers, rubber stamps, NPR, genuine hugs, mixed tapes, antique toys and long-haired cats. He often wrote in coffee shops and his license plate read: "Hands 4," a term familiar to fellow contra-dancers. His T-shirt collection was famous around Floyd and lives on in many local closets after being distributed at a Spoken Word Open Mic Night a year after his death. Elliot had a keen eye and a steady hand, and his fierce critique was always tempered by his kind but irascible heart.   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009 Featured Author

Hal J. Daniel III, is Professor Emeritus of Biology and Anthropology at East Carolina University. He enjoys writing both science and poetry. His 7th collection of poetry, Animal Behavior, is available from the author at Otter

Creek Preserve at Box 166, Falkland, NC 27827.  Issue 5.2 Fall 2013

John Davis Jr. is a Florida poet whose work has recently appeared all over the South in publications including Town Creek Poetry, Deep South Magazine, Flagler Review, and The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has forthcoming work in Real South Magazine (January 2013). He is currently a student in the University of Tampa’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, and serves as English Department Chair for The Vanguard School of Lake Wales.   Issue 5.2 Fall 2013  Issue 5.1 Winter 2013

Mary Delaney grew up in Roanoke, VA and attended James Madison University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.  She now lives in Maryland and works for a t-shirt company in Tysons Corner, VA.  She has a keen interest in art of all kinds and spends much of her free time in artistic pursuits.   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009

Amity Dewey grew up in Indian Valley in Floyd, Virginia. Her father, Daniel Dewey, artist and sculptor, taught his daughter to hold a brush at an early age. His paintings hung on the walls of their home, sculptures adorned bookcases and the front porch. Jerian Dewey, Amity’s mother, homeschooled her daughter when she was young. Science class was a walk through the woods identifying leaves and collecting acorns. Other artists in the community were family friends and visited often. Amity won her first award when she entered public school in the fifth grade, appropriately for a state-wide Arbor Day art contest. Amity has had multiple showings at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd. Most recently her artwork has been seen around Blacksburg, VA at Steppin’ Out and Art at the Market. Amity is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in civil environmental engineering. She is pursuing a career in water resources and conservation. She currently lives in Radford, VA.   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010

Kenneth DiMaggio will have an article published. It is titled "Salaam Sid Vicious: The Hybridization of Islam and Punk in Michael Muhammad Knight's punk rock novel, The Tacqwacores,” and will be published by the International Conference on Global Studies. He has also had two poems accepted for publication in Main Street Rag and a poem accepted for CC&D.   Issue 5.2 Fall 2013  Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 3.3 Summer 2011   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011

Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He’s the author of several novels, including The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few

writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ screenplay, Refreshment--A Tragedy, was named a semi-finalist in 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. His poetry has appeared in more than sixty

publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha.  Issue 5.2 Fall 2013

Natalie M. Dorfeld, who often answers to Shirley, teaches poetry at Clarion University. When she’s not warping the minds of young adults, she enjoys training for Ironman events and finding homes for stray animals. Her favorite color is purple. She hates mustard.   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012

Dalva Doss graduated from Radford University in 2007 with a Master’s Degree in English. She currently teaches at Wytheville Community College.   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Terry Douglas is sixty years old and has been writing for forty years. He was raised in South Georgia on a farm. He’s lived in Giles County off and on since 1980 and taught High School Science and Math and holds a Science Education degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Virginia Tech.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

Jane Driber lives in Florida with her husband. She recently won Honorable Mention for her novel, The Gardeners of Cornucopia at Gulf Coast Writers Conference. When she isn’t writing, working at the Florida State University Strozier Library, or working toward her Creative Writing degree, she’s outside playing.   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009

Curtis Dunlap lives near the confluence of the Mayo and Dan rivers in Mayodan, North Carolina. He has been published in a variety of journals including The Christian Science Monitor, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Frogpond, Magnapoets, Modern Haiku, Sketchbook, and The Wild Goose Poetry Review. He was awarded the Museum of Haiku Literature Award in 2008. His website is www.tobaccoroadpoet.com.   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011

Gene Fehler’s poems have appeared in numerous magazines including Rattle, The Nebraska Review, and Willow Review. She’s also had poems read on an HBO baseball documentary When It Was a Game 2 and on NPR’s All Things

Considered. For more, visit www.genefehler.com.  Issue 5.2 Fall 2013

Philip Ferguson, a graduate of Radford University, now lives in Abingdon, Virginia and teaches English and Film Studies at Virginia Highlands Community College.  He is currently working on a collection of short stories, The Bluebird Ate the Buzzard, a novel, When the Lion Came to Town, and a spiral notebook of songs that he performs in the Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, VA/TN.   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Fred First holds masters degrees in vertebrate zoology and physical therapy, and by profession has been a biology teacher (most recently as adjunct at Radford University) and continues as a part time physical therapist. He moved to southwest Virginia (Wytheville) in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. Since 2002 he has added creative non-fiction writing to his photographic enjoyment of nature and local landform. He maintains a daily photo-blog, Fragments from Floyd since 2002, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. He recently completed a freelance photography project for Landscope America, an affiliate of the National Geographic Society and his photographs appear in a number of local and regional publications. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home (2006) and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands (2009) celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and currently serves on the board of SustainFloyd. He lives with his wife (and always at least one labrador retriever) in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009

E.P. Fisher taught high school English in Uganda as a Peace Corps volunteer and worked for 30 years as a play therapist and adventure-based counselor with special needs children. He holds a Bachelor’s in Literature and a Ph.D. in Psychology.   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

Amanda Foley received a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University. She lives and writes near Todd, North Carolina.   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

John Freeman, a native of Mississippi, now lives in Harvey, Louisiana where he’s a retired teacher.  His poetry has appeared in Arkansas Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, The MacGuffin, Roanoke Review, and Xavier Review.  He has published three books of poetry, the most recent In the Place of Singing (Louisiana Literature Press, 2005).  He is currently poetry editor for The Magnolia Quarterly.   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

Louis Gallo was born and raised in New Orleans and now teaches at Radford University in Virginia, where he lives with his wife and daughters.  His publications include Glimmer Train, Southern Quarterly, The Missouri Review, The New Orleans Review, Wide Awake in the Pelican State (LSU anthology), Mississippi Review, Portland Review, Baltimore Review, Rattle, storySouth, Pennsylvania Literary Review, New Oregon Review, Tampa Review and many others.  Chapbooks:  The Truth Changes and The Abomination of Fascination.  Poetry volumes include Omens, Shadows, All In A Night’s Work; short story collections include:  Dead By Tuesday, Wednesday Morning, The Night I Shot Herbert Marcuse’s Eyeball, The Private Confessions Of Diablo Amoricus Wishbone; novels include Breakneck:  A Katrina Fugue and (new) The Secret Survivor: A New Orleans Farce.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010   Issue 2.4 Summer 2010   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Sarah Garrison is a Salem VA native with an English BA from Wittenberg University.  She plays keyboards with the Roanoke band The Circus Practice and is currently filming a television pilot/documentary called Universal Music Connections.  When she's not waiting tables to support her music habit she's usually cooking and/or eating with her family and friends.   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

Deborah Gold (pseudonym) is a writer, teacher, and foster parent.   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009

George Gott is a writer from Superior, Wisconsin.   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011

John Grey: Australian born poet. US resident since late seventies. Works as financial systems analyst. Recently published in Connecticut Review, Georgetown Review and Illuminations with work upcoming in Poetry East, Cape Rock and The Pinch.   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009 

David Wayne Hampton teaches high school English and currently lives in the foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, with his wife and two children. His work has previously appeared in Appalachian Journal and Appalachian Heritage, among others. He recently published his first collection of poetry, What Makes It Taste Better, in 2010. “The Laundromat” is an excerpt from an upcoming novel The Slow Constellations Wheeled On, set to be published in 2012.   Issue 3.3 Summer 2011   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Jnana Hodson is an avid composter who appreciates the role of humble red wigglers in the seemingly magical transformation of refuse into garden gold. He sees many similarities with the practice of poetry. He blogs at Jnana’s

Red Barn jnanahodson.net.  Issue 5.2 Fall 2013

Leigh Anne Hornfeldt is a Kentucky native whose work has appeared in journals such as Foundling Review, Lunch Ticket, Spry, and New Southerner. In 2013 her poem “Laika” placed 2nd in the Argos Prize competition (judged by Dorianne Laux), and in 2012 she was the recipient of the Kudzu Prize in Poetry. She is the author of the chapbook East Main Aviary and the editor of Two of Cups Press, where she is currently co-editing Small Batch, an anthology of bourbon related poetry.  Issue 5.2 Fall 2013

Logan Hug is an undergraduate Creative Writing student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His poetry has appeared in The Marble Sow, Oyster Boy, and other magazines. He enjoys snowboarding and reciting Old Norse poetry to his Kolbitar chums at the local pub.   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Kathleen Ingoldsby promotes local history, archives historic images, and makes short films in Floyd, Virginia, where she lives. She co-directs the Floyd Story Center oral history program at the Old Church Gallery and is photograph archivist for the Floyd County Historical Society.   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009

Luke Johnson is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Hollins University.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, New York Quarterly, Poetry East, Tar River Poetry, Third Coast, and Best New Poets 2008.  He teaches English and Creative Writing at Oak Hill Academy in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virgina.   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009

Clyde Kessler lives in Radford, VA with his wife Kendall, an artist, and their son, Alan. He was born in Franklin County and knows too much, or maybe not near enough, about bootleg. Meanwhile, he is a founding member of the Blue Ridge Discovery Center…their blog can be discovered at: http://blueridgediscoveryproject.blogspot.com/.   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011

J. Michael King is an Professor of Education at the University of Pikeville. Originally from the New River Valley, he now lives in Pikeville, Kentucky; but, he still considers Southwest Virginia his home. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2003 with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.  He earned two masters degrees, one in English (1990) and one in Counselor Education (2000), as well as his Bachelor of Science (1987) degree from Radford University. Dr. King has also worked as a counselor, a public school teacher, a graphic artist, and an instructor for various institutions. He spends his free time writing, walking, playing instruments, reading, painting, and spending time with his family and cats.   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

Steve Kistulentz is a doctoral candidate in English at Florida State University, where he is currently the Edward and Marie Kingsbury Fellow. He also holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is a two-time winner of the John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Prize and his work has appeared in such magazines as Antioch, Black Warrior, Crab Orchard, New England Reviews, Caesura, New Letters, Quarterly West, and many others.   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

John Kitterman teaches American lit, Black Studies, film and creative writing at Ferrum College.  He’s been published in a number of magazines, including Roanoke Review, New Virginia Review, Colorado North Review, and Nantahala Review.  Most of his Kitterman ancestors are buried in downtown Floyd.   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009

klipschutz is the pen name of Kurt Lipschutz of San Francisco, whose most recent full-length collection is This Drawn & Quartered Moon (Anvil Press, 2013). His work has appeared in magazines, including Poetry (of Chicago), Evergreen Review, Ambit (U.K.) and The Shop (Ireland), and zines, as well as anthologies, including  A Short Ride: Remembering Barry Hannah (Vox Press, 2012).  He is also a songwriter, principally with recording artist Chuck Prophet. Their most recent collaboration was the critically acclaimed Temple Beautiful (2012).   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Lisa Kwong received a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University in 2005. While a college student, she performed her poems in a variety of venues, both on and off campus. As a poetry ambassador, she organized readings for the annual Diversity Celebration, taught workshops in freshman English classes, and secured a National Poetry Month proclamation from former Boone Mayor Velma Burnley. Her poems have appeared online in Ishmael Reed’s Konch and ASU News, as well as in local Boone publications. She has work forthcoming in The Sleuth, a magazine dedicated to all things Nancy Drew.  She currently works and writes in Radford, Virginia.   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Ronald H. Lands practices Internal Medicine, Hematology and Palliative Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  He has published several short stories and the occasional poem in literary journals including New Millennium Writings, descant, Washington Square, The Big Muddy and others. One of his stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010

Parks Lanier has retired from teaching English at RU for 37 years after discovering no one cares that "i before e except after c" matters or that there is a hideous error in the text of the Radford University "Alma Mater" (not "welkin ring"). Big fat novels by Dickens now beguile him while he waits for his buzzard poem to be published in the next Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel along with others on that avian theme, but he has never been to Buzzard Day in Radford. He just lives across the river in Fairlawn where the birds roost. He really digs Route 8. His mantra is, "Support Floyd County Moonshine. Send money, too."   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009

Peter Layton is from Louisiana.   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

Brenda Kay Ledford is a member of North Carolina Network, and North Carolina Poetry Society.  Her work has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Pembroke Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, and other journals.  She received the Paul Green Award for her poetry chapbooks Patchwork Memories, Shew Bird Mountain, and Sacred Fire.   

Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

Jodi Lynn Lerien is an undergraduate English major at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She placed third in the College of Liberal & Fine Arts (COLFA) Conference in 2008 (creative nonfiction entry) and 2009 (poetry manuscript) and second in the 2010 COLFA Conference with a poetry manuscript.  She is also the recipient of the 2010-2011 Davidson-Shaddox Creative Writing Award. Her work has appeared in The Chaffin Journal and The Sagebrush Review.   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010

David Lewitzky is a retired social worker/family therapist living out his sedentary life in Buffalo, New York. He’s had recent work in Nimrod, Red Wheelbarrow, Rabbit Catastrophe Review and Crosstimbers among others and forthcoming work in Passages North, Puckerbrush Review, Roanoke Review, and Poetry Bus among others.   Issue 5.2 Fall 2013  Issue 4.2 Summer 2012   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012

Helen Losse is a Winston-Salem poet, the author of two full length books, Seriously Dangerous (Main Street Rag, 2011) and Better With Friends (Rank Stranger Press, 2009) and two chapbooks, Gathering the Broken Pieces  and Paper Snowflakes.  Her recent poetry publications and acceptances include Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Review, Blue Fifth Review, The Pedestal Magazine, ken*again, Referential,  and Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont.  Helen’s poems have been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and three times for a Best of the Net award, one of which was a finalist.  She is the Poetry Editor for an online literary magazine, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012

Denton Loving is a third-term student in the MFA for Creative Writing program at Bennington College. His fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications such as Appalachian Journal, Literal Latte, Main Street Rag, and in numerous anthologies including Degrees of Elevation: Stories of Contemporary Appalachia. His poetry appears in the recently-released The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee.   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Richard Luftig is a professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio. He is a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature and a semi-finalist for the Emily Dickinson Society Award. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in Japan, Canada, Australia, Europe, Thailand, Hong Kong and India. His third chapbook was published by Dos Madres Press.   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010

Kristen Mack graduated from Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor’s in English.  She enjoys science fiction movies and novels, videogames, Nine Inch Nails, and dream analysis.   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Jeff Mann grew up in Covington, Virginia, and Hinton, West Virginia, receiving degrees in English and forestry from West Virginia University. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including The Spoon River Poetry Review, Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950-1999, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Laurel Review, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Crab Orchard Review, West Branch, Bloom, and Appalachian Heritage. He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks, Bliss, Mountain Fireflies, and Flint Shards from Sussex; two full-length books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine and On the Tongue; a collection of personal essays, Edge; a novella, Devoured, included in Masters of Midnight: Erotic Tales of the Vampire; a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; and a volume of short fiction, A History of Barbed Wire. He teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009

Christina Grace Mastrangelo is from Wilbraham, Massachusetts. She graduated with a BA in painting from James Madison University in 2006 and went on to train as a professional artist at the Angel Academy of Art. Christina currently lives in Florence, Italy. Her digital gallery is http://web.mac.com/mastrangelo.fineart and she can be contacted via email at mastrangelo.fineart@gmail.com.   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Jon Mathewson is a writer from Middletown Springs, Vermont. He has been widely published in small press journals. He awaits the imminent release of the collection of some of those poems in While Strangers Insult the Décor (Foothills Publishing, 2010).   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011

June McBroom, as a blooming photographer, and native of Floyd, enjoys finding and sharing the beauty found within and outside the borders of Floyd County. Her work extends from farm scenes, downtown hot spots, to capturing citizens enjoying the world around them. Her other work can be found at Junebug Photography on Facebook. She is also for hire to capture any event or moment wished to be captured.   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010

Jim Minick has authored two books of poetry, Her Secret Song (MotesBooks), and Burning Heaven (Wind), along with a collection of essays titled Finding a Clear Path (WVUP).  His writing has appeared in many places including: Shenandoah, Orion, Rivendell, Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Conversations with Wendell Berry, and The Sun.  He teaches at Radford University and lives on a farm in Virginia.  While residing in Floyd County a few years ago, he and his wife created, owned, and operated a PYO, certified organic blueberry farm in Alum Ridge.  That experience is the subject of his newest book, The Blueberry Years, due out in 2010 from Thomas Dunn of St. Martins.   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Sharon Mirtaheri is a creative writing student at Hollins University.  She is a native of Snowville and her Ma's side of the family is from Indian Valley. She tries to write with the Appalachian voice with which she grew up.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009

Felicia Mitchell lives in Washington County, VA, not all that far from Floyd County, where she takes a lot of walks, writes poetry and nonfiction, and teaches English at Emory and Henry College.  Her chapbook, The Cleft of the Rock, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009.   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009

Greg Moglia is a veteran of 27 years as Adjunct Professor of Philosophy of Education at N.Y.U. and 37 years as a high school teacher of Physics and Psychology. His poems have been accepted in over 100 journals in the U.S., Canada and England as well as five anthologies. He is five times a winner of an Allan Ginsberg Poetry Award sponsored by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. His poem “Why Do Lovers Whisper?” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize 2005. He has been nominated by the College of William and Mary for the University of Virginia anthology BEST NEW POETS OF 2006. He lives in Huntington, N.Y.   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012

Aaron Lee Moore is a doctoral candidate in Sichuan University’s Comparative Literature program and recipient of a Full Chinese Government Scholarship. Two years prior he was a Peace Corps university English teacher serving in Xindu, China. He received an MA in American Literature from Florida State University where he specialized in Faulkner Studies and received a BA in English from Radford University. Prior creative and scholarly publications include CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Miller’s Pond, Deep South, Ascent Aspirations, Illumen, Open Minds Quarterly, Mobius, The Pen, Ceremony, Virginia English Bulletin, The Roanoke Times, eChinacities, and Game Guides Online. He grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, Virginia. Issue 4.2 Summer 2012   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Bryan Christopher Murray is a poet at Virginia Tech’s Master of Fine Arts program. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Bryan has been captivated by the arts since he was a boy. Much of his artistic journey has come by way of music, as Bryan is a classically trained jazz pianist. However, during his final year at Bucknell University he focused on his creative writing. Though he has not published any of his poems yet, Bryan is constantly adding to his poetic manuscript.   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Brent Nash teaches high school physical science in Wirtz, Virginia. He is currently working on his first book of poetry, Gambit of the Eight.   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Nathan Alexander Neely studied literature as an undergraduate and creative writing as a graduate at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While there, he was an editor for a burgeoning literary magazine, The Broken Plate. While working on his graduate degree, he published his first four poems. Two of which (“Eggnog Recipe…” and “I Don’t Interview…”) were published in elimae, an esteemed online literary journal.   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010

Bruce Nelson has been writing around the corners of his career for years which has been an education. He taught English at Tyler Junior College. Presently, he is writing as much poetry as he can, still dealing with the time constraints. Thought he could produce them more rapidly in comparison to other forms. Not so. Recently he has had poetry published in  Bear Deluxe, Oxford Magazine, EDGZ, Chrysalis Reader, and was nominated this year for a Pushcart Prize.   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010

Richard Nester is a native of Floyd County, who teaches at the University of California, Irvine, and who looks forward (upon retirement) to returning to the hills from whence he came. Besides Moonshine, his most recent publications have been on-line in Qarrsiluni and Inlandia.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Robbi Nester is married to a son of Floyd, Richard Nester, who was previously published in Floyd County Moonshine . She is the author of two as yet unpublished books--Balance, a chapbook of poems based on B.K.S. Iyengar's series of emotional stability yoga poses, and a full manuscript of poetry entitled for the moment A Likely Story. Robbi holds a BA and MA from Hollins college and an MFA and Ph.D. from UC Urvine. She lives with her family in southern California and teaches writing at Irvine Valley College.   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010

Rob Neukirch says if there is anything better than creating a story and almost getting it right, he doesn’t know what it is.  The “almost” part is tough, but people live through greater hardships.  His story, “A Buffalo Mountain Christmas,” was honored with second place in the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest this past year.  “In the Latter Stages” was a finalist with Glimmer Train Press. His work has appeared in regularly in The Endicott Review. He also stars as the real estate agent "Rob Bradley" in the upcoming film "House of Good and Evil" filmed in Floyd. Rob finished a novel this past spring called Summer in a Small Town.  Rob and his family still reside in Floyd.  Rob would like to thank Floyd County Moonshine for its continued support.   Issue 5.2 Fall 2013  Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010   Issue 2.4 Summer 2010   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Lance Nizami has no formal training in the Arts. He is active in the world’s most competitive profession, yet without an institutional appointment. Just for distraction, he started taking pictures in 2011 with a fixed-lens 28mm-equivalent Leica X1 (no filters, no tripod), and has since had pictures (non-manipulated) printed in Vapid Kitten, The Shangri-La Shack, and Up The River (others pending). Also, in 2010 he started writing poetry, and as of 22 February 2014 he had 109 poems in print or in press.   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Sue Osborne is a practicing family physician in Floyd, VA. She was involved in drama and the arts as a Floyd County High School student and returned to the area in 1997. Attending poetry readings at VCU in the 1970s in Richmond, VA, she became interested in the traditions of physician writers. An essay titled Flowers for Joe was published in The Cortland Forum in 1998, and  another essay titled Healing hands was printed in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association in 1987.   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009

James Owens grew up in Southwest Virginia and now lives in New Carlisle, Ind. Two books of his poems have been published: An Hour is the Doorway (Black Lawrence Press) and Frost Lights a Thin Flame (Mayapple Press). His poems, reviews, translations, and photographs have appeared widely in literary journals, including recent or upcoming publications in The Cortland Review, The Cresset, Poetry Ireland, and The Chaffey Review. He walks in the dunes along the southern shore of Lake Michigan and watches the waves and the gulls.   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012

Michael Overa is native of the Pacific Northwest, who earned his MFA at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. His work has appeared in the Portland Review, Fiction Daily, Husk, and The Denver Syntax, among others.  More information about Michael, and links to some of his work can be found at www.michaelovera.com.  You don't have to read his work, but he'd like it if you did.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013

Sally Parlier, a native of Boone, North Carolina, is a senior at Appalachian State University majoring in creative writing. Works by this author have previously appeared in The Peel and The Revisioner.   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

Tim Poland lives and works in the New River Valley near the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia. He is the author of a novel, The Safety of Deeper Water (Vandalia Press/West Virginia University Press, 2009), Escapee (America House, 2001), a collection of short fiction, and Other Stones, Kinder Temples (Pudding House, 2008), a chapbook of poems. His work has appeared widely in various literary magazines, and he is the recipient of a Plattner/Appalachian Heritage Award (2002). His work has been included in the Best of the Net Anthology (2007) and has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. For more on the author, visit his web site at timpoland.com and on Facebook.   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 2.4 Summer 2010   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Haden Polseno-Hensley is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Alaska. He is a carpenter, a playwright, and basically an okay guy.   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009

Mark Powell is the author of the novels The Dark Corner; Blood Kin and Prodigals (all with the University of Tennessee Press), as well as “The Sheltering” (forthcoming from Story River Books, an imprint of University of South Carolina Press). He teaches at Stetson University.   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Doug Ramspeck’s poetry collection, Black Tupelo Country, was awarded the 2007 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and is published by BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City). His chapbook, Where We Come From, is published by March Street Press. Poems of his have been accepted for publication by journals that include EPOCH, Prairie Schooner, Third Coast, and Northwest Review. He directs the Writing Center and teaches creative writing at The Ohio State University at Lima.   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009

Colleen Redman currently writes and provides photography for The Floyd Press newspaper and Natural Awakenings of Southwest Virginia.  Her writing and photography appear regularly on her blog (looseleafnotes.com) where her bio reads: I write to synthesize what I'm learning at the time, whether it be poetry, a political commentary, or a letter to my mother. Whenever I don't know exactly what it is I'm doing and it borders on wasting my time, I call it research. 'Dear Abby, How can I get rid of freckles?' was my first published piece at the age of 11.   Issue 5.2 Fall 2013  Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Amanda Reynolds is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University. She received her MFA from the University of Florida and is living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania writing, teaching, and chasing an elusive muse.   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Kristen Reynolds graduated from Radford University where she majored in English Literature. She moved to Washington D.C. to pursue a career in publishing and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Publishing and Digital Print. Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Michelle Rice lives in Floyd County, Virginia with her family.  Her poetry and short stories were published many times when she was in high school.  After a thirty year hiatus from writing, Michele again picked up her pen.  She is working on the third novel in a series before she tries to find a literary agent for her novels.  Along with a pen, she also picked up a camera.  She enjoys photographing nature as she walks through the woods and field on the property she shares with her family.  She enjoys gardening, working in her greenhouse, crocheting, and spending time with family, friends, and pets.   Issue 5.2 Fall 2013   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Cynthia Ring began writing poetry in the Mojave Desert in 2005. Her work has appeared in Susquehanna University's Apprentice Writer, and has been published by Haggard and Halloo Publications. She wrote this poem when she was 17 years old. She plans to attend Susquehanna University this fall.

Mara Eve Robbins graduated Magma Cum Latte from Hollins University in the spring of 2009. Since then she has fielded the question: "So what are you doing now?" with the obvious answer: "Completely reevaluating my entire life." So far, that has involved acquiring five chickens and a rooster named Pluto, dancing riotously at FloydFest, swimming in the Little River as often as possible and driving all over the New River Valley and beyond distributing Moonshine. She often pulls over to rescue turtles crossing the road and is terrible at remembering jokes.   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Andy Roberts is a poet and guitarist from Columbus, Ohio. Recent publications include The Aurorean, Pearl, Plainsongs and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. His latest chapbook is Ghost Notes & Candle Smoke from Puddinghouse Publications. He makes his living as a fiduciary for the Department of Veterans Affairs.   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Sy Roth comes riding in and then canters out. Oftentimes, the head is bowed by reality; other times, he is proud to have said something noteworthy. Retired after forty-two years as teacher/school administrator, he now resides

in Mount Sinai, far from Moses and the tablets. This has led him to find words for solace. He spends his time writing and playing his guitar. He has published in many online publications such as Toucan, Wilderness Interface Zone, Red Ochre, Bong is Bard, Danse Macabre, Mel BraKe Press, Larks Fiction Magazine, Exercise Bowler, Otoliths, BlogNostics, and Every Day Poets. One of his poems, “Forsaken Man,” was selected for Best of 2012 poems in Storm Cycle. He was also selected Poet of the Month in Poetry Super Highway, September 2012. His work was also read at Palimpsest Poetry Festival in December 2012. He was named Poet of the Month for the month of February in BlogNostics included in Poised in Flight anthology published by Kind of Hurricane Press, March 2013.  Issue 5.2 Fall 2013   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Cheryl Wood Ruggiero writes and teaches in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, in Blacksburg. Her work has appeared in Floyd County Moonshine, CALYX, South Carolina Review, Potion (where "A Boy Named Emory" appeared in an earlier version), The 2River View, Pebble Lake Review, Abyss & Apex, and Wolf Moon Journal, among others.   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Tammy Ruggles is a legally blind writer, artist, and photographer who lives in Tollesboro, Ky., in Lewis County, which borders the Ohio River. She attended Morehead State University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Social Work, and then a Master’s in Adult Education and Counseling. Deviant Art Gallery   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Scott Loring Sanders currently lives in Christianburg, Virginia and teaches Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. Floyd is near-and-dear to his heart, and in the 1990’s he lived in both the Thunderstruck area as well as the Willis

area, near the foot of Buffalo Mountain. He is the author of two novels published by Houghton Mifflin: The Hanging Woods and Gray Baby. He was Writer-in-Residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, and twice a fellow

at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He also won an award from the Atlantic Monthly for their student writing contest years ago. His short stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, ranging in style from

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine to Appalachian Heritage.  Issue 5.2 Fall 2013

Suzanne Santamaria grew up in the swamps of southwest Florida and after a few migrations landed happily in the New River Valley. She is a Veterinary Terminologist by week and a nature explorer by weekend. A learning addict, she has attended seven colleges and has graduated from three of them. Her interests include hiking, kayaking, yoga (laughing and hatha), gluten-free cooking and entertaining her two cats. You might find her playing the washboard, dulcimer, triangle, stumpfiddle or limberback in the nearby mountains.   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011

Jacob Saperstein, a recent graduate of Radford University in southwest Virginia, has had some of his work published in Exit 109.  He also received second prize in the Thomas Coleman undergraduate fiction writing competition as well as second and third prize in the poetry portion of the contest.  Jacob was also given the advisor's choice award in the Radford University Halloween writing contest.   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   

Jeff Saperstein, originally from Brooklyn, New York,  has been living and working in the beautiful New River Valley in southwestern Virginia since 1985.  His work has appeared in The Sow's Ear, Chantarelle's Notebook, Ibbetson Street Press, and Floyd County Moonshine, among others.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008   

G.A. Scheinoha is a writer from Eden, Wisconsin.   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010

Donald Secreast is a professor of English at Radford University. He is the author of two short story collections: The Rat Becomes Light and White Trash, Red Velvet. Many of his stories revolve around a furniture factory in Lenoir, North Carolina.   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012   Issue 2.4 Summer 2010   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Jay Settle teaches English at Radford University. When outside of academia, Jay likes to listen to good music, hang out with good friends, and drink good beer. He plays the guitar, mandolin and piano. He is an avid poker player who enjoys cracking aces with 6 7 off suit. Jay sees poetry as an opportunity to potentially say important things as simply as possible.  He also likes to alliterate.  He digs that.   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009    

L.M. Sheldon’s poetry has been published in regional reviews including The Gilmer Review, Gambit, Trillium and Confluence, as well as being honored by West Virginia Writers, Inc. In 2011 works were included in The Chaffin Journal; in 2012 in ABZ.   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012

Lisa M. Shelton, inspired by the poems of her students, picked up the pen and started writing poetry again after a long hiatus. For 8 years she lived in Finland and taught English. In 2000 she returned to her native Virginia, settling in Altavista, VA with her daughter, Christiana. Her current poetry is inspired by connections with her family, local history, and her faith. She has a BA in English from Averett College and a M. Ed. from UVA. An English teacher at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham VA, she is an advisor for the school literary magazine.   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

Alison Singer grew up in Radford, VA but left as soon as she was able to attend college in Colorado. Her slightly nomadic tendencies and reclusive nature took her to the University of Alaska's creative writing program in Fairbanks, where she spent three lovely years trying her hardest to live out the stereotypical writer's life involving a lack of basic utilities, log cabins, darkness, and alcohol. She’s now in Boone, NC, attending more school, this time in Geography, having realized that everybody needs to grow up (at least a little bit) sometime.   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010

Rufus Skeens is a retired coal miner who lives in Bristol, Virginia.  His work has been published in the latest issue of Appalachian Heritage, and he has work forthcoming in the Sow’s Ear Review.   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009

Mattie Quesenberry Smith is the director of the Fine Arts in Rockbridge Writers’ Roundtable as well as adjunct instructor for Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, Virginia. Her chapbook of poems, Mother Chaos: Under Electric Light, was recently nominated for a 12th Library of Virginia Literary Award by Finishing Line Press, and she has published poems and reviews in periodicals such as Hollins Critic, Ruminate, and Diagram. She lives at the foot of Little House in Rockbridge County, Virginia, with her husband and ten children.   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

R.T. Smith’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Atlantic, Harper’s, VA Quarterly Review, Gettysburg Review and others.  Two of his collections have received the Library of Virginia Prize, and his next book, The Red Wolf, is due out in the fall.  He lives in Rockbridge County and works for Washington and Lee.   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Emily Spangler is a photographer and creative person who currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. A graduate of Western Carolina University and an award winner in several photography shows, Emily traces her roots back to early Floyd County.

Steve Spangler is a consultant, writer and mountain woodworker who lives and writes in Tazewell, Virginia.  His ancestors include the owners of Spangler's Mill which served as the first courthouse of Floyd County.  He has been published in Rapid River and Bluestone Review.  His first book was published in June 2009.   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010

Howard Stein, a medical and psychoanalytic anthropologist as well as poet, is professor emeritus, Dept of Family and Preventive Medicine, Univ of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 USA, where he

taught from 1978-2012. Although raised in a factory town in western Pennsylvania, he fell in love with rural Oklahoma--from woodland to prairie--and came to champion rural health and rural medicine. He is author/co-author/

editor of 26 books, of which 7 are poetry books or chapbooks. His most recent book is In the Shadow of Asclepius: Poems from American Medicine (2011). He can be reached at howard-stein@ouhsc.edu.  Issue 5.2 Fall 2013   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Judy Stout has a passion for writing. She was Editor-in-Chief of The Oak Leaves at Manchester College when she was a sophomore. While living and working in Muenster, Germany on a Fullbright Teacher Exchange, she began blogging and continued blogging during her two years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer English teacher in Chongqing, China. While in China, her book reviews were published in The Rice Paper, a Peace Corps publication.  Issue 5.2 Fall 2013

Elizabeth Swados is an award winning author and composer. She is a Tony nominated, Obie award winning theater artist, Guggenheim and Ford Foundation recipient, as well as a Pen/Faulkner citation. Her latest book, At Play—Teaching Teenagers Theater was published by Faber and Faber. Her other recent publications include: My Depression (Hyperion), and The Animal Rescue Store (Scholastic).  Her theatrical credits span from Broadway, to off-Broadway, to around the world including Runaways, Missionaries, and Jabu.  Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as Meridian Anthology, New American Writing, New York Quarterly, Emory’s Journal, Confrontation, Paterson Literary Review, Speakeasy, Barrow Street, and Home Planet.  Her first book of poetry, The One and Only Human Galaxy, was released in April 2009.   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010

Charles A. Swanson, frequently published in the Appalachian region, teaches college composition and creative writing at Gretna High School, Gretna, VA.  He has an MFA from Queens University, Charlotte, where he crafted a volume of poetic responses to the Old Testament Psalms. His chapbook of poems, Farm Life and Legend, is due to be released this November by Finishing Line Press.   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009

C.W. Sullivan III is Professor of English at East Carolina University where his specialty is medieval Welsh Celtic Myth and Legend. He also teaches summers in Hollins College’s Graduate Program in Children’s Literature. As a result of the Hollins position, he has gotten to know Floyd, has recently purchased a house in Floyd Country and has hopes of becoming a permanent resident within the next year or so.   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009

Carly Taylor, a Florida native, received her MFA in poetry from Florida State University in 2009. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, Anderbo, and Punk. She lives in Tallahassee and is currently working on a book of poetry.   Issue 5.2 Fall 2013  Issue 3.2 Winter 2011

Randy M. Taylor is a recent graduate of Radford University's Corporate and Professional Communication graduate program in Radford, Virginia. An emerging contemporary poet, he enjoys drawing inspiration from the surrounding foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and his well-established roots that run into the deep south eastern United States.   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012

Scott Thomas has a B.A. in Literature from Bard College, an M.S. in Library Science from Columbia University, and an M.A. in English from the University of Scranton. He is currently employed as a librarian; specifically, Head of Information Technologies & Technical Services at the Scranton Public Library in Scranton, PA. He lives in Dunmore, PA with his wife Christina and his son Ethan. His poems have appeared in Mankato Poetry Review, The Kentucky Poetry Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and other journals.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012

Daniel Cross Turner is the author of Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South (University of Tennessee Press, 2012). Dr. Turner has published numerous articles on contemporary writers and filmmakers, which appear in edited collections as well as journals, including Mosaic, Genre, Southern Quarterly, Mississippi Quarterly, and Southern Literary Journal, among other venues. He is also Co-Editor of the Southern literature listserv on H-Net (H-Southern-Lit).   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Robert Underwood is a cold storage warehouse manager in Pomona, California.  Though he’s not as prolific as he should be, he is obstinate about his writing and has noticed the older he gets, the luckier he gets.   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Mark Vogel has published short stories in Cities and Roads, Knight Literary Journal, Whimperbang, SN Review, and Our Stories. Poetry has appeared in Poetry Midwest, English Journal, Cape Rock, Dark Sky, Cold Mountain Review, Broken Bridge Review and other journals. He is currently Professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.   Issue 5.2 Fall 2013  Issue 4.2 Summer 2012   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011   Issue 3.1 Fall 2010   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009

Amy De Vore is a Los Angeles native who has been inspired by the writings of Charles Bukowski, Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, JD Salinger, and many, many others. She has had short stories published in Requin and Foliate Oak.  She is also a monthly columnist for LA Alternative.   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010

Christina Wassle graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Since graduation, she has ardently pursued a career in tattoo artistry. She is the owner of Blue Lotus Tattoo in Roanoke, Virginia.

Wendy Werstlein taught high school biology for 10 years and cultivated a love for helping others explore the world while also encouraging scientific inquiry. Clay has taught her how to integrate a voice of spirit and intention in her work. She hopes her pots will engage the user visually and tactilely through the daily ritual of serving, preparing, and sharing food. She seeks to infuse her work with a sense of movement; the soft stroke of the hand giving comfort and thanks through use. Werstlein’s pottery is made of porcelain clay and is fired in a gas reduction kiln to cone 10. All pots are safe for microwave, dishwasher, and oven. You can see more of Werstlein’s work at www.WrennPottery.com.   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011

Sarah Whitten is a double major in English and Creative Writing at Roanoke College. She grew up in a small town in Rhode Island and will graduate in May of 2013. Sarah is currently a staff editor of the Roanoke Review and Editor in Chief of the Roanoke College Newspaper, The Brackety-Ack. She has been published in the Roanoke Literary Magazine On Concepts Edge. The accepted story "To Dig Two Graves" was co-written with fellow Roanoke College student Victoria Zelvin.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013

Big Jim Williams, author of the audio books, The Old West and Tall Tales of the Old West, has also written for Suspense, Rope & Wire, Western Horseman, Shoot!, Livestock (Texas) Weekly, American West, Orchard Press Mysteries, Radio World, Writers’ Journal, Writers Weekly, Cardroom Poker News, Sniplets, and other magazines and anthologies, Murder to Mil-Spec, The Last Man, and At Home and Abroad: Prize-Winning Stories. He helped judge Rope & Wire Western’s 2011 writing contest. He spoke at the Assistance League of Sacramento’s 2012 (CA) Writer’s Conference. He welcomes emails at bigjimwilliams2@cox.net.   Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   

Cara Williams graduated from Virginia Tech with her BS in Interior Design. Since then, she has been living in Winston-Salem NC and attending art classes at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Her mother instilled a love for the creative process. Her love for design sprang out of a desire to serve others with her aesthetic abilities.   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

Robert Williams writes fiction, poetry, assignment hand-outs, essay test questions, and letters of recommendation while professing English at Radford University. For fun, he occasionally teaches welding and precision machining if he can't go drag racing or roller skating.   Issue 2.1 Fall 2009   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Wendy C. Williford is a native Texan who began writing when she was a sophomore in high school and completed her first manuscript at the age of 17.  Since, she has written many short stories, experimental stories for friends and family and a screenplay.  She received a BA in History with a minor in Creative Writing from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2007.  Currently, she is working on a novel set during the Scottish War for Independence.   Issue 6.1 Spring 2014

Jim Wines is 60 ft tall and will devour you all!  He is also a photographer and lawyer in D.C.  DEVOUR YOU ALL!!!!!   Issue 1.3 Spring 2009

David Wiseman, librarian by training, a cook by necessity, and an itinerant athlete by coincidence. He has met the devil a couple of times and come away from it with no more than a few bad habits and a prescription. He is fond of whiskey, hound dogs, and pork. Dave has lived in Virginia for 225 years. His work has appeared in The Legendary, Clinch Mountain Review, Throttle, Caution, and RedDanceFloor.   Issue 2.4 Summer 2010

Mark Wisniewski is the author of Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman, All Weekend with the Lights On, and the forthcoming novel, Show Up, Look Good. He’s won a Pushcart Prize, and his work is published or forthcoming in many venues including New York Quarterly, Antioch Review, Triquarterly, Ecotone, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Hollins Critic. Fiction of his appeared in Best American Short Stories 2008. He is represented by Sterling Lord Literistic. Poems of his previously in print magazines appear weekly on http://markwisniewski.blogspot.com/.   Issue 4.1 Winter 2012   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011

Patricia Woodruff is an artist, writer, home schooling mother and imagineer (she creates what she imagines). She divides her time between her mountain retreat in remote Pennsylvania and the creative Mecca of Floyd. She’s the creator of Strange Tales of Floyd County, Virginia—a collection of ghost stories, UFO sightings, foretelling dreams and more. www.StrangeTalesOfFloydCounty.com. You can see more of Woodruff’s artwork at www.myspace.com/ArtistWoodruff.   Issue 3.2 Winter 2011   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   Issue 2.2 Winter 2010   Issue 1.4 Summer 2009   Issue 1.2 Winter 2009

Ernie Wormwood lives in Leonardtown, Maryland in the USA. This spring, she will have work in Flights from the University of Dayton, and the anthology Poems Revised from Marion Street Press and in Poetic Voices Without Borders II. She recently appeared on Grace Cavalieri’s program for the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., The Poet and the Poem, which can be heard at http://www.loc.gov/poetry/poetpoem.html.   Issue 1.1 Fall 2008

William Wright is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Dark Orchard, winner of the 2005 Breakthrough Poetry Prize and published by Texas Review Press. His chapbook, The Ghost Narratives, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008. Wright’s poetry has recently been published or is forthcoming in Midwest Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, North American Review, AGNI, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Poetry Review, and Texas Review, among other literary journals.  Wright is co-editor with the late Stephen Gardner of the ongoing Southern Poetry Anthology, the second volume—focusing on Mississippi poets—due in the next few months from Texas Review Press. The first volume, centering on poets of South Carolina, was released in 2008.   Issue 2.3 Spring 2010   

Nicole Yurcaba is a West Virginian bear huntin' poet, backwoods feminist, farm hand, adjunct instructor of English--basically a Jill-of-all-trades-mistress-to-none. She is finely trained in the Southern art of bear huntin' and 'coon-huntin' with hounds (RIP--IKE). Her poetry, photography, and short stories have been published in VoxPoetica, Philomathean, The Bluestone Review, Outrageous Fortune, Underground Voices, Hobo Camp Review, Referential Magazine, The Literary Underground, The Literary Burlesque and many others. In life, she refuses to buy a map; doing so could ruin everything.  Issue 5.2 Fall 2013  Issue 5.1 Winter 2013   Issue 4.2 Summer 2012