Lions – Liz O’Toole Papazian

Liz O’Toole Papazian was raised in New York City, graduated from Fordham University and has worked in a diverse background including real estate, corporate law, travel and non-profit development. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. Her two rescue dogs and swimming keeps her calm and inspired. Liz can be found at lpapazianwriter.com

Immer! Immer! – Mark Connelly

Mark Connelly’s fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, Milwaukee Magazine, Cream City Review, The Ledge, The Great American Literary Magazine, Home Planet News, Mundus Artium, Vanderbilt Review, Contemporary Atlanta, Smoky Blue Arts and Literary Magazine, Change Seven, Light and Dark34th Parallel,  and Digital Papercut.  He received an Editor’s Choice Award in Carve Magazine’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest in 2014; in 2015 he received Third Place in Red Savina Review’s Albert Camus Prize for Short Fiction. In 2005 Texas Review Press published his novella Fifteen Minutes, which received the Clay Reynolds Prize.

Write One for Me – C. T. Holte

C. T. Holte grew up without color TV; played along creeks and in cornfields; went to lots of school; and has had gigs as teacher, editor, and less wordy things.  He recently migrated to New Mexico; and got a cool electric chainsaw for Christmas.  His poetry has been published in Words, Touch, California Quarterly, Months to Years, Pensive, The Daily Drunk, and elsewhere, and has been hung from trees to celebrate the Rio Grande Bosque.

Blackbirds and Bookstores – C. T. Holte

C. T. Holte grew up without color TV; played along creeks and in cornfields; went to lots of school; and has had gigs as teacher, editor, and less wordy things.  He recently migrated to New Mexico; and got a cool electric chainsaw for Christmas.  His poetry has been published in Words, Touch, California Quarterly, Months to Years, Pensive, The Daily Drunk, and elsewhere, and has been hung from trees to celebrate the Rio Grande Bosque.

Your Scholarly Beard – William Doreski

William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He has taught at several colleges and universities. His most recent book of poetry is Mist in Their Eyes (2021).  He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors.  His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in various journals.

A Teacher’s Library – Mary Redman

Mary Redman is a retired high school English teacher who currently works part time supervising student teachers for University of Indianapolis and volunteers as a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.   She has had poems published in Bangor Literary Journal, Flying Island, Nine CloudJournal, Northwest Indiana Literary Review, Snapdragon: a Journal of HealingTipton Poetry Journal, and So It Goes. One of her poems received a Pushcart nomination in 2019.

Escape – Eve Rifkah

Eve Rifkah  was co-founder of Poetry Oasis, Inc. (1998-2012), a non-profit poetry association dedicated to education and promoting local poets. Founder, and editor DINER, a literary magazine with a 7-year run. She is the 2021 recipient of the Stanley Kunitz award.

She has run an ongoing writing workshop for 15 years and teaches workshops and classes at WISE (Worcester Institute for Senior Education).  She lives in Worcester, MA with her husband, musician, artist, writer Michael Milligan and their cat.

 She is author of Dear Suzanne (WordTech Communications, 2010)

Outcasts    the Penikese Leper Hospital 1905-1921 (Little Pear Press, 2010)

Lost in Sight (Silver Bow Publishing, 2021)

chapbook Scar Tissue, (Finishing Line Press, 2017) 

chapbook,  At the Leprosarium 2003 winner of the Revelever Chapbook Contest

His Story – Bill Sells

Bill Sells is a former newspaper correspondent turned children’s writer, poet, and flash-fiction something or other. He has one middle-reader novel, one picture book, and can be found online at some of the seediest flash-fiction sites. He is lucky enough to live on the Chesapeake Bay with his honey and their three-legged pup, Jaybird.

Ode to the Library – Imani Tolliver

Imani Tolliver (she/her) is an award-winning poet, artist, educator, public speaker, and event producer. An interdisciplinary artist, she is a collagist and watercolorist. She is a graduate of Howard University, a Cave Canem Fellow, and served as Poet Laureate for the Watts Towers Arts Center. Rooted in social justice, Imani has curated and produced a wide portfolio of arts and cultural programming that celebrate, reflect, and amplify the voices of diverse communities. Find out more about at ImaniTolliver.com