Fourth Summer 1959 – Shoshauna Shy

Shoshauna Shy is the founder of Woodrow Hall Editions and the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf program. Her poems have been published by over 200 journals and presses. One of her poems was selected for the Poetry 180 Library of Congress program launched by Billy Collins. Author of five collections, she is the recipient of two Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Wisconsin Library Association, and was a finalist for the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid poetry prize sponsored by Winning Writers. Her poems have been made into video, produced inside taxi cabs, and on the backsides of buses. Not a monogamous writer, she works on 7-11 pieces at the same time. She is also a flash fiction author— but that’s another story!

The Museum – Zakiyyah Dzukogi

Zakiyyah Dzukogi

Zakiyyah Dzukogi is the author of Carved (a poetry collection); winner of the Nigeria Prize for Teen Authors, 2021, a prize she had earlier won the second-place position in 2020. She is a winner of Brigitte Poirson Poetry Prize, 2021 as well as the Splendors of Dawn Poetry Prize, 2019. She has her works published in Upwrite Nigeria, Artmosterrific chapbook, the Nigeria Review, INNSAEI Journal, Konya Shamsrumi, Literature Voices, Book o clock, Corona Blues, Poetry Tuesday, Heartlinks Magazine, Paradise on Earth International Anthology vol I and II, Of Shadows and Rainbow anthology, Piamvoices, Melbourne Culture Corner, Olney Magazine, Sledgehammer, The Beatnik Cowboy, Warp 10 lit, Kalahari review, Ninshar Arts, Ghost City Review, Cafe Au Lait Magazine, rigorous and others.

Words and Wisdom – Kate MacDonald

I’m Kate MacDonald, a retired septuagenarian. I started to write just over sixteen months ago at the start of the pandemic. I have many hobbies, but writing helps to fill an insomniac’s dark quiet hours. I’ve had ninteen poems and seven short stories published, online and in print by: Chris Fielden’s “Nonsensically Challenged,” which was for charity. High Shelf Press volume XXIII. WinglessDreamer. Spillwords Press. 805 Lit and Art. Funny Pearls. Little Old Lady Comedy. Dillydoun Review. The World of Myth Magazine.

“History is not a burden on the memory, but an illumination of the soul” – Nancy B. Franklin

Nancy Franklin has been published in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Daily Breeze. Her satirical pieces have been published in Slackjaw, The Belladonna and Points In Case. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter, @mirthquakes_.

My Favorite Place – Kate Levin

Kate Levin is an educator and writer who grew up in the Midwest and now lives in New York City.  She taught in the Barnard College English department for many years and also worked as an academic advisor at CUNY.  She now serves on several nonprofit boards in education and the arts.  Her writing has been published in multiple academic and non-academic venues.  During the pandemic she has been writing, playing violin, exercising, and reading a lot of books.  She looks forward to traveling, singing, seeing theater, and hugging family and friends without fear.

Consult at the 8th Street Clinic – D. R. James

D. R. James’s latest of nine collections are Flip Requiem (Dos Madres, 2020), Surreal Expulsion (Poetry Box, 2019), and If god were gentle (Dos Madres, 2017), and his micro-chapbook All Her Jazz is free, fun, and printable-for-folding at Origami Poems Project. He lives in the woods near Saugatuck, Michigan.