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Summer 2015: Contributors

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Sarah Bokich is a poet and project manager who enjoys living, working and writing in Portland, Oregon.

Sarah Borsten recently graduated from the 2014-2015 Poetry Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) in Portland, Oregon. Her poetry has appeared in Jerkpoet, The Roanoke Review and The Pregnant Moon Review.

Susan DeFreitas is a writer, editor and spoken word artist. Her fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in The Utne Reader, The Nervous Breakdown, Southwestern American Literature, Fourth River, Weber — The Contemporary West and Bayou Magazine, among other publications, and in 2014 her work was a finalist for the Best of the Net award. She is the author of the fiction chapbook Pyrophitic (ELJ Publications, 2014) and she holds an MFA from Pacific University. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she serves as a collaborative editor with Indigo Editing & Publications and as a reader for Tin House Magazine.

Susan Fleming has worked in marketing communications for nonprofits in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. She has been published in The Oregonian, Fireweed and Pearl. In 2014 she and five other women co-wrote the play Just Like You, a production of Well Arts Institute. She is the winner of the 2015 BlueCat Short Screenplay Competition and blogs at anxietyasahobby.com. She studied fiction at the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Nancy Flynn grew up on the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, spent many years on a downtown creek in Ithaca, New York, and now lives near the mighty Columbia in Northeast Portland. She attended Oberlin College and Cornell University and has an MA in English from SUNY/Binghamton. Her writing has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Poetry chapbooks include The Hours of Us (2007) and Eternity a Coal’s Throw (2012); her book-length collection, Every Door Recklessly Ajar, was published by Cayuga Lake Books in June 2015. A list of her publications is at www.nancyflynn.com.

Stephanie Glazier’s poems appear or are forthcoming in the Iraq Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and The Fourth River, among others. She has been a Lambda Fellow in poetry and holds an MFA from Antioch University LA. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Cindy Hines lives in Portland, Oregon She graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in English, where she was co-winner in the Academy of American Poets Prize competition. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Adrienne, Clackamas Literary Review, Windfall, Four and Twenty, The Lewis & Clark Literary Review, Synergia, Synesthesia and The Haraka Reader.

Juleen Johnson is a co-founder of Soundings: An Evening of Word and Sound. She is in the critique group, The Moonlit Poetry Caravan. Johnson has been invited to read at BuzzPoems, Ink Noise Review, Open Door Enjambment and Cirque in Portland, Oregon. In California, Johnson has read at the Steinbeck Museum, Hartnell College, Steinbeck Library and CSU Monterey Bay. She attended the Wassaic Residency in Wassaic, New York. Her poems have appeared in print publications, including Cirque: A Literary Journal, Ink Noise Review, Symmetry, Nervous Breakdown, The Rio Grand Review and Buried Letter Press. Johnson currently writes and creates art in Portland, Oregon.

Marilyn Johnston is an Oregon writer and filmmaker. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Calyx, Gold Man Review, Natural Bridge and War, Literature and the Arts. She is a recipient of a fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts and was selected as a Fishtrap Fellow. Her collection of poems about a family’s healing from war, Red Dust Rising, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Stella Jeng Guillory lives in Washougal, Washington. Her poetry has appeared in Bamboo Ridge: The Hawaii Writers' Quarterly; La'ila'I; Sister Stew: Fiction and Poetry by Women; VoiceCatcher, the Winter Issue, 2013; Just Now, 20 New Portland Poets; and America the National Catholic Weekly, Dec 2. 2013 & March 2, 2015.

Livia Montana was born in Lisbon, Portugal; raised in Queens, New York; and now calls the Northwest home. Every day, she counts herself lucky to be surrounded by family and friends who understand that imagination is the lifeblood of survival. She's part of an inspired poetry community in Vancouver, Washington, and is a regular reader at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. Livia has been writing poetry on and off since she was 6 years old—and hopes to be writing poems until she's 106.

Darla Mottram is a soon-to-be graduate of Marylhurst University. Her work has recently been featured in NAILED Magazine, among other publications, and is forthcoming at The Birds We Piled Loosely. She is a co-founder of the social practice project Put-Pockets (put-pockets.tumblr.com), a blog that documents creative ways of putting poetry into the world.

Judith Pulman writes poetry and prose in Portland, Oregon, where she also translates poems from Russian to English, just to keep things light. She has been published in or has work forthcoming from The Writer's Chronicle, Los Angeles Review, Brevity, New Ohio Review and VoiceCatcher. She works as a teacher, administrator and editor. Find out more about her at www.judithpulman.com.

Emily Ransdell holds an MFA in Poetry and is a past recipient of an Academy of American Poets award. Her poems have been published in Cutbank, Poetry Northwest and The North Coast Squid. She has recently left a 30-year career in corporate marketing to write full time. Emily lives in Camas, Washington.

Tammy Robacker is a Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence award winner (2011) and a TAIP grant recipient (2009). Her poetry book Villain Songs is forthcoming with ELJ Publications in 2016. Tammy published her first collection of poetry, The Vicissitudes, in 2009 (Pearle Publications). Her manuscript, We Ate Our Mothers, Girls placed as a finalist in the Floating Bridge Chapbook Contest. Tammy’s poetry has appeared in VoiceCatcher, Duende, So to Speak, Crab Creek Review, WomenArts, Comstock Review, Cascadia Review and Up the Staircase Quarterly. Her poem “Owen Beach Aubade” was nominated for the Best of the Net Awards (2013). Currently enrolled in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University, Tammy also volunteers at CALYX Press and lives in Oregon. Connect with the poet at www.pearlepubs.com.

Joanna Rose has published stories, essays, poems, reviews, and a novel called Little Miss Strange (Algonquin), as well as other pieces that do not fall into any of those categories. Her work appeared most recently in Cream City Review, CloudBank, Oregon Humanities and in the anthology The Night, and the Rain, and the River (Forest Avenue Press). With her teaching partner Stevan Allred she is co-host of the Pinewood Table critique group. She has dogs and would usually rather be at the beach. She sometimes hangs out at www.joannarose.xyz.

Cindy St. Onge's poems have appeared in Gravel, Apeiron Review, Right Hand Pointing, Cryopoetry and other print and online journals. Her poems have been shortlisted for numerous awards and nominated for inclusion in both the Pushcart and Best of the Net anthologies. Her fifth and sixth chapbooks, Move Your Lips When You Read and Road to Damascus, were released by Grizelda Press, December 2014.

B. E. Scully lives in a haunted red house that lacks a foundation in the misty woods of Oregon, with a variety of human and animal companions. Scully is the author of the critically acclaimed gothic thriller Verland: the Transformation, the short story collection The Knife and the Wound It Deals and numerous short stories, poems and articles. Her latest novella, The Eye That Blinds, with be released by DarkFuse Publishing in 2015. In addition, her young adult novel The Tower of Together will also be released in 2015 by Eldritch Press. Published work, interviews and odd scribblings can be found at bescully.com.


Diana Bustos is a dancer and collage artist based out of Portland, Oregon. Fascinated by the lost art of card making and handwritten correspondence, Diana finds pleasure in repurposing vintage issues of National Geographic and creating images for those she loves. She studied Art & Urban Education at Santa Clara University and currently works as an Early Childhood Educator. More at www.dianabustosart.tumblr.com

Rachel Mulder is a draftswoman living in Portland, Oregon. She grew up in rural Wisconsin and received her BFA in Printmaking from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2007. Constantly yearning for the happy accident coveted in traditional printmaking, Mulder uses a typewriter to create large-scale works on paper while she produces smaller works embodying similarly obsessive and formulaic methods of drawing.

S. Tudyk is a sun-worshipper living in Portland, Oregon. She holds a BFA both in Illustration and in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design (2001). She also attended The Illustration Academy hosted at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2009. Influenced by her studies and experience working in advertising design and illustration, she has developed a passion for symbols of communication, which she transfers into her artwork. (www.tudyk.com)

Beth Yazhari makes art that celebrates reflection, craftsmanship and time-consuming labor in the pursuit of beauty. She strives to make spiritually uplifting art, to create oases of beauty and wonder in a frenetic society increasingly in need of both. Discarded doilies and remnants of embroidered fabrics are a source of inspiration to her; by rescuing them and recycling them into her beaded paintings, she hopes to honor and collaborate with the creative spirit of past generations of women from around the world whose handiwork has often been ignored because it was not created to be displayed in a gallery.

Young Voices

Meghana Mysore is a junior at Lake Oswego High School where she gravitates toward all things word: her school's newspaper, the literary magazine, and the event of poetry reading on the Speech and Debate team. She is president of her school's Literary and Poetry Club (or, LitPoe as she likes to call it) and has received several regional keys from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Besides words, she enjoys discovering and learning about new cultures and ideologies, and is always looking for ways to broaden her global perspective.

Kate Pippenger is a junior at the Oregon Episcopal School in Portland. She loves travel, soccer, photography and science. She tends to write in short bursts which make no sense but are strangely effective.

Sara Reed is a native Oregonian. A junior in high school, she is deeply interested in the human conception of space, mathematics and god. Through middle school, she worked as a stable hand at a horse barn before becoming involved in a local circus company where she trained and performed for three years. When she is not studying wilderness maps, dehydrating food and planning backpacking trips, Sara sketches spaceships and reads the Lord of the Rings. She can be found in a tree or at the nearest rock gym.

Danrong Wang is a current student at the Oregon Episcopal School. Born in China, she came to the United States in 2013 for high school to widen her view. Her childhood experience on the farm inspires her writings and interests.

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        One Gd At A Time
 by Stephanie Glazier

        Gotcha by Darla Mottram

        It's Ok To Be A Waterfall by Darla Mottram

        Lot's Wife by Cindy St. Onge

        Sailor by Sarah Bokich

        Six More Weeks by Sarah Borsten

        Here. Now. by Emily Ransdell

        My Water Children by Emily Ransdell

        Upon Finding the House Where Cousin Viola Lived During the Holocaust by Marilyn Johnston

        Pornography by Tammy Robacker

        Attention by Juleen Johnson

        Levine Under Erasure by Juleen Johnson

        Chief Joseph's Flute by Stella Jeng Guillory

        Communion by Livia Montana

        The Stars in Your Voice by Cindy Hines

        How I Wasted My Life by Nancy Flynn


        The Honor of Armadillos by B.E. Scully

        Basket of Shells by Joanna Rose

        How to Cure Cancer by Susan Fleming

        Nobody by Judith Pulman

        Concentric by Susan DeFreitas


        Exoskeleton by Rachel Mulder

        Give Up the Queen and Nobody Gets Hurt by Rachel Mulder

        Give Up the Queen and Nobody Gets Hurt (detail) by Rachel Mulder

        Put Me in Your Blue Skies by S. Tudyk

        Time Grows Over Memories by S. Tudyk

        Untitled Work in Paper by S. Tudyk

        Mamas Day by Diana Bustos

        Untitled by Diana Bustos

        Release by Diana Bustos


        Somewhere by Danrong Wang

        Runner by Sara Reed

        Charcoal by Meghana Mysore

        Infinite Ink by Meghana Mysore

        Home by Kate Pippenger