Issue 6 Contributors

Lilian Cohen moved from Melbourne to Israel in 1968, living on a kibbutz before moving to Haifa, where she worked as an English teacher until her retirement. After combining further studies with visits to family in Australia, she and her husband have now resettled in Melbourne. She belongs to two writing groups, and her poetry and fiction have been published in Australia, Israel and the USA.

Carolyn Fay writes fiction and non-fiction for children and teens. Her work has appeared in Muse, Highlights, Dig, and Calliope magazines. A former professor of French, she now pursues her love of language and literature through creative writing and independent teaching. She lives in Charlottesville, VA.   

Margaret Irish’s most recent fiction has appeared in Dark Mountain, Short Fiction, and Cyphers. Her stories and plays have been broadcast on RTE and BBC radio, and she has received the PJ O’Connor Award for Radio Drama. She is, appropriately enough, from Ireland, where her surname is actually quite rare.

Dave Karrel is a Nova Scotia-born writer living in Toronto. He writes literary and speculative fiction inspired by his family, friends, and hometown. His work explores the dissonance between urban and rural life, the invasion of each by the other.

Fiachra Kelleher is an undergraduate English Studies student at Trinity College, Dublin. He is originally from Cork. His fiction has appeared in The Three Lamps and The Cormorant.

Kate Krautkramer’s work has appeared in such publications as North American Review, Colorado Review, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, National Geographic Magazine, Mississippi Review, The Normal School, and the New York Times (Modern Love). She has also been included in The Beacon Best, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Best of the West anthologies. Krautkramer lives in rural Colorado with her husband and children.

Rolando André López Torres graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. At Grub Street Boston, he has studied with K Chess, Shalene Gupta, Porsha Olayiwola, and Yara Liceaga-Rojas. In April 2020, he was one of the readers for the Boston Office of Culture and Arts’ poetry exhibit on Afrofuturism. During the summer of 2020, due to the pandemic, he relocated to Puerto Rico. In November 2020, he took part in an interactive poetry workshop led by Mayra Santos-Febres on Facebook Live, contributing verses for the group-authored poem, “Un Mundo Posible.” An educator and student of the (digital) humanities and the natural sciences, he lives with his family in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Phillip Scott Mandel is a NY-born writer and musician currently based in Austin, TX, and runs a boutique ad agency, Mandel Marketing. He has an MFA from Texas State University, and his work has appeared Gettysburg Review, Hobart, Passages North, among others. He can be found at or on Twitter: @phillipmandel. He is currently at work on more retellings, as well as an epic fantasy series.

Carl Meuser has been a farm hand in Oklahoma, a disc jockey in Iceland and a warship captain who has sailed the globe. He lives in Southern California with his wife, stepson and three dogs. “Barbed Wire Fence” is his first published work of fiction.

Julia L. Offen (M.F.A., Ph.D.) is a writer, anthropologist, and editor living in beautiful coastal California after years spent trotting across North America and Europe. Her creative prose has been published in Green Mountains Review, Ethnography, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Rum Punch Press, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and Anthropology and Humanism. She earned her M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. Now, she is the creative ethnographic prose editor for the journal Anthropology and Humanism. She spent two years with her dog living and working with traveling circuses across Europe, which may perhaps explain some things. 

Emilee Prado is an American writer whose fiction and essays have been published in a variety of international literary journals. Emilee holds a master’s in creative writing from the University of Edinburgh and lives in ever-shifting locations in the US and abroad. You can find her online at or on Instagram: @_emilee_prado_.

Henry Presente’s short story collection is Personal Earthquakes (Czykmate Productions, 2018). His tall tales have been published with Harpur Palate, The Columbia Review, The MacGuffin, Prime Number Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, and others. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, helped save enough energy to power 1 million homes for 1 year, and once led a spontaneously formed conga line—fearlessly and with no regard for tomorrow. Find him online at and @HenryPresente on Twitter.