the literary magazine of Gardner-Webb University

2011 Contributors

KATHY ACKERMAN grew up in Northwest Ohio but has lived in the Carolinas since 1984. She has published three poetry chapbooks: The Time It Takes (Finishing Line Press); Crossbones and Princess Lace (North Carolina Writers’ Network – Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Chapbook Award); and Knock Wood (Main Street Rag) as well as a critical biography of Olive Tilford Dargan, The Heart of Revolution (University of Tennessee Press). She earned a doctorate in American literature from the University of South Carolina and is now a Writer-in-Residence and the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Isothermal Community College in Spindale. Ackerman resides in Tryon, North Carolina.

KATIE AXELSON is a senior English and Spanish major at Gardner-Webb University. From Racine, Wisconsin, Axelson is the editor of The English Channel, the Department of English Language and Literature’s official newsletter. This is her first publication.

SUSAN AYLWORTH is Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Chico, where she taught for 30 years. A wife of 40 years, mother of seven children, and author of eight novels, Aylworth loves poems, plays, words in almost all forms, and good raspberry jam. She lives in northern California with her husband, Roger, a dog called Pirate, and two quirky cats. Like most women of her generation, Aylwroth wishes the grandkids would visit more often.

CHRISTINE BATES wrote “The Night I Killed the Devil” based on her own childhood experience of dealing with divorcing parents. She received a master’s degree in English from East Carolina University in 2002. Bates has taught English at East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and she serves currently as the Program Chair of English at Lenoir Community College. Bates lives in Winterville, North Carolina, with her husband, Andy, and daughter, Abby.

PETER BERGQUIST earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. He is currently teaching English, film, and academic decathlon in the Los Angeles Unified School District. His poems have been published in the Broad River Review, The New Verse News, The Chickasaw Plum, The Sylvan Echo, The Two Hawks Quarterly, The Sea Stories Project of the Blue Ocean Institute, Motif v2: Come What May, The Queen City Review, Milk Money, and The Pennsylvania Literary Journal. His poem “Roosevelt” was named Runner-Up in the Chistell Writing Contest. Berquist’s poem “Gristle on the Bone” was a finalist for the Rash Award in Poetry and is published in this edition of the Broad River Review.

LOUIS BOURGEOIS is the Executive Director of VOX Press. His memoir, The Gar Diaries, was nominated for the National Book Award in 2008. He lives, writes, and edits in Oxford, Mississippi.

BILL BROWN just retired as a part-time lecturer at Vanderbilt University. He has authored five poetry collections, three chapbooks and a textbook. His three current collections are The News Inside (Iris Press 2010), Late Winter (Iris Press 2008) and Tatters (March Street Press 2007). Recent work appears in Prairie Schooner, Tar River Poetry, English Journal, Southern Poetry Review, Connecticut Review, Atlanta Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and Southern Humanities Review.

CAROL CARPENTER’S poems and stories have appeared in numerous online and print publications, including Barnwood International Poetry Maga- zine, The Pedestal, Orbis, and Quiddity. Her work has been exhibited by art galleries and produced as podcasts (Connecticut Review and Bound Off). Carpenter’s chapbook, The Empress of Patton Avenue, will appear online at Heartsounds Press in April 2011. She received the Hart Crane Memorial Award, the Jean Siegel Pearson Poetry Award, and an Artists Among Us Award, among others. Carpenter lives in Michigan.

CATHERINE CARTER was born on the eastern shore of Maryland and raised there by wolves and vultures. Carter now lives near Cullowhee, North Carolina, where she coordinates the English education program at Western Carolina University. Her first full-length collection, The Memory of Gills (LSU, 2006) received the 2007 Roanoke-Chowan Award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Her work has also appeared in or is forthcoming from Poetry, Orion, North Carolina Literary Review, and Best American Poetry 2009, among others. Carter’s next volume of poetry, The Swamp Monster at Home, is forthcoming from LSU Press in Spring 2012.

JESSIE CARTY’S writing has appeared in publications such as MARGIE, decomP, and Connotation Press. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, At the A & P Meridiem (Pudding House 2009) and The Wait of Atom (Folded Word 2009), as well as a full-length poetry collection, Paper House (Folded Word 2010). Carty teaches at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Concord, North Carolina. She is also the photographer and editor for Referential Magazine. Carty can be found at, where she blogs about from housework to the act of blogging itself.

ELIZABETH CASHWELL is a senior English education major at Gardner- Webb University. She plans to teach high school English and eventually attend graduate school. Cashwell spent the last two summers in the Domini- can Republic, enjoys reading, writing, and watching episodes of the original television show, Get Smart. This is Cashwell’s second appearance in the Broad River Review.

MELISSA CASTILLO-GARSOW is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing at Fordham University. She was awarded the Sonoran Prize for Creative Writing at Arizona State University and was a finalist for Crab Orchard Review’s 2009 Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award. Recent publications include Shaking Like a Mountain and A Daughter’s Story, a new anthology. Her first novel, Pure Bronx, will be published in April 2010 by Augustus Publications. Castillo-Garsow has also been published in Latin Beat Magazine, El Diario/La Prensa, and The Bilingual Review, among others.

SHARON CHARDE, a retired family therapist, has won many poetry awards and been published in over thirty-five journals and anthologies of poetry, including Calyx, The Paterson Review, Rattle, Poet Lore, and The New Delta Review, and has been nominated six times for a Pushcart Prize. Charde has also edited and published I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent, containing the work of the adjudicated teenaged females she has volunteered with since 1999 at a residential treatment center in Litchfield, Connecticut. She has two first prize-winning chapbooks, Bad Girl At The Altar Rail and Four Trees Down from Ponte Sisto, and a full-length collection, Branch In His Hand (Backwaters Press, 2008), which is being adapted by the BBC as a radio drama to be broadcast in 2012.

MICHAEL CHIN is lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he works full-time with a program for gifted children while pursuing a graduate degree in writing at Johns Hopkins University. He has previously published work in The Floorboard Review and Stymie Magazine.

KEVIN MARSHALL CHOPSON received his M.F.A. from Murray State University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Baltimore Review, Number One, English Journal, Birmingham Arts Journal, Generations, New Madrid, Concho River Review, The South Carolina Review, San Pedro River Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Chiron Review, Poem, Nashville Arts Magazine, the Aurorean, and the National Gallery of Writing, among others. He teaches writing at Davidson Academy and Volunteer State Community College, both just north of Nashville, Tennessee.

DON COLBURN is a freelance journalist and poet in Portland, Oregon. He has published three collections of poems, most recently a chapbook titled Because You Might Not Remember. A longtime newspaper reporter for The Washington Post and The Oregonian, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, he has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. His poems have appeared in magazines such as Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, and Southern Poetry Review.

THOMAS RAIN CROWE is an internationally recognized author whose work has been published in several languages. As a poet, translator, editor, publisher, and freelance writer, he is the author of thirty books of original works, including Rare Birds: Conversations With Music Legends and the multi-award winning book of nonfiction Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods (University of Georgia Press, 2005). As an editor, he has been an instrumental force behind such magazines as Beatitude, Katuah Journal and the Asheville Poetry Review. He has translated the work of such prominent writers as Hafiz, Guillevic, and Yvan Goll. He is founder and publisher of New Native Press. His literary archives have been purchased and are collected by the Duke University Special Collections Library. Crowe lives in the Tuckasegee community in rural western North Carolina.

JULIA NUNNALLY DUNCAN’S  latest book, At Dusk, a poetry collection, was released by Old Seventy Creek Press in 2010. Recent journal publications include poems in Audience, North Carolina Literary Review, Fresh, and Western North Carolina Woman. March Street Press, which published Duncan’s poetry collection An Endless Tapestry and her second novel When Day Is Done, will rerelease her first novel Drops of the Night in 2011. Dun- cay lives in Marion, North Carolina, with her husband Steve, a woodcarver, and their twelve-year-old daughter Annie. For twenty-five years, Duncan has been an English instructor at McDowell Technical Community College.

JOANNA ELEFTHERIOU grew up in Flushing, New York. She studied English and Modern Greek literature at Cornell University and creative writing at Old Dominion University. Currently a doctoral student in literature and creative writing at the University of Missouri, she’s at work on a collection of essays about her life in Cyprus. Eleftheriou’s essays, short stories, and translations appear in Neoskopos, Apalachee Review, Chautauqua, and Crab Orchard Review.

TERRI KIRBY ERICKSON, a North Carolina native, is the award-winning author of three books of poetry, including Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009), and In the Palms of Angels (Press 53, 2011). Her poems and essays have been published in numerous literary journals, online and print magazines, anthologies, and other publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, JAMA, North Carolina Literary Review, and Verse Daily, and her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Award. For more information, visit

J. LAUREN FLETCHER is a 2011 graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a bachelor’s degree in English with a creative writing emphasis. Originally from Chesterfield, Virginia, she has published poetry, nonfiction, and photography in Mindscapes Art and Literary Magazine and the Broad River Review. Fletcher is currently working on her first novel.

ELIZABETH FOGLE, originally from North Carolina and after a long delay in Georgia, now lives in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she teaches in the English program at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. Fogle has poems published and forthcoming in The Broken Plate, Harpur Palate, Nimrod, Tidal Basin Review, and Tusculum Review.

STAN GALLOWAY teaches writing and literature at Bridgewater College in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. His poetry has appeared online at vox poetica, Loch Raven Review, Caper Literary Journal, Eunoia Review, The Atrium, and Apollo’s Lyre. In print, his poems have been published in Midnight Zoo, the Burroughs Bulletin, WestWard Quarterly, and the book Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Second Century. His book of literary criticism, The Teenage Tarzan, came out in 2010 (McFarland). Gallway received his master’s degree with a creative thesis from Kansas State University and his doctorate with a creative dissertation from the University of Kansas.

TYLER GOBBLE is stoked about something. He is blog editor of The Collagist, lead poetry editor of The Broken Plate, and a contributor for Vouched Books. Gobble’s work has appeared recently in Everyday Genius, Metazen, and Smalldoggies Magazine, among other places.

SARAH GORDON, longtime editor of The Flannery O’Connor Bulletin and founding editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review, chaired five O’Connor symposia at O’Connor’s alma mater, Georgia College in Milledgeville. Gordon is the author of Flannery O’Connor: The Obedient Imagination (UGA Press, 2000) and A Literary Guide to Flannery O’Connor’s Georgia (UGA Press, 20008). She is a widely published poet, including appearances in Georgia Review, Southern Exposure, Apalachee Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, and Shenandoah. Her collection of poems, Distances, appeared in 1999. Gordon lives in Athens, Georgia.

PETER D. GOODWIN divides his time between the streets and vibrant clutter of New York City and the remnants of the natural world along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Born in New Jersey, raised in Jersey, Virginia, England, worked in Asia, England, and New York, Goodwin’s work has appeared in various antholgies and journals, including September eleven, Maryland Voices, Listening to The Water: The Susquehanna Water Anthology, Alternatives to Surrender, Rattle, Scribble, Memoir(and) Dreamstreets, River Poets Journal, Delaware Poetry Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Whistling Fire, and Loch Raven Review.

JENNIFER HART is a senior studio art major at Gardner-Webb University. A previous winner of the Broad River Review Editors’ Prize in Poetry, Hart’s artwork now appears on the cover. From Gastonia, North Carolina, Hart will graduate in May 2011.

EMILY HAYES  received her master’s degree in English literature from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She teaches at Carbondale Community High School and is co-editor of The Village Pariah. Her works have appeared in various journals, including Compass Rose, Paterson Literary Review, Review Americana, and previous issues of the Broad River Review.

TABATHA HIBBS earned an M.F.A. in poetry from McNeese State University in 2005. Her poetry has been published in Words, Words, Words: MSU Department of Languages Alumni Magazine and in The Arena: A Collection of Literary and Artistic Expression. Hibbs is currently a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Tulsa, where she serves as the Book Review Editor at the James Joyce Quarterly.

JANE HICKS, a native of East Tennessee, is an award-winning poet and quilter. Her first book, Blood and Bone Remember: Poems from Appalachia (Jesse Stuart Foundation, 2005) met with popular and critical acclaim, winning the Appalachian Writers Association Poetry Book of the Year. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and literary magazines in the Southeast, notably Wind, Now & Then, Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Heritage, Nantahala Review, and Shenandoah.

EMMANUEL JAKPA was born in Warri, Nigeria, and currently lives in Ireland. His poetry has been published widely, including The Diagram, Landing Places, Echoing Years, Barnwood, and Edison Literary Review. Jakpa has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times, and he received the 2008 Yeat’s Pierce Loughran Award.

JAMES A. JORDAN, from just north of Nashville, Tennessee, is currently an undergraduate student at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He was the recipient of the 2010 Cantrell Prize and was a first runner-up for the 2009 Flo-Gault Poetry Prize. Jordan has also spent time studying in London.

JULIET KERICO, a graduate student in creative writing at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, holds a master’s degree in literature and film from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared in OVS Magazine and Interrobang!? Magazine. In addition to reading and writing poetry, she also serves as the Science and Health Sciences Librarian in Lovejoy Library on the campus of SIU-Edwardsville. Kerico’s first poetry chapbook, Live Girls, is forthcoming (dancing girl press, 2013).

ALAN KING is a poet and journalist living in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. His poems have appeared in Alehouse, Audience, Boxcar Poetry Review, Indiana Review, MiPoesias, and RATTLE, among others. King is also the senior program director at the DC Creative Writing Workshop, a Cave Canem fellow, VONA Alum, and M.F.A. candidate at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. He’s been nominated for both a Best of the Net selection and Pushcart Prize, and his first collection of poems, Drift, is forthcoming next year (Willow Books, 2012). Find out more about King on his blog at

COURTNEY N. KING is an English major and sociology minor at Gardner-Webb University, where she plans to graduate in August 2011. She is from Lawndale, North Carolina, where she has the opportunity to write for her church’s district newsletter. King also writes monthly pieces for Gardner- Webb’s Department of English newsletter, The English Channel. She has twice placed in the local Erma Drum Poetry Contest, and her ultimate goal is simply to make her writing available to willing readers. King’s work has appeared previously in the Broad River Review.

CYNTHIA LEWIS, Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Davidson College, regularly publishes creative nonfiction, much of it on American culture, as well as literary scholarship on early modern English drama. Lewis is currently writing a book about sports and Shakespeare.

ELLARAINE LOCKIE is a widely published and awarded poet, nonfiction book author, and essayist. Her seventh chapbook, Stroking David’s Leg, was awarded Best Individual Collection for 2010 from Purple Patch magazine in England, and her eighth chapbook, Red for the Funeral, won the 2010 San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Contest. Her forthcoming chapbook, Wild as in Familiar, will be released from Finishing Line Press later this year. Ellaraine teaches both poetry/writing and papermaking workshops and serves as poetry editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh.

LAURA LOMAX was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lomax is a practicing physician, wife, and mother of two.

HELEN LOSSE  is the author of two 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 include Wild Goose Poetry Review, Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Review, Blue Fifth Review, The Pedestal Magazine, ken*again, and Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and is the Poetry Editor for the online literary magazine The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

DENTON LOVING lives on a farm near the historic Cumberland Gap, where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia come together. He works at Lincoln Memorial University, where he co-directs the annual Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. Other fiction, poetry, and reviews have appeared or are forth- coming in Birmingham Arts Journal, Appalachian Journal, Minnetonka Review, Main Street Rag, Plain Spoke, and in numerous anthologies, including Degrees of Elevation: Stories of Contemporary Appalachia.

MARSHA MATHEWS’ chapbook, Sunglow & A Tuft of Nottingham Lace, won the Red Berry Editions Chapbook Award and will be released in 2011. Last year, her first book of poems, Northbound Single-Lane, was published by Finishing Line Press. Magazines that have published Mathews’ work include Apalachee Review, Appalachian Heritage, Fourth River, Greensboro Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Kansas Quarterly, Melusine, and Pembroke Magazine. Her poems also appear in the anthologies Child of My Child (Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises, 2010) and Touching: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire (Fearless Books, 2011). Mathews teaches writing at Dalton State College, in Dalton, Georgia, where she advises the campus literary magazine, Tributaries.

CAROLYN MOORE’S poetry has garnered over eighty awards and honors, including the New Millennium Writing Prize, the Foley Poetry Award, and the C. Hamilton Bailey Fellowship from Literary Arts, Inc. Her three chap- books each won their respective competitions, and her first book, Instructions for Traveling Light, is pending publication as the winner of Deep Bowl Press’s competition. After a long stint of teaching at Humboldt State University (Arcata, California), Moore at last ekes out a living as a freelance writer and researcher working from the last vestige of the family farm in Tigard, Oregon.

CARIDAD MORO’S poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Comstock Review, Crab Orchard Review, MiPoesias, The Seattle Review, Slipstream, Spillway, CALYX, The Pedestal, Fifth Wednesday Review, The Lavender Review, and many others. She is the recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry, and thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her award-winning chapbook Visionware is available from Finishing Line Press.

GRACE C. OCASIO’S poetry has appeared in Rattle, Earth’s Daughters, and Court Green. She has poems forthcoming in Obsidian III and Mythium. Her chapbook, Hollerin from This Shack, was published by Ahadada Books. She completed a residency at Marilyn Nelson’s Soul Mountain Retreat in East Haddam, Connecticut. Ocasio is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the North Carolina Poetry Society, the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective, and the Charlotte Writers’ Club.

ANNE BRITTING OLESON is a writer and teacher who lives in the mountains of Central Maine with her family. She has published two chapbooks, The Church of St. Materiana (2007) and The Beauty of It (2010). Oleson is a founding member of Simply Not Done, a women’s reading, writing and teaching collective.

MATT ORTH is blessed to thrive in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife, two daughters, mother-in-law, and a vast menagerie of animals ranging from hedgehogs to tortoises. He works with Crossroads Worldwide Ministries and Broad River Community Church and constantly jots down ideas to write about that may never get written.

JAN B. PARKER, an artist and writer, lives with her husband in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, where she’s currently working on EmLee, her second novel, and seeking publication for her first, Trading Moons. Parker’s work is published in the 2009 Press 53 Open Awards Anthology, Main Street Rag, MoonShine Review, Lit Snack, Grey Sparrow Journal, and What Doesn’t Kill You (another Press 53 anthology). Her awards include Honorable Mention in the 2010 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition; Second Place in the 2011 Southern Writers’ Symposium Emerging Writers’ Competition; and Finalist in the Broad River Review’s 2010 Rash Award in Fiction. For more information, visit

MARY ELIZABETH PARKER’S poetry collections include the decidedly not X-rated The Sex Girl (Urthona Press), and two chapbooks, Breathing in a Foreign Country (Paradise Press) and That Stumbling Ritual (Coraddi Press, University of North Carolina at Greensboro). Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Notre Dame Review, Gettysburg Review, New Letters, Arts & Letters, Confrontation, Madison Review, Phoebe, Birmingham Review, Passages North, New Millennium Writings, Greensboro Review (nominated for a Pushcart Prize), and in Earth and Soul, an anthology published in English and Russian in the Kostroma region of Russia.

KRISTEN STABY REMBOLD’S poetry has appeared in Appalachia, Blueline, Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Literary Mama, New Ohio Review, Southern Poetry Review, and other journals. Her novel, Felicity, was published by Mid-List Press.

KIRSTEN RIAN’S poetry and nonfiction have appeared in numerous inter-national literary journals and anthologies, including Daylight, Rhino, and Upstreet. She was recently nominated for inclusion in Best New Poets. Rian has authored two anthologies and is frequently a featured reader or lecturer, appearing recently for Oregon Humanities, Portland Center Stage, and Friends of William Stafford. Also an independent photography curator and writer, she has coordinated more than 375 exhibitions, and served as picture editor or writer for 75 books/catalogues. She teaches writing at institutions and workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as internationally.

NIKKI RAYE RICE is from Hickory, North Carolina, and will complete her undergraduate studies in English with creative writing emphasis at Gardner- Webb University in May 2011. She has won the Broad River Review’s Editors’ Prize in Fiction with her story “Porch Spider,” as well as Second Place in North Carolina’s College Media Awards for the same story. Rice will enroll in Duke University’s Divinity School to pursue a master’s degree in divinity with a certificate in gender studies, theology, and ministry.

JAY RUBIN teaches writing at the College of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds an M.F.A. in poetry from New England College and lives in San Francisco, where he has published Alehouse, an all-poetry literary journal, at

MAUREEN A. SHERBONDY is an award-winning poet and fiction writer whose poetry titles include After the Fairy Tale (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2007), Praying at Coffee Shops (2008), which won the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award, and Weary Blues (Big Table Publishing Company, 2010). Main Street Rag also published Sherbondy’s short story collection, The Slow Vanishing (2009). Sherbondy’s latest chapbook, Scar Girl, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. For more information, visit

M. E. SILVERMAN moved from New Orleans to Georgia and teaches at Gordon College, with work appearing in Crab Orchard Review, 32 Poems, Chicago Quarterly Review, Tapestry, The Southern Poetry Anthology, The Los Angeles Review, Mizmor L’David Anthology: The Shoah, Cloudbank, Pacific Review, Broad River Review, Sugar House Review, and other magazines. M. E. Silverman was a finalist for the 2008 New Letters Poetry Award, the 2008 DeNovo Contest, and the 2009 Naugatuck River Review Contest.

LOGAN SIMPSON is a junior English major at Gardner-Webb University. Born in Sarasota, Florida, Simpson grew up in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. This is his first publication.

SAXON SIMPSON is a senior English major at Gardner-Webb University, where he has been a member of the men’s varsity swim team for four years. This is his first publication.

AMY SNYDER, from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a sophomore English major with a creative writing emphasis at Gardner-Webb University. With minors in history and classical languages as well, Snyder intends to be both an elementary school teacher and a fiction writer. In her spare time, she enjoys reading the Brother Cadfael Chronicles and riding horses. This is her first publication.

JO BARBARA TAYLOR lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in Bay Leaves, Ibbetson Street, Broad River Review, Bee Culture, and on New Verse News, as well as included in the anthologies The Sound of Poets Cooking, Exit 109, You Gotta Love ‘Em,and Words. Her chapbook One or Two Feathers was released in 2010 by Plan B Press of Alexandria, Virginia.

ELIZABETH VAN HALSEMA is a sophomore English major from Charlotte, North Carolina. Van Halsema is a member of the women’s varsity swim team at Gardner-Webb University, which serves as her passion outside of school. She loves music, books, writing, and all things learnable. This is her first publication.

COLLYN WARNER will graduate from Gardner-Webb University in May 2011 with bachelor degrees in English and social sciences. Warner is from Shelby, North Carolina, and will attend the University of Alabama to pursue a master’s degree in composition, rhetoric, and English studies. She is passionate about social justice issues, and enjoys spoken word poetry and drinking coffee.

ALLISON WILKINS is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas International M.F.A. program. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming with STILL, Broken Bridge Review, The Georgetown Review, Tiger’s Eye, hotmetalpress, and others. Her article “‘through the beautiful red’: The Use of the Color Red as the Triple-Goddess in Sylvia Plath’s Ariel” was published with Plath Profiles (August 2010). She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and two dogs. She is an assistant professor of English and associate editor of the James Dickey Review at Lynchburg College.

JEFF WILLIAMS has been an English instructor at Wayne Community College for the last thirteen years and a co-editor of WCC’s Renaissance magazine for the last six. Previous work has appeared in Renaissance and in Aphelion Webzine. “Reconstructing the Whale” is his first professional publication.

LAURA MADELINE WISEMAN is a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches English. She is the author of Sprung, a full-length collection of poetry forthcoming from San Francisco Bay Press, as well as three chapbooks, Branding Girls (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Ghost Girl (Pudding House, 2010), and My Imaginary (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Broad River Re- view, Prairie Schooner, Margie, Arts & Letters, Feminist Studies, Blackbird, 13th Moon, American Short Fiction, Poet Lore, The Fence, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. She has received an Academy of American Poets Award.

NANCY H. WOMACK is a retired educator who previously served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Isothermal Community College. She holds a doctorate in English from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Her poems have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, The Thomas Wolfe Review, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Bay Leaves, The Mentor, and in several anthologies published by Old Mountain Press. She enjoys, gardening, traveling, entertaining, reading, and being Nana to her two grandchildren.

HEATHER WYATT currently works in the technical department of a marketing company in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her work has been published in The Marr’s Field Journal, The SDS News Bulletin, Public Republic, and Snakeskin. She also has a forthcoming poetry publication in Stymie Magazine. She received her bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Alabama and her M.F.A. in poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

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