Contributors to Five include:
Alex Reece Abbott, Shawn Aveningo, Annabelle Baptista, Vincent Barry, Paul Beckman, April Bradley, Irene Buckler, Guilie Castillo Oriard, Jessica Clements, Mark Danowsky, Gay Degani, Doug D'Elia, Mira Desai, Matt DeVirgiliis, Peter DiChellis, William Doreski, R. Gerry Fabian, Brad Garber, Walter Giersbach, Richard Mark Glover, Lori Gravley, Jason Half-Pillow, Daniel Y. Harris, Mark Hudson, A.J. Huffman, Phillis Ideal, Abha Iyengar, Joanne Jagoda, Christine Johnson, Len Kuntz, Hillary Leftwich, Denny E. Marshall, Jolene McIlwain, Todd McKie, Heather McQuillan, Corey Mesler, Neila Mezynski, Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz, Sharon Lask Munson, Mandy Nicol, Richard King Perkins II, Matt Potter, Darryl Price, Stephen V. Ramey, Shannon Coghlan Reiss, Sally Reno, Helia Rethmann, Alex Robertson, Ruth Sabath Rosenthal, Barbara Ruth, Martin Shaw, Allison Sobczak, Andrew Stancek, Nancy Stohlman, Jan Elman Stout, Tim Suermondt, Susan Tally, Townsend Walker, Michael Webb, Anne E. Weisgerber and Diana J. Wynne
front cover artwork and illustrations by Allen Forrest
Annabelle Baptista is a poet and short story writer born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She currently teaches English as a second language and lives near Heidelberg, Germany with her husband. She has been published in Coloring Book: An Eclectic Collection of Fiction and Poetry, Andwerve magazine and Families: The Front Line of Pluralism.
Vincent Barry has authored (or co-authored) numerous philosophy texts. His fiction has appeared in various journals in the United States: Writing Tomorrow Magazine, The Write Room, Blue Lake Review, Crack the Spine, The Vignette Review, BULL. Earlier in his career, Barry had one-act plays produced at New York’s American Place Theatre and had a residency at the Edward Albee Foundation. Barry lives in California.
April Bradley is from Goodlettsville, Tennessee and lives outside New Haven, Connecticut. Her work has or will appear in Boston Literary Magazine, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Flash Frontier, Narratively, and Thrice Fiction, among others. Her fiction recently has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and for the Pushcart Prize. She is the Associate Editor for Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine and Press. Find her online at aprilbradley.net.
Mark Danowsky's poetry has appeared in Alba, Cordite, The Lake, Mobius, Red River Review, Shot Glass Journal and else-where. Mark is originally from the Philadelphia area, but currently resides in North-Central West Virginia. He works for a private detective agency and is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
Doug D'Elia was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, and served as a medic during the Vietnam War. He is the author of three books of poetry, one of short stories, and his plays have been performed in five states. He can be found on Facebook at Doug Delia, and his web page is dougdelia.com.
Peter DiChellis writes short mystery and suspense fiction. His sinister and sometimes comedic tales appear in several anthologies and ezines. He is a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society and an Active (published author) member of the Private Eye Writers of America. For more, visit his site Murder and Fries at http://murderandfries.wordpress.com/.
R. Gerry Fabian is a retired English instructor. He has been publishing poetry since 1972 in various poetry magazines. His webpage is https://rgerryfabian.wordpress.com. His novel Memphis Masquerade is available at Smashwords and all other eBook stores, and he is editor of Raw Dog Press: http://www.rawdogpress.freesite2you.com/index.php.
Lori Gravley has lived in seven US states, visited nine African countries, lived in 39 houses, and traveled through 42 states. She’s flown over 82,523 miles this year and driven 16,535 miles. She lives in a 125-year-old house in Yellow Springs, Ohio with one husband and two dogs. Her two grown children sometimes visit. She updates www.lorigravley.com five times a year and has posted almost 1,000 pictures @lorigravley on Instagram.
Jason Half-Pillow has had his writing appear in Abstract Jam, Dirty Chai, Crack The Spine, Driftwood Press, Dappled Things and elsewhere. He has stories coming out soon in other publications as well, including Cowboy Jamboree, Icarus Down Review, and The Intentional.
Daniel Y. Harris is the author of The Underworld of Lesser Degrees (NYQ Books, 2015) Esophagus Writ (with Rupert M. Loydell, The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2014), Hyperlinks of Anxiety (Cervena Barva Press, 2013), The New Arcana (with John Amen, NYQ Books, 2012), Paul Celan and the Messiah’s Broken Levered Tongue (with Adam Shechter, Cervena Barva Press, 2010) and Unio Mystica (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009).
Christine Johnson is an emerging writer. Writing follows sixteen years as a professional theatre director, in mainstream, community and young people’s theatre. Completing a manuscript of her first full-length novel, she received an Amplify your Art grant (administered by Accessible Arts, NSW Government) in 2014 to work with a professional editor, developing skills to strengthen the work. Her prize-winning shorter fiction has been published around Australia and in the USA.
Hillary Leftwich lives in Denver with her son where she is the associate editor for the Conium Review. In her day jobs she has worked as a private investigator, maid and pinup model. Her stories can be found in NANO Fiction, Monkeybicycle, Dogzplot, Euonia Review, Progenitor, The Citron Review, WhiskeyPaper and Hobart. She would like to thank her writing tribe Fishtankwriters for their support. You can find her on Twitter @HillaryLeftwich.
Sharon Lask Munson grew up in Detroit, Michigan. After college she taught school in England, Germany, Okinawa, and Puerto Rico before driving to Anchorage, Alaska where she put down roots and taught for the next twenty years. She is the author of the chapbook, Stillness Settles Down the Lane (Uttered Chaos Press, 2010), a full-length book of poems, That Certain Blue (Blue Light Press, 2011), and Braiding Lives (Poetica Publishing, 2014). She lives and writes in Eugene, Oregon. Find her website at www.sharonlaskmunson.com.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications
Shannon Coghlan Reiss is an American writer and communications specialist from Philadelphia. She received her BA in English and Masters in Leadership Development while working in marketing, communications, and medical publishing. She has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is now editing a collection of short stories while studying literature in Paris, France. Find Shannon online at www.shannoncoghlan.com.
Helia Rethmann grew up in Germany, but now lives in Nashville, TN, where she teaches, writes and cleans up after too many animals. Her fiction has most recently appeared in Intrinsick Magazine and in Virgins, a Penn Family Publication.
Allison Sobczak is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she earned a BA in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Columbia College Literary Review, Hot Metal Bridge, Rollick Magazine, Intrinsick Magazine, 1:1000 and 805 Lit + Art. She grew up in a small suburban town in Pennsylvania, but the Windy City has become her second home. Follow her blog at allisonsobczak.com.
Tim Suermondt is the author of two full-length collections of poems: Trying to Help the Elephant Man Dance (The Backwaters Press, 2007) and Just Beautiful (New York Quarterly Books, 2010.) His third collection Election Night and the Five Satins will be published early in 2016 by Glass Lyre Press. He has poems published and forthcoming in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Blackbird, Belle-vue Literary Review, PANK, North Dakota Quarterly, december magazine, Plume Poetry Journal and Stand Magazine (U.K.) among others. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.