Pure Slush

flash ... without the wank

Lana Bella

Lana Bella is a Pushcart nominee and the author of two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016) and Adagio (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press). She has had her poetry and fiction featured with over 200 journals, including California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, Plainsongs, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, and many others. She resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.

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R. Bremner

R. Bremner of Glen Ridge via Lyndhurst, NJ, USA, is a former cab driver, truck unloader, security guard, computer programmer, and vice-president at Citibank. Ron writes of dead kings and many things he can’t define, incense, peppermints, and the color of time. He was in the very first issue of Passaic Review, along with Allen Ginsberg; in International Poetry Review, Oleander Review, Quarterday; and many other journals. Ron’s eBooks include You are once again the stranger, Poems for the Narrow, and Stories of Love and Hate, available at Amazon, BN, Itunes, and elsewhere.  He lives with his beautiful sociologist wife in the New Jersey suburbs, where he can visit William Carlos Williams’ grave anytime he likes

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Glenn A. Bruce

Glenn A. Bruce MFA, was associate fiction editor for The Lindenwood Review. He has published eight novels and two collections of short stories. He wrote Kickboxer, and episodes of Walker: Texas Ranger and Baywatch. His stories, poems, and essays have been published internationally. He won About That’s “Down and Dirty” short story contest and is a two-time finalist in the Defenstrationism annual contest. He teaches Screenwriting at Appalachian State University. Find his website at www.glennabruce.com.

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Steve Carter

Steve Carter is a writer and jazz guitarist. He taught music and English at Berklee College of Music. His first book of poems, Intermodulations, was recently published by Maat Publishing (www.maatpublishing.net). His poetry has appeared in many magazines, including Hanging Loose, Carolina Review, Stand, and Clackamas Literary Review. His Writer’s Journal can be found at www.maatpublishing.net/steve/writers_journal. His music is available at www.frogstoryrecords.com.

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Embe Charpentier

Embe Charpentier has been published in numerous literary magazines, including Poydras Review, Indianola Review, and The Quotable, and her first book Beloved Dead, is published by Kellan Books. Visit her website www.embecharpentier.com or follow her on twitter @embecharpentier.

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Jan Chronister

Jan Chorister is a recently retired writing teacher and a former costume designer. She lives in the woods near Maple, Wisconsin with her husband and crabby cat. Her chapbook Target Practice was published in 2009 by Parallel Press (University of Wisconsin Libraries). 

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Paul B. Cohen

Paul B. Cohen holds degrees from the University of Leeds, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Southern California. Based in England, his plays have been produced in Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, and New York City. Recent short stories have appeared in Poetica, Conclave, Gold Dust, Spelk and Prole. ‘Lecha Dodi’ won first place in the 2014 Moment-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Awards and was published in Moment magazine. Find his website at paulbcohen.com.

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Bruce Colbert

Bruce Colbert is a TV, film stage actor and playwright in New York City, where his plays have been performed Off-Broadway, and in Toronto. His books include the fiction collection A Tree on the Rift; two novels Lombard Street and Cairo; and the poetry collection The Race Lost.

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Michael Coolen

Michael Coolen is a composer, actor, performance artist, and writer. He has been published in The Gold Man Review, Best Travel Stories, The Fable Online, Kalnya Language Press, Twisted Vine, Clementine Poetry Journal, Creative Writing Institute, Broken Plate Poetry Magazine, and more. He is a published composer, whose works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, Museum of Modern Art, and the Christie Gallery.

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Jon Dietrick

Jon Dietrick is Assistant Professor of English at Babson College, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He mostly teaches and writes about drama. When he isn’t doing that, Jon writes songs, short fiction, and short plays. 

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Ruby Ewens

Ruby is originally from Adelaide and is a newly Melbourne-based writer and blogger. Her blog “Honest Bites” features her flash fiction. She also has poetry, fiction and non-fictions published by Midnight Sun Publishing and Hive Magazine.

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Linda Ferguson

Linda Ferguson has been published in numerous journals. She’s won awards for her poetry, a Pushcart nomination for fiction and the Perceptions Magazine award for nonfiction. She’s also the author of a poetry chapbook, Baila Conmigo, and teaches creative writing classes for adults and children. Find more about Linda here: www.bylindaferguson.blogspot.com.

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Thomas Fucaloro

Thomas Fucaloro is the author of two books of poetry published by Three Rooms Press, most recently It Starts from the Belly and Blooms, which received rave reviews. The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he has been on three national slam teams. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a cofounding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is a writing coordinator at the Harlem Children’s Zone and lives in Staten Island.

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Chris Gillies

Chris Gillies is a technical writer, journalist and sometime copywriter based in Newtown New South Wales. He has work published in the US, Australia and the UK and specializes in farming. He grew up on the coast, lives in the city, loves coffee, the gym, dogs, cats and enjoys writing short stories in his spare time. You can find out more about him  him at www.chrisgillies.com.

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Kate Hall

Kate Hall lectures in Literary Studies at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia. She writes fiction and non-fiction, with recent work appearing in Overland, The Grapple Annual no. 1 and New Community.

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Cynthia Hoffman

Cynthia Hoffman is the daughter of Jewish refugees and draws upon the rich memories of her early childhood years among the immigrant communities of L.A.’s Boyle Heights. Happily retired, she participates in a writing group in Orinda, California where she first shared her writing and found her voice. She writes poetry and prose, fiction and creative non-fiction, and is a recent winner of the Western States Poetry Contest. Whatever wild spark ignites her imagination – nature’s phenomena or becoming a vessel for characters she’s never known – she writes until her eyes burn to find out what happens next.

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Katie Rendon Kahn

Katie Rendon Kahn lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Her poems have appeared in Blackwater Review, Broken Publications, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Barefoot Review, Rising Phoenix Press, Poetry Breakfast, Chaotic Review, Multiracial Media, and various blogs. Kahn won the Blackwater Review’s Editor’s Prize in 2012 and 2014. She co-wrote a children’s book series with her 11-year-old daughter that you can see at worldadventuresseries.com.

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S. L. Kerns

S. L. Kerns has southern roots in Kentucky, but has branched out to a life in Asia. After six years in Bangkok, he moved to Japan, where he teaches English. When his face isn’t in a book, he is training for bodybuilding competitions. Find his work in Flash Fiction Magazine, Silver Birch Press, Eastlit, Kill Those Damn Cats, Out of the Cave, 47-16 and more. Follow him here: www.slkerns.wordpress.com.

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Michael Koenig (USA)

Michael Koenig (Falling Pieces of Skylab) is a writer and editor from Oakland, California whose stories have appeared in recent issues of The MacGuffin, Harpur Palate, Kentucky Review, Drunk Monkeys, Literary Orphans, The Crime Factory, Hardboiled, and the Paterson Literary Review. His work has been anthologized in Awake! A Reader for the Sleepless (Soft Skull Press) and The Shamus Sampler 2, an international detective fiction collection.

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Laurie Kolp

Laurie Kolp serves as President of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and Treasurer for Beaumont Poetry Society, a chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas. She has a full-length collection Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing) and chapbook Hello, it’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press). Laurie’s poetry has appeared in Scissors & Spackle, Driftwood Press, concis, Prelude, and more. Keep up with her on Twitter (@KolpLaurie) or at http://lauriekolp.com.

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Jenny Lapekas

Jenny Lapekas is a part-time college professor in Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared on the website Bitch Flicks, in addition to Broad! magazine, Jump Cut, Women’s Reproductive Health, Avalon Literary Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, and “re:Cycling,” the official blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, as well as the technology anthology, TECH-OLOGY: a nonfiction anthology about our digital lives. She blogs about food, film and literature.

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Poor Louisiana

Poor Louisiana is from Belcher, Louisiana but now resides in San Antonio, Texas. She began writing poetry at the young age of eight. Her work Sunrise at Sunset and Dancing in the Rain has been recently published in the Texas Writers Journal. In the near future, she has high hopes of becoming an author while gaining a degree in English.

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Janet Malotky

Janet Malotky lives a life submersed in language, by day as a speech / language pathologist, and in the evening as a poet. She is especially intrigued by the mysteries at the intersection of language, science, and the inner human experience.

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Erica Gerald Mason

Erica Gerald Mason is an author, poet and blogger living in Georgia. Her book of poetry, i am a telescope: science love poems is available on Kindle and in paperback on Amazon. Find her blog and poetry at www.ericageraldmason.com.

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Piet Nieuwland

Piet Nieuwland worked in conservation management after training as a forester. His poems have been published in many places including Landfall, Printout, Brief, We Society Poetry Anthology, Globe Tapes, Live Lines, Mattoid, Takahe, Snafu, Tongue In Your Ear, Poetry NZ, NZPSA Journal, and The Blue Note Review. He is editor of Fast Fibres Poetry 3 and a poetry reviewer for Landfall Online Review. Found out more at www.fastfibres.wordpress.com and http://teaokikokiko.tumblr.com/.

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Edward O'Dwyer

Edward O’Dwyer is from Limerick, Ireland, where he lives. His poems have featured in journals and anthologies throughout the world, including The Forward Book of Poetry 2015 (Faber & Faber). He was selected by Poetry Ireland for their Introductions Series (2010). He has been nominated for Pushcart and Forward Prizes, and shortlisted for a Hennessy Award, among others. His first collection is The Rain on Cruise’s Street (Salmon Poetry, 2014).

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Sara Petersen

Sara Petersen lives on the seacoast of New Hampshire. Sara’s educational and professional background is in literature and education (and once upon a time, theatre). She’s written essays for Brain, Child, Huffington Post, Bust, Neutrons Protons, and Bustle. She blogs at http://sara-petersen.com , and is on Twitter and Instagram.

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Martin Jon Porter

Martin Jon Porter is a 34 year old teacher who lives in Brunswick, Melbourne. He has had poetry published in Positive Words, Idiom 23 as well as the international art and literature journal ArtAscent. He has just returned from a three month sojourn in Central and South America. He is a real person.

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Edward Reilly

Edward Reilly was born in Adelaide, and holds an MA in Literary Studies and a PhD in Poetics. He has been active in Geelong’s literary scene since the late 1970s and is the founding editor of Azuria (Geelong Writers). He is the author of several VCE English and Literature study guides for VATE and Insight, and published a memoir, First Snow, in 2004. His poetry and prose have been published in Australian journals and overseas.

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W. Jack Savage

W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com). To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over eight-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

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Iris N. Schwartz

Iris N. Schwartz is a fiction writer, as well as a Pushcart-Prize-nominated poet. Most recently, her work has appeared in Grabbing the Apple: An Anthology of Poems by New York Women Writers; and in such journals as The Gambler, Gravel, Jellyfish Review, MUSH/MUM Journal, and Siren.

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Lisa Stice

Lisa Stice received a BA in English literature from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) and an MFA in creative writing and literary arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a military wife who lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog. She is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Uniform (Aldrich Press, 2016). Find out more about her and her publications at  lisastice.wordpress.com  and facebook.com/LisaSticePoet.

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Devin Taylor

Kevin Taylor studies English and Creative Writing at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. He reads poetry at open mic-nights all over the Washington DC area, sometimes under the pseudonym ‘Chuck E. Cheese’. He has been published in The Lake (UK), The Poeming Pigeon, In Between Hangovers, Five 2 One, MUSH/MUM, Gargoyle, and Silicon Heart Zine. He plays electric kazoo and eats his fruit and vegetables.

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Judy Williams

Judy Williams lives and writes in Belfast, ME, and is recently retired from her position as Writing Center Director and instructor of English at Unity College. She has had poems and short stories published in Cardinal Flower Journal: Creative Reflections of Northern New England, Off the Coast, Out of the Cradle, Stolen Island Review, and Crosscut Literary Magazine. She has reviewed books and published freelance articles for various print media.

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Alicja Zapalska

Alicja Zapalska is a Polish-American writer currently living in Austin, Texas. She has been published in Jet Fuel Review, Winter Tangerine Review, and The Postscript Journal.

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