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FALL 2011 Volume Four, Issue One

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Ronda Broatch Starting Fires Under Beds Paul Brooke Before the Amazon Paul Brooke Fruit Market Donna Coffey Cowbirds Mary DeYoe Breviary Kevin Heaton A Prairie Healing Timothy Kercher Huginn and Muninn John Palen Canning Apple Sauce William Reichard On Martha Strawn’s Porch Poet Bios

Cover Eleanor Leonne Bennett Page 5 Layne Chiaramonte Page 7 Paul Brooke Page 9 Paul Brooke Page 11 Shara Johnson Page 13 Layne Chiaramonte

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Holly Carmen Eleanor Leonne Bennett Frank Rossini Grace Thompson Shara Johnson Photographer Bios

James Ellenberger The Ohio State University


Photography by Layne



Photography by Paul



Photography by Paul



Photography by Shara



Photography by Layne



Photography by Holly



A Break in the Rain

Photography by Ellen

Leonne Bennett


Photography by Frank


St r a wn’ sPor c h

Broken Bird Photography by Grace



Photography by Shara


James Ellenberger

James Ellenberger was born and raised in Chicora, Pennsylvania. He is currently enrolled in Ohio State University’s MFA program, where he is working on a manuscript tentatively titled "The Ghosts of Western Pennsylvania."


Ronda Broatch is the author of Shedding Our Skins, (Finishing Line Press, 2008), and Some Other Eden, (2005). Nominated several times for the Pushcart, Ronda is the recipient of a 2007 Artist Trust GAP Grant, and is a recent finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award. Ronda is currently a poetry editor for Crab Creek Review. Paul Brooke has been published internationally in Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, and England in The Brobdingdagian Times, Litspeak, Magma, and Takahe, respectively. In the United States, his work has been featured in such journals as the North American Review, Rocky

Mountain Review, Flyway, International Poetry Review, Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, and the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and the Environment. Brooke’s books include Light and Matter: Photographs and Poems of Iowa and Meditations on Egrets: Photographs and Poems of Sanibel Island. In 1999, he was awarded the Iowa Prize for Poetry for his poem “Cree Women Cleaning Fish.” Dr. Brooke is a Professor of English at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he teaches Advanced Creative Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, The Writer’s Workshop, Contemporary American Literature, Major Authors, and Literary Theory. Donna Coffey is an Associate Professor of English at Reinhardt University. Her publications have appeared in Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Contemporary Women's Writing, Calyx and Qarrtsiluni. She lives in North Georgia near Pine Log Mountain. Mary Elizabeth DeYoe received an MFA in poetry from Vanderbilt University and is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize. She lives in Chicago, Illinois and is the Assistant Director of Chicago Ideas Week, an annual festival that brings together speakers from around the world. Until recently she lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Kevin Heaton was born in Kansas, published country music in Oklahoma, and currently writes and chases grandchildren in South Carolina. His work has received both Best of the Net and Pushcart nominations for 2011, and has appeared in more than 130 journals and anthologies including, Raleigh Review, The

Catalonian Review, Foundling Review, elimae, Foliate Oak Best of the Best for 2010, and The Victorian Violet Press & Journal. His fourth chapbook, Chronicles is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in early 2012. He is listed as a notable poet at Timothy Kercher is originally from Colorado and now lives in Kyiv, Ukraine after living in the Republic of Georgia for the past four years, where he has been editing and translating an anthology of contemporary Georgian poetry. His poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of recent literary publications, including Crazyhorse, upstreet, Versal, The Minnesota Review, Plume, and others. John Palen's Open Communion: New and Selected Poems was published by Mayapple Press in 2005. Since then he has had chapbooks published by March Street Press and Pudding House, and has work appearing or forthcoming in

Sleet, Press 1, Clapboard House, Jelly Bucket, Off the Coast, Bare Root Review, and Ragazine. A Michigander for more than 35 years, he now lives and writes in Central Michigan. William Reichard is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Sin Eater (2010) and This Brightness (2007) both from Mid-List Press. Reichard is the editor of the anthology American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice (New Village Press, 2011) and the award-winning memoir The Evening Crowd at Kirmser's: A Gay Life in the 1940's (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2001). He serves as a program director for the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and lives in Saint Paul, MN. Joseph Somoza lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with wife Jill, a painter. Sixteen years ago, he took early retirement from New Mexico State University to have more time for writing and living. He hasn't regretted a single moment of it. He's putting together a small, pretty book of mostly love poems with graphic designer Louis Ocepek, titled Miraculous.

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 15 year old photographer and artist who has won contests with National Geographic,The Woodland Trust, The World Photogra-

phy Organisation, Winstons Wish, Papworth Trust, Mencap, Big Issue, Wrexham science , Fennel and Fern and and Nature's Best Photography. She has had her photographs published in exhibitions and magazines across the world including the Guardian, RSPB Birds , RSPB Bird Life, Dot Dot Dash ,Alabama Coast , Alabama Seaport and NG Kids Magazine (the most popular kids magazine in the world). She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010. Only visual artist published in the Taj Mahal Review June 2011. Youngest artist to be displayed in Charnwood Art's Vision 09 Exhibition and New Mill's Artlounge Dark Colours Exhibition. Holly Carman is a native Oregonian, studied at Oregon State University and earned a degree in Art & Communication. Currently works in marketing & is always searching for her next big career move in the tiny city of Portland. Most passionate about living in the pacific northwest & taking her camera out to capture everyday life. Layne Chiaramonte is a self-taught photographer specializing in nature, portrait and nouveau work. Being somewhat new to the industry, he brings a fresh perspective and unique angles that set him apart from his contemporaries. When he's not in the studio, you catch him hiking the Columbia Gorge, reading up on antiquity and running marathons. Results of his work can be viewed at Grace Thompson enjoys photography as a hobby and claims a massive collection of old 35mm SLRs received as gifts or purchased at garage sales and consignment shops. She has a love for using film far past its expiration date in order to dilute the image as an enhancement. For Grace, patiently waiting for film to develop in anticipation of a captured image is always well worth the wait.

Shara Johnson’s photography has been accepted to several national juried art exhibitions. Her work has been displayed along the Front Range in Colorado and has appeared in several online journals. In addition to photography, Shara writes literary nonfiction and maintains a travel blog. See more photos as well as her writing at

Frank Rossini grew up in New York City and then moved to Eugene, Oregon in his twenties where he received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. For the past twenty years, Frank has studied photographic technique in various workshops, and has read widely about its history and philosophy. Frank works predominately with black and white film and available light. In the past year, he has also done some color digital work. Frank is an eclectic photographer, influenced by a range of traditions including realist, photojournalist, pictorialist and surrealist. He has exhibited his work at various local galleries. Additionally, Frank’s poems have been published in a number of literary magazines including The Seattle Review, The Wisconsin Review, and Willow Springs. He also has work online at Blast Furnace and Rufous City Review. A chapbook, sparking the rain, was published by Silverfish Review Press. More of photographs can be seen at

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