Contributers | Spring, 2017

Bud Backen lives in duluth, minnesota most of the time. Been other places but prefers his home. Works at a bakery in a custodial sense. Lives alone because the cat died.

Danny P. Barbare has been writing poetry for 35 years. He has been published locally, nationally, and abroad. He works as a janitor at a local college that he attended.

Megan Bell is a displaced Pittsburgh-native, living on the edge of Cayuga Lake. She enjoys levitating, wearing as few clothes as possible at any given time, & drinking gin neat. Maybe a lime. She is currently in a Master of Science program for Acupuncture & Chinese internal medicine.

In August 2015 Alan Britt was invited by the Ecuadorian House of Culture Benjamín Carrión in Quito, Ecuador as part of the first cultural exchange of poets between Ecuador and the United States. In 2013 he served as judge for the The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award. His interview at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem aired on Pacifica Radio, January 2013. He has published 15 books of poetry, his latest being Violin Smoke (Translated into Hungarian by Paul Sohar and published in Romania: 2015). He teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.

Francesca Castano lives in Barcelona, Spain and published poems in The Bruised Peach Press, and The Internationalwordbank. Her thesis, published by the University of Barcelona, The Limitless Self: Desire and Transgression in Jeanette Winterson's "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" and "Written on the Body" is available at:

S.E. Clark is a proud graduate of Lesley University’s MFA program. Her work has appeared in Rose Red Review, Geek Force Five, The Drum Magazine and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She lives in a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts, where she collects folklore and forages through old cemeteries for names.

Mick Corrigan has been writing for years and has been published in a range of periodicals, anthologies, magazines and on-line journals. He is in his fifties (at least he thinks they’re his fifties, they could be someone else’s). He divides his time equally between Ireland, Crete and the vast open space in the back of his head. His first collection, Deep Fried Unicorn, was published in 2014 by Rebel Poetry Ireland.

Daniel Fitzpatrick grew up in New Orleans and now lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with his wife and daughter. His poems have appeared in several journals, including 2River View, Coe Review, and Panoplyzine. In addition to writing, he enjoys kayaking the Diamond Lakes, micro-farming, and exploring the Ouachita Mountains.

A contributing editor of Home Planet News Roberta Gould is the author of 10 books, including Writing Air, Written Water, Pacing the Wind, Only Rock, Louder Than Seeds. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Now, Catholic Worker, California Quarterly, Milkweed Chronicle, Mid American Review, Green Mountain Review, Naugatuck River Review, and many other literary publications and anthologies.

Tímea Gulisio lives in Hungary and studies theology. She has published extensively in her country including the winning entry of prose in Queer Kiadó.

Richard D. Houff has had new writing published in Beatnik Cowboy, Chiron Review, Homestead Review, and Misfit. His latest book of poems, Night Watch and Other Hometown Favorites was published by Black Cat Moon Press.

Mark Jackley's work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Sugar House Review, Natural Bridge and other journals. His new book of poems On the Edge of a Very Small Town is available for free at

Sam Landry Sam Landry is completely lost and wants to know where a good place to get pizza is around here. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee for his work published in Outlook Springs, along with his self-publishing on his Magic cards website In his free time he awaits death in Gloucester, MA.

Kurt Nimmo is a long-time small press veteran, the editor of The Smudge Review in the 1970s and Planet Detroit in the 1980s. He lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with his wife and cat.

Some of Jared Pearce's poems have recently been or will soon be shared in Kentucky Review, J Journal, Mobius, Mad Swirl, Linden Avenue, and DIAGRAM. He lives in Iowa.

Elissa Rashkin is a research professor in Communication and Cultural Studies at the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico. Author of books and articles on Mexican cultural history, along with artisanal poetry and fiction chapbooks published by Pas de Chance Press of Toronto.

David Rodriguez is a writer and teacher based in New Orleans with an MFA from Florida State University. He has previously been published in the New Orleans Review, The Southeast Review, Poetry Pacific, The Literateur, and The Double Dealer Redux, among other places.

Tim Suermondt is the author of three full-length collections of poems: Trying To Help The Elephant Man Dance (The Backwaters Press, 2007), Just Beautiful (New York Quarterly Books, 2010) and Election Night And The Five Satins (Glass Lyre Press, 2016) — along with three chapbooks. He has poems published in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, Bellevue Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, december magazine, Plume Poetry Journal, Poetry East and Stand Magazine (England), among others.

Heriberto Yépez is a writer formerly known as Heriberto Yépez who defines himself as a post-Mexican writer, a post-national writer in general, a persona non grata for, at least, two literatures.

Mark Young's most recent books are Mineral Terpsichore and Ley Lines, both from gradient books of Finland, and The Chorus of the Sphinxes, from Moria Books in Chicago. A new collection, some more strange meteorites, is due out from Meritage & i.e. Press, California / New York, in early 2017.