Issue 33 September 2018
K. M. Huber grew up in the Pacific Northwest, spent a decade in NYC, then moved to South America. Her work has appeared in Earth Island Journal, Diner, McGuffin, Post Road, and ViceVersa among others. Huber is currently seeking a home for her historical novel set in sixth-century Nazca, Peru.

Amy Lee Kite is a poet, blogger, social media strategist and children’s book author who loves the written word in all of its many forms. When she is not busy being a mom to her three children or taking care of her three rescue dogs, she is most often writing.

Ann Harper Reed has rappelled from helicopters to fight fires in the Sierra Nevada, traipsed the Peruvian Amazon in search of God, and worked the Iowa factory-floor. Her first novel Element of Blank was well reviewed. Midwest Book Review described Reed’s writing as “raw, dark, gritty, and undeniably compelling.”

Issue 32 June 2018

Victoria Anderson is a former writing program director at Loyola University Chicago, and received her doctorate in American Literature with a Creative Writing concentration from Binghamton University, New York. She has published three books of poetry: This Country or That (Mid-America Press), Vorticity (MAMMOTH Books), and The Hour Box (Kelsay Books). She’s a three-time recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from Illinois Arts Council, and had residencies at Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Michael Cohen’s short fiction work has appeared in Adelaide Literary Magazine, American Writers Review, FRiGG, Furious Gazelle, Penmen Review, Streetlight Magazine, and STORGY magazines. His short story “The Cantor’s Window,” was acknowledged as a Shortlist Winner Nominee in Adelaide Literary Magazine’s 2018 “Voices Literary Award for Short Stories” and was included in the 2018 Literary Voices Anthology published this February. In 2017 he published his first novel, Rivertown Heroes.

Dr. Juanita Kirton earned a MFA from Goddard College and is on the editorial staff at Clockhouse Literary Journal; published in several anthologies, Juanita works for Pennsylvania Dept. of Education and a US Army Veteran. She resides in with her spouse, PA. Besides writing, Juanita enjoys touring on her motorcycle.

Dan Pinkerton lives in Urbandale, Iowa. His work has appeared in Cutbank, Barrow Street, Subtropics, Boston Review, Indiana Review, and Quarterly West.
Issue 31 March 2018

Taylor García's short stories and essays have appeared in Chagrin River Review, Driftwood Press, Fifth Wednesday Journal, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Writing Disorder, 3AM Magazine, Evening Street Review and others. He also writes the weekly column, “Father Time” at the He lives in Southern California with his wife and sons.

Mark B. Hamilton has a new chapbook, "100 Miles of Heat" (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Recent work has appeared in Albatross, About Place Journal, The Listening Eye, Poetry Salzburg Review, Ship of Fools, Slipstream, and Plainsongs, and is forthcoming in Oxford Poetry, UK. Please see

N. Marc Mullin’s short story “Milkweed” was a finalist in Middlesex University London’s international fiction contest. He’s studied one-on-one with Alice Eliot Dark and Kate Pullinger. A native of the Bronx, he drove a taxi and spent years as a sheet metal worker before he became an attorney specializing in civil rights and employment law. He currently has his own firm, Smith Mullin, P.C., and has successfully argued cases in front of the United States Supreme Court and the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Freddy Torres is originally from Houston but is now a New York City transplant. His designs are inspired by his skateboarding,
design, and musical influences. You can keep up with his current projects on Instagram, @saladnewyork or
Sanjida Yasmin is a Bengali-American storyteller and poet whose work explores South Asian traditions, transient movements from East to West, and most importantly, the mystery of time. Raised in the Bronx, NY, she graduated from The City University of New York where she wrote her MFA thesis on the senescence of mortals. She is a lecturer by day, wordsmith by night.

Issue 30 December 2017

Charles Edward Brooks was born in North Carolina and took degrees at Guilford College and Duke University. Following his qualification as an actuary, he went on to do a doctorate at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. For some years his work involved international travel and communication in a number of languages. In addition to translations, his literary output includes novels, novellas, and especially short stories which have appeared in magazines such as Alembic, Big Muddy, The MacGuffin, Wellspring, Westview, and Xavier Review.

Michael Hunter is a Cincinnati based freelance illustrator and fine artist. He completed a BFA In painting at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1986, at the dawn of computer graphics. Interested in this new media, he went on to study Computer Graphics at Pratt Institute earning his MFA in 1991.

Ben Kline lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he writes about our modern digital existence, his many former lovers, the Eighties, and growing up Appalachian. His work is forthcoming or has appeared in IMPOSSIBLE ARCHETYPE, Kettle Blue Review, The New Verse News, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and many more. He thinks aloud, comments, and visualizes at

Abigail Warren lives in Northampton, Massachusetts and teaches at Cambridge College. Her work has appeared in Tin House, The Delmarva Review, Brink Magazine, Sanskrit, Emerson Review, Hawai'i Pacific Review, among others. She was a recipient of the Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize while at Smith College. Her chapbook, AIR-BREATHING LIFE (Finishing Line Press, 2017) is out.

Lucinda Watson’s book of nonfiction, How They Achieved, was published in 2001 by Wiley Publishing. She has work published or forthcoming in Jelly Bucket, Louisville Review, Poet Lore, SLAB, and others.

Patricia Warren lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She has attended writing conferences hosted by One Story, Tin House, and Bread Loaf in Sicily. Her work has appeared in SNReview and The Tower Journal.
Issue 29 September 2017

Elias Andreopoulos lives in Ohio and does not have any major life revelations, but is hoping to have some soon. His favorite novel is This Side of Brightness.

Natalie Crick, from the UK, has poetry published or forthcoming in a range of journals and magazines including Interpreters House, The Chiron Review, Rust and Moth, Ink in Thirds and The Penwood Review. This year her poem, 'Sunday School' was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her first chapbook will be released by Bitterzoet Press this year.

Born in Italy some decades ago, Gabriella Garofalo fell in love with the English language at six, started writing poems (in Italian) at six and is the author of “Lo sguardo di Orfeo”; “L’inverno di vetro”; “Di altre stelle polari”; “Blue Branches”.

Paula Spurlin Paige is an Adjunct Professor Emerita of Romance Languages and Literatures at Wesleyan University. An emerging writer, she has recently published short stories online in A Diverse Arts Project and Stirring. Another story, which was first runner-up for the Red Hen Press Short Story Award in 2015, has just appeared in the 150th anniversary issue of Reed Magazine. An earlier story, set during the flu epidemic of 1918, is forthcoming in Newfound.

Fabio Sassi makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. Fabio is also a sometime writer living in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at

A recovering economics professor, Steve Slavin earns a living writing math and economics books. His short story collection, "To the City, with Love," was recently published.

Issue 28 June 2017

Yuan Changming, nine-time Pushcart and one-time Best of Net nominee, published monographs on translation before moving out of China. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver; credits include Best of Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1299 others.

Jessica Dealing currently resides in Miami, Florida. She enjoys family, cheese, and discovering all the macabre creatures that romp around in her imagination.

Paul Ewing lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife Liz. He is a stay at home parent to their two small sons, Jackson and Davis. His stories have appeared in The Allegheny Review, The Baltimore Review, Pennsylvania English, and Word Riot.

Lou Gaglia is the author of Poor Advice (2015) and Sure Things & Last Chances (2016). His fiction has appeared in Eclectica, Columbia Journal, Umbrella Factory, Drunk Monkeys, and elsewhere. He teaches in upstate New York and is a long-time T'ai Chi Ch'uan practitioner. Visit him at

After ten years of writing prose, Zav Levinson has emerged as an active poet, inspired by his life of rebellion, love, loss, politics, religion, and woodworking. Zav’s poems have appeared in Poetry Quebec and SWEPTmagazine. Sky of Ink Press will publish his chapbook this fall.

Sean Madden is an analyst at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The John Updike Review, Dappled Things, and elsewhere. He lives in Lincoln, California, with his wife and son.

Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for Deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children's librarian. His poetry has been published in many journals through the years. His publications include a chapbook -- The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) -- and a full length poetry collection -- What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). Zola currently lives in Greensboro, NC

Issue 27 March 2017
Jason Bransma is a multimedia artist, born and living in Colorado. He is on a creative mission to express his fascination with the nature, the universe, and the human experience.

Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Oyez Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle, while her recently published books include Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, A Brief History of Stillwater Minnesota, and Ugly Girl.

Nicholas Ilacqua lives in Sacramento, where he develops software, posts vinyl on Facebook, and organizes a Scotch Club. According to those closest to him: “His hair is like a bird’s nest, sans bird.” “There is a crazy world that actually makes sense buried somewhere deep within his head.” “He should visit Bali.”

Richard Weaver lives in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. He volunteers at the Maryland Book Bank, and acts as the Archivist-at-large for a Jesuit College founded in 1830. He is also an unofficial snowflake counter. (There are real ones). His recent poems have appeared in the Red Eft Review, Gnarled Oak, and Conjunctions. Forthcoming poems will be appearing in Crack the spine, Steel Toe, Clade Song, Aberration Labyrinth, Triggerfish, Kestrel, & Gingerbread House.

Caleb Wright currently studies history at Indiana State University. He has been published in Allusions Literary Magazine, and has won the Mary Reed McBeth Award for outstanding nonfiction writing. He plans to pursue an MFA shortly.

Fabio Sassi makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. Fabio is also a casual poet living in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at His piece,The Bead Factory is this issue’s front cover.
Issue 26 December 2016
Deana Collins is a photographer living in San Francisco, CA. She has been using an analog camera and printing in the darkroom since 2008. Most recently she has been working on several documentary projects in numerous cities.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia College Literary Review and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Kyle Heger, former managing editor of Communication World magazine, lives in Albany, CA, with his wife and three sons. His writing has won a number of awards and been accepted by 43 publications, including Blue Collar Review, Nerve Cowboy and U.S. 1 Worksheets.

Scott Laudati lives in NYC. He is the author of Hawaiian Shirts In The Electric Chair (Kuboa Press). Visit him on instagram @scottlaudati

Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician, is a Pushcart nominee with over a thousand poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review. His latest book out now, ‘An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy’ is available on Amazon and through Cawing Crow Press, while in September of this year, another book of poems, ‘Like As If’, will be published by Pskis Porch. His poems on video can be viewed on YouTube’s ‘BruceMcRaePoetry’

Mike Mulvey is an adjunct instructor of American Literature at Central Connecticut State University, has an MFA, and has had over two dozen short stories published in lit mags and journals such as War, Literature and the Arts, Johnny America, Prole (UK), Literary Orphans, Roadside Fiction (Ireland), and Umbrella Factory Magazine. In 2013 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lost.

Fabio Sassi makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. Fabio is also a casual poet living in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at His pieces: Rubber Band Factory (on orange) is this issue's front cover and Rubber Band Factory (on green)is on back.

Issue 25 September 2016
Darren C. Demaree is the author of five poetry collections, most recently “The Nineteen Steps Between Us” (2016, After the Pause Press). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

A.J. Huffman’s poetry, fiction, haiku, and photography have appeared in hundreds of national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, and Offerta Speciale, in which her work appeared in both English and Italian translation. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.

Kelley A. Pasmanick is a thirty year old woman with cerebral palsy from Atlanta, Georgia. She lives and works in Napa, California as an advocate for individuals with disabilities. Pasmanick’s work has appeared in Wordgathering, Squawk Back, Praxis Magazine, The Mighty, Loud Zoo, and The Jewish Literary Journal. She can be reached at:

Fabio Sassi makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. Fabio is also a casual poet living in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at His piece: Umbrella Factory is this issue's cover.
Issue 24 June 2016
Carl Boon lives and works in Izmir, Turkey. His poems appear in dozens of magazines, most recently Two Thirds North, Jet Fuel Review, Blast Furnace, and the Kentucky Review.

Joseph Kerschbaum’s most recent publications include Ken: a man for all seasons (2012) and Your Casual Survival (2010), both were published by Plan B Press. Joseph lives Bloomington, Indiana. For more information, please visit

Adam Phillips makes his living teaching at-risk junior high kids how to read, write, and dominate on the hardwood (these are three separate things; the kids rarely read or write while playing basketball). When not thusly occupied, he's f**king s**t up old school on the coastline of Rockaway Beach, Oregon, with his inimitable wife and two small sons. If you're interested, recent/impending publications include Upstreet, Blotterature, Shark Pack Poetry Review, Raven Chronicles, Contemporary American Voices (featured poet in August), and Blue Monday Review. His first novel, Something Like My Name, is forthcoming from Propertius Press.

Rudy Ravindra attended a summer writing workshop at Iowa and trained under ZZ Packer. His prose has appeared in Ginosko, Chicago Literati, Saturday Evening Post online, and others. He lives in Wilmington, NC More at:

Fabio Sassi makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. Fabio is also a casual poet living in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at

Issue 23 March 2016
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Mark Aufiery has lived in Florida and currently lives in Maine. He's 58 and has two beautiful daughters.

William C. Crawford (AKA Crawdaddy) is a writer & photographer living in Winston-Salem, NC. He was a a combat photojournalist in Vietnam. He later enjoyed a long career in social work. Crawdaddy also taught at UNC Chapel Hill. He photographs the trite, trivial, and the mundane. Crawdaddy developed the Forensic Foraging technique of photography with his colleague, Sydney lensman, Jim Provencher.

Brian D. Morrison completed his MFA at the University of Alabama, where he was an assistant editor at Black Warrior Review. His poetry has appeared at West Branch, The Bitter Oleander, Verse Daily, Copper Nickel, Cave Wall, and other journals. Currently, he works as an Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University.

Juanita Rey is a Dominican poet who has been in this country five years. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in 2 River View, Harbinger Asylum, Petrichor Machine and Madcap Poets.

Fabio Sassi makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. Fabio lives and works in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at His piece Umbrellas vs Scribbles from Outerspace this issue's cover image.
Issue 22 December 2015
Diane Allison is an invested salvager of estate sale photos and an accomplished photographer in her own right. When she is not occupied with snapping photos of skyscapes with her trusty assistant chihuahua Lou, she peruses estate sales for hidden treasures, fusses with a vintage motorcycle, and glides down snowy mountains. You can find Diane on Instagram: @photobroad

AN Block’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Foliate Oak, Down in the Dirt, Contrary, Blue Bonnet Review, and The Binnacle. He has an MA in History and is a Master of Wine who teaches at Boston University. A Contributing Editor at the Improper Bostonian he has published dozens of non-fiction pieces on wine and food.

Darren C. Demaree is the author of four poetry collections, most recently "Not for Art nor Prayer" (2015, 8th House Publishing). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

Ariel Kusby is a poet currently living in Los Angeles. She is the founder of the literary-arts publication Nothing New, which can be accessed digitally at Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Spires, Chaparral, Eunoia Review, and The Riveter Review.

Sonnet Mondal is the founder of The Enchanting Verses. He has authored eight collections of poetry and is one of the featured writers at International Writing Program at The University of IOWA. His latest works are upcoming in the The Mcneese Review and Common Ground Review. Meet Sonnet at:

Vero Stewart is a writer, maker, gardener, dog lover, and carer of many interesting fish. She's been previously published in Catfish Creek and Cypress Dome. When not doing any of those things, she is a student of Creative Writing and Anthropology at UCF.  
Issue 21 September 2015
Elinor Abbott has been previously published by The Hairpin, Human Parts, Bright Wall/ Dark Room and other publications. Her chapbook, 'Is This The Most Romantic Moment of My Life?' is forthcoming from Banango Editions. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland and blogs at

Amanda Bales hails from Oklahoma. She received her MFA from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her work has appeared in The Nashville Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Maine.

Andrea DeAngelis is at times a poet, writer, shutterbug and musician living in New York City. Her writing has recently appeared in Uppagus, Gingerbread House and Dark Matter Journal. Meet her at Andrea also sings and plays guitar in the indie rock band MAKAR who are in the midst of recording their third album, Fancy Hercules

Rosa del Duca is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, journalist and musician. When she's not cranking out the news at KNTV, she is writing fiction and creative nonfiction or making music with her folk band Hunters. Her work has been published in literary journals including Cutbank, Grain, River Teeth, and CALYX.

Janice Hampton lives in northern Colorado and is currently on hiatus from corporate America. A writer by nature, Janice spent years developing corporate training programs in the public transportation and newspaper industries. Although often published, “Leonard's Bad Day” is her first fiction publication since 1998. She currently functions as the copy editor for Umbrella Factory Magazine.

Anthony ILacqua's third novel Warehouses and Rusted Angels is forthcoming in 2015. His former novels, Dysphoric Notions (2012) and Undertakers of Rain (2013) are both published through Ring of Fire Publishing. He currently functions as editor in chief for Umbrella Factory Magazine that he co-founded in 2009. Meet Anthony at his blog:

Donnelle McGee is the author of NAKED (Unbound Content, 2015) and SHINE (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). He earned his MFA from Goddard College and is a faculty member at Mission College in Santa Clara, California. His work has appeared in Controlled Burn, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Iodine Poetry Journal, River Oak Review, and The Spoon River Poetry Review, among others. His work has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His novel, GHOST MAN is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press.

Michail Mulvey is an instructor of English in the Connecticut system of higher education. He holds degrees in English and an MFA in Creative Writing, and has had over two dozen short stories published in various literary magazines, journals and anthologies, print and electronic, in the US, the UK, and Ireland, some noteworthy, some dubious, some you’ve probably never heard of, and a couple that are now belly up. But in 2013 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lost.

Justin Ridgeway’s fiction and non-fiction (culture, design, fashion and film) have appeared internationally in publications including Azure, Details, Documentary, Dose, Lost in Thought, Numb and previously in Umbrella Factory. In the spring of 2012 he was a participant in The Banff Centre Writers' Studio. His writing has received a Pushcart nomination (2013) and an Ontario Arts Council grant (2014). He is a former associate fiction editor for Broken Pencil, an independent literary arts magazine. He is represented by Transatlantic Literary Agency.
Justin presently divides his time between Toronto and Brooklyn.

Fabio Sassi makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. Fabio lives and works in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at

Issue 20 December 2014
Yvonne Conza is a writer of short stories, plays, fiction and nonfiction. She received her BA at The New School and is the co-author of Training for Both Ends of the Leash. The Examiner plugged her book: Every Dog Owner Should have This Tool On Their Bookshelf. The Off Center Theatre and Lee Strasberg Lab, both in New York City, produced two of her plays. She lives in Miami Beach and has a serious addiction to yoga. Great life revelations: As a child I’d do a series of cartwheels in a row, soaring for seconds at a time in kaleidoscopic-motion where life transformed into 360-degrees of fantastic possibilities.

Chad Copeland was raised in Northwest Indiana where some of the most beautiful landscapes abruptly end at the fences of giant industrial complexes. Urban landscapes that once thrived are now in a tailspin of economic and environmental disaster. These scenes have embedded themselves in his subconscious and this has led him down a unique path of artistic exploration. Chad attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he studied traditional Oil painting. His Undergraduate degree is from Ball State University in Indiana where he focused on Steel Fabrication and Sculpture. Chad now resides in Denver, Colorado. He has assembled a shop and studio to create personal work as well as offer fabrication services to the public via commissioned work, open studio space and classes to those interested in learning to fabricate and build sculpture. Look him up at

Peycho Kanev is the author of 4 poetry collections and two chapbooks. He has won several European awards for his poetry and he’s nominated for the Pushcart Award and Best of the Net. Translations of his books will be published soon in Italy, Poland and Russia. His poems have appeared in more than 1000 literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Hawaii Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Sheepshead Review, Off the Coast, The Adirondack Review, The Coachella Review, Two Thirds North, Sierra Nevada Review, The Cleveland Review and many others.

André le Roux is a legal adviser at the provincial legislature in Cape Town, South Africa. He debuted in Prick of the Spindle in 2013, which piece was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work appeared most recently in Pif Magazine and Liquid Imagination.

Fabio Sassi makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. Fabio lives and works in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at Fabio is a regular contributor to Umbrella Factory Magazine. His piece “Constellation Umbrella” is this issue's back cover art.

Tim Suermondt is the author of Trying To Help The Elephant Man Dance (The Backwaters Press, 2007) and Just Beautiful (NYQ Books, 2010). He lives in Cambridge, MA. with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.

Issue 19 September 2014
Rosa del Duca is a writer, journalist and musician. She is very close to finishing a memoir, War Against the War, which chronicles her transformation from military recruit to conscientious objector. When she’s not working on creative writing, Rosa fronts the San Francisco folk band we.are.hunters., and helps crank out the news at NBC Bay Area. Her work has been published in Cutbank, Grain, River Teeth, CALYX and Crack the Spine. You can read much of that work and listen to her music at

Joe Love lives in St. Louis and teaches at universities both east and west of the Arch. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Poetry Pacific, Poetry Super Highway, The Oddville Press, Crack the Spine, Bangalore Review, From the Depths, Drunk Monkeys, Bellowing Ark, and other journals.

Cynthia Olson completed a Masters degree in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh with a focus on fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Every Writer, Bite Magazine, The Hackney, and Read This. During the day she works as a freelance writer and editor for UNICEF and other non-profits. She is currently chronicling an obsessive process of reading Joyce's Ulysses with a forthcoming memoir, Looking for Leopold, and can be found online here

James Owens's poems, reviews, translations, and photographs appear widely in literary journals, including recent or upcoming publications in Superstition Review, Poetry Ireland, The Stinging Fly, The Cresset, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. He earned an MFA at the University of Alabama and lives in central Indiana and northern Ontario.

Fabio Sassi makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. Fabio lives and works in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at Fabio is a regular contributor to Umbrella Factory Magazine. His piece “Drops and Brollies” is this issue's cover art.

Lauren Yates is a San Diego transplant who is currently based in Philadelphia. Her poetry has appeared in FRiGG, Melusine, The Bakery, and The Legendary. Lauren is also a poetry editor at Kinfolks Quarterly. Aside from poetry, she enjoys belly dancing, baking quiche, and pontificating on the merits of tentacle erotica. For more information, visit   
Issue 18 June 2014
Danielle Bukowski is not related to Charles but has many other odd relatives if you'd like to hear about them. A reader, writer, and unreliable narrator, Danielle is a Vassar grad living in New York City.

Sarah Clayville's work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, StoryChord, and Literary Orphans, among other journals. She is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee and currently teaches American Literature and Creative Writing. In between moments of parenting the best toddler and teen in the world, she is finishing a literary mainstream novel.

Holly Day was born in Hereford, Texas, “The Town Without a Toothache.” She and her family currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches writing classes at the Loft Literary Center. Her published books include the nonfiction books Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, and Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, and the poetry books “Late-Night Reading for Hardworking Construction Men” (The Moon Publishing) and “The Smell of Snow” (ELJ Publications).

Richard Luftig is a past professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio who now resides in California. He is a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature and a semi finalist for the Emily Dickinson Society Award. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in Japan, Canada, Australia, Europe, Thailand, Hong Kong and India. One of his poems was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Poetry Prize. He and his wife recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Fabio Sassi makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. Fabio lives and works in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at  
Issue 17 March 2014
Noha Al-Badry was born in the heart of Cairo and likes medical terminology, word-play, bad puns, exploring the gaps between the English language & the Arabic  and writing as a form of cooking. Currently an intern at the Winter Tangerine Review and previously published in Prime Number, Otoliths and Fail Better. Visit Noha's blog:
Christopher Allsop is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at Antioch University in L.A., and recipient of the 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award. When he's not writing fiction, he's reviewing cheese:, and when he's not reviewing cheese, he's tinkering pointlessly with his website: He lives in Bath in the UK.
Ricky Garni  is a writer living in Carrboro, NC. His poetry and short fiction publications has been published widely in print and on the Web, in several anthologies, and he has received five Pushcart Prize nominations, most recently for a poem about Buittoni Butternut Squash Ravioli (in brown butter sage sauce.) His titles include THE ETERNAL JOURNALS OF CRISPY FLOTILLA, MAYBE WAVY, MY FIFTEEN FAVORITE PRESIDENTS, and IT’S JUST LIKE WHATEVER, slated for publication in 2014. 
Christopher Mulrooney has written two books recently, Symphony (The Moon Publishing & Printing), and Jamboree (Turf Lane Press).
Nanette Rayman, author of Shana Linda Pretty Pretty and Project: Butterflies (Foothills Publishing) is the first winner of the Glass Woman Prize. Two-time Pushcart nominee, a poem was included in Best of the Net 2007 and a memoir piece in Best of the Web: DZANC.
Fabio Sassi started making visual artworks after varied experiences in music and writing. He makes acrylics with the stencil technique on board, canvas, or other media. He uses logos, tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. He still prefers to shoot with an analog camera. Fabio lives and works in Bologna, Italy. He is a regular contributor to Umbrella Factory Magazine. His work can be viewed at His feature work on our cover is entitled Outerspace.
Issue 16 December 2013
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection The Middle of Nowhere (Olivia Eden Publishing) and the forthcoming poetry chapbooks Echo's Bones and Danger Falling Debris (Red Bird Chapbooks). He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.
Christina Guillén is the creator of Half Moon Jefa, the mixed people's super hero who lives in her blog She is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in fiction. She is interested in multiculturalism, bilingualism, and mesoamerican and indigenous studies.
Gregory Letellier is student of Writing and Literature at Emmanuel College in Boston. He has poems and stories published or forthcoming in Emerge Literary Journal, Poydras Review, Linden Avenue Review, Hobo Camp Review, Indigo Rising Magazine and Clutching at Straws.
Merlin Ural Rivera was born in Bulgaria and raised in Turkey, where her short stories and a short film script received awards and were published. Her work was also published in Ping Pong, Warscapes and Hot Street. She holds an MFA from the Creative Writing program of The New School, and she’s living the dream, as they say, in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Fabio Sassi started making visual artworks after varied experiences in music and writing. He makes acrylics with the stencil technique on board, canvas, or other media. He uses logos, tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. He still prefers to shoot with an analog camera. Fabio lives and works in Bologna, Italy. He is a regular contributor to Umbrella Factory Magazine. His work can be viewed at His feature work on our cover is entitled Yellow Factory.

Issue 15 September 2013
Jean-Luc Bouchard is a student of English, Music, and Asian Studies at Vassar College. When he isn't pretending to know what he's talking about in class, he's interning at a publishing house in New York City. He is an occasional stand-up comedian, a full-time nerd, and a lover of ragtime piano. He is originally from New Hampshire. Meet him at his blog:

M.E.McMullen's work has appeared in numerous print and online journals and been cited for Editor's Choice, Pushcart, Hugo and Free Library Fiction (EBSCO), among others. Most recently his fiction has appeared in Temenos, Newport Review, Straitjackets, eFiction and Offcourse. His regular reviews of classic short stories appear at

Dan Pinkerton lives in Des Moines, Iowa. Poems of his have appeared in New Orleans Review, Indiana Review, Boston Review, Subtropics, Willow Springs, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others.

Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood writes in order to make sense of the world and in hope to connect with others just as lost on our human journey. Her works have previously been published at BlazeVox, The Missing Slate, The Bad Version, Pens On Fire, Greenhills Literary Lantern, and others. She studies Creative Writing at Southern Oregon University and works as as editorial assistant at The Missing Slate. In 2012, she received the Michael Baughman Fiction Award from Southern Oregon University. She can be reached at

Fabio Sassi started making visual artworks after varied experiences in music and writing. He makes acrylics with the stencil technique on board, canvas, or other media. He uses logos, tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. He still prefers to shoot with an analog camera. Fabio lives and works in Bologna, Italy. He is a regular contributor to Umbrella Factory Magazine. His work can be viewed at
Steven D Stark is a Boston artist and writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.
Issue 14 June 2013
Emily Carroll is a freelance writer, editor, designer, teacher, and waitress. She is a regular reader at the Cantab Lounge and works as a teaching artist with the Mass L.E.A.P. collective. She lives in Boston with her partner and PJ, the wonder pug of Jamaica Plain.
Darren Demaree is living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. He is the author of "As We Refer to Our Bodies" (Spring 2013) and "Not For Art Nor Prayer" (2014), both are forthcoming from 8th House Publishing House. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations.
Chris Fischer is a visual artist studying at the University of Saskatchewan. His creative endeavors as a freelance Videographer have yielded awards. Constantly challenging himself, Chris is currently building his artistic portfolio. This is his first appearance in Umbrella Factory Magazine.

Ric Hoeben  homes it in eastern South Carolina, holds an MFA from The University of Florida, and hopes his recently finished short story collection Sandlappers, will be a real smash.
Alicia Marie Lawrence has an MA from the University of Victoria where her focus was on comparative literature. Island Writer Magazineditch, The AcrobatThis Great Society, and As/Us Journal have included her poetry in their pages. She has attended Fernwood Writers creative writing workshops, and lives in Victoria, B.C.
Michail Mulvey, the illegitimate offspring of a gin-addled Dorothy Parker and a Guinness-stained Brendan Behan, is an instructor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He holds degrees in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. He’s been published in various literary magazines and journals, print and electronic, based in the United States and the UK, some of which you’ve probably never heard of and several that are now defunct.
Fabio Sassi started making visual artworks after varied experiences in music and writing. He makes acrylics with the stencil technique on board, canvas, or other media. He uses logos, tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. He still prefers to shoot with an analog camera. Fabio lives and works in Bologna, Italy. He is a regular contributor to Umbrella Factory Magazine. His work can be viewed at He wraps up our issue with a work titled It's Raining Umbrellas adjacent to this page.

Issue 13 March 2013

Born and raised in the square-mile suburbs of Detroit, Matthew Fogarty currently lives and writes in Columbia, where he is an MFA candidate at the University of South Carolina. He is an alum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Revolution House, WhiskeyPaper, Zero Ducats, and Utter Magazine.
Les Kay is a doctoral candidate studying poetry at the University of Cincinnati. He earned an MFA from the University of Miami, where he was a James Michener fellow. His poetry has appeared in a variety of literary journals including Tar River Poetry, Eclipse, PANK, Jabberwock Review, South Dakota Review, la fovea, Blue Earth Review, Redactions, Cellpoems, and is forthcoming in Whiskey Island and The Santa Clara Review.
John Matthews graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 1991. He has worked as an office equipment mover and in many different library jobs. As the “M” half of the comic “A.M.”, he drew artwork for the Evanston-based monthly, Strong Coffee, also contributing short stories. He did illustration work for the website, which cataloged dreams about celebrities. He used to play drums for Villa Park rakehells, Six Slug Vacation.
His writing has appeared in the anthologies What Happened to Us These Last Couple Years? And It’s All Good: How Do You Like It Here Now? His work has also appeared in Wisconsin Review, Pindeldyboz, Opium Magazine, Word Riot and several others.
He lives near Chicago with his wife Rachel and their American bulldog, Darla.
Robert McDonald's work has appeared recently in Right Hand Pointing, Pure Francis, Sentence, and kill author, among others. He lives in Chicago, and blogs at

D.I. Sanders is originally from Ohio but now happily resides in Chicago. He primarily writes fiction and has been published in magazines such as The Broadkill Review and Mosaic (OSU). Currently, he is writing a novel, traveling when possible, eating too much and not reading enough.
Fabio Sassi started making visual artworks after varied experiences in music and writing. He makes acrylics with the stencil technique on board, canvas, or other media. He uses logos, tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. He still prefers to shoot with an analog camera. Fabio lives and works in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at

 Issue 12 December 2012
Lianuska Gutierrez has her B.A. from Harvard University and M.A. from Fordham University, and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her primary area is creative writing, but she also focuses on twentieth-century American poetry and poetics, modern and contemporary Spanish poetry, Lacanian theory, and phenomenology. She was a 2008 Saltonstall Poetry Fellow. Lianuska was raised in Queens, NY by parents emigrated from Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Recent work of Philip Kobylarz appears or will appear in Connecticut Review, Basalt, Santa Fe Literary Review, New American Writing, Poetry Salzburg Review and has appeared in Best American Poetry. His book, Rues, was recently published by Blue Light Press of San Francisco.
Kimberly Ann Southwick is the editor in chief of Gigantic Sequins, a print-based, bi-annual black & white literary arts journal that publishes a collection of unique voices and illustrations twice a year. Her poetry can be found in Barrelhouse, Big Lucks, PANK, Everyday Genius, Whole Beast Rag, and Paper Darts, amongst others. 
Thomas Kearnes is a 36-year-old author from East Texas. He has published over 100 stories in print and online. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His first short-fiction collection, Pretend I'm Not Here, will debut from Musa Publishing in 2013. He runs like a girl. 
Lauren Smith's work has appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, Prick of the Spindle, New Madrid, NewPages, Bookslut, and The Toledo City Paper. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Bennington College, and teaches English at Delta College in Bay City, Michigan. 
Kevin Tosca's stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Fleeting, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Underground Voices, Atticus Review, The Smoking Poet, and elsewhere. He lives in France. Read more at
Issue 11 September 2012
Stephanie Dickinson  raised on an Iowa farm now lives in New York City, a state unto itself. Her novel Half Girl is published by Spuyten Duyvil as is her new novella Lust Series. Her stories have been reprinted in Best American Nonrequired Reading and New Stories from the South, Best of 2008 and 2009. She is the winner of New Delta Review’s 2011 Matt Clark Fiction prize judged by Susan Straight. Her work has appeared in many journals most recently Fjords, Nimrod, Bluestem, Menacing Hedge, Prime Mincer and the Main Street Rag Anthology The Book of Villains. She is an associate editor at Mudfish and along with Rob Cook and the cats Vallejo and Sally Joy, she edits Skidrow Penthouse
Alisha Kaplan’s writing has appeared in Lilith Magazine, The Mansfield Revue, and HOOT Review. She is a recipient of the Lenore Marshall 2011 Barnard Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the W.B. Yeats Society of New York 2012 Poetry Competition. A native of Toronto, she currently lives in Brooklyn. 
Timothy Kercher has spent the last six years overseas―four years in Georgia and two in Ukraine― and is now moving back to his home in Dolores, Colorado. He continues to translate contemporary poetry form the Republic of Georgia. He is high school English teacher and has worked in five countries overseas―Mongolia, Mexico, and Bosnia being the others. His poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of recent literary publications, including Crazyhorse, Versal, Plume, upstreet, Bateau, The Minnesota Review and others.
Ben East served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Southern Africa before taking up various teaching and diplomatic assignments in West Africa, the Middle East, and throughout the Americas. A native of Connecticut, he lives with his wife and two sons in Mexico City, working on a novel about the West African nexus between drug trafficking, cyber-crime, and terrorism, and a satire of diplomacy for the War on Terror. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Atticus Review and The Foreign Service Journal. 
Kristin Faatz  is a pianist, teacher and writer. She studied engineering and music at Swarthmore College, piano performance at the Peabody Institute, and fiction writing at the Johns Hopkins University and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops. She lives in the Baltimore, Maryland area with her husband Paul and cats Max and Robin, and frequently sequesters herself to work on her novel-in-progress about the classical music world. “Guardians” is her first published story.

 Issue 10 June 2012

John H. Matthews’ writing has appeared in Wisconsin Review, Pindeldyboz, Opium Magazine, Cellstories, The 2nd Hand and other publications. He lives near Chicago with his wife and their American bulldog. Visit him online at
Arthur Diamond was born in New York in 1957. He received degrees from the University of Oregon and Queens College and has published 12 non-fiction books used as school texts. Diamond’s short stories have recently appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, From Here and Global City Review. He lives in Queens, New York.  
Ezekiel Black is a lecturer of English at Gainesville State College. Before this position, he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he received an MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry and reviews have appeared in Verse, Sonora Review, GlitterPony, Skein, Invisible Ear, Tomfoolery Review, Tarpaulin Sky, InDigest, Drunken Boat, CutBank, iO, Four and Twenty, and elsewhere. He also edits the audio poetry journal Pismire. He lives in Duluth, Georgia.
S. D. Stewart reads and writes in a cramped city while his mind roams open spaces. When not walking in the woods, he works as a librarian. His poetry recently appeared in Stone Highway Review and Gone Lawn. Read more at
Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas is a six-time Pushcart nominee and Best of the Net nominee. She has authored eight chapbooks along with her latest full-length collection of poems: Epistemology of an Odd Girl, newly released from March Street Press. She is a recent winner of the Red Ochre Press Chapbook competition for her manuscript Before I Go to Sleep and according to family lore she is a direct descendent of Robert Louis Stevenson.  
Gregg Chadwick creates his artwork in an old airplane hangar in Santa Monica, California. The recurring sound of airplane take-offs and landings from the active airport runaway outside his studio reminds him of his own history of travel. Chadwick has exhibited his artworks in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. He earned a Bachelor's Degree at UCLA and a Master’s Degree at NYU, both in Fine Art. He has had notable solo exhibitions at the Manifesta Maastricht Gallery (Maastricht, The Netherlands), Space AD 2000 (Tokyo, Japan), and the Lisa Coscino Gallery (Pacific Grove) among others. He has participated in a variety of group exhibitions including the LOOK Gallery (Los Angeles), the Arena 1 Gallery (Santa Monica), and the Arts Club of Washington (Washington DC). Chadwick is frequently invited to lecture on the arts; in 2011-12 he spoke at UCLA, Monterey Peninsula College, the Esalen Institute, and at the World Views forum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Website is at
Gregg’s blog, Speed of Life:
Chadwick’s flickr page:

 Issue 9 March 2012
William C. Blome writes poems and short fiction. He lives in-between Baltimore and Washington, DC, and he is an MA graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. His work has previously been published in such fine little mags as Amarillo Bay, Prism International, Taj Mahal Review, Pure Francis, This, Salted Feathers and The California Quarterly.  
Michael J. Grady is an educator, playwright, would-be novelist and sometime stand-up comic, living in Las Vegas with a beautiful wife, Julie, and a hyper-intelligent polydactyl tabby. His favorite book is The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut.
Thibault Raoult, born in Pithiviers, France, and raised in Rochester, NY, holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. He has published two chapbooks—El P.E. (Projective Industries) and I'll Say I'm Only Visiting (Cannibal Books)—as well as a full-length collection, Person Hour (BlazeVOX). Other work has appeared in Caketrain; typo; VOLT; and Forklift, Ohio. Thi lives in Boulder, CO, teaches in Denver, and sings in DA SO DO DA. 
Justin Ridgeway was a competitive snowboarder living and traveling throughout the mountains of the Rockies, the Alps and the Andes. He also lived in a remote ocean-side jungle village in Central America where his existence consisted solely of surfing, reading and writing. His fiction and journalism (culture, fashion, music) have appeared in publications including Details, Documentary, Dose, The Fashion Spot and Numb. This spring he will attend, with scholarship, the Banff Centre for the Arts Writer's Studio.
Frank Scozzari's fiction has previously appeared in various literary magazines, including The Kenyon Review, South Dakota Review, Roanoke Review, Pacific Review, Reed Magazine, Eureka Literary Magazine, Foliate Oak Journal, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Chrysalis Reader, and many others. His writing awards include Winner of the National Writer’s Association Short Story Contest and two publisher nominations for the Pushcart Prize of Short Stories.   
Fabio Sassi has had several experiences in music, photography and writing. He has been a visual artist since 1990 making acrylics using the stenciling technique on canvas, board, old vinyl records and other media. Fabio uses logos, icons, tiny objects and shades to create weird perspectives. Many of his subjects are inspired by a paradox either real or imaginary and by the news. He lives in Bologna, Italy.

Melanie Whithaus is currently studying creative writing at Southeast Missouri State University. Her work has been featured on websites such as
( and Her writing is known for its raw and straight-forward voice, and her “no-bars-held” style.

Issue 8 December 2011
Andrea DeAngelis is at times a poet, writer, shutterbug and musician living in New York City. Her writing has appeared in Ditch Poetry, Heavy Bear, Clockwise Cat, The Blue Jew Yorker, Word Riot, Denver Syntax, and Writers Bloc. Andrea also sings and plays guitar in an indie rock band called MAKAR.
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 15 year photographer and artist who has won contests with National Geographic,The Woodland Trust, The World Photography Organisation, Winstons Wish, Papworth Trust, Mencap, Big Issue, Wrexham science, Fennel and Fern 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.
Lou Gaglia's short stories have appeared recently in Breakwater ReviewRose & Thorn Journal, and Bartleby Snopes, among others, and are forthcoming in Spilling Ink Review and Sheepshead Review. One of his short stories was nominated for story South's 2011 Million Writers Award. It didn't win, though. He teaches in upstate New York.

Austin Rory Hackett is a medical student and writer. He interrupts people too much and should eat less saturated fat. We all probably should. His work has appeared in The Potomac ReviewSwink, Monkeybicycle, Dark Sky Magazine, and, most recently, Nanoism. He edits Columbia Medical Center's literary magazine, Reflexions, and knows it's a real bad name for a journal, so don't bother reminding him.

Sara Hughes is a graduate student at Georgia State University where she is pursuing a PhDin English with a concentration in poetry. She is an assistant editor for Five Points. Her poems and reviews have been published in Rattle, Rosebud, Ouroboros Review, Burnt Bridge, Red Clay Review, Old Red Kimono, and Arts and Letters.

Michael Keenan received his MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. His first chapbook, TWO GIRLS, was published by Say No Press in 2009. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry InternationalFence, Arsenic Lobster, A Minor and Paul Revere’s Horse, among others. He currently works in a rock n roll superstore in Northern Florida.

Emily O'Neill is a proud Jersey girl who tells loud stories in her inside voice because she wants you to come closer. Her favorite things to whisper through are disappearance documentaries and long night drives in her '92 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Supreme. Her work has appeared previously or is forthcoming in The Pedestal, Side B, Pank, Neon, and Nap Magazine, among others. It has also seen stages from Portland to Orlando. She has a degree in the synesthesia of storytelling from Hampshire College and splits her time between Somerville, MA and Providence, RI.

Sy Rosen was a TV writer for over 30 years, writing for The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, MASH, Maude, Sanford, Rhoda, The Jeffersons, Northern Exposure, The Wonder Years, Frasier, and dozens of other shows best left unmentioned. He also has had six of his plays produced and has recently started writing essays for magazines and newspapers that have appeared in The Writer, Written By Magazine, Obit Magazine, The Writing Disorder, BRICKrhetoric, and the Los Angeles Times. When Sy was young America was a forest.
Issue 7 September 2011
Gary Anderson is a editor/writer for an educational company. His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous magazines, including Fiddlehead, Antigonish Review, Berge Gasse 19, Event, and more. His first novel, Animal Magnet, was published by Emmerson Street Press in July, 2011. He lives in Southern Alberta, Canada, with his wife and two small children.

Michael Bagwell lives and writes in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Dark Sky Magazine, Breadcrumb Scabs, Short, Fast and Deadly and Collective Fallout, among others.

Amanda Bales hails from rural Oklahoma and resides there once again. Her work has been nominated for the Best New American Voices series and has appeared in such journals as Bateau, Painted Bride Quarterly, and The Southern Humanities Review.
Peycho Kanev is the Editor In Chief of Kanev Books. His poems have appeared in more than 400 literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, The Monongahela Review, Steam Ticket, Ann Arbor Review, Midwest Literary Review, Third Wednesday, Burnt Bridge, Istanbul Literary Review, Loch Raven Review, In Posse Review, The Penwood Review, Mascara Literary Review, The Mayo Review and many others. He is nominated for the Pushcart Award and lives in Chicago. In 2009 his short story collection “Walking Through Walls” (Ciela), and in April 2010 his poetry collection “American Notebooks” (Ciela) both were published in Bulgaria. His new poetry collection “Bone Silence” was released in September 2010 by Desperanto, NY.
Donnelle McGee is a Jimi Hendrix freak and wishes he could dunk a basketball. He earned his MFA from Goddard College. He is a faculty member at Mission College in Santa Clara, California. His work has appeared in Controlled Burn, Colere, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Home Planet News, Iodine Poetry Journal, Permafrost, River Oak Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Willard & Maple, among others. His work has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Nathaniel Tower writes fiction, teaches English, and manages the online lit magazine Bartleby Snopes. His short fiction has appeared in over 50 online and print magazines. A story of his, "The Oaten Hands," was named one of 190 notable stories by storySouth's Million Writers Award in 2009. His first novel, A Reason To Kill, was released in July 2011. Visit him at
John Sibley Williams is a literary publicist with an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Book Publishing. He has served as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and Publicist for Three Muses Press. His poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Rumi Prize for Poetry and won the 2011 Heart Poetry Award. His chapbooks include: “A Pure River” (The Last Automat Press, 2010), “Door, Door” (Red Ochre Press, 2011), “Autobiography of Fever” (Bedouin Books, 2011), “From Colder Climates” (Folded Word, forthcoming), “The Longest Compass” (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), and “The Art of Raining” (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, forthcoming). Some of his over 200 previous or upcoming publications include: The Evansville Review, RHINO, Rosebud, Ellipsis, Flint Hills Review, and Poetry Quarterly.
Issue 6 June 2011
Ethan Chatagnier has been many things: a construction worker, a graduate student, a telemarketer, and a newspaper editor. Currently though, he limits it to being a writer, a teacher, and the lucky husband of a beautiful wife. His fiction has previously appeared in Fringe Magazine and is forthcoming from Hot Metal Bridge. His favorite novel is an eight-eight way tie, but the one currently closest to him physically is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
Libby Cudmore’s stories and essays have appeared in PANK, Knee Jerk Magazine, Connotation Press, Needle, Hobo Pancakes, The MacGuffin, The Yalobusha Review, The Chaffey Review, The Southern Women’s Review, Sunsets and Silencers, Red Fez, In ertia, Big Pulp (with Matthew Quinn Martin) Xenith, Pop Matters, Pulp Pusher, Daily Love Stories, Curly Red, Espresso Stories, Mysterical-E, The Midnight Diner (where she also serves as an editor) and the anthology Relationships and Other Stuff. She is a frequent contributor to Crime Factory, Shaking Like a Mountain, Battered Suitcase, Celebrities in Disgrace, Hardboiled, a Twist of Noir and Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers, where her story “Unplanned” won a Bullet award in 2009 and was a finalist for the 2010 Derringer award in flash fiction. Her work will also be featured in upcoming issues of Independent Ink, Criminal Class Press, Arkham Tales, Emprise Review and The Writer (all three with Matthew Quinn Martin), as well as Fridge, All Things Girl and the anthology We’ll Always Have Chicago. She blogs at
Marit Ericson is originally from New England. At the moment, she lives and writes in northern New Jersey. Her poems have appeared in several journals including M Review, Blood Lotus, and The Monongahela Review.
Victoria Large is a Massachusetts native who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her short fiction has appeared in such publications as Blink Ink, Cafe Irreal, and Wordriver.
Graeme Lottering was born on the edge of the Kalahari desert in South Africa during the height of Apartheit. His work has been published in NAP, Pulpit, and Lost in Thought Magazines. He currently lives and works in Kyoto, Japan. In 2011, he self-published his first novel, 98% Grey through
Christopher Robinson is a writer, teacher and translator currently living in the wind. He earned his MA in poetry from Boston University, and his MFA from Hunter College. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Night Train, Kenyon Review, Chiron Review, Flatman Crooked, McSweeney’s Online, and elsewhere. He is a regular contributor at
Chris Smith lives in Cleveland and is a graduate student in the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts. His poem "The Classroom" won a 2011 AWP Intro Journal Award, judged by Cathy Essinger, and is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol. He works for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and is the poetry editor for Whiskey Island.
Barry Spacks looks forward to his next poetry collection from Cherry Grove in August of 2012, a collaboration with his friend Lawrence E, Leone. It's called A BOUNTY OF 84s and consists of a selection from ten years of interchanges in cyber-form, the 84 being a stanza limited to 84 characters exactly, that number chosen as a light-hearted homage to the Buddha, who is said to have left us 84,000 different teachings because humans come in so many different styles with so many different needs.
Issue 5 March 2011
Anne Babson has written the libretto to an opera currently on tour, lyrics for a small-label hip-hop CD released in 2007, and four chapbooks. Her poetry has been published in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. She was recently interviewed by Leonard Lopate on New York public radio in conjunction with a short non-fiction prize she won, and her blog —— has gotten picked up by punditry website Y'all Politics and discussed on the radio in Mississippi.
Hugh Fox - dying of prostate cancer spreading everywhere....originally from Chicago, through marriage getting totally involved with Andean culture, anthropology, archaeology. 50 books of poetry published, 5 on pre-Columbian archaeology.
Aaron Jacobs once tried kangaroo meat at a Brazilian barbecue restaurant, though that experience did not inspire this story. His writing has appeared at Atticus Booksonline and is forthcoming in the Foundling Review. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Scott Alexander Jones is the author of a chapbook of poetry: “One Day There Will Be Nothing to Show That We Were Ever Here” (Bedouin Books, 2009). He holds an MFA from The University of Montana, and in the fall of 2009 he was Writer-in-Residence at The Montana Artists Refuge. Currently averting earthquakes in Wellington, New Zealand, he is co-founder of Zerø Ducats, a literary journal assembled entirely from stolen materials, and he releases music as Surgery in the Attic. and here:

Meredith Luby is a senior at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is currently working on a collection of short fiction. This is her first publication.
Becky Margolis lives in Missoula and is completing an MFA at the University of Montana. She is the winner of the 2011 Prism Review fiction contest. Her work has been recently published in Necessary Fiction and is forthcoming in the Owen Wister Review.
Lauren Nicole Nixon is a Brooklyn-based teaching artist, choreographer and poet. Her work appears in The Tulane Review, No, Dear, What You Do| Eat a Peach, RELEASE, We'll Never Have Paris, The Writing Disorder, In Posse and Leveler and she was recently nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Nixon's choreography has been presented through the Dance Theater Workshop's College Partnership Program, Triskelion Arts Collaborations in Dance Festival, VIP(arty) Performance Series and Dixon Place Theater.
Robert Rebein appeared here at Umbrella Factory Magazine.
Jay Rubin teaches writing at The College of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay Area and publishes Alehouse, an all-poetry literary journal, at He holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College and lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

Amber West is a poet, playwright and teaching artist born and raised in California. Her work has been published in journals such as Opium, Yerm Ahm, and the Journal of Research on Women & Gender. She is an English PhD student at University of Connecticut and co-founder of NYC-based nonprofit arts organization Alphabet Arts.
Issue 4 December 2010 
Author Bios from Issue 4 were lost in the great factory fire of 2011.  In our relentless reconstruction of UFM, please be patient. Anyone with bio info for these Issue 4 contributors please contact UFM. We are grateful to have run these pieces.
Marc Taurisano "The Veneration of Saint Delilah"
Toni K. Thayer "Burning Lavender"
Dan Darling "The Icon Collection"
Robert Rebein "The Search for Quivira"
Yulya Deych "go on transmitting because we ache to" "soft and hard excavating is actually" "listen, we are coming down to straighten everything out"
Issue 3 September 2010
Author Bios from Issue 3 were lost in the great factory fire of 2011.  In our relentless reconstruction of UFM, please be patient. Anyone with bio info for these Issue 3 contributors please contact UFM. We are grateful to have run these pieces.
Jessica Hollander "Mr. Bulky"
Professor Arturo "Last Time I Saw Jeanine: Confessions of A New Orleans Jazz Poet"
Victor David Giron "Motorcycle Maintenance"
Alex Park An Interview with Richard Rodriguez
Dolly Lemke "The Giant, the Insect and the Philanthropic-looking Old Gentleman" "Epithalamion: Seth and Danielle"
Zach Savich "Curtain Light" "The Eye is Trained, As In Educated" "Loves Necessity"
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde "a haiku is diego velazquez at home" "realism is sandstone haiku" "a haiku is a raggamuffin"
Issue 2 June 2010
David Bartone is an editor of Microfilme Magazine and writes a blog for the Kenyon Review. Some recent and forthcoming poems can be found in Denver Quarterly, H_NGM_N, InDigest, Tammy, Now Culture, and Thermos. David teaches writing at UMass Amherst.

Dale Bridges appeared here at Umbrella Factory Magazine.
Heather Leah believes that everybody has a right to speak and has the right to tell his and her own story. She’s been everything from a Hooters girl (for five minutes) to a model to an aspiring stunt woman to a dog-wrangler (just to name a few “professions”), and is now a yogi-in-training and, of course, a writer. She observes the world as a compassionate witness and dares to recapture and recount the beauty of what she sees. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and works as a freelance writer. Her favorite stories are ones of human interest that defy preconceived notions. Because there are way too many stories to read in the world, she can’t possibly name a favorite; let’s just say after reading To Kill a Mockingbird, she knew she wanted to be a writer. She wanted to do with her words what that book did to her: It changed the way she saw things and how she felt about the world. Put simply, it made her cry, which, she believes, is the highest honor one can achieve through writing.
Shane Joaquin Jimenez is the author of the forthcoming story collection Rue the Day (Fallout Books). Originally from San Diego, he has spent the past fifteen years living in rural Arizona, Las Vegas, Austin, Brooklyn, Boulder, and now Seoul. He holds an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University, is a former editor of Bombay Gin, and is co-founder and prose editor of the literary magazine Zero Ducats. He has fiction in Hunger Mountain, Greensboro Review, Bat City Review, and elsewhere.
Michael Onofrey is from Los Angeles, but now lives in Japan, where he teaches English as a Second Language. His favorite novel is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. He hopes to exchange teaching for writing. He's a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz. His stories have appeared in Cottonwood, The Evansville Review, and Natural Bridge, as well as in other literary journals and anthologies in the United States, Japan, and Canada.
Collin Schuster lives in Boulder, Colorado. He used to want a time machine, but now he just wants a new pair of sandals. Collin teaches Creative Writing and is pursuing an MFA Degree from the University of Colorado.

Paige Taggart’s chapbook Polaroid Parade is forthcoming with Greying Ghost Press. Her e-chapbook, Won't Be A Girl is available worldwide with Scantily Clad Press. She was a 2009 recipient of the New York Foundation of the Art’s grant. To find a listing of her publications and jewelry peruse here: mactaggartjewelry.blogspot.
Arianne Zwartjes is an EMT and teaches for the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS, as well as in the English department at the University of Arizona. She is the author of The Surfacing Of Excess(awarded the Eastern Washington University Press 2009 poetry prize) and(Stitched) A Surface Opens(Diagram/New Michigan Press, 2008). She lives in Tucson, and is currently completing a collection of medically-themed lyric essays, from which this piece is drawn.
Issue 1 March 2010
Elinor Abbott is a world traveler, an ex-stripper and a comic book aficionado—three things that rarely find themselves grouped together. Her favorite things are, her husband, Harry Potter novels and a cold bottle of San Pellegrino. She has been published in Adbusters, Matter and The Denver Syntax. She lives in Denver, Colorado and is 28 years old.

Elizabeth Bernays grew up in Australia then studied agricultural pests in developing countries. After being professor of entomology at the University of California Berkeley and Regents’ professor at the University of Arizona, she also obtained a MFA in creative writing. She has published twenty-five essays in a variety of literary journals and has won several awards including the X.J. Kennedy prize for nonfiction.

Serena Chopra is a 2009 graduate of the MFA program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has recent publications in the Denver Quarterly, Monkey Puzzle,Fact-Simile, Pax Americana, and Pilgrimage. She sleeps under the streets of New York City and is currently enjoying Steinbeck and Eugene O'Neill.

Erin Costello is a writer interested in the digital possibilities of all art forms. Her video, "Girls Risk High Morals" won first prize in the 2009 Issue Lab Remix Contest and work has appeared most recently in Edge, Palimpsest, Crash and Trickhouse. She is the co-founder and editor of Spring Gun Press and lives in Denver, Colorado where she studies and teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado.

T.L. Crum is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at CSU Fresno, where she also works at the literary magazine, The Normal School. One of her stories was recently selected as a semi-finalist in the 31st Nimrod Literary Awards, and another is forthcoming in Fringe Magazine. She was also honored to attend the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont last August.

T. M. De Vos received an MFA in 2004 from New York University and a Hopwood Award in 1999 from the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming in, Washington Square, Small Spiral Notebook, Yuan Yang, Pebble Lake Review, Global City Review, Dark Sky Magazine, Alimentum, the Pedestal Magazine, the Saint Ann's Review, Ars Medica, the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, HOBART, the Douglas Post, Bosphorus Art Project Quarterly, Sakura Review, Dossier Journal, the Los Angeles Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. She is a staff member of Many Mountains Moving and the Afghan Women's Writing Project, a performer with the Poetry Brothel, and a contributor to Fiction Writers Review.

Seth Landman lives in Denver, CO, where he edits a poetry journal and chapbook series called Invisible Ear. He has poems appearing or forthcoming in Wolf in a Field,Glitterpony, Skein, Jellyfish, Model Homes, Notnostrums, Jubilat, Boston Review, and some other places.

Charlie Malone is an independent writer living in Colorado. He serves as the Poetry Editor for Matter Journal in Fort Collins. Charlie’s poetry and prose has appeared or is forthcoming in The Laurel Review, Boneshaker, Harpur Palate, Permafrost, Pheobe, Matter Journal and elsewhere.

John McManus is the author of three widely praised books of fiction: the novel Bitter Milk and the short story collections Born on a Train and Stop Breakin Down. In 2000 he became the youngest-ever recipient of the Whiting Writers Award. His fiction has also appeared in Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and The Oxford American, among other journals. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1977, he lives and works in Norfolk, Virginia, and teaches at the MFA creative writing programs at Old Dominion University and Goddard College.

Originally hailing from the small town of Owensville, Indiana, Samantha Robinson is a 2008 graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and currently attends Iowa State University in pursuit of an MFA degree in Creative Writing and Environment. Robinson writes both fiction and nonfiction and has, since early 2009, been collecting material for a memoir tentatively titled There Are Sanctuaries Happening. When she is not writing, Robinson spends much of her time studying dog behavior and the literature and history of Apartheid Resistance, and she also has interests in film, comedy, and classic television.
Justin Runge lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he pursues an MFA in creative writing and serves as editor of Blue Hour Press. His work has been previously published in Hot Metal Bridge, Fawlt, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere.

Mathias Svalina is the author of Destruction Myth(Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2009), as well as four chapbooks and four chapbook-length collaborations. His work has appeared in such journals as Boston Review,Denver Quarterly, and Jubilat. He is the co-editor of Octopus Magazine and the press Octopus Books.