Mulberry Fork Review Issue 1 Contributors
We’re very lucky to have such a talented group of writers for our first issue!
Megan Lee Beals lives in Tacoma with her husband and an enormous one eyed cat in a house just out of range for both tsunamis and volcanos. When not writing or knitting or collecting new hobbies, she works in a bookstore where she enjoys an ongoing and unconventional education in nearly everything fit to print. Her fiction has been printed in the Stamps Vamps and Tramps and Future Embodied anthologies, and will be featured in the Best of Literary Orphans anthology later this year. For a longer list of Megan’s publications, or to learn of her sordid love affair with the word “because,” please visit her at beehills.wordpress.com.
Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire Press, 2003). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, Atlanta Review, RATTLE, River Styx, Southern Humanities Review and many other journals. He currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia.
Neil Connelly has published four novels, the most recent of which, The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible, was released by LSU Press in fall 2014. Before his return to his home state of Pennsylvania, where he teaches creative writing at Shippensburg University, he directed the MFA at McNeese State in Louisiana. For more information please visit: neilconnelly.com.
Tim Johnston’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Hobart, PineStraw Magazine, O. Henry, Civil War Camp Chest, and Short Story America, among others. His first collection of stories, titled Between the Dead and the Sleeping, is due out later this year, as is his debut novel, Reciprocity. His short story “Friday Afternoon” is being adapted for the screen, and is available at Amazon Kindle. He lives in Beaufort, South Carolina with his wife, Stacey, daughters Brooke and Taylor, and son Nick.
D. Keramitas was educated at the University of Hartford, Sorbonne, and the University of London, and holds degrees in literature and law. He lives in Paris, teaching English and law in the French university system. His short fiction has been published in many literary journals. His story “The Art of Flight” won the Paynton Scholarship at the 2010 Paris Writers Workshop. In addition, he has worked as a film critic for both print and on-line publications, and is a contributing editor for Movies in American History (ABC-CLIO). He has recently completed his first novel.
Samantha Levy earned her Ph.D. in English at Florida State University, and her work has appeared in The Chattahoochee Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Word Riot, StoryQuarterly, the anthology Have I Got a Guy For You, and elsewhere. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Indiana and can be reached at email@example.com.
Michael McGlade grew up in an Irish farmhouse where the leaky roof didn’t bother him as much as the fear of electrocution from the nightly scramble for prime position beneath the chicken lamp, the only source of heating in the house – a large infrared heat lamp more commonly used for poultry. His seminal influences were Darwin’s Survival Of The Fattest and a morbid belief that “undying love” meant you had a soft-spot for zombies. Never allowing these misapprehensions to hold him back from success, he understood that nothing is as clear as the illegible comprehensibility of the modern world.His short fiction has been published in Ambit, Green Door, Grain, Spinetingler, Downstate Story, and other journals. He holds a master’s degree in English from Queen’s University, Ireland. You can find out the latest news and views from him on McGladeWriting.com.
Hugh Reid’s background is in Physics which he taught until taking early retirement two years ago from UWS. He has been writing on and off for around nine years and has completed a fantasy adventure novel for children. He is currently working on an SF concept which hopefully will form a trilogy of books. His interests are in the nature of the Cyborg and the question of consciousness. What does it mean to be human in an increasingly prostheticised world from the simple computer mouse, through AI headsets to cochlear and visual implants? What does the future hold as the cyber moves from the therapeutic field into the field of entertainment? What happens to relationship? Does love fail, or is there something eternally human at our core?
Ian Schwartz is working on a collection of stories and novellas. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two young boys.
M. E. Silverman is editor and founder of Blue Lyra Review and Review Editor of Museum of Americana. He is on the board of 32 Poems and is a reader for Spark Wheel Press. His chapbook, The Breath before Birds Fly (ELJ Press, 2013), is available. His poems have appeared in over 75 journals, including: Crab Orchard Review, 32 Poems, December, Chicago Quarterly Review,North Chicago Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Southern Poetry Anthology, The Los Angeles Review,Weave Magazine, Many Mountains Moving, Pacific Review, and others. He recently completed editing Bloomsbury’s Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry with Deborah Ager and is working on Voices from Salvaged Words: An Anthology of Contemporary Holocaust Poetry. Visit: www.mesilverman.com.
Fred Skolnik was born in New York City and has lived in Israel since 1963. He is best known as the editor in chief of the 22-volume second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica, winner of the 2007 Dartmouth Medal. His novel The Other Shore (Aqueous Books, 2011) is an epic work depicting Israeli society at a critical juncture in its recent history. His stories, essays and poems have appeared in over 100 journals, including TriQuarterly, Gargoyle, The MacGuffin, Los Angeles Review, Prism Review, Words & Images, Literary House Review, Underground Voices, Third Coast and Polluto. His novel Rafi’s World (Fomite Press), written under a pen name, appeared in Feb. 2014.
Lisa C. Taylor is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Necessary Silence. She is presently completing a collection of short fiction. Lisa teaches creative writing at two colleges, cooks without recipes, and likes to hike in coastal areas. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she was the co-presenter, along with Irish writer Geraldine Mills, of the Gerson Lecture of Irish literature. Two of her collections have been taught in college classes. For more information please visit: lisactaylor.com.
Patti White is the author of three collections of poetry, Tackle Box (2002), Yellow Jackets (2007), and Chain Link Fence (2013), all from Anhinga Press. Her essay “The Sound” appeared in Gulf Coast in 2013; her poems have appeared in journals including Iowa Review, New Madrid, Forklift Ohio, DIAGRAM, North American Review, and River Styx. Patti teaches creative writing at the University of Alabama, and is director of Slash Pine Press.
Jenni Wiltz writes fiction, nonfiction, and literary criticism. She has won national writing awards for creative nonfiction and romantic suspense, including the 2011 Romance Writers of America Kiss of Death Chapter’s Daphne du Maurier Award. She has published four genre novels (thriller, mystery, dark fantasy, and romance), with a literary novel forthcoming. Her short fiction has appeared in The Portland Review,Gargoyle, and the Sacramento News & Review. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and history from UC Davis, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Sacramento State. She’s worked as a web editor, a copywriter, and a USAID grant program coordinator, which gave her the opportunity to travel to Kenya. When she’s not writing, she enjoys mixology, sewing, running, and genealogical research. She lives in Pilot Hill, California and has not yet struck gold in her backyard. Visit her online at JenniWiltz.com.