Heinrich Heine

Heinrich Heine was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in either 1797 or 1799. In 1831 he took exile in France, where he often struggled financially despite irregular patronage from a millionaire uncle. With freedom of speech, he developed an international reputation for the lyricism, wordplay, irony, and excoriating satire of his poems, and was called the last of the Romantics. In 1841 he married Crescence Eugénie Mirat (“Mathilde”), who cared for him during eight years of paralysis; he wrote from bed until his death in 1856.


Ann M. Thompson

Ann M. Thompson is a poet-writer based in Washington, DC. Her work (including poetry, short fiction, vignettes, creative nonfiction, collaborative video-poems, and photography) has been published in more than twenty literary journals. She has been honored with final, long-list or short-list rankings in ten literary contests since 2014. After a thirty-year career as a technical writer-editor in global health and development, Thompson now runs her own holistic wellness practice, Whole Soul Healing Arts.


Alexis Sears

Alexis Sears is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a proud graduate of the Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Hopkins Review, [PANK], the Texas Review, Passages North, and elsewhere. She is originally from Palos Verdes, California.


Sam Aaron Morgan

Sam Aaron Morgan has been published in the Louisville Review, the Writer’s Chronicle, and the Encyclopedia of American Indian History. He received a literature degree from Duke and an MFA in fiction from Chatham University. He became a novelist by way of filmmaking. He previously interned at DreamWorks and edited videos for the Smithsonian to distribute to Native American tribal governments.


Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen has been publishing personal essays since his retirement from teaching. His latest book is A Place to Read (IP Press, 2014). He lives on the Blood River in Kentucky and in the Tucson Mountains.


Stella Pye

Stella Pye has retired from working in the UK’s National Health Service and is now concentrating on her poetry. She also works as a visiting lecturer at the University of Bolton, where she recently completed a Creative Writing doctorate, and as a reviewer for the literary journal Stand published by the University of Leeds.



Brooke Clark

Brooke Clark edits the epigrams website the Asses of Parnassus. His work has appeared in journals in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, including Arion, Literary Imagination, the Rotary Dial, the Tangerine, the Literateur, Light, and Partisan, among others.


Anthony J. Otten

Anthony J. Otten’s stories and essays have appeared in Jabberwock Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Grasslimb Journal, Still: The Journal, Hot Metal Bridge, Coal Hill Review, and other publications. He lives in Kentucky, where he works in admissions at a liberal arts college, and his deepest joy is seeing students boldly pursue their studies in the arts and humanities. His current project is a novel, a multigenerational story twining together race, religion, and poverty in the post-Reconstruction South.



Claudette E. Sutton

Claudette E. Sutton is the author of Farewell, Aleppo: My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home (Terra Nova Books, 2014), a loving chronicle of her family’s history in one of the world’s oldest—now vacated—Jewish communities. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where for twenty-three years she has edited and published Tumbleweeds, a quarterly newspaper for families. Her writing has won awards regionally and nationally for history, biography, memoir, and columns.



Alexander Pepple

Alexander Pepple founded and edits Able Muse and Able Muse Press, and also founded and directs the Eratosphere online worskshop. His poetry and prose have been or will be published in Barrow Street, River Styx, American Arts Quarterly, Light, Think Journal, Euphony, Per Contra, La Petite Zine, San Pedro River Review and elsewhere.


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