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Contributor Bios – August 2016

Anna Bernstein is a student at Macalester College, who has had fiction published in Litro NY and poetry published in Inch and apt magazine.

Morgan Downie is a visual artist who also writes short stories and poetry. He is a keen collaborationist and cross disciplinary practitioner and this underpins many of the themes of translocation in his practice. His published work includes stone and sea and distances, a Romanian- English photopoetry collection. See more of his work at

Edward Doyle-Gillespie is a long-time Hampden resident. Holding a degree in History from George Washington University, and an MLA from JHU, he spent roughly ten years in the field of education. His writing has appeared in journals and books in US and other Western nations.

J.C. Elkin is an optimist, linguist, and singer with a mammoth memory for minutiae. Her collection World Class: Poems Inspired by the ESL Classroom (Apprentice House 2014) is based on her experiences teaching English to adult immigrants. Other poetry and prose drawing on spirituality, feminism, travel, and childhood appear domestically and abroad in such journals as The Delmarva Review, Kestrel, Kansas City Voices, and Angle.

Sylvia Fischbach Braden practices visual and literary art in Baltimore. She  graduated from the University of Baltimore’s M.F.A. program in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts in May 2016.

Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas. See more of his artwork here:

Juliette Goodwin: My work considers how things age — the stages of plants and flowers through life spans and seasons, how an aging digital captures light and object. I also think a lot about maps, the really old kind, and secrets revealed through them about the society in which they were created, and wonder if the maps I make are sharing a secret, too.

TS Hidalgo holds a BBA (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), a MBA (IE Business School), a Master in Creative Writing (Hotel Kafka) and a Certificate in Management and the Arts (New York University). His works have been published in magazines in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Spain, South Africa, India and Australia, and he has been the winner of prizes like Criaturas feroces (Editorial Destino) in short story and a finalist at Festival Eñe in novel. He has developed his career in finance and the stock-market.

Christine Higgins is a graduate of the JHU Writing Seminars.  Her poems have been published in many journals including America, Pequod, Nagautuck River Review, PMS (poemmemoirstory) and Poetry East. She has been a McDowell Colony Fellow and recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Award for both poetry and non-fiction. Threshold, was published in 2013 by Finishing Line Press. Her most recent book, Plum Point Folio, is a collaboration with her photographer husband.

Avelino Maestas is a nature and street photographer who also enjoys a good afternoon in the garden. When he’s not weeding the tomato patch he helps operate the UpDown Press and Bindery.

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