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Contributor Bios – February 2018

Sandy Coomer is an artist and poet living in Brentwood, TN. Her art has been featured in local art shows and exhibits, and has been published in literary art journals such as The Wire’s Dream Magazine, Lunch Ticket, Gravel, Varnish, and The Magnolia Review. She is the co-director of an Ekphrastic Poetry project that features 100 Tennessee poets responding to 100 photographs of European locations.

Katie Manning is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review and an Associate Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other, which won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and four chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. Her poems have appeared in Fairy Tale Review, New Letters, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and many journals and anthologies. Find her online at

Nicole Ostrowski is a full-time proposal editor and adoptive mom to a precious soon-to-be one year old (Lilly). In her spare time, Nicole dabbles in photography, painting, other arts and crafts, and laundry. She is also obsessed with the various artistic and theatrical aspects of drag and is very much looking forward to RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10.

A resident of New York City, Kerfe Roig enjoys transforming words and images into something new.  Follow her explorations on the blog she does with her friend Nina: and see more of her work on her website:

Carl Scharwath has appeared globally with 100+ journals selecting his poetry, short stories, essays or art photography. Two poetry books ‘Journey To Become Forgotten’ (Kind of a Hurricane Press) and ‘Abandoned’ (ScarsTv) have been published. Carl is the art editor for Minute Magazine, a dedicated runner and 2nd degree black-belt in Taekwondo.

Gerry Stewart is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor based in Finland. Her poetry collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK. Her writing blog can be found at

Christopher Stolle’s poetry has appeared most recently or is forthcoming in the Tipton Poetry Journal, Flying Island, Branches, Indiana Voice Journal, Black Elephant, Ibis Head Review, Edify Fiction, The Poetry Circus, Smeuse, The Gambler, 1932 Quarterly, Brickplight, Medusa’s Laugh Press, and Sheepshead Review. He works as an acquisitions and development editor for Penguin Random House, and he lives in Richmond, Indiana.

Ken Tomaro: I consider myself both an artist and a writer. Early on I discovered painting as a good therapy for living with depression. It has enabled me to lose myself in the process and forget about the depressive reality of life at times. I began writing poetry and found it to be an extension of that process. My writing can be dark just as life but that doesn’t mean either is devoid of beauty. I have recently published two books of poetry and am working on the third. Cleveland, Ohio is where I call home and it is currently very cold and very gray.

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