Linda Boroff Linda Boroff graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English and currently lives in Santa Cruz. Her writing appears in McSweeney’s, All the Sins, Close to the Bone, Gawker, The Guardian, Cimarron Review, Moxy, BioStories, Shark Reef, Literary Heist, Parhelion, and others. Linda's Young Adult novel, The Dressmaker's Daughter, set during World War II, was published in March 2022 by Santa Monica Press. Her novel, Twisted Fate, about a pandemic of prion disease, was just published by the Champagne Book Group.
Jason Li is a 4th-year English and psychology major at the University of Florida, and he plans to teach high school English with Teach for America after his graduation. His interests include photography, piano, and poetry, all of which can be found on his Instagram @jason.yuan.li.
Mario Loprete is an Italian painter and sculptor and a graduate of the Accademia of Belle Arti in Catanzaro, Italy. His work has appeared in several exhibitions all over the world, including his recent solo exhibition, The Thin Red Line, at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
About his use of concrete as a medium, he writes:
The reinforced cement, the concrete, was created two thousand years ago by the Romans. It tells a millennia-old story, one full of amphitheaters, bridges and roads that have conquered the ancient and modern world. Now, concrete is a synonym of modernity. Everywhere you go, you find a concrete wall: there’s the modern man in there. From Sydney to Vancouver, Oslo to Pretoria, this reinforced cement is present, and it is this presence which supports writers and enables them to express themselves.
The artistic question was an obvious one for me: if man brought art on the streets in order to make it accessible to everyone, why not bring the urban to galleries and museums? With respect to my painting process, when a painting has completely dried off, I brush it with a particular substance that not only manages to unite every color and shade, but also gives my artwork the shininess and lucidity of a poster (like the ones we’ve all had hanging on our walls).
Stephen C. Middleton is a writer working in London, England. He has had five books published, including A Brave Light (Stride) and Worlds of Pain / Shades of Grace (Poetry Salzburg). He has been in several anthologies, including Paging Doctor Jazz (Shoestring), From Hepworth’s Garden Out (Shearsman, 2010), and Yesterday’s Music Today (Knives Forks and Spoons, 2015). For several years he was editor of Ostinato, a magazine of jazz and jazz related poetry, and The Tenormen Press. He has been in many magazines worldwide. He is currently working on projects (prose and poetry) relating to jazz, blues, politics, outsider (folk) art, mountain environments, and long-term illness.
Peter Mladinic's fourth book of poems, Knives on a Table, is available from Better Than Starbucks Publications.
An animal rights advocate, he lives in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Michael Passafiume is a Brooklyn, NY-based writer who received his MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Jet Fuel Review, The Louisville Review, Madcap Review, Meat for Tea and Welter Online, among others. His chapbook, archipelagos, is available from Blue Hour Press. He occasionally tweets from @passafiume.
Frederick Pollack is author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness (Story Line Press; the former has been reissued by Red Hen Press), and two collections, A Poverty of Words (Prolific Press, 2015) and Landscape with Mutnt (Smokestack Books, UK, 2018).
Lynn Strongin is an American poet living in Canada. A former contributor to Stickman Review, she has published 12 books of poetry, is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Strongin is a Pulitzer Prize nominee in literature for Spectral Freedom some years ago. Her home is now British Columbi, although her heart-home remains New York City.
Alexis Wilson ia a junior at the University of North Florida, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. Wilson's work has previously been published in 805 Lit + Art and The Racket.