the Future Issue | Spring 2019 Vol. 04 No. 01

Spring 2019

Lexie Angelo

Lexie Angelo is a Canadian writer and snowboarder. She holds a Master in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Arts from Royal Roads University. Her work has been published in From Arthur’s Seat, a short story anthology, as well as Hypnopomp Magazine, 5 on the Fifth and The Ogilvie in the United Kingdom. She has short stories forthcoming in Canada and the US.

She is a recipient of the 2018 Carlyle Norman Scholarship for Emerging Literary Artists Endowment and completed a residency at The Banff Centre for Emerging Writers. She is also the Managing Editor of The Selkie, a Scotland-based literary journal dedicated to publishing under-represented voices. When she isn’t checking the weather forecast, you can find her working on her debut novel and short story collection. Follow her on twitter @angelolexie.

George Bishop

George Bishop’s work has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Flare and Cold Mountain Review. Bishop won the 2013 Peter Meinke Prize at YellowJacket Press for his chapbook, Following Myself Home and his second full length collection, One Dance was published by FutureCycle Press. He attended Rutgers University and now lives and writes in Saint Cloud, Florida.

Robert Carr

Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth, published in 2016 by Indolent Books and The Unbuttoned Eye, a full-length 2019 collection from 3: A Taos Press. Among other publications his poetry appears in the Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Tar River Poetry and Rattle. Pending publications include the Citron Review, Massachusetts Review, and Shenandoah. Robert is poetry editor with Indolent Books and an editor for the anthology Bodies and Scars, available through the Ghana Writes Literary Group in West Africa. Additional information can be found at

Michael Coolen

Michael Coolen is a pianist, composer, actor, performance artist, storyteller, and writer living in Corvallis, Oregon.

He has won awards from the Oregon Poetry Association, the Oregon Writers Colony, and has been published in Oregon Humanities, The Gold Man Review, Best Travel Stories, The Fable Online, Kalnya Language Press, Twisted Vine, Clementine Poetry Journal, Creative Writing Institute, Rats Ass Review, Solarwyrm Press, Synesthesia Magazine, Broken Plate Poetry Magazine, StoryClub Magazine, The Poetry Quarterly, Shadowgraph Quarterly, Riding Light Review, Bookers, Pure Slush, Melancholy Hyperbole, Oneye Press/Shotgun Honey, Lost River Review, et al. His essay “Let Me Tell You How My Father Died” was awarded first prize in the 2017 national “Ageless Authors” competition.

He is also a published composer whose works have been performed around the world, from Singapore to Denmark, and at Carnegie Hall, the New England Conservatory of Music, MoMA, and the Christie Gallery in New York.

Cressida Evans

Cressida Evans is a Welsh writer living in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  She writes short stories and film scripts.  Having spent a large part of her life traveling and living abroad, Cressida is interested in how cultures blend and clash and how the forces of history and landscape shape our dreams and narratives.

Kathryn FItzpatrick

Kathryn Fitzpatrick is a junior at Central Connecticut State University where she studies English and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Helix Literary Magazine. Previous publications include Out Magazine, Crack the Spine, and the print anthology “Flash Nonfiction Funny” (Woodhall Press, 2018), among others. She lives in Thomaston, CT.

Ellen Forney

Cartoonist Ellen Forney is the author of bestselling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me and Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life. She collaborated on the National Book Award-winning novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and has been awarded residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Civitella Ranieri, and Hedgebrook.

She curated “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn”, a traveling exhibition about comics and health for the National Library of Medicine, and as a visual artist, she was selected to create two permanent large-scale murals for Seattle’s Capitol Hill light rail station. She grew up in Philadelphia and lives in Seattle, and teaches comics at Cornish College of the Arts.

Jess Kilby

Jess Kilby writes flash fiction and prose poetry, and creates other experimental forms of narrative. Her fiction has been published by Meniscus, Reflex Press and Arachne Press, and has been performed in various immersive theatre productions. You can find her online at @ninjypsy and at

Gerard McKeever

Gerard McKeever is an academic and writer based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. He is currently publishing a series of short stories and working on a novel set on the Solway coast. Gerard holds a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Glasgow.

L. M. Prather

L.M. Prather is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction who lives in northern Virginia. She earned her masters in creative writing from George Mason University.

Charlie J. Stephens

Charlie J. Stephens is a queer fiction writer and poet living in Northern California. Charlie has lived all over the U.S. as a bike messenger, bookstore clerk, and seasonal shark diver (for educational purposes only). Charlie won The Forge Literary Magazine’s 2018 Flash Fiction Competition, and other written work has most recently appeared in Rappahannock Review, Not Your Mother’s Breast Milk, and “Nothing Short of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story” (Outpost19 Books). A non-fiction piece titled, “Me and My Teen Queen” will be part of Original Plumbing’s Ten Year Anniversary Edition to be published by Feminist Press in spring 2019.

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Julia Soboleva

Julia’s “Bleeding Series No. 40 Untitled” is the cover of our forthcoming spring 2019 issue. Read more.

Robert Vivian

Robert Vivian is the author of The Tall Grass TrilogyWater And Abandon and two meditative essay collections, Cold Snap As Yearning and The Least Cricket Of Evening. His first poetry book is called Mystery My Country—and he’s co-written a second called Traversings with the poet Richard Jackson. He teaches at Alma College and as a core faculty member at The Vermont College Of Fine Arts.Robert has a new book of dervish essays called Immortal Soft-Spoken which was published by Awst Press.

John Sibley Williams

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. An eleven-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, The 46er Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.