DLJ Volume 1


Duck Lake Journal
Volume 1

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The Writers

Thomas Allbaugh, an associate professor of English has taught writing and composition at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California since 2001. His stories have appeared in Relief, The Blue Moon Review, and other publications. His novel, Apocalypse TV, was published by eLectio publishers in September, 2017.

Anne Baldo lives in southern Ontario. Her work has appeared in SubTerrain, Qwerty, The Impressment Gang, Carousel, The Windsor Review, and the anthologies Whisky Sour City and Sweet Lemons 2 (Sicilian Studies).

Joe Bauman possess a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he served as the editor-in-chief of Rougarou: an Online Literary Journal and the Southwestern Review. He is the author of Ivory Children: Flash Fictions, and his work has appeared in Barrelhouse, Eleven Eleven, Zone 3, ellipsis…, and many literary journals. He teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, Missouri, and has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. He is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Gateway Review: A Journal of Magical Realism.

Ann Calandro is a medical editor, mixed media collage artist, children's book author and illustrator, and classical piano student. Two of her short stories, a dozen of her poems, and three of her children's books have been published.

Alan Cliffe is a literary critic and fiction writer in the Cleveland, Ohio area. His work has been published in the  literary journals Aspasia and Guide to Kulchur, as well as the Cleveland State Vindicator. He is now a book critic and contributing writer at North Coast Voice, an arts and entertainment paper published near Cleveland.



The Poets

Heidi Blakeslee writes from just northwest of Pittsburgh. Topics of fascination include cats, ghosts, serial killers, and weird literature. She has published two poetry books, Should the Need Arise: Poems, and The Empress of Hours,  and two novels, The House, and Strange Man. She also published a memoir called The White Cat: A Paranormal Memoir. She lives with her partner, James, and seven cats.

Steve Carter is a writer and jazz guitarist. He taught music and English at Berklee College of Music. His first book of poems, Intermodulations, was recently published by Maat Publishing. His poetry has appeared in many magazines, including Hanging Loose, Carolina Review, Stand, and Clackamas Literary Review. He has 10 CDs of his music available on his independent record label, Frogstory Records (www.frogstoryrecords.com).

Steve Gerson, an emeritus English professor, writes poetry about life's dissonance and dynamism. He's proud to have published in Panoplyzine (winning an Editor's Choice award), The Hungry Chimera, Toe Good, The Write Launch, Ink & Voices, and Gravitas.

Mark Gordon is a novelist and poet who grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals in Canada and the United States, including Poet Lore, Quiddity International, and Roanoke Review. His three published novels are The Kanner Aliyah, Head of the Harbour, and The Snail’s Castle. He is presently living in Toronto, Canada. He maintains the website, markgordonauthor.com, which he cordially invites you to visit.

Ruth Holzer has punlished poetry in Poet Lore, Thema, Slant, Blue Unicorn, Southern Poetry Review, Rhino and Chiron Review, among others. She has published three chapbooks and received nominations for the Pushcart Prize.



Anastasia Jill is a queer poet, fiction writer, and aspiring filmmaker. Her work has been published or is forthcoming with Poets.org, Lunch Ticket, FIVE:2:ONE, Ambit Magazine, apt, Into the Void Magazine, 2River, Requited Journal, and more.

Marina Kazakova (b. Gorky, 1983) is a writer, poet and audio-visual artist in Belgium. Published internationally in magazines and journals (Three Rooms Press' Maintenant, AntiNarrative Journal, Crannog), Marina is a frequent performer. She has been shortlisted at different poetry/ film-poetry competitions and was awarded various prizes. She authored the verse novel Tishe...Piano, the film adaptation of which was shortlisted for International Short Film Festival Leuven 2013, Miami Indie Wise Festival 2018, XpoNorth Festival 2018, and got “The Best Narrative Short Award” at the International Film Festival behalf Savva Morozov in Moscow in 2015. Her literature deals to a large degree with confrontation with the past and explores the challenges posed both by memory and grief. In addition to poetry, Marina has written essays and articles for such publications as The Word” Magazine (Brussels), Culturetrip. com and Seanema.eu. Marina holds a Master in Public Relations and in Transmedia. Currently, she is Communications Officer at Victim Support Europe(Brussels), and is working on her practice-based PhD in Arts  Lyric Film—Poem, a research on how the unique characteristics of lyric poetry can be expressed in film at Luca School of Arts (KULeuven).

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick-Vrenios' award winning chapbook, Special Delivery, was published in the spring of 2016. Nominated for a Pushcart award for 2019, she has poems published in various anthologies including Stories of Music, Love Notes from Humanity, Hudson Review, Poeming Pidgeon, Passager, NILVX, Unsplendid, Scissors and Spackle and the American Journal of Poetry. She is a Professor Emerita from American University, artistic director of the Redwoods Opera in Mendocino, California, and has spent much of her life performing as a singing artist across Europe and the United States.

Steve Klepetar's work has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, including three in 2001. Recent collections include A Landscape in Hell, How Fascism Comes to America, and Why Glass Shatters.

David Miller teaches Latin in South Los Angeles. He has two daughters and a wife. His poetry has found its way into The Moth, Rattle, Unlost Journal, Lowestoft Chronicle, riseup review, crack the spine, Dodging The Rain, and other fine journals. 

Sanket Mishra, a cancer-survivor, wants to live in a world where the pen is actually mightier than the sword. As a freelance writer he has been published in online publications and his story, The Volcano Erupts, was voted Most Popular Story in a contest run by an Independent publisher in Singapore. His poems revolve around human experiences and emotions.

Rajnish Mishra is a poet, writer, translator and blogger born and brought up in Varanasi, India and now in exile from his city. His work originates at the point of intersection between his psyche and his city. He edits PPP Ezine.

Barry Peters is a writer and teacher in Durham, NC. Recent/forthcoming publications include The American Journal of Poetry, Best New Poets 2018, Baltimore Review, Broad River Review, Connecticut River Review, The Flexible Persona, The Healing Muse, Jelly Bucket, Kakalak, KYSO Flash, Miramar, Plainsongs, Rattle, The Southampton Review, Sport Literate.

Kushal Poddar presently lives at Kolkata and edited the online magazine Words Surfacing, and authored The Circus Came To My Island (Spare Change Press, Ohio), A Place For Your Ghost Animals (Ripple Effect Publishing, Colorado Springs), Understanding The Neighborhood (BRP, Australia), Scratches Within (Florida, USA), Kleptomaniac’s Book of Unoriginal Poems (BRP, Australia), and Eternity Restoration Project (Hawakal Publishers, India)

Bruce Pemberton is a retired high school English teacher, tennis coach, and Gulf War veteran. His work has appeared in Snapdragon, Palouse Journal, Northern Journeys, The Redneck Review of Literature, Third Wednesday, Sky Island Journal, American Life in Poetry, and in the anthologies In Tahoma’s Shadow, and Spokane Writes. He lives on the Palouse in rural eastern Washington state.

Lauren Scharhag is an award-winning writer of fiction and poetry. She is the author of Under Julia, The Ice Dragon, The Winter Prince, West Side Girl & Other Poems, and the co-author of The Order of the Four Sons series. Her poems and short stories have appeared in over sixty journals and anthologies, including trampset, Whale Road Review, The Flint Hills Review, Io Literary Journal, Gambling the Aisle, and Sheila-Na-Gig. She lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast. To learn more about her work, visit: www.laurenscharhag.blogspot.com

Gregg Shapiro’s chapbook, More Poems About Buildings and Food (Souvenir Spoon Press) will be published in early 2019. He is the author of Fifty Degrees (Seven Kitchens, 2016), selected by Ching-In Chen as co-winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Other books by Shapiro include the short story collections How to Whistle (Lethe Press, 2016) and Lincoln Avenue (Squares and Rebels Press, 2014), the chapbook GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Press, 2012), and the poetry collection Protection (Gival Press, 2008). He also has work forthcoming in Gargoyle and the anthology Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman (Handtype Press). His poetry was recently featured in South Florida Poetry Journal, the Gay and Lesbian Review, Chelsea Station Magazine, Minnie’s Diary and the Anhinga Press anthology Reading Queer. An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBT and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog Coco.

Christopher Stolle’s writing has appeared most recently in Tipton Poetry Journal, Flying Island, Edify Fiction, Contour, The New Southern Fugitives, The Gambler, Gravel, The Light Ekphrastic, Sheepshead Review, and Plath Poetry Project. He works as an acquisitions and development editor for Penguin Random House, and he lives in Richmond, Indiana.

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