Duck Lake Journal
Volume 3

Release Date: October 31, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-943900-32-9
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Josephine Blair is a 27-year-old poet and activist from Washington, D.C., who has spent the last few years living in Miami, Florida. Her work has been featured in Epiphany Magazine, Soliloquies Anthology, Allegory Ridge, and elsewhere. She is currently adjusting to winter in Brooklyn. You can learn more about her by visiting www.josephineblair.com.

Michelle Brooks has published a collection of poetry, Make Yourself Small, (Backwaters Press), and a novella, Dead Girl, Live Boy, (Storylandia Press). Her poetry collection, Pretty in A Hard Way, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2019. A native Texan, she has spent much of her adult life in Detroit.

Abigail Kirby Conklin lives in New York City, where she works in education and curriculum development. Her poetry can be found in The Lampeter Review (2017), Not Very Quiet Journal (2018), Curlew Quarterly (2018), and K'in Literary Journal (2018). Her chapbook, Triage, will be released by Duck Lake Books in January 2020. She can be found on social media via her universal handle: @a_k_c_poetry.

Peter Cowling is a semi-retired physician who is now 65 years old, living near Lincoln, England. As a boy, he was very keen on the 'Space Race' and was considered to be the 'school expert'. He had a busy career in Medicine which prevented him from undertaking any serious writing. A student of the Open University, he will soon to complete a BA degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. His creative writing has, so far, led to awards of a First Class (Distinction). He also has a degree in Law. He is married with two adult daughters and a cockapoo dog.

Michael Fertik is a published fiction author, poet, produced film writer, and playwright. His poetry, short fiction, and novellas have recently appeared in Minor Lits; december; The Write Launch; Eclectica; Litro; Cease, Cows; Feminine Collective; etc.. His writing has won fiction, poetry, and film prizes and includes a New York Times Bestseller. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

Christien Gholson is the author of two books of poetry: All the Beautiful Dead (Bitter Oleander Press) and On the Side of the Crow (Hanging Loose Press in the US; Parthian Books in the UK); along with a novel, A Fish Trapped Inside the Wind (Parthian Books). He lives in New Mexico, among the living and the dead.

Lisa K. Harris is a Pushcart Prize nominated author with more than 150 published essays, fiction, and popular press articles about a variety of topics including growing-up, outdoor adventure, science, and coping with speed bumps. She also co-authored an environmental policy book (Krausman and Harris, Cumulative Effects, CRC Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Raleigh Review, Black Fox Literary Review, Highlights for Children, among others. Lisa lives in Tucson, with two daughters, four cats, nine desert tortoises, and a blind herding dog named Noel. When she is not writing or tending to her menagerie, Lisa works as a wildlife biologist. For a complete publication list, please see lisakharris.com.

Kristina Heflin is an Arizona State University English major, based in Northern California. She has served on the editorial board of the literary journal Flumes and is Activity Coordinator for the Yuba College Literary Arts Club. She has been published in the literary journals Flumes, Canyon Voices, and Diverse Minds, the websites 2Elizabeths and the write launch, as well as the anthology The Beckoning. Future publications include Canyon Voices and the Same. When she’s not writing or tutoring English at Yuba College, she enjoys horseback riding and Marvel comics.

Russell Helms, a Best American Short Stories nominee, has had stories in Whitefish Review, Driftwood Press, Bewildering Stories, Drunken Boat, Sand, antiTHESIS, and other journals. He holds a lectureship in English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His novel, Fade, is forthcoming (2019) from Unsolicited Press. His other novels and story collections are with Sij Books.

Kelsey Hontz is an Arizona-based writer with a passion for the theater, hiking, and circus arts. Her stories have appeared in the inaugural edition of the zine It's a Bookmans Thing as well as on the WeirdChristmas podcast. Her essay "My Brief Stint as a Domestic Violence Victim" was just selected as a quarter-finalist in Ruminate Magazine's VanderMey Nonfiction contest.

Dan Jacoby is a graduate of St. Louis University, Chicago State University, and Governors State University. He has published poetry in Anchor and Plume(Kindred), Arkansas Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Bombay Gin, Burningword Literary Review, Canary, The Fourth River, Wilderness House Literary Review, Steel Toe Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and Red Fez to name a few. He is a former educator, steel worker, and army spook.. He is a member of the Carlinville Writers Guild . Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. His book, blue jeaned buddhists, is available from Duck Lake Books.

Charles Kell is the author of Cage of Lit Glass, chosen by Kimiko Hahn for the 2018 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize (forthcoming in September 2019). His poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, Kestrel, Columbia Journal, The Pinch, The American Journal of Poetry and elsewhere. He is Assistant Professor of English at CCRI’s Flanagan campus, associate editor of The Ocean State Review, and a PhD student at the University of Rhode Island, where he is finishing a dissertation on experimental writing, criminality and transgression in the work of James Baldwin, Rosmarie Waldrop, Joanna Scott and C.D. Wright.

Silja Kelleris is a student of literature at Vrije University in Amsterdam, NL with a passion for the written word. Her favorite authors, who serve as inspiration for her work, are Margaret Atwood, Erica Jong and Charles Bukowski. Silja uses writing as a way of reflecting on her own life experiences and writes extensively on issues revolving around mental health.

Candice Kelsey’s poems have appeared in such journals as Poet Lore, The Cortland Review, Sibling Rivalry Press, North Dakota Quarterly, Burningword, and Wilderness House—recently her nonfiction was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She's also the author of a successful trade paperback parenting guide. An educator of 20 years' standing with her master's degree in literature from LMU, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

Craig Kurtz lives at Twin Oaks Intentional Community with artist/collaborator Anni Wilson. Recent work has appeared in Carillon (England), Crannóg (Ireland), Quadrant (Australia) and Rattle (US). See also https://kurtzandwilson.blogspot.com .

Valerie Little studied creative writing and music at Pennsylvania State University and was twice-published in their undergraduate literary journal, Kalliope. Professionally, she is a violist and orchestra librarian with the Minnesota Orchestra. Her work focuses on themes of nature, love, loss, fear, and capturing moments or other short periods of time.

LindaAnn LoSchiavo, a native New Yorker, is a free-range dramatist, journalist, and poet. Her chapbook, Conflicted Excitement, was published in 2018 by Red Wolf Editions. Her poems, sonnets, and ditherings have won contests and popped up thither and yon. Her 2nd documentary film was completed in February 2019.

Jeremy McEwen lives on a small farm in rural Tennessee. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry and writes surreal folk poetry.

Bruce Meyer live in Ontario.

Ryan Scott Oliver was called “the future of Broadway… a major new voice in musical theatre” (Entertainment Weekly) and is “shaking up musical theater with his dark, twisted and genius work. [Oliver] could very well be musical theater’s answer to an auteur filmmaker or a gothic novelist” (Huffington Post). He is the winner of a Larson Grant, Rodgers Award, New Musicals Awards from Weston Playhouse, Pace University, and the recipient of a Lortel Award Nomination as well as numerous fellowships, residencies and ASCAP awards. He wrote the music and lyrics for Jasper in Deadland (off-Broadway; the 5th Avenue Theatre), 35mm: A Musical Exhibition; Darling; Mrs. Sharp; Otherbody, a brief musical allegory, Havana! with director Warren Carlyle, and more. He is currently at work on adaptations of the films Hugo (based on the 2011 Martin Scorsese film) with Christopher Wheeldon, Heart and Souls (1993) for Universal Theatrical Group; Junebug (2005), with Pulitzer-prize winning librettist Royce Vavrek; a trilogy of original musicals (including We Foxes, Rope, and Three Points of Contact); and an English translation of a new Les Liaisons Dangreuses musical adaptation. Find writings, videos, tweets, and more of his morbidly optimistic musings on all platforms @ryanscottoliver.

Jose Oseguera is an LA-based writer of poetry, short fiction and literary nonfiction. Having grown up in a primarily immigrant, urban environment, Jose has always been interested in the people and places around him, and the stories that each of these has to share. He seeks to write about the accounts in marginalized people’s lives that often go untold and the beauty in the urban landscapes that goes overseen. His writing has been featured in Meat for Tea, Sky Island Journal, The Esthetic Apostle, The McNeese Review, and The Main Street Rag. His work has also been nominated for the "Best of the Net" award and the "Pushcart Prize."

Vinnie Sarrocco is a poet and raconteur from rural North Carolina who is currently exiled to Seattle, WA. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Coffin Bell, SPREAD, Rue Scribe, Beholder Magazine, & Rumble Fish Quarterly. He is the author of the full-length collection Poems for the Garbage Man (Chatwin Books).

Terry Savoie has had nearly four hundred poems published in journals here and abroad over the past four decades. These include APR, Ploughshares, Commonweal, Tar River, The Iowa Review and North American Review as well as recent or forthcoming issues of The American Journal of Poetry, One, Bluestem, Cortland Review, Chiron Review and Birmingham Poetry Review among others. A chapbook, Reading Sunday, won the Bright Hill Competition and was published in the spring of 2018.

John Schafer's work has appeared in Medium, Short Story, Guernica, Amor Fati, The Kiss (WW Norton 2018) The Writers Compass and Palooka among others. He lives in Northern Virginia and Buzzards Breath, Wyoming.

Edward Schmidt-Zorner is an artist and a translator and writer of poetry, crime novels and short stories. He is writing haibun, tanka, haiku and poetry in four languages: English, French, Spanish and German and holds workshops on Japanese and Chinese style poetry and prose. He is a member of four writer groups in Ireland and lives in County Kerry, Ireland, since more than 25 years and is a proud Irish citizen, born in Germany. He was published in 46 anthologies, literary journals and broadsheets in UK, Ireland, Canada and USA.

John Jay Speredakos is a NY-based professional actor and writer with a BA from Muhlenberg College and an MFA from Rutgers University. He has performed on and off-Broadway, in films, TV, commercials and radio, and is a devoted daddy to his daughter, Calliope. His recent poetry has appeared in Portrait of New England, TypishlyBluestem, Rue Scribe, Prometheus Dreaming, Chaleur Magazine, Cathexis Northwest Press, River Heron Review, Gravitas: Volume 18 Issue 1, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, and upcoming in Alternating Current. More information, photos, etc. can be found on IMDb at: imdb.me/johnsperedakos

Kimm Brockett Stammen, before beginning work on her MFA at Spalding University, was a concert saxophonist, clinician and music instructor. She lives in Seattle, WA, has been happily married for thirty years, has a daughter in college and a perpetually muddy dog named Birdie.

Travis Stephens is a tugboat captain who resides with his family in California. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-EauClaire, his recent publication credits are Gyroscope Review, 2River, Gravitas, Sheila-Na-Gig, Raw Art Review, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Cirque, Apieron Review, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

jm Wilder is a poet and songwriter who lives with his wife and two dogs in Fullerton, California. In 2016 he self-published his first collection of poems entitled Bullpen no. 1 and is now working on a new book of poetry and short stories about the early stages of rock n' roll. He currently plays and records music under the name Boom Years.

Martin Willitts Jr has 24 chapbooks including the winner of the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, The Wire Fence Holding Back the World (Flowstone Press, 2017), plus 11 full-length collections including The Uncertain Lover (Dos Madres Press, 2018) and Home Coming Celebration (FutureCycle Press, 2019). His poetry volume, Unexpected, will be released by Duck Lake Books in March 2020.

Francine Witte is the author of four poetry chapbooks, two flash fiction chapbooks, and the full-length poetry collections Café Crazy (Kelsay Books) and the forthcoming The Theory of Flesh (Kelsay Books) Her play, Love is a Bad Neighborhood, was produced in NYC in December 2018. She lives in NYC.

Jim Young is a poet living in the Mumbles, Swansea, UK. He does most of his writing in his beach hut overlooking Langland Bay, Gower.

Duck Lake Journal

Published quarterly, Duck Lake Journal is the literary magazine of Duck Lake Books, a not for profit literary publisher located on the Pacific coast of Washington state. From these humble, rural roots, the Journal has spread branches around the world, publishing poetry and fiction from across the Americas, Europe, India and Asia. We actively seek and welcome poetry and fiction from all corners of this round Earth. Through compassion and art, we can all live in harmony and peace.

Its motto is “the home lake of literary arts” because its vision is to clearly highlight the role literature plays, or can play, in our daily personal and public lives. If political divisions are the scars on humanity, the arts are clearly the wound dressing necessary to heal.

Revised Sept. 27, 2019
©  2019 Duck Lake Books

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