Contributor News!

Below are updates from my wonderful anthology contributors about the great work they’ve put out and other successes they’ve had recently!


Tanya Bryan’s story, “Death: A List,” will be reprinted in the upcoming Funny Horror anthology from UFO Publishing. She also has a poem forthcoming in the Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty) anthology from Tesseract Books (imprint of Hades Publications, Inc) this spring.

Arthur Doweyko’s short story, “Andrew The Last,” won first place as best science fiction short story  in the recently completed 2016 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll. It was previously honored with an Honorable Mention by the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Competition.

David Haendler recently had a story called ‘The Hero of Magdeburg’ published in World Unknown Review: Volume III.
Anne E. Johnson’s humorous science fiction novel Red Spawn Delivery, third book in the Webrid Chronicles, will be released March 1 by Candlemark & Gleam Publishing.

Last year, Jessica Knauss’s paranormal urban fantasy Awash in Talent was published by Kindle Press after winning a contract though the Kindle Scout program. Her epic of medieval Spain, Seven Noble Knights, was published by Bagwyn Books in ebook in December and in paperback in January. She will be giving a reading from Seven Noble Knights at the Harvard Book Store on May 3. She has also earned a residency at the women writers’ retreat Hypatia-in-the-Woods.

Gabrielle Lee’s frst novel, COMFORTS WE DESPISE, will be released later this year from Zoozil Media. COMFORTS WE DESPISE is a choose-your-own-adventure, historical-fiction novel focused on the life of Cleopatra VII, and Zoozil Media is an educational publisher targeting reluctant readers. Her illustrated, serialized novella, JENNY & THE LABYRINTH, will be released later this year from Monthly Fiction. She has a poem appearing in DRYLAND this spring–“After Bruce Conner’s SEÑORITA.” This spring, she will be working on writing a music album in collaboration with Los Angeles-area producer and composer Ethan Castro, aiming for release this fall.
Bryanna Licciardi has been nominated for a Pushcart  by Inklette Magazine, a poetry project published and discussed on Fourth & Sycamore‘s website, and a collection of poems forthcoming this week on Peacock Journal. 
Greg Luce’s poem “April Haiku” was chosen for Moving Words in Arlington. It will appear on ART buses this spring and summer.  He will be reading in the Deaf Poets Society event at the Writers Center on Sunday 2/26, 2-4 pm. On April 28 he‘ll be reading in a resistance themed Hear at Martha’s.
Jason Steinhauer has been appointed the full-time director of Villanova University’s new Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest.
Katie Manning’s first full-length poetry book, Tasty Other, was published in November as the 2016 winner of the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award.
Jim Norman’s screenplay, The Case of the Tattooed Redhead, took the Grand Prize in the TV Pilot category at the Mountain Film Festival.  Another TV Pilot of his, Deli Takeout, set in 1925 Brooklyn, N.Y., took 3rd place in the same category.
Juliana Rew has a fantasy story, “The Twelfth Witch,” out in the new “Arcane Arts” anthology edited by Kai Herbertz. She’s excited that there are plans to translate the anthology into a German edition. It’s available on Amazon in ebook and paperback (shortly) at
Julia Rocchi’s first published short story just appeared in Issue 6 of Mulberry Fork Review! (Hot off the presses as of yesterday.)
Some of Karen Rockwell’s most recent publications include the following: Poem “Dad” was Ontario Poetry Month feature for Morel South&West online at; “Curious Connections,” her flash fiction chapbook, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016; three poems in Latchkey Lyricality, an anthology of The Ontario Poetry Society (TOPS); her poem “Silencing Intimate Voices” was featured in Scattered Ecstasies, a collaborative arts project by Sho Art Spirit Performance; two haiku were published in “Haiku to F*ck To” an anthology by Spark the Word Press.
Alina Stefanescu’s new publications include the following: “About the Author”Menacing Hedge, Winter/17; “Holding“, Mulberry Fork Review, Issue 6, 2/17; “Pop-Ups“, New Orleans Review Online, 2/17; “All Those Love Notes Swarm Like Insects”Pif Magazine, Issue 237, 2/17; “Between One Refugee and Another”Spilled Milk, Issue 5; “When You Send an Email Asking for Money to Support That Mission Bringing Jesus to Romania“, Writers Resist, January 2017. She also has a new poetry micro chapbook, Ipokimen, out from Anchor & Plume.
Judy Swann has two new pieces:  “Talking Elizabeth Cady Stanton” in NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology and “Fool”  in The Mom Egg Review, MER 15. Forthcoming, April, 2017.
Sarena Ulibarri took over as Editor-in-Chief of World Weaver Press in March 2016. (They’re currently open to submissions.) Her surreal science fiction story “Astra, the Falling Star” was published by KasmaSF Magazine in February 2017, and her solarpunk story “Riding in Place” will be in the Biketopia anthology from Microcosm Publishing, which is Kickstarting now.
Tim Wendel’s 13th book, The Cancer Crossings, will be out early next year from Cornell Press.
Gary Wosk’s essay “Tom, Oscar and Jimmy” was just published by Dime Show Review in the anthology Dime Show Review, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2017. His work represents modern-day truth: beauty, pain, curiosity, and humor. The essay recalls his days as a teenager and early adult playing basketball along with his friends at the local community gymnasium against three much older men during three on three basketball.



Unrequited Book Launch!!

IMG_20160617_191446What an amazing launch party! We packed Upshur Street Books, and all eleven readers (plus me reading Melanie Bikowski’s poem since she couldn’t be there) did such an amazing job!!! See below for more pics from the launch and the list of readers.

Neelam Patel
Julia Rocchi
Kate Horowitz
Pam Winters
Sarah Lilius
Gregory Luce
Sass Brown
Ed Perlman
Melanie Bikowski
Jacqueline Jules
Danielle Evennou
Terrence Sykes



Review of Unrequited by Alex Carrigan

Better CoverIt is common for a child to place importance towards a toy or a blanket or some other inanimate object. It is one of the first signs that a person is forming attachments and developing relationships with objects and people beyond themselves. A new poetry anthology, Unrequited: An Anthology of Love Poems About Inanimate Objects, collects the best objectophilia love poems from poets all across the country and shows the type of objects these writers feel attached to. With poems ranging from subjects like butter dishes to garden gnomes to the Empire State Building, the anthology examines how these poets are able to show a sense of life and romance towards objects and places that one might not normally associate with such feelings.

For an open call anthology such as this, it is interesting to look at the breakdown of sections and subjects submitted. The sections of the collection range from various household objects like furniture, kitchenware, clothing, etc., to more grand objects such as nature and cities. The anthology is great for showing a variety of subjects, as there are very few instances of multiple poems about the same subject, allowing the reader to see a more eclectic spread of poetry.

What is also quite interesting is how each section of the anthology carries similar tones in how the poets addressed their objects. The section “Food” has many poems about various fruits and vegetables, and some, such as “Peach” by Judy Swann and “Italian Passion, Darling Tomatoes” by Cathy Bryant, focus more on the touch and taste to an almost erotic degree. The section “Drugs and Drinks” leans for more controlling and dependent kind of relationships. As Ann Kestner bluntly states at the start of her poem “Coffee Mate,” “Coffee//is the longest//committed relationship//I have ever had,” which hints at the mindset of the poet, but also creates a mood that the reader might empathize with easily.

When given a subject like objectophilia, it would be easy to lean towards phallic or more blatantly sexual objects for one’s subject matter. There are some pieces that play with that, such as Amy MacLennan’s “A Large Jar of Kosher Dills Left on My Front Porch,” but the poets in this anthology don’t think of love or inanimate objects in quite as sexual terms. For a lot of these poets, they choose to recount a love that’s warm and comforting. “Ode to Amanda’s Red Couch” by Melanie Bikowski details how comfortable she felt on a couch belonging to someone else, with lines like “molding me into a temper-pedic bliss” exposing feelings of contentment that one might not think when looking at a couch.

When the subjects move to grander subjects like nature, the poems also become a lot more abstract, but still remain effective in detailing the kinds of relationships that the poet has with the object. Jacquelyn Bengfort manages to tell a destructive, but innocent, love story in two lines with her piece “Fire Triangle,” while Bethanie Humphreys’ “Earthbound Hymn” closes the anthology by bringing dozens of interrelated objects to paint a picture of the Earth as an object. It is a surreal piece that ties together the various styles of poems featured in the anthology, but also creates a new object to love and adore.

Unrequited is a unique and intriguing collection of poetry that takes what could be a subject derided with lowbrow humor or sexual references and creates something passionate and comforting. It assembles a series of poets with unique points of view and an eye for drawing the romantic out of objects one might not consider romantic. The assembled poems cover a wide range of relationships, and every reader is sure to find a piece they relate to, whether it be a poem about a computer, a candelabra, or even tampons. Unrequited is an anthology for the sentimental and the romantic, but with a unique spin sure to become something the reader will also fall in love with.


mm93kg-e1425851784944Alex Carrigan graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 with a degree in print/online journalism and a minor in world cinema. He is currently a managing editorial and PR intern for the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, as well as Staff Film Reviewer for Quail Bell Magazine. He has written articles for The Commonwealth Times and has had reviews featured in Luna Luna Magazine. He is also a former deputy editor-in-chief for VCU’s Poictesme Literary Journal. He has had fiction, poetry, and nonfiction work published in Poictesme, Amendment Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Rebels: Comic Anthology at VCU, Realms YA Literary Magazine, and Life in 10 Minutes. He currently resides in Charlottesville, VA.

Unrequited is out!!

Better CoverThe Unrequited anthology is OUT TODAY on Amazon! It will be available for Prime shipping once the processing time goes through (probably about 2 days), but in the meantime, add it to your cart :). It’s also available via the createspace eStore.

I am SO PROUD of this beautiful book, which is filled with 76 amazing love poems by such talented poets. Putting it together was such an honor!

The Unrequited launch will take place on Friday, June 17 at 7:00 PM! Check out the facebook event page here.

Here’s what people have said about Unrequited:

This anthology is itself an inanimate object springing to life through poems that titillate and caress. –Karen Paul Holmes, author of Untying the Knot

If you think love poems are trite, filled with clichés or have nothing new to say, then you haven’t been reading the right odes about the exquisite pain of heartbreak. –Jen Karetnick, author of American Sentencing

The theme of this collection has been a long time coming. Kelly Jacobson has brought together a myriad of poems which speak to the comfort and possession that bring the human spirit both pleasure and perplexity. –wren thompson-wynn, poet

The forbidden and funny reside next to lawn gnomes and lightning, as these poets gather to give tribute to the ordinary and extraordinary objects of their affection. This love may not be returned, but it is certainly rewarded. –Mandy L. Rose, poet