G.K. Abigail writes fantasy and SF that revolves around the role of mythology in everyday life. This issue’s tale is G.K.’s first published work.
Julian Cage is a deeply cynical man who trolls the crime news of metro Atlanta. From it he creates fast-paced, character-driven mystery-thriller fiction. These novels and short stories center on Detective Diana Siddal and Inspector Mustapha Alawi, senior homicide investigators for the Atlanta Police Department. You can reach him via firstname.lastname@example.org, and view or download his work on Amazon.
Laura Carter lives and works in Atlanta. She has been part of the poetry scene in various ways for a while now. Her latest chapbook is Midheaven Leo (Dancing Girl, 2011). Her recent work appears in TYPO and Hambone.
Sherri Caudell, who recently returned to Atlanta from New York, is a poet, writer, and fashion stylist. Caudell received her BFA in photography from Georgia State University. Her work has appeared at Youngblood Gallery in Atlanta and in several group exhibitions throughout New York. Her experimental video poetry can be found on Vimeo.com.
In Kyoung Chun loved blowing bubbles when she was a child because they were beautiful and could be created instantly. Looking at them float through the air, she wished they lasted longer but found their transience made them somehow more beautiful. As an adult, she uses her artwork as a way to create and then capture the brilliantly living moment of those bubbles. In her work they signify the life forces called ki. Chun holds a master’s degree in fine arts from Georgia State University.
Hester L. Furey has taught at the Art Institute of Atlanta for 15 years and has also taught at Agnes Scott College and the University of Illinois. She is the author of Little Fish (a chapbook of poems published by Finishing Line Press) and the editor of Dictionary of Literary Biography 345: American Radical and Reform Writers, Second Series. Recently two of her poems, “Grief Tooth” and “House of Mercy,” appeared in Winter Tales: Women on the Art of Aging, edited by R.A. Rycraft and Leslie What (2012).
E.A. Hall lives on an emdash plantation and dreams often of the hyphen’s forced extinction—only to awaken in a state of unspeakable dread.
Miriam Jacobs is a graduate of the University of Chicago and teaches college writing, literature, and humanities. Her chapbook of poetry, The Naked Prince, was published by Fort!/Da? Books in May 2013. Jacobs is the editor of Eyedrum Periodically, the art/literature journal of Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery.
Nathan D. Jerpe is a recovering software engineer living in Atlanta. He holds an MSEE in Computational Electromagnetics from Clemson University. He is the author of the computer roleplaying game Legerdemain and is an eminent practitioner of bovine invasion poetry. For more about his work please visit his website.
Beth Lilly, as an experiment, decided to apply the principles of shikantaza, objectless meditation, to photography. Several times a week she photographs in the same manner that she sits in meditation. That is, Lilly strives to photograph without goals, without any preconceived ideas of how a photo should look, without judging whether a subject is worthy of photography. She is responding intuitively to visual scenes that somehow express existence as it is. As with street photography, the act itself of photographing is the “art,” and the content of the image is secondary.
Nick Madden creates work based on the notion that materials discarded by most of society deserve a new life. Chunks of wood, rusty nails, used pencils, cardboard, broken furniture, and scrap metal all have a way of mixing and mingling with paint, paper, plaster, and clay in his work to create large collages of messy beauty. The images he creates convey a mood rather than make a statement. The idea that art can and should be imperfect, rough around the edges, emotional—both happy and a bit sad—plays a large role in his work.
James H. Nichols writes, works, loves, drinks and gets lost in Atlanta, Georgia. His work has appeared in Loose Change Magazine, Pale Ale Press, and elsewhere. You can read more words at jameshayesnichols.com.
William J. “Bill” Nixon Jr. was a Marine who served in Viet Nam. He teaches sculpture and figure drawing. His chapbook of poetry, Brazen Throats, is available on Amazon. He is currently working on a new manuscript and enjoys playing in the clay.
Bryant O’Hara is a programmer, poet, occasional musician, and budding maker—not always in that order, sometimes all at once. He has been an engineer and a technical writer, and is now a software developer. He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia, with his wife, two children, and one grandchild.
Peter Peteet—wrencher of words, bolts, thoughts, with 55 years spent mostly in Atlanta—lives with his wife and two sons. He holds a degree in painting from Georgia State University.
Mike Rovinsky is an animator, sequence artist, and illustrator based in Atlanta. Evolutionary biology and how it relates to human understanding is a controlling theme in many of his paintings. He works in the digital, watercolor, and ink mediums, and he lives with his fat cat and collection of tarantulas.
Maxwell Sebastian says, “Finding love, finding ways to communicate, turning over fear like a turtle on its back, violence, panic, labored breathing at 3am, unsure of the fruits of various endeavors, I am churning the soil of these topics to see what flowers climb to the surface.” https://www.maxwellsebastian.com/
Priscilla Smith is a performing artist and writer. Recent projects include “Dem Shoes and Other Shorts” for the Atlanta Fringe Festival, “87 Gestures” at The Big House and Dance Chance, and “The View From Here,” a 22-mile walk on the Atlanta BeltLine. Writing credits include the script for “The Heart of the Matter” with Several Dancers Core, features for the Marietta Daily Journal, and collaboration in numerous theatrical and performance art ensembles. She is executive director of Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery.
Madeleine St. Romain has written five librettos: Rabbit Tales with composer Nicole Chamberlain; and Cedar Tree and River Water, Grandmother Spider Steals the Sun, Seastruck, and The Raspberry War with composer Robert Boury. St. Romain’s visual art has been shown at Eyedrum, Radial Art Space, and Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery.
Alice Teeter’s book When It Happens To You … was published in 2009 by Star Cloud Press. She has served as a lecturer in poetry at Emory University. A member of Alternate ROOTS and the Artist Conference Network, she co-leads “Improvoetry” workshops with actor/director/creative coach Lesly Fredman.
Christopher Michael Wong is an artist living in Atlanta. His work is concerned with the ephemeral nature of memory and the processes by which human beings create identity. The body of his recent work demonstrates an interest in aesthetic simplicity, but also exaggeration and voluminous multiplicity of the peculiar to the point of uncomfortable fetishism.