Issue 14 Contributors
Suzanne Borden is originally from Georgia. She is a freelance photographer in the Phoenix, Arizona area where she has lived for the past 10 years. She specializes in animal photography.
Ian Campbell is associate professor of Arabic at Georgia State University. His research interests are modern Moroccan literature in Arabic and French, and Arabic-language science fiction. He also administers a YouTube channel, Arabic Grammar Unpacked. Under the name Julian Cage, he writes character-driven mystery-thriller fiction set in Atlanta. Julian Cage’s novels and his short story collection, Too Busy to Hate: Tales of Murder from the Streets of Atlanta, can be found under his name on Amazon.
Rebecca Cristante is an Atlanta based visual artist, writer, and scholar who aims to fuse the realms of fabrication and design with social environmental justice. As a native of rural Georgia (USA), she sees her work as being molded from the deforests of her childhood and inspired by the women who have kept the soil tilled for the next generation to plant their seed. She is currently studying Environmental Science at Georgia State University.
Hester L. (“Lee”) Furey, guest editor of the current Eyedrum Periodically and earlier issues on the themes of Alchemy and In the Street, is a literary historian and poet. The author of Little Fish: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and the editor of Dictionary of Literary Biography 345: American Radical and Reform Writers, Second Series, Furey has taught college level English and humanities for 28 years. With Mike Rovinsky, in 2015 she self-published the first episode of Love & Revolution, a graphic novel about the artists and writers who worked for a magazine called The Masses (1911-1917). She has been writing since Watergate, published about 50 essays and poems in academic and literary journals or reference books, and has completed a few manuscripts. Her latest publication is a poem about hats in a chapbook commemorating a Coweta County Historical Society exhibit. She knows marginal.
Richard Gess is a writer, musician and visual artist from Decatur, Georgia. He guest-edited Eyedrum Periodically 6 (Backwards) and 13 (Drunken). He’ll be workshopping his novel-in-progress this June at the 2017 Yale Writers’ Conference.
Adrainne Gray finds herself vibrantly living within the Gray areas — not this or that, but often this and that. She is a yogi and a theologian, a city girl raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C, is street smart and loves the smell of dirt. Recently she moved to Jerusalem, Palestine, where she challenges the ancient notions of black and white, wrong and right, Jew and Gentile. Her husband and two children came along for the discovery.
Alabama escapee and lifelong Southerner Edward Austin Hall co-edited the anthology Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, which The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction recently suggested might be “one of the most important sf anthologies of the decade.” Hall profiled cartoonist Alison Bechdel in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. His first novel is forthcoming.
James Croal Jackson‘s poems have appeared in magazines including The Bitter Oleander, Rust + Moth, and Columbia College Literary Review. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. Visit him at jimjakk.com.
Miriam C. Jacobs is an alumnus of the University of Chicago and teaches writing, literature, and humanities. Her poetry has appeared in Reform Jewish Quarterly, The East Coast Literary Review, and Calliope, among other publications. Jacobs edits Eyedrum Periodically, the art/literature journal of Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, Atlanta. Her chapbook of poems, The Naked Prince, was published by Fort!/Da? Books in 2013. A full-length collection, When You Enter, is forthcoming.
Chase King has lived for 25 years in Woodstock, Georgia. Since traveling to Europe and across the United States, he has never taken having a home for granted. His mother passed away from the effects of a malignant brain tumor when he was 13, and his grandparents became his guardians. He became interested in art at age 15, created his first paintings in his studio in his grandparents’ basement, and in 2008 he began to show work in a small gallery in Woodstock. These experiences challenged him to face his own limits and explore the world.
Naomi Lakritz is a journalist with three decades of experience working for daily newspapers. She was a columnist, editor, and editorial writer at the Calgary Herald for 18 years and runs a freelance editing service.
Bianca Hyun Lee (née 이병현, 李丙賢) was born in 1946 in Seoul, Korea. Her love for French and English literature motivated her to study literature, and she received a BA degree in English Literature. She came to Houston, Texas in 1970 to continue her education. She pursued her interest in theatre and received a MA degree in Drama. She subsequently received an MBA degree. Her career as a software engineer and systems analyst in Houston, Denver, and Atlanta spans over two decades. During their working life, Bianca and her husband, Günther, traveled extensively throughout the world. In 2002, Bianca retired from Accenture LLP, and Günther became a professor emeritus at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since their retirement, they divide their time between Atlanta and Lahr, Germany, Günther’s native home town. As a retirement project, Bianca took up a journey of yoga and became a certified yoga instructor of the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts. She also pursues “the way of flowers,” and became an Ikebana Master of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana, a Japanese floral art.
Virginia Cartwright Linch grew up on one of Georgia’s barrier islands before the onslaught of tourists. There amid abundant wildlife began a lifelong fascination which has become more intense over the years; beginning with a brownie camera and trying to catch the seagulls, dolphins, and other creatures, her photography has become a more intense mission. Appointed as a Magistrate Judge in 2000, married, with two sons and four grandchildren, Linch is the current Vice President of Georgia’s Piedmont Chapter of North American Butterfly Association (NABA), 2015 Woman In History, and Project Director of Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch (Eatonton, Georgia). Her photography interest has revealed some of the tiny creatures many miss. One such creature is the Eastern Tailed Blue butterfly featured in this issue, celebrating a moment of its brief life on a blade of grass, quietly existing outside the edges of most people’s awareness, then vanishing without sound or notice. Linch’s professional career has revealed the mostly unheard howls of misery from people who exist on the margins of our society. The horror of their lives is usually as unnoticed by the mainstream as the beauty of the wings all around us, all the time.
Paul Douglas McNeill II is a writer and English professor living in the Arctic Circle of Alaska and teaching at a tribal college. He is managing editor of Aglaun, the literary journal of Ilisagvik College. His poetry has appeared in Off the Coast, Monsters Amongst Us, and Awakened Voices.
Andrew M. Muñoz is a disgruntled 27 year-old artist living and working in Atlanta, GA. He attended SCAD-Atlanta for painting and maintains a studio practice in east Atlanta.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, Illinois with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.
Ethnographer and producer Althea Natalga Sumpter, a native of St. Helena Island, South Carolina, uses digital media technology to capture the stories her own culture — the Gullah Geechee culture on the Southeastern coastal islands of South Carolina and Georgia — incorporating traditional historical, genealogical and documentary research. She holds a Doctor of Arts in Humanities degree (with concentrations in African/African American Studies and New Media Technology) from Clark Atlanta University, as well as Bachelor and Master of Media Arts degrees from the University of South Carolina. An Emmy-nominated producer and editor, she currently teaches digital media production at The Art Institute of Atlanta, with previous faculty appointments at Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University and Clark Atlanta University.
Kim Welliver is currently working on a series of poems which explore the story of Joan of Arc through the lens of popular culture, fusing realism and surrealism. She lives in Utah with her husband and 2 daughters, works in the field of education, and is passionate about the written word. Her work has been published in anthologies from the Copperfield Review and the Fairy Tale Review, as well as 2Riverview, Wicked Alice, Sundress Publications, Presence, and Shamrock.