The Future: Issue 17 Contributors

Issue 17 Contributors

David Hammond lives and dreams in Virginia with his wife and two daughters. During the day, he makes websites. More of his writing can be found at

Laura Frizzell is an archivist by day, and an illustrator of cats by night.

Matthew Harrison has had poems accepted by venues such as Lost River, Main Street Rag, The Were Traveler, The Wild Word, Three Drops from the Cauldron – and two poems: “David” and “The statue,” by Eyedrum Periodically.

Maria Mazzenga is a poet from Arlington, Virginia. With her partner Roger Doyle, she has three poetry/fine art books, Wrecks, Poems of Yellow in Gray, and The Lot of Sisyphus, all written/created between 2012 and 2017. She is currently an editor on a new online poetry publication called Jump, where she has also published a few of her pieces.

R.S. Williams taught college writing for 19 years before starting a new career as a freelance writer-artist-editor. She documents the small things most of us miss: moments when light falls across a wall, a sign, the sky, a face. Her current projects include a photo series, For Wes, and her debut novel, Songs My Father Barely Knew.

j4 is a collective of four persons, all given names beginning with j, who are compelled to explore transindividual composition. We operate using a sort of distributed model of aesthetic production and evaluation.

Malik Roberts is a dreamer at work. The creator of an upcoming Depression-era cartoon adventure called “The Westmiller Bros.,” Malik has set up Westmiller Bros. exhibits at the Pancakes & Booze Art Show and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and very soon will exhibit at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. On top of all this, Malik is in the process of finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation at The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Winston Plowes lives aboard a floating home in Calderdale which doubles as a home for lost books. He teaches creative writing and was Poet in Residence for The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2012-14,17. His collection of surrealist poetry, Telephones, Love Hearts & Jellyfish, Electric Press, was published in 2016.

Brian A. Salmons lives with his wife and children in Orlando, Florida, where he writes and occasionally performs at open mics. His work has previously appeared in Man in the Street Magazine and he is the host of @BrianAndTheNight, a live poetry podcast on Facebook.

Marianne Szlyk is the editor of The Song Is… . Her second chapbook, I Dream of Empathy, was published by Flutter Press and is available here: Her first chapbook is available through Kind of a Hurricane Press: Her poems have appeared in Of/with, Mad Swirl, bird’s thumb, and elsewhere online and in print.

Lisa St. John is a high school English Teacher and published poet. Her first chapbook, Ponderings, is available at Finishing Line Press. She lives in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Among her published poems, “Mowing the Lawn” was shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize. Lisa enjoys thinking out loud on her blog,

Georg Koszulinski has been making films and videos since 1999. His award-winning works have been presented at hundreds of universities and film festivals around the world, most recently at the Atlanta Film Festival, San Francisco DocFest, and Experiments in Cinema. Many of his documentaries and experimental essay films are also available through Fandor. His nonfiction and poetry have recently been published in Gold Man Review, Blue Collar Review, and forthcoming in Blotterature Literary Magazine. Georg is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he teaches filmmaking.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in the Tau, Studio One and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Leading Edge, Examined Life Journal and Midwest Quarterly.

Larry D. Thacker’s poetry can be found in over a hundred publications including The American Journal of Poetry, Poetry South, Spillway, Tower Poetry Society, Mad River Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and Appalachian Heritage. His books include Mountain Mysteries, and the poetry books, Voice Hunting, Memory Train, and Drifting in Awe. Visit his website at:

Larry Lefkowitz‘s stories, poetry and humor have been widely published. Lefkowitz ‘s humorous literary novel, The Novel, Kunzman, the Novel! is available as an e-book and in print from and other distributors. Lefkowitz’s humorous fantasy and science fiction collection, Laughing into the Fourth Dimension is available from Amazon books.

Anita G. Gorman grew up in Queens and is aging in northeast Ohio. Twenty of her short stories have been accepted for publication. Her one-act play, Astrid; Or, My Swedish Mama will be produced by the Hopewell Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio, March 2018.

Jill Adams is an English language and literature teacher in Barcelona where she also edits and publishes The Barcelona Review, an online literary review begun in 1997. She began writing fiction a few years ago. To date she has had stories published in Word Riot, the current issue of Gargoyle #65, and forthcoming in Rabble Lit: Working Class Literature.

Rick Blum has been chronicling life’s vagaries, often with a humorous spin, for more than 25 years. His writings have appeared in Papercuts Magazine, Thought Notebook Journal, and The Boston Globe, among others. He is also a frequent contributor to the Humor Times, and has been published in numerous poetry anthologies

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