Issue 6: Backwards Contributors

Monica J. Brown writes, “I teach Creative Writing and Poetry in Chattanooga. For a number of years in the early 2000s I was an active member of Eyedrum’s improvisational groups, and the band Pony Law, performing as Mae Fields. Rumor has it you all burned my antique baby grand piano. I forgive you.”

Julian Cage writes short stories and novels about the lurid murders investigated by Detective Diana Siddal and Inspector Mustapha Alawi. Too tongue-in-cheek to be truly noir, Cage’s stories feature: murderers with real, if sometimes delusional, motivations; witnesses who usually show a lot more than they tell; a view of plot driven firmly by character; and the landmarks and the multiple cultures of the cultural capital of the South. His short-story collection Too Busy to Hate: Tales of Murder from the Streets of Atlanta and his novels A Rush to Judgment and Universal Gargoyle are now available from Kindle Direct Publishing.

Sherri Caudell is an Atlanta poet and freelance writer. Her poetry has been published in  Eyedrum Periodically and TheFanzine. She curates Vida Voce, a monthly reading and performance series at MINT gallery. Caudell writes for BurnAway and is the Poetry Editor of Loose Change, a literary magazine by WonderRoot.

Sally Deskins is an artist, art writer, consultant, art model, mother, wife and general art enthusiast. She is currently a Teaching Assistant in West Virginia University’s Masters of Art History Graduate Program and holds a BA in Art from UN-Lincoln and MPA from UN-O. Her writing and art have been published and exhibited locally and nationally. She is founder, editor and curator of LES FEMMES FOLLES, inspired by artist Wanda Ewing. She is the publisher of Les Femmes Folles Books, including the annual Les Femmes Folles anthologies. She is also the illustrator of Intimates and Fools (poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman). See more of her art at Some of the images seen here are republished by kind permission of Masque and Spectacle.

Hester L. Furey, a poet and historian, lives in Decatur, Georgia and is enamored of marginal creatures everywhere. 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.

Richard Gess is a writer, musician, and visual artist from Decatur, Georgia. He has an MFA from UNC-Greensboro, and was most recently published in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #25, Bound Off #78, and Atlanta’s late, lamented Literary Local. “Why I Prefer the Train” is from a novel in progress, The Light of Television, which consists of the dubiously certain recollections of one Natalie Vander (12/25/1904-?), a native of the fictional Hudson River town of New Leiden, New York, as recounted in the fall of 2008.

Cortney Grubbs is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Gordon State College. She has published poetry, fiction, and academic writing.

Originally from Detroit, Shyla Hardwick is an Atlanta based writer, biologist, and 2014 Capturing Fire Slam Champion whose first collection of poetry, Beautiful for Survival, was self-published in 2013.

Miriam C. Jacobs is a poet, college instructor of English and humanities, and independent dance critic whose features and reviews have appeared in Dance Magazine, Native Peoples, and Ballet-Tanz. She began publishing poetry in 2004, and her work has surfaced in East Coast Literary Review,  Bluestem, the Literary Journal of Eastern Illinois University, The King’s English and Oklahoma Today, among other publications. She was a finalist for Best in House, the annual poetry competition of Clapboard House, in 2012, and has been reprinted in three “Best-of” collections. She does several reading/signing events each year in the Atlanta area, including the Decatur Book Festival. Her chapbook of poetry, The Naked Prince, was published by Fort?/Da! Books in 2013.

Scott Jones writes, “I’m on the masthead of the Prague Revue, and I have a novel coming out this summer [2014], Jupiter and Gilgamesh, a Novel of Sumeria and Texas. Northern New Mexico claims me, after stints in the Netherlands, Scotland and Norway. I received an honorable mention in the E. M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest and was a finalist in the Glimmer Train 2008 Fiction Open and the SouthWest Writers Annual Competition (twice). I’ve been published at Blue Lake Review, Bookends Review, Circa, Copperfield, Eunoia, Faircloth, Fear of Monkeys, Foliate Oak, Infinite Press, ken*again, The Legendary, The Life As An [insert label here], Literary Orphans, Piker’s Press, the Prague Revue, Rusty Nail, Stepping Stones, Synchronized Chaos, Thought Notebook, a Thousand and One Stories, Thrice Fiction, Whistling Fire, and Wilderness House Literary Review – and soon at Glint. That list is dull – what is more important is that I chop all my own firewood, live a mile from my nearest neighbor, and write grants for the community. My website:”

John Lowther’s work appears in the anthologies, The Lattice Inside (UNO Press, 2012) and Another South: Experimental Writing in the South (U of Alabama, 2003). Held to the Letter, co-authored with Dana Lisa Young is forthcoming (as of fall 2014) from Lavender Ink. Anything you might wish to know about these sonnets can be found on their project page: 555. John works in video, photography, paint and performance. He’s writing a dissertation to reimagine psychoanalysis as grounded in the lives of intersex and transgender people so as to broaden our appreciation of subjective possibility.

Caleb Parkin is a poet, performer, artist and educator, living on the waters of South-West England. He is excited by: boats, bikes, radio and cinema; scientific ideas; inspiring young people; and learning about ourselves, by writing together.

Madeleine St. Romain has written five librettos: Rabbit Tales with composer Nicole Chamberlain, and Cedar Tree and River WaterGrandmother Spider Steals the SunSeastruck, and The Raspberry War with composer Robert Boury. Her visual art has been shown at Eyedrum, Radial Art Space, and Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery.

James Sanders says, “I I have will been be the wiggling tallest atelically member with of language the into Atlanta the Poets future Group (hopefully) for for a a long long time time. Our my anthology book (An Atlanta Poets Group Anthology: The Lattice Inside) (Self-Portrait in Plants) was is recently forthcoming published 2015 by from UNO Coconut Press Press.,, Twitter @ATLPoetsGroup.”

Miranda Stone’s work is strongly influenced by the setting and culture of the Appalachian Mountains. Her fiction and poetry have been published in numerous print and online journals, including Pithead Chapel, Prole, and The First Line. Her short story “The Confession” was published in the anthology Southern Gothic: New Tales of the South. She lives in Virginia.

James D. Sullivan teaches English at Illinois Central College.  He writes criticism, poetry, and fiction.  He acts and directs with Prairieland Theatre Co., a community theatre company in Delavan, IL.  He has a radio show, Poets’ Voices, on which he talks (mostly) with writers in Central Illinois. He has llamas.

Laura Taylor hails from the North of England, and was once described by someone much kinder than her as “strident yet curiously engaging”. She has a penchant for upsetting apple-carts, and has yet to “grow up, for God’s sake”. Long may that continue. She has been writing and performing poetry since 2010, and has been widely published. You can read more of her work here:

Laura Madeline Wiseman’s books are American Galactic, Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience, Queen of the Platform, and Sprung. She is also the author of the collaborative book Intimates and Fools with artist Sally Deskins, two letterpress books, and eight chapbooks, including Spindrift. She is the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. She holds a doctorate from the University of Nebraska and has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award, and the Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, and Feminist Studies. She’s online at

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