Salamander 2024 Fiction Contest

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Issue #45 Contributors

Cover art

“Snow Flake” by Kikki Ghezzi, oil on linen, 67 x 67 cm, 26 x 26 inches, 2015. Cover design by Suzette Barbier.


Rachel Cloud Adams

Rachel Cloud Adams lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is the editor for a nonprofit advocacy association and the founder/editor of Lines + Stars, a literary journal. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The North American Review, Big Muddy, Blueline, The Conium Review, Hummingbird, Memoir, and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of two poetry chapbooks, What is Heard (Red Bird Press, 2013) and Sleeper (Flutter Press, 2015).

Kristin Anderson

Kristin Anderson is a poet, Prince fan, Starbucks connoisseur, and glitter enthusiast living in Austin, Texas. She is the author of eight chapbooks, including We’re Doing Witchcraft, Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night, and 17 seventeen XVII. Kristin is an editor and designer at Red Paint Hill and once upon a time she worked at The New Yorker.

Alex Andriesse

Alex Andriesse is a writer, a translator, and an associate editor at Dalkey Archive Press. His writing has appeared in ProdigalReading in Translation, and the Battersea Review. His translation of Chateaubriand's Memoirs from Beyond the Grave, 1768–1800 is published by New York Review of Books. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Suzanne E. Berger

Suzanne E. Berger was born in Texas and raised in Ohio. She is the author of These Rooms (Penmaen Press), Legacies (Alice James), and Horizontal Woman (Houghton Mifflin). She has won a Pushcart Prize for poetry and an EDI for her memoir. She has taught at the Radcliffe Institute, Lesley Seminars, and now runs an advanced poetry writing workshop independently.

Craig Blais

Craig Blais is the author of About Crows (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and Florida Book Award. He is currently Assistant Professor of English at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts.

Margie Bloom

Margie Bloom has worked as a registered nurse, a massage therapist, and a learning center administrator, but at heart, is a poet. Her translation of Apollinaire's "The Stabbed Dove and the Water Fountain" is in Meade Magazine and her work also appears in the Magnolia Review.

Kristen Bulger

Kristen Bulger is a poet from New Hampshire and currently lives in Boston, MA. She is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in Houseguest, Superstition Review, and elsewhere.

Beverly Burch

Beverly Burch’s poetry has appeared in New England Review, Willow Springs, Tinderbox and Poetry Northwest. Her second poetry collection, How A Mirage Works, was a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award. Her first, Sweet to Burn, won the Gival Poetry Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. She’s a psychotherapist in Berkeley.

Neha Chaudhary-Kamdar

Neha Chaudhary-Kamdar earned her MFA at Boston University, where she was awarded the William A. Holodnak Prize for Fiction. She often writes about the lives of women in India, where she grew up. Neha lives in Berkeley, California, and is working on her first novel.

Martha Collins

Martha Collins has published eight books of poetry, including Admit One: An American Scrapbook and Day Unto Day, as well as four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry. Night Unto Night, in which "In Time" will appear, is forthcoming in 2018.

Douglas Collura

Douglas Collura lives in Manhattan and is the author of the book, Things I Can Fit My Whole Head Into, which was a finalist for the 2007 Paterson Poetry Prize. He was also the 2008 First Prize Winner of the Missouri Review Audio/Video Competition in Poetry.

Robert Cording

Robert Cording is professor emeritus at College of the Holy Cross. He has published eight collections of poems, the most recent of which is Only So Far (CavanKerry Press, 2015). New work is out or forthcoming in The Georgia Review, New Ohio Review, The Hudson Review, Image, and The Common.

John F. Deane

John F. Deane, born Achill Island, Ireland; founded Poetry Ireland and its journal, Poetry Ireland Review; founded The Dedalus Press. Is a member of Aosdana. In 2015 published "Give Dust a Tongue: A Faith and Poetry Memoir", and a collection of poems from Carcanet UK, "Semibreve". A new collection comes in June 2018: "Dear Pilgrims".

Valerie Duff-Strautmann

Valerie Duff-Strautmann is the poetry editor of Salamander. Her poems have appeared recently in PoetryThe Common, and Cortland Review.

Ronald Dzerigian

Ronald Dzerigian received his MFA from California State University, Fresno. He is a writing consultant for graduate students at his alma mater and resides in a small farming community with his wife and two daughters.

Erica X Eisen

Erica X Eisen's works have appeared or are forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, Little Star, Pleiades, The Atticus Review, Lumen, The Harvard Advocate, and the Nivalis 2015 anthology.

Katie Farris

Katie Farris is the author of boysgirls, (Marick Press, 2011), a hybrid form text. Her original work has appeared in journals including Massachusetts Review, Verse, and Hayden’s Ferry.

David Ferry

David Ferry's translation of Virgil's Aeneid is out this year from University of Chicago Press. His other translations include The Odes of Horace, the Eclogues, and Georgics of Virgil, and the Epic of Gilgamesh. He received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2011, and the National Book Award for Poetry in 2012 for his collection Bewilderment.

Adam J. Gellings

Adam J. Gellings is a poet from Columbus, Ohio.

Kikki Ghezzi

Kikki Ghezzi was born in Milan, and lives and works between New York City and Italy. Her work has been exhibited both in the United States and in Europe. Her most recent shows are La 24 Ore: Court of Memory at the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU, Luce at Centro San Fedele in Milan, and Frammenti at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Her artistic journey expands into an exploration of many media: painting, drawing, embroidery, prints and artist’s books, nourished by writings, hone reflections on identity, preservation of memory and ultimately, personal transformation.

João Luís Barreto Guimarães

João Luís Barreto Guimarães was born June 3, 1967 in Porto, Portugal. He is a poet and doctor of plastic and reconstructive surgery. His first seven books were published in Poesia Reunida [Collected Poetry] (2011), after which followed Você está aqui [You Are Here] (2013) and Mediterranean (2016), which won the António Ramos Rosa National Award in Poetry, awarded to the best poetry book published in Portugal in 2016.

Carolyn Guinzio

Carolyn Guinzio's most recent collection is SPINE (Parlor Press, 2016). Her project OZARK CROWS, excerpted in this issue, grew out of many years of observation and interaction with crows, particularly the family photographed for the poems.

Holly Guran

Holly Guran, author of River of Bones, River Tracks and Mothers' Trails, earned a Massachusetts Cultural Council award. Her work has appeared in Poet Lore, Poetry East, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Borderlands, Worcester Review, and Salamander. Holly resides in Boston with her husband, Phil, and their dog, Ginger.

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson’s collection, Unbeknownst, (University of Iowa Press, 2011) won the Iowa Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2012 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She has poems in recent or forthcoming issues of Cave Wall, Conduit, and New Ohio Review.

Jared Harél

Jared Harél was awarded the 2015 ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from American Poetry Review, as well as the 2017 ‘William Matthews Poetry Prize’ from Asheville Poetry Review. Additionally, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Tin House, The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review and EPOCH. Harél teaches writing at Nassau Community College, plays drums, and lives in Queens, NY.

Marc Harshman

Marc Harshman’s latest collection, Believe What You Can, recently published by West Virginia University Press, won the Weatherford Award from the Appalachian Studies Association.  His fourteenth children’s book, Fallingwater, co-authored with Anna Smucker, has just been published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan. His monthly show for West Virginia Public Radio, “The Poetry Break,” began airing in 2016.

Lola Haskins

Lola Haskins' most recent collection is How Small, Confronting Morning (Jacar, 2016), plein air poems about inland Florida. Among her awards are The Iowa Poetry Prize, two NEAs and the Emily Dickinson Prize from PSA. She is currently serving as Honorary Chancellor of the Florida State Poets Association.

Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman has published seven books, including four volumes of poems, Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the Barrow Street Press Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from The New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and recently Noon until Night. He is Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.

Betsy Johnson-Miller

Betsy Johnson-Miller's work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Boulevard, AGNI (online), North American Review, and Poet Lore.

Christine Jones

Christine Jones is the founder/chief editor of poems2go, a grant-funded public poetry project.  Her most recent poetry is forthcoming in Timberline Review, Naugatuck Review, and Cimarron Review. She hangs her surfboard in Orleans on Cape Cod.

Kasey Jueds

Kasey Jueds’s first book of poems, Keeper, won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Anchor, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, and Denver Quarterly, and her reviews have been published in Salamander and Jacket2.

Kirun Kapur

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry and the Antivenom Poetry Award for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, FIELD, Prairie Schooner and many other journals. She serves as poetry editor at The Drum and teaches at Amherst College.

Andrew Koch

Andrew Koch lives in Texas where he is a doctoral student in creative writing at the University of North Texas and serves as managing editor for the long-running online journal Stirring: A Literary Collection. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, The Collagist and others.

David Koenig

David Koenig's work has appeared in Rust + Moth, Forage and elsewhere. This poem is for Bana Alabed and all the children of Aleppo. The quote by Ammar Al-Selmo is from The Economist, Oct. 15, 2016.

Peter Krumbach

Peter Krumbach was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia. After arriving in the U.S. he worked in commercial art, and later as a translator and broadcaster. His poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Columbia Poetry Review, RHINO, and elsewhere. He's been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2017 Pablo Neruda Prize.

Jessica Lieberman

Jessica Lieberman's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Keyon Review Online, Bennington Reviewinter/rupturefields, and other journals. She serves as poetry editor for The Journal.

Nina Lindsay

Nina Lindsay is the author of two collections of poetry, Because, and Today's Special Dish, both from Sixteen Rivers Press.  Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry International, Fence, and other journals, and has been awarded the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. Lindsay lives in Oakland, CA, where she works for the Oakland Public Library.

Ye Lijun

Born in 1972 in Lishui, Zhejiang Province, Ye Lijun worked as a junior high art teacher and arts administrator for intangible cultural heritage.  The author of three poetry titles, Survey (2005), Passing by Thousands of City Lights in Black Night (2009), and Flower Complex (2014), she has received several literary honors in China.  Currently, she resides in her native city Lishui and serves as an editor of Lishui Literature.

Jared Lipof

Jared Lipof is a sound engineer for documentary television programs. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review. He lives in Tallahassee, where he is at work on a novel.

Angie Macri

Angie Macri is the author of Underwater Panther (Southeast Missouri State University), winner of the Cowles Poetry Book Prize, and Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past (Finishing Line). Her recent work appears in Lake Effect, Quiddity, and Sugar House Review. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she lives in Hot Springs.

Marty McConnell

Marty McConnell is the author of “wine for a shotgun;” “when they say you can’t go home again, what they mean is you were never there,” (winner of the 2017 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and forthcoming in 2018); and “Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop,” forthcoming in 2018 with YesYes Books.

Jill McDonough

Three-time Pushcart prize winner Jill McDonough teaches in UMass-Boston’s MFA program and directs 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center online. Her books include Habeas Corpus, Where You Live, and Reaper; Here All Night is forthcoming with Alice James Books.

Kevin McLellan

Kevin McLellan is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poems appear widely. Kevin lives in Cambridge, MA.

John Patrick McShea

John Patrick McShea is from Pennsylvania. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Sonora Review, Hotel Amerika, and Saranac Review, among others.

Laurence O'Dwyer

Laurence O'Dwyer is a graduate of University College Cork and holds a PhD in paradigms of memory formation from Trinity College Dublin. In 2017 he received a MacDowell Fellowship for the Arts. In 2016 he devoted his time to writing and long-distance mountain running, mostly in the Pyrenees. He was also the recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry in 2016.

Calvin Olsen

Calvin Olsen holds an MFA from Boston University, where he received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. His poems and translations have appeared in International Poetry ReviewThe London Magazine, The Missouri Review Online, Columbia, and many others. He currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where he is poetry editor for The Carolina Quarterly.

Derek N. Otsuji

Derek N. Otsuji teaches at Honolulu Community College. His work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Monarch Review, Poet Lore, Puerto del Sol, Silk Road Review, and Sycamore Review.

Ricardo Pau-Llosa

Ricardo Pau-Llosa’s eighth book of poems will be published in 2018 by Carnegie Mellon U Press, his long-time publisher.  Recent appearances in: Ambit, American Poetry Review, Arion, The Fiddlehead, Hudson ReviewIsland, Prism International, Stand, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals.

Tom Phan

Tom Phan's work has appeared in Salon and The Margins. He was born in Hong Kong and lives in Lowell, MA. He is currently finishing his medical school education in Boston.

Lizzie Reinhard

Lizzie Reinhard received her MFA from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Juxtaprose and Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose. She lives in New York City with her husband and their Pomeranian, Petunia.

Frances Richey

Frances Richey is the author of The Warrior (Viking Penguin), The Burning Point (White Pine Press), and the chapbook, Voices of the Guard, (Clackamas Community College). She teaches on-going poetry classes at Himan Brown Senior Program at the 92nd Street Y in NYC.

Sarah Rubin

Sarah Rubin's poems have appeared in Ithaca Lit and Salamander. She lives in Hastings on Hudson, NY, with her husband and two sons.

Robert Russell

Robert Russell is a recovering economist living in San Miguel de Allende, MX. He coordinated the CheapAtAnyPrice poetry series in Madison, WI for fifteen years, and has taught workshops in Mexico, Wisconsin, and at the National Poetry Slam.

Gary Sokolow

Gary Sokolow has a long ago MFA (Brooklyn College), lives in NYC, and currently works in finance. His poems have appeared in Nixes Mate ReviewBlood Lotus Review, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. Additionally, two poems will be published in the upcoming winter edition of Third Wednesday.

Ben Swimm

Ben Swimm is currently an MFA student in poetry at Oregon State University, where he is the Poetry Editor of their literary magazine, 45th Parallel. His poems have recently appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Hamilton Stone Review, and Cirque.

Drew Swinger

Drew Swinger's poems have appeared in Poetry and AGNI. He is a graduate of Boston University's Creative Writing Program and currently manages analytics for a global higher education company headquartered in Chicago. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain

Fiona Sze-Lorrain is the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Ruined Elegance (Princeton, 2016), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is also a zheng harpist and a widely published translator of contemporary Chinese, French, and American poets. Her translation, Yi Lu’s Sea Summit (Milkweed, 2016), was shortlisted for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. She lives in Paris.

Jessica Terson

Jessica Terson's poetry has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Rosebud Magazine, Southern Poetry Review, Zone 3, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Daniel Tobin

Daniel Tobin is the author of eight books of poems, most recently From Nothing, winner of the Julia Ward Howe Prize and the forthcoming Blood Labors, as well as The Stone in the Air, his versions from Paul Celan. He is author of several critical works including the forthcoming On Serious Earth. Among his awards are the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Emerson College.

Amy Jo Trier-Walker

Amy Jo Trier-Walker is the author of two chapbooks: Trembling Ourselves into Trees (Horse Less Press, 2015) and One Winter Night in the Pines (The Dandelion Review, 2016). Her work can be found in New American WritingCaliban online, Ghost OceanTinderbox Poetry Review, and inter|rupture, among others.​

Cindy Veach

Cindy Veach is the author of Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press, November 2017). Her poetry has appeared in AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, and elsewhere. She lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.

Cady Vishniac

Cady Vishniac studies Yiddish and Hebrew at the University of Michigan. Her work has won the contests at New Letters, Mid-American Review, Greensboro Review, and Ninth Letter, and is forthcoming in Glimmer Train.

Lesley Wheeler

Lesley Wheeler is the author of Radioland, Heterotopia, and other books, including the forthcoming chapbook Propagation. Her poems and essays appear in Ecotone, Crab Orchard review, Massachusetts Review, and other magazines. She lives in Virginia.

Lori Wilson

Lori Wilson is the author of the poetry collection, House Where a Woman (Autumn House Press). Her poems have appeared in Valparaiso Poetry ReviewSouthern Poetry Review, The Laurel ReviewGeorgetown Review, Cimarron and elsewhere. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she works as a software developer.

Issue #46 Contributors
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