Issue 54 Contributors

Salamander Magazine Iss 54 Cover: "The Sweet Taste of Victory" by Wes Holloway

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“The Sweet Taste of Victory” by Wes Holloway


Amy M. Alvarez

Amy M. Alvarez is a Black Latinx poet, educator, and scholar. Her work focuses on race, ethnicity, gender, regionality, nationality, and social justice. She has been awarded fellowships from CantoMundo, VONA, Macondo, VCCA, and the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, New Ohio Review, Acentos Review, Obsidian, and elsewhere. Born in New York City to Jamaican and Puerto Rican parents, she now lives in Morgantown, WV, and teaches at West Virginia University.

Jeanette Beebe

Jeanette Beebe is a poet and journalist based in the Highland Square neighborhood of Akron, OH. She was named a finalist for the Iowa Review Award in Poetry, and her poems have appeared in The Chattahoochee Review, Poet Lore, Crab Creek Review, Juked, New South, and After the Pause. Her reporting has been published by Time, Scientific American, and NPR/WHYY, and she support-ed The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic.

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is author of Archipiélagos, Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking, and South Bronx Breathing Lessons; editor of Yellow Medicine Review’s international queer Indigenous issue; and co-editor of Movement Research Performance Journal’s Native issue.

Anthony Borruso

Anthony Borruso is pursuing his PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State University, where he is a poetry editor for Southeast Review. He has been a Pushcart Prize nominee and was selected by Natasha Trethewey as a finalist for Beloit Poetry Journal’s Adrienne Rich Award. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in The American Journal of Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, Pleiades, Spillway, The Journal, THRUSH, Moon City Review, decomP, Frontier, and elsewhere.

Barrett Bowlin

Barrett Bowlin is the author of the story collection Ghosts Caught on Film (Bridge Eight Press). His essays and stories appear in Ninth Letter, Salt Hill, The Rumpus, Waxwing, Bayou, and War, Literature, and the Arts. He lives and teaches and rides trains in Massachusetts.

Eliza Browning

Eliza Browning studied English and art history at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and will be studying for a master’s degree in modernist literature and aesthetics from the University of Oxford in 2022- 2023. Her work appears in The Adroit Journal, Contrary Magazine, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the Oxford-Cambridge Mays Anthology, among others. She is a poetry editor for COUNTERCLOCK Journal and EX/POST Magazine.

Bergita Bugarija

Bergita Bugarija was born and grew up in Zagreb, Croatia, and now lives in Pittsburgh. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, PANK Daily, the Flash Fiction America anthology, and elsewhere. She recently completed a collection of stories and is at work on a novel set in Dalmatian Hinterland.

Clara Burghelea

Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet with an MFA in Poetry from Adelphi University. Recipient of the Robert Muroff Poetry Award, her second poetry collection Praise the Unburied was published by Chaffinch Press in 2021. She is the Reviews Editor of Ezra, An Online Journal of Translation.

Akhim Yuseff Cabey

Akhim Yuseff Cabey is a Pushcart Prize-winning Black author whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Shenandoah, The Florida Review, Indiana Review, Solstice, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He lives and teaches in Columbus, OH.

Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey is a graduate of the Florida State University creative writing program. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, The Heart Contracts (Finishing Line, 2016) and Accommodations, winner of the 2018 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Award.

Julialicia Case

Julialicia Case’s work has appeared in Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, Willow Springs, Blackbird, The Writer’s Chronicle, and other journals. She earned her PhD in fiction from the University of Cincinnati, and she teaches creative writing and digital literature at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

M. Cynthia Cheung

M. Cynthia Cheung is a physician whose writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, Dialogist, Palette Poetry, RHINO, Sugar House Review, and others.

Ally Chua

Ally Chua is a Singaporean poet. She was the 2019 Singapore Unbound Fellow for New York City, and is a member of the local writing collective /s@ber. Ally has been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Cordite Poetry Review, and Lammergeier Magazine.

Maria Castro Dominguez

Maria Castro Dominguez is the author of A Face in The Crowd, her Erbacce–press winning collection, and Ten Truths from Wonderland (Hedgehog Poetry Press), a collaboration with Matt Duggan. Winner of the third prize in Brittle Star’s Poetry Competition, her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals.

Hollie Dugas

Hollie Dugas lives in New Mexico. Her work has been included in Barrow Street, Reed Magazine, Crab Creek Review, Redivider, Porter House Review, Pembroke, Poet Lore, Watershed Review, Mud Season Review, Little Patuxent Review, The Penn Review, Chiron Review, Louisiana Literature, and CALYX. Hollie has been a finalist twice for the Peseroff Prize at Breakwater Review, Greg Grummer Poetry Prize at Phoebe, Fugue’s Annual Contest, and has received Honorable Mention in Broad River Review. Recently, Hollie has been nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize and for inclusion in Best New Poets 2021. She is currently a member of the editorial board for Off the Coast.

Meg Eden

Meg Eden is a 2020 Pitch Wars mentee and teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of the 2021 Towson Prize for Literature-winning poetry collection Drowning in the Floating World (Press 53, 2020) and children’s novels, most recently Selah’s Guide to Normal (Scholastic, 2023).

Julia Edwards

Julia Edwards is a poet from New York. Her work appears in Poetry, Bat City Review, and Diode, among others. Her debut manuscript was chosen as a finalist for the 2022 Jake Adam York Prize. She was selected as a 2021 Visiting Poet in the Working Poets Project at The Dalton School. Julia has served as Poetry Editor for The Greensboro Review, and she currently co-edits the Girl Blood Info zine series.

Rita Feinstein

Rita Feinstein is the author of the poetry chapbook Life on Dodge (Brain Mill Press, 2018). Her stories and poems have appeared in Permafrost, Grist, and Willow Springs, among other publications, and have been nominated for Best of the Net and Best New Poets. She is a graduate of Oregon State University’s MFA program.

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is the author of Look Alive—a finalist for numerous prizes, including The National Poetry Series, and winner of the 2019 Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press—along with seven chapbooks, most recently The Undead, winner of Sixth Finch Books’ 2020 Chapbook Contest, and Shadow Box, winner of the 2019 Madhouse Press Editor’s Prize. Her poetry can be found in Fugue, Five Points, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She also serves as Managing Editor of the Whiting Award–winning LGBTQ+ literary journal and press Foglifter.

Mag Gabbert

Mag Gabbert is the author of Sex Depression Animals (Mad Creek Books, forthcoming in 2023), which won the Charles B. Wheeler Prize and includes some of the work published here. Mag is a 92Y Discovery Award recipient; she teaches at South- ern Methodist University.

Robbie Gamble

Robbie Gamble is the author of A Can of Pinto Beans, released by Lily Poetry Review Press. His poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Carve, Lunch Ticket, RHINO, and The Sun. He divides his time between Boston and Brattleboro, VT.

Melissa Ginsburg

Melissa Ginsburg is the author of the poetry collections Doll Apollo, forthcoming from LSU Press, and Dear Weather Ghost, three poetry chapbooks, and the novels The House Uptown and Sunset City. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, West Branch, Fence, Southwest Review, and other magazines. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, and serves as Associate Editor of Tupelo Quarterly.

Lisa Grove

Lisa Grove’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Atlanta Review, The Puritan, and elsewhere. She is the creator and co-host of “A Poem By” for Poetry.LA. She is currently attending medical school in Michigan.

Staci Halt

Staci Halt is an MFA candidate at Lesley University, mother to six awesome humans, and as many fur children. Her work can be found in McSweeney’s and her poetry was longlisted for Palette Poetry’s 2022 Love & Eros Prize.

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick’s work has appeared or is forth- coming in Gulf Coast, The Texas Observer, The Missouri Review, Four Way Review, Harpur Palate, and Passages North, among others. Hardwick serves as the poetry editor for The Boiler Journal.

Brooke Harries

Brooke Harries is from Sacramento, CA. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Laurel Review, Breakwater Review, Sixth Finch, Tilted House, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Emily Hockaday

Emily Hockaday’s first full-length collection, Naming the Ghost, will be released by Cornerstone Press in November 2022. Her fifth chapbook, Beach Vocabulary, was published by Red Bird Chapbooks in March 2022. Her poems have appeared in a variety of online and print publications.

Wes Holloway

Wes Holloway (b. 1984; Katy, TX) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores identity and the structures that influence the formation of said identity. His art is in flux between painting, collage, conversation, research, learning, and installation. Through these visual explorations and conversations, the social and political topics that have emerged revolve around equity in healthcare, presentation of disability, LGBTQ+ cultural preservation/celebration, community living, and access to spaces/services. Wes holds both his BA and BFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Social Practice from The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at The George Washington University.

Ann Hudson

Ann Hudson is the author of The Armillary Sphere (Ohio University Press) and Glow (Next Page Press), a chapbook on radium. She is a senior editor for RHINO, and teaches at a Montessori school in Evanston, IL.

Rochelle Hurt

Rochelle Hurt is the author of the poetry collections The J Girls: A Reality Show (Indiana University Press, 2022); In Which I Play the Runaway (Barrow Street, 2016); and The Rusted City (White Pine, 2014). She lives in Orlando and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.

Alexis Ivy

Alexis Ivy is a 2018 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Poetry and the author of Romance with Small-Time Crooks (BlazeVOX [books], 2013), and Taking the Homeless Census (Saturnalia Books, 2020), which won the 2018 Saturnalia Editors Prize. She lives in her hometown, Boston, and teaches in the PoemWorks community.

Stephanie Kaylor

Stephanie Kaylor is Reviews Editor at Glass: A Journal of Poetry and is completing her PhD at UC Santa Barbara. Their work can be found in journals including Four Way Review, The Shore, and Protean Magazine. They live in Brooklyn.

Kassy Lee

Kassy Lee is a poet and teacher. She has received fellowships from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program, Vermont Studio Center, and Cave Canem. She earned an MFA from the University of Michigan and is at work on her debut poetry collection.

Keith Leonard

Keith Leonard is the author of the poetry collection Ramshackle Ode (Mainer/Ecco, 2016). His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in The Believer, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Keith has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council.

Rebecca Macijeski

Rebecca Macijeski holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She currently serves as Creative Writing Program Coordinator at Northwestern State University. Her chapbook, Autobiography, will come out in late 2022.

Melanie McCuin

Melanie McCuin received her BA in History from Arizona State University in 2005 and her MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University in 2014. Her writing has appeared in The Salt River Review, The Gila River Review, and Un- strung, among others. She currently teaches composition and creative writing at Maharishi International University in Fairfield, IA.

Sherrel McLafferty

Sherrel McLafferty is a multi-genre writer who resides in Bowling Green, OH. Her work can be found in Notre Dame Review, Sundog Lit, Zone3, Juked, and more. In addition to writing, Sherrel is a poetry editor for Sundress Publications.

Dion O'Reilly

Dion O’Reilly’s debut book, Ghost Dogs (Terrapin 2020), was shortlisted for several prizes including The Catamaran Prize and The Eric Hoffer Award. Her work appears in The Sun, Rattle, Cincinnati Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review, and New Ohio Review. Her second book, Sadness of the Apex Predator, was chosen for the Portage Poetry Series out of University of Wisconsin’s Cornerstone Press and will be published in 2024.

Connie Pan

Originally from Maui, Hawai’i, Connie Pan earned an MFA in Fiction from West Virginia University and a BA in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University. Her work has appeared in Bamboo Ridge, The Billfold, Book Riot, Carve, HelloGiggles, and elsewhere, and an excerpt from her novel-in-progress was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A freelance writer, she lives in Coastal Mississippi with her partner and their dog.

Lauren Paredes

Lauren Paredes is a storyteller across mediums with a soft spot for the unusual. Her first chapbook of poems, Otherwise, Magic, was released in 2019 by First Matter Press. She currently resides in the Berkshires, nestled between hills.

Luke Patterson

Luke Patterson spent six years working as an EMT. His poetry appears in Spillway, Cimarron Review, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Austin, TX.

Jack Powers

Jack Powers is the author of Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar. His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Cortland Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. He won the 2012 and 2015 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contests and was a finalist for the 2013 and 2014 Rattle Poetry Prizes.

Gina Isabel Rodriguez

Gina Isabel Rodriguez is a writer and daughter of Chilean immigrants. She is revising her first novel as a 2022 LitUp Fellow with Reese’s Book Club. Her book reviews have also appeared in Harvard Review and The Rumpus.

aureleo sans

aureleo sans is a flamingo. She is also a Colombian, queer, non-binary, disabled, formerly unhoused writer and poet who lives in San Antonio. She has been named a Tin House Scholar, a Macondista, a Periplus fellow, and the second-place winner of Fractured Lit’s 2021 Micro Fiction Contest. Her work can be found in The Offing, Shenandoah, and Electric Literature, and is forthcoming in X-R-A-Y, Passages North, Waxwing, and elsewhere.

Megan Peck Shub

Megan Peck Shub is a producer at Last Week Tonight on HBO. Her writing has appeared in The Missouri Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Peach Mag, and Maudlin House. She is a contributing editor at Story.

Brian Simoneau

Brian Simoneau is the author of No Small Comfort (Black Lawrence Press, 2021) and River Bound (C&R Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, The Georgia Review, Waxwing, and other journals. Originally from Lowell, MA, he lives near Boston with his family.

Jade Song

Jade Song is a writer, art director, and artist living in New York City. Her debut novel CHLORINE is forthcoming in early 2023 from William Morrow.

Alina Stefanescu

Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Alabama. Recent books include Ribald (Bull City Press, 2020) and Dor (Wandering Aengus Press, 2021). Her writing can be found in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, World Literature Today, Pleiades, Poetry, BOMB, Crab Creek Review, and others.

Ojo Taiye

Ojo Taiye is an emerging artist and a dreamer. He is a graduate of Tansian University, where he studied Microbiology. As someone who loves language, he is interested in the intersection of memory, home, and storytelling. Alongside working for a rural hospital in Nigeria, Taiye is a freelance writer for many magazines. His poetry explores the power struggles, histories, and mythologies that inform the way we perceive ourselves and others, particularly relating to race or gender.

JC Talamantez

JC Talamantez is a Mexican-American poet who received her MFA from Texas State University. Her work has appeared in New Ohio Review, Salamander, and others, and was a finalist for the Beullah Rose Prize from Smartish Pace. She is a long-time student of academic philosophy and teaches writing and humanities courses across a number of disciplines.

Lauren Tess

Lauren Tess’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in Meridian, Cimarron Review, Tar River Poetry, and Atlanta Review. Lauren is the recipient of a 2021 Open Mouth Poetry Residency in Fayetteville, AR.

Matthew Thorburn

Matthew Thorburn is the author of six books of poetry, including The Grace of Distance, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Dear Almost, which received the Lascaux Prize. His new book, String, is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press in 2023. He lives in New Jersey.

Yvanna Vien Tica

Yvanna Vien Tica is a Filipina writer with a hearing impairment who grew up in Manila and a suburb near Chicago. A high school senior, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Verse Daily, Poet Lore, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, and Salt Hill, among others. She reads for Muzzle Magazine. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying nature and thanking God for another day.

Tran Tran

Tran Tran writes in the muddle between English and Vietnamese. A graduate in sociology, she has nurtured her poetic voice in the loving embrace of workshops by The Root Slam, Winter Tangerine, Grub Street, and the Speakeasy Project. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ghost City Review and The Seventh Wave.

Anita Trimbur

Anita Trimbur holds a BA in Fiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Her flash fiction appears or is forthcoming in Pembroke Magazine and has been longlisted for the Smokelong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction. Currently, Anita serves on the editorial board of Nimrod International Journal.

Matthew Tuckner

Matthew Tuckner is a writer from New York. He is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at NYU, where he is Poetry Editor of Washington Square Review and teaches in the Undergraduate Writing Program. He is the recipient of a University Prize from the Academy of American Poets and was a finalist for the inaugural Prufer Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Colorado Review, Pleiades, Nashville Review, The Missouri Review, Bennington Review, Bat City Review, New Ohio Review, Poetry Northwest, and Four Way Review, among others.

Benjamin Voigt

Benjamin Voigt grew up in upstate New York on a small farm and the internet. His poems have been published in ZYZZYVA, Poetry Northwest, and Sycamore Review. He works at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and lives in Minneapolis.

Kelly Weber

Kelly Weber (she/they) is the author of the debut poetry collection We Are Changed to Deer at the Broken Place (Tupelo Press, 2022). She is the Reviews Editor for Seneca Review, and their work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Southeast Review, and elsewhere.

J.P. White

J.P. White has published essays, articles, fiction, reviews, interviews, and poetry in many places including The Nation, The New Republic, Gettysburg Review, AGNI, Catamaran, APR, North American Review, Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, Water-Stone, The New York Times, Willow Springs, Crazyhorse, and Poetry. He is the author of five books of poems and a novel, Every Boat Turns South. He is also the editor-at-large for Plant-Human Quarterly.

John Sibley Williams

John Sibley Williams is the author of four award-winning poetry collections: The Drowning House, Scale Model of a Country at Dawn, As One Fire Consumes Another, and Skin Memory. A twenty-seven-time Pushcart nominee and winner of various awards, John serves as Editor of The Inflectionist Review and founder of Caesura Poetry Workshop.

Ruth Williams

Ruth Williams is the author of a poetry collection, Flatlands (Black Lawrence Press, 2018) and two chapbooks, Nursewifery (Jacar Press, 2019) and Conveyance (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Currently, she is an Associate Professor of English at William Jewell College.

Jane Zwart

Jane Zwart teaches at Calvin University, where she also co-directs the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and Poetry, as well as other journals and magazines.


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