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Issue 5 Contributors
The wonderful authors and artists below are the reason Issue 5 is so great. They are listed in the order their work appears in the magazine. If you enjoyed their contribution, please reach out and let them know - or tell us and we can pass on the message. If you would like the chance to see your face here, what are you waiting for? Get submitting! Want a closer look at Issue 5?
Name: Christina Chung
Contribution: Cover artists for Issue 5
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
Bio: Christina Chung is an illustrator and recent graduate from the Pratt Institute currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Her works are a blend of traditional and digital media held together by a line and pattern-based style, which is sensitive, delicate and infused with symbolism. She is inspired by architecture, religious iconography and folk art as well as her heritage and life experiences.
Name: Dan Des Eynon
Contribution: Artist for "Heart-shaped" in Issue 5
Location: South Wales
Bio: Dan is a freelance Artist, graduating from Falmouth University with a first class degree with honours. Since graduating, he has been selected for competitions and exhibitions in both London, America and Australia. He has won the Faber Castell award for best pure coloured pencil work, Student award at the Cheltenham Illustration awards and an Honorable Mention Winner in the 3x3 International Illustration Show.
Name: Dan Leach
Contribution: Author of "At a Rest Stop Outside of Newberry" short story in Issue 5
Location: South Carolina, USA
Bio: Dan Leach’s short fiction has been published in various literary journals and magazines, including The Greensboro Review, Deep South Magazine, and The New Madrid Review. A native of South Carolina, he graduated from Clemson University in 2008, and taught high-school in Charleston until 2014 when he relocated to Nebraska. Floods and Fires, his debut short-story collection, will be published by University of North Georgia Press in 2016.
Name: Sam Caldwell
Contribution: Artist for "At a Rest Stop Outside of Newberry" in Issue 5
Bio: Sam Caldwell is an artist and illustrator from Lancashire. He spends most of his time making images with pencils and paint, otherwise you can find him looking for inspiration in the work of Ben Shahn, David Hockney, Peter Blake, John Bellany, Saul Steinberg Alan Bennett and John Cooper Clarke. He makes record sleeves and dabbles in animation from time to time and has recently made illustrations for The Guardian, The Independent and Granta.
Name: Die Booth
Contribution: Author of "Things the sea brings us" short story in Issue 5
Location: Chester, UK
Bio: Dreamer and schemer wants you to play along. Special skills include tea drinking, bad dancing and exploring dark places. ‘365 Lies’, a collection of one flash fiction for every day of the year is out now in aid of MNDA. Debut novel ‘Spirit Houses’, a multi-dimensional tale of peril, betrayal and library all-nighters is also available and you can track down Die’s short stories in places like The Fiction Desk, Firewords Magazine, Litro and The Cheshire Prize for Literature anthologies.
Name: Jordan Harrison
Contribution: Artist for "Things the sea brings us" in Issue 5
Location: Yorkshire, UK
Bio: Jordan Harrison is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Yorkshire. Currently trying to find his feet in the creative world, he loves to experiment with various styles within his work and challenges himself by working on a broad range of client & personal projects.
Name: Allison Rhodes
Contribution: Author of "Le Corps (de ballet)" poem in Issue 5
Location: Victoria, Canada
Bio: Allison Rhodes is a logophile who hails from a small Canadian island. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, and a Bachelor of Education. Presently, she works as an English teacher. In addition to writing, she maintains a longstanding love of dance, and continues to keep a canvas-slipper-clad foot in that door. In her free time, she can be found strolling along the local beaches and feeding seals at the nearby harbour.
Name: Amanda Konishi
Contribution: Artist for "Le Corps (de ballet)" in Issue 5.
Location: New York
Bio: Amanda is a painter and illustrator living and working in New York. She likes the diners and sidewalks there.
Name: Sue Wilsea
Contribution: Author of "View from the Top" short story in Issue 5
Location: North Lincolnshire, UK
Bio: Sue’s short story collection, Staying Afloat, was published by Valley Press in 2012. The following year she won the Vogel short story competition and gained an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. In 2014 Looked After was long-listed for Mslexia’s first novel award and she was shortlisted for the Gateway New Fictions prize. Sue teaches writing; she is also a performer, any spare time being spent reacquainting herself with husband and four children.
Name: Paoju Lin
Contribution: Artist for "View from the Top" in Issue 5
Bio: Paoju Lin is a freelance illustrator based in Taiwan. She graduated from Kingston University, London with an MA degree in illustration in 2014. Watching art films and observing people around her are the ways she gets inspiration for her artworks. She always enjoys collaborating with creatives in different fields, which is interesting and challenging work for her.
Name: Andrea Stephenson
Contribution: Author of "Lightning Flowers" short story in Issue 5
Location: North Tyneside, UK
Bio: Andrea Stephenson lives in Tyne and Wear. She finds inspiration in nature, the coastline and seasons. During the day, she is a libraries manager, but by night she is a writer, artist and witch. Her stories have been published in Popshot Magazine, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual and the International Rubery Book Award short story competition anthology. She is seeking an agent for her first novel The skin of a selkie.
Name: Yohey Horishita
Contribution: Artist for "Lightning Flowers" in Issue 5
Location: New York City
Bio: Yohey Horishita is a NY-based freelance illustrator originally from Japan. Southern-born Japanese who moved to Alabama when he was young. He went to Savannah College of Art and Design for his BFA and MFA. His work has appeared in prestigious US trade annuals as well as many publications internationally. He is currently living and working in New York City to see more greatness in his artistic career.
Name: Rebecca Suzan Watts
Contribution: Author of "Folding Cranes at the Dragonfly Lounge" poem in Issue 5
Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, USA
Bio: Rebecca Suzan Watts enjoys photographing nature on suburban walks in the near-woods of Peachtree City, Georgia. As a public librarian she often imagines other realities, both through her off-time reading and her work with a variety of people. Her earliest writing submissions utilized a manual typewriter. In order to save the readers of the world, she has been a writers’ group facilitator for many years, encouraging writers to improve their work before attempting publication.
Name: Jenn Liv
Contribution: Artist for "Folding Cranes at the Dragonfly Lounge" in Issue 5
Location: Toronto, Canada
Bio: Jenn Liv is a freelance illustrator who lives and works in Toronto. She has worked for clients including The Walrus, Medium.com, and BOOM! Studios. Her reoccurring dreams include either getting caught in a tornado or being chased down by a poltergeist. Occasionally she likes to print things in risograph and make comics.
Name: Tracy Fells
Contribution: Author of "Custard Creams and Plastic Lemons" short story in Issue 5
Location: Ashington, West Sussex, UK
Bio: Tracy Fells has won awards for both fiction and drama. Over forty of her short stories are published in national magazines, online and in anthologies such as Fugue (Siren Press) and Light in the Dark (Bridge House). Competition success includes short-listings for the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Fish Short Story and Flash Fiction Prizes. Currently Tracy is seeking representation for her debut novel and finishing a MA in Creative Writing (Chichester University).
Name: Karolina Burdon
Contribution: Artist for "Custard Creams and Plastic Lemons" in Issue 5
Bio: Karolina is an illustrator based in London. She contributes regularly to various publications around the globe, including Charaktery, Sens, Glamour, glass, Write Magazine, St. Louis Magazine, The Debrief, Palate Journal and more. Apart from telling stories in editorial illustrations she also works on fashion and advertorial projects for lifestyle and beauty clients and illustrates book covers. Currently she is working on her first comic.
Name: Royee Zvi Atadgy
Contribution: Author of "Chopping Garlic" short story in Issue 5
Location: West Chester, PA, USA
Bio: Royee Zvi Atadgy lives in the small borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania with Bubbles the cat, where he spends his days off not doing what he is supposed to. Often, he will take trips to an old book barn where the tall shelves give him neck cramps. He is wary of strangers and expiration dates. Previous publications include stories in The Brasilia Review and Cleaver Magazine, among others.
Name: Katie Webb
Contribution: Artist for "Chopping Garlic" in Issue 5
Location: Nottingham, UK
Bio: Katie Webb is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator from Kent. Currently studying at Nottingham Trent University, Katie loves experimenting with different processes in her work and will turn her hand to anything new. In the past year, she has won a national design award (MPA Roses) and produced illustrations for Liverpool Council. She hopes to use design to make the world a better place, especially in regards to wildlife and the environment.
Name: Annie Zhu
Contribution: Author of "The Great Beauty" short story in Issue 5
Location: Toronto, Canada
Bio: Annie Zhu was born in Nanjing, China, and moved to Canada at the age of seven. She has a BFA in Film Studies from Ryerson University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. After living in Hong Kong and Paris, Annie is once again based in Toronto and runs www.terumah.ca, a fashion, art and travel site.
Name: Francesco Lo Iacono
Contribution: Artist for "The Great Beauty" in Issue 5
Location: Paris, France
Bio: Francesco Lo Iacono is an Italian artist currently living in Paris. He moved to France about three years ago to work for a foretrend casting agency. His work includes illustration, painting, photography, lately he's also specializing in textile design. As an illustrator he has already worked for different fashion magazines, fashion sites and also young designers. Some of his fashion illustrations have also been exposed during the second edition of DDessin, the contemporary drawing fair in Paris. As a photographer he can often be seen with his camera backstage and during the shows of Paris Fashion Week.
Name: Sierra Barnes
Contribution: Author of "Go Seek" short story in Issue 5
Location: California, USA
Bio: Sierra Barnes is a historian, artist, and writer in beautiful California. She draws inspiration from history, as well as German and Russian storytelling traditions. At the moment, she is writing and drawing her own webcomic, called "Hans Vogel is Dead", as well as writing short stories and novels.
Name: Liz Hedgecock
Contribution: Author of "Lazy Sunday Morning" in Issue 5
Location: Cheshire, UK
Bio: Liz Hedgecock grew up in south London, did an English degree, and then took forever to start writing. Now she fits as many short stories as she can into the spaces between earning a living, raising a family, editing a novel, picking up Lego, and messing about on Twitter. While Liz is owned by a cat, she is also a proud member of the FlashDogs.
Name: Ed Doerr
Contribution: Author of "Coffee Run" short story in Issue 5
Location: New Jersey, USA
Bio: Ed is married and lives in New Jersey, where he also teaches English and pursues his Masters degree in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. His work has appeared in web and print publications, including the New York Times bestseller "It All Changed In An Instant."
Name: Damien Mckeating
Contribution: Author of "Bedtime Story" short story in Issue 5
Location: Staffordshire, UK
Bio: Damien Mckeating was born and some time after that he developed a love of fantasy and horror. He has written for comics and radio and has a story included in the ‘Dead Roots’ anthology. On occasion he has been known to perform peculiar folk songs with the band Hornswaggle. He writes daily and is currently the oldest he has ever been.
Name: Maggie Chiang
Contribution: Artist for "An Orbit Named Rebecca" in Issue 5
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Bio: Born to a Taiwanese family in the City of Angels, Maggie Chiang is a full time artist and part time dreamer. Inspired by both places real and fictitious Maggie’s illustrations evoke a longing for adventure and the pursuit of the unknown, exploring impossible landscapes and places unseen. A central theme of her art is the relationship between humanity and nature, oftentimes the underlying thread that ties together her work and establishes her individual artistic voice.
Name: Stewart Carswell
Contribution: Author of "Between nights" poem in Issue 5
Location: Cambridge, UK
Bio: Stewart Carswell is from the Forest of Dean, and currently lives in Cambridge. He has a PhD in Engineering from Bristol University, and works as a technical writer. His poems have been published recently in Brittle Star, Obsessed with Pipework, and Sarasvati.
Name: Maria Jokela
Contribution: Artist for "Between Nights" in Issue 5
Location: Birmingham, UK / Tampere, Finland
Bio: Maria Jokela is a fashion artist, illustrator and designer, who mixes art and fashion with poetry and in her work. She shuffles tedious everyday life with luxury and quirkiness. She is a 2015 Fashion Design MA graduate and is currently completing MA studies in Art and Design in BCU Birmingham. Maria is the founder and creative director of the 12-year-old label Dead Birds & Lionheart and is currently based in UK and Finland.
Name: Matt Tompkins
Contribution: Author of "BFF" short story in Issue 5
Location: New York State, USA
Bio: Matt Tompkins has two fiction chapbooks forthcoming: Souvenirs and Other Stories (Conium Press) and Studies in Hybrid Morphology (tNY Press). His stories appear in Little Patuxent Review, New Haven Review, Post Road, and other journals. Matt works in a library and lives in a small town in New York State with his wife (who kindly reads his first drafts), his daughter (who prefers picture books) and his cat (who is illiterate).
Name: Cornelia Li
Contribution: Artist for "BFF" in Issue 5
Location: Toronto, Canada
Bio: Cornelia Li is a Toronto based illustrator recently graduated from OCAD University. Her work received recognitions from Society of Illustrators, 3x3, Creative Quarterly, and Applied Arts. She likes to record scenes of everyday life with an added touch of the fantastical.
Name: Leanne Radojkovich
Contribution: Author of "Whose lounge?" short story in Issue 5
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Bio: Leanne Radojkovich’s stories have been widely published online and in print, and have won or been commended in various competitions including Ireland’s Fish Short Story Prize and NZ’s Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award. She also shares her work on YouTube and SlideShare and posts flash fiction street art in unexpected places.
Name: Anja Javelona
Contribution: Artist for "Whose Lounge?" in Issue 5
Location: Toronto, Canada
Bio: A freelance illustrator who originated from Philippines, Anja now resides outside of Toronto, Canada. She likes to create bold and graphic images with a clever twist. When she is not drawing, she likes to fold paper cranes, look at animal pictures, watch scary movies, drink cold beverages and read comics.
Name: Steven E. Gonzales
Contribution: Author of "Lament" poem in Issue 5
Location: Vidor, Texas, USA
Bio: Steven is an average college student from Texas who loves writing. He knew that writing is what he wanted to do after reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. He is a big fan of Japanese anime and manga. He hopes one day to teach English and literature overseas. Monty Oum, Eoin Colfer, Masashi Kishimoto, Ray Bradbury, and Poe are his biggest inspirations.
Name: Natalia Jheté
Contribution: Artist for "Lament" in Issue 5
Location: New York
Bio: Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Natalia grew up in an artistic family. She realized her interests in illustration & fashion at a young age. Today Natalia is steadily making her mark as a watercolor artist while collaborating with fashion & culture magazines, jewelry designers and messaging apps. With a whimsical, but always elegant style, and impeccable attention to detail Natalia continues to find fashion as her true muse. She currently lives in New York. She is represented by New York agency Fillin Global and her sponsor for this particular collaboration is cruelty-free/vegan watercolor manufacturer Colors of Nature.
Name: Fred Senese
Contribution: Author of "Chrysalis" short story in Issue 5
Location: Frostburg, MD, USA
Bio: Fred Senese is a professor at a small university in Frostburg, Maryland – the Paris of Appalachia. He's the author of three books and a science website that has been recognized by Scientific America, the San Francisco Chronicle, and others. His most recent stories have appeared in Zetetic, The Molotov Cocktail, Saturday Night Reader, and The Fable. Currently he's working on a book on symbolic mathematics, his first novel, and dozens of flash pieces.
Name: Jeremy Leung
Contribution: Artist for "Chrysalis" in Issue 5
Location: Toronto, Canada
Bio: Jeremy Leung is a visual designer and illustrator, operating out of Toronto, Canada. He is a firm believer in the building of relationships with clients and peers. Creating intricate and beautiful images is as of paramount importance as the dialogue he is privileged to have with other artists, art directors and designers.
In a second life, Jeremy is an amateur film critic and avid photographer.
Name: Alex Andrew Hughes
Contribution: Author of "There Stands a Man Skipping Stones" poem in Issue 5
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Bio: Alex Andrew Hughes lives and works in Los Angeles. He splits his time, depending on his mood and the weather, between pursuing a PhD clinical psychology, his research in existential crises, and his fiction, poetry, and sketching. Sometimes, however, he does absolutely nothing, and he enjoys that time the most. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Thin Air, Chiron Review, and Lost Coast Review.
Name: Marina Marcolin
Contribution: Artist for "There Stands a Man Skipping Stones" in Issue 5
Location: Vicenza, Italy
Bio: Marina Marcolin is an illustrator and painter based in Italy, she lives "between a lake and the woods", as she describes it. Her illustrations have been exhibited in group and solo shows in Rome, Athens, Tokyo and New York City, among others; and her works have been published in Italy, Spain, USA, Ireland, Korea, France, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and Greece.