Contributors – Current Issue

Mario Ascueta Aguado got his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications from Far Eastern University (Manila, Philippines) and attended a Master’s Degree Program in Spanish Translations at the University of the Philippines (Diliman, Quezon City). He has worked in radio broadcasting, print media, and in business administration. Some of his works have been published in the Literary Journals of the Cultural Center of the Philippines: ANI Issue no. 23 “Sailing Down The Orient”, ANI Issue no. 27 “Rainy Days Traffic Jams and a Driver Named Kris” and their last edition ANI Issue no. 38 where his poem written in Spanish language entitled “Envejecido” was included.

Bill Batcher considers himself a poet under construction. A retired teacher, he leads a writers group in Riverhead, NY. His writing has been published in magazines, anthologies and online collections, and has won several awards. His second book of poems, Celebrations, published in 2014, is available from Amazon.

Sarah Bates short fiction has appeared in the San Diego North County Times and the literary magazine Bravura.  She is the author of Twenty-One Steps of Courage, an Army action novel published in 2012 and is co-author of the short story collection, Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories by Wild Women. Her historical fiction novel, an account of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s girlhood, is due out in 2015. Bates was an English Department writing tutor at Palomar College in California for ten years and continues to privately tutor both academic and creative writing students.

Samuel Bean is a native of both Brooklyn, New York, and Montclair, New Jersey. Bean is a 1999 graduate of Earlham College, who also holds an MA from New Jersey City University (Ed Psych – 2007). During his college years, he hosted three radio shows, studied Australian history abroad for a semester, and produced an independent study, chronicling the lives, music, and historical relevance of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.

Since 2009, Bean has been an active participating member of an intentional community in South Austin.

Magda Benigna is an independent author, journalist and communications adviser. After living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the past four years, she is on her way to move back to Rome where she is a permanent resident. She is currently working on her own tales of life in Addis with an expected publication date in 2016. When living in Rome previously, she wrote two books on Architecture and History of Art in the Eternal City. She also writes her own sequential travel blog, focusing on life and culture in the place where she lives, as well as working as journalist and communication consultant for some of the United Nations Agencies. Before establishing herself as an independent writer, she was a senior correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg news agencies, based in London. Of Italian descent, she was born and raised in the Alsace Province in Eastern France.

Marguerite G. Bouvard is the author of eight poetry books and 12 non-fiction books. Her seventh book of poems won the MassBook Award for Poetry, and her first book also won an award. Her non-fiction books focus on human rights, grief, spirituality and more. Her latest non-fiction book is “The Invisible Wounds of War; coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan.” She is a Resident Scholar at the Women Studies Research Center at Brandeis U.

Ute Carson was born in Germany. She has been a writer since youth. She has published two novels, three collections of poetry and numerous short stories and essays here and abroad. You can click here to visit her website.

James Como is Professor Emeritus of rhetoric and public communication at York College (CUNY), from which he retired from full-time teaching after forty-four years.  He is a communication consultant, writer (his new book, in press, is ‘The Tongue is Also a Fire’), and a lecturer and media commentator on the life and works of C. S. Lewis.

V. Conejero, D.A. (Founder – Editor-in-Chief – Marketing Director – Webmaster) is the founder and director of the very successful writing critique group, The NYU-Village Writers.  Her stories appeared in Writing Raw Magazine, during 2011-2012.

Dr. V. Conejero was born in Havana, Cuba. She holds three academic degrees in music. She is a professional orchestra conductor ( and is the director of an international music festival (

Robert J. Cooney (Editorial Assistant) is a native New Yorker.  He earned his B.A. in Economics from CUNY Hunter College, in 2013.  Currently, he drives a truck and works in Operations for UPS.  For twenty years, he was a bartender, entertaining guests from Brooklyn, NY, to Laguna Beach, CA.  Robert has been writing since his teens.

Joe Corso grew up in Queens, New York, He’s a Korea veteran and after he was discharged from the army he joined the FDNY. When he retired he moved to sunny South Florida where he lives with his wife Giovanna. He began writing books to help pay for his grandchildren’s college education. Much to his surprise and delight he discovered that he could write a good story and now… writing has become his passion.”

Leigh Donaldson’s writing has appeared in publications such as the The Montreal Review, Sojourners Magazine, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food & Culture, “This I Believe” website, Art Times Journal, American LegacyMagazine, the Progressive Media Project, American Songwriter Magazine, Bangor Daily News, Portland Monthly Magazine, Café Review, and Maine Food & Lifestyle Magazine.

Henya Drescher is a novelist from New York, NY. When she’s not writing, you can find her studying the ongoing conflict between Islam and the west. For relaxation, she enjoys fighting with weights at the gym, or in her garden engaging her plants in profound political conversations. She eats rice cakes every chance she gets.

Ernie Harburg, the son of Yip, is the President of the Yip Harburg Foundation and co-author of the books “Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz: Yip Harburg, Lyricist” and “The Broadway Musical: Collaboration in Commerce and Art.” He is also a senior research scientist emeritus with appointments in both psychology and epidemiology at the University of Michigan.

Kyle Hemmings has art work in The Stray Branch, Euphenism, Uppagus, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Black Market Lit, Red Bird Press, Snapping Twigs, and upcoming work in Convergence. He loves pre-punk garage bands of the 60s, Manga comics, and urban photography/art.

Mindy Kronenberg is a poet, writer, and critic, with numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad. She teaches writing and literature at SUNY Empire State College and edits Book/Mark Quarterly Review.

Julie P. Lauton is a New Jersey-based freelance copy and content writer and a magna cum laude graduate of Lehigh University, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology together with a minor in American Literature. Recently Julie discovered the gratification that poetry writing can bring about, and with a growing appreciation for this art, she hopes to share the vibrancy and diversity of poetry with others. Julie’s poems have been featured in blogs and local newspapers. “Seasonal Utterances (Spring)” is her first work to be published in a literary magazine.

John Lysaght is a poet from Long Island, NY, who has a BA in English from the University of Scranton.  He has been writing poetry since undergraduate school, graduating in 1968.  He has had a rich work history, which has included teaching English in secondary schools in Syosset, NY, and Livonia, NY.  He has had poems published in Esprit, the literary journal of the University of Scranton, Poet`s Choir and Avocet, A Journal Of Nature Poems.

John F. McCullagh was born and raised in Flushing Queens. He graduated from Queens College in 1976. After ten years with the Federal Government he made a career change into real estate appraisal. John began writing on 09/11/2002 with the poem “A year ago today.” John is a narrative poet who counts among his influences Browning, Hopkins and most especially, Robert Service.

Richard Merli (Poetry Editor) is a New York-based editor and investigative journalist whose career spans 25 years. Merli began his career as an investigative reporter for Gannett Company and has written on subject matter as diverse as politics, pharmaceuticals, the environment and textile management. A number of his investigative pieces exposed accidents, occupational illnesses and fatalities in the industrial workplace. He has edited a magazine, two newspapers and two digital publications. Merli completed his first screenplay in September, 2013.  He is the author of hundreds of poems and sonnets and is devoted to poetry, both classical and new, as a creative craft and medium.

Erica Miles (Non-Fiction Editor & Principal Fiction Editor) studied writing at the Writer’s Voice of the Westside Y, the Mid-Atlantic Creative Non-Fiction Writers’ Conference, and the Colgate Writers’ Conference. Miles received her B.A. in Theatre from Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Teaching ESL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has written and directed plays at Columbia University’s Fu School of Engineering and has been a reader/writer for “Second Sundays” at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a cultural arts center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. A writer of poetry and plays all her life, Miles has just turned her hand to fiction. The re-release of her debut novel, Dazzled by Darkness: A Story of Art and Desire, is available on

Mindy Ohringer is a writer, public education advocate, and political analyst. From 1985-1993, she served on the staff of former City Council Member Sheldon S. Leffler, specializing in community outreach, budgetary advocacy, legislative development, and investigation/oversight of criminal justice policy. She earned a B.A, in Political Science from Barnard College and an M.A. in Politics from New York University.

Ann Ormsby (Fiction Editor) is a freelance writer with a master’s degree in journalism from NYU. Her work has been seen in The Newark Star-Ledger, The Huffington Post, The Alternative Press, and other outlets.  Her debut novel, The Recovery Room, is now available on

David Rulio is a poet, freelance writer, journalist, musician and artist. “Tired Scenes From A City Window,” Rullo’s first collection of poetry was recently published through Outskirts Press. Rullo has been published in various literary magazines including Undertow, Semaphore Magazine, Exhausted Ramblings, Cavalcade, Pendulum, The Second International Anthology on Paradoxism and more. His journalism and feature articles have appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Distinction Magazine and the Jewish Chronicle. As a musician Rullo is a member of the two-piece experimental band Centrale Electrique. Rullo has also had a conceptual art piece hung at Future Tenant as part of the exhibit Do You Understand curated by Kimberly Rullo.

W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books ( including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage. More than fifty of Jack’s stories and over three hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

Ellen Schecter is a writer, producer, and educator. She’s been widely published in print and on the web. She has written or collaborated on many multi-award-winning TV series for children and families, including “Reading Rainbow,” and wrote the proposal and pilot for “The Magic School Bus.” She’s published more than twenty children’s books, garnishing awards such as the Américas award and a Book of the Month selection. She edited and helped write the beloved Bank Street Ready to Read series, and her articles about how to help children read appeared in Child, Parenting, and Sesame Street Parents.

Leslie Silton was always a writer, having gotten her start at an open mic in Greenwich Village in 1964, even though her formal education ended with a BFA in painting. She has participated in over 150 open mic readings in half a dozen cities and several countries.  Starting 2006, her short stories started being published in anthologies and even online. Having turned her passion for writing into a day job—she freelances as a book editor and writing coach. In September 2014, her novel “The Gift Horse” was published by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, marking her debut as a novelist. She is extremely happy to have a short story published in TGVLR.

Jeff Streeby is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a nominee for Sundress Press’ Best of the Web Anthology. He earned his MFA in Poetry from Gerald Stern’s program at New England College in New Hampshire. His poetry has appeared in Ginosko, Southwest American Literature, Los Angeles Review, Rattle, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, and many others. His poem “Biography” won the 2013 Provincetown OuterMost Community Radio Poetry Award. He is a Senior Lecturer in English at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Lorien Vidal is a lifelong speaker of Brooklynese with a penchant for dropping the frequent, yet appropriately placed F-bomb.  She currently lives in the somewhat boring yet infinitely fresher-smelling Putnam County, NY. Working as a quietly frustrated Administrative Assistant at a large non-profit in Patterson, NY, she blogs by night, letting all her exasperation, and her New York accent, hang out. She writes her heart out (poetry, fiction, snarky humor) and is currently freelance-editing an upcoming sci-fi novel by A.H. Browne. Her poetry blog can be found here.


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