The Avalon Literary Review
Spring 2016 Contributors
Lesley Bannatyne is from Sommerville, MA.

Mark Burke is from Everett, WA.

Lucia Cherciu is from Poughkeepsie, NY.

Pam Davenport lives in the Sonoran Desert and recently finished her MFA in creative writing at Pacific University in Oregon. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in various publications, including Bared, Rougarou, Snapdragon and Spilled Milk Magazine.

Tommy Dean is the author of a flash fiction chapbook entitled Special Like the People on TV from Redbird Chapbooks. Find him @TommyDeanWriter on Twitter. 

Nathan E. Eckel loves reading and writing literary, science fiction and fantasy short stories.  He has been previously published in Nebula Rift and is currently working on his first novel. He lives near New York City with his wife, daughter and two pet rabbits. Learn more at

Thomas Elson lives in Northern California. He writes of lives that fall with neither safe person nor safe net to catch them. His short stories have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Red City Literary Review, Oracle Fine Arts Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Dual Coast, Perceptions Magazine, and Literary Commune.

Tim Fagan recently left a 20 year career in the corporate world to focus on writing.  He is currently working on a novel, more poetry and occasional song lyrics.  He grew up in British Columbia, Canada and now lives near Boston, Massachusetts.  His poems have appeared in the Surrey Leader and Purple.  

Marc Gilbert lives in Northern Illinois with his wife, kids, and two large dogs. His poems have appeared in several journals throughout the years including our own. Marc works as an IT Strategist in the advertising industry, develops video games, is a Global Moderator at, and occasionally gets outside to check on the sun.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, South Carolina Review, Gargoyle and Silkworm work upcoming in Big Muddy Review, Main Street Rag and Spoon River Poetry Review.  

Janet Hagelgans holds a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.  Her poetry has appeared in the Cider Press Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Atticus Review, Common Ground Review, and Potomac Review.  She studies law at the University of Baltimore. 

Kyle Heger, former managing editor of “Communication World” magazine, has had essays, short stories and poems appear in dozens of publications, including: “San Francisco Examiner,” “The Binnacle,” “Foliate Oak,” “Nerve Cowboy” and “The Santa Clara Review.” He does not have, and is looking forward to never having, a website. 

“Some people run from their demons; others sit down and have cocktails with theirs.” William R. Hincy is a man who does and writes about the latter. Having become a writer when he decided it was the only sensible thing for a problem drinker to do, Hincy’s fiction has now appeared in numerous literary journals, including Ellipsis, Oracle, Passages North and Short Story America. The Hoards of Torment, his debut novel by Black Mountain Press, explores characters who no longer create messes and have instead become the mess. He now lives in Glendora, California with his wife and four kids, having found solace in the notion that the only things sacred are self and spiced rum. 

Rachel Holbrook writes from her home in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and six children. She is the author of the syndicated serial, Little River. She can be found at 

Jane McAdams was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica. She has published stories in several literary magazines, including Bengal Lights and The Wisconsin Review. She runs Beaumont Hardy Editing, a freelance business.

Brandy Montillione has been published in several other Literary Journals such as: Alfie Dog Fiction, Page and Spine, and The 34th Parallel Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel and is an avid reader and book collector. 

Daniel Pereyra is a Phoenix based writer of fiction and poetry. He is the author of the poetry chapbook, Sunday Morning Ponderings, published by Flutter press and the forthcoming chapbook, Yes I Know You Can't Drive Across The World, from Red Bird Chapbooks. Follow Daniel on Twitter at @dmos1183.

Tom Pescatore can sometimes be seen wandering along the Walt Whitman bridge or down the sidewalks of Philadelphia's old Skid Row. He might have left a poem or two behind to mark his trail. He maintains a poetry

Andy Roberts lives in Columbus, Ohio where he handles finances for disabled veterans. His latest collection of poetry, Yeasayer, was published by Night Ballet Press in March 2016. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize four times.

Diane Webster enjoys drives in the mountains to view all the wildlife and scenery and takes amateur photographs. Writing poetry provides a creative outlet exciting in images and phrases Diane thrives in. Her work has appeared in The Hurricane Review, Eunoia Review, Illya's Honey, and other literary magazines.