The Avalon Literary Review
Contributors Fall 2018
Danny P. Barbare attended Greenville Technical College. He resides in Greenville, SC. His poetry has recently been published in Penumbra, Porter Gulch Review, and La Presa and has won The Jim Gitting's Award. He lives with his family in the Upstate. And will soon be self publishing a book on Create Space.

Ruth Berman’s work has appeared in many general and literary magazines and anthologies. Her novel, Bradamant’s Quest, was published by FTL Publications. She was one of the contributors to Lady Poetesses from Hell (Bag Person Press Collective). She has also had translations of the work of Louise Cavelier Levesque and Charles Nodier published.

Scott Blackwell is a former resident of San Francisco and an MFA graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has most recently had poetry published in The Iconoclast, The Interpreter’s House, Plainsongs, Coal City Review, Slant, Nerve Cowboy and others. He currently resides in Champaign, Illinois in an old fixer-upper, trying hard to get back to that poetry and novel thing.

Elizabeth Boyd is a recent graduate from the University of Central Florida, receiving a bachelor’s in English with a minor in Religious & Cultural Studies. Her current project, Oddities, is composed of peculiar photographs and satirical ponderings. Explore it here:

Mark Burke’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the North American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Sugar House Review, Nimrod International Journal and others. His work has recently been nominated for a Pushcart prize.

Catharina Coenen teaches college biology in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Two of her flash nonfiction essays are forthcoming in 5X5 Literary Magazine.

Nicholas Dolern is a writer and teacher living in the Philadelphia area. His work has previously appeared in Chicago Literati and Scarlet Leaf Review. He holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Arcadia University.

Daniel Flahie is from North Dakota.

Toby Tucker Hecht is a writer and scientist from Bethesda, Maryland. Her fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, Epiphany, The Baltimore Review, Summerset Review, Foliate Oak, and other print and online literary journals. She is now working on a collection of short stories about self-discovery within relationships. When not writing, she can be found at the National Cancer Institute where she helps to turn molecules into medicines for the benefit of cancer patients.

Court Huston is passionate about the power of art to transform; she loves the theatre, writing, and traveling. Currently, Court is studying English literature at King’s College London and exploring the London theatre scene. 

Erren Geraud Kelly's work has been featured in Cacti Fur, Cactus Heart, Ceremony, Burningworld, The New Verse News, Ceremony, Ink In Thirds, Former People and other publications throughout the U.S., Canada and around the world. Kelly received his B.A. in English--Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. 

John Malone is a poet, fiction writer, and song writer. He is currently studying English, with a focus in creative writing,  at Regis University in Denver, CO. 

Thomas Mampalam is a board certified neurosurgeon who practices in Northern California. He writes poetry based on his medical, immigration, and family experiences.

Michael Maul is currently living on Florida’s Gulf Coast. His poems have appeared in literary publications and anthologies in and outside the U.S.
Gerald A. McBreen is retired from the US Postal Service. He is the Poet Laureate of Pacific WA. (2009-2018)  His poems have been published in Gargoyle, Plainsongs, River Poets Journal, and others.  McBreen says he loves dancing with words and finds he can get all tangled up without using his feet.

Kate Morgan is an award-winning poet whose work has covered a variety of subjects. The anthology she is working on with a number of scholars covers the Material Turn of philosophy and several areas of science and technology. She works politically, in Texas, where she served on the Graduate Student Senate at UT Arlington, but travels the world and the U.S. for the sake of art. 

Dan Morris lives in the foothills of the Cascades Mountains east of Seattle. His chapbook, Following the Day, was published by Pudding House Publications and his work has recently appeared in The Penn Review, the minnesota review, Tar River Poetry, and Stoneboat. He is senior editor for the online poetry journal, Town Creek Poetry.

Stephen O’Donnell has previously had stories published in Panoply, The Bloody Key Society Periodical and Gambling the Aisle. He is currently working on his second novel.

Andy Roberts, a four time Pushcart Prize nominee, is the author of eight collections of poetry. His latest chapbook is Out Of Blue (NightBallet Press 2018.) Recent publications include The Aurorean, Atlanta Review, Coal City Review, Mudfish, and The Sow's Ear Poetry Review. He lives in Columbus, Ohio where he handles finances for disabled veterans.

Heather Sager is an author based in Illinois. Her poetry appears in The Chaffey Review, Halfway Down the Stairs, Mojave River Review, and other journals, and her fiction appears in 45th Parallel, Painted Bride Quarterly, Vestal Review, and elsewhere. 

Diane Simpson is impressed by bad puns and good grammar.  An avid reader and sewing enthusiast, she stockpiles fabric and books in her basement studio.  Find her at

A graduate of Ohio State University, Psyche North Torok is a lover of words, language, and nature. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Common Ground Review, So It Goes, Pudding Magazine, and various anthologies including Forgotten Women. She lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.

Pamela S. Wynn is from Minnesota.

John Zedolik’s iPod continues to be his primary poetry notebook, and he hopes that his use of technology in regard to this ancient art form remains fruitful. He has published many poems in the U.S. and abroad and will publish a full-length collection in July of 2019.