The Avalon Literary Review
Spring 2019 Contributors
Author Biographies:

Bob Blundell is a freelance writer living in the Houston area. He has had previous fiction published in magazines such a Liguorian, GirlZ4 Christ, and Torrid Literary Review. He has also had creative non-fiction published in magazines such a Testimony, The Living Pulpit, Spectrum, and The Compass.

Scott Brown is a psychologist who lives in liberty Missouri with his wife and children. He enjoys travel with his family, wine, coin collecting, and poetry.

Michael Campagnoli can be seen most mornings running somewhere along the coast of Maine with his mongrel dog, Yogi, and Anthony, his equally mongrel son. dbs_p_ebk_rwt_abau  

Richard Dinges, Jr. has an MA in literary studies from University of Iowa, and manages information systems risk at an insurance company. Home Planet News, Oddball Magazine, Studio One, North Dakota Quarterly, and Gravel most recently accepted his poems for their publications.

Jennifer Faylor is a poet and literary editor raised in NYC where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Currently she lives in Washington and is working on her first short story collection. Her website is  

Jonathan Giles began his writing career in the performing arts, working for an Equity theater company, a professional choir, and with performance artist, Meredith Monk, before joining the Development team at Duke University. He currently hosts two bi-monthly critique groups in fiction and poetry in Durham, NC where he lives with his wife and cat. His poems have recently appeared in Main Street Rag and Better than Starbucks, and a selection of his writing can be found at

Aimee Hoang studies English and Education at Regis University. 

Elizabeth Howard lives in Arlington, Tennessee.   Her work has appeared in Comstock Review, Big Muddy, Appalachian Heritage, Cold Mountain Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern,Still, Now & Then, Slant, and other journals.  

Pat Snyder Hurley is a Columbus, Ohio poet and humor columnist whose poetic work has been published in literary journals including Pudding Magazine, Poydras Review and Snapdragon.  Her poems also appear in a chapbook that she and her late husband Bill Hurley wrote during his battle with esophageal cancer (Hard to Swallow, NightBallet Press, 2018).  You can find her online at

Katrina Johnston has had several short fiction stories published online. She is the winner of the CBC-Canada Writes True Winter Tale and a 2017 Pushcart nominee. The goal of her writing is to try, to share, and to dream. Katrina lives in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Rita Joy's poetry has appeared in Caveat Lector and The Furious Gazelle. Rita Joy makes her home in Hamilton,  NY. Every summer when not writing she and a friend raise and release endangered Monarchs who make their long journey to Mexico. 

Cassie Lawson is a middle school teacher by day and free-lance writer by late night. She has recently been featured in Adelaide and Five on the Fifth. She lives in San Diego, CA. 

Mary Merlo writes poetry, memoir and children’s short stories. She has been published in Water Music-Poetry Society of Michigan, Looking Back Magazine, Peninsula Poets, Scarlet Leaf Review, Guardian Angel Kids Online Magazine. She has additional works pending publication in 2019 in a variety of magazines.

Rebecca L. Monroe lives in Montana in a log cabin by a river and has been writing for most of her life. Along with writing, she loves to read, take long walks with her yellow Labrador retriever, wait on her cat and volunteer at the local animal shelter.

Matthew Morse has been published previously in Cirque Literary Journal and F Magazine. 

Bruce Parks is the author of several short stories, a full length play and a memoir about Anthony Burgess. He currently is working on a novel about Christopher Columbus. He lives in Byfield, Massachusetts.

Michael Pasley lives in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He has published several short stories and is currently working on an anthology of his work. As a young African American kid growing up in the housing projects, Mike often felt alone in his love of poetry, Sci-Fi, and fantasy. However, now he diligently works to master the craft of writing in these genres.

Harriet Squier is a writer and physician who lives in Michigan with her husband and son. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Spalding University. When she's had enough of thinking and writing about medicine she escapes to her flower garden where from March until November there is always something in bloom.

Donna Walker-Nixon is from Texas.

Thelma Zirkelbach is a multi-published author of poetry, personal essay, memoir and romantic suspense.
She blogs at