The Avalon Literary Review
Contributors Spring 2020
Carol Everett Adams writes poems about Disney theme parks, organized religion, UFOs, and other topics. She lives in the Midwestern United States and works in the tech industry. Her poems have been published in California Quarterly, Euphony, FRiGG, Ghost City Review, The MacGuffin, The New York Quarterly, Owen Wister Review, Pennsylvania English, Quercus Review, Soundings East, Sweet Tree Review, The Virginia Normal, Westview, and others. You can connect with her at

Mark Belair’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Poetry East. He is the author of seven collections of poems, most recently the companion volumes Taking Our Time and Running Late (Kelsay Books, 2019). Please visit

Scott Blackwell is a former resident of San Francisco and an MFA graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. He is an award-winning poet, a Pushcart Prize nominee and has most recently had poetry published in Mudfish, Penumbra, Willard & Maple, Pennine Ink, Writer’s Block and others. He lives with his wife Barbara in an old fixer-upper in Champaign, Illinois, always trying to get back to that poetry and novel thing. 

June Blumenson curates a poetry reading series, teaches and facilitates writing groups in Minneapolis. Her debut poetry collection, A Scythe of Moon (Kelsay Books) was released in 2020. She discusses a shape poem in Mind of a Poet, in the February/2020 issue of Spank the Carp.

Johanna DeMay is from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Nancy Ford Dugan's work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (in 2012 and 2013) and has appeared in over 35 publications, including The Diverse Arts Project, After Happy Hour Review, Limestone, Caveat Lector, Crack the Spine, Cimarron Review, Passages North, The Minnesota Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, The MacGuffin, Epiphany, Delmarva Review, Hypertext,  Paragon Journal, Slippery Elm, Superstition Review, and Tin House’s Open Bar.  She lives in New York City and previously resided in Michigan, Ohio, and Washington, DC. 

J Dan Francis splits his time between Albany, NY, and the Adirondack Mountains. His many jobs and a lifetime spent up north at his family’s cabin have provided him with countless stories to tell. His poetry has been displayed in shop windows throughout Saranac Lake, NY, during Poem Village Month two years running. His work is forthcoming in Projected Letters and SLAB.

Ray Greenblatt is an editor on the Schuylkill Valley Journal and teaches a poetry course at Temple-OLLI University. His most recent book of poetry is NOCTURNES & AUBADES (Parnilis Press, 2018).

Lynn Hoggard received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Southern California and taught at Midwestern State University. Her poem Love in the Desert was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. Her book Bushwhacking Home (TCU Press, 2017), won the 2018 Press Women of Texas award for best book of poetry. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in, among others,13th Moon, After Happy Hour Review, The Alembic, Bluestem, The Broken Plate, Chaffin Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, Concho River Review, Crack the Spine, Door is A Jar Magazine, Euphony Journal, Evening Street Review, FRiGG, Gloom Cupboard, GNU Journal, The Healing Muse, Licking River Review and The MacGuffin. 

Layla Lenhardt is Editor in Chief of 1932 Quarterly. She has been most recently published in Rust + Moth, Glass Mountain, Poetry Quarterly, and Pennsylvania Literary Journal. She is a 4th place finalist in Poetry Super Highway’s 2019 Poetry Contest. You can find more of her work at
Doug Mathewson is from Guilford, Connecticut.

Karen McAferty Morris loves poetry for its ability to lift both the heart and mind to discoveries, connections and, ultimately, comfort. Pairing photography and haiku is a favorite form. She is Poetry Editor of the National League of American Pen Women’s magazine The Pen Woman, and lives in Pensacola, FL.
Rebecca Monroe lives in Montana in a log cabin by a river and has been writing for most of her life. She has had over 100 published stories. Her book of short stories Reaching Beyond was published by Bellowing Ark Press. Along with writing, she loves to read, take long walks with Dodge, her yellow Labrador retriever and volunteer at the local animal shelter.
Carl “Papa” Palmer formerly of Ridgeway, Virginia, lives in University Place, Washington. This is the fifth poem he has had appear in Avalon Literary Review. He is retired from the military and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is enjoying life as “Papa” to his grand descendants and being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer.  Carl is a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and Micro Award nominee.   His MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever!

An executive coach and professional songwriter, David Rosenheim lives in a solar-powered house by the sea with his wife and two boys. The Weather Band, Hugh, and Winchester Revival have released his songs on seven critically lauded records, and his poetry has been published in journals nationwide. He is a graduate of Oxford University. Read more about David and his writing here:

Harvey Silverman is a retired physician who writes nonfiction primarily for his own enjoyment. His nonfiction stories have appeared in Ocotillo Review, 3288 Review, and elsewhere.
James Swafford taught other people’s poetry for forty years, mostly at Ithaca College in New York, and now, in retirement, has begun writing poems of his own.  Some of his early efforts have appeared in Halcyon Days, antilang., and The Ekphrastic Review.  He lives in Toronto.
Marc Swan’s latest collection, all it would take, will be published in 2020 by tall-lighthouse (UK) He has poems forthcoming in Gargoyle, The Broadkill Review, Channel Magazine, among others. He lives in coastal Maine with his wife Dd.

Marcelle Thiébaux has had stories published in The MacGuffin, Delmarva Review (with radio play), Forge, Cream City Review, Dogzplot, Grand Central Noir, The Penmen Review, Good Works Review, Decomp, The Griffin. Books on medieval themes include The Stag of Love: the Chase in Medieval Literature and The Writings of Medieval Women. Fiction awards include: Pen & Brush Club Award, Writers Digest Writing Competition Award, and nomination for Pushcart Prize.

Mark Tulin is a former therapist who lives in California. Mark has two poetry chapbooks, Magical Yogis and Awkward Grace, available at The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories will be published in August of 2020. He’s been featured in Vita Brevis, New Reader Magazine, Poppy Road Review, among others. Follow Mark at 

Lee Clark Zumpe, an entertainment columnist with Tampa Bay Newspapers, earned his bachelor’s in English at the University of South Florida. He began writing poetry and fiction in the early 1990s. His work has regularly appeared in a variety of literary journals and genre magazines over the last two decades. Publication credits include Tiferet, Zillah, The Ugly Tree, Modern Drunkard Magazine, Red Owl, Jones Av., Main Street Rag, Space & Time, Mythic Delirium and Weird Tales. Lee lives on the west coast of Florida with his wife and daughter.