The Avalon Literary Review
Contributors Spring 2022:

Kate Burke lives in the woods high in the Southwestern Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband, horses, chickens, dogs, wild turkeys, coyotes, ravens, elk, and the rest. Her work has appeared in Snowy Egret, Communion Arts Journal, and Fine Lines. 

Gladys Justin Carr is an award-winning poet whose work has been published in over 100 literary magazines and journals. She is a recovering publishing executive who dropped out of Corporate America to write full time. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, she was the Nicolson Trustee Fellow at Smith College and the Wilcox University Fellow at Cornell. A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, winner of the Quartet Chapbook Prize, and recipient of a California Poetry Society Award, she is the author of the chapbook, Augustine's Brain—The Remix, and the forthcoming chapbook, A Premise of Blue, as well as her debut poetry collection, American Brunch, and her short-short fiction  work, Hopper's Women. She lives in New York City and East Hampton, NY, with her partner and a formidable Havanese dog. 

Beth Christensen is a psychotherapist in New Orleans. While she has enjoyed writing for years, she decided that 63 was a good age to start seriously pursuing publication of short fiction and creative non-fiction. She hopes to finish her novel before she qualifies for Medicare. 

Holly Day’s writing has recently appeared in Analog SF, Earth’s Daughters, and Appalachian Journal, and her recent book publications include Music Composition for Dummies, The Tooth is the Largest Organ in the Human Body, and Bound in Ice. She teaches creative writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and Hugo House in Seattle. 

Frank De Canio was born & bred in New Jersey and worked in New York for many years. He loves theater, and music from Bach to Amy Winehouse and world music. He also hosts a philosophy café in lower Manhattan every other week and attends a (Zoom) poetry workshop in midtown.  

Richard Dinges, Jr. lives and works by a pond among trees and grassland, along with his wife, two dogs, three cats, and three chickens.  Caveat Lector, North of Oxford, Poem,  and Willow Review most recently accepted his poems for their publications.

Karen Dybner is a bilingual psychologist with a private practice in Philadelphia. She received her B.A. and Psy.D at New York University. She has been a member of the Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio since 2018, and is also an alumni of The Things They Carry Project, an online writers workshop for healthcare professionals. She has been published in The Penmen Review and is presently at work on a memoir. 

Stacie Eirich is a poet, singer and library associate. A former English Instructor, she holds a Masters Degree in English Studies from Illinois State University. She lives near New Orleans with three cats, two children and one fish. 

Keith Erickson lives and writes in Lyons, Colorado. During a nearly four decade teaching career he was occasionally asked what his dream job was. He always answered: Poet. This is his debut.

Wendy Hammond is a working playwright and screenwriter, and teaches screenwriting courses at Brooklyn College. Currently she is working on a memoir, Back When I Was Crazy, about her battle to overcome the violence and mental illness of her devout Mormon family. 

Kyle Heger, former managing editor of Communication World magazine, lives in Albany, CA. His writing has won a number of awards and has been accepted by 71 publications, including London Journal of Fiction, The Dalhousie Review and Typehouse Literary Magazine.

Linda Lacy is a short story writer from Salem, Oregon. She worked at a homeless shelter for many years and now a men’s prison for the last decade. Her writing mirrors these career paths plus her love of the Pacific Northwest and her diverse family.

Kristin Lieberman has a JD from Albany Law School and an MFA from Antioch University. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in ep;phany, Evening Street Review, The Ignatian Literary Magazine, McNeese Review, SNReview, Switchback, Voices de la Luna, Willow Review and others.

DS Maolalai has been nominated nine times for Best of the Net and seven times for the Pushcart Prize. He has released two collections, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden (Encircle Press, 2016) and Sad Havoc Among the Birds (Turas Press, 2019). His third collection, Noble Rot is scheduled for release in May 2022.

Nadja Maril is a former magazine editor and journalist living in Annapolis, Maryland. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Program at USM and her work has appeared in magazines that include: Lumiere Review, Lunch Ticket, and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. She is currently working on a novel and additional credits include weekly blogposts at Follow her on twitter at SN Maril. 

R.S. Raniere was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved, eventually, to Georgia where she uses her master’s degree in English/Writing to teach. She is a member in good standing of Home Town Novel Nights, Atlanta Writers Club, as well as Atlanta Writes critique group. Publishing credits include The Heritage Writers, Atlanta Review and Agape Review. She is in the process of completing her first novel, entitled Shades of Darkness. Readers can find her blog at She lives in Newnan with her canine companion, Esther, and is an adjunct instructor of English Composition at Georgia Military College in Fairburn.

Reema Rao-Patel is a writer from Chicago, published in The Lipstick Politico, with forthcoming short stories in Wayne Literary Review and Kitchen Sink Magazine. She is honored to be chosen for the inaugural, juried workshop by American Short Fiction. Her micro pieces and other musings can be found on Instagram @reema.rp.

Paula Reed Nancarrow is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and winner of the Winter 2020 Sixfold Poetry Prize. Publications include Sixfold, Artemis and Whistling Shade, with work forthcoming in Permafrost and Paterson Literary Review. She lives in Minnesota; links to poems published online live at

David Regenspan grew up in New Jersey but spent most of his life in Upstate New York.  He has published stories in various journals and self-published a novel on Amazon.  He is a retired rabbi with a secular outlook, has been married for forty years, and has a son, a daughter and a grandson. 
Kathryn Sadakierski is a 22-year-old writer from western Massachusetts whose writing has appeared in anthologies, magazines, and literary journals around the world, including Critical Read, Literature Today, New Jersey English Journal, NewPages Blog, Origami Poems Project, Silkworm, and elsewhere. In 2020, she was awarded the C. Warren Hollister Non-Fiction Prize. She holds a B.A. and M.S. from Bay Path University.

Nolo Segundo, pen name of L.J. Carber, became a published poet in his 70s in over 70 online/in print literary magazines/anthologies in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, and in 2 trade book collections: The Enormity of Existence [2020] and Of Ether and Earth [2021]. Both titles reflect his awareness of 50 years since having an NDE whilst almost drowning in a Vermont river: that he has/is a consciousness that predates birth and survives death, what poets once called a soul.  

Matthew J. Spireng’s 2019 Sinclair Poetry Prize-winning book Good Work was published by Evening Street Press. An 11-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he is the author of two other full-length books, What Focus Is and Out of Body, winner of the 2004 Bluestem Poetry Award, and five chapbooks. Website:
Chuck Von Nordheim is married to his wife, Karen, and lives next to the Greater Miami River. He holds an MFA from CSU San Bernardino.

Christian Ward is a UK-based writer who has recently appeared in the Tipton Poetry Journal, Ginosko Literary Journal, Dreich, Uppagus and the BlueHouse Journal. He was shortlisted for the 2021 Canterbury Poet of the Year Competition and the 2021 Plough Prize.