The Avalon Literary Review
Contributors Summer 2018
Cathy Adams’ second novel, A Body’s Just as Dead, is scheduled for release in August, 2018, from SFK Press. She is a Pushcart Prize nominated short story writer with stories published in Utne, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Barely South, A River and Sound Review, Upstreet, Southern Pacific Review, and 41 other journals from around the world. She lives and writes in Liaoning, China, with her husband, photographer, Julian Jackson.

Doc Ardrey’s career credits total more than 5,000 published articles in global business and technical publications – plus Esquire, NY Times and the Congressional Record. His short stories have appeared in Conceit, Fabula, Argenta, Trout (a fish story), Ultimate Writers Quarterly and local anthologies. He also received honorable mention in the Glimmertrain 2017 new writer contest. To straighten out the world, Doc also writes frequent editorials for the Summerville (SC) Journal Scene and letters to the Editor of the Charleston Post and Courier. 

Mike Barrett grew up in Montana, lives with his high school sweetheart, wife and best friend Kathryn in Seattle, has two daughters (Anna and Libby), and for 36 years worked as a real estate lawyer in large law firms on the east and west coasts. Now, mostly retired from law, he is at last finishing pieces he began years ago and starting new work. He has been published in . . . this issue of the Avalon Literary Review!

Richard Dinges, Jr. has an MA in literary studies from University of Iowa, and manages information security risk at an insurance company. Blue Unicorn, Red River Review, Abbey, Oddville Press, and Ship of Fools most recently accepted his poems for their publications.

JJ Falco lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City, with his daughter, his son, and his pillow destroying mutt Lincoln. His first novel, The Price of Conceit, was published in 2017, and the sequel, The Cost of Redemption, will be released in September 2018. Find more info at

Ann Marie Gamble has previously published at, The Tower Journal, star 82, and other venues.  
Nathalie Gedeon is a young South Florida native passionate about social improvement, travel, and finding great new reads. You can find her as @natgedeon on Instagram, and on twitter as @nathged.

Brianna Graves is from California.

Renée LaBonté is from Rhode Island.

Will Longman is a crazy old San Francisco kid who heard the Beats wail in his head while reading for hours in the dim basement poetry section at City Lights, DJ’d underground FM radio broadcasts of poetry and jazz, lived on the street, twisted on the spit of psychotic relationships, sailed under the seven seas on submarines and submersibles, published an e-zine and experienced ancestral spirits rise in aboriginal longhouses.  His poetry serves as artifacts of this twisting road.  Will currently lives along the shores of the Puget Sound.

Christine A. MacKenzie is a student of English, Creative Writing, and Psychology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, MI. She is an anatomical dissector research assistant, crisis counselor, and writes for Mentality Magazine and The Odyssey. 

Rebecca J. Marietta’s works of fiction and short essays have appeared in such publications as The 3288 Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, The Christian Science Monitor, Among Worlds, and others. She recently completed her first novel.

Bray McDonald, a graduate of the University of South Alabama, is an Environmental Educator and Information Specialist in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Bray can be reached at [email protected].
Jamie McGillen lives in the Pacific Northwest and holds an M.A. in English. Her work has been published in Rust + Moth, The Raven Chronicles Journal, and Marathon Literary Review. 

Rachel Paige Moore is from Virginia.

Linda Scotto was inspired to begin writing by the voices of great poets like Emily Dickinson. She has a BA and MA in English from State University of New York, Stony Brook. She has been published in the Oyez Review, Redivider, Evening Street Press and In Autumn, an anthology of Long Island Poetry. 

Michelle Tuplin is an English expat indie bookstore owner and soon-to-be MFA graduate living in Chelsea, Michigan. She is deeply involved in the literary community. At her bookstore, Serendipity Books, she hosts open mics, book readings, launches and book clubs.  Her current writing love--ignoring all customers as she taps away--is short stories. 

Clay Waters' poetry has appeared in The Santa Clara Review, River Oak Review, Poet Lore, Literal Latte, and Confrontation.  His website is, with details about his cozy mystery novel Death in the Eye.
Thomas Wharton’s first novel, Icefields, received the 1996 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in Canada and the Caribbean. His collection of stories, The Logogryph, was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. He teaches creative writing at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Marne Wilson lives in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  She is the author of a chapbook, The Bovine Daycare Center (Finishing Line, 2015).  Learn more at her website,