The Avalon Literary Review
Summer 2020
Beth Bayley is a writer, yoga instructor, and occasional archivist who divides her time between Massachusetts and Singapore. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Evening Street Review, Ghost City Review, Slant, Vox Poetica, and Neologism Poetry Journal, among others. Find her at 

Tempra Board is a grant writer living in northern California. She received her BA in English from Humboldt State University and her MA in English from Colorado State University. Her creative writing has appeared in Caveat Lector, Sun Magazine, Flumes, The Haberdasher, and The Sea Ranch Soundings. She has also written an educational book in the series Politics Today, published last year by Cavendish Square, and she co-led a workshop at Butte College’s 2016 WordSpring Writers’ Conference. 

Les Brown, is a retired biologist. His poetry and short stories appear in several journals, including Pinesong and Kakalak. His visual art has been featured in regional journals including Moonshine Review and Broad River Review. Les, a 2019 Pushcart Nominee, is author of, A Place Where Trees Had Names, published by Redhawk Publications, 2020. He lives in Troutman, NC.

Dan A. Cardoza’s poetry, fiction and nonfiction has been published in the 45th Parallel, BlazeVOX, Bewildering Stories, Bull, Cleaver, California Quarterly, Coffin Bell, Door=Jar, Dream Noir, Entropy, F(r)iction Literary, Gravel, Literary Heist, Mystery Tribune, New Flash Fiction Review, Poetry Northwest, and Spelk.

After spending almost 20 years chasing facts for The Boston Globe, Marty Carlock decided it was more fun to make things up. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in more than thirty publications.

Holly Day’s poetry has recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Grain, and Harvard Review. Her newest poetry collections are Where We Went Wrong (Clare Songbirds Publishing), Into the Cracks (Golden Antelope Press), Cross Referencing a Book of Summer (Silver Bow Publishing), and The Tooth is the Largest Organ in the Human Body (Anaphora Literary Press).

Phoenix DeSimone is from Virginia.

R.J. Fox is the award-winning writer of three books and several feature length screenplays. Two of his books, Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine and Awaiting Identification are currently in development as feature films. 
T.R. Healy was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and is the author of a collection of stories, A Time of Times, published last year.

Fredric Hildebrand lives in Neenah, WI, and began writing poetry after retiring from medical practice. His recent work has appeared in Third Wednesday and The Raven Review. When not writing or reading, he plays acoustic guitar and explores the Northwoods with his wife and two Labrador retrievers.

Kenneth Hinegardner is a former student at Gotham Writers Workshop as well as Writing Workshops Los Angeles. He lives and writes in Norwell, MA.

Julian Koslow is a former professor of English Renaissance Literature at Virginia Tech, who has published academic essays on John Milton and Ben Jonson. He is currently a full-time parent living in New Jersey with his spouse and two children.

Andy Macera is the recipient of awards from Plainsongs, Mad Poets Review and Philadelphia Poets. His work has also appeared in Pearl, California Quarterly, Connecticut River Review, Drunk Monkeys, Straight Forward, Off the Coast, Sierra Nevada Review, Old Red Kimono, Gyroscope Review and other journals. He lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Claire Massey served as co-editor for the 2019 edition of The Emerald Coast Review. In 2020, her work appears or is forthcoming in Persimmon Tree, The Dead Mule, Panoply, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Flights and others. The Florida Pen Women Letters Competition of 2019 awarded her poetry first place in the state. 

Ronald Moran lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina. His last six books of poetry were published by Clemson University Press. He has new poems in recent or forthcoming issues of Evening Street Review, The Lake, The South Carolina Review, and Tar River Poetry.

Hali Morell is an actress, writer, teacher, and co-founder of The Missing Peace. Her work has appeared in Borfski Press, Evening Street Press, Broad River Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Forge Journal, The Paragon Journal, Pendora Magazine, The Penmen Review, and Tower Journal. For more about The Missing Peace Storytelling Circles, Workshops, and Salons, visit [email protected].

Retired after 37 years of teaching high school English, Cecil Morris has turned to writing poetry and has had a handful of poems published in English Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, South Carolina Review, Poem, Dime Show Review, The American Scholar, and other literary magazines. He prefers ice cream to cruciferous vegetables. In his newly abundant spare time, he has been reading Sharon Olds, Tony Hoagland, and Morgan Parker.

John R. Murray’s most recent work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The MacGuffin, and Mount Hope Magazine. He is an associate professor in the undergraduate writing program at the University of Southern California. In addition to teaching academic writing, he teaches a class where students collaborate with community partners to create short documentaries to raise awareness about under-recognized social justice concerns in South LA.

Cathy Porter’s poetry has appeared in Plainsongs, Homestead Review, California Quarterly, Hubbub, Cottonwood, Comstock Review, and various other journals. She has published several chapbooks. Her latest collection, The Skin of Uncertainty, is now available from Maverick Duck Press. Cathy is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and serves as a special editor for the journal Fine Lines. She lives in Omaha, NE with her husband Lenny, their dog Marley, and cats Cody and Mini. 

Christine Anne Pratt’s poem, Senior Year, is part of a manuscript treating childhood trauma and its aftereffects. Poems from this collection have also appeared in The Raven’s Perch. Other poems have appeared in The Aurorean, Stickman Review and Compass Roads: an anthology of poems about the Pioneer Valley, and are forthcoming in Peregrine Journal. She is a New Englander who finds inspiration in the people she meets and nature that surrounds her. 
Melody Sinclair has been published in various journals, and she is on the Fiction Reading Committee for Carve Magazine. She lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her husband, dog, and two kids. See more of her writing at 

Matthew Snyderman lives in Northern California with his wife and daughter. He enjoys writing about how every-day people confront life's unexpected challenges, but always with a little humor thrown into the mix. His work has appeared in the Lowestoft Chronicle and The Dark City. 

Kristina Tate is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. She is currently working on a memoir and a novel, and her latest work can be found at

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals in the last dozen years. contains links to his published poetry online.