The Avalon Literary Review
Contributors Summer 2022:
In 1981 Lynore Banchoff began to write more seriously when she lived in Paris for a year. Her writing, in books and magazines, is informed by her profession as a therapist, a California childhood, the impact of traditional religion, the aging of her parents, and the natural world’s connection to relationships. She is completing a manuscript: More Than a Backward Glance.

Mark Belair’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Alabama Literary Review, Euphony Journal, Harvard Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. Author of seven collections of poems, his most recent book is Stonehaven, a work of fiction (Turning Point Books, 2020). Please visit

Roxanne Cardona (she/her/hers) was born in New York City. She has had poems published or forthcoming in One Art, Pine Hills Review, CommuterLit, Connecticut River Review, Mason Street, Constellations,  and elsewhere.  She was an elementary school teacher and principal in the South Bronx.

Elaine Fiedler has been published in Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly (Haworth Press), Nonconformist Magazine, and Hawaii Pacific Review. She is revising her second novel--The Debra Way, a satire.

Grace Glass lives and writes in Frederick, Maryland. Her writing focuses on damaged characters whose flaws emerge in ordinary situations. Her work has most recently appeared in Eclectica Magazine and Green Hills Literary Lantern. 

Graham C. Goff is a political science major at Howard Payne University. He specializes in academic philosophical research, and his most recent journal article, “Transforming Leviathan” was featured in the University of Nebraska Omaha Journal of Religion and Film. He has published short fiction in Third Wednesday, Evening Street Review, Die Leere Mitte, and Superpresent Magazine among others. 

Ruth Holzer is the author of eight chapbooks, most recently, Living in Laconia (Gyroscope Press) and Among the Missing (Kelsay Books). Her poems have appeared in Blue Unicorn, Faultline, Slant, Poet Lore, Connecticut River Review and Plainsongs, among other journals and anthologies. She has received several Pushcart Prize nominations.

Paul O. Jenkins is the University Librarian at Franklin Pierce University.  He is the author of Teaching the Beatles (Routledge), Bluegrass Ambassadors: The McLain Family Band in Appalachia and the World (West Virginia University Press), and other books and articles about folk and rock music.  His short stories and poems explore our relationship with the past.  

Lenny Lianne is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The ABCs of Memory (reissued by Unicorn Bay Press). She holds an MFA in Poetry and has taught various poetry workshops on both coasts.

Richard Luftig is a former professor of special education at Miami University in Ohio who now resides in California. His poems and stories have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Two of his poems recently appeared in Realms of the Mothers: The First Decade of Dos Madres Press. His latest book of poems, A Grammar for Snow, has been published by Unsolicited Press.

W. Dean Marple is a retired professor whose short stories have appeared in Green Prints, The Storyteller Anthology, Children, Churches & Daddies and Good Old Days. When not writing he spends his time in the garden battling bugs and grandchildren who devour all the best tomatoes.

Celia Meade splits her time between Salt Spring Island, Canada and Bronxville, New York. She is currently pursuing an MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College and was recently runner up in the Raven Poetry Chapbook Award.

R. Mullin is a septuagenarian Mississippi writer laboring assiduously under all of the grave disabilities the aforementioned conditions entail. He has been published in Evening Street Review, Iconoclast Literary Journal, The Paterson Literary Review, J Journal and The Nicaraguan Academic Journal. 

Ryan Nelson lives in Lincoln, Nebraska and enjoys time spent around the campfire. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Hummingbird, The Lincoln Underground, Broad River Review, Blue Unicorn, Haiku Journal, Fine Lines, and in Plainsongs, where Slow Bite was published as an award poem.

Kevin Norwood, winner of The Porch Poetry Prize 2020, has poetry published or pending in journals that include Edison Review, Evening Street Review, Iowa Review, Litbreak, The Magnolia Review, Nashville Review, Natural Bridge, Plainsongs, Tulane Review, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. He lives in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Lev Raphael is the prize-winning author of 27 books in genres from memoir to mystery and has taught creative writing in Michigan and England.  He currently mentors, coaches, and edits writers at

Frank Richards writes literary fiction. His short stories have appeared in The MacGuffin, War, Literature and the Arts, Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine, and many others.  He and his wife live in rural Virginia, where they care for an assortment of rescued cats and German shepherd dogs. 

Karen Rosenberg is a writing coach and teacher currently based in Ontario, Canada. Her writing has appeared in many venues including Alternet, Litro Magazine, The Raven Chronicles, HerStry, and in the Seal Press anthologies Expat: True Tales of Women Traveling Abroad and Sex and Single Girls. She loves working with other writers and has a major crush on The Moth podcast.

David Sapp, writer, artist, and professor, is a Pushcart nominee. His poems appear widely in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. His publications include chapbooks Close to Home and Two Buddha, a novel Flying Over Erie, and a book of poems and drawings titled Drawing Nirvana.

Tommy Vollman is a Milwaukee, WI based writer, musician, and painter. For many years, he was a baseball player. He has written a number of things, published a bit, recorded a few records, and toured a lot. He has some black-ink tattoos on both of his arms. For more information, please visit:

Diane Webster's goal is to remain open to poetry ideas in everyday life, nature or an overheard phrase and to write. Diane enjoys the challenge of transforming images into words to fit her poems. Her work has appeared in El Portal, North Dakota Quarterly, Eunoia Review and other literary magazines.

Terri Yannetti is a Connecticut-based newspaper writer. Her poetry has been published in Texas Review, Canary Literary Journal, and Minnow Literary Magazine.