The Avalon Literary Review
Contributors Summer 2023:
G.W. Adamson has been published in The Nassau Review, Praxis: Journal of Gender & Cultural Critiques, The Penmen Review, Epiphany, and other journals. She has been an active member of many charitable organizations and previously worked in manufacturing. G.W. enjoys cooking, baking, and reading. 

Author of seven collections of poems, Mark Belair’s most recent books are two works of fiction: Stonehaven (Turning Point, 2020) and its sequel, Edgewood (Turning Point, 2022). He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize multiple times, as well as for a Best of the Net Award. Please visit

John Brantingham was Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ first poet laureate. His work has been featured in hundreds of magazines, Writers Almanac and The Best Small Fictions 2016 and 2022. He has nineteen books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction including Life: Orange to Pear and Kitkitdizzi both from Bamboo Dart Press. He is the founder and general editor of The Journal of Radical Wonder.  He lives in Jamestown, NY.

Sam Culotta is the author of two books of personal essays and a book of poetry. His prose and poems have appeared in The Write Place At The Write Time. Buffalo Spree Magazine and Into The Past, an anthology.

RC deWinter’s poetry is widely anthologized, notably in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2/2017), The Connecticut Shakespeare Festival Anthology (River Bend Bookshop Press, 12/2021), in print: 2River, Event, Meat for Tea,  the minnesota review, Plainsongs, Poetry South, Prairie Schooner, Southword, Variant Literature among many others and appears in numerous online literary journals.  

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Stand, Washington Square Review and Sheepshead Review. Latest books, Between Two Fires, Covert and  Memory Outside The Head are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in the McNeese Review, Santa Fe Literary Review and California Quarterly.

Cordelia Hanemann, writer and (botanical) artist, co-hosts Summer Poets, in Raleigh, NC. Professor emerita retired English professor, she is active with youth poetry in NCPS. She has published in numerous journals and anthologies including best-selling Poems for the Ukraine. She is now working on a novel about her Cajun roots. 

T.R. Healy was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and is the author of a collection of stories, A Time of Times.

Ruth Holzer is the author of eight chapbooks, most recently Home and Away (dancing girl press) and Living in Laconia (Gyroscope Press). Her poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, Slant, Poet Lore and Freshwater among other journals and anthologies. She has received several Pushcart Prize nominations. 

Emily Kedar is a poet, writer and therapist living in Ontario, Canada. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Poetry Pause, The Maynard, Living Hyphen, Nightingale & Sparrow, and Willows Wept Review. She is a merit scholar at Pacific University where she is currently pursuing an MFA. 

John Kucera was educated at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in New Reader Magazine, The Sandy River Review, Connections Magazine and Friends Journal. He lives in Arizona, where he writes and teaches.

David Langlinais’ stories have appeared in South Dakota Review, Los Angeles Review, Concho River Review, The MacGuffin, and many others. He’s published two story collections (UL Press), and has just finished a novel, entitled Bayou Noir. 

Dallas Lee is a retired journalist and author of The Cotton Patch Evidence (Harper & Row), which documents events leading to Habitat for Humanity; also, a book of poetry, No Kind of Blues (Archway). He is a Texas native, a graduate of Baylor University, and lives in Charlotte NC with his wife Mary Carol.

Ron Riekki’s books include Blood/Not Blood Then the Gates (Middle West Press, poetry), My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction (Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House Press, hybrid), Posttraumatic (Hoot ‘n’ Waddle, nonfiction), and U.P. (Ghost Road Press, fiction).  Right now, Riekki’s listening to Explosion in the Sky's Colors in Space.

Mark Robinson earned his MFA from Lindenwood University and studied English Literature at the University of Iowa. His poems have appeared in Faultline Journal, River! River!, Exterminating Angel Press, Stillwater Review, Dunes Review, Naugatuck River Review, Levee Magazine and Bending Genres, among others. He was a semi-finalist for Crab Creek Review 2020 poetry contest, and his chapbook Just Last Days was published in January 2020. Mark currently lives with his wife and children in West Des Moines, IA. Twitter: @MarkRobPoet 

Jim Speese holds a PhD in post-WWII American Literature from Lehigh University. He is a singer/songwriter with the band Cloud Party. Jim currently teaches writing at Albright College. He lived in and worked for Yellowstone National Park for four years and spent three months hiking the Appalachian Trail. He lives in a cabin in the woods in PA. @jimspeese (twitter)

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:

Eric Taveren writes and lives in Minneapolis. He is in the tail end of his MFA program at Hamline University and his work appears in Great Weather for Media’s Arriving at a Shoreline and F(r)iction’s Dually Noted. One of the small percentage of people with aphantasia, he writes to create the worlds he cannot see.

Lee Varon is a social worker and writer. Her poetry and prose have been published in various journals including Constellations and Ibbetson Street, among others. She has published a children's book, My Brother is Not a Monster: A Story of Addiction and Recovery. You can read more about her work at

Robert L. Wilson is a banker living in New York City with his wife and two daughters.  His story is dedicated to his father, who recently passed away at the age of eighty-two.