The Avalon Literary Review
Contributors Winter 2021:
Steve Abbott co-hosts The Poetry Forum, now the Midwest's longest-running poetry reading series. He has published five chapbooks and two full-length collections, A Green Line Between Green Fields (Kattywompus Press) and A Language the Images Speaks (11thour Press), a collection of ekphrastic poems.  He edits Ohio Poetry Association's annual member journal Common Threads.

Kitty Anarchy is an anarchafeminist, chicana womyn poet and short story writer born & raised, and currently residing in the occupied Tongva land now known as the San Gabriel Valley (SGV) in Southern California. Kitty’s debut chapbook, No One Saves You has just been published through Arroyo Seco Press. Her works have appeared in Writers Resist, Chiron Review, Rabid Oak Journal, Los Angeles Review, and Ghost Town Literary Journal as well as in anthologies through Arroyo Seco Press and Picture Show Press.

Leroy Bean is the cofounder of Underdog Academy and the Baldwin Café, and has presented writing workshops in schools, colleges, libraries, and career centers since June 2017. His poetry has been published in the University of Dayton’s Orpheus and Writ literary magazines, FlyPaper Poetry, and Pathway Magazine. As a Spoken Word Poet, he has worked with artists such as Sierra Leone, HBO Def poet Black Ice, Bing Davis, and Sunni Patterson. He was selected for the creative writing track at the 2020 Conference on James Baldwin for Academics, Artists & Activists in Saint-Paul de Vence, France.

Barbara Brooks, author of chapbooks, The Catbird Sang and A Shell to the Sea has had poems accepted in Tar River Poetry, Peregrine, and Silkworm among others.

Karen Carter, a career educator, was the first female to earn a PhD in religion at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2018, she has been teaching English at Columbia Early College High School in Columbia, North Carolina, a place of rural-remote beauty near the Outer Banks.

Richard Danner taught for many years at Ohio University. He is the author of Patterns of Irony in the Fables of La Fontaine and has published many articles on literary topics, poetry and reviews. He lives in New Hampshire. 

Retired from teaching children with special needs, Susan Duke enjoys reading, writing, and morning walks. She treasures time spent with her husband, three children and grandsons as they operate their self-storage facility where they meet a wide variety of people who may or may not appear in some of her stories. 

Thomas Elson’s short stories, poetry, and flash fiction have been published in numerous venues such as Calliope, Pinyon, Lunaris, New Ulster, Lampeter, Selkie, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, and Adelaide Literary Magazine. He divides his time between Northern California and Western Kansas.    

Diana English is a retired social scientist with numerous published articles in academic journals.  She is grateful to Avalon Literary Review for publishing her first literary essay.  Dr. English is currently working on her memoir, The Well of Sorrow. For more details see

Terri Kirby Erickson, winner of the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize and numerous other awards, is the author of six collections of poetry, including A Sun Inside My Chest (Press 53). Her work has appeared in American Life in Poetry, Atlanta Review, The Sun, The Writer’s Almanac, 3rd Wednesday, and many other publications. For more information about her work, please visit

Connie Willett Everett’s poems, fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and magazines. She has authored three poetry chapbooks, edited many journals and books, and has one Pushcart nomination. Recent poems have appeared online at The Ravens Perch and are forthcoming in Main Street Rag. She is the publisher of Pudding Magazine, a long-running, biannual poetry journal.

In 2000 due to a disability, Linda Fuchs was no longer able to work. Having all that free time she concentrated on writing. She has had three books published: The Midnight Ramblings of an Insane Woman, Life’s Complexities, and Healing Times. She also has had 300 individual poems published in various literary journals including Wordgathering and Evening Street Review.

Robert Funderburk was born by coal oil lamplight in a farmhouse near Liberty, MS; served as a SSgt in the USAFR and has had seventeen novels published (including one national bestseller). His short story, The White Cadillac was published in Blue Moon Literary and Art Review. He has had 40 poems published in various literary journals and his first chapbook, Light Eternal was released in December of 2020. He lives with my wife, Barbara, on 50 acres of wilderness in Olive Branch, LA.

Jamie Gogocha is from Washington State.

Warren Groeger writes as G. W. Wayne. After penning two novels: Katie, Cara, and KT, and KT Rising - both available on Amazon, he has focused as an older adult on deconstructing the myth of the "golden years" in short stories and poems. Carpe diem.

Farideh Hassanzadeh is an Iranian poet and  translator. Her books include The Last Night with Sylvia Plath: Essays on Poetry, an anthology of poems by best women poets, and an anthology of poems and stories about cats.

Morgan Liphart’s work has appeared in anthologies and journals across the world, including The Comstock Review, Third Wednesday, and the University of Oxford’s Literary Imagination. When Morgan’s not writing, she enjoys her career as an attorney and adventuring in the mountains surrounding her home in Denver, Colorado. Discover more of her poetry at 

Stephen Malin’s journal publications include Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Green Mountains Review,  Sewanee Review, West Branch, and many more.  Appearing on Verse Daily and other electronic outlets, his poems have also been anthologized in Poetry Southeast, and in the Southwest Review’s half-century collection, while more of his work, translated into Russian, was reprinted abroad in Amerika Illustrated.  His collection, Underlight, came out in 2014, and a chapbook, Warcast, in 2018.    

DS Maolalai has been nominated eight times for Best of the Net and five times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden (Encircle Press, 2016) and Sad Havoc Among the Birds (Turas Press, 2019)

Rebecca Monroe lives in Montana in a log cabin by a river. She has over 100 published stories. Her book of short stories Reaching Beyond was published by Bellowing Ark Press. Along with writing, she loves to read, take walks with Dodge, her yellow Labrador retriever, and volunteer at the local animal shelter.

Mani Nezami is an attorney living in Houston with his wife and pug. As an Iranian immigrant, he intentionally casts his protagonists as Iranian-American in order to do his little part in normalizing and celebrating American diversity. Mani is currently working on his debut novel.

Nicolas Ridley lives in London & Bath (UK) where he writes fiction, non-fiction, scripts and stage plays under different names. His plays have been widely performed by professional and non-professional companies. A prize-winner and two time Pushcart Prize nominee, his short stories, non-fiction and flash fiction pieces have appeared in a range of anthologies, magazines and literary journals in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Website:

Greg Stidham is a retired pediatric intensivist (ICU physician) currently living in Kingston, Ontario, with his wife Pam and their two foundling "canine kids." Greg's passion for medicine has yielded in retirement to his other lifelong passions — literature and creative writing.

Julianna Sweeting is a Colorado native who is currently pursuing undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Religion. She has a deep love for writing, printmaking, venturing into the Rockies, and finding beauty in the small things. 

Intuitive, colorful, prolific storyteller and eccentric free spirit, Cat Wyatt has drawn from experiences placing her in the right place at the right time and wrong place at the wrong time. Her stories show “slice of life” adventures with a sly sense of humor. Cat has just completed two short stories The Traveling Mink Coat and The Portmanteau, Time Traveler.