The Avalon Literary Review
Contributors Fall 2023
Tom Barlow is an Ohio writer of novels, short stories and poetry whose work has appeared in many journals including Ekphrastic Review, Voicemail Poetry, New York Quarterly, Modern Poetry Quarterly, and many more. See

Arthur Davis is a management consultant who has been quoted in The New York Times and in Crain’s New York Business, taught at The New School and been interviewed on New York TV News Channel 1. He was featured in a collection, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has received the 2018 Write Well Award for excellence in short fiction and, been twice nominated, and received Honorable Mention in The Best American Mystery Stories 2017. Additional background at

Susan Duke has had stories published in Blue Moon Press, Persimmon Tree, Oracle, Indiana Voice Journal, Santa Fe Review, Valley Voices, Whetstone (Canada), Kaleidoscope, Conceit Magazine, and several others. Retired from teaching children with special needs she enjoys reading, writing, morning walks, and spending time with her family. They operate a self-storage facility where she meets quite a variety of people. 

Julian Gallo is the author of Existential Labyrinths, Last Tondero in Paris, The Penguin and The Bird and other novels. His short fiction has appeared in The Sultan's Seal (Cairo), Exit Strata, Budget Press Review, Indie Ink, Short Fiction UK, P.S. I Love You, The Dope Fiend Daily, The Rye Whiskey Review, Angles, Verdad, Modern Literature (India), Mediterranean Poetry (St. Pierre and Miquelon), Borderless Journal (Singapore), Woven Tales, Wilderness House, Egophobia (Romania), Plato’s Caves, and VIA: Voices in Italian America.  

Philip Goldberg’s work has appeared in publications such as trampset, Dillydoun Review, Straylight, Vineyard Literary, Main Street Rag and Evening Street Review. Flash Fictions and Microfictions have appeared in On the Run, Blink Ink, 50 Give or Take, and Riding Light Review. Stories have also been included in Best of collections, earned the honor of being a finalist for the 2021 James Hurst Award, and received a Pushcart Prize nomination. He is currently shopping his novel.

David A. Goodrum, writer/photographer, lives in Corvallis, Oregon. His chapbook, Sparse Poetica, is due in late 2023, and a book, Vitals and Other Signs of Life, in mid 2024. His poems are forthcoming or have been published in Tar River Poetry, The Inflectionist Review, Passengers Journal, Scapegoat Review, Triggerfish Critical Review, among others. See additional work (poetry and photography) at

Peggy Hammond’s recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Spotlong Review, Ghost City Review, Salvation South, The Shore, NELLE, Dust Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a Best of the Net nominee, an Eric Hoffer Poetry Award nominee, and the author of The Fifth House Tilts (Kelsay Books, 2022). Learn more at

Rosalie Hendon (she/her) is an environmental planner living in Columbus, Ohio. Her work is published in Change Seven, Pollux, Willawaw, Write Launch, and Sad Girls Club, among others. Rosalie is inspired by ecology, relationships, and stories passed down through generations.

Ken Holland is from New York and has had work widely published in various journals and received three Pushcart nominations.

Laura Hope-Gill is the founder of Story Shepherds, an international network of storytellers and healers. She also coordinates the MFA and Narrative Health Programs at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She lives in Asheville. HTTPS://

Michael Howard's essays and short fiction have appeared in a variety of print and digital publications. He lives in Saigon.

Phil Huffy had a long career doing something else. Now, he writes early and often at his kitchen table while casting a wide net as to form and substance. His work has appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies, and he has published three collections, including Magic Words, which he also recorded as an audiobook.

Ed Kratz is a retired computer specialist who has been writing for a long time. He's been published in various online flash fiction magazines, among them Every Day Fiction, and Daily Science Fiction.

Archer Lundy is a musician and poet who lives on unceded Algonquin Territory near Sharbot Lake, Ontario. She is the author of two chapbooks: Ich Heisse Clara (Alien Buddha Press, 2021) and From the Frontenacs (Woodpecker Lane Press, 2022) and a book of ekphrastic poems from Woodpecker Lane Press Emmaline/Evangeline. 

Vicki Mandell-King has written poetry most of her life, even during a thirty-year career as a Federal Public Defender. She is gratified that her poems have appeared in a variety of respected literary journals. She has four published collections, titled: Tenacity of Lace, Shrinking into Infinite Sky, Hurry, Open the Gates, and Singing My Pockets Empty. 

Amanda Marples is a writer and mentor from Rotherham, UK. She is the author of The Healing Workbook and her work has also appeared in 34th Parallel, Wilderness House Literary Review, Birthing Magazine and other places. She is in a lifelong grappling match with ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome which makes writing tricky, but she is doing okay. She supports and mentors other neurodivergent writers at 

Rebecca Monroe lives in Montana in a log cabin by a river and has been writing for most of her life. She has over 100 published stories and a book of short stories Reaching Beyond published by Bellowing Ark Press. Along with writing, she loves to read, spend time with her cats and Luke, her Labrador retriever puppy.

Kimberly Nunes’s poems have been published in journals and books such as Blue Light Press Anthology, Caveat Lector, Mantis, Marin Poetry Anthology, The Madison Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection, and The Round Magazine. Her poem “Morning at Moore’s Lake, Again” was nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Kimberly sits on the board of Four Way Books in New York City, and lives in Northern California. 
Christine Overall is a semi-retired professor of philosophy at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She is the author of six books and the editor of five, mostly in various areas of applied ethics. Currently, she is working on a memoir—a reconnaissance of her experiences of caregiving and the risks and rewards (in a family that includes several members with cognitive disabilities) of choosing to have children.

Vicki Roberts writes from the east coast of Florida and published her first novel, Oldsters, in 2017. Her short story, “Dear Phyllis Chesler” won the Toasted Cheese Literary Journal’s 2023 MidSummer Narrative Writing Award, and her work is upcoming or has appeared in Amarillo Bay, Rathalla Review, Capsule Stories, The Ekphrastic Review, The First Line, and elsewhere. When she’s not working on her own storytelling, Vicki volunteers as an editor at Visit her at

Dr. Bill Saleebey is a semi-retired college professor, living in Ventura, California. Most of his previous writing has been non-fiction books such as Connecting Beyond the Name Tag, Key Networking Tips for Business and Life and Networking in the Virtual Age. He is currently writing poetry and playing as much golf as humanly possible, enjoying California’s coast.

Madelyn Schneider is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an undergraduate degree in the field of English. You can find more of her work in volumes five and six and Secret Words, a subset of VA Press.

Susan Shea is a retired school psychologist who was born in New York City, and now lives, more calmly,  in a forest in Pennsylvania.  She has returned to writing poetry this year, and has been published in several dozen journals including Feminine Collective, Ekstasis, The Bookends Review, and The Agape Review.  Susan has upcoming poems in Military Experience and the Arts,  New English Review and others.

Shoshauna Shy's poems have been made into videos, produced inside taxi cabs, and even decorated the hind quarters of city buses. Not a monogamous writer, she works on 7-11 pieces at the same time. She is also a flash fiction author—but that's a whole 'nother story!

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals since 2009. His first poetry collection from Cajun Mutt Press is now available at . contains links to his published poetry online.