The Avalon Literary Review
Spring 2017 Contributors
Nina Avedon is a practicing psychoanalyst and an aspiring writer.  Although she has lived in the Boston area all of her adult life, her dreams continue to reside on the Upper West Side of her New York City childhood.  This is her first publication.

Rick Blum has been chronicling life’s vagaries through essays and poetry for more than 25 years during stints as a nightclub owner, high-tech manager, market research mogul, and, most recently, old geezer. His writings have appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, Thought Notebook Journal, and The Satirist, among others. He is also a frequent contributor to the Humor Times, and has been published in numerous poetry anthologies.

Heather Chandler is a graduate student at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, studying English and Communications. She enjoys Southern fiction, flower gardens, travel, and reading to her five children. While she has had poems published in The Lookout, this is her first short story. 

Don Dussault lives in California. He's wrapping up a trilogy, a saga ranging across three continents and four generations of a successful-dysfunctional family. He's likely dysfunctional himself trying to adapt 1200 pages for a nation with a short attention-span.

Megan Fahey is an MFA student at West Virginia University where she teaches creative writing and works as editor-in-chief of the Cheat River Review. In addition to having some short plays produced, her work has appeared in Blinders Journal, Stoneboat, and Cease, Cows among others. 

Born and bred in the Detroit area, Michael A. Ferro's work has been featured in numerous online and print publications. He was awarded the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award for Fiction and his debut novel, TITLE 13, is forthcoming from Harvard Square Editions in 2018. Additional writing and information can be found at and @MichaelFerro. 

Gene Hines has been a Marine, a preacher, a missionary, a legal aid attorney, and a writer. He has lived in Germany and Japan. He thinks he is the best writer in Jonesborough, Tennessee, but he could be wrong about that.

A.J. Huffman has has published over 2600 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, The Bookends Review, Bone Orchard, Corvus Review, EgoPHobia, and Kritya.   

Erren Geraud Kelly's work has been featured in Cacti Fur, Cactus Heart, Ceremony, Burningworld, The New Verse News, Ceremony, Ink In Thirds, Former People and other publications throughout the U.S., Canada and around the world. Kelly received his B.A. in English--Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Erren Lives in Los Angeles.

Tom Larsen has been writing fiction for 25 years and his work has appeared in Newsday, Raritan, Best American Mystery Stories and the LA Review. Tom and his wife, Anree, live in the Pennsport section of South Philadelphia, home to Mummers, Flyers, and that screw you slant that made this city great. 

Rebekah Lawler is from Arkansas.

Lori Lipsky’s poems have appeared in various literary journals and magazines. This is her first published flash fiction piece. She lives in Southern Wisconsin with her husband, Mark.

Burgess Needle’s work has appeared in: Blackbox Manifold(UK), Concho River Review, Brittle Star (UK) Centrifugal Eye, Flutter, Raving Dove, Autumn  Sky, Santa Fe Literary Review, Connotation Press and Iodine. His first collection of poetry, Every Crow in the Blue Sky was published by Diminuendo Press in 2009. His second collection, Thai Comic Books was published in 2013 by Big Table Publishing. The author lives in Ripton, Vermont with a hazel-eyed woman of great wit, charm and beauty.

Carl "Papa" Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway VA now lives in University Place WA.  He has a 2015 Seattle Metro contest winning poem riding buses somewhere in Emerald City. Carl, president of The Tacoma Writers Club is a Pushcart Prize and Micro Award nominee. His motto is Long Weekends Forever.

Virginia Petrucci is a writer and artist in Los Angeles, CA. She has written for the LA Post-Examiner as a columnist, and her work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Mom Egg Review, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, and Best New Writing 2014 as a finalist for the Gover Prize in flash fiction, among others. Her work can be seen on and

Michael Phillips has published short stories and poems in several publications, including the Kentucky Review, Roanoke Review, Philadelphia Stories, and Tar River Review. He has an MA in English and works as an editor for a nonprofit healthcare research institute outside Philadelphia. He resides with his wife and baby daughter in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Mona Leigh Rose lives and writes in Santa Barbara, California.  Her stories have appeared in The Writing Disorder and Luna Review.  She is honored that one of her stories will be included in the flash fiction anthology The Best Small Fictions 2017.  

Olivia Taylor is from Fernandina Beach, Florida, and is currently a sophomore at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Although she immensely enjoys the concentrated power of poetry, she is primarily a novelist. Her most recently published book,  The Gallant, can be found at and the latest installation of her current project, Saving Juliet, can be found on her Odyssey Online blog at 

Mitchell Thomas has been published in The Binnacle, The Willow Review, and other print and online publications, Mitchell Thomas is currently pooling his work to shop as a collection of his short stories.   

Susanne von Rennenkampff lives and writes on a grain farm in central Alberta, Canada. Her poetry has appeared in literary magazines like ABZ Press, Prime Number, The Maynard and Third Wednesday. Her chap book In the Shelter of the Poplar Grove’ was published in 2014 by Alfred Gustav Press in North Vancouver.