The Avalon Literary Review
Summer 2015 Contributors
Michael Andreoni's stories have appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Calliope, Euphony, Pif, as well as several anthologies. He lives between town and gown near Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Barbara Astor is a poet who lives in Bellbrook, Ohio.  Her work has appeared in The Listening Eye, Lilliput Review, Avocet, Concho River Review, Kaleidoscope, Tiger's Eye, and The Lyric among others.  She is the author of two poetry collections published by Finishing Line Press:  Thirty Years Past (2011) and High Into the Blue (2013).

Ruth Berman’s work has appeared in many general and literary magazines and anthologies. Her novel, Bradamant’s Quest was published by FTL Publications of Minnesota. She was one of the contributors to Lady Poetesses from Hell (Bag Person Press Collective, Minneapolis). Her translation of two fairy tales by 18th century writer Louise Cavelier Levesque, The Prince of the Aquamarines & The Invisible Prince was published by Aqueduct Press of Seattle.

Born and raised in Arkansas, Jeremy Billingsley attended the University of Arkansas for his undergraduate degree, and later graduated from Goddard College with an MFA in fiction. He currently teaches English and Creative Writing at Northwest Arkansas Community College, and is working on a novel for representation. You can see a list of his publications and follow his online series EYES ONLY on his website:

John Brantingham’s work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac and in hundreds of magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom. His newest poetry collection, The Green of Sunset, is from Moon Tide Press. He is the writer-in-residence at the dA Center for the Arts.

Llyn Clague’s poems have been published widely in journals such as California Quarterly, Atlanta Review, Wisconsin Review, Main Street Rag, Ibbetson Street, and other magazines.  His seventh book, Hard-Edged and Childlike, was published by Main Street Rag in 2014.  Visit

Deana Coddaire is a late arrival to the world of writing, and this is her debut publication. While she enjoys writing personal essays and memoir, her genre of choice is fiction—usually of a darker nature. She is currently querying literary agents for her YA novel, Judge and Jury, which is part of a series, and defies typical genre classifications. Deana currently resides in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, but soon will be relocating to Kennebunk, Maine, where she hopes to further inspire her creativity to the sights and sounds of her favorite muse—the ocean.

Marc Demers is a cancer surgeon at a large cancer center by day. The poetry and essays he writes at night are inspired by the everyday grace and courage he witnesses through the patients in his care. His work reflects a life lived in Florida and along the coast of Maine.

John Gifford is the author of the story collections, Wish You Were Here (Big Table Publishing, 2016) and Freeze Warning, which was named a finalist for the 2015 Press 53 Short Fiction Award. His writing has appeared in Harpur Palate, Louisiana Literature, Southwest Review, Cold Mountain Review, and elsewhere. Learn more at, or follow him on Twitter: @johnagifford.

Elizabeth Howard lives in Crossville, TN. She writes both poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in Xavier Review, Elixir, Appalachian Heritage, Wind, Still, Comstock Review, Big Muddy, Cold Mountain Review, Poem, Mobius, Now & Then, Slant, and other journals.  

Meredith Hughes is a senior creative writing and literature double major at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After graduation she plans on pursuing her MFA in creative writing. 

Jeffrey Penn May has published mountain climbing and education articles, writing guides, and numerous short stories and poems and won several short fiction awards. His novel Where the River Splits received an excellent review in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and his story The Wells Creek Route a Pushcart Prize nomination. Visit Jeff’s website at

Greg Moglia is a veteran of 27 years as Adjunct Professor of Philosophy of Education at N.Y.U. and 37 years as a high school teacher of Physics and Psychology. His poems have appeared in over 200 journals in 7 countries as well as five anthologies. An eight time winner of Allan Ginsberg Poetry Award - Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. He lives in Huntington, N.Y. 

When Beverly Meyers isn’t writing, she spends her days exploring the dunes of Montana de Oro State Park in Los Osos, California.

Ronald Moran lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina. His poems have been published in Commonweal, Connecticut Poetry Review, The Lake, Louisiana Review, Maryland Poetry Review, North American Review, Northwest Review, South Carolina Review, Southern Review, Tar River Poetry, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and in twelve books/chapbooks of poetry. His most recent book is The Tree in the Mind, published by Clemson University Press (2014), and he is in the process of putting another one together, for publication in late 2016.

Katie Quarles is a freelance editor who lives, edits, and writes in Sacramento, California.

Andrea Rothman earned her MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is Editorial Assistant for the journal Hunger Mountain. Her fiction has appeared in Ducts, FutureCycle Press, Lablit, Cleaver Magazine, and Liro Magazine. She is at work on her first novel.

Tammy Ruggles dreamed of being a fine art photographer, but thought it impossible because she is legally blind due to RP. In 2013, a point-and-shoot camera set on auto, a 47-inch computer monitor, and a little courage made her dream possible.

Daniel R. Tardona was born in Brooklyn, New York, much of his early encounters with nature were in an exceedingly urban environment that informs him of why nature must be preserved.  As a National Park ranger, his experiences in national parks over 28 years inspires his poetry and short story writing today.
Carl Tifkin has published 2 novels, The Hourglass Man and Ron. Plays and readings at the HB Studio, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Ensemble and Direct Theater. Short stories in the GW Review, IdeaGems and Hippocampus.