The Avalon Literary Review
Steven Ablon has published four books of poems: Tornado Weather, (Mellen Press), 1993, Flying Over Tasmania, (Fithian Press), 1997, Blue Damsels, (Peter Randall Press), 2005, and Night Call (Plain View Press) 2011. His work has appeared in many magazines. He won the Academy Of American Poets Award in 1963.

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).

David Atkinson grew up in rural Australia. He worked for the whole of his career as a lawyer in Sydney, where he still lives. David has been widely published in a variety of magazines and anthologies in Australia, the USA and New Zealand. Favoured areas for poetic exploration include the human condition, nature and wildlife and also the rural life of the past.

Stephen Behrendt is George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. An authority on the literature and culture of British Romanticism, he is also a widely published poet. His fourth collection, Refractions, was published by Shechem, Press in Fall 2014.

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

Gianna De Persiis Vona teaches creative writing and English to at-risk youth in Northern California. Her work has appeared in Slice, Litro, Hot Metal Bridge, and Curve among others. "Needle Hunt" is excerpted from her short story collection, and she is currently working on a novel that, like all of her work, is inspired by life on planet Earth.

After years of struggling as a screenwriter, Philip Goldberg turned to short fiction writing with success. Over forty of his short stories have appeared in both literary and small press publications including The Chaffin Journal, Main Street Rag, and Blink Ink. He is currently working on a novel.

Melissa Goode is an Australian writer living in the Blue Mountains, just outside of Sydney. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Short Stories, The Fiction Desk, Crannóg, Halfway Down the Stairs, Pithead Chapel, Bang! and Cleaver Magazine, among others.

Lyndsay Hall lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing workshops for children and teens. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, and she is the outgoing managing editor for the program's literary journal, Lunch Ticket. Her work has appeared in juked, xoJane, Lunch Ticket, and elsewhere.

Stephanie Hammerwold lives in Southern California and is the co-founder and director of Pacific Reentry Career Services (, a nonprofit that helps formerly incarcerated women find work. She also blogs regularly on workplace topics at When she is not writing and working, Stephanie enjoys reading, hiking and road tripping.

Karen Corinne Herceg graduated Columbia University with a B.A. in Literature & Writing and has graduate credits in editing, revision and psychology.  Her first volume of poetry is Inner Sanctions, and she is completing a second volume. She publishes poetry, prose and essays in numerous publications. Karen is a featured poet on the New York poetry scene. Her website is:, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @karen_herceg. 

Rebecca Hildebrandt is from Ft. Myers, Florida. This is her first publication.

Philip Holland's stories have appeared in Aethlon, Cimarron Review, Cottonwood, The Worcester Review, and other journals. He has taught fiction writing at Emerson College, Lesley University, and Arizona State's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. He is currently at work on a novel. 

Gloria Keeley is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a BA and MA in Creative Writing. She currently volunteers at the grammar school she attended, teaching poetry writing to third graders. Her work has appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, The MacGuffin, Midnight Circus, Orbis, Stillwater, Ember A Journal Of Luminous Things , El Portal and others. 

Lyn Lifshin is from Vienna, Virginia.

J. Marshall is from Houston, Texas.

Ronald Moran lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina. His poems have been published in Asheville Poetry Review, Commonweal, Connecticut Poetry Review, Louisiana Review, Maryland Poetry Review, Negative Capability, North American Review, Northwest Review, South Carolina Review, Southern Review, Tar River Poetry, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and in thirteen books/chapbooks of poetry.  Clemson University Press published his Eye of the World in the spring of this year.  

Steve Nickman is a child psychiatrist in Brookline, Massachusetts with a strong interest in adoptive families.  He belongs to the Workshop for Publishing Poets.  His work has appeared in Antigonish, Rhino, Cape Cod Poetry Review, West Trade Review, and elsewhere.

Dianne Mosley is from Syracuse, New York. Much of her poetry is inspired by summers spent on Seneca Lake.

Boston-area writer Meredith O'Brien is a journalism instructor at Northeastern University. Her third book, Mr. Clark's Big Band, about a middle school jazz band in mourning, is due out in the spring of 2017. Follow her on Twitter 
@MeredithOBrien and visit her web site

Carl "Papa" Palmer of 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. MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever.

Sofi Stambo won the first prize in fiction in 2015 SLS Disquiet literary contest, she was a finalist in the American Short Fiction contest and won second price in No Tokens short story contest. She had been published by or will be appearing in Promethean, Ep;phany, The Kenyon Review, The MacGuffin, New Letters, Fourteen Hills, New England Review, Stand, American Short Fiction, Guernica, Agni, and The Lifted Brow.

Charles R. Stieren lives in Florida with his two children. His stories have appeared in various publications. He recently completed a short stories collection and is working on his first novel. He can be found at

Summer 2016 Contributors