A collection of never-seen-before poetry and
short fiction that moves through new territories and spans
geographic, emotional, and even metaphysical distances.



With New Poetry & Fiction by:


Mark Ari

Mark is a writer, musician, and visual artist.  Hailed as “a true original” by Kirkus Reviews, he edits EAT Poems, serves as Editorial Advisor to Fiction Fix, and is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Shoemaker’s Tale.

Teri Youmans Grimm

Teri’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She teaches in the University of Nebraska’s low-res MFA program. Her collection, Dirt Eaters was published by the University Press of Florida and her second collection, Becoming Lyla Dore, will be published by Red Hen Press in the spring of 2016.

Lee Matalone

Lee’s writing has recently appeared in the Noctua Review, Verbaleyze’s Young Writers Anthology, the Eunoia Review and the Stoneslide Corrective​.​ She has contributed fiction to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences​. ​She lives in New Orleans.

J. Bradley

J. Bradley is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at

Andrea Collins-Roe

Andrea’s essays and poetry have appeared in The Rumpus, Plath Profiles, and Off The Rocks. She is currently working on a memoir, many poems, and ongoing projects that support both animal welfare and language arts within her community, to include her online literary magazine, Ash & Bones. Andrea is an IMA Creative Writing graduate from Antioch University Midwest; she earned her BA with a concentration in creative writing from Wittenberg University.

Grant Kittrell

Grant received his MFA from Hollins University where he was a Jackson Fellow and the recipient of a Fine Arts Grant. He has served as a poetry editor for The Hollins Critic and is currently the head Poetry Editor for Fiction Fix. Grant has been nominated for Best New Poets 2014 and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Heavy Feather Review, Poemeleon, Magma Poetry, Barely South Review, among others.

Melanie Manuel

Melanie is a fiction writer who teaches at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL. She recently received a STAR Artist Fellowship at the Hermitage residency and attended the New York Summer Writers’ Institute. Melanie has her master’s degree in literature and is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Tiffany Melanson

Tiffany is a poet, performer and MFA candidate in poetry at the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared on Swamp Radio, a live radio and podcast experience celebrating the culture, art and history of Northeast Florida, where she is both occasional co-host, interviewer and frequent contributor. She currently teaches poetry workshops, magazine production and oral interpretation at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

Emily K. Michael

Emily is a poet, musician, and writing instructor, living in Jacksonville, FL. Her work has been featured in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry, Artemis Journal, and Breath & Shadow: A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature. You can find more of her work at

Keri Foster

Keri loves golden dogs with gimpy paws and tall men who wear stripes. She prefers the music made on San Marco’s front porches and will never turn down an aimless drive through Duval at night.

Christopher Hooks

Chris is a novelist and artist. He lives in Florida, where he is currently working on his next books. His debut novel, Henry, has been an Amazon best-seller.

Tali Ruth

Tali currently lives and works as a copywriter in New York. A Los Angeles native, she holds a BA in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan. Bridge Eight is her first print publication.

Eileen Walsh

Eileen is an artist and writer working and living in Chicago, Illinois. She received her BFA from University of North Florida in 2012 and is a current MFA of photography candidate at Columbia College. The written and the visual language are simultaneous residents of her practice, and she refers to her current work as an excavation of brief, intimate instances of the visceral, prodding at the meaning of being present, and art as an extension of life.


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-Liz Flaisig
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