Olaitan Humble is a poet and feature writer. A Pushcart Prize Nominee. He is an aviphile and pacifist who derives pleasure from collecting quotations and astrophotos. He won the People’s Choice Award in Earnest Writes Poetry Prize Awards, 2020. He is a Poetry Reader for Bandit Fiction, and Poetry Editor for The Lumiere Review. His work appears in The African Writers Review, Luna Luna Magazine, The Bitchin Kitsch, CP Quarterly, and Doubleback Review, among others.
Kelly Marie McDonough is a two-time cancer survivor, avid reader, and makeup enthusiast. She is working on building her poetry portfolio and is influenced by Poe and Anne Sexton. Murder, madness, and literary references are her passion. She is a writer and part-time student at Southern New Hampshire University and works customer service for a call center. She lives in Illinois with her supportive husband and their four mischievous cats. Her poetry will be published in the upcoming issues of The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Poetically Mag, The Magazine, WriteNowLit, Mid-Heaven Magazine, and Fevers of the Mind.
The Dangers We Pose To Ourselves* ——— written by James Diaz
Robert Pegel is a father who lost his only son four years ago. He is a novice writer who feels he has something to say about loss and the grieving process. Robert is sure that he remains connected to his sixteen year old son now on the other side.
Robert was an English major at Columbia University who always has loved to write, but only now feels compelled to write to overcome and make sense of tragedy. Robert believes life is an eternal circle and we have to make sense of it.
James Diaz is the author of This Someone I Call Stranger (Indolent Books, 2018) as well as the founding editor of Anti-Heroin Chic. Their work has appeared in Yes, Poetry, Gone Lawn, The Collidescope and Cobra Milk. They live by the simple but true motto that “feelings matter,” every shape and size of feeling. They believe that every small act of kindness makes an often unseen but significant difference in someone’s life and hope that their poems are a small piece of that.
John Tustin is currently suffering in exile on Elba but hopes to return to you soon. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online.
Idowu Odeyemi is a Nigerian poet and essayist. He is the winner of the 2019 Merak Magazine Annual Recognition Literay Awards for Best Poem of the year. He was shortlisted for the 2018 Nigerian Students Poetry Prize. He is a reader at Perhappened magazine and Chestnut review.
HIDDEN, PART TWO
Sam Norman has been teaching high school for 17 years at Bacon Academy in Colchester, CT. His works have appeared in Verse-Virtual, Amethyst, Down in the Dirt Red Eft, and Praxis. Sam Recently published his first book, Still Here, Through Kelsay Press. Most of Sam’s recent poetry focuses on a terrible tragedy. Sam’s son, Ben, just 20 years old, lost his life in a weather-related traffic accident on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2018. Sam lives in Coventry, Connecticut with his wife Teri, their children, Becca and Daniel, a bunch of chickens, and their beloved dogs, Cloudy and Ripple.
Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon