Author Biographies

Jessica Weyer Bentley is an Author/Poet. Her first collection of poetry, Crimson Sunshine, was published in May 2020 by AlyBlue Media. She has contributed work to several publications for the Award-Winning Book Series, Grief Diaries, including Poetry and Prose, and Hit by a Drunk Driver. Jessica’s work has been anthologized in Women Speak Vol. 6 (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions), Summer Gallery of Shoes (Highland Park Poetry), Common Threads 2020 Edition (Ohio Poetry Association), Appalachian Witness Volume 24 (Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel), Made and
Dream (Of Rust and Glass) 2021, and Psalms of the Alien Buddha Part 2 2022. Her work has
also appeared in online blogs including Global Poemic and Fevers of the Mind Poetry Showcase 2022. She recently became a 2022 Fevers of the Mind Wolfpack Poet Contributor. Jessica currently resides in Northwest Ohio.

Marta Dorton is a Lexington, KY writer and visual artist working with themes of connection, nature and reclamation. She loves to share the benefits of creativity with others. Her paintings are juried into the Kentucky Crafted program. Marta’s poems appear in Lexington Poetry Month’s anthologies, Literary Accents and Coming of Age.

Manny Grimaldi, a poetry enthusiast, published his work in Club Plum Literary Journal, and Pegasus. He lives in Louisville with five birds, he loves two beautiful children, and enjoys work as editor of Workhorse Writers’ Yearling, a journal to enjoy soon for its inaugural issue. He gives thanks to his friends and mentors and family.

Katie Hughbanks’ poetry and prose have appeared in Trajectory, Calliope, Kentucky Monthly, Kudzu Literary Magazine, The Courier-Journal, KSPS’s Pegasus, and the Louisville Eccentric Observer’s Literary LEO as well as online on Dodging the Rain (Ireland) and Flight Writing (Ireland). Her poetry chapbook, Blackbird Songs, was published by Prolific Press in 2019. She teaches English in Louisville, Kentucky.

Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2021 and, more recently, for the Best of the Net in 2022, John Muro is a resident of Connecticut, a graduate of Trinity College, and a lover of all things chocolate. He has published two volumes of poems: In the Lilac Hour and Pastoral Suite in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Both books were published by Antrim House, and both are available on Amazon. Since 2020, John’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals  and anthologies,  including Acumen, Barnstorm, Euphony, Grey Sparrow, Pegasus, River Heron and Sky Island. Instagram: @johntmuro. 

A. Riel Regan is an emerging author of poetry and fiction with an intense appreciation for “the human heart in conflict,” as Faulkner referred to it. Their writing often deals with themes of conflict within the self, chronic illness, knowing oneself through nature, and spiritual connections. When not reading or writing, they find themselves killing half their houseplants and boldly defending the other half from their cats.

David Earl Williams is a native of Absurdilachian northeastern Kentucky and a grandson of a graduate of 1920s Leavenworth with a federal degree in Moonshine and the matching certifications in Poverty Studies and Existential Angst. He hopes his writing honors the ages old traditions among’st The Lower, Lesser, and the Other-ed Non-Evolved Peoples of courting the spirits and peddling derangements in lieu of addressing abased prayers to a bossist deity for salvations that are, likely, 100% counterfeit. Recent, or soon to be recent publications include: The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Black Scat#25, Millennial Pulp, Aji, Qwerty, Maximus, and Class Collective Magazines, Parliament Literary Journal, The Decadent Review, and Fleas On the Dog #11.

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