Jeni De La O was nominated for Best of the Net by The Light Ekphrasis, will have a new poem in Really System, was just appointed Poetry Editor of the Rockvale Review, and had an article in National Storytelling Magazine.


Kathleen Hellen’s latest poetry collection, The Only Country Was The Color Of My Skin, releases October 5th from Saddle Road Press.


William Walker published a piece of memoir, “FedEx for Life,” in Subtropics #25.


Lizzy Martinez, a SSJ previous featured artist, is looking forward to her first one-woman show, Seeing Red, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis which will also coincide with the limited edition publication of the first book highlighting her work and practice.


Anu Kandikuppa has a new story in a recent issue of The Florida Review and another online at Juked.

Rosaleen Bertolino’s story, “Itch,” can be found in the latest issue of Blood & Bourbon.


Shannon Sankey’s poem “Bourdain” appeared in Barrelhouse Magazine’s online series “HEARD: A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain.”


Mercedes Lawry’s chapbook, “In The Early Garden With Reason”, which won the WaterSedge Poetry Award judged by Molly Peacock, is available on Amazon.


Contributor Jessica Mehta has five forthcoming books between 2018 – 2020 including “Drag Me Through the Mess” (Unsolicited Press releasing in September 2018), “American Baby” (Musehick Publications releasing in late 2018), “Gimme the Familiars” (Musehick Publications releasing in 2019), “Savagery” (Airlie Press releasing in September 2019), and “Bad Indian” (Brick Mantel Books releasing in 2020). She has been awarded the writer in residency post at Gettysburg National Park in 2019 and has also been awarded a Halcyon Art Labs Fellowship in Washington DC for 2018-19. Jessica is the Visiting Poet at Chemeketa College for the 2018-19 academic year.


Shirley Jones-Luke has received a Best of the Net nomination for her poem, “Why Black & Brown Boys Don’t Smile,” submitted to Longleaf Review in June 2018.


James Ardis recently published a piece about Dr. Pepper and the dead in an anthology of collaborative writing, “They Said” (Black Lawrence Press, 2018).