Jul/Aug 2022

Tom Dooley co-founded Eclectica in 1996 and serves as its Managing and Fiction Editor. In the 12 years between earning a BA in English literature from the University of Chicago and a MPA in municipal management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he taught middle and high school English in Alaska, Arizona, and Wisconsin, amassing fond memories, dubious experiences, and debt. Two careers post-teaching later, he now creates spreadsheets and PowerPoint slides for the man by day, edits Eclectica by night, and feels very grateful for the blessings he has received—chief among them being married to the sweetest gal and the best poet he knows. He and said gal reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with enough rescued lapdogs to field a diminutive Iditarod racing team and the empty-nest echoes of two amazing Haitian-American children who have flown the coop.

Evan Martin Richards is Eclectica's Poetry Editor. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and lives in Chicago. He received his MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University, where he worked as a writing tutor and facilitated creative writing and EdD candidate writing groups. His poetry has appeared in Poetry East and Eclectica. He has read fiction for Another Chicago Magazine and served as a poetry judge for the Golden Shovel Anthology Competition hosted by Roosevelt University. He works as an editor, both freelance and in the nonprofit management field.

Stuart Ross is Eclectica's Review Editor and a former Spotlight Author. A writer from Queens living in Chicago and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame's MFA program, he is the author of the novel Jenny in Corona (Tortoise Books, 2019). His work has appeared in Diagram, Expat Press, HTML Giant, Necessary Fiction, New World Writing, The Awl, The Rumpus, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and many others.

Marko Fong is Eclectica's Nonfiction Coeditor. A former Spotlight Author, he lives in North Carolina with his wife, dog, and two cats. He's written fiction and non-fiction for many years, and publications include Solstice, Prick of the Spindle, RKVRY, and Volleyball Magazine.

Devon Balwit walks in all weather. Her most recent collections are Rubbing Shoulders with the Greats (Seven Kitchens Press, 2020) and Dog-Walking in the Shadow of Pyongyang (Nixes Mate Books, 2021).

Susan Bloch has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Forward, Entropy, The Citron Review, STORGY, Pif Magazine, and HuffPost, as well as receiving a notable mention in Best American Essays 2017 and placing in the Travelers' Tales Solas Awards. She is the author of books on leadership and board effectiveness, and her memoir Travels With My Grief is upcoming from RedDoor Press in September 2022. A lifelong traveler, she lived in South Africa, New York, Tel Aviv, London, and Mumbai before alighting in Seattle.

Megan Brown is an emerging writer and poet from upstate New York with a BA in Creative Writing from Roanoke College. She lives in Northern Virginia and her interests include Greek Mythology, writing book and movie reviews for her blog, and hanging out with her roommate and Nyx, Greek goddess of Chaos and Night (her cat). Megan has been previously published in W.E.I.R.D. magazine and Penumbra.

Nicholas Clemente is a writer living in New York City.

Jennifer Finstrom is both part-time faculty and staff at DePaul University. She was the poetry editor of Eclectica Magazine for 13 years, and recent publications include Atlanta Review and Escape into Life. Her work also appears in Ides: A Collection of Poetry Chapbooks and several other Silver Birch Press anthologies.

Melissa Phipps lives and writes in New Orleans. She has appeared in The Buenos Aires Review, New Letters, The Prairie Schooner, Country Zest Magazine, The Arkansas Review, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Jesse Hilson is a newspaper reporter living in the Catskills in New York State. His work has appeared or will appear in AZURE, Maudlin House, Rejection Letters, Expat Lit, Apocalypse Confidential, Pink Plastic House, Heavy Feather Review, Prism Thread, Excuse Me Mag, and elsewhere. His debut novel Blood Trip was published in April 2022 by Close to the Bone (UK). He can be found on both Twitter and Instagram at @platelet60.

Thomas J. Hubschman is a regular contributor to Eclectica's Salon and is the author of Look at Me Now, My Bess, Billy Boy, Father Walther's Temptation, Song of the Mockingbird, and The Jew's Wife & Other Stories, as well as three science fiction novels. His work has appeared in New York Press, The Antigonish Review, The Blue Moon Review and many other publications. Two of his short stories were broadcast on the BBC World Service. He has also edited two anthologies of new writing from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, and he was the founding editor of the pioneering online publication Gowanus. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, which remains his chief inspiration.

David Krebs is finishing up an MFA in music composition while managing a former-motel in a small desert town with his wife. He's made art since childhood as part of navigating chronic health issues, and hopes to be less insular about the process in the future. He's been published in Short Edition, Typehouse, and Gone Lawn.

Anna Maconochie has appeared in the Erotic Review, the Dublin Review, the Wells Street Journal, the Bitter Oleander, and most recently in Severine Magazine and the North Dakota Quarterly. Her debut collection, Only the Visible Can Vanish came out in 2016 with Cultured Llama Publishing. She also had a short story published in Desire: 100 of Literature's Sexiest Stories, chosen and edited by Mariella Frostrup & the Erotic Review.

Marisa Mangani grew up in Hawaii and made her gradual trek across the continental US to Sarasota, Florida, where she now lives and runs a commercial kitchen design firm. Her essays have been published in Entropy, Adelaide, Sleet, and Aji magazines. Her memoir, Mise en Place—Memoir of a Girl Chef is due out in August.

D.S. Maolalai has received nine nominations for Best of the Net and seven for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in three collections, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden (Encircle Press, 2016), Sad Havoc Among the Birds (Turas Press, 2019) and Noble Rot (Turas Press, 2022).

Jill Michelle has appeared or is forthcoming in DMQ Review, New Note Poetry, Gyroscope Review, Bacopa Literary Review, and Drunk Monkeys. Recent anthology credits include The Book of Bad Betties (Bad Betty Press, UK) and Words from the Brink (Arachne Press Limited, UK). She teaches at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida.

Shareen K. Murayama is a Japanese American, Okinawan American poet and educator. Her debut poetry collection, Housebreak, is forthcoming by Bad Betty Press (July 2022). Her first poetry chapbook, Hey Girl, Are You in the Experimental Group? (Harbor Editions, 2022), made the Reading List for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2022 by CLMP. She's a 2021 Best Microfiction winner, a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal and Cobra Milk Mag, and Assistant CNF Editor for JMWW. Her works have been published or forthcoming in The McNeese Review, Pilgrimage Press, Flash Frog, RHINO Poetry, National Flash Fiction, Bamboo Ridge Press, and elsewhere. You can find her on IG and Twitter @ambusypoeming.

Fejiro Okifo is a resident physician and writer living in Detroit, Michigan. Her work appears in Tahoma Literary Review, Sou'wester, and Litro Magazine. She was also shortlisted for the 2021 Black Warrior Review contest. She says "The Thing Without A Name" is "to honor all the first-generation immigrants who took the leap of faith to give their children a better life while keeping the memory of home alive."

Christine Potter is a poet and writer from the lower Hudson River Valley. Her poetry has been in Rattle, Rattle Poets Respond, Kestrel, Sweet, Mobius, and Eclectica, as well as Autumn Sky Poetry Daily. Her young adult novels, The Bean Books, are about time travel, and Evernight Teen is soon releasing The After Times, the final book in the series. Her latest full-length poetry collection, Unforgetting, is on Kelsay Books.

John Riley is a former teacher who works in educational publishing. He has published fiction and poetry in Smokelong Quarterly, Mojave River Review, Ekphrastic Review, Connotation Press, Banyan Review, Better Than Starbucks, and many other journals and anthologies. EXOT Press will publish a book of his 100-word prose poems in 2022.

Greg Rhyno is the author of Who By Fire, the first novel in the Dame Polara mystery series, forthcoming from Cormorant Books. His debut novel, To Me You Seem Giant, was nominated for a ReLit Award and an Alberta Book Publishing Award. His writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Hobart, Riddle Fence, The Quarantine Review, and PRISM International. He completed an MFA at the University of Guelph and lives with his family in Guelph, Ontario. "Puppy Teeth" is part of a fiction collection about the mark we leave on the people we love.

Wayne Scott has appeared in The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas, Poets and Writers, Salon, and Huffington Post. In 2021 his New York Times essay, "Two Open Marriages in One Small Room" was adapted for the Modern Love podcast. He is a writer, teacher, and psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon. He is on Twitter @wain_scotting.

Ann Skea lives in Australia. She is the author of Ted Hughes: The Poetic Quest (UNE Press, Australia) and has been contributing reviews to Eclectica Magazine since our very first issue back in October of 1996.

Leslie D. Soule is a fantasy author who recently completed her Fallenwood Chronicles four-book series. She holds an MA from National University and is a citizen journalist. She has two books of poetry: My Mentor, Death, and Falling Through the World, available from Terror House.

Gregory Stephenson grew up in Colorado and Arizona but has lived in Denmark for many years. His most recent book is Alias Akbar del Piombo: Annotations to the Life & Work of Norman Rubington, Ober-Limbo Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 2022.

Elise Tegegne holds an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Windhover, Dappled Things, Fare Forward, Fathom, and Rock & Sling, among others. She lives with her husband and son in Indianapolis. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or at her website.

Rekha Valliappan has been featured in various literary journals, including Ann Arbor Review, Nixes Mate Review, Press 53/Prime Number Magazine, The Sandy River Review, Red Fez, Small Orange Poetry Journal, The Pangolin Review, The Minison Project, Wellington Street Review, Madras Courier, and elsewhere. She writes in different genres, has earned awards, and has seen her poem nominated by Liquid Imagination for the Pushcart Prize. While staying engaged, she can be found on Twitter @silicasun.

Chris Villiers is a photographer and writer based in the Pacific Northwest. He wrote the short story "Father's Day" in 1980, and it had remained unpublished until now. His photographs have appeared in galleries throughout the US.

Jennifer Walker writes short stories, many of them strange. They can be read in recent or upcoming issues of Fleas on the Dog, Idle Ink, and Not One of Us. She lives in the Virgin Islands with her girlfriend and their two exquisitely beautiful and understandably narcissistic dogs. She offers apologies to Annie Proulx's "Job History" and to her girlfriend who is always pointing out there is no other time she'd rather be alive than right now. Both were deep inspirations for this story.

Elizabeth Walztoni is a farmer and goatherd whose words appear in New World Writing, The Hunger, The Meadowlark Review, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, and elsewhere. She serves as Short Fiction Editor for Five South and received a Nature in Words Fellowship from Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in 2020 to complete her first short story collection, The Fruiting Season. Her writing has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize.

Mark Williams lives in Evansville, Indiana. His fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, The Nonconformist, The Baffler, Drunk Monkeys, The Write Launch, SPLASH!, and the anthologies American Fiction (New Rivers Press), The Boom Project (Butler Books), and Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 4 (Running Wild Press). Kelsay Books is publishing his collection of poems, Carrying On, this summer. He has retired from the real estate business and is now looking for a home for his collection of stories, One Something Happy Family. In regard to "Books of Many Covers," he writes, "If string theory is correct, multiverses are possible, maybe even one where everyone gets along. That's the one I want to live in. Writing gives me that opportunity."