2015 Emerge Literary Journal Contributors

Sue Hyon Bae is an MFA candidate at Arizona State University and international editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her work has appeared in Four Chambers Press, Minetta Review, Please Hold Magazine, and elsewhere.

Alina Borger writes and teaches in Iowa City, IA. Her work has recently appeared in Stirring, The Mom Egg Review, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and Rogue Agent, among others. Her poem “Vacation” was featured in an Iowa City installation in 2014, and her chapbook Tuesday’s Children is available from Hermeneutic Chaos Press. Visit or @AliBG

Ron Burch’s fiction has been published in numerous literary journals including Mississippi Review, Eleven Eleven, PANK, and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Bliss Inc., his debut novel, was published by BlazeVOX Books. He lives in Los Angeles. Please visit:

Claire Carey-Deering has taught writing and literature at the high school and college levels. She currently lives in Seattle, where she spends her days building towers with her toddler son and writing her first novel.

Kelly Chastain is a graduate of Pacific University with a BA in Creative Writing. She works in both Fiction and Non-Fiction, and has been published in The Burrow Press Review, Isthmus Review, Cactus Heart, Outside In, Silk Road Review, and has work anthologized in Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing Volume 10, among others. Currently, she blogs at, and is working on a historical novel, and a series of short stories set in London during the worst night of the Blitz.

Megan Denton Ray graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BA in English: Creative Writing. In August, she will begin her MFA program at Purdue University. Her poetry has appeared in Rock & Sling, Ruminate Magazine, The Sequoya Review, and Cleaver Magazine.

Timothy Duffy has published poems in The Cortland Review and has poems forthcoming in The Eunoia Review, Bop Dead City, and the Indianola Review.

Babo Kamel was born and raised in Montreal, but currently resides in Venice, Fl. Her poems have appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, The Greensboro Review, Alligator Juniper, The Grolier Poetry Prize, Kind of Hurricane Press, and Petals in the Pan among others. She was a winner of The Charlotte Newberger Poetry Prize, which was published in Lilith Magazine.

William A. Greenfield began writing poetry in college, and thanks his daughter for giving him the spark to start writing again. His poems have appeared in The Front Porch Review, The Storyteller Magazine, The East Coast Literary Review, Down in the Dirt Magazine, and other publications. He resides in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

Rebecca Havens graduated from her undergrad in writing in 2014. She is very happy about this fact. She now works in nonprofits, and is studying for her Masters of Nonprofit Management at Regis University in Denver, CO. She would like to give you a hug, but she’ll ask first.

Tara Channtelle Hill is a mother, a poet, and graduate from Northern Michigan University. She has been published in MadHat Lit, Virgogray Press, and featured in Carcinogenic Poetry’s ‘Top 10 Most Read’ list. Tara lives in Marquette, Michigan, and wishes she were married to Richard Hugo (if he were alive) or someone like him.

Julie Christine Johnson is the author of the forthcoming novels In Another Life (February 2016) and The Crows of Beara (TBA). Her short stories and essays have appeared in several journals, including Mud Season Review; Cirque; and Cobalt, and in the anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Parents’ Stories of Love and Loss. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington state.

Matt Kolbet teaches and writes near Portland, Oregon.

Catherine Kyle is a Ph.D. student in English though Western Michigan University finishing her dissertation on graphic novels from Boise, where she teaches at the College of Western Idaho and works for The Cabin, a literary nonprofit. She is the author and illustrator of the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014); the author of the poetry chapbooks Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015) and Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (forthcoming from dancing girl press, 2015); and a co-editor of Goddessmode, an anthology of feminist gaming lit (forthcoming from Cool Skull Press, 2015). She also helps run the Ghosts & Projectors poetry reading series. Her graphic narratives, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in The Rumpus, Superstition Review, WomenArts Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her site is

Allie Marini (Batts) holds degrees from Antioch University of Los Angeles & New College of Florida, meaning she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. Her work has been a finalist for Best of the Net & nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is managing editor for the NonBinary Review, Unbound Octavo, & Zoetic Press, and co-edits for Lucky Bastard Press with her man, performance poet B Deep. She has previously served on the masthead for Lunch Ticket, Spry Literary Journal, The Weekenders Magazine, Mojave River Review & Press, & The Bookshelf Bombshells. Allie is the author of Unmade & Other Poems, (Beautysleep Press), You Might Curse Before You Bless (ELJ Publications) wingless, scorched & beautiful, (Imaginary Friend Press), Before Fire, (ELJ Publications), This Is How We End (Bitterzoet), Pictures From The Center Of The Universe (Paper Nautilus, winner of the Vella Prize), Cliffdiving (Nomadic Press), And When She Tasted of Knowledge (Nomadic Press), Southern Cryptozoology: A Field Guide To Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Hyacinth Girl Press), Here Comes Hell {dancing girl press} & Heart Radicals, a collaborative collection with Les Kay, Janeen Pergrin Rastall & Sandra Marchetti (ELJ Publications). Allie rarely sleeps, and her mother has hypothesized that she is actually a robot fueled by Diet Coke & Sri Racha. Find her on the web: or @kiddeternity.

Katie McClendon received her M.F.A in fiction from Purdue University. She is currently adjuncting at Indiana University and Loyola University. She is a performative introvert and a West Coast kid come of age in the 90’s. Her work appears in Portland Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Cutbank, among others. One day, she’d like to work on a seven season television show like Buffy or Six Feet Under. If anyone is looking for someone. To do this.

Catherine Moore’s writing has appeared in Tahoma Literary Review, Southeast Review, Cider Press Review, Southampton Review, and in anthologies most recently by Pankhearst Press. Her work garnered the 2014 Gearhart Poetry Prize. Her chapbook Story is available with Finishing Line Press. Catherine has a M.F.A. from the University of Tampa. She is tweetable @CatPoetic.

Erik Norbie is a southpaw from Montana. He’s worked as a clinical researcher, medical educator and writer. Recent work is forthcoming in Postcard Poems and Prose.

Austin Ross’ fiction has previously appeared in Black Heart Magazine and SNAFU Anthology (Objective Press). I graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from Ohio University; my honors thesis was a short story collection entitled Kill the Motorman and Other Stories.

Colin Rowe has been published by, Aurora Wolf Magazine, Danse Macabre, The Boston Literary Magazine, The Eunoia Review, and a dozen other flash fiction magazines. He lives in Santa Fe, NM and tweets under the handle @lowericon.

Lisa Stice is a military wife and a thesis student in the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Creative Writing and Literary Arts MFA program. Some of her work has appeared in 300 Days of Sun and On the Rusk. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she teaches composition at Indiana University South Bend. She received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor at New Issues Poetry and Prose. She specializes in poetry, stories, and book reviews. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on The Rumpus. For more, visit

Matthew Trammell holds an MA in English from Case Western Reserve University. His scholarly work has appeared in First Monday and Samuel Beckett Today, while his fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin and Neo-Victorian Studies. He lives in Cleveland and is currently at work on a sci-fi novel.

David Walker writes poetry and teaches. He has been published in a few literary magazine and has a chapbook, Pause: A Collection of Moment Poems (Finishing Line Press). Due to his extremely common name, be incredibly specific with your web searches to find updates on him.

Everett Warner is a graduate of Berry College. He lives in Lilburn, Georgia, and likes wolves. His work can be found in Rust + Moth, Unbroken, and One Sentence Poems. He can be found @danielwolfer.

Sue Yurick has written poetry since learning to hold a fat pencil, much of it inspired by growing up on a lake and her love of travel. A handful of her poems have been published individually. Considering herself “emerging” at 70 is very interesting.

Sally Zakariya’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Apeiron, The Broadkill Review, Edge, Emerge Literary Journal, Third Wednesday, and Evening Street Review, and has won prizes from Poetry Virginia and the Virginia Writers Club. She is the author of Insectomania (2013) and Arithmetic and other verses (2011) and the editor of Joys of the Table, an anthology of poems about food and eating. Zakariya lives in Arlington, Virginia, and blogs at