Linden Avenue Literary Journal
Judith Skillman’s new collection is House of Burnt Offerings from Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press. Her work has appeared in Tampa Review, Seneca Review, Prairie Schooner, FIELD, The Iowa Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, Midwest Quarterly Review, New Poets of the American West, and other journals and anthologies. Skillman is the recipient of grants from the Academy of American Poets, Washington State Arts Commission, The Centrum Foundation, and other organizations. She has taught Humanities at City University, Richard Hugo House, and Yellow Wood Academy. Visit www.judithskillman.com.
Michelle Askin's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Willard & Maple, The Sand, Verdad, Exact Change Only, Split Lip Zine, and elsewhere. She lives and works in the Washington DC area.
Jessi Lanay is a poet and a short story writer, the former colors and permeates all writing that she does. In her short stories she prefers to focus on the solitary experiences of women, especially in moments of confusion regarding agency, freedom and at times mental illness. In 2007 and 2008 she was a finalist in the Georgia Writers Festival at Agnes Scott College. Recent publications include poems the the flash fiction piece "Picture Show" in Blackberry: a magazine, a personal essay, entitled "A Short Biography of My Skin" is forthcoming in Kweli Journal. She currently lives in the Bronx, works in Manhattan and originates from the Caribbean adjacent South.
Gram Joel Davies is from Somerset. His work has appeared in, among other places, The Centrifugal Eye and The Black Market Review. He is a member of Juncture 25 and is working on his first collection.
Pauline Kit is a first generation Kenyan-American who received her BA in creative writing from William Paterson University with a minor in Africana World Studies. She currently works in higher educational publishing and hopes to one day develop a leading comprehensive Pan-African studies textbook. She spends her free time brushing up on her Swahili, rollerskating, watching reality television and trying her best to emulate the styles of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and August Wilson. Her work has appeared in Zeitgeist.
Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes and three Best of The Webs. Wright is a past recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first book of poetry, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in Hawaii. He was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii. He was the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic. THE WIDOW FROM LAKE BLED, his second collection of poetry, was published in 2013, along with two works of speculative fiction: THE END, MY FRIEND (novel) and SQUARE DANCING AT THE ASYLUM (flash fiction collection).