Jokes Review Contributors
Bill Abbott is the author of "Let Them Eat MoonPie," the history of poetry slam in the Southeast. He has been published in Ray's Road Review, Radius, The November 3rd Club, Flypaper Magazine, and The Sow's Ear. Mr. Abbott lives in Ohio and teaches creative writing at Central State University.
Marc Allan is finishing his MFA at Butler University in Indianapolis. He was a journalist for 24 years before going to work at Butler, where he is news manager and an adjunct professor of journalism. His fiction has appeared in kairoslit.com and the latest issue of So It Goes, the literary magazine of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. His journalism has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Indianapolis Star, Writer's Digest and many other newspapers and magazines, and he is co-author of the book "Too Smart for the Ivy League: How to Give Your Kids the Best College Education for the Least Amount of Money."
Eric K. Auld is a writer and musician living out of Upstate NY. His work has been featured in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, LifeHacker, Thought Catalog, Defenestration, Grammar for Grown-ups, and the North Park Playwright Festival. He currently runs the Poem-A-Week Project at poemaweekproject.wordpress.com. Follow him on Twitter @erickauld.
Donna Aversa lives in Southern Arizona where she and her husband provide a retirement home for a former show dog. Donna is a student at the Tucson Branch of The Writers Studio where she also teaches first level Workshop classes. Her motto there is, “We don’t judge. We critique!”
Mason Binkley lives with his wife and identical twin boys in Tampa, Florida, and works as an attorney. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Jellyfish Review, Maudlin House, Entropy, Bending Genres, and other places.
Lee Blevins lives in Lexington, Kentucky. He is right in the middle of a creative existential crisis. These things happen. You can find him on Twitter @BleeSevens or visit his sad, bare-bones website byleeblevins.com.
Jesse Breite’s recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Spillway, Crab Orchard Review, The Briar Cliff Review, and Prairie Schooner. He has been featured in Town Creek Poetry and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia. FutureCycle Press published his first chapbook, The Knife Collector, in 2013.
Michael Brockley is a 67-year old school psychologist who works in rural northeast Indiana. His poems have appeared in Zingara Poetry Picks, Third Wednesday, Flying Island, Panoplyzine and Poetry Breakfast. Poems are also forthcoming in Gargoyle.
Clifford Browder is a writer living in New York. He has published two biographies, three historical novels, and an award-winning collection of posts from his blog, "No Place for Normal: New York.” His poetry has appeared in Runes, Heliotrope, Pivot, The Same, Snake Nation Review, Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander, The Brillantina Project, The Forever Journal, Black Napkin Press, GNU Journal, South 85 Journal, and elsewhere.
Erick Brucker is an essayist and fiction writer from Richmond, VA. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Jelly Bucket, Grasslimb, and BULL: Men's Fiction. In hindsight, he misses working at Blockbuster and is planning a trip to Alaska so that he can wear his old uniform in the store one last time—he's convinced that this will offer him closure. He has an AAS in [General] from John Tyler Community College, a BA in Political Science from University of Richmond, and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from University of Iowa.
Emily F. Butler is a comedian and musician. Her work has appeared in Halfway Down the Stairs, Moonglasses, Cliterature Journal, Bone Parade, and The Wire's Dream. She was a finalist for the Adelaide Voices Literary Award Contest 2018. Her chapbook, Self Talk, is forthcoming from Plan B Press. You can find her comedy and music on Youtube under, and follow her on Twitter @EBetcetera
Charles Cantrell has poems in recent or forthcoming issues of Mudfish, Confrontation, Rumble Fish Quarterly, Mobius, Citron Review, Seven Circle Press, West Texas Literary Review, Appalachian Heritage, Pinyon Review, and Miramar Poetry Journal. A book of poetry, Wild Wreckage, will be published by Cervena Barva Press in 2019. He’s been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. Over the past 30 years he’s been in residency several times at Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Steve Carr, who lives in Richmond, Va., began his writing career as a military journalist and has had over a hundred short stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals and anthologies. His plays have been produced in several states. He was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. He is on Twitter @carrsteven960.
Destine Carrington is a queer, black woman with a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington because she enjoys challenges. Other things she enjoys include but are not limited to: burgers, brownies, and Batman.
Lane Chasek is a freelance writer in Lincoln, Nebraska. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Laurus, Contrast, and Journey. He lives with his wife and spends most of his free time at Vietnamese grocery stores.
Alex Colvin is a Canadian humourist who has been published online, in print, and in magazines. He dreams on being immortalized on Wikipedia and of going down in (Canadian) history as being mildly amusing.
C.Cimmone, a native Texan and deviant reader, credits her literary abilities to singers, songwriters, and comics. After a college advisor suggested, "You should consider changing your major—writing is never going to get you anywhere," she signed up for a BS in psychology and an open mic call at an Austin comedy club. C.Cimmone's short stories won a few books in college and a recent paper publication, who all sleep in her bookcase alongside jokes smeared on sticky notes, a rock collection, and a picture of a pug named after Jerry Seinfeld.
Gabriel Congdon lives in Seattle where he is one of the creators of the web series &@. He occasionally gets acting gigs in films where he's usually some kind of fx monster, and has recently gotten some hologram work where he played a zombie for Microsoft's Actiongram. Gabriel enjoys the music of Gustav Mahler, yelling about the Renaissance, and teaching his friends tennis. His writing has appeared in numerous mags and journs, and his children’s play, "The Biz" is available from A Pocketful of Plays.
Georges Cornuto was born on a Tuesday in the muskeg south of Thibodaux where specks of land fall into sea like the fringe of a poorly-made dosa. While prolific in his early days, he has been on photo hiatus for many months, pursuing a passion project in collaboration with SmutGremlins.com. Georges lives in Richmond, Virginia across the street from his estranged wife and their three year-old daughter, Caleigh.
Kimmy Dee is the author of Pussy Planet and Other Endearing Tales. When she isn't writing dick and fart jokes she can be found wrestling freshwater dolphins and milking unicorns. She lives in a dark alley underneath a pile of stray cats, and would love to hear from you at Kimmydee.email@example.com so that she can ask to borrow some money.
Mark Dwyer is an elementary school art educator in Sacramento, California. Both a former writing tutor and editor, he enjoys painting and fishing in his spare time. He holds a BA in English Literature from California State University, Sacramento. He's also the art and fiction editor of Jokes Review. For more things, visit markndwyer.com.
Laura Eddy is an environmental lawyer in Sacramento, California. She was a winner of Tulip Tree Publishing's 2017 "Stories that Need to Told" contest and a finalist for the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Competition. Laura holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate, both from the University of California, Davis. When she's not working, writing, or reading, she's binge-watching "The Bachelorette" with her husband and their (less-interested) pets.
Will Ejzak is a high school English teacher. He lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and his Flemish Giant bunny rabbit.
Chris Espenshade is an archaeologist who branched into creative writing in 2017. He's had humor works accepted by The Paragon Journal, The Write Launch, National Pasquinade, The Cabinet of Heed, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, and the mobile app of Life in the Finger Lakes magazine.
Christopher Fairman is an artist and musician based in Sacramento, California. Find his music online at Christopherfairman.bandcamp.com.
Brianna Ferguson earned her BA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 2016. Her writing has appeared in The Minola Review, Polychrome Ink, Femmeuary, Mistake House, Effervescent, and the upcoming anthology, Another Place.
Kyle Flak's newest book is called I AM SORRY FOR EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE UNIVERSE. It is scheduled to come out in January 2017 from Gold Wake Press.
Allen Forrest is a graphic artist and painter born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University's Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation's permanent art collection. Forrest's expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.
Chris Fox is poet and stand-up comedian based out of Greensboro, North Carolina. His work has appeared in Rosebud, Treehouse, Paper Nautilus, and many other journals.
Robert Douglas Friedman is a short story writer and humorist whose work has appeared in Story Quarterly, Narrative, Slow Trains, The Satirist, Penny Shorts, and many other publications. He lives in New Jersey.
Brad G. Garber has shown his drawing and paintings since 1997, in the Portland and Lake Oswego, Oregon area. His art and photographs have made it onto the front cover of Vine Leaves 2014 Anthology, and in Gravel Magazine, Poor Yorick Journal, On the Rusk Literary Journal, The Tishman Review, Mud Season Review, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Dirty Chai and Foliate Oak.
Ricky Garni is the author of THE ETERNAL JOURNALS OF CRISPY FLOTILLA, MY FAVORITE FIFTEEN PRESIDENTS, O-POLANSKI and A CONCERNED PARTY MEETS A PERSON OF INTEREST, which will be released this Fall. He works in Carrboro, North Carolina as a graphic designer for a wine company.
Eugene Goldin is a poet who lives in New York. His poetry has recently appeared in The Red River Review and The American Aesthetic, and will soon be published in the Avatar Review.
Henry Goldkamp lives in Saint Louis / New Orleans / the spirit of gratitude. He enjoys spreading it around / realizing how damn lucky this is. He has recent work in Mudfish / Hoot / Blood Orange Review / dryland / b(OINK) / Sierra Nevada Review / Pretty Owl / Foliate Oak / plenty others. His public art has been covered by Time / NPR / more. To read up on / contemporarily stalk Henry, google "henry goldkamp" / 'gram @wthstl with a fresh drink of your choice.
Laura Gould is a queer writer from the Texas Panhandle. Her work can be seen in Lunch Ticket, NonBinary Review, and The Manifest-Station. She is a recent graduate from the University of Idaho’s MFA program and co-host of the POP-UP PROSE reading series in Moscow, Idaho.
Jerry Guarino is an author and screenwriter. His nearly 100 short stories have been published by magazines in the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain. He has published one novel, The Da Vinci Diamond, a detective story. He is an editor for Flash Fiction Magazine.
James Hanna is a retired probation officer and a former fiction editor of The Sand Hill Review. His stories have appeared in many journals including Empty Sink, Sixfold, and The Literary Review. Three of his stories received Pushcart nominations. James' books, all of which won awards, are available on Amazon. Readers' Favorite Awards gave his novel, Call Me Pomeroy, a gold medal in the humorous fiction category. Independent Press Awards gave his story anthology, A Second Less Capable Head, a silver medal in the anthology category. Readers' Favorite Awards gave his book, The Siege, a bronze medal in the literary fiction category.
Trista Hurley-Waxali is an immigrant from Toronto, who finally listened to her parents advice and moved South. She has performed at Avenue 50, Stories Bookstore and internationally at O’bheal in Ireland and for Helsinki Poetry Connection. She writes weird short stories and is working on her novel, At This Juncture.
Jack is an artist based in Northern California. He was the cover artist for the inaugural issue of Jokes Review.
James Croal Jackson is the author of The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, May 2017). His poetry has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Rust + Moth, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. He has won the William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest and has been a finalist for the Princemere Poetry Prize. Find him in Columbus, Ohio or at jimjakk.com.
Bill Jeffries is a data scientist in Northern Virginia and a member of the Virginia Writers Club. A data storyteller by trade, he also writes suspense and humor short fiction. He discovers most of his stories while traveling with his wife and three kids.
Geoffrey CK is a Sacramento artist, video-maker, and musician with the experimental pop project SUNMONKS.
Emilie Karl is a super cool and very successful artist who definitely does not clean toilets for a living. She resides in Chicago with her beautiful and also very talented and cool cat, Ada. Together they enjoy math rock and wine, and are never sad.
Janne Karlsson is an artist living in Linköping, Sweden. His bizarre work is widely spread over the world. Considering the fact he's a poor sonofabitch, you should all hurry and buy his books, on Amazon or thru his website www.svenskapache.se. Before he starves to death. Janne also has a blog. Visit it here: www.svenskapache.blogspot.se.
Paulus Kapteyn is a writer who resides in Portland Oregon. He has had his work in print.
Robin Keehn lives in the beach community of Encinitas, California. She holds a PhD in English and American Literature from the University of California at San Diego. She currently teaches literature and writing at California State University, San Marcos.
Cali Kopczick is an editor at Chin Music Press and the production manager/story editor of the documentary Where the House Was. Her writing is out or forthcoming with The Offing, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Bone Bouquet, and others. She lives in Seattle, WA.
Cal LaFountain's publication vehicles include the Electronic Literature Organization, Computers in Libraries Magazine, Legowelt's Shadow Wolf Cyberzine, and Write 616. His cut of the cloud is callafountain.com.
Kathy Lanzarotti is co-editor of Done Darkness: A Collection of Stories, Poetry and Essays About Life Beyond Sadness. She is a Wisconsin Regional Writers' Jade Ring Award winner for short fiction. Her stories have appeared in (b)OINK zine, Ellipsis, Platform for Prose and Creative Wisconsin.
Janna Layton lives in Oakland, California. Her poetry and fiction have been published in various literary journals, including The New Yorker, Switchback, Appalachian Heritage, Zone 3, and Caesura. She blogs at readingwatchinglookingandstuff.blogspot.com and tweets at @jkbartleby.
Andrew Leidner lives in Atlanta between a rail yard and some old industrial buildings that got converted into apartments. Andrew has an English degree from the University of Georgia. In his spare time, he writes poems and short stories. He also writes songs and performs in the band Boo Reefa.
Christopher Locke is the Nonfiction Editor of Slice magazine in Brooklyn. He's published normal stuff in magazines such as The North American Review, Verse Daily, Southwest Review, Poetry East, Arc (Canada), The Nervous Breakdown, 32 Poems, Mudlark, West Branch, Rattle, The Literary Review, Ascent, The Sun, Connecticut Review, Gargoyle, Upstreet, Agenda (London), Southeast Review, and on both National Public Radio and Ireland’s Radio One. He's received two Dorothy Sargent Poetry Awards as well as grants in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, New Hampshire Council on the Arts, and Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain). His first full-length collection of poems, “End of American Magic,” was released by Salmon Poetry in 2010. “Waiting for Grace & Other Poems” (Turning Point Books) and the collection of essays “Can I Say” (Kattywompus Press) were both released in 2013. His most recent poetry chapbook has been accepted by Finishing Line Press.
Zachary H Loewenstein never meant for things to be like this. He was born in a barn but prefers caves. Zachary has lived and worked for many years in Lower Luxembourg after having received his Doctoral Degree in Anesthesiology from the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. Zachary illustriously retired from the Non-Arab Affairs Department of the Shin Bet as an officer and is a successful organic gardener. His favorite bird is Maglan. In Zachary's spare time, he likes to finance and provide logistical support for coups d'etat in Latin America because why the fuck not?
Tony Lozzi lives in the Midwest US with his children, a wife, several other small mammals and crippling anxiety. His body has recently begun experimenting with balding, so he's excited about that. He writes about he exploits with weight loss and humor at www.fit2father.com.
Leigh Lucas is a writer who lives in San Francisco. She is working on her first collection of poems, Splashed Things. See her work at leighlucas.com.
J.C. Mari resides in Florida. He is 40 years old. He's been published here and there and ekes out his living in philistine occupations unrelated to poesy or the arts.
Kevin Matz received mail-order degrees in murderology and murderonomy. Subsequently, he received an MFA from the University of Illinois, where he won the Carol Kyle Memorial Award for Poetry. These days, he watches Frasier reruns on TV and works as an editor. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Literary Review, Cream City Review, New World Writing, december, and elsewhere.
Jeffrey Penn May has won several short fiction awards, including one from Writer’s Digest, and has published numerous short stories, poems, and mountain climbing articles. His novel Where the River Splits received an excellent review in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and his work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Jeff has been a waiter, hotel security officer, credit manager, deck hand, technical data engineer and currently teaches writing and fly fishing. His adventures include floating a home-built raft from St. Louis to Memphis, navigating a John boat to New Orleans, digging for Pre-Columbian artifacts, and climbing mountains from Alaska to South America. Please visit www.askwritefish.com.
Casey McConahay is a Pushcart Prize-nominated author and a graduate of Miami University’s MFA program. He lives in northwest Ohio.
Kyle McCord is the author of five books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist, Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House Press 2016). He has work featured or forthcoming in AGNI, Blackbird, Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He has received grants or awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency. He has an M.F.A. from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. He served as associate poetry editor of The Nation and is currently Co-Executive Editor of Gold Wake Press. He is married to the visual artist Lydia McCord. He teaches in Des Moines, Iowa.
Tracy Mishkin is a call center veteran with a PhD and an MFA student in Creative Writing at Butler University. She is the author of two chapbooks, I Almost Didn't Make It to McDonald's (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and The Night I Quit Flossing (Five Oaks Press, 2016). Her work has been published in Parody and Rat's Ass Review, among other fine journals.
John Morelock was born in Tennessee where he learned to climb trees. He then moved to South Carolina and learned how to write. He now writes about climbing trees, among other topics. His work has appeared in Litmus Literary Journal and he is currently enrolled at Arizona State University.
Dan Morey is a freelance writer in Pennsylvania. He’s worked as a book critic, nightlife columnist, travel correspondent and outdoor journalist. His writing has appeared in Hobart, decomP, McSweeney's Quarterly and elsewhere. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Find him at danmorey.weebly.com.
Emma Munger is an illustrator and cartoonist in San Francisco. She grew up in Southern CA and graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Narrative Illustration. Find her zines, comics, pin-ups, and more at EmmaMunger.com.
Jonathan Muzzall's stories have appeared in several literary magazines, including Whitefish Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Outlook Springs, New Ohio Review, and Beloit Fiction Journal. Four More Nights, a chapbook, is forthcoming from Urban Farmhouse Press. Learn more at jonathanmuzzall.com.
Gabriel Neustadt is a playwright and screenwriter from Los Angeles. His plays have received staged or workshop productions at the Blank Theatre, Skylight Theatre, Harvard University, Actors’ Theatre of Santa Cruz, and the Florida Studio Theatre, among others. He has published one story before, in Spank the Carp.
Dan Nielsen is a septuagenarian standup comic. Recent FLASH in: Connotation Press, Jellyfish Review, (mic)ro(mac), Necessary Fiction, The Cabinet of Heed, and Cheap Pop. Dan has a website: Preponderous, you can follow him @DanNielsenFIVES. He andGeorgia Bellas are the post-minimalist art/folk band Sugar Whiskey.
Eric Orosco is a writer living in Stockton, California. His fiction has appeared in American River Review and on numerous occasions been displayed on the front of his mother's refrigerator. He is former editor-in-chief of American River Review and holds a handful of credits from the University of Idaho where he initiated the undergraduate literary magazine Vandalism.
Phillip Orué is an Indiana/Michigan based painter, printmaker, and poet with a background in graffiti and bad decisions. Phillip enjoys long walks on the beach and drinking 40 ounce bottles of malt liquor with his 3 legged pet squirrel named Gabriel.
Robert Perchan’s poetry chapbooks are Mythic Instinct Afternoon (2005 Poetry West Prize) and Overdressed to Kill (Backwaters Press, 2005 Weldon Kees Award). His poetry collection Fluid in Darkness, Frozen in Light won the 1999 Pearl Poetry Prize and was published by Pearl Editions in 2000. His avant-la-lettre flash novel Perchan’s Chorea: Eros and Exile (Watermark Press, Wichita, 1991) was translated into French and published by Quidam Editeurs (Meudon) in 2002. In 2007 his short short story “The Neoplastic Surgeon” won the on-line Entelechy: Mind and Culture Bio-fiction Prize. He currently resides in Pusan, South Korea. You can see some of his stuff on robertperchan.com.
Ross Peterson's short fiction has appeared on Bizarro Central, Freedom Fiction, in The Whitefish Review, Weirdpunk Books' Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute to the Misfits, and others. He is currently hard at work on his first novel. He lives in Montana, and could use a haircut.
Vincent Poturica lives with his wife in Long Beach, California, where he teaches at local community colleges. His writing appears or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM; Forklift, Ohio; New England Review; and Western Humanities Review.
Jasmine Pressley is a reluctant graduating senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. She guilted her way into the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House a year ago and they have been trying to get rid of her ever since. Jasmine enjoys crushing other aspiring writers in writing contests and dreams of becoming the best-known author in all of existence. If you would like to help her achieve this dream please email your advice to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audra Puchalski lives and obsesses over hummingbirds in Oakland, California. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her poems have also been published in Parentheses Journal, Superstition Review, and Susan / The Journal.
Nick Romeo is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. His writings have been published in various literary magazines such as The Gambler, Rune Magazine, Syzygy, and others. He was interviewed for Pankhearst's Fresh Featured of December 2015 and The Dailey Poet Site of February 2016. Nick lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife and cat, Megatron.
Lizzy Roxburgh currently works as a freelance voice over artist in France. She loves traveling, acting, painting, singing and writing and still has no idea what she wants to be when she grows up.
Adam Scharf was born and raised in Utica NY. He now lives in Orlando Florida writing and working as a professional improviser. This is his first publication with Jokes Review, and he'd like to thank them for the opportunity. Previous work has been published in, Clockwise Cat Magazine, and Adam recently completed his first novel. Adam would also like to thank Andrew Wilcox for the initial editing of this story.
Jim Shepherd received his BA in studio art from Sacramento State University and his artwork has been displayed in galleries around Sacramento since 2008. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas.
Jon Sindell wrote the story collections The Roadkill Collection and Family Happiness (both from Big Table Publishing). His humor has appeared in The Big Jewel, Defenestration, Feathertale, Go Read Your Lunch, The Higgs-Weldon, Points In Case, right hand pointing, The Short Humour Site, and Thrice Quarterly, and before barnyard animals in petting zoos everywhere. Much of his writing hides in plain sight at jonsindell.com.
Maya Sinha writes a humor column for the Davis Enterprise. Raised in rural New Mexico, she now lives in Northern California with her family.
Tim Staley was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1975. He completed a Poetry MFA from New Mexico State University in 2004. He's served as publisher of Grandma Moses Press since 1992. His debut full-length poetry collection is Lost On My Own Street (Pski’s Porch Publishing, 2016). His newest chapbook, The Most Honest Syllable Is Shhh, is forthcoming from Night Ballet Press. He lives with his wife, daughter and two mutts in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His hobbies include thinking, nachos and waiting. Find him online at www.PoetStaley.com.
Kevin Sterne is a writer and journalist based in Chicago. He is the author of the prose chapbook I’ve Done Worse. His stories and fiction have appeared in Drunk Monkeys, Praxis Magazine, Word Eater, Defenestration and others. Kevin writes about music, craft beer and culture for Hop Culture Magazine and Substream Magazine. He works in landscaping and has been known to do labor-intensive odd jobs for money or beer.
John Stupp’s third poetry collection Pawleys Island was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press. His manuscript Summer Job won the 2017 Cathy Smith Bowers Poetry Prize and will be published in August 2018 by Main Street Rag. He lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Jay Vera Summer is a writer and artist living in Florida. She loves animals, plants, and water. Her work may be found in marieclaire.com, Proximity, Luna Luna Magazine, and more. She cofounded the online literary magazine weirderary. Find her at jayverasummer.com or @jayverasummer on social media.
Robert Sumner grew up in Virginia and has been a Californian for twenty years. His fiction has been published by The Quotable and The Penmen Review. @RobertGSumner on Twitter.
Alex Swartzentruber is a writer from Indiana.
Brianna Taylor is a self-taught artist, budgie tamer, and armature phlebotomist. We'll never know this artist's true identity because she won't take her Zoopals paper plate mask off. She has a webcomic all about the wonderfully weird called Abominathan, featuring the man above. You can check it out on her blog page at Abominathan-comic.tumblr.com.
Kevin Thomas was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but lives and writes in Los Angeles. He received an MFA in Graduate Writing from Otis College of Art and Design, where he was awarded The Board of Governors First Book Fellowship. He's had various short stories and flash-fiction pieces published in such places as (b)OINK, Boston Literary Magazine, Crack the Spine, and In Parentheses.
Allison Thorpe is a writer from Lexington, KY. A Pushcart nominee, she is the author of Thoughts While Swinging a Wild Child in a Green Mesh Hammock, Swooning and Other Fun Art Forms, What She Sees: Poems for Georgia O'Keefe, and Dorothy's Glasses. Recent work forthcoming in So To Speak, Crab Fat, Yellow Chair Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Still: The Journal, The Homestead Review, and Kudzu Literary Journal.
Josh Trapani is a scientist turned policy wonk based in Washington, D.C. His stories and humor have appeared in The Writing Disorder, The Big Jewel, Neutrons Protons, Brick Moon Fiction, The Higgs Weldon, and others. He’s working on a novel about climate change, which becomes less funny with each rewrite.
Sean Trolinder received an MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction from Texas State University - San Marcos, where he was a W. Morgan and Lou Claire Rose Fellow. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Louisiana Literature, Into the Void, Map Literary, Midwestern Gothic, Cagibi, Deep South Magazine, The MacGuffin, MARY, The Sand Hill Review, and many other journals. Currently, he teach IB English Literature at Celebration High School in Florida.
Amanda Tumminaro lives in the U.S. Her poetry has appeared in Cottonwood, The Radvocate and Freshwater, among others. Her first poetry chapbook, “The Flying Onion”, will be released through The Paragon Journal in April of 2018.
John E. Urdiales is a poet from Akron, Ohio. He holds a B.A. from Alma College and is an MFA candidate at Bennington College Writing Seminars in Vermont. Previously, his work has appeared in Icarus Down Review, Pine River Anthology, and has an upcoming publication in Time of Singing.
Dennis Vannatta is a Pushcart and Porter Prize winner, with stories published in many magazines and anthologies, including River Styx, Chariton Review, Boulevard, and Antioch Review. His sixth collection of stories, The Only World You Get¸ was recently published by Et Alia Press.
Rachel Voss is a high school English teacher living in Queens, New York. She graduated with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature from SUNY Purchase College. Her work has previously appeared in The Ghazal Page, Hanging Loose Magazine, Unsplendid, Rat's Ass Review, 3Elements Review, Silver Birch Press, Bodega Magazine, and Alexandria Quarterly, among others.
James Warner is the author of the novel All Her Father’s Guns. His short fiction has appeared in Santa Monica Review, ZYZZYVA, Mid-American Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, etc. The story “Believe What You Read About the Wodderin” originally appeared on the literary website Dublin Quarterly, which has since vanished and been replaced by a lifestyle magazine.
Keir Wilkinson is a California-based artist. When he's not making funkadelic art and paella, he's the lead singer of the band, Sly Park.
Mark Williams's poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Rattle, Nimrod, The American Journal of Poetry, New Ohio Review, and the anthology, New Poetry From the Midwest. Finishing Line Press published his chapbook, Happiness, in 2015. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Drunk Monkeys, and the anthologies, American Fiction and Boom Project: Voices of a Generation. He lives in Evansville, Indiana, where he seldom skateboards. This is his second appearance in Jokes Review.
Heather Wyatt is an English instructor at the University of Alabama and writer for the Leaf. Her work has been published in The Marr's Field Journal, Public Republic, Snakeskin, tak′tīl, The Broad River Review, Blinking Cursor Literary Magazine, The Whistling Fire, Stymie Magazine, Falling Star Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Straight Forward Poetry, Heyday Magazine, ETA Journal, Puff Puff Prose Poetry and a Play, Silly Tree Anthologies, Melted Wing, Vietnam War Poetry, Dămfīno and Writers Tribe Review. She received her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Alabama and her MFA in Poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. is an English instructor at the University of Alabama and writer for the Leaf. Her work has been published in The Marr's Field Journal, Public Republic, Snakeskin, tak′tīl, The Broad River Review, Blinking Cursor Literary Magazine, The Whistling Fire, Stymie Magazine, Falling Star Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Straight Forward Poetry, Heyday Magazine, ETA Journal, Puff Puff Prose Poetry and a Play, Silly Tree Anthologies, Melted Wing, Vietnam War Poetry, Dămfīno and Writers Tribe Review. She received her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Alabama and her MFA in Poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, KY.
Jeffrey Zable is a teacher and conga drummer who plays Afro-Cuban folkloric music for dance classes and Rumbas around the San Francisco Bay Area. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and anthologies. More recent writing in Serving House Journal, Mocking Heart Review, Ink In Thirds, Kairos, Drunken Llama, Third Wednesdays, Futures Trading, Verse Wrights, and many others.
Micah Zevin is a librarian poet living in Jackson Heights, Queens, N.Y. with his wife, a playwright. He works for the Queens Library in Astoria, Queens, N.Y. He has recently published articles and poems at The Best American Poetry Blog, Headlock Press, The Otter, Newtown Literary Journal and forthcoming in Reality Beach. He created/curates an open mic/poetry prompt workshop called “The Risk of Discovery Reading Series” now at Astoria Coffee in Astoria, Queens, N.Y. He graduated with his MFA in Poetry from The New School in May 2014.