Winter 2016 Contributors

Pamela Arlov is a teacher and a writer. Her poetry has appeared in The Blue Hour, Ekphrasis, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, and Parody, among other publications.

Peter Burzynski is a third-year PhD student in and Graduate Assistant Coordinator of Creative Writing-Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.F.A. in Poetry from The New School University, and a M.A. in Polish Literature from Columbia University.

Thomas Clark is a poet and novelist from the Scottish Borders. He is currently poet-in-residence at Selkirk FC, and his first collection, Intae the Snaw, was published by Gatehouse Press in 2015. He blogs about writing at

Clive Collins’ novels are The Foreign Husband (Marion Boyars) and Sachiko’s Wedding (Marion Boyars/PenguinBooks). My collection of short stories Misunderstandings, also published by Marion Boyars, was joint-winner of the Macmillan Silver PEN Award in 1994. I was a short-listed finalist in the 2009 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. I am a member of Britain’s Society of Authors.

Caroline DeLuca is a writer, editor, and workshop facilitator. Caroline earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars program, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her writing has recently appeared in Verbaleyze, Lost Tower Publications’ Greek Fire anthology, Zeniada, and Lab Culture. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, reading, and theater.

Colin Dodds is the author of Another Broken Wizard, WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job, which Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” His writing has appeared in more than two hundred publications, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Poet and songwriter David Berman (Silver Jews, Actual Air) said of Dodds’ work: “These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.” Colin’s book-length poem That Happy Captive was a finalist for the 2015 Trio House Press Louise Bogan Award as well as the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award. And his screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. See more of his work at

M. A. Fink is a writer, photographer, ne’er-do-well about town, and co-editor of the Winter 2016 issue of Local Nomad. He is the author of a novel, The Found Diary of Avery Alexander Myer, illustrated by Philippine artist Gromyko Semper. His short fiction has appeared in Point Lobos Magazine and can be heard read out loud on R. B. Wood’s “The Word Count” podcast. Three anthologies have published his poetry. He won first place in the Monterey County Weekly’s “101-Word Short Story Contest” in 2013, and lives in Monterey County, deep in the mushy hills somewhere. He’s ready to migrate.

Jane Frank’s poems have appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Westerly, Writ, Communion, Uneven Floor, Yellow Chair Review, Antiphon, The Lake and elsewhere in Australia and the UK. Jane teaches a range of writing disciplines at Griffith University in both Brisbane and on the Gold Coast in south east Queensland, Australia. She has just completed a PhD examining the rise of the global Book Town Movement.

Robert F. Gross
is passing through Rochester, New York, today. He has been a teacher, scholar, theatrical director, performance artist. These days, he’s mostly a writer–and his works have recently appeared in Birds Piled Loosely, After the Pause, and Dead Snakes.

Marj Hahne is a freelance editor and writing teacher, a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, and the founder-director of The Avocado Sisterhood, a membership organization for women and girl writers.

Jessie Janeshek’s full-length book of poems is Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010). Her chapbook Rah-Rah Nostalgia is forthcoming from dancing girl press. An Assistant Professor of English and the Director of Writing at Bethany College, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. She co-edited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers(KWG Press, 2008). You can read more of her poetry at

Dylan Krieger is currently working as a magazine editor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she also earned my MFA and directed the annual Delta Mouth Literary Festival this past spring. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several print and online publications, including Deluge, Juked, Art Nouveau, Tenderloin, So and So, Smoking Glue Gun, and Small Po[r]tions.

Emily Linstrom is a NYC-based artist currently adventuring on the Pacific Northwest coast. Her writing and photography have been featured by/in Three Rooms Press, Nailed Magazine, The Literary Bohemian, Misfit Magazine and Yes, Poetry, as October’s featured poet. She is currently the first prize winner of Pulp Literature Press’s 2015 The Raven short story contest. Upcoming publications include Flapperhouse and Homestead Review. A burlesque & sideshow veteran, she has eaten fire and walked on glass for the likes of Cirque du Soleil, The Slipper Room, Brooklyn Circus Co., New York Fashion Week, The Bowery Poetry Club, and various film installations and music videos.

Rupert Loydell is Senior Lecturer in English with Creative Writing at Falmouth University, the editor of Stride and With magazines, and a contributing editor to international times. He is the author of many collections of poetry, including The Return of the Man Who Has Everything, Wildlife and Ballads of the Alone, all published by Shearsman Books. An artist’s book-in-a-box, The Tower of Babel, was published by Like This Press; and Encouraging Signs, a book of essays, articles and interviews by Shearsman. He edited Smartarse for Knives Forks & Spoons Press, From Hepworth’s Garden Out: poems about painters and St. Ives for Shearsman, and Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh, an anthology of manifestos and unmanifestos, for Salt. He lives in a creekside village with his family and far too many CDs and books in Cornwall, England.

Jim Maughn lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where he coordinates A New Cadence Poetry Series out of the Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz. His first book, Kata, was published by BlazeVOX Books in 2009. He is a member of the Black Radish Books Publishing Collective, and his second book, Arakaki Permutations, was published by Black Radish Books in 2011. His most recent book, These Peripheries, was published in 2012

Megan Merchant writes during naptime, in the car, and sometimes while hiding in the pantry. Her poems and translations have most recently appeared in publications including Rat’s Ass Review, Mothers Always Write, Crack the Spine, First Literary Review East, Elephant Journal, and The Poetry of Yoga. She was the winner of the Las Vegas Poets Prize, judged by Tony Hoagland. She is the author of two chapbooks : Translucent, Sealed, (Dancing Girl Press, 2015) and In the Rooms of a Tiny House ( ELJ Publications, October 2016). Her first full length collection Gravel Ghosts (Glass Lyre Press) will be appearing in 2016 along with and her first children’s book through Philomel Book.

Felicia Mitchell lives rural southwestern Virginia,where she teaches English at Emory & Henry College. Her poems and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Hospital Drive and PMS.poemmemoirstory. Waltzing with Horses, a collection of poems, is available from Press 53. Website:

Philip Byron Oakes
is a poet living in Austin, Texas. His third volume of poetry, ptyx and stone, (white sky ebooks) was released in 2013. See his website:

Tom Pescatore can sometimes be seen wandering along the Walt Whitman bridge or down the sidewalks of Philadelphia’s old Skid Row. He might have left a poem or two behind to mark his trail. He maintains a poetry blog:

Jessica Purdy teaches Poetry Workshops at Southern New Hampshire University. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. In 2014 she was nominated by Flycatcher for Best New Poets and Best of the Net. Recently her poems have appeared in Bluestem Magazine, The Telephone Game, The Tower Journal, The Cafe Review, Off the Coast, The Foundling Review, and Flycatcher. Previously, her poems have appeared in Literary Mama, Halfway Down the Stairs, What is Home, (an anthology of the 2007 Portsmouth Poet Laureate program), Analecta, and The Beacon Street Review. Her chapbook, Learning the Names, was published in 2015 by Finishing Line Press.

Barbara Ruth is a dedicated dreamer. She has spent decades playing in the realms betwixt, cultivating lucid dreaming then casting it back into the great ocean of the unconscious. Sun in Cancer, Moon in Gemini, Taurus rising. In waking life she often writing of dreaming life. She wonders whose dream she is. Really.

Ruth Sabath Rosenthal
is a New York poet, well published in literary journals and poetry anthologies throughout the U.S. and also in Canada, France, India, Israel, Italy, Romania, and the U.K. In 2006, Ruth’s poem “on yet another birthday” was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Ruth has authored 5 books of poetry: Facing Home (a chapbook) — Facing Home and Beyondlittle, but by no means smallFood: Nature vs Nurture and Gone, but Not Easily Forgotten. These books can be purchased from For more about Ruth, please feel free to visit her website:

Scott T. Starbuck’s poetry focuses on the clash between ancient sustaining forces like wild salmon rivers and modern industry and industrial livelihood. He says, “The National Poetry Series accepting support from Exxon is like God asking Satan if he can spare some change for the cause.” Bill McKibben wrote about Starbuck’s “Industrial Oz [as] . . . rousing, needling, haunting.” Thomas Rain Crowe added, “Industrial Oz may just be the most cogent and sustained collection of quality eco-activist poetry ever written in this culture, this country.”

Kristine Steddum’s work reflects inspiration from the natural world, literature, art, history, personal experience, and imagination. I recently graduated with a BA in English, Creative Writing and reside in SW Missouri.

Jean Vengua is author of Prau and The Aching Vicinities, and winner of the 2007 Filamore Tabios Sr. Memorial Poetry Prize (Meritage Press). With poet Mark Young (Australia), Jean co-edited The First Hay(na)ku Anthology, and The Hay(na)ku Anthology Vol. II. Her poems and essays have been published in many journals in print and online. She manages and edits the online journal that you’re reading right now: Local Nomad. Her other website is The Commonwealth Cafe.

Mary Alinney Villacastin is a Filipina-American cosmonaut swimming sideways in space-time. After studying anthropology at Barnard College, she began experimenting with auto-ethnographic records on the road ( Last based in Berlin and Oaxaca, Mexico, she currently lives winter with her family in South Florida (photo-poetry on, re-writing virtual versions of her various voyages. Her visions of earth travel & art-is-destiny frees her imagination from born borders of institutionalized identity, as an alien dreamer in search of adventurous & alternative truths.

Mark Young is the editor of Otoliths, lives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia, & has been publishing poetry for more than fifty-five years. His work has been widely anthologized & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages. A new collection of poems, Bandicoot Habitat, is now out from Gradient Books of Finland.