Issue No. 5: MAY 2019

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Contributor Bios:

  • Jaz Papadopoulos is an interdisciplinary artist working in experimental writing, installation, and video. They are interested in diaspora, bodies, place, memory, grief and ritual. Follow them on Twitter @scrybabybaby.
  • Linda M. Crate’s works have been published in various magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of five published chapbooks, a microchap, and a novel titled Phoenix Tears.
  • Wullae Wright is an aspiring musician, artist and published author. Wullae has had successes with his various art forms over the last decade, including 2013 album The Orange Line, which was New Lease Music Blog’s Indie Rock Album of the Year 2014. He had a short story published in Scottish Book Trust ‘Rebel’ book in October 2018.
  • Ariane Cyusa is a magical being that is PASSIONATE about healing, especially through poetry and other forms of creative expression. She will happily write you a poem within minutes, and it’ll most likely make you cry AND most likely be a message for you from your Highest Self. Go on her website,, to find out more!
  • Rose Shrader is a part-time lecturer at Indiana State University, teaching freshman composition classes. Much of her writing focuses on her experience as a wheelchair user, after a car accident that resulted in paralysis from the chest down. Her essays have been published in Diverse Voices Quarterly, Cobalt, Blood and Thunder, and The Moon magazine, and poetry published in Remington Review.
  • Logan D. Roberts currently resides in North Canton, Ohio with his family.  He is a freelance graphic designer and writer. His poetry and writing focuses on mental health, identity struggles, spirituality, and art. He can be found on Twitter @logandroberts and blogging at:
  • Marie Ostendorf-LeClair is a nonbinary poet who focuses on nostalgia and trauma in themes and forms. She is a former Design Editor of Franklin College’s campus literary journal, Apogee, as well as being published in the journal the past four issues.
  • Mitchell Toews’s work has appeared in a variety of markets in the UK, Ireland, the US, and Canada. Details at his website,
  • Egle Makar is an interdisciplinary artist working to create peace on Earth. She hates writing bios because she feels like she’s lived about a dozen lives already, but she can be found @officialegle on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
  • J.B. Toner spent his twenties studying Literature and Escrima. He now lives in Massachusetts and has just released his first novel, Whisper Music.
  • Tabassum Tahmina Shagufta Hussein writes since her early years. Writing is her window to let out her inner most feelings. She completed her Masters in English & American literature and now doing second Masters in Human Resources. She was a Head of Training in Human Resources. Now she is a Free-lance. She believes in love, peace, humanity and harmony. Being an aesthetic, she sees & seeks beauty from the blade of grass to the twinkling stars.She loves recitation and breathes poetry. Her Poems were published in Our Poetry Archive Anthology: “Spiritual Poetry Beyond Borders”, The Pangolin Review, A Poem A Day @poetrypotion, and Rose Quartz Magazine. Aestheticism is the essence of her existence. She lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Suzie Nagy spends her time tending to her plants and puppy and listening to Spotify playlists when she’s not writing. Her work has previously appeared in Apogee
  • Prem Sylvester is a writer from India who turns into words the ideas he catches a whiff of from time to time. Sometimes people read these words. His work has appeared in Rabid Oak, Nu Lit House, Rising Phoenix Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Memoir Mixtapes, and Nightingale & Sparrow, among others.
  • Bukunmi Oyewole is a travel and documentary photographer, and a picture story teller. He enjoys listening to the radio, reading novels and has passion for maps. His other works can be seen on Instagram as @omnivisuals.
  • Robert Boucheron worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has lived since 1987. His short stories and essays appear in Bellingham Review, Fiction International, London Journal of Fiction, Porridge Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, and other magazines.
  • Will Long is a graphic artist and writer. He is currently working on a chapbook, writing poems about his own experience with depression and toxic masculinity.
  • Laurie Kolp’s poems have appeared in the Southern Poetry Anthology VIII: Texas, Stirring, Whale Road Review, Pith, Rust + Moth, and more. Her poetry books include the full-length Upon the Blue Couch and chapbook Hello, It’s Your Mother. An avid runner and lover of nature, Laurie lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs.
  • Tares Oburumu is a graduate of philosophy from the University Of Benin, Nigeria. He’s a lover of God and his daughter Sasha.
  • Katie Hébert is a NYC-based queer spoken word/slam poet. She is a recent graduate from SUNY Oneonta, where she is studied English and Women’s & Gender Studies. When she’s not writing poetry or talking about intersectional feminism, she’s probably sleeping or fangirling over Harry Styles.
  • Charles Haddox lives in El Paso, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border, and has family roots in both countries.  His work has appeared in a number of journals including Chicago Quarterly Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Folio, and Concho River Review.
  • Sandra Paris is a self taught painter who lives and works near Paris. In 2007, in parallel with her job, she decided to go back to the painting. She has exhibited in her own country, Italy, USA, and Colombia.
  • Mitsuko Takayasu was born in 1945 in Nagano and now lives in Chiba with her husband and fellow poet Yoshiro. She is the author of two poetry collections Kikoetekuru shuu (1975) and Choka (1998). Translations of her poetry have appeared in The Bitter OleanderHawaii Pacific ReviewMiracle Monocle, and Visions International.
  • Paul Robert Mullen is a poet, musician and sociable loner from Liverpool, U.K. He has three published poetry collections: curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), and 35 (2018).  He also enjoys paperbacks with broken spines and all things minimalist. Follow him on twitter @mushyprm35.
  • Juanita Rey is a Dominican poet who has been in this country five years. Her work has been published in Pennsylvania English, Harbinger Asylum, Petrichor Machine, and Porter Gulch Review.
  • Justine Aubrie is a writer from upstate New York. In their spare time, they coach a poetry slam team.
  • Bethanie Melcher is a queer poet and speech-language pathology graduate student currently living in New Hampshire. Her work is inspired by the inherent magic of the natural world and the complexities of human connection.

Author: turnpikemagazine

Turnpike is a literary and art magazine devoted to positive themes and underrepresented voices.

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