Issue No. 6: 1ST ANNIVERSARY, JULY 2019

It’s been one year since we launched Turnpike Magazine, and we are so happy you’re here to celebrate with us! Since our debut in July 2018, we have grown in team members, submissions, contributors, and supporters. It has been an absolute whirlwind, and we are feeling both empowered and humbled. We are grateful for the opportunity to add some light into the world.

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Thank you for supporting this project, as it wouldn’t be possible without you. It has become something even more beautiful than we could have ever imagined.

Contributor Bios:

  • Abby Johnson is a poet and a Hoosier who is proud of the local art scene that fostered her. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing through Butler University. She has been published previously in Turnpike, as well as in Sixfold Journal, Josephine Quarterly, and Bear Review. She has published a Micro-chapbook through Ghost City Press that is available for download on their website.
  • Samantha Harrison is currently studying English and Creative Writing at Franklin College of Indiana. She enjoys doodling cartoons and rereading the same two Kurt Vonnegut short story collections when she has some free time.
  • Dave O’Leary is a writer and musician living in Seattle. He’s had two novels published (The Music Book, Booktrope, 2014 and Horse Bite, Infinitum, 2011) and has had work featured in, the Monarch Review, and the Portland Book Review. He/Him
  • Morgan Russell is a rhetorician and poet, and her work may be found in a number of places, such as Rabid Oak Issue 12, Empty House Press Issue 1, Apricity Press Issue 4, and others. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found mainlining coffee or babysitting until she gets into a grad program or finds a cubicle job in Corporate America.
  • Chi Illochi is a 19-year-old aspiring writer, poet, journalist, stylist, and designer from Pittsburgh, PA. Since Chi is a multi-talented artist, many of her works have been published in different online magazines, websites, and social medias for creatives. In all Chi does, her main goal is to inspire, to connect, and to free those intrigued and captivated by her artistic mind. Chi is a well-rounded individual with very few limitations in the creative scene. Chi lives in passion, dedication, inspiration, light, and grace. You can find Chi Ilochi on Instagram and Twitter: @Igbohippie_
  • William Bortz is a husband, editor, and poet who lives in Des Moines, Iowa. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Empty Mirror, 8 Poems, honey & lime lit, Oxidant Engine, Okay Donkey, Unvael Journal, The Shore, and the Lyrical Iowa anthology.
  • Katie Hébert is a NYC-based queer spoken word/slam poet. She is a recent graduate from SUNY Oneonta where she studied English and Women’s & Gender Studies. When she isn’t writing poetry or talking about intersectional feminism, she’s probably sleeping or fangirling over Harry Styles.
  • Diane Elayne Dees’s poetry has been published in many journals and anthologies. Diane also publishes Women Who Serve, a blog that delivers news and commentary on women’s professional tennis throughout the world. Her chapbook, I Can’t Recall Exactly When I Died, is forthcoming from Clare Songbirds Publishing House.
  • Roppotucha Greenberg’s stories have appeared in Noon (Arachne Press 2019), Elephants Never, Ellipsis Zine, Twist in Time, The Forge Literary Magazine, Virtual Zine, The Honey and Lime Literary Magazine, and several others. She lives in Ireland and doodles creatures. Her recent doodle books Creatures Give Advice and Creatures Give Advice Again are available on Amazon: | Web: | Twitter: @Roppotucha
  • A. A. Parr is an arts educator and founder of The Art Within; she holds a Specialised Honours BFA from York University and is a certified Life Coach. She is a performer, playwright, and artist working on her second novel and a bi-weekly poetry series available on Channillo; follow her on Twitter: @IfItFeelsWrite
  • Danielle Rose lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their two cats. She is the managing editor of Dovecote Magazine and used to be a boy. Her work can be found in Kissing Dynamite, Third Point Press, Glass Poetry’s Poet’s Resist and elsewhere.
  • Elle Danbury has had her photographs published multiple times in Barren Magazine, Cauldron Anthology, and has been a featured artist in littledeathlit. After leaving city life many years ago, she moved into her own little forest in northern British Columbia Canada to find out who she was and what her passions were. Always a lover of nature, she seems to have found a niche for herself. Twitter: @Elleoftheforest
  • Cat Garrett is a competitive spoken word poet and a working journalist. She writes about love, sports, radio, grief and inheritance. She has represented Victoria and Vancouver three times at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word national championships.
  • Rachel Haywood is a recent graduate of Ball State University. Her essays, poetry, and fiction have appeared in Brave Voices Magazine, The Broken Plate, and Barren Magazine, among others. She lives in Fort Wayne, IN with her family.
  • April Frances Federico is an up-and-coming poet, activist, visual artist, and journalist. She has an ardor for human rights, coffee, animals, and books!
  • Kelsey May is a writer, teacher, and activist from Grand Rapids, MI. Her work has appeared in NonBinary Review, The 3228 Review, and The Broken Plate, and she interviews poets and other miscellaneous people at Hyype. She loves birdwatching, trying new plant-based foods, and her husband.
  • Milka Kiriaku is a queer black writer, educator, and emulsion extraordinaire. Ever the personal-welfare ideologue, they rely religiously on strong community, great books, terrible movies, and hyaluronic acid.
  • Marie Fields is a poet of Lebanese/Syrian descent living in the DFW area. She has a poetry collection currently available on Amazon titled “Marie! (mah-RIE!).
  • Pitambar Naik is an Indian poet and writer. He was shortlisted for the Wordweavers India Poetry Contest 2017 and longlisted for the Rhythm Divine Poetry Chapbook Contest 2018. His work has appeared in Vayavya, Literary Orphans, Occulum, Ethos Literary Journal, Joao-Roque Literary Journal, The Mark Literary Review, Blue Lake Review, Mojave Heart Review, Selcouth Station, The Literary Nest, Moonchild Magazine, Bhashabandhan Literary Review, HEArt Online, Formercactus, Coldnoon International, The New Indian Express, Better Than Starbucks, Kitaab International, Muse India, Best Indian Poetry and elsewhere. He is working on his 3 books of poetry. He can be reached at:
  • Olya Tra is a self taught artist with academic & professional background in science and life long admiration of nature.
  • Neha Maqsood is a 20-year-old, born-and-bred Pakistani currently pursuing a dual degree in Medicine and Global Health at Imperial College London and Bristol University. Alongside her academics, she is a part-time actress and radio show host; she starred in the 2018 film “Sisters in Arms,” which is currently being shown at film festivals around the world, and hosted the award-winning radio show, “Will I ever be a Doctor?” under the Burst Radio Station. Most recently, she was listed as one of the 100 Most Influential BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) people in Bristol by Bristol 24/7 and Bristol Cable for her work in empowering ethnic minorities through leading a Women’s March in Bristol and kick-starting a radio show calling out microaggressions against POCs on campus. Currently, she writes for multiple publications, including Epigram and That’s What She Said, about race, breaking through the Pakistani patriarchy and brown-feminism.
  • Katherine Mezzacappa is an Irish writer of mainly historical fiction, currently living in Tuscany. Her short stories have been published in The Copperfield Review, Erotic Review Magazine, Ireland’s Own and others. The first of two novels writing as Katie Hutton, The Gypsy’s Girl, will be published by Bonnier Zaffre in 2020, and as Kate Zarrelli, Tuscan Enchantment was published earlier this year by eXtasy Books. Katherine is represented by Annette Green Authors’ Agency.
  • Scott Laudati lives in Bushwick with his shnoodle, Dolly. His work has recently appeared in The Bitter Oleander and The Columbia Journal, among others. Visit him on instagram: @scottlaudati

Author: turnpikemagazine

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

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