Issue No. 7: SEPT. 2019

We are happy to release Issue No. 7 of Turnpike Magazine.


We thank you for your continued support. We have found that our issues just keep building on top of one another – in theme, content, and quality. We have had the privilege of working with hundreds of contributors, and look forward for the hundreds more to follow. Keep supporting small literary and art magazines, as some of the best work lies within their pages.

Contributor Names + Bios:

  • Dipe Jola is a teen poet, lover of arts and its creativity. She has her works published on Africanwriter, Nantygreens, and many more. First runner-up EOPP 2018. Can be reached via IG: @dipe_jola and Twitter: @Jola_ng.
  • Justine Aubrie is a writer from upstate New York. In their spare time, they coach a poetry slam team.
  • Muthuvel Deivendran is a high school teacher helping kids understand Society. He lives in Chennai, India.
  • Debasis Tripathy currently lives in Bangalore. His work has appeared in Punch Magazine, Kitaab, FormerCactus, PrachyaReview, Muse India, Phenomenal Literature, and Pangolin Review, among other places.
  • Lauren Oakly is an author and playwright with a BA in Creative Writing who has published a short story and an article online. She has also written short articles and a 2-page script for her university’s creative writing magazine Show Don’t Tell, alongside illustrating and editing for the magazine.
  • Sam Ferrante is a queer poet, bartender, and MFA candidate in Butler University’s Poetry program in Indianapolis, IN. Originally from Long Island, NY, she has been lucky enough to have featured with La Mama Poetica, Melbourne Spoken Word, Passionate Tongues, and a couple other spots.
  • Mike Ferguson is an American permanently resident in the UK. His most recent poetry collection is Professions [The Red Ceilings Press, 2018], and a collection of his found prose poems is forthcoming with Knives Forks and Spoons Press.
  • Marina Flores is a feminist scholar who holds her MA in Literature, Creative Writing and Social Justice from Our Lady of the Lake University. She lives in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas where she writes creative nonfiction about her childhood and chronic illness. Marina tweets her thoughts daily from @marinathelibra.
  • Gale Acuff has published hundreds of poems in many journals and is the author of three books of poetry. He has taught university English in the US, China, and Palestine.
  • Linda McMullen is a wife, mother, diplomat, and homesick Wisconsinite. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in over thirty literary magazines, including, most recently, The Passed Note, Luna Station Quarterly, Ripples in Space, Write Ahead/The Future Looms Magazine, and Drunk Monkeys.
  • Emily Murman is a poet from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She holds a BA in Writing from Lake Forest College and graduated in 2018. Emily has been published in Milk + Beans, Okay Donkey, Cease Cows, Peculiars Magazine, The Green Light, and Déraciné. She can be found on Twitter @emilymurman.
  • Gareth McGorman is a scale modeller and photographer based in Toronto. He takes photos of my hand painted figures that imagine how their lives would be if they lived among us in a full scaled world.
  • Catherine A. Brereton is a freelance writer from Lexington, Kentucky. She is a founding editor of Solidago Literary Journal and the former Editor-in-Chief of Limestone: Art. Prose. Poetry. Her writing appears in over 50 national and international publications; her most recent work can be found in Electric Literature, Prairie Schooner, Narratively, The Establishment, Story | Houston, and Litro. She is a recipient of the 2018 Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, awarded in recognition of artistic excellence. Her essay, “Trance,” was recognized as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays, she is a nominee for a Best of the Net award, and she is the winner of The Flounce’s Nonfiction Writer the Year award. Originally from England, Catherine moved to the United States in 2008. She lives with her wife and their teenage daughters. You can follow her on Twitter: @CABreretonKY.
  • Marc Alexander Valle is an English teacher, cinephile, and karaoke geek from eastern Pennsylvania. He’s had his stories and poems published in Lehigh Valley Vanguard, The Drabble, and Beechwood Review. Visit his blog at: mavthewriter.com
  • Baṣọ̀run-Yunusa Muhammad-Habeebullahi is a Nigerian poet in love with the sound and shape of words. He is currently a postgraduate student of English.
  • Mike Wilson, a writer living in Lexington, Kentucky, has had work published in small magazines including Appalachian Heritage, Solidago, Frogpond, Cagibi, Stoneboat, and The Aurorean.
  • George R. Justice.
  • Mona Dash is the author of Untamed Heart (Tara India Research Press, 2016), and two collections of poetry Dawn-Drops (Writer’s Workshop, 2001) A certain way. She has a Masters in Creative Writing (with distinction) from the London Metropolitan University. Mona was awarded a Poet of Excellence award in the House of Lords in 2016. Her work has been published, anthologised, and listed in various competitions such as Bath, Bristol, Fish, Leicester Writes, Asian Writer, Momaya Press to name some. Her short story collection Let us look elsewhere was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Awards ’18. Her memoir A Roll of the Dice: a story of loss, love and genetics has been published recently by Linen Press UK. Mona is a Telecoms Engineer and MBA and works full time in a global technology organisation. Originally from India, she lives in London.
  • Olivia Cyr is a writer and editor with a dual degree in Creative Writing and English from the University of Maine at Farmington. When she is not at her full-time office job, she is reading a book a week, and writing and submitting to small, intimate presses that are doing amazing, important work.
  • M. de la Rosa is from Mexico. They are most active online as a music journalist and a poetry editor/translator, and the Curator of the Poetry Spotlight series on Cardiff-based Zine God Is In The TV, whose mission is to present the work of interesting creators, with a strong emphasis on Women, POC, LGBTQ, and Neurodivergent poets – we have a “no straight White man” rule. Find them on Instagram and Twitter: @delarosaradio.
  • Eoin O’Donnell is a writer from Dublin, Ireland. His has work published in Kerouac’s Dog (UK) and Adelaide (USA) magazines. He has written some novels and is writing some more. Find him on Instagram: @eod81.
  • Kristiana Reed is a writer and an English Teacher living in the UK. She is the creator of My Screaming Twenties on WordPress and she recently released her debut poetry collection, Between the Trees.
  • Lauren Harkawik is an essayist and fiction writer who lives in Vermont, where she works as a freelance small-town news reporter. She’ll write a book about it, someday.
  • William A. Greenfield is a writer of poetry, a youth advocate worker, a fairly good poker player, and a fairly poor golfer. He resides in Liberty, NY with his wife, son, and a dog; always a dog.
  • Sara Hailstone’s writing is born from navigating the raw and confronting connections that living in a small-town project by scouring collapsed domestic landscapes. She is an educator and writer from Madoc, Ontario who orients towards the ferocity and serenity of nature and what we can learn as humans from the face of forest in our own lives. A graduate of Guelph University (B.A.) and Queen’s University (M.A. and B.Ed.), she is currently completing her Masters in English in Public Texts at Trent University.
  • Payal Dhar is a freelance writer on on technology and culture. She is also an author of young adult fiction. Website: https://payaldhar.com
  • Matt Mitchell is an intersex writer and 1980s horror film aficionado from Warren, Ohio trying to make his work as beautiful as “Drive” by The Cars, the quintessential pop banger. He is a contributing editor for Flypaper Lit, and a member of the Northeast Ohio poetry group Sad Kids Superhero Collective. His chapbook, you & me & the pink moon & these portraits, is due out in August 2019 from Ghost City Press. He also has poems in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Drunk Monkeys, and BARNHOUSE, among others.
  • Selaine Henriksen works for the City of Ottawa as a fitness instructor. She has had stories published in Mystery Times Ten 2013 and 2015, as well as on Little Fiction.com and Spinetingler.com.

Author: turnpikemagazine

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

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