Issue No. 8: NOV. 2019

We are happy to release Issue No. 8 of Turnpike Magazine.

We are so thankful for people like you that believe in our small publication. We continue to work hard to bring you the best content, and to honor our contributors’ work. Keep on supporting small literary and art magazines, as some of the best work lies within their pages.

Contributor Names + Bios:

  • In addition to many online and print journal poetry and short story publications, Laila Halaby is the author of two novels, Once in a Promised Landand West of the Jordan, as well as a collection of poetry, my name on his tongue.  She currently works as a counselor with cancer patients and as a teaching artist/museum educator in Tucson, Arizona.
  • gabe membreno is a queer writer from Long Island, NY.
  • Named by her father after Hollywood starlet Yvonne DeCarlo because he liked DeCarlo’s legs, Yvonne Campbell was raised by a sheet metal worker and a Scottish immigrant mother who harbored fantasies of a stage career. Yvonne always wrote, and now, after stints as a stock broker, visual artist, and ESL teacher—and having raised a daughter as a single mother—she has published in journals, including Great Weather for Media, and Bay Area Generations (chapbook). 
  • A freelance writer living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Siu Siu Sik loves to travel and sit on a bus passing miles and miles of rice fields, grass, trees, rivers, mountains. His work has been featured in The Write Launch.
  • A resident of NY, Stephen Mead is an Outsider multi-media artist and writer.  Since the 1990s he’s been grateful to many editors for publishing his work in print zines and eventually online.  He is also grateful to have managed to keep various day jobs for the Health Insurance. In 2014, he began a webpage to gather various links to his published poetry in one place.
  • Rebecca Ciota is a librarian who has been published in Catfish CreekThe Citron ReviewDirty Chai MagazineWords Apart Magazine, and Vine Leaves Press Journal as well as other venues.
  • Aitana Alberti was born in Buenos Aires in 1941 to Spanish poet Rafael Alberti and his wife María Teresa León. She has edited volumes of poems by Spain’s Generation of ’27, which includes Federico García Lorca, Pedro Salinas, and her father, among others. English translations of her poems have appeared in Common Ground ReviewHampden-Sydney Poetry Review, and Mojo.
  • Frederick Fullerton is a writer and translator. His fiction has been published in The Main Street Rag and his poetry in The Ibis Head Review, among other publications.
  • Oguz Dinc is a Turkish writer from Istanbul. In Turkish, he has four short story collections published. His fiction in English appeared in Glimmer Train, Fiction Southeast, Typishly. Glimmer Train awarded his works a third place and two honorable mentions, and he was a finalist in Bridging the Gap Award given at SLICE 2018 Literary Writers’ Conference in New York. He believes in the universality of the literature, and loves jazz.
  • Traci Musick is a writer, adventurer, and high school English teacher. She lives in the foothills of Appalachia and loves to write essays on topics she contemplates from her front porch or while hiking around her farm.
  • Holly Day’s poetry has recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Grain, and The Tampa Review. Her newest poetry collections are “In This Place, She Is Her Own” (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), “A Wall to Protect Your Eyes” (Pski’s Porch Publishing), “Folios of Dried Flowers and Pressed Birds” (, “Where We Went Wrong” (Clare Songbirds Publishing), “Into the Cracks” (Golden Antelope Press), and “Cross Referencing a Book of Summer” (Silver Bow Publishing).
  • Jo Rohlfing is a midwest fuck-up. They are writing, and making videos and coats.
  • Dan Keeble hails from Essex. UK and has enjoyed publication of his short stories, articles, and humour in both print and online magazines.
  • Susan Sarver paints and writes in Chicago. Currently, she is working on a series of bee and wildlife paintings. More of her work can be seen at
  • Jonathan Payne is a British writer based in Washington, DC. His short fiction has been published by the North London Story Festival and Twist in Time, among others. Follow him on Twitter: @jon7payne
  • Courtney LeBlanc is the author of “Beautiful & Full of Monsters” (forthcoming from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), chapbooks “All in the Family” (Bottlecap Press) and “The Violence Within” (Flutter Press), and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has her MBA from University of Baltimore and her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her publications on her blog: Follow her on twitter: @wordperv, and IG: @wordperv79.
  • Lisa Friedlander is a psychotherapist in private practice and an essayist. Recent essays appear (Aug 12) in The Forge (“Now-ist Meditation on the Memory Couch”), and “Divinely Discontent” appeared in IO lit Journal, and “Downsizing” in Pink Panther lit mag.
  • Montana Leigh Jackson is a Communication Studies student at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She finds peace amongst words and within thunderstorms.
  • Elizabeth York Dickinson received her MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry and photography are published or forthcoming in Kissing Dynamite, Gravel, Halfway Down the Staircase, Coffin Bell, Ghost City Press, Riggwelter and Barren Magazine, among others. Follow her on Twitter: @aworldwanderer
  • Samara Shaw is in her fourth year at Corban University majoring in creative writing. She hopes to write a successful poetry book one day in hopes of encouraging others to use their talents to better the world.
  • Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Camel Saloon, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Halcyon Days.  Her work has been included in many Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies and has been nominated four times for Best of the Net. 
  • Alice Benson’s work has appeared in a variety of publications, and her most recent novel, “A Year in Her Life,” was published by Black Rose Writing in July 2019. She lives in Wisconsin with her spouse and their two dogs.
  • Mahima Kapoor is a postgrad student from Delhi, India, pursuing a Master’s degree in English. She divides half her time between reading and writing and spends the other half trying to learn how to live and love anew. 
  • Kashiana Singh, is a management professional and lives in Chicago. Kashiana’s TEDx talk was dedicated to Work as Worship. Her poetry collection, “Shelling Peanuts and Stringing Words” presents her voice as a participant and an observer. 

Author: turnpikemagazine

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

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