Issue No. 9: JAN. 2020

We are happy to release Issue No. 9 of Turnpike Magazine!

Turnpike would not be possible without supporters like you and incredible creatives like those listed below. We are in awe of the community we have been able to cultivate through this small online press. Thank you for your continued support – it means more to us than you will ever know.

Contributor Names + Bios:

  • Brianna R Duffin is a poet, novelist, and short-story writer. She currently is a full-time student in Philadelphia, PA, and has been published in two consecutive volumes of Moonstone Poetry’s New Voices Anthology.
  • JL Nash, currently a columnist for ‘Ipinion Syndicate (USA), has been published in articles, poetry and short stories: 2001, 2002 – International Cricketer, poetry; 2003 – Richmond Review (USA), poetry; 2005 – Marshall Islands Literary Review, poetry; 2006 – Paranoia (UK), poetry & flash fiction; 2006 – Zygote In My Coffee, flash fiction; 2006 – Scintilla, poetry; 2007 – Red Bubble, poetry; 2009 – The Pandorian Arts Magazine, featured editor & contributor of poetry & flash fiction; 2011 – A Moment, solo poetry publication (Amazon); 2011 – Eden’s Other Daughter, poetry (Pandorian Publishing); 2012 – Beneath The Shadows The Soul Walks, short stories & photography with P. Pajdic (Pandorian Publishing), performance poet; 2018, 2019 – The Poets’ Breakfast, TFF and fringe poetry.
  • Crystal Stone’s poetry has previously appeared or is forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, The Hopkins Review, Salamander, Poetry Daily, and many others. She gave a TEDx talk called “The Transformative Power of Poetry,” and published two collections of poetry, Knock-Off Monarch (Dawn Valley Press, 2018) and All the Places I Wish I Died (CLASH, 2021).
  • Lacie Semenovich is the author of a chapbook, Legacies (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in The Ghazal Page, Leveler, Muddy River Poetry Review, B O D Y, Nixes Mate Review, Misfit Magazine, and other journals.
  • Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, The San Pedro River Review, as well as other publications.
  • Habib Mohana was born in 1969 in Daraban Kalan, a town in the district of Dera Imsail Khan, Pakistan. He is an assistant professor of English at government degree college No 3, D. I. Khan. He writes fiction in English, Urdu and Saraiki, his mother tongue. He has four books under his belt, one in Urdu and three in Saraiki. His Saraiki novel forms part of the syllabus for the MA in Saraiki at Zikria University Multan. His short stories in English have appeared in literary journals of America, India, UK, Canada, China and South Africa. In 2010 and 2014 his Saraiki books won the Khawaja Ghulam Farid Award from the Pakistan Academy of Letters. His book of short stories in Urdu, titled ADHORI NEEND, won the Abaseen award from the Government of KPK. He is currently seeking a publisher for his novel The Village Café.
  • George Briggs is a high school teacher from Rhode Island. His writing has appeared in Ghost City Review, Isacoustic*, The Mystic Blue Review, and elsewhere.
  • Eleanor Capaldi is a writer and director based in Scotland, and has been published by Gutter Magazine, The Interpreter’s House, and The Skinned Knee Collective, and in anthologies including Queering the Map (Knight Errant Press) and Reel to Rattling Reel (Cranachan). Journalism has appeared in DIVA, VICE, Munchies, The Skinny, and for Glasgow Film Theatre. Short films Pull (2017) and Glue (2019) have screened in competition at the Scottish Queer International Film Festival.
  • Miranda Sun is twenty years old. An alumna of the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, her work has been recognized by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and published in Body Without Organs, Lammergeier, Red Queen, and more.
  • Shalini Mahapatra is a freelance PR and Mar-com consultant, a content advisor, author, blogger, and media pedagogue. She can be read on Having travelled globally, she presently resides in East India.
  • Nazli Karabiyikoglu is a Turkish author, now full-time resident in Georgia, who recently escaped from the political, cultural, and gender oppression in Turkey. She helped create the #MeToo movement within the Turkish publishing industry, from which she was then excommunicated. With an M.A. in Turkish Language and Literature from Bogazici University, Karabıyıkoglu has five published books in Turkish and has recently completed translations of two new texts for international publication. Having won six literary awards in her country, she has been actively writing for magazines since 2009.
    • Translator: Eylul Deniz Doganay was born on May 24th, in 1996, in Istanbul, Turkey. She discovered her interest in the English language at a young age, and therefore focused on foreign languages and translation. She is currently continuing her higher education at Bilkent University, where she added French to her working languages and aspires to become an interpreter. She took on her first long-term project when she began translating the works of Nazli Karabiyikoglu in the summer of 2018, as she believes in the particular work and its universal value, and the translator’s mission to convey that value.
  • Sandhya Vikram is a self-taught artist, born and brought up in Pakistan, currently living in UAE. Since Sandhya’s childhood, she has been passionate about the arts. Sandhya’s father is a Civil Engineer, and he used to make architectural designs that motivated her towards the arts. She then started to convert the colours of life and her thoughts on art materials (like canvas, papers, glass etc).
  • Translator: Essam M. Al-Jassim is a Saudi translator. He taught English for many years at Royal Commission schools in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. He ‎received his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Education from King Faisal University, Hofuf. His translations appear in a variety of online and print Arabic and English literary journals.
    • Author: Mohamad A. Aly
  • Dave O’Leary is a writer and musician living in Seattle. He’s had two novels published (The Music Book, Booktrope, 2014 & Horse Bite, Infinitum, 2011) and has had prose and poetry featured in, among others,, The Portland Book Review, Vamp Cat Magazine, Turnpike Magazine, and Reflex Fiction, where he was long-listed for the Autumn 2019 Flash Fiction Prize.
  • Artist, poet, and freelance writer, J.I. Kleinberg tears up magazines in Bellingham, Washington, and posts most days at
  • Robert Boucheron is an architect in Charlottesville, Virginia. His stories and essays appear in Bellingham Review, Fiction International, Saturday Evening Post, and online magazines.
  • Diane Elayne Dees, who lives in Covington, Louisiana, has two poetry chapbooks forthcoming. Diane publishes Women Who Serve, a blog that delivers news and commentary on women’s professional tennis throughout the world.
  • The artist Tomer Peretz passionately searches for the unexplored, not often portrayed and interesting side of the persona he paints; he lives for the process and the complete painting is only the last step in the artistic method. Tomer spends weeks at a time with his anonymous or famous subjects, photographing and emerging into their lives, getting inspired by their habits, beliefs and family. The more time he spends with his inspirations the better the work on the canvas is. The goal is not only to create a visually pleasing and highly detailed portrait but also to tell a story and document a moment in time that would make the viewer feel something.
  • Omotoyosi Salami is a poet and Geology student living in Lagos, Nigeria. She has been published in Vagabond City Lit, Constellate Lit, and Brittle Paper. If you do not find her reading a book, you will find her writing something. She is on Twitter as @HM_Omotoyosi.
  • Colin Johnson is living the dream of becoming a writer after leaving the healthcare sector to seek creative satisfaction. His first publication appeared in Earlyworks Anthology in 2019. He lives in the UK, and hopes his work has universal appeal.
    • Artist: Michael G. Clark
  • H.E. Grahame is a writer, poet and student at the University of Utah studying Writing and Rhetoric. She works as a Writing Consultant and Publications Coordinator for Salt Lake Community College. She enjoys cooking, travel, photography, music, and words. (
  • Spaceman is Tom Di Roma’s nickname. Writing is his game, and has been since 1966 when he wrote his first novella about a doomed love affair.
  • Kieron Circuit is of Northern Irish origin, but is currently based in Calgary, Canada. He hopes that his perspective goes some way to compliment his self taught methods of photography.
  • Ron Riekki’s books include U.P. (Ghost Road Press), Posttraumatic (Hoot ‘n’ Waddle), and My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction (Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House Press). Riekki co-edited Undocumented (Michigan State University Press) and The Many Lives of The Evil Dead (McFarland), and edited And Here (MSU Press), Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (MSU Press, Independent Publisher Book Award), and The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (Wayne State University Press, Michigan Notable Book).
  • Bonnie E. Carlson writes amidst the saguaros and chollas in the Sonoran Desert. Her work has been published in literary magazines such as Foliate Oak, Broadkill Review, Across the Margin, The Normal School, and Fewer Than 500. Her novel Radical Acceptance is forthcoming.
  • Sarah Marquez is an M.A. candidate at Southern New Hampshire University. She has work published and forthcoming in various magazines and journals, including Amethyst Review, Anthropocene, Peculiars Magazine, and Crepe and Penn. When not writing, she can be found reading for Periwinkle Magazine, sipping coffee, or tweeting (@Sarahmarissa338).

Author: turnpikemagazine

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

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