Second Quarter 2013




Issue Details:

Suejin Jo is the cover artist for the April 2013 issue. Her dry pigment painting thousand kisses deep was inspired by both “Lullaby” by Auden and a Korean poem, but the title came from  Leonard Cohen.  More of Suejin’s paintings can be seen here:

Karen Lee Lewis’ poetry is paired with her own photographs. Karen’s poetry is part of a ten-part poem written in response to a painting by Charles Burchfield, who was known for extending his works by adding additional paper in sections to his original.  More information about Karen and her work can be found here:

Carol Roh Spaulding’s poetry is paired with Suejin Jo’s paintings. Suejin is deeply interested in the picture surface, and created the paintings using oil and dry pigment, which give unparalleled color and texture to the painting. The featured paintings are: Red Chasing Blue, New Orleans Night Walk, fog, Up the River, and Votive on Japanese Bridge. More of Suejin’s work can be seen here:

Kristin Abraham’s poetry is paired with Morwenna Catt’s images of creatures she constructed from inside-out fur coats & found objects. Industrial X-rays of the creatures’ innards reveal wire texts and small ‘secret’ objects. More of Morwenna’s artwork can be found here:


Kristin Abraham is an Aquarius and shares a birthday with Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12).

Morwenna Catt lived in a shed in a field on the edge of a wood for a few years.

Suejin Jo disliked her given name and changed it when she was seventeen. Her old name meant “child of grace”; her new one means “germ of truth.”

Karen Lee Lewis took the photograph on the cover of Lisa Forrest’s album “Winter Moon,” written after Charles Burchfield’s painting “Arctic Owl & Winter Moon.”

Carol Roh Spaulding lived for a year at 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris, the former home of American expatriate author Gertrude Stein.


Karen Lee Lewis


text and images © copyright Karen Lee Lewis, 2013


Carol Roh Spaulding

Featuring Images by

Suejin Jo


text © copyright Carol Roh Spaulding and images © copyright Suejin Jo, 2013


Kristin Abraham

Featuring Images by

Morwenna Catt


text © copyright Kristin Abraham and images © copyright Morwenna Catt, 2013



Issue Details:

Natasha Sweeten is the cover artist for the May 2013 issue. Her oil on wood painting, “Learning to Crawl” is featured. More of Natasha’s work can be found here:

Jennifer Firestone’s poetry is paired with Jill Magi’s images of her installation “Compass and Hem.” As an installation, “Compass & Hem” includes the following forms and materials: sewing pattern paper inscribed with traced text, stitching, photo documentation of writing while wearing the pattern sleeve, a wood branch armature painted bone white, an old hanger, and a matrix of text pinned to the wall. More of Jennifer’s poetry can be found here:

j/j hastain’s poetry is paired with Marthe Reed’s collages. These hybrid pieces are the most recent incarnation of a collaboration that began with a Dusie Kollektiv chapbook of exchanged poetry-postcards. In this collaboration, j/j responds to Marthe’s collages with a poem which Marthe then incorporates via PhotoShop, brining image and text together as a single object. More of j/j’s work can be found here:
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Hannah Jansen’s poetry is paired with Natasha Sweeten’s paintings. Natasha imagines the forms she uses to possess distinct personalities that in turn become her tools for working.  With them she creates a narrative for each piece, putting into play several methods of paint application and removal in order to set up unanticipated relationships. More of Natasha’s work can be found here:


Jennifer Firestone‘s partner took a great photo of her with Cornel West, but it was never saved and it is gone forever.

j/j hastain prefers not to be referred to by binary based pronouns. j/j created a preferred pronoun: “pleth” (a mono-syllabization of the word plethora).

Hannah Jansen once made a dress out of tea bags.

Jill Magi hopes to become a better sports writer.

Marthe Reed once lived on a bush block in Wanneroo, Western Australia, with two little boys, a husband, a kelpie, two sheep, two zebra finches, seven guinea pigs, a pond full of gold fish, and an itinerant flock of white-tailed black cockatoos that came in low over the house on the edges of storms to roost in the dead, twiggy tops of old jarrah trees.

Natasha Sweeten grew up with four Volkswagen Beetles in her immediate family, and as a child could not figure out the final day in the Beatles’ “Eight Days a Week.”


Jennifer Firestone

Featuring Images by

Jill Magi


text © copyright Jennifer Firestone and images © copyright Jill Magi, 2013


j/j hastain

Featuring Images by

Marthe Reed

Marthe Reed j hastain a form of finesse

Marthe Reed j hastain shepherd of upanishads

Marthe Reed j jastain multifarous

text © copyright j/j hastain and images © copyright Marthe Reed, 2013


Hannah Jansen

Featuring Images by

Natasha Sweeten


text © copyright Hannah Jansen and images © copyright Natasha Sweeten, 2013



Issue Details:

Dominique Simmons is the cover artist for the June 2013 issue. Her mixed-media piece “Yellow Sky Over Green Sea” portrays a boat on a rocky shore. The rocks in the foreground are egg shells glued to paper and painted; the rest is pastel. More of Dominiques work can be seen here: and here:

Caroline Klocksiem’s poetry is paired with Karri Paul’s artwork. Karri Paul’s scroll-like pencil drawings and oil-on-aluminum collages are filled with allusions to nature and grand landscapes. Stacked accretions of information, they depict a world that is at once detailed and ambiguous,scenic and sterile, abundant and alienating. More of Karri’s artwork can be found here:
More of Caroline’s poetry can be found here:

Kristy Bowen’s poetry is from a text image project titled Radio Ocularia. More of Kristy’s work can be found here:

Rachel Andoga’s poetry is paired with Dominique Simmon’s artwork. Dominique’s artwork appears in the following order: The World Keeps Getting Bigger, pastel, 2012 “We live in womb-darkness for nine months and then we are literally pushed into the light. After that, the world just keeps getting bigger,” Shoots, Monotype, 2010. “This monotype was formally positioned with the two tendrils dropping down like a jelly-fish. My husband posted it to my gallery upside-down and now it reminds me of a root system with young shoots popping above ground. Upside-down or rightside-up, your interpretation is a good as mine,” Raven’s Nest, mixed-media monotype, 2010. “Who doesn’t have a fascination with the Corvid family? They are so smart and we further endow them with magical powers and ulterior motives,” and BigRockets, Small Minds, Acrylic, 1996 “This image is a reference to the small minds that perpetuate the war machine. It is also a nod to the big red libido that rules most of our lives. We are still primates, after all.” More of Dominique’s artwork can be found here: and here:
More of Rachel’s poetry can be found here:


Rachel Andoga has had an abiding crush on Jeff Goldblum since she was 7 years old.

Kristy Bowen was named 3rd grade Loves Park Elementary School Spelling Bee Champ, but still has persistent issues with the whole “I before E except after C” thing…

Caroline Klocksiem looks through binoculars regularly. (Not at people.)

Karri Paul‘s namesake was the ninety year old pastry chef for a Waupaca, Wisconsin truck stop.

At the tender age of 59, Dominique Simmons got her toenails painted for the first time in her life.


Caroline Klocksiem

Featuring Images by

Karri Paul


 text © copyright Caroline Klocksiem and images © copyright Karri Paul, 2013


Kristy Bowen


Radio Ocularia


text and images © copyright Kristy Bowen, 2013


Rachel Andoga

Featuring Images by

Dominique Simmons


text © copyright Rachel Andoga and images © copyright Dominique Simmons, 2013

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