ISSUE 02: Billie – Contributors

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Gale Acuff

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Gale Acuff has had poetry published in many journals and is the author of three books of poetry. He has taught university English in the US, China, and Palestine. Gale currently teaches at Sichuan University for Nationalities, in Guzan Town, Sichuan, China.

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Eleanor Leonne Bennett

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Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature‘s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland Trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, the BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run “See The Bigger Picture” global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.

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Robin Bullard

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Robin Bullard is a short story writer, a taxi driver, an advertising art director in reverse order of profitability. He’s a regular at the San Francisco Writer’s Workshop and has read publicly at SF LitQuake and Quiet Lightning

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Wanda Morrow Clevenger

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Wanda Morrow Clevenger lives in Hettick, IL. She writes about her life in the mornings aided by many cups of hot pomegranate tea gone cold. Her blog It’s All Just Telling Tales Out of School of new and published this and that resides here:

Ayana Edwards

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Sarah Edwards

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Sarah Edwards is an experimental/street photographer. She is currently living in Montreal, Canada but comes from London, UK. She likes to shoot the ordinary, be it places, people or things because behind the lens nothing is ordinary. Photography has taught her that everything is extraordinary, unusual and hauntingly unique. She loves film and dabbles in it often as time and money permits. You can come see her work and ask her stuff if you want here:

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Patrick Falconi

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Patrick was born in Washington DC. He met his wife, Sonnett, returning home from California riding the Amtrak. They have one cat; his name is Krasavitz. Patrick has an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from VCU and an MFA in cinematography from the AFI Conservatory in Hollywood, CA. Two of his other recently published short stories, “Apropos of R. Brinkley Peabody”, and “Freight”, can be found in the literary journals, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place and OneTitle Magazine, respectively. His favorite perennial is fleabane.

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Howie Good

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Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the new poetry collection, Dreaming in Red, from Right Hand Pointing. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to a crisis center, which you can read about here. He is also the author of numerous chapbooks, including most recently The Devil’s Fuzzy Slippers from Flutter Press and Personal Myths from Writing Knights Press. He has two other chapbooks forthcoming, Fog Area from Dog on a Chain Press and The Death of Me from Pig Ear Press.

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Joseph Goosey

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Joseph Goosey failed out of the MFA program at George Mason University. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida but maybe soon he will live in Southern Pines, North Carolina or maybe soon he will live somewhere else. Words of his have shown up in PANK, Shampoo Poetry, Exquisite Corpse, and if anybody buys them–there are some chapbooks laying around on his floor and also probably on the floors of the people who made them.

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Art Griswold
Writer, LO Reader

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When he decides to come out from under the rock that is GM, Art Griswold writes the hate in his brain as a way of purging his urges.

He enjoys writing as an outlet and wishes he were more prolific.

Excited by his first opportunity handed to him by Literary Orphans, he hopes to continue down the path towards writing full time.

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Jayme Joyce
Photographer, LO Advisor



Jayme Joyce hails from Chicago. Trained as a cinematographer, fiction writer, and art history critic, she applies all her know-how to help run the video production company she co-owns, Joone Studios. She has the coolest brother in the world.

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Kurt Kamin
Writer, LO Reader

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Kurt is a braggart and a scoundrel of the lowest order. He has vagabonded China extensively and lived there on and off since 2008, which facilitated a strong grasp of written and spoken Mandarin. Since first starting his travels, Kurt has completed translations of contemporary Chinese short stories and Singaporean poetry. When he’s not out causing trouble, Kurt enjoys wandering through life and space aimlessly, writing about it when the mood strikes.

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Charles Kruvand
Writer, Photographer

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Charles Kruvand started writing about a year ago. Before that he was a landscape photographer. His first photography book,The Living Waters of Texas, is a runaway hit and can be viewed at Amazon. Thanks to the tens of dollars in royalties, he can now devote time to serious literature like his first story at Barebacklit.

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Anna March

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Anna March’s fiction, essays, reviews and playlists have appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, PANK, The Collagist, Connotation Press and numerous other publications. This is her first published poem. Her essay “The Church of Dead Girls” was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Her recently completed novel, The Diary of Suzanne Frank, is forthcoming. Find her at []

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Doriana Maria
Photographer, Art Editor

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Growing up in a small Rhode Island town, Doriana dreamt of finding fortune in a big city. Impassioned by art and determined to explore the endlessly widening avenues and alleyways of a new life, she relocated to Chicago and studied design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Now working on the MagMIle, Doriana frequently rides her bicycle and EL Train by the lake, drawing on them for inspiration.
Though now at home in the big, second city, she remains continuously inspired by the serenity of the various suburban towns she frequents, recalling her own feelings of home.

Doriana has been working with Literary Orphans since the first issue. She is now the Art Editor for the most recent issue and shares in the collectively developing vision of the Literary Orphans staff and community.

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Peter Marra

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Peter Marra lived in the East Village, New York from 1979 until 1993 at the height of the punk–no wave rebellion. Peter has had a lifelong fascination with Surrealism, Dadaism, and Symbolism, some of his favorite writers being Paul Eluard, Arthur Rimbaud, Tristan Tzara, Edgar Allan Poe, and Henry Miller. His favorite artists are Salvador Dali, Felicien Rops, Dante Rossetti and Amedeo Modigliani. Peter also cites Roger Corman and Russ Meyer as influences. He has had approximately 100 poems and several short stories published either in print or online. His poems explore alienation, addiction, love, the havoc that secrets can wreak and obsessions, often recounted in an oneiric filmic haze. He wishes to find new methods of description and language manipulation spun and wrapped in frenzy. His work has appeared in over 30 journals and he is currently working on his 1st collection of poems. He dreams while awake. Peter currently resides in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

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Anthony Marshall

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Anthony Marshall lives in Charleston, SC where he works at a rubber fist factory and is currently at work on a novel.

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Steven Ostrowski

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Steven Ostrowski is a fiction writer and poet. In addition to two chapbooks (from Bright Hill Press and Finishing Line Press), he has published stories and poems in Madison Review, Sleet, Wisconsin Review, Raritan, Muse & Stone and many other literary journals and zines. He teaches at Central Connecticut State University and is currently compiling a manuscript of short fiction and prose poems with the working title Strange Girl.

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Sylvester Pilgrim

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Sylvester Pilgrim is an aspiring author and poet who currently lives in Toronto, Canada. In addition to writing, he is also a photographer and performs in community theatre with a brief appearance and voice over role in a short film. You can read more of his writing at:

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Thomas Pitre

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Thomas Pitre is a retired educator and trainer, living with his two furry, four-legged friends, his paintbox and his riding mower, on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. He has been concentrating on minimalist and contemplative, digital photography and short fiction during the last few years to hone his skills and find his personal vision in things close by–that many take for granted.

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Tom Pitts

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Tom Pitts received his education firsthand on the streets of San Francisco. His work has appeared in Shotgun Honey, A Twist of Noir, Punk Globe, PoV, Near to the Knuckle, and others. His novella, Piggyback, will be released by Snubnose Press later this year.
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Lorenzo Porricelli

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Lorenzo Porricelli works in the film exhibition industry, and has written for national news media as a business journalist. He is published by Simon & Schuster, and has had short stories in various publications. He is just completing a novel, Neath Hollywood Boulevard, and has written a screenplay, Loony Moons. Porricelli is a member of the Southern California Writers Association, and the Orange County Screenwriters Association. He is a surfer who believes he will escape the coming apocalypse on his surfboard. He lives in Huntington Beach, CA. Writers that have impacted his style are Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, and Franklin W. Dixon. Advice that has influenced his life is from street philosopher, Hattie Pearl DeGrant, “You can never have enough pepper, honey.” Heroes: Mel Brooks, Huey Newton, and Tupac Shakur. Favorite quote: “Tell him I was too fucking busy–or vice versa.” — Dorothy Parker.

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Ken Poyner

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Ken Poyner labors by day as an information management specialist; he splits his remaining time between writing, and acting as eye-candy at his wife’s power lifting meets.  He has published often during the last 40 years, most recently in Menacing Hedge, Corium, Riverbabble, Café Irreal, Eclectica, Silver Blade, The Adirondack Review, Poet Lore, and a few dozen other places.  He and his wife live in the lower right hand corner of Virginia with five rescue cats and one fierce fish.

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Misti Rainwater-Lites

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Misti Rainwater-Lites lives in Texas. To maintain a semblance of sanity she goes through approximately one $200 camera a year shooting herself, food and cheap toys. Misti maintains two blogs, Roxi Xmas and Chupacabra Disco.

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Stephen V. Ramey

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Stephen V. Ramey lives in beautiful New Castle, Pennsylvania, home to not one, but two international pyrotechnics manufacturers. His fiction has appeared in various places, most recently scissors and spackle, Spilling Ink Review, and Pure Slush. He edits the annual Triangulation anthology from Parsec Ink, and the twitterzine, trapeze. He blogs about that process at

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Tree Riesener

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Tree Riesener’s full-length ekphrastic poetry collection, EK, is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. She is the author of three chapbooks: Liminalog (ghazals and sijo), Angel Poison and Inscapes (poems of interior landscape). Her work has appeared in many literary magazines, including Wigleaf, Flashquake, Anemone Sideccar, Recursive Angel, Blood Lotus, The Evergreen Review, Ginosko, the Schuylkill Valley Journal, Loch Raven Review, Pindeldyboz, Identity Theory, The Belletrist Review, and The Source. She has won the William Van Wert Fiction Award, the Semi-Finals of the Pablo Neruda Competition, the Writing Aloud Series of InterAct Theatre, a Hawthornden Fellowship, the Best of Wigleaf 2009 and three first prizes for the Short-Short Story and the Literary Short Story at the Philadelphia Writers Conference. She has been a finalist for Black Lawrence Press’s Hudson Prize, a finalist in PANK magazine’s Fiction Chapbook Contest, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Web. Her poetry has been translated into Russian and Turkish.

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Tom Sheehan

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Sheehan served in the 31st Regt., Korea, 1951-52. His books are Epic Cures, 2005, and Brief Cases, Short Spans, 2008, Press 53; A Collection of Friends and From the Quickening, 2009, Pocol Press; and three manuscripts tendered. He has 18 Pushcart nominations, 300 stories on Rope and Wire Magazine and work in/coming in his 5th issue of Rosebud Magazine, 8th issue of Ocean Magazine. and a 3rd issue of The Linnet’s Wings, all print issues. His newest eBooks from Milspeak Publishers are Korean Echoes, 2011 and The Westering, 2012, the latter nominated for a National Book Award by the publisher.

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Emily Smith-Miller
Writer, Poetry Editor

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Emily Smith-Miller, aka DeadEndEmily, is a writer from Austin, Texas. She has been published in Thirteen Myna Birds, Death Head Grin, Negative Suck and others. She likes being covered in fake blood and watching Vincent Price movies. She hunts zombies in her spare time and is the Contributing Executive Editor and founder of the horror blog The Carnage Conservatory. She’s probably evil and likes to bite. Her personal work can be found at:

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Meg Tuite

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Meg Tuite’s writing has appeared in numerous journals including Berkeley Fiction Review, 34th Parallel, Epiphany, JMWW, One, the Journal, Monkeybicycle and Boston Literary Magazine. She has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. She is the fiction editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review and Connotation Press. She is the author of Domestic Apparition (2011) San Francisco Bay Press, Disparate Pathos (2012) Monkey Puzzle Press, Reverberations (2012) Deadly Chaps Press and has edited and co-authored The Exquisite Quartet Anthology-2011, stories from her monthly column, Exquisite Quartet published in Used Furniture Review.

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Alex Twitchell

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Alex Twitchell lives, works and studies in the Pacific Northwest. He was born in California but has made Washington state his home. He loves the rocky beaches and food and is happily engaged.

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Sarah Van Den Bosch

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Sarah Van Den Bosch is a writer living in Chicago. Her work has previously been featured in Bartleby-Snopes, FreightTrain and Criminal Class Review. She maintains a blog at:

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Scott Waldyn
Writer, Managing Editor

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Scott Waldyn was born a social miscreant in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in a seemingly picturesque middle income suburb of the city, Scott learned to analyze life, his surroundings, and whatever was “taught” to him with an air of skepticism and incessant questioning. This filters through heavily in his work, as what he sees often doesn’t appear to match up with what he’s told. Forever seeking out the humorous and the odd, he’s dedicated himself to stripping away the common mantra of reality in exchange for the surreal undercurrent flowing through the shadows. He’s currently the author of China Town Warrior, a bizarro lit adventure through the underbelly of media-warped youths, and Managing Editor at Literary Orphans.

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Nicolette Wong

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Nicolette Wong is a writer, dancer, magician and editor of A-Minor Magazine, an online journal of fiction, poetry and art. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including fwriction : review, YB Poetry, Escape into Life and Thrush Poetry Journal. She is also on the editorial team of Negative Suck. Visit her at Meditations in an Emergency.

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