ISSUE 03: Edgar – Contributors

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Steve Baba

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Steve is 41 years old. He is teaching and has taught poetry workshops around the USA. Steve considers London, NYC, Santa Fe and San Francisco as his homes. Steve is currently working on his degree in Creative Writing- Poetry. Steve lives in San Francisco.

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Carly Berg

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Carly Berg lives near Houston, and keeps her own secret “sock hop” list. Her stories appear or are forthcoming in PANK, Word Riot, Scissors and Spackle, and elsewhere.

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Clay Brandt

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Clayton Brandt is freelance photographer living in central Florida. His work has been exhibited in the Orlando Museum of art. He has contributed articles to different websites up and down the east coast.
His work can be seen on as well as his blog, Stress Dreams.

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Rachel Custer

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This is Rachel Custer’s first time appearing in Literary Orphans. Please check back for an updated biography.

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Jason Derr

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Jason Derr has studied Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University and has an MA in Theological Studies from the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, BC, Canada. His work has appeared in Relief, The Midnight Diner and The Red Door. He lives in Portland, Or with his wife, fiber artist Erin Derr. and their son.

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Soren A Gauger

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Soren A. Gauger is a Canadian who has lived for over a decade in Krakow, Poland. He has published two books of short fiction (Hymns to Millionaires via Twisted Spoon Press, and Quatre Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus with Ravenna Press) and translations of Polish writers (including Jerzy Ficowski, Bruno Jasieński and Wojciech Jagielski), as well as several dozen essays, stories, poems, and translations in journals in Europe and North America (including the Chicago Review, Capilano Review, Contrary, Asymptote, Cossack, American Book Review, and Words Without Borders).

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Art Griswold
Writer, LO Reader

Art Griswold

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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Colin James

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Colin James has poems forthcoming in Screech Owl and Fade.

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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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Joel Kopplin

Joel Kopplin’s stories have been in places like Nap, Housefire, and Apt. His novella Spaces is now available from Outpost19. He lives and teaches in La Crosse, WI.

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Len Kuntz

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Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State. His work appears widely in print and online, and his debut story collection is forthcoming from Aqueous Books in 2014. You can find him at

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Joseph A Lapin

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Joseph A. Lapin is a freelance writer living in Southern California.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rattling Wall, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Tigertail: A South Florida Poetry Annual, Sliver of Stone Magazine, and the Long Beach Post.

He chronicles his journey towards surviving as a freelance writer and presents his work at

In Long Beach, he shares his life with his fiancé, his dog Hendrix, and all the mad ones.

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Christopher Lettera

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Christopher Lettera hears strange noises in the night woods. Voices on CB radios. Bats, maybe. He received his Master’s in English from Youngstown State University, where he founded and worked as Managing Editor of Jenny Magazine for two years. He is the recipient of the Robert R. Hare Award for fiction and placed as runner-up in the Ohio River Valley chapter of the recent National Society of Arts and Letters short story writing competition. His debut story, “Together, We Can Save a Life,” is forthcoming in Jersey Devil Press in January 2013.

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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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Joe Mills

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Joe Mills teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  He has published four books of poetry with Press 53, most recently Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet.  He’s currently working on a book of short stories tentatively entitled “This World of Misfit Toys.”  His website is and he writes a blog called “Icing and Ink” at
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Mike Monson

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Mike Monson works as a paralegal in downtown San Francisco and lives in Modesto, California. He is a native Californian. He has a beautiful wife and two talented and charming nearly-grown-up-children. He recently took up fiction writing and also has stories upcoming in Yellow Mama and Flash Fiction Offensive. Follow him at his blog, or contact him at:
michaelmonson AT

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Anne Leigh Parrish

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Anne Leigh Parrish’s debut story collection, All The Roads That Lead From Home, was published last year by Press 53, and won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal for best short story fiction.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, Clackamas Literary Review, Carve Magazine, PANK, Bluestem, Storyglossia, Prime Number, The Pinch, Crab Orchard Review, Knee-Jerk, and r.kv.r.y., among other publications.  She is the fiction editor at Eclectica Magazine.  She lives in Seattle.  To learn more, visit her website at

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Claire Podulka

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Claire Podulka is a writer and editor based in Albany Park, Chicago. She is also the co-founder of your favorite new travel blog

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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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Ben Spencer

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Ben Spencer is a writer and teacher living in Concord, North Carolina. His self-published novel, Temperance Unraveling, has been hailed by friends and family alike. He thinks Jon Stewart is brilliant and sides with Noel Gallagher in the Oasis family feud. Books are his constant companion. He is a husband and father. Ben’s ramblings and writings can be found at:

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John Duncan Talbird

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John Duncan Talbird’s fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in Ploughshares, South Carolina Review, Literary Imagination, Grain and descant among others. An English professor at Queensborough Community College, he has held writing residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He is on the editorial board of Green Hills Literary Lantern and a frequent contributor to Quarterly Review of Film and Video. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Camille Thigpen

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Camille Thigpen has lived in France, Pennsylvania, and Sweden. She is currently undertaking two new activities: adult life at Bard College, and commissions, about which she can be contacted at thigpen.camille AT Her work has previously been published in Taft College Literary Magazine, Gutter Eloquence Magazine, Stone Highway Review, and The Commonline Journal; more is forthcoming in Unshod Quills, The Missing Slate, and Every Day Poems.

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Don Thompson

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Don Thompson was born in Bakersfield, California, in 1942, and has lived in the southern San Joaquin Valley for most of his life. Retired from teaching in a nearby prison, he and his wife, Chris, live on her family’s cotton farm.
Thompson’s publications include Been There, Done That (2002), Sittin’ on Grace Slick’s Stoop(2006), Turning Sixty (2008), Where We Live (2009), and Everything Barren Will Be Blessed(2012). Back Roads won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize for 2008. Allan M. Jalon’s profile ofThompson, “Planted in the San Joaquin,” appeared in the LA Times and remains available online.
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Vallie Lynn Watson

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Vallie Lynn Watson’s first novel, A River So Long, was published by Luminis Books in June 2012, and her work appears in dozens of literary magazines such as PANK, Atticus Review, and Connotation Press. Watson teaches creative writing at Southeast Missouri State University and is learning to fly hot air balloons.

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