Trapper Markelz (he/him) writes from Arlington, Massachusetts. He is the author of the chapbook Childproof Sky, a Cherry Dress Chapbooks 2023 selection. His work has appeared in the journals Baltimore Review, Stillwater Review, Wild Roof Journal, Greensboro Review, and Passengers Journal, among others. Learn more at trappermarkelz.com.
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am Alec is a mostly unknown artist currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some impressive accomplishments include: successfully evading desensitization, a few major demolitions and reconstructions of personal belief systems, a well-cultivated affinity for the ugly and uncomfortable, and staying alive this long. Continue reading Poetry No. 94 – Sam Alec
Shin Watanabe was born in Gainesville, Florida and has lived in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Nevada. He studied philosophy at the University of Minnesota and received an MFA in poetry at the University of Las Vegas. Shin is currently a PhD candidate in English with a creative dissertation in poetry at Binghamton University. His poetry has appeared previously in the Colorado Review, I-70 review, and others.
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Alex Braslavsky is a poet, scholar, and translator working towards her doctorate at Harvard and working on Polish, Czech, and Russian poetry. She is the translator of On Centaurs & Other Poems (World Poetry Books, 2023) by Zuzanna Ginczanka. Her poems appear in The Columbia Review, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, and more.
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Gwen Bernick is a young poet from New Jersey who writes about bodies, egg shells, and hot weather. Since graduating this year with a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy, she spends her free time reading novels with pink covers, learning how to ride a bike, and squinting into the sun.
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Marina Carreira (she/they) is a queer Luso-American poet artist from Newark, NJ. She is the author of Desgracada (Bottlecap Press, 2023), Tanto Tanto (Cavankerry Press, 2022), Save the Bathwater (Get Fresh Books, 2018), and I Sing To That Bird Knowing It Won’t Sing Back (Finishing Line Press, 2017).
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Robin Gow is a trans poet and witch from rural Pennsylvania. It is an author of several poetry books, an essay collection, YA, and Middle-Grade novels in verse, including Dear Mothamn and A Million Quiet Revolutions.
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Tricia Bogle (she/her) is a Missouri-born, NYC-based poet. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing & Philosophy (Loyola Baltimore), an M.A. in Political Theory, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Fordham). Her work has been featured in Passengers Journal, Cagibi, South Dakota Review, Chautauqua, and Pine Row. Her ekphrastic collaboration, In a Garden of Small Dreams: Art + Poetry in Conversation (with digital artist Shu Tu), was showcased at the New York Public Library, Hamilton Grange.
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Erin Cantrell-Martinez is a creative gender non-conforming multi spiritual mother (to human, fur and plant children) of the African Diaspora in the American South, working in the intersection of art, wellness, nature, dream tending and gardening. Continue reading Hybrid No. 3 – Erin Alexandria
Martina Reisz Newberry is the author of several books of poetry. Her most recent book is GLYPHS (from Deerbrook Editions). She is widely published in literary journals in the U.S. and abroad. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Yehuda Y. E. (1981, Haifa, IL) is the pen name of an Israeli writer, critic, curator and visual artist living and working in Tel-Aviv.
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Laura Johnson is a writer in Eastern Iowa who is a founding co-editor of Backchannels Literary Journal. Laura holds a MFA from The University of New Orleans and is a graduate (BA, MA) of the University of Iowa. Laura’s work has appeared in Goat’s Milk Magazine, Thimble Literary Magazine, and The Dewdrop among others. Laura’s chapbook, Memento Vivere (Cabin Bear Books), is available at laurajohnsonwriter.com and wherever you buy books.
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Jianqing Zheng’s poetry collections include The Dog Years of Reeducation and A Way of Looking. He lives in the Mississippi Delta where he edits Valley Voices: A Literary Review.
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William Lemon teaches creative writing and composition at Los Angeles City College. He has been published at BlazeVOX, Bartleby Snopes, Drunk Monkeys, and Menacing Hedge Continue reading Stories No. 96 – William Lemon
Ken Kent lives in Sweden. He has a de Chirico perspective on all things considered. Continue reading Poetry No. 85 – Ken Kent
Jessica N. Arzola-Grissom lives in a small Texas town with her husband and son. Her writing has appeared in various print and online publications including The Image, Logo Sophia, Valiant Scribe, Reedsy, and Latine Lit. In 2022, her poem Adventura, won 2nd place in the Irene Emmerson Poetry competition. The Rainbow recently appeared in the anthology titled Scars. Continue reading Poetry No. 84 – Jessica Arzola-Grissom
Join Us June 19, 7 PM at Room 31, NYC.
Digging Press presents The Lit Revue at Room 31: a literary series for cultural omnivores showcasing words and music.
Readings by: Caelan Ernest, Tawanda Mulalu, and Gessy Alvarez
Music by: nellie Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 9
Isaiah Janisch is a writer and poet out of Evansville, WI. His work has been published in numerous literary journals and trade magazines, like The Muse and InspiredPlay. He also worked as an editor for the Rock River Review literary journal. Outside of traditional publishing, Isaiah founded @plaza.of.poetry to explore the use of liminality in poetry and the internet’s role in expanding the literary world. Continue reading Poetry No. 83 – Isaiah Janisch
Megan Denese Mealor echoes and erases in Jacksonville, Florida. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and 2023 Best of the Net candidate, her writing has been featured in hundreds of journals, most recently Across the Margin, Brazos River Review, and The Disappointed Housewife. She has authored three poetry collections: “Bipolar Lexicon” (Unsolicited Press, 2018); “Blatherskite” (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, 2019); and “A Mourning Dove’s Wishbone” (Cyberwit, 2022). Megan lives with her husband and their 9-year-old son. Continue reading Poetry No. 82 – Megan Denese Mealor
Glen Armstrong (he/him) holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters. His latest book is Night School: Selected Early Poems. Continue reading Poetry No. 81 – Glen Armstrong
Join Us May 20, 7 PM at Room 31, NYC.
Readings by: Gerard Cabrera, Ysabel Y. Gonzalez, and Rachel Horowitz
Music by: Lost Amsterdam Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 8
Join Us March 26 at Room 31, NYC.
Readings by: Esther Alix, Glynnis Eldridge, Summer J. Hart, and Margaret R. Sáraco.
Music by: Mendeleyev Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 7
Elinol Lopéz is a reader and writer from uptown NYC. In college, she wrote and performed for “The Tidal Self,” a collaborative performance for SUNY Geneseo’s 9th Annual GREAT Day symposium and her poetry appears in volume 30 issue two of Geneseo’s MiNT Magazine. Her short story “It Becomes Me” was published by Digging Press; it was named their 2021 Editor’s Choice Winner and nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize. In 2022, Elinol wrote and performed for “Craft & Release,” a poetry performance hosted by the Dominican Writer’s Association (DWA) and sponsored by Poets & Writers, and her essay “Decoding La Doña’s Love” was published in “La Doña: Essays on the Dominican Matriarch”, a DWA chapbook of narratives showcasing the role of women within Dominican households. Elinol obtained her BA in Mathematics with a minor in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo in 2017; she is currently doing environmental health research at Columbia University. Continue reading Poetry No. 80 – Elinol Lopéz
Join us on February 26, 2023 for a special Poetry Night starring Roberto Carlos Garcia, author of What Can I Tell You. With special guests Mary Brancaccio and Darrel Alejandro Holnes. Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 6
The gnat, almost imperceptibly quiet except for its occasional cry, is AWOL. The gnat, a pet-microscopic-dragon-friend, explored and flew around and suited the room. Continue reading Stories No. 95 – Pablo Castro
I see the man’s face on the back wall of the shower. Empty-minded, I stare as the water splashes on the crown of my head. Continue reading Flash No. 30 – Marcelo Castro Salinas
Santi put the phone back into its cradle. It was the agency calling about his placement. Let go, just like that. His two years at the law firm over. Continue reading Stories No. 94 – Gerard Cabrera
Ten minutes had passed since Otto’s ‘be right out’ text came in. The sun was getting low, and the last family had already scooped their children up to go eat dinner. Continue reading Stories No. 93 – Josh Dale
The baby, on entering the world, already trails her ghost. If it were visible to humans, the ghost would look like a dark puff of smoke leaking from the mother writhing on the bed. Continue reading Stories No. 92 – Heidi Kasa
November 16, 2022. Digging Press presents The Lit Revue.
Readings by: Frank Haberle, Melissa Castillo Planas, Andrea Ruggirello, and Tariq Shah Music by: Sagit Shir (Hank & Cupcakes) Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 5
Doug Jacquier is a former not-for-profit CEO. His poems and stories have been published in Australia, the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and India. Continue reading Community No. 78 – Doug Jacquier
Nayt Rundquist (they/them) is the Managing Editor of New Rivers Press and teaches publishing, creative writing, and literature courses at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Their writing can be found in The Citron Review, X-R-A-Y Lit Mag, Up North Lit, Etchings, and anthologized in Unbound: Composing Home. They live just outside of space and time with their artist-jeweler wife and their fifth-dimensional dogs. Continue reading Flash No. 29 – Nayt Rundquist
Hadley Moore’s collection NOT DEAD YET AND OTHER STORIES won Autumn House Press’s 2018 fiction contest and received many other commendations. Her work has appeared in MCSWEENEY’S, WITNESS, ALASKA QUARTERLY REVIEW, INDIANA REVIEW, and elsewhere, and she is an alum of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Continue reading Community No. 77 – Hadley Moore
October 23, 2022. Digging Press presents The Lit Revue.
Readings by: Joanna Acevedo, Tobias Carroll, JP Infante, Swati Khurana and Karen Levy
Music by: Shira Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 4
Kim Farleigh has worked for NGO’s in Greece, Kosovo, Iraq, Palestine and Macedonia. He takes risks to get the experience necessary for writing. He also likes painting, art, bullfighting, photography and architecture, which might explain why this Australian lives in Madrid. Continue reading Stories No. 91 – Kim Farleigh
Anna Stolley Persky, a lawyer and award-winning journalist, lives in Northern Virginia. She’s pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at George Mason University. Her fiction has been published in Mystery Tribune, The Satirist, Bright Flash Literary Review, and The Plentitudes. Her poetry has been published in the Washington Writers’ Publishing House, Sad Girls Club Literary Blog, and The Closed Eye Open. Her creative nonfiction has been published in Pithead Chapel. Continue reading Flash No. 28 – Anna Stolley Persky
Catherine Martinez Torigian (she/her/hers) is a native of Brooklyn, NY, where she lives with her husband, teenage daughter, and mini-dachshund Olivier. She began writing fiction after earning a Ph.D. in Classics at Brown University and has taught Latin and ancient Greek in four of the five boroughs of New York City. Her fiction has appeared in Bellowing Ark and Digging Through The Fat. Continue reading Flash No. 27 -Catherine Martinez Torigian
Just a Girl in the Whirl
by Annie Wood
Lauren is counting down the days until her eighteenth birthday. For the last two years, she has been thrust into the role of primary caregiver to her two younger sisters and her mother after the sudden departure of her father. Addressing everyone else’s needs before her own, the real Lauren is relegated to dreams and middle-of-the-night writing sessions in the privacy of her bathtub. When her father makes an unexpected return into their lives, Lauren’s carefully kept façade begins to unravel, and she must re-establish her precarious balance in order to keep herself afloat. Continue reading Excerpt No. 5 – Annie Wood
September 15, 2022. Digging Press presents The Lit Revue.
Readings by: Grisel Y. Acosta, Dorothy Barnhouse, Swati Khurana, Grace Jahng Lee, and Thea Matthews
Music by: Rili Newman
Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 3
Ben Umayam moved to NYC to write the Great American Filipino Gay Short Story. He worked for pollsters, then became a chef and then retired. He is working that short story in CO. He was published recently by The Midway Journal, BULL, The Phare, , Metaworker, and others. Continue reading Community No. 76 – Ben Umayam
Jonah Meyer is a poet, writer, and editor in North Carolina. His poetry and creative nonfiction has been published widely. Jonah plays guitar and piano, shoots photography, and studies neuroscience and Buddhist philosophy. He serves as Poetry Editor of Mud Season Review and Assistant Poetry Editor with Random Sample Review. Continue reading Community No. 75 – Jonah Meyer
Halsey Hyer is the author of [deadname] (Anhinga, 2022) and Everything Becomes Bananas (Rinky Dink Press, 2022). They are currently the Margaret L. Whitford Fellow at Chatham University where they’re earning their MFA in Creative Writing. They’re a collective member of The Big Idea Bookstore and the Events Coordinator at at White Whale Bookstore. Their work can be found or is forthcoming in North American Review, The Boiler, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. Continue reading Poetry No. 79 – Halsey Hyer
Sreekanth Kopuri is an Indian poet from Machilipatnam, India and current poetry editor of Kitchen Sink Magazine. He recited his poetry in University of Oxford, John Hopkins University, Heinrich Heine University and many others. His poems appeared in Christian Century Arkansan Review, Chicago Memory House, Heartland Review. His book Poems of the Void was the winner of Golden Book of the year 2022 & finalist for the Eyelands Books Award Greece, 2019. Continue reading Poetry No. 78 – Sreekanth Kopurii
July 24, 2022. Digging Press presents The Lit Revue.
Readings by: T.B. Grennan, Elinol López, Sue Mell, and Lucia Orellana Damacela
Music by: Curt Mercy Continue reading The Lit Revue No. 2
Hannah Loeb is an English PhD candidate at the University of Virginia, focusing on ghost meter. She earned her BA from Yale in 2012 and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2015. Her poetry has appeared in Booth, The Moth, Ninth Letter, American Chordata, and elsewhere. Continue reading Poetry No. 77 – Hannah Loeb
Darren C. Demaree is the author of sixteen poetry collections, most recently “a child walks in the dark”, (Harbor Editions, December 2021). He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Best of the Net Anthology and the Managing Editor of Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. Continue reading Poetry No. 76 – Darren C. Demaree
Kathy Kremins (she/her) is a Newark, NJ native of immigrant parents and a retired public school teacher. Her poetry chapbook, Undressing the World, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Kathy’s recent work appears in Soup Can Magazine, The Night Heron Barks, Paterson Literary Review, Stay Salty; Life in the Garden State Anthology, The Stillwater Review, Lavender Review, Divine Feminist: An Anthology of Poetry & Art By Womxn and Non-Binary Folx and other publications. Continue reading Poetry No. 75 – Kathy Kremins
henry 7. reneau, jr. is the author of the poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press) and the e-chapbook, physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press.) His work is published in Superstition Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Zone 3; Poets Reading the News, and Rigorous. His work has also been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Continue reading Poetry No. 74 – henry 7. reneau, jr.
Mario Duarte is a Mexican American writer and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems and short stories have appeared in Aaduna, Abstract Elephant, American Writers Review, Emerald City, Pank, Plainsongs, Rigorous, Typishly, and Zone 3. New work is forthcoming in Journal X, Native Skin, and New Croton Review. Continue reading Poetry No. 73 – Mario Duarte
Mercedes Lawry is the author of three chapbooks, the latest, In the Early Garden with Reason,was selected by Molly Peacock for the 2018 WaterSedge Chapbook Contest. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, and Prairie Schooner and has been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize. Her book, Vestiges, will be published in 2023. Continue reading Poetry No. 72 – Mercedes Lawry