The Lost Sparrow Contributor Bios

Cynthia Anderson Dilemma, Another Spring

Cynthia Anderson lives in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Askew, Dark Matter, Apercus Quarterly, Whale Road, Split Rock Review, and Origami Poems Project. She is the author of six collections—In the Mojave, Desert Dweller, Mythic Rockscapes/Barker Dam, Mythic Rockscapes/Hidden Valley, and Shared Visions I and II. She frequently collaborates with her husband, photographer Bill Dahl. Cynthia co-edited the anthology A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens.

Mary Buchinger The April Wind is Wild and I, Late March and The River’s Numb

Mary Buchinger is the author of Aerialist (Gold Wake, 2015, shortlisted for the May Swenson Poetry Award, the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry and the Perugia Press Prize) and Roomful of Sparrows, (Finishing Line, 2008). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, DIAGRAM, Gargoyle, Nimrod, PANK, Salamander, Slice, The Cortland Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere; she was invited to read at the Library of Congress, received the Varoujan and Houghton Awards, multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations, and placed First for the 2016 Charter Oak Award for Best Historical poem. She is co-President of the New England Poetry Club and Professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University in Boston, Massachusetts; her website is www.MaryBuchinger.com.

Michelle Contant Maple Key

Michelle Contant is an emerging author and long-time educator. As a student of creative writing at the University Of Toronto, her short story A Tremor Through Time was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Penguin Random House Student Award for Fiction. The Globe and Mail recently published her personal essay Final Sale.

Otha Davis III, Vakseen Apathetic Me, Ebony Fleece

Otha Davis III, otherwise known as Vakseen is an LA-based artist who paints vibrant, abstract portraits that appear to be a collage.

K Ryan Henisey Behold, Gape

K. Ryan Henisey’s art has appeared in locations throughout California. His #ArtToEndViolence portraits, a multi-piece watercolor narrative on the history of contemporary violence in the United States, won an Award of Excellence at the California State Fair in 2015. In August 2014, Ryan won second place in South Bay Contemporary’s “All Themes Considered,” a national show juried by Scott Canty, Director at LA Municipal Art Gallery; and third place in Orange County Creatives “Red,” a national juried show. His current series, Views, is a meditation in various media on the effects commodification has on people and human environments.

Ryan attended CSU, Bakersfield, earning his BA in English and a CA Teaching Credential. He was chosen as the Most Outstanding Credential Student, Antelope Valley in 2003. He returned a year later, earning his Masters in English in 2007. Ryan taught General Education, Fine Arts, and GATE in CA Public Schools for over a decade.

Outside of work and personal projects, Ryan is also a member and emeritus leader for Emerging Art Leaders Los Angeles, where he served three years as Communications Chair. He is currently a member of the Los Angeles Art Association.

Presently, Henisey is the change specialist for internal communications at Princess Cruises. There, he helps tend the idea garden, helping to bring innovations to life; designs and delivers crew communications, and enjoys being part of a bigger world.

Yvonne Higgins Leach We Cancel Thanksgiving Dinner After the 2016 Election Results

Yvonne Higgins Leach is the author of Another Autumn (WordTech Editions, 2014). Her poems have appeared in South Dakota Review, South Carolina Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, and Wisconsin Review, among others. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from Eastern Washington University in 1986. She has spent decades balancing a career in communications and public relations, raising a family, and pursuing her love of writing poetry. She splits her time living in Snohomish and Spokane, Washington. For more information, visit www.yvonnehigginsleach.com

Donna Lee Cloud, After Letting the Horses Out

Donna J. Gelagotis Lee is the author of On the Altar of Greece, winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award and recipient of a 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award: Notable for Art Category. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies internationally, including The Bitter Oleander, Cimarron Review, Feminist Studies, The Massachusetts Review, and Utah Foreign Language Review.

Tanner Lee It Begins With Liquor and Good Hair

Tanner Lee lives in Ogden, Utah, and studies at Weber State University. His writing has appeared in Compulsive Reader and Hobart. You can email him at tannerlee08@gmail.com

Bernadine Lortis The Feeling Returns at 75

An avid reader, gardener, and dabbler in watercolor, Bernadine has been writing secretly and sporadically for years. Degrees in Art and Education were occupationally driven. Since submitting in June 2016, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry has been published in Stirring, Mused-Bella online, Silver Birch, Mothers Always Write, Poetry Super Highway, CosmoFunnel, Vernal Equinox, Every Writers Resource, The Afterlife of Discarded Objects and Miller’s Pond. She writes and lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 45 years.

PD Lyons Mira Gut

Born and raised in the USA. Traveling and living abroad since 1998. Now residing in Ireland.

Received The Mattatuck College Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry.
Received Bachelor of Science with honors from Teikyo Post University Connecticut.

Two books of poetry Searches For Magic, and Caribu & Sister Stones: Selected Poems, have been published by Lapwing Press, Belfast. A third book, Myths Of Multiplicity, published by Erbacce Press Liverpool as part of the 2014 Erbacce International Annual Prize.

The work of PD Lyons has also appeared in many magazines and e-zine/blogs throughout the world. Including, The SHoP, Books Ireland, Irish American Post, Boyne Berries, Virtual Writer, Slipstream, West 47 Galway Arts. Recently selected to participate in Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London publication titled ‘In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights’.

Joseph Milillo Apex of Nothing

I am an older guy who was affected by the recent presidential campaign. It doesn’t help that I am a Democrat in Salt Lake City, but to make matters worse I’m originally from Queens, New York. I went to high school 1/2 mile from Donald Trump’s boyhood home. Everyone thinks I voted for him, but I didn’t. I wrote this poem immediately after watching the inauguration. The politics of this election were particularly nasty rendering us all ingredients in a soup that was not of our choosing. Spring is beautiful and lovely and amazing, but it is not without its challenges.

Hayley Rieg More, Afternoon in Hartwood Acres

Hayley Rieg was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, PA. While attending undergraduate studies at Duquesne University, she earned the O’Donnell Award for Excellence in the field of Poetry Writing en route to a Bachelors of the Arts in Public Relations, Advertising, and English, with a writing concentration. Additionally, she has been published multiple times in Duquesne University’s literary journal “:lexicon” and “Pittsburgh Poetry Review.” Recently, she completed a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Chatham University. Upon completion, she was awarded a degree in Poetry with a certification in teaching.

Adam Rubin Spring Morning Pantoum

Adam Rubin resides in Ogden, UT. He enjoys spending his time wisely by reading and writing

James Siegel Jousting

James Siegel has a BFA from Brooklyn College, an MFA from Stonecoast, and is an educational consultant for Portland Public Schools. He lives with his wife and rescued greyhound at Higgins Beach, Maine

Misty Skaggs Wildflowers

Misty Skaggs, 34, is a three-time college drop-out, an avid reader and an independent, Appalachian, scholar who currently resides out at the end of Bear Town Ridge Road in Elliott County, Kentucky. Her poetry and prose have been published in literary journals such as Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Still: The Journal, New Madrid, Kudzu, The Pikeville Review, Limestone and Inscape Magazine. She is currently and compulsively editing a collection of short stories with far-fetched dreams of publication dancing in her head. For more of Misty, click on over to her blog – http:lipstickhick.tumblr.com

Gerry Stewart Finally, Huhtikuu

Gerry Stewart is currently living in Finland. She is a poet, creative writing tutor, and editor. Her poetry collection ‘Post-Holiday Blues’ was published by Flambard Press in the UK. She struggles daily with the Finnish language and weather.

Mohan Sundaresan Eclipse, Humble Beginnings/Solitude

Mohan Sundaresan was born in Bangalore, India in 1945 and moved to London after high school. After 5 years he moved to Austria to work with his cousin designing garments. Mohan then moved to California in 1989 and started painting in 1999. Mohan’s technique is unique in that he paints two pieces, cuts them up and weaves them into one.

Luke Swenson Observations From Judith’s Notebook

Luke Swenson is a collaborator. He is the co-founder and librettist for the Deseret Experimental Opera Company, whose latest work, Red Lake, premiered at the 2016 Salt Lake Fringe Festival. Swenson co-published a chapbook, Proportion, and Ornament, alongside visual artist Jessica Li that placed cut-up poems and collages side by side. His work as a performance poet in the groups’ Dilettantes and Intense Triangles has been featured at Red Butte Garden’s Garden After Dark, Avant GaRawge and 12 Minutes Max. His poems have been published in the journals Inscape and Likewise Folio. He currently lives in Salt Lake City and loves reading, writing, and working for the Salt Lake Public Library.

 

Lynne Viti Super Moon, Midnight Mass

Lynne Viti teaches at Wellesley College. Her poetry chapbook, Baltimore Girls, (Finishing Line) was published in March 2017. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in over forty online and print journals,  most recently in Maryland Writers’ Association’s Pen-in-Hand, Light: A Journal of Photography & Poetry,  South Florida Poetry Journal, Little Patuxent Review, Mountain Gazette, Amuse-Bouche, Paterson Review, and Right Hand Pointing. She blogs at stillinschool.wordpress.com.

Jason Workman Slowly Through Glass

Jason Workman is a writer and maker of artist’s books. Workman has had works of nonfiction published in Third Text (UK), UN Magazine (Aus), Architect Victoria (Aus), and narrative poetry in the online refereed journal Drain. Workman’s artist books are in the collection of Yale University, New Haven Connecticut, University of California, Berkeley Environmental Design Library, Southern Connecticut State University, Denison University Library (special collections), and various private collections. Workman was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and resides in Averill Park, New York.

Laura Zak Pagan Love Letters

Laura Zak was born and raised in Lubbock TX, now she lives in Moscow ( Idaho), another panhandle in a different state. Laura enjoys to cook with pans that have handles, Laura is in her third year at the University of Idaho’s MFA program studying creative nonfiction. Her work can be seen in TribTalk, Sundog Literary Magazine, and The Harbinger.

Sarah Zar The Reason for Roses, Planting

Sarah Zar is a visual artist/traveling professor/bibliophile, based in Brooklyn, New York.