Artists and Authors

Bill Abbott is the author of Let Them Eat MoonPie, the history of poetry slam in the Southeast. He has been published in Ray’s Road Review, Radius, The November 3rd Club, Flypaper Magazine, and The Sow’s Ear. He lives in Ohio and teaches creative writing at Central State University.

Kathy B. Austin‘s poetry has been included in the anthology, From the Tower and two Wright Memorial Public Library anthologies. Her poems have appeared in The Writing Path I Anthology published by the University of Iowa Press, the online Poppy Road Review, and various local publications such as Mock Turtle Zine and Flights. She has been featured and interviewed on Conrad’s Corner, WYSO 91.3, and enjoys giving poetry readings in the area.

Peter A. Berwald came to Ohio from New England for an Art teaching job at Springboro High School and stayed to make a family. He has also served several successful terms as Commissioner of the Oakwood Whiffle and Ale Club.

Anna Cates is a graduate of Indiana State University (M.A. English and Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction/English) and National University (M.F.A. Creative Writing). Her first collections of poetry and fiction, The Meaning of Life and The Frog King, were published by Cyberwit Press, and her second poetry collection, The Darkroom, by Prolific Press. She lives in Ohio with her two beautiful kitties and teaches education and English
online, including graduate courses in creative writing.

Ben Fitts is a musician and writer whose stories have been featured in Bizarro Central, Bushwhacker Zine, Silent Motorist Media, The Truth Is Out There, AEA Zine and Weird Mask Zine.

Maureen Fry lives on a 150-acre organic farm/nature preserve in Champaign County. Her poetry has appeared in a number of journals. Her poem, “The Way It Is,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She retired in 2009 from a 30-year career at Wittenberg University, where she was director of the Writing Center and taught a variety of writing courses and seminars.

David Lee Garrison was named Ohio Poet of the Year in 2014 for his book, Playing Bach in the DC Metro, the title poem of which was featured by Poet Laureate Ted Kooser on his website, “American Life in Poetry,” and read on the BBC in London. His latest is Carpeing the Diem: Poems about High School (Dos Madres Press,2017).

Tom Gilliam is an IT professional and photographer. In July 2013, he created the popular Instagram account @daytongram to showcase the Dayton area. Tom is also a freelancer for and created the series, The Buildings of Dayton, in which he photographs and writes about the past, present, and future of historic buildings in the Dayton area. His work has been commissioned by Infiniti of Dayton, and featured at Yellow Cab Tavern’s Sideshow 13.

Betsy Hughes loves to write sonnets. She argues that their disciplines of meter and rhyme scheme are not constraining but liberating because of their inherent qualities of rhythm and sound. She has written two books of sonnets: Breaking Weather (NFSPS Press, 2014) and Bird Notes (Finishing Line Press, 2017). She taught English at the Miami Valley School for thirty years.

Janet E. Irvin is the author of two novels—The Dark End of the Rainbow and The Rules of the Game. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online journals and magazines, including Flights, Nexus Literary Journal, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. Irvin loves travel, adventure, and chocolate. She and her husband live in Springboro, Ohio, on the edge of a nature park.

Herbert Woodward Martin served as professor of English and poet-in-residence at the University of Dayton for more than three decades where he taught creative writing and African-American literature. He has devoted decades to editing and giving performances of the works of the poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). He has edited four books and has authored nine volumes of poetry.

Pete Mitas enjoys playing with materials and phrases to create unconventional art, poetry, and stories that surprise and amuse. Much of his work can be viewed at

Arthur A. Molitierno is a retired professor from Wright State University who enjoys playing to the dark side with a large bore euphonium and reading about the hazards of medical practice and gut-wrenching bacteria along with, of course, dark and light matter in and out of the universe.

Ashley Moor is a writer, editor, and daydreamer
originally from Dayton, Ohio, but currently digging her
heels into the teeming streets of Brooklyn, New York.
She has over five years of experience writing for print
and online publications including Elle Magazine, Rookie
Magazine, and Dayton City Paper, covering everything
from travel to culture and lifestyle.

Anne Randolph’s passion is writing in and about nature, as well as land preservation. Her work has been published in The Comstock Review, Mock Turtle Zine, Snowy Egret, Cloudbank, Willow Review and other journals. Her first chapbook, Growing in Light, was recently published by Presa Press.

Kerry Trautman‘s work has appeared previously in Mock Turtle Zine, as well as in various anthologies and journals, including Midwestern Gothic, Alimentum, Paper & Ink, and Free State Review. Her poem “Pixie Cut” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Slippery Elm. Her chapbooks are Things That Come in Boxes (King Craft Press, 2012), To Have Hoped (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and Artifacts (NightBallet Press 2017.)