who we are

Mock Turtle is a collective effort that relies not only on our fabulous contributors for content but also on a talented group of people to review, edit, format, print, and distribute the zine. Learn more about those who helped with the current issue below. Learn about authors and artists when you view their contributions.


Managing editor

Matthew Birdsall has been a little corny his whole life. He blames Ohio. In fact, his first word was “combine.” Almost a year old, driving with his mom and dad in an old, green Chevy Chevette, he looked into a cornfield, saw a large machine, and said, “Combine.” Neither his mom nor his dad were too pleased that their son recognized farm machinery before he recognized them, but they were pleased with the number of syllables he’d used. Matt still tries to disappoint his parents, but now he uses words like “mother” and “father” to lay it on thick. His book of poems The Long and Short of It is now available at Amazon.com. Visit Matt at www.matthewtbirdsall.com

Associate Editors

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Fred Kirchner’s published a chapbook, Platform of an Unacknowledged World Legislator, (Main Street Rag) and his poetry has also appeared in several anthologies—most notably, The Art of Bicycling: A Treasury of Poems (Breakaway Books). He works for the Dayton Metro Library, where he offers local teens programs ranging from chess to banned books, to Lego robotics, creative writing, gaga ball, and bizarre cooking demos (like last week when he tried a program called “Will it Waffle?”). He maintains a stable of seven bicycles in the garage adjoining a Hobbit house he shares with his wife in the Miami Valley. On pretty much any decent Sunday, he’d ride to Richmond, Indiana, and back for good tacos.


David Lee Garrison started writing poetry as a sophomore in high school as a way of dealing with adolescent lust and angst. He hasn’t gotten over those feelings, and still writes poems about high school, even though he will be attending his fiftieth reunion in 2013. “My main goal as a poet is to communicate, so my poems are not hard to understand with a first reading. In all of them, however, I try to achieve a depth that invites a second or third reading as well.” David’s book of poems, Playing Bach in the DC Metro (Browser Books Publishing), is now available at Amazon.com.

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Melissa Bautista is into microscopes, especially the big ones.


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