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


T.J. McGuire can recite the lyrics to every Beatles song, demo, outtake, knows the release dates to every album, has seen all the movies, knows which Beatle sang what when, has full conversations in butchered Liverpudlian between John and Paul (John usually razzes Paul over “Martha My Dear”) has read every quote, liner note, biography, and has memorized the names of every face on the iconic Sgt. Pepper cover. Yet he has just gotten up from his desk to go downstairs and can’t remember why.

Despite his Beatlemania, he prefers the Rolling Stones.

His book Mid-life Chrysler can be found on Amazon.com.


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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.


Proofreaders and more


Suzanne Kirchner fell in love with poetry in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since. She is a children’s librarian with the Dayton Metro Library, and plays a mean game of backgammon. Her favorite snack with a good book is a nice peanut butter and pickle sandwich and a tall glass of milk.


Other wonderful support people

Founding editor (currently on hiatus)

Christina Dendy When not rearranging the furniture and wondering why the knife block in the corner keeps moving, Christina Dendy wiles away the hours chasing white rabbits. She can regularly be found frolicking with her children, Ori, Nova and Quinn, in one alternate reality or another. Occasionally, you might sight her in a local coffee shop, completing a freelance writing assignment (generally in the field of educational publishing) on her computer, or that could just be a shapti. She prefers to work, study history, write her novel, make mouthy political commentary, and put together the zine while hanging upside down from a birch tree by her striped socks. Once upon a time, she taught creative writing at Stivers School for the Arts, and hopes to get back to tangling students up in literary and historical devices soon. http://christinadendy.com/


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.

Logo designer

Melissa Bautista is into microscopes, especially the big ones.


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