The river’s a mirror of sky, blistered white, and bare Alder branches spell out what can only be uttered by chattering teeth. Even the grass under foot stone cold, dew frozen as the tears of fallen angels.
Cat mama, dog mama, sky-watcher, recovering coffee-addict, former New Yorker Lana Hechtman Ayers writes in a room over the garage. Her work appears in such places as Rattle, The London Reader, Peregrine, The MacGuffin, and Verse Daily. Author of eight full-length poetry collections, the most recent are: When All Else Fails (May 2023) and Overtures (September 2023). In 2024, her ninth collection, The Autobiography of Rain, will be released by Fernwood Press.
Lana also delves into romantic time travel fiction and mystery. She leads generative writing workshops in the Amherst method, helps poets assemble their own collections, facilitates a Zoom Poetry Book Club, and manages three small poetry presses where she’s fostered over 100 books in the world. Lana spends entirely too many hours watching HGTV and solving cryptograms with her spouse in Newport, Oregon, a town famous for its barking sea lions.
Before the Automatic Car Wash Association, ACWA for short, was taken over by R. R. (Gus) Trantham, doing my father out of a shot at the presidency, the logo for the association featured Neptune with a Trident, long hair dripping, as though risen from the sea, while in his palm, a Ford Fairlane gleamed.
Arthur Russell is the winner of the 2023 Rattle Chapbook Prize, as well as the 2023 Fractured Lit Flash Fiction Prize, the second-place winner of the 2021 Allen Ginsberg Prize, and of Brooklyn Poet’s Poem of the Year for 2015, and he was the runner up for the same prize in 2021. He has received fellowships from Syracuse University’s creative writing program and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. His poems and stories have appeared in Copper Nickel and Glimmer Train among many other publications. He is one of the directors of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets of Rutherford, New Jersey where he co-leads their weekly workshops, co- hosts their monthly reading series and co-edits their annual journal.