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L. Ward Abel


L. Ward Abel is the author of two full collections and eleven chapbooks of poetry, including Jonesing For Byzantium (UK Authors Press, 2006), American Bruise (Parallel Press, 2012), Cousins Over Colder Fields (Finishing Line Press, 2013), Little Town gods (Folded Word Press, 2016), A Jerusalem of Ponds (erbacce-Press, 2016), Digby Roundabout (Kelsay Books, 2017), The Rainflock Sings Again (Unsolicited Press, 2019), and his latest full collection,  Floodlit (Beakful, 2019). 



Gale Acuff


Gale Acuff has had poetry published in Ascent, Chiron Review, McNeese Review, Adirondack Review, Weber, Florida Review, South Carolina Review, Carolina Quarterly, Arkansas Review, Poem, South Dakota Review, and many other journals. He has authored three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel (BrickHouse Press, 2004), The Weight of the World (BrickHouse, 2006), and The Story of My Lives (BrickHouse, 2008).



Scott Bade 


Scott Bade earned his Ph.D. in creative writing at Western Michigan University (WMU). In addition to teaching at Kalamazoo College and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Scott is also the coordinator of the WMU Center for the Humanities. He is a former poetry editor for Third Coast Magazine and editorial assistant at New Issues Press. His chapbook "My Favorite Thing About Desire" was a co-winner of the 2018 Celery City Chapboook contest. Scott Bade’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his poems have appeared in Fugue, Shadowgraph, H_NGM_N, Foothill and elsewhere.



Kevin Casey


Kevin Casey is the author of Ways to Make a Halo (Aldrich Press, 2018) and American Lotus, winner of the 2017 Kithara Prize (Glass Lyre Press, 2018). And Waking... was published by Bottom Dog Press in 2016. His poems have appeared in Rust+Moth, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Connotation Press, Pretty Owl Poetry, Poet Lore and Ted Kooser's syndicated column ‘American Life in Poetry.’ For more, visit”




Zachary Groesbeck


Zach Groesbeck grew up in Wyoming, working on dude ranches, and recently spent time in Washington state interning at Copper Canyon Press. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Texas State University. Formerly, he was the poetry editor for Southwestern American Literature. His work can be found in various journals, including The Cortland Review, EcoTheo, Opossum, and Otata, among others.


Mark Jackley


Mark Jackley's poems have appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Sugar House Review, Talking River, and elsewhere. He lives in Purcellville, Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.





Diarmuid ó Maolalaí


A graduate of English Literature from Trinity College in Dublin and recently returned there after four years abroad in the UK and Canada. I have been writing poetry and short fiction for the past five or six years with some success. My writing has appeared in such publications as 4'33', Strange Bounce and Bong is Bard, Down in the Dirt Magazine, Out of Ours, The Eunoia Review, Kerouac's Dog, More Said Than Done, Star Tips, Myths Magazine, Ariadne's Thread, The Belleville Park Pages, Killing the Angel and Unrorean Broadsheet, by whom I was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I have also had my work published in two collections; 'Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden' and 'Sad Havoc Among the Birds'


Fabrice Poussin


Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications. 


Gerard Sarnat


Gerard Sarnat's a retired physician who's built/staffed homeless/ex-prisoner clinics. He was also a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. As a writer, he's won First Place in Poetry in the Arts Award, the Dorfman Prize, been nominated for handfuls of recent Pushcart and Best of the Net Awards, published four collections and appeared in Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Pomona, Brown, Columbia, Wesleyan, Penn, University of Chicago periodicals as well as in Review Berlin, Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, Clementine, American Journal Poetry, Free State Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Texas Review, Poetry Quarterly, New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, LA Review, San Francisco Magazine, and The New York Times.


Caitlin Thomson


Caitlin Thomson is the co-founder of The Poetry Marathon, an international writing event. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including: The Adroit Journal, The Penn Review, Barrow Street, and Radar.  You can learn more about her writing at



John Tustin


John Tustin's poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals in the last dozen years. contains links to his published poetry online.




Tom Zimmerman


Thomas Zimmerman teaches English, directs the Writing Center, and edits The Big Windows Review at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His latest chapbooks are Zimmerman on Zimmerman: Sonnets for Bob Dylan and Songs We Darkly Know, both available on Amazon. Tom's website: 



Anthony Koranda

Anthony is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction at Columbia College Chicago, where he also teaches freshman writing. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barren Magazine, The Magnolia Review, Mosh lit, and elsewhere. He lives and writes on the Northside of Chicago. To learn more about Anthony and his writing, please visit 



M.E. Mishcon

M.E. Mishcon has had fiction, poetry and essays published in: The G.W. Review, Urthona, Aaduna, Blue Unicorn (Spring 2020), The Literary Nest, Girls Gone 50, The Women’s Times, The Artful Mind, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Albany Times Union, and The Berkshire Edge.  Her Novel (unpublished), Just Between Us, won first prize from Birmingham Southern University’s Hackney Award.  Her work has also been noted for commendation by Serpentine (1st Prize), New Millennium, as well as other journals and periodicals. She is a practicing psychotherapist who lives in The Berkshires in Massachusetts.


Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy has appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" and been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and AdAge. His work has also appeared in Salon, The Village Voice, The New York Post, The Good Men Project, Memoir Magazine, and others. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and served as writer-in-residence of the Noepe Center at Martha's Vineyard. He’s Founding Director of 1455 ( To learn more, please visit and @bullmurph.


Alex Nodopaka

Alex Nodopaka was immaculately conceived in Kiev, Ukraine. First breech exhibition 1940 Vladivostok, Russia. First finger paintings Innsbruck, Austria 1946. Studied tongue-in-cheek at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Casablanca, Morocco 1958. USA since 1959. Doodling since. Self-appointed art pundit. His interest in literature and the visual arts is exhaustively multi-cultural.




Christopher Woods

Christopher Woods is a writer and photographer who lives in Chappell Hill, Texas. He has published a novel, THE DREAM PATCH, a prose collection, UNDER A RIVERBED SKY, and a book of stage monologues for actors, HEART SPEAK His photographs can be seen in his gallery -  His photography prompt book for writers, FROM VISION TO TEXT, is forthcoming from PROPERTIUS PRESS.





Jim Zola

Jim Zola is a poet and photographer living in North Carolina.










A note from the editors: Thank you to all of the wonderful submissions received for this issue of The Arkansan Review. Your work and dedication to the art is what keeps the authenticity of The Arkansan Review's publication. 

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