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Issue Six - Midnight

Dark Ocean


Askold Skalsky

Originally from Ukraine, Askold Skalsky is a retired college professor living in Frederick, Maryland. His poems have appeared in many magazines and online journals in the USA as well as in literary publications in Europe, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, and India. A first collection, The Ponies of Chuang Tzu, was published in 2011.

Barrina South

Barrina is a Barkindji woman who is poet, artist, and critic. Barrina was one of five Australian poets selected to participate in the 2022 Invisible Walls: poetry as a Doorway to Intercultural Understanding paired with a Korean poet to explore cross-cultural dialogue. An initiative run in partnership with the University of South Australia and Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea. In the same year, she was Writer in Residence at the University of Canberra, and was published in The Art Issue, Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry plus Interliminal Encounters: Indian and Australian Writers in Po (i) etic Dialogue, Teesta Review: A Journal of Poetry, Kolkata, India. Barrina is a current member of the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN), a Director of Us Mob Writing (UMW) and a contributor and editor of Too Deadly Our Voice Our Way Our Business.

Carlos E Morazán

Carlos E Morazán is a software engineer and writer who lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Spiritus Mundi Review, Tropico Line and Sour Cherry Magazine. You can find him on Instagram as @carlosmorazan and Twitter as @carlosemorazan

Catalina Lassen

Catalina Lassen is a writer and visual artist who has previously been published in Cicada, and is an alum of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. She lives and works near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has had her visual work exhibited at galleries across the tri-state area.

Ian C Smith

Ian C Smith’s work has been published in BBC Radio 4 Sounds,The Dalhousie Review, Gargoyle, Ginosko Literary Journal, Griffith Review, Southword, The Stony Thursday Book, & Two Thirds North. His seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy, Ginninderra (Port Adelaide). He writes in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, and on Flinders Island.

Isabel Yacura

Isabel Yacura is a writer and editor in Brooklyn, New York. She has been published in All World's Wayfarer, Zoetic Press, and Kelp Journal. She's currently represented by Haley Casey at CMA Literary, and can be found @isabelyacura on Twitter.

Jena Woodhouse

Jena Woodhouse has book publications in poetry, adult fiction and children's fiction. Her writing has received awards in all three genres. She spent more than a decade living and working in Greece, where she was employed as an arts journalist for a subsidiary of the "International Herald Tribune", and has also spent time in a number of other western, central and east European countries. She has been awarded creative residencies in Scotland, Ireland, France and Greece. Her interest in archaeology, the arts, languages and cultural history, travel and the natural environment are sources of inspiration for much of her writing.

John Grey

John Grey (he/him) is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Sheepshead Review, Stand, Washington Square Review and Floyd County Moonshine. Latest books, “Covert” “Memory Outside The Head” and “Guest Of Myself” are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in the McNeese Review, Santa Fe Literary Review and Open Ceilings.

John Muro

Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and, more recently, for the Best of the Net Award, John Muro is a resident of Connecticut, a graduate of Trinity College and a lover of all things chocolate. He has published two volumes of poems – In the Lilac Hour and Pastoral Suite – in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Both books were published by Antrim House, and both are available on Amazon. John’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies since 2020, including Acumen, Barnstorm, Euphony, Grey Sparrow, Moria, Sky Island and the Valparaiso Review. Instagram @johntmuro.

Kersten Christianson

Alaskan Poet, Moon Gazer, Raven Watcher, Northern Trekker, Teacher. Kersten Christianson derives inspiration from wild, wanderings, and road trips. Kersten is the poetry editor of Alaska Women Speak. She has authored Curating the House of Nostalgia (Sheila-Na-Gig, 2020), What Caught Raven’s Eye (Petroglyph Press, 2018), and Something Yet to Be Named (Kelsay Books, 2017). Kersten lives with her daughter in Sitka, Alaska and enjoys road trips, bookstores, and smooth ink pens.

Laura Cooney

Laura Cooney (she/her) is a writer from Edinburgh, Scotland. Her most recent publications online and in print are in Heartbalm, Vine Leaves Press, Short Story Today, Kobayaashi Studios, Buzgaga, Roi Faineant, Spare Parts Lit and The Unconventional Courier. She can be found on Twitter and instagram @lozzawriting and on her blog When she's not doing 'lots of writing' you'll find her outdoors with her children as close to the sea as possible. There will be ice-cream!

Megan Cartwright

Megan Cartwright is an Australian college teacher and poet. Her work has appeared in Authora Australis, Blue Bottle Journal, October Hill Magazine, and oddball magazine. She also has poems featuring in upcoming issues of Arteidolia Press’ ‘Swifts + Slows’ and Quadrant.

Michele Mekel

Living in Happy Valley, Michele Mekel wears many hats of her choosing: writer and editor; educator and bioethicist; poetess and creatrix; cat herder and chief can opener; witch and woman; and, above all, human. With more than 150 poems published, her work has appeared in various academic and creative publications, including being featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and nominated for Best of the Net. Her poetry has also been translated into Cherokee. She served as co-principal investigator for the Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 project (

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson’s work has appeared in magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, Fiction Southeast, Mud Season Review, The London Reader, The Phare Magazine, Beir Bua Journal Dust Poetry Magazine,and Mike’s book Arranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic, (Rabbit House Press, 2020). Mike lives in Central Kentucky, USA and can be found at

Rob McKinnon

Rob McKinnon lives in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. His poetry has previously been published in ‘Adelaide: Mapping the Human City’ Ginninderra Press, ‘Messages from the Embers’ Black Quill Press, Backstory Journal (Swinburne University), The Saltbush Review (Adelaide University), Creatrix, Wales Haiku Journal, and other online and print journals.

Tom Ferrebee

Tom Ferrebee lives and works in Chile with his wife and two children. He can be found seeking novelty living abroad and dreaming of some year in the future when he might return to his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia in the United States. @TomFerrebee

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