Issue 5, Volume I
Thomas Carney has written for Esquire, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles magazine, American Letters
and Commentary, Tupelo Quarterly and Frontline (PBS) among other publications. He lives in New York City.
Allen Learst won the 2011 Leapfrog Fiction Contest for his short story collection, Dancing at the Gold Monkey. His work has
appeared in War, Literature and the Arts, Alaska Quarterly Review, Chattahoochee Review, Hawaii Review, Passages North,
Ascent, The Literary Review, Pisgah, and Water~Stone. The first chapter of his novel in progress, Bonefish, was published in
Crossborder Journal. His essay “The Blood of Children” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, received a "Special Mention" in
the 2008 Pushcart Prize XXXII Best of the Small Presses, and a “Notable” in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007.
Read more at http://www.allearst.com/
Amir Ahmadi Arian started his writing career as a journalist in Iran in 2000, while an undergrad engineering student at the
University of Tehran. From 2002 he began writing fiction and translating books. He has published hundreds of articles in
Iranian newspapers and magazines on literature and politics, two novels (one of them was shortlisted for the prestigious
Golshiri award), a collection of stories, and a book of nonfiction on the state of Iranian literature in the new millennium. He
also translated from English to Farsi novels by E.L. Doctorow, Paul Auster, P.D. James, and Cormac McCarthy. He left Iran in
2011, and since 2014 he has been writing in English. In this phase of his career, he has published short stories and essays in The
Guardian, Massachusetts Review, Asymptote, openDemocracy, and others.
Bill Gubbins’ photographs have appeared in Rolling Stone and the New York Times, been the subject of solo exhibits in Detroit,
Nashville and soon Los Angeles and Germany, and are part of the permanent collection of the Butler Art Institute in
Youngstown, Ohio. His work can be seen on Instagram at @BillGubbinsPhotos.
Gubbins is also an accomplished national magazine editor (Creem, Moviegoer and Country Weekly, among others), television
creator and executive producer (the Channel One in-school TV network and daily newscast) and design writer (essay in David
Carson’s seminal and best-selling book, The End of Print, as well as pieces in Émigré and Communication Arts, among
others). More at @BillGubbinsPhotos_
Caroline O’Connell's latest project “Flower Bombs” which explores urban renewal paint and flowers can be seen in and
around Miami and the Palm Beaches and is coming soon to carolineoconnellart on Instagram and carolineoconnell.com
InSight and Fiction:
Kelvin C. James, a Trinidadian-American, writes fables, short stories, and novels, including Jumping Ship and Other Stories
(Villard). Among publishers of his work are Villard Books, a division of Random House; HarperCollins; Harvard Square
Editions; and several quality magazines. He has been awarded a NYFA in Fiction, and an NEA for Literature. He lives in
Harlem, New York City.
Bronwyn Mills holds an MFA from UMass, Amherst, and a Ph.D. from NYU where she was an Anais Nin
Fellow. Later a Fulbright Fellow (La République du Bénin, West Africa) she travels widely, and has lived in New York City,
Istanbul, Turkey; Latin America; and Paris, France. For many years a dance and theatre writer for regional arts publications in
New England, she is also a Senior prose editor for Tupelo Quarterly. Books include Night of the Luna Moths (poetry,) Beastly's
Tale (a fabulist novel); and she is currently working on Canary Club, a novel set in medieval Spain. Her work has appeared in
IKON, Frigate, Talisman: a Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Tupelo Quarterly, and most recently in Agni Online.
She guest-edited the Turkish issue of Absinthe; New European Writing (#19). Bronwyn has taught at Stevens Institute of
Technology; Kadir Has University in Istanbul; and Abomey-Calavi in Bénin. From time to time she publishes work on African
vodou. Bronwyn lives and writes in a tiny mountain village far, far away. Read more at https://bronwynmills.org/
Eric Darton has published a number of books, including the New York Times bestseller Divided We Stand: A
Biography of The World Trade Center (Basic Books, 1999, 2011), and Free City, a novel, (WW Norton, 1996). He is also the author
of an ongoing work of free scholarship, Book of the World Courant, available at www.bookoftheworldcourant.net. Recently his
essays have been published in Tupelo Quarterly www.tupeloquarterly.com. More of his work may be found at
www.ericdarton.net and here at The Wall. Darton leads Writing at the Crossroads, a workshop for prose writers, a sampling of
whose work appears in issue 2.
Hardy Griffin has published writing in New Flash Fiction, Alimentum, Assisi, The Washington Post, American Letters &
Commentary, and the chapter "Voice: The Sound of a Story" in Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2003), as well as translations in
the Istanbul Biennial, Words Without Borders, and for the award-winning photographic study Armenians, documenting the
lives of Armenians living in contemporary Turkey. He is currently at work on a novel, Our Girl, and has a Ph.D. from Boğaziçi
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