December 2017 contributors

Stefan J. Broidy is an Emeritus Professor of education at both Missouri State University and Wittenberg University. He is the editor of the recent anthology From the Tower: Poetry in Honor of Conrad Ballet (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2016). His poems have appeared in The Midwest Review, Dark Matter, The Resurrectionist, Allegro Poetry Magazine, and Amethyst.

Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar is an Indian-American, born into a middle-class family in India, who will forever be indebted to her parents for educating her beyond their means. She is an informational technology professional, wife, and mother of a teenager. Her thoughts find clarity on her usual Fitbit-powered solitary walks, which she pens down on her blog Puny Fingers. Her work has been published in Ms Magazine blog, The Same, The Aerogram, The Haiku Journal, and Columbus Moms Blog.

Joe Cottonwood is a frequent contributor to The MOON, a prolific writer by night and builder by day, who lives with his childhood sweetheart in La Honda, California.

Suzanne Cottrell lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in rural Piedmont North Carolina. An outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and Pilates. She loves nature and its sensory stimuli and particularly enjoys writing and experimenting with poetry and flash fiction.  Her poetry has appeared in The Avocet, The Remembered Arts Journal, Plum Tree Tavern, Haiku Journal, Naturewriting, Dragon Poet Review, and Women’s Voices Anthology (These Fragile Lilacs Literary Journal).

DC Diamondopolous is an award-winning short story and flash fiction writer published worldwide. Since September 2015, DC’s stories have appeared in over sixty anthology and online literary publications, including Lunch Ticket, Silver Pen’s Fabula Argentea, and Fiction on the Web. DC won first place for the short story Billy Luck at Defenestrationism’s summer contest of 2016. The international literary site The Missing Slate, in August 2016, honored her as author of the month for the short story Boots. Billy Luck is nominated for Best of the Net 2017 Anthology for short story.

Melanie Figg is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. She has won many awards for her poetry including grants from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. With an MFA in Poetry, her poems, essays and reviews have been published in dozens of literary journals including The Iowa Review, LIT, Colorado Review, and others. She curates Literary Art Tours in DC galleries (a Washington Post Editor’s Pick), and teaches and coaches writers in community art centers and privately.

Rebekah L. Fraser graduated from Yale with a degree in film studies/screenwriting and has written feature film scripts, short films, and short stories. She is currently developing her second novel while, as a journalist, she has contributed articles and personal essays to publications throughout North America, including Christian Science Monitor, Elephant Journal,, and The Writer.

Gabe is a volunteer at Human Kindness Foundation who, as a formerly incarcerated individual, serves other inmates by responding to their letters seeking spiritual guidance.

Joseph Richard Goldman is the son of Holocaust and Russian Civil War survivors. A slightly different version of this story, drawn from the tales of other survivors he knew, appeared in his book Voices From a Distant Place, a Dark Time, Brindlekins Press, 2015, available on Amazon.

Leslee Goodman is the publisher and editor of The MOON.

Rosalind Holtzman has worked as a pediatric nurse, childbirth educator, and most recently, as a religious school teacher in her synagogue, although she set out to be a physical anthropologist, studying human evolution. She writes creative nonfiction essays and is especially keen on wrestling with “big picture” issues. She lives in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Sita Lozoff is the co-founder and spiritual director of the Human Kindness Foundation.

Monika Martyn calls herself a novice writer who has been happily practicing the art of forgiving in her thirty-five-year-long love affair with her husband. He would say ditto. Although English is her second language, her publishing credits include: Vine Leaves Literary Journal out of Australia, The Stand, Overture and Shoreline collections of Canadian short stories and poetry.

Derek McMillan lives in Durrington, in Wiltshire, England, with his wife, Angela, who is also his editor. His latest book is Durrington Detective Agency, which is a collection of short detective stories with something for everybody.

Cristina M.R. Norcross is the founding editor of the online poetry journal, Blue Heron Review, and the author of seven poetry collections. Her most recent books include Amnesia and Awakenings (Local Gems Press, 2016) and Still Life Stories (Aldrich Press, 2016). Her works have been published, or are forthcoming, in: The Toronto Quarterly, Red Cedar, The Avocet, Your Daily Poem, Lime Hawk, The Poetry Storehouse, Right Hand Pointing, and Pirene’s Fountain, among others. Cristina’s work also appears in numerous print anthologies. She is the co-founder of Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day. Find out more at:

Lorraina Nyanza is an Air Force veteran and author with a background in clinical social work, who is motivated to shed light in dark places for self and others. She has written two books on her journey of healing from sexual harassment and assault in the military: Moving Past Broken: Memoirs of a Wounded Warrior and The Beauty of a Thing. Both can be ordered by contacting

Robert Pope has published a novel, Jack’s Universe, as well as a collection of stories, Private Acts. He has also published many stories and personal essays in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Fiction International. He teaches at The University of Akron.

Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich is the author of  Opening the Black Ovule Gate, forthcoming in February of 2018 with Finishing Line Press and We Are Beautiful Like Snowflakes (2016). She also has recent publications in Praxis, Gather Round: A Collaboration of Workshop and Retreat Poets, and The Journal of Poetry Therapy. She was a recipient of a MVICW scholarship in 2016 and has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Piermont, NY.

Rose Shrader is a lecturer at Indiana State University, teaching freshman composition classes. She is currently working on a memoir that focuses on her life before and after a car accident in 2002 that resulted in complete paralysis from the chest down. And while much of her writing does revolve around her life as a quadriplegic, it is also more varied at times. She has been published in Diverse Voices Quarterly, Cobalt, and Blood and Thunder.

Laura Widener is a coffee-loving introvert living in rural Georgia. She is a professional writer and editor, with an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University. Her previous work has been published online and in print with publications such as The Sunlight Press, TWJ Magazine, Rathalla Review, Spider Road Press, and more. Read more at