May 2017 contributors

X.H. Collins grew up in the far west part of Sichuan province, China, near the East Tibet Plateau. She came to the Midwest to earn a Ph.D. in nutrition and is currently a professor of biology in a community college in Illinois. She wrote her first short story in English in the summer of 2015. She placed third in the fiction category of the 2016 Midwest Writing Center Iron Pen contest. A flash fiction was chosen as one of the judge’s favorites in the River Cities’ Reader 2016 short-fiction contest. Besides teaching biology, she reads, takes writing workshops, plays and reads with her young son, and practices ballroom dancing with her husband, whenever she can.

Paul R. Davis lives in New York state with his wife, parrots and cats. He enjoys operating model trains, philately, gardening, and preparing meals with his wife. His work has been published in Latitudes, Poetpourri, Comstock Review, Comrades, Hot Metal Press, Georgian Blue Poetry Anthology, Many Waters, The Externalist, Centrifugal Eye, The Good Men Project, PoetryRepairs, Halcyon, Oddball Magazine, The MOON, and others. A simple inhalation and exhalation is life, and life itself is art. His poetic philosophy is: the joy of expression; the necessity of communication.

Bill Dienst, MD, is an emergency and family medicine practitioner in rural north central Washington. He travels frequently for humanitarian medical work and writes about his experiences, most recently as the co-author of Leaving SyriaCune Press, 2017.

Leslee Goodman is the publisher and editor of The MOON. She also makes short videos, which you can see on her YouTube channel.

Pat Snyder Hurley, a recovering attorney, writes a regular humor column, “Balancing Act,” for ThisWeek community newspapers in the Columbus, Ohio area, and has authored a book, The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips From An Overbooked Life. A former reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal, she has also had essays published in the Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup for the Soul collections. A new poet, her work has appeared in the literary journal Still Crazy, Common Threads, a journal of the Ohio Poetry Association, and OPA’s ekphrastic poetry anthology A Rustling and Waking Within. She never did become the teacher her 8-year-old self planned to be.

Irena Ioannou writes from Crete, Greece, and her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in the Mortar magazine, The Wild Word, S/tick, Literary Mama, Eyedrum Periodically and Shipwrights.

LindaAnn LoSchiavo is a native New Yorker who is completing her second documentary film and also recently  starred in a documentary about Greenwich Village to be screened in June 2017. To revive her spirits, she puts pen to paper. Her work has recently been published in 101 Fiction, Hawaii Review, Ink & Letters, Metamorphose, Measure, Mused, Peacock Journal, Windhover, and Nous. Reach her at

Kimmery Moss graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing/English and a minor in political science. After dedicating three years to educating at-risk middle school youth, she is now pursuing her love of writing full-time. She lives in Southern California with two rambunctious puppies and a wonderful husband.

Shirley Muir  is a molecular biologist who has worked internationally as a technical journalist. She spends some of the year in Scotland and some in Turkey. In addition to science writing, she writes short stories, memoir, flash fiction, and science fiction. Her work has been published in the UK, Australia and the USA. Her work has been published in Henshaw, Here Comes Everyone, Caesura, Whortleberry Press, The Eildon Tree, Dove Tales, From the Lighthouse, InfectiveInk, The Spectator, Adverbially Challenged and other outlets. She blogs at

Julie Ann Thorndyke has published two collections of tanka poetry, Rick Rack and Carving Granite. A graduate of the Master of Creative Writing program at the University of Sydney, Australia, she has published stories and poems in many literary journals. Read more on her website

Madi Williamson is a humanitarian from Washington state volunteering with Salaam Cultural Mission. She was inspired to travel to Greece to help with the refugee crisis after successful medical missions to the Dominican Republic and founding her own charity to bring soccer equipment to orphans in Africa.