Contributors to Fall 2020 Issue

Jamie Alliotts is an award-winning writer from Oradell, New Jersey. His plays, essays, literary journalism, fiction, poetry, and photography appear or are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, Star 82 Review, 40 Towns, Cleaver, Mouth, Bayou, Underwood Press’s Black Works, and elsewhere. After living on the streets of New York City and then kicking heroin in 1999, Alliotts went on to study world literature and creative writing at Columbia University, the University of Oxford, the University of Iowa, and Dartmouth College. Alliotts lives in the ether with a mason jar named Fiammetta.

Denny Caldwell has been a laborer, factory worker, soldier, pilot, mechanic, firefighter, researcher, historian, voter registration worker and anti-war activist. Born and raised in southeastern Michigan, he finally arrived in New England to his heart’s home when Eastern Airlines assigned him to Boston in 1987. He has been a technical aviation writer, and writes poetry, personal narrative, aviation history and historical fiction. Denny lives in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire with his wife Deborah and several animals.

Ann B. Day moved into a cottage at the RiverMead Retirement Community in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in 2013. She and her family owned a working guest farm in Mad River Valley of Vermont, where they raised Highland cattle, taught skiing, and held writing retreats for 50 years. She belongs to the Monadnock Writers’ Group, the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, and the Poetry Society of Vermont. Ann writes a nature column for the weekly Valley Reporter and publishes nature books and annual engagement calendars with her poetry and photos. Her poems have been printed in many publications, including Time MagazineThe LyricGreen Mountain Trading PostNew England Memories, and The Poets’ Touchstone.

Julie A. Dickson is a New Hampshire poet who is originally from Buffalo, New York. The lakes girl now lives near the ocean as well! Her poetry includes nature, environment, bullying, abuse, elephants in sanctuary. She has been published in over 25 poetry journals. Dickson is a member of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire and currently coordinates workshops throughout the state. Julie is especially fond of and has two rescued feral cats.

Taylor Jones is a conservation biologist and spends her days either trying to save the world or escape it via writing and reading. Her poetry has been published in Spit Poet Zine and South Broadway Ghost Society, and her short story “Flower Children” received an Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. The poems appearing in Smoky Quartz were written while she was working at a summer stock theater company in Lincoln, New Hampshire.

When not rolling out pierogis, Linda Kulig Magoon can be found hiking and camping in the White Mountains. She is a resident of Sutton, New Hampshire. You can reach her by email at

A ‘Best of the Net’ 2020 nominee, John Mara writes lakeside in Rindge, New Hampshire, with the creative input of his wife Holly. They always attract mortified glances in Peterborough restaurants while discussing dastardly characters and plot structure. A multi-genre writer, John tends to converse in the genre he’s thinking about, and makes better company when it’s humor, not horror.

Eric Pinder lives along the Androscoggin River in Berlin, New Hampshire, and teaches creative writing, literature, and the occasional science class at colleges around the state. He is the author of a book of nature writing, North to Katahdin, and several books for children, including If All the Animals Came InsideCat in the Clouds, and How to Share with a Bear. His book The Perfect Pillow received the 2019 New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature.

Jesseca P. Timmons is a freelance writer, photographer, storyteller and nature lover. Her essay  “Sisterly Love” was recently selected as one of twenty winners of the inaugural Nickie’s Prize at  the Erma Bombeck Center for Humor Writing at the University of  Dayton, and she is the  author of a humor blog, “Everybody Just Relax.” She lives with her family in Greenfield, New Hampshire.