Contributors to Fall 2021 Issue

Rae Bastoni believes art and creativity nourish the soul and free the mind. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic, but studies art out of love for the creative process. Inspired by nature and her university studies of anatomy and physiology, she works in a variety of mediums. Rae is a New England native currently residing in Napa, California. She enjoys visiting her sister in New Hampshire and exploring the state’s forested hills with her. If you enjoy Rae’s work, please look for her on Instagram: @b.sunrae.

For seventeen years Matt Berman moved every six months, mostly to a wide variety of national parks (from the Grand Canyon to the Grand Tetons), where he worked on seasonal trail crews. He received a BA in Mass Media Communications from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in Writing Creative Nonfiction from Spalding University. He is the Assistant Director of Jackson Hole Writers. On the side, Matt enjoys photography, skiing, reading, writing, trading stocks, hiking and backpacking. A series of photo essays, plus links to his publications and Etsy store can be found at

Elizabeth Bruce’s debut novel, And Silent Left the Place, won Washington Writers’ Publishing House’s Award, with ForeWord Magazine and Texas Institute of Letters distinctions. She’s published in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malawi, India, Yemen, and Philippines. Her book CentroNía’s Theatrical Journey Playbook: Introducing Science to Early Learners through Guided Pretend Play, won/placed in four contests. She’s received fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation. She’s studied with Richard Bausch, Lee K. Abbott, Janet Peery, John McNally, and Liam Callanan. Elizabeth has enjoyed visiting New Hampshire over the years. Her website is

Bill Chatfield is the author of two books of poems, Out of Darkness, and We Are Stardust: the universe in verse. He is also the founder and director of Peterborough Poetry Project, a promoter of poetry contests and publisher of seven books of poetry, including a book (you, genesis) by former New Hampshire Youth Poet Laureate, Rachel Sturges.

Christopher Clauss (he/him) is an introvert, Ravenclaw, father, poet, photographer, and middle school science teacher in Keene, New Hampshire. His mother believes his poetry is “just wonderful.” Both of his daughters declare that he is the “best daddy they have,” and his pre-teen science students rave that he is “Fine, I guess. Whatever.

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.

Juliette Gagnon Strong Heart grew up in a small town in Massachusetts. She had many ambitions as a child, stemming from art, literature, music, science, and culture. Her interests led her to attend Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. As a queer First Nations-descendant female artist, it is Juliette’s mission to speak through art. Her techniques include traditional beaded jewelry, ceramics, and painting traditional and modern-semi-realism. Juliette is currently a double major in Environmental Studies and Spanish at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, where she is The Zowie-Banteah Cultural Center Assistant for Native American and Indigenous students. See more of her work at

A New Jersey native, Dean Gootee went on church retreats to New Hampshire in high school, which helped foster a love of nature and dissonance between his sexuality and sense of spirituality. He has learned to combat that dissonance with hard-won love, honesty, and humor that he now seeks to impart to his two kids. He resides in Upstate New York where he once attended a small Bible College, before giving up the faith altogether in favor of the wild, debauched, and obscenely wealthy lifestyle of a sometimes-writer.

Dev Hardikar is a student at New York University who has returned to his hometown of Peterborough to weather the ongoing pandemic. He enjoys creative expression in all forms and often has trouble sticking to any one medium long enough to finish his projects. His portfolio is a mix of writing, drawing, painting, photography, audio, and video work.

Maxwell Irwin was born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire. He is working towards his BFA in Graphic Design at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. You can see more of Maxwell’s work at

J. Kates is a minor poet and a literary translator who lives in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.

Michael Keshigian, from Londonderry, New Hampshire, is the author of 14 poetry collections. His most recent poems have appeared in Muddy River Review, Studio One, Jerry Jazz Musician, San Pedro River Review, Young Ravens Literary Review, and Tipton Poetry Journal. He has been published in numerous national and international journals and has appeared as feature writer in twenty publications with seven Pushcart Prize and two Best of the Net nominations.

Maura MacNeil is a writer, editor and teacher. She is the author of three poetry collections: A History of Water, Lost Houses, and This Last Place. She is the founder and editor of Off the Margins, a website “that pushes the boundaries of language, conventional form, blended genre, and prose flash, featuring women writers who fearlessly tell the truth and risk vulnerability to give voice to their experience.” She resides in New Hampshire and is a professor of Creative Writing at New England College.

Mary Marchese holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a feature writer for a newspaper, as a technical writer at IBM, and as an editor for a community newsletter. She self-published a book entitled What Really Happened to Steve Nathan. You can learn more about the book at her website, Mary moved to New Hampshire in 2013 and first lived in Nashua, where she was active in a writing group that met each week and was very supportive as she wrote her book. Mary recently moved to Harrisville and would like to continue meeting with other writers to share work.

Carl-Peter Mayer is a silkscreen artist and also enjoys stone balancing and photography. He has been involved in screen printing for over 40 years, from fine art to commercial applications. He resides in Franconia, New Hampshire and Sharon, Massachusetts and is a life-long Cannon/ Mittersill skier. His parents emigrated from Germany and built a home in Franconia for its similarities to Franconia in their native Bavaria.

Meg J. Petersen is a writer and a teacher of writing at Plymouth State University, where she directs the National Writing Project in New Hampshire.  Her poems have won prizes with the New England Association of Teachers of English and the Seacoast Writers Association.  She was named as a feature poet by the New Hampshire Arts Council.  Her poems have appeared in Concrete Wolf, Entelechy International: A Journal of Contemporary Ideas, Garden Lane, English Journal, The Leaflet, The International Journal for Teaching Writing and other publications.

Kenneth Pobo is the author of twenty-one chapbooks and nine full-length collections. Recent books include Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers), and Uneven Steven (Assure Press). Opening is forthcoming from Rectos Y Versos Editions. Lavender Fire, Lavender Rose is forthcoming from Brick/House Books. Kenneth lives in Pennsylvania but is connected to New Hampshire through family living in Conway.

Elaine Reardon is a poet and herbalist. Her first chapbook, The Heart is a Nursery For Hope, won first honors from Flutter Press in 2016. Her second chapbook, Look Behind You, was published by Flutter Press in late 2019. Most recently, Elaine’s poetry and essays have been published by Pensive JournalThe Wild Word, Prospectus Literary, and Wilda Morris’s Blogspot. She’s a member of the Monadnock Writers’ Group. Elaine’s website is

Rosemary Marshall Staples, a New Hampshire poet and songwriter, considers herself a humorist with a serious side. Her poems have been featured in Spotlight Magazine, Poets’ Touchstone, and Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology. Her poem “Photogenic at any Age” appears on the placements at Fox’s Restaurant in York, Maine. Rosemary has been a featured reader at open mics and coffeehouses. She is currently involved in two monthly poetry groups, and for the past fourteen years, she has attended writing retreats on Star Island, where she participated in workshops for both poetry and songwriting.

S.M. Stevens began writing fiction during back-to-back health crises: a shattered pelvis and ovarian cancer. She has self-published novels for Middle Grade and Young Adults. Her adult contemporary novel Horseshoes and Hand Grenades was published by TouchPoint Press in 2019. “Two Kinds of People” is based on characters from her forthcoming novel, Beautiful and Terrible Things. Stevens grew up in Maine and has also lived in Massachusetts, Italy, and England. She now happily resides in New Hampshire at her forever home on one of the state’s many ponds. When not writing fiction, she markets solar energy.

Stacia Tolman lives in Nelson, New Hampshire. A former high school English teacher, she now works as a substitute teacher and also writes page-a-day calendars on subjects as diverse as Jane Austen, chickens, and baby boomers. As a poet, she has written so many sonnets that she feels incapable of writing any other kind of poem. Lines just seem to write themselves in iambic pentameter. Her first novel, The Spaces Between Us, was published in 2019 by Henry Holt. Learn more at