JOHN CHAVERS enjoys working as a writer, artist, photographer, and general creator. Most recently, his writing and artwork have been accepted at The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library – So It Goes 2016 Annual Literary Journal, Cream City Review, Blueline Magazine, The William and Mary Review, Camas Magazine, and The Ogham Stone, among others. He has a fascination for the diminutive, works of art on paper, and the desert. This September he will be the artist in residence at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.
LI DAI is a landscape architect and photographer based in China, USA and Denmark. She is currently pursuing her post-professional degree in landscape architecture at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, USA. She has always been trying to focus on Asian social and cultural identities through her works. More information can be found on her website – http://lidai.sxl.cn/
BRUCE BRAGER is a freelance writer. Photography has been a long term adjunct ability to his writing. He particularly enjoys landscape photography.
The mattress is hard against my back, as if I am strapped in and held against it. A train crashes by, rattling the glass on my nightstand, the clear liquid sluicing with the aftershocks. I hope no one is on the tracks. I bring the brim to my lips and spit a mist of vodka.
My brother used to say that you shouldn’t drink water at bedtime. Before he was taken away.
The pharmacy sign blinks from the windows. Somewhere across the canyons of neon, he’s harnessed into a hospital bed, shouting and lashing in a Seroquel slumber. Tomorrow he’ll wake up, eyes roving around the room for a rope or a razor. Always the worst in the morning. He may try to rip his restraints—teeth slicing into zip ties. The nurse for the understaffed, under-cleaned, underfunded psych ward will put an end to his escape attempt. I hope she won’t have to put him under.
My stomach throbs. I stand, stagger to the bathroom, and kneel over the bowl. I vomit. One of his toothbrushes dangles above my head, the bristles taunting me. Jittery and drunk as ever, I return to bed.
I will sleep on it, or sleep it off. Either way, I cannot stay awake much longer. Tomorrow I have work to do, groceries to buy, laundry to fold, and a brother to visit. I need the sleep.
Over the past few nights, I’ve tried everything. Reading, leaving the lights on, slow breathing, counting sheep, now alcohol. Nothing works. A birdcall splits the silence; the magpies are already up.
HENRY HIETALA is a recent graduate of Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing. His work has been published in Medusa’s Laugh Press, Chanter, and The Spark. He was a finalist for the Nick Adams Short Story Contest.
BRAD GARBER has shown his drawings, photographs, mixed media and paintings since 1997, in the Portland and Lake Oswego, Oregon area. His art and photographs have made it onto the front covers of Vine Leaves 2014 Anthology and N Magazine, and in Gravel Magazine, Cargo Literary, Jokes Literary, The Tishman Review, Shuf Poetry, Meat for Tea, Mud Season Review, Third Wednesday, Foliate Oak and many other literary publications.
RAINA LEE is a high school student attending King Drew Medical/Magnet HS. She enjoys photographing family members and fellow peers, and though she would love to spread her horizon of models, her teachers aren’t too compliant. Ms. Lee found a passion for photography during her summer of eighth grade, while getting to playing with a friend’s camera during summer camp. Though she is young and an amateur, she hopes to continue growing in her passion and continue exposing herself to different forms of photography. Raina Lee’s only goal is to share her passion with others through her production of photographs.
Almost two decades ago, SETH experienced a high-impact car accident. He started exploring art as a way to deal with chronic pain from the accident. With a background in IT, and a previous career in finance, many of Seth’s pieces are influenced by the idea of finding solutions. Seth does not communicate the intentions of individual pieces — he prefers to think of each work of art as a mystery, defined and solved by the viewer.
After experimenting with painting, photography, and music, Seth found that digital media allowed him the greatest level of control with which to materialize his intentions. Seth uses his art to question how things make sense within a larger context. How are we influenced by shapes? How are different moving parts related to each other? How do we find solutions to help us navigate these moving parts? How do we project meaning onto all of the moving parts we experience in life? What, in the end, is the sum of all of these moving parts, and how does that affect our lives? Seth wants the viewer to experience the pieces through their own individual lenses. To Seth, art is a refuge in which has saved him from the madness of the world. To Seth, a piece of art is complete when he feels everything is in its “right place”, which is the culmination of many small decisions, which lead to a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts.
MARK AIZENBERG is a self-taught photographer located at Wynnewood, PA. Mark combines his background as a neuroscientist with his photography, creating impactful, award-winning images. If asked to describe in one word his art, this word would be “simplicity”. In Mark’s opinion, basic shapes, lines and curves, complimentary color schemes can have a deep emotional impact by stimulating the viewer’s active role in experiencing the photograph. Despite using a DSLR and iPhone to create images, he often strive to blur the line between photography and painting by reducing number of details.
Mark’s work has been accepted into numerous juried exhibits distributed in the Philadelphia metropolis. In addition to his fine art, Mark offers a wide array of photography services including portraiture and events. Mark invites everyone to get familiar with his work on his website: markaizenbergphoto.com