Author: Alaina Conaway

“Chrome” by Tina Williams

“Chrome” by Tina Williams

Author Bio: Tina Williams, a resident of Waynesboro, PA for 17 years, has done some portrait commissions, as well as other commission work, but mainly utilizes art as therapy for depression and anxiety.  She is self taught with no formal art education.  Tina has 3 wonderful grandsons, as well as 2 cats that love to supervise her art work. Education wise, Tina has her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Forensic Psychology. She also has 2 associate’s degrees from Southwest VA Community College.

“Hairy Highland” by Joshua Yurche

“Hairy Highland” by Joshua Yurche

Author Bio: Joshua Yurche is a husband, a father of four, and he has degrees in Graphic Design and Computer Science. As a toddler, Joshua’s parents let him draw on left-over rolls of wallpaper, and his dad taught him how to draw Mickey Mouse; art and creativity have been a part of his life ever since. While serving in the U.S. Navy, Joshua used his creativity to design custom helmets for pilots and aircrew, painting here and there during his time off. Two years ago, Joshua started painting again, and he has really enjoyed getting back into it and trying out new mediums. More of his artwork can be seen on his Instagram @the_ycreative.

“Iguana” by Tina Williams

“Iguana” by Tina Williams

Author Bio: Tina Williams, a resident of Waynesboro, PA for 17 years, has done some portrait commissions, as well as other commission work, but mainly utilizes art as therapy for depression and anxiety.  She is self taught with no formal art education.  Tina has 3 wonderful grandsons, as well as 2 cats that love to supervise her art work. Education wise, Tina has her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Forensic Psychology. She also has 2 associate’s degrees from Southwest VA Community College.

“The Wait” by Joshua Yurche

“The Wait” by Joshua Yurche

Author Bio: Joshua Yurche is a husband, a father of four, and he has degrees in Graphic Design and Computer Science. As a toddler, Joshua’s parents let him draw on left-over rolls of wallpaper, and his dad taught him how to draw Mickey Mouse; art and creativity have been a part of his life ever since. While serving in the U.S. Navy, Joshua used his creativity to design custom helmets for pilots and aircrew, painting here and there during his time off. Two years ago, Joshua started painting again, and he has really enjoyed getting back into it and trying out new mediums. More of his artwork can be seen on his Instagram @the_ycreative.

“Dissociation” by Coal Williams

“Dissociation” by Coal Williams

Author Bio: Coal Williams is a junior at Greencastle-Antrim High School. He is currently taking Greencastle-Antrim’s Art Portfolio course, and he is sixteen years old. Coal’s main medium is digital art, and his art typically ventures into the realm of surrealism.

“Stigma” by Jack Dawson

“Stigma” by Jack Dawson

Author Bio: Jack Dawson is a senior at Greencastle-Antrim High School. He loves nature, tea, and reading. Art is his favorite thing to do because it lets him express his opinions and feelings while allowing him to be creative. Jack has been doing ceramics for a few years, even prior to his high school classes with taking private lessons. In the future, Jack hopes to become a ceramicist as his career.

Sunday by Holly Day

Sunday by Holly Day

It’s Sunday morning and the mice are going to church.

I can hear them rushing through the rafters over my head

to meet at some undisclosed central spot in my house. 

Because I don’t try to find and destroy their church, 

and I let them worship in peace

I hope their religion isn’t based on getting rid of me. 

It’s Sunday afternoon and the mice are coming home from church,

and their pace overhead seems slower, more thoughtful, this time

as though they have weighty thoughts to reflect on

or perhaps gratitude is guiding their steps now, 

and they’re enjoying coming back with their families

perhaps thinking of the future, making some great plans

that hopefully won’t affect me. 

Author Bio: Holly Day (hollylday.blogspot.com) has been a writing instructor at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Grain, and Harvard Review, and her newest full-length poetry collections are Into the Cracks (Golden Antelope Press), Cross Referencing a Book of Summer (Silver Bow Publishing), The Tooth is the Largest Organ in the Human Body (Anaphora Literary Press), and Book of Beasts (Weasel Press).

The Long Haul by Holly Day

The Long Haul by Holly Day

I don’t look like I did when we met, I know I don’t.

I don’t even pretend that person can be brought back to the surface

through the use of hair products and makeup and starvation diets 

and magical potions, that person is gone

that person only exists in the photographs I found tucked into your wallet

I’m so glad you still have them. 

Please let me love you even though I’m old now.

We’re both old, but I feel so much older, let me

curl up against you while you sleep, let me listen to you breathe

while you sleep, I don’t know why you look the same to me.

I know I don’t look the same to you. 

Please let me stay here and pretend I’m still young, and small.

Let me believe every once in a while that you still remember

I was the girl in those photographs I see you looking at every once in a while

I have no regrets. I have no regrets. 

Author Bio: Holly Day (hollylday.blogspot.com) has been a writing instructor at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Grain, and Harvard Review, and her newest full-length poetry collections are Into the Cracks (Golden Antelope Press), Cross Referencing a Book of Summer (Silver Bow Publishing), The Tooth is the Largest Organ in the Human Body (Anaphora Literary Press), and Book of Beasts (Weasel Press).

Hot as a Log by DS Maolalai

Hot as a Log by DS Maolalai

cold as logs

in water, a wet

and winter 

evening. a rain

which cracks 

the windows,

sounds like logs

in burning 

hearths, and you 

here on the sofa, curling

with me around tea. 

you are hot as a log,

as solid and beautiful

as a pile of dried firewood

stacked carefully next 

to a fire. outside, the grass

is wet and quite

miserable, taking weight

with the softness 

of age-wilted salad.

even the dog’s 

feeling anxious this evening

and rubbing the carpet

with her head. 

Author Bio: DS Maolalai has been nominated eight times for Best of the Net and five times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, “Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden” (Encircle Press, 2016) and “Sad Havoc Among the Birds” (Turas Press, 2019).