Our Authors

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Published Authors

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines. She has three published chapbooks: A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications). She has published the fantasy novels Blood & MagicDragons & Magic, Centaurs & Magic, and Corvids & Magic. Her novel Phoenix Tears is forthcoming.

Her poem “no mercy for nightmares” was published in the second issue of Whatever Our Souls.


R. Gerry Fabian is a retired English instructor. He has been publishing poetry since 1972 in various poetry magazines. His webpage is rgerryfabian.wordpress.com, and he is the editor of Raw Dog Press at rawdogpress.wordpress.com. His novels Memphis Masquerade and Getting Lucky (The Story) and his published poetry book Parallels are all available at Smashwords and other ebook stores.

His poem “Beverages and Boxes” was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Joseph M. Felser teaches philosophy. His interests are in the areas of consciousness studies, mythology, and religion. He is the author of two non-fiction books and numerous articles that have appeared in both popular and scholarly journals. This is his first published poem. Many of his writings can be found on his website: everythingtriestoberound.com.

His poem “A Circular Depression” was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls, and his poem “Over the Moon” was published in the second issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Jim Freeze is seventy-one years old and retired. He has been happily married for fifty-two years and has two grown sons along with two grandchildren. He began writing in early 2012 to have something to do or to fool his wife into thinking he’s too busy to help her. His short stories have been featured in several publications including Brilliant Flash Fiction, Calliope Magazine, and The Original Writer.

His short story “A Rhapsody in a Perfect Calm” was published the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Phillip Frey’s history includes professional actor, produced screenwriter, and writer/director of three short films, one of which showed at the New York Film Festival. He is now devoted only to writing prose. His published books are Dangerous Times and Hym and Hur. Phillip Frey has also had the privilege of having short stories published.

His short story “The Red Goddess” was published in the second issue of Whatever Our Souls.


David Gallay is a writer of speculative fiction and horror whose stories have appeared in various publications including The Colored Lens and The Future Fire. He currently resides in Wisconsin where he leads a double life as an IT SysAdmin.

His short story “Distractions” was published in the second issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Sarah Henry studied with Louise Glück and Robert Hass at the University of Virginia. Today, she lives near Pittsburgh, where her poems have appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and the Loyalhanna Review. Sarah’s work was also published farther afield in Soundings East, among other journals.

Her poem “Revenge of the Houseboy” was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Peter V. Hicks is the pen name of an author who is not afraid to cross the streams and thinks that taking off and nuking the site from orbit are both winning strategies. He awaits the second coming of Gozer the Gozerian and the forthcoming alien invasion. In the meantime, the chronicles of his fever dreams obtained after a summer visit to Innsmouth will have to entertain the masses. His work can be seen in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions of Grassroots Magazine. Mr. Hicks lives alone in Carbondale, Illinois with his German Shepherd dog and his cat, both of whom talk to him frequently.

His poem “Dog Days” was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls, and his novel excerpt “The Godkiller Files: A Murder of Unkindness, Chapter One” was published in the second issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Ed Higgins‘ poems and short fiction have appeared in various print and online journals including recently: Peacock Journal, Uut Poetry, Triggerfish Critical Review, and Tigershark Magazine, among others. Ed teaches literature at George Fox University, south of Portland, OR, and is Asst. Fiction Editor for Ireland-based Brilliant Flash Fiction. He and his wife live on a small organic farm in Yamhill, OR where they raise a menagerie of animals, including a pair of Bourbon Red turkeys (King Strut and Nefra-Turkey) and an alpaca named Machu-Picchu.

His flash fiction piece “Zombies to Mars” was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Gregory Kimbrell is the author of The Primitive Observatory (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016) and winner of the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His poems have appeared in ParenthesesBlackbirdThe Laurel Review, and other journals. He is the events and programs coordinator for Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries.

His poem “The Extinct Volcano” was published in the second issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Philip Kobylarz’s work has appeared in Paris Review, Epoch, Poetry, and Best American Poetry. His two books are rues and Now Leaving Nowheresville. He has two books forthcoming.

His poem “San Francisco Snow” was published in the second issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Jennifer Lagier, who has published thirteen books and is in literary magazines, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, and helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Her newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), and Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Website: jlagier.net. Facebook: facebook.com/JenniferLagier

Her flash fiction piece “Divestiture” was published in the second issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Paul Lewellan, after three decades coaching high school speech and debate, left public education to teach Communications Studies at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Paul has over ninety publications, including most recently fiction in Old Northwest Review, Firefly, Black Elephant, and Peacock Journal.

His short story “Photos for Wally” was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Jay Livingston bags groceries in Carbondale, Illinois. He has no prior publications.

His story “Hair in weird places” is forthcoming in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Jennifer McCollom graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2015 with a B.A. in English. She has some publishing experience writing articles for The Clio, a historical tourism website, but no other prior publications.

Her poem “Hawthorn Hollow” was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Tamara Miles teaches English. Her poetry has appeared in Fall Lines, O’Bheal, Love is Love, Pantheon, Tishman Review, Animal, Obra/Artifact, Not Enough to Quit, Rush, Apricity, Snapdragon, and Devil’s Doorbell: Vagina Edition. She was a 2016 contributor at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Her poem “Underwater Politics” was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Dash Monsoon has written several short story and scripts. He draws inspiration from Tarantino and Kevin Smith. He fancies himself as very gritty and darkly humorist in his works. Very rarely does he ever write a character with a good moral center. His writing has more alike with a train wreck than a work of art. He believes that when someone reads his work, they are in for a surprise.

His short story “I Know Why the Caged Phoenix Cries” was published in the second issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Artemis Nicole is an English Literature major at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she is hoping to train herself for the publishing industry. She hopes to one day bring young adult literature into the world, to instill a love of reading into the hearts of young readers. She currently has a photograph being published into the Grassroots Literary Magazine out of Southern Illinois University, where she also interned. This is her first published work of poetry and she is grateful to the editors of Whatever Our Souls for giving her the opportunity to be a part of their collection.

Her poem “If a Girl Screams in the Forest, and No One is Around to Hear Her, Does She Make a Sound?” was published in the second issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie, and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.

His poem “Ashen Elixirs” was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Mitchell Waldman‘s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Houston Literary Review, Wind Magazine, Poetpourri, Midwest Literary Magazine, and new aesthetic. His writing has also appeared in several anthologies, and he is the author of the novel A Face in the Moon and the short story collection Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart. For more information, see his website at mitchwaldman.homestead.com.

“Glass Slippers” was previously published in Waldman’s short story collection Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart (Wind Publications, 2011). The short story was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Desmond White is a high school teacher who writes when his students aren’t looking. He lives in Sugar Land, Texas, with his wife and her two cat minions.

His short story “Dredge” was published in the second issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Brittney K. Winters is the current editor-in-chief of the SIUC Grassroots magazine and is the SIUC chapter president of Sigma Tau Delta. Her work has been published in the 2016 edition of Grassroots and is forthcoming in the 2017 edition. Winters won the first-place undergraduate prize in the 2017 Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry contest, as well as both honorable mentions.

“Thunderstorm 2001” received an honorable mention in the 2017 Academy of American Poets Undergraduate Poetry Prize. The poem was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.


Catherine Zickgraf has performed her poetry in Madrid, San Juan, and three dozen other cities, but now she hangs out with her family and writes more poetry. Her work has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Pank, Victorian Violet Press, and The Grief Diaries. Her new chapbook, Soul Full of Eye, published through Aldrich Press, is available on Amazon.com. Watch and read more of her poetry at caththegreat.blogspot.com.

Her poem “Love Language” was published in the first issue of Whatever Our Souls.

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