Ingrid M. Calderon-Collins is an immigrant from El Salvador. Her work has been featured online and in print publications. She was the hostess of the monthly poetry reading series, “They’re Just Words” at Book Show in Highland Park, CA from 2017-2019. Currently, she runs both a literary magazine called “RESURRECTION mag,” and a podcast entitled “Xennial Rants,” on Spotify. She is the author of sixteen books. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, painter John Collins.
A clearing in the thicket intrinsically a void
a vacuum I can’t tolerate must push my way
into it through hallucinations
standing guard take my place
within but off-center boundary penetrated
a stand within a stand.
Patient I stay
toes extend into roots so long unmoving
the soil begins to make room
my spine calcifies toward the sky
skin dries out flakes away bark
charges up and through more new layers, new hues
Pencils are made from wood and so you take
my arms for a stylus hew a tablet from my side.
Follow the path of my ellipses
as I become the story you write…
I began my poembox project when I was in a marriage I needed to leave in a town I needed to leave but it wasn't time to go yet, and two dimensions—poems on a flat page or screen—were not enough to get lost in. So I began to make poemboxes, or sculptural interpretations of my poems in box format.
Jesica Davis is a poet and technical writer from Chicago. She’s an Associate Editor/Managing Editor for Inverted Syntax literary journal whose work has appeared in Storm Cellar, streetcake magazine, The Laurel Review, Kissing Dynamite, Zone 3, and other places. Sometimes she makes poemboxes, which are sculptural interpretations of her poems. See j3s.net for more.
Teresa Mestizo is a Chicagoan Xicana currently based in a small mountainous town in Mexico where she teaches, writes and makes art. Her collage work has been showcased in online platforms such as Anvil Tongue, Unicornias Narrativas, and Twin Cities Collage Collective. She can be found at teresamestizo.com.
I would consider myself to be an autistic, amateur, multimedia artist. I think the fact that I have no formal training has freed me to develop my own style of artistic expression, unhindered by adherence to any one form or tradition. The themes I explore are eclectic, but are often influenced by my being diagnosed with autism as an adult rather than in infancy—I can look to my past and see how certain behaviours were and continue to be influenced by the condition, and this gets reflected in both my work and working method, as do the depression and anxiety that I have had for many years.
Peter J. Kenvin is an English, philosophy, religious studies and computer science graduate, living with his mother and 7 cats in South East Wales in the UK. He has been published previously in The Pilgrim magazine, a literature and culture magazine run by Tomas Stanger in Newport, South East Wales, and has published reviews for Mythaxis magazine, run by Daniel White, an American living in Taiwan. Encounters is his first published work for Moonchild.
Uncovered logs from the distant past and the future beyond.