Gris-Gris, an online journal of literature, culture & the arts
Contributors’ Notes, Issue 9

Ann Cefola is the author of Free Ferry (Upper Hand Press, 2017); Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014); St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped (Kattywompus Press, 2011), Sugaring (Dancing Girl Press, 2007), and the translation Hence this cradle (Seismicity Editions, 2007). A Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency recipient, she also received the Robert Penn Warren Award judged by John Ashbery.

James Deitz is a veteran who served in the military for five years, with two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and taught English in Korea for four years.  He has enjoyed reading and writing poetry since high school.  However, after his first war experience, writing became a sense of therapy and a necessary way of expressing emotions—redirecting trauma into art.  PTSD is a necessary subject that poetry can help show and express.  His debut book, Still Seeing a Dead Soldier, was published by WordTech in September 2018.  He can be found at  

Howie Faerstein’s newest collection, Googootz and Other Poems, published by Press 53, came out in September, 2018. His first book, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, was published in 2013. His work can be found in numerous journals including Great River Review, Nimrod, CutThroat, Off the Coast, Rattle, upstreet, Mudfish and on-line in Gris-GrisPeacock Journal, and Connotation. Considering himself an “adjunct emeritus,” he presently volunteers as a citizenship mentor at the Center for New Americans and is Associate Poetry Editor of CutThroat, A Journal of the Arts. After living in Brooklyn for fifty years, he now lives in Florence, Massachusetts.

Delaney Gibbons is an artist and writer living in Chicago. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Spillway, The Rumpus, Pieces of Cake Mag, and Fashion Studies Journal.

Ben Gottlieb is a writer and filmmaker in New York.

Lois Marie Harrod’s 16th and most recent collection Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June 2016 from Five Oaks. And She Took the Heart (Casa de Cinco Hermanas) appeared in January 2016. Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching, was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). Dodge poet and 3-time recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts fellowship, she is widely published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. Links to her online work at

Mel Kenne has written six books of poetry. His most recent collection, Take, was published in 2012 by Muse-Pie Press. In 2010 Yapı Kredi Publishers in Istanbul published a bilingual collection of his poetry, Galata’dan / The View from Galata, in Turkish and English. His second book, South Wind, won the 1984 Austin Book Award. In 2010 he was one of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award winners. He has also translated or co-translated much poetry from Spanish, French and Turkish into English, and he co-translated, with Saliha Paker, two novels by the Turkish writer Latife Tekin: Dear Shameless Death and Swords of Ice. He lives in Eski Foça, on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Joy Kennedy-O’Neill’s stories have been published in Nature, New Flash Fiction Review, Flash Fiction Online, the Cimarron Review, and Strange Horizons, among others. Joy lives on the Texas Gulf coast and teaches English for Brazosport College, where her husband teaches math. They live on a small pond, in a small house, with two not so small cats. She enjoys clogging, cheese, and sincere awkwardness. More of her work can be found at

John Krumberger has published in such magazines as Great River Review, Comstock Review, Rhino, Another Chicago Magazine, Artful Dodge and others. In 2008 Backwaters Press published his first full-length volume of poetry entitled ‘The Language of Rain and Wind.’ His latest volume of poems entitled ‘Because Autumn’ was published in 2016 by Main Street Rag Press. He lives with his wife in Minneapolis and works as a psychologist in private practice in St. Paul.

Donald Levering’s newest book, Previous Lives, was released in September 2018 by Red Mountain Press. His previous book, Coltrane’s God, was Runner-Up for the New England Book Festival contest. The Water Leveling with Us placed second in the 2015 National Federation of Press Women Creative Verse Competition. He is a former NEA Fellow and won the 2014 Literal Latté award and the 2017 Tor House Robinson Jeffers Prize. More information is available at

William Miller’s sixth collection of poetry, Recovering biker, was published by The Edwin Mellen press this fall. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The southern Review, the Penn review, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner and West Branch. He lives and writes in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Dot-tee Ratliff is a self-taught folk artist who has resided along the bayou in Chauvin, Louisiana, her entire life. She still gets excited when a shrimp boat passes at night with the music playing and the lights on. Find her on Facebook at Art Gecko: The Art of Dot-tee Ratliff.   

Jenn Powers is a writer and visual artist from New England. She is currently working on a psychological thriller. She has work published or forthcoming in Spillway, Thin Air, The Pinch, Jabberwock Review, and Calyx, among others. Please visit

Kimberly Povloski is a poet from Houston, Texas. She currently resides in the state of Washington, where she is studying creative writing (poetry) at Eastern Washington University’s MFA program.

Born in France and educated in Paris, Jean-Mark Sens has lived in the American South for over twenty five years, and recently moved to Bucksport ME at Saint Elizabeth of Hungry to work with Franciscans as a postulant. He has published poems in magazines in the U.S. and Canada, and a first collection, Appetite, with Red Hen Press.

Emilie Staat wrestled with a novel for more than a decade and has now returned to her film industry roots, writing a sitcom. Her essay “Tango Face” won the Faulkner-Wisdom nonfiction prize in 2012 and her essay “Holding on When I Should’ve Let Go” was published in Et Alia’s Scars Anthology in 2015. She lives in New Orleans.

Eleanor Stern is a writer and student from New Orleans currently based in New York.

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A nineteen-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, The 46er Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.