Gris-Gris, an online journal of literature, culture & the arts
Issue 3

Jose Angel Araguz has had work most recently in Gulf Coast, Slipstream, Apple Valley Review and Poet Lore. His chapbook, The Wall, is published by Tiger’s Eye Press.

George Bishop’s recent work appears in New Plains Review and Naugatuck River Review. New work will be included in Medulla Review. Bishop is the author of five chapbooks, the most recent, “A Little Like You” will be released from Aldrich Publishing in 2013. His first full length collection Expecting Delays is forthcoming from FutureCycle Press. He attended Rutgers University and now lives and writes in Kissimmee, Florida.

Joy Bye teaches English at Indiana University South Bend. She is the 2011 Wolfson Award Winner for Creative Non-Fiction, and her poetry has appeared in several publications, including Blue Hour Anthology, The Milo Review, Jar Magazine, countryfeedback Review, and Analecta Review. She lives in Northern Indiana with her husband and daughter.

Tatjana Debeljacki’s poetry collections include House Made of Glass, Yours and Volcano. Her work has been translated into several languages. She serves as the editor of the literary magazine, Poeta, and lives in Uzice, Serbia.

Chris Dollard is currently an MFA candidate at Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, Redactions: Poetry and Poetics, and The Cossack Review. He lives and teaches in Syracuse, NY.

Tim Kahl [] is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup ( and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios []. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song []. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center.

Mel Kenne is the author of six books of poetry. His most recent collection, Take, was published in 2012 by Muse-Pie Press. In 2010 Yapi 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 lives in Istanbul, Turkey.

Rafael Montes is a Cuban-American poet and Cultural Studies professor working and writing in Miami. His work tends to explore the two worlds that he seems to consistently inhabit—Little Havana and Academia. The ultimate irony is that although his family was exiled from Cuba and brought to the United States, he now teaches English as a Second Language and American Literature to students who have also been exiled or made refugee from turbulent countries. His poetry has been published in a number of journals in the United States, the Caribbean and the UK. He has most recently appeared in The Caribbean Writer, CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character, Prole (UK), and The New York Quarterly and has been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize in poetry.

Gailmarie Pahmeier has been a Nevadan for nearly thirty years. She currently teaches creative writing and contemporary literature courses at the University of Nevada, where she has been honored with the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award and the University Distinguished Teacher Award. Her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, including Booth, Passager, Interim, Mudfish, New Poets of the American West (for which she won the Editor’s Choice Award), Literary Nevada, and the Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. She is the author of the poetry collection, The House on Breakaheart Road, and two chapbooks from Black Rock Press. Her most recent chapbook, Shake It and It Snows, won the 2009 Coal Hill Chapbook Award; poems from this collection were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Her literary awards include a Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship and two Artists Fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council. In 2007, she received the Nevada Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. “Saving Face” originally appeared in New Poets of the American West, and “When in St. Louis, Consider the Saint” first appeared in Passager.

Eric Pankey is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Trace (Milkweed Editions). His honors include the Walt Whitman Award and fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. He is professor of English at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

David Parker Jr. grew up in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and New York. He attended Hampden-Sydney College and completed his MFA at the University of New Orleans. He now lives in New Orleans where he works as a teacher, writer and librarian.

Cynthia Quinones is a student in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College where she is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Berkshire Review and upstreet. She currently teaches English and creative writing at Pittsfield High School. She is also an artistic mentor in The Playwright Mentoring Project, an after school program for at-risk youth, in Western Massachusetts.

Stella Vinitchi Radulescu writes poetry in English, French, and Romanian and is the author of numerous collections of poetry published in the United States, France and Romania, including Last Call (2005), Diving With the Whales (2008), Insomnia in Flowers (2008), All Seeds & Blues (2011). Two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, she is also the winner of several international poetry prizes awarded for her books published in France.

Keith Rebec resides in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He’s a graduate student working on an MA in Writing at Northern Michigan University. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Shenandoah, The Portland Review, Monkeybicycle, Hobart, Midwestern Gothic, Devil’s Lake, and The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, among others. He’s also the managing and nonfiction editor for the literary journal Pithead Chapel, and you can learn more about him at

Eva Sandoval is an American travel writer living in Terracina, Italy. She holds an M. Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin. Her fiction has been published by fwriction: review and Connotation Press. Her travel writing has appeared in National Geographic Intelligent Travel, CNN Travel, The Huffington Post, and Fodor’s Travel Guides. Her novel, Eleanor Reddy, was longlisted in the 2013 Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair. Ninety percent of what she publishes somehow involves food.

Anna Schachner has published fiction in many journals and magazines, including Puerto del Sol, Ontario Review, Free State Review, and Kalliope, earning six Pushcart nominations. “When I Borrow Cuba” is from an in-progress collection of travel essays. She just completed a novel. She lives in Atlanta, where she is the editor of The Chattahoochee Review.

Dante Di Stefano’s poetry and essays have appeared recently in Shenandoah, The Hollins Critic, The Grove Review, Brilliant Corners, Bayou Magazine, and elsewhere. He won the 2013 Academy of American Poets College Prize and was the first place winner of the 2012 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award. He is also currently a poetry editor for Harpur Palate literary magazine.

Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry. Over 120 of her poems appear in dozens of online venues and in anthologies. The natural world is generally her framework; she often focuses on the tension between nature and humanity, using concrete images to illuminate the loss of meaning between them. She is a semi-retired teacher living in California.

Multi-focused and self-taught artist R.R. Vagnini was born in Europe and educated there and in Virginia. He has worked in a variety of media—acrylics, pastels, pen and ink, watercolor, pencil, enamel, collage, and ceramic—and in styles ranging from realism to abstractionism, drawing technical inspiration from the spirit of the European surrealists and American abstract expressionists. In Carmel, California, he served a long and productive apprenticeship with noted ceramicist Joseph Hysong, himself a disciple of the eminent Japanese national treasure, Hamada. Vagnini has also applied the Japanese aesthetic, with its melding of art and function, to the design and execution of furnishings, bonsai, and other practical items, as well as to a large selection of carvings in a variety of materials. In his visual work, Vagnini experiments freely with color, structure and automatism, while striving for the simplicity of expression that characterizes primitive art. His work exhibits on the west coast, and has been collected internationally. He currently lives in northern California.

Changming Yuan, five time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Landscaping (2013), holds a PhD in English and tutors in Vancouver, where he co-publishes Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan (Submissions welcome at Recently interviewed by PANK, Yuan has poetry appear in 719 journals/anthologies cross 27 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine and Threepenny Review.