Wherewithal ~ Issue 2

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 11.18.38 PMWe are thrilled to present the second issue of Wherewithal!

This time we stepped into the paying market field, and want to say out loud, what we paid is paltry at best, and cannot properly award the talent you are about to read.  Click on the like button, send them a note, tell them they are great, because we certainly think so.



The Burn Circus

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 12.12.49 PMAlina Borger is a writer and a high-school teacher in Iowa City, IA. Her most recent work appeared most recently in Kindred, The Mom Egg Review, and Brain, Child. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s cheering for soccer matches between her two boys or curling up with a good book and a mug of chamomile tea. You can find her on Twitter @AliBG or online at http://www.alinaborger.com.



Vacillating Embraces

Ruth FoleyRuth Foley lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her work appears in numerous web and print journals, including Antiphon, The Bellingham Review, The Louisville Review, and Nonbinary Review. Her chapbook Dear Turquoise is available from Dancing Girl Press. She serves as Managing Editor for Cider Press Review.


Two Poems

RickyRicky Garni is a graphic designer and electronics doohickey composer, whose poetry is widely available in print and on the Web. He has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize and received an honorable mention on one occasion. His poetry titles include The Eternal Journals Of Crispy Flotilla, Maybe Wavy And The Sea Of Kicking Legs. Jiggle Fest, a collection of short prose, was released in December 2014.


Pumpjacks in Iran

JenniferJennifer Martelli’s chapbook, Apostrophe, was published in 2011 by Big Table Publishing Company. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Most recently, her poetry has been published in Bop Dead City, Tar River Poetry, burntdistrict, Jersey Devil Press and Right Hand Pointing. She’s taught high school English and women’s literature at Emerson College. She’s an associate editor for The Compassion Project: An Anthology, and lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with her family.


Two Poems

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 12.59.59 PMShivani Mehta was born in Mumbai and raised in Singapore.  She moved to New York to attend college and subsequently earned a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.  A recovering attorney, Shivani is the accomplished mother of toddler twins.  In exchange for a promise that they will never have to eat brussel sprouts, her children allow her to write prose poems whenever she likes.  Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including the North American ReviewMid-West Quarterly Reviewthe Laurel Review, to name a few.  Shivani’s first book a collection of prose poems entitled Useful Information for the Soon-to-be Beheaded, is out from Press 53.


Two Poems

NicoleNicole Rollender is assistant poetry editor at Minerva Rising Literary Journal and editor of Stitches. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, Radar Poetry, THRUSH Poetry Journal, and others. Her first full-length poetry collection, Little Deaths, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications. She’s the author of the poetry chapbooks Absence of Stars (dancing girl press & studio) Arrangement of Desire and Bone of My Bone, a winner in Blood Pudding Press’s 2015 Chapbook Contest. She’s the recipient of poetry prizes from CALYX Journal, Ruminate Magazine and Princemere Journal. Find her online at www.nicolerollender.com.



JRJ.R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines and anthologies since the early 70s. He is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions) and coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books).




MKM.K. Sukach is the author of two chapbooks, Something Impossible Happens (Big Wonderful Press) and Impression of a Life (Corrupt Press). His poetry appears in a number of journals to include JMWW, The Hamilton Stone Review, Connotation Press, Spoon River Poetry Review, Construction Magazine, Yemassee, and others. Closer look: www.mksukach.com.



LibbyLibby Swope Wiersema is an editor and writer living in Florence, South Carolina. She earned an MFA from Queens University in Charlotte and has had work published in Main Street Rag, Kakalak, Birmingham Arts Journal, River Poets Journal and others. Her first chapbook, The Season of Terminal Cold (Finishing Line Press), recounts the experience of her mother’s terminal illness and death. With the recent passing of her father, she continues to use writing as a tool to explore the complexities of loss.



Jeff WhitneyJeff Whitney is a graduate of the University of Montana and the author of The Tree With Lights In It (Thrush Press). Along with Philip Schaefer, he co-authored Smoke Tones, which is forthcoming from Phantom Limb Press, and Radio Silence, winner of the 2014 Black River Chapbook Competition from Black Lawrence Press. Recent poems can be found or found soon in BlackbirdColumbia Poetry ReviewPoetry NorthwestSalt Hill, and Verse Daily. He lives in Portland, where he teaches English.


Two Poems

KwilliamsKatherine Williams has authored four chapbooks and read throughout southern California and the southeast. Her work is published in various anthologies and has received a Pushcart nomination. She has a bachelor’s in French, works in biomedical research, and lives on James Island with her husband, poet Richard Garcia.

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