Issue 1: Visual Art




Lou Aguilar is an abstract expressionist artist from Nashville, TN. He received his BFA for painting at Middle Tennessee State University. Through use of photography and found objects he paints scenes from everyday life, specifically compositions of ordinarily overlooked objects and constructs such as dumpsters and abandoned urban zones. Lou attempts to beautify the simplest of environments in abstracted layers of colors, shapes and lines.




Christine Brandel is a writer and photographer. Her book A Wife is a Hope Chest will appear in 2017 as the first full-length collection in the Mineral Point Poetry Series from Brain Mill Press. Her art has recently appeared in The New Post-literate, The Wild Word, and Sea Foam Mag. More of her work can be found at




George Howlett has been an amateur 35mm film photographer for about 30 years. His photographs have been published by Popular Photography, in the magazine and on the website, and have been published in the Tampa Tribune newspaper, and in a local weekly publication called the Weekly Planet, including a cover. His photographs have been on display at galleries including the Tampa Museum of Art, the Leslie Curran Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL, and at the Martin County Florida Annual All Juried Art Show.




Ashley Parker Owens is a writer, poet, and artist living in Richmond, Kentucky.




Lawrence Pratt  is a retired Silicon Valley technical writer, spending much of his free time as a creative writer and freelance photographer, presenting his work through his website, Other interests include travel with his wife, time with grandchildren, supporting local musical arts programs, native plant and vegetable gardening, and indulging their Dalmatian. Hmm, no wonder he never has any “spare” time, but no complaints.




Christine Stoddard is a Salvadoran-Scottish-American writer and artist who lives in Brooklyn. Her visuals have appeared in the New York Transit Museum, the Ground Zero Hurricane Katrina Museum, the Poe Museum, the Queens Museum, the Condé Nast Building, George Washington University’s Gallery 102, and beyond. In 2014, Folio Magazine named her one of the top 20 media visionaries in their 20s for founding the culture magazine, Quail Bell. Christine’s artwork has been recognized by the Puffin Foundation, Artbridge, and the Library of Virginia.