Submit your creative writing, poetry, or short story to email@example.com. Select pieces will be featured in this section and will be considered for publication in The Shangri-La Shack Literary Arts Journal.
We are very proud to present the first group of creative writing contributors to
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Craig Robert Charboneau was born in Charleston, SC, and moved to Reno, NV in 2000. He is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, studying English literature and Philosophy. He also moonlights as a comic strip artist with his strip “Joyce and all”. Some of his literary influences are Frost, Housman, Edward Thomas, Stevens, and Lawrence.
Author of Late Summer Garden and Or Else Expecting Rain.
Jonathan M. Devin is a writer, musician, and student, currently studying English at Liberty University. His poetry has consecutively earned him publication in LAMP magazine. In his poetry, he attempts to articulate the small, and seemingly inconsequential, occurrences of life and convey them in a way that captures their beauty and significance. He enjoys independent films, contemporary poetry, dark coffee, and New England Patriots football. While he currently lives in Lynchburg, Virginia, his heart will always reside in the foothills of western Massachusetts. After graduation, he plans on writing and teaching literature.
Author of When the Lights Go Out and I, Too, Think Cheaply.
Betsy Gansborg was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but fancies herself an intrepid world traveler. She attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and traveled abroad to Senegal and France during her junior year. Upon graduating, she taught in a New York City preschool for nine years. She holds a Master’s degree from Hunter College in early childhood education. Betsy currently resides in Atlanta near her childhood home and hopes to devote herself more fully to her writing career, with several stories, essays, and a novel underway. She especially enjoys drawing on murky childhood memories for her subject matter.
Author of The Airport.
Gregory Gunn, Born in Windsor, Ontario in 1960, grew up in four small towns throughout Ontario before moving to London in 1970. He graduated from Fanshawe College as an electronics technician. Writing for over thirty years, he is most passionate about poetry. Other interests include music, astronomy, philosophy, photography, foreign languages, and gardening. To date, Mr. Gunn has had poems published in Inscribed Magazine, Green’s Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, Yes, Poetry, Wordletting Magazine, Songs for Every Race, Ditch Magazine, Afterthoughts, Ascent Aspirations, The Light Ekphrastic, Carcinogenic, Steel Toe Review, Cyclamens and Swords, et al. Also published are five collections of his selected poetry.
Author of Romanies.
Michele Holmes lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and two children. She is a freelance writer and editor working on a memoir entitled Off the Block, a book that thinks about her son’s recovery from autism and the restrictions we place on language. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author of Communication While You are Here.
Yayoi “Joy” Kitawaki is from Japan and studied Social Work as an undergraduate student in Japan from April 2004 to March 2008. Upon coming to the USA, Joy majored in Early Childhood Education at the Master’s program of Cleveland State University. Her hobbies are writing poems and stories, drawing, painting pictures, and taking photos. She enjoys sharing poetry and stories with children through her work in child care.
Author of Tattoos on Organs and The Yellow Carpet and The White Curtains.
John McCaffrey received a graduate degree in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. He is a former New York Times Writing Fellow and Pushcart Prize Nominee. He teaches creative writing, helps direct a nonprofit organization in New York City, and is the Interviews Editor for KGB Bar Lit Magazine. His stories, essays and reviews have been published widely and also anthologized, including in Flash Fiction Forward (Norton & Co.), containing stories by J. Edgar Wideman, Rick Moody, Joyce Carol Oates, and other notable authors.
Author of Book Mark.
Benjamin Nash is a new poet. After years of studying political science, he has spent the last few years reading and writing poetry.
Author of Splendor.
WALTER WILLIAM SAFAR is the author of a significant number of prose works and novels, including “Leaden fog”, “Chastity on sale”, “In the flames of passion”, “The price of life”, “Above the clouds”, “The infernal circle”, “The scream”, “The negotiator”, “Queen Elizabeth II”, as well as a book of poems, titled “The angel and the demon”.
Author of I’d Like to Tell You Before Leaving and Without Hope.
Michael Shorb is a poet based in San Francisco. His poetry reflects an abiding interest in environmental issues, history, and the lyrical form. His poems have appeared in more than 100 magazines and anthologies, including The Nation, The Sun, Michigan Quarterly Review, Queen’s Quarterly, Poetry Salzburg Review, Commonweal, Rattle, Urthona, Underground Voices, The Great American Poetry Show and European Judaism. His collection, WHALE WALKERS MORNING, will appear in Winter 2013 from Shabda Press.
Author of The Cave Painter’s Deposition and Jesus Wore a Rolex and After a Pearl Harbor In Cyberspace.
Yvonne Tomek currently lives with her husband, James, in Cleveland, Mississippi, where she teaches English and French literature at Delta State University. She has published her personal poems in such journals as MISSISSIPPI TODAY, POMPA, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY VOICES, THE BIRMINGHAM REVIEW, and DEAD OR ALIVE POETS SOCIETY. Her recent book, A SECOND SEASON: POEMS IN TWO LANGUAGES, was published by Northwoods Press in 2008.
Author of The Gift.
Derek Via is a writer with a passion for nature and a love for mountains. As a native West Virginian, he grew up hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, exploring the mountains, and learning to respect the natural landscape. Derek is a recent graduate of Liberty University, where he studied Music and English. He now works as an Academic Evaluator for the University and hopes to complete his master’s degree in English soon. Derek has a strong love for the culture of West Virginia and aims to one day publish books about the historical and cultural nuances of life in the mountains.
Author of Philosophy of Fish.
Mary Wallach’s is a poet whose work has appeared in the Cider Press Review, The Mississippi Review, Triplopia and other publications. One of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and another poem has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. She is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City, specializing in working with individuals in the arts, and has published articles on poetry and psychoanalysis in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry.
Author of Sea Glass and Discovering Weather.