Niche No. 3

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NICHOLAS GRIDER received a dual MFA in writing and art from CalArts and his work has been published in or is forthcoming from Conjunctions, Caktetrain, Drunken Boat, Hobart, and many other publications. He also edits the small literary and art magazines Public Access and Public Display at

NICHOLAS HATHAWAY attends Palm Harbor University High School, where he is Editor-in-Chief of his school’s literary magazine, The Tempest. Raised in Florida, he was encouraged to read mainly by his mother who used to pad his vocab lists in elementary school. His work has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers with a Gold Key award.

D. WATKINS is an author, filmmaker and native Baltimorean who graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University. He has participated in writing workshops in multiple countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa. Watkins teaches at a number of colleges in Baltimore and conducts workshops on social justice at the Baltimore Freedom School. Watkins also appears as a guest host monthly on FOXO WOLB1010 AM.

WILLIAM E BURLESON’S writing career has drifted in many different directions, from columnist to academia. In fiction, his short stories have appeared in several literary magazines, most recently Parable Press. Burleson is now querying agents for his first novel, Venice Café, a story about a skid-row district in 1979. His one-act,, was a past winner of the Metropolitan State University play writing contest. In non-fiction, Burleson is the author of Bi America (Haworth Press, 2005). He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is a member of the Loft Literary Center and works in the field of communications. For more, visit

DON KUNZ taught literature, creative writing, and film studies at the University of Rhode Island for 36 years. His essays, poems, and short stories have appeared in over sixty literary journals. Don has retired to Bend, Oregon, where he writes fiction and poetry, volunteers, studies Spanish, and is learning to play the Native American Flute.

MAGHAN LUSK is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing program at Queens University of Charlotte. She has published fiction and poetry in Glossolalia and Quick Lucksmagazines, among others. She lives in Chicago.

CHRISTOPHER CHILTON lives in Brooklyn and teaches high school English in Queens, New York.

JOHN HARPER went to MFA poetry school, and some of his poems have been published by literary journals like Diagram, Mid-American Poetry Review, Cutbank, Spinning Jenny and Zoland Poetry. The main point is he’s in Reading, PA, finally, finally growing up, wishing less and less if it doesn’t have much to do with what’s present.

BRIAN D. MORRISON is an Instructor of English at the University of Alabama, where he earned his MFA in poetry in 2010. He is also a former administrator/editor of Slash Pine Press and a former intern of Mid-American Review. Some recent publications include Verse Daily, Copper Nickel, and Paper Nautilus. Kites are the neatest things.

ANNE WHITEHOUSE is a poet and fiction writer living in New York City. She is the author of several poetry collections: The Surveyor’s Hand, Blessings and Curses, Bear in Mind, One Sunday Morning, and The Refrain. Her novel, Fall Love, is available as a free ebook through Feedbooks and Smashwords and is currently being translated into Spanish. Her short stories were recently published in Being Human: Call of the Wild.

DESMOND KON ZHICHENG-MINGDÉ is the author of I Didn’t Know Mani Was A Conceptualist, forthcoming in 2013. He has also edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. Trained in publishing at Stanford, with a theology masters (world religions) from Harvard and fine arts masters (creative writing) from Notre Dame, he is the recipient of the PEN American Center Shorts Prize, Swale Life Poetry Prize, Cyclamens & Swords Poetry Prize, Stepping Stones Nigeria Poetry Prize, and Little Red Tree Publishing Poetry Prize, among other awards. Desmond is an interdisciplinary artist, also working in clay. His commemorative pieces are housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

OTHA DAVIS III While music has played the driving force in his business career, Otha “Vakseen” Davis III’s passion for the arts has served as his key to sanity in the fast paced entertainment industry. Drawing inspiration from women, emotions, music and the African American experience, his mixed medium acrylic, oil and water color paintings on canvas have been sold to collectors and art enthusiasts throughout Los Angeles and the Southeast region of the U.S. While he’s only been on the art scene since January 2012, Otha has had a month and a half solo exhibition at the Emerging Art Scene Gallery in Atlanta; and showcased his art at Los Angeles’ Noho Art Gallery, Norbertellen Gallery, Stay Gallery, Larabee Sound Studios, The Key Club, Media Temple Studios, The Alexandria Hotel, M. Bird Salon and The Holding Co. Studios, amongst others. His art has also been featured in over 12 literary art magazines.

SARAH KATHARINA KAY 1985 in Koblenz (Germany), studied Comparative Religion and Modern History in Germany and Britain. Since autumn 2012 she’s a PhD candidate at King’s College’s War Studies Department in London. Her poetry, essays, and artwork have appeared in literary magazines, journals and anthologies in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. Sarah edits the bilingual magazine PostPoetry, A Literary Magazine and lives in Camden Town in London.

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