Niche No. 4

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SAVVY GULIA is a freelancer who decided to pursue her dreams of being a travel photographer. Lack of mission and no ambition in earlier days made her pursue something she was not sure about. And after putting in years into studying Accountancy, she opted out at the time when she recognized her love for nature. Although it was a tough call but ever since then she challenges to discover the beauty of nature around her and puts her heart and soul in it. Most of her images are about people and around capturing and absorbing life.

IRA JOEL HABER was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007 his paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 160 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.

PEARL HODGES is a 20-something Californian Theater Artist and Freelance Illustrator. A Theater Arts graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, she has primarily pursued artistic development on her own. She finds inspiration in wild and strange mythology, both authentic and personally invented, as well as down-to-earth motifs of bones, rust, metal, and other practicum of day-to-day life. A portfolio of her work is viewable at her website

LAURA GOLDEN BELLOTTI is a writer and developmental book editor living in Los Angeles. Her short story, “It Will Be Sweet” was published in WEST, the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine, having been selected by their Literary Editor, Amy Tan. Her story “Fighting the Bulls” appears in the anthology, Literary Angles (Sybaritic Press). Holy Triangle: Stories of Pico-Robertson is her first collection of short stories. Laura’s poems won Honorable Mention in the National League of American Pen Women, San Francisco Branch, Poetry Competition, and her poetry appears in Poetic Medicine, by John Fox (Tarcher/Penguin) and Essential Love, edited by Ginny Lowe Connors (Poetworks/Grayson Books), as well as in a number of literary journals. Ms. Bellotti is the co-author or collaborative writer of a number of nonfiction books, including Parents Who Cheat (HCI); Latina Power! (Simon & Schuster); You Can’t Hurry Love (Dutton); and Emotionally Healthy Twins (DaCapo). Be sure to download and read her short story “Empathy,” and to check out her interview with Niche.

LOU GAGLIA’S work has appeared in The Cortland Review, Eclectica, The Brooklyner, FRiGG, JMWW, Hawai’i Review, Oklahoma Review, and elsewhere. His collection of short stories, Poor Advice, will be available in 2014 from Aqueous Books. His story, “Hands”, published by Waccamaw, was a finalist for storySouth’s 2013 Million Writers Award, and his story, “Little Leagues” was a finalist for the Jim Palmer Award sponsored by Cobalt Review. He lives and breathes in upstate New York. Be sure to download and read his story “Damaged Goods,” and to check out his interview with Niche. 

AMANDA LEWAN is a Detroit based writer and storyteller. Her work has been featured in The Offbeat, About Place Journal, Wayne State Literary Review, and The Nation. Follow her online at Be sure to download and read her short story, “Christmas by Design,” and to read her interview with Niche.

M CID D’ANGELO’s short fiction can be found in various literary journals, online and in print. He’s been published by Aoife’s Kiss, Eureka Literary Magazine, decomP magazinE, Midway Journal, among others. “The Road from Tahlequah” is a short story especially close to him; the author is proud of his Cherokee roots and the ongoing struggle of Native Americans trying to adapt and survive in a vastly changing world. Be sure to download and read his short story, “The Road From Tahlequah,” and to read his interview with Niche.

KATHERINE DUBKE is a student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with an emphasis in Creative Writing at Concordia University Irvine. She enjoys writing about “everyday life” in both nonfiction and poetry because she finds beauty encompassed in the routine. Be sure to download and read her creative nonfiction piece “Dishwater,” and to read her interview with Niche.

JUANA M. ORTIZ recently graduated from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. He received a bachelor degree in communication with a concentration in print journalism and a minor in English and is currently working on his first book. His poems, articles, haiku, personal essays, and translations have appeared in  Quit MPaterson Literary Review, Mountain Essays,, and Mi Revista, a Spanish language monthly published in the Dominican Republic. Be sure to download and read her creative nonfiction piece, “Senorita With CP,” and to read her interview with Niche.

J. E. ROBINSON is the author of the novel Skip Macalester (2006) and of The Day Rider and Other Stories: a Collection (2013), which is available at A three-time Pushcart Press nominee, he has had his essays appear widely and they have received the Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. He teaches history at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy and lives in Southern Illinois. Be sure to download and read his creative nonfiction piece, “A Voice Somewhat Familiar,” and to read his interview with Niche.

GENEVIEVE ANNA TYRRELL finished her MFA in creative writing at the University of Central Florida. She is a current nominee for the Pushcart Prize and received an honorable mention in the Hot Street Emerging Writers contest. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Creative Nonfiction, Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, Hippocampus, and Carve Magazine. Her art has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly and Animal. She lives in Oviedo, Florida, and has taught both composition and creative writing in the Orlando area.

JOANNA ELEFTHERIOU was born in the US but spent her adolescence in Cyprus, returning later to earn degrees from Cornell and Old Dominion University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri, and have published in such journals as The Green Tricycle, Chautauqua, Apalachee Review, and Crab Orchard Review.

RYAN HAVELY earned his MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State and his BA in English and Creative Writing from Ohio University. He teaches various forms of writing at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. His work has been published in such literary magazines as Midwestern Gothic, Mobius, New Plains Review, Dappled Things and the Columbia Review. Be sure to download and read his poem “Lost in the Rust Belt,” and to read is interview with Niche.

TIM JURNEY is a native to Minnesota and is an undergraduate Spanish and Humanities double major at Kenyon College in Ohio, where he serves as an associate at the Kenyon Review. He has poems in upcoming issues of Stone Highway Review, Agave, The Unrorean, and Dark Matter Journal, and his poetry has been published in the Monongahela Review, HIKA, and Persimmons. Be sure to download and read his poem “Bonespace” and to read his interview with Niche.

JOYCE PESEROFF’s fifth book of poems, Know Thyself, will be out from Carnegie Mellon later this year. She teaches in the MFA Program at UMass Boston. Be sure to download and read her poem “Italian Nobody,” and to read her interview with Niche.

HOLLY SIMONSEN lives and works in her native Utah landscape. Primarily, her work explores the relationship between language and ecologically disrupted environments. She earned her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her recent work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cutbank, Ecotone, Yew, and elsewhere. She was a recent fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and at the Djerassi Resident Artists’ Program To learn more please visit her website, Be sure to download and read her poem “Primitive Streak,” and check out her interview with Niche.

MÜESSER YENİAY was born in İzmir, 1983. She has won several prizes in Turkey including Yunus Emre (2006), Homeros Attilaİlhan (2007), Ali Riza Ertan (2009), Enver Gökçe (2013) poetry prizes. Her first book Dibine Düşüyor Karanlık da was published in 2009 and her second book Evimi Dağlara Kurdum is a collection of translation from world poetry. Her latest book Yeniden Çizdim Göğü was published in 2011. She has translated the poems of Persian poet Behruz Kia under the name of Lalelere Requiem. Lately, she has published Contemporary Spanish Anthology with Metin Cengiz and Jaime B. Rosa. She has also published a book on modern Turkish Avant-garde poetry The Other Consciousness: Surrealism and The Second New (2013).