Niche No. 6

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LARA DUNNING received her MFA in Creative Writing with a dual focus of nonfiction and children’s, and young adult writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Her essay, “Shells,” was published in the Spring/Summer 2015 Edition of Soundings Review. 

SHEILA MOESCHEN is a freelance writer from Boston. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post; you can read more from her on her writing site, Spirit Meets Bone.

SIDNEY TAIKO is the Editor-in-Chief of  storm cellar,  a literary Journal. She is the recipient of several creative writing  awards including the  John L. Rainey Prize  in fiction, the Junior Quinn Award in poetry, the Thatcher H. Guild American Academy of Poets Award, and the Florence L. Healy Scholarship.  She graduated with an MA in creative writing from the  University of  Wisconsin-Milwaukee  where she was the recipient of the Ellen Hunnicut prize in fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in  Sage Hill PressCutBank,  PANKComstock Review, and  Montage. Be sure to download and read her micros Jorie Has a Head Injury and Jorie in the Hallwayand be sure to check out her interview with Niche.

BILL VERNON’S novel Old Town was published Five Star Mysteries in 2005. His poems, stories and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Recent nonfiction publications include stories in Indiana Voice JournalThe Magnolia ReviewStar 82 Review, Dryland LitScarlet Leaf ReviewMemoir Journal, and Heartbeat Literary Journal.  

LANA BELLA is an author of  two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016) and Adagio (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press), has had her poetry and fiction featured with over 200 journals.

DOUG BOLLING currently resides in the Chicago area while working on a collection. His poems have appeared in BasaltJukedWater-Stone Review, Redactions, BlazeVOXPositAgave and many others. He has received several Pushcart nominations and a Best of the Net nomination, earned the MA and PhD from Iowa and has taught at colleges and universities in the Midwest. 

LYNN HOLMGREN lives and writes in Boston. She is a community organizer, bicycle advocate and co-founder of the WWF (Women Writing Fiction). 

HEATHER J. MACPHERSON: writes from New England. Her poetry has appeared in text, Atomic, The Broken Plate, Spillway, Pearl, Two Hawks Quarterly, Blueline and other fine publications. Heather has poems forthcoming in Bond Street Review. She has twice been features editor for The Worcester Review, and is the executive director at Damfino Press. She is a graduate student at Worcester State University. Be sure to download and read her poem Milepost 350,2:33 AM and be sure to check out her interview with Niche.

BRUE MCRAE, a Canadian musician, is a Pushcart nominee with over a thousand poems published internationally in magazines such as PoetryRattle and the North American Review. His latest book out now, ‘An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy’ is available on Amazon and through Cawing Crow Press. 

STEPHANIE PAPA is poet and translator living Paris, France. She is completing an MFA degree in Poetry from the Pan European program at Cedar Crest College. She is poetry co-editor of Paris Lit Up magazine. Her work has been published in NOONgreat weather for mediaFour Chambers PressParis/AtlanticLiterary Bohemian5×5, Rumpus, Cleaver MagazineCerise PressThe Prose Poetry Project. She organizes anglophone writing workshops in Paris. Be sure to download and read her poem Lebanon on a Map, and be sure to check out her interview with Niche.

PETER FORTENBAUGH is 25 years old and from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He has been working on the fictional Chesapeake island of Johnsontown for five years. He currently lives in Madrid with his girlfriend Cecilia. This is his first publication. 

 RYAN FRANCIS KELLY is a two-time Pushcart nominee whose poems, stories, and articles have appeared in dozens of print and online journals. You can find a full list of his published work at or message him on Twitter @RFrancisKelly.   

JOE HILAND received his MFA from Indiana University and is a former fiction editor of Indiana Review. His short story “When the Green Went Away” was published in Colorado Review, won an AWP Intro Award, and was a “Notable Non-required Reading” in Best American Non-required Reading 2012. Be sure to read and download his short story A Mango For the Viceroy, and to check out his interview with Niche.

PAUL PEKIN has published numerous stories, essays, and features in commercial and literary markets including, this year, Little Paxutent ReviewGravel, Composeand Waterford Review. Some of his older work can be seen at 

AMRYN SOLDIER’S photographs have been published in a number of print and online publications such as Sugar Hill & Suwannee Life MagazinesThe Southern Regional Honors Council, as well as a number of literary magazines. Her most noteworthy achievement was delivering a TEDx talk on overcoming fears in artistic endeavors. She has also exhibited photographs in the Hudgens Center for the Arts, S. Tucker Cook Gallery, the YMI Cultural Center, Owen Hall Flood Gallery, and the Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery. She graduated cum laude with a BA concentrating in photography from UNC Asheville with distinction as a university scholar earning the Leadership in Arts Award, All – Academic Athletic Award, and the International Tennis Association Scholar Athlete Award. Her most recent work focuses on self representation and utilizes a combination of alternative processes . 

JACK SAVAGE is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage ( To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over seven-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California. 

RICHARD VYSE has shown in galleries in Manhattan, Boston and Honolulu. He has studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and taught at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. His art has been featured in Agave MagazineThe Magnolia Review, and was the critics choice art in Heart Mind Zine Magazine. His art is in the Leslie+Lohman museum in New York City. 

Check out the review of Niche No. 6 at The Review Review.