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the following people made issue 2 of the bear creek gazette possible with their work and time

Writers, Artists and Possessed Children

Karter Mycroft (Zora Graves) has been described as "talented" and "not allowed in this aquarium anymore." Karter writes weird fiction about sea creatures including humans. Find Karter on Twitter @kartermycroft or at

Sean Ennis is a concerned citizen at the moment. More of his work can be found at

John Banning dreams on dead lost beaches.

Kari Flickinger lives with an alarmingly large highlander cat named Bear. She has been painting eggs and ammonites all day, and since the tea water is next to the paint water, she almost drank a glass of paint just now. Consider reading her book, The Gull and the Bell Tower (Femme Salvé Books, 2020). While you're focused on learning more... more... traverse the wilds of her website!

Sadie Smith used to date Todd Matthews, an aspect of Unity. She recently spent some time in Bear Creek (she thinks) and was hired by the editor of the local paper (she claims) to write some sort of travelogue/restaurant review type thing, and this is all she could come up with. For more Unity: @doyoumissunity

Evan James Sheldon lives and writes in Denver, Colorado. More of his writing can be found at

Ian Richardson has been reading books and comics for a long time. Eventually, inevitably he began to write and gained the confidence to share his work publicly. He has had short stories and poetry published in journals on line and in print. For the last two years he has been studying Haiku and micro poetry, many examples of which can be found on Twitter @IanRich10562022. Ian lives on the East coast of Scotland.

Born with a decidedly different name and assigned gender near Saint Louis, Missouri, Sarah picked up a pen at the age of eight and drew her first comic book, and–despite the world’s valiant attempts to stop her–that’s more or less what she’s been doing since. In her long and award-winning career, she has written multiple books and records, been featured in several anthologies, and worked on creative projects for clients, labels, and publishers around the world. Her work can be found in multiple public and private collections, most of which are still standing. When she’s not busy plowing away at her drawing board, singing dirges in the moonlight, or wandering throughout the United States, she can often be found tending to her flowers, cooking, working out, painting, or floating above the coast at midnight, waiting for the tide to wrap her in its loving embrace and take her away.

Mark Ward is a poet from Dublin, Ireland. He is the author of the chapbooks Circumference (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and Carcass (Seven Kitchens Press, 2020), and a full-length collection Nightlight (Salmon Poetry, 2022). He is the founding editor of Impossible Archetype, a journal of LGBTQ+ poetry, now in its fifth year. 

Paul Veracka writes poems in D.C. When he is not running a classroom with very young people, he may be watching old concert footage online.

Tyler Dempsey is the author of a book of poems called, Newspaper Drumsticks. His work appears in Heavy Feather Review, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, trampset, Bending Genres, and the like. He's a fiction reader at X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine. Find him on Twitter @tylercdempsey.

This letter was sent to Bear Creek Gazette anonymously in a manilla envelope, containing nothing else but a pink Post-It that read, "Found on the street, must have been the wind, didn't feel like going to the police station again." We've analyzed the note's handwriting as identical to the longhand of Gabriel Hart, author of riot-noir novelette A Return to Spring and dipso-pocalyptic twin-novel Virgins in Reverse/The Intrusion. His debut poetry collection Unsongs Vol. 1 (Close to the Bone, U.K.) will be released April 2021 — by then, we can only hope we've also acquired more evidence with help from Bear Creek Police.   

Carol Parris Krauss is a mother, teacher, and poet from the Tidewater region of Virginia. She was honored to be selected as a 2018 Best New Poet by the University of Virginia Press. Her recent work can be found in Black Bough(where she recently served a stint as a guest host for Top Tweet Tuesday, Mixed Mag, Twist in Time, and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. She will begin reading for Full House Literary Magazine in April of 2021. Her website is

James C. Holland is a perfectly normal human being and definitely NOT the facsimile of a man created by an invading plant species. So that’s one less thing to worry about. 

He has written and performed two solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival: Choose Your Own Edventure (interactive storytelling) and Shoegazing (introverted stand-up), collaborated with artist Chris Hagan in Brighton: The Graphic Novel (Queenspark Books) and written various fourth-wall-breaking short plays and sketches for Cast Iron Theatre. Fellow non-muderous-sentient-plants can find him on Twitter at @james_c_holland and read his under-updated blog at 

Kaleb Tutt is an author from south Louisiana, now living in Rhode Island. He’s obsessed with the dark, macabre, and flat-out weird. His debut poetry chapbook based on fears and phobias, titled ir / rational, is releasing in March 2021 by Roaring Jr. Press. Find him on Twitter @KalebT96

Giovanna MacKenna can be found looking at the black bits of life and finding ways to make them shine. She’s all about the night inside us, and getting you to talk about the weird, broken thing in the corner that watches over you while you sleep. Find her recent words in Brag, The Speculative Book 2021, Tether’s End, Dreich, Wet Grain, Visual Verse and Dear Damsels. Twitter: @giovmacpoet 

Juleigh Howard-Hobson has been named a Million Writers Award "Notable Story" writer and nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Best of the Net, the Elgin and the Rhysling; her work has appeared in such places as Prime Number, Every Day Stories, The Liar’s League, The Tishman Review, Aesthetica, The First Line, Alien Days (Castrum Press) and History is Dead (Permuted Press). She lives off grid in a converted schoolbus in the rainy Pacific Northwest USA with her husband and a dog. The dog may or may not be mortal.

Sofia Haugen, thankfully, does not exist. If she did, she would have a Doctorate in Journalism from the Hunter S Thompson Memorial Diploma Mill, and she would have been published by the Three Portlands Augur-Haruspex and Greyhound Fancier's Quarterly.

W. Griffin Hancock, unfortunately, does exist. Their work can be found in Misery Tourism, YONQzine, and the SCP Foundation wiki. They tweet from @autocastratrix.

Shell St. James is a Massachusetts native, living in an 1895 farmhouse in rural North Carolina. She spends her days taming a murder of crows with gifts of peanuts, and her nights listening for the footsteps of ghosts. In the gloaming, she spins her stories. Her work has appeared in The Periodical Forlorn, The Elephant Ladder, The Spectre Review, and La Presa Literary Journal, with an upcoming story in the 2021 horror anthology by Scare Street Publishing (title TBA). Connect with her on Twitter @shellstjames1, and find out more at

Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Color All Maps New (Mercer University Press, 2021) and No Brother, This Storm (Mercer University Press, fall 2018). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019. 

Karen Schauber's work appears in sixty international literary magazines, journals and anthologies, including Bending Genres, Cabinet of Heed, Cease Cows, Ekphrastic Review, Fiction Southeast, New World Writing, Spelk; and a 'Best Microfiction' nomination. 'The Group of Seven Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian Paintings' (Heritage House, 2019), her first editorial/curatorial flash fiction anthology, achieved 'Silver' in 2020 in The Miramichi Reader's ‘Very Best Book Award" for Short Fiction. Schauber curates Vancouver Flash Fiction, an online resource hub, and Miramichi Flash, a monthly flash fiction column. In her spare time, she is a seasoned family therapist.

Forrest Muelrath - The truth is, my family has been in exile for many generations. Muelrath comes from the German "Muhlerad," or "mill wheel" in English. My ancestors operated a grain mill in a small village located in the Rhine Valley until the 13th century. My family was exiled after being blamed for an ergot outbreak that cost a handful of villagers their sanity, killed one man, and spawned a religious cult that was antagonistic to the Catholic Church. After the ergot outbreak, my family history becomes sketchy. However, I learned a few years ago that some of our history was documented in a book titled "The Bear: History of a Fallen King" by French historian MIchel Patoureau. I have attached a passage of this book that documents a small part of my family history after the outbreak. I remain in exile. Writing about art and newspaper reporting are a couple ways I can make money. If you go searching for me on the internet you may run into some of that writing. In the end, the bourne which gives my life meaning is Bear Bait (fiction and poetry). 

Kyla Houbolt is building a secret lair of poems, dreams, pecan divinities, favorite cats, and starfire. The perimeter is guarded by land-dwelling invisible whales who'd as soon drown you as swim on by. She doesn't mean to be unfriendly but peace is hard won. Meanwhile for 10 bucks you can get Tuned (her latest chapbook) here:

David Ralph Lewis is the name locals give to strange songs and murmurs in the wind. The voices are heard when people wake from restless sleep or when the mist hangs low over the fields. Some farmers have been compelled to transcribe the incantations at 

Sarah-Jane Crowson is a small artefact made from paper. She smells of violets and dissolves in rainwater. You can read her visual poetry in The Inflectionist Review, Riggwelter, Feral: A Journal of Art and Poetry and various other places. Twitter: Website:

M.T. Coombe aka Trash Prince, is a queer multidisciplinary artist living across whole fleets of fantasy worlds in a permanent dream state of semi-traumatised-psychological-hedonism. The sun hangs peeling and eccentric in the sky above, and despite him always being partly submerged in a muted undercurrent of strange melancholy, he makes music on some days, DJs on other days, and during the week he makes art and tells stories. Sometimes he combines the words that he writes with the artworks that he makes. Find him at; and

Elysium - I create surrealistic-digital pieces from my phone and I love every moment of it. In my spare time, you can catch me ranting about nonsense/history/cartoons. When I'm not ranting it's writing and spending time with my pet pig named "Bacon".

Mark Wilson is a Chicago based author/visual artist driven by crippling monotony, reheated bath water and fuckable energy drinks. He is the author of forthcoming chapbooks "PowerPoint Eulogy" from Fly on the Wall Press and "Until No Crevice Remained" from Orbis Tertius. Website:  Twitter: toadswiback

Tom Snarsky is a math teacher who writes poetry. His book Light-Up Swan is forthcoming from Ornithopter Press this year and his pamphlet Complete Sentences is forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books in 2022. His birthday is in late fall, so he was always young for his grade in school too. 

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