Issue 5, Volume I
Thomas Carney has written for Esquire, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles magazine,
American Letters and Commentary, Tupelo Quarterly and Frontline (PBS) among other publications. He lives
in New York City.
Allen Learst won the 2011 Leapfrog Fiction Contest for his short story collection, Dancing at the Gold Monkey. His
work has appeared in War, Literature and the Arts, Alaska Quarterly Review, Chattahoochee Review, Hawaii
Review, Passages North, Ascent, The Literary Review, Pisgah, and Water~Stone. The first chapter of his novel in
progress, Bonefish, was published in Crossborder Journal. His essay “The Blood of Children” was nominated
for a Pushcart Prize, received a "Special Mention" in the 2008 Pushcart Prize XXXII Best of the Small Presses,
and a “Notable” in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007. Read more at http://www.allearst.com/
Amir Ahmadi Arian started his writing career as a journalist in Iran in 2000, while an undergrad engineering
student at the University of Tehran. From 2002 he began writing fiction and translating books. He has
published hundreds of articles in Iranian newspapers and magazines on literature and politics, two novels
(one of them was shortlisted for the prestigious Golshiri award), a collection of stories, and a book of
nonfiction on the state of Iranian literature in the new millennium. He also translated from English to Farsi
novels by E.L. Doctorow, Paul Auster, P.D. James, and Cormac McCarthy. He left Iran in 2011, and since 2014 he
has been writing in English. In this phase of his career, he has published short stories and essays in The
Guardian, Massachusetts Review, Asymptote, openDemocracy, and others.
Bill Gubbins’ photographs have appeared in Rolling Stone and the New York Times, been the subject of solo
exhibits in Detroit, Nashville and soon Los Angeles and Germany, and are part of the permanent collection of
the Butler Art Institute in Youngstown, Ohio. His work can be seen on Instagram at @BillGubbinsPhotos.
Gubbins is also an accomplished national magazine editor (Creem, Moviegoer and Country Weekly, among
others), television creator and executive producer (the Channel One in-school TV network and daily newscast)
and design writer (essay in David Carson’s seminal and best-selling book, The End of Print, as well as pieces in
Émigré and Communication Arts, amongothers). More at @BillGubbinsPhotos_
Caroline O’Connell's latest project “Flower Bombs” which explores urban renewal paint and flowers can be seen
in and around Miami and the Palm Beaches and is coming soon to carolineoconnellart on Instagram
InSight and Fiction:
Kelvin C. James, a Trinidadian-American, writes fables, short stories, and novels, including Jumping Ship and Other
Stories (Villard). Among publishers of his work are Villard Books, a division of Random House; HarperCollins;
Harvard Square Editions; and several quality magazines. He has been awarded a NYFA in Fiction, and an NEA
for Literature. He lives in Harlem, New York City.
Bronwyn Mills, Editor, holds an MFA from UMass, Amherst, and a Ph.D. from NYU where she was an Anais Nin
Fellow. Later a Fulbright Fellow (La République du Bénin, West Africa) she travels widely, and has lived in
New York City, Istanbul, Turkey; Latin America; and Paris, France. For many years a dance and theatre writer
for regional arts publications in New England, she is also a Senior prose editor for Tupelo Quarterly. Books
include Night of the Luna Moths (poetry,) Beastly's Tale (a fabulist novel); and she is currently working on
Canary Club, a novel set in medieval Spain. Her work has appeared in IKON, Frigate,Talisman: a Journal of
Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Tupelo Quarterly, and forthcoming in Agni Online.
She guest-edited the Turkish issue of Absinthe; New European Writing (#19.) Bronwyn has taught at Stevens
Institute of Technology; Kadir Has University in Istanbul; and Abomey-Calavi in Bénin. From time to time she
publishes work on African vodou. Bronwyn lives and writes in a tiny mountain village far, far away.
Eric Darton, Editor, has published a number of books, including the New York Times bestseller Divided We Stand: A
Biography of The World Trade Center (Basic Books, 1999, 2011), and Free City, a novel, (WW Norton, 1996). He is
also the author of an ongoing work of free scholarship, Book of the World Courant, available at
www.bookoftheworldcourant.net. Recently his essays have been published in Tupelo Quarterly
www.tupeloquarterly.com. More of his work may be found at www.ericdarton.net and here at The
Wall. Darton leads Writing at the Crossroads, a workshop for prose writers, a sampling of whose work appears
in this issue.
Hardy Griffin has a Ph.D. from Boğaziçi University. He has published translations in the Istanbul
Biennial, Words Without Borders, and for the award-winning photographic study Armenians, which
documents the lives of Armenians living in contemporary Turkey. He has published writing
in Alimentum, Assisi, The Washington Post, American Letters & Commentary, and a chapter in Writing
Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2003).