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Guest Editors

SHJ:1: Laura McCullough
SHJ:13-15: Ron Salisbury
SHJ:16: Jack Cooper
SHJ:17: Alexis Rhone Fancher


Jack Cooper:
Guest Poetry Editor, SHJ:16 (Spring 2017)

Across My Silence, Jack Cooper’s first full-length collection of poetry, was published by World Audience, Inc. in 2007. His poetry, flash fiction, and mini-plays have appeared in more than 60 publications, including Rattle, Slant, Santa Fe Literary Review, The MacGuffin, and The South Dakota Review. Most recently, one of his poems was selected as Grand Prize Winner in Crosswinds Poetry Journal’s 2016 poetry contest. The poem will be published in their Spring 2017 issue in addition to receiving a cash award of a thousand dollars.

Cooper’s work has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, and was chosen as a finalist in North American Review’s 2012 James Hearst Poetry Prize and for the 2014 Eco Arts Award in Creative Excellence. Two of his poems also received Honorable Mention in the 2015 Crosswinds poetry contest, and one of his micro-fictions (Options) was selected in April 2015 as winner of the annual String-of-10 Contest, sponsored by Flash Fiction Chronicles. His play, That Perfect Moment (with co-writer Charles Bartlett), was a headliner at the NOHO Arts Center in North Hollywood and The Little Victory in the 2009-10 seasons.

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Laura McCullough:
Guest Poetry Editor, SHJ:1 (Spring 2010)

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Alexis Rhone Fancher:
Guest Poetry Editor, forthcoming SHJ:17 (Fall 2017)

Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and other heart-stab poems (Sybaritic Press, 2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies (KYSO Flash Press, 2015), and Enter Here (forthcoming from KYSO Flash Press in June 2017).

Her writing has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and appears in more than 100 literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2016, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, Rattle, The MacGuffin, Slipstream, Hobart, Cleaver Magazine, Poetry East, Fjords Review, Rust + Moth, Plume, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Askew, and Nashville Review.

Her photographs have been published worldwide, including spreads in River Styx, Heart Online, and Rogue Agent, and on the covers of Heyday Magazine, Chiron Review, Witness, and The Mas Tequila Review.

A lifelong Angeleno, Rhone Fancher is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly, where she also publishes a monthly photo-essay, “The Poet’s Eye,” about her on-going love affair with Los Angeles. From the S-curves of Topanga and the sprawling beaches of the Westside, to the stunning views of downtown L.A. from her 8th-floor loft studio, her beloved city can be construed as another character in her work.

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Ron Salisbury:
Guest Poetry Editor, SHJ:13-15
(Fall 2015; Spring and Fall 2016)

Ron Salisbury describes himself as a writer who has integrated his poetry with his business life for decades. “Now, three wives deep, four children long, and assorted careers past,” he continues to study, publish, and write in San Diego, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2016 at San Diego State University. His writing appears in such venues as Alaska Quarterly Review, Eclipse, Serving House Journal, and The San Diego Reader. Awards include a nomination for a Pushcart Prize, and an Honorable Mention in San Diego CityBeat’s Fiction 101 Contest. In addition, his collection of poems Miss Desert Inn won the Main Street Rag Poetry Prize in 2015.

Read more about Salisbury and his writing, his background, and his friendship with Steve Kowit in SHJ Issue 13.

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