The Call Me [Brackets] staff is thrilled to present our first issue of the journal. We would like to give a special thanks to the writers who have contributed to our debut issue. “Call Me [Hero]” is filled with pieces that skillfully explore the idea of a protagonist, combining effective language with exciting plot lines. We appreciate our writers for providing us with their excellent work and making “Call Me [Hero]” possible.
Gale Acuff has published hundreds of poems in many journals and is the author of three books of poetry. He has taught university English in the U.S., China, and Palestine (where he teaches at Arab American University).
Karine Leno Ancellin was born and grew up in New York until she moved to very different countries altogether. She worked on ‘Hybrid identities’ for her Phd at the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels. She earned an MA, with Honours, in Literature at the Charles V Institute of Paris VII-JUSSIEU. She is now a professor, writer and translator (English/French) living in Athens, Greece. She has published articles and interviews for the WIP, Kulturissimo, and other media. She is now involved in the promotion of pan-Hellenic Literature. She co-founded a poetry society with Angela Lyras (www.apoetsagora.com). Her poems have been put into music by the Jazz composer Leila Olivesi.
Terry Barr is the author of “Don’t Date Baptists and Other Warnings from My Alabama Mother” and “We Might As Well Eat: How to Survive Tornados, Alabama Football, and Your Southern Family” (Third Lung Press). His work has appeared in The Bitter Southerner, storySouth, Hippocampus, Wraparound South, Flying South, Full Grown People, Eclectica, and Vol 1 Brooklyn. He blogs at Medium.com/@terrybarr and lives in Greenville, SC, with his family. He has essays coming out in The Coachella Review, Eclectica Magazine, and The New Southern Fugitive soon.
Brenden Barraza is currently a college student studying to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Photography. His photography style focuses on the abstract and carries a surrealistic influence in most of his works. They often consist of composite photographs layering multiple exposures together or long exposure works.
Gaelan Galloway is from Spartanburg, SC. He first started photography in the eighth grade because of his amazing media arts teacher. Art has always been quite important to him and his family, so he is grateful that he has found his own way to express his creativity. Photography is something he has always found quite interesting and hopes to further foster his creativity through it.
John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in the Homestead Review, Harpur Palate and Columbia Review with work upcoming in the Roanoke Review, the Hawaii Review and North Dakota Quarterly.
Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Inwood Indiana, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking to publish a novel.
Joseph S. Pete is an award-winning journalist, an Iraq War veteran, an Indiana University graduate, a book reviewer, a photographer, and a frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio in Merrillville. He is a 2017 Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee who has read his work for the Fictitious series on the iO Theater stage and who was named the poet laureate of Chicago BaconFest, a feat that Geoffrey Chaucer chump never accomplished. His literary or photographic work has appeared in more than 100 journals, including The Tipton Poetry Journal, Chicago Literati, Dogzplot, Proximity Magazine, Stoneboat, The High Window, Synesthesia Literary Journal, Steep Street Journal, Beautiful Losers, New Pop Lit, The Grief Diaries, Gravel, The Offbeat, Oddball Magazine, The Perch Magazine, Bull Men’s Fiction, Rising Phoenix Review, Thoughtful Dog, shufPoetry, The Roaring Muse, Prairie Winds, Blue Collar Review, The Rat’s Ass Review, Euphemism, Jenny Magazine, Vending Machine Press and elsewhere. He once Googled the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, true story.
Fred Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, “THE ADVENTURE” and “HAPPINESS” (Story Line Press), and two collections, “A POVERTY OF WORDS” (Prolific Press, 2015) and “LANDSCAPE WITH MUTANT” (Smokestack Books, UK, 2018). Many other poems in print and online journals.
Fabrice Poussin is the advisor for The Chimes, the Shorter University award winning poetry and arts publication. His writing and photography have been published in print, including Kestrel, Symposium, La Pensee Universelle, Paris, and other art and literature magazines in the United States and abroad.
Jonathan Trosclair is a writer and musician from Louisiana currently living in Brooklyn, New York. His writing has previously been featured in the 34th Parallel, Scarlet Leaf Review, Southwestern Review, and the e-zine Beguiled. In 2012 he won the Judge Felix J. Voorhies Award for Creative Writing while earning an English degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is currently seeking an agent for his first novel.
Dan Williams is a lifelong doodler. He uses defective ballpoint pens to make his old men and monsters, creatures designed to communicate his love for gallows humor and the grotesque.