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In Parentheses Magazine (Summer 2020)

By In Parentheses in Volume 6

68 pages, published 7/14/2020

The SUMMER 2020 issue of In Parentheses Literary Magazine. Published by In Parentheses (Volume 6, Issue 1)

In Parentheses Literary Magazine

Issue 1 | Volume 6

Summer 2020



Copyright 2020 ©

Front Cover “Agave” by Francesca Floris from the colleection “The World of Las.” Selections from her collection has been featured throughout this edition.

Back Cover “Gaia 12” by Francesca Floris

Francesca Floris / @frafloris92 / born in Oristano, Italy, in 1992. She takes photos, makes cartoons, and has attended the “Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia” in Rome. After working in the film industry as a professional for the past four years, in May 2020, joined some colleague photographers in working with actors through the medium of the webcam, starting a series of photoshoots that are set during the Covid-19 emergency lockdown in Italy.

Terry Brinkman / has been painting for over forty five years. He started creating Poems, Five Amazon E- Books. Tide Anthologies. Poems in Rue Scribe, Tiny Seed Utah Life Poem Village, Snapdragon Poets Choice, In Parentheses, Healing Muse and the Adelaide Magazine.

Steve Gerson / writes poetry and flash about life’s dissonance and dynamism. He’s proud to have published in Panoplyzine, Hungry Chimera, Write Launch, Route 7, Coffin Bell, Poets Reading the News, Crack the Spine, Riza Press, White Wall Review, Abstract, Decadent Review, Indolent, Snapdragon, Underwood Press, and In Parentheses.

David M. Alper / is a high school AP English teacher in New York City, residing in Manhattan. His work has appeared in Thirty West Publishing House, OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters, In Parentheses, and elsewhere.

Joseph Hardy / is one of a handful of writers that live in Nashville, Tennessee, that does not play a musical instrument; although a friend once asked him to bring his harmonica on a camping trip so they could throw it in the fire. It was a good friend.

Originally from the American Midwest, / Hunter Parlette / is an undergraduate student at Columbia University, where he studies sociocultural anthropology; prior to moving to New York, he served in the United States Marine Corps. Poetry has long been one of his preferred methods of exploring and understanding his thoughts.

Jerrice J. Baptiste / is an author of eight books. She’s been published in The Yale Review; Kosmos Journal; The Caribbean Writer; The Lake Poetry Journal, The Tulane Review; Autism Parenting Magazine; and many others. Her poem and collaborative songwriting are on the Grammy award winning album Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti.

Heather M. F. Lyke / @teacherlyke / is a writer living in southern Minnesota. By day, she teaches students Creative Writing and American Literature. On evenings and weekends, she creates. She builds things out of nothing: sometimes with paint, occasionally with fabric, but most often with words.

Autumn Battista / @oatiemarie /is a 23-year-old living in Fitchburg MA. She graduated in 2020 from Fitchburg State University with B.S in English Literature and Disability Studies. She enjoys writing poems and hopes to eventually teach poetry at a University.

Liz DeGregorio is a writer and editor living in New York. Her poems have been published in Indie Blu(e) Publishing’s anthology “SMITTEN,” Crack the Spine’s anthology “Neighbors,” Beyond Words and Gravitas. Her flash fiction has appeared in *82 Review and Ruminate Magazine, and she’s had fiction published in BUST Magazine.

Mercury-Marvin Sunderland (he/him) / @romangodmercury / is a transgender autistic gay man from Seattle with Borderline Personality Disorder. Since 2019, he’s been accepted for numerous magazines such as UC Santa Barbara’s Spectrum Literary Journal, UC Riverside’s Santa Ana River Review, and University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Straylight Magazine.

Sammie Lee Wilhoit / @exhaletheatre / moved across the country from California to go to college in Vermont. Sammie writes poetry to pinpoint feelings that she does not have words for and to write out memories and fantasies that keep her up. She was published in the Fall 2019 issue of In Parentheses.

Phillipe Martin Chatelain / @uptownvoice / Phillipe is the Managing Editor of In Parentheses. He is a poet from New York City with a Masters Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taken on a much more digital definition. Furthermore, it is important for New Modernist writers like those exhibited in In Parentheses Literary Magazine to assume the forms of media available in order to carry on the history of Sublime Art. His series taking shots alone was self-published in 2012-2015. The self-published collection FACETS (2019) is now available.

Onize Atta /@oniZay /is a lawyer, poet, photographer, producer, spoken word artist, creative director, stylist, fashion illustrator & designer, and mental health advocate amongst many other things, who believes in love and the limitlessness of the human heart and mind. 

George Gad Economou / holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Science and resides in Athens, Greece, freelancing his way to a new place. His novella, Letters to S., was published in Storylandia Issue 30 and his short stories and poems have appeared in literary magazines, such as Adelaide Literary Magazine.

Fareh Malik / is a 26 year old Canadian author and poet who has been performing spoken word since 2012. He is an up-and-coming author with a story to tell. He has been published on the In Parentheses website previously, as well as by Muslim Hands Canada. These poems are socially-reflective, and tell an important and relatable story for those who feel the reverberations of social injustice in their bones.

Elizabeth Galoozis / @thisamericanliz / is a poet and librarian living in Los Angeles. Her poetry has appeared in Faultline, Sinister Wisdom, Mantis, Not Very Quiet, and Inverted Syntax (finalist for the Sublingua Prize for Poetry). Her scholarly work has appeared in The Library Quarterly, College & Research Libraries, and ACRL Press.

Daniella Deutsch / is a 25 year old originally from Los Angeles. She is a preschool teacher at Beginnings Nursery School in New York City. Her publications include: Ink and Voices, Little Death Lit, and 5×5 Literary Magazine. Another piece of hers is set to run in this summer’s print issue of Gargoyle Magazine.

Glory Cumbow / is a writer living in North Carolina. She is dedicated to the arts, working with local theatres and singing in community choir. She contributes grant writing services to nonprofits that help youth and children. Glory enjoys traveling with her husband, live shows, and art museums.

Michael Ball / @whirred / scrambled from newspapers through business and technical pubs. Born in OK, raised in rural WV, he became citified in Manhattan and Boston. One of the Hyde Park Poets, he has moderate success placing poems including in Griffel, Gateway Review, Havik Anthology, SPLASH!, Peregrine Journal, and Reality Break Press.

J.L. Wall / @jl_wall / writing has appeared in Atlanta Review, Kenyon Review Online, Contrary, Frontier Poetry, and on the website of Baseball Prospectus. He teaches first year writing at the University of Michigan and is at work on a book examining five modernist poets, Situating Poetry: Covenant and Performance in American Modernism.

Walker Zupp / is a Bermudian writer. He was educated at Saltus Grammar School in Bermuda, and Marlborough College in the UK. He hated both. He recently published his first novel, ‘Martha’. He is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter. He currently lives in Cornwall.”

Laura Ohlmann / is an MFA candidate at the University of Central Florida. Her work has appeared in Honey&Lime, South Florida Poetry Journal, and was an honorable mention in 2016 Wild Ekphrastic Poetry Contest. She enjoys sleeping in her converted Honda Element and biking up mountains with her partner and dog.

John Matthew Steinhafel / was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Master of Fine Arts from Western Kentucky University. He is currently a PhD student and instructor of record at The Catholic University of America.

Andy Betz / has tutored and taught in excess of 30 years. He lives in 1974, and has been married for 27 years. His works are found everywhere a search engine operates.

Cheryl Comeau-Kirschner / is a native New Yorker, wife, mother, and community college professor. She is a former journalist, but this is her first attempt to publish fiction. By taking that creative leap, she has found prose inspiration from almost every subway ride, bodega breakfast run, and skyline sunset.

Pam Knapp / lives in the rolling countryside of the Sussex Downs, close enough to London to feel the heat, far enough away to avoid being burnt. As yet, she is an unpublished writer but longlisted for fiction in The Liars’ League. However, she knows that practise and optimism are essential life skills.

Adam Rose / @adamrose74 / writes and teaches in Los Angeles. You can find some recent work of his in Gravel, Four Ties Literary Review, The Milo Review, Story Chord, The Casserole, Reimagine and Tell Us a Story. Adam has an all ages graphic novel that was published by Markosia Entertainment last year.

Born in India, / Mandira Pattnaik / studied Economics. She has been published most recently by Citron Review, Gasher Journal, Eclectica, Lunate, Cabinet of Heed, Splonk, Brilliant Flash, DoorIsAJar and Commuterlit. She is a finalist at NFFD NZ and Retreat West Microfiction Contest. She loves to travel and embroiders to keep busy.

R. C. Stacey / @badgalrhysrhys /is a digital advertising manager at Focal Agency London, a BA (Hons) Scriptwriting graduate and an MA Film and Screen Media student with a keen interest in relationships: familial and romantic.

His name is / Christopher J. Ananias / He lives in Kokomo, Indiana. A misfit navigates society. He sees his problem; it resides in That Eye.

Aaron Brown / is a native of Richmond, Virginia native who grew up with a passion for writing. He studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Richmond before graduating in 2016. Aaron has aspirations of getting his short story anthology published in the near future. Meanwhile, he has begun his career as freelance writer through Upwork and Salem Web Network.

Joey Rodriguez / @jojoandpickles / lives in New York City with his wife, Lauren, and their Corgi, Joon. He is the author of four novels (JQR, Below, Termination Dust, and The Final Transmissions of A Doomed Astronaut) and one novella (Raptures of the Deep). To purchase any of his books, visit his website

Late summer 2020, / Leah Holbrook Sackett / will publish her debut book of short stories with REaDLips Press. Leah is an adjunct lecturer in the English department at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where she also earned her M.F.A. Leah’s stories explore journeys toward autonomy and the boundaries placed on the individual by society, family, and self. Leah has published short stories in several journals, including Momaya, Blacktop Passages, Halfway Down the Stairs, The Writing Disorder, Crack the Spine, Connotation Press, and more. Learn about her published fiction at

Scott Pedersen / is a retired technical writer now writing fiction in southern Wisconsin. His work has appeared in Metamorphosis (Propertius Press), Falling Star Magazine, Louisiana Literature and The MacGuffin. When not writing fiction, he enjoys performing in a traditional Celtic band and dreaming of returning to Ireland and Costa Rica.

Katreana Bellew / is a Dramatic Writing student in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has previously had published a short story in the SCRAWL Literary Journal. Now, as she’s bored in quarantine, she writes everyday, mostly flash fiction writing pieces due to her extremely short attention span.

Dr. Kris DeAngelis / is a faculty member at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, a full-time mother, and a sometimes writer. Her current publications include a guest post Unbecoming and an overwhelming personal to-do list. She is seeking peace through introspection during this period of disruption and interruption.

Always asking, “What’s next?” “Why?” and “Why Not?” solo, sassy / Barbara Rady Kazdan / @achievingchange / loves back roads travel and forward thinking. Find this empty nester and lifelong change agent enjoying her weekly writing workshops and open-hearted friends in Silver Spring, Maryland, en route to far-flung family, and online at

Michael Reginald Pitter / @pitterphoto / Michael is a writer, photographer and a PhD student in im- munology at the University of Michigan. He co-founded In Parentheses with Phillipe as an under- graduate. His contributions to the magazine range from analog photography to philosophical essays to articles regarding current advancements in biomedical research. Michael is also interested in the experimental synthesis of art and science through his writings and visuals.

Jamar Washington / aka “Z3r0” is a musician from Delaware living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Growing up with a passion for music, he plated several instruments: of which his favorites are violin and guitar. Z3r0 aims to make people feel what he experiences through his creative process in his songs. His debut single is set to release later this summer.

Strixx Slade / @strixxslade / has been photographing people from all walks of life for 12 years. Her skill in portraiture comes from her ability to bring out the particular part that makes every one of her subjects special in their own right. She currently resides in Brooklyn and you can find her on mode social media.

Tim Haywood / @shallowpond / is a graphic designer from Seattle. His short fiction has appeared in Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, First Writer Literary Journal and Heater magazine. In addition, he’s written a blog since 2009 entitled Reflections of a Shallow Pond, offering his musings as a parent and tail-end Baby Boomer.

Once upon The Summer of Sin, two women met amidst the mud, blood, glitter and sludge of 59 Wilson,  / dArcBloom / is a living breathing experiment in healing through all creative mediums. Together oUI help the masses 222 shed their scales and have fun. Focus is an emotion to secrete liberally.

Francesca Floris / @frafloris92 / born in Oristano, Italy, in 1992. She takes photos, makes cartoons, and has attended the “Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia” in Rome. After working in the film industry as a professional for the past four years, in May 2020, joined some colleague photographers in working with actors through the medium of the webcam, starting a series of photoshoots that are set during the Covid-19 emergency lockdown in Italy.

In Parentheses Magazine (Fall 2020)

By In Parentheses in Volume 6

80 pages, published 10/15/2020

The FALL 2020 issue of In Parentheses Literary Magazine. Published by In Parentheses (Volume 6, Issue 2)
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