Volume 18 – 1 About the Writers

Humble Pie Volume XVIII

Humble Pie Editorial Board

Creative Directors: Joy Melançon, Ethan Schoefer, Zoe Thompson-Brooks

Poetry Editors: Kenna Elliott, Sam Fitzpatrick-Zimet, Xinyi Tong

Prose Editors: Juliana Martinez, Ziyao Wang

Visual Editors/Visual Art: Danqi Huang, JiaJia Li, Jimmy Schob, Gissele Torres, Siqi Wu, Hongyu Zhao, Aria Zhou

Faculty Advisor: Caroline Goodwin


Danny P. Barbare attended Greenville Technical College. His poetry has recently appeared in Plainsongs and North Dakota Quarterly. He lives with his family in the Upstate of the Carolinas.

With the future of the planet at stake, Marcia Beck’s poetry writing is inspired by her service on the Board of Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, where she is honored to help protect, preserve and restore public lands from the forest to the sea, and her work with the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative monitoring language, content and access changes to federal environmental website information.  

Dario R. Beniquez was raised in Far Rockaway, NY. He lives in San Antonio, Texas. He is the facilitator of the Gemini Ink Literary Arts Center Open Writers’ Workshop, free to the San Antonio community. He holds a BEIE, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; an MFA from Pacific University, Oregon. His poems are included in The Brave: a collection of poetry and prose, Voices de la Luna Literature and Arts Magazine. Recently, his poems were selected by the McNay Art Museum for the exhibit: “Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love.”

Jessica Bowdoin is an emerging writer who is completing her MFA at the University of New Orleans within the poetry cohort. She is an adjunct English professor and full time English teacher in Houston, TX and has taught for the last ten years.

Christine Choi passes time considering implicit narratives and dreaming of mountains. She has an MFA from the California College of the Arts, and her writing has appeared in Encyclopedia Vol. 3 L-Z, The Pacific Review, Nerve Lantern, In Posse Review, Monday Night, Bay Area Poetry Marathon, Mission Cultural Center, NOMA Gallery, Future Tenant Gallery, POW! Action Art Festival, Small Press Traffic’s Poets’ Theater, and Boog City Poets’ Theater. She currently nests in Brooklyn.

Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, high school English-teaching Alaskan.  She serves as poetry editor of the quarterly journal Alaska Women Speak. Her latest collection of poetry is Curating the House of Nostalgia (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, 2020).  Kersten holds an MFA from the University of Alaska. www.kerstenchristianson.com

Andrea Clark was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in rural Michigan. She was educated at the University of Michigan and Yale University. Her writing has appeared in American Theatre, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Cathexis Northwest Press. She lives with her husband and 4 cats in Oakland, California.

Sandra DiPasqua is a graphic designer who started her career at Time Inc. in magazine development and then as the art director of Money Magazine, moving on to Connoisseur Magazine and working with Thomas Hoving as her editor. After leaving Connoisseur, she worked for various media companies when she landed her dream job— working as a promotional art director in the New York Times. She lives in New York City, runs her own design studio, and works pro bono for different organisations. Her passion for design, words, and working with amazing editors and writers has led her to poetry.

Diana Feiger’s poems have appeared in Forum Magazine, Poetry Expressed and Indolent Books as well as in the anthology From the Well of Living Waters: Voices of a 21st Century Synagogue (Kehilla Community Synagogue, 2011), edited by Lenore Weiss. Feiger grew up in Sandwich, UK. She now lives in Oakland, California and is a retired teacher.

Leor Feldman is a poet and essayist based in Denver, Colorado. She often writes of her body as a roadmap to illustrate how she’s grown through chronic illness and weight loss, while also exploring her tumultuous relationship with her Jewish culture and other aspects of self. Leor hopes that by confronting her “other” while remaining critical, she and her readers can learn to be unapologetically themselves together. A graduate of California College of the Arts, Leor is currently working towards an MA in International & Intercultural Communication at the University of Denver.

Linda Lewis is a retired financial analyst, now focusing on her creative side. A person of contrasts, she has a BFA from Colorado State University and MBA from Pepperdine University. She spent 20 years volunteering as a naturalist with the American Cetacean Society, exploring Baja, California and Alaska while photographing wildlife. Living in Half Moon Bay, she is currently working on memoir and nature writing.

Liza McVinney is a former CCA student and writing major. She currently lives alone in Boston and has spent the better part of the year talking outloud to her dog.

Ross Murray is a bisexual male whose writing pertains to self-reflection, awareness of race, creed, cultural and sexual identity, nationalism, politics, and human consciousness. Ross was homeless for two years until he was inspired by performing Rock Rhythm and Blues to move out of that space.

Peg Padnos is a registered nurse, now retired, whose practice focused on premature and sick newborns. Her poetry has appeared in Afterthoughts: Poems from Harvard-Radcliffe ’70, The American Journal of Nursing, Bear River Review, Michigan Jewish History, Seven Deadly Sins Anthology (Harvardwood), and Waterlines: Poems Written Near the Shores of Lake Michigan (Three Pines Press, 2010). She lives in Holland, Michigan.

Sinistra Pan was born in تارباعاتاي ايماعى (Tacheng City), China in 1997. He currently studies and lives in California. His work reflects the controversies from social practices and hyperreality. The intent of his work is to make people reinterpret the same fact from a holistic perspective.

Karen Reyes is a Bay Area native, corporate lawyer and serial succulent killer. Right now, she’s probably trying to decide between re-reading Jane Austen or C.S. Lewis.

Abbie Rockwell is an elementary music teacher, former ultra runner who still runs and loves being outside and who writes poetry as an avocation, approaching senescence but still mostly making sense.

POW! Ethan Schoefer makes a visual impact with his mixed media illusory worlds. An avid reader, he takes inspiration from history and pop culture. He enjoys anything about the Beatles™ and the color red. As a final-year Individualized major, he makes drawings, prints, and animations (among other things) and bends them to his will.

Leslie Stainton is the author of two nonfiction books, Lorca: A Dream of Life and Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts. Her writing has appeared in The Sun, The American Scholar, River Teeth, The Southern Humanities Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among others. She is at work on a nonfiction book about her slaveholding ancestors, the Scarletts of Georgia.

Anne Marie Wenzel was born in San Francisco and is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she now teaches economics. She has studied poetry and creative writing online through Left Margin LIT, with Anca Szilágyi, and through Stanford Continuing studies, where she received her Online Certificate in Novel Writing in 2018. Anne is currently at work on an historical novel set in early 20th century Northern California.

Andrena Zawinski’s poetry has received numerous awards for lyricism, form, spirituality, and social concern, several of them Pushcart Prize nominations. Her latest book is Landings from Kelsay Books; others are Something About from Blue Light Press (a PEN Oakland Award) and Traveling in Reflected Light from Pig Iron Press (a Kenneth Patchen Prize) along with several chapbooks. She is a veteran teacher of writing and activist poet who founded and runs the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon and is Features Editor at PoetryMagazine.com.
“She, the one you call sister,” first appeared at Rise Up Review on Feb. 26, 2021.

Alexandra Mushinski is a poet, visual artist, and performance artist currently living in Southern Vermont. She recently graduated from CCA with an Individualized major. She was the Poetry Editor for Humble Pie Volume XV, Spring 2018.

David Marchetti is a contemporary American artist from New Hampshire, whose aesthetic and viewpoint are inspired by the pictorialists of the nineteenth century and the abstract expressionist movement of the 1940s. Marchetti’s work explores the relationship between identity, memory, and myth, and his creative process is guided by instinct and intuitiveness. He creates in a way that shows the viewer a new way of interpreting the world—one that is reflective, evocative, and ultimately thought-provoking.