Ilias Tsagas is a Greek poet writing in English and in Greek. His poems have appeared at the Sand Journal, The Shanghai Literary Review, streetcake magazine, Tint Journal, the Away With Words Anthology (Vol 4) and elsewhere. He was also a runner-up at the Briefly Write Poetry Prize2021.
Lila Kahn is a photographer, illustrator, and designer from Oakland, California. She has always been fascinated by the expressiveness of landscapes, both natural and human-made, and aims to explore that quality through her art. When she is not creating, you can find her cooking, thinking about the cosmos, or trying to befriend a neighborhood cat.
Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.
“Being outside with a sense of space and open sky reminds me that my part in this world may be small but that I am part of it”
“It can be easy to vilify cities in environmental terms when they may in fact play some positive roles (reducing long commutes and some transportation pollution). Important questions remain though: are our cities as environmentally friendly as they could be? And are those at the helm paying enough attention to this?”
before whole worlds disappear
“William Blake saw “…a World in a Grain of Sand | And a Heaven in a Wild Flower” (‘Auguries of Innocence’). Each small creature reminds me of how many worlds we could lose through climate damage and species extinction”
Sarah Leavesley is a prize-winning photographer and writer, whose current work draws heavily on nature and environmental concerns. See more on her website.
“We are currently living through the greatest mass extinction in history. Air pollution is already the biggest killer we face. I am a burden on the environment, and so are you, and I will never forgive either of us. There will never be an excuse for not doing more, or doing less – less animal products, less flying and less consumption. Don’t let apathy define our species, be the change. Our home is on fire and I refuse to bring a child into the blaze. For your loved ones and the other species who call Earth home, go vegan.”
The Hopeful Captive
But when it rains, it pours
Cows love, love cows
Chlo is a committed environmental activist and has been vegan for nine years. She is a PhD candidate in Chemistry, working on technology to mitigate climate change.
“Way back in 1962, Rachel Carson cautioned in her book Silent Spring, about the ill effects of pesticides on the environment. The title was inspired by a line from the ballad by John Keats ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’. The burgeoning world population poses the gravest threat for our mother earth. More people create more demand for agricultural and industrial products, more fuel consumption leading to increased entropy and erratic climatic changes. It is high time that we curb the population growth and go back to the lap of nature for the cleaner air, land and water, which would sustain our future generation.
Light so bright Dazzles the tower And the sky Like glittering gold!
A sight so lovely – Wraps me with Joy profusely As I behold.”
Sambhu Nath Banerjee (Ph.D. from University of Calcutta) is associated with the Department of Plant Physiology (Ag), CU as a Guest Faculty. He has a great passion for travelling, writing and photography. He writes on diverse topics like Nivedita, Satyajit Ray and films. His poems have been published in Muse India and Borderless.
Louella Lester is a writer & amateur photographer in Winnipeg, Canada. Her Flash-CNF book, Glass Bricks (At Bay Press) is just out. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Daily Drunk, Dribble Drabble, The Odd Magazine, Shorts, Grey Sparrow, Six Sentences, New Flash Fiction, Spelk, and a variety of other journals & anthologies. Louella’s blog, Through Camera & Pen, can be found here and she posts photos daily on Instagram (@louellalester).
Kimberly Madura lives and writes from a cabin in the woods of Vermont. Originally from Chicago, she has been a social worker for 21 years. She has been published in multiple anthologies and literary magazines including Mad Swirl, Northwest Indiana Literary Journal, and Brief Wilderness.
Kiley Brockway lives in a suburb of Chicago. She has been previously published in Halfway Down the Stairs literary magazine, and was admitted into a young writers workshop through the University of Iowa. You can find more of her work on Instagram (@kiley_a_brockway).