Meet the Artists and Writers from our January issue

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Don Palmer


Don Palmer (he/him) graduated from Dawson College and Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec with a B.A in English literature and in the 1980s had numerous poems appear in publications in Canada and the U.S. His career in mental health took him away from his writing and down a different, yet very rewarding path until his recent retirement. It is now time to rekindle his first love, that of poetry and to rejoin the road he has travelled less frequently over the past three decades.

Myra Chappius

Writer, Poet, and Copyeditor

Myra Chappius (she/her) is the author of six works of fiction and poetry. While her passion lies with shorter creations, it is her aspiration to complete a full-length novel and screenplay someday. She enjoys reading, music, travel, and learning. When not doing mom things, she is working full-time, seeing the latest movie, or waiting an acceptable length of time before returning to Universal Orlando to satiate her Harry Potter obsession.

You can follow Myra on Instagram at @inwordform. Her work can be purchased on Amazon.

Lauren Kimball

Artist and Writer

Lauren Kimball (she/her) lives in Philadelphia. She teaches literature and composition at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. In her spare time, she plays with paint, digital pens, words, and home improvement tools.

You can find her comics on Instagram @turtle_n_hare_comic.

Erin Dawkins


Erin Dawkins (she/her) received her MA in English with a specialization in creative writing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. As a long distance runner, many of her story ideas come to her when she’s balancing that fine line between a runner’s high and certain death. Her stories have been published by Gwynned Mercy Press, Wayne State University, and Red Tricycle (now Tinybeans). Her microfiction, fiction, and reflections while running can be found at

Sam Ken


Sam Ken (he/him) is an oil painter and sketch artist that currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He specializes in portraits and figurative paintings, but is always in search of ways to challenge and express himself. He is currently a board member on the Pikes Peak Arts Council whose mission is to honor, connect, and enrich local artists. His inspirations include, but are not limited to, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Karl Kopinski, and Jane French.

Robin Brownfield


Robin Brownfield (she/her) is a former sociology professor in Collingswood, New Jersey who turned to mosaic art after becoming disabled. She was featured in a FOX-29 (Philadelphia) News report, because after sharing a series of award-winning “Black Lives Matter” mosaic portraits online, she was commissioned by Tamika Palmer to do a mosaic portrait of her daughter, Breonna Taylor, whose death, in part, launched a rebirth of the Black Lives Matter movement. That portrait can be seen in the documentary “Bree Way: Promise Witness Remembrance.” Her award-winning artwork has been in galleries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York City, Las Vegas, Norfolk, Virginia, Texas, Illinois, and San Francisco. She recently finished supervising a community mosaic mural project entitled “Childhood Memories,” which she designed at Thomas Sharp Elementary School in Collingswood, NJ. Above the mural honoring her is a plaque making her one of those old dead people (in the future) who nobody ever heard of, but whose name is on a plaque. Visit her website,, to see more of her work.

Irina Novikova (Tall)


Irina Novikova (Tall) (she/her) is an artist, graphic artist, and illustrator. She graduated from the State Academy of Slavic Cultures with a degree in art, and also has a bachelor's degree in design.

Her first personal exhibition "My soul is like a wild hawk" (2002) was held in the museum of Maxim Bagdanovich. In her work, she raises themes of ecology and draws on anti-war topics. In 2005 she devoted a series of works to the Chernobyl disaster. The first big series she drew was "The Red Book," dedicated to rare and endangered species of animals and birds.

She writes fairy tales and poems, and illustrates short stories. She draws various fantastic creatures: unicorns, animals with human faces, and she especially likes the image of a woman — a bird — Siren. In 2020, she took part in Poznań Art Week.

Her work has been published in magazines: Gypsophila, Harpy Hybrid Review, Little Literary Living Room, and others. In 2022, her short story was included in the collection The 50 Best Short Stories, and her poem was published in the collection of poetry The wonders of winter.

Jordan Coen


Jordan Coen (she/her/they/them) is a student at Southern Oregon University (SOU) where she's majoring in educational studies with a double-minor in creative writing and gender, sexuality, and women's studies. When they're not studying or working, you can usually find them writing; reading; watching their favorite shows; or hanging out with their family, friends, or pets. Her favorite genres to write are horror and magical realism, but she will try writing any genre. If you would like to see updates on their writing, you can follow them on Instagram at @Lunacoen2.

Melissa Lomax


Melissa Lomax (she/her) is a freelance illustrator, art teacher, and cartoonist, with 20 years of experience in the creative industry. Some of her clients include American Greetings, Barnes & Noble, Sellers Publishing and Highlights for Children. Her comic 'Doodle Town' posts on, the largest catalog of syndicated cartoons and comics. When she is not in the art studio, she enjoys spending time in nature, drinking really good coffee, and 'everyday adventures' with her husband. Pop by her Instagram @melissalomaxart for weekly inspiration!