our wonderful contributors
Paul Christiansen received his BA at St. Olaf College and his MFA at Florida International University where he worked as editor-in-chief of Gulf Stream Magazine and assisted with Jai-Alai Magazine. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Pleiades, Quarter After Eight, Threepenny Review, Zone Three and elsewhere. A former Fulbright Fellow and winner of two Academy of American Poetry awards, he currently resides in Saigon. www.paulchristiansen.net
Nina Savage, pronounced nine-uh savage, has lived in Portland, OR, for the last three years but will soon be in South America without address. She is 27 years old, and things like gayness, non-whiteness, and humanness concern her greatly. Also, she is determined to become a writer.
Trev Kubat is a dedicated amateur photographer located in Beaverton, Oregon. Although particularly interested in the literary genre known as weird fiction, he gathers inspiration from all forms of art. He began using cameras at age 13 and initially wanted to be a filmmaker, taking a few video art classes while attending PSU. However, after receiving a box of vintage cameras as a gift, analog photography has taken up much of his time. Aside from photography, he enjoys walking his dog and watching horror movies.
Felix Paul Graham
Felix Paul Graham is a part-time poet and student from Portland, OR. He is currently studying at Portland Community College, and when he isn’t delivering the groceries at 138 beats per minute, he’s killing cops and reading Kerouac.
Personal Essay & Short Story
Jake Edgar lives and writes in Portland, OR, with his wife and four amazing kids. He studies creative writing / journalism at Portland Community College, and Portland State University with hopes to one day write for The Nation. He is the managing editor of the PCC student newspaper The Bridge. He also writes poetry and fiction. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Bellwether Review, the Pointed Circle, as well as Concis, a Journal of Brevity.
Tyler Sowa lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. His work can be found in Salt Hill Journal and Susan The Journal.
Photography & Sculpture
Armin Radford is a multimedia artist and Portland native. His main work is done through, photography, sculpture, and painting. Armin seeks to create works which identifies with viewers psychological deficiencies and support them towards growth. Visual tension is a common theme in his work .For example, in Tension in Memory a restless steel exoskeleton fights to integrate stubborn photographs inside its contours, but finds it impossible to reach a satisfying success without the photographs springing out from the tension. The tension in material is what hold things together, but is also what ultimately breaks it apart. Armin is currently attending Pacific Northwest College of Art and studies intermedia arts.
Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a Cherokee poet and novelist. She’s the author of six collections of poetry including the forthcoming Savagery, the forthcoming Constellations of My Body, Secret-Telling Bones, Orygun, What Makes an Always, and The Last Exotic Petting Zoo as well as the novel The Wrong Kind of Indian. She’s been awarded numerous poet-in-residencies posts, including positions at Hosking Houses Trust and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, Paris Lit Up in France, and the Acequia Madre House in Santa Fe, NM. Jessica is the recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund in Poetry. She is the owner of a multi-award winning writing services business, MehtaFor, and is the founder of the Get it Ohm! karma yoga movement. Visit Jessica’s author site at www.jessicatynermehta.com.
Rory Elliott lives on the corner of a crossroads in Portland, OR, where they write, read, water their plants, play music, write songs, use the bathroom, drink tea, shower and eat. They attend PCC, where they are hoping to develop the skills and credits to major in plant biology. As a poet they have had work published in The Bridge, as a musician their band was in the most recent ABC Portland compilation. They are slowly bringing out into the open their other projects. They aspire to be more like Mary Poppins each passing day.
Scot Guinness (a.k.a TheTwistedKnife) is a professional, published artist and writer hailing from the scandalizing & sintering streets of Miami, Fl.. He believes art and writing are integral to the pursuit and acquisition of true freedom in a given society and serve to embolden our potential as human beings. His art and more can be found on Instagram at instagram.com/TheTwistedKnife as well as via PulpBeach.webs.com.
Matt Isme is a freelance writer based in Hanoi with a love of notebook paper, good books and the unwritten lines of the open road.
Charlie Jacobs hails from mountainous Colorado, but currently resides in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is currently going through her quarter life crisis, but fights growing up by traveling, teaching, and playing with cats.
Laura Padilla resides in the Pacific Northwest with her cat Olivia. She writes poetry and likes to paint. She is also an arthropod enthusiast, and aspiring Entomologist. She is a lover of all things Taro and never underestimates the power of a good sigh. Her poetry has been featured in The Pointed Circle and is grateful to contribute to Structural Damage.
John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Examined Life Journal, Studio One and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Leading Edge, Poetry East and Midwest Quarterly.
Katherine DeCoste is a student at the University of Alberta, where she spends half her time studying and the other half drinking coffee. She is passionate about writing of all kinds, but poetry is her first and deepest love.
From an early age, David Rodríguez was attracted to the art world, but his love for photography didn´t start until 2013— the year he bought his first reflex camera. Shortly afterwards, he began to train himself through several courses. While studying, he discovered new photographers including Guy Bourdin and a photo that fascinated him enormously. In the picture, there was a girl under the water with her eyes and mouth open. David was enthralled with this image instantly, and used it as inspiration for the “Fresh” series. He did the shooting for “Fresh” taking advantage of a summer day in which the sun was at its peak
Will Justice is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Focusing on social justice, his writing examines media, shines light on inequality and generally critiques global capitalist culture.
He holds a B.A. in English Literature from Roanoke College, and an M.F.A. in Digital Arts and New Media from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Aydan M. Clemente
Aydan Clemente is a 22 year old poet and musician from Portland, OR. Since they were 15 years old, they’ve had a history of working within D.I.Y. art communities; volunteering at the (now defunct) Portland community space, Laughing Horse Info Shop, as well as being a member of experimental musical projects such as WExKILLxPOLICE. Their work is often a critical look at processing emotional distress, heavy self reflection and navigating through life as a genderqueer, mixed race person.
River Flora is a poet and organizer based in Portland, Oregon. They write primarily about gender, class, and sexuality. As a transgender and nonbinary person, River's writing reflects a journey many genderqueer people are familiar with. River writes for their community as well as theirself, using poetry as a means to bring empathic understanding to complex social inequities.
Bil Badrick holds a Degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon. His works have been exhibited in Wash. D.C., San Francisco, Hollywood, and Portland, including the Portland City Hall. His Art is focused on visioning Green Infrastructure, including Park Bridges and Grow Towers. In his spare time he writes science fiction novels and short stories.
Jeff Nazzaro grew up in New England, lived for twelve years in Japan, and now makes his home in Southern California, where he teaches English and writes short fiction and poetry. His work has appeared in several literary publications, including Angel City Review, Aberration Labyrinth, and Flash:The International Short-short Story Magazine, and is forthcoming in Dogzplot and Cholla Needles Magazine.