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  • Kathy Hall
  • JeanMarie VanDine
  • Stephanie Hammer
  • Marilyn N. Robertson
  • Kendall Johnson
  • Cece Peri
  • Savannah Hernandez
  • Ann Brantingham
  • Katie Sue Funk
  • John Brantingham

Literary Alchemy Poetry and Fiction Zine

Volume 1 Issue 2: Falling into the Valley, Voices from the IE

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  • Stephanie Hammer
  • Kendall Johnson
  • Ann Brantingham
  • Jo Scott-Coe
  • John Brantingham

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John Brantingham is grateful to Literary Alchemy for nominating him for a Pushcart Prize and for the Best Small Fictions 2018.

Linda M. Crate’s works have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies both online and in print. She has four published chapbooks the latest of which is My Wings Were Made To Fly (Flutter Press, September 2017).

Katie Sue Funk has been previously published with Literary Alchemy. She currently lives in Glendora with her chihuahua, Russell.

Sarah E. Gurney: “I am currently a student alumnus at Mt. SAC.  I have had poems published in Carnival and I am inspired by Robert Frost and Edward Hirsch.”

Kathy Silvey Hall is a nominee for this year’s Pushcart Prize.  She teaches English at Santiago Canyon College, and her work has appeared in Red Hen Press’ LA Fiction Anthology, Chiron Review, and Mc Sweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Savannah Hernandez often spends time writing fictional novels, creating art, and dabbling in poetry.  When she isn’t writing or drawing, Savannah consumes as much food as she can and tries to sleep before the feeling of regret sets in.

Kendall Johnson paints, writes, and tries to make sense of things in Upland, California. He is director of Gallery 57 Underground in Pomona.

Joseph S. Pete is an award-winning journalist, an Iraq War veteran, an Indiana University graduate, a book reviewer, and a frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio. His literary work and photography have appeared in more than 100 journals, and he once wrote an author bio that just trailed off…

Nicole Spaulding is a Southern California poet and storyteller who enjoys recreating classic themes or imagery by giving them a twist. She sometimes collaborates with trolls.

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Kate Flannery is a practicing lawyer who lives and works in Claremont, California. She has been doing this for a while and likes it.

Kathy Silvey Hall has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. She teaches English at Santiago Canyon College. Her fiction has been included in Red Hen Press’ LA Fiction Anthology, Chiron Review, and Mc Sweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Savannah Hernandez is a fictional story writer, artist, and poet who enjoys stargazing during late nights and avoiding human interactions during the day. She is introverted and will screech internally like a pterodactyl upon approach.

Susan Ilsley has exhibited in Pasadena, Pomona and Claremont, has hung in the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and has work in the permanent collection of the Inland Empire Museum of Art. Involved in Gallery 57 Underground, Ms Ilsley grew up in Claremont, lived in Denver, and currently resides in Upland, California and is involved in Gallery 57 Underground, Pomona.

Kendall Johnson is Director of Gallery 57 Pomona and a full time painter and writer. He lives in Upland, California and tries to figure out what on earth happened.


Molly Neely is the author of the paranormal novel, The Sand Dweller. She lives in Fresno, California with her husband Lyle and their whippet, Devo.

Gabriell Padua is currently a student at Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, California. Taking writing classes and attending seminars led by author John Brantingham, Gabriell has submitted work to Literary Alchemy and the Mt. San Antonio College Writer’s Day contest.

Natalie Peterkin is an English professor and fiction editor of Pomona Valley Review. Her poems explore intense emotions displaced in an often facile world.

Georgette Unis writes poetry about the complex relationships between people, often in natural settings. Her chapbook, Tremors, is forthcoming in September 2018 from Finishing Line Press.


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Maria A. Arana is a teacher, writer, and poet from the Los Angeles area whose work has been published in various journals. You can find her at and


Ann Brantingham is the proud doggie mama of a beautiful, bouncing basenji/shepherd. Her husband and her will be wandering the high Sierra this summer seeking Athena’s wisdom.


CLS Ferguson, PhD is a pushcart nominated writer with accolades in film, academia, and creative writing.  She is the author of two full-length collections: God Bless Paul and Soup Stories: A Reconstructed Memoir and two chapbooks: The Way We Were and Tumbleweed:  Against All Odds.  She and her husband, Rich are raising their daughter and dog in Alhambra, CA.


Kate Flannery lives, works and writes in Claremont, California. She is a practicing attorney and, so far, likes it.


Stephanie Barbe Hammer is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Follow her on twitter (stephabulist) and on her blog


Susan Ilsley lives in Upland, California, and has a sharp eye for the ironic.  Her photographs have been shown in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Claremont and Pomona, and published previously in Literary Alchemy.  Susan has been an ardent feminist since September 15, 1979 when her first daughter, Kimberly was born.  She raised two daughters whom she raised to be strong, independent women, and they are.  She raised two boys to support strong, independent women, and they do.


Kendall Johnson writes and paints in Upland, California, with his wife photographer Susan Ilsley.  He is the Director of Gallery 57 Underground, Pomona, and the author of three books combining his art and poetry.  His forthcoming A Whole Lot’a Shakin’ reconsidering Midcentury modernism through paintings and poetry will be released by Cholla Needles Press in the Fall.


Molly Neely is the author of the Paranormal novel, The Sand Dweller, as well as a contributor to the anthology, Fall into Fantasy 2017. Her short story, “An Heirloom Spirit,” is one of 108 stories in the collection, CEA Greatest Anthology Written, which is currently a contender for a Guinness Book of Worlds Records title.


Cece Peri’s work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Spillway (2018), San Diego Poetry Annual (2017-2018), and Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. She lives, writes, and moon gazes in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Visit her at


Natalie Peterkin teaches English at East LA College. She is currently compiling her first chapbook.

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Kathy Silvey Hall is a Pushcart-nominated poet, author, humorist, and editor whose work has appeared in the LA Fiction Anthology by Red Hen Press, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Chiron Review, and Literary Alchemy.  She teaches composition and literature at Santiago Canyon College.

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John Brantingham is a first poet laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, and his work has been featured in hundreds of magazines and in Writer’s Almanac and The Best Small Fictions 2016. He has eight books of poetry and fiction including The Green of Sunset from Moon Tide Press, and he teaches at Mt. San Antonio College.


Kate Flannery is a writer and lawyer living and working in Claremont.  An excerpt from her novel-in-progress was recently published in the Canadian literary journal, emerge.


Kathy Silvey Hall is a Pushcart-nominated poet whose book Herstories is published by Literary Alchemy Press.  Her fiction and humor have been featured in Red Hen Press’ LA Fiction Anthology and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others. She teaches English at Santiago Canyon College


Savannah Hernandez is a fictional story writer, poet, and hobby artist. On cold nights in the Southern Californian desert, you can hear Savannah in a howling and yipping contest with the local coyotes and Chupacabra—and yes, she always wins.


Susan Ilsley is a photographer in Upland, California.  Following careers in teaching and nursing, Susan is married to Kendall Johnson.


Kendall Johnson is a former teacher and therapist. Kendall Johnson writes, paints, and photographs in Upland, California where he lives with his wife Susan Ilsley. He is the Director of Gallery 57 Underground, Pomona.


Irene Sanchez is a Xicana, mama, educator, poet, and writer based out of the San Gabriel Valley in CA. For more information please see


Matt Sedillo is featured in the Los Angeles Times, CSPAN and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. He is a revolutionary poet based out of Los Angeles California.  He is the current literary director of the dA center for the arts.

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