KGB: Midway Meets Manhattan

June 05, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kim Chinquee is the author of five fiction collections, most recently, Shot Girls, due out in June 2018 with Ravenna Press. She is Senior Editor of New World Writing, Chief Editor of ELJ (Elm Leaves Journal), and co-directs the writing major at SUNY-Buffalo State.

Francine Witte is the author of the poetry chapbooks Only, Not Only (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and First Rain (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), winner of the Pecan Grove Press competition, and the flash fiction chapbooks Cold June (Ropewalk Press), selected by Robert Olen Butler as the winner of the 2010 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, and The Wind Twirls Everything (MuscleHead Press). Her latest poetry chapbook, Not All Fires Burn the Same won the 2016 Slipstream chapbook contest. Her full-length poetry collection, Café Crazy is forthcoming from Kelsay Books. She lives in New York City.

Pamela Gay is an Associate Professor of English at Binghamton University, State University of New York where she teaches flash memoir and flash fiction. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) award in creative nonfiction and a national e-book for digital storytelling.  Her writing has been published in Midway Journal, Brevity, Iowa Review, Paterson Literary Review, Vestal Review, Grey Sparrow, Monkeybicycle, and other literary magazines as well as in two anthologies.  Her flash memoir “Against the Wall” recently earned an honorable mention in a Midway Journal contest judged by Michael Martone. She is working on a book-length called I’m So Glad You’re Here.

Jhon Sánchez: A native of Colombia, Mr. Sánchez obtained political asylum in the United States. He received a JD/LLM from IU, an MFA from LIU, and he is also a contributor to Pressenza International Press Agency. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the Best of the Net. He enjoys cooking and traveling in his spare time.

Hannah Sloane lives in Brooklyn and she’s originally from England. She recently finished her first novel and her essays and short stories have appeared in Storychord, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Fwriction:Review, Litro, and elsewhere. You can find her on Twitter @hansloane.

Blake Kilgore lives in Burlington, New Jersey, with his wife and four sons. People there treat him with kindness, and he is at ease living among the old and tall forests of the Garden State. His lingering accent, however, verifies that his heart is still Texan and Okie. Blake is perplexed by, yet clings to – faith; both sides of this struggle can be found in his writing, which has recently appeared in Blue Fifth Review, Rathalla Review, Lunch Ticket, The Nassau Review and Midway Journal. To learn more, please visit

Namkyu Oh is a Korean American poet from New Jersey. He recently graduated from Princeton University where he studied politics and poetry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gravel Magazine, Kweli Journal, Midway Journal and others. He currently stays emotional in New York City.

Ralph Pennel is a founding editor and the fiction editor of the online literary journal, Midway Journal. He is the author of A World Less Perfect for Dying In, published by Cervena Barva Press. Ralph’s writing has appeared in Literary Orphans, F(r)iction, Tarpaulin Sky, Reality Beach, Elm Leaves Journal, Rain Taxi Review of Books and various other publications. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart, and he was twice a finalist for Somerville Poet Laureate. He teaches poetry and writing at Bentley University.