C4: Issue #1

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The first issue of Chamber Four’s literary magazine features all-new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by award winners and first-timers alike. Featuring evocative poetry, edgy fiction, and ambitious essays, C4 continues to be the best new lit mag you haven’t heard of but should be reading. It’s free to download and DRM-free to boot.

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Below is a list of every story in the anthology, in the order in which they appear.



Destroying Herman Yoder by Gregory Blake Smith

The Black Wig by Kim Henderson

Comforts of Home by Anne Leigh Parrish

Creation by Margaret Finnegan

Ramadan, Jihad, and Azad by Bilal Ibne Rasheed

Heat by Michael Henson

Waiting for Home by Ron Koppelberger



After Reaching the Home of Juan Pablo Lorenz by Marc Levy

Water Song by Terra Brigando

Shriveled by M.J. Fievre



the presence of others by D.H. Sutherland

Grace by Gale Acuff

Two poems by William Doreski

The Transamerica Pyramid by Yaul Perez-Stable Husni

How to See Yourself by Shannon C. Walsh

Three prose poems by Luca Penne

Dementia (I) by Julian Smith-Newman

A state of mind, like most things— by Katelyn Kiley

Two poems by Daniel Lawless

Picture This by Jenn Monroe

Illumination by Greg Hewett


Visual Artists

Ganesha Balunsat

Eleanor-Leonne Bennett

Guillermo Esteves

Dennis van Dijk

Christoph Zurbuchen

Sandro Garcia

Christopher Woods

Paivi Salonen

Ivo Berg

Unknown artist


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Below is a list of all the authors featured in this issue, in alphabetical order.

Gale Acuff has had poetry published in many literary magazines and has authored three books of poetry, available from Brick House Press. He has taught university English in the US, China, and the Palestinian West Bank.

Terra Brigando is currently studying for her MFA in fiction at Mills College and lives in San Francisco. Her previous work has appeared in Arizona State University’sSuperstition Review, Redlands Review, DecomP, apt: an online literary magazine, and Fogged Clarity. She loves the color yellow, the sound of words, and grinding her own coffee.

William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. His latest collection of poetry is Waiting for the Angel (2009). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His fiction, essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, Natural Bridge. He won the 2010 Aesthetica Creative Works competition in poetry.

Born in Port-au-Prince, M.J. Fievre is an expat whose short stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Haiti Noir (Akashic Books), The Southeast Review, The Caribbean Writer and The Mom Egg. She is the Secretary of Women Writers of Haitian Descent and a regular contributor to the online publication, The Nervous Breakdown. She is a graduate student in the Creative Writing program at Florida International University. She loves coconut shrimp, piña coladas, her dog Wiskee, and a good story. Anton Chekhov is one of her favorite writers. Her author website is located at www.lominy.com.

Margaret Finnegan teaches writing at California State University, Los Angeles.  Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Times, and other publications.  She blogs at http://margaretfinnegan.blogspot.net and is very grateful that she has never had to participate in a science fair, although she has been forced to endure them.

Originally from New Mexico, Kim Henderson lives with her husband and dog on a mountain in Southern California. There, she writes fiction and teaches creative writing at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.  She received her MFA from the University of Montana.  She has work forthcoming in the Newport Review, where she was a winner in their Bananagrams contest, and The Southeast Review, where she was a finalist in the World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest.  She has published work in Generations Literary Journal, Night Train, and elsewhere.  She is currently at work on a novel.

Michael Henson is the author of Ransack, a novel described by Leon Driscoll as, “a first novel almost perfect of its kind,” and A Small Room With Trouble on My Mind, a book of stories. He has also published three collections of poetry: Crow Call, The Tao of Longing, and The Dead Singing. A member of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative, he lives in Cincinnati. An expanded edition of The Tao of Longing is due out in Spring of 2011.

Yaul Perez-Stable Husni is an aspiring poet living in San Francisco. He is fluent in both Spanish and English. He has been published previously in Motif: Writing by Ear, The Nashville Review, Two-Bit Magazine, A Celebration of Poets, Chamber Four, and the San Francisco Writer’s Conference Anthology.

Katelyn Kiley is an MFA student at Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her MA, in English with a specialization in American Poetry since 1865, and her BA from the University of Virginia. She works on the staff of Blackbird, an online journal of literature and the arts.

Ron Koppelberger began writing when he was ten years old, when his grandparents gave him his first typewriter. He has written 100 books of poetry and 17 novels over the past four or five years. He has published 406 poems, 231 short stories and 59 pieces of art in over 107 periodicals, anthologies and books. He loves to write and nothing thrills him more than seeing his work in print. The creative process is a thrill for him as is influencing the reader in a positive way, in a thought-provoking way. One of his primary goals involves touching the reader and giving them a gift, the gift of a long forgotten memory or perhaps a special insight that may not have been apparent.

Daniel Lawless teaches writing, film, and humanities at St. Petersburg College, in Florida. He has  published poems recently in The Louisville Review, Iron City Review, White Mule, Les Cahiers du Lez, Poems Niederngasse, SNL Review, Right Hand Pointing, Nano, and other journals and reviews. He can be reached at lawlessd@spcollege.edu.


Marc Levy served as an infantry medic with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970. His war related prose and poetry have been published in various online and print journals. He can be reached at silverspartan@gmail.com.

Jenn Monroe strives to be a poet of love in all its forms. She enjoys guiding students at Chester College of New England on their own journeys through writing. Her work is forthcoming in Sakura Review, and the poem that appears in this issue of C4 recently tied for second place in the Borges Prose and Poetry contest sponsored byCaper Literary Journal. She lives, writes, and loves in New Hampshire.

Anne Leigh Parrish’s stories have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Carve Magazine, Eclectica Magazine, Storyglossia, PANK, Knee-Jerk Magazine, Pinch, American Short Fiction, and Prime Number Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Seattle, Washington, and is a mentor for the DZANC Creative Writing Sessions. To learn more about Anne and her work, visit her website at www.anneleighparrish.com.

Luca Penne is a carpenter and ski-lift operator in New Hampshire. His prose poems have been in The 2River View, Many Mountains Moving, Otoliths, Furnace Review and a bunch of other places. He has an MFA from Southwestern Missouri.

Bilal Ibne Rasheed holds an MA in English language and literature and is presently learning the French language. He is also trying to unlearn whatever was taught to him in his home and school. Bilal contributes literary articles and book reviews to Pakistani English dailies The News and Dawn and blogs at ImpressionsnThoughts.blogspot.com.  He can be reached at bilalibnerasheed@gmail.com.

Gregory Blake Smith lives in Northfield, Minnesota where he teaches at Carleton College. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been a Stegner fellow at Stanford University and a Bennett Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy. His short fiction has appeared in various literary journals, including The Kenyon Review, Fiction, and StoryQuarterly, and has been reprinted in such anthologies as The Pushcart Prizes and The New Generation. He is the author of three novels, The Devil in the Dooryard, The Divine Comedy of John Venner, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, and most recently The Madonna of Las Vegas. His collection of stories—The Law of Miracles, from which “Destroying Herman Yoder” is taken—won the 2010 Juniper Prize and will be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in spring 2011.

Julian Smith-Newman received his BA in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and his MA in Renaissance literature and art at the Warburg Institute, London. He currently lives and writes in Berlin.

D.H. Sutherland’s work has been published in a number of magazines, journals and reviews including: The Midwest Quarterly, The Cortland Review, The American Literary Review, The Adirondack Review, Poetry magazine and others. His work has been awarded a Rhysling Award and a Pushcart Nomination. He latest collection of work, Steel Umbrellas, was published by Archer Books of Santa Rosa, CA and he is busy finalizing a third collection of work he hopes to have out by end of 2011.

Shannon C. Walsh is a poet living in Providence, RI. Her poems and prose can be found at Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Breadcrumb Scabs, ZolandPoetry.comSoundings East (as the featured poet), and the Chamber Four blog. She has just completed a chapbook manuscript called How to Break Up.


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