C4: Issue #3


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The third issue of Chamber Four’s new literary magazine features even newer fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by award winners and first-timers alike. This time we added a play and some audio too. 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.



Gonzo Station ― Brian Bahouth

Employee Handbook ― Martin Barkley

Thrift ― Scott Dominic Carpenter

Por la Noche ― Aj Ferguson

Poison Girl ― F. Dianne Harris

Brazos ― John H. Maher

Bug Bar ― Zana Previti

The Permanence of Objects ― Elizabeth Helen Spencer

Apocalyptic Butter ― Brandi Wells



Ideal Conditions ― Kerry Headley

The Road to Angst ― Jim McGarrah

Back to France ― Mark Spitzer

How to Crochet ― Vivian Wagner



“Unprecedented” and “Maritime” ― Joshua Burns

“Ghost-Pressing-On-Body” and “Let No Sleeper Betray You” ― Chloe N. Clark

“Large Format” and “Deconstruction Applies to Everyone” ― William Doreski

“Bones” ― Yorgo L. Douramacos

“Sherman Alexie Won’t Let Me Be Indian” ― Derek Frazier

“Pride” and “Cosmosis” ― Dorothy Alice Kilroy

“Comfort Me, But Not With Apples” and “An Apology” ― Elizabeth Langemak

“Nantucket” and “Saigon” ― Brian Nicolet

“The Book of Knots” and “I Must Make More” ― TJ O’Donnell

“The Why of Death” ― Ken Poyner

“Colca Canyon,” “Confort,” and “Christmas in Brazil” ― Stephen Rosenshein

“Poetry is the First Sign of Spring” and “Pine Grove at Weir Hill” ― Patricia Roy

“The Darkness Game” ― Jeffrey Tucker

“The Chief’s Pillows” and “The Wedding Dance” ― Bill Wolak



In Elsinore ― John Byrne

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

Brian Bahouth is a longtime public radio reporter, on-air host and short story writer.  He has been adapting his fiction to audio since 1999, and from his studio in Reno, Nevada, he continues to study how crafted sounds, musical elements, and spoken words combine to create meaning. Brian also produces My Audio Universe – a literary magazine of sound.
Here is a link to my site:  http://brianbahouth.com/

Martin Barkley lives in Austin, Texas. He writes fiction mainly because he refuses to work for labor pimps anymore. His wife Dee has played along so far. Martin was a finalist in the 2012 Texas Observer Short Story Prize, and he has stories scheduled to appear this winter in The Threepenny Review and the Good Men Project.

Joshua Burns owes a lot to William & Mary, especially for his previous publication in The Gallery and indirectly for his forthcoming publication in elimae and for his other poem about commercials at fortunates.org.  His artistic sensibilities would not exist were it not for his roommates including those who stayed only a week, his teachers, or his roommate’s hardcore T-shirts.  He intends to repay them all by maintaining a good publishing record and pursuing an MFA at whichever of the many locations that accepts his highly anticipated application.

John Byrne lives in Albany, Oregon, with his wife, Cheryl, an artist, and their high school age daughter, Sean Marie.  He writes short plays, some of which have been staged in New York City (off, off Broadway); Fremont, California; Seattle; Independence, Missouri; and locally in Albany and Corvallis, Oregon.  He also writes short stories and short poems which have appeared in a wide variety of print and internet journals and in two anthologies with a third on its way.  He volunteers in local schools to help with poetry and theater and he maintains a web site for local student art and writing (www.linncountykidscreate.org)

Scott Dominic Carpenter was born in Minneapolis but grew up on the move. After proving himself ill-suited to mining, factory work and other forms of hard labor, he took refuge in libraries and classrooms, many of them located in Madison, Wisconsin. Now a professor of literature and literary theory at Carleton College (MN), he also commits acts of fiction, examples of which have appeared in such venues as Atticus Review, Ducts, Midwestern Gothic, The MacGuffin, Prime Number, Spilling Ink, and many others. A Pushcart prize nominee and a semi-finalist for the MVP competition from New Rivers Press, he will soon release a collection of short stories (This Jealous Earth, MG Press, January 2013) as well as a debut novel (Theory of Remainders, Winter Goose Publishing, June 2013). His website is located at: http://www.sdcarpenter.com.

Chloe N. Clark‘s work has appeared or is forthcoming from Prick of the Spindle, Rosebud, and Weird Tales among other publications. In her free time she works at attaining the self-proclaimed title of world’s best cupcake maker and studies the history of magicians.

While music has played the driving force in his business career, Otha “Vakseen” Davis III’s passion for the arts has served as his key to sanity in the fast-paced entertainment industry. Drawing inspiration from women, relationships,  emotions, music and the African American experience, his mixed medium paintings have been sold to collectors and art enthusiasts throughout Los Angeles and the Southeast region of the U.S. With only a few months under his belt on the Los Angeles art scene, Otha has showcased his art at the Noho Art Gallery, The Key Club, The Holding Co. Studios, Media Temple Studios and the Rochester Art House, amongst others. He also just closed a month and a half solo exhibition at the Emerging Art Scene Gallery in Atlanta, GA. To view more of Otha’s work, visit Vakseen.com.

William Doreski teaches at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent books of poetry are City of Palms and June Snow Dance, both 2012. He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors.  His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Atlanta Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Worcester Review, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, and  Natural Bridge.

Yorgo L. Douramacos is a 30ish writer/janitor/filmmaker from central Indiana. He writes regularly for invisiblevanguard.com as Lucky the Tourist.

Aj Ferguson makes his home in South Florida and spends most of his free time working on a novel-in-progress. He’s worked as a telemarketer, a line cook, a bouncer, a timber cruiser, a mortgage broker, and various other jobs on both the left and right coast and points in between.

Derek Frazier is a polymath with degrees in ecology (BS), visual art (BA) and literature (MA).  He worked for too many years as an environmental consultant in Dallas before splitting for the Piney Woods of East Texas, where he makes art and writes in- well, not in peace, but something between it and boredom. He gathers inspiration and literary fortitude from the raccoons that live outside his bedroom window and the treefrogs that optimistically peep all night long.

F. Dianne Harris is an artist and writer who lives in Houston, Texas with three cats and a collection of rubber ducks. She recently took up writing after a 10-year hiatus prior to which her fiction and poetry appeared in The Ledge, Poetry Motel, Bayousphere, Buffalo Press and Iowa Woman amongst other publications.

Kerry Headley‘s work has appeared in The Rumpus and Tawdry Bawdry. She writes and teaches in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Dorothy Alice Kilroy is a writer, singer and aspiring musician from New York City. She has been writing stories, poetry, songs, and more since she was just learning how to hold a pen. Recently, she has studied writing in Boston and New York. Aside from writing and music, she is fascinated by and passionate about art, film, photography, feminism, psychology and the supernatural.

Elizabeth Langemak lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

John H. Maher is a graduate of Skidmore College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in both English and history. He is the recipient of the 2012 Frances Steloff Poetry Prize, and his poems have been acclaimed by Mark Wunderlich as being “sharp, short, and striking, notable for their control and their certainty. I admire the endings of the poems in particular, with their modest flourishes, their brandished daggers.” His poetry, fiction, and essays have been featured in The Midwest Coast Review, Magnapoets, The Adirondack Review, and Red Lemonade. He lives on Long Island.

Jim McGarrah‘s poems and essays have appeared most recently or are forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Breakwater, Café Review, Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, Elixir Magazine, GreenBriar Review, and North American Review. He is the author of two books of poetry, Running the Voodoo Down, which won a book award from Elixir Press in 2003 and When the Stars Go Dark, which became part of Main Street Rag’s Select Poetry Series in 2009. He has also written a memoir of the Vietnam War entitled A Temporary Sort of Peace (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007) that won the Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Nonfiction and The End of an Era, a nonfiction account of life in the American counter-culture during the 1960’s and 1970’s, published in 2011 by Ink Brush Press. McGarrah has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a finalist twice in the James Hearst Poetry Contest. He is editor, along with Tom Watson, of Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana. Any of McGarrah’s books may be ordered from your local bookstore or purchased online at Amazon. Barnes & Noble, or Powell’s Books.

Geoffrey Miller is a lecturer of composition currently teaching at Qatar University. His most recent publications are “Hannul 005” (cover) Corvus Issue 4, Summer 2012, “Indifference 002” (cover) Crack the Spine Issue 37, “Ominous Fear” (series) Kartika Review Issue 13, Summer 2012, “Blue Tea Girl 008” (cover) Crack the Spine Issue 36, “Kyoung Bok Palace 004” (cover) Willows Wept Review Winter 2012, “Ascension” (short fiction) Stepping Stone Magazine May 2012, “Worldly Temptation – 005” (photography) Existere Journal of Arts and Literature Vol. 33 No. 2, “Hanoi – Dissemination” (series) Superstition Review Vol. 9, “On a Balcony in Cusco – 008” (photography) THIS Literary Magazine Vol. 14, “Manila” (short fiction) in Anok Sastra Vol. 6, “Motionless Movement” (series) Cha: An Asian Literary Journal Vol. 15 and “Istanbul” (series) Quarterly Literary Review Singapore Vol. 10 No. 4. His photography series “The Streets of Sri Lanka” is in the Prick of the Spindle Online Gallery.

Brian Nicolet also has an MFA and stuff. He is an academic mentor and writing tutor for student-athletes at the University of Texas. His chapbook Ode to a Means to an End was a semi-finalist for a contest a year ago, but no one ever told him. It’s okay, he didn’t win anyway. His poems and reviews have appeared in places like Subtropics, Colorado Review, New South, Gulf Coast, and here.

TJ O’Donnell holds an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His work has most recently appeared at Four Ties Lit Review, Fortunates, Cirque, Banjo Newsletter and is forthcoming from Dinosaur Bees and Whistling Fire. When he’s not teaching first graders to read, he plays upright bass in a bluegrass band.

Ken Poyner labors by day as an information management specialist; he splits his remaining time between writing, and acting as eye-candy at his wife’s power lifting meets.  He has published often during the last 40 years, most recently in Menacing HedgeCoriumEclecticaThe Adirondack ReviewPoet Lore, and a few dozen other places.  He and his wife live in the lower right hand corner of Virginia with five rescue cats and one fierce fish.

Zana Previti was born and raised in New England, and just wrapped up her MFA at the University of California, Irvine. Her most recent fiction can be found in the New England Review, The Master’s Review, and is forthcoming from Northwind Magazine. She lives in Oakland, California, and teaches kids about monsters.

Stephen Rosenshein is originally from Seattle and a recent graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at San Francisco State University. Winner of the Mark Linenthal Award and former editor of Fourteen Hills Literary Magazine, Stephen’s translations and poetry have appeared or are due to appear in NAP, International Poetry Review, Emerge, Cold Noon and more.

Patricia Roy is a freelance writer, professor, and poet in the Boston area. Her poetry has appeared in The Aurorean and Goblin Fruit. She maintains two blogs and tries to be creative with both chef’s knife and pen. For balance and sanity, she also loves Zumba, snowshoeing, and howling at the moon.

Elizabeth Helen Spencer graduated from the Creative Writing program at Temple University. In addition to writing fiction her interests include Bikram yoga, animal rescue, and travel. She teaches writing and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three cats. “The Permanence of Objects” is her first published story.

Mark Spitzer is the author of nineteen books ranging from novels to literary translations to poetry to a study of the ferocious gar fish. In his Bohemian days, Mark was Writer in Residence at the infamous Paris bookstore Shakespeare and Company, but he now lives in Arkansas where he is an associate professor of creative writing and the Editor in Chief of the literary journal Toad Suck Review. Check out sptzr.net for more info.

Jeffrey Tucker, a graduate of The Center for writers at The University of Southern Mississippi, teaches creative writing at Hampton University in Virginia.  His work has previously appeared in Inscape, Poetry South, Tapestry, Mason’s Road, and elsewhere.  He is currently finding a home for his first full-length collection of poems, Kill February.

Vivian Wagner teaches journalism at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Pinch, O, The Oprah Magazine, Entrepreneur, and many other publications, and she is the author of Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel-Kensington, 2010).

Brandi Wells is Managing Editor of The Black Warrior Review and a web editor at Hobart. She is the author of Please Don’t Be Upset (Tiny Hardcore Press) and Poisonhorse (Nephew, an imprint of Mudluscious Press). Her writing can be found in Salamander, Mid-American Review, Gargoyle, Forklift Ohio, 14 Hills and many other journals.

Bill Wolak is a poet who has just published his fourth book of poetry entitled Warming the Mirror with The Feral Press.  He is currently working on a translation of the Italian poet Annelisa Addolorato with Maria Bennett.  Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

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