Issue 5 // spring 17 //
"in black & white"


Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. He has published a novel, The Dream Patch, a prose collection, Under a Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, Colombia and Glimmer Train among others. He is currently compiling a book of photography prompts for writers, From Vision to Text.


Claire Dixon lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with her husband and daughter. She attended Montreal’s Concordia University and LSU, studying creative writing at both. She is seeking a home for her first poetry collection while writing her second.

Felicia Mitchell, a native of South Carolina, has lived in rural southwestern Virginia since 1987, where she teaches English and creative writing at Emory & Henry College. Her poems and essays have appeared widely. Waltzing with Horses, a collection of poems, is available from Press 53. Her Words: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Appalachian Women’s Poetry, a book of critical essays and poems that she edited, is available from University of Tennessee Press.


Paul Luikart is an artist and writer living in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Claudia Morales McCain received an MFA in drawing and painting from California State University, Long Beach.  Morales McCain has exhibited her work throughout the United States and abroad including the Torrance Art Museum (CA), The Pacific Design Center (CA), University Art Museum (CA), Arizona State University (AZ), Kohler Arts Center (WI), Alexander Calder Arts Center (MI), United States Embassy, New Zealand, Centro Nacional De Arte (El Salvador). 

Hao Feng is an interdisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of graphic design, painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. A new series of photographs and video. #haolookup (2016), was recently exhibited in New Jersey at LIPS | Gateway Project Spaces, after which Feng will have a solo exhibit in the Amerasia Bank Exhibition Gallery, NY in 2017. Feng’s work has been exhibited at Nails in the Wall, the Gallery at St. Luke, NJ; Emerge Gallery, NY; Gallery Aferro, NJ; Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, NJ. Her work has also been published in numerous magazines including Civilization Magazine (Beijing,China), Globe People Magazine (Beijing,China), and Health Management Magazine (Beijing,China). The print book Olympic Flame illustrates Beijing and Olympic and Beijing have been collected by the National Museum of China and the International Olympic Committee into their permanent collections. Feng received her Master of Fine Art degree from New Jersey City University and her bachelor’s degree from Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, China. She is currently an Art Director at the Sound of Art Studio and lives and works in NYC metro area.

Jamie A. Hughes is a managing editor based in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and two adopted sons. She earned a B.A. in English and B.S.Ed. in secondary education from Valdosta State University and an M.A. in English from the University of North Florida. Her work has been appeared in Christianity Today, CT Women, You Are Here Stories, and Restoration Living.


Twitter: @tousledapostle

Philip McMullen is  an ordained Anglican priest but now pastors a small free-church in the South Wales Valleys (UK). Grappling with art and faith is a matter of importance to him—the renewing of Christian iconography and tradition with the pursuit of excellence are twin concerns. McMullen works both figuratively and in more abstract modes.

Joe Strickland is an artist working within the photographic medium to explore contemporary design by utilizing fundamental visual elements such as line, depth, texture, and balance.  Strickland’s work is exhibited nationally and has been featured in many juried, group, and solo exhibitions.  He is also a featured artist in Rich Community: An Anthology of Appalachian Photographers published by Sapling Grove Press. Originally from North Carolina, Strickland now resides in Bristol, TN.

Jenny (Seymore) Montgomery has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Barrow Street, Tar River, CALYX, Unsplendid, Cleaver, The New York Times, Gathering of the Tribes, and The Cairo Times. Her poetry installations have been shown at galleries in Montana and Washington. She was educated at the Evergreen State College and Columbia University. She resides in Missoula, Montana, where she owns a distillery with her husband, Ryan.


Liam Cawley received his Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Notre Dame in 2015, and now lives and works in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Kirsten Van Mourick received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and then her Post Baccalaureate Degree and Masters of Fine Art in painting at Laguna College of Art and Design in 2013. She currently works from her studio at her home in San Clemente, California.


Markus Egeler Jones graduated from Eastern Kentucky University’s MFA program—the Bluegrass Writer’s Studio. He teaches fiction at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. His poetry and short fiction can be found in a smattering of journals online and in print. His first novel, How the Butcher Bird Finds Her Voice, will be published in 2017 with Five Oaks Press.

Native New Yorker LindaAnn Lo Schiavo is completing her second documentary film on Texas Guinan [1884-1933] and dodging gun-molls in Shubert Alley and in decommissioned speakeasies. To revive her spirits, she puts pen to paper. 101 Fiction, Metamorphose, Measure, Mused, Peacock Journal, Windhover, and Nous are recent credits.



Twitter: @Mae_Westside

Carlye Sherman is an artist, photographer, and a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

C. T. Casberg is a former U.S. Marine Corps cryptologic linguist and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives with his wife and daughter in central Oregon.


Twitter: @ctcasberg

Michael Winters' work as a photographer bounces back and forth between emotionally-driven responses to the found world and constraint-heavy photo walks exploring personal geographies. Michael works as the director of Sojourn Arts, a ministry of Sojourn Church in Louisville, KY and he also runs a print business for artists and photographers, Material Print Shop.  After living in Louisville, KY his for 30 years, he still loves it there and likes to spend time in the parks with his wife and son.

Virginia Barrett’s work has most recently appeared in Poetry of Resistance: A Multicultural Anthology in Response to Arizona SB 1070 (University of Arizona Press), Belle Reve, and Apple Valley Review. She is the editor of two anthologies of contemporary San Francisco poets, including OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement. She is the recipient of a 2017 writer’s residency grant from the Helena Wurlitzer Foundation.



Vincent Wil Hawley has been creating unique metal sculpture and jewelry since 2002. Having received his BFA from the SMFA in Boston, he went on to graduate from the GIA and apprentice in Florence, Italy. He uses hand tools incorporating classical practices: hand engraving and raising/forming techniques. His current work focuses on classical silversmithing in conjunction with Korean finishing details. Vincent currently works out of his studio in NYC and continues to teach in Florence.

David Fuller is a traveler, student, senior adult, reader, writer and old-fashioned rudimental drummer. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, first coming of age in the ‘50s and ‘60s. He has been married for forty-four years and has two sons and three amazing grand-girls.



Twitter: @aboutPOPS



Original Call for Entries


The phrase in black and white calls to mind a bygone age: silent film, colorless TV, the timeworn photographs that surface after an ancestor’s passing. As they relate to light and color, black and white are opposites; placed side by side, then, they create lines of sharp contrast. That’s why we say a moral or legal issue is “black and white” when we mean the boundaries between right and wrong, or legal and illegal, are clearly demarcated. Of course the words black and white also operate as racial markers, terms that classify and divide and inevitably bear the residue of America’s history of racial injustice. 

But all these usages can obscure more than they reveal. We perceive an object as black when it absorbs all colors of the light spectrum, as white when it reflects them all. In the context of TV or film or photography, “black and white” actually refers to a panoply of grays, gradations of shading too subtle and numerous to separate. Our most perplexing moral and legal questions likewise exist in shades of gray. And racial and ethnic identity in America are seldom as simple as “black” or “white”—witness the growing numbers of Americans who check more than one box on the relevant US Census question. The contrast is not as sharp as has been historically represented, our selves a blur of grays as various as any black and white photograph.

For Issue 5 of Ink & Letters, we invite artists and writers to engage with the theme “In Black & White.” The submission deadline for this issue is Friday, February 10; see below for guidelines. We welcome approaches to the theme as broad and varied as possible from a range of contributors as diverse as possible. And as you might have guessed by now, the issue will be printed in black and white. 

—Brent Newsom, Letters Editor