Fiction: Patrick Kelling is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. He graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado in 2008, where he was an editor for Square One literary magazine. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and to Best New American Voices.
Poetry: Adam Van Alstyne spent some time in Pueblo, before spending some time in Boulder, and now spends his time in Littleton. He works as a tester, freelance writer, editor, and gardener. Adam was Mayor of Avondale for seven years before losing the coat in 2010. He reads too much news, drinks too much coffee, and only hears the drum beats.
Flash Fiction: Jenna Park graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in Biology and Cognitive Neuroscience, of all things. Jenna writes flash fiction and screenplays; her work has been published more than once on her mother’s refrigerator. Beyond writing, her favorite things are rock climbing, cycling, and big dogs. Jenna resides in Los Angeles, pursuing her MFA in Screenwriting.
Visual Art: Virginia Mallon is a New York artist working in painting and photography. A graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, she apprenticed with Indian Space artist Robert Barrell, and later taught the children’s art class at his Forest Park School of Art. Currently working out of a studio in a small wetland community called Crab Meadow, her art incorporates influences of the Arte Povera moment of the 1960s.
Photographer: Megan, known to some as Meg-nesium Sulfate, graces the offices of Gambling the Aisle as our staff photographer. Megan’s work has been praised in the Denver art world and has most recently been featured at the Von Tornow Gallery.
Sydney Jones hails from Carnegie, Nebraska but defected to Denver where he studies all forms of writing including tax returns, Chinese restaurant menus, and the backs of cereal boxes at abnormal hours and in varying degrees of sobriety. When he isn’t recovering from such intellectual excursions he is busy navigating (/fleeing) the complexities of his bosses’ personalities and pondering the laws of cooking at altitude.
Andrew Cannon was raised on a livestock farm outside of Edmond, Oklahoma. He is the son of a Baptist minister and an obstetrician’s assistant. When he is not playing with his band “Sexy Jeff and the Merritones” he can be found with foil in hand, because he is an excellent and accomplished fencer. Really.