Blue Bonnet Review

A Literary Journal Featuring Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction by Talented Writers Around the Globe

A literary journal featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by writers around the globe. 

Jim Zola

Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children's librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include a chapbook - The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) - and a full length poetry collection - What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, NC.

Read Jim's poems "The Sadness of Wrens" and "Separation" here. 

Abigail Uhrick

Abigail Uhrick has worked as a technology consultant for a defense contractor, an editor for a niche publisher, and an instructor of business, technical, rhetorical, and creative writing at colleges in California and Michigan. She currently teaches English and Humanities online. Her work has been published in Hawai’i Pacific Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Axolotl, 4ink7, and is forthcoming in Talking Writing.  

Read Uhrick's poems "War Machine" and "Last Storm" here. 

Joseph Buehler

Buehler has had over forty poems published in magazines such as The Tower Journal, The Write Room, Turk's Head Review, Two Cities Review, East End Elements, Theodate, Common Ground Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Bumble Jacket Miscellany, Defenestration, Mad Swirl, Unbroken and elsewhere.

Read Buehler's poem "Bad To The Last" here


Marquesa Rotuski

 Marquesa Rotuski is a freelance writer who originates from Philadelphia but currently resides in Seattle, WA. She is passionate about leather jackets, lyrical sentences and Led Zeppelin.

Rotuski's poems "Confessional" and "Ashes" were selected as top ten finalists for Blue Bonnet Review's Fall Poetry Contest.

Jude Hoffman

Jude Hoffman practices Marriage and Family Therapy in California. He runs one of the country's only brief poetry therapy groups. He aims to write in a way that strips away the rules and expectations of what poetry should be. His poetry is improvisational, and does not go through much of an editing process after it’s written. His hope is that his style of poetry will begin to provide whatever catharsis the reader is looking for.

Hoffman is a top ten finalist of Blue Bonnet Review's Fall Poetry Contest for his poem "Music and IV's."

Chera Hammons

Chera Hammons is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Goddard College. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Connotation Press, Rattle, Sugar House Review, Tar River Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among other fine journals. Her chapbook Amaranthine Hour received the 2012 Jacar Press Chapbook Award, and a full-length manuscript, Recycled Explosions, is forthcoming from Ink Brush Press. She is a member of the editorial board of poetry journal One. She lives in Amarillo, TX and teaches at Clarendon College.

Chera is one Blue Bonnet Review's Fall Poetry Contest top ten finalist for her poem "The Day I Bought a Gun." 


In addition to blogging at, m.nicole.r.wildhood's work has appeared in The Atticus ReviewBallard's Journal of Street Poetry and elsewhere. She has been a saxophone player and registered scuba diver for over half her life and currently writes for Seattle’s street newspaper Real Change. She is at work on a novel and a full-length volume of poetry.

m.nicole.r.wildhood is one of Blue Bonnet Review's Fall Poetry Contest top ten finalists for her poem "Clay".

Christopher Grosso

Christopher Grosso is the author of the suspense novels "MAULED" and "Mouth to God's Ear."  His poetry has most recently appeared in Caesura, Apiary Magazine and HOOT and is forthcoming in 3 Elements Review.  He has an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College, but resides outside of Philadelphia where he is the Director of Leadership Communications at Cabrini College.

Christopher's poems were selected as top ten finalists for Blue Bonnet Review's Fall Poetry Contest. Read "Penmanship" and "Sermon Making" here.

Leah Angstman

Leah Angstman is a transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore. Recently, she won the Loudoun Library Foundation Poetry Contest and Nantucket Directory Poetry Contest and was a placed finalist in the Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction (Washington & Lee University) and Pen 2 Paper Writing Competition (in both Poetry and Fiction categories). She serves as Editor-in-Chief of Alternating Current Press, and her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Los Angeles Review of BooksTupelo QuarterlyMidwestern GothicAtticus Review, and Shenandoah. She can be found at

Leah is one of the top ten finalists of Blue Bonnet Review's Fall Poetry Contest. Read her poem "Step into this photograph with me" here. 

Mark J. Mitchell

Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock and Barbara Hull. His work and anthologies have appeared in various periodicals over the last thirty five years. It has also been nominated for both Pushcart Prizes and The Best of the Net.  Good Poems, American Places,Hunger Enough, Retail Woes and Line Drives.  Two full length collections are in the works: Lent 1999 is coming soon from Leaf Garden Press and This Twilight World will be published by Popcorn Press. His chapbook, Three Visitors has recently been published by Negative Capability PressArtifacts and Relics, another chapbook, is forthcoming from Folded Word and his novel, Knight Prisoner, was recently published by Vagabondage Press and a another novel, A Book of Lost Songs is coming soon from Wild Child Publishing. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the documentarion and filmmaker Joan Juster.

Read Mark's poem "A Tale of Hands" here

Howard Winn

Howard Winn’s fiction and poetry, has been published recently by such journals as Dalhousie Review, Taj Mahal Review (India), Galway Review (Ireland),  Antigonish Review, Southern Humanities Review ,Chaffin Review, Thin Air Literary Journal, and Futures Trading Literary Journal.  He has a B. A. from Vassar College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Stanford University. He is a SUNY faculty member.  

Read Howard's poem "Survivor" here. 

Alan Catlin

Alan Catlin has been publishing for five decades which often makes him feel older than he actually is.  His work has appeared in a diverse variety of journals from the well known university and college publications, to the totally unknown, obscure, late and lamented, long lost publications.  His next forthcoming chapbook of poetry is Beautiful Mutants from Night Ballet Press.

Read Alan's poem "These Barren Fields in Late Summer" here

Michael P. McManus

Michael McManus's poems and short stories have appeared in numerous publications including Louisiana Literature, Mallpais Review, Texas Review, Atlanta Review, Rattle, Prism International, The MacGuffin, Pennsylvania Review, The Dublin Quarterly, Burnside Review, and O-Dark-Thirty, among others. He is the recipient of an Artist Fellowship Award from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. His poetry has received Pushcart Prize nominations as well as The Virginia Award and The Oceans Prize.   Michael attended Penn State University and is a Navy veteran.

Read Michael's poem Bipolar, My Schizophrenic Molar, and Hemingway’s Last Dance here



Holly Day

Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Oyez Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle, while her recently published books include Music Theory for Dummies (3rd edition), Piano All-in-One for Dummies, The Book Of, and Nordeast Minneapolis: A History.  

Read Holly's poem "Conceit" here

Bradley Mason Hamlin

Bradley Mason Hamlin is an American writer, veteran of the United States Navy, and alumni of the University of California, where poet Gary Snyder dubbed Hamlin “The Road Warrior of Poetry!”Hamlin was born in Los Angeles and currently lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, kids, and wild cats. He is the editor of Zero Percent Magazine and his latest book of poems, California Blonde, is available from Black Shark Press.

Read Bradley's poem "Dee Dee's A Dead Punk Rocker" here.