Welcome to The Legend City Collective, an exploration of literature and art and music and thought through the creations of a gang of like-minded creatives. Our focused goal is to make the world more lovely, and interesting, together.
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
It’s true, that art creates a fever in our blood that is unlike anything else. It makes us poets, lovers, heroes; it also cradles us when we are scared, or devastated, or alone. But more than anything, it allows our hearts and brains to dance synchronous to the beats of our own universes. Art is our everything.
At least, it is to the people creating in this collective. We very much wish you 1000 awesome suns as you journey with us.
C. Aloysius Mariotti was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Arizona. He studied creative writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he listened to a lot of Rush, Radiohead, and PJ Harvey. His work has been featured in Black Bough Poetry, Marias at Sampaguitas, Boston Accent Lit, and Dark Marrow, among others. His first chapbook, SCREAM into my MOUTH as a WATERFALL is out March 2020 with Rhythm & Bones Press. He resides in Massachusetts with his wife Kristen and Westie Bella Francine. He once recorded a stoner rock album, and he’s finishing his first novel, Collapse the Light into Earth.
Holly Pelesky is a lover of spreadsheets, giant sandwiches, and handwritten letters. Her essays have appeared in The Nasiona, Jellyfish Review, and Homology Lit, among other places. Her poems are bound in Quiver: A Sexploration. She once received an MFA from the University of Nebraska and now cobbles together gigs to pay off loans and eke by, refusing to give up this writing life. She lives in Omaha with her two sons.
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Tianna G. Hansen is a writer, editor, & worshipper of the moon. She writes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Tianna founded and runs Rhythm & Bones Press, focused on turning trauma into art, with a growing catalogue of books, quarterly lit mag, and offshoot poetry mag Dark Marrow (co-edited with Paul Rowe – find him below). Her debut poetry collection Undone, Still Whole was released this May and her first three-poet collaboration A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony (a dark fantasy poetic opera) was released in June. Her work has been nominated three times for Best of the Net 2019 and was nominated for Pushcart Prize in 2018. She lives with her husband & cat Stella in PA, daydreaming of traveling the world.
Kari A. Flickinger is a 2019 nominee for Best of the Net, and the Rhysling Award. She is an alumna of UC Berkeley and the Community of Writers. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Rhythm & Bones Press, Menacing Hedge, and The Ekphrastic Review, among others. When she is not writing, she can be found playing her glorious Gibson Hummingbird, and singing to her unreasonably large Highlander cat, Bear.
Find her: @kariflickinger
Stuart Buck is a poet and artist living in North Wales. His debut collection of poetry, Casually Discussing the Infinite, peaked at 89 on Amazon’s World Poetry chart and his second book Become Something Frail was released with Selcouth Station Press in 2019. When he is not writing or reading poetry, he likes to cook, juggle, and listen to music. He suffers terribly from tsundoku – the art of buying copious amounts of books that he will never read.
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Carla Sofia Ferreira is the daughter of Portuguese immigrants and a teacher from Newark, New Jersey. Author of the chapbook Ironbound Fados (Ghost City Press), her poems and book reviews, recent and forthcoming, live in such lit communities as Glass, Cotton Xenomorph, The Rumpus, and The Denver Quarterly. She has received fellowships and scholarships from Winter Tangerine’s workshop at Poets House, Rad(ical) DreamYard Poetry Consortium, and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. Currently, she teaches honors English to freshmxn & English language development to recently arrived immigrants in the Bay Area. She believes in kindness, semicolons, and that ICE needs to be permanently abolished.
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Nadia Gerassimenko is the founding editor of Moonchild Magazine and proofreader at Red Raven Book Design. She is a freelancer in editorial services by trade, a poet and writer by choice, a moonchild and nightdreamer by spirit. Nadia self-published her first chapbook Moonchild Dreams (2015). at the water’s edge is her second chapbook (Rhythm & Bones Press, 2019).
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Paul Rowe is a writer and editor based in a small village north of Boston, Massachusetts. Video games editor at Queen Mob’s Tea House and co-editor of Dark Marrow with Tianna G. Hansen, Paul’s literary criticism, articles, book reviews, interviews, and thoughts on music can be found in Literary Imagination, Literary Matters, minor literature[s], PopMatters, Empty Mirror, Berfrois, and Boston Hassle. Paul’s editorial sensibility, largely indebted to his experience co-editing The Charles River Journal, is seeped in the culture of place and the hybridity of form. Paul is currently focused on his creative writing and embroiled in the process of reworking an article on David Bowie and Romanticism for publication in an upcoming anthology in the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature series.
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Kiley Lee is an artist and writer from Almost Heaven, West Virginia. Her poems have appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic, Ghost City Review, Marias at Sampaguitas, Mojave Heart Review, Animal Heart Press, and Dancing Girl Press among others, and she is currently working on her first chapbook. Her drawings and paintings have been showcased on various online platforms and shown in multiple exhibitions at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, WV. She lives with her family near the majestic Ohio River.
Marisa Silva-Dunbar is a Pushcart nominated poet. Her work has been published in Angelical Ravings, The Same, Amaryllis, Manzano Mountain Review, Bone & Ink Press, Barren Magazine, Dark Marrow, Feminine Collective, Rose Quartz Journal, Awkward Mermaid, Spider Mirror Journal, Mojave He[art] Review, Anti-Heroin Chic Magazine, Redheaded Stepchild, and Gargoyle Magazine, among others (a complete list can be found here.) She graduated from the University of East Anglia with her MA in poetry. Marisa is a contributing writer at Pussy Magic. Marisa is the founder and EIC of Neon Mariposa Magazine.
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Danielle Rose lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their two cats. She is the managing editor of Dovecote Magazine & used to be a boy. Her work can be found in HomologyLit, Luna Luna Magazine, Kissing Dynamite, Third Point Press & elsewhere.
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Micaela Walley is an MFA candidate at the University of Baltimore. Her work can be found in Oracle Fine Arts Review, ENTROPY, Gravel, and Huffpost.
She currently lives in Hanover, Maryland with her best friend—Chunky, the cat.
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