New Poem in Noctua Review


I recently received word from Meg Cowen, editor extraordinaire (and damn fine painter!) that the new issue of Noctua Review is released now as a free PDF. It contains “Midnight in the Dream Museum”, a poem written a few summers ago in Edinburgh, Scotland after visiting the National Museum there and being entranced by a chamber full of busts. Later in my imagination, they transformed around me and became the stuff of dreams. The poem is finally out, and I look forward to getting my print copy soon.

From the editors:
Not enough summer reading, you say? Noctua ’13 is now live. If you like good old-fashioned print copies, fear not–we’re awaiting a delivery and will be offering them soon. We hope you enjoy!

Here it is!
Click to download Noctua Review 2013 PDF Print copies will be available for purchase shortly. We are proud of the fine work in this issue and grateful for the patience and support from our talented…



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New Poem in Stone Highway Review

While I was in China, Stone Highway Review published a new poem of mine in its latest issue, the second time I’ve had the good fortune to publish with them. Here is the link; the issue is available as a PDF.


Winner of Redivider Journal’s AWP Poetry Contest


While I was in China, I got an email from the editors at Redivider, Emerson College’s lit magazine, that a piece I submitted to their contest got picked up for publication–winning their AWP Quickie Contest at the Association of Writing Programs’ Conference in Boston back in February. Funny, but the news came just a day or so after I found the poem on my iPad, having totally forgotten about submitting it, and began tinkering with it to pass the time as we drove through the low fields of the Chinese countryside. I am very much looking forward to seeing this work in print this winter. Even better, the poem was selected by R. Dwayne Betts, an amazing poet and essayist and a national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, not to mention a recipient of an NAACP Image Award. Wow! Extremely grateful!

From Redivider:
“Congratulations to our AWP Quickie Contest winner Kelly McQuain whose poem “Camping As Boys in the Cow Field” will be published in issue 11.1!”


I’m reading at the Rosemont Writers Retreat, Wed. 6/26/13

7:30 PM Gracemere Great Room, 1316 Wendover Rd. Rosemont PA 19010

Wed. 6/26/13

Each program will run for approximately an hour and will opportunities for audience Q & A. For additional information please contact Carla Spataro at cspataro

Marc Schuster is the author of The Grievers, The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl, Don DeLillo, Jean Baudrillard, and the Consumer Conundrum, and, with Tom Powers, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: The Discerning Fan’s Guide to Doctor Who. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals ranging from Weird Tales to Reader’s Digest. He teaches writing and literature courses at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Marc is also the editor of Small Press Reviews and a contributing editor for Shelf Unbound. His random thoughts and musings are available on his blog, Abominations.

Kelly McQuain’s poems have been featured on National Public Radio and in such journals as The Pinch, Painted Bride Quarterly, Apiary, Mixtape, Mead, Paper Nautilus, and Assaracus. His work has been nominated for Best New American Poets, Best of the Net, and a Pushcart Prize. His short stories have been anthologized over a dozen times. He teaches creative writing at Community College of Philadelphia and writes columns on city life for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Learn more at You can read one of his poems at:

Autumn Konopka has an MFA in poetry from Antioch University. She is a writing teacher, amateur baker, and stay at home mom. Her poems have appeared in Literary Mama, Philadelphia Stories, the Mad Poets Review, the Schuylkill Valley Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and others. She lives in Glenside with her husband, two wee crazy kiddos, and one ornery cat.

Ethel Rackin is the author of the poetry collection The Forever Notes, published by Parlor Press in 2012. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Court Green, Evergreen Review, Poetry East, Verse Daily, and Volt. She earned her MFA from Bard College and her PhD in English literature from Princeton University. She has taught at Penn State Brandywine, Haverford College, and Bucks County Community College, where she is currently an assistant professor.