Bacopa Literary Review 2016 is the 7th annual volume of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction by authors from around the globe, $10, 215 pages, 60 works. To order, click on Amazon.


COVER ART WINNER: Christy Sheffield Sanford


Jeffrey Alfier
Kelli Allen
Tina Barry
Sheryl Clough
Elizabeth Garcia
Lynn Geri
Deborah Guzzi
Alex Andrew Hughes
Eve Jones
Gloria Keeley
Craig Kurtz
Sneha Madhavan-Reese
Shahé Mankerian
Leslie Anne Mcilroy, Runner-Up
Ivan de Monbrison
Jenneh Montgomery
Keith Moul
Shannon Nakai
Jeremiah O’Hagan
S. E. Page
Tim Philippart
Nola Propst
Catherine Rankovic
Cynthia A. Roby
Marian Kaplun Shapiro
Ciara Shuttleworth
Steven Ray Smith
David Stallings
Jacob Trask
Bill Waters
Michael Dylan Welch
Laura Madeline Wiseman
Carolyne Wright, First Place



Michael Allard
Afia Atakora, First Place
Evan Guilford-Blake
Stephanie Hutton
Stephen Malloy
Joseph Saling, Runner-Up
Bob Shar
Stan Lee Werlin


Laura Bernstein-Machlay
Sarah Bigham
Sarina Bosco
Leone Brander
Jessica Conoley, First Place
Heather Durham
Rebecca Ruth Gould
Heather Heckman-McKenna
Janet Parsons Mackey
Valerie Marcley
Debra Burks Hori, Runner-Up
Margo Amanda Canupp Mendoza
Chido Muchemwa
Kathryn Paulsen
Michael Farrell Smith
Jessica Wedemeyer
Sarah Wolfgang
Jennifer Young

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

“The Crooked Man” (fiction), by Afia Atakora
Afia Atakora is currently earning her MFA at Columbia University. She lives in Avenel, New Jersey, where she is at work on a novel about a reconstruction-era midwife.

“Sestina: That mouth . . .” (poetry), by Carolyne Wright
Carolyne Wright‘s most recent book is the anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press, 2015). This anthology is the recipient of ten Pushcart Prize nominations and is a finalist in The Foreword Review‘s Book of the Year Awards. Wright has nine other poetry volumes and five volumes of poetry in translation, and received a Pushcart Prize in 2010. Since 2005, when she returned to her native Seattle, she has taught for the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program and for Richard Hugo House.

“Life of a Scion watched too tightly Against its nature” (poetry), by Lynn Geri
Lynn Geri waited until she was into her seventh decade to take up the study of poetry. She has become deeply engaged with the beauty and romance of language. Lynn lives in a forest on Whidbey Island, in Washington State’s Puget Sound. She is also to be published in the Sonora Review.

“–the Speed of Grass—the Speed of Us” (creative nonfiction), by Michael Farrell Smith
Michael Farrell Smith’s work has been published in Tin House, New Delta Review, Booth, and elsewhere. His nonfiction piece in Bacopa Literary Review 2016 is experimental nonfiction–a memoir of 1/60th of one second. A sentence fragment about a fragment of life. A memoir of the time it takes to snap a photo.

“A Clothesline Meditation” (creative nonfiction), by Debra Burks Hori
Debra Burks Hori’s work has been published or is forthcoming in This I Believe, Crack the Spine, The Penmen Review, Silver Birch Press, and The Los Angeles Times Health Section. When her husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Debra wrote to comfort herself; she continues her writing to share our universal experience of grief. She is an Educational Therapist in private practice, a parent, and is owned by two cats.

Editorial Board

Mary Bast, PhD, Editor in Chief
A former Nonfiction Editor of Bacopa Literary Review, Mary Bast has edited MFA and PhD theses, memoirs, and novels. A frequent contributor to Bacopa’s Editors’ Blog, she also maintains several work-related blogs for her Out of the Box Coaching business. Mary’s creative writing has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, and she has published five coaching books, two poetry collections, two found poetry collections, and a memoir. She’s also an artist.

Susie Baxter, Associate Editor
Susie Baxter majored in art and worked as a graphic designer before switching careers. As an acquisitions editor and publisher for a health-science publishing house in St. Louis, she recruited physicians to write clinical reference books. Now passionate about preserving one’s life experiences, she teaches memoir writing in Santa Fe’s Enrich program. A fifth-generation Floridian, she published C.G. and Ethel: A Family History in 2008 and is now working on a memoir that focuses on her rural North Florida childhood.

Mary Wood Bridgman, Managing Editor
A lawyer and former corporate executive, Mary Bridgman recently completed her first cozy mystery, Home is Where the Homicide Is. Her professional writing has appeared in national, regional, and local publications, from Chicken Soup for the Soul to The Bradford County Telegraph. Mary has won honors from Writer’s Digest, the Florida Writers’ Association, and the Sandhills Writers’ Conference. She has taught writing courses at the University of North Florida and she frequently contributed to WJCT 89.9 FM in Jacksonville.

U. R. Bowie, PhD, Fiction Editor
U. R. Bowie taught Russian language, literature, and culture for thirty years at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has published eight books, including four works of creative literary fiction available at He has volunteered for the Red Cross/Red Crescent Society in Ukraine, Belarus, and Central Asia, consulted with American entrepreneurs seeking business with the Russian Federation, and taught as a Fulbright Scholar at Novgorod State University, in Great Novgorod, Russia. His blog is U.R. Bowie on Russian Literature.

Rick Sapp, PhD, Creative Nonfiction Editor
Rick Sapp shunned the academic establishment in anthropology for a life of journalism, travel, and freelance writing. Since selling his first story in 1980 — for the astonishing sum of $100 — he has worked as a newspaper and magazine editor. As a full-time freelancer for nearly twenty years, he has written more than forty books for a variety of U.S., Canadian, and English publishers on subjects as diverse as the history of firearms, a travel guide for Florida cyclists, the evolution of the wristwatch, and urban redevelopment.

Kaye Linden, Poetry Editor
From Sydney, Australia, Kaye Linden is a registered nurse with an MFA in fiction and is now studying for another MFA in multiple genre writing and poetry. She is past Editor-in-Chief and Short Fiction Editor of Bacopa Literary Review, teacher of short fiction at Santa Fe College, Assistant Editor for Soundings Review, previous judge for Spark Anthology, and Medical Editor for “epresent learning lecture reviews.” Kaye’s publications are extensive and include many honors and awards. One of her prose poems in “A Shaman Goes Walkabout” from Tales from Ma’s Watering Hole, first published in The Linnet’s Wings print edition 2011, was nominated that year for a Pushcart Prize. Kaye writes in all genres but especially loves to experiment in flash memoir, prose poetry, and haiku.