Anthology Authors

Swallow Publishing in collaboration with Mythic Picnic has selected 32 authors to contribute to an anthology about gun violence in America. The contributing authors are: Jennifer Russon, Kathy Fish, Sherry Morris, Ruth Sabath Rosenthal, Robert Nelis, Ray DiZazzo, Philip Brent, Monique Hugo, Mike Baldwin, Martha Patterson, Marie Anderson, Lindsey Byars, Laura Rodley, Kelly Hayes-Raitt, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Justin Short, Annie Dawid, Jen Karetnick, Janet M. Powers, Hardarshan Singh Valia, Gerard Sernat, Fabiyas M V, Dina Friedman, David Cody, Cynthia Graee, Cynthia Close, Christine Whitlock, Cate Mcgowan, Carlton Herzog, Steve Sibra.

Dr. Nigel L. Walker

Dr. Nigel L. Walker was born February 13, 1980, to David and Jacqueline Walker. He was born and raised in Eufaula, AL, along with seven brothers and sisters. Jacqueline raised all eight children as a single mother in the public housing projects throughout his childhood. He began writing at an early age, and published his first poetry book in 2004. Dr. Walker earned his B.A., M.Ed., and Ed.S. in education at LaGrange College and his Doctorate at Columbus State University. Dr. Walker has developed a career as an educator/consultant, author, speaker, and performer. He currently serves as a high school assistant principal. He is a member of the Great Black Speakers Bureau and owner of WILL Educational Services, LLC. He is also member of the alternative hip hop recording group, Hypoetically Speaking. He currently resides in LaGrange, GA with his wife, Irene and four daughters, Emily, Claudia, Leah, and Lydia.

Erin Evans

Erin Evans lives in Salt Lake City, UT and works in Park City where she has been a host for a local television station. She has interviewed Jane Fonda, Jim Parsons, Claire Danes and many other celebrities during the Sundance Film Festival. After both her parents passed from cancer within 18 months of one another and her sister’s battle with a drug addiction she wrote a book about her experience in hopes that it will help others going through a similar situation. "There Are Fairies at the Bottom of Our Garden" is now available at several online retailers internationally.

Fabiyas M V

Fabiyas M V is a writer from Orumanayur village in Kerala, India. He is the author of Monsoon Turbulence (Poetry Nook, United States), Shelter within the Peanut Shells (Red Cherry Books, India), Kanoli Kaleidoscope (PunksWritePoemsPress, United States), Eternal Fragments (Erbacce Press, UK), Stringless Lives (Budding Light Press, Australia), Moonlight and Solitude (Raspberry Books, India). His fiction and poetry have appeared in several anthologies, magazines, and journals. Westerly (Western Australian University), British Council, Hawaii Review (University of Hawaii), Red Coyote (University of South Dakota), Noctua Review (Southern Connecticut State University), Rathalla Review (Rosemont College), Event (Douglas College), Forward Poetry, Off the Coast, Silver Blade, Pear Tree Press, Poetry Nook, Zoetic Press, Zimbell House Publishing, Typehouse, Structo, Encircle Publications, Lumpen, Shooter, Nous, Evening Street Review, The Curlew, Alban Lake, Verbal Art, Tower Poetry, Chiltern Arts, Anima, Of Nepalese Clay, Malevolent Soap, Qommunicate Publishing, the Elephant, BFP Books, Slice Of The Moon Books, Stillpoint Magazine, Kansas City Voices, Portmanteau, Pendle War Poetry and Creative Writing Ink are some of his publishers. He has won many international accolades including Merseyside at War Poetry Award from Liverpool University; Lest We Forget Poetry Prize from Auckland War Memorial Museum; and Animal Poetry Prize 2012 from RSPCA (Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelties against Animals, UK). He was the finalist for Global Poetry Prize 2015 by the United Poets Laureate International (UPLI) in Vienna. His poems have been broadcast on All India Radio. Poetry Nook and The Literary Hatchet have nominated him for the Pushcart Prize. He has been working as a teacher in English at Gov. Higher Secondary School, Maranchery in Kerala. His spouse is Ajina, and daughters are Mehna and Isha.

Jennifer Russon

Jennifer Russon is a reporter, covering news in Coral Springs, Florida, where she lives with her family. Food editor at, her freelance work also includes ghostwriting. Persephone Underground is Jennifer's third published novel, and the stand alone sequel to A Forest Full of Roses; a third book in this trilogy, Runningwolf & the Roses, is planned for release in 2021. Valeria's Passport, a romantic comedy, was published in 2018.

Martha McCray Wallace

Martha McCray Wallace was born in Cleveland Ohio, and currently resides in Clarkston, Georgia. A self-described contented mother of five heartbeats and Nana of eight grandangels, Martha is the recipient of the 2013 Helen Friese/Village Writers Award for her poem Will's House. She graduated from Georgia Perimeter College where she majored in journalism.

Seeking to continue to perfect her writing skills, she attended and graduated from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia  and won the Janet Newman Preston Creative Writing Prize for Nonfiction in 2015 as well as had several poems published in Nandi Magazine.

Steve Sibra

Steve Sibra grew up in north central Montana near the tiny farming town of Big Sandy. After graduating from the University of Montana he went to Seattle, where he became involved in the comic book collecting hobby at a professional level. As a sideline to his profession in comic books, Sibra wrote and published dozens of articles on the hobby in newspapers and trade journals. In the late 1980s his fiction and poetry began appearing in literary journals in the USA, Canada, the UK and elsewhere. His work has appeared in both print and online journals such as Flint Hills Review, Jersey Devil, Chiron Review, NRG, Shattered Wig and many others. Shoes for Baby is Steve’s first full length book of poetry. He resides in Seattle with his wife Stacey.