The Broadkill River Press

A Small Press Dedicated to Big Thoughts

A Literary Journal for Writers and Poets

 We are interested in publishing in our pages that which rises above the ordinary.

 We are not, on the other hand, interested in stories about your three-headed cat, zombies, flesh-eating bacteria, BEMs from outer-space, psychopathic axe murderers,.. in short, your stories and poems should not rely on the unusual circumstance IN PLACE OF actually having work which is finely crafted, insightful of the human condition, or which manages to make the reader continue to think about it after they have finished reading it. The best of language poetry does this, but so, too, does an expertly wrought sonnet which, though in an antique form, nonetheless shows us something new about life and ourselves and the contemporary world. We are open to almost everything which does what literature should do, which is to exact a price greater than the effort it takes to read it. 


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Who We Are

Editor and Publisher: James C. L. Brown 
(Member, National Book Critics Circle) 
A native of Washington D.C., Jamie Brown has an MFA from The American University, where he worked with Frank Conroy, Myra Sklarew, Henry Taylor, Linda Pastan, James Alan McPherson, Terry McMillan, Moshe Dor and many others.  He has served as Associate Editor for The Sulphur River Literary Review, and Wordwrights! magazine, and as Poetry Reviewer for the Washington Times. His poetry and short fiction have been widely published and he has had several dramatic works produced in the small-theater (off-Ken-Cen) scene in Washington, D.C. and Milton, Delaware.

Poetry and Interview Editor: Linda Blaskey 

Originally from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Linda Blaskey now resides in Sussex County, Delaware.  Her work has appeared in Terrains, Literary Mama and a broadside entitled The Poet Laureate Presents and is included in the moving exhibition Poetry in Public Places, supported by the Delaware Division of the Arts. She is a founding member of the Rehoboth Art League writers group and was selected to participate in the 2002 Delaware Division of the Arts poetry retreat held at Cape Henlopen.

Literary Review Editor and Contributing Editor S. Scott Whitaker 
(Member, National Book Critics Circle) 

S. Scott Whitaker grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He attended Emerson College and was a creative writing fellow at Boston University, where he worked at Agni Magazine. His poetry has appeared in PIF Magazine, The Coe Review, The MacGuffin, and others. In 2002 he was a NEA recipient of grant for his rock and roll adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. In 2003 A Third World Christmas, a comedy co-written with his wife was a finalist in the Richmond Playwriting Competition. In 2005 Finishing Line Press published his first chapbook, The Barleyhouse Letters. He currently teaches literature, drama, and psychology at Pocomoke High School, and lives in Onley, VA with his wife Michele, and his son Thor.

Australia and South Pacific Editor: Maryanne Khan, 
Contributing Editor & Literary Reviewer 

Maryanne Khan is a writer living in Canberra. Her work has been published in literary journals and anthologies in the US and Australia. Her first collection of short stories, Domain of the Lower Air, was published by Broadkill River Press in 2011.


Grace Cavalieri, Contributing Editor (Host, The Poet and the Poem) 

Grace Cavalieri is a poet and playwright. Her series “The Poet and the Poem,” now from the Library of Congress, celebrates 35 years on-air this month. Her poetry books available on kindle are Anna Nicole: Poems; Sounds Like Something I Would Say; and Millie’s Sunshine Tiki Villas.

 H. A. Maxson, Contributing Editor, Scholar and Teacher 

H. A. Maxson is the author of four collections of poetry, a novel and a critical study of Robert Frost's sonnets. He is coauthor, with Claudia Young, of seven historical fiction novellas for young readers. He holds a Ph.D. in English/ Creative Writing from The University of Southern Mississippi.


Fleda Brown, Contributing Editor (Former Poet Laureate of Delaware)

Fleda Brown is the former Poet-Laureate of Delaware, and holds the position of Professor Emerita at The University of Delaware. She and her husband live in retirement in Traverse City, Michigan. She is winner of the Philip Levine Prize and, most recently, the 2007 Felix Pollak Prize for her collection Reunion. She is much loved and missed by her many friends in the First State.

 Howard Gofreed, Contributing Editor & Literary Reviewer 

Howard Gofreed was born in 1947, graduated from high school in 1965 and the George Washington University in 1969, somehow escaped earlier efforts to prove we could outdo the French (Dien Bien Phu --> Khe Sanh). Out of this constellation of events, he came to write poems which have appeared in obscure rags (Negative Capability, Lip Service, The MacGuffin, Wordwrights!, etc.), and anthologies. He has also served as coordinator, judge and/or reader for the Autumn in Arlington Poetry Series, the Washington Prize, the Joaquin Miller Cabin, and, since its inception, the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize; and member of the Poetry Committee of the Folger Shakespeare Library.  He is either the most pessimistic optimist or the most optimistic pessimist the publisher has ever met.


Gary Hanna, Contributing Editor & Literary Reviewer 

Gary Hanna has received fellowships in poetry from the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, won three small national contests, and published over 150 poems in the last nine years. He was the director of the Poetry At The Beach reading series and the Writers Library in southern Delaware, and on the editorial board of The Broadkill Review.


Anne Colwell, Contributing Editor, Scholar and Teacher 

Anne Colwell, a poet and fiction writer, is Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware. Her work has appeared in many journals, including: California Quarterly, Mudlark, Evansville Review, Phoebe, Eclectic Literary Forum, Southern Poetry Review, and Octavo. An online chapbook of her poems appears in The Alsop Review. Her first book of poems, Believing Their Shadows, was a finalist for the University of Wisconsin’s Brittingham Prize, the Anhinga Prize, New Issues Poetry Prize and the Quarterly Review of Literature. Her critical book, Inscrutable Houses: Metaphors of the Body in the Poems of Elizabeth Bishop, was published by the University of Alabama Press in 1997. She lives in Milton, Delaware with her husband James Keegan and son, Thomas.


Edward M. Lukacs, Contributing Photographic & Literary Editor 
(Member, Royal Photographic Society) 

Edward M. Lukacs was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1943. He grew up in Point Pleasant, NJ and lived on the New Jersey coast until 1983. He has worked in the computer and radio electronics industries, and retired from the Naval Observatory. He has completed a number of several short pieces of literary nonfiction, and four novels. He is currently working on a sixth. He is a lifelong boatman, and an avid photographer.


Michael Blaine, Contributing Editor & Literary Reviewer and Teacher

Michael Blaine (Winner of the 3rd Dogfish Head Poetry Prize) is a working poet, editor, and teacher from the Delaware Eastern Shore. His work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Rivendell, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, English Journal, and numerous other publications. He has won awards in poetry, art, boat building, sailing, gardening, and teaching. He devotes a considerable amount of time to writing and studying Japanese verse. Blaine was born in Oxford, Mississippi in 1968 but grew up on the Eastern Shore in the mostly agricultural town of Laurel. He returned to Oxford to study English at Ole Miss and recently finished a Master’s Degree in English at Salisbury University. He is currently teaching in his eighteenth year at his high school Alma Mater. For six consecutive years, he was the editor of the Delmarva Review, a sixtypage publication featuring writers from the Eastern Shore. He was the recipient of a 2006 Delaware Fellowship of the Arts Recipient in Poetry. Blaine lives in Seaford, Delaware with his lovely wife, Sara, and their children.

 hadrow deforge, contributing editor & curmudgeon 

(every lit mag should have at least one) 

He says his biography is none of your business and you wouldn't want to know anyway.

Phillip Bannowsky, Contributing Editor & Literary Scene Columnist and Teacher 

Phillip Bannowsky is a retired autoworker, an educator, and the author of Autoplant: A Poetic Monologue and The Mother Earth Inn: A Novel, both published by Broken Turtle Books LLC. See http://


Steven Leech, Contributing Editor & Literary Historian 

Steven Leech has been an editor of the Delaware literary periodical Dreamstreets since 1980. He is also the producer of the radio series “Dreamstreets 26,” which is podcasted from His latest novel UNTIME was published in 2007 by Broken Turtle Books.

Gerry LaFemina, Contributing Editor and Teacher

Gerry LaFemina is the author of several chapbooks (including 2012's Steam Punk) and nine books of poetry and prose (most recently Vanishing Horizon, 2011 Anhinga Press).  In 2013 he will release two books, Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist (prose poems, Mayapple Press) and Clamor (a novel, Cordorus Press).  He directs the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University where he is an Associate Professor of English.  He divides his time between Maryland and New York.


a. mclean, Contributing Editor and Reviewer

a. mclean has been writing poetry for years.


Tim Nicholson, CEO, BeKinder Creative Consulting

Tim Nicholson is a cutting-edge composer, IT professional, and avant-garde web and promotions designer, and was formerly the art and advertising director for a national, major fashion retail chain. He is a former habitué of the Washington, D.C. punk scene. Go to to sample his work. I have long admired his work, which seems always to be pushing the envelope. He designed the banner behind our logos and continues to provide us with graphics and IT support.  He is the strategic planner and marketing guru for his many other clients and we are lucky to have his assistance. Contact him by e-mail at:

European Editor (Paris): Katie Masuga

 Katie Masuga is the author of Henry Miller and How He Got That Way (EUP 2011) and The Secret Violence of Henry Miller (Camden House 2011), a dozen stories often on memory and serendipity, and two dozen critical essays and anthology chapters ranging in content from ekphrasis to Beckett and language games to the vegetarian diet of Frankenstein's Creature. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative Literature and a joint Ph.D. in Literary Theory and Criticism from the University of Washington, Seattle and teaches at Skidmore College in Paris, with a focus on modernism, particularly the intersections between literature, film and the visual arts.

In Memoriam:

John Elsberg, Publisher of Bogg Magazine

Contributing Editor of The Broadkill Review, and great friend and literary mentor to an untold number of writers. His wisdom and avice is very much missed.

    The Broadkill Review
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Milton, DE 19968

Editor and Publisher: James C. L. Brown, M.F.A.

Poetry and Interview Editor: Linda Blaskey

Literary Review Editor: S. Scott Whitaker, M.F.A., Member of The National Book Critics Circle

Summer Fiction & Contributing Editor: H. A. Maxson, Ph.D.

Grace Cavalieri, M. A., Contributing Editor, and Host of Public Radio’s The Poet and the Poem

Fleda Brown, Ph.D, Contributing Editor, University of Delaware Professor Emerita and
Former Poet Laureate of Delaware

Howard Gofreed, J.D, Contributing Editor & Literary Reviewer, Former Director of Autumn in Arlington and a Former Member of The Poetry Committee of The Folger Shakespeare Library

Gary Hanna, Contributing Editor & Literary Reviewer, Director of Poetry at the Beach and
Founder of The Delaware Writer’s Library

Anne Colwell, Ph.D, Contributing Editor & Literary Reviewer

Edward M. Lukacs, Contributing Photographic & Literary Editor and
Member of The Royal Photographic Society)

Michael Blaine, M.A., Contributing Editor & Literary Reviewer,
English Teacher, Laurel H.S., and Delaware Technical & Community College

hadrow deforge, contributing editor & curmudgeon

Phillip Bannowsky, M.A., Contributing Editor & Literary Scene Columnist

Steven Leech, Contributing Editor & Literary Historian

Gerry LaFemina, M.F.A., Contributing Editor, Associate Professor at Frostburg State University

Australia and South Pacific Editor:
Maryanne Khan, Contributing Editor & Literary Reviewer

In Memoriam:
John Elsberg, Contributing Editor, and Publisher of Bogg Magazine 

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