Panther City Review 2017

Panther City Review 2017
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Panther City Review is a literary journal based out of Fort Worth, Texas and published by Sleeping Panther Press. In this second issue writers from across Texas representing various backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures, share their idea of “Timeless.” The works within these pages are perfect examples of timeless themes, situations, and desires. At one point or another, everyone has or will experience the loss of a loved one, the reminiscence of a time in the past, the nostalgia of a sound. As we consider the future, we will see that people and situations are not so different from today, or 100 years ago— the technology will just be different.
Contributing Authors: 
Susan Ayres- Susan Ayres teaches at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, and is pursuing an MFA in writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems have appeared in descant, Kalliope, Texas Review, Borderlands, Barely South Review, and other journals.
Rob Bosquez- Rob Bosquez is a teaching artist living and working in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has had plays and short stories published in The Langdon Review and Panther City Review.
Layne Calabro- Layne Calabro's work has appeared in Rat's Ass Review, The First Hundred Days, and Dress Codes- a project that combines wearable art and poetry. Her work centers around relationships and the impact of our choices. A steadfast yogi and activist, she strives to spread compassion and foster understanding through all her actions.
Layla Caraway- Haltom City native Layla Caraway was generally a private person until 2007, when Big Fossil Creek started eating her backyard and the same flood drowned a little girl a few miles away, thrusting her into a more public role in the community. What she learned afterward about the state of flood control funding in North Texas turned Caraway into an activist. She first put her anger and drive into writing and co-producing a documentary film called Up a Creek that won a Conservation Award in a film festival in Glen Rose, Texas. She started working on local campaigns, for the Tarrant Regional Water District board and other city and state offices. Layla has served on numerous boards and commissions for Haltom City and local chamber of commerce and community groups. Her current project is getting a Veterans Memorial Park built in her hometown. Layla has authored one guest column for Fort Worth Weekly and is still trying to coax the Great American Novel out of her bottom desk drawer.
Tyler Cochran- Tyler is currently pursuing a PhD in Aesthetic Studies from UT Dallas where he is also a teaching assistant. He holds an MJ in Journalism from UNT and a BS in Strategic Communication from TCU. He previously worked in the advertising departments of FUNimation, Fort Worth Weekly and the Fort Worth-Star Telegram and nonprofits such as, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth Opera and Amphibian Stage Productions. Tyler is also an Equity Membership Candidate and has performed with Amphibian Stage Productions, Circle Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, and Stage West among others. Tyler’s short films, which he produced, directed, wrote and performed in, have been screened with the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase and QCinema as well as numerous other festivals across Texas.
Heath Dollar- Heath Dollar’s short stories have received awards from the Northeast Texas Writers’ Association and the Texas Observer and have appeared in Mayo Review and Panther City Review. Dollar has also served as a Dallas Morning News Distinguished Voices opinion contributor and has written for Thai Public Radio and the Sydney Morning Herald. His work as the frontman for a European blues-rock band was released on a Prague record label. He can be found at
Julie Franklin- Julie Franklin has been dipping her toes in the writing pond since her childhood on a farm back in Illinois. She is a long-time resident of North Texas, having married her very own Tall Texan, and raised a passel of rowdy but beautiful daughters with him. The author pulls from a lifetime of experiences and people as sources for her inspiration.
Kate Friedrichs- I am a watercolor painting- a wife, a mama to three little girls, a reader/writer/dreamer and advocate- all these shades of me bleeding together. I write for pure joy and dire necessity. This takes the form of poetry, book reviews, and general blogging at, and I am currently working on my first novel.
Richard J. Gonzales- Richard J. Gonzales was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Catholic Parochial schools through the 12th grade. His family moved to Texas in 1969, the birthplace of his father, Joseph Gonzales. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, majoring in English with a History minor. He founded the Association of Mexican American Students in 1970 at UTA. His interests include reading, writing fiction and non-fiction and running marathons. He has published two short stories in the Americas Review, hundreds of op-ed pieces for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and other print and internet news outlets. He is the author of a non-fiction book titled Raza Rising: Chicanos in North Texas. Richard recently released a work of fiction titled Deer Dancer, published by Sleeping Panther Press. He is bilingual (Spanish-English) and a wicked ping pong player. Richard has been married since 1972 and has two children. Read more about and by Richard by visiting
Robin Goodpaster- Robin Goodpaster, a native Texan, has been published in Black Mirror Magazine and the Panther City Review. She enjoys writing about the daily horrors and small victories that sometimes go unnoticed. By day, she is a marketing copywriter. A huge fan of nature and travel, she has visited several U.S. National Parks and would like to visit them all. You can check out some of her work at
Ann Graham- Ann Graham attended the Community of Writers workshop in Squaw Valley and has an MFA in Painting and Drawing. She was a Visual Resources Curator for over twenty-five years. She’s recently published stories in Digging Through the Fat, The Oddville Press, and Panther City Review. She blogs about short stories at
Patrick Harris- Patrick has self-published two books, an art book, A Haiku Garden, and a post-apocalyptic thriller, Survivor Response. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Melisa Hightower- Melisa is a science fiction writer who loves to write stories about highly intelligent, fearless, characters travelling the universe to grapple with emerging technologies. In real life, Melisa has an estranged relationship with math, a fear of vast dark spaces- like those that exist in closets and is highly interested in, but sometimes confounded by, technology. Melisa is a mother of three and a former English teacher with a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Residing in Ft. Worth, Texas with her husband, she enjoys zip lining, shooting and a good glass of wine. Just not all at the same time. Currently, she is working on completing her novel The Sentinel Project. You can visit Melisa on her Facebook page at
Zee Mink-Fuller- My life is akin to an old country western song. I was born in a cabin on the side of an Appalachian mountain to a feisty mother and a professional gambling father, who took a 360 turn and became a minister of the Gospel. I have taught school, owned my own business, raised three kids and several husbands... all the while gathering fodder for my stories.
Cary Nichols- In a previous life as a programmer/analyst, Cary created computer applications for various government agencies.  His short stories and poetry have been published in small-press magazines, and he is a PEN America award winner. His chosen genre is speculative fiction, and a novel is nearing completion.
Mark A. Nobles- Mark is a writer and documentary filmmaker residing in Fort Worth, Texas. He co-owns Flyin’ Shoes Films and produced Teen A Go Go: A Little Film About Rock and Roll History and wrote the companion book Fort Worth’s Rock & Roll Roots. Mark was Associate Producer of Giles McCrary’s You Must Be Weird or You Wouldn’t Be Here, a film about Fort Worth’s infamous Cellar nightclub and produced and directed Cold War Peacemaker: The History of Convair’s B-36 Bomber. Mark has been published in Panther City Review and his current projects include We’re For Smoke, a historical fiction novel set in Fort Worth at the dawn of the Industrial Age, and Metaphor in a Hat, a collection of short stories. You can read more by and about Mark at his blog
Ken Pardue- Ken Pardue is an essayist, short story writer, and poet living in Fort Worth, Texas. His poems have appeared in The Texas Observer, California Quarterly, Barbaric Yawp, Borderlands, two anthologies of Texas poetry, and any number of other publications. His stories have been in Lynx Eye, Hardboiled, and the on-line literary journals Scrivener's Pen,,, Amarillo Bay, and The Write Room. In 2013, he was one of four finalists for the Texas Observer Short Story Contest.
Rachel Pilcher- Rachel Pilcher, writer, founder of Fort Worth Writer’s Boot Camp and publisher at Sleeping Panther Press, holds Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Texas Wesleyan University and a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. Rachel worked for several years in Editorial and Development for Harcourt College Publishers, but a layoff she transferred her focus to teaching and librarianship. Rachel has published essays and articles in Aries, the Lone Star Film Festival Film Review, Panther City Review, and the Fort Worth Weekly, as well as a short book for teachers, titled Classroom Management for the Real World. You can read more about and by Rachel Pilcher at
Donna Walker-Nixon- Donna Walker-Nixon served as a full professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where she founded Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature in 1997. She co-edited the Her Texas series with her friend and mentor James Ward Lee, and she co-founded The Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. In 2010, her novel Canaan's Oothoon was published. As lead editor of the anthology Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song, she has discovered that the voices of women writers and artists truly mean something to both men and women.