A decorated former United States Air Force flight surgeon, Dr. Gordon holds a BA from Amherst College and an MD from Albany Medical College. Since first hitting the literary scene in 2012 and in addition to regular appearances in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Dr. Gordon has had over sixty poems and seven short stories published in various mainstream and speculative venues.
Jason Artemus Gordon, Art Editor
Jason Artemus Gordon, our first Art Editor, joined the editorial staff on March 2, 2018. He holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art & Design. His art may be found throughout our pages. Like what you see? His original artwork and prints thereof are available for purchase, beautifully framed and accompanied by the poems that inspired them if desired. Query Editor@SongsOfEretz.com.
Terri Lynn Cummings, Associate Editor
Cummings studied poetry, fiction, and non-fiction at Creative Writing Institute and holds a B.S. in Sociology/Anthropology from Oklahoma State University. She continues to explore social and cultural humanity, while she and her husband travel the world.
Village Books Press published Cummings’ poetry collections, Tales to the Wind, in 2016, and An Element Apart, in 2017. Woodvale Press published her third collection, When Distant Hours Call, in 2019. She was a 2015-2019 Woody Guthrie Poet and enjoys co-hosting a monthly poetry series/open mic “Full Circle Poetry” in Oklahoma City. She has presented her work at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, and Howlers & Yawpers Creativity Symposium.
Cummings’ work is found in numerous anthologies and soon will appear in the 2021 issue of The Ignatian Literary Magazine. In addition, her poetry has appeared in Oklahoma Humanities Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, Pasatiempo/The New Mexican, Contemporary Rural Social Work Journal, Eclectica Magazine, and other fine publications.
A Note about Our Frequent Contributors:
Karla Linn Merrifield, a National Park
Artist-in-Residence, has had over 900 poems appear in dozens of journals and
anthologies. She has fourteen books to her credit. Following her Psyche’s Scroll (Poetry Box Select, 2018)
is her full-length book Athabaskan
Fractal: Poems of the Far North (Cirque Press, 2019). She is currently at
work on a poetry collection, My Body the
Guitar, inspired by famous guitarists and their guitars, slated to be
published in December 2021 by Before Your Quiet Eyes Publications Holograph
Series (Rochester, NY). Visit her website at https://KLMerrifield.WPengine.com;
Tweet @LinnMerrifield; Facebook https://www.Facebook.com/KarlaLinnMerrifield. Karla joined the Frequent Contributor ranks on December 12, 2018.
She is a Teacher/Consultant with the Oklahoma Writing Project, a University of Oklahoma Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series poet, a Woody Guthrie poet, and serves on the advisory committee of Oklahoma City University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature. She is a retired English and Creative Writing teacher.
Vivian’s work has appeared in Conclave: The Trickster’s Song, River Poet’s Journal, Dragon Poet Review, Illya’s Honey, Oklahoma English Journal, Oklahoma Writing Project Centennial Anthology, and other fine publications. In addition, she has presented her poetry at the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival. She is the author of a book of poetry, From Circus Town USA (Village Books Press), the title of which comes from the nickname of her hometown, Hugo, Oklahoma, which is home to the Endangered Ark Elephant Sanctuary and winter headquarters for several circuses.
Vivian joined the Frequent Contributor ranks on October 16, 2018. She lives with her husband in Oklahoma City.
Tyson West joined the FC ranks on March 14, 2020. His poetry collection Home-Canned Forbidden Fruit is available from Gribble Press. He works in real estate in Eastern Washington.
Past Frequent Contributors:
Sylvia Cavanaugh October 19, 2018, to December 15, 2019.
Yoni Hammer-Kossoy January 1, 2018, to November 30, 2018.
Sierra July Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to November 23, 2018.
Mary Soon Lee Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to December 7, 2018.
Lauren McBride Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to December 14, 2018.
David Pring-Mill Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to October 27, 2017.
John Reinhart Charter Member, January 1, 2016, to December 13, 2017. In addition, John covered for another FC March 4, 2019, to October 26, 2019.
Aparna Sanyal January 1, 2018, to December 21, 2018.
Kaitlyn Vaughn (nee Frazier) Charter Member January 1, 2016, to May 18, 2016. In addition, she covered for another FC from December 25, 2017, to July 2, 2018.
Lana the Poetry Dog, Dr. Gordon's beloved Airedale terrier and Songs of Eretz mascot, died September 22, 2020. Her ashes were placed under a Wolf River apple sapling planted in her honor to mark her grave on Dr. Gordon's property in Kansas. Dr. Gordon now fondly refers to her as "Lana the Poetree." May her memory be a blessing.