Issue Five: Signs, Stars, and Wonders

After a very long hiatus, Royal Rose Mag is back with another amazing Issue filled with incredible writers and photographers! This Issue was all about astrology and it was an absolute treat putting this Issue together. Here’s a list of the amazing contributors and how you can find them and tell them how much you loved their work!

Melodie Jones is a Ball State University graduate. She majored in English Education and minored in Creative Writing. She currently spends her time teaching or at home with her three kittens. Melodie can be found on Twitter @Miss_MJones.

Amanda-Gaye Smith is a poet and naturalist living in North Central Florida. She holds a BA from Hollins University and is a grad school drop out from TTU. She makes a living bartending and she spends her time trail running and fossil hunting with her dog, Bubba. ig: @amandagayearttwitter: @amandagaye3

anaïs peterson (name//they) a mixed blessing and lover of the sky. an aries who majored in poetry their work is now a mix of lyric essays and prose poems writing around the topic of freedom in its many forms and often returning to dwell on sunflowers. you can find anaïs on twitter @anais_pgh.

Preston Smith (he/him) is an MA candidate in literature at Wright State University. He is an
editor for Periwinkle Literary Journal, and his debut chapbook Red Rover, Red Lover released from Roaring Junior Press in early 2020. He can be found on Twitter (and Instagram!) @psm_writes tweeting about his cats, baking, and fairy tales. His poems appear in Black Bough, Nightingale & Sparrow, and Pink Plastic House, among others.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in New World Writing, Dalhousie Review and Blood And Thunder. Work upcoming in Hollins Critic, Redactions and California Quarterly.

Ashly Kim is an over-caffeinated Philadelphian and weekend fishmonger. When not adventuring with her two kids, she enjoys eating tacos and hoarding books like a literary dragon.

Clayre Benzadón is an MFA student at the University of Miami, managing editor of Sinking City, and Broadsided Press’s Instagram editor. Her chapbook, “Liminal Zenith” was published by SurVision Books. She was also awarded the 2019 Alfred Boas Poetry Prize for ‘Linguistic Rewilding’ and published in places including SWWIM, 14poems, and Crêpe and Penn. You can find more about her at

Megan Cannella (@megancannella) is a Midwestern transplant currently living in Nevada. For over a decade, Megan has bounced between working at a call center, grad school, and teaching. She has work in or forthcoming from Versification, The Daily Drunk, (mac)ro(mic)Taco Bell Quarterly, and Perhappened

Lisa Mary Armstrong lives in Scotland with her children.  She tutors law and researches women and children’s experiences of the criminal justice system.  In her spare time, she likes to write poetry and fiction, drink tea and play her piano.

Magi Sumpter drafts divorce papers by day and eats them with spinach and artichoke dip by night. She spends all her free time running Southchild Lit and writing too much in second person. You can find her on Twitter @MagiSumpter. 

Valerie Frost is a Garden State native. She lives in Central Kentucky with her twin three-year-olds. Her poems have appeared in the Eastern Iowa Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Thimble Literary Magazine, and elsewhere.  

Chloe Smith is a physically disabled and autistic writer and poet from the UK. She is a Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2015, and her poetry has been published in TERSE. Journal, The Honest Ulsterman, The Cabinet of Heed, Ghost City Review, and more. For more about her writing, please visit her website: You can also find her on Twitter, @ch1oewrites.

Karin Hedetniemi is a writer and street photographer from Vancouver Island, Canada. Her stories are published/forthcoming in Prairie Fire, Hinterland, Sky Island Journal, Moria, and other literary journals. Her photo galleries and cover shots appear in Barren Magazine, Parentheses, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Nightingale & Sparrow, and are forthcoming in CutBank. Karin won the 2020 nonfiction contest from the Royal City Literary Arts Society. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @karinhedet or on her website:

Elle Blue is a here-and-there writer and part-time daydreamer. She is currently a virtual college freshman, working on several novels and chapbooks but is far from finishing anything. She enjoys listening to The Beatles and thinks Viola Davis is the queen of the world.  

Anannya Uberoi is a full-time software engineer and part-time tea connoisseur based in Madrid. She is poetry editor at The Bookends Review, the winner of the 6th Singapore Poetry Contest and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has appeared in The Bangalore ReviewThe Indianapolis Review, and The Madras Courier., Twitter: @AnannyaUberoi 

Molly Knox is a music student at Durham University from Glasgow. Molly is a poet, as well as a theatre and literary reviewer who enjoys exploring identity, mental health and nature in her work. Her words have previously been published by Queerlings Magazine, Glitchwords Poetry, Queerativity, Briefly Zine and The Unpublishable Zine.

Instagram:@Mollymoon28_ Twitter: @Mollykmoon28

Luke Bateman is a 19 year old poet and historian from Lancashire, UK. His poetry, fiction and academic writing has or will feature in Glitchwords, the Broad Street Humanities Review and the Oxford Review of Books amongst several others. Links to all of his writing can be found at

Alfredo M. Macapanas Jr. lives in a small village somewhere in the province of Leyte, Philippines. Some of his works have appeared in The Drabble, Story Land Literary Review and Stinkwaves Magazine.Attachments area

Adritanaya Tiwari is a dental intern from India. Her work has been in/is forthcoming in Versification Zine, Nightingale and Sparrow magazine, Ayaskala, Esthesia magazine, and others. – @adrillusioned on Twitter.

Keith Burton studied psychology and English literature at Brown University. Later, as a musician, he wrote a number of songs and performed throughout the country. For a time, he studied western and Vedic astrology. His poems have appeared in The Poet, and Heron Quarterly, and are forthcoming in the Amethyst Review.

Vasundhara is a writer based out of New Delhi, India. Her words have been published in The Anthology of Indian Poetry Society, Indians4SocialChange, Wine Cellar Press and beyond. She is absolutely passionate about women’s issues, rains and tea and can currently be found building things at The Indian Feminist Review.

Rhiannon Willson is a queer poet from Wales with a BA in English. She writes mostly about the people she loves and spends her spare time playing scrabble with old ladies and trying to learn how to rollerskate. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Dreams Walking, 5050 Lit and The Honest Ulsterman, among others. She can be found on twitter at @rhiannonwillson or instagram at @rhiawillson. 

Ryleigh Wann is an MFA poetry candidate at UNC Wilmington. Born and raised in Michigan, she is now exploring the ways of the southeastern coast. Her words can be found in Kissing Dynamite, Emerge Literary Journal, Semicolon, and Press Pause Press. Follow her on Twitter @wannderfullll


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