Panther City Review Issue #4

Panther City Review Issue #4

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Panther City Review is an annually published literary journal by Sleeping Panther Press, based out of Fort Worth, Texas. In this fourth issue, writers from Texas and beyond share their works reflecting on the theme of focus.

Writers included in this issue:

Rob Bosquez- Rob is a Fort Worth based Teaching artist. Born and raised here in Panther City. He currently teaches creative writing and acting for Artes de la Rosa and Stage West Theatre.

Lynne Cook Curran- Lynne spent several years in the field of healthcare administration and marketing including nursing homes and a geropsychiatric unit. She also spent a number of years serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness in a community setting.
From a young age she was fascinated with human behavior and abnormal
psychology and the idea that truth is stranger than fiction. She received a liberal arts degree with a major in psychology from the University of Texas. She is in the process of writing her debut novel Trapped in Silk, a psychological thriller.

Heath Dollar- Heath Dollar is the author of Waylon County: Texas Stories. He is the winner of the Texas Observer Short Story Contest and was named a finalist for the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story by the Texas Institute of Letters.
You may read more from Heath at

Simon Flory- Simon Flory resides in Fort Worth, TX where he splits time as a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist for hire, teacher and most recently working on a film to accompany his upcoming recording project. Also: gardening, trail running, Larry Brown, the Davis Mountains, the incomparable love and support of his partner Anita, family recipes, tackling the Ghazal, native plants of TX, Earl Hines, mules, a nice hat, a decent pair of boots and a ten year old shirt to name a few things.
You may follow Simon on his website at

Richard J. Gonzales- Richard J. Gonzales has published non-fiction, Raza Rising: Chicanos in North Texas, in March 2016, (University of North Texas Press) and historical fiction, Deer Dancer, July 2107 (Sleeping Panther Press). He was a contributing Fort Worth Star-Telegram op-ed columnist for six years and has published short stories in the Americas Review, a literary journal of the University of Houston. His work has appeared in a TCU college reader, and out of state newspapers. He was selected by Latino Author.Com as the number one Latino author for nonfiction in 2016. In addition to his family, his three loves are reading, writing, and running.
You may find out more about Richard through his website

Michelle Hartman- Michelle Hartman’s forthcoming book, Wanton Disarray, along with her other 3 books, it is available on Amazon. Hartman’s work can be found online, in multiple journals here, and various countries overseas. She is the former editor of Red River Review.
To see more about Michelle, visit her page at the Poets & Writers website:

Colin Holmes- By day, Colin Holmes is a marketing director and advertising guy who has spent the last 25 years writing everything from TV commercials and trade journal articles to novels, short stories and feature length screenplays. He is an honors graduate of the UCLA Writers Program and a member of the DFW Writers Workshop. He and his amazingly understanding wife live just west of Fort Worth.
You may follow Colin on his website

D.H. Jonathan- D.H. Jonathan is the author of The "Volunteer" and the recently released novel Life Models, an excerpt of which was published in the 2018 Panther City Review. In 2001, he won $32,000 on the ABC game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, where host Regis Philbin showed great interest in his part time job as a nude model for art classes. He currently lives in Fort Worth with his wife, two sons, daughter-in-law, and impossibly cute granddaughter.

Zee Mink-Fuller- Zee writes from a farmhouse loft in rural Texas. She has been previously published in magazines, anthologies, a calendar, newspapers and journals. She makes art from discarded objects when she is not secluded away with pen and paper in hand.

Mark A. Nobles- I am a sixth generation Texan born on Fort Worth’s infamous Jacksboro Highway and proudly claim blood and kinship with Thunder Road’s gamblers, outlaws, and wastrels. My work has been published in Cowboy Jamboree, Panther City Review, Crimson Streets, Cleaver Magazine, Curating Alexandria, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, and other publications. I have produced and/or directed three feature documentaries and several short, experimental films. I live in Fort Worth but hope to die in the desert. I would be proud and honored to be published in Panther City Review.

Ken Pardue- Ken Pardue is a writer living in Fort Worth, Texas. He has published over 100 poems in a number of venues, including The Texas Observer, California Quarterly, Borderlands, Barbaric Yawp, Nerve Cowboy, and two anthologies of Texas poetry.
Also, stories of his have been published 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.
Finally, his essays have appeared in The Texas Observer, The San Antonio Express-News, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Still Crazy, and The Fort Worth Weekly.
You may read more by Ken on his blog at

Virginia Parrish- Rutgers graduate, former teacher, current writer. Author of Fatality File and No Coverage (books 1 and 2 of Dan Brennan series), recent short story "It's Not the House" in horror collection Night Light (Metal Lunchbox Publishing), various poems in various literary journals. Transplant from Philly to Fort Worth, still an Eagles fan.

Rachel Pilcher- Rachel is a writer, a writing educator through Rachel Pilcher Writing Workshops, and the publisher at Sleeping Panther Press. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Texas Wesleyan University and a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. After working for several years in Editorial and Development for Harcourt College Publishers, a layoff forced Rachel to transfer her focus to teaching English, and then librarianship, at a high school in Fort Worth ISD. Rachel has published essays, articles, short fiction, poetry, and short screenplays in various publications, as well as a book for teachers, titled Classroom Management for the Real World.
You can read more about and by Rachel at