As our moon dilates our sun,
a sulfuric gas full of memories
eases from dried cracks
of our desolate earth
and rises toward the darkening
sky’s newly created inner eye,
which presents the ring of fire,
with its cosmic congregation
now finally visible, to consummate
the coming together of our beings.
This opens the mind to the idea
that it is sometimes darkness
that shows us the light.
-Poem by Carl Colvin
Carl Colvin is a freelance musician, teacher, writer, and editor originally from Chicago, Illinois and is now residing in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.
Carl served on the editorial staff of the Valparaiso Fiction Review for four years as an assistant editor, copy editor, and submissions manager at different intervals. Since then, he has freelanced by editing poetry and fiction for smaller literary magazines (which included starting and teaching in a workshop series at Moody Bible Church) and novels for individual authors.
Carl’s poetry can be found in Tuck Magazine, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, and Z Publishing’s Best Emerging Poets series. He also was published for his fiction in the Valparaiso Fiction Review.
As a teacher and editor, Carl’s mission is to provide new and emerging musicians and writers the opportunity to share and express their work while also developing the best versions of themselves as artists.
Carl holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in creative writing, music, and humanities from Valparaiso University. He also holds both a Master of Music in Oboe Performance and a Performance Certificate from DePaul University. At Valparaiso University he was awarded the Anna Zink Springsteen award for his many contributions to the University’s literary culture.