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Halfway Down the Stairs is a quarterly literary magazine established in 2005 to publish cutting-edge fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by talented writers.  New issues are published every March, June, September, and December.

If you would like to contact us, feel free to drop us a line at halfway · stairs @ gmail · com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates. We are an entirely not-for-profit publication and our talented team of editors are all volunteers. This allows us to keep this website advertisement-free.

Most of our photography or art is sourced from open access repositories. We’re particularly grateful to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s open access archive and to Unsplash. Any photos taken by our editors, or submitted to us, are credited. Our cover image for Portrait is Paul Gauguin’s Two Women.



Jeannie E. Roberts has authored eight books. Her most recent collection is titled, The Ethereal Effect – A Collection of Villanelles (Kelsay Books, 2022). She’s an artist, a nature enthusiast, and a Best of the Net award nominee.

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Phillip Watts Brown lives in Logan, Utah. He earned his MFA in poetry from Oregon State University and his poems have appeared in various journals. Whenever he and his husband travel, they visit local art museums—and now he works at one. In his spare time, he enjoys movies, podcasts, and drawing. He also loves almost every kind of tea.


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Alison Stedman lives in New Zealand and works in the public sector. She has grown accustomed to earthquakes and enjoys playing music and escaping to the mountains. She has a cat named Hermione. Alison is also a photography/web editor for HDtS.

Carrie Bachler lives in Michigan, where she works in academic services. She enjoys traveling to wineries and brewpubs with her husband; playing make believe with her five-year old son; cuddling her newborn; working endlessly on house renovations, and losing herself in novels with the company of her cat or her bed.

Sherri Miller is the founder and senior editor of  A Golden Place.  She is the former editor of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Jude Bridge newsletter, and the Cincinnati, Ohio, United Italian Society La Voce II newsletter.  As a classically trained musician, Sherri performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra between the ages of ten and seventeen, and attended college at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.  Sherri resides in sunny Southeast Florida.



Stacy Wennstrom lives in Southeast Michigan. She likes cooking spicy vegetarian foods, hiking, Zumba, brewpubs, and Hitchcock movies. She loves to travel and is currently longing to go every place that she cannot afford.

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Milena Nigam lives in southwestern PA. She is working on a collection of short stories, and likes to balance her fiction writing time with personal essays. Milena recently made her first from-scratch cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing, loves her garden but is haunted by weeds whenever she closes her eyes, and wishes she spent more time watching movies and musicals.

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