Every thing you ever wanted to know about Craig.

Hi, I’m Craig.  I’m a librarian.  I have a one-eyed shih tzu named Scurvy.  I’ve seen every episode of the Simpsons.  Coffee no longer works on me  and I’ve  never eaten a pickle. I suck at bios.

Aside from being a librarian I’m also a student in the graduate English program at Indiana University South Bend on the creative writing track.  I kind of collect master’s degrees at this point.  It’s a first world hobby.

I also publish my own print arts and literary zine, Retirement Plan.  Email me and I’ll send you a copy.  craig finlay AT gmail DOT com.

Creative publications:


“Making a Run” in Stillwater Review, 2021

“Miracle Mike” in Revolute, Winter 2021

“Dens of Our Grandfathers” and “Hope” in Otherwise Engaged, Spring 2021

“Pfielstorchs” and “This Lethal Practice” in 3rd Wednesday, Spring 2021.

“Freud Considering the Eel,” in Showbear Family Circus, 2021.

“Why I took up baking, right when it got popular,”  Pembroke Magazine, 2021.

“15 Times We Were All The Horse That The Cowboy Rides At The Beginning of Oklahoma!” and “From the Department of Dead Horses” in SGT Magazine, 2021.

“This Strange Continent” in Portland Review, 2021.

“It Will, Though,” in The Wild Word Magazine, 2020.

“Pádraig Ó Tuama Holds Me in the Bed of the Poem,” Anti-Heroin Chic, December 2020.

“Bird Bath” in The Vital Sparks, Winter 2020.

“Five poems from The Very Small Mammoths of Wrangel Island,” Twyckenham Notes, Fall 2020

“One small thing I know about Elijah McClain” in Poetry South, 2020. 

“Intermodal” in Apricity Magazine, Fall 2020.

“Prometheus in Retirement” in Sheila-Na-Gig, Fall 2020.

“Moths” in the Marin Poetry Center Anthology, 2020.”

“Watching Movies about Bukowski While Relapsing” Black Coffee Review 2020.

“For Brigit Pegeen Kelly,”  in The Coil, 2020.

“Finally seeing the Pleiades in Tishomingo” in The Windsor Review, 2020.

On Drummond” in Hole in the Head Review, 2020.

“A Minor Biographical Insight” in Belt Magazine, 2020.

The Very Small Mammoths of Wrangel Island, Urban Farmhouse Press, 2020.

The Message” in Levee Magazine, Spring 2020

“Exercises in Cross-Disciplinary Biological Care,” in Little Patuxent Review, Winter 2020

“The Seed” in After Happy Hour Review, 2020

“Five Home Remedies” in The Ilanot Review, 2020

“Plaza de las Tres Culturas” and “The Mysteries of Isis” in DeLuge Journal, 2020.

“A Minor Biographical Insight” in Belt Magazine, 2020.

“I-55 by Pontiac, Illinois” in The Cobalt Review, 2019

Inula Helenium” in Up North Lit, 2019

Specimen Case” in The Meadow, 2019

”The Rover” in Stone Boat, 2019

“Gaps” and “Paradise by Postmodern Light” in Levee Magazine, 2019

“White Tail” and ”Right at the Sun” in West Trade Review, 2019

”County High Point” in Panoplyzine, 2019

”Milk Flowers,” in Obra/Artefact, Summer 2019

“Talequah” in mutiny! magazine, June 2019

“Tom Joad of Osceola” in Seven Circlepress, Summer 2019

“Orbiter” in Coast/noCoast, Fall 2019

“Song” in Noble / Gas Qtrly, 2018

“Winter Wheat” in Noble / Gas Qtrly, 2018

“Men” in Blue Mountain Review, Spring 2017

“Bed” in After the Pause, Summer 2017

“Four Winds Field,” in Twyckenham Notes, 2017 — A Best of the Net finalist. Whee!

“Fertility” in Apex Magazine, 2016

“Graduate Work” in Five 2 One, Summer 2015

“Argyle Lake State Park,” in Roundup Writer’s Zine, May 2015

“Other Versions” in Asimov’s, October/November 2014

“Something Special” in Beloit Poetry Journal, Summer 2014

Short fiction:

“Generational” in Daily Science Fiction, 2021

Permission” in 365 Tommorrows, April 8, 2015.

“The Leviathans,” in Nebula Rift, Vol. 3 (3), 2015.


Bushnell 1 and Bushnell 2 in Midwestern Gothic, 2019.

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