Bradley Bazzle (Winter 2013) grew up in Dallas, Texas, and has an MFA from Indiana University. His stories appear in The Iowa Review, New England Review, Epoch, The Beloit Fiction Journal, and elsewhere. These days he lives in Athens, Georgia, where he’s working on a novel, a PhD in English, and long-form improvisational comedy.
Diane Hoover Bechtler (Fall 2012) lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, Michael Gross who is a poet with a day job and with their cat, Call Me IshMeow. As well as writing short work, she is working on a novel about a likable character who strives against great odds to achieve a worthwhile goal. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Queens University where she graduated summa cum laude and subsequently earned her MFA. She has had short work published in journals such as The Gettysburg Review, Thema Literary Journal, Everyday Fiction, and The Dead Mule, School of Southern Literature.
Dominika Bednarska’s (Winter 2013) writing has or will appear in A Different Art, The James Joyce Quarterly,Barbie in a Blender Anthology, Avatar Review, Storm Cellar, Palimpsest, Muddy River Poetry Review, Wordgathering, The Bellevue Literary Review, Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity, The Culture of Efficiency: Technology in Everyday Life, What I Want From You: An Anthology of East Bay Lesbian Poets, Ghosting Atoms, and Cripping Femme, and her poetry manuscript,Smothered Breath, is forthcoming. She teaches at U.C. Berkeley, where she completed her PhD in English and Disability Studies. Her full-length solo show, “My Body Love Story,” recently kicked off the 2012 National Queer Arts Festival at the Garage Theater in San Francisco. She has also performed at Girl Talk, the Marsh, CounterPULSE, Queer Open Mic, Femme Con, Butch Voices, the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference, and the Knitting Factory in NYC. For more information, you can visit her blog site (dominikabednarskaspeaks.blogspot.com) or Facebook page.
Lily Brown (Summer 2013) is the author of Rust or Go Missing (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Fence, Pleiades, American Letters and Commentary, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She was born and raised in Massachusetts.
James Claffey (Spring 2011; Summer 2012) hails from County Westmeath, Ireland, and lives on an avocado ranch in Carpinteria, CA, with his wife, the writer and artist, Maureen Foley, their daughter, Maisie, and Australian cattle-dog, Rua. He is the winner of the Linnet’s Wings Audio Prose Competition. He received his MFA from Louisiana State University, where he was awarded the Kent Gramm Prize for Non-Fiction. His work appears in many places including The New Orleans Review, Connotation Press, A-Minor Magazine, Literary Orphans, and Gone Lawn. You can read him at www.jamesclaffey.com.
Adriana Cloud (Winter 2013) is a native of Bulgaria. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she works in academic publishing. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Orleans Review and Bayou. You can find her on Twitter as @adicloud.
Jacob Cooper’s (Spring 2011) diverse compositions have earned him a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Morton Gould Award from ASCAP, and a CAP Grant from the American Music Center. He has held fellowships and residencies at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. His music has been performed by several ensembles across the continent, including the JACK Quartet, the NOW Ensemble, and the Minnesota Orchestra, and his works have appeared at the Wordless Music concert series at the Miller Theater in New York and at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. Timberbrit, Jacob’s opera about a fictional reunion between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and ran this November at the Incubator Arts Project. Cooper has also recently experimented with visual media, and this past September his video Commencer Une Autre Mort was shortlisted for the YouTube/ Guggenheim Biennial. He is a doctoral candidate in music composition at the Yale School of Music. http://www.jacobcoopermusic.com
Dan Corjescu (Fall 2011; Winter 2012) is a Romanian-Brazilian poet living in Sofia, Bulgaria who writes verse in English as well as in other languages. He teaches Business English and translates when he can. He was published, many years ago, in an anthology entitled Thank You, Gorbachev!
E.G. Cunningham’s (Spring 2012) poems have been published in Breakwater Review, Thread, The California Quarterly, and Muse Apprentice Guild. Originally from South Carolina, she is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Athens, GA.
William Doreski (Summer 2011) lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. His most recent collection of poetry is Waiting for the Angel (2009). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, Natural Bridge. He won the 2010 Aesthetica poetry prize.
Amanda Dorsett (Summer 2012) is a recent graduate of Stetson University. She received her B.A. in English with a minor in creative writing. At Stetson, she was a recipient of several awards including the Sullivan Creative Writing scholarship and the Byron H. Gibson Award, and she served as both the assistant editor and a contributor for Touchstone, the university’s literary magazine. Her recent work combines visual media and text to create digital art poetics. Currently, she lives in Brandon, Florida where she writes poetry and spends time with her family and fiancé
Will Dunlap (Spring 2012) grew up in Indiana, studied music at the University of Michigan, and spent three years as a fellow at the James A. Michener Center for Writers. His work has received the Keene Prize for Literature, appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and was chosen for inclusion on a program of “Arts and Letters Live” at the Dallas Museum of Art. A devotee of historical fiction, he recently set aside his long-suffering Civil War-era novel to complete a libretto for American composer William Cooper. The opera, Hagar and Ishmael, premieres in November, 2012.
Pete Duval (Winter 2011) is the author of Rear View: Stories. Recent work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review and Witness. He teaches at West Chester University and lives in Philadelphia’s Chinatown.
Richard Fein (Fall 2011) was a finalist in the 2004 Center For Book Arts Chapbook Competition. A chapbook, "The Required Accompanying Cover Letter," was published by Parallel Press, University Of Wisconsin, Madison. He has also been published in many web and print journals such as Southern Review, Foliate Oak, Morpo Review, Ken*Again, Oregon East Southern Humanities Review, Skyline,Touchstone, Windsor Review, Maverick, Parnassus Literary Review, Small Pond, Kansas Quarterly, Blue Unicorn, Exquisite Corpse, Terrain Aroostook Review, Compass Rose, and others. He also has an interest in digital photography, and poetry magazines have published many of his photos.
Jéanpaul Ferro (Summer 2012) is a novelist, poet, and short fiction author from Providence, Rhode Island. An 8-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has been featured on NPR, in Columbia Review, Connecticut Review, Contemporary American Voices,Arts & Understanding Magazine, Hawaii Review, and others. His published works include All The Good Promises (Plowman Press, 1994); Becoming X (BlazeVox Books, 2008); You Know Too Much About Flying Saucers (Thumbscrews Press, 2009); Hemispheres (Maverick Duck Press, 2009); Essendo Morti – Being Dead (Goldfish Press, 2009), nominated for the 2010 Griffin Prize in Poetry; and Jazz, (Honest Publishing, UK, 2011), nominated for both the 2012 Griffin Prize in Poetry and the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry. He is represented by the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.
Ricky Garni (Spring 2011) is a graphic designer living in Carrboro, North Carolina. His work can be found in EVERGREEN REVIEW, CAMEL SALOON, USED FURNITURE REVIEW, ORION HEADLESS and other places. His latest work, JANUARY, is a sequel to his earlier work, DECEMBER. Although it could be the other way around, with a lot of space in between.
Sara Gerot (Summer 2011) is a graduate of the University of Iowa and has an MFA in Critical Studies from Cal Arts. "Bodies Turn Cold" is an excerpt of creative non-fiction from her pseudo-memoir Let Me Ride. Her work has been published in Thought Catalog and an excerpt from her novel Doing Crystal is forthcoming in issue #14 of Black Clock.
Carl James Grindley (Spring 2011) grew up on an island off the West Coast of Canada, and studied in the US and Europe. He has taught creative writing at Yale University and works at The City University of New York. Three of his novellas were published in 2008 by No Record Press under the name Icon. He has upcoming work in Eunoia Review, Anastomoo, and Atticus Review.
Kia Groom (Spring 2012) lives in Perth, Western Australia. She likes horror, fake cherry flavouring, white trash aesthetic and being asleep. Her work has appeared in SWAMP, Cottonmouth and various other publications, and she has work forthcoming in Midnight Echo Magazine. Find her online: www.who-dreamed-it.net.
Kyle Hemmings (Fall 2011) is the author of three chapbooks of poems: Avenue C (Scars Publications), Fuzzy Logic (Punkin Press), and Amsterdam & Other Broken Love Songs (Flutter Press). He has been pubbed at Gold Wake Press, Thunderclap Press, Blue Fifth Review, Step Away, and The Other Room. He blogs at http://upatberggasse19.blogspot.com/.
Heather Hughes (Winter 2012) is a poet, publishing professional, teacher, student, and yogini currently living in Boston. Her work has appeared in Cream City Review, Grain, damselfly press, Eudaimonia, Driftwood Review, and Prick of the Spindle, among others. She would like to live in a lighthouse.
Blair Hurley (Summer 2013) is a Boston native and has short stories published in Descant, The Red Rock Review, Quality Women’s Fiction, The Best Young Artists and Writers in America, and elsewhere. A graduate of Princeton University with her MFA from NYU, she is currently at work on a novel.
Rich Ives (Summer 2013) has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Dublin Quarterly,Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review,Fiction Daily and many more. He is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. In 2011 he received a nomination for The Best of the Web and two nominations for both the Pushcart Prize and The Best of the Net. He is the 2012 winner of the Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air magazine. His book of days, Tunneling to the Moon, is currently being serialized with a work per day appearing for all of 2013 at silencedpress.com.
Paulus Kapteyn (Summer 2011) is an artist/writer who resides in Portland, Oregon. He has shown his artwork in NY, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. His poetry has been in Lungfull, Lit Mag, and Monarch Review.
Daniel Takeshi Krause’s (Spring 2012) work has appeared in two languages, three countries, and four dimensions. He has completed degrees from Pomona College and Loyola Marymount University. He currently lives and teaches in Salt Lake City where he is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at The University of Utah.
Leonard Kress (Fall 2012) has recent work (poetry and fiction) in Barn Owl Review, Passages North, Harvard Review, New Orleans Review, River Styx, and Atticus Review. Most recent poetry collections are Braids & Other Sestinas, The Orpheus Complex, and Living in the Candy Store. He currently teaches philosophy, religion, and creative writing at Owens College in Ohio.
jojo Lazar (Spring 2011) is a Boston-based multimedia visual and performance artist known as "the burlesque poetess." She is active in the nu-vaudeville world as the tenor ukulele player in circus band, "Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys," as well as half of "The Tiny Instrument Revue." Her poetry has appeared in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, The Starving Artist’s Diet (Jackodile Press), Magpie Magazine, and additionally in her own zines, including "Niblet." She is a creative writing and zine-making workshop leader with a BA from Brandeis and an MFA in poetry from Lesley University. Visit her keyring site: jojolazar.com & armyoftoys.com.
Mark Lewandowski’s (Summer 2012) stories and essays have appeared in many journals, and have been listed as “Notable” in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best American Travel Writing, and twice in The Best American Essays. He has also had work recently republished in Redux and A Small Key Opens Big Doors, one of four anthologies celebrating the 50th birthday of the Peace Corps. Halibut Rodeo, his first short story collection, was published in 2010. Currently, Lewandoski is an Associate Professor of English at Indiana State University. During the 1999-2000 academic year, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Siauliai, Lithuania and, from 1991-1993, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Poland. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University in 1991.
A multi-genre writer, Stacey Mann (Summer 2012) recently graduated from Stetson University and is now finishing up a Masters of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity in Religion, Ethics, and Politics. Her work also appears in the Buddhist Poetry Review, Touchstone, Harvard’s Dudley House Review and Wick.
Ben Nardolilli (Summer 2011) is a writer from Arlington, VA. His work has appeared in Perigee, The Oklahoma Review, Hawk and Handsaw, Heroin Love Songs, Farmhouse Magazine, The Maynard, Elimae, The Houston Literary Review and Quail Bell Magazine. He maintains a blog at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com.
Laura Oxendine (Fall 2012) is a visual artist specializing in motion graphic design and video editing. Her work screened at the Anthology Film Archives (NY, NY); Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, CA); on the Times Square Jumbotron and other public spaces in NYC; Up-and-Coming Festival (Hanover, Germany); Harold Golen Gallery (Miami, FL); and Sonoimagenes Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Laura received an MFA (2008) in Photography, Video, and Related Media with a concentration in digital video from the School of Visual Arts (NY, NY).
Adam Peltz (Winter 2011) was born in Queens and raised on Long Island, with disreputable (in his mind) stints in Jersey, Michigan, California, Arizona, New York City, western Massachusetts, and Vermont. Currently, he serves as a Student Coordinator at LSU – Health Sciences Center. His creative work appears in publications that have included South Carolina Review, The Kerf, Sendero, Literary Magazine Review, NOLAFugees.com, and the collection Year Zero: A Year of Reporting from Post-Katrina New Orleans (NOLAFugees). Adam lives with his wife Ashley and their cat Baby in New Orleans.
Meg Pokrass (Winter 2013) is the author of Damn Sure Right (2011, Press 53). Her second collection of flash fiction, “Happy Upside Down” will be released in the Fall, 2013. Meg’s stories and poems have appeared in PANK, McSweeney’s, Two Serious Ladies, The Literarian, storySouth, Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, The Rumpus, Yalobusha Review, and various anthologies such as ROADSIDE CURIOSITIES: Stories about American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig Press in conjunction with Picador, 2013). Meg’s flash fiction "Nights" was selected by author Dan Chaon for Wigleaf’s Top 50 online Fictions of 2012. Meg presently serves as an assoc. editor for Frederick Barthelme’s BLIP Magazine.
Frederick Pollack (Spring 2012) is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness, both published by Story Line Press. Other of his poems and essays have appeared in Hudson Review, Southern Review, Fulcrum, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Die Gazette (Munich), Representations and elsewhere. Poems have most recently appeared in the print journals Magma (UK), The Hat, Bateau, and Chiron Review. Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Snorkel, Hamilton Stone Review, Diagram, BlazeVox, The New Hampshire Review, Denver Syntax, Barnwood, Wheelhouse, Mudlark, Shadow Train and elsewhere. Pollack is an adjunct professor of creative writing at George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Mark Powell (Spring 2011) is the author of the novels Prodigals and Blood Kin, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. He teaches at Stetson University in DeLand, FL.
Natanya Ann Pulley (Fall 2012) is half-Navajo born to Kiiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan). Her maternal grandfather is Tachiinii (Red Running Into Water Clan). She is currently working on her PhD in Fiction Writing at the University of Utah and is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Good Medicine: A Collection of Native American Humor (Red Horse Press 2013). A writer of primarily fiction and non-fiction with outbreaks in poetry, Natanya’s publications include Western Humanities Review, The Florida Review, Drunken Boat, and McSweeney’s Open Letters Column (among others). Her poetry will be included in the anthology Women Write Resistance (Blue Light Press 2013).
Daniel J. Quinn (Winter 2011; Fall 2012) is a freelance web designer and copywriter whose interests range from collaborative storytelling, science fiction, and trip hop to magazine and book publishing. Daniel works in Boston as a senior UI developer and copywriter for digital agency Genuine Interactive. He earned an undergraduate degree in English with a focus in contemporary poetry at Stetson University, and an MA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College.
Erin Rogers (Spring 2012) likes her text on the page and screen, sometimes simultaneously. She recently performed her piece “Black Lagoon” at the 2011 &Now conference in San Diego as part of their Innovation in a Box series. Her video-text pieces were last seen in the Winter 2011 issue of Quarterly West. She holds an MFA from the University of Utah, where she currently teaches alongside volunteering for Writers@Work in Salt Lake City.
Matt Sailor (Summer 2012) is the editor-in-chief of New South, Georgia State University’s Journal of Art and Literature. He is currently pursuing his MFA in fiction, also at Georgia State. His work has appeared in [PANK], Hot Metal Bridge, West Trade Review, and is forthcoming in NANO Fiction. mattsailor.com
John Brown Spiers (Fall 2011) lives in Athens, Georgia, with his wife and their house full of animals. His work has appeared in Monkeybicycle, Mandala Literary Journal, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, as well as venues whose names do not begin with the letter M.
Ray Succre (Fall 2011) is an undergraduate currently living on the southern Oregon coast with his wife and son. He has had poems published in Aesthetica, BlazeVox, and Petrichor Machine, as well as in numerous others across as many countries. His novels Tatterdemalion (2008) and Amphisbaena (2009), both through Cauliay, are widely available in print. Other Cruel Things (2009), an online collection of poetry, is available through Differentia Press.
Graham Tugwell (Winter 2012) is a writer and performer of Irish distraction. The recipient of the College Green Literary Prize 2010, his work has appeared in over forty journals, including Anobium, The Quotable, Pyrta, THIS Literary Magazine and L’Allure Des Mots. He has lived his whole life in the village where his stories take place. He loves it with a very special kind of hate. His website is grahamtugwell.com.
Meg Tuite’s (Fall 2012) writing has appeared in numerous journals including Berkeley Fiction Review, 34th Parallel,Epiphany, One, the Journal, Monkeybicycle and Boston Literary Magazine. She has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. She is the fiction editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review and Connotation Press. Her novel Domestic Apparition (2011) is available through San Francisco Bay Press and her chapbook, Disparate Pathos, is available (2012) through Monkey Puzzle Press. She has a monthly column, Exquisite Quartet, published up at Used Furniture Review. The Exquisite Quartet Anthology-2011 is available. Her blog: http://megtuite.wordpress.com.
Stephanie Valente (Summer 2011) lives and writes in New York. She has been featured in various publications including Hell Strung and Crooked (Uphook Press), Bust Magazine, dotdotdash, Nano Fiction, among others. One day, she would like to be a silent film star. http://kitschy.tumblr.com
James Valvis (Winter 2012) is the author of How to Say Goodbye (Aortic Books, 2011). He has published hundreds of poems in places like Anderbo, Arts & Letters, New York Quarterly, Poetry East, Rattle, River Styx, and Verse Daily. His fiction is also widely published in places like Los Angeles Review, Night Train, Potomac Review, storySouth, and Washington Pastime. He lives in Issaquah, Washington.
David Wanczyk (Fall 2011) is the Director of Special Programs and an Adjunct Professor of English at Ohio University. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Alimentum, American Literary Review, Defunct, Lake Effect, New York Quarterly, and Prick of the Spindle. He lives in Athens, Ohio with his wife Megan, who is, he believes, a crazy peridot.
Related to the Marx Brothers through his mother, Richard Marx Weinraub (Winter 2012) was born in New York City in 1949; he was a Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico from 1987 through 2010. A book of his poetry entitled Wonder Bread Hill was published in 2002 by the University of Puerto Rico Press. His poetry has appeared in many journals including The Paris Review, Asheville Poetry Review, South Carolina Review, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, North American Review, Measure, The Evansville Review, Slate, and River Styx. A Spanish translation of Wonder Bread Hill was recently published by Terranova Press. A chapbook of his poetry entitled Heavenly Bodies was published in 2008 by Poets Wear Prada Press, and a poem from it was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize. In 2012, Poets Wear Prada will publish his full-length book of poetry entitled Lapidary.
Quinn White (Spring 2011) teaches English at the University of Montevallo, where she also received her MA in English literature. Her poetry has been published in The Straddler, Aura, and The Tower. This fall she will begin working on her MFA in poetry at Virginia Tech.
Terri Witek (Winter 2011; Summer 2011; Winter 2013) is the author of Exit Island, The Shipwreck Dress, Carnal World, Fools and Crows, Courting Couples (Winner of the 2000 Center for Book Arts Contest) and Robert Lowell and LIFE STUDIES: Revising the Self. Her collaborations with Brazilian visual artist Cyriaco Lopes have been featured in galleries or site-specific projects in New York City, Los Angeles and elsewhere. A professor of English at Stetson University, her summer faculty positions have included the West Chester Poetry Conference, the Prague Summer Literary Program and the DisQuiet program in Lisbon, where she runs “The Fernando Pessoa Game.”
Abigail Zimmer (Summer 2013) is an MFA Poetry candidate at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches first year writing. Her work is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Black Tongue Review and Foothill.