Contributors notes

10 November 2015

Lavonne J. Adams authored Through the Glorieta Pass (winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize), and two award-winning chapbooks. Her poetry appeared in Prairie Schooner, Missouri Review, Tampa Review, etc. She completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Harwood Museum of Art.

Ruth Bardon received an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Selected Short Stories of William Dean Howells (Ohio University Press, 1997) and lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Aliki Barnstone’s most recent volumes of poetry are Winter, with Child (Red Dragonfly, 2015), Madly in Love (reissued as a Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary, 2014), Bright Body (White Pine, 2011), and Dear God, Dear Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow, 2009). She is Professor of English at the University of Missouri.

Karen E. Bender is the author of the story collection Refund, and the novels A Town of Empty Rooms and Like Normal People. Her stories have appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Zoetrope, Narrative, Guernica, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, and others. Visit her at

Ace Boggess is author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire, 2003). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, River Styx, Southern Humanities Review, RATTLE, and other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

Mark Brazaitis is the author of seven books, including The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, and The Other Language: Poems, which won the 2008 ABZ Poetry Prize.

Jonna Carter was born in Berkeley, California where she composed her first story, The Calculator That Didn’t Like Math, in fifth grade when she should have been doing her math homework. She has used writing as her greatest procrastination tool ever since. Jonna lives in Brooklyn with her husband and 2-year-old daughter.

A native of Nova Scotia, Scott Andrew Christensen sandwiched an MFA between thick crusts of travelling and teaching abroad. He currently lives in the Middle East. His first collection, the boundaries of return, was published last year by Red Hand Books. He continues to work on long pieces of fiction.

Marshall Comstock was born and raised on his family’s cattle ranch in the rural coastal mountains of Northern California. He is a writer and photographer, though during the daylight hours he has also been a teacher, a construction laborer, a waiter, and a ranch hand.

Melissa Cronin’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, Chicken Soup for the Soul, River Teeth Journal, Hunger Mountain Journal, and Under the Gum Tree. Melissa holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives with her husband in Vermont. Visit her at

Barbara Elovic has just published a new collection, Other People’s Stories, available from Bright Hill Press. Her poems have appeared in over 100 journals including Poetry, Sonora Review, and Marlboro Review. Additionally, her work is included in anthologies published by Scribners, Dell, and Columbia University Press. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Mike Foldes, sales engineer by trade, is founder and managing editor of Ragazine.CC ( A graduate of The Ohio State University (BA, anthropology), he has edited and published poetry anthologies and chapbooks, technical publications and print magazines and newspapers. Foldes and his wife Margot have three grown children.

A. B. Francis was born and raised in Oakland and received his MFA from the University of San Francisco. He has been an AWP Intro Journals Winner, a finalist for the Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize, and his work has appeared in the Mid-American Review. He currently resides in Oakland and works as a biologist.

Stan Friedman is the Head Librarian for Conde Nast in New York City. With an MFA in poetry from Columbia, Stan’s published works range from the technical to the abstract, and include cover stories for Library Journal, 200+ cookbook reviews for Publishers Weekly, and dozens of theater reviews for

Jennifer Givhan writes and raises her two young children in New Mexico. A PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, she currently attends the MFA program at Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in over seventy literary journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2013. You can visit Givhan online at

Michael Goldman is the founder of Hammer and Horn Productions which has produced three audiobooks of Danish poetry in English translation. His translations have appeared in 18 journals including The Los Angeles Review, The International Poetry Review and World Literature Today. He lives in Florence, Massachusetts, USA.

Marianne Koluda Hansen (1951-2014), born on the island of Bornholm, lived most of her life in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she wrote four books of poetry and two novels. She received her teaching degree in 1979 and taught English and Danish at a school for adults for 30 years. Also, she was an artist who held several exhibitions.

Susan Hunter is a freelance journalist for newspapers in western Connecticut. She is a former newspaper editor and reporter and managed creative departments in book publishing companies in New York City. Her poetry will appear in Southern Humanities Review and The Chaffin Journal. She and her husband are the parents of three daughters.

Elizabeth Iannaci is a widely published and anthologized Los Angeles-based poet who still writes letters on paper. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Vermont College and was a finalist for the New Letters Literary Award. She’s read her work at countless venues in the US, Slovenia, Paris, and Istanbul.

Beth Konkoski grew up in the St. Lawrence Valley and has deep Adirondack roots. Her poetry has appeared in The Potomac Review, Gargoyle, blueline and other journals. Her chapbook Noticing the Splash was published by BoneWorld Press in 2010. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children.

Kathryn Kulpa’s stories have been published in Gravel, Literary Orphans, NANO Fiction, Superstition Review, and several anthologies. She is the author of Pleasant Drugs (Mid-List Press), a fiction collection, and Who’s the Skirt? (Origami Poems Project), a micro-fiction chapbook. She leads writing workshops for teens and adults throughout Rhode Island.

Ruth Lopez is a writer who lives in Chicago.

McKay McFadden was a John & Renee Grisham Fellow at the University of Mississippi, where she received a Masters of Fine Arts in 2014. She now lives in New York City, where she is writing her first novel, Depraved Hearts, about three friends hitchhiking across Central Asia.

James McKee and his wife live in New York City, where they both work in education. After spending over a decade teaching at a small progressive high school in Manhattan, he currently works as a private tutor and spends his free time, when not writing or reading, traveling less than he would like and brooding more than he can help.

Jennifer O’Grady’s poems have appeared in Harper’s, The New Republic, The Writer’s Almanac, Poetry and numerous other places, including her prizewinning book, White (Mid-List Press). Her recent play Quasars is included in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2014 (Smith and Kraus) and Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35 (Applause, 2014).

Peter Orner is the author of four books of fiction, most recently Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge. He lives in Bolinas, California.

Carla Panciera has published two collections of poetry: One of the Cimalores (Cider Press) and No Day, No Dusk, No Love (Bordighera). Her collection of short stories, Bewildered, received AWP’s 2013 Grace Paley Short Fiction Award and is available from the University of Massachusetts Press. Her work has appeared in several journals including The New England Review, Nimrod, The Chattahoochee Review, Painted Bride, and Carolina Quarterly. A high school English teacher, Carla lives in Rowley, MA.

Ricardo Pau-Llosa’s seventh book of poems, Man (2014), is his fifth title with Carnegie Mellon U Press. His work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in: Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Fiddlehead, Dalhousie Review, Barrow Street, december, Harvard Review, Hollins Critic, Edinburgh Review, Stand, among other literary journals. More at Josh Rathkamp’s first collection of poetry, Some Nights No Cars At All, is distributed by Copper Canyon. His work has appeared in literary journals and public art projects, including American Poetry Review, Arts and Letters, Poet Lore, and Rattle. He directs the Creative Writing Program at Mesa Community College.

Bill Roorbach is the author most recently of The Remedy for Love, which was a finalist for the 2014 Kirkus Prize in Fiction. Life Among Giants (2012), is in development for a multi-year drama series at HBO. His memoir in nature, Temple Stream, has just been reissued in a quality paperback edition by Down East Books.

Colby Cedar Smith holds degrees from Colorado College and Harvard University. She is the author of two chapbooks Seven Seeds of the Pomegranate (The Penny Press, 2006) and Transplanted (Bokbinderigatan Press, 2013). Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Harper Palate, Memorious, Potomac Review, and The Iowa Review.

Chuck Tripi, a retired airline pilot, is founding partner of The Paulinskill Poetry Project, a boutique press and resource for poets of the Upper Delaware River Region. His poems appear in Confrontation, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Louisiana Literature, Poetry East, Poet Lore, and in his collection Carlo and Sophia (Cyberwit, 2013).

Joseph Truscello is an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech and a fiction editor for the minnesota review. The Filler Stage is his first published story.

Tim Weed’s writing has appeared in Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Talking Points Memo, Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. He works as a featured expert for National Geographic and teaches at Grub Street in Boston. Tim’s debut novel, Will Poole’s Island (Namelos), was named one of Bank Street’s Best Books of the Year.

Jamie Wendt holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her poetry has been published in various journals, including Lilith, After Hours, Open To Interpretation, and ROAR Magazine. Her essay, “American Jewish Women Poets,” was published by Green Mountains Review. Wendt lives in Chicago with her husband and teaches English.

Stan Lee Werlin’s short stories have appeared in Southern Humanities Review, Los Angeles Review, Sheepshead Review, Prime Number, Glassworks and Soundings East. His humorous children’s poetry has been published in numerous children’s magazines and anthologies. He holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from The Wharton School.

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