Cezarija Abartis

Cezarija Abartis’ Nice Girls and Other Stories was published by New Rivers Press. Her stories have appeared in Per Contra, Pure Slush, Waccamaw, and New York Tyrant, among others. Her flash, “The Writer,” was selected by Dan Chaon for Wigleaf‘s Top 50 online Fictions of 2012. “The Argument,” was chosen by Beate Sigriddaughter as a runner-up for the Fourteenth Glass Woman Prize. Recently she completed a novel, a thriller. She teaches at St. Cloud State University. Her website is – Work in Issues 24, 33, 38

David Ackley

David Ackley writes from the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he studied under Fred Chappell. His work has appeared in The Greensboro Review, Prick of the Spindle, Thrice Fiction, Lost in Thought, and other journals. Stories have been nominated for Best of the Net and Million Writers Awards, and listed as a Distinctive Story of the Year in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES. – Work in Issue 38, 40

Melissa Adamo

Melissa Adamo graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2009 with a BA in Literature, a concentration in Creative Writing, and a certification in Secondary Education. She will graduate from Rutgers-Newark in May 2012 with an MFA in Creative Writing. She has previously published poetry in Apple Valley Review, and currently teaches composition courses in the Rutgers-Newark Writing Program. An essay of hers is forthcoming this summer in Plath Profiles. – Work in Issue 28

Gail Galloway Adams

Gail Galloway Adams has had stories and poems published in The American Voice, The Georgia Review, The North American Review, and others. Her collection of short fiction, The Purchase of Order, won the Flannery O’Connor Award and has been reissued in paperback. The title story was selected for inclusion in The Prentice Hall Anthology of Women’s Literature.

She is on the permanent workshop staff at Wildacres Writers’ Conference in Little Switzerland, NC and in 1991 was the McGee Professor in Creative Writing at Davidson College.

On the creative writing faculty of the English department at West Virginia University, Adams was named West Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CASE). She continues to work on short stories, the most recent of which appeared in The Kenyon Review. – Work in Issue 2

Niyi Ademoroti

Niyi Ademoroti is a Nigerian writer born and raised in Lagos. His short fiction has appeared in Omenana and Brittlepaper. What little time he isn’t spending listening to music, he spends working on his novel. – Work in Issue 40

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and long-listed for the Booker. A 2003 O. Henry Prize winner, Adichie’s short fiction has appeared in various literary publications, including Granta and the Iowa Review. She attended Eastern Connecticut State University and Johns Hopkins University. She presently divides her time between Nigeria and the United States, where she is a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. – Work in Issue 2

Dawn Allison

Dawn Allison lives in North Carolina. Her work has been featured in Bound Off, Burst Literary E-zine, The Writer’s Eye Magazine, and as a winner of the Whidbey Student Choice Award, among others. – Work in Issue 20

Cheryl Alu

Cheryl Alu was 2011’s First Prize winner of the Mississippi Review Prize. She also had stories published in theBarcelona Review, The Robert Olin Butler Prize Anthology, Other Voices, and the Bridport Prize published in the UK. – Work in Issue 22

Hipolito Alvarado

Hipolito Alvarado, born in Guayaquil in 1929, is a quiet poet whose work reveals a feeling of social commitment and, stylistically, a desire to break down the usual literary genre distinctions. His poetry manifests two diverse interests: one focusing on the day-to-day of ordinary people, filled with the details of quotidian urban life, the other leaning towards an examination of spirituality principally through Indian religions. The literary influences on Alvarado, as on several other poets in this anthology, include James Joyce and e.e. cummings as forerunners in the search for artistic freedom and especially in the championing of the use of colloquial language. His works are: Short Stories: La segunda voz (Guayaquil, 1975). Poetry: Más allá del tiempo y las imágenes (Guayaquil, 1996). Short Story Anthologies: Cuento ecuatoriano contemporáneo (Guayaquil, s.f), Nuevos cuentistas del Ecuador (Guayaquil, 1975), Bajo la carpa (Guayaquil, 1981), 40 cuentos ecuatorianos (Guayaquil, 1997),Antología básica del cuento ecuatoriano (Quito, 1998). – Work in Issue 10

Kendall Anderson

Kendall Anderson is a photographer and graduate architect who has spent much of the past few years crawling around dark and dirty buildings to photograph the decaying ruins of our recent industrial history. His interest is in documenting and sharing the fascinating spaces that exist in our mundane world that are overlooked and ignored. – Work in Issue 2

Nathalie F. Anderson

Nathalie F. Anderson serves currently as Poet in Residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, and she teaches at Swarthmore College, where she is a Professor in the Department of English Literature and directs the Program in Creative Writing.

Nathalie Anderson’s most recent book, Quiver, was published in 2011 by Penstroke Press. Her first book,Following Fred Astaire, won the 1998 Washington Prize from The Word Works; her second, Crawlers, received the 2005 McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press; and her third, Quiver, was published in 2011 by Penstroke Press. Anderson directs the Program in Creative Writing at Swarthmore College, and runs the Lit-Philly ListServe list for literary events in the Philadelphia area. – Work in Issue 27

Eugénio de Andrade

Eugénio de Andrade (1923-2005) was, after Fernando Pessoa, the best known Portuguese poet of the 20th century. He won all of Portugal’s literary awards, as well as the prestigious Prix Jean Malrieu from France. His work has appeared in well over twenty languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Greek, Japanese and Chinese. Here in the USA, ten volumes of his work have appeared, including Forbidden Words: Selected Poetry of Eugénio de Andrade (New Directions, 2003). “Harmonium” is drawn from his collection The Art of Patience, about to be published by Red Dragonfly Press. – Work in Issue 29

Arlene Ang

Arlene Ang serves as staff editor for The Pedestal Magazine and Press 1. Her collection of poems, Secret Love Poems, was published in 2007 by Rubicon Press. Her collaborative fiction with Valerie Fox has been published in Admit 2, Defenestration, and qaartsiluni. They are also the authors of a poetry collection, Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon (Texture Press, 2008). More of Ang’s work may be read at – Work in Issues 2, 17

Lis Anna-Langston

Lis Anna-Langston is the recipient of many awards including; a 2013/2011 Pushcart nominee, 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Semi-finalist, a five time WorldFest winner, FadeIn, Telluride IndieFest winner, Helene Wurlitzer Grant recipient, Chesterfield Film Project Finalist, New Century Writers winner, and a finalist in the prestigious William Faulkner Competition. Her short films, screenplays, and novels have all been nominated and subsequently won awards including Best Novel and Best Short Film. She was awarded a quarter-finalist in the International Screenplay Awards, semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, a quarter finalist in the Writers Network screenplay competition and First Place in The American Accolades Screenwriting Competition. She is the Second Place Winner of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Award, the Fourth Place New Century Writers Short Fiction Winner and Second Place Winner Best Dramatic Short Tupelo Film Festival, First Place winner of the 11th Annual Poet Hunt Award, a three time Accolade Film Competition winner including a Best in Show and Award of Excellence winner, a Screenplay Festival winner and a Bronze & Silver Remi winner at Worldfest. Her fiction has been published in Word Riot, The Blotter, Petigru Review, Hot Metal Press, The Smoking Poet, Eclectic Flash Literary Journal, Paper Skin Glass Bones, 491 Magazine, Fiction Fix, The Monarch Review, 5×5 Literary Magazine, Red Booth Review, Hint Fiction Anthology, Chamber Four Literary Magazine, Emyrs Journal, Literary Laundry, Barely South Review, Flash Fiction Offensive, Flashquake Literary Journal, Steel Toe Review, Cactus Heart Press, Empty Sink Publishing, and The MacGuffin Literary Review. You can learn more about her – Work in Issue 36

Jennifer Anthony

Jennifer Anthony received her MFA in Writing for Children from Spalding University. Her short story series,Tonics, appears/will appear in the spring/summer/fall/winter 2007 issues of The First Line ( When she’s not writing or working at a not-for-profit education policy firm, she divides her time between travel and mentoring for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. You can visit her Web site at – Work in Issue 7

Monica Arac de Nyeko

Monica Arac de Nyeko is from Uganda. She studied at Makerere and Groningen University for a degree in Education and an MA in Humanitarian Assistance. She has been a fellow on the British Council’s Crossing Borders program. Arac de Nyeko won first prize in the Women’s World Voices in War Zones for a personal essay, “In the Stars,” in 2003, was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2004 for “Strange Fruit,” and won it in 2007 for “Jambula Tree.” She works in Nairobi. – Work in Issue 14

Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah moved to the US from Nigeria in her early teens and spent a decade in the bayous of Louisiana before relocating to the prairies of Minnesota. Her work has appeared in PANK Magazine and Mid-American Review. She is at work on her first novel. – Work in Issue 35

Bode Asiyanbi

Bode Asiyanbi holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, UK where he was the recipient of their 2010 DLMA International Scholarship. He is a two-time winner of the BBC African Performance Playwriting Prize (2005 and 2011). His stories have appeared in the Kalahari Review and Living Earth Foundation’s Collected Works from the Niger Delta. He has also written Radio and Television drama series for the BBC World Service Trust and BBC Media Action.

His Stage play “Shattered” premiered at the British Council Lagos Theatre Festival held February 2013, his story “The Diagnosis” was a winning entry for the British Council Lagos Theatre Festival 2014, and his poems featured in the anthology of contemporary African poetry, A Thousand Voices Rising. – Work in Issue 36

Sefi Atta

Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She trained as an accountant in London and began writing while working in New York. Her works have won prizes from Zoetrope: All-Story, Red Hen Press, the BBC, and PEN International. In 2006, she was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Literature and her debut novel, Everything Good Will Come was awarded the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. It is forthcoming in France, Germany, Spain, and Australia this year. Her second novel, Swallow, and her collection of short stories, Lawless, will be published in April 2008 by Farafina, Nigeria. – Work in Issue 4, 10

Ned Balbo

Ned Balbo received the 2010 Donald Justice Prize, selected by A. E. Stallings, for The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press/WCU Poetry Center). His previous books include Lives of the Sleepers (U. of Notre Dame Press, Ernest Sandeen Prize and ForeWord Book of the Year Award) and Galileo’s Banquet (WWPH, Towson University Prize). He is also the author of a chapbook, Something Must Happen (Finishing Line Press). He has received three Maryland Arts Council grants, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award, and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. “My Father’s Music,” an essay on adoptive identity and ethnicity, appears inCreative Nonfiction‘s anthology of Italian-American prose, Our Roots Are Deep with Passion (Other Press). A native of Long Island, New York, he teaches at Loyola University, Maryland and lives in Baltimore with his wife, poet-essayist Jane Satterfield, and her daughter Catherine. – Work in Issue 24

Donna Barkman

Donna Barkman is a writer and actor. Her solo play, Hand-Me-Downs was produced in NYC and Westchester. Most recently, she wrote and performed two pieces in The Ides of March at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. Her poetry has appeared in The Westchester Review,, Bray Arts Journal,Chautauqua, Boston Literary Review, and others. She’s enjoyed two writers residencies at Brush Creek and Jentel, both in Wyoming. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Peter Barlow

Peter Barlow’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rosebud, Underground Voices, Bryant Literary Review,The Oklahoma Review, The Other Herald, and Spindrift. He received his MFA Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and serves as a reader for that school’s journal, The Literary Review. – Work in Issue 32

Dennis Barone

Dennis Barone is the author or editor of twenty-two books: most recently New Hungers for Old: One-Hundred Years of Italian-American Poetry and Garnet Poems: An Anthology of Connecticut Poetry Since 1776. Currently he is working on a book called Beyond Memory: Italian American Protestantism. – Work in Issue 27

Margaret Chew Barringer

Margaret Chew Barringer is an American poet, producer, director, web designer, and video editor. She is the founder of American INSIGHT, an educational resource that has featured Free Speech and the Spoken Word since 1983. Prior to its name change, the organization was known as the American Poetry Center, and inaugurated Poetry Month in Pennsylvania, which became National Poetry Month a decade later. Her poems have been published in journals and anthologies in America and in Russia, where she developed a seven-year literary exchange program with the former Soviet Writers Union. Under her management, American INSIGHT now produces broadcast-quality historical documentaries, and inspires audiences around the world with its annual Free Speech Film Festival, and interactive Free Speech Storyline. – Work in Issue 27

Mildred K. Barya

Mildred K. Barya has just completed revising a collection of 15 short stories, City of Antelopes. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, New York. She also studied at Makerere University, Uganda, Moi University, Kenya, and the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Barya’s short stories include: “Land of my Bones,” published in Dreams, Miracles & Jazz, anthology, Picador, 2008. “Scars of Earth,” published in The African Love Stories Anthology, Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd, UK, 2006. “Effigy Child,” published by Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) UK, 2004, then republished in Gifts of Harvest, FEMRITE, 2006, and “Raindrops,” published in Words from a Granary, FEMRITE anthology, 2001.

Her first collection of poetry, Men Love Chocolates But They Don’t Say won the Uganda National Award for poetry publication, 2002. The Price of Memory after the Tsunami is her second poetry book published by Mallory International, UK, 2006. Give Me Room to Move My Feet her third poetry book, 2009, published by Amalion, Senegal.

Mildred’s homepage is – Work in Issue 26

Lisa Marie Basile

Lisa Marie Basile is the author of an upcoming book of poetry, A Decent Voodoo (Cervena Barva Press) and a chapbook, White Spiders (Gold Wake Press, 2010). She has been published in various journals (Word Riot,elimae, Poets & Artists Magazine, Moon Milk Review, among others) and is the editor of Caper Literary Journal. She is an MFA candidate at the New School in NYC and is a member of the Poetry Brothel. – Work in Issue 21

L. S. Bassen

L. Shapley Bassen is Fiction Editor for The Spindle and Finalist for 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award. Feb., 2016 is the publication date for the coming of age novel [Egyptian-American girl] MARWA. In 2014, Typhoon Media published her alternative history novel in which Hitler is successfully assassinated, Summer of the Long Knives. Also in 2014, Texture Press published her collection Lives of Crime & Other Stories. She was an original Reader for, and won the 2009 APP Drama Prize & a Mary Roberts Rinehart Fellowship. She reviews for The Rumpus and others and is a prizewinning, produced, published playwright. ATA in NYC, OH, NC). – Work in Issues 30, 32, 32 (more), 40

Jackee Budesta Batanda

Jackee Budesta Batanda works as a senior communications officer with the Refugee Law Project of the faculty of Law at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She holds an MA in Forced Migration Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a BA from Makerere University in Kampala. Batanda has been writing professionally for over nine years, both as a freelance journalist for local papers, such as The Sunday Vision and The Sunday Monitor, and as a writer of fiction. Her works have been published both at home and abroad. In 2006, she worked as a peace writer at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego, where she documented the story of a human rights worker, Shukrije Gashi of Kosovo, as part of the peace narratives produced by the Institute. In 2008, she was awarded a research fellowship at the highly competitive Justice in Africa Fellowship Programme with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in Cape Town. She was recently the International Writer-in-Residence at the Housing Authors and Literature, Denmark (HALD) where she commenced work on her novel. Batanda has won numerous awards for her fiction writing, including the Commonwealth Short Story Competition and shortlisting for the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa. Her work has been performed on the BBC World Service, BBC 3, and other radio stations around the commonwealth. She is a recipient of the 2010 Young Achievers Awards in the “Corporate and Professionals” category officiated by the President of Uganda. She has been awarded the 2011 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship. – Work in Issue 23

Diane Hoover Bechtler

Diane Hoover Bechtler lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, Michael Gross who is a poet. As well as writing short work, she is working on a novel. 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. – Work in Issues 20, 31

Jürgen Becker

Jürgen Becker, born in Köln, Germany in 1932, is the author of over thirty books—novels, story collections, poetry collections, and plays—all published by Germany’s premier publisher, Suhrkamp. He has won numerous prizes in Germany, including the Heinrich Böll Prize, the Uwe Johnson Prize, and the Hermann Lenz Prize, among others. – Work in Issue 10, 10 (German)

David Beckman

David Beckman is a poet and playwright. His poetry chapbooks include Language Factory of the Mind, from Finishing Line Press, and Phantasia, from mgv>2 publishing, La Reposoir, France. He has also had poems in a number of journals and anthologies. His plays have been produced in New York, Dallas, Santa Monica, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa, California. He lives in Santa Rosa. – Work in Issue 38

Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

Gustavo Adolfo Becquer (b. in Seville, Spain; 1836-1870). Son of a well-known painter of Flemish ancestry who died when the boy was only five, Becquer was also, like several of his brothers, artistically gifted. He lost his mother when he was 11, and was brought up by relatives and his godmother. In his late teens, he left Andalucia for Madrid to initiate a Bohemian life with poet and artist friends, and there he earned a precarious living at freelance writing, art, editing, journalism, translation, government work, and the writing of comic plays for the local theater. Eventually, he was joined by his brother Valeriano, a noted painter, who shared with him a life that included constant poverty, the pain of several unrequited loves, and an unhappy marriage that produced three children, one of them perhaps the child of his wife’s lover.

When Valeriano died in 1870, Becquer suffered severe depression, sickened unaccountably, and died within three months. His last words to friends were, “Remember my children.” Those friends managed to publish his works—poetry and short stories—after his death, in order to help support Becquer’s widow and orphans. Those works were strongly influenced by the Latin classic poets, especially Horace, and by the German Romantics, especially Hoffman and Heine. A precursor of Modernismo, he shared the then-current German interest in folklore and legend, and is considered the founder of Spanish lyrical Romanticism. He is, to this day, a poet whose work Spanish speakers learn by heart in both Spain and Latin America. – Work in Issue 22

Michael Beeman

Michael Beeman writes and edits fiction. Since completing the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program in 2009, he has placed writing in The Sewanee Review,, The South Carolina Review,Thought Catalog, Necessary Fiction, Publishers Weekly, Per Contra, and ForeWord Reviews, among other venues. He recently won the 2013 Andrew Lytle Fiction Prize for best story from the Sewanee Review. He also edits fiction for Big Lucks and reads for Electric Literature‘s Recommended Reading series. Originally from New England, he now lives in Washington, DC, where he is an enthusiastic volunteer at Dave Eggers’ non-profit tutoring center, 826DC. – Work in Issue 30

Ruth Behar

Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in New York City. She is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. In 1999, Latina Magazine named her one of 50 Latinas who made history in the twentieth century.

Behar has worked as an ethnographer in Spain, Mexico, and Cuba. Her books include The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village, Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story, and The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart. Behar is co-editor of Women Writing Culture and editor ofBridges to Cuba, a pioneering forum of culture and art by Cubans on the island and in the diaspora.

A respected, visible, and provocative scholar, Behar is also known for her essays, poetry, fiction, and work as a filmmaker. Her classic essay, “Juban América,” appeared in King David’s Harp: Autobiographical Essays by Jewish Latin American Writers, and her short story, “La Cortada,” was selected by Joyce Carol Oates for inclusion in Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers. Behar’s poems have been published in Sephardic American Voices: Two Hundred Years of a Literary Legacy, Little Havana Blues: A Cuban-American Literature Anthology, and The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Jewish-American Writers. A chapbook of her poems, Poemas que vuelven a Cuba/Poems Returned to Cuba was published in Matanzas, Cuba, by Ediciones Vigía, an editorial collective that produces handmade artisanal books in small editions. Her collection of prose poems, Todo lo que guardé/ Everything I Kept, which explores the theme of loss, was published by Ediciones Vigía in 2001.

Behar wrote, directed, and produced Adio Kerida/Goodbye Dear Love: A Cuban Sephardic Journey, an 82-minute video documentary distributed by Women Make Movies ( The documentary is based on the life stories of Sephardic Cuban Jews living in Cuba, Miami, and New York. It has been shown at film festivals all over the world. As an emerging filmmaker, she seeks to bring her humanistic and poetic vision of cultural anthropology to the art of the documentary film.

Behar received her BA in Letters (1977) from Wesleyan University, and her MA (1980) and PhD in Cultural Anthropology (1983) from Princeton University. She is a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. Further information about her work is available on her Web site at – Work in Issue 3

Sally Bellerose

Sally Bellerose has received many awards, including an NEA, the Barbara Deming Prize, and the Rick DeMatinis Award. Her recent work appears or is forthcoming in Rock and Sling, The Journal of Humanistic Anthropology,Cutthroat, Saint Ann’s Review, Cup of Comfort for Writers, Memoirs, and Crab Orchard Review. Her writing has always involved themes of sexuality, illness, and class. Her most recent work, fiction inspired by the lives of her elderly parents, has only reinforced her interest in these issues. – Work in Issue 11

Dina Bellrham

Dina Bellrham (Milagro, 1984-2011) lived in both Guayaquil and Naranjito and studied medicine at the University of Guayaquil. She was a member of the cultural circle Buseta de papel in Guayaquil. Her first book, Con plexo de culpa, won First Honorable Mention in the Ileana Espinel Cedeño National Competition for Young Poets. Her second book, La mujer de helio was published just a month before her sudden suicide. A posthumous volume called Je suis malade is being planned for publication. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines throughout South America. Here in the USA, three of her poems will be appearing in Bitter Oleander. – Work in Issue 25, 25 (More)

Ruy Belo

Ruy Belo published 11 collections of poetry, four collections of critical writings, and numerous translations of writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Blaise Cendrars, Garcia Lorca, and Saint-Exupery. His work has appeared in over thirty anthologies in Portugal, as well as in collections published in France, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Bulgaria, Holland, Mexico, and, of course, Brazil. This marks his first publication in the USA since his early death in 1978. – Work in Issue 31

Joe Benevento

Joe Benevento teaches literature and creative writing at Truman State U., where he also directs the creative writing program and serves as co-editor of Green Hills Literary Lantern. His poems, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in more than 300 places, including: Poets & Writers, Bilingual Review, and Prairie Schooner. He has eleven books of poetry and fiction to his credit, most recently his second mystery novel, Saving St. Teresa, and Expecting Songbirds: Selected Poems, 1983-2015. His email is – Work in Issues 38, 39

Dessale Berekhet

Dessale Berekhet is an Eritrean journalist, poet, and translator. He has a degree in English from Asmara University and is one of Eritrea’s leading experts in Tigre. – Work in Issue 12

Meredith Bergmann

Meredith Bergmann is a sculptor and poet. Cities with public monuments include Boston and New York, and she is currently working on the FDR Hope Memorial for Roosevelt Island, NYC. Pictures of her work can be seen Her poems, articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in American Arts Quarterly, Barrow Street, Iambs and Trochees, The New Criterion, The New York Review of Art, The Tri Quarterly Review, and Sculpture Review. Her sonnets appear in Judith Dupré’s Full of Grace and the anthology Hot Sonnets. She is a poetry editor of American Arts Quarterly and its Web site: – Work in Issues 23,25

Paul-André Betito

Paul-André Betito graduated cum laude with an H.BA in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014. His story, “Spider,” was the second-place finisher in FreeFall Magazine’s 2014 short fiction contest. His short fiction has also been published by Urban Graffiti. – Work in Issue 39

Jerome Betts

Jerome Betts is from Herefordshire but lives in Devon (England) where he has taught EFL in Torquay, Totnes, and Exeter. As well as articles or verse in a variety of country, medical, regional consumer, and specialist magazines, including Verbatim, English Today, and Notes and Queries, his work has appeared in The Guardian,Haltwhistle Quarterly, The Iron Book of New Humorous Verse, The New Writer, Pennine Platform, Phoenix,Staple, Tribune, and Westwords. He has also contributed to Web publications such as Lighten Up Online andTilt-A-Whirl. A parodic sequence, Travails With A Skeleton, appeared as a booklet in the Outposts series. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Kiran Bharthapudi

Kiran Bharthapudi is a freelance writer and journalist in New York City. His flash fiction pieces were showcased on His first full-length short story appears in Per Contra. – Work in Issue 11

R. K. Biswas

R. K. Biswas is the author of a novel, Culling Mynahs and Crows, published by Lifi Publications, India, and a short story collection – Breasts and Other Afflictions of Women published by Authorspress, India. Her third book Immoderate Men is forthcoming in mid-2016 from Speaking Tiger Books, India. Her short fiction and poetry have been published worldwide. Notably in Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), Per Contra (USA), Markings (Scotland), Flash: The International Short-Short Story magazine (UK), Mascara Literary Review (Australia), Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong), Kritya (India), South (UK), Pratilipi (India), Eclectica (USA), Nth Position (UK), Crannog (Ireland), The Little Magazine (India), Going Down Swinging (Australia), and Etchings (Australia), Muse India among others. Her novel Culling Mynahs and Crows was listed as one of the 20 most popular books published in 2014 by The Readers’ Club, Delhi. Her poem “Cleavage” was long listed in the Bridport Poetry Prize in 2006 and also was a finalist in the Aesthetica Contest in 2010. Her story “Ahalya’s Valhalla” was among Story South‘s Notable stories of the net in 2007. Her poem “Bones” was a Pushcart Nominee from Cha: An Asian Literary Journal in 2010. In 2012, she won first prize in the Anam Cara Writer’s Retreat Short Story Contest. She won second prize for her short story “It Comes From Uranus” in the 2016 India Currents Katha Literary Fiction Contest (USA). She blogs at – Work in Issues 17, 27, 40

Lili Bita

Lili Bita, author, actress, and musician, has some twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, translation, and memoir to her credit, most recently The Storm Rider and The Thrust of the Blade. Her memoir, Sister of Darkness, was the basis of a successful one-woman show. She has performed on the stages of three continents, and taught, held residencies, and offered master classes at more than fifty American universities. Classically trained in her native Greece, she has most recently appeared in productions of Euripides’ The Bacchae and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, both adapted by Robert Zaller. – Work in Issue 26

Russell Bittner

Russell Bittner writes both fiction and poetry. Both his fiction and poetry have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has appeared in, among other places, The American Dissident, The Lyric, The International Journal of Erotica, Thieves Jargon, Southern Hum, Opium Magazine, and Different Voices. His fiction has been published widely, including in The International Journal of Erotica, Underground Voices, Per Contra, Skive,andNext Stop Hollywood: Short Stories Bound for the Screen (St. Martins, 2007). The first chapter of his novel,Trompe-l’oeil (completed in 2004) appeared in Snow Monkey in its fall 2006 issue. The first six chapters of another novel, Girl from Baku, appear in Dead Drunk Dublin. He is presently at work on two additional novels,Gigolo, Gigolina, and My Cradle, My Crucible, as well as on a collection of short stories, The Dead Don’t Bitch. – Work in Issue 4, 4 (Light Verse)

A. N. Block

A. N. Block has an MA in History and is a Master of Wine who teaches at Boston University. He is a contributing cditor at the Improper Bostonian and has published dozens of non-fiction pieces on wine and food. A recent convert to fiction writing, his stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Bicycle Review, the Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Art, Umbrella Factory Magazine (a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee), Flash Frontier, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Down in the Dirt, Contrary, Blue Bonnet Review, and The Binnacle. – Work in Issue 40

Lori Ann Bloomfield

Lori Ann Bloomfield is the author of the novel, The Last River Child (Second Story Press). She has had over a dozen short stories published in literary journals in Canada and the US. She lives in Toronto, Canada. – Work in Issue 40

Laurel Blossom

Laurel Blossom’s sixth book and second book-length narrative prose poem, Longevity, will be published in 2015 by Four Way Books, which also published Degrees of Latitude in 2007. Lyric collections include Wednesday: New and Selected Poems, The Papers Said, What’s Wrong, and a chapbook, Any Minute. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including 120 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, edited by Billy Collins, and in national and international journals including Poetry, Pequod, The Paris Review, Pleiades,xconnect, and Harper’s, among others, and online at,, Tupelo Quarterly, Per Contra, and elsewhere. Her poetry has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and the Elliston Prize.

Blossom has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and Harris Manchester College (Oxford University), where she was elected Regent Emeritus in 2008. She serves on the editorial board of Heliotrope: a journal of poetry, and curates an occasional reading series in rural South Carolina. – Work in Issues 20, 31

Shaune Bornholdt

Shaune Bornholdt is a psychologist who lives in New York City. Her poems have appeared in American Arts Quarterly, Hanging Loose, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and online journals including Poetry Porch and Umbrella. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the City University of New York and is currently enrolled in the Stonecoast MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine. – Work in Issues 23, 25, 25 (More)

Mel Bosworth

Mel Bosworth is the author of a short fiction chapbook, When the Cats Razzed the Chickens and Other Stories(Folded Word Press, 2009). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prick of the Spindle, Annalemma, Lamination Colony, Wrong Tree Review, elimae, mud luscious, and Wigleaf, among others. In 2009, he received his first Pushcart Prize nomination for his story “Leave Me as I Lessen”(Heron, Folded Word Press, 2009). Mel lives, breathes, writes, and works in western Massachusetts. – Work in Issue 18

Kirk Boys

Kirk Boys is a writer living outside Seattle. His fiction has appeared in Gravel Magazine, Thrice Fiction, andStorie. All write #57/58 and – online. He was a finalist in Glimmer Train‘s 2014 Short Story Award for new writers. His non-fiction is soon to appear in Biostories. He holds a certificate in Advanced Literary Fiction from the University of Washington; he is a youth mentor at Richard Hugo House. He is working on his second novel. – Work in Issue 36

Rosa Alice Branco

Rosa Alice Branco has published collections of her poetry in Spain, Tunisia, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Brazil, Venezuela, and Francophone Canada. Her work has been anthologized in numerous countries, including Russia, Latvia, Hungary, Macedonia, Germany, Corsica, and the United States, where a selection of her poems led off the recent Graywolf Press collection New European Poets. Her work has also appeared in over thirty magazines in this country, including Absinthe, Artful Dodge, Atlanta Review, Bitter Oleander, The Café Review,Connecticut Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Florida Review, Gulf Coast, The Hollins Critic, Lake Effect,The Literary Review, Marlboro Review, Metamorphosis, Mid-American Review, New England Review, Osiris, Per Contra, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Seneca Review, The Temple,13th Moon , and Two-Lines. Branco’s recent book, O gado de Senhor/Cattle of the Lord, won the 15,000 Euro (over $20,000) Great Spiral Poetry Prize (2009) granted to the best poetry collection of the year from Portugal, Galicia, Angola, or Brazil. – Work in Issues 6, 6 (more), 6 (more), 6 (More), 12, 12 (Spanish), 17, 20, 24, 28, 35, 35 (more), 36, 37

Al Bray

Al Bray moved to the border area between New Hampshire and Vermont from Chicago, where he worked as a clinical social worker. He is working on a novel and has had stories published in TQR Stories and Gone Lawn Journal. – Work in Issue 25

Matthew Brennan

Matthew Brennan is a novelist, short-fictionist, and freelance editor. He earned his MFA in fiction from Arizona State University, and serves on the editorial staff of the Hayden’s Ferry Review and Speech Bubble Magazine. Brennan has received numerous awards and fellowships for his short fiction and literary translations, which have appeared in dozens of journals, including Pure Slush, Emerge Literary Journal, Fiddleblack, Recess Magazine,Glasschord, Eunoia Review, Rose Red Review, Two Lines, and So To Speak. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. His website is – Work in Issue 28

Shirley J. Brewer

Shirley J. Brewer is a poet, educator, and workshop facilitator. Publication credits include: The Cortland Review,Innisfree Poetry Journal, Pearl, Comstock Review, Loch Raven Review, Passager, Manorborn, and other journals. Her poetry chapbook, A Little Breast Music, was published in 2008 by Passager Books (Baltimore). Her second poetry collection, After Words, is forthcoming in early 2013 from Apprentice House/Loyola University (Baltimore). She has an MA in Creative Writing/Publishing Arts from University of Baltimore, 2005. – Work in Issue24 (Light Verse)

Kim Bridgford

Kim Bridgford is the director of the West Chester University Poetry Center and the West Chester University Poetry Conference, the largest all-poetry writing conference in the United States. As the editor of Mezzo Cammin, she founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which was launched at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington in March 2010. She is the author of seven books of poetry, including Bully Pulpit, a book of poems on bullying, and Epiphanies, a book of religious poems. – Work in Issue27

Gerri Brightwell

Gerri Brightwell is a British writer who lives in Alaska with her husband and three sons. She teaches in the MFA programme at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and has two published novels: Cold Country (Duckworth, 2003) and The Dark Lantern (Crown 2008). – Work in Issue 22

Randall Brown

Randall Brown teaches at Rosemont College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the award-winning collection Mad to Live (Flume Press, 2008), his essay on (very) short fiction appears in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field, and he appears in the Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction (W.W. Norton, 2010). He blogs regularly at FlashFiction.Net and has been published widely, both online and in print, including online at American Short Fiction, Tin House, and Mississippi Review; and in-print in Cream City Review, Lake Effect, and Harpur Palate. He earned an MFA in Fiction at Vermont College. – Work in Issues 1, 1 (more), 1 (more), 31

Leah Browning

Leah Browning is the author of three non-fiction books for teens and pre-teens (Capstone Press) and a chapbook, Making Love to the Same Man for Fifteen Years (Big Table Publishing, 2009). Her second chapbook,Picking Cherries in the Española Valley, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. Browning’s fiction, poetry, essays, and articles have previously appeared in a variety of publications, including Queen’s Quarterly, 42opus,Blood Orange Review, Brink Magazine, and Pequin, as well as on a broadside from Broadsided Press, on postcards from the program Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, and in several anthologies. In addition to writing, Browning serves as the editor of the Apple Valley Review. Her personal website is located – Work in Issue 20

Kalisha Buckhanon

Kalisha Buckhanon’s novels are CONCEPTION, UPSTATE and the forthcoming Spring 2016 title SOLEMN, all published by St. Martin’s Press. Her awards include an American Library Association Alex Award, Friends of American Writers Award and Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose. Places she and her work have been featured include: Essence, People,Guardian/London Observer, Michigan Quarterly Review, London Independent on Sunday,Mosaic Literary Magazine, Colorlines, London’s Pride,,,,, Intellectual Refuge, Stockholm Review, Atticus Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Hermeneutic Chaos and more. Kalisha has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from The New School in New York City, and a B.A. and M.A. in English Language and Literature both from University of Chicago. You may visit her at – Work in Issue 36

Chris Bullard

Chris Bullard is a native of Jacksonville, FL. He lives in Collingswood, NJ. He received his BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Wilkes University. Kattywompus Press published his third chapbook, Dear Leatherface, in January of 2014 and WordTech Editions published his second full-length book, Grand Canyon, in 2015. His work has appeared in publications such as 32 Poems, Rattle, Pleiades, River Styx, and Nimrod. – Work in Issue 40

Richard Burgin, Contributing Editor

Richard Burgin is the author of 16 books, including two novels and nine collections of stories. His book The Identity Club: New and Selected Stories and Songs was listed by The Times Literary Supplement as one of The Best Books of 2006 and as one of The 40 Best Books of Fiction of the Last Decade.

His stories have appeared in many anthologies, including The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction and The Best American Mystery Stories and he has won 5 Pushcart Prizes for his stories. His next book,Hide Island, a Novella and Ten Stories, is forthcoming in early 2014. He is the founder and editor of the literary journal Boulevard. – Work in Issues 1, 5, 17, 21, 26, 31, 38

Powell Burke

Powell Burke is a graduate of the MFA program in fiction at Bennington College. He received his BA in Sociology from New College of Florida and his Master of Social Work from Florida State University. He currently lives in Atlanta, where he works as a licensed social worker in the healthcare field and is in training to practice independent psychotherapy. His work has previously appeared in Eclectica Magazine and Cricket Online Review. – Work in Issue 39

Deborah Burnham

Deborah Burnham works and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. For over twenty-five years, she taught poetry at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. Her most recent publication is a chapbook, Still, from Seven Kitchens Press. – Work in Issues 11, 24, 27

Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns has published in a variety of online and print journals, including The London Magazine, Random Acts of Writing, Menda City Review, and has forthcoming stories in Controlled Burn and Pale House. She lives in the UK with her husband and two children. – Work in Issue 22

Jeff Burt

Jeff Burt grew up in Wisconsin, was tempered in Texas and Nebraska, and found a home in California, though the landscapes of the Midwest still populate much of his work. He has work in or forthcoming in Clerestory, Agave, The Nervous Breakdown, Eclectica, Amarillo Bay, and “Storm Cellar” won the 2011 SuRaa short fiction award, and been nominated for a Best of the Net Anthology Award. – Work in Issue 40

Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne writes short fiction, humor essays, and poetry. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency,, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She was among the top 25 winners in the 2007Writer’s Digest Short Short Fiction Competition, and was subsequently published in an anthology of competition winners. She recently won second place in the Literary Short Story category at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference, and was among the top four winners of the 2007 Robert Benchley Award for Humor. She is currently working on a collection of short stories. – Work in Issue 8

P. Kearney Byrne

P. Kearney Byrne’s work has won the Francis MacManus Award (2012) and the Bryan MacMahon Award (2014). In 2013, she was long-listed in the UK Sunday Times EFG Short Story Competition and she was a finalist in the 2015 inaugural Hamlin Garland Award for Fiction (Beloit Fiction Journal, USA). Her short fiction will appear in the fall issue of Compose Journal. She is currently enrolled on an MA programme in University College Dublin. Originally from Dublin, she and her partner now live in Co Leitrim, Ireland. – Work in Issue 40

Astrid Cabral

Astrid Cabral is a leading poet and environmentalist from the Amazonian region of Brazil. She is the translator of Thoreau’s Walden into Portuguese. Recent collections of her poetry include The Anteroom, Gazing Through Water, and Cage. Her poems have appeared in more than thirty magazines, including Amazonian Literary Review, Bitter Oleander, Catamaran, Cincinnati Review, Confrontation, Dirty Goat, Evansville Review, Great River Review, Metamorphoses, Osiris, Pleiades, Poetry East, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, Sirena, and Two-Lines. Cage, poems of the Amazon, appeared bilingually from Host Publications in July, 2008. – Work in Issues 9, 15, 22, 24, 34, 40

Leonor Scliar Cabral

Leonor Scliar Cabral (b. May 20, 1929 in Porto Alegre) is a linguist, author and translator in Brazil. Renowned in Brazil and abroad, Scliar-Cabral was President of the Associação Brasileira de Lingüística (ABRALIN) and the International Society of Applied Psycholinguistics, and is currently Honorary President of both associations. Scliar-Cabral has served as a professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and has directed the dissertations of master’s and doctoral theses. Scliar-Cabral is also dedicated to literature and has published a series of sonnets. – Work in Issue 14

Shulamith Caine

Shulamith Caine is the author of two books of poetry: Love Fugue (Silverfish Review, 1997), which won the Gerald Cable Poetry Prize for a first full-length book; and World and Local News, which won a chapbook competition by Alms House Press. Her poetry has won many awards, including first place in the Annual Poetry Contest from Rock River Review, and the International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review. She is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship for Literature and (also from PCA) a Special Opportunity Stipend. Under US Government sponsorship, she has read her original poetry and lectured on American poetry in Bangladesh, India, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, China, and Japan. – Work in Issue 3

Barbara Cantalupo

Barbara Cantalupo is editor of The Edgar Allan Poe Review and Associate Professor of English at Penn State University. Her monograph, Poe and the Visual Arts, is forthcoming from the Pennsylvania State University Press; her edited books include Poe’s Pervasive Influence (Lehigh UP/Roman & Littlefield, 2012), Emma Wolf’s Short Stories in the Smart Set (AMS Press 2010) and Emma Wolf’s Other Things Being Equal (Wayne State UP, 2001), as well as a co-edited book with Richard Kopley, Prospects for the Study of American Literature, Vol. II (AMS Press, 2009); she has also published essays on Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and other American writers. – Work in Issue 27

Charles Cantalupo

Charles Cantalupo is the author Joining Africa – from Anthills to Asmara (Michigan State University Press), a story of poets and poetry in Africa, which is also available as an audiobook. He has published two collections of poetry, Light the Lights (2003) and Anima/l W/oman and Other Spirits (1996), and his third will appear next year:Where War Was – Poems and Translations of Poems from Eritrea. He has a screen adaptation of Joining Africaand another new book of poetry, Minor Heroics, in progress. Co-author of the Asmara Declaration on African Languages and Literature, he is Distinguished Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and African Studies at Penn State. – Work in Issues 12, 13, 21, 31, 34

Michael Cantor

Michael Cantor is the author of Life in the Second Circle (Able Muse Press, 2012), and a chapbook, The Performer (Pudding House Press, 2007). His work has appeared in The Dark Horse, Measure, Raintown Review,The Shit Creek Review, Light Quarterly, and numerous other journals and anthologies. Honors include the New England Poetry Club Erika Mumford and Gretchen Warren awards, and he has been a finalist in the Richard Wilbur, Howard Nemerov, and Able Muse competitions. He lives, with his wife, on Plum Island, north of Boston on the Massachusetts coast. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Alina Cârâc

Alina Cârâc is an active translator of Romanian literature into English, including more than thirty volumes of drama, works of poetry, novels, collections of short stories and essays, and film scripts, as well as numerous books from English into Romanian. In 2002, she published her first novel, Letters from Parallel Worlds, in Romanian, and she has finished a second novel, which is awaiting publication. She works as a senior editor with Press Group “Romania” in charge of the publication Romanian Panorama. – Work in Issue 8

John Carroll

John Carroll is a writer from Philadelphia. His fiction has appeared in The Citron Review, Big Lucks, Cleaver,Stymie, The Battered Suitcase, Interrobang!?, Versal, and Philly Fiction 2 (Don Ron Books). He is also one-half of the comedy duo John & Nick, which publishes weekly content at John received his MFA from American University, where he now also teaches. – Work in Issue 35

Rosalia de Castro

Rosalia de Castro (b. in Santiago de Compostela, Spain; 1837-1885). Clearly and strongly gifted from childhood, Rosalia de Castro published her first poems at the age of 12, and her first book—in her native Galician—when she was only 17. It incited the scorn of those who thought Galician the inferior language of a subject people, but raised her at once to heroic status in the eyes of her fellow Galicians, who still celebrate the date of her first volume’s publication as a national holiday. Fully bilingual, she published work in Spanish as well, and is considered, like Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, one of the precursors of Modernismo and a prosodic innovator. Her dark, brooding lyrics have had a lasting influence on the literature of Spain as a whole, and of Galicia in particular. She was an important figure in the movement known as the Galician Renaissance, and a champion of the poor and of the rights of women.

Never healthy, and burdened throughout her life by poverty, she nevertheless married a respected academic and historian, and bore seven children, all of whom died before her and without producing offspring. Her husband persuaded her to publish her works, and edited them himself, fortunately before her death by cancer at the age of 48. Her home is a museum today. – Work in Issue 21

Fernando Cazón Vera

Fernando Cazón Vera (b. 1950 in Loja), is a major figure in artistic circles in Guayaquil. He is active in painting, graphics, theater, and poetry. As a member of the generation of the 70’s, he reveals in his art a deep sympathy for the marginalized urban poor. His painting is considered neo-expressionist, with evident influences from pop culture and conceptual art. The reflection of his artistic tendencies in his poetry makes his style unique in contemporary Ecuadorian letters. Despite a substantial poetic output, most of his poetry has only appeared in marginal and limited editions, or in the form of mixed-media constructions, pamphlets, or embedded in larger visual projects. – Work in Issue 10, 10 (Spanish)

Joel Chadabe

Joel Chadabe, a composer and author, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the development of interactive music systems. Since 1969, he has concertized with Jan Williams, Bruno Sperri, and other musicians, presenting his music at venues and festivals such as Klangprojektionen 4.4 (Vienna), Ear to the Earth (NYC), Computing Music IV (Cologne), HörZeit-SpielRaum 2005 (Berlin), ISCM Festival (Miami), NYU Interactive (NYC), New Mix (Palais de Tokyo, Paris), Chelsea Art Museum (New York), Expanded Instruments Festival (Engine 27, NYC), Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires), Venice Biennale, Wellington Festival (New Zealand), Aarhus Festival (Denmark), De Isbreker (Amsterdam), New Music America, Inventionen (Berlin), IRCAM (Paris), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Electronic Music Festival (Stockholm), and New Music New York. His music is recorded with the labels EMF Media, Deep Listening, CDCM, Centaur, Lovely Music, Opus One, CP2, and Folkways.

In 1977, he co-authored, with Roger Meyers, The PLAY Program, the first software sequencer. As President of Intelligent Music from 1983-1994, he was responsible for the development and publication of a wide range of innovative and historically important software, including M and Max, as well as a touch-sensitive computer input device. He was a keynote speaker at the NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) Conference in 2002 in Dublin, sponsored by the MIT Media Lab; and at the International Computer Music Conference in Berlin in 2000. He has presented papers at EMS05 (Montreal), Resonances (IRCAM, Paris), Intersens (Marseilles), ISEA98 (Liverpool), at several SEAMUS and ICMC conferences, and at many other conferences. He has also participated in panels at WISP (Sydney), ICMC 05 (Barcelona), and at many other conferences and symposia; and has presented lectures, workshops, and demonstrations at Florida International University, IRCAM, Zurich Conservatory, Brown University, Experience Music Project (Seattle), University of California at Santa Barbara, CCMIX (Paris), University of California at San Diego, and many other universities and venues. He has received awards, fellowships, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Fulbright Commission, SUNY Research Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and other foundations.

His book, Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music, published by Prentice Hall in November 1996, is the first comprehensive overview of the history of electronic music. His articles on electronic music have appeared in Organized Sound, Leonardo, Computer Music Journal, Contemporary Music Review, Journal of New Music Research, Leonardo Music Journal, Electronic Musician, Perspectives of New Music, Electronic Music Review, Melos, Musique en Jeu, and many other journals and magazines. Several of his articles have been anthologized in books by MIT Press, Routledge, Feltrinelli, and other publishers.

Chadabe has a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MM from Yale University, where he studied composition with Elliott Carter. He is currently Professor Emeritus at State University of New York at Albany; director of the Computer Music Studio at Manhattan School of Music; visiting faculty at New York University; and Founder and President of Electronic Music Foundation, a non-profit organization that disseminates information and materials relating to the history and current practice of electronic music, and organizes concerts and other events. – Work in Issue 6

Cheryl Chambers

Cheryl Chambers is a poet and fiction writer. Her work has been published in The Hiss Quarterly, Ascent Aspirations, Eclectica, and FRiGG, among others. She reads for the flash fiction publication Vestal Review. – Work in Issue 7

Catherine Chandler

Catherine Chandler, winner of the 2010 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, was born in New York City and raised in Pennsylvania. She completed her graduate studies at McGill University, where she lectured in the Department of Translation Studies for many years. Her poetry, translations, and essays have been published in numerous print and online journals and anthologies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. She currently lives in Saint-Lazare, Quebec. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Fred Chappell

Fred Chappell is the author of a dozen books of verse, two story collections, and eight novels. A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1964. He is the winner of, among other awards, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, Aiken Taylor Prize, T. S. Eliot Prize, and Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Prize seven times over. – Work in Issue 12

Kelly Cherry

Kelly Cherry is the author of 22 books, 9 chapbooks, and 2 translations of classical drama. Her most recent title, published in May, is A Kind of Dream, a collection of linked stories. Forthcoming is A Kelly Cherry Reader. Spring of 2015 will bring a collection of stories not linked, titled Twelve Women in a Country Called America, and a tenth chapbook titled Physics for Poets. – Work in Issues 7, 9, 30, 34, 37, 40

George L. Chieffet

George L. Chieffet received his MFA from UNC-Greensboro, where he studied with Fred Chappell and Robert Watson.He coauthored Notes to the Motherland–a Theatre Mania Best Play of 2004. He has published stories in The Greensboro Review, Broadkill Review, Furnace, Barely South, and Storysouth. His graphic novel, Lucky in Love, co-created with artist Stephen DeStefano, was published by Fantagraphics Press in September 2010.George lives with his wife Eden in Rivervale, New Jersey. – Work in Issue 38

Elaine Chiew

Elaine Chiew lives in London, England with her husband and two children. She was a corporate securities lawyer before becoming a full-time mother and writer. Her work has appeared in Night Train, Juked, Storyglossia,Edifice Wrecked, The Summerset Review,and In Posse Review, among others. She has work forthcoming in Better Non Sequitur’s anthology, See You Next Tuesday 2, Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web 2007 anthology (edited by Steve Almond and Nathan Leslie), Hobart (print) and Alimentum. – Work in Issue 13

Paul Christensen

Paul Christensen is the author of Charles Olson: Call Him Ishmael and Minding the Underworld: Clayton Eshleman and Late Postmodernism, as well as the memoirs West of the American Dream: An Encounter with Texas and Strangers in Paradise: A Memoir of Provence. His poetry is collected in seven books, most recentlyHard Country and The Human Condition. He is a frequent contributor to The Antioch Review, The Southwest Review, Texas Observer and other journals. – Work in Issue 27

Maritza Cino

Maritza Cino was born in 1957 in Guayaquil. Her primary concern is freedom. In her poetry, she struggles against traditional assumptions and modes of expression. This struggle is reflected in stylistic challenges to the norms of grammar and syntax, as well as in her personal questioning of accepted social paradigms. Her poetry can be seen as an act of defiance against the norms in the two realms that concern her most, the sexual and the linguistic. This is her second appearance in Per Contra. Her poetry collections are: Algo parecido al juego(Guayaquil, 1983), A cinco minutos de la bruma (Guayaquil, 1987), Invenciones del retorno (Guayaquil,1992),Entre el juego y la bruma (Guayaquil, 1995), Infiel a la sombra (Quito, 2000). Her poems are part of the following anthologies: La palabra perdurable (Quito, 1991), Between the Silence of Voices: An Anthology of Contemporary Ecuadorean Women Poets (Quito, 1997), Poesía y cuento ecuatorianos (Cuenca, 1998), Poesía erótica de mujeres: Antología del Ecuador (Quito, 2001). – Work in Issues 10, 10 (Spanish), 13

Dave Clapper

Dave Clapper edits SmokeLong Quarterly and writes fiction. His work has appeared in a number of publications, most recently in FRiGG. – Work in Issue 10

Wiley Clements

Wiley Clements lives in Lewisburg, PA in retirement after a long career, first as a military journalist and later as a developer of health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Besides publishing in numerous print journals, anthologies, and online magazines, in 2004 he published a collection of poems entitled Yesterday, or Long Ago.Miss McFarland published some of his earliest poems in Senior Scholastic Magazine in 1946 when he was a high school student. He says that “her encouraging remarks started me on a lifetime of versifying.” – Work in Issues 10, 14 (Light Verse), 24 (Light Verse)

Terese Coe

Terese Coe’s poems and translations have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry, Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review, Tar River Poetry, Agenda (UK), The Cincinnati Review, New American Writing, Smartish Pace, The Connecticut Review, 32 Poems, and Orbis (UK), among numerous others. – Work in Issues 24 (Light Verse)

Garnett Kilberg Cohen

Garnett Kilberg Cohen has published three collections of short stories, most recentlySwarm to Glory (Wiseblood Books, 2014). A former review editor for Another Chicago Magazine, Garnett’s stories and nonfiction have been widely published. She is a winner of the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, A Notable Essay Citation from Best American Essays and the Lawrence Foundation Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review. Currently she is a professor at Columbia College Chicago where she directs the Nonfiction BA Program. – Work in Issue 35

Paula Marantz Cohen

Paula Marantz Cohen is a Distinguished Professor of English at Drexel University. She is the author of four non-fiction books: The Daughter’s Dilemma: Family Process and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Novel and The Daughter as Reader: Encounters Between Literature and Life (both from U of Michigan Press), Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism (U Press of Kentucky), and Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth (Oxford UP). Jane Austen in Scarsdale or Love, Death, and the SATs is her third novel, following Jane Austen in Bocaand Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan (all from St. Martin’s Press). She is a co-editor of jml: The Journal of Modern Literature and the host of The Drexel InterView, a cable talk show. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Yale Review, Raritan, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, Boulevard, and others. She also writes frequently for The Times Literary Supplement (London). – Work in Issue 3

Elizabeth J. Coleman

Elizabeth J. Coleman is the author of Proof, a poetry collection (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014), a finalist for the University of Wisconsin Press’ Brittingham and Pollak prizes. She has also written Let My Ears Be Open (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and The Saint of Lost Things (Word Temple Press, 2009), two chapbooks of poems. Elizabeth is the translator into French of poet Lee Slonimsky’s Pythagoras in Love. The bilingual collection, Pythagoras in Love/Pythagore, amoureux, was published by Folded Word Press in 2015. Elizabeth’s poetry has been published in numerous journals, and her poems appear in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, and Poetry in Medicine Anthology (Persea Books 2014). Elizabeth is also an attorney. A new collection of her poems, The Fifth Generation, is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil in 2016. She can be visited on the web at – Work in Issues 12, 14, 31, 35, 38, 39

Tasha Cotter

Tasha Cotter’s work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming in Everyday Genius, Booth, Contrary Magazine, and elsewhere. Her fiction was recently nominated for a storySouth Million Writers award, and her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net Anthology 2011. You can find her online at – Work in Issue 28

H.R. Coursen

H.R. Coursen’s 32nd book of poetry, Blues in the Night, was published by Moon Pie Press in March 2010. He was a featured poet at the Plunkett Festival at University of Maine, Augusta, in April. He lives in Brunswick, Maine and teaches Aviation History at Embry Riddle and Shakespeare at Southern New Hampshire University. He is also the author of Contemporary Shakespeare Production, Shakespeare in Production: Whose History. – Work in Issues 17, 19, 20

Wesli Court

Wesli Court’s (an anagram pen name of Lewis Turco) latest books are The Collected Lyrics of Lewis Turco/Wesli Court 1953-2004; Fearful Pleasures: The Complete Poems of Lewis Turco 1959-2007; The Museum of Ordinary People and Other Stories (2008), and Satan’s Scourge: A Narrative of the Age of Witchcraft in England and New England 1580-1697 (2009). – Work in Issues 11, 14, 14 (Light Verse), 14 (Light Verse more), 17, 20, 23

Meeah Cross-Williams

Meeah Cross-Williams has worked in the publishing industry as an editor and copywriter, authored several novels under a variety of pseudonyms, and is currently a freelance writer and graphic artist. Her most recent short fiction has appeared in The Subterranean Quarterly, Wilde, and Innsmouth Magazine. She lives with her husband, Hank, in Brooklyn, New York. – Work in Issue 31

Gastão Cruz

Gastão Cruz (b. 1941) is the author of twenty volumes of poetry, including Collected Poems (1999), Craters(2000), Rua de Portugal (2002), Repercussion (2004) Time’s Coin (2006), and Talus (2010). In 1975, he co-founded the Theatre of Today, a repertory group that performed for over twenty years and for which he translated Chekhov, Strindberg, Crommelynk, and Shakespeare into Portuguese. A critic as well as a poet, he has gained much respect with his collected criticism, regularly republished under the title Portuguese Poetry Today. In the United States, sixty of his poems have appeared in a dozen literary magazines, including Absinthe,Confrontation, Dirty Goat, Metamorphoses, Mid-American Review, and Pleiades. – Work in Issues 17, 23, 30

Darcy Cummings

Darcy Cummings’s book, The Artist As Alice: From A Photographer’s Life, which won the Bright Hills Press poetry competition, was published in 2006. Her memoir, “At Delaware and Pine,” was published last summer inPhiladelphia Reflections. Her poems have been published in journals and a number of anthlogies in the US and England. She’s taught creative writing (poetry and non-fiction, personal essays and memoir) in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area colleges, most recently Rutgers in Camden and offered poetry residencies to students grades 2 – 12. Cummings has received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the arts, from Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Arts and the Dodge Foundation. – Work in Issues 25, 27

David Curzon

David Curzon is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is a contributing editor of the Forward newspaper and a contributing editor of The Jerusalem Review. He retired from the United Nations in September 2001, having served as Chief of the Central Evaluation Unit, and, earlier, as its Chief of the Program Planning Unit. His books include: Midrashim (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1991); Modern Poems on the Bible: An Anthology (The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1994); The Gospels in Our Image: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry (Harcourt, Brace, 1995); Dovchik (Penguin Books, Australia, 1995); The View From Jacob’s Ladder (The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1996); “The Madness of Heracles” (with Katharine Washburn) in David R. Slavitt and Palmer Bovie’s (editors) Euripides, 4 (University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1999); Eustache Deschamps: Selected Poems (translator, with Jeffrey Fiskin) (Routledge, 2003); Astonishments, Selected Poems of Anna Kamienska (editor and translator, with Grazyna Drabik (Paraclete Press, 2007). He is represented in two Oxford anthologies and in the twentieth century section of World Poetry (Norton, 1998). Individual poems, short essays, columns, reviews, and translations have been published in journals in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Australia, and elsewhere. A translated monologue, Goethe’s “Persephone,” was produced for Broadway in 1998 at the Harold Clurman Theatre. – Work in Issue 13

Peter V. Czipott

Peter V. Czipott, born in California to Hungarian parents, holds a PhD in physics. His career as a scientist working in industry focused on research and development of sensors for non-destructive evaluation, medical diagnostics, and detection of concealed threats and contraband. Dr. Czipott now provides consultation services in applied physics and related disciplines. In collaboration with John Ridland, he has published translations of poems by Miklós Radnóti, Sándor Márai, György Faludy, Bálint Balassi, Zoltán Zelk, and Sándor Reményik in journals in the US, UK, and Australia. Dr. Czipott was one of the 2010 recipients of the Bálint Balassi Memorial Medallion for services to Hungarian culture. With Ridland, he has published, in addition to the present volume, a collection of selected poems by Márai, under the title The Withering World (London: Alma Classics, 2013). – Work in Issue 31

Paulo Da Costa

Paulo Da Costa was born in Angola and raised in Portugal. He is a writer, editor, and translator living on the West Coast of Canada. Paulo’s first book of fiction, The Scent of a Lie, received the 2003 Commonwealth First Book Prize for the Canada-Caribbean Region and the W. O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. His poetry and fiction have been published in literary magazines around the world and have been translated to Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Serbian, Slovenian, and Portuguese. – Work in Issue 30

Mariana Dan

Mariana Dan is the author of twelve books, including three collections of poetry. She was born in Bucharest, but has lived for almost thirty years in Belgrade, Serbia. Dan was educated at the University of Bucharest and received her doctorate from the University of Belgrade, where she now heads the Romanian Department. A participant in the neo-avantgardist movement of the 1970s and 80’s, Klokotrism, Dan’s interests range from Romanian literature to the Romanian minority in Serbia. She is an important link between the Serbian and Romanian literatures. Angels at the Bus Stop (2006) is her most recent book of poetry. Poems from this book appear or are forthcoming in Words Without Borders, Puerto del Sol, Subtropics, and Rhino in joint versions with Adam Sorkin. – Work in Issue 12, 12 (untranslated)

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Tsitsi Dangarembga (b. 1959) is a writer and film-maker living in Harare, Zimbabwe. In 1988, she published the first novel in her Tabudzai Trilogy, Nervous Conditions. Nervous Conditions won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (1989). The second novel in the trilogy, The Book of Not, was published in 2006. “Through the Looking Glass” is an excerpt from the third novel in the Trilogy, Bira. She is also a playwright: She No Longer Weeps (1987), The Lost of the Soil, and The Third One. She studied film at the Deutsche Film und Fernseh Akademie. She wrote the story for Neria, and directed the feature film, Everyone’s Child. She and her husband, Olaf Koschke, run Nyerai Films. She also organizes the International Images Film Festival for Women. Click Here to read the Per ContraInterview with Tsitsi Dangarembga. – Work in Issue 10

Barbara Daniels

Barbara Daniels’ books and chapbooks include Rose Fever, Black Sails, and Quinn & Marie. She received an Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2014. – Work in Issue 34

Nadine Darling

Nadine Darling is a native of San Francisco, California, now residing in the greater Boston area. Darling is presently working on her first novel while simultaneously assembling a debut short story collection. In 2006, she was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won first prize in the Blue Earth Review flash fiction contest, and second prize in the Pint and Pen fiction contest, in addition to being an honored finalist in other competitions. Most recently, her short fiction can be found in the following journals: Salt Flats Annual, Alice Blue Review,Eyeshot, Duck & Herring Pocket Field Guide, SmokeLong Quarterly, Ghoti, Thieves Jargon, and Night Train. – Work in Issue 6

Arthur Davis

Arthur Davis is a management consultant and has been quoted in The New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, and interviewed on New York TV News Channel 1. He has taught at The New School University, advised Senator John McCain’s investigating committee on boxing reform, appeared as an expert witness on best practices in 1999 before State Senator Roy Goodman’s New York State Commission on Corruption in Boxing, advised the Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate and lectures on leadership skills to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. Over seventy tales of horror, dark fantasy, slipstream, science fiction, speculative fiction, crime, epic adventure, magical realism as well as literary/mainstream fiction have been published in fifty journals, including “Conversation in Black,” which was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize. Storylandia, a quarterly single author anthology, published eight stories in February 2016. – Work in Issues 35, 40

Matthew Clark Davison

Matthew Clark Davison is a lecturer in fiction at San Francisco State University, where he also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the literary magazine Fourteen Hills. Matthew is also a Communications Coach at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the founder of The Lab :: Writing Classes with Matthew Clark Davison. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, The Mississippi Review’s EVO,Lodestar Quarterly, The Creosote Journal, and others. His recently completed novel manuscript, Letters to the Dead, won a Cultural Equities Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, and is represented by Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. His story on Per Contra, Doubting Thomas, is from his current novel-in-progress. Find him at – Work in Issue 27

Marlene De La Cruz-Guzman

Marlene De La Cruz-Guzman is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Ohio University and a Learning Specialist. Her research is focused on post-colonial women’s literature in Africa and the diaspora with a particular focus on the work of Sefi Atta and Laila Lalami. – Work in Issue 27

Stephen Delaney

Stephen Delaney is a writer, book reviewer, and translator. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in, among other places, Euphony, Crazyhorse, Mid-American Review, Gargoyle, Gigantic, Rain Taxi, Nanoism, and The Believer. He tweets as @marginalwords. – Work in Issue 35

Dr. Eric Denker

Dr. Eric Denker is a senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, where he has worked since 1978. From 1998 to 2006, Dr. Denker also served as the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Corcoran, overseeing the permanent collection and coordinating an active exhibition schedule that included historical shows of Sargent drawings; Whistler and his Circle in Venice; Childe Hassam; and contemporary exhibitions that focused on Thiebaud, Lichtenstein, and William T. Wiley. He attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, and received his doctorate from the University of Virginia, where he wrote on James McNeill Whistler. He also serves as an adjunct professor at both Georgetown University and at Cornell University’s Washington Semester. He frequently lectures in Italy for the Smithsonian Institution and for the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice; and in Washington on Venice, Italian art, Dutch painting, French 19th-century art, and printmaking. – Work in Issue 13

Donald Dewey

Donald Dewey has published 36 books of fiction, nonfiction, and drama and had some 30 plays staged in the United States and Europe. His most recent books, both published in 2014, are the novel The Man Who Hated History (Olympia) and a history of American acting through the vehicle of a biography of the late actor Lee J. Cobb, entitled Lee J. Cobb: Characters of an Actor published by Rowman and Littlefield. – Work in Issues 29, 31, 38

Paul Dickey

Paul Dickey is a poet, playwright, author of fiction and creative non-fiction who teaches philosophy in Omaha and gives poetry readings and prose poetry workshops throughout the Midwest in colleges and elsewhere. His most recent book of poetry is Wires Over the Homeplace from Pinyon Publishing, 2013. His first full length poetry manuscript, They Say This is How Death Came into the World, was published by Mayapple Press in 2011 and was nominated by the press for the 2011 National Book Award in Poetry. His work has appeared recently in the Potomac Review, Laurel Review, Prairie Schooner, Bellevue Literary Review, Pleiades, 32Poems, Pinyon Review, among over one hundred online and print publications. – Work in Issue 37

Barbara Westwood Diehl

Barbara Westwood Diehl is founding editor of the Baltimore Review. Her fiction and poetry have been published in journals including MacGuffin, Confrontation, Potomac Review (Best of the 50), American Poetry Journal, Measure, Little Patuxent Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Gargoyle, Superstition Review, Word Riot, Bartleby Snopes, Penduline Press, Northwind, NANO Fiction, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. – Work in Issue 38

George Dila

George Dila’s short story collection Nothing More to Tell was published by Mayapple Press in 2011, and his short story chapbook Working Stiffs was published by One Wet Shoe Press in 2014. His short stories and personal essays have appeared in numerous journals. A native Detroiter, George now lives with his wife Judith in the small Lake Michigan shore town of Ludington. – Work in Issues 31, 39

R. H. W. Dillard

R. H. W. Dillard, in the midst of his fiftieth year teaching at Hollins University in Virginia, is the author of fifteen books, including his eighth collection of poems, Not Ideas, forthcoming from Factory Hollow Press. – Work in Issue 30

David Diop

David Diop was known for his contribution to the Négritude literary movement, and was widely considered one of the most promising French West African poets. Though born in Bordeaux, France in 1927 of a Senegalese father and a Cameroonian mother, he received his primary education in Senegal. He began writing at the age of 15 and his first poems appeared in Présence Africaine. Several of his poems were included in Léopold Sédar Senghor’s famous anthology, Anthologie de la nouvelle poésie nègre et malgache (1948), which became a landmark of modern black writing in French. Diop, whose work reflects a hatred of colonial rulers and his hope for an independent Africa, tragically died in a plane crash in 1960. “Celui Qui a tout perdu” is from Coups de pilon, David Diop Présence Africaine Editions, 1973. – Work in Issue 21

Stephen Dixon

Stephen Dixon’s 30th book of fiction, His Wife Leaves Him (excerpts published in Per Contra) came out in September, 2014, from Fantagraphics Books. Five and a half years in the making, it disappeared in 6 weeks.What is All This?, a three-volume story collection, also from Fantagraphics, came out in softcover in June 2013. “Two Women” is part of an interlinked story collection in progress called Late Stories. – Work in Issues 10, 15, 18,23, 31

Gregory Djanikian

Gregory Djanikian has published five collections of poetry with Carnegie Mellon University Press, the last of which is So I Will Till the Ground (2007). His new book, Dear Gravity, will appear from Carnegie Mellon in 2014. His poems have appeared in many journals including American Poetry Review, The American Scholar,Boulevard, The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, and TriQuarterly, and they have been featured on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He directs the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania. – Work in Issues 21, 27

Michael Don

Michael Don teaches in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is an editor and co-founder of Kikwetu: A Journal of East African Literature. His recent work has appeared in Washington Square, Fiction International, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Southampton Review, and elsewhere. His site is – Work in Issue 37

William Doreski

William Doreski teaches at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent books of poetry are City of Palms and June Snow Dance, both in 2012. He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals, includingMassachusetts Review, Atlanta Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Worcester Review, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, and Natural Bridge. – Work in Issue 34

Gregory Dowling

Gregory Dowling is a Professor of American Literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. In addition to his academic publications and translations, he is the author of four thrillers set in Italy and England. His most recent book is a guidebook to Byron’s Venice. He is non-fiction editor for the journal Able Muse. – Work in Issue 23

Frankie Drayus

Frankie Drayus writes poetry and short stories. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Third Coast, Boxcar Poetry Review, diode, poemeleon, Barrow Street, Passages North (finalist in Just Desserts Short Fiction Contest), and Art/Life Ltd. Editions. Mid-American Review chose her short-short as a finalist in the 2007 Fineline Competition, and her poetry manuscript, Tuesday like citrine, was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing at New York University, and now lives in Los Angeles where she was recently Artist in Residence at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center. – Work in Issue 12

Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, won the Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her chapbooks Inheritance and The Flying Trolley were published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry, essays, and creative non-fiction have been published widely. Dunkle teaches writing and literature at Napa Valley College. She received her BA from the George Washington University, her MFA in Poetry from New York University, and her PhD in American Literature from Case Western Reserve University. She is on the staff of the Napa Valley Writers conference. – Work in Issue 33

Lance Dyzak

Lance Dyzak is from Milwaukee, WI and received his BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He lives in Knoxville with his soon-to-be wife, and received his MFA in fiction at the University of Tennessee where he will also begin work on a PhD in English with a Creative Dissertation. He is currently writing his first novel. – Work in Issue 40

Victor Ehikhamenor

Victor E. Ehikhamenor was born in Nigeria. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Agni,The Washington Post, Wasafiri, The Literary Magazine, Per Contra, and elsewhere. He is also a painter and photographer whose art has been widely exhibited, collected worldwide, and used for notable book and journal covers, including Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, Helon Habila’s Measuring Times, Jonathan Luckett’sFeeding Frenzy, Unoma N. Azuah’s Sky-high Flames, and Dreams, Miracles and Jazz: New Adventures in African Writing, edited by Helon Habila and Kadija Sesay. Ehikhamenor holds an MS in technology management from University of Maryland, University College, and an MFA in fiction from University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently the CEO/Editor-in-chief of Daily Times Nigeria, the country’s oldest newspaper. – Work in Issues11, 27

W. D. Ehrhart

W. D. Ehrhart’s most recent books are The Bodies Beneath the Table (poems from Adastra Press) and Dead on a High Hill (essays from McFarland & Co.). He teaches at the Haverford School in suburban Philadelphia. He and his wife of 32 years have a grown daughter. – Work in Issue 27

Okla Elliott

Okla Elliott is an assistant professor at Misericordia University. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Illinois and an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University. His nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and translations have appeared in Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, New York Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, A Public Space, Subtropics, and elsewhere. His books include From the Crooked Timber (short fiction), The Cartographer’s Ink (poetry), The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (a co-authored novel), and Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems of Jürgen Becker (translation). – Work in Issues 10, 17, 30, 38

Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis was born in Brighton, UK in 1959. He has worked as a salesman, a swordsman in historic re-enactments, and a barman. In 2006, he became homeless, and spent most of that winter sleeping in a car park. This did not do much for his health, as he is asthmatic. Eventually, after four months he was given a place in a hostel. Chris attended a writing project called Write for Life, organized by community publisher QueenSpark Books. It was intended for those who had experienced homelessness. As a result, he had a publication in their anthology, Roofless. He also had a poem published on the BBC website, No Homes. In 2007, he attended a second series of workshops, Writing for a Living, and learned about fiction, non-fiction, journalism, and writing for radio. At present, he still lives in the hostel, but is doing more and more writing, and one day hopes to make a living from it. – Work in Issue 10

Daniel Mark Epstein

Daniel Mark Epstein, poet and biographer, is the Patrick Henry Writing Fellow at Washington College, Epstein’s career has encompassed poetry, drama, and historical non-fiction. Beginning in the 1970s, he had poems published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Republic. Plays soon followed—produced in regional theater and Off-Broadway. He has produced some 16 books of poetry, essays, biography, and history. His first biography, the 1993 Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson, was followed seven years later by Nat King Cole, a New York Times notable book for 1999, then What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay in 2001. His most recent books are The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage, named one of the “Best Books of 2008” by The Wall Street Journal, the 2009 history Lincoln’s Men: The President and His Private Secretaries, and The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait (2011).

A native of Washington, D.C. and a graduate of Kenyon College, Epstein has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. – Work in Issues 6, 30

David Erlewine

David Erlewine’s fiction has been published or is forthcoming in a variety of journals, including elimae, Hobart, In Posse Review, Pindeldyboz, The Pedestal Magazine, Six Sentences, SmokeLong Quarterly, Word Riot,and the anthology What Happened to Us These Last Couple Years? – Work in Issue 19

Rhina P. Espaillat, Contributing Editor

Rhina P. Espaillat, Dominican-born and bilingual, has translated poetry into and out of English and her native Spanish, and composes poems, essays and short stories in both languages. Her eight books and three chapbooks include, most recently, Playing at Stillness, a collection of her poems in English; Agua de dos rios/Water from Two Rivers, bilingual poems and essays; and El olor de la memoria/The Scent of Memory, bilingual short stories. She has won several national awards, including the T. S. Eliot Prize in Poetry, the Richard Wilbur Award, the Oberon Prize, the Frost Foundation’s “Tree at My Window” Award, and various prizes from the Poetry Society of America and the New England Poetry Club, as well as a number of honors from the Dominican Ministry of Culture and the City University of New York. Her work appears frequently in literary magazines, anthologies and websites. She lives in Newburyport, MA, where she is active with the Powow River Poets. Her email is – Work in Issues 10, 11, 14 (Light Verse), 21, 22, 23, 23 (more), 26, 27, 28

Siomara España

Siomara España was born in 1976 in Manabi, a coastal region famous for its beaches and its jungle-covered hills. Her poetry has strong confessional and erotic strains. Her sensuality, however, is matched by the shadow of a serious fascination with death. The Return of Lolita was preceded less than a year before by her first book length collection, Concupiscence. She lives and teaches in Guayaquil. The publication of these five poems inPer Contra marks her first appearance in the United States. Her work will appear in Alexis Levitin‘s collection of translations: Five Ecuadorian Women Poets. – Work in Issue 25, 25 (More), 25 (More)

Mary Estrada

Mary Estrada lives and writes in a town where bougainvilleas bloom in December. Her Pushcart nominated stories have appeared in Cezanne’s Carrot. Her story “Temperance” is featured in the 2006 Best of the Net Anthology. She is an editor for Flashquake magazine. – Work in Issue 6

David Evanier

David Evanier is the author of nine books, including four novels: The Great Kisser, Red Love, The One-Star Jew, and The Swinging Headhunter; four biographies: All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett, Making the Wiseguys Weep: The Jimmy Roselli Story, Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin, Who’s Sorry Now, co-authored with Joe Pantoliano, and The Nonconformers, an anthology. He is a former senior editor of The Paris Review, teacher at UCLA, and writer for the Anti-Defamation League. He was a screenwriting fellow of the Chesterfield Film Company, and has held residence fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. He received the Aga Khan Fiction Prize and the McGinnis-Ritchie Short Fiction Award. His current book, All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett, was cited by the critics’ poll of Jazz Times Magazine as runner-up for best Jazz Book of the Year. – Work in Issues 13, 14, 23

Zdravka Evtimova

Zdravka Evtimova was born in Bulgaria where she lives and works as a literary translator. Her short stories have appeared in 31 countries in the world, including USA, UK, Canada, China, Australia, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, etc. The list of her short story collections comprises: Bitter Sky, SKREV Press, UK, 2003; Somebody Else, MAG Press, USA, 2005; Miss Daniella, SKREV Press, UK, 2007; Pale and Other Postmodern Bulgarian Stories, Vox Humana, Canada/Israel, 2010; Carts and Other Stories, Fomite Press, USA, 2012; Time to Mow and Other Stories, All Things That Matter Press, USA, 2012; Impossibly Blue and Other Stories, Skrev Press, UK, 2013; Endless July and Other Stories, Paraxenes Meres, Greece, 2013. Her novel God of Traitors was published by Book for a Buck Publishers, USA, 2007. Her novel Sinfonia Bulgarica was published by Fomite Books, USA, 2014; by Besa Editrice, Italy, 2015; by Art and Literature Press, China, 2015; and by Antolog Books, Macedonia, 2015. – Work in Issues 15, 32, 39

Sean Farragher

Sean Farragher is Founder and publisher of Great River Press, which publishes poetry and fiction e-books. Great River Press also publishes the BLAST ANNUAL, a poetry and fiction e-zine. Sean’s personal website contains selections from his many years of writing and teaching poetry as part of the original poet-in-the-schools program. – Work in Issue 4

Gordon Fellman

Gordon Fellman is a professor of Sociology and chair of the Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies Program (PAX) at Brandeis University. He has been a member of the Brandeis faculty since 1964, having previously obtained a BA from Antioch College and a PhD in Sociology from Harvard University. During his tenure at Brandeis, Professor Fellman has been both a witness to, and a participant in, many campus events that had national significance. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the occupation of Ford Hall and the organization of the National Strike Center were seminal moments in the history of American and African-American student activism. In the 1980s, Professor Fellman was active in the American Anti-Apartheid movement, and particularly in opposing the use of University investments in South Africa. He has been crucial in bringing world attention to the plight of Tibet and in organizing the 1998 visit of the Dalai Lama to Brandeis. His publications include The Deceived Majority: Politics and Protest in Middle America (1973), and Rambo and the Dalai Lama: The Compulsion to Win and its Threat to Human Survival (1998). – Work in Issue 3

Derek Fenton

Derek Fenton had poems, a story, and a literary essay published in Quadrant Magazine, poems published inMozzie, Speedpoets, Poetry New Zealand, The Australian Rationalist and a poem short-listed for publication inThe Westerly. A humorous poem about the Australian and South African accents was also published in The West Australian.

Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1946, Fenton was educated at Milton School and Natal and Harare Universities. He returned to Milton where he taught English before travelling to Europe. After several years in London where he worked as a milkman, labourer and at numerous clerical jobs, he emigrated to Western Australia. On becoming an Australian citizen he returned to Africa for six years working in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa, which served as the inspiration for much of his poetry. He now lives in Australia where he teaches Mathematics and English as a Second Language. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Mary Feuer

Mary Feuer makes her living as a screenwriter, working primarily in television and feature films. Her original web series, With the Angels, created for the online network Strike.TV, was recently honored with Streamy Award nominations for writing and directing. Feuer’s short story, “Valentine’s Day at the Psych Hospital,” appears in the anthology What Was I Thinking: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories from Saint Martin’s Press. She has been a finalist for both the Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction and the Mary C. Mohr Fiction Award, and her story “House on Fire” won the Grand Prize in the 2006 Writer’s Digest competition (which had more than 19,000 entries). – Work in Issue 15

Kathy Fish

Kathy Fish has stories published or forthcoming in Quick Fiction, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, New South, and elsewhere. Her collection of short shorts is available from Rose Metal Press in a book entitled A Peculiar Feelings of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women. – Work in Issues 4, 10, 12

Joel Fishbane

Joel Fishbane’s fiction has been or will be seen in Witness, New England Review, Saranac Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and several other journals in Canada, the US, and abroad. He is also a playwright, journalist, and professional man about town. For more information, please visit – Work in Issue 26

Ioan Flora

Ioan Flora, author of fifteen books of poetry, among them Lecture on the Ostrich-Camel (1995), The Swedish Rabbit (1998), and Medea and Her War Machines (2000), died in February 2005 only a few days after the publication of his final book of poems, whose title, ironically, was a black-humor variation on Manet’s Déjeuner sur l’herbe: in Romanian, Dejun sub iarba or Luncheon Under the Grass. Flora won prizes at the Struga Poetry Festival, from the Writers’ Union of the Republic of Moldova, and from both the Romanian Writers’ Union and Association of Professional Writers in Romania (ASPRO), among other awards. He was born in Yugoslavia in the Romanian-speaking region of the Serbian Banat across the Danube from Romania, and lived in Bucharest during the 1990s, working for the Museum of Romanian Literature and then the Romanian Writers’ Union. His poems have appeared in Adam J. Sorkin’s collaborative versions in Sorkin’s anthology of Romanian prose poetry, Speaking the Silence (2001), as well as in Natural Bridge, Chase Park, River City, Visions International,Facets, Ellipsis, Hunger Mountain, Archipelago, Mantis, Rhino, Tar Wolf Review, New Orleans Review,Philadelphia Poets, Words Without Borders, Saranac Review, Divide, The Hamilton Stone Review, and Zoland Poetry. – Work in Issue 8

Jack Foley

Jack Foley has published 13 books of poetry, 5 books of criticism, and Visions and Affiliations, a “chronoencyclopedia” of California poetry from 1940 to 2005. He has presented poetry programming on Berkeley radio station KPFA since 2008. His selected poems, EYES, appeared in 2013. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Berkeley Poetry Festival and June 5, 2010 was proclaimed “Jack Foley Day” in Berkeley. – Work in Issues 19, 19 (more), 24 (Light Verse), 27, 40

Valerie Fox

Valerie Fox is the author of Bundles of Letters, Including A, V and Epsilon (Texture Press), her most recent book, written with Arlene Ang. Previous books of poems include The Rorschach Factory (Straw Gate Books) andAmnesia, or, Ideas for movies (Texture Press). Her work has appeared in many magazines, including Hanging Loose, Per Contra, Siren, Phoebe, Watershed, and West Branch. Very involved in collaborative writing, she and Arlene Ang have collaborated in the writing of poetry and fiction, publishing in magazines such as Admit 2,Defenestration,and Qarrtsiluni. She was a founding co-editor of 6ix magazine (1990-2000), and currently editsPress 1: A journal of fiction, poetry, opinion, and photography, found at – Work in Issues 14 (Light Verse), 17, 23, 28

Jeff Friedman

Jeff Friedman’s fifth collection of poetry, Working in Flour was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2011. His poems, mini stories, and translations have appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, 5 AM, Agni Online, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, Antioch Review, Quick Fiction,New England Review, and The New Republic. – Work in Issue 29

Anne Frydman

Anne Frydman, who passed away in spring 2009, was a poet and translator whose original poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines, as have her translations. Many of her translations of Sergei Dovlatov’s work were published in The New Yorker. She translated Osip Mandelstam: 394 with Jean Valentine. Among her translations from Russian, OURS: A Russian Family Album by Sergei Dovlatov was a New York Times Notable Book in 1989. She also translated Dovlatov’s The Compromise (1983) and At His Side: The Last Years of Isaac Babel by A. N. Pirozhkova (with Robert L. Busch, 1996). She was a Fellow in the Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities. She was also on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University. – Work in Issues 10, 15, 26,27, 27 (more), 27 (more), 28, 28 (more), 28 (more), 29

Avital Gad-Cykman

Avital Gad-Cykman’s work has been published in The Literary Review, Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s, Prism International, Other Voices, Michigan Quarterly Review, Stand Magazine, and other magazines. It has also been featured in anthologies such as Sex for America, Politically Inspired Fiction (Harper/Collins 01/2008) Stumbling and Raging, Politically Inspired Fiction Anthology (McAdam/Cage), You Have Time for This Anthology (Ooligan Press), The Flash (Disease Press), among others. She is a four-time Pushcart prize nominee, and the winner of Margaret Atwood Studies magazine prize for non-fiction, and of The Hawthorne Citation Prize for short-shorts. Her story collections Light Reflection over Blues and Perfect for This World were finalists for Iowa Fiction Award. She was born and raised in Israel, and now she resides with her family in Brazil. She has completed a novel and is at work on another. Her flash collection Life In. Life Out. is available September 2014 from Matter Press. – Work in Issues 19, 33

Lou Gaglia

Lou Gaglia has published over 50 short stories, most recently in Eclectica, The Oklahoma Review, Cobalt Review, Blue Lake Review, and The Brooklyner. His first short story collection, Poor Advice, is available throughAqueous Books. He teaches in upstate New York after living and teaching in New York City for many years. – Work in Issue 33

Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from the University of Zimbabwe, Graz University in Austria, and the University of Cambridge. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals and anthologies in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, and is forthcoming in an anthology by OV Books of Chicago. In 2007, she came second in a Southern Africa short story contest organised by the South Africa Centre of International PEN and judged by J. M. Coetzee. She lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her son Kush, where she works as a lawyer for the ACWL, an organisation that advises developing countries on WTO law. She is currently completing her first novel, polishing a collection of short stories, and researching a biography of Zimbabwean musicians, the Bhundu Boys. This is her first published story. – Work in Issues 4, 8

Muthoni Garland

Muthoni Garland is a Kenyan writer with several published short stories: “Tracking the Scent of My Mother,” fromSeventh Street Alchemy (UK), was shortlisted for the 2006 Caine Prize. “Odour of Fate” was the 2003 Absinthe Literary Review (USA) short story of the year. “Kamau’s Finish” appeared in Memories of Sun, a HarperCollins (USA) anthology for children. “Eating” appeared in Kwani? Literary Journal (Kenya). In 2007, they also published“The Obituary Man.” “Wamuyu’s Cross” appeared in the Chimurenga Literary Journal (SA). The Reading Room(USA) published “The Adoration.” Muthoni is married to Wallace and they have four children. She is working on her first novel. – Work in Issues 6, 10

George Garrett

George Garrett is the author of thirty-six books (including eight collections of poems) and an editor/co-editor of twenty-one others. He has retired from forty-five years of teaching, and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. – Work in Issue 4

Clifford Garstang

Clifford Garstang holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, NC, as well as a BA in Philosophy from Northwestern University, an MA in English, a JD from Indiana University, and an MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea, and during his career in international law, he practiced for many years in Singapore, Chicago, and Los Angeles with one of the largest US law firms. While serving with the World Bank in Washington, DC, he worked extensively in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Garstang’s fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, The Baltimore Review, Potomac Review, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. – Work in Issue 13

Claudia Gary

Claudia Gary writes, edits, sings, and composes (tonally) in the Washington, DC area. A 2014 finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, 2013 semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prize nominee, and former poetry editor of Edge City Review, she has presented panels on poetry and music at the West Chester University poetry conference and elsewhere. Her poems appear in anthologies such as Forgetting Home (Barefoot Muse 2013) and Villanelles (Everyman Press 2012), as well as in journals internationally. She also writes articles on health for The VVA Veteran, VFW, and other magazines. See – Work in Issue 35, 35 (more)

R. Gatwood

R. Gatwood’s short fiction has appeared in Monkeybicycle, Vestal Review, Nanoism, and Contrary Magazine. – Work in Issue 32

Soren Gauger

Soren Gauger is a Canadian who lives in Krakow, Poland, earning a living as a freelance translator for cultural institutions, festivals, and publishing houses. His fiction has been published in English (Hymns to Millionaires, Quatre Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus) and more recently, in Polish, co-translated by himself (Nie to, nie tamto). He has also translated several works of Polish literature into English (including Bruno Jasieński, Jerzy Ficowski, Wojciech Jagielski) and contributed to several dozen journals and magazines in Canada, the USA, and Europe. – Work in Issues 33, 40

Vanessa Gebbie

Vanessa Gebbie is a writer, teacher, and editor living in the UK. Since her first short story was accepted for publication in 2004, Gebbie’s work has appeared in print in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, India, and Ireland. Her stories have also been published in many online literary journals, translated into Italian and Vietnamese, broadcast on BBC radio, and distributed on London Underground.

Her novel-in-progress won a first prize in The Daily Telegraph Novel Competition of 2007. Other successes include winning second prizes in two major short story competitions in the same year: Bridport and Fish of 2007. Gebbie teaches Creative Writing in schools and adult workshops. She has worked with addicts in rehabilitation facilities and with other marginalised adults. Her work has led to the publication of anthologies of writing by the homeless, refugees, and asylum seekers.

She is Founder and editor of Tom’s Voice Magazine, an e-zine dedicated to writing by those whose lives have been touched by addiction. Many of Gebbie’s award winning stories have been brought together for the first time by Salt Publishing of Cambridge, UK, in her debut collection Words from a Glass Bubble. – Work in Issue 10

Rulan W. Geiger

Rulan W. Geiger studied art both in China and the United States. She received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the Graduate School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. She has taught at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Philadelphia Textile & Science College. Her work is in collections at Wellesley College and Harvard University. She has had one-person exhibitions at Harvard University, The University of Pennsylvania, and JKD Gallery in Santa Monica, California, as well as other places. Among her group exhibitions are the National Museum of Art in Beijng, China, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as inclusion in an Art Exhibition by one hundred Chinese women artists in Hong Kong. Her work is included in and is the subject of articles in The New York Times, Painters and Politics in The People’s Republic of China(University of California Press), A Collection of Art Work by 20th Century Chinese Women Artists (File Publishing House, Beijing), and Contemporary Chinese Women Painters (Foreign Language Publishing House, Beijing). – Work in Issue 3

Brandon Getz

Brandon Getz holds an MFA from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers in Spokane, WA. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Versal, The Ampersand Review, Thin Air, and Ghost Ocean, and stories are forthcoming in The Delmarva Review and Paragraphiti. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his dog, Marlo, and is writing a novel set on Mars. – Work in Issue 38

Stephen Gibson

Stephen Gibson is the author of six poetry collections: The Garden of Earthly Delights Book of Ghazals, (Texas Review Press 2016),
Rorschach Art Too (2014 Donald Justice Prize, West Chester University), Paradise (University of Arkansas Press), Frescoes (Lost Horse Press book prize), Masaccio’s Expulsion (MARGIE/IntuiT House book prize), and Rorschach Art (Red Hen). – Work in Issue 33, 35, 35 (more), 36, 37, 38, 40

Alicia Gifford

Alicia Gifford lives in the Los Angeles area where much of her short fiction is set. Her stories appear in a number of journals including Narrative Magazine, Confrontation, Best American Erotica 2005, 2005 Robert Olen Prize Stories, The Barcelona Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, SmokeLong Quarterly, Ink Pot, and more. Her short story “Toggling the Switch” won Best Online Story for 2004 in the Million Writers Award. She is the fiction editor of the literary magazine Night Train. – Work in Issue 3

Gagan Gill

Gagan Gill was born in 1959 in Delhi. Considered one of the outstanding poets of her generation, she had an extremely successful career as a journalist, but chose to give up the journalist to the poet in her in order to secure the “long periods of silence in her everyday life” that she considered necessary to remain “truly connected to words.” Gagan Gill has published four collections of poetry and two volumes of prose: her first collection, Ek din lautegi larki/One day the girl will return, focuses on the gamut of female experience (but also includes epigrams and verses about political events); the poems in Andhere me Buddha/Buddha in the darkness are variations on the theme of sorrow in human existence; her third volume, Yah akanksha samay nahin/This is Not the Time of/for desire, is dedicated to the enigma of desire; the songs of her fourth collection,Thapak thapak dil thapak thapak/thump, thump heart thump, thump rely on sound and images, rather than narratives, to crystallize suffering as the one constant in the impermanence of human existence. Those who are familiar with Buddhism will see the reflections of the Buddha’s four noble truths in much of Gagan’s writing.

Gagan Gill was a visiting writer at Iowa International Writing Program in 1990 and a Nieman Fellow for Journalism at Harvard University in 1992-93. She lives in New Delhi. – Work in Issues 11, 12

Mitch Gillette

Mitch Gillette studied illustration at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Besides painting, he has created installations and performance works and has collaborated on and designed sets and costumes for several dance and theater productions and a performance video. In addition, he has designed commercial spaces and ad campaigns, and material for the Web. – Work in Issue 26

Dennis Y. Ginoza

Dennis Y. Ginoza holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University and is a graduate of the 2011 Clarion Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared in Shimmer, Phantom Drift, Prime Number, and elsewhere. He lives on the Kitsap peninsula of Washington State. – Work in Issue 29

Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is a poet and critic. His most recent collection is Pity the Beautiful (2012). His previous collection,Interrogations at Noon (2001), won the American Book Award. From 2003 to 2009, he served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. He was the co-founder of the West Chester Poetry Conference, now in its 19th year. He currently teaches during fall semesters at the University of Southern California as the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture. – Work in Issue 27

Joseph Giordano

Joseph Giordano was born in Brooklyn. He and his wife, Jane, have lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium, and Netherlands. They now live in Texas.

Giordano’s stories have appeared in more than seventy magazines, including Bartleby Snopes, The Monarch Review, decomP, and The Summerset Review. His novel, Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story, was published by Harvard Square Editions, October 2015. Read the first chapter and sign up for his blog at – Work in Issue 39

Elise Glassman

Elise Glassman lives and works in Seattle. She has studied fiction with Laura Kalpakian and others at the University of Washington Extension, and with Marilynne Robinson at the Iowa Summer Writer’s Workshop. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Colorado Review, Neon Beam, The Summerset Review, Main Street Rag, Portland Review, Tawdry Bawdry, Referential Magazine, and Switchback. Her essay “Touch” appeared in the spring 2013 anthology, Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religion, and most recently, her story “The Junk” appeared in April 2014’s Your Impossible Voice. – Work in Issue 35

Lena Gluck

Lena Gluck’s poetry has appeared in Treehouse Magazine and Great Lake Review. She is an assistant librarian and teaches the Young Authors Academy at the Downtown Writers Center in Syracuse. Her writing can be found on the blog – Work in Issue 35

Midge Goldberg

Midge Goldberg’s poems have been published in Measure, Atlanta Review, Christian Science Monitor,American Arts Quarterly, and other journals. Her poetry has been included in anthologies such as Poetry Speaks: Who I Am, Hot Sonnets, and Rhyming Poems, and one of her poems was read by Garrison Keillor on A Writer’s Almanac. Her first book, Flume Ride, was published in 2006 by David Robert Books. She has an MFA in poetry from University of New Hampshire, and she lives in Chester, New Hampshire, with her family. – Work in Issues 31, 33

Odi Gonzales

Odi Gonzales was born in Cusco, Peru in 1962. Gonzales is a Peruvian poet who writes in Quechua and in Spanish. In Peru, he studied Industrial Engineering and Literature. In the United States, he has done masters and PhD work in Latin American Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a specialist in Quechua Oral Tradition and has worked as a researcher and translator of Quechua myths, legends, rituals, and oral literature for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the National Foreign Language Center, and National Geographic Television in Washington, DC.

Gonzales is the author of five collections of poems: La Escuela de Cusco/The School of Cusco (2005), Tunupa: El Libro de las Sirenas/Tunupa: The Book of the Sirens (2002), Almas en Pena/Souls in Pain (1998), Valle Sagrado/Sacred Valley (1993), and Juego de Ninos/The Children’s Game (1988). He has also published a book of Spanish translations of the poems of the Quechua poet Andres Alencastre, Taki Parwa/22: Poemas de Kilku Warak’a (2000) and Vírgenes Urbanas/City Virgins, texts in Spanish, Quechua, and English that accompany the photographic exhibition of Peruvian artist Ana de Orbegoso. (2006).

In 1992, Gonzales won Peru’s Cesar Vallejo National Poetry Prize, el Premio Nacional de Poesia Cesar Vallejo, from El Comercio, one of Peru’s leading daily newspapers, and the Prize in Poetry from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Lima.

Odi Gonzales has participated in various festivals, such as the International Book Fair of Guadalajara 2005—in which Peru was the Honored Guest. In 2006, he participated in the International Poetry Festival of Medellín, Colombia, and in the Second Languages of America Poetry Festival sponsored by the UNAM of Mexico. Also in 2006, he participated in the International Bookfair of Guadalajara, to which he was invited by the Indigenous Language Institute of the Autonomous University of Mexico. In January 2007, he visited Quito for the Ritual of the Word Intercultural Poetry Festival, organized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and Culture.

Currently, Gonzales resides in Peru and is working on his doctoral thesis. – Work in Issue 9

Nathalie Goykhman

Nathalie Goykhman graduated summa cum laude from Drexel University’s Honors Program with a BS in Dance and a minor in Psychology. She anticipates completing an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Drexel’s College of Nursing and Graduate Health Professions in 2017. In her undergraduate career, she won the Freshman Writing Contest and held Peer Reader leadership positions in the Drexel Writing Center. As a dancer, she has performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet and has contributed to interdisciplinary works with the Drexel Dance Ensemble as a writer and performer. She is a certified yoga teacher and is engaged in Pilates training. When not in the studio, she can be found drinking tea. – Work in Issue 40

Jason Graff

Jason Graff’s prose can be read in Nazar Look, Bloodroot Literary Magazine and in the upcoming issue of The Holly and Ivy Journal. He lives in Wayne, NJ with his wife Laura. He has just finished a novel and is currently seeking a publisher. – Work in Issue 29

Josh Gray

Josh Gray is a writer and photographer working in the American South. – Work in Issue 38

Paul D. Green, Contributing Editor

Paul D. Green is a Professor of English at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. He received his PhD from Harvard University with High Honors. His academic writing has appeared in such places as the Journal of the History of Ideas, Studies in the Renaissance, Studies in English Literature: 1500 – 1900, and a number of anthologies of selected scholarly conference papers. – Work in Issues 2, 3, 4, 10, 23, 28, 33, 35

Peter Groesbeck

Peter Groesbeck is a winner of the Toppan Drawing Prize, the Cecilia Beaux Portrait Prize, and the Cresson Traveling Scholarship at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Peter Groesbeck is currently employed by Drexel University and maintains a freelance photography business. His work has been most recently displayed at the Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, and the JMS Gallery in Chestnut Hill, PA. His photography has appeared in Darkroom Photography, Collector’s Photography, Popular Photography, and has been published in several books, including Graphis Nude and Sensual Photography. – Work in Issues 2-40

Dorothea Grossman

Dorothea Grossman is an award-winning poet who lives, works, and writes in Los Angeles. The late Allen Ginsberg called Dorothea Grossman’s poetry, “clear, odd, personal, funny or wild-weird, curious and lucid.” Her work has appeared in numerous journals and collections, and she has published three books: Cuttings: Selected Poetry 1978-1988, Poems From Cave 17, and Museum of Rain. Two CDs, Call and Response and Call and Response and Friends, on the pfMentum label, feature the poet in live performance with improvising trombonist Michael Vlatkovich and other like-minded musicians. A chapbook, published by Zerx Press in 2008, is The First Time I Ate Sushi. She has been a featured poet in the March 2010 issue of Poetry Magazine, and the recipient of The J. Howard, and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize. – Work in Issues 22

Fion Gunn

Fion Gunn is a gallery artist with David Curzon Gallery, Wimbledon, and has shown at the Affordable Art Fair in London. She also shows with “Regard sur Objets,” Monmartre, Paris, and has also shown at the Grand Foire d’Art Contemporain at La Bastille in May 2005, Artspace 2005 in Henley-on-Thames, the Wine Gallery in Chelsea, and with the London Arts Cafe in Hoxton. Examples of her work can be viewed She can be contacted at – Work in Issue 1

Al Gury, Contributing Editor

Al Gury is a painter, educator, curator, and writer who lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He teaches painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he is the chair of the nation’s oldest painting and drawing program. Gury is a painter in oils of the figure, portrait, landscape, and still life. His paintings, known for their rich tonalities and vibrant color, have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design, and the National Capitol in Washington. Represented by FAN Gallery in Philadelphia, his work has been shown in New York, New England, Chicago, and other American galleries and museum spaces. Gury has written for American Artist magazine. Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting is published by Watson-Guptill (January 2009). His latest curatorial project, Teaching in the Academy, featured a survey of influential artist/educators of the last two hundred years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum. – Work in Issues 1, 1 (more), 1 (more), 1 (more), 3

Josepha Gutelius

Josepha Gutelius writes plays, short stories, and poetry. Her story “Penny” was chosen for the anthology Best New Writing 2013. “On a Foggy Night in Paris” was published in Northwind and republished as TCR Story of the Month (best of the Web). A Pushcart Prize nominee, she is also an Eric Hoffer Award finalist. Her other anthologies include: Berlin: Inside/Out (University of California Press) and A Slant of Light (SUNY: Codhill Press). Her Web site of selected published work can be found at – Work in Issues 26, 31

Max Gutmann

Max Gutmann has published verse, fiction, and non-fiction in publications including Light Quarterly, Orbis, The Dark Horse, Measure, and Cricket (for children). – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

R. S. Gwynn

R. S. Gwynn has taught at Lamar University since 1976. He is a past recipient of the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Rachel Hadas

Rachel Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. The most recent of her numerous books is a collection of poems, River of Forgetfulness (David Robert Books 2006), and a collection of essays, Classics (WordTech Communications, 2007). – Work in Issues 6, 8, 14, 26, 26 (More), 31

Licia Hahn

Licia Hahn is an artist, curator, producer and President of a management consulting firm advising CEOs in the healthcare, financial services, media, and industrial sectors. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a BA in French literature and has lectured widely in the academic, business, and non-profit sectors. She is an Associate Fellow at Yale University’s Berkeley College, a community of Yale faculty and external thought leaders.

Hahn has engaged in many creative collaborations including an audio documentary on the birthplace of the blues in partnership with Morgan Freeman, creator and executive producer of museum exhibitions including A 60 Year Retrospective of New Yorker Cover Art and Cartoons and A House Beautiful Tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright and The Guggenheim Museum, and creator and executive producer of a CBS TV women’s daytime health show. – Work in Issue 40

Reesom Haile

Reesom Haile is Eritrea’s best known poet, especially internationally. A poet and scholar with a PhD in Media & Communications from NYU, Haile returned to Eritrea in 1994 after exile that included teaching and lecturing in western universities and working for international NGOs. His first collection of Tigrinya poetry, Waza ms Qum Neger nTensae Hager (Asmara: Francescana Printing, 1997), won the 1998 Raimok Prize, Eritrea’s highest prize for literature. His other books of poetry include We Have Our Voice (Trenton and Asmara: Red Sea Press, 2000; translations by Charles Cantalupo) and We Invented the Wheel (Trenton and Asmara: Red Sea Press; translations by Charles Cantalupo). He died in 2003. – Work in Issue 13

Dieter Haller

Dieter Haller (PhD 1991 Heidelberg, Habil 1999 Frankfurt/Oder), a cultural and social anthropologist, is a professor of Social Anthropology at Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, Germany. He has taught as a professor in Frankfurt/Main (2000), Hamburg (2001), Granada (2002), at the University of Texas/Austin (2003-2005), and as Theodor-Heuss Lecturer at New School University/New York (2003). His main fields of interest are port cities, borderlands, diaspora, ethnicity, Gibraltar, Spain, and the Mediterranean. His latest publications are a monograph on Gibraltar (Gelebte Grenze Gibraltar, Wiesbaden: Deutscher Universitätsverlag 2000), onCorruption (co-edited with Cris Shore, 2005), and an Introduction into Cultural Anthropology (DTV-Atlas zur Ethnologie, München, 2005). – Work in Issue 2

Mark Halliday

Mark Halliday is a Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio University, teaching in the creative writing program. His fifth book of poems, KEEP THIS FOREVER, was published by Tupelo Press in 2008. – Work in Issue 27

Therése Halscheid

Therése Halscheid’s poetry collection Uncommon Geography, received a Finalist Award for the Paterson Poetry Book Prize. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in such magazines as Tampa Review and The Gettysburg Review. She has been writing on the road, as a house-sitter, for several years. Simple living has fostered a connection to the natural world. New work embodies a stay with an Inupiaq tribe of Alaska, as well as a collection of essays about her father, who suffered brain damage for thirty years. – Work in Issue 28

Kathi Hansen

Kathi Hansen is a former trial lawyer. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Halfway Down the Stairs, Literary Mama, West Coast Anthology,and Used Furniture Review. She is a student in the Master Level fiction workshop at The Writers Studio and is currently working on a collection of short stories and a novel. She is the mother of two grown children and lives in Coronado, CA with her husband. – Work in Issue 23

Tom Hansen

Tom Hansen retired from the English faculty at Northern State University (SD) in 2002 and has since lived on ten acres of heavily-wooded land in the Black Hills of SD. Since the 1970s, his poems have appeared in The Literary Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Paris Review, Poetry Northwest, and other literary magazines, including George Hitchcock’s now long-defunct Kayak. His collection of poems, Falling to Earth, was awarded the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and was published by BOA Editions in 2006. – Work in Issue 25, 25 (More)

Ruth F. Harrison

Ruth F. Harrison is a retired professor of Medieval Literature. Her work appears in regional, national, and international publications. Lewis Turco’s fourth edition of The Book of Forms includes some of her poems as examples of unusual forms. And Jean Millikin, The Lyric, has included one of Ruth’s cat poems in a children’s anthology she is bringing out. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Clarinda Harriss

Clarinda Harriss is the director of BribkHouse Books, Inc., Maryland’s oldest literary press. A Professor Emerita of English at Towson University, Harriss continues her work with prison writers locally and nationally. Her most recent poety collections are Air Travel, Dirty Blue Voice, and Mortmain, all from Half Moon Editions. A collection of her short fiction is forthcoming. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Barbara Harroun

Barbara Harroun is an Assistant Professor of English at Western Illinois University where she teaches creative writing and composition. Her work has previously appeared in or is forthcoming in the Sycamore Review, issues of Another Chicago Magazine, Buffalo Carp, Friends Journal, Inquire, Bird’s Thumb, i70 Review, Sugared Water,Requited Journal, and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland. She lives in Macomb, IL with her favorite creative endeavors, Annaleigh and Jack, and her husband, Bill. – Work in Issue 36

James Hartman

James Hartman’s short fiction has recently been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best Small Fictions, and appears in Blue Five Notebook, Gravel Literary Journal, Apeiron Review, and various other literary journals online, in print, and podcast form. His scholarly work is forthcoming in The Hemingway Review. He has several degrees, including a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and lives in Michigan with his wife. He writes for SB Nation, as well as Outside Pitch Sports Network. – Work in Issue 40

Nettie Hartsock

Nettie Hartsock is an essayist, fiction writer, and veteran e-business journalist. A graduate of Goddard College, she is a contributing editor to the website Book Pitch ( and is currently working on her one-woman show. Her website is – Work in Issue 3

William (Kit) Hathaway

William (Kit) Hathaway lives in Surry, Maine. His last book of printed poems was a fancy, handset, and hand-bound collection called Promeneur Solitaire from Chester Creek Press. – Work in Issue 16

Sonja Haussman-Smith

Sonja Haussman-Smith was born in Strasbourg in 1923. After several years of study in Strasbourg, Paris, and London, she obtained certificats de licence in German and English at the Sorbonne. She worked as a translator for several years in Paris, and later in New York. She married the American poet, William Jay Smith, in 1966, and collaborated on the translation of The Madman and the Medusa by the African writer (Cameroon) Tchikaya U Tam Si. She translated a selection of William Jay Smith’s poems into French under the title of L’Arbre du Voyageur/The Traveler’s Tree.- Work in Issue 12

Charles Haverty

Charles Haverty’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, Ecotone,Colorado Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. – Work in Issue 29

Jim Hayes

Jim Hayes, a traveller, fisherman, inventor, and writer, has travelled the world from Tullaroan to Tahiti and most places in between. He has fished the rivers of his native Ireland, the Baltic inlets of Scandinavia, and the trout streams of the American West. He holds patents from backpacks to muck spreaders and is an award-winning poet with numerous prizes to his credit, including the prestigious Espy Award for Light Verse in 2004. He was Featured Poet in Light Quarterly, Chicago in 2005, and his poetry has appeared in many other print and online journals. His first collection, The Bad Habits of Little Boys, has just been published. – Work in Issue 14 (Light Verse)

Jonathan Hazelton

Bio forthcoming. – Work in Issue 40

Kathleen Hellen

Kathleen Hellen is the author of the collection Umberto’s Night (2012), winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers’ Publishing House, and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Loved Mothra (2010) and Pentimento (2014), both from Finishing Line Press. Her work is widely published and has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Evergreen, New Letters, Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Rattapallax, Sycamore Review, Witness, among other journals. Awards include poetry prizes from the H.O.W. Journal and Washington Square Review, the James Still and Thomas Merton poetry prizes, as well as individual artist grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, and two Pushcart nominations in 2013. – Work in Issue 37

Ernest Hilbert

Ernest Hilbert is the author of three collections of poetry, Sixty Sonnets (2009), All of You on the Good Earth (2013), and Caligulan (2015). He lives in Philadelphia. – Work in Issues 38, 39

Ann Hillesland

Ann Hillesland’s work has been published or is forthcoming in many literary journals and anthologies, includingFourth Genre, Monkeybicycle, Sou’wester, r.kv.ry, Prick of the Spindle, Anderbo, Open City, and SmokeLong Quarterly. It has been selected for the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions and presented onstage by Stories On Stage. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Queen’s University of Charlotte. – Work in Issue 34

Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch’s most recent books are Lay Back the Darkness (poems) and Poet’s Choice (prose). He is President of the Guggenheim Foundation. – Work in Issues 6, 27

Rachel Hochhauser

Rachel Hochhauser is a writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she also has a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, where she taught undergraduate writing and served as the Fiction Editor for the Southern California Review. Her work has appeared in publications such asClapboard House, Connu, and others. Recently, she finished her first novel. – Work in Issue 34

Rolaine Hochstein

Rolaine Hochstein was a pop magazine journalist/mom till she went back to school part-time for a break and an MFA. Thereafter, she published two novels, Stepping Out (Norton) and Table 47 (Doubleday) and 38 short stories (so far), winning two O. Henry prizes, a Pushcart prize and the Seaton Fiction award from the Kansas State Arts Council as well as fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the NY State Council on the Arts. Fifteen years ago, she left the child-raising suburbs for Downtown Manhattan. Her husband, Mort Hochstein, writes about food, wine and travel. – Work in Issue 37

Ditta Baron Hoeber

Ditta Baron Hoeber is an artist and a poet. She has published in a number of magazines, most notablyNthposition and the American Poetry Review. A group of her poems will again be forthcoming in the American Poetry Review. Her hand-built books have been taken into artist book collections in the US and in England. The images in Issue 33 of Per Contra were part of a solo exhibition of her photographs held at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia in 2013. – Work in Issue 33

Daniel G. Hoffman

Daniel G. Hoffman has published eleven books of poetry, including his recent volume, Makes You Stop and Think: Sonnets (George Braziller, 2005). He is also the author of Zone of the Interior: A Memoir, 1942-1947(Louisiana State University Press, 2000) and seven volumes of criticism, including Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe (1971, reprint edition from Louisiana State University Press, 1985), which was nominated for a National Book Award. Among his other awards, Hoffman received the Arthur Rense Poetry Prize “for an exceptional poet” from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, and the Memorial Medal of the Maygar PEN for his translations of contemporary Hungarian poetry. He served as a consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress from 1973 to 1974 (now called the Poet Laureate) and is a Chancellor Emeritus of The Academy of American Poets. From 1988 to 1999, Hoffman was Poet in Residence at St. John the Divine, where he administered the American Poets’ Corner. Until 1996, Hoffman was Felix E. Schelling Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Click Here to see the Per Contra interview. – Work in Issues 4, 10, 14 (Light Verse), 23, 24 (Light Verse)

Strummer Hoffston

Strummer Hoffston is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she is pursuing her MFA. Her poems have appeared in Salt Hill, frankmatter, Across the Margin, and Epiphany, where she was the winner of Epiphany Magazine‘s Spring Contest. – Work in Issue 40

Gail Holst-Warhaft

Gail Holst-Warhaft was born in Australia, but moved to Greece in the 1970s and played in the orchestras of Mikis Theodorakis and Dionysios Savvopoulos. She is a poet, translator, academic, and musician who directs Mediterranean Studies at Cornell University. She has published her poems, translations of Greek poetry and prose, and essays on Greece in the UK, the US, Greece, and Australia. Among her books are Road to Rembetika (4th edition, 2006), Theodorakis (1980), The Collected Poems of Nikos Kavadias (1987), Dangerous Voices (1992), and The Cue for Passion (2000). Her first collection of poetry, Penelope’s Confession, was published in 2007. She is the 2011 Poet Laureate of Tomkins County, and was recently elected to the council of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. – Work in Issues 14, 22, 23, 30, 32, 32 (more)

Ann Hood

Ann Hood is the author of seven novels: Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, Waiting to Vanish, Three-Legged Horse, Something Blue, Places to Stay the Night, The Properties of Water, and Ruby. Her non-fiction book entitled Do Not Go Gentle: My Search For Miracles in a Cynical Time has been widely anthologized in The Best American Spiritual Writing, The Pushcart Prize, and many other collections. Her short story collection, An Ornithologist’s Guide to Life, was published recently by Norton. Hood is currently working on another novel, The Knitting Circle, also to be published by Norton.

She has published short stories, essays, and book reviews in The Missouri Review, Parenting, Mademoiselle,Redbook, Seventeen, Story, Self, Cosmopolitan, McCalls, Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, MORE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and many other notable publications. – Work in Issue 2

Ann Hostetler

Ann Hostetler is a Professor of English at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, where she teaches American Literature and Creative Writing. She is the author of Empty Room with Light: Poems (2002) and editor of A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry (University of Iowa Press 2003). Her essays and poems have appeared inPMLA, The American Scholar, The Cresset, Poet Lore, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, and many other places. Her work is featured in Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (SUNY Press, 2010). – Work in Issue 27

Mark Hummel

Mark Hummel’s fiction, poetry, and essays have regularly appeared in a variety of literary journals for more than twenty years including such publications as The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Talking River Review,Weber: The Contemporary West, and Zone 3. He is the editor of the non-fiction magazine bioStories and author of the novel In the Chameleon’s Shadow. A former college professor and writing program director, he lives in Montana’s Flathead Valley. To learn more about his work, visit: – Work in Issue 33

Ioana Ieronim

Ioana Ieronim, noted Romanian writer, is the author of eleven collections of poetry, among them five books in English translation by Adam J. Sorkin with the author. These include The Triumph of the Water Witch (Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2000), a volume of prose poems that was shortlisted for Oxford’s Weidenfeld Prize; 41, a bilingual volume of poetry (Cartea Românească Publisher, Bucharest, 2003); and two 2005 books, Dragon Kites over the Pyrenees (a trilingual volume in Catalan, Romanian, and English); and Escalator. Ieronim is a former cultural counselor of the Romanian Embassy in Washington, DC (1992-1996) and Romanian PEN Club President. Life Line as a Skyscraper appeared in the fall of 2006 from Vinea Press, Bucharest and New York. – Work in Issue 8

Gyula Illyés

Text Forthcoming. – Work in Issue 31

Jessica Barksdale Inclan

Jessica Barksdale is the author of twelve traditionally published novels, including “Her Daughter’s Eyes” and “When You Believe.” Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in Salt Hill Journal, The Coachella Review, Carve Magazine, Mason’s Road, and So to Speak. She is a professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California and teaches online novel writing for UCLA Extension. You can read more at – Work in Issue 32

Colette Inez

Colette Inez has published eleven books of poetry, a memoir, and has won Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowship. Her latest collection, The Luba Poems from Red Hen Press, appeared last year. She is widely anthologized. Now retired, Inez has long been a member of Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University and has taught poetry at Cornell, Bucknell, Colgate, Tulane and Ohio Universities. – Work in Issues 12, 39, 40

Sharon Israel

Sharon Israel hosts the radio program, Poetry Hour at the Writer’s Voice, on WIOX FM, in Roxbury, New York. As a poet and soprano, Sharon collaborates with composer Robert Cucinotta on works for voice, live instruments and electronics and has premiered several of his works in New York. She was an early recipient of Brooklyn College’s Leonard B. Hecht Poetry Explication Award. – Work in Issue 34

Henry Israeli

Henry Israeli’s books include New Messiahs (Four Way Books, 2002) and Fresco: the Selected Poetry of Luljeta Lleshanaku (New Directions, 2002), which he edited and co-translated. He has been awarded fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Canada Council on the Arts, as well as a residency at the MacDowell Colony. His poetry and translations have appeared in numerous journals, including Grand Street,The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, Tin House, Fence, Verse, and elsewhere. Henry Israeli is also the Founder of Saturnalia Books. Click Here to see the Per Contra interview. – Work in Issues 8, 33

Fernando Iturburu

Fernando Ituruburu is a poet, fiction writer, and critic from Guayaquil, Ecuador. After studies at the University of Paris and the University of Oregon, he went on to teach Spanish at SUNY-Plattsburgh. He is currently working on his third novel dealing with the detective Cholo Cepeda, while completing a new book of poetry. He was the editor and co-translator with Alexis Levitin of Tapestry of the Sun (Coimbra Editions, 2009), the first anthology of Ecuadorian poetry ever to appear in the United States. – Work in Issues 9, 10, 10 (more), 25, 25 (More), 32

Barbara Jacksha

Barbara Jacksha is an editor and co-founder of the literary journal Cezanne’s Carrot ( Her work has appeared in the W. W. Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, as well as in such publications asBeloit Fiction Journal, The Summerset Review, Vox, Carve Magazine, Mad Hatter’s Review, Margin, Peregrine,Mindprints, Poetry Midwest, Tattoo Highway, SmokeLong Quarterly, Dark Moon Lilith, Talking Stick, and Quercus Review. Barbara’s work has received many honors and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. For more information, visit Barbara’s website: – Work in Issue 5

Beverly A. Jackson

Beverly A. Jackson writes short stories and poetry that have appeared in over 60 venues since 1999, includingEclectica, SmokeLong Quarterly, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, Night Train, Absinthe Literary Review, Tattoo Highway, and In Posse Review. She was nominated by Vestal Review for a BASS (Best American Short Stories) award for “The Dead,” which has since been anthologized in You Have Time for This, and a flash fiction textbook for China. Jackson was the Founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of the print literary journal, Ink Pot (and its e-zine), and the small independent press, LIT POT PRESS, INC., which published poetry and short story collections, and literary novels out of the mainstream (1999 – 2006). In addition to writing, Jackson does mixed media abstract paintings and collages in her home studio. – Work in Issue 11

Brett Jackson

Brett Jackson lives in San Francisco and is currently at work on a novel. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Vestal Review, and Avatar Review. – Work in Issue 40

Christopher James

Christopher James lives and writes in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has been or will be published in Times2, Camera Obscura online, Tin House online, and others. He occasionally puts things he likes – Work in Issue 33

Carlos Eduardo Jaramillo

Carlos Eduardo Jaramillo, born in Loja in 1932, is one of the strongest poetic voices in Ecuador. He belongs to the same generation as David Ledesma and Fernando Cazón Vera. His work reflects an international perspective; that is, his lyric voice places itself simultaneously abroad and at home, in the present and in the past. Frustration with the political realities of his country and his own life as poet turned lawyer are counter-balanced by deep ties of personal friendship and love. His poetry is characterized by a strong religious dimension, along with an openness to modern pop culture, including the blues, jazz, and international cinema. His books of poetry are: Escrito sobre la arena (Quito, 1959), 150 poemas (1961), La trampa (1964), Maneras de vivir y de morir (1965), La noche y los vencidos (1967), El hombre que quemó sus brújulas (Guayaquil, 1970),Las desvelaciones de Jacob (Quito, 1970), Una vez la felicidad (1972), Crónica de la casa, los árboles y el río,Viaje al planeta Eurídice (1973), Perseo ante el espejo (Guayaquil, 1974), La edad del fuego (Guayaquil, 1977),Trafalmadore (Guayaquil, 1977), Veinte años de poesía 1953-1972 (Quito, 1979), Veinte años de poesía(Cuenca, 1985), Blues de la calle Loja (Loja, 1990), and Leves canciones sadomasoquistas (Quito, 2000). – Work in Issue 10, 10 (Spanish)

Michael Jennings

Michael Jennings is the author of eight books of poems, most recently Bone-Songs and Sanctuaries, New and Selected Poems from The Sheep Meadow Press. He was born in the French Quarter of New Orleans, grew up in east Texas and the deserts of southwestern Iran, and graduated from Penn and the graduate program in Creative Writing at Syracuse University. He is also an internationally recognized breeder and judge of Siberian Huskies and author of three books on the breed. He lives with his wife, poet Suzanne Shane, on a hill overlooking one of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. – Work in Issue 27

Sandra Jensen

Sandra Jensen was born in South Africa, lived in the UK, Greece, and Canada, and is presently based in Ireland with her partner and her cat. Her work has been published in Word Riot, Sou’Wester, Chautauqua, AGNI, and others. Her short story manuscript, A Sort of Walking Miracle, was shortlisted for the Scott Prize (Salt Publishing). She was recently awarded a professional writer’s grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to develop her novella, Serendip, into a novel. – Work in Issue 19

Liesl Jobson

Liesl Jobson is a Johannesburg writer, musician, and photographer. Her writing is forthcoming in Chimurenga,New Contrast, The Rambler Magazine, Letters to the World, a poetry anthology from Red Hen Press, White Ink, a poetry anthology from Demeter Press, and CRUX: A Conversation in Words and Images – South Africa to South USA, from the US Social Forum. Her first collection of poems, View from an Escalator, received a Community Publishing Project grant from the National Library of South Africa’s Centre for the Book and will be published in 2008. Her collection of prose poems and flash fiction, 100 Papers, which received the Ernst van Heerden Creative Writing Award from the University of the Witwatersrand, was published by Botsotso Press in 2008. – Work in Issues 4, 5, 7, 9

Inger Johansson

Inger Johansson is a literary translator from English, Romanian, and French into Swedish who lives in Lund, Sweden. She has been a full-time literary translator since 1983 and has translated about sixty works of literary and non-literary prose, poetry, and drama, including the writers Karen Armstrong, André Brink, Mircea Cărtărescu, Doris Lessing, Olivia Manning, Gabriela Melinescu, Rohinton Mistry, and Tim Winton. Johansson was awarded the translation prize of the Samfundet de nios (the Academy of the Nine) in 1999 and the Gerard Bonniers stipend in 2003. – Work in Issue 11

Elnathan John

Elnathan John is a lawyer and satirist. He also writes fiction and has been published in several international literary journals and publications, including Evergreen Review, ZAM Magazine, and Chimrenga’s The Chronic. His short story was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013. His first novel, published by Cassava Republic Press, is due out in the summer of 2015. – Work in Issues 25, 33

Elizabeth M. Johnson

Elizabeth M. Johnson is an attorney in Chicago, specializing in commercial litigation. She studied poetry with Eleanor Wilner as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, where she received her BA with honors in English Language and Literature. More recently, she has studied formal poetry with Moira Egan at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her poetry has previously been published in Mezzo Cammin. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Gwenna Johnson

Gwenna Johnson is from eastern Pennsylvania. She graduated from Drexel University and is a member of Sigma Tau Delta. She worked for Drexel’s Publishing Group and also collaborated with the Painted Bride Quarterly. While continuing to write, her plans are to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine. – Work in Issues 15, 17

Fred Johnston

Fred Johnston was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1951, and educated in Toronto, Canada, and Belfast. For some years he worked as a professional journalist in Dublin, where, with Neil Jordan and Peter Sheridan, he founded the Irish Writers’ Co-operative before moving to Galway on the West of Ireland, where he founded in 1986 the Cúirt International Poetry Festival. Three of his novels and a collection of stories have been published, as well as eight collections of poetry; since 2008, he has written and published poetry exclusively in French.Orangeman, a collection of short stories in French, was published in 2010 by Terre de Brume (France – trad. Christian le Braz). He is director of the Western Writers’ Centre, Galway, which he founded in 2002. A collection of short stories is due this autumn from Parthian Books (UK). He has lived and worked in Galway since 1978. – Work in Issue 23

Jen Jolles

Jen Jolles is a senior English major at Drexel University, originally from Silver Spring, Maryland. After graduation, Jen hopes to pursue a PhD in English literature, but if that doesn’t come to be, she’d rest content with writing a story that finally has a happy ending. In her free time, Jen enjoys running triathlons and living with intention. – Work in Issue 33

A. M. Juster

A.M. Juster’s most recent books are Horace’s Satires (University of Pennsylvania Press 2008) and Tibullus’ Elegies (Oxford University Press 2012. In 2015, the University of Toronto Press will publish his Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles and Measure Press will publish his Sleaze & Slander: New and Selected Comic Verse 1995-2015. – Work in Issue 14 (Light Verse), 24 (Light Verse), 31, 34

Julie Kane

Julie Kane is the current Louisiana Poet Laureate. Her two most recent poetry collections are Jazz Funeral(2009), which won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, and Rhythm & Booze (2003), a National Poetry Series winner and finalist for the Poets’ Prize. Her poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac and have appeared in journals, including The Antioch Review, The Southern Review, Dark Horse,London Magazine, Feminist Studies, and Prairie Schooner.

Her essays on poetry and literature have appeared in Twentieth Century Literature, Modern Language Quarterly,Literature/Film Quarterly, PsyArt, Journal of Consciousness Studies, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, and other publications. A former Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing/American Poetry, she teaches at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. – Work in Issues 23, 25, 25 (More)

Joe Kapitan

Joe Kapitan is an architect-turning-writer from northern Ohio. His short fiction has appeared online in such venues as elimae, SmokeLong Quarterly, PANK, Wigleaf and others, and has appeared in print in The Cincinnati Review, A cappella Zoo, Bluestem, and Midwestern Gothic. He blogs erratically at – Work in Issue 26

Rachel Leona Kapitan

Rachel Leona Kapitan is a writer living in Orlando, Florida. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Kerouac Project of Orlando, a 501(c)(3) serving emerging writers. She’s interested in the impact of scientific imagination and ignorance on everyday life, as well as poetry and the cognitive sciences. – Work in Issue 34

Alisha Karabinus

Alisha Karabinus is finishing up a BA in English from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her short fiction has appeared in Staccato, Flashquake, Pindeldyboz, and she is a two-time recipient of a Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education—first in support of her short fiction, and second for the novel she is currently writing. She lives in Little Rock, AR with her young son and a small menagerie of pets. – Work in Issue 23

Daniel Karaskik

Daniel Karaskik is a writer and actor based out of Toronto. His prose and poetry have appeared in the following literary journals: The New Quarterly, lichen, The Claremont Review, Pindeldyboz, Whistling Shade, The Dream People, and daily newspaper The Toronto Star (with a contest-winning poem, adjudicated by poet laureate Dennis Lee). As a playwright, he has been produced at most of Toronto’s major theatre festivals, and was a playwright-in-residence at the Paprika Festival, Canada’s foremost venue for new theatre work by artists under 21. As an actor, he has performed with leading artists at the Tarragon Theatre, Modern Times Stage Company, companytheatercrisis, and elsewhere; he has also acted in projects for NBC, Walt Disney Films, Alliance Atlantis, Lifetime Network, and (within Canada) CTV and Global. He has spent the majority of the past year living, volunteering, studying, and writing abroad, in West Africa, the Middle East, and Paris. He is currently studying literature and anthropology at the University of Toronto. – Work in Issue 5

Kostas Kartelias

Click here to see Kostas Kartelias’ bio at the bottom of the page. – Work in Issue 23

Aruni Kashyap

Aruni Kashyap’s debut novel, The House With a Thousand Stories (Viking/ Penguin Books India, 2013) is set in India’s northeastern state of Assam. In 2009, he was awarded the annual Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship by the British Council of India, to attend a short-term creative writing course at the University of Edinburgh. He lives in Minnesota. – Work in Issue 27

Sam Katz

Sam Katz was born in Korea and came to the US at the age of 2. He earned an MFA from The New School. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Good Men Project, REAL, and Southern Humanities Review. – Work in Issue 28

Vincent Katz

Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, art critic, editor, and curator. He is the author of nine books of poetry, includingCabal of Zealots (Hanuman Books), Understanding Objects (Hard Press), and Rapid Departures (Ateliê Editorial). He won the 2005 National Translation Award, given by the American Literary Translators Association, for his book of translations from Latin, The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius (Princeton University Press).

In December 2005, Rapid Departures, a selection of poems Katz wrote in Brazil over the past 17 years, was published by Ateliê Editorial, an imprint of the University of São Paulo Press. Katz is currently working in collaboration with the painter Francesco Clemente on a book, to be published by Granary Books, that will pair poems written in Italy with watercolors responding to those poems.

He was awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature at the American Academy in Rome for 2001-2002. He was chosen to be a Guest of the Director for a one-month residency at the American Academy in Berlin in the spring of 2006. Katz curated a museum exhibition on Black Mountain College, whose catalogue, Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art, edited by Katz, was published by MIT Press in 2002.

Katz is the editor of the poetry and arts journal Vanitas and of Libellum Books. – Work in Issue 5, 5 (more)

Robert P. Kaye

Robert P. Kaye’s stories have appeared in Per Contra, The Los Angeles Review, Green Mountain Review, Jersey Devil Press and elsewhere, with multiple nominations for Pushcart, Best of the Web and Story South prizes. His novel Taking Candy from the Devil, about failure, coffee, Bigfoot, and trebuchets, is published online. Links to these appear at together with the Litwrack blog about the collision of technology and literature. – Work in Issues 18, 34

Thomas Kearnes

Thomas Kearnes holds an MA in Screenwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. He recently won the 2014 Cardinal Sins Fiction Contest. His recent fiction has appeared or will appear in Night Train, BULL, Vending Machine Press, Punchnel’s, Existere, 5×5, Big Lucks, Split Lip Magazine, Necessary Fiction, Spry, Litro, The Adroit Journal, The Ampersand Review, Word Riot, Johnny America, Five Quarterly, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere. His work has also appeared in several LGBT venues. He is studying to become a drug dependency counselor. He lives near Houston. – Work in Issue 40

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy is the author of seven books of poems, most recently The Gold Thread(Elixir Press 2013). She is also the author of The Altarpiece, Book One, Book Two, City of Ladies, and Book Three, The King’s Sisters, in the Cross and the Crown series of historical novels from Knox Robinson Press. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Kennedy is a contributing editor at West Branch and Shenandoah and is the head of the English Department at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. – Work in Issues 18, 30, 30 (more), 38, 39

X. J. Kennedy

X. J. Kennedy, of Lexington, MA, writes textbooks and children’s books for a living. His latest collection of verse,In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: new & selected poems (Johns Hopkins U. Press), was a 2008 Notable Book of the American Library Association. In April 2009, he was given the Robert Frost medal of the Poetry Society of America for his life’s work in poetry. – Work in Issue 17

Nicole Kline

Nicole Kline is the Senior Editor of Warp Zoned, a contributing writer at Geekadelphia and Perpetual Geek Machine, and the co-founder of GameLoop Philly and Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia. She also writes stories for video games — you can get the first one right now, called Monsters! She works full time at Drexel University as an administrative assistant, where she is also getting her graduate degree in Library and Information Sciences. In her spare time, she plays video games, rolls dice, and designs board games. – Work in Issue 22, 28

Nance Knauer

Nance Knauer clings to the belief that she will complete her MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University soon. A finalist for the Minneapolis Loft Mentor Series in 2004, she has been published both online and in print, including in FRiGG Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Ink Pot. – Work in Issue 9

Jen Knox

Jen Knox is a writer and teacher who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She was the recipient of The Global Short Story Prize in 2011, and her short story, “Types of Circus,” was chosen by Dan Chaon as one of Wigleaf‘s Top 50 Short Fictions in 2012. Jen’s writing has been featured in A cappella Zoo, The Adirondack Review, Bound Off, Burrow Press Review, Istanbul Review, Prick of the Spindle, and Superstition Review. Her fiction chapbook, Don’t Tease the Elephants, was released in March 2014 by Monkey Puzzle Press. – Work in Issue 35

Philip Kobylarz

Philip Kobylarz is a writer of fiction, poetry, and essays. He has worked as a journalist and film critic for newspapers in Memphis, Tenn., where he focused on issues of social inequality while working for the National Civil Rights Museum and the Democratic Party. His work appears in such publications as Paris Review, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry series. The author of a book of poems concerning life in the south of France, he has a collection of short fiction and a book-length essay forthcoming. – Work in Issue 34

Sandra Kolankiewicz

Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems and stories have appeared in journals over the past thirty-five years, featured in such places as Mississippi Review, North American Review, Confrontation, Per Contra, Gargoyle, Rhino, Prick of the Spindle, Cortland Review, Fifth Wednesday, Louisville Review, and in the anthologies Sudden Fiction, and Four Minute Fiction. Her chapbook Turning Inside Out won the Black River Chapbook Competition at Black Lawrence Press. Blue Eyes Don’t Cry won the Hackney Award for an Unpublished Novel. She has a BA and a PhD from Ohio University and attended the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. She currently lives with her family in Marietta, Ohio, and teaches at a community college in West Virginia. – Work in Issues 28, 34, 37

Dezső Kosztolányi

Dezső Kosztolányi (1885–1936) has been esteemed primarily for lyrical novels of penetrating psychological insight, such as Skylark and Anna Édes (“Sweet Anna”). In Hungary, he is equally known for his poetry (especially “Drunkenness at Dawn”) and his superb translations of foreign works from Shakespeare to Valéry. Kosztolányi’s “Funeral Oration” evokes both the sadness and laughter associated with telling tales of a departed friend at the wake. – Work in Issue 31

Jean L. Kreiling

Jean L. Kreiling’s poems have appeared in numerous print journals, electronic publications, and anthologies. She was the winner of the 2011 Able Muse Write Prize for Poetry, and she has been a finalist for the DogwoodPoetry Prize, the Frost Farm Prize, and the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Leonard Kress

Leonard Kress has published fiction and poetry in Per Contra, as well as The Massachusetts Review, Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, etc. His recent collections are The Orpheus Complex, Living in the Candy Store, and Braids & Other Sestinas. He teaches philosophy, religion, and creative writing at Owens College in Ohio. – Work in Issues 7, 30, 30 (more), 40

Brett Kroska

Brett Kroska’s work has appeared in Prologue, Pentimento, and the Gray Beard Review. In the past he has farmed sugar cane, cleaned toilets, taught self-defense and writing (not dissimilar), and he is currently an MFA in Fiction at Florida State University. He lives with his wife and pets. He is at work on a novel about Iraq. – Work in Issue 20

Maxine Kumin

Maxine Kumin’s 16th book, Still to Mow, was published in September 2007. She is the author of Jack and Other New Poems and a memoir, Inside the Halo and Beyond: Anatomy of a Recovery. Kumin’s awards include the Pulitzer and Ruth Lilly Poetry Prizes and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost medals. She served as a consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress (a position now called the Poet Laureate). She and her husband live on a farm in New Hampshire. – Work in Issue 10

Donald Kuspit, Contributing Editor

Donald Kuspit is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History and Philosophy at State University of New York Stony Brook. He is the author of more than twenty books, among which are The Rebirth of Painting in the Late 20th Century (2000), Redeeming Art: Critical Reveries (2000), and The End of Art (2004).He is the author of three Books of poetry, Self-Refraction (1983; visual accompaniment by Rudolf Baranik), Apocalypse with Jewels in the Distance (visual accompaniment by Rosalind Schwartz), and On the Gathering Emptiness (2004; visual accompaniment by Walter Feldman and Hans Breder). He is the recipient of the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism (1983) given by the College Art Association. In 1997, the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design gave him a Citation for Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts. Click Here to see thePer Contra interview. – Work in Issues 5, 6, 7, 7 (more), 8, 9, 9 (more), 10, 11, 15, 16, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29,30, 30 (more), 31, 31 (more), 32, 32 (more), 32 (more), 34, 34 (more), 35, 35 (more), 36, 36 (more), 37, 38, 39, 40

Aimee LaBrie

Aimee LaBrie teaches and works at Rider University. Her short story collection, Wonderful Girl, was chosen as the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and published by the University of North Texas Press in 2007. Her short stories have been published in Pleiades, Minnesota Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Permafrost, and other literary journals. In 2012, she won first place in Zoetrope’s All-Story Fiction contest. You can read her blog at – Work in Issue 40

Susan Lago

Susan Lago is an adjunct professor of English at Montclair State University. Her fiction, essays, and book reviews have appeared in publications such as Fiction Weekly, Monkeybicycle, Verbsap, Five Star Literary Stories, The Linnet’s Wing, and Word Riot. She also has an MA in English from William Paterson University. – Work in Issue 19

Nick LaRocca

Nick LaRocca’s short story “Gestures” (Lowestoft Chronicle) has been nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize for Fiction. His stories have recently been featured in Outside In Magazine, Steel Toe Review, South85, and Milo Review, as well as Rush Hour: Bad Boys (Delacorte Press), Mason’s Road, and the Beloit Fiction Journal. He is the recipient of the Robert Wright Prize for Writing Excellence. Nick is an associate professor of English at Palm Beach State College and lives in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife. – Work in Issues 31, 34, 38

Simon Larter

Simon Larter graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Civil Engineering. “Twister” is his first published story. He lives with his wife and three children in New Jersey. – Work in Issue 16

Roger Lathbury

Roger Lathbury usually finds invitations for biography excuses to parody the genre. However, playing it straight, he admits to working as a professor of English (American literature; nonsense literature) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to running a small publishing house (Orchises Press), and to being an admiring reader, since the mid 1960’s, of Daniel Hoffman’s poetry. They first met in 1973, and in the last ten years have become friends as well. In 2008 Orchises brought out Elizabeth McFarland’s Over the Summer Water. – Work in Issue 27

Harry Steven Lazerus

Harry Steven Lazerus’s short fiction has been published in several magazines, including Broken Pencil, The Mythic Circle, and Change Magazine. His story “Becky” won Anotherealm’s Higney Award for 2009. He was also a staff writer for Houston’s Change Magazine, which published his column “The Contrarian.” – Work in Issue 37

George Winston Lee

George Winston Lee is a professional writer and editor living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and a self-syndicated humour columnist (ten newspapers) and opinion writer. His recent credits include an essay in theToronto Globe and Mail, and a photo forthcoming in Stock Car Racing Magazine (for the May edition). His awards include Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association Blue Flame photographic awards, and 1997 human interest and 1980 spot news. – Work in Issue 2

Michele Leavitt

Michele Leavitt is a high school dropout and former trial attorney who writes essays and poems. Her work has been published in venues, including Medium: Human Parts, So to Speak, Mezzo Cammin, Hippocampus, andThe Journal. Her poetry collection, Back East (Moon Pie Press), won the 2013 Michael Macklin Award. In 2014, EAT Poems published her audio chapbook of poems from the hepatitis C epidemic, Virus Conversations. She lives in Maine, where she co-direct the Honors Program at Unity College and teaches writing. Her website – Work in Issues 24 (Light Verse), 25, 25 (More), 36, 36 (more)

Catharine Leggett

Catharine Leggett’s short stories have appeared in the anthologies Law & Disorder, Best New Writing 2014, The Reading Place, as well as in the journals Room, Event, The New Quarterly, Canadian Author, and The Antigonish Review. Other stories have appeared in the online journal paperbytes as well as on CBC Radio. She is a two-time finalist in the Columbus Creative Cooperative Great Novel Contest and taught creative writing in the Continuing Studies program for Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. – Work in Issue 40

Robert Leone

Robert Leone is a communications manager for an international health fellowship program of the Public Health Institute in Oakland, CA. His short stories and interviews have appeared in Evergreen Chronicles, Rosebud Magazine, The Bay Area Reporter, and online at Grace Cathedral’s website. Currently, he is working on a play,Rights of Passage, with his husband, Edward Decker. (They were married July 1, 2008.) His play deals with stories of LGBT human rights violations from around the world. – Work in Issue 12

Nathan Leslie

Nathan Leslie’s nine books of fiction include Madre, Believers, and Dribers. His previous book of stories, Sibs, was published by Aqueous books in 2014 and his novel, The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice, was published by Atticus Books in 2012. He is also the author of Night Sweat, a poetry collection. His short stories, essays and poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines including Boulevard, Shenandoah, North American Review, and Cimmaron Review. Nathan was series editor for The Best of the Web anthology 2008 and 2009 (Dzanc Books) and he edited fiction for Pedestal Magazine for five years. He is co-editor for a fiction anthology, Shale (Texture Press). His website is – Work in Issues 5, 16, 39, 40

Alison Lewis

Alison Lewis is the Social Sciences and Humanities Librarian at Drexel University’s Hagerty Library. She holds an MS in Library Science from Florida State University and a PhD in English Literature from Temple University. She lives in West Philadelphia with her husband and an undisclosed number of cats. – Work in Issue 5

Harriet Levin

Harriet Levin’s debut book of poetry, The Christmas Show (Beacon Press) was chosen by Eavan Boland for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and also received the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her second book, Girl in Cap and Gown (Mammoth Books), was a 2010 National Poetry Series finalist. Her poems and prose appears most recently in Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review,H_NGM_N, PEN America, and is forthcoming in Many Mountains Moving and Chiron Review. She teaches and directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University. – Work in Issues6, 35

Lynn Levin

Lynn Levin is a poet, writer, and translator. She is the author of six books, most recently: Miss Plastique, a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in poetry; as co-author, Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets, a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in education/academic books; and a translation from the Spanish, Birds on the Kiswar Tree, a collection of poems by the Peruvian Andean poet Odi Gonzales. An eleven-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Lynn Levin has published poems in Rattle, Ploughshares, Boulevard, The Hopkins Review, Per Contra, and on Verse Daily. Garrison Keillor has read her work on The Writer’s Almanac, and she has twice been a guest on Marty Moss-Coane’s Radio Times. Her website is She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. – Work in Issues 4, 9, 23, 31, 32, 32 (more), 38

Alexis Levitin

Alexis Levitin’s thirty-eight books in translation include Eugénio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words and Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm (both from New Directions). Recent books include: from Ecuador, Ana Minga’s Tobacco Dogs (Bitter Oleander Press, 2013) and Santiago Vizcaino’s Destruction in the Afternoon (Dialogos Books, 2015); from Brazil, Salgado Maranhão’s Tiger Fur (White Pine Press, 2015); from Portugal, Eugénio de Andrade’s The Art of Patience (Red Dragonfly Press, 2013), Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen’s Exemplary Tales (Tagus Press, 2015), and 28 Portuguese Poets, with Richard Zenith (Dedalus Press, Dublin, 2015). – Work in Issues 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 17 (more), 18, 19, 20, 21, 22,23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 35 (more), 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

Isabella Levitin

Isabella Levitin was the official translator of her husband V.S. Yanovksy. She also translated W. H. Auden into German for the fine literary journal Merkur. She also helped W. H. Auden on parts of his translation of Goethe’s Italian Journey. Her translations have appeared in Poetry, The Quest, The Catholic Worker, Gnosis, The Third Hour, Rosebud, and The Iowa Review. – Work in Issue 39

Kat Lewin

Kat Lewin is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction at University of California, Irvine. Her work has appeared in journals, including PANK Magazine,Twelve Stories, and Word Riot. – Work in Issue 24

Wayne Lewis

Wayne Lewis is the editor of several small publications in Memphis, Tennessee, including Key Magazine of Memphis. Besides short fiction, he also writes poetry, plays the harmonica and runs – once upon a time – competitively. He has a BA in Journalism and an MA in Creative Writing, both from the University of Memphis. He also has a daughter at Boston University, a son at Rhode Island School of Design, and two collies shedding hair all over the house. – Work in Issue 9

Jane Liddle

Jane Liddle grew up in Newburgh, New York, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her stories have appeared in Two Serious Ladies, Cactus Heart, Whiskey Paper, Storychord, Luna Luna Magazine, and elsewhere. She has recently finished a short-story collection and a flash series about murder, and is currently working on a novel. You can find her on Twitter @janeriddle or at – Work in Issue 36

Zhi Lin

Zhi Lin is a graduate of the China National Academy of Fine Arts, the Slade School of Fine Art at the University of London (MFA in 1989), and the University of Delaware (MFA in 1992).

Lin has shown his work in a number of important institutions in US, UK, and China, including the Princeton University Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Art, Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Frye Art Museum, the Cambridge University, the Contemporary Arts Institute In London, and the China National Fine Art Museum.

Lin’s work is included in the collections of the Princeton University Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, the Slade School of Fine Art, the Rothermere Foundation, the Michael Marks Foundation in London, and the China National Fine Art Museum in Beijing. His work is represented by the Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Howard House Gallery in Seattle.

Lin has been the recipient of the following: Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Tang Center for East Asian Art at the Princeton University, the University of Washington Royalty Research Scholar and Research Fund, Creative Capital Foundation Grant in Painting, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Artists at Giverny France Grant, Art Matters Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship in Painting, NEA/Regional Artist’s Project Grant, Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship, Missouri Arts Council Visual Artists’ Biennial Grant, and Delaware State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, among many others.

His works were reviewed and published by many national and international print media, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Artnews, Art in America, American Arts Quarterly, Artweek,and Art Review in London, as well as many others in Chinese language media. His work also was the subject for two monographs, and three special TV programs.

Currently, Zhi Lin holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Painting & Drawing at the School of Art, and as an Affiliated Associate Professor at the China Studies Program, Jackson School of International Studies, at University of Washington, Seattle, where he has lived and worked since 2001. Previously, he taught at the Missouri State University, the China National Academy of Fine Arts, and the Huazhong Normal University in China. – Work in Issue 3

Carol Lipszyc

Carol Lipszyc has published across genres, including: a book of short stories, The Saviour Shoes and Other Stories; a book of poetry, Singing Me Home, both with Inanna Publications in Canada; arts-based educational articles in international journals; and a Literacy/ESL Reader with chants, entitled People Express, published by Oxford University Press. Her anthology of poems, The Heart is Improvisational, will be published by Guernica in Spring, 2017 and features, along with two of Carol’s poems, over 70 poems by poets from Canada, US, and Europe. Earning her doctorate in education at OISE, Carol is currently an associate professor at State University of New York, Plattsburgh, teaching English teacher education and writing. – Work in Issue 40

Luljeta Lleshanaku

Luljeta Lleshanaku, born in Elbasan, Albania, began publishing her work in 1991 after the overthrow of the Stalinist regime. Her critically-acclaimed books of poetry are The Sleepwalker’s Eyes (1993), Sunday Bells(1994), Half-Cubism (1996), and Yellow Marrow: New and Selected Poems (2001), for which she won the Albanian National Book Award. In 2002, New Directions published her first collection of translations in English, titled Fresco: Selected Poetry of Luljeta Lleshanaku. English translations of her work have appeared in Grand Street, Seneca Review, Fence, Tin House, Pool, Modern Poetry in Translation, Anthology of American Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry 1997,and Visions-International, for which she won the 1996 Translation Award. – Work in Issue 8

Nathan Alling Long

Nathan Alling Long’s stories and essays have appeared in a dozen anthologies and over fifty journals, includingGlimmer Train, Story Quarterly, The Sun, and Crab Orchard Review—as well as on NPR. He teaches at Richard Stockton College and lives in Philadelphia, PA. – Work in Issue 31

Maja Lukic

Maja Lukic lives in New York City. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Prelude, Prick of the Spindle, The Brooklyn Quarterly, and other publications. Links to her pieces on the web are available at – Work in Issue 38

Shane Mac Donnchaidh

Shane Mac Donnchaidh, originally from Newry, Ireland, is currently Principal at the British School of Bangkok, Thailand. He holds a BA and a PGCE in English and is also a graduate of the Lancaster University MA in Creative Writing programme. He has published exclusively short stories to date and is currently working on his first novel. – Work in Issue 30

Duncan Gillies MacLaurin

Duncan Gillies MacLaurin was born in Glasgow in 1962. He studied Classics at Oxford, left without a degree, and spent two years busking in the streets of Europe. He met Danish writer, Ann Bilde, in Italy in 1986 and went to live in Denmark, where he teaches English and Latin. His work has been published in 14 by 14, The Barefoot Muse, The Chimaera, Concise Delights, The Flea, Lucid Rhythms, Shit Creek Review, and Snakeskin. He blogs at – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Edwin Madrid

Edwin Madrid, born in Quito in 1961, is a cultural activist and prolific writer. Madrid has become one of the internationally recognized offspring of the famous Donoso Pareja literary workshop. He has served as a literary editor at the Casa de la Cultura de Quito and is a long-time cultural journalist. His awards include the National Award for Young Poets “Djenana” (1989), the National Award of Ecuadorian Writers of the 90’s, and the Poetry Award from the Casa de América in Spain (2004). He is currently the director of Literary Workshops at the Casa de la Cultura, editor of the Revista de Literatura Hispanoamérica, and editor of the Collection of Poetry published by Ediciones de Línea. His books of poetry are: !Oh! muerte de pequeños senos de oro (Quito, 1987),Enamorado de un fantasma (Quito, 1991), Celebriedad (Quito, 1992), Caballos e iguanas (Quito, 1993), Tambor sagrado y otros poemas (Quito, 1995), La tentación del otro (Quito, 1995), and Puertas abiertas (Quito, 2000). His anthologies include: Poesía viva (Bogotá, 1993), La joven poesía hispanoamericana (Buenos Aires, 1995),Antología de la poesía latinoamericana: el turno a la transición (México, 1997), and Memorias II Festival de Poesía Eskeletra’98 (Quito, 1998). – Work in Issue 10, 10 (Spanish)

Edwin Madu

Edwin Madu is a Nigerian writer born in the city of Lagos in 1995. He writes short fiction and poetry. His short stories and poems have been featured or are forthcoming in the following:,, Brittle Paper, The Kalahari Review, Jalada: Languages Anthology. He blogs and uploads stories on In 2015, he was one of the selected participants at the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop organized by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. He is currently working on a short story collection. – Work in Issue 39

Antonios Maltezos

Antonios Maltezos has had numerous stories published both online and in print at such places as Night Train,Ink Pot, Thieves Jargon, elimae,and Mindprints. When he isn’t reading for The Vestal Review, he is working on his novel, A Train Runs Through Here. He’s also one of the regulars on The Canadian Writers Collective blog. – Work in Issues 3, 10, 12

Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of two novels, Move Under Ground and Under My Roof, and over fifty short stories. His fiction has appeared in subTERRAIN, Mississippi Review’s online edition, and a large number of science fiction/fantasy publications. Much of his recent short work was collected in You Might Sleep… in February 2009. With Jay Lake, he is the co-editor of the anthology Spicy Slipstream Stories, and, with Ellen Datlow, the co-editor of Haunted Legends. A native New Yorker, Nick now lives in the California bay area. – Work in Issue 14

Charlotte Mandel

Charlotte Mandel is winner of the 2012 New Jersey Poets Prize of $1,000, presentation April 25, 2012 at County College of Morris with feature publication in the Journal of New Jersey Poets. She has published seven books of poetry, the most recent, Rock Vein Sky (Midmarch Arts Press). Her verse drama “The Gardener’s Wife” is forthcoming in print and online with audio at Verse Wisconsin. Visit her at – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Kuzhali Manickavel

Kuzhali Manickavel’s debut collection Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings is available from Blaft Publications Pvt. Ltd. and can be found at Her work can also be found atSubtropics, Quick Fiction, Caketrain, The Café Irreal, FRiGG, and SmokeLong Quarterly. She lives in a small temple town on the coast of South India. – Work in Issues 9, 14

Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano, born in Guayaquil in 1947, is one of the strongest female voices in Ecuadorian literature. Manzano, in both her fiction and poetry, examines with an aggressive irony the limits of machismo, and elaborates on the condition of women, with a combination of forceful self-affirmation and feminist solidarity. Her poetry draws on tradition and the past in its imaginative deconstruction of fundamental Western myths, including the biblical foundational stories behind our modern culture. Her books of poetry are: El nudo y el trino(Guayaquil,1972), Casi siempre las tardes (Guayaquil, 1974), La gota en el cráneo (Guayaquil, 1976), La semana que no tiene jueves (Guayaquil, 1978), El ave que todo lo atropella (Guayaquil, 1980), Caja musical con bailarina incluida (Guayaquil, 1984), Carcoma con forma de paloma (Quito, 1986), Full de reinas (Quito, 1991),Patente de corza (Quito, 1997), and Ultimo regreso al Edén (Quito, 2006). Her books of fiction are: Y no abras la ventana todavía – zarzuela ligera sin divisiones aparentes (Quito, 1994), Que se quede el infinito sin estrellas(Quito, 2001), Eses fatales (Quito, 2005), and El flujo escarlata (Quito, 1999). Her work has been accepted byWorld Literature Today, as well as Per Contra. She is Undersecretary of Culture for the Region of the Littoral and the Galapagos. – Work in Issues 10, 10 (Spanish), 13

Salgado Maranhão

Salgado Maranhão has published ten collections of poetry and has won all four major poetry prizes available in Brazil. His most recent book is Opera of Nos (summer, 2015). This coming spring, he will be touring the USA with his translator, reading from Blood of the Sun and Tiger Fur. – Work in Issues 16, 16 (Spanish), 21, 27, 33, 38, 39

Eric Maroney

Eric Maroney is the author of two books of non-fiction, Religious Syncretism (2006) and The Other Zions (2010). His fiction has appeared in over a dozen journals. His non-fiction has appeared in the Encyclopedia of Identity, The Montreal Review, and Superstition Review. He is a regular fiction and non-fiction reviewer for The Colorado Review. He has an MA from Boston University and lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife and two children. More of his work can be found on his web page: – Work in Issue 23, 40

Jorge Martillo

Jorge Martillo was born in Guayaquil in 1957, and in the late seventies joined the literary circle Sicoseo. He is a journalist with a regular column in El Universo. His books of poetry include: Fragmentarium, Confesionarium,Warning to Sailors, A Posthumous Life, Travels Through Coastal Towns, and Last Verses of a Decadent Poet. He has also published two collections of prose cronicas: Guayaquil of My Delerium and Bohemian in Guayaquil. His work has not yet appeared in the United States. – Work in Issue 26

Charles Martin

Charles Martin is a poet and translator. His verse translation of the Metamorphoses of Ovid was published in November 2003 by W. W. Norton and Co. and was winner of the Harold Morton Landon Award from the Academy of American Poets for 2004. His most recent book of poems, Starting from Sleep: New and Selected Poems, published in July 2002 by the Sewanee Writers’ Series/The Overlook Press, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award of the Academy of American Poets. His other books of poems include Steal the Bacon and What the Darkness Proposes, both published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Johns Hopkins also published his translation of the poems of Catullus, and his critical introduction to the Latin poet’s work appears as one of the volumes in the Yale University Press’ Hermes Series. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker,The Hudson Review, Boulevard, The Threepenny Review, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He is the recipient of a Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, a 2001 Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2005, he received an Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has taught at Syracuse University, the Sewanee Writers Conference, the West Chester Conference on Form and Narrative in Poetry, and the Unterberg Center of the 92nd Street YMHA. He is currently on the faculties of the Stonecoast MFA Program and the School of letters of the University of the South. In 2005, he was named Poet in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. – Work in Issue 17

John Martin

John Martin is a Denver, Colorado native who has been writing professionally for over twenty-five years. His work has appeared in Bloomsbury Review and Bias Onus Quarterly, and is due to appear in a forthcoming issue ofThe Externalist. He is currently in search of an agent or publisher for his first novel, The Innkeeper’s Wife. You can reach him at – Work in Issue 8

Rafael Arevalo Martinez

Rafael Arevalo Martinez (b. in Guatemala City, Guatemala; 1884-1975). Novelist, short-story writer, poet, diplomat, director of the Guatemalan National Library for over twenty years, and Representative before the Pan American Union in Washington, DC, Arevalo Martinez is best remembered for his strange, surrealistic short stories, which were strongly influenced by Nietzsche and Freudian thought, especially “The Man Who Resembled a Horse,” a rich, oblique tale of brutal sexuality. – Work in Issue 21

Max Mason (III)

Max Mason (III) grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts. After graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Geology in 1975, he came to Philadelphia to study at the University of Pennsylvania with Neil Welliver in 1981. He is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery where he has shown his landscape, still life, and baseball paintings since 1985. He has painted several murals for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and recently completed a 10′ x 160′ mural, Pennsylvania Agriculture, for the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. A life-long baseball fan, he began painting baseball subjects at Penn and had a one-person show of baseball paintings at the Butler Institute of American Art in 1991. He was commissioned by the Phillies to paint three 10′ x 30′ murals of Philadelphia baseball stadiums for Citizens Bank Park. Check them out at Harry the K’s, the restaurant under the large scoreboard in left field. Click Here to see the Per Contra interview. – Work in Issue 3

Lucian Mattison

Lucian Mattison is an Argentinian American poet. His full-length collection, Peregrine Nation, won the 2014 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize from The Broadkill River Press. He is the winner of the 2016 Puerto Del Sol Poetry Prize and his poems appear in Four Way Review, Hobart, Muzzle, Nashville Review, and elsewhere online and in print. His fiction appears in Fiddleblack and is forthcoming in Nano Fiction. He works at The George Washington University and is an associate editor for Big Lucks. To read more visit – Work in Issue 40

Dr. Maria de la luz Matus-Mendoza

Dr. María de la luz Matus-Mendoza, language educator and sociolinguist, is an associate professor of Spanish at Drexel University. She works with Mexican Spanish sociolinguistic variation. Her most recent published article is “Road to Kenny: Migration and Affricate” in the Southwest Journal of Linguistics, a first tier sociolinguistics journal. She is currently working on a book chapter for an international collaboration originating in Malaysia called Language and Crisis. She has several pending publications on the use of subjunctive in Mexican Spanish and the perception of racism depicted in a postage stamp in Mexico. – Work in Issues 3, 21

Anna Mavromati

Anna Mavromati earned her MFA in fiction writing from California State University, Long Beach. Her fiction has appeared in Shaking Lit Magazine, Day Old Roses Journal, RipRap Journal, and others. She lives in Southern California where she works as a freelance journalist and teaches English and Journalism at El Camino College and Santa Monica College. – Work in Issue 32

Wendell Mayo

Wendell Mayo is author of four story collections, including The Cucumber King of Kedainiai, winner of the Subito Press Award for Innovative Fiction. His other collections are Centaur of the North, winner of the Aztlán Prize; B. Horror and Other Stories; and a novel-in-stories, In Lithuanian Wood. He’s a recipient of an NEA fellowship and a Fulbright to Lithuania. Many of his stories have been focused on Lithuania since 1993, when he first started teaching with the American Professional Partnership for Lithuanian Education (APPLE). His work appears widely in magazines and anthologies, including Yale Review, Harvard Review, Missouri Review, Boulevard, Prism International, and others. He teaches in the MFA/BFA writing programs at Bowling Green State University. – Work in Issue 39

James McAdams

James McAdams has published fiction in decomP, Literary Orphans, One Throne Magazine, TINGE Magazine, r.kv.r.y, and Carbon Culture Review, among others. Before attending college, he worked as a social worker in the mental health industry near Philadelphia. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in English at Lehigh University, where he also teaches and edits the university’s literary journal, Amaranth. – Work in Issue 37

T. C. McCarthy

T. C. McCarthy earned his PhD from the University of Georgia, before embarking on a career that brought him closer to war than he wanted. He now lives in the deep South with his wife, three kids, and two dogs, and refuses to own a gun. McCarthy is currently represented by the Alexander Field Literary Agency. – Work in Issue18

Suzanne McConnell

Suzanne McConnell’s fiction has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in journals and anthologies such as The Saint Ann’s Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Calyx, Green Mountains Review, Personal Fiction Writing, and The Fiddlehead. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in The Huffington Post, Provincetown Arts, Poets & Writers, Cape Women, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, teaches at Hunter College, leads seminars for the Literature and Medicine programs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the Veterans Affairs Administration, and is the fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review. An excerpt from her first novel won second prize in So To Speak‘s ’08 Fiction Contest, and the novel, Fence of Earth, is now available for publication. Her website – Work in Issue 22

Nicole McCourt

Nicole McCourt is a short-story writer and photographer living in Philadelphia. – Work in Issue 35

Elizabeth McFarland

Elizabeth McFarland was a poet, editor, wife, and mother. The following biography is in the words of her husband of 57 years, Daniel Hoffman:

“Elizabeth McFarland was born in 1922 into a prominent family in Harrisburg, PA. Her great uncle J. Horace McFarland was instrumental in founding the National Park Service, protecting Niagara Falls from hydroelectric development, and making the American Rose Society a popular national organization. Her grandfather, George G., established the first auto agency (for the Reo “Flying Cloud”) in the city and funded its airport. Her father Donald met her mother Pauline Long while summering in Castine, Maine. Liz was the first of their four children.

Her great aunts took the little girl to meetings of the Harrisburg Manuscript Club, a ladies’ writing circle, where she recited her rhymes. She was already reading and memorizing poems in anthologies. Ten years later, when she won Scholastic Magazine‘s national contests for high school students in both poetry and fiction, she was asked, in a radio interview, how one so young could be so proficient in two genres. She replied she had joined a writing group when she was six and had been writing ever since.

Her parents had a stormy marriage. Three years after their divorce Donald married a Southern woman of strict decorum and the family moved to her home in South Jacksonville. Liz was graduated from the Bartram School there. Her stepmother made her decline a tuition scholarship from Vassar, since the family had three more children to educate, and the grant wouldn’t cover her travel, room and board, books, or the whole new wardrobe, including the fur coat Liz would need up north. At Florida State College for Women she won the poetry prize with poems later published in Poetry and in her book, and edited the literary magazine.

On graduation in 1945 she headed for New York, hoping to join the literary world she had glimpsed on her contest winners’ trip. Applying to Harper’s, she was told they’d surely want the former editor of her college magazine on their staff, so they hoped her family would provide a generous stipend. After a couple of months as copywriter in an ad agency Liz was hired as poetry editor of Scholastic Magazine. In 1948 she became poetry editor of The Ladies’ Home Journal, where, when she took a year off during my sabbatical abroad, and was temporarily replaced by first one, then another woman, she had proved indispensable in attracting good poetry.

While we were in London on a later sabbatical the LHJ suffered a change in top management, advertising executives, not editors, who diverted resources to start another picture magazine rivaling Life and Look, decisions which reduced circulation, lost advertising, and eliminated poems. Liz turned her creative energies to raising our children, furnishing our home, and emulating her great-uncle J. Horace McFarland by cultivating roses and magnolias in Swarthmore and landscaping our bayside meadow on Cape Rosier, Maine. She lived an active life until stricken, in 2005, by an aortic aneurism. Complications following surgery proved fatal, ending our marriage of 57 years.” – Work in Issue 10

Jane McGuffin

Jane McGuffin’s poetry has appeared in several print publications, including A Trouble to the Gaolers andWorkshop: New Poetry. – Work in Issue 2

Todd McKie

Todd McKie is an artist and writer. His stories have appeared, or will shortly, in PANK, Dark Sky, Emprise Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Twelve Stories, and elsewhere. Todd lives in Boston. – Work in Issue26

Susan McLean

Susan McLean is a professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. Her book The Best Disguise won the 2009 Richard Wilbur Award and was published by the University of Evansville Press. Her chapbook Holding Patterns was published in 2006 by Finishing Line Press. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Michael P. McManus

Michael P. McManus is a Pennsylvania native who has resided in Louisiana since 1986. He attended Penn State and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. His fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous publications. He has received the Artist Fellowship Award from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Other awards include the Virgina Prize and the Ocean’s prize for poetry. He has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize Award. A Navy veteran, he is also a service-connected Disabled Veteran. – Work in Issue 37

Ed Meek

Ed Meek’s collection of short stories, Luck, is coming out in 2017 with Tailwinds Press. A book of his poems, Spy Pond, came out last May. His website is and his Twitter feed is @emeek. – Work in Issues 15, 19, 24, 26, 39, 40

Britt Melewski

Britt Melewski’s poems have appeared in Bodega, Puerto Del Sol, Sporkpress, the Philadelphia Review of Books, and Sink Review, and are forthcoming in Hobart, among others. He hosts the New York City based reading series FREE WATER. Melewski received his MFA at Rutgers-Newark in 2012. He lives in Brooklyn. – Work in Issue 33

Gabriela Melinescu

Gabriela Melinescu, born in Bucharest, published seven volumes of poetry between 1965-75, one of which was awarded the Writers’ Union Prize. In 1975, she emigrated to Sweden, where she has published five more volumes of poetry and nine books of prose, winning the prestigious Swedish Academy Prize “De Nio” twice and also the Albert Bonniers Prize for “opera omnia.” After 1989, she has again been able to publish in Romania, reprinting all her works and winning two prestigious awards: the Nichita Stănescu prize from the Romanian Academy in 2002 and the Romanian Cultural Institute prize for lifetime achievement in 2004. Melinescu is also a celebrated translator of Swedish writers into Romanian. Her poems have appeared in Born in Utopia: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Romanian Poetry, edited by Carmen Firan and Paul Doru Mugur with Edward Foster (Talisman House, 2006). – Work in Issue 11

Becca Menon

Becca Menon is the author of the verse novel, A Girl and Her Gods. – Work in Issue 8

Mary Meriam

Mary Meriam’s poems are published in Literary Imagination, The New York Times, The Gay & Lesbian Review,American Life in Poetry, Measure, Sentence, Bridges, Light, many other journals, and several anthologies. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, The Countess of Flatbroke and The Poet’s Zodiac, and the editor ofLavender Review. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Jay Merill

Jay Merill is the author of two short story collections published by Salt (Astral Bodies and God of the Pigeons) and is the winner of the Salt Short Story Prize. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in a number of journals, including: 3 AM Magazine, The Prague Revue, Prairie Schooner, tNY Press, Anomalous, Citron Review, Corium, Epiphany, Foliate Oak, Literary Orphans, Matter Press, SmokeLong Quarterly, Spork, and Wigleaf. She is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives in London, UK and is currently Writer in Residence at Women in Publishing. – Work in Issue 40

Joanne Merriam

Joanne Merriam is a Nova Scotian living in Nashville. Her fiction has appeared in Escape Pod, The Fiddlehead,Stirring, and Strange Horizons. You can find her online at – Work in Issue 20

Richard Meyer

Richard Meyer, a former English and humanities teacher, lives in the home his father built in Mankato, a city at the bend of the Minnesota River. His poems have appeared in various print and online publications, includingAble Muse, 14, SCR, The Classical Outlook, and The Flea. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Susan V. Meyers

Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Currently, she resides in Seattle, where she teaches creative writing. Her work has appeared in journals such as CALYX, Dogwood, Rosebud, and The Minnesota Review, and it has been the recipient of several awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship. – Work in Issue 27

Robert Mezey

Robert Mezey was educated at Kenyon, Iowa, and Stanford; he has taught at Western Reserve, Fresno State, U of Utah, Franklin & Marshall, and elsewhere. From 1976 to 2002, he was a professor and poet-in-residence at Pomona College, teaching occasionally at the Claremont Graduate School.

His poems and translations have been appearing since 1953 in many journals, including New York Review of Books, Paris Review, Hudson Review, New Yorker, New Republic, Raritan, TLS, Partisan Review, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Yale Review, New Criterion, New Letters,and more. His poems can be found in nearly a hundred anthologies. Translations of many of them have appeared in Italy, Spain, Israel, and Greece.

His books of verse include The Lovemaker, A Book of Dying, White Blossoms, The Door Standing Open, Small Song, Couplets, Selected Translations, Evening Wind,and Collected Poems 1952-1999. He has edited ten books, including Naked Poetry, Poems of the American (Everyman), Thomas Hardy: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics), The Poetry of E.A. Robinson (Modern Library), and A Word Like Fire: The Selected Poems of Dick Barnes. With the late Dick Barnes, he has translated all of Borges’ poems, many of which have appeared in journals and magazines.

Awards include: the Robert Frost Prize, the Lamont (for The Lovemaker), an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN prize and a Bassine Citation (for Evening), the Poets Prize (for the Collected Poems), the Barnstone Translation Prize, the Trustees’ Medal of Merit from Pomona College, an honorary doctorate from Kenyon College, and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as from the National Endowment for the Arts.

He has given hundreds of readings and talks at such venues as Yale, UCLA, Duke, Kenyon, Brown, Dartmouth, Boston U, Vassar, Princeton, Virginia, Bryn Mawr, Penn, USC, Columbia, Tufts, Wellesley, Reed, Oberlin, Georgetown, MIT, Occidental, Bennington, Ohio State, North Carolina, Michigan, Amherst, Sarah Lawrence, Miami, Iowa, Syracuse, Stanford, and many others; in Europe (Suffolk and Madrid); at poetry centers such as Beyond Baroque and the New York YMHA; at MLA, ALTA and ALSC conventions; at the Clark, Huntington and Donnell Libraries; at the Guggenheim Museum; and at festivals celebrating the work of Robinson, Hardy, Kees, and James Wright.

His work has been praised by such fellow poets as Mark Strand, Donald Justice, Rosanna Warren, Henri Coulette, Thom Gunn, John Hollander, and W. S. Merwin. – Work in Issues 12, 12 (more), 12 (more), 14 (Light Verse)

Wadzanai Mhute

Wadzanai Mhute is a multimedia producer, reporter, and author with a Master of Science degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

She has been published in three books, Journey’s Home: An Anthology of Contemporary African Diasporic Experience (Africa World Press, 2009), One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories (New Internationalist, 2009), and Women Writing Zimbabwe(Weaver Press, 2008) as well as several publications, including Per Contra, The Warwick Review, and Farafina. – Work in Issues 3, 15, 28, 30

Jacqueline Michaud

Jacqueline Michaud published her debut collection, The Waking Hours: Poems & Translations, in 2007. Her second collection of poems, White Clouds, was published in 2009. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, including the New England Review, Breadloaf Quarterly, Florida Review, American Letters & Commentary, New Laurel Review, and The Breath of Lips Parted: Voices from the Robert Frost Place, among others. She also translates the work of Francophone writers, and recently completed a collection of poems by the 20th century French poet, Jacques Prévert. A member of the American Literary Translators Association, Michaud received her BA in French Literature from Skidmore College. The poet divides her time between homes in Maryland and Maine. – Work in Issues 16, 18, 21, 29

Douglas W. Milliken

Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the novel To Sleep as Animals (PS Hudson, 2014) and the codex White Horses (Nada, 2010). Other work also appears in McSweeney’s, Believer, and Slice. See more – Work in Issue 34

Mike Milliner

Mike Milliner lives in Lexington, Kentucky where he works as a nurse. He has degrees from the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University and has attended the Appalachian Writers Workshop. – Work in Issue31

Ana Minga

Ana Minga’s work has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, The Bitter Oleander, Blue Lyra, Boulevard,Confrontation, Ezra, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Lake Effect, Metamorphoses, Plume, Rosebud, and previously in Per Contra. These three poems are drawn from her most recent collection, Orphaned Birds. Her first book length collection, Tobacco Dogs, has just been published by The Bitter Oleander Press. – Work in Issue 11, 11 (more), 11 (Spanish), 31

Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz

Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz is a fiction writer and poet. She raises turtles and children in the New Mexico desert. Visit her blog at – Work in Issue 1

Julia Mishkin

Julia Mishkin lives in NYC, where she writes poetry and screenplays. She is one of the editors of Love Poems by Women: An Anthology of Poetry from Around the World and Through the Ages, and has published widely in magazines, including Poetry, The Nation, and the Paris Review. She has new work in the Fall/Winter 2009 issue of The Manhattan Review. – Work in Issues 16, 20

Manek R. Mistry

Manek R. Mistry lives with his wife in Olympia, Washington. They work together as appellate public defenders. Most of their clients are inmates who are seeking a new trial or a lighter sentence. – Work in Issue 40

Cynthia Mitchell

Cynthia Mitchell is a psychoanalyst from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 2009, she has been living and working in Paris, France. Her poems have appeared in literary journals including Caveat Lector, Kalliope,Riverrun and Stone Soup Quarterly. She has recently completed her first novel, Hand Me the River, and is working on a new manuscript, Meet Me at the Crossing Road. Mama’s Stockings is her first published story. – Work in Issues 25, 35

Judith Moffett

Judith Moffett is the author of eleven books in five genres, including two volumes of original poetry—Keeping Time (LSU, 1976) and Whinny Moor Crossing (1984)—and two volumes of Swedish poetry in formal translation. Recent poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Literary Imagination, Cimarron, The Notre Dame Review, andPer Contra. Moffett is the author of four science-fiction novels; The Bird Shaman, Vol. III of her Holy Ground Trilogy, came out in 2008 from Bascom Hill, and her first novel, Pennterra, has been reissued by Fantastic Books. She is presently revising a memoir (working title Unlikely Friends) of her long friendship with the poet James Merrill, who died in 1995, and about whom she has published a critical study. She taught in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and for many years at the University of Pennsylvania. Widowed in 1998, she lives on a hundred-acre recovering farm near Lawrenceburg, KY and in Swarthmore, PA. – Work in Issues 20, 27

M. V. Montgomery

M. V. Montgomery is a professor at Life University in Atlanta and the author of several books of poetry and fiction. His first collection of speculative fiction will be released in 2015 by Winter Goose Publishing in Sacramento. – Work in Issue 34

David Moolten

David Moolten is a poet, a physician and a fledgling filmmaker. His most recent book, Primitive Mood, won the T.S. Eliot Prize (Truman State University, 2009). He is also the author of Plums & Ashes (Northeastern University, 1994), which won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize, and Especially Then (David Robert Books, 2005).

“Astronaut Goes From Migrant Fields To Outer Space,” a short film featuring video, animation, and spoken word, recently screened at festivals. Moolten, who specializes in transfusion medicine, was educated at Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He lives in Philadelphia. – Work in Issue 27

Richard Moore

Richard Moore has published a novel, a book of literary criticism, and seventeen books of poetry, one of which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and another was a T. S. Eliot Prize finalist. He is a graduate of Yale, was a pilot in the Air Force, and is listed in Who’s Who in America. Articles on his work have appeared in The Dictionary of Literary Biography and numerous newspapers and journals. His fiction, essays, and more than 700 of his poems have been published in a great variety of magazines, including The New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper’s,Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and The Nation. His translation from the Latin version of The Captives by Plautus was published in the Johns Hopkins Roman Drama Series in 1995; his translation from the Greek version of Euripides’ Hippolytus was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 1998. Both have had stage performances. He has also published translations of poetry from German, French, and Italian. Moore’s poetry shows great variety of form, tone, and content, but it is unfailingly entertaining. He gives frequent readings, lectures, and dramatic performances in Boston, New York, and other cities. – Work in Issue 14 (Light Verse)

Eduardo Morán

Eduardo Morán (b. 1957 in Guayaquil). The poetry of Morán is irreverent, casual, and ironic. His subject matter might be perceived as pedestrian, but his surrealistic approach forces the reader to see the ordinary in a new light. At times, an aggressive voice speaks of social injustice, at other times a detached, seemingly objective tone accompanies a fragmented vision of the quotidian. His books are Muchacho majadero (Guayaquil, 1979),No pudimos mirarla de manera distinta (Zacatecas, 1985), and Los lugares maliciosos (1998). – Work in Issue 9,9 (Spanish)

Kelly Morris

Kelly Morris holds an MFA in fiction from Spalding University, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming inSpry Literary Journal, Sundog Lit, Red Savina Review, drafthorse, and Temenos. She blogs with three other writers at – Work in Issue 32

Chris Myers

Chris Myers is an artist and teacher in Philadelphia, where he currently lives. Like Frank Moore, he has lived in Cincinnati, but also in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, another end of the world. – Work in Issue 13

Kostas Myrsiades

Kostas Myrsiades is a professor of Comparative Literature and editor of College Literature at West Chester University. His translations of Greek poetry have been published widely. – Work in Issue 11

Ryan Napier

Ryan Napier was born in Plant City, Florida. He has degrees from Stetson University and Yale Divinity School. His work has appeared in the Pacifica Literary Review, Lowestoft Chronicle, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and the Yalobusha Review, among others. He lives in Massachusetts, and writes on the internet at – Work in Issue 37

Anita Naughton

Anita Naughton is the author of a memoir/cookbook, Tea & Sympathy, about her years as a waitress. “Bitter Lemons” (Issue 20) is her first published story. She is currently working on a documentary film about the architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. – Work in Issues 20, 24, 38

Darlin’ Neal

Darlin’ Neal’s story collection, Rattlesnakes and the Moon, was a 2007 finalist for the GS Sharat Chandra Prize. In the last two years, her work has been nominated six times for the Pushcart Prize, and appears in The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Puerto del Sol, and numerous other magazines. Her non-fiction piece, “The House in Simi Valley,” which first appeared in storySouth, has been selected for the forthcoming anthology, Online Writing: The Best of The First Ten Years. Wigleaf chose her short story, “Red Brick,” which appeared first in SmokeLong Quarterly as one of the top fifty short shorts on the web in 2008. She is an assistant professor of Creative Writing in the University of Central Florida’s MFA program. – Work in Issue 11

Jo Nean

Jo Nean is a writer and environmentalist living in Brighton on the south coast of England. She has completed an OCN (Open College Network accreditation) and an undergraduate certificate in Creative Writing from Brighton City College and University of Sussex, respectively. In 2006, she attended a writing group run by community publishers Queens Park Books, which led to the publication of an autobiographical story in an anthology entitledRoofless – Homeless in Brighton. Since then she has twice been published in The Big Issue “Streetlights” pages.The Big Issue is a street newspaper published on behalf of and sold by homeless people. Jo now writes regularly for Rocks Magazine, an ecologically-minded Brighton-based magazine, and is currently working on some new fiction and non-fiction for future publication. – Work in Issue 10

Cynthia Neely

Cynthia Neely is the 2011 winner of the Hazel Lipa Prize for Poetry for her chapbook Broken Water from Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. Neely’s poems have appeared in, among others, Bellevue Literary Review(Honorable Mention for the Marica and Jan Vilcek Poetry Prize for 2011), Prime Number, Floating Bridge Review,Raven Chronicles, Quiddity, Tilt-A-Whirl and San Pedro River Review. Her work was included in the anthologiesPoetry for the Mind’s Joy, from the US Library of Congress, compiled by Kay Ryan; Taking Turns – Sonnets from the Eratosphere, compiled by Anna Evans; and Filled with Breath – 30 Sonnets by 30 Poets from EXOT Books. Neely is currently pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Pacific University’s low residency program. She was a textile artist for many years before turning to painting and poetry. The natural world, and her place in it, has always been an important subject in both her artwork and her poetry. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson is the author of The Homeplace, The Fields of Praise, Carver, Fortune’s Bones, The Freedom Business, A Wreath for Emmett Till, and Faster Than Light. The 2012 recipient of the Robert Frost Medal, she was Poet Laureate of CT for five years, and founder/director of Soul Mountain Retreat for ten. Currently poet-in-residence of the Poets Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, she was made a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2013. – Work in Issue 27

Paul Nemser

Paul Nemser’s book Taurus has been named the winner of the New American Poetry Prize and will be published in 2013. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals, among them Barrow Street, Blackbird,Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, Fulcrum, Raritan, and TriQuarterly. In the 1970s, he co-translated two books of Ukrainian poetry: Antonych, Square of Angels (Ardis, with Rudman and Boychuk) and Drach, Orchard Lamps (Sheep Meadow, Kunitz, editor). He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Harborside, Maine and practices law in Boston. – Work in Issue 30, 30 (more)

Alfred Nicol

Alfred Nicol received the 2004 Richard Wilbur Award for his first book of poems, Winter Light. He edited The Powow River Anthology, published in 2006. His new book of poems, Elegy for Everyone, was chosen for the first Anita Dorn Memorial Prize and was published in 2010. – Work in Issues 19, 21, 22, 29

Ricardo Nirenberg

Ricardo Nirenberg’s recent work includes “A Voyage to Greece” in Of(f)course, December 2013, and “A Critique of Mathematics as Ontology” (jointly with David Nirenberg), in Critical Inquiry, 37.4 (2011). – Work in Issue 31

Marcela Noriega

Marcela Noriega (Guayaquil, 1978) is an Ecuadorian writer and journalist with an MA in Journalism from Buenos Aires. After working in journalism in Argentina, she returned to Ecuador and worked for both El Telégrafo and El Expreso. She has published short free-wheeling cronicas in both SoHo and Mundo Diners. Her first novel, Pedro Máximo y el Círculo de Tiza, and her first book of poetry, The Walls of My Body, both appeared in 2012. In 2013, she published a book of short prose. Her poems have been accepted for publication in this country byBitter Oleander and Osiris. – Work in Issue 32

Captain K. Knox Nunnally

Captain K. Knox Nunnally is a founding board member of Veterans for Freedom, an advocacy group for all Iraqi War veterans and their families. Within this group, their voices and beliefs gained through first-hand experiences and actions in the war can be shared with the American public. Decorations include: a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device (an award for heroic achievement in actions against hostiles in Ar Rutbah and Al Qaim, Iraq during third Iraq tour), awarded by the Commanding General of the Second Marine Division; a Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, February – September 2004 (an award for heroic achievement in actions against hostiles in Al Fallujah and Al Karmah, Iraq during second Iraq tour), awarded by the Commanding General of the First Marine Division; a Purple Heart, March 2004 (awarded for being wounded in action in downtown Al Fallujah, Iraq by shrapnel from a 60 mm mortar round on 18 March), awarded by the Commanding Officer of Regimental Combat Team I; a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, February – May 2003 (an award for heroic achievement in actions against hostiles in An Nasiriyah, Iraq during first Iraq tour), awarded by the Commanding General of the First Marine Division. – Work in Issue 3

Osakwe Nwamaka

Nwamaka Osakwe is a medical doctor practicing in her country Nigeria. She has had short stories published inFlash: The International short-short Story Magazine and Adanna Literary Journal. – Work in Issue 30

Billy O’Callaghan

Billy O’Callaghan was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1974, and is the author of three short story collections: In Exile (2008) and In Too Deep (2009), both published by the Mercier Press, and the Irish Book Award-winning The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind (2013), published by New Island Books. He is the recipient of several Irish literary awards including the Irish Book Award, the Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Award for Literature, the George A. Birmingham Short Story Award, and the Molly Keane Award, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals around the world, including: Absinthe: New European Writing, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Bliza (Poland), the Bellevue Literary Review, Confrontation, the Fiddlehead (Canada), Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Kyoto Journal, the Los Angeles Review, Narrative Magazine, the Southeast Review, Southword (Ireland), Versal (The Netherlands), and Yuan Yang: a Journal of Hong Kong and International Writing. -Work in Issue 37

Chris O’Carroll

Chris O’Carroll is a writer and an actor. His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including BigCityLit, 14 by 14, LightenUp Online, Literary Review, Measure, and Tilt-a-Whirl, and in the anthologyThe Best of the Barefoot Muse. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

A. Scanlan O’Hearn

A. Scanlan O’Hearn, a 2013 graduate of the Rutgers University MFA program, teaches and writes in Southern New Jersey. Her short story, “An Orderly Existence,” appears in the 2014 Bacopa Literary Review, and she received a first place for her prose poem “Fences” in the Oregon Poetry Association New Poet’s Category, published in Verseweavers. – Work in Issue 40

Tanure Ojaide

Tanure Ojaide, a Fellow in Writing of the University of Iowa, was educated at the University of Ibadan, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English, and at Syracuse University, where he received both an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English. He has published seventeen collections of poetry, three collections of short stories, two memoirs, four novels, and scholarly works including The Poetry of Wole Soyinka and Poetry, Art, and Performance: Udje Dance Songs of the Urhobo People. His literary awards include the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Africa Region (1987), the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Poetry (1988, 1997), the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award (1988), and the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Award (1988, 1994, 2003, and 2011). Ojaide taught for many years at the University of Maiduguri (Nigeria), and is currently the Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in 1999, twice Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in 2002/2003 and 2013/2014, and the University of North Carolina’s First Citizens Bank Scholar Medal Award for 2005. – Work in Issues 5, 34

Kingsley Okechukwu

Kingsley Okechukwu was born in Kafanchan, Northern Nigeria. He graduated in Ahmadu Bello University with a degree in Literature, where he was the student editor-in-chief and the founding editor of the student magazine,The Bambara. He has published a handful of stories in Naijastories and manages the – Work in Issue 34

Uche Okonkwo

Uche Okonkwo is a writer and editor living in Lagos, Nigeria. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester, UK. In 2013, she won the Africa-wide Etisalat Prize for Flash Fiction. Her short stories have been published in anthologies including The Manchester Anthology 2012/2013 and These Words Expose Us, a collection of short fiction by young Nigerian writers. She is working on her first short story collection. – Work in Issue 40

Marlene Olin

Marlene Olin was in Brooklyn, raised in Miami, and educated at the University of Michigan. Her short stories have been featured or are forthcoming in publications such as The Massachusetts Review, upstreet Magazine, Steam Ticket, Crack the Spine, Poetica, The Water Stone Review, The Broken Plate, and The Saturday Evening Post. A contributing editor at Arcadia Magazine, she recently completed her first novel. – Work in Issue 40

Nwamaka Osakwe

Nwamaka Osakwe is a medical doctor practicing in her country of Nigeria. She has had short stories published in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and Adanna Literary Journal. – Work in Issue 30

Jayne Osborn

Jayne Osborn lives in the UK and is a retired secondary school teacher. She also taught Math(s) and Creative Writing in a men’s prison. Her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She regularly wins prizes for poetry in UK publications such as The Spectator, and The Oldie and Literary Review, and she has also won six awards from The National Association of Writers’ Groups. She is “passionate about poetry,” has judged numerous poetry competitions, and is best known for writing humorous poems, which she has been reading to audiences for the past fifteen years. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Frank Osen

Frank Osen has won the Best American Poetry series poem award, and has been a finalist in the Howard Nemerov sonnet competition, the Morton Marr award, the Writer’s Digest poetry competition, and the Able Muse book award competition. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart prize and frequently appears in The Spectator (UK). – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Michael Palma

Michael Palma has published two poetry chapbooks, The Egg Shape and Antibodies; two full-length collections,A Fortune in Gold and Begin in Gladness; and an Internet chapbook, The Ghost of Congress Street: Selected Poems, on The New Formalist Press website. His twelve translations of modern Italian poets include prize-winning volumes of Guido Gozzano and Diego Valeri with Princeton University Press. His fully rhymed translation of Dante’s Inferno was published by Norton in 2002 and reissued as a Norton Critical Edition in 2007. His translation of the poetry of Maurizio Cucchi, No Part to Play, will be published in 2013 by Chelsea Editions. Also forthcoming are volumes of translations from the poetry of Giovanni Raboni and Luigi Fontanella. – Work in Issues 21, 27

M. E. Parker

M. E. Parker’s short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in 42 Opus, Alimentum, The Briar Cliff Review, The MacGuffin, Night Train, SmokeLong Quarterly, Weber Studies, and numerous other publications. – Work in Issue18

Carolina Patiño

Carolina Patiño (Guayaquil, 1987-2007) won Buseta de papel‘s first poetry competition in 2004. In 2006, she published her first book, Trapped in Adam’s Ribs. Her posthumous volume, Kill Yourself, from which this poem is drawn, has just been published in Guayaquil. Carolina’s poems have appeared in numerous anthologies in Ecuador, including The Voice of Eros: Two Centuries of Erotic Poetry by Ecuadorian Women (2006). Her work has also appeared in various other Spanish-speaking countries such as Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Spain. – Work in Issue 11, 11 (Spanish)

William B. Patrick

William B. Patrick is a writer whose works have been published or produced in several genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, screenwriting, poetry, and drama. His most recent book, The Call of Nursing: Voices from the Front Lines of Healthcare, will be available in March, 2013. Saving Troy, his chronicle of a year spent living and riding with professional firefighters and paramedics, was published in 2005.

His memoir in poetry, We Didn’t Come Here for This, was published by BOA Editions in 1999 and, in a starred review, Kirkus called the book a “marvelous memoir-in-poetry and a wonderful hybrid, written in a voice that’s compassionate, fresh and American, without ever proclaiming itself such.” An earlier collection of Mr. Patrick’s poetry, These Upraised Hands, also published by BOA Editions in 1995, is a book of narrative poems and dramatic monologues. Mr. Patrick’s novel, Roxa: Voices of the Culver Family, won the 1990 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for the best first work of fiction. – Work in Issue 27

Sandra Peart

Sandra Peart, a professor of Economics at Baldwin-Wallace College, obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto. Specializing in the history of economic ideas, she has written extensively on the transition from classical to neo-classical economics. She is President-Elect of the History of Economics Society, a fellow with the American Council on Education for 2005-06, and the director of the Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought at George Mason University. Her most recent book, The Vanity of the Philosopher: From Equality to Hierarchy in Post-Classical Economics, co-authored with David M. Levy, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2005. The authors argue that classical economics was characterized by a form of “analytical egalitarianism” that was overthrown with the coming of biological influences late in the century. Peart’s blog, AdamSmithLives!, discusses these and many other ideas in the history of economics. – Work in Issue 3

Michael Peich

Michael Peich is proprietor of Aralia Press and recently published Mario Luzi’s The Living and the Dead(translated by Dana Gioia, drawings by Fulvio Testa). Peich is Emeritus Professor of English at West Chester University, where he was co-founder with Dana Gioia of the West Chester University Poetry Conference (1995), and founder of the WCU Poetry Center (2000). His recent two-part article on southern minor league baseball (1909-10) appeared in Old Cardboard. – Work in Issue 27

Alexander Pepple

Alexander Pepple’s work has been published or is forthcoming in American Arts Quarterly, Think Journal,Euphony, La Petite Zine, Light Quarterly, San Pedro River Review, Eclectica, Snakeskin, Octavo, The Melic Review and others. He is the editor of the online, and now, print journal, Able Muse at, and recently edited the Able Muse Anthology (Able Muse Press, 2010). He also directs the Eratosphere workshop, which he founded. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Robert Petersen

Robert Petersen teaches at Middle Tennessee State University in Mufreesboro, where he has served as director of Lower Division English and an academic scheduling coordinator for the department. Primarily a Victorianist and student of early twentieth-century British modernism, he has published articles and given academic papers on Stark Young, Caroline Gordon, Chris Offutt, and Andrea Barrett. – Work in Issue 23

Dave Petraglia

Dave Petraglia is a writer and photographer. His work has appeared in Agave, Chicago Literati, Crack the Spine, Foliate Oak, Gravel, Jersey Devil Press, Necessary Fiction, Pithead Chapel, Popular Science, Prairie Schooner, Stoneboat, theNewerYork, Vine Leaves, and elsewhere. He is a contributing editor at Arcadia Magazine, and is a Best Small Fictions 2015 Winner. His blog is at – Work in Issue 40

Dominica Phetteplace

Dominica Phetteplace is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and holds a degree in Mathematics from UC Berkeley. Her work has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, PANK, Los Angeles Review, and Flytrap. She’s currently a math tutor in Berkeley, CA. – Work in Issue 35

M. G. Piety

M. G. Piety teaches Philosophy at Drexel University. She has published numerous articles on the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard, as well as on other philosophical subjects, in both scholarly and popular journals. Her work has appeared in The International Kierkegaard Commentary, Faith and Philosophy, Rockhurst Review, ASK: The Journal of the College of Arts and Sciences of Drexel University, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is presently translating two books by Kierkegaard for Oxford University Press. – Work in Issues 8, 10, 14 (Light Verse), 28, 32

Anthony Pirnot

Anthony Pirnot has had stories and essays appear in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Fence, and others. For several years, he lived in Poland, where he taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer and then as a Fulbright Scholar, studied Polish literature, and wrote a novel. He currently lives in Washington, DC, where he works for the US Foreign Service. He is also a recent graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. – Work in Issue 3

Noam D. Plum

Noam D. Plum is a frequent contributor to Light Quarterly. The Country Mouse awarded him a prize for “Heroes Don’t Send Postcards.” – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Kenneth Pobo

Kenneth Pobo teaches Creative Writing and English at Widener University. Thunderclap Press published his chapbook called Closer Walks in the Spring of 2011. In the fall, Deadly Chaps brought out a collection of his micro-fiction called Tiny Torn Maps. His work can be read online at: Stickman Review, Word Riot, Frigg, Wilde Oats, NAP Magazine, and elsewhere. – Work in Issue 24

Aaron Poochigian

Aaron Poochigian earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and now lives in New York City. His book of translations from Sappho, Stung With Love, was published by Penguin Classics in 2009, and Penguin will publish his translation of the Greek epic Jason and the Argonauts later this year. For his work in translation he was awarded a 2010-2011 Grant in Translation by the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book of original poetry, The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse Press) was published in March of 2012, and several of the poems in it collectively won the New England Poetry Club’s Daniel Varoujan Prize. His work has appeared in such newspapers and journals as the Financial Times, Poems Out Loud, and Poetry. – Work in Issue 33

Adam Poor

Adam Poor is from Memphis, Tennessee, and received his BA in English, French, and Philosophy from the University of Memphis. He earned an MA in Philosophy from Fordham University in New York City, and he currently lives in Brooklyn with his soon-to-be wife. This is his first publication. – Work in Issue 25

Ion Pop

Ion Pop is the award-winning author of eight books of poetry, the most recent a volume of selected poems in the respected Hyperion Series, The Discovery of the Eye (The Romanian Book, 2001), and Elegies on the Offensive(Vinea Publishers, 2003). An important critic as well, Pop has written about poetry and edited scholarly and reference works since his studies at the University of Cluj, where he later served as a professor and dean. He also taught at the Sorbonne Nouvelle and served as the director of the Romanian Cultural Center, Paris. Pop has translated widely from 20th century French poets. In the United States, his poems have appeared in The MacGuffin, Karamu, and International Poetry Review, as well as in the anthologies Transylvanian Voices: An Anthology of Contemporary Poets of Cluj-Napoca and Born in Utopia: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Romanian Poetry, ed. Carmen Firan and Paul Doru Mugur with Edward Foster. – Work in Issue 8

Abioseh Michael Porter

Abioseh Michael Porter was born in Sierra Leone. With a PhD in Comparative Literature, he is a professor of English and head of the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University, Philadelphia ( As the editor of JALA: The Journal of the African Literature Association, he has traveled quite extensively in West Africa, North America, Britain, France, and Germany. – Work in Issue 4

Daniel Post

Daniel Post was raised in Tampa, Florida. He received his BA from the University of Florida and his MFA from the University of Southern California. His stories have been published or are forthcoming in Gentle Strength Quarterly, Seneca, and Big Moon. He was recently the featured author in the New Short Fiction Series at the Beverly Hills Library. He has received the Condon Smith Undergraduate Prize for Fiction and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He currently lives in Los Angeles. – Work in Issue 9

Vincent Poturica

Vincent Poturica’s writing appears in New England Review, DIAGRAM, Columbia Poetry Review, and New Ohio Review. He lives with his wife in Long Beach, CA, where he teaches at Cerritos College. Previously, he worked as a journalist in Sri Lanka and Minnesota. – Work in Issue 40

Glen Pourciau

Glen Pourciau’s first collection of stories won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. His second story collection is forthcoming from Four Way Books. His stories have been published by AGNI Online, Antioch Review, Epoch, New England Review, New Ohio Review, Paris Review, Per Contra, and other magazines. – Work in Issue 40

Manuel Gonzalez Prada

Manuel Gonzalez Prada (b. in Lima, Peru; 1844-1918). Son of a wealthy, conservative Spanish family, Gonzalez Prada studied law and from an early age demonstrated an interest in science, progressive thought, and liberal politics. He became a strong critic of his own class, a positivist enemy of the Roman Catholic Church, an anarchist, and a passionate advocate of working class rights, but nevertheless rejected the Russian Revolution of 1917 and opposed Communism for its rigidity. He served Peru as a politician, literary critic, director of the Peruvian National Library, and a social critic who influenced the intellectual life of his country.

As the first Latin American author to adopt the style that came to be known as Modernismo, Gonzalez Prada anticipated the great Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario who spread the style throughout the Spanish-speaking world. He also introduced into Spanish numerous poetic forms from other cultures and languages, such as the triolet and the pantoum, and composed essays that revitalized the form and had an enduring influence on future Latin American writers. – Work in Issues 21, 22

Antonio Preciado

Antonio Preciado, born in Esmeraldas in 1941, is the leading Ecuadorian black poet. Bedoya, currently the Minister of Culture for his country, is a politically-committed contributor to multiculturalism in Ecuador literature. His work reinvents the heritage of poor decimeros (popular oral black poets) and contributes a sympathetic view to further support the ideas of avant-garde, social thinkers, and leaders such as Aimé Cesaire, Franz Fanon, Malcom X, and Martin Luther King. His books are: Poetry: Jolgorio (Quito, 1961), Más acá de los muertos (Quito, 1966), Tal como somos (Quito, 1969), De sol a sol (Bogotá, 1979), Poema húmedo (La Habana,1981),Espantapájaros (La Habana, 1982), and De ahora en adelante (Quito, 1993). Anthologies: Lírica ecuatoriana contemporánea (Bogotá, 1979), Poesía viva del Ecuador (Quito, 1990), and La palabra perdurable (Quito, 1991). – Work in Issue 9, 9 (Spanish)

Shpresa Qatipi

Shpresa Qatipi is a professor of English at Tirana University. In addition to the poems of Luljeta Lleshanaku, she has also translated and published short stories, essays, and articles for the Eurolindja Publishing House in Albania and the Soros Foundation. – Work in Issue 8

Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo

Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo was born in 1901 at Tananarive (Antananarivo), the capital of Madagascar. Primarily self-taught, he was hired in 1924 as a proofreader for the publisher Imprimerie de l’Imerina, where he worked until his death by suicide in 1937. Rabearivelo edited anthologies of Malagasy poetry, and wrote plays, fiction, and literary criticism. In addition, he wrote seven volumes of poetry in French. Among his best known works arePresque-Songes/Almost Dreams (1934) and Traduit de la Nuit/Translated from the Night (1935). The latter appeared recently in its first complete English translation by Robert Ziller (Lascaux Editions), who writes of Rabearivelo: “With remarkable originality, he synthesized Europe’s prevailing urban surrealism with his own comparatively bucolic surroundings … Tragically, he died just prior to the flowering of the Négritude movement in Paris, having never met Césaire, Senghor, and other African luminaries. Nevertheless, at the time of his death, Rabearivelo was recognized as Africa’s first modern poet.” – Work in Issue 18

Robert Radin

Robert Radin’s work has appeared in Salon, Marie Claire, and The Morning News, among other publications. – Work in Issues 31, 39

Burton Raffel

Burton Raffel, a lawyer and longtime professor of English and Linguistics, has published seven poetry collections and just under fifty translated volumes—half a dozen novels (from French and Spanish) and the rest poetry from Greek, Latin, Indonesian, Old and Middle English, French, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, and German; with cooperation, from Vietnamese, Chinese, and Russian. The second of his novels, Danielle Déronde, has just been published by Outpost 19. – Work in Issues 25, 25 (More), 25 (More), 27, 30, 32

Charles Rafferty

Charles Rafferty has published fiction in Per Contra and The Cortland Review. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review. His tenth collection of poems, The Unleashable Dog, was published by Steel Toe Books in 2014. His collection of fiction is Saturday Night at Magellan’s. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College. – Work in Issues 28, 39, 40

Charles Rammelkamp

Charles Rammelkamp edits The Potomac, an online literary journal – – and is the prose editor for BrickHouse Books in Baltimore, where he lives. His latest book is a collection of poems entitled Mata Hari: Eye of the Day (Apprentice House, Loyola University). In addition to a novel (The Secretkeepers, Red Hen Press), he has published a couple of short story collections, one of which is Castleman in the Academy. This is a series of stories about an English/Writing professor at a community college. The current story here, “Immortal Longings,” takes place in 2004 and likewise deals with Roger Castleman. – Work in Issue 36, 40

Carolyn Raphael

Carolyn Raphael retired from the English Department at Queensborough Community College, CUNY, after more than thirty years of teaching. Her poems have appeared in journals including Cumberland Poetry Review,Measure, Orbis, Pivot, and Rattapallax. Her chapbook, Diagrams of Bittersweet, was published by Somers Rocks Press in 1997, and her poetry collection, The Most Beautiful Room in the World, was published by David Robert Books in February 2010.

For several years, she ran a poetry reading series in her hometown, Great Neck, Long Island. Guests included such luminaries as X. J. Kennedy, Tom Disch, and David Yezzi. Now she is working on a project called “Poems for the Passerby,” which will place poems on local bulletin boards, much as “Poetry in Motion” placed poems on the subway. – Work in Issue 26

Erik Raschke

Erik Raschke is an American/Dutch author living in Amsterdam for the past eight years. His last novel, The Book of Samuel, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009, was translated into Italian and nominated for the Printz award. He received an MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York and his short stories have been published in, among others, Guernica, Chelsea, Ararat, Reading Room, Tijdschrift Ei,, Promethean, 5-trope. His essays and articles have appeared in Hazlitt, Buzzfeed, The Denver Post, Het Parool, and many others. – Work in Issue 40

Carter Ratcliff

Carter Ratcliff is a poet and art critic. He is a contributing editor of Art in America and a member of the editorial board of Sculpture Magazine. Ratcliff’s writings have appeared widely in European and American journals and in the publications of museums in the US and abroad, including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Guggenheim, NY, and the Royal Academy, London. His awards include the College Art Association’s 1987 Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two national Endowment for the Arts’ Art Critics Grants, and a Poets Foundation Grant. He is the author of monographs of John Singer Sargent and Andy Warhol. His other books on art include The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art andOut of the Box: The Reinvention of Art 1965-1975. His books of poetry include Fever Coast (1973), Give Me Tomorrow (1983), and Arrivederci, Modernismo (2007). Click Here to see the Per Contra interview. – Work in Issues 10, 11, 11 (more)

Mary Lynn Reed

Mary Lynn Reed lives and writes in suburban Maryland. Her fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, Happy,Karamu, Temenos, The Summerset Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and See You Next Tuesday, Volume 2, an anthology of short-shorts published by Better Non Sequitur. – Work in Issue 13

Melanie Rehak

Melanie Rehak is the author of two books, Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her and Eating for Beginners. Her writing has appeared in the The New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, Landscape Architecture, and many other publications. Her poetry has appeared in the The New Yorker, The Paris Review ,and other magazines. She has held fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and is currently at work on a book about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” essay in the 21st century, to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2015. – Work in Issue 27

Andrew Rhodes

Andrew Rhodes is a fiction writer from Mississippi. His stories have appeared in publications such as New World Writing, The Laurel Review, Punchnel’s, Gravel, and Crime Factory.

Elliot Richman

Elliot Richman won a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Poetry, as well as a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Poetry. He has published four full-length collections: The World Dancer; Honorable Manhood: Poems of Eros & Dust (from the first Persian Gulf War); Walk on Trooper (Vietnam war poems); and Franz Kafka’s Daughter Meets the Evil Nazi Empire!!!: Holocaust Tainted Poems. His work has appeared in, among others,Asylum, Bakunin, Beloit Poetry Journal, Caliban, Centennial Review, Confrontation, Green Fuse, Modern Haiku,Mickle Street Review, Osiris, The Quarterly, and Yellow Silk. Richman now works as a private contractor on American warships. More of his sea poems can be found at – Work in Issues 15, 15 (more), 17, 23

John M. Ridland

John M. Ridland was born in London in 1933 of Scottish ancestry, but has lived most of his life in California. He taught writing and literature for over forty years in the English Department and the College of Creative Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara, where he still lives.

His published books include: Fires of Home (Scribner’s Poets of Today VIII), Ode on Violence, In the Shadowless Light, Elegy for My Aunt, Palms, Life with Unkie, (Un)Extinguished Lamp/Lampara Anapagada, and A Brahms Card Ballad: Poems Selected for Hungarians, which was issued in Hungarian translation by the Europa Press three years before it was published by Dowitcher Press in California in 2007. With his New Zealand-born wife Muriel, he wrote And Say What He Is: The Life of a Special Child, published in 1975 by the MIT Press. His latest book of poems, Happy in an Ordinary Thing, was released by the Truman State University Press in February, 2013, and has been nominated by the Press for the Pulitzer Prize. He has translated the Middle English masterpiece, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which was printed in a fine, limited edition by Juan Pascoe at Taller Martín Pescador in Michoacán, Mexico. An affordable edition is forthcoming from the Able Muse Press in 2016. With Peter Czipott he translated poems by Sandor Márai: The Withering World was released in 2013 by Alma Classics in London. Their translations of the Holocaust victim Miklós Radnóti, All That Still Matters at All, are available from the New American Press. They are now completing a selection of poems from the prolific and versatile Dezsö Kosztolányi. In 2014, Askew published his Epic/Mock Epic A.Lincolniad, a tribute to Abraham Lincoln. Ridland has published frequently in The Hudson Review, Askew, Light, The Dark Horse, and in Chris Buckley’s new poetry journal, Miramar. His work was featured in Per Contra No. 31. See the Per Contra Interview. – Work in Issues 27, 30, 31, 31 (more), 34

Muriel Ridland

Muriel Thomas was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1930. She studied English Literature the Canterbury College of the University of New Zealand, earning a BA and MA (First Class Honors). She worked as Manager of the Student Christian Movement in Wellington, and was sent as a New Zealand delegate to the SCM World Conference in India, and after that to the World Council of Churches Conference. She traveled around India for three months on her own, a life-changing experience which led to her Fulbright Scholar appointment at the University of California in Berkeley, where she did four years of graduate study in English. She married John Ridland in 1957 and in 1959 they moved south to Claremont, where he pursued a PhD in English and she taught full-time in what was then Los Angeles State College. In 1961, they moved to Santa Barbara for John to begin teaching at UCSB. Over the years she taught English and English as a Second Language, off and on at UCSB and Santa Barbara City College, cared for their two living children, Jenny and Michael, and since 2010 nursed her husband through a mitral valve replacement operation and a case of cellulitis, in the course of which she gained considerable layperson’s medical knowledge and competence. Throughout their half-century of married life, she has been her husband’s first reader, editor, and Muse. They co-authored a book, And Say What He Is: The Life of a Special Child (MIT Press, 1975). From 1993 to early1996, they directed the University of California’s Education Abroad Program in Australia. – Work in Issue 31

Don Riggs

Don Riggs is a poet and translator. He teaches Literature and Writing at Drexel University. He is the editor ofLamont B. Steptoe’s A Long Movie of Shadows and has translated Chinese Poetic Writing by Francois Cheng. – Work in Issues 11, 39, 40

Nicole Rivas

Nicole Rivas (b. 1989 in Whittier, California) is a fiction writer and creative writing student at California State University, San Bernardino. Her short fiction has previously appeared in The Pacific Review. – Work in Issue 27

Hollis Robbins

Hollis Robbins is Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Chair of the Humanities Department at the Peabody Institute, where she teaches courses on poetry, drama, Shakespeare, film, and aesthetics. Her poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Mezzo Cammin, Per Contra,Connotation Press, and other journals. She is currently finishing her book, Forms of Contention: the African American Sonnet Tradition. She has a PhD in English from Princeton and a BA in the Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins. – Work in Issues 19, 20, 29, 30, 30 (more), 34

Cannon Roberts

Cannon Roberts is finishing his PhD in creative writing while teaching at Clarendon College in Texas. His works have previously appeared in The Concho River Review, Grimm Magazine, Stonecoast Review, On the Rusk, and Under the Gum Tree. – Work in Issue 38

David Moore Robinson

David Moore Robinson is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Colorado State University, and he also holds an MA from Columbia University Teachers College. A native of Albany, New York, he currently lives in Miami. He has published a short story in Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature. – Work in Issue 12

Margaret A. Robinson

Margaret A. Robinson has chapbooks at Finishing Line Press and Pudding House Publications. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, from Prairie Schooner to Bathtub Gin. Robinson lives in Swarthmore and teaches at Widener University. – Works in Issue 13, 18, 21, 24

Martin Rocek

Martin Rocek Martin Rocek is a professor of Physics studying supersymmetry and string theory at Stony Brook University, and enjoys reading and writing poetry. He was born in Prague, and came to the United States in 1960. – Works in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Augusto Rodíguez

Augusto Rodíguez, born in 1979, is one of Ecuador’s youngest writers. He has published four collections of poetry in the last seven years. Fernando Cazón Vera has praised his work for its frank confrontation with the problems and dilemmas of the new generation. He lived and studied in Chile for a decade and considers that country a key influence on his poetry. Along with being a major voice of the younger generation, Rodríguez has played a role in promoting cultural awareness in high-school readers as a member of the cultural club Buseta de Papel, which has had an enormous impact on the literary life of Guayaquil. His books are Ausencia (1999),Mientras ella mata mosquitos (2004), Animales salvajes (2005), La bestia que me habita (2005). – Work in Issue9 (Spanish)

Bruce Holland Rogers

Bruce Holland Rogers Bruce Holland Rogers lives in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches in the MFA program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. His stories have twice won the Micro Award for the year’s best story of under a thousand words published in English. More stories at – Work in Issues 13, 24

Jay Rogoff

Jay Rogoff studied poetry and poetry writing with Dan Hoffman at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974-75. He has published four books of poems, including The Cutoff (Word Works, 1995), How We Came to Stand on That Shore (River City, 2003), The Long Fault (LSU, 2008), and The Art of Gravity (LSU, 2011). His new book, Venera, will appear from LSU Press in 2014. Winner of the Robert Watson Poetry Award and a Pushcart Prize, he has published poetry and criticism in many journals, including The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, and The Southern Review. Heis dance critic for The Hopkins Review and a regular contributor toBallet Review. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he teaches at Skidmore College. – Work in Issue27

Ethel Rohan

Ethel Rohan is the author of the story collection, Cut Through the Bone. A second story collection, Hard to Say, was published by PANK in 2011. She blogs at – Work in Issue 21

Laurie Rosenblatt

Laurie Rosenblatt is a practicing physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Her poems have appeared in Fulcrum, The Bellevue Literary Review, Salamander, Per Contra, and Harvard Review,among others. – Work in Issues 8, 13

J. Allyn Rosser

J. Allyn Rosser’s most recent book is Foiled Again. In 1991, she received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was fortunate to study with Daniel Hoffman. She now teaches at Ohio University, where she edits New Ohio Review. – Work in Issue 27

Mark Rudman

Mark Rudman is a poet, translator, and critic. His books of poetry include the five that form the Rider Quintet:Sundays on the Phone (2005), The Couple (2002), Provoked in Venice (1999), Millennium Hotel (1996), andRider (1994), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award (as a five-volume set by Wesleyan University Press in 2009). In addition to his own poetry, Rudman has published critical prose and translations, notably of the Boris Pasternak, Znigbiew Herbert, and Bohdan Antonych. His translation of Pasternak’s My Sister-Life(1983) won the Columbia Translation Center’s Max Hayward Award; many of his translations appear in bothTwentieth Century French Poetry and Twentieth Century Russian Poetry. His critical work includes Robert Lowell and the Poetic Act (2007) and Diverse Voices: Essays on Poets and Poetry (2009). His critical essays have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Nation, and the London Review of Books. He is editor-in-chief ofPequod, an international literary journal, and the recipient of awards from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts. – Work in Issues 7, 13, 30, 30 (more), 32, 34, 34 (more), 39

Margaret Ryan

Margaret Ryan received a BA in English and Classics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. Her poetry has appeared in The Nation, Poetry, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and many other magazines and anthologies. Ms. Ryan has also published How to Write a Poem, and Extraordinary Poetry Writing, with Franklin-Watts, a division of Scholastic. A freelance speechwriter for many years, she recently retired from a second career as a floral designer. She lives with her husband, Steven Lerner, in New York City and Old Chatham, NY, and continues to write poetry. – Work in Issue 27

Anna Saikin

Anna Saikin’s stories and poems have appeared in Gravel, Vinyl, Teacup Trail, and elsewhere. She received a PhD in English from Rice University in Houston, where she currently lives and works. – Work in Issue 39

Michael Salcman

Michael Salcman is a physician, brain scientist, and art critic. He was Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of Maryland and President of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. Currently, he is President of the CityLit Project in Baltimore.

Recent poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Hopkins Review, New Letters, Notre Dame Review, Ontario Review, and New York Quarterly. He is the author of four chapbooks and two collections, The Clock Made of Confetti (Orchises Press, 2007), nominated for The Poet’s Prize and a Finalist for the Towson University Prize in Literature, and The Enemy of Good is Better, recently published by Orchises Press. – Work in Issues 23, 27

Stephen Sandy

Stephen Sandy’s latest collection of poems is Weathers Permitting (2005). “Surface Impressions, or The Mystery of Things,” a poem in eight parts, appeared in 2002. In 2006, he received an award for exceptional accomplishment in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. – Work in Issue 7

Thomas Sanfilip

Thomas Sanfilip is a poet and writer whose work has appeared in such literary publications as the Shore Poetry Anthology, Thalassa, Ivory Tower, Nit & Wit, Tomorrow, Ginosko Literary Journal, and Maudlin House. Five collections of poetry have been published — By the Hours and the Years (Branden Press), Myth/A Poem (Iliad Press, 2002), The Art of Anguish (2004), Last Poems (2007), Figures of the Muse (2012), in addition to a collection of short fiction, The Killing Sun (2006). Poetry in the Age of Impurity, a collection of published and unpublished essays, was published in 2013 by Bigio Morato. Presently, he lives in the Chicago area and has written for a variety of other publications, including Rattle, The Literary Yard, Book Page, Rain Taxi, Letter Ex,Filmfax, Film Quarterly, Film Score Monthly, The Journal of Popular Film and Television, and the Walt Whitman Encyclopedia. – Work in Issue 36

June Saraceno

June Saraceno is the author of two poetry collections, Of Dirt and Tar, and Altars of Ordinary Light, as well as a chapbook of prose poems, Mean Girl Trips. Her work has appeared in various journals including Poetry Quarterly, Southwestern American Literature, and Tar River Poetry. She is English program chair at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, as well as MFA faculty and founding editor of the Sierra Nevada Review. For more information, visit -Work in Issue 37

Jane Satterfield

Jane Satterfield is the author of Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond(Demeter, 2009) and two poetry collections: Assignation at Vanishing Point (Elixir Press Book Award)and Shepherdess with an Automatic (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, Towson University Prize). Among her awards are an NEA Fellowship in poetry and three Maryland Arts Council grants, as well as residencies in poetry or non-fiction from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. A new manuscript, Her Familiars, was a finalist for this year’s National Poetry Series, and her poem, “The War Years,” was selected by Jo Shapcott as winner of the 2011 MslexiaPoetry Competition. – Work in Issue 24

John Sawney

John Sawney lives in Manchester, and his first novel, The Ruin, was published in 2013. His short fiction has been featured in the now defunct Notes from the Underground, and he is currently working on a second novel. – Work in Issue 40

Rachel Sawyer

Rachel Sawyer is a writer and blogger living in northern Maryland. After more than ten years as a journalist, she left the field and entered graduate school. She received a master’s in Library and Information Science in 2003. She blogs at Tinkerty Tonk. – Work in Issue 8, 8 (more)

Bart Schaneman

Bart Schaneman lives on the Great Plains of western Nebraska. His writing has appeared in Matador, Word Riot,Pindeldyboz, The New, Northwind, Thought Catalog, Fahrenheit, Punch Drunk Press, and more than a few newspapers in both the US and Asia. His latest book is the travel novella Trans-Siberian. Find more – Work in Issue 30

Robert Schechter

Robert Schechter is a poet and translator whose poems (for children and adults) and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in The Evansville Review, First Things, Poetry East, Bumbershoot, Snakeskin, Light Quarterly, The Washington Post, The Spectator, and Highlights for Children, among other places. – Work in Issue24 (Light Verse)

Lauren Schenkman

Lauren Schenkman was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. She attended the University of Southern California and graduated in 2007 with bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Creative Writing. Since then, she has been working and writing in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is her first publication. – Work in Issue 11

Matthew Scheuermann

Matthew Scheuermann is a 2011 graduate of Drexel University, with a BA in English. He was the inaugural recipient of the Michael Rieber Award for the Best Senior Project in English for his collection of flash fiction, called Skeletons. This is his first published short story. – Work in Issue 23

Steven Schrader

Steven Schrader has published four collections of short stories, the most recent of which is What We Deserved(Hanging Loose Press, 2006). He was the director of Teachers & Writers Collaborative for ten years and still serves as co-chair of its board. He was the publisher of Cane Hill Press, which specialized in fiction. The three pieces in Per Contra are from a work in progress, A Writer’s Life. – Work in Issues 15, 15 (more), 15 (more), 22

Philip Schultz

Philip Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and the Founder/director of The Writers Studio, a private school for fiction and poetry writing based in New York City. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including his most recent, Failure (2007, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize), Living in the Past (2004), and The Holy Worm of Praise (2002), all published by Harcourt. He is also the author of Deep Within the Ravine (Viking, 1984, recipient of the Academy of American Poets Lamont Prize), Like Wings (Viking, 1978, winner of an American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters Award as well as a National Book Award nomination), and the poetry chapbook, My Guardian Angel Stein (1986). His work has been published in The New Yorker, Partisan Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Slate, among other magazines, and he is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. He also received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (1981), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (1985), as well as the Levinson Prize fromPoetry magazine. He lives in East Hampton, NY with his wife, sculptor Monica Banks, and their two sons, Elias and August. Click Here to see the Per Contra interview. – Work in Issue 12, 12 (more)

Chad Schuster

Chad Schuster is a fiction writer and former journalist. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, Hobart, and Literary Orphans, among others. He lives near Seattle with his wife and two children. – Work in Issue 40

Barry Schwabsky

Barry Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. He writes about poetry for the website Hyperallergic among others. His most recent publications of poetry are Book Left Open in the Rain (Black Square Editions / The Brooklyn Rail, 2009) and 12 Abandoned Poems (Kilmog Press, 2010). Forthcoming are a new collection of poetry, Trembling Hand Equilibrium (Black Square Editions) and two books of criticism, The Most Beautiful Perhaps: On Poetry, Mainly (Black Square Editions) and Words for Art: Criticism, History, Theory, Practice (Sternberg Press). – Work in Issue 27

Rajee Seth

Rajee Seth (b. 1935, Nowshehra, Cantt. Northwest Frontier, now in Pakistan) received her MA in English Literature. She studied Comparative Religion and Indian Philosophy at Gujarat Jnanpith. Although her first poem was published in the daily Milap in Lahore when she was just nine years old, she came to writing as a serious pursuit late in life. Although not known primarily as a poet, in addition to her two published novels Tatsam (1983) and Nishkavach/Defenseless (1995), four short story collections and two essay collections were published. Along with her forays into translation, criticism, children’s literature, etc., she has had 50 poems published individually in journals, anthologies, and periodicals, over the years. She is in the process of bringing out two poetry collections, collected from the large number of poetry manuscripts she has written over the last twenty-five years.

A member-for-life of PEN, she serves on the boards of Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, Rachna Puraskar, and the Hindi academy. She has been co-editing Yugsakshi/Lucknow for the last eight years and is renowned and respected for her first-rate literary work. – Work in Issue 13, 13 (more)

Kay Sexton

Kay Sexton is an associate editor for Night Train and a Jerry Jazz Fiction Award winner with columns and Her website,, gives details of her current and forthcoming publications. Her current focus is Green Thought in an Urban Shade, a collaboration with the painter Fion Gunn that explores and celebrates the parks and urban spaces of Beijing, Dublin, London, and Paris in words and images. – Work in Issues 1, 6

Ed Shacklee

Ed Shacklee is a public defender who represents young people in the District of Columbia. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Able Muse, The Flea, Light Quarterly, The Raintown Review and Tilt-a-Whirl, among other places. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Stephen Shane

Stephen Shane is 26 years old, from Phoenix originally, and currently a graduate student in Boston studying literature. – Work in Issue 28

Thomas Shane

Thomas Shane is a writer living in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a contributing editor of Arcadia Magazine, where his stories are a regular feature of “Online Sundries.” His story “Stumm” appeared in the fall issue of Trajectory. His work has appeared in numerous other publications over the years, including Aethlon, American Way, The Door,Earth Ethics, Elysian Fields, Light, Mount Hope, Other Voices, and River Oak Review, and has been anthologized in Fresh Water and When Last on the Mountain: The View from Writers over 50. He has also been runner-up or finalist in a number of writing contests, including the Glimmer Train Fiction Open, the International Imitation Hemingway Competition, and the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest. – Work in Issue 32

Neil Shepard

Neil Shepard has two new books: a full book of poems, (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid-List Press, 2011), and an offbeat chapbook,Vermont Exit Ramps (Pudding House Press, forthcoming 2012). His three previous books of poetry are Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award, Mid-List Press, 1993), I’m Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998) and This Far from the Source (Mid-List, 2006), which was an “Editor’s Choice” at Notre Dame Review and a “Pick of the Month” from Small Press Reviews. His poems appear in several hundred literary magazines, among them Antioch Review, Boulevard, Harvard Review, New American Writing, New England Review, North American Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Southern Review, and TriQuarterly. His poems have also been featured online at Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Poem-A-Day (from the Academy of American Poets). Shepard has been a fellow at the MacDowell Arts Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and he has been a visiting writer at the Chautauqua Writers Institute and the Frost Place. He founded and directed for eight years the Writing Program at the Vermont Studio Center, and he taught for several decades in the BFA Creative Writing Program at Johnson State College in Vermont until his retirement in 2009. He presently lives in New York City and teaches poetry workshops at The Poets House. Outside of the literary realm, Neil is a founding member of the jazz-poetry group POJAZZ. – Work in Issues 24 (Light Verse)

Cris Shore

Cris Shore is a professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of several books, including Elite Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives (Routledge, 2002) and Anthropology and Cultural Studies (Pluto, 1997) with Stephen Nugent, Anthropology of Policy: Critical Perspectives on Governance and Power (Routledge, 1997) with Susan Wright, and The Future of Anthropology (Athlone, 1995) with Akbar Ahmed. His work focuses on issues in political anthropology, policy, and governance. He has carried out fieldwork in Italy, from which he wrote Italian Communism: The Escape from Lenin (Pluto, 1990), and more recently, among EU civil servants in Brussels, which resulted in Building Europe: The Cultural Politics of European Integration, (Routledge, 2000). Besides the EU, his current research interest is in the politics of accountability and the rise of “audit culture.” – Work in Issue 2

Art Shostak

Art Shostak retired in 2003 after enjoying 42 years of idea-sharing as an applied sociologist, the first six at the Wharton School (1961-67) and the last 36 at Drexel University (1967-2003). He has written, edited, or co-edited 34 books and over 160 articles. Given in 2003 the Annual “Sociological Practice” Award by the American Sociological Association, in 2010 he was awarded a lifetime Distinguished Award by the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences. Shostak currently resides with his wife and research collaborator, Lynn Seng, in a retirement community (Oakmont) in northern California. He is presently finishing a book that extends the ideas in the short essay above, and welcomes related ideas from one and all: – Work in Issue25

Efrem Sigel

Efrem Sigel’s stories and essays have appeared in the Antioch Review, Xavier Review, The Journal, Jerusalem Post, Lynx Eye, Midstream, Nimrod, Pleaides, Potomac Review, Quercus Review and many other periodicals, and have won a number of prizes. His second novel, The Disappearance, was published in 2009 by The Permanent Press. He can be reached at and at – Work in Issue 28

Larry Silver, Contributing Editor

Larry Silver holds the Farquhar Chair of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and previously taught at Berkeley and Northwestern. A specialist in painting and graphics of Holland, Belgium, and Germany, he has recently published a monograph on Hieronymus Bosch (Abbeville, 2006) and a study of Peasant Scenes and Landscapes of the sixteenth century (U. Pennsylvania Press, 2006). He has also served as President of the College Art Association and as the editor-in-chief of their online reviews journal, – Work in Issues 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 23

Sean Singer

Sean Singer’s first book Discography won the 2001 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, selected by W.S. Merwin, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He also published two chapbooks, Passport and Keep Right On Playing Through the Mirror Over the Water. He is the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has a PhD in American Studies from Rutgers-Newark. – Work in Issue 28

Ann Sitarz

Ann Sitarz grew up in Philadelphia, PA. She is pursuing degrees from Drexel University in Chemical Engineering and English. She is twenty-one years old. She has enjoyed several internships as a process engineer at Johnson and Johnson and is pursuing a career in medicine. She has published several articles in Drexel’s Online Journaland won the first place award for Creative Non-Fiction in Drexel’s Week of Writing, 2006. – Work in Issue 4

Aruna Sitesh

Aruna Sitesh (1945 – 2007) was a scholar, writer, and translator. She was the principal of Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, (1997-2007). Her short story collection Chhalaang received the Outstanding Book of the Year Award (1997-98) and the Mahadevi Verma Puraskar by the U. P. Hindi Sansthan (Lucknow, 2000). Her many awards and honors included a Senior Fulbright (University of Chicago, 1991-92); visiting scholar, Rockefeller Foundation Study Centre (Bellagio, Italy, 1993); and an Australia-India Council Grant in Aid (2005) for interaction with Australian women writers. She was the co-editor of Pratibha India: Quarterly of Indian Art, Culture and Literature (1981-2007). – Work in Issues 12, 13

David R. Slavitt, Contributing Editor

David R. Slavitt is the author of many books, including his own fiction and poetry as well as his translations from Greek, Latin, Italian, French, Portuguese, Sanskrit, and Greenlandic. His non-fiction includes a book on Virgil (also published by Yale) and Physicians Observed (Doubleday), as well as his account of running for office, Blue State Blues, published in April 2006 by Wesleyan University Press. He has also published under the names Henry Sutton, David Benjamin, Lynn Meyer, and Henry Lazarus, and one of those pseudonymous novels sold more than four million copies. Slavitt’s latest books are a translation, The Other Four Plays of Sophocles(Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press), and The Lays of Marie de France (Athabasca University Press).

He lives in Cambridge, MA. – Work in Issues 3, 3 (more), 4, 6, 7, 7 (more), 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 13 (more), 14, 14 (Light Verse), 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24 (Light Verse), 24 (More), 25, 25 (more), 26, 27, 27 (more), 28, 29, 30,30 (more), 30 (more), 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 35 (more), 36, 36 (more), 37, 38, 39, 40

Gary Sledge

Gary Sledge is the Features editor at Reader’s Digest. He has worked with many well-known writers, such as Bill Moyers, Alex Haley, Chris Bohjalian, Suzanne Chazin, and essayist and poet Kathleen Norris. Before coming to the Digest, he was the editorial director at Revell Publishing, and one of the Founders of Wynwood Press, which published John Grisham’s first novel, “A Time to Kill.” He collaborated with his wife Linda on two award-winning historical novels published by Bantam Books. In college, his first poetry teacher was Gary Snyder. Sledge’s poetry has appeared in Christian Century, Chronogram, and Bedford Magazine. – Work in Issue 9

Lee Slonimsky

Lee Slonimsky is the author of six books of poems, most recently Red-Tailed Hawk on Wall Street from Spuyten Duyvil Press. A French/English edition of his book Pythagoras in Love, translations by Elizabeth J. Coleman, is forthcoming from Folded Word Press. Lee has also recently published a detective novel with the hedge fund industry as its background, Bermuda Gold from Moonshine Cove Publishing. – Work in Issues 12, 14 (Light Verse), 27, 32, 32 (more), 34, 35, 35 (more), 36, 36 (more), 37, 38, 39, 40

Lorna Smedman

Lorna Smedman is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and the author of Dangers of Reading. She is a long-time resident of New York City. Current projects include a book of short stories, and a non-fiction account, called Making House, of fixing up a little shack in the woods. – Work in Issue 8

R. T. Smith

R. T. Smith is Writer-in-Residence at Washington and Lee University, where he also edits Shenandoah, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2010 with a Flannery O’Connor issue. Two of his poetry collections, Messenger and Outlaw Style, have received the Library of Virginia’s annual poetry prize. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Best American Mystery Stories. He is the 2013 recipient of the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize. In the Night Orchard: New and Selected Poems was published by Texas Review Press in 2014. He lives in Rockbridge County, Virginia, with his wife, the poet Sarah Kennedy. Click Here to see the Per Contra interview. – Work in Issues 2, 5, 10, 14, 16, 29, 30, 30 (more), 38, 40

William Jay Smith

William Jay Smith has been a major force in American letters for over half a century. He is the author of more than sixty books of poetry, children’s verse, memoirs, and criticism. From 1968 to 1970, he served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a post now called the Poet Laureate). Two of his thirteen poetry collections were finalists for the National Book Award, and his translations have won awards from the French Academy, the Swedish Academy, and the Hungarian Government. Smith was born in Louisiana in 1918 and brought up at Jefferson Barracks, just south of St. Louis, Missouri. His memoir, Army Brat (1980), which recounts his unusual boyhood as the son of a professional soldier, a clarinetist in the Sixth Infantry Band, was widely acclaimed. Artur Lundkvist of the Swedish Academy said of it: “One would have to go back to the books of Kipling portraying military life seen through a child’s eyes in order to find anything comparable.” Of Native American (Choctaw) descent, Smith explores his family roots in The Cherokee Lottery (2000), a poetic sequence describing the forced removal of Indian tribes east of the Mississippi. Harold Bloom has found the book to be Smith’s “masterwork: taut, harrowing, eloquent, and profoundly memorable.” A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1975 and its former Vice President for Literature, he divides his time between Cummington, Massachusetts and Paris. – Work in Issues 10, 11

Alan Soble

Alan Soble’s formal education (1965-1976) was in both philosophy and the hard sciences (biology, physiology, neuropharmacology). The first edition of his teaching anthology, The Philosophy of Sex (Rowman and Littlefield) came out in 1980, and its 6th edition in 2013; he and his co-editors are working on the 7th edition, scheduled for 2017. He has been teaching philosophy at Drexel University since 2007 within the English-Philosophy Department. The much larger “Literature” section of the department has been having a powerful and increasing influence on his interests within the Humanities. – Work in Issue 37

Dan Sociu

Dan Sociu was born in Botoșani, Romania, in 1978. His first book, borcane bine legate, bani pentru încă o săptămînă/jars with tight lids, money for another week, came out in 2002 and was recognized by the National Mihai Eminescu Prize for Poetry debut award. In 2004, fratele păduche/brother flea appeared; this was reprinted in 2007. In 2005, cîntece eXcesive/eXcessive songs won the Romanian Writers’ Union Prize for the best poetry book of the year—the first time a book by a non-member was either nominated or won this major prize. In 2007, he co-authored Poveşti erotice româneşti/Romanian erotica and in 2008, his first novel, Urbancolia, was published to acclaim. Sociu has translated Charles Bukowski into Romanian. He is one of nine Romanian poets in the 2008 Graywolf anthology, New European Poets. In May 2008, he read as part of PEN World Voices, New York, and for the summer of 2008, he was awarded a residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany. His poems have appeared in Calque, Modern Poetry in Translation, and Jelly Bucket and are forthcoming in The Café Review. – Work in Issue 20

Janice D. Soderling

Janice D. Soderling’s fiction, poetry, and translations appear in many international journals. Current or forthcoming work in The Rotary Dial (Canada), The Penduline Press, Raintown Review (USA), Ink, Sweat and Tears (England), The Literary Bohemian (Czech Republic) and the 5-year anthology published by The Centrifugal Eye (Canada). – Work in Issue 32

Susan de Sola

Susan de Sola is an American poet living in the Netherlands. Her poems have appeared in Measure, The Hopkins Review, Light Quarterly, Fringe, Tilt-a-Whirl, and Ambit (UK), among other venues. She has a PhD in English and American literature from Johns Hopkins University, and has published scholarly essays as Susan de Sola Rodstein. She is also winner of the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Adam J. Sorkin

Adam J. Sorkin’s recent volumes of translation include three 2006 books: Magda Cârneci’s Chaosmos, translated with Cârneci (White Pine Press); Mihai Ursachi’s The March to the Stars, translated mostly with the poet (Vinea Press); and Mariana Marin’s Paper Children, with various collaborators (Ugly Duckling Press). Other books include Daniela Crăsnaru’s short stories translated with the author, The Grand Prize and Other Stories(Northwestern UP, 2004); and Marin Sorescu’s The Bridge, translated with Lidia Vianu (Bloodaxe Books, 2004)—the winner of the 2005 Corneliu M. Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation of the Poetry Society, London. In 2007, he published Radu Andriescu’s The Catalan Within (Longleaf Press), translated with the poet. Sorkin is a Distinguished Professor of English at Penn State, Brandywine. – Work in Issues 8, 11, 12

Kevin Spaide

Kevin Spaide is from Auburn, New York. His stories have appeared in Atticus Review, Witness, FRiGG, Short Fiction, and several other magazines. The opening chapters of his novel Zero appeared in Sententia 3, which showcased excerpts from unpublished novels. He lives and writes in Spain. – Work in Issues 16, 20, 24, 33

Michael Spring

Michael Spring lives and works in London for a marketing and design agency. Over the last five years or so, he has been writing fiction and has been published in the US, Canada, England and Ireland, as well as having the opportunity to read his work on radio. – Work in Issue 28

Keith Stahl

Keith Stahl recently transitioned from restaurant owner to non-traditional undergraduate student pursuing a degree in English and Textual Studies on the Creative Writing Track at Syracuse University. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Ghost Town and The Madison Review. – Work in Issue 36

Maryanne Stahl

Maryanne Stahl is the author of novels The Opposite Shore and Forgive the Moon,published by New American Library, as well as a chapbook of poetry and flash fiction, Electric Urgency, published by Pudding House Press. She lives in Thunderbolt, Georgia. – Work in Issues 8, 17

Catherine Staples

Catherine Staples is the author of The Rattling Window (Ashland Poetry Press, 2013) which won the McGovern Prize and is due out in mid-April 2013. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Commonweal, Third Coast, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and Quarterly West, among others. Honors include the Southern Poetry Review‘s Guy Owen Prize, the New England Poetry Club’s Boyle/Farber Award, and the University of Pennsylvania’s William Carlos Williams Prize. A chapbook, Never a Note Forfeit (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), was awarded the Keystone Prize. She teaches in the Honors program at Villanova University. – Work in Issue 27

Susan Stewart

Susan Stewart, poet, critic, and translator, is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities at Princeton. A former MacArthur Fellow and Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she is the author of many books of criticism and poetry, most recently The Poet’s Freedom, Red Rover, and Columbarium, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has won an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin for 2013-2014. – Work in Issue 27

Judith E. Stone

Judith E. Stone has 35 years professional activity in studio art, conducted in tandem with three decades interdisciplinary teaching on campuses in Denver, Phila-delphia, Tokyo, and Burlington, Vermont. Her graphite drawings and mixed media works on paper figure in private and public collections throughout the United States and in Japan, among them the Frederick Harris Studios in Tokyo, the University City Science Center in Philadelphia, and the Museum of the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, NH. A MacDowell Colony Resident Fellow, Stone holds a Magna cum laude B.A. from Vassar college, an M.A.T. from Harvard University, and an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is included in the Marquis Who’s Who of American Art and the Marquis Who’s Who in American Women. An author as well as artist, Stone has published essays in the Bulletin of the Center for Holocaust Studies, at The University of Vermont, and Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Common Ground Publishing. She is currently at work on a book-length study of commonalities between Art Nouveau artist-architects Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Henry van de Velde: Easel to Edifice. – Work in Issues 13 and 35

Ruth Stone

Ruth Stone is the recipient of many awards, among them: the Academy of American Poets Eric Mathieu King Award, the Vermont Cerf Award for lifetime achievement in the arts, the National Book Award, the Bess Hokin Award from Poetry magazine, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the 2002 Wallace Stevens Award. She writes both short fiction and poetry. Some of her books are: In The Dark (Copper Canyon, 2005, Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement), In the Next Galaxy (Copper Canyon 2002), Ordinary Words (Paris Press, 1999), Simplicity (Paris Press, 1997), and Who is the Widow’s Muse (Yellow Moon Press, 1991). The poems inPer Contra will be included in her collection What Love Comes To, New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon). – Work in Issue 5

Jane Stuppin

Jane Stuppin is the author of Perfect Pitch, a book of poetry. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in literary journals. She is also the author of a collection of short stories: A Toast to Reason. Stuppin has presented her works at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Zebulon, KRCB radio and KOWS radio, Healdsburg’s Third Sunday Salon, Occidental Performing Arts, and Copperfield’s bookstore. A native of San Francisco, she lives one hour north of the city among the redwood trees with her husband, Jack Stuppin, an artist. She has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA from Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky. – Work in Issue13

Philip Sultz

Philip Sultz is a painter, collagist, writer and photographer. His visual work has been represented by Allan Stone Gallery in New York since 1977, and has been exhibited by numerous other galleries both in the U.S and abroad. His collages appeared in the 1976 exhibition “Forty Years of American Collage” at Buecker and Harpsichords Gallery, New York. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1975.

Sultz is a published poet, memoirist, and short story writer. He co-founded Singing Bone Press, producing limited-edition poetry art-books, and has served as poetry of Green Revolution Magazine. Most recently, his poetry and writing have been published online by Per Contra, Blazevox, Three Quarter Review, and the Fall 2012 and Spring 2014 issues of Fifth Wednesday Journal. In 2013, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

A published photographer and writer on Western Settlement life, with an extensive collection of photographs at the Jackson Hole Historical Society, he was an early contributor of articles and photograph to The American West: Journal of the Western History Association.

Sultz attended Albright Art School an Cranbrook Academy of Art with mentors Charles Burchfield and Zoltan Sepeshy. He taught in higher education for 30 years at Kansas City Art Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and Webster University where he is Professor Emeritus. In addition to his teaching career, he has been employed as a steel worker at Bethlehem Steel; elevator operator at the Astor and Biltmore, NYC; horse wrangler in Montana; and fire lookout, backcountry ranger, and mountain rescue in Grand Teton National Park. He was a Midwest coordinator for the Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Committee, and founder of Americans for Indian Self Determination in St. Louis. He and his wife Jan Sultz, a potter, now reside in Maine, where they continue their artistic lives. – Work in Issues 18, 22, 23, 28, 32, 32 (more), 34

Chrissy Swinko

Chrissy Swinko is a writer and performer in Los Angeles. Her work has been seen on stage and in print. She studied writing at Denison University and the iO Theater. Her spec script of The Office was a semi-finalist in the 12th TV Writer.Com Spec Scriptacular Competition. For more information and/or a personalized 185 joke, please visit – Work in Issue 21

Elizabeth Kate Switaj

Elizabeth Kate Switaj teaches literature, creative writing, and composition at the College of the Marshall Islands. Her short stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review Online, Sundog Lit, and Deimos eZine. – Work in Issue33

Ernő Szép

Ernő Szép (1884-1953) was a prolific Hungarian lyric poet, journalist, dramatist and novelist of great popularity and renown. He was born in Huszt, a town now in the Ukraine. He was an assimilated Jew in an era in which provincial writers brought new life to the literary scene in Budapest. His verse has been characterized as representing the “Impressionist” style. In addition to his poetry, Szép’s works include the plays Patika (Pharmacy, 1918) and A vőlegény (The Bridegroom, 1922), as well as the novel Lila akác (Wisteria, 1921) which served as the basis of films in 1934 and 1972. Szép is perhaps best known for his last published work, Emberszag (The Smell of Humans: A Memoir of the Holocaust in Hungary) a moving account of his assignment to a “yellow-starred house” and subsequent abduction in 1944 by the Nazi-affiliated Arrow Cross to perform forced labor as a digger of trenches to thwart the Allied armies advancing on Budapest. The annual Szép Ernő Prize was inaugurated in 1984 to recognize singular achievements by Hungarian dramatists. – Work in Issue 33

Lin Tan

Lin Tan was born in Hangzhou, China. After studying mathematics in Zhejiang University, China, he undertook his graduate study at UCLA, where he obtained his PhD in mathematics. He has since taught at Indiana University at Bloomington and West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where he is a professor of Mathematics. He is a recipient of the Allendoeffer Prize awarded by the Mathematical Association of America.

Tan is also a free lance photographer and has given dozens of exhibitions at galleries in West Chester University; the Chester County Art Association, PA; Penn State University at Great Valley, Wilmington, Delaware; New York City; Jersey City; the University of North Carolina at Asheville; and Guizhou University, China. Lin is also a poet with poems published in various magazines and anthologies, and he has published a critical essay in the journal Chinese Culture. He resides in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. – Work in Issue 27

Carol A. Taylor

Carol A. Taylor is a retired translator living near Houston, Texas. She began writing poetry in her forties, and in the last dozen years has published both light and serious poems in print and online journals, including Light Quarterly, Lighten Up Online, Rattle, Iambs & Trochees, Susquehanna Quarterly, Umbrella Journal, Trinacria,The Barefoot Muse, and 14 by 14, as well as in several print anthologies. Carol has played an active role in the promotion of metrical poets and poetry online. She served as initial Administrator of Able Muse’s workshop Eratosphere, and as Light Verse Editor of Umbrella Journal’s Bumbershoot division. She currently runs the online metrical workshop Poet and Critic. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Henry Taylor

Henry Taylor’s books of poems include An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards (1975), The Flying Change (1985; Pulitzer Prize), Understanding Fiction: Poems 1986-1996 (1996), Brief Candles: 101 Clerihews (2000), andCrooked Run (2006). He has also published a collection of essays on contemporary poetry, Compulsory Figures(1992), and translations of plays by Plautus and Sophocles in series edited by David Slavitt and Palmer Bovie. – Work in Issue 30

Alice Teeter

Alice Teeter studied writing at Eckerd College with Peter Meinke. Her chapbook, entitled 20 CLASS A, was published in 1975 by Morningstar Media (editors Dorothy Allison, Flo Hollis, Morgan Gwenwald), Tallahassee, FL. Teeter’s collection of poems, entitledString Theory, won the Georgia Poetry Society’s 2008 Charles B. Dickson Chapbook Contest, judged by poet Lewis Turco. Her book When It Happens To You… was published in 2009 by Star Cloud Press and a new book of poems, Elephant Girls, is forthcoming from Aldrich Press in 2015.

Teeter taught Poetry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, from 2011-2013. She is a member of the Artist Conference Network, a national coaching community for people doing creative work, and a member of Alternate ROOTS, a service organization for artists creating community-based work in the Southeast. She has led “Improvoetry” workshops with Lesly Fredman, using improvisation techniques as poetic inspiration and poetry as a springboard for further improvisation. A founding member of the String Theory Cohort, Teeter and the company created dance pieces using her poems “String Theory” and “The Woman Who Ate Anger.” – Work in Issues 13, 15, 18, 20, 23, 30, 34, 35, 35 (more), 36

Elaine Terranova

Elaine Terranova is the author of six collections of poetry. The latest, Dollhouse, was winner of the Off the Grid Press 2013 Poetry Award. She received the Walt Whitman for her first book, The Cult of the Right Hand. Other awards include a Pushcart Prize, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and an NEA. Recent work appears in theCincinnati Review, Salamander, and Valley Voices. – Work in Issues 2, 12, 12 (more), 20, 27, 34, 38

Elizabeth Thorpe

Elizabeth Thorpe’s short stories and excerpts from her novel-in-progress have appeared in the Painted Bride Quarterly, Press 1, Puckerbrush Review, Stolen Island Review, and the Maine Review, among others. She teaches at Drexel University and in the University of the Arts Pre-College Program. She earned her MFA from Goddard College. – Work in Issue 18

Eva M. Thury

Eva M. Thury is currently completing a translation of Egy Lépés Jeruzsálem Felé, by Sándor Bacskai. This literary work is based on ethnographies of Orthodox Jewish life in Hungary after the second World War. She is co-author of Introduction to Mythology Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, 3rd ed. (Oxford 2013) with Margaret K. Devinney. Thury is an Associate Professor of English at Drexel University and was a Senior Editor of the Drexel Online Journal, writing “with a small ‘c,'” a column on contemporary culture. She is an Associate Contributor to When Falls the Coliseum (, with “Stone Age Memes,” on the foibles of the digital age. – Work in Issue 33

John Timpane

John Timpane is Media Editor/Writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was also the Commentary Page Editor there from 1997 to 2008. His poetry has appeared in Sequoia, 5_Trope, Wild River Review, Kelsey Review,Northeast Corridor, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Painted Bride Quarterly, Vocabula Review, and elsewhere. A chapbook, Burning Bush (Ontario: Judith Fitzgerald/Cranberry Tree) appeared in 2010. Among his books are (with Nancy H. Packer) Writing Worth Reading (NY: St. Martin, 1994), It Could Be Verse (Berkeley: Ten Speed, 1995), (with Maureen Watts and the Poetry Center of San Francisco State) Poetry for Dummies, and (with Roland Reisley) Usonia, N.Y.: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000). He also belongs to Car Radio Dog, whose album Fetch! appeared in 2008. He is husband to Maria-Christina Keller, copyeditor at Scientific American. They live in New Jersey. – Work in Issues 23, 24 (Light Verse), 27

Tina Tocco

Tina Tocco’s flash fiction has appeared in Harpur Palate, Passages North, Potomac Review, Portland Review, Roanoke Review, Italian Americana, Clockhouse Review, Border Crossing, Voices in Italian Americana, The Citron Review, Rathalla Review, and Fiction Fix. She was a finalist in CALYX’s 2013 Flash Fiction Contest; “Shiny” was a semifinalist in The Conium Review’s 2014 Flash Fiction Contest. Her poetry can be found in Inkwell, The Westchester Review, The Summerset Review, Glassworks, and the anthology Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana (Fordham University Press, 2008). Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell. – Work in Issue 37

J. T. Townley

J. T. Townley has published in Collier’s, Harvard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Threepenny Review, and other places. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MPhil in English from Oxford University, and he spent time at Fundación Valparaíso, Spain as a fiction fellow. A Pushcart Prize nominee and Fulbright Scholar, he teaches at the University of Virginia. – Work in Issue 37

Joshua Trach

Joshua Trach writes from Calgary, Alberta. He writes with a focus on the effects of trauma on youth, and related psychosocial dynamics while studying English and Psychology at Mount Royal University. This is his first published story. – Work in Issue 40

Catherine Tufariello

Catherine Tufariello is the author of Keeping My Name, which won the 2006 Poets’ Prize, and an associate editor of River Styx. Always a fan of light verse, she is a recent convert to the pleasures of writing it. Her work has appeared in The Spectator, The Dark Horse, Poetry, Light Quarterly, Contemporary Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Indiana, where she directs a reading and discussion program for healthcare professionals at Valparaiso University’s Center for Civic Reflection. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Robin Tung

Robin Tung received an MFA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. Her writing has appeared in Art Practical,DailyServing, The Lableletter, The Montreal Review, NANO Fiction, Sugar House Review, Surface Magazine, This Recording, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. She currently teaches creative writing at Humboldt State University. – Work in Issue 32

Lewis Putnam Turco, Contributing Editor

Lewis Turco’s latest collection of poems, The Familiar Stranger, was published on May 2nd, 2014, his 80th birthday, as a gift from his publisher, Star Cloud Press. His epic, The Hero Enkidu, will appear from Bordighera Press early in 2015. Also known as the anagrammatic “Wesli Court” when he writes traditionally formal poetry, he is author of the Revised and Expanded Fourth Edition of The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, and two companion volumes, The Book of Literary Terms, and The Book of Dialogue, all issued by the University Press of New England. In half a century, he has published fifty other books. Founder in 1962 of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and, in 1968, of the Department of Creative Writing at S.U.N.Y. Oswego, Lewis Turco now lives in noisy retirement in Dresden Mills, Maine. – Work in Issues 11, 12, 16,19, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 27 (more), 28, 29, 30, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 36 (more), 37, 38, 39, 40

Chika Unigwe

Chika Unigwe was born and raised in Enugu, Nigeria. She has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a PhD from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. A UNESCO-Aschebrg Fellow and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, her most recent novel is On Black Sisters’ Street (Jonathan Cape, 2009). Click Here to see the Per Contra interview. – Work in Issues 9, 17

John Updike

John Updike has published over 60 books, including novels, collections of short stories, drama, memoirs, essays, poetry, and literary criticism. He received both the National Medal of Art and the National Medal for the Humanities. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other awards are the O. Henry Prize, American Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim, a Rosenthal Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, a National Book Award for Fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. – Work in Issue 10

Lee Upton

Lee Upton’s most recent book is Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles, from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Her collection of short stories, The Tao of Humiliation, was named one of the “best books of 2014” by Kirkus Reviews. – Work in Issues 39, 40

Rimas Uzgiris

Rimas Uzgiris’ poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Bridges, 322 Review, Lituanus, Prime Number Magazine, The Poetry Porch, interrupture, Literary Laundry Quiddity, Atlanta Review, Hudson Review, and The Waiting Room Reader: Stories to Keep You Company (anthology). His translations have appeared in or are forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, Spork Press, Modern Poetry in Translation, Hayden’s Ferry Review,Two Lines Online, Lituanus, The Iowa Review. He also has book reviews published or forthcoming from HTML Giant and Post Road. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers-Newark University, where he studied poetry with Rigoberto Gonzalez and Rachel Hadas. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. – Work in Issue 28

Michael VanCalbergh

Michael VanCalbergh is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program in Poetry. He teaches writing composition to Rutgers-Newark students. His work is forthcoming or has previously appeared in Naugatuck River Review, Eclectica, and Karmu. – Work in Issue 32

Kathrine Varnes

Kathrine Varnes is the author of a book of poems, The Paragon (2005), and co-editor with Annie Finch of the University of Michigan poetics handbook, An Exaltation of Forms (2002). Her new play, Listen, was produced in the University of Missouri Theatre Department’s Comedy-in-Concert series in the summer of 2007. Online, she coordinates groups of poets to write collaborative sonnet crowns, one of which—What Lips—appears inZinkzine. Another crown, Intertidal, is in Prairie Schooner. Varnes recently moved with her family to Lexington in order to teach writing at the University of Kentucky. – Work in Issue 3, 3 (more)

Carmen Váscones

Carmen Váscones (b. 1958) has degrees in Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Her books include La Muerte un Ensayo de Amores (1991), Con/Fabulaciones (1992), Memorial Aun Acantilado (1994), and Aguaje (1999). Her Collected Works was published in Ecuador by the Casa de la Cultura. Her poetry has been translated into Portuguese, Italian, French, Polish, and German, and has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Canada, Spain, France, Argentina, and the US. These poems in Per Contra are drawn from Aguaje. Other translations from that volume have been accepted for publication by Bitter Oleander. Her larger collection, her most recent book, is Oasis of Voices (Casa de la Cultura, 2011). And these four poems are taken from her earliest published book, which is called Death: A Rehearsal for Love. – Work in Issues 19, 40

Carl-John X Veraja

Carl-John X Veraja is a former freelance journalist and educator from Fort Myers, Florida who has since created The Freethought Police ( in order to provide an independent news voice. – Work in Issues 21, 25, 33

Archana Verma

Archana Verma (b. April, 1946) has published two volumes of poetry: Kuchch Dur Tak/For Some Distance andLauta Hai Vijeta/The Conqueror has Returned. A third collection is at press. Verma has published one collection of short stories, Sthagit/Postponed and a second one is at press.

An established critic, Verma has been associated with Hans, a leading literary magazine for more than 20 years. She is on the verge of beginning, hopefully, as meaningful and lengthy an association with another equally important journal, Kathadesh. Currently, Verma teaches at Miranda House, University College for Women, University of Delhi, India. – Work in Issue 12

Shrikant Verma

Shrikant Verma (1931-86), a poet from a small town in Madhya Pradesh, Central India, had a career spanning both journalism and politics. He was a General Secretary of the then ruling Congress Party and rose further to become the speech writer of the late Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. While he wielded considerable clout in the power circle, his poetry was haunted by self-doubt and paradox. He worked in different genres such as poetry, short story, essays, and intimate journals, and published 25 volumes in all. He was awarded almost all major literary awards during his short life time. The poem represented in Per Contra, which comes from Magadh, his book of poems named after the fabled ancient Indian city, remains one of the groundbreaking works in contemporary Hindi poetry. – Work in Issue 12

Ania Vesenny

Ania Vesenny was born and raised in the former USSR. After enjoying the fast-paced life in Toronto for almost 12 years, she is now on her way to a small Arctic community. She will keep her husband, her kids, and the books. And paper and quills. And a warm jacket. Unfortunately she was just informed that the toys will have to come, too—even those already labeled “donation.” Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly,Cezanne’s Carrot, Mad Hatter’s Review, and FRiGG. She is an associate editor for Vestal Review.- Work in Issue2

Santiago Vizcaino

Santiago Vizcaino, at the age of twenty-six, had two major successes. His first book of poetry, Destruction in the Afternoon, won Ecuador’s 2008 Ministry of Culture National Literary Projects Award, and his first book of literary criticism, Silence in the Work of Alexandra Pizarnik, also won first prize in the essay category of the same competition. His poetry, only now being translated into English for the first time, has appeared in or is about to appear in Words Without Borders, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Bitter Oleander, and Eleven/Eleven. – Work in Issue 18

Tom Vollman

Tom Vollman is enrolled in a doctoral program in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, he teaches English at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Tom hails from Brooklyn, NY. He has written a number of things, published a bit, recorded a few records, and toured a lot. Recently, Tom had a short story appear in Pithead Chapel (June 2013) and was a finalist for Glimmer Train‘s Short-Story Award for New Writers. He has some black-ink tattoos on both of his arms. Tom likes Greg Dulli, Raymond Carver, Tom Colicchio, Willy Vlautin, and Jean Baudrillard. He dislikes Confederacy of Dunces, Rush, and Immanuel Kant. He’s working on a novel entitled Tyne Darling and will be releasing a new record in late 2013. – Work in Issue 34

Steven Volynets

Steven Volynets was born in Ukraine and raised in South Brooklyn. His fiction, essays, and reviews have been published in Writing Tomorrow Magazine, Works & Days Quarterly, Per Contra Journal, HTMLGIANT,Construction Literary Magazine, Moment Magazine, and New York Observer, among others. He spent several years as a writer at PC Magazine, covering everything from cars and gadgets to energy policy. His reporting earned nominations for numerous awards, including the Annual Jesse H. Neal Award – the “Oscar” of business journalism. He had since covered crime and other local news in Southern Brooklyn. Steven graduated from Brooklyn College and attended the MFA program in fiction at the City College of New York. He is currently working on a collection of stories and translating several works of Russian-language literature. – Work in Issue 33

Sally Wagner

Sally Wagner has been a newsletter editor for the Bureau of Business Practice, a division of Prentice-Hall, Inc., a technical editor for Ball Aerospace, Inc., and a Colorado high school social studies teacher. She has edited academic papers, dissertations and articles for University of Colorado faculty and graduate students. She has also worked as a freelance writer. Ms. Wagner has enjoyed volunteering as an English teacher for Intercambio, a nonprofit organization providing cultural integration and English classes to immigrants. She holds a BA in History from California State University, Long Beach and an MA in Education from the University of Phoenix. Her poetry and movie reviews have appeared in The Southeastern Gale. “Entanglement” is her first short story. – Work in Issue 40

Jeanne Murray Walker

Jeanne Murray Walker’s 7th book of poetry is New Tracks, Night Falling. She heads the creative writing concentration at the University of Delaware and serves as a mentor in the Seattle Pacific University MFA Program. Her work has been published in many journals includingThe Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, and Image, as well as anthologies, including Best American Poetry and100 Poems, 100 Years of PoetryMagazine On September 3, 2013, Hachette Press will publish her first memoir, Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer’s. – Work in Issue 27

Will Walton

Will Walton is thirty-three years old and currently lives in Georgia. He has a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Valdosta State University. He is a Harold Gulliver Award winner and an Academy of American Poets Prize honorable mention. Most recently, his work has appeared in or been accepted for publication by Spoon River Poetry Review, Chiron Review, Sou’wester, The Evansville Review, Black Fox, and Poetry Quarterly, among others. He also writes songs for and performs in his band, Lazy jane. One of his songs, “I Believe,” is featured in the film, The Fix. – Work in Issue 40

Deborah Warren

Deborah Warren’s poetry collections are: The Size of Happiness (2003, Waywiser, London), runner-up for the 2000 T. S. Eliot Prize; Zero Meridian, which received the 2003 New Criterion Poetry Prize (2004, Ivan R. Dee); and Dream With Flowers and Bowl of Fruit, which received the Richard Wilbur Award (2008, University of Evansville). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Yale Review. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Doug Wartman

Doug Wartman is a guitarist and student living in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His music defies a label, but most call his style experimental. He is currently studying harmonic theory, aural theory, jazz history, and guitar. – Work in Issue 2

Courtney Watson

Courtney Watson is Director of Humanities & Social Sciences and Associate Professor of English at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia. She is also a fiction writer and co-editor of Rum Punch Press. – Work in Issues 30, 34, 39

Tom Wayman

Among Tom Wayman’s recent books are a poetry collection, Dirty Snow (Harbour, 2012), a critical monograph,Songs Without Price: The Music of Poetry in a Discordant World (U of Vancouver Island, 2008) and a novel,Woodstock Rising (Dundurn, 2009). His most recent teaching experience was at the University of Calgary, 2002-2010. He lives in southeastern BC’s Selkirk Mountains. – Work in Issue 24 (light Verse)

Lesley C. Weston

Lesley C. Weston lives and works in New York City. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Per Contra,SmokeLong Quarterly, GUD Magazine, The Green Muse, UR Paranormal, Duck & Herring Co. Field Guide, Ars Medica, Night Train,and The Pisgah Review. “Infinity,” from her novel in short stories, was awarded Special Mention in Salt Flats Annual’s 2007 Emerging Writer’s Competition. – Work in Issues 7, 9

Luke Whisnant

Luke Whisnant is the author of Watching TV with the Red Chinese, a novel, and Street, a chapbook of poems. His work has appeared in a number of journals and has been anthologized in This Is Where We Live: Stories by Contemporary North Carolina Writers, and Racing Home: New Stories by Award-Winning NC Writers. Two of his stories have been reprinted in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, and a third appeared in the fall of 2006. He teaches creative writing and literature at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. – Work in Issue 2

Gail White

Gail White is active in the formalist poetry movement, with recent or forthcoming work in Measure, Raintown Review, and First Things. Her poems appear in the Best of Barefoot Muse anthology, Southern Poetry – Louisiana, and two Pocket Poets anthologies. She co-edited the anthology The Muse Strikes Back and is the author of three books of poetry, the latest being The Accidental Cynic. Her new chapbook, Sonnets in a Hostile World, is available from Amazon. She lives with her husband in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. – Work in Issue 24 (Light Verse)

Micah White

Micah White lives with his wife and two sons in Beacon, New York, is an editor for Oxford University Press in New York City, and spends an inordinate amount of time on trains (upon which he does most of his writing). His fiction has appeared in Children, Churches & Daddies and is forthcoming in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. – Work in Issue 40

Aliya Whiteley

Aliya Whiteley lives in the UK and writes speculative and literary fiction. Her first two novels, Light Reading andThree Things About Me, were published by Macmillan, and a collection of her short stories, Witchcraft in the Harem, will be available from Dog Horn Publishing in early 2013. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian,McSweeney’s, Strange Horizons, Word Riot, Smokelong, Storyglossia and other places. She has a husband and a daughter. – Work in Issue 29

Ferral Willcox

Ferral Willcox is a U.S. born poet and musician currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She spent two months in residency at Starry Night Retreat in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, and has been a member of several writer’s groups including The Websters in Atlanta, Georgia, and The Scribe Tribe in Gainesville, FL. – Work in Issue 37

Eleanor Wilner

Eleanor Wilner’s most recent books are The Girl with Bees in Her Hair (2004) and Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems (1998), both from Copper Canyon. She is currently on the poetry faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. – Work in Issue 3

Frank Wilson

Frank Wilson retired in 2008 as the book editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. His poems have appeared inBoulevard, First Things, and The Fox Chase Review. – Work in Issues 27, 33

James Matthew Wilson

James Matthew Wilson is the author of Four Verse Letters (2010) and Timothy Steele: A Critical Introduction(2012), as well as some two hundred poems, essays, and reviews. An award-winning scholar of philosophical theology and literature, he teaches in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University, and lives with his wife and children in Devon, Pennsylvania. – Work in Issues 23, 25

Wendy Wimmer

Wendy Wimmer is an old school blogger and journalist living in Wisconsin. She has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices and AWP Intro to Journals. Her short stories have appeared inBarrelhouse, Blackbird, Paper Darts, Drunken Boat, and other fantastic literary journals. She writes about the writing life at and the Twitter account @WendyWimmer. – Work in Issue 27

Molara Wood

Molara Wood won the inaugural John La Rose Memorial Short Story Competition (2008) and received a Highly Commended Story Award from the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association in 2007. A former arts columnist forThe Lagos Guardian, her essays, reviews, and short fiction have appeared in publications including: Sable Litmag, In Posse Review, Drumvoices Revue, Humanitas, Chimurenga, Farafina, and Per Contra, and in the book series African Literature Today (ALT). Work is forthcoming in several anthologies. She lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Click Here to see the Per Contra interview. – Work in Issues 8, 13, 13 (more)

V. S. Yanovsky

V. S. Yanovsky’s fiction has been published in Italy, France, Russia, England, and the United States. In this country, he has published three novels: No Man’s Time (Preface by W.H. Auden), The Great Transfer, and Of Light and Sounding Brass. As a doctor, he published a journal based on working in a clinic for venereal diseases: The Dark Fields of Venus. He also brought out a philosophical examination of his profession called Medicine, Science, and Life. His last published book was Elysian Fields: A Book of Memory, detailing the Russian emigre community’s literary and artistic life in Paris between the two wars. – Work in Issue 39

Zeineb Yassin (Mother Zeineb)

Zeineb Yassin (Mother Zeineb) was a veteran fighter in Eritrea’s 30-year armed struggle for independence and a mother of nine. Zeineb Yassin—popularly known as Mother Zeineb—died at the age of 87 in 2005. Translated from Tigre, Under the Sycamores is a transcription based on her performance on January 15, 2000 at theAgainst All Odds literary festival. – Work in Issue 12

Emily Yoon

Emily Yoon was born Jungmin Yoon, and has lived in Korea, Canada, and the US. Honors she has received for her poetry include International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review, First Place in the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Contest, and nomination for Best of the Net. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rattle, The Margins, Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards – Early Years Anthology, Punchnel’s, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Sugared Water, and elsewhere. She received her BA at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently an MFA candidate at New York University, where she serves as a Starworks Fellow and Award Editor for the Washington Square Review. – Work in Issue 35

Amanda Yskamp

Amanda Yskamp’s work has appeared in such magazines as Threepenny Review, Hayden Review, caketrain,Redivider, and The Georgia Review. She lives with poet Doug Larsen and their two children on the 10-year flood plain of the Russian River. – Work in Issues 20, 29, 32

Robert Zaller

Robert Zaller, poet, cruitic, and historian, is Professor of History at Drexel University. He has written, coauthored, edited, and translated more than twenty books. His most recent verse collection is Islands (Somerset Hall Press), and his most recent publications in history and criticism, respectively, are The Discourse of Legitimacy in Early Modern England and Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime, both from Stanford University Press. He is a past Guggenheim fellow, and an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society. See the Per Contra interview. – Work in Issues 5, 13, 26

Bill Zaranka

Bill Zaranka is the author of two books of poems and two anthologies of parody, including The Brand-X Anthology of Poetry. After his time at Penn, he served for over twenty years as dean and then provost at the University of Denver before his retirement from the English Department in 2011. – Work in Issue 27

James Zerndt

James Zerndt’s poetry has most recently appeared in The Oregonian Newspaper and Slipstream Magazine. He was named runner-up in Playboy‘s 2008 college fiction contest. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he rarely speaks about himself in the third person. – Work in Issue 14 (Light Verse)

Arlene Zide

Arlene Zide (b. 1940, NYC) is a poet, linguist, and translator whose work has appeared in journals and anthologies in the US, Canada, and in India. These include: 13th Moon, The Alembic, Meridians (Smith College),Xanadu, Rattapallax, Primavera, Colorado Review, California Quarterly, Women’s Review of Books, A Room of Her Own, Oyez, Earth’s Daughters, Rhino, and in anthologies such as In Love United, Kiss Me Goodnight, andRough Places Plain. Online publications include: Anderbo, Chicago Poetry, Red River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, etc. She has lived in India nine times over the last 39 years, and is most recently involved in translation from Hindi. (An anthology of contemporary Indian women poets from Penguin India [1993] contained a number of her own translations.) Translations from Hindi and other Indian languages have appeared in places as diverse as Exquisite Corpse, The Bitter Oleander, Faultline, Salt Hill, Paintbrush, Smartish Pace, Modern Poetry in Translation (UK), Blue Unicorn, Indian Literature, Rhino, International Poetry Review, The Malahat Review, International Quarterly, Chicago Review, and in the Everyman series: Indian Love Poems. A volume of translation of Contemporary Indian Women Poets (edited and translated with Aruna Sitesh) is currently at press (Sahitya Akademi, India’s national literary “academy”, New Delhi.) – Work in Issues 11, 12, 12 (more), 13, 13 (more)

Aida Zilelian

Aida Zilelian is a NYC writer whose stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies such asWilderness House Literary Review, The Writer’s Block, Ararat Magazine, and Theurgy (UK). She is the curator of the Boundless Tales reading series in Astoria, NY. In 2011, her first novel, The Hollowing, was one of the four semi-finalists of the Anderbo Novel Contest. The sequel, The Legacy of Lost Things, is slotted for release in July 2014 (Bleeding Hearts Publication). – Work in Issue 33

Dimitre Zlatinov

Dimitre Zlatinov was born in Bulgaria. He lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and son. His novel, Extorted Souls, was published in 1994. His play, The Streets with No Names, was a finalist at the National Playwrights Competition for a new Bulgarian play in 2001. It was later produced and had over 75 performances. His short stories, plays, and articles have appeared in numerous Bulgarian literary journals and newspapers. – Work in Issue 16

Hernan Zúñiga

Hernan Zúñiga, born in Loja in 1950, is a major figure in artistic circles in Guayaquil. He is active in painting, graphics, theater, and poetry. As a member of the generation of the 70’s, he reveals in his art a deep sympathy for the marginalized urban poor. His painting is considered neo-expressionist, with evident influences from pop culture and conceptual art. The reflection of his artistic tendencies in his poetry makes his style unique in contemporary Ecuadorian letters. Despite a substantial poetic output, most of his poetry has only appeared in marginal and limited editions, or in the form of mixed media constructions and pamphlets, or embedded in larger visual projects. – Work in Issue 10, 10 (Spanish)