Contributors' Notes

Issue Fifteen: October 2010


Eric Bosse teaches writing at the University of Oklahoma and lives in Norman with his wife and two children. He has published stories in The Sun, Mississippi Review, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, Exquisite Corpse, Night Train, and other journals. His story collection, Magnificent Mistakes, is forthcoming from Ravenna Press, and he blogs at Everything is Beautiful, and Nothing Hurts.

Traci Brimhall is the author of Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award.  Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Slate, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere.  She was the 2008-09 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and currently teaches at Western Michigan University, where she is a doctoral associate and Kings/Chavez/Parks Fellow. 

Ryan Call's stories appear or are forthcoming in Caketrain, Lo-Ball, The Lifted Brow, Quarterly West, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. He and his wife live in Houston.

Peter Geye received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and continues to live there with his wife and three children. Safe from the Sea is his first novel.

Mary Hamilton is an optician in Chicago where she is also the co-host and co-founder of the QUICKIES! reading series. Her chapbook We Know What We Are was recently published by Rose Metal Press and her chapbook Kill Me Forever is forthcoming from Cow Heavy Press. Her work has been published in Fiction at Work, Knee Jerk, Smokelong, and Pank, among other lovely places. She blogs about inspirational sports movies at

Amy Holwerda is the nonfiction editor of shady side review published out of Pittsburgh where she recently received her MFA. Selections of her work have appeared in journals such as Flash InternationalNano FictionDash, and Calliope among others, but these publications are like her children: she does not favor one above the other. She would love to note, however, that her chapbook of flash fictions, The Grayest Ghost, was recently published by Sleeping Lion Press, because she is very proud of that beautiful baby.

Mike Meginnis has writing published or forthcoming in The Lifted Brow, Hobart, elimae, A cappella Zoo, Dark Sky Magazine and others. He serves as managing editor of Puerto del Sol, and as co-editor of Uncanny Valley (

Jarret Middleton is the author of An Dantomine Eerly, a debut novel chronicling the surreal death of an Irish-American poet.  He is the editor and co-founder of Dark Coast Press in Seattle. More information at and

Matthew Nienow is the author of two chapbooks: The Smallest Working Pieces (Toadlily Press, 2009) and Two Sides of the Same Thing (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2007).  His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Cincinnati Review, Indiana Review, Prairie SchoonerWillow Springs and elsewhere.  He currently lives in Port Townsend, WA with his wife and son where he is attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.  You can find him at

Lito Elio Porto’s recent work has appeared/will soon appear in Black Warrior Review, Sleepingfish, Action Yes, Diagram, and Unsaid. Based in Austin, TX, he teaches literature and writing, most recently at U.T. Austin and The New School in NYC. He can be reached at

Brynn Saito's poetry has been anthologized in Helen Vendler's Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology, 3rd ed and From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas 1900-2002, edited by Ishmael Reed.  Her work has also appeared in Pleiades, Harpur Palate, and Copper Nickel. In 2008, she was awarded a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship at the University of Virginia.

Jeneva Stone's poetry has appeared in Colorado Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, qarrtsiluni, Poet Lore, and Cimarron Review, among others, and is forthcoming in Pleiades.  She is currently working on a memoir about her family's 12-year search for a diagnosis for her son. Jeneva blogs about disability, medicine, and literature at Busily Seeking... Continual Change.

Angela Stubbs lives in Los Angeles and is a freelance writer and MFA candidate at Naropa University. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from: Puerto del Sol, DIAGRAM, Marco Polo Quarterly, Astrophil Press, The Rumpus, LitPark, Bookslut, PopMatters, Area Sneaks, and others. She's also the author of a fiction column at The Nervous Breakdown.

J. A. Tyler is the author of ten books including the recently released INCONCEIVABLE WILSON (Scrambler Books, 2009) and the forthcoming A MAN OF GLASS & ALL THE WAYS WE HAVE FAILED (Fugue State Press, 2011). He is also founding editor of Mud Luscious Press. For more, visit:

Hilary Varner currently makes her home in Plainfield, IL, with her husband Michael, daughter Alanah Aurora, a cat, and two rabbits.  She received her MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in January 2010, and is very happy that her messy first trimester produced, in addition to her daughter, a poem that will be in The Collagist. 

Ross White is the editor of Inch, a magazine of short poetry and microfiction, and the executive director of Bull City Press. His work has appeared in New England Review, Poetry Daily, and Southern Poetry Review, among others. He lives in Durham, and teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.