Contributors' Notes

Issue Eighteen: January 2011


Roberta Allen is the author of eight books, including Certain People (Coffee House Press). Her 2000 novel, The Dreaming Girl, will be republished by Ellipsis Press in fall 2011. Since 1991, she has taught private writing workshops. Recently, she completed a story collection and is working on her version of a memoir. A visual artist as well, with work in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, she has exhibited worldwide. Her web site is

Jensen Beach lives in Massachusetts with his family. His fiction has appeared or soon will in Ninth Letter, The Los Angeles Review, Avery Anthology, Waccamaw, Fifty-Two Stories, Witness, and Best of the Web 2010. He helps edit Hobart and can be found online at

Kyle Beachy is the author of the novel The Slide, published by Dial Press. Recent stories and essays appear in Wigleaf, Another Chicago Magazine, St. Louis Magazine, Hobart, and elsewhere. He can be found here:

Melissa Broder is the author of the poetry collection When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother (Ampersand Books). Her poems appear, or are forthcoming, in Opium, Five Dials, Swink, Barrelhouse, Action Yes, and elsewhere. She edits La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series in NYC.

Daniel D'Angelo was born in Davenport, Iowa and spent most of his youth in nearby Bettendorf. He is Assistant Poetry Editor of Phoebe: a Journal of Literature and Art and is pursuing an MFA at George Mason University.

Amanda Goldblatt teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at Washington University in St. Louis and is the founder/editor of the online journal Super Arrow. Her work and reviews have been published in The Sonora Review, Redivider, 360 Main Street, Diagram, The Collagist, and elsewhere. Catalpa: This is Not True, a prose chapbook, was published by Cupboard in 2010.

Roy Kesey's previous books include the award-winning novella Nothing in the World, a historical guide to the Chinese city of Nanjing, and a short story collection called All Over, which made The L Magazine's recent "Best Books of the Decade" list. His short stories, essays and poems have appeared in more than seventy magazines, including McSweeney's, Subtropics, Ninth Letter and The Kenyon Review. Among other awards, his work has won a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and the 2008 Missouri Review Editors' Prize in Fiction, and has appeared in several anthologies including Best American Short Stories, The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology and New Sudden Fiction. He is the recipient of a 2010 prose fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently lives in Peru with his wife and children.

Nick Kocz lives in Blacksburg, VA with his wife and three children.  His work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Hobart (online), Mid-American Review, PANK, and The Normal School.  He is also Associate Editor of Keyhole.

Michelle Latiolais is the author of the novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California.  Her second novel, A Proper Knowledge, was published in 2008 by Bellevue Literary Press.  She has published writing in three anthologies, Absolute Disaster, Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles and Woof! Writers on Dogs.  Her stories and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Antioch Review, Western Humanities Review and the Santa Monica Review.  Most recently she had work in issues of the Iowa Review and the Northwest ReviewWidow, a collection of stories, involutions, and essays, is forthcoming (January 2011) from Bellevue Literary Press.

Gary L. McDowell is the author of American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Orphic Prize for Poetry.  He's also the author of They Speak of Fruit (Cooper Dillon, 2009) and co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010).  His poetry and prose have appeared in various literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, The Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review, and Quarterly West. He lives in Portage, MI with his wife and two kids.

Amy Minton’s recent publications appear in Indiana Review, decomP magazinE, elimae, Emprise Review, Monkeybicycle, Dogzplot, Hobart, Dewclaw, Pindeldyboz, and On Earth As It Is (forthcoming). Her short story, “Overhanded,” was selected for inclusion in Best of the Web 2008 (Dzanc Books), edited by Steve Almond. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She lives and works in San Antonio.

Bradford Morrow is author of the novels Come Sunday, The Almanac Branch, Trinity Fields, Giovanni's Gift, Ariel's Crossing, and The Diviner's Tale, which will be published in January 2011 simultaneously by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the United States and Atlantic/Corvus in England.  His entire backlist of novels will be published as e-books by Open Road Media, on February 15 this year, and his anthology on the subject of death, The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death, co-edited with David Shields, will come out with W. W. Norton in February 2011.  Morrow's first collection of short stories, The Uninnocent, is forthcoming in November, 2011 with Pegasus Books. He is the founder and editor of Conjunctions, and Professor of literature and Bard Center Fellow at Bard College.

Stacy Patton recently completed an MFA at Warren Wilson College. She lives, writes, works and takes pictures in London.

Jenniey Tallman lives with her husband and 3 sons in St. Paul, MN where she studies gender by night and unschools the children by day. Her writing can be found in Slice Magazine, Annalemma, and The Summerset Review; other things can be found at

J.A. Tyler is founding editor of Mud Luscious Press and author of Inconceivable Wilson (Scrambler Books) as well as the forthcoming titles A Man of Glass & All the Ways We Have Failed (Fugue State Press) and In Love With a Ghost (Willows Wept / Cow Heavy). For more, visit:

Laura Van Prooyen’s first collection of poetry, Inkblot and Altar, was published by Pecan Grove Press. Recent work is forthcoming or appears in 32 Poems, Boston Review, The Greensboro Review, and No Tell Motel, among others. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Van Prooyen lives in Illinois, where she writes and teaches at Dominican University.