Contributors' Notes

Issue Nineteen: February 2011


Josh Billings is a writer and translator living in Portland, Maine. He is currently attending nursing school and working on a novel. His translation of Alexander Kuprin's The Duel will be published by Melville House Publishing this summer.

Tua Chaudhuri, a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA for Writers, lives, teaches, and writes in Nashville, TN.

Weston Cutter's from Minnesota, runs Corduroy Books, and his collection of fiction, You'd Be a Stranger, Too, was just released from BlazeVOX, and his chapbook +/- will be published sometime soon by Greying Ghost.

Renée E. D'Aoust's nonfiction book Body of a Dancer will be published by Etruscan Press, fall 2011.

Jonathan Evison is an American writer best known for his debut novel All About Lulu published in 2008, which won critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award. In 2009, Evison was awarded a Richard Buckley Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. A second novel, West of Here, will be released in February 2011 from Algonquin.

Christian Anton Gerard has received two Pushcart Prize nominations, work/study scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and an Academy of American Poets prize. Some of his recent poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in Orion, Smartish Pace, ReDivider, Poetry East, Passages North, The Rumpus, and Waccamaw. He holds an MFA from Old Dominion University and currently lives in Knoxville, TN, where he’s Assistant Poetry Editor/Intern for Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Poetry Editor of Grist: The Journal for Writers, and an English Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tennessee.

Nik Korpon is the author of Stay God. His stories have appeared in Do Some Damage, Everyday Genius, TripleQuick! and 3:AM, among other places and his noir novella, Old Ghosts, will be published in March 2011. He lives in Baltimore. More available at

Mike Meginnis has work published or forthcoming in The Lifted Brow, Hobart, elimae, Smokelong Quarterly, Abjective, > Kill Author, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, and others. He currently serves as a managing editor of Puerto del Sol, and also co-edits Uncanny Valley with his wife, Tracy Bowling.

Elizabeth Mikesch attends Eastern Michigan University and has contributed to Unsaid.

Eric Morris works as a poetry editor for Barn Owl Review and the Akron Series in Poetry, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Post Road, Anti-, Weave, La Fovea, Redactions, Slant, and other journals. He lives and writes in Akron, Ohio, where he tries (in vain) to find a way to lift the curse of Cleveland Sports.

Gregory Pardlo is the author of Totem (APR 2007). He is recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received other fellowships from the New York Times, the MacDowell Colony, and Cave Canem. He teaches at George Washington University. His website is

Alan Michael Parker is the author of two novels including Whale Man (WordFarm, 2011), and seven collections of poems including Holier Than This (forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2012). His awards include numerous fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, The Fineline Prize, The Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, and inclusion in the forthcoming Best American Poetry, 2011. He teaches at Davidson College and in the Queens University low-residency M.F.A. program. His website is

Philip Stephens is the author of the poetry collection The Determined Days, which was a finalist for the PEN Center USA West Literary Award. His work as appeared in The Oxford American, Southwest Review, and Bomb, among other publications, as well as in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004. He lives with his wife and sons in Kansas City, Missouri.

Rhoads Stevens grew up in Honolulu and lives in Rhode Island. Stories of his have appeared on DIAGRAM, elimae, and in NOON.

Justin Taylor edited the acclaimed short fiction anthology The Apocalypse Reader, and is the author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, a New York Times Editors' Choice. The Gospel of Anarchy is his first novel. His website is

Corinna Vallianatos's fiction has appeared in Tin House, A Public Space, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. She lives near Los Angeles, teaches at Cal State, San Bernardino, and has been awarded a fellowship to the MacDowell Colony. 

John Dermot Woods writes stories and draws comics in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of the novel The Complete Collection of people, places & things. His collaboration with J.A. Tyler, No One Told Me I Would Disappear, is forthcoming from Jaded Ibis Press this year, as well as comics from Awesome Machine Press and Double Cross Press. He edits the arts quarterly Action,Yes and curates the online reading series, Apostrophe Cast. He is a professor of English at SUNY Nassau Community College.