Contributors' Notes

Issue Twenty: March 2011


Geoffrey Babbitt's non-fiction has also appeared in DIAGRAM, and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Barrow Street, Free Verse, CutBank, Interim, Notre Dame Review, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He earned his Ph.D. in poetry at the University of Utah, and at the time of this publication, he is a visiting assistant professor at Ohio Northern University.

Since his post-collegiate exodus out of Rhode Island in 2008, poet and event coordinator Greg Bem spent two years living, working, and volunteering full-time in Philadelphia, where he was a member of the New Philadelphia Poets and the Poetic Arts Performance Project. He now spends his time in Columbia City, Seattle, volunteering for numerous local organizations, including the Northwest Spoken Word Lab. His micro-reviews are regularly featured on the blog of Seattle's Pilot Books and his personal blog can be found here.

Marc Berley is the author of After the Heavenly Tune (Duquesne University Press, 2000) and editor of Reading the Renaissance (Duquesne University Press, 2003).  His short stories have appeared in Asylum and The Quarterly.  He recently completed a collection of short stories and is working on a novella.

Molly Brodak is from Michigan and currently lives in Augusta, Georgia. Her poems have appeared recently in Kenyon Review, Field, Colorado Review, Bateau, and she is the author of the chapbook Instructions for a Painting (Greentower, 2007) and the book A Little Middle of the Night (U of Iowa Press, 2010).

Blake Butler is the author of the novella Ever and the novel-in-stories Scorch Atlas, named Novel of the Year by 3:AM Magazine. He edits HTML Giant, "The internet literature magazine blog of the future," as well as two journals of innovative text, Lamination Colony and No Colony. His writing has appeared in The Believer, Unsaid, Fence, and Dzanc's Best of the Web 2009, and has been shortlisted in Best American Nonrequired Reading and widely online and in print. He blogs at and lives in Atlanta.

Anna Clark is a writer from Detroit who is on a Fulbright fellowship in Kenya in 2011. Her writing has appeared in The American Prospect, Salon, The Nation, The Daily Beast, UTNE Reader, AlterNet, The Detroit Free Press, Hobart, and BloodLotus, among other publications. Anna edits the literary and culture website, Isak, and has been a fellow with the Peter Jennings Center for Journalists and the Constitution. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Residential College and Warren Wilson College's MFA Program for Writers.

David Cotrone is from Plymouth, MA. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Fifty-Two Stories, The Rumpus, elimae, PANK, Dark Sky Magazine and elsewhere. He is the editor of Used Furniture Review.

Lindsey Drager is a student at the University of Illinois where she teaches creative writing and works for Dalkey Archive Press. She has prose published or forthcoming in Dislocate, Redivider, and Mid-American Review, among others. In the summer she vends beer at stock car race tracks in Toledo, Ohio and Flat Rock, Michigan.

Sarah Rose Etter's work has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK Magazine, Flatmancrooked, elimae, The Baltimore Review, and more. Her chapbook, Tongue Party, will be published by Caketrain Press this summer.

Michelle B. Gaffey is a 2010-2011 dissertation fellow in the Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University.  Her dissertation, “Subjects of Economy,” examines five contemporary photo-poetic projects that engage with the social documentary book tradition, and it considers strategies for teaching these texts, particularly within frameworks for civic engagement.

Darby Larson's work has appeared in Caketrain, New York Tyrant, Everyday Genius, >kill author, and elsewhere. He is the editor of Abjective. His first book, The Iguana Complex, will be published by Mud Luscious Press as part of their Nephew Imprint.

Dan Lau is a Kundiman Fellow and a native of Queens, New York. Currently, he is pursuing a MA in English, Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in CRATE, The Olive Tree Review, and Voices Wandered: An Anthology of Poetry and Art by Asian American Youth.

Johannes Lichtman's fiction has been published by American Short Fiction. He is a graduate student at UNC Wilmington.

James O’Brien is set to graduate from Iowa State University’s MFA in Creative Writing and Environment in Spring 2011. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Fourteen Hills, PANK, Stymie, NY Tyrant, J Journal, Criminal Class Review, Denver Syntax, Portland Review, and Pisgah Review. He can be contacted at

Marielle Prince is an MFA student at the University of Virginia and serves as managing editor for Bull City Press out of Durham, North Carolina.

Mike Puican has had his poetry published in journals such as: Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Bloomsbury Review, Parthenon West and Malahat Review. Hewon the 2004 Tia Chucha Press Chapbook Contest for his chapbook, 30 Seconds. Mike was a member of the 1996 Chicago Slam Team. He writes reviews for Another Chicago Magazine and TriQuarterly Online. He completed an MFA in Poetry at Warren Wilson College.

´╗┐Timothy Schaffert grew up on a farm in Nebraska and currently lives in Omaha. His short fiction has been published in several literary journals and he’s won numerous awards, including the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and the Nebraska Book Award. He is the author of two other critically-acclaimed novels, The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God and Devils in the Sugar Shop.