Contributors' Notes

Issue Twenty-One: April 2011

Christopher Bundy has published more than forty short stories and essays in a variety of journals and magazines, from DIAGRAM and Glimmer Train to Opium and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He teaches English and creative writing at the Savannah College of Art & Design-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 work 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

Matt Dube teaches English and creative writing at a small mid-Missouri school more known for equitation than prosody. He is the fiction editor at the online journal H_NGM_N.

The author of eight novels, three collections of short fiction, a book of essays and five books of poetry, Rikki Ducornet has twice been honored by the Lannan Foundation. She has received the Bard College Arts and Letters award and, in 2008, an Academy Award in Literature. Her work is widely published abroad. Recent exhibitions of her paintings include the solo show Desirous at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2007, and the group shows: O Reverso Do Olhar in Coimbra, Portugal, in 2008, and El Umbral Secreto at the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende in Santiago, Chile, in 2009. She has illustrated books by Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Coover, Forest Gander, Kate Bernheimer, Joanna Howard and Anne Waldman among others. Her website is

Trent England lives in Salem, Massachusetts, where he writes full-time. He can be found on the web at

Alex Epstein was born in Leningrad and moved to Israel at age eight.  He is the author of seven works of fiction in Hebrew, and in 2003 was awarded the Israeli prime minister's prize for literature. His work has been translated into Russian, French, Greek, Spanish, Hungarian, Dutch, Croatian, Polish, and Italian, as well as English. His short-story collection Blue Has No South was published in 2010 by Clockroot Books, and his work has appeared in the Iowa Review, Words Without Borders, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He has recently been a fellow at the University of Denver and currently lives and teaches in Tel Aviv. 

Gro Flatebo has an MFA from the Stonecoast Program in Maine and has published or has pieces forthcoming in the New Madrid Journal, the South Dakota Review, the Boston Literary Magazine, and the anthology Flash Fiction 2012.  She is an assistant editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal out of Chicago. 

Brent Goodman is the author of The Brother Swimming Beneath Me (2009) and the forthcoming Far From Sudden (2012), both from Black Lawrence Press. His work has appeared in Poetry, Devil's Lake, Pebble Lake Review, Diode, Poetry East, and elsewhere. He lives and works in Rhinelander, WI.

Steve Himmer is the author of the novel The Bee-Loud Glade (2011), and has published stories in a number of journals and anthologies. He edits the webjournal Necessary Fiction, and teaches at Emerson College in Boston. His website is

Jenny Johnson's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blackbird, and Another and Another: An Anthology from the Poem-a-Day Grind. She was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2010 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College, and she currently teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.

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. Sometimes he blogs at

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of Imago (CavanKerry Press), winner of a Global Filipino Literary Award. He lives in Queens, NY and works at Columbia University. A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, his poems appeared and/or are forthcoming in American Life in Poetry, From the Fishouse, jubilat, World Literature Today, PEN International, Smartish Pace, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Gay & Lesbian Review, The Normal School, and the anthologies Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton) and Tilting the Continent (New Rivers Press). A recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he co-founded Kundiman (, a non-profit organization serving Asian American poetry.  Visit him at

Becka Mara McKay is the author of the poetry collection A Meteorologist in the Promsied Land (Shearsman, 2010) and the translator of Alex Epstein's Blue Has No South. Her other translations include Suzane Adam's Laundry. She currently teaches translation and creative writing at Florida Atlantic University.

Alex Samets writes, edits, teaches, and here, contributes. She lives in Brooklyn with two animals and an absurd amount of books.

Kathryn Scanlan's work has appeared in Noon, Caketrain, and Quick Fiction, among others. She received the 2010 Iowa Review Award for fiction. She lives in Los Angeles.

Brian Simoneau grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Two Weeks: A Digital Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Boxcar Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Poemeleon, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Boston with his wife and their daughter.