Contributors' Notes

Issue Twenty-Two: May 2011

Kellam Ayres’s poems have appeared in the New England Review. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Bread Loaf School of English, and works as a librarian at Middlebury College.

Adam Parker Cogbill's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, The Ampersand, Short Story America, and The Common, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Northampton, MA. 

Renée E. D’Aoust’s narrative nonfiction book Body of a Dancer is forthcoming from Etruscan Press, December 2011. Her recent journal publications include Cavalier Literary Couture, Rhino, and Trestle Creek Review while her dance reviews can be read online at and For more information, please visit

Brian Evenson is the author of ten books of fiction, most recently the limited edition novella Baby Leg, published by New York Tyrant Press in 2009. In 2009 he also published the novel Last Days (which won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009) and the story collection Fugue State, both of which were on Time Out New York's top books of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Program. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann's Tongue. He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, and others. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship.

Johannes Göransson has published three prior books of his own writings—A New Quarantine Will Take My Place, Dear Ra, Pilot (“Johann the Carousel Horse”)—and several books in translation—including, most recently, With Deer by Aase Berg, Ideals Clearance by Henry Parland and Collobert Orbital by Johan Jönson. He co-edits Action Books with Joyelle McSweeney, and co-edits the online journal Action, Yes with John Dermot Woods. He teaches at the University of Notre Dame and writes regularly on the blog

Ofelia Hunt is the author of the e-book My Eventual Bloodless Coup (Bear Parade). Her novel Today & Tomorrow (Magic Helicopter Press) is due out May 2011.

Michael Kimball is the author of four books, including Dear Everybody (which The Believer calls “a curatorial masterpiece”) and, most recently, Us (which the Observer calls “powerful and moving … breathless”). His work has been on NPR’s All Things Considered and in Vice, as well as The Guardian, Prairie Schooner, and New York Tyrant. His books have been translated into a dozen languages. He is also responsible for Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard) .

Sarah Norek's work has previously appeared in Keyhole Magazine, elimae, Caketrain Journal, The Collagist, The New Anonymous and elsewhere. It has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives and works in Oregon.

Melanie Page is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Notre Dame. She teaches literature and composition, occasionally publishes short stories, and frequently attends literature readings.

Gavin Pate is the author of the novel The Way to Get Here (Bootstrap), and his short stories can be found in places like The CollagistBarrelhousePerigeeThe Southeast Review, and Dogmatika, among others. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Wesleyan College and lately has been working on what he simply calls The Next Book

Emilia Phillips is the 2010–2011 lead associate editor of Blackbird and the author of a chapbook, Strange Meeting (Eureka Press, 2010). Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Asheville Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Copper Nickel, diode, Indiana Review, Sycamore Review, and elsewhere. In August, she will begin her 2011–2012 appointment as the Levis Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Joseph A. W. Quintela wrote this bio between the lines of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando with the hope he’d be transformed. He wasn’t. There’s just no magic left in the world. So he began to search. One night he closed his eyes and flung himself to sky and didn’t open them again until his feet sank into alien soil. The first world was rocky. Barren. He left. The second was made from the tears of his father, shed alone in the night and spun into a planet. He took a breath. Dove into the briny water. Became a golden fish.

Mathias Svalina is the author of one collection of poems, Destruction Myth (CSU Poetry Center), one hybrid novella, I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur (Mud Luscious Press) & numerous chapbooks. With Zachary Schomburg he co-edits the online journal Octopus Magazine & the small press Octopus Books.

Russel Swensen is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. His work has appeared in The Black Clock, The Tuscululum Review, Quarterly West, Anon, The Delinquent, White Whale Review, & Prick of the Spindle. He lives in Houston with his rat terrier, Zulu.

J. A. Tyler’s most recent book A Man of Glass & All the Ways We Have Failed is now available from Fugue State Press. His forthcoming titles include In Love With a Ghost (Cow Heavy Books) and, with John Dermot Woods, the image / text novel No One Told Me I Would Disappear (Jaded Ibis Press). He is also founding editor of Mud Luscious Press. For more, visit: .