Contributors' Notes

Issue Twenty-Four: July 2011

Jonathan Callahan's fiction appears or is forthcoming in Unsaid, Witness, Pank, The Lifted Brow, Keyhole, >kill author, Fringe, Used Furniture Review, and elsewhere. Essays on Kafka, Thomas Bernhard, Rick Moody, and David Foster Wallace appear in Fiction Writers Review and here at The Collagist. Contact him at

Raquel Chalfi was born in Tel-Aviv where she lives and works. She studied at Hebrew University, at Berkeley University, and at the American Film Institute. She worked for Israeli radio and television as writer-director-producer, and has taught film at Tel Aviv University. She has published ten volumes of poetry, and her work has been translated into English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish; a selection of her poems, Cameleon, was published in France by L’Arbre à Paroles in 2008. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry, as well as for her work in theater, radio and film. Her collected poems, Solar Plexus, Poems 1975-1999, appeared in 2002, and in 2006 she received the prestigious Bialik Award for poetry. Most recently, her work has appeared in Poets on the Edge: An Anthology of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry (SUNY Press); American Poetry Review; Zoland Annual; Metamorphoses; and is forthcoming in The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization (2011).

Scott Challener teaches writing in Boston University’s Writing Program and Metropolitan College and Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers. His work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Narrative Magazine, The Rumpus, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. His reviews of past National Book Award winners can be found on the National Book Awards Foundation website. He lives in the Fort Point Channel area of South Boston.

Melody S. Gee is the author of the poetry collection Each Crumbling House, which won the 2010 Perugia Press Book Prize. Her poems and essays are published or forthcoming inBlackbird, Copper Nickel, Southern California Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. She currently teaches writing at Southwestern Illinois College and lives with her husband and daughter in St. Louis.

Devan Goldstein's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Bluestem, The Good Men Project, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. He serves as Managing Editor for Flywheel Magazine and keeps a blog at He lives in Pittsburgh, where he's at work on a series of short essays of which these are a part.

Ashley Farmer writes and teaches in Southern California.  Recent work has been published in Gigantic, DOGZPLOT, Every Genius, elimae, Fractured West, The Broken Plate, and elsewhere.

Peter Fontaine is completing his PhD in Creative Writing at Georgia State University. You can find more of his book reviews in The Montserrat Review and forthcoming from The Southeast Review. He lives in Atlanta, GA.

The author of eight books, Tsipi Keller is a novelist and translator. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Award and of CAPS and NYFA awards in fiction. Her most recent translation publications are Poets on the Edge: An Anthology of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry (SUNY Press); and The Hymns of Job & Other Poems, a collection of poems by the Israeli poet Maya Bejerano (a Lannan Translation Selection – BOA Editions). Her novel, The Prophet of Tenth Street, will be out in 2011.

Ben Loory lives in Los Angeles, in a house on top of a hill. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker. His book Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is coming July 26 from Penguin Books.

John Minichillo is the recipient of a Tennessee Individual Artist's Grant, and his short work appears elsewhere on the web. The Snow Whale is a contemporary retelling of Moby Dick and his first novel. He lives in Nashville with the writer, Katrina Gray, and their son.

Stacy Patton has fiction forthcoming in Hunger Mountain. She lives, writes, works and takes pictures in London.

Natanya Ann Pulley is half-Navajo, born to the Kiiyaa’aanii (Towering House) clan. She is currently working on her PhD in Fiction Writing at the University of Utah and is an editor of Quarterly West. She is the winner of the 2009 Utah Writer's Contest for her story “With Teeth,” which included publication in Western Humanities Review. Additional publications are included in The Florida Review and Moon Milk Review. Natanya lives in a cozy home in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, three psychic dogs, a tank of fish and one aquatic frog named Buck.

Daniel Rivas has an MFA from the University of Michigan. He lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.

Jena Salon's fiction and nonfiction has appeared or are forthcoming in n+1, BOMB, Bookforum, and the Upstart Crows anthology. She is the books editor for The Literary Review.

Liz Scheid received her MFA (poetry) from California State University, Fresno. Her essays and poems have appeared in Mississippi Review, Third Coast, Post Road, Terrain, DIAGRAM, and other literary magazines.

Candy Shue is a poet and reviewer in San Francisco whose work can be heard on the online show, Poet As Radio.  She holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and her writing has appeared in Washington Square Review, Poemeleon, The Collagist, Folly Magazine, Switchback, The Southern California Anthology, Paragraph, Kingfisher, The Short Story Review, and other journals.  She is currently working on a collection of poems, As A Wave Is A Force, and an essay titled “Playing With Paradox:  The Tantra of Poetry.”

Helen Wickes lives in Oakland, California, where she worked for many years as a psychotherapist. Her first book of poems, In Search of Landscape, was published in 2007 by Sixteen Rivers Press, a shared work, non-profit small poetry press in the Bay Area. Her poem, “Postcard from Venice” is part of an unpublished manuscript called Wait for Me.