Contributors' Notes

Issue Twenty-Five: August 2011

Albert Abonado lives in Rochester, NY. He holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and has been nominated for a Pushcart. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fugue, Washington Square, Inertia, Gargoyle, New Ohio Review, and No Tell Motel.

Michael Bazzett's poems have appeared in West Branch, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bateau, DIAGRAM, The Los Angeles Review, Rattle and Boxcar Poetry Review, among others. He was the winner of the 2008 Bechtel Prize from Teachers & Writers Collaborative and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize & Best New Poets 2011. New poems are forthcoming in The Windsor Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Booth, and Boneshaker: A Bicycling Alamanac. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.

Paula Bomer is the author of Baby and Other Stories (Word Riot Press), which was called a "brilliant, brutally raw collection" by O Magazine. Her work has appeared in Open City, New York Tyrant, Fiction Magazine, and elsewhere. Her novel, Nine Months, is forthcoming from Soho Press in 2012.

Jonathan Callahan's book, The Consummation of Dirk, has been selected by Zachary Mason as the winner of this year's Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction and will be published in the fall of 2012. Stories can be found or are forthcoming in Unsaid, Witness, The Lifted Brow, Pank, Keyhole, Used Furniture Review, >kill author, Fringe, and Issue 2 of The Collagist, which included the collection's title piece. Contact him at

Eric Chevillard was born in 1964 in La Roche-sur-Yon in the west of France. He published his first novel, Mourir m'enrhume (Dying Gives Me a Cold), at the age of twenty-three, and has since gone on to publish more than twenty other works of fiction, including The Crab Nebula, On the Ceiling, and Palafox.

Matt Dube is the fiction editor for the online journal H_NGM_N. He teaches creative writing and American literature at a small mid-Missouri university, and reads reads reads till the sun goes down.

Lacey N. Dunham has written for Used Furniture Review, The Washington Spark, The Feminist Review and Altar Magazine, among others, and is editor at THIS Literary Magazine. She studied writing at Hollins University and currently lives in Washington, DC. You can follow her on Twitter @bookbent.

Gabe Durham is the author of Fun Camp, a novel forthcoming from Mud Luscious Press. Other fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Mid-American Review, The Lifted Brow, and elsewhere.

David Hollander is the author of the novel L.I.E., and his short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in McSweeney's, Agni, Post Road, Unsaid, The New York Times Magazine, Poets & Writers, and many others. His work has been adapted for film and frequently anthologized. He is a six-time recipient of the Corpocracy's Robot of the Year award.

Jacob S. Knabb is the Editor-in-Chief of Another Chicago Magazine, the host of the literary variety show "So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel?", and a part-time photographer. He holds an MFA from Purdue University and teaches in the First Year Writing Program at University of Illinois Chicago. He is also a member of the infamous Dil Picklers (though he neither advocates nor propagates anything as a result of said membership). His current obsession is composing a novel one line a day over at Twitter (which you can follow at!/lineadaydiary).

Eugenia Leigh is a Korean American poet born in Chicago. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and received the Poets & Writers Magazine's 2010 Amy Award. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2010, Kartika Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Relief Journal, among other publications.

Bridget Lowe is from Kansas City, where she is currently residing for a brief while. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2011, The New Republic, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has received a Discovery/Boston Review prize, and was recently the Rona Jaffe Fellow at The MacDowell Colony. 

Megan Martin is the author of Sparrow & Other Eulogies (Gold Wake Press 2011).  Her short prose has recently been published or is forthcoming in Caketrain, >kill author, and Make: a Chicago Literary Magazine.  She lives and teaches in Cincinnati.

Tracy O'Neill is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She reviews books for publications ranging from The L Magazine to Publishers Weekly, and her fiction is soon to appear in the Center for Fiction's literary journal The Literarian.

Hilary Plum is co-director of Clockroot Books. Recent prose and criticism have appeared in DIAGRAM, the Rumpus, the Critical Flame, & the Quarterly Conversation. She currently blogs at the Kenyon Review Online.

Alex Shakar’s first novel, The Savage Girl, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and Booksense 76 Pick, and has been translated into six foreign languages. His story collection, City In Love, was the winner of the FC2 National Fiction Competition. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he now teaches fiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Chicago with his wife, the composer Olivia Block. His new novel, Luminarium, comes out this August.

Kevin Wilson is the author of the collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco/HarperPerennial, 2009), which received an Alex Award from the American Library Association and the Shirley Jackson Award. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, One Story, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere, and has appeared in four volumes of the New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best anthology. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the KHN Center for the Arts. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife, the poet Leigh Anne Couch, and his son, Griff, where he teaches fiction at the University of the South and helps run the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.