Contributors' Notes

Issue Twenty-Six: September 2011

Neil Aitken is the author of The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, and the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review. His poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, diode, Ninth Letter, Iron Horse Literary Review, and elsewhere. A former computer programmer, he is presently completing a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Caren Beilin's fiction has appeared or will in McSweeney's, Fence, and The Lifted Brow. She'll be performing a fairy tale with folk musician Joshua Marcus at Andrea Clearfield's Salon in Philadelphia on November 27th. Details can be found at

Josh Billings is a writer and translator who lives in Portland, Maine. He is currently attending nursing school. His translation of Alexander Kuprin's The Duel was released by Melville House Publishing in August. He blogs lackadaisically on translation and failure at

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

Darby M. Dixon III is a designer near Cleveland, Ohio. His reviews have appeared in The Collagist, Identity Theory, and The Quarterly Conversation. For unknown reasons, his blog is called Thumb Drives and Oven Clocks.

Manuela Draeger belongs to a community of imaginary authors. Since 2002, she has published novels for adolescents. "In the Time of the Blue Ball" is from a newly translated collection of Bobby Potemkine stories available from Dorothy, a publishing project.

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.

John Franc lives in North America with his wife and family. He has traveled extensively.

Barry Graham is the author of Nothing or Next to Nothing and The National Virginity Pledge. he also edits Dogzplot.

Sara Henning holds an M.F.A. from George Mason University, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of South Dakota.  A former Vermont Studio Center resident, she has poems published or forthcoming in journals such as American Letters and Commentary, Verse, Room, Fence, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia.

Éireann Lorsung received her MFA from the University of Minnesota and just completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham. Her first book, Music For Landing Planes By, was published in 2007 by Milkweed Editions; a second is forthcoming. She founded and edits the journal 111O and runs a series of poetry events in Nottingham. You can find out more at

Chloe Martinez holds the MA in Creative Writing from Boston University and the MFA for Writers from Warren Wilson College. Her work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in The Cortland ReviewSlush Pile and The Normal School. She lives in Haverford, PA.

Deirdra McAfee has reviewed fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Fifth Street Review, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. Her stories have appeared in The Georgia Review, Confrontation, Willow Springs, The Diagram, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School and an MA in English literature from Georgetown.

Thad Nodine grew up in Florida and now lives in Santa Cruz. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many magazines. Touch and Go, which won the Dana Award for the Novel, is his first novel.

Michael Rudin's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Nanoism, The Journal of Electronic Publishing, as well as Fiction Writers Review, where he lends a hand directing marketing and development. "Three Movements" is his first published story.

Sam Savage is the author of the best-selling, critically acclaimed novels Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife and The Cry of the Sloth. His third novel, Glass, is forthcoming from Coffee House in September 2011. A native of South Carolina, Savage holds a PhD in philosophy from Yale University. He was also a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the PEN L.L. Winship Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. Savage resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

Martha Southgate has been an editor at Essence, a reporter for Premiere and the New York Daily News, and a contributor to the New York Times. A graduate of Smith College, she has an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. Author of two acclaimed novels, The Fall of Rome and Third Girl from the Left, she has taught at Brooklyn College and the New School and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Find her online at

Sara Tracey is a poet and teacher in Chicago, Illinois. Her chapbook, Flood Year, was released by dancing girl press in September 2009.  Her work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in The Laurel Reveiw, Arsenic Lobster, Hiram Poetry Review, and Harpur Palate. She is a regular performer in The Chicago Poetry Brothel.