Contributors' Notes

Issue Thirty-Nine: October 2012


Stephanie Cawley is a poet and teacher who lives in Philadelphia. She volunteers at Mighty Writers, where she helps middle-schoolers write persona poems. Her work has recently appeared in BOXCAR Poetry Review and Used Furniture Review. 

Margaret Patton Chapman teaches creative writing at Indiana University South Bend and is fiction editor at decomP magazinE. Find links to her work in Diagram, > Kill Author, and more at

Tom DeBeauchamp is a writer and print-maker living in Middletown, CT where he is thankful for the decline of sweaty summer days and the onset of fall-time. He is diligently working on a MALS at Wesleyan University, and has hardly had time to lift his head up to take in the sights of this lonely world. He co-edits kittyBOOGER, a multi-disciplinary arts annual, with his wife, Stephanie Trotter.

Chris Emslie is assistant editor at ILK. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Word Riot, Indiana Review and elsewhere. He has reviewed books for The Edinburgh Review and Sabotage, among others. He lives in Scotland but is mapping his exit strategy.

Daniel Grandbois is the author of the Indie Next Notable Book and Believer Book Award Reader Survey Selection Unlucky Lucky Days (BOA Editions, 2008), the art novel The Hermaphrodite: An Hallucinated Memoir (Green Integer, 2010), and the omnibus Unlucky Lucky Tales (Texas Tech University Press, October 2012). He lives in Colorado and tours extensively in North America and Europe with the band Slim Cessna's Auto Club.

Gretchen E. Henderson is the author of two novels, The House Enters the Street (Starcherone Books, 2012) and Galerie de Difformité (&NOW Books, 2011), a print book that is networked online inviting readers to participate in its (de)formation across media. Her lyric collection of criticism, On Marvellous Things Heard (Green Lantern Press, 2011), explores literary appropriations of music and silence. Gretchen is a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at MIT and metaLAB fellow at Harvard.

Donora Hillard is the author of the poetry collections Theology of the Body (Gold Wake Press, 2010) and Covenant (with Zachary C. Bush, Gold Wake Press, 2012) as well as several poetry/hybrid text chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Hint Fiction (W.W. Norton), Monkeybicycle, Pedagogy, and elsewhere. Her projects have been featured by Chicago Public Radio, CNN, Lybba, MSNBC, and the Poetry Foundation. She teaches at Lawrence Technological University and is completing a PhD emphasizing poetics and postpedagogy at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is happy to be here.

Nathan Huffstutter has fiction forthcoming in The Literary Review and his work has recently appeared at Paste, Deadspin, and The Nervous Breakdown.

Michael Kimball is the author of four books, including Dear Everybody (which The Believer calls "a curatorial masterpiece") and Us (which Time Out Chicago calls “a simply gorgeous and astonishing book”). His work has been on NPR’s All Things Considered and in Vice, as well as The Guardian, Bomb, and New York Tyrant. His books have been translated into a dozen languages—including Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese, Korean, and Greek. He is also responsible for Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard), a couple of documentaries, the 510 Readings, and the conceptual pseudonym Andy Devine. His new novel, Big Ray, is published by Bloomsbury USA and Bloomsbury Circus (UK).

Eugenia Leigh is the author of Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows, a finalist for both the National Poetry Series and the Yale Series of Younger Poets, and forthcoming via Four Way Books in 2014. A Korean American poet and Kundiman fellow, Eugenia’s poems have appeared in various publications including North American Review, PANK, and the Best New Poets anthology. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and writes in New York City.   

Mia Ayumi Malhotra is a Kundiman Fellow and the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor Prize and MacLeod-Grobe Poetry Prize. Her work is featured and forthcoming in Best New Poets 2012, the VONA anthology Dismantle, Volta, DIAGRAM, diode, and others. Currently, she serves as the associate editor of Lantern Review: A Journal of Asian American Poetry. She teaches and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dylan Nice's debut collection Other Kinds is out this month from Hobart's Short Flight / Long Drive Books. His stories and essays have appeared in NOON, Indiana Review, MAKE, Hobart, Brevity, and Quick Fiction, among others. He lives in Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program.

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi received her MFA from Brown University and currently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Notre Dame. She is the recipient of the John Hawkes, Frances Mason Harris, and Beth Lisa Feldman prizes in Fiction at Brown University, a Fulbright scholarship, and a research grant from the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes in Barcelona. Her work can be found in State of the Union (Wave Books), Harp & AltarPaul Revere’s HorseSleepingfishDewclaw,Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-KXcp: A Journal of Cross Cultural Poetics, and Words without Borders. Her chapbook, Girona, was recently published by New Herring Press. She has lived in Iran, Spain, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. She currently lives with her husband in Indiana. Her first novel, Fra Keeler, is available now from Dorothy, a publishing project.

Molly O'Brien is a writer from Burlington, VT currently living in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in This Recording and The Rumpus, and she also writes music reviews for Prefix

Kristen Orser is the author of Winter, Another Wall (blossombones); Folded Into Your Midwestern Thunderstorm (Greying Ghost Press); Wilted Things (Scantily Clad Press); Squint (Dancing Girl Press); and E AT I, illustrated by James Thomas Stevens (Wyrd Tree Press). She is certain about being uncertain and she might forget to return your phone calls.

Matthew Poindexter's poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2009 (University of Virginia Press), Another and Another (Bull City Press), and The Awl. He lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Amber Sparks's debut collection May We Shed These Human Bodies is out now from Curbside Splendor. Her fiction has been featured in various publications, including New York Tyrant, Unsaid, Gargoyle, Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, and elimae. Her chapbook, "A Long Dark Sleep: Stories for the Next World," is included in the anthology Shut Up/Look Pretty, published by Tiny Hardcore Press. She is also a contributor at lit blogs Big Other and Vouched, and lives in Washington, D.C. with a husband and two beasts. Get more Sparks at her blog.