Contributors' Notes

Issue Forty: November 2012


Halvor Aakhus was born and raised in southern Indiana, on the Ohio River. There he practiced the piano until 1999, when he went to the Jacobs School to study composition, but soon abandoned music for various kitchen jobs and graveyard shifts at gas stations. The first decade of the new millennium is a blur. Despite himself, Aakhus earned a BA in Mathematics and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. Aakhus’ debut novel Book of Knut: A Novel by Knut Knudson has been turned into a math textbook. It contains musical scores and oil paintings, as well as homework problems. Aakhus taught for the University of Pittsburgh last year, but he now lives on a horse farm in Cajun country where he teaches at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Knut's personal website is

Michael Bazzett has new poems forthcoming in Cream City Review, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, Salt Hill, Literary Imagination and Prairie Schooner.  His chapbook, The Imaginary City, recently appeared as a part of the OW! Arts Chapbook Series, and They: A Field Guide is forthcoming from Barge Press in early 2013.  He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.

Born in the Adirondacks, Justin Boening is the author of a chapbook, Self-Portrait as Missing Person, which was selected by Dara Wier for the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of journals, such as  Boston Review, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, and Sixth Finch, among others. He is the recipient of awards and distinctions from the Vermont Studio Center, Key West Literary Seminars, and Summer Literary Seminars, where he spent the summer in Lithuania as a St. Petersburg Review Fellow. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Boening is the senior editor at YesYes Books and an associate editor at Poetry Northwest. He is currently finishing his first full-length collection with support from Bucknell University, where he is the Roth Resident at the Stadler Center for Poetry.

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 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.

Elisa Gabbert is the author of The French Exit (Birds LLC, 2010) and The Self Unstable (forthcoming from Black Ocean in 2013). Her poems, prose, and collaborations have recently appeared in journals including Another Chicago Magazine, Conduit, Court Green, Notre Dame Review, Salt Hill, and Sentence. She blogs at

Lisa A. Flowers is a poet, critic, vocalist, cinephile, ailurophile, and the founding editor of the NYC/VA based Vulgar Marsala Press. Her poetry has appeared in The Cortland Review, elimae, and other magazines and online journals. She is the author of diatomhero: religious poems. Visit her personal website here .

Brian Henry is the author of nine books of poetry, including Quarantine, Lessness, and Doppelgänger. Three of his books have appeared in separate UK editions. His work has been translated into Croatian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, and Spanish. Henry has co-edited Verse since 1995, and his criticism has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, Jacket, and Boston Review. His translation of Toma┼ż Šalamun’s Woods and Chalices appeared from Harcourt in 2008, and his translation of Aleš Šteger’s The Book of Things appeared as a Lannan Foundation selection from BOA Editions in 2010 and won the 2011 Best Translated Book Award. Henry’s poetry and translations have received numerous honors, including an NEA fellowship, a Howard Foundation grant, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, the Cecil B. Hemley Memorial Award, the George Bogin Memorial Award, and a Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences grant.

Chloé Cooper Jones is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York. Find her here:

Robert Kloss is the author of the books How the Days of Love & Diphtheria and The Alligators of Abraham, both from Mud Luscious Press. He is found online at

Nick Kocz's short stories and essays have appeared in Black Warrior Review, The Florida Review, Mid-American Review, The Nervous Breakdown, and Web Conjunctions.  A past recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, he lives in Blacksburg, VA with his wife and three children.

Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo Press, 2012), Ardor (Tupelo Press, 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande Books, 2004), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award.  The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, she lives and teaches in southern California, where she is a novice harpist. 

Sarah Marshall grew up in rural Oregon and recently earned an MFA from Portland State University. She spent her summer vacation traveling through Manitoba (where she saw the snake dens in Narcisse and the Icelandic heritage museum in Gimli), North Dakota (where she was stranded outside a train station in Grand Forks, and saw the geographic center of North America in Rugby and the oil boom in Williston), and Montana (where she wrote). Her work has recently appeared in The Rumpus, Propeller, The Awl, and Hobart, and she is currently at work on a novel, from which "Rosebud" is excerpted.

Salvatore Pane is the author of the novel, Last Call in the City of Bridges, and the chapbook, #KanyeWestSavedFromDrowning. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Hobart, The Rumpus, and American Book Review among many other venues. He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Indianapolis and can be reached at

Chad Simpson's work has appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly, Esquire, The Rumpus, American Short Fiction, and The Sun, among others. His collection of stories, Tell Everyone I Said Hi, won the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award and was published in October by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Monmouth, Illinois, and teaches at Knox College.

Jess Stoner is the author of the novel I Have Blinded Myself Writing This from Hobart's Short Flight / Long Drive Books and the choose-your-own adventure poetry chapbook You're Going to Die Jess Wigent from Fact-Simile.  Her book reviews, poems, essays, and short stories have been published or are forthcoming in Necessary FictionThe Rumpus,  Two Serious LadiesAlice Blue ReviewSuper Arrow and other handsome journals.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Denver and now lives with her linguist-of-rollerblading husband, Frank, in Austin.

Angela Woodward is the author of the fiction collection The Human Mind (2007) and the novel End of the Fire Cult (2010), both from Ravenna Press.