Contributors' Notes

Issue Forty-One: December 2012


Leah Bailly is a Canadian fiction writer currently working on a PhD at USC in Los Angeles. Lately, her fiction has appeared in subTerrain, Pank, Hobart, Diagram and in the anthology of Las Vegas fiction Restless City. "Born Again" is from a collection of linked stories titled The Vegaboy Chronicles.

Jeremy Bass’s poems and reviews have appeared in The Nation, The Los Angeles Review of Books, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, Beloit Poetry Journal, and other journals. He holds an MFA from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and has received scholarships and prizes from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Summer Literary Seminars, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes. Jeremy is also a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and musical director of the OBIE award-winning Secret City ( He makes his living as a private tutor in New York City.

Mark Jay Brewin, Jr., won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize of the University of Utah Press for his first book manuscript, Scrap Iron. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Southern Poetry Review, New Madrid, The Hollins Critic, Copper Nickel, Southern Humanities Review, Poet Lore, North American Review, Greensboro Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. You can read more of his work at his website:

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Coffin Factory, NANO Fiction, Pank, The Yoke, SpringGun, Echo Ink Review, Mary, Ghost Ocean, and elsewhere. She is an MFA candidate and graduate teacher at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Kelsie Hahn is an MFA candidate in fiction at New Mexico State University and a managing editor of Puerto del Sol. Her fiction has been published in NANO Fiction, Inkwell, and Glass Mountain. Her reviews have previously appeared in Puerto del Sol.

Erin Keane is the author of The Gravity Soundtrack and Death-Defying Acts, a novel-in-poems about circus life. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, working as a public radio arts reporter and critic and writing strange plays about, among other things, opossums and girls.

Dawna Kemper is originally from the Midwest and has lived in Los Angeles since 1998. In addition to writing, she works as an editor and teaches at Santa Monica College. Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, The Florida Review, The Idaho Review, Quarterly West, Santa Monica Review, Shenandoah, and Zyzzyva. She has completed a collection of stories, and is working on her first novel. Her website is:

Peter Tieryas Liu likes to travel the world with his wife, particularly through China. He's recently been obsessed with documenting his favorite video game levels on YouTube. His collection of short stories, Watering Heaven, just released from Signal 8 Press. You can find out more about his musings, ramblings, and whimsies at nd on twitter @TieryasXu.

Tasha Matsumoto's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, Redivider, and elsewhere. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Utah.

Dolan Morgan lives and writes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. You can read his stories and poems in The Believer, Field, The Lifted Brow, and more at He is a contributing editor at The Atlas Review.

Vikas K. Menon is a poet and playwright whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Lantern Review, burntdistrict, diode, and The Literary Review, among others. His poetry manuscript godflesh was a finalist for the 2010 Kinereth Gensler Award and semifinalist for the Beatrice Hawley award, both from Alice James Books, as well as a semifinalist for the 12th Annual Elixir Press Poetry Awards. His poetry has been featured in Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry. He is a board member of Kundiman, the first organization of its kind dedicated to supporting Asian-American poetry and is the Resident Playwright of Ruffled Feathers Theater company.

Emma Ramey is co-poetry editor for DIAGRAM. Her poetry has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Fence, Pleiades, Barrow Street, Birdfeast, 1110, Rabbit Catastrophe, and elsewhere.

Helen Rubinstein's fiction and essays have appeared in The New York TimesNinth LetterSalonSalt Hill, Witness, and elsewhere. She is a member of Brooklyn's Trout Family of writers, and an MFA candidate in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where she is working on a book.