Contributors' Notes

Issue Thirty-One: February 2012


James Tadd Adcox's work has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Literary Review, PANK, and Another Chicago Magazine, among other places. He lives in Chicago, where he edits Artifice Magazine / Artifice Books. His first book of fiction, The Map of the System of Human Knowledge, is now available for preorder from Tiny Hardcore Press.

Tory Adkisson is a Southern California native currently living in Columbus, Ohio, where he attends the MFA program at The Ohio State University and edits poetry for The Journal. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Salamander, Hayden's Ferry Review, Cave Wall, Third Coast, Sou'wester, Birmingham Poetry Review, and many other fine journals.

Michael Czyzniejewski is the author of two story collections, Elephants in Our Bedroom, released by Dzanc Books in 2009, and the forthcoming Chicago Stories, due this coming spring from Curbside Splendor. He teaches at Bowling Green State University, where he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Mid-American Review. In 2010, he received a fellowship in fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Elizabeth Ellen was born in the Midwest and will die in the Midwest. Her collection Fast Machine is available here.

Peter Faziani is a second year masters student at the University of Toledo where he is the founder and editor of The Mill, the university's literary magazine. In addition to his chapbook, This is Envy, Peter's work has been published in the Central Review and The Independent Collegian. He has two corgis, a wife, and a daughter that support his writing. 

Matthew Gavin Frank is an assistant professor of creative writing at Northern Michigan University. He is the author of Barolo, available in a Nebraska Paperback, and the poetry collections Sagittarius Agitprop, Warranty in Zulu, and The Morrow Plots. Pot Farm is out in March from University of Nebraska Press.

Amelia Gray grew up in Tucson, Arizona. Her first collection of stories, AM/PM, was published in 2009. Her second collection, Museum of the Weird, was awarded the Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize. She lives in Los Angeles. Threats is her first novel.

Brandon Hobson's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, NOON, Web Conjunctions, New York Tyrant, Narrative Magazine, The Lifted Brow, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a PhD at Oklahoma State and edits fiction and nonfiction at elimae. The Levitationist is available at Ravenna Press.

Marco Kaye is a frequent contributor to McSweeney's Internet Tendency. His work can also be found at The Rumpus and The Morning News. He is currently a fiction student in the Creative Writing Program at NYU.

Philip Kobylarz has new poems or stories in Santa Fe Literary Review, Clapboard House, Apt, and Shenandoah. His first book, rues, has recently been published by Blue Light Press of San Francisco.

Sandy Longhorn is the author of Blood Almanac (Anhinga Press), which won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry.  New poems are forthcoming or have appeared recently in 32 Poems, The Cincinnati Review, North American Review, Waccamaw, and elsewhere.  Longhorn teaches at Pulaski Technical College, runs the Big Rock Reading Series, is an Arkansas Arts Council fellow, and blogs at Myself the only Kangaroo among the Beauty.

Alexander Lumans graduated from the M.F.A. Fiction Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His fiction has been published in or is forthcoming from Story Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, American Short Fiction, Blackbird, Surreal South '11, and The Book of Villains, among other magazines. He was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2010 Sewanee Writers’ Conference and he won the 2011 Barry Hannah Fiction Prize from The Yalobusha Review. Recently, he was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Fall 2011. He now lives and teaches in Boulder, CO.

Lucas Mann is finishing his MFA in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.  His essays and stories have appeared in or are forthcoming from Wag's Review, Wigleaf, and Word Riot. His first book, tentatively titled Class A, is forthcoming from Knopf/Doubleday in early 2013.

Kevin "Mc" McIlvoy has been a teacher for thirty years. He offers mentoring and manuscript critique through He lives in Asheville, North Carolina where he has a place in the woods, and behind that place a writing hut.  His newest work is a collection of stories, The Complete History of New Mexico, published by Graywolf Press; it will be released in e-format in late 2012. "When will we speak of Jesus?" and "Mrs. Wiggins altocumulus undulatus asperatus" (which will appear in the March 2012 issue of The Collagist) are from an almost-completed new work, 57 Octaves Below Middle C.

Joe Sacksteder teaches creative writing at Eastern Michigan University and menaces the local hockey bar leagues.  His work has recently appeared in Rio Grande Review, Hawaii Review, Mississippi Review, filling Station, and elsewhere. 

Kris Saknussemm is the internationally acclaimed author of Zanesville, Private Midnight, Enigmatic Pilot, and the short story collection Sinister Miniatures. His work has appeared in Playboy, Nerve, The Boston Review, The Hudson Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, and elsewhere. He is a 2011-2012 recipient of the Black Mountain Institute’s Tom and Mary Gallagher Fellowship at the University of Las Vegas. More information is available at

Corey Van Landingham is an MFA candidate at Purdue University, where she serves as Poetry Editor of Sycamore Review. She has been awarded a Bread Loaf Work-Study Scholarship, and won Indiana Review's 2011 1/2 K Prize.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Cream City Review, Indiana Review, Third Coast, Washington Square Review and West Branch.

Lauren Wallach is a poet and prose writer from Brooklyn. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is the creative director of LUMINA, the graduate literary journal. She has been awarded a Non-Fiction Scholarship from the NY State Summer Writers Institute, and was a finalist for the Non-Fiction Prize from the Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival. She is the recipient of the Best Amateur Experimental Film award from the Canadian International Film Festival.