Contributors' Notes

Issue Thirty-Four: May 2012


Dara Barnat’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in Poet LoreCrab Orchard Review, SalamanderFlyway, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Headwind Migration was released by Pudding House Publications in 2009. She has received a scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Dara teaches poetry and creative writing at Tel Aviv University, where she completed her doctorate. These poems are from Dara’s current book project. Her blog, devoted to issues that arise during the writing of this project, can be found at:

Adam Cogbill's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, The Kenyan Review, The Common, The Ampersand, and other publications. He lives in Northampton, MA with his dog, Whiskey.

Renée E. D'Aoust is the author of Body of a Dancer (Etruscan Press), which is a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine 2011 Book of the Year Award in the Autobiography/Memoir category. For more information, please visit

Recipient of DIAGRAM’s Innovative Fiction Award, Sutherland Douglass’s work has also appeared in PANK, Fiction International, Uncanny Valley, H_NGM_N, trnsfr, Emprise Review, and Sidebrow. He has been a finalist for both the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency and Black Warrior Review’s fiction prize. For more information on the Rockefeller project, visit:

Laura Ender earned her MFA in fiction from Eastern Washington University, where she worked as an assistant managing editor for Willow Springs. She contributes to Bark and writes her own literary lifestyle blog. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in PANK, PhoebeAscent, Monkeybicycle, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere.

Peter Fontaine is completing his PhD in Creative Writing-Fiction at Georgia State University. You can find more of his book reviews in The Southeast Review, The Montserrat Review, and here at The Collagist.

Tim Horvath teaches creative writing at Chester College of New England and Boston’s Grub Street writing center and works part-time as a counselor in a psychiatric hospital, primarily with autistic children and adolescents. Understories, his first book, is out now from Bellevue Literary Press.

Kathryn Houghton holds an MFA in fiction from Eastern Washington University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK and The Collagist.

Genevieve Hudson is a second year MFA student at Portland State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, NANO Fiction, and Tin House online. She is at work on her first novel.

Miles Klee is the author of the novel Ivyland (OR Books 2012). He writes for Vanity Fair, The Awl and others. He lives in Manhattan with his radiant wife and two ill-mannered dogs. 

David James' book, She Dances Like Mussolini, won the 2010 Next Generation Indie book award for poetry. He teaches at Oakland Community College.

Emily St. John Mandel was born on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. Her first novel, Last Night in Montreal, was a finalist for Foreword Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Singer’s Gun, recently released in paperback, won the Indie Bookseller’s Choice Award and was the #1 Indie Next Pick for May 2010. Currently a staff writer for The Millions, she is married and lives in Brooklyn.

Elizabeth Mikesch has appeared in Unsaid, Moonshot, and The Literarian.  This is her first audio piece, and her second contribution to The Collagist.

Victoria Bosch Murray’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry Journal, Field, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Inch, On Earth As it Is, Salamander, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere. In 2010, Finishing Line Press published a chapbook of poems, On the Hood of Someone Else’s Car. She is a contributing editor at Salamander, and has an M.F.A in poetry from Warren Wilson.

Christopher Narozny earned an M.F.A in fiction from Syracuse University and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Denver. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in American Literary Review, Denver Quarterly, Marginalia, elimae, and Hobart. While at Syracuse, he won the Peter Neagoe Prize for Fiction, and at the University of Denver, he was awarded the Frankel Dissertation Fellowship for an earlier draft of Jonah Man. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Robert James Russell is the co-founding editor of Midwestern Gothic. His work has appeared in JoylandThunderclap! MagazineRed River Review, LITSNACKGreatest Lakes Review, and The Legendary, among others. Sea of Trees is his first novel.  Find him online at

Keith Taylor published two books in 2011: Marginalia for a Natural History, a chapbook of poems with Black Lawrence Press, and Ghost Writers, an anthology of contemporary Michigan ghost stories, co-edited with Laura Kasischke and published by Wayne State University Press. That title was selected as a Michigan Notable Book of the Year for 2012 by the Library of Michigan, and won a Silver Medal in the IPPY Awards.

Nicole Walker is the author of the nonfiction book, Quench Your Thirst with Salt won the 2011 Zone 3 nonfiction prize and will be published next year and a collection of poems, This Noisy Egg(Barrow Street, 2010). She edited, along with Margot Singer, Bending Genre: Essays on Nonfiction, which will be released by Continuum Press in 2013. She currently teaches at Northern Arizona University’s MFA program.