Contributors' Notes

Issue Thirty-Six: July 2012


Samuel Ace has published widely in periodicals and journals. He is the author of two collections of poetry: Normal Sex (Firebrand Books) and Home in three days. Don't wash. (Hard Press). He is a two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, winner of the Astraea Lesbian Writer's Fund Prize in Poetry, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in poetry. He lives in Tucson, AZ and Truth or Consequences, NM.

Gina Apostol won the Philippine National Book Award for her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata. She teaches at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Josh Billings is a writer and translator who lives in Portland, Maine. He is currently attending nursing school. His translation of Alexander Kuprin's The Duel was released by Melville House Publishing last August.

J. P. Dancing Bear is editor for the American Poetry Journal and Dream Horse Press. Bear also hosts the weekly hour-long poetry show, Out of Our Minds, on public station, KKUP and available as podcasts. His eleventh poetry collection is Family of Marsupial Centaurs and other birthday poems (Iris Press, 2012).

Joshua Corey is the author of three books of poetry, the most recent of which, Severance Songs, won the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press and was named a Notable Book of 2011 by the Academy of American Poets. He is the co-editor, with G.C. Waldrep, of The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, a poetry anthology to be published in August by Ahsahta Press. Beautiful Soul is his first novel, for which he is currently seeking a publisher. He lives in Evanston, Illinois and teaches English at Lake Forest College. Once in a while he updates his blog at joshcorey.blogspot.com.

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 www.reneedaoust.com.

Ian Denning's work has appeared in Mid-American Review, Corium Magazine, on PANK Magazine's blog, and elsewhere. He recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire's MFA program. He blogs at citizendork.tumblr.com.

Aaron Gilbreath has written essays and articles for Kenyon Review, Tin House, Oxford American, Black Warrior Review, Brick, Hotel Amerika, Paris Review and Yeti. He works at Smith Tea in Portland, Oregon and blogs about music, food and miscellany here: 'http://aarongilbreath.wordpress.com/

j/j hastain lives in Colorado, USA with xir beloved. j/j is the author of numerous cross-genre works previously published and forthcoming (a few of which are): prurient anarchic omnibus (Spuyten Duyvil), long past the presence of common (Say it with Stones), a womb-shaped wormhole (BlazeVox), treOOA (with Eileen Tabios/ Marsh Hawk Press). j/j is currently in the process of curating an Anthology of Queer Nudes (Knives Spoons and Forks Press, 2013) and has helped curate (and participated in) two major Trans anthologies. In 2011 j/j's book we in my Trans was nominated for the Stonewall Book Award and j/j's book prurient anarchic omnibus was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.

Andrew David King’s first chapbook, The Forever Thirst, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. A student at UC Berkeley and the new Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Poetry Review, he was a fellow at Bucknell University’s Seminar for Younger Poets this June. His poems, essays, and commentaries have appeared in The Rumpus, San Francisco Chronicle, Spillway, and Poetry, among other places. Right now, he blogs for The Kenyon Review, reviews for the SF-based journal ZYZZYVA, and edits the collaborative zine vessel+velocity.

Sarah Malone's writing has appeared in Parcel, Five Chapters, PANK, The Common, The Good Men Project, The Awl, and elsewhere. She blogs at sarahwrotethat.com.

Hannah Pass is a MFA student at Pacific University. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Nano Fiction, and Poor Claudia among other places. She is an Associate Nonfiction Editor at Silk Road Review and an assistant for the Tin House Writer's Workshop. She co-curates Portland reading series, SLEEP.

Maureen Seaton is the author of over a dozen books, most recently, of two collaborative poetry collections: Stealth, with Samuel Ace (Chax Press, 2011), and Sinéad O'Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds, winner of the Sentence Book Award (Firewheel, 2011), with Neil de la Flor. Her awards include the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, the Society of Midland Authors Award, an NEA fellowship, and the Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in New Letters, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, New Republic, Ploughshares, and many other journals. She lives in Hollywood, FL and Albuquerque, NM.

Russel Swensen currently teaches at Prairie View A&M University.  He earned his MFA in fiction from the California Institute of the Arts and his doctorate in poetry from the University of Houston.  His fiction and poetry have appeared in Black Clock, Quarterly West, Prick of the Spindle, Shampoo, and elsewhere.  In 2009 he was the recipient of the American Academy of Poets/Brazos Award. His poetry chapbook, Santa Ana, was a finalist for the 2010 Gold Line Chapbook Contest and is the winner of the Spring 2011 Black River Chapbook Contest. He is currently at work on a book titled The Magic Kingdom.  He lives in Houston with his rat terrier, Zulu.

Laurie Saurborn Young is a poet, writer and photographer. She is the author of Carnavoria, a book of poems, published by H_NGM_N BKS. She holds an MFA in poetry from the low-residency program at Warren Wilson College and studied in the Program for Poets and Writers at UMASS-Amherst.

Mark Walters lives in Omaha. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in elimae, Dinosaur Bees, and NAP.