Contributors' Notes

Issue Thirty-Eight: September 2012


Joe Aguilar's stories are forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, Conjunctions, and Hobart. He recently won an AWP Intro Journals Award in fiction.

Sarah Ameigh is a recent graduate of Penn State University. After backpacking across Australia, she moved to the Washington DC-Baltimore area, where she currently works in publishing.    

Jason Cook is the Chief Mastermind behind Ampersand Books. His writings have appeared (or will soon) in Creative Loafing, Keyhole, Underground Voices, and American Book Review.

Jeanine Deibel is an MFA Candidate in Poetry at NMSU where she teaches Creative Writing and works as a Managing Editor for Puerto del Sol. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Word Riot, > Kill Author, BLOOM, A cappella Zoo, burntdistrict, and Short, Fast and Deadly among others. For more information, visit:

Monica Drake is the author of Clown Girl, a novel, which has been optioned for film by Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, SNL). Her next novel, The Stud Book, is forthcoming from Hogarth Books, February 2013. She teaches at PNCA in Portland, Oregon. 

Lacey N. Dunham is a writer whose fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Full StopSaltwater QuarterlyPloughshares (online), The Washington SparkUsed Furniture Review, and The Feminist Review, among others. She is the founder and editor of THIS Literary Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @bookbent.

Yanara Friedland’s paternal great grandfather owned coalmines in western Germany. Her maternal great grandfather a small grocery in America’s Midwest. She has worked as a translator, journalist and writer in both Europe and the U.S. and is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Denver. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Les Editions Maelstrom, The Herald Magazine, Drunken Boat, Nomads Magazine and Quarterly West.

Simon Fruelund is the author of two story collections, Mælk (Milk) and Planer for sommeren (Summer Plans), and three novellas, Borgerligt tusmørke (Civil Twilight),Verden og Varvara (The World and Varvara), and Panamericana. For nine years he worked as an editor at Denmark’s largest publishing house, Gyldendal, but is now writing full time. In the U.S., his stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Brooklyn Review, The Bitter Oleander, A River and Sound Review, Portland Review, Redivider, Copper Nickel, Absinthe, and World Literature Today. Two of these stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. 

Jonterri Gadson is Debra's daughter. A Cave Canem fellow, she is a recent graduate of University of Virginia's MFA program in poetry and the current Herbert W. Martin Post-Graduate Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Dayton. Her poetry has previously been published by The Rumpus, Tidal Basin Review, Muzzle, and other journals. Her chapbook, Pepper Girl, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in Fall 2012.

Benjamin Hackman's writing has most recently appeared in Canadian Literature, The Literary Review of Canada, and The Maple Tree Literary Supplement, as well as in Yiddish in the Yiddish Forward. In 2011 he received the Ted Plantos Memorial Award from the Ontario Poetry Society. He lives in his hometown, Toronto, with his partner and their cat.

B.J. Hollars, is the author of two books of nonfiction, Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America—the 2012 recipient of the Society of Midland Author’s Award—and Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Tuscaloosa forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press in 2013. His short story collection, Sightings is forthcoming next year from Indiana University Press. He teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Iris A. Law is a graduate of the M.F.A. program at the University of Notre Dame, a Kundiman Fellow, and the editor of the online literary magazine and blog, Lantern Review. Her first chapbook, Periodicity, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2013.  

Allison Leigh thinks and makes art and writes poems and pop music and was born in Bakersfield in 1989. She studied poetry, literature and film/media in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan, where she earned a BA in 2011. She won an Academy of American Poets Prize in 2010 and is the founder of lmno, Orange Quarterly, and Nothing Press. Her work can be found in Evergreen Review, MUZZLE, Michigan Quarterly Review, Red Lightbulbs, Burner Magazine, Dunes Review, and elsewhere. Allison lives in downtown Traverse City, where she works as a secretary for the public schools. She volunteers for the National Writers Series, the public library and the Traverse City Film Festival and teaches poetry and blogging workshops at Northwestern Michigan College. She blogs pretty regularly

Prathna Lor is a M.A. candidate in English at the Université de Montréal. He is the author of Ventriloquism (Future Tense Books, 2010).

Courtney Elizabeth Mauk received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and has published in The Literary Review, PANK, Wigleaf, and Superstition Review, among others. She is an assistant editor at Barrelhouse and teaches at The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and The Juilliard School. She lives in Manhattan with her husband. More information can be found on her website,

Keith Montesano is the author of the poetry collections Ghost Lights (Dream Horse Press, 2010), and Scoring the Silent Film (Dream Horse Press, 2013). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, American Literary Review, Third Coast, Blackbird, Mid-American Review, Ninth Letter, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. He currently lives with his wife in New York, where he is a PhD Candidate in English and creative writing at Binghamton University.

K.E. Semmel is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in Ontario Review, The Washington Post, The Writer's Chronicle, Hayden’s Ferry Review, World Literature TodayBest European Fiction 2011, and elsewhere. Two of his translations--Norwegian crime novelist Karin Fossum's The Caller (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Danish novelist Jussi Adler Olsen’s The Absent One (Penguin)—were released in August 2012. For his translations of Simon Fruelund’s fiction he has received translation grants from the Danish Arts Council.