Contributors' Notes

Issue Forty-Two: January 2013


Jessica Alexander studies and teaches at the University of Utah. Her fiction has been published in Blip Magazine.

Nathan Blake's writing has appeared in PANKMonkeybicycleWord Riot, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, and kill author, among others. He is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech and a managing editor of Mixed Fruit Magazine.

Brian Allen Carr lives with his wife and daughter in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. 

Published by Etruscan Press, Renée E. D'Aoust's memoir Body of a Dancer was a Foreword Reviews 2011 “Book of the Year” finalist. D'Aoust lives in southern Switzerland and spends summers in northern Idaho. She teaches online at Casper College and North Idaho College. For more information, please visit:

Justin Lawrence Daugherty, winner of the 2012 Gigantic Sequins Flash Fiction contest, runs Sundog Lit. "Nothing Out There to Save You" is a story from a novella-in-progress about Aurelio the Lizard-Boy. Another story from this novella is forthcoming from Metazen. Justin sometimes posts things to his blog at

Kendra DeColo's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Indiana Review, CALYX, Muzzle Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, Split This Rock: Poems of Witness and Provocation, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a work-study scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and residencies from the Millay Colony and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She is the founding poetry editor of Nashville Review and a Book Review Editor at Muzzle Magazine. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Anna Claire Hodge is a first year Ph.D. student at Florida State University. She received her MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her poems have appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, Copper Nickel, Blue Earth Review, Breakwater Review, and others. She was a finalist for the 2012 Copper Nickel poetry contest. 

The imprisoned grand-jury resisters Matt Duran, KteeO Olejnik, and Maddy Pfeiffer have many supporters; the collective that wrote this book review is only one. To write to the grand-jury resisters, see Committee Against Political Repression. To correspond about this issue's review of We Monks and Soldiers, write to diana (dot) george (at)

Rachel Marston's work has recently appeared in Religion & Politics, American Fiction Volume 12: Best Previously Unpublished Stories by Emerging Authors, and Sidebrow.  She received her Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah.  She currently lives in Salt Lake City, where she is revising her novel about nuclear testing in the American West. 

Jennifer Messner writes about books at her blog, Books, Personally, and has previously contributed to LitStack and Best Damn Creative Writing Blog.

Danez Smith, a Cave Canem Fellow and 2-time Pushcart Nominee, works in Madison, WI, as an Student Advisor for the First Wave Program at UW-Madison. He likes tattoos, bad food, drinking Capri Suns, reading manga and good poems. His work appears or is forthcoming in PANK, Anti-, Vinyl, Radius, Southern Indiana Review, and other places. He thinks you look good today.

Sharon Wang is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis' MFA program.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pomegranate and Anti-.  She currently lives in Queens, NY.

Colin Winnette was recently the recipient of the Sonora Review's 2012 Fiction Award. He is the author of three books: Revelation (a novel) is available from Mutable Sound, Animal Collection (a collection of short stories) is available from Spork Press, and his newest book, A Long Line of Diggers, is forthcoming from Atticus Books in 2013. Colin lives in San Francisco.

Unsaid awarded Kate Wyer the "Joan Scott Memorial Award" and nominated her for a Pushcart. Her work has appeared in Wigleaf, Moonshot, <kill author, The Collagist, PANK, Exquisite Corpse, and others. She attended the Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania on a fellowship from Fence and studied under Edward Hirsch. Wyer lives in Baltimore and works in the public mental health system of Maryland.