Contributors' Notes

Issue Fifty-One: October 2013


Lucy Biederman is a doctoral student in English Literature/Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana and the author of three chapbooks: As I Walked Into the Middle of the Night Squinting (Red Bird Press, 2013), The Hardest Part Is Done (Grey Book Press, 2013), and The Other World (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Poems of hers have appeared recently or are forthcoming in BOMBlog, Denver Quarterly, The Literary Review, subTerrain, and The Tusculum Review. This is her first published short story.

Jason Cook, editor and publisher of Ampersand Books, lives in St. Pete, FL, where he is fostering deep and lifelong commitments to margaritas and the hatred of palm trees. His reviews and stories have appeared in Creative LoafingAmerican Book Review, Keyhole, and Underground Voices, among others.

Renee Gladman's Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge, the third in her Ravicka series, is now available from Dorothy, a publishing project. Since 2005, she has operated Leon Works, an independent press for experimental prose and other thought-projects based in the sentence, making occasional forays into poetry. She teaches in the Literary Arts Program at Brown University.

Caroline Goodwin is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford, where she currently teaches in their Continuing Studies program.  She also teaches at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and is the faculty advisor for the college's undergraduate literary journal, Humble Pie, and the HearSay Reading Series. A short collection entitled Text Me, Ishmael was recently published in the UK and her first full-length poetry collection, Trapline, is available from JackLeg Press.  Born and raised in Alaska, she moved to the Bay Area in 1999. Her work has appeared most recently in Junction Box and The Broken Plate. She is currently at work on a nonfiction book about the life and death of her second daughter, Josephine.

Clark Knowles teaches writing at the University of New Hampshire. He received his M.A. in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire, and his MFA in Writing from Bennington College. The Arts Council of the State of New Hampshire awarded him a Individual Fellowship for the year 2009. His fiction has appeared in recent issues of: Harpur PalateConjunctionsLimestoneNimrod, Eclipse, and Glimmer Train Stories.

Ravi Mangla lives in Fairport, NY. His stories have appeared in Mid-American Review, American Short Fiction, Wigleaf, matchbook, and Tin House Online. He keeps a blog at

Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry, including Sympathy from the Devil (Gold Wake Press 2013). He has work featured in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Verse and elsewhere. He co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, and he is the co-founder and lead content editor for LitBridge. He teaches at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

Lincoln Michel was born in Virginia and lives in Brooklyn. His fiction and criticism appear in Tin House, The Believer, NOON, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He is the cofounder and coeditor of Gigantic.

Donna Minkowitz is the author of Growing Up Golem: How I Survived My Mother, Brooklyn and Some Really Bad Dates.  It's a "magical realist memoir" written as though instead of giving birth to her, her mother created her as a golem, a little clay automaton out of Jewish legend. Donna won a Lambda Literary Award for her first memoir, Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me about Sex, God and Fury. A columnist on queer politics and culture for the Village Voice for eight years, Minkowitz has also written for the New York Times Book Review, Salon, and The Nation. She won the Exceptional Merit Media Award for "In the Name of the Father," a creative nonfiction piece in which she disguised herself as a sixteen-year-old Christian evangelical boy to write about the Promise Keepers for Ms.

Michael J. Solender has written hundreds of feature articles for regional and national publications. He is a regular contributor to The Charlotte Observer where he writes about art, business, community, faith, travel, and pop culture. His work has appeared in Southern Living, Ocean Home Magazine, NASCAR Illustrated, The Faster Times, The Jewish Daily Forward, Charlotte Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and many others. An avid blogger, his commentary has been showcased at CLT Blog, and Like The Dew: A Journal of Southern Culture and Politics. Solender serves as the City Life Editor for the online civic and arts publication, Charlotte Viewpoint. Read more from him at his website:

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, Pank, Third Coast, The Destroyer, and elsewhere. In 2009 he was the recipient of the American Academy of Poets/Brazos Award. His poetry chapbook, Santa Ana, was the the winner of the Spring 2011 Black River Chapbook Contest.

Emily Toder is a poet, archivist, translator, and letterpress printer. She is the author of Science (Coconut Books, 2012), Backfire (forthcoming from same in 2014) and the chapbooks Brushes With (Tarpaulin Sky, 2010), I Hear a Boat (Duets, 2012), and No Land (forthcoming 2013 from Brave Men Press). A graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she currently lives in Brooklyn.

Brian Trapp is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature and Fiction Writing at the University of Cincinnati, where he is the associate editor of the Cincinnati Review. His short stories and essays have been published in Narrative, Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, New Ohio Review, and Meridian. He was also a Georges and Anne Borchardt Scholar in fiction at the 2013 Sewanee Writer's Conference. In a previous life, he worked as a newspaper journalist and taught English in China, but is currently at work on a novel and a memoir. He still might write a camp novel one day.

Mai Der Vang is a first-generation Hmong American poet. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Weave Magazine, The Boiler, the Lantern Review, Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora, among others. As an editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle, Mai Der is co-editor of How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. She has received residencies from Hedgebrook, is a Kundiman fellow, and an MFA candidate in poetry at Columbia University.

Gretchen VanWormer grew up in Burlington, Vermont.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, The Laurel Review, The Los Angeles Review, and PANK. She lives in Washington, DC and teaches writing at American University.

Rebecca Wadlinger's writing and translations have appeared in recent issues of Ploughshares, Paper Darts, Mid-American Review, and others. Rebecca earned an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin and a PhD from the University of Houston. She is the translator of Norwegian poet Gro Dahle's collection A Hundred Thousand Hours (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013). She lives in Portland, OR.