Contributors' Notes

Issue Fifty-Two: November 2013


Roberta Allen is the author of eight books, including the novel, The Dreaming Girl, which was republished in 2011, two short short collections, a novella-in-shorts, a travel memoir and writing guides. She has recently finished a novel and two story collections. A conceptual/visual artist as well, she has work in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum. She leads private writing workshops.

Michael Bazzett’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, 32 Poems, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Best New Poets.  He is the author of The Imaginary City, recently published in the OW! Arts Chapbook Series, and The Unspoken Jokebook, from Burning River. His verse translation of The Popol Vuh is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.

Elizabeth Gentry received the 2012 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize for Housebound. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, she lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she works as Writing Specialist for the University of Tennessee College of Law and teaches for the University English Department. She received a MFA in fiction writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Lisa Van Orman Hadley just finished writing a novel. Her work has appeared in New England Review, Knee-Jerk, Opium and elsewhere. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her four-eyed husband, one-eyed cat and two-eyed twins.

Niall McArdle is an Irish writer based in Canada. He has been published in The Irish TimesNew Orleans Review and Phoenix Irish Short Stories. He blogs at silence exile cunning ... maple syrup.

Autumn McClintock lives in Philadelphia and works at the public library. She has had the good fortune of having work appear recently in Leveler, anderbo, elimae, and Blood Lotus, among others, and additional pieces are forthcoming in Redivider and Weave Magazine. Her essay entitled, "Responsible for Death," appears in the anthology The Poet's Sourcebook, published by Autumn House press (no relation) earlier this year. 

Erin McKnight is the publisher of Queen’s Ferry Press. Her own writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and W.W. Norton’s The Best Creative Nonfiction, and her reviews of fiction and poetry can be found in multiple venues. Erin lives in Dallas with her husband and young daughter.

Tyler McMahon is the author of the novel How the Mistakes Were Made (St. Martin's, October 2011) and a professor at Hawaii Pacific University. His short work has appeared in The Antioch Review, The Threepenny Review, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown. He's the editor of Hawaii Pacific Review. His next novel, Kilometer 99, will be released in 2014.

Adam McOmber is the author of The White Forest (Touchstone 2012) and This New & Poisonous Air (BOA Editions 2011).  His work has recently appeared in Conjunctions, Fifth Wednesday, and The Fairy Tale Review.  He is the associate editor of Hotel Amerika at Columbia College where he teaches creative writing and literature.

Isaac Miller is a Writer-in-Residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project and an Artist in Residence with Detroit Future Schools. He has also taught with Youth Speaks and the James and Grace Lee Boggs School. Originally from California, Isaac graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Ethnic Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies and received the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Midwestern Gothic, Racialicious, English Journal, and the Berkeley Poetry Review.

James Orbesen is a writer and adjunct living in Chicago. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, The New Humanism, Midwestern Gothic, Jacobin, TriQuarterly, Bookslut, and elsewhere.

Laura Ellen Scott is the author of the novel Death Wishing (Ig Publishing) and the chapbook Curio (Uncanny Valley Press). She teaches at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Michael Sheehan is an assistant professor of creative writing at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a former editor in chief of Sonora Review, and is the reviews editor for DIAGRAM. He is the author of Proposals for the Recovery of the Apparently Drowned, published by Colony Collapse Press. He is working on a novel about a has-been's would-be rock opera, an Iraq War veteran's violent return home, and a recovering-alcoholic itinerant preacher, among other things.

Gabriella R. Tallmadge serves as Social Media & Web Content Manager for One Pause Poetry and is currently working on her first full-length collection of poetry. Her poems are published or forthcoming in Passages North, Crazyhorse, Sou’wester, and Salamander. She can be found in North Carolina and on Twitter (@GRTallmadge).

Yuriy Tarnawsky has authored more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and translations, including the books of fiction Meningitis, Three Blondes and Death, Like Blood in Water (all FC2), Short Tails (JEF Books), and most recently The Placebo Effect Trilogy (JEF Books, 2013), consisting of Like Blood in Water (revised edition), The Future of Giraffes, and View of Delft. His other most recent book is a collection of Heuristic poems Modus Tollens: IPDs (improvised poetic devices; Jaded Ibis Press. 2013). He was born in Ukraine but raised and educated in the West. An engineer and linguist by training, he has worked as a computer scientist at IBM Corporation and professor of Ukrainian literature and culture at Columbia University. He writes in Ukrainian and English and resides in the New York City area. “The Quarry” is one of five mininovels from The Future of Giraffes.