Contributors' Notes

Issue Fifty-Three: December 2013


Tasha Coryell is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. She is working on a novel about catfishing on the internet. You can read an excerpt of it in Hobart.

Geffrey Davis holds degrees from Oregon State University and Penn State University. His work has appeared in Crazyhorse, The Massachusetts Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Nimrod, [PANK], and Sycamore Review, among others. Davis’s debut collection, Revising the Storm, won the 2013 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and will be published by BOA Editions in April 2014. 

J.P. Grasser is originally from Maryland. His work explores the diverse regions he has called home, most insistently his family's fish hatchery in Brady, Nebraska. He studied English and Creative Writing at Sewanee: The University of the South and is currently an MFA student in poetry at Johns Hopkins University. His work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from The Journal, Cream City Review, Ninth Letter Online, and Nashville Review, among others.

Lindsey Hauck is a New Englander living in Chicago whose work has appeared in Hair Trigger and her parents' mailboxes. 

Lauren Hilger was named the 2012 Nadya Aisenberg Fellow in Poetry from the MacDowell Colony. A finalist forthe Iowa Review Award, the Wabash Prize, and the Mississippi Review Prize, her poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Black Warrior Review, and Sonora Review, among other journals.                    

Marci Rae Johnson teaches English at Valparaiso University. She is also the Poetry Editor for WordFarm press and The Cresset. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Redivider, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Louisville Review, Rock & Sling, The Other Journal, Relief, The Christian Century, and 32 Poems, among others. Her first collection of poetry won the Powder Horn Prize and was published by Sage Hill Press this year.

TaraShea Nesbit’s writing has been featured in the Iowa Review, Quarterly West, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and other literary journals. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Denver and is the nonfiction editor of Better: Culture & Lit. Her first book, The Wives of Los Alamos, is an Indies Choice Spring 2014 Debut Novel Pick, a Spring 2014 Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Selection, and will be released February 25, 2014 by Bloomsbury.

Brenda Rankin is a recent nonfiction graduate of the MFA program at CSU Fresno, where she was editorial assistant and webmaster for The Normal School. She teaches English in California's Central Valley, and her essays have appeared in Knee-Jerk Magazine, COBALT, The Writing Disorder, fwriction : review, and Puerto Del Sol

Kevin Sampsell is the author of This Is Between Us. He lives in Portland, Oregon and runs the small press, Future Tense Books. His writing has been recently anthologized in Best American Essays 2013, Get Out of My Crotch! Twenty-One Writers Respond to America's War on Women's Rights, and In Heaven Everything Is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch.

Ben Segal is the author of 78 Stories (No Record Press) and co-editor of the anthology The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature (Lit Pub Books). He is also the co-author, with Feliz Lucia Molina and Brett Zehner, of the forthcoming epistolary novel The Wes Letters (Outpost19). His short fiction has been published by or is forthcoming from Tin House, Tarpaulin Sky, Gigantic, and Puerto del Sol, among others. He currently lives in California.

Laura Van Prooyen's recent work appears in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and The Southern Review, among others. She teaches creative writing at Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design in San Antonio, TX.

Matthew Vollmer is the author of two story collections—Future Missionaries of America and the forthcoming Gateway to Paradise—as well as a collection of essays—Inscriptions for Headstones. He is co-editor of Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Tests, and other Fraudulent Artifacts and is an editor for the University of Michigan Press's 21st Century Prose series. He is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, where he directs the undergraduate creative writing program.

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of ten collections of poetry, including the full-length book Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012) and the chapbooks Men and Their Whims (Writing Knights Press, 2013), First Wife (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013), and Stranger Still (Finishing Line Press, 2013). She is the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Currently, she is a fellow at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico.

Angela Woodward's short fiction appears lately in Ninth Letter, Redactions, and Black Warrior Review. She is the author of the collection The Human Mind and the novel End of the Fire Cult, both from Ravenna Press.