Contributors' Notes

Issue Forty-Three: February 2013


Joseph Chapman earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia in 2008, and his poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, The Best American Poetry 2012, and elsewhere. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his partner Julia Hansen.

Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California.  She is the author of the chapbook, Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood (Dancing Girl Press, 2012).  Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in Bone Bouquet, PANK Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Splinter Generation, KCET's Departures Series, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, among others.  She hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour on Blog Talk Radio.  An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives and writes in Southern California. 

William Emery is the author of Kodoku, a children's book about the first man to sail alone across the Pacific Ocean, the nonfiction travelogue Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley, and the "sustainability punk" webcomic Engine.  His poems have appeared in Mastodon DentistThe Leveler, and To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices. He is a founding member of Ad Astra Books and Coffee, a worker-owned cooperative bookstore in Salina, Kansas and former acquisitions editor at Heyday Books. This is his first published work of fiction. 

B. L. Gentry's poetry has appeared in The Cortland Review, Eclectica, Rhino: The Poetry Forum 2011, and is forthcoming in Rhino 2013. Gentry was born in Lawrenceburg, TN. She holds a BA from the University of New Mexico, and is an MFA student in the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers. She lives in Oklahoma.

Nicholas Grider is an artist and writer whose work has appeared in Conjunctions, Caketrain, Drunken Boat, [out of nothing] and many other publications. 

Kathryn Houghton holds an MFA in fiction from Eastern Washington University. She currently teaches editing and publishing courses at Michigan State University. Her work has appeared in PANK.

Amorak Huey is a longtime newspaper editor and reporter who now teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His poems can be found in The Best American Poetry 2012, The Cincinnati Review, Linebreak, PANK, Subtropics, and other print and online journals. Follow him on Twitter: @amorak.

Robert Lopez is the author of two novels, Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River, and a collection of short fiction, Asunder. He teaches at The New School, Pratt Institute, Columbia University and Pine Manor College's Solstice Low-Res MFA Program.

Sam Martone currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where he spends his evenings attempting to beat the final boss of Dragon Quest V.

Jen Michalski is author of the novelThe Tide King (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), winner of the 2012 Big Moose Prize, the short story collections, From Here and Close Encounters, and the novella collection Could You Be With Her Now. She is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww, a co-host of The 510 Readings and the biannual Lit Show, and interviews writers at The Nervous Breakdown. She also is the editor of the anthology City Sages: Baltimore, which Baltimore Magazine called a "Best of Baltimore" in 2010. She lives in Baltimore, MD, and tweets at@MichalskiJen. Find her atjenmichalski.com.

Joe Milazzo is the author of The Terraces (Das Arquibancadas) (Little Red Leaves textile Series, 2012). His writings have appeared in H_NGM_N, Super Arrow, Drunken Boat, Black Clock, and elsewhere. Along with Janice Lee and Eric Lindley, he edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing]. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX.

Iris Moulton lives and works in Salt Lake City. Her work can be found in Parcel, Fugue, and Gigantic.

Yuriy Tarnawsky is a Ukrainian/American writer, author of more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction, and drama as well as numerous articles and translations. His major English language works are books of fiction Meningitis, Three Blondes and Death, Like Blood in Water (all FC2), and Short Tails (CCM/JEF Books), and the play Not Medea, recently turned into an opera by the American composer Virko Baley. His books of selected essays in Ukrainian Flowers for the Patient has just been published. He contributes to the poetry blog October Babies.

Chris Vola is the author of Monkeytown. His book reviews have appeared in The Rumpus, PopMatters, Rain Taxi, elimae, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. He lives in Manhattan.