Contributors' Notes

Issue Forty-Six: May 2013


Aaron Burch's debut collection, Backswing, is due from Queen's Ferry Press in 2014. He is the editor of Hobart: another literary journal.

Katherine Bucknell is the author of +1, as well as three previous novels, Canarino, Leninsky Prospekt, and What You Will. She is currently at work on a biography of Christopher Isherwood. She is the editor of his Diaries, in four volumes, and The Animals, letters between Isherwood and his partner, Don Bachardy. She also edited W.H. Auden's Juvenilia: Poems 1922-1928. She has degrees from Princeton, Oxford and Columbia Universities. Born in Saigon and raised in Washington, D.C., she now lives in London with her husband, Bob Maguire, and their three children.

Christopher Crawford was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His poetry, essays and translations have recently appeared in magazines like Agenda, The Cortland Review, RATTLE, and elsewhere. His poems have been nominated for a couple of Pushcart Prizes. He has lived in Prague since 2002 and is a founding editor at B O D Y

Melissa Cundieff-Pexa holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and is the recipient of a Pushcart nomination and an Academy of American Poet's Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review, Diagram, The Monarch Review, Coachella Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Mead: The Magazine of Literature and Libations, Fairy Tale Review, and Weave Magazine, among other journals. She lives in Ithaca, NY with her family. 

Tiffanie Desmangles enjoys a good fight. That is why she became a social worker and now a poet. She lives in West Lafayette, Indiana with her husband, daughter and son. Her work can be found in the New Plains Review, The Ledge, Clapboard House and Rattle. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sean Thomas Dougherty works in a pool hall in Erie, Pennsylvania. He has written a lot of books. Most of them are full of really sad poems.

Meghan L. Dowling is a Boston-area native and a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver. Her prose and poetry can or will be found in Stolen Island, Revolver, and Gigantic Sequins; she is currently at work on her first novel. You can find her in various places on the Internet, but definitely at

Peter Fontaine earned his Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. He currently holds a Marion L. Brittain Fellowship at Georgia Tech, and he is the new reviews editor for NANO Fiction. He lives in Atlanta.

Michael Jauchen's fiction and reviews have appeared at The Rumpus, The New York Times, Santa Monica Review, and DIAGRAM. He teaches at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire.

Carmen Lau graduated from the UC Davis MA in Creative Writing program in 2009 and has since eked out a living as an ESL teacher in Shanghai and a "full-time volunteer" for a Buddhist nonprofit in Berkeley. She currently resides in Hong Kong, teaching children the difference between the past, present and future. Her stories can be found in Gigantic, Fairy Tale Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Prick of the Spindle, Contrary, and other journals. 

Peter Markus is a 2012 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow in Literary Arts. His most recent book is We Make Mud. A new book, The Fish and the Not Fish, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in 2014.

Norman Lock is the award-winning author of novels, short fiction, and poetry, as well as stage, radio, and screen plays. He has won The Dactyl Foundation Literary Fiction Award, The Paris Review Aga Kahn Prize for Fiction, and writing fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Jessica Plante is a Massachusetts native currently living in Greensboro, NC, where she is Assistant Poetry Editor of The Greensboro Review. In 2009 she received her M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. Her work has appeared in StorySouth, The North Texas Review, Tirage Monthly, Revolution House, and Zaum. She is a recent graduate of the UNC-Greensboro MFA program. Her next stop is Tallahassee, Florida.

Virginia Pye’s debut novel, River of Dust, is an Indie Next Pick for May 2013. Annie Dillard called it, "Terrific, tremendous, wonderful... a strong, beautiful, deep book." Virginia’s award-winning short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, including The North American Review, Failbetter, The Baltimore Review and Tampa Review. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence, taught writing at New York University and University of Pennsylvania. In conjunction with the publication of River of Dust, her essays and interviews are forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times

Matthew Simmons is the author of Happy Rock, a collection of short stories available in May 2013 from Dark Coast Press. You can find out more at

Evelyn Somers has been associate editor of the Missouri Review for quite a few years. Her prose has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals, including PANK, the Georgia Review, South Dakota Review, Shenandoah, the Florida Review, and Bloom. As a freelance book editor she has edited fiction and nonfiction in virtually all genres; books she has edited have won the Drue Heinz and the John Simmons award, among others. Her novel Preacher's House is seeking a publisher, and a new novel and stories are in progress.

Douglas Trevor is the author of the novel Girls I Know (SixOneSeven Books, 2013), and the short story collection The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space (University of Iowa Press, 2005). Thin Tear won the 2005 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 2006 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, Black Warrior Review, The New England Review, and about a dozen other literary magazines. He lives in Ann Arbor, where he is an Associate Professor of Renaissance Literature and Creative Writing in the English Department at the University of Michigan.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson's most recent book is Swamp Isthmus (Black Ocean, 2013). He lives in Tucson where he edits The Volta and Letter Machine Editions. 

Angela Woodward is the author of the fiction collection The Human Mind (2007) and the novel End of the Fire Cult (2010), both from Ravenna Press.