Contributors' Notes

Issue Forty-Eight: July 2013


Lucy Biederman is a doctoral student in English Literature at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and the author of two chapbooks, The Hardest Part Is Done (Grey Book Press, 2013) and The Other World (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared recently in BOMB, Denver Quarterly, subTerrain, Bone Bouquet, and The Literary Review. She tumbles at http://lucybiederman.tumblr.com/.

Amaranth Borsuk is the author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), selected by Paul Hoover for the 2011 Slope Editions Book Prize; Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), a chapbook; and, with programmer Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012), a book of augmented-reality poems. Her intermedia project Abra, a hybrid book-performance collaboration with Kate Durbin, Ian Hatcher, and Zach Kleyn recently received an Expanded Artists' Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago and will be issued as an artist's book and iPad app in fall of 2013. She has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and recently served as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, where she taught classes in digital, visual, and material poetics. She currently teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, The Believer, Kenyon Review, and FIELD. Her poetry comic collaborations with Eryn Cruft can be found in Guernica, Ninth Letter, The Poetry Comics, and Nashville Review. She and the poet Brynn Saito are co-authors of a collaborative chapbook, Bright Power, Dark Peace (Diode Editions, 2013). Currently, she teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University where she is a doctoral candidate and a King/​Chávez/​Parks Fellow. 

Thea Brown's recent poems can be found in jubilat, Poetry Northwest, Web Conjunctions, LVNG, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, as well as in a chapbook called We Are Fantastic, published by Petri Press. She lives in Washington, DC.

Tobias Carroll lives in Brooklyn. His writing has been published by Joyland, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review, Yeti, The Rumpus, Metazen, the anthology Hair Lit, and elsewhere. He is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn, and makes his home online at www.thescowl.org (and on Twitter at @TobiasCarroll.)

Elliot Cole is a composer, performer, programmer and lyricist. His compositions span traditional and experimental chamber music, opera and hip hop, and have been performed by So Percussion, Roomful of Teeth, Metropolis Ensemble, the Academy of Carnegie Hall/Juilliard/Weill Institute, operacabal, Divergence Vocal Theater, Mobius Percussion Quartet, and ETHEL violinist Tema Watstein. As a performer, he has rapped his hip-hop cosmogony De Rerum with the Chicago Composers Orchestra and sung his living-room drama Babinagar all over Texas, NY, and as a Spotlight Artist at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. His book of bowed vibraphone quartets, Postludes, is quickly becoming a classic of the repertoire, having been performed by over thirty ensembles across the country in its first year alone, including at Lincoln Center and at Mahidol, Bangkok. He has degrees in composition and cognitive linguistics from Rice University and is a doctoral candidate at Princeton. More information can be found at www.elliotcole.com. To hear a recording of performance, please visit: http://elliotcole.com/hanumans-leap/

Kate Durbin is a Los-Angeles based writer and artist. She is the author of The Ravenous Audience (Akashic Books), E Entertainment Diamond Edition (Insert Blanc Press, forthcoming), and five chapbooks. She is founding editor of Gaga Stigmata: Critical Writings and Art About Lady Gaga, which will be published as a book from Zg Press in 2013. Find her on the web at www.katedurbin.com.

Elisa Gabbert is the author of The Self Unstable (forthcoming from Black Ocean in Fall 2013) and The French Exit (Birds LLC, 2010). Her poetry, prose, and collaborations have appeared widely in publications such as Boston Review, Colorado Review, Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Pleaides, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of the Denver Poets' Theatre and blogs at http://thefrenchexit.blogspot.com/.

Kristen Gleason lives in Grass Valley, CA. Her work has appeared in Quarterly West, Everyday Genius, Caketrain and elsewhere.

Brendan Grady lives in Wallingford, PA where he coaches soccer. He graduated from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and his work has appeared in the New England Review.

Christopher Higgs authored The Complete Works of Marvin K. Mooney (Sator Press), and assembled ONE (Roof Books). His work has been published by The Paris Review, BOMB, Quarterly West, AGNI, Post Road, and many others. He lives in Florida, where he curates the critically acclaimed online art gallery Bright Stupid Confetti. 

Jeff Jackson is the author of the novel Mira Corpora, forthcoming from Two Dollar Radio in September. He holds an MFA from NYU and is the recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. His short fiction has been featured in Guernica and the anthology Userlands. Five of his plays have been produced by the Obie Award-winning Collapsable Giraffe company, including "Botanica" which was selected by The New York Times as "one of the most galvanizing theater experiences of 2012."  

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

Virginia Konchan’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets, the Believer, The New Yorker, and The New Republic, and her criticism in Boston Review, Quarterly Conversation, Barzakh Magazine, and elsewhere. Co-founder of Matter, a literary journal of political poetry and commentary, she lives in Chicago.

Nate Liederbach is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah and Managing Editor of Western Humanities Review. Recent work can be found in Denver Quarterly, LA ReviewPhantom Drift, and Third Coast.

Bridget Lowe is the author of the book of poetry At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky(Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in The New Republic, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2011, Denver QuarterlyParnassus, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a "Discovery"/Boston Review Prize, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship to The MacDowell Colony, and the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Poetry to the Bread Loaf Writers' Colony. She lives in Kansas City.

Amanda Marbais' work has appeared in Hobart web, Monkeybicycle, TRNSFR and elsewhere.  She is the Managing Editor for Requited Journal.

Jamaal May is a poet, editor, and filmmaker from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first collection of poems, Hum (Alice James Books), won the 2012 Beatrice Hawley Award. Winner of the 2013 Indiana Review Poetry Prize, his work also appears in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, the Believer, NER, and Kenyon Review. Jamaal has earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and The Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University. He is founding editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series. 

Jory Mickelson's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, The Adirondack Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, The Cossack Literary Journal and other places.  He received an Academy of American Poet's Prize in 2011 while completing his MFA in Poetry at the University of Idaho and his chapbook Slow Depth was published in 2012 by Winged City Chapbooks. He is is currently a 2013 Fellow in Poetry for the Lambda Literary Foundation's Writer Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices.

Alissa Nutting’s debut novel, Tampa, was published by Ecco/HarperCollins in July 2013. She is author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone/Dzanc 2010), which won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction judged by Ben Marcus.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of RoseMetal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Her most recent book is the novel in poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press), winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry, and her novel O, Democracy! is forthcoming in 2014. She lives in Chicago. 

Natalie Shapero is the author of No Object (Saturnalia, 2013). She writes and teaches at Kenyon College, where she is a Kenyon Review Fellow.

Elena T. Tomorowitz is associate editor of the Mississippi Review and graphic designer for Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction. She has poems appearing in GuernicaUsed Furniture Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, ILK, Barn Owl Review, and others. She lives in both Boise, Idaho and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. 

Tom Williams is the author of The Mimic's Own Voice and the forthcoming novel Don't Start Me Talkin' (2014, Curbside Splendor). He currently lives in Kentucky with his wife and son.

Brooke Wonders' fiction thinks it's true and her creative nonfiction thinks it's fabulism. Despite these oxymora, her prose has appeared in publications such as Clarkesworld, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Nonfiction, Monkeybicycle, Electric Velocipede, and The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2013, among others.