Contributors' Notes

Issue Fifty-Five: February 2014


Nora Boydston is the founder of Cartwheels for Justice and the author of several good sentences. She earned her MFA from The New School and currently resides in Chicago. 

Jacques Debrot has a PhD from Harvard University and chairs the department of Literature and Language at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains. His short fiction appears recently in Pear Noir!, 101 Fiction, and Wigleaf.  In 2013 two of his stories were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Ian Denning's work has appeared in Sundog Lit, Corium Magazine, Barnstorm, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. He graduated from the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire and now lives in Seattle. Ian teaches at Bellevue College, tends bar at the Richard Hugo House, and is the prose editor of The Lettered Streets Press.

Laura Eve Engel's work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston Review, Colorado Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Tin House and elsewhere. The 2011-2012 recipient of the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, she is the Residential Program Director at the UVa Young Writers Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn.

Gary Hawkins is a poet, teacher, and scholar. A letterpress chapbook, Who Do We Know Who Works? is forthcoming in 2014 from Trade Union Press. His poetry, pedagogy, and criticism have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Teaching Creative Writing in Higher Education, Emily Dickinson Journal, and other venues. He teaches and serves as associate dean at Warren Wilson College, and he thrills at having one of poetry's most enviable addresses in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Sean Patrick Hill is the author of the chapbook Hibernaculum (Slash Pine Press, 2013) as well as two full-length books of poetry, The Imagined Field and Interstitial. An MFA graduate of Warren Wilson College, he has received grants and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. Poems are forthcoming in Salt Hill and The Lumberyard. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sally J. Johnson serves as Managing Editor for Ecotone Journal. Originally from Michigan, Sally currently lives in Wilmington, North Carolina where she is obtaining an MFA in poetry at UNC Wilmington. Her poetry and nonfiction can be read in the Pinch, Bodega, Sundog Lit, Treehouse, and elsewhere.

Janine Joseph’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Journal, Kenyon Review Online, Painted Bride Quarterly, Asian American Literary Review, Best New Poets 2011, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Weber State University.

Dan Lopez is the author of the short story collection Part the Hawser, Limn the Sea (Chelsea Station Editions). His work has appeared in Storychord, The Nervous Breakdown, Time Out New York, and Lambda Literary, among others. He lives in San Francisco.

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at The University of Michigan and received his BA at Vanderbilt University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, Indiana Review, The New Republic, [PANK] Online, and in many other publications. He was the star of the award winning full-length documentary “Louder Than A Bomb” and has been featured on HBO’s “Brave New Voices.”  He is an Assistant Poetry Editor for Muzzle. He is also a rapper.

Rebecca Meacham's short story collection, Let’s Do, was published in 2004 as the winner of UNT Press's Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” program selection. Her flash fiction chapbook, Morbid Curiosities, won the New Delta Review Chapbook prize and is forthcoming in March 2014. She directs the creative writing program at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Lance Olsen is author of more than 20 books of and about innovative writing practices, including, most recently, the novel Theories of Forgetting (FC2, 2014), the collection How to Unfeel the Dead: New & Selected Fictions (Teksteditions, 2014), and the critifictional meditation [[ there. ]], of which the piece in this issue of The Collagist is an excerpt.  He teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.

Marcus Pactor lives and works in Jacksonville, FL. His short story collection, Vs. Death Noises, won the Subito Press Prize for Fiction. His work has most recently been published in Interim, West Wind Review, The Minnesota Review, and Green Mountains Review.

Joseph Riippi is author of the books Because, A Cloth House, and The Orange Suitcase, as well as the chapbooks Puyallup, Washington (an interrogation) and Treesisters. His next novel, Research (A Novel for Performance) will be published in fall 2014. 

Jill Stukenberg, a graduate of the MFA program at New Mexico State University, lives and teaches in Wausau, Wisconsin. Her stories have appeared recently in Devil's Lake and Burrow Press Review.