Contributors' Notes

Issue Sixty-One: August 2014


Patrick Crerand lives in Florida where he teaches at Saint Leo University. His work has appeared in Monkeybicycle, Tarpaulin Sky, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and other magazines.  

Originally from Michigan, Molly Damm received her MFA from the University of Virginia and now lives and teaches in Northern California. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Colorado Review, Copper Nickel, The Owl Eye Review, and Cavalier Literary Couture

Tom DeBeauchamp is moving this month. He lives in either Connecticut or Oregon. His creative and critical writings are mostly available on the internet.

Matt Dojny’s debut novel, The Festival of Earthly Delights, was published by Dzanc Books in June 2012, and is now available in paperback. Dojny’s work has recently appeared in Electric LiteratureA Public Space, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Visit him at, where he posts a drawing a day.

Dave Housley's third collection of short fiction, If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home, will be published by Dzanc Books in January 2015. He is the author of Commercial Fiction (Outpost 19) and Ryan Seacrest is Famous (Impetus Press; Dzanc Books rEprint). He is one of the founding editors of Barrelhouse magazine, and a co-founder of the Conversations and Connections writer’s conference. This story is part of what might be a new collection, Massive Cleansing Fire, in which every story ends in a massive cleansing fire. Seriously. Maybe. Sometimes he drinks boxed wine and tweets about the things on his television at @housleydave.

Henning Koch was born in Sweden in 1962 but has spent most of his life in England, Spain and Sardinia. He is a writer, screenwriter, and literary translator. In 2011, Dzanc published Love Doesn’t Work, a short story collection. The Maggot People is his first published novel. He lives in Berlin with his partner and their two-year-old son.

Christopher Pexa received an MFA from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. His poems have been published in Crab Orchard Review, Juked, and Hayden’s Ferry, among other journals. The recipient of an Arizona Artist’s Grant, he currently lives in Ithaca, NY where he is a Mellon Fellow at Cornell University. Previously, he served as assistant editor for the Wicazo Sa Review and as a poetry editor for the Nashville Review.

David Ohle’s novel, Motorman, was published by Knopf in 1972 and re-released in 2004 with an introduction by Ben Marcus. Its sequel, The Age of Sinatra was published 2004, followed in 2008 by The Pisstown Chaos. He is also the author of two novellas and nonfiction titles. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Esquire, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, The Missouri Review, the Pushcart Prize and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Missouri in Columbia and currently both fiction and screenwriting at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

James Orbesen is a writer and adjunct living in Chicago. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Jacobin, Mid-American Review, TriQuarterly, Bookslut, and elsewhere. He blogs, occasionally, at Graphically Apparent.

Alan Michael Parker is the author of two previous novels and seven collections of poems. His awards include three Pushcart Prizes and the 2012 North Carolina Book Award. Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, he also teaches in the University of Tampa low-residency M.F.A. program. He lives in Davidson, North Carolina.

Patrick Rosal is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently Boneshepherds, named a notable book by the National Book Critics Circle and the Academy of American Poets. A former Fulbright fellow, he has also won the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members' Choice Award. His poems and essays have appeared in Grantland, Tin House, Harvard Review, Language For a New Century, Best American Poetry and many other journals and anthologies. He is a founding co-editor of Some Call It Ballin’, a sports quarterly, and teaches on the faculty of Rutgers University-Camden's MFA program. 

Maureen Seaton’s new and selected, Fibonacci Batman, is out from Carnegie Mellon University Press. She is the author of fifteen poetry collections, both solo and collaborative, and a memoir, Sex Talks to Girls (University of Wisconsin Press). Her awards include the Iowa Prize, Lambda Literary Award, NEA fellowship, and the Pushcart. Caprice, a book of collected, uncollected, and new collaborations with Denise Duhamel, is due out in 2015 from Sibling Rivalry Press. Seaton teaches poetry at the University of Miami, Florida.

Nicole Sheets lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches at Whitworth University. Her essays have appeared in Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, Image, and elsewhere. She's the web editor for and edits How To Pack For Church Camp, an online anthology of creative nonfiction.

George Singleton is the author of two novels, six story collections, and one book of writing advice. A 2013 SIBA Book Award Finalist, his work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, and Playboy. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he was awarded the Hillsdale Award for Fiction by The Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2011. He holds an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and teaches writing at Wofford College. He currently lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Eric Tran is the author of Affairs with Men in Suits (Backbone Press 2014). His work appears in the Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. He is a medical student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. For more, visit

Anne Valente's first short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, releases from Dzanc Books this October. She is also the author of the fiction chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics (Origami Zoo Press, 2013). Her short stories appear or are forthcoming in One Story, Ninth Letter, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Journal, and Iron Horse Literary Review.