Contributors' Notes

Issue Sixty-Two: September 2014


Marcelo Hernandez Castillo was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and is a Canto Mundo fellow, a Zell post-graduate fellow and the first undocumented student to graduate from the University of Michigan’s MFA program. He’s a Pushcart nominee and has received fellowships to attend the Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop, The Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. Recent work can be found in Jubilat, New England Review, The Paris American, and Drunken Boat, among others. With CD Wright, his translations of the Mexican Poet Marcelo Uribe are forthcoming. 

Victoria Cho's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Apogee JournalQuarter After EightWord Riot, and Mosaic Art and Literary Journal. She was born in Virginia and now writes, collages, and plays in New York. 

Stephan Eirik Clark was born in West Germany and raised between England and the United States. He is the author of the short story collection Vladimir's Mustache. A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, he teaches English at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Sweetness #9 is his first novel.

Timothy Cook, a Chicago native, graduated from Loyola University with a BA in philosophy and from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His poems have appeared in some places and he is a recipient of a grant from the Mookie Jam Foundation, which supports artists living with multiple sclerosis. 

Paul Crenshaw’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Essays, anthologies by W.W. Norton and Houghton Mifflin, Ecotone, Glimmer Train, North American Review and Brevity, among others. He teaches writing and literature at Elon University. 

Madeline ffitch was a founding member of the punk theater company The Missoula Oblongata. Her work has or will soon appear in The Chicago Review, Sententia, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and Tin House. Her collection of short stories, Valparaiso, Round the Horn, with illustrations by Jes Seamans of the Landland studio, is forthcoming from Publishing Genius Press. She lives and writes in Appalachian Ohio where she homesteads and raises ducks and her small son, Nector.

Lauren Gordon is the Pushcart nominated author of Meaningful Fingers (Finishing Line Press), Keen (Horse Less Press) and Generalizations about Spines (Yellow Flag Press). Her work has appeared with Sugar House Review, Coldfront Magazine, Rain Taxi, [PANK], and burntdistrict. She is also a Contributing Editor to Radius Lit.

Jeffrey Hecker was born in 1977 in Norfolk, Virginia. He's the author of Rumble Seat (San Francisco Bay Press, 2011) & the chapbooks Hornbook (Horse Less Press, 2012), Instructions for the Orgy (Sunnyoutside Press, 2013), & Before He Let Them Guide Sleigh (ShirtPocket Press, 2013). Recent work has appeared in Mascara Literary Review, Atticus Review, La Fovea, Zocalo Public Square, The Burning Bush 2, LEVELER, Spittoon & similar:peaks. He holds a degree from Old Dominion University. He resides with his wife Robin in Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia.

Nick Kocz's short stories have appeared most recently, or are forthcoming in Another Chicago Magazine (ACM), CobaltFive ChaptersHeavy Feather Review, and The Pinch.  A past recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, he lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, with his wife and three rambunctious children.

Lisa Low was born and raised in Maryland. Her poems have appeared in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She received an MS in Education while teaching in Chicago, and currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where she is an MFA candidate at Indiana University. 

Natanya Ann Pulley has a Ph.D. in Fiction Writing from the University of Utah and is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota. A writer of primarily fiction and non-fiction with outbreaks in poetry, Natanya’s publications include Western Humanities Review, The Florida Review, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, and McSweeney's Open Letters (among others).

Molly Reid’s stories have appeared on NPR and in the journals TriQuarterly, Redivider, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, and others. She has received fellowship support from the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ucross Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is at work on a novel.

Joanna Ruocco's new novel Dan is available now from Dorothy, a publishing project. Ruocco earned an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and a PhD in Fiction from the University of Denver. In addition to Dan, she's published several books, including A Compendium of Domestic Incidents, which won the 2009 Noemi Press Fiction Chapbook Contest (judged by Rikki Ducornet), and Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych, which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize (judged by Ben Marcus). She co-edits Birkensnake, a fiction journal, with Brian Conn.

Peter Schumacher lives in Colorado. His work has appeared online at The Summerset Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and elsewhere. 

Greg Sullivan is an MFA student at Rutgers University-Camden, where he serves as the founding editor of Cooper Street. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, USA Today, The Toronto Star, Saw Palm, and other places. He is currently working on a book-length collection of stories.