Contributors' Notes

Issue Seventy-Five: October 2015


Carmiel Banasky is the author of The Suicide of Claire Bishop, published by Dzanc Books. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Slice, Guernica, PEN America, The Rumpus, and on NPR, among other places. She earned her MFA from Hunter College, where she taught Undergraduate Creative Writing. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Ucross, Ragdale, Artist Trust, I-Park, VCCA, and other foundations. After four years on the road at writing residencies, she now resides and teaches in Los Angeles. She is from Portland, OR.

Norene Cashen is a writer-in-residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit. She's the former coordinator for Citywide Poets, Detroit's award-winning youth slam team. She also served as the contributing editor for the literary journal Dispatch Detroit. Her poetry has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Temenos, The MOCAD Journal,, Abandon Automobile: Detroit City Poets (Wayne State University Press), and The Reverse Is Also True, her first collection of poetry, was released by Doorjamb Press in 2007.

A. T. Grant is the author of WAKE (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and Collected Alex (Caketrain). He lives in Virginia.

Tyler Gobble is the host of Everything Is Bigger, a reading series in Austin, TX. He is currently a poetry fellow at the Michener Center for Writers. He has plopped out a chunk of chapbooks, most recently Collected Feelings with Layne Ransom (Forklift INK), and his first full-length, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK, is out now from Coconut Books. He likes disc golf, porches, and bacon. More at

Sara Levine has published a novel, Treasure Island!!! (Europa Editions) and a story collection, Short Dark Oracles (Caketrain). Her essays have appeared in various magazines as well as in The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Non-Fiction: 1970-Present, Understanding the Essay, and Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time. She teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Dan Lopez is the author of Part the Hawser, Limn the Sea, a Lambda Literary Finalist for Debut Fiction. His work has  most recently appeared in The Millions, Storychord, Time Out New York, The Nervous Breakdown, and Lambda Literary. He lives in San Francisco.

Ravi Mangla is the author of the novel Understudies (Outpost19). His writing has appeared in Mid-American Review, American Short Fiction, The Paris Review Daily, Salon, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He lives in Rochester, NY.

Katie Moulton was born and raised in St. Louis. Her creative work appears in The Journal, Muzzle, Hobart, Quarterly West, the Village Voice, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Bread Loaf work-study scholarship, the Devil's Lake Driftless Prize in Fiction, and fellowships from OMI International Arts Center, Indiana University, and Vermont Studio Center.

Gabrielle Pastorek is a short story writer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as BAs in French and English from Ohio University. Her work has won the JF Powers Prize for Fiction in Dappled Things, and can also be found in Crack the Spine and Hot Metal Bridge

David Rice is a writer living in New York. His stories have appeared in Black Clock, The New Haven Review, Hobart, The Last Magazine, and elsewhere, and he's just finished his first novel. He's online at:

Nicole Sheets is the web editor for Rock & Sling and the editor of How To Pack for Church Camp. Her work has appeared in Image, Tampa Review, Hotel Amerika, and elsewhere. She lives in Spokane, Washington.

Cheryl Smart is a 2nd year MFA candidate studying Creative Nonfiction at the University of Memphis, where she is recipient of the 2015 Creative Writing Award in Nonfiction. She is current Assistant Managing Editor and past Nonfiction Editor of the literary journal, The Pinch. Cheryl focused her undergraduate studies on Philosophy and Poetry. She has publications in The Little Patuxent Review, Appalachian Heritage, Cleaver Magazine, Word Riot, The Citron Review, Pine Hills Review, Apeiron Review, and others. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and vignettes about her rural upbringing.

Mary South is a graduate of the MFA program in fiction at Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in NOON, The New Yorker's Book Bench, Words Without Borders, and VICE. She is also a senior editor at NOON.

Laura Van Prooyen is author of two collections of poetry, Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press 2015) and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press 2006). Her poems also have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review among others. Van Prooyen lives in San Antonio, TX. 

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