Contributors' Notes

Issue Seventy-Six: October 2015


Colette Arrand lives in Athens, Georgia, where she is a student at the University of Georgia. Her poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from CutBank, The Atlas Review, No Tokens, and elsewhere. 

Catherine Gammon is a fiction writer and Soto Zen priest. Her novel Sorrow (Braddock Avenue Books, 2013) was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her novel Isabel Out of the Rain was published by Mercury House in 1991. Her fiction has appeared in many literary magazines, Artifice, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and New England Review among them. Recent work is forthcoming at Kenyon Review Online. After teaching in the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh, Catherine left the university in 2001 for residential training at San Francisco Zen Center and ordination as a Zen priest. She divides her time between the east coast and the west and has recently completed a novel based on the Salem witchcraft trials.

Robert Glick is Assistant Professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the co-Editor of Versal. His work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Normal School, Denver Quarterly, and Black Warrior Review

Ben Jackson's poems have appeared in New England Review, Hudson Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, The Journal, and elsewhere. His awards include the 2015 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Poetry Prize as well as residencies from Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Artist Residency Program, and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. A graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program, he teaches at the University of San Francisco and at The Writing Salon, a San Francisco Bay Area creative writing school for adults.

Ilana Masad is an Israeli-American writer living in NYC. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Tin House, Printer's Row, The Rumpus, The Toast, The Butter, Hypertext Magazine, Split Lip Magazine, and more. She is also the founder of, a podcast that makes it just a little bit easier for writers to get heard. You can follow her @ilanaslightly.

Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections, most recently Aftermath, and a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress. Winner of the Reform Judaism Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and an Oregon Book Award, he teaches at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Veronica Popp is a writer, teacher and scholar. She has a BA from Elmhurst College in English and History, an MA in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University, and an MA in English from Western Illinois University with a concentration in Literary Studies. She has been published in New Welsh Review, The Collagist, Popular Culture Studies Journal, Journal of Popular Culture, and Still Point Arts Quarterly. Her upcoming publications include Fandom Studies Journal and The Last Line.

Sarah Sarai’s poems have appeared in Ascent, PANK, Boston Review, The Writing Disorder, Yew, decomP, Cordite, Thrush, Posit, Threepenny Review, Lavender, and others. Her collection, The Future Is Happy, was published by BlazeVOX. She walks, sleeps, and reads in New York. Sarah is a long-time admirer of the British poet Stevie Smith (1902-1971). 

Kaj Tanaka’s writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Electric Literature, and PANK, and he has been featured on Wigleaf's (very) short fictions list. Kaj is the nonfiction editor at BULL.

Paul Tran is a Vietnamese American historian and poet. He won Best Poet & Pushing the Art Forward at the national college poetry slam, as well as awards & fellowships from Kundiman, VONA, Poets House, Lambda Literary & the Napa Valley Writers Conference. His poems appear in CURA, Nepantla, cream city review, The Cortland Review, Split This Rock, and RHINO, which selected him for a 2015 Editors' Prize. Paul lives in NYC, where he is a graduate student in Archives & Public History at NYU. 

Kathryn Scanlan's work has appeared in NOON, Fence, Tin House, Caketrain, Two Serious Ladies, and The Iowa Review. She lives in Los Angeles.

Angela Woodward's collection Origins and Other Stories won The Collagist’s 2014 prose chapbook competition, and will be out from Dzanc in 2016. Her novel Natural Wonders, also forthcoming in 2016, was the winner of the 2015 Fiction Collective Two Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. She is also author of the collection The Human Mind and the novel End of the Fire Cult.

Amy Wright is the author of Everything in the Universe and Cracker Sonnets, both forthcoming in 2016. She is also the Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press, Coordinator of Creative Writing and Associate Professor at Austin Peay State University, and author of four poetry chapbooks. Her first prose chapbook, Wherever the Land Is, is scheduled for release next year.

James Yates is an MFA Candidate in Creative Writing at Roosevelt University in Chicago. His fiction has appeared in Hobart, CHEAP POP, Pithead Chapel, WhiskeyPaper, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. His work was also included in the Baseball Handbook, the debut anthology from Hobart Handbooks. He lives in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood and is currently working on a novel.