Contributors' Notes

Issue Sixty-Nine: April 2015


Carrie Addington’s poems have appeared in Poet Lore, American Literary Review, Margie, Gargoyle, JMWW and are forthcoming in Waxwing. She is the recipient of the Virginia Downs Poetry Award, the American Literary Review Poetry Award, and a Pushcart nominee. She received a Master of Fine Arts, Poetry degree from George Mason University and currently resides in Northern Virginia where she works as a Business Consultant in the fashion/beauty industry and teaches creative writing at NVCC. 

Cynthia Arrieu-King is associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus 2010) and Manifest, selected by Harryette Mullen for the Gatewood Prize (Switchback 2013). She also has a collaborative book of poetry written with Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis, By Some Miracle a Year Lousy with Meteors (Dream Horse Press 2014). "Boxes" is her first published short story. 

Annie Bilancini writes and teaches in Marquette, Michigan. She has been published most recently in SmokeLong QuarterlyBooth, A cappella Zoo, and The Collapsar. She co-edits the online journal Threadcount, a journal of hybrid prose.

Patricia Clark is Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University. Author of four volumes of poetry, Patricia’s latest book is Sunday Rising. She has also published a chapbook titled Given the Trees. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, also appearing in The Atlantic, Gettysburg Review, Poetry, Slate, and Stand. Recent work appears (or is forthcoming) in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Southern Humanities Review, North American Review, Plume, and elsewhere.

Marie Curran lives and writes in Marquette, Michigan. Her writing has been published in Rind Literary Magazine and Mutha. She is an MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University.

Jen DeGregorio is a poet and prose writer whose work has appeared most recently at Convergence, MadHat Lit, PANK and In March, she was named a semi-finalist for YesYes Books' 2015 Pamet River Prize for a first or second book by a female poet. Jen is also founder of Cross Poetry, an online poetry journal and reading series in Jersey City, NJ ( She teaches writing to undergraduates in New Jersey and New York.

Paul Fess is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center specializing in 19th-century American literature, African American literature, and sound studies. He is currently working on his dissertation, “Resonant Texts: The Politics and Practices of 19th-century African American Musical Cultures of Print from Abolitionism to the Player Piano.” 

Kathleen Heil is a writer of essays, poems, stories, and translations. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Quarterly West, New Delta Review, Third Coast, Subtropics, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Atlas Review, and elsewhere. More info at

Elisa Karbin’s poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Journal, West Branch and Blackbird, among others. She earned her MA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is now a PhD candidate in poetry. She currently serves as a contributing poetry editor for The Great Lakes Review.

A recent Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vedran Husić has fiction published in Ecotone, Witness, The Massachusetts Review, Blackbird, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, and elsewhere. He's currently at work on a novel about the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.

Muriel Leung is a multimedia poet and former teaching artist from Queens, NY. Her poetry can be found or is forthcoming in inter|rupture, Jellyfish Magazine, NOO Journal, Coconut, Ghost Proposal, TENDERLOIN, Nepantla, Bone Bouquet, and others. She is a recipient of a Kundiman fellowship and is a regular contributor to The Blood-Jet Writing Hour poetry podcast. Currently, she is a MFA candidate in poetry at Louisiana State University where she also serves as the Assistant Editor of New Delta Review

Matthew Mahaney is the author of Your Attraction to Sharp Machines (BatCat Press, 2013) and The Storm that Bears Your Name (The Cupboard, 2015). He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

M. B. McLatchey's recent awards include the 2013 May Swenson Award for her poetry collection, The Lame God (Utah State Univ. Press); the 2011 American Poet Prize; and the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry.  Her poetry and prose have appeared in several literary journals. Excerpts from her recently-completed educational memoir, Beginner’s Mind, have appeared in MEMOIR(and) and were awarded the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Humanities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. More information can be found at her website:

Melissa Roberts resides on the Maine coast, where she is a yoga teacher and the lucky mama of three beautiful humans. A 2012 graduate of Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers, Melissa's poems have previously appeared in Green Mountains Review and elsewhere. Her long historical poem "Resurgam: Portland, Maine" was a finalist in The New Guard Review's Knightville Poetry Contest and appeared in The New Guard, Volume I.

Amy Silverberg is a PhD Candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Joyland, the Tin House blog, and elsewhere. She is a former contestant on The Wheel of Fortune, and occasionally performs at storytelling shows around Los Angeles. 

Laura Swearingen-Steadwell is a graduate from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, and an editor for Four Way Review. In 2011, Write Bloody Publishing released her first collection of poems, How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps.

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet’s The Greenhouse, winner of the Frost Place Prize, was published by Bull City Press in 2014; Tulips, Water, Ash, was awarded the 2009 Morse Poetry Prize. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Rhino, Zyzzyva, Blackbird, and Kenyon Review. She writes, edits, and teaches in Oakland, California. 

Timothy Yu is the author of 100 Chinese Silences, forthcoming from Les Figues Press in 2015.  He is the author of several chapbooks, including15 Chinese Silences (Tinfish), Journey to the West (Barrow Street), and, with Kristy Odelius, Kiss the Stranger (Corollary).  He is also the author of Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965 (Stanford).  He is associate professor of English and Asian American studies and director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.