Contributors' Notes

Issue Seventy-Three: August 2015 

Michael Bazzett’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, Oxford Poetry, 32 Poems and Poetry Northwest. His debut collection, You Must Remember This, (Milkweed Editions, 2014) won the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, and his verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh, is forthcoming from Milkweed in 2016.

Amber Nicole Brooks currently serves as the Nonfiction Editor for The Chattahoochee Review. Her work has appeared in The Southeast Review, The Arkansas Review, The Eudora Welty Newsletter, and Orange Coast Review, among others. In 2007, a story of hers placed third in the Playboy College Fiction Contest. She writes and boxes in Decatur, Georgia. 

Rachel Brownson is a writer and hospital chaplain who lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her poems and essays have appeared in Shadowgraph Quarterly, The Toast, and The Christian Century, and she has an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Marie Curran lives and writes in Marquette, Michigan. Her work has been published in Mutha and Rind. This is her third book review for The Collagist.

Corwin Ericson is the author of the novel Swell (Dark Coast, 2011) and Checked Out OK (Factory Hollow, 2013), a book-length found poem in the form of police reports. His poems and other works have been published in Harper's Magazine, jubilat, Conduit, and elsewhere.

Liz Greenhill is a writer, visual artist, and acupuncturist. Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Gertrude Press, Nailed Magazine, the poetry anthology Step Lightly, and is forthcoming in The Untold Gaze, a literary collection paired with the paintings of Stephen O'Donnell, and The Dream Closet, a collection of writing on childhood spaces through Secretary Press. Her drawings and paintings have exhibited in group shows and her animated 16 mm short, The Loveseat, traveled in film festivals across the US and Canada.  You can find her in Portland, Oregon, and at

Brandon Hobson is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, NOON, Post Road, New York Tyrant, The Believer, and elsewhere. He is the author of Deep Ellum (Calamari Press) and Desolation of Avenues Untold, from which this piece is excerpted.

Henry Hoke wrote The Book of Endless Sleepovers (forthcoming in 2016 from Civil Coping Mechanisms). Some of his stories appear in Electric Literature, The Fanzine, Tierra Adentro and PANK. He co-created and directs Enter>text, a living literary journal in Los Angeles.

Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo 2012), Ardor (Tupelo 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande 2004), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award.  Lee also wrote two chapbooks, God’s One Hundred Promises (Swan Scythe 2002) and What the Sea Earns for a Living (Quaci Press 2014). Her book of literary criticism, Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora: Literary Transnationalism and Translingual Migrations (Cambria 2013), was selected for the Cambria Sinophone World Series. She earned an M.F.A. from Brown University and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, she serves as Full Professor of English and Chair at a liberal arts college in greater Los Angeles, where she is also a novice harpist. Lee is a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Joseph G. Peterson is the author of three novels and of the epic poem, Inside the Whale. His most recent book is the just released short story collection, Twilight of the Idiots. As a kid he ran through the fields with his brothers chasing rabbits; he fished ponds and rivers for carp; he played kick the can with the neighborhood kids. And then he matriculated to the University of Chicago where he received his BA in General Studies. He tended bar when you could smoke cigars in bars; he labored for the bricklayers who threw bricks at him for quoting poetry on the scaffolds. He still reads Wordsworth and Yeats. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

Jessica Lee Richardson’s first book, a short story collection called It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides, won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and is due out from FC2 this September. Her stories and poems won awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald museum and have been featured online at The Short Form, Ploughshares, and the Authonomy Sunday Shorts Series by Harper Collins. Her fictions have appeared or are forthcoming in the Atlas Review, Big Lucks, Caketrain, Hobart, Indiana Review, [PANK], Joyland, and Western Humanities Review among other places. You can read some of these at

Garrett Saleen is a writer and visual artist from Southern California. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab, The Meat and Spirit Plan, and The Pink Institution, all published by Coffee House Press. Widely published and anthologized, she also curates Madame Harriette Presents, an occasional series. She teaches and lectures across the United States and is the director of Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

Kina Viola is an associate editor in book design for Big Lucks Books and a recent transplant to Oxford, Mississippi. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Jellyfish, ENTROPY, Split Rock Review, and other journals.

Matthew Wimberley grew up in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. His chapbook Snake Mountain Almanac was selected by Eduardo C. Corral as the winner of the 2014 Rane Arroyo Chapbook Contest from Seven Kitchens Press. Winner of the 2015 William Matthews Prize from the Asheville Review, and a finalist for the 2012 Narrative 30 Below Contest, his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in: The Greensboro Review, The Missouri Review, Narrative, Orion, The Paris-American, Poet Lore, Puerto Del Sol, Rattle, and Verse Daily. Wimberley received his MFA from NYU where he worked with children at St. Mary's Hospital as a Starworks Fellow.