Contributors' Notes

Issue Seventy-Four: September 2015


Jai Chakrabarti is a 2015 A Public Space Emerging Writer Fellow. A graduate of the Brooklyn College MFA program, his previous work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, Hayden's Ferry Review, Coffin Factory, Union Station, and A Public Space. He lives in Brooklyn.

Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collection Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014) which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and co-author of the graphic novel American Terrorist (A Wave Blue World). Her poetry has been nominated for the Best of the Net Prize and the Pushcart Prize, and has been featured at a variety of venues including The Rumpus, Vinyl Poetry, Denver Quarterly, The Normal School, The Huffington Post, RHINO Poetry, and The Mays Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge. She is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and staff interviewer at Lantern Review.

Jason Christian has published fiction, non-fiction, and book reviews in This Land Press, Mask Magazine, Liquid Journal, Oklahoma Review, World Literature Today, and Burningword Literary Journal. He lives in Oklahoma City.

Sanderia Faye is the author of the debut novel Mourner’s Bench. A PhD candidate at the University of Texas, Dallas, she received an MFA from Arizona State University and a BS from the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff. She is co-founder of Kimbilio Fiction, a Community of Writers of the African Diaspora.

John David Harding teaches writing and research as a faculty member in the Cannon Memorial Library at Saint Leo University. His creative work includes publications in fiction, poetry, and visual art.

Lindsey Hauck is a New Englander, she promises, but if you push her on it she'll admit to being from Salt Lake City. She currently lives, works, and writes in Chicago. 

Brian Henry is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Static & Snow (Black Ocean, 2015). His translation of Aleš Šteger’s The Book of Things appeared from BOA Editions in 2010 and won the Best Translated Book Award. He also translated Toma┼ż Šalamun’s Woods and Chalices and Aleš Debeljak’s Smugglers. He has received numerous awards for his poetry and translations, including fellowships from the NEA, the Howard Foundation, and the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Steven Kleinman’s work has appeared in Devil’s Lake, and Hidden City Review. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland MFA program. He lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Drexel University and the Community College of Philadelphia. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. 

Robert Kloss is the author of the novels The Alligators of Abraham and The Revelator and the co-author (with Amber Sparks and Matt Kish) of The Desert Places.

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil in Silver, and an ebook-only novella, Lucretia and the Kroons. He has received numerous honors, including a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the key to Southeast Queens. Raised in Queens, he now lives in Washington Heights with his wife and children and teaches at Columbia University. His novella The Ballad of Black Tom will be released by in 2016, and a new novel is forthcoming.

Dolan Morgan is the author of two story collections, That's When the Knives Come Down (A|P, 2014) and INSIGNIFICANA (CCM, 2016).

Penina Roth is the curator of the Franklin Park Reading Series in Brooklyn, NY. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Forward, and The L Magazine. She was also a guest editor for Publishing Genius's journal Everyday Genius.

Noah Stetzer is a graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and is also a recipient of scholarships from the Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBT Writers and from the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. He lives in the Washington DC area.

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of the story collection Night at the Fiestas, which received a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. Beginning in 2016, she will be an assistant professor at Princeton University.

Michael VanCalbergh's work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Apex Magazine, Weave Magazine, Sin Fronteras, and others. When not fighting with his daughter over which children's show to watch, he teaches Composition and Comics as Literature at Rutgers-Newark.

Emily Yoon is a Korean-Canadian poet and translator. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Journal, The Offing, Catch & Release, Best of the Net 2014, and elsewhere. She is the 2015 winner of Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest and AWP's WC&C Scholarship Competition. She received her MFA at New York University, where she was a Starworks Fellow and the Award Editor of the Washington Square Review. She is currently a PhD candidate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and serves as the Poetry Editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers' Workshop.