Contributors' Notes

Issue Eighty-Three: June 2016


Hannah Abegg-Verk is a freelance writer, high school English teacher, and pizza enthusiast living in Reno with her partner and their two dogs. She holds an MFA in Narrative from Northern Arizona University where she edited Visual Arts for Thin Air Magazine. You can read her work in the forthcoming Narrow Chimney Anthology.

Jared Daniel Fagen's prose has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Margins, PLINTH, The Brooklyn Rail, Sleepingfish, and Minor Literature[s]. He is a founding editor of Black Sun Lit and studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Joseph Fazio has published stories in The Iowa Review, Post Road Magazine, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He was awarded an artist fellowship by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for his fiction. He lives in Boston.

Sarah Hogan is an Assistant Professor of English at Wake Forest University. She is currently completing a book of Renaissance literary criticism, Island Worlds and Other Englands: Utopia, Capital, Empire (1516-1660). Her writing has also appeared in The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, Upstart, and The Rumpus.

Chelsea Hogue lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. She's had work published in The White Review, Quarterly West, and Autre Mag.

Kjerstin Kauffman holds an MFA from Johns Hopkins University. Her poems, essays, and reviews appear in many periodicals, including Gulf Coast, 32 Poems, The Cresset, and The American Poetry Review. She currently lives in Valparaiso, IN, where she is preparing to lead a poetry workshop course at Hillsdale College.

Henry Kearney, IV is from Robersonville, North Carolina. His poems have appeared in places such as Ghost Ocean Magazine, Spoon River Poetry Review, and HERMES.

Michael Lee is a Norwegian-American writer and author of the chapbook, Secondly. Finally, which won the 2014 David Blair Memorial Prize (Organic Weapon Arts). Having received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the LOFT Literary Center, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, his work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Hayden's Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Phoebe, Copper Nickel, Poetry Northwest, and The Carolina Quarterly among others. He is a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and lives in Minneapolis. 

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is a Ph.D. candidate in English-Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She received an MFA in Prose from the University of Notre Dame. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review Online, Caketrain, Sleepingfish, and elsewhere and has been translated into and published in Burmese and Lithuanian.

Tiana Nobile lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a student in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in PHANTOM, Bone Bouquet and H_NGM_N. She is a Kundiman Fellow.

Liz Purvis completed her MFA in Poetry at NC State University. Her work has been published most recently in Crab Fat Magazine, Deep South, and others. In 2015, her poem “Before the Movie” was nominated for Independent Best American Poetry by Cahoodaloodaling. She can be reached at

Michael Shirzadian is a PhD student in rhetoric at Ohio State University. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Brevity, Word Riot, theNewerYork, Identity Theory, *82 Review, and elsewhere. He received his MFA from the University of Colorado. 

Larry Smith has published widely as a fiction writer, a poet, and an essayist. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Low Rent, Exquisite Corpse, Curbside Splendor, FictionNow, PANK, and numerous other journals. His poetry has been published in Descant (Canada) and Elimae, among other journals, and his articles and essays have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Social Text, and elsewhere. He lives in New Jersey.

Dan Shurley is the author of Collective Regeneration and Universal Love, a chapbook published by Nomadic Press in September 2015. His critical writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Nomadic Journal, and Hidden City. A Philly native, hacking and hippie modernism drew him to San Francisco, where he works for The Future.