Issue Ninety: April 2017
Roberta Allen is the author of eight books: her ninth, the story collection, The Princess of Herself, will be published by Pelekinesis Press later this year. She received the 2015 Honorable Mention for The Gertrude Stein Award for the story "Forgotten" (originally published by The Collagist). Her short stories and micro stories have been published in over 300 publications, including Conjunctions and The Brooklyn Rail. Also a conceptual artist and sculptor, she has exhibited worldwide.
Caleb Curtiss has published writing in journals such as Ninth Letter, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Fugue, Gigantic Sequins, and online at American Short Fiction. His poetry collection, A Taxonomy of the Space Between Us, won the Black River Chapbook Competition and is available through Black Lawrence Press.
Hazem Fahmy is a poet and critic from Cairo. He is currently pursuing a degree in Humanities and Film Studies from Wesleyan University. His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Apogee, HEArt, Mizna, and The Offing. In his spare time, he writes about the Middle East and tries to come up with creative ways to mock Classicism. He makes videos occasionally.
Catherine Gammon is author of the novels Sorrow (Braddock Avenue Books, 2013) and Isabel Out of the Rain (Mercury House, 1991). Her shorter fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and New England Review, and elsewhere, and online at The Collagist, Storyscape, and Kenyon Review Online. Catherine has received support for her work from the NEA, NYFA, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, among others. She taught in the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh before entering residential training at San Francisco Zen Center and ordination as a Zen priest. She now lives in Pittsburgh again.
Greg Gerke’s work has appeared in Tin House, Film Quarterly, The Kenyon Review Online, and others. A book of stories, My Brooklyn Writer Friend, is available from Queens Ferry Press.
Layla Azmi Goushey is an Associate Professor of English at St. Louis Community College in St. Louis, MO. Her creative work has been published in journals such as Yellow Medicine Review, Mizna: Journal of Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America, and Natural Bridge. She has published articles of literary criticism and currently writes a blog titled Transnational Literacies.
Andrew Koch serves as managing editor at Stirring: A Literary Collection and is the author of the chapbook Brick-Woman (Hermeneutic Chaos). His work has recently appeared in Ninth Letter, Poetry Northwest, Sugar House Review, The Tusculum Review, Whiskey Island, Zone 3 and others. He holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and is currently a doctoral student at the University of North Texas.
Michelle McMillan-Holifield studied poetry at Delta State University in the Mississippi Delta. She is an MFA Candidate at the University of Arkansas/Monticello and recently completed a residency at Wild Acres in North Carolina. Her work has been included in or is forthcoming in Boxcar Poetry Review, Found Poetry Review, PIF Magazine, poemmemoirstory, Stirring, and Whale Road Review, among others.
Erika Mihálycsa is a lecturer of 20th century British and Irish fiction at Babes-Bolyai University Cluj, who has published mostly on Joyce's and Beckett's language poetics. Her translations of contemporary Hungarian prose and poetry have been published in World Literature Today, Trafika Europe, Two Lines, The Collagist, Numéro Cinq, The Missing Slate, Music and Literature, Asymptote/The Guardian. Together with Rainer J. Hanshe she edits the literary and arts journal HYPERION - For the Future of Aesthetics, issued by Contra Mundum Press.
Jennifer Militello is the author, most recently, of A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016) and Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013). She teaches in the MFA program at New England College.
John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, and Carolina Quarterly. He won the Indiana Review Poetry Contest and his first book, Curio (2014), won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge’s Prize. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Salisbury University. He received his M.A. from University of South Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.
David Nilsen is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and, until recently, served as editor and lead critic for the Fourth & Sycamore literary journal. His writing has been published in The Rumpus, Open Letters Monthly, Punchnel’s, Bright Wall / Dark Room, the National Book Critics Circle Critical Mass blog, Pithead Chapel, The Collagist, Rain Taxi, Cultured Vultures, Craftbeer.com, and others. He lives in Ohio with his wife, daughter, and an irritable cat. You can follow him on Twitter.
Nkosi Nkululeko is a Callaloo, The Watering Hole, and 2017 Poets House Fellow. A speaker for TEDxNewYork and a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Awards for Poetry, Nkosi has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Nkosi’s work is published or forthcoming in [PANK] Magazine, Third Coast, VINYL, No Token, and other publications. He lives in Harlem, New York.
Martin Ott’s most recent book is Spectrum, C&R Press, 2016. He is the author of seven books and won the De Novo and Sandeen prizes for his first two poetry collections. His work has appeared in more than two hundred magazines and a dozen anthologies.
David Plick is the founder and editor of the online lit and humor magazine Down & Out, and a former Henry Roth Fiction Scholar at The City University of New York. His work has been in Fiction, Archdaily, Entropy, Fiction Advocate, Word Riot, Philadelphia Review of Books, and other places. A New Jersey native, he currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Guttman Community College.
Nate Pritts is the Director and Founding Editor of H_NGM_N (2001), an independent publishing house that started as a mimeograph 'zine, and the author of eight books of poetry, including Decoherence, which won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award and will be published in the fall of 2017. He lives in the Finger Lakes region of NY state.
Liana Roux is from North Carolina and currently lives in Minnesota, where she edits closed captions for television. Her poems have appeared in Hobart, pnk prl, The Queer South anthology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City buses.
Helen Betya Rubinstein's writing has recently appeared in Okey-Panky, The Kenyon Review, The Millions, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She lives in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
Marie Schutt is a writer based in Chicago. She is the founding editor of Liminoid magazine. Her stories have been published in Sundog Lit and are forthcoming in PLINTH and Hexus. She is currently working on a short story collection and a novel.
Michael B. Tager is a writer and editor from Baltimore, MD. He is very nervous when in bear country.
Zsuzsa Takács is the doyenne of contemporary Hungarian poetry, winner of all the major Hungarian literary awards. Her work is widely anthologized, and has been translated into English by George Szirtes, Laura Schiff, and Ottilie Mulzet, among others, appearing in World Literature Today, Numero Cinq, The Missing Slate, and Two Lines. She lives in Budapest.
Lucy Wainger's poems appear or will appear in Poetry, The Best American Poetry 2017, and elsewhere. She studies creative writing at Emory University.