Contributors' Notes

Issue One Hundred: December 2018


Erik Anderson is the author of three books of nonfiction, most recently Flutter Point: Essays, selected by Amy Fusselman for the 2015 Zone 3 Nonfiction Book Prize. He teaches creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College, where he also directs the annual Emerging Writers Festival.

Tyler Barton is the author of The Quiet Part Loud, which won the 2017 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest from Split Lip Press and will be published this winter. His stories are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Meridian, and elsewhere. He's a co-founder and event programmer for Fear No Lit. Find him @goftyler.

Caren Beilin is the author of a novel, The University of Pennsylvania (Noemi Press, 2014), a memoir, Spain (Rescue Press, 2018) and a forthcoming nonfiction book on women's health, Blackfishing the IUD (Wolfman Books, 2019). She teaches creative writing at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Blake Butler's next novel, Alice Knott, is forthcoming from Riverhead in 2019. He lives in Atlanta.

Ryan Call is the author of The Weather Stations and Pocket Finger. He lives in Houston.

Teresa Carmody is the author of Maison Femme: a fiction and Requiem, and the recent collaboration, DeLand, a collaboration with fiber artist Madison Creech, published by Container, Look Book Series. She is a co-founding editor emeritus of Les Figues Press, and currently lives in Florida where she directs Stetson University's low-residency MFA of the Americas program in creative writing.

Norene Cashen is a writer based in Michigan. She served as a writer-in-residence and the coordinator of Detroit's youth poetry slam team. Her poems, essays, and articles have appeared in Exquisite CorpseThe CollagistThe Font: A Literary Journal for Language TeachersTemenos, the anthology Abandon Automobile, the anthology Teaching Guide to Uncommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning and Living, and Detroit's Metro Times.

Susan Daitch is the author of five novels and a collection of short stories. Her short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Black Clock, Conjunctions, Slice, and elsewhere.

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of 16 books including The Second O of Sorrow and All You Ask for is Longing: Poems 1994-2014, both published by BOA Editions. He has published recent prose and poetry in Brevity, The Essay Review, North American Review, and The New York Times. He lives in Erie, PA where he works as a Med Tech for people recovering from traumatic brain injuries. 

Denise Duhamel's most recent book of poetry is Scald (Pittsburgh, 2017). Blowout (Pittsburgh, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a Distinguished University Professor in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.

Greg Gerke will have a book of essays, See What I See, and a book of stories, Especially the Bad Things, published in 2019 with Splice.

A. Joachim Glage lives and writes in Colorado, where he enjoys no longer being an attorney. "The Eighteen Possible Plots" is part of a series of fictions Glage is writing about imaginary books. Other pieces from this series have appeared recently, or are soon forthcoming, in such periodicals as The Georgia ReviewLitmag (online), Philosophy and Literature, and others.

Janalyn Guo is the author of Our Colony Beyond the City of Ruins (Subito Press, 2018), and her most recent work can be found in Black Sun Lit, Denver Quarterly, and the I Scream Social Anthology. She lives in Salt Lake City. 

Rajpreet Heir is an Indian from Indiana. She received her BA in English Writing from DePauw University and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from George Mason University. Currently, she lives in New York and works for TED Conferences. Her work has appeared in The Normal School, Brevity (forthcoming), The New York Times, The Atlantic, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Literary Hub, The Washington Post, and more. Recently, she was featured on a podcast through On Being Studios.

Brandon Hobson is the author of Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, as well as Deep Ellum, Desolation of Avenues Untold, and The Levitationist. He has won a Pushcart Prize, and his work has appeared in such places as Conjunctions, NOON, The Believer, Post Road, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere.

Charles Holdefer is an American writer currently based in Brussels. His short fiction has appeared in the New England Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and Slice, as well as in the 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology. Recent books include Dick Cheney in Shorts (stories) and George Saunders' Pastoralia: Bookmarked (nonfiction).

Emily Hoover is a fiction writer and book reviewer based in Las Vegas. Her fiction has most recently appeared in Bird's Thumb and BULL. Her book reviews have been published by The Los Angeles ReviewNecessary Fiction, Ploughshares blog, and others. She is known on Twitter and Instagram as @em1lywho.

Tim Horvath is the author of Understories (Bellevue Literary Press), which won the New Hampshire Literary Award, and Circulation (sunnyoutside). His fiction appears in Conjunctions, Agni, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in the BFA and MFA programs in Creative Writing at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and is at work on a novel about contemporary classical composers and musicians.

Marream Krollos was born and raised in Egypt.  She has since lived in many parts of the world, including Denver, where she earned her PhD; and Jeddah, where she taught the only college creative writing class for women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She is at work on a new novel, and has finished assembling an anthology of writing by her Saudi students. Her collection, Big City, was published by FC2. Her novella Stan is forthcoming from Meekling Press. She currently lives in Detroit. 

Michael Martone was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Growing up in Indiana, a teenaged Martone, along with many of his age-mates, took summertime employment in the agricultural sector of the state’s economy. It was a rite of passage to ride the mechanical carriers through the extensive seed corn fields that surrounded the nearby small town of Winesburg, Indiana, detasseling the plant in order to produce hybridized strains of the grain. Martone enjoyed drifting above the tasseling plants, the ocean of vinyl green corn, a vortex swirling around him. He usually worked in fields planted in 4:1 panels, four female rows of one variety to be detasseled and one bull row left to pollinate. The blocks created a wavy pattern in the fields he sailed over, carefully unspooling the threads of the tassels from the tangle of leaves the machines had missed. At other times he rouged as well, walking the shaded rows searching for the volunteer starts and preventing their undesirable pollen from taking root in the precious hybridizing. At night, after the long day of gleaning every strand from every plant, Martone would dream he was a dusty bee or a caked butterfly, staggering from one forest of tassels to the next into the chromatic confusion of the morning. And in the fall, after school had started up again, he returned to the now harvested fields, the sharp stubble laced with frost, and huddled under the scratchy wool blankets in the back of an old buckboard bumping through the empty fields near the small town of Winesburg, a passenger on one of the last real hayrides in Indiana, and whispered to the girl beside him the intricate secrets of the intriguing sex life of corn.

Ander Monson is the author of eight books including two forthcoming ones from Graywolf. He edits DIAGRAM, New Michigan Press, Essay Daily, and March Xness, among other projects.  

John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Beloit Poetry Journal, 32 Poems, Southern Review, Cincinnati Review, and Copper Nickel. He won the Indiana Review Poetry Contest and his first book, Curio, won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge's Prize. He is 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.

Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait (W.W. Norton, 2017), which received the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was nominated for a Northern California Book Award; The Curiosities (Free Verse Editions, 2012); and, with Kim Addonizio, the collaborative chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction (SHP, 2016). She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco.

Jessica Lee Richardson is the author of It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides, which won the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and was longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Adroit, BOATT, Joyland, Sundog, and Slice among other places. Lately she's been writing about (and running from) record-breaking storms in the Southeast. 

sam sax is a queer, jewish writer and educator. The author of Madness,winner of The National Poetry Series, and bury it, winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He's the poetry editor at BOAAT Press, a 2018 + Ruth Lilly Fellow from The Poetry Foundation  and currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is a Mexican American writer in Texas whose work examines the individual versus public bodies, particularly how mental and physical health are responses to social environment and communities. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, Red Ink International, Verse Daily, Rogue Agent, Catapult, The Texas Review, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. Her new collection of poems, Nightbloom & Cenote (St. Julian Press, May 2018), was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky.

Danez Smith is the author of Don't Call Us Dead, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a finalist for the National Book Award. Their third collection, Homie, is forthcoming in 2020 by Graywolf Press. Danez and Franny Choi host the podcast VS, a interview-style podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. 

Amber Sparks is the author of the short story collection The Unfinished World and Other Stories, which has received praise from The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and the Paris Review, among othersShe's written numerous short stories and essays which have been featured in various publications. Her next collection, AND I DO NOT FORGIVE YOU, is forthcoming from Liveright in 2020. Say hi on Twitter @ambernoelle.

Jeri Theriault's In the Museum of Surrender won the 2013 Encircle Chapbook Contest. Her full-length collection is Radost, my red (Moon Pie Press). She has published widely in these and other publications: Paterson Literary ReviewRhino, Beloit Poetry JournalRattleThe Atlanta Review, The Café Review, and The American Journal of Poetry.

Angela Woodward is the author of the novels Natural Wonders (Fiction Collective Two, 2016) and End of the Fire Cult (Ravenna Press, 2010) and the collections Origins and Other Stories (Dzanc, 2016) and The Human Mind (Ravenna, 2010). Origins and Other Stories won the Collagist Prose Chapbook competition in 2015.